Friday, February 27, 2009


If you ever want to know what's going on with Detroit - and other have to read the blog I stumbled upon last year - I think you'd call me a blog-stalker - I have to check it every day for updates...

Spend a few minutes - I think you'll be hooked!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Empire, MI beach October 2008 - a windy, rainy blustery day picture of Lake Michigan.

Photo by Sherry

Please do not copy or use without my permission

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

From my summer garden to you today - to family and friends "Happy Valentine's Day!"

Friday, February 6, 2009

It's all about Ryan right now...

Ryan's had quite a bit going on in his life the last week. Last Saturday he entered the Regional Powerlift meet @ Linden and qualified to go to the State Powerlift Meet in March by placing 3rd in his weight group. He surpassed some of his personal goals at the same time.
Squat 265; Bench 190 and Deadlift 310 .

Unfortunately, he can't go to the state powerlift meet to compete as we decided he needed to have the arthroscopic knee surgery to repair the osteochondritis dissecans lesion on his knee.

We rolled out of the house at 5:30a today - arrived at outpatient surgery for a 6:15am check in and he rolled in to surgery around 7:50am. It was relatively quick - which was good. Dr. Miller determined by scoping that he did not have damage to his cartilage - had a slight crack in part of the knee bone and then there was the bone lesion - good news, it was not loose enough to require implanting any pins - so, he went in from the side of the knee and drilled about 8 holes into the medial femoral.

Crutches for 12 weeks - no weight for 6 weeks on the knee . The projection is that he'll be back to full conditioning by July - so, football will not be lost this season. He should be ready to go!

The Powerlift Medal ....

Out of surgery and still pretty groggy...
You can not keep this kid from his laptop - he wanted to have it as soon as he got home but by the time I went upstairs to get it, he was fast asleep. In this picture - you'll see the polar pack next to him - it's the neatest thing - filled with ice and water connected to a film pack over his knee - it's specially regulated to maintain 50 deg F. He'll have this attached to him for the next 48 hours. It should greatly reduce the swelling and any bleeding.

Thanks everyone for your thoughts and prayers.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Sewing project...

We're always boasting how our cat, Paws is more than a cat - runs to the door when the doorbell is rung, sits and holds her paw up for treats, chews holes in tshirts or shoelaces in half, but one Sunday, she decided to help me sew a pair of lounge pants using fabulously fun Amy Butler fabric - "Martini" design....

Ta-da! Here they are all finished - and ready to wear after a bit of adjustments in the length.