Tuesday morning we all slept late - except Louis Dean!
He had an 8:00 appointment with his primary care doctor. He has new insurance and was instructed to bring his new cards and info. He had that foremost in his mind. I decided he could handle an 8:00 appointment all by himself. I was wrong. He FORGOT his wallet and thankfully the doctor's office staff allowed me to give them the new info by phone. Bless his heart! He had his doctor visit, did blood work and arrived home all before he even woke up!
We all had breakfast together in the den!
Cheese toast, fresh strawberries, hard boiled eggs and slices of rotisserie chicken.
I was pretty happy until I read the summary of his visit.
One of his 'ongoing conditions' was CKD - Chronic Kidney Disease.....stage 3.
This was a total mistake and I put a frantic call in to his doctor to have that taken off his record.
No one had ever said anything about Chronic Kidney Disease and when I looked it up on the Internet, I could not get past the word 'Dialysis.' I left a message and they said they would call me back.
Since I totally thought this was an error of the staff taking records, I went on with my Tuesday plans.
I left robust salads for Louis Dean and Summer's lunch before
Ruth Ann and I headed out in search of treasures and we found a few!
We hit up the Union Gospel Mission on Story Road first.
My left knee has been bothering me so I found a comfy chair and decided to rest and take in the ambiance of our surroundings!
Ruth Ann did the same and we had a nice little chat while we rested!
While we were out, the nurse finally called me back and 'assured' me that Louis Dean had been diagnosed with CKD back in 2012!
I just couldn't wrap my head around why this was the first I had heard of it!
This was my haul!!!
The Texas on the lower left is a lamp with a shell casing as the pull string for the light!
The mat is made of woven wood.
I hung this wine plaque in the dining room.
Rugs cover a multitude of
Louis Dean spilling things sins around here!
I love them!! This one 'lives' in the opening between the dining room and living room.
Okay!! This wreath all but jumped into my buggy!!
The sunflowers have sparkles in the center and I am counting the months until I can hang it on the front door!!!
Want to know the routine of my Tuesdays?
Ruth Ann and I shop, take in a movie and/or lunch and after I drop her off, I go home and unload all my treasures. The thrift store treasures go on the front porch bench for a photo shoot. The Aldi purchases are carried to the kitchen. After I take the photos, I put everything in place. The sunflower wreath was bagged and put in the storage building to await August when I will start the sunflower decorating. The doll was put away in the toy bin for when the quads come.
Not displayed but the chicken dishes are now on the kitchen table along with the new Chicken Lamp!
The green checked Pottery Barn fabric gives a fresh look to the deck glider.
I will show you the Texas lamp in all its glory later this week.
It will live in the gazebo!
By the time I dealt with all of this and prepared a meal for Louis Dean and Summer -
it was time for art class!
We started a new canvas of a summer house in Maine.
The art book is a Dorothy Dent and we had such a good time painting!
Ruth Ann and I paint while Sherry stitches!
We did the sky and the background trees.... it was a good start!
Ruth Ann did some research between our outing and art class and helped me better understand what that 'CKD' thing. It has something to do with him being diabetic and having high blood pressure.
The good thing is that it is being controlled with no medication at this time.
His blood sugar was down at his appointment so he is still NOT on medication for diabetes.
He will have another checkup in exactly 3 months.
I felt better about it all!
I took this photo early on and by the end of the evening, Sherry had just about finished it!
She finds her designs on line or in coloring books - as this one.
She does AMAZING work!! Sherry is a true artist with a needle! AND a brush!
I guess she is one of the MOST creative people I know!
Speaking of creative people - look what I found!
One of Amber's original art pieces!
She painted this mixed media canvas in 1992.
I think it is really good!! She was only 7 years old when she did it!
The white cat is Snowball who lived all through her childhood and moved with her to college as well as to her home after she married Mike. Snowball survived the year she was away from Amber and Mike when they lived abroad in Scotland and lived until the ripe old age of 20+ years!
I TOLD you I keep everything!!!
Louis Dean and I ended our Tuesday watching Season 1 - Episode 1 of Downton Abbey.
This is courtesy of Dean and Sherry!
They gave us the first 5 seasons and we are on the lookout for Season 6!
Louis Dean has been sleeping in the guest room and Summer and I are in the master bedroom.
While Summer is doing absolutely everything she is supposed to be doing, there are still melt down moments when it gets to be too much in between pain meds and such. She is a champion and does her best to roll with it. That means a change of place from time to time and she usually starts out in the bedroom but in the wee hours of the morning, she feels more comfortable in the den recliner.
Whatever works is my motto!
Late last night I made a 'Fluffy Salad' that is diabetic friendly.
Low fat Cool Whip, cottage cheese, sugar free Jello, crushed pineapple, chopped pecans and - in this case - sliced fresh strawberries and chopped apricots. Served up with a shortbread cookie - that passed as breakfast around here.
*** Summer had a low fat Greek yogurt before taking her morning meds.****
Amber arrived with all sorts of goodies from Sprite O for Summer to a coconut candle for me to popcorn and chips for our movie date!
This was our lunch!
Soup is such a comfort food and easy peasy as well!
Amber and Summer had not seen this movie before! While Louis Dean and I had seen it before but it deserved a second watching!
During a break, we paused the movie and Amber went to the bathroom.
Little did she know that earlier today, I had spied one of those 'ugly' lizards in our bedroom.
I called out to Amber to tell Louis Dean to come in there. He did. I pointed to the lizard's tale that was sticking out from behind a basket. I THOUGHT he would man up and grab it and take it outside.
NO! He was NOT touching it! Never mind he killed a rat with a hammer just last week!
He said he didn't TOUCH the rat! He held on to it with a pair of pliers!
By this time, the critter had gone behind my chest of drawers, so I figured if he knew the way in - he could find his way out!
Back to Amber. She went in the bathroom and spied that lizard slinking around the bathtub!
It was Mama to the rescue!!!
I grabbed him up in a towel and - SURPRISE!!!
A second lizard fell to the floor!
I had no idea that there were TWO of them and that they were MATING behind our wicker clothes hamper in the main bathroom!
I took the first one I caught out to the front yard and then went back for the second one!
While Louis Dean and I love the cute green geckos we call 'Insurance Salesmen'.....
these big ugly ones look like miniature dinosauers!!
They are safely outside and hopefully enjoying more privacy than they had in our bathroom!
Amber left after the movie to go pick up the quads from school.
We did not have Quad Monday this week and we are missing them and I think they are missing us!!
It's been a good day.
Summer continues to eat healthy, take her meds and wear her magnetic belt for 4 hours each day.
Step by step - she is growing stronger each and every day!