Sunday, February 17, 2013
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Shane and I went to my parents for the holiday. My cousin now hosts Thanksgiving and Christmas. We had lots of good food and more importantly a good time visiting with each other. Seems like the stories always go back to when we were much younger but I enjoy talking about the good ole days. I have so much to be thankful for this year. The most important is having my parents here. We have had a roller coaster of a year with both of my parents being diagnosed with cancer. I'm thankful my mom is in remission and doing much better from the fractured vertebra and the fractured sternum. She is still not able to do too much but her pain level has gotten better. My dad is also stable, unfortunately he is in pain most of the time with the carcinoid tumor on his liver, at the same time so thankful it is a very slow growing type of tumor.
I'm now a Thirty One consultant. I'm loving this company and of course the products. I don't really have a big support system where we live, we don't do a lot of socializing like in the past so I really wanted to be part of something and be able to meet people and of course have fun doing it.
I really wish I would blog more often than every few months, I enjoy going back through the years and reading what was going on at that particular time in my life, maybe I will stick to it a little better than in the past, here's to hoping!
Thursday, September 20, 2012
We've had a pretty good summer. We enjoyed the beach more this year than last year. I've been going to my parents house at least once a month which is so nice to be able to do that.
I'm going up this weekend for a visit although this one will be stressful. My daddy has his doctors appointment on Monday we will find out his test results and treatment plan options. We know he has adrenal gland cancer and there are spots in his liver. We are praying and hoping it hasn't spread elsewhere.
My mom is doing much better, she had two fractures in her back due to the cancer treatment she had earlier in the year. She had a procedure done on Tuesday that has finally gotten her out of pain. The doctor made an incision in her back and put cement in the fractured places. It will take about six weeks for her to get back to normal.
Billy and I went to Nasville a couple of weeks ago to see Mötley Crüe and Kiss. They were both good, I like Mötley Crüe better. Nasville was really nice and of course we had to go to Trader Joe's to stock up on our usual stuff.
I'm so ready to decorate for fall, I'm going shopping for pumpkins tomorrow. Pictures to follow, even if it means gasp using laptop!!
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Cole had knee surgery back in September and ended up being out of work for six months, thank goodness he has a good employer that worked with him during that time and he is back at work now. He also went back to school during his time off and finished a program he had worked on for some time, so proud of him for completing it.
Shane has just finished is first year of college. I don't know where the time goes, seems like he was just graduating high school. He is going to continue going to school through the summer, hopefully he doesn't get burnt out.
Everything else seems to be going normal. Billy doubled the size of our back deck and it is wonderful, I'm going to post some pics of the deck and my flowers tomorrow.
I want to get back in the groove of posting on my blog. I feel like I'm repeating myself because of facebook and twitter but I do enjoy the blog post better than status updates. I also have to remember even if no one reads my blog it's a way for me to keep track of my life.
Friday, December 9, 2011
Some of my one arm accomplishments: changing the sheets on the bed (I still can't believe I did it), mopping, sweeping, putting on mascara (no eye liner though), folding clothes, washing dishes although I have Shane do this chore most of the time, hooking my own bra-I was very proud of this, and wrapping Christmas presents.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
He's not sure how he will treat it until he opens it up to see the extent of the damage. I'll go in for outpatient surgery and be in a splint or cast for two weeks. After that time I will be in a brace which I got yesterday and have been wearing it to help stabilize my elbow. I will have to be in the brace for another 4 weeks, I won't be able to use my arm at all which is going to suck so bad. I had thought I'd be able to go back to work after the two weeks but since I can't use my fingers to type not sure what I'd do, our office usually closes the week before and after Christmas so it would only be 3 weeks of work time I'd miss. After that time I will start intensive physical therapy. I'm trying to get my mind set for this long process but it's hard to do when I can still use my arm. The doctor said the complete healing process will take 6 months.
On the positve side I'll get a really long vacation and it will be during the holidays. I'm trying to get a jump on my holiday shopping so I can actually wrap the gifts.
Friday, October 28, 2011
So according to the MRI report I have a significant high signal at the bony attachment of the common extensor tendon, consistent with a high grade tear, a tear of the radial collateral ligament and a tear of the lateral ulnar collateral ligament. When I googled all of these they all relate to athletes mainly baseball players. I really can't figure how this happened.
I'll feel better when I talk to the surgeon to find out how all this gets done, what the recoup time is, rehab, etc. I hope I can get the surgery done sooner rather than later. Husband's going to have to learn to do a lot of stuff!
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
June - not too much went on after Shane graduated - that was enough excitement for one month.
July - We went on vacation to Key West during the 4th week - it was so hot and humid, I thought our weather was humid but they have us beat. We drove down (we will NEVER do that again) no idea what I was thinking, this vacation was my idea. Husband says he picking the next vacation! We had a good time once we got their. Going down we had great weather and no traffic, we stopped right before we hit the keys, total time 13 hours. I have to say I was a bit disappointed in the Keys. I guess when you live in a place like we do with beautiful white sand beaches and beautiful water it's hard to compare to anywhere else. Although the reason we go on vacation it see something different. I would really compare the atmosphere to a small New Orleans, all the shops along Duval Street and the nightlife and the fact you walk everywhere. The sunsets were truly the most beautiful I've ever seen. We went on a snorkeling adventure on a party sailboat. We went out 7 miles and snorkeled for about an hour. I have never done anything like this, husband dives so he knew what to expect. I was really proud of myself because I can be somewhat of a chicken even though I love the water I can usually see the shore when I'm out in it. As we were swimming around I looked down and a shark was swimming right underneath me. I don't think I have ever swam so fast as I did and immediately got back on the boat. My husband coaxed me back into the water but I didn't really enjoy it as much knowing Mr. Shark was close by. On the way back the boat turned into a party boat with drinks flowing. All in all it was fun and I'm glad I did it. The next few days we went to the lighthouse which I loved and walked around. The water was beautiful the beaches not so much, too many rocks. We really liked the Cuban sandwiches, the bread was wonderful. I tried the chocolate dipped key lime pie, it was okay but I enjoyed the giant chocolate chip cookies the bakeries had, almost the size of a small pizza. The local pizza places where also very good. We decided to drive all the home in one day because the next day we were driving over to Biloxi to Poison and Motley Crue - drive to Biloxi is 1.5 hours. The drive home was not as fun, lots of traffic and tons of rain and wrecks on the interstate, it took about 15 hours to get home. We were so tired and so ready for our own bed that night.
Three weeks later we went to a friends military retirement in Augusta, GA (7 hours). It was a lot of fun seeing our friends. On the way we stopped in Atlanta to stock up at Trader Joe's. I didn't realize how big Augusta was, lots of good shopping. When we lived in Boston I would go to The Christmas Tree Shop and I was so excited to find one in Augusta. On the way home we stopped again at Trader Joe's just to be sure we got everything. You should have seen our car - we were loaded down but it was a lot of fun.
August - We went over to New Orleans last weekend to watch a Saints game. This is the first professional game other than the Pro Bowl I've ever been to. We had great seats almost on the field, next time I'm sure we will be in the nosebleed section with the price of tickets. Shane also went with us this trip, he had never been to N.O. so he enjoyed taking lots of pictures of everything. On the way home we stopped by an outlet mall, I'm so glad my husband likes to shop as much as I do.
I guess we've had a busy summer and we had a lot fun. Tomorrow Shane starts college. He also has gotten a part time job, he started last week and is getting use to working - now he knows how we feel.
I think I've found a crafting hobby I can do and actually enjoy working on. I've been making cards, they are still very simple but I've been checking out websites for ideas and have been using scrap booking material I already had. I did buy a few stamps at hobby lobby the other day, I'm trying not to spend too much because I know how I am with hobbies. I'll post some pictures of what I've done so far, again too lazy to do it today!
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Accepting his diploma. The family with the exception of Cole who was enroute to the graduation. Husbands mom and dad on the left, my mom next to Shane and my dad on the far right, sister in next to my dad. My brother and his family weren't able to make it because the graduation was on Tuesday night.
Monday, May 30, 2011
My parents are settled into their new home and are really enjoying it. Now I know I get my organizational skills from my mom. They were completely moved in, I'm taking everything unboxed, even stuff put in the attic in about one week and one or two days! My mom is 70 and my dad is 75!
We are on the count down to Shane's graduation, 7 more days. He finished school last week so he just has to wait another week to get his diploma. He is going to stay home and go to a local college this fall, I'm so glad he's staying home!
I can't remember if said anything about my back in previous posts but I have three bulging discs, one is pressing on a nerve which makes my arms feel like they are asleep most of the time. I started physical therapy and have been twice, the first time I was put in traction, not fun and very painful for several days afterward. When I went this past week I said I would pass on the traction. The therapist gave me exercises to do at home which I've been doing unfortunately it doesn't seem to work. The doctor said if this doesn't work he would send me to pain management for steroid injections (my husband gets these injections in his lower back). I really hope the exercises work, not thrilled about having injections in my neck!!
I haven't been reading as much lately, would love some recommendations. I like easy reads, nothing too deep where I have to really think!!
This is a pic of me and my "boys" at my nephews graduation a couple of weeks ago.
Monday, May 2, 2011
One last picture of my room (they had already taken everything off the walls). I took my little rocking chair (you can barely see it in the picture behind me) home with me now it's in my "crafting" room. Hopefully one day I'll have a grand child who will enjoy it.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011
Thursday, March 31, 2011
On a happier note I'm picking up Shane's graduation announcements, can't believe he will be graduating in about two months. I'm thrilled he wants to stay at home and go to one of our local colleges. Now if I can stop him from getting older. Have a happy Friday!
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
Sunday we will have Shane's 18th birthday get together, he will also have another party at my parents next weekend. Can't believe how fast they grow up. Hope everyone has a great weekend.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Other than that the week is going good, at least tomorrow is my Friday. I'm hoping to make it to Zumba tomorrow night and hoping I feel much better so I can enjoy the upcoming weekend.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
We had a really quiet weekend. Friday I ran my usual errands. Saturday husband and Shane cleared some more out of our backyard and I sat on the deck reading and watching them. Saturday afternoon husband and I took the bike out, usually we head to the beach but we figured everybody else would be doing the same so we went north of where we live. It was so nice riding down country roads which has a beauty all it's own. After we got back we put some chicken on the grill and finally used our chimnea, we have it about 4 years and never used it. Husband had cleared an area in the backyard and put some chairs around the chimnea (don't know if I'm spelling that right). We sat around the fire and roasted marshmellows. It really was a very nice ending to a beautiful day.
I've been thinking about trying Zumba, does anyone do that? If so, how much coordination do you really need to succeed? A friend has been doing it once a week for a while and she keeps telling me to come try it out. I don't want to make a fool out of myself but I kind of want to try it.
So my goals for the week are very small so maybe I will do them. 1) drink more water, 2) exercise at least 3 times. Surely I can handle just those two things - I guess we shall see!
Saturday, February 12, 2011
This is before the trees came down. Some of those on the far right are our neighbors.
Friday, February 11, 2011
(Sorry this is kind of long) The next thing was getting my new dryer to match the washing machine we got a few months ago. Back in September the washer just stopped working so we went to Lowe's and decided to get a front loader. I had been wanting one for a while and of course the pedestals that go under. Well since nothing was wrong with the dryer and this was sudden we decided to just get the washer. The day after Thanksgiving husband was shopping on line and came across the pedestals for the washer and dryer for $99 each, what a bargain the regular price is almost $300 each so he went ahead and got them. We were told when they delivered the washer that when we did get the dryer and pedestals they would put them on no problem. So getting back to this morning when the guys get here with the dryer they looked at use like we were crazy to have to move the washer and put it on the pedestal. My husband said we were told it could be done and if that's not the case you can take the dryer back. The guy complained but started doing. He did the dryer first no problem since it was new. When he started with the washer the drum slipped which means can't be fixed. Really, are you kidding me? The guy said that's why he didn't like doing it, obviously he knows what he's talking about. So he takes our washer goes back to Lowe's and gets a new one (same kind of course) and comes back and finishes the job. Now finally the finished product. I've been watching all afternoon, I must be the only person that does this. I originally had wanted to get a color and the lady at Lowe's actually talked me out it. She said what if something happens to one of them and they have discontinued the color then you will have two different colors. They will always have white. I'm glad I listened even though I had only had a few months I might have had to wait for whatever color I had chosen. Anyway I love them.
The other big thing was getting 11 pine trees cut down in our backyard. My husband was so excited and the backyard looks so different. I took before pictures but need to take after ones so I'll post those tomorrow.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
So my goals for this week are:
- Try really hard to eat only fresh food and not much processed food - okay I know I'll eat some but try to keep it much lower than the fresh fruits and veggies I plan on eating.
- Clean the blinds in the house - I have 17 and a couple of them are double. My goal is to clean at least 5 blinds (2 double).
- After I clean the blinds I plan on reading so maybe I can complete my reading list from last week.
I think that's enough for this week, the diet portion will be hard enough.
Jazz will be getting her teeth cleaned on Friday, I took her in last week so the doctor could see what kind of shape they were in and I couldn't believe he said they really weren't that bad. She is 11 years old and has never had her teeth cleaned. I know I feel so bad, her breath has gotten so bad we had to break down and do something about it. The doctor said she shouldn't have to have any extracted.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
- I've got to start exercising, I really enjoyed walking with my neighbor but she stopped walking and soon after so did I. My goal this week is to walk at least 3 times. We have had great weather the past few days so no more excuses! This is really the most important thing on my list this week.
- I have to tackle a couple things at work I've been putting off so I'm going to title this insurance stuff.
- Drink at least 3 bottles of water everyday.
- Finish reading the two books on my Kindle so I can move on to something else.
- Complete at least one page of my current scrapbook.
- I can already mark this one off my list, I needed to clean the house and I did that today.
I think that's enough for my first week. I also hope this will encourage me to blog more. I always feel like I need to post pictures when I blog and so many times I don't have any pictures. Wish me luck.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
This is my extra closet that I organized, I wish I had some shelves built in - maybe when I figure out exactly what I want I'll have husband build me some. I'm luck to have such a big extra closet.
The bottom, the cabinet with the doors closed, knitting bag, and I got the see through plastic drawer thing to keep extra sweat pants and tank tops in. I think I'll eventually use this for crafting storage.
Well that's it, any ideas to improve it would be appreciated. I really think I'd like to design more of a storage system to utilize the space better.
Friday, January 7, 2011
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Shane, husband, and I were all off together so that made for a nice time. Husband and Shane were extremely productive, they floored a big section of the attic. I think I was more excited than they were when finished because I could clean out the closets and put a lot of stuff in the attic. We had some really random things in our bathroom closets so it's nice to just have linens and bathroom stuff in them now.
I need to take pictures of my organized closets before the become unorganized!
Saturday, January 1, 2011
A Long Palm Stands by H.A. Olsen
Colony by Anne Rivers Siddons
Hurricanes in Paradise by Densie Hildreth
Return to Sullivan's Island by Dorothea Benton Frank
Saving Sara by H.A. Olsen
Sliding Into Home by Kendra Wilkinson
Swimming Lessons by Mary Alice Monroe