31 thoughts on “Rants! and Raves! 5-6-17

  1. Earlier this week I mentioned adding Ellie to my prayer list, but didn’t have permission to tell about Ellie. Ellie is a nickname for Elisabeth, a young lady (10 months) who lives in China. Tom and Mary have adopted Elizabeth and given her that nickname. I asked Mary for permission to tell about her. Mary gave me a link to her blog.

    http://www.journey2harris5.com/

    This tells all about Ellie. I suspect some of you, (I’m thinking of Mumsee here, because this is her thing. ) will like this.
    I am happy to get another great granddaughter. You will notice that she is missing her left hand. They can work with that.

    I am proud of Tom and Mary. But not surprised because Mary is the one who would do something like this.
    Mary turns 32 on Sunday, 7 May. But Mary celebrates the entire month.

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  2. 🙂 I, finally, got the rest of my marks for the Winter semester this week. All courses passed: one A (pathophysiology), one A+ (nursing theory), one B (orchestra), and a Pass on a course that was Pass/Fail. So very thankful. Now I just need to pass Statistics…

    😦 Rant on prayer request thread.

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  3. Chas! How wonderful. My senior year of high school one of my teachers was adopting a little boy from India. He announced to the class that Benjamin was arriving that day. One of the slower guys in the class said, “Mr. T your wife is having a baby and you are here?” Mr T said, “We have had so many children now (they had adopted about 8 at that point) that we just meet the stork at the airport”.
    Ellie is lucky to be adopted into a family such as yours.

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  4. I’m godmother to three boys adopted out of Korea. C came with an extensive medical file that would have stopped me and there were concerns about his mental abilities.

    But his mother was a nurse then and is now a doctor and figured they would work with whoever came–which is what they would have done with a birth child.

    At the time, parents were required to take their overseas adopted child to their pediatrician within 48 hours of arrival. They took C in and the doctor looked back and forth between the baby and the file. (I think C was about 6-8 months old). Back and forth, back and forth shaking his head.

    One more examination of C and he told my friends to burn the medical chart. “I don’t think this is the same baby. This one looks perfectly fine, at least compared to the chart.”

    When he was about 5-6, his mother called me. “You saw C was he was a baby. How old do you think he was then?”

    As he’s about the same age as my second child, I affirmed her age.

    “That’s what I thought, but he’s getting his permanent molars at a very young age and the dentist couldn’t understand why. Could we have gotten his age wrong?”

    Who knew?

    C is in his 30s now. A computer programmer/nanny for his niece and nephew. He was not perfectly healthy growing up but has done just fine.

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  5. Adoption: wonderful news, Chas! We learned that overseas adoptions do not necessarily include accurate ages. Our boy, when we first heard about him, was ten, but when he arrived at our house a couple of weeks later, he was twelve. And after some investigation, we figured he was thirteen. Apparently, the age is inaccurately given for a few reasons. To make them more adoptable but also because the folk believe it gives them a year or two to catch up in another culture.

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  6. Congratulations, Chas!

    🙂 Really productive week with a garage that’s now ‘organized.’ Lots and lots of “stuff” thrown out (melted Christmas candles, really?) and given away to the Salvation Army. And some fun finds in there that I hadn’t anticipated since the storage unit had dropped all of those boxes off from my mom’s 20 years ago.

    🙂 A beautiful new garage door that looks very sharp with the cobblestone pavers on the driveway. So much better than before. And inside is as close to gorgeous as a garage can be in my eyes. Piece by piece, it’s coming along.

    😦 Still a couple rather big projects looming that I hope can get done asap: foundation, back fence (which probably needs replacing and I’ll need to figure out an affordable way to go on that), window realignment / repairs and paint throughout.

    🙂 Some good “down” time this week spent with my neighbor over morning coffee & afternoon water breaks on her shady patio.

    🙂 Grateful for good paid help.

    🙂 God is good.

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  7. 🙂 Good but tiring week.

    😦 Still sorting through laundry and leftover stuff from our trip. Hopefully, I will be able to finish cleaning all that up today – I need Donna to come help me sort!! 🙂

    🙂 Looks like Duke is a permanent member of our family. 😦 He sheds – my house is so dirty right now.

    🙂 Off to work on the house.

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  8. 🙂 Speaking of good paid help, I heard from the driveway boss who sent me links to 2 garage door openers he thinks would be good (w/good reviews) and said he’d do the install if I would like. This door is considerably heavier than the old wood one (I asked my neighbor how long that one had been there, “forever?” “Yes,” she said). But I quickly realized that this new steel roll-up door would be better with an automatic opener. I guess it’s also easier on the doors than manually opening and closing them all the time when they’re that heavy and can fall if you don’t really guide it down slowly.

    If you’re not handy — or married to someone who’s handy — finding this kind of help is the biggest hurdle for homeowners. My neighbors are starting to have to rely on others more, though, too, as her husband, an electrician, is 73 and she (69) now has really bad knees and a bad back. They used to do everything themselves but can’t any longer.

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  9. Duke is a 2 ½ year old boxer that belonged to our son’s friend. Said friend’s wife divorced him, he lost his job and asked us to foster Duke until he got his feet under him again. He has started working in the mines which means he’s gone for 14 days and then home for a stretch. That, obviously doesn’t work for a dog. Last time we saw the friend he asked us if it could be a permanent arrangement.

    We both love Duke, he’s very well behaved and obedient, but even the very short hair is everywhere!

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  10. Heidi has longish hair when it grows out, but it is hair, so it doesn’t shed like dog fur. Kane was an American Bulldog, with very short hair, but boy, was that hair everywhere!

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  11. 🙂 😦 Four more days until I get my new heart valve. The plan is to check in Wednesday at 6:30 am and have the valve snaked from an incision in my leg through my veins and placed in the heart. If all goes well I’ll spend Wednesday night in the hospital and be discharged Thursday. We’ll stay at a hotel near Cleveland Thursday night before the 3-hour drive home on Friday

    🙂 We plan to have dinner in Cleveland Thursday evening with some friends we haven’t seen since they finished med school here 20 years ago. He’s a neurologist, she’s a psychiatrist. I’ve always thought that an interesting combination.

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  12. And the way we got Kane was by agreeing to take care of him for a while, but then that became permanent. At first, after a few weeks, Mr X took him back. We were all so sad, because we had all come to love him. And we knew he had to spend a lot of time alone, because Mr X wasn’t home a lot, which made us sad for Kane. After about a week, he brought him back to us to take care of.

    At that point, Kane was our dog, although I think Mr X liked to think we were just taking care of his dog long term.

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  13. Kizzie, that’s why I appreciated it when he flat out told us that Duke would be ours now instead of wondering and waiting. Now we can make changes like not making him stay in his crate at night and make things work better for us.

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  14. Kare – Oh, boy, he gets to get out of his crate at night! He’s gonna be a happy boy! Will you let him sleep on the bed with you?

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  15. 🙂 I’m on the last day of those six weeks of crazy busy work. And I survived. I also met all my deadlines. Just one to go, and I have about half an hour left on it. (The author has been sending me stuff this weekend, so I’ve been working as she sends me answers to queries.)

    😦 That means I have to start cooking again, and wash six weeks worth of dirty dishes and clothes.

    (Don’t worry, that was a joke. I did tell my husband I wouldn’t have time to do much cooking, and I haven’t felt guilty about that. But I’ve more or less kept on top of household stuff.)

    🙂 It’s good to have a nice large chunk of income coming in.

    🙂 It’s good to touch base and work again with an author I’ve worked with several times in the past, and also to work with a publisher I’ve never edited for.

    🙂 Spring has been so lovely this year, early and extravagant in blooms.

    😦 It has also been extremely WET. And now that we’re in May, we’re back to being chilly but we don’t want to use the heat in May.

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  16. Kizzie – nope, he has his own bed. If he didn’t shed I would think about it because his weight is very comforting when he rests against my legs.

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  17. 🙂 Chas great news…I love how our Lord puts families together
    🙂 A wonderful celebration with the soon to be bride…daughter of my dearest friend…sweet, lovely, God honoring. Multi generational bridal shower…sweet wisdom shared
    🙂 It is thundering and lightening outside right now…funny how comforting of a sound thunder can be

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  18. Kevin, it is amazing what they can do and how they can do it. And how quickly folks recover from what used to be weeks and weeks of bedrest surgery.

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  19. Prayers for Kevin — the worst part of surgery (and I say this after only having one in my late 30s) is the anticipation. Get through that, and you’re home free. Except for the pain, of course, that that’s temporary and mostly manageable. 🙂

    🙂 Garage automatic opener being installed tomorrow. I’ll feel like a pampered lady with one of those. Never had one before.

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  20. Oh, whoops, worker forgot tomorrow is Mother’s Day (?) so job is wisely (for him) being postponed until Monday.

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