Thursday, July 15, 2010


I have a few more mosaic photos for your viewing pleasure. This first one is my great-nephew Garrett with his Toy Story soldiers which I had for him at my dad's house. Gave them to him after we got home from the movie. My sisters pool area which was just resurfaced. My niece Melissa, Dad and her daughter Amber who is my great-niece. Also my dads cards. We were going to get thumbtacks and string to put them up before he got home. Then when I was walking through Wal-Mart I had this brilliant idea (my opinion) to use clothespins on his vertical window blinds. He loves the idea and is going to do this with his Christmas cards.

A few flowers by my dads house and a few funny mailboxes that I saw on our way to Fred Howard Park.

So I packed a lunch and we went over to Fred Howard Park/Beach the other day. Sat at a picnic table (lower left photo) and ate our lunch. Then we sat in the sun closer to the water after lunch for about 15 minutes. We just drove around the beach are and I took a few photos.

Well I did my share of cooking while I was here. I made two meat loafs and have five containers with 3 slices in each one for him in the freezer. (I've been making FF for many, many years)Made black bean chili (and some mac for him because he likes chili mac) and he has 3 containers in the freezer. Made two lasagnas (had my sister and BIL over for dinner) and he has six containers in the freezer. Made the Pioneer Woman's apple dumplings (like many have said before, they are to die for) and have a few containers in the freezer for him. We had tuna salad & sweet & sour cucumbers one day which were very good. My grandmother ALWAYS made them. Also made Salted Nut Rolls (I used unsalted because of my dad) and I have to say it is a real treat. Thanks Gigi! My sister even asked for the recipe!.

My dad is doing very good. He gets tired quickly but in a few months should have most of his strength back. Went to a Renal Specialist yesterday, which he was very worried about, but checked out great. For a man who has only taken one pill a day and now must take several pills several times a day it's a bit taxing for him. My sister will come and do his pill box each week. He has started to run a few errands by himself so I know he is driving okay. He comes home and says "That was exhausting." I keep telling him how blessed he is to be 87 and just now must slow down. I had to slow down 14 years ago with my asthma/COPD and I'm just 58 years young now! I can't even imagine me at 87, so if you want to start praying now it's okay with me. {giggle}

Thank you for all the well wishes and support while I have been here in Florida.


Trisha Larson said...

Once again, I am so glad that you are getting to spend this special time with your family. I am sure that you miss skye terribly but I know that you will treasure the memories of these few weeks for many years to come.


Karen Mortensen said...

LOved all the pictures. So beautiful. Glad your dad is doing well.

blueviolet said...

It's such a blessing that you're there to help. You are amazing, Debby. I'm so grateful that he's improving.

Katherine said...

Love the pics. I haven't been skipping computer has been freaking out, so I haven't been able to keep up with posts. Figuring that issue out tomorrow!

Dena E's Blog said...

Oh my Sweet Friend,,your post is delightful and heartwarming!!!
What a terrific daughter you are!!!
How sweet your Dad is looking too
Its a real BLESSING when they are still so active like that. BUT prayers ahead of time for us over 50iers is always WELCOMED,,,I totally agree with you.
My Mom is almost 80 and Praise the LORD she is still on her own and rarely drives now (thankfully).

We do all her shopping for her and some of the care to her home. She just has to learn patience during the times Kent and I are out of town on one of our trips.. She gets frustrated with us then. We tell her she may need to call her brother when we are away.
Anyhoo's just wanted to stop in and say HEY Girlfriend!!!
Thanks for the Lil notes !!!
Hugs and Blessings ~~~Dena

Kirby3131 said...

What a blessing that your Dad is able to do some things for himself now - that's great.

I know with my transplant friends I tell them to set an alarm to go off 3 hours from the moment they get ready to go. Usually their energy lasts about 4 hours, so having the alarm go off at 3 hours gives them time to wrap up their shopping or whatever they are doing and get in the car and get home.

Your Dad may find that to be helpful, to figure out how long he has energy, and to plan activities for just that amount of time. As they get stronger the usually doesn't become an issue but in the beginning it's nice to have a time limit.

We've enjoyed having you in Florida :)

Kristin - The Goat

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

Wow! You were so busy making all that food for your dad! He must have been thrilled!! So glad he is feeling better, and the idea to hang the cards with clothespins on vertical blinds..? GENIUS!!! :-)

Mommy, I'm Home said...

Sounds like you were a busy lady down in Florida.

Michelle @ Flying Giggles said...

You are so lucky to be able to spend time with your family. I love the card idea too, but I do not have vertical blinds!

Great picture!

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

Your Dad is a doll! And you? You've been cooking up a storm - and how wonderful of you! Your photos looked sooo yummy! Now, rest a deserve it ;-D

That corgi :) said...

loved all the pictures and I think your idea of the clothes pins with blinds is a great idea!! neat you are cooking some meals for your dad to have when you leave this weekend; I'm sure he will appreciate it!

(we had a really big thunder/lightening storm here this afternoon! wow!)


xinex said...

You are making me miss FL. Debby. I always enjoy Howard Park. We've had many birthday celebrations there. Your dad will be well fed for the rest of the year, thanks to his good cook daughter. I am glad he is doing well...Christine

Mara said...

How big is that freezer? By the sound of it, it is absolutely massive!

Randi Troxell said...

so so glad he's doing better... and great pics too!!

have a lovely wkend!!!

Live.Love.Eat said...

You sure have been busy cooking and such! You're a wonderful daughter!!!!!

Together We Save said...

Looks like a wonderful time... I love the mail boxes.

Trish said...

Debby, you have surely been busy while in Florida! Your Dad is blessed to have you there stocking up meals for him.
Wow! What a great idea for his cards. I like the way they look clipped to the blinds...very crafty my friend.
Enjoy the rest of your visit. Praying now...

secret agent woman said...

Your Dad is so lucky to have you there.

secret agent woman said...

Your Dad is so lucky to have you there.

The Urban Cowboy said...

So good to hear your father is doing well. It also looks like you are able to spend some quality family time, that's awesome.

Lynn said...

Glad to hear dad is doing so well. You have been busy! I love your clothes pin idea!

Technodoll said...

I think I may have told you before how I adore your photographs but now, with all that food? OMG!

I'm in love :-D

You're such an amazing person to do all of this. but then again you come from good stock ;-) xoxo

Anonymous said...

Loved the collages! And the beach shots -- ohhhhhh! I wanna go to the beach, but won't go to the Gulf this summer! :(
I'm just 4 years behind you, and I'm trying to hold on to a little bit of youth before it's gone! :)

countrynmore said...

Great photos. You do so well making the mosaics. Thanks for posting while you are in Florida.

Bossy Betty said...

Great pictures! My Mom is the same age as your dad!

Trennia said...

Beautiful pictures!
I love florida!
Glad your dad is doing good!

nancygrayce said...

Oh, your dad will set with meals! I love the pictures. A lot of people in Florida have the dolphin mailboxes and the big mouth bass mailboxes.....I was shocked the first time I saw one.

I'm so glad your dad is doing so well!

The Redhead Riter said...

I love the pics and glad that you are creating such great memories.

I especially love the little army men all standing around. I used to do that with the little cowboys and Indians. I was OBSESSED with them LOL

Amy said...

So happy to see you are doing great.. Your Dad looks amazing in the pictures.. Love the fish mail box. Boy lots of food for him to eat..

Now on to BB12 I am so happy that Rachel won and I hope she does get Enzo out or someone else. Not sure but I do feel the same way..

Thanks for stopping by my BB12 spot..

Have a great night..

Alexis AKA MOM said...

the boys would love the toy soldiers dudes, that was so sweet of you :)

I'M loving all those recipes :). I'm so making the apple dumplings & Salted Nut Rolls. Starred and ready to go!

LOVE all the pictures!


Love the pics. What a great idea for the cards.

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