Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Longest Month of a Week.....Part 3

Thurs, August 4, 2011 7pm

Finally at the right hospital, Mom drives up and I jump in to park her car.  Once I'm in the ER area I ask about "that lady that just came running in to see her Mom" and they told me she was in the back, but I would have to wait.

It wasn't too long when my Mom came out to the waiting area, in tears....the look on her face almost took my breath.  For a second I thought she was going to say the worst.....I jumped to my feet and Mom said "I just had to give authorization for them to administer the clot busting drug....I hope I've made the right decision!"  My brother tried to reassure her and she told me that I could go in the back.  My baby brother and his girlfriend were back poor Nanny.

Mom came back and the Dr's were there, explaining that the drug needed to be administered and we were within the window for it to work, plus he said "you need to give her a chance".  They explained that it had obviously affected her left side and that we should talk to her and encourage her to talk to us. 

Nanny did talk to me, we told her she was in the hospital being taken care of, she squeezed my hand. She also was wiggling her feet....and then I remembered, she didn't like her feet covered up so I removed the sheet!!!!

We were all so glad that God put my Mom and Miss T in the right place at the right time to get her help.

Within a few hours, she was at a point where they could move her to the bigger hospital.  It would seem that the meds were working.  They put a feeding tube in through her nose...needed to help get her the nutrition and strength she would need to fight this.  She didn't seem to be able to swallow.

The next morning, she wasn't much better.  The clot buster wasn't doing the job they had hoped for.  I just cried...cried at the thought of losing her so quick.  I had to get to the hospital, but I didn't want her to see me cry.  The nurse said she is a sweet lady and I said "yes she is"....Nanny piped in with a "Thank Y'all" LOL loved tears, just happy to be with her!!  I told her I loved her and she said she loved me too!

I changed my facebook picture to one of Nanny and my Mom....lots of people only know them by those names and now they could put a face to the names of the 2 very strong ladies in my life.  Prayers were needed for us all.....for our strength and wisdom AND for Nanny's recovery be that on earth or in Heaven.

In the meantime, Hubby is totally aggravating....he seems "off", yes more "off" than normal.  He seems to be slipping, memory wise and just not with it.  I think he is really losing it.  And it is sooooooo annoying to deal with - because I say "I'm going to....." and he forgets that I mentioned it.

You may say it's a guy thing, man-isms, but no....I think it is possibly brain related - maybe from the alcohol and drug abuse - maybe from the Hep C and Cirrhosis.  All I can do is shake my head, that a near 60 year old man is so...out of it.  I don't have time to deal with his silliness.  I have a MOM that needs me; I have a daughter that needs me - he IS a grown man, right?  Maybe?   A little?

Sunday August 7 - my Uncle's birthday

Nanny had a lot of visitors today and she even named them.  It seems she's getting better every day!  She looked at Hubby and said "I just thank you and Sharon for breaking into my house"..........hmmmm.  Oh, yeah, it was the first time she'd seen him since that happened.  Miss T went with us and she was telling Nanny that she starts driver's education next week and would soon be taking over the "Driving Miss Daisy" duties of the family.  We didn't stay long - she was probably very tired from all those visitors! 

She failed the swallow test when they came to do it....said she wouldn't stay awake long enough.

Monday all she seemed to want to do was sleep.  We are told that is one of the affects of a stroke.  I wonder if she is so tired and just wants to go.  I've prayed for her healing, whether that be here on this earth or in God's's all in His hands anyway.

We are all confused by her behavior.  Good today; tired tomorrow; moving feet but not left arm/hand.  Talking, making sense; now sleep.

Tuesday wasn't much better, but on Wednesday Nanny was chattering with me, squeezing my hand.  She still wouldn't/couldn't pass the swallow test.  The attending physician was pushing my Mom to make decisions - life and death ones and we just couldn't fathom that because we were seeing what we thought was improvements.

I was ready to kick butt and take names with that Doctor.  Who was SHE to try and tell MY MOM that there was NO HOPE?????  We see what we think is progress and she is ready to kick Nanny to the curb??

She told Mom she would give her 24 hours to decide where to take a nursing facility to just lay around, tube fed or Hospice.

My facebook post of August 12:

My heart is heavy and breaking, yet my mind knows it is for the best. Soon Nanny will meet Jesus and my wish for her to be made whole again will come true. I love you Nanny and thank you for always loving me! (and for collards, fried chicken, rice n gravy, sweet tea, butterbeans, cucumbers, can keep the okra) ♥ ♥ ♥

Today we are telling Jesus to take over.

She is moved to a local Hospice care facility on Saturday morning.  Mom didn't want to ask me to go with her.  But I had been there 11 years ago when Nanny took Papa.  I knew it wouldn't be an easy intake for my Mom to do alone.  So I showed up anyway. be continued.

The Longest Month of a Week...part 2

Well, with Nanny in the hospital since late July 18th, and Miss T battling H/F/M disease, there came up a fire behind my house.  It was obviously started by a strike of good old summer time lightening.  I'm thinking, here we go again....a couple years ago there was a wildfire back there that had us surrounded by firetrucks.  Lucky for us both fires were under control quickly. 

 I was planning to meet a J-Land pal in Myrtle Beach  July 31 - Aug 2 or so.  But Miss T was still contagious and I was counting days to be sure she could go with me and not infect anyone.  One thing I think helped her was using Tea Tree Oil on the areas that were affected.  Plus I made her sleep with her socks on after applying the oil!  Didn't want her running around the house oiling up the floors.

After I determined she was ok, my little buddy (nephew), Miss T and I went to see the new "Winnie The Pooh" movie - how cute!  Then he decided he wanted to stay with me for a "sleep over".  Fine by me!  Only I didn't know Hubby was going to be literally falling down....tipsy.  Mumbling something about "calling the Mafia" and "handling things"....whatever, just be quiet already!

In the meantime, Nanny was getting moved from one floor to the next.  Her numbers weren't quite right yet and then her Atrial Fib acted up a bit and well, she wasn't getting up and walking; not getting her strength back.  Her appetite was good.....I cooked dinner one night and she asked me to bring her some.  All this leisurely laying around though wasn't good....time to get back on her feet.  Finally, the hospital staff said she was good to go home IF she had round the clock care, in case she fell, or needed help;  well, that would be tough, so the best situation was to rehab at the local nursing facility.

Mom chose the one near our homes so that we could all drop in whenever, and keep an eye on things and just visit if we wanted to.  Nanny was in a room with a very nice lady named Hazel who, ironically, had decided to stay at this facility.  Nanny seemed to be enjoying her time there, talking with the staff and getting to know Hazel.  She said the people were nice and the food was pretty good.

So far so good!  Yay, Nanny isn't one to stay down.  She's a mover and a shaker.  As planned Miss T and I headed to Myrtle Beach to meet up with our dear friends for a couple of days of R&R.

Sunday was hotel was over-booked; so they were trying to find me another place close to where I needed/wanted to be.  As it was, I ended up with a $250 upgrade, a $100 credit to use on another booking before Dec 31 AND a refund of $25 as an "inconvenience" refund!  Pretty good deal....almost a wash!

We spent the 2 nights and 3 days doing NOTHING!  Ahhhhhhhh.  The first afternoon it wanted to rain a bit, but, hey, that's summer in the south.  My friends had some gift certificates to eat at Planet Hollywood compliments of their timeshare group, so off we went.  Along with these certificates came JUMP AHEAD SEATING!  Instead of an hour wait, we were seated immediately.  Monday and Tuesday was nothing but sun, sand, water and lots of conversations.  Good times with great people!  I'm thinking "I'd like a job as a perpetual vacationer" -- I could do a fabulous job!!

I really hated to leave and head home!  Work was calling and with Nanny in the rehab, I didn't need to ignore her....not that I was ignoring her, we had visited and we had talked on the phone.  That j-o-b called to me...$$$$ needed.  Besides, my friends needed to continue "their" vacation without us interrupting.  Just happened that they came into Wilmington on Wednesday to visit some family and we had dinner together at our local Chili's! 

On Thursday, my Mom had her youngest granddaughter and Miss T was over helping out.  For some reason (divine intervention) Mom took the kid home early and she and Miss T stopped in to visit with Nanny.  They were telling stories and Miss T was discussing her visit in Myrtle and Nanny was saying "I hope you didn't fall in love this time" and laughter and such.  I don't know how long they were there.....all I know is that Miss T called me and said.............

"Grammy thinks Nanny is having a stroke!"  She had gone to the restroom and the aide was helping her back in the bed.  Mom said "I looked at her and her eyes were rolling so I told the aide/nurse I think she's having a stroke!!!................"  They were waiting on the ambulance and I told Miss T to stay with her Grammy and help her, because she will need you with her to help keep her calm.

And then it was off to the ER....only we all went to the wrong hospital.  Nanny was in the ER at the hospital that was slightly closer.  The Doc was calling Mom.....they needed her there!  We drove very cautiously FAST from one hospital to the other.

It is amazing how many people IGNORE FLASHERS and just won't move over!! be continued.

The Longest Month of a Week...part 1

The days since mid July have all run together into one large cluster of chaos.

July 18, 2011 - Calling from their Myrtle Beach vacation, Mom says Tara has a sore throat - and then later a fever.  I say "you're a Mom, you know what to do".

I had worked until 6 and decided to eat out and stroll through Kohl's looking for nothing much in particular.  It was dark, Miss T was with a friend and Hubby was at his AA meeting, and I noticed my Nanny's house was dark, no porch light on - it was 9pm and this was unusual.  I immediately called her number to fuss that she "didn't have that light on" but I got no answer - that scared me.  Grabbing her house keys and my flashlight I headed her way, first looking through her yard and into the garden area.....remember a couple years ago she fell in the garden and laid there 8 hours!  Of course I panicked.....her car was home; then I noticed her outdoor lock wasn't attached, but the door was locked from inside.  I began to yell for her, ringing the doorbell, banging on windows and doors.  Before long Tom was home and came up to help me.

Once we got the porch door popped open and onto the porch, the screen door was latched!  OMG I had to get inside!  But I was afraid of what I would find -- Lord let her be ok please!  In the meantime, my Mom was on the phone with me (she and Miss T were in Myrtle Beach) and I was trying my best not to frighten her.  We're figuring "Nanny probably fell asleep early and is still sleeping" -- yeah that sounds great! 

We got the screen door opened and unlocked the main door, I flipped on lights calling "Nanny?" and I heard her voice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Whew!  I went immediately to her room and turned on her light -- she was in the floor!  Oh the terrible look in her small and drained looking at me with relief.

I determined she had not broken anything and Tom helped me move her legs and get her rolled over and upright.  I insisted that she was obviously dehydrated and WAS GOING TO THE HOSPITAL!!  She looked at me, almost to say no and then she said "clean me up first".  We are not sure how long she was there, but Mom talked to her around 11am and this was now 9pm!!  She was a mess!  To the shower we went with Tom's assistance and he dialed 9-1-1.  She thanked me over and over and over saying "I'm so glad you broke in and found me!"  I said "So I am!"

In the ER she was very alert...finally got an IV into her around 11 -  she was so dehydrated the EMT's couldn't get one.  I wouldn't leave her alone - my brother came too.  He stayed with her so that I could go home and shower and try to rest.  I couldn't rest.  I was so worried.  He finally called me around 3:30am, and I said "Mom needs to know - call her".

At 4am I was on my way to pick Mom up from Myrtle Beach, but she said NO to wait and she'd leave around 6 or 7 to come home.  So I went back to the ER to wait with Nanny.  Poor girl.  They weren't sure what was going on.  They were testing her for everything and thought that she was going into kidney and renal failure, but they got that under control.  She was having uncontrollable diarrhea - they ran the test for C.dif but each time it was negative.  Hmmmmm.....then what?

Finally Mom got to the ER and was able to fill the staff in on some medical information that we were unaware of; latest medications and things that had happened at her last hospital visit for Gall Bladder surgery some 10 years ago.  The atrial fib (abnormal heart rhythm) was present then and perhaps that is the concerns for tonight esp since this dehydration is a current trauma.

They finally admit her Tuesday and get her into a room  (July 19) saying she is a "very sick lady".  Each day she seemed to get 100% better and it was looking like we were on the road to recovery!  I took Mom back to Myrtle Beach Wednesday and came home myself on Thursday.

While I was in Myrtle...Miss T began picking at her fingers and when I asked why she said "it looks like fire ant bites" and I said for her to stop messing with them.  Then later in the afternoon she complained of her feet hurting....I looked at them and they looked as if she had stepped on a bed of nails, red prick marks on her feet....hmmmm. 

Well low and behold, she had contracted Hand Foot and Mouth disease from none other than my Brother, who got it from his daughter who got it from a baby!  Thankfully it only affected her hands and feet.  My bigger little brother wasn't so lucky.  His mouth blistered so, he could barely eat - as a matter of fact he said he could only eat Cool Whip!! be continued!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Trying this out

Soooooooooo like all fads, this one has potential.

A high school friend called me and said HEY NC needs to get on this bandwagon.  There are loads of success stories.  I told her that I had first become aware of this product by visiting the Port Chuck band website and Steve Burton (Jason on "General Hospital" hunka-hunka) is a sponsor of the MonaVie System.

When you break it down, it's cost effective.  How much would you spend on an Atkins shake?  or Luna Bar?  or box of Slim Fast Snack Bars?  Even the Hubby considered Nutrisystem -- God help you if you didn't like the taste of the food they sent you!

Now I'll be honest....I was very skeptical about the price.  BUT divide that by 30 days, and I'm sure I'll have some left over.  I received 2 tubs of the shake mix....Vanilla is YUMMY and you can add fruit if you'd like!  I haven't tried the Choco Berry yet -- but I'm told it's just as delish.  The Chocolate Bars are GREAT!  And the Snack Bar (also berry) are very good - not cardboard or paste - real food!!  Also included in this package was a bottle of supplement pills to "boost" metabolism.

Since I've been sick with a sore throat and cough, I waited a week to try the product.  Plus it was also my birthday week, and, well, a girls gotta have CAKE right?

Sunday I made a shake mix - 8 oz milk with 1/2 a scoop of the mix and tossed back one of the tablets.  1/2 a scoop because with the fiber content of this mix, one doesn't want to BLOW the "diet" if ya know what I mean.  Tried the chocolate bar, the berry bar - nice; had a 2nd glass around lunch time.  Yes, I did enjoy my coffee that morning as well, and I'm sure I had 1/2 a sandwich or peanut butter crackers too AND I ate a normal dinner.  Wasn't starving........didn't have a headache from hunger pains.

Day 2 - Today.  Ditto.  Only with my 2nd glass I added more of the mix.  Today, maybe it's because I'm trying to get over this stinking summer cold, but .....I do feel better. 

My next trial is going to be the JUICE that they offer!!

Check it out!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Disney Dancing!!

Well we did it!  Er, SHE did it.  My baby girl danced down the famous Main Street of the Happiest Place on Earth known as Walt Disney World!  She's the one looking at the camera with the flying ponytail and yellow ribbon!  They were exhausted by the time it was over!!

Needless to say we were some happy parents to watch our 40 dancers come down Main Street with Cinderella's Castle in the background.  Awesome memories!  Thank you ALL that helped make this day possible.  I wish everyone could have been there with us for this experience.

We arrived around 3pm on Wednesday to the resort, checked in and headed to the Magic Kingdom for a few rides, eats and the parade and fireworks.  I never get tired of those fireworks over the Castle.

The lights at night change to wonderful colors on this castle, sometimes it looks like ICE, other times the music is playing a wicked queen theme and the colors are just as eerie.  Still beautiful.

Since we had park hopper passes, we jumped around to Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, back to the Magic Kingdom a couple of times, and the girls went to Typhoon Lagoon....I stayed behind for that one!

Tom....well, he joined us the first night for a couple of hours; then he made it to the Parade on Friday, alone.  We didn't spend any quality, family time together that's for sure.  Because we checked out of the resort on Monday, he went with us to Hollywood Studios to watch the Indiana Jones show.  Then it began to rain, again, and we started our trek home.

Rain, again.....yes.  THANK GOD it rained Thursday.  The temps were horrible - you could sweat just thinking about going outside.  Friday the temps came down about 5-7 degrees and was a bit overcast, so the kids had a better day for dancing, plus there were sprinkles here and there and an afternoon 15 minute rain storm.  Sat & Sun & Mon were the same.....welcome to Summer in the South!!

Thoroughly enjoyed my time with a family that we were with.....Swanno/Morris.  We had rooms side by side, traveled down together caravan style, hit the parks together and .........ahhhhhhhhh!  I even got to go to FRANCE for lunch.....I've always wanted to do that, jet off to France or Italy for lunch or dinner.  This time though I Epcot....while the dancers were enjoying a Gala dinner  party in a private section of the park, with buffet style eating, a DJ and fun, fun, fun.

I'm ready to go back!  But not till it's cooler.  I like it there in December - I'm spoiled that way.  Next time I'll spend more time in Epcot touring the world!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Ode to a Friend

Ashley sums it up in her blog about our esteemed Judge Carroll.

I met John not long after he had become Judge for our District.  We had a mutual legal friend and I introduced myself as such.  Noting the Judge's witty characteristics, I tossed in a bit of my own wit too.  Quickly I was happy to make his acquaintance and find him to be a "real" person, a regular guy.  The genuine kind, not the stuffy judge behind the bench better than you kind.  This man was human and compassionate.  He had a veal for life and people. 

I had opportunity to watch him in action - in Court.  He commanded respect, he deserved respect.  He treated the cases fairly, and didn't take any beef!  If it was right it was right; if it was WRONG - you knew it!  Someone asked me once if I thought that his judgment was fair and I said "Yes".  Most people leave court thinking a ruling isn't fair.  But, crime isn't fair - did you steal from Granny?  Well, guess what....just because she's your Granny doesn't excuse anything!!

He was always happy to meet you - see you on the street, in the store, at a restaurant or at our kids school (our daughters are in the same grade/school/classes).  John enjoyed being with his family.  We don't often see that in many Dads (parents) these days.  It was refreshing to know that John Carroll was one of the "good guys", the one you could count on, a man of integrity.  Our community has suffered a great loss.  John was giving, kind and funny, always had a smile and something to say!!

When John was called back to Iraq, I remember seeing him at school in his desert clothes.  I don't remember if it was before going or just after coming back.  It seemed like he wanted to make sure to speak with his children at that time, before/after his deployment.  Some would have just said "hello/goodbye" as they passed each other at home.  I wish all parents paid this much close attention to their kids.  When he came home, the school posted a banner outside "WELCOME HOME".

He truly touched the lives of all he came in contact with. 

So,'ve received a special Angel this week.  Beware:  this one comes with stories and wit and may be toking on a cigar, but you'll be glad to have him!

John, friend, thank you for all that you stood for, all that you have shown us.  We will miss you!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Here My Is.....

Hiatus.....well, yeah I guess.
I'd like to say that I've been super busy, but that's not the case at all.
Bummed out....blah, could care less.
Watching others, wallering in my own boredom.
All around me I see things to do, places to go, people to meet.
But no......alas, I am safe in my cocoon.

I know once I'm "back in the swing" I'd have fun, feel, where's that swing?

Miss T is preparing for the 8th Grade Formal.....not so formal; just a bit more dressy than church clothes.  Got the dress, necklace and what to do with hair?  She loves it long and straight.  Guess we'll pull up some and give it some springy curls and hope they stay!  She has that fine hair that just says ........uh NO.

In a lot of joint pain.  I'm sure exercise would help that (yes Mother) and I've decided to try my old tyme rheumatiz medicine again.  Gin soaked Golden Raisins.  Just need to remember DO NOT TAKE FIRST THING IN MORNING --- can you say GAG!!

Looking into a new endeavor too.....told little brother I would help him "officially" - that means a "real job" and on payroll.  That's ok, I'll still keep the other job I've been at for 11 years, just only working 2 days a week now due to the economy.  Good thing is brother's business is BOOMING and that means I'll be busy with him 2-3 days too.  Geesh that puts me back at a full time scale (hmmm).  It's some office work and some warehouse grunt work too.  I don't mind....hope my aching bones can agree.

Hubby?  Well, he visited family in Texas recently - had a good time.  Godson's Communion.  Now he's busy being pool and errand boy for us.  Picking up Miss T from school, delivering her to me when I'm in town so that she can get to dance. 

Speaking of Dance.......they started the DISNEY DANCE practice a couple weeks ago.  It is a cute routine.  I just hope they can last in that 25 minute march down main street in the June heat!!  It's coming up fast too!  June 22nd we leave out in the dark of night - easier travels.  Plane fares are down a bit, but not low enough.  I'm planning to rent a car rather than take mine - no need to put the miles on mine.  Plus if it breaks down, Rent-a-car place can come swap out!! 

Doing the math, drive/car rental & gas etc might be equal to the plane fare + car rental in Fla!  AND a plane ride is faster.  Just hope they don't lose my underwear!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Spring is finally here!


Bloomers everywhere

Wait, wrong kind.

And many others.
The pool is getting into shape....and then the wind blows and out comes the pollen.  
That's ok, the air is trying to get warm and for that I'm thankful.
Been tired of the grey cold winter we've had.  Blah!

Did the Spring Ahead thing in March and boy was it welcome!  The dark, it's so suffocating.
Now we have time to enjoy the outside!

But March and April around here seemed to have switched places.....March has been wet; April is now breezy??????  Nuts!

So does that mean Mother's Day is now in June?

If so, when's my birthday?

Monday, March 7, 2011

Small observation/vent

So the economy is tanking; people are jobless, homeless and clueless.

Which brings me to an observation that I must vent about.

Bear in mind that I was raised Southern Baptist.

Hubby's Godchild in Texas is having his first communion - Catholic.  Of course HE is expected to be there, after all he IS the GODFather.   My Father in law made sure to remind him about his "duty" to this child. Round trip airfare is $350.  Wow, that's a nice gift for a first communion, don't ya think?

The same FIL that called up hubby last year to REMIND him of this kid's birthday "after all you ARE the Godfather" - again a duty call.  Hmmmm, I wondered if he made the same call to ALL of his children and to remind them of ALL the grandkids birth dates?  NOT.  For  lo and behold, my daughter's birthday came and went.

Now, my car is in need of a full set of tires.....I'm running on ski's right now it seems.

But, I MUST book this flight................?????????

AND I'm planning for the Florida trip in June where Miss T will be dancing down Disney's Main Street in the Parade -- a once in a lifetime experience.

Asking a bit much to travel to Texas for a communion?  Or am I not seeing the BIG picture here?

Feel free to contribute any funds for the FLORIDA trip to my paypal account!!!!!!!!  I'll let Tom fly by the seat of his pants!!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Sounds....not so silent ones

Tonight I was sitting with my niece and nephew while their parents (my brother) went out for a bit.  Yes, I am the good sister/aunt; anyway, Lil Mr Man and I had dinner together.  I had Hot and Sour Soup and he promptly noticed I had "worms" in it ....not really, it was the cabbage (I hope) or bok choy.

I was intrigued by the "school" attitude of my longer the mild Clark Kent, but ready to play "bad guy/good guy" and blow up my submarine.  I'm calling it a school attitude since he is in his last half of Kindergarten.   His first experience surrounded by a lot of kids his own age - sure he's changing, adapting, but, where's my little buddy?

Then his sister, almost 3.  Sweet, kind, caring, mild mannered for the most part tonight.  Don't get me wrong she IS headstrong and will do it "her way" and that's that.  She is sharp too!  Catches on to everything and takes notice of each detail. 

She loves her brother....when she noticed his "blowing up" of the "world around us" she would quietly remove her items that were in the way, to another area, all while she "cooked" a brownie and cupcake in her Little Tikes oven.  She spilled the tea, but said it was OK.

With Nephew in bed, my niece and I went downstairs to watch "Mousey"....what she calls "Tom and Jerry".  I enjoyed the background music while she carefully watched the pooosey cat and mousey.

I heard a scratching on a door and realized that it was their cat, closed up in a spare room.  So I let him out and for some reason he headed straight upstairs.  Then I could hear my nephew giving the cat orders to get out!! and then "Aunt Sharon, Bailey needs his dinner"....."come get the cat!".  Poured a scoop of dry food out for him honestly because I didn't want to smell the can food.

Later I heard a "meow" and the cat pushed open the bathroom door----to announce to me that he had a desire to go outside -- geesh, privacy here please!! 

Outside -- that is where I heard it.

In the still of the night, no wind, just a tiny breeze, I could hear the rumble of the ocean waves pounding the shoreline.  I LOVE THAT SOUND!!  Once more I realize that I could never leave the water.  I would yearn for the sound of the ocean.  It made me think of my favorite spot in Nokomis Fl, on the pounding waves on the shore.  Just lapping of small wakes made from the tide or a boat.  I love the ocean, yet the peacefulness of the Gulf is also magnetic. 

Once back inside to relax and wait for the parental units, I could hear the tick-tock of the clock and the grumbling of the refrigerator.   Typical house noises.  The dog and cat also stretched out to relax.....and fart....and lick....and snore.


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Not the best week to be..........

Occasionally I get the opportunity to listen to Neal Boortz.  He's wonderful, shoots from the hip, like I do.  Call it as you see it, ya know?  Then I learn that his sidekick and producer died, Royal Marshall.  WOW, I think my heart skipped a beat.  You may never meet someone in person, but you can get to know and respect them.

And if that wasn't bad enough, one of our Dance Mom's lost a battle to Cancer this week.  She had Melanoma, and was 5 months pregnant.  Seems she had the cancer beat, but the pregnancy hormones stimulated its growth and ....well, she leaves 2 small children (under 10) and a loving husband.  They didn't have insurance and we've set up a donation bucket for them.  Other places are having benefits too -- BBQ's,  motorcycle "Poker Runs" etc.  Her memorial is tonight, casual attire, her request.

Another Dance Mom lost a brother yesterday to cancer.

That's 3....3's enough. 

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Vote for Me

 Here's the deal.....Prilosec OTC is having a contest for Sponsorship.
You tell them your story why they should sponsor you.
You get as many people to VOTE EVERYDAY with every email address they have.
Voting counts!  Need as many votes as I can get.  I know a guy personally that received notification that he had been chosen for a sponsorship and he got $1,500!  They chose 4x a year.  Next round of choices is soon, so get your voting fingers ready and VOTE for ME as the official Prilosec OTC Dance Mom!!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Where is the fine line?

We had our first "Blizzard" of the year.
Interesting how we got 6-8" of the pretty white stuff on Monday.  Tuesday it was beginning to ice over on the top which made it look like a rainbow of glass!  It was pretty.

My neighboring county (just 6 miles away) only got 1-3" and some parts of it got -0- which is crazy.  Or at least I think it's crazy.  Imagine it if you will....I left home and ventured into work and there was only an ice crusting in the planters when I got there!!

When I got home, I still had 4" of snow under the ice cap.  Hubby said "why do you look surprised?" and I explained how ILM didn't have ANY snow left and I come home to 4" still.

I never considered this until a friend mentioned doesn't always rain here when it's raining there.  You can see it coming or see it raining down the street at your neighbors house, but it might not reach your house.

But I never thought that if it was cold enough to snow, that it would not be snowing everywhere in our immediate area.  Not thinking in the terms that it doesn't always "rain" all over the place.  

Where was this "fine line" where the snow started and stopped?   

Monday, January 10, 2011

2011 First Snow

Well that's a crazy title.....especially here in the South.
It's not like we get snow often, but this is the 2nd since Christmas.

Funny, so far I've got about 6" and it's now snowing more.....they canceled school today and tomorrow.  Funnier thing.....about 20 miles south, some friends are reporting NO sNOw.

Friday, January 7, 2011

A week in the New Year

Well, what's been going on in 2011 so far?

It's cold and gray, and we usually save that for February around here.  The only thing good about January/February is that March is next!  I hate wearing a coat - hate hate hate, and I know Momma said "don't hate" but darn, dislike is such a mild word for how I feel.
Tuesday Miss T had an orthodontist appointment - that's coming along great.  She got them on last Summer and the Doc said she'd only have to wear them NINE months!!  Wow!  I had a whole 2 years worth of torture with mine!
Speaking of her, at school they're doing this Career Planning for High School.  I don't know about you, but at 14 I don't think I was too interested in thinking about a career.  (Although I did toy with the idea of becoming an airline attendant or lawyer ---- I settled for Paralegal - lawyers have too much pressure!)  She's a bit freaked out over the HS schedule because it seems she wanted to take certain classes (fun stuff) but this CP is designed to give you specific courses.  That's all well and good - IF you know what you want to be when you grow up.  I still don't!

The "selection test", if you will, said she would be good in the Arts field...well DUH, she is a dancer.  She likes to draw and has a great imagination.  I thought she'd become a writer -- she may still.  So she puts down Interior Designer and Photographer.......not Engineer or Pharmacist!   Momma's thinking "cha-ching" here!
As I've just said that, I am remembering my current feelings about employment.  I want to do something FUN, something that is enjoyable.  Guess I should remember that as I see her selections.
Now, we get to meet with the counselor to discuss these selections.

I did manage to go back to the j-o-b on Wed & Thurs.  As usual, I found that the payments I left behind (Boss's mortgage etc) had not been sent -- yes, he signed them, and yes, they had stamped envelopes - I did all but hold his hand, but....sigh, He just can't get in gear.  I made him run down to the Tax office (Jan 5th HELLO) to drop off the tax bills before he got hit with the 5% late penalty (on $60K that's a LOT!!).  By Thurs I was still reminding him to drop of the mortgage payments!
Me=banging head on wall!
I have too much else to do - no time to babysit a grown man.

I went to the gym twice this week with a friend....need to continue doing this!!  It's an easy thing to do, really, just do it already!!  What else am I doing while I'm waiting on Miss T at dance????? Nothing....a whole lot of nothing.  We will start putting together the dance costumes this weekend at the studio owner's house.  It sounds easy, but.....we found out last night that some pieces haven't been ordered yet! YIKES!!  Wouldn't it be ideal to have everything in and sorted and put together......before now, 3 weeks till dress rehearsal and 4 weeks until the first competition.
Let the stress begin!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year's 2011 in My Own Bed

Home for New Year's Eve!
Barely, but glad we made it home before the amateur drinkers got out on the roads.  Very glad to lay down in my very own bed and wake up HOME to begin the new year.

Quite a different scene coming home -- NO SNOW!  Well, there were a few remnants of large "boulders" by the road side, the ones that will take a while to melt.  Even though it was registering 66 degrees, I still found it odd that the snow boulders were still there.   

It was a good, quiet visit to Florida.  The FIL was very accommodating, and I got to eat a wonderful Lasagna prepared especially for me by my brother-in-law.

Told y'all I was spoiled!

Spent 4 lazy days....hit a few Bealls stores, visited with friends and ate a lot.  
Finally made it over to the water after leaving FIL's to head home.  Miss T and I scouted for shells, which is hard at this area of the "beach".  It's not a typical sand to shore area this Hudson Beach.  I would have much rather been a bit more South at Siesta Key (Sarasota) or Casey Key (Nokomis).
Soon....the calendar will allow me to schedule a trip further South.  I really need to be meditating to the drums on a Saturday night on Casey Key watching the sun set in the Gulf!!  Ahhh....