Saturday, March 17, 2018

Saturday Scribbles

A couple of my blogging friends post Friday Faves which I enjoy is a look back at the past week and events, etc. which were highlights and blessings. I have a few:
1.Coming home from hospital and having a good Oxygen level with improved shortness of breath. 

2. Flowers, cards and visits from my sisterhood.

Alabama's passing of the resolution to leave our clocks alone...we will stay Daylight Savings Time and not change in the Fall...

3. Going to the thrift store to buy a cane (need something to steady me while I'm recovering) and finding one just the right height for me for $2. God had just placed it there, I'm sure.

4. My "Team" being in the Basketball playoffs and winning there first game.

The view from my window: Seeing Mama Rabbit, and different birds.
I just read on line that it can take 6 weeks or more to recover from the fatigue of Pneumonia which helped me to understand why I tire so easily...I'm going to just be patient and accept that I have limitations for a while.
Thanks for all the comments and Prudence, if you lived nearby, I'd just take you up on your offer of help.

And finally for National Quilting Day:

Mama Bear

Thursday, March 15, 2018


This is what I see out my windows.
We're still having some cold weather
at night but warmer daytimes.

After being taken to the emergency room and being admitted to hospital, I finally had Walking Pneumonia as a diagnosis for my health problems of past months. I'm home now and recuperating but still have several weeks to feel normal...The medications do not help with feeling well. I'm getting stronger and doing a little more every day with lots of bed rest in between.

I am going to catch up on your posts now...
Mama Bear

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Sunday Morning Coming Down

It rained during the night and today is overcast. We didn't go to church and actually haven't gone since Christmas. I miss it but it is a long walk from the front to the auditorium and then I have to sit on the first row of the balcony because the slanted floor plays havoc with my equilibrium. This requires a couple of steps and I'm not sure I'm up to that yet.

It will be a quiet day at home for us except we are going to get  a bite to eat around one. We had pancakes and sausage for breakfast. Usually when we eat lunch out on Sunday we have enough leftovers to make our evening meal at home.

I have finally gotten everything moved back into the furniture pieces which we had to empty for the flooring guys. They really made a mess of the house with pad trimmings and dust from the saw so it will be a few days before my "girls" come to clean and in the meantime, I've learned to accept the things I cannot change. Life today is what it is.

I'm going to try and post more regular. Tomorrow, I have to go for bloodwork first thing before coffee and breakfast. Hopefully the wait want be too long. Its a first come first served situation and one never knows how long it will be. I hope there isn't anyone in the waiting room with flu. Maybe I'll request a mask.

How are you spending your weekend?
Mama Bear

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Saturday Scribbling

Good Morning,
First an update on my health: Saw the specialist on Monday and he has taken me off inhalers and just wants me to do breathing treatments for tests and more tests.  Okay, enough about that.

We are seeing the first signs of Spring which are nice. Daffodils are blooming as are the Ornamental Plum trees....Lots of bird activity going on outside my window. We've been seeing temps in the 70s, in fact it was 72 in the house when I got up this morning. Too bad, I can't get out and walk some but still having shortness of breath.

We had new flooring put in two rooms and a hall this week so lots of moving around of non-furniture items. The workers moved the larger pieces....Also, Honey Bear and I needed to move our living room TV and recliners closer together so we could see better...(older eyesight, etc.).

I've been doing some sewing on the Fall quilt this week and still need to prepare the large block for Holly Cottage for applique and stitching....The first week in March is our annual Retreat for some of my friends...this year 10 or 11 are going which is a good number as we're usually only around I'm trying to get some work sorted to take along...haven't decided about taking my sewing machine...I have some cutting and pre-sewing work I can do on the Fall quilt without the machine...I need to make a trip to Hobby Lobby for border material for Holly Cottage, also. Daughter and I were going on Thursday bu when we got there the electricity was out for about 2 miles on one side of the highway and the stores were dark...

Well, that is a little news from our house....I will try to post more often but can't promise anything.
Mama Bear

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Almost February

Well here it is almost February and I've not posted since the end of December...Oh well....I wonder if your winter has been as cold as ours...we had some early morning temperatures in the single digits and wind chills in the minus range. Very unusual for us here in Alabama. Thankfully the past week has been more normal for us with highs around 40-50 and lows in the 30s.  
I am still fighting the Bronchitis from the first of December...after three Dr visits, many tests, injections and antibiotics, they are sending me to a specialist.  I feel fine for the most part and don't cough all the time. I have had shortness of breath for the last week or so and am taking a steroid pack which is helping.
I've been kind of hibernating, not getting out much.
I've had lots of time to read (Up to 10 books in January) and work on The Holly Cottage quilt. Below is the latest row.


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Saturday 9

I found this meme over at Your Friend from Florida, she says:
Saturday 9: It's Just Another New Year's Eve (1977)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

Welcome to the last Saturday 9 of 2017! Thanks for a great year, everyone.
my answers are in red. 

1) In this song, Barry Manilow declares New Year's Eve is "just another night." How do you feel about 12/31? Is it a special occasion or just another night?
Since it marks the end of another year, it isn't just another night...I think it should be a time to reflect on how you used your year and if you reached any of the goals you set yourself...I think as a couple, we can reflect on our year together and talk about the highlights and lessons learned...As for celebrating, we'll toast the new year with Mimosas while we spend another night at home together...Had hoped to have our hot tub and maybe enjoy a relaxing time in it but alas it still has not arrived.
2) Barry sings that in the past year, "we've made mistakes." What in 2017 do you wish you could do over?
There is nothing glaringly obvious to me.

3) He also sings of happy nights with friends. Tell us about a really good time you had in the past year.
Each year in March, a group of women friends go on retreat...some are quilters and we usually bring a project of some kind to work on...there's usually a jigsaw puzzle out and anyone can stop by during retreat to work on it...Each night after dinner and a short walk for some, we gather in a circle and play games like "I never ever". These evenings with friends filled with laughter, and friendly banter mean so much.

4) The song references growing wiser, as well as older. What's something you learned or discovered in 2017?
With the Internet, I am constantly looking up and learning things...this is especially true when reading a book as I can look up words, customs, and places to learn more than just the story...for instance, I am reading Harm None by Will North..the story takes place in Penzance..I looked it us and now know that the towns mentioned in the story are on Cornwall's coast...I've also learned about customs and some history of the area...I read some where that learning new things is good for the brain as we get older and so I'm constantly learning.

5)  What do you wish you had spent more time doing during 2017?

walking...first I was recovering from shoulder surgery and then I had diverticulitis and by then it was too hot to walk outside...I did do some walking on my treadmill but not enough....then we had some nice Fall days and I walked every day for 1 week before I got this Bronchitis so now it is very cold out and I've not been moving enough...My best friend walks every morning at 6:30 am, rain, shine, cold or hot...I wish I was more motivated to do that....I am too sedentary.

6)  What was the smartest thing you did all this past year?
Get my hair cut short...I had always worn it about shoulder length and in April had it cut fairly short...although I do not especially like the look, I love the convenience and if I am immobilized again like with my shoulder surgery, it will be much easier for someone else to shampoo for me...namely Honey Bear.

7)  As this year comes to a close, what are you most grateful for?

My loving husband.

8) When this week's featured artist, Barry Manilow, was a jingle writer, he wrote the famous "You deserve a break today at McDonald's" song. When is the last time you visited the Golden Arches?

I'm sure its been over a year unless you count stopping to use their facilities.

9) Random question: In high school, were you more popular with the boys or the girls?
I think I'd have to say the boys...although I did have a few very close female friendships.

Let me add that on my post writing page all of this post is the same size font but when I published it, that changed.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

After Christmas

I'm thankful for the blessings of the season...that we didn't have to travel far to enjoy being with part of our family....I've been trying to arrange a lunch with my siblings and any nieces and nephews who want to join us on January 7st....I'll travel about half way to where they all live and they will meet me there.

Yesterday, I had to try and put away the Christmas gifts and other paraphernalia left from our Christmas celebration the night before and kind of put my house in order...then try and program the fit bit and dot my daughter gave me...Granddaughter gave me the new Tim and Faith album and I tried to upload it to my devices so I could listen to it on my kindle far I've only got one song.

I'm sitting here with a cup of tea listening to Kenny G on my new Echo Dot.
I had an appointment this morning with my hairdresser which she had changed without telling me....I badly need a haircut but will have to wait until tomorrow...I had a manicure instead then went by Sprouts for some of their Honey Fruit Chicken salad which I love and a rotisserie chicken to serve for dinner then use leftovers in Chicken Dumplings tomorrow....

Outside my window it is around 32 degrees and cloudy...the sun has come out a couple of times but didn't survive long...Winter is here in North Alabama....but wee have green pines and cedars, some green grass and bushes so all is not grey..lots of birds coming to the feeders....
I'm looking forward to the hot tub arriving tomorrow and getting to use it on New Years Eve if not before...
Meanwhile I am still battling Bronchitis, using my nebulizer and my inhalers...hoping I won't have to go back to the doctor...
and a couple of winter photos from my picture album.