I saw the doc the other day and he says I'm healing okay, but, he game me some gel to put on the open sore beneath my ear to help it heal, and told me to keep a gauze pad taped down tight to keep pressure on it to close. He did mention that if it doesn't, I might need surgery to fix it!
I see him again in two weeks. Scared 1 Let's hope I don't need the surgery! Nervous 2 He said the cut nerves are stimulating the saliva gland when I eat, and that's why I have fluid coming out when I eat! yuuuuuuuck!

Today, my husband has been too tired from work all this week, and hasn't had the energy to cut the grass. ( we have a riding mower/tractor) So he wrote me a note to try to cut the grass for him today! I have only tried driving it once, and am not very good at it. SO, ....dah,da da da! Way Too Happy Thumbs Up CAROLINE'S ON HER WAY TO SAVE THE DAY! She knows how to do it! She's done it before, helping Dad, as well as helping with so many other things she can do.
What an angel she is!


Back to the Doctor today

Dramatic Death Well, today I go for my 6 week checkup after my surgery on the parotid, and hopefully everything will be okay! I only have one question for him. I still have that opening behind my ear and the only time it drips for me is when I eat! I read that after this kind of surgery there is a possibility that the salavary gland can leak through the skin, but they never say if it can be fixed and stop THAT!

I will ask him today, hopefully it can, and I will be on my way to better health! Wish , me luck!

Pigtails Aging Woman


Got Smilies?

Beach Diving Lifeguard Best Friends 1 Smiley Fireworks

I just had to share some of the cutest Smilies I downloaded from the web. AWWW! aren't they cute?



This is a picture of two of my grand kids, Darin and Amber from the Family Reunion picnic. As you can see, Darin is smiling so nicely, and Amber is haming it up, trying to show up her big brother, (the girl's got Attitude!) The only response Darin has to that, is the devil horns he's holding up behind her head. LOL! They're both displaying ATTITUDE in their own special way! What a cut up they both are! They both are special to me!


The demise of the family reunion picnic

The cutest little pie eater, Mathew, don't you just
want to eat those little cheeks up?

Above are some of the games we played on Saturday during the Family reunion picnic. The kids , Amber, Darin, Sarah, Mathew, and Amanda, had to pick up several round candies with a spoon in their mouth and no hands and deposit them into the foam cups. Then they had a whipped cream pie eating contest with a twist: .................................Inside the pie was a big bubble gum ball which they each had to chew after eating the pie and the first ones to blow a bubble won a toy. The front girl, my step granddaughter, Amanda, was the first to win. ( Of course, they all won eventually.) Another fun race, was to form a line with your teammates with a big balloon between each player held up between your belly and the player in front's back. With no hands, you have to walk together like a choo choo to the distant station designated, and then back to start popping your balloons when they get to the finish. (Let me tell you, it's harder than you think, balloons keep getting away, and they have to halt the engine to retrieve the balloons before they can proceed again) It was hilarious to watch!

The kids had a great time in the contests, but we were terribly dissapointed with the turnout all together. We have more than a 120 relatives in this family including the sisters, nieces, nephews, their spouses, and all their kids. (My hubby has 6 sisters) We have been organizing the reunion date and place for over 20 years, and started providing small prizes for the kids to win in the games. Every family knows we have this picnic the second Saturday in July, and generaly most of them came every year for a long time. Lately though, the numbers have dropped off, and this year we had the worst attendance ever. We had only 20 people, and only 7 kids, 5 of them were my grandkids and one step-granddaughter. Well, at least they had the benefit of winning more of the toys to go home with. ( Surprizingly, we even had some left over to go home with)

My hubby and I have decided that this will probably be our last family picnic with the gang. We will probably just make a date with our own kids and grands to make a picnic together. It seems that the big family get togethers are a thing of the past. And that's sad. One day a year we got to see a major portion of the family and catch up on each other's lives and get to know their children. Some of the kids have not come around for so long, that we probably wouldn't recognize them if we saw them on the street. Most families are just doing their own thing, and aren't interested in Aunties and Uncles and Cousins like in the old days. I was the one who drew up the family tree with each sister, their kids and grand kids and great grands in some cases. I was the one who kept it updated for new births each year. It was a pretty full tree! I came from a very small family, and I enjoyed getting his family together each year. I will really miss it!



I'm still lookig for a few more game ideas, specially for adults, and very young children to play at our family reunion picnic. Anybody got some more ideas for me? Something that doesn't need a lot of supplies to play.

What a Difference 100 Years Make!

What a Difference 100 years makes!

Oh goodie! Just when I had not a thing to write about - I borrowed this from http://friedgreentomatoes.blogger.com
Here are some of the U.S. statistics for 1905 - one hundred years ago.

The average life expectancy in the U.S. was 47 years.
Only 14 percent of the homes in the U.S. had a bathtub.
Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.A three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars.
There were only 8,000 cars in the U.S., and only 144 miles of paved roads.The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily populated than California.With a mere 1.4 million residents, California was only the 21st most populous state in the Union.
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower!
The average wage in the U.S. was 22 cents an hour.The average U.S. worker made between $200 and $400 per year.A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.
More than 95 percent of all births in the U.S. took place at home.
Ninety percent of all U.S. physicians had no college education. Instead, they attended medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press and by the government as "substandard."
Sugar cost four cents a pound.Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen. Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
Canada passed a law prohibiting poor people from entering the country for any reason.
The five leading causes of death in the U.S. were:1. Pneumonia and influenza 2. Tuberculosis 3. Diarrhea 4. Heart disease 5. Stroke.
The American flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii, and Alaska hadn't been admitted to the Union yet.The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was 30!!!
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented.
There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
Two of 10 U.S. adults couldn't read or write. Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated high school.
Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at corner drugstores. According to one pharmacist, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health."
Eighteen percent of households in the U.S had at least one full-time servant or domestic.
There were only about 230 reported murders in the entire U.S.
-------------------------- by Idgie

This is very interesting, were these the GOOD OLD DAYS? In some ways, they were, but advancements cost a lot, and boy are we paying for it now, HUH!