Sunday, May 26, 2013

Made it Through the Cold and the Rains

I think I am through with the cold I caught. Today I spent most of the day out playing pool and sitting in the garage with Marshall and the kids. 
  The rains here are over for the most part. It flooded a lot here and several areas are still under water but it looks like it might be drying out. My garden loved the rain, but something got to Bryan's tomato plant and ate his tomatoes and he is not happy about it. My guess was either a raccoon or a possum, but we won't know unless we put out cameras. For all I know it could have been one of the rats we evicted from the garage. There is still one that eludes eviction, but we will get it eventually. 
   That's about it for the day. Not much going on here, so I will go. Until next time :)

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Still Sick but Getting Better

Today I am really congested and coughing but I am feeling a lot better. I am also really close to getting my car back, so I am really happy :) I haven't had my car for almost a month now since the alternator broke, but our neighbor's brother found the part I needed and we just bought it and it should be here soon. I have missed my car. I have been driving my mom's Buick but that is really Marshall's car and I don't like driving other people's cars, even if my name is on the title. Marshall is the one that has been driving it since Mom died, and so I think of it as his. Right now all we have working are the Buick and Marshall's truck and the truck is too big for me to feel comfortable driving it. 
  My garden is taking off. This morning the baby poblano pepper is twice the size it was when I took those pics a few days ago and there are at least 8 more tomatoes on the cherry tomato plant. My bell pepper plants are flowering and will all soon have baby peppers on them and Bryan's tomatoes on his plant are finally turning orange. All in all it is doing really well. Now if I can just get the compost to work right.
  My cat Stevie is climbing all over the place today and it is really getting on Jess' nerves. She gets all wound up over the cats and the fact that they are allowed pretty much everywhere they want. Of course, they can't get in the food or on the counters while I am cooking but they are allowed on the furniture and my desk and bed and a couple of them even get in the bath tubs. It drives her nuts.
  Well, gotta go finish my stuff I started earlier.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

I Hate Being Sick

Monday afternoon after coming home from babysitting my niece and nephew I started feeling badly. When I got up Tuesday morning to go to the gym, I realized that I didn't feel well at all and I skipped the gym. Two hours later I got out of bed and felt totally like dirt, with a 101 degree fever, congestion, and a cough. That lasted all day yesterday, and today I am somewhat better, but still feel bad and still have that cough. I was supposed to watch the twins today and tomorrow, but that isn't happening, since I don't want to make them sick. I have been juicing like a mad woman for two days now, hoping it will take the cold out of me, but all it seems to be doing is making me more tired. I wonder if it is detox. Could be. If that is the case, that is a good thing. Tomorrow I will be doing more juicing, and when I am well I will be starting a 5 day juice fast.

Monday, May 20, 2013

It's Gonna Be Another Long Week

This week is going to be a long one. My sister in law's babysitter is still not back to work, so I am watching the twin toddlers three days this week. Bry is going with me today, but we will see if he lasts out the other two days. 
  We are 99% done with cleaning out the garage so the construction can begin on the boys' new room, once we get the money. 
  As the last post shows, my garden is growing relatively well. I would like to see more in the basil, but the tomatoes seem to be going at top speed. I have had to cage them and stake them up already.
  Not a whole lot else to talk about so I will go get my coffee now and try to wake up more before I drive this morning.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

My 2013 Garden Pics

 4 kinds of mint- Spearmint, Chocolate Mint, Orange Mint and Peppermint
 Poblano Pepper
 Purple Basil
 Sweet Basil
Tomatoes again

Friday, May 17, 2013

People Who Can't Show Gratitude Suck

I really don't like people who are ungrateful. It is common courtesy to thank someone for going out of their way to do something for you. Not that I do things for others just to hear thanks, but it is nice to be thanked. Especially if doing something for someone causes the person doing it some form of hardship. Then gratitude is definitely called for. People who have a sense of entitlement and think the world and everyone in it owes them everything are at the top of my list for dislike. I think it is rude and that one day karma will come in and give them exactly what they deserve.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Busy Past Two Days

Yesterday I did get back to the gym and did 6 miles between the bike and the treadmill. Today I only did 5 because we were in a hurry. Seems whomever stacked the totes in the storage unit didn't do it properly and some of them fell, breaking the contents. Today we had to go and spend two hours cleaning it up. Oh fun. NOT! 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Back to the Gym

I decided to go back to the gym this morning rather than wait until tomorrow and I am glad I did. I did 4.5 miles! I will go again in the morning and see what I can do. I have to get this weight off. It is driving me nuts.  Marshall says I look sick when I am that thin, but I would be happy to be there again.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

My Nerves are Going South

I guess I have reached my limit. I should have seen it coming, but it hit full force this afternoon. I am completely done- you know, the stick a fork in me kind of done. Suddenly the house is WAY too crowded, I am tired of being the nanny, cook, conscience, and maid to everyone. I need a vacation.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Slow Day

I didn't do a lot today due to a lack of motivation. I guess the past few weeks are catching up. I did do some laundry and took Heather to the grocery store and I am taking Sean to the orchestra banquet, but that is it. I think I will climb into the tub tonight and soak and let the stress go. I need to. Things are getting too stressful for me and I can't afford to get sick because of it.
  I am hoping to get back into the gym this next week. I have been out for a month since Jess got sick and I probably have lost all the benefits I had from going all that time before. I haven't gained back a lot, just two pounds, but it is still a gain and I don't like it. I need to go back on my diet too, so that starts tomorrow. Everything hinges on me losing at least 40 pounds before July. I have a long way and a hard road to go, but I can do it. 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Sick of the Clinic

Jess had her first follow-up appointment today at 9:30. We got there at 9:15 and sat in the waiting room until 12:00. After that, we went back to another waiting room and sat for another 30 minutes until she got her 15 minutes with the doctor, who checked her records, looked at her meds, didn't even do an exam and sent her on her way with the admonition to drink Ensure or Boost or something and talk to a nutritionist. I guess she is ok. He didn't even check her incision or her ileostomy. Wow. I wonder why exactly we went there this morning.
 6:13PM- Sitting here waiting for the two quiches I made to finish cooking. Marshall is watching Arrow in the bedroom and Bryan and Michael are playing Minecraft. That is one messed up looking game. Heather likes it too, but I can't get interested. The graphics stink and it looks boring. I would much rather be reading.
Life here isn't getting any more interesting. The stress level is really high and as it gets closer to my MIL getting here it is getting worse. That and we have no money coming in except from the few times I get money from the trust and the minimal child support. With Jess and Ian moving back home I am really feeling crowded. I know a parent shouldn't feel like that, but there are way too many bodies in this house and two more due next month. At least the boys will have the new room to live in. I am stuck in the house with the rest of the people and have no privacy. July can't get here fast enough and I am going to try to get my trip to Abilene. I really need a break from it all and Abilene is where I go. It really has been too long.  

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Photos from Sean's First Starring Role and Day Two of the Garage

Sean had his first lead role last week playing James in James and the Giant Peach for the Roosevelt Theater Company. He did a wonderful job and I am really proud of his accomplishments in theater. Here are the pics I managed to get after the show. Sean is the one in the middle with the brown vest. Yes, the bottom picture has him standing behind the peach. At least it was supposed to be a peach, but came out looking more like an orange with a ponytail. Oh well :)

We took another load to the storage unit this afternoon. I am exhausted and really tired of cleaning. Tomorrow is Jess' first follow-up appointment with her doctors since being released from the hospital. I hope it is all ok. She is worried that her incision is getting infected or something. I don't think so, but we will see tomorrow morning. Time for bed so I can be ready to go in the morning.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Day One of Garage Clean-out

I never realized I have that much stuff. Wow. Today was a real eye-opener for me. I have decided we need to have a yard sale. I don't want all this stuff. Marshall took two truck loads off to storage today.One was nothing but totes and the other one was my MILs desk and my old bike, my old treadmill, and a couple of totes. I am really glad for my boys and for Logan and Michael the neighbors. They have been helping all day.
  Marshall and I just went and got the rest of Jess' meds from Costco. When she got out of the hospital the pharmacy there didn't completely fill her prescriptions, so we did that yesterday. They wouldn't fill her anti-depressants at all, so we did that. She needs those. She has been in a really dark place since the second surgery and I don't want it getting worse. I understand why she would be upset, but this is temporary, at least the ileostomy is, and she will be back to normal in six months or less.
  Well, I better get going. Lots to do before I get to go to sleep tonight. I have to make dinner, do laundry, and get Ian to work, if his boss doesn't accept his call-in.

Monday, May 6, 2013

No New House and a Lot of Work Ahead

We decided instead of getting another house we would just enclose our garage and make it into a dormer for the three boys. We have to clear out the garage first, so we are starting on that tomorrow. I hope everything fits in our storage unit...
Today I have been really tired. It seems the past few weeks have finally caught up to me and are taking a toll on my energy level. It seems all I want to do is sleep. It took everything I had today to clean out the pantry and get all the food in there organized. I didn't quite finish, because one of the shelves is broken and has to be replaced before I can put all the boxed food back, but I did get all the cans and glass jars back in there. I didn't realize there were that many :)
I got a new cookbook today. It is called "1001 Easy Potluck Recipes". I got it for a little over $3 at Dollar General. I like the "1001"-series cookbooks. The recipes are simple and budget-friendly. They also tend to make a lot, which helps with a family the size of mine. Next month we will add two more people, so then I really need the large recipes again. Right now it is just the 3 boys, me and Marshall, Jess, a neighbor kid Michael, and our other neighbor's son Logan. Feeding 8 people is about normal, 10 next month will be a little harder, but not much. Glad I put in that garden this year :)

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Jess is home!

They let her out yesterday morning and she has been here since. She seems to be doing a lot better. YAY!
  We are actually looking to buy another house so we can make enough room for my MIL and FIL when they get here next month. If we find one close by we will move Bryan and Ian in with them at the new house and keep Jess and Sean here so he is in the same school district and so that she is here so we can help her. I want something on the block over so Bryan is still able to get here for his school. He is talking about going back to Shekinah next year, so we might have to do that. I am not happy because I feel the school has let him down in his education, but he misses his friends. I have a little while to talk him out of it though. Hopefully I can.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

It's almost done

Jess' stay in the hospital, that is. It looks like she will be released some time in the next couple of days. I think with her pain still as high as it is she needs to stay longer, but they want her out of there, so she will come home. I am concerned that she is still not well enough to be here, but our family is one of survivors, so I just pray and let God handle it. I have learned a lot about prayer in the past couple of weeks. Still, I pray for continued healing for Jess and for her to accept where she is in her life. Only two "friends" came to the hospital to see her this whole time. That should tell her something. She needs to re-assess her life and her goals and hopefully come to the place where she will get better.