Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The last day of March

March actually went by pretty fast. Winter just won't go away! We had sleet yesterday with snow mixed in, and we may get a snow shower tonight! Hopefully not. 

By Thursday, it's supposed to be sunny and 70. Here's hoping!

Two more work days til spring break starts, and it can't go by fast enough! 

Ralph has been busy laying out his garden. He's planting corn, peanuts, potatoes, asparagus and raspberries. 

Today is Mike's birthday, he's 59. 

I'm crocheting chemo caps for my friend Jean. I have 3 made, and want to make several more so she can switch them out. 

I'm re-reading the In Death series from the beginning. They have held up well. 

And now to get back to crocheting!

Holly

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Chilly

Spring can't decide if it wants to be here or not. It was almost 70 the other day, and back down to 30 today. But no snow, knock on wood.

Steph is running a 5 K today, on a tulip farm! We're so proud of her! She, Dan, Ben and Manda have all run at some point. Heather only runs if there is a code, and Ed would prefer to drive his street bike. 

Four more work days til spring break, and it can't come soon enough. It's been such a long winter, we're all ready for a break. 

Carol has had another surgery, and is going to have skin grafts hopefully Tuesday. She's feeling well enough for company, so Ralph, Franny and I plan to go see her soon. 

Ralph is working hard at getting the feral cats to allow him to pet them, the first step toward bringing them in. Sly will probably adjust well, Tina not so much. 

I finished one chemo cap for Jean, and I'm working on #2. She starts chemo in about 2 weeks. 

I'm almost all caught up with the "In Death" series, then I'll move on to Linda Fairstein. 

And it's nice and sunny out, and no zombies are visible!

Holly

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Spring

To celebrate the first day of  spring, we had 5 inches of wet, heavy, sloppy snow. It started snowing on my way to work, and snowed all day. Around 2 pm it started to lay on the streets and in the parking lot. One of our wonderful staff went out right before we were dismissed and brushed off all of our cars! The roads were wet but not slippery.

Manda and Amary have bronchitis! They saw the doc today. 

We went to the Christmas Tree Shoppe and got curtain rods and sheer panels for the living room, dining room, and family room. Ralph got some seed starter cups, and we got some raspberry plants. Then we went to Longhorn and had lunch/early dinner. 

It's in the upper 40's and the snow is almost gone. Hopefully it's the last snow of this winter! We're all ready for spring. 

Holly

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Almost Spring?

We had a few nice days, but now it's cold again. And on the first day of spring, we could have snow! Enough, already

Carol has had several surgeries on her leg, and will have at least one more. But she's making great progress, and PT had her up and standing for a minute! That's such a relief!

Yesterday I went to an inservice. The venue gets a big fat zero! Due to a "misunderstanding", there was no coffee/tea or breakfast til after the first hour. The "room" had a tent roof, and even tho it was not real windy, the roof groaned and howled throughout the day. The food was decent, most of the speakers were interesting, and we got 4 prof. dev. hours.

I'm still catching up on JD Robb's books, with a side trip to read the new Sarah Morgan. I finished the star baby afghan that I was working on, and I'm starting chemo caps for my friend Jean. 

And we're getting used to the time change, but I still hate getting up in the dark!

Holly

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Worrying about my friend

My friend Carol is in the ICU, after a freaky accident. She forgot she had put her car in reverse, and got out to pick up something. The car started moving, and she couldn't jump back in or get out of the way fast enough, and was knocked down and hit. Went to ER, was released. Some days later, shin pain and swelling. Dickie took a pic to their doc, who sent her for wound care. The wound people sent her to a higher level ER. She was admitted, had an incision & drainage, and has a massive infection. She's having a second surgery today. 

We're really worried about her. That's a lot to put your body through.

And I think about her constantly.

Holly

Monday, March 9, 2015

The party's over

Manda, Ben and Amary were scheduled to fly in on Thursday night, so they could be here for Julianna and Mom's birthday party. Mother Nature disagreed, dumping us with 8 inches of snow on Thursday, and their flight was cancelled. There were no available seats on Friday, so they got in Saturday at 4.30. We picked them up at the airport, picked up mom, and went right to Heather and Ed's for the party.

At the party, they made their big announcement. Baby Briles #2 will arrive arrive around August 18. We've actually known since Christmas Day, but have been keeping their secret til they got here. We were at Heather and Ed's til after 11pm, and the time also changed that night. 

Sunday, Mike and Donna came up to see them, then Heather and the kids came up to spend the afternoon. We got cheesesteaks and panzarotti's for lunch, and the kids had a great time playing with Amary. She's talking a lot, and everything is "Ammy's". Last night Manda and I took Amary up to Mom's for another visit.

Today we went to a diner for lunch, then to Rita's for water ice. They finished packing up, and Rapid Rover just left with them to go to the airport. I got Amary's chickie hat finished. And she got to stomp around in the snow! They were here less than 48 hours, but we packed a lot into the time. We won't see them again til I go out for the baby's birth, and Ralph will go out in September to see the new little one. 

I'm always sad when any of the kids leave. It's worse because Amary is changing so much by the day. It seems like so long since Julianna and Eddie were that little. But, as my friend Barbara says, at least we're not seeing them leave on a ship or a covered wagon. Those days must have been terrible emotionally!

And it's March, and almost 50 out, and the sky is blue. We have three wonderful, healthy grandchildren, and another on the way. Life is good.

Holly

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The last of February!

What a long, cold, snowy, icy month this has been! I'm so glad to see the end of it. I took two sick days this week- Monday I was throwing up, and Thursday I had such a bad head cold that I just wanted to sleep. 

By Thursday night I was feeling human, and we finally got our dinner out with Ed, Heather, Eddie and Julie. We went to Texas Roadhouse, which the kids love. Unfortunately Ralph developed a toothache that day, so he stuck with soft foods. He went to the dentist Friday morning, and is feeling so much better now.

This morning we had a couple errands to run, the went to Applebee's for lunch. They have an appetizer of sweet potato fries with dipping sauce, which was really good! Then I went into Michaels for yarn to make a baby chick hat for Amary. 

Last night I had dinner at Olive Garden with part of Cookie Swap, which was a lot of fun. So far we've managed to get together 3 months in a row! 

I'm reading Secrets of the Lost Summer by Carla Negron, and enjoying it. It's the first of a loose series, or so the internet tells me. 

So, Goodbye February! It's been real!

Holly