Sunday, November 30, 2014

Sunday 11.30.2014

Odd temperatures today, mid to high 50's. And tonight in the 20's.  Ahhhh, Michigan. (so they say. it's probably that way in other areas, too)

Had a good day today. Fine tuned the plastic on one of the kitchen windows, which took longer than anticipated. Lingered in the shower (sure wish I had a jetted tub), went out for a few groceries.

Back at home, I made a type of an "energy bar"--no added sugar, and enough protein and carbs to last an hour or two when I can't get to lunch. Frank was here--he was dubious, but was happy when I handed him a bag to take home.

Cleaned up the kitchen, had a quiet evening.

Tomorrow is a work day.

Thank you for reading.


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Saturday 11.29.2014

Another great day!

Sun came out and melted the driveway, along with temperature in the low 40's.

I got the plastic on the five windows in the back room. After three were done, it started warming up in there. And I remembered:  there is now insulation in the walls. Seems to make a difference....

Frank was here this afternoon, too. After he left, I received a call asking to come help him. His car popped a fuse a quit. He wasn't far away. I collected him and took him to the auto parts store, back to the car, and he was on his way.  A little while later he called again. Now it's very dark out there.

We went to the parts store again, but this time it didn't start up. He called a friend who came with a tow strap, and took the car back home. The guys played with it for a few minutes (this guy is a mechanic by trade) and came up with a possible/probable diagnosis for Frank to work on tomorrow.

I brought Frank back to the house with me so he could get the Mustang, which we had under the carport for the winter. It just doesn't "go" in the snow. But there's no snow right now....

A quiet rest of the night.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Friday 11.28.2014

Worked today.

Had a nice day.

Tired tonight.

Catching up tomorrow.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thursday 11.27.2014 Gobble Gobble

What a nice day today!!

Finished getting the Salad together, Frank arrived, and we went to Flushing.

We had a bounteous feast for the seven of us. Good company, good food; we had a good afternoon.

A safe drive home, thank you God. Dry roads until just north of Jackson, where the oncoming (northbound) traffic had suddenly slowed down, and the roads were snow covered. I know enough to slow down if the oncoming traffic appears slower. Surprised, pleasantly, that the salt trucks had been out. I-94 was slow with heavy traffic, and the other jog of 127 southbound had a police vehicle in the median with it's lights on to slow us down. Thanks for helping us to be safe!!

Back at the house, I saw why--a glaze of ice under the layer of snow.

Frank stayed a while before going on his way.

Tomorrow is a work day.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wednesday 11.26.2014

What a great day today!!

Jeremy and Matilda, Frank, and I met over at the , an indoor playplace.  We all had so much fun--all of us climbed in the structure. Matilda laughed and giggled and went down the slides. "Again" she'd say, and, laughing, run around to climb back up. Having us three adults there was helpful, as she's just a bit small to get herself on some of the platforms. One of us was at the beginning of the climbing, another was inside the structure, and another at the bottom of the slide. We were there for four hours!!  Frank had to go to work, but we all had lunch (there is a nice food selection with good prices) and had a little bit of time to visit.

Back at home I got my Holiday Salad started, ready to finish in the morning before traveling to Flushing.

A quiet rest of the night.

Happy Thanksgiving.


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tuesday 11.25.2014

Another busy work day.

Finally home just after 8.  Geesh.

Cold and windy. 28 degrees.

Tomorrow going to visit with Jeremy and Matilda.

Woo Hoo!!

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Monday 11.24.2014

Wow, what a change in weather today!

54 degrees this morning, then the wind picked up while I was running errands.

Temp dropped to 48 degrees in an hour and a half; at 12:30 the wind had blown the previously "repaired" roofing from the back garage, knocked a widow-maker from a tree that landed near the house (while I was watching), and another tree is split and twisting and ohmygosh, I'm surprised it's still up.

Yes, I notified the property manager.

My massage was awesome, as usual, moving the lymph fluid in my arm and upper body. She also gave special attention to my gimpy ankle. It's better than it was, but not back to pre-injury comfort. The howling of the wind was in the background and the temperature was 38 degrees when I left there.

I got home safely, dodging the remnants of a tree that had come down in the road into my neighborhood. And my split tree is still standing.

I did laundry tonight, re-taped the plastic on the windows where the tape hadn't held, and had a quiet rest of the night.

Tomorrow is a work day.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday 11.23.2014

Worked today.

Had a good day--enough staff for our full house. This afternoon the discharges happened, we staffed down, and had a nice afternoon/evening.

Frank was at the house when I got home; we visited a bit before he left.

A quiet rest of the evening.

Tomorrow is a massage. Soooo looking forward to it.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Saturday 11.22.2014

POST # 2,500!!!

I can hardly believe I've written 2500 posts.

It's been quite a journey, through cancer and back to wellness.

I am truly blessed.

Thank you.


Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday 11.21.2014

Woo Hoo!!

A sunshine day today!

We did our Drill with both the Labor and Delivery and the Mother/Baby units.  Well received and staff seemed to appreciate the learning opportunity/reinforcement.

I wasn't needed for the afternoon as staff, though I ended up being there longer than anticipated with the "debriefing" and the discussions that followed.

On the way home I stopped to refuel the vehicle.

A quiet rest of the day.

Work tomorrow.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thursday 11.20.2014

What a day!

Snow this morning, sun in the afternoon. I went out to shovel, and the sun melted the stuff left behind.

As I was finishing, another squall came through. I could have shoveled again, but I didn't, and the driveway is about half clear where the late afternoon sun was on it again.

I cooked, and also finished the portion of the project that I was doing. On to the next one...

Tomorrow the Ed Council is doing a Drill on our unit, so I'll be there about 11:30. And I picked up extra (mandated hours) from 1-7pm. I really hope I don't have to work.

A quiet evening.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wednesday 11.19.2014

Had a good day today.

Started a project that I know is going to take a couple days, at least, and made progress.

Tomorrow I'll shovel the driveway of the maybe 3 inches of snow. Was hoping I wouldn't need to shovel....

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tuesday 11.18.2014

Whoa, is it cold.

Wind chills to zero.

Wind blowing hard enough (and maybe "just right") that the plastic on the windows popped off of the tape!!  (on the inside, of course)  Oh, yeah, pretty drafty in that kitchen now. Will wait for a little warmer temps to re-tape.

Had a good work day; steady busy throughout the day. Glad to be done and gone.

Rest tomorrow.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Monday 11.17.2014

Worked today.

To my surprise, I have another Orientee.

She turned out to be great--quick to learn, ready to work, and more than once, I turned to look for her and about bumped into her. Always right there with me.  I expect she'll be a great addition to the night shift.

And tomorrow we get to do it again.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday 11.16.2014

Sure felt cold today.

And since I wasn't needed at the J.O.B., I went out and moved the garage around--well, the inside of the garage--brought the snow blower forward, moved other things around, took some things out to the back garage, swept out both of them....

Ready for snow.

Frank contacted me mid afternoon; he was doing other things today.

A quiet rest of the day.

Tomorrow is a work day.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Saturday 11.15.2014

A great day today!!

Sunny this morning in Jackson.

Went to Grand Blanc for a short visit with Matilda and her mom and mom's parents.  So amazing how fast they grow and develop.

From there went to Flushing to spend the afternoon/evening with the Faix ladies. We had lots of fun laughing and talking. Everything seems to be good there.

A safe drive home, thank you God.

Tomorrow is a brunch date with Frank, and maybe work in the afternoon.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday 11.14.2014

Worked today.

My turn to go "out".

Sat 1:1 with a nice gentleman who had not been doing well just two days ago. Doing much better today; staff and physicians both showed their surprise at how much better.

Groceries after work, and I made a small apple pie to take to Flushing tomorrow.

Tired tonight.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thursday 11.13.2014


And slippery roads with lots of accidents.

Mid afternoon there was a break in the clouds and the sun came out long enough that the pavement was mostly dry. I went out to refuel the vehicle.  It was snowing again on the way back home.

I've done laundry and put the shrink plastic on the big kitchen window. Sure makes a difference in there.

Tomorrow is a work day.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wednesday 11.12.2014

Gray all day.  And cold.

34 degrees when I went in for my afternoon meetings, 32 degrees when I came out about 7pm.

And the skin on my hands hurts already from the cold. (and I had gloves on)

It's going to be a long season.

Fixed supper and ate, and had a quiet evening.

Tomorrow is house chores.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tuesday 11.11.2014

Again, Thanks to All who have served.  Something I know as a sister, mother, aunt, niece, cousin, friend, (former) wife.

Busy at the J.O.B.

Happy to be clocked out.

Tomorrow is two meetings.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Monday 11.10.2014

Had a pretty good day today.

Nice patients, enough help.

Lots of deliveries this afternoon/evening. They'll be busy tonight.

Tomorrow afternoon we'll be busy, too, as those babies will need their hearing testing done. And when they turn 24 hours of life, their newborn testing is due. Oh, yeah, we'll be busy.

I want to recognize those who have served, and are serving, in our military.

Thank you.


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sunday 11.09.2014

A fair day, kind of cold and overcast.

After enjoying the morning, I called to find out if I was needed at the J.O.B.

Nope!!!  Yippee!!!

I spent the afternoon deep cleaning the bedroom. Moving furniture, shop vac-ing the edges where the upright vacuum doesn't get quite as well. Nice job to have done.

Fixed a nice salad for dinner and ate. Frank came over for a while, and when he left, I got a meeting project just about completed. A couple of "fine tuning" tweaks and it should be good.

And tomorrow is a work day.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Saturday 11.08.2014

Gloomy, drizzly. Cold.

Went out for errands.

3 stops, missions accomplished.

Groceries gotten.

Food prepared and consumed.

Frank came over for a visit this evening.

I may have to work tomorrow afternoon.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Friday 11.07.2014

What a great day!!

Morning sunshine to enjoy breakfast with.

I went out in the afternoon after it warmed a bit (it was still cold) and cut back some of the growth around the house. Trimmed some branches, what I could reach, piled it all on the brush pile that I've asked the "property manager" to remove.

Fixed supper, a quiet evening.

Tomorrow I'll do errands.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Thursday 11.06.2014

Whoooo weeeee.

Worked today.

Best co-workers ever.

We worked through the busy part of the day. Pretty soon there was only a couple hours left. It was wonderful that I was done 20 minutes before end of shift. First time in ......geez, I don't even know when.

Clocked out on time, got home, and ohmygosh, I about fell asleep.

A quiet night.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wednesday 11.05.2014

Worked today.

Had a First.

Developed a migraine the first part of the morning.

Kind of scared me, because I didn't know how bad it was going to get, or how I was going to be able treat myself.

The short version is that I took tylenol and motrin with a little caffeine. My head was "swirly", and I was queasy, and of course I was busy with timed tasks to do. I did what I needed to do, (maybe not so timely, but done), and was pleasantly surprised when I discovered I was feeling better. It was about 1:30pm.

We had lunch about 2:15.  Ick.  But we did get to eat.

The remainder of the day I found it better to focus on one thing at a time--no multi-tasking. And my brain was sore where it had been spasm-ing.

Tonight I'm still a little queasy, and fatigued.

And tomorrow is a work day, too.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Tuesday 11.04.2014

Another great day!!

"Deep cleaned" the bathroom--still need to do the shower doors, but everything else has been cleaned and sanitized. Walls, floor, door, stool, sink, etc.  Nice job to have done.

Went up to the hospital for a  "Celebration" for the staff. More of an encouragement and thanks to them for working so hard these last couple of years on the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. We have sent the letter of request for our final "inspection", and waiting for a date. We've made positive changes in our "baby culture". The patients are knowing what to expect and anticipate and are doing a great job with their babies. Yay!!!

I went out for a short walk--the wind in the trees sounds winter-y. Most of the leaves are down, and it's just the pines rustling along with the few crispy straggler leaves rattling. And the wind through the empty branches. Ahh, winter.

And darkness.

Come on, March.

Tomorrow is a work day.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Monday 11.03.2014

I see that I didn't post yesterday.

Busy work day. More accurately, draining.

Did my best to breathe and not let the day  "get" to me, but fought a headache all afternoon. So when I got home, I stretched a little, settled down, and went to bed.

Today was a lovely sunny day. A little blustery, but pleasant temps.

Took a short walk, enjoying the season.

Headache still naggy, but feels like it's easing out this evening.

Not much more happening around here.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Saturday 11.01.2014

Worked today.

Steady busy, with enough help, thank you God.

Tired tonight, with a little headache.

Work again tomorrow.

Thank you for reading.a hugs.