Monday, March 4, 2019

a tough year part two...

Kitty likes to lay in her bowl and watch tv in the evenings. There has been a lot of laying around going on here in our household lately.  I have a large deep vein thrombosis in my leg, extending from my hip to my ankle. I was put on  Xarelto and bedrest for 7 days as I watched my ankle slowly turn from looking like a bowl of purple spaghetti to a swollen shade of medium blue.  The Xarelto is working and I am doing much better.  It looks like I may be on it for the next 6 months. I have had no side effects so far and I feel quite a bit better.

Our backyard

Our weather forecast predicted 5-6 inches for us here in the corner of Missouri. We ended up with barely enough snow to cover the ground along with cloudy skies and a strong northerly wind. The cows are down in the valley and the birds are enjoying the corn chops in their big feeder.

Me, the hubs and Mom in 1998

Mom is almost 90 years old has been doing real well. She mysteriously ended up with two black eyes last Sunday and her diahrea is still a big problem. We are tracking what she eats and looking for something we can change. At first I thought it may be a day with too much dairy, as she also has a lot of gas. We can laugh at it, we have to. When you are crawling on the floor of the mcdonalds bathroom trying to clean your moms mess and change her underwear, you have to laugh or you may cry. 

She eats pretty much what she wants (ice cream, cheesecake, crackers, candy) when she wants but I did convince her to eat a bowl of bran cereal once a day. Sometimes she cooperates without hesitation, but sometimes she will disagree and hold her ground. 

Mom was always a very independent lady and it is hard for her to trust others to do things she is used to doing herself.

Tomorrow I will take her to our family doctor. He has suggested switching her to a pill pack prepared by the pharmacy. It will have her name on it and the day and time it is to be taken.  Mom has been refusing to do it and it has reached a point that it needs to be done. How do you tell your mom that you don't trust her to be taking her medicine correctly? That her mind isn't healthy enough?

Dementia is a roller coaster.
We take it one day at a time.
Prayers are welcome and appreciated if you believe.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

A tough year...

2017 wasn't a lot of fun. 

Mom has dementia.

My mom will soon be 90 years old. She has lived a very active life and just recently resigned as an alderman in her small town. She was treasurer of our church, several craft organizations and our cemetery association.

Until June of last year.

We noticed her making mistakes and losing things. We began to see her exert a few episodes of frustration over something small or not important at all. She even hit a pole with her car.

Then in September she had a stroke. We have since spent several hours in the emergency room trying to understand what is happening to her and how to deal with it. From days of diarrhea, extreme high and low blood pressure to fainting and balance issues.

We are learning.

We are blessed with a truly merciful doctor whose staff are patient and so kind.  We are also blessed that we have a dear friend who has a lot of experience in this type of care and has offered to come in when needed. 

Mom will stay in her home as long as possible. She is happy there with all her memories. It is familiar to her.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Remembering how tasty life is!

I remembered most of what my Grandma Twila taught me.

She was a teacher for more that 40 years and taught all of my family either first or second grade. She also lived thru the terrible depression, where her large family (14 brothers and sisters) took in another family to survive those lean years.  At the age of 18 she traveled by train to Kansas to earn her teaching degree. At the age of 85, she didn't have a big garden anymore, she mixed her vegetables in with her flowers in her many flower beds around her home.

The oast two years I have mixed my vegetables in with my flowers.
This has saved me a lot of back pain and hard labor.

Here are a few photos of our delicious harvest.

Thehubs loves radishes!  
He had fresh picked radishes daily from March thru the middle of June.

We always had our peas, onions and radishes planted by Valentine's Day.
Our potatoes were always planted by St. Patrick's Day and all according to the moons phase.
She loved her Farmer's Almanac.

I remember her using every space she had, rotating her crops so that something was always growing.
This year I tried hard to use her experience and knowledge to grow food that had no chemicals from seeds harvested the year before. She always said that if you planted the seeds from the year before they would be more heat and drought tolerant.

The new potatoes and peas were delicious!
I picked three good harvests from my small patch of peas.
I've planted Dill to attract butterflies, basil, thyme and chives to dry and freeze.
The marigolds keep the bugs away.

We have enjoyed fresh ripe tomatoes daily since June 4th.
My favorite is to walk out and pick a red tomato, rinse it with the hose, then sit and it on the patio with nothing but a salt shaker.

My Dad was a great gardener. We grew up with apple trees, cherry trees, peach trees, walnut trees, and pecan trees. There was always something good growing outside.
He also planted grapes, blueberries, and blackberries. Yum!

And each spring his big tiller would start our garden filled with corn, green beans, peas, potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, radishes and so much more. He would get home from his job as a welder and set his lunch box down on our porch and go right to his garden.

He also hunted, so we had a freezer full of deer, quail, raccoon, and even crawdads and turtle as well as spoonbill, crappie, bass, catfish and walleye fish.

We also raised cows, pigs and rabbits over the years.

He was also a survivor of the great depression.
That generation spent very little on food.
I can even remember my grandma taking the left over vegetables from a meal and putting them into her vegetable soup container in her freezer to be used later in vegetable soup. It was so good!

Do you have any garden memories of times past?

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Oh Joanna!

Thehubs does not like Target, or "Tarjay" as my cousin calls it.
Because of their stance on our Veterans and military,
he will NOT shop there.

He sticks to his beliefs and being a Veteran, 
he feels very strongly about it.

Then, Joanna Gaines built a beautiful display in their stores.  I love her style and feel that it has always been MY style only now its popular because a "designer" chose it. 

I watch her shows, follow her on instagram and have shopped her Magnolia site. I didn't want to take out a second mortgage just so I could say I own something from the Silos. Sorry Magnolia but I would feel so guilty spending $60 on a watering can. Would her savvy business move to be in Target mean I could actually afford something from Magnolia?


Well, one day I drove to Target alone, incognito, just to take a "look" and this is what happened!

I paid $9.99 for two dish towels, just because
I love black/white/cream and blue checks.

Aren't they pretty?

Just don't tell thehubs where I got them.

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