The Good, Bad, and Ugly

****If you are squeamish refrain from reading this post.

This week I have handled it all….a bit of good, bad and ugly.

My week started out with a very good walk with a friend. We walked, talked, enjoyed wildlife, and felt great by the end.

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A bit of bad this week was that our son bid farewell to his Jackson Karma kayak. He had decided to sell it about two weeks ago and the person buying it came to pick it up this week. Life is changing here at our house very quickly. We are looking at it as we are aging gracefully…..all of us. He is planning on purchasing more of a touring kayak for his photography purposes and we are not sure what that means for my husband and myself as far as kayaking goes. We have always struggled to find paddlers to join us. And honestly, after talking with the gentleman that bought our son’s kayak, he has always had the same issues. For now we are keeping our river kayaks but our eyes are open to other opportunities in this sport. We plan to attend a kayak demo in the area and see what they have to offer but for the time being, we just aren’t ready to give up the flow of a great river.

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I also handled a bit of an ugly situation that was not expected this week. I was typing away in another room when I heard my husband arrive home, enter through the back door and our son say, “OMG what did you do???” to his dad. I immediately knew to go have a look. I entered the kitchen to see my husband with blood all over his sweatshirt, down the leg of his jeans and his hand wrapped up with his own sock. IMG_4109

As a wife of a very accident prone husband, I could only hope some of this blood was from a fish he caught since he was fishing while this happened. However, I knew in my heart, this was not the case. He had been wader fishing and fell on some slippery rocks puncturing his hand quite deep, cutting his wrist, and palm.We immediately assessed the injury, cleaned it up and debated if we needed to take a trip to the emergency room. We opted to take care of things at home, since we have had our fill of hospitals this year so far. Nothing was broke and the bleeding had, for the most part, stopped while he drove home from his favorite fishing hole. Needless to say, once he was cleaned up, wrapped up and medicated a bit, he was done for the day. But, he did catch some awesome fish!

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Along with some good days filled with sunshine this week, a really bad list that made me even sadder to live where I live, and a really ugly week at the gym with only one visit all week. I am just happy to finally have a weekend with sunshine and warmth upon us. We have a list a mile long….some fun, some work, so I better get at it.

See you all next week.

Get outside and enjoy some sunshine!

 

 

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Happiness Is….

 

What makes you happy? For me it was really quite easy to come up with a list.

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Friends

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Summer

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Heat

Being the first to knife into a newly opened peanut butter jar

Hiking, especially elevation

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Sleeping in the rain

Wild flowers

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Breakfast prepared by someone other than me

Date night

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Children

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Freshly laundered bed sheets

Flowers from my husband

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Massage

Coffee on a cool morning

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Exercise

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Pajama days

Nature

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Beach days

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Vacation

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Kayaking

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Can you name a few off the top of your head?

 

 

 

Listening To My Body Is Not Always Easy

Happy Friday everyone….it has been a gorgeous sunny week here in Green Bay and we have taken full advantage of every second, which is why I have not blogged since Monday, sorry!

With October upon us I must say it’s getting a little cold for my blood to spend a great deal of time outdoors but I am still savoring the moments without a winter jacket, hat, and scarves. I have broke out my gloves but I don’t mind them as much. I do have to admit, I have been taking it easy on the workouts lately due to some ankle issues that have decided to haunt me. That being said, I have still made it to the gym at least twice a week and we still take a short daily walk every morning. Our evening walk of three miles has been what has suffered the most. If I find myself chasing the kids all day I have been opting out of pushing it further at night with a walk. Although, if my pain level is still tolerable by dinner then we take it slow and easy. I have been wrapping it and icing it as much as possible but that is nearly impossible during working hours. So all in all, I could be doing less to hurt less but for my mental health, I need to exercise to tolerate everything else life throws my way, so I live with the pain.

Anyhow let’s move on. We made our first batch of pumpkin muffins this week and they were all gone in two days. Yes, 12 muffins in two days, gone. Unbelievable! Everyone loved them, obviously.

Our son has started creating his website to promote his photography and it is coming along beautifully. He is loving his photography classes and is turning into quite the busy person between work, school, and photo shoots for family and friends. It’s simply amazing what he finds to capture with his camera. He has mentioned that when he is done with his website I will be allowed to post a link for all my readers, so be watching for this in the near future.

This weekend we have some spectacular weather predicted and I can not wait to get out and soak up some sunshine. There has been talk of maybe taking the fishing boat out one last time before storing it for the winter. We may sneak in a hike depending on how my ankle feels or even possibly a game of disc golf somewhere. Who really knows at this point except that I am sure we will find something to do that is fun in the outdoors.

Have a great weekend everyone;-)

 

I Need a Little Sunshine

In all honesty it’s been quite a blah week for me. Let’s see, rain for 4 of 5 days meant we were stuck inside for most of the week. However, that is not to say we did not have fun. One of my daycare kids requested a project that was beyond my doing so I passed her onto to my husband and they accomplished this together. Her hope was for a balance beam to do gymnastics on.

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After it was constructed it needed a little jazzing up. So they took different colored duct tape and made it a rainbow balance beam. What could be better than that, right? It sure made that rainy day a little brighter.

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In case you are wondering about any updates in regards to last weekends tragic accident at Devil’s Lake State Park that we witnessed, we know nothing new. I say this with sadness and hope. We have searched every single day for an update but have come up with nothing. We figure this may be good or bad but we are praying it means good things. Hopefully, this gentleman is recovering comfortably and there is nothing bad to update. Even though he has the right to his privacy, I just wish we knew if he will be ok in time. Either way, I still think of him often and keep praying that as long as we hear nothing it is all good.

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Near the end of my week, I felt like the perfect storm had hit our home. I woke up crabby on Thursday, had my coffee, found the urge to start the laundry before all my little tykes arrived and walked into a basement of water!!!!!!!!!!! The female in me wanted to scream and just turn around and walk back upstairs and forget I ever decided to start the laundry. The wife in me said that someone has to clean it up and figure out what happened since my husband had already left for work. Well, the wife won and I cleaned it up, found the problem and then passed it on to the hubby anyhow. Not a great start to my day and it was only 5:30a.m., I could only imagine what the rest of my day would have in store for me.

Today will be a long day. I have a meeting regarding my daycare business to conduct after hours which means instead of 10 1/2 hours I will likely end up working almost 12 hours. Who in their right mind plans a meeting on a Friday after work? You guessed it, I did. What was I thinking? Anyhow, it is Friday and I could not be happier. Well, honestly, my mood would brighten drastically with a little sunshine.

 

Have a great weekend everyone!

 

 

 

Weekend Highlights: July 4th. Weekend

Technically, our July 4th weekend started out at 4:30 Thursday night when my last daycare child was picked up from our home. My husband was with our son at the orthopedic surgeons office and I was left home alone with my thoughts of the last few days. And what a few days it was.

First of all, being out of routine with little ones running around does not make life easy! Typically, our son is at work most week days and we do our thing throughout the day. This is not at all what happened this past week. Instead, our son slept most of the day time hours or needed assistance of some kind. I honestly don’t know what injury was worse for me to deal with. His broken clavicle was the one that gave him the worse pain but the head injury gave us the biggest worry. Even the doctors were amazed all the CT scans came back ok because the bump and gash they stapled back together was amazing. So we obviously did not leave him alone for the first few days, which meant after Monday when my husband went back to work it was all me. Thankfully my husband took the overnight hours of checking on him and making sure he did not roll on the head injury and kept his medication on time. I got to sleep through most of the first few nights.

Then our weekend arrived and all original plans of kayaking were cancelled:( I was bummed! We struggled to decide if we should do anything at all with or without him and in the end decided that it would be best to stay together and just take it easy. He was still sleeping a lot of the time and his arm still hurt him quite a bit. So Friday was a relaxing day of getting some things done. I did a little shopping and then we planned a relaxing beach day for Saturday hoping that he would feel up to at least getting out of the house.

Saturday morning was gorgeous. We loaded up the stand up paddle board, one kayak, beach towels,chairs, and headed to the beach. If there is a better place to recover from an accident other than relaxing on a beach I would love to hear it because I believe sunshine can cure almost anything. We had the pleasure of having our neighbors join us for the day and it was quite a pleasant day for everyone. Both our neighbors had the opportunity to try stand up paddle boarding for the first time and did wonderful.

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Even our son was in the water for some of the time. The only part of him that he was not able to get wet was his head so he even attempted to play frisbee with us. Although, it was quite frustrating to throw with the wrong hand and watch it go everywhere other than where he was hoping it would go.

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At the end of our day our neighbor decided it was her time to learn how to wet exit and roll in a whitewater kayak. We had taken her down a river once before in the past but it was too cold to teach this on that day, so this was the perfect place to learn. The beach was a controlled area with no current and lots of assistance.

First, the wet exit was attempted. She got all the advice she needed and we were all close by for help if she needed it. Over she went.

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And out and up she came.

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Success!!!! It’s funny how this is really the biggest fear most people have when in a kayak for the first time. The questions of WILL I BE ABLE TO GET OUT is always scary and the best way to know if you can is to just do it. She did terrific and even said she has a better feeling now knowing she will be able to exit in the event of a rollover on a river.

Then she surprised my husband and son with the request to try and roll. Females are the bravest people we have had on the river by far and she was no different. Request granted and the lesson began.

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Here she is learning the hip action while leaning against my husband as our son watches and gives pointers. (he really felt so useless because normally he teaches the roll very well)

Now, it was her turn to try it and hope for the best. Over she went…

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And no success, she had to wet exit. Although she tried twice, both times were unsuccessful:(  We all have faith that in time she will get it.

After this we were all chilly and agreed it was time to pack up and head to a county park very nearby before heading home. Upon arrival the temperature change was amazing. I grabbed a jacket before heading down to the shoreline.

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We did not spend a whole lot of time here because of high, rough water and it was time to get our son home to rest. He was already sleeping in the car by the time we returned.

Even though it was not the weekend of kayaking we had planned, it was still a great day on the water. We all had a wonderful day at the beach with some fun friends and beautiful weather. I love summer:)

Then Sunday came and the first thing on the agenda was a quick trip to the clinic so our son could get his staples removed. I can’t believe a week has past since the accident. The rest of the day we just sort of did our own things. My husband went fishing, I hung out did some reading and went for a walk and made a pan of no boil lasagna for dinner. And our son had more friends stop in for a visit. I must admit, it was a nice way to end a long weekend.

Did you do anything fun? I’d love to hear about it.