Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Things I've done or not. . . .

I saw this over at Jenna's blog and loved it so I had to do it as well! Although I don't think I will ever accomplish everything since I am not too keen on flying so I think riding in a gondola in Italy is out of the question!

  • 1. Started my own blog
  • 2. Slept under the stars
  • 3. Played in a band.
  • 4. Visited Hawaii.
  • 5. Watched a meteor shower
  • 6. Given more than I can afford to charity
  • 7. Been to Disneyworld
  • 8. Climbed a mountain
  • 9. Held a praying mantis
  • 10. Sung a solo
  • 11. Bungee jumped
  • 12. Visited Paris
  • 13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
  • 14. Taught myself an art from scratch
  • 15. Adopted a child
  • 16. Had food poisoning
  • 17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty (They weren't letting people climb the day I went.)
  • 18. Grown my own vegetables
  • 19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
  • 20. Slept on an overnight train
  • 21. Had a pillow fight
  • 22. Hitchhiked
  • 23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
  • 24. Built a snow fort
  • 25. Held a lamb (does a goat count?)
  • 26. Gone skinny dipping
  • 27. Run a Marathon
  • 28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
  • 29. Seen a total eclipse
  • 30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
  • 31. Hit a home run
  • 32. Been on a cruise
  • 33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
  • 34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors
  • 35. Seen an Amish community
  • 36. Taught myself a new language
  • 37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
  • 38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
  • 39. Gone rock climbing
  • 40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
  • 41. Sung karaoke
  • 42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
  • 43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
  • 44. Visited Africa
  • 45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
  • 46. Been transported in an ambulance
  • 47. Had my portrait painted
  • 48. Gone deep sea fishing
  • 49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
  • 50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
  • 51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
  • 52. Kissed in the rain
  • 53. Played in the mud
  • 54. Gone to a drive-in theater
  • 55. Been in a movie
  • 56. Visited the Great Wall of China
  • 57. Started a business
  • 58. Taken a martial arts class
  • 59. Visited Russia
  • 60. Served at a soup kitchen
  • 61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
  • 62. Gone whale watching
  • 63. Got flowers for no reason
  • 64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
  • 65. Gone sky diving
  • 66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
  • 67. Bounced a check
  • 68. Flown in a helicopter
  • 69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
  • 70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
  • 71. Eaten Caviar
  • 72. Pieced a quilt
  • 73. Stood in Times Square
  • 74. Toured the Everglades
  • 75. Been fired from a job
  • 76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
  • 77. Broken a bone
  • 78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
  • 79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
  • 80. Published a book
  • 81. Visited the Vatican
  • 82. Bought a brand new car
  • 83. Walked in Jerusalem
  • 84. Had my picture in the newspaper
  • 85. Read the entire Bible
  • 86. Visited the White House
  • 87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
  • 88. Had chickenpox
  • 89. Saved someone’s life
  • 90. Sat on a jury
  • 91. Met someone famous
  • 92. Joined a book club
  • 93. Lost a loved one
  • 94. Had a baby
  • 95. Seen the Alamo in person
  • 96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
  • 97. Been involved in a law suit
  • 98. Owned a cell phone
  • 99. Been stung by a bee
  • 100. Visited to Mt. Rushmore
  • 101. Learned to play a musical instrument
So what things have you done or haven't done?

You might be a redneck if. . . . . .




We all have heard the classic "You might be a redneck if" jokes by comedian Jeff Foxworthy. You have to admit they are quite humorous. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would actually have the material to legitimately add another one to his long list of redneck jokes. Unfortunately my husband and boys provided the ammunition for me the other day. My hubby comes in from work and after about 5 minutes he says, "Boys come outside I've something fun for you to try.". Next thing I know all four (Adam was even tagging along for this one) were out back under the shed each holding a marking stake. You wouldn't believe what this "fun" activity was. They were all out there swatting bumblebees! Apparently this is how it works, one person is delegated to be the "tapper". They have to tap the wood where the bees have bored their hole into. This must aggravate them to the point where they fly out upon which the rest of the hillbilly quartet tries to knock the living daylights out of the bee. The thing that is funniest is they actually spent about 45 minutes doing this! The way they were hooting and hollering you would have thought they were watching a college football game or something!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Question of the week. . . .

Well, it seems that brown just nudged out white for everyone's favorite in eggs. I guess that shows that what's inside the egg is more important than what's on the outside!

Anyway, this week Meghan is the one who came up with our newest question of the week! We go back in 2 weeks to get her temporary cast and stitches taken out and there is a strong possibility that she we be coming home with a brand new cast! So here's her question, what color cast should she get?

Pain meds and Church not a good combination. . . .

Earlier today I noted that Meghan actually felt good enough to go to Church which was great! Before we left the house instead of the usual 2 pain pills I gave her only one (didn't want a loopy 14 year old wheeling herself around Sunday School!). Well, apparently even one has it's effects when combining it to "school" of any sort. Meghan managed to fall fast asleep during her SS class! Thankfully for her it's taught by my hubby! I think he had quite a fun time with her regardless. You know waking her up by raising his voice a little and then asking her to read something knowing full well she had no way in the world of knowing where in the world they were in the lesson! :o) It even spilled over into the Church service. I wheeled her in a parked her in the back of the sanctuary (yeah, we're back row baptists!). Well, in about 20 minutes I looked over and Meghan was nodding and it wasn't to give her approval to the sermon! At one point I thought she was going to fall out of her wheelchair! LOL Poor Meggie, I don't think she had a clue as to what went on in today's service! I will say she had a nice long nap when we got home! :o)

Blessings from the garden. . .

On a previous post I mentioned how we decided to plant quite a large garden this year. Hmmm let's see, we have corn, lima beans, okra, green beans, cauliflower, broccoli, greens, watermelons, cantaloupe, and potatoes. I don't think I left anything out. It has been quite a wonderful blessing every day to look out the kitchen window and see the bountiful harvest quickly growing in the front yard! I have found it quite relaxing to be able to go out in the afternoon and work alongside the hubby "stringing up the beans" and whatnot. Well, today after church my hubby went out and "harvested" our first bounty from the garden. Fresh brocolli! The brocolli has been steadily growing and today it was ripe for picking or eating actually! I do believe it was some of the best brocolli I have ever tasted!
Meghan is having a good day so far. The pain is under control and she actually felt like going to church! :o).

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Surgery update. . . .


Well surgery was Thursday. Our day started with being called in 3 hours early due to a cancellation which was a good thing so Meg would not have to be NPO until 12:20! We arrived around 9am and they took Meg back and did the usual "preop" stuff. You know, 300 more questions for me to answer, changing into the infamous hospital gown, putting on the hair net, starting the IV, etc.. I even had to put my John Hancock on her ankle to verify which one they were operating on. It reminded me of when she was 18 months old and I had to do the same when her ears were pierced. :o) Well, first Dr. Walling came in and spoke with her and much to her delight gave here the green light to attend her eighth grade trip to Wild Adventures! That made her day! After all the "official" forms were signed it was time for them to do the nerve block on her leg. This was the point when Mom had to leave and go back to the waiting room. I will have to say that Meg was a real trooper and at least on the outside she didn't show any cracks in her armor. She was in surgery for over 1 1/2 hours and I still don't know all the details of her procedure. Unfortunately when they brought me back to the recovery room to see her, the Doctor was already back in the OR so he wasn't around for me to speak with. Seems I'll have to wait until Monday morning when his assistant calls me to find out exactly what they did! :o( Anyway let me just say that when I walked into the recovery area to see her can I just say that the anesthesia was still working pretty good. Our little Meg was sitting there with a zombie look on her face very calmly and quietly eating saltines with no expression at all. I can say that her leg looked like something from a cartoon. It's about three times the size of her other leg. And believe me it weighs as much as it looks! I think Meg is happy that the nurse at school requested that she come back in a wheelchair I don't think she was looking forward to having to lug that thing around on crutches! This morning Meg is in much better spirits. Last night the nerve block wore off and the pain settled in but thank goodness for pain killers! Meg had a good night's sleep and now has the full attention of her 3 year old brother this morning to keep her company! I will keep everyone updated as the days go on. Also, on Monday we'll find out if she's going to be in a brace for 6 weeks, or a cast for 3 months!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Road Trip Part Deux. . . .

Well as I mentioned in an earlier post, I had to take Meghan down to Tampa for a consult with an orthopedic surgeon. It seems that our little soccer player did some major damage to her ankle. From what we can gather, 25% of her talar dome (the bone that connects the leg to the foot) is damaged to the extent that the closest doctor that could see her for this injury was 3 hours away! Boy, when Meg does it she does it big! :o) Anyway, we went over spring break to meet the doc and surgery is tomorrow! :o( There is a pretty large bone fragment that has actually made it's way to just under the surface of the skin that they are going to try and reattach with metal tacks. If the fragment is too damaged, then they are going to have to remove it, clean out the ankle joint from all off the foreign bodies that have broken off off her talar dome and do a procedure called "microfracture". It is where they will actually drill tiny holes into the surface of the damaged bone to try and stimulate it to grow fibrous tissue aka scar tissue to keep the bone from deteriorating any further. Pray that this procedure works. Our next step would be called an Oates procedure where they actually would have to take bone and cartilage from either Meg's knee or a cadaver and try and rebuild the area of the talar dome that is damaged. I will be sending updates over the next couple of days via twitter (Joyce made me!!) so I can keep everyone in the loop. Talk at ya later!

Country Girls. . . . .


A couple of weeks ago we took a short road trip to Tampa during the kids spring break to take Meg to the orthopedic Doctor. Meg, Brenna, Adam, and I went down for a couple of days and stayed at Aunt Georgia's. While we were there I noticed a Dunkin Doughnuts down the street and decided since the girl's had never been I would take them there and get a "baker's dozen". I'll admit it had been quite awhile since I myself had walked into one of these lovely little shops and immediately started drooling over all of the wonderful doughnuts that they have to offer. I can remember as a child going with my Dad on Saturday mornings to pick some up as a breakfast surprise for the lazy ones back at the house still in bed. When we walked in the girl's I think were pleasantly surprised at all of the choices they had. When it was our turn I asked the clerk if they had any munchkins left. You all know what I'm talking about. Remember when you were a kid and you actually were able to con your Mom or Dad into buying a whole box for you? Man just like potato chips you couldn't eat just one! Well, the girl responded that they were out to which Brenna immediately asked, "What's a munchkin?". The girl behind the counter kind of glanced at Brenna and said matter of factly, "It's a doughnut hole.". Now, this is when Meghan promptly replied, "What's a doughnut hole?". This is when the girl threw me a look that all but said, "Who are these girls and what wood pile did you drag them out from?!". I at least was able to control my laughter when I politely explained to her that the nearest Dunkin Doughnuts to us was about 50 miles away and that they had never had the honor of visiting one. I then had to go on and explain to my girls just what in the world a munchkin was and how important they are to not only a child's education but also the world economy. Ok, well maybe those last two are far fetched but at least 3 out of 5 kids have had the lovely honor of saying they have eaten one of my favorite childhood junk foods!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

She gets it from her Mom. . . .



Well I can definitely say that there are not words to describe how proud and excited I am for Meghan. Today I had the distinct honor of attending her College Scholarship signing party. That's right! She was awarded a college scholarship in EIGHTH GRADE!!!!! Every year the Suwannee Foundation for Educational Excellence awards 4 Take Stock in Children scholarships to local middle school students. Meghan was one of 8 finalists of which she had the great honor of being one of only 4 actually chosen to receive a 4 year scholarship! She now has 2 years of junior college and 2 years to a state university of her choice paid for! I can honestly say that the audience was filled with one very proud Mom along with little brother and Grandparents and family friends thrown in for good measure! Way to go Meg!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Useless Info. . . .

My son Jacob sent me an email the other day with fun trivia facts about the human body. I thought I would pass some along to you all.
  1. Scientists say the higher your IQ the more you dream.
  2. You use 200 muscles to take one step.
  3. A pair of human feet contain 250,000 sweat glands.
  4. The acid in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve razor blades.
  5. Your thumb is the same length as your nose.
  6. Blondes have more hair than dark-haired people.
  7. The average human dream last 2-3 seconds.
  8. The enamel on your teeth is the strongest substance in your body.
Well, that's all for today's science lesson! Now, everyone who put their thumb up to their nose while reading this post comment back! :o)

Question of the week. . . .

Ok Ok, I know it's been awhile but here's this week's question. Since I have 36 hungry little pigs aka chickens that are eating me out of house and home and had better start producing to help cover their room and board clucking out there in the hen house, I thought I would throw this one out to all of you. The age old question, Do you like brown eggs or white eggs?

My life in a nutshell. . . . .

Well I certainly apologize for my absence off of the blog lately. But don't string me up in the tree just yet I do have some good reasons! :o( Hmm let's see if I can give you a quick synopsis of life lately with the Live Oak Brady Bunch. Here goes, my Mom went to get her license renewed in February only to fail the eye test due to cataracts. So, she went to one eye Doctor who ended up being a complete screwball hence we had to start over with number two who turned out just to be what the Doctor ordered no pun intended. She has had both eyes operated on successfully and goes next week to be fitted for her eyeglasses. Whew! Just in time since the extension the DMV gave her runs out on the 4th of May! Hmm let's see, next about a month ago Meg showed me a lump that she had found on her ankle which turned out to actually be a bone fragment. Long story short, we are travelling to Tampa on Wednesday with surgery to follow on Thursday. I'll go into more detail in a later post. Now throw in between these two episodes a full blown garden and 41 new little additions in the form of chickens and guinea hens and you can see I've had a pretty busy plate as of late. Who knew those little fat suckers could eat so much!(The chickens I mean). Don't worry! I will do my best to be a better blog host! Take care until later!