Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Mid-Week Update

The weather was so cool nice last night that I opened the windows to sleep.  Of course I woke up thinking my alarm had gone off 3 different times when each time was a train about an hour and half apart.  I am a little tired.

G is with her friends in the GA program I think.  She technically graduated from that program two Sundays ago but I think they still meet over the summer or at least through the end of school.  Although the church may have gone ahead and moved them to the junior high program.

Family obligations this weekend plus we are supposed to meet the teachers of the new school on Saturday though a time has yet to be posted on the calendar.  G will be missing school and I will be missing work on Friday.  I am going to take her to a restaurant that I loved when it was located in big city.  It moved to a not quite as big city 10  years or so ago which made me very sad but probably saved me a fortune.  I am excited about having lunch there Friday.

I am working on a shutter*fly book that encapsulates the last 10 years of G and Me.  This July is our 10 year family anniversary.  She already knows what I am giving her.  She is nosy like that.  She doesn't know about the book though.  The book won't be as appreciated now as the other thing which will be played with as an addition to her Hogwarts Castle.

She has become a reading fiend this nine weeks racking up over 60 points.  Of course last nine weeks she didn't even meet her goal, grrr.  I have copied her AR books (with grades) since first grade when she first started taking tests for AR.  She has over 240 books that she has read during her 1-5 grade education.  These are books she tested on only.  I don't have a record of the books she read for fun.  I am glad she mostly likes to read.  I suppose she goes through phases.  I just hope this new school emphasizes reading too.

Anyway, I have had to get a jump on laundry tonight.  Praying my mom will do okay beginning tomorrow when some family will be arriving.  Praying particularly for next week when things will have calmed down.  If only we could calm down slowly rather than all at once.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Haven't Been Here for Awhile

Not much really going on.  G had a sinus infection and is left with sinus drainage.  Took her before school one day to a new clinic in town that is run by two nurse practitioners.  LOVED IT.  She was at school by 8am, not late.  The NP was so fast that it totally threw me into a confused state with paperwork left unfinished and not being able to concentrate.  I didn't hear what meds he was giving her other than an antibiotic.  That evening when I went to where he called it in for me I was surprised to hear there were 3 scripts.  It was fine to have that many I just couldn't focus on what he told me other than antibiotic for infection.

He prescribed a 1x day steroid, antibiotic and a antihistamine liquid that made G grumpy.  I don't have a Rx plan but I do have a discount card - generic, not specific to me.  The meds initially totaled over $70 for the three but when the pharmacy applied the discount card it dropped it to just over $40.  So pretty good huhn?  I carry my own insurance not through a company and it is not so much limited but more for catastrophic.  It is fully compliant with the obnoxious law.

So on day two of the meds I gave G the appropriate dose in the morning and then that evening, being distracted as I am getting us to bed and all I gave her another steroid.  I didn't even realize I had done it until we were in bed and the lights were off.  When I told her what I had done she said, "Will I die?"

I laughed and said, "I don't think so but I will tell you in the morning."  I was upset that I had done it and was much more careful after that.  I delayed her steroid by one day to even it all back out.  I am normally much more careful but this particular evening was on Wednesday and that day is just so busy anyway that I do get much more off schedule then.

I have a sinus something too but I refuse to go to the doc.  I am just going over the counter with it.  I don't think it is an infection and I have no fever.  I do have a severe headache today on top of my monthly pains so I feel pretty rotten today anyway.

It rained last night so I can't mow but the day is absolutely gorgeous.  I opened all the windows and can hear the birds outside so peacefully singing.  All of that is in competition with G singing or making random noises while playing legos and with my radio. I can now hear our church bells playing Come Thou Long Expected Jesus.  It's lovely.  It is absolutely lovely.  I haven't heard the testing of the tornado sirens yet.  I expect them to be along soon.

Thinking of making of pizza today for lunch.  I left the scallions off G's last time, I must remember to add them today.  Other than that, laundry.  I had a post in my head but have totally forgotten what I wished to write about.  I think from now on I will just pull up a word doc to type it then later post it to the blog. That way I won't necessarily forget unless I am in the car.

The school class choices came out for sixth grade.  G was funny about telling me what the counselor of the 6th-7th grade told them about moving up.  Since G isn't going there I had to sign it saying we were moving.  Anyway, I am glad her school is settled for next year.  I am still trying to work out the pickup but I have a summer to worry.  Work is still good.  I detest the drive but am so glad for a job and it isn't work's fault for the drive.  Yesterday on the way home I was just sure all the other driver's were out to get me, ;-}

Okay off to fix lunch now.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Wednesday, G Turned 11

First photo is when she is still 10 and opening her card from Grammie and Grandad.

Second picture is her birthday opening her new to her Hogwarts lego castle.  It was packed with towels thus the box size.  Plus that was the smallest box I had.

She had a good birthday even though she went to school.  Her bday was announced and she was invited to eat lunch with a friend on the stage  and she had after school with her bff.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Last 2 days of 10

G will soon be having a birthday.  She will turn the big 11.  Can't believe it, and yet I can.  She is beginning to realize that she will not see the majority, or any, of her friends from public school next year.  Some of those friends I am glad she won't see.  Some of those friends we will make effort to see and stay in touch.  I am still working out the details of getting her to and from the new school.

Totally missed an opportunity to get the yard mowed on Saturday then it rained really hard Sunday night.  This weekend the yard will need to be mowed and it will be so much more difficult.  You would think after all these years of learning lessons about procrastinating like this I would stop but you would be wrong.  Can't be mad at G when she says, "I'll do it in a minute," can I?

G finally found a new book series that ranks third in her lists of favorites.  Of course, Harry Potter is first and she said this new one or Narnia ties for third place.  I think second place for her are the Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  The new series she is reading is "A Series of Unfortunate Events" by Lemony Snicket.  My niece liked these books when they first came out too.

My mom is still in her decline phase. such an interesting disease.  She is in a lot of respects totally reverting to childhood.  Her responses to commercials are truly childlike.  She is going for a day trip tomorrow with some of her friends.  I offered to lay an outfit out for her but she said I didn't need to.  I advised her to wear a matching outfit and she asked me with whom should she match.  It is best to stay out of the way most of the time.

Summer is coming and the mosquitoes are already terrible.  The weather is cool and damp which is nice except for the mosquitoes.

I am hoping that I can keep the birthday surprise a surprise as I am not usually good at withholding surprises.  G told me though already that she wouldn't show her surprise.  She is right; she won't.  She rarely does.  She is as stoic as my dad which drives me crazy but it is her.

Off to get ready for bed...

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Saturday Update

Today we cleaned the weeds out of my front flower beds.  I smell bad.  We still have the back patio to complete.  I managed to mow last Sunday but the yard could use another run.  I think I will let it go for another week.

I transplanted some tulips that won't bloom because there is not sun reaching them at any given point of the day and I cleaned that bed out.  There are two ginormous azalea bushes ready to bloom there.  Two peony plants that won't bloom either because of the lack of sun are in that bed as well.  I need to transplant them as well but I am not sure where to put them nor do I think it is time to do so.  I managed to transplant a rose from a pot to the ground sticking a thorn in my thumb through a pair of gloves.  My thumb is very sore and now also has a burst blister from the gloves.

G is driving me crazy with constant chatter intended to annoy.  She wasn't the best help in the yard but she did help some.  We also ran the car through a car wash which took all the pollen off of it.  It looks much better now.

I need a shower and a nap.  My mom is healing fairly well.  We have G's birthday in roughly two weeks.  Her present has been wrapped on the table waiting.  I suppose she will open it as soon as she is awake on her birthday.  Her day falls on a Wednesday which is a long day for us both.  So she won't really get to enjoy her present until the weekend anyway.  I think my parents are going to have lunch with her or take a lunch to her for her birthday.

Steadily working on laundry today.  Seems so never ending doesn't it.  Not much else of import going on so off to fold laundry.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

He Is Risen

And success.  This has been a very busy HOLY Weekend.  I hope you, dear reader, were able to attend your place of worship today to celebrate the RISEN LORD and SAVIOR.  We had an excellent Sunday school lesson and not because I taught it but because it reinforces that our faith is not in vain.  We celebrate a Risen Savior.  And because of that we do not have to die in our sins.  Our sins will not trap us either on this earth or after death.  He took the wrath of God which we deserved and then crushed death our enemy.

Just makes me want to jump and shout.  I could be a shouting Methodist I suppose.  Anywho, this weekend G and I went shopping for the Easter Sunday outfit and summer shorts and the wedding outfit.  I wished the wedding outfit to be the same as the Easter outfit as well as the summer Sunday outfits.  We found a delicious pair of pants and delightful shirt which she agreed to wear.  She will wear the pants on Easter and the wedding and the shirt only at the wedding.  She found a pair of blue shorts for every Sunday for summer and we found a polo shirt to match the wedding pants that also goes with the blue shorts. She wore that shirt today with the pants.  Small victories.  I don't have to go to a mall again until fall, YIPPEE!

Friday, I took G and her friend and the friend's mom to Shiloh National Battlefield which now includes Corinth, MS.  We reached Corinth around 11:30ish spent 3 hours then had lunch around 2:30 leaving Corinth for Shiloh reaching that at 3:15.  The buildings at Shiloh close at 5.  The movie plays every hour on the hour.  We spent 45 mins inside the museum answering questions for the jr ranger then watched the 45 min movie.  We headed to the bookstore for souvenirs then off on the driving tour since the park closes after dark.  We left Shiloh at 7:30 and had to feed the kids.  We got home after 11pm.  It was a long long day, but it was a lot of fun.

And Thursday evening G and I met some potential new families at the new school.  There are not many kids in G's grade and none above her that I saw.  The elementary A group is full with a waiting list.  After this G attended a night time Easter egg hunt.  She had fun.  

And I have finally forgiven the person who stole my only bloomed tulip even pulling the bulb out of the ground Thursday between 3:45 and 6:30.  The tulip is even in the bed next to my house so someone had to come up to my house to get it.  I think it was a neighborhood kid whose parents haven't taught respect for other people's property.  He and his siblings tend to run all over with little to no supervision.  

Anyway, that was our weekend.  I even managed to get the yard mowed today after my nap.  I had planned to mow it yesterday but couldn't find the key to the shed.  So anyway, I did find the key today right where I left it at the end of last summer.  Now my yard at least looks nice.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Y'all, It's Snowing

and Freaking COLD!  But thankfully it won't stick.  Funny, as a child we could count on at least 1 good snow in January.  Recently, it moved to February and March.  Hopefully, it won't move to March and April.  I am a bit over winter at this point.  I know I will wish it early when I am sweltering in the August Southern Heat.

G is attempting to earn money by picking up sticks and cleaning out the car.  Her nose and cheeks are bright red from the cold.  She won't be out there long and I will warm her up with some tom ka soup for lunch.  She is attempting to upload another video on you tube.  She thinks she will make a lot of money there and if she does, I will be quite fine with it as long as the videos are wholesome.

Spring break is over for G.  She did not have a calm one.  She spent Monday night at my parent's house.  Tuesday morning around 6:30am, my mom was attempting to go to the bathroom but her vertigo came back.  She fell and sprained her wrist and cut her arm.  G was asleep as was my dad in another room.  My mom screaming woke G up and when she figured out what happened she ran to get my dad.  At 12:30pm G texted me to say that her grammie fell and hurt her wrist so they were going for x-rays.  Dad knew it wasn't broken so he put mom back to bed to sleep off the vertigo.  The x-rays said there were no broken bones.

I managed to get G's best friend's mom to agree to keep G on Wednesday then they let her spend Wed night through Thursday too.  G had a great time.  Yesterday, she went back to my parent's.  She did get to swim one day, Monday, but after that not again.  Sadly, spring break is now over and she has to get back to the grind of school.

She has something to look forward to this month, however, her 11th birthday!  She wants the lego hogwarts castle set.  I may have been able to acquire one but this will be a surprise because I've told her we couldn't afford it.

This week we have a meet and greet for  families of her new school, she has a night time Easter egg hunt, and her BFF's mom and I are taking the girls to a civil war battle field on Good Friday.  What a fun weekend.