Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Stream

   This morning I am thinking of all the people who perished on 9-11. Truly it was the scariest day I have experienced in my 64 years of life. Take a moment to say a prayer for the families who lost their loved ones on September 11, 2001. Never Forget.

1 Back to the Chick Fil A Mac and Cheese. I guess I am in the minority here as most people just love the dish from our favorite chicken eatery. I prefer Panera's myself.Do a taste test and let me know!

2. Have you ever had a stretching year? I feel this has been one for me. I have had several hurts lately that make me want to lash back and defend myself.  But God is telling me NO so I am trying to be patient and let HIM orchestrate the endings that will bring Him Glory. How easily we are offended....well I sometimes am. I tend to have a tender heart ( My children would debate that.:)) But I do hate to cause anyone pain. I want to be the first to apologize even when I feel I was not in the wrong. What is all boils down to is pride. I could use a bit more humbleness and God is giving me opportunities to practice that fruit of the spirit. Is is easy? No I have to make a decision every day to keep my mouth shut and carry on.  Confrontation has never been my style but somedays I wish it was!! I remember the movie You've Got Mail where Kathleen could never remember a clever come back for Joe Fox. He told her that when you do zing someone yo have an instant regret That is so true. Better to just keep silent.  So if you have any extra prayers today, say a few for me.

3. I had to run to Hobby Lobby for some white I ran out of that I do not know. I have been doing a lot of Christmas stitching that involves snow so I guess that answers that question.  Kroger is next door to Hobby Lobby and they had a huge pile of Pumpkins for sale. It was my first pumpkin sighting for this season. They are so cheery, you cannot help but smile when you see them.

4.One bright spot on the horizon is a trip to Gulf Shores on the 13th. It is truly our happy place. In a perfect world I would have a little condo at the beach and just travel from mountains to Alabama to Gulf Shores.Fingers crossed there will be no hurricanes in the Gulf that week.

5. If you want a good description of what it is like to live in Alabama aka Tornado Alley, read the Book, What Stands in a Storm by Kim Cross. It is a story of the super cell outbreak that raked Alabama in April 2011. While we had not physical damage here, our major power grid was wiped out an we were without electricity for five days. We faired much better than most so I am not complaining. Fortunately we had a Gas Hot Water heater and we were able to bathe comfortably.

6. I received my Fall Mrs Meyers Scents and I have to say that Acorn Fig is my favorite. It reminds me of an old Aromatique Fall Scent called Peppercorn. One of my all time favorites with Smell of Christmas coming in a close second. I seldom see Aromatique items any moe but they were popular in the 1990s.

Well that is about all that is rolling around in my head this morning. Hope you all have a good week.


Sandy said...

Said a prayer for you sweet friend!
I went to bed last night thinking how different life is now because of this morning 18 years ago. I will never forget.
I ran out of white the other day too. Go figure.
I like Panera Bread Mac and cheese also. I will have to try the Chikafila one.
And pumpkins do make you smile. I have set my date for putting the fall out and on that day I am turning over to fall happily and cheerfully with pumpkins.

Robin in Virginia said...

Have been thinking and praying for those who perished in the attacks in 2001 and praying for the families and everyone involved during the aftermath. Arlene, I will say an extra prayer for you today. They had white and orange pumpkins outside of Yoder's Market yesterday along with mums. Thinking of you today!

Annsterw said...

I will never forget!

Laurel Wood said...

Hi Arlene, Saying a prayer for you this evening. I am beginning to see pumpkins and pansies for sale. They both are so cheerful. I hope you will have a relaxing trip to the Gulf. Like so many, I remember where I was on 9/ home caring for my precious mom. Such a sad day.
God bless you!

Linda said...

You know I love you, Arlene......and I will pray for you this week. You have such a tender heart that I cannot imagine anyone hurting you. But one does get hurt....everyone has a story and I hope you will show love and compassion because whomever is hurting you.....must have an even bigger sorrow. Easier said than done....I know. Love and prayers from Linda C in Texas....and please know how much I admire you.

Meg said...

Ooh, you've piqued my interest in the Mrs. Meyer's Acorn Fig scent. When I saw it available, I thought, "What the heck would acorn fig smell like?" So I ordered the pumpkin spice and more of the apple cider instead. I'm running out of room in my cabinet under the sink for all the Mrs. Meyer's stuff. I have enough dish soap and cleaner to last until the Zombie Apocalypse is over.

I had a friend who worked in NYC when the towers went down. As soon as I got to work that day, I called him to make sure he was OK. He was a couple of blocks away and in shock. Such a tragedy. It was heartbreaking to watch the hearings with the sick first responders begging Congress to renew the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund.

Oh, I feel you, Arlene. I have a tender heart, too, and it's hard when I get hurt. My natural instinct is to walk away and abandon the relationship. Working through disagreements is one of the hardest things for me, too.

Mary said...

911 was devastating to experience in NY. I know too many people first hand that lost family members and we have several people in our town perish at the towers and on the plane. 3 of my fellow Court officers responded and were killed that day. I'll never forget the horror.

You and RJ would both love a place at the beach!! I am happy going to the beach a handful of times a year!! I much prefer the mountains, I'm just not meant for hot weather.

I will keep you in my prayers Arlene, I agree, sometimes it's so much easier to keep silent and avoid confrontation but on the other hand you want to face the difficulty and resolve it. Deciding which is the better path is not easy to do.