So, be warned, this post is full of whining, as this past month has not been a particularly good one, for our family.
First note: I love it when actual readers of my posts leave messages or comments, but I'm getting so much spam that I am going to have to not allow anonymous comments. I just have a problem with comments from s_x, drug, weed, etc. sites that have nothing to do with my blog what so ever. As any TRUE readers of my blog are well aware, I take and include a LOT of pictures in my blog posts. I actually had someone write that they enjoyed the content of my blog but had I ever considered that some photos or videos would add much more interest to my blog. . . ummmm, if anything, I use TOO many pictures in my blogs. . . Oh well, I hope it won't keep true "friends and followers" from commenting. (*Mom, use your gmail log in, that's your google id, LOL, I love you.)
I went out back to check on something and noticed something was wrong with some of my planters.
I was so upset, I've had those for 3 years. . . I called Mr. C, and all we could figure out was maybe Rabbits had used them for nests since we've had to much rain this year.
One other year (before the succulents) they did that and I was planting some new plants in them and this alien thing came rising out of the dirt as I was watering it, (something all covered in mud and dirt was clawing itself up out of the wet mud).
Anyway, Mr. C said, get replacement plants and we'll get dirt and we'll replant them, so that's what we planned to do that night when he got home from work. He came in laughing and said, go look in the half barrels, it's your stupid chickens taking dust baths, and it was. . . stupid chickens. . . So, the upshot is, we replanted them and used some left over fencing to make a fence around them (the same diameter as the barrels)
On the 14th, I also started seeing a new Chiropractor for my lower back and sciatica/hips the next day and have been going into town (30 miles one way) every other day for adjustments and am actually doing so much better it's unbelievable. They use a new technique (at least new to me) Pulsar that is fantastic, doesn't twist me all over or make me tense up which makes the adjustment harder or twist my neck off, which I HATE. So, a second little whine with a good ending, LOL (although since it's on-going treatment, I suppose it's not an ending yet).
So that first week back wasn't too bad. The second week back was busy, with visits to the Gastroenterologist to schedule both of us for our first ever colonosopies, which will take place later this summer. Snuffles went in for her regularly scheduled grooming appointment and after that all H--- broke loose around here.
My Dad went into the hospital for a possible stroke or heart attack and spent the night and next day having tests run etc. Fortunately, all came out okay, this time (he had a bad stroke about 8 years ago).
Two days later, my sweet Mother was returning an umbrella to a friend who had left it in her car and Mom tripped on some uneven pavement and went flying through the air with the greatest of ease. However, she did not LAND with the greatest of ease, she landed HARD, on her left shoulder. So, another trip to the Emergency Room, with her being admitted. She had totally shattered her left shoulder, splintered the long bone in her upper arm, and dislocated the entire shoulder and arm down into her arm pit. She also hit her head, but not badly, just a bit of bruising around her left eyebrow and temple area.
So, the question comes up, what to do. There is no chance of saving the shoulder at all, it is in too many little splintered pieces. She's 84 years old, will the bones hold a replacement? Finally, after spending some time with her, the surgeon decided to try a reverse total shoulder replacement.
Next, the air conditioning on my car went out (or partially out, we think it's just low on Freon) but we haven't been able to get it in to the shop yet, LOL, because Mr. C's car got a flat tire and we had to get that fixed, so 4 new tires later (he requires special tires on his Mustang), which is another good, if expensive, ending.
Our daughter, B, had to have back surgery on the 29th and that isn't going as well as they expected. So we hope it's just that it's still irritated and inflamed, but today, a week later, it still isn't better, in fact it seems worse and the affected leg is definitely weaker and the pain is actually worse. So they gave her a steroid/pain shot and medication and said give it a week and we'll check it again. So we're glad the surgery is over but are still hoping for a "good" ending to that.
But on the way home from seeing Mom the next day my car started "rumbling" and we looked at one another and said, oh no, we have to have the exhaust checked now. So, next day, on the way home from picking up the Mustang, I started hearing clang, clang, clang, so I honked for Mr. C to pull over and he came and checked and sure enough, the muffler was dragging, now. . . There was nothing we could do where we were so we decided to go on home and wire it up as we have to take it about 30 miles away to get it fixed. We had to go over a railroad track and it stuck and ripped away more, so it dragged and roared the rest of the way home (right past a policeman, I was just sure the way our luck has been going that he'd pull me over, but I lucked out and he ignored it--or figured I must know about it and since I was obviously not a young kid into a loud car, LOL, ignored it). So this afternoon after Mr. C got up (he's on mids this week) we took it down to the Muffler place and lucked out again. The muffler guy said, "Luckily I was able to weld a piece in place to put it back together because I don't have any idea how much that kind of muffler would cost to replace." This same piece has been replaced/patched before, but it rusts out faster than the rest of the exhaust system, as the muffler was okay and able to be reused, Hooray. So another good ending.
We did finally get our lawn mowed, although by the time we got it done, it was ready to do again, after another 4 days of rain. . . We still haven't gotten all my new plants planted yet, oh well, we'll get to them when we get to them. We also plan to clean out and redo our little pond with a filter and aerator. The frogs and toads are trilling up a storm, but since I bought goldfish for the pond last year, we probably won't have tadpoles or baby frogs (the fish would think they were a yummy treat, LOL). Mr. C says he's glad we won't add to the frog and toad population, as they're noisy enough with the number we already have.
We haven't yet gotten our pool up and running. We did manage to get the cover off (between storms) and Mr. C is starting to get the solar heating hoses set up. The weather has been so crazy (storms and temperatures) that we haven't been in a real hurry to get it set up (temp was 51* this a.m. when Mr. C got home from work). That's too darn cold for me to be swimming, LOL.
Another good piece of news is that our son, N, has qualified for an interview for a permanent position with the company he's contracting for at present. We have great hopes and prayers set on this situation. It would be doing basically what he's doing now, but with a permanent position with benefits etc.
So, is it any wonder that I haven't gotten much claying done this past two weeks? I have been working on color sticks (something we used in the Carol Simmons Kaleidoscope Workshop I went to in April in Wisconsin).
They are very fiddly and take a lot of time and clay and this is all the further I've gotten so far.
For anybody wanting to know, this is what my home studio looks like when it's got a "mess in progress" oops, I mean WORK in progress, LOL.
In the meantime, my body decided it was time to pass a kidney stone, so I'm not feeling my best and am "mad at the world" and in pain. I don't have time for a kidney stone. At least it appears to be passing on its own, so that will be another good ending, I just wish it would hurry up.
Actually all I wanted when I started writing this post was to warn people about the problem I'm having with spam commentors, and I ended up spewing all my frustrations all over on everybody. I'm sorry, but thanks for listening, apparently I needed to tell "somebody", LOL. I do have some positive pictures to end this post on, however. Pictures of our perennial garden.(although it needs weeding). Today, the Yellow Loosestrife is in bloom, the Monarda (Bee Balm) is growing like mad, some iris are blooming (and the lilies won't be far behind. I love that we interspersed lilies and iris, as the iris bloom early and then the lilies take over and then the Monarda finish out the summer. The only thing I don't have
are any fall plants. Maybe this year I'll have to finally put in a few mums to finish the year out (my problem is that by fall I am over my Spring planting and "rebirth of the earth" spree and I never feel like planting in the fall, but I do love the fall colors, too. So maybe. . .
I hope you all have a wonderful summer; summer's going to be here (June 21) before we know it. I can't believe we're already half way through 2013. Where does the time go? Until next time. . . smiles, Sue C