The quieter you become the more you can hear ~ Ram Dass

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Flowers, flowers

So far, I'm very pleased with the rose bush we bought. It is as advertised - a prolific bloomer. I'm not sure if it will bloom all summer. I'm hoping it will soon grow higher.

The sunflowers are starting to get tall. My shasta daiseys that I thought were completely lost because of the snow, siding and roofing guys came up little bit. Although the original one is gone.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream

Well, actually in this case it was custard. Ron suggested last night that we go to the local stand. We haven't done that in years. He had a waffle cone with vanilla custard and I had a chocolate milkshake. All I can say is YUMMY!

Friday, June 27, 2008


I got a call from my sil, Kay, saying something like did you hear about Sue, my other sil. I said no, what happened. She was having heaviness in her chest on Wednesday and went to the doctor. They sent her right over to the ER. Yesterday, they transferred her to another hospital for a heart catheterization. Several years ago, she had triple bypass surgery and since then she's had to have some stints put in. We went to the hospital after doing our thing at mom's. She had gotten there about an hour before we arrived and no one had been able to see her yet. We only sat for a couple of minutes and we all were able to go in. Turns out she had some blockage but it wasn't enough to do anything about it. She has to follow up with her cardiologist. She came home last night.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Dinner Friends

Wednesday night was my night out with the girls. What fun! This is the second time we went to this restaurant but it's been a while. When we got off the freeway, we were just gabbing away and forgot to look for the road we were supposed to turn on. We got back on track and finally got there. Unfortunately, the dinner friends weren't seated yet because you had to have your whole party there. I don't know why some restaurants do that.

The food was excellent. I had 1/2 rack of ribs (which I ended up bringing most of it home), baked potato, roll and a salad. The salad was very large but the best part of it was there was TOMATO in it. We haven't had any tomatoes around my house since the whole salmonella thing, even though there were no reported cases around here.

After dinner, some of us went to my friend's new home. She lives close to the restaurant. Ron and I had already been there. When we went to my sil's house last year, she lives close to her so I called to see if we could
barge right incheck it out on our way home so we did. Since we were there, they've built a beautiful deck on the back. I wish I thought to take a picture on the cell because when I came home, I had to try to explain to Ron what it looked like. It was hard.

I got home around 10 p.m. through another rain storm but thankfully no hail.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Lifetime Waranties

As mentioned in my previous post, the van was in the shop. Monday when Ron was going to get the newspaper, it stopped working about 10 - 15 minutes from the house. He was able to coast it to the corner where the gas station used to be. He came home, called a dealership and then called AAA to have it towed there. When he went back to the van, it started up. He canceled the tow and took it up himself. They hooked it up and couldn't find anything wrong. They suggested leaving it overnight.

Tuesday when they tried to start it up, it wouldn't start. Thank goodness, we were afraid they wouldn't find anything and then we would have to be worried that it would happen again. They figured out what was wrong and Ron was pretty sure he remembered this part had to be replaced before and had a lifetime warranty on it. Sure enough, they looked it up and he was correct. You've got to love those lifetime warranties.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Assume the position

Monday was my annual visit to the gynecologist. Oh Joy!! Usually on the way there, I complain and moan to Ron on how I hate going for my pap test. This time was a little different. I complained and moaned to my girlfriend instead;-) The van broke down and had to be taken to the shop in the morning, so my friend took me.

I had the first afternoon appointment. Then came the weigh in and they checked my height. I'm pretty sure I shrunk some. Unfortunately, more so the height than the weight LOL. After putting on the lovely gown, it was time to assume the position for the test and within seconds that part was done. I thought wow that was fast. I didn't even feel it. Then he says to me, did you notice I didn't give you a pap test, I'll explain when I'm done. He did the other exams (you women know what I'm talking about) and he started explaining about why no pap.

Turns out, the recommendation now is if you are over a certain age (which I clearly am) and have clear pap tests for so many years and don't have HPV (which they tested me for last year- I didn't even know) that you only need a pap every three years. I had read a while back about these recommendations but was still surprised. As much as I moaned about doing it every year, there was a level of comfort in having it done and knowing everything was okay. I'll have to think about this over the year and decide if I want to follow this or tell him I want it done next year. What do your doctor's say?

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Hail, hail the gangs all here......

Strange weather we're having. I don't remember the last time I've seen hail, and now I've seen it twice in the past two days. Yesterday evening, it was pretty nasty. Windy, rainy and hail. This afternoon coming home from Mom's - again with the hail. It was bigger than yesterday. A lot of cars just parked under the bridges on the freeway.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Doctors & Relay

Went to the doctor's on Tuesday, I'm off my cholesterol medication for now. Last time I went he cut me to a half of 10 mg. Since Mom was in the hospital, I wasn't even taking that regular and I thought my cholesterol would be up but it was pretty good. He said to go off it completely and we'll recheck in 6 months. That's great one less pill to take.

Wednesday, we took Mom to the foot doctor. With this weather we've been having, she's been having a hard time walking. When we got to the office, he's in an old house with lots of steps to get up. At first she couldn't pick her leg up. There was a guy standing in front and he tried to help. Finally, I went into the office and told the receptionist/the doctor's wife that she couldn't get up the steps. She came out and helped and we were able to get her in the office. When we got back to her house, the furnace wasn't working again. The pilot light was out AGAIN. Ron relit it and then it went out. I called the furnace guy and was pleasantly surprised when the girl said he would be there in 5 minutes. He cleaned something and so far it's been working again. He didn't even charge us.

In case anyone's wondering why you haven't gotten my annual letter about the Relay, I'm not going to be on a team this year. The woman that usually has the team isn't having one this year. Her mother passed away earlier this year and she got a new job and it was just too much. I was also afraid to commit myself to a team since I never know what's happening around here lately. Her and I are still planning to sign up for the Survivor Walk though. If I take any pictures, I'll either post them or email them.

Have a great weekend.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Father's Day

To all those Dad's out there, I hope you have a great Father's Day.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Nothing much happening

Last Friday when it was 90 degrees outside, it was 90 degrees inside too. The air conditioner was on 78 but wasn't cooling the house. David (bil) came over Sunday morning and looked at it. He couldn't find anything wrong but he cleaned the inside and outside part. Looked at the vents and dampers; turning some off and back on and it seems to be working. Thank goodness because the last couple of days have been really hot.

I think Ron's going to try to get his boat out this weekend for Father's Day. We'll see.

The garden seems to be growing pretty well. He also planted an extra row of marigolds in the front because we had an extra flat. Above picture is of the flowers I have on the front steps and back porch. Have a good weekend everyone.

Thursday, June 5, 2008


What happened to it?????

Monday, June 2, 2008

Wash on Monday

I guess that's when women used to do their laundry in the olden days LOL. I'm going to try to start hanging some stuff outside. I do have some lines in the laundry room but they take at least a day to dry. When I was younger, I remember hanging the laundry outside for Mom. If you click on the picture, those are just some old rags from the garage that's why they still look kind of dirty. Believe me, I wash clothes better than that ;-)