Monday, August 24, 2009


They kept Davy overnight at the hospital, they were pretty sure he had a heart attack. It came out after he got there that he'd been having chest pains & shortness of breath since Saturday. Yes, he has a bad foot infection & they put him on IV antibiotics, but that wasn't why his feet were turning black. They seem fairly certain that he has a blockage somewhere that's causing that, because they want him to see a vascular surgeon.

We just heard that they'll be keeping him for another day to run more tests, but that was all we were told. Hopefully they'll figure it out before too long.

His mom is having a really hard time of things. She had a hysterectomy on Friday because she had uterine cancer. They got her up on Saturday to do some walking & she started hemorrhaging so they put her in the special care unit until yesterday. She was place back in regular care, but now can't even hold liquids down. So, we're a full of worry here this week, between the two of them & I'm sure that they all feel pretty helpless at not being able to be there for the other members right now, since Joyce is in Salt Lake City & Davy is here.

Sunday, August 23, 2009


While I was typing that last acne sucks post, my best friend IMed me to tell me that her cousin, Davy (a good friend of mine) had just called his brother Jason to come & get him & take him to the ER. He had what he thought was a very bad case of athlete's foot earlier in the week, he was in so much pain he could barely walk because of it. I guess his toes started turning black later that day & he didn't want to worry anyone (their mom just has a hysterectomy to remove uterine cancer & was having bleeding issues), so he didn't tell anyone. Today, it's traveling up his feet & he 's scared & hurting, so he felt like he needed to go see what was happening.

I'm worried about him, but since waiting around in the hospital is about as exciting as reading colon cleanse reviews, I'll wait for news here at home or over at Dawn's house. I hope he's going to be alright, because I know what causes that & I hope it hasn't gone on so long that he'll lose them.

Well, I guess I ought to take my shower & decide what I'm having for dinner, since I'm starving & dirty. What a combination.

Not Fair

I always believed that once you left puberty behind you didn't have to worry about acne anymore. Either I never left puberty behind or that's just a myth. It's not fair, I tell you, I should not be trying to find the best acne treatment for myself, not at 43. That was something I obsessed about at 13, I thought that 30 years later it would just be a bad memory. I hate my skin.

I'm starting to feel a little better, finally. I haven't wanted to spend the day sleeping today, at any rate. I did have a bit of a scare earlier, Rhi IMed me to ask me to call my parents because they hadn't been by to get my niece for church & weren't answering their phones. I tried calling & just got voicemail on both cells, so we headed out there to check on them. The dogs were both out, the doors were all locked, the sprinkler was on & the car was gone, looks like a day trip or something, so I'll try callig them later & see if they're back yet.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Creepy Giveaway!

I just found the coolest giveaway via Mrs B. Grim Visions is giving away a really cool, one of a kind Skull Book light. The light features a handcrafted skull sitting on a ancient, dusty tome, with a melting candle on top of it. It's looks cool & creepy & would be perfect in my booth during faire. For those of you who don't read my other blogs, I'm a Renaissance craft vendor & my booth is called "Three Witches." We try to decorate accordingly & this would be perfect.

So, if you're interested in trying to win this cool light, run over to Grim Visions & follow the directions there!


These kittens are driving me nuts today. They're into everything & all over the place. I have to find someone to take them & soon. I was planning to keep one, but at this point, I'm thinking I don't want to deal with another kitten at Christmas, I have every year for awhile & I'm tired of it. I just get worn out following them around & keeping them out of trouble, honestly. I think I'm getting too old to deal with the shenanigans of baby animals. I have very little patience for most things these days & I have none left to spread around to little things that like to get into everything. I've picked up my mop more times than I can count, taken them off of the counters & out of the adult cats' food five or six times & cleaned up stuff that they've knocked to the floor as they climb up to the counter just as many times. I'm already worn out & it's only noon. I was a nap. I wonder if they have deal on orlando vacations for pet owners trying to escape?

Hey, don't forget to scroll down to my first post today, I need advice of the direction this blog should take in the future!

Must be Nice

I'm sitting here, feeling nauseated (it came on me all at once, no idea what's up with that) and watching "Flip this House," and the guy is redoing his Aunt's house that was damaged in one the hurricanes in Galveston (I think) and the contractor he hired went out & grabbed a bunch of day laborers off the street & then told him that he'd worked with them before & knew them. One of the guys flat out told the camera man that they'd only been there since the night before, so it's obvious he didn't know them before.

Anyway, the contractor & owner went to the store to buy new ceiling fans & light fixtures, which cost about $1500, which was really good, because they had estimated it would take at least twice that amount. It must be nice to be able to do that, I've had a fixture in my kitchen that we need to replace & have needed to for over a year & it's pretty much just hanging there, honestly. Neither of us have a clue how to change one, so we haven't. I need to find a friend that does & get them over here to help out, I think.

Changing it Around

When I started this blog I gave it the name it has today, thinking it would be my last blog & that I'd keep the name forever, then about a year later I added a blog to my business site & then a few months later, I bought the domain & thought I'd move this one over there, but for many reasons I wasn't able to, so now I have two blogs with very similar names, this one and "Words of a Witchy Woman." I do try to talk about different things on each blog & this one was about Pagan parenting, and where I talked about my kids. Well, my kids aren't kids anymore, neither of them live with us currently & there just isn't enough that I know about either one of them to even post regularly.

I don't know if this one should be about empty-nesting & parenting adult children or about my journey to better health & weight loss (which, by the way, as of today, I've lost 32 pounds & 10% of my starting weight since May 24, without using weight loss supplements or a prescription). I really do need your feedback on this, which would you be more interested in hearing about? Should I combine the two topics? It would give me a little more to talk about that way, for sure, but are the two topics too far removed from each other to share a blog?

Do you have any new name suggestions? I'm just out of ideas right now, I've sat here all morning, trying to figure out something new & it just isn't coming to me. Any suggestions or ideas at all will be greatly appreciated.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Almost the Weekend

Have I mentioned how ready I am for the weekend yet? I'm ready to have 2 days off from the alarm clock, walking and cooking dinner. I'm ready to actually be able to spend time with Troy, since he's been at work all week (which isn't normal for him, he usually works 3-4 days a week). It feels like we haven't seen each other at all, especially since he's on night shift & isn't sleeping at the same time I am.

I'm feeling somewhat better this evening, we'll see how I feel as the night progresses, I've been feeling worse the closer it gets to bedtime for the past couple of nights. I really want to feel good enough to stay up late & watch TV or read or whatever, because I don't have to get up early in the morning.

How many of you have gps systems in your cars? I remember when they first started coming out & then again when they were more affordable. We thought about getting one, but honestly, we live in a rural area & rarely go to a city where we might need directions to get somewhere. Would it even be worth it for us to have one? I know 'm a gadget freak & I'm just wondering if that's why they interest me, or if I think I really need one.


I'm in the middle of looking for a new layout, so be patient as I try new things out & play around in here!


Okay, I think this one should get me through for awhile, until I find something cute for Halloween, at least. What do you think?

Still Kickin'

I finally made it to the bedroom after my last post last night. I got there later than I intended, but I slept fairly well. I'm not feeling good again today & still really just want to sleep, but I'll survive. I did manage to get my dishes done yesterday, and today I'll sweep the floors in the kitchen & bathroom, maybe even get around to mopping, at least the kitchen, tonight sometime. I don't plan to do much of anything this weekend, I just want to catch up on my rest & try to get better.

We had gradually been getting our kitchen in shape & looking like we want it to, finally. We've been getting a little bit every payday, which was what I did with the bedroom, too. This week we bought dishes, rugs & a clock.I'd love to get the nasty, greasy wallpaper torn down this winter & get it painted in there. I want to buy some red glass tile for the area behind the stove, since we're painting that wall red anyway. There an area of wall right below the window that is pretty much ruined, so I thought we'd get some of that stamped tin looking stuff & put it up there, behind the sink. I think that would look pretty cool. We're almost to the point where that'll be all that's left to do in there. I think we still need to buy some glasses, since we have nothing to even give a drink to a guest in at this point and I'd like some new pictures in there, but other than that, we have nothing else to buy.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Kind of Cool

Well, I was going to go to bed, but then I happened upon a post my a former friend who moved back to the South, after living here for about 5 years or so. She's pregnant & waiting for her husband to join her (he's in the military), and meanwhile she's been looking for a home to buy. She's been having a hard time, not only because houses are too fat out of their budget, but because it's hard to make that choice alone.

Anyway, he sent her an email awhile ago, full of Outer Banks foreclosures & told her that pretty much anything in those listings would be great with him, so she went & looked at a few & I guess she got their loan approved & is waiting to here about one that they made an offer on. I'm excited for them, they've waited a really long time to own a home (and longer to have a baby) & it looks like their dreams are about to come true!


Why do I have 5000 channels & nothing to watch most of the time? I can watch a show about how industrial equipment supplies are made, from start to finish on Discovery, or "Cooking with Butter" on Food Network, or maybe "I'm a Celebrity & Have No Idea How to Survive without a Maid" on Reality. Wow. Maybe I'll just watch the replay of the Rockies game, at least it was good.

I know that my problem is that I'm bored, that it's been a hugely long week for Troy & I & I'm sick on top of it. I hate being bored, I tend to nitpick everything when I am. I could be working on getting my craft room straightened out, but because I'm sick, I have no motivation to do anything at all. I don't even want to go walking tomorrow, but I will, because Dawn is counting on me.

I can't wait until the weekend, I know that for sure. I just want to rest, I don't want to go anywhere or do anything at all. I might bake a cake for Troy & I to snack on in the coming week, but that'll take me 10 minutes at the most. I'm so tired & feel so horrible right now, I think I'll just go to bed. Goodnight blogger world!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Playing Catch Up

It seems like I'm always behind on my blogs these days. I've been spending so much time trying to get my real life under control (which includes my house) that I don't spend a lot of time writing anything. We had a wonderful day the Saturday we went to Navajo Lake. We spent the first couple of hours driving around on Webster's Flat, out towards Zion National Park. We saw some absolutely gorgeous country out that way, I love seeing the beautiful red rocks surrounded by the bright green of the trees & grass, it's almost surreal at times.

We had our little picnic, watched Beth abuse her uncle Justin, took her on a couple of little walks & really just had a nice relaxing time together. Right before we were ready to come back down, Dawn did a beautiful rite, honoring Lugh & the first harvest & then we left.

We plan to get together soon with Vicki & her husband Charlie, to do another Rock Band day, since they're coming out with a Beatles expansion that allows harmonizes & up to 3 microphones. Dawn, Vicki & I both love to sing when we play, so that'll be perfect. I hope they have it for the XBox 360 platform, if they do, we'll buy it later on, too.

Troy & I got our china cabinet cleaned out the other day, got rid of a bunch of stuff we have no need for anymore & then went & bought ourselves some new dishes and some cute rugs for the kitchen. They had an apple design on them, which I chose because it was red (most of my stuff in there matches that, including the new red dishes). The next day, I was getting Rhi a new alarm clock for work & they had a super cute apple clock, so I got that, too.

I'm hoping we can get the living room & bedroom carpets cleaned this weekend, unless Troy is just too exhausted, since he's working 60 hours this week & worked 48 last week. If he is, it can wait, we're still box training kittens after all.

Friday, August 07, 2009


I am so happy that it's Friday. That means I can sleep in tomorrow, or at least not worry about getting up & having to get ready to go walking immediately, at any rate. I don't know how long I'll sleep, but I can sleep as long as I'm able.

Tomorrow we're going up on the mountain to Navajo Lake for a picnic. It's just going to be a simple thing, just us & Dawn & Jason, since I doubt that any of her kids are going to want to go, but it's something we need, I think. I don't know how long we'll stay or what we'll even do while we're there, but I plan to just relax & take it easy for awhile.

My teeth are bothering me again, so I guess I ought to see if my dentist has any dental discounts going on right now & see what I can afford to get done. I need a couple of fillings I think & if not that, then I guess they can just pull those two teeth. I'm just tired of the pain, I will do almost anything at this point to make sure it stops.

Anyway, I'm tired & I think I just want to watch the baseball game & then go to bed, have a terrific night world!

One Year

One year ago, today, my grandma died. After today, all of those hard firsts are over. I'm not going to lie & say we were close, because we weren't, she wouldn't allow it. She was close to my oldest brother, because he was a boy & he was the first. She always wanted a son, but was only ever able to have one child & that was my mom, so Steve was her answered prayer, I guess.

I do have some good memories of her & of course, some not-so-good ones, too. She was typical, in that the gifts that came from her were always what she thought you needed & rarely what you really wanted, although, one year, she got Steve & I each a huge Summer Sausage for Christmas & wrapped them up.. there were some pretty funny looks from both of us when we were handed those!

There was the time she was trying to lure our escaped pig back to her pen & ended up being chased all the way up the driveway, with the pig snapping at her rear end all the way. That was one of the funniest sites I've ever seen in my life.

She believed that "vacations" were for visiting family, for the most part & used to laugh at Troy & I when we'd take our little mini Vegas vacations, to spend a night or two away from the kids & work on our marriage, but she thought it was pretty terrific when we were able to go on a Caribbean cruise with some friends one fall. Honestly, what family were we really going to go visit without having to drive 12-14 hours, get a hotel for several days & then drive back again? It was just cheaper for us to go to Vegas, really & no drama while we were there.

But, anyway, I miss my grandma, more than I ever thought I would. She hadn't been herself for years, Alzheimer's takes away the person you knew long before they die, so I figured I had dealt with the missing her part of it all. I was wrong & I still have questions that will never be answered, because she was just about the only person who could have & she probably wouldn't have. She'd have felt that it was none of my business & she's probably right.