Friday, October 24, 2014

A few quick words

Or as quick as they can be here on this sloooooooowwwww internet.

Yesterday it was off to Fredericksburg to gather food.  We have the girl from Operation Orphan coming tomorrow for her hunt, and I really don't know what to expect.  The last one (and I hope is isn't the same one!!) was quite a large girl with an appetite to match.

I am a bit nervous about it.  The time from when they come in from the hunt (about 10:30/11:00) to going out again (about 3) is a long time.  We only will have the one girl.  My BIL and SIL have boys later in the year, and they usually have 2-3 boys.  They entertain each other.

I am waiting for G to finish his morning rituals (takes him longer than me) so we can go out while it's still cool to fill the "house" feeder.  This is where I get to watch the deer in the evenings.  He wanted to "go out early" and I was feeling guilty because I slept in until 9.  I have really bad allergies.  My right ear is completely stopped up and drainage is killing me.

It is now after 10:30, and he has finally come out.  He read his book until almost 10.  That is his normal behavior these days.  Head stuck in a book.  Period.

So now off into the pasture to pour candy (corn) into the feeder!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Just words today

Don't think I will post any pictures.  It worries me when I do - especially when I look at my blog and the pictures are distorted.  I guess they really aren't, but on this computer they are.  But then things are getting a little wonky with this baby.  I think she needs a check-up!

I am tired today - but I really shouldn't complain.  SIL is in Minneapolis today and tomorrow at least.  We were supposed to be on the way to the SSB.  My daughter's work has meetings way south of here today.  She was at wits end.  It seems every time Steve is out of town - so are we.

She didn't know how she was gong to handle getting the kids to and from school.  So we stayed for a day (you KNOW I am so disappointed).   Katie has practice at 6:30 (AM!!) and the other kids don't have to get on the bus until about 7:30.  So I went over at 5:50 so she could take Katie without having to wake the other two.

Would have been no problem - except Shadow decided it was time to play in the bed at 4!  I have never been a morning person, but all my working life I had to be at school at 7.  Since retiring, I sleep in until about 8 (8:30 if I am lucky).  So I am dragging a bit today.

I don't know how my daughter does it - with the exception she is young still.  I would imagine she got up and worked out this morning before I was even up.  I am pretty sure she didn't fall asleep until about midnight.  But about her age, I was part time organist at a church 25 miles from here, began a craft business, and taught middle school.  You can do things when you are young!  I forget.

So we are off tomorrow morning.  This is so that we can host the orphan (or whatever) girl on a deer hunt.  Mixed feelings here.  Happy to help get someone out and doing something different.  I just hope the one this year is a better person than the last.  I know all my electronics will be put away.  No computers out, no Kindle, no phone.  The last one used my Kindle to get on Facebook.  This is after she lied about looking for a book.  Live and learn.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Pictures and WOW!

I just looked at my stats when I opened the site.  Today is the 1500 post.  Now I looked further and saw that I have written more, but they didn't get published (???).  But today is 1500!  WOW!

OK, so Saturday when I went with my daughter to put on Karrington's late Tea Party Birthday, I took both of my cameras.  I had not used the Kodak since September when we were in the north.  There were some very unique pictures on there.  So if the good Lord is willing, Blogger is willing, the computer is willing I will post some pictures today - you lucky, lucky people!
Now this looks like an engine.  And as we are train buffs, it wouldn't be unusual for us to have pictures of trains in our photos.  I have taken most of those out.  But this is NOT just an engine.  This is at least one motel room.  This is a place just outside of Glacier, and one of their more "unusual" rooms.

Pretty sure this is one room.  And really it isn't so unusual for folks to take old cabooses and make them into some kind of living quarters.  But still...

The view across the street.  Really pretty.  I think this is where the Empire Builder stopped to let off a passenger  (about midnight since we were sooooo late!!!)

The main part - but who would really want to stay in here??

 Now for the birthday party.  We held it at the church.  You have to remember, we are a "store front church" since we are in a strip center. Out spot used to be a coffee house, so it lends itself so greatly for parties too!  I have decorated it for a baby shower we give for pregnant teens, a Mardi Gras party, and a fund raising dinner so we could have our wonderful Vicar for a year.  It makes for a great party.  Steve even decorated it for Krissi's 40th birthday party.  And being Lutheran - beer and wine may be consumed if you want that type of party.

We have the tea sandwiches.  I think something was taken off to be served to the kiddos here.

The sweets.  We had a LOT!!  And most weren't eaten.  The flower "cake" was what they ate mostly.  It is really a group of cupcakes,.

Here they are being served their meal.  (I was worried - if you look carefully at the lower right corner of the table, that is one of my antique glass plates that was being used.  The boy next to the plate is the only boy.  He is the one who caused about 3 other boys to be invited.  He is part of triplets, and his mom didn't want to leave him out.  The girl standing with the BIG black polka dots is Karrington.  The curly head is Katie.  She was such a great help.  Krissi is in black with her back turned.  The boy is green at the counter (with more food!!!) is Reagan (grandson).  My son in law is behind him.  The young man to everyone's right is a water polo player friend of Katie.

One of the crafts they made (on the altar of all places) were picture frames.  Katie took pictures of all those present, and they will print them and send them to each child. They also decorated pieces of a little play tea set with paints that came with it. All in all it was fun couple of hours, and I went home with a splitting headache!!!!!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Run! Hide! Here comes more pictures!

These aren't pretty places.  These are some of my "handiwork" upstairs, slaving at a hot embroidery machine!

I don't think I will post all of them.  I have three or four of the ones for granddaughters.  The others are going on pages to sell.   I will put them here - probably tomorrow.

This is like the one I made for Katie.  It is the middle school colors and mascot.  I promised little sister (in this case the real little sister - Karrington) I would make her one.  I still have the high school mascot to make for both girls.

This is the hair bow I made for Katie and her 7th grade "little sister."  They give gifts to one another each week.  The only difference is Katie is 15 instead of 25.
   There was supposed to be one more.  It was the slider hair band I did as a joke for my daughter.  But Blogger doesn't like to cooperate.  They were so torn apart at first, I deleted it.  I will post it tomorrow.  Maybe!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Turned out ok

The nurse/practitioner came.  I passed with flying colors except my blood pressure was high!  Very high.  In fact, I almost expected her to call an ambulance and contact the doctor.  But I have done everything else ok.  I have done my screenings, taken my immunizations, all that jazz.

She left with the instructions for me to continue taking my blood pressure.  Well - this rattled me, and my blood pressure stayed high.  It would go down a bit, then jump back up.

I remember that taking naproxen will raise blood pressure in addition to the stomach problems and so on.  I have been taking two a day for a while.  It helps the back pain.  I really do not want to go back to hydrocodone.  I do not want to be drugged like I was with the hydrocodone.  It is dangerous.

So a while ago, I took one of my evening tablets.  I think it is beginning to work, because the numbers are going down.  Of course, when I get this worked up over something - it makes it all worse.  My nerves make my blood pressure go up.  And my nerves are going at full tilt.

Needless to say - the naproxen is out now.  I know I should take my blood pressure regularly.   I don't I will keep an eye on it for the next several days, and I will use some other pain med.  If things don't get better - I will call the cardio doc - ASAP!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Another broken promise to myself

The promise?  To be up-beat.  To now whine and moan.  Well - so much for that. 

I hate insurance.  Hate. Hate. Hate.  But you have to have it.  If your home burns down, and you can prove that it wasn't an act of God that the neighbor's fire didn't sent a spark to your roof.  That the car that totaled your car was running a red light. and the driver had no insurance.  That you are a reasonable person who is careful about what medications you take, and don't ask for every medical procedure known to man.

Well - the last is the one I am dealing with now.  I have to meet with a nurse/practitioner from my stupid medicare advantage plan (which I hate) tomorrow to assess my health and the medications I am taking.  It will take an hour, she comes here, yada, yada.  I. Do. Not. Want. Nor. Need. This. Service.

This is a busy time of year.  I am one person with a home based business.  When my machine isn't running its slow little self - there is no product to hopefully sell.  Plus I am not a housekeeper to begin with.  My arthritis is killing me.  I don't want/can't clean as I should.  So now - today I have to do what I can.  More wasted time.

I do not pursue all the tests in the book.  I seldom have some test done.  So they don't have to use their crystal ball from this visit when I am perfectly healthy to glean from the future what test I need so that the approval will come more rapidly.  Horse manure.  It won't and they won't.

I have ONE doctor manage my prescriptions.  He writes them, approves their refills, and is my cardiologist for pete's sake.  I believe I trust him more than the person from the insurance company.  They would probably say I shouldn't take anything.  Then I could use my pre-paid cremation service soon - and they wouldn't be paying their co-pays.

I told the guy that called this morning I wasn't interested in doing this.  His comment "this is as important to us as your annual physical is to your doctor."  Well - my doctor doesn't do an annual physical.  We do blood work and a check each six months.

Am I upset?  You might say so!  I hate insurance - but you gotta have it.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Answering a question

I am finding posting comments on blogs to be somewhat of a trial.  Some are easy and straight forward, but some aren't.  Mine should be easy, but I was in a bit of a hurry.  It wasn't.  Also with my macular degeneration, small cataracts, and glaucoma my vision is compromised.  I don't see light colors well.

Anyway, that being said, I want to answer Pudge's question - and perhaps some of yours too.  We inherited property in the Texas Hill Country.  It has been in the family since 1845, and with the exception of one family it is still all in the family.

The country is rough.  It is semi-arid.  We are in a transition ecologically from the hill country to the desert.  So we have lots of prickly pear and other assorted cacti.  We have a member of the legume (pea) family that is called cat claw, and for good reason.  It is mostly thorns, and once it catches you it is hard to get out of.  It will literally tear your clothing.  We have lots of snakes - including the Western Diamondback Rattle Snake.  Knock on wood - haven't seen and killed any on our property, but those around us have both - lots of both.  And we have lots of bugs.  Many, many of those sting.

So when I was thinking about naming the place, I came up with Stings, Sticks, or Bites because that is what almost everything there does one of those three things.  When I write about it, the name becomes SSB.  G doesn't think that is a good name or even abbreviation, but I like it.

For years, I worried a little about someone hacking me here, and getting information I didn't particularly want just hanging about out there.  I would use anything but names.  I still use G for my husband.  It's just easy.  But I am beginning to use names.  I don't know why I was so secretive, but there is very little privacy these days (yeah - like G's credit card has been hacked twice in a year).

To give you an idea of where the SSB is, I could make it really clear - if you are from the Hill Country.  Our mailing address is Doss, but the community we belong to is Hilda.  For most, this is meaningless.  To give you a bigger location, we are between Fredericksburg and San Angelo. Almost right in the middle, but to the south off dirt (mud and rock right now) roads.  The largest city around is San Antonio, but that is about 2 hours away, as is Austin.

So that my friends is my home away from home.  At the end of the earth (only one person beyond us on the main road), surrounded by things that sting, stick, or bite!