Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Its been way too long

I have no specific reason or even a good reason why its been almost a year since I've last posted here on my blog. Last year was a tough year and then life just sort of got away and busy and here we are with no posts. Its not because I didn't think about blogging, so many occasions I would specifically take a picture with the plan to talk about it and post .
In fact, when I came to look at blog a few weeks ago , I noticed my cover pictures were gone. I had no idea they expired - did you? I had hired someone a few years ago to help me with it and I don't even have the original copy of what it was anymore with my logo.
Soooo, I am excited to be back and I am going to give this a whirl again.  I wont have any rhyme or reason to my posting but just what feels good to me. I have so much to share and this is like a personal diary in ways that I enjoy going back and reading on events over the years.
Does anyone use an app to blog ? I used to use Blogger SO MUCH and that slowed me down tremendously when they did away with the phone app.  I tried using Blogo and now I cant get that to work for me for some odd reason.
I look forward to reconnecting with my blogger friends and begging for forgiveness for becoming a ghost and dropping out of your lives.  I miss you so much.
I'll be back- soon - I promise!!!
Lila is not happy about ducks in the pool

Friday, August 11, 2017

A cool new band

Hey yall, so have you heard of this new band Greta Van Fleet?  Oh my gosh I love them!! Our local rock station has been playing them and getting lots of requests for them.  Most listeners tend to think there is huge Robert Plant influence.  Close your eyes and tell me you don't hear Led Zeppelin in many places of the song.  I love it! I love that they also have their own look and style. They are also mostly all family that includes twin brothers.  They've been around since 2013 but their song recently was released and got the ball rolling. They will be in concert here in Dallas in October so I'm thinking about getting tickets to see them.    Have a great weekend!!! I am so excited today is Friday.
This song is called Highway Tune.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Outdoor stuff

Hey everyone- Happy August!! I cant believe July is already gone and i didnt make a single post the whole month. I have been so crazy busy at work that i have had no time to blog. Its conversion time again and so i'm training twice a day everyday for a few weeks. In fact, due to my schedule, i'm having to take my lunch hour at 10:30 am which is weird for me.
Well, August 5,2011 - i started this blog. I missed my anniversary this year. I should have posted. I dont want to give up blogging. I'm holding on to thought of things easing up eventually.
Its been a sad time lately. My dear friends little boy Ari passed away last month. Todd and i were driving back to Dallas from Houston after attending a funeral for Todds uncle Larry. I started reading Facebook and read post that Ari had passed. I cried and cried and cried. I just really felt that Ari was meant to live and do great things.
Ive been trying to get my patio completed but its still work in progress. I have a few things left to do and it will be done. I got a new obsession over the summer and thats buying old seashell plant holders. Oh gosh i love them! I paid too much for a few of them but i love them.
I also have had fun making doll head planters from old vintage porcelain dolls i've bought from thrift stores. I was going to buy some off Etsy and then thought to myself, i can do this!!
Right now i have a few things i'm looking forward to- we're having an end of summer labor day pool party on the Sunday before labor day, then i have a junk show at end of September and then Holliween of course is coming soon and i am already prepping for that.
I had gallbladder surgery around the time the spring junk show was and i had to cancel because i couldnt lift anything. Im excited for next month!!
Thats all I can manage to post today.  Talk to yall later!  Have a great day.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Concerts, life, death and chaos

Hey yall, its been hectic lately and a few weeks since my last post. Its easier to just list the events and happenings of my last few weeks:

Todd is still recovering but returned back to work- his catheter was removed which made him much happier as you can imagine. He’s a stubborn goat but who am I to say anything because I am also a terrible patient!

Todd and I went to see Iron Maiden with 2 friends from church. It was so much fun and Todd did well hanging in there until the end.

The weekend after Todd’s surgery, some very dear friends of our Mark and Debbie, came over to our house and cooked us dinner. I cried . It was the best gesture someone could do. Hindsight, I should have asked for casseroles so that I wouldn’t have to go grocery shopping when Todd was asleep and then prepare dinner when I am totally frazzled.

My boss was in from out of state this week for work .Always added pressure when that happens.

My bestie  ( Kimi) had her 50th birthday and we had party a few weeks ago for her. We didn’t stay long because Todd loses his steam in the evenings but we stayed long enough and had a blast.
About the same time Todd was diagnosed with prostate cancer,his cousin Mark was diagnosed with lung cancer. Mark lives in Utah and his sister Kimberly lives 10 minutes up the road in the next town over from us. Their parents Karen and Larry, live in Houston. Mark has been on a cross country roadtrip with his son Eric and they were supposed to be at Kimberly’s tomorrow and we were going to have lunch with them on Monday.Sadly, Larry passed away last night. He has had some rough years previously with his health but he always seem to manage and pull out of the dire moments.Unfortunately, this means we wont be seeing Mark and that makes Todd sad and disappointed but completely understandable. Mark is a few years younger than Todd and they grew up close friends.

Yesterday , Mom called and said Nanny was back in hospital with congestive heart failure. Apparently,Nanny did not take a single pill from her list of medications in over a week.That’s not good! She is diabetic and has high blood pressure and many other ailments she takes medication for.So far, they have removed 5 liters of fluid off her heart.

Tomorrow, my uncle James is hosting his annual grand party for July 4th. He lives on the lake and there are fireworks, BBQ, and the whole shindig. Specifically, this year we are having a combined July 4th party and a surprise birthday party for Nanny. She will be 90 towards the end
of the month of July but cousins will be in from out of state and it’s a perfect
time to celebrate. The hospital feels that they should be able to get her stabilized and ready to go home tonight or tomorrow morning if all goes well.
For Mother’s Day, I wrote Nanny a letter telling her how much she meant to me and recounted some fun memories I have. My uncle is “stealing”the idea and asked all the family members to do the same and add pictures and we’re putting in a scrap book for her tomorrow. I had to come up with another letter for her and I based it around the food she makes and how there’s nothing else like hers. I was bawling silently at my desk as a I tried to put how much I love her to pen and paper knowing she was in hospital and I was scared to think of it being life or death serious.

My mom’s husband Randy was diagnosed with lung cancer 2weeks ago ( seriously I cant make this up). He went in this week to do biopsy and they went in from his back and punctured his lung in process.The day was much longer as expected but they sent him home with a chest tube and he got it removed today.

A close friend works for Brighton and they do a ginormous shoe drive and they send all to Haiti so she asked me to ask my coworkers forshoes. My backseat looked like Sanford and Son and had over 50 pairs of shoes to hand off to her this past Wednesday. Its always fun to help with a good cause.

The same week Todd had his surgery, my cousin Monya and her family –husband Scott and daughters Mari and Emma moved into a rent house less than a mile from me.I have really enjoyed them being so close. The girls love that I have a swimming pool and have already been over many times which I enjoy.
 Last night was a series of crazy events though. Todd was in Chicago on business meeting and Scott was working late shift at his job . Monya, the girls and I went and ate dinner at Red Robin and on way home the girls dropped me and Monya off at my house and they were going toswing by and pick up their swim suits and then circle around to join us. As Monya and I were sitting in the pool, she happens to look over at our piece of the fence that got damaged and fell during big storm a few months ago.The fence had pulled away again and there was large gap that my dog Lila can get through.We all jumped into action because Lila is a runner. She runs and runs and will not come back until you catch her.Mari picked her up, put her in the house and Monya and I jumped out of pool looking for a solution. I grabbed hammer and nails and she saw a 2x4piece of wood I had in the garage that I use for my junk shows.We hammered that into the middle of the 2pieces of fence that are separated and filled in the gap. It totally looks redneck but it got the job done! Lila isn’t getting out in that area. I literally am so grateful she noticed becauseI would have been besides myself if I let Lila out at 2:30 am ( seems to me the magic hour) and she got out- I would have never known until too late. So then once we got the fence stable, it was time for the all of them to head home. As they went to Mari’s car that was parked in my driveway next to me, they noticed that the tire was flat. Not just a little flat yall but like pancake flat.None of us knew how to change the tire. I happen to live across the street from a large Frisbee golf park so I sent the 2 girls to ask some guys if they could help us. Two nice young men agreed and they walked over, however none of us had a jack so they weren’t able to help us after all. Monya found a can of fix a flat and has an electric tire charger and it took a while but it got aired up enough for them to follow me to the closest tire repair store. We left it overnight and they had it fixed with a replaced used tire by 10 am today.  I mean the night was exhausting !!! Note to self- buy a jack, an electric charger and learn how to change tire.

I am looking forward to a 4-day weekend. We get Monday and Tuesday off so it will be nice to have a short week next week.I bought Willie Nelson tickets for myself and bestie Kimi for her birthday and the concert is this Sunday.So east Texas party tomorrow, Willie on Sunday-laziness the next 2 weeks.HA!

My life is seems to be nothing but chaos mixed with good and bad and really bad.I don’t know what to think of it. I’ve been asking God a lot about his plan for me.

Have a wonderful holiday and be safe yall!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Such a whirlwind

Hey everyone- if there's anyone still left out there in my blogging world.  I have truly missed blogging. I know I have said that before but yet weeks go by in between my posts.  Lets see, where to begin?  SO do you remember when I mentioned that a really dear friend of mine was diagnosed with Prostrate Cancer? Truth be told, it was my husband Todd.  I needed to get it out because I was swirling with emotions but its a very personal thing and he had asked me to not tell anyone.  He elected to have his prostrate removed after speaking to 2 different surgeons and that was their suggestion. Last Monday ( June 5), he had his surgery and they kept him overnight and was released a week ago today.  He's been healing OK - he's black and blue from all the incisions and we're looking forward for tomorrow because he gets his catheter removed.  Last week leading up to the surgery, I asked Todd to tell our pastor so that he could be praying for us and then I was proud of him because he actually posted to our friends and family on facebook.  Here is the post:

So I'm going to share a PSA on getting a PSA test. If you're a guy or care about one - Get a PSA test. It's an easy blood test that can be performed with your regular annual physical as an early detection for Prostate Cancer. Years ago they recommended men start checking at 50. In recent years men have been diagnosed earlier and avoided prostate cancer (a typically slow growing cancer) from spreading through early detection. In November of 2008 I had a higher than normal... PSA. I had a biopsy in early 2009 and no cancer was detected. The PSA number remained the same until last November when it had spiked 3 full points. In March of this year I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. Early detection is helpful in that it has offered me a few treatment options. Based on my cancer rating I have elected to have it removed surgically. Homey don't play! I will have that done tomorrow. I have faith in God and my surgeon and expect to have a successful complete removal. I expect that it has not spread. So do two things for me please. 1) don't be scared to get your Test. If you're a guy you will eventually develop Prostate Cancer - maybe not until you're 88 years old but it's one of those parts that wears out and goes bad. (If you get it out before it spreads you have virtually a 100% cure). 2). Join me in prayer tomorrow as we affirm God as the ultimate physician. I'll be home Tuesday night counting down the 21 day wait time before I can ride my bike again. Lol. Thank you.

He's had a handful of men call him to talk about it and it got them thinking to get checked.  We're glad to get people aware to get checked because he had zero symptoms of prostrate cancer.
As for me, I am working from home so I can take care of him. He basically only has one hand because he has the catheter bag to deal with. The small one that can strap on the leg has not worked for him every time he's tried.  He cant lift anything over 10 pounds and he needs to take it easy.  I've cooked more than I have in ages. 
We  left the house last night which was the first time he's stepped out since I brought him home from hospital last week. We had to run some errands and we grabbed a bite to eat.
Needless to say, the last few months were kinda hard. Dealing with the fact that my husband had cancer puts things into perspective every day.  The weekend before the surgery though we went to see U2 in concert.  It was AMAZING and we had such a great time! We went with some good friends and it felt great to laugh and sing and dance and forget about cancer for a few hours.  I'll post pics from the concert later.  Oh did you know that the Blogger phone app was discontinued? Seriously, that alone is one of the main reasons I haven't blogged in a while.  I blogged from my phone mostly and I must have been the only one that did  ( LOL) because it was discontinued due to lack of usage.
In meantime, I found another App called Blogo.  It takes some getting used to but its helpful. You can post or go back to a saved post and add photos, etc.  That's why I liked using my phone to blog because all my photos are from my phone and I don't want to upload them to my computer every time to post a pic.
Anyway- I have missed yall and been thinking of so many of you but life has just been crazy!!!
Talk to ya soon!! xoxo

Friday, May 5, 2017

Retirement for Dudley

Last Saturday morning, we got up early and had the dogs dropped of the doggy daycare by 7am. Todd and I packed a quick overnight bag, ate breakfast and then jumped in my truck to head for Houston.  We made a quick pitstop to vote for our local board and then we were on our way.  One of my most cherished coworkers (Dudley)  retired a few weeks ago and one of our sales reps ( Nicole) was hosting a surprise retirement party for him.  Dudley is the man who took a gamble and hired me 22 years ago.  I was in my late 20’s and my experience was mostly in retail and restaurant management. He was concerned for me taking a desk job and losing the freedom of always being on my feet and moving around. I KNEW I was ready for a life change and he saw it in my eyes.  Dudley was my customer service manager for 2 years and then he went in a different direction and got into our operations and transferred to Houston to be warehouse manager.  We would stay in touch often and he would come into Dallas for meetings and it was always such a joy to see him.  Many years ago ( I was on training team by then)  we were doing a conversion in Southborough Massachusetts and Dudley was there to share his expertise. It was sooo fun to work with him. 
Dudley is from South Africa and was in the British army for several years as he was younger.  He has the best accent! He cracked me up because he would always say Bloody Hell!!  Sometimes when he was inside the office he would say Bloody H. E. Double Hockey Sticks!!  I had to stop and think about that one after I first heard it . LOL
The party started around 4 and we got checked into our hotel around 2 so we had time to change clothes and freshen up.   Dudley was so surprised that I drove in from Dallas. How could I NOT go and celebrate his retirement?!!

I am very glad we made the effort and didn’t just send a gift and stay at home.  Sometimes its so easy to just be lazy and not drive 4.5 hours one way but then other times calls for loyalty and will to show respect. 

Dudley and i in Southborough,Mass around 8 years ago

Did you know you can rent signs for your yard? A truck will come pick up after party. So cool

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Riding the Hill Country

This past weekend I joined my husband on a weekend Harley ride with a group of friends. Our riding group goes to the Hill Country usually every spring.  This ride was a special ride though because our mechanic Tony,who has serviced all our bikes for years was coming along. He drives the most gorgeous Indian bike.  Tony has Stage 4 cancer and stopped taking Chemo a few weeks ago. This will most likely be his last large ride far distance.   There was a larger group that left early Friday morning but Todd had a Dr’s appointment that we couldn’t reschedule and he had a friend that was flying in from Atlanta and renting a bike so we told the group that we would catch up with them later that evening.  I dropped off the dogs at their overnight doggy daycare and then as soon as I got home, we jumped on the bike and rode to Dallas for the Dr appt.  Afterwards, we ate breakfast at the clinic cafeteria which was actually really good.  Todd’s friend Chris was landing at the airport soon and then took an Uber over to the Bike rental place. That’s where we met up with him.   From there, we rode over to our friend Coby’s house where he was joining us.  We got a really late start because Coby wasn’t ready. He never is and its so frustrating!! He had Rangers tickets for that weekend so he wanted to go to the box office and exchange them for another week and game. Fortunately the stadiums were very close to where he lived. While he was in line and we were parked, he discovered he left his phone at home.  So then Todd got in line for him while he drove him to get his phone and back.  That took close to an hour to get all that done.   Finally we were on our way to Hill Country.
We rode a few hours and then stopped for lunch around 2:00 in a town called Hico.   While we were waiting on our meal, my stepmom Deb called and said that Daddy’s other best friend Doc had passed away that morning.  I was so shocked and sad!  One of the first things that I thought was WOW, Daddy has his 2 very best friends with him now.  I know I posted about his friend Billy who passed suddenly last July.  Doc had been sick with a blood disease and had not been feeling well lately.  I know he suffered from pain at times.  The funeral is today in Austin but I am not there because I’ve taken too much time off work as it is. 
We arrived at our motel in Kerrville around 6:30 pm that night.  All together we rode around 300 miles that day and of course it was all back roads.  We dropped off our bags and got checked into our room and then got back on the back to meet our other group for dinner.  We met at a Mexican restaurant that had an hour wait. Funny, our friends saved us seats but then another group that happened to know our friends , saw them and sat in our chairs and they didn’t have the heart to tell them to leave.  SOOOO, we had to sit in the bar and have a drink while a table came open. Once we were seated, our friends in big group were leaving. HAHA!  We were late for everything that day.  Oh well!
Saturday morning, all of us ( I think there were 10 bikes total) started our first part of the day together.  There is a route to take that covers stretches of 3 different highways called The Three Sisters.  They’re very narrow and winding  and twisty twirly rodes and some steep uphill and downhill climbs.   They’re so fun and obviously a great riding destination . In fact there were lots of riding clubs not just bikes. We saw a group of Porsches and Corvettes riding the roads too.    There is a bar and grill in the middle where all the highways meet and we stopped there to have a snack and a drink.  We rode 2 of the sisters before we stopped.  Much of the group wanted to go to some other bars that were along the way but my group wanted to ride the last sister to just be able to say that we did.  Hindsight, the last highway was the worst and really not worth the effort but Hey we know now!  Another guy in the group wanted to ride with us so now we had 4 bikes in our group- Todd, Chris, Coby and now Bryan.   So the 5 of us turned right on the last highway while the rest of the group went their way.   After we finished the last highway we all agreed that we wanted to go to Luckenbach and hang out there for a while. I have been a few times but never with Todd.  They have live music and its just so relaxed and fun atmosphere. It was also 90 minutes in opposite direction but we wanted to keep riding.  We actually came across another part of a highway that was just as fun and winding and twisty as the 3 sisters. I said it must be the ugly stepsister because it was better than the last one.  Along the way, Bryan needed to air up his back tire and as we were wrapping up , Todd realized that our front tire was low  so we aired up too. I think we ended up being at that stop for almost 45 minutes.   Then Bryan realized his back light bulb was out so we had to stop at auto store and he changed that out in the parking lot.  THEN we started our ride to Luckenbach.  Our plan was to go there , have a quick drink and then catch up with our group again and have dinner together. Nope. Once again, we are so behind and we told our group we couldn’t make it to dinner.  When we got to Luckenbach, there was a wedding going on there.  There was one guy that didn’t tell us to leave but said he wasn’t sure how much longer we could stay because the family bought out the whole place for the night.  I bought a tshirt and we all stayed for one beer and then rode into Fredericksburg for dinner.  Fredericksburg will be its own post soon. Its one of my favorite places!! So much history and cute little shops. It’s a German town so we ate at yummy place and had pork schnitzel.    It was close to 9 pm I think before we headed back to hotel which took a little shy of 2 hours.   Sadly we didn’t get to see the rest of our group again that night.  We had to get back to Dallas pretty quickly because Chris still had to return the bike and uber to the airport to catch his plane.  We left at 7:30 am ( Coby, Chris, and Todd and i) and the other crew weren’t leaving until 9:30.   We got to see a few of the them when we were having breakfast in lobby so we got to say goodbye.

This is Wesley , Tony and Todd. Wesley and Todd are wearing Traditions tshirts which was Tony's shop. He closed it 2 weeks ago. 
Bobbie, me and Sherry
Coby, Chris, me

It was so much fun and I am really glad I went.   Friday night I was hurting pretty bad and regretting my decision because of all the squishing and big bumps and such. I felt bruised and im still a little swollen from surgery 2 weeks ago.  I was SUPPOSED to be a vendor at my junk show I do every 6 months but I’m not supposed lift anything heavy and I do that all weekend when I have my show.  It was nice to ride with Todd and spend time on the bike with our friends.  No regrets!  Life is short and you got to get out of the house.    I’ll post later on some of the things and places I saw along the way.