Thursday, May 02, 2013
I have been very busy lately, and I was feeling like I desperately needed some time to myself.
Our church had our Women's Retreat this past weekend. A friend came and picked me up early Friday afternoon, and we stopped and picked up 3 other ladies. Then it was off to the retreat. It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining and it was quite warm.
After about an hour's drive we stopped off at a restaurant for an early supper. It was too early to get to the retreat, so we just took our time relaxing and visiting while eating supper. We were some of the first to arrive and it was wonderful.
The retreat is held away from the city. The camp is alongside a lake and it is so peaceful and quiet. The camp is owned by a Christian group, Youth for Christ, who generally have youth in the camp throughout the summer. There is a large lodge with 2 stories and a basement. Each room has 4 bunk beds. Meals are prepared for us. If anyone has any allergies or health issues, such as Diabetes, special meals are prepared as required. Friday they don't have a meal, as we are supposed to arrive at 6:30 P.M. They do have a snack at 10:00 P.M., though.
We had such a wonderful weekend. The weather was beautiful and I was able to go for some walks. Our teaching sessions were wonderful and the praise and worship was amazing. You could just feel the Holy Spirit in the room. I managed to spend some time in the Prayer Room, which is such a peaceful place. It looks out on the lake.
Even though there were 7 of us in our quite small room, we had a good time. Everyone got along well and there were no problems. It was hard to come back home on Sunday afternoon. It was a very peaceful and relaxing weekend and I came home feeling very blessed and rested, even though I didn't sleep that well. I had a good night's sleep on Sunday night.
Monday two of my church friends and I went to a spa. We had a wonderful relaxing day there, just chatting and having fun in the mineral pool and hot tub. We were having fun splashing water on each other and just enjoying our time together. My one friend is moving at the end of June, so we wanted to make sure we spent one more spa day together. We have been doing this for several years. Two years ago I had my birthday at the spa and my two friends joined me. I enjoyed a one-hour aromatherapy massage.
It just so happened, that they were working on the steam room that day, so we weren't able to use it. As a result, we all received free passes to come and spend another day at the spa to use the steam room, the hot tub and the mineral pool and swimming pool. This doesn't include any treatments, but the regular value is $40.00. So now we need to choose another day before my friend moves so we can get together again. All in all it was a truly wonderful and blessed long weekend. God is still taking very good care of me.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
My wonderful sisters-in-law treated me to lunch today for my birthday, which was in February. There were three SIL's and one good friend of the family who came. They took me to my favorite restaurant for baked chicken fingers and Greek salad. We had a lovely time. They not only treated me to lunch, but they all bought me gifts as well. I received a beautiful purple cast-iron teapot with an infuser, and some tea, a lovely necklace with amythyst flowers in it and a purple bracelet, a big tea cup in the shape of an apple and a lovely tea-light candle holder with the word Faith on it. As you can tell, purple is my favorite color. I am so blessed that my dh's family are so good to me. They have adopted me as a "sister" and treat me as such. The family will be having a luncheon later this month for my dh's brother, and I know I will be invited as well. It is so nice to be able to get together and visit with the family. It brings back good memories of my dh as well.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Today didn't start out to be too great. I knew I was going out for lunch, so I decided to just have a smoothie and a cup of coffee for breakfast. When I went to put milk in my coffee I found the milk had soured, so that coffee went down the drain. I opened the other bottle of milk, and that had curdled as well. There went that cup down the drain. I opted to go down to Jesse's Kitchen to have toast and coffee and visit with a few people who had gone there for breakfast.
My BIL picked me up at 11:30 A.M., and we were off to Boston Pizza to meet the rest of the gang.
My dh's siblings get together for lunch when one of them has a birthday. This month there were two birthdays being celebrated, two of my SIL's. We had a lovely visit and chat over lunch. When the time came to pay the bill, I found that my meal had been covered as well, because I had had a birthday in February. What a nice treat.
After I got home I decided to go to Safeway to pick up a couple of things I needed. I hadn't planned to buy much, so I didn't take my little grocery cart I normally use. Of course I ended up buying more than I planned, and I ended up carrying 8 bags of groceries home. It is a good little walk from Safeway, especially when the sidewalks are slippery and wet. I stopped part way home to rest and a lady across the street saw me and called me and asked me if I would like a ride home. She got her dh to give me a ride the rest of the way. He drove me right up to the door of my apartment. What a blessing. Someone up there sure is watching out for me.
I enjoyed the rest of my day and I even have some salad left over from lunch today to have for my lunch tomorrow. I picked up some soup from Jesse's and now I can come home from church and have lunch ready in two minutes.
Thursday, March 07, 2013
I have been following a new healthy eating plan suggested by my chiropractor. It is called Maximzied Living. We had a 30-day challenge to see how much weight we could lose. So far I have lost 8 pounds. I haven't been able to do the exercises, as I have been diagnosed with a sluggish heart. I am not sure exactly what this means, but I am not doing too much exercise, except walking when I can. I received a call from my cardiologist the other day, and I have an appointment for Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 2:30 P.M. I was told to bring all my medication so that the doctor can see what I have been taking. I am going to take not only my prescribed medication, but the vitamins I have been using as well. I have a friend at my church who goes to the same cardiologist, and she told me that he is very thorough. I am sure he will put me through a battery of tests. Hopefully I will get some answers.
I have been very busy over the last few days, as aunt is coming for a visit. She is my birth-mother's sister-in-law, and she and her niece made a trip all the way here just so that she could meet me. She is 80 years old. I am so looking forward to meeting her. She is staying with my birth cousin who lives nearby. She called me tonight to let me know she arrived safely. She said the roads were good all the way. She and my cousin are coming to pick me up tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m., and we are going to go back to my cousins and spend some time there. We don't know what we will be doing, but we are going to spend the whole day together. I put together a photo album of some shots of me when I was little to when I graduated from high school, when I got married and some pictures of my children and their children. She has been so good to me. She sent me a lot of pictures of my family. I did not know what my birth father looked like until she sent me a picture. She even sent me a picture of my parents' wedding. I have a brother and two sisters that I have never met. I am hoping they will give me a chance to get to know them. They want me to have a DNA test to prove I am their sister. We'll see how things work out in that regard. After I spend some time with my aunt I am planning on contacting my siblings again and see if we can arrange to share the cost of the DNA test. I am willing to do it, I just can't afford to pay for all of it. I am taking it one day at a time, although at 67, I think I would like to move things along a little quicker.
I am so looking forward to spending the day with my aunt tomorrow. We have spent a lot of time talking on the phone, but I am so excited to get to meet her.
I'll blog again when I find out some of the results of my visit with the cardiologist.
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