Saturday, May 31, 2014
I began pulling of the cushions when the remote controls that I had sat on the arm of the couch, went flying. One flew on the floor, another on the couch, and the Roku controller went head first in a frosty glass of iced tea. The iced tea proceeded to spill all over the little table, my kindle, iPad, and clock radio. It took me a few moments to realize that the controller had gone into the iced tea because Roku controllers are quite tiny and it was completely submerged except for the wrist strap. If it had been an earlier version of Roku it would have taken me longer to find it since the earlier versions had no wrist strap!
Once I realized what had occurred, I yelled for paper towels and began taking everything out of the tea. Brenda came running with a little towel and I sent her back for more paper towels. I dried off the remote and then I remembered that commercial where the guy drops his cellphone in the toilet and he puts it in rice. I quickly got a bunch of rice and put it in a plastic container and submerged the remote again. I figure if it works for cellphones, why not remote controls?
I then finished cleaning up the mess. The kindle, iPad and clock came of it unscathed. Then we sat down and stared at the TV. What to do? We have a movie we want to watch but no controller to watch it. Ah, we have another Roku, let's use that remote. After 5-10 minutes of trying, that was a bust. Different versions of Roku don't work together.
So, I did what any person with average intelligence would do: I Googled it. Turns out Roku has an app for that! There is an app for my cellphone (or iPad) that will turn it into a Roku remote controller. How crazy is that? All this time I never needed that stupid controller anyway. Took me 2 minutes to get it downloaded and working.
Now you want to know what movie we watched? The remake of About Last Night. It was funny. I still like the original better. In fact if you look carefully, there is a scene where two of the characters are watching the original movie and debating whether it is a chick flick. I think some times Kevin Hart seems like he tries too hard to be funny.
The Roku remote worked just fine this morning when I took it out of the rice.
Friday, May 30, 2014
This week I got a call from my credit card company. They wanted to know if I charged $468.00 at Safeway. Uh, no.
The credit card company assured me that they didn't pay the charge because it seemed peculiar. I still had my credit card in my possession so the number had to be taken when I charged something. I asked if there were other charges. There were no other bad charges and the last time I used it was at a restaurant on Monday. Prior to that I had not used my credit card for more than a week. I am sure if it were stolen a week ago, they wouldn't wait to start using it.
I am very careful with my credit cards. I have one credit card that I use for online purchases only. Another for everyday purchases. I don't use my bank card as a debit card. I don't carry more cards than I need. I use cash if I feel at all like there is anything suspicious.
Most likely someone at the restaurant took the credit card number. Too many people touch your credit card at a restaurant. The waiter takes your credit card, the bartender runs the card, and the bus boy picked it up at the end. Then there is the bookkeeper and god knows who else after you leave. I called the restaurant and let the manager know. At first he seemed like he didn't care. But then he said he would talk to the owner and get back to me. I have heard nothing.
The credit card company was wonderful. 24 hours later I had a new card with a new number. I went online and checked my charges and there were no other bad charges. They were on it!
I have a protection service that I pay for. So I would have seen this charge after it went through. A little too late.
This is a reminder to check your statements carefully. You never know when someone is going to charge $460 worth of groceries to your card. I still can't imagine what they bought for $460!
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Number 1 means I have a stress fracture that is beginning to heal. Yay! The fracture is in the bone in my foot directly in from my middle toe. The bone edema is a reaction to the stress fracture. There is swelling in the bone. It should go away once the fracture heals.
Number 2 gives me good news: no bursitis or neuroma.
Number 3 this means my big toe bone is having an intense stress reaction. Probably from walking funny from the pain.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Tomorrow I get the results. Keep your fingers crossed it is something easily solved and not too painful.
Today I picked up the tiles to finish the bathroom. Yay!
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Monday, May 26, 2014
Sunday, May 25, 2014
First I made Broccoli Salad. I left out the bacon and onion because I don't eat them. The dressing is a combination of sweet and tangy and the broccoli is crunchy. I was surprised how much I like this. It was better once it got chilled.
Then I made Couscous Salad with Dried Cranberries and Pecans. It is a sweet salad with the lemon and cranberries. This salad was easy to make. It is a really light salad.
To finish off the meal I grilled some sweet potato slices and portobello mushroom caps. I put the mushrooms on a bun with a spread that I made with basil(from my garden), mayo, Dijon mustard and lemon juice. I used rosemary from my garden to cook the sweet potatoes.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
I also have some great news! I got a letter today concerning my citation on Easter. Looking back I realized I don't think I mentioned my parking citation. On Easter Day Brenda and I went to the beach to watch surfers attempt to surf. We brought a picnic and had a good but chilly time. When we got back to the car, we had a $38 citation. I was miffed because I paid for a 4 hour parking pass that you put on the dashboard. Brenda had put it on the passenger side and when she closed the door it slid under the windshield wiper a bit. But if the person had put in some effort they would have seen it was there.
When I got home I wrote this letter explaining that I paid for a ticket, etc. I mailed the ticket and a copy of my parking pass along with my appeal. Today we got the best news: "Your appeal has been granted. Amount owed $0." Justice for the little guy! I did my happy dance. This paid for my outdoor pillow plus burritos for both of us!!
Friday, May 23, 2014
Today I went over to the computer store to find out my options. This computer was bought on the cusp of the Windows 7 rollout. I was supposed to have been sent Windows 7 disks in the mail but when I ipopened the envelop, it was XP disks. They sent me the wrong disks. Now I have to buy Windows 7 and install it. This is my worst nightmare. Wiping clean a computer and reinstalling all the programs. Ugh!
When I get Windows, the process will begin.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
The concrete floor of the shower was cracked and leaking.
The next thing is to fix the front of the bathtub. The concrete is flaking off there too. The tile will be delivered next week and then they can be installed.
I can't wait to take a shower in my new shower!
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
To figure out what us going on I need an MRI. That will be scheduled later this week.
Monday, May 19, 2014
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Today I read O Magazine and found two easy ways to make a difference.
It seems that penguins need sweaters. Let me explain: when penguins are caught in oil spills, they get ill and die when they preen and swallow the oil on their feathers. The penguin foundation uses penguin sweaters to put on the penguins to keep them from the oil on their feathers. I checked their website and they have been inundated with little sweaters! But if you are interested in penguins, check out their website.
Do you love to read? I mean read from an actual book? Well, James Patterson has started a literary fund to help save independent bookstores. He is giving $1 million of his own money to support independent bookstores. There is a link at his website where you can nominate your local independent bookstore for a grant. Help save a bookstore!
Tomorrow I am going to contact the doctor about my foot. I feel burning and tingling and that cannot be good.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Tonight for dinner I tried something new. I grilled acorn squash. I cut the acorn squash into 1/2" slices after taking out the seeds and pulp. Then I painted on olive oil, salt and pepper. I heated up the grill and put the slices oil side down. Once they were on the grill, I lathered the other side with oil, salt and pepper. It took about 12-15 minutes on the first side and about 10 minutes on the second side. I put some butter on them and they were delicious. Next time I would take off the skin before cooking. I didn't like the skin and it was hard to get off after cooking.
Friday, May 16, 2014
I immediately got on the phone with The-Insurance-Company-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named. I was shocked that I got through very quickly. The woman immediately saw the problem: the auto payment was not working. She said that the system was having problems with folks auto payments. (So instead of putting an effort into fixing the problem, they put the effort into sending Brenda four pieces of mail with a scary cancellation letter!)
I paid the back payment and reset the auto payment (again) and crossed my fingers it will work this time. It is only the third time I have given my information to set up the auto payment since December.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
I am a very on time person. I am usually early. Especially for work things. My partner is not always on time to things but gets crazy if people are late. I can't explain it.
This week we have been having our bathroom renovated due to a leak in the shower floor. I have asked the workers to let me know what time they are going to come to work and to contact me if they are going to be late. Today they said they were going to arrive at 9am but didn't arrive until 11am. This drove my partner crazy. She wanted me to yell at someone. I kept telling her bees to honey but she wouldn't listen.
A. It is hard enough to find someone to work on a small job without her running them off.
B. They are contractors. That means they can work when they want to. Sure I would like them to be here at 9am so they will get the job done faster but that is not my call.
After a talk I think we have it all figured out. He will text me if they are going to be late. Personally, I think this intense heat is getting to everyone. We need rain not anymore hot days!
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
My dogs have been so uncomfortable. Especially little Lucky. She is SO uncomfortable. She just walks around the house trying to find cool spots to no avail. Since the downstairs is being renovated, they can't go down there. Our downstairs is about 20 degrees cooler at all times. The dogs want to go down there so much. Our bedroom downstairs is all covered in plastic due to the renovation. Looks a bit like a Dexter kill room.
Anyway, the dogs want to go outside because they think it will be cooler and then they get outside and it is too hot, then they want to go back inside. This goes on all day. It is exhausting because I think they have to "do their business" so I quickly take them out. Then they just walk around meandering. I try to leave them outside alone but they are too anxious for that. They are just used to more moderate weather.
Let's hope tomorrow is not as hot and sweaty.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
I am trying to wait it out and see if the pain will go away before I call the doctor. I am not anxious to increase my Prednisone or go back on Plaqunil. This heat wave will only last a few days and maybe then I will feel better.
Monday, May 12, 2014
The basil, parsley, and dill are doing good. I have to watch the little dog around the parsley, she keeps wanting to nibble on it. I put up the fence but today that rascal figured out how to wriggle behind the fence. Then she is taller then the fence and can lean over to nibble. She is a rascal.
I then made a great dinner. I grilled a portobello mushroom cap and some zucchini planks. I made a great mayo/Dijon mustard spread to put on the portobello mushroom sandwich. Then I made a cilantro, green olive, tomato mix that went on the grilled zucchini planks. Delicious! Brenda made some home fries to round out the meal.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Today I took it a little easy for Mother's Day. I had a leisurely lunch in the backyard on my picnic table. I am a bit frustrated because a heron has been coming by our pond and I haven't seen some of our fish for a few days. Now they could be hiding or they be, gulp, bird food. I am trying to be positive that they are laying low.
After lunch I planted my herbs. Dill, basil, parsley were all planted in my new herb garden. Hopefully the fence will keep the pups out!
- Until tomorrow...
Saturday, May 10, 2014
It was a fun day.
Friday, May 9, 2014
This living upstairs is getting old. I know we did it for two years during the renovation, but I am not anxious to relive that experience. For one thing we have two dogs now. Second with me not working so much (Brenda works from home) we are spending WAY too much time together in a confined space and one bathroom.
Thursday, May 8, 2014
The plan is to demo and the put in a shower pan and a proper drain. Slope the bottom of the shower this time around and install the tile. Put a travertine sill instead of a concrete one. Put the glass shower doors back on and voila!
Today we listened to the demo. It was heartbreaking.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
I decided to go to the store and buy herbs and flowers to plant. I have wanted an herb garden for years along this slip of earth that is near my backyard stairs. I bought a little fence and some basil, parsley, rosemary and dill. Then I bought a tomato plant so we can have a tomato or two. Then I bought some flowers. They always cheer me up. I am going to plant them tomorrow.
Oh, I also got a 50 pound bag of sand to fill the base of the table umbrella. It was the only size bag they had. I had to get someone to put the bag in my cart and then beg some stranger to put it in my car. I had flashes of Silence of the Lambs go through my head as I was asking him to help me but I was in a busy parking lot and I was asking him to help me! ("It places the lotion in the basket." "I've no plans to call on you, Clarice. The world is more interesting with you in it. ")
Monday, May 5, 2014
The poor dogs are disoriented. They don't know where their beds are. They don't understand the plastic wrap. The room looks a bit like a scene from Dexter!
|Happi looking confused|
Sunday, May 4, 2014
I made quinoa tabbouleh and falafel.
Saturday, May 3, 2014
After my colonoscopy yesterday, I am feeling a bit more like myself. I decided to go for a walk after being cooped up for two days and basically tied to a bathroom. It felt good to get some fresh air!
I made some food and watched the Kentucky Derby. My horse came in first, California Chrome. That means bragging rights at our house. Until the Preakness that is, then all bets are off.
In the evening I went to a neighbors house for a gathering if the folks on our street. It was fun although I didn't eat anything. My stomach is still sensitive and I didn't want to upset it with crazy food. Heck I am still eating mashed potatoes and tofu.
I did spend some time on the internet looking for medical issues that my biopsy could be showing. That didn't yield much. I guess I will be stressed out until I hear from the doc.
Friday, May 2, 2014
Then off to the center where I got to put on a gown that opened in the back. I got rolled into the room and I remember talking and then I remember waking up. I woke up with a start because I thought I heard my dogs waking up. (In the morning when my dogs wake up it wakes me up) I think I even said Lucky do you want to go out? The anestheologist said I woke up just as they were ending. He seemed surprised.
The new drug doesn't leave you groggy or out of it. I laid there for a little then the doc came in. I got some interesting news: no Crohn's. After all these years of thinking I have Crohn's, I don't. The doc took biopsies and cultures I had one polyp that she removed. My ileum looked normal. The doc says she needs to wait until the biopsies and cultures come back to see what is going on since it is not Crohn's.
I came home, ate a wrap and went to sleep. Doctors orders were to lay around all day. I can do that!