Saturday, March 17, 2012

I Am Bookie

I did not post a Thankful Thursday post because I was having a bad day. I know I shouldn't have let that stop me but I did. Still I was ever thankful for my many, many blessings. For instance all the links I found to my Windham's ancestral home Felbrigg Hall in England! I shared those links with my friends. MY BFF Genie, a history buff thought it was all very interesting. Another friend shared his family history links with me. I hope you find it all interesting too...

This week I was lucky enough to get a free copy of a "National Trust Magazine" which is from England! I was drawn to it's cover because it was so artistic. It looked like it had been created with rubber stamps. Cindy, you would like it. Very colorful. I scanned it but it doesn't do it justice. It is in yellows, greens and the butterflies are stamped in oranges, reds, pinks and golds. It is the Summer 2011 issue. I tried to google the cover, but was unsuccessful. Sorry.

Imagine my surprise when I thumbed through to the 13th page on 3/13 to the 2nd line which said:
"From our Twitter followers...
Felbrigg Hall! The Wyndhams! Scandals, intrigues, fortunes lost and made. LJBarton"

I told Don, that is "My Windams!" LOL Anne, I am starting to sound like you! Anywhoo... it made me want to get a Twitter account right then! So I got one. And of course I would not have known Felbrigg Hall was our ancestral home on my Grandmother Florence Ethel Windam Graddy's side if it had not been for my prayerful friend Anne. So thank you again, Anne!! I know you will love this tidbit as much as I did. It made me excited. But it is a bit of a let down to know I cannot find out more about the "scandals, intrigues, fortunes made and lost."

I joined Twitter, but didn't find anything interesting about Felbrigg Hall there. Just some photographer who had a great day shooting photos there which made me envious. I am now following Felbrigg so I can be in on the latest about it. Cool.

If you haven't googled Felbrigg Hall several summers ago, when Anne 1st sent me the info and links, please do so to see what a beautiful place it really is. No need... I'll make it easier for you... here are the links...

the church...

This one gives you some view of inside the hall...

a little bit of new & old history...

the haunting... and a Mad Windham

There are more links if you still want to google it, but I think I have just about exhausted them all! LOL Guess I missed my calling to be a research persona.

Isn't it beautiful? Be sure to check out the town/village sign & read about it on the 3rd link. Ok this is now on my Bucket List to go there someday...., Darryl! And it is said to be haunted! COOL! They wrote about a "Mad" Windham named William. There is a William Windham that lives in town. We shared an email once from a genealogy sight. He said something about "IF you are who you say you are..." My Uncle R. F. told me this William was strange. Every time he saw William, he had on the same suit. It was so old, it shined. Of course it may have been the only suit he owned or he could be a spendthrift.

That is your research assignment for today. Enjoy. Today is a great day. Life is good.

I guess I am now semi-normal. I have joined Twitter but posted no tweats. I didn't have anything really to tweat about at the time. My days got better. I now have something to tweat about and will do so later.... after posting here first.

My friends worry about me. They keep telling me I need to do something for myself and I do. I steal tiny moments for myself. Aren't we all always stealing time anyway? I have been reading Lyn Nielsen's 2nd book The Road Back to Sage. I probably should have re-read the 1st one to refresh my memory, but I didn't want to go through a box of tissues again! LOL

I checked the book out at the libraray on Monday. My husband had told me they were holding a book for me. I figured it was just the 1st book. I picked up what I thought was the 1st book and was going to turn it in as I'd already read it. Then I saw the second book and it was like a gift. It is smaller than the 1st book. It took me 5 days to read it.

Friday I got off work early. I had no bills to pay. I had plenty of time to pick up refills on scripts for my mom. I went to McDonald's, got a glass of their good sweet tea and proceeded to finish the book. Earlier in the week I had been teary-eyed reading it at Mickey D's and Wendy's. I couldn't put it down. I could also predict what was going to happen next! Lyn, I love it!!!!! I am so glad you wrote it and I read it.

It is a book about dreams. Lyn and I are email buddies now which I still cannot get over that fact. I once had a dream about meeting her and emailed her my dream. Lyn hopes we can meet some day as do I. If not in this life, then in Heaven.

Last night I asked the Lord to show me something in a dream.... I dreamed I was in the kitchen at my mom's. My deceased Uncle Bert opened the back door with a very different hair style than he wore. It was more like a flat top. His curls were gone. He was ever smiling. He was wearing a soft, light baby blue shirt. I don't think I had ever seen him wear this color before. I said "Uncle Bert" then I woke up. I wondered why I woke up so abruptly. I haven't asked my dream team what this one means yet.

Today I went with my sweet friend Patti to hear Robert J. Morgan speak/preach at her church. My friends Gil & Brenda were there. Gil hugged me so hard I thought he was going to break me! I also saw Ina from the CAG artist guild. Of course I could not find
his The Red Sea Rules book at home when I needed it. I bought two copies of them today. One for me and one for Patti because she has been such a good friend to me lately. I wanted to get a signed copy anyway. I will give the copy Gil gave me to a friend who really needs it as much I did.

Robert Morgan talked about Angels today. I was sitting right next to two... Patti and my son. He is very witty and had Rhett really laughing so I knew he was enjoying it. During a break I was able to meet Robert Morgan. I was a bit nervous. I told him I had read his "Red Sea Chronicles" (LOL) only I didn't go into as many wordy details. I just told him about what occurred while reading his book at Wendy's and how I felt Jesus actually sitting at the table with me! Lunch with Me! Jesus! I did not go into details about the color of his beige robes, but I did tear up as I was talking. He said, "Isn't it wonderful when he talks to us like that?" He thanked me for sharing and was so glad that his book could be a blessing for me. Me too. Later I realized as I was talking to him, it was as if all the people around us moved away just so I could talk to him. It was kind of weird.

Then he spoke more til almost lunch time. Afterwards he signed our books. So I am now a official bookie or book groupie! LOL Following that Patti, Rhett and I went to Cracker Barrel to eat an enjoyable lunch. I thought there was an art show at a small local gallery, the Front Porch on Wildwood, but it is next Saturday. I was early for a change. Still Patti got to do and see something new. I feel trully blessed by these book events that ended my week so well. Would that they all could be like this.

So if you get a chance, check out Felbrigg Hall, Lyn Nielsen's and Robert J. Morgan's books. He also has a blog which I plan to link to mine ASAP. Hope you have had as great a weekend as I have had.

Ps. I have since received an email about her book today 3/29/12! Yeah! I am just now linking to today's Thankful Thursday post at the following...

Sorry it took me a week to do this, but I felt this was a post well worth sharing. Thanks Nancie for your visit & comments! Made my day today! I hope you all will read my poem posted after this.

Today I am thankful for my friend Anne's interpretation of my weird dreams I have been having lately.


Nancie said...

Hi Becky!

Thanks for stopping by. It's so nice to hear from you. I am sorry that I too have been MIB (Missing in blogging)! LOL :)

I have missed you too and many other friends. You have been a great encouragement to me and I trust you are continuing to be a blessing and encouragement to others.

Sorry to read that you have had a bad day. Trust all things are well now. Thank God for blessing you in many ways. Stay well and joyful in the Lord, ok :)

Hope you and family are well. Take care.

Warm regards,

becky aka theRAV said...

Hi Nancie! SO good to hear from you again! What a gift it was to see your comment here today. I am so glad I am of great encouragement to you. I loved what you said, "I trust you are continuing to be a blessing & encouragement to others." I have been trying my best to do that. I sent someone an email that she really needed which made my day much like your comment did. I do seem to have a lot of bad days but I continue on... I too thank God for blessing me in many ways. Yes, stay joyful in the Lord. The family is doing ok. Had some weird dreams lately but we are surviving. Again, great to "hear" from you my friend!

Nancie said...

Hi Becky,

Thank God that you have been able to send someone an email that she needed. It's a blessing to extend God's love and kindness to others. I have often found it such a blessing to walk with others through difficult times in their life and witness God's goodness and mercies in comforting them and delivering them.

Thanks for your sweet comment. It makes my day to hear from you :)

Yes, you are a blessing to me and many others, I have no doubt at all. May God bless you abundantly with His love and grace, as you continue to be a blessing to others.

Take care, my sweet friend.

Warm regards,

becky aka theRAV said...

yes, I am always thankful I can do some small something for someone that helps them along life's way. It makes my day to hear from you too, Nancie. Lately I just have not had the time to reply. I am so glad I can be a blessing to you. You are one to me also. Blessing back at ya!