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...

Sunday, March 12, 2017

COMCAST APPOINTMENT #4

At 9:30 am my doorbell rang and I was still in my pajamas.  Comcast was supposed to call before coming but they were at my door.  The cable guy came in and switched the cable box in a few minutes.  Everything with that TV worked great.

Ten minutes after he left I checked the TV downstairs and all the channels that are pay channels didn't work.  No MTV, no HBO, no LOGO.  UGH!  I called Comcast and told them what happened.  Turned out the cable guy took out the cable box that didn't work from upstairs but he turned off the cable box from downstairs that did work.  They tried to fix it over the phone but they could not.  They had to schedule a tech to come out.  One and half hours later I get my fourth phone call from Comcast from the tech that came that morning apologizing from turning off the wrong cable box. He already turned it back on.  Everything was working.  Yeah!  Hopefully this is the end of my Comcast visits for a while.

Now do you see why I hesitate calling Comcast?  It is never easy with them.  It is always 3-4 visits. A week or two of Comcast.  At least this time it was escalated to a supervisor quickly.  I have clear and watchable cable again one year later.  Yay!

Then I finished my tax preparation for my tax meeting tomorrow.  What a day.

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, March 11, 2017

COMCAST APPOINTMENT #3

I had taken photos of the continuing flickering of the cable picture to show the cable guy.  This morning I called the cable guy's supervisor.  I explained the situation and he said he would be at my home in a few hours.

When they arrived, they tested this and that.  It turned out that the cable boxes are old and some part of them was "full" and not able to work correctly anymore.  Really??  That was why I was having more and more issues.  They checked all the wires and even brought in the cherrypicker to check the outside wires.  New boxes were installed and checked.  All the TVs were checked and they all worked. I was happy.  After two hours they left.

I worked on my taxes for a few hours and then made dinner and sat down to watch some TV.  The remote control launched the channel guide but the arrows would not work.  I could not go up and down or left and right.  I could not get the guide to turn off.  I tried another remote control (I have a few with all the cable boxes I have had) and still no luck.

I finally went within inches of the cable box and I could change the channel.  Something was wrong with the new cable box.  UGH! I called the cable supervisor (he worked late on Saturdays) and he said he could not come by tonight but he would arrange someone to come by Sunday morning.

I checked the box downstairs and it worked great so I watched TV downstairs.

Until tomorrow...


Friday, March 10, 2017

MACARONI AND CHEESE

What is your most requested comfort food?  Mine is probably ice cream. Then pizza. But back in my college days I used to love to come home from a night out and make Kraft macaroni and cheese at 2 am.  Since I am lactose intolerant my days of eating mac and cheese are long over. Then I became vegan and there was no way I was going to eat Mac and cheese.

Until today! A new product came out. Daiya Vegan Mac and cheese. I bought it a few weeks ago but I have been too suspicious to try it. I tried vegan items before and have been very disappointed.

Not this time. The Daiya macaroni and cheese is delicious!  I haven't had Mac and cheese in 30 years and it tastes SO good. I want to eat the whole box like in my college days.  It is so creamy and cheesy. It has that yellow-orange look. I ate it with vegan hot dogs.  Now I am going to have one of my homemade vegan "Reese's" peanut butter cups. What a great dinner.

I have a new favorite comfort food. Yum!!

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, March 9, 2017

WHERE WAS THE SOCIAL WORKER?

I went to the Family Fair for my foster/adoption today.  I was supposed to meet a social worker to talk about a child.  After driving 2.5 hours to the site, the social worker was not in attendance.  I was a bit disappointed.  Okay, I cried.  I was tired from the drive and frustrated that I went that far and she wasn't there.  I pulled it together and met some other people so the whole day was not a loss.

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

DAY WITHOUT A WOMAN

Today was International Women's Day.  It was also Day Without a Woman.  I participated.  I closed my consulting company for the day.  I went down to a protest/strike gathering.  It was energizing. 

It was also Lucky's birthday!  She is probably 8 or 9 years old.  She still acts like a puppy.  To celebrate we all went to the doctor's office.  Lucky needed her nails cut and her anal glands cleaned out.  She was in a much better mood after that.  I guess that would put me in a bad mood too.

Happy had her nails cut and her shots. 

Then the Comcast guy came. Visit #2.  He installed the part.  It didn't change the flickering picture.  We moved cable boxes around.  It didn't change the flickering picture.  I keep telling them it is the outside. They won't believe me. 

In the evening I had my neighborhood watch.  It was a smashing success.  We had a guest speaker and for about 2 hours there was a scare that he was not going to show up.  I had made this arrangement 1.5 months ago and I was a little angry that he was blowing us off.  But he showed up and was a great speaker. The group wants another meeting in a few months.

The day was so great.  I have other positive news but I want to keep that to myself right now.  More on it tomorrow.

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

SOCIAL WORKER, CATWOMAN AND ALEXA

I found out my social worker for my foster/adoption is retiring in a month.  This has it's pros and cons.  She has been working part time and this means she is hard to get a hold of some times.  It also means that I have to break in a  new social worker and hopefully we click.  I am sure we will be fine.  It is a chance to meet a new person.

A friend gave me this for my birthday, isn't it cool?


CATWOMAN!!  I am putting it on the same shelf as my Hermione wand and Hedwig the owl.  Just a little geek out.

As you probably have figured out I have been checking things to do off my list.  Today I finally called Amazon about my Amazon Echo remote.  When I changed passwords and wifi in my home, my Amazon Echo didn't work.   I finally got that to work and then the remote didn't work.  I tried for days to "pair" them to no avail.  Giving up each time.  The reason I need the remote is with my 1920 walls, Alexa can't hear me increase or decrease the volume when the phone rings so I have to get up to turn her on or off.  Thus defeating the purpose of having Alexa.  The remote is great.  I keep it with me when I am working and I can talk into it and turn Alexa on and off, mute her or even ask her questions. When Alexa stopped working I stopped using the Echo very much.  Today I called Amazon to see if I was doing something wrong.  The remote was broken.  It just died.  Sob.  Amazon is so great even though it is not under warranty, they credited me a new remote.  It arrives on Thursday!  I feel I will be more productive with my Alexa working again.

Until tomorrow...

Monday, March 6, 2017

GARBAGE DISPOSAL

Yesterday I made this awesome and delicious soup.  It is White Bean and Barley Soup with Tomatoes and Greens.   It is hearty and tasty.  Perfect for these rainy days.

Oh, and it hailed last night.  I got up to take one of the dogs out at 1:30am and the deck was covered with hail.  It is SO cold here.  I heard the hills have been snow covered for the last two nights.  That is very rare.

Today the plumber came to fix the garbage disposal.  Turns out it was dying.  I also found out that it was a makeshift install and a part was missing.  I had the plumber install a new one.  It is SO quiet now.  And not smelly!  He also checked my sewer line and it was good.

Until tomorrow...


Sunday, March 5, 2017

HAIL?!

Today Happy (my dog) went out int he backyard to pee and out of nowhere it started to hail.  She stood in the backyard for a minute like she was shocked.  You see Happy is a tropical dog from the island Palau.  She has not ever seen hail or snow.  She ran under a tree and very quickly urinated.  She then ran into the house like something was chasing her.  When she got inside she shook to get all that hail off her and looked at me very confused.  Then she barked and ran up the stairs to her bed.

It was so funny to see her reaction.  I wish I could take her to a snowy area to see her reaction to snow.



Until tomorrow...

Saturday, March 4, 2017

LOGAN

Today was my birthday movie with friends.  I have been waiting to see Logan and it didn't disappoint.  But first, the previews were so crazy.  There is a new Aliens coming and it is SO scary looking.  I had to watch the preview through my fingers.  And a new Fast and Furious.  I can't wait.



Logan was excellent.  It did not disappoint.  I don't want to spoil it for you.  It was action, action, action!  It is rated R and is not for the faint of heart.

Until tomorrow...

Friday, March 3, 2017

TABLE 19

My day started with a visit from Comcast.  For those of you who read all the time, you might remember I had a problem with Comcast almost exactly a year ago.  I had them come to fix the cable issue at least three times and still it was not fixed.

Then I went on vacation, got sick with meningitis, the flu, and got back to work.  Then I started the adoption process.  I never could come up with the time to get the cable fixed.  I know it is going to be a long process.  Last year it was three appointments and they could not fix it.  Who knows how many appointments it will take to fix this time.

The problem has gotten worse and now I can't watch a show most times without having the picture  flicker.  It is annoying.  The guy came and didn't have the part he needed.  He is coming back Wednesday.  Appointment 1 done.

Then the gardener came and cleared out the backyard.  It looks great.

Then the handyman came and did a few things.

I went to see Table19 at the movies.  I thought it was a comedy but it is more of a romcom.  It was funny but a little sappy for me.  I liked it.





Until tomorrow..

Thursday, March 2, 2017

HOME FIXES

Today was a day of fixing things around the house.  The handyman came to paint doors, make shelves, paint shelves and put in locks.

Then the electrician came to fix a light and that made me real happy.  I have not had a light in my kitchen for about 2 months.  I can see when I cook again.

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

HORRIBLE TRAFFIC JAM

Today I was driving back from a clients office and I was cruising along and all of a sudden the traffic came to a sudden stop.  We inched along for about 10 blocks only to find out the entrance to the freeway was closed in both directions.  Ugh!

I followed the crowd like a lemur inching along for about 1/4 mile.  It took about 40 minutes.  Then I finally figured out how to get back on the freeway.

The whole time I was happy I had the top down on my convertible since it was one of the first sunny days in months.  It was a bit chilly but sunny.  I was worried that my GPS was in the trunk and I had no idea where I was.  I was hoping that if I followed the line of cars they would take me back to the freeway.  They did! 

It took me 1.5 hours to get home when it normally takes 40 minutes. 

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

COMCAST

I finally called Comcast. After about a year of having cable issues, I am finally fed up.  Over a year ago I had Comcast come out three times and they said they could not figure out the problem.  I gave up when I went on vacation and then I got sick with meningitis.  I could not begin to think about dealing with Comcast.  Then I was too busy to deal with my cable issues.  For any of you who have ever had to deal with a difficult issue with a cable company or phone company, you know what I mean.  It is rarely ever one visit from tech.  It is multiple visits from the tech support people.  Each person telling you another story about why the ___ is doing ____.  For my cable it is always: you have too many cable boxes.  You need a booster.  You don't need the booster.  A cable cord is bad.  Are you sure it isn't your TV?  Your splitter went bad.  I have heard it all.  The cable still has problems.

Maybe next week it will finally get fixed.  I can hope!

Until tomorrow...

Monday, February 27, 2017

OSCARS

Okay what do we say?!  It was so crazy.  I saw a post today that said: "I saw LaLa Land win and turned off the TV."  Ha ha.  They missed all the chaos.

It was a good time.  Just the right amount of politics and humor.  It had just enough glamour.

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, February 26, 2017

FOSTER/ADOPT GROUP MEETING

Today was my foster/adopt group meeting at my home.  There were 5 guests.  I made hummus swirls and my homemade "reese's" peanut butter cups.  Someone brought homemade lemonade.  We talked for three hours.  It was a good gathering.

We all talked about where we were in the process and speculated how long we would have to wait to get a child.

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, February 25, 2017

ORCHIDS

I went to a orchid show today.  I was given a free ticket so I thought I would head over for a bit.  I was not sure what it was all about.  It was a big orchid festival where there were thousands of orchids I could purchase.  I was essentially chaos.  I only stayed about 30 minutes.  The orchids were beautiful but it was crowed.

Until tomorrow...

Friday, February 24, 2017

A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS



I went to see the play A Thousand Splendid Suns tonight with my friend S.  It was really good.  It was almost just like the book.  The actors were so awesome.

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, February 23, 2017

ANIMATION SHORTS

I went to see the Oscar Animation Shorts.  I really liked three of them.
  • Piper about a little piper bird learning to eat.
  • Pear Cider and Cigarettes is an adult animation about a guy who needs a kidney.
  • Pearl is about a musician who gives it all up for his daughter so she can be all she can be.
It was a fun time.  I just love animation films.

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

QUICKBOOKS

I finally had to deal with moving Quickbooks from my old dying laptop to my new computer.  I have a very old version so upgrading was not an easy task.  I was on the phone with tech support for almost 3 hours.  My old file version from 2008 would not upgrade to 2017.  So tech support had to take the file and upgrade it from 2008 to version 2012 save it and then upgrade it to 2017.  It took forever.  They were very nice and I really lucked up since Intuit was having a 70% off sale on Quickbooks.  Nothing better than finding out that the item you need and have to buy just happens to be on sale 70% off.  Yay!

It is all done and I am finally able to invoice my clients again.  Hooray!

Until tomorrow...

Monday, February 20, 2017

PRESIDENTS DAY IN BED

Yes, I was thinking I was sick. Or just sick of everything going on.  The rain, the news, the cold, I didn't feel well, I was tired.  I stayed in bed and on the couch.  I stayed in my PJs all day.  I watched a movie The Nice Guys.

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, February 19, 2017

GAME NIGHT

After a restful day of watching TV, I went to my friend H's game night.  I was a little nervous since I have not played a board game in about 30 years.  I can't even tell you the names of the games we played.  The first game was a game with cards and chips.  The goals is to get to 15.  You use the chips to buy the cards. Some of the cards have numbers on them, those numbers get you to 15.  It was confusing at first but once I got the hang of it it was quite fun.

The second game was also a card game.  Everyone gets two cards.  Each of the cards has directions on it. When it is your turn, you play one of the cards and have another player do what it says.  Then you get another card.  The last players show their cards.  The cards all have numbers on them and the highest number wins and gets a little red heart.  The person with the most hearts at the end wins.  It moves pretty fast.

It was a fun night.  

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, February 18, 2017

INSANE NEIGHBOR

Today I had my helper come over and help me clean out more of the garage.  It looks great.  We pulled all the boxes down off the shelves and reorganized them so the less used items (such as camping equipment and memorabilia) are in the back and the more used items (such as office supplies, party items, holiday items and photos) are close at hand. I cleared out a bunch of stuff that I no longer need.  I no longer need to move 5 things to get my Halloween decorations out to decorate.

Then we made areas: a place to put gardening items, a place to put my ping pong table, and a place to put the boxes of taxes.  Now I can see and be in my exercise area again.  I even found a VCR that someone gave me years ago. It works!  I can use my yoga tapes again.

My helper had parked her car in my driveway when she arrived.  Many of my friends park there due to a lack of parking in my area.  Halfway through our cleaning out, my neighbor rang my doorbell.  My helper answered the door and I was down in the garage.  My neighbor spoke to my helper but I could not hear what was said.  By the time I got outside my helper was in her car and the neighbor was saying something to her.  My helper said "you don't have to be so rude".  I jumped in and  tried to find out what was going on.  Turns out my neighbor wanted her to move her car claiming he can't get his car out.  As the conversation went on he told me that "You will not park your car in the driveway anymore" because he can not get his car out of his driveway.  I told him the previous owner got his car out by doing a K turn.  He said he has a larger car.  I told him I was going to park my car there if I need to and he could ring the bell and ask me to move it if he found it impossible to get his car out.  He then told me that he would back his car out and if I found a dent, well...  He also said he would call the police if I parked my car there.  Good luck getting the police to come out for car parking situation.  Then he said "If you park your car there again, I will hit it."

The conversation just deteriorated after that about the security light on my house and how I am not friendly anymore.  Blah, Blah.

So much for being neighborly.

Until tomorrow...

Friday, February 17, 2017

SHREDDING

I love shredding.  I don't like the action of shredding mostly because the shredder jams all the time.  I have to reverse the shredding action and then empty the shredder.  Because of our recycling rules, the shredding has to be in a paper bag and not loose in the recycling bin.  The problem is who has paper bags anymore?  So I have to find a paper bag and then empty the shredder so I can shred some more papers.

Today was the day I went to the shredding company.  I had 5 boxes of shredding.  Old bank statements, checks, taxes, work papers, etc.  All needed to be shredded.  I also had a hard drive from an old computer.  They are all in little pieces.  The guy at the shredding company is starting to recognize me since I have been there three times in the last three years.  We are both from the East Coast and currently live in the same area.  He is a very nice guy.  I have referred his company many times.

It feels great to get those boxes out of the house.  More things gone.  The next thing to get rid of is the e-waste.  I am glad I didn't get rid of it already since my new cordless keyboard is not working and I had to hook up my old keyboard.  Sometimes it is good to keep some of that old stuff around just in case.

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, February 16, 2017

PROFILES

I went to look at more profiles of children today.  We were told that foster/adopt profiles show up each week and we can go over and look at them.  I was in the area and I stopped by.  That is when I found out they meant I needed to call first and make an appointment and then stop by.  Not everyone understands the words "stop by" the same.

There were no new children that were right for me this time.  It is will just take patience.

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

ANOTHER COYOTE SIGHTING

What a day!  I spent almost all day getting my computer up and running.  It is almost there.  I still can't figure out the keyboard but let's call this a victory!

At noon today there was a coyote walking down the street.  At noon.  I thought they were nocturnal animals.  So scary. 

I got a new door today.  It looks awesome! 

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY

Well, I finally turned on my new desktop computer. I was waiting for the right time. Today was it.

The first thing I wanted to do was install antivirus software.  That is when I realized my cordless keyboard is not working. I could not get the password to type in the box. Then it would type but it kept saying it was the wrong password. Ergh.

I finally went and got my old keyboard and plugged it in and voila!

I got a text from my neighbor asking if I wanted to come over for Chinese food for Valentine's Day.  I heated up some vegan food and headed over. It was a single persons Valentine's day. They had a bunch of food and desserts. There was great conversation and laughs. Considering I woke up and forgot it was Valentine's Day, I had a nice day.

Until tomorrow...

Monday, February 13, 2017

WAKING UP

Do you have a sense of dread when  you wake up?  I don't mean about my RA but about what is happening in the news.  Last night 200,000 people were evacuated due to a dam cracking and potentially flooding the whole area.  Missiles being launched by North Korea.  Mudslides. Floods. Something everyday.

Just one day I would like to wake up and find no news alerts telling me something has happened.  Wouldn't that be nice??

Until tomorrow... 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

ENVI HEATER

I finally got my heater installed downstairs.

Backstory: My bathroom was supposed to have radiant heat in the floor when it was constructed.  Due to a mistake by my contractor, the radiant heat doesn't work.  The bedroom is next to the bathroom and the bedroom has heat so the bathroom is not freezing.  The whole downstairs is about 10 degrees cooler than the rest of the house because it is basically underground.

Currently: On really cold and rainy days I use a radiator type space heater to make the downstairs warm.  Problem is I can't sleep with it on because they get very hot and they aren't safe.  I bought this new type of wall heater called an Envi.  It is safe because it never gets hot.  I don't have to worry about dogs or anything else burning themselves on it.

Today my neighbor came and installed it for me.  I turned it on and by the time I went to sleep it was toasty downstairs.  Not super hot but just enough to cut the freeze.  I could leave it on all night and it was cozy in my bathroom and bedroom.

Can't wait to go to bed tonight.

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, February 11, 2017

RESIST!

I participated in an event today where 5,000 people stood on a beach spelling out the word RESIST!  It was a lot of fun.  I had to get to the beach early to stand inside the outline of a letter.  I was in the base of the letter T.  There was a helicopter that came and took pictures.



Most of the time it was easy and fun.  The hardest part was when we had to kneel for about 15-20 minutes.  It felt like an hour.  My knees are not meant for kneeling.  My ankles and knees were in so much pain.  We were packed in so close that there was no where for me to go.  I just closed me eyes and thought of happy thoughts. When I stood up, it took a few moments for the blood to flow back to my feet.

I met some very nice women and we hung out the whole time.

In the evening I went to dinner with my friend S.  Thai food was just what I needed.  Yum!

Until tomorrow...

Friday, February 10, 2017

THE RESULTS ARE IN

Today I got the results of my blood tests. My potassium has gone up. It is still low but not as low.  My Vitamin D is no existent. It is so low it doesn't register. I need to start taking Vitamin D. My Vitamin B is a bit low too.
I need to start taking vitamin B and vitamin D.
Until tomorrow...

Thursday, February 9, 2017

DRAG QUEEN BINGO

Don't you just love Drag Queen Bingo?!  What you haven't gone to Drag Queen Bingo?  Too Bad.  You are missing a fun time.  It is bingo with Drag Queens.  There are Drag Queen MCs.  There are Drag Queen Offs, where they dress two folks up as drag queens and have them lip sync (a la Rue Paul's show Rue Paul's Drag Race) for their life.  There are prizes given out and a silent auction. 

I had a super good time.  I had my sparkly daubber and I had 9 bingo sheets.  I tried to win a trip on a fire boat.  I ended up running into a woman from my Foster/adoption class.  We had a good time catching up.

Can't wait for the next Drag Queen Bingo!

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

DEHYDRATED? NO!

I went to see my primary doctor today.  But first I had a handyman come to do some work on my house.  He put in security lights on the front and back of the house.  He helped me fix the garbage disposal that had some weird odor.   He also made my doors so I could open them since they were bloated from the rain.  I am so happy.  I want to get so many things fixed.  You know how you get to a certain point that you can't take it anymore?  I was at that point.  I can handle one thing that doesn't work, or two things that don't work but when it gets to 10 things that don't work, I start to have a melt down.

Then I went to my primary doctor.  First I was told I have tennis elbow. Funny I don't play tennis!  He heard what happened when I had the heart palpitations and then in the ER.  Then I told him my opinion that I was not dehydrated and that there was something else wrong.  He looked at the medical records from the ER and low and behold, the tests showed I was not dehydrated.  Ha!  I was low on potassium.

The doctor sent me out for some blood tests to see what else is going on.  He thinks there is something else going on.  I think he will get to the bottom of it.  He did give me some good advice: If the heart racing happens again, lay down.  I don't want to fall and get a concussion or knock out my teeth.

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

HAPPI UPDATE

Just giving a Happi update.  She has been going for longer and longer walks.  She even went around the block today for the first time.  She was so excited.  I have a double block so going around the block is a big deal.  The orthopedist said she needs to take longer and longer walks each 3-4 weeks until she gets back to her regular walk.  She is about 3/4 of the way there.  I have been walking her longer some days and shorter other days so she doesn't get overly tired.

The doctor said to not wear the brace on her wrist and it is working out better.  Her back has not been bothering her and neither has her wrist.  She has just been a happy pup.  She can't wait to go for a walk each day and gives me an unhappy look if we can't go out.

Until tomorrow...

Monday, February 6, 2017

SICK AND STING

I still don't feel well today. I just wanted to stay in bed today. I actually had to convince myself to get up to go to the Sting concert I had tickets to.

It was a concert at a small venue and I was much more excited to see him this time. I saw him last fall at a big collideum. It was nice but he was a dot on the stage. At this small venue he seemed so close. It was nice.
For those of you who have gone to concerts with me in the past, you will be happy to hear that there was an incident at this concert and I had nothing to do with it. I didn't even say a word. Here's what happened:

I was at the concert by myself. I was sitting on the end of a row in the balcony. Next to me were three women. They were fairly annoying by talking during the opening act (people who have gone with me to other concerts know I think this is rude) and standing up. 

People behind them kept politely asking them to sit down. They would sit down begrudgingly. Then another song came on and up they would go. The folks behind would yell sit down. By the 6th time it started to get contentious. The women started calling the folks behind them annoying. The folks behind them were throwing things at them. Finally someone got an usher who told the women to sit down.

During the next song up they stood up again. The usher had to come back again. I just sat there and kept to myself. 

It was interesting to see someone else have to deal with drunk and rude people instead of me.

The concert was awesome. Glad I went.

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, February 5, 2017

LAYING AROUND AND WATCHING THE SUPERBOWL

I feel a bit hungover. Very tired. I am not sure why.

I have had a few people suggest that I had an anxiety attack. I do not feel like it was an anxiety attack. I have had plenty of anxiety attacks and this was very different.

How exciting was the second half of the Superbowl? I missed the half time show when Lucky decided to get sick right as Gaga went on stage.

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, February 4, 2017

A CALL TO 911

I was feeling fine. I had just walked a ways. I had just had a conversation. Then my heart started racing, faster than it ever did before. The world went white. I held on to something and I did not crumble to the floor. I could not speak or I would have said I am going to fall. I could not lift my arms or walk. It seemed to go on forever but it was probably 20 seconds. Any longer and people would have noticed.

Then I could move and I slowly went to the bus. I wanted to go home. I needed to go home and figure this out. Do I need to go to the hospital? Do I need to lie down? Who will take care of my dogs?

I got home and called my doctor's emergency line and the nurse told me to call 911 NOW!

I called my neighbor to come and take care of the dogs. I then called 911. My neighbors came and helped me get ready by putting the dogs in cages and getting my coat and bag. My heart raced again.

Then my house had about 10 men in it. EMTs and firemen asking me questions. What medicines do you take? How old are you? What is your birthday? Are you allergic to anything? What happened?
They put me in an ambulance and took me to the hospital where they ran tests and gave me fluids.

My heart did not race at the hospital. So the prognosis is dehydration. With a warning that if it happened again I am not to go home but to call 911 immediately no matter where I am.

My wonderful neighbors brought me home.
 
Until tomorrow...

Friday, February 3, 2017

ALMOST READY TO PUT THE COMPUTER TOGETHER

I finally have all the pieces of my new computer, printer and router.  Things are starting to work again.  I will say, changing your wifi password, changing your router, changing your computer and changing your printer all around the same time has been cleansing and frustrating all at the same time.  I go from pulling my hair out to being so happy to see my new larger monitor.

I bought a HDMI cord and I think this is the last thing I need to buy. 

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, February 2, 2017

A WHAT? COYOTE?!

A crazy thing happened this morning.  At 7 am I looked out my front window because the street light was out.  What did I see?  A coyote walking down the street.  Right down the middle of my little street.  Like he was going to work.  I ran to get my camera but he was gone when I got back.  Just another animal to add to the list of animals I have at my home:

  • raccoon
  • eggret
  • skunk
  • hawk
  • coyote
  • rat
I feel like I am missing an animal.

In the afternoon I went to a family fair for foster/adoptive parents.  I got to meet social workers and see profiles of kids.  I saw one profile that I am interested in.  I can't spill the beans about the child but I am interested to hear more.  The social worker wanted to hear more about me which is a good thing.

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

TELLING UPSETTING NEWS

How do you tell a friend some news that might upset them?  I have a friend that I also employ now and then.  This person is going through a life change which is exciting.  I fully support all of it.  The problem is these changes effect our working relationship.  My friend is not able to be available when I am in need of services. 

I have put a Plan B in place.  You know what I mean.  I have another person waiting in the wings just in case my friend's life change takes my friend out of town or in another direction.  I don't want to be left hanging. 

Now, here is my question: How do I tell my friend that I have a Plan B?  I have to tell him at some point that I have a substitute.  I could just wait until my friend is not available and then call the Plan B person and that is an organic transition. 

I just can't wait around for my friend to let me know one day that a month long trip to Katmandu is planned for next week and I am up a creek. 

But I also don't want to lose a friend.  My friend must understand that I can't wait around forever for my friend to figure out life.

Anyway, any ideas will be regarded. 

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

DAY OF SHOTS FOR LUCKY

Lucky needed her shots today.  I got the form from the City and County asking me how many years I want to license Lucky for.  Once again I think it is such a funny form.  I can choose 1 - 3 years.  Lucky is around 8 years old.  She acts very young so I guess I will pay the fee for the 3 years.  I just think it is funny that you have to choose how many years you want to license your dog.  Do I want to pay for 1 year?  2 years?  3 years?

To fill out the form I had to take her for her shots.  She needed her bordetella and rabies shot.  She was so good when I took her.  She didn't complain or cry.  They said she was really good.  Compared to how she was years ago, she has come a long way.  Such a good dog.

Until tomorrow...

Monday, January 30, 2017

FREE THE GNOMES

I was walking today and saw this.  I thought it was funny.  Gnomes looking out a window.  Wonder what they were thinking?  "I want to be in a garden."  "You'll never roam alone."


I say Free The Gnomes!

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, January 29, 2017

BANANA SNICKERDOODLE ICE CREAM SANDWICHES

I took back the router I bought yesterday.  I got another one and had problems with this one.  Then I was sent an update and BOOM! the router worked.  Who knows what happened?  But it worked and I am happy.

I decided to take two of the Banana Snickerdoodles and add vanilla ice cream in between them.   I made Banana Snickerdoodle ice cream sandwiches. 

Boy are they good. 

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, January 28, 2017

PHOTOS

I went to a Photo fair to look at some art.  The photography was not exactly what I thought it would be.  There was a lot of multimedia and funky art that was a little too out there for me.  I thought it would be more pictures taken with a camera not pictures taken and then dots put on the photograph.  Or a photo printed on material and then the material thinned and only strings show the photograph.

I bought a photo album to make a photo book for my foster/adoption.  I need to put together a few photos that show my home, dogs, bird, the child's bedroom that they will help decorate, and a photo of me.  I wish my backyard looked neat because I would put a photo of the backyard too.  It is so overgrown with all the rain, it looks a mess.

I went and bought a new color printer, wifi router and CPU.  I tried to hook up the new wifi.  It is a new system that doesn't use a router and extender.  Unfortunately the second router didn't work so I will have to take it back.  The printer is wonderful.

Until tomorrow...

Friday, January 27, 2017

BANANA SNICKERDOODLES

I baked cookies!  Vegan cookies.  Banana Snickerdoodles.  I have been craving cookies for about a week and it is hard to find vegan cookies that are interesting.  I found this recipe a while ago and have been wanting to make it.  I finally had 2 bananas that were soft and the time to make the batter and refrigerate it for 50 minutes.

The batter was different than I thought it would be so maybe I was not supposed to use my Kitchen Aid.  The cookies are tasty so if I end up liking them enough and I make then again I won't use the kitchen aid.

I think the cookies would be really good with vanilla ice cream.  Maybe I will get some and make ice cream cookie sandwiches.


Until tomorrow...

Thursday, January 26, 2017

HAIL?

The other day I was sitting her on the couch when I heard this tapping.  It was raining and I thought it was the rain.  But it kept tapping.  I finally got up and went to my deck and it was hailing!  It very rarely hails.  Like I can count the number of times it has hailed on three fingers in the past 25 years.

I ran to get my camera and it had petered off.  Here are the photos:



It was all very exciting.  Then a few minutes it was all gone.  Mother Nature.

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

HUMANITY AND RESPECT

Why are people so afraid of treating other people like human beings?  Tonight a neighbor and I were speaking while I was walking the dogs.  Another neighbor drove by in his car and told the neighbor I was speaking to that a "crazy person" was sitting on her front steps.  She was not going to go home because she was scared.  I told her I would walk her home.  Between me and my two crazy and loud dogs, the person would be nuts to stick around.  Plus, I would not hesitate to call the police if anything happened.  I have them on speed dial.

When we got to her steps, I politely asked the guy to move along. He was just sitting there eating some fruit.  He said sure.  I told him I appreciate it.  The neighbor scurried into her home.  I kept walking along with the dogs.  They didn't even get a weird vibe from him or they would have growled.  But I did notice they didn't go up to him and they go up to everyone.  The guy moved along up the street and later in the walk I saw him and he said hello. 

I consult with agencies that work with the homeless, mental health, low income folks and children so I have learned that if you treat people with respect and humanity you will get the same in return. 

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

STOP THE RAIN

It has finally stopped raining.  It looks like it may be sunny for a number of days.  It may even get into  the 6o's by this weekend.  I am so happy today with just a few hours of sun.  This constant rain has been really hard.  I just don't want to leave the house.  The dogs don't want to go outside.  Happi holds her pee practically all day to avoid going outside.  Lucky will run outside and go under the picnic table to pee.  Actually I will avoid running errands when it is really coming down so I guess like mother like daughters!

Until tomorrow...

Monday, January 23, 2017

SORE HIPS

I woke up this morning and my hips were so sore.  I have always had a hard time standing or walking slowly.  It makes my hips, legs and feet sore.  Things like tours where I have to stand around in museums or marches that are slow moving are all hard for me.  If the march moved regular speed, I would be perfectly fine.  I may get a small bit sore but nothing like I got today. 

I ate breakfast and took a bath with epsom salts.  That made me feel better.  I had a really slow morning.

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, January 21, 2017

WOMEN'S MARCH

Today was the Women's March in my city. Our march was late in the day. By the time the march came around it started to, what? You guessed it. Rain! Nothing I like better than a march in the rain.
I thought all day about the sign I would carry. It had to be thought provoking and meaningful. I used a quote. A lot of people took photos of it and commented on it.
So I marched with 100,000 of my neighbors. I was dressed in layers of shirts and jackets and my rain coat. I had an umbrella in my bag but I found out you can't hold an umbrella and a sign.
I was in the front of the march so I finished and got home in time to see the march finish on the news.
Until tomorrow...

Friday, January 20, 2017

A VERY ANGRY MOTHER EARTH

The skies opened up with torrential rain and wind. There was thunder and lightening like we have not seen in many years.  Mother Earth was warning us that she is dying. 
She was crying about the change of power happening today. She hears of the environment policy rollbacks planned. It makes her sad and very angry.  She was giving us a very loud warning letting us know she is the ultimate ruler.  If we kill Mother Earth, we kill ourselves.

Later this afternoon I was driving and I saw the most beautiful double rainbow. I could not get a photo of it while I was on the freeway but as soon as I got off I took a picture. Mother Earth sent a nice surprise. 


Until tomorrow...

Thursday, January 19, 2017

CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT

Today I received a postcard from the NCAA.  It was informing me that I am part of a class action lawsuit for concussions while participating in college sports. The whole thing is rather funny because the only sports I participated in in college was swimming.  I was on the swim team for a short time.  Then I got pneumonia and had to drop out.  I am not sure a person can get a concussion on the swim team.  I guess if I accidentally swam into the wall or something I could get a concussion.  Swimming is a pretty safe sport.  Swimmers would have more ear infections I would think.

Anyway, it was a funny postcard to get although I realize they probably got a list of all students participating in sports in college and everyone got a postcard.  I don't think I will be part of the lawsuit and I won't be getting any of the money.

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

MADE SOUP OVERNIGHT

It is raining again.  Ugh.  I feel like we are going to float away.  Flood warnings everywhere.  Interrupting my TV shows every 1/2 hour.  My internet wonky all the time.  It is cold and damp. 

Today I made soup again.  I bought this bean mix a while ago and yesterday I found it in my cabinet.  You know what I mean, shopping in your cabinets.  It is one of my favorite things to do.  I go through my cabinet and I find something that I bought sometime ago and I get all excited to make it. 

Today I just happen to have the ingredients to make the soup.  It needed carrots, celery and red pepper.  Perfect!  I have crushed tomatoes and veggie broth in my pantry all the time for these reasons.  I soaked the beans overnight and today I made the soup.  It came out delicious! 


I have enough to last a few days.  I just wish I had a good loaf of bread.  That would make a great meal.

Until tomorrow...