February 12, 2009 at 12:40 pm 1 comment

Well, we didn’t blow I away, but I feared we might.  I felt pretty paralyzed all day.  We did lose a lot of shingles, a glass window blew out of the loft of the barn, and a heavy wood brace that keeps the loft doors shut split…doors were swinging.  I finally figured out how to secure the doors against the high winds and traced down some missing flashing that had blown off the barn as well after I’d come back to the house to get field boots– it was SO muddy.

I took the van and picked up four kids for the afternoon from school with real fears about driving in a top heavy vehicle it kicked up so fierce–hurricane level winds.  Geez!

About the time I got back to the house and got settled in, the basketball goal started blowing over.  I sent my son to tend to that, but it lofted onto a metal chair and I looked out to see him not able to get it stable, so I put on my boots and ran out to his rescue.

I was exhausted by evening and not feeling so well.

After a good night’s sleep, the skies are clear, and my heart has calmed, and the sun is shining.  Ode to brighter days!

Was looking at the meaning of my blogging, titles, and the definition or what the purpose of the blog was to be about again this week.  The definition took a whole new challenge for me in light of recent community events with the ice storm.

Hope you like the new header.  I do.

I love the constant challenge of the word in front of me.  About the time I think I might want to go a different direction with the blog or try new things, it calls me back to purpose and pursuit and excellence, and a kind of heart-life that can only be lived through the power of Jesus Christ living and moving in me.  I love that!

In the meantime, today, trying to print off some photos for my in-laws of the damage at their house.  Why is it that printing photos onto glossy paper is SO hard? I get paper jams every time, even when I set the printer to glossy.  It’s very annoying. I buy the paper because I find it cheap and forget about this issue over and over.

I am also preparing for Valentine’s Day for the fam:  cards, supplies, signs for 4-H projects due this week and next, meeting tonight, ball practices.   Somewhere in there I’d better think up some supper!  And…my laundry room needs my attention, the front room has kid-land written all over it and needs me, the cabinets are overflowing from weeks of just shoving things for survival.  Pieces of games littering my floor.  So much to do, and I just want to sit down and rest.  But, there is not time to catch the breath, it seems!

I’m enjoying seeing Ali Edwards’ ( new baby girl on her blog.  Looking forward to the new element of “pink” in her scrapbooking, and whatever revolutions that brings about to her design guidance for those of us who enjoy her style.

Also enjoying reading about my blind cousin’s escapades.  It’s an awesome thing to read.  Her writing style is just such a hoot.  She is a very good writer.  I’m proud of that.

Trying to get my photos in order.  All the power issues made me wish I had 2008 backup up–I’m on it! Bought a passport hard-drive and got all my photos on there… twice, once as files by date, and once as photoshop elements files with tags saved.  I hope that covers the backup needs! (Great deals at Wal*Mart right now, some on clearance if you want to do easy backups.)

Daisy Dog is begging to get out into the world and I’m dragging my feet–suppose I’ll go get in the mud and put her on the zip line for a while!  Off to some “normal” and enjoying even being behind in a “normal” kind of sense!!!


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Just In Case… Time for a Rest

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  • 1. bellissimanh  |  February 12, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    You sure have seen your share of weather recently, huh? Dang… praying for you all!

    “…it calls me back to purpose and pursuit and excellence, and a kind of heart-life that can only be lived through the power of Jesus Christ living and moving in me. ”

    I love this! Me too! Me too! 🙂

    And rest assured, Maggie… that’s exactly what I see… the power of Jesus Christ living and moving in you… in amazing ways!

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