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Concussions

Have you ever had a concussion?

They are no laughing matter, to put it mildly.

I seem to get one quite often, at least one every couple of years, sometimes more.

No wonder I’m so looney:)

I have another one now, well hopefully on the mend from another one,

I have always been an extremely clumsy person, even as a child.

There have been times, I seem to just trip and fall over nothing but air, but oh well.

I’ve been this way for 53 plus years, so I don’t expect it to change now.

When I was a kid, my goodness, I would trip over the floor vent, the same old rock on the school play yard, the grass outside, just anything, a lot of times just my own two feet.

No, they are not gigantic, they are a very normal size 8, they just get in the way sometimes.

My family has said I need a helmet and knee and elbow pads, more times than one, or just a gigantic bubble that won’t bust when I fall.

But truth be known, something would go wrong, it just does.

God gave me a lot of great gifts, but walking upright with grace just wasn’t one of them.

What caused this latest concussion, getting in my car. 

Yeah, I know, your thinking what, but yes getting in my car.

I went to Wally World, that’s Walmart for those of you that ain’t country.

I had ordered my groceries for pickup, yes I use pickup service at Walmart.

It’s so easy, I know exactly what I’m getting, I set a time that’s convenient for me to pick it up.

No crowds, no noise, no long hours wandering through the store throwing extra things in the buggy that I don’t even need. 

It’s so simple, I absolutely love it,  Hubby says I’m getting lazy.  But oh well.

I think I’m being a savvy shopper.  I plan it out, pick exactly what I want, know the exact total, pay for it online, and just pick it up.

But anyway, back to the crazy concussion.

It was Tuesday, got off work, swung by to pick up the groceries, all was well.

Got out to talk to the person as he put them in the car, because well, us Southerners believe in being friendly to everybody.

I sure ain’t about to just sit in my car like some stuck up snob, that’s just plain rude, even though I see a lot of people do it.

I mean really, they shopped for you, bagged it and brought it out to your car and loaded it, the least you can do is get out and talk with them and say thank you. 

Goodness folks!!!

Oops, sidetracked again, the brain is still scrambled,  big time.

All was well, thanked the young man, he started going back in, I proceeded to get in my car.

Well, either I grew in 10 minutes or the car shrunk.

I knocked the living daylights out of my head, even the little guy heard it and stopped and came back to check on me.

I told him it would be okay, I was just going to sit there a minute.  

No blood, just a whammy of a headache, tons of stars circling, dizzy, and very blurred vision. 

I waited til the stars subsided some, called my daughter told her what happened, and asked her to stay on the phone with me till I got home.

Oh my goodness, it hurt, still does. 

This was on Tuesday, it is now the weekend, and it still hurts really bad.

But at least the nausea has finally gone away after four days, dizziness is some better, don’t see two of everything anymore, its all just really blurry. 

I have rested non-stop since then, I’ve been to the doctor enough times through the years to know, quite dark room, and just be still and let your brain, get back to normal instead of the scrambled eggs it has become.

Goodness, I’ve been in pajamas since it happened, yes I shower and change clothes each day, but its been pjs all week, and probably all weekend too.

Still, can’t see well enough to read my Bible, but thank the Lord, God gave somebody the wisdom to make Alexa.

She does my reading for me everyday.

I love that little machine, it can tell you so many things, its really cool.

But you know what, it will be okay, God has got it, just like He has everything else that goes on in my life.

The moral of this story, pay attention and don’t be in such a hurry, it might just save you from a whammy of a headache.

Important note, if you ever do get a concussion, go see a doctor, just to make sure you didn’t do more than scramble your brain!!

Til next time!!

 

Missing a Loved One

 

Death, a very real part of life, yet it hurts beyond measure to lose a loved one.

I’m fortunate that I still have my immediate family, yes I have lost grandparents, uncles and aunts, several close friends, and my first husband.

Yes, the loss of each hurts, some way more than others; and often terribly bad when you least expect it.

I often find myself talking to the person, yes I know they are not physically here, but well, I find it comforting.

Our children’s Daddy, my first husband passed away last April; and this past Friday was his birthday.

My heart broke for our two kids, especially our daughter, and his parents and brother.

I even hurt, didn’t expect it to be so bad, I pulled out the high school annual and tried to read it, all five pages he wrote me way back then.

But between the already blurred vision and the tears, it was near impossible; but I still remember what it says from when he did write it. so many years ago.

No, our marriage didn’t last, it ended in divorce over twenty years ago.  But his death still hurts ever so badly.

We both moved on, today I’m very happily married to a wonderful man that I love dearly. 

But I  just didn’t expect all those emotions last April or this past Friday, but emotions are odd like that sometimes.

I don’t think a piece of paper stops the love you share with someone for fifteen years, it just doesn’t.

My heart really hurts for people when they lose a loved one.  

There seem to be so many widowed women at our Church, and I admire their strength but hurt for them as well.

I hurt for my grown children and our grandchildren for their loss of a Daddy and Pappaw.

I still hurt for my husband that has lost a brother, sister, nephew, niece, Dad and several uncles all within just the past few years.

His Dad was really the hardest I think for me, he was the first person I had ever seen pass.  

My husband had to leave the room, so I sat and rubbed his forehead, told him how much everybody loved him.

I prayed with him, and then I told him, Tommy honey we all love you enough to let you say goodbye and go home, instead of suffering the way you do.

While he was sick the month prior to his death, he enjoyed having Jeff and I there with him.

It was a very hard, heartbreaking time, but he needed us and we were there to help any way we could.

Then one day a song popped in my heart, I knew it was God that put it there, and as I began to hum it, Tommy looked so peaceful, even smiled a bit.

He loved me singing that song to him.  I know it was from the Lord.

And on that Palm Sunday morning, sitting in that hospital room, after I told him we all loved him enough to let him go, I sat holding his hand and sang it to him.  

Precious Lord take my hand, lead me on, help me stand, Lord I’m tired, Lord I’m weak, Lord I’m worn.  Through the storm, through the night, lead me on to the light.  Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.

And as I sang that song, I could see him slipping away, laboring for breath, the nurse came in, and within a minute, he was gone.  Just as I finished the chorus of that song.   

Take my hand, Precious Lord, lead me home. 

It was heartbreaking and peaceful all at the same time.

I pray for all of us that have lost loved ones, that are in the midst of losing a loved one right now, that we will all be surrounded by God’s unfailing love and comfort. 

He alone can provide the strength and the peace to make it through.

I pray that each of us can slowly start to heal, just a little bit more each day, and at last smile again.

To focus on all the good times, we shared with our loved ones, their smile, their laugh, their beautiful eyes and sense of humor.  The joy they brought to many, the love that they shared with their family and friends.

Don’t ever think death is the end, for it is not.

We will all see our loved ones again someday.

Yes, it hurts to let them go, and sometimes especially when it is sudden and unexpected.

And there isn’t anything that anybody can say or do to help take the pain away or lessen the hurt.

But eventually life does go on, little by little, a smile will creep in, the sunrise will catch your eye, a child’s laughter.

Life does go on, no, its never going to be the same as when they were here with us. 

But our loved ones would want us to go on with our lives, to live, and to enjoy the great times that we shared with them; and share those memories with others. 

Today, tomorrow and always!!!!

The Joys of Springtime

I so love the Spring season.

The Winter doldrums and gloom goes away, and Spring replaces it with warmer weather and sunshine.

People smile more, life seems a little happier, and it’s just a renewal of life.

That pitiful looking yard becomes pretty and green, the leaves and trees bud and bring forth beautiful lush leaves swaying in the wind.

And oh the flowers and shrubs, my favorite part,  the daffodils, tulips, daisies, forsythias, petunias and on and on.

Then you can’t forget those Boston ferns for the front porch, at least down South.

I buy four every year and hang them on the front porch waiting on the little birds to come and build their nests in them for yet another generation of sparrows and wrens.  

Oh, how I enjoy them.

I start taking pictures when the eggs are laid, and their new babies and even as they grow and start flying back and forth.

I even have the bird feeders hung nearby for them to come and fuss over the food.  That part is comical watching them.

It’s just a wonderful time of year.

And Spring cant be here without cookouts and picnics and families and friends getting together for some much needed time outside.

It’s almost Spring, I for one am so looking forward to it!

How about you?

Happy Spring!!!!

Till next time…

Saint Patricks Day

Saint Patrick’s Day, so many people celebrate this day, wear green, have parades, and well use it as a day to drink and party, and celebrate in so many different secular ways.

But do you know that actually, it was a day to honor a man named Patricus, who was later deemed St. Patrick?

He was a missionary and Bishop that was responsible for leading the people of Ireland to Christianity.

But before that happened, he was captured at 16 years of age, and taken to Ireland as a slave, and was a keeper of animals.

For six years he was held captive there, finally escaped back to his home country, which is believed to be Roman Britain.

He went on to become a missionary and Bishop in the 5th century, and then he went back to Ireland in 432 to lead the people to Christianity.

It is said that he used the green clover as a way of explaining the trinity of God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

He was also responsible for the building of Monasteries, Churches, and schools during this time.

He passed away on March 17, 461. Hence the reason St. Patricks day is always celebrated on that day.

Originally, Saint Patrick’s Day was a celebration of the Roman Catholic feast day honoring the patron Saint who brought Christianity to the Irish countryside.

However, later it became just another secular holiday, celebrated by people and kids most everywhere.

It was largely the immigrants of Ireland coming to America that started the secular celebration with parades and celebrations, even to the point of coloring some of the rivers and fountains across America green.

The first parade and celebration were held in Boston in 1737, then New York started the parades in 1762, and Chicago really jumped on board in 1962 by coloring their river green every year since.

So we celebrate St. Patricks day with the wearing of the green, and clovers, drinking, parties, and parades.

Growing up in my school days I remember all the kids pinching you on this day if you didn’t have on green, and if that wasn’t mean enough they would pinch you the next day if you wore green.

I never knew how that mean act of pinching got started, it certainly doesn’t go along with the celebration of a Saint leading people to Christianity.

But anyway, Saint Patricks Day will be here soon, so as it approaches and people make plans, take the time to remember the real reason for this Holiday.

Till next time….

Travel

Travel, I absolutely love it!

My bucket list has several destinations that I wish to see before I’m Heaven bound.

The Dakota’s, Oregon, Maine, Hawaii, Paris, Italy and on and on.  That list is long, to say the least.

This blog is on road trip travel.

I can’t say I’m an avid traveler, although I sure wish I could I be.

But I have been a few places, major destinations:  Florida, Texas, Missouri, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Iowa, and all the states in between that you travel through to get there.

Sometimes the interstates work well for me.

You can get there so much faster, but it seems like it is you and thousands of other travelers all flying down that freeway together. 

I’m not the biggest fan of that many cars, but one thing I do like is you can count on rest areas and exits along the way.

Then there are the back roads and the state highways.

I love to travel on them!!!!!   

Sure it is slower, but it is also more scenic and serene.

You never really know where a store may pop up in between those little towns and communities if the need should arise.

But my husband and I really like the scenic route, and it is usually so worth the ride.

We will be traveling along and see a store or some kind of shop and just stop and check it out.

Simple times, and simple things to do as you meander down the road to your destination.

Then there are the hotel stays.  It’s funny how your taste changes as you age.

In our younger days, we were fine with Days Inns, Quality Inns, etc.

Now, we have moved up to the Hampton Inns and the Hiltons.

I guess its just maturity and being more financially stable to choose what you want, which is a great thing.

Food, travel, and restaurants go hand in hand. 

 A lot of takeouts, and of course a Waffle House visit for a breakfast along the way, and definitely some Dunkin Donuts tea, and Starbucks and McDonald’s caramel frappes.

I absolutely love caramel frappes, thanks to my youngest granddaughter, even though they are loaded in calories!

The rest usually, just whatever we are in the mood for at that time.

And the people, I don’t think I ever meet a stranger, I say hi to everybody.

I’ve discovered a lot of folks will just ignore you, bless their cold hearts; but some will smile or say hi.  

But…. some will just stop and chat, those are my favorite kinds of folks.  

I love talking to people, kindness goes a long way to people, friends, strangers, and travelers.

I guess that’s enough for now, gonna think about the next road trip to take.

Well yall, till next time…..  

Happy travels!!!!!!

 

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