My archives might be a little outdated especially the older blogs. My links above are all new and current.

I have only positive things to say about Permission to Mother, an autobiographical account of a thoughtful mother and clinician who courageously writes from her heart, soul, brain, and personal experience; who is open to change in her views and opinions and is not guided by the safety of rules of any group or the status quo; she is guided by love and openness to the experiences life brings her and her family. Her process benefits her and those around her and those who read her words. And to add to that, the writing style and story telling ability here make it a very enjoyable read speckled with both the humor and seriousness of life. ~Laura Keegan RN FNP, author of Breastfeeding with Comfort and Joy

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

It's a Dog's Life

You can see what kind of life this doggie has. He easily goes to William for shared sleep. He's had a good time with the boys in the pool.
I thought this long shallow step in the pool was good for toddlers, but its looking like a
good step for a dog with short legs (and large abdominal girth) to cool off.(This photo is horizontal, but it would upload vertical, weird.) The boys have taken him almost everywhere. He is quiet and rarely barks. Scott has taken him to the pet store and karate. He loves long walks. He rides in the car easily.I'd like recommendations for a Vet. So far no health problems,
but in case we have an emergency or if we do keep him permanently.
I'd also like recommendations for books or websites about dog nutrition and holistic care.
If processed food isn't good for me, I'd like to know more about feeding dogs. Interestingly,
he has been trained so well, he hardly begs or demands other food then what he's been on.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Will I ever blog again?

My blog posts are rare these days.
I seem to be having a hard time concentrating long enough to blog. On top of working at the office and the freelance lancing writing I've done recently, the boys lessons have been consuming a bigger proportion of my time. William and Scott are both absorbing like sponges. Yet, sometimes they don't come to the desk right away and a quick lesson becomes dragged out from the time it takes coaxing them to come to the table. Scott is finished Lesson 3, in level 6 in BartonReading. I can see a light at the end of the tunnel. What will I do with myself when I am done with his all his reading and spelling lessons? :) This year especially I am glad they are homeschooled . I am seeing results I am proud of. I am enjoying teaching them. I find it rewarding.

Between tutoring the boys and work, I am involved with our new house. (In case your wondering, we don't live there yet.) The house is totally gutted now. (Three rooms have no ceiling, much drywall is down, all cabinets in kitchen and bathroom is out. Old tile and carpets have been pulled out.) We have a building permit as of this week. Next week we begin the putting it back together phase. One day I'll share more photos of the interior. You'll appreciate what we are doing more when I have "after" photos. For now, I spend so much time with this house's planning, I don't really feel like regurgitating all the details afterwards on my blog. All this work doesn't come natural to me. I am not a decorator or designer. At first it was fun and I eagerly waited to see what the rooms looked like with out the ugly cabinets, but seeing all the demolition has also been emotional. I didn't expect that.

Another reason I lack some inspiration to blog is that I don't like my new camera, so I can't say I am real inspired to share lots of photos. (That dog does take good photos, though!)

By the time I get to have my time at the computer, I can't seem to focus on composing any thoughts (although, I have a lot of thoughts) . Plus, I get lost reading other blogs and facebook and news, especially opinions on health care reform. I seem to spend a lot of time wondering about the outcome of HCR and what the impact will be, either way. Then my usual blog topics seem so minor and insignificant to the thoughts and concerns I have. And I can't write.

But I really do want to keep my blog up-to-date because I like having a journal of my thoughts.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Scott and Max

Scott has been researching dogs. He's been really eager to get one. I've done everything to delay and deter him. But a nice one has come our way. The dog has been previously taken care of by John's mother and brother. Scott asked to take care of him for a month. I have a feeling Max is here for good. John's brother use to take it everywhere with him, but now is living in an apartment. Now, Scott has been bringing him everywhere and taking care of him! As you can see they get along really great. Max is a Corgi and he is very content just to be sitting near Scott. He hardly barks. He doesn't beg. Doesn't get in my way. Doesn't chew on stuff. Doesn't get in my way. He's photogenic. I like that. They look so comfy together. Just wants to be next to someone especially Scott. What more can I want in a dog? He makes Scott and the boys happy. That makes me happy.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Thank you, Heather

Thanks you, Heather, for your Permission to Mother book review on your blog, It's All About the Hat. Heather has lots of dialogue with her readers and she posts frequently about breastfeeding, birth, and other issues related to mothering.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Catch-up / Twenty Posts in One

My turn to catch up...

As of last week our new house is in the process of being gutted and getting ready for remodel. I hear from our contractor that our new cabinets are being constructed in the shop. Last Thursday I had appointments with the lumbar guy to pick floor molding (this house never had any) and new faucets for the new cabinets. In the evening I had the opportunity to walk around the yard with a landscaper and a tree specialist who taught me a lot about the vegetation. I felt like a got a lot accomplished that day.

Friday was a busy day in the office seeing patients and wrapping stuff up to prepare for a few days off. Our nurse practitioner is covering, but I told our office manager that if any of my established mothers called Monday because they had their baby over the weekend I would see them on Monday.

Friday night, my boys had their belt promotion. William and Scott are brown belts with three black stripes (two testings away from Black Belt). Little David is a yellow belt.

Saturday was my day set aside for going to the beach and enjoying the waves. Not the sand bar. Not by boat. Just the beach. The red warning flags were up at Jensen Beach because of the rough under current and so we drove to Ft. Pierce beach with waves protected by the fishing pier and the rain came.

Sunday was the day set aside to make the long boat drive down to the sandbars. We need a lot of time to prepare and then get down there. It's hard to do even with just a weekend day off duty because we need the night before to get ready and we need clean up time. Let's just say that this week has had a lot more rain than last week and leave it at that.

Come Monday, I had quite a few office related emails to handle from home in the morning. They didn't stop coming. Two moms had birthed their babies this weekend. Both of them had taken the time to establish while they were pregnant and I made the time to go see them. One was in NICU (I wouldn't of had time to go there if I had a full schedule so I guess its a good thing I had off). :) The other mom reported signs of not enough milk transfer and was breastfeeding after breast surgery, so I thought I should (and wanted to) go in to evaluate the situation myself.

With a relatively uncluttered mind (haha) over the weekend I spent more time reading up on Health Care Reform- oh joy. On Monday night I decided to dial into the 90 minute AAFP (American Academy of Family Practice) town hall conference call. I now feel very well informed about the bill, the purpose of town hall, and the tea parties. I've never understood politics. I don't care much for watching the news on TV and I don't read the paper consistently. But I do seem to "get" facebook politics and I enjoy reading peoples opinions on blogs. Healthcare reform is too close to not follow. I am considering HCR from the point of view of what it means for babies. If babies benefit everyone else will prosper and fall in place.

Tuesday we headed towards Miami. My husband wanted to go to A Peruvian restaurant. I wanted to see the holocaust memorial while the holocaust studies are fresh in my boys minds as they prepare to become Bar Mitzvah. In the restaurant I ordered my salad and didn't rebel or complain about the other options my family chose. I let them enjoy their food. I don't miss eating greasy restaurant food. It doesn't even look tempting. I don't miss the loud environment of a restaurant with TVs on sleazy stations and nestle ice cream bar ads on the walls. My husband totally enjoys eating out. Sigh. After eating the boys tolerated the memorial for about 2 minutes. It reminded me why I don't attempt bigger sight seeing trips with them. Frankly its not worth the time and effort and resources to get somewhere, and to be frustrated without getting much out of it.

Another project I have going is I am writing and in the finalizing stage of two forewords. I am honored to be asked to make literary contributions to two upcoming publications. One book is a Breastfeeding Guide (no official title yet) by Robin Elise Weiss. The other book is Robyn Oppenheimers' Green Smoothie Girl's, 12 Step Expanded Course (has been available as an ebook on GSG.com. I feel excited to have the role of introducing a nutritional program that has been of benefit to me for more than a year and a half.

I have participated in the Permission to Mother book discussion over the past two months on AAMI childbirth discussion group. The archives will be stored in the yahoogroup for the knowledge seeking who want to get more from their reading. I enjoyed the structured questions from the moderator and the thoughtful answers from the midwifery students.

I am going to declare labor day week a time where I take off each year. Last year I went to my sister's in New York. In fact I totally intended to make it a tradition to visit my sister each year at this time. I had so much fun and we blogged about our laughs last September. With so much going on this year, I couldn't see me getting away. I am totally missing my sister and her kids. I miss not being able to get our kids together. My body seems to know the calender and keeps telling me that I should be with them and none of the other activities this week seem to be a fulfilling substitute.

I have some photos from this week. Perhaps I'll elaborate on some of this in more detail and share photos in my upcoming posts where the topic is worthy. Not sure what I am doing today. Hopefully we'll get some visiting in with our mothers this weekend.

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