Friday, July 31, 2009

Cooling off



92 (31) is a heck of a lot easier to take than 106 (38)....and the newly installed air conditioner...will keep me sane...it might even be a great help during menopause! ;o)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

It's a good thing.....

....I'm sitting on a towel. The 8 mosquito bites I have on my rear were driving me insane today...there's no way I'm going to get bit through the patio chair AND the towel. But then again...knowing my luck.

Oh it's still sooo stinking hot. The van measured 41 at one point today (112) but it was a steady 38 (106). Everything in the house is hot. The kitchen chairs, the water tap, the couch, the cork screw (you knew I was going there, didn't you?)....it's just plain and simply gross! We're so used to "cool" temps and rain that when we get a hot spell that lasts more than a day....the whole place starts to shut down. But seriously...It's 10 p.m. and it's still 29 outside (88). The dog's dying, the pond is drying, I need to get out to the video store...it's where it's coolest.

The good thing about these insanely temperatures is...they even got Tony into the pool tonight....clothes and shoes and all....it was quite humorous as he basically through himself in...very unlike himself....very fun!

Anyways...better go water my plants.

FYI...Krystina putting a Ziploc baggie full of ice cubes down her top....and not even flinching....it's that hot.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Can I borrow your freezer?....

....so I can stick my head in it!?!



I don't even have the energy to speak/type here....

42 (114) is what I had recorded on my car...sitting in a driveway....otherwise it was a cool 38 (106) today...stifeling...disgusting...shouldn't complain...but I will. Can't cool down...won't cook....losing weight through sweat.

Oh and not to forget to mention....I have 8 mosquito bites on my rear.

Friday, July 24, 2009

One week later....

....I can't believe it's been an entire week already. Crazy ass busy again. I guess it wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't the summer and I wasn't trying to occupy children during the day as well.

Teddy has just completed 3 out of 4 weeks of summer school. Aleks is coming home from a weeks away at camp and Krystina has just finished 2 weeks of "no thumb in her mouth". I'm managing to keep my business afloat and even more importantly....trying to keep a very grumpy old guy from completely losing it (and making me go nuts as well). At least the demanding phone calls are at a decent hours, rather than the 4:00 a.m. one I got a while back...we'll see how long that lasts.

I've had so much to write about and yet, my fingers were as silent as my voice. Been in a bit of a shlump...just about life...it's a darn good thing I have hubs to keep me on track. It's always good to know you have someone rock solid to be able to lean on. Things are good, life is good, things can always be better but....they really are good.

I have so many projects on the go, from photography, crafting, new business's, new clients....busy, busy, busy.

Yesterday I had my physical. Things went typically well....except for my blood pressure which I thought, wasn't really "horrible" but the doctor decided it was "a little" too high for "a little" too long (considering I was already taking meds). So I won't be able to know for sure whether or not my new vitamin regime had an impact on my pressure (I think it did, considering my anxiety levels have come down and that would have a direct affect on my bp), but that's okay we will carry on. What the doctor did do, was write a list of blood work that I have to have done as well as an additional medication to take for my bp....this one a "water pill"....so I'll be peeing more....hopefully it won't affect my already "once a night trip" to the washroom. He did say I could continue to work out as hard as I want..."yay" and that I should stay out of the sun with this medication..."boo". 42 and on two blood pressure meds....I feel so old.....but it's better than having a stroke.

I did talk to my doctor about my dad and the hubs taking Kyani along with their meds/vitamins (more specifically CoEnzyme Q10) and he okayed it, so.....I'm looking forward to seeing results in them. He (my doctor) was quite pleased with the fact that I told him my knee pain was essentially gone...that I was able to do squats and lunges and still they were holding out....that I feel as though my hair is getting thicker....that my pms anxiety levels have decreased....that I just felt better, since taking the Kyani. He said, "if it's having a positive affect on you....keep taking it". Anybody else interested?

Well that's it for today. I promise I won't stay away another week. My Al's coming home today and I have to get ready....plus....I have to pee.

Friday, July 17, 2009

In Point Form

It was stinking...stinking hot today.

Krystina is adjusting quite well....it's been a week and one day since she's sucked her thumb.

Aleks heads off to camp for an entire week tomorrow....we have to be up at 5:00 a.m.

I haven't had much to say.

Actually I think I'm slightly depressed.

Yes...I'm trying to snap out of it.

I've had a headache for 3 days now.

Teddy has hair on his chest.

I skinned my knuckle shredding cheese.

The dog is not happy about this "stinking hot" weather.

I go for my physical next Friday.

I've been busier than ever.

It went up to 35 degrees today (that's an even 100).

Found out a guy we knew died from alcohol poisoning two days ago...he was 50.

Teddy's half through summer school.

And as "back talky" as ever.

Did I mention it's hot here?

5:00 a.m start tomorrow....I'm done....if I can cool off.

"Keep out of direct sunlight"



My doctor told me that I should keep my scar out of "direct sunlight"....so I listened.

Monday, July 13, 2009

A new sort of "being"

All she's ever known is the comfort she got from her "kitty" and her thumb. She associates the two. The two go hand in hand.

The first two nights were the toughest...I crawled into bed with her and held her....until 3:00 a.m. and then 2:30 a.m., before crawling back into the warmth and comfort of my own bed. The third night she cried....and cried....but stayed up so late that she was able to fall asleep quickly....and on her own. Last night didn't seem to be too difficult....maybe it was us sitting up together (late again) and relaxing in front of a movie. Tonight...was a little tougher....she cried again. I surrounded her with her stuffies and I'm hoping that by now she's crashed...I'm too scared to go and check on her.

Another thing that's changed....her "kitty" (who she's had since she was 6 months old) is being left on her bed...all day now. That thing went everywhere with her. She told me from the start that she puts the smell of her "kitty" and her thumb sucking, "hand in hand".

It's time she got over this "habit" but....it's still so hard to see how hard it is for her. You should see her dad.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

It's been a long and busy weekend....

...not to mention "stinking hot"!

Gardening, planting, bbq'ing, paperwork, visiting, laundry, cuddling...it just didn't end this weekend.

Krystina is adjusting to her new "addition" and while her speech was the "worst for wear" today...she's eating "regular" food and tonight...will be the fourth night she will go to bed without her thumb, since her "existence" (and I say that because I have an ultrasound picture of her sucking her thumb!)....hopefully it'll be out second night of me not sleeping with her!

The weather was incredibly warm, until today...so I totally enjoyed the cool breeze and cloudy skies...tomorrow may be another story, although I hear we're in for a bit of a summer storm...gotta love those!

I rented "The Changeling" today...not that I'll be able to watch it. Seems like the old version of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" have won over my desires. Oh wait...it's over now...apparently I am "allowed" to watch my show now.

Tomorrow is another work day, another summer school day, another "boring day" (for the girl)...another gym day for me too.

Very happy with the progress made around the house/garden this weekend...it seems as though I'm at a happy medium right now, as far as work/house/family goes...

And now...I'm off to veg.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

It's gonna be a long night

Krystina hd her "appliance" put in today. It's been the longest 8 hours of her/my life. She continues to break down in tears and it appears that I'll be spending the evening with her, in her bed. She can't speak or eat properly (this will come in time) and she's sad and grumpy and...just plain blah. She says today is "the hardest day of her life"....tomorrow will be easier..I hope. It's an awful thing in her mouth...it breaks my heart (ha! you should see her dad!).

Tomorrow is another day.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Birthday, Kyani, Sausage and my Mailbox

So it's Tony's birthday today...46 and counting. This is the first year in 20 years that I've been able to surprise him!! He got himself a beautiful 23" HD monitor...I haven't seen him since the ice cream cake...which was at 7:00 pm...it's now 9:30.

My dad went around the block with Al. A man working on the gardening of a house that recently sold said "hello"...and then said "oh, you have problems with your leg?". He then went on and on about how he had problems with his leg as well, until he started taking this certain supplement...Aleks picked up on it right away and asked, "was it "Kyani"?" And it most certainly was!! I kidd you not folks... I just have to get the approval for the "grapefruit seed extract" (my dad is taking medication that disallows him eating grapefruits)...and he's off and rolling. Too cool!!!

When I went to get the mail today at noon...I found a special surprise. It wasn't live (thank goodness) but it was mighty big and limp!! A complete coil of the yummiest smelling "sausage"....it wasn't until 5 p.m. that I figured out who dropped it off. Trust me...many thoughts were going through my brain! Including "poisoning". But alas...all is good and the sausage is now safe and stiff in the fridge!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Frustrated

It seems it just never fails. I finally get over something or other and am ready to get myself back into the groove....and then something else comes up. In this case, it was the removal of stitches from my leg. I figured the party/bbq was done, along with all the prep work and now I was ready to get back into the gym. Well.....

Last week I noticed a couple of days that I felt "cold". I walked around in my Boston "hoodie" trying to keep warm...meanwhile everyone else was dying of heat stroke (not quite literally, but you get the jist). Then the day of the bbq/party, I noticed my throat felt weird...not "raw" like you'd expect with strep throat or even just a regular plain old "sore throat"....it was weird....hurt like hell to sneeze and felt uncomfortable swallowing. Then last night I wake up with what felt like a blockage in my throat...again, not really "raw pain"...just pain. I don't know if my body's trying to keep it together and not let itself succumb to a full blown flu (could be due to the Kyani I'm taking) or if it's just going to teeter like this for a few days and then disappear. Regardless....I'm not about to risk it by going to the gym and ending up sick for 2 weeks like I did earlier this year....I can't afford the time off!

Teddy has started summer school...great day for it...the weather was lousy. Tomorrow I'm off to clients, but I did manage to get a bunch of stuff done today...which always makes for a "good feeling".

Sunday, July 5, 2009

The day in pictures....












I'm done....and ready for bed. 5 1/2 hours isn't good for anyone!

I'm gonna get through this.

So tonight was Krystina's birthday party/our annual bbq. It was a couple of weeks in the making and I think....turned out just great!

Um, so let's see...it's 1:30 a.m. and I'm still awake..."why is that, you ask?"...probably because I have 5 girls still wide awake, singing and dancing to the "Jonas Brothers"....please help me! They will sleep...tomorrow...right? Of course I have to be up by 8 in order to feed them pancakes (with chocolate chips) and sausages. We had burgers, hot dogs, brat wurst, carmelized onions, chicken legs, caesar salad, potato salad, jalapeno peppers stuffed with feta....just to name a few. Beer, wine, pop, ice tea...did I mention it was stinking hot!? A pinata was beaten to the ground...just to deliver sweetness to all the good boys and girls. The cake was yummy. We only had one mishap...a dear lady (mom of a friend) had fallen off her chair (no, she wasn't drunk) and hurt her arm....oh, and the citronella candles that started to burn my flower garden edging...a severe safety issue! I have a fabulous bite on the back of my leg....I think I got bit by a horse fly! Clean up is mostly done...except for my living room...which is where these girls are sleeping....eventually.

Anyways...it was busy, intense, fun, great, a memory for Krystina and damn hot! Oh and did I mention??????...my throat is sore...has been all day....and now my nose is plugging up....great....just what I needed....especially in this heat. Can I go to sleep now? Not likely huh? Okay....I'll catch up tomorrow.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Fourth of July......

.....my fellow American friends!!!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Happy Canada Day

Untitled from WindBlossom on Vimeo.



This is a video clip of Aleks at his year-end recital. Although he really doesn't have a "year-end"....he goes 12 months out of the year straight...so I guess we should really just call it a "recital" of sorts.

Life has been busy, crazy, shitty, great, depressing, stressful, the best...all of the above. I love my kids and my family....I'm not liking the situation I'm in right now at all. But I'm not about to dwell.

We had a great birthday with Krystina and will have a great bbq/party on Saturday with 6 of her girlfriends (sleeping over) and 2 of her "guy" friends (and their parents) coming over for burgers and beer...yum! I think in total, there should be around 28 people here....fun times!

Teddy starts summer school on Monday and will also learn how to use the public transit system. Almost 16, no desire to learn to drive a car....take a bus.

Had a great time tonight with friends and their bbq. No matter what the food...you gotta love it when someone else does the cooking.

Tony and the boys are outside as I type...blowing off fireworks. It's Canada Day...be proud...stand high...give a salute. Let's just hope the country doesn't go down the proverbial toilet! We're in a good place though...thankfully.

If I'm going to put in a plug in for "Kyani" right now...my knees haven't given me an ounce of pain for the past three weeks.

Oh poop (this is a family show)...just realized that they're blowing the fireworks off in my "veggie garden"!

Anyways...hope you enjoy the clip of Al playing "Closer to the Heart"...sorry for the "sideness"...it straightens up at about the 45 second mark....when he actually starts to play.