Monday, January 25, 2010

" It Seems Like a Long Time "

Well I have to say that it seems like a long time since I've blogged and I've really missed it. I believe that there is an old song sung by Rod Steward that is titled " Seems Like a Long Time ", and that song is what I am hearing as I type this.

As you know Kate and I ave both been sick. Katie is feeling better but still can't breath out of her right nostril so tomorrow is the day we go to see the Ear,Nose and Throat doctor to find out why.

I too have been much better but have acquired a ringing in my left ear for nine days now and it's not going away. I will mention this when we go, to see if I too may need an appointment. Or perhaps it's something that I'll just have to get used to.

I have been very busy this past week catching up on work at home, church and my peoples house that I clean. It was three weeks since I was able to clean their home so I just took my time.

Oh and my wonderful and handsome son had turned me on to a " Netti Pot " when my sinuses were so bad and I co
uld not breath. This was wonderful and made me feel 95% better and completely cleared me up.
I would highly recommend the use of this. I went and brought my son a cinnamon roll and a Mountain Dew as a thank you to him while he was a work!

So yesterday was the first Sunday that I had been back to church since my mom passed away. I have been wanting to go back sooner, but if I would have went last week as sick as I was I probably would have scared people! I took some notes while I was there yesterday. I went alone as Jake had to leave earlier and Kate had spent the night at a friends house.
The following is a bit of what I wrote of my feelings while there.

As I sit here in my church home, the first time since my mother's passing, I can't help but feeling a little sad as she would sometimes come with me. I am sitting by myself feeling empty, lonely and melancholy. I am hoping by sitting through this service to gain some sort of comfort.

Our pastor opened the service by singing with his guitar, " How Great Thou Art ". I found it difficult to hold back the tears as it was both mom's and my favorite hymn. Pastor sang this at her wake.

Our opening hymn was " Lord, Open Now My Heart to Hear " which also seemed quite appropriate. We used " Matins " for the order of service and then heard the readings.

Nehemiah 8:1-3,5-6,8-10
1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
Luke 4:16-30

Our next hymn was " By Grace I'm Saved " in which the sixth verse of the song really tugged at my heart:
By Grace! On this I'll rest while dying; in Jesus promise I rejoice!
For though I know my hearts condition, I also know my saviors voice.
My heart is glad, all grief has flown since I am saved by grace alone.

So by the end of the service I truly did feel happy that I went. And yes I did have people giving their condolences to me but I handled it just fine. I don't think that I could have done as well a month ago.

Jake felt bad that he couldn't be there with me but it was o.k.
I was o.k.

So I guess we could say that I am back in the saddle again! I am taking a day for myself today. I'm not going anywhere. I am going to stay home and do whatever I feel like doing. I may even start baby Jacks quilt again today. I haven't touched it since November and it was supposed to be a Christmas gift.

Life does have a funny way of moving on with or without you. So I guess I'm going to start moving on with it.


Dee said...

Hi Friends, I am glad you are feeling better and that you are starting to move forward with your life.The lord will help you. :) I like your new profile picture. We have similar hair styles. In reference to your comment about getting closer to seeing the inside of the old church...I would love togo inside, but there is a no trespassing sign and I fear the building is past being safe to enter. I may get brave this Summer when no one is around and take a peek through the window. I found a few more buildings and hopefully will post them this week. I am having fun with it...and that is what is important to me about blogging. Fun and friends.

Diana said...

Hi Dee,
I would have a difficult time NOT at least peeking through the window! I love seeing old buildings such as these! Love Di

Anvilcloud said...

When I had what you have (I guess), my left ear was plugged for a month. Antibiotics helped a lot -- eventually.

Eileen said...

'Love this post, Di!
And I think it's good you went by yourself to church, I think in times like these we need to be by ourselves sometimes to reflect, and just feel what we're feeling without the distraction of even loved ones nearby.

"How Great Thou Art" was my grandmother's favorite song too, and my Dad asked to have it sung at her funeral. I always feel like it's a little 'shout out' from her from Heaven whenever I hear it. And now I'll think of you and your Mom too and say a little prayer every time I hear it.

I loved the story of your son and that was sweet of you to drop by to give him a cinnamon roll and Mountain Dew!

I hope Katie finally gets better and I hope you do too! This has been some winter so far for you guys with sickness!
We've been okay here except my son Erik, his wife Lori, and Mia have been down and out with a virus. Mia has been throwing up for almost a week now! It's subsiding but I think her stomach is so used to turning over that anytime she eats now she's automatically getting rid of it! Poor thing. She told Lori, "Mommy, I don't want to throw up anymore, make it stop!"

I'm glad that you are taking up Jack's quilt again. And I love what you said about life moving on with or without us. So true.

Love to you,
PS ~ You had me hysterical on Facebook with your message to me to get off the farm and leave you a message! I could not stop laughing! Which reminds me I better go milk my cows!

Barb said...

Hi Di, I was wondering where you were! I really like your last two lines - so true for all of us. I hope you get some good news at the DR. Poor Katie and poor you - it's time to feel well again!

Tranquility Speaks said...

I am very happy to know you're getting better Diana! And I am glad you went to church too. The holy lord doesn't desert anyone, and life isn't cruel. He watches over you. Loads of hugs to you and much love

Bernie said...

Good for you, sometimes we just have to put ourselves out there and do it even when we don't want to.
I hope you and Katie feel better soon, that horrible cold is everywhere it seems.
Yes as hard as it is the world goes on no matter what and we all need to get busy being busy if we want to be a part of it.
Enjoy your day sweetie....Hugs

Bill ~ {The Old Fart} said...

Hi Di, glad you are feeling a bit better and you were able to go to church. My Mum liked the Hymn How Great Thou Art as well, and it is also one of my favorites. I enjoyed reading about your day in church, I felt good as I read this.

I am asking God to send his Angels to watch over you and Kate tomorrow when you go see the Specialist. Liked the Cartoon.

linda said...

Such truth in this post does have a way of moving on, with or without us. We've all had trials and I find that after my little pity party is over, I'd rather move on with the world than be left behind. So glad you are feeling better and moving forward. It sure does take time but it seems we instinctively know when to move on. Possibly the Holy Spirit giving us a nudge!?!

I'm staying inside today too and doing a few things that need to get done. I think this will be the last full week of my disability leave and will probably be going back to work sometime next week. There are a few things I want to finish up.

Take care and talk with you soon!

Diana said...

Hi AC,
I've taken all of the antibiotics and my ear is still ringing, yuck!
Love Di

Diana said...

Hi Eileen,
Poor Mia, I think everyone I know around here has been sick. Than they get better and get it again. Will the cycle never end?
I love going to church Eileen but I really like when someone goes with me. Jake hates missing out but thats just the way his job is.
All that I did today was cook dinner!
Love Di

Diana said...

Hi Barb,
I'm not looking forward to going to the doc tomorrow but at the same time want to know whats going on! It's been long enough already!
Love Di

Diana said...

Hi Tranquility,
I hope that you aren't working to hard and that you had a good visit with your sister. I will go and visit your blog! Love Di

Diana said...

Hi Bernie,
It was like falling backward knowing that God would be there to catch me! I think they call that Faith!
Love Di

Diana said...

Hi Bill,
That has always been my favorite hymn and can rarely, rarely sing the entire hymn without getting choked up! I'll let you know about the doctor. Love Di

Diana said...

Hi Linda,
I had all of these great intentions for today and ended up napping and just cooking dinner! I hope that you are able to finish all that you need to get done today!
Love Di

Teacher's Pet said...

Hi Di...I came here twice. I couldn't comment the first time. I wanted to 'take it all in.' And I did.
I'm smiling as I think of the song that was sung at church...knowing that it was sung at your Mom's wake. What a tender and special moment all in one for you that must have been. "Then Sings My Soul...My Savior God to Thee...How Great Thou Art...How Great Thou Art."
I'm so glad that you were able to handle the condolences offered. That would be hard for me...but I know that you handled it with the love and graciousness that I have come to know and love about you, Di. I'm glad that you were able to be at the service on Sunday. I'm very glad that you are back in the saddle. Feel a big hug from me, OK?

Mar said...

Hi Di. Good to hear that you are feeling better and able to join your friends and family at church. Hard times are easier to bear when you have a place that feeds your soul. Stay well, stay safe. <3 Mar

Jenny said...

Hi Di, glad that you are on the mend...I've heard great things about those Neti pots! Glad found some relief with one. And some comfort for your soul at church!

Wanda said...

Hi Di...Hope that ringing stops soon, my husband has had that and it can be a real bother. Granddaughter Katie had a blocked sinus once, which eventually led to a simple surgery, so hope Kate's clears up with medication.I know of but have never used a netti pot, but I do buy Ocean Breeze Saline Solution and use it every winter. A doctor suggested it's use and I haven't had a cold since and it's been several years. I'm wondering if it's the reason!

I have Elvis Presley's version of "How Great Thou Art" is a favorite.
I'm glad you're feeling better Di...

Maria said...

Hi Diana!
I love your new picture!
You look great!

My sister and father use a Netti pot and swear by it.

Diana, when you described your moments at church ~ I felt as though I was standing next to you~ I could hear the song in my heart ... a song that brings the soul to worship~
Although it's been 31 years, I can still hear my mother's "singing voice."
♫ There must be music in heaven ♫
~take care dear heart~

Rebecca said...

"Moving on" with life need not erase the past, methinks. You can carry the good with you as you go. Isn't that wonderful!

My husband and I looked up the OTHER song you mentioned - By Grace I'm Saved. We read through all the verses. He's going to use this the next time he visits a lady who is in her final days. (He visited her today and her husband asked him to do the funeral.) It is SO comforting. We love the old Lutheran songs - the words are new to us, but not the message! GRACE!

I'm praying for healing & relief for your aggravating symptoms, Diane.