Archive for 2007


Charlotte & Friends (and their remains)

Warning: Pictures of spiders! You must click to see them though

So we have this shed out back.  Sometimes we call it the barn  – though that is romanticising it A LOT.  It truly is just a shed.  It has been home to many a creature.  Our sweet kitties were born there.  And I don’t think I have ever ventured in that I didn’t find something – well- unwanted.  Mostly black widows. The one thing on this Earth I am truly afraid of.  Well truly, rationally afraid of.  I have irrational fears like everyone else.  I was kind enough not to post her picture but a link to her.  Not everyone appreciates being surprised by a black widow! This morning’s lovely specimen was actually living in our barbeque pit.  She is amazingly big. You can sort of tell by her body against the word “Kerr” on the jar she is in.  She is still a captive.  I havent decided what I am going to do with her just yet.  But it was a big deal for me to get the nerve to shoo her into the jar.


When I did go out to the shed this morning I found this LOVELY garden spider.

Isn’t she beautiful? And what an amazing web!

Then after looking around a little more…this was the remains of Mr. Snake.
I am always amazed to find a snake skin.
I thought it was a weird place to find one…hanging over a box of wiring.

So these are our discoveries for today.  Both the younger ones are working on school now after a morning of  Creepy Crawley 101.


What A Surprise!

Husband surprised me with this lovely ring!  Isn’t it just beautiful???


I honestly couldn’t have been more surprised! Just so beautiful and I am so touched.  I quite frankly have THE best husband in the world. He is so thoughtful and caring and so supportive with all that is going on in our lives right now.  He and Hannah had it all cooked up and didn’t let even a hint slip.  Sneaky, sneaky! And I am very happy to report we were able to get away for a couple of days. We actually ended up leaving on Sunday due to the fact that my mom had to be readmitted to the hospital on Saturday evening and while she was safe and getting more blood, we took the opportunity at her urging, to move our reservations up and go ahead.  We spent two days and two nights in a lovely suite at the Hilton in downtown Shreveport.  Yes I know that is not very far but we got away for a bit nonetheless.   And I am very happy to say I actually was able to relax and enjoy our time. I will tell you all more about it when I have time.  This morning I just wanted to let you know I am still here and kicking.

I wish I could say things were better with my mom, but I am afraid that is not the case at all.  I don’t know what the next step is.  Her dr has contacted a group of oncologists to see if there is some treatment available that might lessen her symptoms.  Maybe a radiation treatment to try and stop the bleeding.  I am not very hopeful but I am also very tired and worried and that affects my outlook.  Of course my worry is so minute compared to hers and for me to say I am tired – well compared to her I dont even know what “tired” is.  I am trying to just support her in what she wants to do.  She told me last night she felt like she was being railroaded into “trying things”.  Of course she is too ill and too exhausted to feel any other way at the moment.  I assured her I would not let anyone force her to do anything she didnt want to.  Ultimately all of her treatment is her decision.  She talked so much about my dad yesterday and her dr told me she did the same with him.  We both know she is tired of all this and really wishing it were over.  At the same time we have to present her with all her options.  There is not a thing wrong with her mind.  She is completely capable of making her own decisions.  And I want the decisions that must be made, to be made by her as long as she is able.

Thank you all for sticking with me.  I promise one day to post recipes and sewing tutorials and all the things I know you came here for originally.  But such is life at the moment…no time for those things.  Just trying to keep my head above water with school things and get all the necessary things done each day.

Have a Wonderful Wednesday.


Happy Saturday to You!

Well, I have all my eggs in one basket at present.  Husband’s plane landed a bit after 12:30 Friday Morning.  It was due around 10 pm Thursday night but weather held it in Atlanta for an extra few hours.  It was a long night to say the least.  Then we drove down yesterday and brought Mom home.  I am not sure it was the right move but she is home none the less.  The bleeding had subsided after surgery performed late Monday night.  However, yesterday after we got home it resumed.  Almost at the previous flow.  So I dont know what to think or do really.  Her doctor said in so many words, that he cannot continue to give her blood that is flowing back out faster than it is going in.   I completely understand that.  That is really all I know at this time.  I suppose we will see what this weekend brings.  If her blood count is back down today we might be heading back to the hospital.  This weekend will determine whether or not Husband and I leave on Monday or postpone our getaway.  I am trying not to fret over it.  In the scheme of things it seems selfish to go.  At the same time I so want to. 

Anywho, I am going to piddle around the house today.  Doing some cleaning and staying close to check in and out on her.  

Happy Report: It was not sweltering when I woke up this morning!  Yeah…could it be???? Autumn is around the corner!? Goodness I hope so, that alone will lift my spirits.  I LOVE Autumn!