Friday, March 12, 2021


 Good Morning everyone. Been a long time since have posted here. Been a year now since the coronavirus first appeared in our country. Praying for everyone all over the world who might catch it.

 Still snow on the ground and the past 3 days have been up in the 40`s and one day in 50`s F. But this week-end we are expecting it to be back cold in the 30`s F again. Hoping weather warms up soon. Changing the clocks ahead one hour this Saturday night. Easy to remember- in spring-spring forward one hour, in Fall-Fall back one hour.

 Not much to write about since we are all mostly staying separated and at home during this epidemic. Will be starting the garden vegetable seeds inside soon. Haven`t been able to walk out to the compost bins on my other property as the path is still ice covered under the snow. Been over a month now since my fall on the ice in front of the mailbox and knees still feel like they are on fire, had x-rays- nothing broken. Haven`t gone back yet for MRI to be sure no other damage. Pain has lessened, but burning sensation is still there and worst when first wake up in the morning. Still back and shoulder pain, but think just takes lots longer healing  when are older. 

When my old computer crashed, I lost all my friends blogs and hope to again locate them again. Have a good day all and stay safe. Hugs and love to all my wonderful blog friends.

Monday, September 16, 2019


Missing my sister- 9/26/19

   Been a rough 2 weeks.  First it was  nephew  Anthony on my husband`s side of the family. Spent a few days at the Hospital with him and  later with his son at the Funeral, then helping his son trying to handle things at his Dad`s home. Then one of  my younger sister`s- Ginny (Virginia)- was in the Hospital  and we were told there was nothing more they could do for her and she only had a few days. I spent every day visiting her until yesterday. I was holding her hand and she was talking to me when I think she had another heart attack and I knew she was gone. Happened so fast while she was still talking to me. We were always very close. Every time over the last few days if I was where she couldn`t see me and other`s were with her, I would here her asking - Where is Dot, and I would tell her -I am right here with you.  She was 86, 2 tears younger than I am. She has had real bad emphazema for years and been on oxygen.  I have worried about her for years. I am glad her daughter and a son were there with us when it happened.

     In a better thought, I still have a lot of vegetables to take care of  in my walk around garden ( using earth boxes which sit up on  standards I made so I can still have a garden without bending to the ground).  And even though my arthritic messed up hands make it impossible to still crochet, knit or do anything where I have to hold small items. I can still work in my wood shop.  This summer my son Roger and his wife   helped me replace the insulation in the wall which connects the shop with the garage so  I can again heat the shop in the winter. Squirrels had gotten in my garage and chewed it all out a couple years ago. Son Ron had closed up the garage eaves before his bad fall accident to keep the squirrels from getting in the garage any more.  But I was laid up all that summer  and couldn`t do anything. Now that I am able to work in the shop again we got the insulation put back in the wall so I can heat it all winter.  Love making things in my shop.

 I try to stay active as much as possible.



Sunday, October 14, 2018

October 14, 2018
Here I sit waiting for the stew to finish cooking . Finally reached up to 52 F and even with the furnace running today, still feels damp and chilly in the house. Have turned on the small heater in the kitchen near me for a while.  If were more ambitious would use the oven and bake something. Good time for some nice warn stew.

 Roo still keeps me waiting on him. He has this one bark that says I emptied my water dish, this sharper bark that says you need to take me  outside, and then there is this sit up on his fanny with his front legs out like a kangaroo ( why the breeder friend named him Roo) and just staring at me expecting me to know what he wants. Some times when he is sitting upright he will start licking his mouth- yes,  that means  I want more food.  One smart Pug. He makes sure I get up and feed him every morning, gives me lots of exercise climbing up and down the porch steps 4 to 6 times a day. Last week I laid down another place for him to lay while I was cleaning his bedding in  his bed. Now he goes and lays on that place when he wants to go out and also lays there when he comes back in to remind me he is waiting for his treat for going outside. Getting way to smart and controlling. :)

My youngest son who fell is doing better, still seeing all the Dr`s and needing more therapy. So used to working he is having a rough time not being unable to do much. Has been laid up soo long- will be 6 months on the 27th.. Often hear he has tried doing more than Dr`s allow, like removing the air conditioner from the window in their apartment  while she was working. He told me he used his leg to set it on to move it, told him that was bad for a lot of reasons, bad for his hip, his hand and wrist and other places still healing. He said -mom, I am tired of sitting here  and hate asking others to do things I should be doing. -He is getting discouraged and wants his old life as a construction worker back. I fear he will never be able to do the work he was so proud of.  Dr`s are telling him it will be at least another year before his body will be recovered enough to do any kind of work. Now  they say they need to remove the bar screws and all from his left wrist and arm because  they are causing problems with the nerves. He was here for a short time  a couple days ago. Another son was patching a leak in my garage roof with advice from his  knowing how brother.  Ron, the one who fell , had re-done the roof on my shop and  the side of the higher garage roof where they are connected. before his fall. Hopefully there will be no more leaks on the other side of the rood this winter.

My walk around garden is done for this year, but still have both carrots and beets in separate large containers to pull up and a few pepper plants still in more pots. Covered them last night so the frost wouldn`t  kill them. Earth boxes are all cleaned and stored away in the shed till next spring. Finished trimming the grape vines yesterday  so they are now ready for winter. They were delicious this year. Last week did some touch up painting on the earth box standards and  they are stored next to the house for winter.  Also did another stain on the side porch floor  and steps and  re-painted the back porch  steps and railing. This summer one son and his daughter painted the entire outside of my home- his mother`s Day gift to me.  His twin brother  bought and put up new wooden fencing along the back section of the lots I own next to my home property. Had a neighbor out back tossing beer cans and other items there and when  a daughter  was mowing on that property, she  piled up his junk in a neat pile back on his property. The man came out saying he was calling the cops, I told him to please do, or would you like me to call then for you since no one on my property drinks. He shut up and walked away. Life never gets boring. This same son came down and put up the insulation last month that I had cut to fit in the shop /garage wall where last year the squirrels had chewed it all out and had babies in the shop ceiling. S-I-Law helped me close in the eaves on the shop to keep them out and last year Ron had closed in the other side of the garage roof eaves to keep them out of the  garage. Now should be able to heat the shop enough to work in it this winter. Last week had to take down the bird feeder. Other squirrels never bothered it because they don`t like safflower seeds, birds do. Now have this one gray one who likes them and tipped the wood frame pole and all over when he jumped off. Day after I left the bird feeder sown,  my s-i-law noticed a hole chewed into his trash container. Think the gray ones are even more destructive than the black ones. Time will tell. Miss watching all the birds at the feeder.

Friday, August 03, 2018

Aug. 3, 2018
Hi everyone,  Been a long time since  I have posted here. Things are going pretty good for me. I thank God every day for sparing my son`s life after his bad fall from a high ladder  on his construction job while removing a second story outside  window.  So much damage to his body--3 broken ribs, face fractures, lacerations to kidney and liver, bleeding and swelling  in brain,bleeding in another place in head, fractured hip socket, both shoulders clavocals fractured,broken left wrist and arm which was repaired with a plate in wrist and screws and a bar extended from wrist to elbow,  one jugular vein in neck completely destroyed, 4 staples required to close cut in left side of head, has  a cracked skull in 2 places,2 black eyes with right eye dark black colored-completely closed and bloodshot with eye bulging partway out of it`s socket, scraped both knees, left foot black and blue with big toe painful and swollen. This accident happened on April 27, 2018. Just today at another Dr apt, they discovered the blood flowing around the heart where they say is not normal, so am now waiting to see what the cardiologist says when he sees him next month. Wish they were seeing him sooner as it worries me. He is in therapy still, but slowly getting better. Three of his Dr`s say he is a miracle  because the first 5 days they gave us little  hope, and it was over a week before he again  gained consciousness.. God was good, will forever be eternally grateful. He still has a long hard road ahead of him, but he hasn`t given up.  His boss told us that after the fall, Ronnie got up and was going to re-climb the ladder and he had to hold him down till the ambulance arrived and they rushed him straight to Albany Medical  Hosp about 50 miles away because he was in such bad shape for our local Hospital to handle. Wish didn`t have to wait till next month to know the degree of damage to the heart blood vessel.  Praying something that can be repaired easily.

 Still working in my wood shop, have my walk around garden again this year. Call it a walk around because  years ago I built standards to hold earth boxes so I can still have a garden. Too hard getting up from the floor or ground  for the normal ground gardens. Also still turning over my compost bins.  Doing my best to stay active to live longer. Has the aneurysm in the back of my head checked again this year and still only 5 mm in size, so good so far. 4 years and no change which is good.

One son -Walt and his daughter Jen took me with them to Virginia and then to Myrtle Beach in S. Carolina where we joined another granddaughter Millie and grandson Walter and their families for a wonderful weeks vacation. Many hours of riding, but everyone had a great time.
Was gone for 9 days, 1st vacation in years. Was great seeing everyone, had been a long time.

 Wishing all my blog friends the very best.

Sunday, August 06, 2017


August 6, 2017- Fell off back porch steps and hurt right foot

Sunday, August 6, 2017
 Been almost a year since I have updated my blogger.  Another summer almost over.  Lost a beautiful granddaughter and 2 more wonderful cousins which will be terribly missed. But on the happy side I became a great great grandmother on July 11, 2017.

   Had so much planned to accomplish this summer, but took another fall June 3rd, which upset all those plans. Here it is over 9 weeks later and still can`t wear the right shoe, so still can`t drive or do much. Never broke anything, just messed up all the ligaments, muscles, etc. in the right foot. Dr. told me would take 12 to 14 weeks to heal.  Guess I thought  I would heal quicker, but so far doesn`t  look that way. Still keeping up most of the day, still ice packing- swelling gone down a whole lot, not mammoth any more, but still more to go. Tried to get my shoe on Thursday, didn`t  want to look like an invalid at the Funeral Home, but had to keep wearing the boot. See Dr again on Friday.

 Before the fall, had everything set to make the 3 car tires wishing well for my back yard, still waiting to be able to get back working in my woodshop to cut and build the top that goes over the tires. 

  Thanks to a S-I-law, was able to still have my walk-around garden again this year. Still use the earth boxes -sitting up on the standards I made years ago. Finally started caring for it myself a week ago. Since there is no weeding with it up higher, just have to keep the water section of the boxes filled with the hose and pick vegetables as they ripen, so little real work there.  Still enjoying the summer squash , zucchini, and cucumbers  -lettuce and spinach  have ended, - plus more tomatoes still ripening ( plum, cherry, big boy and sandwich types),  all  from the earth boxes. Plus have been enjoying the string beans growing in a small area  by the shop. Have some large containers with carrots and beets growing larger in them- hoping to can them later when finished growing. Have string beans frozen in freezer, also hoping to be able to can and freeze tomatoes for winter.  Love my fresh garden veggies.

  My sweet Pug "Roo"  is now 6 years old and as sweet as ever. This last winter was his first winter ever going outside due to his front legs  disability and the fact we had less snow.  Had to keep shoveling with his body being soo close to the ground. He loves going out in the summer, but can`t stay out  very long as he doesn`t  handle hot days  very well.  He gave me a bad scare a few months ago-  he had a seizure and I thought I was losing him. I thank God that he made it and so far no new problems. With his little legs problems he was born with, he already has enough to handle.

  Have soo much to thank my family for since my  fall.  Made it to a great granddaughter Graduation from High School , plus the party at their home and also  to a daughters party because one of my sons provided my transportation and a lounge chair that kept my foot elevated all the time I was there, Also made it to a niece`s  Wedding shower thanks to a sister taking me with her. Plus to the baby shower before my great great grandson was born- thanks to a daughter taking me. Also  to see the baby at their home thanks to the same daughter who is his grandmother .  Another daughter has been driving me to all the Dr apts.  Then the youngest daughter brought her riding lawnmower and did both my properties for me.  I am soo very lucky to have such helpful family. A son provided transportation to my cousin`s  Funeral  a few days ago. Then all that help from a son-in-law with the garden. He also bring the newspaper every morning and leaves it on my porch so I haven`t had to walk out to get it.  I thank God for all of them.

 It is now 10 AM. Guess I will go cook some breakfast, finally feeling hungry. Still  have cooked  pancakes left, so just  cooking an egg and making some tea to add to it. Wishing everyone a wonderful week-end. Love to all my family and friends.
 Good-by till next time.

Monday, November 14, 2016


Wet, heavy snow broke down tree-Oct. 28th, 2016

November 14, 2016.- wet snow broke down tree on October 28th.
   Haven`t  accomplished much today, but did manage to turn over the compost bins, hoping to make more good soil for the flower beds next spring.  Seems like each year the raked up leaf pile grows much larger.  Think I should have bought some  town trash bags and bagged some of them for the town to pick up.  Maybe next year. But, should have a lot less leaves to rake next year since the heavy wet snow  over a week ago broke down parts off the tree behind my wood shop. Glad we have only had this one snow storm so far this year. Part of the tree landed between my sitting area and wood shop, while part of the tree landed out behind the shop. Left that tall tree with two very week sections so the whole tree needed to be cut down. One  son used his chain saw to cut down the tree while another son,  his wife, and their son were pulling on the rope guiding the tree to the only safe open space for it to land. They did a great job guiding it.  One son cut the tree up and they all helped pull the branches and logs out near the road for the town to pick up. Before the town went through a neighbor asked if he could bring over his chain saw and cut any pieces large enough for him to burn for heat. Of course I said he could take all he could use.  The wet snow had toppled trees all over town so they decided to make a special run cleaning them up. At first they told us we had to keep the brush and cut up trees on our property till next spring, but with so many complaints they changed their mind. Glad they did.  On top of house repairs, my hot water tank decided to give out. Son with a truck picked up my new tank and also unhooked the old tank and hooked up the new one for me. As I have said before, I do have great helpers.  Reminded me of that old saying- It never rains but it pours.  Hot water tank gave out while they were still working on the house. House finished and the very next day we had the wet heavy snow storm bringing down the tree while I was sleeping. God was good since all the tree sections  landed between places where it could have caused lots of damage.

. First is the branches between the sitting area and the wood shop. 2nd is branches from a neighbors tree that landed by the wood fence in my backyard. 3rd is more from my tree landing in my back year and 4th is the tall remaining part of the tree to be cut down with the branches from the 1st tree in front of it. I had turned this picture before posting it, but here it is posting sideways again. That skinny tall tree off to the left is what was showing  lots  higher than the roof of the wood shop.  that tree was useful keeping the hot afternoon sun in the summer from heating up the shop as much.  I thought there was only the fallen tree section by the shop till the next day I decided to walk into my shop and check to see if the windows hidden by the branches were ok. Not broken, but then I saw the back yard through the larger window in the back of my shop. Saw all the tree branches in the back yard and let my son know there was even more cutting to be done when he came down. Town picked up everything a couple days ago. Yard now looking much better.

Saturday, November 12, 2016


Mov.12, 2016, found aneurism Jan. 2016/ home repairs done.

Here it is  November 12, 2016. Been a long time since I have written here in my Blog.  A lot has happened over the last year. Now over 2 years since I had both shoulders operated on. Right shoulder doing good, but still some pain in the left one. Often wonder if the pain might be caused by the two  anchors used to hold it together. Think they are made from titanium metal, but not certain.

     Had this awful pain in the right side of my head that woke me one night. It was very severe and each pain came and went exactly with my heartbeats. When my heart skipped a beat there was no pain. I have a normal skip. This went on for a few minutes and suddenly stopped . Then there was a slight pain with a feeling of pressure that slowly was moving upwards, around my temple and then down the right side of my head and only left pressure in my head near my right ear which remained for weeks. Saw a Dr who took  x-rays which showed nothing wrong.  No one ever found the cause of that very terrible pain, but a few months later I did get another Dr to have an MRA done which showed something, so they then did an MRI and discovered an aneurism in the back of my head I had a 4mm aneurism arising from the inferior division near the right middle cerebral artery bifurcation. Dr decided not to operate on it due to my age. He felt it more risky to operate at age 85 than it would be to leave it alone. So,  that was last January 15, 2016 when he told me that, so I now wonder how much it might have grown in the past 10 months.  My next Dr apt. to have it checked is on February 1st, 2017. So a few more months before I will know more. Since I still work making items in my wood shop using all kinds of saws and other tools, I keep praying nothing happens while I an doing things with saws or while I might be out driving in my car as I don`t want to hurt anyone if the aneurism should burst. From what I  have been told it should only grow about 2% a year, so if I am lucky, It might never happen in my lifetime.  Normally they grow about 1 %, but since my Father died from one bursting in his head, it gives me a 2% growth rate.

 Then along came my apt. with the Rheumatologist for the problems with my hands and wrists- severe arthritis, which I already knew. With the head problem this Dr didn`t  want to give me any meds, so ordered a gel to rub on my hands and wrists which help with both the swelling and pain. It is called: Diclofenac sodium topical gel -and I have since learned it is prescribed for other kinds of pain also. Tried it on my left shoulder, but it didn`t  ease that pain.  He also ordered an arm /wrist support that the thumb slides into, which  helps supports and gives more strength to my  right hand. At my last apt. he ordered a new one for the right hand/ wrist and also one for the left hand/wrist for more support.  Hard to do much wearing both of them, but  I do still wear the right one most of the time.  This Dr has now left, the practice and my next apt. in  April will be with a new Dr.  Thankful for the gel as it helps loads.

 This month is my apt with the Dr who handles my sleep apnea and the C-PAP  equipment orders.
 Next month are two more Dr`s, one handles my eye problems- double vision for years  ( was told by a specialist it was caused by a minnie stroke -he believes) and now added a wrinkle in the center of my right eye- which  I was told if I was younger they would operate and remove  the wrinkle, but here again age matters. So the Dr.  just keeps a close check on it in case it changes.  Seems like every time I see my Dr.  I am sent to see a specialist.  Me, who hates wasting money seeing Dr`s. is lately seeing too many.

 But, I am very thankful to God for giving me such a long life and allowing me to stay active and on my feet able to live alone and still take care of my home, my loving Pug Roo,  and myself. In case I haven`t mentioned it before my little Pug was originally named by me friend who  is a breeder of small dogs because  when he was born with front leg disabilities he would sit up like a kangaroo for long periods of time. he is now 5 years old and with all the therapy I did with him as a puppy, he can walk on all 4  paws, even thought the legs won`t completely open and still often sits up on his fanny with his front legs in front of him  like a kangaroo. He loves everyone especially having the great grandchildren play with him. He is my biggest reason for getting up every morning. He keeps the house from feeling empty or lonely.

 Went to a Nursing Home last week to visit a cousin. My heart breaks for her and her family as she has advanced problems where she knows you and  then often forgets and will ask who you are . I am grateful for the good conversations we did have . The following day I had visitors I hadn`t  seen in years- one of which lives a long ways away in another state. Was wonderful catching up with each other, so much had happened over the years. They are almost like family since one is the sister, other sister-in-law to a daughter-in-law who also lives out of state and I hear from often by phone.

 Halloween night was great. Love seeing all those little kids in their cute costumes, last year had 36, this year 37- some were older children, but I would rather keep giving candy to these nice kids and keep them from getting into trouble like some older ones do. Some young parents had come since they were younger, so I look forward to seeing them with their little3 ones.

 Had a lot of repairs needed on the back of my home where the roof leaked down between the inside and outside walls. Had a lot of help from my family- replacing insulation and outside boards. To do the work they had to remove my back porch and they rebuilt me an even nicer porch.  We also replaced the back door with a nicer one. I never really cared for the old door with the full length glass. It had been given to us and so we used it when we turned the back bedroom into a laundry room after the kids were all grown and moved out. Then we added the door and porch. That was many years ago, but the new repairs were done this summer/ Fall. Finished just a couple weeks ago.  I have such great sons,  daughter, a  daughter-in-law, a son-in-law and a friend who did all the house repairs for me. I did help with the painting once the repairs were finished.  Where would I be if I didn`t  have  sons and daughters  and in-laws willing to help when I need help.  Then my hot water heater started leaking and  one of my sons used his truck to pick up the new one for me and he also  removed the old one and hooked up the new one for me.

   I have a great loving family which I love very much. I have 17 plus 5 more from step children making 22 lovely grandchildren and 30  plus 5 more making 35 lovely great grand children and I love them all very much.. I am a very lucky person with soo much loving family that are there for me..  Had my step son, tell me, shortly before he died - " mom, I need to tell you something, No one and I mean no one could ever have a better mother than I have with you". That was at my 80th Birthday party at the beach and lost him the following month. I will always be happy knowing I was a good mother to him.  He was a very nice son and I miss him terribly. I was as proud of him as I am of all my  own birth children. I am a lucky mother. Wish Walt was still here to meet all  the great grandchildren, he would have loved every one of them as much as he did the grandchildren. My Children had a very loving father and I will always miss him very much.

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