Tuesday, December 31, 2013
We slept late this morning after yesterday's long day and trip. It was rest we needed. We took it pretty easy all day and then watched the Thunder get beat tonight. Bummer; we hate when they get beat! One of my kids (at school) reminded me that they can't win them all. I tend to think they are good enough to win them all, but that's my flaw and not theirs!
Here's hoping that this year will be a great one for all of you! Thank you for keeping up with and in touch with me. Being connected to you all is a treasure to me and I thank God for the ability to be in touch.
PS: I did the tutorials online on my phone today and it's still lots smarter than me. I'm learning, though. If I can just figure out the GPS I'll be content. So far I haven't made that happen, but I haven't given up hope!
Monday, December 30, 2013
Today Lee and I went to OKC for the funeral of the mother of one of Lee's good friends. It was pretty gut wrenching. I didn't know the lady, but I know her son. I jumped right into the whole thing and re-lived Don's service as well as Lee's wife, Phyllis'. I didn't know Phyllis, but I know how the loss of her hurt her family. I sat there and wrote my service as well as Lee's (in my mind). I went to a friend's funeral on Saturday. I think I'm over quota on funerals for a while; I hope so! I thank God for precious people in our lives and I ask Him to help me to learn and grow from losing them, I thank Him for our lives and for all the opportunities we've had to lengthen our lives. God is good and I trust Him and His timing. Sometimes it's hard to accept what I don't understand, but He never promised anything would be easy.
PS: Jim Nelson, check your email; I sent you a message about an Itazuke patch that Dave Gibson has for you.
Sunday, December 29, 2013
I remembered to take a pic of us today. Lee was already into his grubbies and Dorothy had her coat on, ready to go home, but they were good sports and we got a pic of the good times. We got to Dorothy's house and were thrilled to hear a message on her machine from her sister, Ada! Ada is in the hospital, but they've found the place where she was bleeding internally and patched it, they hope. They're going in with a camera tomorrow to make sure things are working right. If all is good, they'll let her go home, soon. That's such awesome news and it was so good to hear Ada's voice! God is so good and we sure thank Him for giving us more time with Ada. She's an amazing woman to bounce back like she does, but she totally trusts God!
We got good naps today then went back to church tonight. On the way home we stopped by our friend Bob Clark's house and went in to inspect his work and that of his boys, who are both here to help. Slowly but surely he'll get that house finished and it will be so nice!
We got home and enjoyed watching the Thunder beat the Rockets. It's been a good day for us from start to finish.
Saturday, December 28, 2013
I don't have a tripod, so I improvise. I wanted a shot of us with our little wee Christmas tree before I pack it for the year, so I improvised. Lee and I got such a hoot out of the rig, I had to share it. The camera was sitting on top of those 4 rolls of toilet tissue. It got the following pic for us:
I love that little tree. It's made of broken pieces of glass wired into place. Inside it is a little tea light, so it's really pretty when it's lit. It's pretty even when it's not lit and it's way easy to pack! This tree and the nativity scene with the Santa collection was our complete decoration this year. We're happy with it. The new year is coming! Let's make it a great one!
Friday, December 27, 2013
Today has been a good day of rest for us. We slept late and took it easy all day. The Thunder played tonight and managed to win, so that's good. I made a turkey pot pie and a desert that Krissy served Wednesday, so we're happily fed, today. We'll have leftovers for Sunday dinner when Dorothy will come share with us; she'll love it, I think. (I replaced the sugar in the desert recipe, so we're good and Dorothy can have it, too.)
We just got news of the death of a good friend's mother in OKC, so we'll be heading back to the City on Monday for her funeral. Life is precious and so are good friends. We want to be supportive at this devastating time.
Thursday, December 26, 2013
We got back to the hotel last night and I edited most of 92 pix that I got yesterday! There's more to edit, but how cool is it to get so many pix of such a fun time? I'm so grateful for a digital camera. If I knew how to use the camera on my phone that would be cool, too. So far I'm doing well to answer it when it rings! I've got a ways to go with technology!
We're home, safely, and ready for a good night's sleep and some time eating right for a change. Our systems have pretty much been in shock mode since Thanksgiving and it's past time to behave!
I talked to Dorothy and she's fine, but her sister, Ada, is back in the hospital. Bless her heart; she's an all time champ, but we're thanking God for being in control. He knows best and it's hard for us to even know how to pray! The docs say she has so much wrong with her that they don't know where to start with treating her; that tells us that she's for sure in God's hands. We trust Him and His timing. Ada's husband, Spike, is such a great caregiver, but he's beginning to show wear, too. They are both in God's hands, as ALL OF US ARE. God bless us all!
What a sweet Christmas God has given us! We stopped at Tricia's house tonight and even caught Nate there! We missed Gabe and Sadie, but it was cool to see Nate! When the kids get so grown, it's easy to miss them and hard to catch them! Trish had gotten a good pic of all of them when they were all there. I'll have to swipe that pic from her FB account and post it on here, soon!
We're exhausted; it's nearly 1 a.m. on the 26th, but this is the post for the 25th. A merry Christmas it has been!
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Lisa, Lee's daughter, and her husband, Rick, are staying at the same hotel as us and we'll get up and have breakfast with them in the morning. Then we'll have Christmas dinner with his youngest daughter tomorrow in the middle of the afternoon. Lots of good visiting and we're enjoying ourselves.
I'm so grateful that we both feel good and can make these visits! Gretta and Elena are suffering with a stomach virus and it could happen to any of us. I hope you are all well and can enjoy this holiday and I pray that Gretta and Elena are feeling good soon!
Monday, December 23, 2013
Happy Christmas Eve Eve. All is good with us. I hope all is good with you.
Sunday, December 22, 2013
I sang at the nursing home today after church; I always love to be able to do that and I'll miss it while we're gone, so I'm glad to catch a chance to do it before we go. My sciatic nerve is settling down and doing lots better. I guess it just got in a crimp or something and some good time on the inversion table and some rest helped me to get past that difficulty.
We're going to OKC for Christmas day with a bunch of Lee's family and we've just put together all those details over the weekend. We were going to solo it here, but decided to go to the city. We're creating new memories for each other. I'm such a bear about Christmas. Over the years there have been so many good times and it's so hard for me to face that they will never be, again. Everything that should be good and happy tends to affect me emotionally and I take a nose dive. My tree was a wonderful tree of memories that I treasured, from stockings my Granddaddy brought from the hosiery mill where he worked to ornaments with the kids baby pix to my Mom's necklaces, not to mention the ornaments that Don and I bought each year. I just have not found the strength to face all those treasures. Lee's wife decorated to the nth degree each year. I don't think he wants to do all that, again, but being married to me is quite a shock. So, it's kind of a hard time for both of us. We are working together to attempt to find a good tradition for us. Thank God he is such a wonderful guy and loves me even through these bear days.
Saturday, December 21, 2013
It's icy here, but the roads have been fine for what little driving we had to do. It's cold here, but it could be so much worse! The trees look like jewels with ice all over them, bu few are broken. We still have power, so I am so giving thanks for that!
We watched a Thunder game (won) tonight and I did some sewing while I watched. It's so nice to be able to see to thread a needle! I thank God for the cataract surgery and for a warm house to sit around and enjoy. And I thank Him so much for a dear Lee to share life with me. A couple of years ago were so grim for both of us; it's really a blessing to have a wonderful person to share times that could be so tough alone.
I'm in my third week of taking this new medicine and I'm having no ill effects from it. I thank God for that, too! We'll go the first week in January to Houston to do tests to see if it's working against the cancer. God is in charge and I trust Him.
Friday, December 20, 2013
We are supposed to have an ice storm headed for us, but so far it just looks like rain out there. For a while our dish was frozen so we didn't have TV, but we had a good moved taped, so we were able to watch "A Time to Kill." It was a good book and a good movie. Before that we had gone to watch the high school teams play. The girls lost, but fought hard and were fun to watch. The guys won and I couldn't have enjoyed anything any more. I was pleased that it wasn't too slippery when we got out of there. The door handle on the truck was icy, but we made it home fine. I thank God for safety and pray that we can keep power through this storm.
Tomorrow we have some errands to run in town; hope we can get out to do them. Nothing is essential, though, so if we're iced in we have plenty of food and we'll be fine. Take care and enjoy the season.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
We're getting braced around here for the next onslaught of winter that is headed our way. Hopefully it won't be as bad here as it may be in the northern part of the state, but I don't think we'd better count our chickens before they hatch! Our gas bill came today and it was way higher than normal for this time of year, but I thank God that we are able to pay it. I thank Him for a warm home and for the blessings of family here to share Thanksgiving with us. We are richly blessed.
Our temperature right now is 57, but the cold front is coming. They say ice will begin to form overnight. Here we go! God bless!
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
I thank God for a safe trip to OKC today. We went to take some chairs to Trish and to bring home my van that she's had for several months. I need to sell the van, though, and when we stopped by Lee's brother's house he offered to sell it for us! What a guy! I left it with him, happily! I'll have to check tomorrow to see how we can work out the details of the title, etc., but I am so grateful that he will fool with it for me! There's really not much market for selling used cars here in Hobart, and he has a great market there in OKC! What a great couple he and his wife are! So, instead of driving home alone, I got to ride with Lee!
It was a great day, but we're tired just from traveling. Sorry to be so late with this post, but thanks for bothering to keep up with us!
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
It was nice to sleep in this morning. I'm sure the school won't be calling me anymore before they break for Christmas, so it looks like my working days are done until after spring break. I'm good with that. I'll miss the kids, but I'll love sleeping late! We have a high school basketball game Friday night, so it will probably be my last time to see some of the kids until the spring. I'm glad it's a home game so we can go!
We're going to OKC tomorrow to take some things to Trish and bring our van home. It's been living with her for the last few months, so we'll get it out of her way. I would sure love to sell it. Come spring, I'll have to sell it to get it out of the garage so Lee can park in there. Anyone need a '96 Chevy van; it's a great van; I love it, but we sure don't need 3 vehicles!
Monday, December 16, 2013
Today we spent from 4:30 to 9 watching junior high basketball games. They were great games. We only came away with one out of 4 wins and one was a bitter loss in the last two minutes after leading the whole way. I guess we can't win them all. It's sure fun to watch them play, though.
The weather here was beautiful today. Lee and I walked around the park and saw two of the blue herons! I was so thrilled to see them! I took pix, but I haven't looked at them yet; I'm thinking I was too far away from them, but hope maybe one was good enough to post tomorrow. Anyway, I was delighted to see them! I thank God for simple pleasures; He gives us so many!
Sunday, December 15, 2013
I had a great nap today, but it's time to turn in for the night. This is the last week of school before the Christmas break, so I really expect the teachers will want to be at school this week. They need to be getting the kids ready for their 9 week finals this week. If someone is sick or their child is sick, they'll need me, though, so I'd better be ready. So, off to bed I go and give thanks for the opportunity to work. After this week I'll be off until I get home after spring break. Woo hoo!
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Today was the community meal we had at the church. Then we came home for naps before we took off to watch the guys play for first place in their tournament tonight. They lost, so they only got 2nd place, but we loved watching them, anyway. The girls played this afternoon, but we napped through it and missed their win, which put them into 3rd place. They're good kids and we sure love watching them, even when they don't win; they play hard and I feel like I see their real personalities when they're on the basketball court.
We had plenty of food left over from the dinner today, so we're going to have leftovers after church tomorrow. That will be a nice treat. I thank God for a wonderful church family and wonderful community. We are blessed to have the freedoms we have and it's great to live in a small town. "Freedom isn't free," is a quote I appreciate so much, and thank those who are responsible for our freedom.
Friday, December 13, 2013
Today has been super busy. I monitored testing this morning and then they asked me to stay and hold the fort in the applied calculus class. No way I could teach it, but I could enjoy being with the kids and make sure there were no fires or shootings! Then we went to Burns Flat to watch our high school girls and boys play in a tournament. The boys won, so we'll go back to see them play in the finals tomorrow night. After the games we came home and the Thunder was playing, but I had to watch it from the kitchen as I made dressing for our town wide holiday meal tomorrow. We provide that meal at church and invite the town; usually about 200 people come besides the church, so it's a big deal and tomorrow will be a busy day, too!
I'm so ready for bed; no nap time today! I feel good, though. I'm thanking God that my sciatic nerve is responding well to treatment on my inversion table and NuBax. I'm lucky to have both of them!
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Today went good for me. We tested this morning and everyone passed! That was awesome! Then in the afternoon I subbed 2 hours for a coach in History and another hour in science, both in the middle school. I sure love the kids! I subbed because those two teachers were out for our JV tournament, which meant I missed the games. Our girls won by 2 points, though and the guys were ahead 30 to 0 when I last heard them on the radio. They'll play tomorrow afternoon and I should get to see those games.
Lee woke up in the middle of the night with horrible pain in his foot. He saw the doc first thing this morning and they think it's gout. I don't really think so, but I'm not the doc. Don had gout and it sure didn't act like Lee's pain. It looks a lot more like the pain I had with peripheral neuropathy when I had chemo. He has trouble with both, but they're treating the gout. I sure hope it helps because he's in a lot of pain and I hate that for him.
Other than Lee's pain, all is good on this front. Our snow and ice are beginning to melt, but we still have dangerous spots for driving and walking. We've got to be really careful out there!
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Today I monitored testing in the morning and then subbed for an English teacher in the afternoon. I loved it all! Then we had church tonight and, now, the Thunder is playing. It's a full day for me, but I got a quick nap in right after school, so I'm in good shape.I thank God for naps and precious memories!
The weather got up over freezing today, so a lot of our snow on the roads melted. It'll probably freeze tonight and be treacherous in the morning, but we're working our way out of this mess. (I mean beautiful winter.)
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Today I monitored for testing at the high school in the morning. Then we went to Lawton for my treatment. It went without a snag. We then went by Wal-Mart and got groceries, so we were kind of late getting home. The Thunder is playing, so I'll go right to bed as soon as this game is over because I monitor testing in the morning and then sub in the afternoon tomorrow. Busy days are here! God is good!
Monday, December 9, 2013
Today was an easy day. They didn't call me to sub, so I had a day off. I did some technical stuff around here and had a great nap. I love the naps! All the snow the last storm brought is still out there because we haven't been above 20 much , let alone above freezing! We're hoping the main roads are clear enough for us to get to Lawton tomorrow for my treatment. I'm subbing Wednesday and Thursday, so this week will be busy after today.
One of our kids from church and school is coming by tonight to have Lee and I participate in a research project she's doing on texting and driving. We hardly know how to use the cell phone, let alone text. As her dad said, "All the more reason we shouldn't be texting and driving!" No danger; we don't text under any circumstances. I'd like to know how to text, but I don't. I figure someone will teach me . . . or not. Good grief, my spell checker doesn't even accept the word texting; me either! Ha!
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Today we got out for the first time since this last snow. There is still most of the snow on all the off streets. The main streets were even bad this morning, but with traffic and sunshine today much of it melted. It was a full day going to see 4 houses. We had to put on booties at each house to keep from tracking up the houses. Putting those booties on and taking them off was a big deal in itself, not to mention not falling as we bent over to put them off and get them on. Then there was the issue of getting in and out of the car and making it into the houses without falling. I thank God to have made it through the day, safely. Dorothy went with us as did Bob and Dianna Clark. Bob and Lee helped Dorothy in and out and one time she slipped, but they caught her before she hit the ground. It was scary, but the whole day was fun. I'm working hard to stay awake for the Thunder game. I missed my nap, so I'm way sleepy! As soon as the Thunder is done, I'm headed to bed. I hope this winter weather is being good to you.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
We still have snow and will have for a while. It's not supposed to get over freezing until Wednesday. We have to go to Lawton for my treatment on Tuesday; hope the roads are clear! Tomorrow is the tour of homes in Hobart; that ought to be interesting. We just tour 4 homes, but I really kind of dread finding a place to park and then getting into these houses; we may cut it kind of short. We plan to go with our friends Bob and Diana Clark and Dorothy Rule. We'll dress really warm and pray for the best.
Friday, December 6, 2013
We had 3 1/2 inches of snow, again last night. So, school was cancelled and I got to sleep in this morning. Nice! We're expecting a low of 3 degrees tonight and it got only up into the low 20's today, so the snow isn't melting. It's 8 degrees right now and feels like -5. This is heavy duty winter and another storm is headed our way. YIKES! God will provide; at least we don't have ice here and we still have power. We aren't supposed to get over freezing until Wednesday. I dug out my sweat shirts today. Our heat bill is going to be tremendous, but I'm so glad we have heat (it's running almost non-stop). I didn't take pix of this snow; it looks just like it did the last time: pretty, but COLD!
Hope you all are fairing well with the winter weather! God bless!
Thursday, December 5, 2013
We never got around to the puzzles we meant to work. We've put the puzzles on hold for Spring Break. There just wasn't time to do all the playing and visiting and eating, plus a puzzle! Gretta and Trish brought work with them, so that also cut into the puzzle time. The dream of puzzling helped to pull us all to one place, though. We'll get the puzzles done in Branson!
We got another half inch of snow here, today. It is 19 out there with a wind chill of 7, so I'm not eager to go out for anything. I did go monitor testing this morning and am supposed to go tomorrow, as well. The only good thing about that is that I don't have to TAKE the test, plus I get paid to do it. I feel for the kids having to take the tests. Of course, if they've paid attention to their studies the tests won't be hard for them . . . that's the problem, because so many of them don't pay much attention!
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
I thought I subbed this afternoon, but it's next Wednesday afternoon, so I had this afternoon off. I went right to bed and had a great nap! It's a good thing because we've got another late Thunder game tonight. I'm ready for it. I'm going to go get my bath and be all ready to hit the bed as soon as it's over.
Today was my third day on the new pill instead of the shots in my rump. There are some pretty scary side effects, but so far I haven't had any hint of any of them. I'm praying that I'll be able to handle them if I have them and hope I won't even have any. So far, so good!
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Today I monitored for testing this morning, but got to come home at noon. I ate a quick lunch and 20 minute power nap before I dusted and vacuumed down the middle of the house. I also changed the sheets on our bed and washed them. It feels good to have the house back in shape. We're supposed to have nasty weather coming in here tomorrow, so we may be stuck in the house some this week and weekend. Ugh.My back and leg are doing better enough that I don't have to use the cane. I keep doing treatments with my inversion table and my NuBax and they are working pretty well. Time will help.
After my vacuuming we went to Sentinel to watch Hobart High School play and win 3 basketball games. There were the girls and the boys varsity games and then the JV game. When we go to the ballgames we eat dinner there, so I didn't have to cook. Thankfully, they have really pretty good stuff at the concession stands! It was a great night. Then we came home to watch the Thunder play a game we taped; I'll catch what I can of it while I get my bath. and head to bed.
Monday, December 2, 2013
This was after breakfast Saturday morning. We were all just sitting around the table visiting. Bob and Diana came after we'd already eaten, but they sat down and joined in with the visit. They are just like family, so we were so glad that they were able to stop by while the kids were here.
My leg and back were better enough that I could go without the cane today. They didn't call me to sub, so that was good. I'll monitor testing the rest of the week. My chiropractor is in the office in Hobart on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. If I continue to get better with my own treatments I'll not go to see him, but if it's not better by Wednesday, I'll go see him after school.
I started the new pills to block estrogen in my system today. I sure hope that they'll work and that I won't have ugly side effects from them. So on we go with the battle.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
That's Garrett, Gretta's son, with his arm around me. He'll be 17 tomorrow. Then Sadie is next to me on the other side (she'll be 17 in March). Next is Gracie, who is 10 and will be 11 in April. Then Gretta is next, with he daughter, Elena (who will be 7 in February) on her lap. Next is Trish, with her daughter, Raynie (who is 6), in her lap. On the far end is Tricia's son, Mason, who is 13. We had fun, fun, fun! We missed all the others who couldn't be here, but we understand that folks can only be at one place at a time and we're so glad those who could come here, did.
Today was a day of rest. We went to church twice and I took an hour and a half nap. My sciatic nerve has decided that this is a good time to shift into low gear, so I've got the cane out to help me make it around school this week. Don't you know the kids there will love that! I'm scheduled to monitor testing Tuesday - Friday; maybe they won't call me tomorrow and I'll be able to get in to see if the chiropractor can put me back into shape. Right now I'm going down to the basement to spend a little time on the inversion table in hopes that I can jerk myself back into shape. This getting old is tricky! God has seen me through lots worse things, (and this before, too) so He'll get me through this, another bump in the road, too!