Saturday, December 31, 2016

Saturday 12.31.2016

The end of the year.

This past week has been filled with 4-year-old Matilda.  Since it was only she and I, with minimal "must-do's",  we were able to do whatever, whenever.  We worked on the gingerbread house 3 different days. We put on our snow pants and other outdoor wear and walked over to the playground and had great fun climbing, sliding down the slides (snow pants are slippery!), swinging, playing tag and hide and go seek, and..... well, keeping up with a 4-year-old imagination. Uncle Frank stopped by the park, too, and gave us a ride home. I welcomed the ride--we had been outside for a couple of hours, and even though we were dressed comfortably, we were ready for a snack and a rest.

We slept a lot--more than I've known her to sleep.

We read library books, listened to "kid music" that I also got from the library. She's quick to pick up the lyrics and sings along. So fun, as I like to sing, too.

Friday we packed up and met Daddy in Findlay, Ohio, which was a halfway point. It worked out well.

Today I had another therapy appointment for the hip. It seems to be improving some. I came home and put ice on it to ease the ache of the therapy...

Tomorrow is a new year. May you find it filled with the peace of the Lord.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Wednesday 12.28.2016

Another great day!

We got up and ready for the day; headed north to Lansing.

Matilda was well-behaved during my meeting.

We stopped in at Uncle Frank's for a quick visit on the way home.

We've played, prepared food, eaten, watched part of a movie, bathed (without tears!) and bedtime.


It sure flashes me back to having small children again.

Not sure what we're doing tomorrow.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Tuesday 12.27.2016

Another great day!

Matilda and I are getting along. Not that we haven't, it's just different being alone with her out of her environment. So far, she's doing well.

We worked on the gingerbread house today, ate when we wanted to, went out for errands, went for a physical therapy appointment.

Boy, that therapist worked my hip again. He says it was out of position again. And I felt it happening when I worked those two days and was very busy.

So, he encourages me in strengthening the muscles in the area, and I do the activities he recommends. Overall, I do think there is improvement.

Tomorrow is a trip to Lansing.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Monday 12.26.2016

Another great day!!

Ring Ring, on call.  Back to bed....

And I slept until almost 8:30.

Went out and did a few errands, which took longer than needed to.

When I got home, within 10 minutes Matilda is here!!!

We had a great afternoon, which included going to Uncle Frank's for a short visit.

Back at home, we had supper, then assembled the gingerbread house. This is our third one--I was surprised that she remembered and talked about what we had done before.

Tomorrow we'll decorate it.  And I have a physical therapy appointment for the hip. I do think it's better, but not done.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Sunday 12.25.2016

Getting close. Almost. Next. Year.

Worked, nicely busy, with nice patients and the Best Co-Workers Ever.

A great way to enjoy Christmas Sunday.

Hope your day was Awesome, too.

Tomorrow I work in the morning, then MATILDA'S COMING!!  in the afternoon!!  For a few days. Then I'll take her back.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Saturday 12.24.2016

Remembering the Reason for the Season.

Blessed Holy Child.

Tomorrow I get to work with the Little Blessings...

Merry Christmas.


Thursday, December 22, 2016

Thursday 12.22.2016

Another great day!

Worked, busy.

Finally left to come home to....a humidified house!!!

What a wonderful difference!!  My sinuses are already feeling better. And it feels warmer, too.

Tomorrow is another work day.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Wednesday 12.21.2016

Another great day!

Love that it's warmer, at least 30+ degrees.

Went to therapy again today--a different therapist. She worked me over, too.

I stopped for a couple of errands, and also got the car washed.  It was sure dirty.

Fixed food and ate. Next thing I knew, I woke up later.

It was a nice nap.

Tomorrow is a work day.

Thank you for reading.  Hugs.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Tuesday 12.20.2016

Another great day!

The weather was better, in that it was a little warmer. In the 20's. And sunshine. Woo Hoo!

Quite windy, though, on the drive to Lansing and back.

Got some chores done this afternoon, and finished wrapping. 'Tis the season.

Tomorrow is physical therapy again.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Monday 12.19.2016

Another great day!

Sunshine, cold.

Physical therapy about does me in.  He moved my legs/hips and my eyes leaked. Yikes.

Sent me home with a yellow band and some activities to help free up the spasmed area.

I know he's got me on the right track, because my foot is barely tingling any more.

Stopped for a few groceries on the way home.

Fixed food and ate, and feel like I should sleep like Rip Van Winkle.

Tomorrow is an appointment in Lansing.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Sunday 12.18.2016

Another great day!

Got home late last night from our Christmas singing party. It was wonderful, as always, though we were missing a few voices...

Had a nap before getting up and ready for the J.O.B..  We had a good day.

Tomorrow I have another physical therapy appointment. I do think the first one helped, though it was 4 or 5 days to recover from the therapy...

Stay warm, and thank you for reading.


Friday, December 16, 2016

Friday 12.16.2016

Another great day!!

Getting ready for the meeting, and hear.....the plow???  Um, why????

Guess they were making sure the sides/edges of the road were clear in preparation for the next snow.  That stuff flew all the way up to the porch steps. It wasn't a large quantity, but I did shovel it off because it was "chunky" and I didn't want it to freeze there.

Had a great meeting.

Back home, putzed around, put up an undercabinet light, fixed supper, cleaned up.

A quiet rest of the night.

Tomorrow....well, I'd like to get to Flint in the evening. Not so sure, with the snow, sleet, then ice predicted.  Time will tell.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Thursday 12.15.2016

Another great day!

Cold--teens and windy.

Enjoyed a shower, and breakfast.

And the plow went by.

What!??  I was surprised that there was enough snow for the plow.

I went out to shovel.  A couple inches. And the plow stuff that went all the way up the apron of the driveway, and along the sidewalk. I'm thinking it might not be a nice winter for shoveling...

Had a snack, then went out for errands.

Fixed supper and ate, cleaned the kitchen, made treats for a meeting tomorrow.

A quiet rest of the night.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Wednesday 12.14.2016

Another great day!

Worked yesterday, was very tired last night.

A quiet day today.

Iced my hip a few times. It's really sore, most likely from the work that was done on Saturday by the therapist.

Had a nap; surprised that I woke up about an hour later this afternoon.

Found an area in the kitchen that was letting in a bunch of cold air. The range hood is original, maybe early 40's? and might have been vented outside somehow. Now, it blows through the filter system and back into the house. But there was so much air coming in, that with the temps in the teens, the thermometer in there showed 64 degrees. The thermostat is at 72.

Um, no.  Not ok.

I used some heavy foil and packing tape and covered the openings.

Wa la!!  No more cold air coming in.

And the temperature is up to 66 degrees. Those granite countertops take a long time to warm up.

I checked the internet site for the Lactation testing, and this is what I saw:

Exam Detail for Katherine Jacque - L-110993
Posted Date/Time:Dec 13, 2016 7:21:43 PM
Description:Result for exam (IBLCE1) IBCLC Exam. 
Exam Result Details:
Testing Center Id:47036
Exam Series #:IBLCE1
Exam Name:(IBLCE1) IBCLC Exam
Exam Date:10/3/16
Exam History Events
Change TypeUserEvent Date/Time
CreatedgenericImportUserDec 13, 2016 7:21:43 PM


Woo Hoo!!!  I did it!!  Yippee!!!!!

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

Tomorrow I want to do some food prep, and may need to go out for a few items.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Monday 12.12.2016

Another great day!

Had to shovel the apron of the driveway to get out this morning. I'm on a main street, and it's also the "snow emergency route", so it gets plowed fairly soon.  That plow stuff was over the entire apron, maybe a foot deep near the road, and onto the sidewalk. I only opened the end of the driveway so I could get out.

Had a fair work day.

Late morning, my hip started bothering me. Queasy, painful. Maybe spasming??  Tylenol and motrin, and an hour later still bothersome. I got an ice pack and sat with it for as long as I could.  Never really went away, just let up some.

And of course, when I got home, I tried to get the rest of the snow off the driveway. Only an inch or so, and a lot of it was ice already.  The neighbors on either side have snow blowers; someone had done the sidewalks and also cleaned up the apron of the driveway again.  Thanks, Neighbors!!

Another ice pack, tylenol and motrin, and stretched out on the sofa.

Tomorrow is another work day.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Sunday 12.11.2016

Another great day!

Snow--Frank went out and shoveled about 3 inches this morning before loading the van with his personal things to take over to his house.

He left, and I went out and shoveled another 3 or so inches, and the plow had gone by. Came in and showered.

I went out, picked up food for both of us, and went over to his house.

It was still snowing pretty good; my car had difficulty with traction going up hills. And sometimes just going.

We ate, I helped him get his bed frame put together.

I stayed just a bit longer.

Got home ok, and needed to clear the driveway again.

I shoveled a little, but the snow was wetter and heavier. I got the snow blower out and spent an hour or so clearing the driveway. Again. And it's still snowing.

Another shower, and a quiet rest of the night.

Tomorrow is a work day.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Saturday 12.10.2016

Another great day!!

Turned the garage around to bring the snow blower to the front. Got it all ready to go.  (And maybe because I'm ready, the predicted storm will not be much here....)

Went over to the Physical Therapy place.

Met a nice guy, Vijay, who was very good at asking questions and getting the information he needed.  He was also very good at poking around, finding several areas that burned like fire when he pressed that I wasn't aware of.   He went back to those areas then and worked on them.


I was very queasy at times. He did a good job. My foot felt better as he was working, and still does. I've iced the hip area since I've been home, and feels like it might start to make itself known. As long as it goes away in the long run...

Went over to Frank's, we went to the store, and he fixed supper.

A quiet rest of the night.

Tomorrow is snow??

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Friday 12.09.2016

Another great day!


Busy enough, great co-workers, nice patients.

Finally clocked out.

A quiet night.

Tomorrow is the first physical therapy appointment for my hip.  Hope it helps...

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Thursday 12.08.2016

Another great day!

Up and ready to go out for errands.

Hmm, snowing.  30% chance, and it's snowing.  

So I read for a while.

Snowing.  Hard.

Not going out in this.....

Traffic slowed way down, maybe 20 mph.

Finally the salt trucks came by.

I went out to shovel about 1pm, and was surprised that there was about 2 inches!

I did do the couple errands, but didn't stay out, as the snow had started again, and I just wasn't wanting to be out in it.

A quiet rest of the day.

Tomorrow is a work day.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Wednesday 12.07.2016

Another great day!

Restful--shower, breakfast.

Read some.

Visited with Frank; he left for work, I left for my massage.


It's been three months, and I could tell.

Leah did a great job, as always, and moved a lot of lymph fluid.

I'm feel much better tonight, though fatigued.

I'm sure I'll feel better tomorrow.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Tuesday 12.06.2016

It's been several days since the last post.

In the interval, I've painted a couple of rooms at Frank's new house, went to visit Matilda (and her parents) and created another pillow for the other window seat, drove home in the snow storm (thank you God for getting me home safely), worked a few days, did a little decorating at my own house, and was "on call" today, so I've had a little rest.

Tomorrow is a massage, finally. She's had to cancel the last two appointments to be with her parents. I completely understand that....

Thank you for reading.  Hugs.