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

Hello? Hello?

Still alive.

Still working.

Still cleaning the house.

  • mayflower
    by mayflower at 01/19/17 11:33PM
  • misssonja
    Sounds pretty much like what I'm doing, hah
    by misssonja at 01/19/17 11:53PM
  • ceoltoir
    Me too ... except not really cleaning.
    by ceoltoir at 01/20/17 1:23AM
  • tryphena
    by tryphena at 01/20/17 7:44AM
  • sjean
    Hi! Three good things in a row!
    by sjean at 01/20/17 8:13PM
  • whipsmile
    by whipsmile at 01/23/17 2:56PM
  • sjean
    So what are your latest projects. Have you been inspired by anything at the fabric shop?
    by sjean at 01/29/17 2:50PM
  • this_old_man
    Happy Birthday Sarah!
    by this_old_man at 01/31/17 8:41AM
  • cyber_space_cadet
    by cyber_space_cadet at 01/31/17 10:00AM
  • bandmom
    Happy belated birthday, Sarah!
    by bandmom at 02/02/17 9:56AM
  • sjean
    Looks like I missed your birthday. Let me be the latest to wish you happy birthday.
    by sjean at 02/03/17 8:11PM
  • truckerswife
    Same though I need to clean house today and haven't got the energy to do it.
    by truckerswife at 02/06/17 12:25PM
  • grandmadiane
    Oh, Sarah I hope you had a lovely birthday! I'm so sorry I missed it but I hope you were showered with enough blessings that they last a lifetime!
    by grandmadiane at 02/06/17 6:38PM
  • cyber_space_cadet
    Thank you, Sarah! Love you! ♥
    by cyber_space_cadet at 02/21/17 4:19PM
  • sjean
    Well. I haven't been over here in quite a while. Looks like I missed your birthday. Hope it was good. How is everything going? Precious is still acting like a big puppy.
    by sjean at 03/31/17 1:59PM
  • grandmadiane
    You are missed beyond measure! Hope the job is still working out and you and the puppies are doing well.
    by grandmadiane at 05/19/17 4:27PM

Jehovah Jireh

It was a weird week or so. I applied to do a deed in lieu of foreclosure on Tuesday and my request was denied on Thursday. So the sheriff's sale was on. I arranged to have my sister come up to get stuff from my house and take it to my brother's, and arranged to have folks come help me pack/load on Saturday. Then my sister had to back out, so I cancelled that, hours after sending out the first email. Then, on Friday, the elders told me they wanted to bring my mortgage current (and help me going forward), so I requested a payoff amount on . I got that amount on Monday and the elders wired the money to the mortgage company, reinstating my mortgage, on Tuesday.

I had mentioned to some folks at work that I was moving, because of a foreclosure, and when I mentioned to one person that the church had reinstated my mortgage, her first words were: "Jehovah Jireh!"

God will provide, indeed.

Now, my front room looks like a cardboard factory crashed into it.

(Okay, it doesn't now, because I finally organized that.)

  • misssonja
    That was a roller coaster ride, but at least it ended well.
    by misssonja at 10/27/16 7:20PM
  • tryphena
    This is an exercise in trusting the setup that God has put in place.

    Keep the organizing going! You're doing so well!!
    by tryphena at 10/27/16 8:51PM
  • ceoltoir
    Wow. Just wow.

    by ceoltoir at 10/27/16 10:09PM
  • cyber_space_cadet
    by cyber_space_cadet at 10/28/16 9:48AM
  • this_old_man
    Happy for you.
    by this_old_man at 10/28/16 11:56AM
  • wifelet
    Praise God! :) And praise Him for His good plan.
    by wifelet at 10/28/16 3:35PM
  • whipsmile
    That just gave me chills!!!!! Praise God!

    by whipsmile at 10/30/16 3:13PM
  • sjean
    That is such great news.
    by sjean at 11/01/16 3:49PM
  • deputyheadmistress
    That rollercoaster ride gave me whiplash. I can't imagine how you felt, but the end is such a relief!
    by deputyheadmistress at 11/07/16 4:24PM
  • bandmom
    SO thankful for you! (((HUG)))
    by bandmom at 12/05/16 7:59AM
  • granny
    Because of my absence, not knowing your story, I am so very thankful you continue to have a roof over your head.
    by granny at 01/06/17 11:20PM