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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Finally…All Settled In! Ahhhh!

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Hi everybody, I am so sorry for a long time between posts again but hopefully that is the last long stretch without posting.

Near the end of May, I was so stressed out about the move that I actually had chest pains that would stop me dead in my tracks. I felt completely and utterly exhausted in my mind, body and spirit. I was worried about the moment we had to hand the keys back to our former landlords. We had lived in that apartment/house for 14 years. The landlord suddenly found something he needed to do over at a neighbors ( the landlady said it was because he was upset we were leaving and couldn’t deal with the whole key thing) so the landlady took the keys. We were talking and saying goodbye when she suddenly broke into tears and said she felt like she was losing part of her family. She asked if we would stop by to visit once in a while when we had to come back to the city for something. We agreed and she felt a little better knowing there were no hard feelings and that they weren’t really “losing” us.  Once the move happened I started feeling better and better.

We have finally gotten settled into our new apartment. When we officially moved in on May 31 st there was lots of unpacking and cleaning to do. I also did a TON of purging again at our new place (still?) Yes, still. I realized how much crap I had inadvertently lugged here and that required another two trips to Value Village and a couple more to Hazardous Waste Depot (both places are back in our old city 25 minutes up the highway)to get rid of lots of cardboard from boxes I had emptied and then flattened down. Of course that all took time. I really haven’t had a break for over a month and a half now. This morning is the first time I have had a chance to take a book outside to the patio table and read while I sipped my morning tea. I have gotten a couple of videos on my YouTube channel just yesterday and writing a blog post was next on my list.

Life should return to normal now that all the rigamarole that goes along with moving is finally done. Phew!! I will try my hardest to get back to scheduling posts so that they are back to every third day. I feel so out of sync with everything, you guys, my YouTube channel, life. It has been a wonderful thing, though, our moving here, as the stress seems to just be draining out of our bodies. We are sleeping well and waking up early feeling rested. It must be the country air. =) Have I mentioned that I grew up out in the country and this is my favorite place to be. Cities drive me up a wall…seriously, people are so close and it is noisy and busy. Here there is peace and quiet and no light pollution so you can see a massive amount of stars at night. LOL, can you tell how in love with this place I am? Our new landlords are wonderful – as we get to know them better and they get to know us better this is turning out to be a great fit on both sides. We helped get their huge above ground swimming pool ready for the season and have been invited to use it once in a while when it gets hot. We will be arranging separate times from them so we can use it by ourselves whether they are home or not. Apparently, this is the first year that the pool has been set up for the season in one night. Usually, we are told, it takes a few consecutive nights going at it bit by bit; hauling the cover off, clearing away the empty jugs that hold the cover off the water, getting the pump equipment into place, adjusting the decking from the frost heaving that happens every year, adding fresh water to bring the level back up, shocking the water and cleaning out the leaves and bugs that linger on the bottom. You know the saying is true, though…many hands do make light work.

We have received mail here so we know the address change worked. Our new driver’s licenses arrived in said mail so we now have our ID changed over officially. Whew, it has been a long haul but now we are truly HOME. Every trip we have taken into the city since the move feels weird, but we are so happy to be able to leave that craziness behind and come home. It still hits us that we used to live there but it doesn’t feel like home anymore. We don’t miss it. At all. 

Here are a few pictures of the place before we moved in. It is bright, beautiful and has never been lived in before. We call it our little piece of heaven. Thanks for stopping by to read what I have to say, everybody. I do appreciate all the visits and comments and questions. Your support means the world to me. =)