Giving up my dad

In my last post I explained where I’d be for the coming weeks. Never did I imagine it would end like this.

A few days before Halloween, my dad was experiencing minor chest pains. He was the picture of health until that time. The only time he had ever been hospitalized in his life was in 1955 to have his tonsils removed! At 89 years of age, the only medicine he took was a blood pressure medicine. He volunteered with the hospital auxiliary, the ramp ministry (where a group built ramps over the steps at homes where the resident was unable to navigate the steps), worked in his yard, drove everywhere and lived a totally independent life. 

He was having these pains, but drove to his lady friend’s house. She knew immediately something was wrong and convinced him to go to the emergency room. They felt sure he had had a heart attack and transferred him to the “big city” hospital. 

A heart cath revealed major blockages and he ended up having 4 by passes. The heart surgery went well. Even recovery for that was good. Heart looked and sounded good. But he got pneumonia and a kidney infection. He had to be trached as well. Still, a few weeks in, he was better enough that the trach came out and he was headed to our hospital for rehab in a couple of days. I left him one day and they called an hour later saying they had almost lost him. He had become septic from the kidney infection, his blood pressure dropped drastically and he had a seizure. Back to the ICU. 

He had to be trached again. The massive antibiotics caused C-diff. He just couldn’t recover. I left him on Christmas Eve in stable condition. Two hours later he was gone. 

Total hospital time was eight weeks. I spent almost every day of those eight weeks sitting and watching him sleep. I don’t regret a minute of it. It hurts my heart to have to write this, but I feel I need to. 

The world lost a great man. He was truly one of the good ones. A rare breed. I saw him really angry one time when I was 13 years old. I’m one of the few people who could even tell if he was annoyed. One of the things I heard over and over when people were paying their respects, was he was such a sweet, sweet man. And he was.

John L. “Leck” Horton

September 6, 1927 – December 24, 2016


Checking in

Just wanted to check in and let anyone who might be watching know that I am still among the living. My 89 year old dad, who has enjoyed excellent health throughout his life, had a heart attack 2 weeks ago. It was so mild, he really didn’t know that’s what was happening, but his lady friend talked him into going to the emergency room. Three days later (Monday) he had the dye test which showed one artery completely blocked, another 98% and another 75%. Before going in, we had honestly expected there to be some blockage, but expected a stent would probably be all that was needed. We were in total shock with the results. He chose bypass surgery and they had to wait until his blood thickened back up before surgery. Surgery took place a week ago Friday. Turned out to be four bypasses! Then pneumonia reared it’s ugly head. He’s on a slow road to recovery, but recovery is sure to be. It’s not his time yet.

I’m spending a lot of time at the hospital and will continue to do so. When he comes home, I’ll be spending a lot of time at his non-internet house. Blogging, the booth and social media are the things that will suffer the most. I’ll try to continue to put things in the blog shop and on Etsy. Although, I do have a couple of blog posts I’m itching to do!


How To Set Up WooCommerce Zone Shipping

How To Set Up WooCommerce Zone Shipping

Confused about the new shipping zones in Woocommerce? Here’s how to set up shipping zones using different rates for different weights. Ha! Poet an’ didn’t know it!

As you probably know if you use WooCommerce, they are phasing out the old, flat rate shipping and going to Zone shipping. Groan. It took me long enough to figure out the one, basic flat rate shipping. Now they want to complicate things? So I put it off. My brain did not want to focus in on that. But I knew I couldn’t put it off forever and one day the mood hit right and I forced myself to figure it out. It’s really not complicated! However it IS time consuming. So, fix yourself a big pot of coffee, or grab an energy drink. I’ll be here when you get back.

Note: This tutorial is assuming you need the correct shipping amount for items of different weights going to different areas and had flat rate shipping for individual items/weights already set up in the old, trusty, flat rate, now called, “Legacy.” If you only ship, say, one 3 oz. item over and over, then this will be overkill for you.

Note #2: This tutorial is for the US only. I did not include figuring shipping for outside the United States, but you should be able to figure that out using the same method.

Note #3: Don’t let my over explanation scare or confuse you. I tried to get as detailed as possible. You might have to take one sentence at a time and certainly one step at a time. But it really is easy! I promise!

Note #4: Please do not ask me how to do this or that. I’m just like everyone else. Not a WooCommerce expert. I have to research to figure out every new thing I do. I wrote this tutorial while it was fresh on my mind. If I had to do it again, I’d have to read my own “how to!”

Now. Let’s get started!

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