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Sunday Night and All is Well

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Saturday Tim and I went to a "Derby Day" party... this couple has been having the party for 24 years ( I think I've been going for 19). Guess what new addion this year... the Lady's Hat Parade. And I I won a bottle of champagne! Do I seem like the type that would have a Victorian style had in her closet? Well, I had loaned mine out to a friend and had to get it back, but yes. Our town was established in Victorian Times and we have a Festival every September... yeah I know still doesn't seem like me... but Friday of festival weekend is "3rd grade day" and all the 3rd graders from the 5 schools in the Township dress in Victorian Garb and go to the one room school in the "village area' and play Victorian games... the parent chaperones have to dress up too, now you get it. My last child will be in 3rd grade this fall, )so I still have "the Hat".

"The Hat"

Me in "The Hat" added at 11:40 pm for Annie

Restated the Obvious... again... who do you think is going to clean this up since I can't? (SSSSShhhhhhh now it's some can't and some won't.)
Today I walked around the yard and pointed out what needed to be done. I got some "yes dears" from DH til I stooped to pull a few weeds. Then he and Claire and Tommy (Abby was lucky enough to have a Girl Scout Meeting) picked up sticks and pulled weeds for 2 hours. So, I did fold some clothes.

My Mom made dinner in a belated birthday celebration; yum pot roast, mashed potatoes, fresh spinach and broccoli. And of course birthday cake.

I am tired, but happy.

Walked around at church and the yard... so I did some physical... got some chores done around here by myself and others.... many reminders given about how we talk to each other, still, but only one room banishing and several "sorry Mom, sorry (insert name of offended party here)" so we're still working on that.

all goals a work in progrss

I'm a tired girl, so I'm off.

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NO-41_RAZZYS_PL 5/4/2009 12:00PM

    Oh, Lynn!! It's GORGEOUS!! Did you make it? Is it a REAL Victorian vintage or a reproduction? I think you look ADORABLE in it!! I can just IMAGINE you from back in that Era... do you wear the whole Victorian day suit/dress 'costume' or just the hat?! What a BRILLIANT tradition for your town!! I just LOVE history and it makes me sooo HAPPY that you love to get involved in the Festival too!!

Sooo... your Festival is every September... like a parade? a fair? I would LOVE to see that!!

There's a lot of the Antebellum down here... perhaps I'll get involved... AFTER the fat melts. hahahahaha! Don't want to look like Aunt Pitty Pat in Gone With The Wind! emoticon

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TINATC26 5/4/2009 8:37AM

    I simply love the hat...not gonna say "it's you!" but it is a sight to behold!! Glad to hear things are moving along in the transformation to a well-oiled family machine... They seem like they are really getting there, but from experience there is one thing I am going to say: you are probably always going to have to remind them. In my house, I find with DH it's just a Mars and Venus thing, and with Tony, well, the testing of limits does not seem to end.. But I think the key is not that we have to remind them, but that they respond to our reminding without a fight..know what I mean??

I hope you had a good night, and will check in later..


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NO-41_RAZZYS_PL 5/3/2009 11:12PM

    mmmmmmm... sooo HAPPY (& kinda' jealous too) that you live close enough to your mom to get to visit! Roast... ahhh, shouldn't be thinkin' about roast & potatoes THIS time a' night! but, oh, SLURP! and with two of my favs' for veggies!! Oh, DROOL!! hehehe! with cake, NATURALLY... hahaha!!

I'd LOVE to see your hat! Love your new profile pic- MUCHO GUSTO!!

Glad to see 'the gang' is pitching in, Sweetie, and that you're getting a bit of sunshine & fresh air too!!

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Progress yeeeehaw

Friday, May 01, 2009

May 1st. I have made a lot of progress, especially when I remember how I felt last weekend. So, my recovery from surgery... almost three weeks out has been good.

My family is making progress. The dish washer was unloaded without my even asking!!!! (I did have to reload it last night as it was jammed with dishes that were too dirty to get clean in there... but still.) The girls helped me fold two loads of clothes and everybody already cleaned up their rooms. ( I just explained... should I have to... that if they just use their hampers and drawers, and make the bed in the morning... I won't have to bother them about their rooms again...)

We all went to Costo tonight... I made it for 2 hours (including dinner) I used a cart to lean on some, but walked. It wasn't exercise pace, but let's not kid ourselves... that's not my pace right now anyway so it was 1.5 hours of moving which is huge. I'm hoping not too huge, but so far so good. I'll probably sleep like a baby tonight.

More tomorrow.

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NO-41_RAZZYS_PL 5/1/2009 10:35PM

    Happy May Day, Sweetie! Sooo glad to see you up & moving- and, I know how gr8 it must feel, just to get out a bit... especially with your cart for a crutch, but DO take your mending/healing time serious, Lynn, dear.

What good girls!! Is Tommy helping with chores too?

I hope you're day was sweet with green and blossoms... and that there was laughter and merry making for you and yours, Love!

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Little bit of Axing/ Little bit of Walking/Swine flu thoughts

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Are we noticing a theme here? Lots of "little bits". Abby walked with me we walked a bit farther and she reported that I was a bit faster and straighter! She's a good kid!

As far as axing... I just declared that the rooms should be clean before TV as well as the lunches and homework. I can't say my announcement was met with "JOY" but it was also not met with arguments or surprise so ... PROGRESS!

on a side note... I really hope that my gut is right... I'm feeling very Y2K about this swine flu "pandemic". I think this will give us a good "dry run" in case the countries' medical staff needs to work together and mobilize for something even more deadly. I am hoping that it remains responsive to Tamiflu and that people remain calm.

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TINATC26 4/30/2009 10:10AM

    I hope your gut is right, too, Lynn. I will tell you I have the same feeling, not that it's not serious, and not that people with weakened immune systems will not be impacted more seriously, but that generally it will be okay. Let's hope our leaders keep their heads about them and keep everyone calm in the meantime..because I fear hysteria is not far. You should have seen some of the online comments to an article in the Boston Globe about 2 kids from Lowell who have been confirmed to have it after a family trip to Mexico over school break...uninformed, ignorant , scary people out could get nasty..

and big time congrats on the "cleaning up" goals, they are whipping into shape, they are!! And if you keep those little walks up, soon they'll be big walks!! Keep up the good work!!

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2LABS2LOVE 4/29/2009 8:52PM

    Hi Lynn,

Glad you are feeling better. You are right, little bits at a time. Your body is healing nicely and you should be proud of all that you have accomplished. This will all be behind you soon. emoticon

As for the flu, I live in a rural area and am not a bit nervous. I usually take Nason to the outdoor museum but now I am worried, but outside he should be fine...I won't let him play in the indoor area. He means so much to me that I couldn't bear it if he was sick. I had a rough stretch with him being sick with everything....rosela to allegric reactions while I was working and I am a bit nervous.

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A "little bit" of exercise

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I walked a bit today. I have committed to walking outdoors everyday now that I am recovering well, and past the two week "lay low" period after my surgery. I walked to the "long corner" and back (.25 of a mile or less). I thought I felt great, and I do... but am I slow. My daughter was tactful but I could see it on her face. A friend saw me on the way back and stopped, rolled down the window and said, "What are you doing?" She said "You look good, how do you feel" I admitted to " a little tignt" she said I was "a little bent over".

So, I got some fresh air, did what I was supposed to do, feel fine. And got reinforced that this is going to be a "gradual process". I wish I was more of a "gradual girl". But, I guess I can learn from that, too.

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MISSDIANE1 4/29/2009 8:37AM

    Great job Lynn, remember Slow and Steady Wins the Race!

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2LABS2LOVE 4/28/2009 10:23PM did great!

I am not comparing surgeries, but after Nason was born, I remember taking a walk and it was so hard to walk even small distances but it was nice to be out.

You will be running in no time. I am impressed that you were out already anyway! emoticon

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BUGS_MOM 4/28/2009 8:50PM

    Good job getting out! I hear you on not wanting a gradual process but you did get out and get fresh air for a quarter mile. Keep going Lynn! emoticon

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#3 Axe it Focuses... a new week

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

We are focusing on two things this week.
One is emotional... we are axing negative tone/words. The axe has been weilding. The girls boss Tommy. Tommy ignores everyone and does what he wants. The girls are 13 and almost 11 so there are times when evidently their father and I are incredibly stupid. These circumstances can provoke mean voices often and mean words as well. I am giving a warning/reminder/explanaion/example when I hear it and then sending people to their rooms if I hear it again.

When Claire was sent to her room while we were getting into the car for the religous ed. celebration (Daddy was in the house... had to go to class later) they were all shocked... Usually I wouldn't want to be late, they also thought I wasn't going to take her(and I told her next time she WOULD stay home), since then all I have to say is TOV (tone of voice) and they reword themselves.

Our other effort is onging from last week. No TV after dinner until all things for school, homework, lunches, any papers needing to be signed, instrument practicing, clothes out for the next day, backpack readied are set. This used to be the rule before Daddy was in charge of mornings, as we had an early, strictly scheduled window to get out... but that eased up, and we did too . Not to all advantages. Now mornings are much calmer and relaxed so that is going in the right direction.

We're off!

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JOANN562 4/30/2009 2:11PM

    emoticon that is spectular Lynne! I am sure it is a lot of work, but will be sooo worth it in the long run.

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2LABS2LOVE 4/28/2009 6:16PM

    My hat is off to you Lynn!


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L.I.L.MOMMY 4/28/2009 5:10PM

    Way to go, sounds like you and the family are making progress. I fear it would take a cattle prod or an act of God to make changes with the men in my life! LOLOL

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TINATC26 4/28/2009 3:51PM

    I am so very proud of you my friend...there is nothing easy about what you are trying to do. I always say trying to institute new rules/ways of doing things is tougher on me than it is on my house...and the same for you. So congratulations on not giving up, and even more exciting, for making great progress!!

Love ya, T

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