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RE:WELCOME TO MAY CHAT
(Date Posted:05/12/2017 7:06 AM)



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Good Morning.  TGIF?

Yesterday was another "What a day!".   The guy who was to re-stuff our chairs called and said he'd be half an hour late.  Ok.  He came at 10:30 and was here until around 5:30!   Have I mentioned that we are becoming exhausted by constantly having someone in the house?  Sad but true.   I should have taken pictures.  He brought in this HUGE bag full of cotton and we literally used the whole thing on our three chairs.  He asked how firm we wanted the chairs and we said VERY firm.  When we had them done before by LazBoy, they felt wonderful for a month or so, but then little by little they got scrunched down, I'm sure because we are so heavy and we also have our Laptops on our laps in those chairs.  He overstuffed them so they give wonderful support in the backs and seats.  I can arise easily from 'my' chair now.  Mike's situation was worse.  He not only had trouble getting out of the chair, but he was using several pillows to sit on.  That's all taken care of now.  We also had the chair in the bedroom that he sleeps on most of the time done, and he slept well last night ~ hooray.  The down side is that by the time I'd set in my chair for several hours it began to feel too hard.  LOL   I suspect this too shall pass, and I will scrunch it down again so hopefully it's still firm, but softer.

He used a portable generator for his electric tools and it was hideously loud, and as I said, he was here all day.  He definitely earned his money, which was a fair amount, but we Hermits have had people around us for over a week, and it's taking a toll!  I guess if that's the worst thing that happens to us, we're pretty lucky, eh?

In the late afternoon, a florist brought the most gorgeous bouquet of flowers you've ever seen ~~ for Alice next door.  They weren't home, could he leave it with us?  Sure, we said, but they didn't come home by the time we went to bed last night.  I hope they aren't gone for the weekend or the flowers will wilt on our watch!   Of course they would have wilted if they'd been left on their doorstep, but I wouldn't feel guilty about that.  Ha.   I'm going to take a picture just in case so if they are really gone she will be able to see what they looked like ~~ then I'm going to text that pic to them saying "I'm waiting for you" (or something).  :-)

Otherwise, not much on our docket for today.  The Mail Carriers are having a food drive tomorrow, so we may go through our pantry and see what we can share.  They provided us with a bag that we can leave by the mail box tomorrow.    

Oh, and Barbara has to return something I ordered for her from Amazon ~ she requested the wrong thing and ended up buying a more expensive one locally.   She is leaving for Guatemala today so I'm taking care of returning it for her.  We'll just have UPS pick it up, but we have to be here ~ and probably not asleep.  ;-)

I hope your mom got home ok and everything is going well!

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RE:WELCOME TO MAY CHAT
(Date Posted:05/12/2017 7:28 PM)

Yes, my mom got home safely.  For how long she is safe it is hard to say.  She has been home less than 24 hours and she almost fell once and did fall once.  She knows how bad she is when she backs up.  Yet she did it without even thinking. Thank God she was close enough for hip to hit her chair and then was able to scoot up a bit and stand and then sit back in her chair.
I had a stroke.  It is so very hard on her.  She cried a bit after the fall and I told her she was trying hard, but the minutes just ran out on her.  She said she would have to go back to the nursing home and pay full price for being there and for therapy.  I have been sleeping beautifully. but could not sleep last night.  I heard every noise she made and came wide awake when she turned the TV on at 6am.  Not only do I have to walk to the bathroom every time I have to go but I do it every time she has to go. Not that I could stop her from falling but we would probably both fall and maybe I would break her fall.  I am so tired.
I know how tires Mike and you must be.  I would be exhausted.  Diane is going to come over tomorrow and help put the house to rights again.  If that is possible.  Then Mother's Day is here on Sunday but we are ordering Chinese.
I pray that all that hassle for your chairs are worth it.  I get Mikes thing about sitting on pillows.  That is what I am doing in my recliner in the living room.  I wish I could sleep in my room but I am too afraid of not hearing my mom if she calls me.  And since I cannot carry the Bipap back and forth between my bedroom and the living room.  But if I kept it in my bedroom,. then I would spend 6 hours of my day in there and mom does not like that.  So she says to stay in the livingroom and she will not turn on the TV so early.  We will have to see how it goes.
Hopefully we will both get some peace and quiet for a while.
Take care my dear friend.
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RE:WELCOME TO MAY CHAT
(Date Posted:05/13/2017 8:46 AM)



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Hello.  Welcome to the weekend.   It's going to be a bright, bright sunshiney day here today.   I think we may make a run to the liquor store later this morning.   We want to pick up something for Sue's Moroccan dinner, and as long as we are there  . . . . ;-)   We can order and pay on line and they will have our order ready for us.  All we have to do is go in and tell them we are here to pick up our order and they will bring it out to the car for us.  Once again Mike said we could have them deliver, and once again I pointed out that if we had that big Applejack Liquor truck pull up to our house then (1) the neighbors would assume we were having a party and expect to be invited, or (2) thinking about the way we both walk and seeing us need a truck to deliver our booze, they would assume we were drunks!  Mama said "No way, Jose'"!

Our chairs are all three very comfortable ~ thank goodness!  Definitely over stuffed but that gives us the support we need.  The first night when I sat in mine I heard a funny 'click' but didn't think much of it.  Then yesterday morning when I sat in it, it seemed to list to the left.  I mentioned it to Mike and he sat in it, hard, and he discovered that the back wasn't in the track right.  (I don't know how else to explain it, but apparently you can set it in the track but then you have to lock it, and our Leather Man must not have locked one side.  Mike took the back off, but couldn't get it back on and in the tracks.  We called Brian (the Leather Man) and he said he couldn't come here until 10 AM this morning, so I was unable to use it all day yesterday.   In the afternoon, we decided to try putting it together with both of us, but I was no help at all.  Really hard to explain, but when you'd get one side started in the track, the other needed to be canted a different way.  I could guide it when Mike lifted it, but we couldn't get it to work.   I gave up and then Mike tried again, all by himself, and he got it, so I had my chair back last night and it seems to be perfect now.  Mike will call and cancel Brian's visit to fix it.

Once again I was up several times last night to go to the bathroom.  I was able to get back to sleep each time, but I'd rather not have had the multiple wake-ups.   I guess it's better than NOT waking up, though.  LOL

OhMyGosh, I am so ready to not have anyone come to do work in the house  for a looooong time.  I know I'm dreaming.  We will need the smoke detectors changed and I HOPE we don't need anything done with the roof.  3/4 of the neighborhood had their roofs replaced year before last with the big hail storm we got then.  I wonder if the same folks will have their roofs replaced again.  Seriously.  On the one hand, I certainly don't want the roof to leak (!), but on the other hand, even in our sun a roof should last 15 years or more.  I have trouble being convinced that they need to be replaced every time they get hailed on.  We'll have to see.

I took a picture of Alice's flowers in case they were out of town or something, fearing they might wilt before she saw them.  Then that night I sent them a text to be sure they knew we had the flowers in case they didn't see the note on their front door.  Most folks come in through the garage and not the front door.    Yesterday morning I got a text on that thread from another lady, wondering who could have sent her flowers and telling me that she owns property on Owl Street (which I'd never heard of) but she didn't live there, her son did.   We were both confused and somewhat dumbfounded that my text went to her instead of Jake and Alice!  I assured her that the flowers were intended for our neighbor, but how my text went to her, I can't imagine.   Jake and I had texted before in that same thread.  STRANGE!    Anyway, I waited until 9AM and called Jake and told him we had the flowers.  He said he had seen the note on the door but didn't want to disturb us.  I guess their mamas brought them up the same way mine did ~ no calls before 9AM or after 9PM.  LOL.  He came over and got them and said they were from his son who bought the house for them.   (What?!  Your son bought your house for you??  I didn't know that!  What an amazing and lovely thing!)   Anyway, I no longer have those beautiful flowers or that heavenly scent ~ not that I could enjoy it all that much.  We put it in the guest bath and closed the door so Shogun wouldn't "enjoy" it too.

I have such mixed feelings about your mom being home, and I'll bet they are the same mixed feelings you both have.   You both want her to really be HOME, but you are both so vulnerable.  The image of her falling made my heart skip a beat!  Thank God she didn't come down hard and hurt herself, but it's terrifying to think that she could at any time.   I don't even know what to suggest or recommend to help prevent that from happening.

Will you have someone visiting to help with her therapy?   I hope so!  She just needs to be aware that she can't do things the way she has always done them, and that's so hard to come to terms with.  
You are both in my prayers.

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Our neighbor Barbara is in Guatemala now, and will spend the day getting to the town where she will be staying.   I was going to put something up for you to follow if you wanted to yesterday, but there has been a lot going on and I waited ~ and now it's 'settled'.  She submitted her paperwork months and months ago, and it never made it to Guatemala.  She re-submitted it, and again it's not there  Ultimately she sent copies via fax and while they really aren't good enough the people in charge said they would accept them ~ BUT she still doesn't have her Guatemala license!  That's potentially major for her to get through customs because she is schlepping two 50 lb bags of medical equipment.  They could confiscate the bags since she can't prove she is a Dr.  (Her American License isn't enough to show).   
ANYWAY, I got a note this morning that she sent last night  They had changed the way customs works, and you randomly either get directed to a red light where everything is checked or to a green light where you aren't checked at all.  She was directed to the green light!   In her own words:

"God is so good.  "He will give His angels charge concerning you to guard you in all your ways.... "  Remember that God just delights in answering our prayers.  Leaving for Cubulco tomorrow morning.  Thanks for all your prayers"

I will put up a thread with updates as I get them, in case you want to travel with her.

Sending love, hugs and prayers dear little sister.  Be well.



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I hope with all my heart that everything is going well with you and your mom back at home!    I know you are celebrating Mother's Day with your family ~ have a wonderful day!!

We have no plans for today, and to Shogun's mom, that sounds wonderful!

It got to the high 80s yesterday here!  Of course, inside MY house you needed to wear a Parka . . .     We did get everything done we wanted to though.  Got the donations for the Food Bank out by the Mail Box where they were picked up by volunteers, and in the process we found several outdated cans and jars which we got rid of as well.  I think today we may go through a big stash of tea and cocoa that are "mature" and make some space in that area too.  Or not.  ;-) 

We made our run to the liquor store, which is halfway across town, and mailed some bills on the way back.  In the afternoon Sue stopped over for a visit.  She made copies of all the stamps and dies and things she has for me, so if I need to borrow something I know that she has it.   I need to do the same for her.   She does so much for others, I would kill for her energy but I doubt even if I had it I would do half as much as she does.   She made 25 cards, each one different, for a friend in a Nursing Home!  I was proud of myself to make 8 identical Easter Cards for ME to send!   

It has been a very full couple of months with worker-bees, company, work to prepare for or clean up after each thing, and Mike and I are seriously looking forward to this week with NOTHING planned, unless he decides to have our Handyman come out and replace all the Smoke Detectors.  Maybe I won't even get dressed all week.  LOL


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RE:WELCOME TO MAY CHAT
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I WOULD LIKE TO FOLLOW BARB ON HER JOURNEY AND I ALWAYS HAVE HER IN MY PRAYERS.  
MOM DOES NOT DO SO WELL.  SHE IS HAVING A HORRID TIME WALKING.  BETWEEN THE WATER PILLS AND TRYING TO GET TO THE TOILET IN TIME.  SHE GETS VERY FRUSTRATED AND ANGRY.  I AM DOING THE MEALS AND WAITING ON MY MOM.  SHE IS CONTENT WITH MY WAITING ON HER  BUT IT IS VERY HARD ON ME,  WE HAVE LOOKED IN ON GETTING MEALS ON WHEELS.  BUT WE HAVE TO HAVE A HOME VISIT TO SEE IF WE QUALIFY.  WE REALLY HAVE TO BE HOME BOUND.  WE ARE, BUT MOM WILL BE GONE ON
MON. TO HER FROEDTERT APPT. AND I HAVE 3 APPTS ON WED.  1 WITH A SLEEP STUDY NURSE PRACTITIONER, ONE WITH DENISE AND ANOTHER WITH ANTICOAG FOR MY INR.  IT WILL BE A ROUGH DAY FOR ME.  I HOPE WE DO NOT HAVE TO WAIT A LONG TIME FOR OUR MEETING RE: THE MEALS ON WHEELS PROGRAM.  IT WILL COST US $3.50 A MEAL.  THEY ARE BASIC MEALS AND THERE ARE NO CHOICES OR SUBSTITUTES. SO I HOPE THAT WILL WORK OUT FOR US.
I GOTTA GO.  AM PAST MY BEDTIME AND MOM PUTS THE TV ON AROUND 6AM.
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RE:WELCOME TO MAY CHAT
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Good Morning!  
It looks to be another beautiful day here, in the 80s, no rain or wind.  Still nice, though a bit cooler tomorrow and the next day, and then we go back into Winter in never-boring Colorado! 

I did very close to nothing yesterday, and enjoyed it thoroughly!   I really needed a guilt-free do nothing day, and  took it being pretty sure that no one would stop over or expect anything of me since it was Mother's Day.   Now I'm up, dressed, made up and ready to take on another day.  ;-)  
I'm so sorry, but not so surprised that your mom isn't doing well..  I'm sure she needed more time with therapy in the rehab center.  I am so afraid she will fall and hurt herself.  I will keep her in my prayers, and you, too.

I like the idea of Meals on Wheels for you, and the price is really right, too.  I understand that people often make two meals out of one, too.   I know you have many other things that you both love having for dinner but i'm sure you can still do that from time to time.   It's just too much to stand and cook and clean up for either of you.   I'll keep my fingers crossed for you there!

Good luck with all your appointments this week ~ they don't sound like any fun at all, but I hope and pray that they go well and don't exhaust you.
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Good Morning

I'm still in the "days off" mode, and I'm loving it.   I do have some laundry to do and a few other things, but it's at my own lazy pace. 

I hope you and your mom are doing ok.



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Our Barb, Noni2's, kidneys have failed more and she is going to have to start dialysis in the next two or three weeks.       She has held it off for I think three years from when she saw that first Kidney Dr who would have had her on dialysis all this time, but now it starts.

I just feel like crying.
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IT IS IN THE 80'S HERE TODAY TOO AND I HATE IT.  THE HUMIDITY IS UP AND THAT MAKES IT HARD ON ME FOR BREATHING.  I WILL HAVE A HELL OF A TIME WHEN I AM OUT TOMORROW.  THANK GOD AFTER THAT IS WILL RETURN TO THE 60'S WHERE IT SHOULD BE.  I WILL BE HAPPIER WHEN IT HAPPENS.  I NEED TO GET SUZ AND JERRY TO PUT MY AC IN THIS NEXT WEEKEND.
I LIKE NOTHING DAYS, BUT THOSE ARE IN THE PAST FOR ME.  I DO ALL THE MEALS AND DISHES.  WE DID GET OKAYED FOR MEALS ON WHEELS AND WE START THURSDAY. OUR MEALS WILL BE DELIVERED ANYTIME BETWEEN 11 AND 1 PM.  THE MEALS ARE JUST A GENERAL DIET MEAL SO YOU HAVE TO BE AWARE OF YOUR DIETARY NEEDS AND NO NO'S AND TAKE IT FROM THERE.  WE WILL SEE HOW BIG THE MEALS ARE AND WHETHER WE COULD SHARE ONE OR WHATEVER.  IT IS ONLY MON-FRI SO WE NEED FOOD FOR THE WEEKEND. SO WE WILL SEE HOW THAT GOES.
MOM REALLY HAS TROUBLE WALKING.  SHE WAS USED TO TOOTLING AROUND IN HER WC AND ONLY WALKING SHORT DISTANCES.  WE HAVE PLACED A COMMODE IN HER ROOM AND SHE ONLY HAS TO WALK THAT FAR SO SHE RARELY WALKS TO THE BATHROOM OR EVEN THE KITCHEN ANYMORE.
BARBS NEWS HIT ME RIGHT IN THE HEART.  I THOUGH, WELL IS BARB CAN KEEP OUT OF DIALYSIS ALL THE TIME THEN I CAN LIVE FOR MORE YEARS THAN THEY THINK I WILL.  THIS MAKES ME SO SAD THAT SHE WILL HAVE TO DEAL WITH THIS 3X A WEEK.  WHAT A PAIN IN THE ASS.  BUT I KNOW SHE CAN DO IT.  SHE IS A FIGHTER AND A SURVIVOR!!  MAY GOD BLESS HER AND GUIDE HER IN THE RIGHT PATH.
LOVE YOU MY SISTER.
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Wednesday, Hump Day

We are still having warm weather today, though it is supposed to start raining this afternoon. continue tomorrow with a severe drop in temperature, and maybe SNOW on Friday.    

 I went into a major funk after I read Barb's post yesterday.  Just wanted to sit and cry ~~ so I can only imagine how she felt and is feeling.   When she was first diagnosed, I think it was three years ago, the ugly Kidney Dr she saw would have had her on dialysis immediately, but she was anemic so they sent her to a different Kidney Dr.   He has been wonderful and she loves him.  She sees many other kidney "specialists" (nutrition, someone to check the port they put into her arm, etc) and it seems to me like a whole lot more Dr appointments that I think I could stand (knowing, of course that you can stand what you have to).  She has made friends with all of them and really likes them, and she has had three years I think  OFF of dialysis, so that really is a blessing and an answer to prayers   She has worked so hard at eating and preparing her food the right way and doing everything she has been told.  I think she has surprised everyone.   Still, my prayer was not for temporary avoidance.   I always want it all, and want it now, don't I?   She is depressed right now, but you are right, she will be fine ultimately.

I can only imagine how hard it is to essentially be care giver for your Mom when you have so many problems of your own.   I really hope the Meals on Wheels will help ~ and be good!

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WHAT A DAY IT HAS BEEN. HOT AND HUMID AND I HAVE JUST BEEN LIMP ALL DAY. I RESCHEDULED ALL MY APPTS. I JUST COULD NOT BREATHE. IT SEEMED TO TAKE ME FOREVER FOR MY BREATHING TO EVEN OUT. I HATE THAT. NOW ALL 3 APPTS ARE ON DIFFERENT DAYS. THAT WILL BE EASIER ON ME.

I AM DEAD TIRED TOO. MOM DID NOT SLEEP LAST NIGHT SO SHE HAD THE TV ON ALL NIGHT. I LIKE IT DARK AND QUIET TO SLEEP. SO NO SLEEPING LAST NIGHT. I HOPE I CAN SLEEP TONIGHT. DIANE IS GOING TO GET US WALKIE TALKIES SO I CAN USED MY BEDROOM TO SLEEP AND USE THE BIPAP AND NOT HAVE TO MOVE IT. WHEN SHE DOES THAT I WILL START SLEEPING IN THE BEDROOM AND DOING MY TIME ON THE BIPAP IN THERE TOO.

OUR MEALS ON WHEELS STARTS TOMORROW WITH

 CHICKEN BREAST, MASHED POTATOES, BABY

 CARROTS, STRAW/PEACH GELATIN, COOKIE AND 

DINNER ROLL.

SOUNDS PRETTY GOOD TO ME, HUH?

I AM GLAD BARB HAS A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH

 HER NEPHROLOGY TEAM.  THAT MAKES THINGS SO

 MUCH EASIER. DID YOU NOTICE THIS STUPID

SPACING CHANGE?  I HATE THAT.

I NEED TO GET SOME SLEEP AND I AM LATE.

GOOD NIGHT SISTER OF MINE.

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Good Morning!  Time for coffee and a visit.

Here in beautiful bipolar Colorado ~~ it's SNOWING!   It was 80 degrees just a few days ago, but your "high" today should be 43, and we should see snow and rain mixed today and tomorrow with maybe 3 - 5 inches of snow accumulated.   Insane!

The Dahlias we ordered to plant arrived yesterday.  Jackson Perkins sends them when it's the right time to plant them in your location. Uh-huh.  LOL   We had planned to ask Shauna to bring up the planters and leave them on the porch for me to plant when she comes tomorrow, and then to turn on the outside water for us so we could water the plants.   Hmmm.  Possibly not, in the snow.  Timing is everything, and ours seems to be not so great lately.  Ha.

I can only imagine how tired you are just doing all the work in the house, but to not be allowed to sleep either ~ you poor thing!!    I love the idea of the walkie talkies so you can be there for your mom, without having to be in the same room AND being able to take care of your own breathing issues too. Will you still be listening to her TV all night, though??

Yes, your meals on wheels menu sounds good!   Do you get the daily menus in advance?    I hope it really is good and you can enjoy it.  This could be such a blessing!

That spacing thing drives me crazy!   Often I will type an entire post and it looks fine, then I go back to change a typo or something, and the whole paragraph goes wonky and the spacing changes.   Grrrr

Our Diamond Membership in the other group is about to run out, and I can't pay for the next year because the system keeps giving me a system error.  I've been talking to the Administrator, Alice, and we are having trouble understanding each other.   Now she wants me to PM her my credit card information and I'm hesitant.  I'm not sure why ~ it isn't a lot different than giving someone your credit card number over the phone.   Honestly, it shouldn't be this hard to give someone Money!!   (snarl)

Barb has done so well at holding off dialysis that this hit her like a bullet.  She is strong and she is positive and I know ultimately she will be fine, but how I hate this for her.  :-(

Did I tell you we binge watched 'The Tudors' and really enjoyed it, until toward the end.   Now we are pretty much out of things to watch so last night we started watching Reign.  Well done and held us, but I found myself getting depressed with all the intrigues and not being able to trust anyone.   I loved the book "Immortal Queen" that I read in my long lost youth and I still remember all of the things like that going on, but it didn't bother me then because I lived in sunny, happy times and her reality wasn't my reality.  I think this got to me because of our current ugly political situation which seems to offer no hope and only hatred.   We only watched the first episode and I know we will watch more, but I don't think we will binge watch like we usually do.

Have a happy day, Little Sister.  I hope your meals on wheels are scrumptious!


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RE:WELCOME TO MAY CHAT
(Date Posted:05/18/2017 10:20 PM)

You can keep the snow your way. We have enough bipolar drinkers, we do not need the state to be bipolar too. We had some really nasty storms go through last night and a tornado flattened a trailer park and a man died. Thank God it was only one man. It could have been so much worse.
Well our first meals on wheels arrived at 11 am.  I guess that is better than 1 pm. The delivery time is 11 to 1 pm but can arrive as early at 10:45 am. We just eat a granola  bar for breakfast so 11 is ok by us.  The food
was hot and good.  Not like gourmet good but every day family good so that is fine.  Plenty of food, we both had leftovers, so this will give us some food for the weekend.
Tomorrow we will be having Crispy Fish Filet, Cheesy Potato Bake, Winter Blend Veggies, Rainbow Sherbet, Petite Banana and Sliced Bread.  Sounds fine to me.
Ooh, I cannot wait to see your Dahlia's.  What colors did you order?  
I get so irritated with Reign.  Nan is deeply into the Royals of that period and has read a lot about them.  The thing yo remember is that Queen Mary is really only about 14 and King Francis 16.  They are all so much younger than they look.  Of course you had to start early as you did not live all that long in those days.  I am way behind my friends due to being in the hospital and Rehab center all that time.  Now my mom is always here so no time for me to watch it.
Have you seen the adorable commercial with the little black girl wearing a small crown chasing a frog around the kitchen.  It says if you have a princess who has to kiss he frog you need a swifter, lol. I love it.
I know this will be hard on Barb.  Dialysis is time consuming.  3 days a week, 6 hours a day.  It is a lot to deal with.  I hope her hubby will be by her side throughout it.
Chat with you tomorrow my dearest sister.
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RE:WELCOME TO MAY CHAT
(Date Posted:05/19/2017 2:08 PM)



Hello.   Sorry I'm late, but I suspect you aren't surprised since you knew Shauna was scheduled to come this morning.   She didn't come, but I'm late anyway.    I was up, showered and dressed and we were pretty much ready for her, a bit early, when she called to say she couldn't come, and that she had had the worst two weeks of her life.   She tells things like I do, in order, starting with the first day and then moving on to the second, so the call took a long time and by the end of it we were both in tears.
Trying to shorten things up, the weekend when she was here last, her husband Kenny got new work boots that gave him blisters on his feet. He's an electrician.  The next day they were worse, and draining and by the third day he was in terrible pain.   She tried to get him to go to the Dr and tried to help him as best she could, but the next morning he woke in terrible pain with a big abscess on the front of his leg.   She finally took him to Lutheran ("My" hospital) and they did some surgery on the abscess and put him on antibiotics and sent him home.  It kept getting worse and he had red streaks running up his leg (!) a few days later.  She took him back where they  operated again and kept him overnight, then sent him home with some antibiotics.  A lot more detail, but he got worse, Lutheran said he was fine and that it would just take time and could get better before it got worse.   She took him, protesting to St Anthony's North, where they admitted him right away, did more surgery and kept him overnight.  Lots more went on, but now he is at home, on an IV Antibiotic and she is taking care of him.

In the meantime, near the beginning of all of this, his dad came over and was hit by a car in front of their house and rushed to the hospital.   Her dad lives across the street and the two dads are best friends and Kenny's dad helps Shauna's dad with things he can't do because he is diabetic and has MD.  Kenny's dad developed the same kind of bacterial reaction in his wounds after he was sent home ~~ and within days, he died!   He was only 56.  He initially went home to his mother's house but she couldn't really care for him so  Shauna had asked for him to come to their house so she could care for both 'boys'.   
In the meantime, while at the hospital with their dad and grandfather, both of Shauna's girls had epileptic seizures.    Her dad wanted to come to the hospital but was afraid of getting what they both had so he couldn't.

I'm not saying this all well, and giving you TMI, but I'm still feeling the effects of Shauna's conversation.   Please pray for Kenny, and for the rest of the family as well.   What a nightmare!

She said she would call in a few days and reschedule our cleaning but I know she has to reschedule her other clients and our house isn't really dirty and no one is coming so I told her to just wait until our next regular cleaning in two weeks.   I'm going to send her some money anyway because I'm sure she is missing the money she earns from cleaning.   I don't know if Kenny's work place has a health plan or not.  They are such good people and I hate this all for them so much.
 
I had breakfast, and fell asleep in my chair, and THAT'S why I'm late!  Way TMI, I know.  Sorry  

I'm so delighted that your meals on wheels are good!  I've heard good things about them, but I'm sure it's different in each place, depending on the quality of the cooks.  Did you like your delivery person?  Visit a bit with them??   

I think we're going to put our viewing of "Reigh" on hold for a while.  I'm sure it's our own reaction to "Present Times", but I just can't want to spend time with all the intrigue and battling between factions.   We may start watching "the Crown", which Shiela (in the other group) has been recommending, about the current Queen Elizabeth from her youth until present day.

I know you can't watch whatever you want, but we have found several things we enjoy on Acorn.  Come on over and we'll watch them together.  ;-)

Thank you for the bee-u-ti-ful Fairy!  She's lovely!




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RE:WELCOME TO MAY CHAT
(Date Posted:05/20/2017 7:40 AM)



Good Morning.

I just did it again!   Wrote a rather lengthy post then switched over to a new thread and lost it.   When will I EVER learn to copy?!

I'll try again, but perhaps with less detail.   Yesterday was overcast and dark but it really didn't rain much ~ or snow!   We spent a lazy day and enjoyed it, then in the evening we called for carry out delivery from a new-to-us Greek Restaurant.   We both love Greek food, but we haven't had any GOOD Greek food since we moved to Denver.  :-)   Last night's restaurant had five star reviews, and it was pretty good, some of it Really good.  Our favorite Moussaka was made with ground lamb, and as you know, neither of us likes lamb, but the other flavors kept the lamb in it's place.  The other dishes we ordered (Saganaki, which is a cheese flambe ~ but it was flamed in the restaurant and not on our front porch ~ lol) and Dolmades (Greek leaves rolling up rice, almonds, garlic and a lemon basil cream sauce) were both very good.   We also ordered another dish to share tonight ~ Pastitsio (Pasta, Greek cheeses, seasoned meat, Bechamel Sauce, baked)  We haven't had it before but it's one of Mike's sister's favorites.

It was below freezing last night so one of our neighbors, Steve who is a liason with the HOA wrapped our Sprinkler System Pipes to be sure they wouldn't freeze, and sent us an email to let us know he had.  I really wish we could do something to repay all the neighbors who do so much to help us, but everything we come up with is just too hard for us.  :-(

No plans for today except to fluff the sheets our guests used that I washed yesterday morning thinking I would have Shauna put them on the guest bed for me, and then fold them for when she comes next.


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