Monday, September 8, 2014

Catching up

Now that summer has officially come to an end up here in the northern woods, I am once again turning my attention back to this blog.
We have had our share of weird weather here in Northern Michigan, but over all it was a pretty decent summer.
I am really not a fan of summer myself, but we had a pretty busy and fun time visiting with friends and family and going to some of our favorite places, as well as finding a couple new ones along the way!
It’s funny how many times either Jeff or I would snap a picture and say: “Hey, that would be nice for a blog post.”
So, here are a few snapshots from the past couple of months or so…

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This baby gosling struggled to follow its family at the hotel where we stayed for Sam’s bridal shower last June.
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Three things that a person with vertigo should never do:

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1. Walk in the sand  along the edge of a wave while trying not to fall over onto the people sunbathing on the windy shoreline of Lake Michigan! (*note…I was tempting fate by wearing a wig that day!)
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2. Walking out on a long pier to stand at the edge of a lighthouse, while looking up into the sky to get a close-up of a seagull that stayed suspended in midair just over my head….
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3. walking along a very precarious looking swinging bridge in a little park we found!

Some new friends I met

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This little guy stopped what he was doing to pose for me.

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I asked this lady if I could take her picture…She was concerned about the  can of soda ruining the shot because it was not befitting the period. We chatted for a bit, and I almost got talked into volunteering for the next festival.

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Here are a few more characters in period costumes. The stew that the woman was cooking smelled wonderful!

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Imagine my surprise when I knelt down to get a better shot of this young wolf….
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When she jumped up and ran straight for me…I never did get that close-up, as it was kinda hard to do with a wolf licking my face and wanting a belly rub! I chatted with her owner and learned the wolf’s name is Gala-la-ni` and she is a 9 month old mixed timber wolf and Alaskan grey wolf.

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And I will wrap this part of my post  up with our little hike through Hartwick Pines National forest last Saturday…
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where we paid a visit to our favorite little chapel in the pines.

There’s more to share with you, things that I did not get a picture of, but are worth writing about here.

 There was the day my friend Ellen stopped by and we went for a walk together around the neighborhood. I think I settled her concern for my health on that walk, as I insisted that we go for a much longer walk than what she is normally used to, and she was surprised to find that she needed to pick up her pace a little to keep up, and by the time we got back to my house…I was not the least bit winded! I had to apologize to her for the extended distance and increased pace…but since I got most of my strength back after so long without it…Well, it’s pretty wonderful to be able to feel that freedom again!

And I recently had the sweetest surprise lunch date with my friend Deb…She called me with a plan to grab lunch and head to the lake together…Unfortunately, a severe storm started up just as we were leaving, and we had to turn around and eat our lunch here…but it turned out to be a blessed time of fellowship with a friend whom I adore, but because of her own health problems recently, we had not seen one another since before I was diagnosed. Before she left, I hugged her and thanked her for taking me out into a dangerous storm…LOL!

My best friend Brenda whom I have mentioned on here a time or two also came up from Ohio with her three teen-aged daughters…We had a wonderful visit, and I learned that her oldest girl, 17 years old was running in two cancer races in my honor …I am very honored indeed!

Also, our neighbor who lives in Arizona but owns the little cabin next door is here for a visit.  She was surprised to learn that I had been through cancer surgery and treatment. I explained how sorry I was that I did not call her to let her know, but at the time it was very difficult to break the news to people. She understood, and then surprised me with another big hug…She said she was even more happy to see me now, I replied that I was happy to still be here to see her too!
I also want to share with you another huge blessing…
As you may or may not know, I have played The Sims PC game for a number of years…Last year around this time I prayed whether or not the Lord wanted me to continue spending time playing that game. I was lead to Google the words Christian Simmers and immediately I found a site that looked like it had been designed especially for me…I could not believe that it had existed for such a long time and I had never known about it until then!
Since then I have forged some very close friendships especially with a small group of other Christian women, and I have been creating sim houses and stories etc..on the site. These ladies, like all of you have walked right along beside me through this whole cancer journey, and have held me in their prayers along with you. I am continually surprised at the way the Lord brings us all together.
I even met one of my favorite game modders (someone who writes code for creating special affects in a game) She is a fellow Michigander…A very sweet and generous Christian lady of whom I have admired her work for many years now. And she is now a good friend of mine as well.
Each of the administrators of that site have wonderful testimonies of how God is using them to minister to others through a computer game…Without them, there is a whole group of people who may never hear the Word of God…people from all over the world who play this popular game. I have seen them in action…It is a good ministry that I am honored to be associated with. And while I am very cautious about who or what I get involved with online…I feel very safe there as the administrators do not tolerate anything that is less than God honoring on the site…In fact, I was amazed at just how quickly they were able to isolate a problem poster and shut them down from posting further.  Our youngest member is only 12 years old from Romania, and we all watch out for her like a bunch of over protective mothers and grandmothers…her mother is a single mom who works a lot, and the girl spends most of her time online on our site where she knows she is loved and adored!

Well, that is about all for today…I hope to be doing more updates now that everything is slowing down around here…I will be back with another update after I see my oncologist this Friday.

~BLESSINGS & LOVE~
and remember, we are…
~NEVER FORSAKEN~

15 comments:

Sharon said...

It is always a pleasure to catch up with you and your life. Sounds like it's been a busy time, and that's good. It means that you've been able to do many things. And I so enjoyed the photos that you shared. That knotty pine cottage?? Oh, I would love that look!

I will eagerly look forward to an update from your oncologist. I have faith that it will be nothing but very good news. Do you know the reason for your vertigo yet?

Have a wonderful week - good health, good times, and may the good Lord bless you!

Never Forsaken said...

Hi Sharon, I don't know what is causing the vertigo. My oncologist told me that it is likely from an inner ear thing, but that didn't seem to show in the MRI as far as what I read from the report. He also said it could just be me. I heard menopause and pre-menopaus can also cause it.
I spend a day with my youngest daughter last week, and she does it to (lose balance) I realize that two of my 3 girls do it...so it might be they inherited it from me, and for me it was made worse from the pre-menopause/menopause.
The brain lesion (according to the report) may be likely from uncontrolled high blood pressure. Ironicly before th ecancer diagnosis, I was taken off BP medication cause it was doing so well...hahaha, it has been through the roof ever since!

Lisa in Texas = ) said...

So great to see you post and all your photos of your grand adventures! Praying all goes well at your Dr appointment on Friday. :O)

Alex said...

Hello Lisa,
I know I have been out of the loop for a while, but I was VERY glad to read all your end of summer news.
Isn't it wonderful that you have your strength back to go for longer walks?
May you have a blessed Autumn!
x

Brenda said...

Hi Lisa,
what beautiful pictures, and what a lovely time you have had lately with friends and family. I am terrible with heights, apart from aeroplanes, I was going along a dam once in Adelaide, it was about twenty feet down to the water on one side and three hundred feet down on the other. I had to walk sideways all along it practically so that I could not see anything of the huge drop. Ridiculous eh? Great idea about the winter bedroom and I love the cottage layout too. Lovely to see you, you look great. God bless.

Never Forsaken said...

Thank you, Lisa...You and your husband continue to be in my prayers too.

Never Forsaken said...

Hi Alex, What a treat to hear from you!
Blessings to you too, my friend!

Never Forsaken said...

Thank you Brenda, And thanks for making me giggle picturing you on that dam!
It is always good to see you too, my friend!
~God bless~

Dee said...

I envy you living in Northern Mi. I did not even get to visit this year...I will have to keep check on your blog to see when the leaves are peeking. I would love to have a little cottage like you.... I am glad your feeling better and that you have spent time with your friends....hope you get some more time with them before the snow comes.

Never Forsaken said...

I often envy you living closer to civilization!
The leaves are only just beginning to turn. Hard to say when peak will be this year, our weather;s been so odd.
We are getting ready to settle in for our hibernation soon.

Ken said...

Hi Lisa. Glad that you had a good summer. I am like you, ready for it to be over. But here in the Arizona desert we have a ways to go. Some good pictures you shared also. Blessings,
Ken

Dixie@dcrelief said...

Such a beautiful post. I agree that vertigo has it's drawbacks! Take care friend.

Never Forsaken said...

Hi Ken, My neighbor from Arizona said that the humidity here in Michigan is nearly intolerable compared to the dry heat back home...I have never been out west, but I think i might prefer the dry heat to the humidity, but then it is only for a few months here and then it gets nice for awhile until the deep freeze hits! Glad you liked the pictures~God bless~

Never Forsaken said...

Hi Dixie...nice to hear from you again!
I can't think of one positive thing about having vertigo...except maybe it sounds kinda neat when you say it...Vertigo...LOL! :)

Ken said...

Hi Lisa. I do like the dry heat, but I actually think the lower temperatures with high humidity is more bearable. I have been to Chicago during some of their most miserable days in the summer and that was nothing compared to 115 degrees days we experience here in Phoenix. But I tell you from October to May can't be beat. I guess different people have different oppinions. Take care and God bless.

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