Monday, February 17, 2014
SORRY I DID NOT GET TO SEND EVERYONE OF MY DEAR SF A VALENTINE-my keyboard froze up when I was of a mind to do it. What a trip.
Okay as a widow, I'm not too enamored with Valentines. Being half European means that I see the day for lovers, spouses etc. Having lived the most part of my life in the USA, I know that it extends to parents, children, grandchildren, friends and even church staff...so I sent Valentine's cards to my six grandchildren, my MIL, made one for Erik, bought a special candle for one of my DIL's who has been under the weather. Thursday child number four, Aaron called me saying he was being released from his overtime work at the hospital. He's an electrician and Tuesday after work, he stayed, slept ate and was paid overtime. He called me around 3:15 Thursday to say he was leaving work and was taking Friday and Saturday to be with his girls. His wife had to work, since she could only do some things during the storm (minus the 4+ hours they were w/o power). I found out they pay some of their staff $3.50 an hour to sleep there & they are fed-just so the hospital has some staff. Aaron works for an independent agent so his pay was different.So Friday morning my Aaron called and asked what I was up to.. my usual answer 5'2 1/2 " came out. I told him I really hadn't planned anything. Erik and I had gone out Thursday late afternoon 4ish to have dinner out of the house. So he said he'd like to come over with the girls for a while, but he was stopping at one of our friends on the way as the DH/dad has been in a hospital for several weeks. I said cool and continued my vacuuming and bathroom cleaning-it was on my list. He called again and said should I come now or go see Ma F first. Since I was still in pjs and I knew from talking to Ma F that she would be headed to the hospital-since she hadn't been there since Monday, so I said go see her and your buddies first and I'll see you in a bit. He arrived around 11:40 with my two middle granddaughters a home made valentines from the eldest and a card from his family. They saw Erik's room, I gave the girls their little t-shirts saying "My sister is totally Awesome", which they put on immediately as there were a few pink hearts on them.
My two middle boys-not asleep here.
My Valentine's table!
Erik asked me "what we doing for lunch?" Aaron said he was taking us out. He tried to get the eldest to do her snow days homework, he wanted her to work on it for 10 minutes. I said "bonne maman" and Natalie will work on it after lunch. So the girls played for 10-15 minutes then we went out for "good burgers" with sides other than fries! as my daddy son said. We had lunch, came home, put the 3 yr old down for a nap, and my two boys went in the sunroom and napped in the recliners. Natalie and Bonne maman worked on her homework, three worksheets and we had to read a Bible story. After that we quietly read a few books that I have in my children's library that they don't have at home. When daddy heard me reading, he said let me take a picture of the books you read mom, she gets credit for sitting and being read to-a kindergartner. In between times I went and checked Abbie, who was singing and playing with my old Valentine's bear from a long time ago. I said, I'm glad you like bonne maman's bear but you are supposed to be sleeping! She then hid her head under the fuzzy blanket -I just said: with your eyes closed Abbie! 15 minutes later she was out. My son was going to go in and be "daddy" and I told him, I've spoken to her, if she's not asleep in 10-15 you can address it. He went back to his chair and slept some more. I'm guessing the cots at the hospital were NOT conducive to sleep.
Erik and I were both Happy with our day, we enjoyed the visit. I don't see Aaron too much as he's always working and when he's not his wife is. The day was truly beautiful.
Saturday, my eldest and his wife came over and took us out to lunch. Sunday I had a Cenacle Companions Meeting with food we brought. I made The Spinach salad with strawberries, toasted almonds and a home made vinaigrette minus the Agave syrup-I'm allergic to that, so I use honey. It's one of my favorite Spark recipes.
So a week that started a bit shaky ended on a high note. I was remiss in logging my food though. My fitflex logged my steps, but I did not get in enough-but # 14 is "start over" so I'm going for my walk.
Happy mid -February!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Okay, I'm feeling a bit more human today. Yesterday I was cranky, ornery and just plain disagreeable. So I started looking at myself and what was going on.
1. Cut my prayer time short-never a good thing.
2 failed to make my lists for three days
3. failed to track food-on SP and the yesterday even mentally
4. Hadn't done any exercise since Friday-never a good thing
5. Blood pressure up!
6 Temper up
7 productivity down
8. SAD attack
So what am I going to do about it. Well I'm starting with # 14 of my 14 for 2014.
1. Said my morning prayers and read my daily scripture reading.
2. did my 2 mile Sansone power walk this morning before Mr. Erik took command of the remote.
3. Made breakfast when I was hungry-did not wait for Erik.
4. Did a load of wash, loaded and ran the dishwasher and took pictures of our snow and yuck.
4. Have a plan of action for the day even if we do lose power.
5. Am leaving my blog to track my food, doing this while my fit flex charges up and I wait for my turn to take a shower. Erik's first, because I don't want him in the shower if we lose power.
6. Will sew, and clean until power goes out or my energy runs low-then I'll knit.
7. OKAY GOT IT! I will NOT allow the fact that I'm cooped up with Erik for the duration w/o a break affect my humor/mood.
8. If I exercise and eat right I'll feel more able to cope and it'll help my BP.
OKAY off to Track, shower, sew, and clean some too. bye bye!
Oh before I leave here are some pictures of lovely "warm" Atlanta from my door ways.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
On Saturday, I wrote a blog about a less than good doctor's visit. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_j
What I failed to mention in the blog is that on January 17, 1982 my mother passed away, now many years I make it through the 17th with no problems. Mom and I had a difficult relationship, she wanted the perfect daughter, the perfect lady, intelligent and academic as well as talented in many ways. Well, we worked out a lot, so when she passed I missed her, but it didn't rip me apart like daddy's or my DH's passing did.
So anyway on the 17th I was not expecting anything amiss, but this year I was already super stressed. I have an annual report for Erik's finances and to tell what we plan to do with his funds for the next year. Well the court set January 4th, I sent what I had done to my lawyer on the 4th, and he had not got back to me. Now last year when I was late, the judge sent the sheriff out to serve me with papers and in the paper work it said I had to pay for them sending the sheriff out of my own funds, so this year was going to be different-so I said. Well the lawyer finally got back to me on the 17th. This year he is making me do the work, we talk about it and I have to fix it. Well last year we had an outstanding check that we did not include in the report, but he thought we had so I excluded it, and put it out of my mind.
Now since Friday afternoon at 3:30 when I spoke to him till this morning at 3:30 AM I've been going back to that dumb report trying to find the error of over a $100,000. I thought I'd found part of that, but then I went over the spreadsheet again at 2:AM this morning and realized I claimed something-the construction twice-so yeah the error had diminished but when I fixed the duplicated expense I was back to that horrible sum. Now I don't want the sheriff here, I don't want the judge having someone we have to pay do this, and I don't like the stress. I found the error-I looked at last years report, realized the settlement we had to pay was not included, so I put that huge check back in my report and VOILA! I came to where I needed to be. Now my lawyer did not work in the office yesterday, so when he comes in today he will have at least four e-mails from me the last with my issues resolved.
I'm going to go somewhere and have the spreadsheets printed on legal sized paper, get my report notarized and turn it in with or w/o him tomorrow. Today Erik's caregiver has a sick daughter and so I have to stay with Erik and wait on the construction guy to fix the pocket door-no I'm not procrastinating I'm scheduling to the best of my ability.
So the upshot is after resolving my stress, I was able to go back to bed and sleep for 3 more hours, for the first day in 20 I feel rested and relieved.
Okay so you all need to keep me in your thoughts and prayers please. I want to turn this in before the judge or the clerk get strict and send out the sheriff again. I'm hoping tomorrow is not too late.
Thanks for reading this blog, you know I pray for all of you.
I should not malign my lawyer, he is in a private practice, has one part time assistant and is as honest as the day is long. The fee we paid (20 % of the settlement) is lower than most lawyers charge and he continues to care for our legal needs so that we incur no additional expenses. He is overworked, but a wonderful man. We did have to get another lawyer for things outside of his expertise and let me tell you, he's a peach. If I have questions I call, he gets back to me or talks to me and the timer for fees is NOT ticking.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
I had my blood work done on Thursday, then went to the doctors Friday. Well I thought my appointment was 10AM, but they said it was 9:45-like the reminder call had said. I just thought they added the 15 minutes early to my scheduled time. OOPS. First of all I don't know who did what, but since Erik doesn't leave till between 9:25 and 9:40, I don't usually schedule anything earlier than 10. Wednesday of this past week Franklin showed up at 9:55 with no explanation. I had a 10:30 hair appointment twenty minutes away and needed to stop at the bank to get cash. I made it, but was a wee bit stressed, thankfully my hairdresser decided to wash my hair and gave me a head massage-wash away some of the stress
But I digress, I got to the appointment at 9:43, their computers were down so they had to see my insurance card again, they saw it yesterday and copied it-oh and she remembered they needed to see my driver's license. I've been going to the same office for eight years really!!!!
I got called back immediately, the scale showed more than I weighed at home which wasn't where I needed to be for this visit. My cholesterol was up even though I'm taking Zetia and flaxseed. My BP was 131/83 when the nurse took it on the machine, usually when the doctor does it later it's lower, this time he read 142/96. Now I had not had the usual calming visit. I wanted to know about my Thyroid numbers, he said they were in range. I told him I'm struggling with losing weight, I just can't seem to get it off even staying in calorie range. I also am exhausted all the time, and my skin is so dry that I'm constantly putting on cream-which is not very cheap or easy to find since I need the heavy stuff-scent free.
He agreed to increase my meds for the thyroid and wants me to go back in for another thyroid blood check and BP check. Well he told me 2 months and wrote down 1 month-I think I'll monitor my BP and go back in 6 weeks.
Now I know I need to walk more, it lowers my stress, my BP, my cholesterol and my sugar-oh yeah I forgot to mention that was at 102. He didn't like that, either, but neither did I.
I also need to make better food choices, staying in range isn't enough.
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