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Friday, August 28, 2009

Hodge Podge Thoughts

I cannot get rid of this headache. Water, eating better, sunflower seed (2 people suggested) and sleep have not been successful. A few more days and I am going to go see a Dr. or someone. i DO have a lot on my mind, but nothing real major and I don't usually react with headaches anyway. So this is a bit unusual (which is a bit unsettling). Just some side notes. Some friends of ours lost their 3 year old daughter 2 years ago today. She would have been 5 now, and going into Kindergarten. Her name... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, August 27, 2009


Bad, bad headache for the last few days. I've gotten a lot of advice, most of which I haven't taken yet. But I think I need to. Someone mentioned lots of water and someone else just told me to eat sunflower seeds. I've been napping, with no good results from that and taking pain relievers. Nothing seems to be working. I am wondering if exercise just might do it. Odd that my daughter has had one on and off all week. And also a good friend of ours. Maybe its the weather (which is rainy, damp and... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

My Mom

Mom's cancer has returned. She was diagnosed in June of 1999 with Multiple Myeloma...c ancer of the bone marrow and was given only weeks to live. However she shocked the doctors (and all of us) by responding to the chemo (VAD) and she became stable enough for a Stem Cell Transplant in November of 1999. While undergoing the harsh treatment at Rush Medical Center in Chicago, she almost lost her life to pneumonia the week of Christmas. However, once again, she defied the odds and by January 2000,... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

My Dad, a Garage Sale and a Treasure

I just spent the last few days helping my dad part with some of my Grandma's belongings. She died this past March and it has been hard. Finally, I convinced dad to just hang onto the things that were important to him and to let the rest go. So he did.... he decided to actually garage sale a lot of it, and he felt bad about putting prices on his mother's things until one woman walked up with her own mother, who was using an old, clumsy walker. When the mother saw the walker on wheels that my dad... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Count My Blessings

My husband is an incredible musician. He writes, records and engineers but playing the piano is his main passion. I take it for granted sometimes. And there are times I even get mad when I hear the piano start to play. Sometimes I want just a little silence. But when I start to get irritated, I remember the day a few years ago, when he cut part of his thumb off with a box cutter, and we didn't know how he was going to play the keyboards the same again. I remember how devastated he was, and how... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Peace and Pow Wows

A wonderful time of hanging around in the living room tonight until midnight with my two oldest girls. Rachel is 17 and Anna is 16. I feel blessed that they still want to sit and pow wow with their 46 year old mother (that would be me). We laughed and talked about everything and nothing. We talked about friends and boys, baking and cookie decorating, writing and reading, God and prayer. All the while, our new puppy Russell was running in between us all, trying to bite our hands and feet. I wish... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


I wonder just when it was that I stopped dreaming. Life has a way of rowing us into its busyness. It happens so slowly that we don't even really notice it until we step back and look. I was thinking along these lines this morning, probably because I am reading the book "Home to Big Stone Gap" and the main characters, a middle aged couple, are facing this very thing. So, as I was getting ready for a day of errands, I began to wonder "Just when did i stop dreaming? Do I have any dreams left? Or... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

My Dad

In that very brief place upon falling asleep or awakening, I have seen a picture of my dad's gravestone, his name very clear but not the birth date or death date. I am uneasy about this. Because my father is still alive. I wonder if it is some kind of premonition. The strange thing is that it is not even HIS health I am worried about. He is fine. It is my mother's health that is up in the air. I don't know what to make of it. I am glad that I was just down at my parents a few days ago and spent... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A Good Exhausted!

I am exhausted tonight...but it is a good exhausted. One of those "I accomplished so much today that the ache feels energizing" exhausted. My husband and I cleaned out the basement....something that I have been wanting to do for a while. We sorted things into charity, throw away, give away, set by the curb piles...and even though we aren't done, we have made a huge dent! Our church across the street, of which my husband is on staff, has a storage area underneath the floor of the library. My... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Green Beans and Anna's Garden

My 16 year old daughter plants a garden every year...a small one, (as we live in the city and the squirrels are totally fearless and obnoxious-) but a garden, none-the-less. This year she planted corn, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans and one little strawberry plant. Before I left for work today, I went out to see how her plants were coming along, and as I was picking a few of the smooth, plump green beans, I began thinking about how many different ways there are to cook them. Living in... Sign in to see full entry.

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