Monday, July 21, 2014


As you may have been reading in recent blogs, I am on a mission to clean up my office. To recap, my office has not really been touched since our renovation. During the renovation my office was the "clean room"; the place where things got dumped to keep free from construction dust.  Over the years I have moved some stuff out but I have not done much to go through the junk that has piled up in there along with all my work junk.

One of the things I have a lot of is stuff that needs to be shredded. You know bank statements, old credit card statements, ATM receipts. That kind of stuff. Stuff I am uncomfortable throwing five years worth in the recycle bin.  So today I researched shredding companies. I found out there is a shredding company about six blocks away that will come to my house, set up a chair, take my stuff and shred it right in front of my eyes.  No more sitting in front of a silly little shredder and trying to figure out where to put the shredding. (The shredding has to go in a paper bag in the recycle bin but on the west coast no one uses paper bags anymore because you have to pay for them.  So this becomes a conundrum.)

I am waiting to gather up all my stuff to be shredded and then I am going to have them come and shred it all.  My aching back and swollen fingers will be so happy!

I rode 10 miles in 1 hour today on the stationary bike.  Level 3.

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, July 20, 2014


Some of you may enjoy my postings. Some of you may think that I write about boring day-to-day things in my blog. To me the day-to-day is important. My dogs, my bathroom renovation, backyard, exercise. Each of those postings means something to my life with RA.

Today I had a migraine and my bathroom renovation made it possible for me to take a lovely and relaxing bath this afternoon.

My dogs. They are a wonderful source of comfort.  Today Lucky curled up with me while I took a nap.

The backyard is an oasis in which to escape and read a book or watch the fish in the pond while eating lunch. Relaxation is good therapy for RA. 

The exercises to help with my physical therapy, strength training and weight loss. This will help with my RA. 

The everyday seems mundane but everything ties into RA in one way or another.

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, July 19, 2014


Today I took a long walk. Probably 8 blocks each way.  Lucky was a great walker.  When I got back I needed to sit down for a bit.  Then I decided to redesign the backyard.  I repotted a plant, moved the table and chairs and moved the grill. I think it looks better now.  More open.

Until tomorrow...

Friday, July 18, 2014


Years ago we visited my brother and his family and I learned about the greatest appliance in the world: Roomba. Roomba is a vacuum made by iRobot that runs around your house on a schedule you set up. For folks like us with two dogs it is the greatest thing ever. Without it we are sweeping and swiffering and vacuuming all the time. 

A few months ago Roomba stopped working. We couldn't figure out why.  I thought the battery died so I ordered a new battery from iRobot.  I installed it and charged it.  Roomba had new life for about 10 feet. Then it died again.  Ugh!  I called iRobot and got a very helpful customer service rep who helped troubleshoot the problem. At the end of the call she mailed me a new battery because she thought the problem was the battery. She also sent me this gizmo that updates the software in the Roomba.  After updating I sent the gizmo back in a pre-paid envelope. 

Well, poor Roomba once again ran for 6 feet and stopped. I pressed start and Roomba ran again for another 10 feet than stopped. What was weird this time was that normally when Roomba stops for any reason the robot "talks" to you. It sings a tune or it talks in a robot voice. This time it didn't. It just stopped.  Died.

I called iRobot customer service again. The gentleman I spoke to was very helpful.  He diagnosed the problem. It was probably the original problem. The bottom cover of the Roomba has become loose. This makes the battery loose and each time the robot bangs up against a wall or chair the battery gets knocked loose causing the Roomba to turn off.  Or at least this is the latest theory. IRobot is sending me a new bottom plate for my years-old Roomba.  I will let you know if this works.

I have now decided that iRobot is the company with the best customer service.  I have never had a company send me a free new part for an appliance that is probably five or six years old. I understand replacing the battery since I had just purchased one and they thought it had gone bad. But a new bottom plate?  That is awesome customer service.  I feel they will do anything to get my Roomba working again.

No exercise today. I ran errands (Lucky's nail trim, picked up Happi's meds, food shopping) and now my foot is in pain. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014


I had a busy day. The biggest thing I did was continue working on cleaning my office. Throwing out tons of old stuff. I also have a huge stack of shredding.

Rode the bike 1) for a programmed 30 minute rotation and 2) 30 minute 5miles on level 3.

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


The question is do you live where you have too much water or not enough?

I live where there is not enough. We have laws about what you can't do with water. Can't water your lawn. Can't wash your car. Can't rinse off your driveway. We are supposed to take short showers and there are constant commercials telling us to turn off the water when we brush our teeth. 

Then I watch the news and the rest of the country it seems is under water.  If only there was a way to catch and ship that water to the West Coast. Instead of an oil pipeline they should be building a water pipeline. Have giant aqua furs with pupelines that run out West.  Wouldn't that be cool!?  

My PT went well today. I was told I would be on my bike in a month or two. Yay!

I rode the stationary bike today but I was unmotivated. I rode for 1 hour and went 9.7 miles on level 3.

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Today the landscapers came and cleared out the backyard. They removed three plants and chopped off a truck load of ivy.

Here is the before photo:

Here is the after photo:

The backyard no longer looks like a jungle. I can't wait until tomorrow when I can sit at my table and SEE the pond and the fish.

Until tomorrow...