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"The colors of life shift

within a fixed parameter,

movable blocks of shadow

and light, interchangeable

or not."

"Chaos is a friend of mine." ~Bob Dylan

"Chaos is a friend of mine." ~Bob Dylan
Da Boys!

Front and Center!

These two creatures who have locked up my heart will be front and center in this little corner of blogosphere!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


OK, I'm getting the hang of this Air Cast boot. Adjusted it better this morning and, for the most part, have been on my feet all day. I have a problem just languishing in bed or staying seated for any length of time. NOT my thing! Besides, too much to do to let this thing hamper me or slow the pace that much.

I also found out that there's no need to remove the cast to drive. I had no problems driving with it on today. Wasn't awkward at all. Maybe it's my vehicle. Don't know; just know it's MUCH more convenient to keep it on instead of taking it off and on while running errands!!

The foot did start aching and the cast rubbing toward the end of the afternoon. I discovered that resting a few minutes, loosening the boot, then readjusting and moving around again helped tremendously!

So, I can live with this for 6 to 8 weeks! In the grand scheme of things it's VERY minor!! As my sister reminded me, I could be in a plaster cast!!! YIKES!!! Now that would REALLY suck!!

I hope no one ticks me off that much. I could do some serious damage with this thing! :)

Monday, June 22, 2009


This will be short and NOT sweet! Stress fracture on my right foot. Walking in an air cast for the next 6 to 8 weeks.

Could be worse, but.....been on it all day and even an air cast is NOT COMFORTABLE!!!

Have to remove it to drive, as the fracture is on my right foot. It also comes off for bed and showers. Need to ice the foot every night before bed.

Yuck! This is not fun!

I have to find ways to keep it from rubbing.

No choice but to adapt.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Reading Mode

An enjoyable activity I've engaged in during the two weeks since the end of school is settle into reading mode. I tend to do this in the summer. On my Shelfari below are 3 books I've just finished and thoroughly enjoyed!

I don't tend to do "light" reading in the summer months. I, rather, gravitate more into the darker reads. Gillian Flynn's two novels are perfect examples of dark and delicious reads! Not for the faint of heart, but worth curling up with for icy shadows! Flynn could be Stephen King's daughter! :)

The other book, by Scott Blackwood, is not as dark, but haunting in a lazy ride down a tangled river of people and time in an Austin suburb. What a wonderful writer, what a way with words this man has!! Loved it!

So, if you're tired of the lighter fare and still want a good way to spend an afternoon or night or two ( WARNING: Flynn's books are of the can't-put-down-until-the-end category!) I recommend any and all three of these page turners!

At the moment I'm half-way through BONEMAN'S DAUGHTERS by Ted Dekker. Again, not for the faint of heart!

Rocky Road

The summer is off to a rocky start. Connor graduated 5th grade a couple of weeks ago. It was a rocky graduation day for him-- sensory overload and overstimulating. He didn't make it through the entire ceremony or after party. He did, however, have a blast the following day, last day of school, at the annual 5th grade Luau.

Trish hasn't found a new job yet and Sam is out of control. VERY out of control. *Sigh* I'm already losing my mind and stressed to the max!

Here's Sam at his end-of-year party. Looking Angelic......

Trish and the boys on Connor's graduation evening. Connor's stress level was already rising...

Connor and his teacher at the Luau, where he's having fun!

My right foot started hurting the last couple of weeks of school. I limped around work every day thinking it would go away at some point. It didn't. In the past week or so the pain has gotten intense and the top of my foot is swollen. I had to stop my daily walks. I still have errands to run and things to do around the house and yard, so, staying off the foot hasn't been an option.
Finally I broke down and made an appointment with a foot and ankle clinic for tomorrow morning. I suspect it's a stress fracture. At this point, I just want to have it fixed so that I can move around without every step making me want to scream.
*Sigh* I want Trish to find a job, SOON! I want Sam to shape up, or at least, become more manageable. Connor, bless his heart, is just fine, holed up in his room most of the day playing his video games or reading. I envy his ability to just tune out the rest of the world and the chaos around him.
I need a break. And, I don't mean my foot.
A poem I wrote several years ago that expresses my current mood. It's about boundaries.

Our boundaries collapse
into each other
like a house of cards,
mother, daughter
under one roof.,
raising two children.
the roles bleed into each other.
Control yo-yos,
resentment builds
and spills over
into the landscape.
We scramble to reclaim
and repair the sense of order.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Family Fun!

Well, the family reunion was fun for all concerned! Three of the cousins bonded over Pokemon and became fast friends. On this end cousin withdrawal has set in. Check out the 3 stooges above!
As for me, I loved visiting with the sibs and meeting new family members. There were babies and baby-to-be as well as a couple of spouses I met for the first time.
Life is too short to go this long before reconnecting with my brothers and sister again.!
At least I'll see my sis again before the summer's over!!!