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.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

A must read - Nana Diana's book

Nana Diana wrote a book, a novel.  It's "The Mystery of Lucy."  I ordered it from her etsy shop but you can get it on Amazon.  The picture on the cover is Diana when she was a little girl.
I don't read many books.  I do read a lot, but when I read a book, I can't stop reading til I am finished.  I usually read books like Nicholas Sparks writes.  I like a good read without all the r-rated things.
I loved her book.  Who doesn't love Diana.  It was fun reading little bits that reminded me of her.  Trust me, you will like this book.  Give it a try. 

Life as it is......
It has rained every day since the first week in June.  Sure wish we could pipe it out west.  My daughter lives in Colorado that is always a drought zone.  Not this year.  It's humid there and very rainy.  Crazy weather.  The one thing about rain is it keeps the temps. down.   I never complain, well almost never, because we have a well.
My Mom is recovering in rehab right now.  I have been driving back and forth.  I leave again tomorrow.  We live around 100 miles from where she is.   I actually think she somewhat likes it there.  Many people she knows live in the assisted living section or in the nursing home part.  They are doing all kinds of things with her.  Tomorrow the therapist is going to her condo to make suggestions.  I will go home and pick her up to go to her condo. They will put her in and take her out of the car. She's not being released just yet.  I know this will be a hard visit home since she lost her little dog and he won't be there.  But Hank goes home with me since he is too little to stay alone in the house here for long periods of time.  I hope he helps her missing her doggy.  That little guy gets so much attention. 
We had a showing here yesterday morning and then again this morning.  We just go through the motions and don't get too optimistic.  We think if it is going to sell it will be this month with school starting next month.  Some houses are selling but not in our price range.
We had Max and Mabel again last night.  They didn't stay over because of the showing.  Grampy took them home and got them in bed before mom and dad came home.  I stayed behind to clean up so we would be ready in the morning.
I will be back home by Wednesday to watch my other sons girls.  It's been three months since our DIL was in ICU.  he is having testing done at Cleveland Clinic.  Since her activity has been reduced she has done well.  We are all waiting to see what these tests show.
So that's it my friends, not much exciting going on, just life.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

My boys

 Sorry, I only have my kindle and the pictures on there.  Here are the boys sleeping on my lap.  I'm a dog magnet.
In my moms town and about to take the latest of her list of needs.  Found it all except for the earrings.  I could not sleep last night.  When I last looked at the clock it was 5 am. Then Hank got me uo at 6:30?  I sure don't want to start this no sleeping again.  So we will head back to our cozy house today.
On each trip back to my home town I have made time to see friends I haven't seen for awhile.
Mom got word from the doctors she would be in rehab for 4 to 6 weeks.  She will figure out how to get out sooner.
Dryer is done so off we go.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Fireworks continue

Test I hope everyone had a safe and fun holiday. Life continues to throw curve balls. Youngest still continues to have drama. Every time I post what is going on it changes once again. We are trying to stay strong. Last week-end he was in the ER two nights in a row. A back injury and then a break down. Not a total one, just one of the times when he gets overwhelmed. My mom fell once again. She has a rod in her leg to her hip so that she can't break her leg or hip. This time it was her pelvis that fractured. She spent three days in the hospital and now is in rehab. She refuses assisted living and tells the doctors she has help at home to get released. She doesn't. I think she assumes it will be me. I was there all last week. I even had to put her beloved dog to sleep. Yes, second Yorkie in a short time. Hers was 15 and crying constantly from pain. My only other sibling says don't upset her about the help. He will be home the 20th. He had set that date before his fall. No change of plans for him. He lives in Alabama. My mom will be released this week. Until then, I guess they assume that I will do it all. She is demanding and critical about everything I do. She always has been. She refuses to listen to anyone that she can't continue to do what she does. She just goes ahead anyway. I came home on Friday. Yesterday we went to our village parade. They close the town down for four days and have a street fair, entertainment, food and lots of class reunions. Missed all but the parade. When our kids were little we spent every waking hour downtown working or just having fun. We had another showing on Thursday. My husband took off work because I couldn't be here. He has to take off work every time she goes into the hospital. Lots of interest but no offers. A condo where we wanted to go came available. We went to look at it today. Unless we get an offer really quick, it will sell before we can buy it. Hank went with me and helped keep me company. It was rough because my dog didn't like him. While we were gone his big brother Piper was depressed. You should have seen him run to the puppy when I got home. They play non-stop. I am going back to check on my mom tomorrow. I don't think I will stay over. She has a list of outfits and shoes that she wants brought to her. It's a two hour drive. So I will be on the road for four hours. She could leave the rehab at any time. They never give you warning. Sorry to be so negative. We have been down this path many times before. It's always about three weeks before my life returns to normal. Best wished for a good week for you all.