Archive | October, 2013

Berryville, ARK Day 4

31 Oct



Couldn’ t resist photos of freshly groomed Jumper and Meeko.
Just finished getting Mom settled in bed for the night.  It was quite a day. This morning I thought this may be her last. Her breathing was so labored and wheezing.  Jolene had a very long night with her because she couldn’t get comfortable. The hip that she laid on the floor for so long us very sore. (Hope to deal with that issue tomorrow)  She had ekg and chest xray and it was apparent that she had lots of fluid around her lungs and heart. The dictor ordered some lasix and she spent rest of the afternoon getting rid of a lot of fluid. She sounds much better.  Not quite out of the woods but its nice to feel like shes not struggling.
Denny is still trying to get campground shut down for the winter. We are going to meet up at Lake Wabaunsee on Tuesday. He also has to winterize the lake.  We have lowered the lake house price considerably.  Pontoon boat, new boat dock and deck, double car garage with studio and half bath, rv port with full hookups, new addition with picture windows facing lake, fenced in yard, 2 br and 1 1/2 baths.  Let me know if interested.
I’ll spend a couple of days in KS and then come back here indefinitely.
The trees are beautiful here right now.  Seems a little late but maybe thats normal here.
Not sure how my weight loss is doing, but I do know I’m not snacking. Thats got to help some. Still dealing with acid reflux or gall bladder stuff. There’s times in the middle of the night that I think I’m going to run over to the emergency room here. Living on prilosex, pepsid and liquid antacid.  Yech
Really enjoyed seeing KC this week and I hope we can begin having a relationship again.
Going to try and snooze before Mom might need something.


Still in Berryville, ARK

31 Oct



30 Oct

Sitting with Mom in her room listening to her sleep. She is so tired. She fell sometime Saturday evening and laid on the floor until Sunday afternoon. Most of the family gathered on Monday and Tuesday because the initial diagnosis was she may not make it through the night because had a massive heart attack. This really caught us by surprise because she has never had heart issues except high blood pressure.  Now, they are actually doing physical therapy  with her and will probably be here for about 10 days.  Then comes a next step that we are not what it will be.
It was a frantic Sunday. After finding out that she had fallen, there were many phone calls between sisters and kids and finding a flight. Lots of tears and fears.
Jolene and I flew in to Springfield MO on Monday afternoon and Billie and KC picked us up at the airport. A  blessing to all of this is tha I have seen KC for the first time in over a year. Maybe some healing there?? 
Denny trying to close up the park and then he’ll come this way. Thinking our winter plans have changed. Thats it for now.



23 Oct


Here is poster and photo of Sydney who desperately needs a bone marrow transplant. 

Monday Tidbits

21 Oct

Had a really nice day today. I invited Mitzi, Emily, Nancy, Ginny and Judy over for a Parisian style lunch. Quiche Florentine using my goat cheese from Paris. Very rich since I used real cream and bacon also. It was crustless which was cool. It came out of the pan nicely. I also made Angelina style ( a teahouse in Paris) by melting chocolate and mixing it with real whipped cream. It was yummy. We finished off with a piece of pumpkin cake. Lots of good visiting. It was fun to decorate with some French items that I brought back.
Now for a few photos.
nancy and margie
Nancy, our host, and my good friend Margie in a coffee shop.

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The dinner party. You can’t see it but through that window is the bottom of the Eiffel Tower which lights up at night. Very interesting guests at the party, they were Americans who have places in Paris also.
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Our wonderful dessert that we watched prepared at the Cordon Bleu. It was sooooo delicious.

ja and frida
This was as close as I could get to the Frida exhibition. One of my days I used the umbrella. Felt very French.

high cliffs

The high cliffs that the troops had to climb up during the invasion. How brave all the troops were to have to try to take over these areas in horrendous conditions. It was rainy, cold and windy when we were there and it was easy to imagine how uncomfortable the conditions were.

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You could go clear inside the bunkers.

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The lighted Eiffel Tower. The tower is like the mountains are here. It’s like you focus on it no matter where you are in the city.

That’s it for now. Still feel very blessed to go back to Paris and enjoy the country and the beautiful old architecture of the cathedrals, castles and the town of Bayeux.

16 Oct

big snow
We woke up to quite the little snow this morning. It was really beautiful of course but has almost melted completely except in some shady areas.
The campground has 2 campers in it tonight. One outfitter and one camper for the night.
Denny has been doing little duties getting things set up for the winter.
I’m trying to get motivated to finish several things I must get done before the end of the month. I had a very strange morning. Ended up being weepy for a couple of hours. Started out by talking to friend whose granddaughter’s leukemia has returned and is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant. As we talked I got very sad about Juli and we talked about that for awhile. The conversation ended with me trying to get a swab party together sometime in the next few weeks. I would have one here but the age group is too old to do it. The ages to be swabbed must be between 18-55. So, I’ve talked to Billie, contacted the and have already received a reply from the site. We will see what will happen. I know it can be a slim chance but one never knows until they try. So far none of her family has matched and she is taking chemo everyday and will need to continue that until she can get a transplant.
Also trying to get regrouped to be back in states from Paris. We spent our last day roaming the city again, trying to get into the Freida Kahlo exhibit to no avail, buying several little items from a wonderful little shop, eating at a quaint little restaurant that had more of a country style menu of French food plus a tart au pomme for desert. I truly can’t believe how much weight I put on during that trip, even with all the walking. Embarrassingly, I had to weigh my suitcase at Nancy’s house before we left for the airport. First I weighed myself, a whopping 167, and then my suitcase which weighed a whopping 47 pounds! It was a chore to lug it off of the luggage bins at baggage claims. I am now in the process of losing 15 lbs once again with no excuses of being to busy to do it. I am also trying to be on a bland diet to help my stomach heal up. I didn’t know that acid reflux could be so uncomfortable.
I love to read a book when I return from an area rich with history. I am now reading the “The Longest Day” by Cornelious Ryan. After spending an afternoon on the Normandy beaches, climbing into bunkers, seeing the hedge rowed country side, seeing homes that the Germans occupied; it is a very interesting read. How harrowing the whole invasion was. It was ironic that we experienced similar weather during our tour of winds, rain and cold. I was so shocked at the cliffs that the soldiers had to climb to get up to land and all the beach that was covered with mines and sharp things to injure the soldiers as they came ashore.
I hope to download some photos Friday and post them. Don’t panic, I don’t have zillions but I do have some interesting shots.
Tomorrow we head up to Aurora to get new passports. I was surprised that the offices were open and I am very lucky because I have to have a new passport by Nov 4 in order to sign up for a trip to Cuba that I am going on then of April.
New tv show that we love: The Black List. Very intriguing. Also enjoying the new seasons of NCIS, SVU, Sons of Anarchy, Criminal Minds, The Good Wife, and Shark Tank. I have an invention: a aromafied bath mat with the rubber backing. Each time you would step on it and fresh odor would come out of it. I hate stinky old bathrooms that smell like old toilet water. Our water in town is especially yucky right now and I can’t even stand to drink it. Apparently the town lakes have turned over and are full of algae and that is making the water smell and taste bad. Supposedly there is enough chemicals in it to make it safe, but I think I’ll stick to the bottled water.
That’s it for now. I’ve done enough chores that I can now justify sitting at the sewing machine.
For various reasons I am saying this. If we are able to walk, think, talk, get up out of a chair even if it is painful, we must keep going and embrace our days. Even though it was a painful week of walking cobblestone side walks in Paris, I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. When the day comes that we are no longer able to do those things we may not have regrets of what we may have missed. That’s how I am feeling today. I have had a lot of sadness around me the last couple of months, one of them being I am still estranged from my son. But on the good side I have heard that he is doing better and looks better.

Friday October 11 Big Day

11 Oct

We were up early to take train to Bayeux: Our first stop was the Bayeux Tapestry which was beautiful: It was sewn in just after Norman Invasion in the Battle of Hastings. Thzy embroidered the tapestry to tell the story of the war so that even the people who couldnt read would know the story. I actually bought a little embroidery kit of one part of the tapestry. Cant wait to do it. Also visited another cathedral. After a yummy lunch of grilled steak, very thin, french fries and apple pie with ice cream. Then off with small tour to go to the WWII beaches. Omaha and Pointe udu Hoc The tour guide was wonderful and I really want to read D Day by Bevor. After tour we had a crepe with cream potatoes bacon and onions Yummy Train ride home Tomorrow we will try to finish up what we thought we missed. Fabulous trip
Weather was rainy and cold and windy. Once again I was able to use my Van Gogh umbrella Au Revois