Thursday, May 31, 2012

Thursday 05.31.2012

Pretty good day today.

Slept fair, got up and debated about going out for a run before meeting my car-pool. Decided to have breakfast and a shower instead.

A group of us rode to Ypsilanti for a conference, which was very good.

When I got back home, I fixed dinner, ate, moved some things around upstairs/downstairs.

Tomorrow I hope to exercise, and go to Holt for another load from the storage unit.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Wednesday 05/30/2012

I finally slept a little better last night, probably because it was a little cooler.

Today, I went through my clothes, trying them on, to see what I can wear for the few events I have coming up in the near future.  And I'm glad I did.

The clothes I thought would work don't fit (too big) and there are a few others that are still too tight. The challenge is in the slacks--so I switched to trying on skirts and coming up with outfits.  When I finally settled on something that will work, I had a snack before going out to look for more "bottoms".

And I tried on 4 different brands, many different sizes and styles, and ruled each one of them out. *sigh*  I'll have to go out again.

Back at home I got my things together for a conference tomorrow afternoon, fixed supper and ate, and had a quiet evening.

Hope I can sleep again tonight.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tuesday 05.29.2012

Another great day at the J.O.B. with my wonderful co-workers.

And back at home, a downspout has been added to the corner of the house where the basement was very damp, and the kitchen faucet has been changed out so it will accommodate the coupler for the portable dishwasher. Progress!  Slow, but progress none-the-less!!

Cooling off outdoors with a breeze that is cooling off the indoors.

Yup. Time goes on....

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Monday, Memorial Day 05.28.2012

Started out to be another of those days when I felt like I was walking in the mud.  I trudged through the morning, wandering around outdoors, coming inside, going back out.  After breakfast I took a cup o' joe out and read for a while, finishing the book.  ("The Book of Bright Ideas" by Sandra Kring. Great story.)

It was hot with a light breeze, and I had basically no motivation to do anything.  So I laid on the sofa to cool down and dozed a few minutes.

Couldn't stand being indoors when it was so nice out, so I went back out, wandering around the yard. I finally picked up the cutter thing (pruners?) and started cutting back the giant lilac hedge that was growing over the carport.  I ended up with a respectable pile of debris, and was just thinking it was time to quit, when Frank pulled in.

We spent the rest of the afternoon/early evening out in the yard, finding a shady breezy spot to loll in.  He seemed very relaxed, and it was wonderful to have him there keeping me company.

He left about 8 pm; I went in and fixed a snack for myself, then showered the sweaty grime off.

Tomorrow is a workday; hope I wake up feeling better than I have the last couple of mornings....

And a note to Robyn:  thanks for the tip on leveling the washer.  This basement floor is pitted, and the washer only has leveling legs on the rear of the machine.  The problem was solved with a couple pieces of wood to shim it to level.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sunday 05.27.2012

Pretty good day today.

Went for a run this morning, while it was still in the 70's. (Seems odd, doesn't it, these wide temperature variations?)  Breakfast, shower, laundry.

Putzing around, I went out to look at some things that were on sale, as well as to get a few groceries.  When I came back, the clothes were dry on the solar dryer, so I took care of the sunshine laundry. The smell reminded me of doing laundry at the lake, with clothesline strung between the trees and all our clothes on it. You could tell the order they were washed, by the way they were grouped together.  The dark sweatshirts and jeans were always last, because they were the most dirty, but should have been first, because they took longer to dry. I guess that's why mom always started filling the washer and tubs early in the day...

I fixed my food and ate, and it was very yummy. After cleaning up the kitchen, I sat in a shady, breezy part of the yard and read for a bit, watching and listening to the birds. There are several nests, at least two of which I've seen. The babies get noisy when an adult bird approaches with food.

Tomorrow is another day.  Not sure what I'm going to do....

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Saturday 05.26.2012

Started out kind of "punky" today--struggling through the changes.  I recognized it, trudged through, made myself do something constructive.

I putzed around outdoors, trimmed an overgrown area. Took a ride to Holt and brought a load home from the storage unit, now that the basement is done.

After I unloaded the car, I realized that the plumber guy had moved the clothes washer, but when he moved it back, the boards we had put under it to level it had not been replaced, so I did that. Took a bit, and it's not quite right, but better than it was.

After all that, I was feeling better.

I fixed food, went outdoors to eat and read and watch it get dark.  I got chased inside when the mosquitoes came out.

Tomorrow I plan to run, and do a load or two of laundry.

Thanks to all who have and/or are serving in the military.  This writer has not forgotten.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Friday 05.25.2012

Another busy workday with the best co-workers.

The "out" drain that connects all the waste water to the sewer line has been replaced. Finally. With some, relatively minimal, mess leftover in the basement. A couple more items on the list, and this house is going to be as good as the owners will pay for. Ahh, rentals.

Tomorrow I'll be shuffling things around.

I'm feeling pretty good, mostly.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Thursday 05.24.2012

Another good day.

I got everything done that was on my list, and was able to enjoy sitting outdoors for a while. This yard is pleasant, with areas that are shaded or sunny, protected from the wind or where there is a "nice breeze.  I'm learning to like it here.

Tomorrow is a workday, and the plumber said he'll be here tomorrow.

I'm feeling good, and I thank God for that.

And I thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wednesday 05.23.2012

After dozing off and on this morning, I finally got up around 9 o'clock.  The latest morning I've had in a while.

Sunshine and birdsong accompanied my run, and I enjoyed seeing the blooms of spring in people's yards.

Cooled off and showered, I went to my appointment with Leah.  I was a mess, and I'm thankful to have her as part of my care team.

At the condo, I loaded my car with the last of my things. Well almost. I remembered a couple of items when I was almost back home. I'll get them next time...

A quiet evening.

Tomorrow is errands and phone calls.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tuesday 05.22.2012

Worked today; was busy, considering the number of patients we had.  And I was glad the two girls we "floated off" came back and worked the rest of the day with us.  Geesh....

Tomorrow I see Leah. 

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Monday 05.21.2012

Another workday.

Today I "floated" out to another area of the hospital. Floating always reaffirms my life to me. 

After a quick shower, I had a quiet night.

Tomorrow is another workday.

Doing my best to be strong and healthy in all aspects, I

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sunday 05.20.2012

Yesterday was a good day, as was today.

Saturday was a run, food, shower, laundry. Went to Meijer for food and spent way to much time in the garden center, looking at all the flowers and such. I ended up with 2 pots--one of red wave petunias, another of giant, bright white petunias. A couple bags of dirt, a pot of cilantro. Enough for one trip--can't get ahead of what I can take care of....

Saturday night, I was just going to get online and write the blog when the power went out. Ack!!  It's really dark, and I kind of got creeped out. I walked around the house a bit with a flashlight. Of course, the time the power goes out I don't have candles lit; it was late anyway, and I went to bed.

I had a good morning today, breakfast and fresh brew. I did another load of laundry and spent time on the finances.  Nothing like line-dried, sunshine-filled clothes and bedding!!

In the heat of the day this afternoon, I went up to Holt, taking lunch with me. I watched a little cable tv while eating before loading the car. One more trip, I think, and my things will have been removed from the condo. Sad.

After unloading the car, which was mostly stuff to go in the garage, I created a space to sit outdoors and enjoy the evening. And while I was out there, a neighbor came over and joined me for a bit. Enjoyable, indeed.

Tomorrow is a workday. I'm feeling good physically, and emotionally I think I'm doing ok, too. 

Thanks to you for your support, and

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Friday 05.18.2012

What a day!

Pretty good, overall, at the J.O.B.  Thankful I have work, and co-workers, that I love.

Tired tonight.

Chores tomorrow.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Thursday 05.17.2012

Another workday, steady busy.

And my favorite--the call light that comes on 5 minutes before end of shift, and the oncoming shift is not ready to take the floor yet. So, I answer the light, and get caught up with patient care, clocking out 25 minutes late. Ugh.

Back at home, the plumber came over to evaluate the waste pipe replacement job in the basement that he'll be doing next week. 

Tomorrow is another workday with the best co-workers ever.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Wednesday 05.16.2012


I've been at the JC for the last couple of days, and didn't have internet. Temporarily.  I chose to not do much computer stuff (like going to a "hot spot").

When I arrived at the cabin on Monday evening, it was 78 degrees. Absolutely beautiful. After unloading the car and having a bite to eat, I went out and power washed the front deck until it got dark.

Tuesday I was happy to see T & KS--we spent the day doing chores.  We got the dock in, I finished power washing the deck, and we put the Sunsetter awning out. We grilled food and ate, and after they left, I went across the road and visited with the neighbor until the rain started.

Today, I finished what I could. Starting with a run, shower, and breakfast, I cleaned, sprayed outside and in, selected things to take back home. Errands in Hale, stopped to visit Anne briefly, then back to load and leave. On the road by 3pm, and it was only 54 degrees. What a difference in temperatures...

I stopped in Flushing to wish A. Lois a happy 80th birthday. A. Donna and Diane were there, too. I had a bite of A. Donna's pie and continued on my way.

A stop in Holt for another few items, and on to Jackson.

Unloaded the car, somewhat unpacked. Kitchen chores--food prep, getting ready for 2 work days, and a little supper.

I looked at the internet a little and am ready for sleep.

Thank you God for keeping us safe in our travels.

And thank you for reading. Hugs.

I've had a great 3 days, overall.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Sunday 05.13.2012 A Day for People Who Mother

Another busy workday.

The morning was all crazy and busy, with patients having needs that varied in length of time and number of phone calls to resolve.  We called in our "on call" people even.

We finally got caught up and felt like we were back on track sometime after 1 pm. The on-call people were able to leave about 3:30.  Another hour and a half or so of busy activity after 5:30, and after the computer stuff was done, we clocked out shortly after 7.  Ahhhh.....

Frank came up to see me, bringing me roses for Mother's Day.  So nice of him.

A quiet evening at home, getting some things ready to go to the JC tomorrow. 

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Saturday 05.12.2012

A "nicely" busy workday today.

I had a hankerin' for potato salad, so when I got home, I made it. Can't wait for lunch tomorrow. Of course I'll share with my fabulous co-workers.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Friday 05.11.2012

What a great day!!

Run, breakfast, shower, phone calls, sunshine. 

The afternoon/evening I assembled shelves, drilled, screwed, and pounded.  Making this house look like my home.  Settling in??

Tomorrow is a workday.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Thursday 05.10.2012

The birds were singing and the sky was showing blue in the early morning today.  I got up to wait for my friend, PV, and get my things out of her vehicle with her. When she arrived with fresh hot beverages, we sat and visited until the sun had warmed it a bit outdoors.

We got the things out of the vehicle and placed, and she went on her way.

After breakfast I went out and put away the things we had just unloaded. I pounded a few nails into the garage walls to hang stuff up. Not quite right, but it's a start. I appreciate having garage storage. 

I washed up and went over to Meijer for a few sale items, and enjoyed a top down ride home. That sun was nice. Yess!!

I tried to rest a few minutes before going out to a retirement dinner, which was very good. 

Tired and ready for bed, I

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Wednesday 05.09.2012

What a day!

Last night when I got on the computer, the internet wasn't working well. I wondered if it was my machine--I closed out, shut down, restarted, etc., with frustration. Ugh.  So I didn't post yesterday. 

It was another busy workday with a great group of co-workers.  I went to Lauretta's for a haircut after work, came home and showered, looked at the tv for a few minutes, tried the computer, and went to bed.

Today I got up and out to Holt for a 10:00 appointment, which I think went well. Back to the condo, where I did some laundry, ran, showered, and had lunch before going over to Leah's for an appointment.

Shower again, and a friend stopped by to pick up a couple of the larger items for me that I didn't put on the truck a few weeks ago. Thanks, P and S. Much appreciated.

Up to the clubhouse for a Board meeting.  But there were only 4 of us there, and it wasn't enough to do any "official" business.  I was able to sign checks, though, and I also had to sign the official tax return document. And it wanted my title. "President".  Ha!!  That was fun.  We rescheduled the meeting for a few weeks, and that will be my official last meeting, not only because my term expires, but because I will officially be a non-resident at the end of June. Changes....

I finished loading the car and came home. A safe drive down, thank you God.

Unloaded and unpacked some stuff and wrote here.

Tomorrow morning my friend is coming to unload my things, and I have a retirement dinner to attend in the evening.

I'm a little sore from the knots being worked out, and I'm hoping to sleep pretty good tonight. I've also noticed that with this new batch of letrazole/generic Femara, I've been hot more often and longer durations. Maybe I'll talk to the pharmacist about the feasibility of getting the brand name instead of the generic.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Monday 05.07.2012


I'm glad we had help available, and called them in. Whew!!

Tomorrow we do it again.

Thank you God for my job and my resolving health, and for supportive friends and family.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Sunday 05.06.2012

What a day!

I've worked on paperwork off and on, mostly on, all day, it seems.

But---maybe not.

Breakfast and light housekeeping, out for groceries.  Back in, and a few phone calls, a couple were lengthy.

A lot of the paperwork was coordinated with the computer work, and I was back and forth from the keyboard to the paper.  I'm happy to say that this batch is done.

And I'm tired tonight.

Tomorrow is a workday.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Saturday 05.05.2012 aka Cinco de Mayo

In any language, it's May 5th. 

A great day.  I slept pretty good, waking later in the morning.  I putzed around a bit before going out for a run. 

Cooled off, breakfast, and a shower.

I moved some things around, modified some others, put up the blinds, etc.

And after dinner, I had a quiet evening.

All the anticipation about a "super moon", and it's overcast here, so far this evening. I did see it last night, though, just as it was rising. Beautiful.

Tomorrow I hope to get some computer stuff done.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Friday 05.04.2012

What a day!

Even though I've had a couple off, and have a couple more off, today's workday was enough.

My back, between the shoulder blades, is sore and tired. Can't wait to see Leah. Next week.

Tomorrow I hope to make a bit of progress in the "settling in" process. It's all about organization...

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Thursday 05.03.2012

A great day today!

Even though I woke with a bit of a migraine, I had a nice morning. I took a bit of medicine before going to Holt to get another load. Almost the last one from the condo.

On the way back, I stopped at Meijer for a rotisserie chicken and made supper.

Frank came over and we swept out the back garage. He's eyeing it to put some of his things in...

We went for a walk, enjoying the warm breezes, and he went on home.

A quiet evening--my headache is almost gone.

Tomorrow is a workday.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Wednesday 05.02.2102

So I went to the dentist this morning for the other 2 repairs that needed done. I was anxious, though not as much as last time. He shot the "stuff" in to numb it....

And much to my very pleasant surprise, I had 100% anesthesia.  I have had lots of work done through the years, and have always had an uncomfortable "sensation" when the nerve of the tooth had been disturbed. Not today. 

For several hours after, though, the left side of my upper lip and left nare did not move. Looked like I had had a stroke. I had some concern about it, but as the day went on, the movement came back. My upper back jaw and gum are now sore and swollen, but that will be better too, eventually.

I went over to Lowe's and exchanged the wrong size blinds for the correct ones.

When I got home, I was hungry, but decided to go out for a run before eating.

Food, shower.

A quiet evening.

Please keep our family in your prayers. Aging has its challenges....

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tuesday 05.01.2012 May Day

What a great day today!! 

Still busy at the J.O.B.; the morning was almost non-stop again, and the afternoon finally settled down to a trot.  All that, and I have to say I love my job.

Even though the bottoms of my feet were sore this morning when I got out of bed.

And I'm tired tonight.

Tomorrow is another dental appointment. Looking forward to having the teeth repaired, though not the discomfort.

Hoping to sleep as well as I did last night, and maybe a couple hours more?

Thank you for reading. Hugs.