Wednesday, August 26, 2015

National dog day

In honor of the day, Here is Hank waiting on football season to start.  Go Ohio State Buckeyes.  And this is  picture is already on my Kindle.  He is bigger now but not much.  He is getting onery.  I have never seen a dog run like this one. He runs and ducks under the furniture.  We are scared if he runs into something at that speed that he will get seriously hurt .
An update on our mothers.  My Mom's blood work did not come out well.  Count is still rising.  They are doing a blood marrow biopsy tomorrow.
My husband's Mom is now in hospice care while in the nursing home.  So sad as she sleeps most of the time and isn't  aware of what is going on.  My SIL visits her everyday and will feed her when she will eat .
Our moms are 87 and 88.  We can just hope and pray that they aren't in pain.  My Mom says she feels better. To end on a high note.  We are having cooler weather, and I love that.  The grands are doing well adjusting to being back in school.

Friday, August 21, 2015

I ran away with the Circus

If you have wondered where I was.  Well, I have been with a bunch of funny people.  The American Clown Academy was this week.  I am just a helper but that means I can spend as much time there as I want.  I was in charge of the pre show that included a meet and greet with everyday heroes and the clowns attending the academy.  I made little autograph books for the children attending to get autographs.  There were around 80 children there, I am guessing.  Lots of adults.  It's a bad timing because school just started.  The show went til 8:30 p.m. Too late for little ones that have school the next day.  The camp is held this week because school is starting.  It's a kids camp.  It will close after our week there.
The faculty and moi don't dress in costume because this is for the students.  I have to add a little color to myself so that when the first guests show up they know they are in the right place.
The show was really great.  Most of my pictures were taken before the actually show.  You can see more on my FaceBook. 
This has been a good week knowing that I could escape the real world if I wanted.  The friendship you make with these campers and faculty is ever lasting.  Although not everyone comes every year but then there are new friendships.
I was surprised with the little makeup I had on that some of the newbies didn't know who I was.
I will head to the camp to say my goodbyes til next year today.  They will all start heading home tomorrow.  Can you believe one of the clowns came from India. 
My mom went to the oncologist on Tuesday.  He wants to have a blood test drawn at his hospital on Monday.  I think he wanted a clear picture without steroids and antibiotics of what is going on.  He said he would call with the information the next day.  I think it was a way of giving some hope.  He mentioned chemo but my mom won't do that.  So we will see.  My brother has been with her all week, so she is elated. 
Thanks for all your kind thoughts and prayers. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Dog tired.

Hank and I are back at my mom's.  Her white blood cell count has now risen to 159,000 . High normal is 10,000.  Waiting to see the hematologist Friday.  Her family doctor is not sure we can make it til then.  All the labs were way off.  She is miserable. The family doctor gave me her report.  It says critical lab results.  She needs to be in the hospital.   But they don't have a specialist here.  He said he doesn't know what to do.  Please pray that something is done soon.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Hello there.  I haven't been able to do much blogging lately.  I hope that I am not missing any important posts.  I will be back again more often, I hope soon.
My mom isn't doing well.  My brother left for the time being, thank goodness.  He sure stirred up things.  Mom was in the hospital all last week.  She had two blood transfusions and was treated for pneumonia.   She is home now.  (Forgive me if I have already written about this)  But she is weak, shaky and still running a temp. I went back to take her to the doctor for a post visit after being released.  He thinks her pneumonia  is better.  The fever may be related to her acute leukemia .  Now waiting to hear from her oncologist.  She is home alone but she has home health care and a physical therapist coming in for a short time.  Neighbors are also checking.  So hoping that someone will suggest that she needs more care.
Last week I went to the doll auction here.  It was a three day event.  I did find some treasures on the last day.  The other two days were online auctions.  I only sat through a bit on the second day but went to the one that's called a treasure hunt.  It's  not my favorite.  But the talk there was that there were many new faces and the prices were high.  There were tons of Shirley Temple dolls and tons of the small Madame Alexanders.  Those were still in the boxes unopened.  I believe it was an estate of two big collectors.  I did get 4 Shirleys.  I sold three already to ladies in my FB doll group.  I am keeping the last one for my daughter since it is a Heidi Shirley.  There was some nasty dust there that bothered a lot of people.  Must be from the storage.
Hubby and I took the week-end for ourselves.  We bought a new recliner did a lot of dining out.  Rode to the lake where our cottage was and went to a movie.  We saw Train Wreck.  It was a good movie.  I think the trailers make it seem like a different movie than what it was.
So that's it for now.  My life is not so interesting right now, but maybe that's a good thing.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Rainy Days, Fairy Gardens and my boy Hank

We have actually had some sunny days this past week.  The ground needed a couple of days to dry up.  I haven't shown you my fairy gardens this year, because I didn't go all out thinking we would be moving.  I showed you the one in the tool box.  Well, those plants were outgrowing their space, so finally I put them in my rusty wagon. 
This fern is so pretty.  I hope it survives in it's new location.  That impatient plant grew from no where.  Not sure where it came from.  I do have a hanging basket of them.  Not sure.

Still love my stone cottage.  The little girl gnome does too.

I added a some pixie plants and fairy garden items to the flower boxes.  They get so much shade that nothing much does well there.  But they are doing well this year.
This is my boy when I walked in the door.  It may look scary but I was right there.  So close he was licking the camera.  No more blocks guarded the rail.  He can't slip under now, but he could get through like above.
He finally had his first vet visit.  The breeder had given him shots but I don't think she took him to see a vet.  He weighed 6 1/2 pounds.  His parents were 4 and 6 pounds.  We may need a DNA test done.  He plays so hard with Piper.  He runs so fast.  So afraid he will hit his heat on the wall.  He is tough.  He is learning to run and hide under the furniture.  He can get up steps now but jumping down is too scary for him.  You seriously would not believe how hard those two boys play. House training is hit or miss.  Still cleaning up too many accidents.  But he is three months old.  He moves his beds all around the room.  Right now he has it folded in half and sleeping on top bottom side.  I took a picture.  He is a hoot.
Other mother is doing better.  She is on a really strong antibiotic.  Blood counts are off and they still don't know what is going on.  Maybe pneumonia.  She had a chest x-ray on Friday.  My brother came for his pre-scheduled week.  He had to take her somewhere, lab, etc.  So now his week is up.  Heaven forbid he rearrange his life to stay longer.  But get this, he expected me to come as soon as he left and stay indefinitely .  He won't consider a nurse staying with her or worse yet assisted living.  I said I could come for a couple of days but we needed to get someone to help.  He screamed at me and said that my mom should be my one and only priority and then hung up.  I was with her for three weeks before he came home. This happens every time.  And believe me, I think we are up to 13 hospitalizations in 10 years.  I am the one called.  I sit with her during surgeries and help out finding where she goes next.  I run back and forth getting her the things she needs.  Then my brother comes for a week.  And guess what, you guessed it, it's like I never helped out at all.  He thinks since I live 100 miles away and he lives farther, it is all up to me.  So this week my emotions are all over the place.  I did get rest and that's a good thing.  I am so tired of this.  It seems that I am the only one that bends.  He doesn't change any plans.  He is vacationing when she is in the hospital.  My mom continues to do things she knows she shouldn't and therefore getting hurt.  But, it's all okay, because I will bend.  It's expected but not appreciated.    Oh well, I am trying to move on and forget about it.  It's hard even at my age.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A lazy summer day

I need to gather some energy.  We have friends passing thru tomorrow and they will be spending the night.  I need to get their room ready.  The house is clean because we had a showing yesterday.  But today I am exhausted.  Last night we took the four grands to see Minions.  Would you believe we were the only ones in the theater.  We never saw anyone anywhere , not only that movie but the others.  The cousins havent seen each other since our vacation.  We live in the same town.  My one son and his wife are teachers so they are busy going here and there.  

I'm glad to not be driving back and forth this week to see my mom.  With my brother and his wife there, it takes alot off my plate.  But, things haven't gone well.  My Mom continues to run a temp.  She had a low grade temp. when she was admitted to rehab.  Then the night before sbe was to leave rehab it spiked.  She didn't make a big deal out of it because she wanted to go home.  I am wondering now if she got herself discharged earlier.  I knew she wanted to be home when my brother came.  I should have called to see why suddenly she was going home.  They have run blood work.  So far no results.  She had an unusual urinalysis and that was sent off.  She lost a kidney five years ago from cancer.  I guess now she is coughing.  All of this and having chronic leukemia, can't be good.  I keep waiting to hear she has been admitted back in the hospital.    I don't know if my brother will stay any longer than a week.  Probably not.
We are havng a few dry days right now.    Things can begin to dry out a little.
So back to being lazy, or just plain worn out.
My Colorado kids.  They are visiting family in the Hamptons.  I miss them.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Sweet baby

Hello friends.  I'm still around.  It is still raining, hah.  But after the weekend we are to have several dry days.  We had a couple cool days this week.  I love that in  the summer.  It is supposed to be in the 90's today but it is dark out, no sun at all.
Well my Mom is springing out from the rehab center this week-end.  My brother will finally be here.  In some ways she is ready others ways she isn't.  Sure hope she will change her ways but who knows.  I am glad to get a break for a week.
We will see her tomorrow when we go to Hubby's sisters for a family reunion.
We had another showing yesterday.  Three in a week.
About the doll.  She is my Betsy Wetsy when I was a little girl in the 50's.  Her eyes were sunken and were all cloudy and white.  Several restores said they couldn't fix her.  I took her to the doll hospital and museum.  At first the lady said no but when she heard it was my doll she took her on.  I guess removing her head can break it.  She cleaned her up, took the eyes out of the mechanism.  These are her eyes but they don't open and shut.  But isn't she beautiful.  I love her hair.  It pays to not give up.  Hmmmmmm, I need to use this as inspiration.