On Monday, I had to go for an ultrasound on my carotid arteries. I’ll admit now that I was a little nervous and concerned about it. Even though I had just gone in for my usual 6-month checkup and med adjustments last week, my doctor wanted to cover all the bases (my blood pressure was a little high that day).

I received a call this morning from “Renee” saying that everything was “pumping thru really good”. Renee is just a beautiful, wonderful, perfect girl [I’ve never met her in my life, just heard her saying wonderful words to me.].

Isn’t that the way it goes with we humans though? When people say what we want to hear, we really like them even though we know absolutely nothing about them.

It’s important and sometimes difficult to get to know the “real” person. It means spending the time and effort to listen, observe, feel what that person is feeling, see the results of their feelings displayed outwardly.

This can be very difficult with some people. There is a person in my life [no choice about it] who is one of those difficult people. The fact is this person has a big heart, but most people will never be aware of it because of the way she acts and reacts to other people. God has helped me to deal with her so far with only a few reactions of my own. It’s difficult to say the least and really sad that she drives people away so often and ends up very lonely.

Thank God for this:

..for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7 [King James] Biblos.com: Search, Read, Study the Bible in Many Languages


Winter! Ah, the Pain! Ah, Spring!

One of the reasons I decided to retire last year was so I didn’t have to get out in really bad, cold weather any more. My old buddy, Arthur-itis, makes his presence known painfully in the cold. My Dad called his pain “Old Arthur.”

Apparently, I inherited this ailment as my Dad recalled seeing his own father sitting, rubbing his hands, almost crying from the pain.

I can’t imagine dealing with this in my grandfather’s time when there were no medications to reduce the inflammation and stiffness. Thank God for Celebrex and Naproxen. My mother also suffered from arthritic pain.

BUT THERE IS A BRIGHT SIDE: I don’t have to get up at 5:00 am anymore to get to work – AND – Spring is just around the corner!! Ready to burst into the cold and make it disappear. Talk about something to look forward to – SPRING! YEAH!

What to Name my Blog?

I’ve been thinking about starting my own blog for awhile now, debating whether I had anything to say that might interest anyone else.

Obviously, I decided that I did as I started this blog today. Or maybe, I just wanted to say some things, whether anyone reads it or not.

Then there’s always the question of what to name the blog. I decided on this name because it reminds me of my Dad. Not when he was at his best – but this was one of the most recent memories of him.

Dad’s short-term memory went away in his later years. But he still felt that he was supposed to engage his “company” in conversation and entertain up until the end of his life, so we heard the same stories and comments every time we saw him.

Eventually, he would start talking and not remembering a lot to say, he would end with “and this, that and the other.” So, I choose to be reminded of him every time I come to this blog.