The Last Monday in November

Redding Trestle

I woke up a bit earlier this morning. I was excited to get on with the new week. I always like the days that follow a holiday. I just like my regular days and what surprises they bring. 

Sacramento River flowing through town

So I did my Monday thing - 
stripped the bedsheets and bedspread to wash. 

Last night I mentioned to my husband that I wasn't pleased with what I bought for Navy for Christmas -  I will return it. We then decided to go out and buy what I knew he would like.

 I feel better now. I overheard him talking the other evening, that he needed these items - so the light bulb went on for me. 

Sundial Bridge

After such a cold morning, 
it is now 62 and sunny. Nice in the sun but still cold for me in the shade. 

I folded some clothes and started straightening my back/craft/room. I took in the Fall decor from the front yard - still not in the mood to decorate for Christmas. 

The husband is outside cleaning out the gutters - 

Bird in the Tree

I am chomping at the bit to start staining my chairs and china cabinet - 
I keep telling myself I need to wait.

 That's probably why I am just not in the mood for decking the halls. 

Shasta Forest 

Just within the hour, my sister-in-law from Alabama, Edith called.  She is 71.

She has had diabetes for years - and after my brother passed away, she's been having some larger health issues. She's really been having health issues for years - it's just that she was caring for my brother and his mother and just didn't have time to take care of herself so she allowed her health to take a back seat. She has been telling me about her platelets, getting low. 

Now they tell her she has full-blown cirrhosis of the liver along with this low blood platelet disorder Thrombocytopenia. Apparently, this explains everything. The two go hand in hand.  The crazy thing is she has not ever taken a drink - her brothers and her father were alcoholics and she said she would never take a drink.  Her platelets are at 40,000 and a normal 71-year-old woman has around 165,000 - 300,000. 

I am very concerned. She is taking it well. I asked about a liver transplant but they can't do anything much at this time, due to some internal bleeding. She blows her nose and she bleeds. They do have her on a steroid, which is not good for the liver but they can't do anything until they get those platelets up. She knows the Lord and she is finding comfort in Him.

I have no idea how much time Edith has. Neither does she and she wants to know. 

Needless to say, I am now bummed and totally shocked. 

Man, you can't take things for granted. 

So if you can, keep Edith in your prayers - Thanks for that! 


John 14:1–4

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.”



  1. I will definitely keep Edith in my prayers. Her condition does not sound good, but GOD. We can never underestimate the power of God. May He give her the strength and courage to move forward in faith. He will be there for her each step of the way, whichever way things go...she will never be alone. I am sorry you have gotten this news. It always hurts to know someone we care about is suffering. May God also comfort you and give you the right words to say to her. I was enjoying your post and pictures. Is that a special app to make your photos look like paintings? Very neat! I am like you, I am slowly moving from Thanksgiving to Christmas. I took down the scarecrow and threw the pumpkin into the woods for the critters to devour. I haven't felt up to tackling all the other decor in the house yet. There is no rush. Christmas will come whether or not we have decorations or not. Jesus didn't wait to make sure everyone had their lights on their trees or that they had their gifts all wrapped in perfect paper and bows before He made His appearance. He came when He was least expected, and in a way that no one would have ever imagined. In a manger, with no sparkly lights except the star overhead and the angels announcing His birth...well, I guess that WAS pretty spectacular, after all! Anyway, I'm not going to worry myself over man's schedules for decor or shopping. It will happen in God's own time. Please take care of yourself and your family, and God will take care of the rest. (((hugs))) and prayers.

    1. Aww Thank you so much Pamela for your sweet words of encouragement.
      Yes it is a app on my phone called waterlogue. Watercolor art is one of my favorite and one I could not master- now I can. Ha ha.

  2. Poor Edith. It's rough growing old. Our bodies simply give out. I pray they find a good solution for her.
    Nice paintings. I wish I had artistic talent. I'm pretty good with stencils and following a pattern but that's about it. It is fun though.
    Hope y'all have a glorious remainder of the week.
    Blessings. xx

    1. No those paintings are from my real photos and I used an app on my phone called waterlogued. I totally wish I could do a watercolor. I've been trying for decades. I find it a hard medium to accomplish so I am in awe of any watercolor artist.

  3. Dearest Debby,
    Yes, Edith sure needs all the prayers she can get!
    Our health can at times be a scary thing to live with...

  4. I will keep Edith in my prayers.

    God bless.

  5. Life is full of so many ups and downs on a road with many twists and turns on it, stay strong, keep praying and push forward

    1. That's all we can do. Keep praying and push forward!

  6. I've put Edith on my prayer list and will pray for her each morning.
    Interesting pictures today, look like paintings.

    1. Thank you for that.
      The pictures are from a app on my phone. Turns my photos into watercolors. It's fun

  7. Life is always a surprise in many ways. Prayers for Edith-hugs for you

  8. I am so sorry to hear about your sister-in-law, Edith. I just said a prayer for her. These are really cool pictures you shared. I smiled when you said you like the regular days and the surprises they bring. Me too! Those seem to be the best days when we aren't expecting anything and just enjoying the day, and a pleasant surprise comes our way. ; ) Have a good week, Debby.


  9. Will keep Edith in my prayers. So sorry to hear this news about her. Beautiful pics in this post. Have always had a penchant for watercolor but never did it myself. Janice