Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Every now and again one of my kids totally, totally surprises me. Today, it was my youngest, when he asked me, quite out of the blue, if we could go to the art museum this evening. I'm surprised my jaw isn't still stuck to the floor. Then, taking my silence for reluctance, he tried some bargaining and said to me, "How about if I write a report about it afterwards?"
Be still my heart!
So, striking while the iron was hot, I drove to the art museum this evening. He took the map they provided and planned out our route. First stop - the Aphrodite exhibit! (He just finished reading D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths.)
After that, we toured Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, spend quite a bit of time in Latin America, and also the Far East. By the time we were getting to American art, I admit it, I was totally exhausted. My feet were killing me, as was my funky arthritic hip. I all but begged him to call it a night, and he agreed.
We spent 2 1/2 hours walking around the building. Not strenuous exercise by any means, but if I had stayed home, my only exercise would have been walking the dog (which I did anyway, after we got home). I think I owe Danny one for upping my exercise by a large amount.
Friday, January 18, 2013
Well, I haven't been feeling well lately...actually, I have had pain in my stomach. As a cancer survivor, of course my first thought is that the cancer has returned. :-( So, much as I hate going to the doctor, I did. As a form of hopeful denial, I went to my GP rather than my oncologist. He, of course, didn't know what it was, so he ordered a CT scan. First it had to be rescheduled while they waited for insurance approval. Sigh. Today they called me and said that insurance had approved it, but the entire amount will be going towards the deductible. Over $700! Yikes! Yes, and what was my reason for choosing a high deductible again?
Oh, well, it will be Monday morning. I will also be getting an MRI of my arthritic hip. This I think is a waste of time and money, but the doctor thinks cortisone injections into the hip are preferable to surgery. I am not sure I agree. Anyway, an MRI is a necessary precursor to cortisone injections.
Meanwhile, I think I have an UTI - I can't remember ever even having had one before. The doctor sent the prescription to the pharmacy without even talking with me. They're so common, what's the big deal? Ha!
Sigh again. I am used to generally good health, even though the arthritis makes itself felt now and again. This makes me very unhappy, and of course scared.
I just need to stay focused and positive. I don't want to scare my kids. My oldest leaves to return to college on Sunday. And, to take my mind off things, I am going camping Saturday night. Girl camping. In a heated lodge. With a kitchen. And real beds. Sounds like the kind of camping I can handle!!
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
My 11-year old was reading about some African countries, and he was reading off the names to me. First he said, "Niger," then he paused and said, "Mobe-a-squeak."
I said, "Do you think you might mean Mozambique?" His big brother and sister erupted into gales of laughter - and I must admit that I did, too.
He said, "You know, everyone, laughing is good for you, and I think you should thank me."
Sunday, January 06, 2013
So...the first mass I only had one child to babysit. He's a great kid, really, but very high energy, and he always wants to play with someone. Someone today was I. And, being all boy, his idea of play is usually pretend guns and swords, so I spent a rather...interesting...hour or so crashing TinkerToy sticks with him, or pointing brightly coloured foam bricks at him and yelling "Pow pow pow!" I did draw the line when he poked me in the stomach with the 'sword.'
I do not complain, however - at the second mass, I had six kids. I did have help at that point, however - my three kids had arrived to help man the ship. There was a little girl recovering from pinkeye - she is never any trouble, but her parents were concerned she might still be contagious. Then there was the ten-month old who is really very sweet, but who was not happy until I pulled out his bottle. He snatched at it so fast he almost knocked me over. Once fed, he was almost a little angel. Almost because he wanted to get into absolutely everything. And everything he grabbed had to go straight into his mouth and get chewed on. This meant a great deal of toy-washing after church was over.
The rest of the kids were no real trouble, except for the messes they made and the constantly wanting to do and play with and attempt something else.
I am glad it's over for the week, and I will be interested to see what I get next week! :-)
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Trying some root veggies tonight for dinner. I am cooking kohlrabi and celery root in boiling water, and I will puree them in the food processor afterward. I can't wait to find out how they will taste. I may not like them, but the only way to find out is to try.
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