Monday, December 31, 2012

Monday 12.31.2012

I slept pretty good, finally.

When I woke, I heard....the loud hissing in my ears. It sounds like the white noise on a radio. And I would "turn it down" if it was external noise. Ugh.

I called the doctor's office on the chance someone would be there--and there was! I told her that I had finished the antibiotics yesterday and that I had this loud hissing in my ears. And she heard that my voice is still off.  She said she would leave a note for Doctor and he would call me back.

He didn't.

I'm hoping I continue to get better the next couple of days.

Mid-afternoon the sun came out, and I went outdoors. I ended up going for a walk--only a mile or so, but it felt good to be outside.  I worked in the garages, too, moving stuff around.

I did a couple loads of laundry while getting supper, and caught up with the finances this evening.

Tomorrow is a new day, a new year.

May God continue to bless us and guide us.


Sunday, December 30, 2012

Sunday 12.30.2012

Sleeping when the phone rang....."on-call".....I got up to the bathroom and went back to bed. Ahhh.

I needed that.

I spent the day doing a whole lot of nothing, outside of having a couple of short naps.  And I did get dressed and go out for fresh groceries just before dark.

And tomorrow is a quiet day, too.

I took the last antibiotic pill this morning. My ears are still ringing/hissing quite loudly, but my voice is better. And the sinuses don't feel so full, either. Just an occasional cough.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Saturday 12.29.2012

Worked today.

Much different than Tuesday--almost a full house, with several discharges in the afternoon/early evening.

One of the night girls needed to come in a bit late, and I stayed to cover her. It was nice to work with the other shift for a short time, and I was able to help them with their education module for our Best Fed project. Night shift doesn't have much in the way of project support.

It was almost 9 o'clock when I left.

When I got home, I shoveled another inch or so off the driveway. Why??  Because the sun melts the snow just enough to create an ice glaze. And if  it's shoveled, the majority of it dries off.

I got ready for bed and wrote here.

Tomorrow is a workday.

I sure hope the hissing in my ears goes away soon. My voice is a little better this evening, and my sinuses feel almost "hollow". I have two more antibiotic capsules left of the prescription--I hope it's enough, and my body will take over.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Friday 12.28.2012

I looked outside and was surprised to see the trailer door open. What?!? And then I saw a hatted head. Hm, was that Jim's head?? Oh, it's Frank!  He's here already!

He had removed a few of the larger items already and gotten them in the garage, then came in to visit before J & P arrived.

They got here a short while later, and we got going with the remainder of the unloading. The pieces weren't terribly heavy, they were large and bulky and difficult to handle alone. Frank and Jim did a great job bringing them in; it was a trick for me to keep up with them. It didn't take more than 30 minutes to finish emptying the trailer.

Frank worked on re-assembling the components in the entertainment center while we visited and enjoyed our coffees. *smile*

J & P went on their way--thanks so much for your help--and Ron and I took the trailer back.

It wasn't too much longer after that when Ron left for home after having a bite to eat.

Frank and I visited a bit longer; we had a good time. I fixed him some food, too, and then I took him home, as it was time for him to get off to work. When I went to get the car out, the battery was dead. Ugh.

I have a charger, so I got that out and hooked it up. Hope it works....

I spent the next couple hours vacuuming and placing the furniture and adjusting and positioning and going out to check the charging process. After an hour and a half or so, the car still didn't start, so I left the charger on for a while longer.

When it finally did start, I made a phone call and it was suggested I take the car to Auto Zone, where they would check the battery. I was tired, and needed to eat, but...I went out.

I was about the 4th customer in line, and I waited my turn. The first customer had had a new battery installed, with the old one on the counter, and they were just finishing up. Another customer purchased a new battery and took it with him. Huh??  Must be battery season...

The nice guy put the tester on my battery. (play the Jeopardy theme song here.....) After what seemed like several minutes the display showed the testing process, and then the results.  BAD BATTERY, it showed, yes, in capital letters.

So I bought a battery.

And the nice guy installed it.  And it worked. Thank you.


Back home, I fixed food and ate, and when I looked around my little house, I smiled. It's nice to see these pieces of furniture that had been in a place I love, now here with me, making my home. It's been a long year.

In all, a two-day job that could have been very difficult was made much better with the love and support of the most wonderful family members. Thanks to each of  you for surrounding me with the safety of your friendship. I appreciate you all.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday 12.27.2012

What an awesome day!!

Got up and ready for a long day--

Picked up the trailer from the U Haul place, and had  a safe drive north--sunshine and blue skies north of Lansing.

When we were on M-33 near Sage Lake Road, I saw a movement in the sky off to the right.  I love to watch for the larger birds, and had seen several red tailed hawks on this trip already, both perched and in flight. I watched as this bird approached, from right to left, directly in front of us, just high enough and just far enough away that there was no chance of us colliding. As I watched--OH MY GOSH--IT'S AN EAGLE!!!  So beautiful, and it tilted just so, and we had the perfect view of it's top side, full soar. So awesome--white head and tail, with the long dark body, and the clear blue sky behind it.  I thanked God for the beautiful day and asked for His continued guidance.

At the JC, I pulled up and backed the trailer in. As I was just getting into the driveway, I looked up and over to the other mirror, and Evelyn was out there to guide me in. How Awesome!!

We were just getting the trailer positioned when T & KS pulled in, too. Yippee!!

We greeted, and talked about where to put the trailer. After some repositioning, I walked around and took stock of what was left. Big Breath.

I had made a list, and that was helpful for me to keep on track, and also for the others to help gather stuff. Evelyn came over after a bit with a plate of Christmas cookies--we each had one or two.

I was feeling somewhat organized; got the trailer loaded, and the van, too. Bob came over for a minute as were were leaving.

We made it to Big Bob's in Hale for supper by 6 pm.  We had been at the cabin for about 3 hours.  It was a beautiful day there; the lake was almost frozen over. Once when I was outdoors, "breathing", it was very quiet and still, and cold. And I heard something. Tom was out there, too, and we listened as the small area of open water out in the middle of the lake lapped against the edges of the ice. It was a neat sound, but almost creepy. I would have liked to have listened longer, and I didn't get pictures of the lake this trip either. I had to stay focused to get this task done, and it was getting colder as the sun was going down.

We had a good dinner, and conversation, said our good-byes, and had a safe drive home.

I was wound up, surprisingly; and I got the van unloaded, the smaller things in the trailer out, and everything either placed or put away before going to bed. Yes, it was wee hours, but Ron is a night person and was very talkative.

I think we're in good shape to get the rest of the items out of the trailer tomorrow morning with J & P and Frank. And I don't think it will take very long.

And I'm surprised that I'm feeling so good about the process so far.  YAY!!

Thank you, God, and

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Wednesday 12.26.2012


I was going to go out this afternoon to the U Haul place, but when I stepped out into the 5 inches of snow in the driveway I decided to shovel instead. And after I got started, I took a few minutes to go inside and make a telephone reservation for the trailer.

Back outdoors, I shoveled, and shoveled, almost 3 hours. But I got it done. It was still snowing when I went back in.

I moved things around to make room for the items I'm bringing back from the cabin.  

Sometime around 8pm it stopped snowing.  I went out and shoveled another couple inches from the driveway. Whew!

RS finally arrived about 11pm after a difficult drive. We visited a bit before turning in for the night.

Tomorrow we'll get the trailer and go on up to the JC, where T & KS will meet us and help load up.

I'm still really tired and my ears are still hissing. My voice is somewhat better, but not much.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Tuesday 12.25.2012 Merry Christmas

I did work today. We had only one mom and one baby. Total census. Amazing.

It's the longest I've been up and awake since last week Tuesday.

I'm somewhat better--my voice is a little stronger and I'm not coughing as much, but still have a cough, a funny sounding voice, and hissing in my ears. The stuff I can spit out is still lightly colored, too, but that's much improved.

This must be some strong bug.

Hoping to sleep tonight.

Thank you for reading.

Happy Boxing Day.


Monday, December 24, 2012

Monday 12.24.2012 Christmas Eve

My wish came true--I didn't work today.

I was happy about that--I wasn't feeling as well as I had hoped I would. My right cheek/sinus hurts today. Ugh.

I'm on antibiotics, take it 'round the clock, the stuff I cough out is not at dark as it was. My ears still hiss with white noise. I'm trying to be patient...

Tomorrow is a workday for me.

Merry Christmas to All.

Jesus is the Reason for the Season.


Sunday, December 23, 2012

Sunday 12.23.2012

Another day...

Trying to get well.

Slept intermittently; when I was awake, I was coughing, up taking medicine, and visiting the bathroom. I slept well between 4 and 9, and woke feeling just a little bit better.

Breakfast, and putzed around some. I was thinking about work, and remembered something about "time" having to be in on the 23rd. That's today. I checked hospital email--yep, by 3pm today. And since I had called in ill on Friday, I needed to take care of my "time".

I tamed my hair, trying to look presentable, and went in. Took care of my business, and of course the best co-workers ever were asking me how I was feeling. And I didn't have much voice to talk with. I didn't stay very long.

Back home, I rested, read a little, enjoyed a phone call, and had a bite to eat.

My ears still have the ocean hissing in them; I hope that resolves pretty soon.

Tomorrow is a workday, but I'm first to be "on call". The census is low; I'm hoping the phone rings in the morning.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Saturday 12.22.2012

Can't believe it--it's almost Christmas, and the end of the year.

Being sick these last few days has altered my sense of time.

I'm a little better today--did a couple loads of laundry, enjoyed a nice shower.  Frank came over in the afternoon, and we went out in the sunshine to a couple of stores. He had a couple things to pick up, and I wanted to go out. We finished the afternoon with a yummy meal before he dropped me back at home. By then, I was pretty much done-in.

A quiet evening, not counting the couple hours of coughing I did. Lozenges didn't help--I just had to cough. The good news is that the yuck coming up is lighter in color.

Tomorrow I hope to feel even better.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Friday 12.21.2012

0200.  Still not feeling like I can go in to the J.O.B., and I call in. Take more cold medicine and go back to bed.

I finally got up about 9. It looked really bright out there--reflection of light from the snow on the ground.

Breakfast and rest. I took the last of the cold medicine, thinking I might feel well enough to go out and get more, but I talked with Frank, who was able to do that for me.

It seems that all I've done the last couple of days is sleep, cough, take medicine, and eat. Tonight I'm feeling somewhat better, but still don't have much of a voice.

It's been "interesting" to hear the windows and their plastic creak with the wind. I think I even heard the tape around the attic stairway snap, too, when the wind blew just right. Jeesh.

Hoping I feel much better tomorrow.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Thursday 12.20.2012


I got up with plenty of time this morning--shower and breakfast, and went to the doctor for my physical. Just so happens that I'm sick.

Good news is that my check-up went well. Doctor also gave me a prescription for antibiotics, and I'm hoping that by tomorrow afternoon I'll be better.

I stopped at the store for a few groceries after picking up the prescription.

Fixed food and ate, took meds, and had  a quiet rest of the day.

Tonight I'm not feeling so good. Considering not working tomorrow. I'll see how I feel in the morning...

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Wednesday 12.19.2012

I got up this morning, still feeling like a wet washcloth. Yuck. Not going to the meetings today.  I sent a couple texts to let them know, and went back to bed.

I've mostly slept today. Had a couple doses of the cold medicine, a few cups of tea, some water, and ate a bit. I don't have much of a voice, either.

Tomorrow I have an appointment with my family practice physician, for a physical. I had lab work done already, and I got a copy of the results; all looks good to me. *smile* So it's just this "cold" thing, or virus, or whatever it is that has  taken up temporary residence. 

I believe it's about time for me to go back to sleep....

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tuesday 12.18.2012

Although I went to work this morning, I didn't have much energy, and didn't have much voice, either.  As the day went on, I got really fatigued, and my co-workers sent me home. I tell you again, they are the Greatest!

I took another dose of the cold medicine about 3 o'clock (the third dose since last night), laid on the couch, and woke up in the dark. I don't usually nap like that. After a snack and a water, I laid back down and slept another hour and a half or so.

I'm still really fatigued feeling, "like a wet washcloth". Going to turn in for the night.

Hoping this is short-lived.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Monday 12.17.2012

Worked today.  Busy, but my assignment was manageable, and I was also able to help the others.

As the day went on, I noticed my chest getting "tight", and my throat hurting with sharp pricklies.  And feeling like I needed to clear my throat of something. An occasional cough, and even a couple of sneezes..... yuck. I'm getting sick.

When I left work I stopped at Meijer to pick up some cold medicine. I know that when I moved, I had discarded the older/outdated stuff. And while I was at the store, I picked up a couple items that were on sale, while I still felt pretty good, not knowing how I'll be feeling in a few days.

It took a bit to select which medicine I wanted; I finally did, though, and about a half hour/forty five minutes after I took it, I was feeling a little better. I added a vitamin c tablet, too, for good measure.

Tomorrow is a workday--I told the night shift that I was getting sick, but that I'd be there if possible.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sunday 12.16.2012

Even though I went to bed in the wee hours and was tired, sleep was fragmented. When I saw that it was after 9 o'clock, I got up. 

After a while, I went out for a run. The temperature was amazing for mid-December in Michigan--low 50's. Love it.  Overcast with occasional drizzle. Better than snow and ice...

Breakfast, shower, and putzed around for a bit.  Got the opening of the pull-down stairs sealed with tape. That should be the last of the draft sources that I'm able to tighten up. 

I fixed food and ate, cleaned the kitchen, and am tired.

Tomorrow is a workday.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday 12.15.2012

Another great day!!

I had thoughts of going out for a run, but after I got up, I decided to go in to the lab to get my blood drawn for my physical next week, since I hadn't eaten since 5pm.

Unfortunately the lab was busy, and it was about 30 minutes there. By the time I got back home, I was hungry and needed to eat.

After breakfast I did a couple things around the house, remembered I needed something from Meijer, and went out.

Back and ready to go to the Sanders' Sing South, Frank arrived and offered to drive.

What a wonderful party!!  We all seemed to have a good time, and Scott and Debbie are awesome host/hostess.

A  safe drive home, thank you God.

Fa La La La La.....


Friday, December 14, 2012

Friday 12.14.2012

What a day!!

Had a good workday, with great co-workers.

12 1/2 hours later, clocked out. 

Quiet night.

Tomorrow is our family's singing party. Hoping for good weather to travel with.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Thursday 12.13.2012

Finally woke after 20+ minutes of the alarm coming on.  Ugh--foggy head. I wasn't sure there was a meeting, because I hadn't received updates/emails about it. I texted a co-chair but didn't get a response.  And since I was already going to be late, I slogged through the morning, getting ready to go.

Plan B was that I could attend the second session of the class I had attended last week, and that was from 0930-1130. I got to the hospital about 0830--no one in the meeting room. It wasn't long before someone else came in for the class. I ended up learning a lot, and took over an assignment about 12:30. By then I was waking up, and ended up having a nice afternoon/evening.

At home, I got my lunch ready for tomorrow. Winding down, I hope to sleep tonight.

My left arm is still bothersome. I notice when I extend it to reach, that I "guard" it, not extending it all the way. It's sore when extended. So I subconsciously protect it. And when I notice that I'm doing that, I consciously extend it fully, stretch it, maybe massage it a little bit. I wonder how long it will take to go away--and/or if it will???  Time will tell.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Wednesday 12.12.2012

I had a pretty good day today.

Got things finished up for the party tonight in enough time that I took a 15 minute rest. Just enough to feel better.

PV and I set up for guests, and we had a small but delightful turn-out, with way too much food, as generally happens with a potluck.We sang a little, visited some, and ate a lot.

Got home, food put away, and ready for bed.

Tomorrow is a workday, with someone covering me for a meeting.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday 12.11.2012

What a great day today!!

Got ready to go to 0800 meeting. Out in the car with just enough time to be on time for said meeting. Backed out of the garage--oh, oh--Mother Nature says "go back inside and take care of the biological issues..."  I considered waiting until I got there, but before I could even finish considering, I knew I had to go back inside.

And everything came out all right. *smile*

So, back in the car, and I get a phone call. "You coming in??"  "On my way," I said. "Sorry, I had to go back inside and poop."   Funny thing--nobody fussed at me when I got there a few minutes late.

We got a lot done, and after that meeting, I had interviews to do.

We screened three candidates today. Interesting personalities.

I picked up stuff for the singing party Wednesday night, went home, did food prep, made supper, ate, and made phone calls. 

Off to bed.

Tomorrow I'll put it all in the car and get set up.  Thanks to PV for offering the use of her clubhouse.

And thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Monday 12.10.2012

What a day!!

I had gotten up and was almost ready to go for my massage, when I picked up my phone.  There was a message--from Leah. At 0431.  She was ill and needed to cancel.  Ugh.  Hurry and get well, Leah.

Now the first half of the day was open. I needed a quiet day at home, to catch up on things around here, trying to make a decent environment for myself. Vacuuming, moving things around, put the tree up. I was able to go for a run, too, and enjoyed a nice shower.

Didn't get to the store, nor did I get the sloppy joe stuff prepared for the Singing Party on Wednesday night, at the Windham Hills Clubhouse, 4020 County Farm Road, Jackson. Near the Airport Road Meijer. 5:30-9pm, Potluck. Family oriented.

Food gathering and prep will have to be tomorrow and Wednesday, after a meeting and however many interviews we will be doing tomorrow.

I noticed my left forearm is sore again. What??  I really hurt this afternoon--like where the "cording" was a couple years ago. I took the time to do a lymph treatment; it was really sore, like a bruise on the inside. The soreness is not along the whole arm this evening, but is still there. Interesting.

Stay warm, and Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Sunday 12.09.2012

Another  busy day, with great co-workers. Can't thank DM enough for being willing to work "out of her comfort zone"; I would have been in the "crazy zone" if she hadn't been there....

And now I'm home.

Had a bath (!) which felt pretty good. Discovered that the stopper for the tub doesn't stop very well. Ended up being a not-very-long bath. Which was ok, because I would have fallen asleep in there.

Tomorrow is finally massage day. I've been watching for it on the calendar for a couple weeks. I may need to shorten the interval between treatments. *smile*

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Saturday 12.08.2012

Worked, busy. The last two hours blew up.

And I'll say again--I have the best co-workers/team mates.

Really tired tonight.

Stopped for a few groceries, did a load of laundry, and off to bed.

Early day tomorrow...

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Friday 12.07.2012

Busy day today...

When I woke, the lake was quiet and mirrored, only the tree line and it's reflection breaking the gray of the sky and the lake. I was excited, thinking maybe the lake froze during the night. But I saw that the temperature was in the high 30's, and saw that even the skim ice that had been at the shoreline yesterday was gone. I was disappointed, but NOTHING'S better that being at The Lake. Well, maybe having someone to share it with....

After breakfast I went out to help Bob and Evelyn put a new tarp on their "hoop" shelter. They had been out there getting it ready, and with the three of us, we got it pulled up and over.

I went in to warm up and get my things organized to load the car. I took some items out to the garage, then went over to the other neighbor, Mary, to show her pictures. We had a nice visit.

Back home, I finished loading the car, finally leaving about 2:45. The sky was trying to break up and had gotten brighter.

I had a nice ride home, and was surprised when the fuel indicator "bing-binged". I looked down and saw the light on--and realized that the very next exit was in sight, and had a Meijer gas station! What luck for me! It was also the lowest price I'd seen in a couple weeks--$3.31.  15 gallons later, I was on my way.

I stopped at the hospital to check on Jim, who was having a kidney stone removed. I walked in just as the O.R. crew were doing their final interview to whisk him away. Polly and I had a nice visit as we waited for him to be returned. And when we were taken back to where he was, he was recovering nicely and felt amazingly better. Thank you God for modern medicine.

Polly went to get the car, while I rolled him to the lobby, and we each went on home.

Unloaded, and most stuff put away, I showered and got ready for the workday tomorrow.

I heard it's busy...

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Thursday 12.06.2012

I made the JC. 

Cold, breezy, 33 degrees and ice at the edges of the lake. Quiet water was skim ice, too. Lots of waterfowl--I'm guessing at least a couple of hundred bufflehead ducks, lots of canada geese, some seagulls, and TWO EAGLES--perched right in my pine tree!!

I watched the first one swoop towards the cabin like it was going to come in the window. It curved up and landed on a branch. I laid on the floor to look up at it, watching it eat the fish it caught. Oh yeah, that was pretty cool....

The second bird swooped up and they had quite the noisy conversation.

The first one flew off across the lake, and the second one left a few minutes later. The flock of buffleheads were "swarming" above the water, and the second bird flew right through the group. I couldn't tell if it caught a duck, as it was very dusky and on the other side of the lake. Just Plain Wow!!!

Tomorrow Bob asked if I could help with an outdoor project. I'll do that, then get loaded up and ready to come back home. A short visit, but much needed. I sure love it here.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Wednesday 12.05.2012

Beautiful Sunshine today!!

I slept pretty good, pleasantly surprised to see that it was after 8 when I opened my eyes again.

After a quiet morning, I went to a class, then over to the hospital for a meeting. That went well, as far as meetings go.

Phone calls in the afternoon, and by early evening I was ready to stay in and go to bed.

I want to go to the JC tomorrow, and leave by mid-morning. I'm looking forward to being there, if only for a night.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tuesday 12.04.2012

Another workday, another day closer to....retirement??  heaven??  life fulfilled??? How about just, another day?

It was one of those days that had so many different, fragmented pieces to it, that when I was reviewing my worksheet at the end of the day to make sure I had completed everything, it seemed that this morning was so long ago it was like a whole other day.

But, done now, and clocked out and home.

And tired.

So, I'm going to go to bed.

Tomorrow is a class to teach a few of us how to do the infant hearing screening testing. And after that is a meeting.

I'm also toying with going to the JC for a night or two.


Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Monday 12.03.2012

Worked today. Started out like a nice day, got increasingly more busy and ended going full speed. And tomorrow will be and "interesting" day. Don't want to jinx myself....

Feeling pretty good, overall. Trying to go to bed earlier than 11pm. Sometimes I manage it, and feel a little more rested.

Sometimes I manage it, and don't sleep much at all. *sigh*

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Sunday 12.02.2012

What a wonderful day!!

A safe drive to Clare, and a great day with family. Good food, lots of laughs.... and  a safe drive home, thank you God.

And for some reason, I'm really tired tonight.

Tomorrow is a workday.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Saturday 12.01.2012

Can you believe it---looking at the end of another year.

Busy today. Wanted to bake, and checked ingredients before starting.  Good catch--needed a couple things. Items I thought I had and couldn't find.

Off to the store.

Got what I needed, and baked a couple batches of  "tea" breads. Took the rest of the afternoon, and after a late supper, got the loaves wrapped and the kitchen finished up.

Tomorrow is a big day--I'm looking forward to seeing my siblings and families.  We haven't gotten together during the holidays since Mom passed in 2008. Yikes!

I'm tired, and hoping to sleep tonight.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.