Thursday, October 29, 2009

I AM Worth It

In a brief conversation, a man asked a woman he was pursuing the question ... ... "What kind of man are you looking for?" 

She sat quietly for a moment before looking him in the eye and asking. "Do you really want to know?" 

Reluctantly, he said, "Yes." She began to expound ... As a woman in this day and age, I am in a position to ask a man what he can do for me that I can't do for myself. I pay my own bills. I take care of my household without the help of any man. I am in the position to ask, "What can you bring to the table?" 

The man looked at her. Clearly he thought that she was referring to money. 

She quickly corrected his thought and stated, " I am not referring to money. I need something more." I need a man who is striving for perfection in every aspect of life." 

He sat back in his chair, folded his arms, and asked her to explain. 

She said, " I am looking for someone who is striving for perfection mentally because I need conversation and mental stimulation. I don't need a simple-minded man. I am looking for someone who is striving for perfection spiritually because I don't need to be unequally yoked ... believers mixed with unbelievers is a recipe for disaster. I need a man who is striving for perfection financially because I don't need a financial burden. I am looking for someone who is sensitive enough to understand what I go through as a woman, but strong enough to keep me grounded. I am looking for someone who I can respect. In order to be submissive, I must respect him. I cannot be submissive to a man who isn't taking care of his business. I have no problem being submissive ... he just has to be worthy. God made woman to be a helpmate for man. I can't help a man if he can't help himself ."

When she finished her spiel, she looked at him. 

He sat there with a puzzled look on his face. He said, "You're asking a lot." 

She replied, " I'm worth a lot."

Friday, October 23, 2009

Kimberlee Came to See Unci

Okay, Unci is the Lakhota word for grandmother-go here to hear the proper pronunciation.

Through the efforts of the American government, Christians and other well-doers, the Waccamaw (and many if not most Nations and Tribes) lost their original languages over the years. We do know that our language was Siouan based.

I'll not go into a history/language/culture lesson here, as that is not what this post is about. Suffice it to say that I choose Lakhota to learn and teach the grandchildren for a reason.

Kimberlee's parents, my Virgillia and her husband Ivy (also father to all 3 children), are divorcing. As usual, it is hard on the children.

IJ, the three year old boy, came to stay with me a week, two weeks ago. Now, its Kimberlee's turn.

We made my camping cot (which never gets used anyways) out in the living room. She usually sleeps on the couch but I decided that making it a bit more special this time would be nice under the circumstances.

We got it out and went and found a foam bed overlay that had been brought out for Mr. Bob, but never used. She helped me get that on it and then we folded a comforter in half and put on it. Then a set of new sheets and a comforter to cover up with. All nice and fluffy now.

She really did not want to go to sleep, which is actually unusual for her--bedtime is bedtime and Unchi does not believe in "spoiling" the grandchildren. Loving re-enforcement of the home rules is the way to go.

Kimberlee said she missed her Mama and would she come get her tonight? I reminded her she brought her clothes to stay and we read a Bible story. I did sit on the couch and crochet until she fell asleep. Which did not take long since she had been yawning for an hour!

She insisted on having her doggie pillow, a little stuffed doggie and the blanket her Mama made for her.

Today we are trying on clothes a friend sent over for all the grands. All she is really interested in is the shoes--she has always loved shoes!

We may bake a cake in little bit. Poor Man's cake with chocolate and cake spice. Yum-Yum!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Dakota Dream's Baby Blanket

Here is Dakota's baby blanket!

The main color is a yarn I found nine skeins of at Goodwill. The Coffee was some I had for an afghan my husband wants and the pink on the edges is one I received in an exchange I was involved in once.

Latest Sewing Project

Sat up last night and cut out this pattern for my granddaughter Dakota Dream.

Making view "A"- the one in the center. It's a dark yellow what a lot of sports teams use and call gold.

She is a true Indian baby with a round face and pretty dark skin. She will look very cute in this (and no Unchee does NOT have a biased opinion! LOL)

This will be her Christmas present.

Pictures coming when it is done. Right now I have the hardest job of all-finding a zipper and bias binding that will match the cloth color.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Brother Goes Home After Hip Replacement

Don had his surgery last Monday, 12 October, 2009. The doctors got him opened up and they had to remove a lot of hardware that was put in place earlier-screws, plates, a rod, etc. Then completely replace the left hip. The bone had grew back after the accident, curling at the ends where the new growth was. This had to be trimmed. Extension plates had to be put in.

On Tuesday he was up walking some in the morning and he walked " a lot" Tuesday afternoon.

On Wednesday he was in extreme pain. He could not do any physical therapy. Of course the hospital staff just thought that maybe he was not wanting to do the therapy and took him down anyway. Once the tears started, they took him back to his room, but the nurses just treated him as though he was not really in that much pain. The pain was coming from his back in the area of his kidneys.

Eventually one of his home health physical therapists came by to see him and saw the pain and went and talked to someone. His pain medications were adjusted and his doctor called.

The doctor called in a Urologist and many blood tests were run. His creatinine levels were elevated. Don was told to make sure the test results were given to his primary care physician and urologist.

The Orthopedist asked for Don to be transferred to a Rehabilitation Hospital/Physical Rehab Center but the one in Greenwood, SC does not have a standing contract to accept Medicaid (Don is receiving SSI) and Medicare denied to pay for it.

He will however, continue to receive Home Health Services. They are even coming out today, Sunday, to check on him and get him set-up.

He can put as much weight on his leg as he can stand, he can walk with the aid of a walker.

This hospital stay has lead Don and the medical staff to realize he is allergic to regular tape and must use paper tape.

I could hear the pain in his voice over the phone yesterday. He told me his goal is to do everything the therapists tell him do and a little bit more.

The Pastor at our church (Hodges Church of God will always be my home church no matter where I am at) is stepping down after many, many years of Pastoring. His last Sunday is the 25th of October 2009--Don wants to be there for that.

He has set himself a lofty goal all things considered.

With many prayers and a lot of dedication and determination he will make it.

Again, many thanks to all my loyal readers for their thoughts and prayers.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

16th Annual Waccamaw Indian Pau Wau


It is time once again for the annual Waccamaw Indian Pau Wau!!!!

I can not wait to get there. I'll go down on the Thursday before to set up and get relaxed and just have a some time to myself.

School Day is Friday and then Pau Wau on Saturday and Sunday!

Looks like Giorgianna and her family and maybe Virgillia and her children, will get to go. Not real sure yet about their job's and getting off-- also their Pa is getting re-married soon and that means another trip to South Carolina--frankly, I'd rather see them go to the wedding and attend Pau Wau next year as oppossed to miss their Pa's wedding.

I plan on having a jolly good time.

Lots of Indians.
Camp fires.
Fry Bread.
Salt Air to breath and salt sand to walk my bare feet in!!!

Brother Has Hip Replacement

As many of you will remember, my brother, Don, was in a bad car wreck April of 2008 and pretty much crushed from the waist down.

He has spent many long hours of rehabilitation/physical therapy and had several surgeries.

Grady Hospital doctors in Atlanta, Georgia had him on the table for hours a week before sending him home to our elderly Mother in South Carolina.

He fought and finally got SSI and since then has been able to get the medical attention he has needed.

The doctor's went in Monday, 12 October 2009 to replace his left hip. It ended up being a good bit more extensive.

They had to remove all the hardware previously placed in there. Pins, rods, screws, etc. Bone that had not grown back properly.

Then they had to put more hardware in--the new hip joint that ended up being that plus bone extentions.

Don is in a lot of pain. He lost a lot of blood. His blood pressure keeps dropping.

It has not been a full 48 hours yet, but he's doing well.

Now we pray for a fast recovery, pain relief, and approval for his rehab/therapy.