Saturday, May 25, 2013

This is the first Memorial Day weekend without Jack's mother.  She always wanted a cookout on this weekend.  Even when she was in a wheelchair last year we brought her down to enjoy it.  It's suppose to be rainy on and off all weekend here, so a cookout looks out of the question.  I guess that it's kind of appropriate that it's a rainy weekend.

Memorial Day is such a special day for the country.  It reminds us of, and honors those who help make America that country it is and those who help to keep us safe.  Those mem and women deserve evy honor and accolade they get and more.  It takes a toll on them and their families that most of us will ever be able to understand.  I had an uncle who never was the same after WWII.  He would never talk about his time and drank heavily when he came home.  Sad to say he passed in his forties, leaving a wife and seven children.   So, I tip my hat to my uncle Bill, Sherry's husband Bill, my uncle Ken his boy and grandsons, my son Jack and all others who sacrifice for us, whether it's in combat times or peace.

Friday, May 24, 2013

No plans...

for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.  Cousin wanted us to come up to Gordon with our camper and son and his girl wanted us to come to Adams, but we just got the camper opened and haven't had time to get it ready for the season.  Along with having the surgery and post op visits it just wasn't practical at this time.  Besides, roads on holiday weekends are such a pain most times.  Hopefully we can get to use it much more this summer.  It's seems graduations, weddings etc. all work against us getting away as often as we would like.  This summer we have our anniversay party so that weekend is definitely out. 
My sister Jodi has to have bone spurs removed from her feet soon.  As her company is moving to Calif. she has to get it done now while she still has insurance.  She sure wouldn't be able to afford it on her own.  Though it bothers her a little to have to take time right now when they are busy getting  things done for them to move, she has to think of herself first. 
Well not much going on here, as you can tell.  Time for the next round of eye drops, so better get at it.  You all have a good day.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Had the last cataract removed yesterday.  Glad that's over.  It's not really a bad process, it's just the long wait when you go until they get to you.  Was suppose to be there by 9 and didn't get in to have it done until after 12.  Something caused the doctor to have a 40/45 minute delay before she could even get there.  Then of course waiting out the ones schedules ahead of me.  Now a couple of weeks of eyedrops and all should be well.  
One thing I learned is there are 3 ways to remove cataracts.  The one we all think of, just removal of the cataract.   The other two are total replacement of the lens of the eye.  That is what I had.  The up and downside of this is one lens Medicare will pay for the other they won't.  The one they pay for you still have to have glasses to correct a astigmatism (which I have), and the other will do all that with no glasses needed.  The expenses, of course, being too great to come up with on my own.  They won't let you even pay the difference.   So I will still have to have glasses for certain things.  No big deal really as I'm pretty used to them.  Have wore glasses since the 6th grade so they seem like a normal part of my face.
I feel so bad for all those harmed by that awful tornado.  It just boggles the mind what those things can do.   We had an e5 in WI. some years ago, though not where we live.  Thank the Lord.  We did have one go through here that took off the gym roof at the high school, and the roof at the fire depts.  That was the worst of that damage.  No injuries.
Well off to the doctor for that checkup after the surgery.  You all take care.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Happy Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary to two of the nicest couples I know.  I may be a bit bias because they are closely related.  Yesterday was daughter Danielle and her husband Mike's, and to day is daughter Darla and Jim's. 
Last night we went to a spring concert at Nicole's school.  It had the middle school choir first and the then the high school.  It was absolutely awesome.  The school and district can be very proud of the kids and the choir director.  They have received many awards with a couple of the kids national ones.  A few years ago this choir was down to just a little over 25 kids.  The lady teacher was having health problems that affected her brain and she just couldn't handle it.  The district moved the grade school teacher up and the choir as grown by leaps and bounds.  Before they could put the whole middle school and high school choirs together on the stage and not fill it.  Now the risers are crowded.  They have Show Choirs, Chamber choirs, a volunteer choir called the "breakfast club" and he announced there would be two additional choirs next year.   Hopefully, if I can remember how to do it, I will try to put up a couple of songs.  It's been so long I've tried anything like that. I just wished I could have taped the whole thing from middle to high school.  Forgot to check my camera and didn't have enough time left on it.  Won't make that mistake again.
Have a checkup on the eye that had surgery today.  Tuesday I get the other eye done and will be happy when all that is over. 
Well off to get things done around here.
You all have a good day.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Nice weather!

Finally a few decent days before the rains come.  On the weekend of course.  Not that sitting outside and enjoying good weather stops me (being retired has its benefits) but those who still work would rather it did it during the week.  They need the raid way up in northern WI and Minn. as there are fires up there, just north of my cousins place.   
Want to wish a couple of my children a Happy Anniversary.  Darla and Jim's is tomorrow and Danielle and Mike's is today. 
Here's a couple of pictures on my Mother's Day haul.
This has a beautiful iridescent finish.  The picture doesn't do it justice.

Have a lovely day.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

Wishing you a nice Mother's Day!
We had our usualy cookout yesterday for Mother's Day.  Yes it was cold but we don't let a little weather spoil our plans as you will see from the pictures below.
The Sisters-Mine (that's what the call each other).

My sister Jodi and me.

Danielle at her party best.

Darla gave us all the idea for the hats.


The crazy group.
It was cold and windy but we managed to have a good time anyway.  We moved the vehicles and  around to block the wind and sat in the driveway between them and the camper.  Helped a great deal.   The only drawback was when it was time to eat, but the wind had died down by then and all was good.
You all have a good day.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

It's allmost impossible.

One of the rules after the surgery is NOT to bend over to reach for, or pick anything up.  This is to make sure the lens that was put in stays in place while healing.  It's almost impossible not to bend over before you remember it's too late.  When you have a little active puppy who wants to place fetch the ball or toy doesn't just jump up in your hand.  Poor Oreo just can't understand why Mom doesn't play with him as much.  Glad it's only for a week, but then it does happen again on the 21st.  Poor little guy.
We have a new addition to the family.  Yes I've already told you about Ella the granddaughter.  This is grand-cat.  Danielle's husband was given this little darling for his birthday.  His name is Remington, called Remi for short.
Isn't he just the cutest thing?
Family had a fright yesterday.  My nephew's wife and their daughter and were going to Walmart when a young girl hit them in the passenger side.  Though both were unharmed, we are just so thankful that for some reason their son wasn't with them.  That was just where she hit and it did smash into his car seat.  Why she decided to only take one child she has not clue.  She just told Ryker he could go alone with her next time.  God was surely looking out for him. 
Have good day.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

One down, one to go!

Had my first cataract removed this morning. It wasn't bad at all. It took longer to go through all the questions, bp, eye drops and all that prep than the surgery did. Told to be there at 7:30, finally went into surgery at 10. I was the 5th out of 6 that were scheduled for such. Was home by 11, with all the instructions and an appt for 8:30 tomorrow. Will be a good girl and do just what they told me.
Poor Oreo. He was stuck in that crate all that time. He looks at me kind of strange, not sure about that patch on the eye. lol
Some bad news to report. My daughter Danielle was told yesterday she wouldn't be renewed as the teacher's aide for next year. Though she never thought she would work in a school she really loved her job.
Well guess I had better get off and get the next round of drops.
Have a good night.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

It's a go!

Had all the tests, checkup etc. and have been declared okay to have the cataract surgery.  So next Tuesday I have one done and two weeks later the other.  I will sure be glad when it's all over.
Mothers day is coming with the annual yard party.  It has been suggested this year, instead of that same old food items we all do some of things we've seen online and Pinterest.  Though some may fun, I still think we need a few of the stape items.  I mean how would it be if we ended up with a bunch of food that no one will like.  Especially children.  They can be pretty picky.  I think a combination of both is best.
Well hubby is home from turkey hunting and the dreaded tv is on again.  Though I sure miss HIM when he goes, I certainly do not miss that tv noise.  An hour of Days of Our Lives during the daytime, DWTS on Mon. (glad Andy is finally gone),  NCIS on Tues., and Criminal Minds on Thur. are more than enough for me.   Oreo sure did miss him.  I don't think he's moved too far from him since he came home.   
It's been so beautiful outside the last few days I've hardly been in here long enough to turn on this machine.  Rain and cold called for today.  So far the cold part has turned up.  Need a jacket again.  This up and down teasing is getting old.
Well, there's all that daily stuff that I've put off this morning, so I had better get at it.  For some silly reason it just won't do itself. 
You have a good day.