Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Goodbye Sweet Eddy Dog

The hardest day in the life of a dog owner is when you know it's time to say goodbye.  This has been a difficult Summer and Fall for our sweet Eddy.  Jordan had to make the hard decision to get him free of pain and go to the Rainbow Bridge.  This morning our Eddy made that trip.  He was Jordan's best friend and in many ways was a life saver for him.  We welcomed Eddy into our lives in October of 2008 when Jordan came home with him.  We loved that boxer face!  He was such a smart and obedient dog.  Jordan did a fantastic job of training him.  We  had lots of fun times and laughs with his antics!  He was the star of many of my blog posts.  Dearest Eddy, you were so loved and will be terribly missed by all of us.  RIP.
When Eddy was still small enough to hold!
Good buddies till the end.
I will miss my many walks in the Creepy Woods with Ed..he loved it there.
Everyone was his friend!
He loved it when the kiddos read to him.
He always knew which Christmas stocking was his!
Snow was fun too!
But a cozy day on the couch wasn't so bad either!
He loved to torment Squeak and sit in her bed...he was a rascal!
Truly loved by all the Grandkiddos.
Hose water was his favorite thing to drink!
My last pic of him in white in the face.
Jordan will miss him forever.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Easy Peasy Sunday

After a last weekend's fun family gathering, we settled for a more quiet weekend this week.  Saturday had us on our usual errands.  It was the last Saturday of the Farmer's Market and the pickings were slim.  We did score some more cool pumpkins and a beautiful mum plant.  A trip the orchard had us bringing home apples for eating and baking.   After finding and exploring a new store with good bargains, we stopped and picked up some Chinese chow for lunch and headed on home.  The rest of the day was spent in the yard.  Trees were trimmed, flower gardens cleaned out.  We did some burning of branches from some trees we had removed and then worked on the haunted cemetery for the Halloween party in 2 weeks.  (You are all invited!)  When I hit the hay I felt like I was actually hit by a bale of hay!  Today we just rested after Church.
This pie had the house smelling like apples and cinnamon.  The day turned dreary as rain came in and gave us a lovely soaking.  Great time to take a nap!  Afterwards I wanted to go to the real cemetery in town and put some new flowers on Jack's parents grave site.
The trees in the cemetery are almost all in fall pretty.

The days are getting dark earlier so we took off for home.   All in all it's been a nice weekend.  I feel like we accomplished lots of outdoor work and also had time to just chill and enjoy this Fall day.  It will pass quickly.   So take time to do some leaf peeping or apple baking! Catching a cool sunset is good too.
Night all!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Let My Favorite Month Begin!

The beginning of October found me in Chicago but thankfully Mom is doing great and this weekend it was about gathering the kiddos here and having some pre-Halloween fun.  To put this mix together we start with some food...of course we do!
Monster Munch?  Yep, we all decided this new recipe was a keeper! (not to mention additive!)
The yearly standby of Witches fingers...thanks to all who donated a digit for this special day!
Fall means apples which translates into apple pie. Can you find the ghosts on the crust?  After the food the atmosphere needs some ramping up!
Kitchen fireplace mantel ready to go but don't put a fire in there.....
These dudes just might have a surprise for you!  With the food and decorations in place all that's needed are the humans!  We had a lovely, very cool, Fall day to gather around the fire pit, play games, eat and do lots of laughing.
Badminton with Cameron will have me running for some ibuprofen tonight!
Looks like Jack got photo bombed by a crazed gourd...and Jord!
The brothers three....missing our Portland crew with brother four.  Always nice to see them have a good time together.
Jack and sweet.
The whole gang gone nutty? Fun bags filled with crazy things and candy was a hit!
Some old friends stopped by the fire pit...Addy loves them!  Yes, all the ingredients for a fun, food, family, friends....on to the rest of the month!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Home again!

 My blog title refers to my Mom and me.  I did make the trip out to Chicago and Mom came home from the hospital on Thursday night last week.  Friday morning my sister and I took her to have a follow-up EKG.

Mom sat and waited about 45min. and was getting pretty tired.  She looked good considering all she'd been through in the previous days.  Blood clots in both lungs and her heart.  It's amazing she's still with us.  At 90 she deserves a medal!
My great-niece, Ella, sure loves her Great Grandma.  She was really happy to be able to be with her at  home.  Although she did make many visits to the hospital and cried when she had to leave and Grandma had to stay!  Midge has done a great job of making sure Mom has all her meds and takes them correctly.  We took blood pressures all through the day and visiting nurses and physical therapy folks made their visits too.  Mom is improving daily and I'm so thankful for all the prayers and good wishes from blog friends and many others!  While we were there my brother Greg came up from Georgia to visit his family and also Mom.  This was planned long before her hospital stay and it worked out good that she was home and able to enjoy seeing him and my sister-in-law.  We had a wonderful visit.  Mom brought out some photo albums and we had a walk back in time.  I found this pic of Mom from 1944. She was quite the babe!
 Midge and I decided we would make a Thanksgiving type dinner on Sunday.   So we roasted a lovely turkey!
I told her this reminded me of a turkey we did together many, many years ago.  I even had a pic from that day...of course I did!  She didn't remember it so I found it and sent it to her.
We laughed at the clothes...her top was quite the design and my plaid suspenders were obviously just the thing in the day! Ha! The only thing worse was the wallpaper behind us! However, the turkey looked just as good as the one we did on Sunday!
The table was set in a very Fallish way.  Midge is very talented at many things and centerpieces rank right up there.  She made me a special one to take home for the Halloween party we're having in a few weeks.
Very ghoulish!
Well, Mom is getting back into her reading! It was sad to have to leave.  Good-byes are not fun and I wish we lived a bit closer.  We'll be back for Christmas and hopefully she'll be even better.  When I got home I found out we had no surgeries today and only the call team would have to work if needed.  So I took advantage of the extra day to play catch shopping, lawn mowing, pool closing and of course a walk with dear Chubbs who was happy to have me back!
The trees are starting to turn and it was a lovely, cool morning for a walk in the cemetery.
It was very quiet and leaves would softly fall as Chubbs and I wandered the paths.  There's a church nearby that chimes on the hour.  It also plays hymns at 5pm everyday.   It's lovely to listen to but as it chimes out the hour I think that those in their eternal rest really don't care what time it is, do they?  All I know is, time goes way too fast.  Lives go by in heartbeat.  Many say that my Mom has led a good full life.  90 is a long life but really, is it ever long enough?  Do we get to really do all we wish in our lifetime?  So all we can do is spend what days we have wisely.   Those chimes reminded me of that.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Bitter And The Sweet

We've had a beautiful weather weekend.  Temps finally cooled down and we had to close windows at night or it would have been darn chilly in the house this morning.  Ahhhh Fall! Welcome, welcome.  But along with the sweet is also the bitter.  Being on call on a lovely weather weekend makes going anywhere fun not really possible.  So I stuck close to home.  But I did run and retrieve my photos from the County Fair this morning.
A first, second and third...Sweet!  The bitter part? Well, after the leaving the fairgrounds I stopped at the hospital the check on my car.  My car?  Yes, my car.  After finishing up an emergency surgery around 10:30pm last night I jumped in my dear 15yr old car and it had died...again.  We just had it fixed about 2 weeks ago.   I had hoped maybe it would start this morning but no such luck.  My son's words came back to haunt me after the last repair.  "Mom, are you emotionally attached to that car for some reason?  Are you a hoarder?"  Wait, if I was a hoarder wouldn't I have 50 old cars?  I guess you could call me a hoarder of my checkbook since I haven't had a car payment in years and I don't want to part with any checks monthly!   So with Jack's car I drove up to Church.  I had already dropped Jack up there for some early morning meetings.  Having one car is kind of a pain! Anyway, as I entered the Church my phone went off and it was my sister.  Normally I'd think that was a sweet thing but I knew a call from her on a Sunday morning wasn't good.   She was taking Mom to the hospital.  Mom was in a bad way and kept telling Midge that this trip to the hospital would be her last. Of course we were both upset and I just broke down and cried.  Jack told me to just head back home. I spent the morning on the phone.  Mom has blood clots in both lungs but she's doing good right now.  On meds to get her heart rate normal and blood thinners for the clots.  I'll be making a run to Chicago this week.  It's hard being here when so much is going on there.  She sounded good when I talked with her this evening so I'm hoping this bitter thing will turn sweet and she'll be home soon.  At 90yrs old you just never know...she's a fighter though! Now for something completely different.. I was going to title this post "For the Birds".  The other day I looked out the back door and saw these guys:
The yard was covered with tons and tons of blackbirds!
This is just a tiny corner of them.
Reminded me of one of my favorite scary movies...The Birds.  Seriously, they were flying in from all over.  I think there must have been a ton of bugs or something there that they all ate...weird.   Then I was leaving on Friday to pick up Chubbs from the groomer when I saw these gals:
Chickens in the side yard near the creek!
They saw me and headed for home,  Again, more birds....or maybe I should say, "Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner."   I took off for the groomer and when he brought Chubbs out I almost didn't recognize him!
Usually they leave his hair on his ears and face long.  I like this much better! He seems happy too...maybe it's the ghost scarf they gave him?  Sweet!   So as the sun set slowly over the Pines..
My prayer is for the bitter to leave and the sweet to return.  Prayers for Mom to get over this crisis and get back home soon.  Life is quote a line from a movie.."It can change with every breath we take"....
But hopefully God in the heavens knows what we need. I have to leave it in His hands.  Sweet.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Surgical Technologist Week

It seems as if everything has a special week dedicated to it...icecream, milkshakes, donuts, name it, it's celebrated!  Well, this week we celebrate National Surgical Technologist week.  I've been a surgtech for 42yrs.  I was in the first class at Triton college for this career.   I was even on the front of the college brochure for it!  I don't have a copy of it or I probably would put it on the blog.  Frankly, you'd never know it was me because, of course, I had a mask, hat, gown and gloves on! Like these pics;
Notice the date? 1998! Time sure flies! I'm sure you can guess where I am!
 I've had the privilege to see surgery go through many changes in the last 40yrs and then go back and pick up some techniques from the "old days".  
I've helped train many RN's to scrub.  Nurses are only given one day in surgery to just observe.  None are trained to be a "scrub nurse".  Techs are trained to scrub and know all the sterile techniques and setups for surgery.  I enjoy the training process and it feels good when they "get  it" and then are able to be on their own.
We work in hazardous conditions when it comes to cords!  One of the reasons my knees got bad was from tripping and hitting the OR floor on a few occasions!
It's pretty overwhelming to outsiders to be in an OR and see all the equipment and also find a place to stay out of the way of the sterile fields....we make sure they're situated in a safe place.  I've been kidded about being a "Sterile Nazi" when students or sales reps would get too close to my back table! Back off!
I've worked with really wonderful Physicians...
And Fun and crazy staff members!
Best friends too!  This is Donna's 45th year at our hospital.  I've see our institution go from a rural hospital to  part of University Hospitals of Cleveland.  Changes are in the air as the merger becomes final in December.  Hopefully, it will be a good move.  Medicine is a business.  Dr. Welby is gone and Docs are now hospital employees just like us...only with a much bigger paycheck!  I'll be done with my career in a few years.  It's a physical job with long hours standing at the OR table and sometimes longer days and nights on call.  I've been with friends who have requested me to be there when they have an's good to see a familiar face! I've  been there for first breaths of a newborn to last breathes of a patient.  Probably would classify those moments as truly spiritual ones.  Sometimes the job was hard on my family, especially the kids.  I missed some school activities and survived on no sleep!  But all in all it's a wonderful career.  I've learned so much about the human body.  It's amazing how resilient it is even when we treat it so badly.  The nurses I've worked with are really hard working and dedicated.  We snipe at each other when the pressure gets to us but we're strong allies when outside troubles come our way.  We laugh, we cry, we swear we can't do another case until the next emergency comes along and we start over again!  Happy Surgical Tech week to all my fellow Techies!  And when we meet outside the hospital don't forget to say our famous line: "Gee, I didn't recognize you with your clothes on!"