Friday, December 31, 2010

HAPPY NEW YEAR'S

Friday, December 31, 2010
 
I remember when Grandpa and I YEARS ago would celebrate New YEAR'S Eve with friends.  Today Grandpa and I are enjoying New YEAR'S Eve in our easy chairs waiting for 9 o'clock to come.  Grandpa said that will be our New YEAR'S celebration at 9 o'clock because we probably won't make it much past that hour.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
For 2000 YEARS, Christ has been the one central character of human history.
 
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever."
Hebrews 13:8 NKJV
 
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE,
Love, grandma and grandpa

Thursday, December 30, 2010

ALONE

Thursday, December 30, 2010
 
Winding down to the end of this year.  Grandpa said he is ready for next week so we will know what day it is.  I guess we are pretty scheduled people.
Jess, I just read on FB that you were sick.  I pray you are feeling better real soon.  There is so much flu going around and a lot of people have it that I know.
Today Mrs. Sheehan came up for a visit.  She brought her newest quilting project with her and wanted an opinion.  Grandpa jumped right in and shared some of his ideas.  I'm the lucky one to have a husband who understands quilting. 
Mrs. Sheehan has never been ALONE and it must be quite an adjustment for her.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
The seed dies into a new life, and so does man.
George Macdonald
 
"...Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself ALONE; but if it dies, it bears much fruit."
John 12:24 NASB
 
Love, grandma

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

FOREVER

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
 
Had a wonderful visit with my cousins, Rosemarie and Charlene.  It's always fun taking a trip down memory lane.  Rosemarie and I were both blessed to have been raised by our Grandmother Janka.  Grandma passed away December 27, 1961.  I write this in memory of a beautiful woman who revealed Christ in what she did for others including myself.  Grandma will be remembered FOREVER.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
The age of miracles is FOREVER here.
Thomas Carlyle
 
"You are the God who performs miracles;  you display your power among the peoples."
Psalm 77:14 NIV
 
Love, grandma

Monday, December 27, 2010

DISCOVERS

Monday, December 27, 2010
 
Getting back in a routine with meals and swimming.  I brought out my new swimsuit I had purchased last year.  I like to keep a new one aside before I throw out the old one.  This one is a two piece which I thought was nice.  I looked at the tag from the top piece and it said Bust Enhancer.  I thought "this is good".  Looked at the tag on the bottom piece and it said Tummy Trimmer.  I'm liking this.  I hadn't tried it on since I purchased it and figured it would be fine.  I was surprised when I got to the pool and put it on, the top looked good, the tummy looked good but I DISCOVERED the length came down almost to my knees.  I don't think I would win any bathing suit contest with this one.  It didn't affect my swimming and I was able to do a full workout.  That's what counts.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Simplicity reaches out after God; purity DISCOVERS and enjoys Him.
Thomas a' Kempis
 
"Happy are those whose hearts are pure, for they shall see God."
Matthew 5:8 TLB
 
Love, grandma

Sunday, December 26, 2010

LORD

Sunday, December 26, 2010
 
The day after Christmas is almost like Christmas day without the surprise element.  Family brought wonderful food for our Christmas snacks and dinner so when I opened the refrigerator I didn't have to cook today and maybe even a couple of days.  Yeah!!!!  On the dessert end we have many cookies, sweet breads, nut rolls and thanks to our wonderful son-in-law, Tim, we have a chocolate cake with yummy icing.  Oh! must mention the delicious cocktail shrimp with sauce that was in our refrigerator.  I don't know if it was forgotten or intentionally left but I'm a happy camper.  I want to say thank you LORD and thank you family.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Belief in God brings an inner strength, spiritual light, ineffable peace.
 
"He will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in him, whose thoughts turn often to the LORD!"
Isaiah 26:3
 
Love, grandma

Saturday, December 25, 2010

SHINING STAR

Saturday, December 25, 2010
 
A Happy, Happy Christmas day with family.  Loved the phone call and email from our family up in MN. 
 
It wouldn't be Christmas if Grandma didn't pull a few blunders and today was no exception.  If I remember correctly last year Grandma forgot to put the money in Jess's envelope and today Kyle was the victim of Grandma's forgetful memory.  Kyle played Santa and delivered the gifts by airmail (tossing through the air).  Unfortunately he didn't get only but one from us and that was a can of nuts.  Of course we gave him his other gift later and then he forgot to take it with him when he left.  I wonder who will be my victim, oops! SHINING STAR next year? :{
 
That was only one of my blunders today.  John was graciously preparing the meal for us and I thought I would help by setting up a table for him. The table was a double sided drop leaf table with one side up and I wanted to put up the second side to give him more room.  On top of the table was a container full of mixed vegetables and a bottle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  Welllllllll! when I tried to put the second side up the table flipped and the vegetables and open bottle of olive oil slid off onto the floor.  The vegetables were fine he just scooped them up but the oil fell into a plastic container which saved the carpet but there was only about a quarter of the olive oil left in the bottle.  I was ordered to leave the kitchen and let the cooks do their thing.  (the photo is Kathy, Debbie and John cleaning up after me)
 
I do have some family news if you haven't read it already on FB.  Michael got accepted to Miami U. of Ohio and is waiting to see if he gets accepted to OSU. 
 
THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY
A little child, a SHINING STAR, a stable crude, the door ajar; but in that place, so crude, forlorn, the hope of all the world was born.
 
"For today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."
Luke 2:11 NASB
 
Love, grandma
It has been a very Merry Christmas
Happy Birthday Jesus

Friday, December 24, 2010

CHRISTMAS

Friday, December 24, 2010
 
Since it's just hours away we want to wish you all a very Merry CHRISTMAS.
 
Grandpa and I were blessed today with friends and neighbors stopping in to visit and exchanging gifts.  I guess this qualifies as tradition since we do it every CHRISTMAS eve.  We have many home baked cookies and breads ready to be eaten or I should say devoured.  We are looking forward to CHRISTMAS day having John, Deb, Erica, Michael, Tim, Kathy, Kyle, Kasey and Tori coming here for our CHRISTMAS gathering.  There is one thing different this year and that is they are bringing the food.  I'm excited!  Even Steve and Tracy have contributed to the food by sending a spiral baked ham.  Families are the most important part of CHRISTMAS.  It all started with the Holy Family, Jesus, Mary and Joseph.  Grandpa and I went to CHRISTMAS eve service tonight which is our way of worshiping the new born King.  Like our Pastor said "He came as a baby but didn't remain a baby.  He took our sins and died and rose again from the dead.  He will come again not as a baby but as King of Kings."
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
He who has CHRISTMAS in his heart will never look for it under a tree.
 
"I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you."
Psalm 119:11 NIV
 
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND CHRISTMAS LOVE TO YOU ALL,
grandma

Thursday, December 23, 2010

LIGHT

Thursday, December 23, 2010
 
Today God was in control with His perfect timing.  It's really amazing when one can look back on the day and see how God was there. 
 
Grandpa and I had a wonderful visit with Claudia this afternoon.  She looks wonderful and doesn't age one bit.
Received a phone call from the hospital saying a friend of mine was there and needed my help.  Grandpa drove me there and we were able to help where she needed help.  I don't want to go into details but all I can say and what's important is The Lord was our light leading us through this day.  Thank you Jesus!
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
When LIGHT comes, the shadows depart.
 
"You are my lamp, O Lord; the Lord turns my darkness into LIGHT."
2 Samuel 22:29
 
Love, grandma

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

HAPPY 23rd BIRTHDAY KYLE
The photo is Kyle with his girlfriend Bethany. Kyle is the son of Tim and Kathy Grubbs.  He is currently studying for a doctor at the University Toledo of Medicine.
 
I just heard some exciting news this evening that I'm allowed to share with you. 
Tori tried out for the high school musical play Grease.  Yep! you guessed it she got the roll of Sandy.  I think that's pretty darn good to get the lead in the high school play in your freshman year.  Tori will make a perfect Sandy.  Congratulations Tori!!!! (Tori is the daughter of Tim and Kathy Grubbs and is a freshman at Stow high school.)
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Let not our hearts be busy inns That have no room for Thee;  But cradles of the living Christ And His nativity.
 
"And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn."
Luke 2:7 KJV
 
Love, grandma

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

HUMBLE

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
 
Today I had an HUMBLING experience.  I had to admit I was wrong.  I knew I had to admit it but didn't want to so I prayed about it and of course God ,in His infinite wisdom, let me know I had to fess up.  What was so good about it was I had some good news before I had to admit to the bad news.  No, I don't have to tell you because all you have to know is HUMBLE is good.  Grandpa was more happy about being right that the bad news wasn't so bad after all.
 
This morning Grandpa noticed water on our basement floor coming from the hot water heater.  Tomorrow we have a man coming to install our new water heater.  Ka Ching!  Unexpected expense at this time of year.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
They that know God will be HUMBLE.
John Flavel
 
"And what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk HUMBLY with your God."
Micah 6:8 (b) NIV
 
Love, grandma 

Monday, December 20, 2010

TODAY/TOMORROW

Monday, December 20, 2010
 
Boy!  We really must have been good this year because Santa came TODAY from the South and gave us a big beautiful Poinsettia.  It did have a card with it saying Merry Christmas from Jackie (Neighbor Bob's daughter).
 
TODAY was a baking day and it sure made the house smell good.  I made some pumpkin bread and nut rolls.  The nut rolls looked pretty funny but Grandpa and I had to try them to make sure they were ok to eat. :o) One nut roll looked like a big foot with a sore toe.  I think TOMORROW I might try another recipe for making nut rolls.  What the heck! Why not?
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
TODAY, well lived, makes TOMORROW a vision of hope.
 
"Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off."
Proverbs 23:18
 
Love, grandma
 

Sunday, December 19, 2010

PEACE

Sunday, December 19, 2010
 
After talking with the Santa up North I can now reveal the gifts he brought to our house via FedEx, UPS & UPS. 
Gift number one came in a very large box.  Grandpa asked if I ordered anything and I said "no".  We thought we should open it and was very surprised at what we saw.  Are you ready?  It was a 36" x 26" puzzle board.  It has a large tray to work the puzzle and smaller trays to sort.  It's very portable and easy to store.
Gift number two was a Spiral honey baked ham which will be for our Christmas get together.
Gift number three came and Grandpa said either it's broken or it's a puzzle.  We thought we should open it and to our wondering eyes it was a puzzle of our wedding picture.  My PEACE I leave with you.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
PEACE is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it.
 
"And the PEACE I give isn't fragile like the PEACE the world gives. So don't be troubled or afraid."
John 14:27 (b) TLB
 
Love, grandma
 

Saturday, December 18, 2010

DANGEROUS

Saturday, December 18, 2010
 
Checking our list, checking it twice.  At my age it's pretty DANGEROUS to check it only once.  It seems like short term memory is getting shorter all the time.  But that's OK as long as it doesn't affect my happy zone.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Power is a DANGEROUS  thing to handle, even in religion.
Joseph R. Sizoo
 
"Everyone can see that the glorious power within must be from God and is not our own."
2 Corinthians 4:7
 
Love, grandma
 

Friday, December 17, 2010

SEASON

Friday, December 17, 2010
 
WOW!  Santa brought another gift to our house today.  We had no idea Santa knew us so personally.  Grandpa was so amazed!  He just couldn't wait till Christmas to open the gift. 
Ok!  This is getting serious because it is me with my nose pressed against the window looking for any signs of Santa.  "It's exciting"!  This is the SEASON and miracle on Brosius Road.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Half the world's problems are caused by poor communications.  The other half are caused by good communications.
 
"Let your conversation be always full of grace, SEASONED with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone."
Colossians 4:6
 
Love, grandma
 
Greatest man in history, named Jesus, had no servants, yet they called him Master. Had no degree, yet they called him Teacher. Had no medicines, yet they called him Healer. He had no army, yet kings feared Him. He won no military battles, yet he conquered the world. He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him. He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today. .....Merry CHRISTmas

Thursday, December 16, 2010

PEACE

Thursday, December 16, 2010
 
Mailed out our Christmas packages for the Santa's up North today. 
 
Had a chance to swim which I haven't been able to do since the snow blizzard hit Ohio.  It actually felt pretty good.  Had the pool practically to myself so I could kick and splash all I want.
 
Tried a new recipe tonight which was super easy.  Of course it was a casserole.  Took some turkey out of the freezer and found a recipe in the newspaper I had cut out some time ago.  It actually didn't taste to bad which is a good thing since we have leftovers from the leftover turkey.  I know I'm stretching it but as long as Grandpa gives his approval on a meal that's one or two nights I don't have to cook.  Keeping  PEACE in the homeland.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
With God in charge of our defenses, there will be PEACE within.
T.T. Faichney
 
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect PEACE, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee."
Isaiah 26:3
 
Love, grandma

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

FOOD

Wednesday, December 15, 2010
 
Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa came to our house again for the second time and brought another gift to us.  We really must have been good this year. We are getting spoiled as every time the doorbell rings we are looking for Santa.  All I can say is Mr. and Mrs. Santa want us to have a really nice Christmas dinner with good FOOD.
I saw on FB where Kyle's girlfriend, Bethany, got a high score on her Calc final and an A in the class.  High five to Bethany!
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
The cultivation of the mind is a kind of FOOD supplied for the soul of man.
Cicero
 
"So what shall I do?  I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind;  I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind."
1 Corinthians 14:15
 
Love, grandma
 

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

SOMEBODY

Tuesday, December 14, 2010
 
Well another shut down day except for Grandpa.  Grandpa was up in the wee hours of the morning snow blowing out the drive.  He had an 8 o'clock pick up to take the girls to their cleaning jobs.  More snow blowing the drive this afternoon.  Picked them back up at 3:45 and brought them to one of their homes so the girls could make Christmas cookies and candies.  Received another call at 6:15 to take another girl to her sister's house to help bake.  Now Grandpa is waiting for the call to bring them back home.  He is struggling to keep awake.  Fortunately all these girls are from the same family. It's good Grandpa has this little job because it gets him out and gives us conversation.  Grandpa is a special SOMEBODY.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
God made me to be SOMEBODY-----not just to have things.
 
"When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside.  He is not the same any more.  A new life has begun!"
2 Corinthians 5:17
 
Love, grandma

Monday, December 13, 2010

PRAYER/GIVE THANKS

Monday, December 13, 2010
 
Well by the grace of God we made it to our doctor appointments today.  I think we were the only one's who did.  Grandpa drove and I PRAYED.  Grandpa is an old pro with driving in all kinds of weather and did a phenomenal job today.  There wasn't much traffic but the winds made for poor visibility.  We both got a fairly good report.  My blood pressure has been going up so the doctor adjusted my BP pills.  I just have to go in for a BP check the beginning of January and then I think we both are due in 6 months for our next visit.  We both like this new doctor and he lets us come in together for our visits.  I do give THANKS for our safe trip and good reports.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Let PRAYER be the key of the day and the bolt of the night.
Jean Paul Richter
 
"Be joyful always; PRAY continually; GIVE THANKS in all circumstances."
1 Thessalonians 5:16,17,18 (a) NIV
 
Love, grandma

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Grandson Chris's Birthday

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRIS!!!  "28"
Chris is the son of our son, Steve.  In this picture is Chris and his beautiful wife Lindsay on their wedding day.
Steve, sorry I missed your call but Dad loves hearing and talking with you.  We had a funeral at our church this afternoon so I generally help out if I'm available.  Left the house this morning at 8:45 for Sunday School and church service then just stayed to help out and didn't get home till around 4:00.  WHEW!!!  I'm just glad I'm healthy enough to lend a hand.
Tomorrow morning Grandpa and I have out doctor appointments with our new doctor in Mantua.  We are suppose to get a storm coming through starting tonight.  I can hear the wind blowing as I'm writing this post.  Still out of all the places in the WORLD I would probably chose this little town of Garrettsville to live in.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
The WORLD has many religions: it has but one Gospel.
George Owen
 
"For God sent not his Son into the WORLD to condemn the world; but that the WORLD through him might be saved."
John 3:17
 
Love, grandma

Saturday, December 11, 2010

GRATITUDE

Saturday, December 11, 2010
News has it Minnesota is really getting hit big with a snow blizzard.  This is the second time in 18 years the Mall Of America shut down early because of the weather.
This evening Grandpa and I had the privilege of going to Hudson Community Chapel for their Christmas concert.  Tori had a solo singing Hallelujah! and then lead the choir into the next song Gloria in Excelsis Deo.  She had an amazing voice and looked spectacular in her sequent evening dress. 
Grandpa and I met Tim and Kathy at Perkins for supper.   We had an opportunity to show our Christian love to our waitress/manager tonight.  Two of her servers didn't show up for work and Perkins was crowded.  We placed our order and waited probably 45 minutes.  We didn't complain and she was very apologetic for the wait.  To show her GRATITUDE she was kind enough to take $10.00 off the bill plus our meal was delivered hot and very good.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
GRATITUDE is born in hearts that take time to count up past blessings.
"Always give thanks for everything to our God and Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Ephesians 5:20
Love, grandma

Friday, December 10, 2010

ATTITUDE

December 10, 2010
I asked Grandpa what I should write tonight and he said "Today was very uneventful so we will see you tomorrow".  I have to love Grandpa's ATTITUDE and respect his message so have a good evening and we will see you tomorrow via blog. :)))
THOUGHT FOR TODAY
One who prays as he ought, will endeavor to love as he prays.
"Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an ATTITUDE of thanksgiving."
Colossians 4:2
Love, grandma

Thursday, December 9, 2010

GIFTS

Thursday, December 9, 2010
Today Grandpa and I were recipients of someone's blessing.  When I came home from my Old Ladies Bible Study Christmas party there was a package sitting on the kitchen shelf.  Every Christmas since the late 1990s we have received a most generous and act of love GIFT from our previous neighbor Janet Visocan Morrissey.  It's always a total surprise and I have to selfishly say we are like little kids when her package comes.  This year I will share with you what her GIFT was.  The first package we opened was Bountiful Pantry farmhouse Chowder and the second was Bountiful Pantry Wild Rice & Veggie Chowder.  Both Delicious & So easy and ready in minutes.  I love it already.  We continued on our mission of unwrapping gifts and the third was 6 bottles of flavored extra virgin olive oil.  Can't wait to try them.  And to top off our pallet for dessert was two chocolate Santa's.  I want to tell her please don't send GIFTS but the little kid in me says "I love the unexpected surprise".
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Pride and grace dwelt never in one place.
James Kelly
"For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the GIFT of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast."
Ephesians 2:8,9 NASB
Love, grandma

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

CHRISTMAS PAST

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
 
Kathy gave me a good chuckle tonight by remembering Christmas past.  She shared the story with her friends when we use to go to Christmas midnight mass and came home and she found a note on the tree saying "Santa came but she wasn't in her bed but he would come back later".  All these years she thought it was Grandpa who left the note but she found out tonight who it really was.  She said "it all made sense now" hehehehe!
Another story I don't think I shared with you is when we made our butter rings and took them to the neighbors that I found out years later I was using 3 times the amount of yeast in them that I was suppose to.  A recipe came out in the paper with the ingredients for butter rings.  I couldn't believe it.   Our poor neighbors probably hated to see us come every year to DELIVER those darn butter rings.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Giving becomes a joy rather than a duty when we realize that God has given us everything.
 
"He who did not spare His own Son, but DELIVERED Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?
Romans 8:32
 
Love, grandma

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

TWINKLES

Tuesday, December 7, 2010
 
Another day went by pretty fast.  Finished up on the decorating of one big tree and one small one.  I love the TWINKLES.  My favorite TWINKLES is when the sun shines on the snow or when the sun shines on raindrops glistening from the leaves on trees.  I believe there will be a lot of TWINKLES when I get to heaven.  It figures, only God can provide the best TWINKLES.  There are no TWINKLES in the "Thought For The Day" but it's the only word that kept coming in my mind.  "TWINKLE, TWINKLE little mind.  Ok, that's enough.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
It is not guided missiles but guided morals that is our great need today.
George L. Ford
 
"For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.  It teaches us to say 'No' to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age."
Titus 2:11, 12 NIV
 
Love, grandma

Monday, December 6, 2010

HAPPY

Monday, December 6, 2010
 
Burrrrrrrrr!  Yep! We got hit with winter in our little town of Garrettsville.  Grandpa had a chance to use his snow blower for the first time this winter.  I'm so glad he has one as it makes his life a lot easier.
Today was a good day to decorate the Christmas tree and get in the Christmas mood.  I love the Christmas lights and fun ornaments.  I even have 3 ornaments made by our children when they were in school.  Oh my how I can reminisce over each memory of Christmas past.  HAPPY, HAPPY HAPPY that makes Grandma when I think how blessed we are.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
If you have no joy in your religion, there's a leak in your Christianity somewhere.
Billy Sunday
 
"HAPPY are the people whose God is the Lord!"
Psalm 144:15 (b) NKJV
 
Love, grandma

Sunday, December 5, 2010

VOICE SPEAKS

Sunday, December 5, 2010
I have to say Skype is a pretty neat tool to have.  You not only hear a VOICE but see the person you are talking to.  This evening I enjoyed talking with my friend Bev who lives in KY.  I remember years ago we were saying "Boy! I'm sure glad we don't have picture phones so people can't see what I look like".  I know a few places in the house I wouldn't want a phone.  Now we can See, Hear, SPEAK to each other so I guess what's next would be Smell and Touch.  WOW! That's scary.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
A holy life is a VOICE: it SPEAKS when the tongue is silent.
"If you are wise, live a life of steady goodness, so that only good deeds will pour forth."
James 3:13 (a) TLB
Love, grandma

Saturday, December 4, 2010

CREATED

Saturday, December 3, 2010
 
Someone CREATED this beautiful Christmas poem. It was sent to us from our friends, the Johnsons.  Click on the web site and open your heart.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
God makes the glow worm as well as the star: the light in both is divine.
George Macdonald
 
"In the beginning God CREATED the heaven and the earth."
Genesis 1:1 KJV
 
Love, grandma

Friday, December 3, 2010

RUN

Friday, December 3, 2010
 
Grandpa asked if I had a good day today and of course I did.  Grandpa was on the RUN today from early morning till 5 this evening.  He had trips taking our Amish neighbor to work this morning, to Rite Aid, To Amish store, to the bank, again to Rite Aid, and finally the laundry mat.  I'm so glad we have two vehicles to drive although I drove the van to the pool and when I came out the truck was there waiting for me.    All and all Grandpa had a very good day.  He came home with two containers of homemade cookies and a few bucks in his wallet.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Faith is continuing to RUN the race, assured you will get your second wind.
William A. Ward
 
"And let us RUN with patience the particular race that God has set before us."
Hebrews 12:1 (b) TLB
 
Love, grandma

Thursday, December 2, 2010

EXCUSES

Thursday, December 2, 2010
 
Grandpa and I did a Middlefield trip this morning which was nice because we were in no hurry so we just shopped, shopped and shopped some more. Ka-Ching!!!!!
Came home for our coffee break and put groceries away.  Off to the pool I went and yep!  Grandpa's back on the treadmill.  No more EXCUSES for him.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
The holiness of God EXCUSES no sin, but the love of God forgives all sin.
 
"All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him."
Isaiah 5:6
 
Love, grandma

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

LIFE

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
 
Had the time of my LIFE this afternoon.  After bible study I met with three of my friends in Windham at one of their houses.  We had tea and snacks while we talked quilting and probably every other subject women talk about.  We are working on a bicentennial quilt for the Windham Historical Society.  The celebration is taking place this summer.  Right now we have a pretty good start on it so it should be done in time.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
The best use of LIFE is to spend it for something that outlasts it.
William James
 
"But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal."
Matthew 6:20
 
Love, grandma

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

REMEMBER (Aaron) Steve's son

November 30, 2010
REMEMBER when Aaron was  little playing with his guys.  Welllllll! he is all grown up looking mighty good.  Check out Alyssa's facebook page and see for yourself.  I sent Aaron a message and he responded today saying he had to go to work after their meal.
The photo is of Aaron and his sister, Alyssa, on Thanksgiving 2010 at Alyssa and Bob's house.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
God knows what I need better than I do.
"REMEMBER, your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!"
Matthew 6:8
Love, grandma

Monday, November 29, 2010

OCCUPIES

Monday, November 29, 2010
 
Today was pretty much taken up by morning swim and afternoon perm.
I set a goal for myself by trying to write out 5 Christmas cards each day hoping to have them done by the middle of December.  I'm updating a new address book at the same time so it pretty well OCCUPIES a good hour of my time.  I'm looking forward to getting our Christmas decorations out and up.  It calls for snow on Wednesday and Thursday so that should put me in the mood. "Ho Ho Ho"
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Every Christian OCCUPIES some kind of pulpit and preaches some kind of sermon every day.
 
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."
Matthew 5:16
 
Love, grandma

Sunday, November 28, 2010

DONATION

Sunday,November 28, 2010
 
Cleaned out the refrig this afternoon to see how much leftovers we had.  Found another dish of turkey, pie, potatoes and many more things.  Grandpa and I opted for a pizza this afternoon and more pie tonight.
We have another funeral dinner at our church Tuesday so I might find a few more things to DONATE for the dinner.  As of now I'm DONATING ham and scalloped potatoes.  A little doctoring up and they will be good as new.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
The measure of life is not its duration but its DONATION.
Corrie Ten Boom
 
"That men ought always to pray,
and not give up (b) KJV
 
Love, grandma

Saturday, November 27, 2010

MORNING

Saturday, November 27, 2010
 
Grandpa let me sleep in this MORNING and I was shocked to see it was around 9 o'clock.  I haven't done that in a long time but I have to say it did feel pretty good.
I'm glad Grandpa likes leftovers because what I didn't freeze he will be eating for a few days.  I might have to double up on my swimming next week because we still have some pie left and I just can't throw that out or freeze it.  Yesterday MORNING our neighbor Dawn came over with a  pumpkin pie and a can of Reddi Whip.  We had a nice visit with her.  We don't have the donut days like we did so it was nice to catch up on what's going on in her life.
Well, It's time I head to the shower and maybe do a little quilting tonight.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
One who runs from God in the MORNING will scarcely find Him the rest of the day.
 
Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near."
Isaiah 55:6 NASB
 
Love, grandma

Friday, November 26, 2010

BE STILL

Friday, November 26, 2010
 
Thanksgiving is all about families and giving thanks.  Our house was blessed today with John, Deb, Erica, Michael and Debbie's Mom, her two sisters and their families and I can't forget Red the cocker spaniel. 
I have to say I was really impressed and thankful on how Grandpa orchestrated the meal and seating arrangements.  It's amazing on what he will do when I BE STILL.  God is so good and I am so thankful.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
To wait on God, no time is lost.
 
"Be still before the Lord,
and wait patiently for him."
Psalm 37:7
 
Love, grandma

Thursday, November 25, 2010

MEASURE

Thursday, November 25, 2010
 
HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY
 
It was so nice to have Tim, Kathy, Kasey, Jared and Tori here for Thanksgiving.  Kathy made the most delicious sweet potato casserole.  She left some for tomorrow's dinner that we will share with the Belden and Randby families.  Looking forward to seeing all of them. 
Tim started the traditional question of what we are thankful for.  We all shared something that we were thankful for but I think Kathy's got interrupted and we never did get to here all she was thankful for. All I can say is Grandpa is still the Patriarch of this family and when he speaks we all listen.  In consideration of him I will say he just wanted to know if anyone wanted more dressing.  Kathy you were just to cute on your response. :)))
I thank everyone for all the help I had in the kitchen.  On a MEASURE of one to ten you guys get an eleven.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
The true MEASURE of loving God is to love Him without MEASURE.
 
"This is love for God: to obey his commands.
And his commands are not burdensome, for
everyone born of God overcomes the world."
1 John 5:3 NIV
 
Love, grandma

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

BLESSINGS

Wednesday, November 24, 2010
 
The night before Thanksgiving and all through the house,
 not a person is working, only looking for a gravy bowl right now.
Dressing is made awaiting it's time
to be stuffed in a turkey to finish this rhyme.
Whoa there Grandma your ahead of yourself
That's not till tomorrow when morning I arise
Hoping by then I'll open my eyes
and to my wondering surprise
maybe Grandpa will do it before I arise
Not a chance that will happen
but I count my BLESSINGS
because I am loved.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Count your blessings;
see what God has done.
 
"And whatever you do or say, let it be as a
representative of the Lord Jesus, and come
with him into the presence of God the Father
to give Him your thanks."
Colossians 3:17 TLB
 
Love, grandma

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

THANKSGIVING

Tuesday, November 23, 2010
 
This evening I went to a community THANKSGIVING service at St. Michael's church in Windham.  It was pretty somber since this was the last service for the Priest at St. Michael's.  He was being transferred to another Parish and the Priest at the Catholic church in Garrettsville will commute back and forth and have Masses at both Parishes. 
It's sad but yet we have so much to be thankful for everyday.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
THANKSGIVING  was never meant to be limited to a single day.
 
"O Lord my God, I will give thanks to Thee forever"
Psalm 30:12 (b)NASB
 
Love, grandma

Monday, November 22, 2010

GRATITUDE

Monday, November 22, 2010
Our big event today was cleaning the bugs from our dining room light.  It's easier when two people do it so I asked Grandpa to help.  He thought about it for awhile and then decided it would be easier to do it then to have me remind him.  Sooooo, we got our light cleaned.  To show my GRATITUDE I gave Grandpa a back rub.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
GRATITUDE is the heart's memory.
"I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me."
Psalm 16:7
Love, grandma

Sunday, November 21, 2010

ILL

Sunday, November 21, 2010
 
It was very cold this morning when I left for church.  I believe it was in the low 30s.  I had an outer sweater on for warmth but Grandpa said "wear your leather coat".  It was a lot easier just to say ok and put on my leather coat.  Our church service was over a little after noon and then I stayed to help count the offerings.  It was around 1 o'clock when I left the church.  There was warm sunshine that felt so good as I went to my car.  Got home and the first thing Grandpa said was "Did you forget your leather coat?". Yep! I did.  Won't need it tomorrow because the weather man said it will be 70 degrees.  Grandpa was looking out for my welfare so I wouldn't be ILL and it wasn't his fault I forgot my coat so I can't speak ILL of him.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Speak ILL of no one, speak all the good known of everyone.
 
"Don't criticize and speak evil about each other...if you do, you will be fighting against God's law of loving one another."
James 4:11
 
Love, grandma

Friday, November 19, 2010

HELP

Something is very wrong with me.  I need help!  I feel like cleaning.  I started to wipe the cupboards and countertops and loved the smell of Murphy Oil.  I started to organizes my desk top in the kitchen.  We went shopping this morning at Marc's in Ravenna so I should be tired and not wanting to do anything.  Kyle,  You are the one studying to be a doctor.  What's wrong with Grandma.  I'm just to happy, energetic, well fed, good sleeping habits and can't wait till Thanksgiving.  There must be something wrong with me.  Thank you for reading this email I really needed someone to TALK to.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
To TALK to God, no breath is lost.
 
"Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; hearken to my cry of supplication."
Psalm 86:6
 
Love, grandma

Thursday, November 18, 2010

I DECLARE

Thursday, November 18, 2010
 
I DECLARE:  We have two high school athletes who should be very proud of their accomplishments this Fall.
 
I talked with Michael on FB and asked if I could share his thoughts on his cross country sport and he said "sure"
I asked if he received an award or recognition at his sport banquet.
He said he came close 2 years in lettering but this year he got the "pity letter" ha ha. (Belden humor)
Grandpa said "he was proud Michael stuck it out for all 4 years.
Michael said: That's what I enjoy...I made a lot of good memories running cross. 
Proud of you Michael.
 
 
Tori we want to say Kudo's to you on your first year playing field hockey and all your accomplishments. :)  Glad you had fun and deserving of the recognition you received at your sport banquet.
Proud of you Tori.
 
I want to mention Kiersten had done very well with her band concerts and competitions this Fall.  Kiersten plays the clarinet.  They are now getting ready for their Christmas concerts.
Good job Kiersten.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
 
Other books were given for information, the Bible was given for transformation.
 
"For the Scriptures DECLARE that rivers of living water shall flow from the inmost being of anyone who believes in me."
John 7:38 TLB
 
Love, grandma

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

HARD WORKING MAN

Wednesday, November 17, 2010
 
Grandpa has always been a HARD WORKING MAN and I'm so glad he is enjoying his retirement years.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
To get the true measure of a man's capacity, note how much more he does than is required of him.
Grit
 
"Do you know a HARD-WORKING MAN?  He shall be successful and stand before kings!"
Proverbs 22:29
 
Love, grandma

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

THE RAINCOAT

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
 
Boy! Do I have a story for you tonight.  A lady from our church husband passed away unexpectedly over the weekend.  The calling hours were this evening and I wanted to be there to support her.  Welllll!  It was raining outside pretty hard so I went to the closet to get my raincoat which I haven't worn for some time.  It had DUST around the collar and the synthetic water repellent fabric kind of crinkled.  I asked Grandpa what he thought it looked like and he said "pretty good".  Ok, I'll wear it.  I'm at the funeral home standing in a long line and finally got to the front where the family was.  I looked down at my hands and they were completely speckled with black flakes.  I tried to brush them off before anyone seen them but nope they wouldn't budge.  I hugged my friend and hoped nobody saw my hands and then I had to shake her two sons hands and I just kept talking so they wouldn't look down at my hands.  I came home and showed Grandpa and my old raincoat is in the garbage bag never to be seen again.  I had to scrub my hands several times to get the black speckles off.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
The devil is not afraid of the Bible that has DUST on it.
 
"The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us do what is right."
2 Timothy 3:16 TLB
 
Love, grandma

Monday, November 15, 2010

Happy 23rd Birthday Jess

Monday, November 15, 2010
 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESS!
 
Hard to BELIEVE our grandchildren are no longer children. 
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
To BELIEVE is to be strong.
 
"Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong."
1 Corinthians 16:13
 
Love, grandma

Sunday, November 14, 2010

GLAD

Sunday, November 14, 2010
 
I am GLAD to see our Cleveland Browns finally playing like a pro football team should.  Today was a nail bitter to watch so I took a nap thinking I wouldn't feel the stress of a close ballgame.  Sorry they lost but GLAD they played well.
 
Thank you Deb and John for the gift subscription to Readers Digest.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
God has never ceased to be the one true aim of all right human aspiration.
Alexandre Vinet
 
"Be GLAD in the Lord, you righteous ones; and give thanks to His holy name."
Psalm 97:12 NASB
 
Love, grandma

Saturday, November 13, 2010

GIFTS

Saturday, November 13, 2010
 
Three of my friends took me out on the Christmas Walk we have here in Garrettsville every other year.  It was a beautiful day to walk with Spring like weather.  Went to 5 different homes that were decorated in different themes.  We went into a couple of stores in town and had lunch at the Methodist Church.  After we completed the tour the girls wanted to give me my birthday GIFTS so we went to The Mill and had an appetizer and yes, Grandma had a glass of wine.  I can't deny it because it is very efferent in the picture.  It was a wonderful day.
 
On a sad note we were informed today of the passing of Ray Sheehan yesterday afternoon.  I don't believe they are going to have a memorial service until Spring when all their family could be there.  That's another friend Grandpa would stop to see and catch up on the town gossip.  He will be missed.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Love is the only thing that power cannot command and money cannot buy.
 
"All the special GIFTS and powers from God will someday come to an end, but love goes on forever."
1 Corinthians 13:8 (a) TLB
 
Love, grandma

Friday, November 12, 2010

THE BEST

Friday, November 12, 2010
 
I had the BEST day today.  It started out with Kathy taking Grandpa and I out for brunch at Bob Evans.  New item on the menu was meant just for me and that was a cup of oatmeal along with a crepe filled with low fat yogurt topped with bananas, cranberries, blueberries and pecans.  It was the BEST.  Thank you for the birthday brunch.
Grandpa brought the mail in and I had a birthday card from Steve and Tracy.  Thank you for the personal note you wrote inside. It was the BEST.
Went swimming and came home and their was a pink box on our front porch and a card.  I brought it in and as you can see in the picture there were 12 Heavenly cup cakes inside.  Grandpa and I dove into them and froze some for another day.  Thank you Beth Shale! They were the BEST.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
No one is living at his BEST who is not living at his BEST spiritually.
W.M. Craig
 
"If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit."
Galatians 5:25
 
Love, grandma

Thursday, November 11, 2010

MAN

November 11, 2010
 
Time to remember those men and women who are serving in the armed forces.  I would like to thank one MAN in particular, Aaron, for his enlistment into the Army Reserves. 
 
Today I went to one of my classmate's mothers calling hours.  I went with my friend Becky and it had been 51 years for her and 52 years for me since we have seen him.  Becky and I were signing the book and saying I wonder if we will recognize him.  Todd Kline was standing right behind us and we didn't know it.  So glad we didn't make other comments.  It was nice because there were other classmates who were able to come and give support during this time.  I know Todd appreciated seeing friends and classmates.  We were able to get his current address and phone number to stay in contact with him.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
God has no larger field for a man who is not faithfully doing his work.
 
"Are you a wise and faithful servant of the Lord?"
Matthew 24:45 (a) TLB
 
love, grandma

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

KINDNESS

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
 
Went to bible study this morning and met with some dear friends for prayer.  It's amazing how God answers prayer.  Before we left at noon our prayers were answered.  It is so special to have someone to pray with and for.  The KINDNESS my friends show toward me is indescribable.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
KINDNESS has converted more sinners than zeal, eloquence or learning.
F. W. Faber
 
"Since you have been chosen by God who has given you this new kind of life, and because of His deep love and concern for you, you should practice tender-hearted mercy and KINDNESS to others."
Colossians 3:12 (a) TLB
 
Love, grandma

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Quilters

Tuesday, November 9, 2010
 
Had A wonderful day today because 3 of my friends who are quilters came this morning for us to continue the work on A quilt for the Windham Historical Society.  It's not a big quilt but I think it will be very interesting with photo's from long ago.  We went to the quilt shop here in town and they donated all the fabric to make the quilt.  We are planning to meet in December to do the actual cutting and sewing of the quilt.  We do have till July to complete it.
 
Jon Johnson hope you had a blast for your birthday.
 
Love, grandma

Monday, November 8, 2010

WILL

Sue is our niece and her husband Dave is a former fireman who was in NY during 9/11/01

Monday, November 8, 2010
 
I copied the email Aunt Shirley sent to me in regards to Sue's husband Dave's time at the NY marathon.  I would say "Dave sure had the WILL to finish the race and beat his last year's time.
 
Aunt Shirley's email
 
You asked how Dave did in the marathon-so I am sending you this from Sue. They came over yesterday afternoon to rake leaves, etc.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <susanwinter@roadrunner.com>
Date: Sun, Nov 7, 2010 at 7:43 PM
Subject: race time
To: mom <
sjcanty@gmail.com>


Hi,
Dave beat his time from last year!  He finished in 4 hours 30 minutes, last year was 4 hours and 55 minutes.  He's happy, but he is really sore!

Tell Dad Zach had so much fun playing basketball with him, he wants to come back next weekend and do it again!  He said, Boy grandpa sure is good at basketball.  Especially for a 81 year old man!
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Where there is a will there is an "A"
"I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 3:14
Love, grandma