Wednesday, April 22, 2015

a wild ride

Hello beautiful people!
I miss you!!
Spring is in the air and we've been having a good time hanging on the water and working around the house.    We've got so much to do outside.
I finally got my board wet a few weeks ago and it was amazing.
Clumsy me... 
I was really tempting it as I  balanced that cup of coffee and myself on the board for the first time in almost 6 months...
   Not falling into that cold water was quite an accomplishment!

The day was beautiful..
Half of the time I just sat on the board soaking up the silence and the sunshine.

Since that day,  I've been out on the water a few times
and we even took the boat out already. 
Paul was smiling for days afterward! 

The water is still to cold to get in so we took the Kayak in to sit on the beach with some friends and have lunch.   Moments like those are what we live for.

We've also been working...
In between giving the deck and back yard a makeover,
I've been trying to keep rolling on my writing.
Although it's really hard to focus when I know that I have so much to do around the house.
It's been a tough time for the critters in our house.
Having pets is wonderful..
but so heart breaking when they are sick or in pain.

Tomorrow will make two weeks since Pearl, our dove, was injured in a terrible accident.
Michelle who just turned 24 at the beginning of the month has had Pearl since she was 8 years old.
This bird is her whole life,  so when she tripped and stepped on him while they were playing,  she was beyond heart broken.     It was ugly!
We rushed him to the pet ER where a bird vet was waiting to treat him.
I honestly didn't think he was gonna make it.
He suffered a broken clavicle and a broken collarbone and after two weeks and two trips back and forth to the emergency vet,   he is doing wonderful!!!!
He's eating, cooing, laughing and playing with his toys again.
I can't believe it!!!
( he's not allowed to fly for another 4 weeks.)
And then there's this girl...
The love of my life.
Looking at her ride the skateboard yesterday,
you would never guess that she's at risk of losing her front left leg.

Trust me..  I wasn't expecting that news either!!!
Darla has a tumor growing on her arm/armpit and the only way to insure that the cells from the tumor don't spread to her organs is to cut a large/deep area while removing tumor.
Unfortunately, because of the location,  that would mean amputating her leg.
My poor 11 years old, I just can't do that to her!
She would hate me.
After much thought,  we are going with option #2,
 which is to remove part of the tumor and hope that it doesn't spread faster then she ages. 
My little boo boo still has a lot of boating and paddle boarding to do this summer!
Keep our little babies in your prayers.  : )
That's what you've been missing.  
It's been wild.
I hope that you all are well and enjoying this gorgeous weather.
Have a great weekend ..  see you soon.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Chicken soup for the cold and weary, kidney stoned soul

It's a total chicken soup and fuzzy socks kinda day here in Baltimore. 
A few months ago I would celebrate the gently falling snow that I can see out of the window,
Today however, I curse it.  GO AWAY!!!
Even my girls are sick of it.

It's sooo cold outside.
So yes..  chicken soup, pajama's and a warm blanket are my friends today.
Let me tell you what's been going on around here these last few weeks.
For about a month now I've been feeling pretty lousy.
My bladder felt like it was literally going to fall out. 
 It hurt to stand, sit, sleep and most of all it hurt to pee.
 Lord did it hurt!!!
( it's weird talking about that on the blogs..  but we all do it)
My first thought was kidney stone but I didn't have any of the normal stone symptoms.
No kidney pain.  No backache. No fever.  Nothing.
I've been going crazy, running back and forth to doctor appointments as they tried to figure it out.
Since I had all of the symptoms of a bladder infection ~  I was treated with heavy doses of antibiotics that made me sick for days.
Thank god for Paul who is always so kind and nurturing when I'm feeling bad..  
As usual, he took good care of me. 
 Driving me to my appointments, snuggling under the blanket, taking me to lunches, and of course..  keeping me laughing in the midst of stressing out.
He is my rock.
On the eve before a scheduled visit with the urologist the pain had stopped.
Like the miracle that I've been praying for..
it was gone. 
The calm before the storm.
Without sharing all of the gory details... 
 I passed an unexpected kidney stone that night. 
I was shocked.
Unfortunately, afterwards..  the pressure and bladder pain came back ten fold. 
Worse then ever..
and then I couldn't pee at all.
Suspecting that there were more stones,
I drank a pint of water before bed and laid awake all night long.
In the morning I had my nifty little stone strainer ready... 
I still couldn't pee.
I drank more water,  went out and met my girlfriend for coffee,  came home and drank more water..
I felt like a tick ready to pop!!!
and then all of the sudden THIS happened.

Holy cow !!!!!!!
I scared Paul to death as I was shouting.. 
It wasn't from pain,  oddly enough,  it didn't hurt that bad.
I was shouting because of the shock of the size.
 I took the stone to my urologist later that afternoon and even he couldn't believe that I had passed a stone so large.      There are a lot of tests that I will be undergoing these next few weeks to try to stop the build up of these stones.   I have Sponge Kidneys which makes them more susceptible to forming stones.  I also have an appointment with the Nephrologist ( kidney specialist) to try to get these kidneys working as they should be.     The main thing right now is.. 
water. water. water.
Bye diet coke.  
 I love you!
Needless to say,  in the midst of all of this,  I haven't done much of anything.
Now that I am feeling better I am looking forward to attacking some projects.
 hopefully we'll start having nice weather soon!! 
Wishing you all a great Easter week.
Happy Palm Sunday.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Happy Sunday

Happy Sunday.
Have a wonderful new week. 

John 3:14-21
 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,  that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.
 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.  Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.  But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

Monday, March 9, 2015

A little fun in the dining room

Good Morning Friends.
Happy Monday!!!!
I'm up with the birds..  I'm up before the birds, again.
Me & sleep ~  not friends. 
 Wasn't it great having that extra hour of sun light?
It was so nice having dinner in the daylight.
I snapped a few pictures in the dining room as the sun was slowly setting yesterday.
I love the evening hue,  it's calm and peaceful.
It reminds me of those long slow summer days that I love best.
I added a few new things to the room.
Did you notice the plates?
Yes,  that is our boat.
How freaken cool is that!!!!
I ordered them on Zazzle,  and while I plan to get full sized dinner plates,
I wanted to see how it turned out on paper first.
Of course, Paul loves them!  

The wall above the stove is still a work in progress.

I ordered this picture a few weeks ago.
It's called "Revenge".
There was something about it,  the whale, the colors..  that I just loved.
I'm still adding things to my little box shelf.


And then there is this...   I hung this a few weeks ago but I haven't showed you all yet because I wasn't crazy about the colors.    Now, that I've fixed the color situation..
Go ahead and do it,  " Make Today Your Bitch!"
I look at this verse every morning while I am putting on my shoes..
Make today your bitch.
That's right..  claim it,  however you plan to spend it... own it!
  Today only happens once so make it count!

I love this room.
Decorating is so much easier for me when I don't follow a protocol. 
My house theme style is the  "If it makes you happy" theme.
Having things around that remind us of who we are and where we've been..
that's what makes me smile when I enter a room.
Time to get dressed and make today my bitch.
Have a wonderful Monday friends.
Enjoy that extra hour of sunlight.

Friday, March 6, 2015

snow day. Again.

snow day!
another one.
We got another good 8 inches yesterday.
Plenty for the dogs to play in.
...  And PLENTY to shovel.
Regardless of how much there is,
I always get excited when I see snow falling.

It sure is beautiful!

The big dogs love it. 
They are ringing the bell to go outside all day long.
 In fact, Stymie never wants to come inside.

They look like ornery kids out there.

Wondering about Darla.. 
She's not impressed.

While the big guys ran in and out of the snow
Darla hung out with me while I worked on our family yearbook.
This year I am doing things a bit differently.
I'm leaving out those trouble months of last year and making June 2014 - June 2015 the focus of this book.   Paul and I both agree that our year started at the end of May,  the day I quit my job.
So that my friends is where our journey begins..
I am on page 180 and still have the next 3 months to go.
Looking back,   I am so blessed,  what an amazing year this has been.
Have a great weekend everyone!
I hope that nice weather comes your way!


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

10 random things ~ because I have nothing else to blog about

I don't know about you guys...
but I sure wish the weather would change so I would have something new to blog about.
One can only blog about the dogs, the sander and a paint for so long without it getting redundant.
I need something to blog about dang it!!!!!
other than the 4-8 inches of snow that is due here tonight.
In the summer y'all will be tired of reading about boating, boarding and the bay..
but at least it's pretty.  : )
This mess outside of my window...  ughhh.
How about this...  
I haven't done one of these in a while.

10 Random things
1.)   You probably already know this, I am clumsy.  VERY.
2.) Confession:  If I am flipping television channels and I see Barney ( the big purple dinosaur) on...  I always stop and sing along for a second.   It makes me so nostalgic.  Reminds me of when my girls were little people dancing and clapping in front of the tv.
 ..and yeah, they hate when I do it.
3.)  I'd rather be given something old then something new. 
4.) My three favorite foods are... crabs, Swiss cheese and spinach.
ummmm....   kinda makes me want to bake a quiche right now.
5.) I was this < > close to joining the army.  I went to the recruiters office,  took the test and was awaiting my 18th birthday to sign the official papers.   I met Paul a month before my birthday and everything changed.  A year later Desert Storm happened.  sheeesh, that was close!!!
6.) I hate talking on the telephone.   Them,  "Hello".  Me, "Hello." 
 and then I am thinking,  "Now what do I say.."
7.)  During a roller skating trip down a steep rocky alley, I fell, hit my chin and bit my tongue in half.
True.  It happened when I was 8.  I had to have it stitched back together and still, occasionally the scar will swell causing me to slur my words.
8.) I almost always fall asleep before I end my prayer.   I think I talk to much and god's like..  I need to knock her out so she'll be quiet. 
9.) If I could hang out with any famous family then I would be having Iced tea and burgers in Crawford Texas with George and Laura Bush.   
10.)  I suffer from chilblains on my toes in the winter.  If you don't know what they are...  you are lucky!!!!  I'm just thankful that I only mildy suffer.  They suck!
For those of you who just googled chilblains.. 
 I swear, my feet are nowhere near as bad as those photos.  : )

As I said in #3,  old gifts are the best gifts!
See that bucket...   Paul gave it to me a few weeks ago.
Its an old minnow bucket that belonged to his dad.

Isn't it great!!!!   I can't wait to fill it with fresh clipped lilacs!

That's it from here..  looks like I did find something to blog about today.
Thanks for coming by and entertaining me.  : )

Gotta go get ready for my hot lunch date with the husband.
We've been talking about crab cakes all week long!

Happy Wednesday friends!!!


Darla stuff

Yet another cold blustery day in Baltimore.
Do me a favor,  If I complain about being to hot this summer..  go ahead and punch me in the face!
I got dressed for the gym and then changed my mind and came home and put my favorite jeans on.
I'm just not feeling it today!!
Today I feel like chilling.
Like my Darla slippers?
I think Darla feels a little smug when I am wearing my "Darla stuff".
I can see her sticking her tongue out at the other dogs.. nanny nanny boo boo...

Sometimes I share my clothes with her..
they make her look sweet and innocent.
This old girl is a spoiled brat!
But she sure does love her mama.
I don't know why she trusts me...
I'm the one that dresses her up in crazy outfits,  baths her and paints her nails all different colors.

Oh.. just look at that face!
...  a face that only a mother could love.  

Hope that you all have a great Tuesday.
 Darla and I are gonna keep warm by hanging out in our favorite chair today.
Be Happy