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Random updates from the week thus far

Thursday, April 10, 2014

So far, the word on my father in law is that he did NOT have a stroke. I'm going with this being good news since I've had two grandparents who had them - one resulting in death within a couple of days, the other went on to live for years with additional "mini-strokes" and varying degrees of recovery, none of which were anything close to full. However, the 2 doctors on his case seem to have very different opinions on things. Hopefully we will kow more today. My husband though, is having some trouble seeing his dad, who was always sharp as a tack, struggling.

We got some really good news with regards to my oldest. Anyone following our saga knows that we've been dealing with more red tape than I thought could exist in the world of medical coverage and medication. As of yesterday, one of his 3 meds has been approved and covered. Still 2 more to go, but it's a start.

We saw my middle son's play over the weekend and he did well. He looks good - healthy, happy. His finals are May 8th-13th and then we get him back for a few months.

The youngest got his baseball uniform this week. He's stoked. He's on the Cubs. Last night, I caught him watching the Cubs-Pirates game on tv.

And the audit at work... We passed and that was good, but there was an issue that could've been a finding. There was some chaos with that, not from the auditor, but from me. He saw it as an annomolly. I hope it was, but upon further research, I see it as starting to be an ongoing problem. I'm a year away from my next audit, but mark me words, this problem will be addressed before then.

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AKATHLEEN54 4/10/2014 8:53AM

    Hope things work out for your father in law.... sounds like it's good news.
Also, I'm glad that you are finally making a little progress with your sons meds. I admire you for being so strong and sticking with it for this long to get some results but that's what we do for our children no matter how old they are.
You must be so proud of your "actor". I may not be as lucky. My daughter is thinking of staying in Boston for the summer (the apartment is leased through the summer months), but I am also very happy that she has found her place as is liking it.
I used to love it when my son played little league. I miss going to those games.... Enjoy!! Hope they have a great season!

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NELLJONES 4/10/2014 8:12AM

    Things are looking up!!

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JANET552 4/10/2014 7:37AM

    Things are moving forward and that's a good thing. Cute about your son watching the cubs play! Good luck with your FIL and the meds for your oldest.

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WDIPIM 4/10/2014 7:28AM

  God Bless

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The transitions

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Change can be good or bad. It is inevitable. The only thing that stays the same is change? Might be misquoting that.

My husband is at the hospital with his dad. Not sure what the issue is exactly, but my husband, who is not prone to being overly dramatic, says he isn't good. My husband is in his late 50's so his parents aren't exactly young.

I'm not even sure what it is I'm saying really other than our family being in the midsts of transitions. Kids becoming adults, kid getting ready to start his "new" school in the fall, parents needing more care.

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MYLIBERTY 4/9/2014 6:20PM

    You are right about change. Sometimes it is good and sometimes bad, but no matter what happens it will come. The one thing that I know about change is that it tends to make a person stronger once the storm has passed.

I know it is hard and stressful during these times for you. I pray that the Lord will give you inner peace during this time. Sometimes being strong for the family only postpones our dealing with change. I pray that the Lord will give you some time to yourself so that you can deal with your own feelings and also to spend time with him for he can strengthen you. I also pray for the Lord to give you strength during this time.

May God Bless You

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The bandwagon

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

I don't have a lot of excess income. In fact, there have been more occasions than I care to recount that groceries were done on a charge card out of necessity. This means I can't throw a lot of money out to causes I believe are important, so I have to go about other ways of helping. For me, doing walk-a-thons work well. I have 2 standards - one for a local agency that helps people and families impacted by Autism (a cause near and dear to me because of my oldest) and food allergies (also near and dear to me because of my youngest as well as me). Unfortunately, these are usually back to back which means people get hit with requests for donations for both things at the same time.

I started looking at other causes I could do at other times of year. I found one that assists homeless children with help for school. They give them supplies (like back-packs), tutors, and other support to help these kids in school achieve in spite of being homeless. I put a message on Facebook about it and mentioned that anyone who wanted to join me could. If we got at least 10 of us, we could get a team and it actually would drop the cost of registering by $5/person.

Short version is people jumped on the bandwagon and signed up. We got 11 people include the kid and me. Except now that I've registered our team, I'm getting people debating if they should participate or not. The very people who were gung-ho about. Oh well. It will be what it will be. And hopefully I'll know what that is before the walk on the 26th (registrations fees due the 8th, so maybe that would be a better time to know).

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    Good work for worthy causes. A man never stands so tall as when he stoops to help another man. I guess to be P.C. I should substitute person or human being or some other non-gender specific term for man but I have never been accused as observing political correctness.

Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life

emoticon Until Tomorrow!

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GEORGE815 4/2/2014 9:02AM

    Good luck on the walk!

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The boy is famous!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Okay, that is a smidge of an exaggeration. You have to understand that this was a rather shy kid. He had friends and actually made them easily, but it was work for him. So when he signed up for drama club in high school, initially only to play a bit part (guitar player), it was a shock when he ended up playing 3 roles. In the senior class play, he was the male lead. And not, in college, he's on a poster. My husband, the kid, and I will be heading out to see him Saturday in this play.

He's the one on the left by the way.

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AKATHLEEN54 4/1/2014 8:40AM

    Awesome!! Congratulations!! Good looking boy by the way.... very handsome! emoticon

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If it isn't one thing, it's another

Friday, March 28, 2014

Things could be worse. They really could, so I'll try to stay as upbeat as I can. I'll also try to stay as on track as I can.

Our heating system died. It's the furnace. It's the end of March and it's been a cold one at that. However, it is the end of March. This would have been worse to contend with 3 or 4 months ago. It's only going to get warmer (in a general sense) going forward, so we will deal with it. I think this is going to be an expensive fix though and I have other worries that spin off of this heating issue. Far too much to share here.

It pretty much killed being able to do any fitness after work though. Or even eat a proper dinner. Or read which is one of my 2 escapes (writing is the other and needless to say that didn't happen either). I'm tired.

But I went to the gym this morning and did 10 more minutes of cardio to try to balance off yesterday. I've got my V8 juice to help the veggie intake for today. These are all good things to help maintain some sense of order.

One last thing. We're cat sitting for my mother. She loves my husband. He's so not an animal person so that is particularly amusing to me. However, the kid and I tend to get a little sad. She only seems interested in us if he's near by.

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JANET552 3/28/2014 9:11AM

    Sorry about the furnace and that it is likely to be expensive. I hope all goes well for the fix and in the meantime.

As for the cat, they seem to have a way of singling out the person who cares the least about them. They are interesting. The kitty is beautiful!!


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AKATHLEEN54 3/28/2014 9:06AM

    So sorry about your furnace, but like you said it could be worse. It is suppose to warm up this weekend. But anything like that will likely be en expensive fix and these days none of us can afford that. I hope you get get a repair or replacement for a minimal amount.
That said it's worse when these things that life dishes out interrupts or completely spoils our plans. When you don't have time to do any of the things that bring you peace and contentment it definitely puts a dent in your plan.
I hope it all works itself out soon. Thoughts are with you
Love the kitty!! emoticon

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