Archive for June, 2009

Good news! Gpa has been sprung from the hospital. I will not go into the gory details of how he got better but use your imagination. It involves coughing and gross stuff. So he is on his way home with B and J. It is a very long trip and hopefully he will do fine. He has three canisters of oxygen and will be set up with oxygen at home at least until friday. I am glad he is feeling better. He ate well today and felt like he had energy. That is good news. Looks like he will be sticking around for a while.

Air Force Girl and A got home from Navy Girls about 4:30 today. They have left already. They went to a movie. I worked an extra hour today, and Hubby went to pick up the dogs. He should be home anytime now. I had my usual I am home by myself dinner, microwave popcorn. In a while I will do my sit ups and push ups. I went to Curves today and it made me feel better. 12-13 hours in a car is pure torture.

I will write more tomorrow.

Happy thoughts for a happy day!


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Family Reunion

It has been a mostly fun and interesting trip with a few bad parts. First everyone made it here safe. But we had to put Gpa in the hospital. He has COPD and was having shortness of breath. Navy Girl checked him out this morning and it was decided we would make a trip to the emergency room. Besides being a singing Nuke she is an EMT as well. He will be ok. He has to stay in the hospital at least until tomorrow. He has an infection in his chest and he needs some breathing treatments that sitting in the emergency room just won’t do. The doctor told him he needs to quit smoking now, unfortunately he won’t. He just doesn’t want to be here enough to quit. It makes me sad but those are the facts. I love him dearly but he has wanted to die since MOM did. Hubby and I have to go home tomorrow and that will be hard. B is once again taking the brunt of his health care. I am so very grateful that she can and does. She and her hubby will take him and brother G’s kids back home either Sunday or Monday. Depends on when Gpa is let out of the hospital. Again let me stress that he will be ok. As much as Gpa is ever ok.

After we spent the bulk of the afternoon at the hospital B and Air Force Girl brought Navy Girl, Gpa and I some food and then we sent Navy and Air Force Girl home while B and I waited for Gpa to be admitted. We then headed back to the reunion and were able to say goodbye to people we had barely had a chance to say hello too. I hope they all had a good time. I know that except for the time at the hospital with Gpa I have. We arrived about 3:30 yesterday and checked Gpa into his hotel. The nice part is everyone from the reunion is in a block. We left the hotel with two nieces, A and A and got her in time to help M with preparations for today. We are staying in M’s camper and it has been very nice. It has great air conditioning in it. M has a swimming pool that has been used by a lot of people. I am thinking I might get in it soon now that it is almost dark. No chance of burning in the dark. We played Apples to Apples, man that is a fun game. Then to bed about midnight. The stupid peacock next door woke us up bright and early. I did not know what noisy bird they were till now. Did you know they climb trees?

Today was so very hot. I am pretty sure it hit 100 degrees. I have no idea how people can stand it. The heat index was around 110 or so. So Army Girl I am even more amazed that you can do your job. You rock!

We will be going to see Gpa in the morning and I will let everyone know how he is doing when we get home very late tomorrow night. If I don’t get a post on then please assume that everything is going great with him. OK?

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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On our way

Out of the hot and into the hotter! We are on our way to the family reunion. It is going to be a long day of driving. But it will be a lot of fun. Hubby and I did some brainstorming for future posts. We were talking about how writing like this kinda comes naturally to me. My Grandma wrote a column for her local newspaper for many many years. It was called “May I help You?” and she would find the answers to questions for you. This was way before the age of internet so she had to do actual research. I know that she never hesitated to pick up the phone and call people to find answers as well as trips to the library. Looking back on it now I would love to see those columns again. I would also love to see her contact list. Although I don’t know if she kept an actual list. *sigh* It was all so long ago. We will miss her and Grandpa and Mom this weekend. As well as everyone else who can’t make it.

Air Force Girl made it to Navy Girls place with a few fits and starts. She got lost and I am so proud of her. She didn’t panic, she back tracked and found a police officer to help her when her cell phone died. She was able to call Navy Girl who then went to where she was. She didn’t fall apart until after it was all over. I am so proud of her. It is important knowledge that she gained. She can keep it together in a crisis. It is always something good to know about yourself. I think this will just give her added confidence. She did everything right. How cool is that?

I will try to get in another update either late today or tomorrow. Depends on how much stuff we need to help M with. I am so excited to see everyone!

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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I hate hot weather! It makes me feel icky and sick. Yes icky is a technical term. We have not put the air conditioners in because I am still painting the trim around the windows. Plus we are going to Missouri this weekend so in theory we should be acclimated to the hot humid weather there. I sure hope so! I am looking forward to seeing everyone and dreading the weather. All I can do is avoid the triggers that make me sick and drink lots of water.

We went to Air Force Girls soccer banquet tonight. The last thing for high school. It was kinda bittersweet. She is so ready to be done with it all. Hubby and I on the other hand are rather bemused at how fast everything is going. They had one of the best soccer teams since they started girls soccer, the coach wants more. He was new this year and we have been marveling at just how far they have come since he started. It is to bad it was this late in the game for Air Force Girl. The coach they had before was a really nice guy but he had to be begged into staying the last two years. I hope that this coach will start looking at the younger girls 3rd, 4th and 5th graders and training some coaches that will work with them.

Hubby and I are taking the dogs to R & D’s for the weekend. It will be nice to have a trip out of town. I am not looking forward to the trip home. I will write about what a fun time that is after. I am going to think happy positive things about it. That and the weather. I love hot weather, I love hot weather, I love hot weather. hmmm it’s not working. Bummer. Maybe tomorrow it will. 😉 (insert smiley here). I wish I knew how to program stuff. I would know how to get actual smilies in there. Oh well, this weekend I will be reading highly stimulating stuff like six sigma for dummies and a few books just for fun. I love reading and I love reading in the car. I know it drives Hubby crazy. For some reason everybody can’t do it. I decided a long time ago that my desire to read was way more than my desire to throw up.

We will miss Army Girl terribly this weekend. She suggested we make a flat Army Girl just like flat Stanley. I will if I have time in the morning other wise hopefully Navy Girl will. Or maybe we will have to do it at M’s. We love you so much Army Girl. We are so proud of you! I will try to update this at Gpa’s tomorrow and if there is time and I am sober on Saturday too. Please do not be upset if I don’t get back to this until Monday night. I will try but I can not guarantee it.

We found out yesterday that Air Force Girls leave date has been pushed back to August 25. It is good and bad. She is so ready to go, and there are days we are so ready for her to go. But at the same time if I could put her in a box and keep her safe always I would. It did not work with the other two, for some reason they keep walking over the lines, but hey you never know! Bratty kids insisting on growing up. The worst part about having your kids grow up is now you have to too.

The spell checker on this thing is rather odd. It doesn’t like the “th” in 4th and 5th, but doesn’t mind the “rd” in 3rd. I wish you could add words to your blog like you can in word programs. Well kiddies it is time for bed, I still have to wash my face and brush my teeth.

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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I am not a total Pollyanna when it comes to life. Bad things happen to good people even if they are trying their best. That is life. But I also believe that when bad things happen if you don’t start looking for the bright side you will just continue down that slippery slope into despair and things just get worse. I have felt the pull of despair on more than one occasion. It is easy to just let it go and wallow. I know lots of people that we say are only happy when they are miserable. I make the decision everyday not to be like that.

Experts say when you are swept out to sea by a riptide you should just relax and go with the flow. The water will spit you out relatively quickly. Now granted it is a terrifyingly scary experience but if you just go with the flow you can survive. Most people die when they fight against it. I have found when I am swimming when I relax into the water instead of fighting against it I can go farther and faster. I have found that when my bowling ball and I are not fighting each other and the lanes I do much better. Now I am not saying we don’t or can’t have any influence on events, that is where a positive attitude comes into play. We project an energy that can affect what happens. If we project negative energy that is what is going to come back at us, if we project positive energy that is what will come back. I have done both and believe me positive results are much better.

When you don’t know what is going to happen and you are just waiting for a decision to be made that you have no say in, it is very hard to be positive. This is the time when you really need to keep it positive. Watch happy movies, play happy songs, talk to positive people. I know that it is really hard to do so but it will and does make a huge difference. That is huge with an H. What happened to them? So many of the announcers on TV seem to have lost them. But I digress, laughter really is the best medicine, it has been proven in studies. Many cancer patients have lived longer and better through a program of laughter.

One of my favorite songs is “I get knocked down but I get up again” by Chumbawamba. It is a great song! Playing music like that is a great way of getting yourself in a good positive mood. Life is good. Don’t forget that.

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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Me and my big mouth

I have learned my lesson on putting my money where my mouth is. Again. Navy Girl is here for the weekend and was bored. I said oh sure you’re bored I can think of lots of things for you to do. She said like what? And the first thing that came to mind was painting the trim on the house. Now I do not have any extra funds right now for things like that. She jumped at the idea and offered to buy the paint. So we went to the hardware store and got some paint, two different colors of blue to go with my blue siding. And now the front window and the shutters and the trim around the door, and the two lower windows are blue.

We put the first coat on yesterday and the second coat on this morning. Did I mention it is in the upper 80’s? Over the next few weeks I am going to try to get everything scraped and painted. I wish I tanned. It would be a good excuse to put on a swim suit and get one. However I turn this wonderful lobster red, peel and am still white as a ghost underneath. Needless to say I am tired! I had not planned on painting the trim but when it is done it will look nice. And I will feel like I have accomplished something instead of just whining about it.

Life is always better when you are proactive about things. Instead of whining about the shabby looking trim around the windows, paint them. Instead of wishing for a new job or a better job or a job in general update your resume and look for one. That is the other thing I am going to do today. I really like the job I have but I need to work full time. We are just getting to far behind. I hate it. Like everyone I hate writing my resume. I am really good at seeing the marketability of someone or something but looking at myself? I just don’t see it. But it has to be done. So again I will be proactive about this and not just sit and whine.

Happy Fathers Day Daddy. I love you so very much. You have done a great job trying to be there for us all since Mom died. See you soon!

Happy Fathers Day Hubby. Thank you for being such a great DAD! I love you!

Happy thoughts for a happy day.

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Do overs

One of the biggest and best things about having friends is ‘do overs.’ My BFF and I have been just that for the last 25 years. We have had ups and downs and we have hurt each others feelings and said dumb things and disagree on lots of issues, LOTS of issues. But anytime we have done those things we have been able to declare a do over. Do overs are one of the most valuable and least used tools in the friendship tool kit. When you are growing up do overs are essential part of the game. You whiff at kicking the ball, the ball goes out of bounds and into the mean neighbors yard, your mom calls just as you are taking a swing at a the winning run, you weren’t ready when the ball was pitched, so you call a do over.

Do overs are important for friendships as well. Sometimes we say and do things we aren’t proud of, but forgiveness and do overs are the bedrock of friendship. If we can’t forgive our friends for doing dumb things how can we expect to keep them. What happens when we do dumb things if we can’t expect forgiveness from our friends? Sometimes a misunderstanding gets in the way of rational thinking, emotions are a powerful thing. None of us want to see our friends hurt and sometimes we take sides in an argument or misunderstanding with out having all the facts. Then we inadvertently hurt our other friends. Those are the times we need a do over more than anything.

A friend who is willing to call a do over is very hard to come by. They are the ones to be treasured and nurtured. Because sometimes we do something and need the do over ourselves. Being willing to call a do over doesn’t mean you are a push over, it just means we value our friends enough to give them the benefit of the doubt and forgiveness makes us all better people.

Happy thoughts for a happy day.

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