Monday, February 23, 2009


Greg and I were having a discussion this weekend about the ridiculous comments his customers say to him regarding our Midwestern weather. Most revolve around, "Can you believe this weather!", "Isn't this weather amazing?!", "Cannot believe how much snow and/or cold is has been this year!". You wouldn't think this is a big deal, but my darling husband hears these comments at least 20 times per day...everday... Being the professional he is and the local smart ass his response is usually, "yep, it's like it's Michigan in February or something"... Don't get me wrong, I am thoroughly disgusted with this weather and would like to see it leave very soon too, but, I don't spend a lot of time thinking about how ridiculous it is. I mean, truly, we are only in February. It has been an unusually tough winter I think, and I'm ready to see other people besides our parents and Greg, but I do understand that living where we do and having a "medically fragile" toddler prevents us from even attempting to enjoy this weather at all.

The upside is that I have been able to spend a fair amount of time scrapbooking. Which, I am thoroughly loving! Thanks to Nichole, I am able to spread my creative wings and dive right in to scrapping pages out of order and that I really do like afterwards. Need to ask her how to get the pages on here in a slide show so I can show them off to others besides Greg. His typical response is, "yeah, that's cool". Keep in mind that is his response to just about any question I have for him.

We have discovered that Delaney is getting more aware of her surroundings, especially what we are casually watching on TV. While scrapping on Saturday, Greg had Delaney over at his mom's and they were talking to his sister and brother-in-law and had just a random show on. Guess it was some dumb rednecks home video show and a guy was showing off by sticking his head in an alligator's mouth. Apparently, the alligator shut his mouth on top of the guy's head. It scared Delaney to death!!! She cried and ran to Greg to picked up. And, now she is scared of her stuffed alligator that she got from Robbie and Brianne while they were in Florida...awesome... We don't really let her watch TV, but it is usually on as background noise. So, new rule at home is if we aren't specifically watching something, then it needs to be off and we can turn music on. We'll see how that goes.

I am considering taking a Master Gardener's class this fall. I have always wanted to look in to it, but this year the opportunity has come up again and it is local, which would be much easier on me to get to with our schedules. I wouldn't really want to make a career out of it or anything (at least not at this point), but would love to have the certification and knowledge that goes with it for my (friends and family too) gardens. I have a new plan in mind for our front yard this year and if I had some informal training, it might go a little smoother. There are several garden centers in this area that offer some really interesting classes at a pretty reasonable price that I am looking in to as well. Can never hurt to learn new things!!!

So, the above photo is one of my favorites and I love how the yard/deck looks this time of year. Oh, sooo warm in July on Greg's Birthday. The lilac bush I got for Mother's Day is in the bottom right hand corner. I really like the yard, but the very front yard in front of the deck always looks like hell since that is where the dogs decide to potty about 360 days of the year. So, my plan is to make a wide (about 6 ft.) path in front of the deck (about where the table and chairs are on the deck) going out to the lane that leads to the lake lot. Would like to put white picket fencing around the path and in a "L" shape in the front by the lane. I am going to draw up some plans for Greg to look at and see if he likes it (before I start demolition!). I am so confident that winter is almost over that I am talking about gardening plans...yes...bring on the sunshine!!

If the groundhog saw his shadow on Feb.2nd and we have 6 more weeks of winter because of it, does't that mean we only have about 3 weeks of winter left - right??? I'm going with that.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Where have I been???

Goodness, how long has it been since I've updated this crazy thing??? Appears to have been about a month and a half. Lots going on...let's see where to start??? Well, we just got over sweet baby having RSV, Croup and Bronchiolitis. She is still on breathing treatments every 4 hours, but is improving daily. It was pretty hit or miss for the first few days. Because she receives Synagis, it kept the illnesses from becoming too in a helicopter ride to Riley. She did receive another dose of Synagis yesterday afternoon. That went fairly well until Delaney discovered that we weren't there for a social visit...she was there for shots!!! She really fought it this time. I pretty much had to lay on top of her and pin her down. Good times...

She is also on steroids to help with the inflammation in her lungs. I'll be lucky if our sweet baby girl doesn't turn out to be a dude. She received Viagra for the first month of her life and is now on steroids. If she gets hair on her chest, I'm making a phone call to someone!

My mom moved in with my Grandma in St. Joe for a few months. She was laid off about a month ago and moved in with her about 2 weeks ago. My grandma has some health issues and is unable to live by herself anymore and the cost of a nursing home is a little too much for her meager budget, so the solution (at least temporarily) is for my mom to live with her. My mom isn't much of a nurse, so this is challenging at times with my grandma, but they seem to be getting along as well as expected.

Found out last Friday that my melanoma has returned. I go in next Wednesday for another procedure to remove the remainder of the spot that was taken off and to decide what we are going to do. They told me during the first melanoma incident (March 2004) that if I go 5 years without any issues that I had a 90% chance that I will not ever get it again. If it returns within 5 years, there is 75% chance that it will be more aggressive and/or damaging. This March would have been 5 we go again. I am convinced that they are going to get in there and find out that it really isn't melanoma, or if it is, it will be quickly taken care of with this next procedure. I cannot be sick, I have an 18-month old that is going to need her mommy for a variety of things sooner than later. So, I have to be ok for her.

Delaney will need me for:
*Potty Training (would like to see her Dad handle that)
*1st day of preschool
*Learning to tie her shoes
*Taking her pony for a trail ride
*Her first horse show
*learning to ride a bike
*learning to shoot hoops (actually, that will be her dad's job, but I need to be there for pictures)
*1st day of kindergarten
*buying all her school supplies for kindergarten (daddies can't do that!)
*She will need her hair done every day for school
*learning how to plant flowers, water the flowers, grow veggies and feed the birds
*she'll need me to slather her daily in sunscreen
*picking out her first bikini to wear to the beach with her friends
*helping her with homework
*teach her how to be a caring, compassionate, courageous, educated, beautiful young woman...

Even if she doesn't need me for any of these things...a little girl still just needs her mommy. I'm 32 years old and still need mine...