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A LOOONG Haul...

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

It's been almost a month since I got sick--and I'm still not back to where I was, but I'm (finally!) starting to feel more like myself.

And it's been almost two weeks since my hot water heater died! The maintenance man tried a couple of things, but no dice. He got permission from the manager to replace it, but the landlord insists that parts for the place be purchased from his own hardware store--and they'd just replaced the heater in another apartment and didn't have any in stock, so it will be Thursday or Friday before I have hot tap water again.

Nothing quite like a cold shampoo when you have bronchitis! LOL

I've tried dry shampoo, and my hair looks and smells better, but the residue?... feels totally gross--that stuff isn't worth the money or the time! Meanwhile, I'm having to boil water to wash dishes... and my teakettle only holds about a quart of water.

I miss my Revereware... stainless steel, and it was pretty heavy when full, but it held a whole gallon. *sigh*

Never rains but it pours! But...

I've got all the right things and people on my side!

...I'm going to get through this. I always do! LOL

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P.S. My visiting teacher from church, who is fast becoming family, dropped by yesterday just to bring me a little pot of pansies--exactly like the ones on my SparkPage wallpaper--and my grandmother's front stoop! Of course, Isis... five minutes after Karen left, five of the blossoms were on my floor! LOL I've got what's left of them sitting on a little shelf right outside my front door. REASONABLY safe, except from strong winds! LOL

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GEMINI-SKY 7/6/2014 7:41AM

    Hi Kathy...
MEN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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POETICJUSTUS 5/29/2014 2:44AM

    Glad you are feeling better. Blessings emoticon emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 5/21/2014 11:20PM

    Prayers that you are soon back to 150%. So sorry to hear you have been sick!!!
Prayers that you get a new hot water tank or yours is fixed sooner rather than later, my friend. There is really no acceptable reason that he is not getting the job done now!!! It is truly a great inconvenience to not have hot tap water...one you shouldn't have to deal with at any time let alone when you are sick!!!
You will definitely get through this!!! YOU ARE A SURVIVOR!!!
Continuing prayers, blessings, love and hugs, dear friend.

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I.M.MAGIC 5/21/2014 10:06PM

Try sprinkling a half cup of baking soda in the bottom of the pan, and SLOWLY adding about the same amount of vinegar... it'll foam like crazy, so I do mean SLOW... when it stops foaming, add a bit of water and just let it set a bit--maybe even overnight--before cleaning it again.

sometimes this works really well and sometimes ... I think it depends on the sugar content of whatever burned...

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I.M.MAGIC 5/21/2014 10:00PM

    thanks for the morale boost, you all! LOL

The man owns a hardware store, where he "purchases" all the materials from himself... so he pays wholesale. According to the maintenance man, they just finished replacing a number of other water heaters, and were out of stock! The new shipment is supposed to be here tomorrow or Friday... so I'm still waiting.

But there's light at the end of the tunnel at least: I actually SANG today! I could only get through one song, but OH, that felt good!

I'm happy now! emoticon

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JUSTYNA7 5/21/2014 8:06PM

    So you are camping, lol. I know that my head gets used to being shampooed every day... but if I stop then my head gets used to being washed once a week. Certainly what we did as kids. I remember as a teen my hair got oily but I have dry skin now. Not that you want to wait that long to try the experiment. Here in Canada if your landlord does not fix things like the hot water promptly there is a tenant rep you can go to to apeal to pay less rent. If there is a reasonable reason for the delay you won't get approved but more than a couple of days without hot water seems unreasonable to me.

Oh Reverewear... I love it. My grandmother and my mother had it and finally I got my own set. I pick up the odd piece for my kids at garage sales or the second hand shop. What I love is it is indistructable. In fact yesterday morning I left my rhubarb cooking on the stove and got onto Spark people... it burned very badly, a solid inch of black crud stuck on the bottom... but that is what I love. I remember my grandmother and my mother burning their pots (must be a family habit) and scraping out that first bit then daily working a little at it to scrub off the burned bottom. Not that things burn often... unless like me you totally forget it was on... but I know with a little hard work it will look just like new in a few days. I seem to remember my grandmother pouring tomato juice into it... but I'm just using steel wool. Sorry you don't have yours any more. You are right they are heavy... but not as heavy as cast iron. These lightweight pans are fun to start with but don't last... warp or scratch or burn or the handles get got to touch. Hmmm. Grateful today for my pots.

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1CRAZYDOG 5/21/2014 3:20PM

    OMG. That landlord's picture ought to be in Webster's Dictionary under the definition of JERK. Good grief.

Glad to her you're feeling a little more yourself., though.


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    I have been without a hot water heater before and it's not much fun. My hair needs washed every day.

I have 2 sets of stainless steel pots and pans. I seldom use anything else other than stainless or glass.

That Isis is quite the little devil. LOL. The squirrels here are digging in my garden!

I hope everything is back to normal soon!! emoticon

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IOEINC 5/21/2014 8:38AM

    I have to agree. What a sucky landlord. I have to agree that he should give you a refund or some sort of reimbursement for those days without hot water. many many moons ago we had an apartment in an old farmhouse in the country and the well ran dry. It took our landlord 6 weeks to get someone out to even start drilling the well. We could not stay there and I refused to pay rent for that time. The landlord argued about that but I pointed out that it was unsanitary without water to even flush toilets. I won out and did not have to pay the $150 rent (and yes that was a really long time ago, early 70s) LOL!!!

It is such an inconvenience for you and I think your landlord owes you a refund!!

Hope it gets fixed soon!! emoticon


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NASFKAB 5/21/2014 5:06AM

  all the best your landlord needs a kick somewhere am too far away & you are too well behaved sorry you are having this inconvenience while you are not fully recovered

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SUPERDAD55 5/21/2014 12:17AM

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ONECALMMOM 5/20/2014 11:27PM

  I'd report him to the city. There's no reason for the delay other than his financial gain. I'd also ask for a refund of those days for the inconvenience.

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Uh-Oh... What gives??

Friday, April 25, 2014

For the first time in I don't know when, I'm actually running a fever.

I think I had one about 15 yrs ago, when I had bronchial pneumonia...

My blood sugar levels have been a bit high since the dose changes--supposedly an adjustment period, right? ... so I just kept doing what I do, and I thought this was just allergies, until my blood sugars starting spiking REALLY high yesterday, up to 328... and suddenly, last night, I was really hot. My eyes--my whole face-- felt all puffy, and I was dizzy... ONE HUNDRED DEGREES.

Not life-threatening, but three degrees higher than my norm... and very uncomfortable. I called my home teaching elder, and he and another brother from my church came and gave me a blessing.

I woke at about 02:30 am, and my blood sugar was 71...

...Had to get up and eat! LOL

Heading back to bed, since it's only 03:30 am...

I'm getting over this quickly, it seems... the power of faith? Oh yeah!... but I AM going to call my doctor when it's daylight, and see what she has to say...

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RUSSANDMIN1 5/4/2014 9:51PM

    Hope your feeling better!

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WENDYJM4 4/29/2014 8:37PM

    hope you are feeling better Kathy

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/26/2014 8:14PM

    Prayers that you are soon feeling better. Glad you are calling your doctor. Keep drinking plenty of water too.
Prayers, blessings and hugs,

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TRAVELGO 4/25/2014 6:35PM

  Hope you feel better!

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NASFKAB 4/25/2014 10:41AM

  take care look after yourself pray you feel better soon

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1CRAZYDOG 4/25/2014 10:30AM

    Take care of yourself! IF it's an infection (like bronchitis) that surely would explain the blood sugars (at least partially). Feel better my dear! Glad you had prayer to help.


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TRACYZABELLE 4/25/2014 8:22AM

    You feel better ... that is an order! Keep hydrated!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    I'm sending a prayer for you too. There is a lot of stuff going around inlcuding a really potent allergy season. emoticon

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DMEYER4 4/25/2014 6:36AM

  I hope you feel better soon.

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A Little Reminder from 2007...

Monday, April 14, 2014

I was just clearing out some old files and came across this (yes, I kept it!) emoticon

The Watch

Midnight has been,
And has moved on,
And I am here.
Mortality stares at me
And still I am here.
Dawn comes
When I do not watch for it,
And I must be ready
If I am to catch the light…
The perfect picture happens
With every breath I take.
What a precious gift
I have been given—
A heart that can see
Is better than eyes.
It is not enough to just watch.
I need to be…
I need to live life
In the moment.

Copyright 2007 by Kathleen A. Braley

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RUSSANDMIN1 4/19/2014 7:36PM

    What a nice poem :) Have a good Easter! And thank you so much for the nice note :)

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JUSTYNA7 4/15/2014 6:19PM

    You certainly DO live life in the moment. It made me wonder what that night was like when you wrote this. You are a sweet onion my friend. Justyna

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I am new to this place JUST came across your page... I find you very inspirational and I cant wait to see more Blogs from you!


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NASFKAB 4/15/2014 10:37AM

  AWESOME & BEAUTIFUL just like the writer

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/15/2014 12:47AM

    emoticon and BEAUTIFUL!!!
emoticon for sharing it! Definitely glad you kept it!!!
Have a wonderful week...one day at a time.
Prayers, blessings and hugs,

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WENDYJM4 4/14/2014 8:11PM

    beautiful poem emoticon emoticon

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    Love the poem!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/14/2014 5:45PM

    What a beautiful poem! You are so so talented! Thank you for sharing this.


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A little thank you...

Friday, April 04, 2014


Thank you all for your prayers.

My SIL, Rosa, made it through the procedure okay, but they ended up keeping her overnight... they planned on doing angioplasties but ended up putting in a stent instead, leading into one ventricle. It had been 80% blocked and the stent is holding it open now. The other three ventricles were 90% blocked, and they couldn't even get the catheter into them for the angioplasty. She has her follow-up with the coronary specialist in two weeks to see where they go from here.

But she's still with us. And they discharged her yesterday, so she's in a good mood.

My brother is talking about going back to the other side of the mountains. They're not happy with their living situation here. They came to take care of her mom, but from what he was telling me, her family is... well... let's just say, more than a little dysfunctional. Case in point, NOT ONE of them even called to ask how she was doing... And every time the two of them leave the house, they worry about what her mom will do to their dog--Once, they came home and found their dog locked out on the front porch (there is a fenced back yard, folks)... and another time, she put moss killer on the lawn in the dog's enclosed yard and didn't tell them, and the dog almost died from licking it's paws. And she deliberately closes the door on it whenever she can-- so they have to take the poor little thing with them pretty much everywhere...

I've enjoyed having them closer so I could see them more often, but I certainly wouldn't blame them for leaving. I know there are excellent cardiologists back in Chelan and Wenatchee--if there hadn't been, she would have died last year!

... we're none of us here for very long, and I want them to be happy while they are.


I spent pretty much the entire day hunting for help. I went to make a small payment on my power bill--and they told me they had sent a disconnect notice this morning! I've been making small payments all along, and now that I've finished with paying off the plane ticket advance I was hopeful that next month I'd be able to start getting caught up--but they won't even make payment arrangements until a certain amount is paid--$100 more than I have!

they did give me some phone numbers. The first three I called? I get discounted rates because I'm disabled and because I get the discount I don't qualify! The last place I called, the lady said "Can you be here in an hour?"

They made a pledge for partial payment, and called the power company!

There is an answer to prayers, y'know?

My wrist is NOT liking the typing lately, so I'm going to have to stop now... but I want to say how grateful I am for all your support in these things!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/8/2014 10:58PM

    Continuing prayers for your dear SIL. Glad you were able to get some help with that bill. PTL for his answered prayers.
Sorry I am so late reading your blog. I have been going to my DD's every day to help take care of her new baby boy, Liam. He is four months old and soon will be over his colic. So glad that my two girls didn't have it.
ENJOY a wonderful Wednesday.
Prayers, blessings, love and hugs,

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I.M.MAGIC 4/6/2014 9:23AM

    You all have such kind hearts--I emoticon you!

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    I hope they are able to help your SIL. I understand how you feel. We hated that my son had to move away but there was little chance for him to have a good future here.

I'm so glad you got help with that bill!! Thank God there are people like this out there.

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WENDYJM4 4/5/2014 5:18PM

    hope your SIL keeps on improving.

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1CRAZYDOG 4/5/2014 9:26AM

    Hope your SIL gets better soon. HUGS

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NASFKAB 4/5/2014 4:29AM

  you ae very welcome hope your S I L gets better soon stay well wish could help but so many thousands of miles away good you can pay the bills

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Plans, plans, plans...

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

My SIL's procedure is tomorrow, though the time has been changed to 8:00 am...

I talked to my brother. Because I have fasting labs in the morning myself, just down the road, I'll take a sandwich with me, and I'm just going to drive on up to the other hospital when I'm done, to wait with my brother. We're planning on having "breakfast" when she's done... It'll most likely be time for me to eat again by then anyway-- and she'll probably be hungry too!

It has been a long day... one of those when you feel like you're spinning your wheels and can't get anywhere or get anything done, y'know?

But that's just on the surface. We're all creating little miracles we can't see, all the time! LOL

I still have my therapy to get through, and a few beautiful kitties to feed... ugh, Licorice just threw up on the carpet. Gross.

Guess I'll have to stop now... LOL

Be well...
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WENDYJM4 4/3/2014 7:24PM

    Hope everything goes well with your SIL.

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    I hope every thing goes well tomorrow. It's nice that you will be there to support your SIL and brother.

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1CRAZYDOG 4/2/2014 9:20AM

    Prayers for your SIL and the medical team caring for her. HUGS and prayers too for your brother and you! That's nice you are going to stay with him.

HUGS and good luck with your own lab work.

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NASFKAB 4/2/2014 2:14AM

  hugs & prayers for all hope it works out for all of youl

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I.M.MAGIC 4/2/2014 12:37AM

    It's my Sis in law that's having the procedure... my brother is the one in the waiting room--but I know your heart and I know your prayers are for them both... thank you SO much, dearest friend!
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/1/2014 11:58PM

    Prayers for your brother and his medical team. Also prayers continuing for you.
God bless you and your family as you prepare for your brother's surgery tomorrow.
Deal with all that is happening...one step at a time...and know that you have been blessed!!!
Continuing prayers, blessings, love and hugs,

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