if Jon has time to finish it, we'll be able to get Mulberries from this platform this yr! :)
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
We're thinking of having a yardsale the second week of June. I want to make more space in the garage and make some extra cash, of course. I'll probably have some art to sell too. lol I have this plan but need to clean out more stuff first. I was hoping to do this way back in September but so much stuff happened, that I got emotionally exhausted. Basically, make the garage art creative friendly. I am so slow but it will happen. :)
Friday, May 27, 2011
Nobody wanted to get up today. They were sluggish and acted like they were already into summer time. It's hard w/bunk beds as they can stay up there without me yanking them out of bed. lol It's annoying...maybe I'll use a squirt gun to get them out? Only a week left of school and then break time.
I went out shopping today and feel so good for getting out. Honestly, I felt like I was bound to the house after awhile. I've been going outside...my face is 1 shade darker, but not going farther than your backyard/neighborhood can get a bit dull. We went for a mini walk as well and someone had 2 more trees cut down. I bet it was roots in the plumbing...their lot is extremely small and I have a feeling this was why they got the trees removed. Sad, but sometimes, that has to happen. They are a nice old couple too (I think his wife has severe dementia, poor thing).
I got some basic needs things at the market/store and am pleased the guinea pigs have their timothy hay, the bird has millet sprays, the cats have treats and I forgot to get the dogs a treat. They got some chips...they are all right. (rolling eyes). I need to put more pics up here. I notice I write more then I show. I should have bought more ribbon when I was out...I just realized. How annoying.
Jon put in 3 air conditioners...what a load of work that is but so worth it. We need to get whole house conditioning one of these years.
I watched the entire first season of Drop Dead Diva. This is my new love of a show. I found out there are several more seasons on Life cable station (I'm not sure of the name, so don't blame me if it's wrong). It's such an awesome show!! Rosie O'Donnell is on it and so many other great actresses/actors. You just want to jump up and down and say, thank goodness for something written well and fun! I miss the Rosie show. Her memory reminds me so much of Jon's...he's got this memory where he can see one thing one time and remember it pretty much forever. He can recall commercials (songs and all) from childhood. Crazy and fun! :)
oh, and I got sunblock in my eyes. I need to wash them out but am too lazy sitting here typing. I will wash them out in a few...don't worry,mom!
I was talking to my dad and he was ranting about cats and dogs. Then, he said he really doesn't like cats but he does like dogs. I listened and encouraged this thinking. Then he blurted out he really loves dogs and wants one! I was shocked (and very happy). It felt like this is normal talk and what I want to encourage with him. Dad tends to go into the land of lala and following this/getting upset with this, only makes things so much worse. I want to send him a toy dog but hope that it wouldn't freak him out (if he forgot the conversation). I owe my mom a letter too...and a few other things to post.
I'll do it all for Tuesday. Have a great Memorial Day. I see all these sweet old folks out my window...they are avid gardeners and have been giving us the harry eyeball. I'll just wave at them and smile. Sorry, but I love my Totoro patch in suburbia and will not chop/mow it down...well,only a little. <3
Thursday, May 26, 2011
We had a good day after that...did the laundry and actually hung it out to dry (one piece got pooped on from a bird and the neighbor started to mow and kick dust everywhere, sigh) and just did art while Mr. H played. Plus, we seem to be getting used to the warm and opened another window (which is not as easy as it sounds as Jon sealed them all for the winter...another sigh).
I was looking at some art on flickr and got inspired. I need to write a post for my Altoona Mirror blog, The Art Cafe and I think I will share some artists from flickr. I think it's amazing how the internet can bring people closer, in a respectful way. <3 love that
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
I can't play it for a full half hour with the little one around as he does get bored and wants my attention (same thing with painting and piano). I figured out if we go for a walk, by nap time, he's really ready to nap. Plus, he was wearing his big ol froggy rainboots and got more of a workout from these.
I feel a bit tired but it's much better to feel a little exhausted from working on then being sluggish. Also, I did my allergy regime and this helped w/ breathing (it was getting bad, honestly and I thought I'd have to turn my self in for asthma or something).
This is another reason I like Wii fit. It's inside and I'm not stuck in the elements or having to drive somewhere with at cranky little one. :)
Now, if I can get myself into a routine of doing this every day at 2pm or something, I think I can make it work. Wish me luck.
Oh, and hi, Mom! I'm glad you figured out how to read my updated blog posts! This adds to my good feelings.
Today feels heavy with potential rain. Yesterday I saw the strangest thing...I think it was a cloud settling right in front of our house. It was so odd and sort of magical too. I can see how we can imagine all sorts of things from seeing something so unexplained. Jon thinks it was a slight tornado accumulation. Probably. It was amazing as just as soon as I noticed it, the mist/cloud shape disappeared and rain poured down. I wonder if it was a left over from the storms that hit MO.
Right now, it feels like we live in a tropical jungle. I'm a bit reluctant to plant any veggies as I worry about mold. But I could try and get one of those sheets they put on the ground to keep mud/water from splashing up and ruining tomatoes, etc.
I love our foliage on the side of the house but I worry about things sneaking in there and playing. I think it's time to cut it back a bit. Plus, it will control the buggies and so on. Another strange thing, I haven't seen a single chipmunk in our yard. I wonder if it's a cat or other animal. Either way, it's all part of nature, I guess.
I admit I was worried that there would be some other problems regarding Harry's getting better. Sorry to go on about it, but it's such a relief.
I threw out all of the Simple Green and am switching to vinegar and water. I found some interesting sites on safe cleaners. Plus, I'm not leaving any of this stuff around. That's the key, really.
Well, I've got to start the day. All this humidity is making it difficult to breath and I'm sneezing more from the pollen. The good thing is the Maple trees have stopped and now there are a million maple pods everywhere. These are fun to pick up and drop...they have a helicopter look as they settle to the ground. Have a good one!
Monday, May 23, 2011
We also love watching Eureka...it's on netflix and we don't have to sit through commercials/time slots. It's fun and Jon cracks up at all the made up techie words. I like that he thinks it's silly but won't fall asleep because it's well written/acted. lol
With all the stress we've been going through w/ Harrison, it's a nice break. He's better today and slept from 5:30pm till 7 am. He had skipped his nap and needed extra resting time. Plus, we were outside a lot which burned up his energy. Poor guy. His eye is still swollen but much better. Also, he's getting good at taking his eye treatment...lays down and only struggles a little. He knows a popsicle or M and M's are sure to follow. I hope toliet training goes this well!
I'm working on the Church newsletter...didn't get any photos from anyone and all I have are pics of my own kids. It seems a bit selfish to just show my family. I just get a little shy asking for people's pics...I don't know why. I think it's because the church folk seem to know they'll end up in the newsletter...maybe it's a mutual shyness. :)
Sunday, May 22, 2011
I have to laugh. I feel a little sorry for them...they watch a lot of kids and on several occasions these little ones have gotten out of their yard and wandered into ours. One was a cop's kid...
Honestly, we try to be patient because we are neighbors. I've never said anything to them (their clients have blocked my car in on several occasions). And it's unfortunate they are being rude. I don't know what to think or say. We're not perfect and I'm surprised they would think they are. lol Nobody is.
I feel bad they were mean to my husband about it. I have a feeling it might be out of boredom they are even talking to us or other mental issues. I'm sure they have issues of their own.
Anyway, I've heard them complaining about kids and ducks for some reason. Must be their age. I'm just going to let it go and not worry about it. God can sort out their thought patterns. I don't have enough time.
I'm ashamed to say I blew up at my husband when he mowed over my peonies...I feel it was my fault, too, as I didn't put a gate around it. I hope it grows back. Maybe I can find one at a garden shop. Wish me luck!
As for the weather, looks like our sunny days are taking another break and it's going to be rainy, again. I am definitely going to go to the gym, library and get out of the house for a break. I don't care if the dogs are wet, I'll make sure they get their walkies too.
I'm going to be tough on myself...or at least firm and get into a routine. It will make everyone feel better all around and keep our mental health up. How I wish my mom and dad lived closer too. It would make so many things better if I could have them near by. I'll keep praying about this.
I'm so lucky to have so much family over here. I really am. I sometimes forget this, but I'm blessed by extended family and does remind me how much each is a treasure.
I have a good feeling something wonderful is going to happen. I hope this feeling transcends to other's and people feel good as well.
Yesterday, we all went for a walk and got a little bit of sun. The gals were happy to be out and then went to their friends house. Today, at church, we had a great service, I got to see some wonderful people and everything just felt good. Afterwards, we went to Mom's house and had a mini-Thanksgiving style lunch. It was fun with stuffing balls (so good!). I need to do some cooking and share some as well.
I didn't make it to the gallery on time. Oh, well. However, I'm very glad I will have at least 15 new things to show and hopefully, sell there.
The kids and Jon weeded the garden and planted some cukes. I want to get some tomato plants and maybe some herbs and stick them in the ground. I hope everyone had a good weekend and will have an even better week. Peace, love and hope to all!
Saturday, May 21, 2011
It all started on Thursday. I was in a good mood as I was having company over on Friday and was in my hustle and bustle cleaning mode. I love having people over even if I get a bit frazzled about cleaning. But I was way ahead of this and only had to fine tune a few things. However, when I woke up the dogs had made a mess on the floor (I believe Jon didn't let them out and with all the rain, I haven't been walking them as long or as much). So, I cleaned this up and ran downstairs to put in a load of laundry. I glanced back and saw the spray cleaner (Simple Green) under a blanket and stupidly left it there...thinking, I'll get that on my way back.
When I came back upstairs, I found Harrison spraying the spray all over the place. He was covered and I was like, Oh, my God! I grabbed him, ran upstairs and stuck him in the tub and starting spraying him off. He howled and I kept at it, pulling off his clothes as I went.
He was still crying because I was shoving water in his face and was freaked out. Once I got him rinsed off, he calmed down and I was like, "Okay, nothings wrong.". About an hour later, he started rubbing his eyes and crying. I called Jon and he was like it's all right, no you don't need to go to the ER. Another hour went by and I was screaming at Jon on the phone. He called his mom and she's like, call the ER. I did and they gave me poison control. They immediately said to take him to the ER.
Thank God my in-laws were there, available and with it. Dad drove me to the ER and within 20 min, the doctor was looking into his eyes, numbing them and cleaning them out. I, on the mean time, had a melt down and just felt horrible I let so much time go. They said I did the right thing and it was good we went to the ER. I still feel like I should have trusted my instincts and gone ASAP. If there is a next time, and I pray there isn't, I surely will.
We went to the opthamologist yesterday, the same treatment was prescribed (antibiotec eye cream), they said I did the right thing and I found out that Simple Green is worst than acid on the eyes. I will stop using this product and keep all sprays put away. I still can't believe I was so stupid to leave it there. I now know, finish all that you start and don't run around like your head's chopped off. And I will not care if my house isn't clean enough...it's much better to be a little imperfect and safe.
The best thing is Harrison has opened his eyes, one is still swollen (he scratched it from rubbing) and the 1st layer of cells was stripped from his eye from the spray. According to the doctor, Harrison shut his eye quick enough and only a little got in. He kept his eyes closed for 1.5 days and this was a blessing as it acted as a bandage. He opened them last night when I took down the guitar to play. He walked over to me, touched the guitar and said, "Hi, Momma!" I was so happy and relieved to see his little peepers.
Don't ever trust that something says non-toxic. Go to an ER as fast/safely as you can. Put cleaners away and finish what you start. That is my message for my self and others.
Today is a gorgeous days for more than one reason. I'm so grateful for the medical help and for all who were supportive. Finding you have so much to be blessed for in your times of need, really makes a world of difference.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Yesterday seemed sort of like a big, strange world of clouds, rain and green. Today is a bit the same. I think there was a break of 15 minutes of sun. I'm not kidding.
I feel a bit stuffy from the weather...or from being inside and having all dust bother me. Actually, I did carving too, so it's probably this.
I've been reading a book by a new to me author, Jerry Jay Carroll. It's called Top Dog and has a Lord of the Rings feel and a pinch of Terry Prachett. It's pretty good. A few weeks ago I recommended a book called The French Gardener...once I got half way through, I was very disappointed. It was not as good as I thought and ended up being about ultra rich whiny people. It's more Lady Chatterly's Lover...but not as good (with the whole rich lady falling for the poor working class gardener). I was so bored with the novel by the end, I just wanted it to all end. There are some very beautiful descriptions of gardens and I thought the tree house was charming...this was probably the strongest part of the book.
The other annoying thing is Jon's car is not working and the mechanic we had it towed to, doesn't want to bother trying to fix it. He says it too rusty and why bother. So, we're stuck trying to find a more hands on person and trying to tow this thing in the rain. blah
I'm trying to think of something to make for dinner. I'm just going to make grilled cheese sandwiches. The kids have been staging protests and make dinner a terrible stressful time. Why are they so picky? Nothing is good and they won't eat things that are healthy. I'm going to make cabbage (boiled) and have that w/ Jon.
I just realized I didn't have any coffee and that is why I feel so sluggish. I have been doing Wii Fit and LOVE it. I found out it has a karate thing on it. It's fun and if you're not focusing you can get a pot stuck on your Wii self. The dogs are annoyed I haven't walked them in the rain...I just don't feel like going out there.
Can you believe it's Wednesday? 2 more days till the weekend. ;)
For a long time, I thought it was another condition and only when I found out this new bit of information, did it all come together. So, in a way, I feel really relieved because I have concrete evidence. Thank God. Also, I found a really good website on dealing with dementia and how to make the situation possibly better for my loved ones.
I vaguely remember going to this website yrs ago...and wondering if there was some link. I didn't have all the info (there is a lot of shame/hiding going on). My next step is to hopefully get them to the doctors and tell a professional.
Plus, I don't have to worry that that actions will be more serious...most likely, just ramblings. Again, thank God.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
It really stinks that I'm on the other side of the country and can't just talk to people in person. A part of me is selfish and relieved I'm far away. We're "safe". But I'm very nervous about what I'm hearing.
I'm praying all will go well. I'm praying I can have a plan when I do make some calls and encourage people to go in the right direction.
God, give us grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.
Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.
Reinhold Niebuhr "Serenity Prayer"
Monday, May 16, 2011
Sunday, May 15, 2011
I think I didn't ride the waves but fell off the surfboard and was carried away by the tide. Dang. Total wipe out...I'll just float here for a bit and catch my breath. Tomorrow is another day and I'll get back on my board. Maybe aim for smaller waves till I'm a bit more sure footed.
Friday, May 13, 2011
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Well, we got our computer back from the computer doctor. He cleaned it up, put in more memory and charged a pretty penny, but very worth it. The only slow thing is FB...but it's probably something I should be limiting anyway. lol
The kids are counting down the days till the last day of school...well, it's actually one kid and it's all about getting down to her birthday in July. She's so funny. I was the same way but was always a bit down as there was no way I'd have a birthday in class or get a card. For some reason the teachers never seemed to think about summer kids birthdays. Maybe I'm remembering wrong but it's nice to know that teachers do think about this and will give kids birthday goodies anyway. :)
Recently, I cut off 10 inches of hair and donated it to Locks of Love. I've found wearing a headband actually works in my hair for once. I used to wear them all the time when I was a kid. Here's a cool how-to to fancy up a plain headband, which I still love.
Sunday, May 08, 2011
Today was a great day. Everyone worked hard to make it special...breakfast in bed, flowers and lots of loving gifts handcrafted by the kids. Just a good day. Sure I spilled water from the vase of flowers on my toast and had to share the sausage with my cats and kids, but all in all, a sweet memory. :) Plus, we even made it early to church for once. lol
Later, we went to my mom-in-laws and had pizza and cake. We spent a lot of time outside with the kids and built little fairy houses. Very cute. I started to feel a little overwhelmed, allergy wise. Hopefully, I won't feel icky tomorrow. I did nasal flush and hope that will stop anything from happening.
I did some artwork...carving wood. My hand must be feeling better. So, that is good. Yesterday, everyone did house chores and helped out. I love that! I think we should do at least 2 hours of solid house chores during the weekend. It makes your home just feel so much more yours when you tend to it.
Next weekend, we're going to try and help out w/ the church clean up. Hope it's nice weather and we can get things done. If it rains, I hope it's a warm rain.
My next cleaning project is bathing the stinky dogs. Boy, do they need scrubbing. I'll have to wear gloves, but it's worth it.
I really want to get a flag...the kind where it says stuff like, "Life is Good" or "Welcome". Something cheerful. I got one for my mom-in-law...small, that says "Love". It was really sweet. :)
Well, not much else to write. I got to talk to my mom and wish her a Happy Mother's day. I miss her and I was glad to hear my brother's were spoiling her. Praying my dad feels better...he was physically tired for over a month. Wish he'd visit the doctor and get checked up.
This week is supposed to be sunny and beautiful for the next 4 days. I hope so! I planted peonies and really hope they grow and flourish. :)
Friday, May 06, 2011
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
My computer is at the doctors and I'm using the spare one...hence no new pictures yet. I'd better start finishin up some projects to share. It's annoying to have all these delays...plus, my hand hurts more now that it's healing (I cut it on a broken glass pitcher), for some reason. All all complaints these days. :P
I was thinking about stuff and about the whole resurrection thing in the bible. It's been on my mind with Easter having recently gone by and there are more days to Easter then I realized. Being from a protestant background, I was interested to find out there are so many different meanings/days that mean things. Jon is used to this as he is from a Catholic background. I find it a bit awkward at times, trying to remember/learn all this stuff. I'm just glad the rector and other Episcopalians know what's happening and I can learn from them. lol
Anyway, I was thinking about the resurrection and how people can either take it as it is or else use it as a test of faith, etc. It's interesting to hear different perspectives and how it is used by people for ways of proving/disproving whether one believes or not. For me, however, the whole story is about the trials of love. Love is born into the world and is the light of the world. Love draws people together and guides them to change old ideas, Love is tested on the cross and then Love survives death (resurrection). For me, this is what it's about. Love heals and protects people and will transcend human frailties and limitations. I can live with that. :)
Monday, May 02, 2011
I HATE that I procrastinate so much. I really do. I'm making my self nuts by doing things last minute or not focusing. Well, actually I am focusing it's really about letting preconceptions go and plugging away at these mini-projects. It will get done and all will be well. I just feel a bit anxious at the moment because it looks like it's going to pour down rain and I have to leave the house in a few w/ a gruppy little mister.
Maybe I should start taking him to the gym and burning off some of his energy. He is SO amazing sometimes...so strong and so determined. Othertimes, I feel worn thin with having to guide his energy or face it as a tantrum. The good thing is he going to bed earlier.
Oh and bless you Spring! Thank you for longer daylight. Even if it's raining, we can do a little yard/outdoor stuff when Jon gets home. Thank goodness.
Today was just a triffle annoying...eldest was throwing up/sick last night. Woke up grumpy as sin and we used the "take 1 step at-a-time-to-see-how-you-feel" stratedgy. Basically, take a shower, see how you feel. Eat some breakfast, see how you feel. For the record, she was fine after having some breakfast and got into the school mood.
Well, the littlest of our clan fell asleep in the car, let me carry him upstairs and put him to bed. I can't believe it. Now, to help 1 kid finish her homework and I can possibly do some art stuff. I hope! :)