Thursday, August 28, 2014

Just Stopping By...

Um, happy day-after-hump-day.

I'm just stopping by to thank everyone for your prayers and good wishes during these past couple of weeks. I want to give you an update, share a happening, and offer some slightly overdue hump day funnies.

Just after my last post, Hospice told us to gather the family to say goodbye to my dad. I guess Dad was enjoying everyone's visits because he rallied and is still with us. We're treating every day as a special gift from God and, naturally, I'm spending as much time as I can with him, so my online activities will be limited for a while yet.  Please continue to send prayers and good thoughts for Dad and all of us who love him.

My dad, my brother, and me.

In between visits to Dad's, I managed to attend the Killer Nashville mystery writers' conference last weekend. It was great. Kudos to everyone connected with the conference. While there, I had an opportunity to share a couple pages of my book at a roundtable session which resulted in a request from an agent for the full manuscript. I'll admit it, I'm excited. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Should I even mention that just before Dad got sick, my beloved spouse and I contracted for some renovation work in our home?  I'm also juggling not being here to answer questions when I'm at Dad's and dealing with a house full of workers when I'm home. Oh well...

Okay, as promised - your hump day funnies.

I did a post with "dog selfies" a while back. How about this one?

Oh come, that's funny.

Little old lady joke (you know why I get to tell these).

A Highway Patrolman pulled alongside a speeding car and was astounded to see that the little old lady behind the wheel was knitting. Realizing she was oblivious to his siren and flashing lights, he lowered his window and yelled, "PULL OVER!"
"No," she yelled back. "It's a scarf."

Here's a good one to follow all that yelling.

Very, very true.

I like this next one.

 A Sunday School teacher decided to have her young class memorize one of the most quoted passages in the Bible - Psalm 23. She gave the youngsters a month to learn the chapter.

Little Rick was excited about the task - but he just couldn't memorize the Psalm. After much practice, he could barely get past the first line.

On the day that the kids were scheduled to recite Psalm 23 in front of the congregation, Ricky was strangely calm. When it was his turn, he stepped up to the microphone and said proudly, 
"The Lord is my Shepherd...and that's all I need to know."
Yup. That's about it.

And, of course, I wouldn't forget your "aw".
Check out these eyes.

I'm going to admit to a personal connection to this one. My Dad's dogs have always slept on the bed with him but he had to trade his regular bed for a hospital style one and the dogs don't understand. This is the expression I see on their faces. It's an "aw" every time.

Okay, that's it for today. A little late for hump day but hopefully you're racing toward a glorious weekend.

I'll do my best to answer comments here and try to visit when I can but if I don't make it to your place, I know you'll understand.
Take care.
Thought for Today: 
One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been.


Susan Flett Swiderski said...

How wonderful that God is giving you a little more bonus time with your father. I'm sure y'all will make the most of it.

Congrats on the agent wanting to see your full manuscript! I've got my fingers crossed for you. Good luck!

Good funnies, too. Here's to a wonderful weekend.

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

>>... Oh come, that's funny.

Yes, it WAS!

In fact, every one of them was funny!

May you enjoy every second you still have with your Pa, and may every second contain an eternity of joy within it.

~ D-FensDogg
'Loyal American Underground'

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Your dad is a fighter! Enjoy every moment with him.
Congratulations on the full request. That is awesome.
If a puppy is quiet, time to be concerned...

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Obviously your father isn't listening to the doctors - good for him. Enjoy those precious extra days.

Mason Canyon said...

Sending prayers and hugs for your dad. Enjoy every second you can with him. Love the family photo. Congrats on the manuscript request. As always, the jokes are great.

Murees Dupé said...

Wishing your dad and your family well. Enjoy every moment.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

More prayers for you dad coming from PA. That little kid got it right in church.

Carol Kilgore said...

I agree about the aw moment. And I'm happy to know your dad is still with you. Wonderful :)

Fingers crossed for you about the agent.

Heather Holden said...

Oh, how sad about your dad. Glad he's still hanging on so you can spend some more time with him!

Also, loving the funnies, especially the pullover/scarf one! (I blame my crafty side, haha.)

Clarissa Draper said...

I'm glad your father is still with us. He seems so happy in that foto. Thanks for the wonderful funnies in a stress time in your life.

Arlee Bird said...

I hope all is going well with you and your family. It's a tough time I know.

Thanks for leaving us with something to smile about. We can always use a heart lifter upper.

Tossing It Out

Julie Flanders said...

What a beautiful photo with your father. I used to work for hospice and found that lots of people proved the doctors wrong when it came to the time they had left. Here's hoping you get to spend as much precious time with your father as possible and he is free from any pain or suffering while he enjoys his remaining days. I know how hard this time is. Take care and hugs and prayers to you, Linda.