Thursday, July 17, 2008

Donna's Daycare - NOT

My grandchildren are a joy, they really are. What I have learned is that I enjoy them much more in smaller doses. Yesterday my three granddaughters and my niece spent the day with me, the whole day. 1 two month old and (3) three year olds. It was really fun to have them for the day but a bit trying at times. More importantly is that the girls had fun. Grandma took them for a walk, we checked out Papa's garden, smelled the flowers and I let them pick blackberries. My girls and sister got a break and the girls got a break from their Moms.
Ada is my oldest granddaughter she turned 3 last month, she is the one with the curls and the glasses. Marren is my niece and turned 3 in April, she is in the leggings, so proud because she picked out her own outfit. Gracie will turn 3 in September and is in the dress, she is my youngest girls little one. Ada is the older sister of Aleighia who is 2 months and is pictured with Gracie.
Quick update, Dad came home from the hospital yesterday and is doing much better.

Sunday, July 13, 2008


It's been a hectic week. We wound up not coming home from the lake till the 5th. Once getting home it was a lot of working unpacking and getting things back to normal. We had camped in the trailer 17 days out of 3 weeks and it was a mess.

While still at the lake my son and I had a huge argument and wasn't speaking till a day ago. That was difficult for me as we are very close but we are also hard headed, stubborn, etc. Things are better now but it will take awhile for the hurt on both sides to go away.

My mother-in-law and sister-in-law came for a visit two days after we got home. It's only been about 6 weeks since my father-in-law passed away and I feel so terrible for her. She lost him just a few days short of their 50th wedding anniversary. Kathy, my SIL said that all she does is sit on the couch. She's been able to get her out of the house twice and that was to come see us. We don't live in the same town, about an hour and half away so it isn't like we can visit everyday. She isn't alone and I'm thankful for that. Two of her adult sons live with her so I know they are taking care of her but they are a bit odd. Guess that's obvious because we are talking about two men in their 40's that still live at home.

I'm very worried about my father. He is 82 and his health is failing. Last night he went to the ER and they admitted him with a bowel obstruction. Found out this morning that he isn't urinating either. He is a 3 time cancer survivor, had his back broke in 4 places, lost a lung and is just a very strong individual. He has fought and worked so hard his entire life and I think he's tired. Last night at the hospital my step mom tells me that he's been have trouble with his bowels for the last 8 months. Now during this time he has also lost his appetite and has lost close to 50 lbs. I hadn't heard about the bowel problems till last night and she tells me he has been eating prunes and taking laxatives almost daily. I wanted to smack both of them. This morning I asked her if this had been discussed with his doctors, her reply..I think so! I'm waiting till after the doctor sees him this morning before I go up. Sandy (Dad's wife) and my sister are there. I'll stay with him this afternoon and let them get some rest. We'll give this hospital 24 hours then we'll take him to Evansville, IN or St. Louis if we don't see improvement. To say that I have little faith in our local hospital is a massive understatement. If he hadn't been in so much pain last night we would have went to Evansville to begin with. If you've stuck with me this far send up a little prayer.

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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Puppy Pics at Dolan Lake

Well, I didn't make it back to the lake last night. Rain has moved in and I'm sure Mark and I will have a blast packing up a wet camp. He's still sleeping as he didn't get in from work till 2am. Not really looking forward to waking him up as I have bad news for him. On the way home yesterday my check engine light came on and my truck started acting sick. Seems like she's running on 7 cylinders, maybe a plug or plug wire (hoping & praying it isn't more serious). The problem is that I won't be able to bring the trailer home, we'll have to use Mark's truck. The plan had been for both of us to go back to the lake, break camp and then he could leave for work from there. Less sleep and more work for him now that my truck is out of the picture.

Here's a few pics of the dogs and a Blue Heron. That bird sure was brave, I cropped the picture cause at the bottom of it you could see Daisy's butt. We saw it everyday and it was kinda cool to watch it fish.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Dolan Lake

Well, finally home again. It was a great time although a bit stressful at times. We took all five dogs with us for the weekend (with both campers) having no plan to stay a week. We left on Thursday and it's Wednesday night and one trailer is still at the lake. Once the holiday crowd started rolling in it was time for me and the dogs to head home. As the hubby is at work (he has been working and driving from the lake since the weekend) and expects me to be at the lake once he gets off work..I haven't decided if I'll be driving back out tonight or not. It would be easier to break camp in the morning if I was already there but again there is the issue of the dogs. Can I stress enough that I don't want to take all five dogs camping again?

I did get some really cute pictures of the dogs while at camp but don't have them uploaded yet. That will be for another day. We really enjoyed our camping trip and the place we camped was awesome. For the most part we had the loop to ourselves and it was perfect. The weather was great, one night of rain but very little heat or humidity. For anyone living in the mid-west they know what an oddity this is for late June and early July. We have now found a new 'favorite' camp site within 30 minutes of home. With gas prices as they are, can you beat that?

Did I mention that we took both trailers? Mark was a bit embarressed pulling the Twenty as the outside of it is in such rough shape but let me tell you that the inside of this trailer is wonderful. There is so much more space than the inside of the 1400. I'm now itching to start on the rebuild. Gosh, there just isn't enough time or money and I want it done NOW. All good things will come to those who wait? Right?