Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Easter Bonnets, Bunnies and Bibs

Every little girl (and especially babies going to church for the first time) needs a special Easter bonnet. Rebekah asked me to whip one up for Anya this year to go along with her special Easter dress.


I'd already been working secretly on a soft knit rabbit pillow and a cotton knit bib, so I had to work double time to get this little lady's chapeau sewn up and into the post on its way to Vermont earlier this week. Bunny makes a fine model, don't you think?

Friday, March 26, 2010

Earth Hour - March 27 - Go Dark

Celebrate Worldwide Earth Hour by turning off your lights for an hour at 8:30pm local time on Saturday, March 27, 2010.

Monday, March 22, 2010

It's Official - Spring Has Arrived

Spring arrived on Saturday afternoon and we were blessed with a simply gorgeous sunny weekend in the 70's. We ate lunch outdoors on Saturday, then all 3 meals on the deck Sunday. I'm raring to go with our vegetable garden and raised bed boxes - we're planning an even bigger crop of organic veggies this year, just like these carrots from last season:

I'm still not 100% following the gallbladder episode, but I simply had to get out to work in the garden and enjoy the weather. I managed to clean up most of the garden beds and walk ways: I trimmed off dead stalks from the perennials, fluffed up the mulch, removed the winter leaf covers, cleaned off the brick  patios and swept the deck and cabana.

Doug dug up the vegetable patch and planted the peas and spinach, plus he hauled all my debris piles away. Mind you he did all this in between sanding and varnishing our bedroom floor and painting the ceiling in there, too.

All in all we had a very productive weekend - now we're ready to get the hot tub opened up by end of the month!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Are You an Organ Donor?

I had an unexpected detour on my recent long-distance grandma trip to New England. My plan was to visit DD#2 and her family in Vermont for a few days, then travel down to southern New Hampshire for a few days with DD#1 and the two older grandkids. Well ... as day 2 was winding down, I started to feel not so well.  In fact, I wondered if I might be having a heart attack. Two days of rest and a raging fever along with pain worse than childbirth convinced me it was not just something I ate.

Okay, so I got to the ER at the crack of dawn on Tuesday and the docs examined and tested and determined my gallbladder had to come out. I was feeling a bit better by that time, thanks to the pain meds and kind staff when it was time to answer the "standard" patient admission form questions. Some made me laugh, others were more sobering. The one that made me think twice was, "Are you an organ donor? "

It struck me a bit hilarious ... but also slightly ominous. I was, after all, about to have the first "real" surgery of my life, and yes, I am a registered donor - it's on my license. I felt compelled to make it very clear when answering this question (3 different times) that  I am an organ donor but I'm ONLY planning to give away my gallbladder at this time.