Tuesday, March 31, 2009
First, a huge thank you for all your thoughts and prayers! Especially to Tish, Nancy, Jane and Sue ~ you know who you are!!!! Tish, your words were just what I needed last night - thank you!!! Despite all you are dealing with right now, you took the time to reach out to me - you are a very precious friend! Nancy and Jane, the sweetest 2/3 of our 'Three Sisters in Christ'! The love and caring you two show me means more than you will ever know! The fact we have only known each other about 1 1/2 years, but yet have such a strong bond of love and friendship is, in itself, so very amazing, and a very precious gift! Thank you for holding me up with your love and your prayers! I love you both! And Sue, knowing that I have a prayer warrior on her knees is wonderful. Knowing that we don't know each other beyond an e-mail or two and yet you are praying is mind-boggling!
Just a quick catch-up on yesterday's happenings: The urologist tried to insert a catheter in the office and couldn't. The whole problem is that the scar tissue from where my dad had radiation for prostate cancer YEARS ago is causing blockages in his urethra (sp?).
We have to go today to do pre-op for outpatient surgery on Friday. He will insert a 'camera' up in there and find the scar tissue and snip it. Then he will insert the catheter. He is also going to go in just above the pelvic bone (I think that's what he said) and temporarily insert a tube. In case the catheter gets blocked or something, my dad can open the tube and drain his bladder. He thinks that will be there for about two weeks.
This means we have pre-op and an appt. with his primary dr. today, outpatient surgery on Friday. That also means I'll have to take my mom for her first of the month shop-a-thon on Monday, and that gives me 3 days max to get everything ready for our trip - should we still get to go! I'm reserving the right to postpone or go somewhere closer until after the surgery on Friday. If he's doing okay, we'll still go - just maybe not as far away as Savannah, but somewhere within a couple of hours from here. Not onlydo I need to get away, but my sweet hubby has been under a lot of stress at work, and he really needs and deserves a break, too!
As for today, I can handle most anything as long as I get some sleep, but when I don't get it, I get bitchy and can't focus as well as I need to! I had a hard time talking to the urologist (oh man, is he gorgeous!!!) yesterday and when I apologized he said "You look like you are exhausted!" and reached over and hugged around me. Not only is he gorgeous, but I think he's a really good, caring and compassionate doctor. We have been so fortunate over the years to have many wonderful doctors for my dad! We just adore his cardiologist and vascular surgeon. His primary - not so much, but daddy would not let us change to someone else for the world!
I just talked to mama and she didn't sleep well - partly because she dozed yesterday afternoon after we got home, and partly because she was afraid she would oversleep. She should know by now that I would call her early, but I guess she doesn't.
I am not really worried about the surgery. For one thing, the same doctor did basically the same procedure last month when he was in CCU and he did fine. They only sedate him the minimum amount because the risks of fully sedating him are too great. And for the other thing, he is in God's hands. This may sound harsh but I have great peace in saying it: Even if something happens and he doesn't make it through, I will have peace because I know that we've done everything we possibly could for him, and 'absent from the body is present with the Lord'! Although when that time comes I will grieve my loss, I will also rejoice knowing that Daddy will no longer be in pain, and will be whole and healthy and able to move around in a way he hasn't here on earth for several years now! In the words of my sweet hubby, 'he will live like he's never lived before!'.
Oh, and one more thing!!! I know they won't read this, but I'd love to thank the Clerk of Court, United States District Court in Gainesville, Georgia!!! A few weeks ago I had received a summons to jury service beginning yesterday! I wrote them a letter explaining my situation with my parents, and they excused me from service. Thank you for that! Can you imagine going through all we've been through the last 38 or so hours and worrying about getting to Gainesville for jury duty??? I could not have done it! So I am very grateful they were so understanding and excused me from that responsibility!
Well, I need to go get ready and back on the road again! I think I'll stop at Guys and get my favorite - a big old biscuit, buttered and with a chunk of old fashioned hoop cheese in the middle for my breakfast.
That's it from Camellia Cottage Senior Medical Services. I'll talk to y'all later, B.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Probably my next most favorite flower, and one that is somewhat difficult, but possible, to grow, is the peony. Take a look at these beauties!
I have one very similar to this next one - mine is called Shirley Temple.
And next, being a Southern Girl, I have to include the gorgeous hydrangea! I have a number of hydrangeas, but the last three years I've had a hard time keeping them growing due to the extreme drought. So far, I don't think that will be a problem this year, thank goodness! And although I have several - I'd have dozens of these beauties if I had the money, space, energy and time to care for them.
In fourth place on my list of favorites is the rose - especially the David Austin or English roses. I have half a dozen David Austins, and probably 6-8 other varieties. But these are a few of the ones I'd love to add to my garden.
This next one is 'Graham Thomas'. I have a GT climber, but I'd love to have the non-climbing version!
Next up is a Heritage, and I have one, but if I could, I'd have many, many more. She's so beautiful, and the scent is even more gorgeous!
And last, but definitely not least on my list of top five favorite flowers is the majestic foxglove! These lovely plants can grow up to several feet tall, and the blooming period is long because the bottom blooms open first, and the top blooms open much later. I have several of these, and this spring I've seen several new babies from the seeds from year before last. Gotta love those re-seeding bloomers!
(All photos from Flickr)
So that's the list of my top five favorite flowers. I love almost everything that blooms, but these are just the ones that are nearest and dearest to my heart. So tell me, what are your top five favorites!
Have a blessed weekend, Becky
Thursday, March 26, 2009
EllynAnne Geisel has taken apron collecting to a world class level, and has even written books about them. Her latest book - The Kitchen Linens Book - has just hit the news stands, and to celebrate she is having a mega giveaway. But you have to do something special to enter! You have to make something new from something old around the house, and tell about it on your blog. Here's what I made >>>
I've had this doilie of my grandmothers for years, and wanted to do something with it, but never got around to it! It only had the embroidery and lace on one half of it, so I folded it over, sewed up the three sides, and made a pretty pillow from it.
I don't know if my grandmother "Mama Cliffie" did the embroidery, or someone else in the family, but she must have cherished it, because, although obviously old, it as in pretty good condition.
I embellished it with an old vintage brooch that had been hers,
and attached a multicolored organza bow and green button.
This is going to go into our guest room, also known as 'The Grandmothers Room' as a little decoration for the bed.
Oh, and if you are curious, the fabric underneath the pillow is a vintage chicken feed sack from our chicken house. It burned down in February of 1958, a few weeks before my 6th birthday. I have several of these treasures, and that is what they are to me, treasured pieces of my childhood. You can read about that HERE on a post I did a while back.
Thanks for visiting, and wish me luck. I'd love to win one of those incredible prize packages more than you can imagine! Blessings folks, Becky
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
(* I am calling my friend a her although I really don't know the gender of my new friend!)
About two or three weeks ago, as I was sitting here at my computer I heard a strange noise outside my window. I looked up, and there was a squirrel trying to get to one of the feeders, and a strange bird refusing it access! Way to go, birdie! After the offensive squirrel left, Birdie (as I have affectionately named her) spent quite a while eating from the suet cake I have attached to the deck.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
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What I didn't know until later was that on the back side of the funeral home, facing north, there was a magnificent double rainbow. Our niece and her husband and their friends had seen that gorgeous display.
Friday, March 20, 2009
It took me a while, but I found the sale, and it was pretty good. I'll tell you about my goodies in another post, but I just had to tell you about the neatest store I found along my way!
Now, some of you may know I have two dachshunds, named Bailey Sue and Bessie Mae (see pic in the sidebar to the right). But as I was going up Hwy. 115/52 between Dahlonega and Cleveland I saw a store named - Bessie Mae's!!! Of course I knew I'd have to visit them, but I didn't want to stop on the way - besides, they weren't open yet - so I made a point of stopping by on my way home, and I'm so glad I did!
The owner was so sweet, and her husband who was working the front counter was as well. They had some of the cutest things for sale, too! There were a lot of primitives, candles, gorgeous things for Easter, dried flowers, barn stars, vintage dishes and lovely tea towels and even some precious vintage Christmas decorations.
Look above at the chicken nesting box, filled with painted wooden eggs and such. The basket in front is filled with cute stuffed chickens.
Bessie Mae's had a nice selection of candles. I bought one of the soy jar candles with their name - Bessie Mae's - on it and the scent called "Ye Olde Homestead". The best way I can describe that scent is that it's a strange, but sweet, combination of clean linens and my great grandmother Ma Cook's Tea Cakes! Just scrumptious! There were also tart warmers and little wax tarts to go with them.
This was my favorite corner of the store, with the old wood stove, more chicken nesting boxes filled with tea towels, barn stars, and so much more. I bought a blue and white checked tea towel with roosters on it that I think I'll make an apron from if I can find those instructions, and a cute square sign in honor of 'my' Bessie Mae. It says "Beware, dog can't hold her licker"! And my Bessie certainly is a licker!
This corner was filled with spring decorations - chenille eggs, mini trees with small ornaments to go with them, bunnies and chicks galore!
And some of the cutest quilted and embroidered pillows! If I remember correctly, these were around $10 each!
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Bessie Mae's and if you are ever in the beautiful mountains of northern Georgia, I recommend it as a stop along your way.
Have a great weekend, folks! Becky
Today's 'Floral Friday' pictures were taken in my yard on August 4, 2008 - the same day as the pictures from Wordless Wednesday earlier this week. It was one of those magical days when the butterflies and hummingbirds cooperated with my need to take pictures!
First up are a couple of pictures of the hardy hibiscus. I have several of these plants, and was so lucky to get a couple of the pink with burgundy centers seen here, as well as one of the solid deep burgundy. Maybe this year I'll get some pictures of those.
Note the green butterfly inside the bottom hibiscus in the second picture. I just love these beautiful flowers - and they are one of largest bloomers in my garden. In years past I've had dinner-plate sized blooms, but I think the drought of the past few years has caused the blooms to be smaller than usual. These, however are probably 8 inches or more across!
And of course there are the living flowers in my garden! I have a hummingbird feeder that attaches to a window in my breakfast room with suction cups. It holds on very well, and the biggest problem with it is ants! But I have my ways of getting rid of them, lol! Anyway, the day I took these pictures, I sat my camera on the window ledge inside, just an inch or two from where the hummer was perched. I go visit them a lot, so they get used to me. They don't like sudden movements, but as long as I'm calm they will sit there and let me watch them with no problems.
Please excuse the quality of these photos - I think they are pretty good considering they are being taken through a double paned window!
I have another, larger feeder hanging at the outer edge of my front porch, and one hummer sits in the oak tree a few feet away and 'protects' that feeder from the other hummers that try to come and feed. When she is sitting in the tree, I'll go stand right beside the feeder and talk and sing to her. She will come and feed (with the feeder just inches from my head) and hover in font of my face, just fussing at me! And I'll fuss right back, telling her if it wasn't for me she wouldn't have that wonderful sugar water to enjoy, so she should best be nice to me! As you can probably tell, I'm right partial to the hummers! I enjoy all the birds that visit my feeders, but the hummers are special!
I hope you've enjoyed your visit to my garden today! Before long (as soon as the danger of frost has passed) the team of Camellia Cottage gardeners (hubby and myself) will be out raking the leaves off the young plants and looking to see which of our babies survived another year. As things progress, I hope to share more pictures with you, so stay tuned!
Wishing you a wonderful first day of Spring! Becky
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Photo from myrecipes.com website.
(Makes two sandwiches in 5 minutes for prep and 4 minutes to cook!)
- 4 slices thick, country Italian bread
- tablespoon balsamic vinegar (I find this is optional)
- 8 thin slices provolone cheese
- 4 very thin slices red (or other sweet) onion
- 6 to 8 fresh basil leaves
- Freshly ground pepper
- 2 tablespoons butter (or olive oil works for me just as well!)
Brush each bread slice with a small amount of balsamic vinegar. Arrange 2 slices provolone, 2 slices of onion and several basil leaves on half of bread slices. Sprinkle with pepper and top with remaining provolone and bread slices.
Melt butter in a cast iron or nonstick pan over medium high heat. Add sandwiches to pan and cook, pressing down with back of spatula, 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until cheese melts and bread is golden brown.
(For extra flavor, grill the onions and add sliced sweet tomatoes when in season.)
Note: I take an old brick, wrap it in aluminum foil and sit it on the sandwiches to press them. This works equally well in a skillet or on a grill. If you are fortunate enough to have a panini press, you are indeed fortunate, as this sandwich would work beautifully on a panini press!
This sandwich is great any time, but in summer, with fresh picked basil and sliced sweet tomatoes, well, it's heaven!!!
I hope you enjoy this recipe! And have a gorgeous day- spring officially starts tomorrow - YIPPEEEEEEEEE!!!
Be Blessed, Becky