Monday, January 31, 2022

Happy Homemaker Monday #2 -1/31/22

I am a little slow posting today as I have been trying to catch up on emails as well. I am also going to go through the stack of mail that my other daughter brought to me yesterday. I am thankful for the visit as I am truly getting homesick. I love my oldest daughter, but it would be nice to be home. I am thankful that she has opened her home to be and that she takes good care of me. So enough of that, here's my Happy Homemaker Monday.


:::: The Weather ::::

Has gone crazy! It is supposed to be in the mid 50's tomorrow before a strong storm system moves in and brings a winter storm. We are predicted to get 2-3 feet of snow! That will make it almost impossible for me to get out. Wheelchairs and snow aren't a good combination. 

:::: How I am feeling this morning ::::

I have already answered this, but let's just say I am feeling that I am ready for winter to end and spring to be upon us.

:::: On the breakfast plate ::::

I am drinking my Nestle Splash water. I usually don't eat much breakfast. Occasionally, my daughter and I will enjoy a quick breakfast.

:::: On my reading pile :::: 

I am reading my Bible daily. I am also reading a mystery titled Dark Summer by Iris Johansen. It's quite fascinating so far. I also plan to start Girl Wash Your Face today. I will add a new book as soon as I pick it up from the library too.

:::: On my TV ::::

I am currently not watching tv. I did watch an old episode of Maude last night as well as a show called Soap, which I don't believe I have ever seen before. My daughter does not have satellite or cable television because they don't watch much.

:::: On the menu this week ::::

Being that I am not cooking, I have no idea. I know I seen some smoked sausage come out of the freezer earlier, so that may be part of dinner tonight. Totally have no idea.

:::: From the camera ::::

I don't have my camera here. I can use the one from my phone, but I am unsure of how to get those onto the laptop. 

:::: Looking around the house ::::

I see the beautiful sunshine across my daughters' front yard. I am looking at my daughter clean house and wishing that I could help more. I hate being in this chair and non weight bearing for many more weeks.


::::  To do List ::::

I have mail to look at and decide what to do with it. I also have some affiliate work to do. I may do another post today that has to do with that, but totally not sure of a plan yet. I also need to do some team encouragement for my Pink Zebra business today.

:::: Today's devotional :::: 

As I have stated before I am currently doing The Bible Recap and I enjoy it tremendously. This is my second year using it to read through the Bible with. Today, the verse of the day was James 1:5
"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of  God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him."

I will pray that all that are affected by the winter storm are safe and warm. I will pray for each of us to remain healthy.






                                        







Right now I am....
Thinking....
On my reading pile....
On my TV.....
Favorite blog post last week (mine or other)....
Something fun to share....
Blog hopping (newly discovered blog)....
On the menu for this week....
On my to do list....
In the craft basket....
Looking forward to this week....
Looking around the house....
From the camera....
On my prayer list.....
Bible verse, Devotional....

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

A Walk With Christ

 As many of my readers know, my goal the last couple of years has been to strengthen my walk with Christ. Growing up in church and being very active in my youth group led me to many great friendships and plenty of fun times. I am thankful for the youth director we had as he truly spoke to us on subjects that we could relate too and he was always just a phone call away.

Once I turned 20 and was more in the world, my walk with Christ suffered. I fell hard, but I was thankful that I knew God was still with me. I knew the day I had asked Christ into my heart and I knew the day I was baptized as well. I was still a prayer warrior and believed in God, but I wasn't following the way I knew He wanted me to live. 

Now that I am older and fully aware of the mistakes I have made, I am fully aware that I need to make sure my walk is closer to God and to follow where He leads and not try to do things my way. He will guide me if I just allow Him too.

I tell all of that to tell you all of a website that I have found that  I am ordering products from to have a country feel to my home but still reminds me of God's love. They have wall art, pillows, clothing, scripture cards, and many more things that I can add to my home. I am ordering the That I May Know Him journal today as it is such a neat journal and I know it will remind me each day to honor God and His will.

If interested, please look here. I am an affiliate with them and if you order from that link, I will receive a bit of money to aid in decision to begin to give to Hope For The World. A dear friend of mine and his family are involved in the ministry to Albania and I want to be able to donate funds to help, but I have to do it without taking from my income, so my affiliate pay will  go to them and their cause.


This is one of the sweatshirts that they offer that I truly want as well. how many times a day could we "Raise A Hallelujah" ? I can think of many times that I could praise God that I don't.


Enough for today, I will talk to you all tomorrow or Thursday.





Monday, January 24, 2022

Happy Homemaker 2022 #1

 


Hello from my little corner of the world. I am still at my daughter's house recovering from surgery. I was able to see my husband yesterday and my grand doll, so I am happy. We have a dusting of snow on the ground and it is cold. Somehow though, it seems we are having warmer weather than we should have for January. I decided that I truly miss blogging like I did before and so I have decided to rejoin Sandra with The Happy Homemaker Series. If you don't know what it is, take a look at her website. 

Happy Homemaker Monday Categories


The weather.....I have already mentioned this, but it is cold and a little dusting of snow.


Right now I am
....sitting at my daughter's kitchen table talking to her and writing this post 

Favorite blog post last week (mine or other)....I can't really say because I didn't read much because of surgery. I have many favorites so, it could be difficult to pick one.


Something fun to share.... Since I have been down from surgery, I don't really know what it would be. I got to see my grand doll yesterday and play with her.


Blog hopping (newly discovered blog).... I have discovered several recently. I would have to say our hopeful home is the one I am currently trying to read through older posts. 


On the menu for this week.... I truly don't know as I am not planning meals. I am recovering at my daughters' and she does the menu and cooking.


On my to do list.... read the rest of my book for the book club I am in and elevate and ice my foot. I do think that we are going to go out for a bit today.


In the craft basket....it's at home, but quilting is in it that truly needs to be done.


Looking forward to this week....hopefully, a visit from my other daughter and possibly my husband!


Looking around the house....I see my daughter working and the mess we brought in with our Pink Zebra business on Saturday.


From the camera....
This is made from two photos from the camera and then loaded onto the computer for our business 


On my prayer list..... Prayers for all who are struggling with being ill from Co-Vid 19 and healing of my foot. I also  have a friend that is dealing with the death of a family member that I am praying for. If all my praying friends could pray for the healing of my foot, I would greatly appreciate it. 


Bible verse, Devotional.... The verse of the day for The Bible Recap is Deuteronomy 6:5   and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart and with all thine soul, and with all thine might.

I pray that you each have a blessed day!

Friday, January 21, 2022

First Doctor Visit Following Surgery

 Good afternoon! I am happy to report that the doctor visit - the first following surgery- went well. He says the foot looks fine and the swelling is as expected. The splint had been a real issue and he agreed to wrap the foot lighter in order to allow me to wear the walking boot, even though I am still unable to walk. Non weight bearing will be 6-8 weeks.

I am still at my daughters' house. We were able to go to my house and I was able to see one grand and my husband as well as my mom. It was nice to see them after a week. I was also able to stay in the area long enough to see my other grand after school. That was the brightest spot of the day. I cried and I am not ashamed to say that. I miss her deeply!

I miss home! I know I need to be here where I can be cared for, but I miss home. I want my bed, my chair and my couch. I miss my husband even though I talk with him daily and we are still struggling with some issues, but I have dedicated 27 years to him and I miss him. I hope another week or two and I can go home. My daughter does a great job of caring for me and I know that I am probably better off here. I have a room of my own here and I have most of what I can do here, but it just isn't the same. Home Sweet Home, I miss! 



I don't care where you live or how big or small  your home is I believe that after being away, you truly miss it! 

Have you ever been homesick?

Well, I have some reading to do and I need to call a couple of friends, so I will close now and see you all soon.









Monday, January 17, 2022

Post Op Update

Good Afternoon! I am at my daughters' house and doing ok with post op now. The first few days were rough to say anything. Surgery was scheduled for 2 to 2.5 hours and it took over 4 hours, Once the surgeon got into the work, he realized that changes to what he was doing needed to be done so I was in surgery much longer than expected. 


The morning of surgery I was so nervous and wanted to cancel it, but I trusted God in going through it as scheduled. Upon arrival at the surgery center, the receptionist was behind and it was only 7:45 a.m.  She finally called us up and explained that she was behind because there were so many papers to handle and that there weren't so many three years ago when she retired. The hospital was recently hit with a hacker that took hostage all of the records, so now things are having to be done manually instead of relying on technology,  We finally was escorted back to my preop room and things continued to go downhill. The lady that was attempting to place the IV in could not keep the vein from collapsing and after 4 tries, she finally got someone else in the room to try and my husband made it clear that he had one chance. Thankfully, he got it without any problems. About the time that the IV is going in, I hear the nurse telling a patient that they have to cancel the surgery because the patient has tested positive for COVID. Great, I wonder how many of my nurses have been in contact with her and I. I have been vaccinated due to my home health work, but still, I don't need exposed to it at the surgery center.  

Surgery finally got started over an hour later than they had told me and then off to sleep I went. I was under anesthesia for so long that I was drowsy and groggy for several days. Plus, my mouth was very dry and my throat was sore. I barely remember much of the post op in the hospital, I remember I was in pain well before leaving the hospital. I was nauseous when I would move and had a 2 hour drive home. I remember being sick in the car and being in pain. Once to my daughters' , she tried to feed me but I was instantly sick so pain meds were administered and I went to bed. 


The pain was almost unbearable and I was simply miserable on Thursday. My daughter made a call to the doctor who recommended that we remove the splint and replace it with my walking boot from the other foot. Of course, I hadn't brought it from home and so my husband had to meet my daughter that evening and get it to us. Once we got it, we knew it would not work. My foot was bandaged to large to fit in the boot. Another call into the doctor on Friday and it was recommended that we take off the soft wrap till we got to the Ace bandage and then put  into boot. We tried but with only three or four layers of wrap left we had not found an Ace bandage. Absolutely , did not want to go back into the splint, but it is needed. 

Thursday thru Saturday is a blur and I don't remember much at all. The nausea was gone but I had no appetite, which is still a problem. I am still struggling with being groggy and now I am constipated from the pain medicines. Thankfully, my first post op is Thursday. This recovery has certainly been rough. 

I will give another update soon. 


Until we meet again, may your trail be clear and may your ride be smooth.
 

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Ready for Surgery?

 Cold weather has finally hit the farm and boy, it is cold! We woke to wind-chill around zero and the high is never to get out of the teens today. I know it is winter and I know we should be cold, but I was quite enjoying the warmer temps that we have been having. 

I have done all of my pre-op testing and paperwork and I am ready for surgery according to the doctor, hospital, surgery center, etc. I feel far from ready. I will be packing my clothes and stuff today as I will be going to be daughter's home for a bit following surgery and then hopefully, using a knee scooter to get home much faster than before. I am excited about that!

I did not like what the podiatrist said about recovery time as he feels it will be 18 months before I am fully healed from this surgery. He is doing some major reconstruction of my foot and says recovery is going to be slower than before. I will be non weight bearing for several weeks and I hate those days. I need to find things to keep me busy and I truly don't want it to be all social media stuff all the time. I plan to read and work my Pink Zebra business the best that I can. 


I have some scrapbooking that I may work on once I am home, but I am not taking it all to my daughter's since I don't plan to be there as long this time. I hope that I will recover quicker than he is projecting, but I feel like he may be correct as the previous one was close to a year till I felt fully better. 

I will be sure to blog once I am moving a bit. The first two or three days are usually quite long and painful days and I usually sleep much of those days. I am sure this will be the same. I can read many more of your blogs while I am down as well. I can finally catch up with some of you!








Sunday, January 2, 2022

Good Sunday Morning

 


I was hoping to share some of our latest adventures with you today, but I can't get my phone pictures to import to my computer. UGH!!! Some days, I truly hate technology! So I decided that instead of not doing a post at all, I will just use Google Images to share some thoughts with each of you today. 


I have once again decided to use The Bible Recap with Tara Leigh Cobble as my Bible reading for the year. I truly enjoyed it last year and learned many things from the study. Why change a good thing, right? I also use Podbean to listen to her as well. I managed to only miss about three days last year and I hope to complete it this year without missing any.  A dear friend of mine read and studied this as well and we found that we could bounce questions and thoughts off each other to understand some reading even better. 


I have also joined an online book club that  a fellow blogger, Colletta Miller has begun. Our first book of the year is Year of  Yes by Shondra Rhimes. 

I truly did not know who Shondra Rhimes was until I picked the book up at the library. She is a Hollywood powerhouse as she has created shows like Grey's Anatomy and Scandal. She produced How To Get Away With Murder. She's a star in her own right as she is an established author as well. I truly did not know who she was until I was introduced to this book. I believe it is going to be a great read and I am thrilled to be a part of a club to keep me motivated and held accountable. Check it out if you are looking for a short read. 

I am also reading a few other books currently as well. I am reading Every Time You Go Away by Beth Harbison right now and I have Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis and Life After Darkness by Michelle Knight on my TBR stack at the moment. Michelle Knight, if you don't know, is one of the survivors of the Cleveland Kidnappings and was held captive for many years by Ariel Castro. She has written several books following her release and this one will be another great read, I am sure. She is an amazing young woman who has not allowed the monster to rob her of a life. He did for many years, but she has since reclaimed her life and found joy in living. What a powerful speaker she would be! I hope to meet her some day!

Christmas break for my granddoll is over today and we truly haven't been able to do many of the things that I intended to do. I will be looking for spring break and hopefully, a trip. I may just take her to do something for a day or two. I enjoy my time with her so very much. She has grown into quite a young lady since starting school this year. I am so thankful that we have had the opportunity to send her to a Christian school and I am thankful for the teacher that she has. 


I go to my preop appointment tomorrow and I will know more then as to what will happen once I have surgery. I pray that healing is fast and much easier than the last one, but the surgery will be more complex so I am sure that it will be slow as well. I will update you all once I know more. I will be staying with my daughter again for a bit, although it is not what I really want to do. 


Hope you all have a good day. 

Until our trails meet again, may your road be blessed!

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Happy New Year

 



HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EACH OF YOU!!


It seems since I started this blog, I have made many promises to write more and devote more time here, but I am not making that resolution today. I do have full plans to be here more often though. I may even start a new blog dedicated more to my reading than to the life here on the farm. 


Farm life has changed quite a bit since I started this and it makes writing here a bit more difficult, but I will find things to share here that deal with farm life and I will be making more posts about things we are doing as well. We still have a few animals, but not as many as we have had in the past. With both girls out of the house and living their own lives and my husband and I aging, animals are not as easy to care for as they were a few years ago. 


I hope every one has a fabulous start to 2022. I will be having surgery in 11 days and I am stressed over it because I will be off my feet again for several months and I feel so helpless and know that so many things will not be done when I need them completed. I am thankful that our youngest daughter lives next door and that I am able to count on her more than I would like too. 


I have a lot to do today and so this is going to be short, but tomorrow I intend to recap some of our 2021 adventures. 

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