Saturday, April 15, 2017

HOW DO YOU MEASURE - MEASURE HALF A YEAR?
I didn't sleep very well last night. There were a lot of things running through my mind - including the question of how many minutes are there in 6 months?

Six months…

It's been six months from the time he slid off the bed to now. I can't figure out if it seems like yesterday or if it seems like forever.  He put on a hat that we used for crafts - he refused to decorate it at the time -  and out the door he went….

He wanted macaroni when he got home, of course… He shared with the pup...

…then settled in for the night watching a marathon of Ridiculousness.

Seems like old times.

(Sigh)

Friday, April 14, 2017

LAST NIGHT
He's scheduled to go home tomorrow. HOME.  It will be 6 months to the day that he slid off the bed and I had to call the ambulance and he went to East for the pneumonia. He's been in and out of  what…???  I think it was five different places?  East and the LTAC in Mckeesport, Seneca, back to East for Rehab, back to Seneca after that… I honestly lost track. How many dinners did I bring?  How many times back and forth to dialysis?  This has been one big old fucking mess. He's been a trooper, though. I don't know how.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

YUM
The Dad loves Red Robin - we went there after dialysis. I'm not a big fan but my burger was actually pretty good today.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

HE WENT OUT WITH A BANG
I'm all confused. My pictures are all over the place. I don't think I posted this from last week…  I sprung my dad out of the nursing home to meet his work friends at the gun show!

Jimmy texted me this pic.

He was having a good time and wanted to stay.  He ended up winning a gun and traded it in for the cash.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

IF RICE PILAF IS WRONG I DON'T WANT TO BE RIGHT
We met Chrissy at Red Lobster today after dialysis. He's always jealous when she meets her sis-in-law Fern there and has been waiting and waiting to go with her.

He's a French dressing kind of guy.

He almost pulled a mussel eating all of these.

I ordered the chicken and, as Chrissy says, I'm the only person in the world that orders rice pilaf.

We had to have one mussel with him to mark the occassion.

Red Lobster - check.

Monday, April 10, 2017

PORK CHOPS AND APPLESAUCE
I made The Dad pork chops.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

LIL SLUGGER
I saw these cupcakes at the store and got a couple for some of the ladies that are really into the Pirates. It seems like our residents are more into baseball than football… and most are women. The pup waited very patiently to get a little taste of ours. Love the Bud.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST
House sale today… I can't get enough vintage Christmas. I really have a problem.

Friday, April 7, 2017

FISH FRY FRIDAY
Why do I like fish fry fridays so much?  I don't even like fish. The residents loved it again!

I got the stuffed shells.


Thursday, April 6, 2017

BURGER TIME
Off today since I am working tomorrow for the fish fry…

I had to go get some tests on my knee.

After, I met Chrissy at HomeGoods. This may just be a little TOO big to go directly to storage.

Later, we went to NPL. I just can't seem to like this place. I don't know why. I liked the other ones. Anyway, this is really the only thing I like because it reminds me of a jack-o-lantern.

Mushroom swiss takeout burger for The Dad.

One day I won't have to keep a menu after I order and bring food back. That's going to be weird. It's all about food with us. All about the food.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

SIZE MATTERS
Look at the size of this sandwich from dietary…

That's a little overwhelming.

Anyway, he told me to get a bag and look in his drawer… I filled it with these.

I think it's safe to say I get my hoarding tendencies from him.

Monday, April 3, 2017

BAA BAA BUTTER
No worries… I'm stocked up on lamb butter.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

SHAKE IT UP BABY
Courtney wanted the unicorn shake so a few of us from work went to Burgatory. I still can't sway from the pretzel shake. Sorry, unicorns.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

ISN'T SHE LOVELY?

Dear, Dixon House...

I came across this last week and just wanted to say… you look lovely.

We had an art class on Saturday or I would have been there for your Open House. Cara thought that was weird - why would I want to go back?  I've been passing by from time to time to check in on you and see your progress. Sorry you were looking a little shabby for awhile there. When I would take Lily to the vet we would drive by and see some of the updates and just the other day I saw them bringing furniture in. How exciting.

I have a confession - I wish I would have stolen that heart rock that was under the deck… I thought about it several times and figured I better not.  I wish I would have taken the glass handle off the bedroom closet door too. And that tree downstairs - well you know I wanted to rip that panel off the wall a long time ago. ;-)

Anyway, there were some things I would have done and thought that they would have done… I would have removed the door to the deck in the kitchen and put in a giant stove - I see they kept the same layout… and I would have moved that love seat up and put french doors out to the deck.  I'm surprised they didn't do that. I maybe would have put a sliding barn door in the master too - for the bathroom. That big shower looks nice, though. And all the closet build outs. Nice.  I guess they didn't think of the possibility of using the closet in the master for access Over 2. That's what we used to call it.  Captive from the master instead of the other bedroom makes sense to me.  It looks like you are painted Greige which is the in color still - I think. Yay, you.

I love love love the wall opened from the living room to the kitchen. We didn't think we could do that but I guess we were wrong.  I'm not so sure I like the opening from the kitchen to the dining room but job well done. Looks wonderful and I'm sure many will love it. I like separate rooms - especially dining rooms -  but looks good. I hope you have so much fun with the people that will be sitting in there. I know we did.

I feel like some of your old house charm is gone… the built ins on either side of the fireplace are gone. ;-( I wonder if they even cared about the ships?!  No more radiators/covers!  I would love to know if that shelf coming up from the basement is still there. I hope so. I really hope so. Though I'm sure the hidden mickey is painted over. More pics on Zillow but I can't tell. Anyway, I gasped out loud when I saw the downstairs.  So many doors but you go, girl.

I'm sad that the Christiana Candles are gone. When I think of you I think of light and love. And this was before the guy that was there with me weirdly signed his emails that way. ;-)   We would open the curtains and light would just pour in and somehow, despite how things ended, I felt nothing but love there. Always.  I wonder what that guy thinks of your re-birth… I have to admit, it makes me sad knowing I'll never know.

All those years of trips to Rolliers and Home Depot when nothing was out in Robinson except that and that wing place drive thru… the yard work and the trips to Mineos after or calling Bado's for delivery of baby reubens and steak salads and that banana chocolate cake with the mini chocolate chips on it… the boys next door used to climb in the tree near the deck… I hope those are good memories for you too and if you hear a tap at the door I bet it's just KoKo and RoseBud saying hi.

The clouds are gone from the ceilings now and I guess they are gone everywhere else. I wish it was us that transformed you and created a new beginning for you… I know everyone that entered there was comfortable and welcomed and I wish the same for all those that walk through your door.

Thank You.

I love you.

Wishing you many years of Light and Love,
J

Friday, March 31, 2017

LOOKING GOOD
First of all, I went to pick the dad up and saw this beauty… I want this van! ;-)


Here's a pic of The Dad after dialysis on our weekly date with Rita.

I'm not painting a very good picture of what's going on here. I send these out from time to time via text and I always get the "looking good" response or whatever. That's great but it's not really true and I'm the only one to blame for this.  It shows how you can sway the truth a bit with so many things.  I don't know what I'm trying to say at the moment - just things are not very good.  They look good and his Rita's looks good but it's not good. I will leave it at that for the moment.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

ANYTHING GOES
High School musical trip tonight...

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

WE MAY BE HERE FOR AWHILE
We had some time to kill between an appointment and dialysis so we stopped at Freedom Diner for breakfast.

Monday, March 27, 2017

WHAT THE DAD ATE
He asked me if I'm collecting all these pictures of what he ate so I can put them in his casket… I said I didn't think of that.  He had an appointment today and I thought he might want to go get something to eat but he just wanted a taco from taco bell.

We got back to Seneca and his dinner was there which he probably would have eaten… just had dessert.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

TOOL TIME
I'm a tool girl… I'm the one at the yard sales with all the old men rummaging through drawers and boxes.  I went down to try to organize some things in the garage but I didn't get very far. I remember this folding ruler from when I was a little girl. I put it in my craft room for display. Maybe I'll make it into a star to hang… or a crown. No, probably a star. Or maybe I'll just leave it as is and look at it and remember.


Saturday, March 25, 2017

BUSY DAY
I met Cindy at a church sale...

Then Cara, Chrissy and I  headed out to Blairsville… stop off at Market Street bakery for some luscious breakfast hand pies.

We needed a nibble before our class at Founder's Gallery.

Surprisingly, I was the least impressed.

I don't know what I was expecting but I was a little bored.

We went to Tin Lizzy after for an early dinner and passed by the Trump House which I didn't even know was a thing.

I had to apologize for being a little off today. I feel like I'm in some kind of funk. I have anxiety if I'm too far away from home base - always expecting something to happen… story of my life.

Friday, March 24, 2017

JUNKING AND LUNCHING
Just messing around… Vandergrift for lunch. G&Gs.

Bella Luna serves their chicken salad in a bowl and I always ask for a small plate on the side when I order so I can take it out and redistribute it… this made me angry too.  Pie should not be served in a bowl. I don't care if it's Fiesta or not.

End of the Road had this fabulous table it was in some General's house long ago. Would make a wonderful kitchen island.

We became friends with the owner and she was giving me a pretty good deal on this lovely bit of Easter Kitsch. Almost too good to pass up. I didn't get it though. I really wanted it.


I knew it would have to go directly to storage and I would end up regretting it.

If you are wondering What The Dad ate… We got him a mushroom swiss burger.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

TIME TO MAKE THE MEATBALLS

The joke here is that once I perfect all the things that The Dad makes then his work is done.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

I SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM

I like to go for ice cream all by myself. I actually prefer it.