February 26, 2016

Oh, it looked so close!!  The PCH prize patrol looked like they were in the Midwest where hogs, corn & soybeans were the state’s commodity.  It was promising until the next clue was, the winner does NOT live in the capital of his or her state.  LOL, well that takes me out!!  Bummer … $5,000 a week.  What would you do with that???

It’s been awhile since I’ve played the computer keyboard.  I may hunt and peck on the tablet or phone, but to actually be typing, well, not so much.  Main reason is that I hit the wrong keys while typing.  Not because I don’t know how, as I could, at one point, type 70+ words per minute, but, my hand doesn’t stretch that little bit to reach the next key, just out of the position.  It also may not help that my hands are sitting at an angle.

I’ve been a bit on the blah side.  I’m not sure if I’ve lost my purpose of why I’m here on this earth or if I’m frustrated at the realization of what my body is going through and further realization that I have this f)*&%%g disease!  The anger part is sitting just under the skin and can erupt without too much provocation.  Unfortunately, it’s at hubby.  Sometimes he deserves it, sometimes he doesn’t.  Yes, I do drop F Bombs when I’m angry.  The sailor in me comes out and I wasn’t even in the Navy!!

This month is our annual physical month.  Hubby’s had to do his tests and now I have to do mine.  I’m not happy about the camera up the bum.  The doc wanted to know why I didn’t do it last year.   I told him that I was poked and prodded enough last year, that I refused to go.  So, I guess I’ll have to go this year.  Then I’ll be good for another 10 years … well on that test anyway.

I also have to get a mammogram.  Ugh, my records are in Nevada, so they will have to contact them to get those so they can be compared.  The doc showed hubby how to do my monthly breast exam.  My hands don’t flatten out, so I cannot properly do one (not that I ever did before).  LOL, I was changing shirts and hubby looked at me and said, “Is it time for a breast exam again?”  That cracked me up!

This getting old sh*t is getting, well, old!!  Tests, exams, medications, why in the world did I want to be older when I was a kid?!?!  Oh wait, my youth wasn’t that great.  It was sprinkled with little bits of greatness followed by fear, disappointment, & sadness.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE being near 3 of our grandchildren and seeing them every week.  They take away my blues and blahs, but when I’m not with them, I sit in this apartment watching the tele as my brain starts to lose it’s knowledge.  I’m not alone, as it is happening to hubby too.  I know we need to figure out what to do to keep us going, but sometimes, that seems a bit too much like work!  I did get to drive the other day as he was still loopy from his medical test.  It was quite fun and I should do that more often.  I’ll have to make small jaunts here and there, just so that I can feel a little more free.  The walls start to close in on me and it doesn’t help that winter was upon us.  Today is a beautiful day and I’m inside, marinating chicken wings to make fried Adobo wings.  It sounded good to me.  Not sure what I’m making with them, as I’m not as creative as my son.

Tomorrow morning, we are taking our grandson to his ice hockey tournament.  His team is 1st in his league, so he doesn’t have to be there until 10am.  I am excited to go and watch them play.  Near the ice rink is a store called Kolache Factory.  OMGosh … my son took me there last weekend, it was quite good and I look forward to stopping there tomorrow!!    So that’s my looking forward thing for this weekend.  I need to create more looking forward things each week, so I can get out of my rut.

Here’s hoping you all have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by my little blog!!

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YAY!!

Yesterday went almost as planned.  Unfortunately when I woke up I wasn’t feeling well.  I had congestion in my vocal chords and was worried it was heading for my chest.  I wasn’t sure if it was real or from all the drops I have to use, so driving to the surgical center I was praying I didn’t have a fever and the surgery could go on.  Also while driving, I decided to call our doc to see if we could get in that afternoon.

Got to the surgical center and even though I felt warm, my temperature was fine and the surgery went on as planned.  After I left the center, we went to Five Guys to try their burgers.  I have mixed feelings about Five Guys.  It’s new to our area so it’s busy.  But, not only that, it is LOUD.  Oh my word it was so loud with the music and voices echoing off the walls.  I wasn’t impressed with the atmosphere.  The burger, even though you can get almost anything you want, even A-1 sauce, which made hubby happy, but they don’t have avocados.  I ordered the little burger which is 1 patty.  Hubby had the regular burger, which was 2 patties.  We both ordered with the grilled onions & mushrooms and shared the small fries.  The one thing I liked about the fries is the bottles of malted vinegar I could put in a dipping cup for my fries in!  The hamburger was huge & good, but I’ve had better.  The free peanuts are a plus.  The best thing is the soda machine!!  I had a Vanilla Coke Zero.  If I could have seen, I would have also pressed cherry to my mix of soda.  I’ll have to go back with my readers, just so I can read the soda machine.

It will be interesting to see if Five Guys quality will remain.  I like In & Out, but when it first opened in our area, the burgers didn’t taste the same as other In & Outs.  I figured it was due to the grill not being seasoned yet.  Unfortunately the burgers haven’t matched other In & Out’s taste.  Don’t know why.  I used to love Johnny Rockets, but … I loved them when they opened, but they don’t taste the same.  Now mind you, I’m talking about these restaurants that our in my area only!!  I just love a really good burger – I guess I’m still on the good burger quest.

We did manage to get to our doc’s office and are both on antibiotics, because he didn’t want us getting worse over the weekend/holidays.  I’m glad I’m home today and don’t have to go anywhere all weekend, so I can rest and heal!

Honor

Yesterday, Early Evening, the admin staff honored our volunteers.  Without them, we would be busier and crazier than normal.  It was fun and intimate and the food was yummy!  We played Apples to Apples, Jr. Edition and had a blast!  I know the admin staff needed to laugh hard as well as the volunteers.

We get so bound up on what is going on in our own lives, that we forget, someone else might be going through something harder.  Not all the volunteers knew each other (maybe the name, but not the face) and not all volunteers knew the admin staff, so to end up laughing and having a great time, in spite of the initial uncomfortable feeling, is huge!

Who is the one that is there for you, no matter what?  Who will listen to you and not judge, no matter what you have to say?  Who does so much for you in the work place, no matter how busy you are?

Have you honored them recently?  Have you acknowledged them and verbally thanked them for being your support person, personally and professionally?

Think about it … isn’t it about time you did?

Happy Birthday, Hotbun … er … Husband

May 20th is hubby’s birthday.  We’ve spent the afternoon in Reno.  Sparks really, as I had to return rented table cloths to the party rental place.  Since we were there and hubby wanted to eat at Outback Steakhouse, we were going to hang out at The Legends Mall until they opened.  However, once we drove by, there were many cars in front of the restaurant and the front door was open.  So we turned around and went to check it out.  I’m really glad we did.  They were doing a fundraiser for one of the elementary schools.  For $20 each, we got a salad, warm bread, rib eye steak, chicken and mashed potatoes.  After this wonderful food, we then were served a piece of cheesecake with raspberry drizzle.  So worth the $20 as it was all very good!  I love not having a plan and finding the opportunities.   We were able to celebrate his birthday AND help a school buy hand held computers for their students.

After that we wandered to Cabela’s … had a great time looking around.  I love watching the fish in the aquarium.  It’s was interesting as they all came to the window, like I was the fish whisperer or something.  But I just looked down at my shirt and it’s quite colorful and sparkly so they were probably thinking I had food.  HAHAHA … oh well, it was fun talking to them anyway!

We are home now and I’m exhausted.  I’m definitely ready for bed at 8:15pm.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend.  I’m going to bed now.  Nighty Night!

Happy Sunday

I have to have my picture taken today  … Have I mentioned how much I dislike having my picture taken?  Well, I have no choice as it is for work.    Since I don’t wear make-up, I was going to buy make-up, then I figured …. why?  As it would be for this one time.    So, hah … who knows how the picture is going to turn out.

Last night was the Parade of Lights in our little town. We didn’t go.  I spent a couple of hours working on the fallen leaves in the backyard and it took the rest of the day to recover.  Plus it was very cold and I could not get warm last night.  I could hear them, but the show in front of our house was interesting.  People didn’t realize that our street was closed during this time.  So they would drive by our house, then see the barrier and have to figure out how to turn around with parked cars on both sides of the street and impatient people behind them.  Demolition Derby was coming to mind.  I don’t know why they don’t put up a sign one street above, notifying them that the street is closed.  That would make so much more sense.

Unfortunately I don’t have all the leaves done.  The hopper was full, even with stomping them down.  I probably could have made a little more room, however, my neighbor came home … yes, that one …. and I didn’t want to listen to her drama de jour.  So I quickly pulled the heavy hopper out of the yard and back in its place then took off my boots, so I could walk through the back door.  I didn’t make it in time as she was taking her trash out … thankfully, I was half way in the house and only said hi while closing the screen.

Hubby is so funny.  I got a gift of cookie fixings, we just need to add butter, eggs & vanilla.  So he took the butter out last night and would check it every 10 minutes to see if it was soft yet.  Well, considering the house is set at 60 degrees, it would take awhile.  So he’ll probably tackle it today.

Speaking of hubby, the Vikings and Broncos are playing today.  He’s still sleeping … I’m amazed that at present the Vikings are ahead.   But … it’s still early in the game yet.  So after a quick check of the score, I’ll switch it back to NCIS.  Well, let’s see, after the 2nd quarter is over.  Well, that was interesting.  15 to 7, Vikings.  Maybe he should stay asleep … LOL!

Well, it’s that time to get ready … ugh!  Y’all have a great rest of the weekend.  What I was stopping in to talk about, I’ve already forgotten.  This getting old crap is for the birds!!

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

I hope you all have a great day with family and/or friends!!   What are your plans today?

As we are without family nearby, one of the church volunteers is having us over for Lu-inner … we’re gonna eat around 2-ish.  Also one of our neighbors asked us over for dinner or to hang out.  I think we are going there to hang out.

Our church is not a mega church, but last weekend there were approximately 1100 people throughout the whole weekend (3 services).  So trying to care for and know everyone, is difficult.  One of the things our church has been stressing is becoming a part of a small group.  Through a small group, one can grow spiritually, relationally and have a support system.   When one person in the small group is hurting, the other members are there.

Within the past few months, we thought some of our neighbors went to our church, but we didn’t know for sure.  As only God can orchestrate, when you allow Him, He kept making our paths cross, without even knowing they were our neighbors.  Once we all figured it out, one couple had said they’d been wanting to start a small group in our neighborhood.  We finally got together for the meet and greet.  We all felt comfortable with each other and decided to continue twice a month.  It not only gives us a chance to get to know our neighbors, but to have a sense of community.  Something this day and age seem to lack.

When we lived in Las Vegas, we didn’t know our neighbors.  We knew them by site, maybe their first name, but mostly by site and would wave as we were coming & going.  When we moved to Nebraska, we still didn’t know our neighbors.  Those we saw, we’d wave hi and bye.  Now that we’ve moved to our little neighborhood and have been here for a couple of years … we know the 3 neighbors on our block.  One a little too well … yes, the one that I’ve referred to in previous posts as “That Neighbor.”  Hubby would talk to the guys on our block, but we really didn’t know what they were all about.

As we’ve just started our small group, we now know there are more of us in the neighborhood that go to our church.  We now know that we can call each other, no matter what.  Most of the members in the small group live on my street.  There is one couple that live on the street over.  It’s pretty cool as we don’t just watch out for each other, but also the neighborhood.  Definitely a better sense of community!

 

Happy Labor Day!!

I’m celebrating by sitting on my bee-hind!!  There are many fun things going on, but my back probably wouldn’t let me enjoy for too long. 

I didn’t freak out during the MRI.  It was plenty noisy and I was thankful I had ear protection on.  Since this was my first MRI ever, they gave me a panic button that was extremely sensitive.  My thumbs were cramping as I was trying to keep the panic button from hitting anything that would set it off!  Not easy when I kept falling asleep and would wake up just befor the thing would touch my gown.  Thankfully it was finally over and I had to rub my thumbs to relax them.  I didn’t get enough punishment from the MRI, so I went to my doc for a flu shot and a pneumonia shot.  My arms ached for several days.  I’m glad I can move them again!

Unfortunately, before they would send me to the MRI area of the building, I had to schedule my mammogram.  I figured I might as well get it over with, so Friday I went in for that.  I don’t understand why we have to wear a 20 times  too big of a gown to cover the waist up.   I kept fighting the gown to stay up while she was trying to set me up for the first mammo shot.  I had decided that modesty was out the window with the first maneuvering, so I said, “Can I just take this gown off?”  She said I could so it was much easier to relax and get squished! 

When it was time to change positions, she said, “Now slip your right arm out of the gown.”  I looked at her, then made a motion with my arm pretending to do that.  She had a good laugh!  I could tell that was a every day instruction, but leave it to me to throw a wrench in it! 

So, I’m just waiting for the doc’s office to call with the results.  Don’t ya just love the waiting game?  I don’t play that game well!

So there is a rib cookoff going on in Sparks.  It’s the yearly event that brings many people to town.  Also there is Burning Man, which bring many people to the northern part of Nevada, in the middle of the desert.  I’m not a Burning man fan, but I am a rib fan.  No, not going again this year.  One of these days I’ll get there.  I’d rather spend the night in Sparks, then have to drive home right after. 

Well, that’s my exciting holiday … sitting on my rear, at this computer, about to watch the tele.  I have a book that I’ve made it about 1/4 of the way through.  Maybe I’ll finish it.

Y’all have a great holiday and stay safe!!