Life of Lorraine

Lorraine for Resident displayMy faithful followers know I am “an old-timer”–three quarters and counting. I recall a radio program–and TV program–titled Life of Riley. Moments ago, I smiled (to myself) and thought “Life of Lorraine.” I’ve certainly had more than my share of humorous(?) situations. A pool of water on the roof of the tarp-shelter is just the latest. Smiley face female with laptop computerRemember the Feeding Station that toppled over during (or after) a rain storm? Remember (after a storm) I found one of my favorite planters upside down? The Christmas Cactus disaster is noteworthy

“What a revoltin’ development this is!”

Eyeing the temperature !!

Eyeball with magnifying glassCheck back because I’ll be adding more… as our temperatures plummet.


Temperature at six AM

Temperature at ten AM

Temperature at twelve noon

Rain dropping in rain barrel

Before the wind and rain

Garden flags are down


Smiley face garden flag


Cold front hasn't reached Livingston



Temperature at five PM

Storms killed twenty-nine

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Temperature at sixThe storm burst on us in a matter of seconds!! The rain is pounding on the roof; lightning  is lighting up the night sky. Through-the-air TV reception has major interference (so TV was turned off). The temperature dropped over fifteen degrees in less than thirty minutes.


Temperature at six-fortyVisual evidence that the temperature dropped twenty degrees between 5:00 PM and 6:40 PM.


Number Three red big and boldTemperature at nine PMAlmost three inches of rain in the gauge. Too cold and wet to linger outdoors for a picture. When the temperature started to drop (earlier), I put on a sweater. Moments ago (9:00 PM) I turned on the heater. Tonight the door is closed, and I’ll enjoy a warm blanket. Last night, the door was open and I slept under a sheet. ~~ No complaints from me because our unusual Fall and Winter weather is preferable to conditions in other states.


Temperature at ten PMSeventy-two degrees this time last night. Seventy-four degrees five hours ago!!

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Smiley face making a sour face


Temperature at sixBurr!!

Hello Plant Lady !!

“We have a gift for you!!” ~~ Remember, this was a recent planting from cuttings (no roots). This Kalanchoe plant (indoors near my computer) is getting ready to bloom. How delightful. 🙂

Kalanchoe planter

Kalanchoe close up


Yesterday, a resident in the adjacent RV Park asked me to shelter a very large fern, and an Angel Wing Begonia. I used my faithful hand truck to move them to the tarp-shelter. Sorry, no pictures of the transport. 😦 However, here are pictures inside my disorganized, crowded shelter.



Money MossAn after-thought: I snapped this picture of the Money Moss.” I still hope for a proper identification. I’ve already given away several small planters. All cuttings have taken root and standing tall.


Kalanchoe (without a flash)

Plants in the basement may bloom

Question mark small blackGreen thumbPostscript, Tuesday, December 29th: The plant (indoors) is getting prettier each day. It appears the plants “in the basement” will also bloom.

Day after…

Christmas dinner with my CARE family.

Christmas dinner with my CARE family.

Christmas dinner with eighty neighbors and friends.

So much good food!!


Temperature at six AMSo warm!! My one and only door was wide open all night, and a couple of windows. So pleasant!! However, according to Houston TV meteorologist’, Winter weather is on the Western horizon.


Temperature at nine PMPostscript, ten-fifteen PM: Beautiful day **BUT** according to late TV news, a deadly tornado in the Dallas area (two hundred miles +/- north of Livingston).

What Would Jesus Do ??

On Jesus’ birthday, I’d like to share the following from an earlier blog.


In His Steps

Have you seen kids wearing bracelets with the initials WWJD— What Would Jesus Do?The story behind those bracelets begins a century ago, when a minister named Charles Sheldon wrote a novel titled In His Steps. One Sunday morning at First Church, Pastor Henry Maxwell is preaching a sermon about how to follow Christ’s example of sacrificial love.The service is suddenly interrupted when a tramp stands up. He’s been out of work for a year, he says, yet not one person in town has helped him find another job. Twisting his shabby hat in his hands, the tramps says, “I was wondering if what you call following Jesus is the same thing as what he taught.…I get puzzled when I see so many Christians living in luxury and remember how my wife died in a tenement.…what would Jesus do?” At that point, to the congregation’s horror, the tramp collapses and dies.

The following Sunday, the minister makes a stunning proposal: He’s looking for volunteers willing to pledge themselves for an entire year to do nothing without first asking, “What would Jesus do?” Some fifty people make the pledge, and a remarkable series of events begins. Some of these people pay a high price for their obedience. But they also learn the joy of following faithfully in his footsteps.

A few years ago, a Holland, Michigan youth leader was so inspired by this classic story that she had bracelets made bearing the letters WWJD and gave them to the kids in her church. The idea caught fire, and today millions wear them.

Adapted from How Now Shall We Live? Devotional by Charles Colson (Tyndale) pp 585-86. Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House.

This devotion complements the book I’m currently reading: What Matters Most, by Tony Evans. Subtitle: Four Absolute Necessities In Following Christ.