Monday, April 30, 2012

Big Things, Little Things

This past week has been a series of ups and downs. I'll start low, and move up from there...

My #1 Sister's  older son lost twin babies due to miscarriage a little over a week ago. How heart wrenching.  Two days later, her younger son's marriage came to an abrupt end. The entire family is in mourning. My heart bleeds for my sister and her family and I have been in continual prayer for them.

I'm having a really difficult time finding a blood pressure medication that doesn't make me feel worse than the high bp itself. I'm sure my doctor is pulling her hair out and feeling frustration every time I call to tell her the newest one is not working. I don't know how this is going to play out.

My mother-in-law has some issues going on with her teeth and will need some oral surgery in the immediate future. She is a strong woman and very proud and will need help even though she will want to refuse it.

Yesterday, I visited my brother's place for the first time since he moved to Hot Springs. My heart hurts for him being without his family and on his own. His children live in Illinois and Wisconsin. His divorce will be final in a few days.

Ok, enough of the sad stuff. On to the happier things....

On Friday, our Little Man will be 2 years old. I can't believe how time has flown and how big he's getting. What did we do before he appeared?? LeLe has a little party planned for Saturday and we are looking forward to seeing him open gifts.

My 35th anniversary is next Monday. Thirty five years with the same man. Who'd a thunk it? He has been on vacation the last two weeks and I've enjoyed him being here. Really.  I'm looking forward to his retirement next summer.

 June 2011
Speaking of next summer, Sister#1, Lele, Little Man and I are planning a trip back to the beach. We can't swing it this year, but we will enjoy the planning and anticipation for next year.

Friday night SR and I met two couples for supper in Benton. We are all Risonians who have relocated. The food and friends were great and I stayed on my Weight Watchers points list (Yay me!!)

Yesterday, before visiting my brother, we visited SR's cousin who has a home on Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs. She and her husband are always so welcoming and kind. They took us for a lovely boat ride up and down the lake and showed us the summer palaces of the rich and famous of our area. I have to admit, it tends to make me want things I'll never have, but I try to be content and just enjoy the little things in life. It was a beautiful day to be on the lake.

Tomorrow begins the May for Me Bingo Game!! Here's hoping I B I N G O at least once!!  I'm also going to try to link up to the May for Me party, and post at least once about what I did just for me. It's a good excuse to do something fun!! You can find out more by visiting these nice ladies.

Tonya at Hillbilly Handiworks
Sharon at Vrooman's Quilts
Snoodles at Lily Pad Quilting
Marcia at Crafty Sewing and Quilting

Sunday, April 15, 2012


For lack of anything in depth to post about, I thought I'd just shoot some random things out there. It's better than letting weeks go by without a post, in my opinion.
Yesterday I visited with a distant relative I'd never met. We are connected through my mother's ancestry and we had a lot to talk about. A lot, as in three hours of discussion under a large Oak tree at the cemetery. No, to me cemeteries are not spooky...well unless you are there alone, on a moonless night, with all the strange noises in nature amplified, by yourself, in the dark, after having read a murder mystery or horror story. Then I would have to admit it is a little scary. Otherwise, I consider it a nice visit with my parents and grandparents.

Cousin and her husband were precious, and we enjoyed our time together, even if I did get a little crispy from the sun. We found we both had records and information we needed to exchange and we plan to do that soon. It was a little hard to find a copy machine in the cemetery, so we have to deal with that later.
My husband is an avid turkey hunter. He began a two week vacation yesterday and today he came home with a twenty pound gobbler. He will be much easier to live with the next two weeks, and will be better able to enjoy his time away from work. We called LMW to come over and inspect the harvest and we were happy to see he wasn't afraid of the creature.

I've been doing a few little sewing things, but not much in the way of larger projects. I need a little break from the big quilts and wanted to do something fun and less stressful. I will post photos of that in a few days on my other blog.
The weather in South Central Arkansas can't really make up its mind lately. Some days it wants to be summer, some others spring. I'll take it as long as no tornadoes are invited to the party.
I haven't been reading as many blogs or posting as often. I'm just too busy with LMW and other things.  Not to mention there have been some deaths in my current and former church families and funerals have been attended. And I'm just plain tired.
I've lost two more pounds through Weight Watchers. For a couple of weeks, I was a bit depressed due to lack of weight loss. And I was miserably hungry. There's no way to succeed feeling that way. I did some research and discovered that two of the medications I take not only cause weight gain, but increase appetite. Since ceasing those two meds, I am not hungry all the time any longer, and the weight has started coming off. It's slow, but that's ok.
I thought that my son and his wife moving closer to me would afford more opportunity to visit. They have been so busy, they have yet to have a free weekend to share. I hope we can remedy this soon. I can't tell they are any closer in distance yet.
The first week of May will bring two happy occasions. First is the second birthday of the most adorable little boy in the world. The second is my 35th wedding anniversary and SR and I plan a little three day trip to Heber Springs, Arkansas. No big fancy trip, but it should be relaxing and enjoyable. At our age, we'll take that and be happy about it! He and I are also looking forward to getting together with some good friends soon.

Enjoy your week!!

"I feelz his spirt floatin up ta heben."

Sunday, April 8, 2012

For Your Viewing Pleasure

My Grandma's rose is always beautiful this time of year. When the heat really bears down, it sort of goes into hibernation, only blooming once a month or so.

"Huh?! What do you mean the Easter Bunny is on vacation?!"

 He came early to Nanna's House. What a relief!!