Thursday, June 26, 2014

June 26, 2014 the firepit



Saturday, at the farmer's market, we made a find!

And not a cheap one.  See that big black cauldron with the fire in it.  It is an old sand casted iron pot.

It stands on 3 legs, one of which is broken, and has some holes drilled in the bottom because someone used it for potted plants..  It came with a handle that you can use to hang it from a tripod over a fire, or is you have a big old fashioned fireplace that used to be used for cooking, it may have hooks that you can use to hang this pot.



Notice what they are using to roast the marshmallows.


I couldn't find the old roasting sticks that we used to have for camping, so I had to improvise.  I duct taped shish kebob sticks to wooden spatulas.  That problem has been fixed.  Found metal ones at Wal Mart today.


This cauldron is about 2 feet in diamete, if not more.  And it's deep enough for a fire to be contained.


I had extra large marshmallows on hand and we used those last night.  Today I bought hershey bars, graham crackers, blue and pink and white marshmallows and we made s'mores.  Yum!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

June 24, 2014 Flowers before the hail



My blooming flowers.




My flowers finally recovered from Rosie's grazing.  And yes, she's a dog, but whatever.  Now it's hailing.  Guess I'm not destined to have pretty flowers for long this year.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

June 4, 2014 Zoo Day



Today, grandpa took a vacation day and we went to the zoo.

Took the three oldest grandkids with us.  This will be Gabe's last trip for a while as he is spending the next year with his dad in Alabama.


Grandpa is pulling the folding red wagon that I found at Sam's.  The first time we brought this to the zoo with us, he thought it was kinda hokey.  But after seeing several other red wagons, and even a blue one, he decided that maybe I wasn't totally crazy.  It is light weight, and sure comes in handy to hold all the drink bottles and stuff that we have to take with us.


We didn't wait for the giraffe stampede that they do every morning, but we did visit them in their house before and even fed them some lettuce.




We stopped to check out the elephants, but they weren't out yet.


The Wallabys were out and they are very friendly.  This one wanted to be petted.  The Wallabys run free in their pen, and people come in thru double gates.  The first one is supposed to be closed, before the second one is opened, but I watched several groups come in and hold both gates open at the same time.
They were lucky they didn't have to catch a wallaby.  We found out that the ropes were there to keep people on the path, not to keep the wallabys in.  People actually were coming in and chasing the wallabys!


This Wallaby was very curious and checked out the wagon.


We stopped at the budgie birds and tried to feed them.


One of the peacocks was really trying to impress a couple of pea hens.


The Amur tiger was out walking around,  I learned that tigers aren't like normal cats.  These guys like the water.

Grandpa and the girls.


And this one is for Rachel.  We even got Cordelia to pet a snake!





And lastly, at the gorillas, there is this scale that you can weigh yourself and see how you compare to the various primates.  I'm not sure what the faces were for, but I couldn't resist!




Sunday, April 6, 2014

April 5, 2014



The last week in March, these two kids came to visit for Spring Break.  Their parents came with them, and we had almost an entire week with them.

The first night here (Tuesday), Wyatt and Rosie were downstairs playing.  The next thing we knew was that Wyatt had lost one of his front teeth (already loose).  He was crying and said that Rosie did it!  When all was said and done, we still didn't know how Rosie had knocked his tooth out, but out it was!



And by the end of the next day, the other front tooth was out also.  Poor Wyatt looked like Snagglepuss!.

Cordelia was her usual sunny self in the mornings


Grandpa got Rina out and took the kids for a ride.  We are leading kids on her right now because she is new to us, and we don't have a fenced in place to ride in (all my round pen panels are still over at the 80 from the dog trials last year).


On Saturday, since Ed and Rachel were in Denver, we took Cordelia and Wyatt to the zoo.  Probably not a good idea in hindsight (which I will explain later), but we had fun.  Even if it was cold when we got there!

This is Wyatt hanging over the fence to the lion enclosure.  It's all new, and this is above the enclosure.  You can see the lions from down below also.  This is one of the new exhibits from last year.  And don't worry, I didn't let him climb any higher!


Wyatt in the airplane by the rhinocerous exhibit.  He got in the pilot's seat and wasn't letting anyone else have a turn, he was so busy flying!


Here's a shot of Cordelia.  Looks like she was having fun!


Then, over by the wallabys, we went through a brand new exhibit.  It was a reptile exhibit, where there used to be birds.  I shot the next two pictures thru the cage.






This was one of the last things we did.  Wyatt gravitated to the four wheeler just like any little boy would.  It's a display, and it is chained in place so the kids can climb on.


Now, the retrospective:

I had noticed that I was out of breath climbing the stairs, so I dug out my oximeter to see if I could tell why.
I discovered that my O2 level was in the low 80's, but if I stopped, I recovered pretty quickly.  Except my pulse rate was elevated.  I finally said something to Clyde on Sunday, and on Monday I called the doctor with my symptoms.  He wasn't in, they said maybe I should go to urgent care.  So we trucked off to the Urgent Care place  (the only one in town that we will go to).  We got there about 11:30, and didn't leave until 6pm.

The doctor couldn't find anything wrong, except that a quick walk around the office caused my O2 lever to drop into the low 80's.  Not good.  She even called the pulmonologist to see if he had any ideas.  She sent me home on O2, placed an order for an echocardiogram, and told me to see my primary card doctor asap.
She pulled blood (about 7 vials total, all came back normal), did a chest xray and finally resorted to a cat scan.  Nada.

Next day, at my doctor's, he said it was time for the pulmonologist, and we made an appointment for Thursday.  All of the doctors said that I should stay off the treadmill, even with O2, until they knew what was going on.

So, we still don't know, the pulmonologist spent an hour with us, sent us home with a bunch of information, and is waiting for the heart ultrasound before progressing to more tests, and a sleep study to see how I was breathing.  So we're not done with this one yet....

Thursday, March 27, 2014

March 28, 2014 Throwback Thursday



A few weeks ago some of my facebook friends were commenting on how short their moms used to cut their bangs.  I can really remember those days.  On the good days, I looked like this:



On the bad days, they stuck straight up on the side that I slept on, and no amount of water or combing would make them lay down.

Enjoy!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

February 16, 2014 Oops, it's not January

So, I'm a month late on the last post....and I don't know how to edit it to make it correct.

The party was February 8th.




February 16, 2014 Belated birthday pictures



The birthday party was last week.

The guest of honor was little Luna, who is now four years old.  But she still gets cake and especially frosting all over her face.


I couldn't resist this picture of her older brother Demetrick.  He will be six in a couple of days.  He's just at that age where teeth are optional,


And, of course, we are now done with our second doll bed, customized for Luna.  What you can't see is that I put glitter on the paint to make it more like sky.  And the pink striped material and the edge of the quilt that your can't see have sparkles in them.



And Molly has decided that she wants her doll bed to be light blue.  So, I now know that we have two more to make this year.  Stay tuned.....