Destruction and Repair

It has often struck me, during this time when my senses are being assaulted by machines, road crews, dumping gravel, pounding hammers and whirring saws, to ask myself, “Is this destruction or is it reparation?” Sometimes, they feel like the same thing.

Like most of you, I know a great deal more than I really want to know about both of those particular nouns. Funny, isn’t it that a house or a street has to have destruction before it can be repaired, but we mere mortals, well, that’s a different story. Destruction in the form of disease, accidents or other forms of mayhem which alter our lives, are always a surprise. Quite naturally, we chafe, we fight and we weep while striving to get back to our old lives and once healthy bodies; however, destruction is often looming out there. It waits to pounce on us, with little or no warning. We cry out, “Wait! I wasn’t ready for that,” but it pays little heed to our reactions and struggles, plundering us in its wake. Occasionally, it takes us under and rolls us around, but if we hold our breath, cry out all the tears and look toward tomorrow, we can and will survive.

If only I could call the road crew to fix it, call the plumber and pay his astronomical fee or find a nice burly carpenter to hammer a few nails and make my body as it once was. Since I’m not a road but do feel like road kill, it’s futile to call the road crew. Even though my personal plumbing may be a challenge, I confess I prefer someone who washes his hands for any of that nonsense. Since I’m not Pinocchio I can’t call the carpenter. No, I’m afraid reparation of our bodies is far more complicated and challenging, even more so than fire, flood, pestilence and now I must add electrical shock. Yes, one of the carpenters got shocked yesterday and now we have an electrician on retainer. I now know why these gentlemen did not become physicians; because they can make as much money as a doctor and have better hours.

I have also discovered and had to face the reality that all this noise makes me cantankerous. You know, just a more polite way of saying bitchy? I thought I had pain previously but have discovered having to get up at 7 AM each day to face the “crew” has me whipped. The assault on my ankles, knees and hips is greater from fifteen trips up and down the stairs or out to the backyard to answer one of many male voices who open the door a crack and holler, “Hey, Sue, you wanna come look at this?”

The answer in my heart is, “Oh gosh no. Don’t show me another problem.” I go, anyway. Today it was the fact they cannot find matching siding. It actually makes sense when you realize the current wood siding was milled in the 1880’s. We will somehow work it out.(Yes, we must use wood siding because we own an historic home.” Another problem handled and understood.  Jim is back at work now after his knee surgery and I don’t think the dogs would be of much use as homeowners; they would just lift a leg on the problem. By the way, that’s not such a bad idea, but I digress. My ancient house, like me, has far more dry rot than we expected which explains why it tilts a few inches to the East. My backyard is full of burnt wood, dry rotted wood and many handmade nails from the 1800’s. I kind of like looking at them with their square heads knowing that the hands of some blacksmith created them low those many years ago. It takes my thoughts from my current troubles and sets my mind to wandering about him and what his life, wife and family was like. Were the streets filled with squishy Oregon mud? Did he ride a horse or drive a rig? Did he or his wife suffer from arthritis, or some other form of torture? Did they have healthy children, grouchy in-laws, faith in a Creator? Thousands of questions fill my mind as once again I allow history to take me away from my current state of pain. If only these poor old walls could talk what a tale they could share with me. I’m actually a bit envious because I know it can be repaired far better than a living creature, like me, can be. It will also live longer.

I have my days, like most of you when life is simply too much of an assault on all the senses but I have a built in detector that is always looking for the purpose in suffering. At least four times this last week I have been told by various workmen, “You know that fire was really fortunate, in a way. We never would have found all that dry rot under the house if that hadn’t happened.” I have had a strange feeling of protection during this entire event. None of the fire came into the inside of the house except for a smattering of coal dust and one broken window. Of course, I wish it had not happened, but there is always a new road, a repaired house, a new friend or some solution to a problem I never knew I had.

This ride we’re on, called life can be an adventure or a dirge. Pain is not death. Suffering is not constant. The sun rises each day. Joy always arrives in many forms like the licking of a new Yorkie pup whose tiny tail is spinning like a hummingbird’s, a phone call from my seven-year-old granddaughter or some kind act from a friend. We all must remember to stay “open” to these joyous events, open like the side of my house at this moment. If I felt up to doing all that cooking, we could put in a drive-through window. I must think on that.

128 thoughts on “Destruction and Repair

  1. Dear Sue, I am so glad you are back writing, you always help me put things in perspective. Been going through a bad patch the last few weeks and I really appreciate the fact you are back, despite all your many problems. 15 trips up and down your stairs is amazing. Hugs. Janet

    • Janet, you are in my prayers. We seem to go through so many bad patches at the same time. I find praying for YOU all on here helps me get thru mine.
      Tonie

    • Janet, well one does what one has to do. Laundry, cooking, dogs needing to pee…these are all needy causes. I am very careful because if I fall coming up I fall on knees that need to be replaced; if I fall on my rear, well, that hurts even more so….I am so sorry you are having a bad spell. Is there something to do for it? Love, Sue

  2. Hey All:
    Oh Sue what a wonderful blog !! You are back on track to your wonderful writing self. I just got off the phone with my Millie and I didn’t tell her about your blog cause I want to just MAIL her a copy of it and give her a lift. SHe is depressed because they have told her she is in stage 4 of kidney failure and she MAY have to have dialysis. We talked and I looked up the diet for her to think about. But she was feeling just like you have written here. She can no longer do what she used to do, her life was gone, worthless. But when we hung up, she was laughing and cheerful and ready to face life again with squared shoulders. God blesses us with small things we can do. One day (if we make it ) we will be in a place with NO more pain or suffering and it will have been worth it all. But until then, we have to muddle thru these days as best as we can. Love you and all of you on here. Prayers please for my family, much going on. And for my body, for it is not holding up good these days.
    Tonie

    • Tonie, I am so saddened to hear your dear elderly friend, Millie is facing such a devastating diagnosis. Stage 4 is not encouraging. Hope her hubby’s knee is good now after his surgery. This growing old bit is not easy. I’m sure you brighten up their lives just as you do ours. Hope you are able to get your disability income worked out and approved very soon so we can stop worrying about you so much. How’s Ms. Alice doing..your “babysitting” charge because she is also brightened by your life..no doubt. Hope you get into a better rheumy very soon…enough of this crap in your life, huh? Love you, Sue

      • Sue:
        Millie brightened up a bit, I am going to call her tonight and see what the Dr has to say. Ms Alice is doing fine. We had a nice lunch today which will be my supper (left over grilled chicken, mashed pot, cucumber and tomatoes and watermelon) She would love to get out more and I am trying to get her to lets go do something. I have to go back tomorrow and sit with her most of the day while Doc goes to the Dr. I have cancelled my Rheumy apt and will make another if I can’t get in to someone better. Age is not for the faint of heart 🙂
        Love
        Tonie

  3. Well as it seems I have arrived on the blog at last, all I can say is Sue, I wish I had your team of workmen to fix my sons house, he bought that lovely house he and Claire strove for BUT, without yet selling his own, takes possession next week as well as all the utility bills on both houses, they will have no money, and meanwhile the damp in his house rages on.
    As his Mom, I am worried sick, just have to be on the sidelines and hope.
    Glad things are progressing for you Sue, laughed at your hope of the workmen fixing up your body, in which case we would all benefit from having a few new screws “PARDON THE PUN”.
    Great love to you all, have a good day…………LATERS xxxxxxxx Jennie

    • Jen, I know you’re worried about the mess of a house your son and his girlfriend are in and worry so much for them but getting the new house will lift them up, even though it will be difficult financially. Can they afford to walk away from the house full of moisture? Always wonderful to hear from you and your dotty sense of Yorkshire humor. Love you much dear friend, Sue

      • HI SUE,
        WE WILL KNOW SOMETIME THIS WEEK IF TIM’S HOUSE SALE HAS GONE THROUGH OR NOT, IF IT HASN’T AND THEY HAVE TO START AGAIN…SO BE IT, IT WILL ALL WORK OUT, THEY WILL FIND A WAY. WE ARE OFF TO THE COAST FOR THE DAY, SO WHEN THEY ARE SIGNING AWAY ALL THEY HAVE, I AM UP FOR A PADDLE, GOT TO GET AWAY FROM THE TENSION……..LOVE YOU MY DEAR FRIEND

  4. Good to see us all together and Sue back again. All will come good in your house Sue and give your poor ol’ body some rest from it all. But why does it all happen…I suppose it could be said it could happen to anyone but sometimes you get the feeling the finger is pointing at you. It ain’t fare!
    Jennie aren’t kids always a worry ,I do hope things improve for them and they sell the house its the Bank holiday so fingers crossed.trendy new name you got there!
    Tonie what sad news of Mille has she been feeling ill for long before she knew had that prognosis.? I know what you mean about forcing yourself to do things. If you don’t you feel isolated and no life. hope the party went ok for all on Saturday .and also that you DD is ok
    Gonna try and post this now Chris

    • Chris dear, I stopped asking why many years ago and just roll with it. That is not to say all of this has not taken a toll on my fatigue and nerves. What a dirge it’s been and still continues. Rain last night and this AM has left the streets muddy and the painters are using sanders on the walls outside so it vibrates a bit in here. I’ve got the young grands here today as yesterday. They start school next week and I’ll miss all of our fun days together. They are enjoying our new Yorkie, George, so much. He’s always looking for trouble or a good time. He makes me feel quite old. Hope your DD is feeling improved. Love, Sue

  5. Sue
    I bet there is a story in the making with those nails and wood and those people who were there at the time and what has happened to house now in the present!! Another positive !!!?

  6. So well written and encouragement sprinkled throughout! I needed this today! Hang in there my friend! You ought to put a time capsule in that “drive thru window” area so that 100+ years from now someone will find out what an adventure you’ve had! 🙂 just a thought!

    • Brenda, wonderful idea. Wish I’d thought of it before they fixed it a few days ago. I have written a couple of poems that got published about our house. I love the memories that float around in here. I love looking at the large flat stones that form the foundation but am still surprised by the occasional oyster shell that pops out. Oh well, a mystery is always intriguing. Do take care my dear. Sue

  7. Good one, Sue. You managed to find time to write amid all the trips on the stairs – oops! not the best choice of words – and taking care of this and that. It probably helped keep you sane. 😉
    The boy is ensconced at college and will enjoy his first day of classes today. He has a lot to take care of the next few days. Let’s hope he remembers it all. I don’t plan on pesting him. ahem. Reminding him. Life marches on here with plenty to do. Not sure when it will slow down. But weather lately has been lovely so the cats and I have enjoyed time in the backyard and in the patio shade, they, enjoying the birds and bugs, I, enjoying a good book and nice breeze. It is to warm up to mid 80s this week, I think, so a tad warmer.
    Best to everyone!

    • Lyn, Nice trip joke! even if it was unconsciously said. Glad to hear SB is settling in and you have the right idea about letting him learn his own routine and if he forgets something..well, he’ll be wiser. Hope he’s feeling well. What is his major or is it too early to say? I know you’ll stay busy with your singing, your cats and lovely home…oh yes, and DH. Didn’t mean to put him last…Be good to yourself..Love you, Sue

  8. Just for the record, that name was given to me, but heyho, I guess it kind of fits, but lets not forget I am a Yorkshire lass, can’t lose ones identity now can one???
    Tonie…I hope Millie keeps squaring her shoulders and smiling, what an awful thing to face.
    Lyn…I hope SB enjoys his classes today.

    Chris…..Just written to you
    Janet……Its been ages, great to catch up
    Sue…….Hope all will be well now with your writing, I so enjoyed reading it….keep well

    Ok off now to catch some sunshine whilst it lasts, have a good day everyone, you are all in my thoughts.
    Jennie xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  9. Sue, I haven’t been through all of the house repairs you are going through, but we had to live with a friend while our new house was finished and our belongings were scattered over 8 different locations. 🙂 Now that seems mild compared to your situation. I can sure relate to your pain, and my husband has been through so much and that continues. So glad for your posts. They get me through many days!

    • Dear Judith, so good to see you on here. I pray your DH is feeling well and will get his treatment started. Many of these friends are prayer believers and once you get to know them, I hope you’ll share your current circumstance when you feel like it. Hope you’re holding up under all of this and suspect you are from your sweet smile. Fondly, Sue

  10. Sue, it’s so good to find your blog and be able to respond. I’m in the middle of a major flare of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue and can relate to your analogy very well. I feel like I am in total disrepair and losing ground, but I can easily anticipate the idea that my life’s road will have some time of repair eventually. I hope so. I think I have to accept a lot of it, but I can’t totally give in to it either. I can find some detours around the pain but the detours get lengthy and annoying. Just adding on to the analogy a bit. Glad I can stay home and work at my own pace. I do want to work eventually but I can’t teach where I was any more. I am waiting for God to guide me into the next phase of my life. And this may be it.

    • Pat
      I so understand where you are at. I am so tired of being tired. Yet when I force myself into activity it exhausts me more. WHat do we do ?? Can’t sit around and mildew huh ? God bless
      Tonie

    • Pat dear, change is always so difficult, even pleasant change. It’s strange because we stay in a comfortable groove and suddenly, we’re out of the tree, so to speak. You will find your way because of your attitude. Keep believing that. It’s part of process. I have a couple of close personal friends who are choosing the bitter, “poor me” route and that is so sad to see. It’s been my experience these choices are ours to make…we either lie down and slowly die or we take these weary bones and rise up and fight! I wish I knew what that secret ingredient is but we ever find out we can bottle it. Keep looking dear lady. Sue

  11. Hi to all the new people on here
    I just wondered the time that appears on these posts ,which time zone is it,does someone know?
    I’m awake its jst gone 1am my dad rang me and didnt know he rang me.but he seems ok jst confused I think it’s the tablets for this infection he’s got .
    Well try and get back to sleep
    Chris

    • Hi Chris, the reply I just made, above, to Pat, showed up at 7:35 in the PM and I just wrote it at 12:35 PM, so eight hours earlier than posted. Don’t get it..but it’s okay…Just glad to be up and running.

  12. Ahhh Sue, a wonderful blog and it’s so great to read your words about how one carries on with pain daily. Like today when I’m up again at 3:30 am. Sigh. Luckily for me, Don got up with me, made me a fried egg on toast and here I am at 4:08 with my cup of Joe reading about house repairs and body repairs. lol Like many of us here, my list would be very long and required a team of specialists. I’m sure as with the fire, once opened they would find more things to repair… Yuck, we better not go there!

    Look forward to the next blog and know that you and the family are in my daily prayers. Huggers, Ruby

    • Ruby, I agree. I would like to go for at least a week without having to think about any health issues but alas…isn’t so. I wonder if Don’s egg on toast is my egg on toast? I love to put butter or olive oil in a small frypan, Cut a hole in the middle of a slice of bread, brown it and add a few slices of colored bell pepper and then pop an egg in the middle. Had it this morning, actually. Seems easier than all the individual cooking. Saw your grands on FB. Adorable children. I know it’s wonderful for you to be near them, whatever changes you’ve had to make. Hope your life is settling down a bit after all you’ve been through this year. Appreciate the prayers and knowing you’re there. Love, Sue

  13. Hi peeps,
    As Chris said, a warm welcome to all the newbies, ain’t it grand there are so many of us now?? Its a lovely day here in France, and I am off to my garden to partake of it before the sun goes behind the clouds.
    Gonna try and get to the coast for a day next week, only saw the sea once last year, being a water sign, i always feel drawn to the stuff, and no Tonie, its not the same sticking your feet in a bucket of water.
    My kids get the keys to their house on Friday, so bloomin eck, its all kicking off, (hope you can understand my English those who are not used to me).
    I keep re-reading your blog Sue, it was so inspiring, I hope you post some “pics” online when all the work is done, if not got some more lego you can have…..only funning, you are a very brave lady.
    Right off I go………………will catch up with you all later, have a good one.
    With all love….Jennie.

    • Jen, good to hear the kids in England are moving on. I suspect they will find their way but know you still worry. Sure wish that beach you were visiting was here. It is refreshing and the winds have such vitalization in them. Speaking of buckets of water, I tried that soak your feet idea from FB. It’s the one when you soak your feet with a mix of cider vinegar and listerine. Seemed to help to soften the skin but they don’t mention it turns your feet green. After two days of bathing them it came off. Will probably do it again. You feel silly but if it works, why not. I’m so pleased you sound much better. Indeed, you bet I’ll post pics of the house when all is done. Had sanding going on today. Rain cleared this afternoon. They replaced another window sill or ledge and I didn’t realize how much old dirt and wood pieces ended up under it on the inside due to the stuff I had there..now must go down and vacuum up what I can but I predict it will end up with me on the floor with a bucket of water. Each day brings new challenges as well as progress, so we keep cracking eggs to make that proverbial omelet. Hope you get to see the sea. Love you, Sue..

  14. Mornin all:
    Quick jot before I get off to sit with Ms ALice. Worked all the day yesterday with the volunteer kids again.Got a LOT done around here and will have them again on THursday for 3 hours. One of the things was taking out all the containers with my stuff in storage so as to rid myself of some, and reorganize to know where things are. Tomorrow I will go thru them and have them ready to go back inside on THur.
    SO glad to see new faces on there and don’t you just love how you can reply to each individual one ? Jenny glad your son has his new house and prayers for a quick sale of the old.
    Sue, hang in there lady. There is light at the end of the tunnel !
    It is getting so cool here at night, down to the 50’s some. But a heated up spell coming with the highs in the 80’s and lows in the low 60’s. I do however think fall is falling fast. Trees are turning already. We have apples almost ready to pick. Guess I will be canning again ! I believe ALL me chicks are laying now. I let them out for the day yesterday and they just had a grand time going around eating bugs !
    WEll off to get ready, love to you all
    Tonie

  15. HI TONIE,
    YES THERE ARE SIGNS OF AUTUMN HERE TOO, APPLES KEEP FALLING ON MY HEAD (MAKES A CHANGE FROM RAINDROPS) TROUBLE IS THE BLOMING WORMS KEEP GETTING THEM, STILL SHOULD BE ABLE TO SALVAGE A FEW.
    HOW IS MISS ALICE?? GLAD THE CHUCKS ARE LAYING WELL, HOW ARE YOUR FEET?? ITS A VERY PAINFUL CONDITION
    HOW ARE YOUR FEET BEARING UP, HAD THAT PROBLEM FOR YEARS, I CAN ONLY WEAR GOOD SANDALS, THEN CLOGS (NICE ONES) SO CAN’T FIND AN INBETWEEN SEASONS SOLUTION, A BIT RANSOM, COLD FEET OR BOILING….WHAT DO YOU DO??? GOOD THE CHUCKS ARE LAYING WELL, YOU NEVER GO SHORT OF FOOD . HOW IS MISS ALICE DOING…..ALSO YOUR

  16. MISSED A BIT, DON’T KNOW WAT HAPPENED THERE TONIE, FORGOT WHAT I WAS SAYING….SENIOR MOMENT HA HA !! CATCH YOU LATER XXXXXXXXX

    • Jennie Poo ! If them apples are falling on yer head it will save you time cutting them as I am sure they splinter on that hard head of yours !! 🙂 My feet are barking today. Where I was on them all day yesterday. Going to the podiatrist in two weeks so hopefully will have a better idea of what is going on. Glad your son is getting a new home, maybe that grandbaby will come along soon ! Hope you enjoyed your sunshine in the garden.
      Love
      TOnie

  17. Hi everybody, hope this shows up and that I have registered right. I have been lousy for over a month. The RA and the Fibromyalgia are both in a flare up. My left arm with the lymphedema is all swollen. I have been in therapy twice a week for about four weeks now. My neck and shoulder are in so much pain from not really using them. I start therapy on them this Thursday. My legs are week it is impossible to walk without my walker or cane. I feel so wiped out. My nerves are shot. I have taken an ativan twice a day now for a few weeks. Plus all my other medicine. I have see my primary care Dr. My oncologist, my rheumatologist, my pain management Dr. And my therapist and also a counselor. I have Had extensive blood work. All came back excellent except my calcium was low. So more yogurt,cheese milk and anything that has calcium in it. Of course I do not drink white milk so it will have a little chocolate syrup in it. My primary doctor and my counselor think I am depressed because August 1st. Was the year anniversary of my best friend’s death from cancer. I use to be out and going a lot to be with her and do things with her and that kept my muscles moving and not tensed up. They both want me to start going out and having some fun. For the past several weekends I have gone to see 9 of my 15 grandchildren. It has been so nice to see the 4 out of 5 of my children. My third granddaughter who lives in NY, is going to make me a great grandmother in March 2014. First great grandchild. whoo hoo. Now, I did not mean to take so long, but wanted all of you to know why it has been so long since I have written. I will try and do better from now on and write to each of you individual more next time. Welcome to all the new people. I was given the name Donnachub12 for some strange reason. You all know me by Donna Lou. LOVE all of you and so glad for the blog SUE!!! I know you and everyone else has had their problems and ups and downs. I will continue to pray for all of you! Let’s hope this letter goes through. Until next time.

    • Donna dear, so good to hear from you and hope the bad times are getting better. Wow, you got a lot of help but I suspect the kids, the grands and the thought of a new great grand will help the most. Sometimes it takes more effort to fight against the tidal wave that is trying to pull us under and I know it’s a huge effort. Life is worth it, life is worth it!!! Good to to see you on here sweet lady. Hang in there with the rest of us and look for the joy. Love, Sue

      • Sue, thanks for the tips on the calcium chews. My mother-in-law used to use them and she liked them . I will get me some. LOVE YOU Sue and I hate what all you are going through. This too will pass. Till later. Good night and I pray for a peaceful night sleep!

      • Good heavens Donna what a lot for one person to deal with!
        How the waterworks now!
        Sometimes it takes such a great effort just to do normal things and you have made such a good start.you have a lot to contend with there . Glad to see you back
        Chris

      • Hey Donna :
        Good to see you back on here with us. So sorry you are having such a mess with the ole bod. I use the Calcuim from Shaklee. It has Magnesium and D3 in it as well, so I get it all in one. A GREAT grand wow !! My brother was going to be a great granddad but she lost the baby last week. God knows best. Take care dear lady.
        Tonie

  18. Tonie
    Have you tried rolling you foot over a small ball a fewtimes a day Also I have a special insert for that problem in my shoes. I had it for a while it came from wearing those flat boots .i still wear them but with an insert.its got a small rise that lifts that part of the foot . It took a time to go and I always wear those insoles now in my shoes
    Maybe you have tried all these

    Tried to reply as I have done before to you ,but it wouldn’t let me. Had to sign in again and to get a web site.so Had to type in again for a general reply
    Chrs

    • Hey Chris
      Yes ma’am I wear the inserts in all my shoes and I am careful about the type I wear. No completely flat. OR no heels, something in between. I have a very high arch. There is something going on with the foot itself. If I stand on it too long I can hardly walk when I sit down. And forget going barefoot. I use an icepack on it when I sit down for the night and that helps for a little while , then it is back to normal HURTING !! So hopefully they will be able to do something for me.
      Tonie

      • TONIE HON,
        SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAVS A MORTONS NEUROMA, THEY ARE PAINFUL, BUT CAN BE OPERATED ON, THING IS SOMETIMES THEY COME BACK AGAIN, BUT OH THE RELIEF WHEN THEN CORRECT IT. LIKE CHRIS I TOO HAVE THINGS I PUT IN MY SHOES WHEN NEEDED, THEY ARE MADE OF GEL AND PROTECT THAT AREA.
        MAYBE YOU COULD TRY THEM??? LOVE YOU
        JEN X

      • Jennie:
        I have never heard of that Mortons Nueroma. I will look into it. I go to the Dr on Friday week so I am hoping soon. I am sitting here with an ice pak on it as we speak. Been on it for a couple of hours so it is complaining. Take care sweet.
        Love
        Tonie

    • Chris, don’t know what’s going on with your entering here. You should be able to reply and just hit post comment. Sue

  19. Hey all:
    Working all day today so I brought my computer with me today. It is very humid and overcast but hopefully it will not rain !! I have seen enough for a while. Got some good sleep laszt night and not feeling quite so bad today. Jennie I hope your day at the beach was a good one ! I really want to go somewhere but can’t til I get my money coming in. Then I will be going to see my grands in Az if God is willing. AND see Ms Millie. I went to sleep and didn’t get to call her last night so I will try to do it when I get home tonight.
    Take care all and have a wonderful day
    Love
    Tonie

    • Ill try again,last time over the post it was covered with sign me up which I have already done…..however it now looks clear of it.so should be ok.just come back from late nite shopping and put it all away.tired out now I shop for four weeks so its quite a bit
      Speak tomorrow
      Chris. Well bu..er is just gone on top of the post can’t do t

  20. TONIE, THOUGHT I MIGHT DO A WILLIAM TELL WITH THEM THERE APPLES, GET HUBBY TO STAND STILL, GET OUT THE ARROWS, AND THERE WE ARE SLICED APPLES…VIOLA!!!!!
    CHRIS….DON’T WORRY, THAT HAPPENED TO ME ON THE BLOG, BUT IT CORRECTS ITSELF IN THE END.
    DONNA……GREAT TO SEE YOU BACK AGAIN, SO SORRY YOU HAVE BEEN HAVING SUCH A HARD TIME.
    SUE….THE KIDS GET THE KEYS TOMORROW, FIGURED ITS TIME TO STOP WORRYING, CAN’T KEEP WASTING MY TIME DOING THAT CAN I?
    BEEN A LOVELY DAY TODAY, GOT THE SHOPPING DONE, THOUGHT OF YOU CHRIS, HOPE YOU GOT ALL YOURS PUT AWAY OK.
    TALK LATER FOLKS
    LOVE TO YOU ALL
    JENNIE XXXXXXX

    • Jen, It sounds like DH needs to search the house for a bow and arrow set. It does sound interesting as a way to slice apples. I hope they’re cooking apples…red or yellow or green? We grow wonderful apples in Washing state, just across the river from us. Hope you make it away from home and see some renewing beauty and you can’t beat the coast for that. Funny thing about our kids. We worry and worry but they eventually have to learn their own lessons in life, both those thrust upon them and those from their poor choices. Awe life…motherhood is not for the feint hearted. Do take care and let me know how you’ve been feeling..Love, Sue

      • HI SUE,
        I AM OK, BEEN WALKING WITH THE DOG FOR THE LAST THREE WEEKS, JUST A LITTLE AT A TIME, STARTED WITH TEN MINUTES WORKED UP TO THIRTY JUST NOW.
        GOT HOME AND SUDDENLY WE HAD THREE OF OUR FRENCH NEIGHBORS WANTING TO TAKE A LOOK AT OUR FLOWERS IN THE GARDEN, THEY WERE BLOWN AWAY, I THIN K THEY THINK WE ARE JUST A NATION OF FISH AND CHIP EATERS, WHEN ACTUALLY WE HAVE SOME OF THE FINEST GARDENERS IN EUROPE.
        THEY ALL TOOK AWAY WITH THEM SOME OF OUR GARDEN PRODUCE….ZUCCHINI AND TOMATOES, OH YEAH!! GOT RID OF SOME BLOODY STRAWBERRIES TOO….STILL HAVENT’T CONVERTED THEM INTO ICE CREAM YET, BUT I WILL.
        OUR APPLES ARE OK, BUT NOTHING TO WRITE HOME ABOUT, BUT GOOD ENOUGH TO BAKE WITH IF YOU ADD A TON OF SUGAR.
        OK WILL WRITE AGAIN LATER…….LOVE YOU
        JENNIE XX

  21. Jen, Oh your garden must be wonderful. I have seen a few pics you posted on FB and will now go back and look at them once again. What a fun way to get to know your French neighbors. Hey, I live far away and know that the English are wonderful gardeners. My mothers grandparents were English and she loved gardening and my Dad was from farmer stock. I am so pleased to hear you are doing so much better. The pup is benefiting, also..Sasha, right? Little George is pouting because I cut his nails today. Oh how he screeched. Yesterday he got his paw stuck in his fur and you’d have thought he was on fire. I spoke with a dear old friend a few days ago and she has a small worm farm going. I haven’t laughed that hard in ages as she described how the worm urine collects and she adds it to water to fertilize her plants. She’s one of those friends who just keeps chugging along and always into something. You know you could put those strawberries in a blender and freeze..then you could make jam, ice cream, etc. whenever you feel like it. Very noisy here AGAIN in the rain as the road trucks are scraping all the piles of dirt and gravel. Painters are up on the hip roof in front working with harnesses on, just in case they slip. What a job they have, getting soaked. Later dear girl…Sue

    • SUE TONIE AND CHRIS,
      JUST TO LET YOU KNOW, GOT WORD FROM TIM’S CLAIRE, THE HOUSE IS SOLD, THEY WILL COMPLETE ON 6TH SEPT, SO THEIR MONEY WORRIES ARE MUCH LESS NOW AND THEY CAN ENJOY THEIR NEW HOME KNOWING THEY CAN AFFORD IT NOW THE OTHER HOUSE IS SOLD.
      THANKS FOR BEARING WITH ME, I WAS SO WORRIED THEY WERE IN OVER THEIR HEADS, PRAYED SO HARD AND PRAYER HAS BEEN ANSWERED………THANKS XXXXX

  22. Heyde ho all !
    WEll the lovely young ladies from Durham Academy were back today and worked until 11:30, mulching and helping me haul rocks for borders. Wonderful kids who held hands with me and prayed for my grandson before they started working. We are SO blessed to have them come and help. I was with Ms ALice until 9 last night so I am exhausted again today. I am D-U-N ! Tomorrow is another day and I may feel up to something else.
    SUe, I need to do pedipaws also. They hate for me to do it, yet they wait for their treats ! 🙂 It is so hot and humid today. I mowed my yard and Judy’s . Still need to touch up with the push mow, but it was way to hot to use it for the entire yard. Hope you are having a good day.
    Jennie Poo glad you are showing off them purty flowers !!
    Chris: I bet you could show us some beautiful pics as well !
    Hope you all have a great day
    Love
    TOnie

    • Tonie
      Ill have to email photo of my garden I dd promise Sue and Jen ,I will have to get around to it😉
      You do sound sooooo busy again! Hows your foot?
      Tonie is your GS ill. I do hope all will be ok
      Chris

    • Just read your post with your foot.its funny i have a high arch too , maybe thats the problem hope it gets sorted pretty d.m quick
      Chris

      • Hey Chris:
        Yep we need to see your garden as well. I am down today, all the week of going has put me on the couch. Didn’t get up til 10 am, so slept a lot. Just went up to feed the chicks and got 3 eggs already today 🙂 I need to use some of them eggs today since I have time. I found a recipe for an easy pumpkin cake I think I will try. My grandson has other troubles, just please remember him in your prayers. My foot is hurting today. It burns and hurts all over, so don’t know.
        Take care
        Love
        Tonie

  23. Tonie
    A good sleep will do you good …….hopefully 😃
    Pumkin cake sounds good,they use a lot of pumpkin in Australia too.i love it Had it roasted .first time when in oz and loved it since
    Wonder whats wrong with this blimmin foot,
    Yea will do for GS. Hope it sorts itself out
    Will sort out photo over w.end and email it’s only a small garden.love Chris

  24. HELLO,
    OH BOY, I HAD A GREAT DAY TODAY, SO NICE TO HAVE GOOD NEWS FOR A CHANGE. WENT TO THE COAST, HAD A LOVELY MEAL, SOUP POISSON (FISH) THEN FISH AND CHIPS WITH SALAD (ALMOST AS GOOD AS ENGLISH) THE MOUSSE CHOCOLAT’, WENT FOR A WALK ON THE CLIFF TOPS, TOOK PHOTO’S, HAD ICE CREAM (CREME BRULEE’) THEN LATER A BEER, SO THE DIET FLEW OUT THE WINDOW, WHO BLOODY CARES IT WAS ONLY FOR ONE DAY.
    THOUGHT OF YOU ALL, WISHING WE COULD ALL BE THERE TOGETHER IN THE SUNSHINE SHARING OUR PROBLEMS AND ALSO OUR LAUGHTER. CATCH UP LATER, GOT PICS ON F/B IF ANYONE CARES TO SEE. XXXXXXXX JENNIE

    • Jen, oh my…doesn’t your day away sound delicious. Wonderful experience long over due. What a food fest. Hope the weather was lovely as the food. Happy for you. Love, Sue

      • Jennie:
        I saw your pics. What a lovely place and what lushious food. Glad you had a goreat day. Everyone needs one !
        Love ya
        TOnie

  25. Dear Tonie and Chris…So sorry to hear you’re feeling so lousy Tonie..hope the podiatrist visit solves some problems for you. Rest, okay, egg lady? Chris, would be great to see pics of your garden. Mine is very small and I think small can be cozy and beautiful. Hang in there my dears..love you both, Sue

  26. Jennie
    Glad you had a good day sounds great…..me ..had plumber most of day. Invaded it felt like
    Not as bad as Sue tho ..but what a lot of money! Had horrendous noises in loft.

    Sue hope things are comming on good

    Trying to catch up on jobs fences,bushes.gates😁 so…back ,legs all aching…eyes from smell of paint
    Again nowt on Sues probs
    So try and get some shut eye now
    Love Chris

    • Chris, rest my dear. Plumbers huh? I’ll trade my sanding painters and hammering for your pipes.Little George has been barking at the walls. Amazing how fierce he thinks he is. How does that sound. At least the road crew shut down early today.At least it isn’t raining on these poor guys today. I hate to think how much all of this is going to cost but do look forward to a new looking house.How are your DD and GS? Love, Sue

  27. I wish I hadn’t posted about my day out now, feeling so guilty, everyone has problems, Tonie, how ar your poor feet, and your little Grandson how is he?
    Chris…hope you are feeling better with your head, and the plumbing is all finished.
    Sue…..I hope little George has recovered from the shock of having his claws cut, and that you have a lovely time at the birthday party.
    Everyone else, enjoy your weekend, and sorry for showing off, doesn’t happen very often thats the trouble, one day a year to the coast and I get carried away…….ah well.
    Jennie xxxxxxxxxxxxx

      • Janet, How true. I agree with you about Jennie’s day. It is such fun to picture her in France with all that wonderful food. Hope you’re doing as well as possible in Texas dear lady. Love, Sue

    • Jennie, don’t feel guilty. We can all live vicariously through you! 🙂 It sounds like such a lovely day. And it’s ok to go off that diet every once in a while. 😉

      Hi, troops! Looking forward to a long holiday weekend here! The boy is home for the weekend (with his laundry) to visit family and friends. He is enjoying college so far and making friends. Let’s pray it continues. Like many here, I’ve been up and down lately. DD (dear daughter) put in her last day at her externship yesterday and is now launching into the process of finding a job in her field and studying for her CMA test (I forget which she is taking.)

      Blessed weekend to all!

      • Lyn, Good to hear from you and I’m so happy for DD. I can only imagine how good she feels to have completed her studies and continue. Glad to hear SB is having such a positive experience at college; what a time of life for both of them. As usual you understate your own health challenges. Hope there are more good days than bad. Now onto the college boy’s laundry, huh? Much love, Sue

      • Hi lyn.
        Back on the diet today, felt a bit upset that I can’t be there to help my son and his partner with their moving preparations, feel a bit “out of it” if you understand me. I want to be there to see their faces when they move in next week, when each job on the house gets done etc, etc. Its so very hard when you live in a different country to your loved ones, and no hope of getting back…….still we made that choice, so we have to live with it. So extra laundry for you, I used to pretend I was put out, but secretly I loved doing it……its a Mom thing isn’t it? Enjoy x

    • Jen, I have to completely agree with Janet and Lyn. We love hearing about wonderful, delicious, beautiful trips. Please don’t feel that you were out of line at all!! For me, hearing that you had a good time made me so happy for you. You know, this blog and all of our friendships aren’t about the suffering; it is about overcoming them and looking forward to and sharing good times. Life is wonderful and we all need to be reminded at times. For instance, we had a fun time at our GS’s tenth birthday party. He chose to open his presents before dinner and naturally said he wasn’t hungry. Beth straightened him out on that fact. He and Jim (Papa) got in a lot of light saber dueling with two of his new presents. We took George so he added even more activity. He got on quite well with their large, wonderful chocolate lab, Herb. Padfoot, their kitty, well, he probably thought George was a large, hairy rat. I forgot his leash so we tied a big birthday ribbon on him. Funny how one little puppy can give so much pleasure.
      Hope you are feeling no ill effects and cherishing the experiences. How far is it to the shore? Need to get you and DH over there more often. Is your son moving soon? Thinking of you…fondly, Sue

      • HI SUE,
        OH WELL I AM GLAD NO-ONE TOOK OFFENCE AT ME GOBB ING OFF ABOUT MY LOVELY DAY.
        TIM AND CLAIRE MOVE IN ON THURSDAY, IN THE MEANTIME THEY ARE IN A SIMILAR POSITION AS YOU, WORKMEN ALL OVER THE PLACE, FLOORS BEING RIPPED UP, DOUBLE GLAZING GOING IN AND A WALL BEING KNOCKED THROUGH. THEY WANT TO GET THE MUCKY WORK DONE BEFORE THE FURNITURE GOES IN.
        GOT TO LAUGH THOUGH, THEY ARE ONLY YOUNG UN’S, BARRY AND I WERE IN OUT SIXTIES WHEN WE HAD TO GO THROUGH SO MUCH WORSE IN SPAIN….LIVING IN THE GARAGE, EATING TILE DUST IN THE FOOD, AND IN THE BED ETC. ALL RELEVENT I GUESS.
        SOUNDS LIKE THE PARTY WAS A BLAST, AND I BET YOU WERE TIRED AFTER IT, BUT FOR ONCE A NICE TIREDNESS EH?? BET GEORGE WAS IN HEAVEN TOO, SO MUCH FOR THE LITTLE CHAP TO SEE AND FOLKS TO MEET, ALL THOSE NEW SMELLS.
        THAT WAS HOW SACHA WAS AT THE COAST, BUT HE DISGRACED US BY RUNNING ACROSS THE ROAD TO MEET AND GREET A ST BERNARD, WHO QUITE FRANKLY DIDN’T GIVE A TOSS. EEEEK!!!! A BIT OF A MARLEY AND ME MOMENT.
        YES I AGREE, WE MUST TRY TO DO THINGS ON A MORE REGULAR BASIS, BUT ITS UP TO THE BODY ISN’T IT??
        ENJOY THE REST OF THE WEEKEND SUE……ALL LOVE TO YOU AND THE FAMILY XXX

  28. Okay :
    Lyn so good to see you on here today. Great news of Sb and DD. I know they are both happy in their new lives and Mommy is getting her sea legs under her with empty nesting !
    Chris: Looking forward to seeing you pics as well. I understand the work thing. I have so much to get done outside before winter (which is quickly coming our way) and have decided I am “cleaning” house and getting rid of excess stuff I no longer need or have room for !
    Sue: I wish I could have been a fly on the wall at the party and seen the happiness in that room with all the pets and babies !! I miss those parties. Yesterday was one of my gs bd as well. I spoke with him this am and he said he had a great cake and he had not received my card yet. I always sing to them 🙂 My corniness !.
    My friend Carol and I went yard salling today. Or hunting I might say; We have a HUGE flea market in a town up the road,, but I am not up to all the walking, looking for parking , traffic, crowds etc So we went looking. I am looking for a small dresser to put in the living room, fix it primitive paint and have more storage, take a couple of bulky things out. OF COURSE no one had furniture out today, we were in the truck ! Next time I go in the car it will be ALL furniture. Found some baskets and we went to a market with pots, all sorts of crafts (thought of you SUe) and I splurged $3.50 for a sign that has a rooster and says “My Roost. my RUles ” Found a guitar stamp for ds and in a yard sale a violin pin (or fiddle) for dil to save for Chirstmas. Carol and I are going to get our crafts together to put online and sell and also sell here. We both make grapevine wreaths for all seasons and are going to put projects together so I will let you know when we get it together.
    Well in bed here it is 12 am and I am still awake !! Has a good day.
    Love to all
    Tonie

    • Tonie, Sounds like a fun way to spend the day. You’re probably right about furniture and trucks. So much distressed furniture on the used market…must be an epidemic. I’m sure you’re right about also about winter zooming in. Once school starts, then Halloween and then the next holidays. However, we had heat today and had the small air conditioner going all day. Painters here again sanding. Jake is depressed lately because he can’t get out in the back yard because of the painters. I end up walking him on a leash and apparently it just isn’t the same. Love your new sign. I’m throwing, giving away, etc. also. Sleep tight. Love, Sue

      • Well, the kids were here today, so I loaded Sean and wife up with lots of goodies, and some things for the kids as well 🙂 Had a great visit with them today and am worn out ! It was a good sunny day here and of course I was sweaty and dirty. Took me a shower and am having a fruit smoothie before bed. My appetite has decreased a lot so I am making the best of it. Been praying for help so I will take it as an answer. Hope you had a good day as well
        Love Tonie

  29. Hy all ….forgot to say if anyone would like to see photos of my garden just say and I will email if I have your address
    Weather gone much cooler here,altho they give it into high twenties C next week. Actually was shivery tonite. I love sept and this time of year
    Hope all wellish..
    Have we all come back or are some missing..not sure
    Ok be back later Chris

    • Hi Chris, No not everyone is back yet. I loved the pics of your garden and your fall weather sounds wonderful. I like it also yet dread the ice and possible snow of winter. At least our work on the road and house should be finished by then. Stay warm…Love, Sue

      • I do hope it is all finished well by then .it won’t be that long will it sue?
        How is your body shaping up now to all the problems? You haven’t said lately and you must be sore
        I don’t like to think of you on the winter and the house not done
        Love Chris

      • HI SUE,
        CHRIS’S GARDEN IS VERY PRETTY ISN’T IT, JUST ENOUGH FOR HER TO COPE WITH. WE SAW THE FIRST SIGN OF AUTUMN HERE TODAY, I LOVE SEPTEMBER TOO, AND WE ARE DUE ANOTHER MINI HEAT WAVE WITHIN THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS, THEN ITS DOWNHILL ALL THE WAY TO WINTER, WHICH LIKE YOU I DREAD THE ICE. YOU SHOULD BE ALL COSY IN THE HOUSE BY THEN, AND GETTING THE CAR IN AND OUT WITH THE NEW ROAD SHOULD MAKE LIFE EASIER FOR YOU AND ALL THE NEIGHBOURS……LOTS OF SIGHS OF RELIEF………..I HOPE YOU FEEL OK MY DEAR FRIEND. X

    • I would love to see your pics. Just not sure how to give you my e-mail address privately. Maybe we could become FB friends , if you are on that and then I could private message you it there. What do you think.
      Talk again, Suzanne

      • Hi Suzanne I would love to email you them ….but I know the problems there.
        I don’t do face book,can’t hack it ,worry about it etc.so I don’t bother with it. Idiot that I am!
        Maybe there is a solution there somewhere …….
        All best Chris

      • Hey Chris maybe I could privately send my e-mail to Sue and if she has you e-mail she could send you mine, if she doesn’t mind doing that. XXX

  30. Chris, We should be all pretty and paved, painted and moved back in order by the winter. House is all primed, well,, almost. The porch will be last because it’s in the best shape. So much to do. I look forward to the colors and the glorious joy I’ll feel when I look at it after all of this.Know we’re going to love it.Rose tones and greens have long been my favorites I guess because they’re so Victorian. Especially set off with a bright white. I’m definitely a person who loves colors
    As far as my health I’ve been sort of a mess. I am having trouble in recent weeks with my neck. My right arm becomes numb.Glad it’s my right so I know it isn’t my heart. Had X-rays and my rheumy suggests an MRI. I”ll have to say okay next week. I can’t lift anything heavy without having problem..anything over a few pounds, actually. The X-rays showed arthritic deterioration of most of the cervical vertebrae and obviously with the numbness, some nerve damage. Oh joy. Been sleeping in my cervical collar and it helps a bit.but I’m mostly frustrated because it’s so hard to move things like books, pans, etc. It really lets out heavy watering buckets, etc. My poor plants are in need with all the heat and the hoses unplugged. Must water tomorrow.Thankfully I have a small puppy. Time to get some sleep if I can. Love you dear…Sue

    • Sue
      You have such a resilience that keeps you going ,it will be so lovely when it’s all competed. It all came at the wrong time for you ..what with the road up an all that.Jim and his knee…what a time to happen! But what a great way you have shown us to deal with it all …something for us all to remember
      No doubt your grands will enjoy helping with somethings , you are so close to them
      Well I hope you can at least relax whilst all this is going on so you have some energy to put it all back where it belongs .
      You said about your back but what about your chest probs and the sjogrens
      Thinking about you and it all
      Chris

      • Chris, you’re so kind to ask. I posted some pics of various subjects and will send them on to you to enjoy since you’re not on FB..sorry, I almost forgot. I’m still a bit short of breath and using an inhaler twice or three times a day. We’ve had a silent weekend, Sun. and today with the holiday. It’s been wonderful to hear nothing but the old common sounds. It has been very stressful all coming at once like this but hopefully, the joy of getting it all accomplished will give me the boost I need.I’ve been giving stuff away like crazy. We are so congested in each room. I am, truthfully, ignoring most of the dirt and dust because it just comes back until we’re finished around here. We’ve also had two alternating days of rain mixed with the mud and eight tiny feet plus four big ones clomping in and out. I have let the workers use our back bathroom and that’s where the shower is so we have to shower very early, which is out for me but okay for Jim, or late at night which is my best time. The rain has helped me water many of my plants that were on the porch which has been nice. Hope you are well as can be and that DH gets some answers from the doc this week. Love, Sue

    • OH LORD SUE, JUST READ YOUR OTHER POST, GOSH YOU ARE HAVING SUCH A MISERABLE TIME OF IT, WE WOULD ALL COME AND HELP OUT IF WE COULD, I PRAY THE MRI SCAN GOES OK AND THE DOCTORS CAN HELP YOU…….I GUESS AN ANGEL WOULD HELP? SENDING YOU ONE ANYWAYS. X

      • Jennie, I’m not that bad, really. I am not ready to go into an MRI just yet. I want to get all of this painting, etc. behind me first. They dug the holes for the new curbs today and eventually, all will be right. Frankly, I don’t know how much of the neck is tension from all the pressures, noise and getting up earlier than my body wants to or is used to.I am resorting to some of the methods that have helped me in previous years when I had neck problems…dug out my old sheet of neck exercises and ordered a new collar but it’s far too large for an advertised narrow, adult collar so will have to redo it.
        I bought an adorable antique shabby chic looking tall secretary desk since giving away our old ugly one to a friend. I need a better place to file, and get organized. It’s really cut and about broke Jim’s back coming up the stairs. Also got a new lateral file. I’m tired of having files of personal items, my writing pieces, etc. all over in cardboard files. Small houses cry out for organization and I also do…at times. It will also be great to put things back in place that I have moved so they don’t get broken with all the sanding, hammering etc.
        We’re getting down to it on the preparation work for painting and looking forward to seeing some colors. George is such a delight. He’s been our comic relief in all of this chaos. My dear, hope you enjoy the last hint of warmth. Over here we call it Indian summer and are usually warm until the end of October. We had some rain last night but a lovely day. Nice of God to water all my plants to keep me from having to drag a heavy hose around. How’s your gut dear girl…better? Much love, Sue

  31. Sue and CHris:
    Looks like everyone was busy today and not on here but you guys ! Sue I am sorry you are still suffering with all the aiments, but know you are determined to get thru it. Chris is so sweet ain’t she ?? She is always worrying about others. Remembers all our ailments and exactly what we have. Sue I know you will be happy when you get your home back together. I noted above, that I am loading up Sean with all this stuff I have no use for now, Also giving him baby pics, and memos I have kept over the years, I know he will take care and love them as I have. A lot of things I am going to try to sell. Carol and I came up with a lot of things we can sell online and get rid of and maybe make some money in the process. There is so much to get done before cold sets in. GOT to get the roof put up over the doorway, just to much when it rains heavily which it does here a lot. Lots of indoor things as well, but step by step huh ?? Just making the decision that I am going to let go of things has made me feel happier. Love ya both and hope you have a good night sleep. Sue you can always set little George on the plants and let him tinkle 🙂
    Love ya lots
    Tonie

  32. Tonie…sweet I ain’t !.i watch thse progs on tv where they sayit is empowering to sort out all your stuff and clear it ..I wish I could give some of my clothes away..like why am I keeping them just incase I get thinner! It ain’t gonna happen and I get fed up seeing them there
    You do sound as if you have a lot to do…but don’t forget you’ve come along way and have achieved a lot too and you’ll get this all done in your own time. It will be interesting to see you on line with crafts and things looking forward to it

    Sue such a lot going on and too much of it all .you can’t do anything else other than what you are doing.jst coping with it all is a bl..dy challenge.bring back normal…why did it have to go?
    I just emailed you.the pics were great. ..perhaps you will need less and less of the inhaler as all the dust goes
    Well no good nites sleep for me ,never is dont know why ,just don’t come.5am here and everyone else asleep I suppose, always feels lonely somehow . Time to catch up with the sas I’ve recorded ,can’t read much yet still get a headache with that concussion
    Be back Chris

    • Chris:
      Aw girl, I was right there with you in the no sleep category. I rested most of the night, but sleep eluded me unless I was dreaming crazy dreams. I am tried. But must go and earn my keep. We are in Revival this week starting on Friday, so must rest up the next two days. I thought I had lost another chicken this am, but God is good and she came home. Something got in and chased three of them out (need to wing clip again) but only got a lot of feathers this time. Must do some more tightening of the gates n such after work. It took me a good half hour to get them back in the pen this am. and me already worn out 🙂 I know about the smaller clothes I have a FEW of those, I did get rid of most though. Just shut yer eyes and do it !! Then it gets easier. Have a great day
      Love
      Tonie

      • HI TONIE,
        JUST BEEN READING YOUR POSTS, I CAN’T THINK OF ONE FEMALE FRIEND WHO DOESN’T KEEP “THIN DAYS” CLOTHES IN THE HOPE THAT THEY WILL WEAR THEM AGAIN. SOME STUFF IS JUST TOO DECENT TO GIVE AWAY ISN’T IT, EVEN MY HUBBY DOES IT, BUT I GET ROUND THAT ONE BY FILCHING HIS T-SHIRTS ETC, HANDY FOR THE GARDEN, AND TO PAINT IN. GLAD THE CHUCK CAME BACK HOME, THEY LIKE TO GO WALK-ABOUT FROM TIME TO TIME DON’T THEY?
        ANY NEWS ABOUT THE FINANCIAL STATUS TONIE? IT JUST SEES TO RUN AND RUN DOESN’T IT? DON’T OVERDO THINGS MY FRIEND, AND ENJOY THE REVIVAL. XX
        REVIVAL IS A BIG CHURCH CELEBRATION IF MY MEMORY SERVES ME WELL……IF NOT I STAND CORRECTED.

  33. Tonie
    What does revival mean..is it something to do with your church?

    Good job you are a country gal and know what to do with your mini farm out there!
    Thought of you yesterday our neighbours have two chickens,I. The corner is fenced in of their back garden
    They got out and onto the washing line ..washing on it….and just swung on it balancing…..then there was a cat eyeing them up… the neighbour locks all up so couldn’t do anything. Couldn’t get to the cat
    But all was ok in the end
    Just done some more painting in the back..don’t half smell it on my hands even after washing and washing
    Chris

    • Chris:
      “Revival” is with the church. Usually we have a guest minister to come and speak for several nights in a row to revive the spirit as it were. It is a time when a lot of people will come out that don’t usually. Poor chickens they were probably scared of the cat 🙂
      Tonie

  34. JUST TO SAY, NOT IGNORING ANYONE, MY LAPTOP HAS GONE LOOPY, SO HAS TO GO TO THE POORLY SHOP FOR REPAIRS. THANKS FOR REPLYING SUE, GLAD TO HEAR THINGS ARE NOT QUITE AS BAD AS THEY SEEM, THOUGH BAD ENOUGH. WE ALSO CALL IT AN INDIAN SUMMER BY THE WAY…….HOPE IT LASTS A BIT LONGER….LOVE YOU ALL XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    • Jennie:
      Good luck on the loopy lou ! 🙂 We are in Autumn also, and we are thinking Indian Summer is coming our way as well. It usually starts here in October.
      Love ya
      Tonie

      • HI TONIE LOVE,
        BACK IN BUSINESS, BUT WILL CATCH UP TOMORROW. HOPE YOU ARE OK, HOW IS THE JAW, AND YOUR FEET NOW, DID YOU GET THEM SORTED OUT, AND DID THEY TELL YOU WHAT IT WAS?????
        ITS BEEN MEGA HOT HERE TODAY, DROPPING 10DEGREES TOMORROW AND POSSIBLE RAIN, COULD BE WE HAVE HAD OUR BEST WEATHER NOW. TAKE CARE MY FRIEND, LOVE YA !!!! XXX

  35. I THINK I’m on but not sure yet. Great to read all about you guys and your friendships. Loved the day at the coast, made me feel like I was there and haven’t been anywhere in two years. Sue so happy you have this blog or post again. Nice to hear everyone’s stories and I pray for all of you. I’m still waiting to see the specialist, this is insane, it will be two years in November this year. Still in lots of pain and on heavy meds. That kindda scares me. I think about addiction. Yikes…. but I have to take them or I would be in bed all day. Sue you keep on trucking girl. Soon your house will be done and you will have peace once more. Would love to see pics as others have said when it’s totally finished. love ya XXX

  36. Suzanne, HURRAY…Here you are, together with the rest of us. It’s always a bit of a delay the first time you write in. I had no idea you were so isolated and am indeed, empathetic. Why is it taking so long to see a specialist? I can see your pup even though it is a very small pic. I’ll look you up on FB again to get more familiar with your pet and your life. I have to get together a blog for today or tomorrow right now but will get back to you on here or on FB. I wish you some incident of joy today…probably with your adorable pup. Mine is lying on my feet right now keeping them warm..More later dear girl. Fondly, Sue

    • Hurray indeed! I’m so happy to be on now and will be able to post. Thank you Tonie, I need all the prayers I can get. I go back to see my GP next Tuesday, Sept 17th. I have, I think about 4 pages written up, that I want to talk to her about. I’ve been waiting too long to see the specialist because I am getting worse all the time. The reason, she keeps telling me I’m on a waiting list and we have about 5 Rheumatologist in the Quebec city area. Our health system right now sucks as you can see. Now with our new Quebec government we have to speak French when we go to the hospital. I do speak French but not medical terms…. but I don’t mind I will be able to be understood, I just need a team working with me.
      Sue I don’t really put that much on FB. I never put pics, I usually e-mail them to my family and friends that are interested in seeing them. The pics that are there were posted by someone else. I can’t wait to read your blog tomorrow. Again so happy you are back to writing.
      Hope all is okay with you guys. Prayers and thoughts sent your way. XXX

  37. SUzanne:
    So glad you joined us. Our friendships include ALL who blog with us, ain’t nothing private. I am like Sue, wondering why it is taking so long to get an appt. Pray you are feeling better. You know that I was on vicadin for several years but came off it (not willingly) without a hitch. Just do what you have to do. You are in my prayers as well, for I include all who read and post. God bless
    Tonie

    • Thanks again Tonie! I know I need to take all of these meds or I would not be able to get out of bed. So I’m happy to hear you got off your pills without a hitch. You guys are so positive. Just love reading the blogs. It really helps me on my journey of pain. Some days like today it feels more like a nightmare and I can’t wake up. Hard day today, cried a lot but now that I have read your blog and Sue’s you all made me feel I’m not alone out here. God Bless XXX

      • Hey, anytime, just speak up and tell us some about you so we know you as well. I didn’t go off the pain meds by choice, it was my new Rheumy’s idea. I have such trouble sleeping and getting around, he took me back 7 years to where we were before we found the meds that work for me. I am praying I get a new RA Dr soon, new plan is gonna enable me to do that soon. I have had those days and I really hate it cause I want to do stuff so much and get a project started and then I am down for a couple of days. Come on and post anytime and someone will answer you. God bless
        Tonie

      • Well Tonie, I think right now what stresses me out is the fact that I’m going to see my GP, this time I come bearing articles I found of the internet mostly and photocopied them for her. She keeps telling me I getting better – grrr I am getting worse. I am now wearing diapers as I have lost control of my bladder, it’s been a while during the night ( this she already knows) but now it’s landed I have to wear them in the day also. I feel there is more going on with my body than she believes. I did a lot of reading about RA and I’m not sure but maybe I have that??? I just don’t know. They say when you have OA it takes about 30 mins & morning stiffness is gone well it takes me two hours or more before I can walk and start to do chores around the house. My thumb joint part is so swollen all the time it burns and hurts so much I keep breaking dishes? They just fall out of my hand..
        So stress for me causes me to have more pain, thinking everyone is like that. Guess that is why I had such a hard week. I need more answers from her and I REALLY WANT TO KNOW WHEN I WILL SEE A RHUMY?? It has all been such a long wait. I read that once you get to see one you will have a team of people working with you. That is what I need. Like Sue said Physical Therapy helps her so much when she needs to go. Enough for now I feel like I just beared my soul.
        Hope you had a good weekend and thanks for your response, you are a sweetheart. Love & God Bless
        Suzanne

  38. Chris, and Suzanne, Yes. Indeed I’ll send Suzanne your email address via private message today. Sorry..been down and didn’t see this Sue

  39. Okay Sue, since you said you would be able to do it. I’ll send it through FB on private message and then off to Chris. Thank you Sue. XXX

    • Suzanne, no, it won’t work that way. Chris isn’t on FB. I sent you her email address so you can communicate with her directly, okay? Sue

      • Hi Sue, I tried to send Chris an e-mail but they say they do not have the authority to use that site. I’m not sure about all this or computers. Do you think you could send Chris my e-mail address and see if she gets through. Only if you are feeling up to it Sue. I know how you are feeling and everything else going on in your life so no pressure here. Enjoy the day and hope the sun is shining down on you. love ya XXX

  40. Hi Chris, I just sent you an e-mail just to see if I got the address right. Once you receive it I’ll anxiously await your pics. Then I’ll send you a few of mine. Thanks to our Angel Sue, we will be able to see our gardens. Nitey nite. XXX

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