Sunday, January 17, 2021

Old Photos

Friday was a difficult day at work. I had to confront one custodian about... inaccuracies on their time sheet. They assured me it was just a misunderstanding. Another custodian is going through some personal things so after we talked for a while I prayed with them before they left.

Beth and I left there late, and we stopped at the grocery store on our way home. After dinner I was sitting on the couch and suddenly my face felt flush, like when you have a fever? And I felt like I was getting a headache. Oh no.

I cleaned up the kitchen and decided to get ready for bed, even though it was only 8:30. I puttered around the house a while and finally took some ibuprofen and headed to bed. Thankfully I woke up Saturday morning feeling so much better! (Thank you for your prayers!)

I spent most of Saturday working on a picture frame that I fill with Christmas pictures every couple of years. I hang it in our hall every December and I put in current pictures we took on Christmas Day, plus pictures from when I was little, when the girls were little... it's fun to look back year after year and see how things have changed!

That's me in the blue, my sister and her husband, and my mom's back is to us. This looks like 5th grade, around 1967. It looks like I'm holding something but I have no idea what. 😊

Our girls in 1994


 Do you display Christmas photos during the holidays?

Do you have family photos throughout your house in general?

Friday, January 15, 2021

Still Here

I planned to write a post tonight but I had a tough afternoon at work and am just feeling weary. I'll try to post something this weekend. 

God Bless you ~

Sunday, January 10, 2021

What's Been Happening

 Beth has hoarding tendencies. I've tried to go downstairs and help her clean out her closet or clean up her dresser but usually she doesn't want me to mess with her stuff. Can't say I blame her. I wouldn't have been too happy if my mom came to my house and began cleaning or organizing things they way she thought they should be. 

But there comes a time when I step in and tell Beth it needs to be done. 

I got the idea recently to buy her some decorative bins to put her stuff in. She wouldn't necessarily have to go through it right then but the bins would make her bookcase look better. We went to Target and bought the bins she wanted (not the ones I would have chosen) then went downstairs to get started.

She was NOT happy that I was helping and it showed. After a few minutes I told her, "Okay. I'll go upstairs and you can do this."

The next day I went down to check and she did a pretty good job! Again, not exactly how I would've done it but I have to find that fine line of treating her like an adult vs. treating her like a child. She was willing to make the change and do it by herself, so, I'm proud of her.

            Before          

 
After


She hasn't been hearing well lately and I finally made an appointment with the doctor. Thankfully it was just wax buildup, whew! We stopped at the bathroom on our way out and when she was... going, she pointed down to the toilet and yelled, "I hear that!" After we got home she came upstairs with her iPod and said, "I hear it now, in my headphones!" I'm so glad it was only a wax problem!


I was watching TV the other night when something didn't look right about it. I kept checking my glasses thinking they were smudged but that wasn't it. I just couldn't figure it out. Then the next night it seemed the top half of the screen was darker than the bottom, it was really weird. The next day it was even worse! The top half of the TV was going dark. Just all of the sudden. We've only had it about 2 years but of course the warranty ended 4 months ago. So we bought a new one. Same size but this one has Ultra HD. I'd never heard of it but oh my goodness it's like watching a live play on stage. The colors are SO vivid, the images are super clear like 3D, it's just amazing!

Here we've taken the stand off the old TV and put it on the new one.


 Well that's what's been happening at our house this week.  

Have you ever had hearing problems? 

Have you seen the new Ultra HD TV's?

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Update on Chuck

About the time I think this is all behind us, I follow a rabbit trail on line (I've got to stop doing that!) or something comes up that reminds me we're still in the fight of our lives.

They did a biopsy a couple months ago on one of the spots on his scalp and it came back negative for cancer. That spot is just that, a spot of leftover pigment that will disappear in time. Not sure about the others.

The biopsy on his lymph node however was positive. Which is what we've always suspected but I was hoping that it was nothing. Just a swollen gland or whatever. But nope. It's cancerous.

The second treatment they were going to do wasn't approved by our insurance. They'd pay for it, just not in conjunction with the first treatment. So the doctors are discussing our options.

I didn't realize how long a battle this would be. I thought after the initial surgery, they would have gotten it all and we'd be done. Boy was I wrong!

In the meantime he continues to work and feels pretty good. He's dealing with severe psoriasis right now, a side effect from the infusions. We met with the dermatologist yesterday and he said given the cancer still in the lymph node and now the psoriasis, Chuck's team of doctors are talking about changing his immunotherapy treatment to try and knock out the cancer. At this point we don't know what that will be.

His next scan and infusion is scheduled for the 19th.

We're coming up on the one-year mark of his diagnosis and it seems it's been one thing after another: two different cancers, two surgeries, several biopsies, so many doctors appointments, various treatments... and we still have a long way to go. It's starting to take it's toll. 

I want to thank you for your prayers. Even though we've never met, your friendship and the caring words you've written over the last 10 months mean so much to me. Thank you... 

 1981 - After we got engaged


Sunday, January 3, 2021

So Much

 Food

Fun

  Laughter 

We had such a great time with Diana and Peter here

Sharaya and Ally have been here every day

We made ravioli from scratch, a tradition with Peter's family

Played so many board games!

Ate way too much food

Laughed hard over the silliest things

Enjoyed each other's company






 Four days before Christmas we got a little bit of snow! Chuck was at work, the girls and Peter were out... shopping I think, so Ally and I went out to play!



Traditional Christmas Eve Jammies



Christmas morning


The aftermath


 I hope you had a wonderful celebration!

Happy New Year!

Friday, January 1, 2021

Happy New Year!

At midnight we clinked our glasses with sparkling cider, watched New Years at the Needle (it was a virtual show this year instead of fireworks) stood out on the front porch and blew horns and yelled like everyone else was doing! I think everyone is excited for this new year!


 

Yay, 2021 is here, woohoo!! 🎉🎇

Happy New Year!


Saturday, December 26, 2020

Ooops! Forgot the All-Family Photos!

Back in June we went to a lavender field to take family photos. Sharaya brought her SLR and a tripod, we all dressed in pastels and drove about an hour to get to the fields. Unfortunately we were about 3 weeks too early for blooming lavender! But we got creative and took some pictures anyway.



And we had to take one so we'd always remember 2020!


Friday, December 25, 2020

From Our Family to Yours

This year has been hard and in spite of everything that's happened we pray you have peace. Jesus came as a baby to bring just that, peace for all mankind. We need it this year for sure!

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year!

June 2020



Saturday, December 19, 2020

Ready

 I think we're ready for Christmas! Diana and Peter arrive tomorrow night, let the games begin!

Our kitchen floor had gotten so bad. Now we're saving up enough to do the entire upstairs.

Before


The elf is probably close to 60 years old. The arms and legs have wire in them and my mom used to hang him on something different every year!



 
This is one of my favorites, Santa kneeling at the baby Jesus.

I pray you have peace as we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Savior!

Friday, December 11, 2020

Memories Bring Back Memories Bring Back You

I just got back from San Diego and that song has been going through my head the last few days. Memories by Maroon 5. 

My dad died a year ago September and my sister's been so lonely. He moved in with her many years ago and his death has hit her hard. She came up here this summer and stayed for a few weeks, and she's taken her grandkids camping but for the most part she's completely alone now.

 I flew down this week to spend a couple of days with her and to help clean out our dad's shed. She had started to a few times but just couldn't do it so between the two of us we got it done in one afternoon.

 Before

After


We found old dishes and pots and pans that he had when he used to live alone; there was camping stuff and fishing gear. We even found these:


We don't believe he ever wore them, but there they were, among all the stuff in his shed! We threw out a lot of stuff and organized the rest. We were both surprised that we got it done in one day!

The next day we drove down to the cemetery and I got to see where he was interred.



I reached up and touched his name and started to cry. I looked over at my sister and she was crying too. It's surreal to see his name there. More than a year later and it's still hard to believe he's gone. My dad drove trucks for most of his life and his CB radio handle was Flying Eagle. He's interred at a military cemetery and there are planes and helicopters constantly flying overhead and I told my sister this was the perfect place for him. (Even though we know he's not really there. He's with the Lord now, probably talking His ear off about planes and motorcycles) 😇