04 August 2018

Since Then

Since my last post it's been kinda crazy around here (again or still). To start with, like most of the south it's been raining like never before almost every day. The ground squishes when you walk on it. Since we can't get it dry enough to cut the dogs now need bicycle flags to find them in the tall grass. They are not happy.

Along with rain came the illustrious Cox cable truck who had backing up issues and dug a nice trench in our front yard with it's dual tires. And of course, it's too wet for them to come fix it yet. Great! You can't tell too good from the picture but this is over 100 feet and about 8 inches deep in most places!

The Cox truck being here at all is another story. This guy was just one in a long line of technicians who have come to fix a problem that was outside, up a pole, not inside our house. But for some reason it seemed very hard to get the people taking our calls to understand that we need a maintenance call instead of a service call. So every guy they sent out left us shaking his head saying he should have never been sent. I'm sure by now, after all the calls my husband has made that they all know him on a first name basis at the call center! The good news in all this is that the guy who screwed up the yard was very happy to report that he had fixed the problem up the pole! Yeah!

We'd been really contemplating going with Roku and dumping our TV service through Cox so after all this drama we finally bought one and are now trying to get used to it. We haven't settled on what service to use alongside Roku and am still doing the research to what will best meet our needs. I find there is some really random stuff available out there! We watch a lot of history and documentaries. I get the feeling most services cater to people who devour movies and music videos. So we're struggling a bit. I really miss my "regular TV."

I had my final 18-month follow-up with my back surgeon and everything is good. I got a referral for back strengthening therapy and have just started that. Danny, upon seeing his PCP, finally decided to get shoulder therapy; it's been hurting for months now. His evaluation is next week, then we both go for 4 weeks. I bet I get lunch out of the deal too, since we have 11:30 appointments!

I've been dealing with an IBS attack since Thursday afternoon. The timing couldn't have been worse since I'd just had my back popped and it was already very sore. Everything became 10 times more painful since I had to keep getting up and down every 20 minutes all night long. Silver-lining - lost 5 pounds! Yesterday was mostly a soup day and I'm still eating tenderly today, hoping to use this weight loss as a jump start for healthier eating (but you know how easy it is to fall back into the junk food ways).

20 July 2018

The Unwanted Visitor

It's the call you never want to get. No, not that one... everyone is fine. I'm talking about the one that causes panic like no other. "There's a SNAKE in the House!"

Yes, I got the call (luckily he wasn't in my house) but poor Mama was on the other end of the phone in a major panic. She has been terrified of snakes her whole life and to see one climbing on her kitchen window.... You just cannot comprehend what that call sounded like!

Our snakes after hummingbirds, 2002
At first I thought the snake was outside the kitchen window. "He's just after the hummingbirds" I told her, not remembering that she doesn't have feeders this year. I was thinking of the time we had a snake on our door doing that.

The timing couldn't have been worse. Danny and my brother were both out in different directions having cars work done. So this was now a case of the blind rescuing the blind! I told Mom I'd call a neighbor and for her to keep an eye on the intruder. Losing sight of him would be the worse case scenario.

By chance neighbor Austin was home and not 'up the country.' Alice sent him right over. He arrived as I did, armed with a hoe fork & a pine cone picker-upper. By the time we got in the kitchen we saw a HUGE crooked black line draped over the soap dispenser, paper towel holder, the mixer and other items on the counter. He was heading to the corner! And we needed to get him before he rounded that corner and made it behind the stove.

I went to open the back door since I would NOT be holding it when the exit happened, while Austin started moving items and trying to grab the snake with the not-quite-strong-enough picker-up. The knife block fell over scattering smaller knives across the counter and Austin managed to turn the snake back towards the corner instead of the stove and got a hand on his tail.

I was standing right behind Austin and when he said to back up I did just that. I wished I'd been a bit quicker because the next thing I saw was a snake head coming towards my face as Austin whipped the snake off the counter.

I'll never forget the sight I saw next of Austin standing in the middle of the kitchen swinging the snake round and round. (where was a camera when you needed it)? OMG! Please don't let him slip through his fingers! Austin quickly made his way to the back door. I could hear the snake hit the door facing as they passed through the threshold. I couldn't tell if I was scared to death or scarred for life by this, the craziest thing I've ever witnessed in my life. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.

Crisis averted we went back to the living room where Mom had been planted in her chair the whole time keeping a watchful eye on the snake before we had arrived. We all started calming down, my brother and his wife came in and like any good group of hunters do we went back over the story, relating every detail, just like I've done here!

A super big thank you to Austin to coming to our aid! We're still not sure how the 5-6 foot long black snake got in but you can be sure that any holes found have been plugged and the doors are kept closed from now on! I know there are good snakes and bad snakes, but when any come in the house he's automatically on the bad list.

Oh, and when I got back home and looked in the mirror I found a spot of blood between my eyebrows. Slowly I washed it away... there's no scratch, no cut.... Good grief! I have snake blood on me! Totally creeped me out!

11 July 2018

Mission-minded Crochet Work

Last year I had heard that the migrant ministry recipients that our church serve liked to receive hand crocheted washcloths. So lately I've been working to make as many of them that I can before the end of July. This is a quick and easy project that travels well to work on in waiting rooms and vehicles.

I already had some that I'd stored away to use as a craft show item, but never got to have a booth last year. And while I was laid up with my back and knee surgeries I made a few more. So I now have a nice stack of at least 30 washcloths ready to be donated plus whatever more I can get done in the next couple of weeks!

03 July 2018

Blame It On The Moon

This has been another rough week. Danny had surgery last Thursday, getting 3 hernias repaired at one time. He’s now recovering nicely. Both dogs are now feeling good too so that just leaves me with leftover health issues. I am still struggling to get over twisting my back 10 days ago, but am making progress each day. I think once I get through this I am going to see about getting some strengthening back therapy, which I’ve never had since having back surgery over a year ago. Perhaps this could have been avoided if I’d had therapy sooner.

Beside pain each of us was dealing with and super hot temperatures outdoors, another thing that didn’t help matters was the full moon around June 28. With feelings walking a fine line, things weren’t always rosy last week. Now we know why.

My lightbulb started going off as I began noticing a trend a few months ago, gradually putting 2 and 2 together. Things would go well at home with everyone relatively happy and suddenly the botttom would fall out. Petty arguments and hurt feelings prevailed leaving us both baffled. Luckily it was always a temporary affliction and we’d get through the set-backs fairly quickly. After a while I mentioned my curious thoughts of a moon connection to Danny, so together we have been watching for a correlation between the moon and a tendency for arguments debates to become a bit more “heightened.” It seems to happen right before the full moon and dissipates within a day or so, with life returning to normal. We thought we were crazy but after tracking emotional exchanges a while we’re pretty sure we’re on to something. And now that we know better we can do better!

I know it sounds bizarre, but I share this because maybe someone else has had the same thing happen and just didn’t realize the moon could be an influence at home. Everybody knows the moon affects tides, births increase, and crimes go up during full moons. Why not arguments at home?