12 May 2018

Quick And A Bit Painful

This week has been so crazy. Over the weekend Danny mashed a little 'knot' that was under the skin in his palm, apparently exploding what was encapsulated to the inside of his hand. His hand quickly starting swelling enough for me to be concerned on Sunday morning. By Sunday afternoon he had red streaks almost to his elbow indicating that infection was moving quickly (see surgeon marks in the "before" photo).

Luckily our PCP opened at 7am so an early call got us on their schedule by 8:15am. After labs, an x-ray, and after a brief evaluation we were immediately sent to a hand surgeon. He said "I can work you in for surgery tonight about midnight or can schedule you Tuesday morning.

We took the rest of the day to collect our thoughts, clear our calendar and pick up a few supplies we'd planned to shop for during that week. Everything was coming in a rush. We arrived at the hospital before 6am on Tuesday; so in less than 24 hours from our primary care doctor appointment he was already in surgery!

They had to grow cultures to discover the cause to know which antibiotic to use. By Thursday they finally had answers and switched him from generic antibiotic IV to pill antibiotics so he could begin the process to come home. Friday morning they wheeled him out to the car and headed home.

I'm still amazed at how fast this all transpired. I'm most grateful to God for putting the right people in the right places at the right time. See, it wasn't that long ago we changed to our PCP from one who didn't open early and actually closed some days. The recommended surgeon was not available, but the one we got was excellent and quickly put us at ease during an overwhelming time. I can't stress enough how God brought all things together for good (Romans 8:28) right when we needed Him most.

Danny is doing better after a good night's sleep. The antibiotics are messing with his stomach a bit, but what is that in comparison? He'll be fine before long and once again complaining about summer grass cutting, which will be music to my ears!

20 April 2018

May Apples Are Coming

I love the May Apples in spring time. They used to grow just along the edge of our woods path.

Our woods has been in evolution since September 2003 when Hurricane Isabel hit us. So much was devestated that we had to hire loggers to remove everything that could be salvaged. The trees and vines that grew back were very thick and close together because they were getting sunlight. Over time the sun dwindled and taller trees excelled while lower plants declined.

Now, the trees have thinned and you can see into the woods and sunlight is peeking through again. I was so amazed at how much the May Apples have spread! Alas, the cold weather (isn't it crazy?) has kept the blossoms at bay, but slowly they are starting to bloom.





On my golf cart drive in the woods last Saturday the leaves were droopy, waiting for rain. Today they are strong and revived from recent rain and the blossoms are popping out everywhere! Next week should be awesome! I can't wait!

07 April 2018

Really Crazy Weather

Here it is, after Easter, and we're wondering if we'll get any snowflakes this afternoon. Crazy huh? Danny did manage to get the lawn cut last week for the first time. It wasn't pretty since the grass was so high!


I have had moving the old foundation blocks out from the woods for several years now. Something always seemed to come up to prevent it happening.


But I'm happy to say they now have a new home around a flower bed. They used to be lined up in a lovely border by the woods but over time, the woods had just about eaten them. You can see below where they used to be. It was quite a struggle to rescue them. They weigh a ton and used to be under our old 1800's farmhouse. Color me crazy, but it makes me feel good to have saved them.


While I was taking pictures I saw this fresh young iris making an appearance. So despite the foreboding claims of impending snow (insignificant as it will be) there is still a hope that Spring will eventually catch up to the calendar.



29 March 2018

Gone In a Flash

Last Christmas we gave a gift card to the Green Flash Brewery on General Booth Blvd. to my daughter's friend. That sounds like a long time ago but it was really only about 100 days past.

Last week it was announced that they were selling the building. I quickly let my daughter know they needed to get over there before everything closed. Little did I know I was too late. With little fanfare they closed the building and everything in it, leaving just a piece of paper on the gates for people returning kegs to email Dave. Really? That's it?

They just opened in November 2016. Why are they closing already? It's only been a year!

You know, in December they probably knew they were getting ready to do something. So why be taking good money for gift cards to a place that will cease to exist in a matter of weeks?! By January they were in negotiations with new investors. and talking about streamlining marketing. Then on March 26 they released a statement about closing the Virginia Beach location and focusing on California (home offices) and their new place in (of all places) Nebraska.

She emailed ol' Dave and I messaged the home office via Facebook. Their response: visit the online store. Now who in their right mind wants to buy a stupid shirt or cozy or bottle opener with their lame logo on it? Not quite the same as the craft beer we were hoping for. I think we got screwed... no, I know we got screwed. So pissed.

They were a flash alright! Not in a good way.

20 March 2018

A Moment in Time

Today is such a blah day. It's rainy and nasty outside, it's dark and quiet inside. We did have a pretty good weekend though. My daughters were both around to help celebrate my brother's birthday (which was last week). The whole family went to Blue Pete's for supper on Sunday night, including my father-in-law. Melissa and her husband didn't go back to Florida until Monday afternoon so I guess that made for an extended weekend.

We didn't really talk about it much, but while we celebrated and enjoyed being together as a family we also remembered how things were 4 years ago on March 19 when we spent the entire day in the hospital waiting for Jesus to take Daddy home. It seemed like the longest day in my life.

One of my few photos with both dad and brother
I have to be careful not to let sadness take me over, instead choosing to focus on the knowledge that Dad is indeed with Jesus and other family members who went before him. I know that Heaven is real, that Jesus is real, all of that. I know there should be no mourning when a loved one leaves us; only happiness and congratulations for the ultimate graduation. But we are so selfish and really just sad for ourselves that we don't have them around us for a while. I gotta say I don't know how people who don't believe in Jesus get through things like this.

So our family gathered for a celebration and it was good to be together. It's good to cherish the moments of opportunity we have to be family. Enjoy your time together when you can while you can.

13 March 2018

Winter Reading

I like to read. I like to read real books, and not on electronic devices. I like to hold my book in my hands, feel the smooth pages, become part of the story.
Some of my winter books ready to be recycled.
I used to own a lot of books. I still do but most are not story books. My shelves hold genealogy books, craft books, ande a few worn favorites from childhood. I've thinned them out, but still have some good gardening and flower and tree identification books as well as bird-watching books. I also have more than my share of Bibles in different versions along with a few resource Bible books.

My get-away-from-it-all books are historical romance books. I never read modern ones with phones or cars, preferring the long-ago times of vikings, pirates, cowboys, and Victorian balls.

I now get my books from the thrift stores, usually for 99¢ or less. When I finish reading I take them back to be recycled once again.

People don't read enough anymore. You can tell by the terrible grammar used online. It's sad. It's like they don't miss what they've never had. I am ever grateful that my mom instilled in me a deep love of reading. It's the gift that keeps on giving!

07 March 2018

There’s Therapy and Then There’s Therapy

I changed my physical therapy center a couple of weeks ago and couldn’t be happier. The focus has switched from releasing scar tissue resulting from knee surgery to working on knotted and long under-used muscles above, below, and behind my knee. On my own at home I am trying to use the same techniques on my other leg. I am seeing a lot of improvement but it is inconsistent so far with some days better than others. But my worse days now are much better than my former good days.

I had my 2nd Christmas gift massage today with a different massage therapist. I think it went much better than 2 weeks ago, probably just deeper pressure. But still I haven’t found someone who equals Christine who used to work at Reed Manning. I used to see her every week for over 2 years. I miss her skills and her friendship. We had gotten so close than when she quit working there she called me from the parking lot to tell me she had just left. She decided she was going to go back to college full time. I was happy for her, but needless to say I ended up quite spoiled.

The hunt is still on for massage needs but I am sure I’ve found the right place for future PT.

01 March 2018

I Love Puzzles

The puzzle program I use on my IPad is really cool, with a scrolling sidebar full of individual pieces to the puzzle. All I have to do was drag a piece over to the ‘board.’ Next to this scrolling conveyor belt is a vertical ad box. It doen’t bother anything unless I accidentally touch one of the ads. Then they open up in another screen; I click ‘done’ or an X and it goes back to my puzzle.

Today I accidentally hit an ad for a pizza place. I think the X to close is a broken link. I can’t get the ad to close. I can still hear the puzzle background music, but what a bummer to not be able to go back to my puzzle!

So I remembered that a few years ago I used to make my own puzzles from uploaded photos on Jigzone.com so I went to see if they were still there. Yes! So just for fun I have added a puzzle of some birthday roses I received one year.

01 February 2018

Boomers in Flowers

I am starting to believe that male baby boomers are having a fashion world mid-life crisis these days. It seems like everywhere you look you'll find a boomer in a Hawaiian shirt. And to think that it wasn’t so long ago that men wearing flowers was practically unheard of, unless they were on a cruise! No way would you have caught Mr. Macho wearing big bright red and orange flowers and I've even seen them at Home Depot! ;)

Since Danny fell in love with them I cannot tell you how many Hawaiian shirts he has now. The last time we 'purged' his closet he took out 50. I've been selling them in my CabanaThreads store since 2008. The colors and patterns are just so cool! Stop by and see what I mean. We have a wide range of prices, some are vintage, some are new. They're all in excellent condition! You know it’s always summer somewhere – you gotta be ready!

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25 January 2018

Wash Away Woes

Tuesday our new Maytag dishwasher arrived. We had our old one for 25 years. It was still working good but Hubster just couldn't fix a leak that developed in corner of the door. We first noticed it right before Thanksgiving and he gave it all his mechanic skill and then some (like watching YouTube videos on fixing) all to no avail. We finally thought enough is enough and broke out the wallet.

Of course in 25 years they just don't make them the same way (no, why would you keep something that works for 25 years the same)? It's like 1/8 inch wider so now we have to shave out the opening in the cabinets to get it pushed back enough. Great. There is now some stupid adapter to contend with on the water hookup whereas the old one just connected straight in. And I'm told there is something about having a vent in the instructions, which we never had before and really weren't planning to add. I have no idea how that will turn out.

So far I'm wondering if I'll ever really see the dishwasher work. I washed today's dishes by hand (again). I'm not really complaining. I've washed dishes since I was old enough to stand on a stool. Like when you're riding the lawn mower you get a lot of thinking done while washing dishes.

To add insult to injury while perusing under the cupboards with his little flashlight he discovered that a line under the main kitchen sink is leaking. It must have just started because the plastic wash pan stored there had hardly any water in it. Luckily we had a wash pan under there to start with, right? A good reminder to count your blessings where you find them!

12 January 2018

Finally Free to Dine

Besides riding to a Food Lion parking lot the other day I've been stuck in the house since a week ago Wednesday. Yesterday was my first real venture into the great beyond.

Snow was still on the ground when we left. I'd thought we were going to do some errands, maybe stop by the thrift store (where I could pick up another book to read), have lunch and come home. But we ended up not having the errands to do that I thought we had so pretty much it ended up being a date for lunch. No complaints here!

Don't you find that deciding on where to eat is one of the hardest things to do? Well, after much discussion we finally settled on Ruby Tuesdays on Princess Anne Road. Our old favorite, Appleby's on General Booth, was closed up tighter than a drum the last time we went by (before the storm). What a bummer - it was convenient and the staff knew us pretty well from all our visits.

We had picked RT because they have a good salad bar. This year we're going to try to eat healthier, including more salads. Usually the thought of eating a salad makes me roll my eyes, but more often than not, once I'm seated behind one I have no problem with it... kinda like hating to cut the grass and then enjoying the solitude doing so offers.

Anyway, we were almost to our destination when Danny started feeling crampy. Oh no! So we did a quick change and headed to the KFC for a pot pie. I doubt pot pie has ever hurt anyone. He was up for it and did, in fact, feel a little better while eating.

The last time we went to a KFC we were told that the recipe had been changed and we decided not to do KFC anymore. But here we were and telling the manager about our last ordeal. She said it had been a year or so since the recipe changed and gave us two pieces of fried chicken to see for ourselves that not all KFC establishments are the same. We were happy to find that she was right - her fried chicken was really good (and free). We still got our pot pies, with both senior and military discounts at her suggestion. I think we've found a new favorite place for our chicken needs!

After eating Danny was feeling good enough for us to take a few minutes for thrift store visiting down the road. (I guess we really are addicted). I found a great Hawaiian shirt for my Cabana Threads store to take the place of the one that shipped that same morning.

It was so nice to be out of the house for a while. And all the snow was gone when we got back!

07 January 2018

Inside Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever is starting to set in. We're not alone from the looks of how things are going in other parts of the country. It's so cold even the dogs are reluctant to go outside.

Today makes Day 4 of our incarceration and today (Sunday) seems especially weird because I'm usually at church by 8:30am. Guess we'll be watching some television religion before the day is out, just to keep things kinda normal.

Meanwhile we've been doing some chores that never seem to get done when going outside is an option. Yesterday Hubster went through the spice cabinet and the collection of condiment packets that we kept for a picnic that never came. OMG, there were some packets dated 2008. I stopped looking after that and said to just chuck the whole mess in the trash. I am not that desperate for mayo, ketchup or Taco Bell hot sauce!

I hope we can go through our multitude of glassware before the snow thaws. Between what we got from his grandmother, his dad, and wedding gifts from another lifetime we have enough glasses to set a decent table at the White House! We really don't need all that stuff!

Here's just a few, but who's counting?
I am also pushing for Hubster to go through his  pots and pans hoard. He's the main cook around here, and he's a good one, but no one needs that much aluminum and non-stick in their lives! I reminded him only yesterday that back in the day, we had an iron "spider" frying pan, a non-stick, and a green electric fryer. Somehow we managed to cook whatever was needed in one of those three. I can tell you now that we have one of every size ever made in stock.

This isn't even counting all the pots!

Everything is stored all over the place and I'm sick of the overflow of cooking tidbits having to live out their lives sitting naked on the countertops. It's got to stop! My thought is to get rid of what we don't need so we can store what we do need. Could today be the day?!