Sunday, May 1, 2016

DAY TWO HUNDRED AND FORTY-FOUR OF THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

Day 244.  I woke up and decided to do more work on the backyard.  I spent an hour and a half weeding.  When I first started it looked like such a daunting project.  Now that I have been breaking it down into sections, it doesn't seem so huge.  I have already spent two one hour/hour and half segments working in the backyard and look at the progress:







Look at Happi sunning herself.  She loves to lounge in the sun!

I figure 10 more hours and I will have the whole backyard done!  Just in time to start over when the weeds start growing again!  Then I will have the backyard that will bring me happiness.

Then I went to vote for a delegate.  I had no idea that I could vote for a delegate.  I thought delegate were appointed.  Ha!  I went down and voted for the delegates in my precinct.  It was such chaos.  What a messed up system.  You enter, you sign in, they give you a piece of paper with all the delegates names on them.  You then vote for 5 women and 4 men.  Then you leave once they put a mark on your hand.  That is how the delegates are elected  They are who will decide if Hillary or Donald or Bernie or Ted or John win the primary.  Really interesting!   It was an education.

Until tomorrow...


Saturday, April 30, 2016

DAY TWO HUNDRED AND FORTY-THREE OF THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

Day 243.  I forgot to write yesterday that one of the things the doctor told me was that the pain in my hand was a clot in my vein.  When I was in the hospital I had many IVs for various reasons.  At one point I had 4 IV catheters in my arms and hands.  Where this IV was has left a blood clot in my vein.  I had no idea this could happen.  It is quite painful.  It is especially painful when I use my hand to do something like carry something heavy or do any heavy work.  The vein gets inflamed and swollen.  The doctor said it is nothing to worry about.  It will take months to go away.  He said hot compresses can help when it hurts.  This was good news!

This morning I woke up and decided to clean the whole house.  Top to bottom (almost).  I dusted, vacuumed, cleaned the bathroom, washed the floors, cleaned the kitchen, and picked up.  Then I did some laundry and ran the dishwasher.  The house is so clean.  I still have some areas that need picking up but it is nice to have a sparkling home.  It brings such joy!

Until tomorrow...

Friday, April 29, 2016

DAY TWO HUNDRED AND FORTY-TWO OF THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

Day 242.  I went to the doctor's office today.  It is my check up after having meningitis and the flu.  I told him that my back and neck were still hurting a lot.  He told me that many folks (especially a person like me who has an autoimmune disease and health issues) will feel pain for a long time.  He said it may take over one year for the pain in my back where the epidural and spinal tap were done to go away.  That also includes the pain in my neck.  I also told him about the problems with my eye and how it gets blurry at the end of the day.  He says that is probably from the meningitis too.  The only part that has gone away is the headaches.  Thank goodness.

Lucky is doing better.  Poor baby had a bad day yesterday and last night.  We all deserve a good night's sleep tonight.

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, April 28, 2016

DAY TWO HUNDRED AND FORTY-ONE OF THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

Day 241.  I had some extra time today coming back from a client's office.  I stopped by Trader Joe's and bought my favorite grain mix to make for dinner.  Then I stopped in at Bed, Bath and Beyond.  Who doesn't love Bed, Bath and Beyond?  I had seen some of their outdoor stuff.  I wanted to check some of it out.  I love my outdoor stuff.  The colors are yellow, mint green, teal, dark blue and white.  I have striped seats on my bench, a green pillow on the same bench, a yellow umbrella on my picnic table, and mint green Adirondack chairs and table in the backyard.  I wanted to get something to put on the deck to put my feet and a glass on.  Right now my glass has to be put on the ground and the dogs drink out of it.  I found this:


I think it matches really well and looks great.  It will make it nice to sit outside and read a book or eat lunch.  I get so much joy on my deck.

The fish look great.  I think I saved them once again.  Poor fish...

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

DAY TWO HUNDRED AND FORTY OF THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

Day 240.  Lucky is having a hard time of it.  Her oral surgery yesterday went well but she seems to be in a lot of pain.  She doesn't understand what is going on and is confused.  She has a lot of energy and I am trying to keep her doped up a bit to keep her out of pain.  This morning I fed her and she vomited it back up so I have to be careful about what and how much I feed her.  We went on a walk today and she seemed to like that.  We ran into her boyfriend (a neighbor I swear she would move in with in a minute) and you would have never known she had surgery yesterday!  She was jumping and running. 

It has changed the whole tone of the house.  Happi is really anxious with Lucky walking around in pain.  Lucky is walking around crying but doesn't want to be picked up and doesn't want to go outside.  I don't know what to do to make it better.  Then Happi starts whining and I don't know what to do for her.  It is hard to work from home when I have two dogs so anxious and unhappy. 

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

DAY TWO HUNDRED AND THIRTY-NINE OF THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

Day 239. Poor Lucky.  She is really unlucky right now.  She had her dental appointment today.  We had to get up early in the morning and hurry over to the vets office.  She was not too happy about getting up early and not being fed.  She was happy to be at the vet's office because we went for a little walk beforehand. 

I left her there all day.  The vet called me mid-morning to tell me I made a good call.  Over a month ago I took Lucky in to the vet's office because I felt she was not feeling well and I thought it might be her teeth.  The doctor looked at her teeth and said he didn't think her teeth were too bad but once he put her under anesthesia, he might see something different.  Well, he did.  He said I was right to bring her in when I did and I was really in tune with my dog.  She was probably in a lot of pain because she had infected roots in her teeth.  He was going to have to remove 3-4 teeth.  He ended up taking out 3 teeth and an incisor.  My poor little Fang has one less fang!  He said it was sad he had to remove so many teeth but she would be so much happier once those infected teeth were out of her mouth.  Unfortunately she has genetically bad teeth and gums.  Nothing I can do about it. 

I got her home and they said I had to get the bandage off her leg at 7 pm.  I tried.  I swear I tried.  She was not having it.  I finally called my neighbor to come help me. I held her head so she would not snip at him while he cut it off her arm.  She scratched the heck out of my arm.  She was so scared and it hurt when he was removing the bandage.  My neighbor was so brave because she was putting up a fuss.

I gave her some cottage cheese and a pill pocket with some pain medicine.  She is sleeping now.  I also talked the doctor into giving her an injection of antibiotics that lasts 10 days.  That way I don't have to give her any other medicine.  Whew!

I have also started to decrease the prednisone that I am taking.  This has been a multi-year job.  I was originally at 20 mg.  I was down to 9 mg.  Now I am down to 8.5 mg. beginning Sunday.  I am excited to start to decrease my dosage.  I also began taking Plaquinel again.  Since I can't take Enbrel anymore, I am happy to change my medicine.  I will see how this goes. 

Until tomorrow...

Monday, April 25, 2016

DAY TWO HUNDRED AND THIRTY-EIGHT OF THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

Day 238.  I feel like my life is on hold right now.  I am waiting for the City to get back to me about the hearing date.  I am waiting for the foster/adoption organization to get back to me about my intake.

My sister-in-law just invited me to my nephew's graduation.  It was very sweet of them to include me.  I am not sure if I can attend or even if there would be room for me to attend.  Unfortunately where my brother lives there are no hotels you would stay at in the vicinity.  But right now I am on hold from making any plans.

I have said before I do not do well when things are up in the air and I want to make plans.  I want things to happen so I can move on.

One thing has been settled.  I am not taking the new client.  Due to circumstances, I have decided to go in another direction.

Today Happi had her rabbis shot and tomorrow Lucky gets her teeth cleaned.  Lots of dog stuff this week.

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, April 24, 2016

DAY TWO HUNDRED AND THIRTY-SEVEN OF THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

Day 237. I went to the movies with my friend H.  I finally went to see Zootopia.  I originally planned to see Zootopia the weekend of March 4th.  Since I was ill I didn't get to go.  I had to put it off.  Now I finally got to see the movie I have been waiting for.  I love animated films and this one did not disappoint.


I loved all the characters and the story line.  I recommend it highly.

Then in the evening I watched the season opener of Game of Thrones!  Awesome.  It makes me so happy.

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, April 23, 2016

DAY TWO HUNDRED AND THIRTY-SIX OF THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

Day 236.  Today I decided to go shopping.  I have very few pants/shorts/capris that fit.  I got to the store and I immediately found some capri pants that fit in a few different colors.  I got tan, white, yellow and dark jean. I work from home so I tend to wear jeans a lot.  Then I found a nice patterned pair that are good enough to wear to work.

I saw some shorts in different lengths.  I got a jean pair in Bermuda length and a jean pair in shorter than Bermuda but not mini shorts.   They are different shades of jean.

I tried to find some slacks but there were none.

Then I bought a Magic Bullet.  I love smoothies but I hate cleaning out the blender.  There are so many parts and I can't put it in the dishwasher.  When I am running out the door, I don't have the time to clean it out.  My doctor told me about the Bullet and I checked it out.  It was on sale so I bought it.  Almost all the parts go in the dishwasher.  It has three different size cups.  I can't wait to use it.  I need some almond milk to make a smoothie.

When I got home I went through all my pants and tried them all on.  I put 13 pairs of pants, shorts, capris in the give away pile because they no longer fit.  It felt so good to get rid of pants that no longer fit and now I have room for my new clothes.  I also folded my pants in the new way.  I have been folding all my clothes in the Konmari Method.  It is great to have my clothes so organized so I can see what I own.  I have been tackling it a little at a time.  First my underwear, pajamas, short sleeved shirts, long sleeved shirts, and now my pants.  I still have my t-shirts and socks.  I dread doing it but once it is done, I am so happy. 

Friday, April 22, 2016

DAY TWO HUNDRED AND THIRTY-FIvE OF THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

Day 235.  I need to get some sort of book for organizing when to mail out birthday cards each month.  I buy birthday cards sometimes far in advance.  Then some times I forget that I have them.  Then I am at the card store one day after the person's birthday looking for a card.  Forgetting that I bought a card four months ago.  I just bought a greeting card organizer.  That is a book that you can put cards in by month so I don't lose them.  Yes, I still send greeting cards.  I think people enjoy getting greeting cards.

My sister-in-law wrote a post today that talked about dawdling.  My dog Happi is a dawdler.  She will start to walk real slow when we get close to the house.  Or if I take her on a short walk because I am in a hurry, she will start to walk really slow, stopping at each crack, leaf, pole to sniff.  It drives me crazy.  I am in a hurry and she could not walk slower.  The reason I know she is dawdling is we will get close to the house and she will turn in another direction and start to pull me and run in the other direction.  Oh, she has plenty of energy.  She just wants what she wants.  Little brat.

Until tomorrow...