Thursday, November 28, 2013

Hertzler Doings~Nov. 25-Dec.1, 2013

Because I am only writing this on Thanksgiving eve. I am going to have to go by memory about what happened this week.

Mon.-Susan's team won their game! And, she didn't have to go back to the eye doctor because her eye was clear. Stopped in to see Judy on my way home. Phil and Philip came home from hunting bear in Pa. Very few bear out and about. Check point guy said that the acorns were destroyed in early freeze so the bears went into early hibernation.


Wed.-Got blood work done and stopped in at Judy's for her to take my vitals. Made desserts for Thanksgiving. Plus mashed potatoes and glazed carrots.

Thurs.-Happy Thanksgiving! Prepared for the evening meal in a relaxed way. Susan and I did some shopping on-line. Freeman and Susan went turkey hunting in the morning and Phil, Philip, and Susan, hunted off and on throughout the day. Around 5:30, I heard a shot. A few seconds later, the phone rang. It was Philip. He was breathless from hyperventilating. "Dad. I got a big one!" Huge. So exciting. He made sure that his dad and Susan got a chance to hunt while he made little drives for them and then, this buck, walked up to him. Around 6, we gathered to eat. Bryan and Heidi joined us again this year. Freeman and Alli had been with her folks for Thanksgiving Noon. Michael and Sarah had been at her family's gathering in Richmond and joined us. And of course, there was Phil, Susan, Philip, and I. Ten of us fit perfectly around the table. We'll have our Hertzler gathering on Sunday at Tom's since it's too cold to have our usual hot dog roast outside on Sat. eve.  Susan made a maple syrup, brown sugar, salt rub and gave the turkey a good once over. We put an apple in the inside and rubbed the glaze in there too and put some bacon in there. Susan made a bacon placemat and flipped it on top of the bird. Beautiful. And it was the best turkey I've ever eaten. Moist and flavorful. She also made oyster stuffing. We also had mashed potatoes, gravy, glazed carrots, corn, 7 layer salad, broccoli salad, Alli's orange fluff salad, Heidi's rolls, cranberry, and later, 3 desserts-crustless applepie with cinnamon streusel ice cream, gingersnap pumpkin parfait, and chocolate satin pie. I realized later that all of the desserts were my mother's recipes. We played some chicken foot dominoes and listened to Philip's new song about shooting his buck. Sarah recorded the second edition but there is nothing like a first edition song. Michael played the guitar and I added some back up moves and dah-dah-dah's. It was a nice Thanksgiving. Thank you, God.

Fri.-Left around 8 to go visit with David, my youngest brother, and Margaret, his sweet wife, and their three dogs, Chloe, Charlie, and Daisy, in their cabin in the hills 3 hours NW of us. Had a nice lunch together and two kinds of homemade ice cream-vanilla and mint chocolate chip-plus homemade apple pie and chocolate iced yellow cake for dessert. We all talked with Rosalee via phone Skype. She is having a hip replacement surgery on Monday. Abie and Karen are going to David and Margaret's tomorrow. We had plans for tomorrow or we would have joined them then. Jenny L. and Susan went to Lynchburg to shop and found some great deals at Old Navy. Jenny's battery died and I think Triple A came out to help them. Susan and Philip took his buck to Benson's to get it mounted and took the meat to get it processed into salami. My equilibrium was a bit off from the twisty roads, even though we weren't on them that long.

Sat.-Woke up at 3 and got up at 4. Shoulder is bothering me. Still a bit dizzy. Susan and Phil left for Suffolk around 5. Praying that she gets a big buck. (She didn't.) I went to a Women's Ministry meeting at church. First meeting for Grams and More. Went over our goals and planned the third Sat. event for Jan. Came home and made a big 7 layer salad, finished up wash, dishes, etc. Philip left to go deer hunting in  Pa. and will see Grandma and Grandpa H. and hunt with Ryan P. Michael and Sarah went out with some friends. When Phil and Susan came home, she went to bed, and Phil and I went over to Tom's. The Furhrman's were there and it was so great to catch up with Lynn. I brought the salad and a coconut pie and as usual, Helen outdid herself with wonderful reminders of Thanksgiving. Ruthie, their 15 year old daughter who has the challenges and blessings that accompany Down's, began to hum loudly at the table, 'Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.' After while, we all began to sing it, raising the roof with 4 part harmony. Joe and Norma H. were there and he sings bass like nobody's business. It was a joyful sound all around and definitely a special Thanksgiving Moment. And maybe, a Christmas one too.

Sun.-This morning I read in Ps. 8:2-Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. I thought about Ruthie and her humming and how we all raised our voices in praise. I am sure that a stronghold was raised against the enemies of God in our lives and that the foe and the avenger was silenced. I'm up early, eating my breakfast in the form of mashed potato soup, complete with hard boiled eggs, bacon, milk, and cheese, and of course, potatoes. Sounds like a soup omelette. Pastor Josh preached an excellent sermon that I will carry inside forever. Furhman's came after church at CC and surprised Pastor Bill and Jenny. They had gone to the same church in Orlando. Julie came to get Susan and went to the parade and I went with Jenny to the parade after we dropped the girls off at the Homecoming Queen Convertible driven by Pastor Bill who was escorting his beautiful daughter, Savannah. Savannah's younger sisters and Karen's two daughters passed out candy canes. We watched the parade with Jamie and Ginger and boys. Stopped back at Jenny's for Chai Tea and a boot change and then she and Livy and Lexi took me home after we stopped in to see Freeman's house. It was a truly lovely day all around.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Hertzler Doings~Nov. 18-24, 2013

Mon.-Nice morning at home with Michael and Susan. We ate breakfast and finished watching 'Voyage of the Dawn Treador.' I went out to town to have lunch with Lisa H. at Riverside. So thankful for her deep friendship. Went to P.O. and mailed black walnut extract to Diane H. She was trying to find some for her mother in law and I found it at Glennwood when I was up in Pa. Stopped in and visited Judy for a good hour or two and held the babies and sang the little Hertzler songs I wrote when I had babies. Went to Belk's and Walmart and headed for home. Made corn tortilla pizzas using sloppy jo mix, cheese, mushrooms, onions, peppers, and black olives. Susan went to town today, too, for a few events including voice lessons, basketball practice, and volleyball banquet. Susan won the most improved player award and the team won the best sportsmanship award.

Tues.-Restless night. Then Gil called at 6. Lindsay's water broke at 1:00. Wasn't able to focus on much today. Did some wash and made some Thai food and when Catherine called at 2 needing some food to feed some men tomorrow, I jumped at the chance to do something somewhat mindless and made a big batch of chili and corn bread muffins. Susan took it along with her to practice and put it in one of the fridges at church. It's 6:30 in the eve. and Lindsay and baby are taking their time. As well they should. Why should you be born on one date when you're really supposed to be born in another. Yesterday, I got a package from Naomi in the mail. She sent me Love Spell from Victoria Secret because I had liked it when we were at the beach and she sent me a jewelry box. How fun to get packages in the mail! Time to hit the sack. I'm reading a missionary story about Dr. Carl Becker-Another Hand in Mine. So good. Susan's eye was injured tonight during basketball. One of the girls caught her finger nail in the white of Susan's eye. It bled and looks pretty rough. Hurts badly. One of the mother's gave her phosphorus tablets and arnica. Phosphorus stops the bleeding. I had her stop at Judy's and she gave us some recommendations.

Wed.-Big news of today. Gil and Lindsay's little boy was born C-section at 2:55 this afternoon. His name is Benjamin Philip. He weighs 8'11" and is 19 inches long. They called us last week and told us they were going to name him after Phil. And they told us why they wanted to do that. So honored. Thank you. I also decorated the house for Christmas and Thanksgiving. I put a cornucopia on the dining room table. It has silk flowers and leaves. I also put up a little Christmas tree I purchased last year for half off. It's about 3 feet talk and has white lights. I put it on the burgundy table right inside the door. I put on glass grapes and clusters of burgundy and gold fruit and a gold star on the top. Underneath, I put my mother's cloth Jordanian manger scene. And around the sides, I placed burgundy stars. We all really like it. 'It's so simple,' Susan said. 'I like it.' I will put a Christmas centerpiece on the table and I think that will be it for Christmas d├ęcor this year. I don't want to tempt Davi too much and I am not in the mood for a whole lot of stuff that has to be put away later. I wouldn't mind keeping the tree and the centerpiece that I found at Flower Warehouse on display all winter. Phil and Susan got up early today and went hunting at the club farm 2 plus hours away. They didn't get anything. Susan's eye looks worse. I couldn't find an available eye doctor for her in Farmville so I found one in Appomattox. Hopefully we'll get in tomorrow. I want to make sure it's okay for her to exert herself during tomorrow's practice and Friday's game. Philip and Susan went to youth group tonight. Michael and Sarah visited with us.

Thurs.-Headed out to St. Clair's Eye Care early and hit up the Drug Store-for Phosphorus and Arnica-, then to Walmart and Kroger and then to the eye doctor. He was concerned from first glance that her eye was cut but after thorough searching plus numbing and dilating her eye, he was assured that she would be fine but wants to see her again Monday and prescribed antibiotic drops for her eyes. While waiting for her prescription to be filled, we went to The Little Things in Life where she found a lacy top to wear with leggings and a jean jacket, a shirt for Michael, and a shirt for Philip. Then we bought ice cream cones because 'her eye hurt.' They were delicious. After putting groceries away and heating up chili we began to watch a British movie. She fell asleep and woke up 5 min. before leaving for basketball practice. They have an away game tomorrow. Michael didn't fly after all today because it was too cold. It's supposed to get down to 19 this week and Phil was busy after dark burying a water pipe so it wouldn't freeze.

Fri.-Made a chocolate marvel cake today with it's secret ingredients of coffee and baby food prunes for an event on Monday. This cake ripens with age.  Also made sugar cooky dough and icing to make cookies tomorrow with Kelly, Noah, and Gracie-my niece and her two children. Her husband, Armand, will be driving them early tomorrow morning and will be taking a nap, most likely while we make cookies. They'll be spending the day. Cleaned the house, did some wash, walked in the sun, watched an old Christmas movie tonight with the lights low, candles burning, baked potatoes in dish in hand, all alone. Beautiful day. Susan left early afternoon to run a few errands and meet her team at the school. Her eye is much better today. They have an away game tonight in Richmond. Michael, Sarah, and Jordan went to the Homeschool Play in Appomattox. Susan decided not to be in drama this semester due to her interest in basketball. Phil and Philip got to stop in with Mom and Dad this morning and then headed to Cabela's before going to the cabin in Renova. Today's highlight-talking with Lindsay on the phone. She's still in the hospital and will go home tomorrow. It was interesting to hear her story and to understand why Gil said that it was scary there for awhile. Susan said today that she couldn't get anything done while Lindsay was in labor. 'It was like I was in labor, too,' she said. I felt the same way. He's such a beautiful little guy. And I love his name. And I love his mom and dad and two big sisters. I can't wait to hold him in my arms.

Sat.-My niece, Kelly, and her husband, Armand, and their two children, Noah-5, and Gracie-2, came down from Pa and spent the day with us. They are on their way to spend a week at her mother's on an island. First we had a big southern breakfast-scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, sausage, biscuits, and sausage gravy. Then Michael took us on a Polaris ride to the cottage and river where we threw stones. Armand is a good stone skipper. Then we made cut out sugar cookies and baked and decorated them. Freeman stopped in and we went over to see his house. It was nice to see PR there. He's painting their house. Alli joined us there and we all came back to the house for pizza. They left soon after 4 I think to head south. I read on face book that the kids slept for a few hours and they had to wake them up for dinner. Susan went to be with Julie before the homeschool play and stayed to watch and visit afterwards. Michael and I watched Julia and Julie. Now I am inspired to write and cook and cook and right. Maybe I should try to document some of my homemade recipes. But they are never the same and I never measure anything. I guess I could use 'a shake of this' and a 'pinch of that' and let the cook determine the ultimate outcome.

Sun.-Wonderful Worship at church focused on Jesus. Good word about seeking Jesus like Simeon sought Him and waited for Him in the temple. And great teaching on gratitude. Hung around and talked with people after church and then went to Hong Kong for Cashew Chicken with Katherine. Susan hung out with the Heltons. Michael and Jordan had church here because they had some trouble with the cows and would have gotten to church rather late. Watched one of 'The Truth Project' teachings. On the weather news, it looks like Phil and Philip may be getting some snow up there in Clinton County. Read some more of the book about the Masts and watched a Monk with Jordan, Sarah, and Michael. Had some popcorn. Also watched The Tourist. Susan got home around 8 and watched the last little bit.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Mistakes and Miracles

This past weekend, I went to an Encounter with some other women from church. We heard T.D.Jakes speak the first eve. via video on soul ties. On Saturday, we heard a number of other teachings, including "Prodigal Son", "Importance of Forgiveness",  "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made," "Sexual Perversions", "Generational Curses," "Baptism of the Holy Spirit", "The Power of the Cross", and on Sunday, "The Vision."

I shared what was most significant to me about the weekend with a few friends last evening. They asked if I would write it down. I will give it a try.

Abraham was given a promise by God that through his seed, all the nations of the earth would be blessed. He and Sarah decided to help God out when the promise didn't come as soon as they expected. Ishmael entered the scene through the life of his mother, Hagar, Sarah's slave.  For many years, they most likely thought that Ishmael was the child of the promise. When he was nearly 12 years old, God came to visit and reminded Abraham about His promise of an heir that would be born through his wife, Sarah. Both Sarah and Abraham found this amusing. Later, Sarah would name her child, 'Isaac', which means 'laughter.' God had questioned her incredulous laugh when she heard that she would have a baby in a year. Her rebuke became her blessing.  A defensive 'Whose laughing?' was replaced by humble words- 'He's given me laughter.'

 A mistake of faithless laughter was replaced by a miracle of laughter.

Abraham's mistake and his miracle grew up in the same tent. But not for long. Ishmael made fun of Isaac and Sarah said, "It's time for both the boy and his mother to go." Abraham had to give up his soul tie with his substitute lover and the mother of his first child. It wasn't easy. But God reassured him and told him that because Ishmael was his son, he would make of his 'mistake' a great nation as well. But the promised great nation would come through Isaac, the miracle child. Because we are God's child and because He is who He is-Redeemer, Restorer, Healer, and oh, so much more, He will use both our mistakes and our miracles to bring about His great purposes.

Sometimes, we think we have to wait to have joy, until we see that things will work out, because of and in spite of the mistakes we've made. But true faith is believing that God is able to make out of our mistakes a miracle far beyond what we can see at the time. Therefore, we don't have to wait until we see the promise of good before we have joy. We can forgive ourselves and forgive others the mistakes we've made and we can await with joy the miracle that is yet to come because we are a child of God.

Abraham is written up in the faith chapter as an example to us of trusting God. And He didn't always do it right. In fact, he messed up quite a bit. But if we did everything right, we would never have to have faith that God can take what we've done wrong and make something wonderful out of it. And to believe that and have joy while you wait, is faith.

I was thinking also of the Prodigal Son story. The Father's love restored the mistaken son back to the family and the Father's love reassured the other mistaken son that all that He had was his and always would be his. God, our Father, is always about taking our mistakes and turning them into miracles.

Watch with joy.
Wait with joy.
Your mistakes will become your miracles
because God is who He is.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Hertzler Doings~Nov. 11-17, 2013

Mon.-Sleep-walking all day. Susan left her car at Bailey's and I took her around to her different stops. Found a 'River Dance' video and brand new navy pants for Phil at Goodwill while Susan was at voice lessons. Went to Walmart and Food Lion with her. Picked up her car and she went to basketball and I headed for home but decided to buy some supper at Miller's for Catherine and I. She was so happy and Phil was fine, having hunted until dark.

Tues.-A few snow flurries. Temperature dropped. Cleaned a little of the bathroom today. Still sleepwalking. Couldn't sleep after 4 this morning. Kept praying. Found out when Phil got up that he had been awake from 1-4, praying. Seems we were taking watches in the night. Perhaps we'll never know why.
Susan made a chocolate gooey delicious pie out of chick peas and chocolate chips,etc. Another thing to add to our Thanksgiving list. Add some Breyer's vanilla ice cream and Wow Whee.  I made potato soup for lunch. I put all kinds of vegetables in it and thickened it with milk and flour and added cheese, hard boiled eggs, and bacon. I cooked the following in healthy vegan chicken broth: potatoes, garlic, onions, celery, carrots, turnips, broccoli, sweet corn. I think that's it. Made lots of burgers in afternoon for supper. Ordered Philip's Christmas gift. I'm looking for a foldable camouflage rocking chair for Phil for Christmas, to go with the Grandpa idea. Plus, it would give us more seating in here for times when company comes. Phil shot a bear this morning. The guys aren't going in to work until 8 this week. Hunting first thing. I just heard another shot. Hopefully, one of them got another. They did so much crop damage this year. Alli's second day at Millbrook. She seems to be enjoying it. Phil and I headed to church tonight for separate meetings. Susan headed to basketball practice and Philip to Chi Alpha. Michael may be home alone but he probably needs the study time.

Wed.-Today's big project? Painting several cabinet walls with 3 coats of magnetic paint and 2 coats of chalkboard paint. Talking with Catherine and others-to prepare for launch on a women's ministry in Jan. And sleep walking. I'm still so tired. Phil's otter is mounted and is taking up 1/4 of the dining room table until we find a place for it. Philip and Susan went to youth. They also went hunting this morning but didn't see anything. Susan surprised herself this afternoon when she laid down for a 15 min. nap and woke up 3 hours later. Lots of fighter jets flying overhead all day. Got a special phone call tonight from GLB. Typhoon Haiyan in the Phillipines-2,275 confirmed deaths; 3,665 injured. Thousands feared dead or missing. Largest city is 90% destroyed.

Thurs.-Read Andy Andrews book, 'The Traveler's Gift' to Susan for an hour this morning after 'chapel.'  His first two points are 'The Buck Stops Here' and 'Seek Wisdom.' Phil and Tommy butchered the deer. Philip and Freeman worked on Freeman's house. Susan cleaned her room and worked out and went to basketball practice. The book I read counted towards her Speech/Communication/ People Skills class and I think she may have gotten some Math in as well. She is ahead all around so some days like this are okay. Talked with my brother, David, for awhile on the phone. Making some plans to get together soon. Had to cry when I hung up and went for a walk. It was hard to say good-bye. I really miss him. Manhunt in Morgantown area. Friends/family seem nervous on face book. I pray all will be well. An older friend shared a pastor's encouraging words expressed towards her. What a blessing words are, especially words that are kind and sincere. And he meant them. And she knew it.

Fri.-Shopped in Lynchburg after dropping bear head off at St. Nick's. What a beautiful house and full of stuffed up animals. Shopped at TJMax and found Christmas gifts and some basic pieces of clothing for Susan. Shopped at other places in the mall as well. Then we went to Fresh Market and grabbed lunch at the salad bar and bought some fruits and vegetables and headed to Walmart in Farmville and bought some hand warmers and then to Susan's scrimmage with her team mates as well as watching the JV and Varsity guy teams. Nice visit with  friends. Suddenly realized we should head for home since she had to get up really early to go hunting 3 hours away with Phil in the morn. Left the varsity game early. Unloaded the car and put things away.

Sat.-Phil and Susan away hunting. Didn't get anything. Didn't see anything. Philip and Michael here studying and hunting. I did some wash, made laundry soap, made sore throat syrup with honey,ginger, and lemon, made bear roast, roasted potatoes, corn, sloppy jo, and corn bread. Picked out hymns for Women's Ministry hymn books. Tidied the house, etc.  Michael went to Lynchburg in the eve. with Sarah, Katie and Alan, and Meredith. Philip went to worship practice. Susan and Phil are on their way home. I'm headed to the tub with a good book.
 Susan ate a pear and told me about her day. Then she picked her teeth with a Cutco paring knife or at least acted like she was going to. I covered my face with my hands and she went into hysterical laughter and we both couldn't stop.

Sun.-Great church service. Pastor Bill taught on the Seven Habits of Successful Families. Betty G. took our family portrait after church for our Christmas card and for Karalee who is making another calendar for Mom and Dad for Christmas. Susan spent the day with the Heltons. Phil and I came home. Watched a British movie. Sarah came later and cut both Phil's hair and mine. Then we watched 'Voyage of the Dawn Treador.' Susan came home while we were watching it. We ate popcorn. Michael studied for a test off and on while Sarah was here. Philip went to a party at Ron and Kathy Martin's.

Hertzler Doings~Nov.4-10, 2013

Mon.-Had breakfast and coffee with Naomi and the girls in their living room. Tink was there as well. Filled out a reference form for Krissy. How fun to do when all you can honestly say are positive things. Packed up and headed to Flower Warehouse with Naomi and Krissy. It's under new ownership and a different name. Bought some Christmas gifts. Said good bye in the parking lot. Headed for Morgantown. Stopped at the thrift and bought quite a few worship CD's for a dollar. Picked up the jeans Mom dropped off for Phil. Went to BB's and filled up the car with groceries, etc. Called Naomi and told her about the stash of Olay products I found for a fraction of the cost. She was going to go check it out. Remembered in the parking lot that it was Johnny's birthday and called Dad. We talked until I got on the turnpike. When I was about 60 miles from Harrisonburg, signs were warning about a serious accident up ahead. Got off at the 20 mile sign and took 11. Worked well for 16 miles and then there was very slow traffic. Took several hours to get through downtown Harrisonburg. Stopped at Sheetz and Goodwill just to try to stay awake. Talked with Naomi and got her brother's phone number. Then I saw the motel she and I had stayed at. I pulled off, called Phil, and he affirmed my decision to spend the night. I would have still had 2 1/2 hours to drive after the traffic cleared up and I didn't know how long that would be. Eyes were tired. Slept in a King size bed and watched The Voice before falling asleep.

Tues.-Slept pretty well. Had breakfast. Headed for home. Stopped at Krogers to get Susan's grocery list and Walmart and then stopped at the Fire Hall to vote. Got home, unpacked, and realized we missed Susan's sports physical that morning. Called and they reschedule an appt. and we went in. At one point, the nurse practitioner said to Susan, "You are healthy because your mind is healthy." Tetanus shot bothered her for days. Tony S. was here working on a roof near Farmville all of this week. Slept in mancave.

Wed.-Home. Caught up a little with online Christmas gifts. Vacuumed and washed the floors, black from soot that boots around fire trudged in. Philip hunted. Phil got a tractor delivered. Bought it from a neighbor. Susan and Philip to youth. Left early because Philip's stomach was upset.

Thurs.-More catching up. Went to dentist appt. to check implants. Stopped at thrift stores. Found a camo diaper holder hanger. Packed in eve.

Fri.-Went to see Dr. Forand. Met others at church to go to an Encounter weekend. Got there a little late and missed the 'rules' and all in our group seemed to break a few. Teaching on 'Soul Ties' tonight. All of us slept in the gym. Cots, mats, blow up mattresses were lined up neatly in rows. The church women at St. Peter's worked together like an army. Everyone did their job with excellence.

Sat.-Had a full day at Encounter. Freedom kept becoming more free. Made some new friends. Didn't sleep well on my cot tonight.

Sun.-Up very early getting ready and getting things packed together. Had breakfast at 6:45. Had final meeting and then went to the church service which was wonderful. Emily drove Karen, Amanda, and I home. Stopped at Wendy's for late lunch. Gwen met us with our stuff in the church parking lot. Got home close to dark. Fell asleep before I laid my head on my pillow.

Hertzler Doings~Oct. 28-Nov. 3, 2013

Mon.-Phil had serious pain in lower abdomen today. After calling Judy, we think it is diverticulistis-aggravated by Philip's chili. He got better as the day went on. He's going to lay off the coffee and fiber for awhile. Did some wash and packing. Susan went out to Farmville for some errands, visiting Judy, voice lessons, and basketball practice. She also worked on Math. I went with Phil to see Freeman and Alli's house. I love the lay-out. I'd like a house just like it.

Tues.-Packed and got ready.

Wed.-Headed to Pa. Got to Rosalee's around 3:30 after stopping at Glennwood Food's first. Met Katrina's boyfriend, Steve. He's a keeper. Lovely supper of shipwreck, carrots and peas, broccoli salad, applesauce, banana pudding, and muffins. R and I made noisy expressions and said several things exactly at the same time. Pretty funny. I'm thankful that Rosalee's nightmare of uterine cancer and resulting injuries from surgery which required stents, etc. are finally over although she still has some stiffness in ex-stent area. She has some stiffness in her hip but she keeps going and doesn't complain. We had a great time together. Slept in the guest room-Annika's ex-room-and listened to Father Gilbert mysteries on CD.

Thurs.-Leisurely breakfast in morn. with just the two of us. Went from their to Mom and Dad's. Visited Jonathan and Karen. She told me she reads my blog every day just to keep in touch since neither of us are phone people. Jonathan is really talking. She said that he says with a sigh, "Give me patience!" The little picnic idea that I resorted too when I was sick and vedged out on the sofa but wanted to keep my eye on him...well, he asks his mom if he can 'have a picnic' in the living room. Sorry, Karen, for starting something new. I was in survival mode. Had lunch with Mom, Dad, Anne, and David-the escape artist. Mom served peas and sweet potatoes from her garden and Anne brought pulled BBQ venison. Mom also served her canned red beets and apple crisp. Visited with Debra and saw her sunroom and bought a purse for Naomi and a purse for me.Saw the plans to turn the other side of the house into an apartment for her mother. Got to see Jim, Joe, and Paul too. Interviewed Mom and Dad and got their courtship story written down. Stopped in to see Linda before heading to Naomi's. Naomi brought supper from a genuine Italian restaurant-homemade Stromboli, salad, and soda. We packed up and headed to the beach house. Got there around 9 I think and settled in and then watched the first episode of North and South.

Fri.-Raining. Watched lots of North and South. Had early supper-bloomin' onion and Caesar salad-lobster bisque- at the Crab Trap. Cleared off in the eve. Went shopping and walking on the Boardwalk. Surrounded on every side by a magnificent sunset. Shop owners/workers were coming outside to take pictures.

Sat.-Got a picture from Susan. She shot a deer! Balmy and Sunny. Watched more N/S. Went shopping on Asbury at our favorite Ta-Da store. Found Susan a cute blue and white striped summer top and myself a white lacy sweater and some earrings for someone's Christmas gift. Headed to the beach and sat bundled up on our chairs in the sand and talked. Went to Nonni's Italian Restaurant for supper. Both got Salmon with cream sauce. She got a salad and I got gluten free pasta. The girls remembered us from before. Missed a call from Phil. When we got back, I called him. He told me we had an opportunity to spend more money to make more money. And then he told me how the Alice tractor caught on fire on the way down the lane. He ran to the house. Susan and Philip went back with him. He had to get his phone. Susan ran past the burning tractor to call 911. The gas tank was full. It Boomed when the fire got to it. Freeman heard it at his house. If it hadn't rained the night before, the woods on both sides would have gone up. Brush and trees on both sides were beginning to burn. I think it was Pamplin Fire Co. that came to the rescue. Once again, dear Mickey, our neighbor, comforted Phil by saying, "These things happen." Tractor completely burned up except for some melted pieces along side the road. Meredith heard it on the scanner and she and Sarah made homemade pizza/supper for the family and cleaned everything up while the fam watched a movie. So kind and just what the doctor ordered.

Sun.-Watched more N/S. Walked to the boardwalk and around the block. Several miles of walking. Found some Christmas gifts at the Christmas shop. Naomi and I stood near the waves on the sand and she started singing 'How Great Thou Art.' I joined her, singing alto. It was beautiful. A wonderful Sunday service wrapped up in one song and faithful waves. Came back from the beach. Showered, made lunch of soup and toasted cheese. Watched N/S while towels washed and dried. Finished cleaning and packed up and headed for home. Had some trouble with my GPS. Wouldn't let us change the state. Finally hit 'Go home' and it took us back to Naomi's. I caught up with Ashley and Krissy while Naomi caught up with Mabe. Naomi and I went a bought some more Italian food for supper and watched the end of N/S kind of. She went to bed during the last one and I fast forwarded it so I could see what happened to everyone. A fast silent movie but was too sleepy to stay up. Slept well in  Morgan's bed.