An Unwanted Passenger

I was happily chatting to Kit at our writers’ meeting on Wednesday, when she reminded me it was my turn to blog today. Yikes. Where did November go? I didn’t have a clue what to write about. It’s been a mish-mash sort of month – happy things and some not so happy – but I thought I’d blog about an incident that happened on my way to the writers meeting and which I’m still having nightmares about, well perhaps not nightmares, but pretty close.

It was foggy here that morning, but with the radio playing, the heat booming out, and my trusty little car running like a dream, all well with my world. Until I happened to glance across to the passenger dashboard. A huge spider was happily crawling its way across the board and heading in my direction. My scream was likely heard by the occupants of the cars travelling behind me, but luckily I held it together long enough to safely find a convenient place to stop.

Keeping a weather-eye on my unwanted travelling companion, I found a slip road ahead and pulled off the main road. I popped the hazard lights on and escaped from the hellish confines of my car. By which time the spider, of course, was nowhere to be seen. Five panicked minutes later, I still hadn’t located the offender. I pictured him tucked safely away somewhere, buggy little eyes eyeing me with devious delight as I continued the search.

There was no way I could get back in that car until I’d found him, but I wasn’t sure what to do. I virtually had the passenger door off its bracket and all manner of paraphernalia lying on the road, but all to no avail. Of course, AJ was away for the day, and friends who live locally were at work, so it was just little old me left alone to face what for me has been a lifelong demon. I thought to simply abandon my car and walk to the nearest bus stop, but as we live in the country the buses aren’t exactly frequent.

I gave myself a strong talking too. All the usual cliches came to mind. You’re bigger than he is, what harm can a little spider do a big girl like you? (likely nothing more than heart attack), He’s more frightened of you, than you are of him (something I seriously doubt), they are very useful insects and do a lot of good (not while terrorising unsuspecting scaredy-cat motorists, they don’t). Nothing worked, and as I stood there deliberating, I caught a movement along the central panel…and there he was. Brazen as you like, happily heading toward the driver’s seat. I grabbed the rolled up newspaper I had at the ready, scooped him onto the mat, and seconds later he was airborne, winging his way across the ether in the direction of a neighbouring village.

After putting the inside of my car back together, I was on my way. Not entirely happily, as I kept remembering someone once telling me that where there’s one spider there’s always another. Apparently they always travel in pairs, although I’m not sure if that’s true. When I told my hubby about my ordeal, all he said was, “I hope you didn’t hurt him by throwing him like that”. Men!

Being Thankful

Tomorrow, it’s Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S. So today, I thought I’d talk about a great program that my husband and I help out with. It’s a local meals program. You know, we all give money as we are able to the charities that are important to us. But I’m sure most of you also know the feeling of giving locally, giving in person, giving when you can SEE the results.

That’s what this meals program is like. Five nights a week in our town, folks who need a little help can get a home-cooked meal for free. Some of these people are homeless, some simply can’t afford both rent and food. Some are single, some are families with children. The circumstance doesn’t matter.

Helping to make certain they have a decent meal, though, is the best feeling in the world. The group hubby and I help with, we’ve been together for 7 or 8 years now. We started off with once a month, now we do a night every other month because there are so many organizations helping out.

And the program is run by an amazing woman. Hannah is there every night. She knows us, and she knows these people. After everyone’s been served, she’ll slip us a to-go container to be filled, then hand it to a family of four to take home. She makes the men, well, everyone, actually, take off their hats when they come in, demands polite behavior, and isn’t afraid to tell someone being disruptive to leave. Each and every day, she stumps for handouts at local stores. Day-olds that would be tossed become the rolls or cupcakes handed out with the casseroles, meats, potatoes, vegetables, salad, milk, and juice.

Both hubby and I are awed by Hannah’s single-minded determination. And we are so grateful to be part of this process. We may be helping others, but we get so much more than we give, it seems. A smile here, a hug there. It’s awesome to be part of this local tradition.

So we give thanks to Hannah and her meals program. And we wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving Day tomorrow. For those of you not celebrating this holiday, enjoy the quiet e-waves. The rest of us will be in turkey/tryptophan-induced comas. :)

Thanksgiving 2014

ThanksgivingI don’t know what’s with me lately but I seem to do a lot of reflecting on things past. One good thing is that it brings to the forefront all I have to be Thankful for.

• Family – everyone lives close by. There were a couple of years that our daughter was away due to a military life. And, more recently our grandson’s family. Same thing, military. But for now they are all within a few miles.
• Health – So far, so good. I’ve had a few bumps in the road but very minor.
• Friends – I’m so very fortunate to have wonderful friends. One special friend I grew up with. We started the 2nd grade together. Ahhh the memories. We talk everyday. It isn’t like growing up when we ran in and out of each other’s houses but the phone is the next best thing.

These are only three things, I could fill pages with things I’m thankful for. Faith, is one that comes to mind. So as you are looking forward to feastday I wish you time to reflect and be Thankful.

A humerous fact:
If Ben Franklin would had his way, the turkey would have been the official bird of the United States. He gave as his reason — “The turkey is a true original native of America.”

Ummm wonder if we would still be able to eat them if this would have happened. Oh well another thing to be thankful for. ☺

Improvisation? by Valerie J. Patterson

I had planned on writing about our recent trip to the Outer Banks, but I found myself out of time and, well, out of energy.  Plus something very odd happened today.

I was seated at my desk getting ready for the close of day when all of a sudden, I felt this odd sensation in my nose.  Next thing I knew, there was a puddle of blood on my hands and on my desk.  I yanked a handful of tissues from the box and promptly soaked them with blood.  I barely had time to reach for another handful of tissues before it was spilling onto my sweater.

I swiveled and reached for the trashcan, pulling it nearer as I continued to soak wads of tissue one after the other.  My boss came to see why I was making odd noises and sprung into action.  She and another co-worker were flying around the office.  One retrieved a bottle of soda from the refrigerator while the other was soaking some paper towels in cold water.  Before I knew it, the bottle of frigid soda was being held to the back of my neck while the cold paper towels were being held to my nose and another hand was tightly pinching the bridge of my nose.

For a solid 10 minutes, blood flowed from my nose like someone had opened a spigot.  Half an hour later, it finally had clotted and only a trickle remained.  It’s been a long, long time since I last had a nose bleed, but I have never had one of this magnitude.  I am most amazed at knowing the lovely ladies I work with are geniuses at improvising in an emergency situation.  In the absence of ice, grab the coldest thing from the fridge and apply it to the back of the neck as that constricts the vessels and slows the bleeding.  Applying cold compresses to the nose and pinching the bridge aid in slowing the bleeding while the body works on clotting it.

As I said, I have never seen so much blood from a nose bleed before, but I am both grateful and thankful for the fast-acting, intelligent women I work with!

Until next time, I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving holiday if you celebrate.  If you don’t celebrate, I hope you have a very blessed Thursday!!

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Family Thanksgiving Dessert Tradition

My husband’s family has this dessert as a family tradition – one of my sisters in law always makes sure we have this on hand.  It’s absolutely divine so I thought I’d share it this week before Thanksgiving. Happy Turkey Day to all who celebrate.

Four Layer Delight

Layer 1: 1 cup flour, 1 stick oleo melted, ½ cup crushed pecans

put in 9×13 pan and cook at 375 for 15 mins. Let cool

Layer 2: 8 oz cream cheese softened, 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 cup cool whip

spread over layer one after cooled

Layer 3: 3 small pkgs instant chocolate pudding mixed with 4.5 cups of milk.

pour on as 3rd layer

Layer 4: rest of cool whip and crushed nuts on top

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Life Is Getting Better

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