Archive for January 2008

Jack Frost Nipping at Your Toes

January 30, 2008

This weekend my son turned 14.  It’s hard to believe- especially after you hear this story.  I mean, most 14 year olds know everything, don’t they?  If that was the case here, it would have saved me a trip to the doctor!  But, let me start at the beginning.

Sunday morning was the typical running around like crazy to get ready for church.  (I wonder why that is when I usually leave the house hours earlier during the week!)  Add that to a late Saturday night filled with fun and games (Vegas Showdown is the best game ever- except for Settlers of Catan) with my sister and brother-in-law and a morning of getting everyone ready (amazing how different a 3 or 4 year old is from a 14 year old- also amazing how similar they are lol).  So, here sets the scene for our story.  

 Oh, how could I forget some of the key characters?  My sister’s 2 dogs- who were very good sports for the weekend away from home. 

So, in our rush to get things done before church, someone- I don’t even remember who- asked my son to take the 2 dogs out.  Since we only have 1, there is only 1 chain.  So, he was supposed to let one out and then the other.  Unfortunately, the plan didn’t work out that way.  While letting one out, the other one flew out the door and down the street.  Without thinking, obviously without thinking, my son flew out after her.  Since everyone was rushing around, we had no idea this was happening.  I did notice he was not around, but figured he was right outside with the dog.

So, imagine my surprise when my barefoot- yes barefoot- son comes in the house wheezing from an asthma attack!  In case you live somewhere where it’s like 80 outside, let me tell you, I live nowhere near you!  It’s freezing here!  This morning with the windchill it was -25!  It wasn’t quite that cold Sunday, but it was pretty cold!  Of course, the pile of shoes by the door were not taken advantage of and he had just been running around outside barefoot for about 10 minutes!

This fact was not fully digested until much later.  During church he mentioned- ok whined- that his feet hurt.  I figured it was the typical reaction to being very cold and warming up- the tingly, strange feeling.  The rest of the day, he said nothing about it.  And, we spent the day together- playing games and spending a great time with my sister and her family.  

That night, when I picked him up from youth group I asked how it went.  “Fine- except I couldn’t really run because of the blisters on my feet.”  What?!  When we got home, I looked at his red, swollen feet and saw huge blisters on one toe on each foot.  We had him soak his feet in epsom salt.  Why?  I don’t know.  Isn’t epsom salt a good cure for anything? 

By the next morning, the number of blistered toes was increasing.  So, I called his doctor hoping she could just tell me he was fine and what to do.  No such luck.  After a trip to the doctor’s office, we found out he has 1st and 2nd degree burns on his toes and part of his feet.  They put a burn cream on him, wrapped his feet and sent us on our way.

So, now, we are changing the wrap daily and putting the medication on and hopefully never running through the snow barefoot- especially with a million shoes right by the door!


10 Things I Never Thought I’d Be Doing

January 24, 2008

Note: I started this a long time ago and never finished.  I’m amazed how things change so quickly with everything that has gone on in my life lately.  So, I’m adding to it now. 

I got the idea for this from a great blogger you should all check out! She has a great way of putting things and sharing her life in a positive and humorous way.

So, here is my version of the things I never thought I’d be doing when I grew up- wait am I really a grown-up?!

1) I never thought I’d be a homeschool mom

2) I never thought I’d work in a grocery store- and like it!

3) I never thought I’d have a tarantula living in my house!

4) I never thought I’d be taking my 13 year old son to an alpaca farm to work 5 days a week.

5) I never thought I’d have 2 cats and 2 dogs. (Update- I now have only 1 dog- long story)

6) I never thought my husband would have to have heart surgery.

7) I never thought I could be so happy to see someone sit up in a chair.

8) I never thought I would enjoy Christmas so much without exchanging gifts with my husband.

9) I never thought prayers and kind words from family and friends would be so important to me.

10) I never thought I would be going to a different church than the one I’ve known since I was a child visiting my grandparents.

These Boots are Made for Talkin’

January 24, 2008

The day before Christmas, I was in a mad rush to get ready for Christmas Day.  My dh had just come home from the hospital the night before after a 5 day stay.  So, needless to say, I was a little behind in the Christmas prep department and way ahead in the stress department.

So, when I saw the boots I’d been admiring for months on sale, there wasn’t a choice.  It was a neccesity!  Black leather, 3 inch heels, coming up to my knees-  definitely me!  Well, the me I wanted to be at the time.  So, I snatched them up, bought them and proudly brought them home to show to my dh and ds.  Thier response was not what I wanted, but was what I expected.  They laughed at me.  “The 80’s called- they want thier boots back!”  Whatever.  I didn’t buy them for anyone but me- which was part of the beauty of the boots- all the freedom they represented. 

So, I have been wearing them frequently ever since.  Have I gotten anymore taunts from my boots?  Not one- see what does my dh know about fashion?  Here and there someone would comment that they liked my boots- not much more or less.  But, yesterday, that all changed.  Not an hour has gone by that someone didn’t comment on how great they were!  people who I didn’t know, people I knew who had never started a conversation with me in my life, and even stranger, people who had probably seen me in my boots a dozen times or more!  So, where did it all come from?  I’m not sure.  I’m still trying to figure it out. 

I think tomorrow will be a no boots day, though.  They are fine until about the 7th hour I wear them.  Then they become almost unbearable to walk in!  On the good side, I whined enough last night that my dh actually rubbed my feet!  

Out of Hibernation

January 19, 2008

I’ve decided on the coldest day of the season- exposed skin can get frostbitten after 10 minutes- that it’s time to come out of hibernation.  Looking back, I realized it’s been almost 3 months since I’ve written anything here!

The last few months have been a whirlwind of doctors, hospitals, lack of sleep, family, friends, prayers, and emotions.  My husband had heart surgery after finding out he had a severe mitral valve prolapse.  The surgery was a month ago today.  And, although he is recovering well, it’s a long road to walk until he’s completely better!

The outpouring of love and support from family and friends was amazing!  I wouldn’t have gotten through it without them!  Words fail me to describe how wonderful people have been. 

That is my life right now- catching up with life.  Work and school fell by the wayside and now it’s time to bring my life back up to speed.  So, as part of that effort, I am going to try and get back in the habit of writing again.  I’m not promising anything…

Right now I need to take my son to work so I better get dressed first!  I hope you haven’t all given up on me and somebody finds this post.  Although since you are reading this now, I guess you haven’t and I thank you!