Saturday, November 30, 2013

New Experiences and Conquering Fears

G and I had some new experiences today.  The first was a zip line experience.  I was glad to be done with it.  It is harder than it looks.  G enjoyed it but not for the full 2 hours.  We just did a 1 hour ride and then went to lunch.  Then we had time to kill so we saw the live snake show. 

I made the mistake of 1st sitting in the front row and 2nd telling him I was not fond of snakes.  He made sure I was up close and personal with most of them.  We did end up, as you can see, holding the last of the show:  a 14 ft - 5 year old burmese python.  It was very heavy.  G is looking at the face of the snake because it kissed her face.  I heard her say, "Get it off."  I couldn't look though because the snake was so close around my neck and face.

We held baby snakes too.  I will post photos later when we are home and all pictures are downloaded.  I have a video of G coming to me on the zip line.  It isn't a very good video because I couldn't see in the bright light and because at one point I looked up at G and when I looked back at the camera I had almost knocked her out of the frame.  But at least we have it. 

So now off to supper and will post more later.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Week Wrap Up

My mom and dad were going to have fun visitors for Thanksgiving. G and I got out of town. 7 hour car drive. I borrowed my dad's GPS. Thankfully we did. G set it up for us. She is the electronics navigator. I also had a printout from mapquest which was not the same as the GPS. Twice we followed the GPS and ended up going through 3 downtown areas totally way off from the interstate we needed to be on. Then I figured out that we just needed to ignore the GPS and use our directions so that it would re-calibrate as we passed its exit warnings. We made it though.

We stopped off at a War Memorial that is right off the interstate. There were both civil war and other US wars represented. It was outside of an old family cemetery where many soldiers buried. Since we had not specific time to get to our final destination we made that stop. On the way back there are two places I plan on stopping if we are doing well.

Mom is going to be out of her mind by the end of the weekend. She has a doctor's appt on Dec 5. I am praying for healing, answers or a slow down or stop.

I brought the lap top on the trip with us and forgot the car chargers for the tablets, yea me. G had enough to do, thankfully.  She didn't realize how far the drive was so she didn't take a nap until we had 1 hour to go which might explain the not going to sleep last night.  We at supper at the golden corral.  I guess it was because we were the last two people to show up for dinner but it is not worth the hype.

I did see a White Castle and we will eat supper probably there tonight if I can find it again.  Hopefully, things are all off the interstates.  We are going to try to go to the tree lighting on the square tonight.  We will see.  The hotel folks says it is not difficult to find or not dangerous. 

For Thanksgiving lunch, we had pizza slices that were pretty good for gas station food. We ate as we drove and only stopped 3 times. It is very cold and dry here. Our skin is so dry and itchy. We keep shocking each other. G woke in a mood this morning. Of course she decided Wed that she didn't want to go at all because Candycane, the Elf on the Shelf, was coming. Then she accused me of ruining her entire life and mine too for not being married.

I warned her that if I heard one thing about that elf, I would ruin Christmas for her forever.  Yes, I am that mean.

It took her forever to fall asleep last night and then she was up too early this morning so when we were trying to go to breakfast she really got moody. I have warned as much as I can. We are in wait mode right now because the place we are heading doesn't open until 10. 

We are going on a zip line tomorrow afternoon. Kinda looking forward to it and not at all due to the cold.

The coffee at the hotel is pretty good so I don't have to go buy any. This hotel is so much nicer than the motel where we stayed in Bentonville, AR over labor day.

I foresee a nap in my future.   Last night before bed G and I got in the very warm whirlpool.  May do so again tonight. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Weekend Update

Saturday, I had to take G to exchange two pair of bluejeans at the children's place. I decided to bring my mom along. Saturday morning G and I went to pick her up and found her wearing summer pants with a winter top. The pants are part of an outfit and somehow my mom thought what she had on matched, even told me so. Her memory issue is also an inability to make connections like matching outfits.

I made her change while I put the pants she had on back with the top it matched and back in her closet. I looked around her room and her clothes are everywhere. I asked her if we needed to go back through her closet but she declined my offer. We have already once this year gone through her closet, gotten rid of clothes and re-matched the outfits, but apparently we may need to do this again soon.

The jeans exchange was a brilliant success. G now has two pair of jeans that touch her in absolutely no part of her body! just as she likes them. They are roughly 2 feet too long and 6 inches too wide but hey, if it means no more tears, I am all good. Saturday morning she was so distraught after having to wear a brand new pair of jeans that she said were too tight (which they were not) that she said she couldn't even read a book for being so uncomfortable. I have no sympathy. These too tight jeans she pulls on and off without having to unbutton them. Basically, too tight to her means that she can actually feel them touch her skin.

While at the mall, having completed the exchange, we walked around some and G found a pullover hoodie in a particular brand she loves and convinced me to buy for Christmas. So the jeans were an early Christmas gift, and this is now a known, but she has to wait for, Christmas gift. Poor kid is going to know all of her gifts. No surprises this year. Well, that is as far as she knows, I mean I have a couple of tricks up my sleeve.

G is really into making the rubberband bracelet thingies. She and a friend, who happens to be going to Ukraine on a missions trip 2014 summer, are busily making bracelets to give to the kids in the Ukraine as a friendship gesture. I am really glad G is doing this. She took 5 of the ones she finished today to school for the girl to take; I hope this child will be able to find them all when the time comes.

Saturday night my dad put more air in my slow leaking tire (had only 5 pounds of air) that I didn't get fixed last time he did this for me. He fussed at me because I didn't listen before. So I determined that on Monday (today) I would take the tire to a specific place near work to have it fixed, except I couldn't because on Sunday that tire was flat. I managed to get to church before I knew the tire was flat and boy howdy did my whole Sunday planning take a dive.

A man in my church changed the tire and recommended that I get not just that tire replaced but the other 3, too. I trust his judgement; so G and I spent too much time at Wally World Sunday afternoon getting 4 new tires. First thing is I think the guy selling them to me lied to me about having the cheaper tires. I think they had some for $55, but he told me they didn't. I should never buy anything for the car without knowing what the helk I am doing. Next problem was that as we looked around the store I just couldn't imagine how they will be ready for Christmas. The store had nothing on the shelves in the right places and very little out on display. Third, the tire part of the store told me they would call when they were done, but they didn't. I think they were finished in an hour but since I didn't get called I didn't know. The car was parked and completed when we worked our way back after 2 1/2 hours to check on it. I didn't necessarily mind the wait if it really took that long but being told, "we can call you when it is ready" and then not being called is frustrating.

Anyway, though my plans were changed beyond my control, I do feel better having new tires to drive on our up coming mini vacay. Granted I am that much the poorer, but I at least had the money to take care of it. And the tire that was flat had a nail in it that may or may not have been fixed had I taken it the first time my dad told me. I probably could have gotten another year or maybe not. I have no idea when I picked up the tack.

Not much else going on this weekend. G has/had by now a writing assessment in class. My mother is learning more about the dreaded common core, and I think my parents are coming around more to G being homeschooled by 6th grade. I want her to be able to be more self directed. I think my dad can help proctor her but G needs to be able to complete projects/lessons on her own.

G's school is having to be "counseled" about sexual bullying, and parents weren't notified before hand. G is only in 4th grade, and this counselor told the kids about a suicide of a bullied boy including the details of how he did it, and then said, "Now you all don't do that."

I realize things are different than when I was her age but I think this counselor may have just given these kids new ways in which to torment each other. I think the parents should have at least had a heads up, particularly those parents in G's group. These parents are the very involved parents who would help explain things. I could be wrong, but I do not like not knowing what is being or about to be told to my child with relation to suicide or bullying or sexual anything!

So that was our weekend in a nutshell. Two more weeks or less really until Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

11.12.13 14:15pm

Posting on 11/12/13 14:15 pm because it only comes 'round once, amiright?

Monday, November 11, 2013

Weekend Re-Cap and Ladybugs Are Creepy

My mother's house is being attacked by ladybugs trying to find a place to go for winter. One ladybug on a leaf or flower is cute and picture worthy. Millions of ladybugs are terrifying. You can hear them. It sounds like rain in a forest. The color around you becomes rust. They get everywhere and on you. For me, it was WAY TOO MUCH NATURE! I can still feel them crawling all over me and flying into me. Oh and they stink.
Sorry about the blurry picture, I took it on the phone. But this is a small sample of the bugs and this is inside the door of the car this morning as we are leaving for school.

I caught G's cold and am still coughing. I have reactive airway which means when I get a tickle from the cold and cough to clear it, it causes another tickle producing another cough to the point that I start to gag and can't catch my breath. Problem is when it happens I can't predict and usually need cold water to drink or put on my neck to cool me down to catch my breath. The coughs are violent coughs too but all of the coughs, though they sound deep, are caused by simple post nasal drip. They do not come but maybe once or twice a day. Again though I can't predict them.

I don't have a chest cold but a head cold. I had one of those coughing fits while driving my mother over the bridge to the big city Friday night. I thought we were going to wreck. I steady prayed that God would stop the coughs, the tears and gags so I could get us where we were going safely. We did arrive in one piece and had a good time.

My mother has a friend who is a very talented artist. She invites my mother to her art openings and I take her to them. I personally enjoy art openings/galleries anyway; whereas my dad, not so much. This person's website is here. She is very talented. Even her brother had a painting in the opening. It was nice with lots of incredible art work.

While driving back my mom opened up about her feelings with regard to her losing her memory. She said that she thinks she ought not be here any more and that she feels useless. She was unable to remember what happened when she broke her hip; specifically, how she did it. I told her with regard to that, she probably shouldn't be able to remember. It was quite traumatic for everyone involved. Really, there was a bit I couldn't remember. I forgot that I saw the ambulance drive away. I will have to tell G that I did and I only remembered after reading the post about it. Thank goodness for blogger and blogging the memories. I now believe that her non specifically diagnosed dementia began in that moment.

Funny, just like her mom's came to a head after she had a wreck. It seemed like her Alzheimer's came fast after that. Mom is very upset that she can't pick G up from school anymore. I pointed out that she could but she HAS TO REMEMBER NOT TO MAKE A 3rd ROW. That was why I got a call from the school. She currently feels like such a burden. Please pray for her. Pray that God will help her to remember that He has a purpose and reason for her to be with us still. Please pray that she will gain a sense of purpose as well.

It is hard watching her go through this and feeling helpless to make her understand how important she is! How desperately needed she is! I warned her that if she left us for any reason, our immediate family would fall apart. From my perspective I am not sure my dad would want or could hold us together. Plus her sisters need her.

Anyway, mom G and I shopped a little Saturday before taking G to a skating b-day party for a friend. G fell and busted her knee. She showed me later and boy is it a pretty bruise, all kinds of purple, blue, green and a bit black. She had swelling and everything. We put ice on it which helped some. G also told me she had fallen and hit her head on a chair, but didn't cry because people were watching. She said that if I had been there she would have cried, and I told her that was why I wasn't there. I knew, and I wanted her to have fun without me so I didn't hang around. Falling isn't fun, but if I was there she wouldn't have even tried to skate. She would have then been mad at me for not skating. She said despite falling, she would go again.

That was our weekend. Still too much to write. I did manage to get all the clothes washed which is amazing since we were barely home all weekend. G had some grandaddy time Friday night while mom and I were at the art opening. I had mom to myself time Friday and Saturday which was nice. Sunday after church and a short nap, mom, dad me and G played chicken foot dominoes. Took a minute to remember how to play but it was fun. Then G and I played uno and wheel of words (on her kindle fire). Nice weekend and now we are back at school and work.

Remember to thank a vet for your freedoms. Every time I see someone with the veterans ball cap or coat or uniform I stop them to thank them. At first they look at me like I am about to attack them, but then they smile and thank me back. Personally, I think it makes me feel better to thank them than it does for them to receive it. I may be wrong as we may both feel better. I also notice they will stand or sit up a little straighter. Makes my day every time!

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Want to Update

So far my company has decided to continue offering health benefits which means I still have a job, YEA!! It will be costly and the employees will be forced to pay more plus they will be without subsidies because this company will follow the safe harbor which is not as safe as the general population would like to believe! O'care is bad for individuals, for companies and for the country. But that is okay, don't believe me if you wish, just watch it all play out. A president who had no credibility can lose none but he has done more damage to this country than any president before him. He is an amazing man but not in a good way!

Friday, November 01, 2013

Halloween Update

G dressed as a cowgirl last night to go to my parents' church's fall festival. She was able to wear her jeans to school and the rest was easily picked up by my dad on the way home from school pick up. The zombie from Sunday required make up and full change of clothing so we couldn't really pull that off again. That is okay though because she was able to do two completely different costumes this year. We have really had a run of making or coming up with costumes since G has been home. Oh the first two years were so easy: cheerleader, because G had no opinion.

Here are some from the past: 2012,


2010 aquarium, probably my most creative idea,

2008 evening, artist,

pre-school party 2008 during the day,

2007 birthday cake,

2006. I don't have one from 2005 because I started blogging in 2006.

Also, you may notice there is not one from 2009. After the 2008 fiasco, she didn't participate because she refused to wear a costume. Surprisingly, she was absolutely fine with not going out that year. This year even between both churches, G did not bring home a lot of candy, thankfully. Maybe people are wising up and realizing most of the candy gets tossed so they aren't giving out as much. I did hear that candy and decoration purchases were down this year for Halloween. It may just be the Obama-economy too.