I was hoping to avoid this

… but it seems my holiday depression is back for its yearly visit.  It would be nice to fast forward to January however, I guess I need to face each day … one day at a time.

I guess what started it all is that I’m not feeling well.  Being on antibiotics for 9 days, just makes me nuts!  I know that I’m almost done with my prescription but still … ugh!  Now all weekend I’ve been in bed … too cold to get out, except for a couple of hours.  As I type, I’m in bed, covered up watching, “Sundays at Tiffanys.”

It’s really bad that I just want to get through the next 3 days of work, so I can hide out for 4 days at home.  We possibly may go to one of my volunteers house for Thanksgiving – but that depends on if she feels like cooking … lol … I can so relate!  I still need to go grocery shopping, but I haven’t decided if I’m going to cook anything or go out to eat all weekend long.

I’d love to have the kids visit here for the holidays, but I know that will never happen, unless I’m dead … but it would be nice.  So, hubby, dog and I get to go through the holidays together again.  I wish it was January!

I apologize

I have to apologize to all of you that comment.  I do read your comments.  I don’t know why I haven’t responded to your comments.  I guess, I’m not online as often as I used to be, as I now work full time.  YAY!  So I went from working 1 day a week to working 5+ days a week, plus working part-time for the company I used to work.  I’m not complaining!  I LOVE being extremely busy, however, sometimes I find that I am meeting myself as I’m coming or going.  Makes for busy days and exhausting nights.

I have started playing Words with Friends.  Those of you that are my playing buddies, well, you know how lousy I am at creating words from these little tiles and still trying to figure out how to get the most points.  But it’s also a way for me to just get my mind thinking of that, instead of all that I’ve experienced for the day.

For those of you that are new to my site, thanks for the kind words.  LOL, I’m not as eloquent a writer as you express, but thanks anyway.  I just write what’s in my heart or mind and sometimes that can be quite scary.

So this week has been pretty crazy.  I’ve had 3 physical therapy treatments for my back and I feel so much better!  Well, that is until today, as I’ve been in this computer chair all morning, doing window quotes.  I think it will be time for me to floss my sciatic nerve here in a few minutes.  I am feeling so much better!  I have 2 more treatments and by then I should the off the prednizone and on the mend.  Well, at least that’s what I’m praying for.  I’ll have to ask him what I do if I need a tune-up now and again.

My son and his girlfriend are now engaged.  I am so excited for them!!  I was hoping they would have decided on a location closer to me, however, they are going to have their wedding somewhere between Nebraska and Nevada.  Which makes sense.  I told them that it was their wedding!  And for them to make it a joyful memory they will remember forever!  I’m glad they are listening!!

I don’t understand parents that have mature adult children and still treat them like they don’t know what they are doing.  Number one – they are adults … they will now reap the consequences of their actions.  Number two – if the parents continue to tell them what to do, that can cause resentment due to suppressing the adult children’s decision.

Of course, my husband and I have always told our children, once they became an adult, that they are now adults and responsible for their actions.  We try, as hard as it is to not say anything, to let them figure things out themselves.  We don’t always succeed, but we try.  But, sometimes, I think that leaves them thinking that we don’t care.  Which is completely wrong!  We care, alot!  But, all of our children are in their 30’s and are fully capable of making their own decisions.    I am very proud of all of our children.  They handle what life throws at them as best as they can.

Well, it is time for me to get out of this chair.  My rear is numb and I know that’s not good!!  Plus, I just remembered, we are having company tomorrow.  My hubby’s sister and her husband are spending the night on their way to Las Vegas.  So I had better get their room ready and the bathroom cleaned.  Y’all have a great Saturday and a wonderful weekend!!


Not very consistent

Another month almost gone.  It’s been busy on this side of the Sierras.  Still loving my job.  My worst day at my present job is so much better than my best day at the old job!!  The best thing is we can talk about God freely, why?  Because it’s a church!!  LOL … best thing in the world!

My niece is here and hanging out with us in our hot little house.  Luckily her room is shaded all day, so it doesn’t get as hot as the front room and the kitchen.  I’ve introduced her to my friend’s girls and they have gotten along so well!  It makes my heart swell!!  Right now she’s working on her summer homework.  She had summer assignments to complete before school starts at the end of August.  Since she’s here until August 12th, then goes on vacation with her dad for a week, she will only have 1 1/2 weeks to get her assignments completed.  I’m glad we talked about it, as she has about 100 sketches to do.  So I told her that she needs to focus on getting as many of her assignments done as she won’t have alot of time to accomplish them before school starts. 

We went to Michael’s today and bought her sketch pad, pen, pencils, erasers and glue.  She has one sketch done and is so creative.  She used scrapbooking paper with designs on it for the hair of her sketch.  Now she’s working on the next one.  I’m so glad she inherited the artist gene from our family!

So it’s been busy with work and keeping track of a teenager as she’s out with the girls.  But she has been very good at letting me know when she goes from place to place in a car full of girls as they go about town.  I then think back to my summer before senior year and realized I was always on the go.  Between working and summer school (so I could graduate in December of my senior year)  I was hardly ever home.  But I also had the advantage of adult siblings that I could go to and hang out, away from my parents.   

So it’s been an eye opening couple of weeks as well as a heart felt couple of weeks.  I wouldn’t exchange these weeks for anything, as it has brought me in touch with my teenage self and all that goes with the feelings of a teenager.  I’m looking forward to our remaining two weeks together.  Maybe by getting in touch  with my suppressed memories, she will have taught me something in return.

Daddy, do you know how to fry bologna?

This is what happens when the redneck grandpa goes and takes care of the grandbabies for a week.  This question came from our 4 year old granddaughter to her dad. 

Grandpa looked at her dad and shrugged as he told him that it’s a southern staple … lol … all the while our daughter was laughing.

Have I Told You Lately That I Love





There was a wedding at work yesterday.  Next to our office is one of the kitchens … oh. my. word.  The food smelled wonderful!  By the time I got home, I was starving!!  They did offer to feed the staff, as there was plenty, but I didn’t feel right, crashing the reception, even though the food smelled so so good!!

Hubby survived the week with the grandbabies.  I had no doubt he would.  He took care of the 3 grandchildren while their mom and dad were at work.  Ages are 8 soon to be 9, 4 soon to be 5 and 4 mos (I think) … I probably have all these ages wrong as time has flown by and I get the ages confused with the other grandchildren.  He said taking care of the baby was the easiest of all three!  I should have asked him for a baby when he came home … LOL … unfortunately, babies, like puppies, grow up!

We are trying to cut back on our carbs again … but so hard to do when meat is expensive.  HAH, I say this as I eat a bowl of Corn Pops … but breakfast doesn’t count.  You need the carbs to get the brain and body going in the morning.  Plus breakfast is burned up faster than dinner.  But, we are back on it, as I need to lose my weight … again …  in hopes that it will release the pressure on my sciatic nerve, back, hips, thighs, knees, calves, ankles … HAH

I need to have a blood test to find out if I am missing something in my system that is causing my severe leg cramps.  The doc and I are hoping that it is just a supplement that I can add to my daily routine.  The absolute worse case scenario would be a muscle disease, but I’m not even going to go there.  It is on the very back of my mind … but … I’m trying to keep it there and not bring it to the front and get all freaked.

We finally received our insurance cards on Thursday, 7/14/11.  Our insurance was effective 7/1/11 … words cannot explain the frustration … as we had to wait to get meds refilled as well as waiting to get my blood drawn.  The one great thing about our new insurance (actually it’s hubby’s from his retirement) is that our blood test strips that are usually $35 per refill is now $7.00.  I am so thankful for that as when we would run out of strips, we had to wait until we had an extra $35 to purchase them.  The doc wasn’t happy about that.  We went months without daily blood sugar readings, for our follow up visits.  Now … hmmm …. we don’t have an excuse!  LOL

So instead of getting a baby, we are getting a teenager.  Well, a teenager for a month that is.  Our 16 or 17 (hah, I can’t remember) year old niece will be here on Tuesday and is staying until August 12th.  Long story short, we almost adopted her when she was a baby.  But things didn’t work out as planned, which was probably a good thing, as we almost divorced since the time we were to adopt her.  So having her visit, is exciting.  The house is a disaster again, but we’ll have her room and bathroom ready by Tuesday.

Well, I guess I should go as I’m gonna visit my bestest friend for a couple of hours.  Have a great weekend!!



Happy Independence Day!

I know I’m a day early, but it’s all part of the weekend, right?  Mine is quiet.  Just dog and me.  Hubby’s in Utah until next Saturday, spending time with the kids and grandkids.  Only day two and I miss him already!    Actually I was missing him last night as the dog and I sat on the couch watching the tele. 

It usuallly takes a day or two for me to return to my routine.  I have to get over realizing I’m alone in this house … you know, noises that I take for granted when he’s here; worrying about leaving the bedroom window open while I’m alone, stuff like that.   So last night dog and I dozed on and off all night with the tele on.  LOL … I finally turned the TV off around midnight.  Unfortunately, I had to shut the window, because smoke from a fire was coming through.  I’m not sure what was on fire or if it was someone with a patio fireplace … because there’s no sign of a fire this morning. 

This morning when I let muttly out, the sky was a beautiful blue color, almost a royal blue color … it always amazes me when I see our sky like that.    Usually at the lake the sky is this color, but to see this color in the valley, it’s pretty cool!  Unfortunately, it’s a heat wave here.  So, I’m trying to keep cool with fans and being scantily dressed … LOL … one has to do what one has to do!  Good thing it’s just me and the dog!

I had such great plans for this weekend and here I sit.  I did get the front yard, where it slopes, watered.   Other than that, not much else.  Dog and I will be eating chili rice for lunch.  LOL … left overs from dinner.

I hope you all have a Safe and Happy 4th of July!  Catch ya later!

Miss Me?

I know, I’ve been back since Tuesday night and it is now Friday … what the heck??  Well, Wednesday I had to work and Thursday I recouped from the trip.  I was beat!

My trip didn’t start out that great as I sat in the plane at the gate a little over an hour and a half.  Reason?  They were trying to determine if the plane was going to fly, as the engine wouldn’t stay fired up.  Um, hello!!!  Last I looked, an engine is a major component in making a plane fly … one passenger got off.  Which got me thinking … you know when you hear stories about plane crashes or some other disaster, there is always that one person that gets off or doesn’t make the plane/train/boat and gives the interview about why?  Yeah, I was sitting there wondering!  Wondering if I’d make it to Dallas.  Wondering if I’d make the connection.  Wondering WTH am I doing still on this plane. 

Then to reassure me even more, the pilot gets on the intercom and says, I’m just waiting to get the paperwork, I think I can still fly this plane to Dallas.  HAH, okay, keyword… “Think” … I was doing alot of praying during that time on the ground!  Plus my bestest friend was also praying me through … YAY!!

Let’s just say the ride down the runway was pretty slow and the noise just wasn’t as loud as all the other plane rides I took on this trip.  I was just a tad bit freaked when they annouced that this plane was going to continue to Norfolk, however, everyone had to get off the plane, as they were going to depart from another gate … HAH … so … does that mean the plane barely made it there???  Thank you God for answering prayers!

Once I got to Lincoln … I had a blast!!  Thursday night, my son and his significant other, Ashley, took me to The Twisted Fork in Omaha for dinner.  It was quite yummy and I was starving!!

Friday I had lunch with Bruce H at Lazlo’s.  Then we had ice cream at Ivana Cone!  As I told Bruce, you could tell this ice cream was a guilty pleasure as neither of us said anything, until our ice cream was gone!  It was so much fun to finally meet Bruce face to face!  He’s a super nice guy and from reading his blog, it was like I’ve known him forever!  I cannot wait to hear about his trip to Spain when he returns!  Countdown … getting real close now … have a great trip, Bruce!

Friday early evening, I went to Mazatlans to meet with some of the gals I worked with.  It was fun catching up.  When I left the restaurant, I met up with my son and his family at the park by his house.  It was the first time to see the grandbabies, since I arrived.  They played, ran, swung and ate pizza.  Little guy was a bit disappointed that grandpa didn’t make the trip.  I had to explain that he had to stay home and watch Freddie, the dog.  Since he remembered Freddie, he was okay with that.

Saturday was action packed as Jo had communion rehearsals and  we went to Pioneer Park.  When we moved away from Lincoln they were working on making this park super nice.  I have to tell you, it is!  And we didn’t get to see all of it.  So much to do and not enough time!  After the park we went to Jo’s soccer game.  Her team won 5 to 2 …. pretty impressive that team of girls!  Yeah, grandma was a yellin’ !!  I’d catch myself moving my legs like I’m kicking or stopping the ball.  That night they had a last minute BBQ.  Food was great and the guests were fun! 

Sunday morning, bright and early, was the Lincoln National Guard Marathon.  Since the participants ran in front of my son’s residence, we all got up and sat on the front steps and cheered them on.  Of course, all the while we were eating donuts!   There was one runner that had “H”  “I” on his gloves.  So when he ran by, he opened his hands to show us.  LOL … we laughed!  There were a few people my son knew that were running.  He saw one of them and cheered away!  There was a boy down the street with his snare drum pounding out a beat for the runners.  Later he had a cymble and his snare drum!  It may have been early, but definately worth it!!

After the cheering, Ashley had to get to work and my son took his children to their mom’s house.  We all had to get ready for the big event – First Holy Communion for Mz. Jo.   Since we had time to kill, we went to Yia Yia’s for lunch.  No, we didn’t have beer, but we definately had a slice of pizza!!  Then off to church.

Jo was so pretty in her all white dress and veil.  Yes, Grandma cried!   I got to meet Ashley’s mom and step-dad as well as see my grandbabies other grandparents.  It was great to see them.  That evening we went to dinner with Ashley’s parents at the Blue Orchid.  This restaurant is hard to find as they are at the back of a huge building.  I’m not sure they advertise much, as the food is so good, it’s become popular through word of mouth.  I hadn’t had Thai food since I was in Bangkok.  What I had was delicious!!  Dang, now I have to check out recipes to make at home!

Monday I did laundry during the day.  Made soup for dinner.  Then went to listen to Jo’s violin lesson.  Ash’s lesson is right before Jo’s so we got there in time to hear the last part of hers.  How exciting.  I’ve always wanted to learn to play violin, however, after hearing the instruction and how to hold the bow and making sure you teeter the bow as you go across the strings … yeah, I think I’ll stick with the piano and guitar, which I play both lousy!  Although I do have another secret desire to play a cello.  Yeah, I know, let’s add to my collection of piano, 2 guitars, a flute and a clarinet.  I used to play piano and clarinet well … hah … not anymore.  Way too many years since I’ve touched either!  And it is NOT true that it’s like riding a bike and you’ll remember!  Number 1, I haven’t been on a bike in a long time, that I’m thinking of getting a three wheeler just to keep my rear on the bike!  Number 2, I can’t get my right and left brain to work together and read the music to let my fingers know where they are supposed to be!  I am kicking myself for not continuing … at least with the piano!!  HAH, I can see my mom now, looking down saying, “I told you so!” 

Tuesday was a long day.  Thankfully all my flights were on time.  While I was in Dallas, I had lunch at TGIF and then went to stand at the wrong gate.  I’m glad I checked the monitors!!  When I got to the correct gate, I saw someone who looked like Bradley Whitford.  When I got on the plane he was in first class …. so I’m thinking it just might have been him.  I loved watching him, Amanda Peet and Matthew Perry on Studio 60. 

The highlight of all my flights, was the last leg from LA to Reno.  My son knows I like the aisle seats so it’s easier for me to get up to use the bathroom.  On the last leg the plane had only 3 seats per row.  So, seat C which is normally an aisle, turned out to be a window.  I’m so glad that it was!  The second best thing to being ON the beach and ocean, is FLYING OVER the beach and ocean.  We took off over the beach/ocean and turned back for a second look.  The plane was small enough that we didn’t fly 33,000 feet off the ground, so I could see so much from sand, ocean, mountains, valleys, desert, mountains and snow covered mountains.  I don’t think I had my nose away from the window that whole flight.  Great views!

So that was my trip!  Unfortunately, the last one for awhile.  Thanks to my son for flying me out and back and all the fun stuff we did in between!

Spring has arrived

Well, that is, in a round about way.  Old man winter is still hanging on as he’s not quite ready to give up the weather to Spring.  There were a few days last week that were beautiful.  This weekend was cooler, but then the beginning part of next week will be sunny.  Only to have another possible snow storm at the end of the week.    That’s fine with me as I’ll be in Las Vegas at the end of the week. 

My son and his children will be there and my sis wants us to come down.  So, Wednesday night, after I get off from work, we will make the drive south.  I haven’t decided if we will return on Sunday or Monday … HAH … or even at all, but we’ll see.

I went to an interview last week.  It’s a job  I would really like, but it has its downfalls.  I’m in the middle of checking out things to cover the downfalls.  I’ve also applied for another position with the county.  I guess I’ll just keep applying and see what happens.  It’s not in my hands anyway … so I might as well sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!

As I write, I hear the birds singing.  They are probably glad that spring is here also.  The robins are out again.  I’m not sure if they stayed and hid or flew south for a few more days. 

Well, I probably should get going.  We’re going to a BBQ and I have no idea what to bring.  It will be a potato something, as I only have potatoes in this house.  LOL

Y’all have a great Sunday and week!!

Have I told you lately that

I’m crazy!   HAHAHAHAHA

I can’t believe I’m going to ask you this … where do you brush your teeth?

I know, crazy right??  Why, Dobegil, would you ask such a question.  I’m so glad you asked … LOL

On days that I work, I do the normal thing and brush my teeth in the bathroom as I’m always LATE.  Something we’ve established with the clock setting in a previous post.

How-some-ever … when I don’t work, I will load up the brush with toothpaste and sit in front of the computer or on the couch.  Why?  I’m not sure, but I can brush at my leisure and let the toothpaste foam do it’s thing.  Usually I run to the bathroom to rinse my mouth.  

This morning, let’s just say I found a new way to clean my keyboard.  LOL, yeah, I kinda coughed with a mouth full of foaming toothpaste.   Hence the title of my blog!!!  And you were wondering about the title … HAH … no? Oh yeah, those of you that have been reading for quite some time, know I’m just a little unhinged at times.

I spent most of yesterday taking water in and immediately eliminating water out.  But, I do have to admit, I didn’t have leg cramps last night.  YAY!!  So I guess I have to continue with this water (yuck) drinking in order to have restful sleep.

It’s Monday, how in the heck did that happen?  I guess it comes from sitting on my butt for two days.  Well, that is after I’d been on the treadmill.  I guess it’s my distorted way of feeling it’s okay to sit all day as I’ve done 30 minutes on the treadmill.  I mean, on the days I work, I’m in my chair at the desk sitting for 8 hours.  If sitting was a marathon … I know I’d win … well, maybe!  HAHA

I heard there was a real avalanche on Highway 50.  I went to the traffic cam on Hwy 50 at Meyers and saw a long line of cars.  From what I understand they were sitting there for several hours as this was the only road open from Sacramento to Northern NV.  I-80 was closed due to the snow storm.  They closed I-80 from Applegate to the NV State line.  Hwy 88 was closed for avalance control.  Driving was insane for this past weekend.  Probably a good thing I stayed home.

My yard is covered in snow again.  The birds are wondering, what the heck!?  The robins were here last weekend wondering WTH, but I don’t see them this weekend.  I can just imagine the conversations they had with each other about whose bright idea it was to go north so soon.  I’m sure they blamed the ground hog!!  I know I do!!

Is it possible to indicate hair color on the driver’s license as brindled instead of dark brown?    Hmm, I may have to try that when I renew my license next year.  Oh yes, it’s a scattered thought day … more so than any other day.

We, actually hubby, would ask the kids when they were younger, if there’s a fly in the car and you slam on the brakes, shouldn’t the fly smash into the windshield?  Another one of his favorite questions to ask them is, Where does the hour go when you turn your clocks ahead?  It was quite humorous as you could actually see their brains thinking it through.  Then they’d give up with an exasperated look and walk away.  No, I really don’t want to know the explanation for either … it just makes for great entertainment when the kids get to the age when they know EVERYTHING!!

Well, it’s getting late and I need to finish my homework for tonights class.  Y’all have a great Monday and I  hope I gave you a chuckle, or eye roll, or … HAH, head slap … peace out!