20 Questions

♦ Man, does it ever let up?

♦ Didn’t I just have surgery last month?

♦ Did I mention the outpatient urology surgery removed 3 ulcers from my bladder?

 ♦ Do you know I have a condition called nocturnal polyuria that causes me the need to use the bathroom almost a dozen times each night?

♦ Do you know what I just mentioned in the question directly above this one is happily controlled with nightly medication, so I’m thrilled to finally have restful REM sleep?

♦ Which one of you guessed correctly that the first thing I’m going to eat since being unable to consume anything since last night due to this morning’s surgery, is an 8″ Italian sub from Jet’s pizza?

♦ Have you surmised that the hospital gown I had to wear this morning was drafty like always?

♦ Have you noticed in the first video how grumpy & tired I look, which I attribute largely to the very early hour in which it was recorded?

♦ Do you know that apple & then grape juice were my first post-surgery beverages?

♦ Is it weird to hear that a guy similar to playing the role of a recovery nurse assisted me to the bathroom shortly after surgery, then helped me rise from the toilet after I yanked the emergency help string to the right of the toilet because I was – & still am at this very moment – groggy & unsteady from the effects of anesthesia?

♦ Who knew I have to return in 6 months for another urology appointment?

♦ Did you guess that I got a brand new pair of blue hospital socks that I love because they have grippers on the bottom to make walking safer?

♦ Who knew I luckily had an almost painless IV poke from my surgery prep nurse?

♦ Would you have also declined a heated blanket like I did during waiting time on the hospital cot prior to surgery?

♦ Do you also have an incredible Mom who accompanies you to doctor appointments?

♦ Did you know I had to pee in a sterile cup in the hospital bathroom before surgery?

♦ Who would’ve known one of my doctors was a friendly second year resident?

♦ Did you know that I wrote this in my car driving home from the hospital?

♦ Did you know I was told to don one of those funny-looking blue hospital hats for surgery?

♦ Did you know my pre-surgery heart rate was elevated a little bit?

 

 

 

Brace Yourself – I’m Diving into the Deep End

 From a visiting teaching pastor at my church the morning of November 27, ’16 are a handful of his memorable lines in quotes:

◊ “God calls us to a life of worship, not a day of worship.”

I love this one! ⇑ Making the point how we as believers need to make our faith a serious part ingrained deeply into every aspect of our lives, he said, “Consider Christianity like marriage commitment. We (the church) are the bride & Jesus Christ is the Bridegroom. Therefore, unfaithfulness is infidelity.”

♥ “Jesus LEFT HEAVEN to PURSUE a relationship with us.”

Easier said than done, believe me, I know. ⊕ “Love the unlovable.”

To illustrate the point that God is everywhere, can see everything, & we work harder when we know we’re being watched: † “What if you saw God as your Boss?”

My favorite sentence! ↔ “One of the best ways to give thanks to God is by obeying Him.”

Pretty funny ending part: θ “We have the best retirement package.”

 

 

Wait A Sec Here . . .

What I’ve come to learn as I’ve grown & matured in my nearly 33 years,

is to daily & repeatedly make conscious choices in my

1 – Behavior

&

2 – Attitude

to Live Out What I Believe.

It takes work, but it’s worth it!

I believe it’s very important
 
to show yourself & your personal convictions & beliefs
 
the True Respect They Deserve by Living Them Out.

If I call myself a follower of God, which I happily am, I deliberately attempt

Each & Every Single Day

of my life to exercise the

9 Fruits of the Spirit

which Galatians 5:22-23 says are

love,

joy,

peace,

patience,

kindness,

goodness,

faithfulness,

gentleness &

self-control.

Now all has been heard;
    here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
    for this is the duty of all mankind.

Ecclesiastes 12:13

Fond of Friendsgiving!

  To the tune of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”

You know Luman & Sapna & little Luvina,
You know of Mark & Terry & Tyler & Joy too,
But do you recall
The Temby Friendsgiving for all!

Twice I’ve been blessed to come here,
Here’s a bit of how it goes:
Tyler, I met, & did sit
With Joy as we shared “fowl woes.”

All of the other people
Allow me to share some names:
Luman, Mark & Terry Temby’s
Kindness made me glad I came.

I met Chase who talked with me,
Lynn tried salsa, ‘kay,
Tyler’s Grandma’s a delight,
We talked of life & pie, that’s right!

I can’t detail every happening, ‘Twas COOL to see Stephanie, 
And when Luman held out cheese near,
Oops, I thought it was for me!

Ticking Time Mom

“Can I play on your Kindle while it’s charging?” inquired the polite boy. Upon my quick approval he ran to my room & unplugged my 38%-charged device from the wall behind my nightstand before plugging it into an outlet by the tall lamp in the living room.

“Will you sit by me while I play?”

“Sure,” I was more than happy to oblige. “As soon as I finish my dessert.” It was Thanksgiving, after all, & boy was I thankful for my trio dessert of:

 1. Uncommonly known but VERY delicious homemade concord grape pie,

2. 2 scoops of vanilla bean ice cream &

3. Quite a generous serving I scooped for myself of warm & comforting homemade apple crisp made with extra topping.

My amazing Aunt Marsha →  & cool cousin Kealan →  were among the marvelous group of 15 family members & friends who settled around my parents’ lovely table to help celebrate the holiday overflowing with increasingly early “Black Friday” deals despite being only the fourth day of the week (JC Penney opened at 3 on Thanksgiving to get a jump start on Black Friday shopping!).

“I think we’re gonna be here really late,” commented my nephew.

“Why do you say that?”

“Because she’s talking.”

My 10-year-old nephew was relaying to me the reason he thought his family’s Thanksgiving visit would extend a while longer.

“So she’s like ‘We’re leaving in 5 minutes,'” explains the boy who, only in his first year of double digits, already wisely understands what is actually a similar declaration of many, if not most, likably talkative mothers (mine included) quite often: “Then we don’t leave for 2 hours.”

The fabulous family left our house just before 10. Thankful, I hope, to exit with full happy bellies & even fuller happier memories.

Cuz it’s not Thanksgiving without an excess of food ideally accompanied by an equal excess of terrific turkey times. Gobble, gobble.

The End

By Aunt Amy, Turkey Day 2016

 

Two Cool Too Ignore 😉

Toothy Tips:

  1. Using a water pick or syringe like this one pictured –  – (that I received today from my helpful & knowledgeable dental hygienist) is effective for removing food bits down in the back of your mouth on your teeth, if you, like me, suffer from a dry mouth & seek optimal oral health care including cavity prevention. &
  2. Wearing sunglasses is best in the dental chair  –  – because when that bright light shines directly into your face, squinting & discomfort is wholly avoided.