Sunday, November 29, 2009

Murphy's Law and Cinnamon Candy

I'm sure some of you are bound to know about Murphy's Laws.  The biggie, of course, being, "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.", and  I don't where I picked up the second part, but I like it, " the worst possible time."  Now, apply that rule to a child, sneaking a "hot" cinnamon candy disc, in a moving vehicle, and there you have it - my morning.  Now, you may start by wondering how I knew what would fix this situation, so I'll start my story with what happened a few days ago. 
My dear hubby likes candy.  I should probably say, he loves candy, so when we were at a store early last week, he picked up one bag each of butterscotch discs and cinnamon discs.  He had not really expected the younger children to like the cinnamon discs because they were hot, so when he found out they did, he brought the candy to the kitchen (he usually keeps a stash in our bedroom), and told the girls they were welcome to it.  Probably should have worded that differently, because I found them eating it in the car Friday afternoon(they had brought some along in a little purse - and no, we weren't shopping - we were returning borrowed tables).  About the time I realized they had it, Murphy's law rears it's head.   T.Lynn bounced on the seat, swallowing whole the piece she had in her mouth.  It took all of 3 seconds before she started crying.  What, may I ask, do you do to help that?  She described it as burning, so I drove to the nearest convenience store and bought some Tums.  I really wanted Pepto, because I thought it coating her stomach would help insulate against the cinnamon oil, but all we had was Tums and some water, so we gave it a try.  She said it helped a little, and since we were close to home, I got there as quick as I could, thinking we had Pepto in the medicine cabinet.  In rolls the second appearance of Murphy's law - we didn't have any.  Okay - what do I do now?  She is still pretty uncomfortable, so I tried out the Mylanta Grandma keeps on hand.  It worked, much to everyone's relief, and she voluntarily handed over the other piece of cinnamon candy she had.  I mistakenly assumed it would be awhile before she would ever eat cinnamon candy again.
Fast forward to this morning.  We were pushing it, slipping out the door in just enough time to get there and get our lunch in the kitchen before services started.  No time for ANYTHING else so, of course, we have another run in with Murphy's law.  We weren't very far from the house when someone shouted that T. had swallowed another piece of cinnamon candy whole.  I still had the Tums from Friday, but they were buried somewhere in my purse.  It took a few minutes to find them, and get them to her, but hey, they helped some last time, and we'd pass a convenience store in just a couple of minutes if she needed something more.  (We're okay - we'll only be a few min. late.)  This time the Tums didn't do a thing - I guess the other piece was smaller, and she had just put this one in her mouth.  The convenience store was not very convenient (they haven't been since the lottery was passed), so by the time we got the Pepto, we were going to be at least 15-20min. late.  We weren't on the highway very long before she started crying again.  The Pepto wasn't working, so I head for the next exit.  I stoped for a second to add everything up.  From there, we'd be more than 20min. late, and we still needed to go by a store to buy some Mylanta (and I really don't need anymore of it), so I decided to just go back home.  By this time, all I've really done is drive in a great big circle.  I have to admit that the first thing I did when I got there was to throw away all the cinnamon candy, then I got her the Mylanta.  We also had a discussion about sneaking candy. 
Our church is quite a bit away from us, and starts at 10:00, so by the time it was all said and done, we still had time to surprise my step-mom by showing up at her church for their annual "Hanging of the Greens" service.   Afterward, she invited us home, Dad cooked us a delicious meal, and we got to visit for awhile.  So, things did end up well, but I won't buy cinnamon candy again - probably ever.   

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Gee - thanks girls!

Ri, and her best friend Lys, both awarded me blog awards.  I love them both, and I thank them for the awards, but I do not intend to obey all the rules of both of the awards this time.  First - I just don't read enough blogs to pass them on to the required number of new recipients, and second - I'm not nearly computer literate enough - it takes me forever to do all the link things, and I don't intend to become savy enough to do them quickly.  It would just encourage my natural tendency to shiftlessness (I'd sit around on the computer even more, and I have too many things that really need to be done).

So, all that being said, I will do one of the things that was "required" by both the awards.  I'll tell you 7 things about myself.

1) I hate celery.  No - it doesn't matter what you do to it, spread on it, or in any way try to hide it.  It always has a way of making it's presence known, and it's yucky!  And no, I don't even use celery salt, or seed, or anything else - it's yucky - oh wait, I said that already.

2) I play several instruments - or at least I did in school - umm - okay, I'm not going to tell you how many years ago that was, but at the time I played the flute, piccolo, baritone saxophone, Jamaican steel drums, and the marimba.  I piddle around, and can occasionally pick out songs on the piano too.  I do read music, but where's the fun in that?

3) I'm not an animal person.  If they're useful, they're okay.  But they're just not my cup of tea, unless they can protect you, catch mice, or can be eaten.  I taught my girls early on that Bambi tastes really good when he's all grown up.

4) Most of what I've learned has been self-taught, and most of that has been by good, old fashioned trial and error (lots of error).  Which is why I tell my girls that they should learn by other people's mistakes.  They can't possibly make them all on their own (although I must be testing out that theory myself).

5) On the list of things that I'd just love to do in my life, shopping ranks right up there with unanesthetized root canals.

6) My younger brother once said that I was the only woman he knew who could take a 3hr. car trip and never once initiate a conversation.

7) Although I deeply wish (and frequently pray) both my parents were saved, I'm equally grateful that I was not raised "in church".  I know these two things seem like contradictions, so I'll explain.  I think that because I was not raised in church, and as such, without any particular denominational bent, I have been able to look at the scriptures with a fresh set of eyes, so to speak.  I can take the scriptures at face value, without all the assumptions I would have had if I had heard them preached a particular way all my life.  We once attended a church where we were having a discussion with the leadership about a certain area of doctrine.  Several members of the church talked with us, expressing their wishes that everything turn out well, or asking us how things were going.  If asked about our position, I would explain it, but to my surprise, most of them said they had never really thought about it.  It (the church's position) was just what they had always been taught.  I actually think this is kind of sad.  The scriptures tell us that we should, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."  II Tim. 2:15.  I do not wish to undermine any pastor, or preacher, but we are clearly to study the bible for ourselves.  They are only human, and subject to all the same problems/temptations that we are.  Sometimes it may just be a matter of them trusting in what they were always taught, but we are still to double check and study about it on our own.  

Okay - that's a little peek into me.  I hope you all enjoyed it (or at least got a chuckle or two).  BTW - I'm serious about the shopping thing (and the celery)!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

I am alive.  I made it through another Thanksgiving dinner with my mom's family (hey  Mom & Aunt S. - if you're reading this, I do love you).  It's always a lot of work, and it's always loud (that's just us), and it's always a bit hectic and crazy, AND, I love them all.

BUT - next year I'm kicking them all out of the kitchen!!  (Except for the  3 of you who were helping - you know who you are.  Thanks!!)

We have a fairly large house, but at one point, almost every single person was in the kitchen, hanging out, talking, GETTING IN THE WAY.  My word - it was the last 30min. before serving (#1 I was shocked and amazed at the shear number of them that were there that early), and they're standing there, while those of us who are cooking, and setting up the serving area, and unpaking plastic plates, are weaving in and out of them trying not to bump them with hot pots, or having them bump into whatever we were carrying.  It was crazy.  Then, about five min. before time to give everyone instructions and ask the blessing, they all disappear and had to be hunted down.  Go figure!

At any rate, everything got done and we settled in to eat right on time - despite the traffic jam in the kitchen.

You may ask why I didn't banish them from the kitchen to begin with - I think I was suffering from shell shock.  I've never seen that many of them show up on time, let alone 30min. early.  And yes, I did tell those of them that were bringing paper products to be early, but I just figured that they would only be 15-30min. late if I actually told them to be there 30min. early.  Again - go figure. 

Now we just have dinner with my Dad, step-mom, and younger brother on Thursday.  This dinner will be EASY.  First - there's not many people.  And second - my Dad wants the same thing every year, I don't even have to ask:  Chicken and dumplings, fresh bread, and chocolate pie.  Of course, we'll throw in a veggie or two, and my step-mother always makes a green bean casserole, but that's it.  

Well, I'm going to run.  It was milk day, and traffic was not at all good.  I'm going to have a cup of tea and put my feet up. 

Thursday, November 19, 2009


See, another weird post.

Ignore Me

Ri has been trying to help me put a signature thingy on my blog, so if you see a few weird posts, I'm sorry.  We'll get it done eventually, or I'll give up.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Can You Have A What?

I was sitting here, in the workroom (computer & printer tables, school cart, bookcases, sewing machines (on tables), ironing board - you name it) trying to catch up my reading on some of my favorite blogs, and T.Lynn joined me.  She was/is sitting quietly on the floor with my pin cushion, taking out all the straight pins and organizing them by color.  From time to time all of my children have done this.  I have long straight pins with bright, multi-colored heads, and the children have loved pulling them all out to organize them by color, or make patterns, or, in Bree's case, "draw" with the pins, forming them into grapes, bananas, chili peppers, rainbows (Beenie did the rainbow thing too), whateverWell, we were all sitting there (Ri was reading over my shoulder, as she is inclined to do) when T. announced that she was organizing my pins for me.  Me - "Thank you.", and I turn back around to the computer. T.Lynn - "Can I have a dollar?"  My mind - "Can you have a what?", to Ri I whispered, "They wouldn't need to be organized if she had left them in the pin cushion."  Basically, all I told T. was that I wasn't paying her a dollar.  But my mind still wants to say, "Really?  You want me to pay you a dollar for cleaning up a mess you made?"  Again I say - Children!


Monday, November 16, 2009

Ordinary Arts

Mia, over at Aspiring Homemaker , had this nice little quote on her blog the other day. 
"The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest." ~ Thomas Moore.
I've encouraged my daughters to think along these lines with regard to housework and cooking.  They can both seem a drudgery from time to time, but when we look at it as a way to minister to another soul, to make someone else feel good, then it's not as hard a thing to do.  Plus, it takes the emphasis off ourselves, which is when we really get to feeling bad, or unappreciated, or any of those other feelings that lead to discontent. 
With that in mind we'll get started on our week of cleaning and cooking.  Our big family Thanksgiving dinner (the one for my Mom's side of the family) will happen this weekend.  For a couple of different reasons, we never have that dinner on Thanksgiving Day (and for a couple of other reasons, we do all the cooking).  We put out the fall decorations this past weekend, and we'll work on the cleaning through Thurs.  I'll probably finish up my shopping on Wed. or Thurs., and then we'll start cooking on Friday.  We'll cook all the desserts, and do as much of the prep work as possible Friday.  At some point this week I'll work up my time schedual for Saturday.  There are so many dishes to cook, that I have to schedual everything out so that it's all done (or will still be hot) at the same time.  It should be slightly easier this year since, in addition to the roaster oven we've had for a few years, hubby bought me a three element hot plate with three 4qt. stainless steel pots.  Between the 3 new pots, the 4 burners on the stove, and our 2 crock pots, I shouldn't have any trouble at all keeping all the veggies hot (without having to jockey things around on the stove all the time).  Our menu will be:
Turkey                                                     Desserts:
Ham                                                           Chocolate Pistachio Cake
Pot Roast                                                  Red Velvet Cake
Turkey Gravy                                          Chocolate Pie
Stuffing (2 kinds)                                     Apple Pie
Mashed Potatoes                                     Sweet Potato Pie
Velveeta Shells and Cheese (my           Lemon Merangue Pie 
one give in to 'yucky' food)                    Pumpkin Cheese Pie
Baked Sweet Potatoes                           Buttermilk Pie
Pinto Beans                                               Brownies
Green Beans                                             Brown Sugar Brownies            
Corn                                                           (some call these Blondies)
Lima Beans                                               Lemon Poundcake
Raw Baby Carrots                                  Pumpkin Roll                                    
Cranberry Sauce                                     Banana Pudding
Deviled Eggs
Olive/Pickle plate
Can you tell we like desserts?  Well, some of them may be bumped off the list if we run out of time, or space in the refrigerator.  I hope it will be cold enough this year to use the garage as a refrigerator like we did last year (just for some of the pies), but it's not looking promising so far.
For now...Hi-ho, Hi-ho, It's off to work we go!


Friday, November 13, 2009

Food Prep.

Here are a few pictures Ri took of our food prep day.

The sink is pretty big, so the pumpkin looks very
small.  This was one of the smaller ones though.

This was one of the mid-sized ones. Don't know
what happend to the color on this one - it's a little off.

The outsides may be dull colored, but as you
can see, the inside is bright.

We ended up filling the roaster oven 5 times,
though on the last run it was only about 2/3 full.

Two platters loaded up with pumpkin ready
to be scraped out of it's skin and blended.

Nearly done.

Now, this is what happens if you have a brain
lapse and walk away from the table without
removing the stick blender from the bowl.  The
cord will pull it out of the bowl and make a huge
mess on the floor, wall, and all surrounding furniture.
By the way Ri, thanks for cleaning that up!!

Now I'm mixing up the filling for the egg rolls.
I know the meat for the filling is usually raw, but
we usually make a huge batch, freezing most of it for
future use.  I have found, through trial and error, that
it's much easier to cook the ones that were frozen if the
meat has already been cooked.  Then you don't run
the risk of overcooking the outside, but not quite
getting the inside done. 

Ri, Beenie, and I rolled them up.  I was impatiently
waiting for Ri to pull off one of the spring roll wrappers.
The color is a little weird on this picture too.

We didn't get any good pictures of making
the pomegranate jelly, but here is some of
the finished product.  I found myself a little
short of 1/2pt jars, so I used whatever I had.

We tried our best to get a good picture of the
beautiful dark red this jelly is.  This picture
doesn't really do it justice.

Of course, this wasn't all we did that day, but this is already a really long post, and I didn't think to get any other pictures.
I like to do food prep days at least twice a month, even if it's just something like making chicken broth or stock, or beef stock, culturing yogurt and buttermilk, and cooking up some kind of meat that we can pull out and use for a quick supper, or for lunches.  For me, having homemade broths and stocks on hand is invaluable.  Already cooked meats have also been a real life saver when we need a quick meal, or want something a little different for lunch.  I also like making spaghetti sauce in a large enough amout that I'll have enough left that I can freeze some for at least one spaghetti or lasagna dinner (usually 2).  I've heard of families that also cut up veggies and stuff to keep on hand for quick snacks, and while I've often thought that was a good idea, if it was already cut up the kids seem to eat it twice as fast.  If they have to put forth a little effort for it, it keeps it from evaporating from the fridge.  Shoot - if they had to peel grapes we might be able to keep them around for more than a day!

BTW - we are all feeling better, but T.Lynn still has a yucky sounding cough.


Wednesday, November 11, 2009


I'd love to post about, well just about anything, but Ri was kind enough to share the cold she had last week with some of us.  All the pics Ri took on Monday will just have to wait.  I managed to do my cousin's tutoring (only because he had to miss last week and his test is in a few weeks - and because he was willing to risk getting sick), but Ri oversaw school for the younger girls and even took Beenie in for her guitar lesson (I didn't want to share with her teacher).  Kay did the housework and cooked supper.  Thanks girls!
I do try to use herbs as much as possible to treat just about anything, but I've got to be honest, when night time rolls around - bring on the NyQuil!


Monday, November 9, 2009

Busy, Busy, Busy

I'm about to fall down, but I thought I'd throw in a little something today since I was updating about Grandma anyway.  I plan on explaining things a bit better later (I'll have pics. then too - Ri hasn't uploaded them yet).
I jumped the gun a little on my food prep. on Saturday, and I'm glad I did.  I went ahead and did 3 of the pumpkins, and started a batch of grain for the sprouter.  We also did other cooking in preparation for Sunday, but we'd have done that anyway.

Today I did the last pumpkin, got the grain in the dehydrator (which had to be cleaned because it hasn't been used in forever   a few months), started roasting the bones for my beef stock, and left the children taking apart all the pomegranates while I ran to the store.  Hubby had checked the ads and found that one of the stores has quite a few items on sale that we were going to need for Thanksgiving. THEN - when I got back home, I started cleaning the last of the white stuff off the pomegranate airls while the girls put away the groceries and Kay finished cooking the ground beef for the egg rolls.  She chopped up the garlic, and grated another onion (Ri did the first), while Ri chopped veggies to add to the stock and I whirred up the pomegranate arils in the blender and put them in a cheesecloth lined colander to drain off the juice.  Then I mixed up the rest of the ingredients for the egg rolls and Beenie, Ri, and I rolled, while Kay (with T.Lynn's help) fried some up for supper.  Bree made the salad.  I wanted to finish up the pomegranate jelly after supper, but hubby's blood pressure started spiking, so that was out of the question.  I had to start with his nitro paste and monitoring.
Belive it or not, but we did manage to fit school in around everything else, so I still need to look over the things that the girls finished up on their own (of course, the older girls do most of theirs on their own - so I need to look over all of that).  Somehow we also managed to wash three loads of clothes today (shhhh-two of them still need to be folded).


Friday, November 6, 2009

Gettin' Into the Swing of Things

Okay, I'll admit it.  I've just been plodding along lately.  Just covering the basics, not very enthusiastic about extra stuff, ... BUT... Thanksgiving will be on us before you know it.  And then, of course, there's Christmas.  It's time to get busy.  So, I pulled myself out my slump and started getting to work.  I used the time the girls were at Mom's to make a new chore plan.  I had a pow-wow with the girls Mon. to update them on the new plan and started getting a few things going.  It's started a little slow (what with the girls needing to re-coup, all that laundry they brought home, and keeping up with what's going on with Grandma), but yesterday I was determined to really get something going.  I started with the pumpkins that have been hanging around since our last trip to the apple orchard.  I got the two biggest done yesterday and now have 8 pts. of pumpkin puree in the freezer.  Then the girls and I  prepared the menu for our big Thanksgiving dinner with my Mom's side of the family.  I also got inspired by a recipe for pomegranate jelly I ran across yesterday, so when I was in the store today I checked out the price - guess what? - they were on sale, so I bought a bunch.  I've got a plan all worked out for Monday.  I'm going to make it a food prep. day.  I'll work on some more of the pumpkins (I've got 4 more), make the pomegranate jelly, start some beef stock, and cook up a bunch of ground beef for a variety of uses.  We'll probably go ahead and use some of it to make a bunch of Philippino style egg rolls to tuck away in the freezer.  I'd like to be able to wait and make yogurt then, but T.Lynn has already rebelled against the store bought kind we had to put on our fruit salad at breakfast yesterday.  She wouldn't touch it, so I'll put some milk in the crock pot when I'm done here.  There's a couple of other things I'd like to try and fit in, but I want to be realistic, and there's only so much I can fit on the counter and stove.
I can't wait for Monday!


Thursday, November 5, 2009

A Blog Award

My precious daughter and her best friend (who is my best friend's daughter) have awarded me with a favorite blog award.  Here it is:

Pretty, isn't it?

Apparently, when you receive one of these you have to do several things.  (I'm so new at this sort of thing.)  The steps for this award are as follows:
1. Post about the person who awarded you, and their blog.
2. Give the award to five of your favorite blogs, give your reason for chosing that blog, and leave a comment telling them they have been awarded.
3. Answer the ten questions.
4. Have tons of fun doing it!

OK - Here goes.

1st - Ri is my lovely, second oldest daughter, and Lys is her best friend - she is lovely too, by the way.  If you want, you can check out their blogs by clicking on their names.  Both of them are tremendous blessings, and have both accepted Christ as their personal savior (YAY!!!).  They both aspire to be stay-at-home wives/moms.   Both of them are also interested in photography, so Lys' mom and I get to see lots of pictures, and hear of the constant need for batteries (or they are anxiously waiting for the batteries to recharge).

2nd - I give this award to:
1) Mother Hen at Shipfull of Pirates - I even like the name.  She's down to earth and she has lots of tips and good recipes.  My kind of gal.
2) Laura at Heavenly Homemakers  - I love her sense of humor and it was one of her e-books that I used to help me get started with canning.
3) Organizing Mommy at Organized Everyday  - She's a hoot.  I love her resourcefulness.
4) Kim at Life in a Shoe  - Love the pic. at the top, and am especially fond of her stories about "the boy".
5) Mia at Aspiring Homemaker - I appreciate the encouragement she gives to young ladies.

The names of their blogs contain a link to the site.  Now, on to the questions.

1. Have you ever ridden an elephant?  I think a fair once when I was very young?  Very young was quite awhile ago.
2. Have you ever eaten squid?  Yes.  It's good as long as it's not overcooked.  It's rather like chewing leather if it's overdone.
3. What is something crazy you have done with your best friend?  We tied each other's shoes when we were both huge pregnant with Ri and Lys - does that count?  It seemed quite funny (and maybe a little crazy) at the time. 
4. Have you ever held an alligator?  Just like Ri (and Lys),  I've never held one, but I have eaten it.  It's good too.
5. Have you ever let a snake slither through your fingers?  No, not slither through my fingers, but I have touched and held them.  And once I was with a school group that they allowed to hold a huge boa constrictor - when I say huge I mean it took a bunch of us to hold it.
6. What is your first and foremost dream in life?  To see my children go on to love and serve the Lord.  For them to marry saved young men who share their vision for a home dedicated to serving the Lord, and to raise whatever children the Lord blesses them with in the nurture and admonition of our Lord.
7. What is your dream vacation?  At this point it would just be my dream to one day have a vacation. 
8. What is the funniest movie you've seen?  I don't know - my opinion of what is truly funny has changed quite a bit over time.
9. What is your favorite song?  He Leadeth Me or Amazing Grace.
10. If you could change the world in one way, what would you do?  I'm not sure - I can't really say that I would want to have everyone saved (that would be great), but it's important for us to have free will (to freely accept Christ) and where there is free will, there will not be 100% acceptance.  I would like for hearts to be more receptive, or all governments to allow Christians to spread the gospel openly, see my dilemma?

Okay, I think that's all.  There are plenty of other blogs that I follow and enjoy throughly, so please don't be offended if I didn't pick yours.  (It took me forever to do the whole link thing anyway - if I had to do more I'd have been here all night.)  Blessings to you all.


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Guitar Lessons

Before I tell you about Beenie's newest thing, I wanted to say that I stole an idea from Ri today and set up a section on my side bar that will hold updates on Grandma.
Now, on to Beenie's big day.  Today was the first day for her guitar lessons.  She was so nervous she didn't eat much for lunch, so she was starving once it was all over with.  Her teacher is very nice.  He explained things well and she was picking it all up very quickly.  Hubby bought her the foot stool the teacher wanted her to have and decided she might as well go ahead and have a music stand, so as soon as we got home she was itching to get to everything.  I went over the parts of the guitar with her again and she gave me pointers on how to hold one and what string to pluck, what note the string was, etc.  You know when someone's got a good understanding of something if they're able to instruct another, so I let her guide me along even though I was there for the whole session and remembered everything he said.  He also has no problem with my sitting in on the lessons, which was a big plus in my book (potentially a deal breaker if he'd had a problem with it).
Ya'll pray for me now - hubby is seriously considering encouraging the whole drum playing thing.  I just don't think I can do drums.  I'm praying she loses her facination with it soon.  Beating on things that can make a horrendous racket can't possibly hold a child's attention all that long can it???  Yeah - I didn't think so either.   (SIGH)  Where are the ear plugs I bought Ri for when she runs the weedeater?  You know, the ones I never see her using.


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Thoughts and Updates

Grandma suffered a set back late last night.  She has had periods of extreme disorientation and her oxygen levels start to fall unless she stays on 100% oxygen through the mask.  They are unsure now of how long she will be hospitalized, and they are sure that once she is released she will have to go to a specialized nursing facility for rehabilitaton in order to get her strength back.  My uncle is assesing her condition to see if round the clock care from family members is necessary.  They have never allowed her to be restrained in bed, so different family members have pitched in as necessary to make sure someone is there with her when she becomes disoriented.
On another note, during devotions today, Ri instigated an interesting discussion.  She is all stuffed up, so she was saying that she would not be able to sing today.  I told her to do the best she could and reminded her that the bible just tells us to make a joyfull noise.  Then the question came up as to whether or not the angels made noise or sang well, and I suggested they sang well.  Then Ri said, "Well, what if happy does sound beautiful to God."  Good point.  I'm pretty sure our being joyfull does sound beautiful to God.


Monday, November 2, 2009

Pretty Normal

With the exception of Grandma not being here, today was pretty normal.  Well, that means that when I went out to take the recycling to the box site and make a quick stop in the grocery store, the two littlest and the neighbor girls turned the garage into their own play house.  I couldn't even pull the van in until it was cleaned up.  I should have gotten pictures, but I really just wanted it cleaned up, and, of course, to get the refrigerated stuff put away.  Not really on top of my game today anyway.  School pretty much consisted of Bible study, music, and home ec.  If you ever feel bad about only accomplishing that much for school you should read, "When You Rise Up" by R.C. Sproul Jr.  I can't say it bothered me, but hey, some would think I was remiss in my duties.
Grandma is holding her own.  The infection was caused by a staph bacteria, but it is responding to treatment.  She has developed a secondary problem of fluid being retained around her heart and lungs, but they've given her an IV treatment of Lasix in addition to the oral she already takes, and they'll check tomorrow to see if that is helping.  I got to speak with her for a moment today, and other than being tired she still says that she feels okay, and she is eating well (a very good sign for her).  The fluid retention is going to delay her recovery a bit, and I'm begining to be concerned about her losing strength the longer she has to be in bed, but we'll just have to see how long she'll be down before we'll know anything more definate.  I would love it if she recovered quickly enough to come straight home and not have to go to the rehab center for awhile. 
I think I'll close my day with a cup of hot tea and a book (I have so many to chose from).


Sunday, November 1, 2009

They're Baaaack!!!

Amid lots of talking, excitement (I'll explain that in a minute), a few tears and two - yes two 30 gal. trash bags of laundry, the girls returned home.  Tired (which equals cranky or weepy depending on which child it is), and quite a bit run down.  I plan to spend the next couple of days washing clothes, stuffing them with home-made food, making them nap, and giving them plenty of vitamin C.  They enjoyed their trip, they always do, but there was aditional fun this time - Grandma had purchased a Wii - did I spell that right?  So in addition to all the running around to first one place and then another, they also got to run around in the living room.  They're exhausted.
The excitment stemmed from a couple of purchases hubby and I made this week.  We used some of the alone time to go to the music store.  We got Bree a new (new to us anyway) flute.  Ours was in pretty bad shape and wasn't the greatest quality in the first place (read 30yr old student flute).  And we got Beenie a guitar.  She's been interested in them for what seems like forever.  They had a cute one on consignment for not a whole lot of money, which was sized right for a small player.  We grabbed the opportunity, along with a beginners book, and went ahead and signed her up for lessons.  I know how to play several instruments, but guitar is not one of them.  It all looks Greek to me.  Bree couldn't wait to try out her flute, and all three younger ones wanted to mess with the guitar.  T.Lynn wanted to try out the flute and the guitar, and told us she wanted to learn to play the drums (Oh, please no!).  I think the older two just wanted to sleep.
Grandma is doing better today, and other than being tired, she says she's not feeling bad at all.  She seems to be responding to treatment very well.  I'll have to check in with my uncle a bit later to see what the offical prognosis is (he was not available when I called earlier).  I thank those of you who have offered prayers on her behalf.