Monday, February 25, 2013

He will be driving soon!

Zachary has his learners permit and is getting ready to take the BIG test!

We hired a driving instructor for one weekend to show him the course and go over anything Todd or I forgot to teach him.

Good Luck Zachary!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Two Truths and a Lie

I saw this over a A Dash of Sunshine and loved the idea.  

Whether you are a new blogger friend or one who has stuck with me through out the years, I thought this is an interesting way to learn something about me.

Basically I'm going to write two true things and one false thing about myself.  It's up to YOU to figure out which one is false!

#1 Our east coast family adopted a cat from a friend in Alaska.

#2 Game of Thrones is my new TV addiction.

#3 I absolutely love seafood!!

Okay friends, leave your comment with your guess. 


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

When a child goes astray.

A boy who played baseball with Zachary in elementary and middle school and played hockey with Brandon is high school has been dealing for years, his father having cancer and passing away just a few months ago.

During the years his father was sick, this boy turned to drugs.  His parents sent him to rehab, twice. Even so, my boys told me stories about this boy still smoking marijuana and turning to heroine. Shortly after his father passed away, this boy broke into a neighbors home and stole money.  He was arrested and was out on bail when he broke into the high school and stole money from a fundraiser.

This is the news video report about the story.

He turned 18 before these incidents and will prosecuted as an adult.

My heart breaks for his mother and sister. Not only did they lose their husband/father, they are now losing a son/brother.  I shake my head in sadness knowing that this boy made choices that will change his life forever.

What happens?   I logically understand the boy being in pain over his fathers illness.

When is the turning point?   I logically understand why he turned to drugs to relieve this pain.

How can a child think that committing a crime is a good idea?   I logically understand how desperate he became to buy drugs.

Please do not think I condone this boys behavior. I do not.  I only can see the reasons why this boy chose the path that he did.  I wish he found other outlets to help him deal with his pain.  I pray that he finds peace through the tough years ahead of him.


Monday, February 18, 2013

Lord Snow

Upon a recommendation from a friend, I began watching Game of Thrones.
I was hooked from the first episode!
It's a medieval fantasy series based upon the books by George R.R. Martin.
If you can picture 'The Tudors' meeting 'Lord of the Rings', you can pretty much picture what the first season was like.
A tale of Lords and Ladies, soldiers and assassins, witches and bastards.
The Starks of Winterfell are a family that did not ask to enter into a conflict for the throne.
They were thrown into plots and turmoil, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror.
Not only do they have to deal with their enemies, but also supernatural forces that are knocking on the edge of the kingdom.

Enter Lord Snow.  
Jon Snow was my favorite breathtaking, sexy, delicious, hot, edible, luscious character.
Although there are conflicts due to his illegitimate birth, he still feels a strong bond towards the Stark family and would do anything to protect them.
Game of Thrones begins it's third season at the end of March.
I am looking forward to seeing more of Lord Snow!


Friday, February 15, 2013

Ever get a golf ball stuck in the kitchen sink?

I did!
Trust me when I say it's no easy task to get it out.
I tried a fork, tongs, knife, spoon….

TIP: Use a vacuum cleaner hose to suction it out.


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Early bird gets the worm

I'm sure you’ve heard this old saying time and time again. Some of us thrive in the pre-dawn hour while others avoid it like a plague.  
I am a early-riser. Not always by choice, but I do get a hell of a lot more done.  I’m also a huge believer in starting the day, getting chores done, or crossing things off my to-do list while my teenage boys sleep (I haven’t quite convinced them about this yet).

As divine as sleep can be, think about everything you could accomplish even if you set your alarm clock ONE hour earlier.
365 days in a year. Wake up one hour earlier and add 365 hours (about 15 days) to your life each year.
What would you do with all that time?
  • Take time to relax, drink a cup of hot tea before starting your day?
  • Take your dog for a morning walk.
  • Do something for others (like make breakfast for your still-asleep family).
  • Leave a little early and avoid stress traffic.
  • Write a blog post. How about linking up with Les?
  • Watch Law and Order reruns (guilty for the past 5 years or so).
I know sleep is good, sleep is great, we need sleep to stay healthy. Blah, blah, blah..  I’m not at all suggesting you adopt unhealthy habits. But in my experience – the early bird may just get the worm.
So who’s with me in starting an early-riser revolution? Or maybe I’m just crazy…Probably the latter.
Come join Les at Time Out for Mom with a cup of coffee (or in my case, a cup of hot tea) in your hand and chat…

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Friday, February 8, 2013

Medical Nightmare!

I haven't been blogging this week and I have missed it and you!

It's been a crazy week.

Last Thursday, my mother-in-law fell and broke her pelvis in three places.  She was in the hospital until Wednesday.  It took that long for the hospital to read her MRI and figure out what the best plan was for her to recover.  Surgery was an option, but one that should be the last resort.

The family chose to have her recover at home.  First she needed to be transferred to a nursing facility for rehabilitation.  Wednesday morning she arrived in her temporary home, which would be about a week.  We were told the staff at the nursing facility would show her how to get up and down, move about and even shower in a safe and pain free manner.

That was until wednesday afternoon, at 4pm, when my MIL called me.
First, they didn't give her any of her heart medication or pain medication throughout the day.  She had to ask for pain meds.
Second, the nursing facility gave her the wrong medication. Instead of a pain pill they gave her  an antihistamine.  Luckily it was nothing dangerous towards her health.   Her pain medication is Tylenol 3.  There is a '3' on the pill.  A trained nurse would know this.  A trained nurse should not have made that mistake!
Third, they were feeding her the wrong food.  My MIL has a heart condition and must have a low sodium diet.  When this was brought to the nurses attention, she insisted that my MIL was being fed the correct diet.  We had to show her the dinner ticket to prove it was a 'regular' diet and not a 'cardiac' diet.

Let me tell you, I was VERY ANGRY!

Ridiculous! That night the staff was informed she was going home!   It was arranged to have a hospital bed, wheel chair and walker put into their home.

Tomorrow she will be home, safe and sound!


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Last song...

Let's join Les at Time Out for Mom with a cup of coffee in your hand and talk about a last song.
If there was one song that you could listen to for the rest of your days; or, it was the last song you'd ever hear: What song would you play?

I would pick our wedding song: Beautiful in my Eyes by Joshua Kadison.

You're my peace of mind in this crazy world.
You're everything I've tried to find, your love is a pearl.
You're my Mona Lisa, you're my rainbow skies,
and my only prayer is that you realize
you'll always be beautiful in my eyes.

The world will turn and the seasons will change,
and all the lessons we will learn will be beautiful and strange.
We'll have our fill of tears, our share of sighs.
And my only prayer is that you realize
you'll always be beautiful in my eyes.

You will always be beautiful in my eyes.
And the passing years will show
that you will always grow ever more beautiful in my eyes.

When there are lines upon my face from a lifetime of smiles,
and when the time comes to embrace for one long last while,
we can laugh about how time really flies.
We won't say goodbye 'cause true love never dies.
You'll always be beautiful in my eyes.

You will always be beautiful in my eyes.
And the passing years will show
that you will always grow ever more beautiful in my eyes.
The passing years will show that you will always grow
ever more beautiful in my eyes.


Monday, February 4, 2013

Simple Valentine's Heart Craft

I made a really simple craft to decorate my home for Valentine's day.
It didn't cost me a penny because 
I used all scrap material that I had lying around in my scrapbook room.
Choose two coordinating materials that you like along with needle point thread.
Find an old frame.
Cut out a heart template that will fit your frame.
Using the template, trace on the back of the material and cut your heart out.
Thread the heart onto your backing material.
It doesn't have to be perfect.  
Imperfections make the craft look quaint and home-made.
Probably best if you don't let your cat near it while you are sewing.
This is what you get when you put it all together!


Saturday, February 2, 2013

It was like a red rash.

For two weeks I have been trying different strengths of contacts, trying to get the right script.   I was having trouble getting the contacts in and out.   My eyes became very sore.

When I got a red rash the size of a quarter at the corner of my left eye, I assumed I had scratched myself.  After a week, it began to get worse, swell and even burn.  I went to the doctors on Thursday.  The doctor lifted my hair with a pen (Not a good sign) and diagnosed me with Shingles.  WHAT?? Yep, Shingles!!!

I'm sure you have seen this commercial.  This man portrays exactly the pain I am having.

How did I get Shingles?
My doctor told me that after you have had the chickenpox, the virus lies inactive in your nerve roots and remains inactive until it flares up again.  When the virus becomes active again, you get shingles instead of chickenpox.

Why did I get Shingles?
There are many reasons.  One of which having a weak immune system creates vulnerability to reactivation of the virus.  My immune system is very low right now.  I have been sick with different illness since the beginning of December.

Am I contagious?
Being exposed to shingles will not cause someone else to get shingles.  If you have not had chickenpox or the vaccine, you can get chickenpox if you are exposed.  However; you must come in contact with the fluid in a shingles blister.
Lucky for me (if you can call it lucky), I did not have oozing fluid.  I have the blisters that feel like I got burned.

Why does it cause pain?
Shingles attaches itself to the nerves in your body, which causes pain.  I may only have a mild case of shingles, but this pain is horrible!  I can feel a stabbing pain from my eye down to my jaw.  

Is there medication?
I am on a medication called Valtrex along with a topical cream to apply.  After two days I am noticing the blister turning into a pink color instead of the flaming red.  It still f-in hurts though!