Thursday, June 28, 2018

show went well

The Bright Star Furry Frenzy online show went well..... bears and fishies found new homes. Bob helped me get them packed up and off to the PO !
I am feeling much better.... the pneumonia seems to be gone ( hurrah) and the new surgery on the wound site seems to be healing ( knock on wood etc.) No signs of anything on the bandages.

Bob (DH) is still doing most of the inhouse tasks such as laundry, cooking, shopping etc. Though I am trying to take over some of them.

We had a nasty storm the other day ... thunderstorms, pouring rain with tornado warnings. The town sirens went off... which means a trip to the basement. I managed the trip down even though the last set of stairs doesn't have a railing. Bob plans to change that ASAP. A small tornado did touch down about 20 miles south.  Afterwards we saw trucks from the electrical company out fixing wires...glad our lines are below ground since the temps were in the 90"s. No electricity means no Air Conditioning!!

The weather person is talking even higher temps for the next few days... good time to stay home and work on bears!!

PS... changing menu ideas to avoid turning on the oven....


Saturday, June 23, 2018

Hospital stay..... again.....

After getting all ready for the Furry Frenzy show I found I was really ill.... this time it was pneumonia. So back to the hospital where the doctors worked on that plus the wound opening from my femur surgery.
But I made it home again in time for the show opening tomorrow!!!!
Back to MY BED... my bathroom ( instead of a commode)  and a nice visit from my daughters and grand daughter!!!!

We are all so READY to get back to normal!!!

Monday, June 11, 2018

actually getting something done

Bob and I went to the plant stall outside of our grocery store and bought flower and two tomatoplants for my deckboxes and the planters out front. Nice to have some color and to move past last winter and spring. We made our jaunt just in time since they are closing for the season shortly.
We have had to "resettle" some of the plants... the squirrels are at it again.  Almost wish I could let Robb's cats out on the deck to chase them away... almost.

I have got my page done for the upcoming online bear show... including all the PayPal buttons. I'll post a link at the end of next week. Enjoyed the "computer work" but was amazed to find out how rusty I am....almost three months of just checking emails, fb, the blogs I follow ... no real work.

BTW... our deck not only has squirrels but so many mosquitoes that sitting outside and eating dinner means multiple welts!!!

Oh well, when it's 95 degrees outside who wants to sit there anyway!!


Sunday, June 3, 2018

nudge here... nudge there.... doing an online show at the end of the month

I am working on getting ready for the Bright Star "Furry Frenzy" online show June 24 th and 25th!! The show's promoter has been sending me nudges to get me to do it!! She succeeded...

Actually it is nice to start working on bears or bear friends again!!


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Impatient but not enthusiastic

I am getting more and more impatient with the healing process....Bob and I have decided to take a short walk around our circle this afternoon to build up my leg muscles. I found my un-used sneakers ( unused since I fell). Finding them myself can be easier than giving him instructions ..lol. I will take the walker which is all wheels and a seat ( if I need to rest) and head out when he returns .

The lack of enthusiasm is for starting any new bears or friends ... or anything really. Going to have to work on that!!




Bob and I just returned from my first walk with walker around my cul-de-sac.....time to strengthen my leg muscles!

My granddaughter wants help taking photos for a portfolio...think I can get up enthusiasm for that!! She has made great strides in her art classes this year!!   She's my favorite grand daughter even though she's the only ...!!!!LOL!!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

I'm back sort of...

Just after my last posting Tigger ( Robb's orange striped cat) tripped me in the kitchen. Well... I had a choice.... either crush him or fall. I chose the latter. I fell with a huge bang and when DH came running  could not get up. Luckily the First Responders are only blocks away! They managed to get me onto a carrier, out to the EMT vehicle and off to the hospital.
I broke my femur ( thigh bone) into four pieces. The orthopedic surgeon inserted a titanium tube into the femur.
All this was complicated by by my afib and the thickness of my blood.
My insurance sent me to a rehab facility after the hospital stay where I received physical and occupational therapy..... now I am home. I still get physical therapy ( Scott is really good). The doctors say I am healing well

So with a rented hospital bed. toilet lifters, walkers and a transition chair we are coping. It would have been a lot easier if our house wasn't multi-floors.!

DH has been wonderful throughout.... constant visitor to the hospital and rehab  facility.... washed and brought clean clothes etc.  He has watched me progress and has been a great "go for" . For whatever I need or want!!

Today is my first time back at the computer!!!  Life must be getting much more normal!!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

update on the cats...

Jack and Tigger have decided either of us available makes a good place to settle.  They even will sleep together on on lap which was unheard of before.
At night Jack sleeps under our bed and Tigger sleeps at our feet with occasional trips up to my head to tickle me with his whiskers and cold nose.
Now if only they would awaken at 7am instead of 6...!!  LOL

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Grief Counselor's homework

Robb's employer arranged for us to see a grief counselor.  After our first visit she assigned a homework project..... Bob and I heard the assignment very differently but that's neither here nor there. I heard that I was to paint a ceramic plant pot with something that reminded me of our son. Then smash it and glue it back together.... the repaired pot is no longer perfect but it is whole. That is to reflect the hole in our life without our son and that we can put our life back together. Perfect...no... lots of cracks but "whole" in a sense.

Robb always wanted to have a beach house ... or lake house on the water..so that's what I chose.


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

My helper

Here's Tigger being my helper as I pin bear pieces together... LOL  His new favorite place while I am sitting in the recliner with my feet up....  Bob calls him our own "orange terror".

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Jack and Tigger

Robb's two cats have moved into our house. They miss him almost as much as we do BUT they are settling in.
My two daughters were over last night so today is a little bit of a set back....


Tigger, the orange striped one, has adopted me.  Jack, the gray striped one, has adopted Bob.

Monday, February 19, 2018

going to be quiet

My blog is going to be quiet for awhile.... my son was killed while helping someone ....

my poor husband had to write the obituary...

http://meyersfuneralchapel.com/2018/02/11/robert-groh/

Days are currently a struggle.
Bettina

Sunday, February 4, 2018

SNOW

Surprise surprise surprise..... looked out the window and it was snowing and blowing!!  We have about an inch ...so far! I guess we won't be going to our son's for dinner ( he lives about 45 minutes by car). Who knows what it will be like this evening.

So he's turning on his coffee machine and the X-Box .... we will do the same!!  And the gas fire!!


Yesterday's snow....we ended up with only an inch or so but by evening the temperature dropped to almost 0 F !


Thursday, February 1, 2018

Sandra is the winner

Sandra send your snail mail info to bettina.groh@gmail.com    and off the Paddington stuff will go!!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Needle Felting... tomorrow is the last day for my giveaway

I have been doing a lot of needle felting lately.... as one can see by my hands having lots of little red spots from the needle!!




It seems that whenever I do one needle felted thing I have to do more.... lol !

Comment  if you want the Paddington things!!! Tomorrow is "the" day!


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Decluttering and giveaway

One of Bob's plastic bookcases up in the storage area started to collapse due to the weight of his many transoceanic radios!!! The side columns started to bend and soon everything would have been on the floor.  I graciously (lol) offered on of my metal shelving units .... ha ha ha!. But that meant going through the boxes of stuff I had stacked on it... time to de-clutter.
  So today we packed up the car with two boxes of bookes plus a back area full of boxes and bags!!
Off to Goodwill , Restore for Humanity and our local used bookstore (Inklings)!!
  The bookstore owner gave me a few Paddington items left from her Paddington tea. My grandchildren are too old to be interested... but maybe someone else's are not!!
Just do a comment ( no anonymous please) and I will put the names in a hat and mail these things off to the winner.  Does February 1st sound good?




There is a poster, stickers, activity booklet and a coloring booklet with colored pencils

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

busy times

I drove to downtown Kansas City this morning for my every 7 weeks haircut. Mark and I get to play catch up on each other lives... He is a single urbanite adopted from the Philippines when he was a child. He was a stock broker but made this 90 degree shift into hair dressing. Love him!!
Today we talked about his recent cruise to Mexico, his Mother's leukemia and stroke and how his long time customers are getting OLDER . One of them he washes and cuts, does her make up etc twice a week in her home... sometimes she is " there", sometimes not.
I talked about my Mother and grand daughter and a fundraiser put on by my elder daughter's non-profit... The fundraiser was led by a  female impersonator which led to a discussion on "pronouns" .... when and what to use!!
My elder daughter has an appointment with Mark this afternoon .... will my ears buzz as they discuss me. Sometimes I wish I could be a fly on the wall and listen.... and other times I am glad I am not so I don't hear what they say!!

I have another online bear show coming up ... link on the right hand side. So I have been hard at work bear making, taking pictures and getting my website ready. I only need to add the PayPal buttons!
Ruby is my lead bear for the show ... Can one tell that Valentine's Day is coming up??

PS .... the weather has taken a nice shift to warmer!! They are talking about 60 degrees tomorrow. All the snow is gone just loads and loads of leaves from last fall.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Feeling lazy

After our day trip yesterday I am feeling lazy...still in my pj's at 11 am...... we went to Booneville to check out another old Singer and its table. The machine was not really what we wanted. The table was. As soon as I can I will post pictures...yes, we bought them!
Then it was off to Rocheporte which is where I-70 crosses the Missouri River mid-state... and where the Les Bourgeois winery is!  Tasted and bought 6 bottles... 10% off with purchase of 6!!
Then headed home with a stop in Grain Valley's Brass Armadillo... 15% off sale. Not lucky this time.

While feeling lazy I have been reading blogs and wondering how so many manage to be frugal food shopping. I see so many recipes online ( facebook...e-mails) and am tempted to try them... but that means buying the ingredients which are not always "frugal"....


Made myself feel guilty so I am now dressed etc..... 
  
 Here are pictures of the table... it's a Singer 74 ( if you really want to know).


Yes... it needs work.... the top and inside work surfaces really have had hard use. The table is really different from most of them. The opening for the machine is canted and the top opens on the same angle. It is supposed to make your sewing so much more efficient. We'll see.  The Singer inside is a 15-91 and will take work. I think I will put another machine, one I use regularly, in this one when DH has touched it up!!
 

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Up and running again

Just after my last posting my computer went belly up. Luckily we had advance warnings and so downloaded my files to a secondary hard drive.... but that meant no time on the computer until DH decided on a new one and then set it up.
I am learning slowly all the new computer's ins and outs and DH has added all my files from the secondary hard drive ( sort of like a huge flash drive).

I did go back to the estate sale and same home with MORE little Steiffs...

The large rabbit is not mohair and quite new but it is so cute and soft I coulsn't resist. The baby elephant from my first trip is still my favorite!!