Friday, August 10, 2007

Remicade Monday

While it is obvious that it is time for a Remicade treatment, it is only three days away. Katy has all the signs of needing the next treatment. When I woke her up this morning she asked me if she had been hit by a truck. I guess that’s the way it feels to her. She has had so many good days in a row that her spirit is still cheerful. Yesterday I took her to the Higher Education Center where she posed for pictures for a new brochure her college is having made. Then we visited with our precious friend, Helen, who was in Roanoke just for the day. Looking back on this week, we can see how good the Lord has been to give Katy so many joys.

We have had other little joyful surprises also. Yesterday about one thirty in the afternoon, Paul came home from work early. We were standing in our yard greeting him when out of nowhere a big doe and her fawn came running through our yard. And behind them was the funniest thing we have ever seen. They were being chased by a little goat. My mind kept trying to tell me it had to be a dog, but my eyes were seeing a little white goat with gray spots running for all he was worth. We just stood there laughing! Later that evening, we drove in the driveway and under the apple trees were three very large wild turkeys with ten young ones poking around. It has been a good year for spotting animals in the yard, including the run-away horses. But thankfully Ellie has not met up with another skunk like she has over the past two years.

The happiness of knowing the God Who made all these creatures and loves us and gives us so many happy moments in this life is not to be compared to anything else. To have peace and assurance of joy throughout all eternity is a marvelous blessing during hardship. The writer of this hymn says it so much better. “When through the woods, and forest glades I wander, And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees, When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur, and hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze. Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee; how great Thou Art, how great Thou art!” (From the hymn How Great Thou Art by Carl Boberg)

  1. Doris Harriff Says:

    We see a lot of wild animals here - mostly deer. Mike posted a comment in Katy’s Musings a while back about a bear that ambled past the back of our house in the middle of the afternoon. We have been seeing far more deer this year than we have seen in several years. There are twin fawns that visit our yard frequently, with or without their mother. Last fall there was a flock of turkeys in our front yard who presently ambled across the road and into the woods. One of my favorite critters to spot - which we see only occasionally - is a big pileated woodpecker.

    Aunt Doris

  2. Doris Harriff Says:

    That must have been really a blast to see that little goat chasing the deer!

  3. Aleah Yunger Says:

    No way!! Imagining that is cracking me up :D Last night, we saw a doe in our backyard — she was SO BIG! I’ve never seen a doe that big! Then we spotted two little ones — oh, they were so adorable. They were eating the grapes off my neighbors fence. We got to watch them for a good 10 minutes. How beautiful!

  4. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    Sorry the meds aren’t holding until the Remicaide. Youl’l need prayer, Katy, the next several days, I see.

    Thanks for the wonderful picture of the GOAT!! chasing the doe and fawn! And the turkeys. Here we have little grey squirrels. I put some mixed nuts in the shell out for them a couple of times a year to make sure they have winter stores! And we have huge raccons. They broke down ALL our little patch of sweet corn before it was ready last year! The squirrels and the birds seem to think we grow our cherries, blueberries and Concord grapes for them! They get most of them - but the plums are so abundant that we do get a lot of them. And God feeds the birds, bees and squirrels. Speaking of bees, the most favorite blossom for them around my house is the big round fluffy white or lilac blossoms of GARLIC LEEKS! Anybody for garlic honey??!!

    Love, Aunt Lil

  5. Andrea Russell Says:

    Katy, Dawn,

    you been through so much, just hang in there for a couple more days girlfriend. You can do it!!!!

    I need to see your yard thats all I can say :)

    Hopefully soon we can get together ??!!

    Love and Blessings

    PS Michael LOVED your card Katy !

  6. Mike Theesfield Says:

    Hi, all.
    I couldn’t let this talk about nature anecdotes go by without sharing a couple of mine, even though they’re from years gone by.

    I remember one time when I was hunting in the woods (I was sitting on a stump in camoflage clothing) when a hawk- apparently oblivious to my presence- came gliding down past me though the trees. If I’d reached out my right hand, I might have touched his left wingtip.

    Another time, I was fishing at the river. It was winter, so I wasn’t moving my lure much or often (fish just aren’t energetic about chasing food when the water’s cold). I was cold too, and not moving to speak of, so I must have looked pretty inanimate. The result was that- just briefly- a hummingbird came in and landed on my fishing rod, about half-way out to the tip.

    I thought both those experiences were neat.

    I hope all goes well with your next treatment, Katy!

    Cousin Mike

  7. Jes Says:

    Hmm….Can’t say that I can add much to the wild life stories…I honestly haven’t seen much lately…however I have a couple of ‘lions’ roaring around the house these days! Noah and Lydia have taken to pretending to be the lions in the Daniel story….So we have lots of fun with that - Lydia always gets to be the ‘baby lion’ and she follows Noah around roaring - and doing whatever he happens to be doing as a lion. Two days ago - I convinced them that green beans were ‘lion treats’ and that they should eat them so that they could grow to be big strong lions! :)

    We will be praying for the next few days until the next Remicade treatment!

    Love you all!

  8. Jennifer Blugerman Says:

    OK, I only live half a mile from you and I don’t get near the interesting wildlife in my yard — no fair! Although, a few weeks ago, our neighbor across the street (next to Freddy) saw a bear cross through her back yard, jump the fence in Freddy’s back yard (where their dog, Max is), run across the street and into our neighbor’s back yard and then into the woods behind our house. All that, and I missed it! We see lots of deer though — usually feasting on my flowers! And, speaking of hummingbirds as mentioned in another post, I caught one that got trapped in Joanne’s screened porch a few years ago. Poor thing wore himself out trying to get out so he was easy to catch. What a treat to hold him even if only for a few moments until I let him free. That’s actually the second time I’ve held a hummer. The first was in Maine when David and I were first married. One had gotten trapped between an old window screen and the glass. My arm is skinny, so I was able to reach in and get him. I can remember how tiny his little feet were as I tried to get him to let go of the screen! What a miracle that a God who is so big took the care to make such dainty creatures! We’re praying for your strength until Monday’s Remicade.


  9. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    I’m praying for your strength until Monday. I pray God grants you respite for the weekend. Keep your sights set on the One who is our perfect strength!!
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  10. Doris Harriff Says:

    Referring to Lily’s garden woes - I have been transplanting all my flowers & shrubs into my “garden” area, with it’s 8-ft fence - to protect them from the deer. Something small has been eating some of them - they ate off all my phlox. Mike said, “Don’t you know you’re supposed to keep watch over your phlox by night?”

  11. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    Hey, Mike, that’s clever! Aunt Lil

  12. Katy Says:

    These comments are so much fun! I hope everyone else has enjoyed reading them as much as I have. Thank you for posting and sharing your stories.

    Yes, Mike that was clever. Mom and I got a big laugh out of your joke!

  13. Andrea Russell Says:

    Well isnt that a surprise, Katy responds to her comments!!!!

    Praise the Lord :)


  14. Sandy Says:

    Hey Katy –

    You are in my prayers, as always, and especially for Remicade Monday tomorrow.

    To add to your collection of nature stories… Years ago, there was a squirrel that was missing most of its tail that hung around my parents’ backyard a lot. The squirrel was small (made even smaller by the lack of tail) but mighty. One day, I heard a racket in the backyard and looked outside to see a yard full of huge crows. And out of nowhere comes this little squirrel to chase them away! They were each probably 3 times the squirrels size, and there were at least 8 crows out there. But this squirrel was not going to let the crows hang out in its/our yard! It was so funny! The crows seemed to first look at the crows like, “Are you serious, you tiny little thing??” but they flew away when the squirrel just kept running at them! Go Squirrel!


  15. Martha Harrison Says:

    Dear Katy and Dawn,

    How interesting and entertaining to read all these wild animal stories! I have one to add. Our dog, Jingles’ encounter with a skunk happened years ago when our three children were in elementary school. Our oldest son, Chip, heard Jingles barking that particular night right after we had tucked him and his younger, brother, Randy, in bed. Chip looked out and saw that Jingles had a skunk cornered right under their bedroom window. The skunk sprayed right there, after which it ran around the house, Jingles barking furiously, and the skunk spraying all sides of our house! By this time, Susan, their younger sister, had been awakened by Jingles’ barking plus the unbearable odor from the skunk. None of us could hardly breathe, much less sleep, the stench was so overpowering. I called my dear mother who lived across town, and asked her if we could come to her house for the night. She, of course, told us she would be happy to have us, skunk smell and all!! Each of us grabbed our pillows and clothes for the next day, jumped in the car, leaving Jingles and the skunk behind, and off to grandma’s house we went!! My poor mother never complained about the “skunk aroma”, but lovingly bedded us down for the night. To make a long story short, Howard and I dropped the children off at school the next morning, and sorta’ dreading what we would face in the way of fumigating our house and giving Jingles a “tomato juice bath”, we knew we had to take care of things ASAP. Much to our surprise, Jingles managed to escape the skunk juice, so she came out smelling like a rose!! However, she did get a good bath, and after a few days of airing out our house, we were back to “normal” again! After all these years, we look back and laugh alot about our skunk encounter! God always provides a way where there seems to be no way! We praise Him for always being there for us through good times and bad!! I have a snake story, too, but will save that one until another time.

    Katy, Howard and I have been praying for you every day, but we will especially pray that you will rest comfortably tonight, and that the Remicade treatment tomorrow will
    do exactly what is needed to make you stronger.

    Blessings and prayers,

  16. Karen Tillman Says:

    Hey Katy,
    I was very glad to see that you commented back to someone. I hope this means that your day today is going well. At least as well as can be expected, considering Remicade is tomorrow. Just wanted to let you know that my prayers are with you always.
    Karen Tillman

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