Friday, July 21, 2017

Carry On - Just When I Needed It

You know I have been at play practice for five hours a day. You know that my feet are swollen for the past few weeks. You know that my lungs are damaged. You know that I have many things that are on my list of things I need to get done.

Today, I was struggling to breath. I don't know if it is the bug spray I have had sprayed recently or perhaps the humidity we have had for the past few days or just that my lungs are getting worse but I had a hard morning.

I was eating lunch and had my feet up trying to get the swelling to go down. I was so tired and I have also been dealing with some vertigo and light headedness and nearly fainted a few times last Sunday. I am really struggling with my health and was feeling overwhelmed and frustrated with several others things I haven't felt I wanted to share publicly on my blog but there are several other major things going on in my life.

I was praying over my lunch and expressing to God how scared I am with my lungs not working and my situation with not being able cure the parasites and some of the other major things going on in my world. I turned on Netflix and instead of the show I was watching, I for some reason, chose to watch "Supernatural". I had started watching the new season but didn't find it entertaining so I had stopped after one or two episodes. I don't know why I clicked on it rather than other shows I was watching but I clicked on it. Right at the beginning, the song "Carry On My Wayward Son" played with scenes from other episodes. I was extremely lost on the plot and wondered what was going on. Halfway through the song I realized what the song was and smiled. If you remember, I had a grandmother that wrote a song "Carry On" and we happened to sing it on Sunday at church. Then that song came on today with these words: Carry on, my wayward son There'll be peace when you are done Lay your weary head to rest Don't you cry no more 

I was already sitting and had my feet up so I didn't want to resettle to change the show so I kept watching. Imagine my smile when hallway through the show, there is a rainbow painted on the wall. I felt like my prayer was being answered by not only God but by my mother as well. Here is a link to my history with "Carry On" and here is the first post about my mother and rainbows. I have many posts about each so you can search for more by typing in the search box at the bottom of the page to read more about each. I also worked on my bills today and there was a 1111 on one of my receipts. Here is a link to the first post on that as well.

I was super grateful for that reassurance that at some point I will be able to "have peace and rest my weary head" at some point.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Kick Ball Change and Sushi

 I didn't get much sleep last night and three hours sleep for a few nights in a row is making it hard for me to stay awake to write this.

We have had early morning play practices for the past few days. I worked in the yard and garage from the second I arrived home from play practice until about 10:30. I was pulling weeds in the dark last night.

It was a super hot day but I got lots done and still have lots to do with the garage and the garage door frame but I was so tired tonight after running all the errands I didn't get run yesterday and I also went to the chiropractor today as I have been waking with numb arms at night.

By the time I got home today it was nearly dark and I was tired so I stopped and picked up two sushi rolls and some fresh cherries. I purchased a small massage chair and I have been pulling out things for Princess Five to take to school this past few days as well. I brought in the massage chair and brought in a folding bookcase I had in the garage and while eating this wonderful dinner, I put my feet up on the folding bookcase that I need to dust and polish and watched a show.

I wanted to fall asleep in the chair but my lower and upper back are sore so I opted to blog and go to bed early. My sleepitis is kicking in as I have been sitting at the computer for over an hour and keep falling asleep. I would wake and try to find a picture I had saved and couldn't remember where I saved it and so on.

A few neighbor kids have been waking me as they play and yell. I miss Princess I've but am so tired, I wouldn't be seeing her if she were here. I know she is having fun on her trip. I am now headed to bed! Have a Blessed Day!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

My Minds Been In the Gutter

I shared with you that I got new gutters on my home a week or so  ago. I hired someone to put up seamless gutters which I am super excited about as my others dripped at every seam.
I was taking a picture to share with you and something dived right at my face as I was taking the picture and I started and backed away only to see a little humming bird darting back and forth in front of me.
I had just eaten watermelon that was super sweet so I think it was smelling that. I got the bird in the picture I took which was a fun find upon looking at the picture.

I had borrowed my neighbors high ladder to get the old gutters off and they came over saying they needed it for a project next week so I figured I had better get the rest of the project done before then.

On the new drain spouts they have them down the house but I need them to drain away from the house into drain pipes on one side and off the sidewalk on the other side.

I went to several stores in town to see what I could find and Walmart had $10 large tubes that were round and I wasn't happy with how large or expensive they were but bought two just for the side that has drain pipes. I then went to Home Depot and they had these smaller flexible tubing that was half the price of the larger tubes and they fit on the bottom of the drain-spout better. I took the larger ones back to Walmart. 

I was able to get four and use the on both sides of the house. I worried about the weed whacker damaging them but they seemed to do OK with that process yesterday.

I also bought some metal drain spout guards that keep leaves and stuff out of the down spouts. Over the years I have had lots of junk down in the angled part of the down spout and have had the take it apart to clean it.

I was THRILLED to find these little metal guards that will keep sticks and any larger items that may block the drain out of the down spout. I learned that there is a right and a wrong way to put them into the spouts. You have to wiggle it around and force it over screws in order to get the metal to pop out and fill the space in the drain. If you don't get it right, there is a gap between the edge of the drain and the metal mesh.

I had a problem with one drain as they put the support screw bar right over the drain-spout so I had to improvise and put one in upside down as I couldn't fit it in the other way. It will still work but may need to be "dumped" every so often.  

It was wonderful to see that they sealed their work and that the gutters were attached securely as I had to go around every few years and hammer ours back in, these are secured with screws and are attached every two feet or so.

I also put in some Gutter Guard in the gutters in the back yard that get tree leaves every year. It is super easy to put into the gutters and I used it last year and my gutters had NO leaves and sticks which I am usually cleaning once or twice a year. It is very worth the cost if you have a yard with large trees. It just pushes into the gutter and the leaves and twigs usually roll off.  

It isn't very expensive if you do it yourself. I know there are different types but I tried this one and it worked great so I decided to stick with it. You just unroll it as you go and then squeeze the mesh into the gutter edges and house and it makes this little bump and the slight bow to it, keeps it in place.

I think it looks great and am super happy I won't be having to clean out those back gutters any time soon.

Have a BLESSED Day.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Free Fans In Japan - Princess Four Mission Moments

What is up my Beautiful Hito! Is everyone Genki? I sure hope so!

I had some other emails to attend to, so this will be short, but first off, THANK YOU SOOO x infinity much for sending my companion birthday emails. Sisters, cousins, College friends, mission friends. I don't know if it made her more happy to be wished a happy a birthday, or to hear her say, "Who the freak is Gabriella?, Why did your Sister email me?, Who is this person? I don't know these people?" But I know who you are. She mentioned so many other fun names. You are all so great! You will receive blessings.. I promise. You REALLY made me happy! I feel so loved!  And so does she!
Fun fact. This is like the hottest summer in like 125 years in Hokkaido, so we are melting, but its cool.

Fun things of the week! AKA Some Miracles!!! SPLITS!! Oh my goodness, shout out to Carl shimai raking in the blessings. We were able to find a boy who stopped coming to Eikaiwa out of the blue. He said he can't reply to the elders, but he gets their messages. So like that was SOO awesome!
And then right after that, we stopped by a potential investigators house with a huge garden. She didn't take the Book of Mormon, but she recognized it and said a story about Mormons 30 years ago. Then she ran inside and gave us nice fans! So cute! Pictures included.

I gave a talk this week... oh boy... I pretty much just copied the PMG, but nobody noticed, or if they did they didn't tell me... Thank you MTC for the language books! Everyone was SO impressed with my Japanese..... I plagiarized my whole talk, but thank you ward members! I really actually put a lot of time into it, so that was really scary, but I got through it!

I wrote a note for the other woman who spoke, and she sent me a nice text message. Everyone, I hope you are showing appreciation to those around you. It can make their whole day!

I am still finding happiness out here in Japan! Sorry this one is choto lame... Just remember happiness is a choice. Don't let others choices affect your happiness!

 More chocolate factory with The mission presidents daughter
Free fans!!!
I pick good birthday presents. We found a new love of blowing bubbles!
Fireworks are my new thing, and God sent me a heart shaped one when I tried to take pictures. #shukufuku My favorite American family in our ward at basketball night. I found out they also love musicals! Dear sisters, don't worry, they updated me on new things in the musical world!
Don't worry.
The sunsets are even more amazing in real life. The sunsets are soooooo pretty!!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Broadway Birthday For Princess Five

The last few weeks have been super busy. I have been cleaning out my garage, going to five hours of play practice a day, I traveled to see a Dr. and Princess Five had her 18th birthday. 

I have been giving Princess Five gifts for her birthday for the last few months as she is getting ready to head off to college. I have been purchasing shirts for a quilt she would like and she has been on three major trips / tours. I have paid for them and been gathering items she will need at college.

She has gotten some really cute dishes, bath sets, bed spreads, silverware and other items. I think she is feeling a little bit more prepared for college.

The day of her birthday, I was out of town and we had five hours or more of play practice. She didn't want to go with me out of town as I thought we could get some lunch and visit but one of her friends called and she was planning on bringing her a pizza to play practice for dinner.

Princess and I were at practice and I looked over at about 8 p.m. and she didn't look great and I asked her what was wrong and she said that she was hungry. I asked her what happened with her pizza dinner and she told me her friend backed out. I realized that I hadn't eaten all day and she hadn't eaten in hours. I knew she wanted pizza for her birthday but thought it was covered.

It just happened that my dear friend Melissa was at the play for a few minutes as she was helping with props. She owns a pizza shop. Even though it was near nine, I asked if she would be willing to bring a pizza for Princess Five. She was so sweet! She rushed off and came back with a large cooked pizza for Princess Five, a gluten free pizza for me and made a dessert pizza as a "birthday cake" for Princess Five.

We arrived home after ten and both really enjoyed our pizzas and she enjoyed her "cake" pizza as well. I know it wasn't her idea of a great birthday but she seemed happy to have pizza and cake to finish it up.

I gave her a personalized license plate and she chose to put a Broadway quote on it. "Dancing Through Life" is a song from "Wicked" and she was limited by space and letters on the plate. I also found her a "Broadway" wall hanging and have been working on finding Broadway t-shirts so I can make her a t-shirt quilt out of musical theater shows.

It may not have been exactly what she wanted, but it was wonderful that she was on stage practicing for a Broadway show performance, she also got some fun Broadway stuff and hopefully, we will have enough shirts to make her t-shirt quilt soon. She is leaving today for another trip to some fun spots with a 4H group. I will miss her but know she will have a wonderful trip with some of her best friends!

Have a Blessed Day!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Play Practice for Days

Princess Five and I have been at play practice for at least five hours ever day this week. My feet are so swollen and sore as I have be dancing much of that five hours.
I have so many things to do to be ready for the play. I have costumes to make, mend, alter and decorate. I was hoping I could work on some of the costumes while in between scenes but we just kept running the chorus scenes.
We are going to have the busiest next few weeks and hope that my feet start feeling better and are less swollen before the play. I have just been working in my garage cleaning in the heat so they aren't going down.

I haven't worked on my mothers stuff in the past month and hope that I can find some time for that soon as well but as of now, I am hoping I can just make it through July, the play and my garage!
Have a Blessed Day! 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Joy of Being a Grandmother

Lately I have been so busy doing house and yard that I haven't posted the fun things. I tend to just post things that are current and lately, it has been super busy and crazy.

About five months ago, Princess One skyped me on my new computer and had Grand-Princess One read me a Dr. Seuss book "Green Eggs and Ham."

A few weeks back, Princess Five was face timing Princess One and we got Grand Princess One on a good day. Some days, she won't sing for us but that day, she was really happy to sing.

She sang two songs for us. One is an action song that she sings at Nursery called, "Once there was a Snowman" where they make actions and melt in the sun into a small spot on the ground.

She also sang us the "ABC Song" and she was so cute. I love the ones that she messes up. I also love that she feels so confident to sing it out loud. She was so adorable.

I also loved that Prince One was playing in the background with Grand-Prince One. He reads to them each night allowing them to pick the book. He plays a game with his daughter when he gets home. When she hears the door open or sees him pull up through the front window, she runs and hides and then when he comes in, he has to "find" her. She gets so excited when he gets home, it is so adorable.

I hope you enjoy her cuteness as much as I do! Have a Blessed Day!