Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Week 30 - Back to the Grind

Sorry for the delay in getting this blog post done...I have no excuse except to say that Sunday got away from me...pure and simple.

Yesterday was my first day back to work in 4 weeks. I'll admit I was nervous to see how much work had piled up in my absence.  I was quite surprised to see that there was not as much awaiting me as I'd feared. I suspect with diligence on my part, I can get back to normal in less than a week.

One of my co-workers brought me a lovely vase of flowers and a hug to welcome me back.

While pink is not my favorite color, these flowers just made me smile all day long.

I'm still not driving yet...having to rely on my office partner/neighbor to pick me up and take me home...but I've been practicing and I think it will be soon that I won't need to rely on folks to drive me everywhere.  A bit scary, I'll admit...but sometimes one must do the scary!

Sorry for the short post....will try to post a longer missive soon.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Week 29 - Giggles

Sometimes the smallest things can make you laugh, or even just happy.  On Friday, the whole family went to the beauty shop for various reasons.  Mom and John got haircuts, I got a shortened version of a pedicure (I got my nails cut!)  Ali, the girl who does our hair, puts mom on a booster seat to wash her hair.  It made me giggle.


Physical therapy on my knee is coming along.  Not a quickly as I want, but all the medical folks on my team seem to be happy with the progress.  It continues to amaze me that while the actual PT is hurtful, sometimes to the point of making me cry, when I leave, I have no residual pain. I went in this morning for my session at a pain level of 0 and left 45 minutes later at that same pain level.  And he worked me crazy hard. 

I go back to work a week from today...can't say I'm looking forward to it, but it will be a nice change to my current routine.  I still am not driving yet, but that will come soon enough.

Sorry for the short post. I really don't have a lot to say this week.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Week 28 - Continued healing and a blue ribbon!

Sorry this is a day late, but I had my 2 week orthopedic checkup this morning and I wanted to include the results in this blog post. 

Most of the bandages were removed...some of the steri-strips will just peel away with time.  The scar is scabby and gross  but I'm told it looks wonderful! My extension and flexion are evidently further than most people at the 2 week mark. My emotional and physical symptoms are normal and will go away over the ensuing months.  I am cleared to go back to work when scheduled - July 24th. Physical therapy is still kicking my butt, but as I told Michael, my main therapist,  I don't hate him yet!

Yesterday was my first outing since my surgery.  We took mom to lunch and then went over and picked up my entry in the Webster County Fair.  I had entered a pair of socks I knit during Sock Madness this year.  I give Twisted Madness:
Yep, another  blue ribbon and a whopping big check for $3.00.  As John always says, it's better than a sharp stick in the eye! 

I may have overdone my first outing...after we went to the fairgrounds and John picked up my entry and my check, we went to Walmart...all I can say is Thank Goodness they have benches throughout the store...I may have checked out several of them while John and Mom finished up their shopping.

After a nap and a pain pill, I was feeling good enough to try my hand at making a simple supper for us all.  Now, remember,  I don't cook normally, that's John's purview.  But I had seen this recipe for Taco Lasagna on the internet and it looked fairly easy and quite tasty.

Honestly, I didn't change a single thing about this recipe and it came out so yummy...Mom and John both said it's a keeper and they want it again! With a side salad, you end up with all the ingredients for tacos but in a different form. There was enough in the 8 x 8 pan for one more dinner later this week.


Well, I'm off for a short nap (I'm not sure I want to go back to work...I'll have to give up my naps). 
Thanks so much for stopping by.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Week 27 - A New Beginning

It has been a week now and so much has changed.  The biggest change is that my right knee is now bionic.  Not really, it is just a new knee and we are still getting all the kinks out - literally!

The doctor was so proud of his work, he even initialed it!

Foot squeezers and an Icing machine...icing machine came home with us and it's ours to keep.

The best way to make sure the staff is always coming to your room?  My friend Lisa gave me the key - Candy!
I was almost never alone...and my pain issues were quickly addressed! One of my nurses told me that a couple of the pharmacy guys asked her to go into my room and get them a piece of chocolate...she told them if they didn't go in and introduce them selves and get their own candy, they got nothin'!  I left the balance of the dish with the nurses when I left...They were amazing, with and without candy bribes.

I hadn't been in a hospital in a long while so this may be something that is normally done but I was quite impressed...each time a nurse shift came on, someone came in and wrote down the names of my nurses.  They made note of exactly when I was due for a pain pill.  They even wrote down my PT measurements and future goals.

My traytable was quite large and still had room for knitting and my cell phone along with my icing machine...


Today has been my best day so far...Except for right after my exercises, I haven't needed the icing machine all day.  I've been able to walk a little extra today, put away some clothes, and sort laundry.  I've spent a lot of time in the recliner, and periodically sleeping, but all-in-all, I'm proud of my progress so far.  Tomorrow I start formal PT...honestly, I'm a bit scared of this part of my rehabilitation...I really don't do pain much and I know PT hurts...again, I think the icing machine is going to be my very best friend for the near future.  It seems to nail the pain almost immediately.

My best nurses since I've come home is John and my mom...they have saved my sanity in all this.  John's been training mom in how to set up and run the icing machine...and how to hold the chair so I can get out and into it.  John has taken the brunt - mostly at night.  I have to get up at least twice a night and I need help getting unhooked from my machine.  So I have to wake him up and disturb his sleep.  I feel bad but there just isn't any other way to do it.

My other best nurse is the G-Man!  Gilligan spends a few minutes each day checking out my heartbeat and making sure I'm fine.

I hope to have even better results next week...as long as I continue to improve, I'm one happy girl.  And so is my family.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Week 26 - Half a Year Already

Can you believe it?  Half of the year is already done.  Half a year, folks.  It makes me feel old.  

Mom and I went out to lunch with a friend earlier this week and we then stopped at Target to do a bit of shopping - you know the kind I'm talking about - just wandering along the aisles with no particular list and picking up stuff that caught your eye and your brain said, "Oh, my, I MUST have that!".  I got a wonderful rolling cart (which Mr. Wonderful put together this morning!) so I can have most everything I need for the day by the side of the bed without asking someone (mom) to wait on me hand and foot and get me stuff.  We also saw this:

Really? I've seen 'by the pound' and 'by the case' but never, EVER, by the each'.  Sheesh! 

This Tuesday is Bionic Day...I'm getting a new right knee!  I've been excited about this ever since the doctor said it was time to do it. I'm getting a bit nervous but I think it's because of the idea of surgical incision pain and therapy pain.  I am comforted by the idea that the surgical pain and the therapy pain are only temporary and then everything will be right as rain!  I'll check in next week and let you know how it went!

I've got several knitting projects set aside for recovery time as well as some machine embroidery items.  I'm not counting on using the sewing machine right away because the pedal uses my right leg and that's going to be somewhat limited for a few weeks.  So knitting and machine embroidery (all I do is push a button to start and stop the process) are my diversions of choice for the next several weeks.  And catching up on movies that mom and I want to see that John isn't too enthused about (La La Land and Beauty and the Beast come to mind).  

And reading...lots of reading.  At least that's what I'm telling myself.  You know how you have all these plans for your time off work and how you are going to get all these things done and when you look back, all you did was sleep and paint your nails?  I'm hoping NOT to get nothing done and instead get lots done.  I'll report in how that's going for me, too.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Week 25 - Single Digit Countdown

Yes folks, we are down to a single digit countdown.  Only 9 days till my knee replacement surgery. I can hardly wait.  I had my pre-surgery admissions workup earlier this week.  Everything is a GO!  The Nurse Practitioner told me that the pain from a knee replacement is quite high. I told her that the pain not having the knee replaced is quite high and is constant.  The pain from the replacement surgery is only temporary...I can hold out on the temporary if I know that the pain will go away.  Not having it will only result in more pain.  I go into the hospital early on the 27th of June and will probably go home late on the 29th.  From there it's all good!

We  bought a cow!  Well, really we bought a cow that we originally owned.  Garnet is the first offspring of our Ruby (Ruby went to live out her life somewhere else about 4 years ago).  When Garnet was first born, we gave her to our neighbors as a thank you for letting us keep our cows on their property while we were putting up fences.  That neighbor has had her for 12 years now. He recently decided to go with a different breed of cow and we offered to buy her.  Last week we officially bought Garnet back and she is now at Sex Camp for the next couple of months.  Garnet is the black cow in this picture.  The brown cow next to her is her daughter, Aggie.  Aggie is going to Freezer Camp next month.  And sometime in the Fall, our neighbor is getting some Dexter cows.  

Garnet produces some really nice looking calves...And being only 12 years old, she has another 8 or so years of breeding left in her.  That would be about 4 more calves....


Currently the only cow we have at our place is Beast.  He belong to our son. Beast is scheduled to go to Freezer Camp on September 1st.  The other cows, Rosie and Belle are at Sex Camp till mid-August.  Hopefully, when we get the girls back. they will all be pregnant and we will have new calves in about 9 months.  

It's overcast with periodic rain this weekend.  Just the kind of weather I like.  The humidity is a bit high, and I don't like that much.  But we need to rain and it's perfect for bringing up the water table.  We depend on a well for water so rain is a good thing, not only for keeping the well going, but for making grass for the cows.  

Thanks for stopping by. 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Week 24 - Our Summer is Beginning

It seems that our summer is beginning here in the Ozarks.  The temps are getting more and more toward normal, as well as the humidity rising.  By normal temps, I mean it is getting hotter and hotter every day.  Thank goodness we got the air conditioner replaced last week...it would have been miserable this week if not for the a/c.

I was telling mom the other day that I counted how many sock pairs I have in progression right now and I was horrified to know that I have 6 pairs of socks on the needles....SIX!  I've never had that many pairs in the works...ever.  I can say I've had 2 pairs, but not 6.  I made the decision right then to work diligently to get those 6 pairs done, ASAP!  It would be great if I could get them done before I go into the hospital for my knee surgery - that's a little over 2 weeks away.  And most of the pairs already have one sock done.  So it's doable...I want to take a mindless pair of socks and a mindless shawl to knit while I'm in the hospital.  Wish me luck!

Row by Row starts on the 21st of June and goes thru September 7th this year.  I must say, there aren't a lot of rows that are calling to me this year.  That's probably a good thing.  I've not worked a lot on all the ones I have from 2014, 2015, and 2016 and it would be a shame to add to the already huge pile of UFO's. 

 I leave you with this cute picture of a kitty sitting pretty!
Gilligan always makes me smile!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Week 23 - a Short Post

This post will be short and sweet...we are having major computer modem issues and the new modem will be arriving on Tuesday...until then, it is hit or miss on getting an internet connection. While I have internet right now, I'm going to post really quickly before it goes down again.

The biggest news I have to share is that I am have my right knee replaced on June 27th!  I a so excited about this...really I am.  The pain and uncertainty of the knee holding me up has been going on for many years and I finally decided not to put up with the pain or that fact that I've been taking narcotic pain relievers for several months now...time to do something about it.  My surgeon is wonderful and he didn't even hesitate when I told him I thought it was time to replace it.  He never even recommended therapy or shots or anything...went straight to a new knee.  Our military insurance approved it right away and I can't be happier.  So mark your calendars for June 27th and pray for the medicos to all have a good night's sleep, be in the best of health themselves, and that there are no tornadoes shutting down the hospital while I'm there.  Me?  I don't need any prayers - I'll sleep thru the whole thing!  A total of 3 days in the hospital and I will be going home.  

We've had quite a bit of clouds and rain this past week...really good for the grass we grow for the cows but not so much for mowing or driving on the flooded roads.  Our grass is incredibly green (and wet)  and John took 2 days last weekend to mow the 3 acres that surround the house.  The rest of the 10 acres is grassland for the cows.  

Our air conditioner sprung a leak and we are having to get a new one - tomorrow!  They say "if it's not one thing, it's another" and this week that saying sure has proved true.  Air conditioner, internet modem, knee....I think that's enough, don't you?  

On the off chance I'm going to lose internet connection soon, I'm going to leave you till next week.  Know that we appreciate you coming to read this little nonsense and love hearing your comments.  

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Week 20, 21, 22 - Utah Vacation

You've no doubt noticed me missing the past few weeks...there's a really good reason;

Mom, John and I recently spent a wonderful 10 days in Utah with John III and his Jill and the 5 grands.  It was magical and manic, to say the least.  With 5 kids, all going in different directions at the same time, I'm not totally sure how our Jill does it all; but she does.  There were dance lessons and piano lessons and rehearsals for a piano recital and rehearsals for a dance recital and a 4th grade opera and a 1st grade friendship program.  Add to that taking her inlaws around to the various places we wanted to see - and eat - and it's a wonder she isn't a raving lunatic.  And she is not a lunatic, by any stretch of the imagination...she is sweet, and kind, and funny, and loving, and the best daughter-in-law we could have.  We love you, Jill!  

I took tons of pictures but here are the highlights...
 Evidently, I am not a princess - this is evidenced by the fact that I slept all night long on a Lego minifigure without knowing it...
 Beautiful snowy mountains to the east of our kids' home.
 Mothers' Day brought sun and warmth...and bathing beauties galore.
 A visit to the state capitol building and a tour by our son, a State Legislator.
 Snow - in May!  I need say no more!
 4th Grade Opera, written and produced entirely by the students...I was impressed! That's W in the white poncho.
 1st grade Friendship program.  Our H is in the middle of the top row.
 C in one of her costumes for the recital..She's growing to be such an amazing performer. 
 Bear Bear in her costume for the recital.  I loved her performance!  She's following in her big sisters' footsteps!
  A girl (or rather, Girls) needs plenty of space for nail polishes...this is their bathroom.  
 Bear Bear and Nana Bette playing...I love watching them together.
 H turned 7 while we were there...so much fun!
It's never a trip to Utah without a stop at Jamba Juice...we don't have them here and nothing seems to compare.  This is my Mango Jamba....my favorite.

I seem to take pictures of the grands a not of Jill or John or anything that the adults did...we went to a wonderful theater performance of To Kill a Mockingbird.  The Hale Theater in Salt Lake City is perfection!  I've never seen anything there that I hated.  

Mothers' Day found flowers on all the ladies' dressers (even the littles got flowers from John III!) and a wonderful feast of  BBQ;s Tri-Tip, salad, cornbread, and roasted veggies.  We went along with Jill down south to pick up hanging flower baskets for her porches.  They are magnificent.  John helped young John put up hanging lights on the patio and then they spent an entire afternoon sawing and sanding boards to make a patio sectional.  I love that they get to spend so much time working on projects together.  
Once we got home, it was laundry and rest up for the coming week.  Our life is so quiet compared to the family in Utah that it took almost the entire week for us to get back to normal (our normal, that is).

Thank you for stopping by. 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Week 19 - Amazing Medicine

Short and sweet?  Here it is: Medicine today is amazing.  You can have a heart that is only working at 20% efficiency, take a team of doctors who are good at their jobs, a hospital that has the facilities to perform procedures like stopping the heart and starting it all over again, and a little thing like a Life Vest that contains a defibrillator in case that heart were to stop suddenly.  Then add in about 2 months' time.  Add them all together and at the end of that 2 months what do you have?  Don't guess, I'll tell you.  You have a heart that is working at a miraculous 48%.  Some might say that's not enough...but the heart muscle in question only works at 50% when it's at optimum.  And that, folks, is why we are celebrating here at Pieceful Harbor!  Mr. Wonderful is no longer required to wear an electronic life vest, nor is he carrying around a 3 pound 'brick' attached to his waist.  I no longer sleep lightly, waking to make sure I can hear him breathing on the other side of the bed.  His heart has repaired itself to a level that have his team of doctors heaving a sigh of relief, I'm sure. 

Anything else I might tell you this week palls, really, doesn't it?  So I will leave you with this beautiful picture of a Red Peony that we planted last spring in the hopes that it would bloom this year....Huzzah!
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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Week 18 - Mother Nature Has a Tantrum

This past week has been one to try the patience of a saintlier person than I am...I was pretty good, I will admit, though.

It started last weekend.  Rain and more rain all weekend long. Great for the aquifir, wonderful for the farmers.  Not so much for drivers who just want to get to work and home again.  Last week's total rainfall was, well, nothing compared to what we got since Thursday.  

I'll paint you a picture of life in the Ozarks this past 4 days - Thursday was the beginning of a storm the weather readers talked about all week. With dire warnings of water, water, and more water, 'turn-around-don't-drown' became the catchphrase on every TV channel.  John drives the interstate to/from work each day so there is slim chance of flooding there.  I drive from home to work 6 miles each way and there is rarely (I won't say never cause we've only lived here 13 years and I don't know about what came before we moved here) any flooding along the direct route I drive.  Our house sits high enough that flooding is just not an everyday factor we need to take into account.  Given all that, we still pay attention to the weather reports and predictions and make sure we have enough groceries, gas,  and reading materials so we don't even need to go into town if the rains get heavy.  And BOY, did the rains get heavy!  From Thursday early morning to noon today, we had a total of 9.11 inches of rain fall right here!  The town of West Plains in southeast Missouri is almost totally under water and the city officials had to turn off the power to the entire city because one of the power stations was threatened.  Branson is in a state of emergency with flooding from Table Rock Lake and Lake Taneycomo increasing because the Table Rock Dam is having to release water at an alarming rate of 4.5 million gallons per minute - that's enough to fill 8 Olympic-sized swimming pools every single minute!  Schools are even being closed because buses can't get to the bus stops to pick up the kids...  That's the power of water, folks.  Here is a photo our neighbor sent us of the creek that runs just behind his house.
That's some fast water!

Sunday, today, we saw a strange phenomenon in the sky - 
A golden orb that pushed thru the clouds several times before it managed to break the clouds' hold on each other.  The orb warmed the air, and brought light and beauty back to the Ozarks.

 Our grove off the back deck facing north.  Green and clean.
Facing west. Clouds moving out.  

Now the cleanup begins for those areas hardest hit by the flooding.  Our Governor has declared Missouri a disaster area so there should be some help coming for those folks needing it.  The only 'damage' we got was a lot of water in the crawlspace under the house.  This is a bit misleading cause for most of the area of the crawlspace, John can stand upright...but there's a lot of water collecting under the house and the little sump pump John uses is working it's little motor so hard!  It will be hours and more hours before it gets most of the water pumped out.  

On a happier note, I was able to finish a pair of socks that were part of Sock Madness...they were the Qualifying pair and I was only able to get one sock done in the time allowed...that got me a place on Team Cheerleader and guaranteed that I get each pattern as it's released to the folks who are still competing.  I vowed to finish the pair, even if I wasn't going to be working toward going on to the next round.  This past week, I finally completed those socks...I give you Twisted Madness in Hedgehog Fibres yarn colorway Villain.
My mannequin feet won't stand up on their own - hence the coffee can in the background.  Not a great picture, but at least you can see them done.\

Our son and his wife won a trip to Puerto Vallarta thru his work and they went last week.  Big John sent Young John a text telling him the when he(Big John) was in PV many years ago, he had carved his initials in the sand...he asked Young John and his Jill to look for them while they were there.  On Saturday morning, we got this...
Yes, they were walking along the beach on their last day in Puerto Vallarta and the surf pulled back and revealed the initials "JK"...A Miracle!!! 

On that note, we hope you have a smile on your case, and we wish you a wonderful week until we meet again,
Thanks for stopping by. 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Week 17 - Welcome Rain

This week went by so quickly.  It's hard to remember what made it special.  I think mostly it was the rain.  We had quite a bit of rain - around 3 inches total - and all the trees and flowers and roads are washed so clean and bright.  This is the view off the back deck...
I love this time in the Ozarks.  The greens are so
green and the blues are so blue.


The trees are budding and winter is just a memory. 















Even the barn seems to be brighter and happier.


John moved the cows from the lower field to the upper field during the week and now they are back in the lower field.  It's almost as though they can tell time - about 6 o'clock every evening they line up facing the house, waiting for John to come down and feed them...


Little Beggars!  That's Rosie in the far left behind Beast.  And Belle is the one in the front (right) Rosie and Belle will be going to a friend's farm to be bred soon( a friend of ours calls it Sex Camp for Cows)... and Beast is going to Freezer Camp this summer, then he's going to Utah.  Mmmm, Mmmmm, Good!

John is working on finishing some small repairs to a wall in our master bedroom suite and then, and THEN, we get paint.  Finally, after 13 years, the bedroom will be painted and perhaps we can call it finished. Now to agree on the color scheme...once the painting is done. we can move the TV and bookshelves in there and maybe a couple of easy chairs...a real sitting room!  I'm so excited. 

Well, folks, that's about all for this week.  Rains and beautiful trees and flowers and cows...yep, that's the way we roll.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Week 16 - Easter

Happy Easter to you all...while I'd like to say that we started the day with a sunrise service and then breakfast with our family and a day of egg hunts and family togetherness, but it just doesn't happen that way around here.  Anyone who knows me knows that sunrise is not a time of day that I understand....I am not now, nor have I ever been, and probably never will be a morning person.  And we haven't been to church in over 10 years - the one and only Catholic church in our little town is just not a very welcoming one and we haven't felt a need to find somewhere else to go.  No egg hunts here, since we don't have any small children to entertain, and family togetherness isn't practiced here.  We DID, however, have breakfast together. Waffles and sausage patties made from our own pork along with homemade syrup.  With a cup of freshly ground coffee and you have a wonderful Sunday morning breakfast.   

I wasn't feeling up to par so I went back to bed - woke up quite refreshed at 2 in the afternoon!  Something I rarely do but evidently I needed the rest. And then on to regular Sunday chores - laundry and the blog.  I also made a Key Lime Pie and a Lemon cake with lemon frosting for after dinner tonight.  

John spent most of the afternoon over at a neighbor's house, helping them to look for the neighbor's dog...Bella is a 4-year-old German Shepherd and she never goes missing!  They spent over 3 hours looking for her, asking neighbors if they'd seen her, calling and driving around.   No luck!  Hopefully, someone picked her up and will try to locate her home - she wears a rabies collar tag and is chipped so any veterinarian could find out where she belongs. Will update next week.

Mr. Wonderful had an extra day off this week for the Good Friday holiday.  He used it to install 2 ceiling fans on the front porch - something we've talked about doing since we moved in 13 years ago.


He did a great job of it, didn't he?  Now we can sit on the front porch of an evening and not have bugs flying around our heads!

Well, folks, nothing much else to tell you.  Until next time, 
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Week 15 - Sky and Clouds and Weather

So this past week was a mixture of clouds and rain and extreme weather - in other words, The Usual here in the Ozarks during early Spring. 

It's not unusual for TV shows to be interrupted for storm updates.  Nor is it usual to see the following in the Spring here in the Ozarks. If you embiggen the photo, you can see Seymour.  That town is about 15 miles south and east of us.  This was the other evening.  No severe weather came our way - we're pretty lucky that way.

Most of the pretty days are, well, truly pretty.  Here is what I drove home to the other day.
Big, fluffy clouds in a crystal blue sky.  Green grass and budding trees.  Truly gorgeous!

And another.
I've always been enchanted by clouds....they are white and fluffy and gray and black and menacing and everything in between.  And I never get tired of seeing them in the sky.  

Have spent the last few days working on projects that need finishing.  Socks that need a mate to the first one, a doll sweater, a block of the month that I started with the best intentions of doing each block during the month it came out and yesterday I finished all the hand-work on the January block!  Yes, I'm a bit behind on that one.  I also worked up the block from my local quilt shop that I do each year - May's block is done, as well as being caught up on all the ones for this year in a different color way...yes, I'm an overachiever!  

I'm off to finish the laundry.  Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Week 14 - Thankfulness

Thankfulness....I've been thinking about this word all week.  Is one only thankful during the 3rd week of November?  That seems to the time when we concentrate on being thankful.  Are we only full of thanks then, or can we be full of thanks at other times?  This week, I was reminded that one can be thankful anytime...any time we have something to be thankful for and take the time to recognize it.  That being said, I am so thankful this week.  Here's why:


Mr. Wonderful had another procedure on his heart on Wednesday.  I haven't gone into a lot of details about his health challenges but suffice to say, he has been dealing with some cardiac issues since he first went to Utah and began work there.  He caught pneumonia in the course of his work and his heart was compromised as a result.  Thankfully, he was put in contact with a group of doctors who worked diligently to help him and his heart recover...when he came home 2 years ago, our amazing general practitioner connected him to another wonderful group of cardiology doctors...thru the course of several procedures, his various problems have been discovered and addressed.  While he is not 100% healed, he is certainly on the right road to recovery.  And here is where my thankfulness comes in...not once has Mr. Wonderful presented any symptoms...NOT ONCE!  If certain tests had not been ordered (they were looking for other things and making sure they dotted i's and crossed t's), they would not have discovered his conditions.  It has been a matter of providence that the medical folks in charge of his care have looked, seen, and understood how to treat him.  He still has some challenges but I have confidence in his team to watch his back (and his heart).  Can anyone not understand why I am so thankful?

I sometimes come upon a picture that just tickles me, for no reason at all.  Here's one to make you smile...I dare you not to smile! This is how new airplanes happen.


I belong to an online community thru Ravelry.com.  It's made up of millions of folks throughout the world who are knitters, crocheters, weavers, spinners...they are divided into "groups" of folks who share common interests -  a love of Dancing with the Stars, PenPals, American Girls Dolls - honestly, if you have an interest, there's a group for you.  While the primary interest we all share is fibre arts, we break down into smaller groups.  I belong to several groups (28 of them actually) although I'm not 'active' in all of them. If you are a member or want to be a member, it's free to sign up.  And I can be found as IIIMOM if you look under People.  One such group is a Wee Tiny Fairytale and Folklore group.  Each quarter the moderators (I'm one of the 3 moderators) choose a fairy tale, folk tale, or legend and folks sign up to participate.  We are paired off with a partner and each of us puts together a 'care' package based on the theme.  The package must include a wee tiny sock knit or crocheted to the theme (design is up to the maker) and one other small item.  It should include a couple of other things (stickers, mini skeins, pencils, candy, etc.) This quarter I am moderating a swap base don Willy Wonka...I leave you with the following:
Paradise is all around us if we will only stop, look, and appreciate.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Week 13 - And it's finished!

Last week I showed you the finished re-hab of the pantry.  It was bare shelves and it made me so happy.  Today, I am showing you the completely reloaded pantry.  It makes me even happier.


Before:

After:
Not all the shelves are full or even used....and very little on the floor, which was one of the goals. 

We've had lots of rain this past few days...we sure did need it.  All the grasses are green, the trees and leaves are really shiny.  I think spring has actually sprung around here.

The next project on the agenda is to install ceiling fans on the front porch...that should only take less than a day since all the wiring is already done.  It's just a matter of getting the fans and installing them.  Will post pictures once that's done

Other than reloading the pantry, there hasn't been a lot going on here at Pieceful Harbor this week.  So I won't even try to fill up a page.  

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