Rainy Day

It was a very rainy Valentine’s Day. This morning it was pouring rain and very gloomy. I admit I curled up on my bed under a comforter and did some reading. I cancelled my appointment as I hadn’t managed to gather all the necessary papers.

I am reading through a book that I’m finding very helpful as I contemplate starting a new writing project this spring.

Lina has now joined Spencer in sickness. I am probably doomed.

4-H Day

Today was a pretty normal school day, and then this afternoon Jasper had his 4-H meeting. I dropped him off instead of staying with him as I have done in the past. He didn’t like it. I sure enjoyed having the free time though!

I tried to get some paperwork filled out. I have an appointment tomorrow that I think is going to be totally pointless. but I’m trying to get stuff together for it.

What a Friend

One of my favorite hymns to sing and to play. I don’t think I have ever seen that last verse before.

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

Joseph M. Scriven

What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield you; you will find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised Thou wilt all our burdens bear
May we ever, Lord, be bringing all to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright unclouded there will be no need for prayer
Rapture, praise and endless worship will be our sweet portion there.


Home Again

That’s the main news of today. My husband has arrived safely home again. We got some housework done and Jasper and I actually did a little bit of school. And I worked on music and spent way too long untangling a skein of yarn. It is good to have my husband back.

So Sad

I don’t know what to say about today. I’m reeling from shock. Lina and I did go grocery shopping at Aldi this morning, and encountered a lady who used to work for my husband. I also got my four rows knitted and washed some laundry and did some cleaning in the laundry room.

But this evening I was checking my Facebook feed and I saw a post that broke my heart. One of my dear friends posted that her 24-year-old son ended his life on Tuesday. I have known him since he was a toddler. Their family lived in a nearby town and for many years when our kids were little, my kids and I would drive over there once a month so the kids could play together and the moms could visit.

As our kids got older, it was harder and harder for us all to get together, so in recent years I have gone alone to meet up with my friend from time to time. She is a single mom now and her kids are all just about grown. The son who died was an athlete who worked hard to stay in shape and wanted to be a policeman. He was often around when I visited. It is so hard to wrap my mind around the fact that he is gone, especially so soon after losing our nephew. Please pray for my friend Sybil and her family.

Sickness & Stitches

Today was a bit of a struggle, as I am trying to fend off some form of plague. Spencer is quite sick and I really hope I don’t get what he has.

Jasper and I made it through two lessons of math and another World War I documentary.

I got to talk to my husband now that he has cell phone reception and has driven back down to Atlanta.

I made an awesome supper even though I didn’t get to eat any of it. It was so awesome I wrote down the recipe so I can make it again!

I got four rows knitted. Four. Rows. That’s 2,560 stitches.

Wind, Sun, Water

Not much to say about today, to be honest. Jasper did school this morning and then he and Lina and I headed out to the lake. It was a gorgeous day, and the temperature was supposed to be about 80. Unfortunately, we thought this meant we wouldn’t need any warm clothing.

Once we got to the lake it was very windy. The wind was kind of chilly. We had a nice picnic lunch and then listened to an audiobook. Lina had brought a cloth that she could use as a wrap and was able to sit in the sunshine. I had brought a towel and ended up using it as a wrap since I had to sit in the shade!

Jasper went for a hike and eventually I went for a walk as well–it did help warm me up. It was just a beautiful day but I didn’t take any photos. The lake is lovely all year round, but at this time of year its beauty is rather austere.

By the time we headed home, I had a very sore throat and didn’t feel well. I have a feeling tomorrow might have a lot of garlic in it.

Algebra & Crochet

This morning we wrestled with Algebra even more than we normally do. I was trying to help Jasper with a problem and we both kept getting stuck. So I asked Lina to help, since she actually teaches math, and she got stuck too. Jasper had to finally look up the step-by-step solution on the CD. The rest of the math we did was equally exciting. We were both tired by the time we finished!

While Jasper was working on his next math lesson, my friend Shirley came over for a crochet lesson. I have taught many, many people to knit but rarely get requests to teach crochet. When you are trying to teach someone how to do it, you really have to think about what you are doing. After so many decades, the movements are second nature to me so it is hard to slow down and pay attention to each little thing. Shirley caught on very quickly and is well on her way to making her first project.

Later, I finished my final increase round on my current knitting project. I now have 640 stitches in every row. It is going to take real fortitude to keep going as it takes so long to complete even one row. It may be ambitious to even think about getting 1/4 of an inch done per day! I had hoped to do some sewing as well, but by the time I paid a bunch of bills and did some paperwork I was out of time.

I have not heard anything from my absent husband, nor do I expect to until Thursday. I imagine his sister is keeping him very busy.


Discouraging Words

Today started off with an early morning doctor’s appointment. It was kind of discouraging. She wants me to take a bunch of spiffy new meds that I cannot afford. I asked her why I keep needing to increase my insulin dosage, and she said, “Because your pancreas is wearing out.” Ouch. I really didn’t want to hear that. I haven’t even been a diabetic for very long. I want my pancreas to hang in there!

Then I came home and spent a ridiculous amount of time looking for student papers that did not exist and preparing for my class and having printer issues AGAIN.  This is a new printer! Why would it keep saying its door is open when it isn’t?

My students came and we talked about revisions and I think they might have been a little daunted by all the steps I want them to go through, but it’s good training for them.

Then I went to pick up my prescriptions, only to find that the doctor’s office never called them in! Grrr. I am completely out of something I really need.

Walter was on the road again today, driving up to West Virginia to visit his other sister. I won’t hear from him until Thursday, as there is no cell reception where she lives. I hope they have a good visit as he hasn’t seen her in several years.


Blest be the Tie that Binds

Blest be the Tie that Binds

John Fawcett

Blest be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above.

Before our Father’s throne
We pour our ardent prayers;
Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one
Our comforts and our cares.

We share each other’s woes,
Our mutual burdens bear;
And often for each other flows
The sympathizing tear.

When we asunder part,
It gives us inward pain;
But we shall still be joined in heart,
And hope to meet again.

This glorious hope revives
Our courage by the way;
While each in expectation lives,
And longs to see the day.

From sorrow, toil and pain,
And sin, we shall be free,
And perfect love and friendship reign
Through all eternity.