Wednesday, September 29, 2021

I Don't Want to Miss the Mountain

Hello, World!

I had a VERY blessed day.

I decided to take a friend to church with me tonight to introduce her to my favorite Church family. But, I was so afraid I wasn't going to make much money today, since my foot was still injured.

I decided that God would provide, as He always does.

And, as a result, about 30 minutes before I stopped for the day, I still needed to make about half what I needed to reach my daily goal. I got a ride that paid half of that, and then a tip from them that paid all but about $10 of that, and then another ride after that that paid the rest.


I went and picked up my friend, who LOVED my church family and enjoyed the service, and even offered Brother Matthew some art work to use to help bring in funds for our new church building we are building. (I shrugged when he looked at me and I said, "I have 'unique' friends, what can I say?" and he said, "You sure do!")

I really needed that service, too. I don't want to miss the Mountain, and the blessings that await me for being there.

By the time I got home, my limp was nearly gone. Still some residual pain, but I can actually WALK!

Thank You, Jesus! Only YOU could have done that!

Relaxing and looking forward to tomorrow now.

Have a blessed night!

Monday, September 27, 2021

The Struggle is Real, Ya'll

Hello, World!

Today was not so good a day. I spent half the day updating my apps and taking care of glitches that were keeping me from being offered any deliveries or rides. By the time I got it taken care of, it was time to meet up with a friend for dinner at the Olive Garden.

Dinner was good, by the way. I got the Lasagna. The salad with Italian dressing and breadsticks were awesome, too.

Then, I went back to work to try to make up for what I didn't make earlier, only to be stuck with a Waitr order at Crackerbarrel that took over 30 minutes to get ready for me to deliver.

Didn't matter. After all my tips came in from yesterday on the Spark/Walmart delivery app, I ended up bringing home $92 today. Not bad for half a day's work.

Tomorrow I have to go to the doctor to follow up on my tests that came back saying I was healthy. There are a few things I need to discuss with her, anyway, now that I have insurance again.

Ya'll have a blessed day!

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Lesson Learned

Thank You, Lord, for answering my prayer. It wasn't in the way that I hoped You would. But, I know that You only want what's best for me. And, now, I can focus on the little things again.

It's funny how when something big is in front of you, all of your goals become big, too. All of your expectations change. All of your personal boundaries change.

I have learned something valuable in all this. It is best not to think big. It is best to always put one foot in front of the other. It is best to always look forward and not back. It is best to walk alone with God, and let HIM decide who catches up with us, or who we meet along the way. Anything else is doing God's work for Him.

Thank you, Jesus, for the lesson. Help me use what I have learned wisely and effectively. I am only sorry that it took me so long to learn this.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

And that's a wrap...

Have y'all not figured out yet that we have been invaded by people who are not sympathetic to America's best interest?

They have figured out a way to steal the election and we did nothing about it. Now they are taking over the internet and any communication lines in order to spy on us.

They have given control of our oil to overseas companies.

Pretty soon we will be the nice proletariat that they are eager to control. Any Rebellion will be put down quickly and everyone will be too scared to stand up again.

Mainly because it's easier not to allow something to happen then it is to fix it after it has. And no one wants to stand up and prevent it from happening.

Goodbye America. So long freedom.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Weaning Myself off Facebook

8:10 AM Facebook is an addiction that facilitates the illusion that more people care about what you have to say than they actually do.

It has it's uses, which is why I don't want to delete my account. But, it is not worth the time spent on it, which is why I am getting off of it.

Today I ended my work week with $688 from the gig economy. Not a bad living. That averages out to $17/hour if I worked a 40 hour week. I worked more than that...but it didn't feel like it.

I love my work.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Now Versus Then (How I spent my weekend)

I had a wonderful time today!

Last night, after doing Walmart/Spark deliveries all day, I went home, fixed a gallon of tea, grabbed my pole and fishing gear, and then decided that I would take Milo, too, to my parents' camp at Clear Springs and spend the night.

Otis wanted to go, and I think it hurt his feelings that I didn't take him, too, but I knew one babydog was all I could handle. And Milo was a handful!

We saw deer in the pasture on the way to the camp. Milo wanted to jump out the window of the car and chase them. I had to get on to him and make him lay down in the seat so I wouldn't wreck the vehicle.

We got to the camp and Milo had to water all the trees and find a place to do his "business". Then he wanted to explore. I kept threatening to go get my flyswatter if he didn't come back where I could see him. And, he made sure to bark a good hello to Paw Paw and MeeMaw (who kept calling him "she" and being corrected).

I found a place to tie him up and give him food and water so I could properly visit the parents and niece.

Milo and I later took a walk down to the swimming area. It was a long walk, so when we got back, he didn't fuss much about being tied up outside. He was tired. He didn't even bark all night.

As soon as daylight hit, though, we heard him barking. I figured he figured out that he had stayed outside all night long, which was something he NEVER does. But, when we looked out the door, there were about 5 deer standing across the road looking at him. He was talking to them. Loud. They didn't know what to think about HIM.

I threw out some corn and went inside to get ready for our fishing adventure. The deer made their way to the back of the camper as we sat and drank our coffee to wake up. We watched them out the window. They were brave. They kept one eye on Milo, though, just in case.

Then, we left Milo there to watch the camp for us while we went fishing.

I caught three catfish and one brim - barely keeper size. Between the four of us, we caught 25. Then we went back to the camp.

While my step-dad cleaned the fish, Milo and I went to the swimming area to jump into the water. The sign said, "No pets allowed, and there were people there, so I had to leave Milo tied up with the vehicle while I went swimming. There were others in the water, or I would have ignored the sign.

Then we went back to the camp to rest. My step-dad and niece fried the fish, and some shrimp and some french fries. We ate. Then I told mom I needed to go home. I still have work to do there. And, I have to work tomorrow. I might do it again next weekend, but I wouldn't be spending the night (that bed was UNCOMFORTABLE).

We came home.

Otis was happy to see us. I gave him a chicken treat and he guarded it (instead of eating it) like it was his "precious", and he warned Milo for 30 minutes not to touch it.

I took a much needed bath, then took out the trash and made some tea, and threw some clothes in the wash, and washed the dishes. Then I decided I needed to sit down and rest. So, here I am.

20 years ago today, I was woke up by the editor/owner of the Sierra Times, yelling at me to turn on the television.

I tried to calm him down as I complied.

"Surely it is just a horrible accident!"

About the time I said that, the second tower was hit.

"OH MY GOD! That is no accident!!"

I got off the phone and called my kids.

Seems like yesterday.

I pray to God we never see another one. I praise God for the 9/11 I had today.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Life is Short, So Learn to Live While You Still Can

3 years ago today I woke up after being asleep for 32 hours. I was drained, dehydrated, nauseated, and had a bad gall bladder infection. The next day I drove myself to the hospital because I knew I was not going to be able to function at work.

I knew I wasn't going to come home...but I had NO idea it was as bad as it was! The doctor informed me that if I had not driven myself to the emergency room when I did, I would have been dead in less than 24 hours.

I had a cyst on my liver. I had a blood clot in the blood vessel that connected my stomach to my heart. My gall bladder was so infected that it was abnormally shaped and swollen. I had a gallstone, LITERALLY the size of a sparrows egg, in there with lots of other gallstones.

I was that close to death, and yet, I still had the strength to make sure that my dogs were okay for the next few days, go by the store on the way to the hospital to get what I knew I would need for the stay, call my mom on the way and walk into the ER to tell them why I was there.

When I was in surgery, they couldn't do it laproscopically. They had to cut me open from the middle of my breasts all the way down to my belly button to fix what was wrong with me. I was in the hospital for nine days.

Just because someone isn't lying motionless or too weak to move much doesn't mean they are not dying. I learned that that day. It was ME.

I was literally DYING and had no idea. I just knew I was too sick to work, and if I am too sick to work, I needed to be in the ER.

It changed my life.


Life is too short to cry over stupid stuff or allow stress to control my life or allow other people's bad behavior to rule my life. Life is too short not to smell the roses or experience new things every day.

Or be with the people you love. Make good memories together. Love each other.

Be content.

I'm alive because God gave me the strength to get help when I needed it, and blinded me to the fact that I was hours away from death.