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“We Don’t Need No Education”

Hey, y’all! I know it’s been a while. I still have not learned to manage my time well. And for those of you, who’s posts I read and comment on, I have read some of your posts-I just did not have time to comment on them.
Anyway, first off-I am going to move my Jack The Ripper posts to another day because Friday is no longer a good day for them. I have not run out of facts-it would be a looooong time before I did that.
I have had a few weeks of school and I am really enjoying it. I had Health & Hygiene and made a 100 on my test. Yay!
Now, I am in Swedish Massage on Tuesday and Thursday and Anatomy & Physiology on Friday. I found out that Anatomy is the study of the structure of the body and Physiology is the study of the function of parts of the body. I have a test on Tuesday on 4 different chapters and have been trying to study for it. The instructors review us every class, which helps.
The test will be on the history of massage, the different ranges of motion of joints, the names of strokes we have learned and 11 endangerment sites on the body-of which we are not to touch-unless it’s your enemy. Just kidding.
Although, after Cole told us what they were, he said he had a former cop raise his hand and say, “Cole, those are the areas we were instructed to use to take someone down with.”
So now you know.
In Health & Hygiene, we heard some funny stories from the husband and wife team that taught us. For example, Nicole (the wife), told us that Joseph (the husband) had a guy come in for a massage but left before getting undressed. Nicole said, “What happened? Why did he leave?”
Joseph said, “He’s coming back. When I told him to take everything off but leave his underwear on, he said he has to go out to his truck to get his underwear.”
I don’t want to know why his underwear was in his truck.
Joseph told another story about a guy, that he had just started working on. Joseph looked out the window and saw the guy’s car moving. He told the guy and the guy jumped off the table and ran outside, naked, to stop his car. Evidently, it was a really nice car and the guy had put it in neutral instead of park.
In our Anatomy class, the instructor told us about this lady, who is 78 years old. He said he has to close the door really fast or else she will strip in front of him and stand there and talk to him, with nothing on.
I have a lot to learn but I love the classes. I have moved past the awkward stage with the other students-we are starting to get to know each other better and like each other. We are all in the same boat. We are all awkward, when massaging each other but getting a little better each time.
As far as massage, I have learned a basic routine on the back, arms and legs. We have been practicing it every time. Thursday, I’m supposed to learn a little more of that routine. My biggest problem is the draping-uncovering an area to work on it and leaving everything else covered up. For me, it’s like trying to fold the pizza box after opening it. I just don’t get it-I can’t see how it’s supposed to look. Cole says I’ll get it, eventually.
So that’s what is going on. Some of this stuff is hard but a lot of it is fun. Pray for my test-our fellow classmate grades it-that can be embarrassing. At least, last time I was lucky.
Anyway, I hope all is going well with you. I look forward to hearing from you.

“Lucy, You’ve Got Some ‘Splaining To Do!”

It’s been a while since I last posted. I am much better about the piggies. A lot of my day is taken up by taking care of our puppy, Xenon, which is fun.
I’ve also been doing a lot of thinking. I have had this in the back of my mind for about twenty years and I have decided to do it.
“So, what is this thing?” You say.
I have decided to go to school for massage therapy. I start on October 11. It will take about a year, during which, I will be interning. I think I begin my internship in February-the month of my birthday. Maybe I can get a free massage. 😜
I will still continue to write but it will be less often, as it already is. Terry suggested that maybe I could write about some of the clients that come in for a massage. Maybe I could write about school, too. Who knows?
In preparing for my license, I will need to take Health & Hygiene, Hydrotherapy-using water, when to use heat and when to use cold, Pathology, Anatomy &Physiology (which is scary, a little), Swedish Massage, Business, Shiatsu Massage, Reflexology, Pregnancy Massage and Kinesiology-the movement of the body.
I’m really excited and can’t wait to start classes. The first four days will be Health &Hygiene. Woo hoo! Something about taking care of your stuff and keeping it clean, I think.
Anyway, that’s what is going on. I will keep you updated. Until then, bye!

Here is Xenon, doing his favorite thing-sun bathing.

Getting Ready To Go

It’s been a while but I wanted to give an update on our moving situation. Anna is doing better about moving. It will take a while but she’s coming around.
I have been through every room in the house-deciding what to keep, throw away or sell. It feels really good to get rid of stuff-and since we won’t have room for everything we need to get rid of it anyway.
I thought I was done when I remembered the linen closet. D’Oh! Oh well! It’s just one closet.
We have also been selling stuff on eBay and Craigslist. Woo hoo!
I took Nibbles to the Vet again and he has a lesion on his heart or lung-the Vet couldn’t tell. Nibbles is on his third round of antibiotics-a human one this time, and Lasix. He has improved. His breathing is a little faster and easier. His appetite has picked up and he is more jumpy, like a normal guinea pig should be.
We found a home for Theo and Herbie. The couple was sweet and they couldn’t stop smiling.
We are still trying to find a home for Taylor. And now, I’m not sure what to do because I think she might be pregnant. I don’t know how-Anna’s got some ‘splaining to do. Is anyone going to want a pregnant guinea pig? Will I be able to see the babies before we give her away?
Only time will tell. 🙂

Going Back Home

I know my posts have been sporadic lately but I have a confession to make. It’s not actually a confession. It’s more like news. Are you ready? Are you ready for my big news? Are you sure?
Ok. Here it is: We are moving back to Texas in July. Whew! That felt good to let it out.
Yes, it’s true. About mid-July, the movers will come into our wonderful house and pack everything up. That part will be nice-especially since we are not getting movers from the Internet. That was a nightmare that I will save for another post.
We will be moving back to the Dallas area but on the other side of Dallas. Terry will be working in Plano, which is north of Dallas and we will be living in Frisco. If you look up Frisco on the Internet you will see that they have everything you could ever want, as far as shopping, restaurants, businesses and fun. When we went out of town recently, we flew to the area to look around. Driving down the street, we passed so many things, our brains could not take everything in. It was amazing all the stuff there!
We went to the mall, which has an ice skating rink in it, plenty of shopping surrounding it, and an Ikea behind it! Yay!
We also looked at a house, which John P. is selling. Weird, huh? Well, it turns out that we are buying it. It is smaller than the one we have now but as it says in Herbrews 13-“Be content with what you have…”. It is a nice house. I plan show it to y’all after we move.
So if I seem scattered or if my posts are scattered, it’s because I have a lot on my mind. We need to figure out what to do with the house, sell some furniture that won’t fit in the new house, have a garage sale and oh yeah, keep up with our daily routines. 😜
With a smaller house, however, and 3 less guinea pigs, I anticipate having more time to work on my blog. I will enjoy that. So hang on with me until we get through this move and then things will be more normal.
Thanks for reading.

EVERYTHING Happens When You Go Out Of Town

I know it has been a while since I posted regularly. The past few weeks have been crazy. Steph is home from college, which threw off my schedule, at first, but I don’t mind. She got a summer job, so it has made things more normal for me.
We went out of town from Wednesday to Sunday and a lot of things happened. In short, here’s a list:
Anna went to a party she wasn’t supposed to go to-and Steph had no idea where she was…
Steph got sick with a 101 fever…
Anna had a nosebleed and got blood in several rooms in the house…
Steph burned the carpet with her straightener…
Speckles made the rare “chirping” sound that I blogged about, but at 3 o’clock in the morning-about an hour after Terry and I got home…
Well, I think that’s about it. Steph said if we leave again, Anna is going with us because as she said, “Never again.”
Why is it that this stuff always happens when you’re gone?
You gotta love it!

Update On Nibbles

It’s been a while since I posted on my blog. After the insanity of the A to Z Blogging Challenge, I took a couple of weeks off. I wanted, however, to let you know how Nibbles is doing. The truth is, I’m not sure.
After taking him to the Vet, I gave him every dose of his 2 antibiotics, seeing as last time I had kind of slacked off. He has also had his Vitamin C every day.
I called the Vet when Nibbles was almost finished with his medicine he said that he believed Nibbles is over an apparent initial bacterial infection but if his breathing is still off, which it is, either he has a stubborn pneumonia or possibly something wrong with his heart. He suggested I bring Nibbles back in but I had to tell him that I have to wait a week or two, when we have the money.
In the meantime, he finished his antibiotics and I cleaned his cage, putting less bedding in it. If he has allergies, I was hoping that would help but it didn’t seem to do much. I also cleaned the carpet with the wet vac. I did about half of the room where some of the urine stains from them running around were. I figured that was a factor, since Steph, Anna and I get stuffy noses if we are in the room for long periods of time.
About a week after he started his medicine, Nibbles started acting like he was feeling better and exploring some. He was running around, not as much as the other piggies but he is still active and eating.
I have been watching the pollen count and when it is up, Nibbles’ breathing is worse; when it is down, his breathing is not as bad. I do need to take him back and let the Vet look at him and see him for himself because he has a better idea about Nibbles’ progress than over the phone.
We went out of town the day after I vacuumed and Nibbles didn’t seem to be doing that well. I picked him up to tell him goodbye and I could feel him exhaling in my hands. It really scared me and we haven’t been back home yet. That was Wednesday and we head back Sunday. The kids are home with the piggies and I am sure Anna will call us if she thinks he is really bad.
We did leave in the morning and he seems worse in the morning. The vacuuming may have stirred things up, at least I hope. I don’t want to think that he is worse. I told him, though, “You be here when I get back.”
Keep him in your prayers, or maybe me, that I can let him go if I need to.


From Foster Home To Christian:Meet Ashley

Hey y’all! How was your Christmas? I hope everyone had a good one. If you were missing someone, I prayed for you and hope you made it through.
This Christmas was different for me because I had a child come home from college and the anticipation sent me all over the house, cleaning. If you want to know what that is like, if you have kids, remember when you were pregnant and you wanted the house to look perfect for the baby, even though it would not know one way or another? It’s pretty much the same thing.
She called, several weeks ago, asking if she could bring a friend home for Christmas. We said, “Sure”, but I had no idea what was in store for me.
A week before they came, the mother called me-or I should say the family she is staying with. Her name is Ashley, and she is over 18, so she cannot be in Foster Care. In fact, Ashley told me that when you are in a foster home, they kick you out on your 18th birthday. She lived in several foster homes and was living with her grandmother when a family at church asked if Ashley could live with them before her grandmother could kick her out.
The mother of this family told me that Ashley was abandoned by her mother at the age of three. She came from a large family and her mother could not take care of all them. Out of the whole family, Ashley is the only one who is still faithful to the Lord.
The mother also assured me that Ashley was really sweet and would do anything I asked her to. I found out that was true because she cleaned up after dinner, last night.
I had no idea what to expect when she came-maybe a shy little girl who is afraid and unsure of herself but oh no!
She hugged me when she first met me and said it was an honor to meet me. No one has ever said that to me before-maybe to the queen but not to me.
She has been all smiles and laughs a lot. You wouldn’t think she comes from such a bad background. She has been enthusiastic about everything we took her to do and has even called me “mom”. 🙂
She was excited to come home with Steph partly because she has never seen snow and got to see it yesterday. Yay!!

To be continued…

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