Thursday, August 17, 2017
When my brother-in-law's grandchildren and step grandchildren have gotten married, they have hand carried shower and wedding and graduation invitations to us. I find that to be nice. Not only do we get the invitation, but we get to have a nice visit with them.
But I guess there is a new trend happening with today's youth. About two weeks ago I received a message on FB messenger from my niece Crystal. (She is BIL Jerry's daughter) It was a picture of a digital wedding invitation for HER niece. (BIL Larry's step granddaughter). This gets complicated. Anyway, the caption of the Messenger Message was an RSVP. the message was send to everyone in the family. The method of the delivery did not determine if we would go or not go. But I did think that if this was their way of inviting people to an informal wedding, then surely we should have received an individual "message" invite.
The other day when I opened my Facebook page I had a notification that I was invited to an "EVENT". I get a lot of these for civic events etc. THIS one invited me to the wedding shower for the couple I just wrote about. I mentioned it to my grandson's girlfriend and she said this is pretty common now. I find this entire situation very impersonal.
Tell me what you think? Have you ever received invitations via social media? Are you wondering if etiquette is becoming passe?
If you need an AWWWW moment, I leave you with this picture and wondering just WHO this guy IS.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
We are totally focused on maintaining the landscape around the pond. Last year we didn't spend much time out there except relaxing and watching fish as we went through the grieving process when Terry's dad died. We spend as much time working around it as we can now, but hot and humid days and rainy days limit us. Then when the sun comes back out and the humidity subsides we find the weeds have taken over again. It a cycle, but adding mulch has helped to keep it down some.
If you have been a blog friend you might remember that I suffer from depression. Though I take medication, sometimes it overpowers the meds. I don't get despondent, but I do withdraw. That is what I have been going through recently. While I was recuperating from foot surgery, I did't spend ANY time in my "room". Dust collected. Since my home office and sewing room share space, filing accumulated as well. So self medication for my recent depression has sent me to my room to take it back over. I've been purging unnecessary paper files and records. It is so liberating to have a clear counter to work at.
I'll be posting more now. I may not have much to show as far as stitching goes right now, but since my blog is kind of my journal, I do have things to say. I really wish I could write in a paper journal, but no matter how many times I try to start one, I just can't make it happen.
What I am Grateful for at the moment: Doctors, Dogs and Dolls. More on THAT in a future post.
Tell me something today. Do you keep a journal? My friend Timaree keeps a WONDERFUL art journal. How has your weather been? Has it been hot and humid where you live? What are you sewing or stitching? Inquiring minds, you know!
Monday, July 3, 2017
Well. The time. I slowed down for just a minute and had to flip the calendar to July. All my life I have felt like when the 4th of July came, the summer was half over.
We got off to a kind of slow summer start here in Northern Indiana. It seemed like the warm weather held off too long and the rain would not go away.
But, on the nice days that there are no doctor appointments or funerals we have been getting a lot done outside.
On one spring trip to Menards I spotted this Arbor. We have had our bird feeders and suets hung from several shepherd hooks off the front deck. I was kind of unsightly, not to mention the birds pooped far to much on the deck railing. When I spotted this Arbor I thought it would be nice to hang the feeders from. It worked perfectly, though I do still have one shepherd hook for the hummer and oriole feeders. At first, it confused the squirrels, but they are crafty critters and found a way to get to the suet, though they can't eeat from the seed feeders. We have redomiciled the chipmunks to the county park. We were getting over run with them. They are cute to watch, but I think they can pack 1/2 suet cake in their jaws at one time. I can't believe that we have caught 7 of them in just a week in our live trap.
Remember last summer when I posted about the maple in the back yard that came down in a storm and broke almost all of the privacy fence? Well we bought 25 sections to replace it. One day Corey and a friend came by and replaced 1/2 of it. Kyle usually comes over one day a week to help Terry do whatever needs to be done so we replaced the rest of it when he came last week. I still need to spray water protector on it.
We have been working around the pond getting landscaping done that we lost speed on last summer when Terry's dad became sick and then passed. We just never got our interest focused there. The pond area will NEVER be done because I always find something more I want to do. We have perfected the walk way around it and have added solar lights that I be we bought 6 years ago and never put them out. Maybe it was longer than that because the price on them said $1 and I see them at Walmart now for $3 each. We bought bug zapper lights to put out. We'll do that the next time Ky comes to work.
Grateful: We have some health issues going on that I'm going to mention sometime soon. Most days it's hard to focus on one thing to be grateful for...I can't seem to get past Life with Terry which we will be celebrating Year 46 pretty darned soon. For sure I'll be saying....Where Did It Go. You know, TIME!
Wishing you a happy and safe 4th.
Sunday, June 4, 2017
There they sat, patiently waiting until they felt safe enough to return to the water. Long enough for me to go back into the house and get several pictures. They looked down at me as if to say they could wait longer than I could. I went back in to get a cup of coffee, but when I returned, they were gone.
I don't so much mind the ducks in the pond, but I have read different theories about whether they will eat my fish or frogs so I am taking NO chances. AND they leave horrible "droppings".
We have been spending as much time outside as we can. It seems that we are only good for about two hours of yard work before we MUST sit in the swing and relax by the pond. We have watched the Blue Birds select which house they will use for their next brood. We had a Catbird nest in the Honeysuckle. Watched a Cardinal pair raise a Cowbird baby whose egg was left in the Cardinal nest. Of course the Robin made a nest in an awkward place on the pole that holds the gate to the carport.
Our To Do list this week is to begin putting pea gravel on the walk way around the pond, more weeding, and weather permitting we'll begin to re-fence the side of the yard where the tree destroyed the present fence. We used to do all that in a day or two. Now we'll be lucking to have it done in a WEEK or two.
Grateful: For just so many things, but for reasons I'll probably talk about in the future....to be sharing these days with Terry. Oh, I know I said when I started listing things I am grateful for that I would not include the obvious, but it's just how I have been feeling lately.
Have you noticed something of Nature lately and taken the time to enjoy it? I love to hear about it.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
What the Heck Is THIS? Well, I'll tell you in a minute.
First, thank you for sticking with me as I have been absent for about a month. Hopefully I will get back in the groove of posting on a more regular basis. I had a really good routine going. I would get up each day at about 5 AM to be sure my grandson got up for work, do all my computer stuff like reading and writing blogs, paying bills and catching up on the news. Then my grandson moved out. My routine crashed into sleeping until about 8AM. Then Terry would get up a short time later. He does that when the dogs wake him up to eat. For some reason they think they can't eat before he gets up. Silly dogs. Then I hate to leave him alone so I do all that computer stuff on the laptop. I HATE the laptop. It's Win 10 and does not cooperate with Android apps so posting on he blog is a pain because for some reason I can't move pics around or put the cursor where I want it to be. So that's my excuse for being gone for a while.
Ok, Now to the story. One morning about a month ago we went out to the pond. There in the water was something we have never seen before and we have had a pond for at LEAST 40 years. It was some tubular looking something that almost looked like Nature's fibrous rope with black specks inside. So, of course I took a picture after I surmised it must be frog eggs. OMGosh, yes it was. About a billion of them that are now all small tadpoles. Last year we had so many, but they died. I investigated and found that tadpoles eat algae. Every year Terry treats the pond to kill leaf debris and algae. This year we never got over to the supplier to buy the treatment so we have decided to find out what will happen when all these frogs grow legs. I wonder if there is a market for frogs, lol.
There are other things going on around this house and I'll let you know all about them. Hope you come back to see what's up.
Today I am grateful for all things nature, especially for my frogs. I share a lot of time with them.
What's new with you? Have you ever watched frogs grow?
Sunday, April 23, 2017
One of my blog friends Dawn posted this morning about one of her neighbors. We moved in our house in 1976. The neighborhood is 3 blocks by 3 blocks and most of Terry's family lives within the nine blocks. Children of those that lived here when we moved in tend to find a house in the neighborhood when they leave the nest. At one time, my daughter fulfilled her dream of buying the house next door to us.
Back when we first moved in, we already knew some of the people that lived here. Most were our age, but we did have some neighbors that were the older generation. We used to have Block Parties a couple of times a month. Really, someone had a party and most of the neighborhood came. It was always Bring You Own Bottle, liquor or pop, and something for the grill or a dish to share. Those parties happened for about 7 years. We were a really close group of friends. I don't know why the parties ever stopped. I suppose some of our friends moved on.
This is still a pretty good neighborhood. Some of the kids Laurie grew up with still live here. Even some of THEIR kids stayed in the neighborhood when they flew the nest. Here and there a house has gone to rental and the tenants lack concern for others that live here. Loud cars and loud music. We've even had a meth lab that was busted. It is a different world today and I do miss the neighborhood as it was back in '76.
My grandson moved out last week. New truck and new apartment. If it weren't for the dogs we'd be empty nesters, lol. I am enjoying a slower pace...a lot.
Today I am grateful that my grandson is able to earn a living that is sufficient to support himself.
What kind of neighborhood do you live in? Are you friendly with your neighbors of just wavers?
Monday, March 20, 2017
Barbara is a Gray Witch and if you want to know what that means, you can find out on Google. She's not a bad witch. She has led an interesting life. It would surprise you to know that she was born Amish. It would NOT surprise you to know that she was shunned.
Barbara is 74 and has been reading tarot cards for 50 years. She has a dog that actually DOES say "I love you". She remembers that the first time she met my grandson she gave him a hamster. I don't know all that Barbara does, but I know she believes in what she does. She has made a good living reading tarot cards and has been "entertaining" at various conventions and other events that would surprise you. For about 8 years she had a spot on the local radio station. Silly people would call in asking questions and think they were getting Psychic advise. To my ears, all I heard was common sense answers. The kind smart parents would give their kids and probably do, but somehow it sounds smarter from someone they think has the inside scoop.
Our family loves her. She is straight forward. She can entertain you for hours with stories about things she has done and people she has met. Well known people in this town come to her for readings. She will relate their story, but NEVER tell you who they are. We would NEVER prod her to do so. She has given many volunteer hours to various causes in town and is very well thought of.
The first time I met Barbara she wanted to do a reading for me. I said ok on a whim. She knew nothing about me..there was no way for her to. But she told me 3 things about me that NO ONE could possibly know. Not Terry..Not anyone...Nada. Not future...past. HOW? Doesn't matter. She's Barbara.
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Lots of my friends have been mentioning that I haven't posted in a while and want to know how things are going with my foot. With that in mind, I thought I should post, but honestly, about what?Well, there just is not much to talk about. I don't need to keep my foot elevated, but I do still have to wear the boot and can't put weight on it yet so I still have the scooter to move around the house and use when I go out. Honestly, I don't go out much and I do keep my foot elevated because unless I do, there is still a certain amount of pain...small though it is. My choice of pain reliever is Ibuprofin, but because it is an anti-inflammatory, I am unable to use it, as it would prohibit the fusion. Tylenol is what I am able to use but it has side effects for me that I just don't want to deal with.
So, I spend a lot of time looking out the window at my feeders which Terry has graciously kept filled. I never tire of watching the action out there.
I have been doing a little reading. A very little FB. A small amount of cooking. Of course, I am still stitching cupcakes on the quilt.
Then, there's the TV. Terry has a routine of shows he watches and I listen along while he watches. I don't have much interest on daytime TV, but I do have a few shows I watch at night. I can't get him to switch over to Netflix, but I'm working on that.
I go back to the Doc on the 22nd. I expect him to allow me to walk using my own shows as long as they don't put pressure on the fusing joint. I have read that it takes about 6 months to actually fuse and that you can have the plate removed in the future. I'll ask him about that.
The xray of my foot shows that when I thought I broke my foot about 8 years ago and didn't go to the doctor, I really DID break it. It shows the break pretty clearly. Now, it only have pains me when the weather changes. I'm thinking that's not bad if I had gone to the ER, had a cast and went through THIS.
Thankful: Today, there are so many things to be grateful for. At the moment, I'm happy that when I turned 65, I took the time to look into an insurance policy. It's NOT a supplementation policy. It's a policy you buy and use instead of Medicare. The cost is the Medicare premium plus $39 a month, So far I have paid very little for Doctor appointments, lab work, xrays and this surgery.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
This is Laurie's cupcake quilt. I am stab stitching a cupcake on each block. So far I only have a few blocks done. It took me about 2-1/2 weeks after surgery to gather any creative energy to work on it. I had a couple of false starts on the stitching. I wanted the threads to be kind of prominent so I "tested" a couple of different weights. Robbie Porter suggested #5 perle cotton and it was perfect.
One thing I miss a real lot during this recovery is playing with my dogs. I'm pretty sure they are missing it to. The weather here has be unseasonably warm, like a lot of the country which makes it hard not to be outside checking out the pond. But it has thawed and I can see the fish through the window. I always hold my breath until the ice melts to see if they survived the winter. Blue Birds and Sparrows are vying for the bird houses. Means an early Spring to me!! So that's what I have been up to. How's the weather where you are?
Thankful: I am so thankful that the winter was mild and my fish survived it. A couple of years ago we had a harsh winter and lost them all. The fish we have now are the ones that we bought to replace them. Funny how even a fish can become special to you. My favorite is a big blue calico Shebunkin. By the time my foot is healed I'll be looking for my frogs.
Be well. Love life.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
The doctor that WAS treating her is the same one that treated my FIL. Terry and I never agreed with the treatment he recommended, as other family members did or didn't. It was not our decision, it was my FIL's. When Marcella was first diagnosed, she went under the care of that same doctor. He owns a cancer treatment center here in South Bend. Chemo, Radiation and meds are all received through his Center. Somehow that does not seem correct to me....but I'll move on with this story. The Center removed a cancerous spot and lymph node...oh, so she thought! She went on to receive Chemo...no radiation.
When she went to IUMC for the second opinion, she had tests and saw a Doc who told her they would be able to give her medication to keep her comfortable. They found sources to pay for the treatment. That doc took Marcella's case to their board after so they could review the tests etc they had taken. There are several things that are still in review. Let me tell you...the first doctor did not remove the cancerous lymph node and it was broadcasting cancerous cells to other parts of her body. The Chemo doc didn't catch that and he SHOULD have. What a fiasco. She is so joyous I didn't talk to her about if there were something legal they should be doing about THAT. Anyway, she is going to have surgery as soon as it is scheduled. I'm not sure what exactly they will remove. She is on medication that will encircle the spots that won't be removed but will keep them from growing and should reduce their size. We have always heard that IU was one of the best places to go for cancer treatment. Our hospital in Goshen's cancer treatment is affiliated with IU. We wanted her to go there from the beginning, but she had faith in Dad's doc. She went through a lot of pain and suffering both physical and mental only to find out she was not getting proper care.
I have no further comment about what I shared with you above....frankly I don't know what to say or how I should be feeling about it.
Now, for the thank you!! I am using our laptop to type this post. It drives me crazy. Sometimes I don't touch anything and the curser jumps somewhere I don't want it to be. It is so annoying. Not sure if it's to do with windows 10 or the laptop. I have received and read every one of your past comments. I usually like to respond to each one. That is so easy when I receive a notification of your comment in my gmail. But when I have to read them from the comments section of my dashboard, I would have to go back to gmail to type the email to you and this danged laptop does not cooperate too well. So THANK YOU so much for all your comments and well wishes. If you didn't receive a personal response, it was NOT because I didn't care. I appreciate all that read my posts, whether you comment or not.
Thankful....well so many things, but today I am especially grateful for my two doctors...Dr. James Reidy and Dr. James Flynn. I love those guys!!
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Saturday, February 4, 2017
This is the fouth day afer surgery. To say I am bored and tired is the truth. My foot must be elevated and I have to keep this boot on until I see the Doc in a couple of weeks. I have a choice of putting ice on my leg...20 minutes on, 20 minutes off. Or I can keep ice on the boot 24/7 which is my choice. I do not do well with narcotic pain pills and the ice keeps the pain down and allows me to go without meds so it is an easy choice for me.
Before I had surgery I practiced walking using crutches and thought I had that down until I came home and almost fell twice. Then I figured I could put my leg on a stool and scootch around and that worked ok. Since I thought I would be ok with crutches I opted to get a scooter after the two weeks that I am not supposed to get up except to use the bathroom.
That lasted less than 24 hours and off Terr went to pic it up the next morning.
This scooter is a blessing and makes moving around so much easier. My insurance did not cover it, but a $68 per month rental I don't know why I hesitated to get it. I am really antsy to stitch something. Maybe tomorrow I'll try to stitch cupcakes on Laurie's quilt.
Lots to be thankful for today:
Modern medicine, Terry's wonderful nursing skills, Corey who is helping Terry take care of the house, my scooter and my DOGS who come to visit me and check to see that I'm OK. I guess my laptop too which I am using to post this, and my blog friends.
Be well, be happy, stay healthy.
Monday, January 23, 2017
Thank you Corey. Luckily your Papa put some kind of shield around him...or maybe that's garlic around his neck!!
So before I got this visitor, I sandwiched Laurie's quilt. I made a stencil of a cupcake. I'm going to try to stitch a cupcake on each block. We'll see how that goes. I didn't feel like taking a pic of the backing I stitched. It is blocks the same size as the top. I used a few of the leftovers from the top and cut more from the pink cupcake material. I also have that material in brown so I cut blocks from it as well. I'm not sure when I will commence the quilting, but probably while I am recuperating from surgery.
This week I have several appointments. I haven't mentioned that I will have surgery on the "Giant" toe on my right foot. That's what they call your big toe when they order xrays.
Basically I am having a lot of pain in the joint of my big toe. If you have seen a bunion, what I have looks like a bunion growing on TOP of that joint AND between the 1st and 2nd joint. There are also two little bones on the bottom of that joint that have arthritis and are causing pain and my toe to grow to the right. It is a hereditary thing and usually only effects one foot. The pain causes me to walk on the side of my foot which is causing even more pain in my ankle and knee. So next Tuesday I am having surgery to remove the growth on the bones and to make the joint immobile which will keep the toe from growing totally to the right. My sister has this condition. I'll tell you it's painful and darned right painful to look at too. After surgery I will have to keep my foot elevated higher than my heart for two weeks to control swelling that could break open stitches. Then I will be on crutches for another 4 weeks.
Today I am thankful that I have insurance and am able to have this surgery. My SIL who has cancer was told my her insurance company that they will NOT cover the medication that her doctor has prescribed to keep her cancer in check.
Monday, January 9, 2017
There is a fad going on right now that you may have heard of. Mannequining. Here is a pic of our joke about it in our house. My dogs love to do the Mannequin! They do this daily, same pose, most often this spot. Anyway, I can't post without a picture so I chose my mutts.
We like to support the Habitat for Humanity Restore and often discover some really cool things there. If not cool we get really good deals. Like the leather garden gloves I found for only $4 a pair. During a recent trip I found a floor embroidery frame for less than $20 which was a pretty good deal. It's a place to shop and to donate home items as well.
I'm pretty sure that I will be doing hand quilting in the future. Since I received a rather nice cash gift at Christmas, off I went to Joann's with a 60% off coupon in hand to buy a PVC floor quilting frame. After the coupon was applied the price was only $44. I'm pretty sure I would have paid more than that to make it myself.
It's been a difficult year for me. Losing my father-in-law has been hard on both Terry and I. We received more sad news from my sister-in-law. She went through cancer treatment during last fall only to have it return in full force as soon as the chemo left her system. Stage IV. We are having a hard time grasping the fact that there is no cure.
My vocabulary and spelling is pretty good. I take pride in it really. My daughter and then my grandsons used to ask me why I "know so much" and spell so well. I always tell them that I have always loved to read and when I saw a word that I didn't know the meaning of I always looked it up in the dictionary. I am happy to say that my grandsons also love to read. However, they don't really read books, but find many useful and interesting things to read on the internet. The other day when I was looking up a word on an on-line site, I was offered the opportunity to have a word and definition sent to my e-mail each day so I signed right up for it. The site also offers word games. Here's a link if you'd like to check it out. Dictionary
Have you tried the new Oreo Thins? Even if you don't like Oreo cookies, you may want to give them a try. They are the BEST NEW THING!!
If you are looking for an interesting read, you may want to check out these two links.
A Good Read
Another Good Read
Thankful: Good reads. A good book. An interesting article. The newspaper. Today I am thankful that I can read well.
Do you hand quilt and if so do you have any tips for me?
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Tenacious. I LOVE that word. In some regards it describes me well, but in others not so much.
This picture was our diversion of the afternoon yesterday. The temp was below freezing. Something moving outside in front of the patio door caught Terry's eye. Low and behold it was a spider moving up and down a web with the wind blowing about 15 MPH. The questions abound. What kind of spider was it? mid sized with red on it (not a black widow). How low can the temperature go before spider's freeze in Northern Indiana? THIS spider eventually disappeared into the eves above the door. This is info I found on Google about outdoor spiders...and yes..there are indoor spiders and outdoor spiders.
"Spiders are cold-blooded and not attracted to warmth. They don't shiver or get uncomfortable when it's cold, they just become less active and eventually, dormant. Most temperate zone spiders have enough "antifreeze" in their bodies that they won't freeze at any temperature down to -5 degrees C.: some can get colder. The few typical outdoor spiders that do end up indoors, die or at least don't reproduce."
The watching and research was a welcome diversion from the Gunsmoke episode that Terry was watching for about the millionth time. So you would think that I am thankful for the diversion, which I am. But I am more thankful for the tenacity in my personality to be interested in watching a spider, wondering, and wanting to find out the answers to questions that arose from the watching. Tenacity.
How about you? Have you recently found something that interested you so much that you wanted to find out more about it?