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Dorothy2
Re :   WELCOME TO JULY CHAT



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
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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
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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
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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.





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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


Dorothy2
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I tried to change some of the wording in edit, but that changes the font too, so I backed out.   Sorry.  :-(


12/19/2017 6:26 PM


Dorothy2
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Oh, dear.  Suzanne always leaves the family Christmas party crying ~~ this year may be worse since it is going to be the last one in your home of so many years.   I suspect that will be hard for all of you.

I don't like your mom's falling into mumbling.   I hope she is really happy at Adelaide House.  What do you think your changes of getting there are?   My fingers are crossed for you!!

Sue and I went to Tea this afternoon, but we left early because of the possible parking problems.  The Boulderado is an old historic HAUNTED hotel in Boulder, so we can spend some time looking around before Tea.   Mike and I used to go for brunch there often, but it's been years so it will be fun for me to see it all again too.  They still the most magnificent Christmas tree in the lobby.    I had never been to Tea there.  They only have it on special occasions.  It was wonderful!   Delicious food and tea and beautiful surroundings.

I did drive myself to the Post Office and get my cards and packages mailed yesterday.    Because I weighed and made the mailing labels and paid for mailing on the USPS site, I could just go inside to a drop box and shove the packages in raher than standing line waiting to mail them.   I felt good about doing it ~ another Mikey job.

You can tell that my world is mostly about getting things done ~ lol.   Every little thing that actually gets done feels like a mountain climbed!

A small part of me would like to go to Alice and Jake's on Christmas Eve, but a much larger part knows how uncomfortable I would be.  Yes, it would get me past Christmas Eve, but at what cost?   They have a large family with kids and grandkids coming.  I'm not sure if they open gifts on Christmas Eve as we did, but they have a dinner of Chinese food (which sounds great), and play games (which doesn't.   I think I'm better to stay home with Hallmark.  ;-)   I know it won't really be a problem on Christmas morning, but I am having twinges that for the first time in 36 years, Santa won't come to my house when I am sleeping.   Isn't that silly?   Until now, the hard part is seeing all the things that I would normally be buying and wrapping for Mike.   It really isn't about gifts I won't be getting, it's the fun of opening our stockings ~ and the overflow Santa always brought with our morning coffee and coffee cake.   I know it really won't be a problem when the day is here.  It's just a bit problematic from this side of the day.   

Going to Sue and John's for Christmas dinner will be a bit uncomfortable, too.   They will open gifts and do all their family things before dinner, so hopefully it will be ok.   I have wracked my brain trying to think what I could bring.   Sue always has all the bases more than covered, and it sounds like her daughter-in-law Jennifer does too, so I know there isn't anything I can bring that will really be needed.   I thought of maybe an edible fruit arrangement, or flowers, but neither seemed right either.   I finally settled on an assortment of gourmet teas.  I just ordered it last night and paid extra for two day shipping, so I hope it gets here in time.  

Love you!

DJB



12/19/2017 6:24 PM


Unicorn_Qu
Re :   WELCOME TO JULY CHAT

I am so glad to hear you are going to Sue's for Christmas.  Even though you feel a bit uneasy about it.  I know that you will have a wonderful time.  If it were my house and family it would be a whole nuther story, lol. It is not a holiday unless Suzanne leaves crying.
Mom went to Adelaide Place today. It is her new home.  I called and talked to her but  she faded into mumbling and I did not know what she was saying.  So we said good bye since she said Diane had left the room.  After Christmas we will move the curio cabinet and the two blue barrel chairs to the room.  We need the chairs for Christmas at the house.  Nothing much els going on.  Will write you more when I know more.
I love you,
Hugs, Lou Ann



12/18/2017 3:37 PM


Dorothy2
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Hi!   I'm so glad some progress is being made finally!  The process to drain the fluid from your lungs sounds so painful.   I hope they don't need to keep doing it.  
I just hope and pray that everything moves ahead smoothly and you don't run into snags.  

You know you are in my prayers.   

I'm so glad your mom is excited about moving to Adelaide House.   It's hard after so many years in your home, but it is time, and clearly she knows that.

Are you likely to be able to join her?   It seems like the Dim Bulbs who are in charge are making things hard.   I need to know you are in a safe place where you can be taken care of and be happy.  And I can send cards to!  (LOL)

This is what I posted in the other group, before talking to folks individually.  




Good Morning

I actually got my cards written (but not mailed) yesterday!   As usual, everything was an unnecessary struggle.  I'm so tired of everything that should be easy being so hard.   I gathered everything I needed and then I couldn't find my Christmas card list ~ which I'd had the days before!  I looked everywhere and still couldn't find it, so I finally gave up and printed a new copy ~ but of course the printed copy didn't have all the notes I'd written on the original, address changes, extra cards added, etc.   I went through every scrap of paper I could find to be sure the addresses were updated (I hope!) and tried to remember whatever else had been on the original.  Of course we all know that as soon as the cards are in the mail, I will find it.   Anyway I wasted a couple of hours trying to find or fix it.   Then just as I was getting started assembling the cards (add the letter and a  small personal note, etc), Marianne and Bill called and talked for an hour and a half.  By the time I finally got everything done it was too late to take it to the Post Office.  It gets dark so early!   

Barb ran over on her way to the neighborhood Christmas party and brought me a small sample of the Rumaki she was taking.  It was delicious.  I'm sure I could have eaten it all.   I haven't made that for years.

I will wrap the two gifts I have left for mailing and get them weighed and the postage paid and the address label made and then take everything to the Post Office today.   I hope everything gets to it's destination on time.

I need to call Jake and Alice and decline their invitation for Christmas Eve.  So good of them to ask me, but I'd be so uncomfortable intruding on their family's Christmas Eve.   Christmas Eve was always the most special to us, too.  I sort of dread calling to decline.  (laughing at myself)

Sue and I are going to tea at the Boulderado (Hotel) in Boulder tomorrow.  They only have tea for special occasions, and I'm looking for ward to it.    I'm going to her house with her family for Christmas dinner.   I'm a bit uncomfortable about that, too, but I've heard her talk about her family so much that I am anxious to meet them.







12/18/2017 9:55 AM


Unicorn_Qu
Re :   WELCOME TO JULY CHAT

THE ABOVE POST IS VERY PALE AND VERY HARD FOR ME TO READ.
I HAD THE SWALLOW STUDY DONE AND ALL IS WELL. I MHAY HAVE SOME ISSUES WITH THE LOWER ESOPHAGUS BUT THAT WOULD HAVE TO BE DEALT WITH BY AN UPPER GI.
 FRIDAY I WENT TO THE HOSPITAL AND THEY REMOVED A LITER OF FLUIDS OFF OF AROUND MY LUNGS. SO THAT HURT FOR A DAY OR TWO BUT NOW ALL IS WELL.
TODAY THEY TOOK MOMS CHAIR AND THE TV TO ADELAIDE HOUSE AND MOM MOVES IN BTOMORROW MORN.  SHE IS ACTUALLY EXCITED AND CANNOT WAIT FOR ME TO JOIN HER.
I AM STILL HAVING SHORTNESS OF BREATH AT TIMES AND SOME CONGESTION.
I CANNOT WAIT TILL WEDNESDAY TO GET MY DENTAL EXAM AND CLEARANCE". THEN THURSDAY I GO TO APPLETON FOR THE ULTRASOUND OF MY CAROTID AND MEET WITH ANOTHER DR.  THAT IS THE LAST OF THE STEPS PRE TAVR.  SO THEN IT IS EITHER YES OR NO AND I WILL MOVE ON FROM THERE SO I WILL NO WHAT I AM DOING.
TODAY I HAD A INFLUX OF DECOR AND FOOD.  I TOLD MY FAMILY TO NOT BRING ANY MORE THINGS TO ME, THERE IS NO WHERE TO PUT THEM.
STOP STRESSING ABOUT WHAT DOESN'T GET DONE AND ENJOY YOU DAY TO DAY EXPERIENCES.  I KNOW THAT MIKE WOULD SAY THE SAME TOO.  HOW IS THAT NAUGHTY LITTLE BOY DOING? 
I LOVE YOU BIG SISTER.
HUGS, LOU ANN


12/17/2017 10:57 PM

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