August thru Early September
Fine. Anna & I have seasonal allergy congestion that sometimes makes us feel light headed, but otherwise we are just dandy. We have A LOT of goldenrod all around our house. Jeff says it's not the goldenrod that people are allergic to, but it must be something that is cropping up at the same time. When we are away from home, I feel better, but as soon as we turn on to our road, I can feel it (so at least it's not our animals).
Mentally, "I've been on pins & needles" as the idiom goes. My 87 yr. old mom's chronic heart failure is progressing for the worse with a heart function now at 20% (down from 30% a yr. ago). The drs. & I are not telling her this as it wouldn't be of any benefit. She had a series of "cardiac events" daily the first week in August which culminated into another trip by ambulance August 6th. She is still living on her own and occasionally has a good day where she insists on driving herself to the store or somewhere, but is now having more bad days than good. Her heart is unable to keep up, making her very weak & tired (she calls it "lazy"). I call her daily and almost weekly come to visit and get her groceries/whatever she wants. It has gotten to the point now where I feel anxious whenever the phone rings, and pray when I'm overly tired that that won't be the night of another middle-of-the-night ER call. In instances like this, it would be nice to know somewhat of the future so we could better help her. I would like her to move closer to us, but she will have none of it.
Looking out our window
On a brighter note, we are blessed with an abundance of wildlife. Yearly, we have at least one family of wild turkeys that cross our field a couple of times a day, but this year we have two family groups (30 turkeys) that seem to prefer hanging out here most of the day.
|Our horses couldn't care less.|
|It's hard to get them all in one picture (this isn't quite all of them)|
What We Have Been Doing
About this time of year I suddenly realize that there is much I want to get done before snowfall, and a frenzy ensues.
|Grandma (MIL) brought over some stuff & kindly loaned us some tables. We had plenty to sell.|
Unfortunately, we are too far out to have super-successful sales.
All in all, quite a bit sold. Much of the $$$'s and unsold items are donated to a couple of ministries.
Our annual waterpark resort vacation is always fun.
|My favorite, the wave pool.|
|Jeff & Amber always like the BIG waves and the fast/dark/scary water slides.|
So now fun & games are over and being we didn't put in a garden that needs harvesting, that leaves us with time to do house projects, and hopefully finish before cold weather sets in & while I can still have windows and doors open!
The door & shutters aren't my only to-do items...
Here's the short list (in no particular order):
- Finish two hooks/back boards for a couple lanterns I want to hang in our entry nook & find a perfect rug that incorporates my colors & farmhouse style. (reveal in a future post)
- Jeff is working on finally finishing off the changing area of the sauna haus.
- Repaint the front door & shutters
- Redecorate the main floor powder room (inc. re-staining the wainscoting)
- List a few items for sale on Craigslist
- Make a couple home repairs (replace a broken window latch and broken glass on a barrister bookcase)
|A woopsie kick by a guest.|
- Finish Front Porch Redecorating (buying the perfect bistro set, rocking chair, rugs)
if I get all that done, I'll be ecstatic!!!
So, that is about it around here.
You know, if I would post more often, my posts wouldn't get so long, but I fear I'll never learn.
Above: The radar this morning, we are under the red/orange in east central MN. We have had a lot of rain making me very glad we live high and dry. I'm surprised the sun is shining now!
A good day to get something done!
Have a blessed day!