Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Hertzler Doings~Feb. 1-7, 2016

Mon.-Left around 8 and took Susan to Richmond International Airport. She flew from their to JFK and then to San Juan. She connected with her family in Puerto Rico, said they were so nice, and that she was going to bed. (A little before 8.) I am so excited for her but I've had my meltdowns but now that she safely navigated the first flights alone ever in her life, I feel better. All of her writings have been with exclamation points.
After I dropped her off, I went and found where the Emotionally Healthy Leader Seminar was going to be, and then I went shopping at Steinmart across the street. I think I found my outfit for the wedding! I wanted something simple that I could wear comfortable shoes and was also thinking of slacks because of the shoes and the outdoors. I found black pants and a turquoise crocheted top. I sent a picture to Susan and she really liked it and said I should get it. I texted her and said something like, "Why do I always get the changing room next to the muttering old ladies?" She said that people looked at her in the airport because she laughed so loud.
Lunch was great at the Sheraton and I learned from Peter Scazzero about being an Emotionally Healthy Leader and got to talk to him a little and he signed my book and said that it wasn't good to have read his book in 2 days but I told him that I only got it Wed. and read it Thursday and Friday. But I'll read it again and use the other resources I bought. It's so good. The premise is this: One cannot be spiritually mature unless one is emotionally healthy. It makes so much sense. Most problems in the church have more to do with the lack of emotional maturity and we chalk it up to spiritual maturity. My heart and mind are full and I have many questions. I slept like a log though. Phil and I talked and then watched Downton Abbey. Lucy was glad to come in but she misses her Susan. Michael and Jess went to marriage counseling. Philip had supper with us and told us of his ventures.

Tues.-Up early, starting to read, journal. Saw Susan's picture out the front or back of her house. They live in the rain forest. It's breathtakingly beautiful. She made some cheese from goat's milk, milked a goat, planted trees, hung out with the ten year old boy, Linden, went to the river, and read while relaxing on a hammock. I tried to get some work done but had a hard time focusing. I also watched 'The Emotionally Healthy Woman' by Geri Scazzero. So good. Phil and I watched the rest of Downton Abbey. End of Season 6. All's well that ends well.

Wed.-Lots of rain changed my plans to get groceries and meet Lisa for coffee. We talked on the phone instead. Watched more of The Emotionally Healthy Woman. Phil and I watched it in the eve. too. I cut Michael's soap for him since it was too soft for him to cut. So satisfying. Tidied the house and did some wash and watched a movie, too. Very relaxing day. In the 60s and the spring peepers have revived.

Thurs.-Was going to go to the dentist but got a vicious stomach virus or reaction to something for all day after 10:30 and have slept when I could. Phil stopped and bought me pretzels, crackers, and bananas. Susan coached me from afar and said I should sleep as much as possible. My head hurt like crazy and I was concerned about blacking out.
Happier news, Susan is having a wonderful time. She learned how to make Kombucha and feta cheese and herb cheese and how to cook casa something squash. She is organizing shelves for her host, Amy. She gets a 5 min shower a day since they collect rain water. She milks the goats. They went over to visit a friend the other night and got back at midnight so she got to take a nap the next day. The neighbor has an emu named Toom toom and a peacock that sounds like it's yelling for help all of the time. She keeps checking on Isaac whenever she hears that scream. Isaac is blonde haired big blue eyed and 2 1/2. She's been reading. Is on her third book already. We keep in touch. I'm so glad I got a smart phone. She has enough internet to text and that's about it. A chiropractor was visiting from NY and worked on her back. I am so happy for her.

Fri.-Barely moved. So stiff and sore from stomach upset effects.

Sat.-Doing little bits of things. Yesterday I did vacuum and wash the floor and watched movies and stretched. Today I took care of the critters and trash and made chocolate cupcakes and bread and read Mindset and For the Love. Jessica and Michael looked at a house to rent. Philip went with them to check it out. Phil drove up to Pa with Steve R. Susan weeded some fence in PR covered from head to toe and sweating bullets. She made a smoothie with local fruit. Later, Linden shot 2 field chickens and then Susan and Amy dressed them with herb paste. She organized some shelves earlier. Michael is meeting up with his friend, Matt, later, and Jessica went to the Lavender fields with Alli and their friend, Beth. Jessica is coming back later and we're making a vanilla cake with whipped icing for her friend, Taylor's birthday tomorrow. I'm going to clean out some kitchen drawers.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Hertzler Doings~Jan. 25-Jan. 31, 2016

Well, here it is, Thursday eve. already, and I haven't written anything all week.
Life went back to semi normal yesterday. Jessica left to go to work after being here since Thursday night. Susan went back to work. Which means that our lane is good to go with the higher temps. It's not really been safe to go out before.
I helped Phil take his truck out to Farmville Tuesday night so I knew we could get out on Wed. Janelle went with me and we hit the town yesterday. We were out for 5 hours, ending our errands at Food Lion. Micah was ready for her to get home.
We had a nice week of being snowed in and never once did we get tired of Jessica nor did she get weary of us, as far as I know. She is such a dear sister to Susan and they giggle and talk. Michael has played games and watched movies and been with Susan as much as possible because he is very aware that she will be leaving for Puerto Rico for a month and soon afterwards, he will get married and things will never quite be the same as they are now.
I got into one of my laughing fits again and Susan recorded it. I don't think Michael had ever seen me like that. It was after a Julia Roberts movie and funny thing is, it happened another time after a different Julia Roberts movie. Oh well.
I finished the fast early because it started to snow so I started to eat and I think I may have gained everything back that I lost. Which is ridiculous and utterly human.
Nathan and Alli came over today and I made him Kool Aid playdough and he had the time of his life with it. I also started to read a book by Peter Scazzero-'The Emotionally Healthy Leader. It's so good. And hard. But good. But I forgot about it while Nathan was here because just being around him makes me the healthiest emotional person around. He is just a joy. That little darling boy.
Tomorrow, I hope to catch up some more in the house. Today I vacuumed and made quiche, red beet eggs, pumpkin ice cream with gingersnaps and put together some ice cream sandwiches. I vacuumed the floors and cleaned one of the bathrooms.

Here it is, Tuesday of next week, and I'm finally getting to writing. Highlight was Sunday afternoon with the family. We went around and shared with Susan what we love and appreciate about her. Phil prayed for her and we had a nice supper of taco salad and homemade ice cream sandwiches and pumpkin ice cream parfait with gingersnaps. They played the Farming Game and colored. Freeman colored a neat buck. I asked him to draw me a picture of the inside of a log cabin so I could hang it in our dining room. Freeman was in Va. Beach Friday and Sat helping with a youth Encounter. It was really a nice weekend/Sunday. I love my family and I like them too. Nathan was great fun as usual. He's starting to say words. He saw my big stainless steel bowl and said, "Pop-pop." He loves popcorn.
Susan and Jessica stayed up late and watched a movie.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Hertzler Doings~Jan. 18-24, 2016

Mon.-Alli called. The Justin Weaver family had contacted her via facebook asking for a magic eraser. One of their children had decorated the wall of the house they were staying with a crayon. I ran one over and got to see them. The crayon came up quickly. I dropped off the portacrib at Alli's and visited Nathan a little. Today's a stay at home clean up the house do wash kind of day.

Tues.-Thurs.-Busy getting ready for Big Snow on Friday. Walmart and Kroger were crazy but Nathan was really snuggly while I was watching him beforehand so I could handle the madness. Went to the dentist on Thursday to get a permanent crown. Alli called and said her dad had an accident with fire and his left hand was badly burned as well as his right hand and face. The doctor was amazed he didn't lose his eyesight. They sent him home after cleaning the hand and seeing that the swelling had gone down passed the danger point. Thank you God. Susan is at work and may spend the night at a friends. We could get 2 feet of snow. I keep praying for safety. VA had 468 accidents reported last eve with just the dusting of snow. One fatality in Bedford. That's right where the guys have been working this week. I've been making food and doing all the wash and filling the coolers with water. I bought another bird feeder and filled it with sunflower seeds. The chickens and the dog buckets are filled with food. Philip went to buy supplies for his house so he can work on it while snowed in. He's racing to get the downstairs done so people can stay there when it's wedding time April 9th. Michael and Jessica sent out a Facebook invitation to keep down costs and we'll send out invitations to others later. So, Karen and Linda, if you are reading this, please save the date!

Fri.-It started snowing soon after 8 this morning. Phil called Mom and Dad and we talked with them for awhile. Susan came home at midnight last night and Jess spent the night so we are all snowed in here. We got about 5 inches and now, it is nearly 12 hours later, and there is freezing rain with wind. I am filling up a tub for a bath and am hoping it fills up before we lose power and I hope we don't lose power at all, of course. Jess and I worked in the kitchen organizing the pantry and corner cupboard for several hours. Susan worked on her taxes and took a nap or two. Michael worked on his computer and also cleaned the mancave. I made some potato soup and homemade bread and the Farm Show Grand Champion Whoopie Pies. I have no trouble believing they got a blue ribbon. He used butter instead of shortening for both the cake and the icing and he used buttermilk instead of soda water for the batter. Phil has been going through his emails and reading and tonight we watched 'Little Men' while Michael and Susan played The Farming Game and Jessica colored a  kitchen scene at the table while they played. It's been a good day. I'm hoping along with everyone else that power stays on.

Sat.-Wonderful snow day making food, playing games, watching movies.

Sun.-Total of 10-12 inches. Took early morning pictures of the setting moon and rising sun. Had wonderful family church at home. New Life was cancelled and we couldn't have gotten out if it wasn't. Philip drove over and walked down the lane to join us for a few hours and then later plowed out our lane. When he went to leave on his truck, he almost didn't make it twice. Phil told us all not to go anywhere unless we had to tomorrow. I miss Nathan. I posted a little picture of him on face book with a little homemade poem-"Snow, snow, go away; Grandma misses Nathan Ray." Today was another day of eating, playing games, and watching movies. I am so relaxed and fat.