Wednesday, 30 December 2009

"HOPE" -- Jaylene & Stefan's baby

I told you about Jaylene & Stefan Matthews in Campobello last week, and how their baby girl, now named "HOPE," is having some problems 'in utero.' (Jaylene is 5 months pregnant). NOTHING is too hard for the LORD, so we're asking readers to pray for this little girl, that when she is born, all will be well. I asked Jaylene to write something for the blog....

Dear Deb,
What we would like your listeners and readers to know is, that I am twenty two weeks pregnant and our baby girl has been diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Please ask them to pray for the Lord to heal the stenosis in her left ventricle and to also heal the two too small chambers of the left side of her heart Himself. Please ask them to pray that we don't get anymore bad or devastating news from the doctors we are about to see. It is my hope that they tell us that God has touched her heart and there is no longer any damage! Please pray that the damage does not get any worse, just that it gets better. If it is not His will to heal her, then please pray that the doctor's can help Hope in utero, or that she can have a successful three surgery process that can make her heart be normal. Please pray for guidance and peace for her daddy and me. He is the God or miracles, what a testimony Hope Ruth will have if He decides to heal her Himself. We believe in miracles, do you? God Bless, Jalene and Stefan Matthews

Nurse Cherry's 'Report'

First Came The Word and Then The Signs and Wonders

Don’t doubt the Lord and His words to you, even if you don’t understand right then or it doesn’t seem to make sense.
On Sept. 16/09 the Lord sent a word to me through a person who was praying for me—he said during the prayer “you have a care---heavy on your heart---that will soon disappear ---a family member perhaps.
At the time of this prayer it didn’t make sense to me. But I held onto the word in my heart.
On Oct. 19 my mom had a breast biopsy. That afternoon as I was driving to mom’s house, a song came on the Christian radio station. I don’t know the name of it but as it was playing I knew it was significant. It had a line in it that said “you don’t always get a chance to say goodbye”. I felt encouraged by this. Then that evening at my house, when I was getting ready to start supper I looked out the window in my kitchen and saw a full rainbow. I remember saying out loud “thank you Lord, you are showing me something, I know. A sign of hope”.
Such overwhelming peace started that day. Phil.4:7 says‘the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus’. Verse 9 says ‘and the God of peace will be with you’.
This is so true. I have never had such peace in my whole life. At a time when in the natural I could have been crying and losing sleep, instead, I had so much peace that I felt like laughing hysterically. Beyond my wildest imagination! As each Dr’s appointment, surgery date and result time came the peace continued. So many people were praying for us. Now when you have peace like this, you know that God has supplied it.
On Dec. 7 the first results came in- no lymph node involvement, cancer well contained and removed, no chemo required. Mom told the Dr. “I could hug your neck”. This result was like an early Christmas present.
Dec. 23 was the bow on the present. She does not require any further treatment. The radiation oncologist told her she shouldn’t say “I have cancer but I had cancer”. He said “we will just keep an eye on you for the next 5 years”.
Now, through all of this, we know that the Lord has had His eye on her and His fingerprints have been all over her diagnosis. You see, she is 74 years old and mammograms are not routinely offered to women her age, you have to ask for one. But God had her Dr. order one. Mom didn’t know you have to ask for one after age 69. Remember the verse in Ps. 31:15 that says “ my times are in Thy hand”? Mom has told the Drs the Lord has had a hand in all of this. I know it. And at the start of all this, that is exactly where I placed Mom--- in His hands and I left her there!
And now, the care has quickly disappeared as was prophesied. Praise the Lord from Whom all blessings flow.

Cheryl (aka Nurse Cherry)

Thank you...Cheryl....Praise God is right!

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Happy Holidays!

I have an account to write, but no time to write it! It's been a whir of activity, these past few days, and I want to document it for posterity's sake. Especially the account of the "Missing Pear and the Fox Deceiv'd," which involves me and my younger sister, Janet. It reminds me of last year's a "Tale of Two Believes" (January blog).

Anyway, the coffee is brewing, and I will be heading off to the radio station in a bit, but thought I would post for a few minutes. Tomorrow (Wed), we go to Saint John to get Natalie and Aiden at the airport (3 pm). Would appreciate your prayers for their safe travel, as they travel from The Pas to Winnipeg, Winnipeg to Halifax, and Halifax to Saint John. Aiden is not yet 2 years old, and of course is 'active,' to say the least. Pray for peace and calm on the flights (the airplane AND Aiden!) and the best flights ever! We are so excited that she is coming home again -- her visit THIS time is "just because," and not because of my health. We thank God for His goodness to us.

The radio show is off and running as of yesterday, and will evolve as I get in 'the groove.' My coffee is 'a brewin,' so must run and sit down. Hope you're enjoying the beautiful snow that is falling this morning. Papa Doug is upstairs snoring away.

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Christmas Memory

Rick Green (CJRI) called me today and asked me to write a special Christmas memory, which will be aired later today on the station. Here it is:


I have many special Christmas memories, but I think the one I love the most is this:

When my grandparents on my mother's side were still living, we would gather together during Christmas week and share a potluck meal and exchange gifts. All my aunts and uncles and cousins were in the house – what a time of happy confusion!

Sometime during the evening, Aunt Muriel would start to 'tickle the ivories' and that piano would ring out, calling us to SING!

We would gather 'round the piano and croon carols and Christmas songs for a couple of hours – with four part harmony, as aunts, uncles and cousins sang the old favorites of the season.

I especially liked "Silver Bells," "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire," and "Winter Wonderland." I still remember how beautiful our voices sounded as we sang
into the night. And I treasured every note . We were and still are a family that loves to sing. I thank God for that memory and the gift of SONG.



!Deb and !Doug


Tuesday, 22 December 2009


Tuesday Morning...

Hi -- I just received a call from Jalene Matthews, a dear friend in Campobello.

Jalene is 5 months pregnant, and she and her husband, Stefan, just found out yesterday that her baby (girl) has hypoplastic left heart syndrome. This is a VERY SERIOUS CONDITION.

They will be meeting with a doctor in Portland, Maine the first week of January as to whether surgery is possible when the baby girl is born (4 months from now). The doctor asked Jalene if they would consider aborting the baby now, but they said an emphatic, “NO!”

She called me this morning, very upset, asking for prayer. She wants as many people to know as possible, so I told her I would send out an email to the prayer warriors. She also asked me to put it on the blog and wherever. I reminded her that GOD IS IN CONTROL and to keep her head, not panic, and to pray. To stand as in 2 Chronicles 20 (like I did last year when going through all my treatments; the battle is not hers, but the LORD’s!).

Pray for wisdom for the doctors, that this baby be HEALED in utero, that when she is BORN, that the heart WILL BE THE NORMAL SIZE. Right now, she is living off her mother. Pray and imagine that left ventricle growing to normal as you pray for this sweet little girl yet unborn, but LIVING!

Pray that God would over-ride any news given by the doctors (I know this to be true!).

Pray for peace for Jalene and Stefan — that they will realize that God is in control; to not panic but to remain calm; to stand and see the deliverance of the LORD in this situation; to praise and thank Him for His healing of their little girl.

Jalene’s email is should you wish to contact her individually with words of encouragement and prayers.

PLEASE PUT THIS SITUATION IN FRONT OF YOU FOR THE NEXT FEW MONTHS AND PRAY! (on your fridge, your mirror, wherever you will be reminded to pray for these dear people).

Thank you...


Hypoplastic left heart syndrome is a rare congenital heart defect in which the left side of the heart is severely underdeveloped. (You can 'Google' it for more information).

It was the Longest Day

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

English novelist (1812 - 1870)

Ann reminded me today that yesterday (Dec 21st) was the SHORTEST day of the year, not the LONGEST, as I stated. Well, like Charles Dickens, it was the longest day, yet the shortest day in my world.

First Day of Winter

Hey Jude -- I was sitting by my bedside, after folding a load of laundry. Trying to wind down after the wild party. Thought I would journal a page or two. Realized that it was December 21st, the first day of winter. This is the longest day of the year, and I think it IS turning into a long day for me, considering I'm still sitting here by the Christmas tree blogging.

I remember that today is the second anniversary of Duane White, our dear friend and beloved husband of Janet White #1. I pray that she has felt the peace of God today as she remembers her love, her 'honeybee,' as she calls him. My heart and prayers are with you, Jan. Talk to you soon.

Good night again, Jude...

Party Hearty

Hey Jude,

Nice seeing you today at the post office and giving you a couple of hugs, and seeing your look-alike daughter. It's nice when our daughters resemble us, isn't it? My daughter is coming home in just over a week. Hard to believe. It seems like forever when I stood in her driveway in The Pas and we cried our eyes out as we parted. And now to think God has made a way for her to come home, with Aiden in her papoose.

Had a party tonight. Think I told you that today, that I was planning for a party, after I went to the radio station. Lots of munchies, including strawberries dipped in icing sugar -- that a was hit, and almost burnt Shortbread cookies (my second attempt to get them perfect failed, yet they are delish, as Gloria told me tonight). Attendants at tonight's party were: Harry & Gloria, who entertained us in The Soul Cafe (home edition) with various songs while I strummed along on my guitar; Ann & Dick (I call him 'Richard' and he calls me 'Deborah'), Don and Cousin Els, and of course, me and my beau. A few carols, a Yankee swap where absolutely NO one traded, numerous trivia quizzes with prizes (I always like to challenge the brain at a party), and more eating. Seemed to be lots of volume at this party and much laughter, as words got mixed up and sentences misconstrued. Gloria decided she wanted whipped cream on Cousin Els' dessert, so I sprayed her with it -- by accident, of course. So she took over the duty, and absolutely covered Doug with whipped cream. A culinary accident, for sure, but a very healthy dose of laughter occurred because of it. Pots and pots of coffee and cans of apple cider were consumed. And of course, the night wouldn't be complete without the men separating from the women so they can talk about men/women stuff. You can only imagine. The women chose to congregate around the kitchen table where the feeding trough was, and ate like they hadn't seen food before, even though the first feeding occurred an hour previous.

About 11:30, Don needed to go feed the horses out at the ranch, so the party participants split like a banana, wishing Merry Christmas with kisses all around.

I'm still up, cleaning up and eating up and blogging up.

Exciting news -- found out on the weekend and confirmed today that I am getting my own solo radio show weekdays from 10 am to 2 pm. Calling it "The Soul Cafe." Go figure. God is certainly surprising me with the doors He is opening. I start next week. Stay tuned...

Check out the website for a poem I recorded for the "Stay in Tune" radio spots. It is written by our friend, Brenda Branscombe. Called "The Mission." In a couple of days I hope to have another one on there called "Wise Men Still Seek Him," co-written by Nurse Cherry and myself. If you have an inkling for an idea, let me know and we can be co-collaborators. Is that a word, by the way? By the way, it IS 12:41, and I should be sleeping, but I'm too wired for sound.

Tomorrow I need to plan the Christmas eve service (I'm in 'charge'), make a recording or two, wrap presents and perhaps cook.

Here is the recipe for the cookies, a recipe designed by the OT Director, aka Doris Child...

Cream 1 lb butter, 2 cups brown sugar
Add 3 1/2 cups flour & 1/2 cup corn starch to creamed mixture with any of the following (I added ALL):

butterscotch chips
chocolate chips
nuts (I used blanched almonds)
dried cranberries
or whatever (whatever you like in a cookie)

Divide dough into four parts. Roll each part into a bag and wrap in waxed paper. Chill. Store in fridge. Slice cookies as needed. Cook for 3 days @ 400. No, seriously, that's about what I did. You need to cook them for 6-7 minutes @ 400, but watch them carefully, especially if your oven runs hot like mine does, and then you burn them. An Airbake pan would be nice. I need one. Perhaps Santa is reading my blog and will buy me one for Christmas.

Nite... Santa, if you don't want burnt cookies, you might want to buy me an Airbake pan. If you don't know what that is, ask short Ann. She'll tell you.

Hey Jude -- good night.

Sunday, 20 December 2009


What a weekend: Friday was shop til you drop day, although it didn't take me long to 'drop,' about an hour, and I was arguing with Doris, (who became my personal shopping assistant and a taskmaster) -- "I want to go home! I hate shopping! My body hurts! My knees ache! I can't walk!" But I did manage to get a few things by afternoon, and felt so at peace once I made it to the Brookside Mall and the quiet of that place. And my favorite store, of course -- Zellers -- where you can get everything you need for Christmas. I must go back there this week, as I am not finished by any stretch of the imagination.

The rock band -- well, we rocked, and "First Cut is the Deepest" was me rockin' it out. I had to laugh all evening at myself, "I'm in a rock band, and it's LOUD!" Great fun.

Saturday morning -- breakfast at the church, and playing the piano for carols with the folk. Tony's Music Box, an art shop, and an hour long coffee break with Rick Green and Doug at Read's Bookstore/Newstand, where more ideas flowed. More on that later.

Home where I got ready for Christmas tree adventures. Doris, the OT Director, picked me up in her van while Doug put away equipment, and we drove to Grasses' Tree Farm (about 1 mile up the road), where the second tree was the one for my house. Doris and Bob loaded it on the van while I stood and watched (It's nice to have help, isn't it?). Doug kindly put it in the stand, and Doris started loading the tree with lights, while I made cookies (we had this goal to do all these things in one day). I came in and helped decorate and we finished it in about an hour, while the cookies were baking. We didn't know how long to bake them, so we guessed. Not a good decision. They are 'dunkers.' Found out they should have baked for 6-7 minutes at 400 degrees, and we cooked them for 20 minutes at 300!. Then upstairs to cut out a John Deere quilt for Jack. I was beginning to tire by this time (not sure why), but the OT Director kept pushing me -- you can do it, you can do it, keep going, keep going, it seemed like she chanted.

The phone rang and it was Natalie, and I still had to cut material while talking on the phone. No rest for the weary. Found out Natalie is coming home on December 30th until February 17th! REJOICE, REJOICE! And of course, Aiden boy will be arriving as well. My quiver is full now.

I called Mom to come up and look at the quilt and give me some advice, while putting a pizza in the oven to bake. A quilt expert at my beck and call. Granny Quiltmaker. I love her. She's always there for me. She gave me some advice and the quilt is still on the bed in disarray, awaiting my return.

Saturday evening, Doug and I went over to Rick Green's house (he is a broadcaster with the station and has been in radio since early 60's). He taught me "Radio 101" as he calls it. I have a teacher. I told him that 'when the student is ready, the teacher will appear." We have a lot of projects up our sleeve, and I will learn much from this veteran of radio.

Sunday morning dawned bright and early, and I went to church to lead the music -- a couple of singing groups that I'm involved with directing -- "First Love," and "Second Chance." One contemporary, one not so contemporary. Fun. My hands were numb most of the time while I beat out the tunes on the piano, but I kept going. Took off for home to change for the Fredericton Ladies' Choir concert at St. Dunstans at 3 pm. Amazing experience, with 1,000 people in attendance! It is such an awesome privilege to sing and to feel all the music swirling around my head, and to sing my heart out. And to be alive.

Tonight was an evening meal with Doris and Laurie, Sandra and Randy at Doris'. She became a cook instead of an OT director. I had a sleep in the chair after dinner while everyone else talked. Then Doris became the OT director and taught Sandra how to make those giant snowflakes we made last year. I brought one home with me that she made me.

Stay tuned for the next episode of life. This has been an event-packed weekend, and I'm sure everyone out there is having a busy time this busy time of year. I think I just need to sit in a chair and relax like I did tonight, blanket wrapped around my aching knees and feet.

Now I'll go lie this body down and thank the Lord for yet another good day.

Thursday, 17 December 2009

What a Busy Time

Isn't life crazy before Christmas? Going hither and yon and doing everything under the sun? Do you feel like you're on a roller coaster? I do. Now I need a personal shopping assistant to help me shop. Perhaps tomorrow, I'll find one. Finally mailed some Christmas cards. If you didn't get one from me, I apologize, and consider this as your Christmas greeting. I have quite a list to mail to -- trying to mail as many as I could in the limited time I have. When and if I ever get organized...

I was on the radio show by myself for three hours today. I loved it. Selected most of the songs that aired; that was fun. Tonight, went to practice with another singing group that has started in the church. Monday night, met with another group that we're calling First Love (perhaps I already mentioned this). Tonight's group we decided to call Second Chance!

Tomorrow I hope to shop as I said, and tomorrow night is the big staff party at Ho Jo's, where we debut in our rock band. Our first and only gig, but you never know what may flow out of this. Never knew I'd ever be in a rock band, and never knew that I'd be a radio host. You never know do you? (a neighbour used to say this all the time). Remember, Nat & Jon?

Our house looks like sound equipment exploded -- it's everywhere, awaiting transferral to the hotel banquet hall tomorrow evening.

And Jon and Alicia and three grandkids are on their way down to stay overnight. A total house explosion is pending. Night. Busy, busy, but not too busy to notice that it's great to be alive and to experience all the opportunities the Lord is providing.

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

The Mission

Here is a poem received from a friend and reader of this blog: Brenda Branscombe, from Petitcodiac. I asked her if I could put it on the blog, and she agreed. Enjoy!


Christ, born in a manger
A very humble birth
Would change many lives
While He walked on this earth

He didn't look for wealth
Or try to capture fame,
To draw us to His Father
That is why He came

He laid aside His majesty
And all His glory from above
To fulfill the words of long ago
This was a mission of pure love

A love that came to us that night
And still remains for us today
A love so strong it calls us back
If we stumble or stray

When the star announced the place
Where Baby Jesus would get His start
Kings and shepherds bowed to Him
And held great wonder in their heart

The wonder that they felt that night
Would be felt for years untold
The love He offers all of us
It never will grow old

I did not see the manger
On the night He came to earth
But I see Him everywhere I go
And in Him I find my worth

I missed His first arrival
It was way before my time
But I was on His heart that night
And the blessings they are mine

And so each year around this time
I do my best to remember
That Jesus is with us all year round
Not only in December

As you take in all the festive things
Remember the great cost
Jesus willingly paid for us
So our soul would not be lost

From heaven and its splendor
To a little Jewish town
To the cross of suffering
Salvation has come down

If you have only read this story
But never felt it in your heart
Seek Him out this very day
It's never too late to start


Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Check this out

Check out this unique Christmas music that Robin told me about last night: (Paste this address in your web browser). Enjoy!

Monday, 14 December 2009


Two parties in one day. The BEADY BUNCH came for lunch. Hey, that rhymes - perhaps I should write a song about that and have a television show of the same name: it could be about four adult women of varying ages that take piano and get together once a week with an erratic teacher. And then every so often, they bring an assortment of egg dishes and green salads and eat while the teacher does private lessons in the other room. I'll have to contact CBC about doing a pilot episode.

Then the radio station in the afternoon where I downloaded more Christmas music and got it ready to play on the air, as well as being 'on the air' quite a bit this afternoon, discussing various and sundry things.

Tonight was teaching til 8:30, then another party with another group -- four university students who came to eat chips, chocolate and sparkling cider and then sing for a couple of hours. We are forming a contemporary quartet (I'm the fourth 'university student;' keeps me young, you know, to hang out with younger people). We brainstormed and came up with a name: "First Love." Stay tuned.... We sang until 11:30 until I said I needed to go to bed. If I must say so, we sound pretty good.

Since I haven't yet had my supper, I think I should partake of my nightly toast and retire. Here's a toast to this day -- another great day, full of parties and music.


PS: Here is a recipe that "A" brought to the BEADY BUNCH BRUNCH (and I could eat it! Cheryl F., take note! These squares are delish!)

Hi Deb

Here is the full recipe for the squares I took to The Soul Cafe today. Of course, for you I only made the top two layers (Layers 3 & 4), however I thought your Mom asked for the recipe as well.


2 cups Flour
1 tsp Salt (skimpy)
1 1/3 cups Shortening
2 Tblsp Butter (or Margarine) softened
2 Tblsp Cold Water

Mix flour and salt together and cut in shortening and butter until they are size of peas. Moisten with cold water and pack into ball. Roll out thin and press into 9"X13" pan. (I don't bother rolling it out, I just use my hands to press it into the bottom of the pan.)

1/2 cup Raspberry Jam thinly spread over pastry base (I use seedless raspberry jam)

1 cup Butter (or Margarine)
1 1/3 cup Sugar
4 Eggs
1 1/3 cups Rice Flour unsifted
sprinkle of salt
1 - 2 tsp Almond flavouring (original recipe doesn't call for this, but I add it)

Cream together butter and sugar and beat in eggs one at a time. Stir in flour & salt. Mix until well combined.
DIVIDE this cake mixture into 2 bowls, Half and Half. Tint one half red and the other half green. Dab in small amounts on jam layer in a checkerboard fashion. (A melon baller works well for this.) Lightly spread together to get rid of any air pockets.

Bake at 350 F - 375 F (depending on your own individual oven) for approx 30 - 35 minutes. Watch closely. Cool well.

3 cups Icing Sugar
4 Tblsp Butter
2 tsp Almond Flavouring
4 Tblsp Milk -- warm in microwave

Cream icing sugar and butter, then stir in warm milk and almond flavouring. Add icing sugar or a little more milk as desired for spreading consistency. Spread on well-cooled squares. Freezes well.

Garnish as desired with nuts, cherries, etc.

*** When only making the top two layers I greased and floured the pan before putting the cake batter in it. (I used spray oil and rice flour.)

ENJOY !!!!


Sunday, 13 December 2009

The Weekend

Man, the weeks go fast. I can't seem to keep up with the days! Just got home from a packed weekend which included:

1. Friday night practice session with the Stan Cassidy Rock Band (next Friday is our 'debut). This is a band I'm in for Doug's Christmas party, not really a rock band, but the majority of the music is rock, and I feel like I'm back in the 70s and 80s. I play the piano and sing.

2. To Saint John Regional Hospital on Saturday morning to see my Aunt (Mom's sister) in Intensive Care. She was diagnosed with esophageal cancer and is not doing well. Mom and I went in to see her and talked and prayed with her. I cried of course; very difficult for me to see her this way. Please pray for my dear aunt.

3. Back to Fredericton. Stopped in to the open house at CJRI radio station for some refreshments and to see everyone.

4. Up to Bristol to Jon & Alicia's, greeted with warm welcome. Stayed overnight. Played on the floor with the kids and slept by the fire. Practiced the mandolin.

5. Back to Fredericton Sunday evening and attended a concert at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre, where Catrina, one of my guitar students (she's part of what I call "The Flick Flack Girls") was singing.

6. Now to eat dinner at 9 o'clock!

A great weekend, and now back to normal living again. Although with our life, is anything normal?

Tomorrow I have two parties here at the house...The Soul Cafe Home. The BEADY Bunch is coming for BRUNCH, and the younger group (haven't got a name yet) is coming after I finish teaching. And of course, I'll be on the radio in the afternoon. I need an events organizer.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

My visit with Dr. Broad

Met with Dr. Broad today for a very thorough exam. Here is a synopsis (feel like I'm giving a weather report!):

WHITE BLOOD COUNT -- Found out that Nov.'s count was 3.3, and today it was 3.2. This is up from 2.1, 2.9 this fall. Still not where it should be (5), but she said she wasn't worried about it. I breathed a sigh of relief. (Normal range is 4-11). Don't really know why it's down, but she's OK with it, and I'm OK with that.

RED BLOOD COUNT (hemoglobin) -- an AMAZING 144 or 14.4 -- (Normal is 12-16)...She said this is why I've had so much energy, as so much iron in my blood. I believe my last test was 13.5. She said it was all the roast beef I must be eating. And that it takes 2-3 months for what you eat to show up in your test results. So, I've decided to continue on with the roast beef/red meat once a week (which is not me, however...I will sacrifice for the sake of my blood).

Bone densitometry test -- good
Mammogram done in October - good

She did a major physical exam -- heart, lungs, abdominal organs, Blood pressure -- excellent

Scar exam, lymph nodes, other breast, lymph nodes -- good (she told me to keep examining my scar tissue and get familiar with what it feels like so I can check for any changes; which I didn't know to do... Abdominal exam....,

Regarding numbness and pain in both hands (my hands go to sleep all the time and it's difficult to do anything with them). Did an exam of my hands, says she doesn't see signs of osteoarthritis in hands, must be carpal tunnel (I've been wearing a splint all fall). Gave me another prescription for splints on both arms. Sending me for neural pathway exam or something like that with a physiatrist doctor. Possible surgery if this test shows up I have carpal tunnel. The drug I'm on (Armidex) causes this AND all the pain I have in my body. I can live with the pain and have developing coping mechanisms, but having a hard time with my hands being numb and asleep all the time.

Gave me prescription for new 'chatty cathy arms, I call them for the carpal tunnel til I can meet with the specialist. She says she needs to get my hands fixed up for what I do (playing instruments; my livelihood)!

Told me to take ibuprofen in morning before I get up to help with pain and getting going in the morning. Need to get some by my bedside, I guess.

Talked about my plantars fascitis in my feet and what to do there (she is a runner)...told me to wear sneakers most of the time and I said "I'm too hot!" Talked about hot flashes and laughed about that. Doug was in the room with me.

Allergic reaction stuff -- said I developed an allergy to the chemicals in the processed cheese (what does that tell us about what is in processed food?). So no more cheez whiz or Kraft singles!

Asked me if I would participate in a survey on keeping active during chemo and how you 'fare' after chemo; said I would be an ideal candidate, as she knew how active I was during chemo.

Not seeing me until May 12th as I see Dr. Bryden on Feb 1st. We talked about possible mastectomy next summer as well... She gave me a very thorough exam, and I left her office on cloud nine, praising and thanking God! Thank you for your prayers!

Went to Mom's to tell her - "All is well," Mom -- we hugged each other. Mom has been through so much this year -- what with me, and Dad.... and now her sister who is in Saint John Hospital with esophageal cancer (please pray for her...)

I had an idea about how to celebrate: Mom is cooking BEEF for dinner tonight and Doug and I will go there tonight after I finish teaching, then watch Meryl Streep in "Julie and Julia." (About Julia Child, who I always liked growing up). I think that's why I like cooking is because of Julia Child and James Barber. Anyway, I'm excited and thankful, and looking forward to tonight's celebration with my parents.

Good news! Thank you, God!

More good news yesterday! Found out that Natalie and Aiden are coming home on January 12, and staying til Feb. 17th! I am blessed and SO excited. And this time, I will be well....All is well, and I'm rejoicing all the day long.



Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Blood Test/Appointment

I would appreciate your prayers as I go on Wednesday for another blood test, and then to Dr. Broad for my three month check-up. Pray that all is well, and it is!


Monday, 7 December 2009


I received an email from our son, Jonathan about Jack. I asked him if I could share it with you. "Sure," he replied....

Jack says to me:
"Dad? Can you get me a jack to jack it up?"  (Referring to a toy truck)

Alicia subsequently says to me:
"Isn't that a freedundancy?  That is, a Jack asking for a jack to jack with?"

What do you think?


Thursday, 3 December 2009

John Boy & Northern Exposure

I always loved John Boy Walton when I was growing up -- sitting at his desk in the upstairs window, writing in his composition book. I have an office like that, and every time I sit at my desk lately and look out the window and write, I think of myself as John Boy. I always wanted to be able to write like him. Tonight I came home from being on the radio station, and the Waltons were on. Hmmm.

Then I turned on Northern Exposure, which was another show I used to love to watch. I was always enamored by the radio show host and his musings on the air. And now, I am on the radio. Today, Gord asked me to do it on my own from 4 to 6 pm, and he left the building! It was awesome. I did OK, I think.

So, two TV shows I used to watch coming true in my life. Isn't God cool?

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Chefs at Large

Well, I now have a few chefs working for me. 'Richard,' who cooks me chili, Cuz Charlotte who is always bringing various baked goods over (like gluten-free blueberry muffins the other day), Doris, and my mother on occasion. Actually, I'm craving one of her famous hamburgers right now, as I await the last student of the week. I'm teaching 27 students, I think -- I've actually lost count. I love teaching. It gives me purpose and a sense of accomplishment when I see them work on a song. The kids bless me -- it's like having a bunch of grandkids, and they go home as well!

Today is Doug's parents 59th wedding anniversary. Imagine that. Next year, I'll have to make sure their picture gets on "Live at Five." Congrats!

Still enjoying the radio and am producing a couple more spots this week, including a spoof spot which you probably won't hear, unless you email me for it. I was having fun with Becky, after guitar last week.

The adult students are doing well and are impressing me, to say the least. Ann H., Elsbeth, Donalda (my mother), Beth, Deanna, Robin, Erin, Cheryl, Gloria, Erin, Rachel and Becky. Wow, you're never too late to learn, as I said before.

Brady is here for drumming, so on with the show!

Thursday afternoon will find me at the radio station all afternoon, God willing...

I wonder where the next meal is coming from?

Hungry !Deb

Oh, and Southshore Sis, I want to talk to you! Call me tonight if you can