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Big Surprise of the Year (maybe the decade)

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.


Health Issues

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!!

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BLITZEN40 1/18/2013 10:16PM

    So sorry to hear things aren't good with your health. Sending healing wishes your way and I'll keep my fingers crossed for you that the results of your tests are good. The camp out sounds like a nice distraction. Sometimes we just need to get away from it all. Hope you have a nice trip and feel better soon! emoticon

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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."

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IMREITE 1/9/2013 10:13PM

    It is always better when kids van make smart responses instead of getting mad.

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BLITZEN40 1/9/2013 9:48PM

    Ha! I love his closing comment. He's right, you know! emoticon

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NIKKICOLE83 1/9/2013 9:05PM

    That is so cute.

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NGCHILD 1/9/2013 8:46PM

    Great story! Aren't kids great!!

Enjoy your week!!


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One of Those Days at Work

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! :-)

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BLITZEN40 1/7/2013 12:03AM

    Wow, so you work at a day care all week and then man the nursery at church on Sunday as well? I love kids (especially babies) and all but everyone needs a break sometime. Hope you are getting a chance for some you time and not overdoing it. Glad to hear you had help with the group of 6, especially with one sporting pink eye (can you refuse care for an obviously contagious child?) and a teething 10 month old. On the bright side, kids are fun and never a dull moment, so it makes the time go by fast. Plus think of all the calories you burned! emoticon

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Root Veggies

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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NASFKAB 1/6/2013 10:12PM

  I fry kohl with a little onion green chili & salt & some cumin seeds cut it like match sticks do try it

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    I'd be interested in knowing how you liked them. I've had neither!

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BLITZEN40 1/1/2013 7:33PM

    I've heard great things about celery root here on SP. I haven't heard of kohlrabi before but it's always fun to try new things. Let us know how it turns out! Bon appetite! emoticon

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