not_hathor: (Chows)
 We have a tenant in the big, partially hollow tree in the backyard -- no, not Keebler elves, nor Pini elves, nor even named 'David'.  We have a Raccoon.  Which is driving Jethro crazy, especially at around 2:30 in the morning when it decides to go walk-about in the (mostly) vacant lot next door.  I've seen it a few times; so has Daughter.  Husband got to see it one evening around dusk, when, for reasons only known to the critter itself, it decided to emulate our acrobatic squirrel troop and attempt a tree-to-tree maneuver and thence to the ground before trundling its way down the sidewalk and out into the alley.  We suspect that due to the tons of rain during the latter half of May, the varmint was flooded out of its usual habitat (we are approximately 1/2 mile from the river, as the crow flies/raccoon trundles).... the real question is whether or not we have a SingleRaccoonMale, or an ExpectantRaccoonFemale -- it being that time of year.....  Hopefully, SRM will return to its usual foraging grounds once the water goes down;  ERF, on the other hand..... well, we had a Mama Possum a few years ago that we only discovered once the babies were mobile enough to crawl out of the tree, not to mention the rabbits which persist in digging their baby bunny burrows within tie-out reach of the mudroom porch....

In the meantime, we are being careful about putting Bel or Jethro outside after dark.  Bel has always been pretty chill with wildlife antics -- she'll watch from the porch.  Jethro, on the other hand, raises the roof....and has to be restrained from dashing down the stairs. 

Over the past weekend, my Jazz-loving,  mathematical genius of  a nephew graduated from high school; Mom flew down to Texas for the festivities.  Nephew -- National Merit Scholar that he is -- has already been accepted by the University of Oklahoma, AND has a slot in the university marching band!!!  I am about a third of the way finished knitting an afghan in school colors (crimson and cream) for his dorm room, and will really have to double-down for the next few weeks.

Also over the weekend, we accomplished some house-cleaning and bad weed removal in the butterfly garden.  I think this year we will forego the usually futile attempts at a vegetable garden.  I pulled 'bad' weeds, and cleared areas for more of the desirables (Milkweed, Joe Pye Weed, Butterfly Weed, etc.) Looking to expand into Hummingbird-friendly plants as well.

Also trying to find the type of Sage plant that I had up at the trailer -- the one with the gorgeous silver-white flowers.... the thing is, I'm pretty sure that it was an ordinary culinary sage variety, picked up at random at a local garden shop.... but!  The closest I can find anywhere is either "White Sage", which is considered a desert climate variety (not suitable for Midwest growing) and reportedly has light purple flowers, or "Bee Sage", which does have white flowers, but not only looks nothing like my plant but is not suitable for cooking use.  Considering that the original purpose of the plant was  for cooking, I'm starting to wonder if my lovely little plant was a mutant....  Oh, how I wish I'd thought to take a cutting or even dig up the plant during the spring after the move but before the trailer sold!!!    **sigh**

On the Knitting Front: finished the 'Waves and Scallops' shawl, and gave it to our church's Music Director who went in for knee replacement surgery the week before Memorial Day.  She is also the organizer of the Prayer Shawl ministry -- my thought was:she's always making shawls to give to other people, she should receive one too.   As mentioned earlier, am now in a frenzy working on school afghan for the Nephew.  All other knitting is now on hold.

Books read:  Um. Too busy knitting.

Birthday Shout-Out to my One and Only Moffett (aka "Reziac")!!!




not_hathor: pic by starz from DC Forum (blue stars)
Yesterday was Dad's birthday -- he would have been 88.

Back in November, before Thanksgiving, I'd been looking for a small flag with a CUBs logo; we were planning a trip north to visit Husband's aunt, and I thought if I could find a CUBS flag we could stop by the cemetery and I'd put it in the flower holder by his marker. Just a small flag, about the size of the American flags that get placed by veterans' graves on Memorial Day -- but I couldn't find any. Since we were headed up to the suburbs, I figured it would be fairly easy to find suitable CUBs memorabilia...
No such luck. We went to a specialty store, and I asked; apparently, the small flags that I was thinking about were temporarily out of production.... but the store owner mentioned that a LOT of people were buying CUBs World Series decals and putting THOSE on headstones of their departeds. So I picked up a couple of the decals, and we headed south on Sunday. On the way, I started thinking... and when we got to the cemetery, we placed the decal on Dad's marker without removing the backing and took a picture so we could show Mom what it looked like. Then we headed to Mom's house, gave her the decal and showed her the picture, and left the decision up to her -- she thought it was an excellent idea, but better to wait for Spring. So we visited and discussed plans for Thanksgiving, etc.

Anyway, last night I was clearing the end table in the living room and found about a dozen photos from I'm pretty sure the summer of 2007 that had Dad (and Mom) in them. He looked good; he was independently mobile (might have had a cane, though I don't remember one), smiling and his normal easy-going self and I remember he was still able to drive at that point -- he hadn't suffered any of the micro-strokes yet -- and I started tearing up, because Dad in 2007 would have been over the moon about the CUBs, and why couldn't they have won in 2007 when he'd still been with us, and able to appreciate it?

I miss Dad. I'm tearing up now, just writing about it.
not_hathor: (Joy of Ledger)
Like the label says, the month of July had its downs and ups:

b*tching, fan-girling, family matters, and chows ahead )

I hope August is better.

My Dad

Mar. 25th, 2014 10:34 am
not_hathor: Pic from 'I Can Haz Cheezburgr' (squirrels)
My Dad passed away this morning.  He'd had a minor stroke three weeks ago and was first in hospital then a nursing home for care and physical therapy. Mom was a bit concerned, because he was not responding and coming back as well as he has in the past..Because of the horrid weather and an nasty cold on my part,  I hadn't been able to visit since ???  Then mid-last week, Dad developed pneumonia and was back in the hospital.  Last Sunday,  (two days ago) I figured I was mostly over the cold and not likely to infect Dad, so I drove out for a visit.  I'm glad I did --

Mom called this morning a bit after 6 a.m. -- She said I didn't need to come out -- my youngest sister is with her, and the other two are close by.
But Pastor Joyce said they can manage without me for a few days, so I think I will go this afternoon (90 minute drive) and stay the night.  Dad will be cremated, and a service later when the weather is better.

For years our family had a joke about Dad's birthday blizzard (end of January); in fact, it was because of the Birthday Blizzard that I met my future husband (couldn't  make it home from college that weekend) -- it figures that it would snow the night before....

I wish I had a stronger faith in a Supreme Creator Being -- it would be such a comfort right now....
not_hathor: (Default)
I keep forgetting to check my DW account for posts, which I really shouldn't because there ARE a few of my friends who only post here/there these days....sorry, will try to follow the plot a little better....

Not a whole lot happened during July -- Bel was upset with me most of the month due to the twice-a-week anti-arthritis treatments PLUS two weeks of ear-drops and pills to clear up a nasty ear infection -- Daughter got to make use of the animal restraint training from her Veterinarian Assistance class. Jethro was a bit of a nuisance, as he kept trying to nibble/lick said infected ear.

My elder sister *Oddyssia* came to visit the first weekend of August, and we spent lots of time & some money at the used bookstores... She brought along several shopping bags of books to trade, and ended the weekend with a hefty credit at The Book Rack. I spent a bit much on books myself -- a couple of sf-fantasy books, manga, etc. Visited Popcorn Charlie's and hooked Big Sister on their Black Licorice and French Vanilla flavors. Watched a good chunk of DW S6 together and SH:Game of Shadows. Good times.

September. No one I've talked to can remember the Indian Summer Festival/Labor Day Parade being rained out before, but thanks to the remnants of Hurricane Isaac it happened this year. Sadly, it seemed appropriate since the church's beloved Vacation Bible School director Jane passed away August 30th. The brain tumor turned out to be inoperable, and chemo really didn't do much. She was such a cheerful, out-going energetic person, barely 60....

Sigh.

Someone told me the other day that 55 is the new 'Middle Age' ('Old' is 75, apparently)-- does that mean it's time for my Mid-Life Crisis?

*contemplates the 'Stars' tattoo design*

Nope, still not keen on pain....

Happy Shared Birthday, Youngest Sister!
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The first week of June was busy and worrisome, due to Husband's unexpected visit and overnight stay in the hospital. See, back in December, Husband's Diabetes doctor retired, and so he was recommended to another local doctor. Mid-May the new doctor had Husband do a lot of tests and stuff, basically so she could get a feel for his condition, including EKG and Stress Test... something didn't quite look right with the results so she referred him to a heart specialist (also changed his medications a bit).

On June 2nd he saw the specialist who did whatever it is specialists do (special x-rays, etc.) and um, two of the secondary arteries in his heart were blocked or partially blocked. Doctor said, "let's schedule an angiogram for later this month; see what's going on, clear out the build-up if we need to.... oh, just had a cancellation, how about tomorrow (aka Friday)?"

Long story short, Husband ended up spending the night at Trinity West with two freshly angioplasted arteries, one with a stent. Apparently there was a section of artery that was like those long balloons all big and full at the ends, with a small pinched bit in the middle.

Well, as Husband (and Father-in-Law) pointed out, better to catch it now when there's time to fix it than be rudely surprised in a year or so with a heart attack! It was a hectic 48 hours, though not as bad as the Broken Hip incident. So Husband's got more, new medications to take and is on 'Light Work' duties 'til the end of the month (Though he's STILL working 10-Hour shifts at the plant...grumble grumble -- I KNOW, be grateful he's working....).

Anyway, between Hospital and Dentist, it's been a bit Hectic. PLus my Boss is getting ready for the annual Mission Trip to South Dakota, which means lots of working ahead and making sure all the bases are covered for the next two weeks.... "Tired" doesn't cover it. I went home last night, tossed frozen Dinners in the microwave for Husband and Daughter and went to bed. Friday is my Parent's 60th Anniversary; Youngest Sister and family are going to be in town, so the plan is to meet Sunday for noon dinner... If I hadn't already paid my money, I'd seriously be tempted to skip AnimaZING!Con this weekend.

Hopefully I'll get to see oddyssia this weekend; she said she had more of that lovely TARDIS-blue yarn, which means if I get my act together maybe I can make the cute TARDIS cell-phone cover that was posted over on novice_knitters.livejournal. Only problem, the pattern is 'in the round', which means I have to gird my loins and hazard the DP needles again, or figure out how to knit it 'flat'.

Starting to run out of new books to read. Would go buy more, but have to pay the Bills first. bleh.
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The first week of June was busy and worrisome, due to Husband's unexpected visit and overnight stay in the hospital. See, back in December, Husband's Diabetes doctor retired, and so he was recommended to another local doctor. Mid-May the new doctor had Husband do a lot of tests and stuff, basically so she could get a feel for his condition, including EKG and Stress Test... something didn't quite look right with the results so she referred him to a heart specialist (also changed his medications a bit).

On June 2nd he saw the specialist who did whatever it is specialists do (special x-rays, etc.) and um, two of the secondary arteries in his heart were blocked or partially blocked. Doctor said, "let's schedule an angiogram for later this month; see what's going on, clear out the build-up if we need to.... oh, just had a cancellation, how about tomorrow (aka Friday)?"

Long story short, Husband ended up spending the night at Trinity West with two freshly angioplasted arteries, one with a stent. Apparently there was a section of artery that was like those long balloons all big and full at the ends, with a small pinched bit in the middle.

Well, as Husband (and Father-in-Law) pointed out, better to catch it now when there's time to fix it than be rudely surprised in a year or so with a heart attack! It was a hectic 48 hours, though not as bad as the Broken Hip incident. So Husband's got more, new medications to take and is on 'Light Work' duties 'til the end of the month (Though he's STILL working 10-Hour shifts at the plant...grumble grumble -- I KNOW, be grateful he's working....).

Anyway, between Hospital and Dentist, it's been a bit Hectic. PLus my Boss is getting ready for the annual Mission Trip to South Dakota, which means lots of working ahead and making sure all the bases are covered for the next two weeks.... "Tired" doesn't cover it. I went home last night, tossed frozen Dinners in the microwave for Husband and Daughter and went to bed. Friday is my Parent's 60th Anniversary; Youngest Sister and family are going to be in town, so the plan is to meet Sunday for noon dinner... If I hadn't already paid my money, I'd seriously be tempted to skip AnimaZING!Con this weekend.

Hopefully I'll get to see oddyssia this weekend; she said she had more of that lovely TARDIS-blue yarn, which means if I get my act together maybe I can make the cute TARDIS cell-phone cover that was posted over on novice_knitters.livejournal. Only problem, the pattern is 'in the round', which means I have to gird my loins and hazard the DP needles again, or figure out how to knit it 'flat'.

Starting to run out of new books to read. Would go buy more, but have to pay the Bills first. bleh.
not_hathor: (Cassiopia Nebula)
I'm quite pleased this year -- I ordered one each: white lily, yellow tulip, pink hyacinth, and purple hyacinth and that's what I got -- well, the tulip was actually orange & red streaked, but since it was for Heath that worked out nicely. I took pictures of the plants and will try to post once I get the cd back from the developer.

The White Lily was for seers atemu (Tish), her fiancee Josh, and Baby seers.

The Tulip was for Heath.

The Pink Hyacinth was for my paternal and maternal grandparents, my paternal aunt in Indiana, and my paternal uncle in Texas (no, dear BBM friends, his name was *not* Jack Twist).

The Purple Hyacinth was for my husband's mother, and his half-brother.

**************

I gave the Pink Hyacinth to my folks yesterday when daughter and I went out to visit (husband stayed home and fixed my car brakes). Daughter has a migraine today, and I have a call into Dr. Cullen because the preventative doesn't seem to be working very well. Poor kid.

-- Boy am I glad I ordered 'Zero' through DreamSpinner Press and not amazon!!! Now, if it would just get here!!!!
not_hathor: (Cassiopia Nebula)
I'm quite pleased this year -- I ordered one each: white lily, yellow tulip, pink hyacinth, and purple hyacinth and that's what I got -- well, the tulip was actually orange & red streaked, but since it was for Heath that worked out nicely. I took pictures of the plants and will try to post once I get the cd back from the developer.

The White Lily was for seers atemu (Tish), her fiancee Josh, and Baby seers.

The Tulip was for Heath.

The Pink Hyacinth was for my paternal and maternal grandparents, my paternal aunt in Indiana, and my paternal uncle in Texas (no, dear BBM friends, his name was *not* Jack Twist).

The Purple Hyacinth was for my husband's mother, and his half-brother.

**************

I gave the Pink Hyacinth to my folks yesterday when daughter and I went out to visit (husband stayed home and fixed my car brakes). Daughter has a migraine today, and I have a call into Dr. Cullen because the preventative doesn't seem to be working very well. Poor kid.

-- Boy am I glad I ordered 'Zero' through DreamSpinner Press and not amazon!!! Now, if it would just get here!!!!
not_hathor: (Cassiopia Nebula)
Mother's Day weekend was bittersweet. The sweet consisted of being reminded that it had been one year since bringing Belldandy home, receiving a rosebush from husband and child, and spending most of that day with MY mother (and father and daughter). The bitter? Going with my husband to the cemetery the day before to visit the grave-sites of HIS mother and half-brother, and learning that My Dad has prostate cancer. Yes, I know that Prostate cancer is one of the more easily treated and survivable of the lot.... but my dad is 77, has diabetes, high blood pressure and heart problems.

Daughter is having boy problems again.... it's complicated. For a while she and the Out-of-State Scumsucker from the January/February soap opera tried to patch things up, his mother got into the act and offered to pay for Daughter to fly out there and go to OoSSs' high school Prom, but that fell through... then one of her 'friends-who-happens-to-be-a-boy' from Anime Club started liking Daughter... a LOT. Poor kid was almost crying on my shoulder, 'cause she DOES like him, as a friend; wants to keep him as a friend, doesn't want to give him false hope; and now he's asked her to double date with another couple from Anime CLUB to OUR prom. I can sympathize; I went through something similar my Junior year in college, during which it seemed like every time I turned around one of my male classmates whom I considered a friend was professing an interest in 'getting closer'...

Well, enough angst. My right foot, badly sprained just before Easter, seems to be healing properly, although not yet up to par. Still limping a bit, especially when tired, and it aches at odd intervals. The doctor told me it generally takes 4-6 weeks, and I know I've pushed it a bit.

There's a fanfic fandom meme making the rounds: Choose a character from the posted list of fandoms, and I'll tell you three things about him/her/it from my personal fanon/fanfiction. I've hesitated because I've written so little, in only a few fandoms, and I'm not sure if anything I come up with will make ANY sense, especially since I tend to blend my fanons in weird ways (multi-fandom crossovers, anyone?) But.....

Here goes: Real Ghostbusters
AirWolf
Highlander
StarGate SG:1
Yu-Gi-Oh! (not GX)
Brokeback Mountain
not_hathor: (Cassiopia Nebula)
Mother's Day weekend was bittersweet. The sweet consisted of being reminded that it had been one year since bringing Belldandy home, receiving a rosebush from husband and child, and spending most of that day with MY mother (and father and daughter). The bitter? Going with my husband to the cemetery the day before to visit the grave-sites of HIS mother and half-brother, and learning that My Dad has prostate cancer. Yes, I know that Prostate cancer is one of the more easily treated and survivable of the lot.... but my dad is 77, has diabetes, high blood pressure and heart problems.

Daughter is having boy problems again.... it's complicated. For a while she and the Out-of-State Scumsucker from the January/February soap opera tried to patch things up, his mother got into the act and offered to pay for Daughter to fly out there and go to OoSSs' high school Prom, but that fell through... then one of her 'friends-who-happens-to-be-a-boy' from Anime Club started liking Daughter... a LOT. Poor kid was almost crying on my shoulder, 'cause she DOES like him, as a friend; wants to keep him as a friend, doesn't want to give him false hope; and now he's asked her to double date with another couple from Anime CLUB to OUR prom. I can sympathize; I went through something similar my Junior year in college, during which it seemed like every time I turned around one of my male classmates whom I considered a friend was professing an interest in 'getting closer'...

Well, enough angst. My right foot, badly sprained just before Easter, seems to be healing properly, although not yet up to par. Still limping a bit, especially when tired, and it aches at odd intervals. The doctor told me it generally takes 4-6 weeks, and I know I've pushed it a bit.

There's a fanfic fandom meme making the rounds: Choose a character from the posted list of fandoms, and I'll tell you three things about him/her/it from my personal fanon/fanfiction. I've hesitated because I've written so little, in only a few fandoms, and I'm not sure if anything I come up with will make ANY sense, especially since I tend to blend my fanons in weird ways (multi-fandom crossovers, anyone?) But.....

Here goes: Real Ghostbusters
AirWolf
Highlander
StarGate SG:1
Yu-Gi-Oh! (not GX)
Brokeback Mountain
not_hathor: (Chows)
Excuse me while I rant a bit in 'protective mother-badger' mode...

Last night Daughter hung up on her 'boyfriend' of slightly over a year, refused to answer when it rang 30 seconds later, and spent most of the night crying. Since she is prone to migraines and depression, I was not surprised to get a phone call from the school nurse this morning around 10 am asking if they could send Cassie home because she really feels horrible....

Poor kid. Today was the school 'Cultural Festival' that she'd been looking forward to, and that we'd shelled out 50-some bucks to the Anime Club for a home-made kimono for her (figured it would be a good investment for future anime convention Cos-Play). Anyway.

RAWR.
not_hathor: (Chows)
Excuse me while I rant a bit in 'protective mother-badger' mode...

Last night Daughter hung up on her 'boyfriend' of slightly over a year, refused to answer when it rang 30 seconds later, and spent most of the night crying. Since she is prone to migraines and depression, I was not surprised to get a phone call from the school nurse this morning around 10 am asking if they could send Cassie home because she really feels horrible....

Poor kid. Today was the school 'Cultural Festival' that she'd been looking forward to, and that we'd shelled out 50-some bucks to the Anime Club for a home-made kimono for her (figured it would be a good investment for future anime convention Cos-Play). Anyway.

RAWR.

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