Saturday, March 26, 2016

Reality Check

I had a surreal moment last week, one of those moments I know I'll remember forever...I had walked HK (our 3 yr old granddoll) to the park which is about a block from their house on base.  There were 8-10 kids playing around. At 5 pm each day the national anthem is played over huge speakers on base.  I was chasing after HK when the LOUD music began, but immediately my surroundings felt different.  I looked around me to see that all the "play" had ceased as each child stood at attention, facing the direction of the music, hand over heart.  A little ashamed, I quickly assumed the position.  The sky was blue, the sun was shining, and a gentle breeze blew my hair.  The little 6 yr old girl who was standing close by cut her eyes in my direction and said, "You know what that means?  It means the Americans are coming!".  I felt my eyes grow misty with pride.πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Reality check:
There are sad/bad things that happen every day, but there is still quiet beauty and goodness that live among us.  And for that, I am thankful.

Many of you have asked about our youngest daughter.  Many of you have prayed for her too.  Thank you so much!!  She is out of the hospital now.  She was in a private hospital, not a VA hospital (someone asked). They have yet to connect with a doctor who seems willing to run the needed tests to make a solid diagnosis.  They are trying to get an appointment with a different neurologist soon.  We believe finding a good doctor will be the key to her medical situation.  She has insurance, so can't understand the hesitance to run the necessary tests...Thanks for your on-going prayers & concern.❤️

Wednesday, March 23, 2016


The mowers were here today which means I got to smell my favorite scent, "freshly mowed grass".  Mmmmmm.  The smell of Spring.  Spring comes early to the south.  That's just one of the things I love about this region.

But, as much as Murphy and I love Louisiana we're ready to go home.  We plan to be back in Oklahoma for Easter.🎈 H-O-M-E.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

While I'm Away . . .

What was intended to be a 2 day visit in Louisiana has turned into a 2+ week stay.  Our youngest daughter is still hospitalized but the doctors are preparing to send her home soon.  No diagnosis.  No treatment.  Just pain meds.  The medical system is failing us.  I need to dwell on some happy thoughts so here are the some"bunnies" that are running the house (along with Mister) while I am away.

This little bunny is perched on the window sill
In the guest powder room so he gets a somewhat "captive" audience.

These regal rabbits sit happily on the dining room table, tho' there's not a single carrot to be found.

And this chubby bunny hangs out on the coffeetable. 
I asked who left all these Bunny eggs, but he's not saying.
Did you spy the pink bunny on the chair across the room?

Amidst the fun may we all remember why we rejoice..
Have a wonderful Holy Week.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Clap, clap, clap out your crazies...

It seems the monstrous rains that have dealt many Louisiana families a real hardship, are over.  The sun is out and I swear you can hear flowers opening and grass turning green.

This wigelia shrub has been beautiful but I just got around to taling a photo after it had passed it's prime, BUT, it you'll look to the left you'll see some beautiful bright pink blooms.  Doesn't that tickle your insides a little?  Spring.

This is my view from the sofa.  *smile*. Remember those days?  It's busy.  It's messy,.  It's tiring.   But you and I know a secret that young parents don't - This is sweet.  This is "prime  time".  This is a time you'll always remember with a smile.

I'm enjoying playing Mom to these sweet girls, though I admit I'm tired by the end of the day.  Being YaYa is an easier role, for sure.

"Clap, clap, clap out your crazies.
Jump, Jump, jump out your jiggles
Stomp, stomp, stomp out your sillies...."

Such a cute little song we sing
And maybe a good mantra for me to take home with me when the time comes.

Friday, March 11, 2016

And the beat goes on and on and on and on...

We made the drive to Louisiana last Friday, before the rains began.  It was no ordinary visit.  No siree this was a special occasion visit.

Ms. Hk was turning THREE!
Can you count those fingers?

She absolutely loved her big day of cake, ice cream and candles.  She totally "got it" this year.  There were also lots of presents then an outing to see Kung Fu Panda.

Of course I could not/would not/should not forget our chubby micro-preemie, Lady G.  This girl runs the place, she hollers and her wish is our command.  Some might say she's a bit spoiled but she prefers the term "high maintenance".

I wish I could end my post here, but there's more...Lil' Mama had another small stroke Saturday night.  Her husband and Mister took her for the ER run.  It was quite scary seeing her that way.  She is recovering at home.  Mister drove home Wed and I am staying in LA for at least 10 more days to help out while she regains some strength.  Lil' Mama is 21 yrs old.  She was totally healthy all her life until this last pregnancy when she came down with ecoli.  Since the birth of Lady G she has been plagued with bad migraines, epilepsy, and has had 2 small strokes.  We feel she's not received good medical care, so she continues to struggle...oh my, this is a long post.  If you've read all this you deserve a BIG KISS from  ______________ (you can fill in the blank)...BTW if you follow the weather you know that Bossier City is in the middle of torrential rain and flooding.  So very thankful the kids live on higher ground and are not affected, many are not so fortunate...Done.  Not another word.

Monday, March 7, 2016


I was out running errands and look what I saw all over town!

Spring has arrived very early in Oklahoma!
No one's complaining.

And, when I peeked into my front flowerbed
look what I saw - my Hydrangea bush.
I brought it from Louisiana and transplanted it here in the hot summer.  So happy to see it has made it through the winter..

Then, when I thought my day just couldn't get any sweeter, I made these great finds at Target! 60"x104" blue tablecloths, $5 ea.   Placemats $1.25 ea.  Perfect for my house!

May we all have many days as sweet as this one!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Murphy's Law

He's an 18 mo old mini Wienie dog mix.
(He tells me he's not offended being referred to as a Wienie dog, rather than a Dachshund, since it's so difficult to spell "Dachshund".)
He's a full grown guy at 10 lbs.
He's very sweet & docile and loves simply hanging out.

Standing guard.enforcing Murphy's Law as I worked in the garage.

Safe and snug in his new forever home.

I've never had a wienier dog before but I've learned quickly that when people see a Wienie dog they smile.

(Are you smiling?)

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