Saturday, April 30, 2011

I'm Excited!

Not about anything important but it was exciting to me. LOL. We made a library run today to our little 2 story library. It was me, my sister Cheryl, niece Amanda and my daughter Jessie. Girls fun day sort of. They finished the renovations on our little library. It's still just 2 stories but they've rearranged the areas and added a little coffee nook and separated the teen books from the children's books and now my kids don't feel like they're in an area just for the little kids. Jessie got 3 books and we chose 2 books for Nicky. I can't remember what they are right now but Nicky did tell me one of the ones I got for him was the second in the series. Unfortunately, he's like me and hates to read a series out of order. I told him maybe next time he'll just go with us then. I got three for me. The first one is Under the Dome by Stephen King. I've been wanting to read this one since it came out but it was never in when I was there. Its a huge thick book so I hope I'll be able to hold it okay. My luck will be my carpal tunnel will be acting up. Hopefully not. The second book is The Face by Dean Koontz and the third is We Ain't the Brontes by Rosalyn McMillan. I've never read anything by her but the book flap sounded really good. Its about two sisters who are both authors but one is a Sci-Fi author and at the top of her game and the other can't get her contract renewed and is jealous. Good ol' sibling rivalry at its best. There's more to it than just that so it should be an interesting read. I'm hoping that we'll get my Mom to go with us next Saturday. They've put in a lot of seating areas and since she uses a cane and can't stand for very long it will be a great help to her. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Maybe I should cross my eyes too. LOL.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Royal Wedding Watcher

Yes I am! I watched 30 years ago when shy little Di married her (so she thought) Prince Charming so there was no way I was going to miss Prince William marry his waity Katie. Yes, they've been together 9 years and lived together a long time already but a wedding should always be a joyous occasion. With the terrible tornadoes that went through the South this past week it was nice to have something wonderful to celebrate. While I think we should have more coverage about what is going on in Tuscaloosa the wedding was shown here starting at about 4 a.m. I don't think any breaking news about the storms that happened were being updated at that time anyway. On to the wedding.....I loved her dress. It was simple and I think it was very close to Grace Kelly's from when she married into Monaco royalty. I loved that she wore her hair down and then hearing that the Queen loaned her the tiara that her Mother gave her at age 18 was so sweet. I'm glad to see that there is some tradition still left in the world. I think this marriage actually might have a chance to make it. I hope it will. We need some happiness in this world.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Nice Easter Weekend

Our weekend started off nicely. We (Mom, Cheryl, Amanda and my kids) went and saw Dad on Friday morning. We got to stay about a couple of hours. He was in bed though because he was in some pain that morning. He chatted quite a bit with everybody. Jessie was a little upset that he didn't remember her that morning but I explained to her that at least he knew she belonged to him somehow and that the next time she gets to go he might know her. After that it was time to pick up Chris. We got him and went to Denny's for lunch but I think we all got breakfast except for him and Nicky. Nicky invented a new drink. Tabascoke. Yeah, it is what it sounds like. Tabasco and coke mixed together. I swear my son is going to turn into a spicy spice before he's 18. We went to Home Depot and picked up a new thermostat. Chris is frustrated with it because its programmable and he doesn't want to take the time to follow the directions to set it. I'll get it done sometime while he's back at work this week hopefully. If not, we'll just have to go and get a simpler one. LOL. Brought everybody home and nothing much for Friday. Saturday morning got up and Cheryl and I went to the store before it got really bad. Came back and went down later that evening for a dinner of chili dogs and chips and dying Easter eggs. Sunday came and I went over to Mom's house around 10 that morning to help get dinner ready. We had too much of everything but it was so good. Ham, corn casserole, potato salad, deviled eggs, cabbage, salad, rolls and tomato, cucumber and onion salad. Desserts were earthquake cake and banana pudding. I think Cheryl was hungry when we bought groceries. LOL. I'm glad we only eat like this on special occasions and that those are far and few between. We had a little Easter egg hunt for Wyatt. He's one and the only grandchild small enough to really hunt. My two hunted but the eggs really weren't hidden for them. One reason is there's no hiding places where we live really. It's all flat grassland since our area was once a hayfield. We went home after that. Its so nice to only have 3 blocks to go home instead of 30 miles or more. We're back to work and school today. Not me of course but still I have to get up at 5 a.m. with the kids everyday so I think I'm looking as forward to summer vacation as they are. LOL.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Daddy Today

We went and saw Dad today. Just Mom and me. I had to take Chris into work because they're redoing and adding on to the parking lot where he works. He doesn't want to leave it parked on the street while he's on the road this week. Hopefully it won't take too long for them to get it all done. Anyway, Mom went with me this morning to drop Chris off. We got up to the VA and there was no parking in the building my Dad is in. I dropped Mom off at the front and went and parked across the street from there until someone moved. Mom uses a cane and I have neurapathy in both feet so its too far for either of us to walk from the parking lot to the front door of his building. It doesn't help that most of the parking is for doctors and vans for patient use but they really do not get many visitors in his unit anyway. Still its nice to be able to use handicap parking when we need it which we usually do. :(

Dad was in a good mood this morning. When I finally got upstairs they were in a visitation room watching an old Dale Robertson movie called Blood on the Arrow. He kept saying off and on through the movie..That's Dale Robertson. I wonder what happened to him? We'd talk about other actors in the movie but he always went back to Dale Robertson. We had about an hour visit and he started in with saying he had to go to the bathroom but couldn't cause I was there. I left for a little bit (10 minutes or so) thinking that would help him settle down. He's in diapers but can't remember sometimes. We saw the doctor while we were there and she said he was doing very well. After the scary pneumonia episode a few months back he's recovered pretty well. They've reduced some of his meds too she said. The only thing going on is he hollers help every few minutes and when asked what he needs he doesn't remember saying help. Not a long visit but nice. He knew I was a daughter today too. He might not know my name but at least he knows my face.

Meet Me on Monday in Texas

Blogging is a funny thing...we tell our most intimate thoughts for all to read and yet most of the time I find myself sitting and wondering, "who is this person!?" I know them...but yet I don't know them! I want to know who the person is behind all those words so I thought of a great way for all of us to "meet" each other!

Every Sunday Never Growing Old will post five get to know you questions that you can copy and paste into your own Monday post and we can all learn a little more about each and every one of us!!

Java will add a linky so we can follow who participates and get to know them better!! Be sure to link the POST and not just your whole blog!!

Question #2 compliments of Helen at A Crafty Kind of Truffle!!

If you have a question suggestion please email me at: and if I use your question I will give you a shout out!


1. Caesar Salad or Garden Salad?
2. Will you be watching the Royal Wedding on April 29th?
3. Last thing you spent lots of money on?
4. Window seat or aisle seat?
5. Do you know your blood type?

My Answers:
1. Caesar Salad or Garden Salad?

Garden Salad but I vary my dressings. I like Ranch, French, Italian and all the good balsamic/vinegar varieties I can try.

2. Will you be watching the Royal Wedding on April 29th?

Yep. I watched Charles and Diana get married so I'm going to follow up with William and Kate.
I have to get up at 5 to get the kids up and getting ready for school anyway so I'll just get up the hour earlier. I also watched the burial of Diana when she passed away. Royalty fascinates me but I'm not a fanatic about it.

3. Last thing you spent lots of money on?

Down payment on our Dodge Journey and before that we had to buy a new central a/c unit. Both were pretty pricey.

4. Window seat or aisle seat?

I don't fly but if I did it would definitely be an aisle seat.

5. Do you know your blood type?

Yes, I'm O positive. My kids and husband are A positive.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sunday Stealing in Texas

I found this on a blog I just started following and followed it back to this button. It seemed like a fun steal to me.

Sunday, April 17, 2011The 65 Questions Meme
Welcome back to Sunday Stealing which originated on WTIT: The Blog authored by Bud Weiser. Here we will steal all types of memes from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent memes. You may have heard of the expression, “honor amongst thieves”. In that age-old tradition, we also have our rules. First, we always credit the blog that we stole it from and we will “fess up” to the blog owner where we stole the meme. We also provide a link to the victim's post. (It's our way of saying "Thanks!") We do sometimes edit the original meme, usually to make it more relevant to our global players, to challenge our players, sometimes to select that meme's best questions, or simply to make it less repetitive from either this new meme or recently asked questions from a prior featured meme. Let's go!!!

Today we ripped off a blogger named Doug Spencer from the blog Songs of Innocence and of Experience. Doug does not credit where he got it. But, it was probably stolen there as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft's thieves might take some time. Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!

Sunday Stealing: The 65 Questions Meme

Cheers to all of us thieves!

1. Tell us who the last person that you took a shower with.

It's been a while but it would be my husband Chris.

2. Tell us about your favorite tee-shirt. Extra points if you show a pic. (We know. What can you do with freakin' extra points?)

No favorite here really.

3. Has anyone ever hit on you even though they knew you were taken?

If they did I didn't know it.

4. Do you plan what to wear the next day?

Sometimes. Depends on what we're doing that next day.

5. How are you feeling RIGHT now? Why?

Okay. Pain as usual but that's normal for me.

6. What's the closest thing to you that's black?

My computer.

7. Tell me about an interesting dream you remember having.

Can't think of anything right now.

8. Did you or might you meet anybody new today?


9. If you could be doing anything right now (or perhaps after you finish this ridiculous meme) what would it be?

Reading probably.

10. Can you think of a meme question that's never been asked?

Not really.

11. What comes to mind when I say China?

Peking Duck.

12. Are you overly emotional?

I can be. I know I'm a worrywort of the worst kind though I try to not be worrying about something happening when everything is going well.

13. If you could listen to just one rock album (CD, vinyl or mp3) which one would you pick?

Probably something by Queen. Loved them when I was a teenager.

14. Do you bite into your ice cream or just lick it?


15. Do you like your car?

Love my car. We just bought a 2010 Dodge Journey (new) in January. It's silver.

16. Do you like yourself?

Mostly though there are things I wish I could change of course.

17. Would you go out to eat with Charlie Sheen?

As long as he's paying I wouldn't mind it. I'd like to ask him a question or two.

18. What was the last song that you listened to?

Something by Lemonade Mouth since we just watched the Disney movie the other night. I can't remember what was on the car radio when we went out and about.

19. Are (or were) your parents strict?

I thought they were at the time but now I know they really weren't. As long as we let them know what we were doing and who we were with they were usually okay with just about anything we wanted to do.

20. Have you ever wondered what attending a wild orgy (if only to watch or...) would be like?

Nope, can't say I've wondered about that.

21. I say cottage cheese. You say:

Ricotta cheese

22. Have you ever met a celebrity?

I met Chris Adams the wrestler way back when. Sorry to hear he passed away.

23. What was the last movie that you watched at home?

Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2

24. Is there anything sparkly in the room you're in?

Not really. It's too early to be sparkly this morning.

25. What countries have you visited?

Mexico and The Bahamas

26. Have you ever made a phone call while you were drunk that you've regretted? If yes, do tell.

Nope. Never been drunk.

27. Where were you going the last time that you were on a train?

I was going home back to Dallas after visiting my Grandparents in Brenham.

28. Bacon or sausage?


29. How long have you had a cell-phone?

About 10 years

30. What other memes do you do regularly?

I just started Meet Me on Monday and like to do First Line Friday when I can. My friend Kathy's blog is all about Bon Jovi, Books and Bags and she asked me to make her a button for her meme there. I just haven't really done it lately.

31. Who is the craziest meme host?

I have no idea.

32. Who invented chop sticks?

Again, I have no idea but I bet an internet search would have the answer.

33. Who are you going to be with tonight?

Hubby and the kids.

34. Are you too forgiving?

I don't think you can be too forgiving.

35. When was the last time that you were in love?

Were? Still are. LOL.

36. Tell us about your best friend.

I have no one best friend. Mostly I have family that has been there for me. Now online I have a lot of friends hopefully one day I'll get to make the ultimate road trip and meet them all.

37. What was the stupidest thing you learned in high school?

High school was too long ago to even remember the stupid stuff.

38. What was the last thing that you cried about?

Family drama.

39. What was the last question you asked?

What was the last movie we watched?

40. Favorite thing to do this time of the year?

Get ready for Easter.

41. If you had to get a (or another) tattoo, what would it be?

No tattoos here but if I were to get one it would be an old fashioned Santa head without the hat but with an Ivy wreath instead. I'm married to Chris and have Nicholas as a son. Our daughter's middle name is Ivy so it would cover all 3 of them. (Kris Kringle, St. Nicholas and then the Ivy wreath on the head)

42. How would your best friend describe you?

I have no idea. Hopefully sane would be in there though.

43. Have you ever seen all three Twilight films?

Yes, we have a tween and a teen so there's no way we could miss those movies. Though I've read the books and would have seen the movies anyway but don't tell them that. LOL.

44. Ever walked into a glass door?

Who hasn't?

45. Favorite color on that person that you are attracted to?

Burnt Orange. He looks good in blue too.

46. Have you ever slapped someone?

Probably but I don't remember it.

47. What hair style (for you) would you like to see return?

I would say shag but its really just a woman's version of the mullet right?

48. What was the last CD you bought?

Troubador by George Strait

49. Do looks matter to you?


50. Could you ever forgive a liar?

Depends on the lie.

51. What's the hardest bill to pay every month?

The one for our new Dodge Journey

52. Do you like your life right now?

Pretty much. There are a few things I wish were different but that's beyond my control.

53. Do you sleep with the TV on?


54. Can you handle the truth?

It can hurt but usually I can.

55. Do you have good vision?

Not without my glasses.

56. Do you hate or dislike more than 3 people?

I only hate one person and I can't think of any I dislike really.

57. How often do you talk on the phone?

With my husband - a lot. Mostly I leave the calling to other people calling me.

58. What celeb would you like to come home to?

Johnny Depp.

59. What are you wearing?

My housedress. I plan to be comfortable all day today. Let's see how long that lasts. LOL.

60. What is your favorite wild animal?

Lion. I don't ever want to meet one though.

61. Where was your facebook picture taken?

I have a graphic up right now. No idea where I got that one from though.

62. Can you waltz?

Probably but its been a long time.

63. Do you have a job?

The best in the world. I'm a Mom.

64. What was the most recent thing you stole?

This meme.

65. Have you ever crawled through a window?

Not that I remember.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Meet Me on Monday in Texas

From Java's blog... Welcome to the 42nd edition of
"Meet Me On Monday!"
Blogging is a funny thing...we tell our most intimate thoughts for all to read and yet most of the time I find myself sitting and wondering, "who is this person!?" I know them...but yet I don't know them! I want to know who the person is behind all those words so I thought of a great way for all of us to "meet" each other!
Every Sunday Never Growing Old will post five get to know you questions that you can copy and paste into your own Monday post and we can all learn a little more about each and every one of us!!
Java will add a linky so we can follow who participates and get to know them better!! Be sure to link the POST and not just your whole blog!!
If you have a question suggestion please email me at: and if I use your question I will give you a shout out!

1. Who would be your dream celebrity date?
2. Do you have any food restrictions?
3. How much time do you take to get ready in the morning?
4. Sausage or bacon?
5. Do you Google, Bing or Yahoo?

My Answers:
1. Who would be your dream celebrity date?
Johnny Depp. We have a lot in common I think. Of course I don't speak French but I wouldn't mind him speaking it to me at all.

2. Do you have any food restrictions?
Yes but the real question is do I follow them. I'm diabetic and carb sensitive so I need to watch everything. Most of the time I do okay but there are times when its just not possible. I did manage to somehow lose 8 pounds in 3 weeks. I think I was eating more regularly is why. Now that I know I lost weight I'll be subconscious about it and probably gain it back. LOL.

3. How much time do you take to get ready in the morning?
It depends. If I'm going to be home all day I just put on a house dress, pj's or sweats that nobody will see so there's maybe 5 minutes for that routine. If I have to go somewhere maybe 20 minutes and that includes a shower. I think the last time we had to get dressy for a wedding it took be 45 minutes and that included wearing makeup (mascara, eyeshadow and lipstick).

4. Sausage or bacon?

Bacon and more bacon.

5. Do you Google, Bing or Yahoo?
Google baby!

Insomnia I hate you!

I had about an hour's sleep last night. I wouldn't let myself get out of bed though because I kept thinking that if I could calm my mind down I'd be asleep before I'd know it. No luck though. This whole stupidness with my sister and niece kept going through my head and worrying about my other sisters health didn't help either. I want to patch everything up but I really think that its up to my sister to make amends. The whole trouble with that is she works with my other sister and the niece in question so I'm sure its going to be a long feud. I'm sick at the thought of never getting to see them again. When Cheryl first got sick she called and was griping about how much Cheryl and Amanda miss work and how bad it makes her look. Really?! It's crazy that she thinks that way. She must be very insecure about her job to think what they do will reflect back on her doing her own job. I used to work for the same company and they don't judge people and how they do their jobs based on the people they're related to there. My sister Kelly is just a huge drama queen and if its not all about her then its just wrong. @@


I took Mom to see Dad. It was a short visit. He wasn't up for much company. He's even skinnier if that's possible. He was in an okay mood. He asked if I was the only daughter that came to see him. Cheryl is still ill and I have no idea if Kelly will come and see him on her own or not. I hope she will. We told him about Cheryl being ill but he still asked for her again during the visit. That's to be expected since she's the one that did the major care of him before his dementia got so bad. We were there maybe 30 minutes and he asked us to leave. I know it kills my Mom's soul when he does that. He was sleepy though and that's why he wanted us to go.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Family Drama........Take It Away!

My sister Cheryl has been very, very ill. She started feeling horrible on Friday but the symptoms started on Wednesday. She said that she felt like she had hurt her tailbone that day. She thought that she had just plopped on the floor too hard when she was playing with the kids in the family. They had planned to go and see my Dad on Friday but while she was at work she had a knot come up in a very akward area and was in extreme pain. Patrick and my Mom were just leaving to go and get her after work anyway so they took her to urgent care. Turned out they thought she had an internal staph infection between her hoo and her haa. Yeah, TMI but not graphic at least. They sent her home with a RX for an antibiotic and Vicodin. Come Saturday evening she's crying and crying and the Vicodin isn't working very well for her at all. Get her to the ER around 7:30 p.m. and they put her on an IV drip and stout antibiotics. They decide she needs surgery to drain the knot and do a small incision but deep. She feels a little relief and we get sent home at 4 a.m. with the same RX's she got from urgent care. She gets through Sunday and said she feels a little better but come Monday about 6:30 she calls an ambulance to come and get her. I finally get up to the ER and she's losing her mind from the pain. The first doctor to look at her basically says suck it up about the pain and that they'll give her stronger stuff in the ER and more antibiotics but she'll probably be sent home again. Well, she really loses it after that. She's laughing histerically and mumbling to herself and scaring the crap out of me. I marched my not too happy but pain free butt up to the nurse's station and told her my sister is out of her freaking mind from the pain she's in and I really need to speak to her doctor. They call him and he comes out and says that either the culture they took from her on Saturday/Sunday was no good or was slow growing because they still weren't positive if it was staph or something else. He said they'd definitely be keeping her because her white blood count was at 20 so something was definitely wrong. It finally got as high as 23 before the night was through. They did another CT scan of her pelvis and groin and found out that the infection had grown since Sunday morning and was into her muscle and that's why she was in so much pain. They decided to give her morphin that night and do surgery the next morning on it. She did okay in surgery but when they tried to wake her up they had to get very agressive with her. Finally they had to slap her awake. She said she didn't see any lights but it was really quiet and peaceful wherever she was and that she was pissed when they finally got her out of it. This was Tuesday morning. She finally got out at lunchtime today (Thursday). Her white blood count was almost back to normal and she was finally fever free. She said that if she hadn't have had that bad pain she would have thought she had the flu. Turns out she has some kind of long winded STREP infection. Thank God Cheryl was healthy because if my Mom or Patrick who aren't that healthy would have been the ones that caught this I'm sure we'd be planning a funeral. I just hope God is through playing with Cheryl right now because her stress level is off the chart. My stupid family wouldn't even let her be sick this week and she's been in the hospital. My niece found out she's about 3 to 4 weeks pregnant. It's not a happy, happy situation because it was basically just a couple of days romance that got her that way. While I'm not happy that she's pregnant from it this way I've decided I'm not going to be a negative ninny and worry what brought her this baby. She'll be 26 when its born and was told she only had a 30% chance to get pregnant anyway. She has a tilted uterus and only one kidney so who knows how her pregnancy will go. I'm still holding my breath for her. My Mom, Cheryl and Patrick handled the news better than I thought they would. They're like me. We can't change how she got that way so there's no use being hateful to her. My sister Kelly is another story. She's so upset that she's pulled Phillip from being kept by my Mom and brother and put him into daycare. The thing is she was going to put him into daycare anyway and is using Amanda's pregnancy as an excuse to do it now. She took Amanda to work this morning but called her a "stupid bitch" about getting pregnant. Okay, that's fine but don't express your opinion on the way into work. Time and place Kelly. I mean I basically told Amanda the same thing but since I was a "stupid bitch" too I can get away with it. Kelly has been trying to get pregnant with her 2nd baby for about 5 months now. She's jealous pure and simple. She told Amanda that there was no way MOM (my Mom) could keep Phillip and a baby. Well, gee, she didn't even ask Amanda before saying that because I had already told her that I would keep her baby in exchange for her coming and cleaning my living room and kitchen once a week. The girl can clean and likes to do it so I felt it was a fair exchange. Besides, Amanda's baby isn't even due til early December so pulling Phil from my Mom is nothing but spite on Kelly's part. I'm trying to stay out of it but I'm guessing we won't be seeing Phil or Kelly and Anthony (her husband) anymore after this. Kelly holds grudges and she definitely will not be bringing Phil to see any of us any time soon I'm sure. Hopefully she can get over it because while she was calling Amanda a whore to me I'm thinking gee, she probably thinks the same thing about me because I wasn't married when I got pregnant either. But yet its okay that Todd (Amanda's youngest brother) has not only one baby mama but two and has two kids from each of them and he started at 17 having babies. Yet, Kelly doesn't have a problem with that. Hypocrite is such an ugly word but I don't see any difference in a boy getting a girl pregnant and not being a slut than a girl getting pregnant and being one. A slut is a slut no matter boy or girl. :( My family is broken. I'm just glad that Dad isn't aware right now. This is one time that dementia is good for him.
P.S. Cheryl told me that when she finally woke up in recovery she was on the floor and heard the doctor say well, lets call it. The nurse said wait she's back. She said where she was before she came too was an oblivion and nice and quiet. I told her of course since it wasn't her time to go. She said she was pissed they pulled her out of there. As of Sunday, April 10th, she's doing much better. She's maybe 50% right now and has home healthcare coming to take care of her wound so hopefully she's mending like she needs too. She goes back for a follow up on Wednesday.