Tuesday, April 24, 2012


We are giving thanks for all of our good news. Thanks to the Lord and thanks to all of you.

You all know that the waiting is the hard part. Remember when you were young and you didn’t think Christmas or Hanukah would ever arrive? Mom and Dad always tried to find things to keep you occupied so you’d quit bugging them about how much longer. Getting out of school for summer, the same thing. Those poor teachers.


Well, we haven’t changed all that much as we’ve gotten older. Just that the things we are waiting for now are different – such as waiting for a lung transplant like Sherry and Charley, or waiting for a husband to wake up after four weeks in ICU for Nan and John, or waiting for the end of chemo and radiation for throat cancer like Sharon and Ron.


In our case it was waiting to find out if the cancer had spread and what course of action we can take. The best way to wait is to stay busy.

Thank goodness Jim has his boat to putz with. The weather has been lousy for fishing. Not for the fish but for Jim. We’ve been breaking all kinds of records for heat. 106 both Saturday and Sunday. 100 yesterday and again today. But he still had stuff to do on the boat. Most of it I don’t have a clue what it was but we did get him a new fish finder and I know he worked on getting that mounted and set up. I had to drag him into the air conditioning a few times.

We also bought a patio set. A couple of weeks ago Jim was sitting outside and our rocking camp chair fell apart with him in it. I think he might have cracked his tail bone. If not cracked, bruised really bad. He’s still in a lot of pain. Then last week Jan and Bill came over for lunch with us and all we had to offer them were those lousy fold up chairs that are so uncomfortable.

IMG_4458 We have never owned a patio set and we decided now might be a good time to find one. We looked at several places. They had to be rocking chairs and I wanted padding. We finally found a set on sale at Big Lots.

IMG_4459 And the best part of the whole thing was that Jim had to put it all together. Remember that keeping him busy idea. He could only work on it for a short time before I’d make him come in and cool off. So it did take him awhile to get it all done. In fact the table wasn’t done for a couple of days.

IMG_4461 But the final result is sure nice.

Now I’m hoping that Jan and Bill are willing to come back and see us again since we have chairs for them to sit on.

You’re going to have to wait until June 24th to see Jim and I all gussied up (as Aunt Happy would say) for the wedding.


  1. There is time flying by and time creeping like a snail. I just depends. I agree with you that coping best with waiting is keeping busy.
    We need new chairs too. The fabric is disintegrating. Too much sun, I guess.
    We keep you in our prayers.

  2. Love the new patio chairs - but love the great news even better !

  3. So happy to hear that you've been getting some good news lately. I hope the waiting for the rest of the appoints and tests will give you further good news.

    Your new patio set looks purdy nice! Glad Jim was keep busy working on it.

    Thanks, for your continued support with the voting for our contest. I provide the link, just in case someone forgets or maybe some other commenters might like to help us out.


    Kevin and Ruth

  4. Still singing Alleluia for the wonderful good news!

  5. I'm chiming in to say ditto about the wonderful news. I finally got myself a really nice gravity lounge chair to take camping. I used a gift certificate and my bonus points from REI. I have yet to be able to use it. I'm hoping it's cool enough to use it on the trip to Twin Lakes and over to the coast with my daughter in May. Cross your fingers! I had my doubts, yesterday--I had done too much lifting a couple of days ago and I paid for it. I got a recumbent bike last week, and I can do 40 minutes per day without any problem. I upped the resistance today. Next week I'll up the time to an hour (split in two) and the following week up the resistance, again. Well, that was boring, but for anyone with back problems, it's the one thing that I can do and I feel like it will keep my knees in good shape.

    Maybe this is a dumb question, but where will you put the patio set when you travel?

    Keep the good news coming!

  6. Thinking of you, praying for you, being jealous of your patio set !!!

  7. Time always goes slowest when you want it to go fast. And, then fast when you want it to slow down. We've always enjoyed being out on our patios. Maybe that's why we enjoy being RVers .. it's the outside life.

  8. Nice patio set! Dontcha just love Big Lots?

    Thanks for the shout out Sandi and your thoughts and prayers too.

    I think what helped our waiting was once we realized that hey 'This is not a death sentence'. There are so many types of treatments available now that we can really kick this thing.

    Lots of prayers going up for you guys.

    Sharon and Ron

  9. Know what you mean by 'waiting.' It's just best to get at things, get them over with & move on. Keeping busy is definately a key factor in handling stress & great hobbies go a long way in keeping one's mind occupied on the positive side.

  10. The new chairs are looking good. We are still praying for you and hope everything goes well.

  11. Like your new patio set, sure some cute pictures of the girls.

  12. Right now Suzy and I are waiting for our car to finally be fixed. It's been in the shop for a week. We got a voice mail last night that it should be ready this morning, but ... golly, you need brakes. Give 'em a call. Which we will do in just a couple of minutes. Then later today, we find out the bill. I'm sure it will take this format: $x,xxx.xx. Oooowwwwwwww!

  13. Nice patio set. Thinking of you and hoping things go well.

  14. butterbean carpenterApril 25, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Howdy Sandie & Jim,
    Thank God for ALL answered prayers!!! He WILL BE THERE WHEN WE NEED HIM!!! Maybe Jim just needed some more fishing time and that's the reason for the delay.
    Now that's the kind of wedding I'd dress up for(maybe
    knot the tie) but with a red shirt for the papa, YEAH!
    Our prayers are with y'all and the docs, for a really good end to this situation!!!

  15. cant say much more than everyone else...you're in our thoughts and prayers.

  16. Love the new chairs!!! Prayers are headed your way and we hope everything goes well for you.

  17. I tried to comment the other day, but kept losing my connection. But by now, I hope ya'll are really enjoying that new furniture! I'm wishing for the best for ya'll.


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