Monthly Archive for March, 2009

Stubby: "I hate change!"

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Poor Stubby- he doesn’t adjust well to change.

Jan and I bought some new furniture for our living room, so yesterday Habitat for Humanity come over to get the old furniture. We gave them a sofa, a love seat and a recliner, which left the living room pretty bare. Well, Stubby didn’t take to well to that at first. He hid out in the computer room for at least an hour- and throughout the day he found other hiding places throughout the house- like the plants in the sun room. But, by the end of the day, he relaxed enough to enjoy a little TV in his very own little sofa.

I don’t have the heart to tell him more change is on the way, some of our new furniture will arrive today…

Fowl Weather Friend…

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It’s been raining here since Tuesday evening, and I’m personally a little tired of the gloom, but apparently the rain doesn’t bother this Great Egret. He showed up early this afternoon and we’re hoping he decides to stay awhile. 03282009 004

Two Years Ago Today…

Typically I couldn’t tell you what I was doing two years ago- one year ago- heck I have a hard time remembering what I did last week most of the time. But as I think back to 2 years ago today, I have no problems remembering what I was doing, and my memories of that day are full of mixed emotions. On Wednesday, March 28, 2007, Jan had cervical spine surgery. They removed C5 and fused her neck from C4-C7 with 15 screws. As you can see from the x-ray, she has 8 screws in the front of her spine, and 7 screws on the back of her spine.


The day of surgery was excruciating- it was hours upon hours of waiting and worrying. Luckily Lenora, a good friend of Jan’s (and now mine) drove to Salt Lake from her home in Kennewick, WA to be with us during and after the surgery, So thankfully during those hours of waiting I wasn’t alone. Jan had her surgery at the VA Hospital in Salt Lake and the staff there was great. They kept me informed through the whole process. They made sure I understood everything that was happening as well as why they were doing it.

After surgery Jan had been taken to MICU (where she remained til Saturday) where we got to see her. Seeing her laying in that bed hooked up to the respirator was one of the scariest things I had ever witnessed. Her head and neck area was so swollen that her lips were the size of my index finger and her ear lobes were literally rolled up . I think Lenora and I both were about to pass out after seeing her like that.

Originally it was thought that Jan would be taken off the respirator the night of surgery, but, she was given to much pain medicine, and she wasn’t able to breath on her own. The longer she was on the respirator the scarier it got for me. I hated watching her like that. It wasn’t until Friday morning that she was able to be removed from the respirator, and it wasn’t until Sunday that she actually even remembers anything.

And now here it is 2 years later, and she is completely out of the pain she had prior to surgery. It’s no wonder the pain is gone- if you look at the middle picture, you will see how her neck was curved in the wrong direction. I am grateful for the life changing surgery Jan endured. I dont’ know if I could have gone through the same thing with as much “grace” as Jan did. I admire her strength.

Demon Child…

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You can see how thrilled Arien is to be brushed… And you gotta love the multi-colored eyes from the flash!

Terrible… errrrr… Terrific Two’s

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03212009 028 Today we celebrated Kendall’s 2nd birthday. She has a “gazillion” cousins, so her party was at McDonalds where the kids could all play in the indoor playground. Even her NaNa joined in…

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Tomorrow is the first day of Spring.

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I love this time of year. The weather brightens up- and everything comes to life. Jan and I have been taking advantage of the warmer weather the last few days by going out for rides.

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We have been exploring the back roads around home and venturing into the city of Greenville.

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Today, on our way home from furniture shopping- we hit a little rain…

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Yo Ma!

Happy Birthday!!!  
I won’t say how old you are!

Sunny day…

It was such a wonderful day today-

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We went for a little ride through the country on the trike-

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Met up with good friends at a Goldwing event-

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and I took in some fishing and saw several
turtles…. I even caught a fish!