Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Adventures of Skinny Malinky Spurtle

One of my friends from Bookcrossing, who lives in Scotland, has sent a spurtle on an international journey. I was one of the stops, and the blog can be found here: Skinny Malinky Spurtle

By the way, a spurtle is a wooden utensil used by Scottish cooks to stir porridge (oatmeal).

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

I just discovered a new blog!

It's the blog of one of my friends from Flickr, Martin LaBar: Sun and Shield

Here is a very excellent and thoughtful, and thought-provoking post on our stewardship of the earth as God's creation, written two years ago: Environmental Stewardship in Bible

Also, if you get a chance, have a look at his marvelous photos here: Martin LaBar's Photostream

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Blog Award - Thank you, Charlotte!

My friend Charlotte from Charlotte's Weblog presented me this award! Thank you so much, I will try to take good care of it!

These are the rules:
1) Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.

2) Pass the award to 15 (more or less) other blogs that you’ve newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

So, now I will pick a few of my lovely blogfriends with whom to share the joy. Meanwhile, click on the above link and enjoy Charlotte's Weblog!

Wisteria and Roses
The Green Grass Grows All Around
Creating Myself
Roller Coaster Ride
Cher Decor
Life From My Point of View
MacCarthaigh Family
Making Home
Brocante and Etc
The House in the Roses
La Donna Papercutting

I'm sorry, that's all I can do. If anyone else who reads this would like to claim this lovely award, please do so. It is meant to be shared!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Another warning - this one about hidden symptoms of ovarian cancer

I have a friend from Bookcrossing and LiveJournal who has been fighting a battle against ovarian cancer, and it looks like she will win. She posted this warning on both sites.

" You probably know that last June I was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer. It's been quite a journey.

I now realize that I was experiencing symptoms as early as last February or March, or even before that. At that time, I was experiencing leg pain - cramps at night that were so bad they would wake me up. I was seeing a doctor who diagnosed me with sciatica and prescribed Vicodin, which barely helped at all. Late in March, I was stepping onto a bus to go home from work, and my leg just collapsed and I fell. I made it home, and fell two more times. I, of course, rushed to the doctor. X-rays were taken and I was then diagnosed with a back fracture, given stronger pain meds, and sent home. Much later, when I was in the hospital, an MRI ruled out any back fracture. I'd never even had one!

By about May, I began experiencing other symptoms - extreme fatigue, loss of appetite, rapid weight loss, lower belly pain, bloating, spotting, and nausea. I could barely eat a thing. (Not a fun way to lose weight!) Finally, I was so very sick that I ended up at the ER, where I was finally diagnosed with cancer.

I had no clue that leg pain could be a symptom of ovarian cancer, but now I've found that it can be. Fran Drescher, who is a survivor of uterine cancer, was speaking and I happened to catch just a bit of it on CSPAN. Apparently, she also experienced leg pain as a symptom of her cancer. I was taken aback, as I'd never heard of this. I did a google seach, and have, indeed, found several mentions of it.

The reason I'm posting this is because I strongly urge any woman who has leg pain to make an appointment with their gynocologist, just to rule out gynocological cancer. Cancer is always better caught early, and this is such an easy thing to do. I'm not saying that every woman who has leg pain has cancer! Not by a long shot! I'm just saying that it can't hurt to rule it out. Personally, I feel that it should be the standard of care, since it's such a simple thing.

Thanks for reading!!! I hope no one ever has to go through what I've been through. A cancer diagnosis is never easy, but the earlier it's caught, the better!

One more thing you can do for me! Please post this information in your own journal, and ask that others do the same! (You don't have to post my whole story, just the basic information that women with leg pain should see a gynocologist.), then ask that others post the information in their journals as well. (Heck, ask that they post on Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, or anywhwere on the web!)

Friday, April 17, 2009

A Warning for everyone's children and grandchildren!

I got this in an email, and I thought it was important enough to post here. If you wish, you may link it from other websites you may be on.

MYSPACE: A Must Read for All


After tossing her books on the sofa, she decided to grab a snack and get on-line. She logged on under her screen name ByAngel213. She checked her Buddy List and saw GoTo123 was on. She sent him an instant message:

Hi. I'm glad you are on! I thought someone was following me home today. It was really weird!

LOL You watch too much TV. Why would someone be following you?
Don't you live in a safe neighborhood?

Of course I do. LOL I guess it was my imagination cuz' I didn't see anybody when I looked out.

Unless you gave your name out on-line. You haven't done that have you?

Of course not.. I'm not stupid you know.

Did you have a softball game after school today?

Yes and we won!!

That's great! Who did you play?

We played the Hornets. LOL. Their uniforms are so gross! They look like bees. LOL

What is your team called?

We are the Canton Cats. We have tiger paws on our uniforms. They are really cool.

GoTo1 23:
Did you pitch?

No I play second base. I got to go. My homework has to be done before my parents get home. I don't want them mad at me. Bye!

Catch you later. Bye

Meanwhile.......GoTo123 went to the member menu and began to search for her profile. When it came up, he highlighted it and printed it out. He took out a pen and began to write down what he knew about Angel so far.

Her name: Shannon
Birthday: Jan. 3, 1985
Age: 13
State where she lived: North Carolina

Hobbies: softball, chorus, skating and going to the mall. Besides this information, he knew she lived in Canton because she had just told him He knew she stayed by herself until 6:30 p.m. every afternoon until her parents came home from work. He knew she played softball on Thursday afternoons on the school team, and the team was named the Canton Cats. Her favorite number 7 was printed on her jersey. He knew she was in the eighth grade at the Canton Junior High School . She had told him all this in the conversations they had on- line. He had enough information to find her now.

Shannon didn't tell her parents about the incident on the way home from the ballpark that day. She didn't want them to make a scene and stop her from walking home from the softball games. Parents were always overreacting and hers were the worst. It made her wish she was not an only child. Maybe if she had brothers and sisters, her parents wouldn't be so overprotective.

By Thursday, Shannon had forgotten about the footsteps following her.

Her game was in full swing when suddenly she felt someone staring at her. It was then that the memory came back. She glanced up from her second base position to see a man watching her closely.

He was leaning against the fence behind first base and he smiled when she looked at him. He didn't look scary and she quickly dismissed the sudden fear she had felt.

After the game, he sat on a bleacher while she talked to the coach. She noticed his smile once again as she walked past him. He nodded and she smiled back. He noticed her name on the back of her shirt. He knew he had found her.

Quietly, he walked a safe distance behind her. It was only a few blocks to Shannon 's home, and once he saw where she lived he quickly returned to the park to get his car.

Now he had to wait. He decided to get a bite to eat until the time came to go to Shannon 's house He drove to a fast food restaurant and sat there until time to make his move.

Shannon was in her room later that evening when she heard voices in the living room.

"Shannon, come here," her father called. He sounded upset and she couldn't imagine why. She went into the room to see the man from the ballpark sitting on the sofa.

"Sit down," her father began, "this man has just told us a most interesting story about you."

Shannon sat back. How could he tell her parents anything? She had never seen him before today!

"Do you know who I am, Shannon ?" the man asked.

"No," Shannon answered.

"I am a police officer and your online friend, GoTo123."

Shannon was stunned. "That's impossible! GoTo is a kid my age! He's 14 And he lives in Michigan !"

The man smiled. "I know I told you all that, but it wasn't true. You see, Shannon , there are people on-line who pretend to be kids; I was one of them. But while others do it to injure kids and hurt them, I belong to a group of parents who do it to protect kids from predators. I came here to find you to teach you how dangerous it is to talk to people on-line. You told me enough about yourself to make it easy for me to find you. You named the school you went to, the name of your ball team and the position you played. The number and name on your jersey just made finding you a breeze."

Shannon was stunned. "You mean you don't live in Michigan ?"

He laughed. "No, I live in Raleigh . It made you feel safe to think I was so far away, didn't it?"

She nodded.

"I had a friend whose daughter was like you. Only she wasn't as lucky. The guy found her and murdered her while she was home alone. Kids are taught not to tell anyone when they are alone, yet they do it all the time on-line. The wrong people trick you into giving out information a little here and there on-line. Before you know it, you have told them enough for them to find you without even realizing you have done it. I hope you've learned a lesson from this and won't do it again.. Tell others about this so they will be safe too?"

"It's a promise!"

That night Shannon and her Dad and Mom all knelt down together and thanked God for protecting Shannon from what could have been a tragic situation.



Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

Sunday afternoon


Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
Because He lives, all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth a living, just because He lives

Lyrics by Bill Gaither

Thursday, April 9, 2009

I just thought this was funny!

funny pictures of cats with captions
see more Lolcats and funny pictures

Obviously, it came from the "I Can Has Cheezburger" website! Go there if you need a laugh!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Flickr meetup at the park

Sunday before last our local Flickr group had a meetup at the city park. It was very nice - a beautiful day and lots of people, ducks, seagulls, geese, and lots of activity going on from disc golf to medieval sword fighting!

From inside the bandshell

Kite Flying

Charley Brown's kite

Disc Golf

Playground fun

Feeding gulls

Shooting gulls

Reading in the park

Holy Bible sculpture


A duel

A duel