Sneeze, cough, sleep…being sick sucks!

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Hello again everyone, I am sorry for the lack of posts for the past while. I am finally feeling up to sitting here and composing a post to let you all know what’s been going on.

This cold or flu or whatever it is hit me on January 16th. When it did it hit me like a Mac truck. In fact, I hopped on my Facebook account and asked if anyone had gotten the license plate. LOL

It was weird the way it took turns with my body parts. It started with a sore throat then went to headaches. From there it hit me with such a lethargy I spent a lot of time sleeping and reading.

Fever was the next stage and at this point I was miserable. Then came the sneezing and runny nose which reactivated a sore throat and headaches.

I don’t mean to go on and on whining is really not me. I just wanted to let you all know if there was any way to keep content going here on my blog and on my YouTube channel I would have made it happen.

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I think now that I must have picked up this bug at church although it could have been anywhere really.

Somehow I fought nausea and coughing etc. to keep up my commitments to my church. We have only a couple of people, myself included, that can run the sound board.

I didn’t want to leave them stranded with no one and figured I would not infect anyone if I didn’t hug anyone or get too close. The entire service I stayed up in the sound booth and tended the board.

Everyone who saw me, including the Pastor, commented that I should be home in bed but if I was determined to come in that they would pray for me. We even joked that we should pray the rest of them not get this. So we did just that!

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Slowly I am feeling better each day and this blog post is step one to getting back to my routine. I still take naps when I need to and am restricting activities to what I need to do.

So what else have you been up to Susan?

Okay, I did work on my story outline for my grandson’s book a little bit.

I have a cast of characters listed which includes; King James, Queen Crystal and Prince Ethan, the townsfolk in the kingdom and our friendly dragon of course. I still haven’t thought of a name for him.

Basically, I am going for a story in the style of Robert Munsch. I want to introduce the Kingdom of? (no idea what to call that either yet) the castle and those who live in it. I will then expand out to touch on a few of the townsfolk.

Word will come from an attack on the kingdom from the next kingdom over. Prince Ethan will be playing in the backyard of the castle and befriend a dragon perched on the castle wall.

Through this friendship, Prince Ethan will save the kingdom when the attack happens by calling on his new friend the dragon to chase away the attackers.

Once the kingdom is safe again there will be a huge banquet held in honor of Prince Ethan the hero. His dragon will make an appearance at the banquet to share in the glory.

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Again…thinking of drawing a dragon like this guy. ^ (I did not draw this it is just meant as an example).

I know this storyline has been written many, many times before but by personalizing it to Ethan and his parents and coming up with my own dragon I will make it my own.

What do you think so far? I would love to know your thoughts on the direction I am going with this.

I am considering making the book using plastic page protectors which I can slide pages into back to back and then seal the tops with tape.

I think this would give the pages some durability from the many, many times it is read to him (hopefully). I will probably then stitch the pages together using the holes where they are meant to be put in a binder.

If I just slap them in a binder some would get lost once he learns how to spring the clips open. Trust me with my grandson this will not take long to figure out….he is pretty determined when he wants something. 😀

On a final note, I just learned, today, how to run the laptop using Easy Worship 2009 to put the pictures and words to songs, scripture etc up on the screen at the front of the church.

Our usual person who runs the laptop during service is away right now so the one other person who can do soundboard will sub for me there and I will be on the laptop this Sunday.

Life is interesting if nothing else and it continues to be a busy one for me so I am glad that I am finally on the mend.

Thanks for stopping by to read my blog post once again my friends. I really appreciate you sticking with me even though the postings are erratic. That means the world to me that you do that and I don’t take your attention for granted, ever.  🙂

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An Open Window Look At Life

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This post is in response to the One Word Daily Prompt from March 20th.

That word is Window .

Spring is finally here, at least according to the calendar…it is a pity no one thought to inform Mother Nature. She is still throwing the odd snow shower and freezing cold spell our way. Eventually, I have hope, that it will warm up and we can once again open the windows and let the fresh air in. When they are open we will hear the birds wake us each new morning and the rushing creek that lulls us to sleep each evening. I love living here in the city where I have an urban address and yet when I go outside I see and feel a country atmosphere. There are woods that hem the property in right after the backyard ends and when sitting on our back deck during the hot hazy days of summer you would swear you are miles from anyone.

When I saw this prompt these are the images I immediately thought of but then I also got thinking about life. That too can be seen through a closed or open window. If the window is closed you are basically going through life with what you have at hand, doing what you always do and feeling how you always feel. You are trapped in there with stale air as it were. Living inside where it is relatively safe but also boring and predictable.

I prefer to look at life through an open window. The fresh air comes flowing in bringing with it the sounds of nature. You can hear sounds of people walking by on the road, cars, and neighbours busy with lawnmowers cutting their grass. I see this as interacting with and having access to people and things outside ourselves. Fresh air and fresh experiences beckoning us to come join them out in the sunshine…pulling us out of our routine and boredom. Sometimes it is good for the soul to stretch beyond our comfort zone.

Now where did I put that paper towel and glass cleaner? It has been a long stuffy winter, I for one am ready to clean the windows inside and out and just as soon as the weather warms up enough I am going to open those windows again and rejoin life.

Summer Seems So Far Away Still

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This post is in response to today’s daily prompt. Longing  That’s it, one word that we are supposed to generate a new post from. The one thing I long for is also one word long,  Summer. This winter has been brutal for us here in Northern Ontario, Canada. In the past week alone we have had four dumpings of a significant amount of snow along with a few minor amounts. The result of all this is snow banks that tower over my head and make my back ache when I need to shovel even more snow up on top of them. Sometimes I manage to fling a shovel load up there only to have it tumble back down the slope and land right where I had just scooped it from. The skies are overcast and gray  making the wind that howls even worse. There have also been some snappy days with windchill values of -40 degrees celsius. Here is a picture of my back steps and deck on just one of those days when I woke up to the second major dump of snow.

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Now, imagine that happening again and again and again. Winter and I just don’t get along, especially these kinds of winters. The milder ones with less snowfall I somehow manage to survive without too many complaints. This year that is so not the case. I am so tired and sore this year and dream of the hot hazy days of summer when I don’t need to bundle up in layers of clothes and always needing to keep my puffer handy in case the cold triggers an asthma attack. There have been a few of those this winter too.

I look forward to going in and out of my house without worrying about frozen locks or if the stairs are clear. I want to head to the beach down the road and swim in the nice cool water of Trout Lake. I have been losing weight too and want to see how my bikini fits this year. I yearn for sunny days on the back deck sitting around the patio table with good friends and cold beers. Then there are also the summer nights when my husband and I sit out there looking up at the starry skies and watch for lights and movement to determine if they are airplanes or maybe some alien visitors. Yes, I know there are bugs then too but we take precautions with Raid and Muskoll spray and Citronella candles. Bugs can be dealt with and I consider it a minor price to pay for all the positives in summer’s favor.

I would love to hear in the comment section if you are a summer person too or if you like all this white stuff because you go skiing, snowmobiling or snowshoeing. Hmm, surprisingly a one-word prompt was enough to unleash this diatribe against winter and all things snowy from me. When I first read the Daily Prompt I thought it would be harder than it was to create a post from it.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and reading my post once again folks.I do appreciate it and would love it if you would leave a comment to let me know that you were here. Now it is time to get to the dishes and dream about summer while I clean them. It is bitter cold out there again today, -30 degrees Celsius I think, and I am hibernating inside. Come on summer, can’t you hurry along a little faster?