Monday, November 30, 2009
That's it for tonight's ponderings - I'm not very full of news today. Sorry.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Dave and I had a good day today. After church we came home and Dave said we were going to rearrange our office - ugh. Not my idea of a fun way to spend a Sunday. But we did it and it looks really nice. He's hardly ever at his computer desk, so he cleaned it off and traded places with me so that I can see the TV when I'm on the computer. We got a new 27" flat screen TV for the office with hi def, so it's really fun to watch! Our old one had the color starting to go bad. We also put away a lot of books, notebooks, magazines, etc., that seemed to cover all the built-in shelves. It just looks so much cleaner in here now.
I'm getting ready to watch Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters, so I am putting my computer away for the night. Sleep well, little Dell!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
After dinner Kyle and Kaylee played a game with Allison - it was so cute having these two college kids playing a game with an 8 year old...and guess who won? The 8-year-old!! They're all wonderful kids! When the Missouri-Kansas football game came on, we were all glued to the set. If Missouri could win, then Iowa State would be assured a bowl game. Kansas led most of the game, but Mizzou came through in the end! So now we're going bowling!! We are thinking it might be a bowl game in Shrevesport. My family is talking about going! Wow, that would be fun! We won't know for sure until next weekend, so will keep you posted!
Another thing we are definitely thankful for is the beautiful weather we had today. We actually sat outside for quite a while today - it was that warm!
Friday, November 27, 2009
The second thing that happened to me is that my physical therapist is still sick. So I got up at 6:30 again for nothing! I was, however, able to get in to see one of the other PTs at 1:45. For that I am grateful.
The third bad thing was that I went over to see Aunt Helen and she was a real witch today. I was shocked to see the anger she displayed to all of us. Usually she's so nice when I'm there, but today she just tried to physically hit everyone or break their fingers or bite them or something. I was also appalled at the level of care AH is getting at Sunnybrook. Her bedding was filthy! The whole visit was just awful. Thank goodness for Sudi and Howard and Missy! I went over there and unloaded on them! Sudi even fed me a peanut butter and pickle sandwich and the last of her chocolate chip cookies! Thanks, Howard, for sharing with me!
My day did get better - when I finally got home from Fairfield and then from physical therapy, Dave was home and we started making a grape salad and three pies for tomorrow's Thanksgiving dinner with my family. I'm so anxious to see everyone. I haven't seen Vicki, Al and Allison since I don't know when! I think it might have been August 8th at the family reunion. In fact, I'm pretty sure of it. I wish Rhonda was coming home, but we hope to see her at Christmas, which isn't far away! Then, another good thing happened - Bob is finally home from Florida! Now he can share in the AH duties! For that I am VERY grateful!! Tomorrow is going to be a better day!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Bryan came by this afternoon. He and Dave went over to Moravia to see Dave's new plant. It gave the boys some bonding time. When they got home we had soup for supper and thank goodness we did. Bryan had brought two pies - one was a boubon pecan pie with chocolate genache on top and the other was a pumpkin pie with a cream filling...both were absolutely wonderful. Now I'm really stuffed!
Gotta run - Happy Thanksgiving
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
At 10:00 I attended JoAnne Radosevich's funeral mass at St. Patrick's here in Ottumwa. She was a wonderfully kind woman who had battled cancer for the good part of 23 years. She's cancer-free at last!
Today's "feature" story is about Aunt Helen. After JoAnne's funeral, I stopped by the chiropractor's office for an adjustment, came home for lunch and then went to PT. As soon as I was done there, I headed to Fairfield to see Aunt Helen. I've always had a good experience when I go to see here - well today was an exception to that!! She just couldn't or wouldn't wake up for me. She talked to me, but just couldn't get clear awake. She was so slouched down in her bed that Emily (one of the aides) and I decided to move her a little and put her head on her pillow again. She came up swinging! She said, "Why can't you just leave me alone, for God's sake!" She still didn't open her eyes, though and let us know that she just wanted to sleep. I can take a hint, so I told her goodbye and that I loved her and left! I wasn't there more than 15 minutes probably, but I don't appreciaate getting hit at! She certainly didn't act weak during that episode! I guess I'll try again tomorrow - but this time Dave will be with me. Maybe his voice will make her wake up.
I'm looking forward to tomorrow - we're going to eat at the Methodist Church in Fairfield and then in the afternoon, Bryan will be here! I think they're even spending the night! More later...
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Aunt Helen wasn't so good today. She wouldn't eat and her eyes were just little slits because of the matter in them. It's not really visible matter, but you can tell her eyelids are stuck together. I took a wet washcloth and washed them which seemed to help her. The Hospice ladies came while I was there. They moved her over to her back which helped her legs - today she actually complained to me that her legs hurt. I wish Bob would move her to a nursing facility so she would get better care. I know he doesn't want to do the paperwork, but I don't think I should be having to do the things I'm doing.
Yesterday, Sudi and I were at lunch and saw another high school friend and her family. It's always nice to see her and I absolutely loved having her mom for my music teacher/choir director. It was nice to see her happy again.
I've been working on my secret sister's quilt - I think I should be able to have it put together tomorrow. Then I'll have to figure out how to quilt it. More later...
Monday, November 23, 2009
Today was another beautiful day. My car said it was 62 degrees out! It's really hard for me to believe that it's the 4th week of November! The weather experts, however, are calling for a dramatic change for the rest of the week. Gee, I may have to get a coat out before we leave for Florida!
Aunt Helen wasn't very good today. When I walked in the aides told me she was really grouchy today. When I went into her room, she was sleeping very soundly and it took me a little while to wake her. Once she got clear awake though, she was pretty good - just seems to be very weak. She was also kind of confused today - she told me she was going out for dinner tonight. She couldn't remember who, but someone was coming to pick her up! I was able to get her to eat some ice cream and drink about 10 swallows of water, but that's all. She was mostly uncovered too, which I thought was pretty odd. She usually tells me that she's so cold, but not today. When I felt her arms, though, they were cool to the touch. I don't know what to make of that!
Well, I'm watching Dancing with the Stars, so more later...
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Church today was very good - we actually had three new couples in the congregation today. I also found out that Cameron (a young man whose wife grew up in our church) worked for Tyler Kruckenberg in Ames. It's such a small world! Our choir sand two really difficult songs today. "Christ Is King" was beautiful and "Ride On King Jesus" was interesting! There's a part of the song where we have 8 different groups singing separately - kind of like a round, only I call it cacophony!! The congregation liked it, so I guess that's the important thing! We also sang an introductory verse to "Crown Him With Many Crowns" and a benediction response. Normally we don't have that much music in one service, but today was just special.
After church, Dave and I went to see Aunt Helen. The aides said she was kind of nasty today, but when I went in and woke her, she was just fine for me. She didn't eat but 1 bite of deviled egg and 1 bite of mashed potatoes and gravy for me. She's having lots of mucus in her mouth, so it is really suppressing her appetite. She was extremely weak today. I don't know if she'll make it until Bob gets home from Florida. But then, she's surprised me before!
Right now, Dave is loading up some things to take to Moravia tomorrow, so he's at work basically. He worked yesterday too. I'll be glad when we can go to Florida so I can actually see him!! I'm watching the Nascar race, but I'm sick of Jimmie Johnson winning everything, so I'm not paying a lot of attention!! Everyone will be booing him next year!
I've got to run for now. More later...
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tonight I had IHCC staff choir practice and then a supper at church. This was a soup supper that we had "purchased" at the mission auction. The hosts presented us with 6 different soups that we could sample. After we'd had our fill of soup, we then were given ice cream and homemade cookies. The 6 soups were wonderful - one was a Virginia B____ Stew (sorry, can't remember the B-word), a tomato bisque, a mashed potato-celery-bacon soup, a vegetable beef soup, a cheese vegetable soup, and an Italian garbonzo soup. There were 20 of us there and after everyone had all they wanted of the soup, they put the leftovers into freezer containers and we each got to bring home 3 containers! So now, we've got soup for 3 different nights this winter! Great time - good fellowship and soup-er food!!! More later...
Today I've got PT and then I'll head for Fairfield somewhere around noon, hopefully to have lunch with my friends, to see Aunt Helen. Bob said she was really bad yesterday. He couldn't get her awake, had to get the aides to help him. Of course, he leaves this morning for Florida for a week!
Gotta run - I'll be late for PT but wanted to ge this posted before my friend checked it this morning! Did I make it in time?
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Following all of that, I had to wait for the TV repairman to come from Washington. He called me and told me he was running a little late! He was supposed to be here between 1:00 and 2:00 and he got here about 2:45. I helped him load the TV and then at 3:05 headed to Fairfield to see Aunt Helen. She was real good today. She ate a whole cup of ice cream and drank a whole glass of iced tea. By the time I got home, it was 5:10 and I had to be at a dinner at the Country Club at 6:00, so I ran upstairs, changed clothes, combed my hair and took off again. I got home about 8:15 just in time to see most of DWTS. Bummer, Derek and Joanna got booted tonight. I didn't dream it would be them! I figured Kelly or Donnie would be gone. Oh well, there's always next season!
I'd better quit for tonight. More later...
Monday, November 16, 2009
Since it was raining, I was determined not to go out of the house today, and basically I accomplished that goal! I had a fun day, though. I made several cards, got part of my secret sister's quilt ready, and even played some games on Facebook. Tonight's Dancing with the Stars was a good one. I'm sorry that it will probably be Donny Osmond who will be done after tomorrow's show. He messed up in his first dance and then came back with solid 9's on both of his other dances. I think he's better than Kelly Osbourne, but she had slightly better scores than he did tonight. It'll all depend on the audience vote. Who knows, it could be Joanna or Mya going home. Mya had 5 tens out of 9 (with the rest being 9's) I'm afraid she will win the trophy this year. I think she's very good, but there's something about her I don't like. Oh well!
Tomorrow is a very busy day for me - physical therapy, a massage, the TV repairman coming to pick up our TV and sorority tomorrow night. Sometime in there I've got to go see Aunt Helen too. More later...
Sunday, November 15, 2009
I did house-type things: I emptied the dishwasher, cleaned up the kitchen, etc. Like I said, earlier, just a boring day! I even got bored with Facebook! In fact, even the Sprint Cup race was boring. I'm a Hendrick Motorsports fan, but I'm getting sick of Jimmie Johnson winning everything. He's won something like 9 races this season, plus all he has to do is finish 25th or better and he'll win his 4th consecutive Sprint Cup Championship - boring! It's time for someone else to win.
I didn't go to Fairfield to see Aunt Helen and I haven't heard from Bob. It was his turn to go, but since I haven't heard from him yet, I'm afraid he didn't go either. Poor lady, neither of us was there yesterday either.
I've got a busy week this week. Besides seeing Aunt Helen every day starting Tuesday, I've got a massage this week, physical therapy 3x, sorority, and I'm the demonstrator at card club Friday morning. Then there's choir practice at church on Wednesday night and at IHCC Thursday night and following the Indian Hills practice is a dinner that we bought at our annual Mission Auction. I'm tired just thinking about this week! More later...
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
I got to watch the Cyclone basketball team win their home opener tonight while I caught up with my Facebook friends and games. Dave slept in his chair. He'll be ready to go in the morning. I was sorry to hear that Harrison Barnes isn't going to ISU - it's always fun to have a hometown boy on the team. He would have had a wonderful career at Iowa State. I was also sorry to hear that the Dowling Maroons got beat tonight. Their quarterback is the son of some of my friends. They were undefeated until tonight, but then so was Marshalltown, their opponent.
Tomorrow is another exciting day...we're going to the football game at Iowa State. So I get to see my niece and her family as well as some ex-ISU football players. I can hardly wait. I sure hope I sleep tonight! More later...
Thursday, November 12, 2009
This evening I had fun too. I went to choir practice at Indian Hills. I'm going to sing in the Staff Choir on December 10th at the annual IHCC Christmas Concert. I did this a couple of years ago, but the last 2 years we've been in Florida when the concert was held so I didn't get to participate. It's always fun - there are some really talented people on staff at the Hills or retired from there. We're singing 5 songs!!
Tomorrow will also be a fun day. After I finish with physical therapy in the morning, Sudi and I are going to Amana to Heritage Designs. They're having a sale on fabric!! Just what we both need! Then on the way home, we're going to the outlet mall at Williamsburg. Should be lots of fun!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Today was another physical therapy day. Amy changed all my exercises to include a 2# weight instead of a 1# weight. It's amazing what a difference 1# can make! Then she added a couple of stretches. I think she's trying to get me to where I'll be okay when I'm all done with physical therapy in a couple of weeks. Sudi and Howard came over for lunch and then I went to Fairfield to see Aunt Helen. She was very talkative today. The aides said she ate most of a bowl of oatmeal this morning and she drank several swallows of apple juice for me. I hope they fed her some ice cream after I left. She was even very witty today! I told her I might take a nap when I got home and she told me to be sure to go home first, she didn't want me napping while I was driving!
Tonight was choir practice. Michael Philipsen was there to help us with the song we're singing this Sunday. He told me to come to staff choir rehearsal tomorrow night, so I think I will. It's a fun opportunity to see some of the people I used to work with and another opportunity to sing! The concert is December 10th, so I should be here this year!
Well, as Dave says, I'm toast!! I'm off to bed. More later...
Monday, November 9, 2009
I had a really bad night last night. For some reason I couldn't go to sleep, so I was still awake at 2:00. I finally ended up sleeping in my chair, but I'm sure it was closer to 3:00 when I finally went to sleep. That was a bad thing because I had physical therapy again this morning - good job, Amy! I'm up to 5# bicep curls and 2# of most everything else. My arm is a little tender tonight. I've still got to go exercise then off to bed.
Visiting Aunt Helen was good today. She appeared to me to be very weak today. When she talked it was hardly above a whisper...but she DID talk! We talked for about 30 minutes, maybe more. Then she said she was getting sleepy. I told her I was too and I told her that I couldn't sleep last night. She said, "You can't go to sleep yet, you have to drive to Ottumwa. I can just close my eyes!!" Pretty smart cookie sometimes! When she told me that she was going to go to sleep now, I told her goodbye and came home. I wanted to watch both Dr Phil and Oprah today, so I turned on the big TV and after about 20 minutes or so, a big pillar of solid pixels appeared near the middle of the screen - it's about 5" wide and obstructs whatever happens to be in the center of the screen. Dave called Samsung when he got home and they're supposed to have a technician contact me in a couple of days. We just got this tv in April, and since it's a 52" LCD, I don't want to have to replace it.
That's it for tonight - more later...
Sunday, November 8, 2009
These pictures are of the items we made at card-making on Saturday morning. Everything is made with Stampin' Up papers, inks, ribbons, and stamps. This first one is a folder which holds 2 pieces of Ghiradelli chocolate or something similar. It's pretty cool. I think it would make a good stocking stuffer. The next one is a card which is quite complicated, although you can't tell by this picture. We stamped snowflakes on the raspberry background, then covered it with a piece of clear acetate stamped with the trees. If you click on the picture to enlarge it, you can kind of tell that there are two layers here. We also did a couple of these in navy blue.
And last, but not least, is my favorite. This is a Christmas card that opens up where the trees are so you can write your Christmas note inside. It fits in a regular business envelope. We also did these in a traditional red. It's an easy-peasy card, but very cool!!
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Yesterday was action packed - I had physical therapy at 8:30, PEO at 9:30 and a luncheon at 11:30! I didn't go to Fairfield because I thought Bob would be going...well, he didn't, and today he couldn't go, so I went this afternoon. Aunt Helen was pretty good today. She was very talkative and helped us move her over in her bed. The ladies at the "home" said she was kind of grumpy, but she didn't seem grumpy to me. She smiled when I said hello to her. I told her who I was and she said, "I know." We talked about when she taught school way back when. She taught 2 of my aunts and one of my uncles on my dad's side of the family. Bob's going to go over tomorrow. Her caretaker today looked so familiar - she said her name was Gloria (Lamb). She looks just like her mother did!
Today was my card-making group at Juliene's. We made Christmas cards, a cute Christmas wreath, and a gift card holder. What fun! After that I started out to Sue's to see all her grandchildren. On the way out there I called Dave to see what he was doing. He said he was going out to Sue's too, so I came back into town and picked him up and we went together. Sue and Craig's grandkids are so cute! There are 2 boys and 5 girls all 6 and under. The two oldest kids are girls who play together...they're less than a year apart. The next two are a boy and a girl (again less than a year apart), then a 3 year old boy and a 3 year old girl...and a darling baby girl who is about 10 months old. They are all so fun and loveable. Dave and I get hugs from all of them! We are always glad to get our grandchildren fix at the Sylvesters!! Thanks for sharing with us!
Since Dave was with me anyway, he went with me to Fairfield. We ate a late lunch at Kokopelli's - and we ate outside - in Iowa - on November 7th!!! That was really something - we had an absolutely beautiful day today and it sounds like another beautiful one tomorrow. When we finally got home, I turned on the tv to watch the ISU football game. That was a disaster. I had said all week that I thought we'd get clobbered - and we did. I also said that Iowa would win by 30 - I guess I was only .500 on my picks this week. Since the ISU game was so boring, I turned to ESPN and watched the Breeders' Cup Championship. What a beautiful horse that Zenyatta is. I hope she gets "Horse of the Year" honors...she didn't want to get into the chute, then when the gates opened, she didn't really want to come out. She did, but she came out with the wrong lead so she was last for almost 3/4 of the race. Then she started making her move and ended up winning! She is a hoot to watch before a race - she kind of struts with her front feet - I would think she'd be a very uncomfortable ride in the pre-race parade! The jockey even made the comment that she heard the crowd roar as she started toward the lead and kind of wanted to stop and pose for them!! Cool race and cool horse!! Quite a personality. This is the first time in the Breeders' Cup history that a filly has won!
Well, I'd better quit for tonight. More later...
Thursday, November 5, 2009
On another thought, I had physical therapy at 8:00 this morning...it sure felt good until she gave me a 2# weight instead of a 1# weight! No, actually it felt good anyway. I had gone to choir practice last night, and when I'm there I hold my music book for about 1 1/2 hours straight, which puts a lot of tension on my shoulder. Therefore, Thursdays are always sore days. Then a little while later, I had a follow-up appointment with my oral surgeon, just to see how I'm getting along. He said I was doing great! So, basically he released me - all I have to do is rinse twice a day with warm salt water....oh, and finish my round of antibiotic!
After all of this, I went to Fairfield where I had lunch with Sudi and then went to visit Aunt Helen. She was doing pretty well today - she was talkative, but pretty weak. The hospice workers came in while I was there. They told me they were surprised that she was still with us, although they admit that her heart rate hasn't changed and her vitals are great. Since she hasn't eaten enough to keep a flea alive, they feel she should be gone by now. She just isn't ready yet!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Here's one of the cards I made today. This is for my great-nephew who just happens to be on the Iowa State University football team. I love the paper that is the background of this card - it looks and feels just like a football! I hope he likes it. I'm sure he'll like what's inside of it!!
Choir practice tonight was really good. I felt a little better about singing again. The main problem I have is holding the book for an hour and a half...the muscle in my shoulder isn't used to having tension for that long of a time! We're really singing some interesting songs before Christmas...some I really like and some not so much!!
Tomorrow I've got physical therapy and a follow-up appointment with the oral surgeon. I think he'll be happy with the way my extraction spot is healing. I'm happy with it. It wasn't nearly as bad as I figured it would be. The only issue I'm having at all is where the gum in front of the extraction site is bruised, but even that is healing quite nicely. After I get done there, I'll go to Fairfield to see my aunt and hopefully have lunch with Sudi and Howard. My dental appointment isn't until 11:15, so I'll probably get to Fairfield a little after noon. Tomorrow night, Al B. is coming over to fix a couple of our windows.
That's it for tonight. I'm tired and want to just relax for a while. More later....
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
It was a good day! Now I'm off to bed. More later...
Monday, November 2, 2009
I had an Evangelism meeting tonight and then home to watch Dancing with the Stars! And speaking of stars, I hope everyone noticed the moon tonight. It is a Harvest Moon and is just beautiful.
Tomorrow I've got physical therapy at 8:00 and then at 9:00 I'm going to Waverly with Bob to watch Kaylee play soccer! This will be the first time I've seen her play since she's been in college. More later...
Sunday, November 1, 2009
We then left Libertyville and went to Fairfield to see Aunt Helen. She was not having a good day today. In fact she was pretty grumpy. She first told me that she wanted me to go away. Then when she figured out who I was she said I could stay, but she wanted everyone else to leave. We were there for about 2 hours and she was cantankerous the whole time! Several times she said she wanted to go to sleep now and we should leave! Ann was able to get her to brush her teeth and then to drink some apple juice. She hadn't taken her meds when we got there but she did for Ann. I just feel so badly for her.
When we got home, Dave got to take a little nap while I watched most of the Nascar race. It was a good race - lots of strategy and drafting at 197 mph! This afternoon Dave and I attended an Eagle Scout ceremony for our neighbor's son. It was a nice ceremony, but unfortunately we had to listen to the end of the race on the radio going from the Eagle Scout ceremony to the next event. This event was at the Club and was a friend's 80th birthday party. That was quite a soiree! This friend has 6 sons who are all very successful, so it was a bash - heavy hors doeuvres and champagne toasts and the whole 9 yards.
Since Sunday night is my favorite TV night, I then got to watch Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters while Dave slept in his chair. In fact, he's still sleeping. Perhaps I should wake him up so he can go to bed! More later...