Monday, April 14, 2014
We had a couple of beautiful days last week, but yesterday we had snow again. It is still quite cool here and it doesn't look like it's going to warm up for the rest of the week. The geese are back, but some of them didn't stay they went back south for a while. There is still lots of ice on the rivers and it is not melting too quickly. There are ice jams everywhere. It has been so cold here during the last little while that there were thousands of people with frozen water pipes. Some of them were without water for days. A couple of the recreation centres around the city offered free access to showers and pools. Some people were hooking up hoses to their neighbors' water supplies so they could have access to water. The city is taking forever to have the frozen pipes thawed. Some home owners called plumbers on their own to have their pipes thawed, but they will be out of pocket for some of the costs. This has been the longest, coldest winter we have had in years.
I haven't been able to get outside to do much walking, as the sidewalks have been too slippery. It shouldn't be too much longer before they are thawed. Maybe after next week.
I am hoping it warms up soon, as I am going to our church's Women's Retreat on April 25, 26 and 27 and I'm hoping we have nice weather for that. We go to a youth camp and rent the whole place. There are about 110 - 120 women there. The meals are wonderful and the area is beautiful. It is by a lake. I love walking around there. It is so peaceful and quiet and you can actually hear the birds singing and the water running. There are a couple of hot tubs available as well. It is a fun, uplifting weekend. I enjoy the teachings and just being able to spend time communing with God and nature.
A team from our church is off to Swaziland on the 25th as well. We have two care points there and we sponsor over 200 children. Those of us who sponsor children put together a package of school supplies, socks, small toys for the younger children and some hard candies. We donated some money so that they could purchase a soccer uniform for the boys and some clothing for the girls as well. They are going to have a giant birthday party for all the children there. Most of these children have lost their parents and are being looked after by women who take them in. The women are called go gos. This area has a high AIDS epidemic there. The children are looked after at care points and are given food and an education. They have a church and a play area and our church supplied money so wells could be dug so they would have clean drinking water.
Our church team should be bringing home a bunch of purses, coin purses, necklaces, etc. The ladies there make them and then we sell them at church to raise money so they can make more. They only receive pennies on the dollar if the goods are sold in Swaziland, but our church sells them for a good price and all the money is sent back to the women in Swaziland.
Monday, February 17, 2014
I have been feeling very emotional over the last few days. My brother-in-law was in the hospital since December 18. My sister was told he had congestive heart failure, and that he could not go back home, as he needed round-the-clock care. My sister has COPD and has had a difficult time taking care of herself and her hubby.
A few weeks ago the doctor called the family together and told them that my brother-in-law was dying, and had only about 3 weeks to live. My sister and her family have been going to the hospital as often as they can, and it has taken a toll on my sister. Often my brother-in-law wasn't responsive to them when they visited. He slowly declined.
On Friday my brother-in-law went into a coma. My niece called me to let me know. I had not been able to visit my sister or brother-in-law, as I had been suffering with a bad cold and flu bug. I didn't want to pass on the infection to either of them. I have been feeling better so I told my sister I would find a way to the hospital. After that call another niece called me and told me she and her sister were going to the hospital and that if I wanted she would come and pick me up and give me a ride. That was such a blessing. I was able to spend some time with my family there as well. My sister and some of her family wanted to go out for supper, so I said I would stay with my brother-in-law so he wouldn't be alone. That was a very difficult time for me, as the last time I was visiting in the hospital is when my husband was dying two years ago. I spent 4 days with him when he too was unresponsive. I was happy to be able to talk to my brother-in-law about God and Jesus while I was visiting. I know he believed in God and in Jesus, but that he was afraid to die. I told him that if he had Christ in his heart he didn't have to be afraid.
My brother-in-law passed away about an hour after my sister and her family returned. I'm so happy they were all able to be there with him when he passed. It was a very emotional day for me, and I didn't get home until after 1:00 A.M.
The next day my sister called me and asked me to come over to her place as everyone was going to be there. A good friend from church offered to drive me there. We spent the afternoon just remembering some of the things we used to do through the years. My niece had a video of her dad singing and playing the guitar. He loved music. He wrote quite a few songs. It was very emotional to watch. Again I didn't get home until after 1:00 A.M. I just feel emotionally and physically exhausted.
My friend picked me up to give me a ride to church this morning. I am so happy I went. I always feel so blessed. I have a wonderful church family, and they always come around me when I am going through difficulties.
There will be a visitation on Tueday and the funeral will be on Saturday. I know this is going to be a very emotional week for all of the family.
Tomorrow I am going to a birthday party for two of my granddaughters. It is my birthday as well. One of my granddaughters was born on Feb. 8 and the other one was born on Feb. 19. My birthday is on Feb. 17. My son and daughter-in-law generally have one family party for the girls together, and then they get to each have their own parties with their own friends.
It will be nice to spend some time with family. Tomorrow evening is our Women's Bible Study. I'm looking forward to that as well.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
I have been sick with a cold/flu bug since just after Christmas. I saw my doctor last week and he gave me antibiotics to help with the very bad sinus infection and headaches I have been having. They are helping a little, but not a lot. I have to take the antibiotics for 4 weeks, but I have to see him next week to see how things are going. I am still having a lot of problems getting anything done, as my body is just not letting me do too much.
On top of that, I was supposed to go and visit my sister a couple of weeks ago. My BIL is in the hospital, and they do not think he will be coming home. My DS is devastated, and is having a hard time being alone. My BIL is 85, and he has dementia, and the doctors told my sister that he also has congenital heart failure. He sleeps a lot and there are times when he doesn't talk or even pay attention when his family visits. My niece told me that he has fluid retention in his body and it is now up to his hips. They have given him dieuretics, but they're not working all that well. The doctors have now put him on morphine pills. He is very restless and is having trouble breathing. I know he is afraid to die, as he told my niece that. My niece was telling me that eventually he will just stop breating and slowly pass away. My sister hates to see her DH like that. It seems they are just waiting for him to die. It's a sad situation. I am praying for him and for his family.
I have been trying to get all the new and donated books in the church library on the shelves. Yesterday I spent 2 hours in the church with a friend entering some of the books into the computer system. We accomplished quite a bit, although we froze while doing it. I found out today that the temperature had been shut off in the church, and it was only 57 degrees when we were there. We had to stop for coffee on the way home to warm up. I went back to the church today to do some more work. Thankfully the heat was turned up and it wasn't quite so cold. I managed to spend 4 hours there and I accomplished quite a bit. However, I did have a little scare. Our church building is only used for church services and for meetings, etc., mostly during the evenings, so often there is no one there. The offices have moved to another building. This morning I was in the church by myself, and I guess someone came in to get something and didn't realize I was there. Whoever it was locked the door when they went out and set the alarm. I went to the washroom, and when I came out I set off the alarm. Someone from the office came over to shut the alarm off. They had to contact the police to let them know nothing was wrong. He showed me what to do if that ever happens again. I have a fob to get into the building rather than a key and it automatically unlocks and locks the door when you scan it. Nothing like a little excitement to make sure you're awake in the morning.
I was thinking of going back to the church again tomorrow, but I think I'll stay home and get something done here. I have to go to the church for child care on Thursday morning and again on Friday evening, so I think that's enough for this week. I will try to go back next week to see how much more I can get done.
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