Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Giant tree cut

One of the huge things in my life in 2017 was having to have a HUGE oak tree cut.

They had already trimmed off some of the really big lower limbs before I got there to take this photo.

My son and I together couldn't reach around it.  I hated for it to go, but it was dead and close enough to the house that if it fell... well, you can imagine where it would have gone. 

The pictures don't do justice to it's size.  He was using a chain saw with the longest blade I've ever seen and it still didn't go all the way through.

The tractor could just barely lift one of the center sections to move it.

They insisted I stand on the trunk that was left.  It was indeed a big tree.

I don't really know for sure how old the tree was, but I know it was a big tree when I was a kid - and that was a lot of years ago.  I'm guessing it was at least 100 years old.  I almost cried when it came down - but was so thankful they were able to drop it in the opposite direction of the house.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Finishing 2017

Well, I've already posted most of the highlights from my year.  Had lots of good things - and a few not so good.

Pneumonia in June wasn't much fun - seemed to take forever to really get over it.  Radiologist diagnosed me with COPD after a CT scan.  After many more tests and visits with a Pulmonologist, I'm fine - NO COPD - Praise God!

So then, the doctor wants to do a "Wellness Visit" towards the end of the year - how much fun is that - NOT!  Anyway, that resulted in a diagnosis of high cholesterol and poor balance.  I'm still not sure about the cholesterol & the meds - need further research; but am going for physical therapy for my balance.  And, how much fun is THAT??  Again - NOT!

She wants me to start taking medication for my bones (last bone scan showed Osteopenia) but I'm not real excited about the medication.  I'm just not crazy about medication at any level and will avoid it if possible.

I agree, my balance can definitely use some improvement and I'm sincerely hoping this will help it.  I truly want to maintain my independence as long as possible and I'm not getting any younger.

So, I'm glad to close out the year 2017.  Have much to be thankful for and many blessings through the year.  See you in 2018!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

2017 is almost gone

It's been a busy year - and I'm thankful to have had it.  Several milestones:

  • Celebrated my 10 year anniversary of being a breast cancer survivor.
  • Celebrated another birthday 😊😊
  • Survived pneumonia (it seemed to take forever though)
  • Got to see all four of my children and several of my grandchildren.
  • One grandson who had been living with me while he finished college, graduated and moved away.
  • I think I've adjusted to living alone.
  • Koda (my little dog) turned 2 and is doing much better with going outside.  He thinks he's a big watchdog and he takes his job very seriously.
I know that's not nearly all, but it's what I can think of at the moment.

I've been blessed in so many ways and God has certainly taken care of me.  If you're reading this, I pray you have a blessed and happy 2018.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Update, update -

Not me - though I could use updating - what I've been doing is a much needed update to my website and online shop.  Several things forced me to do this.  The online shop crashed and it was almost easier to start from scratch than try and fix it. 

One thing led to another and the website had to be redone and then I decided I need to create my "brand" (I've been listening to my grandson with his new degree in marketing way too much). 

Anyway, I'm almost finished and needed a break so thought I'd add my new logo here.  The cross stitch chart covers had been updated when I started selling them wholesale so everything really needed to reflect them.  They are a bit 'quieter' than the logo (just couldn't resist the yellow) so here you go.  I'd ask for opinions, but I'm not changing now so if you don't like it - don't tell me 😊

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Good News update

I should have already posted this - but don't post nearly often enough (think I've said that before - I should get better.

Anyway, briefly, I'm fine.  Pulmonologist did a fairly comprehensive breathing test - checked ALL the CT scans and declared me fine.  I do NOT have COPD (didn't think I did).  I did have some major sinus drainage and most of that has cleared up - or will if cold weather ever gets here.

Thank you, Lord!!!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Terrified Dog

Not sure what's happened to my sweet little dog.  He's been socialized since I got him when he was 7 weeks old.  He's always been a "mama's boy" and loves to be right next to me, but he's developed a phobia to any really loud noise.  He's always been a bit fearful - but it is escalating to a serious level.  I hate for him to be so very frightened - makes me feel like a bad mama!

He goes to work with me 2 or 3 days a week (has since the beginning).  The shop is on a busy road that gets a lot of BIG trucks going by and they are seriously noisy - but that's not a new thing. 

I've invested in a new Thunder Shirt and the last couple of days have been it's first trial run.  It helped a little.  Maybe a bit more the second day.  He looks adorable in it, and while I'm glad he looks so cute, I need it to calm him down.  I understand it works with some dogs and not necessarily all.  We'll try it for a couple of weeks and see.  Have also ordered some holistic drops to try and help him.

The only thing new and different is the new car wash across the side street from the shop.  They apparently use some sort of compressor to power wash the cars and it is noisy.  We have to take his "bathroom breaks" on the only grass around - just across that same side street. 

Hopefully between the new vest and the drops I'll see improvement. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Angels are around

Three posts in one month - WOW.  That's definitely a record for me.

Anyway, I am feeling better, but still tire really easily.  And, I'm working full time last week and this week 😢  I'm definitely too old for this.  Unfortunately my boss is out from some surgery so it's just me.  Thank God it's an easy job where I can sit down a lot.

So, back to the update.  I had an x-ray and CT scan and they showed "COPD" 😡 and a few other really annoying things.  I've never smoked or worked around asbestos.  Yes, I have an aggravating cough and a few other symptoms, but I do not believe this diaagnosis.  Appointment next week with Pulmonologist so we'll see what he thinks.

I fell yesterday; tripped over Koda (my little dog who sticks to me like velcro).  Not his fault, I obviously wasn't paying attention like I should.  Basically landed on left side, so have a few bruises.  Worse thing was a "rug burn" on my left arm - about 2" long and it pulled all the skin off.  My skin is so thin anyway.  I thought I'd never get it to stop bleeding - and it even bled more during the night.  Think I've finally got it stopped now.  I'm here to tell you that peroxide on a 3/4" x 2" place with no skin - BURNS 🔥 like the very dickens!!!   If there was a germ there and it survived it's a lot stronger than I am.

So that's it.  I'm paranoid about falling anyway.  Way too easy to break something at my age...
so those angels that  "catch me in their hand" (Ps 91) did their job quite well - thank you!