Monday, November 29, 2010

A rainy November Day

Had knee surgery the day before thanksgiving, and am recovering now. Go see the doc tomorrow for the low down on the thing. This is the 6th surgery I have had on it.  LOTS of arthritis.

Right now I am just sitting here, listening to the rain. I think I have gone through enough re-assessing and am settled on where I am right now: middles aged, good family life, good work life. The only thing that would make work better would to be able to work from home more often.

Will be glad when my knee is better so I can  go geocaching again, but at least i am getting alot of stitching done =)

Arent these the coolest geocoins??

I want!


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Reassessing goals

I have been thinking about my life lately. Its a pretty good life; my kids are mostly grown, and we all have a good relationship. My husband and I have been married over 25 years--not all of it roses, but overall, pretty good, and better now than ever before.




I am surrounded by four-footed babies. I have a good job, that I like and have  friends at work and at home.

All in all, sounds like I have a great life, and I have no complaints true, but I fell like I am missing something.



I have chronic pain, and several other conditions that create pain. I am always in pain, despite pain meds and trips to the pain clinic. I am at the point where the docs say this is as good as it will ever be.

It does impact my work and family life, and my internal balance, because I want/need to be productive. I am sure it takes a toll on the family as well.



I stitch, but not as much as I need to , or want to. Some of that is time management--some days I come home from work and crash for a couple hours, some of it is pain in my hands, some of it is the brain fog I have some days.

I write, both fiction and non-fiction, and would LOVE to make my living writing. To that end I have been trying to clear my mind and body as much as is possible to have the time and focus to write.


I have been writing, both genres, and the more I do it, the easier it has become--LOL, not necessarily better, but easier.


Does anyone else write? Make their living from home? I would love to hear from you.


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The boys have left me

In my last post, I wrote about my unexpected geocaching find--a momma cat and her kittens, near to starvation.

I took them in and fattened them up. They mellowed out and started playing, venturing out of my home office for forays of toe sniping and pants leg climbing. Emily still guards them from all the four-footed inhabitants of the home.


My  friend Scarlet, the Domestic Goddess that she is, offered to give my boys a home together. Considering that Louie  is dependent on Cheeze, that was a really sweet thing for her to do.

And then........

we found out Louie was a Louisa! Yep, he was a she. Thankfully Miss Scarlet still wants my boys (girls). AND I get to visit them and see them grow up  

Emily is still with us, and swiftly worming her way into my husband's heart.



I just want to say:   Thanks Scarlett!!!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Rescues!!!!

While we were Geocaching last weekend, a skinny, straggly little cat came ZOOMING down to where we were, meowing her poor little head off.   Poor thing was nothing but skin, bones, and burrs. Poor girl looks to be only about 7-8 months old herself. Her fur was still mostly soft, so it looks some loser, poor excuse for a human dumped her when they found out she was going to have kittens.

She was very affectionate and we soon learned she had babies somewhere in the woods.We didn't find them, but fed her that day and came back the next morning. Sure enough she was there, starving again.  This time three little ones came peeking out. They wouldn't let us too near (actually a good thing) so we left momma with wet and dry food and water.

The next day was Sunday, and as this site is right off a church's parking lot, we waited to go feed Emily (as momma is now called). We saw her and only two of the babies. Another couple from the church had come down to feed her too-apparently she had walked all the way up to the church and had been trying to get in. The other day the missing kitten had been the bravest, following momma everywhere--even up to us to eat wet food--- I can only hope someone found and took home that third baby  =(

We decided it was not safe for momma and her kits to be there, especially with momma's behavior, so we took them in. The kittens look the be about 4 weeks or so. We have gone back to the nest site several times looking for the little missing one with no luck.

So I am going to put some weight on momma and get the kitts weaned in a few weeks and then try to find the homes. I would love to keep all three, but I have 7, all from similar backgrounds.

Here are a few pics:  We have named momma Emily, any suggestions for the boys??

The boys
Better pic of the boys


Emily. She is very affectionate, very vocal, and very young.
Emily again. Pretty girl

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Double Dose: A finish and a haircut

I have another small finish--this one for MY office:






And my husband cut off ALL his hair; it was close to being to his waist:

BEFORE:


After:



Yep--he is still playing the SAME game, same computer, all the time

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

A small finish

My husband has one of THOSE jobs, so I made him this small to keep in his office:


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Pictures from My Daughter's Wedding

Just a few pics from my daughter's wedding March 26, 2010























Sunday, March 28, 2010

I have been nominated for a Blog Award!!!

I been nominated for my VERY FIRST bog award---I am soooooo excited!!!

So here is the scoop:




Here's how the award works. The rules are simple.
1. You must accept the award. ABSOLUTELY!!
2. Thank the person who gave you the award. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to TAMMY
3. Add a link to the person who gave you the award. Go check out ALL her bloggy goodness!
4. Paste the award on your blog. finito
5. Write 10 things about yourself that others might not know. 




  • I am a NATURAL redhead
  • I am envious of the life of 1950's housewives
  • Mexican is my all time favorite food
  • I JUST discovered Sangria, and love it
  • I do not like to travel for business very often =(
  • I am happy that my kids are all older--I enjoy my kids as teens and young adults
  • Spring/Early Summer is my favorite season
  • I really want to finish my novel, but worry I never will
  • I enjoy academic writing
  • Facebook Quizzes says I have Aspergers (!)
  • bonus: I have achieved Crazy Cat Lady Status at my twins Highschool
6. Pass the award on to 10 others. 



  1. History Undressed 
  2. Georgia Regency Society
  3. Needle and Thread
  4. Scandalous Women
  5. Rittenhouse Needlepoint
  6. Color, Texture, Stitch
  7. Enchanting Lair
  8. Focus on Finishing
  9. Just String
  10. I can has Cheezburger

Saturday, March 27, 2010

My Daughter's Surprise Wedding

Imagine:

Your 21 year old daughter comes to you on a Sunday night and says " how would you feel if I got married this Friday?"

WHAT???

Well mine did just that.

AND she pulled it off. I will be putting some photos up later, after i have downloaded the,

But the long and short of it is: my daughter is married, the ceremony made me cry, the wedding dinner was awesome for the fact that so many of my beloved Atlanta Family was there, my dad cut short his vacation to come see the ceremony and my daughters best friend came up from college in Savannah.

The only downside: The management at the Spaghetti Warehouse on Delk road in Marietta was horrendous when we complained that dinner was taking too long to get to to us (over 2 hours!!)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Bast Cradle You Jax


I lost one of my fur-babies today.


 Jax had a second bout of urinary blockage, I got him into the vets on Saturday, they have treated him for this before, so I had every reason to expect another full recovery. Except that he didn't. He went into a dazed state, responsive only to pain. We kept hoping. His BUN was 179 today; normal is 36.







We talked with the vet, and decided to ease his pain, if not mine. I was with him at the end. We have a paw print in clay. 


Bast, Sekhmet, we give you back your child.
Noble, regal, honorable cat.
Watch over him, and guide him on his way
to the spirit world.
May he be blessed in your names,
and hunt ever after beside you

I have loved you from the day you came into my life,
and now it is time for me to let you go.
I could not watch you suffer,
I could not see you in pain.
Now you are free.
Your body is no longer sick,
or weak, or hurting.
Now you can run with the others,
playing and hunting as wild things do.
Because I loved you,
I had to let you go.
You will live forever in my heart
(both poems from Patti Wigington, About.com Guide)

Now if I could just stop crying.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Uhgh....just ungh

WARNING! THIS IS A WHINE POST!


Ever have one of those days/weeks/years?  Usually I consider myself pretty optimistic; maybe it is the winter weather wearing me down. I feel unusually overwhelmed.

Work is good, but in a delicate state, home is great, and my son is doing even better. My youngest is going to the college of her choice and my oldest graduates college next week.

I dont know why I am feeling this. I already take Cymbalta--so dont suggest prozac. LOL

I just want to get away from it all, yet there is no defined "it".

Things weighing me down:

  1. I have my final paper due in a week, on an assigned topic I could care less about.
  2. My son's proabation officer is an uneducated twit
  3. My kids school screwed him over when he got in that slap fight last year--they were SUPPOSED to have a Manifestation of Disability Hearing--it may have very well prevented his arrest, jail and probation.
  4. He was arrested because he got in a pushing slap fight with another kid--His second one in 4 years--the "automatic" school rule says if you have more than one fight in 4 years, you get arrested. Nevermind that no one was hurt and the other kid provoked it. AND nevermind he has Asbergers.
  5. My car insurance is due--$600 bucks, my son needs shoes--special ones to accomodate his club foot--$150.00, we need to pay the deductible and co-pays on his heart caths--400.00, my kitty that was sick with urinary issues a while back may have to go in again, my baby kitty needs his last set of shots and his make over from male to neuter-- At least $400.00. All my kids need to go to the dentist, and my two oldest ones need to have their wisdom teeth extracted $??.00
  6. I have some money left over  in savings from my last vet trip, but not another 800 dollars. I also have my tax refund, but i am not supposed to use it b/c we filed a bankruptcy last year and it is supposed to go to the court--I really need to use this for NEEDED things.
  7. I have to go to BUFORD, BUFORD! to see our Bankruptcy lawyers to see if we can possibly keep enough money to pay for the medical/vets/car ins.
  8. My house is never clean. Six people 18 or over live here, and we are all  gone most of the day---the kids all have assigned chores--what the hell??
  9. My husband is a WOW addict.

I do feel grateful for:
  1. My kids
  2. My son's heart is better
  3. my daughter is graduating college
  4. the love of my furry babies
  5. I still have a job that I like
  6. The first daffodils are up in my garden
  7. I will be married 25 years this May


Sigh, whine. call the wambulance. It will pass.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Little Eric is home and doing better

Little Eric is home and recovering from his cardiac caths. Yes plural, he had to have two, two days apart.

For those who do not know, my son Eric has a congenital heart condition that only shows up at puberty: PSVT's  : Paroximal Superventricular Tachacardia.  (From the  Merck website: http://www.merck.com/mmhe/sec03/ch027/ch027d.html )  My comments in red


Paroxysmal supraventricular (atrial) tachycardia is a regular, fast (160 to 220 beats per minute--Erics went into the 300's) heart rate that begins and ends suddenly and originates in heart tissue other than that in the ventricles.


  • Most people have uncomfortable palpations, shortness of breath, and chest pain.

  • Episodes can often be stopped by maneuvers that stimulate the vagus nerve, which slows the heart rate.

  • Sometimes, people are given drugs to stop the episode.

Paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia is most common among young people and is more unpleasant than dangerous. It may occur during vigorous exercise.

Paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia may be triggered by a premature heartbeat that repeatedly activates the heart at a fast rate. This repeated, rapid activation may be caused by several abnormalities. There may be two electrical pathways in the atrioventricular node (an arrhythmia called atrioventricular nodal reentrant supraventricular tachycardia). There may be an abnormal electrical pathway between the atria and the ventricles (an arrhythmia called atrioventricular reciprocating supraventricular tachycardia). Much less commonly, the atria may generate abnormal rapid or circling impulses (an arrhythmia called true paroxysmal atrial tachycardia). This is what he had--He actually three major, fully functioning areas where the electrical current generated, and they competed, resulting in a upward cycle of rapids beats)

The fast heart rate tends to begin and end suddenly and may last from a few minutes to many hours. It is almost always experienced as an uncomfortable palpitation. It is often associated with other symptoms, such as weakness, light-headedness, shortness of breath, and chest pain. Usually, the heart is otherwise normal. The doctor confirms the diagnosis by doing an electrocardiogram (ECG)."

He had a cardiac cath at 15 and again this last week (he is now 18). The one on Wednesday was not successful and he was sent to Emory for a more difficult and intensive cath. So now he has two puncture wounds in his groin/upper thigh- BUT he has not had an episode yet--YAY!! 
After Wednesday's, he left with a heart rate in the 130's--that was his resting rate, any movement, even shifting position shot it up to near 200--the adrenalin used, the hyper-excitability and the state if the heart made him very uncomfortable.  

Here are some visual aids:




 See the catheter crossing from the right atrium to the left? (the upper chambers)--Usually the cardiologist needs to make a hole--we found out that Eric's never closed from birth--it neccesitated a few more tests--the bubble test was VERY weird looking, but it confirmed the hole was small and did not need any surgery--see below for a link to a video of a bubble test--the sparkly little bits after the color?  that's the bubble passing from one atria to the other---http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svUlNwtL-aM

So if I have not been in communication with you--this is part of the reason-->in between snow, ice, business trips to Dallas, more Snow and ice, and this, I have not been as communicative as I should have been.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Two Cats Tuesday: The Sweetest Faces You Ever Did See

Two Cats Tuesday: The Sweetest Faces You Ever Did See

Jan 12, 2010

Two Cats Tuesday: The Sweetest Faces You Ever Did See
Happy Two Cats Tuesday, Cuteheads! Today's is a very special post. I hope someone out there in Cuteland can help!Today I'd like you to meet Lenox and Diamond. Lenox is blind and Diamond only has one good eye. They are brothers and the bestest friends in the world, and Diamond is basically Lenox's seeing-eye cat.Both of these sweet babies were adopted as kittens and had the best daddy in the world. He loved them dearly and they adjusted better than anyone could have hoped. But then their daddy lost his job and as a last resort had to move back in with his parents in New York. His mom absolutely refused to take the cats in. He was crushed!!Luckily, though, the shelter they were adopted from (Animal Aid -- one of Cute's favorites!) offered to take them back in and care for them. He reluctantly took them back and they are in a foster home now -- and have once again adjusted amazingly! They really are quite a pair.




Lenox says hello! Just look how happy he is in his condo. And what a sweet face!Diamond says hello, too! It's like he's winking at us! He doesn't even know he's missing an eye. So now Lenox and Diamond are in search of a forever home again. A real forever home. They must go together as they are used to having each other to depend on. Neither one knows they are missing anything, and together they are the dynamic duo!These babies are too special to not have a mommy and daddy to shower them with love and attention.


They need a real home, where they can live the life they deserve. Let's get together and find them one!Here's some more pictures and a little more about them.





If you or anyone you know might be able to give them a loving home, please email me, tweet me, Facebook me or contact their friend at Animal Aid at LeeSparkman (at) aol (dot) com.

Animal Aid (and Lenox and Diamond!) is located in South Florida.Lenox is a little over a year old and blind. He is a beautiful white cat -- absolutely scrumptious, little guy, plays, uses the litter box and comes when called. He chases balls, eats up a storm, climbs, tumbles with other cats and you would never ever suspect he could not see. He goes non-stop -- he has so much energy. It is hard to believe he is blind and how his senses compensate for his loss of sight. Lenox has had surgery to remove his eyes, so there will be no need to worry about infections.

Lenox also has a brother, Diamond, who also needed one eye removed. Lenox and Diamond were adopted together and dearly loved by a very nice young man. Unfortunately he lost his job and had to move back with his family up north and so these darling boys are available for adoption again. Lenox and Diamond must be adopted together.



TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THEM, PLEASE CONTACT THEIR FRIEND, LEE, AT 754-366 8072 or LeeSparkman (at) aol (dot) com.. Lenox and Diamond must be adopted together. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THEM, PLEASE CONTACT THEIR FRIEND, LEE, AT 754-366 8072 or LeeSparkman (at) aol (dot) com.Please pass this on to anyone you think might be able to give them a home, or who might know someone who could. They are at Animal Aid in South Florida and you can call Lee at the number or email above to meet them or get more info.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Atlanta is Freezing

Geesh!!!! I CANNOT believe how ^%*^$^ cold it is herein Atlanta. Ice everywhere Friday, some Saturday, and a bit today--it is slowly melting (knocking on wood and crossing fingers). We couldn't make it out of the Subdivision on Friday, and by Saturday evening some kind souls had found or gathered enough dirt and sand to get a wee bit of traction up the hill. Hope it is cleared up by tomorrow.





Neither of these poor wrecks are ours, just a shot off the Atlanta news website of Atlanta snow issues.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Presenting Henry the IX (he is a Kitty, he gets 9 lives)

As promised, here are some pictures of Henry





 
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