Sunday, April 26, 2020

A bicycle wreck

The first picture shows my grandson Aaron in Texas breading fish. Notice he's using both arms and hands.
In these pictures he's in a children's hospital in Fort Worth. He had been spending a lot of time outside riding his bike.  He was loving it. Then he went to stop his bike in front of his driveway and he flew over the handlebars. He of course had a helmet on. He tried to break his fall with his right wrist. He broke his arm and wrist in two places, majorly displacing one bone and involving a growth plate.  You can see how high the cast had to go.  He'll wear this for a month, then a cast to his elbow for a month, and then a brace for a month.
A friend was able to come stay with the two younger children and both Sara and her husband Robert were able to go to the hospital. The children's hospital's policy during COVID-19 is to allow both parents but no substitute can be made unless he/she is the guardian of the child in place of parents. 
They got him into emergency surgery and he was out by midnight and home by 1 A.M.  He never left the surgery area. All to practice caution during this time of isolation.  He did get sick from the anesthesia but went home and slept through the next day. Once the bones were set the tremendous pain left and they got the remaining pain under control.

 Here he is playing with legos using his left hand (he's right-handed).  It takes him longer but he says he appreciates the process better (he has an upbeat positive attitude).  We sent him two Star Wars Lego kits through Amazon(thankful for Amazon during this shelter-in-place time especially for people my age)to help him spend his time and let him know we were thinking of him.

Below he's putting flowers on the Easter cross Easter Sunday. The congregation's members could come by and place flowers on it.
Below that picture is Sara and all her family on Easter Sunday.  There was only a taped service on Facebook, but they went over to get their annual Easter picture. They're not as dressed up as usual but are not real casual either.

Robert, Sara, Abigail, Andrew, and Aaron.

Today is my husband's 66th birthday. My son, his wife, and her daughter (his kids were with their mom) came over to give Mike his present.  He moved some things in the garage and swept it and that's where we met, standing 6 ft. or more apart. It was raining heavily, so standing outside wasn't an option.  They stayed for almost 45 minutes and we had a really nice chat.  I didn't go to our favorite bakery in another town to get his cake, but I baked him one from a mix, something I haven't done for over a year. I don't bake much anymore.  I had bought 4 months of birthday cards at a Hallmark store 3 weeks before all this craziness started, so I had his card already.  I did get on and ordered 2 Mother's Day cards and some sympathy cards.  It was free shipping and I had them within 5 days.

We are hanging in there and counting our many blessings.  Hope you are too.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Visiting son and family from a distance

This past Thursday we met my son at a grocery store in the near-by town where he lives.  He went grocery shopping for us.  Then we followed him out to his house where we stood on one side of the garage and he, his wife, and their kids stood on the other side.  I took some pictures but we didn't stay long (it was cold outside with a brisk wind).

 It was so good to see them if only from afar. I also took a picture of their lab Rogie who
they got at a local shelter.  She's a wonderful pet.

This picture I put in because I so enjoy having a little one again. Andrew is 3 and lives in Texas.
He loves to Facetime and show me things. These were two of his Christmas presents.
His sister is 9 and his brother is 11.
His cousins shown in the first picture are 17, 15, 14, and 13. The 14 year-old is my daughter-in-law's daughter and the other three are my son's. They have blended really well into one family.

This was taken at Christmas time when my daughter and her family stayed for 5 days with us.
They are 11, 9, 17, 13, 14, 3, and 15( their ages now - they were all a year younger at Christmas).
The two in pajamas had just gotten them and had to put them on. We all enjoyed our time together.
I wish I could have them all over for dinner now!

The next three photos are of our park lake. We are permitted to walk the trails as long as
we keep away from anyone else.We only passed one other person and we got off the trail and
let him pass.

My husband and I are doing well.  He works outside a lot.  Right now he's grading 
his brother-in-law's hilly yard with his tractor so that a very big Amish-built shed can be
put there.  He went out today to cut down tree branches that are in the way for placing the shed.
I am cleaning out closets and kitchen cupboards and reading a lot.
Hope you are all doing well.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Indoor spring arrangements and COVID-19

I recently changed my indoor winter arrangements to spring ones.  I took pictures of the winter ones on my phone but not on my camera, so they are not easily shared.  However, I did take pictures of the spring ones with both my phone and my camera, so I was able to download them off my camera onto my computers. I also put away most of the angels I had out (I've been given at least one every Christmas since 1973, but I no longer put my whole collection out.).
In place of the Christmas/winter angels, I put out my collection of Victorian houses and buildings of my town of Ohio.

The collection is on my mother-in-law's dry sink in the dining room.
The glimpse of the Precious Moments is of my mother's collection that 
were mostly given by my children or me.  It will go to my daughter who
wants it.

Also in the dining room.

A wedding picture of my parents and a favorite picture of my son's children.  They
are now 21, 17, 15, and 13.

We have a local artist that designs and makes the crocks.  He's also the local 
high school's art teacher.  The picture is of my 2 children and me 15 years ago
at my father's 80th birthday celebration.
The angel is from my husband and is a favorite.

On my parents' armoire in our living room. Abigail was maybe 4 at the time.
She is now 11.

This is in an old white metal pot on a stool in my kitchen.

A corner of my dining room.  The mug was bought in one of my much earlier travels.

Living room.  The picture frame has moving pictures of my son's 
wedding that change regularly.

A table of my parents that moved everywhere with them.

As we cope with the COVID-19 situation there are two things that I haven't had to deal with in a long time: grey hair and growing out fake nails. I missed my 5 week hair appointment and may be forced by the state to miss my May 4th one.  I usually get my nails filled in every 3 weeks. It's been 5 weeks and will probably be at least 9 weeks before I can get them taken care of and that's if they reopen in May.
However, in the overall scheme of things these are very minor inconveniences.  Plus no one but my husband is seeing me closer than 6 ft. And that's if someone drops something off on the porch or we get off the trail at the park to let someone pass.  So it's no big deal.

Hope you are all doing well.