Friday, June 24, 2022

Gradual Changes Continue


Linneacea Amabilis

It's been a good week here in many ways but I'll start off with the most recent news regarding the victory for our pro-life efforts over so many years. In the past fifty years, the sanctity of life has been debated exhaustively, resulting in a much better understanding of what is happening within the womb as new life is developing. 

Clearly, the matter will continue to demand attention as individual states make their decisions; this is no time to cease praying.  But today's victory is that -- a victory.

Father's Day lunch

My last blog post was written prior to Father's Day. Gary did not want to face the inevitable crowds that day at the restaurants, so I took him to lunch earlier that week at Texas Road House. On Father's Day, Gary grilled New York strip steak for the two of us, and I cooked small red potatoes with a crispy finish.

Sister asked if the trip to Texas Road House went well for me (emotionally) since that was Beloved's favorite restaurant and we dined there once or twice a month for years. (this is true!)  I felt a bit wobbly but really did just fine. I later learned Longhorn Steak House is Gary's favorite. This is another change for me and I'm glad to accept it.

My good friend, Terri at Your Friend From Florida, recently included the following on her blog:

"Sometimes bad things happen for no reason other than we are human beings having a human experience. Pain, heartache, grief, loss, disease and death are inevitable parts of the human experience."

Like me, Terri has gone through the death of a spouse. I think her statement here is insightful, true, and demonstrates a mature attitude. There are just some things we don't fully understand until we go through them ourselves but when we "get it", it's real. 

Moving on to something more cheerful.

Our morning bike rides are very shortly after breakfast due to the humid, hot temperatures of Florida summer. We ride for about 45 minutes, stopping twice to swallow water from the bottle on Gary's bicycle. I continue to faithfully wear my helmet, although that means my hair is a damp mess by the time we get back home. But even that is outweighed by my personal satisfaction that I've finally found a physical exercise I love!! My days of hours spent hunched over a needle and thread are gone, along with frequent neck and shoulder problems. I still love needlework but now I limit myself to admiring it but not participating.

Well, let me amend that. This past week I did some clothing alternations for Gary. Hemming two pair of his sweat pants to shorts length, I was thrilled to be able to help my new love in such a practical way. 

Regarding the flower photo at the top of this post, I learned a new trick this week from my Arizona friend, Loraine. She taught me that when I take a snapshot of a flower with my phone, I can click on the information icon, which will identify the flower for me. I don't know that all cell phones do that, but this is very helpful to me.

I took this picture alongside our bocce court. I look forward to identifying more flowers, of which Florida has a lot!

Gary and me

Laughter continues to be a daily emotion for us. Truly, a merry heart is good like a medicine! Jersey Boy's camera caught us yucking it up yesterday. Wish I could remember what was so funny at the time but this happens just about every day. 

How great is the love 

the Father has lavished on us. 

I John 3:1

Until next time, grace and peace.


  1. It's extremely hot here as well. I jump on my elliptical every morning and not sure how well I would do on a "real" bicycle. Think I'll just stick with the elliptical. :o)) Love sharing in your happiness!

  2. What a sweet post, and that picture of the two of you laughing so whole-heartedly is truly a joy to behold! God has been so very gracious and kind to you both. What a blessing. I love that you take these early morning bike rides...amazing in this heat, but yes, the earlier the better. We try to take our walks early in the morning too as it is just too hot even after supper now. I'm glad you discovered the Google Lens thing on your phone to identify flowers, trees, etc. I use mine a lot while out walking (and you just thought I was smart! LOL Had you fooled!) I'm glad you discovered restaurants that you both can enjoy. We also like Cody's Roadhouse in Ocala. It's similar to the Texas Roadhouse I think. And yes, the Supreme Court decision today is certainly monumental! Now I pray for protection for our Supreme Court judges and their staff/family, as there will certainly be some backlash from this decision. The younger generation has never known life without the freedom to destroy their babies in the womb. So very sad. Oh, Lord, please heal our land. Amen.

  3. Hello my dear friend!! That quote has so much meaning and I'm glad it touched you, as well!! The picture of you and Gary laughing does my heart good!! I still pray for you daily, but I'm not concerned for you anymore!! Joe and I went to Texas Roadhouse often but I actually like Longhorn better. I think it was the Rattlesnake Bites at Roadhouse that kept us going there. Sending you love & hugs!! When will you bring Gary to Lakeland? :)

  4. I'm rejoicing with you in the victory today. I must admit that I never thought it would happen. And yes, no time to quit praying.
    Terri is wise and I always appreciate her attitude of joy and thanksgiving.
    I love the picture of you and Gary laughing!

  5. How sweet to see the love and happiness you and Gary share. And how delicious Gary's grilled steak and your crispy red potatoes look. My favorite meal. :)

  6. The meal the two of you fixed on Father's Day looked so delicious. Glad to hear that you are enjoying the physical exercise with your bike riding! I love the last picture in your post, Barbara. Have a wonderful weekend!

  7. It's so nice to see you both laughing and having fun! The bike rides sound good too. We still have our bikes but we don't ride them very often. Enjoy your weekend!

  8. Lots of good things to read about here. Glad you enjoyed some good meals. It's nice that you found an exercise you enjoy and someone to do it with. I think that is what makes it more enjoyable. Hope your weekend is going well.
    PTL for the Supreme Courts decision.

  9. Maybe do a little counted cross stitch as you are gifted…don’t change totally…glad you are happy…

  10. Oh my goodness that steak and those "taters" look amazing! I am a steak and "taters" gal! Yall are so cute together-- so glad you have found each other. Wow you're doing great on the biking-- it's just SO HOT I avoid it til later in the evenings. This is Debbi--- looks like I am " anonymous" again--- not sure how to fix that! Glad you stopped by my front porch -- always happy to make a new friend! Have a great week!

  11. Grinning. Thank you sweet friend. I hope you have a beautiful day.