PIF Sent

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I got all the things for my PIF ready and sent them off a week ago last Saturday.  My PIF recipient has received it.  If she posts a picture of the things I sent I will post a link for you.  I sent her some really pretty fiber to spin, a cute old fashion Easter toy with candy in it, a pen with a soft plastic sheep’s head on the top, two hand knit dish cloths, a bag that I machine embroidered “I love to knit with handspun” on, two yummy special chocolate candy bars and the knitting book “One Skein -30 quick project to knit and crochet”.  As usual the PIF was fun to put together.  I may do it again next year.  The nice thing about them is you have a whole year to put things together for your (up to 3) recipients.

I broke down and went to the Dr on Saturday because my breathing has been uncomfortable, lots of dry coughing, and I’ve been so tired I haven’t even worked very much on the comfort shawl I need to finish.  He listened and said yes, you are rattling in there (referring to my lungs, not my head ;)).  He also said that this was the sickest summer he can remember in his 50 years of doctoring.  He attributed it the tearing down of many of the houses that were damaged 2 years ago in the horrendous floods they had here and all the mold and mildew that has stirred up.  Everyone’s allergies have been much worse this year, including my own (and I have awful fall allergies).  I’m afraid it will probably be the same next year when they finish up the “de-construction” of these flood damaged houses.  He put me on some medication that will help with the coughing spasms and I will continue to take my decongestant and allergy meds.  Oh the joys of allergies.

My supervisor at my temp job told me she had extended my stay and was checking into when they could hire me on permanent.  WOOT WOOT!!  That was what I was hoping for!!!  I have been working temp jobs since I lost my job at the Title Insurance company about 3 years ago due to the collapse of the housing market.   It’s been unsettling knowing the jobs were temporary, but Heavenly Father has been kind and they have been long term while I’ve waited for a job that I enjoyed and could do well that was permanent.  I wouldn’t want to do this again, but it has been a learning experience and gives me a lot of compassion for all those who are seeking work in this awful and depressed economy.  I know that my “good fortune” in being able to support myself (even if a bit scary because of the instability of this kind of work and the change in wages with each job), is because I pay my tithing.  And I know that my ability to have a safe place to live, that is within my means, is because I work hard at keeping the Sabbath holy, leaving the worldly things to the other 6 days of the week.  Those are promises that go with those commandments.  How blessed we are when we follow the commandments, and how grateful I am to understand that.

Comfort Shawl – New Update

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Well, I’m not knitting it as fast as I should be, but here is an updated photo.  I lost track of my rows one day and did a wrong row and didn’t feel like frogging or tinking back so I corrected the row below each stitch as I knit the next row.  Slow going I admit, and it probably would have been faster to frog the row and re-knit it and then go on, but then that was what I chose to do. 😛  I’m hoping I won’t be sleepy tomorrow so I can work on it some more.  When I’m sleepy and I start knitting, it makes me even sleepier until I can’t hold my eyes open anymore.  It is a little more than a 1/3 of the way finished.  I really need to put more time into it and get it finished.  Maybe I will have a bigger or finished picture to put up next week end. 🙂

Well the Cowboys can’t decide if they are going to play well or kill themselves with penalties.  I’d like to tell them, if you can’t do those things well that you are trying to get away with, stop it!!!  You are beating yourselves with them.  Tho I have to admit, there were a couple of questionable calls in the 1st half that even a Viking fan admitted to.  Even tho they are at the bottom of their division I will still root for them and hope they get rid of their penalty prone ways.

I finally got that call that all members of the Church anticipate with some intrepidation.  Yes, I will be giving a talk in Church this Sunday.  It’s a bit scary getting up in front of the congregation and talking about what ever spiritual subject the Bishop or his counselor have given you to talk about.  It’s similar to giving a 15 min mini sermon for those not familiar with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons for those not familiar with our formal name.)  As part of  my talk I decided to give an experience I had this Monday while driving to work just before the sun came up.  The Lord gave me some spiritual pause when I saw it.  I will share that experience below.

This last Monday as I drove to work, at 7 am when it’s not quite light yet, as I turned onto a street off of a main road just outside of town, I saw a car to my left on the shoulder of the road.  The people were standing outside the car looking to the right side of the road.  I looked over and saw a doe that had obviously just been hit by that car.  Because it was not quite light yet, I wasn’t able to see the damage to the car but the doe was just lying in the grass (not flat on the ground, but with her feet gathered under her), still alive but obviously injured and I knew she would probably be put down.  My first thought was, as I looked at that beautiful creature and tears started to well up in my eyes, “oh you stupid deer, if only you had just stayed off the road, you would still be running around.”  I wondered how many times she had crossed the road with no problems until she had become desensitized to her natural instinct for fear and danger.  Then I thought how often do we not heed the counsel of the Lord and his servants, or the promptings of the Spirit when, like the doe, we see no danger or do not understand the danger, until we too become desensitized to it, and like the doe, who paid a physical price, we pay a spiritual price.

Yesterday – Yes I had another Birthday

 

Pumpkins at Bloomsberry Farm

 As much as I’d like birthdays to just go away, they come every year anyway. ;P   

My children took me with them to Bloomsberry Farm.  It’s an annual ritual with them to take their children there to have fun and pick out a pumpkin for halloween.  It was quite warm for this time of year, it was in the 80’s, so we drank a lot of water.  I know I will miss this warm (even hot) weather this winter when the minus temps hit.  There are quite a few things for everyone to do there so I will put a few pictures on to show you just a few of the things we (my children and I) and my grandchildren did yesterday.   My children then took me to a wonderful Chinese dinner because it’s my favorite :), and when we got back to my daughters house, there was a beautiful and delicious fall birthday cake, which we enjoyed before I thought about getting a picture of.

Because of the very warm temps this year, my allergies really flared up.  I now have bronchitis (it started a few days ago with coughing and continued yesterday with some congestion) and today I have the coughing and congestion and am very tired because my oxygen supply is more depleted.  I try so hard to not let things go this far – it’s something I can almost always count on having when I catch a cold or influenza, seasonal allgeries, cats or am around strong smells (like perfumes) for very long.  Sometimes I can stave it off with decongestants and antihistamines – but it won this time.    I’ll be miserable for a week or two and then have the cough for about 4 to 6 more weeks and then I should be fine.   

I didn’t go to church today because I wasn’t feeling well and because of how tired I am because of my breathing.  While I was listening to the BYU channel (for some spiritual uplift) on Music and the Spoke Word, they said something that helps put things into prospective when we are offended or angry at others and find it hard to forgive them.  “Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for it to kill the other person.”   Anger at someone else is detrimental to us personally and really doesn’t do anything to the other person at all.  It eats us up from the inside out and takes away from the enjoyment of our own lives.  Letting it go isn’t always very easy, I’d dare say that most of the time it isn’t easy at all, but I choose to let it go (and yes sometimes I have to work at it) and let Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ deal with the judgements, I do not yet see things as clearly concerning others as they do and I don’t want to be held in judgement for an unrighteous judgement.  It’s enough to know that they are righteous and just and that everything will be as it should be – even if it’s not what I would have wanted, I need to learn to want what is right and just before them.   

Now for those pictures. 🙂   

Dry Creek Mining for Gems

Pouring in the Sand and Gems to Mine

The youngest grandchild thinks the water is more fun!

The youngest stands in front of the Hayrack Ride sign.

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