Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Tuesday 12.31.2013 Year End

Another great day!

After breakfast, I peeled and cut up the sweet potatoes I had planned to roast for our meal today.  I was expecting Frank and Danielle, and we were going to have our "Christmas",  exchange gifts and eat.

I had finished, cleaned the kitchen, and was going to sit for a minute, when they came in.  I was surprised--he had worked last night, and I didn't think they would be over until later in the afternoon.

Frank still wasn't feeling well--dry cough, and I noticed he had chills off and on.

I put the potatoes in the oven, we visited and opened gifts. It was a nice afternoon.

After eating, I got the thermometer.  Frank's temperature was 102.2.  Uh huh.

We talked about options, and he decided he'd go to the urgent care center when they were ready to leave.

I got a text message a few hours later--throat good, lungs good, gave him ibuprofen and sent him on his way. "Since I've been sick longer than 48 hours, there's nothing they can give me."  


I called him.

Soooo, they can't do anything because you've been sick longer than 48 hours?  Did they mention the flu??

Oh, yeah, said I had the flu. Can't do anything for it.

Talkative guy, he wasn't.

I didn't keep him on the phone, seeing as how he wasn't feeling well and all. I'm happy he went and got checked out.  Yucky that he's got IT.  Couple of weeks he'll be feeling better.

I've had a flu shot (mandatory for the J.O.B.), but who knows if it's the same strain??  Hope I don't get sick.

I went out and shoveled the inch or so of snow we had gotten throughout the day. Temp in the mid 'teens, but the wind has quieted some.

Tomorrow is a work day.

Happy New Year.

May 2014 be filled with peace and well-being.


Monday, December 30, 2013

Monday 12.30.2013

Worked today.

Finally had a day that wasn't as jam-packed busy as it has been.

For us, anyway.

Labor and delivery was busy all day, and those deliveries started happening a couple hours before end of shift. Post Partum will be busy tonight.  And tomorrow.

But I don't work tomorrow.

Frank and Danielle are coming over for our Christmas.

I'm looking forward to it.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sunday 12.28.2013

Another great day!!

Sun this morning, temperatures dropped throughout the day. Cloud cover in the afternoon and a layer of frozen precipitation this evening.

I went over to visit Frank for a few minutes before he went to work. He's working 10-12 hours 6 and 7 days--and getting worn out.

I got my chores done and had a good day.

Tomorrow is a work day.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Saturday 12.28.2013

What a great day today!!!

Sunshine and blue skies--haven't seen that for a while.

Temps in the mid 40's here this afternoon.  Was absolutely lovely to go out for a run.

Shower, food, and out for errands.

So nice to be outdoors in the sun and milder temps.

A quiet evening.

House chores tomorrow.....

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Friday 12.27.2013


Our work-pace has sure changed these last several months.

I am so busy in the patient rooms, to the nurse's station, and back down the hall again, that I don't see my team mates for hours. Or maybe a glimpse of them as they are flying into a room, or we pass in the hall, or meet at the Pyxis machine (computerized medication dispenser).   Geesh.

Needless to say we were busy again today.

And now I'm home....

With the warmer weather (above freezing) I'm looking forward to going out for a run.

And the days are getting longer.  I noticed the last dark pink of the sunset tonight at 5:20 pm!  Yup--it was kind of light after 5pm.....

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Thursday 12.16.2013

Almost the End.....

It always amazes me when I think of how sometimes time seems to drag on, and how the days/weeks/months, and years, seem to fly by.....

I enjoyed the morning reading in bed (a new-to-me "luxury").  When I got up and ambling around the house, I was surprised to see the snow plow go by.  Huh??  I didn't know we had gotten that much snow. And, really, with the budget cuts and all, did we need plowed???

Needed or not, now there was that crunchy bumpy snow plow debris in the bottom of my driveway.  I'll go out and  shovel...

The sun had found a few breaks in the cloud cover this afternoon while I was out. It was cold, low 20's, and windy, but not too unpleasant. I had about 3 inches or so of snow in the driveway.

I putzed around a bit in the house, and generally had a quiet day.

Tomorrow is a work day.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Wednesday 12.25.2013 Christmas

Worked -- BUSY -- so busy the first 6 hours that I was non-stop up and down the halls. Geesh.  I stopped by the cafeteria to pick up lunch, which was a "traditional" type holiday meal. One of 3 or 4 that is "provided" for us.

It was another almost hour before I could eat, but I did. We staggered our lunch times so we were all able to take a lunch.

It was scheduled as an 8 hour shift, but I had the majority of my documentation to put in, so I was another almost hour getting out.  *sigh*

Back at home, I changed clothes and had a quiet evening.

Looking forward to not getting up early tomorrow morning.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Tuesday 12.24.2013 Christmas Eve

Another good day!!

Went for the "annual" physical exam.  All is well.

Sunshine and cold air. Temps high teens today.

Was going to go out for a walk when Frank and Danielle stopped in. We had a nice visit.

A quiet evening.

Tomorrow is a work day.

Merry Christmas to All!!

Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Monday 12.23.2013

What a great day!!

After breakfast, I went out to pick up fresh food. I got to the store before the parking lot was full. And was in the check out line with everyone else. Probably 20 minutes. But the people were not unpleasant, which was a good thing.

Back at home, I did a few chores. Frank came over for a visit, and I fixed us a
"celebration" dinner--celebrating Jesus' birth and celebrating his car purchase.

Supper was yummy, and we had a nice evening.

Tomorrow is a doctor appointment (I know, Christmas Eve?) but that's what they offered.....

Remember that Jesus is the reason for the season...

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Sunday 12.22.2013

Worked today. A much better day.  After 2 pm.

We finally settled down.

And about 4pm, Santa came!!

We had fun listening to him with the new families. 

Simple magic.

Jesus is the reason for the season.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Saturday 12.21.2013


Worked today, and even though we were busy, it was better than it has been. At least on the overflow unit.

My relief came in so I could leave to go to our family's Christmas Sing.  I'd been watching the weather all day, trying to get an opinion on the ice storm that is predicted.

Much to my surprise, when I got home, Frank was in the driveway with a new-to-him car. Yes, he needs it, as the Mustang does not go in more than a half inch of snow. Or any snow.

It's a 2001 Ford Focus ZX3 hatchback, red. Good job, Frank!

As we watched the weather, I just couldn't feel good about driving an hour and a half in a Winter Ice Storm Warning.  And I need to be back to work in the morning. Being "iced in" out of town would not have been ok.

So I reluctantly called our hosts and told them sad news. And I felt better.

Frank and I spent the evening together, and we received a phone call from the Party.  It was our turn for a song.  I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day is what I chose--and they sang and I sang.  Yay!!  Makes me smile. Thanks, Scott and All!! That was the Best!!!

Now I'm tired and ready to go to bed.

So I can get up and hopefully NOT slide into work in the morning.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Fa La La La La.....

Friday, December 20, 2013

Friday 12.20.2013

Good day today.

Heavy fog and mist. A lot of the snow has melted as it has been mid 30's all day.

Read a little before getting out of bed (what a luxury--!!). Breakfast, phone calls, went to the hospital for an impromptu meeting.

From there, went to the store for fresh food.

Home, fixed food and ate, cleaned the kitchen, and had a quiet evening.

Tomorrow is a workday, for which I have gotten coverage so that I can leave early to attend the Sander's Sing South.

Hoping the weather holds out.

I won't travel if the windshield and wipers are icing up.....

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Thursday 12.19.2013

Turned out to be a fairly nice day today!!

Productive morning meeting, and from there went to the eye doctor.

Seems that I need a change in prescription again. Got the new specs ordered.

The weather was so mild--41 degrees at the house--I had a snack and went out for a run!  So nice to not wear a scarf and feel so bundled up. My driveway is clear and mostly dry. Yay!!

Fixed food and ate, read a little, and showered.

A quiet night.

Tomorrow I'll stop at the hospital again, then pick up some fresh food from the grocery.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Wednesday 12.18.2013

Looked out the window--It snowed again during the night.  Ugh!!!  Snow's ok, but I wasn't expecting to have to shovel again, so soon.

After breakfast, and after the tylenol and motrin took the edge off of the aches in my shoulders.....  the sun was breaking through, and I went out to shovel.

It was just a half inch or so. Easy peasy. And it was melting on the blacktop part of the driveway. When I was outdoors a couple hours later, some of the driveway was dry. Woo Hoo!!  That's why I shovel. (and that I didn't want to get stuck in my own driveway)

Tomorrow is a meeting and an eye appointment.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Tuesday 12.17.2013

Worked again.

And when I got home, I shoveled the driveway. Again.  Of another 2 inches of snow. Yay!!

And since I didn't get supper at the J.O.B., I fixed a bowl of cereal and ate.

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

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Monday 12.16.2013

Worked today.

I've been so tired these last many weeks after working high census.  Feels like I'm getting old or something.....

So I'm going to bed, so I can do it again tomorrow.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Sunday 12.15.2013

What  a great day today!!

The snow plow went by around 0900 -- I had breakfast and saw that it was snowing again.  Ugh.  It was pretty, and I chose to wait a bit before going out and clearing the end of the driveway.

Finally, about noon, there was another 2 inches on the driveway.

I suited up and went out.

Had a nice rest of the day.

Tomorrow is a work day.  I sure hope it's not as busy as it has been....

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Saturday 12.14.2013

Yesterday's work day was sooo busy. All day long. Call lights, phones ringing, patients coming in; I was fortunate to have a lunch break about noon, but I was chewing going down the hall, answering the call lights and telephones with food in my mouth.  Oh yeah. That's the worst thing about being a nurse. Irregular meal times. 

This morning I read a little before getting up. The snow was coming down with a winter weather warning; the only reason I'm going out today is to shovel.

And I did.

The first time, about 2 in the afternoon, I moved about 5 inches of light fluffy snow from the driveway.  The second time, about 8:30pm, was about 2 inches. And it was a little heavier.  The temperature must have warmed, as there are icicles forming off of the awning over the back door. Glad I moved the earlier snow when I did!

Tired tonight.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Thursday 12.12.2013

Slept fair, got up and ready to go in for another meeting.

First meeting went as expected; ended up staying another hour and helping with hearing screens for the babies.

Enjoyed the sunshine this afternoon, though it was cold and I didn't go out.

Did a load of laundry and a couple of phone calls.

Tomorrow I get to work, thankful I have a job.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wednesday 12.11.2013

Slept pretty good, overall.

Got up and went to the meeting. Then to another, shorter one.

Back home, I shoveled the driveway, then went in to warm up.

Geez, it's cold out there!!  Thermometer showed 22 in the sun, but it was crispy, and the wind was bite-y.

Enjoyed home-made chili from the freezer and had a quiet evening.

Tired tonight, and have to get up early again tomorrow for another meeting.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tuesday 12.10.2013

Worked today.

Tired tonight.

Meeting tomorrow.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Monday 12.09.2013

Worked, crazy busy the first 2/3 (8 hours) of the day. A reprieve of maybe 45 minutes, and it started up again. Finally clocked out about 7:30.

Tomorrow I get to do it again.  Woo Hoo!!!

Off to bed....

Thankful for a warm house to come home to (thanks to programmable thermostats).

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Sunday 12.08.2013

Another Great Day!!!

A drive to Mt. Pleasant to share the afternoon with the Goodwin clan.

Everyone looked so good; it was awesome to be together and talk and hug.

A blustery snow drive home, and safe.

Tomorrow is a work day.

Thank you for reading.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Saturday 12.07.2013

Had a Great Day today!!

Read for a little while this morning so the sun could warm up the air before I went out for a run.  It was all the way up to 19 degrees when I went out.

And so pretty--

Sunshine and blue sky, with only a few clouds. But it was snowing!!  White snowflakes against the blue sky, with sparkles on them. Kind of like the sparkles on the water. So pretty. And strange.

Made a batch of waffles for breakfast and ate before showering. 

Went out to for fresh food, and picked up a couple of good deals. I finally "saved" more than I spent!

Back at home, I finished baking, as well as fixed supper and ate.

Sure smells good in here...

Looking forward to seeing family tomorrow.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Friday 12.06.2013

Didn't sleep as well as I had hoped, though I did sleep a little longer this morning.

And since it was almost 9, I thought I'd get my fasting blood drawn for the "annual" physical exam.

So off to the hospital...

A student in the lab. I let her get me set up, and she felt for a vein. I had bad feelings about this....

The lab employee working with her came up, and I gave her a look. "You might want to check for a vein. These can be tricky to get."

The Lab Lady got the drift. "No problem", and she took over.

She didn't find a vein in the antecubital (inside the elbow) and I offered a hand vein. She poked there and it still took her a bit to actually get it.  And then the blood didn't flow real well. We got enough, though.


I was able to leave after waiting several minutes for my head to stop being woozy. Yup. I do.

Back at home, I had breakfast, (it was coming up on noon), and went out to browse the stores a little, but didn't stay long. Overwhelming.

So I came back home and had a quiet rest of the day.

Tomorrow is another day off.  Yay!!

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Thursday 12.05.2013

Worked. Busy.

Finished all the "task" work after 5pm, then sat down at a computer to document it all. I finished in a timely manner, clocking out on time.

Tomorrow I may bake--it's predicted to be low to mid 20's tonight, high 20's tomorrow, and the oven warms up the kitchen.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Wednesday 12.04.2013

Worked today.

Steady busy with just enough to do and a great group of co-workers.

Was able to enjoy a late lunch, and clocked out on time. Bonus!

A quiet evening, and I'm ready for bed.

Doing it again tomorrow.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Tuesday 12.03.2013

Woke to the sound of the frozen snow and it's icy clatters. I opened the back door and listened as it hit the aluminum awning above me, and the white covered driveway and yard, all making the same chatter.


Checking the weather app, precipitation supposed to stop in a couple of hours, and the temp is predicted to rise.


I went back to bed and read for a while.

When I emerged a couple hours later, the predictions had been correct. The pavement was mostly melted, and I didn't see any precipitation in the puddles.

So I went out for a run.

It was very quiet, with the birds moving around and visiting feeders in yards. A very light drizzle started on the last couple of blocks.

Breakfast, and shower.

Went in the basement and sorted and re-grouped. Checked the internet, and did some baking.

Had supper, cleaned the kitchen.

Tomorrow is a work day.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Monday 12.02.2013

Morning meeting, errands on the way home.

A quick bite, and off to Mason for my massage.

Ohmygosh.  It was one of those "I didn't think I was that bad" kind of treatments today.  My neck and shoulders were so tight, they're sore tonight. Geesh.

And I'm tired.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Sunday 12.01.2013

Worked today.

Steady busy, and manageable.  With a great group of co-workers.

Stopped at the store for fresh food on the way home, and now am ready to slow down for the evening.

Tomorrow is a morning meeting, and a massage in the afternoon. Yippee!!

Thank you for reading. Hugs.