Semper Gumby Yet Again

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Our plan for today was to get Fred ready to move to Tuscaloosa to work on some estate business there next week. We had almost finished and were about to move the coach out to the end of the driveway before the rains arrived.

Remember the medical alarm we installed for Aunt Helen yesterday? Well, about 1:00 pm we got a call from the alarm company that the alarm had been activated and EMS notified. We jumped in the car and headed that way thinking it was another accidental activation. (We had several of those with her old medical alarm.) We arrived at the same time the first member of the Pine Mountain Volunteer Fire and EMS pulled up on the scene. When we entered the house Anne immediately saw that it was real. Aunt Helen was in the kitchen floor holding her right shoulder.

She has a broken clavicle.

Jump forward seven hours and we are in her room in the hospital where she will be for a couple of days for evalution. After that, we will see.

Please pray for Aunt Helen. And us.

More Springing

Friday, February 23, 2018

Today was another beautiful spring day. High temperature was 80. Don’t know if this was another record but it was nice. Everything is starting to bloom now. The tulip poplar that had only 2 blooms 2 days ago is approaching full bloom today. Beautiful. Now we are starting to think about fresh local strawberries. It won’t be long.

Today we installed a new medical alarm at Helen’s. We are trying to do everything we can to make her environment as safe as possible so she now has a fall detection pendant/medical alert button. She is suppose to wear it all the time, especially at night. We told her to never, ever take it off. We don’t want her to fall and be in the floor all night.

grilling smoked sausageWe took advantage of the beautiful day to get the grill out.  We like to keep some grilled smoked sausage in the freezer to add to omelets and have with biscuits and the freezer was empty.  Now it is restocked with three pounds.  Since we had the grill out anyway, we also decided to have some steaks, potatoes and salad.  Good meal.  Max really knows how to grill a steak.  Of course we have no pictures of the steak.  It was eaten as soon as it was done.

We also began reloading FRED today. We never really unloaded everything but today we started sorting and taking the sweatshirts back inside and bring out more short sleeved shirts for Baton Rouge. We plan to take Fred to Tuscaloosa Sunday and leave him there until we head to Baron Rouge in about 10 days so we have to get everything loaded tomorrow. It will be a busy day. We were able to get our 4 miles in again this afternoon. We are getting back in better shape. Hope you all have a great weekend.

Springing Spring

Thursday, February 22,2018

Sorry, we have been offline for a while. Think we just needed some down time. We have done better the past two days. Actually been able to accomplish some things and feel like we could think again. There were a few days where we just really felt like we were in a fog. Maybe the lack of sleep finally caught up with us. We have slept better the past two nights but probably the biggest influence has been wonderful, gorgeous, record breaking warm spring like days. We had highs in the 80s the past two days which is about 10 degrees above our normal February days. It’s been wonderful. We have gone for nice walks for photography as well as our usual 4 mile cardio walks every day this week. Also think getting back into our normal exercise pattern of weighing in each morning with the Wii and walking or riding several miles in the afternoon also helps our mindset. The trees are budding out and our tulip magnolias are beautiful. Yes, we know – time for a frost. At least that is what happens a lot of years. At least for the next 10 days the forecast looks safe. The star magnolias are prettier than normal this year. Anne’s dad’s favorite spring bloomer was the forsythia and it is starting to bloom too.

Repotting succulents
We re-potted some succulents for travel.

Other than trying to be a little kind to ourselves the past few days, we have also been working on all the stuff that has to be done to handle the business end of our mothers’ affairs. There are thank you notes to write, bank accounts to balance, bills to pay etc. Canceling upcoming doctor appointments was one of those unexpected landmine things. It hurt. We still have lots to do and more decisions to make but we are feeling more capable these days. And we are giving ourselves permission to just stop when we start feeling overwhelmed. So, for today, we did good. We will take this one day at a time. Thanks again for the cards, calls and concern. Hoping we get back to some more interesting blogging soon but at least we have some nice pics for you today.

Church x 2

Sunday, February 18, 2018

A little sun was peaking through the trees before we went to church this morning. However, it didn’t last long. Most of the day was cloudy and this afternoon we had rain again. If rain makes for pretty spring flowers we should have a beautiful spring in our future. We do have some trees that are trying to put on some buds but it is really still to early for that.

Lester Memorial UMC morning serviceWe finally had a night we both slept pretty well. Thankful for that. We were so glad to be able to go back to Lester Memorial for worship today. It’s always nice to worship with our home church. We stayed for most of Sunday School and was so nice to be in class again too. Then we headed back to the mountain to worship at Lee’s Chapel. Lee's Chapel UMC morning serviceWe wanted to be with Aunt Helen today. She seems to be doing some better but still just looks so sad. After worship we took Helen home and fixed her lunch and visited a while. Rain started shortly after we returned home so it was time for a Sunday afternoon nap. We were able to get a little work done this afternoon on some of Juno’s business and still get our walk in. It was a good day.