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Unexpected Mini Vacation

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?

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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 11/22/2014 4:07PM

    "Christian" I sent you the Dove of Peace. And, was trying to support you. Why can't you be nice? I see you are much more like your mother than you think. As you say, "I smell a bakery". I now see why you couldn’t get along with any of the Christians you stayed with, and why you left each and every one of them thinking you yourself were the only Christian. I feel for all of them and what they must have gone through. I would guess that the reason you are living in your car is because of the “issues” in the family tree such as you describe with your mother, and which you apparently carry within yourself. Whatever, you have made this “a way of life”… I will no longer be supporting you.

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HEALTHYONE2008 11/21/2014 11:39AM

    So glad to hear that you were able to get out of the cold the last two nights. Hope that the cold you have been dealing with is now gone and that things will be looking up for you.

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ALIHIKES 11/21/2014 2:48AM

    I am so glad you found shelter, that you were safe and warm. I think that the warmth and the ability to sleep in a bed was really important to helping you recover from that viral cold. I hope and pray that you will find a secure home and living wage job.

I am grateful that it has finally warmed up here in Oregon; that my pipes didn't freeze; that I was able to cope with the hard physical labor of shoveling snow; that even though I got stuck in the snow with my car I was able to back down the hill and get safely home again.

Hugs and best wishes from

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A_NEW_JAN 11/20/2014 3:40PM

    I am so glad you were able to keep warm through the deep freeze most of the country has been experiencing! Please thank your friend who works at the Soup Kitchen for me!

We take so many things for granted. I have made up gallon zip lock bags to hand out to the homeless. Included are gloves, cap, socks, bar soap, lotion, tissues, chap stick, 1 hour pre-paid phone card & 2 protein bars. I know it isn't much, but just maybe it will help someone a little bit.

My very best to you, Carol & may God bless you & keep you safe & warm.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/20/2014 3:11PM

    I'm so glad you were not out in that cold. I hope that you will have this option again when it is cold. Bless the person who funds this!

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NELLIEC 11/20/2014 2:24PM

    I am giving thanks that my 2nd son who has been in S. Korea is leaving there and coming for a week long visit. We will be having a family get together while he is here so everyone can see him and also celebrate my 70th birthday. (Another thank you there since I have outlived both of my father and mother's ages at death. Now I have to catch up to my grandmother who was 90 when she passed away.)

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Doubt Your Doubts, Not Your Self

Monday, November 17, 2014

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WARMSPRINGDAY 11/19/2014 5:04AM

    I needed to hear that today.
Just scanned over your blogs that I hadn't read to catch up a bit. Hope you are feeling better by now. My dear sister has been sick for 3 weeks. We suspect a virus as she has had several rounds of antibiotics. Just when she thought she was feeling better and her fever broke, she developed a sore throat and fever again. It's put some extra work on me as she hasn't been able to go in to Dad to assist there. So I've been super busy - haven't been sparking a great deal. But I'm still here and I think of you and pray for you often. I hope you are staying warm in this cold snap.
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GLORY- 11/17/2014 9:21PM

    emoticon We should see how much closer we are to our goal!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/17/2014 7:21PM

    Love the quote and the picture!

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Christmas Cards to Soldiers @Walter Reed

Saturday, November 15, 2014

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WOLFRUNNERONE 11/17/2014 9:47AM

    Wow - I did not know - Here I do volunteer for hospice and I do have many Vets with family that come in and share - I share back - as I m grateful for my freedom.
My mom was in a Russian Camp during WWII - I am grateful to the soldiers for rescuing my mother and her family or I would not be here .

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/16/2014 3:58PM

    I hope the new place is really nice.

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NELLIEC 11/16/2014 3:53PM

    I just googled it and found out that a new place has been built with a longer name starting with Walter Reed. The move to it supposedly finished in September.

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NELLIEC 11/16/2014 3:47PM

    I didn't realize Walter Reed had been closed. That is sort of sad, considering how long it had been around.

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Don't Look Back

Friday, November 14, 2014

Press on . . . Press forward . . .

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ALIHIKES 11/16/2014 12:21AM

    Great inspiration! thanks for sharing

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    Love the quotes. All great. Like the first one a lot.

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TWEETYKC00 11/15/2014 4:54PM

    love them, thanks.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/14/2014 5:12PM

    Loved the quotes!!!

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Thanks for everyone's well wishes on yesterday's blog. emoticon

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. emoticon

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. emoticon 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 . . .
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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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ALIHIKES 11/13/2014 11:07PM

    Wishing you well, and glad that you are starting to recover from the cold virus. You accomplished a lot!
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WOLFRUNNERONE 11/13/2014 11:26AM

    Happy to hear your on the mend :)

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/12/2014 11:28AM

    I'm glad to see you are at least starting to do better with some of the symptoms. And the weight loss is nice though this is a horrible way to do it.

The veterans here got all kinds of freebies. Free meals, free coffee, etc.

You certainly got a lot done. You will be ready if the weather changes.

They got the kidney stone out of of the right ureter easily. They could not do the other kidney and it will have to wait until later to do.

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