Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hertzler Doings~April 14-20, 2014

Mon.-Busy day. Susan made more eggs. We ran errands in Farmville. Goodwill, basketball practice, Fine Arts practice, gym, Judy twice, Hill and Davis, Walmart, Food Lion, Belk, and homeschool softball. I helped with the food. Susan's team won.

Tues.-Another busy egg day. Made lots of food between Susan and I. She delivered eggs, went back to Hill and Davis, to the bank, and to the gym. Phil had board meeting. Michael studying. Philip at home chasing errant cows back into the meadow. Worked out shore plans with Naomi.

Wed.-Had a great day in Midlothian today with Lisa H. (alias DDF). She drove and we got her car washed at a super cool place where they wash and vacuum it while you wait inside. Then we had lunch at an authentic Mexican restaurant with barely any wait and great inexpensive food. Headed to TJMax and then to my dental appt. and then back to Ross and Kroger. Back at her house I got to see her oil painting for the cover of her third book and also saw the video of their camper bus. I hope somebody wonderful buys it. Susan worked on her eggs and delivered them to Miller's and then worked out and went to youth. Philip headed to youth from here and Michael has a night flight tonight. Lost some tomato plants last eve. They froze under the buckets. I watered them quickly this morning but still lost them. The basil looks a little fried as well even though I had the herbs completely covered. So, we had more than a frost. We had a freeze. And they're calling for the same tonight. Last night I dreamed that Alli's water broke. I'm glad it was a dream. Little guy needs to bake in the oven a little bit longer.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hertzler Doings~April 7-13, 2014

Mon.-Busy day doing wash, organizing winter clothes, cleaning off my desk, etc. Michael was at school and studying all day. Susan went out to town and got groceries, practiced for Fine Arts, and went to the gym. Now she is prepping for 6 days of meals. She's following a special diet that goes with lifting weights. It was cold and rainy all day.

Tues.-Beautiful day. Did some wash, cleaned up outside fridge, got a nice visit from Alli, received a precious email, went through all my pants and gave away a kitchen bag full and put away a kitchen bag full because they are too tight and organized what was left. Phil went through all his pants and now they fit into his bottom drawer instead of being piled on top of his dresser. Susan worked on eggs, went out to drama party, practiced for Fine Arts, worked out, practiced for Fine Arts again, came home and worked on eggs. It's a good thing she finished school this past weekend. So much is on her plate. Michael went to Chi Alpha and Philip went to have a 'meeting.' Phil drove me down to see the bluebells. They are buoyant and seem to have blue and purple light coming from the inside out. I wonder what they would look like under a black light. Hoping to hit the sack early tonight. Have to wake up early tomorrow and hit up Trader Joe's and Whole Foods before I have dental surgery at 11:00.

Wed.-Susan and I left the house by 7:45 and went to Richmond and hit up Trader Joes and Whole Foods before going to the dentist. She dropped me off to have dental surgery and then went to Ross where she made out like a bandit. Came home. I slept. She put stuff away, dipped eggs, and headed to town to deliver eggs, go to the gym, and youth group. Philip's meeting went well last eve. Just saying. Hitting the sack early. On dental drugs and pain meds. Nighty night. Guys worked around here today.

Thurs.-Slept all morning. Helped Susan a little with her eggs in the afternoon. She had a lot of orders to fill for personal and the local country store. Philip had choir practice tonight. Michael stayed home to study, etc. Phil and I went to Lowes to pick up some wheels to help move something and also got 4 more blueberry plants, 8 tomato plants, 1 black raspberry plant, and basil. Planted them when we got home. Susan went to ball without me. I'm still tired and spacey. Phil's working outside in the dark because he has busy plans for the weekend and needs to get things finished.

Fri.-Phil and Susan headed out early to go to the cabin in Potter County for trout season. She hasn't been there for over a decade. I went out to town for a meeting and then stopped in to have Chai with Jenny, and had a good catch up talk with Lindsay on the way home. Micah was here when I got home, helping Freeman with the bees. Abby and Serena came shortly afterward bringing three homemade pizzas with them. We watched several movies, ate pizza, popcorn, orange soda with vanilla ice cream, chips, and lime drink. All day, I had experienced ever increasing pain and started realizing that I might have a kidney stone. Fever up to 100.3, etc. Freeman brought me over the counter meds that Alli had when she had a kidney stone. Took heavy pain meds, drank chlorophyll, lemon water, and cranberry juice. Ate asparagus too. Started getting some relief. Slept through the night for the first time in a long time. Kids watched a movie and slept on a big bed on the floor.

Sat.-I made bacon and chocolate chip pancakes for the Abby, Serena, and Micah. They had breakfast in bed and watched an episode of Three Stooges. Then we took a quick trip down to the river and picked bluebells for Helen's birthday. She picked them up around 9:30 because the girls had karate at Calvary Chapel at 10. ///Tidied the house, drove down to the river to see the bluebells and cleaned up the cottage a little. Also drove to O'Brien's and stopped in to see Alli and Freeman a little. Freeman was planting dogwood trees and a butterfly bush and Alli was watering the soil to prepare it for grass seed. I was feeling my kidneys a little too much and decided not to venture down to the bluebells at O'Brien's on the gator-too much jostling and when I came home, I did very little the rest of the day. Made a soft supper of hamburger gravy, mashed potatoes, and mixed vegetables. Watered the tomato plants. Said Hello to someone sweet and watched the fishers of men go out the door to try to reel in a scaled variety. Hit the sack early. Tomorrow's church and Jenny is preaching. Hurrah! I love when PBill preaches also. Or any of the pastors for that matter. But Jenny is preaching tomorrow. You'll wish you were there.

Sun.-The guys all went to Men's Prayer Breakfast. I picked up Alli and we went to the Freedom Track Sunday School. We took communion today. The men leaders stood up front with the baskets of all enclosed wafers and juice and we filed out to the left to partake of Christ's communion. On the way, we communed with each other, greeting each other like family, rejoicing in the hope we share together because of the body of Christ, broken for us. Sometimes, communion is solemn. Today, it was joyful and deep and healing. I loved it. So did others. I held baby Mason-one of Wade and Gina's twin boys, for the whole service. Jenny wanted me to leave him with her when I went to get communion. She preached a wonderful sermon on purpose, prophecy, and prayer. Not necessarily in that order. I delivered all of Susan's eggs and then stopped at Food Lion to get pure cranberry juice to help add my kidneys with whatever they're trying to do here. Watched Anne of Green Gables with Alli and then went with Phil and Alli to Helen's surprise birthday supper for about an hour. Phil and Susan had a nice time at the cabin and got home around 5:30. Susan drove most of the 7 hours home. Phil and Freeman were at Jesus Jamz at Longwood. Worship on campus. Jesus on campus. Just like that dream I had of Him 20 years ago.

Hertzler Doings~March 31-April 6, 2014

This week was so busy I didn't write at all!
Softball, meetings, a brush fire at HV, lunch in Appomattox with JM, gator ride, meeting, Chai, Sunday afternoon with the same. Somebody's prom. Philip a non-date for the prom. Joy restored for another loved one. Such a week of setting boundaries and priorities. I'm exhausted. But it's all good.