Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Finding Things

St Anthony, St Anthony
I'm calling you today
So you can help me find my
[insert lost object here]

And the A-Man (A-Saint?) came through!

I found the keys in a box of books - who knew? YAY!
Which means I can get into my mailbox, and what did I find? A Buttload of mail!

Thank you SO much for all of the lovely cards & small, fun items!
I promise I'll do an itemization for everyone's eddification at a later time - when I have more time - when I FIND more time.

They mean the world to Gerry and me, and make all of us laugh. The Buddha's & the tiny crocheted angel dolls were especially appreciated by the kids! I want to put the Buddha in an angel dress. Hi, I'm 4.

I spent a good part of today trying to find places to put things.

I'm starting to clean out the kitchen, get appliances and unused dishes squared away - a little at a time. It's pretty much the way I packed the house oh, about 6 months ago. Feels like yesterday. Feels like 100 years ago.

Max found his sweet spot - he's finally figured out how to connect with the ball, and although he's not hitting homers, he's making HITS! I keep telling him I'd be proud of him no matter how he did, but I do get a thrill when I see his incredibly happy face. All the way home from the ballpark on Monday he told me about his 'strategy' to hit against the pitchers. Who knew my son knew from strike zones?

We've found a sink & faucets (for both kitchen and bath) and a toilet. Life is good. Now I know how big to make the hole for the sink in the mosaic vanity I'm going to craft.

I have to get going on that crazy thing.

Gerry rode with me to pick up the kids from Lake Phalen today, which is a lovely park in Eastern St. Paul. It's so exciting for the kids to swim in a lake - a new experience for them - and they're LOVING the canoeing and kayaking!

As we drove home we found a few of our friends out on their front lawn, so a brief stop and a kid exchange and we had an impromptu playdate all worked out. This feels so good I can hardly express it.

While the kids played, I rearranged the front porch - we're tossing a bunch of stuff to make room for the kitchen overflow. Since we'll have folks staying here, filling in for me while I'm in France, I want to get a decent, working kitchen set up in the basement - and have a logical place for other kitchen stuff so it's totally out of the way of the workers - and our friendly nannies.

It was hot, I was pushing and pulling and lifting and carrying - so hot. By the time I finished I felt that my legs were spaghetti (the muscles were overcooked, and the bones were dry and brittle, bad combination)

I worked up to the evening, but now we have the sofa on the porch arranged so that it can be an extra pull out bed if we need it. And a cool - if a bit noisy - place to sleep!

After all that work I hobbled into the kitchen to get a diet coke (thanks, Amy!) aching, in pain, exhausted, and it dawned on me;

This is how Gerry feels 95% of the time.

He's getting better about taking pain meds when he needs them, but whether this is because the pain is greater I really don't know. He keeps mum about a lot of stuff.

As he stops his drugs we're both
interested - a bit fascinated - to see what effect it will have. His doctor wants him to be off all meds but the pain meds when we go down to do the blood & marrow transplant.

So between writing a few patterns, running kids around, carrying microwaves to the basement (and the new one to the kitchen), rearranging the porch, submitting classes to TNNA, sendng out letters of agreement, finding & making corrections in patterns from Romantic Hand Knits, library trips and laundry, I gave myself a break and visited www.simondelivers.com to order groceries and staples.com to order the kids' school supplies. I realized that if I don't get all the stuff on their lists now, I won't have a chance in August.

I also realized that neither kid has luggage, so I ordered them backpacks for school - which they desperately need - with wheels so they can use them on their trip to NJ/Boston when running through airports.
So much to remember to do. So many lists. I'm afraid I'll lose my place. God I hope the kids don't get lost.

Simon Delivers was amazingly well priced, and the delivery fee was only $7 for our $80 order. Woo. Plus, we get a first time order discount of $20, so it was definitely worth a try.
If it works well for us, it will be a VERY good way to make sure that Gerry & his mom get groceries delivered to the hotel when I'm gone (there's a kitchenette, they won't need a LOT of groceries, but it's nice to know they can be well supplied!)

It's also a relief to know that when my sister in law or my good friend are here with the kids, I can order groceries and take one task off of their minds. Sometimes it's fun to explore a new grocery store, but sometimes it's a frustrating chore.

Thanks so much to the posters who suggested simondelivers.com - I was glad to find it.

And thus I found a little bit of peace today - a chance to sit still for an hour when I might have been driving to Cub foods on a hot afternoon and filling a shopping cart. The time I gained was spent answering emails.

I'm working on finding a totally quite time and place to just meditate.

I need to return to my knitting. None done today. Very sad. I missed the Guild meeting, too. I was busy moving stuff around the front porch.

I'm finding that I miss the company of other knitters.


ellen said...

Dear Annie,
Please remember we are all here, and if we could give wings to thoughts and prayers, hugs and blessings, we would. Take care of yourself as you are taking so much care for others.
I would also send a little cooling rain your way if it were possible. We had some today and we virtually never have rain this time of year.

July 18, 2007 12:08 AM  
Kiyomi said...

Don't worry about the kids getting lost. When my kids flew as unaccompanied minors, the airlines were very good about seeing that they were always supervised and I had to give the names of all the people who might possibly show up to pick them up. But make sure the airlines know that they are unaccompanied minors!

I love your faucet. We chose the same one or our bathroom.

July 18, 2007 5:17 AM  
Anonymous said...

My name is Jennifer, I have been reading your blog, lurking, for a while. My mom has mantle cell lymphoma and is in the process of undergoing a bone marrow transplant right now, in Madison, Wisconsin. She started Neupogen shots on Saturday (7/14) and went in yesterday, Tuesday, to begin collecting the stem cells. She did very well and amazingly collected all the cells she will need in one visit. That was truly a miracle as a "healthy" person usually takes a minimum of 2 days to collect enough cells. She had quite a bit of pain as a result of the Neupogen, bone pain especially in the skull, spine and across the chest. She knew it was coming but it was worse than she expected. Something to be prepared for. She was very fortunate in that she is now done with those shots since they got enough cells. The pain is supposed to taper slowly over the next few days. Just a precursor to what is coming. Please feel free to email me. It sounds like we are just a few steps ahead of you in this process. I will gladly fill you in on what is in store or what we have experienced. We spoke with someone in California who had been through the process and it has given us a nice reference for what is to come. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers and please do not hesitate to contact me.

July 18, 2007 5:42 AM  
Brenda said...

You are SO organized and thoughtful! Just wanted to say hello, thinking of you, and that the cowl (or whatever it should be called) is gawgeous!

July 18, 2007 8:02 AM  
Michele with 1 L said...

I can't beleive how put-together you are. I wish I could get as organized. I guess you do what you have to. It is amazing how that works... the strength just seems to come when you need it. I love reading your blog. Thank you so much for taking the time to write it.

July 18, 2007 8:09 AM  
Auntly H said...

Hooray you found plumbing fixtures!!! Does this mean you've also selected a contractor?
I'm glad you found Simon Delivers, too. We were really happy with them and will likely use them again when Curt's done with school.
I've been thinking about joining the Guild. Maybe we could go to a meeting together sometime?
Let us know if you need help moving more furniture....

July 18, 2007 8:56 AM  
marie in florida said...

two of the Buddha on my altar wear a hat, one i crochet; one is actually a hat for a chicken mcnugget, it's black hair and a bat.
i'm not much more than four mice elf.
i have , in a double glass frame, the inside cover from "buddha and the chocolate box" remember Cat Stevens?

July 18, 2007 11:13 AM  
rho said...

You can also check out Peapod (which I think is Stop and Shop Stores) for delivery - and they have a discount for the first time delivery also I think.... They are finally available in my area but I haven't used it - I think my niece does though.

July 18, 2007 3:09 PM  
Cher said...

Unbelievably, you're making me miss Minnesota (and I live in the prettiest place on earth!).
I loved St. Paul, and the lakes, and its so great to hear about it through your eyes.
I wish more, more, more of the joy you're finding for all of you.

July 18, 2007 6:49 PM  
Margaret said...

We're getting the same sink! only ours is the pedestal version and we found a tub that is similar enough for $1k less than the Kolher model . . .

I saw you mentioned the kids will be coming through boston, does that mean you'll be in the area? If you are going to be in/near boston give me a buzz, we'll def. have to go out!

July 18, 2007 9:58 PM  
Anonymous said...

For all your planning etc, you might like to look at this if you haven't already, http://www.zoho.com/ It's on the net rather than a download, free and seems practical. I only found it recently.
All the best! Gillian

July 19, 2007 9:12 PM  
kmkat said...

You might want to check out Schwan's, too. You can get on their route and have the truck stop every week (or every other week, I think). They carry only frozen stuff but the quality is pretty good. Get a catalog or check out their website:
We took care of a neighbor's 10-yo daughter one summer when both parents were working; they gave us a gift certificate to Schwan's.

Thinking of you and your family. {{{hugs}}}

July 21, 2007 9:32 AM  

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