Monday, October 27, 2008

Overwhelm and Procrastination

I am feeling overwhelmed today with all the grading I need to do (and have been putting off), the church strategic planning process, visiting Tex at Wandering Tree rehab, trying to keep up with replacing the carpet with a cork floor and fixing the area under the sink where the water rotted out the wood. Ay yai yai! And the truth is that I don't want to do much of anything right now. My sinuses are pouring, I feel just kind of punk but not bad enough to stay home. Woe is me! Oh well...

On a positive note, it will not be the end of the world if my students do not get their papers back tomorrow, and the Tiny Tibetan Terrorist wants me to play ball. I think that I will play ball, and get back to the other stuff later.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

I am so grateful this morning

Today is a day for feeling grateful. Some of the bits of grace are:

*Tex is safely in a rehab facility very close to home. He isn't happy but understands that he needs to be stronger to comer home.
*The Ex who is extremely ill with terminal cancer called to check on Tex and me. Ex has always been part of my life since I was 17. We have raised the kids together (who are now in their 30's) and have remained part of each other's family all through remarriage and moves. I am going to miss him dreadfully when the cancer finally wins. Please pray for Scott and Gail; they are going through incredibly difficult times. They are nonbelievers and I cannot imagine facing death with no secure knowledge of life after death. They are good people with a great support system and need and welcome prayers and positive thoughts.
*Today the students in my class do presentations so I do not have to prepare a lecture.
*A cool front has come through so the weather is nice and crisp. Fall is always one of my favorite seasons.
*The tiny Tibetan Terrorist has forgiven me and slept with me last night.
*Even better, I can take both dogs up to the rehab center to visit with Tex.
*I voted yesterday. I am incredibly grateful to live in a country where we can choose our rulers. Although I have a definite preference for one candidate, both candidates are good men who want to serve their country well.
*I have great kids and stepkids who support us all, as well as an incredible church family.

I feel truly blessed today.

I am Grateful

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Moving along

Well, the Texan finally came back to reality Monday morning, flashing his bright brown eyes, and cracking jokes. This was a real change from Friday through Sunday when he stopped being able to walk, talk, or stay awake. So this time I took him to the Better Hospital in this area, where they decided that he had a concussion or a swelling of the spinal cord from his fall. Although he is now alert, he needs help in being able to balance, walk, get up out of chairs, eat, etc. with his broken arm and the deterioration in his lower limbs. So he is off to Rehab for a couple or three weeks, just until he can manage at home.

Little Bit aka Dolly the 7 lb Tibetan Terrorist is REALLY unhappy with me because Tex is not home. Athough she normally sleeps with Tex, she refuses to sleep with me, goes back into her kennel at night and glares at me because he isn't home. That ball of fluff sure can hold a grudge!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

New Challenges!!!!!

A few of you know that Fred tripped over a mat at the local El Chico's on Wednesday, fell forward and broke his left arm and chipped a tooth. After a trip to the Lewisville ER I brought him home where he was until last evening when he was admitted to Denton Regional because of his inability to walk, talk coherently, and general neurological deterioration. He is confused and in pain, mostly because of the arm, I think. Please keep him in your prayers so he can come home quickly and in a condition so that I can care for him here with his beloved dogs.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

6 Unremarkable Things About Me

1. I am a read-aholic; I read novels, non-fiction, newspapers, magazines, and cereal boxes. In other words, if it has print in English, I have read it at least once.
2. I love brownies! I rarely make them because I can eat an entire 8x11 pan in 24 hours, all by myself. Since I have lost 10 lbs (hurray!)in the past two months, needless to say, I am craving brownies.
3. Over the years, my closets positively bulge with clothes that I love but are either too old, out of style, or the wrong size. I even have a friend who helps me go through those closets and clear out stuff but I still have a lot of clothes.
4. I only wear comfy shoes. After breaking three bones in my left foot, I am very good to my feet. Comfy shoes with a wide box at the toes feel great but I feel kind of like my grandmother who wore old-fashioned lace-up shoes in her fifties. Grannies rule!
5. Like MB, I always watch TV with a book in my hand. I can read and watch TV at the same time.
6. I hate housework, and have hired someone to clean since I was 12. Thanks to my 7th-grade and forever friend Denise, I leaned that my room(s) could be clean, and all I had to do was earn enough money to pay for it.