Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Greetings from Rose Hill

What’s going on around here? Hi there, Greetings from Rose Hill in Redmond Washington. If you are reading this you all ready know what’s been going on around here. I had been playing with this ‘blog’ since about the first of the year and had two followers now there are about 20. I am home from the hospital and doing well. I am sore, some from surgery and some from the cough I had last week which is much better now. My arms are a mess, I blew out 7 IV's because my veins are so small.   I am using a vitamin k cream to speed up the bruise recovery.  I am not working at full speed but today is Tuesday and my Monday chores are done: the laundry is caught up, the bills are paid, and the house is pretty clean, thanks to Emily.  We have been eating from the freezer, each time I had cooked a good meal for a while I had been freezing extras for Bill to have while I was on vacation, so the freezer was stocked and we are taking advantage of it. I am not supposed to lift over ten pounds but that is not a hard rule to follow, eight pounds is about the limit for now.

Things that made my hospital stay so much better: My iphone! That kept me connected to Bill and all my friends and family. I did email, texted and took my calls the whole time, even the 3 days in critical care. My satin pillowcase, I always sleep on a satin pillow case and it just gave me comfort. The first few days it was my ‘hugging pillow’ to comfort my abdomen after that it was just a comfort. Did I mention my iphone? I had down loaded a bunch of podcasts and 2 books for my vacation so I listened to stuff and did mindless knitting. Also I loved the baseball cap Bill’s sister gave him for Christmas, it has 3 levels of head lamp in the bill and I used it to knit and read when I didn’t want to bother my roommate. It was great. Oh and my satin eye mask and earplugs really did help me get the rest I needed with all the activities going on around me.

What's Cooking?
Sunday: in hospital
Monday: home from hospital; turkey meatloaf, scalloped potatoes and steamed broccoli These were frozen dinners I had made for Bill to eat while I was on vacation.
Tuesday: Family Dinner off for tonight; Chicken Masala, curried peas and potatoes, steamed green beans with peanut sauce, These were also frozen dinners I had made for Bill to eat while I was on vacation. I had done a full on Indian dinner a while back.
Wednesday: Turkey enchilada casserole with Mexican Rice and beans (also from the freezer)
Thursday: Bill’s night out and I will find something
Friday: date night we are staying in and our Friday Night Dessert Group is coming over
Saturday: Salmon, asparagus & pea risotto, Caesar salad  (from the freezer and fridge)

Grannies Diary (Bobbie Ann Maxwell): for a few years now my grandmother’s (my mom’s mother) diaries have been sitting on a bookshelf above my desk. Now that others are reading this, I think I will take things from her diary and tell you what was happening at her farmhouse also. I have started with the first complete looking diary and the year is 1945.
April 19: had a letter from Bill or Chy had two, Chy and I washed had to rub it out as we could not stop the Maytag. Lovie and Nan came late this eve. And Chy and Ann went home with them. Gee but I miss them so much. Had 3 old turk hens to hutch and they have killed all the turks but 42. Dad went to town today to get his plough fixed.
April 20: It rained all day today, we sure needed it. I now have 100 baby turks. I was sure glad to see Chy and Ann today. Chy got her order and she gave me a lovely pair of hose. I am sure proud of them. She got Dad 3 pair of nice socks, he can sure use them. Hill and Lovie went house hunting in Cherokee today and then went back this eve to a party. Chy sure made a good pie foe supper tonite. Isn’t this footprint nuts its Ann’s big foot.

Here in the diary she has copied the footprint of Ann, age 7 months, 18 days. Drawn on April 18, 1945

I am so crazy about Ann, she is so precious to all of us. Bill said in his letter he was dodging 88mm German guns. Please God keep him safe. Said he had a good bath as they had run the German’s out. Sprayed goats and turned them out in pasture.
April 21: Sat, raining today Hill, Love and Nan came at 11. Hill went on to clerk in store so as to learn how to work it. Lovie, Chy, Nan all went with RH to Cherokee this eve and they went on to SS. I had Lovie to bring me $3 of Udgar tablets and $2.50 worth of bile capsules. Must go in and pay soon as I had Lovie charge them. The Chipper and I sure do have a time, she went to sleep while I was talking to Mrs. Gay. I am so crazy over Ann, she is so sweet. I have two people that really love me, Lovie and Chy make my life bearable. And of course Nan and Em

What's on my needles: I was just flying on my 'Sasha' skirt in the hospital. It was the perfect project. Just knitting around and around. I don't think there were any mistakes but even if there were mistakes they won't show because it is the under slip that you knit first.

What's off my needles: All the homework I did for my classes at 'Stitches' in Atlanta. It is all packed up nicely in a bag ready to go to Atlanta. Soon I will sort it all out and decide what to do with it all.

What I am reading: magazines. I am taking an enormous amount of medication that has the side effect of keeping me awake, so I have a little extra time on my hands. My TN sister had reminded me the first day out of surgery that it is really hard to get home from the hospital with all the stuff you have and flowers too. With that in mind, I ask Bill to spread the word that instead of flowers I wanted people to go to their nightstand and bring magazines that they were planning on recycling. Turns out it was an awesome idea and suggestion. I have read about places to travel to, restaurants to eat at, recipes, recipes, recipes, home decorating, and I still have lots more to read. Also I had downloaded a new book called ‘Respectable Sins’ by Jerry Bridges. A couple of special young women and I have been doing a blog Bible study, just open to us. We each will read a section and then get on the blog and discuss it. Yikes, this modern world, so many ways to keep in touch.

What's up at the office? Nothing much from my perspective, since I am on vacation. What a vacation.

I love my iphone, my favorite app this week is: the extension cord that I wrapped around the hospital to keep my charger near and my phone even closer. It was my lifeline to Bill and we talked and texted soooooo much. It was so great to have my friend’s just dial into ‘me.’ If I was preoccupied they left messages, I texted a lot, and several people sent photos to make me smile.

Have I seen any good movies lately: no, odd as it may seem I have not been in the mood to watch much television much at all. I still have the same 3 Netflix sitting in the basket on my desk.

1 comment:

Janie & Steve said...

Where is your mother at this time in the diary story?