Hello, Friends!! I can’t believe how long it’s been since my last post!! Almost a month!! I promise I won’t let that much time pass between posts again!
Chuck’s surgery went pretty well. It was definitely rough the first week and a half. He was very sore. We weren’t expecting him to be as incapacitated as he was. The urologist insisted that the inside of his cheek would hurt more than his “bottom”, but that certainly was not the case! He was not allowed to sit for 2 weeks – he had to recline. I had to help lift him off the couch or bed so that he didn’t put pressure on his bottom trying to get up. Even though he’s allowed to sit now, he’s still a little tender and has to sit gingerly. He ended up having a regular Foley catheter instead of through his abdomen and will finally get that removed tomorrow! I think once that’s out, he’ll feel a whole lot better.
Besides dealing with my hubby that first week, I had a family birthday brunch for Kory and Justin to prepare for at the end of the week. I definitely missed having Chuck’s help! We usually make most of the food the morning of the brunch, with the exception of the muffins and the coffeecake. But since I had to do it all by myself, I made 4 kinds of muffins and 2 pans of coffeecake a couple of days before and threw them in the freezer. On Saturday, after I took Kory to bowling and then picked up bagels and cream cheese from Panera’s, I made sausage, bacon, hash browns, regular pancakes, blueberry pancakes, French Toast Bake, chicken & broccoli quiche, plain scrambled eggs and scrambled eggs with green pepper, onions, mushrooms and cheddar cheese. I also baked 2 batches of brownies for our “create-your-own-sundae” bar and chopped some Snickers bars and crushed some Oreo cookies for toppings. I didn’t get to bed until 11:30 and then got up at 5:00 on Sunday morning to do some last-minute cleaning and other preparations along with putting everything in the oven to warm. I wasn’t sure how all of it would taste being made the day before, but it turned out pretty good.
We had 18 family members arrive at 11:00 and didn’t think they would stay too long because of Chuck not being up to par, but they stayed way longer than they normally do!! They stayed until a little after 5:00! Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed having their company and normally wouldn’t have minded them being there that late, but I was exhausted!!! On top of that, since the kids didn’t have school on Monday, Justin was having 6 or 7 friends over later that night. They love my peanut butter cookies with chocolate and peanut butter chips and I promised Justin that I would make some for them. Well, I was still baking cookies when the kids started showing up. And the number of kids went from 6-7 to 28!!!! Chuck ended up going to bed around 8:30 - he was worn out and in a lot of pain. I wanted to go to bed so bad, but I felt I should stay up until the kids left, which, surprisingly, was 11:30. I thought it would be much later than that and so glad that it wasn’t!! Come Monday, I stayed in my jammies all day and didn’t do a darn thing!! It still took me a couple of days after that to get back to “normal”, if there is such a thing! lol
I then went through a period of “winter blues”. I think it was a combination of being cooped up at home trying to keep Chuck company since he couldn’t do much (and to keep him from doing things he wasn’t suppose to) and the fact that we didn’t have very many days of sunshine. Our local weatherman stated a couple of days ago that since November 1st we’ve only had 17 days with sunshine! ( I think were up to about 19 now). We even had a week of fog lasting all day – the temperatures were rising into the 40’s with snow still on the ground creating the fog. Talk about gloomy!! I was in such a frumpy mood. I had no desire to be creative and didn’t even get on the computer for several days. And what’s even more amazing. . . . . Chuck gave me a gift certificate to one of my favorite prim shops, Primitive Keepings, and I had NO desire to go use it!! What’s wrong with me?!!! lol
Luckily, things are looking a little brighter. Chuck’s feeling much better and almost back to his old self, with the exception of not being able to lift anything over 20 lbs until the end of February. He’s gotten out a couple of times with me, but feels self-conscious of his catheter bag. As I said earlier, he’ll get that removed tomorrow and then he’ll feel much better. This has been hard for him – he’s not used to being cooped up and not able to do anything. He’s going stir crazy! The only bright side is, is in the last 3 weeks, he was able to read the four books that he got for Christmas. One of them is Stephen King’s new book, Under the Dome, which has 1,072 pages. Now that’s being laid up!!
I’ve been trying to “think spring” and have a few projects brewing in my head, so that’s helped lift the winter blues a bit.
I know I’m way behind and that a lot of you have probably put your snowmen decor away, but I wanted to share this snowman with you. I bought him several years ago at a craft show and thought it was a very clever idea! He’s made out of an old cooking pot lid! The woman that made him said she bought the lids at Goodwill – each one had a different shaped nose due to the handle style. Isn’t that clever?
Do any of you notice the resemblance of my blogger background to this picture?
Yep, it’s my wallpaper! I had a piece left and scanned it on my computer. I’ll share more on exactly how I did it at a later date!
I’m excited to announce that I’m the new Prim Project Coordinator for A Primitive Place!! Each month I will do a craft tutorial exclusively for APP. I won’t be posting it on my blog, you’ll only be able to see it by visiting A Primitive Place. Click on the picture below to check out this amazing forum!
My first tutorial is how to make an Artificial Prim Tree.
Until Next Time. . . . Kris