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Saturday, October 21, 2017

On the home front and Saturday freebie

Yesterday my brother and his wife went to see Dad. Earlier today when we talked about that visit, it was clear he was delusional at times. He told them his girlfriend had died and he was a pallbearer. They didn't know what to say and then he said, But I know that's not true because she is here. (In same nursing home as he is - Not) He also said he'd been walking up and down the halls and would be starting physical therapy again soon. He cannot walk unassisted and barely then. No more physical therapy. Naturally my brother was disturbed.

We've made some progress on the house, but there is so much to be done! I'm going over tomorrow to work most of the day. Today was devoted to getting ready for dinner with our grandson who was home from college for a few days. My husband made Tyler's favorite meal - chicken parmesean with a side dish of spinach and potatoes cooked with garlic and a little olive oil. Afterwards, we watched baseball together as we talked bcause my husband's favorite baseball team, the Yankees, was in playoffs. Tyler will head back to University of South Carolina tomorrow but we plan to see him the end of the month around the time of his birthday.

Today's zip of Halloween 2017 is a little bump in the night with ghost and costumed character of the grim reaper.


Friday, October 20, 2017

Friday freebie

It's about 3:30 a.m. and I just got home from visiting with brother and his wife over at Dad's house. The delay getting here this time was need for SIL to have emergency oral surgery for an abcess. It was bad enough to require a bone graft! Will be spending most of day with them today, visiting Dad and working in the house. Thom has already done a good bit of sorting and throwing out stuff. Much more to do.

Here is your freebie:

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Thursday freebie

Doesn't it figure? Everything is happening at once. Grandson Tyler was supposed to get in from college last night; we expect a call telling us which night he will be coming for the chicken parm dinner hubby promised him. My friend, Joyce is due in tomorrow from North Carolina. She's coming in to stay with our friend, Mary (Queen of our Red Hat group) and go to an event. Hoped to meet with her for lunch while she is here but my schedule is going to be tight for awhile. Brother Thom and his wife, Roberta, got into town last night. Have no idea what the delay was but they want to meet to discuss all that needs doing at Dad's house. Today I have to focus on cleaning my house because it's awful. Got to at least get the front (visible) part done.

So, here is today's zip:

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Midweek freebie of Halloween 2017

The background paper will work nicely for any fall related page, don't you think? Inside the zip you will also find a png of the tambourine I put in the child's hand.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

It's all about the candy . . . (freebie)

* Sorry about error - link fixed

Today I'm grateful for cooler temperatures. Would have been a good day to go to Dad's house and work but I just wasn't up for it. Feel exhausted and sure, some of it is this cold, but I think it's mostly weariness of heart. I know, just have to suck it up and do what needs doing. Sometimes easier said than done. Have a regular folowup with my primary care doc tomorrow - typical blood tests and so forth - and will talk to him about this exhaustion but doubt he will find anything amiss. Among other things, I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Immune Disorder Syndrome years ago - it has a new name now - and that seems to go hand in hand with fibro so maybe that's what's going on. At heart, I think this malaise is probably more about not being able to do more for Dad and feeling abandoned by my brother and his wife. I'm at the point right now that if they do call, I really don't want to talk to them. Don't want more excuses and I sure don't want to hear what a nice visit they are having with my nephew's family and how Bryan has taken them here or there or whatever. That sounds petty on my part but at least I'm being honest. That's the end of my whining - for today at least - and on to something more cheerful.

Dressing up for Halloween is fun but it's really all about the candy, isn't it? So sad that the world has gotten so ugly we fear our children going door to door, even in our own neighborhood. And parents must warn children not to eat a thing until the parent carefully examines everything a child brings home. I'm old enough to remember being invited into known neighbor's houses to rest a bit and have some punch and a cupcake or cookies before going on to collect more candy. We would get whole chocolate bars, not minis. (The price on chocolate this year is crazy!) It seems we'd have candy for weeks. Our Moms insisted on taking a portion and setting it aside (hiding it lol) for a later time. Everyone got into the act, with adults dressing up to escourt their children around. Now it's illegal many places for anyone over 12 to wear costumes on the street. One Halloween when I was in elementary school my Uncle Bobby (Dad's eccentric, artsy younger brother) dolled up his Volkswagon Beetle with lips and eyelashes; he and his wife dressed up as Beatniks and drove around everywhere. Another time, when I was in high school and had a Halloween party (where I met my husband for the first time), Uncle Bobby showed up on stilts dressed as a goul. He was such fun! But I'm babbling. Here is your zip of Halloween 2017:

Monday, October 16, 2017

Dreary Monday and freebie

Weather is wonky - drizzling and grey, cooler temps at night. Spent a croupy night, chest tight and coughing. Hot tea, essential oils, steamy shower. Finally got some sleep after 10 a.m. Ditching on dinner out with hubby's fellow retirees. Now just have to figure out what we will have for dinner.

Today we have one of a pack of borders I created when I thought that and papers were all I was going to do.

Thought for today with thoughts of Kristi and her current situation:
You are doing all you can with great love but don't neglect yourself.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Late post for Saturday freebie

Once again, I'm seriously late. Yesterday (Saturday) went to visit my Dad and take him a few things. He looked good, was sitting up, watching TV. That went smoothly. Went over to his house and worked several hours, boixng clothing for thrift store, boxing up movies that might sell at a yardsale, cleaning out drawers in the main bathroom vanity. Stopped at store to pick up a few items. Came home in drizzle, damp to skin, with a headache coming on. Gave up and went to bed. By the time I got up and ate a little cereal, it was near midnight.

Here is Saturday zip with a wonderfully spooky ghost courtesy of Creative Intenionz: