Happy birthday was happy indeed

Thanks for the birthday wishes! It was a good day indeed.

-- A few ladies from church took me out to lunch at La Hacienda on my birthday. They also gave me a gift card to Chic-fil-a.
-- My brother called the night before and chatted with me for 25 minutes -- and he was in a good mood.
-- My sister called that morning and chatted with me for 15 minutes -- and she was in a good mood.
-- Multiple texts and Facebook happy birthdays.
-- Cards in the mail, including some with money or gift cards
-- Cards delivered at Bible study, including one from a two-year-old
-- Flowers!
-- Ice cream and such at Chic-fil-a with some of my favorite peoples
-- Kisses from my puppy dogs

I felt quite special. :-) :-) :-)
  • misssonja
    Well, a late happy birthday from me!
    by misssonja at 02/01/18 10:20PM
  • ceoltoir
    That sounds like a good 'un!
    by ceoltoir at 02/01/18 11:42PM
  • sjean
    Oh. I hate that I missed your birthday. Sounds like it was a super one! Late happy birthday from me too!
    by sjean at 02/02/18 5:53PM
  • tryphena
    Loved spending a little time with you on your birthday--I wish it would have been more!
    by tryphena at 02/03/18 3:28PM
  • truckerswife
    by truckerswife at 02/05/18 11:32AM


It's almost the new year, so I thought I'd just let you know I'm still alive. Things are going better. I like that.

  • sjean
    The question is, are you ready to write 2018??
    Happy New Year Sarah!
    by sjean at 12/25/17 7:45PM
  • misssonja
    It is sure good to hear from you!!!
    by misssonja at 12/25/17 8:26PM
  • tryphena
    Very glad that things are going OK! Love you!
    by tryphena at 12/25/17 9:10PM
  • chickadee
    And may hey go even better in 2018!
    by chickadee at 12/26/17 5:21PM
  • truckerswife
    happy new years!
    by truckerswife at 12/31/17 8:19AM
  • bandmom
    Yay! Glad things are better!
    by bandmom at 01/02/18 7:55AM
  • ceoltoir
    You probably won't see this but HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
    by ceoltoir at 01/31/18 8:30AM


There are no pictures yet.

But there is a car. And it is cute.

My car -- the black 2001 Chevy Impala which was my mom's -- finally got a check up and the result was, well, terminal/too expensive to fix.

So some folks, who I'll let be nameless for the moment, got together and found me a new car: a silver 2007 Buick LaCrosse with 109k miles on it.

Not only found it, but bought it for me. And gave it to me on Sunday.

On Monday, I transferred the insurance on it.

On Tuesday (today), we did the title, tax and registration thing.

God has been so good to me, especially of late. And especially by the people He's put in my life. THANK YOU!!!

Next: Buy a new garden hose and a chamois cloth so I can keep the car sparkly and pretty. ;-)

In other news, I have a sore tooth which I'm hoping will resolve itself without a root canal. I got a filling and then it started hurting so I went back to the dentist and he did a little grinding to adjust the bite. We'll see if that works. If not, well, we'll see.

How are you all?
  • tryphena
    I am all fine :-D

    Happy about your car situation being resolved! I love to shop for cars and I really love getting a different car. It's like a change of scenery.

    Blessings do abound, don't they.
    by tryphena at 08/15/17 12:15PM
  • ceoltoir
    This makes me happy!
    by ceoltoir at 08/15/17 1:59PM
  • misssonja
    It's the norm for me to have a filing after a filling, so I am very hopeful that your tooth pain will resolve nicely. Congrats on the vehicle!
    by misssonja at 08/16/17 11:08PM
  • sjean
    That is such a blessing. I hope you enjoy! How is work going these days?
    by sjean at 08/17/17 2:55AM
  • bandmom
    How wonderful for you!!!
    by bandmom at 08/25/17 8:45AM
  • tryphena
    Sarah: She has had some worrisome fainting spells (the last one with convulsions), and three ECGs showed a possible abnormality with the electrical part of her heart--the kind of abnormality that could result in sudden death like Erica's. However, the doctor thinks it's something a lot less fatal, and is going to run tests anyway, so we think it's all good.
    by tryphena at 09/22/17 6:12AM

Four years?

Yup, it's been four years since Mom died. Four years today. Weird.

What's interesting is that it is only in the last month or so that I feel like I've started to come out of my soul-killing depression. This week has been long, very long, but I don't think it is really connected to the anniversary of Mom's death. Maybe a little, but not wholesale.


Thanks for the comments on the hymn. Part of me really likes it and part of me says, "You know, there is a lot of wasted space in that hymn; you could say more...." The result is that I am trying to rework the hymn. It's a good writing exercise, even if it doesn't produce a better draft. One thing which the hymn as is does not convey is the idea that we are supposed to do all these "love your neighbor" things BECAUSE "I am the LORD your God" ...which was what the passage in Leviticus seemed to say to me. Part of the difficulty in just saying THAT is, well, the rhyme: "God" is a notoriously hard syllable to rhyme without it sounding like you are forcing the rhyme. (Note: Forced rhymes are bad.) I'm fiddling with it, though.


That's all I can think of at the moment. And, I'm tired.

  • tryphena
    Forced rhymes are definitely bad. Cringeworthy.

    Ah, your mother! I still have her name listed in my Contacts, so when I look up your address, there she is. :-) I could update the info, but I like the reminder.

    Grieving time is different for each person and each circumstance. It is a relief to see you coming out of the dark place you've been in. Such a relief!

    Love you!
    by tryphena at 07/09/17 1:26PM
  • sjean
    Well we have you and your mother to thank for our sweet puppy. I am glad you are coming out of the depression. I know that is tough.
    by sjean at 07/10/17 8:43AM

Hymninar 2017

Hymninar 2017 has started.
  • ceoltoir
    Have fun!
    by ceoltoir at 06/05/17 5:22PM
  • sjean
    I hear it is going well. I hope you are having a blast!
    by sjean at 06/07/17 5:18PM
  • grandmadiane
    Suck everything in while you're there and come wring yourself out here when it's over!
    by grandmadiane at 06/09/17 1:10PM
  • sjean
    Mark said it was a really good week. What sticker did you have on your folder?
    by sjean at 06/10/17 6:39PM
  • meditationis
    ^"Celebrate Diversity" with about 20 different handguns pictured. :-)
    by meditationis at 06/11/17 2:16PM
  • sjean
    Haha. So are you wearing that around your home state?? That would raise a few eyebrows.
    by sjean at 06/14/17 11:19AM