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Hello friends, well here we are on our ‘weather roller coaster’ again, in the 50s and rain today (Tuesday) and supposed to be in the 20s tomorrow. These kinds of swift weather changes seem to promote a plethora of colds/viruses/flu-like ills/ even allergies, type things for so many of us.

 It is difficult for the human body to acclimate to such widely varying weather changes so quickly. My point is, guard your health (whatever condition it is in now, it could be worse.) Wash your hands frequently, rest as much as possible (but try to get in some exercise every day – it strengthens the immune system), eat as nutritionally well (drink plenty of fluids – non-alcoholic preferred) as you can, and laugh…laughing also helps the immune system. Okay, off my soapbox.

Rita Green was our Bridge Club hostess last week with Ana Slover, Carolyn Green, and I attending; Debbie Turner wasn’t there, she had business to attend to. Rita always ‘lays out’ a lovely ‘high tea’ and last Wednesday was no exception. We love playing cards but we also love to eat; in our group, we have the best of both worlds and we really enjoy it.

Spanish last Friday at the ‘Y’ was fun too (have you noticed, we have some really great people around here.) Jean and Ron Sandidge were absent for doctor’s appointments but the rest of us had several good laughs with/at each other as we tried to use the correct Spanish pronunciation of the words, and especially, as we tried to string the sentences together.

 ’Professora’ Evelyn West was still having problems talking, at any length, and was still experiencing a ‘dry’ cough. Karen Miller told her that it took six or seven weeks for her to completely get over her ’bout’ with it. Several others commented that was so and a residual cough seemed to ‘hang on’ for a long time for most folks.

Wilma and I spent a good part of Saturday in Madison; I mistakenly thought that with the snow (such as it was) and extremely cold temperature, that Wal-Mart wouldn’t be crowded – Ha. Obviously, I survived but I really don’t like crowds. We had lunch at Captian D’s and it was very good; we enjoyed it.

I had to get gas; Wilma and I were shocked at the price of gas in Madison, $3.67.9 a gallon, especially since we noticed it at $3.48 in Vevay as we went through on our way to Madison. I came back to Vevay and got it for 3.48; that is almost 20 cents on the gallon difference.

Between the much higher grocery prices and gasoline prices (not to mention everything else), it is very hard to make ‘ends meet’; I have been ‘robbing Peter to pay Paul’ and I’ll be darned if Peter didn’t just leave town…you know what I mean.

Had to get a new phone also (my old one was getting very ‘sick’ and kept passing out on me) so I got one just like the old one. I have had it for several years, liked it, and thought the new one would just operate like the old one. I don’t know why I even pretend to think any more; got it home, opened three feet of instructions, and quickly discovered that it may have the same name and look the same but it was very different.

When it comes to anything electronic, I am usually wading around in a quagmire of questions (read panic) and wondering what goes where and what plugs into what. Called Mike and he patiently told me where to plug stuff and diplomatically suggested I read the instructions. I told him I did but it didn’t have enough pictures.

 To make a long story short, I finally got it working but I remain, technologically impaired (and that is an understatement.) You are supposed to push a button and it starts, push another button and it stops – if that doesn’t work, call Mike. I still have several things to work out (understand how to use) on it…the instructions are sitting by the phone.

Sam and Cyndi dropped by Monday afternoon and I was telling (complaining) to them about length of the phone installation instructions and Sam said, “Aw mom, just part of them are in English, the rest are in two or three other languages.” I asked him if he wanted to bet a nickel on it; he wouldn’t bet but he went over and looked at the three feet of instructions and said, “I’ll be darned, they are all in English.” He didn’t offer to explain them to me though. Cyndi and I laughed at him.

Birthday wishes go out to Howard Bragg on the 18th , Jamie Miller on the 20th, and to Wilma Houze on the 22nd. We wish each of you a day filled with happiness (and lots of good food of course) and the year that follows, with good health and ‘buckets’ of love, Happy Birthday Howard, Jamie and Wilma.

Monday morning I was at the ‘Y’ for water aerobics (kept my ‘resolutions’ for two weeks now – only eleven months and two more weeks to go) and Amy gave us a wonderful workout. While I was in the pool, I saw several friends upstairs (passing by the windows) so it seems like exercise was on the minds of lots of folks this year…and the ‘Y’ is a great place to take care of that.

On the way home I stopped at Patty and Mike Miller’s home and their place was ‘filled’ with family. Daughters Jennie Simpkins and Mindy Otter were there along with Mindy’s sons, Keegan and Traiten; with Patty, Mike, and I, it made for a very full apartment.

Monday evening, Mary and I attended the Ladies’ Bible Study at Markland Baptist Church along with several other like-minded women. As usual, Melissa Park presented a very good lesson. It seems like no matter how many times you read a part of Scripture, you get something new, or sometimes a different understanding, from it, especially when you have several other people asking questions and commenting on it. It was both informative and very enjoyable…and the fellowship after was fun too.

Received an e-mail from a friend last week with this little story about death in it: A sick man said to his doctor, “Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side.” Very quietly, the doctor said, “I don’t know.”

“You don’t know? You a Christian man, do not know what is on the other side?”

The doctor was holding the handle of the door; on the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, and as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness.

Turning to the patient, the doctor said, “Did you notice my dog? He’s never been in this room before. He didn’t know what was inside. He knew nothing except that his master was here, and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear. I know little of what is on the other side of death, but I do know one thing for sure…I know my Master is there and that is enough.”

Several folks were mentioned for prayer this past week: Jessica Ledbetter wanted us to remember her dear friend, Danielle Blower who is in critical condition resulting from an automobile accident in Hamilton, Charlotte Kroening (who is herself doing much better with her hand/arm – she is able to drive again and said she imagined it was like being released from prison) asked us to pray for Nora Gross (she fell and tore loose ligaments/tendons and is still very worried about her new, twin great-granddaughters, battling birth complications), Chester Meisberger is doing better and is scheduled to have a surgical procedure done Tuesday (today), there were several unspoken requests (God knows all questions and has the answers) and petitions for prayer for unsaved loved ones.

Howard mentioned he heard that Reggie Rieman was not doing very well and Marty Park wanted us to remember his friend Ron Keller (long been battling cancer) now especially as his wife was related to Wade Self (who passed away last week), do remember the Self family and other grieving families in our community, Joe Jones, Melanie Brundige, Joy and Eldric Hazeldean, Mary Davenport, Vandora Bennett, Bob Baatz, upcoming church events, Service personnel and their families, Our travelers (we have several members traveling this week), Folks having severe financial problems, and Christian teachers everywhere, were among the many mentioned in our prayer concerns.

There were many praises to God for answered prayers, especially for the good medical progress of Charlotte and Chester, for the opportunity to present the Gospel to some folks, and for a recent employment opportunity; thank you Lord.

Until next week, my prayer for each of you is that the Lord will cause His face to shine on you, to bless you and keep you safe from harm; may He lift up His countenance and bless you with heart-peace. Amen.