Sunday, July 8, 2012


Just be still while I try to take your picture.
Nope their not having any of it.   
They are going into the water to get away from me. 

Thankfully, it has not been as hot as last summer.  I ran the weedeater this morning, watered the plants and took a few pictures of the yard.  I am sad to report that we lost all of our chickens to some critter that killed one or two at a time, eventually getting into the coup and killing the last two chickens.  It was very sad to have the chickens go that way.  We are down to two ducks.  We started lighting the pond at night and I guess that kept whatever ate the chickens away from the ducks.  Ducks and chickens are sometimes stubborn.

This is why the water is not staying in our pond.  Hubs and our neighbor, Mike dragged it out of the pond yesterday.  If you attach the next picture to this one, you'll see how big the tree was.

Just enough water for the ducks to swim
Bruno is sitting right beside my computer as I type this.  In fact, Hot Dog, Stinky and Bruno follow me around the house.  The only one that doesn't always want to be with me is Baby, our Siamese cat.  She's independant like only a Siamese could be.  They're with me when I drink my coffee at the computer, when I eat breakfast, when I go to the bathroom, when I exercise, even when I go outside.  I guess it's nice to be needed.

Can you tell how much I love sunflowers?  They have to be one of my favorite summer flowers. 

And the bumble bees love them too.

My sister, Candy, has fallen three times with the last fall being in the tub.  She hit the back of her head on the tub.  Luckily, she did not bust her head wide open.  Her son came and took her to his home for ten days or so.  It wasn't easy, but she did get better.  So home she went only to go down again.  She doesn't take care of herself when she lives alone.  I don't know what is going to happen to her. Her son says she will have to go into a nursing home or something like that. We both agree that she can't stay home alone.  She doesn't need to drive either because the last time she drove at night she ran off the side of the road and busted two tires and the rims. Even Candy agrees that she doesn't need to drive at night. 

Her son and I are trying to figure out why she goes from totally confused at times to attentative.  It is confusing to never know what she will be like.  He thinks she is taking too much medicine.  We wonder if she might not remember when she took it, and maybe she takes it again.  I have to remember that she is an addict.  She is a recovering alcholic. And has a hard time with anything.  She seems to go overboard in all situations.  You know...if one is good then two will be better.  She has grandeous ideas.  That is the bi-polar talking.  She can be deceptive as well.  Of course all of this makes sense to her. 

I'm thinking that if she is in a nursing home or even an assitted living, then she can't over dose herself with her medications, especially, her pain meds.  She reminds me so much of how our mother acted.  Our mother did eventually get better later in life.  I just wish Candy would get better.

I am trying not to worry so much about her.  No one has talked with her in a couple of days.  She is not answering her phone, so I called her DIL to see if they had heard from her.  They went last night and picked her up to come and spend the night with them. 

Last week, Candy ask me if I would come and get her, then take her to her doctor's appointment.  She usually drives herself from her home to my home and then I drive her to her doctor.  I'm glad she is not going to drive.  It is about a two hour drive.  I'm going tomorrow to pick her up.  We'll stop and see our youngest son, Hunter, and go to lunch with him.  It's about half way and a good place to stop for Candy.

I'm thinking of flying to see our oldest son and his family.  I haven't seen their new home.  My granddaughter's birthday is at the end of the month.  Hopefully, I can figure out when's the best time to go.  Next week, Hubs is having some heart test run on him.  He has been having a flutter and feeling light headed.  I'm sure he will be fine.  He just needs to loose weight.

Speaking of weight, I am ready for my next weight challenge.  I want to loose 28 pounds before Nov.  Surely, I can loose 7 pounds a month?  I calculated the amount of time I must exercise everyday and how much I must reduce my caloric intake to figure the weight loss.  I'm giving myself a little extra time because I seem to loose then gain weekly.  I figure it is mostly exercise.  At any rate, I should loose two pounds a week.  So wish me luck. 


DeEtta said...

Hotdog, Stinky and Bruno are just like little kids. You painted a perfect picture of them following your around.

Sunflowers make me happy, it's like a little bit of sunshine in your garden.

Sorry to hear Candy isn't getting better. Stay strong so you can be there for her and take care of YOU.
You and Candy will both be in my thoughts and prayers.

Take Care of your sweet self and know you are loved.

Finding Pam said...

DeEtta, thank you for your prayers for Candy and me. It is greatly appreciated.

Sandee said...

I can see your babies following you around. I had a cat once that did that. When I got up she got up, when I went to bed she went to bed. Loved that cat.

I'm sorry to hear about Candy. You can only do what you can do. She may very well need assisted living. Doesn't sound like she should be living alone at all.

Have a terrific day honey. Big hugs. :)

Finding Pam said...

Sandee, thank you for the postive comment. I sure needed that hug.

Gail said...

Hi Pam - nice to see you. :-) Great pictures . Sunflowers have very special meaning for us. They were my sister's oldest son's favorite flower. He passed away and his deatrh was a tragic loss for us all. I buy her sunflowers every year for Mother's Day and on his birthday.
Seems like Candy is in the throws of her illness - and I know how difficult it is for all of you that are caring for and about her. We had to have my Mom go to a nursing home - broke our hearts. It is a difficult transition for everyone.
Take care
Love Gail

Finding Pam said...

Hey Gail. I remember you telling me about your nephew's passing. That is a lovely thing you do for her on Mother's Day.

I'm really sad about Candy's illness. I hope we find out what it is for sure. I'm worried about her safety.

Peace and love to you,

Akelamalu said...

How sad you lost all your chickens. It must be so worrying for you and your nephew your sister being as she is. I hope she gets better.

Rudee said...

I'm so sorry about the chickens. And your sister.

Good luck with the weight loss! Your trip sounds like fun. Always good to see family. Well, some family, ;-)