Monday, December 27, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
August/September: Alabama football!
October: More football and Awesome Halloween party! I'll try to post some pictures.
November: so far, Daniel and I went to historic Westville with his family. Other major things that have occurred: My dad had a heart attack on 11/9 and had a triple bypass the next day. He came home that Sunday. He's better, but not feeling absolutely great yet and he's completely bored. Also, my two Alma Maters played football against each other last Thursday night. Daniel had the audacity to ask who I'd root for. Let me tell you; I did not go to Georgia State for their athletics. I went there for PT school and that was it. My allegiance for college football is with Alabama. ROLL TIDE! Now I just hope that we can be Auburn!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
see what I mean?!
I've had a lot of work cut out for me...stay tuned for updates of the jungle-removing process.
Monday, July 19, 2010
I don't know if it's the stress of the move or what, but he's been having flare-ups of his ulcerative colitis. It's an auto-immune disorder sort of related to Crohn's disease, but only affects the large intestine. Daniel was diagnosed 2 years ago after a few tiny symptoms and a colonoscopy. Daniel's brother had it too. He was diagnosed at 14 and had his colon removed at 19. He had it pretty severely. Daniel has not really had many issues since his diagnosis, only a few minor dosage changes to his meds. And then WHAM! About 4 weeks ago, he develops some gut pains and going to the bathroom a lot. He went in to see his doctor who immediately admitted him to the hospital for treatment. He was there for 3 days and 2 nights and had a scope while he was in. The doctor said it looked pretty bad. They prescribed predinsone and oral antibiotics.
2 weeks later, he saw his doctor and was feeling fine. They started and ever-so-slight taper on his prednisone. That next day, he started having pain again. This pain was very intermittent. This went on for a few days and then it started to get more frequent and then constant. The doctor was called twice that week and they gave him another prescription and made other changes, but it didn't help. He didn't (and therefore neither did I) sleep a wink on Friday night. So Saturday morning, I loaded him in the car and we headed for Brookwood Hospital ER. Why drive to Birmingham? Well, his doctors are at Brookwood and we want them taking care of him since they know him. They are doing the same treatment in the hospital and he's having a scope sometime later this morning to look at his colon. Then we'll gather a game plan for a new meds. It looks like he'll be going on immunosuppressants. They reduce inflammation and autoantibody production. This will help Daniel's condition greatly, but he'll have a harder time fighting an infection than normal. The only real cure for ulcerative colitis is to remove his colon, like his brother. I'm sure they want to explore other medications prior to this drastic procedure. I just want Daniel to stay out of the hospital and feel well.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Until the big move, Daniel and I have been "sort of" training for the world's craziest 5K. We have been running a little more than occassionally, but less than we probably should have. Daniel's birthday is Sunday and he decided he wanted to spend it in Mountain City, GA running the Warrior Dash with some friends. It's a 5K with an obstacle course. Daniel thought he might actually want to run in this race because it was different. He doesn't even like running, so I agreed and will be running with him and a few of our friends who live in Atlanta. I hope I can finish without hurting myself on an obstacle! And I hope I am not too sore to move next week! I'll keep you updated and post any pictures we take!
Thursday, April 29, 2010
This is my rhodedendron. The leaves got eaten up pretty badly last year by bugs (mainly japanese beetles), but it still is blooming! It's got plenty more buds on it.
My peony is beginning to bloom. It hasn't bloomed in 3 years and it decides to finally bloom right when we're moving...well, at least I still get to enjoy it now.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
This iris was trying to bloom for several days now and finally opened.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Today we signed off on the contract for a couple to buy our house. Now we wait for their approval letter and the home inspections on both houses. I'm excited and fearful of this new chapter in our lives. I'll be glad that now I can feel like I can do things when I get home and sleep 30 minutes later in the morning or go for a morning run. I'm very proud of what I was able to accomplish in the yard at my Lake View home over the past almost 5 years and looking forward to work on my new yard. You know, it amazes me how different my back yard looks just after a few weeks of spring. I love this time of year and new things popping up everyday. I hope the new owners enjoy it just as much as I do and take care of it just as well too!
Sunday, April 18, 2010
my hammock: such a relaxing place in the springtime. It's also one of the first parts of the yard we worked on. It was a perfect place between 2 trees.
I designed this arbor with 3 support posts instead of one. Daniel, his brother, and brother's friend built it for me. We later put in a floor, which is kinda backwards. We were indecisive on whether doing pavers, the wood decking, or river rock.
The pond was one of the hardest projects ever! It really has taken 3 years to really perfect. We got the pond liner from Daniel's Aunt Tricia. Mom and I dug, but the ground was so hard we couldn't get it all the way down. We added dirt and rock. The next year we pulled it up and dug down even farther using all the water from the pond to soften the ground. We were able to get it down to the lip of the pond and added the rocks back to hide the liner. We did have a different kind of waterfall that was more like a stream, but last year I got the this waterfall in the hopes of hiding all the "unnatural" portions of the pond/pump system. It's really hidden now!
My pond features goldfish. It once had fancy koi and shubunkins, but an owl got to them. He had expensive tastes. We noticed that they kept disappearing without a trace (not floating on the top). Once night I was feeding them at dusk and saw the reflection of a flying animal in the water that landed on a tree over the pond. I looked up and there was an owl, waiting for his supper! Now I have the 15 cent goldfish from Walmart/PetsMart. They procreate so I never had to really replace them.
I have lots of little creatures hiding in my yard. They are mostly turtles and frogs. For some reason, most of my turtles lose their heads; this one's just lounging around.
I've had this peony for 3 years now. When my mother first bought it (and made me plant it), it had a few blooms. Every year after that, it never bloomed for me. But, apparently that's typical for when you move or plant one. This is the first year it's bloomed for me and I have at least 7 buds on it!
You can't see them very well in this photo, but about 2 years ago, we put in 3 crepe myrtles to the right of our house as a decorative border between us and our neighbors. We thought the trees were going to die because it was so hot that summer. We split some daylillies from the other side of the driveway and put them between the trees. They're getting so big, they'll have to be split again this year!
Saturday, April 17, 2010
my pride and joy
one of the first areas we planted
when we moved here
hydrangeas in my yard. This one has
so many buds. I can't wait til it blooms!
killed and put on sale for something crazy like
$5. I revived 2 of them and they are huge!