Happy New Year’s

December 30, 2008


Want to wish all of you a very Happy New Year!!!   I hope 2009 brings new changes, happiness, and health to each and everyone of you. 

It’s always great starting off a new year and making changes don’t you think?  I know I am going to try to be a much better person, care for others and work hard on being a bit thriftier than I was in 2008.  I would always buy on a “whim” and that is one habit I want to break.  Haha last year my resolution was to stay out of WalMart but that so didn’t happen.  I think I was there more than ever to be honest.  Wonder if I can at least cut down in 2009, I will give it my best shot!!!!   Guess I should add JoAnn’s Fabrics in that deal too.  I can go nutso in that store  I want, want want and have to get out of that habit. 

I know I am going to push aside all things that got to me in 2008 and now just move on.  All one can do is move forward try to improve and be the best person that I can be.  Re-vamp my life so to speak and make sure I am not a bad person.  Afterall I have to look at myself in the mirror and I want a reflection that I can be proud of.  So all my thoughts I want positive and if there are negatives in there, I want to be able to turn them around and put a postitive spin on them.   I know I will be much happier if I drop my baggage from 2008 and make sure I don’t “dwell.”  Dwelling does no good, I have found that out and it’s so much easier to have a smile than it is to have a frown, so yep that’s my plan. 

I would love to hear all of your resolutions if you make any.  I promise I won’t follow up or hold you to them, 🙂 

K  have a wonderful New Year’s and if you party, party hearty but be safe!!!!



December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas from Washington

Want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.  It’s here all ready, sort of snuck up didn’t it?  But with all that had to be done, or still has to be done, we all know come tomorrow morning it will be totally awesome. 

Just remember the “reason for the season” and enjoy.  Kick back, relax and know that you all did everything you could to make it an awesome day.

I finished up the wrapping last night at 12:03am.  Yeah I noticed the time cause my goal was to be done on the 23rd and boo hoo I was 3 lousy minutes into the 24th so , almost made it!!   🙂 

With all the struggles in the country ( and world) today I feel so thankful that we could put together another Christmas.  This is my most favorite time of year, the giving and making everyone happy ( I hope they are) but most of all, just knowing the family is well and we have made it through another year with our health.  Trials and tough times on the way but you know what they say “love conquers all.” 

Mama is going to have her 91st Christmas, un real huh?  Oh the stories she could tell if she was able.  I can just about imagine all the changes, the good times and the new traditions she started.  I only wish when I was younger I paid a whole lot more attention to the “detail” she put into the holiday.  She did instill some traditions in me and I intend to carry them out as long as I can.  We didn’t have alot growing up but somehow with her green stamps, hard work and sometimes the help of Santa’s Jukebox we always had a wonderful Christmas.   Now it’s my turn to make sure she has one, and that we will.  She won’t remember but at least for the “moment” she will enjoy.

She is so sweet and she is our little one this year.  Absolutely loves Santa Claus and gets so excited when you mention his name or she sees him on tv.  She even sees him outside the window, in the car etc so it’s fun.  Oh we are so fortunate to have her here with us!!!  I have been on a count down with her letting her know how many more days etc and she lights up everytime she hears “Santa.” 

Okay this lil elf is going to get busy with some baking, then I am going to relax and wait for my most favorite part of this holiday.  That is once everything is under the tree and all is said and done I tun all the lights off except the tree light, crank up the Christmas music, grab a cup of tea and sit and look!!!!  Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh another year pulled off and for that we are very very fortunate.

MERRY CHRISTMAS to all you great friends I have made here in the wonderful world of blogging.

Tis The Season

November 25, 2008

Oh all right it’s almost here, Thanksgiving then the Christmas season begins.  Well in my eyes it does, in the stores, heck that started I swear in July!!!  Anyway I absolutley love this time of year, it’s the best.  Know why?  It brings out the very best in people, it makes one realize just how fortunate you are and I just love giving.  Oh if only I were rich, I would give to everyone.  The idea of getting something for people, getting it all wrapped and just having the means to do it, lifts my spirits.  It may be something very small but it’s something from the heart.  

There are alot of things that could bring me down but I won’t let it, especially this time of year.  I concentrate on the upside of life;  family, friends, health, a roof over our head, food in the cupboard etc.  I watch the news and see so many that are doing without and I want to help all of them but unfortunately I can’t.  I can only pick one family and this year it’s our neighbor.  They are struggling with this lousy economy but I won’t let them go with out a Christmas.  I am excited to do something for them ,so it’s make up a food basket with a few gift cards tucked inside.  I told the twins I can cut back some on them and give to someone that truly needs it and they are all for it. Yeah they had better be, I want them to know it’s not the “getting” but the giving that counts, and not only during the holidays, but every day of the year.

So need to get fat and happy with the turkey dinner on Thursday then come Friday morning transform the house, from everyday to the magic of Christmas.  I am excited this year to get going on the decorating too, normally it’s like dragging my feet until my sweet daughter lights a fire under me, and bam the house is decorated.  Brandi I will miss all the fun we all have and yeah even the huge mess we all make, but will be thinking of you and the family while we are decorating.  ( boo hoo, they won’t be here this year) 

I am going to keep in mind that there are people out there that can’t have what we do, and they are suffering probably for the first time in their lives.  I am going to do my best to make sure I don’t get greedy and want it all , going to be happy and friendly when I am out shopping and hopefully can do some little thing for someone while I am out to make their day.  Maybe get something off a tall shelf for an elderly person, or help someone carry something, open a door whatever, just to do something nice for someone.

So my wish to everyone in “blog land” is to have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a happy holiday season


October 22, 2008

Wow I read  the blogs daily, yet haven’t written in awhile, where the heck does time go?  Can you believe we only have a week and a half left in October?  Oh my gosh, un real.  Here I thought I was “all that” starting my Christmas shopping early and I was on a roll, then for some reason stopped shopping thinking “oh there’s plenty of time.”  NOT! Now it’s like double time to do all I want to do and be able to get all packages in the mail before the holiday.  Yeah I was great for awhile and do have a good start, but it’s the little details that need to be worked on.  Some things I am making others I am still searching for what I have in mind and here we are heading towards November!!!! 

I was also going to be the smart shopper and pick up the things I could for our Thanksgiving dinner and then just have to buy the turkey and fresh veggies.  Okay so if I figure it all out, no time to do that now.  Am I zoning waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay out in in WA and just spinning out of control, or is time warp speed for everyone?  It’s nuts I tell you, plain nuts.  I could have sworn it was just July last week, :).

So like Santa’s elves this time of year I need to crank up the saw, paints, sewing machine, knitting needles, crochet hooks and my feet to walk the stores and get the “perfect” gift for everyone.  Whew, think Mrs Claus will be ready at the end of the day with cookies and milk for me?  I sure hope so cause I don’t think there will be time for me to make a batch of cookies or treats each day.  The baking I will save til a few days before Christmas.  Oops at the rate time  is flying by that will be like “tomorrow” to me!!! 

Can someone slow down the clock please so I can at least catch up????

After the Storm

October 17, 2008

Well we did it, got everything done that needed attention and today yeah just going to nurse the patient, care for mama and take it easy !!!

Hubby’s surgery went well, it was a little over an hour but oh the staff at Madigan was just fantastic.  Kept me informed every step of the way.  For a while I thought” Wait am I really at Madigan or some set of General Hospital.”  There is a world of difference from the ER and the actual hospital part of that facility.  Really no waiting; he had to report at 9:15 and they just got busy.  By 10:20 he had been wheeled into the or and I began the wait!!  A nice waiting room, I brought a book but yeah didn’t get any reading done.  Everyone in there was in the same boat so we all just got talking and you know it really helped pass the time. 

The doctor told me they got all the disease ( lumps and bumps as I call them) and assured me they located all the nerves, tissue, tendons, and muscle and made sure none were harmed.  He was so funny, just so proud when he yanks on his fingers puts them straight and says “see we did this to his fingers and they went straight, an awesome sign”  Dang I thought he was going to bend his fingers right off, just demonstrating!!!  He told me this disease does come back but that hubby is at low risk as long as he goes to occupational therapy and does his own stretches daily FOREVER!!!  He has to continually pull the fingers straight so I hope it’s a habit he gets into and fast.  They has to set the cast with his fingers at an angle for now and the doctor told me the will make splints as the finger stretches. 

Then I get called to go into recovery to sit with him and from there it was discharge and we were home by 2:30, so a good day all aok and now it’s move forward.  Hubby did sleep most of the day away and today I am sure he will need drugs.  The doctor did tell me they “loaded” the hand with medication to keep it numb so by today that should be worn off, and yeah I am sure it will be a tad painful. 

Occupational therapy starts Monday morning, can you believe it?  Ouch the incision doesn’t even have time to heal so ugh that will hurt.  But it’s necessary so he will be there. 

So all is calm here and yeah that’s just the way I like it!!!!

The Calm Before the Storm

October 13, 2008

Okay so I had a great weekend.  Saturday had Greg, Kadra and girls over.  I got to relax, Kadra cooked and Greg did the dishes so that was a plus for me.  Also Kadra helped mama at dinner and I got to eat a complete meal without stopping to  feed her, which I so don’t mind, but the break was nice.

Sunday quiet ;well gabbing on the phone, playing on the computer, the neat apple game my sister sent. Anyone remember the Atari game Ka-Boom?  My all time favorite and yeah I was champ with that lil ol mad bomber.  Rolled over the numbers one time but each time I closed my eyes to sleep that night, I saw the bombs dropping hahaha.  The apple game is similiar and I saved it and play it for “one more time” which leads to an hour or so!!! 

Once hubby got home he watched mama and I went and got my haircut finally.  Oh nothing better than someone shampooing your hair, and making it look great.  Well can’t prove it this morning, a terrible case of bed head right now, hahaha.  I am calling it my “Halloween Do”  until I hit the shower and do something to tame it.  At least it’s not all scraggly like it was, I let it grow out too my.  At my age no long hair for me.

Today will be normal, nothing going on but then watch out !!!  Tomorrow is pick up hubby’s prescription, get mama to the eye doctor, stop at Home Depot for insulation, and Jo Ann’s for material, then home for no dout 1-800-DOMINOS  after running all day. 

Wednesday it’s get the pool closed up and winterized, move all the lawn furniture, take down the awnings, hubby has to go to the dump and get any and all heavy work out of the way.

Thursday is hubby’s surgery so it’s sit at Madigan for God knows how long, then come home and tend to him as well as mama’s needs.  From there on out it will be two invalids for awhile, yikes!!!  So you can bet I am going to take advantage of the calm today and relax, maybe knit some, sew some and hopefully finish up my puzzle, it’s almost done.   I know this week will be nuts but not much I can do about it.

Also Ashley’s car should be ready by mid to end of the week so with hubby out of commission for a few days, haha until the drugs kick in at least, I will be doing the running.  Take Ashley to get her car, return the rental car etc ugh just the thought of it tires me out!!!!  Am I up to all this?  Well not much choice really.  The kids will have to step up to the plate and help when they are home.  Between school and work we don’t see much of them so yeah it’s all me!!!!

Naturally I am still going to have my computer time and read all the blogs like I do everyday.  Hey isn’t that what the potent pain pills are for?  To knock out the patient and give the “nurse” a break???  Yah I think it is.  And dang it, I want to shove a pill down him, prop him on the wii-stool we have and tell him just move your right hand hahaha I WANT TO BOWL!!!!  Darn that will be out for a day or two, cause he won’t sit up too well with all the drugs I intend to hand him!!   🙂  Men with a boo boo , hey you would do the same thing right??? )

So I am going to savor today and hit the floor running tomorrow, should be an interesting week don’t you think?


October 10, 2008

Have you ever started to do one simple thing and then bam, that leads to another and another and even another????  It’s so frustrating and yesterday I had one of those days.  I was just wanting to clean out both of the refrigerators, simple get it done and yeah maybe sneak in a “happy nappy” during Oprah!!

Well I got busy and I always use the plastic bags from the store to dump the gross stuff that I find growing in my fridge, then put it in a garbage bag, no muss no fuss, wrong!!  I dumped some soup, drained, old spaghetti and other stuff that’s so embarassing that I let it sit in the fridge that long.  Picked up the bag and it had a hole in the bottom.  The minute I picked up the bag, apparently too full to do anything but bust and bam, that crap gross stuff all over the place.  When I say all over I mean it, the floor, counter, down the cupboards, the dishwasher and even the stove.  GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR  So the simple means of cleaning out the fridge and making it look all shiny and new turned into a major cleaning chore.  I had no choice but to do all the cupboards, the dishwasher with all the tiny lil buttons and spots that seem impossible to clean, the front of the stove.   Even had to take the bottom drawer out from the stove and get under there.  YCK ,that turned my simple job turned gross into another job.  The dust and crap under the stove yck.  I mean that so needed the biggest Mr Youck sticker in the world.  So got that done, everything cleaned up and next was to mop the floor.  Yeah I dropped the mop, dropped the cleaner all over, and knocked one of the bar stools over.  So WHY did I even start cleaning out the fridge!!  No happy nappy for me, nothing but cleaning up one thing after another.  On the bright side of that my kitchen smells good, looks good and dang it I know it’s clean!!!!    Almost makes me afraid to tackle the bathrooms today, what will go wrong in there I wonder!!!! 

By the time I got all the mess cleaned up it was time to take mama on her potty break then get her to the counter for supper, which was a little late, but it got done.  When I was finished eating, I was so ready for a nap but of course that doesn’t happen around here, with everyone home

Also I am having to put eye drops, only one drop per eye, in mama’s eyes and let me tell you, for a 91 yr old woman she has the strength of ten people.  She fights me like you wouldn’t believe and I have the brusies to prove it.  A lot of times Ron or one of the kids have to hold her arms down and she still squirms, wiggles her head etc.  You just wouldn’t believe what it takes to put on lil drop in each eye!!! I think I get more down her cheek than anywhere.  I actually had to get the prescription filled and it was supposed to last 6 weeks, but mmm alot gets wasted during our “battle of the drops.”

Hubby’s surgery is Thurs the 16th.  No time yet, he has to call the day before great.  But I have someone on stand by to come sit with mama if it’s mid morning or afternoon.  I am hoping for 6am to be honest!!!  He will be in a cast until the 27th then after that I don’t know.  Physical therapy and I guess it all depends on how fast he heals.  This will be the first time he has ever been put under and he is 60!!!!!  Wow huh?  I know he’s nervous but I keep telling him it will be fine.  Surgery is supposed to last 45 min to an hour, then recovery and yep home.  I tell you these hospitals just can’t kick people out fast enough, can they? I do know on thing for certain, mama, Ron and I will NOT be going shopping together. Hahaha picture it, Ron a full arm cast, mama in her wheelchair and me with my boot and limp.  I laugh everytime I think of that, geeze no wonder this site is named “House of Mis-Fits.” 

Ashley’s car is in the shop and should be good to go by mid week.  She mailed in her ticket requesting a court date to dispute it.  Next it’s to get notarized statement from the three witness’s so here’s hoping it all works out.  I tell you around here never a dull moment and why one things lead to another and another and another, heck if I know.  It keeps me going and it’s always a great feeling when I get past it and am ready to face the next challenge!!!!