Confession: I cannot remember when I have enjoyed such a perfect day. It wasn’t planned; by God’s grace, it happened!! ~~ Yesterday, Kay helped me with the hearing aids. I didn’t wear them very long because everything was “too loud.” This morning I forced myself to go to the Clubhouse for waffles and fellowship—to test the new hearing aids. Everything was “too loud”; I couldn’t tolerate the noise. I returned home and worked with the volume on the hearing aids. They are as low as can be set without being off. I returned to the Clubhouse for fellowship. I was told I’m talking in a “normal voice”; previously I’d been shouting. (OMG, I’m so embarrassed!!)
“Mr. Red” (owner-manager of this RV Park) asked if I wanted to ride to Home Depot because he needed several items, and I said “yes, yes, yes.” Later, I rode with him to the VA where he picked up his prescriptions. It’s a beautiful Spring day, warm sunshine, no wind, trees are showing a hint of green leaves. It’s 2:00 and I’ve just gotten home from an “out of the ordinary day.” Today, I’ve seen folks I haven’t seen for many months—and enjoyable conversations. ~~ Gospel truth: At 8:00, I almost stayed home (in my rut). I reflect back on all the pleasant experiences I would have missed.
I have new hearing aids and I can “hear the wind blow.” I thought there was a song with those words and did a Google search.
Down in the valley the valley so low hang your head over hear the wind blow
Hear the blow hear the wind blow hang your head over hear the wind blow
Roses love sunshine violets love dew angels in heaven know I love you
If you don’t love me love who you please put your arms round me give my heart ease
Give my heart ease love give my heart ease
Put your arms round me give my heart ease
[ dobro ]
Write me a letter send it by mail send it in care of the Birmingham jail
Birmingham jail love Brimingham jail send it in care of the Birmingham jail
Build me a castle forty feet high so I can see her as she rides by
As she rides by love as she rides by so I can see her as she rides by
Down in the valley the valley so low hang your head over hear the wind
I’ve had the package for a couple of weeks (with the hearing aids) but the instruction manual print is so tiny I could not read the information–even with a magnifying glass. A neighbor lady stopped by to visit and brought up the subject (“Mr. Red” told of my dilemma). “Kay” got me situated and it is remarkable how much I can hear now. The wind chimes are a symphony of music. The computer keyboard clatters as I type!! OMG, I must lower the volume on the TV.
A very interesting email message greeted me at 6:45 AM. Here is the web link included in her message. “No,” I didn’t know that background information of my Mennonite and Old German Baptist Brethren ancestors.
The following message greeted me in the wee hours of the morning. I couldn’t sleep so I was at the computer. I published a blog message at 3:25. It is now 11:00 AM and I confess that I am exhausted with only enough energy to type these words. Yesterday, I vowed that today I would not do family history; I would tackle projects that had been neglected. But (as I said in an earlier blog message), “obviously” I had to respond to the Ancestry message.
Here is my answer to the Ancestry message:
Vanessa, I’m still “working” on the family (several hours later). If you have visited my tree (Lorraine Frantz Family Tree), you are aware that I did not have any of those folks in my tree. How unusual for me to be working with a brand-new Frantz family. I like to think that I am the champion historian of everyone with the Frantz surname. Again, I say “thank you” for the information. ~~~ I don’t know when our paths crossed; I searched my messages and did not find you. So, as a woman-of-faith, I say your message is “a God thing.” Sending very best wishes to you and your family from Lorraine in Waco, Texas. No damage here but lots of tornado damage in Texas.
Postscript at 2:00 PM: Previously, I have experienced challenges due to confusing information about a Frantz family member or someone in the collateral lines. Today, my confusion is the quandary “why?” hasn’t this particular Frantz family come to my attention. I anticipated I would find some of their “collateral lines” mingled with my collateral lines. That hasn’t happened. Lorraine’s perplexed.
Postscript at 8:00 PM: I gave this Frantz family the same consideration I extend to my Frantz ancestors (and collateral lines). After an entire day of documenting… they appear to be a uniquely separate “tree.”
Postscript at 10:25 AM “the next day”: I’ve spent the morning trying to resolve some challenges with this tree.
The indoor-outdoor thermometer is obviously wrong. When I checked the sensor, it is blinking the little red light so “it’s working.” ~~ I couldn’t sleep so (after an hour) I got up to watch TV and see the latest news about the war in Ukraine. At 4:30, I can watch local news and see the aftermath of yesterday’s severe weather.
Don’t blame inflation and sky–high oil prices on Biden–blame Putin.
Don’t blame the weather–blame Putin. (Sound familiar?)
Last night, the 10:00 PM TV news reported “severe damage.”
Check back later because I will add pictures after I capture them on my TV. (I’ve been channel surfing. Perhaps you noticed the variety?)
My BIG news of the evening was supposed to be a picture of another milestone in my Ancestry database. However, I find myself watching continuous severe weather warnings on TV. Certainly a distraction from TV news about the war in Ukraine. The tornado warning is for an area some distance from Waco.
Postscript: 6:50 PM and the storm just moved into my County—near Waco. I may be making a run for the shelter here in the RV Park.
As I’ve stated in earlier blog messages, I have been watching FOX News from early morning until bedtime (regarding the war in Ukraine). I hadn’t watched the local news and (deaf old lady) didn’t hear the warning alarm (other residents heard it). One resident phoned to alert me of the storm and said the residents were gathering in the shelter. Then, one young resident came running to get “Miss Lorraine.”
We experienced a brief rain—and no hail or strong wind. Gratefully, to my knowledge, no damage in the Waco area. The TV meteorologist’ continue to show graphic details. We have the “tornado warnings” but none has touched down (if I’ve heard the TV news correctly).
Postscript 9:05 PM: There was a short exit from the meteorologist’ to reporters “in the field.” There are “downed” power lines and tree limbs. One image of a collapsed carport.
Postscript #3: I’ve been watching the 10:00 PM news and the story is “significant damage.”