The Grand Bastardette

July 31, 2007

Mom fell on Friday night and broke her femor in 4 places.  It was neatly put back together, on Sunday, with a plate, 10 screws, 4 wires and artificial bone.  She will not be able to put any weight on that leg for 3 months.  After that she will probably have to learn to walk all over again.  She is 84 years old….I’m not sure if she is motivated or well enough to do it. 

I have spent the last couple of days and nights with her and vowed that if I didn’t get out of that hospital this morning they would surely have me in a straight jacket by noon. 

I wonder if they do all of those painful things in the middle of the night to patients so the visitors don’t turn them in for cruelty.  Every hour they came in and did some procedure that made her scream to high heaven.

Today I am packing up her apartment as she will be in a nursing home for at least 3 months.  She will require more care after that than what she has been receiving at the independent living place. 

I am sitting in my brothers office posting this.  He’s taking me to lunch.  If he doesn’t he has to go spend a week with Mom as punishment. 😀

Apple cobbler

July 23, 2007

The following is a variation on the blueberry cobbler

In a 9 x 13 cake pan layer the following:

2 – 21 oz cans apple pie filling

1 box spice cake mix

1 stick butter – melted

cook at 375 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour till crust is golden brown.  This is also some gooood stuff. D  Better with a scoop of home made vanilla ice cream!

Double it

July 17, 2007

July 7th my granddaughter Del’s 15th birthday.

July 16th my son Adam’s 30th birthday.

Not my birthday but I’m 60. 

Now I don’t mind being older….I feel very fortunate to have made it this long.  My youngest being 30 and oldest pushing 40 however gets me to thinking about how time flies.  Hope all of them know how very much I love them.


July 6, 2007

THE SUN IS SHINING!  After 3 weeks of clouds, rain, local flooding and generally yucky weather we have been rain free for the entire afternoon.  Now I know how Noah felt. 😀

I’m mildewing here

July 4, 2007

For the last two years there have been severe drought conditions in North Texas.  I’m here to tell you IT IS OVER!!!

Most nights when I come home from work, I go out to my patio and sweep away the water so it doesn’t flood my bedroom. 

Last month we broke records for rainfall for June, and it looks like we are well on the way for July.  Yesterday we had 3.5 inches in and hour and a half.  Freeway closings are almost unheard of here, but it happened.

I’m trying to be grateful for the rain.  It may be the last we see for a couple of years. 

If we don’t get carried away by giant mosquitoes, bit by water mocs trying to escape drowning or drowning in our beds while we sleep, we’ll be fine.

New Job

July 3, 2007

I love my new job and feel totally in my element.  I worked in the adult unit a couple of days and for the first time in the adolescent unit yesterday.  All the kids are court mandated.  There are only 14 instead of 48.  We had a great day and I’m taking a book to one of the kids today.  He loves Harry Potter and I just happen to have most of them.

The Bastard Jr is going to Albuquerque Friday to help his sister move into her new house.  

I’ve got to start writing more.  I’ve missed it and it is very therapeutic to get some of my thoughts down in front of me instead of whirling around in my head making me crazy.  The absolutely worse idea that tried to keep me stuck in a no win situation was…..’You’re too damn old to start a new job – you’ll never be a success.’  I know that is crap – knew it when I thought it, but there it was to attack me at every turn.  Thank God I didn’t have to stay stuck.

Courage is not bravery, but facing the fear and walking through it.  Every great thing in my life has been preceded by a wall of fear.