Who’s Your Mommy?

My mother served as a nurse her entire life. She worked in an emergency ward in the inner city on the graveyard shift when I was young. She moved to a local health clinic to be a nurse for one of the General practitioners in town when I was a young teenager. That job lasted until after I was married. She finished her career working the critical care building at A Developmental Center a few towns over from our home.

Mom has always been a hard worker, with a firm but kind manner and an extremely sharp wit. Here she is at my daughter’s wedding a few years ago sitting with my son Joe.

These days mom lives with me, my sister and my oldest daughter at the Vicarage which has been our family home for something like forty-five years. She has created quite a legacy to leave to the world.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY MOM!

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GRANDSON JOE AND GRAND DAUGHTER IN LAW JOSEPH LILLIE AND KRISTINE BARRAMEDA LILLIE

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GRAND DAUGHTER MELANIE FRANKLIN GRANDSON IN-LAW JAMES FRANKLIN AND GREAT GRAND DAUGHTER DANIELLA BROOKE FRANKLIN
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Share Your World From 5-4-20

Well this week I have not been as on the ball in the writing department as I would have liked, but I have done a lot of ministry work and a lot of gardening, so I guess it all balances out. Now however it is time to SHARE MY WORLD USING THE QUESTIONS MELANIE POSTED ON MONDAY MAY 4TH.

I have been trying a new blogging regimen these last several weeks. I am posting at least four blogs everyday and then doing what I call a blog blitz on the weekends. It started out I was posting a blog every hour. Now I am at the point where I am trying to find the most productive hours to post …morning, noon and night… to see where most people are on and reading.

Anywho…. Here are this week’s questions and my answers. When you have finished please take a jaunt over to Melanie’s site AKA SPARKS FROM A COMBUSTIBLE MIND and see how her other contributors have answered.

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What can you break even if you don’t touch it?  (yes there is a real answer to this.  I’ll reveal it in the next week sometime.  Still, answer how you would like – no right or wrong answer)

Oh there are lots of things you don’t have to touch to break. Here are a few: a trance, a sweat, a leg (in theater), a fast, a wind, a heart, and a spirit.

I am sure there are more things but these are what come readily to mind.

What’s the most useful thing you own?

I think the thing that gets the most use is my car.

What’s The Silliest Reason You’ve Ever Gotten Into A Fight With Someone Over?

Algebra. My sister ended up running away from home over it.

If You Were A Snake, How Long Would You Want To Be?   No, size does not matter.  😛

I would want to be a hundred foot anaconda.

AND FINALLY…

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Gratitude and/or uplifting?   Please share.   We can all use some of those.  

Pluto has been making me laugh this week.

Share Your World From 4-20-20

It is time for SHARE YOUR WORLD! This is the challenge where our hostess Melanie asks four or five questions, and in answering them, we, her contributors, share our worlds. For more info on how to contribute and to read the other sharing posts click the link above.

Here are the questions and my answers:

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In your opinion what animal is the most majestic?

In my humble opinion the most majestic creature is not the lion the tiger or the bear. They are just super scary. I want a majesty I came relate to, a majesty that is not only powerful but loyal.

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What seemingly innocent question makes you think “It’s a trap!”?

“What do you think I should do?”

What weird potato chip flavor that doesn’t exist would you like to try?  (NOTE:  Potato chips are called ‘crisps’ over the pond in the UK and Europe, I think.  Thanks to Sandmanjazz for reminding me we all don’t speak the same English!  😆   )

Beef stew chips sound yummy. Also Fish and chips chips might be intriguing.


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Share some gratitude with people if you like.  Images are certainly appropriate!  

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I am so grateful for the times of family games we have had almost daily during this shut in. We usually don’t have time or energy for games in our weekly schedule. Things are a changin’!

Share Your World 4-6-20

It is time to once again SHARE OUR WORLDS! This is the challenge where our hostess Melanie asks four or five questions and by answering them, we her contributors share pieces of our worlds. You can see how everyone answered the challenge questions by clicking on the link above.

In the meantime, here are Melanie’s questions for this week and my answers:

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If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make them?

I think I fear mistakes because of my fear of other people’s reactions to them. I know I have and have had people in my life for whom nothing short of god-like perfection is acceptable. I rebel against that and tend to go into hiding everything from these people especially my mistakes because I am afraid of their reactions to the real me.

How do we know that pleasure is good and pain is bad?

Ummm…… I don’t think that. There are a lot of things that are very pleasurable which are very very very bad. There are also a lot of things which are hard and even painful which are actually not only good for us but necessary.

What problem or situation did TV / movies make you think would be common, but when you grew up you found out it wasn’t?

I saw this on Facebook a while ago and I couldn’t have agreed more. “Growing up I always thought quicksand would be more of a problem.”



If you drive, do you speed when no one is watching?   Have you ever run a red light late at night on purpose, particularly if it doesn’t seem to change very quickly?   If you don’t drive, what minor law may you have broken?

My kids always make fun of how slow I drive. They call me a “Granny -Driver”. That said I have been stopped for speeding (going 45 in a 35) and running a stop sign and when I was in Ireland I got stopped for running a red light. Of course none of those things were “my fault”.

What positive things are you finding to do to occupy your time right now?

Here is my list:

Praying A LOT

Reading the Bible A LOT

Contacting church folk by phone and facebook to see how they are doing

blogging

rewriting my book

doing some yard work

trying new recipes

watching a documentary on the history of England on Youtube

playing Skipbo and Uno with my sister and daughter

Calling my kids a lot

Doing a family Bible Study I taught to the church a while ago on Youtube with the Fam.

April 3, 1989- Haibun

On April 2, 1989 your water broke, but you wanted to wait. We couldn’t imagine what for; So your mother and I rode the roads. We bumped the bumps just to jog your willingness. Still you refused to attend your life.

Then the doctors called us in. PIT got the process going even as the procession paraded in. Nana and Grampa and Aunt Nicole, even Bii Chadbourne were all there with the doctors and nurses that come part and parcel of every birthing center. Then you popped into the world. What you wanted was an audience.

April 3rd

1989

You were born.

This poem was written in honor of my son. Today is his 31st birthday.

Share Your World 3-30-2-

It is time to SHARE MY WORLD. THIS IS THE CHALLENGE WHERE MELANIE ASKS 5 OR SO QUESTIONS AND IN ANSWERING THEM WE HER CONTRIBUTORS SHARE OUR WORLDS A LITTLE BIT.

Just click that capitalized link and you will find all the sharing from around the world.

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Here are the questions and my answers.

Pancakes, waffles or French Toast as your breakfast favorite? 

PANCAKES FOR SURE! I HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT THEM AND BACON ALL WEEK. I THINK I WILL MAKE THEM TOMORROW.

Do you think a person’s name influences the person they become?

I THINK SOMETIMES A NAME HAS TO BE OVERCOME, BUT EVEN THAT IS A CHOICE WE CAN MAKE. WE ARE OUR OWN INFLUENCERS.

Would things get better or worse if humans focused on what was going well rather than what’s going wrong?

BETTER, NO DOUBT. ALTHOUGH WE DO HAVE TO FACE OUR CHALLENGES.

Is math(s) something that humans created or something we discovered? Is looking at reality mathematically an accurate representation of how things work?

I THINK WE DISCOVERED MATH. THAT SAID IT IS NOT THE BE ALL END ALL. THE MATH ELEMENT MUST BE COMBINED WITH THE ELEMENT OF EMOTION AND THE NON QUANTIFIABLES IN ORDER FOR A FULL PICTURE OF ANY CIRCUMSTANCE TO EMERGE.

What are you grateful for right now?   I realize it’s difficult to be very positive right now, unless one is being positive that things are pretty awful.   Let’s spread the joy in gratitude!

I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORSHIP GOD EVERY DAY.

Share Your World 3-3-20

Well it is March the month of snow, rain and mud. Sunday it was 25 F outside. Today it is 60 F. There is MUCH TO SHARE WITH THE WORLD.

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This week our challenge hostess has asked five great questions and as we her contributors share our answers we share our worlds. So when you have finished reading about my world, feel free to jump over to Melanie’s site using the underlined link above and check out a myriad other worlds.

THE QUESTIONS:

Can you bake a cake?   (credit for this question goes to Di, who asked it on her post recently.   Thanks Di! After last week’s SYW, we needed a little bit of sweet and light!)

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Not only can I bake a cake, I can bake one from scratch. I have a great recipe from my grandmother called Aunt Viola’s Chocolate Cake. What I can’t do is frost a cake neatly. It always comes out looking like a truck ran it over. My daughter says I am too impatient and frost it before its cool enough.

What’s one thing that can instantly make your day better?

PRAYER.

When you were a kid, did you eat the crusts on your sandwich or not?

My mother would not accept a sandwich as eaten unless the crust was gone. She used to tell me that the crust was where all the nutrients were.

What’s something your family would be surprised to learn about you?

I am pretty close and open with my family. There really isn’t much that would surprise them.

Please feel free to share some gratitude from this past week (or month or year).  This is purely optional of course, but it does tend to uplift everyone (I happen to think) to read some happy and/or joyful thoughts or view some uplifting pictures.    Thank you if you do so! 

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Share Your World 2-17-20

It’s that time again! Time to answer Melanie’s weekly questions and SHARE MY WORLD. Click that link to join the sharing family at Melanie’s site, Sparks From A Combustible Mind. Just an aside, this week she also posted another challenge with 20 questions! If your looking for another challenge that is surely one to look into.

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Here are this week’s questions:

QUESTIONS:

How can someone win a gold star (i.e. win your approval and/or admiration) with you?

I am always impressed when someone acts in a way that dispels evil and promotes goodness.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

I would read, write, pray and minister to people.

Do you have a favorite type of exercise?

I like to walk and also like to stretch.

Do you sleep with a top sheet? Why or why not?

Yes I do sleep with a top sheet. My body temp fluctuates throughout the night and so I often throw off the heavy blankets.

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This week I am grateful to be back to a more regular writing regimen. I hope God will help me keep it up.

Share Your World 1-27-20

It is finally time to Share My World Again! This is one of my favorite times of the week. This challenge has been part of my blogging world for something like seven years and I never get tired of it. In the challenge our hostess Melanie asks several questions and in answering them we all share our worlds. So come on join in the fun. When you have read my answers click the above link and go over to Melanie’s site (Sparks From a Combustible Mind) and answer for yourself.

Here are this week’s questions and my answers:

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1.  What age would you like to live to?

I am currently 52 going on immortal.  I firmly believe in life after death and so for me what lies ahead is just more life with a brief interruption for that thing called death. As Paul the Apostle wrote:

What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that our physical bodies cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. These dying bodies cannot inherit what will last forever.

51 But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! 52 It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. 53 For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.

54 Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die,[j] this Scripture will be fulfilled:

“Death is swallowed up in victory.[k]
55 O death, where is your victory?
    O death, where is your sting?[l]” 1 Cor. 15

So the age I live to in this body doesn’t really matter because there is a whole lot more living to be done there than there is here. That said I think I still have some work to do here so I would say I want to live to be old enough to finish what I have to do.

2.  What mystery do you wish you knew the answer to?

Any mystery that stands in my way of living and doing what I need to do.

3.  Does absolute power corrupt absolutely?

That would assume that we as humans come from a standpoint of innocence to begin with. We do not. The Bible teaches that everything (not just humans but everything in creation) is influenced by the power of sin from the start. Everything is already corrupted, so absolute power cannot re-corrupt that which is already corrupted. It can however make a really good display of the corruption which already exists inside of a person.

4.  What outdoor activity haven’t you tried, but would like to?

 I would like to try horseback riding.

GRATITUDE SECTION (Not mandatory)

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Please free free to share some gratitude from your world!

I am really grateful for sleep right now. I have never had jet lag as horrible as what I have experienced this week. Sleep has been this wonderful gift which has been assuaging a sense of overwhelming weariness which plagues me almost constantly. I am also grateful for compression socks and Motrin. Since flying my feet have been constantly swollen and painful.