Monday, November 28, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving


I wish I would have had my camera downstairs this morning. When I looked out the kitchen window, I saw this amazing sunrise. By the time I got the camera out, it was already fading as the sun started to shine. The colors were so brilliant. It was another beautiful painting by God.

I'm hoping that this note finds all my friends and extended family in good health and spirit. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. It is always so special to have family and friends close at hand this time of the year. We were especially happy to have the extended family home from Iraq this holiday. To all my friends and family here and abroad, I am thankful for your love and support.

Kumihimo


Our beading group recently had a wonderful Kumihimo class taught by Carolyn. She is a very knowledgeable teacher and everyone went home with beautiful bracelets and materials for a second one! I had wanted to learn this Japanese form of braid-making for some time now. It was apparent right from the start that working with both hands was the best way to keep the cords going where they should. There are a few beads out of place on my first two bracelets but I am thrilled with them! I can't wait to make some of the other types of braids and perhaps even build my own marudai! I have a collection of obijimes that I want to make braids for. It will keep me busy when winter comes!

Thank you Carolyn for such a wonderful class!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Another MVA

Just another day on Main Street in the small town I live in. We have an average of 4 accidents a month in front of our home. We live at a busy intersection. We know that "sound". That certain pitch and quick crunch. I keep shoes at the door and call 911 on my way out.

Today is rainy and just one of those days you wish you could have stayed in bed. I guess I am getting nervous about the upcoming appointment with the orbit specialist. I'm afraid of having the surgery to correct the fractured orbit, my eyesight is precious to me and I am so afraid of losing it.

The accident sure jogged my mind in the right direction and away from my trivial problems. I ran out to find the guy in the truck was okay, but the girl in the car wasn't doing so well. Her head went into the front windshield and frame of the car. She had several deep head wounds. I made sure an ambulance was on the way and kept her immobilized and kept the pressure on the wounds and worked to stop the bleeding. I engaged her in conversation to calm her down and try to reassure her that everything would be okay. We talked about her daughter Sidney, how she works at the hospital...all the things you want to do to make sure she was cognizant of who she was, where she was, the day it was...the typical drill.

Traffic is still tied up but the ambulance came and we got her in a neck brace and on the gurney and she is on her way to the hospital.

So, for today, my problems aren't that bad. Someone else has something more going on than I do. She will be okay. She'll need some sutures and will be sore, but it could have been much worse.

Just remember that angels are everywhere and they come into your life and work their miracles to keep you going one day at a time. Never stop believing. My faith has carried me through a lot of things in life. I guess sometimes I just need reminded that God has a plan for me even though it doesn't always seem like it used to be, I'm still needed.

Have a sunny day and may God and the angels in heaven look upon you and bless you with health and happiness.