Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Hi Everyone..........my hip replacement surgery is set for 7:15am Wednesday morning. That means we have to get up REALLY early. *feeble grin* I covet your prayers and I will be back blogging as soon as possible. Of course. *smile*
I will probably post again before tomorrow, but I wanted to let you all know as soon as I found out!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Never say never!

Two amazing things have happened in the two Cavinee households! First of all, Ed put the electric service in Daniel and Erin's mobile home: the box and wires and all that goes on the post outside of the house and then ran the wires into the breaker box in the house. He had never done this before. The amazing thing is that he READ THE DIRECTIONS and did it perfectly the first time!! Yayyyy!

Secondly, Daniel put two new ceiling fans up in their mobile home and also replaced most of the other light fixtures. He had never done anything like this before and I asked him if it was difficult and he said, "No, I just read and followed the directions." Yayyyy!!

And they say that real men don't read directions! My "real men" do! I'm so proud of them!!!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

My girlfriends, Pam and Jody, and I went to Sonic last night for some refreshment and they each ordered a $.99 banana split! I thought...."Wow, what a bargain! I'm gonna have to bring Ed here 'cause he loooooves banana splits AND a bargain." Little. did. I. know. Here, folks, is the world's smallest banana split......TADA!!!!

Me? I had a strawberry-banana smoothie! Yum! They are the best!!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Ed and I went to see The Lion King this past Saturday and, though I had seen it before in NYC, it was just like seeing it for the first time all over again! It was absotively, posilutely wonderful!! I was teary-eyed from the start and Ed said he even welled up a couple of times. The Ohio Theatre is gorgeous and here are a couple of pics that I took...I turned off the flash on my camera ;-)
Becky, my adopted granddaughter, was there with her family, too. We were chatting about it on Skype and she said, "Man, was Simba ripped or what?" LOL Ohhhhh, to be young again...*sigh* (Just kidding.....I have no desire to be young again. *grin*)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Welcome fall with your colors bright,
Crisp clear days, and frosty nights,
Wild geese flying on the wing,
Colorful leaves, makes my soul sing,
Days are shorter, a nip in the air,
Nights are chilly, days are fair,
We rake up the leaves, the garden lies bare,
We remember the flowers that once bloomed there,
Thank God for this beautiful time of the year,
For family and friends and hearts filled with cheer.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Yes, Hip, Hip, Hooray!!!

Welllll....Ed and I made the trek to New Albany for my appointment with Dr. Berend concerning my arthritic hips. Dr. Berend said that he had seen many hip x-rays but mine were definitely some of the worst. (Do I get an award or sumthin'?....uh, no.....) Anywayyyyy......in his opinion, much or possibly most of my pain is because of my hips and not my back. He is very hopeful that once I have both of my hips replaced and go through rehab and physical therapy, that I will be able to have a good, normal, active life once again.....without a walker!!!! He was so upbeat and optimistic! My first surgery is scheduled for Wednesday, October 1 at the New Albany Surgical Center. Ed will be able to stay the night with me as they have private rooms and a bed will be made available for him. I will be discharged the next day. My next replacement is scheduled for Tuesday, November 11.
I was a bit surprised that they scheduled my surgery so soon because I had mentioned to the young lady who does the scheduling that we had tickets to The Lion King this Saturday and she chuckled and said not to worry because Dr. Berend's schedule was full six weeks out. I am thankful that they were able to get me in so soon.
Well, I am worn out from a long day and pain. Oh, but we do have electricity once again! I am so thankful. AEP has really had their work cut out for them. First, going to Texas to help out and then heading back to Ohio when we got the remnants of Ike. Ed took our refrigerated food to the church yesterday and put it in the freezer and refrigerator there, so he'll be bringing it back home tomorrow. I'm going to take this opportunity to clean the fridge thoroughly, so it is off to be with my tired self for now! I hope you are making progress in recovering from the storm, wherever you might be. ((HUGS))

Some things to think about ;-)

I can't take credit for the following post because I received it in an email from my friend, Amy, and I loved it! Just had to post it for your viewing pleasure! *smile*

Everyone concentrates on the problems we're having in this country lately:
Illegal immigration
Hurricane recovery
Alligators attacking people in Florida ...

Not me.
I concentrate on solutions for the problems. It's a win-win situation.

1. Dig a moat the length of the Mexican border.

2. Send the dirt to New Orleans to raise the level of the levies.

3. Put the Florida alligators in the moat along the Mexican border.

Any other problems you would like for me to solve today ?
Yes? Think about this one:

1. Cows
2..The Constitution
3. The Ten Commandments

C O W S.......Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that during the mad cow epidemic our government could track a single cow, born in Canada almost three years ago, right to the stall where she slept in the state of Washington? And, they tracked her calves to their stalls. But they are unable to locate 11 million illegal aliens wandering around our country. Maybe we should give each of them a cow.

T H E C O N S T I T U T I O N..........They keep talking about drafting a Constitution for Iraq .... Why don't we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys, it has worked for over 200 years, and we're not using it anymore.

T H E TEN C O M M A N D M E N T S.......The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments posted in a courthouse is this: You cannot post 'Thou Shalt Not Steal,' 'Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery,' and 'Thou Shall Not Lie' in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians...It creates a hostile work environment.

..........THE END.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Here's a picture of Erin Maree and little Jaylin (in her tummy)! She has really popped out there during this past month. She looks so adorable!
Here are a few pictures of their mobile home next door to us now, being moved and then after it was set up. They've been painting and Ed, Lew and Brian have been helping with a little bit of everything inside and out! I am not able to help over THERE but I have been trying to keep everyone fed and watered over HERE. *smile*

Just what I thought!

No, I haven't fallen off the face of the earth....*little grin* I am still here. This morning, Ed and I went to Circleville where I had an appointment with a back surgeon, Dr. Bassoro. Now, last Friday I went to see Dr. Gedeon, my chiropractor, and I asked him if he thought I should still keep this particular appt., which his office had made for me, as it has been said that I need to have my hips taken care of first before having any procedures done on my back. He (Dr. Gedeon) said that I should still keep the appointment and see what he has to say.
Sooooo, Ed and I went on our way this morning with my trusty x-rays and MRI's in hand. I was in the examining room for maybe, mayyybeeee five minutes. I'm not kidding. Dr. Bassoro came in, after looking at my x-rays and MRI's and said that I definitely needed to have my hips taken care of first, asked if I had arrangements to take care of them...yes, I do....and proceeded to tell me that I am more than welcome to call him after they are all taken care of.
See? I knew that was what was going to happen! And I paid $30 to have him tell me that? This is what kind of gets me about the medical profession. If you aren't careful, you get sent here and there and everywhere and I so don't like it.
The doctor was very nice and understanding but $30? Oh well......the next time I WILL cancel the appointment. AND I just have to reiterate here that my hips still would not be an issue had I not asked to have them x-rayed. *sigh* BUT I am so hopeful that I am going to feel soooo much better once they are fixed!! I can hardly wait! Not that I am looking forward to the surgery, being laid up and so on BUT after having lived with this pain....(nooo, not ED.....*grin*.....the hips, people, the hips AND back....AND legs...) for so long..... I just can't imagine being able to walk without my walker and all. Yayyyyyyyy!!!
Just please pray for me and with me because I am beginning to have some difficulty with my left knee and I know it is because of the concessions I am having to make because of the pain in my hip. *feeble grin* I don't know how I manage to laugh about all of this but I just can't help myself sometimes because it is like first it was my back, then my hips, now my knee. A couple of weeks ago it was my right wrist and hand from leaning on my walker. Last week my left arm was killing me. Sunday night my left shoulder kept me awake and my right hand was hurting and tingly. Somebody shoot me!!!! LOL
Someone told me that they heard of a horse that had what I have and they found just the cure for it.......and you know that rest of THAT story and it involves bullets. No thank you.......LOL
I'd rather compare myself to the old addage....."You can't keep a good horse down...." thank you very much. *smile*
Anywayyy.....with the help of the Lord.....I press on....well, more like "hobble on"......but I do. The joy of the Lord truly is my strength!

Monday, September 01, 2008

The Zen of Sarcasm

I received this in an email from my sweet sister-in-law and thought I would share it with you! It is great! *smile*
The Zen of Sarcasm
1. Do not walk ahead of me for I may not follow. Do not walk behind me for I may not lead. Do not walk beside me either. Just pretty much leave me alone.
2. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and leaky tire.
3. It is always darkest before dawn. So if you're going to steal your neighbor's newspaper, that's the time to do it.
4. Don't be irreplaceable. If you can 't be replaced, you can't be promoted.
5. Always remember that you're unique. Just like everyone else.
6. Never test the depth of the water with both feet.
7. If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments.
8. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.
9. If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is probably not for you.

10. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably a wise investment.
11. If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.
12. Some days you're the bug; some days you're the windshield.
13. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.
14. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.
15. A closed mouth gathers no foot.
16. Duct tape is like 'The Force'. It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.
17. There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works.
18. Generally speaking, you aren't learning much when your lips are moving.
19. Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
20. Never miss a good chance to shut up.
21. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.