Dec 2, 2012

Pondering the Calendar

I've been catching up on my Google Reader lately in between homework and other stuff.  Sorry if I haven't devoted much time to comments, but I'll try to get back to that when I'm more caught up in life.  Either way, it seems that a lot of us had a lousy and tumultuous 2012.  Not a fan.  So maybe it's time for me to say to 2013 - "Please be gentle!".  I thought about fist shaking and all, but am pretty sure that would backfire.  You? 

Nov 28, 2012


Good news!  Dad's bone has been cleared for reattachment.  A few days after the stroke, back in July (hard to believe it was so long ago - in some ways it feels like yesterday) the doctors removed a large chuck of skull in order to save dad's life - the pressure on his brain was too great.  It would have been replaced sooner, but the MRSA infection complicated matters, and then our return to NC further complicated the situation.  Though it's his bone it has to go through testing steps before it can be given to his surgeon.  It left PA, went to VA, and now is presumably in NC.  So, shortly we should hear when dad's neurosurgery is scheduled for.  And me?  I'm a bundle of nerves.  I'm excited about the surgery - the bone being back in is the safest thing right now.  His brain is too exposed (you can't see it - nothing gross, I promise - just looks like a head - but no hard protective covering under that head) should he fall and hit his head.  He's improving greatly on the strength and movement front, and as his therapists work to give him more skills and independence the risk grows.  Now I just wish it didn't involve hospitals or surgeries.  Oh well, if wishes were nickels.... or something.  ;) 

So, keep dad in your thoughts.  And us - for those nerves. 

Nov 25, 2012

Thanks Given

This seems to have been a year of thanks - not just a day of thanks.  Now I won't say that I don't wish for a do-over for the year more than occasionally, but we've been blessed with second chances, kindnesses from friends and strangers.   I try to focus on that and on the moving forward of life these days.  And we keep moving forward.  For example - we had a lovely Thanksgiving among friends and family.  Our family from afar weren't able to join us - it's too soon really for long visits, but soon I hope.  But we did succeed in creating a festive and joyful event for Thanksgiving nontheless.  Much food was cooked, and we gathered Dad, Liz, her daughter and grandchildren, and her daughters new fiance (new family!), manmate and I, and had some new visitors join us too - manmate's Dad, Mom and youngest bro, and several visits from neighbors too.  It was nice.  And Dad?  Dad seemed to enjoy the heck out of it.  He really rallied and other than a few rest breaks seemed determined to hang with the day - lots of football, time spent with grandkids, hellos to the neighbors, and several trips to watch football from his mancave.  (I'm certainly thankful for manmate's pushing power on that one - it's a little tricky to push 220 pounds of man and chair down a gravel driveway!)  Dinner was delicious - group effort from Liz, Sheryl, myself and manmate on the pies.  The turkey was a last minute pinterest find - Liz cooked it blanketed in bacon.  Two thumbs up on that - it was super moist.  And Sheryl and I survived some firsts - my first pecan pie, and her first go at the rutabegas! 

Anyway, it was a good day - different from years past, but still beautiful and fun.  And I hope all of you got wonderful days too, and had a few moments to think of all you are thankful for this year.  :) 

Oct 26, 2012


It's been about a month since I've posted - no apologies here.  It's a busy life in the garden spot these days.  Dad is getting stronger day by day, but still lots of appointments and things like that.  It's his 5th wedding anniversary, so if I still have any readers - maybe head over to Good Memories Cafe and wish them a happy one - even if you're a little late.  They're an amazing example of love, and "in sickness and in health".  Six Oaks (as they call their home) has weathered a lot of storms in 5 years. 

As for me - school is a struggle this semester.  There doesn't seem to be enough time to do it properly, though I'm trying my best.  And when the time appears I don't always easily find the energy or the motivation, but I'm gonna keep trucking.  I finished a storytime for very rambunctious 2-3 year olds recently, and that was quite the adventure.  Scared the daylights out of me (funny, as the theme was spooky, and I was the one spooked), but I had fun, and think they did too. 

On Monday I register for my last semester of grad school.  Crazy, don't you think?  I can't believe it's gone by so quickly.  Then the goal becomes work.  Although that never really stopped being the goal, but the jobs to apply for have been a bit slim in the last week. 

So, what's going on in your gardenspot?  Anything new and exciting?  The usual routine?  Please share!

Sep 27, 2012


I wore a favorite necklace today - a talisman against the day.  It caught on a chair and broke - mother of pearl and pearls flying everywhere.  Seems appropriate in hindsight - broken like I feel.  I keep waiting for the light at the end of the tunnel.  The tap on the shoulder as someone comes and tells us how to fix things.  The cavalry arriving to make things easier.  Some days that all seems more possible than others.  Maybe tomorrow will be one of those days. 

Sep 20, 2012

Book Review: Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

MockingbirdMockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The story of Caitlin, a 4th grader with Aspergers who lost her mother years ago, has an imperfect father, and a wonderful older brother who explains how behavior and feelings work.  When her brother is killed in a school shooting her world is changed quickly, and she's left only the help of a guidance counselor and her own will to learn how to continue on.  Great book for addressing differences, understanding autism disorders,addressing loss, and tragic events. 

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Sep 10, 2012

Pink and Say - a book review

Pink and SayPink and Say by Patricia Polacco

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It's not often that a book brings tears to my eyes, but this book is that powerful.  The story of two young boys, soldiers in the Civil War, one white and one black.  Touching, and memorable. 

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