Thursday, May 31, 2012

Hello my friends.
I would like to thank all of you for your kind words, thoughts, cards, and flowers.  Terry's sister, Joan, was taken from us too soon at the young age of 59.  She was loved by many and will be missed so much.  Our trip to Ohio was bittersweet.  Joan's graveside service took place on a gorgeous sunny day and was attended by more people than I have ever seen at a graveside service.  There were many wonderful things said about how she touched our lives while she was here with us. Memories of Joan will be with us always.
I am still playing the "catch up" game since our return.  It has been downright HOT here day after day which makes it difficult to get plants in the ground and running errands miserable.  I hope this is not a prelude to what the summer will be like.  The yard looks beautiful and I enjoy our flower gardens so much.
 The hydrangeas are just now turning color.
 The azaleas are pretty much done for the season, but a few blooms are holding on.
 My lavender is spreading, much to my delight.  
 The lilies are gorgeous.
 Even a small sliver of the moon makes me happy.
 You will find dragonflies in many of my flowerbeds ~ both living and not.  This one changes colors all through the night.   I love watching it.
 This one is shabby chic and has been laying on this rock for about 5 years.
This one is of the rusty type and watches over the shabby chic one day after day after day.....

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day ~ 2012

This is the longest period of time I've been away from my Blog since I began in 2008.  Once we returned from Ohio, I was overwhelmed with things that needed taken care of.  I am still behind on many things and see no end in sight.  But, I could not let this day pass without saying a few words about Memorial Day.
Simply put, I am a proud American.  I still get teary-eyed when I hear anyone sing The Star Spangled Banner, and when I see a military person in uniform, I silently thank them for the service they provide.  It is hard to comprehend all the wars and all the lives lost because of those wars.  The turmoil never seems to end.  I took some time today to think about all those men and women who fought for our country and those who still do.  I can only hope that God is rewarding those who have died fighting for our great country.
I hope everyone who celebrated Memorial Day today with picnics, boating, swimming, and such, remembered the meaning of Memorial Day.  

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Hello Friends.
Terry and I will be heading off to Ohio this morning to spend some time with family and to say our final farewell to Joan at services on Saturday.  Thank you all so much for your kind words, sympathy, and love.
I have company staying at our house and I will have a lot of catching up to do next week, but I hope to be back to blogging soon after that.
♥ Audrey

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Joan with her two sons, the lights of her life:  Mike and Dan
Joan Pfeifer Artino
5-7-1953  ~  5-12-2012

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Spring Cold

I'll be away for a little while.  The Spring Cold Monster has gifted me with a doozy of a cold - stuffed up, watery eyes, sluggish, sneezing, and coughing coughing coughing kind of cold.  I've not been sleeping well and just pretty much feel yucky.  I started meds from the Dr. yesterday, so I hope they set me free soon.  So, I'll return when I feel like a whole person again who has the energy to lift her fingers to type a post.  ♥

Monday, May 7, 2012

Wishing you a day filled with magical memories surrounded by loved ones (and good cake).  I wish we could be there to celebrate with you ~ one of the downsides to living in another state.  We'll be thinking about you.  Happy day!! 

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Saturday Morning

I happened to see this little guy peeking out of his house, so I thought I'd take another look inside.
 They are growing fast and looking happy and healthy.  Mom must be giving them good eats.

 We had to transplant Patrick's rose bush in the Fall.  It was in Mom's flower garden right by her door and it grew so well it became way too big for that area.  We hoped it would be ok.  Voila!!  First rose on his bush this Spring.  I knew he wouldn't let us down.  It is comforting to see the roses everyday.  When I think about him now, I can smile without tears falling every single time. I miss him like crazy.  He was a great brother!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Good News ~ Bad News

The Good News
While painting a piece of furniture outside yesterday afternoon, a car pulled in ~ much to my surprise and delight, it was Casey!  He could only stay for the night and left at 6:00 this morning.  We went out for dinner and I snapped this photo.  He thought it was much too close, but I love his smiling face.  It had to be a record for short visits, but I'll take that kind of surprise any day!!!!

The Bad News

I spent the afternoon in the Emergency Room today.  Mom and I went out for lunch and I had only finished about 1/4 of my meal when I began to experience an uncomfortable feeling.  I was having a difficult time swallowing and was having discomfort like something was stuck midway down. I sat and waited for this to pass, but it was NOT going away. I packed Mom up in the car and decided I needed to have this checked out as it was not only not going away, it seemed to be getting worse and I could barely talk and couldn't even swallow my saliva.  So, off to the ER I went.
They immediately thought it might be an Esophageal Bolus, which pretty much is food lodged in your esophagus.  They did an EKG to rule out anything heart related, put an IV in (that's always such a joy), and asked a lot of questions.  In the meantime, I was throwing up backed up saliva many times.  After some time, I started to cough and that made me throw up and I dislodged whatever was blocking my esophagus.  I immediately felt normal again.  They apparently were going to use some type of medication to make the food dislodge and go down.  If that hadn't worked, then a GI Dr. would have been called in.
After humorously thanking me for doing his job, the ER Dr. suggested I see a GI Dr. in the near future for a scope, told me to take prilosec for a week and made me drink a horrible, thick, chalky, awful tasting cocktail to sooth my throat and esophagus.  He then released me. 
It was not a pleasant experience and I hope it doesn't happen again.  Everyone in the ER was really nice but I was happy to be released with a fully working esophagus, to get Mom home, and to see Jake!! 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May 1st

May all your days in MAY be BRIGHT and BEAUTIFUL!