Monthly Archives: January 2015

Month: January 2015 The recovery road

All the information, booklets, visits from the different therapists and the remarks of different doctors in the days and hours prior to leaving the hospital following my husband’s open heart bypass surgery didn’t prepare me for the recovery road.  Yes, I’d listened intently. Yes, I’d taken notes and appeared to comprehend all the information they were giving me — giving us. I guess I was prepared for what they’d specifically instructed me to do when we returned home, but I wasn’t prepared for the other stuff — the other stuff that they didn’t tell me.  And now, looking back, I see that there was “other stuff” they couldn’t tell me –– they couldn’t prepare me for what I’d experience any more than the obstetrician could prepare me for what I’d experience in labour and delivery and for the weeks following the birth of our first child.  I marvel at the continue reading

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Month: January 2015 Baby days: ‘Groaning Cake’

These are exciting days as we eagerly anticipate the call that labour’s begun for the newest grandbaby. I feel as though I, too, have been nesting as I’ve been gathering things for the birthing day, excitedly anticipating, along with our son and daughter-in-law, the birth of this little one. Kate and I were talking the other day about things she’s still needing for the upcoming birthing day… and she mentioned Groaning Cake.  I’d not heard of the cake by that name, specifically, but it sounded a lot like ‘energy muffins‘ I’ve made for labouring and beyond.  After a brief search, I found the recipe and saw that the ingredients were quite similar.  So, in the next couple of days I’ve be preparing Groaning Cake for Kate. This, from Ami McKay’s The Birth House, ““The tradition of a groaning cake, or kimbly, at birth is an ancient one. Wives’ tales say that continue reading

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Month: January 2015 Looking ahead, looking back

I glanced down at the clock as I pulled into the parking garage.  I rounded the corner and pulled into the same space I’d vacated just 7 hours earlier.    Knowing the segment queue was on the :20’s, quickly clicking through the radio stations, I was hoping to hear one of the morning “phone taps” my girls had replayed for me a couple of times.  These “phone taps” are pranks a radio host makes on unsuspecting individuals.  Twisted, I know.  But, given the situation I’d been experiencing, lots of my thoughts were scrambled in those days.  Precious minutes were ticking by as I waited in my car at the hospital for the call to be aired.  I waited, thinking the radio dj would play just one song – but no, he would play two.  Since I don’t listen to the music on that station, I found the first song so continue reading

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Month: January 2015 The Simple Soap

You’re going to love this soap!  When you try your first bar, you’re going to notice an immediate difference between TheSimpleSoap and “commercial” soap company soap.  That’s why I’ve been so excited about The Simple Soap giveaway!  So… later today I will be selecting a recipient of TheSimpleSoap triple bar soap giveaway! So… for several more hours, you have an opportunity to have your name added to the bowl of names in the drawing.  The only thing I’m asking is that you’ll share one thing you’re aiming to do or achieve or stop doing in this new year.  The comments we’ve received thus far have been wonderfully encouraging!   Go ahead and share your thoughts! I’ll add your name to the bowl and later today will have the drawing! Thank you for reading… and for those of you who’ve been faithful readers of The Welcome Home blog, may I say, Thank continue reading

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