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Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Funny

THE DUCK IS DEAD

A woman brought a very limp duck into a veterinary surgeon. As she laid her pet on the table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope and listened to the bird's chest..

After a moment or two, the vet shook his head sadly and said, "I'm sorry, your duck, Cuddles, has passed away."

The distressed woman wailed, "Are you sure?"

"Yes, I am sure. The duck is dead," replied the vet.

"How can you be so sure?" she protested. "I mean you haven't done any testing on him or anything. He might just be in a coma or something."

The vet rolled his eyes, turned around and left the room. He returned a few minutes later with a black Labrador Retriever.

As the duck's owner looked on in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his front paws on the examination table and sniffed the duck from top to bottom. He then looked up at the vet with sad eyes and shook his head. The vet patted the dog on the head and took it out of the room.

A few minutes later he returned with a cat. The cat jumped on the table and also delicately sniffed the bird from head to foot. The cat sat back on its haunches, shook its head, meowed softly and strolled out of the room.

The vet looked at the woman and said, "I'm sorry, but as I said, this is most definitely, 100% certifiably, a dead duck."

The vet turned to his computer terminal, hit a few keys and produced a bill, which he handed to the woman. The duck's owner, still in shock, took the bill. "$250?" she cried, "$250 just to tell me my duck is dead?"


The vet shrugged, "I'm sorry. If you had just taken my word for it, the bill would have been $20, but with the Lab Report and the Cat scan, it's now $250."  

Image credit @ Google Images

Friday, July 11, 2014

Things To Do In Houston This Weekend




Here is a quick list of 3 fun things to do in Houston this weekend. All events are scheduled for tomorrow.

Saturday July 12, 2014

Saturday Storytime at Brazos Books on Bissonnet 
Admission: FREE
What: Saturday Storytime
Where: Brazos Books on Bissonnet
When: 10:30 am

2nd Annual Day of Music at Jones Hall with the Houston Symphony
Admission: FREE 
What: 2nd Annual Day of Music
What is it: Performances by the orchestra, jazz groups, rock bands, blues artists, ethnic ensembles, choral music and much more
Where: Jones Hall
When: Noon to 10 pm.

Lionel Richie & CeeLo Green in Concert in the Woodlands 
Admission: You will need tickets
What: Lionel Richie in Concert
Where: @ the Cynthia Mitchell Woods Pavilion
When:. 7:30pm.

Enjoy your weekend!


Friday, July 4, 2014

Diagnosis Diabetes

What A Mind-Boggling Week!

Another week has come and gone, this one did not fly by though. It was a long tiring caregiving week. Mama came last Friday and stayed until last night (Thursday). I say the week was long and tiring because Mama now has a new medication and diet regimen.

She no longer takes these thirteen pills morning and night, the doctors here have reduced the number to five pills a day total. Thank God for that. I just knew she should not have been taking so much medication. Mama also has a new (to us) definite diagnosis identifying two serious medical conditions, one of which is diabetes.

Both conditions require constant monitoring and specialized diets. Both diets require careful attention to what foods are recommended and what foods are to be avoided. The diabetic diet also calls for eating smaller properly measured amounts of suggested foods throughout the day. That means the person should eat at two-hour intervals to keep the blood sugar levels constant.

WOW, this is mind-boggling if you have never had to deal with something of this sort. With my daughter Jordyn’s help, I/we were able to get through the meals and medicines without me pulling all my hair out wondering how to get it done.

Thank you, sweet Jordyn. I could not have done it as well without you. You make it look so easy, and I know for a fact that it is NOT easy…not by a long shot.

 Now the weekend is here, and I am so looking forward to some much needed rest and relaxation.  As I am so fond of saying, my plans for the weekend are to do as much nothing as humanly possible. Today started out bright, sunshiny, and HOT. Now, it is raining. Thunderstorms are scattered here and there. This is the perfect weather for doing all that nothing I wish to do.

Okay, enough already. I’m going to get started right now. What are your plans for the weekend? Are you doing anything special or will you just take it as it comes? Whatever you’re planning, I wish you a Wonderful Weekend.


I hope you enjoyed your 4th of July today!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Hearing Loss



Wife With a Hearing Problem 

A old man thinks his wife is losing her hearing. He calls the doctor about it and the doctor says he can do a little experiment to determine the severity, "Ask her a question from the next room in a normal tone of voice, and keep asking while coming closer until she can hear you. That way you know the range of her hearing."

That night, he's sitting on his easy chair in the living room while his wife is in the kitchen cooking dinner. He estimates he's about 30 feet away. In a normal tone of voice, he says, "What's for dinner?"

She doesn't respond, so he gets up and walks to the kitchen doorway, about 20 feet away, and asks, "What's for dinner?"

She still doesn't respond so he walks 10 feet closer and asks, "What's for dinner?"

She still doesn't say anything, so he gets right up beside her and asks, "What's for dinner?"


She says, "For the fourth damn time we're having chicken!"


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Ventilating: Not Feeling Motivated Today

There’s so much going on at one time, so much to prepare for, too many things to do that most of the time I hardly know what day it is. Several days I have gone the entire day thinking it was one day when it was actually another day completely. (((Siiiiiigh)))

Mama was here for the weekend to give my brother and sister-in-law a much needed break. Everything went rather smoothly while she was here, but it was still very exhausting. Preparing and administering medications along with making special diet meals and getting it done in a timely manner are more demanding than I ever imagined. It takes a lot of mental concentration and focus.

Jace’s mommy took Mama back to my brother’s late Monday evening so she could be there for her physical therapy appointment early Tuesday morning. I spent yesterday (Tuesday) trying to re-group from the weekend of care giving duties.

With that said, I woke up this morning feeling just so-so, not great but not bad either. As the morning progressed I began thinking of all the things I NEED to do, that didn’t make for happy feelings. I trudged through the list of things to do that were really necessary, and finally reached a point where I could pop open my laptop. I need to update my blog, check my emails, post some photos to Zazzle, and a few other things.

The problem with that is I am not feeling motivated, not motivated at all. I am not feeling motivated to write, not motivated to think, not motivated to - -  to - - to anything. I definitely am not feeling motivated to think of something positive and uplifting to write about. I am just not feeling it.


That was earlier today, so I thought I would put that in writing to see if ventilating about it helps at all. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Everybody Is Gone, I have the House to Myself

All of my loved ones who are constantly on the move, who always seem to have to be busy, are gone for a while. They left with parting smiles and fond farewells for me, wishing me a restful and relaxing time while they are away…for a couple of hours.

I have the house to myself for a few hours, free to do or not to do whatever strikes my fancy. I’m going to enjoy this quiet FREE time to the fullest. First, I’ll take my tired self in the kitchen and grab a bite of something delicious to snack on along with a nice cold glass of something refreshing to drink. Yes, that’s just what I need.

Then, I’ll prop myself up on my bed on my trusty brown pillow to surf the television channels for something good to watch. I’ll crack open my laptop and get ready to visit and read your blogs.


I hope you’re having a nice time and, I will see you soon. Have a wonderful weekend! 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

A Surprise at the Doctor’s Office


Jace had a doctor’s appointment on Tuesday for a check-up and routine immunizations for school. Eyes, ears, nose, and throat all check out fine. Breathing is good. Reflexes are right where they’re supposed to be.

The doctor asks questions all while performing these tests. Does he know how to help clean up his toys?  Does he know his primary colors? Can he count to twenty? Does he eat fruits and vegetables? Does he know “I” (can he distinguish himself as “I”)? Does he drink milk?

Well yes. He knows HOW to clean up, but he would rather mess up than clean up. Yes, he knows his colors and counts to twenty. He eats fruits that he likes very well but, vegetables are another matter. It takes a lot of coaxing to get him to eat some of them.

Does he drink milk? Yes, he drinks milk like a baby calf! His mommy and the doctor had a long discussion about Jaces liquid consumption. He drinks a LOT of liquids, all day long. This discussion prompted the doctor to order blood tests to determine if there is anything going on inside.

OH BOY, immunizations AND blood tests!?!?!! WOW, we are in for a tough time, and we thought he would just be getting immunizations!

The shots proved to be quite an ordeal, we knew that going in. Next stop, blood tests. Jace started to scream the minute he saw the needles and tubes. Oh boy, this is SO traumatic!

I blocked his view of what was happening with his arm with a towel. I asked him what he wanted to go get from Toys R Us afterwards. That helped to take his mind off the needle sticking in his arm a little. The test went quickly.


We left the doctor’s office and headed straight to Toys R Us! 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A Promise to Myself


It hasn’t been a month yet, but here I am. Yay! There has been so much going on and too much to do around here for the past several months. Truthfully, it’s been pretty intense and hectic since early November last year.

Mama is still here with my brother and me. She will never be 100% again but, she is getting better all the time. She gave us some moments of concern early-on about wanting to go back home. We finally convinced her that she is here for her own good and possibly forever. She doesn’t talk much about going home to stay anymore. Now she just says she wants us to take her back for visits every once in a while. We can do that.

Jace is growing like a wildfire in a drought. He getting taller but he is on the thin side. As busy as he stays, I am surprised he has any weight on his bones at all. I know he has made all of my clothes droop and hang on me from staying on the move so much with him. He is ONE busy little boy!

I spent some time at the park yesterday, it was a much needed ‘get-away’ so to speak. Sitting in the park alone, soaking in the sunshine, and breathing in the cool fresh air was a welcome respite. I have promised myself to do something relaxing and rejuvenating every single day. I feel better just knowing that, I will be looking forward to that “me time” everyday.


What have you been up to lately? Anything fun and relaxing? Okay, gotta go now or I won’t get this finished and posted. 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Avoiding Work Today

It has been quite a while since I checked in here, way too long as a matter of fact. So here I am saying good morning to some of you, good afternoon to others, and good evening to those who live in different time zones. Just checking in to see how everyone is doing. 

How are you? I hope everything is going well for you. I’m fine physically, a bit frazzled but fine. There are a lot of things going on here that I have to stay on top of. I’m working on that.

My brother and I had to bring Mama to stay with us while we get a handle on some medical issues she’s having. That is taking quite a bit of maneuvering. You all know how care giving goes.

I hadn’t quite decided what to write about today. I did have a couple of ideas in mind as I tried really hard to avoid several menial tasks that need to be done. I did a pretty good job of ignoring them though. They can wait.   

Instead of doing household chores, I switch on my computer. Hopefully, I will spend this nice cloudy day visiting blog friends and reading blogs. So, I hope to see you all soon.


Have yourself a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Eating in the Bedroom


I made my lunch plate and poured myself a nice cold glass of ice tea. As I turned the corner headed down the hall to my bedroom to eat a leisurely lunch, an odd thought crossed my mind.

How many people eat in their bedrooms? Do you eat in the bedroom? Is that taboo at your house?

I know many people who would die and go to purgatory before they allowed anyone eat in their bedrooms. I also know some who do as we do, we eat in ours. We have done this for so many years, it is hard to remember when and how it first started.


So, the big question here is this. What are your thoughts on the matter? What is your custom? Do you eat in your bedroom or not?

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Another Busy Week


Last week was another busy one, so many things to do I wondered how I would get it all done. Then, I remembered that I could only do what I could and leave the rest. Thankfully though, I got it all done with a little time to spare.

I ended the week by going to the doctor for a check-up on Friday afternoon, had to make sure the old blood pressure was still under control. It was. Everything checked out fine. I left the doctor’s office with another handful of prescriptions for other wellness tests.

They’re sending me out for the dreaded old mammogram, bone density study, and a few others. I have to get these done by the time I go back in three months. Grrrrrrr!!!

If I sound like I’m complaining, I’m not. I just dread all the poking and prodding and such, sometimes it hurts, for real. I’m counting my blessings though, at least I am still above the ground and able to go get these tests done.

Today turned out to be a pretty good day even with the overcast skies and no sunshine all day long. I’m just trying now to figure out what I want to eat, I’m getting hungry.


Wishing you all a peaceful and blessed Sunday!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Thank God It’s Friday!


Another week flew in with its never-ending “to-do” lists. Bill paying was the BIGGIE this week, I got it done though. Now the week is gone already. Well, thank God, it's FRIDAY and I’m looking forward to a relaxing weekend.

I intend to partake of a whole lot of quiet time doing a great deal of nothing laced with a touch of self-pampering. Nails need to be re-painted. Last week’s polish was pretty but not my favorite color. So, I’m going to change colors tonight.

What about you, what fun things do you have planned for the weekend? Whatever you do, I hope you enjoy your weekend!

Anybody heard any funny jokes lately? I need a good laugh!   

May tomorrow bring happiness beyond belief, joy beyond comparison, and peace to sooth your soul.


Wishing you a blessed and serene weekend!

© by dellgirl

Friday, February 21, 2014

Life Lessons: Don’t Judge Too Quickly


There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away.

The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer, and the youngest son in the fall.

When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen.

The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted. The second son said no, it was covered with green buds and full of promise.

The third son disagreed; he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen.

The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment.

The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, because they had each seen but only one season in the tree’s life.

He told them that you cannot judge a tree, or a person by only one season, and that the essence of who they are and the pleasure, joy, and love that come from that life can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up.

If you give up when it’s winter, you will miss the promise of your spring, the beauty of your summer, fulfillment of your fall.

Moral:
Don’t let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest.

Don’t judge life by one difficult season.


Persevere through the difficult patches and better times are sure to come.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

A Chuckle to Start Your Weekend

Surgeons


Five surgeons from big cities are discussing who makes the best patients to operate on. The first surgeon, from New York, says, "I like to see accountants on my operating table, because when you open them up, everything inside is numbered."

The second, from Chicago responds, "Yeah, but you should try electricians! Everything inside them is color coded."

The third surgeon, from Dallas , says, "No, I really think librarians are the best, everything inside them is in alphabetical order."

The fourth surgeon, from Los Angeles chimes in: "You know, I like construction workers...those guys always understand when you have a few parts left over."

But the fifth surgeon, from Washington, DC, shut them all up when he observed: "You're all wrong. Politicians are the easiest to operate on.


There's no guts, no heart, no balls, no brains and no spine, and the head and the 'Bee-Hind'
are interchangeable.


Image source http://www.techyville.com/

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Baby Food to The Rescue



Several weeks ago Jace started rubbing his nose like it was itching from the inside. You know how kids do that. A while later he began to sniff and cough a bit. His mommie had been keeping an eye on the situation, and gave his decongestant medicine.

He didn’t want to eat at lunchtime. Mommie let that pass. When he didn’t want to eat supper, she became concerned and asked for my help. Sometimes he’ll eat for me when he won’t eat for her. He still didn’t want any regular food.

We discussed his lack of appetite and, she asked what I thought we could do. I suggested we try some of the baby food we keep on hand for just this kind of emergency. I asked Jace if he wanted Mangos in a jar, he said yes. He loves those mangos.

Since that worked so well, I decided to push the envelope a tad bit further. I then asked Jace if he wanted some chicken in a jar, and he said yes. Oh goody, I think we’re on to something.

Jace ate every bit of the Mangos and chicken in a jar (as he calls it).

Then, we remembered why we kept a supply of baby food in jars on hand. It had been quite a while since we had to resort to using them for this reason, we had forgotten.

Luckily, we always have a supply of baby food in case Jace loses his appetite and we need to make sure he eats and gets some nourishment.

For those of you who are thinking baby food is for babies and not three year old kids, think about this. There is no difference in a jar of baby food chicken and making a puree from fresh chicken meat. It’s all mashed up meat.  


Has your toddler ever lost his/her appetite? What did you do?  

Friday, January 10, 2014

A Christmas Surprise!

Photo © 2011 - dellgirl

Christmas has come and gone, January flew in on wings of wind, water, and ice, and here we are. We are already at the end of the second week of January, and time keeps zooming past. I haven’t spent much time blogging here, like you didn’t know that! Life has been really busy since October.  

Jordyn, Jace, and I went home to visit with Mama the day after Christmas. We’d let her know well in advance so she wouldn’t get anxious and would still have something to look forward to…a visit from Jace. He’s such a character, she gets a real  kick out of his antics.   
I called Mama from the (Alabama Coushatta) Indian village to let her know we were on our way. We can’t let her know we’re coming too far in advance, she gets her “Nervous Nelly” personality on and starts obsessing. What time will we be there? What should she go and cook? Is it raining where we are on the road? Watch out for crazy drivers! Is there a lot of traffic? What do we want her to cook? And, on and on and on it goes. Wheeeew!

We pulled up in her driveway, grabbed a few bags, and headed inside. She watched as we made our way from the car to the door, all the while making her way to let us in. Jace walked in first and the two hugged a great big Great Granny hug while Jordyn and I deposited out bags in the den.

We had to navigate through the hallway since the wall was lined with shopping bags, an over-night bag, a big basket of fruit, and other miscellaneous items. What in the world?!

Back in the living room Jordyn and asked almost simultaneously, “What’s all this stuff lined up here?”

Mama: That’s my stuff I’m going home with y’all.


Surprise, Mama’s going home with us! We, or rather I, had no idea!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

Mickey, Minnie, & MiMi-Dellgirl

Wish You a Merry Christmas!

 


Jace beat us to the Christmas tree, checked out the presents, grabbed the largest box and, hurriedly ripped into it. It was something he's been asking for and wanting for the last several weeks. 

He grinned from ear-to-ear when he saw it! Christmas was over for him, he was done. We had quite a time trying to get him to open the rest of his gifts. With a little distracting and a lot of creativity on our part, we got him to open the others.

Needless to say, after he opened the rest he headed straight for his favorite and hasn't stopped playing with it all day long. 

His delight was pure pleasure to behold. 


I hope you had a wonderful day.






Friday, December 6, 2013

Wow, What a Week!


Truthfully, it’s been a rough month. Early in October I had to drop everything and rush home to see about Mama, she had some sort of medical situation going on. That led to a new dimension of caregiving, I had to take over paying her bills from here. 

A week later Jace’s mom, Jordyn, got sick. She was totally bed-ridden for two whole days. She spent the entire week as sick as a dog, unable to function at even 50% capacityWe made it though, got it all done. We were truly blessed! Mama and Jordyn are both fine now with no lingering problems. Thank God for healing blessings! 


After all that, this week flew by lightning-fast and now the weekend is upon us.

Don’t you just love weekends! I know I LOVE them, sometimes I spend the whole week living for the weekend! What’s not to love? I love them because the drudgery of the work week is over. It's the end of all that daily hustle and bustle for a day or two. Weekends are made for having fun and doing all sorts of interesting things with loved ones.

Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something totally relaxing and fun. My plans are to do as much nothing as humanly possible this perfectly cold dreary looking weekend (well, it’s dreary looking today anyway). 

I might even take some time away from the computer and other technical stuff and pop open a good book. It’s been a while since I’ve done that. Favorite music playing softly in the background to set the mood, makes being propped-up on my chaise lounge surrounded by favorite things a really inviting scenario.

Okay, enough already. I’m going to get started right now. What are your plans for the weekend? Are you doing anything special or will you just take it as it comes? Whatever you’re planning…



I wish you a Wonderful Weekend, enjoy yourself!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Bless this 'Puter'‏

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Hoping your Thanksgiving was the greatest,
Have a wonderful week, my friends!

Loving each and every one of you,

~dellgirl~
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Every night I lie in bed, this little prayer inside my head:
God bless my mom and dad and bless my children and take care of my spouse; who brings me so much joy.

And God, there's just one more thing I wish that you would do if you don't mind my asking to bless my 'puter', too?

Now I know that it's not normal to bless a small machine but listen just a second and I'll try to explain.

You see, that little metal box holds more than odds and ends. Inside those small components rest a hundred loving friends.

Some it's true I've never seen and most I've never met, never shaken hands or ever truly hugged.

And yet, I know for sure they love me by the kindnesses they give, and this little scrap of metal is how I get to where they live.

By faith is how I know them, much the same as I know You. I share in life it brings them, So if it's OK with you,

Just take an extra minute from your duties up above, to bless this little hunk of steel that's filled with so much love.

So God, Please Bless My Puter.

Author unknown

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