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11/24/14 3:33 P

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So very sorry that you are having to go through this....a challenging burden for sure....my 93 year old mom still lives in the home we grew up in..... but our saving grace is that my db and his wife live in the basement apartment of her home....and although they are both out during the day there is always someone with her at night.....I go there once a week with one of my 2 dd's and give my mom personal care needed...I am so blessed to have my dd's help me with this...and my mom is so grateful for all we do.....but I find I am always taking care of others...my 6 gks's , my dh, who is still recovering from hip surgery or my mom.....and with still working 3 days a week...I pray and continue to know it could be worse....take care my SP friend and know that I hope your db comes soon and you can get your well deserved and needed vacation..... emoticon

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11/24/14 2:59 P

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Take good care of you, my friends! I'm on my 5th week taking care of my mother. Very challenging. I miss my husband and my life. Mom is so negative and self involved. More so than in the past. She refuses to move from her house even though she cannot afford the care she needs here. She's content to have me move in and leave my own life behind for her. I really don't understand how she can think this is a good thing. Her world is very small. I leave when her care giver comes for two hours twice per week. Mom doesn't understand why I don't want to stay and visit. I so look forward to the time to shop or walk or read without interruption or worry. I'm getting a lot done on the house that will need to be done before we can sell, anyway. I'm not sleeping well so growing more exhausted by the day. Still planning to go on vacation with dh next month while my brother provides respite. I can't wait!



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10/21/14 1:28 P

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Oh I feel so bad for you.....but I can understand in wanting to do the right thing...such terrible memories for a little girl to be burdened with....you have definitely over come all your bad experiences and dealt with them in an adult manner....may God give you strength to endure this next faze in your life....you are a special person to go and take care of a mom who does not deserve your kindness and compassion......take care my dear friend....I will be praying for you and thinking about how you are coping...I hope you post when you can and let us know how you are doing...may God bless you and keep you strong......I will be here when you can return...... emoticon

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I am going to live with my mom indefinitely. So hard to leave my husband, but thankfully we have phones, face time and skype. Still, we believe this is the right thing to do. She will not be happy, but she refuses to go into any kind of nursing home and refuses to come live with us. It has always been all about her and what she wants. I guess for an only child who never told her adopted children that she loved us and believes she never did anything wrong in her entire life, this should not be a surprise. She will stay in her home regardless of how this impacts my brother and me. The care giver agency nurse threatened my brother with adult protective services although her own doctor and nurse practitioner agreed that she could be alone at home if that is her choice. I will try not to crowd her, but be available when needed. Perhaps she won't fight me on every issue. She is not well enough to be as independent as she wants to be. Will get a wheel chair to help me get her from room to room. I try to focus on good memories, but the bad ones tend to win out just now. I just want her to have the peace she never gave us. When she is gone I want my brother and I to know we took the very best care of her we could. He will provide respite care for me. I do need to find some neighbors or others nearby to help me get her off the floor when she falls...which she does with some regularity now. It is just too expensive and slow to have paramedics come every time. I'm trying to block out the memories of the beatings, the welts, the bleeding wounds she inflicted when I was young. I think she didn't know any better and couldn't control her temper. Thankfully, one of her dear friends an one of my aunts told me I was lovable and loved by God. With Jesus as my friend I could endure whatever mood she happened to be in. There are so many good memories and I will continue to try to live there when my mind wanders from the present. DH and I are supposed to travel in December, but thankfully I did buy trip insurance in case that is not an option then. We'll seem Meanwhile, he will drive with me out to California so I will have my car with me this time. Rentals are so expensive. Then he will fly home and fly out again when it is time for me to come home. Time for me to get busy running through my enormous to do list. Have a great day everyone!



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Just ate my way through four amazing days with our son's family. It was awesome, but now I must get rid of the bloat and start losing towards December vacation. Also, just found out I may need to go back out to care for my mom again. She is so weak and pretty confused. I'm waiting for a call from my brother to tell me how she seems today when he visits. Then, I'll know more. Have a great week everyone!



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10/17/14 2:03 P

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Welcome Pbouchie....hope you can join us often....we are all trying to loose weight on this journey the more we are the better .....

Hope all are enjoying today....I hope to watch what I eat today and this weekend....take care.

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10/15/14 8:18 A

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I can understand your frustration...I also have not been able to loose...I have gained.....ugh!
We just celebrated our Thanksgiving and it did not help having all that food around ....especially the home made dessert pies.....but I finally gave the last of the leftovers away to my kids and their families and brought over some desserts to my mom (she has a sweet tooth which I inherited)...so now no excuse to buckle down....hope all is well with the grandson's trip... we are getting back to watching my gs's hockey games this weekend.....they are so much fun and bring my dh and I so much joy.....take care and still praying for Honey ...... emoticon

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10/13/14 4:26 P

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Working out a lot, but still not seeing weight go down. Frustrating, but I am getting a bit more toned at least.
Getting ready to take a grandson on flight to see his cousins in a few days. Hoping he won't chicken out. Seemed pretty excited when we took care of him and his brother and sister Friday evening and again on Saturday as we watched his brother play in two water polo games. We'll see what happens.
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10/13/14 10:57 A

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We are celebrating our Thanksgiving today...so blessed to have all my family coming and helping out...take care all my SP friends...... emoticon emoticon

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10/9/14 11:53 A

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Just returned from meeting with the girls......some I've known since I was a child...need to make time to be with them...always so much fun....but life gets in the way....today was able to go for a walk in this glorious sunshine...my weight is still on the high side but I'm not going to get depressed about it...so many things to be grateful for...good health and the good health of my children and grand children....my dd will be getting her heart surgery in Jan and that's going to be my focal point of my prayers.....may God help her......take care and have a great day....

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Girlfriends are great. I need to make some calls and set up some get togethers for next week when hopefully it will be a bit quieter...at least at the beginning.
I've been working out pretty hard lately trying to get into better shape for a December vacation that will involve a lot of activity - snorkeling, swimming, hiking, boating, sight seeing. I need to build some endurance to keep up with dh.
Tending the three local gks Friday evening to daughter and her dh can go to a recruiting dinner. Tis the season to find new docs for his neuro-critical care arena. Dd does not enjoy these things, but she is expected to take part, especially with the wives if the applicant is a guy which most are.
Dh has colonoscopy that afternoon so not sure what kind of shape he will be in to spend time with the gks. Fingers crossed that all goes well. He's postponed this for a year and with each previous one he has had polyps removed so I hate to see him delay. His dad had colon cancer so would think dh would be more eager to stay on top of this. That's my little vent for the week.



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10/8/14 9:45 A

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Its easy to get off track....just have to get back on....but I know its tough with all the celebrations....you really have a lot going on..with your mom...I am sure you will make the right decisions with the best for her in mind......and what a pleasant trip you will have with your gs....and I hope you are feeling better...I am trying to keep up with the walking....love this time of the year....cool crisp days with lots of sunshine...this week like many others is going by very quickly...tomorrow I'm off and planning to get together with some girlfriends for breakfast....looking forward to some girl chats...take care and have a great day!

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I have gotten off track with nutrition the past few days with several birthday celebrations and just grabbing food on the go. I don't usually behave this way. I think I'm a bit stressed with my mom and not knowing what I should do next to help her. Also preparing to take our 10 year old grandson for a long weekend to visit his cousins. Gotta find out what documentation we need to fly with him. Recovering from a bug that still has me really fatigued. But, I did get to the gym both Saturday and Sunday. Want to swim more often while there to prepare for vacation that will include lots of water activities. I pray you are taking good care of yourselves even as you take care of so much else.



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10/6/14 8:40 A

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Thanks for posting when you can and keeping us updated about Honey in your blogs....may today be a better day...take care!

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Girls, I can't tell you how I miss these chats...I'm so sorry that I haven't been here. The last 30 days has been challenging and I'm just not able to do everything I want to do. I'm thinking of you all and your families and praying that you are blessed in all things. be safe, be sound. and know that you're in my heart.

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9/28/14 6:15 P

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Hope everyone has had an enjoyable weekend...weather was perfect for all outdoor activities...hope all is well with you and your family...take care all....

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9/24/14 12:47 P

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Good afternoon everyone...hope your day is filled with sunshine and all goods things......thanks for all the blessings and kind words about my DD...but it will be in the Lord's hands soon....take care all.

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Blessings, Stephanie, for you and your daughter today. I pray the visit will go well and you will have all the answers you need.
This has been a challenging day here, but nothing too out of control. Later I'm babysitting for three of the gks while dd and her dh go to a recruiting dinner in hopes of finding another neuro-critical care doctol. SIL is stretched pretty thin. It has been hard. But, I get to take boys to tae kwon do and water polo and will take some fun things for little sister to do while we wait and watch. Then will stop for pizza on way back to their house. May try to feed the little one during one of the activities as we won't get back until so late - after 9:30 p.m. I don't know how they keep up with everything, but they seem to thrive on all of this. I've not been to their gymnastics in awhile and I know they are both busy with their youth group, too. Runs dd ragged. She is recovering from some chest infection. Sometimes I wish she would just turn off the extras for awhile to let herself get some rest. But, that is not her. Take care ladies! Blessings



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9/23/14 8:14 A

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Good Morning....wanted to start this day by letting my SP friends know I am going with my DD to the heart surgeon....we have a Skype appointment.... with him this am to find out more about my DD's heart surgery.....and I am trying to be strong for her but inside I am a bowl of jelly...wish me luck and will let you know how it turns out.....take care and have a great day..hope all your loved ones are in good health...I am praying for you all.

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9/23/14 6:28 A

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Stephanie and Barb(et al), I'm so sorry the last 3 weeks has found me absent most of the time. As you all are also experiencing, health is a great distraction. I tried to read and catch up on your events and know that you all are busy as well. I just wanted to stop by this am before the day begins and say hello, thank you for keeping up with my craziness and know that I haven't forgotten you. Time will make the changes and things should eventually settle down to normal again. Be blessed, know that God loves you and you're not alone. Keep Sparkin'!!

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9/21/14 8:30 P

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Finally quiet moments after a busy day.....church this morning, then visiting a dear friend's mom at a funeral home.....her mom died much too young (84) from cancer.....then apple picking this afternoon with the youngest grandkids..lots of sunshine and warm temps....great day for it....lastly put some shelves together for added storage in the laundry room....now just winding down to get ready for bed...take care all and enjoy the evening....

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Started day by watching #1 gs play water polo. Now getting ready for a memorial for a dear friend who was 98. My husband is going to a funeral for our sweet neighbor who was 96. I used to sit with him most afternoons watching the world outside our window and listening to his stories. I was with him just before he died as his care giver came to get me to help him back into bed after he fell. He had gone down quickly and passed peacefully in his sleep. Whenever that happens I feel so thankful for not only that person, but also for the family. It is always hard to lose loved ones, but after a full and happy life it is certainly easier to say goodbye than when a young one passes. Wish these two services were not on top of each other as I would love to be at both.
After those I'll meet up with dh and head to the gym. It's been a couple days since I got over there so am anxious to get a good workout in.
So glad your mom is doing so well. My MIL is like that and it is a joy to watch her at 99. Enjoy those grandkids. You have a full day!
I, too hope Honey continues to improve and I pray for the challenging relationships you've had as well.



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9/20/14 9:34 A

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So good to hear from you Barb....hope your mom and MIL are both doing well...I'm going to my mom's today.....at 93 she is still very independent and I'm thankful for that....I try to get over to her house at least once a week to take her out....but her favorite place to go is Tues and Thurs afternoon's to a senior's club to socialize and play bingo, cards, etc.....while she feels healthy enough I am so grateful she still has friends to do these activities with.....

Meta ....prayers for you and Honey ....hope he is still improving...

Well this nonna (grandma) has a full day scheduled....my mom's this morning, my gs's hockey game this afternoon...and tonight watching my 3 year old gd and 16 month old gs....love it!...take care all and have a great Sat.....

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9/19/14 8:38 P

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Congratulations Stephanie. Hope your celebration is perfect in every way. Just came from a birthday party for a friend who is 85 today and still running marathons, climbing mountains and owns and runs several radio stations. I get winded just thinking about his schedule! Gotta get inspired to do a fraction of what comes so naturally to him.
Then tomorrow I have two funerals of dear friends. Seems so many highs and lows lately for so many people I know.
Have a nice weekend ladies! Blessings for good health and safety day by day.



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9/16/14 10:30 P

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I am sure that you will loose the weight once you have had a chance to get back on track....

So happy to read on your blog about Honey's improvement.....prayers are being answered.....thank the Lord.

Celebrating 42 years of marriage today with my dh ...doesn't seem like all that time has passed... blessed that we are in good health and still going strong...take care ladies and have a great evening...

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Speaking of gaining. I did just that the second half of my time with Mom as I ran out of my thyroid meds and for some reason I couldn't get a couple weeks of that from the local pharmacy. The communications between them and my doctor's office were feeble. I even called doctor office to straighten out the request, but no luck. Was out of that and my heart medication, but got along o.k., just ended up gaining even though very careful to eat only whole foods along the way. Since getting home, however, I have been less cautious and though I haven't gained more, I also haven't begun to lose. Must get back on track soon. Joined recreation fitness center that covers all the local county facilities. I went to gym yesterday and hope to get over there to swim tomorrow. I've been out of the ortho boot a few days and feeling pretty good. Not sure if I can swim well as tendon is not totally well yet. But, every day is a bit better. I do pray our ladies are having a good day - sounds like you both need a day of rest! Take good care of you. Blessings and hugs



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So glad that you had a chance to post and give us an update on your mom......thank you for your kindness with our struggles... which we all have...hope your mom is doing well.

Hope Honey is resting comfortably and everything is being done for him at the hospital.....and that you are taking care of yourself too...

I'm at work today and resting from the busy weekend...after Sat night having our friends over for dinner and then Sun afternoon having the kids with their families over for lunch (with the leftovers I made for Sat's dinner) I need a break from cooking and cleaning so sitting at my desk is a nice way to take a break today...hope the scale is kind to me tomorrow and that I haven't gained a lot...take care ladies and enjoy today...it will be tomorrow soon enough LOL.

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Things are beginning to deteriorate a bit since I left my mom, but she is doing o.k. One of her caregivers brought vaseline to slather everywhere. I'm afraid she will slip with it all over her feet. Plus, her skin can't breathe. A nurse friend told me it can be dangerous if near the nose and ends up in lungs. So, am trying to get its use stopped. Unfortunately, Mom thinks this greasy stuff is the best thing since sliced bread. I guess at her age I shouldn't worry too much.
I'm sorry you both have so many struggles in your lives. Life certainly presents with challenges and surprises along the way. Thankfully we are not alone. Blessings!



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Taking break from the preparations from the food I making for tonight's dinner party....I'm having my db and his new wife over to meet some of my friends....my sil being from the Philippines does not have many friends here, just a sister and bil...so I am hoping she gets to meet some of my friends.....she has been here since Dec and likes living here... but it must get lonely for her during the week days when my db is at work and only my 93 year old mom to talk to...and even talking is difficult with my mom...she is hard of hearing and my sil doesn't speak English very well....

think I'll call my kids and have them with their families come over tomorrow for leftovers...I'm making way to much food and it will be a good way to use it up...

thanks for your concern about my dd...she is living her life and not dwelling on what is inevitable....all I can do is support her and thank God that she is living under my roof where I can be with her...take care and I'll read your blog to find out how's Honey is doing......may God give you strength....

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As much as I love Honey, and as concerned as I am...my heart goes out to you dealing with an adult child. My DD recently had surgery and I stayed with GS but my mind was on her all day. no matter the age, our babies will always be our babies. I feel at times that Honey would rather I leave him and come on home, but I think it's because he knows I have an hour's drive in bad traffic. I'll just be glad to get this over. I keep falling asleep at my desk...LOL. Be blessed and keep loving all.

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Hope this weekend you get some much needed rest......and yes all my gk's act very differently when mom & dad are around.......especially the 3 year olds gds...much more whining and demanding with them......LOL

This weekend I'm having some friends over for dinner.....getting my dh to help with the food preparations....will be nice to see friends we haven't had time for through the summer....seems this summer has gone by much too quickly...

Thanks for asking about my dd ...with all your trials....she has a dr's appointment with her cardiologists (the one in town) this Sep 17/14....hoping to find out more about about her health...she is still functioning well but I would like for all this to be done and over with soon.....post when you can and take care.....


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Routine is still insane. How sweet for grandbaby to want you to come and get her. My DD was explaining to my sister that she should not spoil GS. Sister assured her that he was on routine and was not being catered to. SIL and DD decided to install security cameras...and now see that GS is lovely during the day, minds, is well controlled and just explodes with attention seeking behavior when they walk in the door. Now they check in during the day and are delighted with his antics...now believable since they can watch.
Sister left with brother to go to Ohio to see a project show for homes. They'll be back tomorrow night late.
I still can't sleep. 3-4 hours and I'm up. just tired. and too busy to worry about it.
Barb, love your mom and do the best you can. God is faithful.
Be blessed all and just keep Sparkin'!

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So glad to hear from you both...Barb hope your mom improves and that the changes you have made in her life are helping....

Meta how is Honey?...think about him daily and pray he is on his road to recovery....

My days have changed.....I still work Mon, Wed & Fri.....but now on Tues and Thurs I only get my 15 month gs and my 3 year old gd....the other gd's birthday is in Dec so she was able to start jr kindergarten.......my dh still gets all 4 grandkids off the school bus at 3:00 so they are all here to eat dinners.....so I'm still cooking those days....and be part of their lives....but the older ones always have activities to go to...so either my dh or a friend's parent take them to soccer, hockey, dance, gymnastics...etc.....had to laugh the other day my 3 year gd that attended school had a note in her bag that the teacher wrote......"she was very tired today and sat around and sucked her thumb all day and kept asking for her nonna (grandma) to pick her up)"...needless to say my dd was not impressed....well hope you are having a great day...my weight has been on the high side these last few days...but I hope to get into a routine and get more active...take care all..... emoticon

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Back after three more weeks caring for my mom. I left her better than I found her and arranged for someone to be there for a few hours each day instead of just the four days we had before. We changed, added and adjusted meds and found some physical helps for her. I also gardened a few hours each days with lots of pruning and weeding. I left everything looking really good, but know it will revert by the time I return again. While there I had six deaths of extended family and friends in a two week period. So sad! I sort of thought my mom would be one of those, but now I think she can hold her own for a bit longer.
You are having such challenges and I do often keep you in my prayers. Sometimes life seems a bit overwhelming. Take care of yourselves. blessings for bright days ahead!

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Back to the hospital this evening. Bro coming in so sister will be taken care of and I can spend more time with hm. Raining. Wind and grey sky. Pretty to watch but will be interesting driving to Louisville. Have you heard anything more about your DD's procedure? Have you had the babies lately? How is DH doing...still improving I hope! be blessed.

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Miss you too ......but for now God has other plans for you....take care of yourself while you are doing all these things....I read in your blog how much work you are still doing......take care my friend......I'm at work today and the day is going by quickly...looks like rain today too!


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Miss chatting with you, Stephanie. This will pass. Blessings

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All the Lord's plans for us are the best ones for us at the time......prays for you and Honey.

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Hanging on to Jeremiah 29:11.

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Meta I read some of your blogs...what a model and inspiration you are to Honey's family...may the Lord help you get through this.....and I'll start reading your blogs....you have many SP that want to know about this difficult period in your life...you are a much loved emoticon to all that know you...... emoticon

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Stephanie you might wade through my last few blogs if you have time. It's not good. He's in complete renal failure. His girls are better behaved as of last night. FINally they see the light...but too little too late. So much wasted time not wanting me to be in the 'family' and now they lose him. Or it seems that they will. Please keep praying. I know that there is a tomorrow. Appreciate you.

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I am praying that things are getting better for Honey....you and Honey are never far from my thoughts....what a trying time for you...but I am hoping today is a better day.....take care and post when you can.....

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Kidney failed. Shiley placed and dialysis will be tried. I'm staying at the hospital...will catch up later. To bed...do it all over again tomorrow

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I am certainly praying for him.....how are you doing?...take care of yourself too....don't spread yourself too thin....very hot temps here right now.....feels like its in the 100's....hope it doesn't last.....take care and post when you can...... emoticon

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Honey needs prayers.

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work day today and so busy at work no chance to get on my sites.....hope all is well and that Honey is doing well...post when you can...prayers for you and family....I'm home tomorrow so I should have more time...LOL!

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Just a short hello to all and back to work in the morning. Busy weekend. Interesting how we are all caregivers and in need of a friendly ear. I appreciate you all. Prayers and wishes for blessings as we continue to Spark!

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Prayers for you in dealing with your mom......I hope your situation gets better....I am so fortunate that my db and his wife live with my 93 year old mom.....my stays with her are just short weekly visits and sometimes those are taxing....she gets so argumentative and short tempered with everyone.....and all I can do is nod my head and agree with everything she says....

Just returned from a short stay on Pelee Island ....was so relaxing riding bikes, long walks...good food with great friends.....so glad that we went....hard to believe that today is Sep 1....my gks return to school tomorrow...so our routine will be to have just 2 grandkids for the day.....one 3 year old gd and my 15 month old gs on my Tues and Thurs babysitting days...all the other 4 will be in school and my dh will be picking them up...another school year begins.....take care all...

Thinking of your Honey and prayers for him also...hope all is well.....

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At Mom's now for past two weeks. I've extended for another week. Then not sure what to do. Her providers think I should stay indefinitely, but I do have my dh and dad's family to think about. Would love a clone. Dd texted that I'm the best mom in the world a few days ago. I replied that her three sweet kids would not agree. But, it was so wonderful to hear. Mom's dementia is challenging partly because everyone tells her she's fine except for me. But, one of her providers told me it is her frontal lobe that has deteriorated causing short term Mott loss, argumentativeness, inability to reason, lack of focus, etc. she's in or on the bed a lot more. Yesterday I think she was only actually awake about 6 hours. I've addressed many of her issues so she is coping se better. She's wanted me to leave since I arrived though I know she enjoys the attention. She doesn't qualify for the care place my brother's father in law is because she can't sleep through the night. We are struggling with what to do for her. She's very blind, quite deaf with myriad other issues. Very sad to see her like this.
Also, 5 deaths of friends in past week. Been writing lots of sad, but hopefully encouraging notes. Feeling a bit overwhelmed.
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I'll look for your notes. Be blessed

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Just wanted to post a brief message before we go....our friends will be here soon so we will be gone for a couple of days.....stay cool and don't over tire yourself working in the yard.....be careful under that mower...and have a nice visit with your brother...take care.

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Bless your DD for staying busy and living the life...but like you, I would be and am anxious to the max when anything happens with her. Even for her to go on vacations bothers me because she usually goes to her houseboat in another state and I have a fear of water. But she's safety oriented and intelligent enough to know her own body, so we deal with issues as they come. Your DD is alert and savvy after all these years and knows when to demand NOW attention. I'll be praying that a date is set soon...just to get it out of the way.
Honey's current concern is that I will be on time to get him to the hospital on the day of surgery. He would sit in the lobby overnight to avoid being late if I suggested it. He's usually dead head on time for everything ...or early....and I hate being early. I have other things to do besides sit in a car and wait for doors to open etc. Opposites attract.
Enjoy the weekend. I've never been up there. I've heard about the area, and it should be pretty weather. We're now in a heat wave with pop up showers that are annoying and short lived. But the lightning is dramatic. I'm hoisting the mower tonight so that I can crawl under and get a look at the belly. I'll jimmie-rig it again to finish the mowing. with Bro coming in I would prefer not to have a raggedy field when they arrive.
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Today I'll be home all day...typical watching the 3 youngest gks...and having the older ones over after day camp for supper......but I'll be praying and thinking about you and your Honey....pray all goes well.....still no word from my dd surgeon on a scheduled surgery date and she is out of town today for work.....always a worry and concern for me when she is out of my sight....but I'm just her mother can't say anything....so I keep quiet and worry about her constantly......well this last weekend of the summer we are going away tomorrow to that island I mentioned.... Pelee Island...its in Lake Erie and you can take a boat from the Canadian side or the US side (at Sandusky OH).......so there will be lots of people there......will get lots of walking, biking and fresh air with good friends.....always looking for your posts so I hope you get a chance to posts about Honey's surgery....take care. emoticon

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Hot and muggy today. We were at the pre surgery clinic all day and finally Honey was cleared for surgery. he has worsening heart issues but still not bad enough to stop the back issues. I got a lot of knitting done while I waited. Now to bed. Home too late to get yard work done.

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Hope your area is cooler today...we are having much cooler temps today and I'm enjoying it......this will be my last day until next week...I don't return until next Wed....hard to believe this will be the last long weekend of the summer...but my dh & I are going to the bed & breakfast place on Pelee Island and I'm looking forward to just relaxing, walking or biking for the weekend.....

How's Honey doing? ..... hope the pre surgery screen went well.......Praying for him that all goes well...take care and enjoy today..

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How fun! Your friend had the same reaction to your busy-ness as most people do to my gardening. i hired a teen earlier in the year who went home and told his family that he couldn't keep up with me. There's a secret. I'm so old and out of shape that if I sit down to rest, I can't get going again...so I just don't stop. I get more done and feel better after.
I make my eggs like that too. Just had it for supper a few nights ago.
Still hot and humid but rain is expected this weekend. I'm taking off tomorrow to get Honey to the pre surgery screens. He's nervous...and me too.
I'm too tired to keep typing...LOL...just be blessed and keep Sparkin'!

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Finally got a chance to sit...have supper ready....hamburgers and fried potatoes with a salad and an omelet....had some farm fresh eggs and love making omelets with them.....added green and yellow peppers with onions.....that's what I'm having.

Had a friend drop by for coffee and was so happy....she had breast cancer last year and does not go visiting very often so I'm glad she came here to visit.....guess I must have tired her out with my getting up to tend to my gkds every minute because she said after an hour of being here she was exhausted and needed a break....LOL....hope you are staying cool...I'm staying indoors today....way to hot and humid to go outdoors.....take care and have a good day.

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What a lovely weekend ahead for you! Enjoy. Still very hot and humid here. I'm at work but will leave in a few minutes and just wanted to wave. I think that the weather has a lot to do with our reaction to work et al. One of the nurses called in today but it hasn't been too bad. I'm just distracted with Honey and the plans pending for his surgery. eating too much and regretting it...but not enough to stop it.
A bit more work to get done in my yard and then while he recoups I'll go to his place and work. I should have plenty of time so I plan to do 1/2 to 1 room daily and that will give me maybe 2 weeks to finish.
Be blessed and keep loving the little ones...no matter how old or big they really are!

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Good Morning ...at work today and have no motivation to do any work...hope I shake this feeling off soon.....

So sad Honey's dd is not the welcoming kind....if only she knew when you get older and frailer you need your close friends and your family around you....may God help her understand.....

Another week of high humidity and warm temps....this long weekend we are going with 2 other couples to Pelee Island.....taking a boat over there and staying at a "Bed and Breakfast" older home type of place.....hope to get some relaxation and quiet time before school starts with the gkids and then I'll be busy with them.....not much to do on the island ...its not commercialized so we will be doing long walks, biking and just spending time with our friends....take care and enjoy your day.....oh and the lady that fainted was OK by the end of the mass....a little pale but OK.... emoticon

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Hope the lady who feinted is alright. Hate when things like that happen...want to run and help and rarely know what's going on. I have done talks at Parkinson's support groups. It's like living in a prison that you can't break out of. So sad.
Honey's DD is wanting to have a seasonal celebration for b'days next week before he goes into the hospital. I choose not to go. I'll be speaking at that church and can't cope with the stress of knowing that she prefers me not being there, but going anyway just to please him. So. for that particular day, I'll decline.
The young minister was very good this morning. His wife is from the area and her family came for the second service...filled up the pew as the saying goes...and it turned out that I knew some of them. Fun. Hoping the best for them. We need someone as soon as possible...but like your congregations issues with aging ministers, we are right there. We used to have a saying .." Some are called, some are sent and some just packed up and went". We have too many who went in the ministry without a calling and ended up burning out too soon. We'll just keep praying.
Had a church social this afternoon...too hot, too humid and not very many people showed up. Lots of kids. I can work in the heat if I'm moving and busy, but I can't stand to just sit and suffer. I felt ill and Honey was willing to cut the evening short after a couple of hours. I couldn't stop sweating ...so now home in front of a fan with the ac on. better. Didn't sleep well last night so will go to bed early tonight and start all over again.
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Have the gang coming...except my ds..he is taking a 2 day weekend course on how to become a coach for hockey.....with his son involved in playing hockey more so ...my ds wants to be part of the coaching staff.....celebrating 3 Aug birthdays today.....my dd, my sil and dil.....last birthday celebration until Dec.....get to take a break.....

went to mass this morning and someone at the alter fainted....(they have lay people help with the giving of hosts and wine to the congregation..represents the body and blood of Christ)....quite the commotion until she was safely brought to the back of the altar to lie down....hope she is doing better now....and yes not many young boys going into the priesthood these days......many of our priests are elderly and when one goes on holiday it is hard to get replacements.............

no storm over here.....glad we missed getting that....had a wedding last night and it was so sad to see the bride's grandfather with "Parkinson"....remember him as a fun loving person and now he is just a shell of the person he once was.....hope God helps him....

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In the middle of a severe storm right now. It's rolled through for the last 6 hours. the humidity has been overwhelming. I went out in the 'cool' of the morning to work on the yard projects and melted. Went to have a massage at 12:30...my last for a long time because of the scheduling over the next few weeks with Honey and other things, and shopped a little and then ...once home...just collapsed and napped for 3 hours. Missed working in the bricks and stone for the evening, but we need the rain. I was digging stones this morning and landed on some bulbs that had been long forgotton. Pulled them out to replant in the middle garden. That will be the next experiment...to plant at random and see what the Spring reveals.
GS would love the themed rooms He has such an imagination. Thomas the Train was year one...then dinosaurs, and now we're into zoo animals. they change so fast.
I'm praying about the pastor position and hoping the best too. There is such a shortage of ministers in our area right now. They used to be a dime a dozen and now few people want to go into the ministry. I can understand why not. The scrutiny is constant. I believe it takes a true calling to be in the spotlight so much. But I have met some mighty amazing men of God through the years and can only expect that the Lord has more to come.
I'm so glad I have my current position. Like your DD I was often expected to work weekends, holidays and switch shifts. Now I'm 8-4:30 M-F and off all holidays. I don't think I could go back to a hospital or other medical position again.
I had to laugh at the afghans this evening...So ugly...but warm and using up the scraps. Still packing up the crafts for brother's visit. Maybe some organization fairy will show up next year and help me get all of the crafts in order and I will have a usable barn to work in. LOL. Come on magic person!!
Off to bed...let the thunder roll on...I'm still tired.
Be blessed and keep hugging those babies.

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My secret for napping is separate bedrooms.....one is called the Frozen bed (after the movie called Disney movie called Frozen), the other room is called the Cinderella room.....and the crib is for my 15 month old gs......I put the 2- 3 years old down first and then rock my gs in the 3rd bedroom......sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't .... your afghan sounds colorful...I bet gs will love it.....hope your minister works out....he sounds like a good man....we have a wedding tonight...so again I'll have to watch my big mouth that I don't over eat....walked today to my youngest dd's house to watch the one 3 year gd and 15 month old gs...both parents had to work but my sil was coming home at noon.....one of the things my youngest dd doesn't like about working in the medical field...she ends up having to work some Sat......take care and enjoy your evening and be careful during this heat wave outdoors.....

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How in the world do you get 3 to go down for a nap at the same time???Wow!!!
I'm knitting a primary color child sized afghan (about 48x60) that GS can scrub around in. Diagonal stripes in a plain knit each row pattern. It has a little border on it, but I didn't want to do anything fancy for a 'soon to be 3' boy with lots of energy. I have a granny square full-sized crochet afghan almost done...just sewing the last 3 rows on and then the border, and then I have a crochet, dc pattern scrap afghan that's almost done. I'm trying to use up a lot of the stash and just throwing stuff together right now. I found several skeins of glove worthy yarn and still knit socks for sister and DD. Sister wears hers to bed in our unheated upstairs but DD only wears them when she thinks it will please me. LOL. They have hard wood floors and sliding is a hazard in socks.
The dinner last night was very low key and entertaining. I enjoyed meeting the couple who have an application in for the pastor's position. 16 of us locals were there and really 'grilled' him on so many things, from his hobbies to his stance on current politics. He was calm, pleasant, intelligent, and challenging. I was quite amused at some of the responses and really enjoyed the conversation. One pseudo messianic jew (literally, one of our men did a family history on his family and found that he had jewish ancestry and has been studying anything to do with that culture since) is very adamant that the congregation adopt his new ethnic customs etc...so we just smile and look at him. His own family, brother, parents....also just look at him. No need to argue that he was reared in southern Indiana and matza was not a part of the daily bread. I love people...they can be so interesting. Anyway, he threw out some very intricate questions to the potential minister who quoted several scriptures, even statements from Christ that basically stated that customs and traditions don't save you...it's the relationship with the Lord that makes us His. No response from the examiner. But all stayed very pleasant and lighthearted. That was a good thing.
The restaurant was so accommodating and the waitress was experienced and excellent. We have over a dozen men applying for the position, but this is the first time the elders and their ladies were involved in a social meet and greet. I learned a lot about the inner workings.
Honey is deteriorating rapidly. One of his friends literally followed him to the restroom last night to make sure he was safe. I don't think he has any notion of how fragile he seems...too many independent years behind him.
well...be blessed. eat some of that pot pie for me...it's my favorite! Hug the babies and just keep Sparkin'!!

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No bad attitude....you just like your yard....glad Honey has a good attitude about the surgery....
and spending time with gs will make the month much more enjoyable.....have all 3 little ones today and right now they are all sleeping....made a chicken pot pie & salad for supper and just relaxing right now....mosquitoes were too bad this morning to take the little ones outdoors so they just played in the family room.....cloudy and feels like rain today....what are you knitting?..my mom tried to show me once how to knit but I was much better at crocheting...hope to do that after I retire.....take care and enjoy today!

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Worked in the field until dark and decided to just clean up and go to bed. there are evenings my brain just goes numb...LOL.
Tonight I've got a date with Honey to meet with the elders of the church to interview a potential minister. The wives are going so he wants me there for company. Free food...who cares. hate losing time in the yard though...(I think I have a wicked bad attitude today). He's still excited over the pending surgery. glad...attitude will be a lot of the battle.
DD gave me several dates for GS...I'll work him in one way or another. It will be a very long month.
At work, closing at noon for meetings...I brought my knitting. Enough said.
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Thanks Meta for your thoughts concerning my dd....she is a bright young woman but when it comes to her health I still feel I have to put my 2 cents worth in....appreciated or not....prayers for Honey that everything will be fine....and I know you are always on the move but if there is anything I can say about time with gs.....just make your adjustments to spend time with him.....I try to say yes to all the babysitting I can but they always seem to remember the few times I had to say no......kids!...Wow to have your art work featured...you are definitely one talented artist lady......and I am sure your speech will be a huge success...you always seem to walk away from those engagements with more fans and friends.......when you write about closing up the garden I think of fall and then winter...not ready for either yet.....hope the fall season lasts a long time.....well I'm at work and have mega stuff still to finish so take care and enjoy your evening!

PS...My dh will have had his fill of making box lunches between today and tomorrow they have to get over 600 of them filled.....those seniors at the 55 plus games are a hungry bunch...LOL!

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The symptoms you describe for your DD are concerning. I'm sure with you nearby that she knows to make appropriate choices. Working in the clinic I see both sides of the coin. Like you, I want a 'sooner' surgery date...but the doctor sees the whole picture. I used to think that my doctors scheduled around their personal convenience when it came time to date things for me...but my urgency was so common to them. I had to calm down when I started doing triage and clinic work...I was cramming schedules so full that nothing was done completely...now I make sure I give ample time for anyone who comes in...if it takes twice as long..it will still be well done. Honey will be the only one scheduled the morning of his surgery and hopefully for your DD it will be the same. I hate 'line'em up' surgery schedules. I'm praying that Honey recovers as quickly and completely as your DD. He was weak last night and is moving so slow, but he is so excited to have hope.
My DD called and is asking for Sept play dates for GS. With the surgery and so many other things going on..it will be tight, but I'll have to just make adjustments. I'm also getting ready to speak at a church in another town, to be featured at an art show locally, and to close up the garden in the next few weeks. If I had a normal metabolism I would be bone thin...but just not the case. I would love to have a 'gang'. I borrow grandchildren from friends and spoil them ...one little girl, 2 years old with curly blond hair, came to the property last Sunday to fish..actually caught a bass and several blue gill..and hunted for shiney rocks and frogs. Clever little thing. Seemed amazed everytime something took the bait and waved bye as her grandfather threw them back in. I would love to have that amazement and innocense again.
We do not do bocce here...but we love box lunches. I'd find a way to fit in somewhere!
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Yes...I am so thankful for another sunny awesome day...but our temps are not anywhere near the heat wave you are experiencing.....take care of yourself. There is lot of prep work involved in getting our loved ones to the hospital...but that's what we do right? Glad your yard work is getting done and now you have Honey's yard work on top to do....what a wonder woman you are....and going into his home for his beloved cats is something I hope he appreciates...what a loving gesture that is......my prayers for him that the surgery goes well...my dh is almost back on track....he walks only occasionally with a cane now when he has been standing for too long...he has a busy 2 days coming up....he volunteered for the 55 plus senior games they are having at his local club...so he will be helping with the bocce and lawn bowling events and with the 600 box lunches they have to serve over the 2 day event.....he will probably over do it...but he so enjoys it that I don't have the heart to say anything......and yes both our men are stubborn in that way! Guess we are blessed to have them......

My dd and her family are settling very well....my dd and I with Moo (their 14 year old jack russell) and my 3 year old gd go for walks at night so that's the exercises I'm getting now....I love having her near and I am noticing that her health is not as "normal" as she says....her shortness of breath, dizzy spells, etc. concern me and I am urging her to contact her cardiologist to see where he is at in getting her heart surgeon with a surgery date.....

I am so grateful I have you to share these thoughts I have Meta.....take care and know that I think of you often throughout the day...today I have my gang back...the 3 younger ones during the day (2 -3years old gds and 15 month old gs) and the older ones (8, 9 gds & 12 years old gs ) after day camp so better get dinner started..... emoticon



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Praise the Lord for another day!
We'll see 105 temps today..it rained all weekend and the ground was soggy but will dry fast in the heat. I lost the top of a tree and am working on cutting it up to get it out of the way of mowing. I expext to get the upper field done this evening ...with the water and heat it will be too thick to mow by weekend. Just hoping the mower lasts until the end of season.
Went to Amish community last night. A young man there is restoring a wagon hitch for me and has had to hand carve it. What a neat thing to see. He's not professional, but the work is very satisfactory and I'm so excited to see something my father enjoyed brought back to life. All the plants are in and I'm weeding to prepare for the winter mulch cover. A lot of the plants will have to be thinned next Spring and I'm preparing beds for that.
The evenings ...when I come in...are focused on afghans that I'm working on. There's always something else to do.
Honey will go in about 4:30am on the 3rd and into surgery about 7:30. It will last about 5 hours and the doctor has told him that he will probably be in for a week due to his overall health issues and then probably be in rehab for an extended time period. Honey has been told that he will be discharged when he can walk 100 feet. Doesn't sound like a lot, but there is an indication that the pain scale will be enormous and that will be the focus of control for several days. Honey says that he will walk the distance before he leaves the hospital. He's already grieving over not being with his cats.They both tolerate me, but he's the king and gets all their bonding time. His request is that I will go and spend at least an hour with them every day...I'm allergic to cats, eyes water, sneeze, itch, and just stuff up...so I'm taking a clinic mask and going for it. The teen across the street from his house has agreed to come and help me clean his yard up...trimming, weeding, and general gardening...so it's coming together.I expect to call in the day before just to get his laundry done, pack and prepare for the stay. He'll need a haircut and shave and it's just the stuff you've already been through. All he wants is his coffee and a daily paper and he's content. Sister is old school and can't believe that I will stay for the whole day. She thinks a short visit is enough since 'we're not married'. After 11 years of being around him...we're just about as close ...but that's what it is.
Enough of this prattle. How are things lining up in your world. The new tenants settling in okay? I can't imagine! Prayers for your DD. And you too!!! DH still coming along okay? he must be an amazing man! I think he and Honey have like mind sets.
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Afternoon everyone....

At work today and I've been so busy with month end stuff the day is just flying by......have to go see my mom tonight after work, she is so upset that her hairdresser is gone on vacation and she can not get her hair done for her weekly outing to her seniors group on Tues so I offered to go.....she was so thankful...makes me so happy small gestures like that make her so happy.....I am so blessed to still have her.....

Honey's big day is coming up fast....how many days will he be in the hospital?...have the dr's said?....will be praying for him on the 3rd.......

Barb hope your travels go well and you are able to get all the things you need to get done for your mom....

Its getting hot here too....today is still a nice day in the upper 70'sf...but by weeks ends its predicted it will get into the 80'sf....

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Back to work today. Still having wet weather with massive fog for our area. Expecting temps in the 90's before week's end. working the hall today and less stressed. Honey is hanging in there. I'm still working on the afghans and just taking it day by day. God is so good.
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Safe travels!
Had a routine church day other than a dry run drive to make sure we knew how to get to the outpatient clinic for Honey.
Raining here and the new plantings really need it.
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Preparing to catch my flight. Still haven't told Mom I'm coming as she would only tell me not to do so. Haven't been sleeping well as so much has been on my mind. I'm sure to forget something. Still, this is a journey I need to make and pray I can somehow help her find peace and comfort. I'm supposed to visit one of my Stephen Ministry care receivers before I leave, but have decided to minister via phone. Can't drive with this boot on so plan not to change into a regular shoe until I'm getting my rental car.
I'm also just finishing a two week elimination diet so get to add in some things beginning tomorrow. I doubt I actually have food sensitivities. I suspect my issues are more related to the ms and fibromyalgia. But, I'm glad I gave this a try.
Have a great week everyone. Blessings for the upcoming surgery and all the beautiful gardens and family.



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Barb, your post is so timely...Honey is having his fusion on Sept 3 and is so anxious. Your information really helped. Continued healing to you both.
I've been in the garden all day. the heirloom lilies are weeded and ready for the new mulch, 4 new tea roses and several other plants are now in place, I've dug out almost 100 usable bricks, and I weeded a lot. I also finished the turnover (dirt) and tilling and will be putting in bulbs next week. I'm dog tired and heading for bed.
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Oh Barb I hope this is the beginning of a better time for you and your dh.....I hope you are feeling better with your foot and your dh is healing with his back surgery.....my dh had hip surgery in Jun...nothing like back surgery your dh had...but the recovery for my dh is going well.....I thank God for that......also your ordeal with your mother must be double challenging having her so far away....I pray all is going well with her and you....

Meta hope Honey is doing better......his clingyness is probably due to not knowing what to expect with the surgery.... be careful with trying to do it all for Honey ...get help if needed.... I am so happy you are going to get the recognition you deserve for your art work...just the few pictures I've seen tell me what a talented artist you are.....

Tonight we have a family wedding...its going to be so nice to see people from near and far...we have relatives coming from Florida, Toronto, etc....just better not over indulge and eat way too much....LOL....take care ladies and remember I am always thinking for you.... emoticon

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Sorry it's been awhile since I've been here despite this being my favorite thread! DH had fusion back surgery in November and the recovery has been challenging. He was home about two months, but continues having a lot of pain and many limitations. However, doc said it would take a year at least for the graft to grow in. He spends as much as time as he can at the gym and can run on the treadmill. Tried outside a couple of weeks ago, but that was a big mistake. I just got put in a boot for a tendon issue in my foot. Had surgery to rebuild foot and achilles tendon in '98 so keep me upright. Doc says the problematic tendon is one that was transferred. After pain began I continued to walk, hike, and enjoy summer. I did tape it up part of the time for support, but since I could walk through the pain most of the time I didn't want to baby it. But, yesterday he said that it needs to rested as much as possible to see if it will heal. Because it is a transferred tendon it is a bit precarious in any case. No sooner had I begun getting used to the idea of being more still, than my brother called telling me I need to come out to my mom's to take care of her for awhile. Her pt and rn want me to help her learn some new healthy, safe habits so she can stay at home. I kind of dread going as I know she prefers to be alone. Yet, I fear the time has come when that cannon continue. So, I leave Sunday for two weeks, maybe longer, maybe less...we'll see. She fell a couple of weeks ago and though not really hurt, it did shake her up and everyone is really concerned for her safety and health. She's had so many unwanted 'visitors' - social worker evaluating home set up, nurse, nurse practitioner, physical therapist, and her regular care giver who comes a few hours three days a week to change her pain patch, clean, do laundry and keep her company for a bit. This last one and I do not get along. We would have made a change in March if Mom wasn't so determined to keep her. She was so taking advantage and I ended up calling her boss. Gave no specifics, but reported Mom is offering things she shouldn't and Niecer is accepting things she shouldn't. The elderly are so vulnerable and don't even realize what is going on. But, now according to the nurse and pt Mom is a bit confused about new orders and equipment. So, I will do my best to help her get comfortable with the recommended changes to medications and routines.
I will likely be at SP while gone this time. The last time I didn't get to it and I truly missed the encouragement and the friendship that is here.
It has been lovely to read and catch up, but I am so concerned for some of the tough issues. I am praying for you, my dear friends! Blessings for a lovely weekend.



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Hey Barb!!! Yea for posting...glad you came by.
Stephanie, things are getting brighter. Honey is a little clingy but okay. he's just anxious and will settle down after it's done.
I'm going to be the featured artist in Oct for the local arts counsel. They have businesses in town who promote artists from the area and a few of my old students asked if I would display. Not jumping up and down about it, but it will be nice to get some feedback.
I have the weekend set aside to get the garden lined and all the plants in. The local nurseries are having end of season sales and I'm literally getting 90% off of some pretty expensive plants. Odd bushes, roses, and several perennials that I will take a chance on. Having thick glass put in some iron tables that I found in a junk store to set around the walks, I'll put vases or artwork on them as eye candy. Next year we ought to be ready for visitors. Praise the Lord.
Your DH encourages me about my Honey. they sound like they have similar personalities...'don't hold me back' attitudes. Honey plans on being home in a couple of weeks after the surgery. I plan on having his house cleaned and the yard in top shape.
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Morning...much cooler than normal today...but the sun is shining and I'm thankful that its not raining.....

Barb so glad you posted....how have you and your dh been?...Love your pictures...beautiful family.

Meta....your garden must be a piece of heaven on earth.....what a labor of love you are doing....

My dh & I are attending a family wedding Sat...its going to be so nice to see relatives from Florida, Toronto, etc.....but today must get through the work day and then the weekend will be here.... emoticon take care all and have a great day.

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I pray the surgery will help a lot and that somehow those girls will be kinder. It must be so very stressful for you. Blessings for peace, health, love in your lives.



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Thanks so much for the support and prayers Stephanie. I've gotten a little more sleep and am starting to see the light of day again.
I've gone to the garden at least 3 hours a night and have pretty much finished the brick walk..almost ready for the final topping of sand to be swept down into the cracks of the bricks. Seeing that site finally come together after years of battling weeds and disorganization is a blessing. A neighbor teen has been working on the pond because he loves to fish in it and is halfway around it. I can keep it trimmed if I can see the edge. Finding all of the whole bricks in the pile salvaged fromt he 1800's is a pretty neat event too. I'm finally getting the projects in working order. Getting back into my routine has helped the health out...I've already lost the 6 pounds I gained from not taking my med and overeating. I'll stick with it until the surgery...but being at the hospital will be interesting. I'll just pack lunch.
Working...not a big change with that. This evening I'm going to the meeting for the local art counsel and joining. I want to get my work out to the public. Hoping to get prints made this fall.
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Hang in there...Honey needs you and he will need you even more after his surgery....I feel sorry for his girls ...they are clueless as to what is important to life...may God keep you strong ...you need to keep up your health...so many people are counting on you .......and vent all you need to...that's what I'm here for....to listen to your happy occasions and well as the negative things that are happening in your busy life......take refuge in your garden work when you need to...you have a gift for so many things...singing, painting, crafts, love for your family ....just remember why God put us here and feel strong because of that...you are an amazing woman...I could not do all the things you do.....and still put on a happy face.....you have no idea how I look forward to your daily posts...they are the first things I read when I log on to Spark....take care and lets pray that everything goes well....after 2 months my dh is walking better and will be cane free soon....and that's what I will pray for for your Honey. emoticon

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Rain stopped Mon night. Drying out with a beautiful day.
Honey is eager to get the surgery done. I'm trying to stay as healthy as possible until the date (and of course after) so that I will be able to function. His DDs have not let me know if they'll be there or not..but the surgery will be over 5 hours and he'll probably be in a lot of pain afterwards. i'm expecting him to wear a brace and have to use a walker for a few weeks until the site begins to heal. He will have 3 vertebre and discs replaced and possibly more depending on what they find once in there. I'm exhausted. I can't sleep and my stress level is to the max. I just want him well and safe and all of this done with. Last night I went to the garden and worked until dark and felt better, but I know the animousity that his girls feel toward me and just can't relax around them..we all smile and play nice, but his youngest was more than willing to throw out several barbs during the office call yesterday and I feel that I have to grit my teeth and ignore it. Life will go on. I've already told sister that I will be at the hospital for the duration and she will have to find a place to be...she's really insecure about being alone...so my being with him will be a double trial. I will need to take care of the pets and house and hope to call in a cleaner to help me get it ready for his home coming. It may be a month or more before he gets to see the place again. I asked the girls if they would help me clean it out/up and was informed that I was not part of the family. 11 years and it just feels like nothing will ever change.
I'm sorry, Stephanie...I'm just so tired today and this saga just rolls on. Prayers please. It will work out.
Be blessed, love the babies and know that I appreciate having an ear. Life just gets interesting sometimes! LOL

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Glad you were able to get a set date for surgery.....how's Honey doing?

I'm working today too and we finally have some sunshine after the rains.....got almost 4" in some areas...thankfully no flooding in our area but my dil was 4 hours on the road getting home from work from Oak Park MI....most freeways were flooded and people where leaving their cars abandoned.....what a mess....rest up and take care today....

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8/12/14 11:37 P

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Surgery is scheduled. Back to work tomorrow. I'm drained. Will talk tomorrow. Be blessed

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8/12/14 10:37 A

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My prayers for Honey's Dr's visit....I'm at home today but the rain started last night and has continued into the morning...flooding has been a big problems for some areas.....not much happening today...just watching my youngest dd's 2 little ones (3 yr gd & 15 months old gs)....summer's winding down and thats OK....need to make a light dinner for us later so better go see what I can put together...have some fresh Basil from my pots on the deck so will probably make pasta and tomato sauce with a salad....take care and hope all goes well today.

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8/11/14 9:41 P

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Stayed with GS today. Will be going to the neurosurgeon in the morning at 0930 for an appointment to see if surgery can be done to help his back. His youngest daughter is supposed to meet us there...it's a 2 hour drive for her and she's not leaving until after 8am...so I'm a bit doubtful that she'll make it. But we'll wait at the surgeon's office until Honey can talk to her. She still thinks that I'm making up his condition. Interesting that she gets generic information off of the internet and believes it more than the doctors taking care of him. I'm tired and heading for bed. Make the best of August in the office and just keep Sparkin'! Hope your DD and family enjoy the stay at the getaway. Be blessed.

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8/11/14 7:40 A

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At work right now and its very cloudy ....so quiet in the office at this time....keep thinking this will be my last Aug here......my dd and her family (the one that moved in) went to their cottage in Northern ON for the week....close to Lake Superior.... I have been there and its so peaceful and beautiful up there.....they also took my 12 year old gs...he's been there and loves going.....gets to fish, canoe, hike the trails and go swimming....hope all goes well with Honey, when is his appointment for? and enjoy your day with gs...take care.

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8/10/14 9:55 P

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We've had rain for several days. Can't get into the garden. Plants are fully alive and well. I'll have to find a winter home for them soon. Starting Wed...if the rain stops, I'll start on the garden again and now the focus will be on shutting it all down for Fall. I have about 5 weeks left before the season changes.
Honey and I took a dry run to the neuro location today to make sure we could find it. His youngest daughter will meet us there. We're nervous but hoping for the best. Tomorrow I get to be with GS. Just loving the idea of spending time with him.
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8/10/14 10:05 A

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Walked to mass yesterday because today I have a bridal shower ...good friends of ours are marrying their son in Oct and today is the shower...will be nice to see friends I haven't seen all summer....

Dh finally feels strong enough to go to his first bocce tournament of the summer....he loves playing but mostly he loves to see his buddies...so I wished him well and told him not to over do it today.....

My dd wanted her plants indoors....said the bugs would get to them outdoors...I don't know much about large plants so I cut off all the dead leaves and brought them in and watered them.....hope they are OK.....time will tell......

Read your blog...glad the day went well and that Honey made it OK....loosing siblings is so sad...they are usually people that have know us the longest.....take care and enjoy your Sun....

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8/9/14 9:40 P

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Home again. Posted my blog about the day...but just ...like you...worn out from all the activity. Back on routine tomorrow.
We won't be bringing in plants for another month.It's rained all day and most of yesterday so we have a good soaking and needed it. I still have more plants to get into the ground. I saw a magazine program today about homesteading and a lot of the ideas were in my realm. So..I'm collecting ideas for next year's work.
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Glad its Sat today...not planning much...went to watch my older gk's last night (parents had a wedding in MI) and did not get home until 1:00 am...can't do that anymore....today I feel so tired and I'm just dragging myself.....will rest the morning and then cut the grass...dh is still doing physio for his hip and although he is doing much better walking with a cane he still is favoring his right side (his left hip was the surgery).....beautiful day outdoors...hope you find your destination and its a smooth trip....I brought in all my dd's plants into the house (the one that moved in last weekend)...will trim them and then water them and keep them in the living room where they will get lots of sunshine...wish I knew the names of all these plants....they are all huge and my living room now looks very tropical....take care and rest when you can.

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Took the day off. Gave Honey a haircut, had a massage, shopped, stopped by the clinic to close out a forgotten chart, filled the car with gas, filled out Honey's medical papers, worked on an afghan, opened some plants up to the rain, and got the map for the trip to the funeral tomorrow. It'll be a long day. I don't go back to the clinic until next Wed so it will be a good break.
I'm honestly happy for your plans to retire. I just need to keep going a bit longer but it will pass fast. Be blessed and keep Sparkin'!

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8/8/14 10:48 A

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Good Morning ...hope your day started out much better than yesterday...I'm at work today and as usual the day is quickly speeding by.....hope you are better from you allergic cat attack....be glad your friend is not the "Duggar Family"....twenty children and counting...always wondered how they could afford so many...I'm having a hard time with mine...trying to help out sure gets expensive at times......well better get back to my work desk and plug away at July month end stuff.....will miss the people I work with but definitely not all these reports....have a great Fri.....

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Sister will start the 'talk' soon ...telling me to get my things put away so that 'we'll have a place to sit'.
Was in the field until dark, overslept this morning and ended up working the lab. Left my ID at home, lost the cell phone in the field and had to search for it this morning...then stopped and took Honey's 2 cats in to be groomed...then had an allergy attack from the cats. And the morning is finally over and I'm taking a break ...LOL...
I have the little friend with 7 children and it struck me when I read your note that potentially she could have 14 parents and 28 GK's coming for holidays...or more....I suddenly became very content with my one. LOL...Just keep Sparkin'!! AND loving the little ones...no matter how old they become!

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Don't fret about your place...I'm sure your db is coming to spend time with his sisters and the projects around him will probably interest him more that anything else...I know I'd love to spend a few days around a place I could go from place to place and find something to do in each one....

Hope the funeral goes as well as it can.....

Hard to believe fall is just around the corner....this summer as most has gone by much too quickly.....

Getting my youngest dd's 2 little ones in about an hour (3 year old gd & one year old gs) and my one 3 year old gd lives here now so I better take advantage of this free hour and get some house cleaning done...take care.

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8/6/14 4:53 P

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Funeral will be Sat. We're heading up that morning, but I decided to take off Fri too. After I finish the mowing this week I'll clean the blades again and start to get ready for Fall. The rain is still promised, but still a no show. I'm pushing to get ready for the time I'll lose with the ground being too wet to work, but it will be good for the new plants. i'm watering but they still seem wilty.
I'm so impressed with your adaptive powers. My youngest older brother is planning on coming home soon and I'm stressed to the max. Our old house has little air conditioning and we sit in front of fans and he's used to comfort. We don't mind because we're used to it, but others coming in are really uncomfortable. I also have all of my projects scattered around...the painting, yarn crafts, quilting, etc and then the outdoor gardening projects included...well, it's not condusive to calming visits. Oh well...we all have to adapt ...
Be blessed, love the babies and keep Sparkin'!!

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Sorry about that...don't what I was thinking but please give Honey my condolences on the loss of his sister...what a tragedy.....take it easy on the other half of the fields....and make time for gs...with my dd and her family living at my home now my oldest gs (12 years old) has a job of walking the dog they have....Moo (a jack russell) is 14 years old, can't see well or hear well but he is their baby...I'm at work today so they day is quickly going by......take care and enjoy today!

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