Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Congrats and it was Sunny!...

I can't believe it, THE SUN CAME OUT TODAY!!  It peaked it's yellow face out from behind the dark clouds.  It wasn't very long, but it was warm and it was friendly!  I have missed the sun so badly it hurts.  It physically hurts.  We have had so many cloudy days and grey days and rainy days that I had forgotten how good the warmth from the sun felt on my skin.  My cat and I spent some time, just her and me, lying on the floor in it.  I ocassionally wonder why animals enjoy lying in the sun so much.  Because they can, I guess.  I guess I would if it was easy enough to lie on the floor.  Ah, come back again, dear sun, you went away behind the dark clouds too soon!  The weatherman said it should come back again in a day or two, but I will believe it when I see it.

So, I wanted to congratulate Becky from Where Life Takes You who was the first to correctly guess both photos for this week's "Up Close With Val"!!  Way to go, Becky!!  The first photo was a banana that was getting very ripe and the second was a carnation.  Specifically, it was a shot near the center of the carnation.  I thought the leaves looked so cool when they were magnified like they were.  Here is your blue ribbon, Becky!!:


Chelsea just left to go to a Maroon 5 concert tonight with a few friends.  They are performing here locally.  That sounds like a blast!!  I hope she has a good time.  It is actually her first concert!!  Wow!!  I am sure she will enjoy it!!  She deserves a night of fun!!

I have been terribly behind on journal-reading.  I think once you get backed up it is so hard to catch up.  I hate to miss any entries from my usual journals as I feel like I will miss something important.  Am I sick??  Am I an addict??  So now I am so behind.  I miss a few days and I have so many alerts in my inbox and I panic.  Whoa.  And I have to delete them and just go one by one to my favorite journals.  If I haven't visited your journal lately, I promise, I am coming :-), really, I am!!  I am going to get behind again when I go to Johns Hopkins in April.  Ack!!  Yep, that is April 4.  I guess that is less than a week away.  Six days.  I will be getting a shunt monitoring and possible change in my shunt - from a non-programmable to a programmable.  Sounds kind of complicated.  I will be out of town for one to four days, it seems.  Prayers would be appreciated.  Thanks so much :-)

Well, I am off to get some dinner and maybe get ready to watch American Idol.  I surely can't miss that!!!  Good night, all!! xox


  1. I know what you mean about getting behind.  I was gone for about a week and I have 590 emails mostly alerts.  When will I get caught up!  Glad you had sun, it was in the 60's today in MN wooohoo. Finally spring is here!

  2. Yes, it was nice today! I hope it stays this way.  

  3. Yay Becky for an awesome guess! What an eye!

    Double excellent for Chelsea, way to go and I hope she had a most excellent concert and memory building with friends.

    Imagine a morning that dawns with a sky so blue you could swim in it and every cloud withing a hundred miles dare not blemish the depth of clarity in this morning sky. Then the sun peeks over the horizon sending the first of many warm, yellow rays down and across the landscape. Then you stand on the sidewalk and let the sunshine wash across your body as you bask in the wamth of a spring day. Feel the heat and healing rays wiggle their way into your body all the way down into your soul. It's spring and sunshine can only be held at bay for so long... the flowers, the critters, the humans desperate for relief from the rain call forth ol sol from behind the clouds.
    ........... This moment of sunshine has been brought to you by Rememberall... available on your neural net... payment, attitude adjustment.

  4. Good luck with your surgery Val! I hope they get it right this time!

  5. Good luck with the surgery - I'll keep you in my prayers.  As for Chelsea going to see Maroon 5 - first concert - she's going to LOVE it!  That was Kim's first (and only) concert she attended.  She still talks endlessly about it.  If your daughter wants a picture I took of Adam, let me know and it's hers.


  6. We had a little sun over Easter and it was so lovely, even got to sit outside for an hour.  Now we have non-stop rain that is supposed to last for the rest of the week! God bless you my dear friend xxxx

  7. We`ve had a very warm and sunny Easter.  Most unusual for the UK! But now we have the gloomy wet weather here...sob!  Lucky animals, you`re right, they lie in the sun because they CAN... what a wonderful life they have.  Good luck with the sugery. Take care.   Sandra xxx

  8. Well done Becky :o)
    We have nothing but rain rain rain today, no sunshine, so you soak up some rays for me ;o)  
    Hope Chelsea had fun at the concert!
    I'll be thinking of you when you go to have your shunt changed hon, of course, hope that goes really well.
    Sara   x

  9. banana! I would have never guessed~ congrats Becky!


  10. Will be thinking and praying for you next week and if I could wrap up the sun in a parcel,  I would send it to you. We haven't seen much of it either this winter. Weather here at the moment is cool, damp, wet, miserable, misty and dense fog tonight. Take care.
    Sylvia x

  11. hope the shunt change goes well and hope Chelsea enjoys the maroon 5 concert. Prayers being sent to you............Jules xxxxxxx

  12. Hi ! I am trying to redo my favorites list--mine got wiped out last week. Had to change my name a bit too. Could you send me the link for Amy Loves Pecarries? I can't seem to get it.Good luck with your upcoming surgical procedures!!any other links to journals would be appreciated also!

  13. A banana?  I knew the second thing was a flower, but I never would have guessed a banana!  Anyway, on to more important things.  You know I will be praying for you when you are at Johns Hopkins and that I will put you on my prayer list.  You are such a brave woman.  Love you sister. -Krissy

  14. Prayer for the Sick
    Dear Jesus, Divine Physician and Healer of the sick, we turn to you in this time of illness. O dearest comforter of the troubled, alleviate our worry and sorrow with your gentle love, and grant us the grace and strength to accept this burden. Dear God, we place our worries in your hands. We place our sick under your care and humbly ask that you restore your servant to health again. Above all, grant us the grace to acknowledge your will and know that whatever you do, you do for the love of us. Amen

    I will be praying for you....Kasey

  15. Val:
       What is the shunt for????  I will certainly pray for you on this.  NOw about this whole sun and floor thing, wouldn't you just love to spend all your free time laying on the floorin in the sun with your cat????   I'd love to be a house pet, yes I would.


  16. Just to let you know Val that I am thinking of you and praying for you. You will be very much in my mind on the 4th. I am going to light a cyber candle for you after I write this.  Be strong my friend and know that I am with you in love although I cannot be there in person. You are such a support to me I wish I could do more for you but I will be praying. God bless you xxxxxx

  17. Sometimes in the winter, we don't get enough "sun" which gives us some vitamins.  Hard to believe, but it is vital to our healthiness.


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