Wednesday, October 31, 2007

HNT...Are you a Good Witch or a Bad Witch?

You Are a Witch (or Warlock)

You are deviously brilliant and a perfect manipulator.
You somehow always end up getting what you want - without anyone knowing you're working behind the scenes.
Crafty and cunning, you can work your way out of any jam.
And it's easy for you to get people to do what you want, whether you're working for good or evil.

Your greatest power: Mind control

Your greatest weakness: Making people your puppets

You play well with: Ghosts
What Kind of Monster Are You?

Happy Halloween Everyone! Happy HNT

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Crafty Witch

Looks what happens when I have time at home!

I was up early yesterday, which is highly unusual for a Saturday morning, so I figured I would make good use of it. Since I was gone nearly the whole month of October I have a ton of birthday cards to send out plus my favorite holiday is this week. I made the bags below as treats for some friends and got a good dozen Halloween themed cards made. Just need to go cut a few more branches to finish things up.

Witchin' you a wonderful week!

Monday, October 22, 2007

A bit of shopping...

I'm back in the swing of least physically. I went back to work today for a full day. It turned into a longer day than I had anticipated. For a post-call day I was quite busy with 5 dismissals, cast room, and clinic patients. How did that happen? I treated myself to lunch at the Healthy Living Center (aka "The Gym") before meeting with my Wellness Coach. After my meeting I needed to stop at the mall for two things...I needed a new loofah because I left mine in the sink at the farm and I needed to stop at Victoria's Secret to use my birthday gift card. I left with both of those items PLUS a very large bag from Barnes and Noble.

My name is Moosekahl and I'm addicted to books. Nice to meet you!

The latest reads? In no particular order...
  1. the Memory of Running by Ron McLarty
  2. A Time To Grieve: Meditations for Healing After The Death of a Loved One by Carol Staudacher
  3. Sundown, Yellow Moon by Larry Watson
  4. The Last Season by Eric Blehm
  5. 90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper with Cecil Murphey
Oh yeah...for my listening pleasure
  1. The Very Best of Diana Krall ( you have this one?)
  2. No Reservations The Soundtrack
I'm so naughty!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Late but done...September Non-fiction 5 Challenge

I finished Infidel in time but took off to my mom's bedside before I could right a review. So forgive my tardiness but I completely the challenge and actually read more than the 5 non-fiction requirements. Guess I do like non-fiction.

Infidel is an eye-opening piece or work to say the least. Hirsi Ali is controversial to say the least among her Muslim community but this book focuses more on her life and the culture she grew up in then on her political views. The idea that children, woman, and the weak were treated in such horrific conditions and continue to be treated that way in parts of the world we in the US can't even imagine is mind boggling.

This woman had character and goals. She worked hard in the eyes of adversity and has achieved much but has much yet to achieve. For that, I respect her. Definitely a book to take a look at.

Thursday, October 18, 2007


I am back in MN. I'm going to crawl into bed with my cats and my boyfriend and pray that I sleep.

Thank you to all of you for the support over the last several weeks. I love you all!

Friday, October 12, 2007


Os here, posting for Moose. Just got word that her mom finally passed on late this afternoon. It's been long and draining for her mom and the family, but she's now gone to a much better place, free from pain.

Read the posts below for more from Moose that she wrote earlier. And remember them in your prayers.

Lots of hugs to you and the family, Moose...

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Nothing new

Mom has been unresponsive since Monday morning. But she keeps on fighting. Her heart rate is in the 170's and 180's. Her respirations are very shallow but she keeps on going.

Thank you to everyone who has left me messages or sent emails. Mary M, send me your email address, I don't think I have it.

Last night was my first night alone with mom and I did okay except for the nurse turning on the light every two hours in spite of plenty of hallway light coming in. I got the nursing home house kitty to come sleep with me too. Murphy is MASSIVE but he cuddles real good and purrs nice too. At least I had a little company.

Tomorrow my family sells calves so my dad won't be able to come down until tomorrow evening and my sister not at all. Grandma Lena will come in the morning so I can get some sleep in a bed.

Thanks again everyone. Love you all!

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

A plan...

First off, I must say thank you to all of you stopping in to say hi and offer hugs and prayers. I appreciate it all much.

I don't do well without a plan or a calendar. This past week has pushed that to the limit. We have all been struggling to answer the question, "What should we do?". This morning we came up with a plan. My aunt is going back to Duluth in the morning. I'm staying through the week. If mom hasn't passed away by Saturday I will head back to Minnesota to get things organized, work a few days, stay sane. My dad and sister will cover the weekend. I'll come back immediately for a funeral.

We can't trust to leave mom alone at the nursing home. She can't talk anymore and not all the nurses seem to understand the concept of scheduled pain medicine. We switched her medicine to every 2 hours b/c she was getting very agitated. She was doing much better until for the second morning in a row I had to yell at the new nurse at 7 because she wouldn't give mom her medicine. She said it was "prn" can a woman in a near coma ASK for pain medicine? Duh! I made an immediate demand to speak to the director of nursing and got that fixed! Stupid lady. She has two good nurses for the evening and night shift but this morning gal is going to drive me to drink!

Anyway, thank you all. Keep the prayers coming, I'm hanging in there but I'm sure it's because you guys are holding me up. Thank you!

Sunday, October 07, 2007

So much for 30...

So much for turning 30 today....we are still just waiting for mom to make the trip to heaven.

We've all told her it's okay and that everyone in heaven is waiting. Grandma Lena and Brenda got me some roses and had them delivered to mom's room in the nursing home.

So instead of celebrating with friends the "milestone" of 30, I'm crying in a hotel room b/c I can't sit in mom's room all day and waits. Thanks to all of you for your support.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Waiting to Exhale...

Not sure when I will get to post again. I'm in South Dakota with my family. My mom has started slipping in and out of consciousness and is nearing the end.

Every it the last?

Every "I love you" it the last?

Every "good-bye" it the last?

We are just waiting...waiting to sigh in exhalation and know she's on a better journey.