Friday, August 28, 2009

Pain and Dance Practice!


The awful truth about this tooth. I have no idea how it's going.

I went to my dental appointment. It all went fine and I left a couple of hours later with my mouth numb and a temporary crown.


The temporary crowns look a lot nicer than they used to! They used to be stainless steel, I think, but these temporary ones look like real teeth. I could live with this!

While running around, buying a new tire, some chicken feed and such, I began getting a headache. Then it spread to my eyes, then my cheeks, then my lower jaw and front teeth...

And then the anesthetic wore off. By the time I got home, I was holding the entire right side of my face and rushing for aspirin.

It did not help. I took more and called the dentist. I could not get to him. A series of unexplained things happened and I was on my own until 10 pm when I finally got a call from his wife. Might have been due to the sobbing on the last two calls I left.

By that time however, I was very calm. Very tired, very sleepy, VERY calm, and dizzy. You see, I found the pain pills that I'd been given when I ran my fingers through the Skill saw last year.

Mind you, I never used those pain pills then, but I sure needed them for my face! I have not felt that calm in a very long time. What bliss. My friend suggested I leave those with her.

So I am on antibiotics, because I'm thinking I've got an abscess. I will keep you updated, you poor people.

We had a few days of clear weather so we got nearly caught up on mowing and spraying. That's what we did most of the day yesterday, after running to the pharmacy.

Then we ran to town for our Civil War Dance Society's practice at the park pavilion.

We were a few minutes late, pulling in at the same time as this energetic and happy group.

And they had started on time! How punctual of them!

Here are a few shots I snapped in between dancing.

Running through some steps with just two couples.

It was warm and muggy, due to the rain arriving about the time we began. Nothing was evaporating.

Probably about 30 of us were there and we had so much fun. The plan is to do this for a few more Thursday evenings until the bulk of us have these dances down pat.

We have one particular young man who knows how to lead, really well.

I have no idea if this in instinctive knowledge, or if he learned it somehow, but it sure helps. I have never danced other than a few square dances for elementary school P.E. and a very sad attempt at a three week long jazz dance class, so I know nothing. Having a guy who knows how to lead you through the dance, is AMAZING! I'm going to ask if he can give lessons to all the men and boys.

Rain all morning, so looks like we'll do schoolwork and catch up on housework til it's time to go clean the office. Then it's Friday Fellowship time.

I've got three more bags of apples in the kitchen. Need to find time to turn them into canned sauce, pie filling, and apple rings.



Tuesday, August 25, 2009

What Was.


I have been busy. Doing what?

I have no idea! All I know is I seem to have accomplished little, and still been as busy as a manicurist in a mall for millipedes.

I have heard from my long lost, dear departed husband. For the first time in a year. In leau of actually coming through with court ordered support, he offered me the wonderful opportunity of declaring joint bankruptcy with him.

Oh happy joy. I don't think so..... No.

Next audacious question?

Ah yes, there was another. :) Would I settle with him out of court? Only for my sake, of course.

Let's see.... NO.

No, I don't think so. I tried that once and he went back on his word. Thank you for the thoughtful idea though,

He spoke to his son for the first time in a year. Michael said he wanted to talk to him. So he did so. He told me me later that he told his dad exactly what he thought of his dad's actions and choices, and telling Michael that it was my fault he left. My 13 year old son has more courage and integrity than many grown men. I'm very proud of him for standing up for what is right.

Well, it was good for a jolt to my morning, though. Michael and I were both shaking a bit afterwards, so we just spent some comfort time together before getting back to schoolwork and chores.

Lesson relearned that day. Answers should be very short and sweet. "You will have to discuss that with my lawyer."

All kidding aside - I was sad to hear him remain so cold and deceived. There was no yelling or anything, just futile conversation. He remains in our prayers each day.

Meanwhile I've been busy working on ETSY shop ideas. Also canning and a lot of running around!

Here are a few scenes of what was...

What was found on the inside of our screen door...

a good four inches long.

What was a futile attempt to locate the garlic for canning spaghetti sauce...

What was a darn good example of accidental food art...

What was fun company for dinner...

What was found on the George Foreman grill...

What was delicious accompaniment...

At this very moment, I am reprocessing 14 pints of spaghetti sauce, of which I forgot to add the lemon juice in when I did them this morning. It's OK. I love to make sauce. Over and over again. Practice makes perfect, you know.

We have been blessed many times over this last week. I had a few rough days. It's not always easy to be cheerful when junk happens and, believe it or not, I have been known to occasionally dabble in the morose for a few moments or so.

I had couple of days like that, but refocusing on what I know to be truth helps me to see things in a proper perspective.

It was just after that, that help began to arrive in earnest! We were given a gift that not only bought us a replacement for our scary-bald front tire, but enough to even buy some other put off necessities. Yes, I admit it! I bought a lipstick. I'd been scraping bottom for a month now. I have no idea how there was ANY color left in that tube at all!

We were given an anonymous gift of cash from someone at church. When I shared with the elder's wife that we no longer needed to ask for help with our bills, she insisted that we do so anyway so that we can get ahead a bit. So we not only got bills paid, but had some money as well. We stopped at the store and bought some 1/2 price beef. It was SOOOO delicious!

I found out I had a cracked tooth. BUT - the dentist is going to fix it for me at cost. So the whole crowning achievement should be a hundred dollars or so, and my dad said he'd like to pay that for me. WOW! I'm so grateful to get this taken care of. It's been hurting a lot. We are hoping it will not need a root canal.

And we got a gift of leftover meat from the church BBQ. I love this church body. We truly are trying to live out what it means to love and serve. I have not much materially to give, which is difficult for me.

But Michael and I pray each day that we can find ways to bless, love and serve others in whatever way we can find. I hope we are doing so.

For now, I'm off to bed. I've got to be up early to go down and have my face drilled on.