Thursday, October 26, 2006

what kids do when taco bell takes forever!!!!

Click on Kenny to see more photos!

This is a funny story...We decide to go grab some food a Taco bell. When we pull in, the drive thru was packed, so Cullen and I decided to go inside. The kids stayed in the car and well, it took forever!!!!!! Seemed like an hour, but anyhow we finally get our food and we leave and go home and eat it. Later in the Evening, Cullen downloads his camera to his computer and he found these great photos...It seems that that kids have 'entertained' themselves why we waited in Taco Bell and we have the pics to prove it!!!!!!!!!! See them all, by clicking on the one pic of Kenny above!!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Anyone ever noticed...

how everyone seems to only care about themselves these days? I mean really, when was the last time you actually saw a person reaching out helping out their, neighbor, just because they can?????? It just doesn't happen any more. It is really a bad thing, I mean where is the sence of community, friendship, or just plain ol' pride????? I have to say that all of these things almost seem to be a thing of the past. The work ethic is horrible (at least from what I see every day). People dont take pride in their appearance anymore and just wear jeans everwhere. Kids backtalk their parents, grandparents, teachers and anyone else they feel like. What is the world coming too??? Where will it end. It is almost impossible to teach my kids something good, because for every one thing I show them, they see 10 things to the opposite, either on t.v, movies, video games, the store, the street, the game, or some community event. This is the best, when someone cheats you out of a hard days work, because the "don't like it" explain it before you get started, determine a price, talk them through it, do the job, explain it again, re-do it just to make them happy, and then they decide they do not like what you have done. WEll, Duhh people, you cant "take back a service" that you have done for someone....... and now you are out your time, products you use, gas to get there and back and wear and tear on you equipment because someone wants something for nothing and we dont get paid for the day and are out the money it cost for the service.

What is the world coming to????????????
Anyone got any comments????????? I would be glad to hear them!!!!!!

I dont think anyone really reads this thing....anyone out there??????????

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Kidney stones!!!!

Well, another year, another kidney stone for my dear husband. We thought we might have actually had this problem licked. The whole story really begins about 5 years ago, when hubby had been complaining about his back and side hurting...well, I arrived home one day and he comes running out of the house holding his side saying , " I need to go to the emergency room right now" Well, needless to say, this scared the crap out of me, because, cullen never wants to go to the doctor, and because I had never seen him in so much pain. Well, I took him to the clinic here in town, he say a really wonderful nurse pract. who made him tinkle in a cup and checked it and said that there was a lot of blood in it and well she wanted him to go to the emergency room right away. This did not appeal to cullen, and so he called a friend of his, who worked for a urologist (who he also had done some work for) and got a speedy apointment that afternoon. Well, after an check up, doc said he thought all was well, the stone would probally pass, and to watch for it, drink extra water, pee as much as possible, limit salt and to drink powdered lemonaid and to lay off of the soda, no tea at all and limit any liquids that you cant see through...well this all seemed doable and we left with a perscribtion for some pain killers... The next few days were uncomfortable for cullen, but with the pain killers, all went well, and he passed the stone a few day later...a bit of tenderness after that and all was well again...

and so the story goes...this happened again, and then again, and then on the 4th time, we had xrays done to see if we could spot any more stones...and there were more. Doctor decided to do some further testing and said that he wanted to rule out bladder cancer and they did a "little looksy in the bladder". Yes, it is as bad as it sounds...they actually ran a "scope" up the penis and into the bladder and made sure there was no cancer. Well, thank God, there was none! and so we were back to just a kidney stone issue. Well, more testing was planned and so on. The did another xray, and they did a peetest (for lack of a better word) They actually collect all the urine for a full 24 hour period and then see exactally what is in it... Well, after this wonderful test and xrays, it was determined that cullen produces to much uric acid and would have to be on meds to take care of this problem. Well, we were actually releaved to "know what the problem was" and were happy to think that we were actually going to "get to move on" and maybe stop with the torture of the kidney stones. Cullen has been on the meds for 1 year now and this a.m. about 4, he was up and down, up and down and so I asked if he was ok. No, he said, "my side is hurting" I asked, is it a stone or what??? Cullen said" i dont think so, I slipped on the stairs yesterday, with the buffer and I think I may have pulled a muscle. (now i know it is a stone, because this is almost exactly what he says every time. the first time, it was, I lifted some furniture and pulled my back, then it was I twisted my back when I did that, and I lifted the freezer,blah, blah, blah...see the pattern yet???) anyhow back to the story. Morning is here, and I ask if I should call the doc and he says, no, I am ok. We did some small chores and cullen had to sit down. I found him in the bathroom after that and well, he delived yet another Kidney stone!!!!!!! We were not to excited about the whole thing, thinking that the meds would be taking care of this. Well, cullen reminded me of the last xrays that we say, when he did the peetest, and he has several more stones that were in his kidneys then and so he believe he just passed them and that he will be fine.

We will have to just wait and see how things work out. Are these meds working? Is he still forming new kidney stones????????/ The good news is that he passed this one pretty easy and is only a bit sore and is moving on quickly. And hopefully this will be the last of the pesky kidney stones!!!!!!

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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Making Ice Cream

well, I am giving it a try again, making icecream that is...we made some the other day and I used honey and apple juice,eggs and was ok, nothing to write home about, but tonight we are making some with 2 cups cream, 1 1/2 cups unsweetened OJ, 3 Tablespoons honey, and a cup of unflavored, unsweetened is in the mixer now. I am using the electric one, I have been grinding wheat for days now and my shoulder is tender...but we use so much flour and I figure, why not let the electric crank that baby for a while... It is just about ready, and I am gonna get off here and take it out of the maker and put it in the hope it is good.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Fall is on its way!

We ran to a neighboring town today (30 miles away) and the drive was very beautiful. The weather was cooler last week, but this week, it is hot again. In fact we are close to the record highs in this area. This hasn't stopped Fall from Coming!!! That earlier cool weather has made the leaves start to turn and that made the drive wonderful. I dont thing that I will actually ever get used to "Fall". Growing up in Las Vegas, Fall was not "really" there. I loved the desert, but even 12 years after moving the Missouri, I still feel like "this Fall" is the first one! I love the changes in the beautiful. The leaves are like magic as the dance around the yard. Every year, it is a little different...some years there are more reds and oranges, and some yellow and then some others, there isn't much but brown, but I cant seem to get enough. I love the bright red sumac leaves...I alwasy know them, they seem to come out first and turn a wonderful shade of red...beautiful. Well, even thought the weather is warm this week, I see the cool weather coming and it won't be long until all the leaves are gone again.