Monday, January 19, 2009

Once again...catching up....

Hello again and a late Happy New Year to all of is still the New Year..right? :) I thought I'd better fill you in on what's been going on with me so you won't think I left the planet again!

I was having some minor health issues which started after Christmas. I started having pain in my left ribs which wasn't all that bad (it only hurt when I breathed) and also my ears plugged up and were ringing constantly which then turned into a roar. That, in turn made me dizzy. I was sure it was just a sinus infection and as usual for me, I put off going to the doctor. Neither symptom got any better so I gave in and went to Urgent Care one evening. The doc that I saw there said my ears were clear (???) but my sinuses were inflamed. Then she did an x-ray and said there were no broken ribs but she thought I had bruised them somehow and it would take time for them to feel better. She gave me antibiotics and said my regular doctor would follow up with all this.

The next day she called to tell me she had taken another look at my x-ray and found a couple of nodules on my right lung and was making me an appointment for a CT Scan which I had. I went to my regular doc the next day and he told me the spots were infection in my lung. Just to be safe he wanted to do another scan in a couple of months just to be sure. So all was well and I was relieved.

Then today I get another call from the Urgent care doc saying she had made me an appointment with a lung specialist for tomorrow. She just wanted to make sure everything was okay. So I said fine and wrote the appointment down. Then about 30 minutes later she calls me back and says she forgot to tell me they also found an enlarged blood vessel on my liver and she was sending a referral to my doctor to have me see a specialist for that!!!! My doctor had read the scan results and didn't seem concerned so I think she is just being cautious. I have a call in to my doctor because I want to know what she is seeing that he obviously didn't...but we'll see what happens.

In the meantime, I hope all is well with all of you and everyone is staying warm. We are getting a little snow here today but no accumulation. We had about an inch this morning and up to 3 inches in the higher elevations. I know some of you are sick of snow but it's exciting for me!! :) I took Tobi for her walk earlier while the snow was coming down pretty good. It amazes me how quiet everything seems when it's snowing. It's so peaceful!

I need to go start my supper now so ya'll take care and I'll try to visit soon.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Catch up and house pics...

First I want to say thank you all so much for the warm welcome back! It is so nice to know that I was missed. On August 7th Dave's mother passed away, then 2 weeks later his brother also passed. Needless to say, that was a very trying time. We received friends here in our home during his mother's funeral. In this post which was July 9, we were painting, clearing out junk, moving furniture upstairs and just general cleaning, so we had just finished when we opened our home to over 60 visitors! We actually fed 60 but had many more coming by to pay their respects.

I also promised to show some after pictures when everything was done. Since the living room and stairway was the only actual "finished" areas, that's all I'm showing right now! LOL The first pics are the stairway before and after. There was carpet on the stairs and landings so we pulled that up. We started at the top landing and it came up so easily I was amazed! Nothing has been easy here in this old house! Well, it didn't let me down because when we got to the stairs the carpet had been glued down!! Here's how it looked when we finally got it all up:

stairs before

We tried everything we could think of to remove that yellowed glue, even a heat gun and scraper. It was coming off but very slowly and Dave was uttering a few choice words! :) I wasn't much help because of my bad back. It was such a mess we knew we couldn't just paint over all those lumps and bumps! Then he happened to think that he had some adhesive remover in his shop and tried that. Believe it or not..that glue rolled right off. It still wasn't an easy task but much faster. There were also a gazillion carpet tacks to be pulled up! Then came the paint which we matched as close as we could to the original, and the stair treads which we had bought about a month earlier! The results:

stairs with treads

After a couple of weeks we started moving things upstairs to reclaim some much needed space in the living room.

living room 1

living room 2

living room 3

living room 4

Our next project is to do the downstairs bedroom and take out the ugly ceiling tiles which some previous owner had put in to lower the original high ceiling. We want the high ceiling back!! Maybe in the spring!!

So, that's just the highlights of what has been going on with me. Maybe you can all forgive me for not being around for so long! :)

Friday, December 12, 2008

Little Bits of Christmas at our House













Yes, I'm still alive and well even though I've been a real slacker when it comes to blogging. Life does tend to get in the way sometimes. I'm sure most of you thought I might be "buried in junk" after my last post months ago. A lot has been happening but I'll fill you in later. I just thought a little Christmas cheer was in order for now. You can also see that we have been getting some snow this year. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Buried in junk....

Just a note to let you all know that I'm still here but very busy. I was also offline for a few days until we got our DSL moved upstairs. We finally got our stairs finished and can get our den set up. Now I have a living room with space to actually move around in! I'm in the process of moving things around as well as organizing, sorting and doing away with a lot of junk! When you have 2 pack rats in the same house it makes for lots of junk!! :) I hope to have some pictures to share with you when it's all said and done.

As for me personally, I'm doing much better. My face has cleared up and the skin cancer gone. I still have the same old face under it all...just clearer!! LOL My blood sugar is in check most of the time (if I behave and watch my diet) and my body is finally adjusting to the meds.

I hope all is well with each of you. I try to pop in during my breaks from working and see what's going on but haven't had time to leave many comments. Just know that I'm thinking about you all and missing you much. I'll be back......

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Happy Birthday, Collin...

Fourteen years ago today, God sent a special little bundle of joy into my life and I've never been the same!

Collin 1

He was named Collin, after my mother's maiden name, and I got a new name too. I became Granny. What a pleasure this boy has been to me!! He was such a good baby..always happy and smiling..showing his big dimples. He started growing up much too fast for me.

Collin 2

Collin 4

Collin 3

Collin 5

The following two pictures of Collin were made in Mount Airy, NC, home of Andy Griffith and Floyd's Barber Shop. Does he remind you of another little red head named Opie??

Collin 6

Collin 7

It makes me really sad sometimes to look back at all Collin's pictures and see how fast he grew up, but then I see the fine and handsome young man he has become and it makes me so proud.

Collin 8

Happy Birthday, my precious boy! You will always be the light of my life.

I love you,

Friday, June 20, 2008

Hello again, hello..

Hello, my dear friends! It's really me this time! I can wear my glasses now and I CAN SEE!! Thank you all so very much for your concern, prayers and well-wishes. I missed all of you and it will take me a while to get around to visit each of you and catch up. One thing I've learned during this process is that you all stuck by me and didn't give up on me.

(Thank you, Brandy, for letting everybody know what was going on in my absence.) I had several skin cancers on my face that I had burned off. The one that really worried me was the one that went all across the bridge of my nose and was spreading out under my eyes. None of these were serious, just over-exposure to the sun. They burned off 4 of them but the one on my nose had to be done with medicine which did a slow burn...14 days of applying it and each day burning worse! No fun at all! After that I had to apply a steroid cream for 14 more days to help it heal. I'm glad that's over!! Here's a picture taken on day 4 of applying the medication.

day 4 of medicine

It got so bad by the 14th day that I didn't want a picture!! I tried to wear my glasses on the very tip of my nose to check out your blogs but I kept forgetting and pushing them up. Then I would have to re-apply the medicine. I even tried to read without them but all the words were a big blur so I had to quit trying! :( A lot has been going on with me in the meantime so I'll have to catch you up a little at a time. We have been working on our house again and I've been taking some pictures to share with you. I hope to be back in full blog swing next week. Have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008


This is Brandy, I am blogging for Hope today. She is on the phone with me right now. She wanted everyone to know that she had some skin cancers removed and cannot wear her glasses right now. She is doing ok, she just cannot see to blog. She wants everyone to know that she misses you all and she will be back as soon as she can wear her glasses again.
Thanks Brandy