Sunday, September 24, 2017

Week 39 - Fall is Here!

At 3:02 p.m. on Friday I had a rush of happiness that almost overwhelmed me....it was officially Fall or Autumn, as some would prefer the season to be called.  This is my absolute, without a doubt, no guessing about it, season of the year!  I love Fall.  I love the feeling of the air, the colors, the food (can you say Pumpkin Spice muffins or Pumpkin bread?) I'm especially fond of the colors of fall - orange, red, purple, yellow, rust, and yes, even some browns.  Autumn is my Happy Season!

John spent the last 3 days mowing and weed-whacking the property....he does that just before we get rain (or, rather just before we are supposed to get rain - you never know if the weather-readers are correct or not).  I can hear him out there now with the weed whacker....it's hot out today so I'll bet he is in heaven!  

Remember when I told you the Beast the cow went to Freezer Camp about 3 weeks ago?  Well, he came home to our Freezer yesterday...actually, he is in all 3 of our freezers....he ended up at about 639 pounds of meat.  I can tell you there is a LOT of hamburger in those freezers, along with roasts and steaks and ribs and brisket and I don't know what else.  John will be going out to Nebraska to meet Young John in a couple of weeks to deliver Beast to them...Let me tell you, there is nothing like home-grown meat...no chemicals, just plain grass and hay. Bon apetit, ma famille!

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Week 38 - Autumn is Coming

We decided to treat ourselves on Friday.  Our season tickets to Silver Dollar City include free guest passes to several of the festivals each year. Our two favorite festivals are the Harvest and Cowboy Festival in early September and the Olde Time Christmas starting in early November and going thru the end of the year.  BUT, the guest passes are only good for certain days during each festival. Ours were going to expire today if we didn't go before that.  We had an extra ticket so we asked John's youngest sister, Kay, to go with us.  It was her birthday yesterday so it was provident.  We had a wonderful time - eating and seeing the decorations they put up for autumn...



We ate lunch at the Lumberjack's Camp...mmm, good eatin'.

If you didn't know, Silver Dollar City attempts to replicate a village from the midwest in the mid-1800's.  And the Craftsmen and Cowboy Festival focuses on the crafts of the times.  Woodworkers and quilters and ironmongers and millers and basket makers are all represented there.  I was looking at the offerings of the ironmongers (wind chimes that made the most amazingly beautiful sounds) and this is the sign that was on the roof.  We live on Wilderness Rd.  Who knew we had a blacksmith down the street?

We've spent today moving bookcases into our sitting area in the master bedroom.  Now the real work begins - putting books back into the shelves and getting rid of the boxes.  I'm so excited to get that job started.  I've missed having my books.

Have a wonderful week.  Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Week 37 Bye Bye, Big Guy

Thirteen years ago we got a call from our veterinarian asking us if we'd consider taking on another Golden Retriever (we already had 2)...He came from a litter whose mother never had puppies that got bigger than 35 pounds and he was smaller than her normal pups and the last of the litter to be adopted.  John said he'd go to the vet's office the next day and decide once he got there...after all, he only had 2 hands for petting and we already had 2 dogs!  When he came home, he had this adorable bundle of fur with him - 9 weeks old and 4 pounds...we named him Carson after the Carson City Brewery in Nevada - a lot of our dogs are named for beer brands...don't ask.

 This picture was taken about 7 years ago...Carson grew to be an amazing golden retriever. And he got to a weight of 85 pounds. So much for the runt of the litter.   He was smart and sweet and a true fuzzhead - he never lost that 'puppiness' that goldens seem to possess.  
As happens with goldens, he started to suffer from arthritis a couple of years ago so we put him on arthritis meds....he slowed down and slept a lot.  But on Friday, he went downhill very quickly....we took him to the vet on Saturday and they thought he had pancreatitis. We left him there expecting a few days of antibiotics and re-hydration would see him recover.  We got a call this morning that he crossed the Rainbow Bridge during the night - probably from cancer.  

Carson turned 13 last week.  We had him for all that time and he brought us such joy.  We can't be sad for him today - he is free of pain and romping in the grass and has his doggy smile back.  He had a great life at our house - we treated him more like family than a dog.  He will be missed.  

On another front, we have many friends in the path of Hurricane Irma and we send prayers for the safekeeping during the storm.  We had a couple of hurricanes when we lived in the Philippines so I know how scary and devastating they can be.  We were fortunate to only have lots of wind and rain to contend with and not the damage that Irma will be leaving in her wake.  Prayers go out to everyone affected and we hope for safety for all.

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Week 36 - Bye Bye, Beast!

This past week saw Mr. Beast off to Freezer Camp...John didn't have much problem getting him into the trailer so it was easier than normal.  We figured he weighed around 1100 pounds but the scale at the shop was broken so we will only get the hanging weight...I'll share that once we get it.  

Last week, mom and I had the opportunity to purchase a used cross-trainer machine...we are so excited about it.  I use one exactly like it at rehab and when I saw it for sale, I jumped on it.  Of course, now we had to get the sitting area in hour bedroom finished cause that's where the machine is going.  So this holiday weekend, John (with a bit of help from me), painted the two walls of the sitting room that needed done before the machine arrives.  
I love this blue - it's called Favorite Jeans....now I can put the bookshelves in here and unpack all the boxes that have been in the other room...I just can't wait to get the 'library' put back together!What a deal!!!

We picked up the other color that is going on some of the walls in the bedroom today, also. It's called Proper Grey...don't you just love blue and grey together? Lowes is having a major sale and normally a 5 gallon bucket costs $85.00 but we got a $40.00 rebate so it will end up costing us only $45.00.  

Of course, every job needs a supervisor.  Gilligan jumped on that title right away.

Silly cat!  He was even able to get down by himself!

Hope you have a great week.  Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Week 34 & Week 35 - I'm a Slacker

Yes, folks, I totally didn't get last week's blog post done...I'm a total slacker!  I could blame it on the eclipse but I won't.

We were not in the 'strip' across the nation to see the Total Eclipse but we were darned close.  It started to get 'dark' around 10 in the morning on Monday and by 1:13 in the afternoon it was just plain eerie!  One of the girls at work had a pair of eclipse glasses so we all took turns going out behind the library and looking at it.  I must say, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I wasn't totally awed like some folks but it was something to put in the memory book.

I saw this a few days after the eclipse.  Given the atmosphere around this country, I thought it appropriate.

On an entirely different note, the Hussies are home!  I don't know if any of them are pregnant - John plans on taking them in to the vet in November to have pregnancy tests done on them.  But Beast sure is happy to have his girls home again...he's been quite lonely all by himself for the last 3 months.  Let's not tell him that this coming Friday he is going to Freezer Camp...don't want to stress him out - it affects the meat!

From left to right you have Belle, Beast, Garnet, and Rosie.

I don't know if my readers in foreign countries are aware of the brouhaha going on here regarding Confederate statues...it's silly really.  Some folks want to remove statues dedicated to the period of time in our history that included the Confederacy.  It offends them....just like the Confederate flag offends them.  It's part of our history, folks...it really happened and we need to be reminded of it so it doesn't happen again.  I've decided to hop on the statue removal band wagon. Here is the one I want taken down permanently...


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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Week 33 - A Diganosis and a New Barn Roof

Shortly after we started building this house back in 2003, John was able to find the cornerstone of the barn that was already on the property.  You can see it in the header on this blog.  It appears the barn was built in 1937.  Yes, it's 80 years old this year.  She's a bit weather-worn...but she's a good barn none-the-less.  John has been systematically repairing all the windows, and a couple of weeks ago we had the roof re-painted and weatherproofed.  

 A lot of the companies in this area use Amish workers...it helps the economy of that group and they are an amazingly talented and professional group.  Anytime I hear that the Amish built something, I know it's quality work.  
The next barn project is to somehow re-do the doors to make them a bit more secure...then John is going to bring electricity and water to the barn and the gardens.  Currently, he uses hoses and extension cords to get water and power out there...during the winter it's a pain!  

2 of the 3 girl cows came home yesterday.  Rosie (on the left) and Belle (in the middle) have spent the last couple of months at Sex Camp and if they aren't carrying babies by now, there's something wrong with the bull they were dating.  John will take them to the vet in November and have them checked for pregnancy.  And, with luck, we should have calves being born in early spring - March-ish.  Our other girl, Garnet, decided she wanted to stay and play longer (actually, she got out of the corral and they couldn't catch her!) so she will hopefully come home next weekend.
That's Beast on the far right.  John went out early today to get some mowing done before the rains kicked in...notice those cows are not afraid of that big mower...yes there's a fence between them and the mower but, still!  They didn't even shy away.

I went to the surgeon on Monday for my 6 weeks checkup on my knee. Recover is still a bit slow but that's because of the ankle issue.  He took an x-ray of the offending ankle and it appears I have a 3 inch crack in the fibula - the thin, non-weight-bearing bone right next to the tibia.  It's used to stabilize the ankle bones.  There is noting they can do about that crack except let it heal on its own.  So I am left with pain and swelling (which is getting less and less each day) for the foreseeable future.  That being said, it has hampered the rehab of my knee cause some of the exercises I need to do involve the ankle and the doctor said to tell the PT folks to keep away from anything involving the ankle.  But, this, too shall pass and at least knowing what is wrong is helpful to my peace of mind.  It doesn't do a darned thing for the pain, but that's what pain pills are for, right?  

Mom and I drove to Branson yesterday morning.  I hadn't picked up any of this year's Row by Row patterns or kits yet and it is winding down.  We were gone a couple of hours and let me tell you by the time we got home, my ankle was not happy!  But knowing I got the kits I wanted from the 2 shops down there made me happy.  

Have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Week 32 - Rain!

This last week has just flown by. I'm still having problems with the right ankle - pain and immense swelling and then more pain - but I'm seeing my surgeon tomorrow for my 6 week checkup and I'll see if he can come up with some kind of plan for the ankle...I'm so tired of hurting!  And it's really putting a strain on the rehab of the knee!  More next week.

Rain in the Ozarks is sometimes a rare thing...sometimes a many-day-thing.  Right now, it's a many-day-thing.  We've had rain for the last 3 days and it's been wonderful!  It rained almost all day yesterday and today looks to be the same.  Gentle, pulsing rain.  Soaking the ground and not causing a lot of puddles.  At least not where we live.  Some parts of the Ozarks are under Flash Flood Watches but not us.  

Mom and I went into town yesterday morning.  I hadn't picked up either July or August's Block of the Month yet and those really need to get done.  I needed some embroidery bobbin thread as well so we made it an adventure.  Here's what we drove home in...

By the time we got home, it was so dark out that one would have thought it was closer to 8:00 P.M. than noon.  We had rain almost all day.  About 1:00 A.M. it started again and it's been going all day so far and it's only noon.  

John is making a big old pot of beef stew and some homemade bread for dinner...it sure does smell good in here!  

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Week 31 - Progressing Apace

Life goes on here at Pieceful Harbor.  I went back to work last week and even started driving myself on Thursday.  I'm not as relaxed as before, cause I am constantly on edge in case I need to mash on the brake unexpectedly.  But as my knee heals, I'm sure I will become more relaxed.

We continue to progress on the knee...I evidently injured a muscle on my ankle last week and it's caused me to walk unevenly, thereby resulting in inflammation to several other, much used tendons/muscles and thereby some unexpected pain.  Sigh!  So PT concentrated on trying to loosen some stubborn tendons/muscles today and John gets to use a rolling pin on my thigh this evening to reinforce what PT did earlier.  Sounds worse than it, hopefully, will turn out to be in reality.  (She said with a great deal of hope in her heart!)

When I drove to work the other day, Beast was up at the corner of our property, grazing.  He is a really beautiful steer. He weighs about 1100 pounds so that means he will probably yield about 500 pounds of meat. He goes to Freezer Camp on September 1st...then John will transport him to a halfway point between here and Salt Lake City and Young John will drive to that point and meet his dad to pick up the meat and take it home.  We love being able to supply meat to our son and his family...our daughter-in-law clearly admits they are spoiled for store-bought meat!  No contest between ours and the market!  We win every time!

Speaking of our son, we got some fabulous news yesterday.  On August 28th, our son will be starting a new job.  He will be the CEO of the Utah Technology Council...a true step up for him.  He's been groomed for a CEO position for the last 10 years and it's truly his time to shine!  We are so proud of him.  He will be traveling a bit less and will still be able to perform his duties with the Utah Legislature.  Honestly, it's a Win/Win for everyone concerned.  Way to go, John!

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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.

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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). 
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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.

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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.  

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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!

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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!
 Thanks for stopping by.

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.