Sunday, January 5, 2014

14 new Things

Ahhhh, dear readers, be glad I did not say 77 New Things for My 77th Year.
Hummmmm, but that might be next.
For now.....
1.  I'm writing my first post from my iPad. Had it for  8 months; just now courage to finger type.
2.  Tonight, I made a mason-jar piggy bank for First Daughter. Had to re-work it so that quarters would fit, but got it done.
3.  For this new year, I am swearing off watching "Friends" to go back to Frazier. I need a breather from Monica. Watching the younger version of myself is finally too much. Of course, Monica DOES know the easiest, fastest, best way to do just about everything.  Hey, I said MONICA, not LIZ.
4.  Began today giving thanks for the brand new What-a-Burger coming to Fritztown. Instead of just complaining that is is in my front yard instead of my neighbor's.
5.  When I heard the weather report on the 6 pm news, I made a last-minute run to WalMart. Usually, I just do without.
6.   Decided to forego instant gratification of NOT rushing out in exchange for the luxury to stay at home during the next 3 days of predicted bone chilling weather.
7.   I felt a sudden and deep sense of sadness as I drove our familiar neighborhood and found so many houses dark. Christmas virtually disappeared in one day. The day before Epiphany. Sad.
8.   Decided firmly, on that grocery run, to leave our Christmas lights glowing and our Nativity lit at least another week.
9.   I will even vote to keep our single strand of multi-color Christmas lights shining below the white year-round ones on our gate for, oh, another month!
10.  I WILL write and address and mail our Christmas thank you notes before February 1. 2014. :-)
11.  Next week I will buy ALL the birthday & anniversary cards and file them according to date due for all our kids, grands, and greats for 2014.
12.  Better make a separate entry to actually MAIL, in time for timely delivery, all the cards in #11.
13.  Even I won't make promises to adhere to a reasonable bedtime.
14. I will, however, work hard not to react badly, but smile sweetly, when judged by those who have not studied nor lived with Restless Leg Syndrome.

And, since I promised ONLY 14, I'll just end with the promise  I claim at the beginning of most of my mornings. If it speaks to you, too, it is found at Isaiah 40:29-31.

Do you not know, Liz?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding not even you, Liz, can fathom.
.... He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
 but especially old women like you, Liz, who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
You will soar on wings like eagles;
You will run and not grow weary,
You, Liz, will walk and not be faint.

He keeps his promises, sweet friends.
In Christ,