Sunday, November 22, 2020

Christmas Decor Makes Me Happy

 I can't believe it's already Sunday evening. This last week just flew by faster than most this year. 

I haven't been feeling the greatest the last few days and it's more than just my foot. The weather here in Northeast Louisiana just can't seem to make up its mind and it's wreaking havoc on my sinuses and allergies. I think it's keeping me from getting a good night's sleep and now I'm whiny and grumpy. 

Told Mike that I'm not doing anything today and so far I've kept my word. I did end up riding with him to pick up Kyla for the week. We did a quick stop at Cavender's to look for boots for her for Christmas, but that's been it. Now I'm back home stretched out in my recliner listening to some football game and enjoying my Christmas decor. 


I collect snowmen and now that the girls are no longer doing stockings the mantel place has become the perfect place to display some of my favorites. 


I am also loving that my chair is right next to the Christmas tree this year. It's an automatic cheer me up just by turning my head a little bit. I have to say Mike did a really good job at hanging the ornaments. That's usually a "me" job but I just didn't have the energy this year. 



This year I added some new ornaments to an old birdcage for a little more glitz and I'm loving the way it turned out. Thank you, Pinterest!  Also, see that afghan on the back of the couch, I made that! It's one of my first ever completed blankets. I finished it a couple of years ago and it's a favorite. 


Cotton stem sourced from a local cotton field over the late summer that hasn't found a new home yet.



Did I mention I like snowmen?  There are even snowmen on the kitchen windowsill in the background. 



This was a gift from my sister-in-law last year. It needed a little help so it didn't quite so lost on the big empty wall by itself. So I added a bow from Walmart and found these adorable vintage Coke Christmas coasters at a local antique store. I added some blue tack on the back and now that wall is one of my favorite decorations. 

I need to find my hooks to hang up the ornaments on this tree but I love the little Chrismas pop it gives my front entryway. 

More snowmen and some vintage angels from my grandmother's Christmas decor. 



I'm not quite done with my table yet, I want to add a runner and maybe crochet some placements. If you follow me on Instagram you saw my excitement over my table. It was my Christmas present this year. 


And more snowmen decor. The cookie jars and platter were given to me a few Christmas's ago by my best friend and have been some of my absolute Christmas decorations ever. 

The nativity scene is more decor from my grandmother. They are from Sears circa 1950s I think. I hope to one day have the whole collection. 


I don't normally decorate my staircase but this year I felt that all the added Christmas cheer I could bring would be a good idea. I'm pretty happy with how this turned out for under $20. The tin snowflakes make the garland work. 



We also started putting up the outdoor lights. We've got some more to go but for now it's done. The blue lights you see on the house are actual laser type lights and create a 'snow' effect that is really pretty. 

I'm just glad it's all up and now I can relax and enjoy it all. 


How about you? Are you putting up Christmas early this year?

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Thankful Thursday: Busy Busy Week



 It's been a rather hectic week of going for me. I think the world knows I'm back on my feet and is trying to make up for the last year of me not being able to go. I've had to drive somewhere everyday this week. Which just feels so weird after not being able to drive for so long. I'm still unbelievably thankful I am able to drive though.

I am also thankful this week for

having time with Kyla

Kyla came home for the weekend and didn't leave till Monday evening. I miss my monkey something terrible and love having her home. She lifts my spirits so much. 


Walmart grocery delivery

With covid cases ramping back up in our area having this option is really wonderful. After having several people in our family contract this crazy disease it's really a great way for us to keep our peace of mind.  I love how I can keep adding to the order until 1:45am of the day of the delivery and how I can schedule what time of day I want it dropped off. We started using it mainly while I was still dealing with my broken ankle and then covid hit and it just made sense to rely on it solely. 

That Mike is finally done clearing the property

I didn't think he'd ever get done with it. Dealing with the logistics of getting people out there to knock down the old shop, clean out the crap like old oil drums, tires, and more, and clean up the ashes of the burnt house was nightmarish. But God provided everything and everyone we needed at the right time and for a hell of a price. It was truly a blessing in more ways than one. For me, the biggest blessing is it's been a load of stress taken off Mike's mind, and for Mike, it's a blessing because it didn't break our bank. 

Just behind that big green patch of plants is where the house was.
Way off in the distance is where the shop was. 


It's so weird seeing all of the buildings gone. The guys also knocked down around 6-8 trees that needed to go. Oh, and they cleared out a really overgrown section of the property that was behind the old shop. It's just amazing how much land it opened. I knew we had a lot of property but wow it's just mind-boggling to me how much it is now that all that stuff is gone. 

For convenience store food

Right next door to my physical therapist is a gas station/convenience store. I love this place. They have great fast food items that taste better than any fast food you can get.

Mike and Hayley prefer the tater logs but my favorite is the boudin balls. It’s a perfect cheap snack/meal after a long session of physical therapy. They are a touch spicy which is perfect and the center cheese portion is just an amazing touch  


What are you thankful for this week?

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Pantry Reorganizing: Holding Myself Accountable

 My big goal this week is to tackle my pantry. After over a year of my sweet dear husband have full rein on dinners and grocery shopping it's a massive mass. Mike is taking the Covid-19 issues very seriously and has stated from the beginning that we would end up on a second lock down; this being said he's stocked up on lots of stuff that I normally wouldn't keep as much of. 

Like 9 jars of pizza sauce... NINE

*sigh*

I have got to get things under control. My thought process on this post today is if I show you what it looks like now then I have to fix it and show you so you know I actually did it. 

Accountability 

 


Someone explain to me why I have four five-pound bags of sugar? And six boxes of minute rice plus a box full of regular rice?

Just looking at those shelves makes me twitch! 

UGH


Oh look, it's more sugar and more rice!?!

Seriously I think Mike might have an issue. 



And these are my doors. I love my pantry doors. Whoever built these doors with these nifty little shelves was a genius. Noble prize-worthy type person. 

The biggest issue is going to be going through the food and seeing what's still good. Like I know the chia seeds and the quinoa are over a year out of date. This frustrates me so much because I hate wasting food but this time it just couldn't be helped. 

Mike's never really been the cook in the family and when I was laid up unable to cook he stuck with just a handful of dishes he knew well. Like gumbo, jambalaya, nachos, fried deer steak, steak and potatoes, and so on and so forth. 

The main goals are:

  • get rid of outdated food
  • take inventory of what is on hand
  • reorganize everything
  • rehome things that are still good that we aren't going to use (like the jars of homemade fig jam) 
I'm giving myself until next Tuesday to get it all done.

So see you then with a pantry update!  





Monday, November 16, 2020

Happy Homemaker Monday: Getting my Shitk Together

 I am getting this post up much later than I intended. I just couldn't wake up this morning. I tried to get up around 7:30 and Mike snuggled up to me and that was all she wrote. It was 10 before I woke up and forced myself out of bed. And since then I've been on the move but still don't feel like I've accomplished anything. 

I have got to start getting myself onto a better daily schedule, especially a morning routine. It's a struggle. With Kyla not living here during the school year, I don't have to be up early anymore which is amazing because I hate being up before 8. But I always feel so off when I sleep past 9, I just feel like I can't catch up with all that needs to be done. 

One of my goals this week is to start working on a schedule that works for me. I want to get back to my homemaking roots. 

With that in mind lets move on to this week's Happy Homemaker Monday with Sandra:



Weather:

This week is a bit better than last but it's still a lot warmer than I want it to be. And even worse it's horrible for hunting. No hunting means no deer meat and I'm running low on venison, never good. 

Monday~ H 68  L 42
Tuesday ~ H 70 L 40
Wednesday~ H 69 L 40
Thursday ~ H 72 L 48
Friday~ H 75 52
Saturday~ 76 57
Sunday~ 75 51

On the lunch plate:

I had a chicken quesadilla from a local taco joint. I've found my appetite isn't what it use to be and I'm eating a lot less than normal. Maybe it'll translate into some lost pounds. 

Outside my window:

It's a gorgeous sunny day. The wind is just lightly blowing so the lake is really pretty to watch. Makes me want to go walk around a park. I'm so close to being able to do just that. Trying not to rush myself and damage the healing I've already done. 


As I look around the house:

It is a bit of a mess.  The girls washed the dogs so they could come back inside and there's dog hair everywhere so I need to vacuum post-haste and just do a general pick up. 

What I'm wearing today:

My normal uniform of jeans, a t-shirt, and shoes. 

To do this week:
  • drive over to the property and pay the water bill for it, because the water company there is still in the 1900s and doesn't do over the phone or online bill pay. I kinda like it. 
  • finish putting up Christmas decor
  • actually reorg pantry
  • physical therapy Tuesday and Thursday
  • figure out what we are doing for Thanksgiving next week
  • visit my mom on Saturday
  • work up some sort of daily and weekly homemaking routine, tweak as needed
  • blog 2 to 3 times 
Currently Reading:

The Dark Tower 7 by Stephen King
Hebrews in the Bible

What I'm watching this week:
  • Supernatural on Thursday for sure! The final episode airs then and I think I'm at peace with it now. It's time after 15 years. 
  • Evil
  • The Queens Gambit
On the menu this week:

We ate out way too much last week so I have to start cooking more. Which means I need to get myself in gear and start planning meals again. 

Monday~ Deer/beef stew
Tuesday~ Cast Iron Glazed Bacon Meatloaf
Wendesday~Navjo Tacos 
Friday~  Chicken and Rice Casserole
Saturday~ F.F.Y. (Fend For Yourself)
Sunday~ possibly eat out or homemade pizzas

Something fun to share:

Hayley and I had our hair done over the weekend and I may be slightly jealous of her pink hair, mine is part purple but it's not quite as vibrant as I wanted. Kyla isn't able to get hers done because of public school rules. 





Favorite photo from the camera:


I had Kyla for the weekend and caught this one of her and her dog snuggling. Friday is such a huge baby and swears she's a lap dog. 

Something Inspirational:



Friday, November 13, 2020

Five Random Things

 I'm trying hard to post daily, even if no one is reading yet. Because I know the more I post, the more I share, that eventually people will start reading. And honestly, I'm past needing the readers like I use to. I just want somewhere I can record my thoughts and my days. Maybe one day my kids will be interested in reading back through my words. 

Anyways I didn't have anything particular to write about today so but I do have a bunch of small random thoughts that don't quite make a full post in of themselves. So why not put them all here. 

1-quart baking dishes are small

A lot smaller than I thought. A friend of mine is a Pampered Chef consultant and at a recent party, I purchased one of these great 1 qt enameled cast iron baking dishes. It's so pretty and I love it, but now I'm struggling with what to make in something so small. I'm thinking it'll be perfect for small desserts, dips, and maybe some small sides. 

I do love the dish though. I'm obsessed with cast iron in general and I'm loving having some that have the enamel on them. 


Kyla is home for the weekend

Now that school has started I don't get to see much of her. She's finishing up her senior year of high school and is definitely growing up way too fast. I can't believe she's already 18, graduating high school this year, and will be starting college in the next year or so. While there are many things that are different in her life, like not being able to drive, due to the RP, she's like any other teen. She's coming into her own quickly and it amazes me how fast she's finally maturing. I love having her home, she brings me peace unlike anyone else. We are going to have a mom-daughter day Sunday. Not sure what we will do yet but it'll be nice to have one on one time with her. 


Driving again is amazing!!

There's no doubt I missed walking the most over the last year. Being able to get up and get what I want when I want is amazing. BUT y'all I can drive now!!! I. Can. Drive. Oh, the freedom that brings. I can now go get my daughter on my own, I can run to the store, go to the library, go anywhere and do anything. When. I. Want.  


There have only been a handful of times since I started driving twenty years ago (yikes now I feel old) that I've been without a car or unable to drive. And none of those times last a whole year. I'll never take the freedom being behind the wheel brings again. 


Having kids cook for you is fun

Especially when it's your daughter and your niece. These two, Hayley and Seleena, are thick as thieves and so much fun to listen to. They are cracking me up as they cook creamy spaghetti for us tonight. Lots of giggles, oh my gods, and more. I can't believe years ago I dreaded having my babies all grown up. It's so much more fun now that they can do things like make dinner and I get to sit back and enjoy them. 

Not the best picture but I didn't want to get up to take it. 

Amazon is going to break me

I've been buying way too much recently. Poor Mike doesn't even ask anymore he just brings in the boxes. It's not all my fault. I mean it's been a year since I've been able to really shop so all my shopping has been done online. And there's the Covid thing so ya know online shopping does really make a lot of sense. My latest purchase should be in Tuesday and I can't wait. I got some really nice nonslip cushioned house slippers. I've never been one for houseshoes but now that I'm able to walk I've found walking barefoot is nearly impossible.  My physical therapist suggested some houseshoes. 

I've also bought, over the last year, a ton of Beetles Gel Polish, nail gems, nail gem glue, dog toys, dog stairs, crochet stuff, and so much more. 

And I've gotten a lot of our Christmas presents off Amazon too. 

I think I may have a problem, but I'm not sure I want to do anything about it. 

The Roof, the Roof, The Roof is on Fire

 Don't get no water, let the ************ burn. Burn ********* burn! 

That's the song that went through my head Tuesday night as we burned down the old homestead. 

Mike and his dad worked hard the last week cleaning out the old home of all the junk that had accumulated for the last thirty or so years. They also saved all of the original hardwood doors, a door frame I'm going to make some mementos out of, and some window frames. 

The front bedroom on the left is where Mike and I laid our heads to sleep. The back window was
our meager bathroom. No hot water but the water worked so at least we had a toilet. 


It was kind of sad to see the house go. It's been around since the early 1900s. It was originally a two-story house and was converted to a one-story when the original owner's husband had passed away. I'm not sure how but from I understand they took the top story off and placed it on the ground to make the main home that Mike's grandparents bought in the 60s.


The front room here was the living room and it's where we spent most of our free time
just hanging out and getting to know each other over horror movies and football.

This house has seen so many children grow up within its walls. Mike's Granny raised six girls in the three-bedroom and one bath house. This house also saw me and Mike fall in love and start our own family. Granted at that time it was a tad more liveable than what it is in these pictures, but honestly not by much. We joke all the time I must have really loved him to put up with a house that had no working kitchen, no hot water, and no heat. His grandma lived in a trailer just to the left out of frame so we did all the cooking, washing, and etc at her place. The house was just where we laid our heads and hung out together. 

So seeing it wrapped in tall orange flames was a bit hard. All those memories are now just that, memories. It's weird knowing we will never step foot into it again. Even Hayley is touched by its absesnce. 



We contacted the local volunteer fire department when we started the process of buying the property to see if they wanted to use the structure for training. For us, it was so much cheaper to have it burned than to demolish it. As soon as we had the deed in our hands they were cleared to burn her down. They came in around 5:30pm, poured diesel throughout her, tossed in a match, then sat back and watched her go. It took a little over three hours for it to burn to nothing but ash. 

The lighted window in the far left side of the picture is the trailer Granny lived in after her girls had grown and moved on. She lived there till she was in her mid-80s. 



Mike said it got so hot that even though he was watching from about an acre and half away the outside of the truck was hot to the touch. It's crazy how fast it went. Though it was helped because Mike and his dad had taken out most all the windows, doors, and even the attic fan; so it had a great bit of airflow to help fan the flames. 





As sad as it was to see it go it was also so exciting. With it gone we can now have the debris cleared away and prep the area for a slab for a mobile home. We are now one step closer to living our dream. And that is thrilling! I can't wait to get out there and make it ours. We want to put the new home where the old one was, then move Granny's trailer out. 

This was all that was left by the next morning. We will have all the debris moved out and all the trees surrounding the burned area taken out. 


Once all the buildings are situated I want to add in a wonderful kitchen and canning garden, flower garden, fruit trees galore and so much more. I'm not sure we will ever have farm animals because we like to travel too much but who knows maybe one day when we settle down. 

It's the end of an era but as one wise man, Lucius Seneca, said, "Every new beginning comes from some other beggings end." 

And this new beginning is going to be amazing. 

I just hope it last a good 100 years too. 

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Thankful Thursday: Trying to Stay Awake

 Y’all I’m exhausted. Poor Foxy had extensive dental work yesterday. Lots of really and built up tarter which required some sort of gel work and she had to have a tooth pulled. I felt so bad for the old girl that I slept downstairs with her last night. It’s a good thing I did because we had an emergency bathroom run around 5am. Poor girl, the anesthesia, and the pain pills did not agree with her stomach. She had another emergency between 7am and 9am but didn’t wake me up for it so that was a pleasant surprise to clean up. 

She laid next to me and whimpered for hours. 

I managed to get the meds cleaned up and a shower taken with just enough time to make it to physical therapy today. There my therapist worked me hard so needless to say I’m just so tired.

I almost didn’t stop to write today but I really do want to get back into the habit of writing a few times a week. 

So here I am ready to share what I’m thankful for this week: 

For a younger brother who is taking on Christmas plans this year.  

For years I’ve been the one that’s planned the big family gatherings and this year he’s decided he wants to plan it out. It’s a welcome break and about time the brat steps up. Seriously it’s a blessing. I can just show up with the family and not have to stress over the details. 

Christmas 2019 aka worst Christmas ever 
At least this year I can walk!


That my sister-in-law is healing

She was diagnosed with covid about 3-4 weeks ago. Stayed in the hospital for a week, was released, had a baby the next week. And then a week later she was back in the hospital because of a collapsed lung due to Covid. She was finally released to go home today. She’s not fully healed but is closer. It could have been so much worse and I’m so thankful to God it wasn’t. 


For my physical therapist Andy

I’ve only been twice since I was released to real shoes but wow at the difference. He passively stretches my ankle to help my range of movement, and while it hurts it also feels so good. It’s made the natural rhythm of walking easier. He also started me on standing exercises today and I’m glad I’m in good hands. I have hope now that I’ll be able to lead a normal life soon. 


That Louisiana allows you to request a duplicate license online. 

My ditzy self actually threw away my driver's license yesterday. It got out into a bag coming out of the car and I just missed it. Sadly the trash was picked up early this morning so there was no saving it. Thankfully the DMV allows me to get a replacement online which means no DMV lines.  There was an additional $3 fee on top of the replacement fee but it is well worth not having to deal with those lines.

 

Also thankful that Louisiana has a digital wallet app that I’d already signed up for

I can still drive and not fear getting pulled over and getting a ticket. It’s a huge help while I wait on my duplicate license to come in.



That I can now drive again

I can’t walk long distances yet but y’all I can drive! I’ve missed driving so much. There’s a freedom in being able to go when you want how you want that we take for granted as everyday driving adults. I. Missed. It. 


What are you thankful for this week?

Monday, November 9, 2020

HHM: Feels good to be homemaking again

 It's been a while since I joined in with this particular blog hop but now that I'm finally back on my feet, pun intended, I can finally start being a homemaker again in more than just wants and dreams. If you haven't seen my story involving my broken ankle and the hellish recovery you can read about the beginning of it here and the middle part here and here and the final outcome here

It's a long story which only makes sense beings it took a full year to recover. But I saw my ortho surgeon last Friday and I've finally been released to walk without a walking boot. It's been amazing to be in two matching shoes again and on my own two feet after so long. And even more amazing that I'm slowly getting my strength back after being broke for so long. I'm finally able to get into the kitchen, the laundry room, vacuum, and all the other things that make us housewives happy. I never thought I'd miss cleaning but I did. 


Anyways on to this week's Happy Homemaker with Sandra




Weather:

What is up with this weather? Like really? It's November 9th and it's supposed to be a high of 85! That is crazy!!! The rest of the week isn't looking much better. 

Monday~ H 85 L 62
Tuesday ~ H 82 L 61
Wednesday~ H 74 L 2
Thursday ~ H 74 L 51
Friday~ H 72 L 51
Saturday~ H 76 L 57
Sunday~ H 74 L 49

On the breakfast plate:

If I eat breakfast it'll be some toast with butter and jam, maybe with some hot tea

As I look around the house:

Things are actually really clean and picked up. Hayley has been doing such a great job of helping keep the house in order. I don't know what I'd do without her. 

What I'm wearing today:

Jeans, a t-shirt, a compression sock and my new Hoka's. Gone are the days of going barefoot in the house 

To do this week:
  • pay bills
  • call tax adjuster about taxes on the new property
  • get out Christmas decor *yes I know it's early and no I don't care 
  • go through plastics kitchen cabinet and declutter it
  • post some things to sell on FB marketplace
  • start on my nieces mermaid doll and blanket, has to be done by Christmas
  • if my ankle feels up to it reorganizing my pantry
Currently Reading:

The Dark Tower 7 by Stephen King
The Turning of the Screw by Henry James
Hebrews in the Bible

What I'm watching this week:
  • Supernatural on Thursday for sure! Two episodes left and the series is done. Not sure how I feel about it yet. 14 seasons is a really long time to invest in a show and I love the characters so much
  • Evil
  • The Queens Gambit
  • Halestorm 
On the menu this week:

I don't plan many meals right now because it takes so much out of me to get in the kitchen and cook. Mike does most of the cooking and I never know what he's going to do till it's done. 

However, I do plan on making a deer stew Sunday night beings the temperature is going to finally drop enough to enjoy a good warm meal. And I may make a dutch oven bread if I have the energy. 


Favorite photo from the camera:

I saw the buffalo in the tree and just had to take a picture of it. Do you see it?







Thursday, November 5, 2020

Thankful Thursday: I went shopping!

 A long time favorite blog author of mine, Kristin over at The Frugal Girl does this Thankful Thursday post each week or so, and today felt like a good day to do one of my own.  For the first time in such a long time, I find myself actually able to feel grateful and thankful for things in my life. It's understandable that I've struggled with it the last year with all I've gone through but y'all I'm so glad to be breaking out of that mindset. 

One of my favorite views is the one overlooking the small lake we live on. 


This week I'm thankful for:

Being able to go shopping because I can walk for more than a few steps at a time

I actually got to go shopping today, standing up and walking on my own two feet! No walker, no cane, just me! Not only was it shopping but it was at one of my most favorite places. Frogs Flea Market. It's this great little store with all sorts of stuff and I just love it. I always find something there. Today I found this great vintage 10inch square cast-iron skillet for $20! I so love using cast iron to cook on and have wanted a nice square one for things like grilled cheese sandwiches. And it's perfect for bacon using a grill press. 

But seriously, today the best part was just being able to walk, slowly, around the store and take it all in without hurting. I'm gaining my life back day by day

Cool Sunny Days

This has been such a crazy winter so far! It's been high 70's for the most part and it's working towards mid-November! Even for us here in the southern part of the country that's a bit unusual. So I've really been thankful for the cooler temperatures. I'm also thankful I can walk out my door and enjoy the sunshine while the dogs play in the back yard. I've missed that so much!


My silly derpy doggos

My babies mean the world to me and I've missed them terribly while I've been immobile. The big one, Friday, is so much work and sheds more than you can possibly imagine for such a short haired dog that she's pretty much had to stay outside the last year. Mike and Hayley just haven't been able to keep up with all the work she demands. But now that I'm up and moving I can have both dogs with me!  I love watching Friday's goofy self and love all the snuggles I get from my grumpy old lady Foxy. 



That I'm seeing my ortho surgeon tomorrow and that I can walk into the building to do it

I've come so far so fast once my ankle actually started healing and to know that tomorrow mere 5 weeks after being told I could start weight-bearing I can now walk is just astonishing. I'll never take the small simple things, like being able to get my own ice water, for granted again! The hope for tomorrow is that I can graduate from walking boot to regular tennis shoes. I even have new ones ordered! They should be here sometime this evening and are supposed to be really good for people with ankle fusions. 

For the great helpful people in my genealogy groups on Facebook

I've hit a stumbling block or two in regards to tracking down Mike's great grandfather and great great grandfather. So I turned to my trusty groups for help and within a few hours I have a few leads to dig into that I didn't have before. I find the past so fascinating, especially the way people moved around back then. So many times whole families moved together across states to start somewhere new. Anyway's I'm glad to know I'm just a touch closer to tracking down the history of Frank! 



I'm thankful that we homeschool

Weeks like this one were we are out of the house most of the day each day of the week with either errands or trips like the one to Dallas to see my surgeon it's nice to be homeschooling. We can take the week off and not feel bad about it. The freedom to work schooling around our schedule just makes me so happy. 


And I'm thankful for having family that cooks for us

Even though things are slowly getting back to normal here I still can't get into the kitchen every night to cook. Tonight Mikes Aunt Ginger is sending over some grilled hamburgers for dinner. Which is a huge win. It'll make getting ready to leave for Dallas so much easier. And an added bonus we don't have to cook or eat out.

What are you thankful for this week?

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Walking and Property Dreams

 *blows cobwebs off blog*

I can't believe it's been two months since I've written. I'm slowly getting back into a normal routine and maybe I can start writing more. 

October was a great month, I was released to start full weight-bearing, and learning to walk again has been a journey. It's been a little over 4 weeks since the day he told me I could start trying to put weight on my foot and I'm doing so much better than I thought I would be. The first week or so was hard, I'd take a few dozen steps with a walker and be laid up for the rest of the day. Now I'm walking with just the boot and have been able to do things like small ventures up the road. I see my surgeon on Friday and the hope is I've continued to heal enough that I can ditch this godawful walking boot. 

Enjoying being able to get out and about because I can walk!


I say that but at the same time, I'm a little nervous too. On one hand, the boot is causing me issues, from back and hip pain to foot pain because of the way my gait is. Even with what is called an evenup on my good foot I'm still not quite even when standing and walking because of how thick the boot is. Not having to deal with that will be nice but the boot does provide much-needed support for my ankle. I'm so nervous about putting weight on it without something there to keep it from rolling. It's mostly a mental thing. 

So what else has been going on...

We finally signed papers and officially own Granny's property. Even though she's gone and even though it's our property now I think we will always view it as Granny's. I don't know maybe as the years go by and we make it out home it'll change. We do have plans on adding a gate like you see on ranches and naming it Auzie Jean's Place or something in honor of her. 

What will be my front side yard one day.


I'm so excited to be able to call it our own. I have such grand plans. I want a huge vegetable garden, fruit trees, flower gardens, and more. I have dreams of my grandchildren coming to visit us there and being able to explore it like my kids have over the years.  


The old homestead

For now, we have to finish getting the property cleaned off. My father-in-law, God love him, is a bit of a packrat and there's just so much stuff he's kept for one reason or another. It's a lot of work. Mike's been out there most of last week trying to clean out the old shop and old house so we can have them demolished. Once the property is cleared of buildings we plan on taking down some trees and then we can start working on getting a home there. 

The old shop about halfway cleaned out. 


We keep swapping from building a home to getting a nice mobile home put out there. No matter what we chose I know it's going to be awesome. We've dreamed of owning this place for years now but never fully believed it would actually happen.  And now it's a reality! 

Okay, I need to get my day going. I've got some cleaning to do, taking down Halloween decorations,  homeschooling, and a nap in my future. 

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Good Progress Report

 It's been a few days since I've taken the time to write. I have been sleeping more for the most part. There have been a few more midnight musings but none I've managed to put into writing. 

I had my 3 week check-up with my ortho surgeon on the 25th and had amazing news for nearly the first time ever. My incision site is looking so great! It was a huge relief to see it healed and scabbed over and not angry and red. My x-ray also showed my fusion is taking well. Doc even let me move from a surgery splint into a walking boot instead of a cast! I still can't walk on my leg on even put weight on my foot for at least 3 to 4 weeks, however, I am able to take a real shower and sleep without the boot on. 

That my friends is a gorgeous fused ankle. 

Oh, the glorious feeling of water on my skin. After a few days of lots of lotion and a couple of baths working on the dead skin my foot is even to start to look normal, even if it is a much smaller version of itself. 

Outside of the great news about the ankle we've also been cleaning up after the wonderful visit of Hurrican Laura that happened the weekend before my trip to the doctors. We were lucky and had minimal damage done. Just one small tree down in our front yard that hit nothing but ground. Sadly, our community didn't fair as well. By the time Laura had finished wreaking havoc, we had over 570 electric poles down and well over 60,000 people without any power for well over a week. We were not hit nearly as hard as the southern part of the state like Lake Charles but it was the most devastating hurricane this part of the state has ever seen.  The damage was heartbreaking to witness. 

The tree, my favorite one, in our front yard
One of many trees felled across a road. 

That's just a very small glimpse. I could post a hundred pictures and it would never do the damage justice. 

Anyways...

Life has been going on at it's normal pace. We've started school, missed a few days with hurricanes and my trip to Dalla. But that's one of the pleasures of homeschooling ya know. I'm just happy that things have finally started looking like the world we know and not some apocalyptic movie world.