Saturday, April 9, 2011


There is nothing like a stroll through the  Botanical Gardens to perk your spirits up.

The temperatures got up in the high 80's today.  
We all got a little too warm.  

Our stay was short.
But sweet.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Oscar the Grouch and I are seeing eye to eye lately....

I have a bad case of the yuckies this week.   On Monday I went to a long overdue appointment to my  Gastroenterologist for a follow up test on my Barrett's esophagus.  It was diagnosed about 6 years ago and I was suppose to come back after 3 years.  I expected a scolding, but not one as severe as I got.  I won't go into it all, but to just sum it up..he said that I was not taking this very serious, by not coming in and by not taking the medicine he prescribed to me.  I knew he was probably right so I just sat there and took it.  He went on and on ...a little too long though... and I was getting ready to say.."Can we just get to the next step of this visit, where you tell me to go have the test."  Eventually he did...and I did.. have the test the next day, in fact.  But only because he turned me over to a very stern test scheduling woman (sorry....I don't know her official title).  I wanted to do it on Friday or Monday when I had a day off.   She said he doesn't do Fridays or Mondays....and that I had put it off long enough. The only time that he had available was the next day.  So...I went and we all managed somehow.  I was going to take a cab but she said I couldn't.  My son was able to be my driver.

I don't know why..but I thought this was funny.  And they were right.  The sedation they use is very very strange.  It was really really difficult to wake up from the anesthesia.  I felt much more like I had been out drinking all night and was still a wee bit drunk.  I started taking off the blood pressure cuff and finger son later told me.  They had to encourage me to cooperate.  There was music playing and I yelled out..."Supertramp"!  My son said............. "What..???"  I said.... "That is the band that is playing the song."  They  used to be one of my favorite bands in the 70's.  I thought it was kind of nice of them to play music there.  It probably makes for a happier day for the RN's and anesthesiologists that work there every day.  They seemed to enjoy joking around with each other and singing along to the songs.  (I noticed all of that before I went in for the procedure)  After the endoscopy....I just had that short drunk phase and then an odd wide awake phase, where I told them I was... ready to go home and got dressed and left.  I didn't have any trouble walking by myself...but driving would have been out of the question.
I find out the results today.  I also get to go pick up my new glasses.  We have all been really sick around here with colds that just don't want to go away.  Spring time in St. Louis is colorful and pretty....but the allergies, etc. are a real bear to deal with.  My daughter and grand daughters all have something.  It is hard to tell if it is allergies or a real cold sometimes.  I think about one more month and the allergies will settle down. is 6:00 a.m. and I am going to try and get back to sleep.  My cough woke me up around 4.  Hoping for a better day today.....

Monday, April 4, 2011

Pay Attention Brenda......

I can't imagine why anyone would give two hoots about this blog post...unless you are a knitter and then perhaps, you might feel a tad sorry for me......but.....can you see my big bad mistake????  Once again I have to rip back.  Remember the old joke....I am too poor to pay attention?  I am running out of patience with this thing....and I had a bad day.  I hope tomorrow will be better.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Warm and Windy Day

Today we were suppose to have 80 degree temps, but I think it got into the 90's.  Very very windy also and I am really hoping that we won't have a tornado.  So far I haven't heard of any heading this way.  Bob and I went down on Main Street to have lunch and then for a short drive in between some other activities he had planned later in the afternoon.  I have posted some photos in the past of a development in St. Charles called New Town.  It is such an interesting place!  Every time I go there I am so impressed with it.  And I always say the same thing.....I just don't see myself ever living there.  But I still love to go there and look.

I have never gone inside any of these homes.  Later in the day Katy and I went back out there to see if we could see any displays.  They didn't have any right now, but she told us to come back in the summer.  Look at the house on the left with the large porches on both floors.  That just looks so interesting to me.

There are so many different styles to choose from.  These are row houses. (I think)  It looks like they have 2 and a half floors.  I really wonder what that top level is like.

 These look like 3 floor condos.  There are small inexpensive homes, mansions, 3 and 4 bedroom homes, town homes, apartments, condos, lots of things to look at.  The colors of the homes and styles are really attractive.  These are my memories of how I spent my day today.  Tomorrow I have to stay home and clean the house, and iron...blah...blah..blah.  I ordered a pair of glasses last week.  I want to wear them half the time and half the time contacts.  I also started a diet a week ago called the HCG diet.  So far I haven't lost anything.  And.....I am obsessed with Mad Men.  I watch it almost every evening and knit.  Tonight I saw a big mistake in the blanket that I am not happy with.  I plan on taking a picture of it tomorrow if I have time.  Sometimes things just look different when you take a photo of it.

Clifford 1994 to 2009

Clifford   1994 to 2009
The Best Dog Ever