Thursday, December 15, 2011

Rock The Socks

In honor of Baylor's Heismann Award Winner, Robert Griffin III (RGIII), our offices are "Rockin' the Socks". We're wearing crazy socks and donating new ones to a local charity!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Happy stuff:

  • no lights on but the Christmas tree

  • glitter

  • goofy grins

  • long hugs

  • phone calls

  • cards

  • carols @ the hospital

  • silly songs

  • sparkly socks!

  • laughter

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Isn't this the cutest thing ever? My fabulous co-worker Maggin made it just for me! I am so blessed to have crafty friends!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Friday Fun - (you may want to read Thursday's post first!)

Lindsey came to the house and off we went to the appointment - to be there at 7:30 AM - no earlier. I went to the window to 'register' and provide duplicate information of what was given 2-weeks ago to the gal at the other window, then asked to have a seat, that they would call me back soon. The waiting room was freezing cold! An hour later, I am called back - and nurse Jill escorts me past a curtained hallway - lots of 'recovery' areas I assume - most of which are empty. Now, on with the 'prep' "a la Jill".

Basic questions, she wrote answers, as I sat on the edge of the 'bed' - a gurney really with a thin mattress. One particular question led to another pre-op test: a pregnancy test - I kid you not - heck she wasn't kidding me either! Good news! I was NOT pregnant and the procedure could continue.

I was given the ultra-fashionable 'gown' that opens in the back - ooh la la! A front pocket and everything! I was told to take everything off, but could keep on my bra if I wanted - hah! Fooled her - I didn't even wear one! Glad I brought some socks and thanks to a nice warmed blanket, I could sit back and wait for my IV.

Jill connected the IV - even numbed the back of my hand - and told me it would just a be about 15 minutes. Patients - who I assumed just finished their procedure - were wheeled past me to their curtained area. Jill dimmed the lights in my area and apologized for the wait. Every once in a while I heard a radio station - my 'usual' morning show - but it never lasted too long. Another patient was brought to the curtained area next to mine - so I got to hear the same type of questions - including one "where do you work?" I was surprised to hear that my curtain buddy also worked at my place, although we probably wouldn't share stories.

Another 15 minutes and a promise of a short wait - and off I went to the operating room - ah - that's where the music was coming from! They had it quite cranked up! I met my doctor for about 5 seconds and answered a couple of questions, then came the lady who would help me take a nap. She asked that I put on my c-pap - which was a little comical considering all the other various and sundry wires to which I was connected - and I managed to get my hand stuck in the contraption on top of my head.

She assured me that they did this (the c-pap) all the time - and then - she fixed my pillow just perfectly!! Relaxation set in when she had me take a couple of deep breaths - and I was OUT!

I woke up quite alert - which I didn't think would happen given my normal reaction to medication that could even possibly make me sleepy. I was rolled back to a different 'recovery curtained area' and told that it was my job to "bear down and release the air that inflated the colon during the procedure". I was told it would be "music to their ears" - if you can imagine that. I had no problem following her direction and the next thing I knew, I was sitting up and drinking some grape juice.

No light-headedness, no sleepiness, grogginess or anything else that resembled a drunken stupor. I actually felt pretty good. No pain, no headache, I was joking with the nurse (not Jill) and Lindsey came back. Little did she know she would be in on the 'consult' with Dr. A - and get to see my pretty (?) pictures and a brief explanation of the lower extremities that is my colon! Lucky girl!

She promised not to post my pics on facebook or otherwise share them - then signed the release papers so she could take me home about 11 am. She pulled up outside the door and the CNA helped me to the car, although I did not feel dizzy or goofy at all. We even stopped for Mexican food (brunch-o?) on the way home. I was SO hungry and it tasted SO good!

I stretched out on the couch (my normal MO) and Lindsey took the chair. I thought I would just drift off to a comfortable sleep - but much to my surprise - I was wide awake! I got up and insisted that Lindsey take the couch - where she promptly took a nap. I made a couple of calls and let folks know I was "done" - then played on the computer. No laundry or other house work is allowed, ya know!

Dad stopped by to see how I was doing - and had to look at my pictures where he proclaimed that I was "clean" - heck, I should be!! The procedure included removing a couple of polyps, but rather routine I was told.

After he left, Lindsey and I sat around some more - she made sure I was ok to be by myself - reminding me not to bend over without support - and then she headed home. I watched some TV, checked the mail, then took a nice nap.

So, all in all, my fears for future procedures were quelled. I was well taken care of at the facility and of course by Lindsey. The prep from Thursday was definitely worse than the procedure on Friday - but not bad at all. I'll do it all again in three years!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Thursday prep for Friday Fun....

I heard about it...but never actually been formally introduced. I have listened to stories from those who survived and advice on the 'best practices' insure an easy 'go'. Dreaded it, somewhat, but the prep would be worse that the procedure....or so I was told.

My last visit to the doctor resulted in a referral to a local office of gastric inspection - for my first ever colonoscopy. Gee, I am not that far beyond 50...but, recommendations are recommendations. Given a family history of gastric pathway roadblocks and such, I knew it was just a matter of time.

Armed with my list of 'special stuff', off I went to WalMart. The consulting nurse was kind enough to point out her recommended flavor of Gatorade with which to make my very own colon-cleansing solution with Miralax - lemon-lime! Of course you can't have the 'good' color drink or jello: Red or purple. Why make it tasty? It's just going to run right through!!

The day prior to the procedure, I took off at 1pm to start my prep. 2pm: 4 times the usual amount of itty-bitty pills to start...followed by a large glass of water. 4 times the usual amount = a quick turn around! I make quick trip to the bathroom before taking a little nap - and low and behold - no running water! Nada! Zilch! Zip! No water = no flushy! I called the water department and am told there is a leak 'in the area' and 'no, they cannot estimate when it will be repaired'. Ok, a little panic, but hey, I had time before I had to start the solution intake...scheduled to start @ 5PM. So, not too worried at this point, I took a nap.

I woke up at 4:45 with a little rumbling in the tummy - and headed for the second bathroom, still no water. Rats! (or something like that) - Now what! I had to stay on schedule - so off to the fridge for my perfectly pitchered portion, which I poured into a pretty stemmed glass - and drank it down - similar to someone on a drunken binge: chug a lug! Recommended to drink quickly - ya think? I mean who wouldn't want to linger over a glass of lemon-lime flavored liquid, thickened ever so slightly? The first taste wasn't so bad - 1 8-oz glass down, many more to follow - in 15 minute increments. Now the question was how much more ..... could be added ... in the toilet bowl?!?!?

I quick check told me all I needed to know....I had water again! Yes! Flushing commenced and the pipes chimed in with some loud gurgles. Whew! I survived that hurdle!

After a full day of 'clear liquids' - with the exception of my cafe Vienna which isn't exactly clear - but coffee was on the 'can have' list - I craved something more substantive. That craving quickly subsided with each beep of my kitchen alarm, followed by repeated trips to the bathroom.

I stayed up a little later, anticipating 'sleeping in' until at least 6:30 - having to report @ 7:30 on Friday.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


It's time to say Happy Birthday to Sophia Louisa who is FIVE today!!! Hugs coming your way, Sophia! Stay sweet and I hope to see you soon! XOXOX

Saturday, August 27, 2011

26 years ago today.....

About 7:30 a.m. ....I became a Mommy. My sweet baby girl, Lindsey Kathryn, was born! Lindsey was almost a "Hillary"....but thank goodness she looked like a Lindsey Kathryn! She was named after another little girl I had the pleasure of baby-sitting for many years, and my best friend, Kathy. The labor was short...the delivery easy...and no pain medicine I might add...and the recovery room couldn't hold the happiness that filled my heart...even though there were plenty of others who groaned!

Just the day before I was in my OBGYN's office where he said, "See you in a week!"...well, Lindsey had other plans! Her Dad was determined to give her a different name, but after delivery, he went down the hall proclaiming: "It's a Lindsey Kathryn!". Our lives were never the same, as were the lives of her doting grandparents and many aunts, uncles and cousins to come!

Lindsey is the first grand-daughter born on her Dad's a little spoiling set in...but I didn't mind. I was a first grand-daughter myself. Mom was out of town with my sister Laura when Lindsey came, but she got home as fast as she could and whizzed past the nurses station outside of visiting hours to see us. Grammy and Stephanie brought a paper to read while waiting for the arrival, but they didn't have time to read at all - but then the shopping commenced for all things pink!

Once my Mom brought us home from the hospital (Dad was at work), it was a whirlwind of diapers and formula. Memories were made and remembered now...the colic, the messy diapers, the sweet smell of a just-bathed baby, and snuggle time..just to name a few.

Lindsey is all grown up and married, but still my 'baby girl'...and now the Mommy of another sweet one who calls me YaYa. Lindsey is also the big sister to 'baby boy', aka "Bubba", Ryan. Lindsey is one-in-a-million...and she's mine!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Long Post - from a Long Hot-Sweaty Weekend of Fun...NOT!

The Texas heat wave of 2011 continues....and not without its 'moments' this one:

On a hot Saturday afternoon, I was puppy-sitting with sweet Bella, and dozing on the couch after Lindsey & Kylie headed home. When I woke up, it seemed a little warm and I thought, oh, that sunlight hitting the sofa must be making it really warm in here. Off to the thermostat where I see it "set" for 77, yet the "temperature" shows 82. Yipes! No adjustment will help and I start to panic...not to mention sweat! The house tends to warm a little quickly with 103+ temps!

With Bella on leash, I check the outside unit - nothing! No visible signs of ants that might have interfered with the contacts...a noted problem in Texas. That was the end of my professional I got on the phone to try to locate my favorite repair guy. No luck and a phone call to Lindsey who invited me over to her house - Bella and all - until it could be repaired. Most likely I'd spend the night, since Sunday was Kylie & YaYa day at church.

I threw basics in a bag - underwear, meds, pjs...then packed up Bella - food, snacks, leash, & kennel & headed to the car. A/C relief and Bella in the front seat! Another call to Lindsey determined I needed to meet them at the parking garage where they were running the ramps for exercise, Kylie in tow in the stroller. (I couldn't believe they were doing that in the HEAT!!) I would get their house keys and garage door opener and settle in before they returned home, but not before a quick trip to McD's for a large diet coke to quench my thirst.

I got to the house & unloaded Bella & stuff...dropped my stuff on the kitchen table...and decided I'd better take her outside to potty. I put her on the leash and headed out the front door, being careful to note that the dead bolt was unlocked. Just on the outside of the door, click! The door locked shut with the door knob's lock! No phone, no keys, no luck. I was stuck outside in the heat w/Bella, praying that Lindsey & all would arrive soon.

Bella did her thing as the sun was going down...and we walked down the street a ways...then I thought, I'll get a key from the neighbor across the street! No such luck, not home. Ok, I thought, I can handle this...the sun is going down, there is a slight breeze...and I found the garden hose! I got a drink for Bella and myself, hosed off my feet...and continued to sweat profusely. I watched vehicle after vehicle go up and down the street...the moon started to peek out and the street light came on. The sweat was stinging my eyes and salting my upper lip.

I lowered the tailgate on Joe's truck, thinking I'd sit for a bit...but it was too high off the driveway. More pacing back and forth with Bella and then back to the hose. This time I watered the grass a little bit and sprayed straight up in the air, hoping for some misty relief. Thank God it was after dusk and I prayed that I would not pass out before Lindsey got home. I held the hose above my head and soaked myself. The water was warm, not cool, but it did help a little. Bella was not nearly as interested in cooling off as she was chasing the cat next door. I was enjoying my wet clothes a bit when here came the familiar truck down the road.

I walked up to the truck window and grinned at Lindsey, my curly hair in tight curls, flat against my head. She asked "what are you doing? I called and got no answer so I thought you were asleep". I told her I locked myself out and had been there about an hour and a half. She frantically gave me her water bottle, but I refused....water I had!

I went in the house with them and into the bathroom - thank goodness THAT was not a problem while outside! Bella went to her kennel and bedded down for the night. I asked for a towel and sat on the couch and Lindsey set a fan in front of me while Kylie played with her toys. Joe showered while Lindsey de-baby-proofed the bathtub for me to shower later. I sipped on what was left of my diet coke, crunched on ice and cooled down. I had spoken to Stephanie and was told John Ed would go by the house after church the next day.

Lindsey took a shower next - heck, I didn't need hot water FOR SURE! I had the experience of no hot water a couple of weeks prior when a control on the water heater went out, so I was no stranger to cold showers. I anxiously awaited my turn and hoped that I wasn't stinking up the place too badly.

With Kylie in bed, Joe watching TV and Lindsey lounging, it was time for my shower. It felt so nice. Then I realized I didn't bring all of my pajamas....just a tank top. How special. Joe had gone to bed so I schlepped off to the computer room where my twin size bed was ready for me. I relaxed, but still couldn't get cooled down. There was no ceiling fan and I was just restless. I got up about 1:30 and logged in to the computer for a bit. I had not planned to go to church after this evening's events, it would be just me and Kylie as Joe & Lindsey headed off to work @ 6. My phone was dead - and I didn't bring my charger! Rats.

I did manage to sleep some, then got up and got Kylie to start our day. We just hung out, played, walked Bella (with the garage door OPEN) and watched TV. Kylie was an angel all day - she took a nap after lunch and I dozed on the couch - even got cool enough for a little cover! After Joe & Lindsey got home around 3, I used Lindsey's phone to call John Ed and he said he had fixed it - or so he thought he had anyway! He said if it was cool when I got home, it was fixed. He also shared that a wire had come loose in the outside unit, so thank you God it was nothing worse!

Happily I loaded everything back into the car and headed home about 6. I had work the next day and was looking forward to a good night's sleep. Lindsey had mentioned to me at some point that the a/c vent in the computer room had been closed - thus my experience with failing to get cooled off. It was 82 in the house once I got home...but no problem....that was cooler than I had been in a while!! Bella was enjoying running around the living room and I grabbed a big cold bottle of water to relax.

I had just logged in to my computer...when BOOM! What sounded like a gunshot was another sound I was too familiar with...a transformer on the power poll next to the neighbor's house had blown! The neighborhood was 'dark' as the sun was going down. I could not believe it...really??? Heating up again in no time, at least I had the forethought to charge my phone. I called Lindsey & told her what was going on and shared with another friend how comical the weekend had been, now being the icing on the cake. I called Encor & actually talked to a human who told me the 'trucks should be out there by 10PM". Great! It was 7!! One more call to Lindsey & she said they were heading over and I could come to their house.

Now, why were they coming over? My garage door opener wouldn't work - and while I could back out, the door had to be closed so I could go to their house. I loaded Bella back in the car - thank God I had not unloaded her stuff yet - and waited in the A/C for Lindsey & Joe. The plan was for Joe to lower my garage door, then have Ryan come by the next day to reconnect the opener when the power was back on. After just a little while, here they came. I was laughing and joking about it. Lindsey handed Kylie to me and we sat in the car with Bella while they went in the house to get the door lowered.

Success! The door was lowered and they returned to their truck to head home. At that point, Lindsey was looking at me and pointing in my direction. I didn't understand what she was saying, so she got out of the truck and told me to look - Encor was on the next street! Hallelujah! I didn't know what quite to expect - how long it would take - or if I should go ahead to Lindsey's house for the night. I decided to wait a little bit and they headed out.

About 3 minutes later...I had powerr!! Yahoo!! Back on the phone to Lindsey - who had just rounded the corner out of the neighborhood - and back they came!! Joe reconnected the door and I decided to go for a little drive to allow the A/C to cool off the house a little. I told Joe he was my "hero" - and promised to make a breakfast casserole for him sometime soon. I drove to Sonic and ordered a diet coke float - yes diet coke with regular-fully-sugared ice cream - not too shabby! Lindsey & Joe were two stalls down ordering a drink as well! Finally back home, I took Bella out once more, then off to bed! I was exhausted! The heat wave continues...we've broken a few records...and I've never been more ready for FALL!! It cannot get here fast enough!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Kylie Jo's 2nd Birthday - TuTu Cute!
Party girl cheesing it up for the camera!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

If I were...

If I were a gemstone, I'd be an amethyst.
If I were a scent, I'd be baking bread.
If I were a pair of shoes, I'd be super comfy.
If I were the weather, I'd be rain falling while the sun is still shining.
If I were a facial expression, I'd be a grin with a dimple.
If I were a car, I'd be a stunt car in "Fast & Furious".
If I were a time of day, I'd be dusk.
If I were a month, I'd be October.
If I were a place, I'd be a library.
If I were a liquid, I'd be a limoncello.
If I were a taste, I'd be salty.
If I were an animal, I'd be a cardinal.
If I were an a sea animal, I'd be an otter.
If I were a food, I'd be popcorn.
If I were a color, I'd be sunshine yellow.
If I were a dessert, I'd be hot brownie sundae.
If I were a musical instrument, I'd be the piano.
If I were a flower, I'd be a daisy.
If I were a song, I'd be "Firework" by Katie Perry.
If I were a planet, I'd be Mars.
If I were an object, I'd be a crystal.
If I were a fruit, I'd be a kiwi.
If I were a sound, I'd be the sound of a baby sleeping.
If I were a day of the week, I'd be Wednesday.

How about you???

Favorite Musical Quotes

OK....test your skill....Who said (sang) it:

"You're never fully dressed without a smile"

"Practically perfect in every way"

"Isn't it amazing what clever girls can do?"

"Follow the yellow brick road"

"Whistle while you work..."

"Think happy thoughts"

"All it takes is faith, trust and a little pixie dust"

"Don't rain on my parade"

"Hello, Sunshine"

"If you change your mind...I'm the first in line..."

"When you wish upon a star.."

"It helps to think we might be wishing on the same bright star"

"I'm singing....and the rain"

"Gotta sing...gotta dance..."

"I'm gonna wash that man right outta my hair.."

"the corn is as high as an elephant's eye..."

"Thank heaven, for little girls"

"I'm defying gravity...."

"What I did for love..."

"let's go fly a kite"

"Let me entertain you, let me make you smile"


It's funny...looking at postings on Craigslist....and seeing things folks have posted as "antique"....a Barbie doll...a desk with a roll-out keyboard....etc. Even funnier are the attempts at spelling...under the 'furniture' section, I saw an "autumn" two different folks. Wondering what the heck an "autumn" was...I was an "ottoman". Guess it didn't occur to them to use "foot stool"! So funny. If I did a search by the name of the piece of furniture, I think I would lose out! There is also the frequent use of "Sale" for "Sell"..and vice-versa...such as 'must SALE now'.....or 'garage SELL today only'..... or 'willing to SALE and deliver'.

Isn't an antique something that is AT LEAST 100 years old? And isn't vintage a nice way of saying old? So...guess that makes me more vintage than antique...though some parts are up for discussion!

Thursday, June 2, 2011


Wordle: sweet

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Somewhat Random Things...

I know that I haven't posted in a long while...although I have had a couple of requests :-)
so here are a few somewhat random things that have been going no particular order...
1. My baby boy turned 21 in April~
2. My baby boy moved into an apartment on May 1
3. I have yet to see said apartment, but have seen him a few times (not nearly enough!)
4. Almost willing to pay for yard mowing...
5. Taking out the trash & feeding the dog isn't so bad....
6. Perk: I come home to a room that looks just like I left it!!
7. Finally had my job title changed at work to reflect what I actually do - just a change, no raise (yet!) :-)
8. Been looking around for a luck yet
9. Great Game Nights with Friends!
10. Just finished teaching my SS quarter for 1st grade...just in time! I still have hair!
11. Kylie is talking a little bit and I love to hear her call me "YaYa"
12. LK and I are planning Kylie's second birthday - fun!
13. I inherited some furniture from my Grandma by way of my baby sister...though it's not totally set up or anything...!
14. I'd really like to tackle painting some furniture (like my bedroom stuff)...inspired by those in my favorite blog lists!
15. I actually did paint a wooden "slatted" chair in spring green and sunshine yellow - with polka dots - and it's pretty cute!
16. I have completed my duties on a couple of committees and boards at work, plus one at the credit union...and have one more at church that ends this fall.
17. I am the contact person for our Weight Watchers @ Work Program - and this series we enrolled 29 members!! for me!!
18. My total weight loss thus far (including a couple of gains between the losses!) = 14 pounds
19. I know I am not a huge participant, but I find that looking @ Facebook & occasionally posting something is fun. It's a great way to catch up with friends.
20. My friend Kathy is going to be a grandma ("G") for the second time and my friend Lee Ann will be a newbie Gramma this fall.
21. Anticipating a trip to NYC with the game night group - possibly in the fall.
22. I can park in my garage once again!!
23. Summer has already arrived in TX! Can you say HEAT and HUMIDITY?!?!?

Monday, March 14, 2011

Miss Aurora took time to take some awesome pictures of Miss Kylie - we are so very thankful for her keen eye and abilities at capturing all this sweetness!!

Look her up on FaceBook!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

She is the apple of this YaYa's eye!!

Saturday, February 19, 2011


Random things since my last post - in no particular order:

*I lost almost 18 pounds. (Thanks to WWPointsPlus!)
*I found 3 pounds again.
*I celebrated my birthday - for a week! :-)
*KJ called me YaYa for the first time on my birthday.
*Snow and ice kept some of us from work for at least a day.
*Ryan fought off the flu.
*Daisies and Sunflowers make me happy.
*Kisses & hugs are the best!
*Rolling blackouts make me appreciate my love of candles.
*I've enjoyed a 'break' from Kwar.
*I love to read blogs on thrifty home decor, though I haven't attempted anything just yet.
*Sundays with YaYa involve time in the nursery and a nice nap at home.
*Microwaved sweet potatoes are....sweet!
*Baked sweet potato 'fries' are....yummy!
*I have an aversion to dusting (and housework in general), but cleaning out a few cabinets and drawers can give me a sense of accomplishment.
*Game Night with friends is the best medicine for the blues.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

2011 came in quietly which is actually pretty nice! KJ kept me entertained for a little while as her Mommy & Daddy went to the movies. She ate dinner and put on her new froggy pjs (a little big!) and then had fun turning the Christmas tree lights off and on (yes, the tree is still up - with lights only), dancing around, sitting on her stool and 'reading' her big book of colors/abcs/numbers/shapes, and of course, riding her giraffe. YaYa read her several books - or was it one book several times - and loved the snuggling up on the couch! She just did not want to give up and go to sleep, and of course when uncle RyRy came home from work a little early, she got her second wind! She was so excited to see unkie and followed him from room to room until he headed out for a night of video gaming with friends. She settled back down just a little bit for more books and a cup of milk, refusing to stay put for any length of time - but that was ok. I have a short 'movie' on my phone of her when she was almost a year old - and she loved to watch it over and over again, giving me a big grin as if to say: "Look, its ME! Ain't I cute?"

Mommy & Daddy walked in and her little face just lit up...Daddy was missing her for sure. He had worked all day and didn't get to see her until late. She complied with his request of "shuggies" (sweet little kisses) and hugs. She had to show him the little movie once more...then she was ready to put on her jacket and go bye bye, but not before giving YaYa some sweet hugs and kisses too. Yep, I had to have my KYLIE FIX! Can't go that long without seeing her. We'll go to church tomorrow and she'll get to see her cousins and her friend Benjamin.

Lindsey & I went 'after-Christmas-bargain-hunting' at several stores yesterday and KJ was a trooper most of the time. I think she was a little tired of riding in baskets, so every once in a while I would try to let her walk. Of course her fingers wanted to touch everything! She charmed quite a few customers and clerks, and squealed with delight whenever she saw another tot and waved like crazy!

Late in the day we headed out to the Weld House for an open house. It is just beautiful! She maintained a blog and scrapbooks about the entire process (with her Mom's help) and it was amazing to see the progress. The entire family worked so hard on building this house - and furnished it so nicely with things old and new (mostly old and refurbished!) that they need to be featured in a magazine. I enjoyed reading her blog everyday - and hopefully they will have future projects to continue the story.

KJ was infatuated with their big 'ol dog "Daisy Mae" and cat "Herman", plus the stairs held her interest for a while and wore her mommy out! KJ even got down on the floor to give Daisy a hug bye-bye. So cute! KJ was fussy on the way home, but probably due to being over tired from the days activities. Bless her heart, she had tears and everything! Not even a 'nilla wafer would soothe her. Funny how a YaYa can take the fussiness more than the Momma - but Momma did chase after her more that day! :-)