Thursday, November 20, 2014
I had an unexpected 2-day "vacation". Tuesday was my 3-week anniversary of a really bad head cold. It was also 15 degrees here for the overnight low, which is extremely cold (at least for here - I grew up in the North). Definitely cold sleeping in the car, that's for sure.
Because of the temperature, the Soup Kitchen put me up in hotel room for 2 nights. The Soup Kitchen has a fund from anonymous donors that they use to house people; they will call local hotels to find you a room and put you up for 2 or 3 nights, if you ask for it during bad weather. My friend who works there reminded me of the hotel stays available on Monday; I said ok, if the weather gets bad, I'll remember that. We have no snow here. She said indignantly, "It's going to be 15 degrees Wednesday night!!!!!!! How much more bad does it have to get???!!" Having grown up in the North, 15 degrees is not cold to me. And I hadn't been listening that closely to the news, so I hadn't heard about the 15 degrees. But on Tuesday morning when I got a few things out of the trunk and was surprised when my hands hurt from the cold, I remembered what she said, and on Wed when the forecast was still the same, I asked for a room.
This was a working vacation, but still very nice. Warm and wonderful. The swelling in my legs went down, courtesy of having a bed to sleep in (elevated legs). I was able to make up many packettes of tea for the car (green & black tea bags, and sweeteners like xylitol & stevia, in snack-size ziploc bags). I also made up many packettes of daily vitamins & supplements in snack size bags.
I made good use of the mini fridge and microwave and hot-cuppa-water-heater-machine in the room. I made chicken soup in the microwave from an unhealthy, not-instant, dried chicken noodle soup mix (freebie from a food pantry), a chicken breast diced up, organic chicken broth in a carton, and dried parsley and garlic. Not like REAL homemade, but good and still better than canned. Wish I'd had some fresh onion and organic celery to put in it, but I didn't. It was vegetable poor. I drank many cups of hot tea with fresh lemon slices, and ate a ton of organic veggie salads and perishable food I already had & had brought with me. I left everything very clean and made sure to check out on time.
The biggest thing is it was sooooo convenient to have internet access, a microwave, a bathroom, and a place to sleep all consolidated in one location. (I'll never take that for granted again!!) And being able to sleep and move around without a bunch of layers of clothes and jackets on. Usually I drive to a gas station to use a microwave and get hot water for tea, then go to a library or other place with wifi to use the internet, go to the gym for a shower, and drive somewhere else for parking the car to sleep at night.
When I get an apt after I find a job, I'll stop using a microwave for health reasons. I'll use the stovetop, crockpot, and oven instead.
I have made a "hotel list" of things like houseshoes, crockpot, and electric skillet to assemble from ministorage and have ready for the next hotel stay, since this winter is supposed to be so bad.
This hotel had a tub!!! (not just a shower).
But it didn't have good wifi, so after continuous internet computer struggles the first night, I was offline all day yesterday.
My cold is much better; I definitely believe this third week will be the last. I am on kleenex box #6. Guess Nov 2014 was my month to be sick. And to learn, yet again, NOT to let the devil steal my peace (stress makes me sick, literally, and this latest episode of stress from Subway that began Oct 31 was the last straw for my immune system already taxed after a stressful July, Aug, Sep, & Oct). So even though I worked, these 2 nights were a wonderful little respite or reprieve after a very bad start to the month; warm, wonderful, and convenient. I AM THANKFUL.
I packed up and reorganized all my stuff I'd taken to my room, and took it down to the car early this morning after 4am. 2 trips. SO GLAD to be able to put made-up-packettes of tea & vitamins in the car. Then I slept til 10a, showered, checked out, went to the Soup Kitchen for lunch at 11a; said thank you in person though I'll send another thank you; and got free organic lettuce & conventional bok choy and potatoes, in the grocery line after lunch. Now I'm at the library to use the internet after being offline for a whole day.
I printed new résumés and online apps earlier this week at the Christian Mission. Today I'm going back to the Christian Mission to print updated references, and to get the twice-a-month-food-pantry. Then I'm heading out to a couple places that are hiring, then I'm going back to the truck stop to drop off a care package to another homeless person, on the way to the other town where my ministorage is.
I'm going to make oriental chicken with more of the chicken I cooked and diced up in the room, a jar of sauce from Aldis, frozen stir fry veggies, and the fresh bokchoy. I'll use an electric skillet at ministorage.
I'm thanking God for many blessings. My "rainbow" from this cold weather was a very nice 2-night hotel stay. And I know sooooo many across the country have MUCH colder weather and deep snow - we are blessed that our "cold record" was 15 degrees with NO snow.
What blessings can you count in the midst of your situation?
Monday, November 17, 2014
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Thanks for everyone's well wishes on yesterday's blog.
Today is my one week anniversary of getting sick. I still have a loooong way to go, unfortunately. & I sometimes don't have a voice.
My use of kleenex is slowing down a little, though I bought another box today & have used too many to count today; and my face is starting to heal up. I use vaseline on the raw and cracked skin at night. I felt good after Planet Fitness shower today. Tho it didn't last long, it was still an improvement that I'm thankful for. A side benefit of being really sick is I lost 14lbs without trying. I didn't change my ticker however, b/c it seems too good to be true and I wonder if the scale at Planet Fitness is working right. I'm going to walk in to some Dr's offices and see if I can't check my weight there.
It was still a happy and unexpected weigh-in. I have heard my lower GI gurgling several nights in a row and thought how strange and wondered what it was; so it might be from real weightloss.
I took alot of vitamins and supplements at lunch. My eyes cleared up after that (so surprised!).
Beautiful, beautiful, sunshiny day today; a sunny 71 degrees. I heard on the radio about Denver and Oklahoma. They say it's coming here even tho Accuweather (ehm - NOTAccuWeather? IN-AccurateWeather?) said different. I was very grateful for the lovely weather today, and did not take it for granted.
I thought of my dad's service, may he RIP. Here in the South, many companies and restaurants and grocery stores had free meals and 10% off purchases for Vets. So different from everywhere else I've lived in the North.
Make hay while the sun is shining. I took my time working in the sun today in a grocery store parking lot as I emptied the car and trunk completely, and also emptied each bag and each box inside. It had been awhile and was overdue. It was kind of like an archaeological dig, in layers. All food I unloaded into a grocery cart. Then sorted and reorged later. I drained and emptied a regular-sized and a baby-sized ice chest, cleaned and sanitized the interiors of both, refilled the larger one with cold food products and ice, and cleaned the car's interior glass while the weather was so nice, and emptied and reorged the glove box. Car took 4 hours because I was thorough and had so many not-normal-car-issues to do, such as reorging clean clothes and uniforms, consolidating and sorting laundry, food, ice chests, and ice purchase from inside the store thrown in for good measure. I also washed one microwave dish.
Then I went to a laundromat and did laundry, went to a different grocery store for a few items, colored my hair, and did not get the rest of my list done today because I didn't expect the car to take that long. But I have happy satisfaction with what I got done. And I have organic lettuce and organic yogurt on ice, free from Monday's visit to the Soup Kitchen.
I work at McD's in the morning so I'll have good hair and clean uniform for that, thanks to my chores I got done today. Not that good hair matters there, LOL. Getting ready for other interviews, though . . .
I hope I got extra Vit D while working sleeveless in the sun today (I never go sleeveless, but did today for the Vit D to help me get well.) I am already taking D3 and took more at lunch, but natural is always best.
Although they are beginning to look old and past their prime, the trees were absolutely gorgeous again today with sunlight illuminating them and making the autumn colors glow. How does God DO that?!?! And it's out of waste products. Have you thought about that???? WASTE PRODUCTS. If He can do THAT via trees going to the bathroom; and if He can make a completely dead moon beautiful in the night sky just by a reflection of sunlight; then think about the beauty He can create through you and me. We are His Masterpieces, Ephesians says. We who are worth more than MANY sparrows, and who are ALIVE In Him - NOT waste products, and NOT a dead thing in orbit. Yep, if you're breathing, He can DO IT. Much MORE beautiful than Autumn or the moon . . .
Please pray for MORTICIAADAM's son, Ian, who is having emergency surgery on both kidneys Wednesday, Nov 12, to remove kidney stones.
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