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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Better Pictures of the Yard


Last week I posted some pictures of the work that we have done in the front yard, but they were not the same perspective of the "Before" pictures.  So, yesterday, between rain storms I went out and took pictures again but at the "Before" perspective and I thought I would post them for you.

So, lets try this again.  Here are the pictures of the yard when we first moved into the house.






Here are the pictures I took yesterday.





The cart above is filled with grass that we are plugging into the yard.  
Hopefully, the plugged grass will fill in all these blank spaces.

So, there you have it.
I think there is quite a bit of change.
How about you??


Till next time......

Carol

Thursday, August 3, 2017

July Recap

The month of July was a busy one, as you can probably tell from the lack of posts!  Ha!

On the 3rd Mom had fasting labs at the clinic and I had a doctor's appointment at 3:15.  I was put on another round of antibiotics - but a much stronger one and I could only take it for five days.  I had a follow up appointment on the 25th and if the infection is not cleared up then I am off to an urologist.

On the 4th we had some of our neighbors over for a cookout.  I am such a bad blogger lately I didn't take any pictures.  We had hamburgers, hot dogs, cole slaw, potato salad,  sliced tomatoes, homemade pickles, and all the fixin's for the burgers and dogs.  Oh, and I fixed a peach cobbler for dessert with some vanilla bean ice cream.  It was a fun evening.  (I really need to start taking pictures again!)

We got everything handled with the attorney on Wednesday the 5th - just have to go back and sign the paperwork after he gets it all done.  

Mom had her doctor's appointment on the 6th - we have been told that she has dementia and is in the late moderate/to early severe stage.  We knew that she is having some definite issues and it is not going to get any better.  We are trying some B12 shots every two weeks for three months as her B12 level is extremely low and that might give us a small improvement, but we aren't expecting much.  We will see how things progress.

Later that afternoon we took Jessie into the vet to have her toe nails clipped.  She does not like this done and it is worth it to me to pay $10.00 and have the vet's office do that little chore.  We're good now for about 6 to 8 weeks.

Friday I left for Nashville - my daughter was having surgery on Monday and I wanted to get up there and be available if we needed to do anything before. The trip took a little longer than I thought as I had to stop every hour to go to the bathroom - it was ridiculous- but I got to Crystal's house just a little before she got home from work.  

Saturday was a quiet day at her house until dinner time.  We went to a FABULOUS place called Two Ten Jack - it was delish!!!!  I even ate Brussels sprouts and liked them!!!!  That is amazing in itself.  Anyway, we had a really nice meal with the owner stopping by a couple of times to talk with us (she and Crystal are friends) and my daughter had another friend who came later.  We had a nice visit before heading back home.

Sunday we had brunch at Melrose - also delish!  Then we went and had a pedicure.  It had been a long, long time since I'd had a pedi and I decided that maybe I needed to have one at least once a month.  It was awesome!  Then it was off to Target where I found a few things.

We had a good night before getting ready to head to the hospital - Crystal's surgery went well and she did awesome.  She had to spend one night in the hospital and she refused to have me stay - so I went back to her house around 10:30 PM  - had a little dinner and headed to bed.  Up at 6 Tuesday morning and at the hospital by 7.  She was up and ready to head home, but of course, we had to wait for all the paperwork to be done.  I was able to see the doctor as I was arriving and she was very impressed with her progress.  She was released around 10:30 and we went straight home where Crystal rested most of the day on the couch while watching some TV.

We pretty much spent the rest of the week resting and watching TV - she was feeling great and by the weekend it was time to get out and about.  We went shopping on Saturday to At Home - I wanted to look for some cushions for the outdoor chairs by the fire pit.  I had gotten an email that all their outdoor stuff was on sale 50% off - but it wasn't.  After I spent a good hour looking for just the right cushions I find out they aren't for sale and they were left in the cart.  

We then went to World Market were I found some lumbar cushions that will look good with what I have for now - at 75% off - so they cost me $30.00 for 4 instead of $200.00.  That's awesome!

Sunday we went to the mall where they were having an awesome sale at GAP and Crystal got some good deals (I didn't find anything I liked).  We looked at several other stores before going into Talbots where they had an additional 50% off all their sale merchandise.  I picked up a couple of shirts for a really good price.  Before we headed back home.

We continued to get out every day the next week for a little while as it was really good for her to walk.  She was doing so well that on Tuesday we went out and she drove for the first time since her surgery.  We decided that since she was doing so well that I would come home a day early.

Wednesday the 19th I headed home and had a uneventful trip.  I have gotten where I travel I65 home instead of I75.  It might take a little longer but the traffic is much less and it is much less stressful!

When I got home I discovered that Dan and our friend Bud had gotten all the overgrown azalea's out of our yard.  It looks awesome, but needed to be raked and smoothed out.

So Thursday we worked in the yard.


This was the yard when we first moved into the house.





This was right after the renovation was done.






And this is today - 

These pictures were taken from the driveway instead of out by the road.  I would go take some different ones so the perspective would be the same, but it is pouring down rain (has been for two days) and it has taken me those two days to get these pictures to download.  (Gotta love our Internet service - NOT!)
Anyway, I'll try and get some from the road for the next post.







All those dirt patches was where there were plants/trees.  A half dead dogwood, a cedar tree, and haphazard azalea plants that were just stuck out in the yard.  All those spots are starting to green up with grass now - I guess that's one good thing about all this rain. HA!



Friday was Dan's doctor's appointment with his cardiologist in Lake City.  It went really well and he was released.  He can pretty much do what ever he wants to do now - still gets out of breath but he is so much better than he was.  
Friday night we gave our first Pontoon Boat ride of the season.  Dan has been named a "captain" which makes me the "first mate".  


Captain Dan








Saturday, Sunday and Monday were nice quiet days at home with nothing special going on - we might have eaten out a lot on those days as I hadn't been to the grocery store yet.  (That's a good excuse right???)


Tuesday the 25th I had my follow up appointment - the infection is cleared up but my doctor still wants me to see the urologist to make sure everything is okay.  So, I'll get that scheduled soon.


Thursday the 27th we had to go up to Valdosta and buy a new TV.  While I was gone to Nashville we had a huge thunderstorm and lightening struck very close to the house.  Dan said we didn't lose power but the TV blinked and when it came back on it was just messed up.  He thought we could get a better deal on a TV at Sam's Club - so off we went and came home with a new 55" Smart TV.  I have it connected to the internet, but I haven't gotten Netflix yet (but it's something we are going to do).  It took us a couple of days to get all the wiring right but it is hung up over the fireplace.  Dan was not real happy with the picture and was ready to take it back when our local TV tech came by to sync the TV to the Dish remote and he set the picture.  It is brilliant and beautiful and the best picture we have ever had on a TV.  Very pleased with it now!!!

Well, that's it for July - I've got some things up my sleeve for the next couple of days - so we shall see how they play out.

For now - have a great rest of your week!


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Getting better every day



So, what has been happening around here for the last week?  Well, last Monday Dan had fasting labs.  Tuesday we went over to Lake City to a new produce market we were told about and then a quick stop at WalMart to pick up a few groceries. Wednesday I volunteered at the shop.  Thursday was Dan's doctor's appointment here in the Village.  It went very well and while his potassium level is on the high end of normal all his other blood work was good.  He will have another blood draw in four weeks to make sure he is staying at a healthy level.


Thursday afternoon we headed up to Sam's in Valdosta to pick up a few things for the cook out on the 4th and went by Hobby Lobby to get a shelf for the back porch.  There was this spot on the porch that "needed" a little something.  We also stopped for gas since it costs about forty cents cheaper in Georgia.

Friday I did laundry before working a little in the back yard.  I also worked in my head on how to arrange the new shelves on the back porch.

Saturday was a quiet day at home just doing little things until Dan decided he wanted to go down to Roy's Restruarnt in Steinhatchee.  We invited our friends Bud and Joyce to go with us and we left here around 3 in the afternoon for the hour drive down to the coast.  We had an awesome lunch and enjoyed watching all the  boats coming in from a day on the gulf 

 Dan's Seafood paltter




Part of the steady stream of boats

I had a video that showed all the boats, but I can't get it to download - but there was a steady stream for the entire hour we were there and looked like there would be a few more hours of boats coming in.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Better than I was, Not where I need to be

I guess by the title you can tell that things are still not back to normal, whatever that is.  I do feel better than I did a couple of weeks ago but I am still having some issues, lower back pain for one thing, so I have another doctor's appointment on Monday.  I might need another round of antibiotics or something.  We shall see what she says.

I continue to be amazed at Dan's progress.  He just seems to be going right along and sometimes I have to remind him NOT to use his left arm so much.  He is not suppose to lift it above his head or use it to pick up stuff that weighs more than a gallon of milk.  Sometimes he forgets, but he is really doing well.  We see his Primary Care doctor this Thursday and we shall see what she says.  He doesn't go back to the cardiologist until the 21st of July.

Last week I took it pretty easy - took me two days to get the house completely clean (from the ceiling to the floors) and get the laundry done.  Then Dan and I did a little work in the yard for a couple of days.  I cut down a smallish cedar tree in the back yard with the chain saw.  It was the first time I ever used a chain saw but it wasn't bad at all.  Don't worry, it was NOT a big gas powered thing.  It is just a small electric one, but big enough for me and it did get the job done.  Then I did a little weeding around the back patio.

Saturday we decided to go down to Gainesville and go to the new Bass Pro Shop and I thought we might be able to see the girls since Melissa and Justin were on their way home from Nashville and would be though Gainesville between 2 and 3 that afternoon.  By the time we got down there Dan was hungry so we went to Red Robin for lunch.  We had never eaten there and Dan wanted to try it out.  It was actually good and we enjoyed the burger.  Dan thought it would be more like a Chick-Fil-a instead of Chili's - but we had a cute little waitress that had us laughing.  We will definitely go back again. 

Then we headed down to Bass Pro Shop - we wanted a new lamp for the end table by Dan's chair and we had seen one on line, but wanted to see it in person to make sure it was what we wanted.  Dan liked the lamp, so in the cart it went. 







Then we picked up some new wax melts and a couple of new mugs for us.  We spent a little time, about an hour, just looking around.  Dan enjoyed the store and I have to say that it was a nice store.  It wasn't huge like the one in Orlando and it made looking around much nicer.  We then decided to run up to Home Goods and look around - we picked up a new dog bed for Jessie to use on the back porch and a watering can for the potted plants.  When we got to the car I had a text message from Melissa that both girls were asleep and that they were just going to keep driving.  While I was disappointed that I wasn't able to see the babies, I was also tired and ready to head for home.  It had been a long day and I slept really well that night.

Sunday was a quiet day at home - I went down and visited with mom for a while.  She is really starting to show her difficulties.  We have an appointment with her doctor next week for the definitive diagnosis but we are pretty sure what they are going to say, but we shall wait and see for sure.  I'm not sure how she will handle the diagnosis but we will do what we have to do.

Yesterday I worked a little out in the yard again - using the weed eater and trying to get the side yard cleaned up.  I only worked for about 20 minutes before the daily rains moved in, but I got quite a bit done.  Will have to try and get the rest done later this week.

Today Dan and I went to Lake City to a produce market we were told about - it was very nice and a trip we will probably take a couple of times a month.  Then we came back to Live Oak and went to WalMart. Along with a few groceries I had to pick up a new hair dryer since mine started spitting fire at me on Sunday.  We also broke down and bought a new printer.  This one is wireless and I can print from the computer, my phone, or the Kindles.  We shall see how it all works out.  The set up was easy, but I haven't printed anything yet.  Time will tell.

Tomorrow I will work down at the store - I'll work two more weeks before I take off for a couple of weeks for my Nashville trip.  Last week was really slow and I expect tomorrow will be also.  That's okay - I took the book the doctor recommended that I read with me and I'm about 1/2 way through it.  I'll take it again tomorrow and next week if I haven't finished it before.

Dan and I have also been talking about the projects we want to tackle around here in the next few months.  A couple of things that have been on the back burner will be moved up and one thing that will be in a completely different direction.  I'll wait until things are starting to happen before I say any more.

Well, that catches everything up.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

So much for plans!


Well, so much for plans!

On my last post I talked about going down to Lakeland this week and keeping the girls, going to the beach, having fun....
Well, that's not happening.


You see, I had been ignoring some health symptoms for quite a while thinking that either they would just go away, or that "what ever IT was would run it's course, and go away". I knew that we were having some issues with my blood pressure, which we still haven't got fixed, but that's for another day.  But the current issues ... well, they didn't go away.

I should have known that things were coming to a head on Friday when I didn't want to eat.  And they on Saturday when my back was really hurting - but I kept making excuses.  I wasn't hungry because I was worried about Dan - my back hurt because of the recliner I had to sleep on.  Anyway, following my usual pattern of ignoring Sunday was a quiet day at home thinking about everything that needed to be done before leaving on Friday.

Monday morning I didn't want coffee (big deal).  By noon I was having chills.  I told Dan that I was going to lie down for a little while, but if he needed me to call.  Well, two days later Dan is loading me in the car and we are heading to the doctor.  I had pretty much slept for two solid days with fever and chills the entire time.  Dan kept coming in and checking on me, but all I wanted to do was sleep.

After several tests, and a big honkin' shot in the bottom, I was sent home and back to bed.  I had two very strong antibiotics  to take over the next 14 days and orders to stay in bed and take it easy.  No trip to Lakeland, no keeping the babies, no trip to the beach.

Seems like I had a major infection that had moved to my kidneys and I had been very close to going into septic shock.  I have had this infection for quite a while and those where the symptoms  that I kept ignoring.  Anyway, Thursday I was feeling some better - and decided that I could go with Dan to his doctor's appointment in Gainesville on Friday - bad move.
We were up at 6 Friday morning, a quick shower, and in the car and on the road by 6:30.  I had gotten out of breath and hot while getting ready but thought it would be fine.  By the time we got to Gainesville, I was not feeling that good.  Thank goodness we were called back early for his appointment and all went well.  He is doing SUPER and the device is working great.
We were done at the doctor's by 9 am and Dan asked if I wanted to go anywhere.  No, I just wanted to go home.

On the way home I started having chills again and I covered up with Jessie's blanket from the back seat.  I called the doctor's office and was told to go home and get in bed - if things got worse - go to the ER.  I was determined that I was NOT going to the ER so I came home and went to bed.  After spending the rest of the day in bed and having an early night.  I woke up Saturday morning feeling somewhat better (maybe like Thursday).  I could have kicked myself in the butt that I tried to do too much too soon. 

I fixed some Chicken Enchilada Soup in the crock pot - not a hard recipe to do and it cooks all by itself.  In ten minutes I had supper cooking and only had to add some cream cheese about an hour before we wanted to eat.

Anyway, I have just been taking it easy since then - sitting in my recliner or on the couch for the last couple of days.  I am feeling better today then I have in a very long time.  In fact, Dan and I rode down to Mayo and ate lunch at the Mayo CafĂ©.  Then I also went on a golf cart ride with Dan and Jessie for the first time in well over a week.

I am going to try and pace myself to get some things done - like laundry and getting the house clean.  I'm planning on taking all week to get those two little chores done - so we shall see.  We don't have anything on the calendar this week since we were suppose to be gone - so what gets done gets done and what doesn't I'm not going to have to worry about it.

Hoping for a better week!

Oh, and Happy Father's Day to Dan Mihlfeld - you are a great dad and step-dad.  You are always looking for ways to make things better for everyone - me, your kids, my kids, and the grandchildren.  We all love you!

  To Justin Thibodeau- you are a fabulous dad to my two grand babies.
 
To Donnie Collins - you have always been a good dad to our children - you have always stayed in their lives and you are a good grandfather to Lorelai and Adalyn.

And finally, to my dad, Bud Lowery.  I miss you every day and I wish you could have seen how Crystal and Melissa have grown up to be beautiful, successful women.  I wish you could have met and held your great grand babies.  You would have loved Lorelai's sweet heart and Adalyn's spunkiness.  I hope you have a wonderful Father's Day in heaven.  Love you daddy!!!


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Changes, changes, changes

Well, as the title says there have been some changes around here.


On my last post I left you talking about Memorial Day.  We did have friends over for a very nice dinner.  I had not decided what to have for dessert, but Dan thought that some homemade Orange Ice Cream would be nice - so we got the ice cream churn down (that we haven't used in about  5 or 6 years), got all the ingredients in the churn, turn it on ----- nothing!  It won't work.  Well, about that time our friends show up and see the problem - they run home and get their churn and we still have ice cream.  (It's really more like a sherbet than ice cream, but it's still good!)

Wednesday was another quiet day of volunteering and Thursday was the Executive Committee meeting. 

Friday morning we had breakfast at another neighbor's house - the last get together before fall.  A lot of the neighbors on our street leave for the summer and go up north - in fact some had already left - but we had a nice little group and breakfast was wonderful with eggs, two different types of quiche, fresh fruit, bacon, sausage, pastries, orange juice, and coffee.  So much of the diet!

My mom had a doctor's appointment at 11 here in the Village.  It was the first time I had been able to get her to see the doctors here, but she was on her best behavior.  While she did get upset we did get a troubling diagnosis - the doctor believes she has Alzheimer's Disease but we are going to do some further tests to make sure.  It would explain a lot of the symptoms that we have noticed but we shall see what all the tests that we are going to do in the next few weeks will tell us.  I have been told to read The 36 Hour Day which I have started.  It gives a lot of information, some of which is very disturbing.  This looks like it is going to be a very difficult stage for us, but as I said, we will wait for the definitive diagnosis.

Dan and I left Friday afternoon for Lakeland and Lorelai's fifth birthday party (fifth birthday????? How did that happen?????)  Mom did not want to come (another trait of the disease), but we had someone check on her a couple of times every day we were gone - which was just Saturday and Sunday.

My daughter that lives in Nashville had flown down on Thursday and we had some "family" time Friday night before the big birthday bash on Saturday.  I don't know how many people were there, but the house was full and the kids had so much fun on the big water slide the kids got.


Lorelai, Ada, and their cousin Jake









For some reason I didn't take many pictures (well, I did forget to take my "big" camera, so all I had was my cell phone), but there were a LOT of people there!  A boat load of kids, but Lorelai seemed to enjoy her birthday.

Anyway, Dan and I had to leave Sunday to get home for Dan's doctors appointment in Lake City on Monday.  He had a ECHO first and then a doctor's visit immediately after.  Well, it was decided, after MUCH discussion, that Dan would have an ICD (internal cardiac defibrillator) put in on the following Monday, June 12th, there in Lake City.

Tuesday was Lorelai's actual birthday and I was able to Skype with her before she went out to dinner with her family - there were pictures of she and Ada at Mellow Mushroom on Face book, but I don't know how to get them to the blog.  Oh well!

Wednesday I wasn't able to volunteer again as I had to take Mom to Madison to the hospital to have a CT scan done.  Then I got her home and settled.

Then I spent the rest of the day on the phone with the doctor's office as they could not do Dan's procedure in Lake City on Monday - it was decided that it would be done on Friday, June 9th.  I can not say enough how great the doctor's office was - they were so accommodating to get this done before us leaving town next Friday.

Thursday night we went to a friends house for dinner.

Fish, grits, beans, corn, hush puppies, cole slaw, pickles, and more.



Bud





A corner of my plate.
Since I don't eat fish, Joyce fixed me some chicken.  I sure did eat
the grits, beans, and hush puppies though!



 Dan's plate!

He certainly enjoyed all the fish and we always enjoy the fabulous company!

Friday morning we took Jessie to mom since Dan was going to have to spend the night in the hospital.  It would give her something to do and we had one of her neighbor's check in on them while we were gone.

We were on the road by 9:30 as his admission's appointment was at 11:30.  We were a few minutes early, but we didn't have to wait long before we were called.  I had done a lot of the pre-registration on the phone Thursday, so there wasn't much that had to be done - a copy of our insurance cards, answer a few questions, sign consent forms, and get his beautiful bracelet.  Then we were taken straight back to the cardiac unit and he was set up on a stretcher.  This was some what amusing since Dan is 6'4" and these stretchers seems like they were made for someone about 5' he had a lot of leg hanging off the end.  Anyway, they got all the pre-procedure stuff done - the doctor came in about 12:30 and said they were going to take a quick lunch break and then it would be Dan's turn.  Well, a quick lunch turned into a little over an hour but he was taken back about 1:45.  I was told it would take about an hour, so I went to the cafeteria for some lunch (I hadn't had anything except one cup of coffee all day) and then I was back in the room before he was brought back.  He was fully awake when he came back and was eating "lunch" by 4, and they brought him supper at 5:30.  Anyway, he was taken up to his room about 7 - while it was a semi-private room there was no one else in the room but us. After getting Dan settled I made a quick trip to the car.  I wanted to get the Life Vest to the box for return and possibly move the car since we were parked on the top floor of the parking garage.  I was able to move to the second floor and then I went by the cafeteria and picked up a sandwich for supper, which I only ate about three bites of.  I went back upstairs and got as comfortable as I could in the recliner by Dan's bed..  After a restless, uncomfortable, but for the most part, uneventful night we were ready to go home Saturday morning.


My Guy!

The doctor came in around 11 and we were finally on the road a little before noon.  We went through Live Oak so I could drop off his prescription for pain medication then I brought him home and got him all settled in his chair.  Then I went and picked Jessie up - brought her home - then into town to pick up his medicine (which cost $.80, yep you read that right - eighty cents!).  Our sweet friend had left some soup on the back porch - so I didn't have to worry about supper (thank you Joyce!)....


Well, everyone is settled in and I was so ready for "bed" last night.  Dan is still sleeping in his recliner as he can not lift his right arm over his head for the next six weeks and he's afraid he would try while sleeping.  So, I am still on the couch, but that okay, as it is really comfortable.  I think we both slept pretty good last night since Dan didn't get up until almost 9 and I was up just a few minutes later.

Today we have spent the day quietly here at home.  We've had a few rain storms and are suppose to have some more.  I think I'm going to  go down to the shop tomorrow and have the store manager take me off the schedule for the summer since I have so much coming up and having to be gone so much the next two months it's just doesn't seem to be fair to her to wonder if this is a week I'm going to be there or not.  It just seems like it would be easier to be completely off the schedule until August.

I will be getting us ready to leave for Lakeland on Friday.  We are going to keep the girls for a week - and spend four days at the beach.  Dan won't be able to get into the ocean or the pool - he also won't be able to lift the girls - but it will be good to get away for a while.  I will arrange for someone to check in on mom everyday and I will be telling her service coordinator that we will be gone - so that should not be an issue.

We will stop by the doctor's office in Gainesville on our way to Lakeland to have Dan's device checked - and then he has another appointment with the cardiologist in July. He also has an appointment with the PCP the week we get back from the beach along with labs.  We'll be home for two weeks before I leave for Nashville to help my daughter who will be having surgery on the 10th.  Then it's more appointments for me, Mom, and Dan.  I guess this is going to be the summer of doctor's appointments.

Well, we do what we have to do.

I guess I'll close for now.


Sunday, May 28, 2017

I have good intentions

I really do have good intentions.
I think that I will do posts every week - if not every day.
BUT - something always seems to get in the way.

So, let's see if I can do a quick recap of the month.

Tuesday, May 2nd, was the Membership Banquet here at the Village.  Since I am on the board, it was sorts imperative that I be there.  It was the first time that Dan had been "out an about" in his Life Vest - there were several questions from people at our table - but Dan handled it very well.  It was a relaxing evening.
The 3rd was a volunteer day - I have really gotten where I use these morning as a "catch up" day with paperwork.  If I could just figure out how to get the computer down to the shop and on the Internet I might be able to do weekly posts from there (I sure don't have many customers!)

Thursday the 4th was busy - I started the day with Fasting Labs at 8.  Then I went down and bought the tag for my car.  Mom had a Dermatologist appointment at 10:45 and she had a couple of biopsies done.  Then at 2 I had an Executive Committee Meeting.  Whew!

Friday, May 5th, we had breakfast on the street at one of our neighbor's home - It was a very good breakfast with Belgium Waffles, Bacon, Sausage, fruit, orange juice, and coffee.  Yummy!!!

Saturday was Market Day and a Village Wide Garage Sale.  Dan and I decided that we had enough going on that we weren't going to get involved in the garage sale - but we did go and visit everyone that did have one.  I picked up a dog bed for the back porch for $.50 and a small wicker basket for the same amount.  I guess we were really big spenders!!!

I did not volunteer on the 10th, as it was my birthday and Dan wanted me to take the day off.  We didn't do anything fancy, but it was a nice day to just relax.

Thursday I had a doctor's appointment.  I thought all was going fine and my blood work it FABULOUS!!!  However,  I am having issues with my blood pressure - not being high, but WAY to low - like 80's over 60's.  Thursday it was 84/63 and my doctor is a little concerned.  I'm suppose to take my blood pressure occasionally  during the month and wear compression socks at night with my feet propped up.  If I start having system's before my next appointment I'm to call.  Truthfully, I get dizzy occasionally and when I have been taking my blood pressure it is still low and my pulse rate is really high (last night it was 101 - and I had been sitting).  I'll wait and talk to my doctor when I have my appointment next month.

Thursday afternoon Dan decided that he wanted to go into town to the Ford dealership and see what cars they had.  We have been talking about getting a new to us car - but everytime we think we have found one we like we don't want to pay the amount they want (or finance for 8 years!).  Anyway, was I surprised when Dan decided that he liked a 2014 Escape and the payment was reasonable.  So........we came home with a new to us car!


Then we spent Friday cleaning the garage so I can actually park the car IN the garage!  Wonder of wonders!!!!

Saturday morning we went to Madison to the Fancy Flea Market.  I had been looking forward to this since last April - the one that was suppose to be held in September was cancelled due to the hurricane that hit our area that weekend.  Anyway, while I loved going and looking at all the stuff - we didn't buy anything!

We came home and was spending some time on the back patio and back porch when Dan says "I think we need some excitement".  I'm like - "What kind of excitement????"  He says, "Oh, I don't know, just some excitement."

Well, about that time the back door opens and my daughter from Nashville jumps out and yells "Happy Birthday!" Then I see my daughter from Lakeland, my son-in-love, the grand babies, and the girls Dad.  They all came in to surprise me for my birthday and Mother's Day!!!!  Dan had arranged it all somehow and boy was I surprised!!!!!

My two girls!

Well, they stayed Saturday night and then everyone had to go home on Sunday..

But, Dan and I left on Wednesday (no volunteering again) for a quick trip down to Lakeland for Lorelai's Pre-K graduation!





There was a very nice program with the other classes singing a song and then the 5 year olds "graduating". 
Then they also sang a couple of songs. 
Lorelai received a lot of flowers from all the family - these are just some of the them.  Where are the others????

Well.......
This little monkey - who did an awesome job singing - didn't understand why big sister got all these flowers and all she got was one from her Nana and P.  She sat in my lap and cried cause she didn't understand.  Well, when everyone went into the lobby, Lorelai didn't want to hold ALL the flowers she got so- Adalyn decided she could help and all the tears went away!









She knew they weren't "hers" but it didn't seem to matter - as long as she was able to hold them an have her picture taken.

I have all kinds of pictures that I took of the graduation itself, but for some reason I can't get to the photo's on my computer - these were on my phone.  I don't know!

Oh well!!!!

We had to leave first thing Friday morning because Dan had another doctor's appointment with his heart doctor on Friday afternoon at 4.  So, we came home, unpacked the car, got the puppy settled back in, did a couple of loads of laundry, jumped back in the car and headed for Lake City.  The doctor changed another one of his medicines and wants to see him the first of June for a new Echo and then it will be decided if he is going to have surgery or what our next step is.

This week has been pretty quiet - it rained almost all day Tuesday and Wednesday (which meant I had two visitors in the shop - Dan and Dan.  He brought me my coffee I forgot and then came and picked me up.)  Not real busy!!!

We've done a couple of small projects around the house and we did work in the yard some on Thursday - trying to get the yard raked and Dan still wants to plant some grass.  Next week we MIGHT be getting a couple of pallets of sod which we are going to use in the front yard.  We shall see.

June and July look like they are going to be busy months as well.  I will TRY and do a better job of posting, but I won't promise.

We are having some friends over for dinner tomorrow to celebrate Memorial Day - just some country ribs, corn on the cob, potato salad, and some baked beans.  I'm not sure yet what we will have for dessert, but I'll figure something out.

For my American friends - please remember what this holiday is all about.  It's not just the "first weekend of summer".  It's a time to remember all those that gave their all that we might live in freedom.

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend.

Hugs!


Well, I was finally able to get the pictures to download - so I'll share a few.

Dan out on the back patio with a small fire.
(You might be able to see his "purse")



My Love




A few pictures of the girls before the graduation

Lorelai




Adalyn


Her "American Flag dress"



Lorelai showing some "sass"



Graduation
(some of these are blurry - sorry)





Ada -- upfront and center



 Lorelai
Receiving her diploma


Second row




That's all for now!!!

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