Beaver Moon, Haircuts, Concussion, etc. A Slice of Life :)

A slice of life from this weekend.

Daylight Savings Time ended and it is hard to get used to the dark coming so quickly in the afternoons now.

It was also the weekend of the “Beaver Moon”, almost like a Super Moon…I caught a few photos the next morning. It was very mild and felt like spring …..I enjoyed a walk under the moon in the dark.  I am glad that I did because we had torrential rains and severe thunderstorms roll in a few hours later.

It was a weekend of contrasts. Due to the heavy rains and wind,  and milder temps, the neighbor’s tree changed from a brilliant deep red to lighter colors, and dropped most of its leaves. Yet while most of my flowers died off from a frost a few days ago, a few are still hanging on, and the zinnia on the lower right is a new bloom! :)

On Saturday, my son took the boys for haircuts. Here is Brent with his new one.

Javis wanted a mohawk. They were both very happy with their cuts. On Sunday, which had rain early but cleared out in the afternoon and went to 70 degrees, my son & DIL, Brent & the twins attended a football game. It was for the championship and my DIL texted the score to me at one point. The Bucs were winning!

Then I got the kind of text that no one wants.  Asking me to go check on / take care of their dog Merle, who was outside, since they wouldn’t be home as expected. Javis took a very hard hit from a kid about 3x his size, and they were following the ambulance to Children’s Hospital. He had weakness in his arms and numbness in his neck.

Long story short, he had a concussion ( head ) as well as a spinal concussion.  They admitted him after doing a CT and MRI.   Once all of the tests were done and they had consulted with the neurosurgeon, she brought the other three little kids home to get them ready for bed and my son stayed the night with Javis. She went back in the next morning after getting the kids off to school.

I cooked their dinner on Monday, not knowing if he’d be released or not. He was, mid-afternoon. He has to wear a neck brace for several weeks and then be re-checked. He is in some pain, yes. His children’s pastor visited him and the church and myriad friends are praying for a complete healing. His coach also visited and brought him a trophy, since they’d won the game. This is a picture that my DIL took of him in the hospital.

Our little champion :)

He is excused from school until Monday unless he feels well enough to go back on Wednesday or Thursday. He does need to take Tylenol or Advil or something every few hours, though, at this point. Laying flat to sleep hurts…he might have to try to sleep in the recliner chair in their living room. No contact sports this winter ( no wrestling ) and this was a pretty severe injury. The neurosurgeon said if he ever recieved a similar one in the future, there would be no contact sports for life.

The DINNER that I cooked for them: she had ground turkey thawing out. I made turkey meatloaves, mashed potatoes, gravy, cornbread and a favorite of theirs…Corn Souffle. Very easy ; the recipe is HERE.

To top off the weekend and today, many of us are just finding out that we are under some Boil Water Alert affecting 100,000 customers or more, after we’ve been drinking the bad water all day :)

Quilting gets me through things :)  It is so calming.  I am hand quilting diagonal lines. I’ll go back and create a second set of them down the line for a cross hatch.

Finally, every fall I bring out my grandmother’s table runner. I remember as a little girl doing embroidery with her on pillowcases ….simple backstitching.  But this table runner that she made is much more complicated, and it has survived over the years.

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18 Responses to Beaver Moon, Haircuts, Concussion, etc. A Slice of Life :)

  1. Judy Miller says:

    Frightening when the little’s get hurt!!! Glad you live nice and close.
    That runner is beautiful. Grandma did a great job to have it last this long. I love things like that, don’t you?

  2. Karen says:

    That is the one thing I really hate about contact sports for children – I really don’t even like to watch them. I sure hope he heals fine and will not be in too much pain. I know kids like sports like that but with all the evidence of brain injuries – well I would think twice about letting a kid play them – but that is me.
    fall is beautiful and I love the trees – the moon was spetcular wasn’t it.

  3. Kyle says:

    I hope Javis is feeling better. It’s so scary when kids get hurt like this. No vacant lot games anymore.

  4. Margie Miller says:

    I think football is too violent for anyone…adult or child. I have read that many, many professional football players are suffering from brain damage…it is kept quiet.

  5. Margie Miller says:

    But I am so sorry about Javis’ injury! I will pray that he will completely recover.

  6. What a scary weekend! I hope your grandson heals quickly and is careful to let his body heal. Thank God you are close by to help the family. Your fall photos are so cool.. mary

  7. I’m glad he’s feeling better. You are so sweet to make their meal!
    Brenda

  8. Joyce says:

    I am also praying for Javis. He looks calm and brave – it’s always the parents and grandparents who absorb the worse pain when a child is injured. Heal quickly, little Buc! We need you in the game!
    Your grandmother’s table runner is amazing! What a beautiful – and meaningful – touch for the season of thankfulness.

  9. FlowerLady says:

    Dear Brenda ~ I pray that Javis will have complete healing. What a scary thing to have happen.

    Your grandmother’s runner is very nice and what a wonderful piece to put out during the holidays.

    Happy Autumn ~ FlowerLady

  10. Kim says:

    Oh no. How scary. I hope that he’s feeling better very soon. Breathe deep grandma…

  11. val says:

    Oh No!!! My stomach would have been in my throat right away! So glad everything is okay…YES our stitching is calming…I don’t know how people survive without it. LOL Keeping your boys in my prayers….:)

  12. Jane says:

    Oh, that poor boy. My son had a concussion when he was nine and the front wheel came off his bike when he was flying. He hit the street with his head. Very scary. He was quite out of it for a week, like in a daze. I’ll keep Jarvis in my prayers.

    Jane x

  13. audrey says:

    Love seeing your hand work so much. There’s just something special about your pictures! Hope your grandson gets better soon. So scary!

  14. I only wish full and fast recovery for Javis. I’m not sure why we still encourage children or adults to play football with all the medical issues that have come to light. A life-time injury or a touchdown? Seems simple to me, but I’m pretty sure my age is showing. Positive thoughts and prayers to all of you as he heals and gets back on his feet. Love Brent’s haircut. :-)

  15. I hate shorter daylight days and it makes it seem so dreary with less. I remember when I worked it seem like I went to work when it was dark and left when it was dark. I hope Javis is feeling better soon! Always love seeing your needlework.

  16. Ann says:

    Neck injuries are so frightening. I hope Javis is better soon.
    The star flower on your quilt is charming. Thanks for the idea.

  17. Grandma Kc says:

    You have really had a week! I am so glad they expect Jarvis to make a full recovery – I can’t imagine how frightened all of you must have been. Contact sports are scary stuff!

  18. CathieJ says:

    I am not familiar with the habits of cats. I think that I would be moving a cat all the time as I always have papers on various surfaces. I love the kitty pics.

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