Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Cats & Dogs...

If you read yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, you'll know that I wrote about going to church on Sunday, to worship.

After church, I made my way home, got changed and went down to our pool deck.

No, I didn't go in the pool.  I stayed on the deck.

We had our annual deck party!

Once a year, we celebrate the anniversary of when our building was built and first occupied.  Usually, we have food and fun.

Sunday, was a little different. 

Yes, we had food!  The hotdogs, chips, pop, water, and dessert was wonderful, of course.

But, our fun was a little different. 

You see, just as our celebration was to begin, it started raining.  When I say it rained cats and dogs, I mean it!  It poured!

Normally, we have games on the deck that we can all participate in.  This was a disaster, because no one wanted to get drenched.

I felt rather sad, because I had hoped to sing, just as I had in the past.  But, wasn't able to do so.

After all, only God knows if I will even be alive next year.  Even so, with the rain soaking practically everything, there was no way that the electrical equipment could be used.

One thing I was happy about, was that there was a lot fewer people out on the deck, than there normally is.  It made it much easier to sit under one of the tents that were set up to protect people from the sun.

Since fewer people attended, some of the games were able to be played under the tents.  I played along with others under one tent. 

And, I was grateful I won a Tim Horton's gift card!  Thank you, my friends.  And, thank You, Lord!

When the rain let up a bit, I went over to speak with a friend who was helping in the BBQ area, where they were cooking the dogs

She suggested and sort of insisted that I take another hotdog with me, as I was leaving to go back to my apartment.  You see, they expected more people, so there were many, many that had not been taken.  Yup, as per her suggestion, that meant that my supper was ready, also!   Thank you, K!

I had expected to see someone who used to hang out with me, but I didn't.  After she moved to a different unit in the building, she seemed to lose touch.

Wanting to see her, I knocked on her apartment door.  She was surprised to see me, as she was expecting company.  And, was even more surprised when I handed her a gift.

It was something I had purchased last year, prior to me becoming ill and having surgery.  But, it was packed away, and I wasn't able to access where it was stored, until recently.

Since it was engraved, I knew it wasn't meant for anyone else.  She thanked me.

One thing that surprised me, was that I saw a cat approach her door, when she answered it!  It truly was a cute and cuddly one.

But, I was shocked.  You see, our building rules do not allow anyone to have pets in the building. 

Please don't misunderstand.  I love cats.  And, I truly miss my Charlie and Dusty, who both died of old age (in their 20's), prior to me moving into my apartment.

I was happy for her, when she told me it was now her best friend.  After all, when you live alone, pets like a cat or dog, can really improve your life.

Even though I was happy for her, I felt rather sad, also.  After all, God told us to put Him first in our lives.

Okay, I realize she wasn't speaking on a spiritual level, but on a human level.  Just as we all do, from time to time.  Yes, even me...

Still, it made me think about several Bible verses.  One (1) was Matthew 22:36-37, " Master, which is the great commandment in the law?  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind."

Yes, I realize that we all live humanly in life.  Even me.  But for some reason, what she said affected me.

Why did this happen?  The only thing I can think of, is that even though I live a human life, I mostly live in a spiritual mindset.  Just as God told us to do.

For this, I am thankful.  And will always be grateful!  Thank You, Lord!


Until next time...

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