I could not have asked for a better gift because I was in dire need of some sister time.
Let me catch up for a minute.
My husband and I took his mom to her regular doctor last week to discuss pain management. Her oncologist was just not that helpful or comforting at this point and I have little use for him since she decided to discontinue chemo.
Dr. A was very nice and asked her the tough questions. What did she want out of life from now on and how would she like to spend her final days? She is very opposed to going back into the hospital but the reality is, her cancer is an ugly one and pain is a huge issue. Since the 2 pain meds she was using were not really working well and ruining her quality of life, he suggested a pain patch and a nausea gel (you rub it on your wrists).
The results have been amazing. she was feeling better the next morning and awoke to no pain- a first.
Last week was the hottest week so far and the exhaust fan in the kitchen died, one of the ac units in the kitchen went out and with the gospel festival in town, everyone in town including our employees went insane and drove us crazy.
We did survive.
The new employees that we hired have worked out nicely so far.
My sisters and I spent a lot of time visiting with each other and just relaxing.
Mel made a poke cake for us and on Sunday, we got KFC and I made my pasta salad and we all went to MIL's for family time and a slide show. My MIL even went outside which she hasn't done for many weeks.
We have had some lovely rain and a recent cool down from the oppressive heat.
We have been to 2 movies in 2 weeks. A record. We saw Cowboys and Aliens and The Change Up. Both were good.
My sister-in-law bought 3 baby chicks the other day to entertain her 3 kids, who are becoming bored with all the time at grandma's. (when she leaves later this month, the chicks are going to her friend who has other chickens) In the past they always spent lots of time doing fun activities along with pool time and visiting friends but with grandma's illness, there is a lot of video game playing for the older kids and movie watching for the little ones. Their dad was here for a week and I watched the kids so they could go to dinner and I have had the boys go over to babysit so my SIL can meet me for lunch a few times.
|Belle and Momo. Belle has marker on her head.|
|My nephew and Shadow. Which is a fantastic chicken name.|
My niece found a baby squirrel on the ground last week at my MIL's. It was days old and had fallen quite a distance from the nest. We all looked for the mother but squirrels hardly ever come when you call them. They are stubborn that way. She has been hand-feeding it and it has survived a week. As hateful as my niece's evil mother is (NOT my SIL that is here visiting, the ex-SIL, ex-methhead from Planet Hell) I am shocked that she hasn't bitten the squirrels head off and howled at the moon. We tried to get her to give it up to the conservation dept. but she wants to do it herself so we shall see how it goes. A squirrels life expectancy is short anyway and with Neko (the German shepherd) around, squirrels sometimes make tasty snacks.
|It took us a while to figure out what it was. Naked mole rat? Rat? Nope. It's a squirrel.|
In other news not pertaining to farm animals or wildlife, our manager is on vacation until the 19th so I am working every day and my husband is working every night until then WITH NO DAYS OFF.
That is ELEVEN days in a row for me and I usually avoid working more that 4 days a week.
You can cry for me now.
I am caught up on laundry and the house is relatively clean so I shall plow forward with my bad self.
We have a good chunk of our wood floor fund money saved and when we ever get a free moment at the same time, we are going to narrow down our options.
My husband still has this notion that we will rip up the carpet and lay the floor ourselves which I find both ludicrous and amusing.
I told you that he makes me laugh every day, right?
|Here is my hair after a bad day of heat and humidity.|
|And here is a new bowl I got half off at Pier 1|