Birthday Time For Steve Again

As you know, December 24 rolls around every year and once again my dear husband turned another year older. I like to tease him for six months that I married an older man (the other six months we're the same age).

We met most of our family at Shang Yen between 5 and 5:30 (as they close at 7 pm due to it being Christmas Eve). Steve II wasn't able to come to the event and only Josh and Taylor came from their family. But, it was still a wonderful time of fun and food as usual.

Although we stress to our kids that we don't expect or need gifts, they really came up with a wonderful present this year. For Steve and I (Xmas) they went together and gave us $60 worth of gift certificates/cash to go to the Outback! How cool is that? That is absolutely my favorite restaurant.

Heather's family got their Dad/Grandpa a nice shirt and new zip up sweatshirt (which he was in great need of). Steve II's family got him a neat shirt and cap from Bass Pro! He's really into fishing. Josh's family got Steve a beautiful sweater which he wore already (tells you how much he likes it). Abby's family got Steve a gift certificate to go to Ohana's Steakhouse (with a note that it's for a double date to go with them!!!) Thank you to all of our wonderful kids and their families. It is greatly appreciated!!!! (and yum yum, can hardly wait)

Steve and I consider the heater that looks like a fireplace as our Christmas gift to each other. It is really cool to watch and does put out the heat. Now we have it in our bedroom and the first heater in the little bedroom.

If I were to daydream, (or win the powerball) I'd be checking into getting a led hdtv as a surprise for him. With both of us off work, we won't be getting anything else new until one of is working again.

We didn't linger at the restaurant as the roads were getting bad. We decided to cancel our Christmas get together since the roads were even worse. We'll be getting together again some time when it's a little nicer out. Hope you had a good Christmas! Halfmoon

Winter is Here

Now that it is winter and your house is starting to get colder, it's time to start using your fireplace. The only thing about that is how dirty a fireplace is. Do you ever wonder how hazardous a fireplace is? Soot collects in the chimney (which can cause a chimney fire) and ashes and sparks can come out onto your floor or carpeting, not to mention having to clean the ashes out when they build up.

Now is the time to consider having an electric fireplace. I want you to go to to see how easy it is to transform your fireplace from the traditional one to having an electric fireplace instead. It is safer and cleaner and you have the warmth you've been waiting for. Stop chopping and splitting wood or buying it instead, which incurs more cost to you. Instead install an electric fireplace insert. Watch the YouTube video above and consider warming your home the cleaner and easier way. They even have mantel units that are just beautiful. Visit it today!

I bought a sewing cabinet table so I could start using the newer sewing machine I bought quite a while back. In order to get it in place, we needed to move a dresser out of the bedroom upstairs, bring it downstairs to our bedroom, and then move the machines upstairs.

I say 'we' collectively, but really Steve did all the work of getting the dresser downstairs. In order to have a place for it in the bedroom, we needed to get the base to the waterbed out of the bedroom. It had tons of stuff on top of it and Steve's clothes in the drawers.

I did help move the dresser from the living room to the bedroom and the waterbed from where it sat to the foot of our bed. Both were very heavy and killed both Steve's back and mine. I layed down on ice for about an hour (Steve took a nap, too).

Then as I am eating a sandwich with chips, Steve started talking about how his eating habits are bad and he's gaining weight. I had just lost half a pound, but still have 6 1/2 to go to get back to the newest low I was at before Thanksgiving. What a fight! It is so hard to lose weight. I wish I was able to use fat burners.

Before I depress you further, have a good day! Halfmoon

Kat and Alyce cont.

So Alyce goes back to sleep finally. I gave a huge sigh of relief. Normally they sleep in the little bedroom on the Kraftmatic. Since I now sleep on it (for my sleep apnea), they are relegated to the couch or the floor and it's too cold down there.

Steve gets the nightlights turned on, I take my meds and we say goodnight. Not too long after that Steve wakes me cause Alyce is crying. This time she wanted her daddy. I got her calmed down and she went back to sleep.

The final time she woke up crying, I asked her if she wanted to sleep with me (mind you I sleep on a twin size bed). Yep, she wanted to sleep with me. I didn't think about my sleep apnea device until we lay down, so I just said, "Grandma has to wear a funny thing on her head and nose to be able to breathe at night." She kind of smiled at me as I put it on and we both tried to go to sleep again. After five minutes, she wanted to go sleep with Kat again. So, back to the couch she went and we slept till morning (thankfully).

Maybe Steve and I should go get term life insurance advice, what do you think? Halfmoon

Kat and Alyce cont.

I decided to leave Alyce's outfit on, just take off her coat and shoes to see if she would stay asleep. Kat put her own pajamas on, so that was easy. I checked Alyce's diaper and it was still dry, yeah!

Kat wanted to watch a DVD she'd brought with her, so we popped it in to let her watch it. Pretty soon she started getting tired, but along with it she started missing her Mom. Heather called about then and Kat asked to talk to her. She started crying and said she wanted to go home. The whole reason we were watching the girls was so Heather and Pato could shop for Xmas presents early on Black Friday.

Heather calmed Kat down and she layed back down and went to sleep. A few hours later, Alyce woke up crying for her Mom. I called Heather and Heather sang to her, which didn't work. So she explained to Alyce that Mommy needs Alyce to stay with Grandma so she can shop for Alyce's birthday present (Tuesday birthday). She wants a present, right? Alyce was fighting crying so hard, but she agreed to stay. What a sweetheart!

I was really glad they went to sleep because one of the toys they like to play with is a little cash register and the barcode scanner no longer works, I think that is their favorite part. I'll have to look for a new one. Halfmoon

Time With Kat and Alyce

About two weeks ago Heather called and asked if we would consider taking Kat and Alyce home for a sleepover after Thanksgiving dinner. I was a little leery because the last time we did that, Alyce wanted her Mama. With trepidation, I agreed that my granddaughters could come spend the night.

Both girls were all smiles when we got to our turkey get together, especially Alyce. She has such a beautiful smile, it is hard to deny her anything. After packing the Vue up with leftovers (and the girls) we headed home.

Before long, they both were asleep. Doesn't take much for them, but the movement of riding in a car did it. After arriving home, Steve waited in the car with them while I went in and made up a bed for them on the couch. Then he got Kat out of the car and, of course, she woke up. (I was hoping she'd sleep through it.) Alyce barely stirred, but went right back to sleep once she was layed on the couch.

I wonder if Heather has term life insurance for her and Pato, yet? It sure would be a good idea. Halfmoon


As you all know, yesterday was Thanksgiving and Steve and I are very thankful for the kids and grandkids that we have, our family and friends. Our immediate family had a get together at one of the Waukee indoor shelter houses. Thanks to Joshua for working for the City of Waukee, the fee was waived. Yeah!

Josh roasted a Turkey, as did Steve and I. I should clarify that. Abby came over and helped us get the stuffing made and also she did most of the work making a pumpkin pie. Little Mikayla was with her and we always love it when we can be around our grandkids.

Meanwhile, at Abby's, Justin made his bacon-wrapped water chestnuts and also brought little smokies wrapped in bacon both creations were covered with a barbecue sauce. Yum! Everyone loves them so much they were mostly eaten before the dinner even started.

Heather and Pato brought the fruit salad (I'm told Pato did all the cutting and that he is very fast at it). That is such a relief to me, because it usually takes us a long time to make it. Before the turkey was done Josh called and mentioned that Shelley was bringing her famous cheesy potatoes and also mashed potatoes. Man, I got so excited that I didn't have to make instant spuds. One less thing for us to do and bring!!!!!

Shelley's dad brought pecan and pumpkin pies, and let me tell you, they were yummy! We brought our pumpkin pie, so that made three! There was a surplus of food for all to munch on. Of course we had the relish tray, too, and I didn't notice that I forgot to put the carrots on it until I was putting food away after it all was over. Oh, brother!

After everyone stuffed themselves, I was seriously thinking about trying out the best fat burner. Wouldn't you? Hope you had a yummy turkey day and that you were counting your blessing, too! Halfmoon

Getting the Mail

Do you remember looking forward to getting the mail? It's been a while for us. Usually, the only things that come in the mail are bills or junk mail. Well, today I received a letter that really made me hit bottom.

It was from SSN and they denied me again. Of course, they didn't even request records from the doctor I am currently seeing. The did request records from the doctor who told them the first time that I was back to baseline. Which means back to where I was before I fell. WHY AM I STILL GETTING NERVE BLOCKS THEN, YOU JERK? Sorry, I had to vent a little.

I even sent them a copy of his medical records that stated I was not able to work in any capacity. I just don't get it. Do you?

Have you ever seen someone work out on a dip bar? Man, maybe I should get Steve one for Christmas!!!!!

Time With Sue and Walt

We went to Sue and Walt's Monday and had a wonderful time visiting. It's so good to be with family. I'm really glad we went before the snow starts to fly! It sounds like we're going to be having it start pretty soon, maybe today.

Sue sent more than two bags of baby things home with us. One of the bags was things for the birth of little Cambria Ann. She made a quilt for her with her name on it. I wish I had taken a picture of it to show the detail of the hand stitching she did. She sewed by hand for more than four hours and now her fingers are sore. It is really beautiful!
I wish I could sew the way Sue does. She is always making quilts or adding designs to jeans for her grandkids. She is really talented. I crochet while watching DVDs with Steve. I have an idea for a gift for my kids, but don't know if I can swing it before Christmas.
Those stupid cats that attached themselves to our house are at it again. The male cat (which is very ugly) has been pooping all over our sidewalks and welcome mat. I've caught him pooping on the picnic table before. He also did it on the deck that is attached to the house.
Maybe we need to buy some pet supplements for him. Good grief! I really wish they would attach themselves to some other family. Halfmoon

Can't Wait Till Monday

Monday Steve and I are going to see Walt and Sue at their home in Council Bluffs. It has been a while since we've seen each other so it makes the trip really special. I also am taking her birthday present to her (a little bit late, oops!) and delivering things Abby's been collecting for Wendy's kids.

Wouldn't you know it, gas prices went up again. I don't understand how they can be one price on one day and jump thirteen cents the next. Do you get it? I sure don't. And what is it that makes them fluctuate the way they do?

Heather called me earlier. She took all four kids to the doctor. They all are ill, Christian is the sickest. It all started when Kat started coughing and had to have breathing treatments. Man, when it rains, it pours. I hate it when my kids and grandkids are sick. Heather is sick, too.

I sure wish I had use of one of those cross country moving companies, preferably to move some place warmer. It's in the 50's again today, we won't have this much longer. Sure wish we could have another month of it, though.

Hope you're staying happy and healthy. Halfmoon

Here I Go Again

We're at Dr. Holcomb's office (whom I've just seen) for a follow-up visit because I went to the ER Wednesday night. You won't believe what I did. I decided to try walking on the treadmill at the Y for the second day. Unfortunately, I had the speed up probably a little faster than I should have.

I remembered something I wanted to tell Steve (he was on the treadmill to the right of me). I tried to get his attention. He apparently didn't hear me so I leaned over towards him and said Steve a little louder. Apparently, my foot must have lifted up off the treadmill. The next thing I knew, I was doing the splits. Not something I would recommend.

Steve tried to keep me from hitting the floor, which didn't happen, but it did keep me from hitting it very hard. Of course, many people had to come over to see if I was hurt (talk about embarrassing), if I needed a wheelchair, or if I needed someone from Mercy Wellness called over.

Long story short, an ambulance was called and I was taken to the new Methodist hospital. After a few doses of Phenol (sp?), I finally got a little relief from the severe pain. I will say, I hurt soooo bad Wednesday after it happened, that even though I am still in pain, it is a great improvement.

I think I should have Steve take me to look at some home theater systems so I can sit back and relax and forget about the pain. What do you think? Hope you have a great day! Halfmoon

A Rainy Day

I'm here at the new Mercy Healthy Living Center (which is the new Y), waiting for Steve to get done with his exercising/steam room time. I sat in the hot tub until I was thoroughly cooked (probably overcooked), then I went out to the car, dropped off my gym bag and picked up the computer.

I think it's really cool that they have a wireless connection here that we can use. Such a deal, huh? Before this we dropped off Steve's prescription for his new glasses at Vision-4-Less. After this, we will go pick up Mikayla from her babysitter and take her to her house. Abby put ham and cabbage in the crockpot and we'll be eating there. Yum!

Heather and the kids came over a few days back and I just love to watch Steve with the grandbabies. As you can see in the pic, they both look pretty happy! What a grandpa!

I think while he's in such a good mood, I should have him check into las vegas hotels for a little fun time. What do you think? Halfmoon

Are You Safe?

I'll have to be honest, the only security system I've had experience with is when I babysit at my son's and visitors have to buzz the apartment to be let in. However, that isn't really very safe when residents prop open the door while running things outside or if they are expecting someone to come over.

Everyone knows that having a security system is a visual deterrent to thieves. An audio burglar alarm oftentimes causes thieves to flee. A notification to you and to the alarm company that a breech has occurred is excellent, plus just the peace of mind that you are protected is a plus.

There are many needs for having security systems or business alarms. Some are fire safety, intrusion detection, conditions such as heat or flood conditions, and video surveillance. One of the many reasons for the importance of having a security system, to me, would be peace of mind for you and your family or business.

For myself, and my husband, I would choose to get a security system because of a threat we had to our family. There is a neighbor who lives about a half mile down the road who threatened to kill three members of our family. Although there is still a restraining order against her, how much security is that? Is it worth chancing the lives of our family? Since the order was in place, I've had two tires slashed (while my car was in my locked garage).

I hope this doesn't happen to you, remember to stay safe! Halfmoon

A Busy Day

Today, Steve and I went to the Y, then to three different offices to get medical and dental printouts, to the Workforce building, and finally to pick up Mikayla at her sitters and on to her house.

Abby is in school tonight and Justin is out of town so we get to play with our granddaughter!!!! She sure knows what she wants to do right when she gets home. Right to the highchair she goes and points to it. Ok, Mikayla, I get the picture. I started feeding her and when Steve came into the kitchen, I asked him to start the mac and cheese for our supper. He didn't think we needed to eat right away so I had him feed Mikayla while I made it. I was hungry.

After eating we watched TV for a while and noticed Mikayla started whining when Steve and I would talk. Actually, Grandpa noticed it and explained it to me. What a riot. Mikayla sure has quite a vocabulary built up now. I couldn't understand a word she said but she sounded like they were complete sentences. (I do think she says Grandpa, though.)

Before her bedtime, I read her a book (actually, I ad libbed as I didn't have my glasses on so I explained what the picture looked like), fed her some yogurt, changed her diaper and put her pj's on, and laid her in bed (after I told her I loved her). I left the room and she immediately started jabbering to herself again. It was great!

Here's hoping you all had a wonderful day! Halfmoon

Very Sad News

I was outside reading a book when Steve called me. He said, "I just received some really bad news." At first, I thought something happened to his mom. He then told me she was ok. My next thought was that something had happened to Wayne (his older bother), and no, that wasn't it either.

Steve's Uncle Paul McKinney (Elsie's brother) had committed suicide. Man, what a blow. A little history behind it. Paul had accidentally hit a bicyclist while driving on the Cummings road (wherever that is. To make matters worse, he left the scene of the accident and didn't tell anyone. He had a court date coming up November 17.

Paul's wife, Betty, is in a nursing home as she has Alzheimer's. I cannot even imagine what she will be going through. She is still cognizant of her family members and this will be a tremendous grief for her.

We went to Steve's mom's yesterday and everyone, except Wayne (he's out on the road) and Randy (who probably couldn't leave work) were there, including a few spouses. Elsie is so sad (as is everyone). I know Steve and I think, "What if we had done something (like go see Uncle Paul), would this have turned out differently?" We sent him a birthday card last week, but what if we'd gone to pray with him.

You never know how one thing can change everything, do you? On the lighter side, Polly and Larry sold their house and are building one in Waukee. Joe and Kathy are in the process of buying a home on an acreage. I wish we could sell ours, so we could find a ranch home on a few acres (not too far from West Des Moines) and situated on a paved road. Yes, I know, dream on.

First we have a lot to do to our home to get it ready. Like get new tiles on our bathroom floor. I think ceramic would be fantastic, but they are a little cold on the feet, especially in the winter. That's it for now. Have a great day, and remember to follow your heart! Halfmoon

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Finally, Some Relief!

Most of you who read this are family and you know the pain I have been dealing with for the past 2 years and 8 months (not that I'm counting). It had gotten to the point that I was becoming depressed more often than not.

I am now going to a new Pain Control doctor and may I say what a change he has brought to my life. I feel like I finally found a physician who listens to me and actually speaks to me in everyday English (so I can understand him). And, he is definitely on my side, which makes a wonderful change from my previous doctor!

He gave me nerve blocks in both sacroiliac joints and then prescribed a new medication to take. I don't know which one is working, but, I can honestly say that most of the time, I have little pain. The nights are still when I have more pain, but even then, I've been sleeping 4 1/2 to 5 hours on the first sleep of the night.

The med does make me really sleepy off and on during the day, so I won't be driving alone any time soon, but hey, I'd rather be sleepy than in severe pain! Wouldn't you? It really felt great to be able to call my sisters and report good news for a change.

Well, the Christmas season will be here before you know it. I cannot believe how fast this year has flown by. I've been looking online for gifts instead of shopping around, it sure makes it a lot easier. You normally have to pay shipping, but now a days that is less expensive than gas, even for business gifts.

Heather just called me and told me I should think about taking Melatonin. It helps you sleep at night. I'll do some research on it and see whether I should try it or if I should talk to the doctor about it first. Hope you all have a great day! Halfmoon

Grandma Manning's House

Sunday Steve and I met Joshua and his family at Steve's Mom's house. It was Cambria's first outing to her Great Grandma Manning's. How fun is that!

Angel was there visiting with Elsie, so it was a double pleasure to have her see Cambria, too. It's always great to visit with Angel. She is so sweet, I just love her. I think she really enjoyed our visit as much as I did. We're looking forward to going to Matt's wedding this weekend in Missouri (Angel's youngest). Ok, we're not looking forward to the drive, but, you know, once you get there! I'm not sure how many of the brothers and sisters will be there but I'm sure it will be great!

I went to have my sleep apnea testing done Saturday night and feel like I let myself down. I was fine (ok, not great) with holding the machine to my nose and could breathe in and out. However, once she strapped it to my head, I could not handle it. Breathing in was great, nice and smooth, breathing out came out in spurts and there is no way I could go to sleep breathing like that.

I called the girl back into my room and told her I needed to leave. I don't know how anyone does it. Every time I tried to swallow saliva, I felt like I was suffocating. Steve thought I was being to hard on myself, he said he didn't think he could do it.

So, I've tried one night sleeping inclined on the Kraftmatic. Maybe I had it up too far, I don't know, I just know I didn't sleep until after 4 am. At that point, I put the bed down a little and slept on my left side. Then I woke up at 5 and started over, slept till 6. After doing that each hour, I finally got up at 8 and said forget it! With that kind of rest, I'm going to have dark circles for sure.

I went to a Rheumatologist Tuesday (she felt there wasn't more she could do for me, what's new!) I then went to the new pain control doctor (Sykes), but I think I'll save that for another story! Hope you have a great day! Halfmoon


Steve and I have been borrowing DVDs from libraries to watch at night because we are tired of the selections of shows on television. We went through the 'Everybody Loves Raymond' series (which I loved). Now we are watching the 'Mash' series.

We sat down tonight to watch the next episode and when we turned on the set, the premiere of 'Medium' was on. Since I saw the final episode of the last season, I was hooked. I guess Mash will have to wait. Do you ever get fixated on a series? I loved 'Moonlight' and I don't even know if it will be on this season. I also liked Heroes but the last season just didn't do it for me so I quit watching it.

I sat in the living room typing this on my computer and then I'll cut and paste this in my blog tomorrow so technically I wrote this on the 25th! Steve mentioned he wished we had the capacity for a Linksys router so we both could be on the internet at home, wouldn't that be cool?

Today is now Mikayla's birthday, the big ONE YEAR OLD will be walking all over the place. I can't wait to see her! Happy Birthday, Mikayla! Halfmoon


Is she a cutie or what? She turned 11 this summer, but I swear she looks years older. We were at Josh's last night and I was on his computer blogging when she came into the living room. She didn't know we were there and when she saw me, she went, "Oh!" and got this big grin on her face. I just loved it! I tell you, I just eat it up when my grandkids love to see me!
I know what some of my kids and grandkids would like this Christmas, Wii accessories. We were at Abby's a couple times and we played games on the Wii board (I guess you call it that). You could bowl, ski, walk on a tightrope, play hula hoop, or a whole smorgasbord of other games. I loved it!
Anyway, it's really grand to see your kids' kids growing up. I sure am enjoying being a grandma, if you can't tell. Have a great day! Halfmoon

We're at Josh's right now to see the family and, of course, little Cambria. She is so cute! Don't ya think? Seems like she was just born yesterday but she is already 12 days old.

Here's a pic of Carter with a cute grin, but is that gum in his mouth?

After all we've been through lately, I think maybe a vacation is in order. (Not that we can afford it at this point. But maybe we should check into Gatlinburg vacations.

We have a wedding to go to in Missouri (Lee Summit, I think) in October. That day will be here before I know it. Cannot wait! Most of Steve's family will probably be there. You wanna go with us? Halfmoon

Ok, did I tell you I had 3 teeth filled and needed to go back to have a fourth tooth worked on (crown)? Well, we're waiting for the insurance to get a pre-estimate or something back to the dentist. Two nights ago I had another piece of that tooth break off and it's scratching the heck out of my tongue.

I called Dr. McNurlen's office this morning and would you believe it, they had a cancellation at 1:30 today. So back to the dentist I went. I received the prerequisite of two shots, yuck. Then it was under the drill again.

One and a half hours later, with half of my mouth numb, I was given the ok to get out of the chair. Whew! We laughed about how often I'm in their office and I told them I was just doing my part to support them. The dental assistant laughed and said they should put up a plaque with my name on it!

Since I've had my annual and cardiac exams, surgery on my hand, and my teeth fixed, maybe now I should have a colon cleanser review. What do you think? I've heard not only is it good for you, you lose weight! You all know how I feel about that. (I've gone down another pound and a half :) Halfmoon

Kat, Lesie, & Little Nano

Heather brought the girls and Christian out Saturday to spend a day together in our glorious backyard (and in the house some, of course.) The girls came to me for their usual hugs while Christian was sleeping in his car seat.

Heather told me she decided on a nickname for Christian 'Nano'. This is because Alyse calls him 'Christiannano'. She just thought she'd shorten it to Nano. Here, I thought she was going to tell me what it meant in English, teehee.

For some reason, Kat kept coming up to me to hug me over and over saying "I love you!" I think she's missed me. Finally I asked her if she wanted to sit on my lap (she hasn't done that in some time since she's gotten so tall.

She smiled at me and shook her head yes. So she sat on one knee and along comes little Alyce smiling up at me. Now, she is usually the one to want to be held. I asked her if she wanted to sit on my other knee. She smiled and put her arms up.

Now I have two girls on my lap when Christian turns around to smile at me. I said, "I'm sorry, Christian, Grandma's lap is too full," and he just grinned. Heather laughed. I tell you I feel so rich in love when those kids come over.

We went into the house for a short while so Grandma and Grandpa could watch Christian crawl around and then pull himself up on furniture. The kid's not even 7 months old yet for crying out loud. Next, he'll be pulling himself up on the office furniture at Heather's to get on her computer!

Gotta go, we're heading out to go pick up Mikayla from the sitter's to take her to Abby's till she gets off of work! Halfmoon

Commemorating 50 Years

Tonight Winterset is commemorating 50 years of football. Since Steve's brother, Wayne, will be honored, he will be going to watch. How cool is that?

It sure doesn't seem like Wayne could be old enough to have played 50 years ago. I guess if Steve and I have been married 32 years, it is certainly possible. It just seems like once you turn 30, we are all the same age.

With all the aches and pains I have right now,  I guess I will be thankful for what I do have, it could be worse.

I had my mediation hearing Tuesday. I'm glad that is over. Didn't get much, but every little bit helps. That's it for now. Have a great weekend. Halfmoon

At Her New Home

Home at last! Ok, the 1st pic is in the hospital, but the rest are all at home. Cambria is settling in just fine. Well, she has her days and nights mixed up, but, most babies do at first.

She sure is wide awake in this one. She really likes laying in grandma and grandpa's arms (especially grandpa's). I cannot wait to get this cast off so I can cuddle her.

Does he look like a proud grandpa or what? I will have to say he has mellowed over the years toward his grandkids.

Josh is going to need a new house pretty soon. With all the incentives on first-time homebuyers, it would be neat if they could qualify for one. Have you seen the stone sinks you can have installed? Way cool! Actually, I wish we could have a new ranch with some of them put in.
Oh, well, I'm such a happy grandma. What more can I say? Halfmoon

Just thought I'd try to get these pics put in here that I took the day of Cambria's birth.

This pic of Tay and Josh looking at Cambria looks like they are looking on with approval and satisfaction. Tay doesn't show her emotions much with words but her face shows what she is feeling. I suppose she gets that from both of her parents.
Of course you have to have a pic of the grandparents!

Taylor is growing up so fast. She was my first grandbaby (first granddaughter, too)! What a joy it is to see your grandkids grow up. Then there was Jordan (second grandchild, but first grandson). Man, my heart just bursts with pride. To think that I now have 10 grandchildren, it's almost overwhelming.

Here's a pic of the contrast between Josh and Cambria's hands. I zoomed in on it so you won't see her face here, but, I just hand to catch Josh doing this.

She is such a sweetheart, as you can see.

The look of wonder in Carter's eyes is so beautiful. It truly shows what a wonder creation is.

Shelley sailed through this birth just like she did the last one. She's feeling really good and teased Josh by saying she still wants 5 kids!
Have a great day and be blessed! Halfmoon

Cambria Ann Manning!

After a long night at Mercy, the time was at hand for my tenth grandchild to come into this world. Shelley let me stay in the room this time and I really treasured that. When the nurse told Shelley to start pushing, I couldn't believe it. Shouldn't we wait for the doctor?

I shouldn't be so surprised about it, they did the same thing with Heather and Abby. I'd just feel safer to wait until the doctor is around. It was only a few pushes and the doctor walked in and took over. Whew!

What was scary is that when the baby's head emerged, the cord was tight around the neck. The doctor acted quickly, cutting the cord, then another push or so and little Cambria was born. Talk about an emotional high!

And then Joshua cut the cord (that was still attached to the baby), which he hadn't planned to do. I was so proud of him! Speaking of being proud, Shelley did so well through the labor! Taylor and Carter met their new sis (Carter, after he woke up).

Taylor was there at her Mom's shoulder through the delivery, I think she's even more mature now than she was before she walked into the hospital. She is so proud of her little sister, and she really helps out with Carter.

As I was saying before how time flys by, it won't be long and Carter will be zooming up and down skateboard ramps. Just kidding, he's only 2 1/2 right now.

Cambria is so beautiful! 6 Lbs., 15 Oz's. and I think she was 19 1/2 inches long. What a day to remember! Halfmoon

At the Hospital Again

She's finally arrived! On 9/11 I received a call that Shelley was having pains. I get so excited when my grandbabies come into the world, I can hardly stand it! I asked if she'd called the doctor yet and received a negative on that.

I asked Jay if they had a bag packed yet and he asked me what I meant. You know, to take to the hospital. As far as he was concerned, all he needed was a toothbrush. I'm sure he was just joking but I called Heather and asked her to call Shelley with what items to take with them.

It's been 23 years since I made one of those trips and since Heather just went through it with Christian, she'd have a far better memory than me. By 9:30, I decided to go to bed because it might be a long night, might as well get a little sleep now.

Heather called me about an hour later, the doctor told Shelley to go to the hospital to be checked. Josh called me a while after that to tell me they were keeping her. So I got my clothes back on to drive in to Mercy.

It seems like just yesterday Taylor was born and she is 11 now. Before you know it, time will fly by and she'll be off to college.

More about Tay and Carter's lill sis if you stay tuned....Halfmoon

It's Finally Over!

After waiting what seemed like forever, my mediation hearing was finally held today. While I didn't get very much, I am thankful that I didn't have to go to court. That would have meant waiting another month (stressing out more) and, of course, going through the trial and possibly ending up with less.

My back was killing me throughout the meeting, which meant getting up and walking till it hurt worse, then sitting down again until the pain would get stronger there. Sometimes my life bites. Thank goodness I have Steve to get me through all this.

Steve and I both want to lose weight so we might look into Stimerex ES. Anything would help get us motivated to go in the right direction. Right now the onle exercise I get is when we walk around our land. I have to make quite a few stops to get around it once.

We now have grandchild #10!!!!! Stay tuned for more on that news. Halfmoon

Still One Handed

OK, well I'm still one handed and it's left at that, so this may take awhile and please forgive any typos. Going to the library really bites, also, by the way. It is the day after Labor Day and I had 3 teeth filled at 1:30! I have a crown to be done so we're talking major dental again. I brush my teeth, honest. The bad thing was the three teeth were not in the same areas so 3/4 of my mouth was numbed and worked on.

Heather has her desktop working again. I don't think she had backed up her computer before the pop was spilled and caused a major problem with her system. That is where having online backup would come in handy. I don't know how to backup my laptop. I guess I'd better give Heather a jingle and ask her how to do that. Or maybe Steve knows now that he's been taking Microsoft classes re the computer.

Sunday our kids and all our grandkids, except Sydney, came out to eat and visit. Everyone who hadn't signed my cast, did so. My kids are sooooo funny. Each of them wrote something that would kid their siblings. We all had a great time, as usual. It was wonderful!

That's it for now. I'll catch ya on the flip side when my newest grandbaby makes her debut. Cambria Ann Manning is supposed to arrive Thursday,but ya never know! Halfmoon

Came Home With An Ouchie

August 17 I had my dreaded surgery on my thumb joint. I must say being put under was nice. However coming to with severe pain in your hand was no fun.

The nurse asked me if I felt any pain in my hand and I said yes, I had pain at a level of 8 out of 10. However, the pain in my elbow was 10. She didn't understand why I would have pain in my elbow, but offered to get an ice pack for me. Once she put it under my elbow and across the bend of my arm, it immediatly went down.

When the doctor came in, the nurse mentioned the elbow pain to him. He said, of course. I pulled the tendon from the elbow area to insert into her thumb joint. Who'd of thought? I knew I wasn't crazy, my elbow did hurt.

Today is September 2 and I had a cast put on yesterday. It's a pretty green color. Reminds Heather of leprechauns. The scar is terribly ugly and I will say it hurts a lot. My daughters have decorated my cast. Once Heather saw that Abby had written "Your lil angel, Abby" she had to one up Abby and put "your favorite, Heather." I love my daughters.

Jordan and Kat signed it too. And Alyce marked it with a dot. Heather helped Chrsitiano "sign" his name, but he was more interested in eating the marker.

Steve and I have been watching a lot of movies, renting them from the library. (They don't have bluray dvds, but that's ok because we don't have a blueray player.) We've watched a lot of M.A.S.H. and every season of Everyone Loves Raymond. It sure beats failed to broadcast on our TV. Stupid digital conversion.

Thank you to Heather for typing as I dictated as typing with one hand takes too long and she was willing and available.

Hope you all have a great day!

A 'Moon Pie' Called My Name

I'm not sure how well this is going to go as I only have my left hand to type with. I had surgery on my right hand August 17th. It was supposed to be done on the 10th but my sister came to Council Bluffs on the 6th and also my relatives from Washington came back. We had a big gathering in Omaha on the 9th. It was wonderful seeing everyone at one time.

This is the first time Jackie and Randy have been back in a long time. It was really great visiting them. They taught me a new game which was called LCR. We played it a lot. Steve went with me on the 8th and stayed one night. All our kids and grandkids met us in Omaha for the reunion. My aunts Helen and Delores came along with my cousins Dave, Sheila,and her daughter, Alison.

I came home for my pre-op PX then went back to Council Bluffs to be with my sisters. By the way, they snacked on sweets all the time. I finally gave in when a 'Moon Pie' called my name. I may have to buy weight loss pills after all the indulging I did. The time went fast and before I knew it it was time to go home.

Sheila, Ryan, and Troy visited us on the last day and took pics of everyone at Sue's. It was really wonderful seeing them, too. Ryan showed me how to get on my Facebook account, but that's another story. So long for now and everyone have a great day. By the way, Steve felt sorry for me and typed most of this

Katiana has been begging to come stay overnight for quite some time. She called me Friday to see if she could come Saturday for the night as Jordan was going to his Dad's for a three-night stay. I told her I'd talk to her Grandpa and would call her back.

After discussing it, we decided to pick her up before church on Saturday. When we arrived to pick her up, little Alyce had been crying because she wanted to spend the night at Grandma's too! Alyce is 2 1/2 now, I think, and is such a little lovebug! Heather told me she was sad because she wanted to "sleep at Grandma's".

It didn't take very long of her cuddling up to me that I broke down and invited her to come stay
with us, too. I knew I'd probably pay for being so softhearted because it's always a lot harder
when two stay rather than one, but how can you resist it?

Thought I'd snap a few pics of the girls sharing my coat (as it was starting to get chilly out). Of course, we had to break out the lanterns so we all could see!!!! The girls love to swing (and thank goodness Kat knows how to pump now), makes me wish I were able to do it with them. I just found out I've lost 10 pounds in the last year, but I'd still like to get some diet pills to go down another 20 :)

In all, we had a wonderful day and evening. Sunday morning Kat helped her Grandpa make a rhubarb cake. She talked him into letting her cut rhubarb with a butter knife (and it actually worked)! Heather came out Sunday afternoon and we had a nice time. It was great seeing the girls run to their mother and tell her how they missed her!

Here's hoping you're having great weather like we are. Have a nice day! Halfmoon

Bedbugs Are A Nightmare!

You've heard of bedbugs, but have you ever seen one? Our mothers used to tell us to "sleep tight, don't let the bedbugs bite", why is that? If you've ever had bedbugs, you'll know why.

The bedbug is an insect that got its name from where it normally lives: mattresses, sofas, and any other furniture it can find to reside (even dressers and end tables). You normally find them moving around at night, especially just before dawn. They are attracted by warmth and carbon dioxide. But...they are not easy to find unless you know where to look.

The bug has two hollow tubes that it injects into you, one sends out an anesthetic (so you don't feel the bite) and an anticoagulant (so your blood thins to make you bleed easier). The other tube is used to withdraw your blood. Scary, huh?

This bug thrives in places with high occupancy, such as hotels and motels. Their population has increased in the US by 500% in the last few years. That makes me feel a little less secure about staying in a hotel when I'm on vacation as they've been found in large hotel chains, too.

To prevent having this nightmare happen to you, there is a great solution. BugZip sent me a few of their products to try out. They are paying me a modest amount for my time and I am giving them an honest review of their product.

The bed bug encasement is made out of heavy duty vinyl and you place your suitcase inside it, zip it up, and you're all set. (It is important to use two hands and go around the corners slowly to ensure the zipper closes correctly.) Bedbugs find it hard to climb up the vinyl sides. They also have drawer liner sizes, so you can place your clothes inside them and feel confident you won't be taking home any unwanted visitors when you leave.

When you're ready to go home, leave the encasements in the hotel room and be on your way. I've never had bedbugs at home or known if they were in hotels we've stayed at, but I have a trip coming up and I surely am going to be using BugZip in every suitcase. They are cheap insurance to prevent bedbugs from coming home with you.

If you are battling bedbugs, getting the drawer liner sizes, and placing your clothes in them will make living a little more normal for you. (Rather than living out of garbage bags.)

I strongly recommend getting this product if you are planning any type of travel in your future. A little prevention is worth way more than a pound of cure! Halfmoon

Saturday at the Homefront

Well, Thursday and Friday (yesterday) Steve mowed and weedwacked the lawn, which isn't as easy as it sounds. We have almost two acres to take care of (the other three we let grow and now someone else is mowing and baling it up, hurray!)

I feel pretty useless not being able to help. Once in a while, I go out to where we have wood for the campfire and pull a few weeds that are waist-high (so I don't have to bend over to do it). That only lasts a short while as I cannot stand for very long. I at least have a little path to where the wood can be picked up.

I used to ride the lawnmower while Steve mowed the hard areas with a push mower, then he would weedwack the rest. Well, that is history now. I actually enjoyed doing that much more than cleaning the house. Speaking of the house, it is in need of a good dusting. Maybe Heather will do that when she comes out.

Heather, Kat, Alyce, and Christian are coming out this afternoon. Josh, Shelley, Tay, and Carter are coming out too. Steve's going to help me make lasagna (which means I'll probably talk him through it as I can't stand to cook for very long).

I cannot wait for all of their company. It seems like it's been an eternity since I've seen them (July 6, to be exact). I guess it has been 12 days since we've seen Heather's crew. Josh and Steve came out a week ago to deliver his bed to our garage and a chair in the house. I had them take one of our recliners to dump as it is falling apart.

I wonder if we'll do the rest of H's fireworks???? Steve always hates doing them after the 4Th but we all love it! Also, we'll probably make a campfire and sit around it and talk.

My pain has steadily gotten worse. I had maybe a few days of my pain level being at probably a 4 and now it is a constant 5 - 6 during the day. By evening, the pain is at a 7 or 8 or above (especially when it's bedtime). I wonder if I'm approved for disability, if I'll be eligible for a Medicare supplement plan? Maybe you still have to be 62 or 65? I guess we'll take it one step at a time. Time will tell.

Hope your day is glorious. It's supposed to be cool all day and tonight it will be down in the 40's. Must be that global warming, huh? :) I've always said that was a bunch of hogwash! Have a great one! Halfmoon

A Note About Steve

After having a checkup with the orthopaedic surgeon, Steve was given a third exercise for home therapy to get him on the road to recovery. We are thankful that the therapy is such that he can do it at home, thus alleviating more trips to DSM and using less gas in the vehicle.

His shoulder is improving and I think he is finally seeing hope for the future. There is still the need to find a new field of work (as if that isn't a huge concern), but, at least he will be able to use his arm for the most part. The doctor strongly suggested that he not be in the carpentry field any longer as it could undo what the surgery accomplished.

Wednesday night his tooth started throbbing. He had a general checkup at the dentist Thursday and there may be a cavity causing the pain. They made an appointment for Tuesday. Meanwhile, anything hot or cold, or chewing on that side causes great pain. We're falling apart, aren't we Steve? He mentioned the fact that we seem to either be going to the hospital or doctor appointments all the time now. Bummer!

Steve and I have always been thankful that people complement us on how young we looked in the past. Those comments don't come as often now and Steve's been concerned with new wrinkles that are appearing. Maybe I'll check into wrinkle cream to see if that will alleviate this current concern.

Wow, I feel like all I do is whine about our health now. Sorry about that. I'll try to be more upbeat from now on! Halfmoon

Back at the Doctor

Luckily, the doctor was able to get me in at 11:15 yesterday. After having approximately two hours of broken sleep, I drag myself out of bed, take a bath, and head into WDM for my appointment.

The doctor was happy that they found the cyst but was concerned that they didn't address why my white count was so high. She ordered another blood draw and the count was now at 16,500, down from 17,000, but that is still too high and what is causing it?

It's possible that the nerve blocks I had the day before could cause it, but she didn't think that would do it. So, once again, I have to come back in eight to ten days for another blood draw to see if it goes down. Meanwhile, unless I have a high fever or chills, I can continue my life. Wonderful, huh?

With all of the bills coming in from my RF, nerve blocks, hospital, and doctor visits, we're going to need a bigger cash drawer to pay for all of it. So goes life, huh? At least our spirits are up and I have faith that I'll make it through. Have a great day! Halfmoon

My previous entry was about my visit to the doctor for the pain in my right side. If you read it, you know I headed to the hospital for tests. We arrived around 5:30 PM and was checked in within 15 minutes. I was told I had three people before me waiting to go to rooms.

Piece of cake, right? After two hours and seeing many people being called to go to rooms (most of whom came in after me), I became frustrated. Steve called another hospital to see what their wait time was and, of course, they wouldn't even give him an estimate of time.

We went up to the receptionist and I asked for the orders my doctor called in because I was going to go to the other hospital. After a few people became involved, the supervisor came up and asked my name. What do you know, I would be the next person to be taken to a room.

I understand if someone comes in with heart pains, or something dire, they would go before me, but PLEASE, all of those people could not be having problems worse than mine. After finally being installed into a room, the nurse went over why I was there, the doctor came in and ordered a CT scan be taken.

After drinking a dye flavored with red Crystal Light (that tasted like metal), I had an hour and a half wait before the scan could take place. I told a total of three nurses that I was allergic to fish, but I had had iodine contrast before, just leave the port in in case an antidote is needed.

The nurse finally came in and told me they were ready for me, she also asked me about shellfish. Again, I explained my history. She decided to talk to the doctor to see if I needed Benedryl and some other thing (who knows what) before the scan. Of course, I needed it and that meant another hour wait before the scan could take place.

After the scan the doctor said it looked good, so now they are ordering an ultrasound to see what is going on. Another wait for that and finally I had the ultrasound taken. Meanwhile, since 5:45 PM I am not allowed any food or drink. Let me tell you how thirsty I was and then the hunger pains start in.

The ultrasound showed a cyst which was causing the pain. Nothing but clear liquids for 12 hours, however, I could go home. We left the hospital at 4:00 AM and headed to HyVee to get my meds (for pain and nausea).

We finally arrived home at 6:00 AM, I lit a candle, said my prayers and went to bed. I did, however, have to set my alarm for 8:00 AM to make an appointment to see my family doctor before Noon. Such is my life! Hope your day went better than mine (and it was Steve and my 32ND anniversary for Pete's sake! Halfmoon

Well, Allrighty Then

Steve and I decided to go to Shang Yuen for lunch for our 32ND anniversary as Linda comes over to visit on Thursdays. He got up early, made 3 cherry pies, a rhubarb cake, and put a roast in the crock pot. How cool is that! Gotta love that guy! And I do, and I also appreciate him so much.

I talked to Abby earlier and told her where we were going. "Oh, no," she said, "now that's all I'm going to be thinking about!" She loves Chinese food there too. We used to celebrate people's birthdays there (before the family got so big and the price of feeding them so large). When I think of her, I am reminded of Daisy and think it would be fun to shop for pet beds, so Daisy has her own little space to lay in comfort!

I've been having pains in my right side of my stomach for two weeks that aren't fun, but I've been able to tolerate them. When asked to lay on my stomach at the pain control center (for nerve blocks), the pain was sooooo bad I had tears running down my cheeks.

Before leaving Mercy, I called my family practice doc and made an appointment to be seen. As it was, I was sleeping on the Kraftmatic bed in order to tolerate sleeping (what little I can get). Her advice to me, after drawing blood and the whole nine yards, was to head to the hospital. (Do not pass go, do not collect $200, do not stop at the drug store, or to get something to eat.)

Needless to say, that shook me up a little. All I knew at that point was my white count was 17,000 (10,000 is the norm). I knew more tests were in store for me, probably a CT scan. After calling Josh asking him to let himself into our house to unplug the crock pot, we headed to the hospital. But that's another story. Watch for the sequel to this exciting saga, coming soon! Halfmoon

Father's Day

Back at the home front, the kids all came out to celebrate Father's Day with their Steve. I just love it when we get the whole family at our house. Syd and Jadah were both there, too!!!!

Josh came out the day before and helped his dad with the yard. It looked really, really beautiful. I don't think it's looked that good in a long time. Steve II, was planning on coming out Sunday morning, but there was nothing left to do.

We had lots of great food and Steve and Angie brought a strawberry cheesecake in honour of Sydney's birthday. She is growing up so fast. Still cute as a bugs ear (what do bugs ears look like?), and petite. She's an avid soccer player, is really into gymnastics and is thinking about cheerleading in the upcoming school year.

While Steve and I have been piddling around the house a lot, the only outings we have are to the libraries in surrounding towns. I wish we would win the lottery so we could take a Caribbean cruise. Wouldn't that be grand! Half a safe day! Halfmoon

A Little Scary

I had a long time to think about having Radiofrequency Rhizotomy (RF) done on my lower back (right side). The longer I thought about it, the more scary it became. You see, they stick needles into the nerves between you disks, then heat them up until they are killed, thus no more pain (supposedly).

When I finally went in to have it done, I was scared spitless. The thought of it was the worst, plus having the nurses tell me it is more uncomfortable than having nerve blocks (steroid injections) there which are bad enough. By the time I was on the table, I was praying a lot.

Actually, it didn't hurt as bad as a nerve block. On the downside, the pain level in my back keeps going up and down. I'm not sure if it didn't take, or if it is muscles that are causing the pain that are not connected to the nerves fried.

It's been a couple weeks now since having it done, the only thing I'm certain of are the charges on the bills I've received. For the four Novocaine, per se, shots given a few weeks before the RF, over $6,000. For the RF itself, over $7,000. And that is only the right side. In July, I have the normal steroid injections in my neck to block the tingling and pain in my left arm (I have a bone spur apparently).

Steve and I have been spending a lot of time at home watching television and at the library to get on the internet. Speaking of televisions, what's the deal with receiving 'failed to broadcast signal' so much with this new digital television broadcasting that we get all the time? We have digital TV and trying to get it in is for the birds. How's your signal going? Halfmoon

Glorious Day in the Country

Another weekend has arrived and today should be another glorious day. Highs should be in the lower 80s...hooray! Heather and her family may come out this evening. Well have to get some firewood ready to have a campfire. I cannot wait.

Linda came over last night and we watched 'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants'. It was okay, but didn't keep my attention for quite a while. While at Joshua's, Steve, Josh, Tay, and I watched 'He's Just Not That Into You'. I didn't really like it either. It wasn't bad but just didn't grab you, if you know what I mean.

Today Steve and I watched 'Fire Down Below' with Steven Seagal. Now, that show kept your attention! It was great watching him hurt the bad guys! I love it. Steve liked it too. The main female character, Marg Helgenberger, looks like one of the main characters in CSI, but her name
just doesn't ring a bell. Am I right?

I can't wait to see Heather and her kids this evening. Do any of you have withdrawals when you haven't been with your kids and grandkids for a while? I get it really bad. Heather said Christian weighed 16.4 lbs at his last doctor's appointment. Man that kid is neck and neck with Mikayla, he'll soon pass her up. What a riot!

I think I'll talk with Heather about ephedra products tonight as I'm having trouble losing the pounds I gained in Washington. That's it for now, have a glorious day! Halfmoon

Time at the Library

Steve and I are at the Earlham library again (we came yesterday, too). Since ending my internet contract (couldn't get online 50% of the time), we've been visiting libraries more often. Of course, I take my laptop with me which makes it easier for me in some respects.

We'd been going to the Redfield library, but it is soooo noisy there you would not believe it. It's not as if I'm studying, but a little quiet helps. Here, the only talking you hear is when the librarian is talking to a patron. Over there, it is a bunch of kids trying to impress each other. Very frustrating.

Sue called me today, Aunt Wanda is not doing well and may not make it through the night. She is the last of the Aunts/Uncles on my Dad's side which makes it even sadder. Yes, I still have cousins, of which I am thankful for. You never know how precious life is until another member of your family has gone on into eternity.

Enough of sad things, huh? Heather sent me a few more layouts of her kids. She does such great stuff with her pictures. She told me she went into use the bathroom sink or maybe some other item in there and when she came back, Christian had a 4 inch strip of Elmer's Glue on him. I swear, she'll need to just strap that baby to her body from now on! Halfmoon

Steve's Doing Great

I often wondered how Steve would handle being under the weather physically since I've been dealing with pain for nine years now. The past two and a half years have been the hardest. I know I'm not the world's greatest sick person, believe me.

Since Steve had his surgery he has rarely complained. I know he has been in pain, though. He actually has been sleeping in our second bedroom that has the bed that can be elevated. Each night he thinks about trying to sleep in our room, I remind him that it would be better to let the shoulder heal more, so as not to cause further injury.

I normally sleep in that bed when I have terrible congestion; which, thankfully, I haven't had in some time. We also use that bed for the grandkids when they spend the night. The first morning after Steve slept in there, he told me, "That bed is a life-saver!"

He also is pretty stubborn about doing things himself. I have to practically beat him (just kidding) to have him let me help him out. Since he went in to surgery, once again I am reminded just how precious life is and how lucky we are to have each other.
I also encourage you to make sure your towns have AED equipment handy for saving lives. Halfmoon

Mikayla Corey

Abby came over today and brought little Mikayla to see her Grandma and Grandpa. She is such a cutie. She is crawling all over now and pulling herself up to stand on things. We smiled so much my cheeks hurt.

Mikayla crawled all around our living room exploring, to see what she could get into. Actually she is a very good little girl. When she reached for my yarn, and I said, "No, no," she pulled her hand back. The same thing happened when she reached for the glassed in portion of the entertainment center.

Justin and Abby have done a good job with that little girl so far. Mikayla also showed us the new sounds she could make. Grandkids are so precious, I just love being a grandma! Abby nursed her and layed her down for a nap in our room in her pack-and-play. I decided to take a break outside while Ab took a very short nap on the couch.

Inside again to make Cream of Mushroom soup to eat with Fritos crunched in it! Yum! It's one of Abby's favorites, too. She told me she tried cheetos in it and it was good, also. I cannot imagine it, but just may try it sometime. I wonder if she meant puffs or fried?

Have you ever gone to any wholesale auctions? Halfmoon

Poor Taylor

We're at Josh's as he invited us to come have rhubarb cake and watch a DVD. When Taylor came up to me, she showed me her poor hand. Last night she was making ramen noodles by heating water to boil in the microwave. When she tried to poor the water into her cup, it overshot the cup and landed all over her fingers (of her left hand).

She has blisters all up and down her forefinger and redness over the other three fingers (on the top). She had quite a time trying to go to sleep last night as it hurt so bad. I feel so bad for her. Just looking at her finger makes me hurt. Thank goodness she is right-handed.

Taylor is really starting to get taller and thinner. I'm really enjoying my grandkids. I think Tay went upstairs to her room, but Carter is walking around jabbering. I think Josh needs some TV stands so we can eat our dessert while watching the DVD!

Gotta go watch the show. Have a great day! Halfmoon

Arthroscopic Surgery

The day finally arrived, I drove Steve to Terrace Hill Surgery, arrival time 6:30 am. He was scheduled for arthroscopic surgery for a full-thickness tear of his rotator cuff (right shoulder). They would be making four small incisions on the front and back of the shoulder area instead of a huge cut through the arm muscle, etc. After they started his IV, they came and got me. We were both fine until the anesthesiologist explained what he would be doing.

They were going to insert a breathing tube and Steve would be on a ventilator until the surgery was done. They didn't want him breathing on his own. After he left, both Steve and I were pretty shook up.

Steve started having a pasty complexion. When the nurse came in she immediately put a cold washcloth on his forehead and neck, then reclined him. His color started coming back after a few minutes, but I will say I was scared inside.

A nurse came in to ask questions before surgery (the norm) and then another nurse came running down the hallway saying, "Don't bring him back, don't bring him back yet!" Okay, that was a little unsettling, too. Turns out their sterilizer didn't work and they had to run the instruments through a 2ND time. Well, great. Now we had to wait an extra half-hour.

Finally, it was time for surgery and I went to the waiting room. After 1 hour and 40 minutes it was completed. The doctor said the tear was larger than they thought (about 1 cm), but that it went well. He was to come in the office Tuesday to be rechecked.

Steve went home in a sling that keeps his arm away from his body and a huge bandage on both front and back of his shoulder. He's done very well with only taking one (and sometimes only 1/2 of his pain pill). He took a shower yesterday, we had to take the huge bandage off which stuck to him everywhere. I paled when I saw the inside bandage on the front and couldn't look at it again (he had to take that one off). The back side wasn't as bad. He felt a lot better after being able to wash his hair and self.

Tomorrow is his recheck and we can't wait to get there. We've been eating lighter than our norm, hopefully it will show on the scales soon, huh? If not, I swear I need to get on some natural fat burners.

A Little More of Alabama

During our trip to Alabama we were able to spend time visiting with Buddy (Sherman) and Deanna. Buddy hasn't changed one iota, he's still the same, fun-loving guy with a great sense of humor. Deanna is really sweet and I really enjoyed being with both of them. I snapped a few pics and will include them here.
Jackie seemed to be doing really well. Although she is in pain from the scar tissue/hernia in her tummy, it doesn't keep her from playing hearts. Since I don't remember playing it, she taught me the game and we stayed up late, nights to try to have me understand it. I will say, I'll probably never be able to play like she does. I don't know how she can keep track of how many hearts were played, not to mention how many spades above the queen are out to catch someone higher than you when you have the queen.

Michelle came over twice and she hasn't changed much either. She's still very pretty and as sweet as can be. Randy is still a hoot, still has that dry humour. I catch myself watching the expression on his face to see if he's teasing or not.

We drove up to Mike's new place and went out to eat Mexican food with them, YUM! They are such a neat couple, I'm so happy that they found each other. Mike really deserves to be happy and he and Crissa have such a neat family. Grant warmed up to Steve and I right away, it took Evan a little longer to even talk in front of us. We had a wonderful time with them and, though they tried to talk us into spending the night at their place, we opted to drive back to our timeshare in Tennessee so we'd have two nights there before heading home.

Remember the good old days when Heather and I took piano lessons? That was a great time! Too bad I didn't have as much talent as she did! Halfmoon

Time With Abbernathy

After my doctor's appointment, Steve and I went to Abby's to see her and Mikayla (Justin was at work). We played with Mikayla for a while and she is really getting to be fun to be around since she can sit up and play.

She has a cute little train set and one of those toys that you have shapes you can push into the correct shaped holes (which makes music go off). She was really starting to get the hang of it (besides, I loved playing with it too!)

After that we drove Abby to Ankeny to get her license renewed as she had let it lapse in February (oops!) She was nervous that she would have to take a driving or written test because it had expired. She actually called her brother (Steve) to see if she'd be put in jail if she was caught driving with it expired (what a hoot!)

She didn't have to take any test at all which made us all happy. After having her pic taken, we all went out the 'do not exit' line as we couldn't see the exit door. Once we were on the interstate I asked where the closest Taco Bell was. We used to go to Taco Bell every Saturday after getting allergy shots so she loves them as much as I do.

We're at Josh's now so I'd best sign off here for a little while. Have a great night! I'll probably need to search around to find the best diet pill
after eating with Josh, Tay, and Carter (salmon patties -- YUM!) Halfmoon

Appointment Time Again

I went to see the specialist this morning regarding the tingling in my left arm and pain in shoulder to elbow area. I have a bone spur in my neck where my bulging disk is. Great, huh? She is referring me to my Pain Control physician to have a steroid shot in the cervical area.

If that doesn't work, she will go in surgically and cut that out. Not a big deal, she said. Seems like a big deal when it is happening to you. Oh, brother, what else can happen? I really shouldn't say that because when I do, it seems like something else occurs.

I'm at Abby's right now and she's letting me use her computer. I wish I could use my computer here so I could have access to my pictures. Oh, well. I'll write more later. Have a great one! Halfmoon

P.S. I'm still thinking about checking into the best diet pills available.

A Little Bit of Washington

Larry Joe, Terry, Aunt Helen, Trina, Ellie, Eddie, and Linda

Back to Washington, we go. I finally uploaded my pics from my camera to the laptop so thought I'd try and get a few in my blog to share with you. Forgive me if I don't know all of my cousin's spouses and kids names. I'm hoping Sheila will send me a list soon.

We had a really great time seeing everyone. I had to push myself sometimes to go sit with people I didn't really know to find out how we were related. I could not believe how much Mike Moon looked like his Dad, Uncle Jim.

Mike's wife's name is Barb and their daughter is Mikayla. Jim's son is David w/wife Crystal and their baby is Malee.

I'm not very good with remembering names but at least I think I have all of my cousin's names down. This pic is of the three Adams girls. The back row shows Tammy, Connie, and Cindy. I believe (and so do they) Tammy and Connie look a lot like Aunt Muriel. Cindy looks like her mom, my Aunt Evie. I was disappointed that Aunt Evie couldn't come to the reunion, but it was understandable since she has Alzheimers and cancer.

This is Linda and Bills family. Sorry, I left the list of the daughters names at home, but I don't know which one is which. I'll have to sit with the camcorder and write them down as I have me computer on so I can get them straight. I know she has five daughters (I'm not sure, at this point, if they have any sons).

This pic shows Jim and Mike Moon in the back row with Karen Moon in the front row. The next pic is Jim Moon's family. I think his son's name is David, David's wife is Crystal, and their baby is Mia.

The next pic is Eddie's family, again, I don't have their names, sorry. I do know that the pic shows his wife, her mother, Aunt Helen, Eddie's son, and granddaughter.

This is Ellie's family with Aunt Helen. Ellie's husband's name is Mike. That's it for now. Halfmoon

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Memorial Weekend (Sunday)

As you know, we generally get together with our kids the day before the holiday if possible so the adults don't have to get up to go to work the next morning. We followed that same tradition for Memorial Day.

Abby was unable to come out because she worked both Sunday and Monday so we will be getting together with her Wednesday. Steve came with Angie and Jadah, but it wasn't his weekend for Syd so she wasn't there and we all missed her. (I really love it when my WHOLE family can be there.)

We took a few pics of the grandkids, but never could get everyone to look at the camera at the same time. I'm sure Heather's pics are better than mine but here is the best one. The only one I caught Alyce looking at the camera in, she was sticking her tongue out.

As you can see, Christian is really growing. He's within a pound of Mikayla and he is three months old now, she is seven months old. I'll have to remember to take my camera tomorrow to get current pics of Abby's family.

We had a really good time Sunday, grilled brats and hotdogs, had salad, chips, and a wrap that Shelley made (burrito wrapped around creamed cheese and meat?) that were really yummy. Afterwards we had watermelon that was so was wonderful. Of course, we had a campfire which is always the treat about getting together at Grandma and Grandpa's.

Here's hoping you all had a great holiday, one we need to remember is in honor of our men and women who died so we could live in freedom. Yesterday Steve asked me where we were going to vacation next. His rotator cuff surgery is Friday so I doubt we'll be travelling any time soon. Doesn't hurt to look for great travel deals anyway. You never know when you might win the Powerball and then have cash to go wherever you want.