Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tuesday 11.30.2010

The last day of November. Soon it will be all the rush of Christmas events, then the slide into the next year. Sometimes time goes in a blur. Amazing.

I worked today, with a good group of co-workers, and an oddly busy day. I will say, I was glad to be done with it.

A safe drive home, thank you God, and a quiet evening.

Dan works tomorrow, while I will get groceries and gas and whatever else is needed.

I've felt pretty good, though oddly out-of-sorts. Hot flashes and joint pains. (go away...)

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Monday 11.29.2010

I was up and getting ready for work when the phone rang. Hm. I was on-call. Technically, it wasn't my turn, because I was just off last week. I called the other girls that were scheduled today, but they both wanted to work. Ok, I'll take it. I put my pj's back on and went back to bed.

Dan was out of bed when I woke about 8:30, and we decided to go out for breakfast, not something we do very often. We did a couple errands while we were out. too.

The day was beautiful--blue sky and 45 degrees--and someone called to go golfing. Yup, they went out.

I took advantage of the beautiful afternoon by putting some Christmas lights out on the balcony. I like the way they look with snow on them. That will be next week, right?

I work tomorrow and Dan has appointments.

I've felt pretty good again today, thank you God.

And thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sunday 11.28.2010

I had a good day today. I'm rested, went out for a walk in the sun, had a good supper with my husband. Life is good.

The hot flashes are still happening, but not as often or as intense. Praise the Lord for that. I've been taking the Femara at intervals longer than 24 hours--more like 30 hours or more, but I tend to forget when to take it, or forget to take it all together. The greater interval seems to help with the irregular heart rate, meaning that it still happens, but not as irregular as often. I hope that is enough medication to prevent a cancer from growing. My arm is still annoyingly full; increasing and decreasing throughout the day, but never going back to pre-sugery size.

Tomorrow is a workday for me. Dan is off and will be resting, I'm sure.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Saturday 11.27.2010

I had a good day today, waking about 0930.

A safe drive to Jackson for a haircut and a visit with Frank. We went to Los Tres Amigos and lingered after we ate. I left there and the oil change place was still open. Woo Hoo!

A safe drive home, thanks again. Dan got home shortly after I did.

We had a quiet evening.

He works tomorrow; I don't. Maybe a little Christmas decorating?

I've felt pretty good these last few days. Occasional hot flashes, a little joint pain and stiffness, but better than it has been for a while. Oh, yeah, the occasional irregular heart rate.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Friday 11.26.2010

The morning phone call told me I was "on-call". I heard Daniel leave for work and was sleeping pretty good when I heard the phone ring. I had to go in. It was a little after 6.

I got up and ready to go, with a safe drive down in the cold, windy, snow-flurrying early light of day.

It was my turn to "float"--to work in an area other than your home unit. I ended up on 7NW as an extra pair of hands. We don't take assignments when we float. The first thing I did was meet the shift supervisor, who was going in to discontinue (remove) a wound drain in someone's head/brain. Cool. I helped him. Next, I passed waters to all the patients that could have it. The remainder of the morning I was directed to "assist" someone with a bath. That translated to washing up an 83 year old woman who hasn't had more than a "spit wash" for many years, according to her. Ooookaaay. I fixed a basin of warm water and did what I could. An hour later, she was definitely cleaner than how I found her, but would have benefitted her more (and been easier and faster) if the other staff person would have helped get her in the shower and hose her off. Her roommate was also in her 80's and was calling out, confused. I fixed a basin of water for her, next.

It was almost noon, and I hadn't had a break. My phone rang, and my unit was calling me back. Ok, but I haven't had a break... So I got my lunch and sat in our break room. And we had a patient go bad. Real bad. They called a "code" and got her straightened around and transferred to ICU. I took my lunch over to the other wing to get out of their way. I didn't know anything about the patient, and there was plenty of staff to do what needed to be done.

The rest of the afternoon was just as crazy. Isn't it interesting how many personalities there are? I had to leave a patient who was having a behavioral crisis for the oncoming shift to take over. That's difficult to do, but it's how shift work is. I took her new nurse in and introduced her, hoping to make the transition a little better for them both. I can say I was happy to clock out.

A safe drive home, thanks again. It is way dark now at 7:30 pm.

Dan was up, working on his resume, and we got it fine-tuned.

Tomorrow I have a hair appointment, and maybe an oil change on the car.

I've felt pretty good today, though I've had hot flashes and irregular heart rates. And the other discomforts. But I'm happy to be alive and cancer free.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thursday 11.25.2010 Thankful Day

Dan and I both worked today, which I found to be an odd "sameness" in casinos and hospitals. Both are open 24/7, weekends and holidays. My day was 8 hours instead of 12, which was nice.

We had a good workday with a great group of co-workers. I'll say it again--I'm thankful for them.

A safe drive each way--dark drizzly morning, and gloomy misty gray late afternoon daylight on the way home. Thank you God for keeping us safe during our commutes.

We had a very quiet evening listening to the rain and wind (and of course the television while Dan was up).

We both work again tomorrow.

And I'm thankful for you. Hugs.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Wednesday 11.24.2010

I got up after a restless night of interrupted sleep about 8:30. Breakfast, light housekeeping, laundry started, and I went out for errands.

First stop at the pharmacy to drop off prescriptions, then to Meijer. Fuel for the car, fuel for the body. That store was busy, but I was actually able to get into a lane that had a checker person. Geesh, I miss that. This store usually has only a couple of lanes with a "person", which are usually cued up with larger orders, so I've been using the self scan. I don't like that so well.

Back to the pharmacy to pick up the meds, then over to the storage unit to pick up Christmas stuff. At home, unloaded the car and had a light lunch.

I finished moving the furniture around and putting things away after having our dinner on Saturday, and started dinner.

Dan got home and we ate.

We had a quiet evening.

I've felt pretty good today, and I thank the Lord for it. Sure, the swelling and aches and irregular heart rate are still there, but today it's been pretty low key.

Daniel and I both work tomorrow.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tuesday 11.23.2010

Can you believe November is almost over, and the year is almost over, too?? It is so weird how the perception of time changes with age.

Dan and I went to the Grand Rapids area today. Following his appointment, we went to visit his friends that he's known since boyhood. They were neighbors and walked to school together. It was fun to see the two of them together. One of their sons walked over with their first grandchild, and their granddog. They are surely blessed. I enjoyed our visit. Thank you for your hospitality, John and Judy.

The drive over was very windy, and Dan had to "fight" to maintain control of the vehicle. But it was a much better drive home. We stopped in Lansing to eat.

The rest of the evening was quiet, catching up on phone calls and email.

I've felt pretty good today, with the same aches and discomforts. Ahh, Life. Thank you, God.

And thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Monday 11.22.2010

Our internet went down yesterday afternoon, therefore no post for yesterday. And since Dan is the Computer Guy, he dealt with it in the evening after he got home from work, getting no where with the support person for the 2Wire modem. (That person said that our modem wasn't working, and that he couldn't do anything further, being Sunday night and all. Call back tomorrow.) This is the fourth 2Wire modem we've had that has failed within one year of use. They've always sent us a replacement modem, sometimes as an overnight delivery.

This morning, I was called and told to stay home, but would probably be needed at some point. I stayed up until Dan left for work, but went back to bed, surprised and happy to see that I had actually slept. The clock showed 9:33. I got up.

My breakfast was just about ready when the phone rang again, telling me I needed to be there at noon. So I enjoyed breakfast, got ready to go, and called the support number.

40 minutes and two people later, she tells me the modem is bad and I need to be transferred to another department. I thanked her for her time, saying that I was 10 minutes late in leaving for an appointment, and could I please have a direct number to call so that my husband could pick this up where I left off? She gave me the number, I left a note with the information for Daniel, and went to Jackson.

We had a nice afternoon, opening the overflow unit. And a seven hour workday is just fine with me.

A safe drive home, thank you God.

Daniel had made the phone call with unsatisfactory results. He went to Best Buy and bought a Netgear modem. He installed it and he had our computers up and running again by the time I got home. It's great having a Computer Guy. Thanks, Dan.

Tomorrow we're going to the Grand Rapids area to visit friends of his. I'm looking forward to seeing them.

I'm feeling pretty good, too. Of course, the shoulder feels full and achy, and my hands/wrists are a little swollen, and my heartbeat is occasionally irregularly irregular, but I feel rested today, and that makes a big difference.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Saturday 11.20.2010

I hardly slept last night. I kept waking up, toss and turn, try to hold still, uncover, cover up. Breathe. Ugh. Finally felt like I rested between 5 and 8, though that was interrupted sleep, too. I finally got up.

I breakfasted and got the dressing ready. Some in the bird, and the rest in a pan. I'm going to try something different--Jeremy's "new" Jenny doesn't eat bird or hoof, but does eat fish. So I laid some fillets on top of the dressing, oiled and sprinkled it, covered tightly and baked while the turkey was done and "resting". It turned out pretty good.

In fact, all of the food was very yummy. Holiday Salad, turkey, dressing, gravy, mashed white potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, fresh broccoli, cranberry sauce, crescent rolls. Mmm. Dan's daughter Breon and hubby Nick joined us, too, and we had our Thanksgiving. Oh, yeah, pumpkin pie and Cool Whip.

We visited and laughed and were just "together", enjoying it. Jenny helped me with clean up, (thanks again, Jenny), and then they had to leave. It was so good to see Jeremy. I was thinking, after everyone left, that I'm glad I got pictures. Oh no--we didn't take pictures! We'll just have to remember it in our hearts, and in our mind's eye.

Tomorrow, Frank and I are meeting with a realtor who will be showing us some properties. I hope it will be informative for Frank, and, who knows, maybe he'll see something that he really likes?

I'm pretty tired tonight. My feet hurt and the glands in my neck feel swollen. I'm hoping it's just fatigue.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Friday 11.19.2010

When the radio came on this morning, I called the hospital to see if we would all be needed, and to take the "on call" status if we weren't. I could. Yippee!! I tried to doze some before Dan got up; I did better after he had left for work and ended up getting up just before 9.

After breakfast and a lovely shower, I started on food prep for tomorrow. Not having made pumpkin pie in a while--and when I had thought about it, it had been at least a decade!--it was slow going. Even though it's a real easy recipe. I wanted to make sure I had all the spices in, including the molasses. And as I was measuring and mixing, the phone rang.

Yep, I had to go in. Ugh. I asked if I could put the pies in the oven, and be there sometime after 1, and they agreed, which was really nice of them. When you are "called in" you have one hour to get there. So for me, I have to leave pretty much right away.

Dan had left work early and was home as the pies were going in. I cleaned up the kitchen, got myself ready to go, had a quick bite to eat, and the pies were almost done. He offered to get them out of the oven, but one last look before I left, and they were done.

A safe drive down, thank you God. I had a great afternoon with a good bunch of co-workers. Again, the end of shift had a little flurry of busy-ness, but most of us were able to clock out on time.

A safe drive home, thanks again, with only one new deer carcass in the road. Creepy.

Dan had done some housework for us, and I did as much advance food prep as I could this evening. I'm looking forward to having my "boys" here, and having our familiar foods to celebrate life.

I'm tired tonight, and a little achy.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thursday 11.18.2010

Work today. Driving down to Jackson in the dark morning, I saw at least 3 huge blood smears on the highway, with corresponding mangled carcass remains and fur. Ick.

We had a fair day, which quickly spiraled downward the last half hour. We clocked out, leaving the oncoming shift in the midst of a big mess. I'm sure they will manage with competence.

On the drive home, I saw at least 2 more bloody stretches, along with the carcasses. I pray God keeps us safe as we commute.

Tomorrow is a workday for both of us.

I felt pretty good again, overall. Occasional hot flashes and achy shoulder. But pretty good.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wednesday 11.17.2010

I slept pretty good overall, but woke about 0730. I dozed a little longer, finally getting up shortly after 8. I waaay don't like to get up that early.

But since I was up, I started my day. Breakfast, laundry. I took down the lace valance at our bedroom window and hand washed that, starching and ironing it.

I made my grocery list, had a bite to eat, and went to Meijer. It took me a bit to find a couple items I was looking for, and I was home after 2. After getting groceries put away I started the food prep for supper, which we had after Dan got home from work.

We had a quiet night. Dan has gone to bed, and I'm about ready, too. Tomorrow is a workday for both of us.

I've felt pretty good again today, overall. I'm realizing that my hot flashes are not as frequent as they were. Woo Hoo!!! and Praise the Lord!!

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tuesday 11.09.2010

A quiet morning. Dan left to go to the JC to take delivery of the new furnace, while I went to Jackson. I drove by a couple of properties I had found on the internet for Frank before going to the hospital for our skills fair.

The "fair" was well attended; I think the majority of our staff went through. It's really difficult to achieve 100% compliance.

A safe drive home, thank you God. Dan got home an hour or so after I did. We visited a little before he called it a night.

Tomorrow is grocering and laundering for me. We are having our Thanksgiving dinner with Frank and Jeremy Saturday, on Jeremy's way back to South Carolina. I'm looking forward to "our" familiar foods, shared with my boys.

I've felt pretty good today, with my head still sore from that migraine yesterday. I'm surprised at how long that lingers.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Monday 11.15.2010

I woke this morning with that naggy frontal head pressure. Ick. I got up, had breakfast, fresh brew, waiting for it to go away. It didn't.

I went to Leah's for a massage, and on the way there, the pressure-pain intensified, and I realized that it was a migraine. I told her where my pain was, and she went to work.

About halfway through I was feeling like I had worked out. The pain had eased but the inside of my head was still sore. She continued doing what she does, including moving some lymph fluid. I was happy to have the migraine relieved by physical instead of pharmaceutical means, although when I got home, I did take tylenol and motrin to keep it away.

The rest of the day was quiet. I snoozed a bit after Dan got home, and since the meds have worn off, the shoulder and neck muscles and the inside of my head are sore again. I'll probably have another tylenol/motrin before too long.

Tomorrow I'll be at the hospital again for our "skills fair".

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sunday 11.14.2010

Another workday. I didn't really want to get up, but I did, and had a safe drive to Jackson, thank you God.

We had a great group of co-workers, and an oddly semi-busy day, though the last few hours were not so busy. I was able to go to radiology and get the x-rays taken of the knees that Dr. Taylor had ordered way back when, when I had my physical a few weeks ago.

A safe drive home, thanks again.

Dan and I visited a little before he fell asleep in the chair.

I'm looking forward to a bunch of nothing, with a massage thrown in.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Saturday 11.13.2010

A safe drive to Jackson in the fog, thank you God. I had the feeling that there were creatures along the sides of the road, and kept watch for them, but didn't see any.

We had a good workday with a good group of co-workers. The day got long, but the second hand kept moving and we were finally able to leave.

A safe drive home, thanks again, though raining lightly, making it dark and wet.

Dan was sleeping when I arrived, and is still.

Tomorrow is a workday for both of us.

I've felt pretty good today, overall.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Friday 11.12.2010 Dis-appointment

I woke this morning earlier than my alarm, but I stayed awake and did the first half of the lymph drainage exercises, hoping to get maximum benefit from my visit with Ike.

Shortly after getting to the therapy place, Ike and her client came out as they finished her appointment. Ike greeted me and went back behind The Door. About 10 minutes later she came out to get me.

She was friendly enough, but I felt a distance, and I got the impression that she felt this visit was unnecessary. We went back into treatment room 2 and she closed the door. We each took a seat.

As she interviewed me, and reviewed the paperwork, her conversation revolved around "chronic condition" and "self management", saying that lyphedema is always going to be a problem. Yes, I've heard this before, and this is maybe the third or fourth discussion we've had about it. I tried to stay neutral, as opposed to having a heated discussion, but I had a hard time not getting emotional. I was, after all, fighting for my physical well-being. Lymphedema may well be part of my "new" status, but I don't want to have a blow up crisis to be able to have a treatment for it.

Not so, in her eyes.

Without going into much more detail, she did do some sort of exam, though didn't measure my arms and hands like she had done before. She exclaimed how good I looked, and have I lost weight? (are you kidding--?) She went on to say that I'm doing really well, that the goal of therapy is to be able to self manage a chronic condition. She declared that she couldn't find a "problem" to treat. I knew by that time that she had no intention of doing any kind of treatment whatsoever for me, and we spent the next half of the appointment sparring about patient needs vs. protocol. I was told that maybe I needed a therapist to discuss my "fear of cancer returning" (really?) and that a massage therapist who was knowledgeable about lymphedema might be helpful. I asked her if she had someone that she referred to, and she denied knowing any. (I didn't say anything about my Leah--Ike and I have talked about her in the past). I left there very frustrated with The System and her premise of having to have a "crisis" to treat, as well as her unwillingness/inability to hear the patient's concerns and blatantly denying the obvious collection of fluid in my upper quarter of my body.

I thanked her for her time and left.


Next stop, Meijer.

I went through the store, collecting the items on the list, and came home. A light lunch and it was time to go to Leah's for a reflexology appointment.

Very much needed, and she did a good job, as always. She asked about the appointment with Ike and was about as upset as me. By the time this appointment was over, we had prayed for Ike to be able to help her patients, and thanked her for taking care of me previously when I needed it. I love being able to give up the negativity, to let God fill that space with positive energy. Thank you, God.

So my left shoulder and arm and right wrist are sore from Ike's manipulations, and I'm still "full" of fluid. I've decided that I'll wait until after the first of the year and make an appointment with the Michigan State University Lymphedema Clinic.

Tomorrow is a workday for both Dan and me.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thursday 11.11.2010

What a long day!

I went to the hospital to help with our annual "ed fair" or "skills fair", a concentrated effort to get and keep our staff up to date with required competencies. Today was scheduled for 10 AM - 10 PM. I got there at 9 to help set up. It went real well, I thought, as we had a good turnout. About half of our staff had come through at some point during the day.

I was able to attend and complete a few of the competencies myself. We picked up and put things away and I clocked out a little after 10.

When I got home, I was kind of tired, but wound up, and ended up doing about an hour of yoga practice to get stretched out. I want to be ready for my appointment with Ike tomorrow.

I got kind of stiff today, staying in the same area. I walked around a little bit, but not enough to unkink. I'm off to bed.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wednesday 11.10.2010

I slept enough to be almost rested, enjoying a quiet morning at home with Daniel. He left to golf, about noon, and I got laundry sorted and started. I ended up doing about 4 loads today.

When he got back, we went out for dinner, and on a whim, went into the Goodwill store that was nearby. We found a blazer, slacks, and a Lands End jacket for me, all for less than 20 dollars. Not as cheap as "Fishing", but a good buy none-the-less.

His friend Al came over, and we enjoyed a pleasant evening. Those two are going golfing tomorrow somewhere south of here and wanted to get an early start.

I'll be going to Jackson to facilitate the "skills fair" for our department's staff. The event is scheduled 10 AM to 10 PM; I don't know how long I'm going to be there. I'm guessing it will be a long day.

I've felt pretty good, other than that tendon being tight in my forearm. I see Ike on Friday.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tuesday 11.09.2010

Another workday, very busy, very tired tonight. My left arm had the sore tendon, similar to the cording, a couple of times today. I realized that I see Ike on Friday, which is only like 3 days away. Finally.

I'm going to bed.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Monday 11.08.2010

Back to work for me today. Very busy, but with a great group of co-workers. Thank you all for working as a team today.

I've felt pretty good until this evening, when it felt like the "cording" I've had in the past had returned, from the left wrist on up to the elbow, and up the upper arm. I was able to massage it and get my arm to straighten out. Very weird.

I'm pretty tired tonight. I work tomorrow; Dan doesn't.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sunday 11.07.2010 Fall Back

While the interior of the cabin has finally come up to a comfortably warm temperature (which includes furniture), I didn't sleep very well last night. I woke this morning at 8:30/7:30, watched the sun coming up in a clear blue sky over a quiet lake. I dozed and woke again, watching 2 squirrels running up and down the pine tree, and back and forth on the branches, taking twigs, branches, and leaves back to either build a new nest or repair/reinforce an existing one. I watched them for while, and got up.

I saw the ducks and geese scattering from their spots on the lake, and sure enough, here comes an eagle. It swoped right into the pine tree. And I notice that one of the squirrels is very still on the branch, chattering lightly, like it's calling to the other one. And then it kind of barks and cries, kind of eerily. Um, I think the eagle got one of the squirrels. Not too much longer, both eagles launched out over the lake, though I didn't see anything in either one's talons. I don't see that other squirrel, either.

I went in to start my day, and KS was out by the front door, and that squirrel was still making that bark/cry noise. Those eagles are cool, but it is eerily quiet when they are around. The smaller creatures vamoose. Or disappear.

When we went outdoors today, we didn't see any dead squirrel, or squirrel parts. I don't know if the eagles put that squirrel somewhere, or what. Creepy.

It was a beautiful day at Long Lake. 52 degrees, sunny, very light breeze, and the waterbirds out there taking full advantage of it. So cool. We walked down Memory Lane, which included a trip over the dam bridge, and on over to her folks' place. Wow, we hadn't walked that route in many years. And parts of it still felt familiar to our feet. We visited with one of the neighbors, CW, who said he will be taking over the care of the cabin from his brother. He and his girlfriend had done yardwork this weekend, and the property is looking so much better already. Welcome back, Chris.

KS and I got our cabin cleaned and ourselves ready to go. She left maybe 2:30 ish, and I dawdled a bit, making and eating lunch before leaving about 4.

An uneventful drive home, thank you God, even in the stop and go traffic on 69, where bridge painting had us down to one lane and 45 mph.

Dan helped unload the car. We chatted a bit and he fell asleep in the chair before too long.

Tomorrow is a workday for both of us.

I've felt pretty good overall, but my heart is becoming more irregular. I took another Femara today, which is the third dose since I restarted. Time will tell if it's related to the medicine.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Saturday 11.06.2010

I woke this morning to 30 degrees, clear skies and a much quieter lake. The buffleheads, mallards, wood ducks, and canadian geese were all out and feeding, as well as the occasional seagull. I didn't see any eagles today, nor have I seen the herons yet this weekend. Although I didn't feel like I was done sleeping, I got up anyway, about 8:30.

KS was already up and on the phone. We had a quiet morning. She showered, dressed, and went out for a walk while I showered and got ready for the day.

It was so lovely outdoors. We picked up sticks and branches from the windstorm a couple of weeks ago, and raked and burned the larger collections of leaves. I wonder if that will reduce the number of leaves in the spring?? It warmed up to a comfortable, sunny 45 degrees, and standing by the fire was quite nice.

I pulled off the cover to the crawl space to inspect the job, and see if it was still wet down there. Darn it, it is. I got the camera and took pictures and sent them to Daniel, who was as dismayed as I am. He mentioned some septic work that had been done several years ago, and while I didn't quite follow what happened, the general tone was that it wasn't quite right. We'll have to think about it and discuss it a bit more before making a decision on what to do next.

Those were the two main things I had wanted to do outside today, as well as let the van run a bit. I unhooked the battery afterwards so it wouldn't run down.

We came inside and had a snack, and KS wanted to go for a drive around the lake, which we did. She is all about what properties are for sale, the remodel jobs, and such. Shoot, I don't go around the lake but maybe once in the summer. Just not something I do, unless riding the bicycle.

Back at home, we went out for a walk, then sat outside as darkness closed in. It's different in the Fall--spring and summer would have the bird and insect noises, but all we heard was the rustle of leaves from the gentle breeze, an occasional vehicle, and occasional dog barks. It was wonderful to sit outdoors--thanks, KS, for sharing that with me.

We went back in, and I put supper together for us. It was yummy. I had another scare, though, when I opened the refrigerator door and the light didn't come on. And the unit was very quiet. I thought about it for a few minutes, wondering how I was going to tell Daniel that the fridge had died, when I thought to check the fuse box. Yup, a breaker had tripped. I flipped the switch back, and after several seconds, the fridge came on. There was still no light, though. I put a different bulb in, and Wa La!! all is well in refrigerator land. I think the bulb burned out and tripped the breaker. Boy, am I glad that happened while we were here. Thank you God for looking out for me.

We did dishes and cleaned up the kitchen and had a quiet rest of the night, mostly reading.

Tomorrow we have to leave. It has been suggested to go back under the house and watch to see what happens when the toilet is flushed and faucets are opened, but I don't know if I'm going to do that.

I was kind of grumpy today. Generally, overall uncomfortable. The plumbing findings, and then the fridge, whew, I'm not doing so well with the stress. And my heart rate is trying to become more irregular. I did take another Femara after supper. And I'm a little less grumpy this evening.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday 11.06.2010

Friday, November 5, 2010

Friday 11.05.2010

The most exciting thing happened this morning. I was awake and watching the lake, waiting for the birds and other creatures to start "moving". The awning is, of course, rolled up against the house, so the upward view is expanded. I saw a bird coming toward the house from the GC area; I thought, "there's a seagull". And then I saw the meanface. It was an eagle!! It soared right up to the house and landed in our pine tree! I heard cackling noises, and it sounded like two birds.

As I watched, they launched out over the lake, and they dropped down, close to the water, doing a small circle and hovering. I saw a duck surface, and one of the eagles dropped down to snatch it. Ack! The duck dove back down into the water, and the eagles regrouped, too. They hovered, and when the duck surfaced again, the same eagle tried snatching the duck again, but it scooted out of reach and flew away. Wow! I think it was an adult eagle teaching the juvenile bird to hunt duck. They flew back up to the tree and chattered a bit, and while one flew off, one stayed on the branch for a while longer before flying off the other way. Totally awesome.

I did get the camera, and got pictures of the tree, but imagination is needed to find the birds in there.

What a great way to start the morning. Praise God for the cycles of life. Lucky duck, unlucky eagle. Lucky me to have observed it.

The temps were in the high 20's this morning and the wind picked up. It was in the mid 60's inside the JC. I figured out that if I put one of the radiant heaters in the main part, and the other heater in the front part, and close the sliding door inbetween, it's warmer. I don't get it, but it is.

Kathy Sue arrived about 1:30. We got her unloaded and settled in. We went outside for a nice walk, going up to Long Lake, looking at things, and enjoying the company. We were bundled up with scarves, hats, earwarmers, winter coat, heavy socks, winter shoes, mittens and gloves. It was cold--just like winter! And it was snow flurrying, too. We were out for over an hour.

We enjoyed supper and the warm interior of the cabin.

We've had a quiet evening, reading, snoozing, computing.

Tomorrow we're going to go outside again, to pick up the branches and sticks and stuff from the recent windstorm.

I've felt pretty good today. I only noticed an occasional irregularity in the heart rate, and I took the Femara again today after not having it for two days. We'll see what happens.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Thursday 11.04.2010

I woke this morning feeling much better. I knew that Daniel had gotten up for work, but didn't hear him leave.

I putzed around the house, put my suitcase together in case I can go up north tonight, and collected odds and ends to take, throughout the day. I went to Meijer for a few groceries, stopped at the library, got home and put supper together.

We ate when Dan got home, and when I called the Juror Hotline, there were "no jurors needed" and our service has been completed, thank you very much. Yahoo, and Yahoo. I'm glad to be done with that.

After cleaning the kitchen and packing the cooler, Dan helped carry things down to the car, and I was on the road about 6:20 or so.

It was an odd drive; going through Lansing (on the expressway) two firetrucks came up from behind us, lights and sirens on. We all moved over and stopped. Of course they are slower and we stayed behind them, and they went into the turnaround thing and went back the other way. Then, on 33, an ambulance was coming southbound and we had to pull over again.

I got to the JC about 9 o'clock. 38 degrees, breezy, and a glint of snow flurries. The rabbit and opossum were up by the corner of the house by the rose bush. Both scampered off as pulled in. I didn't know 'possums could move quickly.

I got the heaters on, and it's warming up in here. KS is supposed to be joining me tomorrow.

I've felt better today, heart rate wise. I've still had occasional irregularities, but not as much as yesterday. I didn't take a Femara again today. Maybe by tomorrow the heart rate will have straightened out. Then I'll try that Femara again to see if that is the cause.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wednesday 11.03.2010

The first week of November, we should be gearing up for the holidays?? It seems odd, almost, that the end of the year is just several weeks away.

I woke up feeling mostly rested, with another naggy sinus-like headache. I had a slow breakfast, and an unhurried shower, and realized I felt better enough that I wasn't going to take any medicine. Although tylenol and motrin are my good friends, I don't visit them every day, routinely.

My toenails had grown, so I took the time to tend them. I did a little light housekeeping, fixed supper, Dan got home and we had supper.

A quiet evening overall.

No jurors needed tomorrow, so I don't have to go to the courthouse. I'm going to get ready to go to the lake tomorrow night if I'm not needed Friday. If so, I'll have to go Friday after court.

After the headache eased I felt pretty good, other than the joint discomfort and the annoying irregularly irregular heart rate. I mentioned it to both Dr. Williams, the oncologist, and Dr. Taylor, the family practice guy, and neither were concerned. I guess if I get concerned enough I'll either call Dr. Williams' office or go to ER, depending on how "concerned" I am at the time... For today, I did not take the Femara. I'll see if that has any effect.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tuesday 11.02.2010

Drove down to Jackson in a clear, starry morning, with a bright crescent moon. The car showed it was 27 degrees out there. I'm liking the heated seat in my car.

The morning started off with lots of commotion and busy-ness. Someone said it was a carnival, someone said it was a circus; it could have been a carnival within a circus, or a circus within a carnival. Either way, it was busy for about 3 hours.

We played catch-up and we actually had lunch around noon! The rest of the day went by and I was able to clock out and come home. Thank you to my wonderful co-workers.

Dan was home, having been golfing in the cold again today. We visited and he went off to bed.

The court recording said "no jurors needed" for tomorrow, so I'm off the hook for that.

I felt pretty good today, other than some joint soreness.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Monday 09.01.2010

I stand corrected. I had read on the internet that a Friday-Saturday-Sunday happens only once in 823 years. I thought it was on the Old Farmers Almanac site, but I can't find that reference. One I did find is this http://www.geekosystem.com/5-fridays-saturdays-sundays-not-823-years/ , with this paragraph:

"Let’s think about this, a year can only start on one of seven days, so there are seven possible basic calendar years. Add leap years, and there are fourteen basic calendars. Period. And one of those calendars only gets used every 823 years? How would that be possible? It’s not of course, all fourteen calenders get cycled through regularly, in fact 2010 uses the exact same calendar as 1999."

There is more in this article if you are interested in reading more.

Thank you, Jim, for accurate information.

So, with housekeeping taken care of...

I was hot during most of the night. The window was open 6 or 7 inches or so with outside temps below freezing, according to Daniel. Poor Daniel, he was cold. I'm surprised he didn't turn on his side of the electric mattress pad, or close the window.

I got myself ready and went to the court house in Mason. I found a parking place and walked over--it's really a beautiful, old building, with lots of oak woodwork, murals, and mosaic tile floors. The group of us jurors waited, gathered in the commissioner's meeting room. A woman came in and instructed us, and the morning went on from there. Bottom line is, the jury was selected for a case, and I was not called up. So I had to call after 5 pm this evening. I did, and there were no new jurors needed for tomorrow, which means I have to go to work. I called and let them know.

Back home, I had a good afternoon. I went out for a walk, and ended up being out over an hour. The temps were maybe mid-40's with a cold breeze, clear blue skies. Absolutely beautiful, thank you God.

Dan got home shortly after I got in. We visited, had supper, and a quiet night.

Tomorrow we both work.

I've felt pretty good today, overall. A little fatigued, but overall, pretty good. Thanks again.

And thank you for reading. Hugs.