Saturday, February 28, 2015

Getting back into the swing.

Today was the first of two days of serving a meal at church.  It feels so comfortable and right to be doing this.  I am so grateful that there is the youth director at church who make my granddaughter love going to that church so much that she insisted her parents go back - which means we also went back.  Today just felt right.

This was a Synod wide event, but I was amazed (appalled is more like it) that there were so few participants - about 25.  I was expecting a large crowd.  When we pulled in the parking lot, I really thought the event had been cancelled.  There were fewer cars than are normally for anything!  But we went in, set up lunch that was already pretty much in place, welcomed the folks for lunch, and cleaned up.  Boom! That was it.  But it felt good.

Tonight is the monthly group outing called Guess Where We Are Going To Dinner.  Once again it will be at a restaurant in our neighborhood. One we frequent, and now I wonder where we will eat after church tomorrow!!!

Then on Wednesday I will be bringing food and helping serve at a funeral reception.  This woman developed breast cancer after me.  She has fought it tooth and nail, having it metastasized to the bones.  She developed pneumonia, and that was the end for her.  Bless her soul - she was quite eccentric, but her heart was huge.  I am proud to help her family with the reception.

And tomorrow is family dinner night.  I have no clue who or where.  Brian is playing at the BarBQue cook-off.  This is a three night deal that precedes the Rodeo.  Makes lots of money (he does - and so does the cook-off for that matter).  Steve - who knows.  I think he and Krissi are renting a limo to go.  They have tickets to some tents down there.  That's where the real fun is.  There is general admission, but the real happenings are in the different cooker's tents - like where Brian's band is.

I tried to hijack a video clip of Brian playing with another band recently from Facebook, but apparently it isn't something easily taken.  I am proud of his singing.  Wanted to share it, but you will just have to take my word.

So - that's the news from around these parts.    

Friday, February 27, 2015

Brrr - again

I shouldn't complain about the cold.  It is only here for a few days,  and it's never dangerously cold.  I know we get extra blankets to the homeless, but it's not like they are going to freeze to the ground.  It's just annoying - and the homeless are even more miserable.  There is a non-profit here that is wonderful about getting hats, gloves, coats, and blankets to those poor folks. Never-the-less I am just not comfortable either in these temperatures.  I hate to have the heated come on!!!

That nonsense being over on to today.  I forgot to add yesterday that when we were iced over, that means my "FABULOUSLY WONDERFUL" (not) internet was out.  Any time we eve have clouds, that thing goes out.  I went out when the ice was gone from the deck and beat on the dish.  It didn't help.  I called the company.  They said that in heavy rain (takes ours a mist), snow (didn't have it) or fog the satellite internet will go out.  Well ours is super sensitive,

Steve (aka SIL) has told me a friend of his (they are a multitude)  who lives about 75 miles has internet (satellite ??) that is faster, cheaper, and more reliable.  Of course, he still hasn't found the name of said company.  I am still waiting for him to plug in the USB from Amazon into my TV also.  Does that tell you anything???  He talks (a lot) a good story, but action is something else.

Wednesday night I slipped and fell.  With my weak knees, shoulders that have just been injected with cortisone (probably rotator tears) and just generally being out shape coupled with my slick floors made getting up a problem.  Something has to change here.  I am very sore.  My knees feel bruised.  My muscles in my shoulders and arms are sore.  That is telling me it  is time to get in shape.  I will b on the stationary bike everyday. When it is cold like this - I will probably will spend time at Krissi's.  They have a "gym" in their garage.  When the pool warms I will be in it. I now understand "I've fallen and can't get up."

So today it's pretty much back to normal.  Hair cut.  Pharmacy (and using it to get a load of bread).

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Remember me?

After that last post that was simply steam of thoughts as they came into my head - it was probably assumed I had a stroke and that explained it.

No - my round of doctors and PT - which will continue next week as though nothing had happened got to me!.  Plus we spent the last week at the SSB.

As you are aware, that is getting to be a pain for me.  I really want to stay home!!  But - gotta go.  This trip was a real winner.  We did go to Community Club on Friday night.  Our crazy neighbor's wife seems to realize that I am not her "bestest" friend.  She has hinted over the last year while that crazy road was being constructed that this relative and that were having babies or grands and they would love to have the baby toys I make.  Yeah - well, I am not making them for you unless you pay me double what I charge.  I have given her those - free.  She didn't sit anywhere near me Friday night.  Last month, she sat between me and my SIL.

Beginning on Tuesday, our temperature dropped to 27 degrees and STAYED there for about 30 hours.  I know it has been a lot worse in other parts of the nation, but this is pretty serious for us.  Our decks were completely iced over.  Fortunately I had gotten the stair treads installed so that there would be traction on the back steps.  Finally yesterday the temperatures broke.  It was a lovely afternoon - until the riding lawn mower broke.

It is still sitting in the pasture.  It is in gear.  It won't start so it won't come out of gear.  Fun. fun, fun.

Looks like we are in for another round of cold.  Up there it will be sleet and snow tomorrow.  Then cold the rest of the week and into next.  At least here it won't be as cold.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Memory jog

I will make no bones about it - I cannot remember 4 of the birth dates of my six grandchildren.  Katie is the first.  I forget if it is the 16th or 17th of January.  I can remember Karrington's and Reagan's.  They are in July like mine and my son Brian.  The other three I cannot remember either - all of Brian's kids.  I know Holden's is January, William is February (like today, and believe me I wrote it down today!!!), and Delaney is in September.  I really feel awful about that, but when talking to my best friend yesterday, I found she can't remember her grand's birthdays either!!!

SO with that - let's move on. It has been a crowded week again.  Yesterday was PT.  He really worked me.  And alas, I haven't done them today.

And a funny (I guess) story about yesterday.  I was supposed to call the pain doc to let them know how the injections have done. Did that - left the message and then headed out to PT.  I got home and G told me (I THOUGHT!!) that I needed to "call Dora and Dr W's office.  My best friend is named Dora.  We don't talk often, but we are really close friends.  I was afraid something had happened with one of her kids.

So I called Dr W's office back to see what the doc had to say.  Then I called Dora.  She seemed to be a little surprised, but we talked for a while.  She was still at work.  We vowed to get together soon, and went on. She never let on that anything was amiss.

After I got off the phone, G asked who I was talking to.  I replied "Dora - I returned her call."  He said, and THEN I read the note it was Dora AT Dr W's office.  Oops.  What a senior moment.

Today was our church group meeting.  I do enjoy them.  I wish they weren't every week.  I would love them to be once a month, but...  We were listing prayer concerns.  One of our church member succumbed to cancer last week.  She left two cats.  They are looking for someone to adopt them.  Do you know how hard it is to get cats adopted??

Tomorrow we go to the SSB - again.  Things might slow down, but Friday is Community Club (yopee) and Wednesday is Happy Hour.  Friday will also be going grocery shopping in Fredetricksburg.  Perhaps the other days I can just chill!

This has been totally stream of consciousness today.  Probably doesn't make a lot of sense.  Really sorry about that.  BTW - Sally so glad you are back!!!!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Sunday dinner

It was a quiet evening.  The three youngest grands were not here.  Their mom and her mom went to Lafayette for Mardi Gras.  They originally were going to be back, but ...  Anyway, it was probably a good thing since Katie is still recovering from her concussion.  She is still having some headaches, but all in all getting better.  She went to the ODP practice because her coach wanted her to be there for at least some of the instruction even though she wouldn't be in the pool.

Valentine's night, Steve served a great meal of sea scallops, shrimp, lobster and risotto.  Quite tasty, but bless his heart - he has a problem with timing.  He isn't sure how to fire things so that they are all served hot.  The sea foods were all cold, but when it comes to those things - cold is so much better than none.

My heart goes out to those of you who are experiencing the brutal weather.  We are headed down to freezing tonight which isn't really a big deal, EXCEPT things are budding out.  In the Hill Country, the wineries are worried about frost tonight.  That will certainly be horrible for the grapes.  The peach people don't seem to be especially worried.  Not sure the trees have budded.

I am not as conscientious about my PT here at home as I should be.  I know it's an excuse, but I just don't take the time to do the exercises.  It takes about 15 minutes - which is nothing, but there is so much I would rather be doing than those exercises.  But they are helping.  It may hurt while  I am doing them, but I can stand longer and walk a little further.  Gotta do them!

It's off to Costco in a while.  Into the rain and cold.  I know - I don't need sympathy.  It's not ice and snow!!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Did I ever learn a lesson!

I have never subscribed to anything that Dr Oz had put out.  I don't like his ideas, and in fact there is more and more about him coming out that the things he "preaches" about health are not correct.

But other than not ever subscribing to anything he does, that isn't important.  What I have found is what I have always heard about "don't unsubscribe to anything that you didn't subscribe to in the first place" is a valid rule.

My home email will only let emails through from folks who are in my address book.  It has a another box for those emails that may not be complete spam.  Just suspicious because they are not in my address book.  Somehow Dr Oz emails began showing up in the suspicious folder.

I was tired of deleting them, so I went to where is said to "unsubscribe."  Well now I am getting twice as many.  Word got out apparently - she is a real living person.  Hit the spam button.

Lesson learned.  I will just delete from now on.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Legal stuff

Attorneys have it made!!  They have set everything up so that they are essential for almost anything - including dying and death!

We went to check the validity of our wills, and they are ok (thank goodness), but then we went ahead and did the advanced directives and powers of attorney (there's that word again!).

It was all really simple - our kids determine what happens to us if we become incapacitated.  Well -  G will take over for me - I am sure I will go first.  But then it goes to the kids.

We had all the information filled out.  All they had to do was fill in the forms that are stored with the proper names/addresses.  This was a mere $300!

Krissi wants to have their wills done, and they really need to.  Steve travels so much, and he has a daughter by a previous relationship.  I have written about her before.  She has been and still is pretty much a witch (but change one letter please) to them both.  They don't want any of their "stuff" to go to her.  They want it to go to their three.

I guess that sounds horrible, but this young woman has been really terrible to them.  They will give her a certain amount of money from the estate, and that is all.


Last night, Katie got a between level 1 and 2 concussion last night.  She was head butted in the basketball game.  So she won't be able to participate in the ODP (olympic development program) camp for water polo this weekend, and (thank goodness) she cannot play in the next basketball game next week.

I am still tired, tired, tired!  I went to sleep last night at 9:30 and slept until 1 something when I had to go to the bathroom.  Then I went back to sleep until 7:30.  I really could stand a nap now!!

Perhaps I will be back this weekend!! If not, have a great one!