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Grandma got ran over by a reindeer…..

OK, I am going to say this from the beginning.  It was NOT my fault.  It wasn’t!  Repeat after me.  “It wasn’t Konnie’s fault!”  I can’t hear you.  Say it louder and like you mean it.

Well it all started yesterday morning after I blogged.  I got a few things done around here.  Then I called Mom for my 9:00 check in.  I call her every morning at 9:00.  This gives her time to sleep in if she has trouble sleeping but is early enough that if I can’t get hold of her and know of nothing she has planned, I call my siblings to see if they are with her or knows where she is and if I get a no from all of them, I go to her house to see if she “has fallen and can’t get up”.  So I call her and say I want to go to Doug’s to see the construction and would she like to go with me.  She did.  So I pick her up and we head to North Howell to check on the new house.

As you can see, the house is coming right along.

After walking around the outside and inside, I go to put my camera away and can’t find my lens cap.  Normally I put it in my pocket but I had no pockets, so I put it where every gal does, my bra.  Well it wasn’t there.  I tell Doug that I lost the cap and will go into the office bathroom to see if it was somewhere it shouldn’t be.  He says he will retrace our steps and look.  So I leave Mom standing in the driveway.  Safe and sound.  I go into the bathroom.  Check my boob.  nope not there.  Well with my body, it could be hidden anywhere, so I look lower.  My abdomen is a laberath of rolls and scars so I felt that would be a good place to start.  Not there.  Well you all know I wear a diaper so I had to check out that situation.  Not there either.  So I decide to check where I should have checked to begin with.  My other boob.  Yep, found it!

So I go out, don’t see Mom but decide to find Doug to let him know.  Found him in front and we go through the inside of the house.  Luckily I am not hard of hearing because if it was up to Doug, Mom would still be laying there.  I hear a scream.  I start running and I find Mom laying on the ground in one of the green houses.  (she was snooping).  I find her glasses and do a quick check over.  Noticed a bump on her head.  Her glass lens popped out and her glasses were bent.  Oh well, we’ll take care of that later.  Doug helps her up.  Well I knew she would be bruised but thought we got off lucky.  As we made our way up to the car, Mom noticed she was bleeding through her sweat shirt.  She had a bad cut on her arm.  So I took her to where Doug is living to clean and patch her up.  After a better look, I decided to call the doctor and they said bring her in now.

We get there.  They decided with her delicate skin, they should not use stitches but taped the laceration up and checked her over to make sure she did not have a concussion.  She had quite the noggin on her head by her eye.  So after we leave, I take her to the eye doctor to fix her glasses.  We go home, I get her settled, picked up her house, call Karen to stop by later.  By the time I leave, the swelling on her head was going down.

A couple of hours later I call Karen to check on Mom.  She said her eye is black.  Well silly me.  I felt bad but was so glad nothing was broke.  It wasn’t till 2:30 this morning, I woke up with a start and remembered not only does she have a wedding to go to this weekend, but she has her grandson’s wedding next Friday that I am sure many pictures of her will be taken.  I feel sick.

It doesn’t help that this morning before I went over there, I call, Damn David is there.  My first words are “don’t say it, I feel terrible and lost sleep over it.”  He says, “I already am making her take you out of the will.”  I say, ” That is fine, don’t want anything anyway, but with all the benefits come all the responsiblity, so have fun with THAT!”  A$$ #ole! Anyway.  I did see her and she does have a Shiner.  But I am hoping in a week and a half it wont be so bad.


Trying to find relief

Last week, I went and took a tour of Doug and Carolyn’s home that is being built.  I love the lay out and can’t wait to see the complete house.  Since taking this picture, I think the roof is on and I am sure there are other changes.

Two weekends ago, LL and I went up to our campsite to check out what new ones were available.  What a blessing.  Last year we noticed a campsite that we loved and when we asked about it, we were told that the people who have it has been there for 30 years and it will unlikely come up anytime soon.  But to our amazement, the people who were elderly decided to give up their spot and we snatched it up quick before someone else could get it.  Like are site last year, this site needs a little work but not too much.  The location is great as you can see the river from our campsite and the spot is twice as big as last year’s site.  So this last weekend, LL and I had to move our things we had at the other site over to the new site.  We can’t wait to take Marlin there and start working on it.  But we do have to wait a little while because this weekend LL works on Saturday and I have a bridal shower on Sunday.  The following weekend is Easter, but hopefully the week after Easter, the weather will be decent and we will spend two days at the new Miller’s Crossing.

Something I should have posted a week or so ago is that I got the results of my scans back and all is well 🙂  I need to hold on to that thought because I am a bit down today about my “issues”.  I have had three horrible days of pain and accidents.  On Tuesday, on my way to Salem, I had to turn back because I couldn’t even get out of Silverton before I had an accident.  I ended up taking something for the pain but that made me woozy and for some reason I felt higher than a kite and the next morning, I felt like I had a hang over.  For the last two nights I have had very little sleep so I am pretty useless.  I am also in a lot of pain but will not take anything stronger than an Advil.  Just can’t stand the way the other medications make me feel any more.

I was hoping to get to Mom’s today but not sure I will make it.  For the next three days my diet will look like this.  Breakfast-banana, Lunch-Rice, Dinner-hard boiled egg.  That is it.  After the three days, I will add things back one at a time and journaling all of it.  Hopefully I will figure out what the deal is.  I know it is not just gluten but have never quite pin pointed the problem.  Really have to now because these last few days have been miserable. 😦

It is Finished

I took this picture of David putting himself in time out in November.  Growing up, he was there a lot. 🙂   This fireplace was truly the heart of this home.  It is where our family pictures were taken, it was next to the Christmas tree with stockings hung on it.  So it was fitting the last picture I took of my childhood home was of the fireplace.

Thank you Mom and Dad for the memories.  And Thank you dear home…….you served us well.

Water Torcher part 2

David toasting his buns….well it was cold.

Jackie looking on.

Water Torcher Part 1

With the house gone, the garage needed to be burned.  Mt. Angel Fire Department decided to use the garage as a training tool.  They spent hours torching it, putting it out, torching it, and putting it out.  But eventually, it was engulfed in flames.

Keep The Home Fires Burning






And The Walls Come Crumbling Down

When I arrived on Friday, the demolition was underway.  Most of the office was gone and the back bathroom was next.

Doug’s family were there looking on and so was a few others, including Mom and I.

The kitchen was next to come down.

The guys were hauling metal away as the house was coming down.

This is the original part of the house.  It was pretty small.

You can see the upstairs rail.  Growing up, this is where Karen’s room was.

There goes the furnace.

The laundry room and wood stove room was next.  This is where the original kitchen was located.

This is when it got really hard for me.  Look close upstairs.  You can see blue.  That is the bed/bookshelves/desk combo my dad made for Kris and I.  About this time I said, “Damn, I wasn’t thinking.  I should have removed some of that and had LL make something out of it for me.”  Well, when the demolition was done, my nephew Thomas, stumbled through the debris and retreived a few huge pieces of the wood.  When Kris found out she told me to have LL make her something too.  Don’t know why it seems so important to us, but I guess we wanted to honor my father’s years of providing this home and taking what little spare time he had to make our childhood room special.

Almost done

There goes the chimney.  You can see Mom in the background, looking on.

I will be posting more pictures.  The house and the garage on fire.