Thursday, July 27, 2017

What a Month!

Here it is, almost the end of July, and what a month it has been! We had an accident at the lake house in early July requiring a new garage (not finished).  I had a terrible premonition about makeng this trip and stayed home a week after the husband left to have the work done.

Finally I left on a Monday, and took the long way to by pass Atlanta.  I was uncomfortable the entire time I was driving down, but finally made it late on Monday evening.  We had a light dinner an went to bed.  On Tuesday, I worked a little in the house, then on Wednesday, I became so lethargic all I could do was lie in bed.  By Thursday morning, I was in dire straights with stomach upset.  Everytime I moved, I had terrible diarrhea.  This went on for 5 of 6 days.  We went to the local hospital which was more like a prison movie back in the day.  It was filthy, I was my own clean up crew, and the bleeding was getting worse and worse.  Finally on Sunday morning, I told the Dr. I wanted to check out Against Medical Advice.  Of course I had to be refused 3 times, and told he would NOT release me.  I told him to produce the papers, I was leaving, and I did.  I knew if I didn't get to some real care, I would not live through the week.  I could tell I was very near death, and I was not afraid. My husband carried me to Southeast Hospital in Dothan AL, about 40 miles from the lake house.  Thank God!  They almost coded me.  I was very near death.  What I have is a rare blood disorder that averages only 4 in a million.  Thankfully these physicians here specialize in this field, and I'm now beginning to mend.  We will probably live at the lake for a while since it is close to these doctors.  They are working as a team, and have been the most attentive physicians I've everyhad the experience of having.  They are in my room by 7:45 in the mornings, and I see 6 or more a day.  I've had to have my plasma replaced, platelets replaced a shunt into my neck to receive  diaylisis twice.  My kidneys were damaged by huge doses of antibiotics so be careful what you take, then it's just a guess.

My grandson was married on the 22nd, which I had to miss, but as soon as they let me I'll show you the gorgeous pictures.  

My dr. told me today that I'm going to be fine!  I know I've had lots of powerful prayers going up on my behalf and I appreciate it so much. (Thanks, Debbie Booth)!!

If this isn't enough, my niece of 62 passed away this morning from brain cancer that had begun with breast cancer over 4 years ago.  She has fought so hard.  Please keep her family in your prayers.

And besides this, my sweet granddaughter's dog was run over and killed last Sunday, so there's mourning everywhere around our homes.  At least there is hope for Joy in the Morning.    This month also marks a year since my stepson fell and became paralyzed.

So if you are a praying person, please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers.  God bless you all and never be forgetful to be thankful for good health.  You can be fine one moment and almost gone the next.

I hope to be back to NGa before very long, but will probably be  a while yet.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Summer Time is for Porch Sitting

Our home is practically surrounded with porches.....practically, and we enjoy everyone.

I want to show you the latest look of the screened porch, not a whole lot of difference, but a favorite location around here.
Accessories, by Good Will!  :)

 rug, from Good Will

Bird  house, Good Will

 Pillow: Good Will
 Pillows: Good Will

 A favorite plant, succulents, a gift from my boss when I retired.  They have done so well!


 I found this adorable flower cart at GW for less than $6.

 Tray, GW, 1.99

Then there is the stoop going into the mud and laundry room.  It's very small, and I have managed to fill it up.  It's like a little alcove, and I love to sit on it and watch the birds at the feeders, and hear my little DIY water feature.

I bought a table and brought these very OLD chairs up from the basement.  No room for anything else.

We changed up the front porch as well.  We bought new adirondack chairs and cushions, then I painted the rockers to match and bought matching cushions.  

I resurrected this burlap wreath and added the green flowers and the wonderful sign I won in a giveaway.  Artwork by Celestina Marie.

So take your pick, and we'll pour some lemonade and enjoy the outdoors.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

While He Mows the Lawn.....

This post was written around Easter on a visit to the lake house.  It was in draft form and I had never published it. Publishing on July 5, 2017.

Even though we are not able to visit the lake home as much as we would like, we want it to be comfortable, and just as the home in the mountains, it has collections and trinkets that create a homey look.  While the husband does the outdoor work, I fluff and nest.

I've shopped the Good Will near the lake house a couple of times, but didn't buy anything.....until this time.  I went on Tuesday and found several nice items that I worked into different areas inside our home.

First, these wonderful bowls, I think this one is probably a planter, but it looks so pretty just sitting on the bookcase which I brought from the bedroom into the living room.

This blue and yellow bowl is exceptionally nice, and reminds me of one I found at our Good Will in North Ga.  These bunnies came from Dollar General.

The green vase was filled with these orange plastic grapes, etc.
They will get thrown away, but I really liked the vase.  It looks like a McCoy planter, but is marked USA.

This sweet yellow and white lidded piece reminds me of an egg cup, but it held a candle.  So delicate. I don't know what it would be called, if you do, let me know in a comment.

This sweet bunny needed a good home, so she hopped into my cart.  Love this little bunny with her spool legs.  So cute all dressed up in her Easter frock.

This gorgeous sham was only $1.99. I knew it would work with the bedding in the back bedroom, because though different patterns, they are all floral and in the same shades.

 See the sweet bird?

 and blue birds.....

So here is how it looks, this mix and match bedding, all from various Good Will stores.  That's what I like to do, find a piece here and there, and use them together.  As long as the hues and colors work, the patterns will work together.

One other item flew right into my cart too.

 See the bird?
With my Good Will items, and a basket I bought from Tractor Supply, I was able to do a gallery wall of sorts.    Y'all know I was happy as could be having "new" things to arrange.

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