We’re finally up to Christmas. We started going all out because we thought that any minute Mom would be back – she went into the hospital November 15th to have a blood clot – caused by an angioplasty – removed. From there she caught covid, and was put on medication she is allergic to. I’ll give you a hint how that went. After she was over covid, she was kept in covid wards because she “could not catch it again” and the hospital was full, except the two floors they had set aside for covid patients, which were practically empty. Because of that we did not even get to see her in person until just before Christmas, and of course because of covid, only one person could see her a day, which meant we did not get to celebrate Christmas with her.
As I said, they kept telling us she would be back any day, so while she was gone we kicked it in gear and redid her room in a little over a week total, from hauling stuff out to saying, “It’s all done”. We stripped wallpaper, did drywall, patched, painted, and even decorated it for Christmas. Just shows we can do it if we have to!
But, on to happier parts of the season. As I said, we decorated the heck out of everything. Part of this was because Mom had been convinced clear back in October that this would be her last Christmas, and part of it was because we didn’t get to do a theme (hubby and dad voted against it and demanded a “normal” Christmas) so the bro and I said said it would be normal…so, so normal…
We had a cookie making party with Mel, Monica, Jen, and Harlie
As I said, I did get to see Mom on Christmas Eve, and though we discussed us waiting Christmas on her, she said instead that we should go ahead and have it, and we agreed to have a second Christmas when she came home.
We had our family Christmas Eve Party
We had our family christmas
There was a blizzard on my birthday, so we stayed home and watched all three Extended Edition Hobbit movies in one day! And hubby got me an ipad and a pen so I can start drawing on it.
We went to Mel’s for New Years where we played games and yelled Jumanji at midnight in hope the world would be better afterwards.
New Years Day we watched all three Extended Edition Lord of the Rings in one day, which was a pretty big accomplishment if you ask me… The bro had his birthday which we spent watching Surf Ninjas, Wrongfully Accused, Spaceballs, and Biggles Adventures in Time
Oh, and Mel and Monica got married! it was impromptu event in our dining room, but it was awesome! The bro actually got ordained just to do it. Sadly I have only a video but I think it’s one of the few things that are public on my facebook.
Mom came home very briefly – just for a weekend – in January, so she did get to see her kitty and her brand new room and the Christmas decorations, though we never got to have the second Christmas because she had to go to ER because her oxygen was low… and from this point on I have a lot of nasty things to say about Red Oak emergency room and the Jenny hospital in Council Bluffs. I did take her Christmas presents to her in the hospital finally, so she was able to open them, and we did manage to finish watching Supernatural (it was our show that we watched together). Mom ended up coming home on hospice (her kidneys had stopped functioning thanks to test after test that the doctors continued to do on her, knowing that each test made her kidneys worse and worse, the final one being a heart cath for a surgery that her primary cardiologist – had she been permitted by Red Oak to be transferred to the hospital he practiced at instead of the one he did not – would have stopped in its tracks, but since he wasn’t here, he couldn’t do anything about it, and despite us having medical power of attorney they would not listen to us, either, because despite Mom not being coherent enough to sign for permission to receive care – they seriously made my brother do it for it – she was coherent enough to say “sure”, even though she told me that she never really agreed to anything.), and the doctors had predicted it might be weeks – well, it wasn’t. She was coherent for exactly one day which was spent checking her into hospice, and from there she declined quickly and died a couple of days later.
And now you’re caught up.
Have a 2022 is sure to be better…maybe….kinda day
Ooooooo. We’re almost caught up with the last year of my not blogging! After we got the roof done, we also hired someone to paint the top half of the house:
Then we decorated for Halloween. I finally used some of those free molds we got when we first moved here:
In fact, we went all out for Halloween. We painted a snow fence black for the graveyard, and hubby designed and 3d printed the tops for the corner posts. We had a trellis for the archway, but a bad windstorm bent it up so bad that we won’t be able to use it again (it did last through the holiday) and since we had tons of gourd vines, we cleaned them out and hung them all over the cemetery. We also made the cage with the skeleton rat, set up a Ring-esque well, and set up Noah Body’s funeral. There was a guardian in the cemetery, but he only got to be out one night before he had to be moved around to the side of the house because the wind was so bad. Oh, and we had snow, but luckily it melted off by Halloween. Yeah, those decorations held up well considering the crazy weather!
We didn’t have nearly as many trick or treaters as usual, but I think a lot of it was that Villisca always has theirs on Halloween, while surrounding towns often have it on different days, so we’ll get kids from all the other towns who are getting two nights of trick or treating, but everyone had it on Halloween this year. However, we still had a fun family party.
Then, in a not so fun thing, we said goodbye to Mel’s mom, Marilee. I’m not going to say a lot about it, because I’m still pretty angry at the medical world.
Then in November, what seemed like an unimportant spur of the moment picnic turned out to be the last picnic we would ever have with Mom.
Okay, I guess I lied. I’m going to have to do a part 4.
Have a sunset picnic kinda day.
It’s been a year since I’ve blogged, so I’m hitting the highlights that I should have posted about, but was too lazy.
I ended yesterday with the Fourth of July. July was also when my friend Rami came to visit! We went to the IABE expo in Des Moines:
We ate at an amazing Japanese restaurant:
And then we came back to Villisca and stayed the night at the Ax Murder house! Monica, Harlie, and my bro also joined us. Rami has some good videos about it on his youtube – I’ll link to them all at the end
And in August Mom got a new kitten named John Jones. Why is she named that? Well, it’s morbid, so you’ve been warned. 11 years ago a man named John Jones got stuck in a cave and very sadly died there. (google it) Well, this kitten spent the first three months we had her wriggling into every tiny spot she could, where she would then get stuck, and we would have to disassemble things to get her free. As you can guess, we would tell her, “You’re going to end up like John Jones.” Aaaaaaand….it stuck. Sorry little kitty.
Then we decorated the house for fall
And even more exciting, we got the roof redone! as well as the gutters and gussets:
And it looks like this is pretty long, so I’ll end it here and tomorrow will be part 3, which hopefully will be the end…though maybe not.
Have a new roof kinda day!
The tour – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vs3-NS0vqE4
1st dowsing rod session – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6afS0nGgnrg
2nd dowsing rod session – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dituYHXvkwQ
Locking me in the closet – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHUA4gQ5G7
Did the door shut on its own? – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11FtX8bBvpk
dowsing rods number 3 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUtKZRMjkGU
Rami’s final thoughts – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YT32hutD8YE
Greetings. It’s a blog. From me. Kind of scary, huh? Especially considering it’s been basically a year since I posted, except to ask people for poems. I didn’t realize it had been that long – and boy you’ve all missed some exciting stuff, like Easter. We made paper eggs to decorate the windows with, the town decorated the flower pots, and we had an Easter dinner with just us:
Then we had snow in April:
Then we finally checked out the Icarian Colony Historical Site (where we ran into some fellow tourists, which was fun!)
Then we put in the new raised mini gardens and the roses just went crazy – yeah, that one is the rose I’d planned to kill years ago because it never bloomed. (as is, it only blooms every so many years)
Fourth of July was fun
Okay, and since this is getting long, I’ll cut it off here. Look for part 2 tomorrow.
Have a firework and crazy rose kinda day!
Well, I think I have the cover for the memorial anthology finished.
So, what do you think? The title comes from a poem by the amazing Tricia Drammeh. It seemed perfect not only because she wrote the poem just for the anthology, but that she wrote it because mom requested we wait until October to hold her memorial because that is her favorite month, and she wants it held at Waubonsie park, after the leaves have started turning.
There is still some time if you want to contribute a poem or two to it. Just drop me a message via Facebook Messenger or email – firstname.lastname@example.org .
I have some other blogs to schedule, so that’s all for now. I’d like to get back to blogging again, but we’ll see, lol!
Have a pretty cover kinda day,
Okay, so I haven’t written anything here for a long time, but my mother Bonnie Mutchler passed away recently. That’s the subject for another blog, but anyway our friend and fellow poet DM Yates came up with the idea of doing a memorial poetry collection for her, and publishing it for free on Smashwords (who will then distribute it to Apple, B&N, etc.) I’m not going to pretend I have a name for this bad boy yet, so if you have any title ides let me know.
Also, I’m still looking for poems to include. They can be about anything: something fun and lighthearted, and epic story poem, a love story, whatever you want. The only limitations are that 1) you have to have the rights to it (aka if it is published somewhere else, you can’t have an exclusive contract with them) and 2) no politics or social issues, please, because I just don’t want to deal with the drama those topics can create.
Since there will be no fee for the book, there will be zero profits, so that means zero payment. This is just something fun we’re doing in Bonnie’s memory. If you’re interested you can hit me up on Facebook or email your submission to Joleene@JoleeneNaylor.com. I’ll also need a short bio from you – two or three sentences is good – and I’ll have a contract that basically just says I have the non-exclusive right to use the poem and that you know that no one is getting any money from the project.
I have several poems already, and am hoping to start putting it together in the next week or two, but I am willing to extend the deadline if anyone needs it. Bonnie wrote with a lot of poets back in the MySpace days, and it would be great to see some things from some of them, even if they don’t remember her because she did remember them.
Thanks, everyone, and have a poem kinda day!
Got some more photos edited the other night. I needed a break from all the Covid things…I don’t want to get into my thoughts, feelings, or opinions on it (remember before I was an author and could do that? But now…Oh no, no. no, because I can’t risk making anyone angry or irritated or upset because that’s a reader [or readers] I might lose, that’s potential troll reviews, that’s any number of horrific things.) but I will say that I’m stressed to the max and sick of it all.
Anyway, May 2019 we took a quick trip down to Bolivar to pick up some stuff from storage, so here are the pics from it.
Yes, that is a baby alligator snapper turtle. he was originally sitting in the road and we moved him over to the shoulder heading the same way he’d been going (that is important with turtles or they just turn around and end up back on the road.) The rest is Kansas City and some random flooding.
And now I have to get to work. Have a baby turtle kinda day!
And today we have the final pics from my trip home from West Virginia.
Fun story: so we wanted steak and shake for lunch. Easy -plug that in to Google and it will lead you to the place – ha! We deviate off the route 20 minutes to get to one, pull into the very empty parking lot in time for google to suddenly update and inform us that this one is temporarily closed. You think? Was it that lack of a menu board that gave it away? We did run into some geese crossing the road, though, so it wasn’t a complete waste, and we stopped in the next city at a Steak n Shake that was open.
And that’s all she wrote. I might go back to editing the old photos again. We’ll see what happens – I have an art project I want to do on top of my regular stuff, and I need to write on the book some, too.
Have a Steak n Shake that’s not closed kinda day!
And now we come to the trip home, which was vastly different. the highways were littered with Covid-19 signs, gas stations had weird measures in place, and traffic was seriously reduced.
Looks like I can drag these photos out for one more post! Aren’t you glad I’m here to fill your stay-at-home time with something so exciting?
Have a look-forward-to-tomorrow kinda day!