Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering Gods grace in its various forms.

1 Peter 4:9-10

Friday, October 10, 2008

FIL, Cooking, Knitting, Dyeing

Sorry I haven't posted much this's been a bitch of a week. Hubby's been up way early every morning to get to work and my Dad has been driving my batty. Wild man is doing really well and isn't the source of my anxiety for a change! We got one of those dreaded night time calls from my MIL. They had just been told that my FIL won't be moving back to his Assisted Living room (which he loves - which we all love!) and he was really really depressed. He now has to stay in a full care nursing facility and it's a major blow to his ego. He didn't realize he was that bad off. He kept hoping he would recover to at least his pre-hospitalization condition. The Dr's and staff don't hold out a lot of hope for that considering he's been steadily declining (while deluding himself that he's maintaining status quo). My MIL can't continue to cover for him anymore. He can't do the minimum required activity to qualify for a lesser care home. He can't stand on his own, shower, potty, wipe, etc anymore. The next step is finding him a permanent room. Right now he's in a nice facility in a rehab ward. They will wait and see how he does and if, by some miracle, he shows improvement, they may (fat chance) approve him for lesser care. Anywho, they called Wednesday night around 8:15pm and they were both total wrecks. She because of his meanness and inconsideration, he because he finally has to admit he's not doing as well as he thought he was. He gets bad news and takes it out on her. So hubby, sweet man that he is, drove all the way up there to calm the situation down. He sent his mum home around 10pm then settled in to have a heart to heart with his dad. Hubby came home around midnight absolutely fagged out. I got the jist of the update, then he crashed hard. We'll be going up tomorrow morning to get some of my FIL's stuff out of his old room and take it to my MIL's house until a more permanent solution is made. Wild man and I will either take in the Mall or Joker's. I still have to pick up a birthday present for my BF's daughter. She's turning 4 already!

After FIL errands in the morning, we'll head up north for the birthday party. I'm hoping wild man will snooze on the way up. The party is at 1pm and he's going to be really really tired after. I'm hoping to put him down for a nap there if he'll let me. Too much excitement with his friends so I'm not sure if he'll be up for it! I'll pack his PJ's in anycase, so when we head home he'll be comfy.

I didn't cook as much as I thought I would this week. Generally because my dad was a pain in the ass. He gets grouchy sometimes and I suppose when you're 77 you've earned the right to be grouchy whenever and whereever you choose! Still doesn't make it easier. Grrrr.... Here's the beef jerky and mini muffins I did get around to doing!

On the needles: the never ending hubby sweater which is actually making progress! My goals seem to be working. It's about 3/4ths done lengthwise, then the sleeves and finishing. If I don't think about where I am on this garment I don't notice how much I've done until I hold it up. It is turning out nicely. Also, I've cast on for the second Trekking sock for my SIL. The first one is pretty cool! I like the K3, P1 ribbing. It shows off the subtle, yet striking, colors in the yarn. Pictures really don't do it justice. I've also tacked on two drop stitch scarves, one just finished last week and one done years ago. You tell me which is which!

I've been trying to grow my hair out for 6 months now and I'm really frustrated with it! I realize it's at an "inbetween stage" but it still drives me crazy. I'm thinking it's time to see a stylist for some shaping. I can still let it grow but I need a style otherwise it just limply lies there. I have colored it and it's looks good! Quite a bit darker than my usual colors. Mind you, I've been blonde my whole life, natural and bottle enhanced. It's only been in recent years that I decided to go with the darker tones in my hair. Amazing how well it works! Hubby says he is withholding judgement until he sees it in the sun. I think with a steller makeup job I'll look pretty hot!

Here's my cutie:

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Books on Tap for 2011

  • Knit Together - Debbie Macomber
  • Captured by Grace - Dr. David Jeremiah
  • Murder Most Foul - A Collection of Great Crime Stories
  • Fireproof - Eric Wilson
  • There's Something About Christmas - Debbie Macomber
  • Questioning Evangelism - Randy Newman
  • Murder Uncorked - Michele Scott
  • A Sacred Sorrow - Michael Card
  • Prayer: Does it Make any Difference? - Philip Yancey
  • Get Out of That Pit - Beth Moore

Books Read in 2011

  • What a Sista Should Do - Tiffany L. Warren
  • 90 Minutes in Heaven - Don Piper
  • Forgotten God - Francis Chan
  • The Purpose Driven Life - Rick Warren
  • Dead Reckoning - Charlaine Harris
  • Shadowfever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Chill Factor - Sandra Brown
  • Heaven Has a Blue Carpet - Sharon Niedzinski
  • Dreamfever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Wednesday Sisters - Meg Waite Clayton
  • Stealing Home - Sherryl Woods
  • Bound for Murder - Laura Childs
  • Bloodfever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Faefever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Darkfever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Under Her Skin - Susan Mallery
  • The Red Pyramid - Rick Riordan
  • No Wonder They Call Him Saviour - Max Lucado
  • I Still Dream About You - Fannie Flagg
  • I Am Number Four - Pittacus Lore
  • The Last Olympian - Rick Riordan
  • Spider Bones - Kathy Reichs
  • A Thread So Thin - Marie Bostwick
  • The Battle of the Labyrinth - Rick Riordan
  • The Search - Nora Roberts
  • The Titan's Curse - Rick Riordan
  • Wicked Appetite - Janet Evanovich
  • The Sea of Monsters - Rick Riordan
  • Awakened - PC & Kristen Cast
  • The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan
  • Photo Finished - Larua Childs
  • Keepsake Crimes - Laura Childs
  • Sizzling Sixteen - Janet Evanovich
  • The Icing on the Cupcake - Jennifer Ross
  • Fleece Navidad - Maggie Sefton
  • Dyer Consequences - Maggie Sefton
  • The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree - Susan Wittig Albert
  • Heaven Has a Blue Carpet - Sharon Niedzinski
  • Dreamfever - Karen Marie Moning

Books Read in 2010

  • The Yada Yado Prayer Group - Netta Jackson
  • Silver Borne - Patricia Briggs
  • The Hole in Our Gospel - Richard Stearns
  • A Winter Marriage - Kerry Hardie
  • So Long, Insecurity - Beth Moore
  • Knit the Season - Kate Jacobs
  • Dead and Berried - Karen MacInerney
  • Murder on the Rocks - Karen MacInerney
  • where do i go - Netta Jackson
  • be sweet - diane hunt
  • The Lost Symbol - Dan Brown
  • Raven - Allison Van Deipen
  • Push (Precious) - sapphire
  • Faces of the Gone - Brad Parks
  • The Lace Reader - Brunonia Barry
  • Burning Lamp - Amanda Quick
  • Fired Up - Jayne Ann Krentz
  • The School of Essential Ingredients - Erica Bauermeister
  • Matters Arising - Sarah Harrison
  • The Sheen on the Silk - Anne Perry
  • I Saw the Lord - Anne Graham Lotz
  • The Dangerous Protector - Janet Chapman
  • The Seduction of His Wife - Janet Chapman
  • Re-reading all the Tintin graphic novels - Herge
  • The Sugar Queen - Sarah Addison Allen
  • the last time i saw you - Elizabeth Berg
  • Garden Spells - Sarah Addison Allen
  • Wild Ride - Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer
  • Dead in the Family - Charlaine Harris
  • The Girl Who Chased the Moon - Sarah Addison Allen
  • Grave Secret - Charlaine Harris
  • Crawl Space - Sarah Graves
  • The Honey Thief - Elizabeth Graver
  • The Otherworldlies - Jennifer Anne Kogler
  • Saving CeeCee Honeycutt - Beth Hoffman
  • A Face at the Window - Sarah Graves
  • Draycott Eternal - Christina Skye
  • Shelter Mountain - Robin Carr
  • Virgin River - Robyn Carr
  • Death by Cashmere - Sally Goldenbaum
  • An Ice Cold Grave - Charlaine Harris
  • Grave Surprise - Charlaine Harris
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