Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Our 11yr old, at his birthday bowling trip in October.
He's nearly as tall as me now; though that's not saying much, as
I'm only 5' tall, lol. There's an upcoming spend the night party tomorrow
night, with his friend R, and maybe a trip to Jacksonville's Timucuan
Preserve on Friday. Maybe going to see Harriet at our walk in theatre, as well.
Looks like good things ahead!
Tonight should get down below freezing, it's already chilly out there. We have the
well house closed up and a brooder light on it to keep the switch/pipes from freezing.
We'll drip the pipes tonight as well.
I imagine that warm temps will return soon. It is southeast Ga after all!
Stay snug, y'all!

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Another year older

Drake turned 11 Sept 30th.
He had a great birthday, full of Minecraft themed gifts, a Minecraft cake, and a NEW friend!

His first bestie, N, moved to FL a couple months ago, and while they still come up for homeschool group, visits are few and far between, as you can imagine with a 3 hour distance.  At my urging, Drake has been hanging out with R at homeschool, and we invited him to the party. He came, and Drake was thrilled. It was D, R, and D's cousin L. They got along pretty good, aside from it being hard to share a 2 controller game system amongst themselves.

Now, Drake is going to R's party next weekend! Apparently, R was so impressed with Drake's room setup, that he went home and closed himself in his own room, and went to work. His parents could hear him moving stuff around for a long time. Then he came out, went and got an old, unused tv of his dad's, asked permission, and carried that into his room, again shutting the door, lol.

When he was done, he kindly invited his parents to see his creation. He had copied Drake's room! He has, from what his dad says, a gaming section, book section, toy section. All neatly delineated and ready to go when Drake gets there. Drake was thrilled to hear that he had such influence on  his new friend. We are hopeful this will last a long time, and be good for both boys.

Back to N? He's coming in two weeks, for a sleepover. The second he's had with Drake, and it's the only ones either will have had. So lots of fun stuff going on for young ones.

Dh and I are dealing with the minefield that is private insurance. I hate this, so much. We are giving up our Cadillac ins for what amounts to Pinto ins, I'm afraid. Stupid preexisting conditions. We are apparently limited in our choice b/c of our area. Anyway, we are nearly done with it, I hope. We'll see how well it works out.

Nights are cooler here, but days continue to be in the 90s. Leaves are slowly changing, starting with wild grapevine. It will be Nov before we get the full 'fall effect' of color here. B/c this is pine tree country, it won't be overly stunning. Still, I"m ready for cooler temps. Not a summer girl, for sure!

I've decorated with fall stuff, and included Halloween as well. I'm not pulling it all out twice! We just have some jack o lanterns, scarecrows, and a little cat pillow with a witches hat on it head. The rest is regular pumpkins, acorns, Indian corn, fall colors. The cat pillow sits in an antique, homemade rocking chair that Dh used when he was small, that was used when his mama bought it for him! Very cute.

We have cut the cord on cable, to save money, but Dh isn't happy with the performance. Too much buffering. Not sure what we'll do. I don't care about tv, but it's his main entertainment. Sigh....

Up later this month is Dh's and MIL's bdays. Drake may choose to go t/t-ing, dressed as, Steve, from Minecraft, of course!

Hope you're having a great fall!

Friday, September 6, 2019

I did a thing...

And it was good!
At least, I hope it's good.

I made a pie! Ok, I didn't make the crust, it was premade, but I DID cook the crème filling, and toast the coconut for it. Both are firsts for me. I'm not afraid of it anymore!

Next time I"m off, and don't have to go anywhere, I'm going to attempt the crust.
Should I use Sally's recipe, from Sally's baking addiction, or another.....I have some 300 cookbooks, so there are a few possibilities, lol.

Wish me luck!

Also, today was the first day of Homeschool Co op, yay! We all met at the local park for play and a picnic. We have several new families, Ds got to hang out with his best/first/only friend, along with another that we hope to bring into the fold, lol. This is going to be a fun year for get togethers, with zoo trips, museums, forts, and an obstacle course, too!

Can't wait for every other Friday!

Monday, August 26, 2019

Feelin' hot, hot, hot!

Woo, what a summer!
May/June temps saw 100 plus degrees here. Electric bill was near 300 dollars. And that's set on 78, too. Ouch. I laughed when I read that folks were scoffing at 78 b/c of the online encouragement lately. I was seeing settings of 72 and even 68! How can an a/c keep up with that??? Ours would freeze up long before it ever got that low.

But seriously, 78 is comfy, with the ceiling fans on *yes, we have them in each room, and believe in them firmly. If you are busy cooking, working, in the house you will get warm. Just sit down under the fan, with a cool drink, and take a break. 15 min later, you're good to go.  68, pah!

Dh is doing much better. The drain is out, and the infection and fluid have shown no sign of returning, so far. He continues dialysis three days a week. He feels poorly and tired on those days, but Tues, Thurs, and weekends he sometimes has more energy. He's cut the grass twice now, and will try to weedeat early in the morning. He does the laundry, from washing to folding *he is now a house husband, and pretty dang good one*. He will lay out meat for supper, and has attempted a meal or two, with help and suggestions. He will run the vacuum if he feels like it. He will do homeschool math with Ds if I lay out the appropriate lessons.  He's a pretty awesome guy!

My MIL takes him to and from dialysis, and stays and waits while he's there. Its 30 miles away, to be close to his doctor. She often does dishes for me, and general tidies around the house when she's here. She's a great MIL!

I'm still working, got a small raise. For only 5.5 hours a day, it brings in some needed money without draining me too badly. Still, many days I come in and take a hour (or two) nap. Then I'm ready for family, supper cooking, and homeschool.

So, that's our life over the summer. We are looking forward to fall, and the past few days temps are reflecting its arrival. Weird, for SE Ga, though. It will stay warm during the days through October, if it follows the patter again this year.

Happy summer!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Health update

So, Dh had a drain put in to deal with some fluid buildup after surgery. It's been in now for 2 MONTHS. Also, it is infected, so he is taking massive antibiotics to deal with it.

After a lot of runaround, his Atlanta dr is going to try to set up to have Memorial in Savannah remove it. Thing is, the dr that did it, isn't there anymore and they don't want to mess with it. BUT, the dr that did it wasn't the one that was supposed to in the first place. That was meant to be the job of another department altogether. Sigh...

Anyway, we might wind up going Back to Atlanta to have it removed, as the fluid is gone, only infection remains. He is tired of it, the drain line hurts, makes him feel bad, ect. I'm ready too, for some good days for him.

In happier news, his gov disability was approved, and is set to begin in Nov. His long term disability through work also got approved, and will start in the next week to 10 days. There's some future aggravation attached, but we'll deal with it as it comes.

Tonight's supper was grilled steak, m/c, lemon pepper green beans, with Lemon Poppyseed Muffins for dessert. They have lemon juice, lemon extract, and lemon pudding mix in them. You can imagine that they are delicious, and they are!

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Prayer request

Please be in prayer for this precious family. Her blog is a testimony of faith, hope, and love in times of sorrow and struggle.

I have followed her for several years now, and always come away strengthened and encouraged. She needs that now. Even the cheerleaders need cheering now and again.


Monday, May 13, 2019

One month out

An update.

Dh is healing well. Off the walker, and the gout he got in his foot while in the hospital is gone.
He's in dialysis 3 times a week. He does still have pain on his left side, supposedly from fluid accumulated after surgery.

If he still hurts in a couple weeks, his surgeon will call for a scan to see what's going on. He did
have pancreatitis from having to peel the kidney off it to get said kidney out. Ouch. One kidney weighed 8lbs, one weighed 9lbs. Basically, really big twins!

Overall, being honest, there's not much difference in Dh's feelings. He doesn't hurt AS BAD, but still must take pain meds *RX, not Tylenol, when it gets bad. About one every other day or so. His overall feeling is 'not feeling well' most of the time.

We knew going in that this would not 'fix' all his problems, as being kidney free has it's own issues to deal with. I don't know if he will eventually gain back his energy and enthusiasm, but we will see. We are nearly 5 weeks out from surgery. Prob need more time.

There's a lot that happened in those 12 days in hospital. Yes, 12. There was fever, gout, dialysis port issues, and an episode where I thought he was having a stroke or heart attack. That was from back to back dialysis appts and them taking too much fluid off when he hadn't eaten or drank anything in a week. Grrrr. It wasn't heart or stroke, thank you, Father. He's fine now.

We thought he might go to rehab for 3 weeks when released, rather than coming home, but he rallied and got himself up and moving and out of there. Dh is nothing if not stubborn. But he would say determined, lol. :D

So that's where we're at now. Recovering, dealing with the aftermath, life going on. He's a full time stay at home dad now, other than dialysis times. He'll enjoy it more when he feels better, I"m sure. I"m back to work, blah. Short term disability only pays 60% of a full time check, so we need all I can bring in.

God has been good to us. He goes before and He stands behind. We are grateful for this life we get to share. :)