Friday, December 30, 2011

Friday 12.30.2011

Another workday. Busy, but ok, with a great group of co-workers.

It's rained all day, and the little bit of snow that was on the ground is now gone. The temperature on the drive home was 41 degrees. Odd, isn't it, for the last of December??

Tomorrow I'm taking a bit of a drive to visit my dear friend V. You know how you think of someone and say "oh, we should get together..." Well, we're getting together. And I'm looking forward to it.

I forgot to mention yesterday that both of my breasts have been sore and tender for a couple of days. Which makes me go "hmm". Not unlike the "monthly" tenderness I used to have. The question is, Why?? My hormone levels should be absolutely flatline. I still wonder about the generic Femara (letrazole) made in India. And you know that I'll be talking to Doctor about it in January. (Today they are not as sore.)

And it's New Year's Eve. Of course, Daniel has to be at the casino, and I'm scheduled to work on the First, so we won't be together. *sad face*

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Thursday 12.29.2011

I had a pretty good day today. Slept fairly well, overall.

It's interesting that the hot flashes are much less often and much less intense with the generic letrazole (Femara) that's made in India. I did have a doozy of a flash though this afternoon. "Reminded me of the old days..." Note that I did not say "good".

I got the second bathroom, and guest bedroom cleaned, bedding and all. Ready for the next guest.

And Christmas is almost put away, too.

Tomorrow is a workday. (I'm secretly hoping to be called off in the morning...)

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wednesday 12.28.2011

We had a good day today. The sun was out, but it was cold.

We went to lunch with Dan's friend, A, and A's friend H. I had not been to P.F.Chang's -- it was very good, (though a bit over-priced, even if it was lunchtime. I enjoyed the food as well as the company. Thank you, A.

When we got back to the house, I couldn't keep my eyes open; I laid down for a 20 minute rest. But the sky was clear blue, and I had to get outdoors. I was glad I took a scarf, as the temperature was about 25, but the wind chill felt about 10. Whew!--Winter has arrived!

Not long after I got back inside, Dan left to go back to the trailer. *sad face*

I've had a quiet night, and am sleepy.

Not sure what's doing tomorrow.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tuesday 12.27.2011

A good workday today, even though I didn't sleep more than an hour or so last night. (Daniel was sleeping noisily.)

We had wet snow all day today in Jackson. I was happy that the roads were only wet and almost slushy. I didn't have to clean the car off, either, as it was mostly melted. A safe drive home, thank you God.

Tomorrow we have a lunch date with the "trailer dwellers"--Dan's friend who's travel trailer is at the JC. And Dan will go back to being a "trailer dweller" too.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Monday 12.26.2011

What a great day today!

Kris helped me get the turkey stuffed and in the pan, and went on her way for the afternoon.

Frank came up about 1:30, and we enjoyed the afternoon together, taking a short walk in the clear blue sky sunshine. Lovely.

Nick showed up about 4:30, just as we had begun to carve the bird. We three went ahead and ate, as the girls (Bre and Kris) and Daniel weren't here yet. They all showed up, though, and we didn't have much in the way of leftovers.

We had our gift exchange with Frank after getting the kitchen mostly cleaned up. Bre and Nick left after a bit, and Kris did, too. Frank wandered out about 9:30, and Dan went to bed.

I'm tired, and my back hurt, but a little tylenol and motrin helped the discomfort.

Tomorrow is a workday for me.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Sunday 12.25.2011 Christmas Day

I ended up working today, and it was a pretty good day, overall. And it was only 8 hours.

This afternoon/evening I made a pumpkin pie. (with molasses...)

Tomorrow I'm fixing a small turkey and Holiday Salad. I miss our "family food". And I wanted my house to smell good. If Frank doesn't come up I'm going to have a lot of leftovers.

My hips are a little sore--that happens when I jog/run consecutive days. But I had to get out in the sun...

I hope everyone had a blesssed day today.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Saturday 12.24.2011

Kind of a slow day today.

I put the final touches on the Christmas decor and the wrapped the last packages.

The sun had come out this afternoon, and I couldn't resist going outdoors--I went out for a run in the sun. That felt really nice.

Shower and a snack, and a quiet evening.

Tomorrow is a workday, unless I get the morning phone call.

Thank you for reading.

And remember, Jesus is the Reason for the Season.

Christmas Hugs.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Friday 12.23.2011

I was disappointed to see the clouds this morning--I was hoping to be able to run in the sun.

But, alas, I went out in overcast, 28-degee weather.

Breakfast, then shower.

Over to daughter Kim's for the Jacque Christmas.

Kris, Kim, Bre, Dan, Kathy, Frank. Our blended family, minus Jeremy.

We had a nice afternoon. Dan left work early to join us, stayed a couple hours, and went on back.

Kris had an event to get to, and we left a short while later.

I've had a quiet evening--candles and soft music.

I've felt pretty good again today. Thank you God.

We'll see what tomorrow brings....

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Thursday 12.22.2011

Drizzly gloomy day again today.

I worked; it was busy.

A safe drive home in the snain (snow/rain mix).

Kris and I had an enjoyable evening, listening to some quiet music.

Tomorrow we go to the Jacque Christmas, and I get to see my husband. (I've been missing him)

I'm feeling pretty good tonight, too, other than being tired.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wednesday 12.21.2011

Whew. Another workday. And we were busy. Total of 17 discharges--rooms cleaned and the influx of patients to fill the unit again. Ugh.

The day finally ended, 12 1/2 hours later, and I was able to leave.

I went over to Lauretta's for a much needed haircut. Thank you for helping me look good!

A safe drive home, thank you God, and Kris was there! Yippee!! We had a nice evening, talking and catching up. It's good to see her.

Tomorrow is a workday for me, and I'm tired tonight.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tuesday 12.20.2011

I'm happy to say I slept pretty good and woke up feeling rested. Thank you God.

I've done a few errands today, grocering, post office, car wash. Cleaned house, guest bedroom readied.

I work tomorrow, and Kris called to say her friends were asking her to stay another night with them. So, she'll be coming tomorrow, too.

Come on, Christmas.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Monday 12.19.2011

Dan was up and out this morning, a couple errands he needed to get done. When he got back, we wrapped gifts. Almost done!!

He ended up leaving to go back for a meeting this afternoon. Ugh. This salaried position is requiring a lot of his time.

I went out for a run. It was a balmy 47 degrees.

The rest of the evening was quiet.

Tomorrow his daughter Kris will be joining me for several days. I'm looking forward to seeing her.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sunday 12.18.2011

I worked yesterday, but my wonderful co-workers (and the workload) made it possible for me to leave just after 5 pm so I could go to the "Sanders Christmas Sing--South". The roads were less than optimal, with a snow that had been falling most of the day, almost melting on the pavement; the overpasses were glazing over making my heart beat.

I made it safely to Holt, thank you God, and met Frank, who also had arranged for someone to cover his work hours, at the Park and Ride. He made it safely, too, thanks again.

We drove over to Grand Blanc. The roads improved about halfway there, and we arrived at the beautiful Mortimer residence safely. The remaining guests arrived and we got the party started.

And what a lovely party it was. We enjoyed the music, singing, family, and fellowship. This is what Christmas is all about for me. And for most, if not all, of the rest of my family.

We left somewhere around 11 pm and got back to Holt about midnight, the highway having been salted and much better driving. Frank continued on his way home and I got myself ready for work in the morning.

After maybe 3 hours of sleep, I got up and back on the road to Jackson, which was mostly dry. It seemed the car had barely cooled off...

We had another great workday, with great co-workers, and we were able to leave in a timely manner.

Dan was home when I got home. We had a quiet night.

Not sure what we'll be doing tomorrow before he goes back.

I'm hoping to sleep tonight....

Thank you for reading. Fa la la la la.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Friday 12.16.2011

Another Good Day!! I sure like it when I'm feeling good--better than I have in, probably, years. Since Before Cancer. Even with the heart acting up, though the last few weeks it has been less frequent and less intense. Thank you God.

I had a wonderful massage with Leah. And after a shower and a bite to eat, I went out for fuel for the vehicle and fuel for the body.

The rest of the evening, I got several of the gifts wrapped. Just about ready for Christmas.

Work tomorrow, and the Sanders' Christmas Sing South tomorrow night. I'm ready...

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Thursday 12.15.2011

I had another good day!! Loving it....

The rain stopped mid-morning. When I went out for a jog it was 52 degrees and overcast. Very interesting. The air felt like humid Florida.

Food and shower.

I sorted through clothing and did some laundry. Phone calls, picking away at chores.

Tomorrow is massaahge with Leah. Oh, Yeah.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wednesday 12.14.2011

I had a good day today.

Washed bedding, getting ready for Holiday Houseguest--Daniel's daughter Kris from Colorado. Although I don't know what days/nights exactly, just that she's planning to spend a few nights here. Last I heard....

Did some Christmas shopping, made good progress. Just about done.

A quiet evening, and hope to sleep well tonight.

Thank you to all who may have prayed for the surgical outcome--it turned out well. (No, not me.)

And thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tuesday 12.13.2011

I had a good workday with great co-workers.

My heart is flip-flopping tonight; a little unnerving, although it hasn't been as "busy" as it was.

Reason?? Maybe because the last two refills of the Femara/letrazole has been a different generic. Manufactured in India. And what is their quality control?? I've "googled" Indian drug manufacturing quality control, and didn't get too far.

Tomorrow is unplanned, though I have a few holiday tasks that could be done.

And the prayer hotline is lit up for those having surgery tomorrow.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Monday 12.12.2011

Another Beautiful Day!

I got up and ready for work. Well, almost ready. I was just going to "do" my hair when the phone rang. It was my turn to be on-call. Umm. Ok... So put my pj's back on and climbed back into bed. Ahhh.

Dan got up to do his errands. When one of his afternoon appointments was cancelled, his face brightened. He was able to "go hit some golf balls" at the golf dome, which was as pleasant way to fill that unexpected time slot.

While he was gone, I went out for a jog in the beautiful sunshine. Wow. I took of my gloves, then my insulated sweatshirt. And pulled up my sleeves. It was at least 40 degrees. My forearms were a little pink when I got in, and they still look "healthy" tonight.

When he got back, we ate, he got his things, and left.

A quiet evening.

I work tomorrow.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sunday 12.11.2011

Beautiful, sunshiny day today.

We had a quiet morning, and decided to go out for breakfast. The first restaurant was overflow parking in the lot--we passed, and went over to Flap Jack Shack instead. I don't usually go out for breakfast--overpriced as I see it. And it was. But it was nice to sit across the table from my Daniel.

From there we made a couple more stops--Home Depot for a specialty light bulb, then over to Meijer for a few groceries.

Back home, it was a quiet afternoon.

He went over to his friend's, and I did some coursework. When he got back we had supper, and a quiet evening.

I'm scheduled to work tomorrow; he has a list for his day tomorrow.

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

And thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Saturday 12.10.2011

Slept pretty good, yippee! The sun was shining and the birds were noisy when I woke.

A quiet morning, and breakfast while I waited for the temperature to warm a little before going out for a jog. When I did go out, it was about 28 degrees with a light breeze. I wondered what the wind chill was.... But the sun was warm.

I cooled off, got ingredients out for supper.

We ate when Dan got home. He went back out to get gas for his car; when he got back, he said the price had gone up almost 10 cents/gallon. Geesh.

A quiet night.

Tomorrow I have to go to Jackson for a "drill" that we're doing for our staff, and later I have a Dinner Date with my husband. I'm looking forward to it.

And I've felt pretty good today.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Friday 12.09.2011

I was pleased that I slept as well as I did. Thank you God. My head was just a bit sore, but sure felt like the migraine was ending. Thanks again.

An almost slippery drive in the snow--traffic was just a little slower this morning.

Busy on the unit today, but we got through it. Thanks to the great co-workers who support each other.

Finally, a safe drive home, and a quiet evening.

Tomorrow is a rest day, and Daniel comes home, too.

Hmm, maybe I'll cook something...

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thursday 12.08.2011

What a Day!!

Meeting from 10-1 in Jackson, errands until dental appointment. Waited 40 minutes--have never waited longer than 5 or 10 minutes EVER in the 28 years I've been to that office. My anxiety level was rising.

After the x-rays were done, the hygienist sees something "suspicious". Crap. The new dentist (what? there's a new guy? yep--fresh out of school...) comes in and picks around and looks. Seems I have 3 new (small) cavities that need attention. CRAP again.

Since Deb had already done the scraping part of the cleaning, all that was left was the polishing part. I told her I had to defer the polishing--it was now 3:30. I had to pick up Sandy and Allison yet, get back to Holt, load the car, unload the car at the clubhouse and set up for my 5:00 party.

Over at Sandy's, (we missed picking Allison up from school, so now we waited for the bus) we visited a bit. Allison arrived, and we were on the way by 3:50.

And it was a good drive home, thank you God.

Got turned around and to the clubhouse about 4:50, and Tom and KS pulled in as I opened the trunk. Bruce, Bruce, and Diane came in a few minutes after them, and a couple more shortly after. Between the group of us, we got the place set up.

It was a small turnout, but we had a lot of fun, eating, talking and singing. Diane had brought her keyboard with her, and she brought it in and played/accompanied us. Thanks, Diane, your music was a wonderful contribution.

Thanks to all who helped set up and break down and carry stuff back upstairs with me. We made quick work of it, and I've got things sorted, washed up, and mostly put away.

I enjoyed seeing everyone.

Now I'm fighting a migraine.

Tomorrow is a workday.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wednesday 12.07.2011

Busy day today.

Unable to sleep after the school buses went by, I got up and started the day. I had computer stuff to do, then breakfast.

The majority of the afternoon was food prep for the Singing Party tomorrow night, (Thursday). Aspen Lakes Clubhouse, 5-9 pm, Potluck at 5pm.

Sloppy joes made, veggies cleaned and cut for the crudites plate. All the miscellaneous stuff collected to take to the clubhouse--trays, serveware, etc.--and boxed. And boxes carried downstairs, ready to load into the car. The list of last minute "remembers" tomorrow is pretty short.

I also got out for a jog this afternoon, when the sun was shining. Bonus! Thank you, God!

Tomorrow I'm in Jackson: meetings and appointments. I'll get back home and load the car, freshen up, and get the party started!!

Looking forward to seeing those of you that can come, and thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tuesday 12.06.2011

A long, busy workday. Glad it's over.

The drive home was ok, but with the temperature hovering at 31/32 degrees and light wet snow, the overpasses threatened to be greasy. But I got home safely, thank you God.

A quiet night with the occasional flip-flopping heartbeat.

Tomorrow I'll do the food prep for the Singing Party on Thursday.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Monday 12.05.2011

What a day!

I had someone work the first part of the day for me, and was called and told that they wouldn't need me for the last four hours of the shift. Ok!!

I did a bunch of paperwork,and after being told not to come in to work, I weeded though some stuff that needed weeded (successfully, I might add), made a trip to the storage unit and the grocery store. Bonus afternoon!

I've felt pretty good today, overall.

Tomorrow is a workday.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Sunday 12.04.2011

Started out a gloomy, drizzly day, stopped drizzling in the afternoon, then rain again this evening. I didn't sleep well, which surprised me.

We went out late morning, picking up a few things we each wanted.

He went over to his friend's house again this evening.

A quiet night.

I work the last 4 hours of the shift tomorrow; not sure when he'll be going back to the trailer.

I had a short period of heart irregularity this afternoon that didn't last very long, and I don't want to feel any this evening, either. Time will tell....

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Saturday 12.03.2011

I didn't sleep as much as I thought I would...but I didn't have to get up early, and had a quiet morning. I enjoyed breakfast, did a couple chores, then went out for a jog. While I was out, the gloomy sky had a brief opening, and the almost-sun broke through. I took it as God smiling on me.

After a shower, I got some food ready for when Daniel came in. He had brought his bedding and towels home this time, and he got the laundry started.

We had a quiet evening; he ended up going over to his friend's house to watch the last half of the MSU football game.

Not sure what we're doing tomorrow; I'm just happy to see him.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Friday 12.02.2011

What a day!

Somehow my alarm got turned off, and I woke about a half hour late. And I was grateful that I woke when I did. I had been sleeping pretty good...

I left on time, taking the rest of my breakfast with me. And I see that it's been snowing. Lots of slush on the roads, making for slower travel. It was the kind of slush that grabs the wheels and can pull you off the road.

Like it did for a minivan in the median just a few miles down the road.

I made it safely and was happy to see the shuttle there.

Our day on the floor was very busy. I had a good day, but a rough one. I'm glad to be clocked out and home.

A quiet evening.

I noticed during the night that my heart was still irregular, but I had been able to sleep some. And tonight it's bopping around at times, also. Still not ready to take a daily pill for it.

Tomorrow I hope to get the rest of the seasonal decor done, with a trip to the storage unit. And I hope the weather is such that I can go out for a jog.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Thursday 12.01.2011

Another workday, that turned out ok after all. I was pulled off to do interviews--4 of them--and the co-worker left on the floor did a great job taking over. Thanks, Kim S.! You Rock!!

When I returned, I stepped back in. It was pretty easy to pick up where we were and the rest of the afternoon/evening went by.

A safe drive home, thank you God.

And a quiet evening.

Tomorrow is another workday.

My heart is flip-flopping around tonight. I hope it settles down.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wednesday 11.30.2011 Snowy Day

I knew that the "storm" was happening when I went to bed last night. I had listened to the police scanner and heard that vehicles were sliding off the road into ditches, and getting stuck on the roadways as well, including the city buses ! and the police cars themselves. One call I heard was that a tow truck itself had gotten somewhere it couldn't get out of, and had to wait for another to pull it out. Wow!

It sure was snowing and blowing last night.

I woke to blue skies and sunshine glittering on the white snow. And lots of it.

We had 8-9 inches here. The roads in the complex didn't get plowed until about 7:30am, and that wasn't hand shoveling. I still shoveled directly in front of the garage door--I don't think the car could have gotten through it.

I went out late morning to do errands. Pharmacy, grocery, etc.

The sun was pleasantly warm, melting the salted roads, so they were pretty good. I took a side road back home--the roads were not as clear, and there had been branches down in the road, as well as larger limbs and even a couple of trees. The roads were passable, having already been cleared.

Back home, I've cleaned and tried to organize some stuff, gathering what's needed for the Singing Party on the 8th. Come on up!

Tomorrow is a workday for me.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tuesday 11.29.2011

What a day!

I slept pretty good last night, thank you God. I enjoyed breakfast and a lovely shower, then went over to the storage unit, taking over the autumn decor and bringing back the Christmas stuff.

The rain turned to sleet, with the icy pellets blowing against the windows. The older I get the more I don't like storms. I called Daniel and we talked for a bit.

I also tried to keep busy--cleaned the foyer and the stairs, emptied, cleaned and reassembled the china cabinet. Set up the tree, but haven't decorated it yet. I did get the wreath on the door.

A bite to eat, another couple of phone calls, and the snow is about 2 inches all over everything. It's wet, so it's sticking to the branches and such. Beautiful.

Tomorrow is more of today--finish the decorating, maybe go back to the storage unit.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Monday 11.28.2011

I slept kind of fair, waking earlier than I thought I would. I got up, thinking I would go out for a run before my appointment with Leah.

But it was 33 degrees, and the hourly projection on showed that it would warm up to low 40's with sunshine. I decided to wait 'til the clouds moved out.

Leah did a great job, as always. My feet feel so much better this evening.

When I got back, I got ready and went out for the jog, though the heavy overcast never did go away today.

I had a quiet rest of the day, and am ready for bed tonight.

Tomorrow is errands.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sunday 11.27.2011

Another workday, which turned out to be a pretty good day, again. Great co-workers and a nice group of patients make a 12 1/2 hour day pleasantly tolerable. Thank you to all my team mates.

A rainy drive home.

Daniel chose not to come home tonight, as he would need to go back tomorrow night. He did not mention a compensatory day since he worked extra yesterday. Again, the joys of a salaried position.

Tomorrow I have errands to do, one of them includes a Reflexology appointment with Leah. And if it stops raining, I could go out for a jog.

Feeling pretty good today, too, thank you God.

And thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Saturday 11.26.2011

Slept fair; got up for work. Which turned out to be a pretty good day, thank you God.

Dan came home for his two days off, only to be called to say that he had to come back in the morning. Ack!! The joys of being salaried...

I work again tomorrow.

I felt pretty good today, too. Just a little niggle of soreness from that good stretching/warm up that I did before going out for my run yesterday.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Friday 11.25.2011

Oh My Goodness, What a Beautiful Day!!!

The sun was shining, though it looks like a "winter sun" to me--kind of pale and low in the sky. But warm none-the-less.

I waited a bit after breakfasting to go out, and had a nice run. I am so blessed to be feeling good and able to be active and enjoy this life. Praise God!

I made a dent on the chores, getting the upstairs/loft vacuumed and the majority of the dust moved around. We both have put a few boxes up there that need attention. I kind of just moved them around, too, neatening up collections.

Supper and a quiet evening.

Tomorrow is a workday; Dan comes home tomorrow night, too. I'll be happy to see him.

Enjoy God's world, and the people around you. Hugs.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thursday 11.24.2011

I slept pretty good, though not as well as the night before. I got up about 0830.

Breakfast, shower, selected the wardrobe for the day.

I met Daniel at a park and ride location and we went together over to his brother B's house.

There were lots of folks there. Maybe 35.

We had a great afternoon that included an informal photo shoot. Those images will be treasures.

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

Tomorrow has household chores on the list.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wednesday 11.23.2011

What a beautiful day!!!

Blue skies and mild temperatures.

It rained most of the night, and I slept really well, waking only a couple of times. Thank you God. When I woke the sun was shining, and the birds (I call them the winter birds) were noisy. I was surprised to hear of the black ice and many crashes this morning on the roads.

I had breakfast, and waited for the sun to warm up a little. When I did go out for a jog, I ended up in short sleeves and long pants, plenty comfortable.

Tomorrow I'm looking forward to meeting up with Daniel and visiting with his family. Hope the roads stay good.

May we remember the gifts of life and love, thank God for our blessings, and be kind to each other.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tuesday 11.22.2011






Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Monday 11.21.2011

I slept fairly well, though I had to get up about halfway through to go to work. And let me just say, I'm thankful to have a job.

And the j.o.b. was busy today. But with a great group of co-workers, we had a great day.

A safe drive home and a quiet evening.

Thank you God for this life.

And thank you for reading.


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sunday 11.20.2011

Dan was up early this morning, and I couldn't go back to sleep, either. He got up and went to breakfast with his guy friends--and then golfing---

I had a quiet day. Cleaned the kitchen, 2 loads of laundry, walked up to the clubhouse/trash compactor. Fixed food and ate and cleaned up after that....

Dan went back to the trailer from the golf course.

I've had a quiet evening, too.

Tomorrow is a workday.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Saturday 11.19.2011

Yay!! I finally slept!! I was very surprised to see that it was after 6 o'clock when I opened my eyes and looked over. Not believing, I turned and looked at the other clock. Yup--it's after 6 alright. And I don't remember waking up since 11:30. Finally. Every once in a while it happens...

I dozed back off, too, waking again just after 9. I got up and wandered about, checking out the day.

I ended up going out for a run in the odd weather. Thermometer shows 45, it's overcast and gusty. So I get out there, and it feels about 50. Maybe the wind was warm and humid?

Breakfast and shower.

I read some, listened to music, sorted and repacked some stuff, played the piano for a while. Dan called to say he was on the way home; he arrived about 7.

We had a quiet evening.

Not sure what tomorrow will bring.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Friday 11.18.2011

Worked today--busy in the morning, busy in the afternoon. Finally able to leave at 7pm.

It was cold this morning; 26 degrees on the way down. 42 degrees on the way back. I wore a neck scarf with my coat.

Tomorrow I hope to rest and catch up on some household things.

I'm tired tonight.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thursday 11.17.2011

Didn't sleep much last night, other than a couple of 1 & 1/2 hour blocks. And woke with the back of my neck starting to ache like a migraine. I got up and ate and took tylenol and motrin, hoping it wasn't going to get any worse.

After breakfast, I went to Jackson for the annual health physical with Dr. Taylor. First stop, scales. Today's weight was 148 pounds, down from 167 in October of 2010!!!! Woo Hoo!!! 19 pounds off!! It's hard to believe I had collected so much. But it's gone now... Since I now see a gynecologist, that part didn't need to be done, but he did look over my skin, moles, spider veins, bigger veins, etc. Asked a lot of questions, listened a lot. He had some good suggestions for the near future, which I will consider and likely pursue.

I'll see him again next year, or sooner if I get sick. Ugh. Hope not.

When I got back home I took another dose of tylenol and motrin, and Daniel and I went out shopping. He wanted a new mid-weight jacket, and he picked up a couple of shirts for work, too. We met Breon, his daughter, for supper, and enjoyed our visit with her.

Back home, he went off to see the chiropractor before going to visit a friend of his.

I've had a quiet evening, catching up on some internet stuff.

Tomorrow is a workday, and could be busy. I hope I sleep tonight. My head is just a little sore, but I think the headache itself is gone.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wednesday 11.16.2011

Although I slept fairly well, considering. I woke about 7 and didn't doze again, and just got up. I really don't like being up that early, but I started laundry. I considered going out for a run, but I was too hungry to not eat, so I enjoyed breakfast instead.

To my surprise, I had a few episodes of diarrhea--so much so that I needed to shower! What?!?!? Fortunately I felt better in the early afternoon, and went out for a run in the sunshine. Lovely!

I made a pot of chicken-y potato soup, and when Dan got home we ate. We had some general conversation and a quiet night. And he fell asleep in the chair about 7:30.

Tomorrow is my physical exam with Doctor Taylor in Jackson.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tuesday 11.15.2011

I slept some last night, almost waking when the radio came on. Then the song got real quiet, there was a pause, and I dozed back off. The music crescendo'd--oh, I did hear the radio. Ugh. Time to get up...

The first part of the day was extremely busy. The car was taken to Discount Tire for the tires to be rotated, and I thought they were looking a little worn on tread. When I had gotten out the paperwork, they are 45,000 mile tires. Hm, they've got 40k on them now. (I've done a lot of driving the last couple of years...)

The guy called, saying they were worn, blah, blah, blah. And with Michigan winter coming up...The bottom line is that I bought 4 new tires, making a deal for less than what he initially quoted. Good job, me!

I had a challenge taking care of "business" and being so busy, but I had to take care of me, first. We finally slowed down some in the afternoon, thank you God.

A safe drive home, thanks again. I saw at least 5 deer carcasses along the road on the way home. Ick.

A quiet night; a couple of phone calls (thank you KS) and a load of laundry.

My heart has started flopping around again this evening. Definite Ugh.

Tomorrow is chores.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Monday 11.14.2011

I didn't hardly sleep last night, finally shutting down sometime after 3. The alarm woke me at 0425. Agh.

I did surprisingly well at work, having a "sleepy time" about 4pm. I went for a walk, had a hot beverage, and revived.

A safe drive home, a quiet evening. Off to bed.

Tomorrow is another workday.

My heart has been just a little out of whack, which I find surprising, too. Oh, I'm very ok with it. Hope I can sleep...

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sunday 11.13.2011

Ahhh. I finally slept last night.

I went out for a jog--54 degrees, overcast, and windy at the lake. Away from the lake, though, it was quite pleasant.

When I got back, KS got ready and left. Jeremy and I had breakfast, then went out to rake and burn what leaves we could. It was really windy, and we were diligent about flying ash. No extracurricular fires needed.

We finished the leaves, and as I was putting things away, having a last look around for "winter readiness", I realized the trickle charger wasn't on the boat battery, so we took care of that.

Ok, looks like I'm ready for snow.

Jeremy left to go to his hunting camp, and I did the "closing chores", finally leaving about 5:15. Later than I had wanted, but Dan had called, and I talked with him a while.

A safe drive home, thank you God, even though it was creepy. The wind became stronger and more gusty the further south I got, and north of Flint the temperature rose to 65 degrees. As I approached Lansing, there was lightening in the northwest, and a waning full moon in the south. The wind was bumping against the car; I just wanted to get home.

And I did.

Unloaded, unpacked, turned around and ready for work tomorrow.

It rained here; the wind has eased a bit.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Saturday 11.12.2011

I'm happy to say I slept pretty good last night. I had awakened about 2, wondering where my Jeremy was, on his way to Michigan, as he could be arriving soon. I had dozed off, then heard an electronic tone--like an alarm chime or something. What was that? Something on a computer? I was getting out of bed to investigate the noise, because you know I wouldn't have been able to ignore it and go back to sleep.

Then I heard the back door open.

"Jeremy?" I called out. No answer, but I heard the storm door close. "Jeremy?" "Yup" was the reply. Woo Hoo!! Jeremy was here!! 0300. He made good time, coming from South Carolina.

We visited for just a few minutes, getting his things in and somewhat settled for the night.

I woke with a bit of a naggy headache. (But my heart was doing ok, thank you God.) It proceeded to turn into a migraine, with pain that was making my eyes water. What's with the headaches recently?? (Life stress, perhaps....??)

I took tylenol, motrin, and a bit of a tylenol #3 for the codeine, and an hour or so later, I felt much better. The pain had been interrupted, but the numb sensation on the right side of my face was still there.

After breakfast (which was late morning) KS went to visit her parents and I went outside to check on the garage and shed.

I swept what I could in the garage, started the van and let it run a bit, looked in the shed and swept that, too. Jeremy came out, and I asked him to disconnect the battery on the van, which he did, as well as did some minor maintenance on the shed door. Thank you Jeremy!

When KS got back, we went into Hale to the Fish store. We found a couple of things there, then went down to the grocery store for a few items.

Back at the JC, I took another dose of pills, minus the codeine, and we fixed lunch/supper and ate. While KS and I did clean up, Jeremy went outdoors and started burning leaves, as there were a few areas where the piles had collected. Dusk was falling fast, and it was dark when we decided to put the rakes away for the night.

Then we went out for a flashlight walk.

47 degrees, though felt like 35. So quiet. The moon had risen and stars were bright with the reflection of moonlight. We looked into the trees and across the ground. We first saw a skunk up next to a garage. We watched as it came a little nearer to us, then turned and walked away. There were a couple sets of eyes reflecting back at us, beyond where the skunk was heading. That was pretty cool.

We also saw a large woodpecker, and we circled down to Grace Street back to the JC to the lake. The only activity we saw in the lake was a frog, hiding in the rocks.

Jeremy and I looked at my pictures, and the night wound down.

It's been a lovely day. Thank you God.

And thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Friday 11.11.2011

I had a very unsettling night.

My heart never did stop flopping around. I would wake up and it would still be floppin'. It's never done that for so long--I did a self-check. Let's see--chest pain, pressure, numbness, tingling in face, hands, arm?? Shoulder pain? Neck, back, difficulty breathing, anything?? Everything was negative, and I would try to breathe to get back to sleep. Sometime after 2am I woke again--this thing was really busy. No shortness of breath, but extremely irregular, and I have to say I was becoming a bit unsettled and anxious.

I considered calling Dan, but... I considered taking myself to the hospital. Bright lights and all the activity... no, there's no pain or any other symptoms... but I sure wasn't liking it.

When it finally turned into morning, it was still beating irregularly. Hmph. And I was feeling shaky. I had a BM, (was this heart attack stuff?) then another, and the next one was loose if you know what I mean. The shaky feeling was starting to ease up, and the heartbeat was less erratic.

Hmm. Something I ate? One more stool, and I was definitely better.

I rested a bit, wanting to go for a jog today. I ended up going out, and it was ok--a pretty good run. Sweaty, but my heart was back to normal.


Breakfast, shower, housework. Got things collected and packed, and I left to go north about 4 pm.

A safe drive, thank you God.

KS had arrived at the JC about a half hour before me. It heated up nicely. Full moon, light wind, 35-feels-like-25 degrees out there.

Not sure what tomorrow will bring.

I'm thankful my heart settled down. And I do think that it was something I ate (from the salad bar at the hospital *sad face* .

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thursday 11.10.2011

Went to work without breakfast this morning, so I could have my fasting lab work drawn. I couldn't get drawn until after 7--and when I heard report, I was thinking that this is not a good day to not have had breakfast....

I went to the lab anyway, thinking I would be gone maybe 15 minutes. Wrong. 35 minutes later I was back on the unit, with no time to eat. But I got started on the work for the day, and was finally able to fix my food and eat it, sometime around 10 o'clock. That's a long time for me to be up without eating, and I still have just a little naggy headache.

The day went on.

I was able to go back to the lab later in the day and pick up the results. Everything looked good, other than the total cholesterol level was 215. The HDL and LDL were in the right levels, though.
I'm not concerned with that result, and I hope the doctors aren't, either. I'm not interested in taking a daily pill for the rest of my life.

We had a pretty good snowshower this afternoon. Not just a few flurries flying around--a near whiteout of good-sized snowflakes. Enough that I had to sweep the car off when I left for home this evening. And the foliage--trees, bushes, grass--everything covered in white. Pretty cool.

The funny thing was, that when I got to Mason, the road was dry, the stars and the full moon were shining in the sky, and there was no snow on the ground. Amazing how that works.

Tomorrow I hope to be able to jog, catch up on a few household items, and probably head for the lake later in the afternoon. Guess I'd better put the snow brush in the car...

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wednesday 11.09.2011

Uh Oh. Rushing past the first weeks of November, into the Holidays. It seems so far away, then SMACK!! there it is, like running your face into the closed sliding glass door.

Guess I'd better get ready. Maybe a little more than a string of lights on the balcony.

Workday today. Steady busy. Probably more busy tomorrow, as there were still more babies to deliver when we left.

I felt pretty good today, overall. A little tired.

And ready for bed.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tuesday 11.08.2011

I slept the usual intermittent sleep. It sure helps that I didn't have to get up at 0420.

After breakfast I went over to see Dr. Rhonda Maney, who I've seen for the "spotting" I've been having. Today was a "routine" annual exam--pap and manual breast exam.

First stop, weight and height. #153.2 Down 5.2 pounds since July!!! Woo Hoo!!! My height is the same at 64 inches. Good news. One of the side effects of the aromatase inhibitors is calcium loss/osteoporosis.

Typical exam. She was surprised at how sore the woundbed is, but didn't feel anything unusual. Next exam November 2012.

At home, I had a couple of phone calls and visited with Daniel before he left for his doctor appointment. (which was a good appointment for him, too). I left to go to Jackson for a couple of meetings.

Back at home, we enjoyed a quiet evening.

I work tomorrow; he'll be gone before I get back home. *sad face*

I've had a little naggy headache today, just enough to bother me, but not enough for medicine. I may take some tylenol before going to bed.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Monday 11.07.2011

I slept pretty good, when the pieces are added together.

Went for a jog this morning; breakfast, shower, then over to Leah's for a workover. I mean massage. Geez--she sure found some knots today! She also did a nice job moving the lymph fluid from the pockets on my back over the ribs, along my side, chest, and arm. Thank you, Leah.

I had wanted to get groceries and put supper together after that, but I was soooo tired, and a bit nauseated. Maybe from moving the lymph fluid? I was happy when Daniel called to say he was on the way home, and did I want to go out for supper?

Oh, yeah.

And from there, we went over to the grocery store.

So I did get dinner and groceries!

Tomorrow we each have a doctor appointment, and I have a meeting in Jackson.

Hope I sleep good tonight.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sunday 11.06.2011

We were quite busy for the first half of the day. I had been on my feet, non-stop moving, from 10-1. Finally, there was a break in the action, and I was beyond hungry, (breakfast was at 0515) with the dull annoying hunger headache making itself known. I sat down and ate.

It was maybe an hour or so after that before my brain came back. Since I had the time, I tried to chart, but I had to "think", concentrate, or focus, on the computer. I was pretty sure that if I waited another half hour or so, I would be better. I waited, and it was much easier to "think". I got the documentation completed.

Strange how the brain works.

Some of that "thinking" decrease is something I've noticed since the cancer treatment. Forgetfulness, too. It's much more noticeable when I'm tired/fatigued, hungry, or stressed. Another variable is that I've had birthdays, too. Factor in the hormone blocker that I take every day...

So I exercise, try to eat good, and challenge my brain. Try to take care of myself to minimize whatever side effects there are.

Tomorrow I see Leah, as well as try to catch up on some housework.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Saturday 11.05.2011

Worked today. Gently busy.

Hoping to sleep well tonight.

Prayers to those facing surgical procedures.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Friday 11.04.2011

Wow. November 4th already.

We had a great day at The Lake. Sunshine, Blue Skies, gentle breezes. Low 40's.

After a laid-back morning, we all went for a walk. It was very beautiful--

While we were sitting on the dock at the GC, we saw the eagle soaring. After many minutes, it flew right near us. Hunting, it seemed, but looking to see what those 3 lumps were down there on the shore. So cool.

I had to leave, but Gail and Diane decided they could stay another night. So I got packed up, we had a bite to eat, and I left, arriving home about 8:30 pm.

Thanks to God for the gift of this life in this world and someone to share it with.


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thursday 11.03.2011

Wow, what a beautiful day at the lake!

Started out cold, gloomy, had rained during the night but stopped by morning. I took the boat up to the marina while the other 2 put together a fantabulously wonderful breakfast. Thank you Diane and Gail!

We were lolling over coffees when Bob knocked on the door. We let him in, and I called for Evelyn to come over, too. I fixed her a cup of tea; Bob left and us girls had a nice visit.

We wanted to go into Hale, and stopped at M & K McK's on the way in. It was good to see them.

We had a lot of success at the Fish store (local resale shop), as well as the grocery store.

Those girls know how to cook. They knocked it out...

We went for a walk after Diane warmed us up inside with a step aerobics session. It sure is getting cold out. Close to 35 degrees out there.

A quiet evening. Stars, moon growing past the first quarter, reflective lake...Ahhh...

Thank you God for letting me be here.

Tomorrow we'll be heading south.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wednesday 11.02.2011

What a great day!!

Dan went golfing; I went for a jog, enjoying the morning before leaving for The Lake.

I picked up Diane, and our friend G came along, too. Just so happened she could, at the last minute. (She had been here a couple years ago, but had become ill and took herself home. She ended up being sick for 8-10 days.) So we are happy to have the opportunity to get together!

Thank you God!

51 degrees and quiet darkness when we arrived. We enjoyed the stillness on lawn chairs on the deck. The occasional calls of the waterfowl--ducks, geese--and the light rain that comes and goes...Awesome!

Tomorrow I'll take the speedboat for it's winterization. It's time.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Tuesday 11.01.2011

Another workday.

We were busy--with a few "quieter" times. And it worked out that I could go to part of a meeting.

A safe drive, thank you God, on a pleasant autumn night. 51 degrees on the drive home; stars, new crescent moon. Beautiful.

Dan had the laundry done when I got home. Woo Hoo!! Thanks, Dan!!

We had a quiet evening.

He's going to golf again tomorrow, and I'll be going to the lake in the afternoon, stopping to pick up Diane on the way. She needs a break...

Hope we have dry weather.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Monday 10.31.2011 Spooky

We had a pretty good day on the overflow unit today. Busy, but we just kept pecking along. Finally, we were able to move the remaining patients over to the primary unit at the end of the shift. Whew.

I'm tired tonight.

Tomorrow is a workday, also a meeting in the morning. And, as I didn't find anyone who could/would work for me, I may not be able to attend.

Happy Halloween. Hugs.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sunday 10.30.2011

What a day.

I did sleep. Felt like I had gotten some rest when I woke again about 8:30. Was surprised to see that I had dozed off and it was 9 o'clock. Time to get up.

I got ready and left for Mt. Pleasant. I was going to D's, where she was going to drive us to Houghton Lake for our cousin's funeral.

It was very nice. Different, but healing. Was good to see people I hadn't seen for a while.

D and I got groceries, and she also used her massage skills on the back of my neck before I left for home.

A safe drive home, thank you God.

I had a little snack, got turned around for workday tomorrow.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Saturday 10.29.2011


This morning I woke up dizzy. Very strange. I wobbled over to the bathroom, thinking I would stay up, but decided to lay back down. I didn't feel well.

I dozed again, but was still dizzy when I woke about 9. I stayed in bed, hoping it would pass. I was also queasy, the back of my head and neck hurt. It almost felt like a hangover gone wrong.

I had wanted to jog this morning. Couldn't go out like this. It had started raining, anyway.

After being up an hour and a half or so, I wasn't any better. The pain in the neck and head--I realized it could be migraine--I decided to take tylenol/motrin/and a little codeine. But I had to eat to take the pills.

So I did. I hoped the digestive processes would function normally, not reject anything just put in, and went back on the sofa. I laid down and slept again.

When I woke, the pain was decreased and the nausea gone. Praise God! I was feeling pretty yucky. The dizziness was minimal.

It was close to 4 by now. The roads had dried up, with a little sun poking through. I decided to go out for a gentle jog.

And I did ok.

Back inside, I cooled off, showered, and had a light snack. Still not 100% right in the gut.

Daughter Breon graduated from her cosmetology program and her celebration was tonight. I really didn't feel like going out, but I did. I didn't stay long.

Tonight I'm tired, head and neck sore, still just a little queasy, and infrequent wooziness in the head. Geez.

Virus? Bad food?? Migraine??? Whatever, I hope to feel better tomorrow, as I plan to go to a funeral.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday 10.28.2011

Another steadily busy workday. Good thing I get paid to do this...

It finally ended, and I clocked out in a timely manner.

A safe drive home, thank you God.

We had a fairly good frost last night; everything was white and sparkly this morning.

Tomorrow I hope to catch up at home.

I'm tired tonight.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Thursday 10.27.2011

Wow! What a Day!!

I spent the majority of the day in Flint, with my aunt, EM.

I helped her with the craft project: decorating the boxes for, then filling little zip-top bags with, the cremains of her husband of might-as-well-have-been 63 years. Very odd, playing with cremains. Creepy, sometimes. But we got it done, and she is happy with the results.

She also had a few other "projects" for me to help her with, and all the while, she (and I) talked.

We looked at pictures, and she reminisced about her past, much of which I was unaware. She is my father's sister. It was good to hear him talked about.

Thank you, Aunt EM.

On the drive home, I received a call that a cousin has passed. Another call after I got home; funeral is Sunday.

And the world goes around.

Tomorrow is a workday.

My heart has been "quieter" this evening. So far. And that's a relief to me.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wednesday 10.26.2011

I woke several times during the night, my longest stretch of sleep being from 0635 to 0905. When I got up, my hips were aching, as well as the bottoms of my feet. My foot discomfort is probably from the busy, 12 1/2 hour workdays, and maybe the hips, too.

I went out for a jog. Breakfast, shower, out to run errands. I finally took tylenol and motrin before going out.

Back home it was time to eat, and I rustled something up.

Board Meeting this evening, and now I'm tired again. I'll go to bed soon.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tuesday 10.25.2011

I slept really well last night, all 4 hours of it, once I got to sleep. And since I was awakened, the morning hours were, shall we say, sluggish? I tried caffeine mid-morning; little improvement. After eating lunch an hour and a half or so later, I started to feel a little better.

We were busy again today. One of the girls agreed to work some hours for me so I could attend a meeting. I was still a little punky, but a small cola beverage helped with that, fortunately.

When I got back to the floor, the fan had been turned on while we were gone. Ack!!!

We finally finished the shift.

Tomorrow night is an Association Board Meeting.

I'm tired tonight and the heart has been moderately irregular, intermittently throughout the day today. I'm hoping to get the rest of my sleep out tonight.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Monday 10.24.2011

I worked today, floating out, and ended up working on 3 different units. The morning's experience reinforced to me that it is very important to take care of the physical self, as well as the psychological self.

Back on my home unit, I valued the familiarity and experience. Especially since we had a "situation". Of course, the fabulous team of nurses on the 4th floor did a wonderful job, and the patient was stabilized within an hour. By the end of the shift, she was feeling much better. Ahh, the joys of nursing.

A safe drive home, thank you God.

Dan was home and was finishing up the laundry. What a guy.

Tomorrow is a workday for me.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sunday 10.23.2011

What a good day today!!

Blue sky, 63 degrees, birds singing like ... umm ... spring??

I put away the table and flower containers that were on the balcony. I also got the cutters and cut the way tall bush/tree foliage that has grown up taller than our second story window. When it's windy, the branches will slap against the glass and startle the snot out of me. Ha--not funny, and not any more.

I took the summer decor items over to the storage unit and brought back the autumn stuff and put that on the doors. I also brought back a couple of strings of Christmas lights--I put one out on the balcony railing, and one going down the stairs to the front door. The stairway is really dark in the morning; the little lights are just enough to be able to see the steps and get safely down to the landing, where there is a sensor that turns on the light down there.

By then I was hungry again, so I made my food, ate, and packaged the rest in portions, labeling them and putting them in the refrigerator. If they are still there in a couple of days, they go over to the freezer. An easy way to have my lunches ready!!!

A quiet evening.

Tomorrow is a workday.

My heart wasn't as goofy today, but it was flipping around a little in the late afternoon/evening. Strange, it is. That, and the hot flashes. I've been trying to pay attention to each of those events, but so far, haven't correlated anything. Another day for the Arimidex, another day without a heart pill. Eventually I'll be done with the Arimidex; I'm hoping that's the cause of the arrhythmias and I won't need a heart pill. Amen.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Saturday 10.22.2011

A Beautiful Blue Sky Day today!!

Although it was a cool 40 degrees this morning, by noon it was 54 degrees. I had started out with a jacket for my jog, but turned around and put it and my gloves back in the house, then went on my way.

Sure looks like the season has changed, with the summer/outdoor stuff being put away and the oranges and browns of autumnal decor dotting homes in the neighborhood.

The sun felt wonderful.

Back inside, I cooled off, breakfasted, showered, laundry.

I went out for a few fresh grocery items--the store was busier than I had expected. Ick.

A quiet evening.

I was surprised at how much my heart was flopping around today, during the afternoon. It usually only happens in the evening. Maybe I was just noticing it more?? And, how much does it bother me? Enough that I notice it. For now.

Tomorrow is unplanned....

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Friday 10.21.2011


Finally, a nicely-paced day with good co-workers; I felt like I got something done. And wasn't scrambling or juggling or missing/forgetting things.

Thank you God.

A safe drive home, thanks again.

My heart has had a couple hours of bopping around and can quit anytime now.

I'm tired and look forward to not having to get up in the morning.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Thursday 10.20.2011

Another night of wind and light rain. Our power had "blinked" at some point, but we did have power.

Daniel wanted to go out for breakfast. At first, I told him to go by himself, but changed my mind and went with him. While we were out, we heard that there was a large area that was out of power. Thank you God, that it wasn't us....

We went back to the JC and did the "closing chores", finally leaving close to noon. It was still a little windy with a light rain.

All the way home.

We got unloaded, Daniel got his things turned around and left for the trailer.

I was happy that he finally got to spend a little time at the lake. He seemed to enjoy it.

Me too.

Tomorrow is a workday.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wednesday 10.19.2011

I didn't hear any creatures in the wall last night. Maybe because I kind of slept, or maybe they are finally gone. Or maybe because the weather is yucky.

It's been a gray, windy, sometimes rainy day today.

I fixed pancakes and eggs for a late morning breakfast for us. The rest of the day we did a whole bunch of nothing, besides watch the wind torment the lake and the trees, and watch the ducks bob around on the whitecaps.

When Dan woke up from his nap, we had a yummy supper, and he watched a couple movies in the evening.

We'll be going home tomorrow.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tuesday 10.18.2011

What a great day today!!

I slept pretty good, overall, woke about 7:30, stayed in bed 'til about 8. Dan was already up.

Breakfast, then got things packed to go to the lake. Dan had to go to the post office; I finished packing the cooler and foodstuffs and carried all my things down to the garage. When he got back, he loaded the car, and....we were off.

An uneventful trip, thank you God. We arrived at the JC about 12:30 pm. Cool, breezy, 50 degrees, with low gray clouds that foretell of the winter to come. I was happy that both new furnaces fired up easily, and within 15 minutes it was warm inside. Woo Hoo!!

I was a little anxious about looking in the chipmunk bucket. What if there's nothing in it?? What if there is??

Nothing in the bucket. So, did the creature that came in and put corn under the pillows forget how to get in?? Or did it eat the D-Con...??? Time will tell, I suppose.

We ate our Subway food before getting started on the outdoor chores.

We both changed clothes--Dan put on his wetsuit and waders (it was a photo op I missed) and started getting the dock sections apart while I got the hose and other needed items from the garage to clean the awning. He and I got the dock out, and Tom and KS came by as we were getting the support poles out.

That job done, we watched Daniel clean the top of the awning. We visited a bit; T&KS were ready to leave, and going to Big Bob's in Hale. We decided to go, too.

I enjoyed the afternoon with them.

Back at the JC, we finished up outdoors. Grill and outdoor chairs in the shed, green boat moved into big green shed. Evelyn and Bob came out and supervised that.

When we were finally done, Daniel went through his collection of scuba stuff. He seemed pretty happy tonight--he's gotten done what he wanted to do, and can now just enjoy it.

Me, too.

Not sure what we'll do tomorrow. The weather is not looking so good--rain and a high wind advisory. Hmm. I don't like the wind.

We'll see what happens.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Monday 10.17.2011

Even though I had the "usual" interrupted sleep, I felt rested when I woke this morning. Breakfast, then off to Leah's for the Reflexology appointment.

It was one of the most intense treatments yet. Now, you wouldn't think that a series of pressures and sequence of movements on the feet would do a whole lot. HA! Today's treatment made me nauseated, almost from the start. And enough so, that she "backed off" a couple of times to give me a break. Yes, I think there really is something to that reflexology stuff. Guess I'll have to stop saying "It's all hooey..."

The nausea went away after an hour or so.

I stopped to pick up a couple of items on the way home. After a bit of a rest, I went out for a jog. The sun was lovely, the gusty wind a bit cool; temps mid 50's.

Dan got home, we had supper.

Tomorrow we're going to the lake for a couple days, so he can get the dock out. I hope the weather holds out for us.

And I hope I can sleep well tonight.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sunday 10.16.2011

I slept pretty good last night; had to get up, though, for the J.O.B.

A good day, even busier than yesterday. And the last 3 hours I was in patient rooms, finally able to chart/document what I had been doing, accruing overtime. Ah, all in the day of a nurse.

I passed a newly dead deer on the highway. Tis the season.

And I made it home safely, thank you God.

I had a bite to eat (since I wasn't able to at the hospital) and had a quiet night.

Tomorrow I see Leah for a Reflexology appointment, getting my body back in order.

And I'm tired tonight.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Saturday 10.15.2011

Worked, nicely busy, great co-workers.

Stopped on the way home for gas and a few fresh groceries.

Put food away, got lunch ready, and now ready for bed.

My heart irregularity has been a bit less today; enough that I know it's happening. The question continues to hover--how much does it bother you?? I can call the cardiologist any time and get a pill...

Not today.

Tomorrow is a workday.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday 10.14.2011

I slept fairly well, considering. About 0500 I heard what sounded like cellophane crinkling--in the wall, near my head. Ack!! It startled me, but as I listened, I could hear the little creature's scritching of it's feet, too. My guess is that it was moving that bait pack/bait pillow. As long as it gets eaten...

I dozed back off, waking about 9. Gloomy, a little hazy, low 50's. I had breakfast and enjoyed the morning, and got ready to leave.

I put the chipmunk bucket in the living room, and left the access panel off of the plumbing for the bathtub, and the closet door open, just in case that's where the little kernel eater is coming in.

It was trying to rain when I left about 12:30. I had a safe drive, thank you God, finding all was well at home.

Tomorrow is a workday for me.

Last night before I went to bed, my heart was sure flip-flopping around. For a much longer time than it had done before. Made me consider the doctor's words--"How much does it bother you?" That type of rhythm did bother me, and I was relieved to notice the more regular rhythm when I woke after sleeping a couple of hours. It's a little irregular again this evening, but not like last night. As long as it keeps beating...

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Thursday 10.13.2011

I didn't hear any mice in the wall last night. Maybe because I was sleeping, or maybe because each time I woke I turned the radio on again (on a sleep timer) so I wouldn't hear the little darlin's scratching around in the wall. I made it to daylight, and was lying there dozing, when the house phone rang....

It was Evelyn next door, asking if I wanted to go to breakfast with them. I saw it was 0930--sure, let me get washed up and dressed....

We had a great breakfast in South Branch.

The rest of the day was mostly overcast, 60 degrees, and a light breeze. While Evelyn and Bob got their dock out, I hovered around outside in case they needed help. Sometimes they do. I got the bumpers/fenders off of our dock posts and put them away, and decided to rake and burn some leaves, even though there are lots still on the trees.

While I was outside, I checked on the bait pillow/bait pack I put next to the critter hole outside, near where I hear the noises. It was gone!! Not just chewed empty, it was missing. Hopefully, they dragged it into their nest. Maybe that's why I didn't hear anything last night.

It took the rest of the afternoon to burn the leaves, and I enjoyed sitting out there while each batch burned up. I finally came in about 5.

After a snack, I checked the computer, had a couple of phone calls, and a quiet evening.

I'll be going back home tomorrow.

I've felt kind of tired today. Maybe I'll sleep better tonight.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wednesday 10.12.2011

Uncle Wayne's funeral today. Very nice. As I was singing "On Eagle's Wings" I remembered that we sang that at Mom's funeral. I was kind of out of it then, as it was just before my last chemo treatment. So I sang for Mom, and for Uncle Wayne. May you both Rest in Peace.

I also realized that it was the first funeral I had been to since Mom's. And I had a "moment". As I recognized it, I took a breath and honored it, and was better. Thank you God.

The darn thing about funerals is that it is always so good to see everybody.

From Flint, I went on my way up to the JC. High 50's and a steady light wind, oddly overcast with just a bit of light coming through. I am surprised at how many leaves have dropped since Sunday. Some trees are completely bare!

I happened to look out the window, and saw a bird swooping out front. It looked like it had something dangling from it's legs. I looked again--it did--it had a big fish--it was an eagle! And it swooped right into the tree in front of the house!!! I had changed clothes, so I put my shoes on and quietly went out the back door. I didn't see it in the pine tree--it flew out of the oak tree. Wow!! So cool!!!

I also came across a mostly-eaten corn kernel, on one of the recliner seats. I took a flashlight and looked for holes and openings inside the house. The access board to the bathtub plumbing in a bedroom closet was off. I didn't see any obvious openings there, but I put the board back over the space and closed the closet doors tightly. Beyond that, I don't know where the creatures might be coming in. Daniel had the suggestion of putting the chipmunk bucket inside when I leave.... might be a good idea....

Not sure what I'm going to do tomorrow.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tuesday 10.11.2011

I was up--dressed, painted, hair, breakfasted, lunch together, etc., just going to put my shoes on, when the phone rang. On-call. Hm. Ok.

I stayed up until just after 7 in case the day shift called back. They didn't; I went back to bed. Dan left for golf.

When I did get up, my face was puffy, and I felt fatigued. Probably a good thing I don' t get to work.

I had a quiet morning, then went out to Meijer for a few things. Back at home, I fixed and ate my lunch, and almost took a nap. I stayed awake, though.

Early evening I went out for a jog. That was good. And after, a shower.

Dan got home just about dark.

A quiet evening, and off to bed.

Tomorrow is the funeral for our Dear Uncle. He will be missed.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Monday 10.10.2011

Another workday.

I got up and left for work, seeing a large, dark deer cross the highway just in front of me. It was off the road when I passed it, but it turned it's head and I saw the reflection in it's eyes. I'm glad I didn't hit it--it was a big 'un.

We were busy today. I didn't hardly look out the windows to see what the weather was. When I went out to the car this evening, it was really nice. I heard it had been really nice all day...

On the way home, there was another deer in the road, this time in pieces. I saw the back half of it first on the left side of the road, then several yards away was the head and front leg. Ick. I watched for more animals moving, hoping to see none.

I made it home safely.

Dan was home. We had a nice evening together. I started the laundry and we caught up.

Tomorrow is a workday for me.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Sunday 10.09.2011

Wow, another beautiful day at the lake!! Clear blue sky, occasional light breeze, and afternoon temp of 79 degrees!!!

I didn't sleep very well, though. About 0200 I heard the scritch-scratching in the wall by the chimney, which was near the head of the bed. Ack! I reached up and smacked the wall, hoping to scare the rodent away, but after just a few seconds, it resumed it's activity. Not knowing if this is the creature that tucked the corn kernels under my pillow, I didn't want to wake up with a little rodent face looking into my eyes. So I got up and went into the other bedroom.

That bed wasn't made. As I was putting the sheets on that bed, I picked up that pillow, and--another 3 corn kernels. Are you kidding me?? How can that be?? So now I'm getting creeped out. I haven't seen any other signs of activity--like mouse feces, or nibblings on things--but something has been in the house.

I went out on the deck and enjoyed the morning for a bit. Mirror quiet, there were several boats out fishing. I wondered if there might have been a fishing tournament or something. I watched as one guy casted out and got a hit--and pulled in a good sized fish--maybe a bass or something.

I went out for a jog, breakfast, shower, etc. and gathered my things to get ready to leave. As I was doing that, Bob came over, needing help for a project.

They were putting their Sunsetter awning away, and needed a third set of hands. (I think they really only needed a referee--they tend to not work well together) We got the project done and I said my good-byes.

I got on the road about 4:30. With the "smart phone" we have Verizon service, and it has a navigation program with a "traffic" layer that shows areas of slowed and stopped traffic. I was happy to have this--I was able to exit and miss two different areas of stopped traffic, one on I-75 and another on I-69. I finally got home about 7:30, after refueling the vehicle.

Unloaded, unpacked, snack, ready for bed. Tomorrow is a workday.

Thank you for your prayers--my dear Uncle has gone to Heaven. To quote another family member--"Christmas will never be the same".

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Saturday 10.08.2011

What a great day today!!

I slept really well last night, waking about 0530, getting up and starting the day.

I was on the road by 8. A safe drive, thank you God, arriving at the JC about 11.

Beautiful, sunny, blue-sky day, high 60's getting to 78 degrees today!!

After unloading the car and walking around the house, I notice activity down by the GC, or at Anne's. As I was walking down there, Polly called--she and Jim were getting ready to leave the GC. I joined them for lunch and we had a nice visit. I was also happy to see and hug Anne, as her people are here to get her back to southern Ohio for the winter. Have a great winter, Anne. I'll be thinking of you.

I got the screen room taken down and put away. Boo Hoo. But I'd much rather do it on a 78 degree day than on a 40 degree, windy, rainy day.

When I put my pillow on the bed in the front bedroom, I removed the pillows that were on there. What's that--?? 3 kernels of corn, and a sunflower kernel. Tucked under the pillow. Great. (I had to smile, though. The creatures miss me...) Then I noticed the metal cover of the vent pipe for the wood stove was ajar. Aha--I put that back in place, and will look for a more secure covering for that tomorrow. I put new "wedges" of D-con pellets in the house and garage to keep the mice at bay, and sprayed the exterior of both buildings to keep the spiders and other bugs out.

It was close to sunset, but still low 70's--I enjoyed a fire, watching it get dark and the moonlight taking over for the sun. So awesome. Thank you God, for letting me be here.

I have to go back home tomorrow, but I'm ok with that. I sure had a good day today.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday 10.07.2011

I worked today. Started out with the "on call" phone call, but was called back about 0730, just as I had finally drifted back to sleep. And we had a good day, even though it was a little busy.

As the day went on, I was thinking that I might go north after work. As it turned out, I didn't get my supper, which threw me all off. I stopped at the chinese place, where I had planned to get my food in the afternoon anyway, on the way home, and ate the eggroll.

I also refueled the car on the way home, so I was ready to go.

When I got in the house and put my things away, I got really sleepy. Hmm. I ate what food I wanted, and the next thing I knew, I wanted to go to bed. Probably not a good idea to drive almost 3 hours in the dark, being that tired....

And I went to bed.

It's Saturday morning, 0530, and I'm awake. I slept really good!!!! Thank you God!

I'm getting ready to go....

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Thursday 10.06.2011

Boy, did I sleep good last night. Well, this morning, really. From 3 til 9am. That's HUGE for me.

I jogged and showered, and when Frank got here, we shared breakfast. Maybe brunch, because it was after noon by then.

We drove over to Flint to visit Uncle W. He's been moved to a Hospice home. Although it's an awful situation, it was a good thing for each of us. I'd like to think that Uncle knew I/we were there, and could hear us talking with him.

We also had a nice visit with some other family that was there.

A safe drive back home, I changed clothes, and went to Jackson for a "drill" that we have been working on. It went well, and we learned a lot from it.

Tomorrow is a workday for me.

I've felt pretty good today, too.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wednesday 10.05.2011

I didn't have to get up so early today--Dan got up to go golf, but I didn't hear him leave.

Sunny, low 70's today. Beautiful.

Laundry and groceries, and dance class in the evening.

Dan has gone back to the trailer.

Uncle W. has been transferred to a hospice home; please continue the prayers. I'm planning on going there tomorrow.

Be kind to the people in your world.


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tuesday 10.04.2011


I slept pretty good, and look forward to sleeping the other half of it tonight. And I don't have to get up in the morning.

We were busy today--we had 10 babies on our shift. With a great group of co-workers, we had a good day.

A safe drive home and a quiet evening with Daniel.

May the peace of the Lord surround us all.


Monday, October 3, 2011

Monday 10.03.2011

I had a busy, fun, emotional, family filled weekend.

I worked today. Add all that together--well, I'm tired.

I'd like to write about it; tonight I've got to get to bed so I can get up for work tomorrow.

Please continue to pray for those who are affected by disease and illness.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday 09.30.2011

I had a good day today, starting with a good night's sleep. Finally. I woke just a few times during the night and slept well inbetween. Thank you God.

I had a slow morning. It was blowing, and occasionally raining. I wanted to go for a jog, and just when I thought I wouldn't be able to, the rain stopped. I checked the site which showed the rain had moved by, so I got ready and went out.

I'm glad I did.

Breakfast, shower, finished packing my things for the weekend. By the time I got the car loaded it was almost 4. And I realized I needed a refill on the Femara--Hmm--I thought that was on automatic refill.....

I checked the pharmacy website--I had gotten a new prescription, and as such, it has to be selected and such. So I ordered the refill, changed the online refill/reminder setting, and waited another half hour to leave.

And then waited another 15 minutes at the store.

So it was just 5 pm when I got on the expressway to go to Flint to visit my uncle, who has fallen, bumped his head, and is hospitalized.

Moving right along, I was making good time, and then--brake lights. Lots and lots of them. With no exit for miles. After going only 2 miles in 45 minutes or so, I asked God if He would authorize me to use the "authorized use only" turnaround thing, and went back the other direction, taking the nearest exit. I got to the hospital about 7 pm.

The room was empty, and the bed was stripped. Oh No! I thought.....

When I interrupted the nurses they informed me that the patient was over for a MRI. Whew!! And he'd be back in about an hour.

Oh. I can't wait that long.

And just after I had left a note, in comes EM, and sons R and F. They were surprised and happy to see me, as I was happy to see them. We visited a bit before Uncle was returned to his room.

As it turned out, I was able to answer a lot of questions for the family. The night nurse was very nice; he saw that I could "interpret" and explain, and he took the opportunity to communicate a little more with the family. I think that both sides have a little more understanding of what is happening, at least for the moment. I was surprised that the family didn't really seem to grasp the enormity of the situation. Maybe they do, at least a little more, now. I am happy that I had the opportunity to speak to my uncle, even though there seemed to be no response.

We finally left the hospital about 9:30. I got my sandwich out of the cooler so I could eat. Yay me, thinking ahead...

Still a light rain, I had a safe drive to T&KS', thanks again.

We visited a while before turning in. Tomorrow we're going to Traverse City then going up the Leelanau peninsula. The weather is predicted to be sunny. I sure hope so.

I have a little naggy headache. I'll try the tylenol and motrin, and hopefully sleep some.

Please keep your prayers coming for God's grace for this family.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Thursday 09.29.2011

Another workday today. Busy. But enough wonderful staff. It makes all the difference.

I have to say I was watching the clock, more than once today. Sometimes I couldn't believe we had done so much, and it was only 10:00?? Ugh. And another time I was hungry--I guess so, it's 11:30. Better eat something. And I did have a nice quiet period when I was able to eat. And enjoyed a visit from my Frank.

The rest of the day continued to be busy, and we were finally able to leave after 7pm.

A safe drive home, thank you God. It was starting to rain. Again.

Dan has gone back to to the trailer; I've had a quiet night.

Continued prayers for those who are struggling with disease and illness, and their families and friends. May God keep His arms around us.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wednesday 09.28.2011

Whew--what a workday. Busy, and at times, chaotic busy. A good group of co-workers, and finally able to leave. Unfortunately, I had to miss dance class tonight.

Dan didn't go, either.

Tomorrow is another workday for me.

Please pray for those who have or are dealing with disease processes/illnesses. (Is that all of us?)

God keep us in Your arms.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tuesday 09.27.2011

I had a better night last night; I had a couple of intervals that were longer than 2 hours, and felt rested when I woke about 8:30.

I putzed around a bit, breakfasted, then went for my massaahhge. Leah worked on areas along my spine that needed attention. Thank you, Leah.

It was between raindrops when I got back home. The pavement wasn't wet, and I went out for a jog.

Shower, snack, and Dan was home.

Dinner, laundry, and he's in bed.

Tomorrow is a workday for me; Dan will probably rest, and golf if it's not raining.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Monday 09.26.2011

I slept about 4 hours without waking; that's a long time for me. The rest of the night/morning was the 1-2 hour stuff, with the hot flashes interrupting. Ugh.

I had a good day today. I had wanted to go for a jog, but it was raining on and off until about 2:30, when the clouds moved out of the blue sky. I went out to Meijer for the fresh food I wanted, as well as some staples. I had a 20% off groceries and health & beauty coupon to make use of.

I ended up saving over $46!!! That's total of sale stuff plus the 20%. Pretty good!

My supper was a yummy meatloaf, fresh steamed cauliflower and broccoli, and a baked potato. I was hungry....

The rest of the night was quiet.

Tomorrow I finally get a massaaahhge. I've been waiting for it.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sunday 09.25.2011

I worked again today, and it was a pretty good day. Busy, but with enough wonderful co-workers, and a potluck, it went well.

Our facility, Allegiance Health, has remodeled/reconstructed/reconfigured/created what is being called a "Cancer Center". Today was an Open House for both staff and public viewing.

One of the girls working with me is also a breast cancer survivor. She is now just a year after her treatment of surgery/radiation (and doing well). We went over together to see the new digs.

Very lovely. We have one of only four robotic machines/computers in the United States that mixes the chemotherapeutic agents inside a closed chamber. Safer for the staff, that they don't come in contact with the stuff, and safer for the patients, that it can be mixed so precisely. The pharmacy area is in the center; around the periphery are the (so many--20 maybe?) exam rooms, consultation areas, physician work stations, nurse work stations, and along the window, there were 16 recliners, each with a curtain dividing them (which were open). Next to the recliners are side chairs, and an island between each set of 2 recliners with flat screen television monitors on them.

When we were approaching the area, my brain recognized this as the IV chemo place. My feet stopped walking, and I was surprised as I recognized the hesitation within myself. Wow. I took a couple of breaths--Kris looked over at me quizzically and asked if I was ok. "Yes," I answered. "I'm surprised at the feelings this is bringing up." She said out loud what we both pray--we hope we never have to use these facilities. Me, again; her ever. She was patient as I regrouped, and we went through the area, looking around with humbleness.

I must say, I was glad to get out of there.

The rest of the day was a slow, steady pace. We were able to clock out and leave at the end of our shift.

I went over to Lauretta's for a haircut before driving home in the rain. And the dark.

After a shower, I looked at the computer a bit, and went to bed.

Thank you God, for keeping each of us who have been affected by disease and illness in your arms.

And thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Saturday 09.24.2011

Not much rest during the night, up at 0430 for the J.O.B.

A safe drive to Jackson, thank you God, and a good workday, thanks again.

We were busy, but had enough staff. It helps that we all like each other...

Back home, I got my things turned around for the morning, and took tylenol and motrin to get rid of the naggy headache. It's starting to help.

And, I'm tired.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday 09.23.2011

Another day. Overcast with small patches of blue on rare occasions, maybe 60 degrees, and a light breeze.

I went out for a jog, had a shower and breakfast.

Swept out the garage, walked the trash over to the compactor.

A lovely salad for supper, and a quiet evening.

I don't mind a not-very-busy day.

The hot flashes are still pretty intense--I'll be happy when those go away.

Tomorrow is a workday.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Thursday 09.22.2011

Another good day, though I didn't sleep as well as I thought I might.

Breakfast, and a safe drive to Jackson, thank you God.

A couple of meetings, a stop at the credit union, and I was back home about 6 pm.

I fixed supper and ate, then tried to make sense of some "computerized learning" stuff. Ugh.

There's a whole list of things I could do tomorrow; not sure what I'll end up with.

Exercise, for one. I'm still surprised at how sore my left shoulder is from the "hold" for dance.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wednesday 09.21.2011

I had a good day today.

An easy jog, breakfast, phone calls, shower, and a dinner and dance class date with my husband. Mmm.

He's gone back to the trailer, and I enjoyed a quiet evening.

Tomorrow is back to Jackson for two meetings at Big Medicine.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tuesday 09.20.2011

Another workday; it turned out to be a good one. Although it "blew up" the last couple of hours.

I had someone come in to cover me for a meeting this afternoon, and I could have left when we were done. I went back to the unit--it was just starting to get "hairy". I stayed around to see if all was well, and ended up staying the rest of the shift.

A safe drive home, thank you God.

Tomorrow is dance before Dan goes back to the trailer.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Monday 09.19.2011

Whoa, I was sleeping when the radio came on this morning. If I hadn't have made myself get up, I could have slept good this morning. Ah, well, the J.O.B. is what allows me to have the life I do. Thank you God, for life.

I had a good day--meeting the first part of the day, then working the unit after 12:30. A great group of co-workers and we had a good afternoon. I was even able to clock out on time!!

A safe drive home; Dan was home when I got here.

Tomorrow I work, he golfs.

I'm feeling pretty good, overall.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sunday 09.18.2011

I slept well last night, even though I woke at intervals with "the hots". I would return easily to sleep, and I felt rested this morning when I woke a little after 9. Because it was cool, though, I didn't have the window open, and didn't hear if the loons were calling. The fog was thick at daybreak and neat to watch the sunrise.

I didn't see any today, either. Just ducks.

I only did a few things--picked up lots of sticks and branches, straightened a couple things in the garage. I walked down to the GC--no one there, but I went next door to visit Anne. She's only there a few more weeks before she leaves for the winter. I visited with a couple of the other neighbors along the way.

By the time I got back to the JC, I needed to finish the "going home chores" and get going, finally on the road about 4:45. By then it was 67 degrees and mostly cloudy.

Sunday southbound traffic--and construction--I ended up exiting after getting into a backup. I got into Holt, refueled the vehicle, picked up groceries, and home about 9 o'clock.

Tomorrow is a workday, with a meeting in the morning.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Saturday 09.17.2011

Woo Hoo!!

I made it to The Lake!

After arriving about 1 pm, (with an uneventful drive, thank you God) the temp was 61 degrees, blue skies with fluffy white clouds. A light, cool, wind was blowing off the lake, making it too uncomfortable for me to be out front. I putzed around--walked around the house, looking for, and finding, several more rodent holes. Some bigger, some smaller. It took about a half hour to "decompress". I could feel the stress leaving.

All is well here. I put the heat-shrink plastic over the screen on the front door, and repaired the hole in in the plastic on the back door. Simple way to break that cold winter wind.

The new furnace fired up and kicked it out. Nice to be warm in 30 minutes...

Not sure what I'm going to do tomorrow before leaving for home.

Sure glad I made the drive.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Friday 09.16.2011

I was sleeping good when the radio came on.....

A busy workday, a very busy afternoon. A great group of co-workers dealt with a diverse group of patients. Each unit had their own variety. We were all glad to leave this evening.

I strongly considered going to the lake tonight. But, I haven't slept well in several nights, and being up early, and driving a long drive in the dark--I decided to go tomorrow.

It won't take much packing to go for an overnight. The weather is predicted to be sunny and high 60's. I can't wait.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Thursday 09.15.2011

50 degrees on the way to Jackson this morning, fluffy clouds in a blue sky.

Dr. Hess repaired a "chipped filling"--it wasn't very deep and I chose to not have the Novocaine, or whatever local anesthesia he uses. I would rather have a moment of "whoa!" than 4-6 hours of numb mouth/face. As it turned out there were only a few seconds of minor discomfort from the vibration of the drill traveling through the tooth.

I went over to Sandy's apartment and visited with her for a bit. She seems to be doing well, and Allison is happy in school.

I had other errands to do while in Jackson, and did those on the way home, along with stopping at the library in Holt. By the time I got home, I was hungry again, and fixed myself something to eat.

A little rest, a little light housekeeping, a quiet evening.

Workday tomorrow.

I'm really missing the JC; thinking about going up for an overnight.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wednesday 09.14.2011

Neither Dan nor I slept very well last night. He was both restless and snoring, and of course I was awake at the frequent hot flash intervals as well as when Daniel was moving around. He finally got up and went out in "his chair" about 7am, which allowed me to settle in and sleep the last couple hours.

It was nine thirty when he came in and got dressed. As he was dozing/half awake, he remembered he had a 10 o'clock tee time.

I got up, too, and decided to go for a jog. It was cool and overcast, mid 50's.

Breakfast, shower, the exterminator guy came and sprayed the inside and outside of the garage for ants that are getting under the foundation, and I was off to Leah's.

She does such a good job--Reflexology today. There were several areas that elicited a nausea response. I always say "it's hooey", but I do think it helps. I'll see her in a couple weeks for a massage. Then I'll REALLY be feeling better.

I fixed supper for us before going to Dance Class. We learned another few steps for the waltz. You sure wouldn't think 1-2-3 can get so confusing....

Dan has gone back to the trailer, and I've had a quiet evening.

Tomorrow I get a tooth repaired.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tuesday 09.13.2011

Work again today. And I'm very happy to say that we had a great day today. Of course, the co-workers are always the best, but our patient load was fair, and the patients were..."nice". Our computer charting system was down for what is projected to be 20 hours, so we were without most of our computer support. What a treat for us "old gals" to be able to use "paper charting". And the newer staff, like within the last 3 years or so, have never used paper. We were enjoying the deja vu and ease of having the papers, while the others were freaking out about not having a computer. Ha!

It was also surprising to me to see how much we really do rely on the computers. The physicians were lost. The "seasoned staff" did pretty good assisting everyone, including those in other departments. Team work makes it happen.

A safe drive home, thank you God.

Dan was home; we've had a quiet night.

Tomorrow I see Leah. Oh Yeah.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Monday 09.12.2011

I had that little naggy headache yesterday, thinking it was just the "change of weather", and chose to not take anything for it. I hardly slept last night, even though I felt tired. Ugh.

This morning, the right side of my neck was tight and sore, and I'm thinking--when do I see Leah again--

By the time I got to work, I had talked myself into tylenol and motrin, and just a little of a tylenol #3, for the codeine. And, wonder of wonders, I realize about a half hour later, that the neck discomfort was easing, and the pain process in the headache was interrupted. But the brain still felt sore. One of these days I'm going to realize that the little naggy headaches with the stiff neck is a migraine.

We had a busy day; having great co-workers makes all the difference. It was a good day, overall.

A safe drive home, thank you God.

I work tomorrow; Dan is golfing.

That headache is a shadow that I'm wondering about. Guess I'll take just the tylenol and motrin before going to bed.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sunday 09.11.2011

The day started out cloudy with pokes of blue. I had rested well, thank you God, and decided to go out for a jog first thing.

I was surprised that I got dripped on--just a very light sprinkle, enough that it smelled like wet pavement. Not enough that I got wet, and it stopped about halfway around.

Breakfast, shower...

I had a quiet day, read some, went out to Meijer for sale items.

Tomorrow is a workday, and Dan will be back in the evening.

I've felt pretty good, until this evening, when a sinus headache seems to be building. Ick.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Saturday 09.10.2011

I love dates like this...09-10-11. Silly me.

I had a good day today; rested, grocered, fixed food and ate, and now a full moon (Harvest Moon in September). Reminds me of the Wheatland Festivals I attended years back. I can almost hear the music trinkling in the air...

Thank you God for this life.

And thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Friday 09.09.2011

After not sleeping much last night, I got up and went to work. It was surprisingly, pleasantly, nice. That doesn't happen very often.

We had to staff down in the afternoon; after discussion, those who wanted to stay, stayed, and those who wanted to go, left. I left the floor to work with a couple of others on an education module. As it turned out, the other two were busily absorbed in what they were doing. They stopped to set me up on a computer, and with a little occasional input, I created the document.

I must say, it looks good. And I'm pleased with myself. (I know, pride goeth before a fall)

And after the others finished what they were doing, they left for the day. I went back out on the floor and ended up helping in the nursery for a short time, and then it was almost time to leave. So I stayed, and clocked out at the end of the shift.

A safe drive home, thank you God. (not like this morning, where I watched one small creature (possum?) scurry across the highway, and another one come right out in front of me. I held my breath and gripped the wheel and..... straddled the creature. I'm not sure what it was. Maybe another possum, maybe a small hedgehog. I don't know. But I didn't hit it.


A quiet evening, feeling my heart flopping around in my chest. I frequently hear the cardiologist asking "how much does it bother you?" Not enough to take a daily pill. It is disconcerting, though.

Tomorrow is groceries.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Thursday 09.08.2011

I had a restful day today, which included a jog in the occasional misty, light drizzle, then no precipitation, overcast, gloomy day.

I went out to refuel the car, so I wouldn't have to do that tomorrow morning on the way to Jackson. And the price of gas went up again. $3.89 here. Cost over $51.00 to fill. Geesh.

My shoulders are a bit sore yet this evening. I would never have thought that the "hold" for the waltz would cause discomfort.

Back to work tomorrow; gotta earn that gas money.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Wednesday 09.07.2011

It was a good day today!

Dan left for golf, and I went to Jackson for a very productive meeting. From there I went to check on Sandy and Allison, who are doing fine; stopped at the consignment shop and found out we have $$ coming and left them a couple pair of men's shoes, and stopped to check on Jacob, who seemed to be doing well. Love the bright orange cast, Jake!

A safe drive home, thank you God.

Dan was home--he needed to rest before going to dinner and our first dance class.

Dinner was good, and dance was good, too. We learned basic waltz stuff. Both Dan and I are surprised at how the proper "frame" or "hold" with arms and elbows and such are not only difficult to maintain, but made our shoulders ache. Hmm.

Back at home, he used the restroom and went on his way to the trailer.

I've had a quiet night.

Tomorrow I hope to be able to jog again.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.