Thursday, February 21, 2019

Felt like such a dunce

 A dunce is "a person who is slow at learning; a stupid person". That is how I felt after realizing what my mistake had been. Sheesh!

Yesterday morning I sat down here at my desk to pay bills online. Got to my website and to verify I am who I am, they would send me a code # via email. Ok, I've done this before. I got the #, put it into the appropriate box on website, then they asked for my pin # for a certain account. I knew what it was and started typing it in, but wasn't getting anywhere. 

I decided to go to the bank, which fortunately for me, isn't far from home & I had to make a deposit anyway. I explained my situation at the bank, the nice young lady did her best to help me, told me something I should try, so I went back home. (On the way home, I stopped at the Salvation Army thrift store, will tell about that on down in this post.) 

On getting home I decided since it was a bit cooler and although it had rained a bit during the night, the grass was dry enough for me to mow. So that's what I did, then had lunch and got into my banks website again to try what she suggested. Still didn't do the trick. I called the help # was told it would take at least 30 minutes to be able to talk to a real person. Back to the bank I went. Saw another young woman, told her my tale, then the other young lady came up and they were perplexed. I was becoming very frustrated by this time as I'd never had this problem before.  The second young lady called the help #, went through all of the options like I had done, and left my ph # for them to call me. 

I came back home, got a drink of water and sat down at my computer, put on some soothing instrumental music on you-tube, said a prayer for help and patience and started coloring in a little book I had gotten at the SA thrift store. This little book I bought with two others, all three for 38 cents.

 After about an hour of waiting, I tried the support # again, still on list. I saw, that there were two calls from unkn #'s while I was at support #.  They didn't call back.

As I was sitting here 'calming down', it dawned on me what my problem was. I had even said at the bank that it was probably something simple, and it was, hence my feelings of 'feeling like a dunce'. For years, the only way I had been using my pin# was on the little touch pad at the bank, which had letters and numbers. The pin # has always been two letters and two numbers to me, when in fact, it is 4 #'s. Needless to say, I got back into my banking website, got another verification code #, used it and my 4 # digit pin #, and YAHOO, YIPPETY DOO DAH, I was in. I cried a few tears and did what I had wanted to do hours before. I was feeling so dumb, yet so thankful to God for having my problem dawn on me.

I was totally wound up from all of that you can be sure. It took awhile to calm down totally.

Now, when I stopped at the Salvation Army thrift store after first bank visit, I looked around at shirts and dresses first, nada, headed back to the linens to see what might be there. Saw two grayish blue pillow cases hanging, 99 cents each, then saw the top sheet, $4.99, didn't see the fitted sheet, until I looked down on the floor, it had slipped off the hanger. It also was $4.99. It was senior citizens day so it would be 25% off and the set was 100% cotton, and a full size, which is what I need. I then found 3 books, and headed for checkout. At checkout, I said I was a sr. citizen, she said that doesn't matter, everyone gets 50% off today. Wow, I paid $6.34 cents for it all. 

After my banking fiasco, I checked online for 300 thread count sheets by Sonoma. Found them and they are $44.95 for a sheet set. 

I wasn't even going to go to a thrift store yesterday, I 'was' going to go to Aldi's and Publix, until my banking sign in problem. But the thrift store is on my way home from bank so I stopped. God blessed me with goodness, not all that grand in the over all scheme of things, but a big deal blessing to this 'FlowerLady'.

You never know what is going to happen in a day, plans can change from one minute to the next. There's a scripture reference in the Bible found in James 4:12-15 that says the following: 

"Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.”

Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.

Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”

Ever since my dear husband went to be with His Creator, I say 'God willing' with just about any plan I make, because we really don't know what is in His plan for us.

The other day a saying came up on a blog, and I don't remember where I read it, it said something like this:

Make your plan list in pencil, and carry an eraser.

So, with that, I am saying about today's plans, God willing I plan to, wash dishes (I'm the dishwasher), fold and put away 2 basket loads of clean laundry, vacuum up dust/cat and my hair/bunnies, wash another load of laundry including new sheet set, and who knows what else.


GREAT NEWS about Lavon. His wife Shana texted me that he walked to and from the door of his hospital room yesterday and color has returned to his foot and hopefully his toes will turn to normal coloring also. If all goes well, he'll be home tomorrow. Continue to pray for his healing, and for Shana as she lovingly cares for him and works her full time job.

Thank you all for your friendship, your love, prayers, encouragement, your kind comments, all a blessing to me.


Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Summer here already?

Good morning Folks ~ It is a new day, a gift from our Creator. May we rejoice and be glad in it.

Yesterday morning I went out to work outside and it felt warm and humid. I worked for a couple of hours until I could no longer stand it with the sun beating down. I came inside into air-conditioning and it felt wonderful. I checked our weather it was 83 but with the humidity level, the real feel was 93!!! In February???

I worked yesterday on weeding and trimming overgrown paths. Am making forward progress a little at a time.

I'm working on getting potted plants grouped together more for easier watering and care and enjoyment for me during the summer months. This hibiscus below was a great price from a local veggie market. A wonderful addition to Plum Cottage gardens. One day I'll write up a post with the different hibsicus that I have.

Look at the size of this bloom. The color is deeper and more velvety looking in real life.


That's it for now. I'll show more photos later of this hibiscus and of the garden paths taking shape.

Have a great week ~ FlowerLady 

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Update on friend's surgery

Hello Folks ~ just a quick note with an update on Lavon. I got a text from Shana a little while ago and here is what it said. 

4hr surgery... he is in recovery...could not clear artery... he actually had a blockage on left side too... they were able to put a stint in left pelvis and ran a bypass vein from left side through his pelvis to his right side and then bypass artery and used a new vein down leg...not sure yet if his toes and bottom of foot will be saved but we have to wait and see... he will be in icu for a day or two then maybe home Thursday if all goes well...he's got a long road of recovery 


God can and does work miracles. Thank you for your prayers. 


Saturday, February 16, 2019

Requesting Prayer for a friend

Good evening Folks ~ 

A friend of mine from church had back surgery to relieve pressure on a pinched nerve that was affecting his right leg. That was right around Thanksgiving. Drs said that the pain in his leg would be gone after surgery. Pain has only gotten worse. 

I just saw him yesterday when I visited his elderly MIL who is widowed and lives with he and his wife, Shana. He said he had an MRI scheduled for March, soonest he could get one. Said his primary dr told him he ought to see a nerve specialist. I guess he did that today because I got word a little while ago that he is having emergency surgery at 6 a.m. tomorrow to save his leg. 

Requesting prayers for him and the medical staff that works on him.  Pray for Shana, also, and for Katy, MIL. 

Thank you and I will keep you posted. 


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Romantic bits and pieces

Hello Folks ~ here we are into February, the month in which 'love' is celebrated. Actually, love should be celebrated every single day, not just at one time of the year. 

Yesterday I went around inside and out of Plum Cottage taking pics of romantic bits and pieces. I am a 'romantic' at heart, always have been, and it hasn't stopped since Mark graduated to his heavenly abode.

So, here goes.

God is Love, He created us to love us and to love Him and love others. Here we have a representation of God's hand holding a lump of rock. What is that showing up out of the rock near His thumb?


It is one of Adam's legs, and here we see the rest of this creation. Eve with Adam.
Have had this piece for years and years, either got it at a local flea market or yard sale. It is a gentle and loving piece.

Loving bits from outside

  Part of an old iron tool.

An iron window covering.

Wrought iron bits from a huge iron gate. DH made a couple of different table bases with some of this gate, that we sold. The flower bit we no doubt 'found' curbside.

Now we are inside.
An antique pot metal lady figurine bought at flea market or yard sale, and a cement and pebble piece found under the house when my dear BIL, Todd, did some plumbing repair work for me.

David and Venus bought many, many years ago for $6 at a local flea market. The two heart rocks DH bought at a local place that had different kinds of rocks. He asked the lady if he could just pick out a couple to buy and she said yes, He was looking for hearts, was always on the look out for hearts, no matter what the medium.

 I didn't want to be in the photo, but alas, ended up in it anyway. Plum Cottage is filled with love and loving memories.

DH painted the painting to the left, it is from a photo he took when we visited that town on the hill.  It is Arcos de la Frontera in Spain. We went down a little dirt road to get this photo. For those who don't know, we lived in Rota, Spain for a little over three years while he was in the US Navy.

A handmade plaque probably bought at the local flea market way back when.

This is a miniature painting, very romantic, in an ivory frame.

This is a painting I picked up at the flea market one Sunday morning. We set up at the flea market for 15 years and found lots of great things, some we sold, some we kept.

This particular morning, I stopped at a spot and they had a box of framed things all about the same size and they told me they were 3 for $1. The other two things I got were just prints, and I bought them for the frames. But this, was the maraschino cherry on the icing on the cake,  it is a painting done after a famous painting, 'Matrimonio en Seville', (marriage in Seville). Seville, Spain is where my dear husband picked me up at the airport when I flew over to join him, Jan 27, 1970. We started living together as husband and wife, having gotten married in Sept, and lived in Spain a little over 3 years, while he served in the US Navy. Seville was a favorite city of ours.

Not sure where we got this, flea market or yard sale.

(For some reason, I cannot upload any more photos to this post. The box comes up, but it is blank except for the x to close out window at the top right.)


Let someone know you love and care about them, not just on Valentine's Day, but any day.

'Love is Forever'