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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Projects and more projects!

We have been really busy around here this past week.

Dan has some BIG plans and projects
that he will be working on
in the coming weeks.

This one is SO big that it probably won't be
finished until at least
Mother's Day!

Any idea what he is doing?
I can't tell, but I'm so excited that we are
doing this!

In the meantime - my car has been exiled to the 

We kept both girls this week.
They are both growing so fast!

Adalyn was 4 months old
on Friday.

Such a cutie!

Lorelai is growing like a weed and
doing more and more things
every day.

How can you not love that face?
Be still my heart.

Now, for her latest little trick -

Who needs a door when we have
a doggie door.......

And it doesn't matter if we
are coming ........

or going........

It still works!


Last Sunday the kids came over
and the babies were able
to spend some time
in the kiddie pool.

It was Ady's first time in the pool
and it seems as though she 
really liked it.......

Big sister still loves the water
and being outside.

And both girls had a good time.

Now, just to prove that "spring"
has come to Florida
I wanted to show a little family
of ducks that decided to
swim down the canal 
behind the house last week.

 I have no idea how
many little babies there are
behind momma but there are
at least 10.


Here is one of the projects that we (mostly Dan) worked.

This is what our master bedroom looked like
when we bought the house.

Notice the blinds on the window?
Hate them!!!!
So 80's, right???

So, this is what the master bedroom looks like

Notice the window???
No more vertical blinds!
Can you say YAHOOOOOOO!!!!

We installed  two inch wooden blinds yesterday
and hung the drapes.
I ordered sheers, but they haven't arrived yet.
I'll show you the "finished"  window after they arrive.
Remember this is just one of the projects
we worked on - I'll share the others later.

Now, in a post that has been loaded with
pictures, I"ll leave you with
two more.

My sweet Lorelai


The adorable 

I think I am a pretty 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Really GONE this time

Well, hello there.
Remember me?
I know, I have been a little on the AWOL list for the last
few weeks - but I am officially on the mend and
as feeling so much better!

Let me go back to my last post - when I thought I had passed
that other kidney stone.  Well, I felt better for about three days
and then the pain came back AGAIN!
I finally called our doctor in Lakeland and made an
appointment - made arrangements with Melissa for 
Lorelai and a week from last Thursday we headed up to Watson Clinic.
The doctor talked to me a little - ordered another CT scan and 
referred me to a specialist.  Before we got out of town
the specialist's office called and I had an appointment
for Monday.

Another phone call to Melissa about the kids and I spent the weekend resting.

Sam, Jessie, and I chillin on the porch.

Monday we were up bright and early and headed up to Lakeland again.

Our appointment was for 10:00 but I had to be there 30 minutes early to 
"fill out paperwork".

Actually made it in to the doctor's office just a few minutes after 10 - vitals taken and symptoms given to nurse.  He gave me a little booklet about Kidney Stones and how they are removed.  After looking over the booklet I told Dan I sure didn't want them to have to go in and remove anything and place a stent in.

Five minutes later the doctor is telling me that 95% of people who have had a stone for longer than 30 days have to have it removed.  I have had mine for a grand total of 60 days!  He told me that the pain I had felt when I thought I had passed the stone was actually the stone moving a little and then getting lodged again.  When the stone lodged there would be pressure that backed up to the kidney - thus producing the pain.  When the kidney shut down (yes, that is normal) the pressure would subside and I would feel better.  Then the stone would move again and we would go through the same routine again.  I was on a four day schedule with pain, feeling better, and then pain.  
Oh the joy!!!

He showed me on the CT scan taken on Thursday where the stone was and that it was a "fairly large" stone that he would have to remove Thursday, his day to do surgery, as an outpatient.  I would be put under, he would use a scope and remove the stone and insert a stent. 

Oh NO!  
Just what I had said I didn't want to happen!!!!

Well, he wanted to do another CT scan to make sure it was still where it had been on Thursday - and an EKG for the procedure - and they would schedule everything for Thursday.

So, down I go for the CT scan AGAIN, called his office to let them know it was done - as he wanted to look at it before ordering the EKG.  The nurse said they would call me as soon as he had read it and to hang tight downstairs.  Well, it wasn't 5 minutes later they called me back and said the 

No procedure was required and to have a nice day!!!!


I can not tell you how extremely happy I was/am!!!!
Not only was THE stone gone but I was free from pain!!!
Now, I still had/have some little bitty stones that
will pass with no discomfort at all, but
the big guy is finally 
out of there!!!!

I kept Lorelai on Tuesday and Wednesday with no difficulty
and then had both girls on Thursday and Friday.

Thursday was also Justin's (my SIL's) birthday - so I fixed
dinner for all of us -
Pork, Black Beans, Rice, and Cuban Bread.
His favorite meal.
We also had some chicken nuggets for Lorelai, along with
some green beans and carrots.
My daughter picked up an ice cream cake for dessert.

The birthday boy.

I think we all had a nice dinner.

Saturday Dan and I scrubbed down the back porch - cleaning the
screens, floor, and even all the patio furniture.
I changed some things around and
we are all ready for Spring/Summer, at least the porch is.
(I really don't think we are going to have a Spring as
the temperature was 92 here yesterday)
Speaking of yesterday -
after church the kids came over and
we grilled some hamburgers and hot dogs - 
Lorelai played in the sprinkler, chased bubbles, played in the
kiddie pool (remember - 92) and had a fun time.
After the two babies, Dan and Justin had their
respective naps the kids went home
and Dan and I settled in for the evening.

We are suppose to have rain starting tonight
and rain through Tuesday - then the
temperatures are suppose to drop back 
down into the 70's for highs.
I certainly hope so, that would mean
we could turn off the A/C for a couple
of days - probably the last time
before November or December.
We shall see.

I know that I have been off and on with my
posts, but now that things are finally really on the mend
my posts will be more frequent.

Hope you all have a great week!

I'll "see" you soon!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Just when you think things are back to normal

Good morning everyone!  I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend.
I had such wonderful ideas of how the weekend was going to go,
but as someone once said
"The best laid plans of mice and men".

Friday my body decided to "pass" another kidney stone.
Let me tell you, that is NO fun at all!!!!
So, I spent most of Saturday resting.
Yesterday we did go to church
but I was not very comfortable at all.
By last night I was feeling better - most of the soreness is gone
(it feels like someone sucker punched you in the kidney) after
the stone is "Passed".

So, once again, I am hopeful that I am FINALLY on the
way to feeling better.

We were suppose to start keeping the baby this weeks along with "big" sister, but my daughter has decided to let me 'ease' into keeping the little one -
we will keep her two days this week, three next, and then have her full time in a couple of weeks (depending on how things go).

Dan and I are hopeful that we can get some projects done around the house in the next few weeks - if I can stay healthy!

We are getting rain most of this week - Today and tomorrow - dry on Wednesday and then more rain on Thursday and Friday!  That's okay - we can use the rain - we'll just have to find something to keep our big girl occupied.

We are also going to have to take Samantha to the vet as she is having difficulty using her back legs (although she can stand up and move she is just having problems jumping up).  I don't think it is a disc issue but a weight issue - but we shall see.

I hope that you guys have a wonderful weekend and I'll talk to you soon!

Hugs -


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Emergency Room

I guess by the title of this post you can tell it has been a rather eventful week.

As you probably know, I have not been feeling all that well for over a month but I kept thinking it would get better.  Well, last Monday I was in quite a bit of pain to the point that I finally told Dan that I needed to go to the emergency room.  Now, some of you might ask "why not go to your regular doctor and not the emergency room", and that would be a good question.  We don't have a "regular" doctor here in Lake Placid - all our doctor's are in Lakeland (insurance) and that's a two hour drive away, and most of the time that really isn't an issue.  Monday it was - so, emergency room it was.

We get the the ER around 5:00 and are taken straight back to triage, where all the vitals were taken and symptoms revealed.  On my way to my "room" I had to make a liquid deposit into the "little cup" and then it was time to wait.  The lab came up and tried to find a vein to draw blood, but after several pokes he left to find someone who knew what they were doing.  The head nurse (a very nice gentleman) came and with one little poke had a vein and about 10 vials (okay, probably only five - but a lot) and had me set up for an IV.  Around 5:45 I received some really good pain medication and then we preceded to wait for a CT scan.   Not really sure what time they came and got me for that (really good pain medication) but it didn't take long.  Finally, around 7:30 the ER doctor came in and told me I had - (1) an urinary tract infection, (2) a kidney stone, and (3) diverticilous.  Four prescriptions later, and another dose of pain medication, I was released where I came home and went straight to bed.

Tuesday and Wednesday was spent almost entirely in bed - sleeping most of the time.  Thursday I was finally up about 3/4 of the day and Friday we were back keeping little bit, but only for 1/2 the day.  Saturday I felt well enough to get out of the house for awhile, but then Saturday night I started hurting again - and I think I 'passed' the other kidney stone.

I am hopeful that after I finish with all the antibiotics that I am on I will finally feel like myself again and be up and running at full speed in a very short amount of time.

Life is certainly interesting.



Friday, February 28, 2014


I can't believe that it has almost been a month since I last posted!
  I really don't have an excuse,
 other than I just haven't taken the time to sit down and write.

Let's see if I can catch you up on the goings on around here.

We still are not keeping Ady full time yet, but
we have kept her a couple of times
for 1/2 a day while Melissa
had meetings that wasn't appropriate for her to take the 
baby with her.

Melissa had to take her in for another
weight check the first of February
and the doctor wasn't happy with her 
lack of weight gain.
This time he told us that we needed to 
supplement Melissa's breast feeding
with formula and then bring her
back in a couple of weeks to check her
weight again.
Last Friday, Melissa took her back
and this time she was FINALLY over
9 pounds!  Yeah!
So, it looks like we might have found the
secret recipe.

Here's a couple of pictures of the sweet
little one.

Ady is a happy baby and as cute as a button!

Big sister Lorelai is growing like crazy!

She is talking more and more everyday
and makes us laugh
at all her antics.

She is a BIG help when doing laundry - 
she will load all the clothes in the washer by herself
and then put the clean clothes in the dryer.
All I have to do is add the detergent/dryer sheet and
turn on the machines on.
I haven't taught her how to fold/hang clothes yet,
but I'm sure that won't be too far in the future!!

A couple of weeks ago I went to see
Saving Mr. Banks at one of the theaters
up in Sebring.  Yes, I went by myself since Dan
has difficulty understanding the dialogue with
all the background noise.  I really enjoyed the movie
and plan on going to see something at least
once a month.  Next on the list - Monument Men.
(Maybe this weekend?)

Valentine's Day the kids surprised us with a nice card
and some sweet gifts "from" the girls - Dan got some
candy and I received a gift card to the movies.

I made a special breakfast for Dan and Lorelai
Heart pancakes for Lorelai and I "tried" to make
Dan a "moose" pancake.

It didn't turn out exactly like I wanted, 
but Dan seemed to enjoy it.

I fixed Lorelai some Heart shaped pancakes, 
that I forgot to take a picture of, but
I did get a picture of what was left.

She seemed to enjoy her lunch

Don't you love her "bib"?
Anyone have a guess what it is??

Valentine's night Dan and I enjoyed a nice
dinner for two on the
back porch

and then a nice fire in the fire pit.

It was the first time we used the fire pit
even though we bought it three years
ago - right after buying the house
on Lime Road and getting off the road.

We are still working on doing little
"tweaking" projects here in the house -
I'll share them in a future post.
Lots of organizing and 

The beginning of this week we were able to take a
trip up to Dowling Park since the kids had to go down
south for Justin's grandfather's funeral.  We went up on
Sunday and came home on Wednesday.

It was great fun seeing all our dear friends there
and we even took a little side trip to
Honey Lake Plantation.

There were many lovely buildings at the plantation.

This is the main building where we had a fabulous lunch.

This is the building where they serve Sunday brunch.
It has a much larger dining room than where
we ate Tuesday.

These are "apartments" that you can rent
or where people stay when they
come to the Plantation for a "hunting expedition".
Really roughing it, huh?

Three of our wonderful friends that went with us.

One of the other buildings that is at the Plantation
is this beautiful church.

The church is located right on the lake and is a beautiful
venue for many weddings
as well as Sunday services.

Beautiful woodwork throughout the entire church.

Can you imagine walking down the aisle and standing in
front of this beautiful setting?

One of the things that make this church so 
pretty are the gorgeous stained glass windows.

Here are some pictures of just a few
of them.

These windows were from an old church in Madison, Florida 
that was being torn down.  
The plantation was able to save them and
installed them in their church to preserve them.

There was one other thing at the church that I thought
was really beautiful, beside the view, the wonderful woodwork, and the incredible windows.

This beautiful bronze sculpture is
located in front of the 

So, that is how we have spent this week.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures
and I'll talk to you soon!