Tuesday, March 16, 2010

“Little Pink Piggy”

My sister, Kristin (#11) sent this picture of "Sopeea" this morning.  She said, “Doesn’t she look like a little pink piggy?”  I think she’s just plain precious!!!

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Our Talks…

Today when I got to Ms. Charlsie’s, she was sitting in her living room chair with two bowls.  One with apples and the other with the peels she was removing from them.  When I went to the kitchen to sort her meds, she got up and came to the kitchen table to visit with me while she worked the apples and I worked up her pills.

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While she slices, she makes conversation… asking about my day and telling about the events of hers. 

I love our talks.  We talk about the apples and the applesauce she’ll make.  We talk about the foods she’ll bake.  She shares about the many gardens she and Hardy raised, or how as a girl her folks would raise hogs for slaughter and the meat would be hickory smoked or salt-cured.

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Charlsie is 91 years old.  She has nearly a century of wisdom to share with me and I’m happy to sit and listen … and learn.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

TLC’s Version of Our Turkey Trot

Tuesday nights are a big night on TV for me because both Biggest Loser and American Idol are on.  Usually I record them both and watch BL in “real time” and afterwards watch my recorded AI episode… but after I watched BL, I got side-tracked by a show that TLC was doing on our neighboring town… about 7 miles away…where Dave and I lived when we first got married… and where he went to school all his life:  Yellville - the home of the Turkey Trot and Turkey Calling Contest. 

But TLC was actually showcasing the two pageants that accompany the Turkey Trot… “Miss Turkey Trot” and “Miss Drumsticks”.  (Yep, you guessed it… they vote for the girl with the best legs.)

All I can say is bless our hearts…

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Another Change is Coming…

It looks as though I will have a truly “Empty Nest” soon.  Tyler and his friend, Ryan, found a house in “town” and they plan to move this weekend. I have to admit, I’m a little nervous, but it will be a good experience for him and for this momma who doesn’t really like cutting the apron strings.

t and meOh, I forgot to tell y’all that Ms. Charlsie’s dog, “Sweetie”, has been sick.  She took her to the vet a couple of weeks ago because she was throwing up and acting sick.  It turns out she is experiencing kidney failure so she is having to modify her diet.  The vet told her that she’s seen some dogs last for years after being diagnosed and some don’t last very long.  We’re hoping for her to be around for a long while… she is Charlsie’s baby and daily companion.

Jacquie and Charlsie March 2010 (3)Since she’s been out of the “hospital”, Sweetie hasn’t wanted to eat the food the vet prescribed.  It’s a Purina food specifically for “kidney function”.  We called the vet back and she told us we could get her any quality senior formula food.  I didn’t realize it was so hard to find senior formula food(maybe that’s just here in our neck of the woods).  Anyway, I found some Science Diet at Petco last weekend and Sweetie LOVES it!! That just makes Charlsie’s day!!  And we love that!