I spent yesterday afternoon changing the bedroom around trying to get something satisfactory for both Jay and the visiting therapist.
This is the second time moving.
Hopefully this will take care of both.
I’m having problems with the tips of my fingers cracking. I really don’t feel like writing cards, typing, or anything that puts pressure on them. I think I’ll go find some Bag Baum and a pair of brown cotton gloves and just wait for the magic to work. I used this method when I was delivering newspapers in the cold.
I have an appointment on Wednesday and Jay has one on Thursday so we had some moving around of the visiting personel. But we are keeping up with most everything. My Christmas shopping is way behind but I’m working on it.
I must give my daughter credit for all the work she has done in her career. I am having just a small taste of it with caring for Jay. I don’t know how she does it.
Going to close for now –Take care!
—When the temperature tomorrow wiil be 15 and that will continue all weekend.
Completed hanging the lights today.
I wiil add a few more things over the next few days but the lights were priority! Did I get cold–yeah but it was worth it. Bud placed the hooks very well and I never left the ground during the whole project.
Meanwhile inside this was the view.
Molly sleeping on the quilt in the big brown chair.
Another Good Morning! The big thermometer on the front porch reads
Yep about 28.
There are a few random snow flakes falling but nothing is sticking too much. I managed to change the flag yesterday —
It fit the time of the month.
It is too early for the Christmas one yet.
Speaking of Christmas outside lights come to mind. This turned out to be a real search for me this year. I found the strings of lights in a plastic bin but I couldn’t locate the container with the extra bulbs and hangers. I tried the basement, the garage, and even checked in a couple of containers upstairs to no avail. I started hanging a couple of the strings robbing one string to replace the burned bulbs. My fall stopped that project for a bit but yesterday I admitted defeat and went to Ace Hardware.
new bulbs and hangers
You watch I’ll find the ones I was looking for now–it happens every time!
Now tomorrow it is suppose to get to 50 degrees so I hope this won’t be what I’ll see on Thrusday.
You can’t plug them in if they ain’t hanging!!!!
Speaking of hanging my friend Bud lowered all the hooks for me this summer and the change made a big difference. I’m able to stand on the ground and use an extention pole to place the wires over the hooks. I gotta thank him when I see him today.
I’m still having a little trouble with the shoulder and the head where I hit the floor but no double vision or dizziness. The visiting nurse is coming to see Jay today so I’ll change the bandage on my hand while she is here. ( Don’t think I need stitches.)
Well my friend my screen says it is full so good bye for today
Jay got his surprise on Friday and mine came on Saturday. Maria (Silverfox ) sent this to keep me busy for a while.
A kit for a wreath
I will be working in felt, sequins, beads, and cotton floss. This is a new medium for me so I will certainly be busy for a while. Thank you Maria so much.
I have a few more pictures from Thanksgiving.
Brandy trying to get Las’ attention.
A little Christmas with the dinner
Well today was my day to bite the dust. I was bathing Jay and slipped getting out of the tub. Results were a cut on the top of my right hand and a large knot on the top/left side of my head. But I did learn a new way to get off the floor by myself. So even though I started hanging the outdoor lights yesterday that will go on hold for a few days. I’m going to take it easy.
Good morning to all. I have a batch of Thanksgiving pictures to share and a surprise that Jay received in the mail yesterday. Let’s start with that.
From his sister in Iowa
This is a quilt for dialysis days from Linda. She quilts and as you can see does a beautiful job. It reaches from Jay’s nose to his toes and is a welcome gift that will be used often. Thank you a whole bunch Linda.
Ok now lets get ready for Thanksgiving. Our photographer is son Les (aka SEB) with a couple of pictures taken by Alica (his sis-in-law).
A big Kitchen is called for which I have.
I will identify these people now and then you are on your own. With her back to you is my daughter-in-law Anne ( Les’ wife). That old white haired woman bent over the sink is me. Next to me is my daughter Cindy. On duty at the stove is Kathy who is my dear friend, Les’ mother-in-law, Alica and Anne’s mother. Everyone came in and took a position to help me finish off the cooking.
Kathy is making the gravy and watching the sweet potaoe juice thicken.
Cindy is whipping the white potatoes into shape!!!!
Anne took my place at the sink. I wandered around trying to figure out what I was doing.
Les wandered in to praise our efficiency.
Kathy preps the cranberry sauce while Cindy loads the dishwasher and I try to help!
Two potatoes, dressing, gravy, broccoli/cheese, jello, & cranberries
Kathy carved as I looked on because I butcher not carve!
Meanwhile Jay and Alica wait, then Cindy joins them.
Finally dinner is served and pie awaits them.
Kathy and Anne made pies. Anne a Pumpkin and Kathy a Pecan and an apple.
Calls from my oldest son and both grand daughters completed my day. All in all it was a great Thanksgiving!
The turkey is in the oven. The apple/raisin dressing is in the crock pot. White potatoes have been soaked and are waiting for the time to be closer to meal time before they are cooked. About to do the sweet potatoes now with brown sugar and a touch of nutmeg. The devilled ham/ cream cheese dip is cooling in the fridge. The rolls are thawed and warming. The plates are on the kitchen table along with the silverware and napkins. An array of homemade pickled beets, pickles, and corn relish are there too. There is olives and cranberry sauce will be added next. No fancy serving dishes this year just jars and bowls. I don’t think it will make a difference in the taste.
Of course the usual worry about will the turkey get done in time has just set in. I just tasted a little of the dressing (I don’t know about it). Hopefully the mashed potatoes will be fine. Been a while since I cooked the majority of a dinner.
Any way Happy Thanksgiving every one.
It is 6 am and Jay is awake so I am up. Why–beats me but I am. So here I am ‘to steal the show’ ( sorry got carried away-sleep degradation I guess).
It is one day before Turkey Day and mine is in this state.
It is day 3 of thawing in the fridge
According to the Flint Journal this is sufficent for a bird this size ( my fingers are crossed). I think all the necessary staples are in place for cooking the dinner so I will be mopping the kitchen, bath room, and utiliity room this morning with a little sink scrubbing for a diversion.
I have a beef stew in the crock pot for supper but I have to have it cleared out by this evening because I want to cook the stuffing in it tomorrow. I will be making a chip dip today because it tastes better the second day. The sweet potatoes are Bruces which I will doctor with brown sugar. (Hey I’m no star chef you know). The white potatoes will be peeled in the morning and soaked ( needed for Jay’s consumption). To tell the truth I haven’t cooked a full Thanksgiving meal in a few years. You know go the the super market and pick it up or go to someone elses house for dinner so this is a first in quite a while.
I have a picture (not real clear) of the stars.
These twinkle and are in the cupola windows.
Also my home made mouse house.
There is a mystery here.
It seems my fourth mouse has run away. I have to go upstairs and search the ornament boxes for it. I know it couldn’t get too far.
I finished Wally Lamb’s novel We are Water and really enjoyed it. It may not be everyones ‘cup of tea’ but he can hold your interest.
Well I have to get started on the day’s chores so keep working on yours and maybe we will both get ‘er done!
Like my dear friend in Waterford I too got a jump on decorating today. My son Lesley and his wife Anne came up to help me get a handle on everything before Thanksgiving dinner came around.
It started with Les putting up the tree then he and I went grocery shopping picking up almost everything I’ll need to make dinner that day.
When we got back it was lunch and then we started in.
Anne put garland around the entertainment center
Next she and Les placed the garland over the birds in the pass through.
Anne suggested the bows to add color.
Les, bless his heart, did the climbing and the reaching.
Les wrapped the railings in lighted garland.
I followed along placing the ribbons and the wreath up there.
Next came the tree.
Les and Anne did most of the trimming.
We placed the tree in front of the french doors because the living room is filled with extra Lazy Boys and I didn’t want to try and move them.
This was the end results.
You have to feel better with all the lights and color this brought into the house. If I want anything else I have almost a month to get it downstairs and into place. Thank you Les and Anne for the help in getting started it sure looks pretty!
Good morning I wanted to visit before I got into my to do list. Jay is on his way to dialysis which leaves my free to start the cleaning, pack the jam boxes to go to the post office, bring supplies up from the basement, fix the hole in Jay’s coat, and record medical records. ( That is if my finger will hit the right keys.)
We now have a visiting nurse and phyical therapist coming in on Tuesdays and Thursdays. One of our changes in the house was this.
The nurse helped me take down the shower doors and put them away for now. This should help to get Jay into the shower now. I’m sure other things will be changed also.
It has been cold for us so I have had to boost the heat a little. I also starting using this.
A shrug Pammie made me.
Between that and a yellow sweater that I bought at the Salvation Army store I’m staying pretty comfortable. Jay sits with a quilt around him in the evening.
Brandy by Daddy.
Of course when someone doesn’t feel well Brandy is always close by them to make sure they are all right.
I’m getting ready to go buy the items for Thanksgiving Dinner in the next few days but have only got the list started now. Right now there are seven confirmed with two more maybe for dinner so it won’t be a big hassle.
I want to take a moment to wish one of my favorite Michaels a big Happy Birthday.
A good friend with a very big heart.
Les and Anne are coming tomorrow to help me get things done around here and I welcome the help .
Well enough lolly gagging I got to get busy. Let me know how
Where to start! Everything has gone haywire the last few days and I almost lost it. I’m lucky that Cindy, my daughter, came to my rescue. She gave me support and direction in my thinking.
Basically Jay has fallen three times in a day period. The first time I got him up with his help. The last two I had to call 911 for help. He has been in emergency twice and sent home because they could ‘find nothing wrong’. Cindy came up to stay with me so if he did fall again we could get him up. She went home night before last because she had to work but came in late last night to help me today.
We will see our personal phyican today to try to figure out what to do about the situation. The falls have left abrasions on both legs which are weeping and a very bruised buttock which makes sitting very uncomfortable. I have bandaged the legs but I need to have the doctor give me instruction on his care.
At least while Jay rested the last couple of days Cindy and I talked, played a litlle rummy, and rested a bit.
Yesterday he was doing a little better so It is important that we have him checked over.
Things will get better we know so just send us some good thougts and we will make it.