Friday, July 15, 2016

Finally ~ Getting Moved ...


Well it's been a while again since I last posted .. and A LOT has happened ..but I'll try and sum it up shortly.

Right before our Flossie got sick .. 3 days that is .. we were supposed to be leaving CA for MO to move. But with Flossie so ill we couldn't get on the road and leave. Finally after 2 months and Flossie doing well enough our Veterinarian gave us the go ahead to leave. And so here we are 2 weeks later in the beautiful Ozarks of Southern, MO. 

We spent the first week getting acclimated and trying to get on the new time schedule ..although that's proved to be a bit difficult .. but we are getting there. This last week we spent driving out to properties to see where they were located .. such as buried deep in the trees, down in a holler, out in the open with a view, down 25 dirt roads at the dead end ..well you get what I'm talking about. 

And finally we are headed out tomorrow to view a few houses to see if they are suited for us or we are suited for them ..LOL !

Here's one of them we are headed out to see .. All Amish built ... simply beautiful even on the inside. Just toward the top of our budget so we'll have to see if it has everything we need for home and work.


So hopefully this means... yes that we will be in a home sweet home pretty soon after a year in motels ..that will be sooooo Nice .. and of course can't wait to get back to work ... my oh my have I missed sewing and building and painting and well just plain doing what I love most. 

I'll keep y'all posted and as soon as we get a place I'll share that with you too. Keep us in your prayers that the Good Lord guides us to the right place that his hand is in it and his will be done.

In the meantime take care and come visit me on FB if you haven't already ..

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Memories .. we all have a few .. "The Window in the Barn"



The Window in the Barn ... 

It's amazing how images..photos spark memories buried in our minds and bring them back to life and allow us to relive those times long ago as though they are today. 

These images of Barn Windows sparked a memory from long ago for me... when I was a wee bit of 7 yrs of age we lived in a small Horse town. We had a small plot of land with a home and a barn and room enough for a few farm animals ( 1 cow, several chickens, 2 ducks, 1 pig, 2 dogs and 3 horses). 

My Dad worked a lot of hours so it left my mom in charge of the house and the garden as well as the animals and us kids. We had our chores and helped out. We had a small red barn.. my dad had shot guns for country shooting and hunting ...and had a re-loading center in the front section of the barn. Another area was for all the saddles and tack .. and a small dark back room maybe 10 x 10 ft. if that was where we kept the feed... 

Back then we would drive the truck down and buy Alfalfa Cubes at the feed store . They would use a small tractor/loader to fill the bed of the truck with cubes .. and upon returning home my mom would shovel all those cubes from the truck bed into the feed room. She was quite the young woman. I remember helping try and throw a few in by hand .. but the door was narrow and she swung that shovel with a mighty strength and she always told me to stay well back so I wouldn't get hurt.

On several occasions as she swing the shovel or had to go inside to push the cubes further back in the room, making way for more cubes ....she mentioned she wished that feed room had a window for some light .. because the mice liked to hide in that room .. and you never knew when one might take a run for it across your foot ...no less in the dark. That happened on several occasions.

Well one day I got it in my head no less at 7 yrs old that I was going to make a window for mom. So I set out to the barn .. picked up the Bale cutters which had one sharp pick style end on them .. and began banging at the wall ..I have no idea how much time had passed but enough for me to get the tiniest hole started in the wall.. when mom came looking for me... She didn't get mad at me ...I think she was shocked I had picked a hole in the barn ...I explained I was making a window for her ... I can't remember much after that other than we boarded up the hole .. and we never did put a window in that room ... I tried though. I was certain then that I could make a window just as beautiful and perfect as these barn windows below ..









 I hope you enjoyed a little memory from my life ..

Photos courtesy of Pinterest:
https://www.pinterest.com/sweetmagsfarm/barn-ology/



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Friday, May 27, 2016

Flossies on the mend "Smiley Face" is coming back .. Chronicles of an English Springer Spaniel

Well .. I've held off on giving an update for a while .. being cautious as to not get super excited to only find within a few days the excitement had reverted .. 

So far though we have a lot to not only be excited about but so so thankful for !!!

Flossie as of Yesterday made it back in to the normal range with her blood...YIPEE !!! The number 35 may not mean much to anyone else..but it's been a big number that we were wanting her to make it too and didn't know how long that would be. With AIHA ..there just is no set of rules ..it's a highly unstable disease and every dog depending on treatment and how they respond differs greatly.That # for some dogs can take months...

So what does 35 mean .. it means her blood level is within normal range .. and she is considered stable at that point.  

Woohoo .. doing the happy dance !


(I shot these photos of Flossie on March 16 .. approx 1 month before she was hospitalized.)

So now what ?

Well she's still on 3 medications (1) steroid and (2) immunosuppressants .. 
They began decreasing the steroid 10 days ago .. and started a decrease on one of the immunosuppresants today. Basicly that begins the process of allowing her immune system to begin kicking back in again. What we hope beyond all hope is that her body has quit killing off the the red blood cells and there is no relapse. 

Right now she's doing amazing ..and Dr. Bennett for the first time gave us a ray of hope yesterday that she felt she was going to do just fine coming off the meds. She's dealt with alot of AIHA cases as she is an Internal Medicine Specialist and has several dogs with this disease she is even currently treating. 

I can't tell you how much the prayer's we asked for have meant to us. "Thank You "  
It's given us strength to get through this as this is a disease that is all encompassing and literally takes round the clock care. It's been nights of 2 hours worth of sleep ..endless trips to take her potty, and sitting next to her laying hands on her and praying that God would heal her body. 
 It's also a costly disease to fight and I feel thankful that I had the wisdom over the last 5 years to really work at saving money by being frugal and self controlled. That gave me the opportunity to choose to treat Flossie for this disease as aggresively as possible. My heart aches for those who are unable to do so. This is not a disease for the faint of heart be it in treatment of financial setback.

My little "Smiley Face" ..  is back to smiling, wagging her tail, barking like a maniac at other dogs, and so on. But no she's not out playing and running yet ...not because she might not want too but because she's still sick and too much exertion could cause a relapse. So right now it's quiet days of just laying around, eating, potty breaks, and loving on each other. The fun days of play will return over time ..but right now I'm as cautious as possible .. she's a fine piece of china that I am carefully and meticulously caring for.



I'm just thrilled her face has this big old smile on it again like the day this photo was taken ..

Please continue to pray for her, if you will I would be so very grateful.

And for those of you who know about my Dad's health .. we have good news on that front too.. at least for now and hoping for good. His blood test came back better than any in the last 3 years ..his hematologist and gastrointerologist .. were super happy with his #'s. Now it's a matter of just checking those #'s every 6 weeks or so .. and as long as they hold .. then they will know the lesions they removed from his intestines late 2015 were the cause of his bleeding the last 3 years .. something our  first gastro Dr. then missed for 3 years after many many many colonoscopies and endoscopies before we switched Dr.s for a second opinion. We are praying this is the answer ..oh how lovely it would be for my Dad and for us in general to know that the mystery was over.

Well it's Good News Friday for us .. Thankful Friday and Blessed Friday !!!

Please if you have a prayer request let us know .. we would love to lift you or a family or friend up in prayer .. we can all use each other's help and encouragement in this world of ours.

May you all have a blessed and safe Holiday weekend !

P.S.....

I have a new Sweet Magnolias Farm FB page if you would like to stop in and give it a LIKE and follow my postings ... just click HERE to visit it.



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In honor of our Fallen Hero's,our Hero's on the battle field, and those that have given their service to our country.

Have a Beautiful and Safe Memorial Day Weekend !
Here at Sweet Magnolias Farm we Salute our Men and Women in Service ..those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to secure our freedom and those who continue to secure it. We are so very grateful to you all !!!


Pictures via Pinterest from our "Old Glory Farm" board. 



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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Good News For Flossie today ...

A "Little" Good News for my Flossie Girl. Since I asked for prayers for Flossie .. I wanted to make sure and keep you all up to date.. not just when things are tough but when we get the good news too.
Today we went in to have her PCV checked (blood percentage) and for the first time her percentage was up 2 points .. that's actually huge .. it means she is making blood for the first time even if it's super slowly. She made that in 3 days ..!

Also her reticulocytes ( baby red blood cells) are now at 90,000 .. not even near enough to what they need to be but so far away from where they were a week ago .. so we are taking all the little miracles we can get today. 

She's looking better and starting to act more normal again .. which is so good.
She still has quite a ways to go .. but the fact she's alive considering it was a 50/50 chance is really amazing.

Thank you all for your prayers and please continue to keep her in your prayers .. we have a ways to go .. and I hate to say it or think it but we are not out of the woods yet .. as they can relapse ..
Hugs and Blessings to you all !!!

Can't wait till she's looking as good as this photo that I took of her back in March...












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