November 30, 2011


Chunky had a Dia de los Muertos assignment for Spanish class earlier this month - create a tribute to a loved one. He decided to pay tribute to his Papa -

He included a a photo of the two of them, a drinking glass to represent the water Papa always had on hand, the 3M logo to represent where he worked for 35 years, fishing and golf hobbies enjoyed as a younger man, and the obituary published in the local paper.

I may be a little biased, but I think it deserves an A+++!

November 27, 2011

Getting Ready

We are getting ready for another delightful winter in the arctic. We've heard the snowfall could rival last year. Lovely We need a new throttle cable for the snowthrower and haven't been able to find one at any of the local hardware or home improvement stores. Our local ACE Hardware referred us to a power equipment store in a neighboring town. Of course it's not in stock so we had to special order -hopefully it will arrive before the first big snow. Chunky and Hubby are in the garage changing the oil in the snowthrower - Chunky's first time with Hubby supervising. I decided it was safer indoors. I found a fabulous product - Tibet Almond Stick - at ACE to take care of the many scratches in our wood around the house. This stuff is amazing and is't only $4!It's like a wood eraser. I've used it on doors, cabinets, floors, tables and chairs. No home should be without it if you have wood anything. The heater in the garage isn't working so I need to call local Heating & Plumbing shop to fix that. Between Hubby and home the past four months, I don't think I've ever made so many calls/appts in my life. Hard to believe it's been 16 weeks since the accident that forever changed our lives. No way to get ready for that, but we're finding our way as we go. Better go check on the boys.

November 24, 2011


We have much to be thankful for this season and we are not squandering one minute. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone reading this - may you be as blessed as we are!

November 15, 2011


Have you seen Diane Sawyer's interview with Mark Kelly and Gabby Giffords? I highly recommend it - so touching. Of course it hits close to home - their love, devotion and determination resulting in a different yet rich life. When Hubby was released from the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute we were told our positivity and determination ranked us in the minority - Hubby went home earlier than most quadriplegics because we were motivated to learn, determined to be successful and supportive of one another in finding our new normal. To have the support and respect of professionals from a renowned rehab program means a great deal to us and makes us even more determined. I would love to believe that Hubby will walk again one day, but it doesn't seem likely based on medical expertise. I wonder if I should expect it though, be more determined. I wholeheartedly believe in miracles and modern medicine/technology has made tremendous advancements so you never know. We are determined to meet each day and every opportunity/challenge with a positive attitude for that is 9/10ths of the game.

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes.”

~ Charles Swindoll