Saturday, March 31, 2012

got that sleepy feeling

Well, that 2am wake up is having it's effect. I have a 3 yr old standing on my chair while I'm typing, so we'll see how long this lasts. He's tired of TV, toys, and just wants to jump on me. sigh...I feel sleepy and cold.

Tomorrow, we're having pretzels at church but Jon bought the wrong kind. I think it will be all right...just not so much mess. I guess that's good. Everyone is chipping in and that is nice. I just wish we had the right pretzels, oh well. I can return it as I opened the box.

I made fish tacos for the first time. The flour tortilla's were too moist and soggy but otherwise not bad. I added lime and that was quite good.

The gals have gone over to a friends to play, I feel like taking a nap and if I even try I'll be covered by cats upstairs. I totally lost track of time and didn't finish half the things I want to make to sell for Easter. They will still be available in Etsy...little bunnies.

The paint I used to paint some stuff (furniture) was really annoying as it was totally flat. I like a bit of gloss to make things smooth to the touch. And Harrison keeps scratching up the furniture to add his special touch. sigh

Besides some rain this weekend, the rest should be in the 60's and sunny. Thank goodness as I'm SICK of the cold. I got spoiled from the heat and I want it back.

The tulips are popping up everywhere and I checked, the mint is growing. So, I'm pleased to see it's still alive. We need to do some gardening and get some stuff planted, etc. We shall see.

There was an art show drop off at Bedford but I didn't have anything made or finished...so, I had to skip it this time. :( I have some ideas I want to create and will start once Easter and Lydia's birthday is over.

I've gotta make coffee. :)

Friday, March 30, 2012

nightmares

(called my Mom at 3am my time and we got things planned for tomorrow if things are better. Should be all right, I hope).

This is the blog post I started before I called:

I'm up at 2:25am because I've had a series of bad dreams about my Dad. I talked to my Mom in the afternoon and things weren't going too well at that time. My Dad was in serious pain (I could hear him yelling in the background) and I'm hoping they were able to relieve some of it. It has to do with his prostate tumor and having normal body functions. I won't go into detail; it's just very painful for my Dad and we worry he'll have another stroke if he struggles too much.

I read about head trauma's and a lot of the symptoms seem to fit my poor Dad...extreme irritability and not recognizing people as well as loss of any desire for things he likes to do. It really makes me sad.

I prayed and tried to let it go to God but it's very difficult when you want to help and your heart is pounding from worry. I feel like things are probably resolved.

**now, it's after I called**

Feeling better somewhat and I do feel things will work out for his pain issues. I just want his mental health to be a little more stable and not so garbled. Just a matter of time and if need be getting him to the hospital. It's 3:30am and I'm starting to yawn...hope, I can sleep. Tomorrow Jon is going to a church conference and I'll be home w/the kiddos. I think we'll just hang out and putter around esp. if the weather is rainy. Have a good weekend.

cardinal

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

mask

mask by Emilyannamarie
mask, a photo by Emilyannamarie on Flickr.

The giant green bug mask...actually, the back of the booster seat...but we won't tell.

happy on a warm day

happy on a warm day by Emilyannamarie
happy on a warm day, a photo by Emilyannamarie on Flickr.

he's getting to be interested in taking pictures rather than being the subject

at school

at school by Emilyannamarie
at school, a photo by Emilyannamarie on Flickr.

pals

Penny: Let's go already!

Always ready to go for walkies. :) I need to do more but I keep twisting the same ankle (sprained a few wks ago). Will try to do one tomorrow.

Puddle hunt

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On rainy days we like to go on Puddle hunts...we found some good ones in the alley

Rainy day walk

Rainy day walk by Emilyannamarie
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Rainy day walk

Rainy day walk by Emilyannamarie
Rainy day walk, a photo by Emilyannamarie on Flickr.

sweet and sour meatballs

sweet and sour meatballs

1 large can tomato soup
2 cans pineapple (slightly drained)
1 can unsweetend applesauce
2 tbs sugar
about 2-3 cups frozen meatballs
put in crock pot, cook 4 hrs. Yum!

couch

100_1450 by Emilyannamarie
100_1450, a photo by Emilyannamarie on Flickr.

I was given all the fabric except for the back rose print. I got that about 20 yrs ago... :)

hand stitched the fabric

100_1448 by Emilyannamarie
100_1448, a photo by Emilyannamarie on Flickr.

to the couch. I could iron a few spots but I sort of like the wrinkles...gives it a shabby chic look.

Before and After

Before and After by Emilyannamarie
Before and After, a photo by Emilyannamarie on Flickr.

This is why my fingers are sore...My nearly finished couch

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Rain, thunder, sunny and humid

This is a mixed up sort of day...it's a wonder if anyone feels normal. Norrie is home sick. She was telling me she didn't feel good this morning but I attributed it to being sore from gym yesterday. Later today, she had a fever of 100 and was not eating lunch. So, home she came.

I feel out of sorts as I didn't do any walking/just dance in two days and need to start that again. It really helps me feel better emotionally as well.

The house is messy from all the painting/Spring cleaning going on but it's getting done. And Jon said he is taking two days off from work to help too. So, I'm pleased.

I feel a bit exhausted from all the stuff happening, but there is progress. Plus, I found out a neat way to solve my curtain issue (several came out much shorter due to a cutting mishap). I'm going to add doilies to the edging and give it a romantic look. I hope I have enough.

Anyway, today is so busy. I've been doing chores and nothing seems accomplished for some reason. It'll get done, just need to take a break and get back into the game. ;)

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

reupholstering = sore fingers

My wrists are aching too but this might be the rain we're supposed to get tomorrow. I'm VERY pleased with how the couch is coming along. I got one arm down and cut fabric for the other side and the back. I got a huge load of upholstery fabric from a church friend and have been putting it to use. I might even need to get more for the other couch but I'm not going to worry about that now. Just finish the 1 and go on from there. My goal is to have most of the room finished for Easter.

I worked on it all day and fell asleep about 5pm. Jon came home and found me sleeping on the couch minus cushions. I don't know why I did that but I just had to lay down for a bit. I crawled upstairs afterwards, and slept till 9pm. It's rain related sleep...happens almost every time.

Anyway, I feel good about the stuff I'm doing even if my fingers are not happy. It feels like I smashed them in a door or something. The good thing is I'm about 65% done.

I'm also painting this cabinet I got from my sis-in-law. It was nearly a black stain and I am going white. I was trying to do a shabby chic thing but it didn't work because the paint is semi-gloss...I hate that rough feel. So, I have to repaint it w/ gloss. Jon got black paint for the dining room chairs. We're going to paint them black and I'll add some flowers to the sides...sort of a folksy look. Jon also got wood to make new seat backs and I'm going to put new padding/fabric on this. Should really spiff up the dining room.

Things are going well with my Dad in terms of being stable. The therapist said he's regressed from trauma which makes me sad. I'm hoping he'll continue feeling better. It's just so upsetting. Jon never thought he'd die...he felt Dad was stronger then this and even with the head trauma, would make it. This is reassuring. Praying it is true and Dad continues to come back to us, even if it is small pieces.

I feel tired and for some reason am craving strawberry ice cream. It's cold again and you'd think I'd want coco or something. We had to bring in all the plants as they would freeze, poor things. I hope it's better tomorrow as they are crowding the house.

Well, I've got to get some sleep. I can't believe it's Wednesday. I need to do some wood carving as I feel like it's been ages. So much house stuff is taking up my time...but I can squeeze out a few minutes, I think. well, I better go to bed as I'm yawning up a storm and it's a busy one tomorrow.

Monday, March 26, 2012

cold again.

I'm not pleased about that. It's supposed to go down to 23 tonight and I'm worried all the baby leaves that sprung over the last few warm days will get damaged. I really hope not.

There are several things I have to do for our yard. Get insecticide and soak it in cotton balls and leave out for chipmunks. They carry ticks so I'm going to be really on guard as this year is supposed to be really bad.

Also, need to spray the peach tree with copper spray to get rid of a fungus...it's been infecting all my peaches or 1/3 of them. I'll usually get a good harvest but can't use them because of this fungus. It basically molds the inside of the peach so it looks good on the outside but is rotten inside. :( Isn't that sad?

My arms are sore from painting. I got annoyed with Jon because he was like, I watched the kids and did the dishes. I do that every day and still find stuff to to in-between all of that. It made me feel like he was doing minimum (which he is and I told him so). It's frustrating. I realize I'm at home more than he is however, that doesn't mean he shouldn't pick up a paint brush and help w/ painting the kitchen. It's his kitchen too. He promised to help tonight, so I feel better. :)

I feel like I wasted Saturday because the rain got me down. I finally took the kids out for a walk and it was very nice to see them jump in puddles. I call them Puddle walks. We all hunt for puddles to jump in...well, I would but I don't have rain boots at the moment. Anyway, it was fun to do and I got some pics.

I'm telling my self it only takes 15 minutes to do some painting, and this makes it easier to digest and get done. The only difficult part of all of this is having to put the varnish on the stuff I'm painting as it requires ventilation. I'm a stickler for this and either want it outside or all the windows open. Might have to settle for several fans in the window. We shall see or warmer weather.

Anyway, gotta get the day started. It's Monday, rainy and gray. But I'm hopeful for a bit of sun. I still can't believe how incredible the last sunny days were. It'll do that again...in June. lol

Friday, March 23, 2012

tired

Today I did an unusual amount of chores. I realize now that I have been very slack in my house keeping. Honestly, I think it was from all the physical problems I had 2 yrs ago. I must be better if I'm going crazy with Spring cleaning. :) It's good.

I feel bad about my daughter's Pennsylvania project. I didnhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif't realize there was a paper with instructions...just listened to my daughter's verbal explanation. We got it wrong and she was mortified. But it's a good thing, really. It will teach her to double, triple check her self when it comes to accomplishing tasks. She's a bit like me and will run through something because she either understands it/is excited about the work. Lesson learned.

I'm very proud of my self today. I didn't yell at the kids once. :) Well, I got a little annoyed at Mr. H as he was in the mood to crunch up gold fish crackers between his fingers, letting them fall onto a big puddle of water he poured all over. Sigh.

I've been trying this meditating practice called 1 moment meditations. It really makes me aware of calming down, relaxing and being in the moment. I enjoy this and it helps you to relax.

This warm weather had me spinning around in a dizzying pattern of clearing out and cleaning. Thank goodness Jon is doing dinner (with a little coaxing). I might go upstairs for a little nap.

The 1st part of kitchen redo is mostly done...next, painting. Dreading this.

I feel a little annoyed because Jon is confused about everything in the kitchen. sorry I upset the balance of chaos by cleaning. Geesh!

Okay, it's time for a nap. Have a good weekend.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Garden daze

I cut down a huge hedge thing that was growing by our garage. It was meant to be a small bush but it turned into a tree, so I cut it back to a normal size. I'm proud to get it down. Next, brush removal.

The last few days has heated up everything till we are now at 80 degrees. I think the Bank temperature guide was wrong...said 91! Yeah, right.

All the blossoms are blooming and exploding flowers everywhere. Bugs are in a daze and are going to have to work double time to keep up. The first lawn was mowed today. I'm still surprised by that sound. Hopefully, I don't have too many allergy attacks. We shall see.

At this moment, my wrists are killing me from all the yard work. Tomorrow, I'll feel better. I can't believe some places it's still snowing. Incredible. We're supposed to get a bit of rain on Saturday...we need it.

Talked to my Mom and things are stable. Slowly, my Dad is speaking. Usually, they are words of anger or negative but I guess that makes sense considering all that he has gone through. That is what the therapist is saying. Hopefully, the more he talks the more he'll purge himself if these feelings and start to come back to us. It's so stressful and upsetting...and yet, we are so, so grateful he is here. I'm excited about seeing everyone in June. I'm so grateful for my brothers to be there and help. There is so much to do. I hope I can do my part as well.

Their roommate is leaving and that is a relief. My Mom and Dad will have to move as well but they are going to get a Senior apartment. It's going to be difficult but it's practical considering the costs of things and hopefully, they will be more comfortable. It won't be a big move...less than 3 blocks away. It should help.

I feel really tired but wanted to do some new art. I just feel so exhausted. Plus, Mr. H is so active lately. It was my fault for not walking him and the dogs. I've got to get into a habit of walking as it really helps focus his attention and burn off steam. This week seems to be so stretched out because of the warmth/being outside a lot.

I finished my curtains, sewed up some stuff and have to get ready for the Easter thing I'm hosting. I started to decorate, so that's not a problem. Just have to do the painting stuff. I'm getting tired just thinking about it all. Oh, well...I'll focus on the pretty flowers and take some pics. They are so gorgeous...esp. the magnolia's.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

hi ya!

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Within the dark bare branches, buds push forth

and at last, the light green of leaves appear as if by magic. And oh, when one sees the antics of people the term mad as a March hare seems so appropriate.

For me, I've gone mad with cleaning and changing things around. And the annoying thing is there is a lot to do. I can't even begin the list without feeling a vague sense of "Oh, if there were only 3 more of me..." feeling.

Plus, I'm all nervous as I am hosting Easter and Lydia's birthday. Oh, my...I have to paint the chairs, maybe get a few more (or bring in the bench Jon made and use that as extra seating), reupholster the seats, clean up the dining room, paint the hutch (we got an unfinished one...I love it!)and clean out the kitchen. I did start the kitchen (under the stove) and it was scary. Next is the cabinets and then rearranging that room and if possible, paint the kitchen. This freaks me out but it's doable.

After all of this, there is still stuff I need to do like cleaning the carpet in the hallway, do the bathroom stuff (removing old lining around the tub). Okay, it's not too bad. I don't have to do it all in a day but I want to have it all planned out and finished so I can concentrate of making the meal. At the moment, I feel stressed out because two of my favorite 8 and 9 year olds are fighting and being really bratty. Lord, give me strength! Mr. H is sleeping and that is a relief. I will definitely do more walks in the morning if it equals a snoozing toddler. :) :)

I was feeling pumped up and not too tired but I can feel the afternoon tired feeling ebbing it's way in. I might have to take a cat nap before Jon gets home. He's bringing Chinese food and I have to make rice to go with it.

I did a lot even if the house is a mess and my eldest actually pointed out me being a messy artist. How embarrassing. :(

I need to call my Mom as well and see how everything is going. There was an annoying situation with their roommate and I hope it's being settled calmly. More stress for my poor Mother. She does not deserve that.

I'm making her a care package. I hope she likes it. :)

Monday, March 19, 2012

Lovely Spring weather

It has been incredibly beautiful over here for the past few days. Warm, a bit a rain, sunshine and just what most poets describe in April. So odd for March but I'm not complaining! I had many windows open to let in that sweet air. Of course, it makes me sneeze/have sinus issues but what ever. So nice to have fresh air! We'll probably start putting in an air conditioner or two soon.

We did have a brush fire about a week ago at Horseshoe Curve (railroad museum/site). That was sad and it really made the air stink. I don't like smokey smells.

I had a impromptu bbq on Saturday and it took forever for me to light. I got engulfed w/ smoke and that is not good for me (or anyone really). Today is much better...only a slight headache.

The good thing is I finished the cushions for the couch from the material I got from a church friend. :) I need to take more fabric and attach it to the couch...just not sure how to. I might have to get an upholstry needle set. My fingers are cringing at the thought.

Got to talk to my Mom for an hour...we just talked about random stuff and we're hoping things work out well this week for support/aid. She has a roommate who is going to leave. Thank God because this person was so abusive! I still can't believe what a mean person she is to my Mom and everyone, really. She has to have everything her way, doesn't help anyone and doesn't listen to the 1 or 2 things my Mom asked her to do (not to close my Dad's door as the lock was broken...she did any way and my Dad was locked in there for 10 minutes till my Mom could get it open. It's fixed now, thank goodness). This person was really awful...yelling, screaming, etc,etc. She yelled at the manager and now has to leave. I'm very glad...even if this means we have to help out more. It's all right because my Mom and Dad do not deserve such treatment. The sad thing is my Mom had thought they were friends, admired her for so many things but in the end, this person is extremely selfish and didn't see anyone as anything but something to use. Scary individual.

So much is happening. It feels like a blur. My Dad is even more stable but the stroke has left his mental abilities regressed. We are all angry at 1 doctor in particular for not doing anything to bring him to the hospital (in fact, refusing him) and saying there is nothing she can do. It was a lie. It also made problems for the convelscent home where he was staying...they had their hands tied w/out approval from this doctor. It was my brother, David, who basically saved my Dad's life. He got him in the car and drove him 2 blocks to the hospital. The emergency team was like why didn't he get her sooner?? This is what makes us all sick. I feel so angry about it. I also learned there were other patients in the convelscent hospital w/ similar and even worse conditions than my Dad. Their doctor came to the patients bed, talked to the family, brought x-rays and said we are going to do everything we can. Why is their doctor doing all he can and ours is like, let him die? I find this VERY disturbing and upsetting.

The good thing is different doctors are starting to take care of our Dad and listen to my Mom (which they are supposed to do in the first place) and he is responding. For some reason, he when he does talk, says angry words...like "Don't bother me" "stop it", "Stupid". The therapist said this is good nonetheless and to get a speech therapist to come and start working with him. That is reassuring. Now that he is getting all his meds for cancer and everything, he is doing a lot better. I just hope his mental abilities start to return and he isn't always so regressed. He acts like a 3 yr old...which is scary in a tall person. I'm hoping there will be more awareness of who my Mom is, my brothers and sister and me.

We're thinking of getting my Mom and Dad to move back over here...might take some planning to do this. We have to see how things go. The main thing is to keep things stable, get Mom support/help and pray things continues to progress in a good way. It's a blessing to know that Dad is still here but it sure as heck took a lot of energy/patience to get it to happen. I think the problem was my Dad was so good at masking his illness/pain/mental illness it makes people think he is normal when they talk to him. And this is why some people lash out at him, not knowing he is so sick. Still, a doctor should know better.

Well, I've got to get the day started...or rather, continues what I was doing. Break time is over. Monday is usually Laundry day and I've got quite a few piles. Plus, the critters need to be cleaned up. Thank goodness for their cuteness or I'd probably have a bunch of rabbits instead of guinea pigs. lol Grateful for all the little critters in my life, my sweet bratty kids and my messy hubby. I'm grateful for a good church, friends, family and for the insightful and kind comments of readers of this blog. So much to be grateful for...even stinky dogs. :) Have a great Monday!

Friday, March 16, 2012

called my Mom

and the therapist had just come. In the background, I could hear my Dad say, "Get out of here." lol I had to laugh and smile because it was the first words I'd heard from him in so long. It made me happy to even hear him get angry. lol

My Mom said when he is aware, he'll hold my Mom's hand or my brother's hand and say, I love you. This makes everything worth it.

It's so, so important to stand up for people you love. Heard this song on the radio and had/has me crying.

I'll stand by you - The Pretenders (with lyrics)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

However long the night, the dawn will break.
-African Proverb

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

coffee

I'm going to have a 2nd cup in a few. Got up early-ish...about 6. And I feel a tad sluggish. Stayed up watching that Twilight movie to see if it was any good. I'm glad I didn't pay for that in the theaters. (sorry, sis!). It had more gore than I thought and that made me feel a bit sick. The version we saw had director comments and behind the scenes stuff which made it much more interesting. I love finding out about films are put together, what sort of effects are created by hands on method and green screen. So interesting.

I did some paper collages. Going to make a few more, I think. If I make enough seasonal type collages, I'm thinking of making a fun calendar on Zazzle. I'll see what happens.

I don't know if I'm going to do the BCAFF art festival thing. I just feel like what I want to do and what I'll have to submit, won't be what I want. Plus, I keep procrastinating. It's due this Thursday. I'll give it a try...I just feel sort of annoyed because the weather is nice and all I want to do is garden. Then, I get too much pollen and I'm suffering from that. Apparently, there is a pattern here. sigh. I'll give my self 15 minutes to get materials together. This actually is a good way for me to work and not get overwhelmed. :)

Have a great Tuesday!

Monday, March 12, 2012

a bit of hope

Well, my Dad came home as of last Thursday and seems to be stable. We're hoping he improves a lot more now that his meds are easy to give (relatively, through the feeding tube) and he is home. My Mom says he seems to know where he is but is still fighting her whenever she tries to change him. She thinks it's pain from the tumor (probably). So, hopefully now that he is on the pain meds/ cancer treatment, he'll feel more comfortable and not get any worse. Maybe even better. But I'm not going to get my hopes up. I'll take stable and pain free. This makes me very excited to go and visit in a few months. Praying we can do this.

This weekend I had a bad cold/sinus migraine. I think the cure will be finding a face mask to wear while doing basic chores that keep up dust. Annoying but it's what have to do. I was bad and trimmed some hedges w/out a face mask. I nasal flushed, just in case. Next time, I will wear a face mask. I just need to get into the habit and maybe find some cute one to wear.

Anyway, last week we had a strange experience w/ a man running through our yard, the neighbors (broke a pole in their yard) and landing on a different neighbors porch. It has made me a little paranoid and this is why I'm trimming stuff and clearing out things. I don't plan to be one of those people that chop everything down but I do want stuff cleared/cleaned and not a place to hide people or what have you. We already have issues in other parts of the yard...geesh. Fencing will be the next option and lots of lighting.

I'm reading "Beloved Rascals" by Sam Campbell. In the first chapter they deal with a forest fire started by a cigarette. A few chapters later, they stop a fire from spreading left by a campfire and people drinking. Scary to think but there is so much truth about how things that seem harmless can really be a dangerous route if not controlled and checked by those who use these things. It's scary how much of a good or bad result can come from a supposedly simple choice.

Even though my Dad is home and all that, a part of me feels so heavy. I guess I was hoping he'd return in his ability to talk or think in his own normal/crazy way. But it's either going to take a lot of time or lost forever. Makes me very sad and yet, grateful we have some time still.

I feel like my siblings and I need to pitch in and treat our Mom to a day spa. I think this is something we're going to am for for Mother's day (or sooner).

One thing with Spring being almost here, is Spring Cleaning. I'm excited about this and a bit annoyed too. I keep thinking of all the things I've got to clean and fix. It's so nice to have a home to fix up but it's a bit daunting too. You worry about supplies and money for supplies or else energy to get things done. It's very physically exhausting but cost effective to do it ones self. The most important thing is when it's done, you do feel so proud of what is accomplished and that you've made your home better.

My goal is to put new caulking around the tub. I found a great youtube video on how to do this. I see why I did it so badly and how to fix it. So, wish me luck and I hope to get it started and done by tomorrow.

Plus, I have to get at least 1 piece of art submitted for the upcoming art show at BCAF. I'd prefer 3 pieces but I don't know if I have the energy.

Have a great week!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

cold day

It was beautifully sunny but so, so cold. Last night, we went to the market and it was about 35 and windy. Made it about 24 degrees. I just lost my temper and shouted at everyone to get in the car, and I just wanted to cry. I didn't bring any gloves and felt like we were all going to freeze. I know...just over reacting. Plus, I sprained my ankle earlier and didn't help I walked all over the place. It swelled up & really hurt.

Today was a bit better. The kids and Jon went to an inside play center and I just relaxed, read, watched too much TV and that's about it. I did a lot of cleaning yesterday and kicked up a bunch of dust. With my cold/dust allergies, I got a migraine. Annoying. But I'm much better now...just my left ear is clogged.

I hope tomorrow is relaxing and WARMER. I'm so frustrated by the cold. Oh, I did make about 50 martenitsa bracelets for the kids class. I'm going to ask the teacher's if they can share them with their classmates w/ a bit of Bulgarian history (a little paper explaining the bracelet's). They were pretty easy to make...just a simple chain of about 14 links and knotted off.

I'm reading Sam Campbell's "Beloved Rascals". The first chapter had me crying as it is about a forest fire and the very realistic effects on trees and animals. Heart breaking. He does rescue a crow and I'm excited/hopeful to see what happens. If you didn't know, my Dad rescued a baby crow when I was a kid and we rehabilitated it. :)

I also read "Eeny, Menny, Miney, Mo -and Still-Mo" by Sam. Campbell. It's a little easier to read and about squirrels. My adoptive grandmother, Alta West, gave us these books and my Mom has been sending them to me. I'm so grateful for them as I feel like Grandma Alta is with me. She was my first exposure to understanding nature, animals and how important it is to eat mindfully (still working on that, actually). :) Sometimes, I just feel like I've been so lucky to know so many interesting and wonderful people. I need to write about her and how she was vegetarian, had a dog named Rose and would feed her carrot burgers. I miss her and am glad to have this reminder of her.

Friday, March 09, 2012

Windy Friday

Well, for about 3 hrs we had some sunshine and it was so lovely. It felt as if I had technicolor glasses on and all the plants, cars, buildings were brightly lit from inside. Now it's gray again. Oh, well. I did see my first robin. It's a good feeling to know spring is on it's way regardless of fickle March.

My Dad is still in the same situation. I thought he'd be more alert/aware but he's still in this sleep sort of place. They gave him 2 blood transfusions because he had bleeding in his stomach (from blood thinners). His cancer treatment is doing better and they were glad we got a feeding tube placed as it would make his treatment better by taking proper nutrients,etc. All I can do is sigh heavily, pray, and hope things at least are normal for a little bit. We were hoping he'd come home last week but he's still at the hospital. Maybe next week...It's so painful because even with all these issues, cancer, stroke and heart attack, the fall had made everything that much worse.

It's stressful being away and I'm glad I can talk to everyone about things on the phone. I'm very grateful that he's getting proper care. It's good that we are trying every option otherwise, we would always regret this. A miracle would be great even with the reality hitting us in the face.

Well, I think it's lunch time as I keep thinking about making rice. I want to find some easy recipes for Japanese style bento lunches. Lately, I've been seeing a lot of mini-cookie cutters for making cute food. I'd like to try that for the kids (and myself). If not, just making a fun Japanese inspired lunch would be cool. Have a good Friday.

Sunday, March 04, 2012

colds and what nots

We're attacked by the next round of colds, coughs, grumpy kids and runny noses. I finally got a sore throat/fever but didn't want to stay home and sleep/sulk. I got to go to Bedford, yesterday and see some arty people as well as go to Keystone Candy shop (fun spot). Jon made a 7 layer dip, upon my request, so good. I decided to do Just Dance (4 songs)and burn off the calories. It did make me feel better for a bit and I slept like a rock. In the morning, I was feeling pretty awful...sore throat/fever. But I took my meds and got to church, nonetheless. I really wanted to go and help the kids finish an art project as well as see everyone. I hope I didn't spread germs.

I woke up from a nap and feel a little better. While I was sleeping it snowed and the yard is white again. That was surprising. Supposed to warm up to the 70's this week and I surely hope so. Even though they are annoying, I do miss seeing the chipmunks. Would be nice to see the little ones again.

I want to do some art for an upcoming juried art show...do I have time?? I do not want to do a large piece or something I've already shown. So, I'm going to have to get it together by this week/mailed by next. Just read the info and I'm going to have to figure out which category my wood carvings are going to fit. hmmm I'll email them and ask what they think. I'm guessing I'd fall under craft, 3 dimensional.

From the last I talked to my Mom, Dad was on blood thinners, doing a little better, still moaning in pain/wanting to go home (from what they understood...he can't talk) and Mom is prepping the apartment for his arrival. Hoping this is where they are still at and that next week will be better. I just feel that the fall really escalated so much of the suffering he has gone through. I'm praying coming home helps so more and he will be more stable/happier.

Friday, March 02, 2012

Fantastic and easy way to become a blood donor

This story touched my heart. I hope it will inspire people to become blood donors by this simple method. I'm going to do this too. :)

awaken to the sun

The past few days have been cloudy and rainy. Today, I woke up to this wonderful warm light making the windows glow. I could see a bit of blue sky peeking in from the curtains and it gave me a hopeful, happy feeling.

Yesterday, I ran outside in the cold trying to capture the sunrise, it lasted for about 5 minutes. Funny how one day can be so different from the other.

I have to call my Mom today and see how things are going. Dad was supposed to be released from the hospital but my Mom discovered his arm and leg had swelled to 3 times the size of the other. They did an ultrasound and discovered 3 blood clots. 1 huge one and 2 smaller ones. I guess it happened from not getting up and moving around. Not that he can. I feel a bit upset writing about this...let alone thinking about it. They put Dad on blood thinners and I'm hoping they help.

Jon's co-worker has gone through a similar thing with her Father and it has helped quite a bit in seeing what comes next and a feeling of we can get through this if we keep trying. I'm grateful for having insight and understanding for all of this.

I haven't had coffee yet or breakfast and I think it's effecting my writing. I'm trying not to sound dire and yet, that's what I'm getting as I type here. Plus, I'm annoyed I pulled out a book shelf yesterday and there are piles of books everywhere. Have a good Friday, everyone. Hope it is sunny and cheerful in your part of the world.

Sociable

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