I spent the weekend catching up with some projects that have been on hold.
Some family history research, working with old photos, testing my sock pattern and cleaning out the inside of the car.
My Mom's flowers along Dad's garage.
I wounded my lawn mower last week...I didn't totally wreck it but will have to get some parts and help fix it. In the meantime I stole borrowed my baby brothers zero turn. All the lawns are mowed...well except for the hilly parts at my baby brothers...I just don't do hills.
This week we have multiple Doctors appointments. Eight I believe...it is what we do.
On the way into town to pick up my Dad for our Bingo date I stopped by the sunflower field.
What fun to photograph such beautiful blooms. I like this field ...there is a safe spot to pull off the highway.
I have to bee careful on account of the bees and my epi pen was at home. The bees were more intent on the blooms than me...good thing.
Oh and the green.
Well we had an uneventful night at Bingo until the last game. The big one... Blackout for 1,000 dollars. Yes I Bingoed but so did two other people so we had to spit the loot and I split again with my Dad cause we always play one wins we all win. So Dad and I went home 130 dollars ahead and had a free night at bingo. ( Bingo cards are 30 dollars for the evening. We play double packs and then buy 7 extra cards for Blackout.) My Dad really enjoys Bingo. When I called at 4 PM to check on them and make sure Dad was feeling okay and wanted to go to Bingo...Mom said "He already has his shoes on and is waiting for you."
Some of the brush in the woods is turning yellow. Leaves litter the ground after the big wind we had a week ago. I haven't mowed for awhile...the mower will chop up those leaves and sticks...a prelude to Fall work.
Yesterday I accomplished...not much...errands. I dropped by the thrift store and got a skein of yarn for nests...I am the last of the big spenders at 50 cents. The Walmart list had grown so that was accomplished. Far Guy was dropped off and picked up...he is still real short of breath.
Good news this new Bill Pay seems to be working...bills are paid and money leaves the account...yeah! Technology is great when it works!
That is the number of Christmas Ornaments that are complete. The paints are put away and the dining room table has been cleared off. The ornaments are in three boxes awaiting Christmas bags or boxes of their own...
It has been rainy the past two days, yesterday morning I could not see how my day would progress as it was a "me day" so I did some laundry, scrubbed the Furnace/Laundry room floor and continued on into the kitchen. I took apart the vacuum cleaner and cleaned it up real good...my vacuum not Far Guys robot vacuum. I worked on some bits and pieces for stage two of the ornaments. The sun peaked out for a bit and Far Guy was able to buff up the last few of stage one...I put the last coat of sealer on them and at 9 PM last night I was finished with the 2019 Ornament Project. Yeah us!!
I even found time to transcribe my knit sock pattern in the afternoon and have a 20 minute nap.
The sock pattern is tucked into a page protector with extra sticky notes so I can easily keep track of which row I am on. Yeah me! Hopefully I didn't make any mistakes or typos! ( I still have two pair of socks on needles)
I have the Bill Pay situation under control now...maybe. I had to open a new account at a local bank as none of our other accounts would work. I have entered all the information and hopefully bills will be paid. The Credit Union still has not subtracted money from our account for the bills I paid using their system. Someday I suppose they will figure it out. I wonder how long it will take?
Finally after 8 plus weeks I can say I might have accomplished this project...who knew it would be such a big pain in the butt.
Echinacea and an old bridge
It rained all day on Monday, turning our grass green again. We had a number of errands to run. The humidity makes it hard for Far Guy to breathe. He is exhausted.
We have two lanes of tar!! The biggest part of constructing the new road is done.
yeah for a new road! Now I can wash the car and clean all the doors where dust has collected.
We worked on the second phase of our wood carved Christmas Ornament over the weekend. 40 are now complete and ready to package up! It is real putzy work....painting and sealing...washing my hands and brushes many times a day. (I am a messy painter)
We enjoyed the first of the local sweetcorn and wish we had the energy to put some up for the winter. The tomato guy has tomatoes ripening on the vine...so we will soon have tomatoes. The Chokecherries were a bust this year...just about enough for the birds...I would have to hunt real hard for enough to make some jelly.
Here are the last three sculptures at Goose Poop Park.
This one is called Stegacrane.
I did not enjoy the next one at all.
It is called Snakes and I gave it a wide berth.
The last one was puzzling to me.
It is called Wheel of Wonder. I read later that you are supposed to look through the eyepiece, inside is a kaleidoscope...
The sculptures change every year...but most of the artists are the same from year to year. The snake artist is new to this project this year. I believe the sculptures are sold after they have been on display for a year.
I finally had a me day. My "me day" may be different from yours.
I played "52 pickup and put away" at least once. I deep cleaned the bathroom, washed towels and bath rugs. Washed another load of clothing too. I phoned a friend who has encountered many losses in the last month, she said I made her feel a bit better...I hope so. I mowed lawn over at Katie's old place, then a small area over at my other baby brothers place of business and on the way home I mowed the back road. I now have 71 Christmas Ornaments ready for stage two. Stage two is being worked on. I had a long nap (about 2 hours), and we cooked supper together...pork burgers without the bun, french fries in the air fryer and peaches. I spoke with my baby brother last evening, his daughter is recovering from surgery. Oh yes Jen called and my other baby brother and sister in law stopped by.
It was really nice to stay home all day. I may not have had much time for "me" but I had the time to do things that were important to me.
Fish Hook River and the old Rail Road Trestle Bridge August 8 2019.
Not much has changed. They want some more tests done...because they are curious I guess. Visits and tests were scheduled with the Endocrinologist, Pulmonologist, a scan of his esophagus, some random blood tests, a six minute walk and some breathing function tests. ( Sputum samples were sent in already and we are waiting for the results.) He also had a Hepatitis B injection on August 1st. All visits and tests will be accomplished in the next few weeks.
Far Guy is still very short of breath. We are keeping him out of lung irritants ...perfume, after shave, cleaning products, fabric softner, gas fumes and campfire smoke.
We hope "the call" comes soon, but it could be a long wait.
While Far Guy was at Rehab I did errands and was done before him so I went by the local Hometown Craft Store (used to be a Ben Franklin) and bought some proper baby yarn. I crocheted them during the afternoon when the phone was ringing off the hook so much it made me miss my nap.
I am done with baby booties now. These will be a gift for one of Far Guy's Infusion Nurses who is due to have a baby soon.
I stopped by a Bank in town. Yes they could set me up with Bill Pay, I just had to sign some papers. Later I found out the gal didn't know what she was talking about ( she is new and was confused)...so I have to go back to town and open another account...as if one of the three we have there would not work...it has to be a special checking account. I am just about fed up with signing up for this bill pay crap. And yes the Credit Union we usually use is still paying our bills and not taking the money out of our account...the money is there just waiting for them...go figure. Everyone said "Bill Pay is so easy." I have found it to be a big pain in the butt for the past 9 weeks.
The dogs love to wake us up early, at home they have a doggie door and can let themselves out. At our house Little Elvis licks your hand or arm or face until you get up.
Far Guy got up way early at daylight. I did the second shift...they were hungry at 7AM and then needed to go out.
One way to get Little Elvis to leave you alone for five minutes is to brush him!
We sure enjoy their visits. They are good company. Miss Miney is over 14 now, she has problems walking a straight line some days...she wobbles...BUT she is still happy and seems comfortable.
I struggled with a different baby bootie pattern...finally have a pair that are acceptable. If I do them again I would pick a fine baby yarn. As it was I used a cotton thread. I added the ties being realistic that they might have to be tied on!
At least these will fit a baby and not a one year old.
I worked on packaging up seven crochet rescue nests for a Wildlife Rehabilitator in Iowa. They are ready to mail! I work on nests here and there, when ever I have a few minutes. I forgot to take a photo.
Making progress on the Christmas Ornament...50 are now complete in Phase One. Feels good to have them packed away in a box awaiting their final bits.
We had a good gathering at my baby brothers lake home. Good food and good company. Got to see a few cousins that we haven't seen in awhile. My baby brother and his wife hold an annual Rendezvous at their place the first weekend in August. New this year is a zip line for kids and adults. The closest I got was removing poison ivy in that area! The small step stool I have makes me nervous, so a zip line would be out of the question!
Rudbeckia 'Cherokee Sunset' in the Wild Gardens.
Far Guy is coughing and short of breath again. We just cannot keep him feeling good.
Days away from medical appointments take on a life of their own. I try to stay on top of things just in case Far Guy gets "the call"....it is almost a full time job. Yard, house, laundry....repeat.
Jen is here with Miss Miney and Little Elvis. It is good to have dogs in the house again. Jen and I worked on Christmas Ornaments....26 are now complete waiting for the second stage. We also worked on the design of the Christmas Card. Yesterday I made potato salad for fifty plus people for a gathering today at my baby brothers lake home.
I attempted to crochet a pair of baby booties for a friend that is having a baby...it was a cute design but would fit a one year old instead of a baby so I frogged it. I hope to find another pattern or re write the one I have. I showed it to Jen and she just laughed...it was so big!
I asked Jen to bring down a box for the ornaments in waiting...she discovered I am a box hoarder and mumbled something about boxes inside other boxes.
Well it is August in Minnesota. Only a couple of months until it snows. The Oak leaves are starting to turn August brown. The lawn has brown dormant splotches. I hear there is some swimmers itch...you must shower after being in the lake or rub vigorously with a towel to avoid that itch....tiny bumps that itch like crazy.
The Deer Flies are here and I had a baby Walking Stick in my flower garden.
The Christmas Ornaments are coming along. There are two phases to the ornament...an ornament with other ornaments ( yes we might be nuts). 14 are complete to the first phase...Far Guy is brainstorming the second phase. I am painting and sealing more of the first phase. All woodcarving is complete on the first phase.
When Far Guy is at Pulmonary Therapy I have an hour to do "something." Usually I run errands. But he goes to Therapy 3 times a week. I have a limited amount of errands! Monday is a great time to check out the Thrift shop for yarn...last Monday it was a gold mine...I spent 3 dollars and got 6 skeins of yarn....two were full skeins which might become a scarf someday.
I wandered around in the local Yarn Shop ...and bought something special. Which I may or may not get done before Christmas.
I made a trip through the gardens outside the hospital. Took some photographs and then sat in the car and began winding yarn into balls.
It has been a stressful week.
We still have a partially bottomless pit of money at the Credit Union...now some bills are paid and some are not. I found this out quite by accident when I was setting up an alternate way to pay bills. The Electric bill was paid and then 5 days later it was unpaid...go figure. So I paid it again using the alternate way. I have spoken to The President of the Credit Union...she is as frustrated with it as we are...no solution is in sight.
A lost checkbook was found. ( Thank goodness...it was all my fault.)
Lab Tests that were supposed to be ordered locally for Far Guy are now 10 days late. Someone says they were ordered but the Lab has no such order. They probably sent the order to the wrong clinic...who really knows. He had a list of nine things that needed to be addressed...and it is all in progress...supposedly.
One day I was not adulting very well and just wanted to cover my head up with a blankie and suck my thumb.
Three of my baby brother's Grands came over to do an art project...goodness knows I have lots of supplies.
They admired the little Fox that I made for May Baskets at their Grandparents house and wanted to know if they could make a batman and wolves.
I got out the die cutting machine for the basic parts and they added their own ideas.
Note to self if we do this again we need safety scissors for kids! They did okay with my long sharp scissors but I was uneasy.
They have imaginations!
After the craft project they went upstairs to view the Train Set...that was a big hit!
Hey Mikey was supposed to be a ring bearer. Well he was a bear all right, he needed a serious nap...and when he finally fell asleep it was time to get him up.
See that look..it just got worse.
He did not walk down the aisle, but he did join his parents for a sand ceremony and to leave the ceremony with them.
He is two years old ...and we all know two year olds have minds of their own and will test everyone and everything. Getting all dressed up, missing your nap and being told to smile for pictures just tuckered him out.
I finally got the application for the Enhanced Drivers Licence accomplished. We made the application in the nearby County Courthouse with no rules about when you could show up. A Enhanced License serves as a Driver's License, Identification and border crossing for Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean. My Passport Expires in January...it has only been used once.
I was happy to tie up this loose end and put it behind us. Cross something off the list!
Made a trip up North and got to go to Hobby Lobby and buy more yarn...apparently I am a yarn hoarder and there is no cure. Far Guy had an errand to run over at the VA Office...he said "I could drop you off at Hobby Lobby for more yarn." Alrighty then!
We stopped by to see Maddie.
Hannah and Maddie
We helped put chair covers on chairs. Jen and Andy were there helping also.
We had lunch and headed home for a long nap...it has been a week of early mornings and they are catching up with us.
Today is another busy day.
When you spent 6 hours a day at various medical appointments and "other" required appointments there is not much "me" time left.
For two days I have been trying to get that Enhanced Driver's License. What a load of crap, I did not have a CERTIFIED copy of our marriage certificate. Well that is in a city 40 plus miles away from where the appointments were. Off we went thinking we would kill two birds with one stone...only to find out they only do Enhanced Drivers Licenses on Tuesday and Thursday mornings...and now it was afternoon. CRAP. Oh well there is always tomorrow.
As of 9AM yesterday July 23, 2019 Far Guy is on the UNOS Lung Transplant List. His donor must be Blood Type A, tall (6 feet tall or taller).
Lungs are fussy organs and the match must be a good one. Our Transplant Coordinator's name is Chris...she says we should prepare to wait for about 6 months to a year...but a lung could come available at any time.
Are we ready to go? Yes, I do need to get my Driver's License renewed so I will do that today.
The suitcases are packed and ready to go in the vehicle. There is a list on the board in the dining area of the last minute stuff that should be grabbed.
Hard to pack absolutely everything we will need for three months. But you know what... that big old city has just a few stores...and if they don't there is Amazon!
Far Guy is both excited and a bit scared...the thought of all the tubes he will have scares him shitless...I told him at least he will have good drugs...me not so much...at which point he told me "Stay home then and I will call you when I get all my tubes out." (Funny Guy)
We must wait for the call, it could come anytime day or night. Once we get the call it is a 3 plus hour drive, Far Guy must be examined and declared okay for the transplant, then they retrieve the lung from the donor and put it in a box where it has oxygen and a blood supply until it is transplanted. If the surgeons declare it a good lung then the surgery will take 8 or 9 hours. If it is not a good lung then that is called a dry run and we come back home.
We thought we had an early appointment yesterday...and then it was cancelled. So we are tired. Far Guy was up at 5AM...me about 6AM...I am so not a morning person.
Then for my afternoon appointment we had to wait over an hour. As I was going up to the desk to find out if there was a death in the Ultrasound Dept I was ever going to get called, the gal finally showed up. The diagnosis...I have a cyst in my right boob that the Radiologist saw on my Mammogram and he was concerned. Now he can sleep better as he was a real pest about it all. He wanted another mammogram and I refused since I am black and blue from the one last week...so he settled for an ultrasound.
We did the weekly grocery shopping and came home and had a nap.
I worked on some cards and started painting some Christmas Ornaments....I think this first part will look just fine. Part two is still in development stages ( still in my brain.)
Far Guy is back on steroids for his shortness of breath.
The Clematis has spread over to the wagon wheel!
We had our usual once a year date night at the County Fair.
We had French Fries at the 4 -H booth and a Pork Burger at the pork producers stand, we walked through the exhibit buildings and onto the Midway.
It was a very warm day. We sat and rested a few times.
Far Guy has been struggling in the heat and the humidity. We bought a dehumidifier and since then he can breathe a bit easier inside the house.
We should have a definite spot on the Transplant List this week, they had to submit everything to our Insurance Company...they may want some additional tests. He has been discussed at the transplant group and received the all clear for either a right or left lung. The Medical/Insurance World is all about hurry up and wait. When they call for many phone numbers we will know he is on the list.
I took many notes while on the phone with the Transplant Coordinator....we have a book and we write everything down.
We have to go back to the Cities soon for a consult with an Endocrinologist and he needs to have a scan done of his esophagus. Hopefully they can schedule them the same day.