I have a metal shed I store stuff that can be quickly and easily reached. Last winter, the shed had been emptied because I need to put a wire mesh floor down to keep the ground squirrels out and digging tunnels over to the neighbor's yard. The kids helped me finish it up during Juno's visit at Thanksgiving. Some of the stuff got put back in in a haphazard way until this spring. Every thing out and then every thing back in an organized manner. Over here is my Christmas stuff and over there are my recycling bins and back there are my frequently used garden tools.
April was the start of Spring yard work and spring cleaning inside.
|Winter Jasmine in bloom|
|Flowering pomegranate bush|
I started baking my early summer supply of breakfast muffins and putting them in the freezer. I love muffins for breakfast and so does my midriff area.
During the month of May, Jim was placed on Palliative Care, which is pre-Hospice. He wasn't responding to the attempts to drain him of the fluids in his body and the kidneys, lungs and heart were having a rough time. His bed sores weren't improving. It was hard for him to move around and I worried about him falling. A medical bed, with an air mattress, was brought in for him to at least spend 5 or 6 hrs a day out of a chair. His kidney doc kept upping his Lasix. It took 5 or 6 weeks of high Lasix dosage for his body to respond and we (his home health team) kidded him that he had ankles and legs finally. Eventually we have been able to cut the Lasix down to a maintenance level. He has been on a no/low sodium diet, a diet for his kidneys and then because of the high level of Lasix, his uric acid was high so a medication and diet for that. The low-sodium diet is easy but the other two have conflicts.
In June, I discovered the wooden steps and the step stringer at the back door had rotted, so that will be a fall project to work on.
|Painted bench w/railing behind painted by Juno|
|Newly made bench pad w/matching fabric|
|Colorful bench w/new pad & matching table.|
In June Juno came down to spend a few days with her dad to see for herself how he was doing. She visited with several members of his home health team and she went home with a better feeling of how her dad was doing and what is being done. I am so glad she was able to come and visit. While she was here I asked her to paint the front steps railings that match the teal blue bench. I still have the porch area and steps to paint this Fall. Railing is behind the blue bench.
|"Birdio" for small birds to feed|
This year we put Reflectix in the west windows inside to cut down the heat of summer and it has made a difference. With Jim's electric hospital bed with air mattress and his oxygen machine running 24 hrs a day, then add window and portable AC's, the swamp cooler and the other appliances, I was dreading the city's electric bill. So far each month has not exceeded the previous years.
|Painted shutters in teal & brown|
|My new rain barrel and overflow barrel|
|Brightly painted wrought iron wall decor|
|Old computer desk painted to match|
|Old sofa table painted to match|
In August, I had a stress test and echo cardiogram and was apprehensive about the results from that. It had been three years since the last one and I was hoping for at least the same results; BUT they were even better!!!! My ejection fraction rate had gone up from 40 to 65, my heart muscles were stronger and my heart was doing some of the beating on its own and not depending 100% on the pacemaker. Doc also took me off two heart medicines. I was so elated as you can imagine. Jim saw his kidney doc a few months a go and he was pleased at how much he has improved and he saw his cardiologist just recently and he also was very pleased at the tremendous improvement. Jim will remain on the palliative care because he has other problems that need monitoring and it gives me a little break here and there.
I still will keep busy - painting the front porch and steps,
|Time to do some replacing|
|Those are swim noodles|
replacing the swim noodles I put on the street steps metal hand railing to keep from either freezing your hand to the pipe or burning them up in the summer (I like the color), making new tin can luminaries to hang on the cinder block fence,
|Mailbox to get some "bling"|
and sanding and repainting a favorite slat chair.
|My fav wood slat chair to be re-stained|
I hope to be able to do some repair/renovation to the inside of the trailer and maybe get the patio cover posts secured into the ground before the spring winds come along. And then it will be Spring and time to start all over again.