Friday, July 25, 2014

When I'm Not Blogging

As most of you know, I enjoy several different hobbies and crafts. The weird thing, though, is that I tend to only do one at a time. I'll do a lot of reading for a while, then I'll pretty much stop reading and do something else, like watch movies. After doing that for a while, I'll switch to stitching. Then maybe I switch to a cooking mood. Each phase tends to last several weeks, and during that time, I pretty much ignore my other hobbies. Unfortunately, that includes blogging! (And just as sadly, a blogging phase usually lasts only a week, maybe 2 at the most.) I've tried several different things to try and prompt me to rotate hobbies more frequently or blog more often, but nothing really seems to work. Sorry about that!

I've spent most of my evenings in July doing cross stitch. Thought you might want to see some progress, since I don't have much else to show on the blog. (Prepping pictures from our trips takes so much time!)

Here is this month's progress on Titania. I've put in about 45 hours total on her.


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And here is this month's progress on Adia, showing about 32 hours total.


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I'm still stitching away, so look for another update on these two ladies in the July round-up (you know, if I'm back to blogging by then!).

Currently feeling: stitching away

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer Recovery In Progress

We're sorry, Erin isn't available at the moment. She is still recovering from her absolutely exhausting June. Non-linear blogging will resume when she has the time and energy. In the meantime, please enjoy these photos taken by her sister-in-law during the final June outing with the family:



Currently feeling: so very tired

Monday, June 16, 2014

Cleo had a stroke, but is doing better



Not even two hours after we landed in Atlanta from our Boston trip, my phone rang with a call from the vet. They were just about to close, and a tech went down to say goodnight to the animals. It hadn't taken him long to learn that Cleo is a "people kitty," so when she was hiding in the back of the cage instead of coming to him for pets (like she had for the entire previous week), he knew something was wrong. They took her out of the cage, and she could not stand. They checked her blood pressure, and it was through the roof, nearly 300 over something in the upper 100s. (A cat BP should be about the same as a normal human BP, around 120/80.) All they could figure is that she had a stroke, but whether the high BP caused the stroke or the stroke caused the high BP it's hard to say. She just had her check-up while being boarded on Tuesday, and everything looked fine, including her BP, so no one is really sure what happened. She has a known heart murmur, but they've been monitoring that for years and there hasn't been any change. She's 15 years old, but other than being overweight and having a touch of arthritis, she has always been deemed quite healthy.



They do not have anyone with the animals overnight, and they were about to close, so they asked us to come pick her up since we were home (they had intended to transfer her to a hospital with overnight care so someone could watch her). She is very unsteady on her feet, with both of her back legs being affected, her right side more than her left. It looks like she is *really* drunk, and it would be funny if we weren't so worried about her (it's getting funnier now that we know she is more or less okay). We hadn't even been home from the airport yet (had gone straight to eat dinner), so we dropped our luggage and headed over to get her, picking up the other two while we were there.



She's on BP meds, and we should get her blood work back later this week to see if it can shed any light, but for now, we're operating under the premise that it was a stroke. The bad news: other than treat the BP, there really isn't much they can do. She will probably never be 100% again. The good news: the doctor thinks that a good bit of her leg function will come back, and indeed, we have seen some marked improvements in just 48 hours. The word of warning: she will get back most of what will be coming back in the first 48-72 hours. After that, recovery is minimal. She spent the first 36 hours or so hiding in the cabinet, which concerned me greatly. She has spent most of today (Monday) in the den with us (I worked from home, and Luke stayed home with me). The hardest thing for her right now is trying to jump up on the furniture. She is front declawed, so she has to spring with her back legs, and if she needs to climb (she is rather plump), she also has to use her back legs to get her the rest of the way up. With both back legs affected, she really can't get on the furniture straight from the floor. She can get in DH's recliner by going to the hearth, then to the chest that is next to his chair, then onto the arm and into the seat. She absolutely cannot get on the sofa by herself. Even a step stool of some sort won't work, since the steps are too narrow for her. We'll have to get a carpeted ramp or something similar for her (I'm sure we're not the only pet owners with this problem).



So, she is doing okay and is improving. We'll just keep treating her and helping her as much as we can. The risk, of course, is that having had one, there could easily be more, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. If you could keep your paws crossed for her, we would all appreciate it.
Currently feeling: cautiously optimistic

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Boston 2014 - A Brief Photo Preview

Seeing as I never got our 2011 trip fully written up, I make no promises about this trip. Here is a very brief photo preview of this year's trip.

We went back to Charlestown to finish up the last stop on the Freedom Trail that we missed (the Bunker's Hill Memorial).


Luke made his first trip to a Hard Rock Cafe. Yes, we got him a t-shirt!


We climbed all over Fort Warren on Georges Island.


We finally made it back to the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade.


And we spent the day in Lexington and Concord.


More later, I hope, when I have a chance to breathe.
Currently feeling: patriotic

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - June 4, 2014



Currently feeling: we need to work on our stealth skills

Saturday, May 31, 2014

May 2014 Round Up


From the 2011 Year of Memories Brag Book by Dani Mogstad

What did I read this month?
Not a ton of reading this month. Mostly stitching. I've started several books, but none are really "sticking."

What movies and/or tv shows did I watch this month?
* TV Time: All done with standard TV shows! Summer shows should start back next month, though I'm not exactly sure what starts when.
* New Films: Um, have I seen any new films? I know, summer movie season has started, and we haven't seen not one single thing! We're behind 3-4 movies already, and with as crazy as our June will probably be, I don't see us making it any time soon. Very frustrating. Oh wait, there was one movie: How to Steal a Million, with Audrey Hepburn and Peter O'Toole. It was okay, but Charade is better.
* Old Favorites: We haven't even had movies on in the background much this month. Prince of Egypt, Treasure Planet, Planet of the Apes (the original), Rush Hour, Pacific Rim (not really a favorite, but we had it on for a while).

What fun things did I do with my family and/or friends?


It was so great to see my grandmother for Mother's Day. We hadn't seen her in over a year due to her starting cancer treatment in November and not really having the immune strength to entertain visitors (particularly the notorious disease carrying children and parents there of). We also saw my grandfather and put on a family baseball game for his entertainment over Memorial Day.



What gifts did I give and/or receive? What special or unusual purchases did I make?


I received some jewelry from my grandmother. She is apparently going through her "stash" since she's been homebound, and she gave me some lovely pieces. My favorite is this absolutely gorgeous ring! It's costume jewelry (not precious or semi-precious stones), but that doesn't matter. I absolutely love it! One of the few advantages of having very large hands for a woman: I can wear big honkin' rings.



I got new glasses, which seemed to have solved my headache problem. We also finally upgraded our phones. Hubby got a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and I got a Galaxy S5. Yes, this is an accomplishment because I *hate* learning a new phone, but mine was to the point that it wouldn't even hold a charge for 12 hours, and several of the recent app updates were extremely slow. I know it's new and fancy and all, but I'm going to miss my slide out keyboard (even if the new phone is much thinner and lighter, and still needs a case that is more "me").

What illnesses or health concerns did I have?
We all managed to stay pretty healthy this month. (And yes, I waited until June to type that sentence, just in case!) Unless sitting on your feet like this counts as a health concern? (It doesn't now, but it might later in life! LOL)


What new things and Pinterest pins I try this month?
Squeezed in a few recipes this month, though I'm not sure if I'm going to make my quota of 101 by the end of June. I should have taken a picture of the Taco Stuffed Shells; they were pretty!

What were my accomplishments this month?


Finishing my Midsummer Night's Fairy was by far my greatest accomplishment. I'm so thrilled she is done! Don't feel like I accomplished much else, honestly. My 101 Days (version 3) will be up in less than a month, and I won't get nearly as much done as I hope. Oh well, there's always Version 4!

What were Luke's accomplishments this month?





He passed the CRCT! He actually took the test in April, but we got his scores in May. He was comfortably in the "meets the standard" category for every section of the test, and even got "exceeds the standard" in two sections, social studies (?!!) and math (duh). He was also on the Principal's Honor Roll (all A/S) for the sixth straight semester.


Luke also received his baseball participation medal. The coach gave the stats on each boy. Luke had the highest batting average on our team (15/16) and was one of two with no strikeouts.


What were this month's disappointments or frustrations?
A bunch of little ones, both work and home, including one very spectacular child meltdown during mid-month, but nothing really worth mentioning.

Anything else noteworthy to record?
Can't think of anything.

Monthly Round Up concept courtesy of Katie the Scrapbook Lady, tweaked by me.
Currently feeling: finally rounding again in 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - May 28, 2014



Currently feeling: putting on a show for Great-Grandpa