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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Beachy Sunset

There is nothing like a beautiful sunset.  It's especially nice when you are on a date!  

This last hospital stay we almost lost my husband.  He had begun bleeding out of an artery and had lost so much blood he almost died.  His blood was too thin from his blood thinner they couldn't do surgery right away.  They gave him unit after unit of blood all day and night until 3 am the next morning.  They went in and coiled off part of his kidney.  If he hadn't stopped bleeding, they were going to take the entire kidney.  

The recovery was very slow and after two weeks in the hospital he had barely recovered enough to walk.  They sent him home too early.

He developed so much fluid in his legs that on his followup doctor visit two days later, his doctor sent him to rehab.  

Bill was in the rehab center for a week because he had so much fluid on his legs and feet.  He also need physical therapy to relearn how to use his legs and being able to move well on his own.  He worked hard and improved his walking and was able to easily rise from a sitting position and strengthen his arms.

We discovered after a week in rehab, if you can walk, you can go out for a bit with someone responsible.  Rehab is not like a regular hospital stay.  Upon learning that, I whisked him off and we went home for the afternoon and he got to watch the Bucks play football and then we went off to the beach to see the sunset.

 We had a light supper afterwards at Dennys where they serve breakfast 24/7.  
It was lovely.  He came home just yesterday, discharged completely.  I hope he can stay home for awhile.  

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Where the Red, Red Roses Grow

My mother sang this song to me when I was growing up.  I can remember  her coming in and sitting on the bed if I was restless and singing this song.  It was only later when I began singing it to my children that I wondered about it.  I found out it was a song her mother sang to her.

When my grandmother was dying we gathered around her hospital bed and visited and chatted.  She had pneumonia but was in good spirits.  We talked about many things.  Questions were answered and one that I asked her, if she remembered this song.  I had made up a line for it because I didn't remember it exactly.

She remembered it word for word.  She was 90 years old, the day before she died and she sang it to all of us for the last time.

There is only one recording of it on Youtube.

The song was published in 1926
just two years before my mother was born.  She was the last baby in the family
so I wish I had asked about other "lullabies"  that she sang.  

Here is the link

Sunday, August 10, 2014

A Little Landscaping Music Please!

It's summer so landscaping is the usual order of things..except in Florida! 

I really only intended to have the kid from around the corner come over and weed this area.

We had purchased landscaping fabric to cover it up but hadn't decided on what to put over it, Mr. Me was wanting rock and I was wanting mulch made from cut up tires.  Both were pretty expensive.

So I hired the kid to come and weed before I had some guests overnight but he never showed up.  Ten days later, yesterday he knocked on the door.  As I was describing what needed weeded I asked him if he wanted to lay landscaping fabric and pour mulch over it.  He was fine with that and said he would give it a go.  We settled on a price and I went off to buy mulch.  

Normally I would have purchased plants first but needs must and I had the kid here working so I 
decided that the plants could be placed later.  Lets just get it started. 

For someone who was only 18 I think he did a great job and two thirds less than the price I was quoted
by two neighbor men who do odd jobs.  

As it was I gave him extra and he did the work for $20.00 an hour.  

He even placed everything back where he liked it and picked up all his trash 
and swept the area clean.

So it's a bit sparse until I decide on plants.  Unfortunately in his haste to finish he covered up about six of my fledgling plants I had been babying along, including my Easter Lily bulbs that have bloomed twice now. 
I had pointed them out but it was at the beginning of the job and I wasn't 
supervising since he was doing so well. 

The mulch is GOLD much not the red mulch  since our stones are goldish on the front of the house.  

It's much prettier in person.  

He moved my little stepping stones to a more practical spot. I think I will put a path way here.  Its right in front of the doorway.  

He was every bit as proud of the job as I was!  He took before and after pictures and was planning to put them on his facebook!  

I forgot to take the before pictures. (wink wink) the "before" looked pretty overgrown and ugly.  

Happily the rain finally arrived today, soaking the lawn that is growing on a pure sandbar...and it will green up nicely before my next set of guests arrive! 

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

By the Sea Summer Mantle

 We live by the sea

It's about time for a change of scenery in our living room.  With all the heat and occupation with other issues this summer the winter cowboy scene was looking pretty tired.

With company on it's way I got busy 
spruced it up and summerfied it! 

Again my grandfathers oil painting is the feature to bring light and color to the dark rocks.
I had a sea motif last summer with my mermaids and Grandpa Selleck's painting
 but with different items.

My mermaids are now surrounded with starfish and shells this time.

The bubble candle holders are back

 Mermaids are swimming into the painting 

And swimming out.

The Mosaic I picked up in North Carolina last winter was specifically purchased  for this and rests next to the pylon

It reads:   The sea appears golden against the sun-lit sky

I love seeing his signature on the painting.  My Gandpa Selleck was very special to me.
The painting was given to my parents for Christmas in 1957

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Where Did I Go? What Happened to Me?

Bubblews happened! 

Come visit me!  
Janet has a new gig! 
August 1, 2014
Remember the post about my sister?   Janet's Art 
She now has a collection of note cards on Etsy! 
Here's the link:

July 25, 2014
I painted my old shed  and instead of tossing the broken chair
I grabbed it out of the trash and decided to let it die here.

We had planned to buy a new shed this summer but instead
we used the money on hospital bills so I had to do SOMETHING!

The plant is in one of my yellow ware bowls until I can find another "pot" of some sort.

I'm going to plant pink begonias soon to fill in the bed.  They thrive on neglect
and that's what they'll have here!

July 23

I painted the old patio table that was left her when I moved in!

I've simply kept it covered with flannel backed oilcloth until I could get around to painting it.

This is the "before" shot that I nearly didn't get:
as you can see it's half painted

I chose black as I have no idea what color my new patio furniture will be if and when I find some. 

Now...what else can I do?  

Flying my Mother's Day Kite

 I've done my share of writing here and there on different sites but nothing really paid much of anything, spitting out nickles and dimes occasionally but no real earnings to speak of.  

Loving the Jacaranda blooms!

Then I discovered Bubblews, a forum for anyone in the world to write what they wished, publish without censure and get paid per view, per "like" and per comment.  I signed up Jan 11th.  They split the revenue of the earnings with the writers

 I'm doing the same thing I did here just writing about my life.

But now getting paid for it!  

I love where I live

 I've missed you!  My Blog friends!

This is my referral link if you have decided to write there also:
   But you don't have to use my referral.

You can sign up on your own if you like

  If you do sign up, PLEASE let me know, I want to read your articles and help you earn money.
Such easy rules!

1. Each article or post must be 400 characters.   2. It must be your own work. 3.Photos must be credited.  

Easy to write for, money adds up pretty fast.

I love my basket and my shells
I told you I'd be back! 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Back From Our Second Honeymoon Cruise to Cozumel

The Sail Away

Here we are!  Married 45 years and decided to take a second honeymoon to celebrate!

Our first was quite short but a two day trip to Carmel California, a short drive away from where we were married.  

We took our car across the state and visited family, then took the train down to Miami!
What fun!

Here is a short little video of the train ride


We boarded the Norwegian Pearl 

And explored a bit.  The decks were all painted differently
This is the Lido Deck

We are on our way!

See the cute pilot boat?  The City of Miami is in the background.

The buildings are fabulous and we had a 
wonderful window seat in the air conditioned lounge to enjoy the Sail Away

Miami Beach up close!

After we had gone out to sea Bill and I walked up to the Sail Away party  up on the top deck
The Steep Canyon Rangers were playing

This band won a Grammy for their latest album this year
They also play and tour with Steve Martin

We lucked into a charter cruise where it was a Bluegrass Music Festival and 
most of the passengers had purchased expensive tickets that included shows all day and night for the 
four day trip.  We picked up an unsold room for peanuts.

We didn't have a pass to go to the bluegrass shows but did enjoy the free shows out on deck during all three Sail Aways. 

More tomorrow!