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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

I Am Still Here!

Baptist General Association of Virginia Convention started this morning in Hampton. It was so nice to see friends from churches in other parts of Virginia. 
Ray and Barbara


I saw a former teacher of mine at Leland Theological Seminary today. It was so nice to see him. The problem is he moved to Appomattox VA and he had heard that I passed away. Imagine my surprise. He couldn't remember where he heard it. Someone told him I had breast cancer and I died. He was totally shocked to see me. 

Needless to say, I am still here. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteo-Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Shingles, Peripheral Artery Disease, and a floater in my left eye. I have had 16 surgeries and Breast Cancer in my lifetime. What is next?

I could be the poster child for the Baby Boomer Generation. The problem for me, I do not look sick at all. Everything that is going on is considered an "invisible" illness. There are many people out there with similar problems. If someone looks fine, we assume they can do the things that we can do. Looks can be deceiving.

Stop Worrying About What You Can’t Control

On the other hand, just because someone is visibly handicapped, does not mean that they are unable to do most of the things that you can do, and they want to. Anyway, I guess that I am saying "Don't judge a book by it's cover."

Be kind to others, no matter what, you don't know what kind of trouble they are going through.

Look For The Silver Lining…In EVERYTHING

GOD IS GOOD, ALL THE TIME!


ALL THE TIME, GOD IS GOOD!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Hats for the Homeless and Cancer Patients

Well, here I am again. I have been off the computer a lot lately. It can become very consuming.

I have been making Hats for the Homeless. This is so much fun. We have given out 12 baby hats and about 14 children's hats. Shirley told me tonight that she has collected about 150 hats. She has lots of people knitting and crocheting like fiends.

 I have  over 40 hats made, just waiting for the cold weather. And, after the weather report, that will probably be tomorrow. 


Just part of the hats I am working on. 
 I am making my hats on a loom or two. It seems more like crochet, but ends up looking like knitting. I taught myself how to do it by looking on You Tube and finding someone who had put up a video to teach how to do it. I ordered the looms on Amazon for a great price and have been able to find some good deals on yarn also. 

As of today, I have 53 Hats made. Everyone I know is getting a hat for Christmas, not just the homeless. With the cost of the yarn and the time involved, they make a pretty nice gift. 

We worked on Quilts on Thursday.

I am down to making one every Thursday. If I had more room here, I would sew at home. We have so much stuff, I have an EBay account that I am going to start using real soon to get rid of some things around here. I may even put our vacation house on sale on Craigslist. 


I have a real strong urge to get rid of some of this stuff. Sometimes, I feel like it is weighing me down. 

Keep on reading my blog. I am trying to up my game some. Don't tell anyone, but I am not selling anything. I just love writing to people and sometimes getting written to in turn. I love helping people, that is why I approve about 60 posts on Triberr each day. If there is something I can do to help, just let me know. And, Remember this.

GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME!
ALL THE TIME GOD IS GOOD!





Friday, October 31, 2014

HAPPY HALLOWEEN PINK



I was going to be a Witch this year, but my Mother-in-Law wouldn't loan me her dress.


So I am a Kitty Kat again this year. Isn't that cute?  

We are having salad topped with roasted chicken for dinner. It is just wonderful. Now if I can just stay away from the Halloween Candy. We don't usually have a lot of children on our street. I think they go to the housing areas where the houses are huge and the pockets are deep. 

My daughter's church is having a Halloween Party tonight. She has really neat costumes for the twins but then they told her Sunday that the costumes should be Biblical Characters. Do you think of ghosts and vampires, and Superman when you think of Biblical times? Not me. I told her to just to let them wear what they already have. 

Some churches think that you shouldn't celebrate Halloween (All Hallows Eve). It was originally a pagan holiday where they worshiped many gods. It is called Day of the Dead in some cultures. It is just another day in my world, but if children want to go around and collect candy in funny costumes, why not?

I think Jesus would want our children to have fun and Halloween is fun for them. 

I heard someone say that Halloween is the Devil's
birthday. Sorry, he doesn't have a birthday. He was created along with all the other angels at the beginning of time. He just happened to be a bad boy who wanted to be God. Oh, so then God threw him and his minions in the the bottomless pit of fire called Hell. 

So, enjoy your costumes, your candy, and your friends. Halloween is just another day!

GOD IS GOOD, ALL THE TIME!
ALL THE TIME, GOD IS GOOD!







Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Good News - Bad News - Join me for MMEL


  • Good News! I found out what was causing my dizzy spells and hot flashes. 
  • Bad News! I have a high blood sugar and am pre-diabetic. Go figure.

I was watching Dr. Oz today and decided that I am going  to check out his new diet. It is supposed to increase muscle mass and lower fat around the internal organs. 

There is some resistance training and I think that will be really good for me. I told Ray the other day that between the Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia, I have very little strength. I feel like one good cold would take me down permanently. I have even gotten to the point that I don't want to leave the house. 

All of this is making me depressed and the only way I know out of it is to make a change. The change will to: Move More, Eat Less. I still believe in calorie counting. The one time that I lost the most weight and kept it off the longest was when I was a member of Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS). I lost 30 lbs in three months and kept it off for over two years.

So, while I get my act together, gather the information and start some exercising, if there is any one who would like to share in this experience with me, leave me a comment. 

I have another blog that we can use to keep up with everything. You wouldn't have to use your real name if you didn't want to. We could discuss it all and see how we can get it going. How would you like to create a weight loss team that might possibly even become a large group that would share in whatever perks we could obtain?

Think about it and I will too. Go ahead and weigh in and measure yourself, and keep a calorie count of the food that you eat, or carbohydrate count, whichever you choose. You can email me at barbarapduke@yahoo.com with MMEL (Move More, Eat Less) in the subject line or I will send you a DM on Twitter with my phone number. 

I hope you have a wonderful week and feel great!


GOD IS GOOD - ALL THE TIMEALL THE TIME - GOD IS GOOD





Monday, September 29, 2014

The Amazing Bed - Comfort At Last

We received our EasyRest Adjustable Bed Adjustable Bed. It is wonderful, or should I say they are wonderful. We ordered the King-Size so we received two extra-long twin beds. Each bed has its own controller. The head goes up and down and the foot does too. You can set it to your special setting on two more buttons on the remote. 
You can also have massage that makes the whole bed shake in heavy massage or light massage. Then there is a setting where the massages goes from head to foot and back.
The massage feature lasts for about 15 minutes after you set it. That way you can go to sleep without worrying about vibrating all night. This seems to have helped me with my auto-immune diseases: Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia. Sleeping with my head raised has also helped with reflux. The foot raised helps with the PAD in my feet and they aren't feeling so numb.

There is an extra added benefit. I don't hear any snoring from Ray at night and it would take an explosion to wake me up anyway. I am sleeping better than I have in years.

The warming mattress covers came over the weekend. I cannot wait for it to get cold enough to put them on. I may put them on this week when the sheets are changed. I like a cold room with a warm bed. I will put pictures on the blog as soon as I finish decorating the bedroom.

Weeks later. I still love the new beds but I am having trouble finding extra-long twin sheets because they have to fit over two mattresses. I think this may be an expensive proposition. Right now, we are using full-sized sheets. They cover, but not beautifully.

We brought a comforter home from NC that we were given at Christmas. It has two pillow shams. Not sure it is the pattern I want in there, but will make a nice whole bed quilt. With the comforter, I am going to have to make a bed skirt. Not my favorite thing, but definitely something I can do.

So far, this has been a positive experience. The salesman did promise us another pillow. We got a free one when we ordered, but he said he would make sure we got another one since we bought two beds to make the King-size. By the way, the beds can be locked together, but that makes a problem with making the individual beds. It would be difficult for us to sleep in different settings if it was just one big bottom sheet. There is also an attachment if we decide we want a headboard

I will let you know about the sheets as soon as I find them. If you want me to send you a note as soon as I get them, subscribe to the blog and comment. You will get the information for sure.


GOD IS GOOD, ALL THE TIME!
ALL THE TIME, GOD IS GOOD!

I have not been compensated in any way for this article. 
Opinions are my own.

(Oh, if you do contact them and purchase a bed, please let them know that you heard it from me. Their website is not set up to use links from affiliates, but it would be nice if maybe they found out that it was me who talked about their product. 
They might even compensate me [or you] in the future.)



Sunday, September 21, 2014

Cleaning Service?

We took up the carpet and took down the drapes in our bedroom because we bought our new adjustable beds. The drapes had been up way too long and

the carpet went out of style 20 years ago.  I have never seen so much dust.

The windowsills looked like they had never been vacuumed, even though the maid service I hired, checked off that they had cleaned the windowsills and blinds. There were 4 generations of spiders.

Since I have been ill, I have had others cleaning my home and I cannot tell you how disappointed I have been.

I was so disappointed with the nationally recognized cleaning service. They charge a lot more for the first visit. They said that they would send 2 women for 3 hours and I only got one lady for 4 hours and she was pretty slow. I think she spent more time marking off her check list than she did cleaning. I would give you the name of the service but I don't want to get sued.

I called them because it is difficult to find small business cleaning people and I wanted someone that I would consider a friend and not just the "maid."
If you would like to know the name of the service, contact me and I will give you the name personally.

I am trying some new ladies, so we will see. I will follow up on a critique of them also.

GOD IS GOOD, ALL THE TIME!
ALL THE TIME, GOD IS GOOD!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Back to Bed PINK

I have been sleeping in a recliner for almost a year. I chose the recliner because lying in bed made my hips hurt so bad.

I had a cleaning service come and the bed is back in play in the spare room. I cannot sleep with Ray, he snores so loud that sometimes I can hear him in the living room. We just have dates once in a while.

Three days later: Back in the recliner.

Five days later, salesman from Easy Rest Adjustable Beds comes and shows us what they have. So interesting, especially for someone who sleeps in a recliner.

We decided that we would purchase one of the nicer models. It is a King-size bed, consisting of two twins. Each has their own controllers and they have heat and massage. Since I am considered disabled because of my health problems, they said they would deliver in one week. Well, that is this Friday. Guess what, they called to see if we could accept delivery at 5 pm on Friday.

We are leaving town Friday morning to go to NC for the holiday. The man was so kind and said it would not be a problem, he will call me back next week about delivery then. I do not remember anyone being quite that kind and considerate working in customer service in a long time. We do have a neighbor that will be watching the house and a security service, but I wouldn't want him letting anyone in to set up the beds.

I guess we will find out if we will be sleeping in the same room - will I throw the recliner on the street, or will we have to separate the beds into separate rooms? As it is, I am so tired of this recliner, it does not matter. We also have a recliner in NC that I sleep in when we go there.

I heard the other day that you should not sleep on the same mattress and box springs for over nine years. Considering that all our cells in our bodies change over every seven years, I think nine years is a little long. Did you know you have a completely new body every seven years. Mine seems to have taken a turn for the worse about seven years ago. I wonder if I can improve it enough to get back the lost years?

It would be nice, I think, but I am not going to count on it.

I will let you know how the beds sleep when they get here and whether they are one big bed in one room or one bed in two rooms. Do you think the adjustable bed will help with snoring? And where do you find extra long Twin sheets to fit the beds. A friend says you have to have suspenders on the back to hold the sheets down when you sit up.

The only thing left to figure out is, where is Snowball going to sleep?


GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME!
ALL THE TIME GOD IS GOOD!