Well, for somebody who is NEVER sick, I have missed more days of school in the last month than in the last nine years! It seems I can't get my blood pressure under control because I can't find a med that doesn't make me cough like I'm going to cough up a lung! Now I have Bronchitis & Laryngitis! I can't talk AT ALL. Dr ordered total "vocal rest" so it can all heal. I couldn't go to school Friday and I hate missing school! I am keeping the kids up to where they need to be, but it's hard going back after being out because it takes three days to undo the damage of one day with a sub! I am going to go tomorrow if I have to use sign language! I still can't speak above a whisper. At times I think it gets a little better but when I try to talk, it makes it worse again. I'm going to TRY not to talk at all today & see if that helps it heal faster. I still have to have my formal evaluation and it has to be done before Thanksgiving. I'm not really sure what difference it is going to make. The same idiot that did it before is going to do it again, but hopefully by now he has learned the difference between an overhead transparency and a computer PowerPoint presentation.
Speaking of Thanksgiving, we were supposed to get a new roof and a front porch before Thanksgiving, but it is beginning to look like that isn't going to happen.....again. I have been trying to get a porch built on this house since we moved into it, but every time we get the money, something comes up. Now we have the money but can't get our contractor to get back to us with an estimate. I said several years ago that I was determined to have a front porch on this house before I died. One of the things that ran through my mind while I was having a heart attack last year was that I was going to die without getting my porch after all. It may sound strange for that be something you think about when you think you may be dying, but having that porch has been a dream of mine for almost 25 years. It makes me sad to think that I may not get it this time either and no one seems to understand how important it is to me.
On a happier note... We went by & spent some time with Malinda and Vivienne Friday. Vivienne is growing up so fast! I can't wait until she is old enough to spend the night with us. I love it when the boys come for a week in the summer, but they are getting older now and I'm afraid that the days when they look forward to giving up a week of their summer to come here are soon going to be gone. Jonathan will be 15 in a few weeks and Noah just turned 12. The time has gone by so fast! I hope Vivienne will have cousins close to her age. I remember when I was a kid how much fun we had when Auntie & Uncle Shoffer would come home on leave. All the cousins would get together at Ma's house and ramble all over the place. We were so lucky to have that. I want my grandchildren to have the kind of memories I have of spending time with cousins who were also my friends and a grandmother who allowed us to be silly. The things we got into!!! But, that's another story for another day!