Our Spring has been wonderful so far. It's been warm and the trees and flowering bushes are beautiful. No snow to kill off buds! (Whoa, it's still early so I hope Mother Nature didn't hear that!)
Monday, April 17, 2017
I love Easter and yesterday was such a nice day to celebrate. After Church we gathered with a few of the kids and only 2 Grands but it was still fun. Jack and Evelyn got back from Alabama and Florida on Saturday so they were able to come over for food and fun but their kiddos had Easter with the other side of the family and couldn't make it. Phil and his girls were here and Jordan too, but I fell short of my picture taking so here are just a few pics of the day. Hope everyone had a blessed Easter!
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
As we start the move into the next weekend I feel like I've been on a treadmill going nowhere fast! Our trips to Cleveland are at a standstill for a few weeks. Easter is fast approaching and work is an up and down roller coaster. Yesterday I had already logged 12,000 steps before I even hit the exit elevator! I was on call the weekend but thankfully it was quiet. But here's how the past weekend started out:
Thursday, April 6, 2017
It's been a week (tomorrow) since Jack's eye surgery. He's had to keep his head facing down for a week. I was often reminding him to "keep your head down" and today after his post-op check he can now "keep his chin up"! Many times after retina surgery and the gas bubble they put in the eye, you have to keep the head down for at least 2 weeks. He's healing really well and got the OK to eliminate some of the drops and he only has to keep his head down when he sleeps. He still can't drive and is dependent on me to get him to the office (yes, he continued to work...crazy guy!) I'm getting better at the drive to Cleveland. I grew up in the Chicago area and learned how to drive on freeways but after living in the country for 40 yrs I'm slightly rusty. I didn't get us killed or dented so all's good. I forgot about rush hour traffic. Seriously, I have to be at work by 7 am so why isn't everyone already at work by at least 8 am? Stop and go is painful. Last week I said to Jack as we were leaving the Clinic, "Let's get out of this city and back to civilization!" Then there's the weather. We went to the Cleveland Clinic 3 times last week and each day it rained and that made the drive even more exciting. Today it was predicted to rain of course but, "Surprise!"...no rain this morning, just bright, almost blinding, sunlight. I was a happy girl! The doctor was very pleased with his work and the fact Jack was being a good patient. I'm pleased to not have to do as many drops in his eye. I think more ran down his face than in his eye but I'm getting much better. So hopefully he'll be 100% soon and Spring will arrive and stay. It was warmish this week and yesterday I even mowed the grass! However, as I let ol' Chubbs out tonight, the snow flakes were falling. Yep, we might get 1-4 inches of the white stuff. The weather people aren't sure what's going to happen. Monday it's suppose to be 75. Holy cow. We'll get through this crazy Spring weather by telling ourselves..."Just keep your chin up! It will be warm soon!"
Friday, March 31, 2017
Remember that little ditty: "I see said the blind man as he picked up his hammer and saw". Seeing is a gift most of us have and I'm sure take for granted. When it's gone you realize how much you depend on it. This week Jack and I have been making trips to the Cleveland Clinic where he got treatment for a detached retina. Jack's not new to eye issues. He had cataract surgery about 20yrs ago in both his eyes. He's done very well since then but a detached retina is something that can happen because of cataract surgery. Plus age, plus being near-sighted as a child, plus being male (more frequently happens to men than women) and a good dose of plain bad luck. He had some mild symptoms and thought it was something that would go away. Well, it's going away but that was after 1 1/2 hours of surgery to repair the retina. We had to be up in Cleveland by 7am today, which meant leaving around 5:30 this morning. We've had nothing but rain the past few days so we left even earlier just to make sure we'd be on time. I'm not the best driver in the dark and rain so I told Jack to hold on and enjoy what I called "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride"! It wasn't too bad but I noticed my shoulders hurting this afternoon from gripping the steering wheel! Ha! The Doctors and staff were really wonderful. I'm sure it was due in part to our good friend and Doctor at the hospital where I work..Dr. Gupta...calling ahead and making the arrangements. I talked to him this afternoon and he said he also talked to the clinic and Docs and told them Jack was a very special person and to get him in quickly! Way to go Dr. G! I owe him big time! We have to head back up tomorrow morning but not as early. In the mean time if you,or anyone you know, has had this type of surgery you know they inject a gas bubble in the eye that stays in there for about a week to keep the repair in place. What that means is you can't lift your head up for a week. You have to look down at your feet all the time and sleep with your face down too. This is not a fun thing and I know this week will be a challenge for Jack. I'll be doing the driving and many other things around here but I know it will all be good by next week and he'll be back to his normal routines. If he doesn't go nuts before then. Jack is not a sit around kind of guy!
Monday, March 27, 2017
We had planned many months ago to go to Portland, Oregon to visit Craig and family this week, but his work schedule had us changing those trip plans to August. I adjusted my work schedule too but kept a few days to head out this past weekend and see Mom and my sister. Jack and I jumped in his little Jeep and we drove to the big city. We even took a different route off the turnpike for something new to see! However, no matter how you paint northern Ohio and Indiana it comes out flat, farm land and not too much to write or blog about! But seeing family was fun and we didn't have anything huge planned to do....just hang out and visit. My Great-niece, Brooke, stayed at Mom's too and was given a cooking lesson on how to make bread and Greek pastry.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Tomorrow Winter says "Bye Bye" and we welcome Spring. Mother Nature may not cooperate in the weather department but it's Spring none the less...and I say "Bring it on!" I'm ready to dig in the dirt and get outside and Spring clean. But first I'm going to look back at the week and highlight a few of the activities around here.
Happy is Summer's pup and he and Chubbs get along really well. Chubbs enjoyed the extra attention from our little Summer girl! We took our Grandsons, Anthony and Cameron back to Ashland with us so their Mom could pick them up. We had a little time to kill so when Anthony said he'd never been to the "Cheesebarn"...well, we decided to knock that off his bucket list! Ha!