Monthly Archives: December 2017

[NICK &] THE BUG WHO TRIED TO STEAL CHRISTMAS, 2017

DISTRACTION ALERT!!!  DISTRACTION ALERT!!!  HA!!!  Now, I’ve NEVER done this before, but I have a sudden urge to insert an actual “SPOTLIGHT NEWS” post within this blog post!!!  READY???  OKAY!!!  (Startin’ OFF in cheerleading style…)

SPOTLIGHT NEWS…HIGHLIGHTING NICHOLAS ZENZ OF DELTA, OH. 

Now, Nick, my nephew (27-ish years old) “IS” the Grinch at Christmas time…FULL costume-and-ALL!!!  Yep, Nick (my nephew) is SPECIAL…very tall, smart, good-looking, etc.  Just sayin’.  So anyways, Nick has made appearances as “The Grinch” at the Luther Home of Mercy in OHIO, adding cheer to their annual Christmas party for the past 2 years.  Yep, he sure has.  AND…???…???…???…he can ALSO be seen out-and-about visiting family and friends as “The Grinch,” as well!!!  YEP, HE SURE CAN BE!!!  NO KIDDING, folks!!!  Nick recently visited my sister/his aunt, Laura, in the following Grinch garb with his mother/my sister, Lynn, in the photo seen standing behind him/Nick/The Grinch.  :/  OH BOTHER.  YA’LL  STILL WITH ME???

IMG_2850  I simply cannot make this stuff up, folks!!!

  GO TEAM NICK!!!  WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!!!

Now…back to the blog post:  THE BUG THAT TRIED TO STEAL CHRISTMAS, 2017

  OOOHHHhhhhhh…no, No, NO you nasty, undesirable pest (our little holiday respiratory “BUG”)!!!  TEAM ALLEN is surviving.  We ENJOYED  Christmas…”TOGETHER!!!”  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  AND…”TEAM ALLEN” will enjoy our time “TOGETHER” right on up to the New Year, 2018…and BEYOND!!!  :/ (Buzz Lightyear-sorry)  DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!

HA!!!  BACK-OFF, BUG!!!  WE’VE GOT “HONEY” IN THE CUPBOARD!!!  😉

WHO KNEW???…???…???…  that a little bit of “HONEY” could save the holidays!!!???!!!???!!!???  Jesus and then Grandma Allen KNEW!!!  THAT’S WHO!!!

GO TEAM!!!  WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!!! 

P.H.P., folks.  People Helping People…to survive “LIFE”.

Give the BEST of yourself for “JUST” today…”EVERY” day!!!

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

A [TEA]SPOONFUL OF…???…???…???

“HONEY” :/  (yuck) HELPED me feel better yesterday.  Yes, I felt better yesterday.  AND I FEEL EVEN BETTER YET TODAY!!!  OOOooohhhhhh…A [tea]spoonful of HONEY  :/   (yuck)  HELPED me feel better yesterday.  In the MOST delightful way…HEY!!!

WHO KNEW???!!!???!!!???!!!  Thank-you, Jesus!!!  HE DEFINITELY KNEW.  And thank-you, Barbara Allen, my AMAZING mother-in-law!!!  SHE KNEW TOO!!!  Because He knew FIRST!!!  AMEN.

Where to begin???  (I already know where to end)  😉  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

It appears a “BUG” of-some-sort decided to visit our home for Christmas…”AND BEYOND”.  🙁  Starting BEFORE Christmas with my husband (Chris) -> daughter (Danielle) -> son (Chase)-> now, my“SELF” (Jill)!!!  (Pppsssttt…PLEASE notice there is no adjective prior to my name here,  Aaaahhhhhh…and there’s a purposeful reason for that, folks!!!  STAY TUNED…) 

Thank-you Jesus!!!  And thanks to my mother-in-law, Barbara, my husband took charge…YESTERDAY.  Helping, or encouraging, TEAM ALLEN  to gather and consume 1 teaspoonful of “HONEY”.  :/  YUCK!!!

Yep, my cough was a nasty “PEST” ( because of the “bug”)  😉  yesterday when Chris encouraged me -> Chase -> Danielle ALL to consume 1 teaspoonful of “HONEY”…as per his mother.  YUCK!!!

I went first.  I wanted to “GAG,” but forced my“SELF” to swallow that nasty-feeling “STUFF”.  A.K.A.:  HONEY.   (It felt like a clump of mucus in my mouth-SORRY :/  Then Chase prevailed.  And then Danielle, the LAST…???…???…???… struggled the MOST!!!  But she, TOO, conquered the… HONEY (mucus).  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  The kids and I then went “[AFTER] CHRISTMAS” shopping.  DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WOO-WHOOOOOO!!! 

Now, I can ONLY speak for my“SELF,” but I felt BETTER!!!    THANK-YOU, JESUS!!!  Thank-you, Barbara.  Thank-you, Chris.  And “PERHAPS”…???…???…???…Thank-you, “ME”.  If you, TOO, will try just 1 teaspoonful of “HONEY” when you’re feeling a bit down, or under-the-weather your“SELF”.

YEP…a teaspoonful of “HONEY” is HELPING me  feel EVEN better yet TODAY!!!  IN THE MOST DELIGHTFUL WAY!!!  😉  HEY!!!

GO TEAM!!!  WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!!!

P.H.P., folks.  People Helping People…to survive “LIFE”.

Give the BEST of yourself for “JUST” today…”EVERY” day!!!

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

 

 

THE TRACKS OF MY SCARS…

are leading straight to You.   Thank-You, Jesus.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

LIFE [HAS BEEN] DIFFICULT, folks.  53 years of it.  The darkness and pain is being replaced by His light, love and peace.  HELPING me to see His goodness in Everything.  PERIOD.  No more questions.  No more concerns.  JUST PURE FAITH.  DOUBLE PERIOD, PERIOD!!!  :/

GOD IS GOOD…ALL THE TIME!!!  ALL THE TIME…GOD IS GOOD!!!  And…???…???…???…GOD IS MY #1 HELPER…@ numberoneteam.net!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!

GO TEAM!!!  WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!!!

P.H.P., folks.  People Helping People…to survive “LIFE”.

Give the BEST of yourself for “JUST” today…”EVERY” day!!!

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

THE SCARS OF LIFE…

are like a road map that leads us from “HERE” to “THERE”.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

LIFE IS DIFFICULT, folks.  For Everybody.  EVERYWHERE.

Who is HELPING  lay-down the tracks of your scars?  God or Satan???  And???…???…???…

“DO YOU KNOW”…???…???…???…

‘WHERE YOU’RE GOIN’ TO”???

GOD IS GOOD…ALL THE TIME!!!  ALL THE TIME…GOD IS GOOD!!!  Please allow God to use the pain of your scars to “HELP” lay-down your road-map in His LIGHT.  ACCORDING TO HIS PLAN.  NOT YOUR OWN.

GO TEAM!!!  WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!!!

P.H.P., folks.  People Helping People.

Give the BEST of yourself for JUST today…”EVERY” day!!!

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

GO TEAM BREE!!!

BREANN KATHRYN RILEY.  WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!!!  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

Where to begin???  Where to end???  Guide my thoughts, Heavenly Father, as I attempt to blog about a very, Very, VERY “DIFFICULT” situation experienced by any “TEAMMATE”.  ANYWHERE.  ANYTIME.  And for ANY REASON:   “THE LOSS OF A CHILD”.  OUCH.  My heart aches, Father…  🙁 

Yep, “LIFE IS DIFFICULT,” Father.  Right Here.  RIGHT NOW.  On 12/15/17, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE…???…???…???… claimed the LIFE of a young woman and mother of 2.  The 21 year-old daughter of a friend and former “TEAM-BLUE”-MATE, Maria Lanfair-Riley.  Hhhmmm…

My daughter, Danielle, danced with Bree in Showtime USA.  Performing together.  Touring Together.  Both girls graduated the same year (2015) from different High Schools here in St. Augustine, FL.

My heart aches, Heavenly Father.   “I CAN ONLY IMAGINE”… the difficulties Maria will face as she moves to Michigan in order to care for her 2 grandsons during the trial…with the mixed emotions of GREAT PAIN over losing Bree  with GREAT “HOPE” for adopting the boys and returning home to St. Augustine, FL post trial.  Hhhmmm…my heart aches, Father…

“I CAN ONLY IMAGINE”… 

Please HELP us to share Your seeds of FAITH & LOVE, Father.   And to NOURISH them DAILY.  As per Your will for us each.

GO TEAM BREE!!!  WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!!!      

P.H.P., folks.  People Helping People.

Give the BEST of yourself for “JUST” today…”EVERY” day!!!

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

HAVE I TOLD YOU LATELY (MARIA)…???…???…???

that “I LOVE YOU”???  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

“I DO”…to you, And You AND YOU TOO!!!  YES…”YOU”!!!

I HOPE you know it…ALL THE TIME, my friend(s)…even when I get too busy in my own world (“JILL’S WORLD”) to wonder about the conditions in yours.

“I LOVE YOU!!!”  ALWAYS & FOREVER.

GOD IS GOOD…ALL THE TIME!!!  ALL THE TIME…GOD IS GOOD!!!

GO TEAM!!!  WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!!!

P.H.P.,  folks.  People Helping People…to survive “LIFE”.

Give the BEST of yourself for “JUST” today…”EVERY” day!!!

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

 

HOLY SPIRIT…

You are welcome “HERE” …

And Oh… how we need You now…

“LIFE IS DIFFICULT,” Heavenly Father.  For Everybody.  EVERYWHERE.  PLEASE “HELP” us to “HELP” each other survive this “CRAZY” thing called “LIFE”.  T-O-G-E-T-H-E-R.

I feel Your tug, or that peaceful push for me to “GO”…  JUST GO, JILL… and share His LOVE, PEACE AND COMFORT with those who are hurting.  Right Here.  RIGHT NOW…during this most glorious time of the year.  “CHRISTMAS.”  MY  very, Very, VERY  F-A-V-O-R-I-T-E  TIME OF THE YEAR.  ALWAYS & FOREVER.

GO TEAM!!  WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!!!

P.H.P., folks.  People Helping People…to survive “LIFE”.

Give the BEST of yourself for “JUST” today…”EVERY” day.

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

 

 

 

 

WHEN MAMA [ALMOST] FELL…

THROUGH THE ROOF!!!  Eeeccckkk!!!  Now wait-a-MINUTE…I have KNOWN forEVER…to stay on the beams when crawling around up in our garage!!!   🙁  

I JUST needed to stretch a little bit further…reach, Reach, REACH…for those Christmas boxes up in the attic  in search of yester-years’ “JINGLE-BELLS” to add to my“SELF” for work.  🙁   I JUST HAVE TO JINGLE-ALL-THE-WAY…HEY!!!  AND  L-O-U-D-E-R…EVERY SINGLE DAY…HEY, HEY!!!!!!

OUCH!!! Yep, I stepped where I should NOT have stepped, folks.  :/  BAM!!!  And my entire Left leg fell through our garage roof!!!  With my Right leg straddling a beam…THANK-YOU, JESUS!!!  And I now have a LARGE black/dark pink-ish bruise adding color to the pallet on my Right inner thigh!!!  :/ 

OUCH!!!  Yep, I was hanging from a beam in our garage…with my Left leg dangling through the ceiling!!!  Chris, my Earthly Rock, came rushing to my rescue!!!  Thank-You Jesus.  I held tightly onto an upright beam with my Right, partially paralyzed arm.   And my Right leg was held snuggly by a horizontal floor beam that I could NOT move ANYwhere!!!  Chris snatched me right up out of that “trap,” lifting me to my rescue!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  MY KNIGHT(S) IN SHINING ARMOR!!!  (God/Chris)

HA!!!  “TEAM ALLEN” ROARED IN LAUGHTER…AFTER-the-fact.  Chris loves embellishing the story by saying he heard the clatter, but upon rushing out to see what was the matter… ALL he could see…???…???…???…was a BUTT (MY butt, NOT Santa’s) hanging through a hole in the roof!!!   :/  :/   

AND THEN…???…???…???… “TEAM BLUE” ROARED IN LAUGHTER as I shared with them the “JINGLE-JILL-NIGHT-MARE” I survived the night before!!!  HEHE!!!  And Joel, jokingly, summed it ALL up quite nicely:

“WHAT JILL WILL DO… [to jingle ALL the way…HEY]!!!”  😉

‘TIS THE SEASON, folks!!!  The QUESTION…???…???…???… DO  Y-O-U HAVE YOUR JOLLY JINGLE ON…FOR CHRIST???

GO TEAM!!!  WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!!!

P.H.P., folks.  People Helping People…to survive “LIFE”.

Give the BEST of yourself for “JUST” today…”EVERY” day!!!

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

 

FLIGHTY JILL…???…???…???

STRIKES AGAIN!!!  UGH!!!  OH NO, PLEASE SAY IS ISN’T SO!!!  “SO!!!”  Folks, I invite you join me on another trip to “JILL’S WORLD”.  I simply would NOT believe it my“SELF” had I NOT actually lived it…FIRST HAND!!!  OH BOTHER, this ranks right up there with one of my CRAZIEST DAYS EVER!!!  Come along…

My friend Linda and I were heading to Palatka, FL on Friday, 12/8/17 to visit her son, Trent.  We stopped to eat a quick bite for lunch on our way there.  I, “THEN,” punched the address into maps on my I-phone as we neared Trent’s home.  🙁  HA!!!  Unbeknownst to me…I guess I “may” have MIS-TYPED the address and then selected the top address listed as our desired location…and we were OFF…to the WRONG destination…out there…SOMEWHERE…East of Palatka.  :/  Way East of even Welaka.  :/

I was following my hi-tech. I-phone, folks.  :/  I felt like “BIG STUFF”…as I was certain Siri had my back.  ALL I needed to do was follow Siri’s directions…UNTIL “IT” FINALLY HIT ME…RIGHT UPSIDE MY HEAD…OUCH!!!  Eeeccckkk!!!  Did I mess up the address…???…???…???…  WOOOOOOSH…  PANIC SET IN!!!  Yep, I was a bit overwhelmed, folks!!!

I quickly pulled off the main road…and soon realized we were DEFINITELY following Siri’s directions to the WRONG address!!!  HA!!!  And…???…???…???… we were out enough in the boonies that we had NO reception on either cell-phone to get us back where we needed to be!!!  OH NO!!!  PLEASE SAY IT ISN’T SO!!!  “SO!!!”  🙁  I knew NOT what to say to my friend who is a military vet.  Very type-A personality…EVERYTHING HAS TO BE JUST “SO”!!! 

Whew.  Thank-You, Jesus.  Linda was laughing.  “WE”…???…???…???…were laughing TOGETHER as we back-tracked…

I was a bit “OFF” after that, but we sure enjoyed our visit with Trent.  It’s hard to explain EVERYthing that occurred, but we got lost AGAIN, seeking to find our way back to the main road to take us home.  WHEW.  We found it and were home-bound!!!  UNTIL…I soon noted police lights racing up quickly behind me!!!  😮  I pulled over to let him “pass by,” however HE???…???…???…was after “ME”!!!  WHAT???!!!???!!!???!!!  Yep…”I”…???…???…???…was being pulled over by a cop!!!  SOMEWHERE…out there east of Polatka on St, Rd. 17.  :/

Eeeccckkk!!!  OH NO!!!  PLEASE SAY IT ISN’T SO!!!  “SO!!!”  “Sheriff” so-and-so walked up to my window, introduced himself and asked if I knew why he stopped me.  :/   “Nope,” but I sure wanted to SCREAM!!!  WHAT, officer???  I was doing 60 in a 45 mile-per-hour construction zone???  There were no workers present.  I hadn’t noticed ANYthing.  No speed limit sign.  No construction zone.  No cop.  I was LOST!!!  BUT…???…???…???…I said NOTHING, folks.  I could NOT believe it!!!

He asked to see my license.  I abruptly reached into my purse and handed him a credit card!!!  :/  WHAT???!!!???!!!???!!!  I am NOT kidding, folks.  He chuckled and sad something cute about the credit card.  UGH!!!  I was sure a mess, folks, but “Thank-you, Linda!!!”  She leaned right over and said, “Officer, you would not believe the day we’ve had…”

After handing him my license I responded with, “I’m from St. Augustine, sir,” while Linda went on-and-on about being “LOST” on dirt roads out in the boonies, etc., etc., etc.  :/  I am certain I looked like a deer-in-headlights, folks.  That young sheriff handed me my license and said to be careful as he turned and walked back to his car.  And he was gone in an instant.  :/  NO TICKET!!!  THANK-YOU, JESUS!!!

STILL STUNNED…we made it back to St. Augustine and decided to grocery shop at Aldi’s, a German-type store just outside of historic downtown St. Augustine.  I think it’s German.  The carts are all chained together outside the store.  You put a quarter in the slot to release a cart for use while shopping and you get that quarter back when you return the cart.

Their food items are different.  And the cost is a bit cheaper.  Hhhmmm…I had ONLY been there once before.  I didn’t “GET” how things operate there.  And I NEVER went back…UNTIL we decided  to stop there Friday evening so Linda could shop for groceries.  :/ 

I, RIGHT AWAY, asked a lady if we could use her cart.  I took it from her and walked into the store…  :/  Linda later informed me the lady was a bit annoyed that I didn’t give her a quarter for the cart…WELL, I DIDN’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!!!  I just wanted a cart for my friend.  :/

THEN…???…???…???…a fella gave Linda a quarter to use our cart that we didn’t pay to use in the first place!!!  Linda tried to give me the quarter, but I wanted NOTHING to do with that quarter after realizing I’d stolen from the initial lady who was simply returning her cart per protocol in order to get her quarter back.  :/

“FLIGHTY JILL”…???…???…???… STRIKES AGAIN…AND AGAIN…AND AGAIN, folks!!!  I didn’t even include ALL the flighty events that occurred during the day’s adventure!!!  My head hurts, folks.  I’m tired and I wanna go to bed now…

GO TEAM!!!  WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!!!

P.H.P., folks.  People Helping People.

Give the BEST of yourself for “JUST” today…”EVERY” day!!!

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

 

 

“IT WASN’T A DREAM, JILL!!!”

WHAT???!!!???!!!???!!!  I simply canNOT make this stuff up, folks!!!  BUCKLE-UP!!!  WE’RE TAKING YET ANOTHER TRIP TO “JILL’S WORLD”.  Right Here.  RIGHT NOW!!!

BAM!!!  I awoke nearly every 1-2 hours LAST night.  ALL NIGHT LONG!!!  Thank-You, Jesus, for allowing me to return to sleep pretty quickly after each AWAKENING!!!   UNTIL…

The last time I awoke this morning around 6:00 a.m., ET.  UGH!!!  I was so, So, SO groggy.  Almost “cloudy”.  And confused.  I IMMEDIATELY recalled the short “dream,” or morning-mare, I JUST had prior to waking…

“IT”???…???…???…(the morning-mare) was about work.  “I” was there, at work…yet I felt as though I was NOT quite A-L-L there…mentally.  Yep, I was a bit “OFF”!!!  Making flighty mistakes regarding “little” things.  Yet my boss, Sally, was so patient with me while maintaining such a nice smile on her face in response to “ME” …???…???…???…  JUST being flighty “ME” … again.  And Again.  AND AGAIN!!!  :/ 

I was so, So, SO excited to tell my “TEAM BLUE”-mates about this “CRAZY” morning-mare I had today.  My story ,however, was interrupted by Michelle, a PTA.  Yep, as SOON as I mentioned feeling “OFF” or “FLIGHTY” in the dream , she quickly shot back with:  “OH, THAT WASN’T A DREAM, JILL!!!”… insinuating that my being “OFF” or “FLIGHTY” is quite TRUE-TO-LIFE!!!  Eeeccckkk!!!  AND WE ALL ROARED…with laughter!!!  Back in the documentation room of our rehab. dept. at MCNRC (Moultrie Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center) in beautiful St. Augustine, FL.

Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

Funny, but I now question:  “WAS IT A DREAM???  OR NOT???”  My head hurts, folks.  I didn’t sleep at all last night!!!  Time for me to go to bed.  My prayer???  “NO DREAMS TONIGHT, Lord.  PLEASE…NO DREAMS TONIGHT!!!”  😉  GOOD-NIGHT!!!  AND SLEEP TIGHT!!!

GO TEAM!!!  WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!!!

P.H.P., folks.  People Helping People…to survive “LIFE”. 

Give the BEST of yourself for “JUST” today…”EVERY” day!!!

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.