Looking Out

Today’s Bible Reading- Psalm Chapters 7-9 & Acts Chapter 17 Verses 1-15.

Good morning, my friends. I hope you’re well. We had quite the storm last night! I fell asleep during it and promptly woke up right after. I stayed awake until probably 2:30 this morning, but thankfully fell asleep again. That was a bit of a rough time, though. Wide awake at 2 in the morning. 🙄

I made my goal of grocery shopping yesterday, and I came in under my budget! Woo hoo!🥳. When I got home and got most everything put away, Mom and I enjoyed some lunch and we sat and talked for a while.

Early in the afternoon, I noticed a couple of neighbors had tried to get ahold of our neighbor across the way, but to no avail. One had even walked around the house. I mentioned it to my mom and she mentioned that he had made a statement about how he didn’t think he could make it anymore to my dad. Mind you, this is the neighbor who just lost his mama. We were going to talk to Pop and see if he could get ahold of the neighbor, but Mom decided to just call in a welfare check on him. Just to make sure he was okay. That turned into an afternoon of at least three cops and a paramedic searching for him on his property and the woods behind his house and the the surrounding houses. They couldn’t find him, so they sent his dog to the shelter. Don’t worry. Our shelter is proudly a no-kill shelter.

A long story short, the neighbor had also mentioned to another neighbor about committing himself for psychiatric care . He just wasn’t handling his mom’s death well. We were hoping he’d done that, but we’re concerned because his truck was still parked and he hadn’t asked anyone to take care of his dog. Needless to say, we were all pretty worried about him.

There is a happy ending, though. The cops kept looking, and they were finally able to find him. He’s staying at his sister’s house, which is strange because they aren’t close at all, but he just didn’t think to tell anyone. Whew! We were all worried there for a good while!

Do me a favor. If you ever have thoughts of harming yourself, please seek some guidance. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. Sometimes things we go through are just too much for our brains to handle. Sometimes the chemical balance gets a little out of whack and needs help to get itself back in balance. Just please, please, please, don’t ever put your friends and family what we went through yesterday. That was nerve wracking! I can only imagine how families who go through a bad ending to the same kind of story go through. I mean, I don’t want anything bad to happen to my neighbor, but I’m not close to him. I can’t begin to think how a family would feel if a deeply loved individual went missing like that. Wow.

So, folks, if you ever have those thoughts of ending things, please don’t. God put you on this planet for a purpose. You have a reason for being here, and only the Lord who made you should be the one to take you out when your mission is accomplished. Should you find yourself with suicidal thoughts, please reach out for help. It’s okay to ask for help. Here’s a number to call if you need to talk to someone.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline- 1-800-273-8255.

Okay. I’ve said my piece. I’ll have to let the other neighbors know today what’s up. We are expecting a nice day, though. A high of 84° with a 50% chance of rain. Mom has some prescriptions to pick up today, so that, along with my laundry, is my goal. I haven’t been up very long, but the cats also need fed. I think I may have to take Bengal to the shelter and surrender him. He’s just way too aggressive. He bit Mom on the foot yesterday and got it bleeding. He also bit Thelma in the side after I told him he couldn’t have any more food. That’s what his aggression is over. He thinks he deserves more food than everyone else. I give them all the same. I take a full day’s worth of cat food for each cat and I split it into two meals for them to eat. A lot of times, two of the three I feed don’t finish, so Bengal finishes it off and then demands more. I don’t give it to him and he gets aggressive. Maybe the shelter could work with him and get that aggressiveness out, but we can’t keep him around. Mom is too scared to go on the porch because of him.

Anyways. I have my Bible to read and a day to get started. Love you all and until next time, stay safe my friends.❤️

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