Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Good Tuesday Evening from Edmond, OK

Hey everyone!

Here we are nearly half way through another week.  They truly do fly by.  We have had some issues this week including somebody running into a pole and knocking out our electricity at the store for most of Monday.

I had an employee give notice and nearly send me into major trauma, but I was able to talk her into staying.

Jackie got sick after eating part of a turtle, and we had to take her to the vet.  I think I told you that one.  She is fine now.

We have this new black, furry, totally adorable puppy that we can't resist picking up and hugging the guts out of 20 times a day.

Our next door neighbor called and said her back yard was a flood zone due to our water sprinklers, so we had to call a guy to come service those today.

But OTHER than all of that, all is well.

I finished the binding on the two quilts I brought here.  Josie's quilt is so cute, and she is sleeping on it in front of my feet right now.

And here is Mom's lighthouse quilt.

No biggy to anyone but, hopefully, my Mother.  She LOVES lighthouses as she grew up in Boston, Massachusetts near the ocean.

We head back home to our "real" home tomorrow morning.  I am anxious to get back to work at our store now that Jerry is safe and sound and able to do all things through Christ who strengthens him!
(Phil. 4:13)

I just snapped this pic.

Must be bedtime!

Hugs, Joy

Sunday, October 26, 2014

God is LOVE and Jackie Meets Josie

Today is Sunday, so church this morning.

Pastor Hagee, Sr. preached on "God is Love".  It is one of those sermons that really confuses my heart and mind.

Of course, I KNOW God IS love.  He doesn't pick and choose who He loves and who He likes just a little and who He hates.  God IS love, so He loves everyone.

Can he hate?

Oh, YES!  Definitely!

He HATES sin.  He cannot allow it in His kingdom.  There HAD to be a sacrifice for it, or none of us would ever be able to enter God's presence.  Hence, Jesus.  Jesus came to be the ultimate sacrifice for us all.  It is the saddest thing in the whole universe that a man or a woman would not understand and accept that truth.

The thing I don't understand is ME.  I have always thought that I -- as a Christian -- should stay away from people who knowingly and willingly sin.  ESPECIALLY, those that call themselves "Christians".  I'm real good at pointing out everyone's sins too.  Only problem is, people always got the idea that I was saying I was perfect, and they were horrible sinners.  I did not mean it that way at all.

Can someone sin just a little bit?  Can someone else sin a big bit?  Can someone else commit the most horrible sin that you could never be in their presence again?  Can someone sin so horrendously that God, Himself, rejects them and won't love them anymore?

And WHERE does one draw the line as to which sinner they will associate with and which one they won't????  Obviously, NONE of us is ever perfect and without sin.

The way I explained it to my children and grandchildren -- not that they ever listened -- was that YOU WILL BE LIKE THE PEOPLE YOU ASSOCIATE WITH.  Do NOT date someone who is not qualified to be a self-disciplined, loving, honorable, Christian Father or Mother, because you will marry someone you date!  It is a whole lot easier for the sinner to pull DOWN the Christian than for a Christian to pull UP the sinner.  I have seen it too -- so many, many times.  It breaks your heart.

To me there seems to be DEGREES of sin.  For instance:  Things I struggle with personally are talking about other people (gossip), driving a bit over the speed limit, exaggerating a point or an event, or over-reacting to something to the point I hurt someone's feelings (usually an employee).

A horrible sin that other people commit in MY OPINION would be abortion; marriage between two men or two women; murder; rape; selling drugs; satan worship; lying; adultery; etc.  How many people do I know personally that allow their own children to live in sin right in their own homes?  A lot!

According to all the sermons I have heard, there is no degree of sin to God.  Sin is sin.  I have a hard time sorting that out in my mind.  But God -- because of Jesus -- forgives ALL sin, no matter how awful or how seemingly UNforgivable.  Hagee says God knew everything you were going to do before you ever did it, and he loved you anyway.

I can't start to understand it all, but I understand this much.  God loves you and God loves me, and because of Jesus, we will all be right there in the same City where He lives someday, and we can ASK HIM OURSELVES to clear up all the confusion in our minds.  I really have a feeling that we will just KNOW.  How else could all of us who can't get along here on Earth, suddenly live in perfect peace when we get there?  Our minds will HAVE to be transformed.

The thing is, there are people in my family that I don't associate with because of their life style choices.  One is a constant (what is the word?) liar.  One is a serious drug user and distributor.  They use filthy language and can be violent.  Not only do I not want to be in their life, they FOR SURE don't want to be in mine.  I love them though.  I seriously love them.  I pray for them.  And after a sermon like today's, I wonder if I shouldn't be in their life ANYWAY just so they know someone loves them.  It is very confusing to me.

Hopefully, you can find today's sermon in there SOMEwhere!


I have a little video for you of the day Jackie met Josie.  It was just this past Monday.  We are head-over-heels in love with the little fluff ball, and so is Jackie.

And here are some stills of my first chance to hold Josie.

Jackie wasn't wanting to share Josie with any of us.  She seemed to know right away that this was HER gift and not ours, lol.

 Jackie wanted her back.  They have been inseparable except for a closed door since Josie arrived.
 I better go fix some supper for the master.

Hugs, Joy

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Doggy Days!

Good Heavens!

SOMEONE should have told me that puppies have more energy than wild bulls!  It is amazing the torment Jackie will take from Josie.  Josie has the SHARPEST little teeth, and she bites Jackie's legs over and over.  Jackie jumps around like she is on hot coals.  Unbelievable patience with her SUPPOSED "friend" that Jerry insisted she have.  

Took both girls to a new vet today.  LOVED HER.  She said, "Hello, I am Dr. So-and-So, but you can call me Nicole."  She looked 18, but said she was 35.  She said people tell her how young she looks all the time.  She was lovely to our babies.  If we could live in just one town, I would go to her all the time.

Phylly and Margaret came over today, but I was so WORN OUT from being up last night with a sick Jackie, that I didn't even THINK of taking a picture today.  Jackie hasn't been feeling good for about 3 days.  We thought it was probably a little milk I had given her, but that would not last this long.  

Jerry found a dead turtle in our yard about a week ago that Jackie had gnawed on and killed.  Part of her shell was missing.  Thank goodness, I did not find that.  The vet said Jackie could have salmonella from that.  Jackie got pills and Josie got a shot.  Josie acted like she ADORES getting shots and couldn't care less.  Jackie did NOT appreciate the thermometer put you-know-where!

Here they are now.  Worn out and ready for bed!  This is as far apart as they get from each other. 

Last night, Jackie's head was ON TOP OF Josie as though she was her pillow.  So cute!

Had fun with my friends today.  We shortened Phylly's skirts.  WISH I had thought to take a pic of the new much shorter lengths.  Who knew Phylly has legs!!!

That's all for tonight my friends.  

Hugs, Joy

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Great News!

Just a quick post to let you know the FABULOUS news that Jerry is completely, totally cancer free at the six-month point after the end of chemotherapy.

We give God all the glory, of course.

Jerry goes back in 3 months for a check-up and 6 months for the next PET scan.

This was a crazy day.  Too tired to talk tonight, and you know that is REALLY TIRED for me!
 And keep in mind we have a new puppy.  She keeps us jumping!

Margaret is coming over tomorrow, and Phylly is coming Saturday.

I'll be back soon!

Hugs, Joy

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Jojo and Van Maur

Hey Ladies!

There are a whole bunch of me to say "hi" today.  Wish you all could have been with us yesterday as Margaret and I did a walk-through of the brand new Van Maur store that took over the former Sears space at Quail Springs Mall. 

I quit liking to go to malls YEARS ago.  Always the same old stuff.  Half the lights don't work, the fitting rooms are messy and cramped.  If you can even FIND a clerk at J C Penney, you should get some kind of medal, never mind having a clerk to actually HELP you!  And OUTSIDE the stores in the walkway area, I fear for my life!  Young people that look like they stepped out of a horror movie! (Not ALL of them, of course.)

Now, this store is brand new.  Just had it's grand opening this past weekend.  But STILL!  It is unlike any other store I have ever been in.  

As you know, if you've known me over five minutes, I LOVE color and I love florals.  This store has color all over the place -- blue carpet in one room, pink in another, red in another, turquoise in another -- and beautiful floral pictures all over.  I could move into the bathroom, and be very happy! I told Margaret we are going to pack wine, crackers and cheese in our purses for the next visit and go sit outside the Ladie's room and have a picnic!  

The dressing rooms are beautiful.  Large.  Every one has a shelf and a 3-way mirror.  In the picture above, I am standing outside the dressing rooms where there are 2 3-way mirrors side-by-side.

This is outside a dressing room area. 

And this is the BATHROOM!!!
This is what you walk into off the above room.  LOVE the wallpaper.  I think one of my bathrooms at home actually has wallpaper just like that.  Love the floor too.  There are purse hooks and paper towel dispensers on the side of EVERY cabinet.
And here is a pink room.  Love the white lattice on the wall and the FLOWERS!
A flower painting!  Loved every one of them.  Wish I had photographed more of them.
And GUESS WHAT we both bought???


We HAD to have new winter purses.  Mine purple, and Margaret's blue.  Yummy!

And WHO do you think took that picture of Margaret and me?

Her name is Susan.  Isn't she ADORABLE!?  She helped us so much and treated us like we were her friends.  I asked if I could take her picture for my blog, and she POSED for me!  

How DARLING is that sweater!

And my MOST, VERY FAVORITIST-OF-ALL thing about this store is the mirrors!

Look behind Susan. You can see the post that holds the roof up is a floor to ceiling -- all four sides -- mirror!  They are everywhere.  That will sell more things to this girl than any other feature. Obviously, a woman was involved in this venture.  In fact, Susan told me that her FIRST sale was to an elderly woman.  The woman said, "Will you ship this purse to my home?"  Susan said, "What is your name?"  The lady said, "Mrs. Maur".  YIKES!  No pressure there.

And last -- but not least -- is our new baby.  The baby's name is Josie, and we call her Jojo.  I actually have a great granddaughter with that nickname, but that had nothing to do with Josie's name.  Her name is Josephine.  I never see the gg, as you know, so fitting that I have a new puppy to fill my arms.

Here is Jojo in Margaret's arms.

She said, "WHY can't they stay this little?"

The answer to that is she would be carried off by an eagle or a coyote in our back yard!
And here is Jackie, and that is how it has been since Jojo arrived.  Jackie is constantly by her side. Night #1, we had Jojo in the large topless cage we used for Jackie.  Jackie loved it.  Jojo HATES it.  She howled all night.  

Night #2 -- last night -- we put her in the laundry with Jackie and the toys, and they slept peacefully all night long.  So did we!

Better get this rear in gear!

Have a WONDERFUL day.  We find out results of Jerry's PET scan this afternoon.  Praise God for a good report!

Hugs, Joy

Sunday, October 19, 2014

More EXPO Pics and Sunday Sermon

Phylly had to leave before church this morning, so Jerry and I arrived after the music to hear Hagee, Sr. talking about Israel and the Anti-Christ and all the awfulness going on in our beloved America.  It truly is "as Sodom and Gomorrah" in America.  ABSOLUTELY INSANE what you aren't allowed to say because of so-called "polital correctness".

I call it "political crap", but....

You can't say anything about an Indian or an African American -- MOST of whom couldn't point out Africa on a globe, never mind have been there -- or marriage between a man and a woman, or homosexuality or religion or HEAVEN FORBID, you should mention the "J" word:  Jesus!

I'll tell you something, GOD has something to say about all of that, and He isn't changing it for ANY government!!!!   And Jesus happens to be His firstborn son who gave his life for all these sorry politicians, AND God gets really pissed off when people don't accept that fact!

Hagee's sermon is in there SOMEwhere.


And I have been EXPO-crazy for the last week.  I have more pictures to show you from our trip.  It takes quite awhile to get everything unpacked, put away, uploaded, downloaded, etc.


I have the BEST TIP EVER for you today.

Suction Cup 10X Magnifying MirrorYou know those little suction cup things that plug into the back of your 10X mirror?  My mirror has 3 of them on the back.

I remembered at the hotel to take my mirror off the sucky cups and pack it, but my last-minute check of left-behinds found all 3 sucky cups still attached to the hotel mirror.

I pulled all 3 of them off -- announced to Phylly that I had everything -- and we left the room for the last time. When we got to Phylly's car, I opened up the back door, and I tossed the 3 sucky cups into a bag.

 I didn't pay attention to WHICH bag.  I just knew it was one of mine.

So we drive two hours back to my house.  We hauled all the bags and totes and suitcases into my house. Phylly moved into "her" room here at my house, and I began pulling things out of bags to put them away.  I got down to the bottom of one of the bags, and there were TWO of my 3 sucky cups.  I shook the bag. Nothing!  I looked on the floor -- on the counter -- in Phylly's car -- all over the path I walked into the house.  Nothing!

I was SO UPSET WITH MYSELF!  That mirror is really heavy, and 2 sucky cups were NOT going to hold it up.  Phylly and I went BACK out to her car and searched in, under, around, through and on top of.

NO sucky cup.

Phylly told me you could buy the things at Lowe's, so I decided to just GIVE UP and go to Lowe's and HOPE the sucky cups there fit the back of my mirror.

This morning came.  Phylly, Jerry and I were all in the kitchen building our breakfast.  Phylly was already sitting at the bar.  I was looking for something to give Jackie for a treat.  I remembered I had some ham in the meat/cheese drawer of my refrigerator.  I pulled the drawer out.  In the front of the drawer was the package of cheese sticks I had taken to our hotel


Of course!  My third sucky cup.  I was the only one who could see it at that point.  I let out a loud yelp that probably frightened the neighbors.  Phylly asked WHAT ON EARTH the problem was.  I motioned for her to come over.  She got up off her barstool and walked to the frig where she saw what I was looking at.  We cracked up laughing!

So the Tip of the Day is:  If you lose something and have looked everywhere, open the drawer in your frig and check the package of cheese sticks!

And I told you I would show you a picture of the rest of Phylly's Louise Cutting ensemble that she sewed for the EXPO.  This was so much prettier than the pictures show.  The peach-colored garments are all linen, so very wrinkly.  Her fabrics came from Gorgeous Fabrics.com.

Here she is lovin' on my Jackie in the other two garments she made.  They all mix and match.  I MUST do that!

Jackie would SO go home with her if I would let her.  Phylly thinks dogs are SUPPOSED to dig holes and get muddy and chew on stuff and chase cats.


When Phylly and I got here yesterday, the cats were out in the driveway.  Phylly asked, "Does Jackie chase the cats?"

"Oh, nooooooooooooooooooo", says me.  "She never does that."

When Phylly was leaving this morning, I let Jackie out of the back yard fence to run over to Phylly and say goodbye.  The two cats were nearby.  Jackie went into a FLYING RUN and chased Bootsy clear across the driveway and straight UP A TREE!!! Jackie was trying to climb the tree after her.  I couldn't believe it!

Here is a short video of Phylly and I going off to school the first day of EXPO.  Our friend, Margaret, had asked me what I was wearing because she sees all the things I sew.  I made this video for her, but you can watch it too if you would like to see our garments in motion.

My flowery blouse was made with Sure-fit Designs.

And here is a still if you are not a video fan. 

I WISH I had taken a close-up of the shirt and the jacket.  The stitching on the collar of the shirt and the top-stitching on the jacket are SUPERB!  

AND WOULD YOU BELIEVE, Linda Lee, her very own self, came up behind me in line when I was buying a burger.  I didn't know she was there.  She asked Phylly what pants I was wearing and if I made them.  She said I did a GREAT job fitting them!  YAY!  I guess I actually did learn something from the last five years of classes.

That's it.


Now, I'm heading BACK to our other house in Edmond.  Jerry has his 6-month Petscan Tuesday, and if all is well, we will be picking up Jackie's half sister who is six weeks old and darling.  We have named her Josie.

May God bless you all with a perfectly MARVELOUS week ahead.

Hugs, Joy

Saturday, October 18, 2014

HERE IT IS! Our Expo Shopping Spree

I promised I would show you all the things we bought at EXPO in Fort Worth.

We came home early today instead of going back to the EXPO for more classes.  We were both so tired and ready to go home.  I'm a 3-day vacation type of person.

Jerry and I went on a 7-day cruise for our 25th wedding anniversary.  By the 3rd day, I was ready to swim ashore -- look for the nearest airport and fly home!

We made a video JUST FOR YOU today.

Here it is:

Jerry just arrived in our bedroom, so it's lights out.

He was watching a football game upstairs, and he isn't too happy with how it turned out.

Phylly is already in bed.

I'll try to get back tomorrow.

Hugs, Joy