Archive for the 'Children' Category



07
Jan
17

first friday

Found another penny today in the same general place I found yesterday’s, the area where students line up who want to see an adviser. I’m guessing they get dropped when people go into their pockets or purses to get out their picture ids.

I also dropped by my Friday dumpsters. Looks like someone updated their computer systems; lots of routers, circuit boards, etc. CPI likes the ATI card I found. It is an older one from 2009, but looks to be still good. We’ll have to test it out. Most of the things will be parted-out for scrap. However, the new-in-the-box Bunn coffee maker just missing the carafe will be staying here if it works. Carafes are really easy to find at resale shops.~~TSG

03
Jan
17

a little bit closer

Went out today with FMP since it was his normal day off. Found $.10 in the parking lot of the mall. Not a lot, but every bit gets us closer to our goals. We were going to take some things to the scrap yard, but a recent thunderstorm has left things a bit muddy around here.~~TSG

02
Jan
17

happy 2017!!!

I have been a bit neglectful of my blogs. I will be trying to rectify this in the new year.

CPI has been accepted at Texas A&M University. This fills me with great pride and a little bit of panic. As you know, a university education is rather expensive. I am really glad that my new job will help pay for that. In addition, I will be directing “The Scheme” towards that end. Since I have not really kept up with it, I will just give you the end total as far as I can tell. I took in about $173.77 by finding money and scrapping metals I found.

For an anthropology class I was taking, I wrote an ethnography (study of a society or group in a society) about “side hustles”; things people do outside their regular jobs to bring in money or other items of value. I interviewed people who had various hustles. The only hustles I got enough information on to write about were dumpster diving and buying storage units. My experiences in looking for things to scrap or use became part of what is called “participant observation”, an anthropological technique. I got an A+ on the paper; a nice little bonus. I was taking the class to determine if I like anthropology enough to take a master’s degree in it. The answer is “yes”. Of course, I may have to delay this a bit as CPI needs a bachelor’s more than I need a master’s. On the other hand, The Scheme may eventually generate enough to let me do both at once. That would be really cool.

For the time being, however, my new plan is to put the boy through A&M on trash. Won’t that be fun?~~TSG

16
Oct
14

for those of you who need a laugh,…

…this morning’s events at the Gaudy house:

I woke at 6:30 to discover that one of us had tipped over my contact lens cleaning system during the night, leaving my contacts still in a soup of hydrogen peroxide. I had no idea how long they had been this way, but the process takes at least 2 hours. I set up the bottle, hoping it would finish before I had to leave. Meanwhile, I washed my hair. I can’t see anything and also can’t find my emergency glasses. I wake up CPI so he can begin getting ready. He puts my pants on the couch so I can find them easily. The dog decides that they will make a lovely bed in the front hall. I put on a skirt I wore earlier in the week instead. This means that I need to clean off the shoes I wore Monday when the parking lot was full of mud. CPI says he will clean off the mud (now caked dirt) while I fix my hair.

I put sticky stuff in my hair and begin blow-drying and styling it. This consists of blowing for a bit and then leaning as close to the mirror as possible to look at the results. This entire time, we are both trying to figure out where the bottle of plain saline solution that is usually in my purse is so I can rinse the contacts and wear them. It is inexplicably missing. Finally, we decide to buy some on the way to work. CPI begins to throw up (a combination of his seasonal allergies and whatever was in the mud, we think). New plan; CPI will drive me to the store, buy the saline solution and bring it out. I will rinse my contacts, put them in and take him back to the house. Partway to the store, I remember that the contact case in my purse may have solution in it. It does. I rinse the contacts, put them in and take CPI back to the house.

At work, I decide that I deserve a coke. I get this from the fancy machine in the cafeteria where you can mix your own. Returning to my office, I hang up my sweater (a new one) to discover that I have been wandering the campus with a tag attached to an extra button dangling from the back of my sleeve.

The worst/best part of the whole thing? I like my hair better today than I have in some time.

27
Jun
14

off we went…

Today, CPI and I went with Papaw, Aunt J, ES and LS to the zoo. No, we do not want to comment on why it took five adults to take 2-year-old LS to the zoo. We all had a grand old time. We saw lions, bears, giraffes and even baby elephants. The biggest hit was the sea lions. We watched them for some time while Papaw took a phone call from a friend. They put on quite a show! The two young ones chased one another up and down the slide. Then, dad came out and took a ringside seat on a platform. Finally, mom came out and swam about watching the fun. The water looked really cool and inviting. LS suggested jumping in. ES (typical ‘mom spoils it all’) said that he couldn’t. When Papaw’s phone call was over, we had to practically peel LS off the fence between us and the sea lions. We only saw about 1/2 of the zoo before LS got sleepy. We’ll have to go back another day and take in the rest.~~TSG

25
Jun
14

rejoice,…

…the Lord is King! IRP was told by the doctor today that she does not need any further surgeries. He took out the final drain and declared her finished. She has another checkup next month, but other than that she can just get on with her life.~~TSG

20
Jun
14

the new normal

Praise God! IRP is happier and healthier now than she has been in years. She is relieved that, with the permanent colostomy, she knows what to expect. As she said to me, “at least I won’t wake up every day wondering what is going to break and will it succeed in killing me this time?”. This is not the solution we really wanted, but it is one that is working. I could not ask for anything more. Thanks and love to our prayer partners!~~TSG

06
Jun
14

this is getting old

Well, here we are again. IRP called at about 10:30 this morning in terrible pain. I ran her up to her doctor and he had her admitted to the hospital. The hospital was full, so it was nearly 3:00 by the time she got a room. Since then, we have been struggling to keep her out of pain and to get her to keep contrast liquid down. Finally, I decided to have the nurse tell IRP’s doctor that she was never going to be able to keep anything down unless he could get, and keep, her out of pain. The nurse had already come to this conclusion and informed the doctor. She was actually on the way to IRP’s room with a syringe full of morphine and the information that the scan would be performed without contrast fluid. They will be coming for IRP shortly. Please pray that the reason for the problem will be relatively mild and quickly solved. Thank you!~~TSG

28
May
14

so, not only do you kidnap little girls, you can’t hold on to them

Well, today’s news confirms my original thought; the kidnappers of the Nigerian school girls are not men. Please, guys, save yourselves further embarrassment and let the remaining captives go. I am quite sure they can find their way back. Four of their comrades just did so.

Besides, your position in untenable. Western education is not the problem. No education is. If someone has to be forced to believe something, they will give it up at the first opportunity. Try persuasion. Well, after you get out of jail, assuming you do. If Nigerian prisons are anything like ours, you will be lucky to survive the first night. Those who prey on children are the lowest of the low.

#Send Back Our Girls!

27
May
14

our ways are not his ways…

IRP went into surgery at 1pm. At 3:15, the doctor came out to speak with us. The fistula has been successfully closed. However, IRP will have to deal with a colostomy for the rest of her life. There is simply not enough material left to reconnect her in the normal manner. In fact, the colon could not be stitched to the stoma today. A temporary plastic stent has been put in to allow for the growth of scar tissue. In three or four weeks, the doctor will use the scar tissue to complete the connection.

IRP has been dealing with the difficulties caused by Hirschsprung’s for her entire life in one way or another. This is the end of that. The permanent colostomy does not make any difference to her fiancé who says it is “just a thing” which has nothing to do with her as a person. 🙂 I asked the doctor about IRP’s main concern; would she be able to conceive and carry children. He said that she has the correct equipment and it is in fine shape. Should scar tissue prevent regular conception, there are other methods to conceive. Most importantly, she will be able to carry a child to term. It has always been IRP’s worst fear that her condition would make this impossible.

God’s ways are not ours, but I know they have a purpose. Please continue to pray for a quick recovery and return to normal life. As always, thank you!~~TSG