Sunday, May 7, 2017

Flowering, flying May







Hello! Happy Sunday. I'm finally sitting down, feet up, with my laptop and a glass of water, after a morning of bedding-changing, cleaning, yardwork and jam-making. It's very warm outside, which is a big change from last weekend, when it snowed! Ah, springtime in New Mexico. It's like the proverbial box of chocolates.

This week was crazy with all kinds of kids' activities as well as medical appointments for the LB, pertaining to his chronic kidney disease. He's doing great, thankfully. We had a little hiccup on Monday when we went to the blood lab and realized that his favorite phlebotomist, the guy who makes blood draws bearable by talking about football and junk food, had retired since the last time we needed bloodwork. We didn't know he was going to retire, we just assumed he'd always be there. Poor LB. I felt badly for him, but he did okay. He's a tough one. I wish I were so tough; there were more arguments to be had with pharmacies and insurance people this week, enough to make me run screaming up the street. I won't bore you, dear reader, I'm just exhausted by it all.

May is always such a busy month for us. School will finish for the summer break just before Memorial Day weekend (the last weekend in May). In the meantime, we have plays and recitals and parties galore. The LB is working hard on his upcoming performance as Dr. Craven in The Secret Garden. He has a real lab coat, a purse that looks a little like a doctors' bag, and a 50-year-old stethoscope that we keep in the garage for some reason. He's working on not smiling so much while he plays this fairly evil-minded character.

The GB will play the Wicked Witch of the West in her class play, and she'll also perform in her dance school's massive biennial recital show, held in a local concert hall. She had professional portraits taken in her beautiful costume last week. Yesterday, she had her guitar recital, which was fantastic. There were five kids, all of them about eight or nine years old, and all very talented. She did two solo songs, a flamenco-style piece called "Farucca," and also "Iron Man," by the esteemed Mr. Osbourne. After the recital, we walked across the street for pizza, her choice for lunch.

As for me, I'm just trying to keep it all straight and show up on time. I really want to be blogging more often than I've had time for lately. I'm crocheting as much as I can, and I'm looking forward to getting back to a small cross-stitch project I started weeks ago. I enjoyed my jam-making very much this morning; I made blueberry jam for the first time. It was easy and made lovely jam. I'll tell you more about it soon. Life is good but I won't lie; I'm ready for the end of the month when it's all behind us. I'm so looking forward to it. The Bear and I will celebrate fifteen years of marriage on May 25, and we're planning to spend Memorial Day weekend alone at home while the small Bears stay with their grandparents. We'll eat out and do some shopping and driving around, but mostly just stay home and relax. We did this for our anniversary last year and it was better than any weekend away we've ever had. We both love to be at home, so now we celebrate our marriage by staying home together.

What's going on with you in May? I hope your month is off to a beautiful, happy start.

25 comments:

  1. Sorry you've had more stress with the pharmacies and insurance people. The very last thing you need when you're trying to deal with your child's health. I'm glad he's doing so well. Those last few weeks before the summer holidays are always ridiculously manic aren't they. It is heading that way here as well. Last week we had five cricket matches in six days, and that's before anything else. And cricket matches go on and on and on. I'm really hoping this week will be far more productive. Glad you finally got to sit down and relax for a bit today. It's a good feeling when all the chores are done isn't it. Or at least the most pressing ones! Your anniversary plans sound blissful. Home is indeed the very best place to be, and I hope you have a wonderful time. Have a good week, I hope it's not too busy. CJ xx

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  2. I'm glad LB is doing so well. What a pest having to deal with the insurance people again! Hopefully it's all sorted now. How cool for GB to be the wicked witch of the west! Enjoy the rest of May! :o)

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  3. Nothing beats a good staycation! We can't really do that these day because of our aging parents. We need to get out of town to ensure ourselves some quiet time.
    I hate having blood drawn and feel for LB.
    Good luck getting through this busy month!

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  4. Glad LB is doing well, but oh can't insurance companies be hard to deal with. I o n certainly paid a bill I shouldn't have to just because I was sick of dealing with them.

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  5. I am sorry you have to deal with insurances and pharmacies when all you want to do is to be there for your little boy. That's one think I don't miss from Switzerland, health insurance etc. Blueberry jam must be one of my favourite jams in the world. We grow blueberries but there are never enough left to make jam. Wishing you lots of happy energy to get through this month! x

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  6. Poor LB and all the extra to do that goes with an illness and is the last thing on earth you should be having to deal with. You really do have extreme changes in weather don't you! Blueberry jam, bet it's really delicious, just the thing to have on toast while laying in bed, cuddled up watching a film together on your staycation xx

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  7. You definitely sound ready for the holidays. My two are at school and college until towards the end of July. It's interesting how all around the world- term times are so different. Sorry to hear about the stress over insurance companies and LB health. I do hope things improve for you all. Glad you can relax with your crochet and cross stitch, all the best with all the activities planned before the hols. Cathy x

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  8. I feel your pain about the busy-ness of May. We spent a week with our daughter in Virginia, then they came here for five days, we participated in the local Autism Walk, there are First Communions and Confirmations, baseball games a cousins' get together, and WHEW! We're not as busy as you with your young children but our grands keep us hopping! I'm sorry that you have to deal with insurance companies, those are not usually pleasant encounters.

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  9. I know how hard it is to be so very busy; what a brave one you have in LB. So sorry the man retired, he sounds like a real gem. I am so sorry about the insurance Co woes, that is just miserable. I will say a prayer about that, as my Grandma would say. I am hoping we get to do some staycations this year; I am so much wanting more rest.

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  10. The end of the school year is always so busy for kids and parents alike! You'll have a welcoming anniversary weekend at home with celebrating your marriage plus it being the end of the school year. Glad to hear your son is doing well. I think we can all relate to insurance woes, that's for sure.

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  11. Beautiful photos! Sorry about the loss of the phlebotomist, I remember when our son have to have regular blood draws and understand the importance of that. Hooray for GB!

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  12. Oh it was such good news to hear that the LB is doing so well. One of my good friends is a phlebotomist and she has patients that ask especially for her. She's known as the person who can draw your blood with little to no pain and on very hard to draw people. It sounds like your life is so busy right now. I remember those days of having the children at home. Sometimes I would just crave time for myself. Now I'm alone all the time and crave time with my children. :-) Funny how things change. I hope you have a wonderful anniversary. Your plans sound perfect to me.
    Blessings, Betsy

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  13. My girls would love to finish for summer at the end of May. Especially the eldest. Heidi is nine and young in her year - all her friends are 10 and she just likes being at home making things. I wonder why? It will be great to have a weekend at home with your bear. Jo x

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  14. Happy anniversary for later in the month. Such a lovely plan to stay at home and enjoy some quality time together. Sorry to hear about your insurance issues, praying that it all gets resolved soon. The jam sounds delicious, I am missing the simple pleasures of jam making with so many things needed to be done with our beautiful new cottage.

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  15. Great news that the LB is doing well, not so great news that you've had more problems with the pharmacies and insurance companies. I know how busy things are when it gets to the end of the school year, I used to be worn out by the end of all the activities but I miss that now that I don't have it. I'm sure you'll have a wonderful anniversary staying home together, it's nice to have time at home where you don't have plans, quite a luxury.

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  16. Oh, poor little guy, so sorry his favourite bleeder was no longer there. Even as an adult I come to expect to see my professional of choice, and am disappointed when they disappear. Your little bears are really showing their talents, with important acting tasks, and a solo guitar performance. It is such a joy. Happy Anniversary too, and I like your plan very much. Enjoy it!

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  17. Sorry to hear that you've had such a tough week. I'm glad to hear that the LB seems to take it so much in his stride, and that he's going to be in The Secret Garden - one of our very favourite children's stories. Dance recitals are hugely exciting too and I hope the GB enjoys all her upcoming performances. Your blueberry jam sounds delicious. I'm waiting for the elderflowers to bloom so that I can bottle some of May with gooseberry and elderflower jam.

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  18. The anniversary staycation will be all the more relaxing after all the recent trials and tribulations. A well earned break! Hang in there J. x

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  19. Sorry to hear that you and LB had a tough week. May is such a busy month when you have little ones in school. I know it is for us. I love your anniversary idea of having a quiet weekend at home. Enjoy!

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  20. I'm so happy to hear LB is doing well. But I feel awful for you that you have to fight these seemingly endless battles with the insurance companies. And I hope the rest of May moves along smoothly. The more laid back days of summer will be here before you now it!

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  21. Hi Jennifer! Our kids like staycations, too! It's a cozy way to spend time with your hubby!
    You ARE busy. I remember all that. I don't know how it all works but it does!
    It's rainy here today and we're glad.
    Prayers for LB and his kidneys.

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  22. Look at all those lovely flower.
    We are back in our winter jackets this week. Hoping for some warmth and sunshine soon.
    Brave LB
    You seem to have a house full of actors. Good luck to both of them.

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  23. Such beautiful flower pictures Jennifer. So sorry to hear about the insurance struggles....it is so exhausting for you...but glad that LB is doing so well. Your anniversary staycation plan sounds perfect. Enjoy your week.
    Helen xox

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  24. Your May is like my July. I can't believe it's your end of term already, it always catches me out. Stay calm, stay organised, you've got this. I am already dreading how it's going to be for us in July! Your weekend at home together sounds very nice. I could do with a child-free weekend at home, come to think of it. :-) xx

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