Sunday, February 22, 2009

Grandpa's Girl

This last week was beautiful. Of course we are close to 10 inches behind for rainfall, but I love our February springs! With the good weather, we enjoyed a couple of walks down by the riverfront with Grandpa Jay and Virginia and Katarina. Of course that would turn into dinner invites which Virginia was only too glad to accept. Jayme has been sick for over 1 month and so outings and other adults has been a big plus. Besides that meant that Katarina had time to get to know her Great Grandpa Jay. She is even used to his growling. But she loves his singing!!

Katarina is Grandpa's girl. She loves to work at the computer, or rock and take cat naps in his arms. She knows Grandma is full of kisses. Hey, who can resist those pudgy, kissable cheeks.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Sunny Valentine's Day

Saturday we went to the coast. It was a beautiful day. Jess had come down for the weekend. Jayme and Virginia came out for a Valentine's breakfast of Belgian waffles. YUMMMM! They were topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. Not fattening at all! Then we headed to the coast. We took Grandpa to Nye Beach where he could walk on the beach. The dog loved and b-lined to the ocean the minute we were on the beach. Who cares how cold the water is, he's a dog!! Then it was lunch at Quimby's. It is on the beach right across from the Newport Performing Arts Center. If you have never been there, the clam chowder is to die for. We went up along Yaquina Bay and got oysters for Oysters Rockafeller for dinner. We even convinced Jace to try an oyster shooter. The lead up was the funniest. But he did it. I never would. Raw, slimmy, GROSSS! Sunday we had leg of lamb for dinner and had Jayme and Virginia out. Jayme is still sick, so they welcomed the dinner that someone else was making!! Katarina had a nice little nap on Grandpa's chest. Isn't that what Grandpa's are for? All in all a great weekend!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Photo Tag

Thanks to Norma who blogged this one and asked us all to do it. You go to where ever you keep your pictures and go to the fourth file and pick picture #4. Post it and explain what it is. It was fun to check and see what I had.

How sweet! This is a picture of Reed taking Keegan kyaking in the ocean back east. What a fun Grandpa! Speaking of Reed - check out his blog, the Dirt Dr. For those who know Reed, it is hilarious. Use the link on the side of my blog. Very funny!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

A Tribute to Suzie

My dear sister Suzie is really struggling right now. She is currently trying to recover from an amputation of her left leg about 3+ weeks ago. She was home and seemed to be doing okay, when she suddenly became quite ill. There had been some previous signs of trouble, but nothing you could put your finger on. To make a long story short, she has a miraculous dog who alerted the family that something was wrong. She had become quite ill and was incoherent. She was running a fever and was admitted to the hospital. It was determined she had a systemic infection. The next day a number of tests were run. By day three they had also diagnosed that she had suffered a stroke. She has been given some pretty potent antibiotics to treat the infection and the fever has gone down. Now we will begin to deal with the effects of the stroke. The most major problem is her ability to speak. She is not able to communicate much to us. It is so frustrating to her because you can tell that she is trying to say something, but we don't understand.
Suzie has dealt with so much in her life. She has battled diabetes for more than 25 years, with the last 10 being pretty difficult. We love her so much and want her to know that she has taught all of us so much in our lives. She has taught us about commitment and hanging in there even when the odds are against you. She has been one of the best quilters in spite of being legally blind. She is so dedicated to family. I think Sisters Weekend may have fallen by the wayside with difficulties in getting together without her urging and need for us to gather as sisters.
To Suzie and her entire Family - We Love You and are praying for you!!!

This picture is my mom holding Suzie as a baby with my 2 older sisters, Lee Ann and Rosie!!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Grandpa Jay's Visit

Well, we have had Grandpa now for just over a week. Life is interesting when you are taking care of an older individual. Reed's dad is blind, due to Alzheimer's. The Alzheimer's has now progressed that he has a lot of trouble remembering and gets confused easily. It requires that either Reed or I (or someone) is with him at all times. The first few nights Reed slept upstairs on the living room floor in case he got confused and started wandering. (This has happened before!) Now he seems to have adjusted, somewhat. We keep a monitor in his room so we can hear him downstairs where we are staying. We have also started putting a chair in the hallway outside the room and bathroom so that he doesn't wander the wrong direction. He did that a couple of nights and so we have instituted some safeguards. We worry about him falling. Last night we tried to prepare him for the different schedule of Sunday. Reed has meetings first thing in the morning and so we wanted to get him up and showered (he needs assistance) and ready and then he would come in with me to church. We told him what time we would get him up. Well he woke up last night and thought he was late and that Reed had left without taking care of him. So on his own he got up and took a shower. Small problem, Jackie had bathed the kids last and so the shower curtain was outside the shower. Reed woke up hearing water running and found his dad in the shower at 3AM!! Reed had to mop up the floor (it took 4 towels) and get his dad dressed and back to bed.

Oh well, he keeps up on our toes!! We love him and really are enjoying his time here! He has a great sense of humor and is so humble over the whole thing. It has been a real joy to watch Reed as he is so patient and loving with his Dad. Even when we have cleaned the bathroom for the 5th time in one day. At least Grandpa has enjoyed the books we have put onto an MP3 player we got for him. After going through a ton of Lous L'Amour books, he wanted to change his name to Jay William Sackett!!