How are you feeling today? Do you have some aches and pains that are bothering you? Do you have something on your mind that causes you problems? Do you have a physical impairment getting you down? Whatever you have or are suffering, you are very probably not alone. Health is a funny thing. When you have it, you don’t treasure it as you should and when you don’t have it, you despair of ever having it again. And if you regain your health, you are happy for a time and then start taking it for granted again.
I try to never take good health for granted any longer. For the past two years I have been battling something and no doctor seems to know exactly what. I’ve had just about every test conceivable for my heart and the doctors tell me my heart is healthy, although I do have some extra beats in one chamber. I feel tired and breathless a lot of the time and I can drop asleep at the well, drop of a hat! I can’t remember a day for a long time where I got up with a lot of energy and pep. I do get a lot of things done most days, but it can be a real drag on occasion. Maybe it’s these dark, rainy days we have had lately. Ever since the builders started work on our screened in porch, it’s rained almost every day. It’s raining right now. Is there a man named Noah building an ark somewhere? I am soaked from going out and feeding and watering all the chickens. The chickens don’t seem to mind the rain at all. The yard is green and the flowers are all in bloom, so they like it, too, but I sure could use a little sunshine right now.
As for the screened in porch, it’s much bigger than I thought it would be. We could hold a dance on it and have plenty of room. We have talked about David building a swing bed for it so we could sleep outdoors when we want. I am so looking forward to decorating the porch with a rug, screens and lights. Everyone tells us we are going to love our porch because the bugs won’t be able to get in and bother us and we can sit there even when it’s raining. I’m sure we will enjoy it if it ever gets finished with all the rain we are having. The roofer came and went yesterday and still no roof on it. I should be out in my shop doing some quilting, but I’m no in the mood. After sewing all those mug rugs for the women’s dinner at church, I felt a little burned out. I’m wanting to get into the garden and transplant some flowers and I still have flower seeds to plant and a new bed to make for in front of the porch.
Finally got some pictures of the new porch to show you.
This was just the beginning. Like I wrote, it’s rained every day since they started so the process has been slow.
Then the floor and the walls were built. See, the floor is wet from the rain!
Then the rafters. This is where it really begins to look like a porch.
The overseer says things are going as planned. Poor Belle and Molly. They have been penned up for days because the workers have to leave the gate open to get in and out with things so the dogs are penned up while they are here. They will love it when the work is all done. They still have a bathroom to remodel. Thirty-six years ago this same contractor built our bathroom downstairs. Until that time, this old house had one bathroom for five people upstairs. Built in the 1950’s! I know because when they tore out the old toilet that was the date on it. We really needed a second bathroom then. Now he is remodeling the one he built years ago.
Molly and Belle enjoying freedom for a time.
Roof is still not finished, but they may do it tomorrow, I’m told.
The porch is a whole lot bigger than I imagined it would be.
Other things have been happening. The ladies at my church had a brunch last Saturday. The theme was “Wonderfully Made by God.” They used some of my quilts on the tables.
My chicken quilt. One of my favorites of all the ones I’ve made.
Tables were set with the church’s best china. It was a pitch-in. I made cinnamon rolls.
The little mug rugs I made were placed under the coffee cups and everyone took one home. I really had fun making these and have a few left. I made forty-two of them altogether. The speaker talked about how we are like unfinished quilts, but God has a plan for us and is making us into what he wants us to be if we let Him. We may look unfinished to the world, but God has a plan and He’s working it all the time.
One of our grandsons had his Spring instrumental concert this past week. All the fifth and sixth graders in all the elementary schools in their town gathered at one of the high schools to play a concert.
The gymnasium was full and parents and grandparents packed the seats.
I am so proud of this boy and am so glad he is taking an instrument. Next year both he and his younger brother will be playing.
It takes concentration to play an instrument. Makes me want to take up the violin again.
We thoroughly enjoyed being there and went out to eat afterward with them.
Here’s a picture of the little screen door I bought at the antique show a couple of weeks ago.
The real doors look exactly like this and I have a larger metal star just like the one on this door. It will hang on a wall in our new porch.
Hope you are feeling fine and having some sunshine where you are. I don’t remember what the sun looks like! Ha. Have a great weekend. David and I are having a Friday night date night. Something we haven’t done in a while. Dinner and a movie. Going to see Poms about older women who form a cheer leading squad. Should be funny.