Monday, May 2, 2016

Life is good

I have been going in a dozen directions lately and never stopping long enough to write.  I had to stop going to the gym because I started having pain in my hip.  The new hip.... still don't know what I did to it but I see the orthopedist in June.  Tried to get an earlier appointment but wasn't successful.  

All our projects are finally completed.  Feels like something is missing and I fear I am going to get bored.  School is almost out for the summer so my volunteering will come to an end.

We finally met my daughter's boyfriend's children.  Four 10 year old girls..........what a hoot.  They are so cute and all have distinctly different personalities.  One is as quiet as a church mouse...one talks constantly, the other two are somewhere in the middle.  It's fun to have kids around again.  It's been a long time.

Jamie told me she thought she and Mike would probably get engaged this summer.  They are together constantly and she is spending more time with his girls.  It's funny how life can seem to dump on you one minute only to turn around the next.  You never know what God has in mind for you.  I can't believe it was a year ago when her ex moved out.  I just hope she takes enough time to be sure she is ready for another commitment. 

Weight loss has hit a plateau!  I don't know what I'm going to have to do to kick start it again.  

Ron and I will be celebrating our 5th anniversary Saturday.  He saw the oncologist a few weeks ago and cancer is still in remission.  He has another scan in 3 months but insurance will only pay for 1 a year if he is still in remission in 3 months.  Kind of makes me mad that insurance dictates his treatment rather than his doctor.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Guest room redo

Finally finished the guest room redo.  Still waiting for the gingham bed skirt and the trundle mattress but everything else is done.





Ron hung the mirror today.




I made the curtains out of tablecloths.  It was a lot less expensive than purchasing curtains.

The little red chair was the girl's dad's little chair and then it was theirs when they were little.  There was another one but some big kid sat in it and broke it.  Glad I still have this one.

As you may or may not be able to tell.  Red is my favorite color.  It has been my favorite since I ate my first red M & M.  It was my favorite color in the crayon box.  If I'm not careful everything in my house would be red.  It is just a happy color to me and fits with my Leo birth sign.

Now we have turned our attention to the backyard.  Ron assembled a purgola for the patio.  It will be nice to have some shade.  We are also working on digging a new flower bed in the back.

We started going to a gym and tomorrow begins our first full week of workouts.  We only went 2 days last week and I was sore as a boil.


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Today was a sad day.  My daughter put her beloved Sophie down this morning at 10 am.  It was very peaceful.  Jamie held Sophie in her arms while the vet administered the medication.  Jamie felt Sophie relax and then it was over.  Ron and I cried like babies along with Jamie.  As hard as it was it was the right and humane thing to do.  It was the last thing that Jamie could do for her precious girl.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

We have a jar in our house that says "Blessings 2016".   The idea is that when ever something happens that makes either of us feel blessed we write it down on a piece of paper and put it in the jar.  On December 31st we will open the jar and read the notes inside.  We don't share the notes with each other or even mention when we put one in the jar.  I'm always amazed though when I open it as to the number of notes Ron has already written.  In fact he put the first one in it.

I planted an indoor herb garden and it is flourishing!  I got tired of purchasing fresh herbs so I just decided to grow my own.  I have Oregano, Rosemary, Parsley, Sweet Basil and Thyme.  Those  are the herbs I use the most.

We have deliveries coming all this week.  A new bed, dresser and lingerie chest for the guest room.  Can't wait!  I'll take pictures when I get the room all set up.  Right now it is just a blank canvas.....

Ron and I went to see a movie this week, Risen.  It was one Ron wanted to see but I must say I really enjoyed it.  The story is told from the point of view of a non-believer, a Roman soldier assigned the task of finding Christ's body after the tomb was found empty.  I found the whole movie mesmerizing.  

My daughter has made the decision to put her beloved dog down next week.  Her condition has worsened to the point she is no longer able to eat.  All the lymph nodes have enlarged and she can't swallow anymore.  It is just more merciful to put her down than let her suffer.  The vet is coming to her house next Tuesday morning.  Jamie wants Ron and I to be there.  I guess we will be there to offer support.  Sophie will be cremated so Jamie can take her with her if she has to sell the house.  This is the hardest part about having pets.  They just don't live as long as we do and it is so hard when we lose something we love so much.
 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Evangelicals and The Donald

Well today was voting day in Oklahoma.  Ron and I did our duty and went to our precinct early this morning.  There were hardly any people there and I hope it wasn't a sign of a low turnout.  I'll never understand people not exercising their right to vote when so many before us fought hard to have that right.

It's interesting to watch the Republicans scrambling for ways to stop the Trump landslide.  I wonder if they just didn't take his campaign seriously in the beginning.  It is almost too painful to watch.  Republican Governors now meeting trying to find a way to stop him.  

I've been reading a lot lately about how the climate in America was ripe for just such a demagogue.  Fear is contagious and there is a lot of fear mongering going on this country.  People are willing to overlook Trump's obvious flaws because he panders to their fear.  He tells them how he and he alone can keep them safe from the boogie man.  That boogie man is everyone from Mexicans to Syrians and anything and everything in between.  Even the evangelicals are happy to overlook his Las Vegas casinos and his philandering misbehavior toward his first wife.  You remember the one he openly flaunted his affair in front of.  Yeah, that one. He has even spoken flippantly of the cornerstone Christian sacrament of communion, saying he “feels cleansed” when “I drink my little wine … and have my little cracker." They don't even mind the fact that according to The Donald, he "has never asked God for forgiveness".   

It appears that in the case of this infamously coufed candidate the faithful seem to value style over substance or spirituality.


Thursday, February 18, 2016

So now President Obama is responsible for Justice Scalia's death?  OMG what will they say next?  I didn't think things could get any crazier but low and behold..........

It would be interesting to come back in a 100 years just to see how history treats this president.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Learning Curve

I decided to purchase myself a new sewing machine today.  I haven't sewn in a long time.  I loaned my previous machine to my daughter and it stopped working but I had just never replaced it because I didn't have time to sew anyway.  Now I have time!  I just finished cutting new curtains for the guest room and tomorrow I'm going to sew them up.  After that I have no idea what my next project will be but I'll think of something!

Poor Jamie has an outbreak of head lice in her classroom.  In the past they sent a child home when lice were detected and they were not to return until it was eradicated.  Not the case anymore.  They are not allowed to send a child home for it because they often never get the problem resolved and the child misses too much school.  Or they just continually get reinfected.  

So of course the minute you find out a child has it you get paranoid and your head starts to itch!  In her 16 years of teaching she has never caught it from a child but you never stop being paranoid!

For some reason I'm having trouble sleeping.  Last night I couldn't get to sleep but often I fall asleep only to wake up about 3:30 am unable to go back to sleep.  I had been taking melatonin but ran out of it.  Guess I'll have to get some more. It did seem to help.

We had to get a plumber today to fix the sink in the guest bath.  It seems the painters cleaned their tools in the sink and must have washed some of the wall texture down the sink.  It turned to stone and was completely clogged up clear back into the wall.  It was a $200 house call.  We contacted the painting company and they are going to reimburse us for the bill.  So all ends well.

Well wish me luck that the learning curve on the new sewing machine is low.  I've got a manual to read.  This is the first computerized machine I've ever had!