Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Let Them Eat Cake

Let them Eat Cake!

 A wonderful lady made us all a cake for Christmas.  Now,  cake in our house is rare  but once we opened the lid, we realized that we had seen cake before and  that is was good to eat,  we all had a small slice. But then I woke up in the night and started thinking about cake and how lonely it must be in  the kitchen by itself with only odd assorted cookies and remnants of pies for company and I began to feel bad for the cake. Then I thought of all the people  who didn't have cake and I felt bad for for those poor people too.
The obligation of duty overwhelmed me  and so I just had to do it. Eat Cake!

By this time, the cake itself began crying so  sadly and sweetly,

"I'm here! It's dark in the kitchen and I am all alone except for these odd assorted cookies and remnants of pies! I am cake, HEAR ME!  Come and eat me! You must!"

While the family slept, I crept into the kitchen and I ate  cake.

 Later on after the alarm sounded and  while under the clever guise of making breakfast, I ate cake.

The morning progressed and while I was answering e-mails, and catching up on the news,  I  heard it.  It was a voice, faint at first but quickly increasing in volume.

This startled me.  It was m Kerig coffee maker!

"Morning Blend!  I have Morning Blend!  Morning Blend .goes great with cake...great with cake!"

Amazing, the cake had somehow compromised my coffee maker!
I managed to ignore the annoying sing-song for a while, but I am only human.

The cake started again too.  This time, appealing now to my literary nature.

 "Let them eat  cake!"  

"Yes."  I thought.

Someone famous said this once or maybe I had read it on a place mat at a coffee house.

Who is  "them" anyway?  I Reasoned.  And why should they eat the cake?

I decided right then and there that I wouldn't let a silly  pronoun keep me from what was rightfully mine. It was a gift cake after all. So quick as a wink, I changed "them" to "her" .
And She, Her and I ate cake.

The afternoon sun beamed  brightly in through the curtains in my kitchen.  I sighed  a guilty contented sigh.  The danger is over and past.  The cake is quiet now. It has gone to the place where all good cakes go.  The coffee  maker is silent too since it is  mostly a morning voice.

But in spite of myself,  I listened.  The more I try not to,  the more I listened.

Then, very faintly, I  heard something?
 I opened the fridge-no, nothing there.  Well, just a few crispy scoldings from some salad makings but vegetables are not very persuasive and easily dismissed.

I poured a diet soda over ice and retreated to the front porch to count passing traffic.


 I said aloud as a red Ford Pinto with  broken left tail light rambles past.  The postman stoped and delivered  some assorted bills and grocery ads directly into my hands.  I smiled and bundled the lot to look over inside.

But when I put my hand on the  door knob  the door was stuck. I pulled harder and it suddenly exploded with a swarm of  voices screaming like a thousand buzzing banshees.

"Help us!  Save us!  We are afraid of this dark place!"

The heroine in me rises.

                                 -TEN BANANA MOON PIES TRAPPED -
"Save us!"  Ten  individually wrapped voices scream again.
                                                                                            C Copyright by D.J. L December 27, 2013

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Monday, November 25, 2013

We Have Moved

Quickly becoming our favorite view

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


September 24, 2013

David's job is over.   Fall is upon us and October looms.  Important things happen to me in October.

Monday, September 9, 2013


Praise the Lord! Long Term diasbility has been granted and insurance  we can afford .
 No way to pay for insulin that costs $700.00/one month's supply

I really understand how it could happen that a person might have to choose between buying food or buyingmedicine.

Sunday, September 1, 2013


How marvelous!  A call from M.  I was just thinking about you so, I thought I'd call.

The Lord hears and answers All Prayers.  Blessed be the name of the Lord.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Fracture me this

Dheep's accident happened right at the new year 2013... it's been... let me see

May ---------------Surgery

8 Months!  And we find after getting another CT scan because his ;pain is still intense and to see if all the bolts and plates are in place.
                  Surgeon's office calls, says everything looks god.

BUT when reading the actual report.... the fracture is just as it was... no healing whatso ever.

Very disheartening. :(

Monday, July 15, 2013

Waiting Game

D had his surgeon visit last week. Dr lowered the pain meds and now his pain is worse than ever.  He willhave to call the DR.  Nobody should hurt  like that especially when help is available.  It was a horrible weekend!

 Short term disability is cut off now apparently.  We are waiting to see about the long term.

Bills don't care whatis happening in your life, Still, all is well and I believe that.

Next Dr visit is in 6 weeks.  D says he will be ready to go back to work by then.  If so, he has a long long way to go.  He can hardly sit in the car long enough for short trips.  How will hemanage an entire day?   He has worked hard all his life, hardly ever took sick days even when he was sick.

 Women always complain about husbands that are home with them after retirement, I can say, I am noton of them.  I am happy to have him home.

We will see what tommorrow brings.  The Lord is more than able to supply every need. I refuse to be sad.

July 24. 2013

Surgeon's staff got super efficient and decided that the time period was up and since D's job was mostly sedentary, he could go back to work.  We were shocked and didn't actually *THINK* about this until later.  He asked for a second opinion and the Dr had just agreed withou asking D how he was doing.  Hoping that the long term will go through. but had to go through the  ropes again to get the short term reinstated.

All of this does't matter one whit.  The Lord is able and He know exactly what we need.  I refuse to be discouraged and if I do, I refuse to stay that way.

July 28, 2013

Short term has been reinstated .  Long term is pending.  But at least we can make the rent and buy food and meds.  D's pain is ongoing and still making it difficult to sit for long.  Driving is hard as well.  We used to take such lovely long drives into the countryside but these days I must content myself with the occasional trip to the grocery.

Oh yes, if D had  goneback to work  he would have been on the bench. No assignment to go to.

I am hoping for a trip to "Rabbit Park" but that may not be for a while.  Rabbit Park is not all that far..--in Greenwood.. but it seems far.  Never actually seen a rabbit there except the secret ones that rest there in their secret place.  Rabbit Park.  Rest well my bunnies.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Wings and more

Touched by and Angel?   I believe so.

In this photo, the "wings" have faded some. The surgeon took a pic for his files.  He said it was electrode stimulation placement  BUT... he called his entire staff in to look at the wings and they were amazed the surgeonasked for a camera.

It;s been a rough go round.  Lots os hard days and nights.  Hospital stay lasted 6 days.  After surgery was a nightmare.

But the Lord is merciful and His Grace is sufficient.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Coming Right Up

Surgery scheduled for May 29..  S will be home to help that day.  2-3 days in the hospital. Lots of incisions.

Mother's Day was good.  Got a Happy from one and an ignore from the other.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Rabbits at Rabbit Island

what a cool place this would be to visit.



Thursday, May 9, 2013


Results today from D.'s CT scan.  The radiologist says the  scan today looks  unchanged from six weeks ago/
Surgery is scheduled fro Monday, May 27.

Surgery changed to May 29.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Six Weeks

Six weeks has passed now since D.'s last CT scan.  The last one showed a bit of  healing.  We are hopeful this weeks will show more  healing.  He still is not able to be up very long without being forced back to bed by pain.  Some of the pain meds make him sick and to heave hurts so badly.  I can do nothing but try and be supportive and keep praying.  

This has been a wonderful time for us though in spite of all of these issues.  We have grown closer to each other and closer to the Lord. A new commitment on many counts.  The Lord is good!

S will be home for my birthday.  He has a sleep study to get done to satisfy his company and driving laws.  We both are looking forward to seeing him again.  I saw a photo of M last night and it is quite remarkable how much S looks like him.  It's like an older and younger photo of the same person.  They even sound very similar on the phone.

This has been a strange rainy sleepy kind of day.

Saturday, April 20, 2013


Sleep, these days was a rare butterfly that refused capture until it lay exhausted, clinging precariously to the underside of some green leaf. The woman watched it a moment in the half-light as it rested fragile and delicate suspended in the mist until weary wings collapsed and it slipped away gently to the forest floor. A morning bird had been watching too. The flash of movement had attracted his attention. He hushed his sun song and swooped down landing with perfect precision to where the butterfly lay. He cocked his head from side to side inspecting the fallen with a keen and critical eye. At last, finding it quite suitable for a hungry bird's breakfast, snatched it up and carried it high into the branches of a tall oak. With two great gulps, the butterfly was gone and the bird continued his task of waking the sun.

The sun complied and rose hot and sticky. It quickly blasted away the last bits of coolness. Sweat prickled and creased rivers down her back. The woman sighed. It was going to be a long day- a very long day indeed.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Makes me Wonder

Makes me really wonder why an insurance company thinks s that a compression fracture BREAK at T8 would be totally well in 2-4 weeks.

Well, then there is pool therapy right?
Yes, indeed!  Put on that body brace and swim!


Wednesday, April 10, 2013


S was here last weekend.  Well, for Friday and Saturday night.  At least he got a small break.

M has removed me from his friends list on FB again.  I truly don't understand him.  Wonder what I did this time?

Maybe Spring has finally came for good.  Birds have discovered our feeder.  We have a wonderful pair of doves, some red wing blackbirds, robins and some  "Ugly Joes"  D calls them. They take the peanuts and fly away with them.

Jim & Lish  will be in town Friday and Saturday. > Andy B, is playing at a place called  "The Tin Roof?

Hope to get to have a short visit.

Strange phone call from Mama tonight.  She called my old number which belongs to S now.  sigh..

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


Tomorrow another milestone on D's journey through pain.  Neurosurgeon  and new CT scan to measure his healing.  Finally short term disability  is actually in the works. Methinks some very incompetent folks in charge of payroll.

I have not seen FatBoy , aka Frisker Squirrel anymore.  Alas, I do believe he was in an accident.  I have seen another squirrel though and toss out peanuts for him.

Oh, my DR appointment too tomorrow.  I am not looking forward to it and have tried in vain to cancel it a few times.  It is a no go with D.  It will no doubt be a broken record visit... Sugar still way too high, weight gain..no loss..cholesterol levels will be elevated I am sure.  Lab results.. we will see.
 More pills. I detest pills.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Results of the day:

D's CT scan shows a small amount of healing.  Back in 6 weeks for another round of it.

My DR visit was not as bad as I anticipated.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Oh No! Snow

March 24, 2013

Easter Door

End of March

D is still off work.  His pain continues.  Some DRS appointments coming next week and we hope to get a CT scan to know if hisback is healing at all.

Short term disability still is not resolved.  Bills that need paying will soon be overdue.

One thing (among many) during all this is that D and I are closer than we have been in many years.  I feel as giddy as a teenager st times.  We made jello together!  I don't think we have ever done that before.  We are also rewing our walk with the Lord.  In spite of all the pain and worry associated with this. I am HAPPY!

God is rich in mercy.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Unpaid leave..... What next?

 His eye is on the sparrow!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Body Brace

D was fitted for a body brace..neck to just above the hips.. will get it Monday.  I hope it will help.  Hehas had 2 months of this agonizing pain.  it's time for a break.. BREAK.. I cna't believe I even typed that

Thursday, February 21, 2013

What Next?

D.'s surgery has been cancelled. The Dr said it was too risky.  So, he will be fitted for a brace and we will see how that works.  The awful pain contiues.  I am so sorry.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Pain Has No Gain

Finally,  a light at the endof the tunnel of pain for D.  Since his fall, January 3, 2013, he has been in contant horrible  pain with a compression fracture of T-8.  After much messing about from the DR, he is finally scheduled for a CT scan to show the break better.  (1 X-ray and 2 MRIs later)  Surgery is scheduled for Friday.  He has missed 3 days of work so far.  Thank the Lord, the DR has him on bed rest NOW!

S. was in for a few hours on Saturday.  He left with his laundry clean and a full belly of Pizza, apple pie and bread sticks.  I think he is enjoying his job.

I have been walking on the Treadmill some.  My best time so far is 20 min. that equals 1/2 mile.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Beginnings and endings

Had a nice  visit with  S  a couple of days ago.  He is doing well and seems to really enjoy his job.

Today, we learned D's assigment will end March 15.  Don't know if he will be found another post or nor.  Disablity looms and that could be a blessing.

Saturday, January 19, 2013


Silas is leaving tomorrow for his new trucking job.  I can happily say I hate to see him leave and I will miss him.  I can  feel the leavings already in my throat. I am such a boob.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Into the South

Watched the new year come in with Mama and M..  M. fired three shots at a tree to mark the occasion.  I gave Mama her first hug of 2013 then I opened the front door to let the new year in and  then opened the back door to let the old one out.  I never knew where I got that from.  Mama said it was something Daddy did?  I don't know -I really don't remember.  I also ate a tablespoon of black-eyed peas.  It was a good trip .I'm thankful for S. help with driving. D fell and hurt his back.