Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Out of the mouths of babes...

The other day, the girls and I were in the car, going up the hill out of Loveland on our way home. Up on the hill, where Jim's old elementary school is, Isabelle saw some school buses and asked if that building was a high school. I said, "No, that's a church now, but it used to be a school. In fact, Grandpa went to that school a long time ago."
Isabelle said, "A long, long time ago?"
I said, "Yes."

Monday, January 30, 2006

Our baby is two years old...

Lorelei turned two on Saturday. It's unreal how time flies. Thanks to everyone to came over for cake and HOMEMADE ICE CREAM, and of course, the great company.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Susan is off her meds again

Quote of the day for Jan. 25, 2006

In some mysterious way woods have never seemed to me to be static things.
In physical terms, I move through them;
yet in metaphysical ones, they seem to move through me.
John Fowles

Sunday, January 22, 2006


My name is Queen and I disapprove of this message.

Quote of the day for Jan. 22, 2006

Some keep the Sabbath going to Church,
I keep it staying at Home -
With a bobolink for a Chorister,
And an Orchard, for a Dome.

Emily Dickinson

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Look out, eBay! Here comes Susan!

Since the beginning of my involuntary confinement, I have been hooked on eBay. There are so many things you can get for a song...I got a great jade bracelet from Hong Kong for a penny! (Well, I paid $8.00 in shipping, but so what)

To support my eBay habit, I have started to sell some things. If you would like to go check out my stuff, go to www.ebay.com and look up my member ID: susan010273.

You are under no obligation to buy anything, but if you do, you won't have to pay shipping, because I can just bring it over! :-)

Ol' Blue Eyes

Wow...do I make beautiful kids or what?

Friday, January 20, 2006

This really SUCKS!

Sorry to disappoint all of you, but these pictures are NOT gross.
My home health nurse arrived today to put on my "Wound VAC", which is exactly what it sounds like...it's a machine that puts negative subatmospheric pressure (i.e. vacuum pressure) on my icky wound and this will actually close my wound in about a week or less.
It was not a pleasant experience for the nurse or me to put this machine on, but it will all be worth it, I hope.
The tubing you see is where all the drainage, debris and dead tissue goes and is sucked into a holding canister attached to the vacuum motor. It's a little weird watching my body fluid flowing up this tube and dripping into a plastic cup. YEEWWWW.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Hilarious true bird story (the last sentence is rather telling)

LONDON, England --
A computer programmer found out his girlfriend was having an affair when his pet parrot kept repeating her lover's name, British media reported Tuesday.
The African grey parrot kept squawking "I love you, Gary" as his owner, Chris Taylor, sat with girlfriend Suzy Collins on the sofa of their shared flat in Leeds, northern England.
But when Taylor saw Collins's embarrassed reaction, he realized she had been having an affair -- meeting her lover in the flat whilst Ziggy looked on, the UK's Press Association reported.
Ziggy even mimicked Collins's voice each time she answered her telephone, calling out "Hiya Gary," according to newspaper reports.
Call-center worker Collins, 25, admitted the four-month affair with a colleague called Gary to her boyfriend and left the flat she had shared with Taylor, 30, for a year.
Taylor said he had also been forced to part with Ziggy after the bird continued to call out Gary's name and refused to stop squawking the phrases in his ex-girlfriend's voice, media reports said.
"I wasn't sorry to see the back of Suzy after what she did, but it really broke my heart to let Ziggy go," he said.
"I love him to bits and I really miss having him around, but it was torture hearing him repeat that name over and over again.
"I still can't believe he's gone. I know I'll get over Suzy, but I don't think I'll ever get over Ziggy."
Taylor acquired Ziggy as a chick eight years ago and named him after the David Bowie character Ziggy Stardust.
The bird has now found a new home through the offices of a local parrot dealer. Collins, who admitted the affair, said: "I'm not proud of what I did but I'm sure Chris would be the first to admit we were having problems."
She added to The Guardian newspaper: "I am surprised to hear he got rid of that bird.
"He spent more time talking to it than he did to me."

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

My father-in-law and his slapstick

Jim, my illustrious father-in-law, is now recovering from surgery himself. You see, he couldn't handle all the attention that I am getting, so on Christmas Eve, he threw himself down onto their ice-covered driveway and ruptured some ligaments and generally messed himself up. He was repaired today, and is home resting comfortably. (And awaiting all that attention)
Please call him. The poor man is desperate.

There is evil afoot

Are you ready for this? I will be visiting the operating room yet again on Friday. My foot has a large, non-healing gap in it, so Dr. Brock is going to do a "power lavage" which is basically blasting the wound with high pressure saline and removing the bacteria, gunk and necrotic (dead) tissue until it bleeds so that the wound can start the healing process over again and hopefully close up this time. I don't have any pictures of my foot right now (I can't find my digital camera anyway) and I know you all will be disappointed. But maybe after the procedure, if you are all good little boys and girls, I may grant you a peek at my now famous foot. :-)

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Friday, January 06, 2006

Another bird joke

A magician was working on a cruise ship, and the captain had a parrot. The parrot was pretty smart, and after seeing the magic show a few times, it figured out all the tricks and started calling out the secrets and letting the audience in on how the magician was doing them, like "It's up his sleeve" or "there's a mirror under the table".
This went on and on. One evening, the ship suddenly sunk, and the magician and the parrot were the only survivors, sitting in a raft. The parrot, for the first time in a week, was quiet, just sitting there and staring at the magician. Finally, after three days, the parrot said, "Okay. I give up. What did you do with the ship?"

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

New poll and other stuff

There's a new poll down on the right, near the gross foot pictures...I know how you all love to peruse my wound.
Speaking of wounds, I have been having a bit of a problem. After getting the stitches removed, there was a small gap in the skin on my heel, and I was instructed to keep it covered and clean, etc. Well, I don't know what critters got in there, but I have taken a few steps back in the healing process. It's draining and even more gross than it was...I'm not sure I should put any more pictures of my foot on here...I think I am scarring you all for life.
Happy Birthday, Louis Braille