1/3/17 volunteering and friends…

Maggie is volunteering with one of her classes clearing burdock in a local neighborhood. They go every other Sunday for a few hours and get extra credit points for going. The burdock was brought to the neighborhood as an ornamental plant and took over the neighborhood. They have been clearing a field. Maggie is another one of my quiet kids. I am hoping that she will make a friend when she volunteers. She says that they cut the burdock down separately and don’t have conversations while they are there. When I drop her off at the school to go, we get there early and she does go over and talk to the other students that are waiting. It is OK with me if she and William are quieter ones, but they will miss a lot of life if they don’t ever talk to anyone. I had asked Maggie to join a club this semester. College isn’t just about the classes but about making a friend and about going to the games or a play or out for pizza or to a party or to something. She said that this semester she couldn’t join a club because she has too many classes.

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1/2/17 cats and volunteering…

We have three cats now. They didn’t really fight much when we brought the third one in. Our first cat is the most insecure. She needs to be told often that she is loved and needed. And she needs held. When the second cat came to us she was glad to have a friend that wanted to run around and play. Our first cat is a lady and doesn’t want to run around and wrestle that much. Our new cat is a riot. She likes to chase her tail, which is just short enough that she can see it wiggling, but she has a rough time catching it. She will chase it no matter where she is sitting. She was on the back of the couch the other day and began chasing her tail. She kept falling off of the couch, but that didn’t bother her. She just got back on the back of the couch and started chasing again.
William has asked if he could quit going to volunteering. He is now working and asked on the first volunteering day after he started working if he could stay home. I said that he needed to give back to the community and volunteering for an hour once a week shouldn’t make him too tired. He did go with us and he helped serve. When it came time to clean up, wiping off the tables and sweeping the floors, he stood along the side and watched. The next week he went with us like nothing had happened and helped to clean up without any problems. He must be getting used to work
William is very quiet when he is not at home. He doesn’t go out with friends, and he is happy like this. But it isn’t healthy to never go out and never talk to anyone. When we are at volunteering he will sometimes talk to the other volunteers and it gets him out of the house. The group of volunteers is mostly the same nice people each week, and the place where we volunteer isn’t large. William has been able to get used to them and he feels comfortable. If I let him use working as an excuse to stay home, he has lost all of his contact with the outside world. Or to look at it another way, he is around twenty-five years old. How long can I tell him what to do? For right now, we are all going to volunteering.

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1/30/14 art class and shoveling, Day 30/365…

Maggie is taking an art class. Last weekend her assignment was to draw something. She set up a few items in the living room and began to draw. She started with a tea pot and a cup, but decided that they would be too difficult to draw. She changed to a can of food and a bowl. The cats climbed all over the items that she was drawing and all over her paper. They need to be the center of all of the activities. Finally we put the cats in a bedroom. When we went to check on the cats, they escaped. We only have two cats, but they can be in every room all at one time. 1293 1302

Last weekend we went outside to shovel the snow. We also shoveled for one elderly neighbor. We used to have three elderly neighbors to shovel for, but unfortunately two of them passed away. Our drives aren’t that long so shoveling for a few neighbors doesn’t take that much time. What do you do on the weekends?

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Our church services are broadcast live on the web. Please visit us at www.cedarcreek.tv . The service times are : Saturday 5:15pm and 7:00pm and Sunday 9:00am, 10:45 am and 12:30pm

January 2014 Bible verse: “There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 New Living Translation

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Wednesday 9/25/13 computer lab…

I volunteered at Maggie’s school as a computer lab monitor today. This is watching the kids in the lab not helping. Just to be sure that it is basically quiet. So that means a few hours of quiet time. I always think light and pack heavy. Maybe I will only need my purse. But…in all of those hours it would be good to have my cell phone and its cord, and my Nook and its cord. My lunch should go and my water and if there is time before the labs open I can pay some bills in the car…there are hours to fill.
This morning everything was ready. And we leave. About a block away from the house I look into the seat next to me and see that my lunch is not there. We go back. We have a few minutes. I try to take everything that is going with us in the morning and put it in something with a handle. Then I wind my purse strap through the handles. If the purse goes then everything else will go too. Yes, I look like a dork, but only at home. Sometimes we go back home more than once…it isn’t always me, sometimes the kids forget things too. I am always waiting for the neighbors to come out and say “are you back again?”

Our church services are broadcast live on the web. Please visit us at www.cedarcreek.tv . The services times are : Saturday 5:15pm and 7:00pm and Sunday 9:00am, 10:45 am and 12:30pm

September 2013 Bible verse: “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 New Living Translation

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Thursday 9/12/13 follow button and volunteering – Day 255/365…

I have been looking for a “follow” button for my blog since the blog was moved to WordPress. No luck so far. I can’t find one in their choices that has pictures of the followers and a total count of followers. There are some web sites with directions on how to add one . Their directions usually only have five steps, but I am lost by step two. There are many other blogs that use WordPress that have this button, so it is possible. I need a “follow” button so the search will continue. The reason that it is so important is that it sends an e-mail to the members when there is a new post. Then they know when to come to my site and read it. It also lets me know if people like my writing. When I get a button, I will let everyone know where it came from.

Maggie needs nine hours of volunteer time this year for her school. We volunteered tonight at our church. On Thursday nights the church has a free medical clinic, and a free dinner. We volunteered in the kitchen. We are mostly an outgoing family but it is still hard to go somewhere new. The people were really nice and found us a spot right away. When we got there people were at the door for the clinic and dinner. After we were done we had dinner.

Here is a chicken statue that we drove past today. This is a cool thing to pass in the car. These statues are fun to point out to the kids.

chicken statue

I need help. Does anyone know how to add “followers” to WordPress? I can’t find where to get the code. If anyone knows, please leave me a comment. I will really appreciate it.

Our church services are broadcast live on the web. Please visit us at www.cedarcreek.tv . The services times are : Saturday 5:15pm and 7:00pm and Sunday 9:00am, 10:45 am and 12:30pm

September 2013 Bible verse: “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 New Living Translation

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