It's hard to believe I've been home almost a week now. Whew! Where has this week gone? It sure has been busy. I like staying busy. Now to get adjusted to this hot & humid weather! At least when I got home the Missouri watermelons were just starting to come in. I bought my first two - oh they were so sweet!
I finally got all my tracking caught up here on Spark. I think I have it all in - at least I hope so.
I still haven't uploaded my vacation photos yet. My son has the camera because he's working on the fireworks show DVD we do annually. My brother is a big 4th of July fireworks fan so he goes all out and puts on a show that the neighbors all look forward to. Since he lives across the street from Boone Lake folks come up in their boats to see the show too. So I film it all and my son edits it down, adds some music and puts it on DVD. I can't wait to see it. I think he said it was about 21 minutes long this year. Yes that's a lot of fireworks - this is my brother's favorite holiday and he goes to a fireworks supermarket and buys lots - all sizes. I think we had three shopping carts to take to the car this year. Talk about fun unloading! My arms ached for three days.
Of course, Shawn and Rhonda have a cookout every 4th of July too. It was really nice. Shawn smoked a pork loin roast and some type of sausage. Rhonda made baked beans and a yummy macaroni salad and her Mom made potato salad. I enjoyed the day - I did show a little restraint this year but heck I got full just off the small amount I ate. We sat around talking until time for fireworks. After the fireworks and the first clean up, we went over and sat around the fire and had s'mores. Yes, I ate one since that's the only time I ever eat them. Great night with great friends and family.
Had my neurologist appointment Monday. She upped my daytime dose of "preventives" to a full dose like I take at night. Will see her in October to see if that's doing the trick. Since I had a lot of migraines while I was gone. She said the change in elevations could have affected them too, since I live at about an elevation of 300 feet and my brother's it's between 1700 & 2000 feet in elevation. Plus all the times I got sick in the mountains - not a pretty sight. The OTC stuff just didn't cut it. So in the future she said ask my primary care doctor about the patches, so I will. Anything to avoid throwing up like I did. Ugh!
Woke up with severe rib pain today. Must have been from loading and unloading some "heavy" things I got at the store yesterday that triggered it. That's my guess anyway. Feeling much better now. Nice hot shower and some tylenol helped.
Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! Love & hugs!
My dog and I walk several times everyday. Mostly just on our street and some of the other streets here in town. The honeysuckle has been smelling just wonderful as we walk along our street especially at night. When we walk we try to catch a sighting of the baby red foxes - there are three. They are adorable but neither myself or any of my neighbors have been able to make a photo of them. They stay well hidden. Late at night when you come down the street you'll catch them playing in the street.
So I thought I'd share some of the honeysuckle photos I made a few days ago when they were in full bloom. They smelled heavenly. I hope you enjoy.
This is my walking buddy, Precious. She's 12 years old now and just loves to walk. Everyone who sees us out jokes with me about whose walking who. I tell them I let her lead me where she feels like walking.
Wish you could smell what I smell every night. Hope everyone has a great night & hey, it's almost the weekend!
As many of you know I've had a year that has been full of one health issue after another. My latest is a kidney infection. I had a reaction to the first antibiotic and am currently halfway through my second antibiotic. I am feeling much better.
I had been having some right sided pain, middle to lower side. Well, I figured out what it was. When I went to my doctor he was kind of confused about what was going on, thinking maybe it was my kidneys. I figured it out last night. You see the pain only hits me in the middle of the night about 3am to 4:30am usually. It hit earlier last night. It has something to do with a back problem I've had for years. When I move a certain way - usually sweeping or raking the yard - my pelvis moves basically the wrong way and catches. A couple nights ago the pain hit in the middle of the night but I had apparently raised my leg up when I shifted positions and wham! it hit. At 2:15am this morning I was turning over and my dog had curled up next to my legs.So I raised my right leg up to reposition on my left side. Wham! The pain hit again! The exact pain I've been having. Now that I know this I'm going to have to continue to pay attention to see if this is the case in all instances. I knew it was partially to blame but never could figure it out. We'll see what the doctor says when I see him next Tuesday.
My heels have finally healed up and I can wear shoes again. Thank God! Talked to my brother last night about our walking and hiking ahead next month. Can't wait to get to his house and start walking along the lake with my best friend! Everyone knows I love to walk so I have a feeling I'll be walked out by the time I get home (lol). I'm having trouble with my toes on my left foot. I did get a prescription for diabetic shoes so when I get home I'll be looking into some new walking shoes - they recommended I wait since I was leaving before they could get them in and I'd be gone a month. So after I get home I'll be looking into the shoes.
I'm keeping fresh pineapple on hand for my coughs. It seems to help and it does ease up my wheezy feeling chest. One of those remedies I read about on Facebook one night after having several sleepless nights due to coughing all night long. I hate allergy seasons. We've had pollen alerts for most of the year. A new one everyday. Plus now we have extreme heat alerts so that doesn't help me either.
All in all I'm feeling much better than I have so that is definitely a plus. Maybe I can get back into a better routine again.
Next week is three doctors appointments before I leave next Saturday for my brother's house. Tomorrow I get my haircut - it's driving me bonkers. Thankfully my hairdresser is within walking distance - just hope we don't have a thunderstorm about 1pm when I'm supposed to be there. Tomorrow night's one of my friends high school graduation - I've known her since she was about 5 and she's thrilled I'll be able to come - her boyfriend is picking me up since I won't have a way there. This will be interesting to say the least - it's been 4 years since my son's high school graduation.
Hope everyone has a great weekend!
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This is the photo of the house and yard before we started. This photo doesn't show the concrete bench, bird bath, etc but it's just to show where the work was done.
This photo is Shawn laying the pavers along the edge after he marked the beds on one side out
Planting some of the plants: One bed at the end has day lilies, poppies, red peonies and miniature butterfly bushes. In the middle are more day lilies and a pink rose of sharon tree by the steps. On the other end is the hosta garden and a blue rose of sharon tree.
I can't wait until the plants start growing so I can post better photos of everything. My peonies were just bare root plants. The day lilies had just started to sprout before they were planted. The poppies, miniature butterfly bushes and the pink rose of sharon tree were already sprouted. The day lilies are from my brother, Scott, and Shawn & Rhonda's flower beds so they were nice little plants. I'll be sure to post pictures as they grow so you can see what I have. This is the first time I've had any plants around the outside of the house. When this house was built in 2008/2009 alot of the bushes ended up destroyed by the construction. My dogwood tree took a lot of stress and then the power company topped it last year while I was on vacation and I was afraid it was dead. A lot of it did die from all the stress. So here's to waiting and watching.