Tuesday, May 29, 2007


Whenever Fred sees a snake, he always comes to get me to kill it! He's so funny...he's terribly afraid of snakes.
Last week, he went out to the shed to look for our fishing poles and tackle box and came right back in the house-bringing a shovel into the kitchen. He said, "I've found the fishing stuff, but I also found something else!!" So, he hands me the shovel and out we go. The snake is laying wedged in the boards on the ramp that lead up into the shed. It had been coiled up in the shed, Fred said. The snake wasn't very big-16 or 17 inches long. Fred said we MUST kill it because it WILL get bigger!! LOL. I've got the shovel so he goes for the hoe. The snake just wasn't in a good spot to kill, wedged down between the boards. It got tired of us staring at it and finally went under the shed. The next day, Fred went back out to the shed for something else, opened the door and guess who was laying coiled up in there? By now, I've given our resident snake a name...Sammy.
Last year, we had one in our swimming pool as we were taking it down and I'm surprised Fred didn't chop the pool to bits, trying to kill the snake! It got out in the yard and Fred went running to his truck to slam the door shut "CAUSE THE SNAKE MIGHT GET IN MY TRUCK!!!!" LOL!!!!! You could hear him yelling for a country mile!! And, have you ever seen a snake say, "Hmmm, there's Chevy truck parked over there in the yard, I think I'll mosey right on over and see if I can't hitch a ride!" LOL
Hopefully, Sammy's eating up the mice and bugs and stuff that I really hate! ;)

Church Sign

There's a church nearby that always has a catchy saying on its sign. During the days before and after the Super Bowl win for the Indianapolis Colts this year, the church sign said, "Even Jesus rode a colt to victory". Recently, the sign read, "Even Jesus has a fish story" and today, I noticed the sign said, "Stop, drop and roll won't work in hell!"

Monday, May 28, 2007

Memorial Weekend

We spent Memorial Day at my mom's in Bloomington (2 hours south), helping her sort through and pack up her belongings. She'll be moving in July and I'm so happy for her!! She's moving to a newly built place that's for seniors and it looks fantastic! She currently lives in a place that's filled with drugs and prostitution; with young girls who have multiple children and so on. Mom stands for what is right and honest, so that makes her very unpopular where she currently lives. She's had her car vandalized a few times, marijuana planted in her flower garden and many other things. Moving day can't come soon enough!!
My sister and her hubby happened to stop by mom's while we were there, so that was a lot of fun!! My 92 year old Grandpa was there as well. My sister, her hubby, Fred & I went out for lunch to a local BBQ place where paper towel holders are mounted on the wall above each table and you drink sweet tea from canning jars. Yum!
It's going to take many more trips to mom's to finish packing her stuff. We also filled the dining room with yard sale stuff, so there's lots of work to do there yet.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Brown Co. State Park

A couple months ago when we went to Nashville, Indiana, we stayed the first night in a rustic cabin (see photo below) in Brown Co. State Park. We shared the space with a raccoon and wild turkeys! We ended up seeing over 30 wild turkeys and it was mating season. The Toms were all puffed up with feathers spread out in all their glory! lol

An Evening Surprise

A few weeks ago, we were mowing and I happened to see this sight, across the neighbor's field. It's a hot air balloon and this first photo was shot from our front yard, looking across the field across the road.

Fred is standing in our driveway

The balloon crosses the road. The chasers are in the white truck.

It was really flying low!

Fred will kill me! lol

Here's my hubby's 1980's senior photo! This is one of the photos his Grandma brought us last night. He's SO cute!! LOL

Fred's family

Fred's mom, Jane, passed away March 14, 2001 at the age of 53. Today was her wedding anniversary. She and my FIL would have been married 39 years today. Here is a photo of my young hubby and his parents.

Surprise company

Thursday night, we were working outside-Fred on the sidewalk, me, digging dirt and planting flowers. We were filthy. About 9 PM a mini van drives up to the house. We're thinking, OH no! Who in the world?? Surprise! It was Fred's Aunt Doris and his 88 year old Grandma Peterson!!!! By the time they reached our house, they'd been on the road for 12 hours! They'd visited Doris' son and his family in Indianapolis, had driven over to Cincinnati to see another family member, then stopped by our place on their way back home! It was after 10 PM when they left our house and they had a 2 hours drive to get home! Grandma Peterson had dissolved her household a while back and brought us a box of things to remember her by. She brought us photos of my hubby, taken when he was a little boy! And, priceless photos of my late mother-in-law as a young woman! This was the first time Doris and Grandma had been to see our "new" house, so that was fun too. If you've checked out the photos on my web site, www.PetersonCreekPrimitives.com, under "My Prim Home" you've seen the photos of Fred's grandparents place in MI...this is where Grandma Peterson raised her family before moving to Indiana. Fred's Grandma is amazing! She is so beautiful and doesn't look a day over 65! What a fun surprise their visit was!

Spring Guests

We have so enjoyed our new spring guests! They are staying with us, right off the front porch on top of a rain down spout. They are so fun to watch. They don't have their eyes open yet, but their mouths are never closed!! One baby gets so tired of holding his little mouth open that he rests his wide-open beak on the siding of the house! There are at least 5 babies in the nest.

Sidewalk Progress

We made a lot of progress last night, but this photo was taken several days ago. It's coming along!

Biopsy Results

Fourteen days after the biopsy, my hubby finally was able to get through to our nurse for my test results! The results are: No cancer! Praise the Lord! But as the nurse said, this still doesn't tell us what is going on. The NP at the ER said she thinks it is hormonal bleeding, due to my ovarian disease. My DR had said that originally as well. The way to treat that is with birth control pills. Well, that puts a crimp in things because I can't take b.c. pills because I get bood clots when I take them. SO. Now what?
The Provera worked and I finally stopped bleeding. The pills make me hormonally crazy though and I spend lots of time crying for no particular reason. Awww...ain't it grand being a female?

Monday, May 21, 2007

New sidewalk

I've always loved the wooden sidewalks we have in our state parks around here, so we decided to put one in here at our house. We started it the end of April.

Renfro Valley, KY

While we were in KY in March, we stopped by Renfro Valley. I think we stop there everytime we go down I-75! Anyway, I first went there as a kid and sat in the old barn, listening to good ole country music. My 78 year old friend, Patti, recalls listening to the "Renfro Valley Barn Dance" on the radio as a child. When we stopped this time, we learned it was one hour until showtime and that a favorite bluegrass band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver were performing. We figured we couldn't get tickets but thought we'd try anyway and the cashier asked "Do ya'll want the front row or the 7th?" We took the front row...front and center!! It was AWESOME!!!!! Doyle and the other members made lots of eye contact with us and it was amazing! While we were waiting on the show to start, we walked around and I took these photos of the Renfro Mill and of an "innovative" flower pot!

Doyle is on the left.

Berea, Kentucky

I took this photo in March, outside the restaurant we ate at in Berea. It was so wonderful to go from freezing cold Indiana to Berea, where it was in the 80's and signs of sign were abundant!

Never thought I'd say it!!

I never thought I'd say it, but I was SO happy to go to Wal-mart last night! It is the first time I've been to the store in about 8 days. It was fun getting out! I'm still weak, so hubby took me and he did most of the grocery shopping. I just wondered around as if I hadn't seen the light of day in 5 years! LOL
The meds are working and the bleeding is under control! I have 2 more days of meds to take and after that, I'm wondering if the bleeding will resume? My pharmacist husband thinks it will. We'll see, I guess.

BTW, it's been 12 days since my biopsy and NO word yet. I called today and they marked my message to the RN as urgent and said someone WOULD be calling me back today. Well, here it is, after 8 PM. No word from anyone. Grrrrrrr. I am not nervous about the results, I just want to know what's going on so that we can FIX it!!!!!

Thursday, May 17, 2007


Low of 38* tonight and scattered frost! We had to turn the furnace back on today. Did I mention it's May 17?? Such is life in Indiana.
On another note, my hubby has been a HUGE blessing to me this week while I've been nearly out of commission. He brought me roses and daisies, fixed me a snack basket and sat it on my nightstand because it was hard for me to get out of bed a couple days and he had to work. And for the same reason, he fixed me up a little cooler with drinks in it and sat it beside the bed too. How sweet is that?? He has totally taken care of me. I'm shocked-he's in the kitchen, mopping the floor right now!! LOL...Woohoo!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Mother's Day

I spent Mother's Day in the ER with uncontrolable bleeding. Saturday and Sunday, I bled through an "overnight" pad every hour and the DR on call at my DR's office said to go to the ER. I got my first catheter! Woohoo. After lots of testing, I was given a script for Provera 20 mg. to take for 10 days, which will slow the bleeding down. Monday was horrible. I woke up, laying in blood. I've been wearing 2 overnight pads & a Depends at the same time, while sleeping on a shower curtain liner.
I'm still waiting on the biopsy results. Today (Wed.) I'm feeling some better. But, I'm REALLY mad that Melinda Doolittle got voted off American Idol!!!!!!! lol

Wednesday, May 9, 2007


Well, I lived to tell about it! lol It wasn't nearly...not even close...as painful as the previous one I had, so I'm a happy camper!! The waiting is the very worst part!!! I waited for 2 hours the DR to come in!!!! In the meantime, I was so nervous I made 5 or 6 trips to the bathroom!
I'll have the results in a week or so.

Monday, May 7, 2007

New appointment

My nurse called this morning and my biopsy has been moved from May 17 to May 9. YAY! I'm looking forward to getting it over with!
Thanks to everyone for all the prayers going up on my behalf!
I am on 2400 mg of Motrin a day for the pain. The meds numbed me up good enough today so that I was able to get some housework done! That was such a relief as I'm sure Fred is ready to send me away or leave himself! LOL
No, not really. He's a true blessing. Very helpful! I am very blessed!

Saturday, May 5, 2007

DR's visit

At my last DR's appointment, I learned that my endometrial lining is too thick and that I need to have a biopsy. I have gone through this before, so hopefully, it won't be a big deal. My biopsy was scheduled for May 17, but I called yesterday to see if I could get it done sooner. I need some relief from ovary pain!
I'm at the library, using their computer as something is wrong with our phone line at home. People can call in and leave messages, but we can't hear the phone ring nor can we get a dial tone. Bummer!