Thursday, June 16, 2016

IS IT HOT WHERE YOU LIVE???

   Has it been hot where you live? We have had several days that have been uncomfortable. We could sure use some rain because everything is getting so dry. 
  I am sure glad my grandson got the hay put up before the worse heat hit. He got to drive the tractor instead of stacking or throwing bales, but did get sunburned. I didn't get sunburned this last weekend at the horse show. I got wind burned. 
  My son has been showing Juliet in halter because it seems like that is when my grandson has to go to work. His friend shows her in the riding classed. He got to pick on some of his fellow employee's the other evening because that is where he wanted to go for his birthday. It doesn't seem like he should be 17 years old. I can remember the day he was borned
  Matt and tea biscuit were having a discussion before the first class at one of the horse shows. Each time he shows him it gets a little better. This past week he was learning to ride him without stirups and no reins. He was using his legs. I got to see the video. 
I will be heading out to get him from school in a while. 
   I felt sorry for the lady who was a little older then me that couldn't remember where she parked her car at the grocery store.The store employee was going to help her What age or when do we relinquish our driving privileges? I know that it would be hard to do. I try to park where there is a row number or something that I can relate to when I go to my car. Of course, I could set off the alarm on my car to help me find it. 
  I will have two boys coming up instead of one. I don't think I will have a problem. My oldest will be coming closer to home in about another week. He got the job  that he applied for which makes me very happy. He is looking forward to moving back to this area. He get to see family more often which his nephews can't wait. They are marking off calendars. 
  I am glad that we didn't have a ball game the night it was so hot and there wasn't any air moving. I just thought that I would check in and let you know that I am still alive. Busy with the grandsons, hubby, and other things. 
  Still try to go to the nursing home about every day for a short visit before I go to pick up our middle grandson. Yesterday, my oldest grandson stopped in to see him and he was surprised. I told him you never knew who was going to drop by. 
  Well it is time to go so I will check in with you all later. Take care.

Friday, June 3, 2016

A Boy and A Horse

  Horse show season officially got under way the 21st of May. Meet T-biscuit who my grandson is showing this summer. He is a big horse for a little boy, who I am spending time with this summer. Right now he is going to summer school and loving it. He is officially in the 6th grade and getting use to the building and how he changes class rooms for the fall. They go just like a regular class day will be. 
  The first show he got 3 seconds and 1 third. He has learned to lope on this horse which he really likes to do now. His 4 H leader and horse lesson teacher picked the right horse for him. He is showing again this weekend so we are praying for good weather and no rain. I, also, will be going to a ball game. My youngest grandson is playing. I didn't think I was going to have a conflict, but all the rain we got caused several games to be made up and this will be one of them. I will make it.
  The holiday weekend went much to fast. My oldest flew in on Friday and I was his chauffeur for the weekend. I even got to take him to the airport on Monday. When he was in the service, I would cry every time I put him on the plane, but I didn't do that this time. I only told him I wanted to park on the top level and not in the parking garage. You could see what was around you better and didn't have to worry about other things.  I am very careful when I go by myself with everything that goes on in our city and other places any more. 
   Maybe he might be moving closer to home, he did have a job interview when he flew in on Friday. We will just have to wait and see. Right now he works 13 days straight and 1day off. He just wants to be closer to home and family. 
  We went to his brother's Saturday evening while he was in. He spent the night with my grandson above. He gave up his bed for his Uncle. My grandson helped his Uncle build the fire so my daughter-in-law could make what I call a harvest meal in her dutch oven over the fire. It is potatoes, sweet potatoes, green and red peppers, onions, with polish sausage all cooked together. Sometimes she adds green beans and corn to it also. Then she made a jello cake. Things that she knows my oldest likes. She made him cinnamon rolls for one thing for breakfast. They don't help the blood sugar, but they were good for a change. She likes to cook. She is running the cook shack this summer for our horse shows.
  It was nice on Sunday so we went and saw his dad. We sat outside in the gazebo so that he wouldn't have an asthma attack from the smells in the nursing home. I went in and brought his dad out to the gazebo. They had a nice visit. I don't spend as much time at the nursing home right now. My grandson and I pop in every now and then or I pop in when I go to pick him up at school.
  We ate several different places while he was in town. The time just seemed to fly by so fast. I don't know where the month of May went. June is off and running. My oldest grandson turns 17 the 12th of June. The fall will bring his senior year of high school. I hate to admit the kids are growing up. It makes me feel like I am getting old. It is something that happens to all of us. 
   I wanted you all to know I am still hear and I do read your blog's just don't leave a comment at times. Take care. 
     

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Memorial Weelemd Surprise

   It has been a while since I have been here. I have been very busy with custom orders, dealing with hubby's problems, and started staying with my 11 year old grandson while brother works. 
   Today has been a day of storms. So far we have been lucky and had heavy rain, small  hail, and some flash flooding. Looking at the radar weather map, it will be a bumpy night. I hate the storms when it rains with all of the thunder and lightening at night. 
   I wasn't suppose to know, but it slipped out that my oldest son is flying home tomorrow and will be here until Monday. We haven't seen him since Christmas. He is coming in for a job interview which I am praying that he gets. He will be closer to home and family. Right now he works 13 days and gets one day off. Of course, his nephews are on cloud 9 that he is coming home. My middle grandson wants him to spend the night with him. He will even give him his bed. He  will only get to see a video of his nephew loping his horse. 
   We got in our first horse show of the year last Saturday. Matt got 3 seconds and one third with T biscuit. He did rather well since he hasn't been riding this horse that long. I got to take him one night to his lesson. We got his lesson done and his saddle put away just as it started to rain. It rained all the way back to town. He likes loping now. He started in the round pen and gradually got to go to the big arena. His dad showed Juliet in two classes and got third on both. Big brother had to work so he didn't get to show. Juliet is his horse and that was why dad showed her. Hopefully he will get to do so the next show if we get to have it. We need for the rain to stop. 
   My fingers have been busy with making towels for a wedding shower gift. The wedding is a week from Sunday. It is outside so they hope that it doesn't rain, but you can't tell the way they have popped up today.The shower is this weekend. It was suppose to be next spring but they moved it up. The groom enlisted in the service and he wanted his bride to be to have the spouse benefits.
   I have made five nurse's Saving Lives tea towels. I am hoping to put one in my etsy shop. The others have gone as graduation and wedding gifts. We have a couple of nurses, a doctor, and a physical therapist in the family now.  It makes you feel good when they put the effort into those fields. 
   It is getting late and I have to get up early in the morning so I will say goodnight. I am still here. 
 
   

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Happy Mother's Day

   Happy Mother's Day to all of the mom's out there. If your mother is still living, take time to give her a call even if you haven't always got along. You don't realize how much you will miss her until she is gone. You wish you could see her just one more time for her to show you something or give advise. 
  My grandson in blue waiting for someone to get him home at one of his ball games. They have won every game they have played so far. This week we will see how they play when they have three games back to back. Of course grandma has to go watch. It is fun to see how many grandparents that are in the audience that I know watching theirs play. Fun time. School is out for him this next week. The school year has flown. If he makes the A honor roll, he wants to go to Lambert's for supper. He is trying really hard. They have a copy of his birth certificate they take when he is playing because he looks older then 10. His mom is my wake up call. She calls every morning to check on me as she is going to work. 
  The fingers have been busy with custom orders while I sit at the nursing home. I took yesterday to stay home to get some things done, but other then that I have been there every day trying to get them to listen to me that there is a problem going on. I get so tired of hearing that it is his age. We are going to have a swallowing test done on Monday to see if when he swallows it goes to where it should. He has been coughing and it hurts when he coughs. I want to know if he has pneumonia. I know his ammonia level is back up. They were suppose to do blood work to see if that is going back down. If it is not one thing, it is another. It just gets very frustrating. 
   My oldest grandson finally has a job working in the evening busing tables at a restaurant. He works usually Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. His schedule changes so he has to check to see when he has to work. He has to help pay for the repairs to his truck. At least he is doing a lot of it under supervision at school which ends this next week for the summer. He will be able to mow my yard in the afternoon because he will only have class in the morning. I get to stay with his brother this summer. We will have fun. 
   My middle grandson got his hearing aid and it has helped with the ringing that he was having constant in his ear. He only wears it at school which is fine at the present because of the newness. 
His accomplishment is he has learned to lope his horse he is going to show this summer. He keeps improving with each lesson. I am anxious to watch the boys ride this summer. They start the 21st of this month. 
  I have been trying to visit you all, but time is limited right now. I hope you all understand and say a prayer for us that we get some answers. Take care and have a wonderful weekend.  

Monday, April 25, 2016

FEW CHANGES SOME GOOD AND SOME QUESTIONABLE.

      We went to see the Liver doctor this past week. We had some changes for example of getting him physical therapy. If he can't move his legs and arms, then they are to physically move them for him. He is to have gylcernia {sp} with his meals so if he does not eat what they fix at least he will have something to off set his insulin. It will also help to build back some things that are low that he needs to help his open sores on his arm heal. I still don't believe what they tell me about them. It starts like a bruise then opens up and bleeds. We go forward and then backward. They put him on cough syrup because of the coughing he started not even two days after we  were at the doctor's office. You wonder what will happen next. I know that I wonder what has happen to common sense. If someone is sitting by the bathroom door in a wheelchair, would common sense tell you they needed to go if it is by the nurses station. 
  He did walk today while he was at physical therapy which we will take every step that he can make. He plays out, but then I would too if I hadn't been able to exercise. You need some every day. 
  The picture above is the center of my table cloth that I finished. It is ecru in color with scallop edges. It has roses in the corners and the middle along the edge. I came across it when I was looking for something else so I finished it. 
  I went to my youngest grandson's ballgame Saturday. They won and he had quite a fan club watching. He is so happy because he gets to be on the school patrol in the  fall. He is learning how to do it right now. I get to take him to school this coming Thursday for his mom. His other grandparents have a doctor appointment. 
  My middle grandson gets his hearing aid tomorrow. They  hope it will block out the constant ringing he has right now. He is learning to lope and he says that he is doing good. I will be anxious to see him do it They are having a clinic this Saturday. I will probably watch for a while then I have a ball game. I am going to be a busy grandma. He is going to summer school and excited about it. He gets to pick out his locker, plus it will help him know where his classes are going to be in fall. It will give him something to do for a month. We will be hanging together again this summer.
  My oldest will be working in the hay fields. He gets to help with the mowing and raking. He got his truck fixed. It turned into more then they first thought, but by doing it at the shop at school. He only had to pay for the parts. His instructor was supervising. 
  My fingers are busy to give me other things to think about. The storm went through fast last night. We didn't get much rain, but they have forecast severe weather for tomorrow. We shall see. 
  Hope all is well with you all. Take care.  

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Been Missing

   Life isn't always easy when you are a caregiver even when someone else is taking care of your love one. How to make them listen to your concerns and give you answers and just not lip service. 
  You really wonder just why some people have gone into the business of taking care of people. Some sure don't like cleaning up after accidents in the bed when they don't get there quick enough to get them to the bathroom.  Last night, he was sick and they got to deal with it. I went to get his medicine that he needed that was on the table in the dining area. I didn't want it thrown away because it is very expensive. 
   I had a couple of days that I got a break with picking up one of my grandsons after school. Mom was gone and dad couldn't get in town quick enough to get him. I don't have a problem with helping  when needed. My oldest grandson and his mom went to check out a technical college that he was interested in. He did all of the driving for mom and he was a tired son when he got home. They were impressed with the school they saw on their tour of the college. they were impressed with what they learned about the school with more paper work to fill out. It is instate so there won't be the added expense of out of state tuition. They start early getting kids signed up. In one area, they have 95 signed up, but only 35 will be accepted. It is not in the area that he is looking at. They were told if they weren't coming to class then they needed bother with the paper work. They are there to learn and be able to get a job when they are finished.  He takes his ACT this week. I am not ready for him to be a senior this fall.  He turns 17 this June. I remember being at the hospital when he was born. Of course you spoil them all.
  My youngest grandson made the school patrol for the next school year. He is excited about it. He is my baseball player. We should soon have a schedule so I know when he is playing so that I can go watch. 
  My middle grandson is learning to lope which he has to do this year when he shows. I am looking forward to going to watch. The fingers are staying busy to help keep my sanity. 
  Hope all is well with you all. We have a doctor appointment that I hope I will get some answers and not just lip service. Take care.
 
 
  

Friday, April 8, 2016

UPDATED HAPPENINGS FROM MY HOUSE

    The ups and downs of life. Just when you think maybe you can breathe a little easier, you get thrown a monkey wrench. Hubby is trying my patience. His body trying to adjust to what is happening. The doctor says it is because he has had such high readings for quite a while and now they are much lower. Who is to blame for the readings getting out of control. It makes you really wonder?? He can be very trying at times and he won't remember any of it especially if he has been a sleep and you wake him up. They have to understand that this is not the norm for him, but whether they do at times makes you wonder. Today he has refused to get dressed or get out of bed. We go see the liver doctor on the 20th of this month.
   The first horse event takes place tomorrow. It is called Reining 101 which is to give the kids an idea of what is involved in reining classes and to see if it is something they want to do. I am going to go watch because I want to know more about it and how it is judged so I can understand it better. 
   I had my lower GI on Wednesday. The prep for it was something else. They have changed it from what it used to be, but I got sick trying to drink the last of it. I am not the only one. Then there was a problem finding a vein because of being dehydrated. I know Tuesday night I sure didn't get any sleep. I didn't get to drive again until yesterday. My daughter kept my car and brought it home later in the evening. I will get the results on Monday about the polyps that were removed. The doctor didn't feel it was anything to worry about. I slept the afternoon away after she took me to lunch at The Corner Cafe and brought me home. I made up for the sleep that I didn't get the night before.
   I have been working on another tea towel present. It will make the third one that I have made for nurses, It keeps the fingers busy and gives me something else to think about beside my other half who is being a pain today. I really don't know what to do with him at the moment. It makes me mad to the point where I want to hit him and I know that is not good. He won't try some of the things that I have suggested.
  I have several things for later in the month. I will be staying with my middle grandson while mom, dad, and his brother go to check out a college where he might go to school. They start checking out colleges earlier now days. I guess I don't want to admit that he is going to be a senior next year. One morning I will have to take my youngest grandson to school for my daughter. Baseball season is getting ready to start for him. They are already having practice. There is only 22 teams in his age division. They definitely won't play the same team twice that is for sure. 
   Starting May 23rd I will be hanging out with my middle grandson for the summer. His brother will be working and he is not old enough to stay by himself even though he thinks that he is. It will be a fun summer for the both of us. 
   Well enough of my rambling. Take care.
  

Friday, March 25, 2016

HAPPY EASTER

   Have you made your plans for Easter? Do you get yourself flowers if no one else does it for you?  We are going to celebrate Easter tomorrow instead of Sunday that way my daughter and her family can go to her other side of the house. I will spend Easter Sunday at the nursing home with hubby. He has good days and bad depending on what is going on with him. We are having weekly blood draws so that they can monitor his ammonia level better. It is slowly coming back down. 
   Tomorrow  the boys are going to hunt Easter Eggs. The oldest will be looking for his because they will have gas money in them. That way he can't say that he is to old. 
   They fitted my middle one with a hearing aid to try. He will wear it for a month and then he goes back to the see the doctor. They don't want them investing in one until then because they are expensive. His ear is ringing all of the time which has to be bothersome for him. He and I get to hang together on Monday because brother has school in the afternoon. I am going to be staying with him this summer. He thinks he is old enough to stay by himself, but not hardly. 
   Haven't we been having some crazy weather? My heart and prayers go out to those in Kansas and Oklahoma who are suffering because of the devastating wild fires. I think about those that are fighting the fires. We have family both who are trained to do that. I always say prayers for them that they stay safe. 
   My fingers have been staying very busy embroidering. I have to try to keep something else to think about right now.  
 These are a few that I have finished in the last two weeks. They don't take long when you spend two or three hours doing nothing else, but this. The kitty cat will hearts was part of a wedding shower gift. I made four all kitty cats. Later on I will do some that are all puppies for another wedding.
   Have you ever heard of a wine tasting bridal shower?
That was a new one for me.  My daughter said it was very different.  Then they wanted you to buy some to help the bride to be to stock her wine rack.
   The bird singing is part of a house warming gift. She loves Spring Things and what better way then listen to the birds sing.  Her other one is Plant-Grow-bloom which her flowers are the color of Dahlias . I made them burgundy with yellow centers.
  The chicken scratch edge sets both of them off. I don't  know if that is the proper name or not, but that is what I call it.

  I made two for a nurse that is graduating in May.  Some of the Saving Lives I tried to keep as close to what they really looked liked.

  The bottom Kitty cat and apron tea towels were for the fun and are going to be going in my etsy shop. If you have an etsy shop, have they changed the way it looks. Have you checked it out and do you like what they want to to do.

  Saving Lives tea towel shows the border that I referred to up above.
  
  It is a little long and I just thought I would  check in. Have a wonderful Easter and if you are traveling have a safe journey. If you can't be with family, pick up the phone and call them. Phone calls can mean a lot to people.

   Take care.
 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE

  The sunshine is out today after yesterday, with the bitter cold, a little snow, and a mixture of rain and snow. It didn't amount to much. It hasn't warmed up much today yet, but tomorrow we are to have 64. It is unreal that is for sure. 
  My magnolia tree before the cold weather hit. Two nights in the 20's now it is brown looking. Oh! well, got to enjoy it for a few days. 
  I thought I better check in before I go to the nursing home. It has been very emotional days without getting the answers. Hubby's ammonia level went back up and they can't tell me why. When I get irritated, I cry especially when I get really mad. I still think they are missing something. He made the decision if they find him unresponsive and not breathing that he doesn't want them beating on him and breaking his bones. It is a hard decision to accept, but I thoroughly understand where he is coming from. He has been through so much over the years. We take every day we are given. 
   The music program was very enjoyable and made a great change for me. My oldest grandson has got his truck put back together finally which made him really happy. They did the work at school with his instructor supervising. He was only out the parts which was way lot cheaper then if he had someone else do it for him. His instructor just happened to look at his brakes and told him that his truck didn't roll out of the shop until that was taken care of also. He is learning so much. 
   I let him use my computer and found out when I went to post that he hadn't changed things back like I wanted. It makes you really wonder about these kids at times. When you ask a question, they just take care of what you need and you still don't know how to do it yourself. 
   Have you ever had someone want to make a purchase and the next thing they wanted was your pattern? That is a new one for me. I make things for people only. It takes all kinds of people to make the world go around. 
  It will be hit and miss of me for awhile. I just don't have enough hours in my day to do everything I need to do. I really appreciate all of the prayers that you all are saying for us. You are a very special bunch of people here in blog land and help in so many special ways whether it is a comment here, and e-mail you are very special people. 
  Hope you all are getting ready for Easter. I just have to show up at my daughter's. The kids take care of mom because they don't think I eat. I truly do. Take care and stay safe and warm. 

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Turmoil

   There is a lot going on in my life right at the moment. They took my hubby to the ER last night by ambulance. He wouldn't eat and he had confusion. He had his daughter name being mine and he could answer questions and he would just look at you. Something told me to go to the nursing home yesterday. When I got there I found him sitting in the dining hall with two glasses of what he told me was kool-aid but in reality, it was grape juice that he needed to offset insulin because he would not eat lunch. I got him to drink it by holding it up so he could drink it. He just was not responsive. They did the usual testing and a cat scan at the hospital but  nothing showed wrong, but still a problem. They didn't admit him saying there was to much sickness in the hospital. The nursing home would be best place for him. I went up before lunch today and fed him what lunch he ate, but it wasn't much. He did eat a better supper for me. I had them call  downstairs and order what I thought he would maybe eat.
   They took away the pain medication and he can only have it as needed I don't want him to have it because I think it is part of the problem right now. They scheduled his one medication three times a day like I wanted instead of the sliding scale which was not working. When the liver doesn't work right, then the meds  build up in the system. I never did a sliding scale here at home I always gave it so many times a day and if the stools got to loose then I would cut it back.  I did meet the doctor today that they have there. I am not as dumb as she thinks that is for sure. I had been his primary care giver from Nov. 1999 until he went into the nursing home in October 2012 plus I worked full time. I sometimes wonder if they have even read his chart.
  Thank you all for listening to me as you can tell I am a little irritated. I am just glad that I had my embroidering with me because I did that in the ER and today while I sat there. 
  I did go to dinner with my youngest grandson Saturday night. He ordered me a taco salad. He thought I would like it the best. His mom ended up going with us also because her other half was still not feeling up to par. We didn't get to hang out but maybe we will another night. 
   Tuesday evening I stayed with my middle grandson while his mom and brother went to a meeting. His dad had to be gone for a few days of training for his job. We had fun. He told me his bed time was 10 o'clock, but he didn't fool me. He has a school music program coming up this next week. 
  My oldest grandson is getting an education with working on his truck during class at the tech school. They are working on the transmission because of it not shifting like it should. My daughter picked up the part that he needed and brought it home being she works in the city. I don't know if they got his truck back together today or not. 
  Hope you are having some of the spring like weather. My magnolia is starting to bud hopefully it will be pretty and we don't have a frost. Well enough of my rambling.
  

Friday, March 4, 2016

I'M BACK

  It has been a very busy and trying time for me. With losing my brother and three others that were friends with all in a little over a week span was just a little much to handle. It made me think of how we are living on borrowed time with my hubby.  
  I had to take time to get a mammogram and  had a doctor appointment for me. My blood pressure was little high so we have changed my medicine for the time being. 
  Then hubby had to have a liver ultrasound done and we have a doctor appointment this coming Monday. I wish they could get his ammonia level under control. We will see what the doctor has to say. His portal vein is blocked and now the report that I got a copy of says that he has a blood clot there. He is to high of a risk to have surgery because we don't know if he will stop bleeding. His hemoglobin is dropping from a little over 13 to a little over 11 in a short period of time. They took him off some medicine that could possible cause that. If it isn't one thing then another. God keeps giving me the strength to handle it, but I sometimes wonder.
   I saved some money when I got my car, but the majority of that will go to the nursing home. I don't get to keep it for me. They don't want you to get to keep any extra for sure. You just wonder how they figure what you have to pay. I would sure like to know their method. 
  I am looking forward to tomorrow evening. My youngest grandson and I are going to dinner and hanging out together while his parents go to a retirement party. He has picked a Mexican restaurant for our dinner. He told me not to worry he would order for us. He is only 10, but such a little adult. 
He hasn't said what we are doing after supper, but I am to pick him up at baseball practice so that we can beat the rush for supper. He is something and those hugs are precious from those boys. Grandma goes to see them when I need a grandma fix.
  I did tea towels for my daughter for a wedding shower that she was going to this evening. I liked the way they turned out.  This was one of four that I made. I have to finish the border on my last one for a custom order so I have been busy. The fingers have to stay busy right now to give me something else to think about. 
  My oldest grandson has been working on his truck at the vo-tech school. There was more they had to do then they had originally thought. He had the highest score on his test in the afternoon class. Plus he had a big paper due that was suppose to take at least a week. He had his done in three days. He even had his teacher ask him questions and was surprised by the answers he got. He is going next month to check out a technical college. They do that their junior year of high school so they can apply for scholarships and etc.  You wish that you could keep them young.
  My middle grandson's little friend had his surgery and he is back to school for half days. God is there when we need him. Thank you for all of your prayers they mean the world to me. You are the best friends. 
  I am sending out prayers to those in need. Take care and have a wonderful weekend. 
  

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Sad Day


   On this beautiful spring like day, we said our final farewells to my oldest brother, who passed away Thursday. He is finally at peace and does not have to suffer anymore. He will be sadly missed by family who just his own the number is 53 with children, grandchildren, and that does not include the brothers and sisters. There is 8 of us left and we were all there excepting one sister with family members. Church was packed and as the funeral home was for visitation.
  I got to see family that I haven't seen for a long long time. Why is it always either a wedding or funeral when we see family anymore?
  All of the stories that were told the last two days of our childhood, fishing
episodes, you name it. It was him and my other brother who helped teach us how to fish. We were talking about how you ate what mom fixed or you went hungry. We never turned anything down. We talked about the things we did when our cousins came to visit. We always played sports, basketball, football, baseball, when we all got together. We would choose up sides so no one had all of the older ones on their teams. I will miss him dearly, but I know he is is going to a better place.
   Now for a little different story. My oldest grandson got give carriage rides with a team of horses the other day. He had driven a pony and cart around the farm, but had never drove a team of big horses. The carriage was the Cinderella Carriage. It came time they needed to get something to eat so they drove to the Taco Bell with the team and carriage. It made for a good talking piece when people saw the horses tied up and the carriage sitting there. He had a fun time. He went with the one that he puts up hay for in summer to help him.
  Hopefully things will settle down for a little bit with no one having health issues. We don't need anymore for a while. The aides at the nursing home took hubby outside today because it was so pretty for February. 
  Thank you for all the prayers and condolences. You all in blog land are the best. Take care.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Cold Cold

   It has been a very cold and damp today. The kind of a day where you get chilled really quick if you are out in it. I spent most of yesterday and today running around with my oldest grandson. We were selling ads for the horse club show booklet. We got some each day so it wasn't a waste of our time and energy. I did the driving and he did all of the talking.
   Happy Valentine's Day to all of my friends and family here on blog land. It isn't suppose to be that nice. They aren't sure if we will get snow or rain tomorrow. I suggest that they let everyone guess what in the morning will bring. We are suppose to get right back up in the 50's. I will take that over single digits any day. 
   My brother is still hanging in as the saying goes. He gets short of breath at times when he  talk. I sometimes think that the hospitals don't want to do much for the older people because of age. I just wish he didn't have to suffer if that is gods wish. He is 85 or 86 years old. I can't remember if there was 2 years or three between him and my brother that I lost.  My mother was in a coma for 6 months before she passed away. I had a hard time going to the nursing home back then because you didn't know if she knew you were there or not. 
   Then dealing with my other half who has decided he just wants to stay in bed and not eat. He got up this morning and went for a walk in his wheel chair. It is no wonder his leg doesn't support him with him just wanting to lay around. I don't know what is with that. When I go see him, he just wants to sleep. I tried to call him, but he didn't answer so I figured that he was asleep. We go the 29th for a liver ultrasound. I know his ammonia level is high and the blood sugars are like a roller coaster. It makes you feel like you are in between a rock and hard place. We will go see the doctor on the 7th of March so we shall see what happens in between. 
  My hands have been busy and today gave me a change of scenery. We went exploring to find a company that is out in the country. We found it, but they are only opened Monday thru Friday 8 to 5. We had lunch at a family restaurant in Cameron, Missouri called Dino's Family Restaurant. I had a ham wrapped sandwich which I brought half of it home. It had peppers, onions, tomatoes, cheese and ham served hot with french fries. I brought half of it home because it was so big. They do breakfast, lunch, and supper. They have a lot on the menu to choose from.  We ate under twenty dollars. My car has wifi so he used his gps on his phone to find a couple of places we were looking for. It was a fun day.
  My middle grandson went skiing yesterday for the 5th grade Valentine Party and he was ready to go again. They are going to have a box sled races later this month at Snow Creek. 
The sleds have to be made out of boxes using duct tape and glue. That should be fun to watch. I hope they post pictures of the sleds. You can also go tubing there. My grandson wanted to go again because he had fun. 
  Happy Happy Valentine Day, Stay warm and safe. Take care.
 
  

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Prayers Needed

Prayers are needed for my oldest brother who went into hospice care at home yesterday. I am not ready to lose him, but I know that he will be at peace and he is ready to go. Neither he nor his wife have been in good health this past year. We think that they will be here forever, but that is not the case. He is one of my brothers who help take care of me when I was a baby and growing up. He help feed me and change my diaper. Him and his wife were the first in our family to have a television set. It was black and white, but who care about that. We would go to their house in town while my mom and dad did their shopping to watch cartoons, western series, and had a good time. When my parents passed away, he took over as head of the family being the oldest getting a place for our family reunion. He always said the prayer before we ate at our family reunion. 
  Now on to happier times, my grandson won first place at the Pine Wood Derby at the Mall today. He will have one more year that he can race a car before he becomes to old. We even had a 4 year old that got second in the open class. Grandpa had built his car. Some that they were hoping to see didn't come, but there were new faces. Hew people to meet. He even got accused of cheating that his car was to heavy. It didn't even weigh a complete 5 ounces that it could. Why do people have to be that way? Why don't they teach their child good sportsmanship instead of being an embarrassment to their child whether a parent or grandparent? I know if my family acted that way I would be so embarrass. 
  I spent two days with my middle grandson this past week. Brother had his technical school in the afternoon and little brother could not stay by himself. He was good for me helping with the laundry and even fixing grandma's lunch. He made fried eggs for a sandwich. He likes to cook. I have heard he wants to be a chef when he grows up. He will be going to Mary Poppins performance for one field trip this next week. He is really excited because their valentine party will be a ski trip. He will go Snow Creek near Weston, Missouri for the day. Their 5th grade gets to do that. 
  Hope all of you are safe and getting dug out of the snow by now.
Take care. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Will it or Won't it?

  Will it or won't it snow in our area later tonight that is the question? One says that we will get snow and another says that it will just be rain. I don't want the freezing rain. 
    My picture is of my magnolia tree covered with a wet snow a couple of years ago. We have been lucky so far this year and not really had that much. 
   I survived my very busy weekend and was very tired when I got home about 8:30. The boys won their ball game 23-11. They played a good game and my grandson scored the first 4 points of the game. With them in the lead it put the pressure on the other team which made me happy. They weren't having to try to come from behind. It also showed what the boys have learned. They have learned to play every position with there only being 6 players. The chili fundraiser was for the coaches family. Their son has a health issue that is taking them to Arizona to get him help because its involving the brain. We ask for prayers for them. He is 11 years old. It is sad when you have the hospitals in your own area that can't help but brag about their doctors. Their little team all set at the table together talking and enjoying each others company. It has made them really close. 
   My youngest grandson took 1st at the Pinewood Derby at the church Saturday. They had an open race in which mom took 3rd, he took 2nd and dad took 1st. He is going to play ball this summer so I will ball gaming besides watching the boys ride. It will be a fun summer spent with the boys. This coming Saturday is the Pine wood Derby at the mall which there will be kids from all over the city will be racing their cars. I will go watch him. 
   One custom order is done, the second one will be done as soon as I finish the border on it,then on to the next. 
   It seems like I pick up the paper every day and see someone I know has died. I was at a graveside funeral Saturday morning and then I came home to see where my friend Gert lost her Tom. Needless to say I cried, it makes me think about my own with him being in the nursing home and what is going on with him at the moment. His ammonia level is down, but not near where it needs to be. We just keep praying and take every day that we get. We know that one of these days his liver will shut down.
   Weather permitting I will go see him tomorrow because it is his birthday. He was born on Ground 
Hog's Day. We always blame him if we have bad weather to tease him. He said that he was going to stop having birthdays. Of course this is leap year, we have a cousin that was actually borne on the 29th of February. We tell him he only gets to celebrate every four years. 
   It has been cloudy dreary damp day. What happen to the sunshine? If you have any would you share some and send it my way. I guess the nice December sorta spoiled us. 
    Well back to my custom order. Take care and if you are in the way of the storm they are predicting please be careful and safe. 
     

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Month Almost Gone

  Where oh where has this month gone? It seemed like it just started and it almost Thursday of this week. The time is flying or is just because we are getting older. 
  I thought with all the snow and crazy weather we needed a basket full of roses. You can almost smell them and maybe make you think of warmer weather.  I know I am ready, but I keep getting told that it is only January. I know, I know, I am only trying to rush through the cold weather. 
  We went to the eye doctor with hubby today. He could read two lines further on the eye chart better today then the last visit, but they say now that there is a little damage from being a diabetic. It was something that I had thought about because his blood sugars aren't controlled that well plus he takes a medicine that will raise the blood sugar. We will be going every 6 months to keep track of his eye sight. It is the pits as we age. Little things that didn't really bother us has now gotten to the point where they are a little more concern or is it just to make more money from the office visit. You wonder at times.  I know that the family medical history sucks to put it politely. 
    The horse season schedule has been set and have started talking about the year. They are looking forward to the year and hopefully won't be as wet as it was last year. Both boys will show again this year. Of course I will go watch as much as possible. 
    One of the boys on my grandson's basketball team had a birthday/slumber party. They were going to stay up all night. They made it to 4 AM. My grandson crashed on Sunday only getting up to eat and then back to bed. He didn't really want to get up on Monday to go to school. They were having basketball practice tonight and again tomorrow night.
   I know I will have a very busy Saturday and probably crash on Sunday. My morning starts with a graveside service for one of my daughter's friends father, then pinewood derby racing
at the church, then basketball, then a chili supper fund raiser. Sometime I got to figure out how I am going to fit lunch into the schedule. It may be a sandwich in the car as I am driving. We just lost my friend's husband this past Saturday. We keep wandering who is next. I know that my son-in-law's grandmother is not doing well at the moment. There is a really bad stomach flu going around right now. It is effecting people who had the flu shot. Supposedly it is a different strain then what the shot was for. We didn't get one this year. My hubby doesn't have an immune system so we got scared and decided against it and just pray a lot. 
  Well I need to get back to embroidering, but I wanted to let you know I have just been busy. Thoughts and Prayers for all of the people in need. We can never have to many prayers to see us through. 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Staying Inside

  Another day for staying inside and staying warm and embroidering. What they are predicting for our area hasn't arrived yet. They are saying we are going to get freezing drizzle and people don't know how to drive in it. If the speed limit is 70 then they drive it or faster. My car has a little snow on it that I need to clean off. I just don't want to get caught with freezing drizzle coming down away from home.
 I have already talked with hubby and he is fine that I am staying at home. I just don't get out unless it is absolutely necessary. I think the snow is pretty, but I would sooner look at it then be out in it. I did start my car and cleaned the snow off twice. My driveway has been pushed twice so that there is room for the next go around. 
  The fingers are staying busy to not only give me something else to think about, but to keep them from getting stiff. As we age we have bones that tend to not like the cold weather, and have to stay active or they would stiffen up. I have had a few times when I had to physically bend my fingers on my one hand. That is definitely something I don't like to do.
   I have already marked my calendar for the next two Saturday
s with basketball, pinewood derby races, and a chili supper fund raiser for one of my grandson's friends all in the same day. 
   January is flying or at least that is the way that it seems to me. I just want the snow to go away and lets get back to sunshine and warm weather. Mother Nature doesn't care where you live that is for sure. My oldest lives where they were predicting severe weather. I am praying that it doesn't happen.
   So far other than an early out for my oldest grandsons, they haven't had snow days. They are trying new treatment on the streets salt mixed with something else. It looked strange to see that being put on our street because the maintainers were usually the ones that pushed the snow. At least they did that before my driveway was pushed. 
   I thought I would check in to let you know that I am doing o.k. and try to visit some more of you while I take a break from what I was doing.
   My thoughts and Prayers are with those in need. Prayers help us through some very difficult times. I think we get stronger because of those that pray for us too. God is listening even though sometimes we wonder. Take care and be safe if you have to be out in the bad weather. 

  
 

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Cold Sunshiny Day

   Well we got the snow last night and extreme cold to go along with it. My snow removal guy came and cleaned my drive way and steps, but I have only stuck my nose out to get the paper and pay him. It was just to cold to venture anywhere and my car is covered with snow. 
   I am just staying in where it is warm. My pictures don't do them justice, but I thought I would show you what has kept my fingers busy while I was without a car. I have worked on whatever tripped my fancy. I never know exactly what I will work on until I pick it up and start. At the moment it is a custom order for a graduating nurse. It is coming along nicely.
   I went to the nursing home yesterday to see hubby. It was cold in the building. They had a little excitement the time before. They had a fire drill, but the fire truck, police, and sheriff all came to the nursing home. The sprinklers went off in the west wing flooding the place. A pipe froze up and broke. I have been there before when they have fire drills, but nothing like that had happened .
   Yesterday was Saturday Morning basket ball games. I go and watch my middle grandson play. They won 22-8 and he scored the first score of the game. They only have seven boys on the team so no one does all of the scoring. They all play together.  We are so proud of this little team because they play with their heart in it. 
   He had to see grandma's new ride. He was the only one in the family that hadn't seen it yet. I have stayed away from their house because dad has been not feeling good. He thought he had caught the stomach bug that has been going around. I just know that I don't want it. 
   I have only been going out if it is really necessary. I don't like the cold weather. I am ready for spring and 72 degrees. I like the snow, but then I always want it to go away in a hurry. 
   Kids are all out of school tomorrow for Martin Luther King day. Dad is staying with the two oldest grandsons because he has the day off.  That is o.k. I will just stay in and even sleep late if I want . 

 

 Mr Rooster and Mr Snowman are both tea towels and Mrs Cow is a pillow case. I need to make a baby quilt, but I have been lucky and sold the last two before I even had them completely finished. It make me happy to be part of their family. One little boy and one little girl. They take longer to do. Of course the amount of time depends on the pattern and what kind of edge they have. I just want to keep the fingers busy and have other things to think about instead of what else is going on. 
   Have any of you been watching the Bachlor (sp) on tv? Is it my imagination, but wouldn't you be a little embarrassed to act like they are? I thought  he was looking for a wife. If it was my daughter, I wouldn't want her acting like they are. I guess I am just old fashioned and not up with the times. 
  You know now where I have been and what I have been doing. Prayers and Hugs going out to those in need. Take care, stay safe and warm.



Saturday, January 9, 2016

COLD WEATHER HAS ARRIVED

    The cold weather has finally arrived today. We had been having rain and reaching the high of 40 the last few days. The fog was there when you had to leave the house early and trust me you couldn't see very far at all.  I know the dampness makes the bones hurt and that is when I missed  my electric seats, but you can't have everything. 
   I got out this morning to go watch my grandson play basketball. He made an awesome shot from his knees in front of the basket.  Everybody was surprised about that one. I wish I had it on camera, but no luck there. They won which makes them happy. He collided with another little boy and they both went to the floor. He got up and shook it off. The other one had a nose bleed. Today's game was a little rough and they didn't have practices during the break so it took a little time to get back to playing. 
   I came home afterwards and had a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows and soup to get warmed up. For a little bit I thought I was going to have to stay home. My car door was froze from the drizzle and rain we had yesterday, but I got it opened. They were a little concerned because I am normally early and today I was running late. I made it.
  I only get out when it is necessary during this time of the year. You never know what the weather will be and it can change in a quick hurry. They are letting my oldest grandson drive in this  weather. That is only the way he is going to learn.  They probably won't if it is icy. It is something to get in the car and be told that you could possibly have slick spots. Rather nice in that respect. 
  The fire trucks, first res-ponders, and the ambulance just went flying by the house. We have so many in our neighborhood that have health issues. They the addresses marked at the fire station so they can get there faster. We have one who is a diabetic and doesn't take care of himself  like he should. I really feel sorry for his wife. We only had one episode where he ended up in the hospital because of it, but it is scary.  He woke up and wanted to know why he was there.
  Since the Kansas City Royals won the championship, just maybe it might make the Kansas City Chiefs want a championship too. They won 30-0. We shall see what happens the next game. Taking it one game at a time. 
  Hope all of you are staying warm and out of harms way. I know some of you have a mess to clean up with all of the flooding and everything. Mother Nature hasn't cared where you lived this year. This is first year in a while that we haven't seen that much bad weather and hope it is a milder winter then they were originally saying. 
   Well it is back to my embroidering. Take care. 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

INDEPENDENCE AGAIN

  How has your New Year started off? My oldest made it back to Louisiana and I had an enjoyable visit with all of my family. I got my independence back on Saturday before he flew out on Sunday. Car shopping was a different experience with all three of my kids, my oldest grandson, and my son-in-law checking out the car I got. My oldest would have been my co-buyer if I needed him, but I got it all on my own. Of course hubby was not happy about it, but I had told him that I got to pick this one and he had no say in it. 
   Enough suspense, I got a used 2015 Chevy Cruze. White in color which wasn't my choice of color, but the kids thought that I needed a lighted colored car. It doesn't have the bells and whistles that my other one does, but it will get me where I need to go and was affordable. They all gave their approval and my oldest grandson called to see if I was home yesterday. He wanted to come by and check it out closer then he got to on Saturday. They all have called to check to see how I am doing with it. Family helping family. I feel for those who don't have the support and closeness of family. You have ups and downs but when needed you all pulled together.
   All of the grand kids are back in school. I think they were ready to go back. My oldest is suppose to send me pictures of his boxes that he has made and sold. He made two walnut boxes with a light color bows and lined the bottom of them with felt. I will post pictures when I get them. 
    I am so happy that I can now go when I want, where I want, do my shopping when I want, get a haircut without having to have some one come take me. Oh! they would do it and I will probably miss it, but to know that I can be self-reliant again gives me a good feeling. To be able to make visits more often to the nursing home to see really what is going on.
   We have sunshine today and it is warmer then we have had, but the weather is suppose to change again. Needless to say we have been lucky in our area, but others have not. As my middle grandson likes to say, you can't replace people, but you can replace other things just may take a while. 
   He has a ball game on Saturday that I will go and watch. I missed his last ball game, but if the grades aren't there he may not play. He thinks mom and dad are bluffing, but they are not. He reminds me so much of his dad in that respect. He is very smart, and gets bored easy. He doesn't care for math, which is the most important and you need it for everything you do. They say they all go through that phase because dad works at a job that uses math every day. We all do. 
    My oldest grandson and his best friend put a starter on his friend's vehicle. It took them a while, but they got it accomplished so they were proud of themselves. He thinks he wants to go to a technical college when he graduates to continue his education on how to work on vehicles. He is very good about researching what he is working on. 
   I need to get my self in gear and run an errand. Go check on hubby because he didn't feel good yesterday. Prayers being sent for those in need. Take care. Stay safe and warm.