Saturday, September 16, 2017

I'm "Awake" And On The Mend

Two weeks ago today I developed a fever and abdominal pain. Blood work indicated an infection somewhere. A CatScan was ordered and the results came back on the good side. The high fever came down, and eventually the pain subsided  and the low grade fever hung on for the next two weeks. I didn't have an appetite and all I wanted to do was sleep. Slowly I started feeling better. A generalized weakness persisted but Thursday the results from the last blood draw showed all was within normal range. (which is also an answer to prayers because I don't do well with most antibiotics that could be used).  I still deal with the low grade fever in the mornings and evenings, but I'm not sleeping as much and I'm working on getting my energy back. Thank you so much for all of your prayers and well wishes. 

Thursday eve my daughter in law and granddaughter spent a few hours visiting with me and playing SkipBo. It was good to feel like having company again.

Last month when I did some traveling I took the plants from my Secret Garden over to my sons. Last evening I stopped by to see the roses. Oh my goodness. So beautiful. Joe bought this rose bush at Al's in Woodburn and I worked really hard to save it this last winter. Looks like I did a pretty good job. The rose bush next to the yellow one is my Mr. Lincoln. I bought it at High School Pharmacy in Estacada earlier this spring. It is doing pretty good too. It has three buds on it. Sometime in October my friend Ruth and I will go back over and she will cut them both back for the winter and David will put them in his car and bring them back over here to me. Right now they are too tall to get in the car. I'm not going to "do" flowers next year. I have places I want to go and people I want to see and I don't want to be tied down with pretty flowers to keep watered and fed.

After enjoying my roses and David and Jennifer's beautiful back yard, Ruth and I enjoyed a Southern Gospel concert by The Liberty Quartet Joe and I both really enjoyed this type of gospel music and first heard this group in Benson, Az some years ago. If you like this type of music and they are in your area, I highly recommend them to you. 

Even though the smoke from the forest fires comes and goes, I feel fall is in the air. So this afternoon I pulled some of my fall decor down from the shelves in my closet and did a little "decorating." Candy corn fills this little basket.

The window behind my table is large enough to serve as a shelf. So it was fun to put a few things there rather than on the table. The table runner is easily removed so I can write, play games or put a puzzle together on it.

This stand is right by my glider chair. It has one drawer to put my "stuff" in and when the doors are opened in the front it reveals two deep drawers and they are both full of favorite DVD'S I couldn't part with after Joe died. The scarf  on top of the stand, is made from rug type material.We bought it in Los Algadones  one year while we were staying in Pilot Knob, CA. After I finished putting the "prettys" out, I sat down and had myself a "hanky soaking" cry. Sad that Joe wasn't here to enjoy the decorating. Then I wiped my eyes and sat and thought about it all and smiled. If he was here, we would be on our way to the desert by now. I only decorated when we were home taking care of his mom and then the last year while he was so sick.  The 22nd of next month will be a year since he entered into the presence of the Lord. He loved the old hymns of the church but I imagine I can also hear him singing this song too......Better is One Day in Your Courts
Bye for now

I'll love you for ever and for always
Your Betty Girl