Friday, August 24, 2012

Catching Up

I haven't posted lately, so here are some pictures showing some of the things going on at our house.

I bought a couple of Fall items at Family Dollar. I really love this small wreath that is hanging on the glass door between the dining room and family room.

My grandson and I made a rocket ship and helmet from cardboard boxes, toilet paper rolls, etc. I'm pretty sure it will serve as a time machine too!

We made some S'Mores in the oven recently. I have a stockpile of chocolate chips bought really cheap, but I really don't need to be eating the calories! At any rate, a Graham cracker, a few miniature marshmallows, and a sprinkle of chocolate chips toasted in the oven is yummy. I figured up the calories and they are about 100 calories each. But, who could eat just one?

You may remember that last year I planted Morning Glories on the clothesline trellis. They didn't do too well, no matter how much I watered them. This year they came back and with no care did pretty good. Go figure.

Thankfully, we are not in a drought here. Almost every summer for the past few years we have been. Here's another afternoon shower.

*** Personal Notes

***Mama got out of the hospital and has been back at the nursing home for a couple of weeks now. Her appetite has been better thanks to a prescription that increases it. She is totally bed ridden and cannot roll over in the bed. The nurses use a Marisa Lift to transfer her to the wheel chair for dialysis and then at dialysis she is lifted into the chair there. It hurts her all over to be moved and rolled back and forth in the bed, but it can't be helped. Through it all, I still see some of Mama's old spirit. For example, she told her roommate, who rides a motorized wheel chair, to stay on the right side of the hall.

*** After seeing a picture of myself with my step-son at his college graduation on May 4th, I went on a healthy, reduction diet immediately. In fact, when we had lunch afterwards, I opted for the fruit cup instead of mac and cheese! LOL I was able to take off about 18 pounds. My check up in July was great. Blood pressure and labs were all normal. Now, I am struggling to keep the weight off. I am determined not to have to do this again though!

Life is funny. Mama needs medicine to make her eat and I sure could use some of her lack of appetite!

I hope you have a great Friday and weekend!


Pen Pen said...

Love the pic's... I know what you mean about the appetite thing! I pass out meds to help people with their appetite and wonder if I will ever need this one day....and then I wonder how many times this particular patient may have been on a diet in her life...and how ironic that we are now trying to get them to eat. :((

Impera_Magna said...

I'm glad your mother is doing better and will pray that the pain is lessened.

Congratulations on losing 18 lbs! That's great! But sometimes... a girl just needs some chocolate, yes?

We have been blessed with rain this year... and I feel so bad for all those experiencing drought...

Auntie M said...

Have wondered where you but kinda' guessed! You have your hands full!
Glad to catch upl

I did not see a pic of you with the step son at graduation, so I was surprised at the 18 lb. weight loss note. but, if you needed to take it off, I am glad that you did.

You have surely had your hands full with your Mama.

Have a great weekend!

Kathryn D. Duke said...

Great weight loss success!!! I keep trying....
Pray your sweet mama will find some enjoyment in her place in are a good daughter!!

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