Friday, July 25, 2014

Rainy day

It is a cool rainy morning for right now... The rain is suppose to last all morning long... I am taking this morning to enjoy reading blogs and listening to the rain.... A warm front is moving through and tomorrow is suppose to be hot and humid.... then a cool front moving through Saturday night and Sunday and then all next week it is suppose to be cool Fall weather.... I am looking forward once again to opening the  windows....It has been a wonderful cool July this year....I still think we will pay for this beautiful weather we are having.... But for now I will savor and enjoy it...

I have been doing a lot of thinking about life and how 3 years ago today I learned the biopsy of the tumor in my breast was positive..... And from that point on my life changed... Doctors and appointments after appointments and all the back and forth of chemo treatments.... I look back today and thought I  know I went through all that but I vaguely remember the chemo treatments now.... What I remember is the peace and comfort I had with the Lord and how He carried me through all of the storms going on in my life.... How He does carry you..... I get upset now and then because I want that peace I had but not the cancer..... Then I realize I have that peace but in different ways.... The same with the comfort... Like today I am loving the rain... it brings me peace and joy watching everything outside soaking in the rain....We needed it for the veggie gardens..... So today I am looking forward to the gift of life I have in front of me....

As I have been de-cluttering a lot of my stuff I had wanted to do before cancer.... Do I want to keep it  and finally do it or get rid of it..... I use to make candles.... And I have all these beads because it was so popular and still is... All my sewing stuff... What do I want to do??? It's been on my mind lately....

I want simple.... I do know that much.... My taste in decorating has changed..... I only want things that will be helpful..... That I will use and not be sitting around collecting dust which means work for me to dust the things off.... I want simple so I can take time to make candles, and beads and crochet and sew.... All those things I can use....Blankets to keep warm and to make our home cozy.... I love rustic things but yet love fresh things... Russ likes his Sci-fi shows...As long as he has his modern TV and I-pad he is happy....He is not into wood working like he use to be.... But if I need something for him to make  he will make it for me.....

My sewing table right now is a folding 6 foot long table.... It bounces when I sew and have to sew slowly.... So I asked him last night about the roll top desk we have.....it is old and solid wood..... The roll top of the desk is in the way if I put my sewing machine on....And the roll thingy doesn't roll anymore..... I don't want to buy anything....So I asked Russ  if there is a way we can take the top part off... and have a flat surface.... We were going to get rid of the desk..... It would be a great sewing desk for me as long as the top part is off  and I would have 6 drawers to store more things in...... He said we can do that.... So I am so excited about having a solid place to sew on and it not bouncing my sewing machine around..... And it isn't going to cost me one cent either... That I like very much...

I have a fear of my cats pushing the screens out and falling out.... One window in the living that is on the side wall in the living room....Because we have a walk out basement that window is high up off the ground. We had one cat fall out of the window because she pushed out the screen...Scared us to death...She was alright... My cats love sitting in the windows..... Well I don't them to do that.... So I asked Russ to build a frame and put screening on the frame.... I open the window and this screened frame fits it.... We bring down the window to hold it in place.... This side window lets in breezes.... I never opened this window for fear that one of the cats will do the same thing....With this screened frame that fits in the window does not allow the cats to get on to the window sill... We are going to do it for all windows now.... I just tuck the screened frame behind something till I need it again....Very simple thing for peace of mind...We had the screening and wood to make the frames..... This past month I redid all the screens  for the house  with new screening. So I had left over screening from that project...

Today was our last payment for our Cobalt Chevy.... We paid our selves back... We took out a loan on our 401K.... we paid it back with interest to ourselves....it felt good we weren't paying to a bank.......it was all ours........We are going to do it again in a few months...but for a shorter period of time....We have the truck and it is a 2001....Its bad to drive in the snow....I need something that is good to drive in the snow...We don't know if we will trade in the truck or sell it on our own.....not sure....or keep it....

I hope you have a wonderful weekend....



Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lot of things to do....

Doesn't that look great??? I am drinking ice tea more.....I want to make sun tea to....

I wanted to update those who have been keeping Gladdin in their prayers....Gladdin is back at home where he is more comfortable in his own surroundings...Hospice is going to come everyday and check on him....He decided no more radiation or chemo.... Please Pray for Deb as her life is about to change....She has a very loving church family...

I have been wanting to get back to exercising.....I am so tired of being tired and quite frankly I am tired of hearing myself complaining of being tired... :) The last two days I rode the stationary bike..... it felt good....Last night I went and helped a church member paint the inside of their home they are moving into....it felt good... A few from the church came to paint to...

This morning I tackled shampooing the living room carpets, hallway and our soon to be new master bedroom (daughters old room which is a master bedroom with full bath... Carpet is all pretty....

This weekend we will be looking for a brand new mattress set.... We are leaving our old stuff downstairs....Our boys WILL NOT move it....The furniture was Russ's parents before we got married....And we have been married 28years and they had it a long time before we got it....It is SOLID wood and is heavy as can be....So our boys will not move it upstairs.... it will become a guest room and tornado warning area to go to... We were going to look for new bedroom furniture but realized we want to hunt for new old stuff.... if we don't find anything then we will have to buy brand new....We aren't in a hurry...We can live with the new mattress and then there are two side tables that we can take from our porch.... This room has a walk in closet and we will just hang things and put other stuff in small baskets....We can have fun hunting for things we want to go into our new room......

This is the first weekend we are not going to do any yard stuff..... We want to have fun and bargain hunt for things....For the last two months we haven't had time for anything fun.....So I am so looking forward to that....

Next week is going to be like another Fall weather week.....I am so looking forward to it.....Windows open.....

Hope your week has been good to you....

Monday, July 21, 2014

could you pray

I am asking my dear prayer warriors to Pray for Gladdin  and Deb....Please pray for their decision in what course of action  to take....He has been so sick since starting radiation..... So they need to decide to stay with it or let the cancer takes it course and Hospice will be coming to their home...We all know the Lord can heal unless He wants Gladdin home with him... Pray for Deb as she will be facing a whole knew life...Pray for her strength.... She has been so strong all through this....
Thank you again for your prayers.....Lisa

Friday, July 18, 2014

I feel like I am getting things done..

Good Morning to you.... I hope your having a wonderful day.... I thought I would share with you some pictures today...
 
 
This is Crosby, I call him my southern Gentlemen cat....He is so sweet and gentle with me....Only lets me hold him...

This is Lynx... He is a huge cat...We have had him for a month... He weighed 25 pounds...He has lost some weight from being able to move around the whole house instead of a confined room....He goes up and down the stairs and I make sure I play with him and the other cats...So he is moving around more....Still eats a lot.... with cats they aren't suppose to lose weight fast.... he ;LOVES everyone that comes into the house... Lynx doesn't like to be held but loves to come and cuddle up to you.... He is adapting very well in our house hold...
 
I heard a bird singing and I looked out my window and saw our State Bird singing away.... It is a gorgeous bird.... I had stopped feeding the birds this summer as I had so many around that I couldn't sit on my outdoor furniture..... And there is a lot of people who feed birds in our neighborhood... I may however get some finch food.....
This is Addie my baby.... She is a handful....In the last two days she has changed big time....She now comes to me all the time....And she wants me to pet her.... She comes to me now and wants my attention.... I am tickled silly about it...When we got her in April she wouldn't even have eye contact with you... And she would run when you reached out to her...She definitely was abused before we got her.... She is learning to trust us....And she does have a real stubborn streak in her....
Addie is never far from Remmy....
 
Oh by the way, NEVER get red wine carpet with animals.... What was I thinking!!!! I am so glad it is in the basement...
 
Yesterday I had a productive day....Cleaned the family room, laundry room, our bedroom, our bathroom..... Felt very good to get it all done....I have slow days and then I have days where I can not stop moving and I am on a cleaning binge....Yesterday I was in a cleaning binge mood...
 
I hope you have a wonderful weekend....
 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Catching up...

Isn't he just a darling..... I was talking to him and he was talking or jabbering back at me....He melts my heart when I see him...He is 4 months old..
 
I have the de-cluttered bug syndrome.... I want to get rid of everything that is just clutter and I am on a mission more than I have ever been.... I don't want clutter and I don't want to dust anything I don't have to....I am making my life easier...Of course my sewing is staying....I almost was on the verge to get rid of it all and Russ talked some sense into me... Russ is keeping his walking sticks he has collect or made...

This past weekend we were going to have visitors...It would have been Russ's sister and her daughter and her son's family....His sister and niece came down sick, so they decided to postponed for a month or so... So I decided it was time to start cleaning when I heard they were coming and then the cleaning turned into de-cluttering bug.... Trips to the landfill and trips to Goodwill and I still have a pile or two to go to GW....Even tho they did not come it felt really good to get rid of things that took up my time and the meaning of it was no longer important...

Update on Gladdin,  he is in the hospital....he got very weak and dehydrated from the radiation...he was in sad shape...fluids pumped into him made him feel better....He had another radiation  treatment yesterday and they are keeping and eye out on him... he is weak.... Thank you for praying for him.... Power of prayer...Please keep praying...

Update on our German shepherds training.... Addie has come a long way....but still has a ways to go...She is so attached to our Golden Retriever and she does no thinking for herself.....so we are separating her from him for periods of time each day so she finds confidence in herself.... Robin our trainer said it has been a while that he has had a challenging pup like this....She has a stubborn streak in her...Today I had her downstairs with me for a while.. Remmy was upstairs enjoying the peace from her....She paced and paced to find a way up to him..... She finally realized she was not winning... She was sitting by the sliding glass doors thinking they may magically open for her.....I would call her to come here and she came every single time.... I was praising her and doing the Happy Dance.....She will not come to you if Remmy is around....So she knows that command very well and she knows sit and lay  down... Lets go is another command....Now that we know she knows the commands I know it will get easier once she gains confidence....When we first started training she was petrified of her collar and leash and she would not walk on the leash... Russ comes home every night and they go on their evening walks....No Remmy...She is no longer petrified of her collar or leash...How we love our pets....

Sweet corn stands are now appearing on street corners and I buy extra and cook it and freeze the corn....I have done the same with green beans... I will be having some tomatoes after all... I picked two cucumbers today....My garden is very small but am blessed with what I am getting...

Still getting the house organized from when my daughter moved.....

We bought the wood to replace the broken part of the fence from the storm a couple of weeks ago...That is on the agenda for the weekend...Bought a electric power washer to power wash the rest of the fence.....did some of it today and it looks really nice.....I think I will be power wash happy for the next few weeks... Have plenty of ideas of the things I want to do....