Wednesday, May 24, 2006
No blood clots today!
I haven't posted in a few days and the main reason is because I have been having trouble with severe swelling in my lower extremeties and was sent to bed for a week. My feet and ankles up to my calfs have been swollen and no amount of fluid pills is getting rid of it. Therefore, the doc (and he is a hotdoc too, like Anne's) sent me for an ultrasound to rule out DVT. Yahoo, no DVT. Happy for that I am.

So why am I still pooling at my ankles? I think I am melting a little at a time. It has been pretty hot down here in the south with very little cooling rain. Therefore: Melting slowly. I want to get out there in the pool and float so the heat and lack of rain is ok with me too..

I am at work today and have a new employee to train, so I can't spend a lot of time here right now. Maybe later. Anne, I will be checking on you later today.

You all have a great day now! See you again soon.
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Another loss in my life
Just a few minutes ago, I was notified of another death. My friend of 17 years, Gwen, died today. She had been suffering with Lou Gehrig's Disease for about 5 months.

This picture was taken in 1998 on Labor Day when she, and her roommate, took Tom and me riding on Bell River in their party barge. That was such a nice day. Gwen and I had planned to spend a lot of time on that river fishing and picture taking when I retire. Of course those plans have now layed plans.

I have had the privilege of knowing Gwen for 17+ years. She has remained a good friend for all those years, even when we didn't talk for a long time, we would pick up right where we left off. I will miss her calls where we would spend an hour or so talking and laughing and sharing some of our lives with each other. We addressed a lot of issues during those calls, and I learned a lot from this lady. She passed today at the age of 62. Too young, life is so short. Good bye my friend. I will see you again one day and we will spend lots of time on THE BIG RIVER. I love you.
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Things to ponder
This is for Mark. I am trying to get more upbeat since the last few posts have been on the downer side. I sure don't need to add to other people's sadness. When I read what I wrote below, some of it is on the downer side too, but I don't mean for it to be. I am truly blessed and don't have anything to be unhappy about today. (however, I do wish they would hurry up and fix my house)

I found this quote once and have always remembered it. I don't remember who said it though. It is "I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things are." And I agree with that. Think about it, they stand there and take everything that comes their way and hardly waiver. Maybe I should be a tree! LOL

I stole this from Anne..I think it's pretty neat..made me think.

I AM: at work, goofing off
I WANT: to float around in my pool and start a flower garden in my yard.
I WISH: that I was already retired so I could start the I WANTs now!
I HATE: getting up early in the morning unless it's to go fishing.

I DON'T: want to have to cook. I'd rather eat out all the time.
I MISS: my co-worker, Angele. And I miss spending time with Tom
I FEAR: that I am not going to be able to retire and live to enjoy it.
I HEAR: computer server machines running
I WONDER: if there is life after death
I REGRET: not spending more time with my children when they were little
I AM NOT: always as hardnosed as I need to be with a certain person
I DANCE: when I am alone
I SING: in the car and when the radio is playing in the house
I CRY: at the movies, and if someone else cries in front of me.
I AM NOT ALWAYS: happy, But I should be I guess.
I MAKE: my Mom happy when I spend time with her
I WRITE: too much personal stuff on my blog
I CONFUSE: myself a lot
I NEED: to be held more
I SHOULD: try to be a kinder person
I START: lots of crafts
I FINISH: some of them.

I LOVE: my Tom, my family, my friends, reading, floating in the pool, SLEEPING!
Monday, May 08, 2006
Back in the Groove today
My Hubby and I traveled to Mobile last week to attend Rorrock's funeral. It was very simple and elegant. I find it hard to grieve Rorrock's death since I know it is what she wanted and has wanted for a long,long time. She must be happy now being with her Charlie (my Fatpaw) and God. I learned that she died very peacefully; just closed her eyes with a smile on her face and went to sleep. We should all be blessed to meet our end that easily and peacefully.

At the funeral, I saw people I haven't seen in 45 years! One of my cousins, Anna, that I used to play with a lot when we were little girls was there. I was so surprised when I saw her. She actually recognized me! I didn't realize it was her though until she told me and then all I could do was cry. I saw ladies that my grandmother had been close friends with that I remember from my childhood. Sure does bring back a LOT of memories.

My brother had already planned a crawfish boil before Rorrock's death so we went ahead and held the get-together. It was really nice too. Boy! for being Alabamians instead of Cajuns, they sure threw one nice crawfish boil! We had so much food there, it was impossible to leave hungry. My sister had made a HUGE pot of Crawfish/Shrimp Etouffee and a huge pot of rice; someone was frying fish and squash slices and was bringing platters full of it around every 10 minutes or so; someone brought macaroni salad and potato salad and there was jambalaya; someone else had brought chocolate covered strawberries, banana pudding, brownies, and a couple of cakes, and some turtle cheese cake. There seemed to be a never ending supply of food. It was great. There was also a Kareoke (sp?) machine and people sang and danced and had a wonderful time.

Tom and I left Saturday morning to come back to reality. It rained all weekend pretty much and Sunday we just sort of lounged around all day and slept on and off, watched a little TV and that was it. We felt sort of lost without our dogs, but I am picking them up this afternoon when I get off from work.

Has anyone seen this movie? I just bought it for $6.95 at . It seems like I remember wanting to see it at the movies, but never got the chance. Oh well, if it isn't any good, I will be getting it anyway. Guess I should have asked BEFORE I ordered it.

I sat down today and ordered a bunch of flowers/plants to put in my yard. I have never been much of a yard work person, but now that it's only 95 days till I 'graduate' from work, I figure I will have lots of time to do that. Rorrock always loved her flowers, so I think I will plant some in her memory. That way, when I look at them and see them bloom, I will know she is enjoying them just as much as I am. I am looking forward to doing that.

Well, I guess that's about all for today. I hope everyone else is doing ok and starting their week out happy and healthy.
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
In Loving Memory of Rorrock

I know I have posted recently about my grandmother (Rorrock). She peacefully passed away this morning at approximately 9:30 am. She had lived a very long time, 91 years and had a lot of, as she would so often say, "precious memories".

I have a lot of precious memories of her and my grandfather (Fatpaw) myself, some of which I have posted previously. I will have to write more about all that very soon.

I will be traveling to Alabama to attend services and be with my siblings, so I will be out of touch for a few days. I will post again when I get back. Please send your thoughts and prayers up to Him for my family at this time in our lives.