Saturday, November 30, 2013

Saturday 11.30.2013

I had just sprayed my 'do, ready for breakfast.

Ring ring.

On Call.


I don't mind being on call, but would sure like to know before I'm ready to leave...

So I went back to bed, and read for a while before sleeping again, waking about 0830.

Breakfast, and after a bit, I went out for errands.

And when I got back, I went out for a walk in the sun.  So Beautiful!!

Low 30's, hardly a breeze. Lovely.

Frank was at the house when I got back, and was working on his car. He got it done and drove it when he left.  Hope it's really fixed!!!

A quiet night.

Tomorrow I should work.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Friday 11.29.2013

What a great day today!!

Cold but sunny, mid to high 20's.

Frank came over and we went out for errands.  And we did auto care--he worked on the mustang, and I rain-x'd the van windows and changed the wiper blades.

I've done laundry, and had a quiet evening.

Tomorrow is a workday.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thursday 11.28.2013 Stuff -ing, -ed

Another great day!!

After a slow and tense drive (breathe, relax the grip on the steering wheel, sit back, breathe, uh oh, why are those brake lights on again??, breathe, ok we're moving, .... ) Frank and I arrived safely (and an hour later than the original ETA) to Donna's. And others arrived after we did.

We had a wonderful feast with a most awesome view overlooking a snow-covered frozen lake. The contrasts of the fresh white and the dull gray sky and the leafless trees with their dark trunks and branches were striking.

The ladies did the majority of the kitchen work, and the guys did most of the "putting the house back together" before leaving.  U. Carl had a good day, and A. Donna is probably really tired this evening.

Frank and I stopped in Flushing on the way home to deliver Lolo's and Diane's dinners. Lolo hasn't been feeling well for a few days and they thought it best not to go.

The second half of the drive was much better, with almost dry roads. Frank and I had a nice visit before he went on home.

Tomorrow I have a couple of things to pick up at the store, and Frank is coming over again.

So very thankful for the ability to travel and spend time with family. And doing it again next weekend!!  Woo Hoo!!

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Wednesday 11.27.2013

Cold and sunny today, with a wind.

I bundled up and went out for a run.

Breakfast, and after a while, shower.

I went out in the late afternoon for a few groceries and to fill the car, and when I got back, I started on the food prep for tomorrow.

Dinner, and loving the house smelling like cherry pie....*smile*

Happy Thanksgiving to All.


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tuesday 11.26.2013

Got up, started the day. Just finishing my hair when the phone rang. Stay home for now....  Good thing I didn't get the hair spray on....

Took off my work clothes, turned off the lights, and laid back down. I dozed for a  couple hours and the phone rang again.

Finished getting ready for work, had breakfast, and went in.

It was icky.

Controlled chaos. Lots of babies during the night. It seemed the phone lines rang practically non-stop. And frequent call lights, though we finally got the patients settled down in the early afternoon.

But we continued to be busy right up until end of shift. With more laboring patients, it will be another busy night. And tomorrow, too.

Though I'm not scheduled tomorrow.

Doing food prep for Thursday's gathering at Aunt Donna's.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Monday 11.25.2013

I was sleeping/dozing in my bed this morning, listening to the furnace, thinking that the radio is going to come on soon. (I program the furnace thermostat so that the house will warm up about 15 minutes or so before I get up). I must have fallen asleep, as I woke to hearing the furnace again. Hmm. I know I checked the alarm on the radio. 

I listen again, thinking maybe the radio station is having "technical difficulties" or maybe it's not tuned in well. Must have dozed off again, knowing that I turned on the alarm.

The third time I wondered about the furnace, I opened my eyes and looked. 



The radio comes on at 0414. I have enjoyed a half hour of "sleeping in", but now will be focused on getting ready for the J.O.B. without daydreaming or lollygagging.  I much prefer a lower-keyed morning....

But I got myself there in good time.

And had a busy day.

Surgicals back, new families discharging to home, peer interview done, sent team mates to other meetings. I was surprised that at the end of the day I only had 3 patients left. Huh. sure seemed a whole lot busier than 3 patients!!!  

A quiet evening at home.

Tomorrow I get to do it again.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sunday 11.24.2013

Hoo Boy it was cold today!

12 degrees this morning. The clear skies, and the sun warmed up all the way to 24 degrees. I bundled up and went out for a walk.

With the wind, it "felt like" 14, according to the weather app. And I agree--that wind was bitter.  I did pretty good with the outdoor garb; the areas on my face that weren't covered were prickly cold. The clouds moved in while I was out, so it felt even colder.

But I had a nice walk. And saw 7 or 8 wild turkeys in a yard, feeding and making their turkey noises. They were still there when I passed by on the return trip. Pretty neat.

I made a pot of chili and portioned it out for lunches. Yum!

And a quiet rest of the day.

Tomorrow I'm scheduled to work.

Jeremy sent a text that they arrived home about 0800 this morning. That's a long drive.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Saturday 11.23.2013

What a great day today!!

Jeremy called this morning asking if I was working--could they stop by on their way back to South Carolina??

Nope not working--of  course you can come by!!!!!

I looked through the freezer/refrigerator/pantry and decided on a meal that would work for all of us. Not knowing when they would be arriving, I got on with my morning.

Early afternoon, he called.

I put food together.

And just as it was to a stopping point, they arrived.


Matilda's here!!  (oh yeah, Jeremy and Jenny, and Lola the dog, too!)

We walked around the yard, showing them the boat garage, and everything else. But boy was it cold!!  28 degrees and windy. We went in the house.

Matilda was hungry and devouring her cracker snacks, so I finished our meal.  It was so fun to have them at my table.

We cleaned up and visited. Matilda was finally warming up to me, and I got a picture.

Ok, a few actually.

They tucked back into the truck for the 14 hour drive back home, driving all night so that Matilda sleeps the majority of the trip.

I sure enjoyed our visit.

Safe journeys to all who are traveling.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Friday 11.22.2013

Worked today--was pleasantly surprised that I was able to have the "on-call" person come in and cover me so that I could do my two meetings this morning.  And after the meetings ran late, I was able to have lunch.  She continued to do a few of the babies' testings while the rest of us did what we needed to do.

I was busy the rest of the afternoon right up until time to clock out.

Home, and a quiet evening.

Not sure what tomorrow is.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thursday 11.21.2013

Another wonderful day!!

Woke feeling rested (as much as one can with multiple-interruption sleep).

Breakfast, then went out for groceries.

A little housework.

A quiet day.

Tomorrow is a workday.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Wednesday 11.20.2013

It was cold first thing this morning; 31 degrees with the sun just up. Decided to wait a little before going out for a run.

When I did go out, it was pleasant 42 degrees, with a cool wind that was almost too cold.  I did enjoy it, though.

Back inside, I cooled off, then had breakfast.

Shower, and a quiet rest of the day.

Tomorrow I need a few groceries.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tuesday 11.19.2013

Another work day,  thankful to have a job.

Busy but not overwhelming.

Cold, below freezing when I got back home tonight, with the just-past-full moon rising large and bright in a dark starry sky.


Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Monday 11.18.2013

Floated "out" today.

"Sat" with one patient, I was moved across the hall to "sit" with another patient, then was "pulled" back to my home unit about 1pm.

We had a busy afternoon; I was happy to be there to help.

Tired tonight.

Working again tomorrow.

Temperatures 35 degrees less than yesterday; didn't lose power, thank you God, and didn't see much storm damage in the short drive to and from the hospital, in the dark both ways.

Praying for fast recovery for all affected.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Sunday 11.17.2013

What storms today!!

Praying for those who have lost their homes, basically everything except their lives. And some lost their lives, too.

It's windy here tonight. Hoping I don't lose power...

Tomorrow is a workday.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Saturday 11.16.2013

Ohmygosh--it's almost year end.

Had a great day today visiting with my friend VG.  We were able to be outdoors for a bit this afternoon as I swept both of the garages; dead flies in one of them and dead leaves that had blown into the other one. We also knocked down a couple of wasp nests that were empty, except for a fly that had taken up residence.

She arrived just as I was pulling into the driveway after getting groceries, and Frank pulled in a few minutes later.

We enjoyed each others' company.  Frank left, and I fixed Vonnie and I a nice salad for supper. We got to talking about ideas, and next thing, we were doing a craft project!  Thanks, Von, for the prototype!!

She left in the rain, with temps in the mid 50's. Won't be long before this precipitation will be frozen....

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Friday 11.15.2013

Busy work day. Enough help. Great Teamwork. Left on time. Woo Hoo!!

Tomorrow I hope to run, and get groceries.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thursday 11.14.2013

Whew--worked today.  Busy, lots of patients, enough staff, including two large groups of nursing students. Lots of people.

Clocked out, home.

Tired, ready for bed.

And doing it again tomorrow.

Without all those students.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wednesday 11.13.2013

A pretty good day today.

Felt rested this morning, thank you God, even with interrupted sleep.

Read for a while, enjoyed breakfast.

In the afternoon I went out for a few groceries.

As I was getting my supper ready, I noticed the pinkish-orange-ish hue of the light outdoors.  Sunset. I went over to a west-facing window and thanked God for the beauty of His world. Orange and pink stripes in the blue-violet sky; the blue-violet getting deeper and the oranges and pinks getting more vibrant as the minutes go by. Another minute or so, and the colors mute and mud. Fascinating.

A nice phone conversation and a quiet evening.

Tomorrow is a work day.

Thank you for reading Hugs.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Tuesday 11.12.2013 Magic Day

11.12.13  Once in forever date. Yes, I'm kind of strange like that....

Had a great meeting this morning.  Looking for solutions uncovers so many more "problems" to solve.  Never ending.

Came home, had a snack, Frank came over for a short while before leaving for work.

After a while, I fixed my supper and ate.

A quiet evening.

Groceries tomorrow.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Monday 11.11.2013 Thankful Day--To Our Veterans

To Each of You Who Have Endured the Military

Thank You.

I had a pretty good day today.

Caught up on a couple things at home.  Was ready to go outdoors and trim a lilac branch that had split and fallen, but was raining. 

Later this afternoon, it snowed. Enough that the ground is white.  The paved areas are melted, though. Here comes winter....

Tomorrow is a morning meeting.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Sunday 11.10.2013

Another work day done.

A better pace, not feeling like "so much to do, so little time".

Tired tonight.

Hope to sleep; quiet day for tomorrow.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Saturday 11.09.2013

Worked today.  Quiet morning, then the afternoon was pleasantly busy.

Tomorrow we'll do it again.

Yoga tonight.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Friday 11.08.2013

What a great day today!!

Cold--did get to 45 degrees--but sunny.

I enjoyed watching the birds today. They have found the suet feeder after 3 days of being up. I saw at least 5 different species of birds within 45 minutes. Quite a flurry of activity between the feeder and the birdbath. Drinking and bathing, and just wading (standing in in the water in the feeder). Cheap entertainment.

Frank came over, and we walked back to his house, then I walked back home. I went out for errands, came in and fixed supper, spent the evening picking away at the basement. Emptied a couple boxes, discarded, consolidated.

Tired tonight.

Work tomorrow.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Thursday 11.07.2013

Another Wonderful Day today!

Sunshine and blue skies for the drive to Mason for a needed-it-more-than-I-realized massage.

So much that my shoulders/neck are a little sore tonight.

Had a quiet rest of the day.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Wednesday 11.06.2013

Another Lovely Day!!

Mostly drizzly with a few bits of gusty wind this evening, low to mid 50's.

I was able to go out for a run, and managed to be out in just a light drizzle. I got back on the porch and it gusted and rained.  Thank you God, for waiting 'til I was home for the rain to start!

Breakfast, shower.

Putzed around, went out for fresh food.

Came out of the store and it was heavy drizzle.

Supper and a quiet night.

Tomorrow I see Leah.

I'm so looking forward to it.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Tuesday 11.05.2013

Worked today.  Nice morning.

Then just when I had waited to get lunch--slam--patients started coming out. (new patients coming over from labor and delivery, and a couple also came up from surgery).

Since I could see that I wasn't going to get "hot" lunch, I mixed up an "instant breakfast" and sucked it down when I could get to it. It took away the "hungry headache" that I tend to develop when I don't eat when I need to.  *sigh*

A couple hours of constant activity from all of us. I was able to get my hot food about 2pm, and I got to eat it. Yum.

The rest of the afternoon/evening was as busy as the morning, and I was happy to be able to clock out.  Whew!!

Light supper after I got home.

Tired tonight.

Tomorrow is groceries.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Monday 11.04.2013

Worked today.  And it was a good day.  Busy, just right busy.  Had time to eat. Twice.  Always makes for a better day.

Tired tonight.

Doing it again tomorrow.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Sunday 11.03.2013

Woke this morning--it was sure cold outdoors. I read a while and let the sun warm up before going out for a run.

Then I was hungry, and it was still cold, so I had breakfast.

I did go out in the afternoon, and it was a lot more comfortable in the mid 40's.

Shower, laundry washed, dried, ironed, and put away. Got the "shrink plastic" put on the windows, paid bills, had supper.

Tomorrow is a work day.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Saturday 11.02.2013

What a great day today!!

Put together the augratin potatoes, went to Lansing and picked up Vonnie. Went on over to Flushing to visit Sue and Diane and Lolo.

We had a wonderful afternoon, enjoying lunch almost as much as we enjoyed the company.

Thank you God for the safe trip, and these awesome women.

Tomorrow I hope to run, and I have household chores to do.

And thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Friday 11.01.2013

Busy day today.  Happy I had made a great lunch for myself AND I was able to eat it when I was ready to!!  Didn't get supper, though.....

We all worked hard to get through the shift. And a few of us left late as we were finishing up patient needs.

We have a concierge service for us--I had them take my car to Discount Tire. One of the tires had been losing air the last week or so. I filled it, but it was soft again. They found a nail. It's repaired and all four have been rotated. No Charge. Gotta love the service there. (well, I don't love having to wait for the service)

Picked up a few things at the store on the way home. Making AuGratin Potatoes to take to LoLo's tomorrow for a visit.

Tired tonight.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.