Monday, June 19, 2017

THE GRILL HAS ARRIVED

I got my grill today.  It is really nice. My neighbor took me down to Lowe's bright and early this morning. I bought the grill that was all ready put together instead of the grill in the box. We then slid it into his van. Now I don't have to spend a day putting it together.

Now the planning of the first barbecue can begin!! I can't wait.

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, June 18, 2017

HAPPY FATHERS DAY

I went to buy a grill today.  I found the grill I want and it is on sale for Father's Day.  I bought it and the sales guy helped me out to my car.  Only it would not fit.  No way was that box getting in my loaner car.  Back to the store we went.

My friend is going to bring me back in the morning with his van.

My old grill is going to grill heaven tomorrow morning.

I let Lucky out to play ball and I saw it.  Ew... A dead rat.  It was a big rat too.  I had to dispose of it quickly in this heat.  Oh, did I mention today it got up to 103 degrees on my thermostat on the side of my home.  It was probably more like 96 degrees in my backyard.  Still awful hot.

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, June 17, 2017

GRILL SHOPPING

Today I went looking for a grill.  I went to a couple of stores but nothing looked good or was a reasonable price.  I just want a grill that is good enough to barbecue for holidays and parties.  No bells and whistles.

I went to see a few movies today.  First I saw some shorts.  Some of them were good.  Then I went to see God's Own Country.  It was fabulous.  It has been a long time since I spent a day seeing so many movies.

It is getting hot so I went for ice cream too.

Until tomorrow...

Friday, June 16, 2017

CAR UPDATE

The car place called to say it was not good news about my car.  It is a ball bearing.  They are going to order the part because my car is so old and it should be in on Monday or Tuesday.  I get to keep the Jetta until my car is fixed.

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, June 15, 2017

CAR STILL BROKEN

I went to pick up my car finally.  I got in the car and drove a couple of blocks when I ran over a couple of bumps.  The noise I heard was not good.  I made a U-turn and went right back to the dealer.  I told them I hope you didn't give away my loaner car.  They drove it and it made the same noise.  They took it in the back and could not figure out what it was.  They gave me the loaner and said they would call me in the morning.

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

WHAT A SAD DAY

My car is still not ready.  He said it will be ready tomorrow.  I have been moving that Jetta in and out of my garage by putting butter on it!  Ha ha.  It is a tight squeeze.  I am terrified I am going to scratch the side of the car.

What a day today was!  I woke up to the DC shooting.  Then there was the SF UPS shooting and then the Travis Military Base shooting.  What is going on today?  I checked the calendar to see if it was a full moon.  Things are just going nuts.  It is so sad, all those people involved in those shootings.  So much pain and hurt. 

I can't wait to get my car back and have a good day!

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

CLEAR MRI

My MRI came back and it is good news.  Nothing abnormal.  Yay!

Today I took my car in to be fixed.  Unfortunately they didn't finish it today.  They gave me a loaner car so I could get around tomorrow.  A Volkswagon Jetta.  It barely fits in my garage.

Until tomorrow...

Monday, June 12, 2017

MRI AND WARRIORS WON!

I went for my breast MRI today.  Each six months I go for my breast MRI or my mammogram.  Today was my MRI day.  The MRI is not like a regular MRI where you lay down and go in the machine.  With a breast MRI you are on your tummy and get put in the machine.  Half way through they shoot you up with dye. 

Last time the guy forgot to give me both earplugs and the ball that calls them if there is an emergency.  It was the most unpleasant experience and hurt my ears.  Today they gave me both earplugs and the emergency ball.   It went fast.

I wore my tiara to keep me safe.  I am used to the funny looks when I wear it from the car to the office.  The tech at the MRI office remembered me since I go so often. 

I will get the results shortly.

The Warriors won the championship.  Someone is setting off cherry bombs in the neighborhood.  It is so annoying.  The dogs are going crazy.   I am happy the Warriors won again!!

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, June 11, 2017

LAZY WEEKEND

What a lazy weekend!  I finally went food shopping.  I have not gone food shopping, I mean really food shopping not just stopping by to grab something, in three weeks.  The week before I was sick.  I was out of soup, all vegetables, fruit, ice cream and pretzels.  I was in dire need of going to the store.  I stocked up.  I still have to go to Whole Foods and stock up there too.

I sat out in the backyard with Happi and had lunch.  I have been enjoying my backyard so much.

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, June 10, 2017

FELL ASLEEP WATCHING TV

After running errands, I got myself ready to watch the Belmont Stakes.  I sat down and ate my lunch. Then I promptly fell asleep.  I woke up as soon as the race was over.  I missed the whole thing.  My horse didn't win.

I watched Jack Reacher 2.  I heard it wasn't very good.  I disagree.  I thought it was good.  In some ways better than Jack Reacher.

Until tomorrow...

Friday, June 9, 2017

GOOD MOVIE

I got an email from the Foster/Adopt folks.  No news yet. I just feel like I am still recovering from being sick.  Sounds weird I know.  I get so tired. 

I watched The Accountant tonight.  I heard it got a bad review.  I thought it was good.  I liked it.

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, June 8, 2017

HELP THE LADY WITH THE BAG

Well, I must be feeling better today!  I went to a new clients office today and did some work.  Then I left there and rushed home to take a call from another client about an emergency.  Then I got a call from the Foster/Adopt folks and took that call.  Then I rushed out to a doctor appointment.  I got home and took care of the dogs and saw an elderly neighbor trying to lug a heavy bag up the hill.  I ran out to help her. Then I took out the trash and ate dinner.  Whew. 

What is it with folks these days that they can walk past an elderly woman carrying a heavy bag and not offer to help her.  This poor woman it turns out had spent 4 hours in the dentist chair. She was in pain and had to lug this heavy bag of items she bought before the dentist appointment home.  I just offered to help her and she said no thank you and I insisted.  She said thank you.  I was not sure she would have made it up the hill she was so exhausted.  I took her bag right in the front door.  She was very thankful.  She knows who I am she just doesn't remember me.  I don't have a name that people remember.  We need to return to the world that helps the elderly lady with the heavy bag.

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

FEELING MUCH BETTER

I am actually feeling better today.  I am still tired but my brain actually functioned today.  My stomach is still messed up but that is from the antibiotics and I have about 2 days of them left.

I worked today to finish my business website.  It is all done and I am happy with it. 

I also spoke to a new client and got another gig.  I may get busier now.  I got sick at just the right time.  It was all meant to be.

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

RECOVERING

Another day of taking it easy.  I am able to eat solid food.  I ate three meals for the first time in twelve days today.  They weren't big meals but I ate something at normal meal times.  I have two more days of these antibiotics and then maybe my stomach will calm down.

I started updating my business website. Something that has been on my To Do List for a long time.  I finally felt well enough to start working on it.

Until tomorrow...

Monday, June 5, 2017

DOWNTOWN WITH A NEIGHBOR

My neighbor and I went downtown to try and get a stay away order to keep the squatter away from our homes.  It looks like a dead end but we thought we would try.  We need to do something to keep this guy away from our homes.

Then I came home to sleep.  I feel like I am slogging through water.  It is hard to breathe and it makes me so tired to do anything.  I guess I am still recovering.

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, June 4, 2017

ANOTHER DAY OF REST

Today I tried to rest again.  I need to get over this cold /flu.  I am tired of being sick.  I spent the day binge watching a Netflix show.

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, June 3, 2017

WONDER WOMAN

I rallied today and went to see Wonder Woman today!  It was great!!  If you like empowered women or action movies or super hero movies you will love this movie.  It is all action.  It is not for young children due to violence.  It is not like the TV show.

I can't wait for the next movie!!

We also had a resurfacing of the squatter from across the street.  First he tried to break into my next door neighbor's home as well as ringing my doorbell and another neighbor's doorbell. The police were called and came and took him away.  Hours later he came back again and I called the police.  He came and went and tried to enter the house across the street again.  The police arrived and told him to never come back again.  The police told us to go get a stay away order.  Another neighbor and I are going to do it.  We are so tired of him.

Until tomorrow...

Friday, June 2, 2017

CONTINUED WORK ON THE GARDEN

I spent the day in bed.  The gardener came to work on the backyard again.  It looks so great.  This time she cut back this huge "tree" or "bush" that is between my deck and my neighbors deck.  It really isn't a tree or bush it is a plant that has grown huge.  I used to have one of these plants on my desk at work.  It is a plant you can't kill and lives through anything.  Someone planted one outside and now it is HUGE.  It has these leafs with about 10 leafs on them.  I don't know what they are called.

Anyway she took down so much she filled the bin and three bags of compost.  She was using a saw and clippers.  She had a ladder and climbed up in the thing.  Then she tried to pull down the vines that have climbed up my house.  She was sort of successful.  The vines are stuck behind a pipe.  She cut the vines so they will die and fall.  Problem solved.

I slept all day and binge watched TV.

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, June 1, 2017

SICK BUT ATTENDED THE FOSTER/ADOPTION EVENT

I got up this morning and got ready to go to my Foster/Adoption event.  I went back and forth about whether I should go.  I was still feeling horrible and sort of weak.  I finally decided to go and only stay for 1.5 hours and then come straight back home.  It also helped that I got part way there and realized that I forgot to do something so the dog walker could get into the house.  I would have to get home to let her in to take Lucky to the park.  Last night Lucky drove me crazy crying for 30 minutes because she is so wound up and has not been on a walk for days with me being sick.

At the event I spoke to a number of folks about kids but I felt weak.  I had to sit down a few times. I drove straight home and laid down.

Lucky went to the park for a few hours and Happi and I had a few hours of peace.  We cuddled up on the bed and took a nap.

Until tomorrow...


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

REALLY SICK

I am taking the antibiotics and getting a bit better.  I am still coughing and sneezing and feverish and head coldish.  Blowing my nose every few minutes.  I have barely any appetite.

I am hoping by tomorrow I am feeling much better.

Today I called and got a cardiologist appointment. I also called to get the new RA doc appointment.  The receptionist said the doc needed to review my records before she could make me an appointment.  How weird. 

I need to get these dogs outside soon.  They are getting stir crazy!

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

HEART MONITOR RESULTS

Yes, I am still sick.  More sick.  The cold/flu has moved into my chest now and I am sneezing, coughing and breathing heavy.  Now, the challenge is keeping it from being pneumonia. 

I called my doctor's office first thing this morning knowing that my doctor is at a conference until tomorrow.  I guess my doctor came back early because he called in antibiotics for me.  That should stop this cold/flu in a few days.

I also spoke to him about my heart monitor results.  He said I was not crazy and I caught the heart flutter a least a hundred times.  I was just happy that someone finally saw the problem after years of folks telling me they can't catch it on a monitor.  The person who reviewed the monitor results said it looks like I have Atrial Tachycardia.  It sounds scarier than it seems to be.  According to Wiki:

Atrial tachycardia is a type of heart rhythm problem in which the heart's electrical impulse comes from an ectopic pacemaker (that is, an abnormally located cardiac pacemaker) in the upper chambers (atria) of the heart, rather than from the sinoatrial node, the normal origin of the heart's electrical activity.
Basically I exhibit a rapid heart rhythm that comes from the wrong place in the heart. 

The next step is to see a cardiologist and see what she says.  The most common medication is a beta blocker.  So we will see what happens.

The doctor also gave me the name of another RA doctor so I don't have to wait until August to get an appointment.

A good day for being sick and binge watching Season 2 of Fortitude on Amazon.  I watched Season 1 over the weekend.  Gotta do something while I am in bed and my head is all stuffed up!! 

Until tomorrow...

Monday, May 29, 2017

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!

Today is cold and foggy.  Ugh.  I am still not feeling well.  My throat feels like razor blades.  Just watching movies to past the time: The Boss, Crazy, Stupid, Love and Collateral Beauty.  Drinking tea and soup.

Hopefully I will feel better tomorrow.

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, May 28, 2017

NEEDING A NEW GRILL

Woke up with a scratchy throat today.  I had things to do but really wanted to stay inside.  My friend stopped by for a bit and then a neighbor came by to see if he could help me fix my grill.  I have a big grill for parties but it has not been used for years and it is dead.  There is a leak and it is so old that I can't buy the part.  I checked all over the internet.  There is a sale on grills all over the place I will go buy a new one.  I just need a medium sized one.

Then I watched the movie Arrival.  It was pretty good.

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, May 27, 2017

SAND: THE FINAL CHAPTER

What a gorgeous day!  I got up early and filled the last 25 bags of sand and took them to the dump.


The final plastic containers are empty.


Now my backyard is my own again.  Since I did the work myself, it cost me about $98.  The dump fee and the cost of the bags.  Everyone kept telling me to hire people and rent a truck or have a hauling company come and take it away.  That would have cost me hundreds of dollars.  After it cost me hundreds of dollars to get the darn sand, I didn't want to pay hundreds of dollars to get it taken away! 

When I was done I went to a neighbor's brunch and hung out with some friends for an hour.

Then I came home and took a nap.

Until tomorrow...

Friday, May 26, 2017

SAND: ALMOST DONE

I filled 25 more bags and took them to a neighborhood garden for them to use.  The sand removal project is almost done.  I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  When it is done I will have emptied 5 - 20 gallon containers and 5 - 5 gallon buckets.  A lot of heavy sand.

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, May 25, 2017

HEART MONITOR

I returned the heart monitor today.  I was so elated to get rid of that thing.  The first week it was kind of fun to push the button.  The second week I tolerated it.  The third week it annoyed me and the last week I could not wait for it to end.

Here was the process: When something happened to your heart - a flutter, a feeling, lightheaded, whatever, I had to push a button on the side of the machine.  Now the machine was the size of the old walkman.  For any youngsters out there it is like a portable CD player that plays cassettes.  It hooks to your belt.  Like how some folks hook their cellphone.  It is the width of two cellphones.  On the side there is a button that I had to push and hold for 3 seconds.  Once I got a vibration, I had to unclip the monitor from my belt and use the arrows on the face to scroll down and answer the questions.  What did I feel?  What was I doing?  My answer most of the time was "flutter" and "sitting".  When I was sitting down I usually unclipped the monitor because it was uncomfortable to have it attached to my waist.  But then everytime I stood up I would forget it was not attached and drag it across the couch.  I also didn't attach it when I slept because it was uncomfortable, so I would drag it across the bed.

Since the monitor was attached to you by electrodes that were stuck to your chest, I knew immediately when I forgot it on the couch or bed.  Dragging that thing around was a challenge but once I sent it back, I was still looking for it for days.  Amazing how quickly a person can become accustomed to something.

Now I just wait for the results.  I guess it will take a week since it is a holiday week.

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

VERY BUSY DAY AT MY HOME

What a day!  I had the handyman fix my lower deck.  It is a long time project.  I have had three contractors look at it and tell me what was wrong with it but tell me they can't fix it.  They were too busy or never got back to me or (maybe) died.  So it never got fixed.

Here's the problem: When the original contractor built my house they didn't (don't start pondering why, it will drive you crazy) put flashing along the bottom of my shingles where they meet my deck.  So when it rains, the water leaks in my house.  Nice.  It isn't a big leak but more of a seep.

To fix it my handyman had to remove my deck floor, take off shingles, and put the flashing on.  Then put the deck back on.  Some of the shingles broke and since the underneath was damp, we decided to keep the shingles off for a few weeks and let the inside dry out.

Here is the deck in pieces (looking down on the deck):


The silver piece on the left side is the flashing that is being installed along the house.


I also had to take my car in for some stuff that was going wrong.  I ended up having three oil leaks and have to have my whole shocks and struts, etc replaced.  That explains why my car is vibrating.  They couldn't do the work today because they had to order parts because my car is SO old.

To top off the night, the squatter from a few months ago returned to the vacant house across the street.  The contractor accidentally left the door unlocked and the same squatter from a few months ago returned and moved in.  He told the police he was renting the house.  He had a suitcase and food.  He is fixated on that house.  So I dealt with the police and the contractor to get the place locked up.

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

CONCERT SECURITY

My heart goes out to the victims and their families and friends of the Manchester UK attack.

I was just writing about security at events the other day.  When I went to the U2 concert I was thinking that the crowd problem made me concerned if there was a problem.  Then yesterday there was a bombing at the Ariana Grande concert in the UK.  The bombing was outside the concert prior to the security check as people were leaving.  As I was saying at the U2 stadium I was at they were letting us enter in a few entrances but we all had to leave through one exit.  I felt concerned that we were all being stuffed out one exit.  What if something happened? We had no where to go.  The same with getting to the concert.  There was one road in and one road out.  What if there was an earthquake?  Or something else?

I will never go to that venue again.  It is honestly too dangerous.  I don't know who designed it but they were not thinking of safety.  They were thinking of money. 

Until tomorrow...

Monday, May 22, 2017

MORE GETTING RID OF THE SAND

Today I got up and shoveled more sand.  I filled 15 bags of sand.  I made the bags lighter with only 4 shovels full.  I had 3 buckets 1/2 full.  I loaded the car and took it to the dump.  This guy charged me $40.  I got rid of all the sand in the buckets and one 18 gallon tub.  I have 4-18 gallon tubs left.



It really feels good to get rid of the sand.  It has been taking up so much space in the backyard.  I am sick of looking at it.

I spoke to my friend and she wants some of the sand for her community garden.  I won't have to go to the dump again.  I am taking it to her community garden on Friday.  Yippee!

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, May 21, 2017

CLEAR YOUR MIND

Today was a day of rest.  It is really hot today and after moving all that sand yesterday, I needed it.  After food shopping I took my lunch and a book and went down to my beautiful backyard.  I took my two dogs and some music and relaxed.  I felt weird.  Like I should be doing something.  I have a hard time just sitting.  This is something I realized I needed to work on when I did the happiness project last year.  I don't sit still very well.  I start making lists and thinking of all sorts of thinks I could be doing.  It is a horrible habit.

I need to try to just stop and clear my mind.  First thing in the morning would be wonderful but I have a dog that wakes up and wants to eat immediately.  I have been working on stopping her from barking to get fed.  It is really hard to get her to change her bad habits.   So first thing in the morning is out.  I have to find another time to clear my mind.  I am working on it.

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, May 20, 2017

GETTING RID OF THE SAND

When I got the sand delivered to fill in the pond, I got too much sand.  Not a ton too much but a bit too much.  Probably 100 gallons of extra sand.  I have been trying to get rid of it.  Nobody wants it.  Free sand.

Today I began putting the sand in compost bags and taking it to the dump.  I put about 5 shovels full in each bag and lugged it up the 15 stairs and put it in my car.  I took about 5 bags and two 1/2 full 5 gallon buckets.  They were super heavy.  I drove to the dump and the guy at the dump felt sorry for me.  I didn't know the process and didn't know it would cost me $40 each time I brought something.  He explained the whole thing to me and let me in for free.  He told me to hire someone to do it.  HA!

I dumped me sand and met another guy who told me the same thing.  Double HA!  They don't know me very well.  I can buy the compost bags for $0.20 each I fill them enough as I can carry.  I can put a bunch of them in the car along with buckets 1/2 full and that is almost 1/3 of the sand gone.  It will cost me $40.  I can get rid of the rest of the sand in two more trips.  It is just time and energy.

Until tomorrow...

Friday, May 19, 2017

FAMILY FAIR DAY

I went to a Family Adoption Fair today.  It is where there are kids who want to be adopted and families who want to adopt them.  I didn't know what to expect but it was a good time.  It was a picnic where you only know the people you come with!  There was food and activities for everyone to do.

I played catch with these things that had velcro on the catcher and the ball with some kids.  I hoola hooped and potato sack raced.  I made a bead necklace that turned into a bracelet. I participated in all the ice breakers: cake walk and rock, paper, scissors, chicken. I am game for anything!  I think I was the goofiest person there.  Not sure that was good or bad but that is me!

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, May 18, 2017

HAMILTON

Yes, I went to see Hamilton tonight.  It was wonderful.  I wasn't sure what to expect.  I didn't read or talk to many people about what would happen at the play. I just knew it had a lot of singing and dancing.

I knew the play was about the book Hamilton and Alexander Hamilton's life.  I still don't know that much about Alexander Hamilton.  I guess I need to Google him.  I also need to Google Aaron Burr.  I have heard of him but have no idea what he did.  American history was 35 years ago for me!

The gardener also came today and the yard is looking even better.  She planted my tomato plant and a blueberry bush in pots.  I can't wait to get tomatoes and blueberries!  She also planted another purple flowering plant downstairs and dill.  She planted colorful flowers on my deck. I would never think to put these flower in a pot together.  They look great.



Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

U2 NIGHTMARE

Tonight I went to the U2 concert.  I was excited to see U2 once again.  I have seen them many times.  U2 was the first stadium concert I attended back in 1984.  This was the 4th or 5th time I saw U2 in concert.  Joshua Tree 2017 was a revisit of the original Joshua Tree concert back in 1987.

The concert was starting at 6:30 with Mumford and Sons as the opening act.  I was super excited to see Mumford and Sons.  I left my house at 4pm thinking this would be enough time to get to the stadium to see the concert.  Boy was I wrong!

I am glad I brought snacks and drinks, I was in my car forever.  Just as a clue how long, my clutch was getting so hot, it was making a weird popping noise that was concerning.  I thought for sure it would burn out before I got there and I would be THAT person with their car broken down in the middle lane.

It took me 2.5 hours to get to the turn off to the stadium.  I pretty much thought it would take 2 hours to get to the exit.  So I was doing pretty well. The traffic was moving at 5 miles per hour tops the entire way.  There were all the cars going to the stadium plus all the cars commuting home.

The stadium holds 68,500 people and the concert was sold out.

I get to the exit and there is only one road to the stadium.  Who makes a stadium with only one road accessible to the stadium?  As I was sitting in completely stagnant traffic, I started thinking what happens if there is an earthquake or an emergency?  There is no where to go. No emergency lanes, no way to get through.  Who designed this nightmare?  Plus there are homes in the area.  All these people are trying to get home from work and are caught up in this traffic.  There are no police or event staff directing traffic.  It is just a free for all of people not moving.  Everyone is hot, frustrated, angry, late for the concert, and hungry.  Not a good mix.

After 1.5 hours I got to my parking spot.  The parking spot.  I have not been to the stadium before.  I swore I would never go to this stadium when it was built.  I heard nightmare stories about the stadium and people getting to it.  I decided to go to this concert.  When I bought the tickets I also bought the $50 parking.  I thought I should make sure I had somewhere to park.  As I inched along from the freeway to the parking lot, there were signs that said "quicker, easier parking".  Of course I had bought the $50 parking and I was not going to pay to park somewhere else.  When I finally go to my parking it was awesome!  I had a 5 minute walk to the stadium.

I got to the security once I finally parked at 7:45.  I had to go through the crazy security with my heart monitor.  I was a bit afraid that they would think I had a bomb.  The heart monitor looks like a large walkman that attaches to your belt with wires that attach to your chest.  Before I went through the metal detector I told the girl that I had a heart monitor on.  She just let me right in.

I got to my seats and waited to U2 to come on.  They came on at 9 pm.  It was surprising because there was a noise curfew at 10 pm. They played until 11:20 pm.  At 10:20 pm Bono said "We are just getting warmed up!"  Many of the people sitting in front of us left around 10:20.  I figured they paid babysitters and had to leave.

Bono was good.  He was losing his voice and I have seen him better and I have seen him worse.  The concert was a lot of fun.

The way home was easier.  I got home at 1am.  I was tired and hungry.  I heard the next day that the stadium ran out of food and beer.  People were very unhappy.

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

BREAST CHECK

I went to get my breast cancer doctor today.  She did the check and things look good.  She gave me the paperwork to get my MRI.  I have my MRI appointment set for a few weeks from now.  I am on the every six months get a MRI and mammogram plan.

My hips and joint are still killing me.  My new RA appoint is coming up soon.  

Until tomorrow...

Monday, May 15, 2017

LOOKED AT PROFILES IN THE ADOPTION BOOK

I went down to review profiles in the adoption book today.  It is always a wave of emotions looking at the profiles of the children.  So many children and so many stories.  There may be some of these children at the picnic I am going to later this week.

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, May 14, 2017

DO I RECOGNIZE YOU?

Have you ever run into someone you think you recognize but you are not sure it is someone you know?  You are on line in the supermarket or walking down the street and you see someone and they look familiar but you can't quite place where you know them from or what their name is but you know you have met them somewhere?

Well, that happened to me today.  I saw someone that I knew I had met before but I could not place the person.  Was it an old intern?  An employee at a client's office?  A friend of a friend?  I could not remember where I met them or what their name was. Until they had walked away and I was half way to my car.  Then it came to me.  Too late.  It was a friend of a friend. 

I don't think they recognized me because they didn't say anything to me and didn't even acknowledge I was there.  So I didn't insult them.

I got dirt to plant my tomato plant but got home too late to plant it.

I also got my 15th signature on the speed hump petition so I can submit it.  Yay!!

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, May 13, 2017

NEW BOOK

I am enjoying my backyard so very much.  Today I sat outside and ate my lunch and read my book.

I finished this weird book.  It started out really good but ended up weird.  It was like a car accident on the freeway.  I wanted to put it down but I just had to finish reading it.  I had to see how the weird book ended.

Now I am reading a "summer" book.  Light and fun.  Just what I need for a sunny afternoon.

Until tomorrow...

Friday, May 12, 2017

EARLY GIRL 50-DAYS HYBRID

I bought my tomato plant today.  I am super excited!  A few years ago I got this type of tomato plant and I got a bunch of tomatoes.  It is a Early Girl 50-days hybrid plant.  The tomatoes are not big but they are plentiful.  I plan on planting the plant in a pot tomorrow.

Last time I forgot to plant the tomato plant inside the wire tomato guard.  I tried to put the tomato guard on after the tomato plant grew big.  It doesn't work that way.  I ended up having to use some long poles and string to hold up the tomato plant.

This time I will start out with the wire guard around the plant from the get go.

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, May 11, 2017

ANOTHER VISIT TO THE DOG PARK

I took the dogs to the dog park again.  This time I let Happi have her freedom to walk anywhere she wanted.  She is so happy to be around the other dogs and people at the park.  We even went to the part of the park where the have these things set up where the dogs can jump over some barriers.  Happi was good at it.  I really thought the little dog would be good at it but she wasn't as focused as Happi.  Happi was so excited to jump and get a cookie.  It is funny since the little dog is a chihuahua and she jumps all the time so going over these barriers should have been easy for her.  I guess her ADD didn't help.

We walked all around the park and Happi did really well. There is a part where the dogs can go up a hill and walk in the trees.  I am trying to get Happi to work up to going up the hill.  I think she would like walking in the "forest".

When we got home they were konked out for hours.

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

SPEED HUMP PROCESS

I have been collecting signatures to get a speed hump in our neighborhood.  They are no longer called speed bumps.  They are called speed Humps.  Not sure why.

I have to get 15 signatures to move the application along to the city.  Today I got my 13th signature.  I am almost at my goal.  I have met neighbors I never met before.

Once the application is submitted with the 15 signatures, there is a decision from the city, then a hearing and another vote from the neighbors. It takes forever. In a year we should have a speed hump.  Fingers crossed!

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

SPEED HUMP UPDATE

This was the first day I worked on the neighborhood speed hump.  I filled out the application and began getting signatures.  Some folks said they signed a petition a few months ago.  I found out a neighbor began the process but didn't finish it a while ago. 

I went out to get a signature and while I was out I got 5 signatures just by standing and talking to a neighbor.  Tonight when I walked the dog I got two more signatures.  Now I just need 9 more signatures. 

Until tomorrow...

Monday, May 8, 2017

HEART MONITOR UPDATE

I have been wearing this heart monitor for a while now and I am pretty used to it.  I sleep with it, I take it off to shower, I change my sticker things every three days, and I charge it every day for two hours.  It has become a system.

Some days I push the button to mark that I have an episode, a heart flutter, a lot and other days I barely push the button at all during the day.  There are some times that I can't push the button because I am driving or cooking or carrying something I can't put down.  Sometimes I forget that I am wearing the monitor and when I remember, it is too late to push the button.  I figure if I push the button 70% of the time, that is good enough.  Some days I push the button 20-25 times.  Other days I just push it 1-2 times.  There is no rhyme or reason.

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, May 7, 2017

WIN THE GAME

I have been playing this "game" from the supermarket.  It is a game where you get pieces when you buy items and then there is a board and you put the pieces on the board.  It is called Monopoly but it really isn't like Monopoly at all.  I am so close to winning a bunch of things.  I have five of the squares and need one more.  I could win money, electronics, and other things.  It would be cool to win something.

Then I made an orzo salad.  It has a lemon vinaigrette.  It is so tasty.

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, May 6, 2017

LONG WALK, STROLL, TREK AND GROOT

I woke up early for a Saturday because I was going hiking with a friend.  I was a bit nervous about "hiking".  I told her a week ago that I was a novice.  See, I was brought up camping every summer with my family and we would go for these hikes.  They included climbing over rocks and up hills.  So when someone says hiking that is what I think of.

We didn't go for a hike.  We went for a walk in the woods.  We were in a park that had a wooded area and a well worn path with folks and their dogs and we walked.  We walked and talked.  It was a very nice two hour trek on a beautiful day.  Then we went out for burritos.  It was a very nice day.

I came home and took a bath with some Epsom salts.  I needed it to easy my muscles.

In the evening I went to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 with my friends.  It was awesome!  I love Groot.  "I am Groot".  He is so cute.  I want one.  If you don't know what Groot is, you have to see the movie!

Until tomorrow...



Friday, May 5, 2017

PLANTING PLANTS

The gardener came again today.  My garden would never look this good without her.  She took down three sides of my backyard that have vines on them in two hours.  She is a powerhouse.  In two hours I barely get through one side and then I have to sit in a bath for two days.  She says she rock climbs on her off hours.  She must have arms of steel.  I do not.

She bought plants that are drought tolerant and look nice.  She also bought some herbs and we made an herb garden.  My backyard is really looking good.  A place I want to spend time and have people over to hang out.  The dogs like being in the backyard.  I am thinking of making the sand (previous pond) pit a Zen garden with a rake and all.



Herb Garden

Update on the upper deck: it still smells but not as much as before.  It is fading but not as fast as I want it to.

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, May 4, 2017

WHAT IS UNDER THE STAIRS

Okay, today was the day we opened up the back of the staircase to see the damage.  I knew it would be bad and it was.  It was also worse in some places.  Here is the before photo under the stairs:


After cleaning up all the bad wood and installing the support beams:



Here are the nice clean stairs with the new caulking.   In a few weeks they will be sealed.  I can't use the stairs for 24 hours while the caulk dries.


The handyman also fixed the bridge in the backyard and helped me rinse off the deck again.

The house is looking great!

Until tomorrow...


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

ROTTEN STAIRS

Okay, it finally stopped raining so my handyman can start working on some outdoor projects.  Today he started on my front stairs.  I know they are in bad shape and have been leaking.  I can see the water damage under the stairs.  The city made my contractor seal under the stairs with drywall.  I was annoyed at the time because when I needed to work on the stairs I would have to tear out the drywall.

Today was that day.  First the handyman cleaned the stairs.  Then he began digging out the caulking step by step.  About five steps in, he called me over to show me that there is a space between the wall and the stair.  Uh oh.

We went under the stairs and he tore down the drywall.  It was damp as I suspected.  The drywall practically came right off.  There is rotted wood but not as much wet stuff as I suspected.  No mold.  I guess the holes in the caulking kept the mold from forming.  Finally a highlight!

We created a plan of what to do.  The main supports seem fine since they are concrete.  The wood on one side is rotted out for about 4 feet.  We found supports that the previous contractor put in but didn't put them all the way to the ground.  Weird.  My handyman is going to put a new wood piece and support it.  He is going to put full supports where there are partial supports.  He is going to remove all the drywall so I won't have this problem again.  Then once the stairs are all supported again, he is going to caulk the remaining stairs and then come back and seal the stairs.

By the way they look beautiful.  I forgot how white the stairs are.  They have been so dark grey and dirty for so long.

The handyman keeps saying to me, "why did they do this?"  I keep telling him it will drive him crazy if he keeps asking himself this. Just assume my previous contractor jerry-rigged things everywhere and the house is almost 100 years old so things are going to be done in an unorthodox way.  He is here to fix their mistakes!  Lucky him.

The handyman also  put screws in a door, fixed my french door hinge, took my stove pipe off and redid it, and fixed a lock.  It was a busy day.  I am super happy about the stove pipe.  I have an old Wedgewood stove/oven and it has the old silver stove pipe that goes into the wall.  The last person working on it installed it backward.  He took it apart and found out it was not connected correctly. It looks great now.  The stove also has an exhaust hole that goes up to the roof that had some newspaper stuffed in it.  I pulled the paper out and fortunately had a bucket under the hole.  A bunch of stuff came out.  It looked like roofing material and dirt.  I cleaned it out as best as I could but the handyman will have to fix it and put a screen on it.  I am so happy this finally got done.  The kitchen will be correctly ventilated when the stove/oven is on now.

Hopefully this heatwave will end soon.  Poor Lucky is not a happy camper.  She hates the heat.

Until tomorrow...


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

OXI CLEAN SOLUTION?

Today I tried Oxi Clean instead of vinegar and water. I am not sure it will work, tomorrow will tell.  When the sun goes down, the smell recedes, when the sun comes out the smell starts up again.  I ate my late lunch out on the deck today when the sun stopped shining.  I hope the Oxi Clean works.

Until tomorrow...

Monday, May 1, 2017

MAY DAY

I walked in a May Day Protest.  It was super hot.  So hot.

I tried the vinegar and water again on the deck.  I seems to be making a bit of a difference.  It is not making a big enough difference for me with this heat.  The dogs want to lay outside and I want to be outside but it smells too much.  It stinks up the kitchen.  It is much better so I am hoping it is going in the right direction.

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, April 30, 2017

CONTINUING ODOR

Yes, the odor is still pungent.  Today I tried vinegar and water.  It seemed to help a little bit.  I will try again tomorrow if it seems to work more.

It is super hot today.  I don't want to do anything.  The dogs are cranky.  Other than food shopping, I don't want to do anything.

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, April 29, 2017

ODOR LIKE ROTTEN EGGS

The deck smells like rotten eggs.  I can barely open my french doors.  The smell is horrible.  Of course this weekend is supposed to be the hottest days of the year (which is why I wanted a clean deck!) and I can't open the doors.

I rinsed the deck again to see if that helps with the smell.

I met a friend for ice cream.  It was supposed to be two friends but one had a date.  After ice cream we decided to come back to my house and watch Moana.

Until tomorrow...

Friday, April 28, 2017

CLEANED THE UPPER DECK

I bought a deck cleaner to clean the deck off my kitchen.  I wanted it to look as nice as the one the gardener cleaned last week.  I sprayed the horrible stuff and scrubbed the deck with a brush.  I rinsed it off with tons of water.  It still smelled. I figured it needed time to air out.  The deck looked pretty good.  It probably needs about three more cleanings to look really good but it no longer has mold and mildew and weird things growing on it anymore.  I also think I killed the ants!  Bonus.

Oh, my nephew texted me that he loved the brownies that I sent him.

I took the dogs to the park today.  This is the first time Happi has been to a park in years.  She had a good time.  She wanted to run around but was a good girl when I told her she could not. We will see how she does tomorrow.

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, April 27, 2017

SAFER

I bought some cleaner to clean my upper deck off my kitchen.  There were two types of cleaner to choose from.  One was more environmental than the other.  I chose that one.  It is called Safer.  I hope it works well.  The deck is in really bad condition from years of rain, sun and wind.

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

WORK SIMPLY

I have been reading a new book Work Simply by Carson Tate.  It is a book that tries to show you your type of productivity style and how you can work more efficiently.  I thought I would try some of the suggestions.  I am constantly inundated with emails, paperwork, and tasks that never seem to get completed. 

One of the suggestions is to have a 15 minute list.  Things you can do in 15 minutes.  When you are waiting for your friend to arrive or when you are on hold with your insurance company.  There is a list waiting that has things for you to do instead of websurfing or looking at facebook. 

One premise of the book is that we all have a running list of things we need to do that we keep in our head.  Sometimes we put some of it down on a piece of paper or into our phone.   One of the first thing you do is a brain dump.  You think of all the items you need to do. All those to dos that you have in your head: change the light bulb in the garage, call and make an appointment and finish the project for the client.  Clear your head and then you make a Master Task List.  I made my list today and my head feels empty!  There is more to it than that and I will let you know if it ends up being useful.

I have not figured out what type of productivity style I have yet.  I am not good at assessing myself.

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

BROWNIES

I had my first heart episode and it took my so off guard that I forgot to push the button.  It is hard to remember to push a button and where is the button and how long do you push it when it happens.  I have been practicing without actually pushing it so I am prepared.  The episodes happen quickly and only go for a few seconds.  I have to move fast.

To make myself feel better last night I baked my nephew some vegan brownies and mailed them to him this morning.  He will get them tomorrow just in time for his first final at college.  I figure some good homemade brain food will be good for him and his friends.  He loved these brownies when I made them for him last time.  Hopefully they make it there okay.  I wrapped them a couple of times. 

The lady at the post office said it was super that I was sending my nephew brownies for finals.  She said I was a good aunt.  I don't know. I would have been a good aunt if I had done it during the school year more often.

Until tomorrow...

Monday, April 24, 2017

HEART MONITOR AND WACKO DOCTOR

Did you ever get so angry you just can't talk about it?  That is where I am. 

Today was a medical day.  First I went to the cardiology department and had my heart monitor put on.  It is about the size of a cellphone but about two cellphones thick.  It clicks onto your belt.  There are wires that attach to the four stickers on our chest under your shirt.  It is super sexy, not!  I have to wear it for 30 days.  When I have a heart thing happen, I am supposed to push a button and enter the information about what I am doing.  When I am showering, I detach the cords.  Every three days I change the pads.  So far no episodes.

Then after a short break at the hospital lobby watching TV on my phone, I went to see my RA doctor.  This is my new doctor for the last year since my long term beloved RA doctor retired.  My new RA entered the room and stayed for about 4 minutes asking me how I am doing while sitting across the room.  She then left to review my chart for 5 minutes.  She returned to look at some of my joints and ask me where I am hurting.  I told her my hips, elbow, shoulder, and I am pain and can't sleep.  She asked me if I hurt along the back of my lower legs.  I said I have.  She left the room again for 5 min.  When she came back, she told me I do not have rheumatoid arthritis but I have Ankylosing Spondylitis/Spondyloarthritis.  She said I have four choices for medications: Ibuprofen, prednisone, methotrexate, or enbrel.

If you have been following this story for a long time, you may remember that I took methotrexate a long time ago and got methotrexate lung.  A serious disease that effects your breathing. Ibuprofen effects my stomach.  It took me years to decrease the prednisone that I refuse to increase my dosage unless it is an emergency.  And Enbrel!!  Last year I got meningitis and was told not ever take Enbrel again.  Now she wants me to take Enbrel again.  Horrible options.  She had no other ideas.  So two options that almost killed me and two options that will not do much.  Well, thanks.

Not to mention that after all of 7 minutes of talking to me, she changes my diagnosis from RA to Ankylosing Spondylitis/Spondyloarthritis (AS).  The main complaint of people with AS is a loss of flexibility of the back and neck from inflammation.  Pain, stiffness, limited mobility in the lower back.  Pain in the knees and heels.  The person has a hunchback posture.  Okay, I slouch but I have always slouched.  I just have bad posture because I am lazy.

The reason I had shoulder pain right now is because I have rotator cuff problems.  It has nothing to do with AS.  This doctor is a wacko. 

I have called and made an appointment with a new doctor.  I need a new perspective.  I gave this doctor a chance. She may be a brilliant researcher but she is an awful person doctor. 

Now you can see why I am so upset. 

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, April 23, 2017

I SCREAM YOU SCREAM WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM

An ice cream shop opened in my neighborhood.  I am super excited because it has vegan ice cream flavors. I went down today to try it out.  It had some coconut butter pecan ice cream and guava sorbet.  They let me try both flavors and the guava sorbet was delicious.  I got the pecan ice cream because I wanted some ice cream.  It was really creamy.  I ate it really fast.  It is really dangerous having delicious ice cream that close to my home.

I made a really good salad tonight.  It was a Quinoa, corn, edamame salad.  It is colorful and delicious.



Until tomorrow...

Saturday, April 22, 2017

WHEN WE RISE

I am finally getting around to watching When We Rise.  It is the historical mini-series about gay and lesbian history that ABC put on TV back in March.  I recorded it and I watched it this weekend.  A four night event goes faster if you don't have to watch all the commercials.  It is so funny to see your things that you participated in documented in a historical mini-series.  It is a sign you are old!

The series was well done.  Anyone who doesn't know much about gay/lesbian history should watch it.

Until tomorrow...

Friday, April 21, 2017

LUCKY MADE ME PROUD

Lucky made me proud today.  When I adopted her she was protective over everything.  Her food, herself, her bed.  If she found something to eat on the floor, she would attack someone who tried to take it away from her or even came near it.  She thought everyone or everything was trying to take her food away. She would even attack if you blocked her from getting "food" if she wanted it.   Once she got in a fight with Happi over a bug.  See where I am coming from?

Today we were on a walk and Lucky found a pit.  It was a cherry pit or some kind of pit.  I was trying to get her to leave it alone but she was intent on chewing it.  I had a dog treat and I told her to drop it, leave it.  I offered her the dog treat and guess what?  She dropped the pit and sat down to get the dog treat!  Then she was calm when I reached over and took the pit away!    A few years ago if I had done that I would have lost a finger.  She was so nonchalant about the whole thing.  I was so proud of her.  I gave her more treats and told her she was a good pup.

When your children make you proud!

The gardener came and power washed the slate in the backyard.  She got the green moss and dirt off but there is this black stuff that would not come off.  It looks pretty good.



Until tomorrow...

Thursday, April 20, 2017

NEW GLASSES

I picked up my glasses today.  My glasses are progressives and this is the first time I am wearing progressives.  People have been warning me for years that they are horrible and that I am going to hate them.

I got my new glasses and went to a coffee shop and put them on and began to read.  I have no idea what people are talking about.  I walked up three flight of stairs with no problem.  I thought they were great.  I did not wear them home on public transportation.  I thought I should get used to them first before I went on the subway.

I am going to spend the weekend wearing them before I have to drive and get around.

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

DOCTOR VISIT AND LAB WORK

I went to see my primary care doctor today.  It was a follow up from when I went to the emergency room with the heart palpitations and from when I saw him with the tendon pain in my legs.

I had a long list of things that are bothering me.  He wanted to hear the list when I got there.  I told him that my elbow still hurts, my shoulder hurts, my hands hurt, my chest is tight and it is hard to breathe sometimes, I can't sleep from the pain.  He immediately said he is worried that my RA is going crazy and he wants me to get on some more aggressive medication.  I am happy about this because since I have been off the Enbrel, I have felt that my RA has gotten worse.  The Enbrel stopped the progression, that is what it does.  I have not taken Enbrel for one year and for the last 6 months I have been getting progressively worse.  Today I told my doctor that I feel like I am falling apart.  So many parts of my body are in pain, I just feel old and like I am falling apart.  The hardest part is that I am out of breath going up a flight of stairs which means I could get interstitial lung disease.  This can turn bad.  I could also have costochondritis (inflammation of the chest and rib cage) although it doesn't feel like it.

I also have a weird rash on my legs and a spot that I need to get checked by a dermatologist.

I am just a mess.  The doctor said I need to make an appointment with the RA doctor immediately.  I went to get blood tests done this afternoon.  I am also getting a heart monitor to wear for a week or two to see how my heart is doing after the emergency room visit.

I am sure everything will be okay.  I believe in being proactive and checking things before they become a big problem.  Maybe getting on a new medication will make me feel better and not so tired all the time.  Next week will give me answers.

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

NEIGHBOR VISIT

I hosted some neighbors for dessert at my home tonight.  I found a dairy-free, vegan chocolate cheese cake.  It was really good.

It was fun catching up with some friends and having tea and cake.  I need to do it more often.

Until tomorrow...

Monday, April 17, 2017

WHERE IS THE SUN?

I am anxious for sunny days to begin.  It has been raining for so long.  We have gotten a few sunny days here and there but then it rains for a few days or a week.  It is hard to have so much rain.  I could never live in a rainforest.  Being damp and wet all the time is so depressing.  I need the sun!  That is why I moved to the left coast.  It is supposed to the be the sunny coast.

I am waiting for sunny days.

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, April 16, 2017

MUSEUM VISIT

My parents are in town and we went to a museum to check out some art.  It was raining and this seemed like a sensible thing to do.  The museum was huge and there was a ton of art to see.  My favorite display was an artist who made giant mobiles.  They were huge and very creative.

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, April 15, 2017

TAX MARCH

Today I went to a protest called the Tax March.  I was walking along and all of a sudden a well known politician was marching behind me.  I was surprised that she marched the whole way.  I got a selfie (not so good) while we were walking.

I am one of those people that never seems to run into famous people.  It was fun to be right near someone famous just walking along.  Okay, she had her people with her keeping the paparazzi back.  The media was all around her interviewing her and taking her photo.  I am sure I am cropped out of many of them!

I marched carrying the gay flag.  Last time I marched I carried a sign and my arms were killing me.  This time I carried the flag and it was so much easier.  No pole just the flag.  It is very light that way.

It was a quick march and then a warm bath with epsom salts.

Until tomorrow...

Friday, April 14, 2017

GARDENER #2

The gardener came again today.  The backyard is really looking good.  She thinned out my weeping trees.  She said there was a bunch of dead growth under them and now they look so much better.  I just want a backyard that I can enjoy and have people over and it looks nice.  I want the dogs to want to spend time out there.  I want to spend time out there.  Not too much to ask.

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, April 13, 2017

OBAMA BAG

I got this absolutely funny thing in the mail today.


In case you can't see, it is an Obama pocketbook.

I was just sitting here thinking, what is missing in my wardrobe?  I know, an Obama purse!

About 20 years ago I bought something from the US Mint and they still send me fliers asking me to buy things: coins, stamps, plates, etc.  Today I got this mailer from the Danbury Mint asking me to buy this lovely Obama pocketbook.  I just wonder who came up with this idea? How many will they sell?  Do people like this so much that they will sport a bag that says Obama instead of Louis Vuitton, Coach or Chanel all over it?

Suffice it to say, I will not be purchasing this bag.

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

ORGANIZED CLOSET

My handyman came again today. He worked on shelves and removed an eyesore in my garage.  It was supposed to be a shelf and pole to hang clothes to dry.  It was instead a large monstrosity that was not a shelf at all.  It had a thin piece of wood that I could precariously hang clothes.  And it was painted mint green.  Like hospital mint green.  Ugly!  I hated it the minute they made it and have wanted it ripped down for 7 years. 

I got my wish today.  That hunk of wood is gone and now I just have a thin pole hanging from the ceiling.  I can hang my clothes to dry now.  That area of the garage is so open and bright now.  I can actually see things in that area now.  It is amazing how that green thing was blocking the light.

He also put in a shelf in my closet.  Now the closet is so organized.

The closet didn't look like this a few hours ago.  Candles were falling all over the place.  Now it looks awesome.

I am so glad that I just took the dogs out. It just started down pouring. My dogs just hate the rain.  Today it was raining and Lucky didn't want to poop in the rain so she came in the garage where the handyman was working and squatted down and pooped.  She just hates to poop in the rain.  She is a little bad.

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

UPDATE #2 ON GLASSES

I just got an email giving me an update on my regular pair of glasses (as opposed to my sunglasses).  Warby Parker emailed me to say they received the frames but there was an inconsistency with the frame.  They have to order a new pair of frames.  They said they will be expediting the order and will let me know when they arrive.  Both pairs of glasses will probably arrive at the same time! 

Oh, it is raining again.  Ugh.  Over 200% of the amount of rain we normally get in one year and it is only April 11th.  

Until tomorrow...

Monday, April 10, 2017

UPDATE ON GLASSES

I took my frames to Lenscrafters today to get sunglasses put in them.  I want my progressives in my sunglasses so I have to get the thin lenses, the progressives, the brown tint, the UV, blah, blah.  I should have them in a week. 

I was really surprised that Lenscrafters has such a wide selection of frames.  Next time I will go there when I am looking for frames.  They had a bunch of designer styles. 

In a week I will have both my regular glasses and my sunglasses and I will have a new look. 

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, April 9, 2017

ONE-POT CURRIED CAULIFLOWER WITH COUSCOUS AND CHICKPEAS

I made a great stew.  ONE-POT CURRIED CAULIFLOWER WITH COUSCOUS AND CHICKPEAS.  It is really good. 

Epicurious
I am actually very full and think I ate too much!  There are lentils, couscous chickpeas and cauliflower.  Yum!

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, April 8, 2017

SHIRTS THAT FIT

I went to Target today and saw a great deal on shirts.  3 for $20.  I have a bunch of short sleeved shirts that I got a few years ago when I went on a cruise and they are too big on me.  They were too big last year and they are really too big this year.  I grabbed nine shirts in different styles and colors at Target.

I came home and went through my short sleeved shirts and tried them all on.  Any shirt that is a Large and is too big is gone.  Into the box to be donated.  I am getting rid of about 15 shirts.  No more keeping shirts that I will never wear again.

I still have some shirts that will still fit and now I have the nine new shirts.  Woo Hoo!

Until tomorrow... 

Friday, April 7, 2017

LONG WALK

I have been needing to get more exercise. Today I had to go to the Verizon store to get the screen protector put on and the memory card put in. The plan was to go to my clients and afterward take a bus straight to the Verizon office. 

I was waiting for the bus when a protest march came by.  It held up traffic for a bit of time so I decided to walk.  I figured I would walk for a bit and then when a bus goes by, I would jump on a bus.  

I began walking and walking and walking.  No bus.  I probably walked 20 blocks.  Some of it uphill.  No bus.  When I got to Verizon and was talking to the customer service rep, a bus finally went by.  I was glad I didn't wait.  I got my exercise in for the day.

The guy put my memory card in and put my screen protector on.  It has bubbles and I may have to go back.  

Yes, I took the bus back!

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, April 6, 2017

NEW PHONE

I am so happy.  I got my new Android Motorola Moto Z Play Droid cellphone and all is right with the world.  The transfer of data so far is okay. I kept it simple by sticking with another Android Droid phone.  I can open everything and it all seems to be working.  My contacts, photos, messages, apps, and emails are all on the new phone.  This is awesome.  Probably the easiest transfers of a phone that I ever had.  All my emails work and I think the phone works. 

I am very happy so far.  I have to go and get the screen protector put on.  I was also sent a regular charger and not a phone charger so I have to switch those.  I also have to figure out how to insert the memory card.  I won't have to worry about running out of space again.  This phone is a bit bigger but not so much bigger that it is uncomfortable.  I have so much data now I don't worry about anything.  Today I was on public transportation and I watched trailers for upcoming movies using data.  It felt so decadent.  I will probably never use all the data I get each month.  Maybe if I am on vacation or in the hospital but even then, I use the wifi at that location.  I never used all the data in my old plan.  A couple of times I came close to the total but I have the warning set and I immediately turned off all extraneous apps and made it through the month without going over my total.

I am happy I have a phone again.

Until tomorrow...


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

I JUST WON THE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION COURAGE AWARD

I just won the Freedom of Expression Courage Award!  The estimated 3 to 4 million Americans who participated in January's Women's March are being honored with a major prize from PEN America. "The PEN/Toni and James C. Goodale Freedom of Expression Courage Award is going to the "Women's March" for "galvaniz[ing] a potent global movement to resist infringements on the rights and dignity of women and many other groups." Since I marched, I am receiving the award!

Past recipients are the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and the work of Lee-Anne Walters and Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, who brought the deadly levels of lead in Flint's water supply to national attention.  I am in amazing company!  Imagine that!  I had no idea I was even in the running for the prize.

 Phone update: I guess the Fed Ex was too late to go out last night.  The screen is almost completely purple now.  I got a phone call but could not see who was calling.  It is a sad state of affairs.  It makes an interesting day when I can't check my phone all day or make any phone calls.  For the first 12 hours I was a bit lost.  I wanted to make phone calls and look things up and send emails.  Then I would remember that I could not.   I had to use my computer to do things.  Or not.  The only thing I wish I could have seen was a text message from my dog walker but if it was important she will send it again.

My phone should show up tomorrow by 4pm.  Yay!

Until tomorrow...
my broken cellphone

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

BROKEN PHONE

Oh, this morning was a mess.  I was hurrying to change the code to the keyless entry to the house and Lucky barked very loud and I dropped the phone that I was precariously holding.  Unfortunately I dropped on a concrete sidewalk and it landed right on the spot that cracked the screen.  It was not bad at first but by the afternoon the purple stuff inside was leaking down.  I could not see the whole top of the screen.

At first I called the cellphone insurance I pay for but it would cost $150 to get a new phone or I could possibly get the screen fixed for $80.  I thought about it but thought I should call Verizon first.

I called Verizon and asked how much a cellphone would cost.  The sales guy showed me a phone with more memory.  This has been a problem for me lately.  I keep having to delete things because I am running out of space.  Then he told me I have a really old plan that costs more than the current plans.  I can get a better plan now (since all the wireless companies are in competition) for less money.  The savings will almost pay for the new cellphone in a year.   Plus I am moving from 3 gigs to 5 gigs.

The guy "felt so bad for me" that he gave me a bunch of stuff for free.  Free overnight shipping, free accessories, and discounted something else.  I know they probably do it for everyone but when you spend an hour on the phone, it makes you feel better when they start throwing free things at you.  The phone may show up tomorrow (I ordered it late in the day and may have missed the fed ex deadline).

For those of you who read this blog every day and have read it for years, you may remember the last time I ordered my phone from Verizon over the phone, the phone didn't arrive.  There was a screw up with the delivery and Verizon applied for a refund with Fed Ex but then the package was found. I ended up not having to pay for the phone.

My current phone will be two years old in August so it almost made the two year mark.  It would have made it had I not dropped it.

I now have to get the phone and head down to Verizon to get the screen saver put on and the phone set up.  The only sad part about this phone is that it does not charge wirelessly.  I have to go back to using wires again.

Until tomorrow...

Monday, April 3, 2017

WHEN IS SPRING ARRIVING?

The first day of spring was March 20.  Why doesn't it feel like it yet?  It is cold and rainy.  We have had some sunny days but they don't stay.  Then it rains and gets windy and cold.  I am ready for 70 degree days.  Trees blooming and flowers. 

When?

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, April 2, 2017

FRAMES AND PAELLA

I finally bought a pair for frames.  I went to a Warby Parker and found a pair of frames, well, two pairs of frames.  I took M with me and I chose a pair of frames that are really not like me at all.  It will be interesting to see people's reactions.  Then I chose a pair of tortoise frames for sunglasses. I have to go get them made because Warby Parker will only make them a certain way and I didn't like it that way.  I will go to another place to get it done this week.

Then I came home and made vegan paella.


It turned out really good.  Super tasty.

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, April 1, 2017

BARBECUE AND THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE

I was invited to a neighborhood barbecue today.  It was nice to hangout with some folks from the neighborhood.  We spoke about a bunch of stuff including how it is to wear transition lenses.  I was given a bunch of recommendations like get them on a Friday so you can begin wearing them over the weekend and get used to them. 



Then I went to see The Zookeeper's Wife with my friend S.  It was a great movie.  It is also a true story.

Until tomorrow...

Friday, March 31, 2017

DRAWER FIXED

Last week my handyman fixed my two most used drawers in the kitchen.  They are the drawers that have the silverware and the most used kitchen items (like measuring spoons, can opener, etc.)  The handyman fixed the drawer by putting oil on the on rail holding the drawer in place.  The drawers are the original in the house (from 1920).  The handyman put oil on the center rail and that was it.

The first time I pulled open the drawer it almost ended up with the contents on the flower.  It has gotten easier to open the drawer.

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, March 30, 2017

WALKING MORE

I am trying to walk more.  I realize that I walk the dogs but Happi likes to go for more of a sniff than a walk.  I don't really get much of a workout.  It is walk three steps, stop, wait, walk five steps, stop, wait. Even Lucky gets impatient sometimes.

I have been taking the bus instead of walking lately because it has been raining.  Now that is nicer, I need to walk more when I go out.  I live on a steep hill and it is a good workout.  I get very out of breathe if I keep up a good pace. I need to get up the hill and not be out of breathe.  I just can't take the dogs.

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

IT ALL HURTS

I am having difficult mornings.  My hips hurt, my hands hurt, my ankles hurt, my elbows hurt, my shoulders hurt, my knees hurt.  My jaw even hurts.  Sometimes I think my hair hurts but maybe I am dreaming that.  My stomach doesn't hurt so there is a bright spot.

I am sure it will subside soon.  Flares always do.  The trick is to ride them out.

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

BATHROOM CLOSET ORGANIZED

I reorganized my bathroom closet.  Last week my handyman put a new shelf in the closet.  I decided that I wanted to put things on a different shelf.  Move the towels to another (more accessible) shelf.  Put all the medical supplies on one shelf and the non-medical stuff (bath stuff, soap, toothpaste, etc.) on another shelf.  I moved my sheets to another more accessible shelf.  I am really happy with the outcome.  Everything is more organized and accessible.

It will be easier to reach for the items I need more often.  I will no longer have to get up on my tippy toes to reach the sheets.  It is much easier for me when I am sore and swollen.

These things make me so happy.

Until tomorrow...

Monday, March 27, 2017

SLOW COOKER SOUP

I made the slow cooker soup today.  I ran out this morning and bought lentils.  Thanks to my brother and his lentil knowledge.

I made Lentil, Chard and Potato Soup.  It is really hearty and tasty.  It was really easy to make.  I will have dinner for a few days.  I love to make slow cooker soups.  No stirring, no checking.  Just put it in and let it go.

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, March 26, 2017

SLOW COOKER SOUP DELAYED

I got all ready to make a slow cooker soup today and after shopping for all the ingredients, I realized that I didn't have the necessary lentils.  Since the soup had to cook for 8 hours, I was not going to make the soup today.  Sigh.

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, March 25, 2017

DOG WALKER AND FRAMES

Me and the pups met with a dog walker/sitter. She is very nice.  She was worried about my dogs and her dog.  I already know that they will be fine since Happi and Lucky have been fine with other dogs.

Well they loved her.  This is all good news.

I spent the afternoon shopping for eye glass frames.  My friend M went with me from store to store trying on frames.  I must have tried on 50 frames.  I found a few that I liked but none that I love.  I feel that I need to love a pair of eye glass frames that I am going to wear every day for the next X number of years.  Years ago I had someone convince me that a pair of frames looked good on me and I bought them.  I have probably worn them for a total of one week in all these years.  Mostly when my other glasses broke.

So the search continues. 

Until tomorrow...

Friday, March 24, 2017

NEW FRAMES

I have been thinking for a long time about getting new frames because I need to be able to see when I read a book.  I can see to read a book if I take off my current glasses.  So all day long I take on and off my glasses to get work done.  At first it was okay then it was annoying now it is inefficient.

I just hate changing my frames.  My current frames are old and can't take the transition lens.

What kinds of frames will I get?  I can't wait to see.

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, March 23, 2017

HINGES THAT MATCH

The handyman came today and banged out a bunch of things.  He finished two shelves and installed them.  He made the hole in my cabinet so my TV cords no longer are in the front.  I can now close my cabinet doors.  After 7 years the brass hinges on my cabinets in the kitchen have been replaced with the brushed silver that match the rest of the kitchen.  They look so nice.





He finished painting my door.  It was a great day.  The house is looking great.  If it would only stop raining long enough he could fix the outside stuff.

While he was doing his work, I cleaned out the water cooler that the ants were under.  I had laid it down to clean the bottom and I guess something kicked up some junk and I had to clean the whole thing out.  I took all the parts apart and cleaned them all.  No ants had gotten in the inside or even on the outside that I could tell.  It just got junky inside when I laid it down.  I am sure the compressor had to settle down once I sat it upright.  It took about one hour but now the water is clear and cold again.

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

ANTS

Okay, if you get grossed out by things, stop reading now.


When I was a kid I watched this made for TV movie about people stuck on an island that was overrun by a colony of ants.   It is called Empire of the Ants. The ants killed almost everyone but the people who survived had to set the island on fire and jump in water with straws to breath through.  This movie scarred me for life.



I am not afraid of most things.  Ask anyone who knows me.  I am the one who kills (or saves) the spiders, bugs.  I have been the one who picks up the dead animals (mice, rats, etc.) and disposes of them.  I watch CSI and medical shows while I eat.  I am the person you want when you are in a hospital because I don't get queasy over this stuff.  In college I was the one holding back girls hair in the bathroom.  You get the drift.  I don't fluster easily.

Except for ants.  I hate ants.  They creep me out.  They give me nightmares.  That darn movie!   Over the past few days I have been seeing ants.  I don't like using DEET to kill things because of the bad things in it.  But ants will bring out the animal in me.  I could not be a Buddhist.

I saw a few ants.  I used the spray.  Then I saw a few more and I tried vinegar and water.  Then today I saw more ants by my water cooler.  A lot more.  I moved the water cooler and almost threw up.  I grabbed that DEET and sprayed like a mad woman.

There was thousands of ants and millions of eggs.  Oh my gosh it was gross.  I just sprayed until the can was empty and then I grabbed another can.  Ugh.  Then I had to clean it all up.  That was the worst.  I was worried that I had not killed it all so I put all the dead ants and eggs in a sealed plastic ziplock and that in a plastic bag.  Then I took a shower.  I felt like I had ants all over me.

It was so awful.  Just writing this creeps me out.

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN PROBLEM FIXED

Today I went to see my gut doctor.  Everything is okay.  She is retiring in a few months so this is our goodbye.  She said that the current political situation was the impetus to her retiring at this time.  The mess with the healthcare situation and all the other crazy stuff going on the world.  She is retiring from being a physician seeing patients to be a physician activist.  Good for her!

I talked to her office about the mess about The-Insurance-Company-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named  changing my primary care doctor and the staff tried to fix it.  I got home and called The-Insurance-Company-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named and miraculously my primary care physician's name was listed on their list of doctor's I can use.  I don't know what someone did but it worked.  Problem solved.

Until tomorrow...

Monday, March 20, 2017

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPINESS

Today is the International Day of Happiness.  Do you know where the happiest place in the world is?  Besides Walt Disney World?  Norway is the happiest place in the world.  The USA is number 14. 

The top things they look at are six economic and social factors
  • gross domestic product per capita
  • healthy years of  life expectancy
  • social support (having someone to rely on during times of trouble)
  • trust (a perceived absence of corruption in business or government)
  • the perceived freedom to make life choices, and
  • generosity (measured by donations)
Happy Happiness Day!

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, March 19, 2017

LAZY DAY

Okay maybe it was having 6 visit from Comcast.  Maybe it was the overcast day.  Maybe I was just tired and not feeling well.  I don't know.  I just wanted to stay in bed and watch TV and movies.  It was nice seeing a picture that didn't flicker and hear sound that was clear.  I could watch a movie downstairs or upstairs.  I guess I just wanted to relax.  So I didn't get out of my pajamas until about 2 pm when I took a fabulous bath.  In the bath I finished the book I have been reading forever.

What a lazy day!

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, March 18, 2017

COMCAST #5 AND #6

The cable guy comes in the morning and puts in a new cable box downstairs. I tell him that the type of box he wants to install is not going to work but he puts that box in anyway.  He leaves once it works.

Twenty minutes later the remote control doesn't work again.  I contact the supervisor and tell him that the box doesn't work again.  I tell him that Hulu is looking good at this moment.  The supervisor says he will be right over with some new boxes.

The supervisor shows up with the technician from this morning.  It takes them about one hour to figure out that last weekend when the technician accidentally turned off my cable box downstairs, he didn't set my cable account correctly.  It would not matter what cable box was installed it would not work.  My account was not set up to handle a cable box for more than 20 minutes.  They fixed it and now the cable box works.  Fingers crossed it will stay fixed this time!

Then my friend T called and we went out to lunch and to the park for ice pops.  I watched Central Intelligence in the evening.   It was a nice day.

Until tomorrow...

Friday, March 17, 2017

HAPPY ST PATRICKS DAY

I went to a party that my friend H had. It was quite fun.  It was billed as a poker party but I didn't play poker, I played games.  I played a game called Exploding Kittens.  Not as violent as you think.  It is a bit strategic.  It was fun.

Then we played Cards Against Humanity.  It was interesting and fun.  I ended up with three presidents and the pope as my answer cards.

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, March 16, 2017

COMCAST YET AGAIN

Last night I was watching TV and channel surfing.  All of a sudden the remote control ceased working.  I could not change channels or move the volume control.  This was a bit of deja vu.  The same thing happened with the other cable box a few days ago.  Now it is happening with this cable box.  If I got two feet from the cable box the remote control worked fine.  The cable box was broken.  I must have a record at breaking cable boxes in four days. 

Today I called my contact, the supervisor, at Comcast and he promised me they would bring a new box on Saturday.  I am super busy tomorrow and can't wait around for Comcast.  He can't believe both the boxes died in less than a week.

Maybe my Comcast is possessed?!

Today I wore a pair of my birthday socks.  They are SO fun!  They say Party Animal. 



Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

WEIGHTED AVERAGE

I spent 30 minutes today trying to figure out how to get a weighted average.  I have someone who is working 32 hours regular time @ $24 per hour and 10 hours travel time @ $15 per hour.  I need to figure out the weighted average.  For the life of me I can't figure it out.  Now I realize I am no math wiz, I admit it.  I am not putting myself down, it is just a fact.  I barely passed algebra (and I can barely spell calculus) and forget geometry. Isosceles triangles.  Ugh.  Don't get me started on Chemistry.  I loved to mix the potions but the math work and the memorizing.  Not my thing.

Anyway, I can't figure this out for nothing.  I feel like I am back in high school taking one of those quizzes.  "If the Amtrak train from Boston to NYC is going 80 miles per hour to the south and the wind is going 30 miles per hour to the east, which way is the smoke blowing?"   Trick question: Amtrak trains on the NE corridor are electric!  

I need a math wiz to help me. 

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

THE-INSURANCE-COMPANY-WHO-MUST-NOT-BE-NAMED

I had to call The-Insurance-Company-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named today. I got a letter stating my primary care physician had been changed to another doctor. I wanted to know why. I found out that once again The-Insurance-Company-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is fighting with the medical group. This happened a few years ago and the contract negotiations went down to the wire. It stressed me out thinking I would have to change insurance companies mid-year or I would lose my doctor's. Now it is happening again.  I changed my primary care physician back to my doctor and crossed my fingers the negotiations would work themselves out.

I called my doctor about the pain in my hips. I have an appointment on Friday.

Until tomorrow...

Monday, March 13, 2017

TAXES DONE NOW HEALTH INSURANCE

Don't you love when you finish your taxes?  It is something I dread doing every year and when it is done I feel like I deserve a night out.  A food delivery.  Something!  Now I have to clean up the mess.  All the stuff I dragged out to figure everything out. 

For months I have had pain in my elbow. My doctor says it is tennis elbow.  Now I have been having pain in my hips.  The pain is so severe that it wakes me out of a deep sleep.  It started on my left side and now it is on both sides.  Since I sleep on my side, it is quite painful to sleep.  I think it is time to call the doctor and see what is up.

Oh, I think I can call my doctor.  I got a letter from the insurance-company-who-can-not-be-named saying they changed my primary care doctor without my permission.  Ergh.  I guess tomorrow I need to call insurance-company-who-can-not-be-named and figure this out.  Now that Comcast is fixed I have a new battle to fight.

Until tomorrow...