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“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord.  They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”  (Jeremiah 29:11)

 Dear Friends:

Let us introduce ourselves! House of Peace is a local non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration of the troubled, destitute and homeless of Goldendale and Klickitat County. It is our goal to offer food, encouragement and education to the community members.

We are currently trying to build a list of committed supporters to help us be a success in our endeavors. Our organization is dedicated to the cause and we have complete confidence that our wonderful City of Goldendale has business owners, residents and friends across the country who would be willing and able to financially sponsor or support us!

Once you read our brochure, you will see what House of Peace is striving to do. We have the plan in action and we are trying to schedule volunteer staffing. There is a lot to be accomplished and WE NEED YOUR HELP!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.             

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PO Box 564 ~ Goldendale, WA 98620  Phone: 509-261-0636 ~ Fax: 509-362-9623

Email: information@hope-goldendale.org       Website: www.hope-goldendale.org     

Donations: gofundme.com/5p3ducrs

 

I’m Back!

Firstly let me apologize for being so insensitive to all of you.  I know my daily antics are not of premier interest to any of you but I did promise to keep you updated and I have not done so.

It seems that since my knee surgery I have been so busy that I have had trouble keeping up with all the things I need to do.  How did that happen?  I should have MORE time on my hands but it doesn’t seem to have worked out that way.

My surgery was just before Thanksgiving and I am still working on getting full mobility.  I am doing tremendously well however and I am so very glad to have finally taken that step of getting the surgery.  My leg is still swollen and I cannot bend it as far as I would like, BUT – I am making headway all the time.  I am able to walk without my cane most of the time (except on uneven ground on the farm) and have even managed to walk up the stairs  (all 18 of them) in a normal fashion – meaning one foot after the other instead of the slow method of one step up with my right foot, followed by my left foot coming to rest on the same step and then proceeding to the next one.  Whew!  So glad that is over.  I do still need to descend the stairs in that fashion however because my knee does not quite bend as far as it should to  do that task.

I was told that I would be ever so glad to have had the surgery once I actually did it and I have to agree.  Yes, I have a bit of pain occasionally but it is nothing like I was experiencing before I took the bit step to surgery.   Even my dad had encouraged me to quit putting it off – my mom had BOTH her knees replaced when she was in her 80’s and never regretted it!   My next goal is to be able to dance once again – I have not been able to do that in over 15 years.  I am excited at the prospect of that accomplishment.  I have to be a little careful to not twist on that knee but I will figure out a way to do it soon!

I hope all of you are having a wonderful 2016.  It is passing by so quickly – I can hardly imagine that it is already the end of February.  My husband and I just celebrated our 19th anniversary on Valentine’s Day and it almost seems like yesterday that we met.  It has been a year since my youngest son came home from Montana and I am so enjoying having him around again.  He was gone waaaaay to long to suit me!  My oldest son lives in Texas and he has become a new daddy – after 20 years.  His youngest son and wife just had a baby last April so that makes me a grandma again as well as a great-grandma!  I’m soooo confused – I think I must be aging a bit more quickly than I anticipated.  But I guess that is normal – life goes on, and on, and on!  So glad to be a part of it.  Wouldn’t miss it for anything!

Happy writing to all of you – I will be checking in on some of you soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAPPY 2016 TO EVERYONE!

This is my encouragement for 2016.  Keep writing, keep sharing, keep positive!

I appreciate the articles I read on here and I am impressed by the depth of thought, encouragement, tips, cheerleading attempts and camaraderie that is developed through our interaction with one another.

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Thank you my friends for your input – you have helped me and I hope that I am always able to support and encourage each of you as well.  Let’s have fun in 2016!!

Are You Right or Am I?

All of this political correctness drives me crazy!  Whatever holiday you are getting ready to celebrate, I wish you blessings and much happiness.  I struggle with all the negative remarks about one’s beliefs – it should never be an “I’m right – you’re wrong” attitude and I try to stay out of that stuff.  So let me try to express myself without offense to anyone – for that is not my intent!  Here I go – – –

Each of us has the right to believe whatever we want to believe and live however we choose to live.  I’m not saying that I necessarily accept or agree with everyone, BUT I do say that each person has the right to believe how they want.  I’m sure that every person is convinced that their way is the right way – of course I believe that my way is the right way.  I am a Christian and even in my own circle of Christian friends there is room for improvement.  The only thing I’m really trying to say here is that  people should reflect the TRUTH of their belief in their actions – ultimately their honesty!  I don’t care what religion you are involved in  – if you are causing harm to someone else, no matter if it is a small harm or a great harm – you’re wrong!

Abuse, killing, torture, mayhem – all of that stuff is wrong!  I don’t know how many different religions there are that instruct us to “treat others as you would want to be treated” but I really do believe THAT is our purpose here on earth – we should all be trying to get along with others here on this Planet Earth!  A life is a life!  Each individual has the right to live without fear of someone else taking their life.  However, I also believe that we have the right to defend ourselves and right now our country is in dire straights to survive the mayhem all around us.   I don’t believe we have to sit back and accept the fear and terrorism going on all around us!

I am not on a rant! I just hurt in my heart that there is so much anger, strife, destruction and selfishness being exhibited in today’s world.  However we managed to get here – to this place in time – I think we should be going out of our way to help make someone else’s life a bit more enjoyable.  So let’s do just that this season in time.

Let’s set aside our own selfishness (we all have it)!

Let’s be a blessing to someone else!

Let’s show our humanity!

HOW DO YOU WANT TO LIVE?

 

Writing – What a Wonderful Life

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Can I express myself?  Most often pretty succinctly – most easily on a piece of paper.  I love to write – every day – multiple times, sometimes about nothing and then again about everything!  It helps me vent and be aware of my innermost feelings.  What I really love is when the writing takes over and you don’t know the story until you read it later.  That is my favorite kind of writing because it feels the most naturally expressive.  I’m sure there is some kind of fancy name for that kind of writing – I don’t know what it is but I love doing it.

I just want to write!  I try to find a niche that I am most comfortable in and I find all of them at one time or another useful, depending on my type of  expressions.  It seems to me that real-life incidents trigger the emotional depth I like to express in most of my writing.  Sometimes I want to be silly, sometimes I want to be descriptive, sometimes I want to be factual and I always want to be encouraging.  Words.jpgWords are so very important to life itself.  We need to be watchful however of how we use words.  I believe words should be uplifting, encouraging, healing, inspirational, hopeful and fun.  I try to complete even my rants on a positive note.  I am conscious of others’ feelings in a way that even when telling someone the truth about a serious subject (maybe their words or something resulting from their own behavior) that I leave them with a hopeful outlook.

I don’t ever want to be considered a “know-it-all”, self-righteous, condescending or unfeeling.  I just want to help someone else see the rainbow beyond the clouds.  Now don’t get me wrong, I know that not everything spoken is going to “mend the world” or even make it a “better place.”  Neither do I want to appear to have all the answers to everyone’s dilemma or the solution to the world’s problems – I just want to make a difference and for that difference to be a positive one!

There is so much hopelessness in the world today.  I want to help and I know that I cannot help everyone BUT . . . I do know that I can help someone!  I firmly believe that life is what it is and there are some things we cannot change, no matter how much we hope, pray, cry, plead, holler, cuss or berate the situation.  So many things are out of our control and we are just along for the ride.  We might as well make the best of it and keep looking for the silver lining in the dirty, grey, black, ominous clouds overhead.

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At least for me – – – that’s the way it works!  I try to find the beauty in everything and maybe that makes me a dreamer.  I would guess that I would rather be a dreamer than give up!  Tomorrow is another day, a new chance to make right decisions, fix wrongs and keep going.  Maybe my writing helps me do that.  I’m not sure – most feedback I get is encouraging and of course I always run into life’s doom-sayers, but you can’t keep me down and if I can help you get back up to your feet through my words, I will breathe my last breath trying!

Coyotes, Cougars & Bears, oh my!

       THANK GOD FOR OUR GUARD DOGS!       GuardDogsLast night was a really wild night.  It seemed like the dogs were practicing their barking skills all night long.  There are so many times we get up from watching TV or get back out of bed to check the fields around our house because of the tumult they cause in the middle of the night.  Sometimes we think they are just playing a game, are bored, or scared, or lonely and need something to do.

Inevitably on the nights we are so sure they are just causing a commotion, we find telltale paw prints the next morning – a lot closer to home than we would like to have them.  Once again such was the case Thursday night – big coyote tracks breaking through the frozen snow inside the fenced pastures, venturing close to our goats was a clear indication that we had visitors – even though we humans could not spot them!  Chloe, our Maremma herd dog, barked herself silly all night long, but she knew what she was doing.  If not for her protecting those goats, more than likely we would have been missing someone from the herd this morning.

But we know now – after our discovery – that she was hard at work making sure the coyotes stayed a safe distance from our small herd of goats.  We have seven young goats and seven adult goats.  They all have horns so they are somewhat able to defend themselves and yet coyotes are known to be very determined, especially working as a group.

I am sure that Chloe spent much of her evening doing exactly what she was bred to do and we didn’t have to teach her anything.  When we got her, we put her in with the goats and they became her family.  She eats, sleeps, plays and coyoteguards them with her life.  We often find it humorous because when we go out to feed them, she even tries to eat the hay we put into their feeder.  The look on her face is priceless as she looks at us with hay hanging from both sides of her mouth, as if to say:  “I sure don’t understand how these goats think this is such a fantastic meal that they push and shove one another out of the way when Dad brings us dinner.”

This is not the first time she has protected them from predators.  A couple of summers ago we had a huge mama cougar sleeping on a lower branch of one of our pine trees.

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It was so arrogant that it just lolled away time on the branch not even  100 yards from where the goats were grazing in the pasture.  Hubby finally took aim at it with his .223 and scared it away.  He didn’t have a cougar tag then but we have learned that we get one every year now because the cougars don’t seem to be even a little afraid of us.  They just lie there and watch us as we go about our chores.  I guess we have been pretty fortunate that they have not been starving or we probably would have had more of a problem.

Finally, to round things out as far as variety, we have had several visits from the neighborhood bears as well.  They seem to have been young and not particularly large, but a threat even at that.  bearThere was a small one standing upright in the road just above our driveway three years ago, a fairly large one charged our fence  in the feed lot two years back and again just the other night my husband could smell one in the pasture below the barn, near the creek.

So far we have been fortunate enough that we have not lost any of our animals.  There are not just goats to be concerned about.  We also have 40+ chickens, eight turkeys, two cats and a house dog.  Between the two guard dogs, Chloe (Maremma) and Rambo (Great Pyrenees), things around here have been pretty well protected.  We figure it is a pretty fair trade-off (the barking for the safety) but I’m not sure the neighbors would agree.  Although when you stop to think about it – the dogs are actually protecting other residents as well as ourselves.  So we are hoping they will give us some grace with our alarm system!

On the Road Again!

Yep, I’m on the road to recovery!  I came home on Friday (11/27) and have been working at recovering ever since.  Oh, come on now I know it isn’t going to happen overnight!  I’m actually doing rather well at this point.

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It has been a few days of increased pain and some extra pain medicine, but today is by far the most encouraging day I’ve had.  I took a pain pill about 2:30 AM and I have not had one since then.  I am doing very well and being very happy about it.

Yesterday was my first date with my home physical therapist.  What a nice man, but how cruel!  Just joking my friends – he gave me some exercises and I did fairly well with them and announced that he would see me again on Thursday for some more fun and games.  Most of the exercises were rather easy but of course – no pain, no gain – right?  There are a couple that I will be working on for some time to come and I must say that I am not ready for that quite yet!

My entire left leg is a myriad of colors from grayish green to a deep blue and a bit of red sprinkled throughout.  And sore – well that isn’t even the word for it.  But, I know it will heal and I must say that I am able to tell the difference between this temporary healing pain and the excruciating long-term activity pain I have been dealing with for the last year.  I waited too long to do something about it and now I’m rejoicing that it is finally over and this too shall pass!

My strength will increase, the bruises will fade and I will be ready to rock and roll.  Literally – – rock and roll!  My greatest desire has been to be able to dance once again and I am able to envision it already.  So hang in there with me and I may even post a picture of that achievement by summer!

Thanks for all the encouraging words and your friendship – you are a great bunch of “behind the scenes” friends!  Have a great day and I’ll be talking at you later.

Pain, More Pain & Then More Pain

Well, Thanksgiving Day came and went without me because I had a little set-back at the hospital in the Pain Department.  I experienced a whole new level of discomfort and paid the price for several days.

I was able to make it home on Friday – after being painfully sandwiched into my silver Subaru (gently by my husband and the nurse) and then rolled from one side of the seat to the other as we negotiated the hills and curves of Hwy 97 on the way back to Goldendale.  My sweet husband talking non-stop all the way to tell me of all the things I had been missing since going into the hospital – (honey, I really don’t care – just get me home alive – NOW!)

Hubby had stopped at the grocery store and the pharmacy before he picked me up at the hospital and then we had to drop some things off at our extra freezer.   He mentioned that my panting reminded him of a woman having a baby – I was just trying to stay sane on the ride home!  Once we left the neighbor’s house we got to experienced the 4-wheel drive road up to our home for the last 1-1/2 miles.  Bounce, jerk, cry, pant, moan, brace yourself for the next pothole and on it went.  Seemed like another hour before we made it to the driveway and parked the car.

My husband is hurrying as fast as he can to get me out of the car and the guard dogs are doing their guard dog thing around me (sniffing, eyeballing, whining and wanting to be petted).  So – now for the final stage of Friday’s helping of pain.  Open the passenger door and try to figure out how to un-sandwich myself  from my silver Subaru.  My husband is reaching for my leg and I am panicking because I know it has to move really slowly and he just wants to help me out of the car as quickly as possible.  He now is holding the walker and pulling on my arm and I am not bending as easily as we think it should be.  Then . . . in VERY slow motion I am able to wiggle the foot on my sore leg to a position where it may or may not make it out of the car.  Pant, pant, pant, cry, moan, curse and then plead for mercy!  I wish I could make up my mind – I just want out of the damn car and I want out now!

FINALLY I GET BOTH FEET OUT OF THE CAR – Hallelujah, celebration time and a happy dance if I  could manage it.  I’m still alive and things are looking up for me.  Now I only have 18 steps to get into the house and then into the recliner from which I don’t ever plan on moving again as long as I live!

I’m alive, I’m still in one piece, I have not torn out all of my hair and I can even manage a smile at my poor frazzled husband.  Now I can “relax” and heal at home.  Tomorrow is another day and I will have a better outlook!

Time Provided – My New Knee

Not that anyone really cares about my new knee except me, but I am excited and a little bit nervous about this operation!

WHY AM I EXCITED?  

  1. I have needed this done for over 12 years.  Originally docs told me I   was too young and to wait until I could not stand the pain anymore.
  2.  I have finally reached my pain limit and it is time to do this – NOW!
  3.  I will now have time to write, write, write and read, read, read!
  4.  I need some time off to “relax” doing what I love to do – write.
  5. I can stay in my jammies all day if I want to – make breakfast when I feel like it and don’t have to rush off to the office.

WHY AM I NERVOUS?

  1. I don’t like pain and I know I am still going to have some until I get healed up completely.
  2. I might go crazy staying home all the time and not being able to get up and go whenever I feel like it.
  3. I have down-sized my business so that I can handle everything from home and I have ALWAYS worked.  This will be a whole new concept for me – just doing whatever I want, whenever I want.  Kind of sounds like fun – – but I’m not sure!
  4. I have never spent every waking moment with my husband – am I ready for this?
  5. I’m retirement age – how did that happen?  I think it sneaked up on me and caught me off guard.

So there it is folks – retirement, relaxation at home??? and surgery.  Just what we all have been striving for since we started working.  Except for the surgery part.  Everyone I have talked with tells me that I will be glad I got the surgery done and that I will be up and around in no time (6 weeks).

We will see how much I enjoy all of this.

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I will keep you updated!

Gift Time Suggestions

Lin has her first published book…so exciting! She has a very good way with words, and her story of faith in God is truly amazing! “Hanging By A Thread” is a perfect title for this book. – NC from Goldendale, WA

HangingISBN #978-1500508135

You might want to check out this quick read for a family member or friend.  Find it on Amazon.com.  Great little gift / stocking stuffer.  It is a true story relating a real-life crisis!  God is soooo good!

Another quick read for children’s bed-time or nap-time filled with adventure, action and a moral to boot!  This book is also on Amazon.com.

ZipperISBN #978-1500659684

Take a minute to check them out – you may find one of them to be a perfect fit for someone on your list.  AND – of course – I would appreciate your passing this on.