Friday, November 30, 2007

Okay. Okay. Fine. I will blog already.

I am here, and I am alive. Thanks for thinking of me. I was depressed, and I dug myself a hole (or actually a warm bed) and stayed there awhile. My neck going out didn't help at all. I had no use of my right arm and severe upper back spasms most of this week.

I haven't created, I am behind in every facet of my multi-faced life. I promise to blog. Again. Soon. But right now, I need to go climb the laundry mountain (Note to self to ask Papa Dude if a laundry-chute is a possibility.), and be available for the kids. The Girl has a friend coming over who has an oilstick painting in progress, so I will most likely be decluttering both the basement, as well as the studio.
Say hi if you want, and I will be in the comments soon.
And if you want to, it is ok to call- I am here and trying to get back into integrity, so a kick in the pants (ha- I accidentally typed paints!) now and again is most useful.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

I got a hitch in my git'along.

I feel a cold coming on. This presents a larger problem than it would seem.
My sister has reumatoid arthritis and has a suppressed immune system.

Hmmm. Put on your thinking caps, folks. I need to be there for her, but not be physically near her. I am not panicking, but this is my Question of the day.

I need to get this family well, fast.
Plan: When done updating you, I will make tea, and then nap. Call *FYM in sick. Just rest up. cook. eat., drink tea. Throw in algebra and piano for good measure. Find time to visit the studio depths together by a warm wood stove. Enjoy my babies.

Funeral Planning: Be ready to accept whatever Sister #1 needs when she knows what that is.
Offer to do phone things, or errands. Work out any transportation needs ahead of time with Dude (sigh. again with the nicknames.). He needs his car to WORK. Breathing Now.

So. I am going to go work those plans. I will check in with you later. Where's my naturopath when I need her? Wanna call me around noon my time, Dy? What homeaopathics could I use today?

*Ireally have been wanting to use FYM's real name on the blog lately- all of them, but have stayed as "anon" as possible. I think my family likes that. Thoughts?

**But we picked out really cool names that really fit the kids, and we use loving nicknames, and would love to call them that, but it might get consusing to everyone in blog-land, so I stick with just one or two lovey names, blah blah blah.

Thanks for the prayers and well-wishes. This love is powerful stuff. I am tired, but we will make it. I feel lifted up by it.
And like the Green Dragon says, Life is a journey, not a destination."

Hugs back to you.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Hi. I'm here.

Hi! Piano Girl and I are sitting on my bed with laptops, listening to this wonderful article.

Having a girl's night in. Orange juice and a Cherry Tootsie Roll. Aroma Therapy: Patcouli Lime Shea Butter. Refueling and resting. Asked the Fine Young Man to get a ride home from his class tonight, so crossing my fingers I won't have to get out of bed.

Family is good, funeral planning in process. Meals delivered, flowers arriving. Navy supposed to be there tonight (been waiting all day). Long day. But we're good.

Thanks to MomBob and Rover, that was a recharging visit, for both of us. Thanks for being there.

Thanks for all the phone calls Dy, the emails Andie, and everyone who has dropped by and sent me love today. I will address comments tomorrow. My Girly is waiting for me. :-)

Back at ya' with the hugs.


I just posted this on the boards:
A meal is packed, dd, Gramma and I will drop it off at Sister's house, and touch base to see if they have received the Naval visitors that should have been here YESTERDAY.
Nephew is keeping in touch and we will see what is next so far as a service, and whatever is next (will they press charges? will there be some kind of trial?).
Piano GIrl has done latin review with Gramma, and has practiced twice, and my Boy will take the bus home from school and do schoolwork.
Papa is in Spokane working, and Gramma made it through yesterday, and the 5 of us really got how much we love each other yesterday.
Thanks for the continual prayer- your love is sustaining. So was the bath I just took- aromatherapy today was Herbal Citrus Sorbet for bath, and Candy Cane for the hand-washing pick-me-up.
Will update again tonight.
Hugs and gratitude to count you as my invisible friends,


This is what is on my entire family's heart right now.
Thanks for the prayers and good wishes, and especially the I love you's. They seem to be helping the most. Please continue to offer up thoughts and prayers for C's family.
We are still working out legistics.
Will update later.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Nights this week

Dang! Another week gone by with no posts and no studio time. Sigh.

Today is Thursday. My Boy (ok, so yesterday was his half-birthday and he is now 15.5 and taller than me- he is still my little Boy, and that *is* his nickname) is not feeling well. He has been plagued with bad dreams for the last week, and is sleep-deprived. He also ate a whole package on Muenster by himself this week, and seems to be experiencing the same dairy-induced cold I had earlier this month. He actually came upstairs as I was crawling into bed last night for an extra hug, and after telling me how small he felt, crawled into my bed, and asked me to sing to him. (Don't worry, Boy. I won't tell any of your high school friends that you needed your mama last night.) This has always been the only sure fire way to get this kid to sleep for the last 15 years. He was out like a light in no time. He is still there, and I am going to call him in sick, and let him sleep the day away while we are at Piano lessons all day.

Last night, Halloween, we drove over to Gramma's, punkin in tow, and visited with her while she handed out candy. The kids didn't really even ask to go Trick or Treating, so I didn't offer. They carved the punkin all by themselves, too. Gramma supervised this while I was outside (I can *not* get any phone service inside my mom's house) talking to Papa and sweeping the driveway. Papa left for Spokane on Sunday, and was supposed to come home Tuesday, and then last night, and now will hopefully (hard to type with your fingers crossed!) actually come home tonight. So I chatted with him a bit so he wouldn't be so lonely in his hotel room last night.

On Tuesday night, we represented Interlochen at this college fair. Interlochen was the only high school represented, so that was cool. The kids went around collecting information from many arts and music colleges. Unfortunately, Juliard was not there, as promised. They were disappointed, but collected pamphlets from many other good schools. It's a starting point.

On Monday night, I was not feeling well, so went to bed very early. That is all I can even remember about Monday.

We spent Sunday night at Gramma's, as I had to take her to the Dr. on Monday morning for a blood draw.

Ok, that is all I have, and I gotta get in the tub if we are going to be on time for Piano day. Sorry no art this week- mostly sorry for me, not you. I am craving it, and once I skip it for this long, it is hard to start.

I have a couple of art posts to do, so will try to get to them soon. And a disclaimer- I wrote this entire post without my glasses on, and although I did proofread it, I may have made some mistakes. That's what happens when I type blind.