Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Memories - Are Made of This!



Look what I got in today's Mail - a Notice for 2017 Holiday Show In New Prague MN.  What Memories I have going there with my dear friend Phyllis.  and her daughter Bunny.  She enjoyed shopping the boutiques, especially around the holidays.  what pleasant memories.  I do miss her very much.  You see Phyllis passed away this past July from Cancer.  So these memories are bittersweet.  We always did have fun driving around to the different boutiques, shops, and sales throughout the year.


My friends Phyllis, Gayle, and Bert & myself
at my daughter's wedding Ju;u 4th 2015

This year has been a sad one for me because of losing my friends to Cancer. 


   Cancer seems to be all around me.  In 2015 my Brother Bobby died from lung cancer and yesterday my daughter-in-law's Mother Bonnie Passed away from Cancer.  My Neighbor Pat is recovering from cancer treatment - it has been a rough year for her and her husband Pat.  We need to irradicate this blight on our loved ones.  

Feeling Sad today! Cancer has taken another dear friend

Yesterday I learned that my Daughter in Law lost her Mom to Cancer.  I know she is devastated and in deep grief.  My Son has been there by her side.  My Prayer has been that Mom went peacefully, I know she is now in the arms of our Lord Jesus.  I feel Sad for my son and his wife but Celebrating for my friend Bonnie.  She is where she wanted to be, with the Lord.  Bonnie was such a sweet woman and a friend. 

This is the Second friend of mine who has been lost to Cancer this year.  My dearest friend Phyllis died this past July to Cancer.  It's a sad time for me and a great loss of two very lovely ladies.  I also have my neighbor Pat who is fighting cancer.  I have watched her struggle with this disease and have praised the Lord for the little forward steps she has achieved so far.  I do pray she will be a survivor!

Cancer has come to close and personal for me.  I Lost my daughter in law Jenny to Cancer about 6 years ago. She left behind my Son and 2 beautiful daughters who are 10 and 13.  I really support Cancer research and do wish we could eradicate it. 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

A Post Surgery Note!



Since my last blog in June my world had shrunk - I have been having a lot of pain and discomfort with my back and was not able to get out to my normal groups, see friends, go out to eat with friends or Church.  My back discomfort had gotten so uncomfortable for me I needed to take a lot of rest breaks throughout the day.  I thought that my "Spinal Stenosis" was getting worse. I finally spoke with my Rehab Dr and asked for a referral to a Neurosurgeon.  I had an MRI early August and got to see the surgeon 2 days later.  My Diagnosis was very different than I thought, "Spondylolisthesis" Level II out of 4 - I asked what happened at Level 4 and he replied, "well the vertebrae fall's completely off the spinal column.",
 We discussed surgery since L4 & L3 were both bad and Surgery was set for the 22nd of August, a day after my 75th birthday. Whoohoo! Happy Birthday to me.  The surgery went well - He fused my vertebrae, L4 to L5 and L3 to L4.  I spent 3 days in the hospital at UT Medical Center then was transferred to Rehab, Life Care of Jefferson City, where I spent the next four weeks of daily OT and PT to get me up and mobile again.  They were phenomenal! Diane in OT became my mentor, and Carmen and Kyle in PT pushed me to walk and gain my strength back. I am their Success Story.  
Today, Saturday, Sept 30th I have been home from rehab a whole week and already am more mobile than I thought I could be.  I've been using my cane in the house and my walker outside.  Yesterday I had my IV Therapy for my "Rheumatoid Arthritis".  The challenge was to walk the long hall to Dr's office and back to the car.  "I Did It"! I also so my Rheumatologist on Monday.  Whoohoo! My day's outing - to the Dr's Ha Ha.
It has been very nice to be home again, I have Home Care for the next 3 weeks, (OT - 1 day a week & PT 2 days a week), I look forward to being completely on my own and do out PT - OT.  I apologize for getting a little long winded but I am looking forward to the next phase of healing, I may still have pain and discomfort but my hope is more freedom and mobility. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

my visit to Windsong Hills Alpaca Farm

Yummy Mohair Alpaca Yarn
Valoriea with the Baby Alpaca
The Owner - Polly with a baby Alpaca



 Early this month of June I visited the Windsong Hills Alpaca Farm with my neighbor, both of us like to knit and crochet.  I had a wonderful and relax full time. The "A Time to Keep Crafters Guild" meets there every other Tuesday from 10 am to 3 pm.  I plan on returning for a class on needle felting on this upcoming Tuesday. 

 I enjoyed looking thru the shop and bought some yarn while I was there.  Polly, the Owner lent me some knitting needle's and I was able to start my project with the yarn I had purchased.  

Windsong Hills Alpacas is Owned by Larry and Polly Gray and is located at 266 English Mountain Road in Newport TN 37821 Phone# is 423-721-5257  They are on Facebook also as  Windsong hills alpaca farm 

It is very peaceful up on English Mountain at the farm.  

 









Dianne's Granddaughter learning how to spin

Ladies - Chris, Dianne &Valoriea Relaxing on the porch


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

My Bella - Parvo - "Oh No!"




My dog Bella 


On Sunday May 6th I drove down to Carrollton GA to visit my daughter and family for 2 1/2 weeks. My granddaughter Zuri will be graduating on the 19th and I wanted to be there for that. It was a lovely day for a drive. This past week was a difficult one for me concerning my puppy Bella.  Starting Tuesday pm Bella wasn't feeling well she vomited and had a large diarrhea stool that was black in color.  (indicating bleeding) I feared she might have swallowed something and thought she had too much table food on Monday.   I cooked up some rice for Bella and she seemed ok on Wed but on Thursday night she had more diarrhea black stool Friday am I called Nancy's vet, made an appointment and took her in, they tested her for Parvo and it was weakly positive. I was devastated and scared for her; Parvo,  - is deadly (85% survival), for young puppies. Parvo is highly contagious and they did not want her in the office. They sent me home with meds and an IV bag of lactate ringers solution after giving her some shots. I spent Friday night giving her Pedialyte every half hour through the evening and night and the IV fluid twice a day.  I was so thank-full that that Nancy  & Thomas were here to help Me. I could not have done this with ought their help. 

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I am happy to report that Bella is her perky self today. Thanks to all the fluids and meds.  I have found that jasmine rice, overcooked with extra water worked great. I chopped up a small amount of a chicken breast and added that to it. I add 20 ml of pedialyte.   She's over the worst but still has meds twice a day till the end of the week. I'm glad she loves peanut butter so I mix them in a small amount and give her "peanut butter" treats.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Yesterday Morning Benji took his final trip over the Rainbow Bridge.

Yesterday Morning we said goodbye to a dear little Doggie - Benji

My daughter, her husband Thomas & grand daughter Zuri said goodbye to their


beloved pet of 4 years Benji.  Benji was a rescue dog & was 17 years old.  He had many health issues - he was loved by all.  Read more about Benji in my blog about an act of compassion.  

Ive spent the last 4 weeks in Georgia

The Cherry Pit Quilt Shop downtown Sevierville TN


It's hard to believe I've been here in the  
Georgia for the past 4 weeks visiting my daughter Nancy.  Wow I packed a lot of Summer Fun in the last 4 weeks since drivin down here from my home in East Tennessee on Sat May 28th.  

On my drive down I took the slower route, enjoying the scenery.  I love to stop at quilt Shops and Thrift stores along the way.  
My 1st stop was at the "Cherry Pit" Quilt Shop in Sevierville, TN.  I had arrived mid morning on  Saturday not realizing that they closed at noon. after chatting  with the staff I only had 15 minutes to shop... No problem, I went back to their discount area and picked up some scraps - (I filled a 5"x9" ziplock baggie) for $4 - I got some cute pieces of laminated Plaid fabric that I will sew into zipper pouches & some 6"x1 2" fabric pieces I will use for my applique blocks. Quite a little haul... I was too early for Row by Row since it didn't start till the end of June.  I also checked out some upcoming classes in July that I'd like to attend.  After leaving the shop I went across the street to the "Bee's Knee's Bakery" for some coffee and a pastry.  They have a cute shop and I enjoyed talking with the owner.  I plan on stopping by again when I go down for classes in July.  

The 1st couple of days I spent relaxing and enjoying Nan's screened in back porch.. A peaceful shaded haven from the summer heat.  I enjoyed the warm summer breeze. The birds loved the shade trees back there too and they sang their little hearts out while the squirrels ran up and down the trees and fence... Nans Plants are flourishing on the porch and her Christmas Poinsettia is blooming too.  

June 1st my son Earl, his wife Rikki and my youngest granddaughter arrived from Minnesota.  Nancy and Zuri drove to the Atlanta airport to pick them up.  

Summer Fun Time Began!  

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Thoughts of Home - Memories of Moments in my Childhood

The Tappan Zee Bridge on Tarrytown NY 



Above is the Tappan Zee Bridge in Tarrytown NY a 3 mile span across the Hudson River.  Construction was started in March of 1952 and opened in December of 1955, 60 years ago.  It is a busy bridge and when 1st built it was the Longest span at that time.  I remember Opening day well - I was 13 years old at that time. What a celebration! We lived on Taxter Road in Elmsford just about 3 miles from the Bridge.  Mom, Dad, my Brothers and I all attended.  We walked to the Center of the Bridge and looked out over the Hudson.  It was exciting to look down to the water below, what a beautiful sight the shores on both sides were.  Today they are constructing a New Tappan Zee Bridge just North of the Old Bridge to be completed the end of 2018.  Of course it will be wider and Grander than the Old bridge with 4 lanes each way. Perhaps I could be present for the opening of the new bridge... Full circle... It should be a grand and glorious day... but the old bridge will still have my heart and I will remember it fondly...  

 In 2013 My youngest daughter Elizabeth and I visited my brothers in NY and we took a trip to my old homestead on Taxter Road and Traveled over the Old Tappan Zee Bridge.  Of course the landscape was very much changed and almost unrecognizable.
 Here are some pictures of the area on taxter road that I lived at... Our neighbors old mailbox is seen strapped by a metal band to the tree of the driveway that connected our house to the house on the hill above. 

 The next picture shows where our old well used to be.  Now reclaimed by the woods that surrounded the area leaving only the surrounding rocks recognizable by me.  




 The trodden down pathway was the driveway leadng to the house, overgrown with grass, sticks, underbrush and young trees were open driveway where a house and a garage stood.













This part of the property was circled by the driveway.  I remember the large rock barley seen now were I used to love to lay on to read as a young girl.  Dad had his vegetable garden here and later after I married my husband built a train track around the perimeter were my youngest child of 2 would ride it.  

Wow! Memories - it's amazing what time and nature will do to reclaim itself.   

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Act of Compassion!

The Act of Compassion

I am visiting my Daughter Nancy and her Husband Thomas in Georgia for the month and have been privileged to see the acts of compassion they both do daily as they care for their elderly rescue dog Benji.

They took Benji in about 4 years ago as a rescue.  His Momma had just been placed in a nursing home and he needed a home, someone to love and care for him as he aged, for he must have been in his 70’s by doggy years.  He was skinny, almost blind and his beautiful coat was matted and so dirty that the shelter had to shave it all off.  His had been with his aging mother since a puppy but now she was unable to care for him or  herself.  Nancy had been volunteering at the animal shelter when he came into the shelter and after discussing it with Thomas they decided to take him in.  the prognosis for his longevity was poor and he was not expected to live long but Nan felt that such a loyal dog deserved a loving home until he died.  It is now  years later and Benji is now totally blind and unsteady.  He has been through several falls, and has a back condition that is painful at times, he is unsteady as he walks, unable to hold his urine or his bowels.  Diapers have become his daily attire now for almost a year.  He loves to take long naps and needs to be put up on the couch or other comfortable spots so he safe from someone tripping over him.  He is treated to small amounts of chicken placed in his doggie dish under his food to encourage him to eat and is let out to the closed in porch to do his duty, (since he can no longer negotiate the stairs to the outside.  I understand he recently became totally blind.

Tonight I woke up to go to the bathroom and my daughter was coming out of her bedroom carrying Benji to put him outside to do his duty.  She was talking to him in that sweet singsong voice used when talking to a baby or small child.  It’s Ok Benji, good Benji, I take you outside Benji.  I hear no harsh scolding or yelling when he can’t make it past the kitchen by himself to poop on the porch.   He is carried outside to the porch if need be and the encouragement and compassion I hear in the voices of my Son in law and daughter as they care for this precious dog is a balm to my soul.  Wow I think, were did my daughter learn this from… In Awe I know “Me and my husband and my Father of course” I am so thankful that the lord has let me see the results of the lesson’s a parent hopes to teach their children, extending down the generations.  I am blessed to know that the examples of caring and compassion that my Father, husband and I  have shown to others, both human and animal, has reflected in the beautiful picture of compassion shown to this little dog today.  Too know she is showing her Child, by example, how to be compassionate makes my heart sing with thankfulness to the Lord for his tender mercies.