Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday 08.31.2014

Worked again today.  I was busy all day, but it was a much better day.  Another person in my job role, and a great team, too.  Whew!!

I'm (kind of) surprised that I can hardly keep my eyes open.

Hopefully I'll sleep the majority of the night....

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Saturday 08.30.2014

Interesting staffing ratio today--and how the work responsibilities shook out.

Much thanks for all the help, from all the team members. We did a great job today.

And tomorrow we get to do it again!!!!

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday 08.29.2014

What a Great Day!!

Had a good meeting--though it did run over a bit. We took the time to socialize after.

And a quiet rest of the day.

Tomorrow is a workday.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thursday 08.28.2014

Another great day today!!

Got the van washed, picked up the boat. Got the boat backed into the back garage. (Ha!!  Go Me!!)

Took the car for an oil change, then a wash.

Made potato salad for an "off-site meeting, potluck".

Tomorrow's meeting is scheduled for at least 4 hours.  *sigh*

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wednesday 08.27.2014

I had a pretty good day today.

Rested, mostly.

The bottoms of my feet were sore this morning.  (not surprised...)

Partially caught up on computer stuff.

Read a little.

Did 4 loads of laundry the second half of the day.

Turned out there was not a meeting--moved to next week.

Tomorrow I need to get the oil changed on the car, and probably pick up the boat.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tuesday 08.26.2014

Worked again today. Busy Busy.  Thankfully JPK worked the Whole 12 Hours with me!!  She generally only does 8 or 10 hours max, but there was newborn testing that needed to be done near end of shift. And, of course there were many other patients that had more needs than I could tend to.

We have one of the Greatest Teams Ever!!!

Got all the work done, then finally was able to document what I had done throughout the afternoon. Clocked out an hour late.  Ugh.

A storm had gone through and lowered the temperature and humidity. Still warm enough to enjoy a top down ride on the way home.

Whew, I'm tired.

Tomorrow I'll do the laundry, since the Laundry Fairies didn't come in. And I think I have a meeting in the afternoon.

Praying for peace.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday 08.25.2014


Worked today. Turned out to be a fair day. Left on time...That's a big accomplishment for me!!

Came home, changed clothes, hooked up the boat, took it over to be winterized.  *sad face*  I didn't want to be caught in the post Labor Day crush, nor did I want to get caught in really cold weather. So I called and was told to bring it out.

Stopped for a few groceries on the way back, and got a sad news phone call.

Please pray for God's peace, whichever way this works out.

Tomorrow is a work day.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday 08.24.2014

What a glorious day!!

I slept well (thank you God). When I opened my eyes it took a moment--I wasn't in the trailer. Oh, yeah, I'm at home. And it was 8:30.

Up and breakfasted. I got outside about 10:30 and started on the boat. I got it cleaned on the outside with the stuff that takes off the scum stain, except for the very bottom between the bunkers. It took a while, but I got it done. And then I waxed it.  Ha!!  It's beautiful!!  Shiny and sparkly!  (Now for the inside....)

That project took the day.  I was finished, including picking up and putting away, and hungry.

5:30 I rustled something together to eat. And I got tired.

Laundry is sorted, I've showered, and I'm ready for bed.

Work tomorrow.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Saturday 08.23.2014

Was a beautiful day at the lake!!

Cool 60's in the morning while I got the trailer packed up. "Broke camp" is what it felt like.  By the time I loaded the van I had changed into tank top and skort and was sweating in the lovely hot sun.

Got everything done (I think). Just as I was going to lock up, a car pulled up. A surprise visit from KS' parents! Just a short stop--enough for a hug and a good to see you. Glad they stopped by.

Locked up and on the road at 1400.  A smidgen later than intended, but I didn't have a time frame.

Stopped at the Care Home in Rose City to see U. Carl. He was on the bed resting, but not asleep. He looked good, and was chatty. I didn't stay long.

On the road, uneventful, other than a couple areas of brake lights and slow downs, one of them being several miles of just about idle speed. Yup, just moving along. Better than being stopped.

Finally made it home about 7. 

Unloaded, mostly unpacked. A couple of kitchen chores for the week, and the central air is feeling pretty good. 

Tomorrow I'll clean the hull of the boat, and do a load or two of laundry. Maybe get a few groceries, too....

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday 08.22.2014

The damp foggy morning gave way to a mostly sunny afternoon!!  It was so beautiful!

And then the breeze started up, clouds came in, and it cooled off nicely this evening.

Got the cottage ready to close, and a start on the trailer. Went into Hale to take the trash, and stopped at the Fish store. Found vacuum cleaner bags !! and a few pieces of clothing. Really don't mind if I use the items much, as I was charged $4 for the whole bit. Best place in the world to shop!  (well, kind of )

Stopped at Big Bob's for food--got there just before everyone else did.

 Also took a walk to visit my "old" neighbors. Saw a few of my friends on Onawa and had a nice visit.

Enjoyed a quiet evening at the lake.

Tomorrow I'm dragging that boat back down state. *sigh*

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thursday 08.21.2014

Another great day at the lake!!

Breakfast with Jeremy and Matilda, then another paddle boat ride. She's pretty observant--looking around and taking in everything.

Back at the cottage, she wanted to nap.

While she was sleeping, Jeremy and I got the boat trailer hooked up.

After her wake up snack, we took both vehicles to the launch, leaving the van/trailer there (so the car seat didn't need to be moved....) and went back to the cottage for a boat ride in the speed boat.  I dropped them back at the dock and took a last ride on the lake and met them at the launch. Jeremy got the van, backed the trailer down the ramp, I drove the boat on, and that's how you trailer a boat!!  It went extremely well, one of the best put-the-boat-on-the-trailer events I've done!  Sweet!!

Since there isn't a manual car wash in Hale any more, I washed the algae slime from the bottom of the boat at the cottage. It was pretty yucky, even for being in the water only 5 weeks. Still a lot of discoloration remaining, so I'll need to find the product to remove it.

Jeremy got their things together and loaded, we had a bite to eat, and they went on their way back to TC and Jenny's family. It was sure good to see them one on one. And I get to see them again mid-September!! Yay!!

The clouds had been breaking up, and when the sun was through, it felt quite warm. I decided to get in the lake to remove the mooring stakes.  It took a bit of effort, but I got them out. Go Me!!  All that stuff is put away, and I was ready for a shower.

I got washed up, finished cleaning the kitchen at the GC, got the fridge defrosted and wiped out. I'll run the vacuum again tomorrow.

Went outside and watched the pileated woodpecker in the trees. I first heard the squawking, saw it on the tree with it's holes. Then it flew to the tree right next to me, and I watched it climbing around pecking in the bark, squawking some more. They're noisy!

The night descended, and I've had a chance to catch up some on the emails.

Tomorrow I'll take a trip to Hale, get the cottage finished, and start on the trailer.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wednesday 08.20.2014

I made it to the lake, without incident, thank you God.

After days of being extremely busy I hope to have a couple hours of "downtime".

Jeremy and Matilda are here for an overnight--we went out on the paddle boat this evening. Matilda has a great laugh, which bounced out of her when we stopped to watch a duck feeding. So much fun!

They'll leave tomorrow. Hope the weather holds out so we can go out in the speed boat.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.


Monday, August 18, 2014

Monday 08.18.2014


A whoosh of Overwhelm.

Stay calm, breathe.

One task at a time.

All day long.

Clock out.

Brought van up from back garage to start loading for the trip north.

Gathered/collected majority of items to take; most are packed.

Really tired.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sunday 08.17.2014


Didn't post last night--was up 'til the wee hours, getting VG's household ready to move.

We had a lot of fun, laughs, and good conversation and friendship.

It was nice to be able to return the "favor" -- she has helped me pack up (and unpack) a house, and my memories of that day are fond. (thanks again to ALL who helped that day)

Tomorrow is a work day.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday 08.15.2014

Had a pretty good day today.

A couple of nice phone conversations, enjoyed the morning.

Went for a few groceries.

Food prep, clean up. Nice to have something "made up" in the freezer...

Tomorrow I'm going over to VG's to help her pack up her household.  Exciting changes!

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thursday 08.14.2014

Worked today.

A MUCH better day!!

The last of my patients left at the end of my shift.  I was able to help my co-worker with her work load, and it made everyone's day go much more smoothly.

Really tired tonight.

Hope to rest well.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wednesday 08.13.2014

Worked today.

Tried to kill me.

Didn't work.

Try again tomorrow.....

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tuesday 08.12.2014

A couple of nice surprises today.

Both at the dental office.

First, the repair on the tooth ended up being fairly easy, meaning shallow decay that did not need anesthetizing.  Yay!!  And it was fairly easy, as far as drilling and filling go.

Second, when I went to pay. I had "joked" with him that it should cost less because I didn't have anesthesia. We talked about the need to put a crown on the tooth in the future, when/if more work was needed. He did the "prep" work on it 6 years ago and filled it at that time. The nice office lady told me there was no charge for today.  What!!!  Awesome!!!  Guess he thinks the crown will need to be done sooner than later. I'm hoping for never.

A quiet rest of the day.

Tomorrow is a work day.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Monday 08.11.2014

A warm, humid, rainy/drizzly day.

Not conducive to using the solar dryer.

So I used the other, convenient natural resource--natural gas--to dry the laundry.

Frank stopped over for a minute before going to work.

Had a quiet rest of the day.

Tomorrow I see the good Dr. Hess for a tooth repair. Breathing and trying to keep the anxiety low.


Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sunday 08.10.2014

Got my work days done.

Tomorrow is laundry, and it's forecast to be a nice day. Hmm, maybe I'll use the solar dryer....?

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Saturday 08.09.2014

Worked today.


Tired tonight.

Tomorrow we do it again.


Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Friday 08.08.2014

Another great day!!

Groceries done, didn't have to go in for the extra hours I (was mandated) to pick up. Food prep, kitchen clean-up. Nourishment consumed.

Enjoyed early evening outdoors.

Sure miss my Bug Free Zone at The Lake.  There were just a few bugs while I was out. I miss watching and listening to the lake.

Tomorrow is a workday.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thursday 08.07.2014

Another great day!!

Sunshine and bird song.

I enjoyed my morning, then went out for errands. Took a bit longer than anticipated, but got things taken care of. And I refueled the car before the gas price jumped!

Was able to spend some time outdoors, enjoying the antics of the birds and squirrels.

Tomorrow is groceries, and maybe working (extra) in the afternoon.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Wednesday 08.06.2014

What a great day today!

Finally able to rest, doing some chores at my own pace.

I enjoyed being outdoors a while this afternoon.

Tomorrow is another great day....

Thanks to God for successful surgeries with good outcomes.

And thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tuesday 08.05.2014

It was my turn to "float" today.

Now, I don't like to float, which is going to another unit to work. But the last few times I've had to go "out",  it has really been God's gift to me.

I was kind of eager to go when I was told it was "my turn".

And  today was another gift.

I "sat" with a man who had had a rough night, as well as a rough patch later this morning. His behaviours were new and different for him, according to his family, and he was transferred to another unit. I went with him. When his family came in later in the day, it was determined that I wouldn't be needed as long as the family was staying, so I went back to my own unit and finished the rest of the day at the other end of the life spectrum.

It's always an eye opener for me when I see people with these types of changes, reminding me of  the fragility of each moment.

After work I stopped for groceries.

Boy am I tired tonight.

Please pray for those with life-threatening breathing difficulties, their families, their caregivers.

Special prayer request for surgical patients; to calm their fears, to calm the post-op discomfort.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Monday 08.04.2014

A much better work day.  Census was low, and the few patients we had kept us busy.

I'm tired tonight.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sunday 08.03.2014

Another Beautiful Day!!!

Safe road trip to and from the 78th Gushen Reunion, which was very enjoyable, with plenty of good conversation and plenty of yummy food.

A very successful fundraiser dinner for my friend and co-worker. Her husband is also Frank's co-worker. Frank and I went when we got back to town; there was a great turn out, lots of food, and, again, good conversation.  We stayed and helped clean up. Got it done in less than an hour with no minutes to spare before the door auto-locked.

We went up to the hospital and delivered a bunch of warm food and fresh desserts to my unit on the way home.

Tomorrow is a work day.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Saturday 08.02.2014

Worked again today.  Busy, but someone came over from the special care nursery to help with our baby stuff. She was with us intermittently, and the help was appreciated. It made my/our work day better.  Thanks, VK!!

Surprised that I wasn't as tired as I expected. It was nice to work with the greatest group ever.

At home, got the remainder of the food prep done for the fund raiser tomorrow--baked a cake, cooled, frosted, ready to take.  Also baked some chicken legs for the reunion tomorrow.

Sinus pressure today, hoping it eases sooner than later.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Friday 08.01.2014

Worked today.

So Busy.

Tired tonight.

Doing it again tomorrow.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.