Saturday, August 5, 2017

10 day Turnaround.... 2017-8-5

... hello everyone.....  

Hubby had his heart operation 10 days ago
It didn't go well... he had a stroke during the operation

We were told he probably wouldn't survive because he was having siezures and that would cause further brain damage..........  if he did survive he would be disabled..

We were all devestated to hear this and to see him like this..  in an induced coma in the hope of stopping the siezures .....

The oxygen was turned of after 4 days .....  AND HE BREATHED ON HIS OWN .....
the doctors were stunned.....
we were so happy ...

He continued to improve and was slowly all the tubes were removed and he was returning to normal

This is him now ...  walking, talking, eating like normal....... as for brain damage.. ?????



We are so thankful for God's Mercy and Love and for this Miracle .....

My sister had the prayer groups she belongs to praying for Hubby ...... Prayer is powerful ...






We are all a little exhausted from the stress and happy shock of it all .......
My daughters are taking turns to be with me at home so they can be with Mum  while I go to the hospital.
Mum is amazing too.... she is getting stronger every day ...   Thank you God for this too ....  

Thank you all for your prayers and thoughts for Mum and Hubby.... I appreciate it so much .....


I'll be in touch again soon ... xxxxxx

Barb xxxx

Friday, July 21, 2017

flowers and help with Mum and Hubby.... 2017-7-21

..  Hi ...  

 Mum is getting stronger which is wonderful ....she can walk with a walker inside the house and doesn't go back to bed now, she sleeps in her armchair on and off through the day . I don't need to do any 'hands on' nursing for her.. just be there and help in the bathroom ..
If Mum is having a 'funny head ' day (as she calls it).. her confusion and irritability kicks in and that is stressful for me ..
I have a lot of help and support from an aged care organisation and my daughter Mary which is great...

Mary is moving in to stay for a while next week while Hubby has a heart operation ....
 Lots of coming and goings happening.....

Thank you all for your concern for Mum .. I appreciate it very much  ... xxxxxxx

I was very happy with this photo I took earlier this week ....  it's Oxalis..  my favourite weed  ...



I  was excited to see on of my Dutch Hyacinths is starting to bloom  yesterday .....  


..The Choko Vine is off and climbing again....  


..here's one I played around with ......

....  and a lovely little fluffy weed .....

... have a great day ...
 Love ... Barb  xxxxx

Saturday, July 8, 2017

... at last.... a catch-up post ... 2017-7-8 ..

.. a lot has happened since I posted about 6 weeks ago ...

 Mum was sick for 2 weeks and then was in hospital for 3 weeks .

  She has lost a lot of weight and is weak and tired.

..  this is my sister helping mum to have a meal in hospital ... poor mum couldn't hold the spoon or fork properly ....

..  Mum had to have oxygen to help her breathing because her heart was playing up ....

.... our lounge room went from this cosy little area .........

..  to this comfortable private ward for Mum ...  the doctors said mum needed the hospital bed because she needed  ongoing care from nursing , physio and personal care caregivers ...  she is very frail ....
she has settled in at home very well ..   she doesn't like that the bed has sides on it , but says she understands it's for her own protection ...  Mum's doctor has named this   ..'the Team Mavis Ward'......


...  here's Mum checking out the morning paper .... something she doesn't do much of these days....  it was good to see...

We thought Mum wouldn't be well enough to come home from hospital at one point....  but God answered our prayers and she is now home .. where she wants to be ... her wish is to pass away quietly at home ... and we are trying to make this possible for her...  BUT ....   who knows what the future holds ...  Mum might be with us for a long time yet ...   that's in The Lord's Hands.










... some flowers to finish with ...  these roses and lavender are from my sisters garden ..  xxxxxx

Have a good day ..
Love ...  Barb  xxxxx











Wednesday, May 24, 2017

.. Filling the freezer... 2017-5-24 ..



 I've been having a great time in the kitchen for the last week .......


 The Choko/ Chayote vine has been producing madly.
We have given so  many away and they are still coming .... every day hubby brings in a few..


I do get some nice sunlight and texture photos of the vine.....

... I love it next to the chippy paint....


..and with the sun shining through he leaves .


So... apart from giving bags of them away and eating them with nearly every evening meal .....

This is what I've been doing ....
                                             ..... cooking them with apples and Pineapple........
                                                       .... making Jam and  Relish ..............


                                 .............  bagging and labeling for the freezer ........

                             ..................  casseroles to go in the freezer too ..........
                                  ... my slow cooker has been working hard..................  
       .... and still the chokos  keep coming ......... more stewed fruit for the freezer coming up ..
                                                 ..Lovely in winter with hot custard ....


... gorgeous Australian  native flowers for Mum on Mothers Day from my brother and brother-in-law ...

I loved this flower in particular ....it was so unusual ...
..  the curved 'petals' were stiff like they were made of paper ....   so different ...  


 Have a great day .....
 Barb  xxxxxxxxx





Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Mother's Day Party.... 2017-5-16

..
we had a great Family Mother's Day Party ..

gorgeous food  ....






 Isn't this cake wonderful .... My granddaughter Christy made the cake and filled and decorated it ...   Amazing ....
  her sister Lisa and her did most of the cooking and food preparing ...  they did a fabulous job...  we were all  so impressed ....

.. here is Christy giving out flowers to all the Mums in our family.......  

... here are 2 of my daughters and Mum with their flowers...   I didn't tell you... we got chocolate as well ....
....  2 of my great grandsons having a wonderful time .....  My son is watching them ..


                                            ..... our official group photo .........
                                                       ... it was a great party ..........



....   Barb  xxxxx

Sunday, May 7, 2017

.. a special Wedding .. 2017-5-7 ...

.. on Friday 5th May 2017  my Mum, Hubby and I went to a wonderful morning wedding in the mountains a couple of hours from our home .
 It was a wonderful sunny Autumn day and the trees were gorgeous in their Autumn colours.






 The Groom is my nephew and he and his wife decided on a Fantasy Woodland Wedding ....
with a distinctively Scottish tone to it ....
It was gorgeous ....

Here is the Bride and Groom ....   don't they look wonderful ...





...  this is most of the wedding party ..  I didn't get them all in the photo....

...   this is the Piper who led the way ....

and my Mum and Hubby at the reception hall .....


The decorations were so lovely ...
This is the tea and coffee table ...

with this heart and roses on it ...




the hall was a wonderful twinkling sight ......



We all had a fabulous day ... good company, good food ... love and laughter ....
 I wish them a wonderful life together ....  



.....    hope you all enjoyed this little peep in a magical day ...
 ....   Barb  xxxxx