Archive for December, 2009

Thankful Thursday on Saturday Morning

I am thankful:

 

1.     Alex and Laura made it here safely from Pensacola just a few minutes ago.

2.    Mom gave me GLO for Christmas.

3.    Mom liked the outfit I gave her for Christmas.

4.    We gave about twenty toys to Toys for Tots.

5.    Hope is with me. She is a constant blessing.

6.    We spent Christmas dinner with Jeremy, Christy, Jayden, and Linda.

7.    Linda liked the gift I gave her.

8.    We had wonderful Christmas food.

9.    For scented jar candles that make the house smell good.

10.  Mom gave me a Marine Corps tee-shirt for Christmas.

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Wednesday’s Midweek Reflection

I have not done one of these in quite a while. Life has been intruding on my time. I cannot find the last entry that had the books I had read so I am going back a bit on what I have read. That has been my major leisure time pursuit for quite some time. I have read the following books: The Book of Destiny by Carlos Burrios, this was about the Mayan predictions for 2012. It is not really the end of the world. Day After Night by Anita Diamant, which is about women in detainee camps after the concentration camps of the Nazis. It was very good. Angel Time by Anne Rice which was an excellent novel about a man who meets and angel. Fragment by William Fahy which was a decent book about a find that astounds the world. Homeland by Barbara Hambly which is a novel with letters from a woman in the north and one in the south during the Civil War. It was very good. Hardball by Sara Paretsky. A very good detective novel. Say You’re One Of Them by Uwem Akpan is a collection of short stories. Even though it was an Oprah Book Club pick I did not like it. It was overwhelmingly depressing and not good for anyone. The Case For God by Karen Armstrong is an excellent book about how the concept of God has developed through the ages. I highly recommend it. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel is a novel about one of the men who lived during the time of Henry VIII. It is a very good novel and I would recommend it to anyone interested in the history of those times. Home For Christmas by Andrew M. Greely is an excellent novel about a soldier and his life. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffeneggar is wonderful. It is a ghost story with a twist. Under the Dome by Stephen King is one of the best novels I have read in some time. This story rivals The Stand. A Christmas Promise by Anne Perry is a very good Christmas novel. "Only the Super-Rich can Save us" by Ralph Nader is a very good story. It is a fiction, but would be so wonderful if it were real. The Christmas List by Richard Paul Evans is a beautiful Christmas novel about redemption in a wayward world. The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots by Carolly Erickson is a great novel about the disposed queen and her life.

 

Alex came home over Thanksgiving and we had a very good visit. We met his girlfriend and she seems like a very nice girl. She is very pretty. I am glad he is seeing someone he met in real life and not just on the computer.

 

Mom is not doing very well. Her Parkinson’s Disease symptoms are getting worse and there is very little the medical community can do about it. I guess she is slipping into a permanent decline. I hate to see this as I love her so much. A couple of weeks ago she could not remember where Michael’s was or what kind of store it was and we have been there hundreds of times. I am worried about her, but can only continue to care for her as I do.

 

The pain I have in my legs and knees is not according to my orthopedist in my legs and knees but in the sciatic nerve. I am in a $550.00 back brace to help with it, but it does not seem to be doing a lot of good.

 

Mom got her new building, but we have not gotten much moved into it because of my pain. I hope soon that I will be able to carry more.

 

Mom wants to get rid of Ko-Ko because she has not trained to the paper very well. I want her here, but I do not know if I will be able to convince Mom to keep her. I love the little fur ball.

 

Alex is not coming home for Christmas. He is going to Pensacola with his girlfriend. That is last I heard anyway.

 

Mom got Cashback Rewards from Discover that we redeemed as Borders gift cards. She had $150.00 and she let me have some of them. I got the new Bible software GLO which is absolutely wonderful. It has video, pictures, artwork, KJV, NIV, NIV Study Bible and integrates  all kinds of helps. I love it and would recommend it to anyone interested in studying the Bible. I also got some writing books and a stuffed panda bear. These were my Christmas presents.

 

We have been very busy with doctor appointments and errands. I have tried to keep up with the postings in JournalWriting, but sometimes fall behind. I have not been journaling. I think I needed a break. Maybe after the New Year I will begin doing it daily again. I just cannot seem to do it all the time.

 

Hope the holidays are wonderful for everyone.

 

Always,

Jo Ann

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