Monday, November 30, 2009

Couldn't Wait

I had planned on waiting until tomorrow to change my background but I just couldn't. I found this one and really liked it and I just had to change it.

Since I need help getting into the holiday spirit, I thought I would ask you to share with me your favorite memory, tradition, present, food or whatever else you would like to share. I can't wait to read them! Please leave a comment with your favorite!

Well, that is all for now. Gotta run!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

except at my house and I am already stressed. I am not even close to having my shopping done and I haven't done any decorating (and I will be gone this week and the week after next). We aren't even sure how Christmas is going to work since Mom still won't be home. We hope that she will be out of the hospital by then so maybe we can do a little something at the apartment with her instead of all the family doing something without her. I got a Christmas tree to put up in the apartment and some decorations for her room here at the hospital. I hope to be able to get down the fall decor and get the Christmas ones up (hopefully they won't have to be up for long!).
Do you ever have those days when you really feel like you have so much to say but you can't get it out? Or that you can't think of the words to put down so as not to upset anyone who may read your blog even if it is yours and you can say whatever you want to? And you don't want to sound whiney? GGGRRRRR. Well, that is all for tonight. I apologize for the incoherency of this post. Maybe I am just tired. I just don't know any more!

Hi Mrs. H's mom!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Give thanks with a grateful heart for all of the blessings you have received.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving Day 16

Today I am thankful for the time I am spending with my family as we celebrate the Thanksgiving in an unusual way.

We went as a family minus one to the Black-eyed Pea and ate lunch. We were able to convince my Dad to leave my Mom (she said it was ok) and go with us. We had a good time but we really missed Mom. Unfortunately before we were able to get back, she woke up and panicked because she was by herself. The nurses heard her yell so they checked on her and ended up putting a sign on her door to keep it open. She is really struggling right now. She now has graft vs. host disease (gvhd) which makes her look like a burn victim. She has huge blisters on her back, back of legs, sides and stomach. She is in terrible pain with the blisters. They will begin a new treatment to fight the gvhd. It will take at least a week for this to begin clearing up. Please keep her and my dad in your prayers. They are very weary right now because we keep hitting major bumps in the road. She has now been in the hospital for 53 days. My sisters children really wanted to get to see her (it has been several months since they last saw her) but all children (unless they are patients) are banned from entering the hospital at this time. We made a sign so we could stand on the parking garage right outside her window and she could see the message we wrote but she was unable to get out of bed.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Day 15

Today I am thankful for my home. It may not always keep the wind, rain, bugs or animals out but it is "home" (13 years for me and 12 for Mr. Giggles) to us and we are always ready to come back to it.

Well, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving with my family tomorrow. This will be a year of firsts for our celebration. We are not at home (in the past if we haven't been at home, we have been camping), we are not going to all be together at one place because Mom can only have 2 visitors in her room at a time and the two munchkins can not even enter the hospital (no one under 12 yoa), we are celebrating a day early, and we are eating at a restaurant (not sure which one yet). We are hoping that Christmas will be better because Mom should be out of the hospital and we can all get together at the apartment. Well, that is all for now. I will let you know how tomorrow goes. Until then. . . . .

Hi Mrs. H's mom! :)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Day 14

Today I am thankful that it is Monday. That means that I get another chance to do what needs to be done.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Day 13

Today I am thankful for the talents and abilities God has blessed me with.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Thanksgiving Days 11 and 12

Friday: Today I am thankful for my Aunt Diane who was my mom's stem cell donor and to my uncle who was also a match.

Saturday: Today I am thankful for my grandparents and great grandparents. They have helped make me the person I am today. I was lucky enough to grow up knowing all 4 grandparents and 5 great grandparents.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Day 10

Today I am thankful for my sisters. We don't always get a long (some think we never do) but when the going gets tough, we know who will be there with us to give a hand up, a shoulder to cry or lean on and whatever other support might be needed.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Thanksgiving Day 9

Today I am thankful for my Mom and Dad because they have never thought that I would be anything less that what I set my goals for.

Today has been a much happier day for me. I got to make a quick trip home (yes, I know I have only been gone since Sunday but I miss Mr. Giggles and my bed!), see my honey, see both of my Grandmothers and my uncle, found the prettiest creamer (I think) at the thrift store (fine china from Germany), drive my dad's truck and spend three hours on the road instead of the regular two hours because of traffic (ok, so that didn't really make me happy). Now I am getting finished with my computer "work" (haha) so I can head to my skinny little bed that is missing my pillow!!!

Good night y'all.

Good News!

Please go check out mom's blog!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Thanksgiving Day 8

Today I am thankful for my suburban that got me to the hospital last night. I don't really like parking it in the parking garage because it can be difficult to park but that is ok because yesterday I got a great spot!!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Thanksgiving Day 7

Today I am thankful for beautiful fall weather. We are supposed to get some cooler weather this week and I am excited except that I won't get to enjoy much of it because I am back at the hospital. I am afraid that this is going to be a difficult week for me. My mom is doing better but she has a long way to go. She is trying so hard to communicate with us. I can't wait for this to be over.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Thanksgiving Day 6

Today I am thankful for my church family and those who have been my church family is years past.

Today has been a busy day for us. Mr. Giggles changed out the insides of our potty so we don't have to keep the water turned off. Yippee!! Then Mr. G got the electrical plug changed out on our "new" dryer, we organized and threw away old stuff from our pantry and then got the dryer moved into its new home.
I have been working on getting my stuff together because I will be going down to stay with my Mom. I can not wait until she is better, she hasn't been able to talk now for about a week. I want her out of the hospital as soon as possible. We thought that we would be having Thanksgiving at the apartment because we thought that Mom would be there. Well, it doesn't look like she will be there and Dad won't leave the hospital so that pretty much leaves the three of us to try and figure out how we are going to spend the dad. Either down there without either parent or up here with my Grandmother.
I am really missing my Mom as the holidays approach. We were supposed to make an arrangement for the cemetery to put on Baby Giggles grave but it doesn't look like that is going to happen. I am hoping that I can find last year's Christmas arrangement and change a few things in it and use it.
Well, that's all I have today.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Day 5

Today I am thankful that I am an American.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thanksgiving Day 4

Today I am thankful for my extended family and friends. When you have turmoil in your life, you find that there are so many there to help you.

Today is my 200th post. WOW. Hard to believe. Thanks to my blogger friends who come by to visit me and see what I have to say. I have enjoyed meeting you all and hope to get to know you better.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Thanksgiving Day 3

Today I am thankful for my family who like my husband, love me no matter what. I want to thank all the men and woman who have and are serving our country.

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Today I taught junior high kids. I enjoy my dad's classes and I think they enjoy having me there when he can't be there. Tomorrow and Friday I will be with the kids at my old elementary school teaching art. I enjoy the art classes (well, the Kindergarten and 1st graders are a little nerve racking!) and love the teachers in the building. But I am ready for the weekend so I can rest a little bit before I head back to spend time with my Mom. Go here to see how she is doing.

Have a great rest of the week.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Thanksgiving Day 2

Today I am thankful for my husband. He has supported me in going back to school to finish my degree, held my hand when we dealt with terrible loss, understands that my parents need my help right now, deals with the fact that I am not a good housekeeper and just shakes his head when I start acting goofy!

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Today was my day off this week and I did not get everything accomplished that needed to be done. I feel like I am spinning my wheels with everything I try to do lately. It is really frustrating. I am so grumpy and out of sorts that I think I am getting ready to put myself to bed so goodnight y'all.

Monday, November 9, 2009


Every day until Thanksgiving think of one thing that you are thankful for. The longer you do it, the easier it gets! Now, if you think you can do it then repost this as your status to invite others to take the challenge, then post what YOU are thankful for today.

I got this off of Facebook and thought that it would be a good carry over to my blog so I am going to start every blog between now and Thanksgiving with what I am thankful for. Please tell me what you are thankful for in the form of a comment.

I am thankful for my relationship with God. I will never know how people who don't believe are able to make it day after day.
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I am asking for prayers for my family. My mom is having a very difficult time with her recovery and we are all very concerned.

Sunday, November 8, 2009


I was looking back at old post and realized that it has been over a year since I started my blog. I can't believe it has been that long! I am also just a few posts away from reaching 200. Wow, time sure does fly when you are having fun! I have enjoyed making blogger friends and finding new blogs to read.

Well, that is all for tonight. This is going to be a very busy week. I am teaching three days; one day of robotics and industrial tech at the junior high and two days of art at the elementary school. That leaves me two days to get things cleaned up my house before I head back down to spend a week with my Mom. I am really hoping that things start looking up for my Mom. These last three weeks have been really hard for her, my Dad and the rest of my family. We are so ready for January to get here so she can come home.

Well, I hope to have more interesting posts this week but I can't make any promises. I don't even have an interesting menu, we are eating spaghetti tomorrow and that is as far as I have gotten!

Have a great week.

Hi Mrs. H's mom!!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Nothing. . . . . .

I have got absolutely nothing to talk about. I guess everything I have to say goes into Mom's blog. If you want to catch up, go here.

Life at our house has been busy. This week was no exception. Monday I taught school, moved cows, helped feed cows, cooked dinner and fed my hubby and Dad and it just goes on from there. This next week I will be teaching three days, the other two days I will be trying to get my house in order because I will be back with my Mom the week after and then. . . .it is the week of Thanksgiving (insert a little bit of panic here). I have got to get with both of my sisters so we can figure out what our menu will be and hope that Mom will be out of the hospital.

Uugghhh. . . I am going to bed.

Goodnight y'all.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Need your suggestions

I am trying to figure out what to do for Mr. Giggles co-workers for Christmas. If you have any cool ideas (can be homemade) please leave me a comment. I am trying to get an early start!!)


Cooking and Other Stuff

After eating at the hospital for two weeks, I told Mr. Giggles that I was going to be cooking more this week than I usually do. Last night I made a new recipe that was easy but I am not sure how much I liked it. Mr. Giggles said it was good but he would add mushrooms (he thinks that everything needs mushrooms), dad liked it and so did my sister. It was called cheeseburger french loaf. I think it needed something else but can't figure out what. Tonight was chicken fettuccine alfredo and it was pretty good.

Today I had planned on staying home and getting housework done since I had been gone. Well, Mr. Giggles called (he was in town for a meeting and I didn't realize it) and ask if I would like to meet him for lunch and of course I said yes. Since I was heading to town, I decided to get some errands taken care of. We ate at Wendy's, then I went to Office Max to buy church office supplies, Sam's for gas and then inside to get Christmas present for MadCow that my Mom ask me to pick up, then to Wal-Mart (which is a pain because our store is being remodeled and made into a super center), next to the library to pick up some books (3 novels, a craft book and an organization book) and then to Sonic for a coke. This evening I helped my dad put out hay for the cows (last night we moved cows back to the pasture around our house), cooked dinner and cleaned the kitchen. . . . .I am so ready for bed!! It feels great to be accomplishing something after sitting on my rear for so long. I am hoping that the book on organization will help me to continue accomplish house cleaning chores and keep things more organized for the holiday season (yes I have high hopes!). AND hopefully tomorrow I will get to stay home!

Hi Mrs. H's mom!

Monday, November 2, 2009

So Far Behind

As you can tell, I am really behind on my blogging. I can't seem to find time to do both my blog and the blog on my Mom but since I am now back home for a while, I hope to catch up.

We are now into my favorite season. I love fall colors (reds, golds & browns), fall smells (cinnamon, pumpkin, burning fireplaces, burning leaves), fall holidays (Halloween & Thanksgiving), fall weather (when we are fortunate enough to have it!), fall camping (cool crisp morning air and fog), fall drinks (hot chocolate, hot apple cider) and pumpkins (I just think that pumpkins are cute). Soon I will have to decide, am I going to mow the leaves or rake the leaves. I will have to move the winter clothes out (no, I do not like doing this at all) and start thinking about what I am going to cook for Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is going to be very different this year but I can't wait until we are all together again.


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