Archive | September, 2012

Going home

29 Sep

Day 5 – No Pepsi.  I can tell I don’t have all of that sugar in my body. Feeling sluggish. I know that will pass and I’m ready to get some enegy back.

Sister Jolene is coming here tomorrow, so Denny and I will head home for a few days. I am ready to be a the lake, even if it is just for a few days.  I heard that an eagle is flying around and that is always a cool thing to see.

Played scrabble with Mom tonight and it will feel strange not being with her. But, we’ll see her before we head to Florida next weekend.  Hopefully the next time we see her, she’ll be settled back into her little apartment.

Something stinky in the rv.  We can’t quite pinpoint it.  I think there is a dead mouse underneath in a compartment.

Started quilting my quilt today.  It is fun to do, but it did take me a while to really get the hang of it. I’m just doing squiggly lines. Unfortunately, I had rethreaded the machine and apparently didn’t do it correctly.  I had to tear out 4 rows because there was a knotted mess on the backside. Lesson learned, check out underneath from time to time.

We had dinner tonight at Jimmy’s.  Wonderful prime rib, very tender and a wonderful creme brulee. It is very similar to the old Steak and Ale.

That’s it for now.  I’m so full from dinner that I am dozing off.

Thursday, September 27

27 Sep

Happy Birthday to my son KC.  It’s bittersweet because at this time we are estranged, since January. Many of you know that we have had many ups and downs over the years.  One minute it’s tough love, the next minute it’s enabling, the next minute it’s smooth sailing, and then it’s back to tough love.  It’s exhausting.  I’ll never forget the day he was born.  At the time, Joe and I were living in Burlingame.  I knew that morning that I would probably deliver sometime that day. We packed up bags, got Billie ready and took off.  We dropped Billie off at my parents.  My mom and I kind of got into a little argument on whether I needed to go to the hospital right then. I didn’t think I needed to and she didn’t agree.  Off we went, I can’t remember what all we did, but we ended up at the hospital early afternoon.  I was in labor but not very dilated. They told us to go out and walk, relax, have a glass of wine, etc.  We went over to some friends, I walked around for several blocks, went to the Spot and had a beer then went back to the hospital. Things began progressing and the labor pains became more intense. More walking up and down the hallway, smoking!!! Yes, you could smoke in the hospital then and you could have a smoking room. (Not saying that it was right, but that was in the day) Around midnight I remember saying, “I think I’m ready for an epidural”. The nurse said “we don’t give epidurals here.”  WTF!!!!!!! My next thought was “Oh Shit!” I’m going to have a natural childbirth.  Yikes.  After a few hours of me carrying on, (breathing techniques never worked for me), KC was born.  At that time you didn’t know what you were having and we were very happy it was a boy. I had left my Mom hanging all that day and night and apparently she called about 4 am.  She said she woke up and thought it was the time and called the hospital.  She said she could hear me in the background. Now he is 31.

I may have already blogged that story, but couldn’t remember, so did it again.  I want to say I am very happy to be blogging again.  I had several reasons to stop for a few months.  I think it was good to take a break. I needed to work out a few things regarding my crazy emotions.  I felt like I needed to be still and quiet for awhile.  It’s paid off.  I feel a lot more comfortable emotionally.  I have worked on some issues that in the past I wasn’t handling well, but as I approach 60, I wanted to change and not react to certain situations the same way anymore. So…a revived Jbird is back and glad to be back.

Had good visits with Mom today.  We played scrabble tonight and she won.  Last night I won but she had  pitiful letters.  We are keeping score on her chalkboard that is in her room.  It was J-4 Mom-2.  She wanted me to erase it before the people who check her memory came in today.  I said “No way”.  She was happy she won tonight. There is nothing wrong with her memory.  She reminded me that I still had her credit card in my purse.  I had used it a couple of days ago to buy her some shoes and had not returned it.

Denny made it here from Colorado.  Glad he is back.  We hope to go home for a few days Sunday or Monday.  We will leave the motorhome here and then come back down next weekend to pick it up.  We are going to take it to Florida.  My niece, who has liver cancer, needs some work done on her house and we are going down to help do that.  Denny is going to take his saws and tile cutter and we hope to fix up their bathroom.  Please keep praying for Juli.  She has extreme pain at times that is very hard to control.  My sister Judy is with her at all times and she says it’s very hard to watch someone in that much pain for several hours at a time.  I think they were able to come up with something today that keeps her more comfortable.

 

 

 

 

Yoga with Meeko and Jumper

26 Sep

Day 2: No Pepsi  Day 2: Exercise Yoga

Once I put down my yoga mat, Jumper thinks it’s play time. I totally try to ignore him.  As I am doing my mountain pose, he is licking my toes.   As I do my downward dog, he’s licking my face.  As I do my pelvic rise, he’s going underneath me.  As I do my relaxation on my back, he has a baby in his mouth and is hitting me with it while he shakes it. Then Meeko gets a baby and is laying on my hand. Then Jumper starts running around me licking my face and knocking my hair off..  Surprisingly I was able to do all of the exercises and actually  relaxed a little. This part of the cd is a beginner yoga and about 15 minutes. I think when I go to the next step, I will lock them in the bedroom.  Namataste.

5:00 am

26 Sep

Alrighty then, the big storm hit about 3:00 am.  It was a biggy.  I’m thinking it is over, but Meeko is still pacing around like there is another one coming.  It was time for me to take my anitbiotic any way.  Also played a few rounds of Abble Dabble.  I have some friends in Australia so it is day time there.  They probably think I’m a weirdo because I seem to always be awake around 3 am  and that is when they seem to play. On top of the storm waking me up, my itchy arms and hot flashes also got me going. Which leads me to a hormone update. (I know you are excited to hear this Zeke)  About 2 weeks ago I thought I would see how I would feel getting off of my hormones.  So far it isn’t too bad.  A few hot flashes,  my 3 am one is a doozy, but they don’t last too long.  Wondering if this could be causing my itchy arms too? I don’t think I’m too moody or grouchy, but I guess we can check with Denny on that issue. Speaking of Denny, he is about done with the sealing of the building roof in La Veta and should be heading this way tomorrow. It will be nice to have him here. Watched Dancing with the Stars with Mom tonight.  It was boring until the last part when we knew who was leaving. Mom was funny.  She can’t hear the tv,  so when they had the final 3 to pick the one to leave, she turned the tv off and said “You can go home to the dogs now”.  I said “hey, it’s not over!!!”, I grabbed the controller and turned the tv back on. She didn’t realized they still had to kick one off. (Maybe I’m a little grouchy?)  Bristol was in the final group but she got a reprieve for one more week and Pamela got kicked off. She still looked pretty weird tonight.

This is a good tv week.  All my shows are coming back on: NCIS, Private Practice, Law and Order: SVU, Grey’s Anatomy, The Good Wife. I love that I can record and then watch them all after I get home from being with Mom.

Survived first day with no Pepsi.  It seems my real craving happens at night, so I drank water instead.  Also bought a really good box of Jujubes.  They have a new design on the box now and I think the batches are fresher.  Buying jujubes is like buying fruit, you have to squeeze the box to make sure they are soft.

Going to try and go back to sleep.  Have some sewing I want to do tomorrow morning on my new used machine.

Thunderstorms, uh oh

25 Sep

When I looked on my weather icon on my phone, it shows thunderstorms for the rest of the week.  Meeko totally freaks with thunderstorms.  We were up for hours last week during a really electricfied storm.  Let’s hope that doesn’t happen today. Thunder coats have been reccomended, but after putting a life jacket on him I don’t think it would work.  He almost drowned one time so we put a jacket on him.  We had to drag him down to the boat.

Here ‘s  my mom playing scrabble with me. She didn’t want to become mushy brained while recovering, so we thought scrabble would be a good thing to do.  She is very smart and is a good player.

Here’s Miss Elliott.  She is now 2 1/2 and quite interesting.  I love to hear her talk on the phone.  We hope she can start ballet next summer. Billie’s friend Stephanie and her husband  have opened a ballet studio in Topeka.  They were both professional dancers, so it should be exciting. Elliott leans toward being a tomboy, but she loves music so hopefully she’ll like dance.  Cade is 9 and is a good student. He plays ice hockey and flag football.  Kyler is 7 and plays ice hockey too. He is doing well in school and is very inquistive.  He told me last night that he has a yellow feather for me that he found and a bird nest that has a lot of plastic in it.

Denny is on his way to La Veta to work on our building.  We actually have tenants in the building that are paying us!!!! Finally. We still love La Veta.

Day 1 of no Pepsi.  How many times have we gone through this?  When I’m done posting, I’m putting a yoga cd.  Day 1 of exercise.

 

Itchy Arms

24 Sep

Does anybody else have itchy arms?? My daughter and I both have this going on.  She went to the dermatologist and she told her it was from allergies.  It is awful.  I can’t wait to get my clothes off as that seems to get it started.  I take a antihistamine everyday and have a special lotion but sometimes none of it works. It is so icky feeling. I do have fall allergies so maybe some of this is part of it, I’m around a lot of oak trees here at the rv park. I hear little acorns dropping on top of the rv. Hopefully it will all calm down so I can sleep.

Just got home for being with Mom, watching “Dancing with the Stars”.  It’s different since it has former dancers on.  So instead of cringing at a new dancer, now we are watching experienced ones and it could be very interesting.  My first choice that I hope gets knocked off is Bristol Palin. I’m thinking it might be Pamela Anderson.  She looked horrible and seemed like something was wrong with her.  Kirstie has put most of her weight back on, but she was still graceful.

I am turning over a new leaf tomorrow. (Not an oak one though).  To catch some of you up.  My Mom fell Aug. 19 and had to have her right hip replaced and heal her upper right arm.  She’s been in rehab about a month.  I was on a bicycle trip in Wisconsin and got the call about her accident.  I flew out after 1 day of riding and have been with her except the week I went to Colorado for my quilt retreat.  It’s a fairly easy routine, visit her from 1-3 and from 6:30 8 or 9.  She is able to do everything with her right arm except put it on the walker for support. After doing this for so long now, I have pretty much been lazy.  Did ride my bike a couple of days and hope to tomorrow.  A major thunderstorm screwed up one day after being up all night with Meeko. Then 2 days later I had the dog bite issue.  For the rest of the week I’m going to seriously try and get some exercise in. My upper arms are sooo flabby that I can hardly stand it. I’ve got exercise tapes and weights and that ‘s what I will start with tomorrow.I drank my last Pepsi tonight so I am using that as a way to maybe wean off Pepsi once again.  Need to do that every now and to cleanse my insides.  My eating habits have been atrocious.  Eating out most of the time and eating junk.  So tomorrow is day 1 to begin firming my upper arms, try to stop itching, stop drinking Pepsi and eat better.  A tall order? Yes. Can I do it? Yes.

My face wasn’t too bad this morning. I am someone who doesn’t bruise, so no real signs of the injury, althought it hurts if I open my mouth to big.Meeko is hopping around like a puppy. The cortisone worked wonders.

Time for bed

Dog Bit

23 Sep

My day started out dramatically.  I needed to be at the Manor with Mom at 10.  We had a day planned of painting nails and paying bills, etc. Before I left, I walked Meeko and Jumper.  Meeko hasn’t been feeling well the last couple of days.  He’s actually needed a little help getting into the rv.  As I picked him up, apparently I touched a sore spot.  He screeched and turned and bit my face and the inside of my mouth.  I screeched and started crying. It hurt so bad and there was blood and I was envisioning my lip hanging by a thread.  Thankfully, it wasn’t that awful, but it was still painful.  I put Meeko in the rv and called Denny sobbing.  It was such a shock and for some reason it started me on a crying jag that lasted for a couple of hours.  I found an Urgent Care.  Luckily it wasn’t too busy and I was out of there in about 1 1/2 hours.  They gave me a tetanus, diptheria shot, cleaned my face up and gave me a scrip for antibiotics.  Have to take 4 a day for 10 days.  After I was done, I came back and picked Meeko up and took him to an Emergency Care animal hospital.  After poking and prodding, he really started crying when they touched his neck. He has a displaced disk which is probably hitting a nerve.  They gave him a cortisone shot and sent him home with predinsone and pain pills. (No, I will not take his pain pills for those of you who may be suspicious).  It was a long day of driving back and forth.  I was able to see Mom and let her know what was going on and she understood when I told her I wouldn’t be able to visit her tonight.  Meeko seems to feel a little better.  He has to rest for 3 weeks to let things heal.  The inside of my mouth has a puncture wound that is sore and my cheek has some steri strips on it.  I think I will live.

My Mom said, “well, you have a good story for your new blog!”.