Monday, June 27, 2016

Youth Trip 2016

The morning we left:

Cedar Point Amusement Park gondola ride:

Niagra Falls Canada side:

Toes in Lake Ontario, Niagra-on-the-Lake:

Our youth group took a trip which was dubbed a "rolling summer camp" sort of.  I was able to be a chaperone.  Ended up that I had a room by myself for the whole trip due to my assigned roommate backing out on the day we left.  G roomed with 3 girls and they all stayed up way too late but had a great time.  We went first to see the Creation Museum outside of Cincinnati, OH.  Then we headed to Cedar Point, OH amusement park.

The culmination of the trip was to Niagra Falls on the Canadian side.  It was a very fun trip.  We were told over and over from restaurant managers how well behaved and good our youth were.  One restaurant owner gave a history lesson on a pizza oven to 8 of our youth at lunch.  There were the 8 kids and 5 adults, of which I was one.  It was very interesting lesson.

Everyone seemed to get along well even at the end of the trip.  The bus wasn't terribly uncomfortable and we did get home about 5pm.  I of course got sick half way through and now have a sever cold and sinus infection.  I texted my boss for an extra day off so I could do laundry and rest.  I bought some mucinex for day time and alkaseltzer for night.  The advil cold and sinus I got in Canada wasn't helping me.

I took so many pictures and still have a lot to blog about but am too tired and sick to do so today.  

Monday, June 06, 2016

Mom Update

So weekends are triggers I suppose you could say for my mom. Out of routine, G not being there, not a lot of activity, and that triggers some fantastic ideas in her brain.  She came out with a terrible accusation that of course now she has no memory of but if ever uttered could have severe implications for her care.  Of course the accusation was all in her head and was not true.  She sees people in her house that aren't there.  She comes in and out of recognition of who her husband is.  She worries and frets.

My thought is that another family (I read about in the news) dealt with this type of accusation in the courts this last year.  Thankfully, the person was acquitted but of course not after having to go through heck to finally have common sense come to the front.

My mom called me yesterday afternoon with this and I finally got her to let me tell dad, who affirmed what I already knew that it wasn't true.  I tried to tell her it was a trick her mind was playing but she wouldn't believe me.

When my grandmother went through this she was always accusing people of taking her stuff or moving fences off her property.  My aunt was able to say, "I have checked and this is not happening" which would calm my grandmother but this that mom is going through is so not the same.  On her off days, mom really believes there are many various people at her house.  I truly believe she sees them.  The brain really can do some funny things to you.

Anyway, one Saturday coming up soon I am going to grab mom and take her out to visit my aunt to give my dad a break.  I have already sort of cleared it with her so as far as I am concerned it is a done deal.  I will not tell mom until the day of; makes things easier.  I will tell dad before hand so he can maybe get her dressed at least.

So if you think about it, please pray for my parents, mostly my dad.  I know Jesus will bring them through but they will be sorely tried.  I also trust that there is no suffering a child of God will go through that has no purpose.  We do not suffer in vain.  Romans 8:28-39

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Quiet Saturday and G's Busy Schedule

Pre-Teen kids have a busier social life than I do!!  G has plans for the zoo to celebrate her friend's bday, a trip to another friend's grandparents, car wash for church, church youth meeting, and up coming bake sale.  Plus she may want to go to VBS at a church that is not our own but one that will take kids who have finished 6th grade.  On top of all that she has youth trip coming up and attempting to make money on the internet with apps.  And we have had tears over her instagram account.  It is so very difficult to keep children protected.  It takes very little effort to pull up such inappropriate photos on instagram.  Why do people post such filth?

Then there is her personal favorite activity of irritating me by over and over asking for money and/or opportunity to make money or by proclaiming "I'm bored".  I offered to let her mow the yard today but then there was a short rain shower that nixed that idea.  It was short but very heavy.  Maybe she can mow tomorrow before youth group.


G planting the pine sapling given to her by her school at the closing ceremony.


First gladiola of the summer, oh so pretty


First sunflower of the summer but it isn't a giant though it came from a giant plant that re-seeded itself

And finally the fish have made friends. Henry II has decided to let Perry the Plady live.

No other news on the horizon.  Last week felt so long because of being off Monday.  Hopefully, it won't be so this week.  I am still thankful for a job especially after the recent jobs numbers.  This will be a very interesting political summer to watch.

My mother is still going downhill but she is not yet bedridden.  She still gets up, gets dressed, eats, watches TV and attempts to hold conversations sometimes.  She looks at magazines and watches the birds. Dad has 4 bird feeders in his yard located where my mom can see them from her normal chair in the den.  I don't think she is able to read anymore.  Processing the words is too difficult, and I am not sure she even tries anymore.

Off to fix supper and complete my Bible study for Sunday School.