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

Monday, June 27, 2011

Patio enclosure

We had the guy come last week to discuss getting the porch enclosed.  We are getting a 3 season patio enclosure but we're only doing half of the porch.  We had a figure in mind what we would be willing to spend.   To do the whole porch would have been double, yikes!!  I'm very, very excited about it.  It won't be done until sometime in August but I'll be happy to have it for the fall. 

We will eventually get some kind of flooring done and get some furniture as well.  I'm not sure if we will still do that this year or next.

Also, the enclosure will be from the driveway side to 16 feet which we will not have access to the back door.  When it's done, we will have to go through the patio enclosure to get inside the back of the house.  We will have to get new steps put in to get into the back door, ha..

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Saturday Centus #60

It's Saturday Centus again - in a nutshell, Jenny Matlock gives us a prompt from either herself or a guest submitter and then we have to write 100 (although this week is only 60) or words less related to the prompt (the prompt doesn't count toward the 100 words) Then link it up to her blog. It's open until the following Saturday, so that means you have all week to participate by either reading or writing.  The prompt is in blue.

This is a continuation from last week.  I'm not sure how long I'll be doing this, ha... 

Frances had to get the property in order before she did any investigating.  She went outside and started raking leaves in the cool fall weather.  In the stone of the cottage, she noticed a tiny piece of paper sticking out.  It was difficult to get it out but she did. 

It was a letter.   Dear John it started.   It was from Vivian...

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Mom had to go to the ER twice on Sunday.  On Friday, she got a skin tear on her leg.  The nurse wrapped it up and all was well.  Sunday a nurse called about 4 p.m. and said the bandage wrap was all bloody and they couldn't get the bleeding to stop so they were sending her to the ER for stitches.  The doctor at the ER said the skin was so thin that they couldn't put stitches in.  He ended up putting some medicine on some gauze to get the blood to clot, wrapped it up and put an ace bandage on it.  They took her back to the nursing home.  Around 9:45, the nurse called again and said they were taking her back to the ER because it was saturated with blood again.  She got there around 11:00.  The same guy was there.  He ended up putting stitches in but put them a little bit further from the actual skin tear and also put some steri strips on.  We left mom around 1:30 a.m. and she was waiting to get a pressure bandage on and then there were going to take her back.  I don't know what time she got back.

I slept until around 11 a.m. on Monday.  I talked to them at the nursing home and they said mom was doing okay and she wasn't bleeding.  On Tuesday, the nurse practitioner is going to take the pressure bandage off and see what it looks like.  What a night. 

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Saturday Centus #59

It's Saturday Centus again - in a nutshell, Jenny Matlock gives us a prompt from either herself or a guest submitter and then we have to write 100 or words less related to the prompt (the prompt doesn't count toward the 100 words) Then link it up to her blog. It's open until the following Saturday, so that means you have all week to participate by either reading or writing.  The prompt is in blue.

I haven't done Centus for months but I thought I'd jump in again.  Not that I have anymore time and I'm all caught up but I missed doing it.  So we'll see how it goes.

Frances was excited about the cottage she had moved into.   It was the home she always dreamed of.
With the insurance money from her late husband, she had enough money to purchase it.

She was making her first fire and noticed something within the stone.  It was a photograph.  On the back it said Wilfred and Vivian - so sad.  "So sad; what does that mean?" she thought.

The cottage had been built in the 1800's and by the clothes; she could tell they were from that era.
She could hardly wait to start investigating what happened to Wilfred and Vivian. 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Random thoughts

1.  Last Saturday when we went to see mom they had bell ringers there.  That was the first time I've ever seen them.  It was beautiful. 

2.  We finally ordered some railings for our front steps.  They should be put up in a few weeks.

3.  I did it... I've written on the blog before how I've always wanted to enclose the back porch.  Over the years I've gone back and forth thinking it would be too expensive.  I'm finally going to find out.  I have someone coming on Monday to give us an estimate.  Oh, how I hope it's not too much.

4.  I finally bought my yarn for Christmas.  I've gotta get going.

5. Cool, hot, rain, cool, hot, rain,  pretty much sums up this spring.  It can't make up it's mind, ha.. 

Friday, June 10, 2011


We took mom to the ophthalmologist (the one I go to) and he's going to do the cataract surgery on Mom.  The first one will be in July and if all goes well, he'll do the second one.  Her vision now is pretty much down to nothing.  Seems she has lost peripheral vision is both eyes as well.  She won't see perfect but she will see better.

Her new roommate - what can I say, ha.  She's not friendly, complains a lot and yells at whoever comes to help her.  I've said hello to her once and she ignored me.  Oh well, maybe she will get more friendly as time goes on.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Men behaving badly

Is there some kind of mindset with men politicians in Washington that they can get away with behaving badly?
How could they not think they are going to get caught  for goodness sake @@.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Vacation random thoughts

1.  It was fun to see son and his girlfriend in their environment.  They did say they went to more things when we were there then the whole time they've been there.  Could be because we paid for everything  lol.

2. Thursday of our vacation,  hippie tried to buy something with the credit card we had been using and it was denied.  We came back, called HSBC and they said MasterCard said it was compromised so they would be sending us a new card.  Good thing we had another credit card.

3.  I loved staying at the Luxor because of the proximity of things I picked out for us to do.  We hardly had to go outside at all.

4.  Luckily, the weather was wonderful for me.  The first few days were amazing high 60's and low 70's.  The weather people were complaining that it was below average for the year LOL.  It wasn't until the weekend it started to get into the high 80's.

5.  My sleeping is still messed up from Vegas and I'm woefully still behind on blog reading.  I think it's time to start deleting some stuff. 

6.  I was a little disappointed with some of the pictures I took.  The ones with people inside especially didn't come out.  They were either blurry or the lighting was wonky.  Here's one of me though:

Friday, June 3, 2011

More pictures

These are pictures I took while we were in the car of different things.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Days 7 & 8

This was our last day before having to get up on Tuesday so we just relaxed at the Luxor all day.  Son and girlfriend came and we gambled pretty much all afternoon and evening.  We did go to girlfriends school so I could print out our boarding passes and pay for my luggage online.

We bought ice cream and ate at Nathan's Hot Dogs again.

We left them about 8 p.m. so we could pack our bags and get ready for the morning.  

In the morning about 5:45 we heard a big noise outside and it was a traffic helicopter.  We were by the freeway and there must have been an accident or something.  It seemed like it was out there for a long time.  We decided to just get up.  We were getting picked up at 8 a.m.

Everything went well on the flight home.  Although 4 hours was a long time to be flying.  I don't think I'll ever be going to Europe lol.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Day 6

This day we had tickets to see The Lion King which was at Mandalay Bay.  This casino was also connected to The Luxor.  I was highly anticipating see this.  I loved watching the movie with my son when he was little and I only heard great things about the musical.  We had gotten two free tickets for it and I purchased two extra for son and his girlfriend.  It was good but I was surprised I didn't love it like I thought I would.  Girlfriend had seen it before and she thought something was off with it as well.

When we were done we went to a place called The Peppermill to eat.

It was a pretty cool place.  It had neon lights inside and tiffany lamps with flamingo design hanging from the ceilings at each table.  There were trees inside.  It was just a warm Las Vegasy kind of place.

Our meals were excellent and they were pretty big portions.  Son and girlfriend got to take all the leftovers home from the various restaurants we went to.