Archive for August, 2007

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187 Hours

That’s how long it is until I pick Husband up from the airport. And considering he has been gone 720 hours, that doesn’t seem so long, does it? The lack of time management I have shown in those 720 hours, leads me to believe I will still have things unfinished on my ‘To Do’ list when he arrives. But in the scheme of things, those undone items will seem fairly unimportant.

My mom is not doing well at all. The next few sentences are a bit graphic so you might want to skip on down. Not terribly, but not everyone will be interested in the particulars. I always hesitate to give too many details on her condition because I really don’t want this to be a sad place for you to come to. I will say, however, that her doctor has been very accurate in his assessment of her prognosis. He had originally told me when she was diagnosed, that we would see a marked decline in her health in 3-4 months and the first of August was 3 months. She has some really unpleasant days with lots of nearly unmanageable pain. She has increased her doses of both pain medication and respiratory therapies. She has had a very difficult time breathing over the past few days and at my urging called her doctor yesterday. He called her back last night and told her he was ordering some blood work for today.  Thank goodness for home health care – they will come to her house and take the blood. He suspects she is anemic and might need a transfusion. He believes she is losing more blood than she realizes. She has had several bouts of bleeding when she urinates. If she does need blood, I think we will have to take her by ambulance to the hospital (55 miles)and hopefully, though it is normally an outpatient procedure, he will opt to keep her just overnight because the trip is so very hard on her. Due to her need of oxygen 24/7 I would feel very uneasy starting off with her in my vehicle, especially as hot as it is. When she told me last night what he proposed, if the test came back as he anticipates, the first thing she said was: “if it doesn’t interfere with your anniversary trip”. I assured her he would want to do it right away and she would be home and feeling better before then. But as with everything else, if we have to postpone our little trip, then so be it. Priorities, you know. Our oldest son has offered to take a few days off and stay with her so we can go. It still all depends on if I think I should go when the time comes. But he will never know how much I appreciate the offer, even if I am unable to accept it.

On a much more pleasant note…I have BOTH of Husband’s anniversary gifts in my possession!  Of course I told you about the mix up with his “cheesy” gift…but then I knew I wanted to get him something else.  I thought and thought and came up with a traveler’s watch!


It has two dials…one for home…one for work.  I think he will like it.  He has ‘awards’ watches from his company, but this is a nice ‘dress’ watch.  I kinda got the idea from the two clocks I have hanging in my kitchen.  One has our time, the other his work time.  Every time I look at the clock during the day it makes me think of what he is doing at that very moment.  Like right now it is 10:42 a.m. there and he is sleeping. He will wake up at 4:30 p.m. his time or 9:30 a.m. here.  This a the closest to perfect schedule for him because although he is sleeping during the day there, when he travels back home, he will be fairly close to a normal schedule for here.  If that makes sense.

Let’s see what else is going on here.  Oh, seeds are in for fall planting.  Husband will plant just before he goes back the end of September.  Lettuce, carrots, spinach, Chinese cabbage.

Since it is just 4 a.m. here, I have plenty of time to get some work done before everyone else is up.  Trying very hard to get a bit ahead with business stuff, never knowing when I will have to take time off.  AND get some lesson plans finished up.  We start back to school Monday.  Plus, I am trying to get some notes/ideas written down for the remodeling job that will start while Husband is home this time.  Basically all I am really responsible for  is picking out the paint and the front door I like.  And us agree on it…which is usually a breeze.  I very readily defer to his eye for color as I know whatever he has picked in the past has been just perfect.  This living room project will be wonderful.  I know he is putting recessed lights in, putting up new trim and baseboards, door frames…refinishing the oak floors that are under the most awful carpet, replacing the front door, built in entertainment center, one whole wall of book shelves and cabinets and with red walls (a warm red) and white trim. I think the red, white and oak will look lovely.   All the trim in our house is white.  I will do before, during and after pictures.  Of course won’t all get done this time but will be finished for the holidays.  We have talked about having a big holiday gathering for friends and family.  We did this several years ago and I think we fed something like 40 or so.  And in the dark as we were under tornado warnings and lost electricity…that is a story for another time!  But we pulled it off and had a wonderful evening.  Since he will be home from the 20th of December we have time and we love to feed people.

Better get started on my day…it will be a long one.


Victoria Bliss!


You have no idea how I would LOVE to go to this weekend. I loved Victoria magazine from the first issue I picked up. But alas, it isn’t the right time for a trip. Or another trip should I say. As I will be going for a few days for our wedding anniversary. But this would be the last weekend Jerry is home and with the remodeling (did I mention the remodeling???) there is just no way. However, follow the link…maybe you could go and then tell me ALL about it! And in case you didn’t know Victoria Magazine is coming back November 2007.


What do you think about before and after pictures of the remodeling?

Anyone interested?


Recipe of the Day: Brown Sugar Sour Cream Pound Cake


  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 1/4 cup cake flour
  • 1 tsp Kahlua
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 325.  In a mixing bowl cream sugar and butter until light and fluffy.


Add eggs one at a time, beating after each.  Fold in sour cream alternately with flour.  Add remaining ingredients and mix well.  Pour batter into greased and floured bundt pan.  I used two 6 inch bundts and one mini bundt.


Bake 50-55 minutes for the large pan, 45-50 minutes for the smaller ones and about 30 minutes for the mini.   Cool pans on wire rack for 15 minutes and then turn out.  You may glaze if you like but it certainly isnt necessary…VERY sweet already!


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