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Is Alcohol Essential?

I'm guessing your world looks pretty much like mine...

Social distancing
Empty shelves
Empty freezers

No bread
Hamburger meat
Chicken breast
Alcohol
Hand sanitizer
Wipes...

Oh yeah
NO TP.

Everyone is going a little cra-cra!

Is anyone else having a hard time not touching her face?
I may even pick my nose.

How hard is it to pump gas without touching anything?

About the third day into social distancing,
and having to work because I am "essential,"
I went to buy hand sanitizer.
Of course, there was none.

I have the recipe.
Aloe vera gel...check
Essential oil...check

Alcohol

After work, I stopped at 3 places.
By this time, I'm feeling exasperated.
In the pharmacy section...
because that's where it should be, right?
But what do I know?...

"Sir, do you have any alcohol?"

I was directed to Aisle 12,
"Right behind you there!"

Here I go.  Yelp. 
Didn't give it a second thought.
Be-bopping right along.
Stopping mid-way, yelp!

What?
Alcohol, the kind…
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What Did Your Weekend Look Like?

A day of work and a day of rest is what the weekend looked like for us.
I started my Saturday with the usual- a cup of coffee.
We had already decided to do a little Spring Cleaning.
I started cleaning out my closet and made it  through each room like the Tasmanian Devil leaving behind a whirlwind of mess!

It's crazy the things we see when we're in lock down. No, we're really not in lock down. We're just being smart.
I decided I didn't like my picture frames  not to be the same color.  I took them all down...
...revealing all the nail holes
...from every time I didn't get it right.
Can I tell you I counted 20?
Oh, please!
So, I rearranged them with different frames. and took them down again, and painted the wall.
The holes, of course, are still there but the scratches are not. 
So, we now have a blank wall. and a stack of frames.

David put up the wall art above  the glass door,
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Peace in the Midst of the Storm

Wow!  So much has happened since my last post. On March 3, 2020 at 12:45 am, the ping of my phone awakened me with "a severe thunderstorm warning for Northwest Wilson County, TN," with directions to go to an interior room.

Oh well, we've had thunderstorms before. I guess I fell asleep because 30 minutes later I get a call from my frantic daughter, "Did you get the weather warning?"

"Yes. There's a severe thunderstorm headed our way."

"No, there's a tornado headed your way."

I start to argue.

"Mama, we are looking at it right now. Get in the hall."
I'm a small town girl.

The only sirens I've ever heard were from emergency vehicles. Do we even have tornado sirens in Washington County, GA?

Sirens!  Many.
The Roar. Then the quiet.
Eerieness for sure!

While in my safe place,
 I covered my heard with a blanket and prayed Psalm 91:7,

"A thousand may fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will …

The 40-Day Sugar Fast: Day 24

I'm on Day 24 of my 40-day Sugar Fast. I'm past many of the symptoms I had in the beginning, but I'm having stomach issues. 
I think it's coffee!

It's been on the hardest things I've ever done, but one of the best! I've lost some pounds.  I've gained far more!


Yesterday, I got a message from my supervisor that my morning client had canceled services for the day. I so needed a morning to just sit and feed on all that God has been teaching me. Each chapter has been exactly what I've needed for each day.
The day she addressed healing past hurts, Holy Spirit brought to my mind some issues that I needed to deal with. The day she dealt with boredom and idle minds, I was scrolling, switching back and forth from Facebook, Word Cross, Instagram, and Pinterest to fill the loneliness.

Sometimes, I feel so alone.
I miss the familiar.
I miss community. I miss seeing people that I know.

Anyone else get what I'm talking about?

I've filled that …

Starting Over

Does anybody like starting over?
Sometimes it's good to get a fresh start,  turnover a new leaf,  start fresh,  begin again,  get a new lease on life.
Those are good start-overs,  the kinds we choose for ourselves. 
I've started over because I chose to. I've started over because I had to.  I've started over when it was not my choice to do so.
Since I lost my old blog and had to start over,  I've not enjoyed blogging.  I have managed to find and keep a few of you,  but I'm having trouble reconnecting with many. 
This is the kind of start-over that I don't like. It's gonna take time to rebuild what has been lost.
Some relationships are like that.
Others require little effort and stand the test of time.

After my parent's death,
I was sad.
I was angry.
I was hurt.
I was in a really bad place.

And I hurt others.
I'm not proud of that.
I created distance from the people I needed the most.

And I hurt those closest to me.

I'm thankful that God is a…

I Run

The cravings have intensified over the past few days,  so I have decided to go back to the beginning.
Today I awoke feeling, weak and tired. I cried out to the Lord for help,  totally dependent on Him to make me strong. 
As I looked to Him, I felt His strength rise within me. 
Starting from the beginning,  I'll share some of my thoughts as I began this journey.
Day 3: Lord, I awake this morning anxious and exhausted.  My heart is beating fast, I can't breathe.  I feel like I've awakened from a bad dream, sweating, fearful.   I've been running for so long. When stress comes from the pressure of the job, I run...I quit.
When I'm overwhelmed in whatever ministry I am in, I run...I think someone else can do it better, and I walk away...I run...away from what made me feel insecure.  Insecurity led to jealousy and I ran. 
In my wanderings and running, I'm realizing that I ran away from these things, but I didn't run to YOU.
Day 3:  When Sugar Wall Crumble Sugar Fast …

A Bit Extreme?

Does anyone else out there need to be reminded that  SUNNY DAYS are just AHEAD?
The prediction at the beginning of the season: Colder temperatures and SNOW.
I think we've had 2 days of snow that was gone by mid-morning. I do declare, I think it's rained 4 out of 7 days since October.
That may be stretching it a bit, but I can tell you this girl is ready for SPRING!
This year we did Christmas on Christmas Eve morning. I think it may be a new tradition.  

Because she knows how much we love tea parties,  my sister-in-law gave all the "littles" Santa and Elf mugs.

Look at these little hands.  

And those pinkies!


It was morning and they were all  smiles and giggles with anticipation.


We gathered mid-morning for a brunch.
My favorite memories involve food-lots of it- and family.
It's no wonder that food is our go-to.' Birthdays Cake and Ice Cream
New Years Day Black-eyed peas, pork, greens
Valentine's Day Candy
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