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Friday, February 27, 2015

What do you do?

I believe.
I believe.

In the meantime,
when I'm bored
"I Pinterest".

What do you do to beat "Winter Boredom"?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

This is no joke.

WE.ARE.MOVING.
TO.ANOTHER.
STATE.

Trust me,
I would not kid about this.

No time for details.

But I'll be back with
crying, sobbing, weepy
info very soon (when I find some time).

In the meantime I'm preparing
for a wedding next month.

Don’t you wish you were me?


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sunday Funday!

It was a gray, damp, February day "outside",
But "inside" it was pure sunlight and joy.

What fun I had at Lil' Mama's bridal photo shoot today.
I am so blessed to be a part of this
joyous time of  her life.



Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Just couldn't do it!

I've been trying to "purge" the house.
I've been going room to room, cleaning and purging.  Usually I'm pretty ruthless.  I've been known to make stealth trips to Goodwill so Mister can't see what I'm hauling away.  He has the "hoarder gene" in his DNA.

Today I'd planned to box up my collection of chef's (which has been in a cabinet and hasn't seen the light of day in 10 years).

Just couldn't do it!

Instead, I cleared out a cabinet in another room and moved these little guys into it.  Not sure why I couldn't let them go. They received a reprieve.

I'd swear they smile at me now when I pass by.



Sunday, February 8, 2015

50 lbs!!


Strike up the band!!
I'm so proud of Mister.


He has
LOST

50 lbs!

He began a "reboot" on January 2nd.  The results continue to be amazing.  Have you heard of the video, "Fat, Sick. And Nearly Dead"?  If you're curious you can find it on Netflix (and I think on YouTube).

It has been a life changer.

I really don't know how Mister can stick with this, but he has, and he does.  He plans to continue til he completes day 60.  Weight loss is such a personal thing and different things work for different people.  He's found what works for him.  Our youngest son introduced Mister to this idea while he was here visiting during Christmas.  
And so it continues...




Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Things are Happening.

From this to that
and from that to this.
That's how I rolled today.

One thing I DID accomplish was some much needed yard work.  I pruned the rose bushes in my little rose garden.  I always dread this task, cause as we all know -

roses BITE!
I broke my own rule of ALWAYS wearing garden gloves when working outdoors.

It's gray and dank (is that a word?),
but things are happening.

Mister took this photo last week.
This beauty is in front of our local courthouse.  It's always the first in our area to bloom.  Things are happening.


Do you see it?
My hydrangeas are beginning to bud!

If you squint your eyes
you can see a few leaves on the rose bushes too.
Things are happening.

Even on these cold, gray days, Spring is preparing to make it's usual arrival.  
All in due time.  

"In winter, I plot and plan.
In Spring, I move."
          ~Henry Rollins

I.Am.So. Anxious.For.Spring.Days.
You?













Sunday, February 1, 2015

Gone

"Well there's gone for the day 
and gone for the night
and gone for the rest of your doggone life.
Is it whiskey night or just a couple of beers,
tell me what kind of gone 
are we talkin' 'bout here?"
                                                                      ~Berg/Cameron/Davis

I've been gone.
Not away, just "gone" from blogging.
We've been a down-and-out bunch of sickies
for a long time now, and that doesn't make
for very good blogging. But, we're WELL
now. I want to open the front door and
all the windows and scream it to the world.
Mister said that's not very neighborly
he'd rather I not do that - sooooo
I'm back to this blog - full steam ahead.

From the sickbed directly into wedding plans for Lil' Mama.  Most of the big decisions have been made and arranged.  Now we're into doing the things that personalize a wedding to reflect the two special people being married.  I won't share these details till after-the-fact but you can be sure there's lots of spray painting, printing, and other such crafts taking place.

It feels so good to be back!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Too many lemons in the Sweet Tea!

This is one of the things my sister gave me for Christmas - she knows I love all things pertaining to "Sweet Tea"


Love these napkins!

It does seem we spent the holiday season dodging lemons and trying to "Make Merry" the best we could.  These napkins were perfect!

I was still recovering from my angry colon pre-Thanksgiving bout of illness when we made our pre-Christmas trip to Oklahoma.  Tho my energy was a bit lacking, the fun with our family made up for it. I handled the trip well.  One always hopes fun will trump feeling sick, and it did!

A few days after getting home our sweet little HK got terribly sick with a nasty virus and spent an evening in the ER with "severe dehydration". 
Our sweet girl went almost 24 hrs with no wet diaper.  It took her about five days to feel well again.

Fast forward 24 hours and Christmas Eve found Lil' Mama and her Fiance both in the ER being treated for the same nasty virus.

We were all pretty much elated, thrilled, ecstatic, happy to kick 2014 to the curb and welcome in a bright New Year!

Sweet Tea, anyone?
Absolutely no lemons allowed!

So thankful for God's healing hand which has delivered us from illness and brought us "whole, hearty, and healthy" into 2015!

* * * * * * * * * * * * 
*Let the record show that our Son and DIL both became ill while on their dream trip to Paris during the Christmas holiday AND our Tulsa daughter had emergency oral surgery during the same time frame.  Son and DIL are home now and feeling better.  Tulsa daughter is on week 3 of pain meds but is recovering, albeit slowly









Sunday, December 14, 2014

Fun!

I don't want to "name drop",  but

I've been hangin' with some very
high profile people lately...


and so has Haylee Kate.



Can you believe how much she's grown?

There's just something about Santa photos that makes one smile.  Hope this did it for you today. 
Merry Christmas!




Friday, December 12, 2014

Quick Change.



Change can happen so quickly.
That's not a surprise to anyone is it?!


In one simple day we went from having 6 people (Me, Mister, My Mom, Litle Mama, HK, and very often Little Mama's fiance) + our dog in our home, to having ONE person + a dog in our home.

This is how it happened.
Little Mama were scheduled to move into the house where she, HK, and her husband, come March, will live.  They loaded and moved on this particular day.

In the meantime, I had an early morning doctor appointment and ended up in the hospital that very day.  How's that for bad timing?

Upon hearing I was ill my Sister made an all day drive to come get Mom and take her back to Okla so she could care for her as I recuperated.

That left Mister + the dog, "home alone" for 5 days.  I don't know who was the most pathetic.  Mister was so low he almost melted into the floor and our dog is said to have gone from room to room crying at each door looking for everyone.

Thank God!  (Really.  I thank God!)
Things are much better now.
I'm still taking meds and trying to get my stamina back.  It's happening and I'm getting a lesson in "being still" and letting God take care of many things I'd been doing for quite a while.  I'm a slow learner, but I'm beginning to "get it"
.

Thanksgiving went with nary a turkey or rich dessert in our house.  Youngest son came home during the holiday and it really helped to set our spirits back on high.  Mister took youngest son, Little Mama, fiance, and HK out to dinner on Thanksgiving while I rested it at home.  Still, I had the most sincerely thankful heart I've had in many a Thanksgiving.  I was very blessed and I had lots of time to ponder the thought.


Christmas is coming and it looks liked we'll get to celebrate in much of the usual ways.  I'm so thankful to be regaining my strength.  YAY!!  Still, it's different in some ways.  There is not a Christmas tree, a bauble or a single bow in our house.  I've decided that there's so much that will need to be done before bringing Mom back home, that we will enjoy our family and all the celebrating but without the usual festive "stuff" scattered about the house.  Almost every gift we give this year will come from online purchases. What a help that has been.

There is a air of happiness in our home that no Christmas tree or Christmas lights could begin to match.  Next year we'll be back to the norm, but in the meantime we'll enjoy things just as they are.  Mister is smiling again.  Boudxy, our dog, is my constant shadow, and everyone is doing well,  I'm learning to lean-into-it and embrace the change.

Merry Christmas, Bloggy Friends!


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Pause.

This is my life.
"On Pause."
I've not gone away permanently.
I'm on my way back!

I won't bore you with details but I will tell you I'd been sick, sorta, for several weeks and ended up getting a ride via ambulance, with 6 handsome EMT's, to the hospital.  I've always been a girl who likes to make an entrance.  NOT!   I was there for 5 days and am so happy to be home now.  I came home a couple of days before Thanksgiving.  Yay!  

I've been spending my days in the recliner and doing little besides trying to be a good girl and take my meds exactly as the doctors told me.  

That's it.
It's not exciting,
but it's real.


Girl's, take it from me,
"Never make your colon mad".
You can quote me on this.


*I've had lots of time to visit your blogs and I do.  You entertain me and  I'm appreciative!



Thursday, November 20, 2014

Day #4

Thursday, day #4 of unexpected hospital stay.

"In every life a little rain must fall".
(Insert imaginary photo of a bright yellow umbrella here)
Counting my blessings along with the days until I get to go home, which I hope is very soon.  Expecting to make a good recovery,
Would appreciate your prayers.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

You know you want to!



BOWS!
Lots of bows,
probably around 200.

My neighbor gave these to me.
She knows we're planning a wedding and thought we could use them in some way.  I'm thrilled to get them, BUT, I'm not really sure how to use them.  

CRAFTERS!  Got any ideas?
I'd love to hear from you.
If you know a Crafter/Creative person please send them a link to my blog as I'd love some suggestions. 

You don't have to be a Crafter to
have an idea.
Please put on your Thinking Hat,
cause you know you look lovely wearing it,
and give me some ideas.

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!



Thursday, November 6, 2014

Cacti

Day 6 of "Monster Cold and sinus infection

Kleenex.  Phone.  Remote control.
Drink.  Hot flash fan.



From the Bed to the Recliner
then back again.
*repeat for 6 days*

Mister is a Saint.
Forget anything I've ever said or implied that could be even the tiniest bit negative about him.  He is perfect. The man has lived in squalor for the past 6 days and brought in dinner (for 6) EVERY evening.  Never complained. Did I mention he was a Saint?


Time to "get off my cactus" and quit complaining.
I know.
I.Am.A.Horrible.Sick.Person.
I own it.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *


This is our resident "Tissue Thief".
She can grab tissue from a box
quicker than you can even think about saying 
"No No!"
She loves to carry a tissue around "blowing her nose" like all the rest of us!  So thankful she hasn't caught our nasty germs.

*I must add that I'm feeling better today.
Antibiotics have kicked in.  Like my Mama always says, "if you're well enough to complain then you're getting well". ;-)


Monday, November 3, 2014

Peek-a-boo!

Here's a little peek-a-boo into some photo moments of the goings on here in the bayou.


It seems these were just a scraggly mop of need-to-be-cut-back-greenery
then BOOM - full bloom!
HK, our little Halloween Princess!
(carrying her purse to collect her candy).


Wedding Shower for a very special young couple.
(BFF's son and his fiance)


Mom and I both had our yearly check-ups and we are thankful and blessed with the good reports we received. . .Fast Forward a week and I was in bed feeling awful with a "Monster Cold" and sinus infection.  *insert LOUD whining here*  Third day of antibiotics for me and I'm still whining, but not nearly as loud.  By my own admission I know I can sometimes be a germaphobic,awful, needy, whine-bag, somewhat difficult patient. 

Outta here to visit YOUR blog.
The Blog Stalker is on the prowl!
(that actually sounds kinda creepy, doesn't it?)






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