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Dorothy2
Re :   WELCOME TO JULY CHAT



Goodbye, my very dear friend, my Little Sister.   

I will miss you always.






02/11/2018 8:31 PM


Dorothy2
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It's so wonderful to hear from you!   I'm so glad you got the flowers and they made you smile.    I get notification that they have been delivered, but I'm never sure what that means.   Were they delivered to the Hospice, but not necessarily to you?   It always makes me feel so much better when I know for sure.

I'm more than delighted that you plan to go kicking and screaming into "that good night", if and when you must go.   Thank you!   I know there are times when it would just be easier to let go, but hopefully the fighter will come back very shortly after those times.    

I felt that a bit after Mike died, and I was in heart failure.  What am I hanging on to now that Mike is gone?   I don't have a death wish, I just didn't particularly have a life wish either.    You know what kept me going?   The fact that my closet was dirty and I didn't have a Will that would leave nearly everything to my niece and sister-in-law, with a few other bequests.  If I just up and died, they would have a real mess on their hands, not to mention seeing my dirty closet.   LOL     Hey, whatever gets you through the day.   Once all the various paperwork and taxes and whatever are done, if things really went South for me, I don't know that I would care all that much to just stay, but right now I'm feeling much better and doing things with friends and neighbors, and my family has been surprisingly supportive.   I really had no reason to think they would, but they have been amazing.    So far.    I won't count on that continuing forever.     That makes me so glad that your family is so big and so loving, and I know you won't ever have to feel really alone.

I love that your room is beautiful and you are being given good care ~ if a bit too restrictive.   As long as they are there when you need them.   I love that your room is Private and that you can stay for a year and then "see".  That just makes my face smile.  

Oh ~ about my Detective work to find you!    I checked out the web site for Hospice House of Hope and got the address and phone number.   Then I called the main desk and asked to confirm that you were there.   I would have asked for your room number too, but she very sweetly told me that she couldn't confirm that you were there, or not, because of the HIPA rules.    I do understand that, so I couldn't complain, but I shared with her that I'd just learned that my friend was possibly there, and I wanted to be able to send flowers and cards.   I'm afraid my voice cracked, but that made her feel empathy for me.   She didn't confirm or deny, but she said she would not discourage me from sending flowers.   Bless her heart ~~ and don't tell anyone.   She really didn't give any information, she just didn't discourage me.      I really am so glad to be sure now!

Feel better every day, y'heah?   I love you much!

Dorothy

Sorry the print isn't easier to read.   It's at 18, and making it larger makes it even harder to read.


02/05/2018 9:03 PM


Unicorn_Qu
Re :   WELCOME TO JULY CHAT

I got your beautiful flowers today and they made me smile! 
I will have to get a picture and post them so you can see them.
I am glad you found me.  Give me your email address.  I think
I will have much better luck contacting you that way.
You must have found my address where I posted it on Facebook.
I am not going into the dark night without a fight until I see it is the right choice, right now it is not.  You can be in hospice for a year before being removed. Then if something changes you can go back into hospice.  I am seeing certain signs that word me.  My edema is climbing higher up my leg.
I cannot seem to control my urine anymore so we are going to try putting my catheter in again.  I do hate the dependency.  They will not let me get up by myself and I think I am more than capable of doing so.  I am not allowed to go from my recliner to the table and chairs in the room and that sucks so I need to ask for help just to change what I was doing.  I have my laptop here but have not tried using it yet.  There are no plug ins around my recliner so I would have to sit at the table.  Such a mess.  I will see what can be found around my chair.
I get a fluid build up in my chest around my lungs.  I now have a catheter under my right breast and they suction off fluids daily.  At least 1/2 liter.  I breathe so much better when I do.  This is the issue that will take me...Congestive Heart Failure.  It is taking it's toll on the kidneys too.  I hate the inhumanity of having to be cleaned up EVERYTIME I pee.  I often wet as I have little control now.  Well this is a start.  Talk to you soon
Love and hugs to my little sister.
Lou Ann




02/05/2018 3:51 PM


Dorothy2
Re :   WELCOME TO JULY CHAT

I was stunned when I saw this on Facebook, and I guess I'm either just awful or totally unrealistic, but I just don't accept it!   I know how sick you have been and how hard you have fought and how shocked and depressed you had to have been when your mom died.

I remember so clearly how it was when my mom died.   Initially I did everything I was expected to do, everything she would have done and expected me to do.   My sister-in-law hovered around me waiting for me to fall apart, but I couldn't until I got the job done.   Then later, when I was alone, the Tidal Waves of grief came and washed over me ~ over and over.   I hurt for you, remembering that time in my own life.   I wanted to be there with you or send you flowers and daily messages and make cards for you so you'd know how much you were in my heart, but I didn't really know where you were or how to reach you and let you know I was here for you.

I need that time, so I can't let you go.   It hasn't been long since Mike left me.   Please don't leave me, too.

I "hear" myself and realize how selfish that is, and I am ~ but I've never claimed to be otherwise.   

I've had talks with my neighbor Barb, the Missionary Surgeon, about Mike and she has shared the scriptures about how in Heaven there is no fear and no sorrow.    How can I not want that for you, knowing all you have been through?    Well, I can not want that for you because it would cost ME too much ~ that's just the kind of terrible person I am.     I want you to be out of pain and feeling good and happy and knowing how loved you are, but I want all of that to be "here".    

I will come to terms and accept whatever I must, but don't expect me to let you go softly into that good night without my putting up a fight!    Then, if I must, I will celebrate with you ~ as best I can ~ but not until I've put up a Hell of a fight!

Your room sounds lovely.   You so deserve a lovely room and great care ~ for the next 20 or 30 years.   ;-)

Tell me where you are so I can send a card or a flower.      Where is Hospice Home of Hope?   Can your friends and family come often?   Me, too, if only virtually?

I love you little sister.   Please don't leave me.

Dorothy




01/30/2018 11:29 PM


Unicorn_Qu
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I AM FIANALLY GETTING BACK TO YOU AFTER ALL THIS TIME.  I WISH I HAD BEEN ABLE TO DO IT IN A MORE TIMELY.  AFTER MOMS FUNERAL, I BARELEY GOT THROUGH IT, I REALLY FELL APART AND SO DID EVERYTHING ELSE.  I KNEW IT WOULD.  YOU KNOW HOW CONNECTED WE WERE.  I BECAME MISERABLEY DEPRESED.  THEN ALL MY LABS WENT OUT AND SO DID MY KIDNEYS.  I ENDED UP IN THE HOSPITAL AND THEN THEY TOLD I WAS HOSPICE MATERIAL AND MOVED ME TO HOSPISE HOME OF HOPE.  I HAVE A BEAUTIFUL LARGE ROOM ALL TO MY SELF WITH LOTS OF WINDOWS AND A PORCH WITH BIRD FEEDERS AND DEER AND A POND.  THE FLOWERS YOU AND BARB SENT FOR MOMS FUNERAL WERE GORGEOU AND I THINK I HAVE A PICTURE OF THEM SOMEWHERE!  I WAS OUT OF IT FOR A FEW DAYS AND WHEN I WOKE I WAS TOLD I  WAS HOSPICE.  I KNOW MY THOUGHTS ARE DISJOINTED HERE AND NOT VERY CLEARLY STATED. MY SISTER, LOOKS TO ME LIKE YOU REALLY PERSUE YOUR LOCAL FRIENDSHIPS! LOU ANN







01/27/2018 11:22 PM


Dorothy2
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And a frosty good morning to you.    It's a frosty 22 degrees right now, but planning on warming to 49.

It's also Hump Day.  Wasn't yesterday New Year's Eve?  

Yesterday was another bad day for me, with everything that could go wrong going wrong.   It's all small stuff, but there are always so many things.   I feel like I'm being buried in an avalanche ~ or six.   Last night was worse.  I did this one to myself.   A pop up told me to update my Favorites Bar with Google, and I did a while back.   I have never done anything with Google that didn't screw me up and this was no exception.   Instead of all of my nice, orderly bookmarks, I lost easily half of my bookmarks, some of them crucial, and they were replaced with others I could care less about.   I can blame no one but myself, but I've been working so hard to get at least the most important ones back but I haven't been able to in many important instances.  I was up until 2AM trying to get the bookmark that lets me order my drugs and getting more and more frustrated.   I knew the company, of course, but couldn't get to the login page.  I won't bore you with more detail, but it was so frustrating, and I finally got it ~ I'm not even sure how.   So many others missing that have to be tracked down.    BTW I hate Outlook as much as I do Google, fyi.   Ha.    

By the time I got the job done I was wide awake and couldn't sleep, at least partially due to this cough.   It wouldn't be bad if it weren't so noisy!  When I lay down you can hear a whole orchestra playing out of tune in my chest and throat.  You can't sleep through that.   Unless I'm straight up, I can't cough the phlem up, and I can't sleep "straight up".  When I do cough, it sounds like I'm playing a flute ~ a very LOUD flute.   lol

 So, I haven't slept all night and I'm tired and I'm going to have another day when I don't get anything done.

I did make coffee and feed the cat and do a few other small things, and now I'm here ready to have my coffee with you.    Cinnamon Hazelnut coffee that Laine gave me today.   It's good!

The neighbors all took their outside decorations down, so as far as I can see from here, I'm the only one with them still left up.   I had planned to at least take the porch rail lights down today.  Those are mine, and I'm borrowing a timer from Barb.  I think she or Jake can turn the outside lights off for me (I hope), though who knows when the company will come and actually take them down.    

Have you had any more  news on what is going on for you?   Will you be able to move?   To have the procedure you need?    I worry about you and wish there were something I could do to make things better!


Love you much!




01/03/2018 11:06 AM


Unicorn_Qu
Re :   WELCOME TO JULY CHAT

The Last two nights I have barely slept so by evening and I finally get to where I can connect, I am so tired that I cannot think, let alone write to you.  Tomorrow I am going to try to come out in the morning while I am not so exhausted.  So I hope to chat then.
All my love big sister!
Lou Ann 



01/02/2018 8:30 PM


Dorothy2
Re :   WELCOME TO JULY CHAT




Hello All.  

Yesterday was a sort of bad day cold-wise.   I really haven't felt all that bad, but there is a lot of coughing going on, and the bad thing is that if I am not sitting or standing up perfectly straight, the flim doesn't come up and I just cough and cough ineffectively.   When I went to bed it was really pretty bad.   I don't sleep well sitting up straight, and in any other position I needed to cough  but couldn't.   I got very little sleep until it was time to get up ~~ THEN I fell asleep.  lol   So, as is often the case, I'm starting the day off way too late again.    Once again, so much to do, so little getting done, and I still haven't had my coffee!  

I hope things are going better for you today.

Love you.








01/02/2018 12:45 PM


Dorothy2
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Happy New Year!

Nothing planned for tonight, or for that matter for tomorrow.  I always made stroganoff with noodles and Harvard beets and black bread, and we had champagne or wine and watched one of our "epic" movies like Dr Zhivago or Gone with the Wind or our favorite BBC Mini Series, Pride and Prejudice ~ all six hours of it.

Tonight maybe a peanut butter sandwich and a Hallmark movie.  It really doesn't matter.   Just another day.   I'm still fighting that "Plague", it kept me awake much of the night coughing, but (shhh.  don't say it out loud) right this minute I'm feeling better.   We'll see how long that lasts.

News this morning is that one deputy in Douglas County was killed and four others injured along with two civilians in an apartment complex.   Follow up comment:  The suspect is no longer a threat.

It's 23 degrees, heading for a "high" of 24.   With the wind chill it feels like 6.   I think I'll be staying inside, thank you very much.

I hope with all my heart that 2018 is a really wonderful year for you, a year when everything turns around!  

Love you, my little sister.







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12/31/2017 12:19 PM


Dorothy2
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Hello

Sorry for being MIA.  That flu or cold or whatever it is that Barb had visited me and I was soooo sick yesterday. I pretty much never get colds or flu anymore, but I surely have 'it' now!    I slept in the Morning Room most of the time when Shauna was working.  Then I asked her to go to the store for me because I really couldn't have.  She was going to get Coldeze with Zink but they didn't have any, but she did get me plain zinc and  some OJ and some Ginger ale because I was nauseated.    By evening I felt better, this morning I felt worse and right now, ok, except for my ribs being so sore.   

I think the problem is the new meds which make me light headed and dizzy coupled with being short of breath.   Barb brought her trash can over  to my house before she left town yesterday so  could bring it inside when they picked it up, but Jake "helped us out" by taking it back to her house so I had to go and get it.   I had to stop twice in that short distance and really thought I was going to pass out.  I didn't~ and today I got to do it again.   Barb had a package delivered today that was supposed to be delivered yesterday, so I had to go over and pick it up for her.   Have to admit I  was nervous about it, but I made it there and back with no rest stops.   A little winded but that was all.

Now I'm back to coughing fits.  Oh joy.


Really, your Christmas sounded so nice!   I guess you will never NOT be the Unicorn Queen ~ lol    Still,ow fun!

I'm sorry the room is smaller than y  ou had expected, but it still sounds nice.  Yes??   Will you for SURE be able to go there??   My fingers are crossed!


Love you bunches.








12/30/2017 7:42 PM


Unicorn_Qu
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They gave me a stuffed toy...a Catacorn.  It is a white cat with a gold horn and a rainbow tail.  It really made me laugh.  Then there was a sleep mask and it was the sleeping eyes and the horn of a unicorn. Dear Lord, lol.  Then there was a water bottle of a unicorn.  Josh gave me from The Living Light Studios a little primitive unicorn figure carved from stone.  No matter how much you tell these people to not buy us sit around things, they still do, lol.

We had a small dining room to set up food and eat in.  Joanne made Cheesy Pulled Chicken for sandwiches. And Diane bought 3 different salads, BLT Pasta, Potato and a Fruit Fluff.  There were tons of cookies as Diane had purchased a lot from the school that the Senior Baking and Pastry classes made.  Those that I tried were very good.  Diane made Divinity with my mom and I do not know what they did, but it was not divinity.  Though it was good.  It was a bit chewy and it had turned tan and was overloaded with pecans.  I will lay you odds mom added more than it called for.  Everyone was on good behavior and got along well.  No name calling or tantrums or anyone leaving in anger.  So I guess you would say it all went quite well. You will have to learn that you do not always have to give a gift when someone gives one to you.  It is one of the joys of giving gifts.
I am going to say goodnight now and head back to my room.
I love you so much, and I would have so loved to watch those movies with you. Big hugs and left over Christmas kisses.
Hugs, Lou Ann


12/29/2017 9:12 PM


Unicorn_Qu
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Where to begin. I had a rough night sleeping on Christmas Eve night.  Ever since I was a child I have been that way.  So when they woke me, shortly before breakfast arrived I only wanted to go back to sleep.  Then I thought, Oh shit, I have to be ready in an hour and a half, I have to eat, take my MEDS (13) my 2 inhalers and my neb treatment.  Then get dressed.  I knew I would run late and I did.  My hair looked like hell and nothing could change that. We got there and the place is huge. Hallways and twists and turn I am going to get lost in there for sure. The room is a little smaller than I thought it would be for a double. I hate to see what a single looks like. But as you said, how much space do we really need.  I would appreciate some storage space. For holiday items, etc. I do not know if any of the family would store anything for us.  Really Joanne would be the only one we could ask.  But Brent, who does not live there still has things stored there and Josh is a picker/pack rat and has the basement, garage and a trailer full.  So do not think she will have the room either.
First we opened presents. That was fun.  Jordan had my name in the exchange and gave me an Amazon gift card.  My mom gave me a cross body purse, 3pair of opal earrings in shares of pink, blue and lavender.  she had a $20 bill in the purse.  Jo gave us sister bags even though we said we were not doing them any more.  It had a gift set of foaming hand soap, linen spray and lip balm all in a something cranberry scent but I cannot recall what. Also footies, a chocolate snowman and she taped a $20 bill to the gift set. Then I got some themed gifts from Jordan and Steph. 


12/29/2017 8:52 PM


Dorothy2
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Good Morning.

It's warmed up a bit here today, thank goodness.  The last two days it was in the teens and single digits with a wind chill below zero.     Even though the furnace seems to be working fine, it was cold in the house.   We have way too many windows ~ they look very nice, but when it's really cold, they don't keep the chill out all that well.   I turned the thermostat up to 75 and turned the fireplace on and used a lap robe and I was still cold!

I took yesterday "off".   I have so many things that I need to do ~ as usual ~ but I needed a do nothing day, and I took it.   I did get my inside recyclables taken to the bin in the garage and a load of wash done, but that was all.

Today I need to make and send some Thank You cards.  I got so many gifts of goodies ~ or maybe I shouldn't thank everyone.  I think I'm up 5 lbs!   lol

I saw all the family pictures on FaceBook yesterday and I loved seeing you, and everyone else.   I love knowing you were able to be with your family on Christmas, and I hope everything was wonderful.  

I love you.


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12/27/2017 11:11 AM


Dorothy2
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Good Morning

Did we both survive Christmas?   In my case, barely.  Lol.

First I seem to be having a problem with my phone and I spent too much time researching it in the morning.   Then it cleared up.  Like the furnace I don't think it's really fixed.    After that, I got many texts and some phone calls that kept me from getting dressed and ready to go to Sue's.   I had to tell Marianne and Bill I couldn't talk but would have to call them back.   Barb came over and I thought I heard the doorbell but I was brushing my teeth with the electric brush and I wasn't sure if someone had rung the bell or if it was on TV.   That's why I resent drop-ins, no matter how good their intentions.  They obligate me to drop everything and run to the door, half dressed, face and hair not done and time to get ready before leaving ticking away.   In the past, Mike could have opened the door and he had no problem at all not inviting the person in.  ;-)   In times before then, I would have just ignored the doorbell, but now because of Barb always dropping in, I feel like I can't.   Everyone knows my business.

Then she texted and asked if i was home.  I told her "Yes, but . . ." and that I would let her know when I was dressed and ready to go to Sue's.    I barely made it in time and Barb came over about 15 minutes before Sue came to pick me up.   She brought me GIFTS!    I didn't get her anything, so of course I felt bad.  And I wished I'd had those gifts to open on Christmas Eve.  ;-)

Sue and her Granddaughter picked me up and drove the length of one house and a street back to her house.  I had said I would drive myself but her driveway faces north and it's almost impossible to clear all the ice so she wanted to drive into the garage so I wouldn't risk falling.

Her sons, daughter-in-law and grandson and granddaughter are all charming, as i expected, and they went out of their way to make me feel welcome.  

She and the other two girls made a lovely turkey breast with scalloped potatoes, dressing to which she had added fruit, and three kinds of cranberry sauce and rolls. Everything was delicious.  I wish I had taken a picture of her table and all her other decorations.  She does everything so beautifully.  She even had little glass  packages as place card holders.  Something she found at the dollar store, but so cute.  

Her tree was decorated with soft aqua and silver ornaments with purple accents.  Elegant.  Apparently every year she does the tree differently ~ next year red and gold!   There were bowls of ornaments and other decorations and everything looked like a magazine.  Later she gave me a sack with gifts, too, and again I didn't reciprocate.  I'm such a bad human being.   Her wrapping paper matched her tree colors!   I commented on it and she said "Well, of course!"   LOL   Everything must be coordinated.    Oh, and another thing she did was to "gift wrap" the pictures on her wall and hang them back up so they became a decoration too!     I didn't decorate, but if I ever do again, remind me not to invite her and John over!   

For dessert she had made a bunt cake that looks like a spice cake inside.  I didn't have any then but she sent a care package home with me so I'll have it later.  She also made bread pudding, which was very good.   As you see, there was nothing i could have made that would have added to her table, but everyone seemed to love the tea assortment box, so I felt it was just right.  (Whew.  Ha)

I ate too much and stayed too long, and when I got home I was exhausted but I had two texts I needed to respond to and then I needed to call Marianne and Bill back.  We had a nice long conversation.

Barb had asked me to come over after our Christmas dinners but we didn't know I'd get home so late and still have to call Marianne and Bill.   I sent her a text saying maybe we should skip it because I still needed to call them.    She had an old VCR tape of a Loretta Young movie called Christmas Wish that is her favorite Christmas movie and she wanted to watch it with me.    After my conversation with Marianne and Bill and a little rest I felt better, and she had texted to re-invite me, so I said yes.    It was a charming movie, I think maybe from the old Loretta Young Show.   She had tried to buy a DVD copy from Amazon but they didn't have it so I looked and found it from an independent seller and ordered a copy for her.  It hasn't come in yet.  I think basically it was made from copying the TV show and is not original, but I have bought things from them before and they have been ok.  I don't know when I'll get it, but she will have it for next Christmas.  Hopefully it will be a good copy.

Sooo, that was my Very Long Day.   I was really tired and here it is 8AM and I'm still in bed talking to you and I haven't made my coffee yet!   Where are my priorities?!

I hope your Christmas was so wonderful that it pushed all the problems right out of your mind.

Merry, Merry!

DJB



12/26/2017 9:47 AM


Dorothy2
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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

We have a very cold White Christmas.   Snow is on the ground, it's currently 14 degrees heading for a "high" of 29.

Last night was more difficult than I had imagined.  Because I'd handled most of December fairly well, I wasn't prepared for how hard it would be.    Christmas Eve and Christmas Eve Day were always our most special times, opening our gifts to each other and those from my family and having our smorgasbard and watching our special Christmas DVDs
.   Maybe we would go out for lunch during the day, too.     Then of course Christmas Morning opening our stockings and whatever else Santa brought while we were sleeping, and the gifts from Mike's family and then on to our Christmas dinner.
  
I watched The Yule Log on TV while I had a sandwich.  Shogun liked watching the kittens scamper around the presents and lights and listening to the music.  He didn't care for the puppies as much.  ;-)
Then I watched "A Christmas Carol" and had a glass of Port, which Scrooge's nephew called "The Fifth Essence of the Christmas Spirit".   I had one gift that came wrapped, so I opened that and a cute Christmas sack another neighbor left on my doorstep.  I have enough cookies and candy to feed all of us for at least a month!
 Then I picked up as much as I could, cleaned the cat litter and went to bed.   Not quite like Christmas Eves over the last 36+ years, or even before.
I didn't hang my stocking knowing Santa would not be coming to my house this year, so I'm still in bed.  I'll get up soon and get some coffee.      This is just so much harder than I'd expected.

Later I'll get my shower and dress and Sue is coming over to pick me up and take me to her house for Christmas dinner because the pavement is a bit icy.  That's very generous of her.  Her son's plane came in later than expected last night so I know she must have been up at least until midnight and she planned to get up at 6 this morning.  Her other son and his family planned to drive and be here by 8 to open gifts and start their Christmas celebration.    I do feel like an intruder in their family Christmas, but I'm sure they will all make me feel welcome.  I look forward to meeting everyone.  

I'm so glad your mom and Diane brought your Christmas Eve dinner to you.  Chinese sounds like a purrrfect Christmas Even dinner!  Then you got to go out and look at the lights, too, and see Adelaide Place!     You sound like you ARE going to be able to move there!   I'm so glad!   You'll have less room than in the apartment, but more help doing things and how much room do you really need anyhow?  (Easy for me to say-Ha!)   It really does sound like you'll have everything you need, except perhaps a bit of personal space.   Maybe that's available in the rest of the building?    I really am so glad to hear that this is practically a done deal.   I was concerned that they would keep trying to send you home by yourself, or to another facility that wouldn't be nice or someplace that could become 'home'.   This really makes my face smile.

Where did you spend Christmas Day and what did you do and eat and get for presents and . . . Everything!

Merry Merry Christmas my very dear little sister.

I love you.   





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12/25/2017 10:44 AM


Unicorn_Qu
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MERRY CHRISTMAS MY DEAREST DOROTHY.
IT IS ONLY CHRISTMAS EVE BUT IT WILL PROBABLY BE CHRISTMAS WHEN YOU READ THIS.  I WISH I COULD BE THERE TO SPEND CHRISTMAS AND CHRISTMAS EVE TOGETHER. WE WOULD HAVE PRESENTS FOR EACH OTHER AND YOU CERTAINLY HAVE ENOUGH GOODIES FOR US TO EAT.  MOM AND DIANE PICKED UP CHINESE AND BROUGHT IT BY ME AND WE ATE IY IN MY ROOM.  THEN WE ALL GOT IN THE CAR AND LOOKED AT LIGHTS.  WE WENT THROUGH THE PARK WHICH WAS BEAUTIFUL AS ALWAYS.  AND IN AND AROUND STREETS IN TOWN.  THEN WE WENT OVER TO MOMS AT ADELAIDE PLACE.  THE ROOM REALLY IS RATHER SMALL, BUT SINCE WE SLEEP IN RECLINERS WE USE MINIMAL SPACE. BUT THER IS NOT GOING TO BE ROOM FOR MY BOOKCASES. OR MY BINS OF YARN. BUT I AM GOING TO KEEP ALL MY BEADING SUPPLIES. THERE IS ROOM FOR THE CURIO CABINET. I DO NOT HAVE ANY OTHER FURNITURE THAT I WANT TO KEEP. WELL I FO WANT THE BEDSIDE TABLE IN MY ROOM FOR BY MY CHAIR.
I NEED TO SHUT DOWN AND GET SOME SLEEP. NEED TO BE UP AND READY TO GO BY 9:30am.  IT TAKES ME QUITE A WHILE TO WAS UP AND GET DRESSED. AS I NEED TO CATCH MY BREATH ALL THE TIME.
I LOVE YOU AND WISH I COULD BE WITH YOU. HAVEU FUN AT YOUR FRIENDS AND HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS NOW.
LOVE YOU WITH ALL OF MY HEART.
HUGS, LOU ANN


12/25/2017 12:00 AM


Dorothy2
Re :   WELCOME TO JULY CHAT




                   
Good Morning


We had a mini blizzard late yesterday afternoon and I didn't even realize it until Barb popped over all covered with snow!  If I'd been sitting in the Morning Room I would have seen it, but looking out the window in the Great Room everything was black.

It was 4 degrees when I woke up this morning, heading for a "high" of 34. Brrrrr.  

After I posted yesterday Shauna stopped by with a big tray of delicious looking cookies and her two absolutely beautiful daughters.   Because of all the heating trouble I'd had the afternoon and evening before and that morning I had worn a red sweatshirt and covered it with my burgundy sweat pant suit (pants and cardigan). I had my face on, more or less, but my hair was bad.  That's the way I greeted Bob and Karen when they stopped over with cookies, and Shauna and her beautiful daughters.   I shoulda worn a bag over my head!    Still, I have enough wonderful looking cookies, including all the ones I got before yesterday, to send me into a diabetic coma!   You lovely ladies will have to help me eat them!

Friday really was such a mixed bag.  Bad Dr's appt and worse heating situation, but lovely lunch, fun seeing the Asian Market and I got cookies from Karen and Mark (and their granddaughter) and a huge card from Jake and Alice.  Really kind of funny, the highs and lows.

I'm not looking forward to going to Sue's for Christmas dinner, which probably means I'll have a good time.  ;-)   My new meds are kicking in and I get dizzy every time I stand up.   Hopefully this won't last too long and it won't get worse with my feeling uber tired like I did the last time.

It's Christmas Eve, and it bears no resemblence to any Christmas Eve in the past.   Maybe that's good.   I loved our Christmas Eve days and eves, and I loved waking up knowing Santa had come while we were sleeping.  This must be McArthur Park, cuz I'll never have that recipe again.  Still my life is good and I need to focus on all that I have and not what i don't have.   No presents under the tree to open tonight or any from Santa to open tomorrow, but I've received lots of boxes of cookies, candies, snacks ~ all sorts of good things.   I'll probably gain 10 lbs!  Ha

I don't think I'll watch our traditional shows (MaGoo's Christmas Carol and the Peter, Paul and Mary Christmas Concert ~ and tomorrow "A Christmas Story".   If that one is on, I'll watch it.   I also haven't watched the Albert Finny musical Scrooge that we loved so much, and I don't think I will watch several other favorites either.   I did record several versions of Scrooge or A Christmas Carol and I will probably watch some of them.   Otherwise I've been watching and re-watching the Hallmark Christmas movies.

Ok, I'm beginning to get sad and just a bit teary, so I will refocus, although that makes me more unhappy.   I couldn't even send you a card or a little gift or anything to brighten your space.  I wanted to more than I can tell you.   I can't wait for you to be settled in a perfect place and feeling so much better and looking forward to a long and happy life.   Those are my prayers.

Merry Christmas Eve, my sweet little sister.

I love you.





                                                 Border By Barb
 



12/24/2017 3:31 PM


Dorothy2
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Hello.    I'm sorry I didn't make it in yesterday or this morning.  The day spun entirely out of control, and has continued on through this morning.

I have felt well for at least a month and a half since they changed my meds out.   The first 4 or 5 weeks were really rough, but I thought things were going well now ~ until yesterday morning.  I woke up with fairly severe A-Fib and it continued until I was in the Dr's office.  They did some testing and added a new medication and set up an appointment for me to have a remote ICD reading in a month to see how the new drug is working, and in two months to see the Dr.  Definitely not what I wanted to hear.   I want to go back to my old Once a Year appointment, with an every other year Echo!     After how bad the last change in my meds was, I'm really nervous about what this addition may bring.   I was practically catatonic last time, barely functional.   I really don't want to go back to that.   I guess we'll see.

Barb had driven me and ran some errands while I was in the office.  We ran a few more errands for her when she picked me up, including a visit to the Asian Market.  I'd never been before and it was fascinating.   

Then we went to lunch ~ my treat to thank her, but she picked the restaurant.   It was a Winery that I didn't know existed.   Great food and we had hot spiced wine (for Christmas) instead of "just" their regular wines.   Obviously we'll have to go back.    

Then on to pick up my new prescription and home ~ where I found that my furnace was out again!   I spent the rest of the afternoon and evening and this morning fighting with that.   It appears that if/when it goes out, if I go downstairs and turn the furnace off and then back on again, it will start and work ~ for a while.  That obviously isn't the right solution! 

I got a BIG card from Alice and Jake and a box of cookies left on my porch when I got home, along with laine's box.   The box of cookies was signed "Frum . ." and a name I couldn't read, I thought a child.  Cookies look wonderful.   I called Alice to thank her for the big card and ask if she and Jake gave me the cookies.  They had not.   I also told her about the furnace and she invited me to sleep at their house if it was too cold.

Later Barb came over ~~ Jake had come to her house to tell her that my furnace was out and they were worried about me, that I would freeze overnight.  (lol)  Bless their hearts.  She stayed quite a while and we turned all the vents downstairs off so the heat would all go upstairs and again turned the furnace off and then back on.    By the time I went to bed, it was working and maintaining the correct temperature but by morning it was 7 degrees lower than the setting on the Thermostat.

  The guy  who did the initial inspection and "cleaning" came this morning and worked for something like 45 minutes ~ he told me so I could realize how hard he had worked ~ but he couldn't find anything wrong.  He got it working like I did last night, by turning it off and then back on, but he didn't fix the problem because he couldn't see the problem.  He offered to close my contract and refund my unused money.   I said "It appears that you don't want me to call your company if this happens again".   Instantly defensive he said "I didn't say that!"    I asked what I was supposed to do now, and he just repeated that he couldn't fix it since it was working now.  I get that.  I used to be a programmer.  You had to make the problem occur before you could fix it, but again ... What am I supposed to do now??    By the time he left we were both mad and trying not to say anything.   It is working now and I can do a temporary fix, I think, if it breaks again, but this is surely not the right solution.  

Then Barb came over briefly this morning, and after I typed the first couple of paragraphs the doorbell rang again and it was neighbors Karen and Bob, bringing home made candy and cookies that Bob made ~ really delicious goodies including toffee, peanut butter crisps and I'm not sure what else!

Any wonder why I have trouble getting anything done ~~ or why I'm going to put all the weight I lost back on?   LOL


I love you to pieces, ya know?



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12/23/2017 1:17 PM


Dorothy2
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Saw your facebook post and respondd there.    Tears in my eyes, too.   I hate this so much!

Appt with my cardiologist tomorrow and then maybe I'll take my chauffeur, Barb out for lunch.   

Love you lots.

D.


12/21/2017 10:14 PM


Unicorn_Qu
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I WROTE ON FACEBOOK BUT CANNOT COPY AND PASTE.
I AM NOT WRITING IT ALL AGAIN, I AM WORKING ON A GOOD CRY.
I LOVE YOU.
HUGS, LOU ANN


12/21/2017 9:49 PM

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