Name for What Ails Me

I finally saw my doctor this morning. The appointment was made several weeks ago. This was the earliest one I could get.

So now I have a name for what ails me. She said my lungs seem clear but there’s still some swelling in my nose and sinus area so what I have is allergies and a sinus infection. Antibiotics have been prescribed. One of my medications which is VERY expensive has been changed to a less expensive one. So I’m off to pick up my medicines and hopefully finally get over this mess.

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Easter Weekend

This is Easter weekend. Do you have special plans?

Last night (Good Friday) I attended a musical program at the First Baptist Church in Fenton. Their choir did the program. I was quite impressed with the quality of voices in this choir.

The program alternated Scripture readings with songs. Some of the songs were hymns I haven’t heard much in more recent years. It was good to hear them again, especially sung by excellent singers. The narrator did a superb job of reading as did the “characters” who were choir members as best I could tell. The narrator, for example, would read up to “Jesus said” and at that point whoever he was speaking to read his/her part. It was very well done.

There was one amusing thing, to me. This church evidently has an Amen Corner because after every song a deep-voiced man would say, “Amen.” I never spotted who the man was but you could count on that Amen resounding at the end of each song.

Tomorrow I hope to feel well enough to attend service at my own church. It will be followed by an Easter egg hunt for the younger children. That reminds me of the Easter egg hunts we had when I was a child. I’m not sure how it happened but my mother got the job of boiling and dyeing 12 dozen eggs each year for the church’s egg hunt. This year they are using plastic eggs, much easier.

I’m going to treat myself to lunch at Fazoli’s in Arnold after church. The rest of the day is open.

Happy Easter!

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Pondering Marathons

With all the coughing, sneezing, etc., I haven’t had much time to think about a blog post.  But the comments on the radio about the Boston Marathon have me pondering marathons.  Where did marathons get started?  When?  Who ran the first one?  Who determined the length?  Who decided to turn a marathon into a fund raiser? 

When I feel better I want to Google the subject but if you know the answers, please leave them in a comment.

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Coughing Still and Taxes

I feel like I must have the plague! This cough which has been hanging around for the better part of two months decided I needed to reminded of what it feels like to try to cough up a lung. Seeing my doctor isn’t really feasible. I already called the last time the cough strengthened and the earliest appointment I could get was April 22. At this point I’m not sure if I want to get over this by then or have it hang around so the doctor will take my complaint seriously when I finally show up. Oh, well, whatever doesn’t kill us only makes us stronger.

On a brighter note, I got a call from the accountant’s office today. My taxes are complete. Then I got an email with copies of the paperwork attached. I’ve just printed them out so I should be good to go.

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Spring is definitely making its presence known. My daffodils are blooming. They look so cheerful. They are planted near the base of the ornamental pear tree. It was a shock when I noticed that it appears to be dead. Since things haven’t bloomed on schedule this year, I’ll wait a while longer before I decide if it needs to come down.

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Ten on Tuesday

One of the blogs I read regularly posts a Ten on Tuesday topic. I rarely pay much attention other than reading her list but today’s topic caught my eye. She asked us what 10 foods go together. So here’s what I came up with:

1. Bacon and eggs and toast
2. Peanut butter and jelly
3. Crackers and cheese
4. Mashed potatoes and gravy
5. Burgers and fries
6. Liver and onions
7. Grilled cheese sandwich and cream of tomato soup
8. Fish and chips
9. Pasta (any kind) and salad
10. Pie and ice cream

What are your ten?

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Interesting Weekend

How is your weekend progressing? Mine is proving to be interesting.

It started last night with the monthly travelogue. The subject was the Himalayas and the lecturers (there were two) were interesting. I did have a chuckle when I noticed a man sitting in front of me drape his coat across himself and lean his head on the chair back. I think he was settling in for a nap.

I was meant to attend a rehearsal at the Symphony this morning. However, when I woke I was in a lot of pain — that happens when I don’t get enough sleep or not enough good quality sleep — and since I’m going to the actual program tonight, I went back to bed and skipped the rehearsal.

This afternoon was the annual “social” of our Women’s Ministry group at church. It was held at a French restaurant. The food, as you would expect, was delicious and the desserts were picture pretty. The invited speaker was most interesting. She had been a missionary in Pakistan for 18 years. Then she and her husband were in Sri Lanka and Hong Kong and I don’t know where all. They are currently working in the U.S. with an effort to reach all the international people who come to the U.S. but who aren’t Christians.

She made it sound so easy to do this. She encouraged simply being a friend. She pointed us to a website,, where we could find Bible studies and other materials in a wide variety of languages. These can be printed and given to the non-English speaking people you meet.

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