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  1. Good morning!!

    Marcia: Yes, doesn't it often help immensely when learning even one new little bit of information about something that can make a big difference. Also, your kitty sounds so funny--and cute Sounds like this kitty took a tip from the kitty you used to have who you said had trained you well. >^,,^< Hi, Em. It's always so nice when you stop by with your cheery Irish greetings. -) It would be fun to see any pictures you may have that can be sent electronically of where you live in Ireland. Did you ever watch the series on public television that took place in Ireland? It kind of centered around the pub in town. I loved watching it and hearing the accent and seeing the lovely countryside in which it was filmed. Can't remember the name of it... Ginger Muffet, I'm so glad that you and Frederick Edward and your son made it okay to our mother country. How long will you be there? Be sure to keep us up on the things you see and do! I dream of being able to visit England and go to one of the little country tearooms and walk down some country lanes and stop and talk with the folks who live in the small towns... So quaint. .

    Hi, Shirley. Have missed seeing you posts, and nice to know how you are doing. It's great to hear how DBS helped you so much!
  3. Bible Verses....

    STOP AND COUNT TO NINE A litmus test of maturity. This is what is missing from cable news, from pundits and politicians and talking heads and blaring radios. Dr. David Jeremiah, 9/22/17, based on Galatians 5:22-23 I’m often asked about the tone of our national discourse—a topic you and your loved ones may find yourselves concerned about, too. Not since the Civil War, people tell me, has our nation been so divided. Well, I remember the riots of the late 1960s and early 1970s, and I’m not sure how to compare the social temperature of various generations ... I have deep convictions about equality, fairness, charity, love, and sound biblical teaching on issues of holiness. My positions on various topics have been molded over a lifetime of Bible study and personal interaction. But it isn’t enough to have biblical positions. We have to communicate them in a biblical way. In recent months as I worked on my new book, A Life Beyond Amazing, I’ve evaluated my life and reactions in terms of nine words found in Galatians 5:22-23—love, joy, peace, compassion, generosity, integrity, self-control, humility, and patience. These traits are the outgrowth of a Spirit-filled life, and they represent nine decisions we must practice if we’re to respond correctly to the pressures of a society coming apart at the seams. I will show you how to effectively respond in tense moments by learning to count to nine. Traditionally, people are taught to count to ten, but nine will do nicely. Think of it as a “Countdown to Character” or a spiritual checklist to click through before you fly off the handle. Along the journey, you will learn to ask yourself: Am I demonstrating God’s love? Even the most aggravating people in our lives represent souls for whom Christ died, and our approach to them should be layered in charity. Am I spreading joy? Since the fruit of the Spirit includes joy, our cheerfulness should never evaporate under any circumstances. Our joy isn’t in our situations but in our Savior, and that enables us to pass along encouragement, even in dark days. Am I promoting peace? We must do our best to promote unity in our divided age. It’s not always possible. Jesus said, “Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division” (Luke 12:51). He warned us to expect hatred from the world (John 17:14). Am I acting with compassion? Compassionate people connect with the unseen emotions of others, exercising sympathy and empathy, understanding before seeking to be understood. Am I being generous? The word “generosity” makes us think of money and charitable giving. But benevolent hearts are generous in all things. Am I exercising integrity? The other decisions connected with the fruit of the Spirit are anchored by a solid core of integrity, purity, and biblical insight. Am I practicing self-control? When provoked, it’s the hardest thing in the world to remain calm and collected. Yet the Bible says, “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly” (Proverbs 15:1-2). Am I a humble spirit? Humble people don’t think of themselves as higher or lower than others. They don’t think of themselves as superior or inferior. They just don’t think of themselves very much at all—they consider the other person more. Am I patient? There is short-term patience, which means we don’t easily lose our tempers. And there is long-term patience—perseverance—which keeps us going for the long haul. These nine questions—a litmus test of maturity—are what is missing from cable news, from pundits and politicians and talking heads and blaring radios. Few people on social media stop to count to nine. As a result, we’re finding what it’s like to live in a society devoid of the fruit of the Spirit. But as Christ-followers, we must interact with our culture in a way beyond amazing—and A Life Beyond Amazing will help you... Pause long enough to think through the nine choices you need to make, even in the heat of the moment. Become wiser in your speech and behavior. Have fewer messes to clean up—and fewer apologies to make. (Please click on picture to open.) Television Amazing conversation with Dr. Jeremiah, Kirk Cousins, Mandissa, David Green, and Bobby Shuller! Share this video with a friend: www.davidjeremiah.org/site/television.as Amazing conversation with Dr. Jeremiah, Kirk Cousins, Mandissa, David Green, and Bobby Shuller
  4. Good morning!!

    Hi, jb. I'm so glad you felt you could be open with us as your friends here. We appreciate so very much your positivity, but also your taking the hard step of sharing from the depths of you what your struggles are as changes come about. Openness draws us all closer to each other. You have developed such a wonderful thread here, and opening up with people you know you can trust as your friends will hopefully be an advantage. You'll find you're not alone in such things as getting to the point of having to face reality when it comes to what we can and cannot do as we progress in our PD. I also struggle with that, and it's not easy to work through. It is very hard. It's not only feeling frustration with not being able to get the things done, but it feels we are changing as people, doesn't it. What I mean is that we kind of lose a part of ourselves that is important to us and that is a part of our identity. And it's a painful loss not being able to any longer do all of the things we have loved to do in our lives. It's a very, very hard place to be. I hope you'll feel comfortable to share more as you go along. It is so helpful to be able to get feelings out, especially with people who understand--and care. I've seen what not being able to be open and share through hard things can do to people. The stress and loneliness of living that way can come out in inappropriate ways and can hurt others who may not understand that it is not they who are causing it They may end up feeling that they did something wrong. So there has to be some healthy way to release and share our difficulties in an appropriate venue that helps us and those around us, and you've developed a wonderful venue here. I think I speak for all of us in these things. I'm glad you are okay and that you didn't delete your post, jb. We care about you. How nice that you and your wife will go to Peterborough to watch your grandson play hockey, something really fun to look forward to. I think I may have said before that that is where my cousin and her husband live. I looked it up on line, and the photos that came up looked to me like being in another country--perhaps what Russia looks/looked like? So different than the small-town, old-fashioned type of communities I picture when thinking of Canada. I'm glad you have those, too. Take care, and have a real nice day, jb. We'll be thinking of you (and those of us who pray will also be asking the Lord to help you in your journey). Linda
  5. Just Interesting Things about This and That

    I HOPE YOU ENJOY THIS AS MUCH AS I DID! IT'S ONE OF THE BEST RENDITIONS OF OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM I'VE EVER HEARD, AND JUST ON THE SPUR OF THE MOMENT IN A PUBLIC SETTING! Stunning Videos September 12 at 12:35pm · She stands in the Lincoln Memorial. When she starts singing THIS song, everyone stops Full Story >>> http://viralvo.com/lincoln-memorial/ Credit: Star Swain 18M Views 234K Likes35K Comments329K Shares
  6. Husband keeps falling need suggestions

    Mara, this is such a perplexing situation. I didn't know of all of these laws. You might try contacting the nursing area of some progressive care communities to ask what they do. The contacts for the director of the assisted living and nursing area here in the retirement community where I live is Heather Uttenreither@erickson.com; 410-657-3599. You might try asking what sorts of things they have found helpful for your husband's situation. Also, you might try contacting "A Place for Mom" on line and ask them if they can help you. Perhaps contacting a medical supply company might be a good idea, too. I know this must be a frustrating situation, and I'll stop and pray now to ask the Lord to guide you as you search for some help. Linda
  7. Finally sleeping about 8 hours - just amazing

    Wow, DB! http://www.boeing.com/history/products/f-4-phantom-ii.page
  8. Finally sleeping about 8 hours - just amazing

    Hi, pdman. I'm sorry to hear you have that odd restless leg all-over issue, too. It's awful, isn't it. I try to not take more than 4 doses a day, and I try to space them so that my last dose is between 11:00pm and midnight. Sometimes that will take me through a good night's sleep. Those times when it doesn't, I may take another dose at around 4:00 or 5:00 am and then can go to sleep again for a few hours. Depending on when I get up, I may consider that 4:00 or 5:00 dose as the first dose of that new day, and take my regular first dose at a later time in the morning, thus planning my whole day's dosages on that new start time. I don't know if that is clear or not. I'm not sure it's even clear to me. Some days my dosing schedule works perfectly for me, but other times I can forget to take the dose after turning off the timer and resetting it for the next dose. This has been happening a lot lately, as my mind is trying to go in too many directions, and I can't successfully multi-task like I used to. So, in answer to your question, I'm flying by the seat of my pants, so to speak! Each day is an adventure in Medicine Land. There are some days I take five doses, and there are some days I wake up and find that there are one or two doses that I didn't take and didn't realize it. So some days I may have had only three or so doses. I just do the best I can at this point, which obviously is pretty scatter-brained... I think I may not be as affected as some are when extra time happens between doses. I can feel the effects, but not enough that it causes huge problems...
  9. Good morning!!

    LAD, have a really nice time on your vacation, and stay safe!
  10. Good morning!!

    Hi, Tex. Glad to hear Mrs. Tex is keeping close watch on you. Has she been able to do some volunteering like you suggested? It's obvious how much she loves and cares for you, so it may be hard for her to get out and do other things. Understandable too that she would love for you two to go on a vacation and worry about the debt later, although I can surely understand your concern about debt. Seems that those of us who have medical issues either get the help we need OR have a bank account with some money in it to do some fun things, but often not both. Maybe there could be some sort of compromise, like a vacation someplace nice but not too far away, and where you can take your dogs. Sometimes just a change in some way can be so restful, enjoyable, and memorable. Am so sorry about your coastal friends' aviation-themed hotel having to be gutted due to Irma. What sorts of things are you thinking of creating with your wood-working skills? How did your husky/retriever mix do as to the t-shirt she/he ate?!?!?! LOL! Animals do the strangest things. One morning I went into the kitchen and happened to see my kitty sitting by the sewing cabinet with a strange look on his face. He had swallowed a lot of a string and was sitting there with the spool of thread with the string still attached. Had to scoop him and the spool up and go to the ER where they performed surgery. He still looks for string to swallow. Why...?!
  11. Good morning!!

    Hi, jb. I'm sorry I'm just getting back to your same question earlier about how it is on the East Coast... Thanks for asking. Our skies these days have a hurricane look to them. It's different than any other weather-related look. Often, in a storm for instance, there will be clouds, but there will be bright blue sky above or below the clouds eventually. Or the whole sky will be dark. But the hurricane sky is a strange mixture of clouds that are different. It's hard to explain. We have not yet had much as to any effects from the hurricanes, but that can change from moment to moment I'm finding as I watch the forecasts. It's been such a terrible happening for the Caribbean islands. And just continues... Such awful devastation. Glad you were not hurt in that accident, jb. I know how awful the driver must have felt to have caused it. I did the same thing one time on my way to work one day. I was very distracted and didn't see in time that the cars in front of me had stopped. I woke up the people in those five cars, but we were all so stunned that we couldn't process what happened for literally a few minutes. And needless to say, I felt terrible. What an adventure you get to go on to get to the hospital! I would get totally confused if I had to do that alone. And just think: You get to do this again! And again..... LOL! It's so good that they are so thorough in checking people out prior to the surgery. Glad you are in good hands. Are you holding up okay in these months you have to await surgery? Are you able to still do all that your homestead requires of you? You can be looking forward to knowing the hay has been harvested and stored so that you can relax in front of your wood stove post surgery without that chore facing you. It also sounds like you and your grandson and his friend did a good job of helping with the other things that needed to be done (after you rounded them up from the pool!). LOL! I still laugh about how they ate their dinner as they routed through the refrigerator looking for what to fix for dinner! Kids are so much fun to have around, aren't they. Take care, and please keep on keeping on with letting us know all that is happening up there on the farm. Linda P.S. I love the maple cookies from Canada that we can get at our grocery stores down here. Just delicious! I also get a very large jar of dark organic maple syrup at Mom's Orgainic Market down this way that reminds me of Canada. I use it in so may things. I've read it's a great antioxidant, so that gives me a good excuse to use so much of it.
  12. Finally sleeping about 8 hours - just amazing

    Hi, DB. I think you might find the dose of sinemet to help you sleep longer. I try to stretch out my doses so that my last dose is around 11:00pm or 12:00am , and if I wake up 5 or so hours later, I take another dose, and it almost always works to help me get back to sleep. I'm finding that more and more if I wake up long after my last dose of the day, I start to get that strange thing of feeling like I have to tense all my muscles, and it's awful. Do you know the sensation I mean? It's like having restless legs, but all over. I love your avatar!
  13. Not Diagnosed, However Need Advise

    Ella, I hope you definitely stay with us. We feel you are part of us, so don't feel uncomfortable to keep posting. I'm so very glad to hear that you are 90% free of the anxiety you had been experiencing. From having experienced the awful, awful affects of (social) anxiety, I am very happy for anyone who has worked through to the other side of whatever kind of anxiety they deal with. I am a totally different person inside and out from having faced it, gotten help, and then working hard to get through it. It was not easy. But so, so worth it. I suffered from it from a very young age. I think it was caused by both not having had much self confidence at all in my younger years, complicated by my body not having what antidepressants eventually were able to provide medically.
  14. what do you do for fatigue

    Great post! So much wisdom and practicality i what you say. I've found it all to be true in my own life. No way to get around having to cut back on so much in order to get the rest our body lets us know it needs. This past weekend I got into something I've been needing to get done, and I got energized but pushed way beyond when my body had told me to stop. I've paid for it the past three days. Interesting that the push got the things done i wanted but caused me to to lose 3 days I could have done so much more. :--)