Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The scout set up their Christmas Tree lot last weekend. I was not planning on helping, but only three scouts showed up, so....I got to help! (Lucky me!) The trees should be here Wednesday (I am soooo happy we don't go out and cut them!) and AJ and I are working the lot on Saturday. I hope we sell out quickly!
Alli is doing better - we finally have her on some medication. It took my until 2:30 to get her prescriptions filled. Ralph stayed home with her, and he made the phone calls to the doctors and pharmacies, and I ran around and picked them up. Our normal pharmacy - Raley's - did not have the prednisone as a liquid, so they called around for us and found a pharmacy that did, but fax machines hate us. The other pharmacy did not get the faxed prescription. When I showed up to pick it up, they called the old pharmacy and got a new fax, but I had to wait around for 30 minutes to get it filled. I spent almost two hours running around picking up prescriptions and delivering them to Ralph at home with Alli! She is breathing better, but was so wired from the inhaler last night that she didn't go to sleep until about 9:30 last night. She is sleeping in this morning, though!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Well, Alli's cold took a turn for the worse yesterday. We did a walk-in clinic at 5:00 last night for a breathing treatment. They diagnosed her with acute bronchitis, but they did send her home (rather than the hospital!) The clinic doctor prescribed prednisone and antibiotics as well, but the pharmacy did not get the prescription, and the clinic was closed (Alli was the last patient) so we haven't started the drugs, and I don't know that they are needed. Ralph is staying home with her today, and will call her regular doctor to see if he wants to see her too, and if he thinks she needs an antibiotic. She is doing okay this morning. She obviously feels better - she was up at 5:15 this morning, and is in giggling watching TV, but she is still having issues with her breathing. We ran the humidifier in her room all night, too. Poor thing!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

I finished a Christmas present today - so Cindy - don't let Rachelle see! This is a puppet, and turned out pretty darn cute! I tried to get AJ to model it for me, but that wasn't going to happen! I had to make do with me as the puppeteer and the photographer.
Whew! We made it through Thanksgiving - bring on Christmas! I ended up with 17 people here for dinner Saturday, and so far, none of them have reported getting sick, so I probably didn't poison anyone. (Of course, most of the side dishes were brought by Jeff and Kirby - Thank you Kirby!) No major disasters, but we did have problems with one squirrel that wanted to come to dinner, and wouldn't take "no" for an answer.

After dinner, the "kids" went out for a football game in the street, and had the garage door up so we didn't have the front door unlocked (to keep Alli in!) The audience (Dave, Dad and Ralph)noticed a squirrel run into the garage. Dave couldn't scare it out of the garage, so he got Ralph's welding gloves and caught it and put it outside. The darn thing came back! They caught it again, and put it outside and put the door down, and the squirrel then wanted in the house. Mom almost let it in when she opened the front door at one point in time. Dave finally put it up the tree, and so far, it hasn't come back to the house or garage.

Here is a picture of the "after dinner crowd" - the ones that were not washing dishes! My kitchen was pretty full, so I don't blame them for going outside.

Here's a few of the game after dinner as well. AJ got up this morning going "Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow!" When I asked him what hurt, he said his ankle on one leg, and his knee on the other - he couldn't even limp!

Monday, November 19, 2007

What a busy day! Since I have company coming for the weekend (at last count, 19 for dinner on Saturday!) I tried to get everything done today that I could. I had taken the day off work, so I made good use of it. I shampooed my carpets, cleaned (scrubbed the bathroom, vacuumed, mopped and dusted) the guest house, did the shopping for Saturday, cleaned up miscellaneous things around the house, and still managed to take AJ in for an emergency orthodontist appointment (he broke his bottom retainer) and even got in a little crocheting! Not too bad! Above is a doily that I finished on Saturday. It is about 20 inches across - made with size 20 thread.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Alli got a clean check-up with Dr. Asaikar today. It was our normal 3 hours drive down, half hour wait, 5 minute appointment (actually only about 2 minutes this time) and then a three hour drive home. Alli did very well - since last time she had a major melt-down in the office, I was quite glad! We left the house this morning around 6:00, and the picture above was taken on the way down - the sun on the mountains to the West of I-5, down south of Corning I think (I don't remember how far south I was by this time!) Gorgeous weather - and the farmers were burning on the way back, so lots of smoke in the air.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Alex and I raked leaves today, before it started raining, and the leaves were still "light and fluffy". There are still a ton on the trees, but at least we got a head start. Please note that AJ was running around in shorts and bare feet. It wasn't that warm here! Alli came out for a visit, but, as you can tell by the expression on her face, wanted nothing to do with raking leaves! Jasper came out and helped too! (Koori tried, as AJ left the gate open when he was hauling leaves, but we managed to catch her and get her back in the yard!)

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Talk about a false alarm! Alli woke up this morning at 5:30 - laughing, talking, playing, clapping her hands, etc., so I thought "It's going to be another early day around here!" (She was up at 5:00 a.m. yesterday!) So I got up, started the fire, started the coffee, checked my e-mails, etc., and the stinker didn't get up yet! She is still playing in her room - I could have slept in for another 30 minutes or so! Oh well, I am up!

It rained all day yesterday, so I got very little done - I watched movies and crocheted! I did get the weekly shopping done, the house vacuumed and dusted, the kitchen cleaned etc., so I guess I was busier than I thought! I guess I should say "I even got some crocheting done, too!" instead of saying I didn't get anything done!

Dinner, on the other hand, just didn't want to play last night. I seem to have too much milk on hand, so I decided to make cream of potato soup. Then, since it was raining, I decided to bake fresh bread to go along with the soup. I dug my bread machine out of its hiding place (I haven't made bread in a long time!), and started a batch of bread. When I walked by a half hour later - the machine had turned itself off! I started it again, and everything seemed to be working, and then an hour later - it was off again. I started it one more time, and this time it cooked through the whole cycle - I have very pretty bread - that was ready at 8:00 last night! (Dinner was at 7:00) The soup didn't go as planned either - the recipe calls for dried dill - so I added a spoonful to my simmering pot - and the dill was full of bugs. Yuck! I started over from scratch! Two tries for soup and three tries for bread! The soup turned out "marvelous" according to Ralph - I had no left overs! Even Alli ate it. I have a request for more soup, so we may have a repeat for dinner later in the week! Thanks to Dad, I have lots of potatoes!

Friday, November 09, 2007

I cropped the slide picture just a bit more - Alli's expression is just so cute! The park is on my agenda for this weekend too - as long as it doesn't rain a lot. Alli likes the rain, so some rain will be okay - I just don't want to get soaked!

Monday, November 05, 2007

This weekend was a "do nothing" weekend! The house was clean (Thank you, Robin!), Ralph was gone, so the kids and I just played! Sunday morning, we went in to town, and played at Kid's Kingdom for a while. Alli had so much fun! I really need to make it a point to take her more often! After some shopping, we went back and ate lunch there too (Burger King - Alli's favorite!) I was hoping for some fall colors, but all the trees there are Live Oak trees - no colors! It makes for a green park all year round, but no pretty leaves in the fall!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

The joys of being a teenager at Halloween! Here are some pictures of AJ and the neighbors last night! AJ is on the left, Alan is in the middle and Dallas in onthe right, just in case you couldn't tell who was who! (And their pumpkin was waaaaaay better than mine!)