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down-sizing
Posted On 06/02/2019 14:24:00



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I have been off the Hill for a while because I have after much prayer, and conversations with my children, have decided to down size. This has been a heart wrenching decision for me as with many folks my age. Our place( my late Bob) and I built this retirement home on a beautiful lake in the mts. of Tn. and lived here for 31 years. My health has not been the best for a couple of years and our 4 acres and house has gotten too much for me to handle. It is so hard to get hired help one can depend on, so it is time for younger folks to take over the joy of living here. I will be writing a blog occasionally to record my progress. Hope this coming week is a good one for you. Anne


What will America stand for?
Posted On 02/14/2019 11:41:49

Yesterday I was leaving the church after a meeting and ran into the nursery children being taken for a stroll around the church in their nine seated buggy. Such beautiful babies waving and smiling and it brought to mind how wonderful that they have a full life ahead of them and the right to be what ever their talents will allow them  to become. But I also realized that not all babies will have that option.

Chose Life has been my cry for years. Now I find my self praying for unknown babies yet to be born and those whose lives are about to be snuffed out. I realize there are many who do not hold the same view but just think about it. May God guide us Americans as to  what kind of nation we want to be. This is one of the most important decisions a mother can make. May God bless and guide each mother struggling with this choice. Let us add love to the equation.

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swan of our lake
Posted On 01/08/2019 16:57:09

Shortly before Christmas my neighbor found the neighborhood swan floating in the lake with its' head under water. He tried to encourage it to raise its' head but so sad to say, our beautiful swan was dead. It had flown in about 18 years ago and was fully grown at the time it came. We never knew the sex of it but some friends called it Sally. It was beautiful and could put on show swimming down the lake with its' wings fluffed up and head and neck in a beautiful curve. It was buried next to the waters edge with a large rock marking the  spot. I find myself often looking for that beautiful creature of Gods' to come down the lake and brighten our day. I miss it.😢


Out And About
Posted On 10/16/2018 17:02:08


My health has improved, I am walking with my cane, and I can stay awake longer in the evenings and I spent 3 weeks with my daughter in Texas. That was a joy. She did all the cooking, driving and took me out to eat all the fish I could hold. {she lives in houston}We had a house in Galveston and I enjoyed the calmness and warmness of the Gulf waters.  Houston is a large open and friendly city, you could almost believe you were in a small town untill you stepped out and saw the three tiered interstate overpasses.  The rest of the summer was spent camping with my son and his family and visits from grandchildren and my oldest daughter from North Carolina. What a wonderful summer I had. Now the leaves are turning and my life is back to a slower pace untill Thanksgiving. The Lord has given me a great blessing this year.



Drifting Days
Posted On 06/29/2018 10:40:26

The days are drifting by with sadness and joy as I travel through these months of sickness and visits to Doctors and Physical Therapy. My family  cheers me with all the care they  show me and the Lord is always by my side. I am showing many signs of improvement and with Gods help I will eventually be able to do many things on my own.  Some things  may never be healed but that does not hinder me from my joy in each morning living on the lake and watching all that happens around me. What a wonderful world the Lord made for us. My one wish is that the deer would stop eating my hostas. They seem to love them more that any thing. I watch them as they swim across the lake I guess in search of more hostas to fill their tummies. Many different species of birds are visiting my feeders and I love watching them. One racoon thinks the feeder is his special resturant. He holds on to the feeder and using one paw shovels the seeds into his mouth that he holds next to the feeder port. So funny. Another time another story are the chipmonks.


The beginning of a New Road
Posted On 10/31/2016 17:16:10

It has been a year since I wrote my blog " Down the Hospice Road". It was both a hard road and a joyous road for us. Bob had a wonderful outlook because he was ready spiritualy and mentaly to take the steps forward. Many times we talked and cried together, Prayed and found peace in talking with the Lord. He went to the Lord on Jan. 4, 2016. I have missed him to the depths of my being and God has filled me with the knowledge that Bob is very happy and whole. As the leaves turn and Thanksgiving approaches I, who always found joy in this time of year, find that I still get up with joy in my heart and  find happiness in the season. The Saviour has indeed filled my cup. I pray He will fill us with joy and happiness the remainded of our days on earth.


DOWN THE HOSPICE ROAD
Posted On 09/29/2015 10:31:57

THE DOCTOR TOLD US THAT MY HUSBAND WOULD NOT GET ANY BETTER AND HE WOULD PUT HIM IN HOSPICE CARE WHEN BOB DECIDED HE WAS READY. WE WAITED ALMOST A YEAR TO MAKE THE DECISION AND HE DECIDED THE TIME HAD COME. I WENT DOWN THIS ROAD FIRST WITH MY FATHER AND THEN MAMA NOW MY HUSBAND.

BOB IS BEING TAKEN CARE OF HERE AT HOME. WE HAVE HIRED HELP THREE DAYS A WEEK AND HOSPICE COMES ONCE A WEEK FOR BATH AND NURSE CHECKUP. THE VISITS FROM ALL HOSPICE CARE GIVERS WILL ENCREASE AS HE GETS WEAKER. HIS MEDICINE FOR PAIN AND COMFORT ARE FURNISHED BY HOSPICE AND DELIVERED TO OUR DOOR.

GOD MUST HAVE A SPECIAL MOLD HE USES FOR THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO WORK WITH PATIENTS WHO ARE ON THEIR WAY TO THEIR ETERNAL REWARD.  THEIR SMILING FACES AND UPBEAT ATTITUDE MAKE THIS JOURNEY EASIER.  BOB IS COMFORTABLE WITH HIS DECISION TO GO THIS WAY. I AM HAPPY HE IS AT PEACE WITH IT.


lOOKING GLASS
Posted On 08/29/2015 18:29:29

Have you looked in the mirror lately? Well I made the mistake of looking one day. What in the world, I said to myself, is Grandma doing here? Looking closer there was her white hair, chicken neck(Mama always called it) and round little body. I  turned around to see how it was possible because Grandma had been dead 40 years.No  one was there but ME. It had happened! I had become my Grandmother! I immediately ordered the best neck lifting treatment money could buy from QVC and started the use of it the day it came. No More chicken neck for me! My new hair treatment came the same day. OK. Now I was on top of my problems. I also ordered  the new diet that Marie recommends and a new rubber band to tighten my flab.

My neck treatment is used up, my hair treatment is gone, the rubber band is stretched and I still look like my  Grandma. I thought about me for a while, I thought about my Grandma and I remembered how gentle she was, how much she loved her family and how she always took her problems to "The Good Lord". I never heard her complain how hard she had to work taking care of her family. The more I thought about it, the more proud I became that in some ways I was like that remarkable lady I knew as Grandma. 


Good old days?
Posted On 01/25/2014 15:40:19

My husband and I have been sitting here  watching the snow come down and the birds eating at the feeder as fast as they can get a seed out. They are empting the feeder almost as fast as I can fill it.

It is so cold and pretty out I was thinking back to my childhood and the fun we had in the snow. Then it dawned on me that we had to go out in the snowy, cold weather to use the toilet and THAT was NOT fun. The "out house" was a good distance from the back porch because no one wanted such a smelly place near the house. No matter what you did to keep the odor down when you opened the door there was the odor. Now that is not a memory I would like to relive. We had a marvelous view from the top of our hill and the sunsets were out of this world but we had to walk up the hill because there was no way to build a driveway because of the rocks half way up. Snow and ice did not add anything positive to the walk up the path. Again I think of how warm and cosy the house was with the big kitchen coal range and warm morning heater in the living room, but then I remembered that Daddy had to carry the coal up from the bottom of the hill in a sack on his back or load  a wagon that the mules would pull up the hill. Now that was not a "good thing". Mama had to heat the water for laundry on the coal stove, fill the washing machine up ( we were lucky to have electricity as most people didn't) and hang the clothes on the outside line in the snow and cold, not a" good thing".

Now that I am older I remember things I never thought a thing about untill now and somethings were not good about the "old days". I enjoy all the wonderful things I have today that makes my life easier. We should not forget the "good old days" but remember we are having good days now.

 

 




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