Friday, June 29, 2012

Home from the Hospital

We got home from the hospital this evening and I thought I would give you an update before I call it a day.The upper gi scope showed he had been bleeding in his stomach again. There isn't anything that they can do other then monitor his blood counts. They gave him both 2 units of blood and iron both the first night after I got him there. They got him up to 8.6 according to medicare standards that  is safe. That isn't even the bottom of the normal range. They had to repeat his lower gi scope because they say he wasn't cleaned. I don't really know other then the doctor that performed it didn't really want to do it. Said so right in front of my hubby who was going to be put to sleep. I let our hospitalist know about it and I was not a happy camper. I told him you do not voice those kind of comments in front of your patient who is about to be put to sleep. I think If it had been me I wouldn't have let them do it. We had a successful one today. We have brought a liver doctor on board. I don't know what they are going to try to do. It is a lady doctor and she did tell us that with all of his health issues he wasn't a liver candidate. We shall see. 
I know I will be glad  to have my own bed. Sleeping in a straight back chair with my feet propped up on the edge of his bed wasn't a good way. They finally got me a recliner and then we got moved to a private room.More lab work and doctor visits and I was hoping they would so down. I stay with him 24/7 because I sign for his health. Thanks to all of you who sent prayers. They were greatly appreciated. Hugs to you all, I am headed to bed.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Prayers Please

This note is very short and I would like your prayers. I am admitting hubby to the hospital. His blood count is very low so he is going to get blood to start and from there I don't know. I  don't know how long he will be in the hospital, but maybe we will get some more answers while we are there. Take care Shirley

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Got Your Fireworks

The 4th of July is quickly approaching and the fireworks are being shot off in the neighborhood already.They had a big firework display after the ballgame Saturday evening. Everybody has their own ideas as to when they are going to celebrate this year with it falling in the middle of the week. I think ours will be Saturday so no body has to get up and go to work the following day.
Even work schedules are changing from normal because some are wanting a long weekend. 

This weekend we got the much needed rain which cancelled the horse show, but we didn't need the heat that came afterwards. I would much sooner enjoyed the  67 degrees that we had for a little while. Our plans changed for our whole weekend, but it is not the first time nor the last time that will happen.  Today has been extremely hot for June. The heat index was 101 which makes you think more of late July and August weather. We were out for a little while, but tried to stay inside as much as possible. I have been trying to decide what I want to wear to work tomorrow with the ac not working. I  know I won't wear shorts because of working with all guys, you always get some smart remark.
My grandson loves to ride with his dad. The above picture was taken on a ride that they went on by Dan's Action Photo,The bike is well equipped with a nice seat for the passenger to ride on. He is such a character and is ready to go in a minutes notice. He has his own helmet, sun glasses, and mom puts sun screen on him so that he doesn't burn.
We talked to our son in Louisiana wondering how he was doing and if the hurricane weather in the gulf was effective him any. He said it was hot and partly cloudy. They were predicting some rain. He has been stocking up on water and things that he might need if they do get some of the bad weather. Someone asked why he was doing it now. His comment was that if you wait, the shelfs might be bare. A lot of people will put it off until the last minute then complain about what they are wanting. 
My heart and prayers go out to all of them that can be effective by the storm. I wonder about my Florida's Friends. I just hope that they are safe. You never know about riding out storms regardless of the type. I have never been around hurricane's, but tornadoes, floods, ice storms, snow storms, bad thunderstorms with damaging winds, and hail those I have been around
You all have a good week and stay cool wherever you are.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Ready for the Weekend

Have you made your plans for the weekend? Are you going camping, to the lake boating or just lounging around home. Have you started making your plans for the 4th of July? It will be here before we know it. 

There is only a little over a week left in this month. I don't know where it went, but it has flown by that is for sure. 

I have been trying to do some embroidering, but all I have done is sleep in the chair. It  is one that has wings that you can lay your head in the corner and you are gone. I guess it is partially from going in and out of air-conditioning all day long. The body doesn't adjust well to it. 

My little puppy dog in the sewing basket. He is listed in my etsy shop. I put a red blanket stitch around the border. I have found a blanket stitch is not really that hard to do. I found a tutorial that took you step by step. I just wish I had bookmark it so if I wanted to go back. 

I would have liked to been a mouse to see what the judge was talking to him about. I can never really tell if he is listening or not. I just thought it was a cute picture. I have to give the photographer a lot of credit because she does a very good job. 

Have you made plans for the 4th of July? Do you celebrate with a  barbacue and fireworks? Does your community have a firework display?

We will be going to our daughters for our celebration. We are going to do it on Saturday instead of the actual 4th because we all have to work  the next day. My sil is working the 4th of July. They get the 5th off. They work a 4 day work week anyway so they will have a four day weekend. They usually have some fireworks and of course the little ones have their smoke bombs with all of the different colors of smoke. 

We go down to the city for a doctor appointment of Tuesday to find out if they are going to give him an iron infusion. I would like to get it before the holiday if he has to have it. I just know to me his color is getting whiter.  We will find out. 

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. We are hoping to maybe go watch the boys ride, but it depends on the weather and how hot it gets. Take care.

Monday, June 18, 2012


I need your help. I need someone to tell me how to get my music back. They gave me a place to go to, but what am I suppose to do after I get there is the question. I have never added any music, so I am a dummy in that respect. I miss having it playing while I am working on the computer. Some things I have learned by trial and error, but at times I am not that brave. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
I have been a little tardy in blogging this past week and even reading. I have been busy taking care of my other half and working. I sit down in the chair and fall asleep. I think the weather has a lot to do with it. 
We had to take a picture of Baby Sister so that I could make Matt a new t-shirt with Sister on it for him to wear at the horse shows. He thought grandma needed a picture to look at while I am working on it. 

 He showed her in the halter class here a couple of weeks ago. They had 21 horses in the event so there wasn't a lot of hope for him and the smallest horse in the group, but he had fun and that is all that is important. He was very busy that weekend. For a while he was going from his pony to Cleo. It was a good thing that they have two different saddles for him to use. He got tired even if he didn't want to admit. 
He has a red shirt similar to his big brother. This past weekend he didn't get to show either Saturday or Sunday because it was 4 H or FFA
members only. The next picture is of big brother and you can tell that he is very serious when he shows. He can smile, but you don't see it to often because of the concentration.

Serious during competion
 The photographer that took his picture, MA Donaldson, said she was going to catch him yet with a smile on his face. The boys have had a pretty good show season so far. People ask where they found the horses that they show. They were just lucky with some other peoples help. I still can see Matt bouncing on Cleo's back and she just stood there.

Matt with the Judge
 I know you will see pictures of my boys.
The judge was talking with Matt on Cleo. She talked with a lot of the kids about different things.  
The show that this picture was taken in there was only 402 entries. If you placed you were lucky.  Jake made the cut in one class of 21 to be one of the top six, he didn't place, but he was the youngest one out there. It was in a senior event so you can imagine the ages. 
Matt was tired , but at least sitting still
 People thought Matt was mad when he was sitting on the barrel, he wasn't he was just tired . I was just glad to see him sitting still for a change, because normally he is full speed ahead. 
This past weekend he didn't get to show, but brother had a good two days showing. He had 4 first and 2 seconds on Saturday  showing Cleo. The placements paid money so he will be getting a check. 
On Sunday, he showed Fergie and it was an awesome day because he won a belt buckle for high point in his age group.  You can see him being presented the belt buckle and what it looks like up close. He was so excited he couldn't tell me what placements he got, but the points were there for the buckle. I was hoping for him. 
We didn't get to go because it was to hot and neither arena had any shade. We will go this weekend because they have shade and I can park the car where he can watch and I can run it if I need to.
I went to a baby shower for my great niece. She has a medical degree and is doing her residency in Minneapolis.  She has decide to go into family medicine for which I am glad because we need more family doctors. I had a good time and got to see family that I hadn't seen for awhile. We started outside and had to move it inside because of the weather, but we didn't really get anything. I hope you all have a good week.


Monday, June 11, 2012


 Have you ever found yourself wishing that you could do whatever you wanted instead of having to do what is expected of you? 
The weekend was much to short, but enjoyable. We celebrated Jake's 13th birthday on Saturday late afternoon and evening. Of course, Ethan had to ride before he could go home. Jake went and got Cleo and led him around the yard. He thought he was big stuff. He had to bring his boots and jeans. He always want to ride.
We had beefburgers, pasta salad, chips and homemade salsa, broccoli salad,veggie tray, mac and cheese, triple berry cobbler made in the dutch oven.
Jake and Ethan with Cleo
That was the menu from the birthday boy. Of course, you had to have ice cream. Oh I forgot Ethan helped mommy make cookies for us to have too. 

Every time he would go by us he would wave at us. He was probably asleep before they reach the corner because of being so tired. They played really hard, but had a great time. Jake was waiting for his turn at the gate, Mommy is holding Cleo with Matt in the blue helmet. The photographer M A Donaldson does a wonderful job taking pictures of the kids. You never know what she is going to take and you can be surprised   
Jake waiting his turn taken by M A Donaldson brother in the back ground 
I thought I would show you one of the latest things that I have done. I have one in the works in John Deere Colors. This one is in my etsy shop. It is a single pillow case. My boys liked it, but mommy would like it on a different color pillowcase. I got to see what I can find so many now days already has a design on them.
Tommy Tractor Pillow case
 I don't usually post a picture of me, but Matt was taking pictures and he took this one of me. I didn't realize how gray my hair was getting, but I think I will just leave it that way. If I color it, which is expensive and you have to have it done every little bit. I don't have the time nor patience.
Matt took a picture of me
 Would you believe he is thirteen? I remember the day he was born. I spent a lot of time with his mommy when she was in labor. I use to spend time rocking and reading to him. He is modeling his new belt buckle for everybody.
Jake modeling his belt buckle, dad and his other grandpa looking on
He was so proud of his belt buckle with a long horn steer on it. His mom and dad got him a pair of spurs with fancy work on them.
I will miss seeing them ride this coming Saturday. I am going to a baby shower for my great niece. She is officially graduated and now has the MD behind her name. She is starting her residency which will be three years. I haven't seen them since her sister's wedding. Will enjoy visiting with family.
Hope you all have a good week. We had some rain, but need more. Sorry about the long post. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Yoga on Horseback taken by MA Donaldson
Have you ever wondered what yoga on horseback looks like. My youngest grandson was caught stretching while he was sitting in the saddle. I asked him if he was tired, he said no he just needed to stretch.
I don't see how they can ride the number of hours that they do at times.
Hot, I know it isn't really summer, but it sure feels like it and suppose to be worse tomorrow. I just wish that it would rain. They say the crops really need it. I know you see farmers baling pastures besides just the hay fields. Last year the floods and this year they are thinking it will be the driest ever. 
Are you ready for the weekend? If we do everything, that is planned it will be busy. We have our grandsons birthday party on Saturday. They are showing their horses on Sunday, but whether we go or not will depend on the weather. I don't want to make us sick because we set in the heat to long. We went to the doctor last Friday, no broken bones just have osteoporosis . They can't really do anything about it. Bengay seems to help a little, but he says it sure does stink. I agree. 
You all have a wonderful day.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Sun and Wind

Ethan and his dad
 This is what my family was doing today. Mom posted the picture of Ethan and his dad.
Matt ready for lead in
He got to go on a motorcycle ride with his dad today and you can tell by the way he was sitting behind dad he was enjoying every bit of it. You have to be careful when you talk about motorcycles, because he is right there ready to go. It was a beautiful day with a breeze, which felt cool even though it got a little warm this afternoon. I think I am more wind burned then sun. I know it blew hard enough that we had quite a few kids losing their hats. Enough that they told them that they could show without them.
Jake 2 first and a third
We spent the majority of the day watching the boys ride and even dad got into the act. They had big classes and a lot of horses even from out of state. The one today was a different circuit, but hosted at our grounds. 
Little brother didn't get to do as many events and dad bribed him to get him to consent to go home with Famous Dave's for supper after they took the horses home and took showers. He was fine with that. He wanted to do games. Whether he wins a race or not that is what he likes to do.  
Dad got 4th
I even got their dad to ride today so his dad could see him. He placed 4th. Matt got a third and second. Jake 2 first and a third which was a good day. Jake is turning 13 in a week and he was giving me hints for what he would like for his birthday. I just tell them to give grandma several ideas as to what they would like to have. It is easier that way. He has already put in his order for his birthday cake. It will be a three berry cobbler made in moms dutch oven. 
Hubby went and watch today. They let us park the car where he could watch from there or his wheel chair. He did both and  they are really nice to us in that respect. He was tired when we came home that much I know for certain. 
We will be birthday shopping and baby shopping this week. I am going to have a new great nephew and I have a baby shower to go to here in a couple of weeks. We will be busy. I hope you are enjoying your weekend. I am. Have a wonderful Sunday.