Today I spent my day off from work, spoiling my grandson and running all over God's creation. The day began to the little patter of little feet, toddling into the den. With his rabbit under one arm and Teddy/Monkey (although two separate, comfy little stuffed toys, they are one in the eyes of Jack...Teddy is a little May blankie with a bear head on it and Monkey is, well, a little stuffed monkey) under the other arm, he climbed up on my lap to snuggle. Always the first words out of his mouth is "Strawwww...bury milk, Mimi", I jump up to spoil this little soul. After downing his first drink of the day, I ask him if he wants cheesy eggs. Off to the kitchen once again, this time making cheesy eggs with cookie cutter pumpkin bread with butter. No matter, we were planning on feeding the ducks later in the day so the crusts would not go to waste!
I managed to shoot lots of photos today but must first edit and will probably finish them tomorrow.
If I did anything today, my goal was to make memories with my little angel.
It seems like only yesterday that I blogged last, but if you are checking the date of my last post, you will totally disagree with me. That's quite OK.
Hubby finally had his second surgery. After a little surgery scare, things worked out for the best and he is mending very well but cannot return to work until next Monday. (when can I watch the shows that I want to watch?) The man is under strict orders not to do any heavy lifting and must take it easy, but alas, how does one hold a good man down? If anyone has any ideas, please let me know. And just for clarity, duct taping him to the bed was not successful at all.
For the first time ever in the history of my life, I had a 3 day cold. No, not 7 days or 10 days, but only 3. What was my secret? Well, thanks to Laura Peach, I remembered to rub Vicks on the bottom of my feet last night, slept for 11 hours straight and woke up a new woman this morning. Thanks to Laura for the tip and thanks to having the ability to post on Facebook from the comfort of my bed!
My daughter and SIL have purchased their very own first house. It is a massive 5 bedroom, 3000 sq. ft home that will be a wonderful place for their family. Never mind that it is 20 minutes away from here...really not a biggie, but it will be such a wonderful new chapter in their lives.
As for my son, he is thinking of putting down roots as well and buying a home of his own. Does this mean that my babies are grown up and responsible young adults now? Where did the last 25 years go to? It was just yesterday that they both wore blanket sleepers with little feet and I was tucking them into their beds with Mr Bear and Figment.
I miss the open road and wish my hubby and I could just take off on a cross country RV trip...ahhh....what will the next chapter in my life bring?
For weeks now, I have been dragging my flabby white butt around, wondering what
the heck is the matter with me. For the most part, I've been blaming my lack of energy on the
fact that I started working last month and am so very out of touch with the working schedule.
Only after having my first physical in years and having a full CBC (all those years of watching ER have paid off) blood work up,
did I find that I am terribly deficient in vitamin D. Combine this with a lack luster thyroid and together you have one very exhausted mid 50 woman.
Here's what I've learned about vitamin D.
Vitamin is ofutmost importance for your body because its role is to help your body use the calcium and phosphorus from your food. It also regulates normal cellular differentiation thus preventing cancer and helps insulin secretion. Deficiency of this vitamin is connected to rickets. Yes, rickets! Chronic fatigue, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis and weight loss (not in my case...damn!) are just some of the side effects.
Most women my age no longer drink the
multiple glasses of milk each day (no, a dribble of coffee creamer does not help at all) and we tend
to forego the cheeses from our daily diet...at least I do. So on a scale from 1 to 1,000,000, the total vitamin D in my system is around negative 543,908! I could be exaggerating just a touch, mind you.
My new doc, Dr T, prescribed 50,000 units of vitamin every week. Guess my 1,000 mg a day wasn't enough to jump start this old broad! Currently, I am on the second month's regime and I was well aware that today... I finally felt a little better.
Now I can move forward and target the slow, motion thyroid with a little help
from modern medicine and better living through chemistry.
Who knows, by October I may be ready to run a 5 K.
Hi Ya'll! No, I haven't faded away into the woodwork. I have emerged myself into the working folk and am trying to make this transaction as seamless as possible.
My new job requires me to be both on the computer and on the telephone ALL DAY LONG! Did I mention that I really do not like to talk on the telephone? Yah, right.
If I have learned anything, it is I now totally understand that the person on the other end of the phone is a human being deserving of my patience, understanding and compassion. However, people, pay your damn bills! I am the first to acknowledge that we all have financial difficulties from time to time but please, do not blame me for doing my job. I am not the one who failed to pay your bill on time. Yelling at me does not change the situation.
OK, that is out of my system. I am now prepared to enjoy my weekend, sleep in, and be lazy if I want to be.
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and I'll be back as soon as I can face this computer again!
After waiting 4 years for health insurance, my husband's insurance finally went into affect on August 1st. Not wanting to wait another moment, I quickly made an appointment at the local Walmart Eye Care department. I was sure to ask if they carried my health care provider and the comment was, oh yes, but if we have a problem, we will call you.
Now I don't know about you, but I really cannot stand getting my eyes dilated. Once the solution is dropped into my eyes, I don't see clearly until the end of the next day. Luckily, my very sweet doc conveyed that if she could see my eyes clearly, no need for the evil solution. I breathed a huge sigh of relief and wanted to quickly celebrate. (the wine on the left happens to be my favorite)
Come to my surprise when I was ready to pay, that I choose the only Walmart in the state of Georgia that was somehow excluded from my insurance plan. Gah! Good news is I only paid $67 (although I should have only paid $10). No worries. My eyes were in great shape so I was very willing to part with the cash.
It's unbelievable that I'm cough...cough...56 years old and do not require glasses for distance. Reading is a completely other subject. Hmmm...is there a surgery for far-sightedness?
Yes, it's true. The first day of a new job is much like the first day of school. Your backpack is full of shiny new crayons and your mom packed the best lunch in your bright new lunch box. Although in my case, I wore my new outfit from Chico's and I was armed with several pens, paper and highlighter.
I will be sure to stick it out because after all, a paycheck is hard to come by these days.
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When I worked full time, I somehow managed to have a great marriage, raise two wonderful kids, lead a brownie troop and cub scout den, taught Sunday school, keep a pin neat house, had a rockin' career, worked 10 hour days, prepared home cooked meals and managed to find time to volunteered at the local firehouse and so much more.
Since the time in which I was unemployed, I hardly accomplished anything. Truly. Some of it, I'm sure is that fact that I was swallowed up by the whole depression of the conflicting times. If you are not mindful of this, you can quickly slide down the slippery slope. Meds only work so much but to make a real change, one needs something to look forward to. (yes, I am dangling a preposition, but I'm from the Midwest...that's what we do).
My hopes for this new chapter in my life is that I become that maniac of a "doer" again. That the pure excitement of life drives me to become a person who accomplishes much.
The heat is so oppressive this summer that I am wishing, no dreaming of cooler climates. Seriously! Just last night I dreamt of sitting near the water somewhere in Maine. While I clung to my sweater and wrapped it tightly around me, I called to my beagle, Heidi, to return to a closer proximity to me.
As my face was stretched to the heavens, I found refuge in the sounds of the crashing waves. The cool breeze was my friend. Then I woke up...
With a little bit of angst, three weeks ago, I delivered these wedding invitations to a very sweet
Bride to be. Let me say this bride to be was the calmest of any person I've ever met. This sweetheart was a dream to work with.
I delivered for her, the pocket wedding invitation in a shimmer onyx color, accented with a shimmery silver. All materials were printed on a pearl, shimmer paper which gave the entire invitation a sense of fun while being so very classy.
Inside the invitation, the standard invite is listed on the right.
On the left, this pocket holds three different cards, RVSP, Wedding Details and Accommodations sheets.
To add a bit more sparkle and dimension, I added 3 clear crystals at the very top.
The photograph may not be able to display that there are three clear
crystals located at the v on the pocket.
Addressed envelopes were provided with the return address.
I must admit, I really enjoyed creating this set for my lovely Bride to Be!
Recently, I delivered a custom invitation book to a local bridal salon in hopes of drumming up some business.
This photo just amazes me to no end and baffles me to think that some divine being, in my case, my God, created each and every one of these little, tiny sea shells for my pleasure.
Granted, this area is approximately 3' x 4' and look at the number of shells washed up on the beach! I am left with the sense of just how small we truly are as we are just a tiny spec in an overwhelming universe of life.
The colors are so peaceful, serene and calming. Some may say these are just beiges but I say, nonsense!
16:1Preserve me, God, for in you do I take refuge.