Monday, May 30, 2011

Sophia Arianna

♥ I Love Her to Pieces ♥

Saturday, May 28, 2011

I'm a GRANDMA!! ♥ !! ♥

Kelly had our little angle a few days this new Grandma had to really scramble to get by their side from Washington state to Manitoba Canada. I did miss the birth by about an hour and a half...but what a wonderful surprise when I went into the hospital room and found out I had brand new granddaughter waiting for me. What a thrill!! I'm on cloud 9! ♥
Our new bundle of joy arrived on May 26 at 9:17pm in Portage la Prairie, MB. Her name is Sophia Arianna...8 lbs.09 oz. and 20 inches long. She has a head of black hair and is perfect!! Momma and Daddy are doing fine. I'll post a picture soon!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

New Plan

I tried to get enough coverage for Mom to stay home while I was gone but it just wasn't working out. On Monday afternoon I found out that there were 3 extra beds in the Nursing Home and that they would do respite care while I was gone. Since it was going to be a long holiday weekend and her Dr. would be gone on Thursday they wanted to admit her today. Probably just as well that we didn't have to think about it too long....I think it was the best choice for us all. Dad feels bad, but I'm sure it is a relief for him as she was getting more and more agitated in the evenings when they were home alone.
I just told her she would be staying there while I was gone, she helped put her clothes in the dresser and wanted to go look around. We got there around 9:45am and we walked around the halls and through the outside courtyard. She has a wrist monitor on to keep track of her if she tries to wander where she shouldn't.
Her room mate is Jean Curtis, Roy's deceased cousin Bill's wife. I don't think Mom remembers her. Her Aunt Marge came over to sit with her at lunch and visit...but, Mom isn't much on visiting and she got up to go take a walk. It was sweet of Marge though.
I left a bit after lunch to get some more of her things, when I came back a couple of hours later they had assigned her with a one on one aid. She was content holding their hand and walking all over with them. She did insist I come along though. I stayed about an hour more then told her I had to go..I gave her a hug..told I loved her and I'd be back tomorrow. She turned around with her aid and walked off.
I can tell she is confused and she is upset with me...but what do you expect. I would be annoyed too I guess. We are planning on bringing her back home when I get back, but she will have to have some one to stay with them in the evenings, and good help is hard to find.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Sweet Spring Weather....Finally!

It was about 72 degrees here today....nice! My little crab apple trees are in pretty and they smell wonderful.

This is going to be my first strawberry harvest, just look at all the blooms on those plants..I can hardly wait!

Strawberry jam..strawberry shortcake..strawberry ice cream...strawberry smoothies...and fresh from the garden, dripping sweetness strawberries!!

These are the baby flowering trees I got from the Arbor Day Society..10 sad looking sticks...I am not a bit impressed. Inside the wire cage are 3 baby burning bush plants I dug up from work last fall. They made it through the winter and are leafing out.


On another note Mom had a Dr appointment today..her blood work was all great. The Dr. was really surprised at how quickly she has deteriorated since our last visit 3 months ago. She is unable to verbalize ... just a few words here and there that can be understood, she talks a lot of gibberish. So sad. She can pretty much understand everything though. The Dr sent us for a CT scan right then to see if the shunt was working properly. Mom had a hard time staying still for the scan..she had to have her head and arms strapped down....and finally I put on the lead apron and held her hand to keep her still enough to get a scan. Not like mom at all! She has always been perfectly still. Well it ended up the shunt seems to be working her symptoms are not related and will continue to get worse. Poor Dad was so disappointed...again.Not what we wanted to hear. About the only time she is still and relaxed is when we go driving. We drive up Pine Creek, to Loomis and Palmer Lake, to Oroville, Aeneas, Havillah, up Siwash Creek, on old 97, to Omak, over Talkire Lake Road and down McLaughlins Canyon. Lots of drives planned for this summer...we all enjoy our drives. I feel so fortunate that we have found a sweet lady to help care for her while I am gone to Portage la Prairie. She drives the senior bus that delivers their meals 3 days a week so she isn't a stranger to them.

Life goes On

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mothers Day Weekend

On Saturday Mike had rented a little excavator and was digging his drain field ditches and irrigation water lines. Jimmy and Jessie were helping. We had sunshine, wind, thunder and rain and then sunshine again. I made chicken enchiladas and Spanish rice for dinner along with margaritas. No complaints.

What sweet kids I have This hanging planter from Jessie...beautiful, a Sweet Post from Kelly on her blog @ , and a lovely Copper accented bird feeder for my increasingly growing flock of goldfinches from Jimmy.

We had lunch with Mom & Dad for Mothers Day. Mom had got a few beautiful bouquets of flowers for Mothers Day...They are all so pretty and really cheer the house up.

She took Chopper for a little walk...he was very polite with her.

After lunch we got an added surprise of my cousin, Wendy, stopping by with her kids to visit. I hadn't seen them for years...she is still the same sweet girl, I mean Lady. Here they are with their Aunt Beryl and Chopper. Bob and Sharon(Wendy's dad and his wife), had came up last Saturday for a visit. Roy and I really do appreciate them all for coming, and I'm sure Mom does too. I am glad I got to see them!

It was a fun and busy weekend.