Friday, November 30, 2012

Around the park

Riding my bike around today, I took this picture a a very tall Saguaro cactus. It’s a bit unusual that the arms are growing so close to the trunk of the cactus.P1000120

Someone is missing!!! P1000122

Saturday, November 24, 2012

It’s beginning to look a lot like..

P1000053These snowflakes are lights…. blue lights.Christmas decorations adorn the Activity Hall.




See… blue lights.P1000079

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I’m still looking for something that resembles Jesus and His birth in the decorations in this park.

Memorial for Mr. Weaver

We never knew this gentleman, but were told that he loved to sail. He sure looks the part in this picture. “The Old Man and The Sea” come to mind.a picture of a picture of J.J. & DeWayne Weaver... he looks like the old man in the sea.

Mr. Weaver’s widow asked Don to participate in her late husband’s memorial service today. P1000059

I seem to be partial to a man in a cowboy hat. Must be the Texas cowgirl in me. ;-)  DeWayne Manix Weaver

The memorial service begin with the posting of the Color Guard and presentation of the flag to Mrs. Weaver.P1000060 P1000067 P1000068

Duane sings.Duane singing

Don prays and gives the eulogy written by Mrs. Weaver. Don - eulogy.

(He’s so handsome.) P1000075

Mrs. Weaver’s very good friend spoke, as did a few other of Mr. Weaver’s friends. P1000086

Duane & Claudette sang the Lord’s Prayer. Both have great voices. They will be singing at our Christmas Eve service on Dec. 23rd. I know, that’s Christmas Eve eve.  P1000090

The memorial service ended with the playing of TAPS. Taps

J.J., Mrs. Weaver, loved and thanked Don for his part in the service.Don and J.J. Weaver

(a repost from a social network )


I destroy homes, tear families apart,
take your children, and that's just the start.oxy1
I'm more costly than diamonds, more costly than gold,
the sorrow I bring is a sight to behold,
and if you need me, remember I'm easily found.
I live all around you, in schools and in town.
I live with the rich, I live with the poor,
I live down the street, and maybe next door.

My power is awesome; try me you'll see,
but if you do, you may never break free.

Just try me once and I might let you go,
but try me twice, and I'll own your soul.

When I possess you, you'll steal and you'll lie.
You do what you have to just to get high.
The crimes you'll commit, for my narcotic charms
will be worth the pleasure you'll feel in your arms.

You'll lie to your mother; you'll steal from your dad.
When you see their tears, you should feel sad.

valium But you'll forget your morals and how you were raised,
I'll be your conscience, I'll teach you my ways.

I take kids from parents, and parents from kids,
I turn people from God, and separate from friends. k0129287

I'll take everything from you, your looks and your pride,
I'll be with you always, right by your side.

You'll give up everything your family, your home,
your friends, your money, then you'll be alone. s-ADDICTION-large300

I'll take and take, till you have nothing more to give.
When I'm finished with you you'll be lucky to live.

If you try me be warned this is no game.
If given the chance, I'll drive you insane.

I'll ravish your body; I'll control your mind.
I'll own you completely; your soul will be mine. 00733CS-U

The nightmares I'll give you while lying in bed,
the voices you'll hear from inside your head,
the sweats, the shakes, the visions you'll see;
I want you to know, these are all gifts from me,

But then it's too late, and you'll know in your heart,
that you are mine, and we shall not part.


You'll regret that you tried me, they always do,
but you came to me, not I to you.


You knew this would happen. Many times you were told,
but you challenged my power, and chose to be bold.

You could have said no, and just walked away,
If you could live that day over, now what would you say?

I'll be your master; you will be my slave,
I'll even go with you, when you go to your grave.

Now that you have met me , what will you do?
Will you try me or not? Its all up to you.

I can bring you more misery than words can tell.

Come take my hand, let me lead you to hell...

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In less than one year… 

[The above mug pictures from this website.]

Friday, November 23, 2012

Health tip…

I’m pretty intentional about being healthy.  That’s why I pH Body Rescuetake Body Rescue Alkaline Booster pH Protector Drops in my water to keep my pH highly alkaline as most diseases and viruses cannot live in an alkaline environment.

And it is cheap!!!  I got the pH testing strips, too. A reading between 6.5 and 7.5 is good.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

My day started with this awesome “Thanksgiving” devotional.

Don finally found the hospital where Mick Barnhill was taken yesterday afternoon, so we headed out a little before noon to see him and Donna.On our way to see Mick Barnhill at the hospital... jets were streaking up the sky.

We are so grateful for God’s love and faithfulness when we pray. We got a knock on the Q door last night and Donna said, "We need prayer and a touch from God!" Her husband, Mick, had taken a bicycle fall and was in the hospital with a hematoma on one of his kidneys and other complications. He is also a heart patient and he was in danger of losing a kidney as he was bleeding and they were trying to get that stopped.  Really hard to do when taking Coumadin. We begin to pray, first with Donna and then throughout the night. Just now, we have returned from the hospital where Mick is in ICU. Praise God, he feels much better today and his color is good. Hematoma is still present and they are diligently working to dissolve it. We are so blessed to have the privilege of praying with and for Mick and Donna. Prayer partners, we appreciate your prayers for them, as well.

Small hospital in Apache Junction, but very nice.

Throughout the day, I have posted or retrieved pictures from FaceBook as we are all enumerating the things we are ever so grateful and thankful to God for.

First, I am thankful for my preacher-man husband and the ministry God has given us to do in the RV community.Don computing

Here’s a couple of pictures I posted on InstaGram for my grandkids, wishing them a Happy Thanksgiving.LaVon 2LaVon

I am so happy and thankful that my two beautiful daughters and their families are spending the Thanksgiving holiday together in Oklahoma.Les & Nae 2

Leslie posted this picture of adoring cousins, Camden and Lydia… precious grandchildren.Lydia & Camden

Stephanie posted pictures, too!  I made this collage of the pictures she posted.  We had fun texting with them. Stephanie texted me; I read to Don; we all laughed and had a great time.  So grateful for technology and family.Vaughans

Aren’t they handsome and beautiful?!!! Rick without his Black Friday hat. :-)Rick & Steve

About 3:30 PM, it was time for us to go to the Activity Hall for the park Thanksgiving pot luck and turkey dinner.


Ann and Ray sat down at our table, Ann beside me and a new friendship was born!  Love her!  Ann & LaVon 1

I love this picture of Ann.  Isn’t she cute?!!!LaVon and new friend, Ann!

Just a sampling of the 225 plus residents in the hall for the dinner.


The food, as usual for these get-togethers, was delicious.

This is Don’s plate:Don's plate.He also had a piece of pumpkin pie.

This is my plate:  LaVon's plateNo dessert for me.  Well, I had my frozen Dutch chocolate shake about two hours before lunch.

Back at the Q, we finished off this beautiful day with football game watching.  The Cowboys almost had a successful come-back.  We are usually Cowboy fans, but we are also RGIII fans and he’s the QB for the Redskins.  Wish the Cowboys had him.

It’s also weird to not be watching Texas vs. Texas A&M, a long time Thanksgiving Day tradition gone bye-bye.

We are so thankful for the privilege of enjoying this Thanksgiving Day.  I hope you enjoy the first Thanksgiving Day proclamation as much as I did and I pray our nation returns to this reverence and acknowledgement of God.

Thanksgiving Proclamation
[New York, 3 October 1789]
By the President of the United States of America [George Washington], a Proclamation.
Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor-- and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee request
ed me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.
Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be-- That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks--for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation--for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war--for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed--for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted--for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions-- to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually--to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed--to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord--To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us--and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

“How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house” (Ps. 36:7-8).