Thursday, April 15, 2010
I think I'm back.....
Wow...The last two weeks have flown by, and I think somewhere I blinked, and all that happened kind of went into fast forward, and here I sit. And I know that it was real. It was very stretching...mentally and emotionally and physically.
To put it all in a nutshell, my mom's 12 radiation treatments for the two brain cancer tumors are now finished. She has come through it like a trooper. She is definitely losing her hair, but she is taking it in stride. We will now watch and wait to see what the treatments have done accumulatively to the tumors.
My dad came through his hernia surgery with flying colors, and also was a trooper. I know it was a strain for him with everything he has facing him, but he never complains...ever. He has healed quickly enough like he usually does. He is in good health, and we are thankful for that.
I am spending less time over there now, and giving them back some of their time alone to recover and adapt. Praising God for their healing and recovery.
I thank all of you, dear and sweet bloggy friends who stayed in contact and prayed and those of you just thinking about me. It is so encouraging to the heart at times like this where the world seems like it is closing in and the sky sometimes seems like it may be falling.
Just posting a few things on this Friday as I rejoin the bloggy world that I would call old and some new "favorites" that I came across over the past two weeks in my time on the road running to the hospital or doing errands.
Hooking up with Cindy over at "My Romantic Home."
New lovely swan planter from Craig's List (brought me into contact with the lady who was my children's nurse years ago at their pediatrician....small world!!) The flowers are dahlias in the lovely red and yellow Marine Corp colors...is it any wonder I got them?
This little flower wreathed girl is getting old and chippy, but I just can't let her go. She is one of my favorites that sits in what I call the Fairy Garden where the larger hostas and ferns are. (And Kobe loves to come and dig in here for chippys...grrrrrrrrrrrr!!!)
Here is the bird watching/feeding station out front right outside the dining room window. I LOVE to watch the birds fluttering out here early in the morning.
My sweet mama gave me this bird watcher plaque because she is trying to clean out a bit, and I hung it on an old shutter on the deck. So lovely...I'm grateful!
This is quite a large print I found at a Goodwill last weekend. It is the popular vintage poster of "Rosie the Riveter" from the World War II era. I've never seen one framed before. I was very excited to find it, and in such a nice frame. It fits the colors of the kitchen and of course the eclectic taste of this crazy woman.
***Rosie the Riveter is a cultural icon of the United States, representing the American women who worked in factories during World War II, many of whom worked in the manufacturing plants that produced munitions and material. These women sometimes took entirely new jobs replacing the male workers who were in the military. The character is considered a feminist icon in the U.S.***
I don't usually go much for artificial flowers, but both of these silk bouquets were at the thrift and added up to a dollar, and they looked real enough to entice me to get them for the kitchen...so I now have some flowers for year round when the real ones quit blooming.
I'm pretty sure I have shown this froggy lamp earlier in a post as one of my favorites, but it had a plain shade on it, and I have been waiting and looking for a toile shade in that sage color to top it. FINALLY, at the Goodwill down the road this past week, this was brought out while I was there. $1.99! I grabbed it so fast, the store shook! I was thrilled to find it after holding out for so long. Just had to share the perfect match I waited for...
And this beautiful cutwork blue and white hanger was .99 at GW and I got it for the little vintage slip in the LR.
Love thrifting. It is fun and fits the tight budget.... It makes me smile.
Now for Friday Favorites, I saved the best for Last!!
We got a call from Justin our Marine, though it was bittersweet. It was a very bad connection, The first call lasted less than 2 minutes, and the second attempt probably didn't hit 30 seconds. No more calls.... yeah..this mama cried... He said he had gotten 3 of his packages so far, and he had written 5 letters. (where are they??????!!) He said he was fine.
Today we got this in the mail!
Oh how sweet... At least we did get some news since we didn't get to talk. I just thanked the Lord for this double treat...to at least hear his voice and then get some news. OOO-RAH!
Thanks to all of you continuing to pray for ALL of our military over there. They are truly in danger as they are seeking to carry out the missions laid out to do what they must do. It scares this mom, but I trust God's keeping care over my son...as he belongs to HIM.
Good to be back. Looking forward to catching up with every one of you!!!!!
Hugs and Blessings.