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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Remember: Birthdays

Today I remember my sister's birthday-we are closest in age of all my siblings and I guess we are closer in spirit too. We slept together growing up and fought every night over how much of the bed each of us commandeered!!We would draw a line down the middle and would yell if the other crossed it Mom always dressed us in the same outfits (that she made)-just different colors.  We were one year apart in school-but light years apart in personality-I was the introvert, the bookworm; she was the extrovert, the cheerleader and basketball player.She had lots of friends; I had very few.
Happy Birthday to my dear sister-Parents made us sisters; love has made us friends.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

End of another week

I guess since I haven't kept up with my regular journal this blog has become my journal of sorts.
I have picked my word for this year:
I will scrap a page and add it to my blog-all the things I should remember 
my family, my faith, my dreams, my hopes, my wishes, my goals, my plans, my work, my play. I must remember all the little things I have to be grateful for, I must remember all my blessings, I must remember all the things I hope to accomplish this year, I must remember the past, for when you know the past you can work toward the future with confidence.  I remember where I come from, I remember those who have gone before me and the example they have been to me, I remember the friendships I had in the past and in the present. I remember the love of my husband and the vows we exchanged on our wedding day. I remember that I promised to respect, love and cherish him.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Last but not least!!

I've posted all the kitties pictures except Chigger.  Here she is-Chigger is Mile's kitty-she knows when he's coming home 15 minutes before he arrives-she is at the door waiting for him to pick her up and take her outside to sniff around; when he isn't feeling good she is right beside him; she sleeps next to him at night.
I went to Mom's care team meeting yesterday-I guess she has been crying a lot when we are not there-so we are going to try an antidepressent(though the last time she was on one she was a zombie) I hope it lifts her mood somewhat because she can't make progress when she is crying during therapy.  I went to therapy with her and she stood (with assistance) for about 45 seconds.  I just don't know how much strength she is going to be able to recover...the one home we were hoping for turned her down because she has a wound that is seeping clear fluid-I was so discouraged.  I hope we are able to find a good place for her close to Jim so he doesn't have to drive far to be with her. And I know her depression is because she knows she can't go home and that is all she wants to be able to do...It is breaking my heart.

Monday, January 18, 2010

A new week

A new week to get something accomplished; plan to bring Lana and Steph to see Grandma at hospital; meeting tomorrow with Mama's care team, and lawyer appointment in afternoon.  Went to see Mom yesterday and she looks good, but wanting to go home, which she cannot do...if only I could keep her, but I would not be able to care for her like she needs.

This is Rosa and her brother Domino; they found their way to our house two summers ago, and we found them in our basement. Of course we had to give them a home. They are good kitties! Rosa is very chubby; I think it's because she remembers when she didn't have food so she wants to make sure she isn't without it now!!
One more kitty picture to post tomorrow-Chigger, who was found at the end of the driveway 5 years ago and became Miles kitty for sure.More about her tomorrow.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Saturday is for playing!!

Yes I want to play today!!! I have NCAA basketball on TV(waiting for football playoffs to start) and I can sit at my desk an play with paper! I am working on some older pics of my girls when they were young, also some of mom and dad and Gram Sherwin too.  What memories come rushing back when you work with old photos.  It is an awesome thing-memories are what keep you going sometimes.

This is Spuddie-he is the newest addition to my kitty children-his previous mom was my sister-she has Alzheimers and when we finally had to place her in assisted living she could only take one of her kitties with her-so my hubby volunteered us to care for him. (#6!!) He has adjusted very well to the family and he has a wonderful personality.  Yes I know we are certainly nuts- I never intended to have this many kitties but somehow it happened. I guess there is a sign at the end of the driveway that says-good home this way!!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Wednesday evening

Yay!!!The weather is supposed to start warming up in the next few days-the temperature trend is the 40's for the next ten days! A welcome relief
I took Miles to the dr again today-he was so exhausted from coughing last night he couldn't even go to work, so we went and he got x -rays and medicine-I surely hope the night will be kind to him and he will be able to sleep without the horrendous cough.
I also went to see Mama-she was eating when I got there-cleaned up her whole tray-she looks incredibly good considering all she has been through.  Her wounds are actually healing fairly well. 

 This is my second oldest kitty-Idaho is 15 years old.She was my daughter's until she moved and then she became mine-she has been with me through thick and thin too-she was lost outside once for about 5 weeks-I thought she was gone-then found under the trailer I was living in-I think it definitely traumatized her for good-she has some issues but she loves to be petted.
I have to see my sister Lana soon-her friend is gone for 2 weeks and she is going to be lost without Alice to take her around to things at the assisted living home.  Also have to bring my Steph her and also have to go see my Aimee too.  If the weather is warmer for a bit I will get this done.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

new link

I added this link-a great site for inspiration.

Another day

I was on the phone practically all day yesterday-I am trying to find a placement for Mom in nursing home-I refuse to put her some crappy place, I need divine intervention in this situation.

This is my senior kittie, Taliesin; he will be 17 in April...he has been with me through many, many travels and has been my faithful companion.  He is deaf now, but he still jumps up on the back of the couch, plays sometimes and is in fairly good health, except he is very skinny now.
I got out some of my old photo albums and chose 3 sets of pictures to scrap-I am going to start my heritage books with my children, family, and memories.  I am also working on Moms album, and I want to start the one with Dad's pictures in too.

Monday, January 11, 2010

monday already?

Where did last week go? I am amazed at how life passes by so quickly especially the older we get.
Yesterday I went to see Mama at the TCC unit at the hospital.  When I left I  got on the interstate as I always do and only when I got close to my exit did I remember the road was closed from the exit before mine and my exit!!!!! Yes I was stuck in traffic (3 miles) for 3 1/2 hours, as every vehicle had to exit the road and travel a little road to the next exit.  Yes I am absolutely crazee
Thank God for my friend Mary Ann who kept me company by phone for well over half the time.  I think I would have panicked for sure.  As it was, I just kept kicking myself.
More snow on the way-bitter cold this AM

I thought I would introduce you to my family of kitties.  This is Domino, enjoying the the cat perch!
I have to take some pictures of my cards and pages and I will upload them too.
more tomorrow or maybe later this evening I will get some more things on the site.
Angel blessings to all

Friday, January 8, 2010

Frosty Friday

Yes the snow continues to fall, amazing how many days in a row we have had snow this year-it's been a long time since it has snowed so many days like this.  I haven't put any pages together in a while,  I have been making cards instead; so today I plan to do a few scrapbook pages. I just love playing with paper, why is that? Just touching, smelling, looking at the different papers makes me happy.  I know it sounds crazee, but there you have it!  I will get my room set up soon, but I'm afraid when it's set up, I will never come out of it!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Windswept Wednesday

Good morning!! A busy day ahead-ready to clean house from top to bottom. Also going to visit Laura for a bit this morning.  I've been neglecting her lately since mom has been in the hospital..Still snowing here in western PA.  And snow in the forecast for the next week!!
Too bad the Steelers aren't in th playoffs.  Football isn't anything important without the "Stillers".Time to start watching college basketball and Penguin hockey.
On Christmas I had Miles take the coffee I ordered and asked him to put it in the freezer downstairs.  Well lo and behold when I went to get it out 2 days ago, it was not there.  Miles has no idea where it is.  I am beside myself!!! He said I hope I didn't throw it away...oh my heavens I cannot believe he has no clue where it is...I learned my lesson with this for sure.
I've been making some really cool cards lately.  Can't wait to post some of them. I have gotten some really great paper lately, I would love to spend my day at my table making things.  I want to get a couple mini albums together.
But first cleaning!!!
Then my reward!!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Mighty Monday

Another Monday morning, getting Miles off to work, and preparing to make a ton of phone calls to try to get Mama back to the local hospital for better care. I hope I am successful. 
I made 2 cards this morning and I have to get to Aimee's so she can help me set up my blog, and teach me how to upload my creations. 
The kitties were running around the house this morning...they must have a bug up their tails!!
I slept most of yesterday, my cold seemed to reassert itself and so the sleep was needed.  I feel some better this am, hope the worst is behind me.
Temps are cold and the snow is still flurrying.. 
I lit my Yankee Candle votive Sparkling Snow this morning...It smells terrific!! love the Yankee Candles!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Snowy Saturday!

Early morning and the snow glistens under the moonglow outside the window.  Up early to get lunch packed for Miles...We went to see Mom yesterday-we didn't stay a long time since the roads were to get bad and we timed it pretty well-the roads were starting to be nasty by the time we pulled into our driveway--we were grateful to be home safe and sound. 
Mom looked pretty good all things considered. I read to her from the "Daily Pizza" (other wise known as the Daily Word) and we read scripture and prayed together.  I know Mama clings to her faith in the midst of this trial but I have had my doubts recently.  How can a just God allow people to suffer, people who have been faithful to Him their whole lives?  Are we just praying to the thin air? Is everything just a crap shoot? I just hope we can get mama closer to us next week so I can see her every day again.
I talked the "kitty talk" to her too--she asked how they were doing and I said they tried to jump into the car to come see her and they said to tell her "Meouwy New Year!"
So today I will watch some bowl games... can't believe that football is almost over again for another year. I want to print some pics and get a couple pages put together too. Maybe get a little cleaning done-Miles said he would hang some pictures that have been waiting for forever to be put up-Yeah!!! I do want to go see Laura for a bit too-we have been neglecting her because of being caught up with mom, and we need to spend an hour or so with her today.
A really cold spell is forecast for the next few days, a good time to snuggle in with a good book. I need to loose myself in one for a while. That's about it for now, more to come. Peace to this world.