Tuesday, October 06, 2015

The Letter M

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Mom.  Momma.  Mother.  Mommy.  Matriarch... No matter what you call her, you know she's the reason you're here.

This may sound cliche', but my mother is my hero.  Don't get me wrong.  She's not perfect!  We quarrel like many moms and daughters, and sometimes she drives me absolutely bonkers.  She's a crazy cat lady, but there are reasons I consider her heroic.

She quit smoking cold turkey - for her health and for her grandkids.  She tried many times and failed, but when she finally made up her mind, she did it... with prayer.

She has beaten cancer, not once, not twice, but three times.  The first was lung cancer.  She had 1/2 of one of her lungs removed.  Then she got breast cancer:  double mastectomy and more chemo.  The third was skin cancer which she had removed.

After her knee replacement surgery, she was knocking on death's door due to a fluctuation in her electrolytes, potassium, and so on, and she slammed it in his face!

And the really amazing part of all this is... it has all happened since my dad died.  It's going on 11 years now, and I don't know how she has the strength to carry on, much less to deal with cancer, chemo, surgery, and still continue to be an active member of the community by tutoring school children (she's a retired teacher), helping out at the food bank, volunteering at the library, and other service projects through her church.
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If I could have half her courage and strength, I could tackle anything life throws at me.
Mom, you're the best!

Monday, October 05, 2015

Random Tuesday

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Sooo... I have wanted to abandon the last three books that I've started reading.  One was about a woman my age who is developing early Alzheimer's Disease.  Can you say, "Depressing?"  I've put it down and picked it back up three times, and I'm still only on about page 100.

Another was a young adult novel about a girl who moves into a house where someone one was killed, but she is the only one in the family the "ghost" will communicate with, and it has something to do with a serial killer who is currently killing his victims and staging them like famous horror movies.  It was just moving too slow.
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Then, I started reading The Guilty One.  I wanted to give up on that one, too, but I thought, maybe there's just something wrong with me that I haven't liked any of the books I've been reading, so I made myself finish it.  It was a long, painful process.  Review to follow soon.

And Sunday night, I started reading a new book, and it was great, but it was sounding familiar.  I got all the way to chapter 4 before I realized I had already read it!  They were short chapters, thankfully.

But I'm happy to say that my One Year Bible reading is on track.
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Last night, I actually sat down to watch a show all the way through.  Okay, it was just a half an hour, but I watched in real time, and I wasn't grading papers, playing on the computer, I was actually watching the show!  That's pretty good for me.  I'm rarely ever doing only one thing at a time.  I guess I needed a break.

I can't wait for our summer weather to be over.  We don't get too many beautiful splashes of color here in Texas, but I'd like it if I could have morning temps in the low 70's and highs no higher than 85.  Cooler weather makes me feel all autumn-y and fall-ish.  I love the fall season.  AND... basketb all season starts in three weeks!  Woot!

If you pray, please start praying for me... My doctor thinks I may have to have another surgery, and I don't think I can take another 5 or 6 weeks in a sling so soon after my previous surgery.  Please pray for a non-surgical solution.

Last, please visit this blog and leave an encouraging comment.  It won't take you two minutes to make someone happy by doing so.

And now it's time for Coffee Chat with Time Out for Mom!

She asks us to...
 Tell us about something you have never done, 
but would like to do now.  
What was holding you back?

I've wanted to visit England.  My in-laws are from the UK, although they live here now.  I never really thought I would get the chance, at least not for a long time, due to the time and expense.  But, my baby girl is going to study abroad in Oxford for a semester beginning in January, so I am planning a visit!  I didn't know that Oxford University was the oldest English-speaking university in the world.  And it's beautiful!
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And London is only an hours' train ride from Oxford.
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Planning to visit in March!  Share your experience with me if  you've ever been to England!  I'd love to hear do's and don'ts!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Why You Should Worry Less

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Worry Less - Pray More!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Brought to You by the Letter L

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L is for Language

Dictionary..com has 7 definitions for language, but I like this one best:
any system of formalized symbols, signs, sounds, gestures, or the like used or conceived as a means of communicating thought, emotion,etc.

Language is the way we communicate with each other.  It is one of my favorite things in the world.

It is speaking, reading, writing, and even gestures.  I would be lost without language!  I enjoy communicating my thoughts.  I could read for hours on end, and obviously I like to write.  I love language so much that I use language to make my living - I teach it.

There are so many types of language:  jargon, dialect, slang, colloquialism, body language, love language, animal language,  second language, sign language.  My daughter is a whiz at American Sign Language.

Colloquial language, one of my favorite topics, is usually specific to a region.  For example, what do you call your fizzy, bubbly, carbonated drinks?  Soda? Pop?  Soda Pop?  The BFG calls is Frobscottle.  Here in Texas, we call them all Coke!  What kind of coke is your favorite?
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What do you say when you are preparing to do something or when you intend to do something?  "I'm going to...?" Here in the South, we say, "fixing to" or more accurately, "fixin' to."  I'm fixin' to go to bed.  Is it proper grammar?  I say yes, because it is a colloquialism specific to a region, perhaps better called dialect.  I love to tease people from other regions by saying it because it probably bugs them.  It's all in good fun.  And it has nothing to do with dinner!
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Another example is y'all.  It's a contraction of "You all," and is a typically Southern thing to say.  I cannot even imagine saying, "You guys."  Or "all of you."  
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Language is a lot of fun!  I love to communicate with people, read, and write, and I love learning about new things.  I'd love to hear you have to say!  Here's my parting thought:
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Monday, September 28, 2015

Random Tuesday

So, here it is... another random Tuesday.  Link up with Stacy Uncorked if you'd like to join in.

Have you ever taken a shower and forgotten to wash your hair?  And when you got out of the shower and started to comb your hair, you realized it wasn't clean, so you had to wash your hair in the sink?  No?  *Ahem!*  Me, neither!
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I've anxiously been waiting for the start of the new season of Once Upon a Time.  I waited until it recorded Sunday night, then I watched it, so I could fast-forward through the commercials.  I was also working on lesson plans while it was one.  Well, Monday, I couldn't remember one thing that happened in the episode!  Nothing!  I had to watch it again.  But it was worth it!

I had another Dr. appointment yesterday.  Not good news.  My shoulder may have a Superior Labrum Anterior-to-Posterior (SLAP) tear.  Just over three months ago, I had my bicep tendon reattached, scar tissue cleaned up, a bone spur removed, and an impingement released.  Two months later, I had a car accident.  At first, we thought my only injury was a muscle sprain.  Well, after the MRI and continuing pain, there is definitely a muscle sprain, but likely a SLAP tear as well.  That means another surgery.  The thought is depressing.  The thought of continued pain is also depressing.  I don't know which is worse.

So, that's my random.  But, as you leave here, please stop over to a post titled Throne Thursday #blessed and leave an encouraging comment for the young, Christian woman who writes at A New Paige is Here.  She could use it!

Have a good week!


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