Sunday, August 1, 2010
Barron had surgery on his rotator cuff on July 8th. He did well and the surgeon was able to reattach the main tendon to his rotator cuff as well as his bicep muscle that was 50% torn off. Recovery has been stressful but I'm hopeful we're beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel. He's not use to sitting around and is wanting do something other than watch TV and walk around Target and Walmart with me! He has started physical therapy so that will keep him busy. We see the surgeon tomorrow and he'll tell us when he can go back to work.....LIGHT DUTIES!!! They say it'll be 4-6 months to recover 100% and that's only if he really works at the physical therapy.
One of the pictures is right after I got him home from the surgery and he was not a happy camper. The other one is from his first physical therapy that started last Friday. I keep telling him that by Christmas he'll be back to normal (whatever that is)!
It rained today and he enjoyed walking around the backyard in the rain. I had to make him take his sling off so it wouldn't get wet! I happened to look out and caught him pulling a couple of weeds...oh well, it made him happy!
Monday, May 17, 2010
Barron and I drove to Flagstaff on Friday and spent the night in celebration of his birthday. It was a much needed break on so many levels. Saturday turned out to be "Armed Forces Day" so that was an unexpected treat....we caught the tail end of a parade and there was an air show at the airport. Between seeing the planes and visiting the train station Barron was in 7th Heaven!
I love the show "Diners, Drive In's, and Dives". Last year the spot lighted a diner on Route 66 in Flagstaff. I've been wanting to go ever since. It's called "Salsa Brava" and it was yummy. It's mexican food and they brought Barron fried ice cream for dessert. He loved it....I've had better!
All in all a great week-end. Looking forward to hearing from Barron later this morning. He sees the surgeon at 8am. His shoulder hurts all the time now and seems to be getting worse. He's ready to feel better.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
It feels like things are finally coming together for Sam. He's got a great job making fairly good money, looks like he might have a government grant for school, and he's finally decided what he wants to do....at least for now.
He and I spent the whole of Tuesday together (his only day off). We went to Gateway Community College and got information on the respiratory therapy course they offer. He needs about a years worth of pre-recs before he can start...he enrolled yesterday for those at EMCC. We won't know until May how much his grant is. If it's enough, he may quit work and do school full time. That would be great. So school wise, he's finally on the right track!
Barron and I took him out to celebrate last night at Ruby Tuesday. They have an awesome salad bar and great burgers. Plus we had a buy one get one coupon! We had a wonderful time just eating and talking with each other. We were there for over two hours! It was the best.
Barron has been working alot of hours and I think it's finally starting to catch up with him...both emotionally and physically. He hurts all over, he's tired, and he needs some time off. Unfortunately, that won't be happening for a while. Looks like he may have to work Saturday AND Sunday this week. Poor guy.
We are hoping to get to Vegas sometime next month...once Honeywell is finished the project their working on now that keeps him there so much. And our plan is to drive to Seattle sometime this summer. We haven't done a big drive like that is some time so it will be interesting. Keep your fingers crossed for us!
That's all for now. Hope everyone is well and happy. Love you all!
Saturday, March 27, 2010
My best friend in 5th grade was Kay Fritz....and she has continued to be my best friend ever since. There have been times when we have gone for years without seeing each other or even speaking to each other. In fact, I lost track of her about eight years ago. Well, she found me on facebook last week! Would you believe she lives fairly close to us?! Sort of anyway. About a twenty minute drive. At least for the next two weeks when she'll be moving...it'll be a forty minute drive then!
We met up last night at Islands Burger for dinner. It was wonderful. It was like we'd never been apart. We just picked up where we left off. It was three hours of laughing, eating, talking, and just having a great time. It was so fun being with her again. We're both looking forward to spending more time together. We may even invite the husbands next time!
I'm so thankful for friends. Heavenly Father certainly knew what he was doing when he "invented" girlfriends! Where would we be without friends? I remember in grade school learning a song with the words, "Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other is gold". How true. But, eventually, new friends become old friends and your life is surrounded with gold! Just a thought!
Family and friends. Life is good.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
I can't believe it's been this long since my last post...actually I can. It seems I blog as well as I journal. Not my strong suit at all. But, and I know I've said this before, I'm going to try harder.
I really can't even catch you up on all that has happened because I don't remember! My memory is awful and I seems to have passed this fine quality on to Valerie! Sorry, Val.
So I'll just say that we went to Seattle in February to spent time with our three beautiful granddaughters. We had a wonderful time. They are growing so fast. I miss them and wish we could all live closer. Or one of us could win the lottery so we could afford to visit every week! My fantasy is to buy a house in Seattle so we could summer there and winter here in Arizona! I really don't think that's asking to much, do you?
We are now planning a trip to Vegas. We usually go in August and meet up with Barron's brother and sister. This year we have decided we need some alone time. So we're going in April while it's still cool. The problem in August is that it's just to dang hot and we don't get to walk around outside very much. We love doing that. Anyway, we're looking forward to some time alone. You know, alone........me, Barron, and a slot machine! KIDDING....sort of!
It'll be interesting to see how long I go before I blog again. At least I haven't gone a whole year! Later....love you all.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Since my last post, we have added a new granddaughter to our clan. Seth and Barb were blessed with little Penelope on Feb. 18. She is beautiful. We were able to travel to Seattle in April to see her. We enjoyed a wonderful visit with Seth's family. They spoiled us rotten....so much for us going to help them out! We got to get to know Barb as well as wee Penelope and love them all so much and are really missing them.
We also got to spend time with Nathan, Clare, Cheska, and little Lolly. Another beautiful family! I couldn't believe how much Lolly had grown in just over a year. She's a little girl now. But, to show her love for grandma, she waited until I got there to take her first step! That was an exciting time for me! Cheska is 9...turning 10 in Sept. She is learning Irish Dancing and wowed us with her abilities...and she sings like an angel. Nathan and Clare also spoiled us and we are missing our Seattle families. So much so that we are going back in August!!!!
More good news....our Sarah is pregnant! She is due January 1st. Another grandchild that lives much to far away...Oklahoma. I now call Jon, Papa John! He loves it!
Anyway, it's late and I'm tired. I'm going to try and do better at posting on this blog. It's hard for me to remember yesterday let alone the past year so that's my memory or the time I've neglected blogging. Hope everyone is well and I look forward to hearing from you!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Look how cute my darling little granddaughter is. I thought being a mommy was fun, I had no idea how fun being a grandma would be. Too bad I only get to see her grow up over the Internet...sad day for me. Maybe one of these days I'll have a grand-baby that lives closer to me...hint hint ;)
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
After the first session this morning there was a comercial about keeping a journal on-line. So I went to the site and signed up! It great! You really have to do it. It's going to be so much easier than writing in a book. They even spell check it for you! Anyway, check it out.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Ok, pay attention, there's going to be a quiz at the end of this post...
Also, all their linens and bathroom stuff was on sale. So, I bought us a new bedspread. First off the old one is getting ratting...really...the stuffing is coming out! Also, I'm tired of it. It's been around for over five or six years now! BORING! Our bed needed a facelift! Naturally, I've been keeping my eyes on the look-out for a while now. Well, you guessed it, today was the day! Unfortunately, the selection was pitiful at best. Two colors to choose from. BUT, I found a fairly nice, much needed bedspread. Regular price, $49.99. My price, for being at the right place, at the right time, $12.48! That's right, boys and girls...$12.48! You heard me correctly, I said $12.48! Let me say again, also, I LOVE TARGET!!!
At first I debated because the color wasn't exactly what I had in mind. But the price was right. And I figured for $12.48, I couldn't go to wrong. Well, I got it home, put it on our bed, and I think I really like it...now I just have to make sure dad likes it. Not that he really has an opinion on this sort of stuff, but it's always nicer if he likes it also. I'm sure when he finds out it only cost me $12.48 he'll LOVE it!
I'm also posting pictures of a couple of towels I've made dad in the last little while. Mind you, they weren't as expensive as the $12.48 I paid for the bedspread! I found these at Walmart for $2.00 each. Dang, I'm good! No wonder dad keeps me around!
Ok, quiz time. How much did I pay for our new bedspread? The first one to comment back on this blog with the correct answer, wins! This is NOT an open blog question so you'll be on the honor system!
UPDATE: Pictures not downloading right now for whatever reason so I'll post them later.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
That morning Barron and I were still in bed. Val and Sam were getting ready for school. The phone rang and I answered it. Sarah, who was living in New York, called to tell us that a plane had just crashed into one of the Twin Towers. It was a short conversation as we immediately turned the television on. I don't think we had it on more than five minutes when we saw the second plane hit the second tower. It was so hard to digest what was going on. Suddenly there was talk about it being a terrorist attack and no one knew if or when another plane would target another place. We debated about having the kids go to school. I don't remember how we came to the conclusion to let them go, I just remember that they went. I don't remember the time frame but then the Pentagon was hit. Then the first tower fell and I remember thinking that if the first one fell, the second one was going to fall as well.
I was glued to the TV for the next month or more. I must have watched that plane hit the second tower a hundred times. It was so unbelievable. The news reports were bleak at best. The hospitals were expecting hundreds of patients and they waited and waited and waited. The hospitals never got the flood of patients they expected...there were few survivors. That night I heard a report that there were children who hadn't been picked up from daycare.
I hate remembering that day. It's so sad. Our country changed. I hate to admit it but that day I learned not to trust anyone who looked like a Muslim. Even when we went to Vegas a few weeks ago, I noticed that there were several young guys that looked like they were Muslims waiting for the same plane as us. I got myself into such a panic! They ended up leaving and I felt better. I HATE that I think and feel that way.
Anyway, I just wanted to remember and pay tribute to all those who died or lost loved ones that day.... to firefighters and police who died trying to save others...and to the human spirit that helps us to move on. I don't know anyone who died or anyone who lost someone from 9/11 but I do feel like I mourn with those people. I think in some small way, we all lost someone that day.
I haven't really been able to capture my thoughts very well....maybe there are no words. I'm thankful for my testimony of the gospel. That testimony helps me to understand why bad things happen to good people. I do love this counrty and I'm proud to be an American!
FINALLY!!! Yeah photos are great, but it was getting painful waiting for a new blog from one of you guys!! I miss you!
I can't believe you, Sarah, of all people would write that!! According to my records, you haven't posted in.....
I'm not complaining.......oh, wait, YES I AM COMPLAINING!!! Post a blog every now and again or at least pick up the phone and call!!! Did I mention that I love you too? Well I do.
This blog is also intended for THERESA!! Val...good job with the blogging!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
But I did have a good day today. I haven't been in a cleaning mood for many months now and one finally hit me today! Our bedroom is a disaster! So I went to town........it's still not finished but it will be tomorrow. I couldn't believe the dust in here, I'm sure it was half an inch high! I did my wall unit today so tomorrow I'll get dad's in order. And I need to dust the window sills. They are especially bad. Bored yet?
Dad and I were getting ready to go to the gym tonite when I got a call from Cheryl. She's a young mother in our ward with cancer. I'm the compassionate service leader in our ward and I'm in charge of making sure that Cheryl is being taken care of. It's been a great experience for me on many levels. Getting to know Cheryl has been a blessing. Her courage is remarkable. I'm not sure I could handle what she's going through with the same grace as she. It's not just that I've never seen her without a smile.......there's something else but I'm not sure what it is. I do admire her and have really learned to love her. The women in our ward have been great. I usually have three meals a week going into Cheryl's home. I would say that 95% of the time, these women thank me for calling and giving them an opportunity to serve! WOW. I've done this calling before and it was like pulling teeth trying to get people to take a meal to someone. So it's been a true example of love and kindness to me. Makes me think of the scripture, "In as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these.....ye have done it unto Me". I have to admit that I have never thanked someone for asking me to take a meal to a family in need! So it's been a good lesson for me.
Anyway, she called and told me she was going to enrichment tonite. Her husband works nights so it meant taking three kids with her. She had mentioned earlier in the week that she wanted to go but the thought of taking three kids on her own was hard. I told her that I'd go with her if she decided to go. So instead of gym, I went to enrichment with Cheryl. I have to tell you here that this is only the third time I've gone in the four years we've been in this ward!
Well, both Cheryl and I had a great time. The meeting was on service. Everyone wrote down a service that they were willing to do on an index card. All the cards were put in a jar and we sat in a circle taking turns picking a card from the jar. They did it like we do our white elephant gifts. You could either choose a new one or steal someone else's. There was everything from a meal, to cleaning, to babysitting, to homemade Christmas cards! My service was to make a dessert.....the bishop's wife got it. So this Sunday I'm making their dessert. I'm getting a carrot cake from a gal in our ward who got the recipie from a professional chef. She can bring me the cake but isn't allowed to share the recipie. Well, I make a dang good carrot cake so I'm looking forward to seeing if it's as good as mine! It'll be fun.
When we were coming home the lightening was all around us! It was so pretty! So, you know me, I had to come home and take a picture of it! It took a bit of doing but I did manage to get some pictures! So that's what I'm posting tonite.
Anyway, I'm thankful today for good examples! And I'm thankful for the opportunity to serve in the relief society. I love the Lord. Have a great day!