Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Preparing For September!

I woke up all excited about this being the last day of August! Time to prepare for September!
Part of that preparation included driving over to Arlington for my pre op appointment.

I used to take selfies of Louis Dean and me when I would take him to the doctor.
He is such a good sport!!
It was nice of him to go with me. I always go IN to see the doctor or nurse when HE goes but he usually just waits for me in the waiting room. Today the nurse asked him if he would like to go back with me and he DID! I think everyone got a kick out of him as he recited a poem about 'Dr. Womack's Nurse' while MY nurse was drawing my blood! Louis Dean is already asleep as I write tonight or I would ask him for the words.
From there we went out for lunch as there is Mexican buffet place that he has been wanting to go for a long time. We see it when we drive home from Fort Worth. He has a real 'thing' for buffets!
Next door was a Dollar General and a Big Lots - so I shopped them both!!

I found teas and coffees and the odd and end things I was needing as in aspirin, baby powder and nail polish remover. I love stores like these where you can get a variety of stuff but it's not the size of a warehouse so you don't wear yourself out walking for miles!

Since we were in Arlington and since that's where my son, Jesse, lives and since I needed to return a necklace that Faith had left on the living room table the last time she was over here and since I just plain old wanted to see everyone - we drove over in time for me to ride with Leigh Ann to pick the kids up from school

I really love this road.
 It's called Forest Edge and I loved it so much today I turned around and drove it twice! 
Louis Dean woke up with some allergy problems this morning and they just got worse as the day wore on. When we got to my son's house, he went in and rested on their large comfy couch while we went to pick up the kids and get yogurt.

Next Friday is Grandparents Day to come have lunch with the kids.
I will be having surgery on Thursday so I don't think I'm going to be able to make it but I did get to spend some fun time with them today. Or at least with two out of the three. Sam has athletics right after school so I missed seeing him.

Faith is the one who keeps me up to date on technology!
She thought I needed picmonkey on my mini iPad.
She fixed this pic up for me!
Silly girl!

Poor Louis Dean was in pretty bad shape by the time we got back so we came straight home and he went straight to bed. That's where he's been since 5:30 this afternoon.

I have been meaning to trim up the front flower bed by the driveway since early spring and it hasn't happened yet. Now that I'm going to be laid up - again - I was bound and determined to at least take a whack at it this evening.

One hour later I had made some progress. The Asian Jasmine has grown up over the stone walls and it ALL needs to be cut back and trimmed up. I am not a real gardener but I pretended I was giving it all a hair cut. After an hour I had sweat running down my face and I was worn out. I didn't even have enough energy to put the hedge trimmers up so I just stowed them away in the trunk of the car.

They will be handy to get tomorrow evening when I tackle another hour or two.
If I do some every evening for the next several days, maybe - just maybe this will get done before I have my toe surgery. 

I came in and checked on Louis Dean. Still asleep.
So I took a shower and cut out three pair of pajamas for the grand quad girls.             

I've already made Harrison's so I will start stitching these up tomorrow!

I am doing the last bits of preparing for September tonight before I go to bed.

Recipes are out for Pumpkin Spice Muffins and Fruitcake Cookies.
I will have to add a lot of extra pecans to make up for not having quite enough of the fruitcake mix.

The coffee pots (his and hers) are ready to turn on when we wake up in the morning.
Pumpkin Spice coffee for me and fall cups for both of us!
Who knew they make Pumpkin Spice Snaps??

I am loving these Pumpkin Jellies!!!

Neil Diamond will be waiting for me in the morning.
That's like my all time favorite moment of the year.......
I pour a cup of fragrant coffee, light my special fall candle and hit play.
Ahhhhh......I know it's silly but I nearly tear up at the first notes from September Morn.
I COULD cheat and stay up another half hour and play it tonight.....
but it just wouldn't be the same.


Ginny Hartzler said...

The pumpkin jellies DO look good, and also pretty! I will have to try some. Does Louis Dean take lots of allergy medicine? What is he allergic to? I take three allergy medicines and carry an epi-pen. This is just the best picture of the two of you. And I love the smiles of you with the kids. I think we all need some silliness in our lives. Especially us seniors. You did a good job, and the flower bed does not look overgrown at all now.

Susie said...

Linda, You even have fun at the doctor's office. I hope your sweet man is feeling better this morning...He may need to think about allergy meds or shots. I wish Faith could help me with my techy things. If I had your phone number I would have called you this morning. LOL I just finished addressing a birthday card to my brother, his special day is soon. Blessings to all there. Love you, xoxo, Susie

Kathy said...

It's September! I love how you celebrate this special day each year. And how nice that you got to spend time with the grands.

I hope LD is feeling better today. I have bad allergies and it is NO FUN!

Sandra said...

it is 9 here so you may still be asleep and not listening to Neil on the first sept morn of this year. glad to know Faith is keeping you up with the tech stuff and is a sister picmonkey lover. I am a little miffed at them because they created for phone and ipad but not my Samsung tablet. yes I did give them feed back and they assured me it will come out soon... enjoy your sept morn

Sandra said...

prayers for your other toe surgery

bj said...

I unpacked my fall wreath and got out a fallish candle this morning...i don't do a lot of fall decorating...but I will pull out my pumpkins and work on my fall mantel this weekend...
good good luck on your upcoming surgery...

Bev said...

Thought of you this morning...and I did fall crafts yesterday....thinking of you:)

Linda said...

Happy Sept 1st to you. Looks like you are off to a very good start. I've decided you get a lot done because you multitask. There's no way I could jump from hedge clipping to sewing pajamas, to house decorating etc. no wonder I don't get a lot done.

Carole said...

Those pumpkin jellies are just adorable! All the best for you op. Cheers from carole's Chatter

Vee said...

Okay, I was starting to get a little bent just thinking about your having the other surgery when God reminded me that He is in control. I believe that you are better prepared this time out and will know what to do and, of course, you have that wonderful cream Nita recommended. Plus your doctor will be up to speed this time. It will be good. Now do not wear yourself all out trying to do everything...make sure that you go into surgery well rested...spoken like the nagging friend that I am.

Hope that Louis Dean is feeling better now. He sounds like a lot of fun in the exam room. You need him to keep the mood light!

So good that you got to visit the grands. I love roads like that, too, where the trees create a canopy of green high above the road...idyllic!

Pondside said...

I will take down my 'Beach Days'sign today but that's as far as I will go. I am hanging on to summer just a little longer! Mind you, pumpkin spice coffee certainly sounds delicious!

Cheapchick said...

Happy September (reading this on the 1st). I know you love it, hope you enjoyed your first day.

Anonymous said...

Happy September Morn'! A day I will never forget as long as I live! I gave you a little shout out on my blog today!
Gosh! Pre-Op? I need to catch up with you!
Wish you and LD the best of blessings!

Jan said...

Happy September 1st! I hope it was a wonderful day!

Linda Reeder said...

I get a kick out of how you celebrate September. I don't. I never want summer to end.

Carla said...

I see why you like that road. Pretty