July 22, 2011

Hot, Hot, Hot Frags!

Mommy's Idea

It's time for Friday Fragments again, courtesy of Mrs. 4444 at Half-Past Kissin' Time.  It's an awesome service she provides....letting me clear out the mental clutter and get things neat and organized for the weekend.  Bwaaa-haaah-haaa.....who am I kidding?


It's ridiculously hot out there....no matter where you are in the U.S.  Or so it seems from what I've been seeing on everyone's blogs and Facebook pages.  Here in southwestern Pennsylvania, we're not the hotest place (probably not even in the running) but it was already 90 degrees at 8:00 this morning.  The humidity is what's rough.  It's so humid that it's hard to breathe out there.  Here's hoping all my friends and family with asthma take it easy and take extra care today.


If you are the praying type, I'm asking please for prayers for two former classmates of mine.  The first, P, has diabetes.  He was diagnosed when we were kids and after all these years the toll is beginning to be serious.  A few months ago he had to have several toes amputated.  Now he is in a nursing home for at least six weeks because he fractured his ankle and due to a rare condition associated with the diabetes, the fracture spread out around his entire ankle, effectively shattering it.  The second is T and his need is immediate.  We (his fellow classmates on Facebook) knew something was wrong by his wife's rather mysterious status updates, but she never told us the nature of the problem.  I learned last night that he had a 32-pound tumor removed...along with a kidney and part of his pancreas and colon.  He needs chemo and radiation for cancer still in his lung, but can't have it until he heals from the surgery.  The cancer was/is Stage 4.  T has grown daughters from a first marriage and he and his second wife have two boys under 10.  Both of these men are my age....47.  Much too young to be facing these things.


My husband hasn't been being good about taking it easy this week at all.  No, not even one little bit.  On Wednesday I was sure we were going to be headed to doctor's office early, if not to the ER.  He's not supposed to lift anything heavier than 20 pounds yet he spent Wednesday morning moving things around at work, getting ready to vacate the building site.  That means he also loaded a ton of stuff into his truck.  He was in pain and passing blood again.  He looked like death warmed over by the time he got home and yet, he still put brakes on our son's car.  Grrrrr!  Stupid, stubborn men!  At least he is taking tomorrow off so will have two whole days to take it easy.


Next week the church is having Kids' Crusade.  It's basically VBS.  They are doing a western/cowboy theme and I volunteered to do the snacks.  I decided on chips w/ cheese and salsa, mini corndogs with dipping sauces, trail mix, smores, and a cake on the last night.  Sound like cowboy grub to you?


I'm also running around like a chicken with my head cut off getting things organized and pulling last minute details together for a car show at the church on August 6.  I pushed the idea as a community outreach.  I'm in charge of making sure it happens.  I am really praying for good weather, a good turn out, and a successful day.  The church council met last week and I got someone to organize the food and farmed out some other things like advertising on the radio and in the paper, so it's getting there.  I've got it advertised on CarCruises.com and created an event page on Facebook.  I've been hanging flyers and I gave a bunch to a friend who participates in a lot of car shows.  He's going to pass them out at shows for me.  The trophies are ordered and dash plaques will be ordered today.  Now for the raffle baskets....


One bright spot in our son coming home to have Tim help put the brakes on his car, was extra time with our granddaughter.  She is becoming more and more Nanny's girl every time I see her.  She and I went out and played in her pool and the big pool for a good while before supper.  She is such a little water baby, taking right after her daddy and aunt.  I couldn't keep those two out of the water when they were kids.  They still like it a lot.  Anyway, Beanie just leaps off the steps of the pool and trusts that I will catch her.  She doesn't even look to see if I am there or paying attention.  A few times that meant tossing whatever was in my hands and making a dive for her, but I was there.  After supper she and I cuddled up in a big chair with a soft, fuzzy blanket (her idea, not mine...it was HOT) and she rubbed my chin, which is what she does when she is tired (?).  Grandma heaven!  We got her in her jammies and into the car before she was completely asleep and she bawled.  She didn't want to leave her Nanny.  Awww....love it after all the months when she was little that she wouldn't have anything to do with anyone but Megan.


I suppose I should go do something productive.  Heaven knows there is plenty that needs doing here in the house while the heat has me tied to the air conditioning.  Have a good day everyone and a wonderful weekend.  Be safe in this heat!


Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El/e/Mrs. Seaman) said...

Except for the health concerns of those you care about, looks like you're having a great summer!

Rochelle@AFamilyofLooneys said...

That is so sweet about your grand baby. My kids have always rubbed the blanket under their nose and they all have to have blankets. Right now it is 84 degrees with 84% humidity. It is not too bad. The humidity is what I hate. Your husband is something else. I can't believe he is working through all of this.
Hope you have a good weekend.

Prairiemaid said...

Hi Stacy!

I will be praying for you friends and will include them on next Fridays prayer...if that is okay. I can just use their initials if that would be better. Just let me know.

Love those grandbaby stories!

The car show is a neat idea for outreach. I'll have to file that away for future use.

Have a blessed weekend.


WhisperingWriter said...

It's very hot here as well. I almost wish I could leave the house naked.

Wendy S. said...

I HATE, hate, hate the humidity, my sinus' have never been worse, grrrr....

I'm definitely sending prayers and blessings to your friend and I can only imagine how anxious and frustrated about hubby playing like he's never been sick. Really scary to see blood in the urine, not good!

So glad you and your grandbaby are having such fun and that your relationships with your son (and his wife
; ) are such that you're spending more time with the little one. Would love to see some photos of her playing in the pool.

Stacy Lynn said...

Ellie...a little on the boring side, but yes, good. :)

Rochelle...my two had blankets, too, and to this day you might catch either of them rubbing the "silkie" edge of the blanket when they are tired or zoned on TV.

Cheryl...thank you for adding them. Initials would probably be best. I don't think P would care, but T's family is playing it very close to the chest. The car show is actually a semi-common church event around here. A lot of churches do it as a fundraiser more than anything. We're looking to get people to know where we are and what we offer. We wanted it all to be free, but the car show people told us the people showing cars would be more likely to think we're worth their while if we charge at least a nominal fee for food. So any money we raise is going toward sending a couple from the church to the church we support in the Phillipines in November.

WhisperingWriter...well, you could, but are those Okies ready for it? ;) That's why I always say I'd rather be too cold than too hot. I can always add another sweater or blanket, but you can only take so much off.

Wendy...humidity...I was howling last night at Jimmy Fallon's thank you notes. He wrote one to the super-human heat wave making all the women in the office look like Phil Specter. LOL That would be me. :P The hubs is getting better. Slowly. The stint comes out this coming Thursday so I hope we get back to normal after that. I want some pictures, too. I'm just afraid to take the camera out by the water. Maybe when she is here this week I can get someone else to play with her while I snap some pictures.


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