Monday, December 21, 2015

A Monday Hodgepodge

It just dawned on me, that it has been days since I visited blogs or posted here. Y'all must have thought I fell off the face of the earth.

The cartoon above reminds me of our family. It will just be the two of us this year (their choice, not ours). What are your plans?

First some news, I think we have finally found a church in which to feel comfortable in. Sundays usually find us in the First Baptist Church. Being a "grace believer" I will not be "joining" (i.e. submitting to water baptism) but it's a pleasant diversion every Sunday morning. I spoke to the Pastor briefly about it, and he said it's not a problem. Without "joining" one just can not hold office or vote in the business part of their church. Thankfully, I'm not interested in any of that anyway. But the natives are friendly and there is a motorcycle club called F.A.I.T.H. Riders in which we are members. That should pacify even my persnickety side.
We have started on, hopefully, the final remodeling project in our 23+ year old stick built home. It's taken over a year to accomplish all the necessary interior projects but it's been well worth the financial and physical pain. The current project is the guest bedroom. It still has 23+ year old carpeting. First Hubby removed the smelly carpeting in the closet and placed nice easy to clean floor tiles. Today, we've removed everything from the bedroom except the ceiling tall bookcase out into the hallway. The bookcase needs another coat of white paint before moving on. Then we'll started pulling up carpeting and replacing it with the floating Pergo flooring.

And something else good came from all this work.

Experience is a wonderful teacher. For most who know me they know that one of my absolute favorite hobbies is genealogy / family research. I've been following people's migrations and habits for years. It's become second nature to figure out why an ancestor moved or did whatever they did during their lives. I also study a lot of old photos. This leads me to I keep all our photo albums in this closet that's being renovated. This week, whilst everything was in a disarray, I began thumbing through an old homemade photo album that belonged to my adopted mother, Helen, who had died in 1966 when I was 10 years old.  I have few memories of my mother. The reason being that like a monkey in a cage, my father was good at flinging obscenities or threats in my direction whenever I even so much as spoke to him, so, I quit asking him anything at a young age. Anyway, I happened on a couple of old Polaroid photos in the album that I'm sure I must have looked at a million times two and wondered "Who are these people?" since there was no writing on the photos. Well, I was sitting on the bed casually looking through the album and I had one photo of Mom in one hand, and this one below in the other, and I finally realized, this is my Mom at a very early age! She always had that serious look on her face. My Mom and her brother, Richard, where the only children of Richard Darrell Koethe, I, and Edna Margaretta Strain. This has to be her in that very treasured photo album. That was such a very joyful moment to discover a photo of my Mom for the 'first' time. It's a nice Christmas gift.

And I'm still enjoying, and learning about, my new Smartphone. I feel so modern. *lol*

If I don't get to post again before the Holiday, I hope everyone has a very happy, prosperous and safe CHRISTmas season.


Patsy said...

What a joy to find a photo and realize it was your mother.
You can't fool us about no post ,you were just having to much fun with your new smartphone.LOL
P.s. Glad you found a good church.

Simply Linda said...

{{{LOL}}}PATSY SAID IT, I DIDN'T!!!! nah, nah, nah.{{{LOL}}}}---sorry, had to I was thinking the very same have been to busy playing with the new phone. {more laughter and a wink}

Did I not tell you about Liam's Apple-I pad/tablet thingy???

Waving to Steve{}---so, do we get after photos too????? smiles

Many Holiday Blessings to you.

Linda Eller said...

There is so much going on in your life right now, no wonder you dont think about posting. The remodel will make things complete. The new phone has to be fun. I am happy you found a church where you can worship and be comfortable without any demands. That is the way all churches should function. If I miss you again this week, Merry Christmas my dear friend.

Lulu James said...

Thankful for your church home. I am still searching---praying God plants me soon!
Christmas Blessings, Sparky!

Mildred said...

Hi Pamela, Stopping by to wish you and Steve a Merry Christmas. So happy to read that you have found a church that is friendly. That photo of your Mom is certainly a Christmas blessing. xo

Jason and Michelle said...

I love old pictures. I'm glad you have one of your mom as a girl.
Hope you and your hubby have a Merry Christmas!

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Thank you so much for sharing your good news with us Sparky.

May I take this opportunity to wish you and your husband a Very Blessed Christmas and a Splendid New Year filled with joy, hope, faith, peace and good health.

God bless you both.

Sparky said...

Thank you dear followers. I appreciate your comments, prayers and thoughts more than words can express. And very happy CHRISTmas to everyone! Stay safe out there.
Luv ~:)

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Merry Christmas, Pam, and not sure what my plans are for Christmas. That's 2 whole days away but for tomorrow, I'm delivering shortbread and cranberry marmalade to folks.