Thoughts of a Prairie Homemaker

Since I was asked if I blogged I decided to play with it and see what I came up with.This is a collection of my thoughts on a day to day basis. I hope it entertains or enlightens you even a little!

Saturday, December 31, 2005

Happy New year!

I hope your new year begins well and just gets better!
I have a lot of plans this year, and i am hoping you all will help me accomplish them!
My main goal is to continue my Bible study.
Then i wish to improve my sewing and knitting skills, and add quilting and crochet to my skill lists!
Next is becoming even more of a do it myself gal, learning home remodeling and repair, along with sewing machine repair!
then there is the gardening to learn... and canning...
Have a safe happy time celebrating!
hugs y'all!
mel

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Been Thinking

I been listening to the ladies on the PH site giving their reasons for and against celebrating Christmas as Christ's birthday.
It amazes me still how much emotion is entangled in a man made tradition.
Now mind, I have nothing against celebrating Christ's birth, I just see no biblical authority to do so, BUT I also see no biblical authority tellimg me not to.
The problem I am finding is of religious origins, not a Bible issue nor a Faith one.
According to one of dictionary.com's definitions of paganism I am a pagan, serving no religion.
What a handle to wear! lol However i would rather be considered a pagan, for not bowing down to men and their traditions, than a Christian who felt they needed to argue over something God did not tell us to argue over or to defend.
I say, it is not my or anyone elses place to judge, or condemn folks for holding any day special. I think I can do a feast and do so to the glory of God, and forget the murmurers who think it is their job to educate me when the Master Teacher has not given any specific commands on the subject.
So merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate it, and Happy Holidays to those who do not use it as a religious thing, and have a good weekend to those ignore it!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

WHEW

Well the gifts were mailed last Friday and 3 of the 5 recipients have told me they got them!

In the mean time, 2 unexpected gifts have made their way to my mail box!

And we got an unexpected visit Sunday night, the boys youth group director showed up with a box of goodies for a Christmas supper!

It amazes me often that folks who i do not really know care enough to bless us this way!

this holiday season I have noticed too that I am NOT depressed, missing my mom and dad and other family members. I am happy and content and enjoying my preperations!

Part of this is in no small part due to the wonderful sewing machine i was gifted with from Free cycle a few months ago. I have the best time sewing with it, and thinking and giggling over who I am sewin for and enjoying the new skills I am learning!!

Well i have a few more things to do today so off I go!

y'all have a wonderful day, and iffin I don't see ya before then, MERRY CHRISTMAS!

hugs

mel

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Email i got today

Hello friends, family, neighbors and colleagues,

Please forgive me if you have already received this.

We hope you had a great Thanksgiving holiday; we were thankful to feast with close friends and more food than any 4 folks could possibly consume. The following day, Friday, November 25th, Dave MacKenzie celebrated his 57th birthday, exactly 2 weeks after finding out what has been causing the back and arm pain that he’s been struggling with for the last few months.

Turns out, Dave has a tumor in his upper left lung which is pressing on the nerves feeding his arm and hand. This kind of tumor is called a “Pancoast” tumor and this one is malignant. But, because of his pain, we caught it before it spread - the problem is localized and we are assured by our good doctors (and by our own intentions) that after treatment, Dave will be back to playing again; he’ll resume his live performance schedule next summer. In the meantime, he has a fight ahead of him and we once again, humbly, request your thoughts and prayers in support of his healing.

Dave started chemotherapy (1x per week) and radiation (5x per week) Monday 11/21; this therapy goes on for 6 weeks. Assuming the tumor shrinks as expected, he’ll have surgery in February. Right now he’s doing well aside from being in pain, but his therapy goes on through the holidays and I suspect it will be challenging...probably no “Christmas Pudding” for Dave, and our usual New Year’s day celebration is going to have to be on hold; we’ll get back at it in 2007.

Please forgive us for notifying you this way; we’ve been trying to do it on the phone, and just haven’t been able to handle it all in between doctor visits. We want you to know that we are very confident that Dave is going to pull through this, and although he is not working right now, I am! We’re trying to keep a schedule that’s as normal as possible; if you need my services, please call.

If you don’t want to be on a list of folks to be kept updated via email regarding Dave’s condition, let me know (don’t be shy; it’s hard for a lot of folks to hear about this). Otherwise, I’ll send a note every couple of weeks or so.

In the meantime, be well and know we love you.

Sincerely,
Adie Grey