Sunday, August 26, 2007
So, I also volunteered to teach Alicia's young women's class. So, Friday, I had to drive myself to town to see my doctor and that was weird - I haven't driven in MONTHS or even years. Thank goodness for cruise control. I couldn't keep track of what my feet were supposed to be doing and what my arms and eyes were supposed to be doing. Made it safe and sound - even went to 2 banks and didn't hit anything going thru the drivethrus.
Friday night I had to make 4 dozen rolls for the funeral - and I haven't baked in YEARS, especially not bread, and not by myself.... I kept telling myself, I can buy rolls, no one will notice. But I knew I would notice and this was a special friend that would make home made rolls if I had a funeral, so I made 2 batches of potato dough in the bread machine and formed them into rolls and baked them - the last ones came out about 12:30 am - right after Brian got home from work.
Then, of course, I had to drive my self into the funeral because the kids were still gone and Brian was working. I don't usually do funerals, but, again, she would come if we had one. She is a very kind and loving and self-less person and would do anything for anybody. So I went to the funeral and while they all went to the cemetery, I practiced the organ a bit. The chorister was there and worked a little on our timing and such, so felt a little more confident, but still had a major panic attack last night. I called Brian finally and he was already on the way home, so I was okay. It was one of those situations where usually I would just take more tranquilizers to calm down, but knew that I had to be so on top of my game physically and mentally today, that I didn't dare take any extra to calm down.
He was teasing me about being an over-achiever and stuff like that - then today, when he had to cart all my accessories he was complaining about my need to travel lighter, but he carried everything.
So I directed the choir for practice and to perform- since it was the children's program, we sang a song to them - "A child's prayer". It was really difficult to get the adults to get how to sing it, but fortunately we got a bunch of the young women to come up and help us and it turned out really well. Then I went staight to the organ and played. I could use work on my ingress and egress, I don't practice introductions, and I will need to start doing that. But it went REALLY well. The congregation could recognize the songs and I had like 3 mini-tiny baubles, but there were so many people there, I don't think they could hear them. Our organ is not designed to be played for 2 huge rooms, so when we have 300 people here for summer meetings and have to open up the back, the organ isn't loud enough. But it was a good beginning for me.
I did lose feeling in my lower back and legs and yesterday, the chorister and I had already talked about how hard it is for me to get on and off the organ bench ( my feet are a good 6 inches from reaching anything). I glanced over at her during the sacrament and she signaled that she would come over and help me get down, so she did and I limped down to my seat with brian for the meeting, then booked it back up for the closing song.
This is SUCH a huge triumph for me. I have only been able to go to church about 6 times this whole year because of my agoraphobia, so to be able to go, in the summer, and play and perform in front of 300 people, is a major, major victory. YAY !!! Please keep me in your prayers that I didn't over do it and will now backslide - I don't think I will, but I can surely use your prayers.
Dr. Burgess is starting me on another new medication this week - finally addressing the pain issue, I'm hoping for great success. Keep your fingers crossed. Have a good week everyone - I know I will !!! -----IT'S COLLEGE KICK OFF WEEK!!!!! TRIPLE YAY'S ALL AROUND.
Friday, August 17, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Test hole looking for the phone lines.
Prepare to move plants!
Starting to dig the trench
Here's the big money shot. :)
Justin working his magic in the track hoe.
The trench started shallower on the right side of the house and went deeper as it went across the front, towards the neighbors, so the water will drain to the left, and run into the channel/ditch that Justin dug, to funnel it back towards the pond, and out of the garage, carport, driveway, and basement crawl space.
Here's the pipe, its perforated so that the water can flow into it, the down the line. Its got a little sock thing on it to keep sediment out, and just let water in.
The trench is filled in with 1 1/2" drain rock, so that the water can flow down into the pipe, and out the side yard, into the ditch, and out the backyard. The fabric stuff on the parking lot went under the gravel when he put it back, so that the driveway will stop sinking.
Mya was getting a little bored, and very ready to be let off the leash after being tied to the top step for about 2 hours while we tore up the yard.
But now the driveway is all put back together, and working great. Its first big test should come next month when all the big rains start. Can't wait to be able to use the whole driveway and not slog through the mud! :)
Friday, August 10, 2007
so many people say, "Oh, I forgive so and so, but I WON"T EVER FORGET." and his teaching was not only to forget, but to go the next step and help correct and heal the offender. It was just a great lesson I need in my life. So this is my little tribute to President Faust. In the December Ensign is one of my favorite songs "THIS IS THE CHRIST". President Faust wrote the words to it. You can look it up at www.lds.org - look in the gospel library, under Ensign, 2006, December. It is a beautiful song and the words are so moving.
Well, Beena and Mylan are coming over in a minute to spend the afternoon, so I better go get ready. Charlotte