Monday, August 31, 2009

Moving On

During the weekend and after taking time out for a gallbladder attack or two, I was able to accomplish a bit. After some weeding and planting a few new things for the garden that I had promised my Dad I would create for the two of us, I found a wonderful stepping stone to add my own personalization to. This is the picture in the catalog but mine will read "In Loving Memory of" along with my Dad's name. I know it will find a happy home in "Our Garden". A lot of what is left to be done will not be accomplished until this Fall and next Spring after my surgery and I get the OK to start doing heavy work again.

I was able to finally pick up my cross stitch again. Not for long periods but it felt good to do a few stitches. I worked on My Home is Built in Glory and would like to have it finished sometime in September if all the busy-ness allows. I will post a picture when I get a little more done.

As for me, I have good days when the tears stay at bay and other days when I still cry from the time I get up until the time I go to bed. I promised my Dad I would be strong and I am trying. I really am.

My dear husband is taking a week off to spend with me. We have no special plans except for doing little things around the house and just being lazy. We do have our 33rd anniversary coming up this weekend.

Monday, August 24, 2009


I went to see the surgeon one last time today before surgery tomorrow and he was not happy some of my lab work so surgery has been post poned for the time. I am hoping that my blood levels are off because of all the stress I have been dealing with lately and they will return to normal within several weeks which is when I will have another session of lab work. Surgery has been put off until mid-September for the time being unless something else should (but hopefully not) happen.

Thank you all for hanging in there with me.

Monday Monday

How orginal is that post title? There isn't much news to tell about at this time. I am supposed to be on rest in preparation for the surgery on Tuesday but my nerves are still so totally wound up and I have been yanking weeds up from my islands like crazy. The weeds really went wild during the three months I was so busy traveling back and forth to see my dad during his illness. I am paying for my stubbornness now because the bursitis has kicked up in my upper right arm from all the pulling and tugging I was doing.

This may be the last post for awhile since my surgery is tomorrow and I don't know what to expect afterwards. I know that my posts will be scarce and fewer than usual for awhile anyway until life begins to slowly get back to normal for me but I want everyone to know that I do appreciate you all sticking with me during this time! Your friendships have really helped me and meant more to me than you will ever know! Don't give up on me. You never know when I may pop back up!

May you have simple days and an uncluttered heart.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Thank You

Thank you all so much for your kind words during this time. It is still hard for me to comprehend that my Dad is really gone. I was able to see him and spend time with him on the day of his death. I promised him I would try to be strong. I also promised him that I would work on a garden just for us with a few of his favorite plants and a few of my favorites. I think he would like that and it will be our special place.

At the present time, I am getting ready for surgery. I will have my gallbladder removed on August 25th and then do whatever "recoop" time the doctor feels is necessary. After all of that, I will probably be going back to my Dad's house to help my stepmother sort through his belongings.

I haven't done any cross stitch in quite awhile and haven't even felt like picking it back up yet. But I have several patterns and even some quilts in mind that I would like to work on after I cross this first bridge.

Thank you all for being there for me during this extremely difficult time. You are all wonderful and my life is so much more complete because of your friendship. Until next time, may you have simple days and an uncluttered heart.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


I have been out of town this past week so that I could be close to my father during his illness and his stay in the Hospice House. It was a shocking blow to see how far he had gone downhill since my last visit which had only been a week or so before that. He was definitely in pain and unable to talk and appeared unresponsive but I know he knew I was there because he gave me several signs which gave me comfort.

My father was a great man. In size as well as character. He passed away on August 13th, the day after the 40th anniversary of my mother's death. We are all still in a state of shock because this cancer and his death seemed to happen then progress so quickly. I know he is no longer in pain but my heart will always ache.

I Love You, Dad.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Taking a Good Hard Look

As I sit here updating my blog, I am waiting on a phone call from my doctor. It is my gallbladder and I will need surgery. They will have to refer me to a surgeon and so on. I need to let my doctor know that we need to speed this up some! I got word about my dad and it looks like I will need to get back there as quickly as possible!

I told Harold that we need to move some of our birdhouses to the side of our storage building. There are some stray cats that I have been having to "shoo" away from the occupied houses because they are stalking the present tenants! I love hearing all my babies chirping so early in the morning!

There is definitely not much news this morning but the day is still young! LOL. If you get a chance, Vonna's blog is a must read today! She always has a way of helping me put things in perspective about myself and my life! Now, that's a friend!

Thank you all for visiting. I know my posts have been sort of on the down side lately. I am hoping things will begin to look better very soon and I am grateful to you all for continueing to stop by during this terrible slump! Until next time, may you have simple days and an uncluttered heart!

Monday, August 03, 2009

Monday News Flash!

It was a long weekend with more tests and several more "attacks" but it also brought a beautiful rainbow after one of the many storms we had. Everyone (including the doctors) are giving me reason to believe it may be my gallbladder causing the problem but no one is saying anything definite until the test results are in. For right now I am waiting to hear if I will be sent to the hospital sometime this week. I have total faith in my doctors and God above so I am not worried about anything. I just want a solution to this problem because the "attacks" are coming much more frequently now and I really can't travel to see my dad until something is done to fix it!

I am in the midst of getting my next order together and hope to send off for it very soon! I also picked up my current WIP a few times over the weekend and got a little bit done on it but naturally not as much as I would have liked!

Over the weekend, I found a wonderful 50% off sale and these boxes (plus the sale prices) were impossible to pass up! They are in my kitchen and I will use the smaller boxes to hold coupons. I lined the rooster box with some shelf paper and am using it as a bread box. I also have another garden theme small box which I may use for some stitching storage.

Until next time, here's wishing you simple days and an uncluttered heart!