Friday, August 22, 2008

One more....

One more thing, if I do just one more I'll be done. HA
The lists of thing to do around my home is incredible. Among other things, eventually I am going to have to take time off to finish some of my writing projects! I know on the scale of 100 years, whether I finish leveling that dirt pile in the back is small, but in the realm of going out the back door? Not so un-noticeable! So I am working at it, piddling is what I like to call it. Take the dogs out to go potty, move one shovel of dirt, then move one shovel of dirt, then move one shovel of dirt, well you get the idea.
I have learned to minimize things to myself. It has worked so far. It isn't that way everyday, of course, because some days it equals, one step, just take one step.

Well, after all the talk about my health here, and all the whining and complaining I have done, I have some news. I have been struggling with pain and problems for 17 years. Every time I went to the doctors, they would scratch their little educated heads and say, "Well, I'm not sure why or what it is that is causing this. No I don't know where you'll end up." This always made me feel ever so confident in the medical profession.
After much complaint, research, and so on...the verdict is in. They have definitively diagnosed me as having Multiple Sclerosis. Now for some that would be devastating, but to me it is an answer. No more dark future of unknown. I am researching it more and more each day. The good thing about KNOWING what is wrong with you is you can see what will happen and what can be done. One of the SURE things is IT DOES NOT KILL YOU! So sorry for your luck, I am going to be here for a while!!!

Now back to the fun yard! I have a few more things to finish in the back but I have started bleeding the work to the side and front yards! WOO HOO. In as much as there are four sides to the yard, front, back, left and right sides. Which part depends on what needs to be done. The major renovations have obviously been in the back and front.
The back yard is about one week from being done. Move small pile of dirt, small pile of gravel, build arbor and remove the rest of wood pile. Ta DA! The actual patio furniture actually made it to the patio yesterday! This was a major event. I did a little dance in my back yard. I was by myself, and then noticed some children who had been playing two yards over, they stopped and looked at the crazy old lady with the mean dogs dance..I stopped, waved, and they turned their backs and went about their play! Oh well, I guess I get Geek of the Year award!

Today's plan is to try and clean out some of the side yards weeds and to get rid of the Giant Sunflowers. Yep, it's getting to be that time of year. Then it''s off to the back yard again. In a perfect world I would be able to do these things in two days, but It AIN'T perfect here, if you have any questions ask me about my laundry.

Well, I should end this dialogue or today's list will be tomorrows!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


This year has been a year of learning. There have some extremely sad moments where loss of so many things struggled to crush us. There have been some glorious moments where elation took over.
Balancing the two is hard. As I look back at the year at this point the only consistent I have found is the blessing GOD has given us.

The loss of both our Aunt and my Step-Mother. Struggling with the health issues both my husband and myself. Financial issues, remodeling a 100 year old house, family issues have all taken a toll on us.

My daughter has been through her own trials this year. It amazes me at how much I have learned from her. Her attitude that things will be okay and that you should count your blessings; has once again reminded me of ALL the things I have been able to experience.

I used to love it when I went to college. Learning was a thrill for me. I would get just like a child every semester. The thought of learning something new delighted me. This year has been like going through a VERY long, tough semester at college, where all the courses weren't gravy courses.

I will say, the blessings I have had were amazing.
I have found GOD is always with me.
I have an amazing daughter and son.
I have a grandson, who is autistic, and more than up to the challenge of overcoming.
I have been blessed with a husband who is the love of my life. A perfect mate.
I have been blessed with the company of amazing teenagers.
I have the greatest relationship now with an awesome 14 year old.
I have the sweetest pets to comfort me when I feel bad.
I have finally found out why I feel bad.
I have the best neighbors, and friends.
I have found my own inner strength, and it is wonderful.
I have found friends on another website, who support and encourage me.
I have a home that I can bring to life.
I have a blessing everyday to be grateful for. Each one is awe inspiring in its own right.

So if you haven't figured it out, I am counting my blessings and I am overwhelmed by the amount of love GOD has given me. HE has allowed me to have all these undeserved gifts, and I am humbled.