Flying Fox Studio

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Wow. I can't believe it has been so long since I wrote. Sorry about that.

It was November since I wrote. Things have been a touch stressful in the last two months. 
On December seventh my husband was working with the strike force officers watching the liquor store for parolees who are not supposed to be in possession of alcohol, the boys and I were out getting groceries so we decided to run by the liquor store and pretend to buy beer or something, we don't drink at all but we thought it would be funny knowing Tim was watching the place. 
When we got there he was in the process of making an arrest.  We drove right past him but he was so busy lectureing the guy in the back of the squad car he didin't see us, it was good for the boys to see Dad in action.
On the way home it started to storm, we were talking and I said how very grateful I was to not be in the hospital this year, the knee surgery was so hard on me.
At home one of the boys went to work, the other with a friend and the third onto the computer, I went outside to check on the birds....and I fell and did a massive face plant.  Right away I knew I had broken my nose, the fountain of blood and the misplaced nose was a dead give away, and instant nausea, oh my gosh I had no idea breaking facial bones could make a person so sick.  Son number three called son number two and they took me to the ER where Tim had pulled of the surveillance and met us there. Eventually son number one showed up. They had a great time making fun of their mother, every time they made me laugh it hurt.  So my nose and frontal bone was broken and I had a concussion. Lovely.
Then the next week we had a sewer flood and backup in the basement. Lovely. 
It was so stressful I though I was going to lose my mind, I was still so sick from the concussion.
Then Christmas, which was storming like crazy and we were supposed to travel to my sisters. Husbutt was reluctant to even go so he was a bit of an ass, but after everyone pulled their attitudes out their rectums we had a really good time and traveled safely.  On the twenty-sixth of December I had surgery to repair  my nose and it went very well, much easier than the Dr. had prepared me for, the bones slipped into place and they did not use morphine and that was a great blessing. I don't do well with morphine, it tends to stop me from breathing.
The flood restoration company has the basement family room torn apart, the last few days they have been replacing sheet rock and bead board. It seems they jarred a clamp loose on the  main water line coming into the house and it started leaking, I had to take the sawzall to the new sheet rock to expose where the leak was and call in a plumber. Lovely. He finally showed up today to address the problem, the water had to be shut off from the city line, the city guys arrived to shut the water off, the line broke.  There was a twelve foot high geyser in the drive way. Lovely. 
There was swear words involved, and not just mine.  It is a good thing it happened today and not yesterday, today it was at least above zero and not below like it was yesterday.
Miracle the ancient handicapped duck is in the house now, the other birds cornered him and beat him to a bloody rag. He is recovering but I must admit having a stinky duck in the house is a bit much, but until the wound on the back of his neck and head heal, he can't go back outside.  Scoliosis the chicken is inside too, the below zero weather is so hard on her, she is a screwed up little mess and needs a bit of extra care.  She had been sleeping with the chihuahuas and lays her eggs in their bed.
The sub-zero temps have been brutal on the birds, Benjamin the turkey was shivering, he is now sporting a wool sweater and he seems to not be shivering as much. Poor guy, his big fat tummy is nekkid and he was miserable.
Fluffy McNutter the grey cat who decide to live here, is gettin along well though Tasmanian does not like him much, its a cat thing.
My blood pressure had been sky high, can't imagine why.

This next few days I will be painting the storage room, and laundry room. Yeah.  As soon as I get everything moved back into those rooms, we can get the family room addressed and the  new carpet laid.  This really had been a mess.  On the bright side, I am hoping to finally finish laying the wood on the stairs which had to be postponed a year ago when I had the knee replaced.  Things will all work out, it always does and the hand of the Lord has been manifest in nearly everything.  We are blessed, a wee bit stressed but blessed.


  1. Wow-reading it all in one place rather than bits and pieces on FB--you've really been through the mill in the last few months!! Hope you are past the worst of it all!

  2. I am sorry Maren! You have been through hell and survived. I hope everything goes smoothly from here on out. Good luck!