Hey Sisters - after you watch this video to the end (funny!) check the last comment on the previous blog entry. I entered something there a little bit ago (before I decided to upload this video).
Keep updates about Uncle Pat coming..... Hoping he can go home soon! But I'm glad he is making the most of his situation at the rehab place!
I watched the video. Cute! .. Wish we could share our snow with you.
The kids are so disappointed that we don't have more!
I wish we didn't have all this snow. We have at least 15 inches on the ground and it's only supposed to be about seven degrees today.. The sun is shining and that helps . Barry is getting ready to leave for Charlottesville and I'm going to be so nervous until I know he is there safe..I will be baby sitting Nat while they are gone because Shawnas Mom is sick.. They will be back tomorrow evening. I found out Barry will be meeting with the DR. after all the test tomorrow...His legs are bothering him a lot this morning.
Jan, I feel so bad for Barry - I will be praying that God will take care of him...... I'll also put him on our prayer list at church. So a lot of people will be praying...... Sometimes I write down my prayer request and then touch them on paper as I pray. That gives me a sense that God is listening and working to answer that prayer!
News Flash :
Received a phone call from Mr Pat @ 4:45 today, 02/19/15.
He had just completed his third rehab session of the day. He has been doing very well in his rehab, in fact, HE WILL BE ABLE TO RETURN TO HIS HOME NEXT WEDNESDAY 02/25/15 IF ALL GOES WELL UNTIL THEN. Good news fer sure.
Miss Jan, we are all praying for Barry. Take care. Artie
Good news about Uncle Pat.. Hope all goes well between now and then
Thanks for the prayers for Barry.. He is safe in his room tonight will start his testing first thing in the morning. Has an appointment with the DR. at twelve.. Keep him in your prayers.
Jan, I think Artie is the same reporter as "30" ! Great reporting, Artie. 30
Yeah! 30 signals the end of the reporting but what does Artie mean.. Artie must be the second name of the reporter. Maybe he will tell us.
Dear Miss Jan,
Sorry to throw a curve ball your way Miss Jan. Artie was hired on as a News Flash Editor. He is responsible for all News Flashes. I kinda hired myself out of a job. There is six of us now and my job is to keep all the floors swept and the windows washed. ...O'B.
This has been a rough work week because of the snow and the constant change of schedule at Fortis. A late start pushes my 3:30 class to 5:30, so I don't get home until way late.
It has been hard to get in touch with Uncle Pat the last couple of days. Between his schedule and mine, we haven't been able to say much more than hello and goodbye. However, today I was able to talk to one of his therapists, who gave a good report as Artie said above.
The release date for next Wednesday is not confirmed, but Uncle Pat is hoping for that. The therapists are communicating with Medigold, hoping he can stay until next weekend at least. They told me to call back on Monday for an updated status. I am encouraging him to stay as long as he can and get that much stronger.
I feel badly for Barry and his back/leg pain. I wish he didn't have to go through the pain or the surgery and recovery. Makes you wonder why suffering has to be a part of life--but you gotta keep marchin' along.
Sorry for your ear problems too, Betty. I hope you get better very soon.
Stay warm, everyone. I am dreaming of spring.
We our thankful for The Harrison Ave. Gazette and glad to have the news reported by Ol' Bob or Artie . Keep the news coming "you fellers"
I'll try to report on Barry the best I can.They put him through it today. His bone density test was good. They means the bones will hold the screws necessary for the rod or rods that will be put in his back. They put a needle in his back and injected dye which caused him a lot of pain and he was still in pain and couldn't stand up straight when he came home .. I listened to a tape they made of the conversation with the Dr. The Dr advised him to have the surgery in two different times because of his age.. He dosen't want to mess with the lower pelvic area now because he would lose so much mobility . He wouldn't even be able to tie his shoes. He said if Barry was 70 years old he would say do it all now .. He thinks if he does the upper part and Barry takes care of himself, "doesn't do any heavy lifting or anything strenuous he may could go 3,7 or maybe 10 before having the other part done but he will eventually have to have it done too. Now, Barry just has to decide when to have the first surgery Sounded like the Dr was telling him he would always have some pain.. Not a good report but better than it seemed at first . Keep the prayers going up because there is certainly power in prayer .
Happy Birthday to our little Jenny Pooh who is only a baby ..Forty something today .Awwww! To be so young!!
Happy Birthday Jenny. I hope you have a wonderful day. I'm sure you will be treated very special today by your loved ones who are close. I would treat you extra special if you were here!
A scary time around here today and tonight.. I don't know if we could get out of here if we had to..Slick as a ribbon out there Underneath all that snow is ice. We got about 5 more inches of snow today and it was beautiful coming down , then changed to rain Hope Bessie doesn't need us tonight .We would probably have to go sledding down the hill to get to her. Now flash floods are expected . Not complaining though just informing the ones that don't know the situation around here..If I lived up North then I could complain. .Whatever the situation wherever you are, be safe!!
We got snow here yesterday too, Jan, and that was followed by sleet. It was also bitter cold, so we just hunkered down. The sun is shining today and the birds are singing, which seems strange with so much snow still on the ground.
Uncle Pat will be released March 2, according to the last report he got from his therapists. Cliff and I are making arrangements to get his lift chair in place and pick him up at Lanfair.
Jan, it is good to know Barry's bones can take the screws needed to hold the rods in his back. I hope the second surgery won't be necessary. Miracles do happen.
Take care all. Love you each and every one.
I talked to Uncle Pat around lunch time today... He said they worked it out with his insurance for him to stay until March 2.. He says he is not ready to go home and now he is thinking like we are, that maybe they are over looking something.. Lets hope another week makes a difference.. It has to be a scary thing for him..
It is pretty bad around here We got ice yesterday before we got the snow It was about 40 today but no sun. We have so much ice under the snow and we are stuck and so is everybody else that lives off the main road.. Same situation everywhere. We have not had a time like this in a coons age. Usually Gillis and Barry could still go with 4 wheel drive. Not now!. It will take lots of warm temps and plenty of sunshine to get rid of this stuff.. What was it I said a week or so ago? Snow doesn't last long in Feb.!! Wrong! Calling for more tonight. Thankful we have kept our power. A good time to bake,cook ,eat, work puzzles and quilt.
Well, it looks like everybody has frozen to death except me and I guess I haven't because I have kept warm by typing.. We are still iced in like everybody else around here.. Barry has pushed a lot of snow today so he can get out to work tomorrow. I don't know if he will get back up or not. Gillis's truck is sitting down in his Moms driveway because he can't get back up the hill. I'm looking forward to the week-end. Supposed to be in the 50's.
Betty, How is your ears?
It should be--- How are your ears?
What a time! On Sunday, I got an e-mail from an older couple who live wayyyyyyy out on the mountain in Little Canada. (They go to our church) They said they were iced in all week and were running out of propane. The gas company couldn't get out to deliver gas to them. Their drive way is steeper than the one to Skinny Dippin!!!
She asked if they got out, could they come to our house until they could get on the road to visit stay with their son in High Point, NC. Somebody took a snow plow and got them out on Sunday. I cleaned up our extra bedroom and they came here. They left yesterday before this storm hit to go stay with their son until Spring!!!! When they bought land here in the mountains, the realtor told them that NC doesn't get big snow storms....... They know now how dangerous it is to be stuck way out there by themselves, especially at their age. Now they are trying to sell the house, but it will take a person looking for a summer home to look back that far! Anyway, it feels good to be able to help when someone is in need like that!!
Jan, my ear(s) are doing a little better. They keep popping and I can hear for a little while; they pop again and stop back up. So I'm thinking it's mostly a sinus infection or something. I still can't hear words unless I'm looking at the person talking. Last week I couldn't even hear the telephone ring....so as soon as the weather breaks, I'm going to get checked.
I was asked yesterday to sing at a funeral this morning at 10:00. Nobody could get to the funeral.... the family said she (90 year old woman in Conard's family) would be buried later. I say again, "What a time!:"
Thinking of all my family and praying that everybody is warm and well-fed!
Betty, Same thing here. I guy from and church (our neighbors brother) passed away last Thurs and they haven't been able to have his funeral. It is scheduled for tomorrow evening but they are still not going to be able to bury him for a while..
So glad you and others were able to help this couple.I saw on Fb. where a couple froze to death in their home in Tenn..
We had more snow this morning and more coming tomorrow evening.. Barry did get out to work today but it was dangerous to be out.( very slick). As you say Betty, What a time!!
Barry shouldn't be working at all right now. Keep him in your prayers.. I don't think he is going to be able to wait long for the surgery.. He still can't straighten up. He takes enough ibuprofen to kill a horse
It sounds like we are all in the same boat. I have not been able to get my vehicle out for over a week now and probably won't for several more days. Terry can get in and out with difficulty. Thankfully we have kept our electricity and water. I feel for those who don't have these things.
Jan, I pray that Barry can get some relief soon. We have a friend who had back surgery in December with a rod put in also. He is doing so well and says most all his pain is gone. I am praying for good results for Barry.
Keep working hard, Uncle Pat, and you will be home soon. Thanks Ol' Bob and friends for keeping us informed.
Betty, I'm praying that the problem with your ears is temporary. It could very well be congestion from sinuses. Hope you can get to the doctor soon.
Betty, is this going to be the big one for you all? We are supposed to get more snow tonight. What we already have on the ground will still be hanging around for a long time yet.
We did get out this evening for the funeral service for Thurman Large. He was Dickie's x-father-in-law.. . He always stood inside the door at church and greeted everybody as they came in. He will be missed.
We are able to get out of here now without any trouble but a four-wheel-drive is a must to get back up our hill..So things are getting better . We will see after tonight.
Ok - I'm through playing in the snow. I do hope this is the last one this year. I'm so ready for spring...... I used one of Conard's hearing aides and the birds sounded so pretty!
Any update on Uncle Pat???
Betty, It is nice that you can share hearing aids and glasses but I don't know about teeth.. I thought I was going to make it through the winter without a sinus infection but-- No! and Gillis doesn't have a hearing aid for me to borrow. He really needs one.-----just in case I do need to borrow it . He has also lost his sense of smell. Is there anything that can be done to get that back ? I think I will hush my mouth. because I don't want to give anybody the idea that we are old.
I talked to Uncle Pat today. He will be going home on Sunday if all goes as planned.. He still not his best but is getting up on his own.. Kathy Gail will probably report her plans on here when she has a chance She will be with him for a few days and then he wants us, (Mick, Merl and Jan) to come up for a few days .I don't know if I will be able to or not.. I will have a lot going on about that time. We shall see!
Uncle Pat's nurse called me yesterday and said he had been declared "independent." What a treat to be able to go to the bathroom without asking permission and to be able to go to the refrigerator any time you want an ensure! Uncle Pat has worked so hard to get to this point and, once again, he has come through something that would bring most of us down for good
Cliff has gone to Harrisonburg this morning to pick up Uncle Pat's lift chair, and we are planning on traveling to Ohio tomorrow. We will visit Uncle Pat at Lanfair and then set the chair up in his house. We have to wait until Sunday morning after 10 to pick him up and bring him home.
We have some things to do regarding Uncle Pat's affairs while we are in Ohio and Cliff is planning to fix the car. We aren't sure how long we will stay yet. That will depend on how much we get done and how Uncle Pat navigates his house. I talked to Micky yesterday and I think she is aiming for Thursday or Friday to go out. Jan, I hope you can go too.
Cliff's nephews are staying at the cabin to take care of the boys while we are gone and Pringle is going with us to visit Uncle Pat.
The bad weather has set us back on our to do list at home and made a mess of my work schedule. I should not complain for a moment since I am so warm and cozy by the pellet stove. But I do hope we have had our last storm of the winter.
I am looking forward to seeing Uncle Pat's smiling face tomorrow. I am also looking forward to a family gathering and springtime.
To join the crowd of elders, I am going to have my hearing checked soon. I, too, am saying "Huh?" way too often.
Happy Anniversary Betty Sue and Tomis Conard! Is that how you spell his first name, Betty?
Absolutely right Ginger. Today we celebrate 50 years of marriage; we've been together for over half a century..... we started dating in 1964!!!!! Hard to believe!
Happy anniversary Betty and Conard ! How many does this make?
We have had one snow right after another since Feb 14th.I hope this little one today is it.. Next week is looking great..
Glad Uncle Pat is coming home but I'm not sure just how ready he is. Ready or not when the insurance is done, out you go. We learned that with Bessie and Fitz .Glad you can be there for a few days, Kathy Gail . .
Jan, it was the big 50 yesterday. Today we begin the journey into the next 50!!!!!
KG praying for you, Cliff and Uncle Pat as you settle him back into his own home! Can't wait til he gets back on FB.
Ginger, you and Lanny have a great trip to PA - hope you are there safely this morning...
I know what you mean, Betty.. We are 3 years into our next 50.. Tommy should have had you all a big party...
Sometimes I forget about the snow until I look out then I think I'm in Alaska. . I haven't been out but 1 time in over 2 weeks.. So thankful for both my well stocked freezer and can room..
Barry had to call his Dr. yesterday for some "drugs".. While he was on the phone with them he scheduled his surgery for October 27 .. I don't know how he can wait that long. He has been in misery ever since they put the dye in his back.. Keep praying for him.
We made it safely, Betty. It sure is cold up here.
Glad you are there safely Ginger.. Try to stay warm!.
I talked to Uncle Pat around 6 this evening. He said Kathy Gail and Cliff would be arriving at his house around 7:30. to drop off his lift chair then pick up Ol' Bob and come visit with him. He will be leaving for home around 10 tomorrow. He said he is anxious to go home but he knows he is going need a lot more time before he is completely better.. Bless his ever loving little heart!!
Cliff, Pringle and I got to Lancaster yesterday evening and moved the chair into the house. This morning we woke up to another snow and spent quite a bit of time digging Uncle Pat's car out from under. There was a lot of ice around the tires where the snow had melted and frozen and melted and frozen. etc. With the help of Ol' Bob and Bruce, we were finally off and on our way to Lanfair. Bob led the way in his car and it's a good thing. The road from here to there is a little complicated.
The staff at Lanfair hated to see Uncle Pat leave, so he had to promise to come back for a visit.
So now Uncle Pat is back on Harrison Avenue where he belongs. He had a little bit of trouble getting up the steps to the porch but a little assist from Cliffy did the trick. Now he's settled in his lift chair, looking through three weeks worth of mail.
The lift chair won't work as a bed for Uncle Pat, since it is not as big as the chair he is used to. Hopefully he will not need the lift chair after a couple of weeks though.
We will try to get Uncle Pat to the computer tomorrow so he can tell everyone in his very own words about his rehab experience and how it feels to be home.
Jan, I am sorry that Barry has to wait so long for his surgery. What a shame. He may need to rely on the pain meds to keep from hurting too much.
We hope everyone is safe and warm today. More tomorrow.
Everybody keep Amber in your thoughts and prayers .. She will be leaving for Northern Va. on the 15th. She has taken a job in Reston.. This is probably the biggest life changing decision she has ever made for herself and kids She has been miserable here for a long time. I worry about my little Jayden and what this move will do to him . I don't think this is a good thing at this time in his life This hurts my heart but I have to put in in Gods hands and pray for the best outcome possible
Jan, Is there family or friends located up there that can be a support for her?
Diane, she will be staying with Jennifer and Eric until she can get her own place.. We have lots of family scattered around up there but miles apart. She will be working for the same Co. she is with now which is a good thing but the cost of living up there is probably twice as much as it is here.. Amber does need to get away but I wish it could be after Jayden is out of high school.
Jan, I wish we were still in Centreville. She could have stayed with us.
That would be nice Ginger.. Maybe things will work out for her somehow. . Praying for the best. Things sure are tense around here and nerves are frayed... I may just run away to Ohio this week-end and get away from it all for a few days.. One thing wrong with that plan--- the problem is still here when I get back
Wow - life is so hard! Jan, I know your heart is aching ...... but just put it all in God's hands and pray that he watches over, protects and guides Amber in this life changing move. I know she needs a change........ Is Jayden excited or does he dread the change?
Talked to Uncle Pat today. He sounds good and says he still has a way to go - maybe another month a according to the doctor - before he will be back to his old self.
Thankful for Gail and Cliff and all they are doing to take such good care of him. God will bless you both!
It looks like we will not be going to Ohio after all because of the weather. Uncle Pat says he is doing much better and will be okay by himself. We know he has good neighbors that are there when he needs them.. Kathy Gail will be leaving today Hopeful she will be home before all the bad weather starts up her way.. Looks like it will be ice for us.
I feel like a bird let out of it's cage.. I was able to drive off our hill today. The ice and snow has gone for now so time to get out and get a few things before the next round.
Cliff and I are back on the highway to Virginia. We are confident that Uncle Pat can do the essentials and more for himself. He improved dramatically from Sunday when we picked him. up at Lanfair through this morning. His upper body strength and his determination are amazing.
Even so, it would have been impossible to leave today without knowing Ol' Bob is right down the street and planning to keep an eye on him. Connie and Mark Craiglow, from across the street, look out for him too. Uncle Pat has great neighbors.
Now I will hand off the reporting to the Harrison Avenue Gazette for eye witness updates.
Cliff, Pringle and I are home safely and ready to settle in for the night. We hope everyone else is safe and sound at home tonight too.
Glad you are home safely Kathy Gail and Cliff.. I know this past few days have been like a whirlwind for you.. I know Uncle Pat appreciates all you did for him.. I talked to him this evening and he sounds okay.
Thankful for this hill I live on tonight. Sad for the ones that are flooded . We have been there and done that and its' a scary thing. I pray for everybody's safety..
Will it really be 12 years tomorrow since Mom left us? It really doesn't seem that long..I talked to Aunt Joy on the phone tonight and she made me think of Mom, the way she said hello sounded so much like Mom Just as Kathy Gails song says , time keeps marching a long . Time does help us heal but we never ever forget,do we?
Happy Birthday to Aunt Joy tomorrow. 84 years young.
March is a good month for birthdays! Happy birthday Aunt Joy. Jan, yours is coming up soon.
We are snow covered here in Richardsville but the sun is shining and I hope it will melt the snow shortly. I am beginning to feel claustrophobic since there is much to do here but little of it that can be done without my being able to move between the cabin and the sheds.
Cliff and I are glad we were able to help Uncle Pat on Lancaster and we know he is perfectly capable of taking care of himself. But we miss him.
Mick and Jan, have you decided when to go out?
Heard "Come Spring" on my car radio today. Made me so sad - I was already sad because I knew today marked the 12th year since we had to say goodbye to our precious mother! We do miss her so and I suppose we always will.
Kathy Gail, I don't know when Mick plans to go see Uncle Pat. .I can't go next week- end because I have company coming in to help me celebrate my birthday and Amber will be leaving on Sunday.. Jayden will be staying here with us trough the week and probably with his Dad on the week-ends . Hopefully all the bad weather is over and we can make some plans.. A lot going on here right now. Wonderful ,wonderful sunshine and very nice temp. today.
Got on here to talk to you fellers but looks like the blog has died again so I will talk to myself.
Self, it sure was a beautiful day. Yes it was, almost 60 today . Wow! Felt so good. Had a yard full of robins. That's a good sign. Yes it is. Self, I don't like this time change. About the time I adjust to the old time, they bring in the new.. Confuses one's self ..
Self, I'm a little sad today , may be the reason I'm talking to you this way. Helped my Amber move some stuff into storage while it was pretty..What she is not storing, she selling. She is really wanting a new start.. I just want Amber to be happy
Self, things are moving so fast. So many thing at one time. Barry tells me he is getting married in a couple of weeks.. That's a big move with his back surgery coming up. So much to worry about but I just want Barry to be happy.
Self, Shana isn't coming home to celebrate my birthday the way she had planned that makes me sad but I just want Shana to be happy.
Self, you have said it once and you can say it again.. All is well that ends well so keep the faith!!
Self, it has been a beautiful day. I hate that Shana can't come for your birthday and that Amber is leaving. Things are always changing and we don't know what to plan on. Keep the faith, self and things will be better.
Now I know for sure, we are all losing our minds. I've been talking to myself all week, but no answers! Someone told me one time that when we talk to ourselves, we couldn't be talking to a more beautiful person! We must be very beautiful! But I don't feel beautiful. I need a haircut and color and my hairdresser is on maternity leave! I have appointments for mammogram, blood work and audio (hearing) test next week. Also have to have a tooth extracted. Haven't had a tooth pulled in 40 years!
It was a beautiful weekend and I sat on the porch some. But I can't overcome the sadness. It's raining today. The kids are on spring break and they have already missed so many snow days. We were hoping they could make them up on spring break, but nooooooo! Now they are scheduled to go until June 18th with no more breaks! Bummer!
I heard the spring frogs last week, but on Saturday, the man who grows strawberries in the field behind us, came in with a back hoe and cleaned out the water ditch - killed the frogs and now the "peeps" are gone! I'm crying!!!!!!!
Sounds like we are all depressed. Hopefully today, I will start a new blog and we'll all start looking "upward' again! Enough is enough!
Jan, I feel for you with the changes coming -- but you are right to want your children to be happy. They have to do what they feel is best for them just like we did!
Love all of you and can't wait until we can be together again!
No more feeling sad and crying. You all need to take some time for yourselves and come up here the last weekend in March. We will have a couple days of sister time and you will be away from your day to day worries for a little while.
Goodness! I have not been feeling sad like you guys. Rather, I have been working on tax records for our tax man and have been mad! Mad because I hate the detail; mad because we aren't more disciplined during the year; and mad because I am not better organized, and mad because there are a million things I would rather be doing. I am mad because the rugs I ordered to cover the hardwood are the wrong color. I am mad because the pellet stove broke. I am mad because I got both the van and the car stuck in the mud today. I am mad because Pringle, Benson and Bailey keep tracking mud into the cabin and I run after them with a mop and a cleaning rag.
Jan, I want my children to be happy just as you do, and it is always a struggle for them. And I, like you, have done my very best for them and will continue to do so. Meantime, I want to be happy too!
So, is it better to be sad or to be mad?
Ginger is right. We need a sisters' retreat.
I think it is okay to sad, mad and glad.. sometimes I'm all three in the same day.
I will have to pass on the sister retreat as much as I would love to be with you gals. Barry will be getting married that week-end and I want to have a little wedding reception for them. I think everybody should have a little celebration of some kind . We will have lots of finger foods ,cake , punch and pictures at Barry's house .. I just haven't told him yet. May be just a few family members but we will party big time.
I want everybody's kids to be happy since I don't have any of my own. Self (Jan), You have raised good independent productive children. You have done a good job. Kathy Gail, sing that song you wrote about signs of God's love. That will dissolve your anger. Betty, one day we are going to have a glorified body and we will be young and beautiful and nothing will hurt. Mickey, you are a great encourager......just like our mother. Ginger, I like it when you get assertive ! I am going to eat chocolate. It always makes we feel better.
My dear Betty Sue
how I worry about you
You seem to be so down
but on life don't frown
Of those peeps I know you were fond
There's more tadpoles in that pond
Your hearing you must have tested
In those ears there's a lot invested
Your hair will look good in a ponytail
Have the mammogram, bite on a nail
Blood work is a piece of cake
Mine today I had to take
School will soon be back in session
Now won't that be a blessin
Great poetry, Jan.