Sunday, April 29, 2007

I lost a friend today...

Juanita Joy Work
nee Doyon

June 8, 1936 – April 29, 2007

Beloved mother of Patti and Bud
Grandmother of Lynnea,
Sister to Jackie and Bertine.

She loved and was loved, and she will be missed.

A Question

A voice said, Look me in the stars

And tell me truly, men of earth

If all the soul-and-body scars
Were not too much to pay for birth.

---Robert Frost

hello, claudia,

my mother died this morning in her sleep, very, very peacefully, which is what she wanted. she was surrounded by love to the end.

she wanted me to contact you at the end, and so i have. i send along this picture of her. she was a beautiful woman.

thank you for all you gave to my mother. she mentioned you with great affection and esteem. i know that your friendship meant very, very much to her, and she thought you a wonderful person. she wanted me to tell you this, and to thank you for all you gave to her.

i thank you, too, as friends might well be the masterpiece of life.



I got this email today and although I never met Anita, I knew her. I had asked for prayer for Anita just a short while back and I emailed Patrice with the words I was led to say. I got a brief response, "will be in touch". Through my tears as I write this, I can truthfully say that folks can make close and binding friendships through emails and blogs and other ways. I pray that Anita found her way as God can work through mysterious ways. Thanks to you folks that prayed for Anita. It was appreciated so much. God Bless you all...

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

just been too busy for me...

Since this blog was started under the premise that I would write about my day and the events happening that day; the truth is- in almost now a year of blogging, less and less is happening in my life that I can truly consider blog worthy. The things I want to tell right now I have to wait. Therefore, I have to deal with the hand I have been dealt on the day that I blog.

I have been busy this week. I went to the doctor on Monday as I had to move mine and Jerrell's appointments to April instead of May because come May 1 our insurance will be changing and it will not cover the bloodwork that our current insurance does. I got a good report back on mine today. Jerrell will be going this afternoon. I could write an entire post just on health insurance, but that is just not proper and I am not up to typing for a couple hours on my feelings and dealings with insurance companies!

My doctor did put me on a different fluid pill that is really pulling alot of fluid off of me. Also gave me something to help me get to sleep. He also chose to take me off the angina med that the heart doctor gave me and put me on a nitro patch. I put it on yesterday morning at 7 a.m. and removed it at 10 p.m as directed by my doctor. By 10:30 I had my first angina attack and had three more last night with the last being at 7:00 this morning. Needless to say, I will go back to the medicine and will not use another patch. Although I did feel better and have more energy as my heart was getting more blood and oxygen than I did taking the pills, but once removed, it was bad from then until I got the pills back into my system. I was a bit leary when he told me, but since he's the doctor and I'm the patient, surely he knows more about it than I do. NOT. this. time.

I read many blogs and I have one blog that I truly enjoy. Linda has been battling with her elderly dog as to have her put down or not, as at her age she was in lots of pain, but Linda backed out and medicated the dog enough to keep her getting around and pain free. Finally she firmly decided to have her dog put down yesterday and I have worried and thought about Linda ever since. I have been there, done that and it is something I can never do again. I told her about the Rainbow Bridge and gave her the website to go read and she would feel better about it. Also there is a Memory Wall site that I added my last two dogs names to. The neat thing is that the page never ends, it is continuous and has such pretty music and every time I go there and run my cursor over my pet's name, I always shed some tears and feel the joy that those two special dogs gave to our lives. I pray that Linda will hang in there and understand there are many folks thinking and praying for her.

I have slap run out of trials that was at least interesting. This Phil Spector trial just does not get my interest. My husband asked me today if I was ready to practice law yet as I watch trials so much. lol... I told him I hadda take the test first, but I am confident that I could pass. I was pleased with the Mary Winkler verdict and hope she gets the least amount of time possible. As for the Melanie McGuire case, I honestly think she commited the crime, but I saw too much reasonable doubt for me to have cast a guilty verdict. I find it amazing that 12 people can agree on much of anything, much less something as serious as a life sentence or freedom. I hope to be called to serve jury duty once before I leave this earth. Many do all they can to get out of it and I keep hoping I will be called. I dearly love learning the laws and seeing lawyers in action. Quite educational or a waste of time? To each his own, eh?

I have not seen the first thing worthy of getting my camera out for. I was a bit late to get the pictures of our azealas made before the cold snap and the frost killed them. Brown ones are not too pretty. I am sure I will run across something soon as those things normally just happen, not something you plan.

Since Jerrell got off work early today, I cooked dinner and we ate well, so tonight we will have a sandwich or a "make do". Then tonight I can't wait to see who gets voted off on American Idol. They are down to only 6 remaining and in my opinion Malinda Doolittle has a fabulous voice and whether she wins or not, she definitely will be making money doing what she does well. At this time, she is my favorite pick. How about you folks that watch it, who is your choice? I would love to know!...

God Bless!

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Melissa Greer Polksy ...1979 - 2007

Melissa lost her courageous 6 month battle with cancer yesterday morning. Please remember her husband, Roger, son, Connor and her entire family. She will be greatly missed by her WBTV family as well. There is a Remember Melissa site at channel 3's website. She fought a good fight and was able to attend a shower given to her only 3 weeks ago. Although Connor is nearing 4 months of age, he will have many things to remember about his mom. May all you folks remember this fun, happy and optimistic ladies loved ones and friends at this time. Melissa lived a full 27 years and as one of her co-workers said, "she did not fear death, nor did she ever ask why". God Bless!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

a great few days...

Amidst the tragedy at VT this week, I have had the students and family of the victims and the gunnman in my thoughts and prayers. It is sad that we have so much hate and turmoil in and around us.

Life goes on for all of us and maybe it was good that I have been busy and did not have the time to dwell on these things as I normally would have. I was pleasantly surprised on Tuesday when the phone rang and it was Stephanie calling me and telling me she wanted to take me out for lunch for my birthday. I was delighted to say the least. She said she had her mom and Caroline with her and would be here shortly.

I had to hustle a bit to get somewhat ready and within just a few minutes they were here! During their long visit, her mom and I were talking about Caroline and me being a grandma too. Stephanie has and always will seem more like a daughter to me than a former daughter-in-law.

We were sitting in Pizza Hut and Caroline does not have a shy bone in her body. She would wave to anyone that came by her and Stephanie spent a lot of time talking to some folks she knew and lots of strangers that would come to our table to see and talk to Caroline. Caroline has the most precious smile, showing all of her little "toffies". She is a very happy and very, very outgoing little girl. I do not think there will ever be a problem with shyness. I would be quite surprised if she ever shyed away from anyone!

I am picture posting illiterate!!! I just cannot seem to put on more than one picture without them being scattered all about. Now I see I cannot space and write between them. Any free help please??? When I read a blog and they have their pictures just as neat and straight in a row, I truly am impressed and wonder what in the world am I doing wrong.

Since my batteries were low, even the charged up rechargeable ones, I had to get Steph to take a few pictures before they died. I will try to post some, but have no idea if I will get it done or not.
I also bought some new rechargeable batteries for the camera when I was out phone shopping!

We had three telephones in our home. One landline and two cordless ones and one answering machine. They ALL had died. I was always fearful of not getting through a conversation for fear of the phone dying in mid conversation. So yesterday I went and bought new phones and one with a built in answering machine (less wires to deal with). Did you folks ever realize just how many wires it takes for three phone???? Well I didn't either until I had to crawl under this table and this desk and that table to untangle and dig out all the wires. I threw two phones and the answering machine away. I no longer wanted to deal with them and certainly saw no need in keeping them.

I have already found that I am not a good picture taker. I am used to the old kind where you look through the viewfinder and click away. Although you can do it this way, it is more cool to just snap away. So all mine are either off center, too light or totally worthless. I now see why it is hard to teach an old dog new tricks. I will now proceed to post a few.
Good luck to me!! Have a great day folks!

God Bless!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

a day to enjoy...

After leaving our house week before last, our son, Kevin and his family left to go on to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to see the beaches that neither Silvia or Cynthia had never seen before. They had pretty weather here as they visited with us. It was in the high 80's and was just down right hot, but the temperatures at the beach were much cooler, but still warm enough for Cynthia to get in the water. The picture on the top were taken on Thursday and the bottom one is what they returned home to on the following Sunday. Quite a difference, but such a beautiful site as I love snow. I love to see it fall, I love to be outside in it and also like to ride in it if the roads are not slippery. I was so happy to get these pictures in my email and I also got some new pictures of Caroline too. I cannot think of how much I enjoy getting pictures of my grandchildren. I will post some of Caroline later.

It just does not take much to make me happy. Friends remembering me today on my birthday with ecards and also snail mail cards. To those folks I saw thank you. I also got an email from Jeff, our youngest son this morning. He needed to remind me that I am 63 years old today as I was dead set on being 64 until a couple weeks back when he corrected me. I have no idea what I was thinking, but most likely I was doing as usual, not trying to think at all. I have already been blessed on and before my birthday. I have gone to sleep and slept the night through for three nights in a row. What more of a birthday present could I possibly want. Yesterday morning I was reading the paper thinking what a wonderful difference it makes to get a good night's sleep. I felt so good. I also found out that angina does not always have to be for a reason as feeling as good as I did yesterday morning as I was taking my meds the pain started started first in my left arm, then to my chest and I quickly got my nitro and put it under my tongue. Within 5 minutes the severe pain had stopped and I as usual was left weak and pretty much was for the rest of the day. As I was letting the nitro dissolve, I just asked the Lord to help me through it and as always he did. I am learning to accept them as now being a part of my life as nothing can be done that hasn't already been done. I am just thankful it is not every day.

My best friend Paulette had asked me to come over to her house this week, but I told her I was just not up to it. I hated to not go, as she and I always have so much fun together. Also my check engine light was on and would not go off on my SUV, but I learned something that may help some of you folks. First, I do not like cars that talk to you! But I am used to the beep and my message center saying "low fuel" as I never get gas until that happens and at times I wait for the final warning which means "now or never". I was riding along and the low fuel warning was given and then later the check engine light came on, so I mentioned this to my beautician friends and one of them told me that her Four Runner would do that and usually the gas lid is not on properly and if I get gas and make sure the gas lid is on right and disconnect the battery that the check engine light would go off. I was telling Jerrell about it and he got the manual out and it said only to put gas in tank and after a few starts and stops the light would go off, but in my case it did not go off. So yesterday he said he might as pull my car outta the garage and undo the battery not really believing it would work. After doing that, yep the light went out. Who woulda thought it? And why in the world would a car have such a kink in it to start with. However, I am so glad to get rid of that check engine light. It has a screen and a system check where you can check all the things that could be a problem and all things had checked out OK, so with it coming on right after the low fuel light, I have to believe it is a kink in the computer system on the car.

I plan on spending my birthday today as I do all other days. I have a trial with closing arguments today on tv, then the jury will get it. On the computer I have a live trial of Mary Winkler the pastor's wife in TN that I am keeping up with at the same time. I can multi task some things, as long as I can sit and do it. :) I am saddened to hear of the shootings at Virginia Tech. This is America's worst event like this and I pray for all those involved. So much going on right now in the news and none of it is good. Nothing shocks me anymore, but it certainly does upset me. All I can do is pray for the folks in all these terrible situations.

So far I am having a good day, it is already 10:30 and here I sit, still in my jammies and robe. Roxy is still asleep. My mother in law just called and she is dressed and raring to go, so I guess if at 91 she is dressed, surely this ole 63 year should get up from here and dress. So I am outta here for today. I hope you folks all have a wonderful day...

God Bless!

Sunday, April 15, 2007

i have been tagged...

Howdy! I have been tagged by Clara for the Wikipedia MeMe....

First, you are to go to Wikipedia and type in the month and day you were born.

April 17, 1944 (tis me)

Second, you are to name 4 events that occurred on that day.

1492 - Spain and Christopher Columbus sign a contract for him to sail to Asia to get spices
1861 - American Civil War: Virginia secedes from the Union
1864 - American Civil War: Battle of Plymouth begins – Confederate forces attack Plymouth, North Carolina.
1865 - Mary Surratt is arrested as a conspirator in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Third, you are to name two important birthdays on that day.

1923 - Harry Reasoner, American journalist (d. 1991)
1972 - Gary Bennett, American baseball player

Fourth, you are to name one person whose death occurred on that day.

1790 - Benjamin Franklin, American inventor, diplomat, and printer (b. 1706)

Fifth, you tag five fellow bloggers. You are chosen, but if you don't want to play,
no problem at all.






Hope the weather is not too stormy where you are...

God Bless!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

i am defeated...

I have been meaning to post all day, but have been stuck to the tv waiting on DNA results. I really gotta life, eh? Also, I flooded the bathroom, water ran through into the basement for so long that 3 pieces of ceiling tile came loose and the water dripped all over Jerrell's tool boxes.
I had no idea this was going on. It isn't like the toliet has not been working right for several weeks and I was never given a lesson in proper flushing with a broken toilet just yet, but I sure did get a nice one this afternoon. :)

That paragraph was written yesterday as I tried on and off all day to get a video to go along with a post. I have even tried this morning. It works fine at the site I have it uploaded too, which include -You Tube, Photobucket and Google Video. The video works on the sites, but when I put them on here, when you click play, it says " oops no video" ! Is there anyone that can or will help me with this? I don't know if the file name has something to do with it or not. I even compared the code that I had used in a prior video post that did work and I saw no difference. Most of you folks have my email address, so any help would truly be appreciated.

I am just about water logged inside and out today. It has rained pretty much all day long. It just let up long enough to take Roxy on a good walk although it was misting enough that I needed an umbrella. Tomorrow will be warming up some and also the sunshine will be back. I did not get very much sleep last night and had just gotten up when Jerrell called home this morning to check on me. I told him I most likely would not have a cooked supper, but would try to have him something to eat that was warm. It is hard to cook for Jerrell now more than ever as he has always been a very picky eater and likes no variety in his meals. I am just plain sick of pinto beans and I honestly think he could eat them every day of his life. I have beaned out!

It is almost 2 pm and I have not made all my blog rounds yet. I have been running behind all morning. Had to run to the grocery store once and then run and pick up some prescriptions and that is just enough to wear me out. Therefore, I am going to make this one short. I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend and are back into the groove this week. Have a good day and I am now going to read some blogs.

BTW Janet I have not gotten Roxy to the vet yet this week and I may even have to wait until next week. Things never work out as planned around here. Thanks for your concern. It needs attention, but not immediate, but I want it off as soon as I can. Please lemme know on Spot's results.

God Bless!

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Happy Easter...

For each of you, I wish you peace, love and joy. Love one another and hugssss to you All...

God Bless!

Saturday, April 07, 2007

I have been tagged...

Ok, I have been tagged by Grammie and I am going to do my best to list my favorite or most listened to songs. Thank you for the tag Laurie. I do love music, most all kinds, but gospel music is my all time favorite and most of my CD's are gospel. Nevertheless, here I go. No particular order here, but I will say #1 is #1 and the rest are just some of my favorites.

1. Learning to Lean - The Blackwood Brothers

2. Bridge Over Troubled Waters - Elvis Presley

3. After All Is Said And Done - O.C. Smith

4. Red High Heels - Kellie Pickler

5. God on The Mountain - The McKameys

6. Only You - Michael Crawford

7. Oh for a Thousand Tongues - The Nelons

Just a little -add to- here, I have to say the hymn Learning to Lean has always touched my heart and I do not think I have ever heard it sang or listened to it that it did not bring a tear to my eye. I am constantly leaning on Him and want it no other way. In fact, that is one song for sure I want sung at my funeral.

There are numerous songs that I like to hear, might not even know the name of it or the artist, but still I like the song. Many of the songs of the 60's when I was a teenager, I now see on the public broadcast station still singing the "oldies" and never knew at the time they were African American, nor would it have mattered. I am always in awe with their age now; how I cannot tell any difference in their voices from then and now. Blows my mind at times.

I am rested up some now as it does take quite a bit out of me when I get out of my routine. LOL, I sound like I am old, eh? Well I ain't too far from it! Anyhow I gotta email from Kevin this morning saying they were having a good time and he was having a hard time getting an internet connection. His laptop is wireless and he has to keep up with his work even while away, so he was at an internet cafe this morning doing some work. I pray for a safe flight home for them tomorrow.

This cool weather is gonna be with us for the next several days. That is why they call it an Easter cold snap as usually happens, one good cold front moves through right about Easter time each year. Thanks to you that stop by and a special thanks to those that choose to comment.

God Bless!

Friday, April 06, 2007

what a fun-filled week...

Believe it or not, but I am all in one piece and yes I took this picture. Yay me!! Am I good or what? :) My younguns got in without any problems about 2 pm on Tuesday. The weather here was more than cooperative and was just down right pretty and a tad even on the hot side. The pretty weather allowed us to be outside alot and that of course makes one feel so good!

Yeppers, I had a mini course in the use of the camera and I still gotta long ways to go, but I thought I would try getting one as they were leaving yesterday morning to drive on down to Myrtle Beach. As you see -the jackets had to come out; after all they are Buntings and were headed for the beach and as a Bunting we always have been known for our bad luck so Kevin took it in stride. After being in the 80's, the temps have dropped to day time of 50's at the beach. Actually he said, it is beautiful here compared to home as it was snowing in Cleveland yesterday. A happy trio they were to be away from home, work and to have a little vacation. Does one good to get away from the grindstone once in a while.

On Wednesday our youngest son came over from Charlotte so we had the entire family, small as it is, here for supper on Wednesday night. We enjoyed just being together, reminicsing about the "good ole days" when the boys were young and I was trying really hard to embarrass Kevin with all my might. He was such a stinker when he was growing up. I just thought Silvia outta know what a rascal he really was so I did my best... :)

We made several pictures and since they had recently gotten a camera phone we was picture happy! No joke, I even have pictures from tree trunks and roots to nose nostrils and everything in between. I did find out real fast I ain't as photogenic as I once was, so I ain't never gonna be in no more pictures. Nope, not me. I am thrilled to say the least to have the camera and got it tucked away in the nice soft leather case and I will be ready now if I can find something to take a picture of. Oh and it gotta video thingy too and I do have a little video of Roxy if I can figure out how to get it on my blog. I did it once, but cannot figure out again how I did it. Oh well, who woulda thought it? I may hafta change the name of my blog to Roxy's Place cause she is about all I most likely will get pictures of, unless I run across something better and I would be hard pressed to beat her!

Welp I gotta go, but I did want you good folks to know I appreciate the comments on Mrs. Bunting's birthday and that this has truly been a good week. She had a good birthday and thankful to the good Lord she is as well as she is and we are thankful to Him for allowing us all these wonderful years with her. Take care folks and stay safe...

God Bless!

Monday, April 02, 2007

happy birthday Mamaw and a little more...

Oh what a beautiful day. And it also happens to be my mother in law's 91st birthday. She is quite a lady for her age. Does not have an ache or a pain. She has certainly led a Godly life and lived her entire life living for the Lord, doing his service. God has truly been good to a very deserving woman. She only has the one child, Jerrell and I thank her for that.... well
at times I do... :)

I April Fooled myself yesterday and didn't even know it. I was reminded by my son that I too would have a birthday coming up on the 17th. I told him that I would be 64. Jeff quickly corrected me and said " no Moo, you will be 63." Oh really!!! I declare I was happy all day for having that extra year that I had already lost. Sometimes I wonder whether I am going or coming.

Our oldest son and his family will be coming in tomorrow and yes I am a bit excited and nervous all at the same time. Of all times for me to start back having angina attacks, but I did yesterday morning. The first one woke me up at 4:11 as I saw the clock when I reached on the night stand for my nitro and then another one got me around 8 right after I got up. It worries me more since I am taking 4 pills a day for it and it had been working really well. I think the combo of that fact and also getting things ready for Kevin and his family has gotten me all dithered up. I was up until after midnight last night and was up at 5:30 this morning. I had too much to try to do today; had zero energy to do it, but I got all I wanted to do done and Jerrell will finish up with the vacuuming when he gets off work today. He will work tomorrow and take off on Wednesday since they will be leaving out on Thursday morning for South Carolina.

The last thing I told Kev was to be sure and pack the CAMERA, so I will try to get some pictures to post for you folks while they are here. Hope old dogs can still be taught new tricks. That's what I am a thinking.

I had a phone call smack in the middle of this, so I am outta here. Will be back soon as I can. Have a great day everyone!

God Bless!