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Of all the gall!

November 1st, 2017 Comments off

I’ve had quite the adventure over the last 10 days: in and out of ER, night in the hospital, hole in my side for tube to drain infected gall bladder, heart monitor attached to chest, ultra sound, catscan, and some procedures I don’t recall by name.

Thankful and most grateful for Carol Ziegler for taking me to ER to begin this whole process, then of course, Tim and Alice who have been wonderful, caring. The Santana family has been very kind to me too. How blessed to have a family-in-law like them.

juliana has added her own touches to the healing process, in laughter and storytelling.

thanks to all who are praying for me. I will go to the surgeon next Monday and hopefully get a date for surgery to remove the gallbladder, which should be less painful than what I’ve been going through.

thanks for your concern and prayers. May God bless us all. Mary

Happy Birthday to Me!

October 26th, 2017 Comments off

Yes friends, I turn 75 years old today.  Really?  Are you serious?

What happened to my 50’s and 60’s, where did they go?

Lots of changes in my life since I turned seventy,  5 years ago.  Many of the changes are sad,  mainly the loss of family members, 6 in 5 years.

Finding oneself less efficient, less productive, and not as healthy,  adds a layer of anxiety that can be a challenge. Feeling the stress of political upheaval is also hard on the nerves. Only relief is to truly turn it all over to God.  I am working on it. Praying to ‘abide’ more in Him and to live less in the things I cannot control.  I must believe that in the long run, God’s plan for us will win out.

Of course the most wonderful thing that has happened is that I

have become a grandmother to a fantastic little girl who makes

me smile.  She makes me feel loved and special.  So, as the Lord

taketh, He also giveth.  I thank Him for Juliana, Alice and Timothy,

and for all the other blessings that He and I know, even if I don’t list

them here.


October 16th, 2017 Comments off

My 60 year kindergarten reunion is coming up soon

and I’m worried about the 175 pounds I’ve gained since then!

Can’t prove it by me!

October 16th, 2017 Comments off

Disneyland, First Time for Juliana – Happy Birthday Timothy!

October 11th, 2017 Comments off

Disneyland is a wonderful place to visit, not sure I’d want to live there!

We were blessed with free passes on Timothy’s 43rd birthday!  Knowing the price of the tickets these days, you’ll understand what a great gift it was!

Juliana will be 3 in December.  This was good timing on taking her because much younger and it is all too overwhelming.

Alice, Tim and I enjoyed the day as much through Juliana’s eyes as our own.  Of course for me it was reminding me of days past when I would be holding little Tim’s hand to get him through the crowds.  This time, I will admit, I was holding on to him!

Tim was given a badge for his Birthday, Juliana got one for it being her 1st time there. Alice and I restrained ourselves from buying all the cute ‘stuff’ that is readily available.  

Although I may not go there again any time soon, I’m glad I went, if only to hear Mr. Lincoln’s speech and to be reminded that we had such a man as president of our country!  I pray we will find another of his caliber. 

Thanks for Dropping By

October 3rd, 2017 Comments off

Although I haven’t completely abandoned the schoolmarm site, I have not given it the attention I did for 8 years.  I think the soap suds was knocked out of me with the last pres. election.  When I expressed my political opinions, after saying I was not going to do that, some took offense.  I can understand that.  But as the writer of the blog I feel I have every right to change it, and my views.  So I am speaking out more.

Someone who was highly offended caused me to say I would restrict my comments to my blog.  But I got into ‘trouble’ anyway by expressing my opinion on a family matter on FB.  It was interesting to me that the ones who sent me sharp reprimands for what I had written, never make positive comments or even click ‘like’ so as far as i know they never read my stuff.  

There was no way to adequately respond to these unexpected dress downs, so I left them unaddressed.  Nevertheless, they hurt and unfortunately makes my relationship feel strained and changed from what it once was.  

Words are powerful. Just as they took offense at mine, I did to theirs.  We live in a stressful time. Pray more and talk less, I guess!


September 3rd, 2017 Comments off

 During the presidential campaign DT said he had been to the best schools and he had the best words. For a person who speaks in unsupported superlatives we would expect nothing less.

this came to my mind when I was enjoying the new game that I have found on iPad. It is a word game.  As a teacher I used to put a big word on the board, maybe a seasonal word such as Thanksgiving and ask the kids to find as many words in that big word as they could find. Well,  this game gives you the blanks to fill in for the words you may get out of a selection of five or six letters. It is quite challenging  but not so much that I can’t feel a sense of success as I do rather well on it. 

 You may have your own game that gives you an escape from the realities of this world. For a few minutes you might not have to think of our fragile earth being in the hands of fragile man.  For a few minutes you can feel that you have some control over something, mainly that you can find solutions, with Solitaire, crossword puzzles,etc.

 I became rather obsessed playing backgammon, and one other game that I really enjoyed but became too involved in and had to stop. Well I didn’t have to stop but I chose to stop because I could tell it was making me anxious instead of relaxed.

and now I’m getting ready to go to church this Sunday morning and I will hear lots of words, in my mind they are the best words, words of hope of comfort of a God who loves me.  Allow me to use these words as I close, may God bless you and keep you and draw you closer to him as we travel this journey called life.


Pray for Houston

August 27th, 2017 Comments off

 We can survive without food longer than we can survive without water. We need water in our bodies, and our food source, and for transportation over the rivers lakes  and oceans. We need just enough, not too much.

most of us know how it is to become dehydrated from lack of water even when we have plenty of it, sometimes we just don’t drink enough.  Sometimes people drink too much water and  as a friend of mine experienced, she had an inbalance with her potassium that was life-threatening. 

 For six years Southern California was in a drought desperately needing more water. Our reservoirs were low and the snow pack in the Sierra Nevadas was low. Serious strain on the Colorado River to  supply water for us as well as other states. 

 This weekend we have seen what too much water can do and is doing, right now in Texas. Water can be very destructive when it is unleashed and on its own rises to levels that threaten our homes and our lives.

 Please join me in praying for our brothers and sisters in Texas and in other areas on the gulf coast where nature takes over and the people  have little recourse but to wait it out. Emergency personnel put their lives in danger rescuing others. 

 Bill Taylor’s grandfather was a sheriff in Bakersfield. During the flood he lost his life trying to rescue someone in need.    I pray no one will lose their life as he did many years ago. 

Elvis, 1970

August 18th, 2017 Comments off

 In 1970 Elvis gave a few concerts in Las Vegas. I’ve been watching them on Turner classic movies. Film clips from six different performances make up the two hour long program.  

He was nice and thin, handsome as ever and his voice sounded  good.  By this time he had incorporated a lot of his karate moves into his performance and sometimes I thought he overdid it going on and on and on with repetitive  moves. When he was young we were shocked by him just shaking his leg and wiggling around.   Scandalous!

During the six performances he wore six different but similar jumpsuits, with collars up to his ears, and of course, buttons, straps, and flared bellbottoms

 I guess my favorite part was watching him rehearse with his band members, he was relaxed most of the time and you could hear the sense of humor,  and that he really was working to get everything right.  

The opening night you could tell that he was nervous, saying some silly things because of his nervousness. He was just a man, just a poor boy who had talent and drive and came into our awareness at just the right time to make it big.   I’m sorry that he could not have lived a long life and enjoyed his daughter and grandchildren.  It would’ve been wonderful to see what his music would have become had he matured and lived a normal healthy life. 

 Just seven years from when he made the recordings that I watched he had gained probably 60 or more pounds, was addicted to drugs, had multiple health problems and  died much too soon. He was one-of-a-kind. He is missed.




89 Years Ago, hate disguised, today open for all to see! Have we learned nothing in 89 Years?

August 16th, 2017 Comments off

In 1928 there was a massive march in Washington D.C. made up of men in white sheets and hoods.  KKK

In 2017, they feel so empowered by the man in the white house that they don’t even bother covering their faces.  They march and shout slogans of hate.

It is about hatred for anyone different from their narrow vision of the world.   They are not ‘fine’ people.  Hatred is not from God.  We know its source, and we should be praying that God will intervene and rescue us from our current situation.



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