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   BirdsNest posted on Crafts  Spend some time checking out these adorable paper crafts.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/PaperCottagePrinties
August 28 at 21:19 EST .




   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Here is a picture of the area of our place.
   August 23 at 17:38 EST .

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   BirdsNest  The white building to the left is not our property. From the trees on the left to just beyond the trees on the right. The house is nestled in the trees at the top center.
August 23 at 17:41 EST .

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   Jerseytomato  Goodness Bird! By the looks of that garden's size, it's a forty hour work week, and then some!

Please, tell us how Mr. Hagar is coming along. Still praying for you both.
August 23 at 18:44 EST .

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   BirdsNest  The garden is a fair piece of work. I try not to think about it, just do it. Hagar has good days and bad days. He is in great spirits, always has been. The doctor has decided that he cannot lump this patient with all the rest. Hagar told him he wasn't going to give up and he meant it. The nurses have decided he is a good patient and they have learned to enjoy his humor. He misses me. That's the hardest part. When he has a bad day or an episode that sets him back a bit, he really wants me to be there. He has been hospitalized for 89 days.
August 23 at 20:40 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Health & Diet  Yesterday something happened with Hagar. He did not know what it was but it precipitated a dose of magnesium, then whatever was wrong corrected itself. He said the nurses were all over, he said he was tired and just went to sleep.My attempts to talk to his day nurse were futile. She was away with a patient, had charting to do before shift change, shift change and rounds, call back at 8:30pm. I did. Night nurse with another patient call back in an hour. I called. She was with another patient. Cannot call me back because its long distance. Hagar called me at 11pm. We talked an hour. No nurse came in while we were talking. He had nothing to drink. I said to call nurse. She popped in just as we were getting ready to hang up....cannot give you water til I check your temperature. 10 min went by and still no nurse. I had to hang up. I had the worst day ever trying to get a ride to see him, a ride that when she was finally able to leave was at 5pm. I was hot tired and beyond frustrated.She left me with I am not sure what I am doing Sunday.....at 1am I get a text, it's her daughter's birthday today. So I won't get to see him til likely Wed. The van goes to the shop Tuesday. I will get everything done that needs to be done and I will make myself drive over to Norfolk. I hate the traffic. But I cannot depend on anyone it seems. I am not happy about it but he needs me more than one day a week.
August 23 at 08:09 EST .

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   MeiDei  The fellow that works in Norfolk, was he only volunteering for one week? I'm so sorry to hear that hasn't worked out better for you.
August 23 at 10:55 EST .

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   BirdsNest  His work schedule is wacky for the next couple of weeks. He tests boats for the Navy. This past week was awful to try to get a ride, my usuals were either having company, on vacation, or recuperating from broken ribs. I did get to go Wed with a lady taking an emt test. Hagar was having a bad day and I was glad to be there. Sat I had hoped to go after the tracks, but my ride kept pushing the leaving here time each hour. Finally a call at 5:30, but I cancelled. Too late, Hagar was asleep, and I was too hot, tired and frustrated to even think about going.Wasted an entire afternoon. All the person would have had to say is I don't think I will have time. The van goes to the shop this week to get all the little issues corrected and I will just drive myself one day a week and catch a ride with my usual Thursday ride. My stress level yesterday was off the map. Hagar really needed me to be there.
August 23 at 17:47 EST .

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   MeiDei  I send an angel to both of you & for every set-back a prayer for a come-back. Find a cool place to be calm in & regain your strength - your peace.
August 23 at 19:28 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Thank you Mei. Yesterday was a meltdown for me. I slept til 7am, late for me, but I really needed the rest. I got a lot done today in the garden. Moved some ducks to another pen and took some of the older chicks and put them in a larger enclosure-together. I will be home tomorrow so I can keep an eye on them. I enjoyed the hard work today. I needed it. I will keep that angel close.
August 23 at 20:43 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Mei, your angel presented itself Monday evening via text message from the guy that works in Norfolk. My Tuesday ride had just cancelled on me and I needed to find a replacement. I contacted one friend but she could not because she had started homeschooling her children and did not want to upset the pattern of work. I agreed. From the time it took me to answer her text I was alerted about another text received. "Do you need a ride tomorrow?" Yay! He was generous enough to pick me up 2 days in a row and our friend that takes me on Thursday picked me up yesterday. 3 days in a row. Hagar is spoiled. I cannot go today because of an appt. and Saturday I have to be at the tracks. Maybe I can find a Sunday ride. I am not quite ready to go by myself, although Sunday would probably be a good day to try since there won't be as much traffic. I have chosen the downtown path. A lot of traffic but not like the Interstate. And familiar by now to me. Wish me luck. I will use 2 rides during the week and drive myself one or two days as needed. Taking our van is going to be more expensive gas wise, but the nurses say he is so much better when I am there. I know that. So Mei, thanks for your angel. Perfect timing.
August 28 at 06:45 EST .


   MeiDei  I sent one to Hagar too - our God is an awesome God, isn't He!
Thanks for the update! I'm praising Him for gas prices declining & asking for surprise ultimate fuel efficiency for your van (and parting of the traffic too ).
August 28 at 07:21 EST .


   BirdsNest  You surely have all the bases covered. Thank you. God is awesome. I visited a friends' sister this afternoon. She has cancer, started as breast cancer then went to the brain and now is everywhere. She looks so bad I feel so sorry for her. Her family is draining every last bit of life out of her. I'm glad I got to see her, it is likely to be the last time. I told her I would pray for her, she also needs it.
August 28 at 21:27 EST .




   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  We have a friend that has an ultralight plane, he loves to fly and loves to photograph the area while he is flying. The end of July I was out in the garden picking cucumbers and heard an ultralight. I didn't think much of it because there is a landing strip close by with an ultralight-he takes people up for hang gliding. When the plane kept coming overhead I stopped and looked. It was our friend. A couple of days later he e-mailed me the photos. That week when he took me to visit Hagar he brought glossy photos of our garden area from above. He had already brought photos of the area prior to planting and he posted them on Hagar's bulletin board. Hagar was so interested in the newest photos-those of a garden he has not seen. They were placed on the board along with the others. For several weeks now he has talked about the garden with the staff, everyone wants to look at them and ask questions. Now they want new ones. Right now the garden is in transition between weeds needing to be plucked and removed to tilling ground for maybe something else. So from my perspective it is not a pretty sight. But I thank our friend for knowing those photos would interest Hagar. He is pretty clever that way.
August 21 at 06:56 EST .

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   MeiDei  Dang thoughtful too! Grab & hold on to anything that will lift Hagar's spirits and keep him engaged - past, present & future.
August 21 at 09:02 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Health & Diet  Some improvement with the pressure sores. Small improvement. I can take that and hope for more. Respiratory issues pop up unexpected. Some days he is really alert and looks great. Today he was quiet and felt bad. In pain. Going tomorrow and I hope to find him feeling better. The nurses are great. Some are rock stars, absolute angels in scrubs. Today he called one Nurse Ratchet. I scolded him and told him how she and another nurse tended to him every 15 min for one full 12 hr shift on the day he nearly left this earth. He apologised to her. I watch them and am appreciative when the really good ones have him as their patient. They seem to be more approachable once they get to know me. I haven't been there a lot-the garden had my full attention. Now I am at the hospital regularly.
August 13 at 22:15 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Not as regularly as I like though. My rides this week craPPed out on me so I was only able to go on Wednesday. He was quiet all day, in pain and glum. I fussed around the room, he finally said he was glad I came, he says he draws strength from me. I left around 6pm because my ride was ready to head back. The day nurse updated me when I called her from home-he had spiked a fever. They know to spring into action when that happens. She said he was alright. I called the night nurse around 11:30pm to check up on him. She did not have a lot to say but his fever had gone down and he was resting comfortably. She told me "Don't worry, he is in good hands. We will take good care of him." She's right. They do take good care of him. And for that I am thankful.
August 21 at 07:11 EST .

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   MeiDei  Thanks for the update Bird; we're all praying for you both. Hoping next week your rides to the hospital resume.
August 21 at 08:59 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Faith  Please pray for Hagar. Things are not good.
August 8 at 19:48 EST .

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   MeiDei  We're there for you both.
August 9 at 05:21 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  Prayers going up.
August 9 at 21:30 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Count on prayers from here Bird.
August 11 at 18:19 EST .

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   Straitpath  I pray for your comfort and strength, BirdsNest.
August 12 at 00:00 EST .

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   Gram77  Prayers from Gram.
August 12 at 11:42 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Tuesday Aug 4 he got so bad the doctor asked about a dnr. Hagar told the doctor he wasn't giving up and he meant it. The next day he was fine. Then that Friday he had a bit of respiratory problem.The doctor again asked about dnr. Saturday, no better. Sat evening a friend went to visit. She said I should get over there on Sunday and plan to spend the night. So I caught a ride and stayed the night. the nurses wanted to give me a cot. I said if I am to be here I will watch him from the chair. And I did, I sat up all night and watched him sleep. they put him on a cpap or something like that and he actually slept without moaning and without stress.On Monday he awoke looking like a new man and has been wonderful all week til today. He felt bad he said. He was quiet all day. He has a feeding tube because he won't eat. He went 10 days with no food and with instructions of only ice chips, then he was hungry, now that he CAN have food he doesn't want any. I am going crazy. All week long I have been getting 4-5 hrs sleep so I can catch a ride with a generous man who works in Norfolk. He leaves the shore between 5:30 and 6 am Monday-Friday. Picks me up here and takes me to the hospital. Picks me up when he is done at work(10 hr day ) and drives me to my house. All from a FB request from a friend. She posted the request on Sunday, he responded on Sunday afternoon. She contacted me and gave me his name and number and we made arrangements to pick me up Tuesday. It was such a surprise. He is a lovely man, works at Little Creek in Norfolk. Has a wife(occupational therapist ) and 2 young sons. For his payment he wants eggs and any vegetables I may still have. I had to beg him to accept that.

Each day brings new challenges and new friends. I am blessed. Truely blessed.
August 13 at 22:03 EST .

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   Surfhut  Bird and Hagar, you are in my prayers.
August 15 at 08:40 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  we are praying Bird
August 15 at 14:42 EST .

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   MeiDei  I'm praising God for the man who drives you back & forth to the hospital - God has honored your past generosity to others & is returning it to you tenfold PTL.
August 16 at 21:01 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  All of a sudden the garden is ugly.

I pulled up several rows of plants and put them in a pile to compost down. Our friend is coming tomorrow to till whatever I have cleared. I had a lot of "life" get in the way of garden work today so I did not get done what I had planned to do. I will go to the tracks tomorrow, but I do not have much to sell. Some eggs and some junk. No veggies.
August 7 at 23:50 EST .

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   MeiDei  Remember - right now your ugly garden isn't a reflection of you - you are the one who is blooming where you're planted. You may not see it, but we do - find some cheer with that.
August 12 at 11:01 EST .

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   Jerseytomato  MeiDei - what a beautiful post!

Birdie - praying for you and Hagar.
August 12 at 18:28 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I don't know what to say. This has been a strange week. So many things going on. So much good, some bad events for Hagar. He has been up and down. I am getting stretched thin. He needs me to be there for him and I am doing all I can. Prayers are always appreciated, they do help, he is proof of that.
August 13 at 22:09 EST .

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   Surfhut  Amen to what MeiDei said.
August 15 at 08:42 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  It has been a rough week. Today in the midst of some alarming news I discovered 3 baby chicks had hatched from the eggs Hagar asked me to set under the Silkie hen. My she was proud. These are likely from the big chickens. I say "likely" because they are the eggs I put there, I don't know how many eggs she may have laid herself or eggs she lifted from the other setting hens. All baby chix are fluffy and cute and these are no exception. If I knew how to take a cell phone picture and upload it I would post a picture. Right now I think those instructions would make my head blow off. As I said it has been a rough week.
August 7 at 23:15 EST .

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   BirdsNest  5 more Silkie chicks yesterday. Hens still setting eggs. Duck hen setting eggs-she should soon hatch.

My days are filled from early early morning to dark.
August 13 at 21:50 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Coffee Klatch  A friend gave me this site to visit so when I got my new prescription I could order glasses. I did, they cost $63.50 including shipping. I wear no line bifocals so that was an added expense. When I got my eyes checked at WalMart optical, the cheapest plastic frames they offered cost $79. Just for the frames. So I cannot wait til the glasses arrive, I will be able to see again.

http://www.zennioptical.com/
August 7 at 23:10 EST .

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   StormCnter  Bird, I checked out that website. It sounds pretty intriguing. I've never bought glasses frames I didn't try on first, so I'm interested in how satisfied you are when yours arrive.
August 9 at 06:40 EST .


   BirdsNest  My glasses have shipped. Maybe delivery Sat for sure Monday. I will probably hate them since I didn't try them on. I did not upload a photo.
August 14 at 10:03 EST .

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   StormCnter  Tsk, Tsk, Bird. You're talking yourself out of enjoying them. Think positive, girl!
August 15 at 11:31 EST .

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   BirdsNest  The glasses came today and I love them. Both pair. Never thought I would be able to order online and be satisfied with what I got. Count me as a satisfied customer.
August 17 at 18:53 EST .

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   StormCnter  Hooray! Isn't it great when expectations turn out to be just right?
August 18 at 05:27 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Faith  Latest scan shows spots on the liver that weren't there a month ago. We meet with palliative care tomorrow in Hagar's room. There are no words for how awful I feel.
July 27 at 19:52 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  Sending healing thoughts and prayers for you and Hagar Birdie . . . God be with you both.
July 27 at 20:12 EST .

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   MeiDei  Oh, Bird - take courage our thoughts and prayers are for you both.
July 27 at 21:04 EST .

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   RoseOfTexas  praying.
August 1 at 00:12 EST .

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   Surfhut  Prayers for both of you.
August 2 at 10:46 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  you & Hagar continue in my prayers...."be strong & very courageous"....(from Joshua )
August 4 at 20:40 EST .

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