Joined the iPhone generation – picture of Pudge

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Yesterday I took the plunge and bought my first iPhone. Since I am working with Social Media it became a necessity. Pretty hard to do Instagram for a client if one doesn’t have an iPhone. I can also use it for Twitter, Facebook and all the other Social Media programs.

Anyway – what I really wanted to share is a picture of Pudge! I took it with the phone. A bit grainy – but good enough.


Of course, Buddy will be my next victim! Get one of him later today. Now I have to finish my oatmeal and get ready for work. This is the last day of VBS! On Wednesday when I was there the kids were having so much fun. They practically yelled the roof off! Pastor John was telling me that some of the older kids get upset when they realize they are too old to come back the next year. So the fix for that of course is to get them to volunteer to help out.

Have a super, wonderful day. Going to be a hot one here.

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Just a small note as I get ready to go work at Oakville Church.

Looks like a beautiful day! I planted my petunias too early I think (found out after I had planted them of course, that it’s better to wait till May!) so I have been covering them at night with black plastic garbage bags. I can see the difference already from having a warm night versus a cold one. Yesterday when I uncovered them instead of looking all flat and spread out like they were freezing to death they were high and lifted up and ready to dance into bloom. I almost felt like they were thanking me for my extra trouble to keep them warm.

On Monday I went to the eye doctor and got it verified that I indeed have Shingles in my right eye. I am keeping on with the same medication which I started on Friday. So far it is working amazingly well. I am much improved! For the most part there is very little pain either so thanks to everyone’s prayers on that score! I am being super, duper vigilant to take the medicine every five and six hours even though it means a rather jumbled up sleep night – but it sure beats it getting worse!

Today is the feast of Saint Catherine of Siena

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Hope you have a wonderful, wonderful day!

Blessings of Joy and God’s goodness!



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WWell, a bit has happened since my last post on Palm Sunday!

On Good Friday I notice I was having some eye trouble and I decided to quit my overnight job at the Villas. I had been praying for a sign of whether to continue on or not and I figured if it ever started to show up in health problems it was time to quit. I didn’t know what the eye trouble was but didn’t seem worth risking it to get worse.

I went through Easter Sunday and Monday with my eyelid inflamed but thought it would get better by itself. On Tuesday when it hadn’t I went to Urgent Care where it was decided it was Pink Eye. On Friday my eye hadn’t improved but worsened and I went back to Urgent Care. This time I had a doctor and she took one serious look and said that she thought it was Shingles in my eye. Much more serious than Pink Eye!

On Monday I will go to an eye doctor and get it confirmed or not. In the meantime the eye doctor (was late Friday afternoon) said I would be fine until Monday. I did get started on treatment right away though and this time I am seeing great improvement. Hopefully it will continue without developing any more seriously. My hope. I haven’t gone back to work at the Villas since giving my two week notice because I have not been feeling well enough to do so. At this point I rather think I won’t be going back at all as by the time it is cleared up my two weeks will be over. I really, truly don’t want to work the night shift ever again. 🙂

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I did create some Easter puzzles for Easter Sunday – but it was too hard for my eye to be on the computer for very long so I didn’t get a message sent. At least Easter lasts 50 days I think so there is still time to enjoy if anyone wants to. The full set of Easter puzzles is here.

I am hoping in the days ahead to have more time to get back to adding puzzles and games more regularly.

Happy and Blessed Easter! Happy Divine Mercy Sunday!


Joy in Jesus – Palm Sunday Puzzle

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This is coming the day after Palm Sunday – but I’m trying to play catch-up! Going to try and create a puzzle for each day of Holy Week.

Today was a beautiful, beautiful day. I went to Mass with my sister and then instead of going to the Worship Service at Oakville I decided to stay closer to home for the day. The day was so warm with blue sky and birds singing and totally heavenly I decided to play spiritual hooky. The Palm Service at St. Mary’s was lovely and I felt I had enough in my heart to keep the day going.

Yesterday my landlord came and put in a really nice screen door for my front entrance. It took longer than he expected but oh my, is it wonderful! I had not done anything with my front yard so far this Spring but after getting this nice new door and having the weather so nice as well I decided it was time to do something about it. So I went flower shopping! I bought two flats of pink and white petunias and I am going to have the whole front flowerbed with just those. I think they will be very pretty. I also bought some low, white, border fencing to put along the edge to set the flowers off. Can’t wait to get everything planted! I prepared the ground today which took a long time because it was full of tough grass roots. Was great working in the sun! I’m not usually a garden person but a Spring day like today softens the hardest non gardeners heart!

Tomorrow is a double work day but maybe I can still get an hour of work in on it. Hope so.

God bless you and fill you with all that you most desire!




Joy in Jesus: Stay tuned for upcoming Changes!

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Today’s Hangman: January 21
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I am starting to get a glimpse of new direction for my life, mission wise at any rate. Instead of trying to write another book this year I have decided to work on writing in a different direction. One thing that I really like to do is work in some way with evangelization. This has been one thread that has been consistent with everything that I did in the monastery,with the Family Fun Puzzle site and now here on this Joy in Jesus site. Even with my work at Oakville church there has been an element of doing work that benefits God’s Kingdom.

So rather than looking for something new I am going to concentrate on – Joy in Jesus – in a more directed way. By this I mean writing a bit more on different ministry and works that I come in touch with. It will be a change and I don’t know if it will work for me or if it will work for what you want to see here but I am going to give it a try.

It will not be entirely Roman Catholic either but rather on anything that is like the Jesuit’s say – Good, beautiful and true. I am thinking of interviewing different people in ministries around the world. What I really want to do is start a weekly Google Hangouts on Air show. It will be aired live so anyone can tune in (if you can watch a YouTube video you can tune in) and it will also be recorded so anyone can watch it at any time. The thing that is exciting about Google Hangouts on Air (HOA) is that anyone who watches can submit a question, comment or thought to join in the conversation.

I won’t be starting this for awhile. I am thinking perhaps sometime in March (St. Joseph’s month).  In the meantime I will concentrate on learning how to do this, setting up interviews and getting all the pieces into play so that I can do this well.

This last Sunday I met two wonderful groups that would be fun to have as guests on my program. One is a couple that belongs to Oakville Church. Every year they go on mission to Haiti to teach the people there how to make stoves that provide inexpensive heating. This couple is just plain fun, warm and full of the joy of Jesus! They have a large house with seven bedrooms and they opened it up this last week so a group of Catholic sisters who live next to them could hold a retreat for some Catholic girls from the Newman center at OSU (Oregon State University). This was my first time meeting the sisters and it was wonderful to see how full of enthusiasm and joy-filled they were.

I had been praying for some God direction on my way to church on Sunday and after the service, this couple invited me to come over to their house and meet the sisters. So I did. It felt like a God directed thing. Wasn’t sure just how but I think maybe this is the direction I would like to move towards. The show will be called, ‘Joy in Jesus’ so it will become a vital part of this website’s mission. It will be an ecumenical program.

So we will just see what develops. Stay tuned and I will keep you posted.


P.S. Today is my mom’s birthday. I like to think maybe she is helping me. My dad was Catholic and my mom was Protestant and we all got along very well together. That is what my program will be like as well. Catholics and Protestants sharing their great love and Joy in Jesus!

Joy in Jesus – Sending out message 3 days a week

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Today’s Word Search Puzzle: Discover
Today’s Hangman: January 18
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I have made another decision. Not a major one and I will probably change my mind in a day or two – but for now I have decided I am only going to add one or two new games a day. So sometimes it will be a memory puzzle and sometimes a jigsaw or something else. I will continue to link to previously done puzzles so that there is something to play in your favorite mode.

I have decided also that I will only send an update 3 times a week rather than every day. This way I will have time to work on some other projects that may bring in more income. Do have to think about that! So my new schedule is to send out a message on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays.

Two people have mentioned to me that the memory puzzles do not fit on their screen. An easy way to fix that is to make the screen size smaller so everything fits on it. Simply hold CTRL (your control key) down and then tap the + or – key. Your screen size will increase or decrease with every tap.

Pretty good day today. Not super over the top good. Just sort of middle-of-the-road good. I went to work at the church and on my way I prayed it would be a fun day. That something fun and exciting would happen. My prayer did not get through. It was more like a drag my self through the day kind of thing. Brain was as foggy as the weather outside. If Pastor John asked me something I had to scramble out of this foggy fuzz to try and figure out what he was talking about. I always did but it was a scramble every time.

Think I was tired. I came home, had lunch and took a nap. That helped. In fact I may have taken two naps. It was that kind of a day.

Keep planning our Ocean Retreat – we can make it happen

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Today’s Hangman: January 3
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I’m still thinking Retreat Thoughts

Because winter time is the perfect time to think of summer. What first begins as just talk can shape right up into reality if we keep the conversation going.

So just for interests sake . . . lets say we got four people interested we could find a rental home like this  for $125-$200 a night (September the rates are lower but we could decide what dates work best for people). If we spent four days each person’s cost would be $32 – $50 a night. Plus food of course. We would have to plan our meals and maybe eat out once or twice for fun.

If we got 19 people (why not dream) we could rent this place Oceanfront W/ Super Views . It would cost each person $25.00 a day for lodging if we had that many people.

Well do keep thinking about it. We could start saving up our quarters now and break open the piggy bank in late summer or early fall.

Rosary Book Update for Friday – Jan 3, 2014


Day 59 of Book Production
115 days till Publication
Today’s Rosary Story from First Book:

Red Station Wagon on a Hill

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A Purrfect Day

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Today’s Hangman: January 2
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Happy and Blessed New Year 2014!

Today was a good day. I went to work at Oakville because I was behind in a lot of things and it seemed as good a way as any to start the New Year. I was actually able to get everything caught up so that felt good.

I have added a new category of eCards today. Cats & Kittens.

I found a new book to read on my Kindle. I like to download books from the local library and while I was searching  for something with a bit of Catholic to it – I decided to search using just the word “Catholic.” I didn’t expect to find any books but surprisingly I did. I am now reading a book called, In Due Season: A Catholic Life by Paul Wilkes. So far it is very good and I am loving it. I’m only on chapter 4 but I expect I will like it all the way through.

Pudge wants his evening snack but I am making him wait 15 more minutes. I told him when he wanted to eat at 4:00 that he was going to want his night snack earlier! I told him and I was right. I’m holding out for 12 more minutes.

I am also reading a children’s book called, The Book of Story Beginnings by Kristin Kladstrup.  Just a fun book. I like to read different kinds of books at the same time.

And if you really want to know, I am also reading, What the Plus! by Guy Kawasaki – which is about Google+. I am praying about taking an online Google+ boot camp course. I think, I hope, I pray it will be good.

AND HERE’S A QUESTION FOR YOU! I am wondering if any of you would like to get together for a retreat week at the Oregon shore sometime in the summer?

The theme would be of course, Joy in Jesus – living a life of praise, trust and hope. What comes to mind is that depending on how many (if any) are interested – I would rent a beach house and we would have a fun week of faith sharing, life sharing and listening to God and each other and just enjoy the ocean, read and rest. This is just a crazy thought that comes to mind. It would be a sort of co-op faith week. Split expenses so we could keep it low cost. If enough people were interested maybe I could even ask a priest friend I know to give some retreat talks.

And of course it doesn’t have to be in Oregon. We could do this anywhere in the country. Wouldn’t it be fun to get together? Maybe every year in a different place? Anyway this is all middle of the winter thinking of what do in the Spring or Summer thinking. Let me know if you have any thoughts.

Whooops! Two minutes past Pudges snack time!

Rosary Book Update for Thursday – Jan 2, 2014


Day 58 of Book Production
116 days till Publication
Today’s Rosary bit from First Book:

Spread the rosary…
The rosary
puts all
who have trust
in it
into communication
with Our Lady.

Pope Paul VI

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God Loves us

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Quote: “Whoever is happy will make others happy too.” Anne Frank

Today’s Word Search Puzzle: Happiness
Today’s Hangman: December 30
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Today I had a nice surprise. A friend that I met at the Bible study I was going to called and asked if I would like to go to a movie sometime. There was one playing in Corvallis that she wanted to see. Her  daughter had told her about it and was unable to take her but suggested she call and see if I wanted to go. So she called, and I thought it was a great idea and we went and enjoyed it very much! The movie was, “Saving Mr. Banks ” the story of the making of the movie Mary Poppins. If you get a chance to see it I’m sure you would like it. Walt Disney is played by Tom Hanks.

Pudge is bugging me – like he should be having another treat. Let me tell you he has already gotten over his quota for the day. There is something about that dog that reminds me a lot of me!

Only two more days of 2013 – very hard to believe. This last month I concentrated as much as possible on not worrying about anything but “loving Jesus.” I can hardly explain what a difference this month has been for me by doing that. Most amazing. Every day I try to remember to ask Mary to help me love her Son. That is the only thing differently I have done. Just ask Mary to help me love her Son.

I haven’t prayed extra prayers or done anything different except when I ask Mary to help me love her Son she has showed me how much her Son loves me! Just as I am. Not telling me to do more or be more. But every day I have become more and more aware of God’s love for me in so many ways. Now with the start of the new year that is going to be my focus for the year – keep asking Mary to help me love her Son.

One thought that has been coming to mind the last couple of days is this. “What if I put as much energy into living a life of  “Joy in Jesus,” as other people do in their pursuit of other things. What if I didn’t care if people thought me but only cared about what Jesus thought of me. Wouldn’t that be different?

Maybe not so different from going into a Monastery and living 28 years there but still there is always a holding back, a not giving all to the cause because “whatever would people think?” One thing that going to Guest House did for me was to reveal how much of a “people pleaser” I am. It’s in the very fiber of who I am. That is why I pray to Mary to help me to love her Son because on my own I get caught up in being respectable. You know, holy and all that but not really crazy holy more like the “respectable holy.”

And not that there is a lot of me that is not holy at all – not going into that – but the essence of life as I see it today, is not what we do for God – but that we just become aware of what God is doing for us, that no matter what happens God is loving us and doing everything every single day to make us happy. That’s it. God wants our happiness more than we want it ourselves.

Rosary Book Update for Monday – Dec 30, 2013


Day 55 of Book Production
119 days till Publication
Today’s Rosary Story from First Book:We do not hesitate to affirm publicly that we put great confidence in the Holy Rosary for the healing of evils which afflict our times.
Pope Pius XII

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Just a bit of winter fun

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Today’s Word Search Puzzle: Psalm 1
Today’s Hangman: December 28
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Not much new on the horizon for today. Worked at Oakville, wrote a couple of articles, read my book, ate another brownie.

Tomorrow is Saturday. Hope to write some more articles and eat my last brownie. Life is good.


Rosary Book Update for Saturday – Dec 28, 2013


Day 53 of Book Production
121 days till Publication
Today’s Rosary Story from First Book:

Mary’s Healing Intercession

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