Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The First Day of Winter!!

New Floors & Lights

The new house project is coming along quite well...the floors look great! They are reclaimed clear fir, from old houses...door and window jams, etc. The ceilings are tongue and groove knotty pine.

This is the chandelier in the foyer....

The Living Room...

The Kitchen...I love the schoolhouse light pendents over the island!!

Here is a picture of Mom out walking...

Mom and Dad are both quite healthy...they have good days and not so good days. Jimmy put up some Christmas lights outside of their house...Mom seems to really like them. I don't really think she can comprehend alot of things anymore. She kinda of knows it is Christmas time...but no longer even considers cards, decorations or gifts. Pretty sad situation :( .

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Another Doctor Day

It must have been about the worst day we have had yet this winter, but after waiting 6 months for these Dr appointments ..we really didn't want to have to reschedule. Well the roads weren't really all that bad, it we left at 8am and got to Wenatchee at about 10:50. We met Jessie on the way up to the neurology dept. He hung out with us throughout the morning. First Dad had his appointment. His Parkinson's is progressing slowly, no restrictions on him at this time and no changes in his meds. He needs to come back in about 6 months. Dad doesn't think these appointments are of much use...but 2x a year isn't too much.
Next on to the CT scan...which is done in about 5 minutes tops. Since it is about 45 minutes until Moms appt we go grab a bit of lunch at an A&W/KFC.( Canada is really big on A&W's, and they have really good burgers etc. This one didn't hold a candle to the Canadian ones...it was good but not great) Jessie left us at the Clinic to go home, he had been up working since 2 am and was getting tired.Mom was pretty agitated in the waiting room before her appointment. She said she didn't want to see the Doctor...she didn't like him and she wanted to go home. I took a couple of short walks with here up the hall and back. A complete contrast to her behavior just 6 months ago. She was good as gold when we got called in though. The neurosurgeon said Moms' CT scan looked good, the brain's ventricles were a good size showing the pressure was where it should be. We asked about an adjustment to help here with her cognitive skills. The Dr. said they couldn't adjust it down anymore for that and that she had quite a bit of atrophy of her brain cells already. What a bummer...Mom won't get better mentally. She will have good days and bad days. She has no further appointments with the neurologist or neurosurgeon at this time. This part of life is kinda by the seat of your pants..no cut and dry program to follow. Now we need to find out how best to help Mom and Dad have a good quality and safe life, so I will be getting in contact with the State Aging council to try and get some guidelines. We headed straight home...the roads were somewhat better and we made it home by 5pm. A long day for us all.
The saga go on.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!

We had a nice Thanksgiving. Jessie, Jimmy, Mom and Dad joined Mike and Me along with all the sweet little pups. Things were a little loud at first...lots of barking!

Chip, Jimmy's little Chi is 6wks younger than Chopper, Jessie's Great Dane. What a difference in size! Chopper would love to play with everyone....but they aren't having any of it.

Chopper having a seat beside Dad.

We had a nice traditional turkey dinner with all of the trimmings. I enjoyed having everyone one home, but missed Kelly and Ryan. :( They are just to far to make it home.

On Tuesday Mom and Dad both have Dr. appointments in Wenatchee with their specialists, weather permitting. Roy seems to be hanging in there, still he is fighting with tiredness. Mom spends most of her day walking. She walks down the road, over to Jimmy's, around her house, and then does it all over again. She can't seem to sit still for long. She is having an increasingly hard time with her speech, and thought processes. We are growing more concerned about her ventures as the weather gets worse. Life is Tough sometimes.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

PJ gets a New HoMe!!

On Halloween I got a call from someone interested in PJ. I sent them this picture of him along with a couple more and they said they loved him and wanted him. It was a 4-5 hour drive to get to my place, but they made it the next morning to come and get him. I am so happy that he found someone to love him so much!

I'm kinda missin him......

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Color on the Walls

When we got back from Manitoba the sheetrock was done and ready for the last coat of primer then ready to paint. Mike got right to work on it. The first picture is the kitchen/dining room. Mike and Jimmy have been putting up the pine tongue & groove boards on the ceiling...very labor intensive but boy are they pretty!!

The kitchen again, it looks kind of green in this picture, but is blue like in the one above.

The Master Bedroom. The back wall is Pumpkin Spice. The jury is still out on that choice but we are going to see how we like it with the pine ceilings and wood floor. I think it is growing on me though.

Master Bathroom...this is a deeper grayer blue than the kitchen.

The dormers in the Living Room the walls are Navajo White. I am loving the pine boards on the ceilings!

The guest bathroom is a nice medium green...kind of hard to see in these pictures.

There is still the seemingly never ending touch ups to the paint that need done...but for the most part it is done.

A Wonderful Thanksgiving Surprise....I'm going to be a Gramma!!!

We decided to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving with Kelly and Ryan, so we packed up the dogs and set off across the Rockies and the Prairies to their home unaware of the wonderful surprise they had waiting for us. Amid the toasts of Thanksgiving, Kelly shared that she was going to have our first Grandbaby!! A happier moment I cannot recall!! A Baby! ..in May!

Life gets no better than this!

Kelly made a beautiful feast of turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, turnips & carrots, mashed potatoes and gravy and all the trimmings....I must admit I could hardly taste my food, so full were my thoughts of the upcoming event!

Their new harvest table and chairs arrived just in time for the first of many holiday and family dinners around it. She had it beautifully set...as usual.

A huge turkey...roasted to perfection...

and 3 delicious pies...Ryan's apple, pumpkin and coconut cream.

Their Front Door...Love the little Crow on the pumpkin!

A walk along the endless beach of Lake Manitoba.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Chopper comes to Visit

Jessie had plans for the weekend that didn't include Chopper, so he asked if we would babysit (or puppysit). Of course we would...we love our Granddogs(its all we got). He is a Great Dane puppy a little over 4mos old...he just keeps growing! A real contrast to the Chihuahuas that we have.

Check Spelling

He is helping out with the watering here.

I came into the living room this afternoon and this is how I found them...Chopper on one end and Pepi on the other.

I don't think Chopper thinks he is any bigger than a Chi.

And Pepi thinks he rules the roost!

Wheww!! I'm glad everybody is finally taking a nap!

The Last Pup

All of his brothers have found good homes. He has the sweetest personality!! I hope he finds a good home soon too.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


I still have 3 little sweeties for sale!!

A Family Visit

This is my pretty niece Sarah and her handsome husband, Miles. They came to visit Grandma and Grandpa a few days ago and we got to see them too! They rode the 4-wheelers and went canoeing at Aeneas Lake to keep themselves from total boredom.

Miles, Sarah, Grandma, Grandpa and of course Kozy.

I sent them home with some country-farm goodness from the garden. Corn, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, peppers and spaghetti squash.
It was a short visit, but nice to see them both!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Summer Garden


Red Pepper

Pablano Peppers

View from the back deck

flowers in the garden

and of course a puppy!

Monday, August 16, 2010


Chopper and Jessie came up this weekend. Chopper is 3 months old and soo playful, my little dogs don't want much to do with him though, and he is WAY to big for the chi pups to be playing with.

It was hot on Sunday so we took the dogs over to Aeneas Lake to cool off.

Then we had Mom and Dad up for dinner. B-B-Q ribs, apple sausages, chili rellenos, rice and beans, and Greek salad. Margaritas and Pina Coladas.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

An Armful of Puppies!!

It is hard to get a good picture of all the puppies together so I asked DH hold them for me so I could get a semi-good one. They will be 6 weeks old on Thursday so I need to get serious about trying to sell them...But they are so darn stinkin' cute!

They are AKC chihuahuas...all males. This will be Lucy's last litter, I am having her spade soon and Pepi has been neutered.

Spike(Jimmy's dog) is keeping an eye on them.