i am THANKFUL ... July 25, 2013

" Draw near to Me with a thankful heart, aware that your cup is overflowing with blessings. ... Nothing can separate you from My loving Presence! "   July 5, Jesus Calling

i am thankful of everyone in my life...all that i have.  i try to keep my thoughts & prayers centered on others who need prayers.

" I speak to you continually: through sights, sounds, thoughts, impressions, scriptures. ... Your part is to be attentive to My messages, in whatever form they come. ... You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with your whole being. "     July 25  Jesus Calling

i appreciate the beauty God has given us on earth ... i strive to live simply ... i want to help those i can ...        


Kate & William presenting Baby Cambridge July 2013

The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.

The Alabaster Quill DIL died suddenly ... devastating!

AZ firefighter tribute as his ashes were being 'taken home' by his wife. 

Hawkeye Preemie Project 2013

i love sheep ...  i LOVE these nails!!

cheery rainbow pillow ... a future project??

FACEBOOK post:   just a usual visit to JavaHouse today (7/25/13)  ... but fire, ambulance, police were called to assist a lady who lost consciousness for a very short time... i hope she is ok ... she was with a very caring group of ladies ... my eyes teared just seeing those men/women in uniform assisting a citizen!!! our taxes at work!!! — feeling safe.

PT and Knit @ St.Mary's ~ July 11, 2013

Thomas sisters start at St.Mary's Prayer Shawl Ministry!!!

I am so pleased that we have the beginnings of a 'youth' group starting!!  Renee, Cecelia and Ruth Thomas (& mom, Ann) came to starting 'yarning' for the babies!!  Since they are knitting a baby hat for Mercy Hospital and crocheting two Baptism baby 'blankies'  i used the word 'yarning' (from one of the girl's stories about their little brother's comments!)  

Their mom was relaying their excitement to get started thru emails to me!  
There is nothing better than spending time doing something you love and enjoy with friends who feel as you do!  NEW friends!! 

and welcome to Cheryl who is new to this group, attending for the first time!

even with my BAD back, it feels much better today since i'm in a very delighted frame of mind!!  PT(physical therapy) in the morning so i can start feeling like i should do what i see needing to be done around the house/yard ... (WEEDS!!!)

Thank you, Heavenly Father, for giving me love of needlecrafts to share with others to give to others to comfort them!

GOD Bless ...


feeling better!!! July 6, 2013

Thank God for pain meds!!  i am feeling like a normal person again!  this week has been a 'pain in the back'... literally!  back spasms constantly no matter what position i tried.  a trip to the UICH Internal Med Accute Care clinic Friday fixed it...  i'm on the road to 'calming down' my back...  
except the 2 days i didn't go out and put plastic bags over my daylilies proved disasterous!  the 'dear' came and had their midnite snack on my daylilies w/o my invitation!  i just couldn't move, let alone bend over, to go out.  but i rationalize that all they got were a few buds... the roots are intact so there is always next year!!
(pic of daylilies eaten off)

i received two thank you cards yesterday (friday) at St.Mary's office from recipients of my prayer shawls!!  one lady's husband had coded and Father John was expecting the worst.  Sister Agnes took a prayer shawl to him that i had just taken to the office as his wife said that he was cold from having had his body temp lowered to help his heart.  it helped in their 'warming up' process.  his wife wrote that he had experienced a 'miracle'!!!  he was back in a regular room and doing much better!!!  God's Blessings on them...

God Bless...

^)^ linda

ps: i WILL keep on knitting prayer shawls!!!

Happy Birthday America! July 4, 2013

spending a quiet morning (& afternoon) on my deck
java on table next to me
Wriggly napping in chair 
nose under the railing watching the street action
laptop plugged in
knitting in hand
loving the gentle breeze
birds singing/talking in park behind
traffic noise increasing
temperature rising, but comfortable
heating pad on my lower back all morning
loosening my back muscles
searching knit baby hat patterns
feeding Wriggly Science Diet treats
watching my potted herbs grow on deck
back to knitting
praying for all service people who have given their lives
so we may have the freedoms we desire
hoping those injured are recovering well
that no more veterans end up homeless and destitute
waiting for Washington, DC concert & fireworks on TV tonight!

GOD Bless America!!!


July 2, 2013 Alphabet soup ...

A - Age: 62  Yea! i'm a 'SENIOR'!!!

B - Bed Size: Queen
C - Chore you Hate: cleaning the bathrooms 
D - Dogs Name: Shitzu, brown & white, G'pa is a CUB fan so named her WRIGGLY!!
E - Essential Start of the Day Item: COFFEE with hazelnut cream 
F - Favorite Color: Orange, brown, green
G - Gold or Silver: silver flower setting with my & husband, Terry's grandma's diamonds & our birthstones in it 
H - Height: 5'5"  or 5' 5" 
I - Instruments You Play: all band instruments & piano ...
J - Job:  i am a retired band director!!
K - Kids: 6 step grandkids from 2 lovely step daughters(&1 step SIL)
L - Living Arrangements – ADA accessible ranch stepdaughter, Susan, built for us in Iowa City 
M - Music You Love – I like almost every kind of music ... Christian/Gospel right now
N - Nickname – the 'prayer shawl lady' now
O - Overnight Hospital Stays – back surgery in '97, gall bladder in '10
P - Pet Peeve -  people who think they are better than you are 
Q - Quote from A Movie:  "Nobody puts Baby in a corner"  from Dirty Dancing. 
R - Reading - knitting magazines/books 
S - Siblings: 2 sisters, 1 brother
T - Time You Wake Up: Wriggly insists i get up between 5-5:30 every morning!! 
U - Underwear: yes i do .
V - Vegetable you dislike – i like 'em all!!!  
W - Workout Style - walking
X – X-rays you've had:  Teeth, Chest, Back, left foot, upper GI
Y - Yummy Food you Make: lasagna & chili 
Z - The Best Place to Visit: ROME & Assisi, Italy!!!

so, now you know   'the rest of the story...'
(borrowed from Caron Mosey)
God Bless ...


July 1, 2013 ...for the babies @ Mercy IC...

Invitation to St. Mary's students!!
learn to knit or crochet for CHARITY~
it's so rewarding and needed!
St.Mary's Prayer Shawl Ministry
is opening their giving to students
to learn how to knit or crochet baby hats
for Mercy Hospital!! 

Mercy provides the yarn and pattern...
you provide the needles or hook...
your time and talent to create 
an important little newborn hat
can be a very rewarding STEWARDSHIP project!! 
Time,  Talent  &  Treasure

2nd Tue afternoon 1:30-3:00pm 
2nd Wed evening 6:30-8:00 pm
in St. Mary's Parish Hall

for the babies...
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