Showing posts from December, 2008

Happy Birthday Katie


Settling in for the first quiet night since the holiday. This season has been joyous, stressful and sad for us. Our family time is always a joy, albeit chaotic joy sometimes. The sadness and stress came as we moved Mom into an assisted living facility yesterday. I would be less than truthful if I didn't mention that there is also a good deal of relief associated with this action but still a lot of guilt and sadness. Rationally I know that we have her in a good place with the around the clock care that she needs but emotionally it still feels like abandonment.

rarfa and sally



Making lots of progress around the house today. We've cleaned and hung curtains and moved the furniture back in place. The new windows are lovely, at least from the inside. We can't move forward with the outside until after the holidays. Three of the windows were defective. The replacements will be here next week but the carpenters weren't available until after the first of the year. Then the balcony has to be installed off our master suite and then we can finally stucco. We will still have to have a driveway installed, trees removed, fencing installed and landscape. There's more being done inside but other than the kitchen it will be in an area that we aren't living in and we can close off the mess. Here's a partial list of our misadventures. Really.

This is long and boring so don't feel as if you have to read it all. I just want to record it. We really don't want to forget this experience. However if you are considering buying or remodeling an old hous…

Livi's first recital

So sad that I missed this great performance. Too cute!


Just had a surprising conversation about moving into an assisted living facility with Mom. Mom is 87 years old. She is very healthy and mobile physically but has no short term memory. She needs someone with her all the time now. She wants to go look at a facility next week and said we should all talk about it when we are together for Christmas. She asked how we would pay for it. She asked if it would be better for her to look at homes in Florida or go back to Alabama. She mentioned there was a nice place near her home. She was rational and thoughtful and she said she thought it was time. I wonder if she will remember this conversation tomorrow. Mom's illness is saddest to me when she has moments of clarity and I get a glimpse of the old Mom.

She has been here through the worst of the construction mess. We've had to move her out of her room twice now and will have to move her out again tomorrow. I know it's upsetting to her. She's really done pretty well though all this…

put the fire department on standby

I've started my Christmas baking

messed up

I have reached the threshold of my tolerance level again for living in construction !@#$. Cement dust everywhere. Holes in walls. Furniture piled up everywhere and now all my clothes are missing from my closet. I should check into a Holiday Inn Express. I need to feel better tomorrow.I should definitely check out of here. Has anyone seen a study, article,segment,Ophra show,etc.on what living in construction mess does to a woman's mind.

about those lights

Aly, mother of adorable Alyzabeth An, asked me about Livi's entanglement in Christmas lights (pictured below.) Livi was helping with the decorating and was getting tangled up in the lights so it seemed like a good idea just to decorate her too. She was happy about it and fascinated by the lights. She was only decorated for a minute and then she was off to the next great thing. Probably to find gum in her Mom's purse. She sneaks to do this and then comes into the room with her little checks puffed and smackingly announces that it's mmmm alicious. It's about the cutest thing I've ever seen.

yummy soup

Here's the recipe for the easy Thai soup that I've been enjoying lately. I discovered that if you use lite coconut milk it is a diet friendly choice too. It only takes a minute to make but seems luxurious. Maybe because it reminds me of our favorite Thai restaurant, Surin's, in Birmingham.

1 can of organic chicken broth
1 can of Hokan lite coconut milk
red curry paste
cooked and cubed chicken breast or shrimp

Heat the broth and coconut milk to boil, add curry paste and lemongrass to taste (about a tablespoon of curry is right for us, but it really depends on the paste, Padi Thai is my fav. Warning- lemongrass paste is stronger than you might imagine. I can't find real lemongrass so I use a paste that Publix carries. About 1/2 tablespoon is plenty.

nutrition info based on 1/2 cup
calories 75- plus whatever lean protein you add
fat 4g
carbs 4.5
sugar-no added sugar but 1 g from milk


You say you want a revolution in our classrooms?


So Inspiration's concept mapping software has an online version now in beta. I like this product! Wonder how it will be priced? Very easy to use and share.

Free Rice

Just read on Carl Fisch's blog that Free Rice has added other subjects. This post is for Abbie. Your Dad said you are working on memorizing your multiplication facts. Click on the more subjects button and you can practice your facts while helping others.Pretty cool if you ask me! You can also practice foreign languages, grammar, art, chemistry, biology, etc. Go check it out.

Livi Lights

photo by Katie

Snow Princess

Photo by Leaa

More family fun

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