Thanks a bunch Jen. Folks, one week ago today I had the privilege of once again getting to meet Jen in person at a Dave's Garden Plant Swap that we both attended. Boy was that a busy and fun filled day. The plant swaps have been responsible for many of the plants we grow here. A group of Mid Atlantic gardeners try to get together twice a year and share their excess plants with one another. This time there was much chatting that led up to the actual day. Our group usually has volunteers who host the events at their homes and it is always fun to see other chatter's homes and gardens.
If I attend very many more of the swaps, I could possibly be classified as a plant hoarder. My husband had to go to a store yesterday and purchase a tent canopy in order to shade the very many houseplants that we have been getting outdoors this past week. Many of my house plants too have come from other Dave's members. It is always a good feeling to see a plant and recall the donor and think back on the fun we had at the swaps.
I have officially reached a point of no more excuses for not addressing my tendency to go overboard (hoard) with collectibles. My afternoon job is to be beginning to pack up three china cabinets full of all sorts of pretty glassware. I have dreading this moment for some months now. I was given a nice financial gift back in December from my in-laws and decided at the time that I would use it to re-carpet my house. The carpeting has been ordered and tentative date of June 18 has been set and I need to get busy moving most all of my belongings to my storage shed. I am thinking that this is a perfect opportunity for me to once agqain do a major de-clutter.
I performed what at the time seemed to be a massive de-clutter two winters ago. I still don't have an empty space in the house. There were things last year that are really serving no good purpose, but I wasn't ready to be rid of them last year. I am hoping that as I begin this process later today that I will see things that I would just as soon seen gone. I take delight when looking upon minimalist decorated homes and wish that I could have that instead of what would be compared to a museum here with things to look at in every direction. I am sure that my decorating style would be much too busy for some folks, almost to the point of being distracting.
I suppose how you folks could help in this process is to share some of your successful attempts at down sizing and what kind of mind set you had to have in order to let some things go. While writing this, I realize that I should probably start a new thread and ask for ideas for helping me once again, get up off some of the many distractions I have going on in this small house.
I will certainly be open to hearing from others here as well as on the new thread. I am all ears presently and hoping for some good motivational tips. Thanks all.
Hi Jeanne- Thanks for the update. So glad that your sis has improved enough to begin the rehab. I will pray that the house sale and all other endeavors you are involved in will all go smoothly and quickly for you.
I am in the midst of packing every item in my house hold minus the kitchen and bathroom stuff. Every thing else is needing to be packed up and stored for carpet installation that will take place in about two weeks. What a very major project this is turning in to. A person doesn't realize how much they own until they start going through it. I have decided to wait to begin ridding myself of things when it is time to begin putting things back in their homes. I know that I am going to have a lot of bed linens that can go. I have also realized that I am in dire need of a storage box on my deck for house plants supplies.
I have also decided to take this opprotunity to make some storage changes in order to have more space for my extra kitchen items. I plan to begin using the linen closet which is located beside the dining room to store some of the kitchen gadgets which are now piled on top of each other and very hard to access, so I am not getting the full use from many of them.
Anyway...even though it is a major under taking, I am learning a bit about better planning storage wise. I will hopefully be able to report back in a month or so and claim that I love my new carpeting and that my new storage system is working well.
Thanks again for checking in Jeanne. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts.
Oh gosh... I understand where you are coming from in terms of being a care giver for your sister. During my life time I have come to realize that visiting hospitals, nursing homes, rehab centers are totally exhausting for me. I haven't quite figured out what it is about being a visitor to these places that make the experience so exhausting, but I always return home pooped out. So, I do suspect that this might be a good time for you to examine your own needs right about now Jeanne. Are you taking proper care of yourself in terms of getting good rest and nutrition? It is easy to be caring for others who are ill and forget to care for ourselves while doing so.
I look at it like, what good will I be to those I want to minister to if I am a worn down wreck myself? It took me many years to realize that and often was guilty of putting everyone elses needs before my own and then wondering why I sfeeling so poorly.
Please remember to have your owns needs met during these stressful for all times. So great that your sister is seeming to rally, I know you were very concerned for a while. Great news indeed.
Dear Jeanne - I didn't realize that you suffered with fibromyalgia. Oh my gosh lady...lots more reason for you to tend to yourself with extra care. I know that when it comes to family, we want to be available and able to help when there is a crisis. I have learned the very hard way over the years just how detrimental allowing ourselves to get worn down is. I too have a condition much like Fibro, and even had a doctor tell me he believed I had it along with another autoimmune system disease I have dealt with for over twenty five years. I was so ill for so long. I only began getting better, and the disease quieting itself a bit when I learned to put the brakes on in terms of trying to do too much.
It was only when during a six day hospitalization in which I was begging to go home and be available to my two young sons that a kindly Chaplain came and talked to me and pointed out that if I didn't take care of myself and my own health needs, I wouldn't be worth a dime to my boys. I am sure that I had heard that before but at this point it sunk in and I truly began understanding that I needed to put my own health above all else, in order for me to be in the very best condition I could and be valuable to my boys. My being ill due to the stress around me, and trying to over do and be all, was in reality not helping anyone. We are all much happier when I am healthy.
I send this message out of concern for you. Please try to find some ways to cut back on the stress associated with ministering to the ill. I am so sorry to hear that yet another thing has arisen that needs to be faced as far as your sister's health is concerned. We just don't know...maybe the new doctor is wrong. I have another Dave's Garden friend who had the same diagnosis some years ago and is now fine, the cirrohosis just disappered.
Try your best not to worry, and leave this burden at the foot of the Lord. He can do miraculous things, as we know. Find rest in him. I will be thinking of you and your sister.
God bless you honey.
Praise the Lord, Jo does not have cirrhosis of the liver...evidentally they said they would be testing for it, or we have a miracle! Either way I am so thankfull she does not have it.
The depakote. antiseizure meds was messing up her blood, so they have changed it to Keppra. She didn't get released so it is very very discouraging naturally. She will have been in the hospital a month tomorrow. She is more than ready to go home! They think now it'll be at least Thursday.
I have been trying to rest this week.
We have a contract on Mom's house...if they will do the repairs required for FHA because we cannot. If they do then we will go to closing at the end of the month, which means we have to go over and finish cleaning out the garage and odds and ends...so I have to be rested before then.
Needless to say my house has suffered. I manage to do the minimal. Now that Jo is in rehab I don't have to be up there so much, so I am able to get some rest. I pretty much have been in bed all of this past week due to exhaustion and the fibro. When I get down, that is all I can do is just rest...do nothing, until I get stronger. I am starting to feel like I might live. I will be so glad when she is home. It is such a long walk back to her room, that we both are getting rehabbed!
I actually think she looks better than me, but then she is 8 1/2 years younger!!!!
Thanks for all of your prayers and conerns! They are sincerely appreciated!
Jeanne, that is great news!!! Hallelujah!!! Our God is a mighty God. My son was on Depakote for many years. When he changed medications, he dropped seventy five pounds very quickly. That drug, along with many other ones are poisonous for so many folks. I take nine different medications a day myself. So far I see benefits from them all, so will keep up this way for a while.
I have a condition very similar to Fibro. It is called Behcets Disease and is much like Lupus. I have suffered mightily over the years and have made monstrous life changes in order to cope with the suffering it causes me. Thankfully, it seems to be in a good remission for some years now, and I at least no longer suffer chronic pain the way I did for so many years. Folks who have not known illness intimately can never understand the heavy burden it is for those who are suffering. The thing about Behcets and Fibro also is that we look fine and folks don't understand how miserable life can be when in flares.
I hope that the rest you have had the past week or so is getting you healed up. I am very well aware of having periods where I am not much good for anything. Forget the housework. It will be there when you are feeling better. I must say that not being able to perform to my former level of activity has been one of the hardest things to deal with. For so many years I would become very depressed over my inabilities. It is almost thirty years of dealing with the disease and I am now able to gauge usually how much I can do or not do and stay semi-well.
I know that you wanted to be there for your sister, but I am really glad that you were able to cut back on the visiting end of it. Again, visiting the hospital to see anyone has to be one of the most exhausting things I have ever done. Don't know what it is about visiting hospitals for me, but like clock work, I am always exhausted after visiting.
I hope that you will continue to check in from time to time. Thanks for updating me on your sisters progress and letting me know that you are doing alright. Please continue to do things to help you heal quicker. I have tried keeping up with some of the prayer forum threads in the past, but am not active currently, so I truly appreciate the message here.
Please feel free to write a dmail any time if you feel as though you need a shoulder or an ear from someone who truly understands some of the things you are experiencing. For now, God Bless and continue to do what will help heal you, mind and body.
Thank you for your prayers, Joanne is finally home. She came home Tues, the 12th. The keppra is making her very nausuated, so pray this too shall pass. We are all very thankful! It has been a very long month...
We are all resting! No additional news on Mom's house, so keep praying it sells!
Take care of yourselves, and again, Thanks so much for your prayers!!!!!!!!!!!
Great news again Jeanne. Please if it hasn't already been addressed, have someone ask your sister's doctor about an anti-nausea medication. I take a med called Compazine daily due to my other medications making me nauseas. If I happen to forget the Compazine, I am one sick feeling puppy. There are also other medications that do the same thing. She doesn't deserve or need to suffer with this.
Hope all of you have been having nice weather and productive sessions since I was last on here! I know I've been "in absentia" for many weeks due to all the art shows, with my photography prints, but thankfully that has slowed down a bit to allow me to get some more things done around my place. I do have a photo to post that shows I've "controlled" the clutter inside my hallway bathroom. Yay for me!! I have had my 'space saver' over the toilet area for some time now, but had never had the time to "anchor" it to the wall. That all changed about 2 months ago. I spent a Sunday working on anchoring the unit to the wall and then got all the toiletries and other items "corralled" inside some baskets that I bought at Michael's when they were on sale for 40% off each basket.
Some of you may recall me talking about the 'sticky tiles', a few months ago, that I was going to put under my kitchen sink area ~ yep! ~ that's been completed too! After I had the last small piece of plywood cut, then I could start on putting the sticky tiles down. I've got photos of that project too, but might still be on the memory card. Now since this project has been completed, I can take all the lower cabinet doors off & drawers out to start prepping the area to be painted. When I had posted the pics from b/4 when I cleaned the kitchen, one of the pics shows the right hand side of the kitchen [lower cabinets] ~ those are the ones that I'll start working on hopefully next week. I had to go out & buy some more paint for the cabinet fronts, since the other paint that I had of the same color had turned into something that looked like & had the texture of "silly putty." I may have to go out & buy some more of the "Pale Marigold" color for the main body of the cabinet.
Since I had been doing my cleaning, I had put all my "paint chip strips" of the paint that I actually am using somewhere & now can't recall where I put them. UGH!!! Thought I had put them somewhere with all my paint supplies, now the ones that I had collected over the past 3 years aren't being printed anymore.
Since I have to keep the lower cabinet doors off for painting, I don't want to put anything back under the sink yet, since I've got the 4-legged "nosy" roommates that will undoubtedly be inside the cabinet area. Unfortunately, there is enough room that they can jump into the drawer where I keep the dishtowels. LOL!! Anyway, gonna sign off for now. Just wanted to let y'all know I've had a productive few months. More 'up-to-date' progress reports will be posted when time permits. ** First pic is of the bathroom space saver. I did find 2 of the preliminary pics that I took of the kitchen cabinet project ~ one pic shows the completed plywood flooring & the other one shows a partially 'tiled' floor area. **
Y'all have a good week & will get back on when time permits! Bye for now...
Sounds as though you have been hard at both in terms of attending art shows and working on projects at home Jennie. Way to go!!! I can't remember when and where I have posted updates on all that I have going on, but I have a very major project almost completed here too.
A bit over a month ago I signed a contract to have all new carpeting installed through out my home. This has required that I have spent the majority of my days packing up years and years worth of clutter and belongings to be put in to storage while the carpet is laid. I can tell you that it hasn't been all fun and games. On a few occasions I have become bone tired and along with the high temperatures on some days, I have certainly lost my cool a lot more than usual.
I didn't try to de-clutter, down size or pare down during the packing. I decided that after the flooring is put in that I will take my time and begin bringing in a couple of boxes or totes at a time and go through them with a close eye and decide at that time what still fits with the new house and what can be donated, sold or given away. I am enjoying the space that has opened up already with only a very few small furnishings gone but a lot of decorative pieces packed away and am hoping upon the re-setting up house keeping that much of this will go away from here or stay in storage and let my heirs deal with it later on. I guess I should ask them if that would be okay with them first though. hahaha I have some nice things but was really limited on space to display things, so something has to give somewhere.
I do know that the TV shows which are dealing with hoarders and collectors have the right idea when they empty out the houses or spaces to be dealt with. I have been able to come up with some better organizational ideas now that closets are empty. When we first moved here, things were just put wherever was convenient and have stayed that way since. With the items moved out, my brain was able to think of better ways of doing some of the organizing and storing when things return inside. That is a great benefit already.
The carpeting won't be installed until the 25th of June, so I still have a week to do the final packing. I have one closet that needs my attention and then I can sit back and enjoy the spaciousness of my small place. I already know that I like the minimalist look enough that I am not going to be willing to junk it up the way it seemed before. I am sure also that making some storage areas serve to different things than they have in the past will also make a big difference the smooth running of the household day in and day out.
So glad that you checked in Jennie. Continued good luck with future endeavors. I especially love the over the toilet storage idea. It is decorated very nicely and is very eye catching and looks like a peaceful spot. Way to go, keep up the excellent work.
I won't make this very long, as I've got some other business to tend to on the computer b/4 I shut it down for the night. Great news to hear about the new carpet coming and your packing up everything to be able to put it down. I'm glad you're also enjoying your new "minimalist" look inside your house. Hopefully one day, I can get to that point too! As I know Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither will my "de-cluttering" process be done in a day either. Would be nice though, wouldn't it!?! When I think back on how long I've been without a job, I should have realistically been devoting much of that time to cleaning my place up. I know a lot of the photoshoots and art shows have taken up my time, but I'm going to make a "conscientious" effort to do something along the lines of "de-cluttering" on a daily basis. I know the kitchen is always a source of 'inner stress' for me and if I can keep it clean on a daily basis with only mild touch-ups, I'd feel so much better. So, tackle the kitchen again I must! I've got a check list on the front of my fridge with at least 5 items that need urgent attention & as I get one done, I cross it off! I only have 3 items left to go & then another list will take it's place. :)
I finally remembered to bring in the camera from the car that I had the "completed" pics of the 'sticky tiled floor' on and just now uploaded them to the computer. I'll attach two pics that show each end under the sink area. I didn't take a pic of the center area, since it's assumed that it's also completed.
So glad you like the bathroom space saver! I'm so glad I 'finally' had a chance to attach it to the wall & organize with baskets! This bathroom has the "satin nickel" finish on the faucet & space saver.
The back bathroom will have the "rubbed bronze finish" on things. I've already got the light fixture. The back bathroom also has the 'oak' finish for the other bathroom fixtures [t.p. holder, towel rack, etc.] I'm going to get the 'bronze' finish toilet space saver for that bathroom too. The back bathroom is going to be another total "gut" job in regards to things being replaced. Only thing that is staying is the bathroom window. I've already got at least 90% of the bathroom painted and doing the rest as time permits. I'll also post pics of that room in it's different stages. I only have one 'before' pic & it shows the vanity area a total mess! Only the completed floor in the kitchen this time. :) Comments are always welcome from everyone!
Hi Jennie - Sounds as though things are coming right along for you in your attempt to beautify your surroundings. Don't be overly concerned about what you haven't done and give yourself praise for what has occurred. I too have a tendency to be very hard on myself, and feel as I should do or be more than I am often capable of. I do know that I have worked as hard this past month as I ever have in the past. This project is very similar to moving, and most folks hate the thought of moving.
I have learned things about myself during the process though, so that is a good thing. With emptying things out versus trying to organize with every thing in place, I have found it to be a lot easier to think of new ideas for organization and such when you are working with an empty space. My hall linen closet has to take the cake for being a big disaster. It was kind of a catch all for some many different types of items. When emptying it completely I have been able to come up with better use of the space which I believe will pay future dividends in terms of having better access to things.
Anyway...here is wishing you continued success on your projects, and also hoping that all mine go according to plan also. Have a great Sunday.
My grandfather was a Depression survivor, and never tossed anything, my mother was the same. When I married a man who was a minimalist there was quite an adjustment time, but now I love the simplicity of having only what is necessary. Our home is only 24 x 30, so space for everything is minimal.
Here are a few pics of our home. The only rooms you aren't seeing are the bathrooms and son's bedroom, which are equally sparse and small. It is really quite liberating to not have stuff, and cleaning is so quick!
We are in the process of building our retirement cabin now. It will be 14 x 20, with a basement the same size. So then I will REALLY be downsizing!
Very nice. What a cute home you have. I just saw a new book on decorating small spaces and the author was visiting the talk shows. She had some great ideas and her apt was very small. One of the ideas I really liked was a decal of a coat rack she put on the wall. Then used clear plastic hooks to hang her coat and umbrella. So much cuter than just hanging them on the wall with hooks. I have friends that live on a sail boat in the Caribbean. They retired last year and pretty much go rid of everything before they moved down there to start their new life.
Hi Ruby and everyone!
Have been busy and have some decluttering to do, had bought birthday and Christmas presents ahead of time and they do add up (most for grandchildren and things that they do like, tools, aprons etc..)they do enjoy unwrapping my Christmas presents, never knowing what I give them, plan to add some special gardening items that they could use and help with their gardening next year.
Had also stocked up on seltzer water when on sale, I do like to use sales but all the extra is tough on storage.
My spare room has a center walk way only...will try to get to it this summer...perhaps some shelving would help.
Did get a small 4X6 greenhouse (at sons house, 1 block from my apt.) took 3 months to arrive FROM SEARS!! What a situation that was! But will be great next year when I start seeds! Have put in some shelving and am trying to keep all my garden tools in it. Will put heavy duty plastic on top shelf to keep water off all I stored under therm, think I will make a ridge also aroung 3 sides of the watering shelf, will have to work this out.
Good luck with all your new carpets!!! :: ) =^.^=
Jo went back into the hospital Father's day with another Kidney infection. They took the stent out. Didn't see anymore stones. The infection resisted antibiotics. It became severe. Ste stayed until last Friday. She is home again, but having complications. She has a follow up appt today. Please continue to pray for her.
The appraisal on the house has been ordered. We have most of the things out of the house. Will go over there today and get some more. My poor hourse looks like I am a horder. I will be so glad when I can work on this one!
Hi ladyslipper, since I took those pics we took out all the carpet and laid down a pergo type floor that looks like wood. VERY easy to keep clean, and very scratch resistant. Yes, housework is quick and easy, with so few surfaces and knick knacks. I get to spend my time outside, or reading, or on DG :>)
Hello To All - Welcome mountaindweller and thanks so much for sharing the pictures of your home. Oh yeah, it does look as though cleaning would be a breeze...something I want to give more thought to in the future. Due to being without power the past week, I am way behind schedule in terms of getting things put back in place after the carpeting was installed. It was too hot for me to get involved in anything that required more than sitting on the couch reading or working crossword puzzles. I supppose later in the week when temperatures are suppposed to be lower, and I have fully recovered from the past week, I will then begin sorting through the many packed up boxes of items that I very hurriedly packed before the rug was put down.
The rug is in and I do love it. I vacuumed the first time yesterday and picked up quite a bit of dust and dog hair which thankfully hadn't been visible to the eye. I am vey much looking forward to once again moving out a lot of clutter thats only purpose had been to use up space. One thing I was able to do a few of the days with now power was to begin going through a couple of bins full of papers that needed sorting in order to not throw out anything important. I have sorted lots of paper and have loads of shredding to do that will eventually go to the compost bin.
If I am able to get rid of my collectibles and room decor pieces as easily as I have with clothing and papers, I should be okay when the time comes to begin making letting go decisions. I have been proud of the little success I have made so far, and hope to continue with it and eventually have a home that would be described as a minimalist decor.
I appreciate hearing others thoughts on the subject, so please feel free to continue the comments. It sure helps hearing hints and tips that others use in order to get our homes in a fashion that we are comfortable with. For now I am off to see what I can get in to and continue to give thanks for having power.
Nice to meet you on here. From the description of your place, sounds like you have a single-wide mobile home, correct? Just wanted to say how cute your place looks from the pics that you posted. I love the log bed you have. I have a double-wide and am constantly working on trying to get things more organized. When I first bought & moved into this place, I was doing a little in each room, but not seeing much progress at all. That's when I decided to "concentrate" on one room at a time. I've been doing most of the work in the kitchen at the present time, while the back bathroom that is connected to my bedroom is in a "state of demolition" ~ everything except the window is being replaced a little at a time. I've got about 95% of that room painted and will do the rest when I pull the vanity cabinet & existing light fixture out. Not sure when that will happen with the cabinet, but the light fixture will happen soon. Right now, there is a huge opening where the old medicine cabinet used to be.
Rome wasn't built in a day and this place won't get done in a day either. I'm hoping to one day get to a "minimalist" environment or at least something along that route. My main concern now is trying to find a job, so quite a lot of my home improvements are on the back burner. I'm only doing what I can with what supplies & material that I can use without spending more money than I have to. I was going to 'enlist' the help of my two older grandkids to help with some of the 'de-cluttering' but that might not happen now either, since I just found out that my car has to have the "on-board" computer replaced and will cost me $875. I have to get it smog tested, so have to get this done so it will pass the smog test [another $60], just so I can renew my tags for $114. Nice huh? Going to cost me almost $1000 just for $114 tags.
Well, time to hit the sack. I've been keeping really strange hours and need to get my body's time clock straightened out here soon. I do like getting in bed at a decent hour & not being a "zombie" as my friend calls me. Take care & stay tuned for more progress on my end! :)
So glad you wrote Jennie. Gosh, what a bummer about the car expenses. Is there any way for your insurance to help on any of it? Wouldn't hurt to call and ask, even though you shouldn't get your hopes up. I know how it hurts when unexpected things hit and finances are already strained. Good luck on finding some employment soon.
It sounds as if you have taken the right approach about re-modeling your home. It is frustrating when we can't see any progress. I know that these past months packing up all my belongings and putting in storage has allowed me to see better ways of doing things. I have done what I thought was a major de-clutter a while back, but it has certainly opened up my mind by having every thing out of here and sort of a blank slate to work with.
Texasgal, sorry I didn't address any of your comments when writing yesterday. It sounds like good news about the house, so hopefully that is one less worry. So sorry that your sis is still experiencing complications. That seems to be about par for the course when having medical issues. Seems like a person begins dealing with one thing and then all these other things tend to pop up that need addressing. Hope that she will continue to do better soon.
You have so much other going on currently that it is no wonder that you feel pressured about your own place. Remember as Jennie said...Rome wasn't built in a day and any thing worth while takes some time and effort. Your house and its issues will be waiting when you finally have the time to address it. Please don't allow it to drag you down. I am preaching to you and needing to hear the same thing myself. I was really upset this last week when we were without power and it was too hot for me to begin putting things back in order after the carpet was laid. I sat here all week looking at moving boxes and every thing being out of place, and wished that I could have done more, but the heat and no power made it impossible for me to get in to doing anything. Hopefully this will be a productive week for me and things will get moving right along as I have the time and the cooler temperatures to deal with my mess.
I know that having health issues to begin with it makes things difficult for me at times, but I do know from experience that if I don't listen to my gut and remain calm, cool and collected, I will end up becoming so ill that doing any thing will be impossible anyway. I know instinctively when I am pushing too hard, and know what awaits me if I don't slow down at times, so am better at resting and recuperating than I used to be when I felt as though I always had to be forging ahead.
So, every one stay cool and have a good week coming up.
Thanks for the advice! I have been in bed much of the time since Jo got out of the hospital the second time. I am just now beginning to gain my strength back, and yes, the house is just as it was...it is still waiting for attention. haha!!!!!
Hopefully little by little I can start giving it some.
Join the club Jeanne about the house being in same sort of condition. I was just writing another friend and out lining all that I still need to do since the pack up in June. I am no where near unpacking every thing. The difference is that as I unpack, I am being sort of selective in what I plan to keep. I have two different areas for things to get rid of. One area is for yard sale stuff, and the other area is for things that a friend is taking and trying to sell on ebay. I thought that I would see what I could get money wise before donating the items.
I am so sorry that your last months have taken such a toll on you. Let's hope that your recovery continues and that life will begin going better for you soon. Hey, when there is illness, either with ourselves or our loved ones, house cleaning is about the last thing we need to try focusing on. As you know, it will be there waiting for you when you are better able to address it.
Take care and continue to check in from time to time. We will be here.
Dear Jeanne - don't feel alone. I too am facing many boxes and bins sitting around in different places in the house. I hurriedly packed every things some months ago to allow for the house to be empty when the carpeting was installed and I am going extra, extra slow on getting the boxes and bins back inside and gone through to see what to keep and what to let go.
So, know that I am with you in spirit as you slowly go through the contents of your own boxes. The old saying of slowly but surely is good to apply here. We will get there. No need to beat ourselves up emotionally over it. I realize and those around me realize that I too with health issues can't do and accomplish all that I did beforer having health issues. It was difficult in the beginning of illness to accept that I could no longer perform as wonder woman. I have spent many an hour emotionally beating myself for my not being able to do what I did in a previous life. I suppose I am getting better at not beating myself up as much as before and now kind of look at it like, heck...here I am with all sorts of odds against me and I still am able to function as well as I do. I have some folks share with me that they are really surprised that I am as able to do as much as I do.
So, pat yourself on the back for good work done on each and every little thing you accomplish. You are working against great odds and most healthy folk don't understand what it is like to rely on an uncooperative body. Don't let is get you down...keep plugging along...it will get done.
Hello All!!!! I am still alive!!! Glad to see you still here Ruby! What wonderful advice I have got from you!
BEST ADVICE!! Before you buy something for the home, you have to throw something OUT!!!
However!! Did straighten up my spare room, only to clutter AGAIN!! Have been buying thing for Christmas, especially for the giving at the church. Perhaps some shelves would be a plus in this room. Will have to think on this and keep my eyes open at sales. What do you think??? Now I have bags and bags just piles up on the floor.
Back is bad...but will survive...just have to sloooooow down some and take pills (UGH!!)!
This aging of the body is dificult to accept and adjusting my life is not easy!
God bless you all...and good luck with your projects!
Hi Sweetie - I am so glad that you check in from time to time and give an update. Good to hear from you and it sounds as though you are in a good mind set even though you, like most of us, have a few complaints. I hope that your back will cooperate. Nothing like nagging pain to take joy out of one's life. Sounds as though you have much the same problem as myself with purchasing lots of gifts and having no storage space for them. A couple of years ago when doing the major de-clutter I was amazed at how many little dollar store items I had sitting around that had never been given to anyone. I kind of like to keep a stash in case someone visits or something and I can send them home with a little something, but I had way too many.
I too have been picking up children's Christmas gifts on some of my outings. Since every thing I have purchased so far is small, I have space on the shelf in my master closet. If I buy anything with any size to it, I am not sure where I will store it. Your idea of a bookshelf or some sort of shelving might be a good idea. Since you know that you have a tendency to have these gift items sitting around, may as well address the issue and at least have them looking neat. Go for it.
I am considering purchasing another book shelf. I have so many books and I hate the thought of giving them away or the thought of them just being packed away, and I want to go ahead and find a place to display them.
Thanks for checking in honey...I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
We will be starting on another room sometime soon, as well. New flooring for the BR we use for the Grands. The carpet is at least 15yr old and light beige. Want to do the same thing as before. Move everything out and go thru it all before it goes back in. We have some fall traveling and yard work but hope to get it done before the middle of Nov.
Greetings all! Yes, I'm still alive and dealing with all my "day-to-day" household 'clutter' cleaning issues among other things. I know I've been absent for awhile, as I've have had so much going on in all areas of my life ~ it's still a bit stressful so I'm just taking things day by day. Still no job of any kind and have gone back to school as of August 15th. Started back with my Admin of Justice classes again. Also have my car back again, smog tested & tagged now!
I think the last time I had posted anything on here was in relation to the sticky tiles for under the sink. That job was completed and then it was onto the painting of the cabinet doors & drawers on the kitchen sink side. That was also completed! :) See, I've been busy since I've been away from here. [Photo will be posted showing the recently painted cabinet area].
Y'all recall that I mentioned that I had brought quite a bit of paper documents from my Dad's house about 1 yr ago, before it was auctioned off. I've got a few plastic totes sitting around with stuff from his house. I've got an area near my bookcase that has 'his' totes sitting there ~ got the cardboard box emptied out & gave the box to my neighbor for his recycling needs. There was a lot of things from the box that got trashed, while some other things may have possible resale value on "Craigslist" ~ small digital camera pouches, etc. Now the plastic tote [the box sat on this] that held all his "old" banking statements is now completely empty and I've got another empty 'file box' to use now! :D
I also started cleaning off my wood bookcase that had turned into a catch-all for all kinds of things the past few years. I need to clean this bookcase, not only to have all the shelves orderly, but somewhere to put my books I have in the bedroom right now. Once I get the floor area cleared away from the 'junk' there, then I'll be able to work my way over to the boxes that are under my kitchen's breakfast bar area. I've managed to get some other smaller areas of the house a little uncluttered so I'm seeing some progress there as well.
On another note ~ I've had my first water disaster happen to me since I've bought this mobile home in 2006. Last Thursday morning, the 13th, around 5am [yes, I was still up on computer], I had heard a sound like water running or something. I thought my neighbor had left his outside faucet running. Anyway, the cats were looking towards the back of the house since they heard the sound too ~ I go to investigate the sound, washing machine is fine ~ all good there. Went into my bedroom and this water sound got louder. I walked into the back bathroom to find water gushing out of the toilet tank bottom! It looked like "Old Faithful" ~ only going down instead of upwards. There was probably about 1/2" of water all over the floor!! I got the water shut off at the stop, shut the water off at the main outside and then grabbed my large metal bowl to catch the rest of the water in the tank. I got the water line off & drained the rest of the water into the bowl. Almost 1/4 of the bowl held the rest of the water. Then out came all the towels to soak up the water. After all this and I finally got a chance to check where the water came from ~ a nice hairline crack going straight down the back of the tank. That bathroom was out of order for a few days until I was able to get the tank replaced. Good news here! This is where I scored big!!!
I went over to the local "Habitat for Humanity Restore" in Redlands and was talking to one of the guys about what happened with the tank. Since he didn't have the right size of tank that I needed ~ he told me "how about I sell you this complete toilet here for $10"...didn't have to think about that too long ~ it looks almost brand new ~ it's a "Bemis" brand. Best thing is the tank doesn't lean up against the bathroom wall anymore, has a 2" space like it should. I just saved over $70 by getting the toilet there, instead of Home Depot or Lowe's where it would have cost almost $100. I also got a "pendant" light for $12.99, which will replace the kitchen's ceiling light. I saw a pendant light in my "Shades of Light" magazine that looks similar to one I bought ~ that one was priced almost $200. Did I "SCORE" or what!! [Photo will be attached]. That's what has been happening with me lately! I just wanted to pop in and let y'all know I'm still around. Next on the list is the leaky kitchen faucet that went from an occasional drip to a steady flow. LOL!! It just never ends does it?
Hope all is going well with everyone and will drop in another time to give you an update on the continuing attack of the "clutter" mess. Until we chat again...Peace out!! :)
Wow Jennie...you really did luck out with your shopping trip. So cool. Oh my gosh, I absolutely love the kitchen cabinets, what a bright and cheery place to do hum drum work. hahaha You sound in high spirits despite some life issues that can bring a person down if we let them. Glad to hear from you and am happy that you seem in a really good space these days.
Holly...I know that when you and Ric decide to do something, you two go all out and get things done right. Folks, I have had the great fortune to visit Holly's home twice now and I refer to it as a paradise. Most of my time has been spent outside in the gardens, with an occasional trip inside to the potty which between my two visits had a beautiful update and is now a tranquil room in which I could sit for hours and just take in the beauty and calm of the place. She also has a glass plant room off her kitchen which I have envied since seeing pictures of it years back. Two of the walls being sliding glass doors makes it a wonderful place for house plants and also opens up views of the lovely gardens they have.
I can report that since being ill late last week and earlier this week I have come upon a new plan in regards to what I plan to do with my major pack up in June. I too am sitting in a home with totes sitting around. I am so tired of looking at them and not having the time to address them properly and it really doing a stress job on my head. I decided this week that for now, I am going to put all bins back in storage shed outside and forget they exists until 2013. Deciding to that has eased my mind a great deal. The bins I have already unpacked and put items in places where they belong has afforded the household to run as smoothly as ever, so I am calling a truce and giving myself a break. This whole packing up the entire house and then trying to unpack and store has really worn me down. I desperately need a break and am giving myself one. Yippie for me!!!
Next week I will begin getting the bins to storage and then begin to work on bringing in houseplants to their new and improved home. Here is hoping that each of you have a great weekend. Really good to hear from both of you. Hugs on you!!!
Looking good Jennie, I put a low plastic bin under the sinks now to hold things. This makes it easier to pull all out to organize and it there is a leak items in cardboard and bottom of cans don't get wet or rusty.
Yes, Ruby got a set of shelves and thinking of getting another. Now I can see all items so when Christmas or birthdays pop up I know what I have. Got shelves on sale and saved $20. I did find some nice things on aution on e-bay that I know my family will like and getting ahead at great prices helps a lot.
I like to read historical romances and keep the books I like to reread 6-9 months later. I find them relaxing at night or when nothing on tv I like. So another set of shelves is in my future planning.
Stay well all and stay in touch even if only every month or so... great to hear from all...+^.^+
Ruby do be careful with all that packing, I know it is depressing...had to a household in Fl. to move back to MA was tough. Not able to take many things I had collected but now it is easier to care for the apt.. I should get rid of some other things and will as time goes on. Knowing I have not used things for a while makes it easier to part.
I do try to stick to 'bring one in take one out'!!!
Where are you moving to?? A smaller home??? You are in my thoughts! XXXOOO :: )
Hey Sweet Gerry - I ain't going no where honey. I packed up during the early weeks in June in order to have new carpeting layed throughout the house. There could be nothing on any of the floors, so that meant packing and storing almost every thing we own. I really didn't take the time then to go through and decide what could stay or go, so now I am faced with loads of plastic totes, many full of things that I don't need any longer and can go to new homes.
One day last week when feeling under the weather, both mentally and physically, I made up my mind that at this point, there is enough unpacked and put in their new homes and the household is running as efffeciently as ever, and that means that most of the totes not yet unpacked are full of things that I can eventually let go. I decided that this project now going in to month number four is getting on my nerves and I am going to take a break from it until after the new year. I will then proceed to start unpacking and decide what can be sold or given away. I am truely very thankfuly for the new carpeting but hope I don't have any other major projects occur for a good while. So much work!!!
So happy you wrote and it is also great to hear from Holly who must have inside work on the mind as she is participating in some of the clean and clutter threads recently too.
Jennie, keep up the good work. You are good inspiration for all of us. You folks all have a great week coming up.
Thanks to everyone for their "motivational" comments! I honestly appreciate every comment that is left for me to read. Thanks HollyAnnS for your kind comments!
The next 'major' thing in the kitchen to deal with once I'm able to find another job ~ is to replace a sheet of paneling that sits just to the right side of my fridge. I had noticed there was some kind of damage to the base of the paneling, but wasn't necessary to replace it when I first moved into my place. Now that I've been working on getting the kitchen painted, of course now it's something I'd like to take care of when funds permit. I also will have to take off the wood molding to remove it, so the area surrounding the fridge will be painted last. One strip that has to be removed also connects to the other wall paneling adjacent to the fridge area.
Well folks, I'm going to sign off for awhile. Y'all please say your prayers for me with my job search! I've pretty much exhausted any kind of finances I've got and don't know if I'll have internet in the next month or not. I've been looking for anything that will bring in some money! I'd even clean toilets if it would help pay the bills! LOL!! :) I'll keep everyone posted on my life experiences! :) Everyone have a blessed week! Bye for now...
I just wrote a note to you on T2T post, then came here and find you again. Well, I certainly will keep you in prayer for a job. Things are really bad everywhere.
Here is a suggestion. ...A girlfriend of mine started looking on Craig's List for part time jobs because she was also in school for a PMA (first step to be a nurse) since all her kids are now grown, 2 are still in school but the youngest is pre-teen. She responded to a couple and also has people respond to her post looking for work. She got a job cleaning a house one day a week. She got another for a day's work on Sunday's sitting with a special needs child to give the mother a break. The woman who hired her for the cleaning job told a couple people what a great job she did and she picked up some more work. Now she has graduated and can't find a full time job, so she has incresed all her part time jobs. She drives an elderly lady places on 1-2 days a week from doctor appointments, to a day at the mall looking for a wedding gift the lady needed. Just this last week the woman also treated her to lunch too. One of the elderly ladie's neighbors just called her and asked about hiring her to help her with some things too. She had to get a day planner started because she had so many people and jobs coming her way she couldn't keep them straight and without it, she'd agreed to 60 hours work a couple weeks ago. Her butt was dragging but she did it all. Now, she's more organized. She may not have the health benfits, but she is working full time - just at several places. SO...give it a try. Don't discount a job because it is only a couple hours. If you do a good job they may send you more work from friends. It's worth a try.
Thank you for writing and sharing your message of hope Debbie. Kudos to your girl friend. Sounds as though things are working out great for her. Heck, doing this sort of work is cool in terms of being able to say no if need be and being able to sit one's own hours. Your friend may decide that she can do better continuing to do this than she would make in nursing after all.
Jennie, kind thoughts and best wishes coming your way. You my friend are a real trooper. You have always posted as someone very up with their mood and I haven't heard one word of poor me from you. Please know that you are on our minds and we will be sending good vibies your way. Please let us know if there is anything we can do?
Holly, it is always great to see you out side of the Mid Atlantic Gardeners arena. I have enjoyed keeping up with your home redecorating projects over the years. You and your hubby are amazing to me in terms of the energy you have and the wonderful things you have done to make your home such a welcome retreat from the outside world.
Ruby, you are quite right! My friend said she loves always having new people and places to go. She said she didn't think she'd want the same old thing every day. Makes sense to me. She's made a couple friends in the process. She always receives things too. The girl she first started cleaning for has chickens, so every week when she cleans, the girl pays her and also gives her a couple dozen eggs.
It was a benefit to her NOT having a job just this past weekend. Her mother lives a couple states away and had a heart attack. She was able to not schedule anything and take off to see her, even if just a few days. That's something not likely to go over well at a new full time job.
Heck Holly, you got me beat big time...I still have the majority of swap plants sitting on screen porch waiting for one or the other of us to tend to them. John will do garden ones and I will be in charge of house plants. Potted a few of the more tender house plants last weekend and hope to get to the others today.
I slept late this morning so I am getting a late start. It looks like another gorgeous day here, so I am anxious to get out and work with some plants.
Debbie, your friend sounds like she was able to take lemons and make lemonade. My wish for each of us is that when faced with lemons in our lives, we are able to do the same. Enjoy the weekend all.
I had not been feeling well but I got more and more dizzy last a week ago Sat, but did not want to go to ER because I had a Cardiology appt on Tues. There was a few extra beats in there in the EKG so I had to wear the heart monitor home. My heart just went crazy that night. I went to take the monitor back on Wed and almost passed out in the Cardiologist office. His brother in the same office there is a Critical Care Dr and rushed out. He saw that I was very pale, and said, "She is bleeding from somewhere!" They rushed me to ER.
I was in the hospital from last Wed to Sunday. My Hemoglobin was 5.1. They transfused in 5 units of blood which brought it up to 9.
They did an Endoscope...no peptic ulcers, and a colonoscopy...no polyps or tumors. There is five ft of small intestine that they cannot see, so I have to go in and swallow the capsule with the camera in it so they can track it. The Dr. thinks there might be a vein that is leaking. So far my blood is holding.
I am still pretty weak. Will be taking it easy for awhile.
Wow Jeanne, I've not "met" you before because I'm fairly new here but I've read your posts. I'm glad your sister is okay and I'm glad they caught you before you passed out driving or something! Now that they know the problem they should be able to address it, find the bleeder and seal it off. Heck, you said earlier you had energy problems and you only "had one gear, slow"...this could likely have been going on for some time. You get fixed up and you could be surprised at how much better you will feel.
Also, with that blood loss you are likely anemic. Yes they infused 5 units and your number is up but it may slowly come down again. I won't give medical advice, but I would suggest you speak to your doctor about it. The best thing would be to take and iron pill along with a vitamin C and a B-complex to help rebuild your blood. That takes about 4-6 weeks, but it will help the anemia. This in turn will also help your energy. But talk with your doctor first.
Thanks! I am on iron and Vit C now. God does take care of us, that is for sure. I had tried to have a tooth pulled a few weeks ago and the oral sureon said, " not without clearance from the Cardiologist". If he had put me under with my hemoglobin so low...I might not have woke up here on earth!
Fortunately my son had been doing the driving Wed. I barely made it from the parking lot to their office when I got sooooo dizzy. Fortubate for me The Cardiologist's brother is a Critical Care Dr., not something else! They rushed me to ER and my son met us over there...It is from one end of the complex to the other, literally.
I'm sure this GI Dr. will be testing the hemoglobin count often again. This happened in 2009 but at that time I had peptic ulcers. It is amazing what they can do these days with technology.
It's amazing what 5 units of blood will do for you also! haha!
God is good!
Thanks for your kind words, lovetopaint. They are sincerely appreciated.
Oh my gosh Jeanne...so very sorry to hear of your recent ails. I too am glad that you were in the medical facility when all of this happened, so that help was near by. My gosh lady...how scary this must have been. I will send up some prayers that they find whatever the culprit is and get it repaired. I am with Debbie and believe that you will feel like a new woman when things get fixed. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Time for you to get well now. Keep us updated.
Great news on the hemoglobin being up but you still need to continue the iron and vitamin C. Of course a multi-vitamin is good to cover the bases, but adding a B-Complex will help a lot. It is an enerygy booster and it helps rebuild blood especially working with C and iron. Not to worry - you can't take too much B-complex. Any extra your body doesn't absorb, you just excrete. It may make your urine a bright yellow, but that just means your body has enough and is ridding the extra.
Fibro makes it more difficult, which creates stress, which worsens the Fibro...and so on. But one thing that helps both is exercise. I don't mean a marathon, but just a walk through the neighborhood. Or if it is cold, go to the mall or a just a store and walk around inside. I know from experience that is the last thing you want to do, but if you do, you actually feel better. However, with your low hemoglobin don't over do it and make yourself exhausted. That won't help. Do what you can, even if it is small and try to increase a little. That's what I do. Some days I do more than others and some days not much at all, but if I can do something, I generally feel better afterward. Make sense?
Also, a good cup of a calming herbal tea helps reduce tress too. Chamomile is the most popular and probably found everywhere, but I use a lot of Lemon Balm. Catnip is a good de-stressing tea too. I almost always have a cup of some type of calmong tea at night and I sleep better. You may also want to check at a healthfood store for Bee Pollen granules. It is a natural substance that helps build stamina and strength. It also helps because it is an anti-inflammatory and helps build the immune system, too. It has been used for thousands of years for MANY problems and unless you're allergic to bees, honey or ragweeds it should be safe. These are what I do, because they are natural, they work and are not more chemicals for the body. You may want to check with your doctor. Just remember most doctors are not up on natural remedies. They don't get kickbacks from mother nature, only Big Pharma. Big Pharma doesn't want to have anything to do with it because they can't patent mother nature and make billions. At the same time, don't forget long before they made synthetic drugs with chemicals they had to know what to make the synthetic like, and it came from nature in the beginning. God really does take care of us and that is why we have so many plants and herbs. They are foods and medicine.
Thanks for checking in Jeanne. I know that it will take time for you to begin feeling better again, so just go slow. I know that in the past when first becoming ill, I thought that I would be able to maintain the same lifestyle as before. Boy was I ever wrong. I had to change the way I went about just about everything in my life. I had to prioritize and do the most important things before my body pooped out on me. I struggled for many years due the uncooperative body and spent a lot of time in depression over it. When I finally accepted that some major changes needed to be made, is when I began to heal both mind and body. I no longer make unreasonable demands on my body, and respect the fact that it will only perform to a certain level, and after that...it is all down hill.
Learning to say no was the best thing I ever learned to do in order to deal with chronic health issues. Almost thirty years later, I am very well in tune with my body, and I can tell when it is becoming overly tired and needs a break. I am usually able to know instinctively whether I should participate in an activity or not. Oh yeah, I am sure that I have been called party pooper by many, but most folks just don't understand living with a body that will have its own way, never mind what I do or don't do.
There is a story written by a woman who has Lupus that is on line and I found and copied and allowed my husband to read a couple of years ago. After he read the story, he better understood how my life goes each and every day and since then, he has been really super about not making too many demands on me. The article is called "The Spoon Theory." The website is butyoudontlooksick.com. Check it out and see if you can identify. The gist of it is a woman is trying to describe living with chronic illness to a healthy friend. The author broke it down in terms that anyone can understand. The author says that at the beginning of a each day, a chronically ill person has a set of ten spoons. Each spoon represents activities she can participate in within a days time. When the spoons are gone, they are gone and there are no more to choose from, thus, make your decisions wisely about how you will exert your energies. Don't waste them, but use them on whatever is top priority.
I hope that you will find it online and read it and be as blessed as I was when I first read it. Again Jeanne...best wishes for a swift recovery are coming your way. Please continue to check and let us know how you are doing from time to time. Hope all reading are having a good weekend.
Jeanne, sending prayers for you! Hopefully you will be feeling better soon.
Ruby, yes, we do have to acknowledge what our bodies can do, either for sickness or age.
I am also realizing it...do plan to permanently retire after Christmas...only working 9 hrs.(3hrs. daily, 3days a week)but am 68 now and want and need to slow down and enjoy what I do.
Will miss the extra $$$ but with a lil 'tweaking' here and there should be ok.
I know how depressing it is to pack up and unpack...do take a break...will be nice to look into a tote 12 months later and get surprised!
Had to cover plants last night, got a freeze here in MA...coooold! Have plants stuffed into my little greenhouse til Dec. (hopefully) then into sons cellar for a few months...saving plants I really like, also their seeds. This little hobby is nice.
Have helped a few others with their pots and plants and they appreciated it. Heat on, feels good...nite all..=^.^=
Prayers said for you too. I couldn't agree more. You have to learn what your body will allow you to do and set your day's priorities accordingly. It's the only way to get through. I have found this is what I do as well.
Hi Gerri and Debbie - I have had an extra busy week once again, and this is my first chance to try and catch up on Dave's. The pneumonia is behind me thankfully, but the past few days I have been dealing with a runny nose. I have almost filled the small bucket we keep under the kitchen sink for composting with kleenex and toilet tissue that I have been using to wipe my nose. Yesterday I had a really blah day and finally figured out towards evening that one of the reasons for being as lethargic as I was is probably that this cold or whatever I am dealing with has exhausted me. I usually run around here keeping myself occupied most minutes of the day. Yesterday I lulled around a lot and mainly just did computer stuff. Over the years I have had to really fight the tendency to beat myself up when I don't perform and accomplish things up to my goals for the day. Thankfully have gotten a bit better with it and as you two ladies agreed, we just have to do what is best for our bodies at times and not push too hard.
I think it was Debbie who stated that pneumonia takes a good long while to really recover from and I gave that some thought and remembered that I had heard others say the same thing.
Gerri, I hope that total retirement will serve you well. I haven't worked outside the home for over twenty years now due to chronic health issues. Not the way I would have chosen to stop working, but it has really made a major difference in my health not being stressed by having to be somewhere at a certain time and performing at a level in which was just too much for my body and psyche. I ended up with a good case of depression due to an uncooperative body. No matter how much I desired to do better, my body fought against me doing it, and thus I felt horrible about myself. With some good counseling years ago I was able to better accept the body I have been given and most days feel fortunate to be able to do as much as I can do.
On a de-cluttering note, on Friday evening I had a flood under my kitchen sink that resulted in me having to remove everything that had taken up residence there. I was able to trash quite a few things and find better homes for a lot of the other things. It sure is nice to have a space under there with more room than before. When my husband looked at the drain yesterday morning he found seven popsicle sticks in the drain. That is thanks to one of my grand children I am sure. It must have been a fun game for them to watch the stick disappear down through the small hole. The rascals!!! Anyway...the sink drains a lot quicker now and the space under the sink is clean and organized, at least for a while.
Hoep you lady's have a grand week coming up. Enjoy the day...ewww...hear you on the cold temps Gerri...We haven't had freezing temperatures yet, but pretty close a few nights. Stay warm.
Hi Ruby, Yes pneumonia does take quite a long time to get over. You start feeling well but tire so easily. I had it years ago when I was in my 30's and I remember how tired I was for such a long time. I remember taking naps at work during my extended lunch and break times. They were very good about it. I did some clean up in the upstairs plant room. Also went thru a file of old paper work and got rid of most of it. Not sure when we will start on the Gran's bedroom might have to wait till after Christmas.
Hey Holly girl, I am all for putting off chores that I don't want to contend with. That is why after several months of packing and trying to unpack all the contents of the home, I threw in the towel a while back and said no more unpacking until after the holidays. Feels good to not be dealing with all that right now. Many hours of my weeks goes in to being with the grand children too, and I cannot think of a better way to spend those hours.
I know that whatever you do with the grans room will turn out extra special and will have been built with much love. Hope things are going well with both you and yours.
Yes, Things are going pretty well up here. I am happy to say the the areas I cleaned out and fixed up are staying pretty good. The Grans bedroom is the one we are putting a new floor in and painting the ceiling. Everything must come out and I will be going thru everything that goes back in. I will be heading out for another dive trip in a few weeks and then a seasonal job for a month. So I just don't see any reason to start messing with that room till after the Holidays.
Yeah, "Job not so much" I sure do agree. There is an Amazon warehouse just down the road and they hire for the Holiday season. I will really only be working for a month or so. I could have already started and gotten in a few months but with the traveling we have been doing I needed to wait till I was done. Then maybe look for something for tax season. I have decided not to work in the Spring at the garden centers this year. It is just not the right time for us. Too much of our own garden work to do. Even though I enjoy the work, it really is better for me to pick up something during the winter season.
Got ya Holly. Makes sense to me. Sounds like a great plan and it seems that you folks have some good opportunities for temporary assignments that some other places may not have. Isn't it grand to finally be a stage when we can choose to work when and if, versus being younger and having so many years of knowing we have to be there 9 till 5, 5 days a week? Even though I would have never chosen illness to make it impossible for me to work outside the home, I sure do appreciate the fact that I don't have to be somewhere forty hours a week, performing at a rate that my body refuses to do and add politics on top of it all...I am grateful that it isn't something I have to contend with these days.
I often think of you and Ric and believe that you two have really gone about living a very satisfying and enjoyable life style. Seems that you two decide you like something, then you set about making it happen in your life. So much of my life has been spent wishing and day dreaming, versus doing the work involved in making the dreams happen. I am not complaining, and am truly grateful for the many blessings I can call my own. Though very limited in what I can participate in these days, I sure do enjoy the things I am still able to do.
Having such great comrades as yourself is surely a blessing I am grateful for. Happy scuba-ing. hahaha
Thank you so much for everyone's kind words. I will find the web site. I certainly can relate...but my question is, how and where do you get ten spoons????????? I only seem to get two or three at a time...maybe four on a good day! haha!
I had started feelin worse, but held out because I had a Cardiologist appt on the 16th. I got ready to go and all of a sudden felt weak, dizzy like I was going to pass out again, so I called cancelled the appt. He said to contact my primary care. I did. They said to go to ER.
So I did. They immediately tested my hemoglobin and it was 7.2 so they put me back in the hospital and transfused in four more units of blood, (now totalling 9 units in less than one month), infused in three units of iron and unknown number (I did not count) of antibiotics.
We changed primary care doctors two days after being admitted because my old pc did not admit...they contract all hospital visits out which seems a bit unrealistic, since their office is directly next door to the wing I was on. My new Dr. is terrific. He was Mother's doctor for many many years. My daughter called him and he accepted my case and came over immediately!! He is fantastic! He would come visit two times a day some days. And his office is not next door...at least a couple of miles down the road.
He called in a Hematologist. She was very very nice. They did a bone marrow test which was normal...no leukemia or cancer! A very lengthy Cat Scan...everything...OK., Extended Endoscopy, again, everything OK. Every blood test known to man...everything OK! But no answer to why I am still losing blood. I have to swallow the capsule camera next week asap when I can get an appt.
I feel like a human pin cushion. They drew blood individually each time to run tests. My veins kept blowing out with each IV, so they had to keep moving them. Several infiltrated in my right arm, so I had to keep a heating blanket on it.
My blood count (hemoglobin) was 9.6 for three days, and 10.2 today, so I was able to come home finally. I have to see my new primary care on Monday and he will do labs again, at least twice a weak.
Guess this is all of the news. Hope everyone is well.
Please pray the bleeding stops. I have given up on "finding it".
Dear Sweet Jeanne - What awful news. I am so sorry that things are not going well for you healthwise. It is the pits to be going through what you are dealing with. How scary for them not to know answers in regards to where you are losing blood. I am really glad that you like your new Primary Care Physician though, that makes such a great difference in how our treatments go. Over the many years I have dealt with health issues, I have had too many occasions to be served by less than the best physicians out there. I too have issues that often baffle the medical community, and so often I have had nasty doctors make me feel as though the illness is my fault and that I am a real drag on them. Not a healing situation at all.
Please continue with your updates when possible and please, please get well soon. Healing hugs coming your way.
Really glad to hear that medical reports are better now and that you are feeling better than before. It is a long row to hoe when dealing with chronic health issues. I have definitely been there and done that and whilst doing so learned a few things that I now try to do in order to keep health issues at bay. Making my health the top priority in my life is where I start. The rest of the world can do just fine running on its own and I don't need to be in control of every thing and every body. I need to devote my energies to staying well and that is when I can then begin to branch out a bit and help others with their needs. After dealing with health issues for so very long, we learn as we go what sorts of things will send us in to a flare and these sorts of things need to be avoided at all costs. Most don't understand my reasonings some times for the things I do or don't do, but if they cannot just accept my telling them why I do certain things, I certainly don't have the time or energy to stuff it down their throats. If they love me, they will eventually learn to accept my limitations.
Anyway Jeanne, here are hopes and prayers for continued good news and to feeling better each and every day that passes. Let us know if there is any thing we can do to help and to make things easier for you.
Jeanne, I sure identify with those words. Some times I feel as though I have been a tiger in a cage whenever I leave home and it is just me going somewhere in my car. Most of my activities revolve around being at home and the majority of my outside business is visiting a doctor on occasion. It is dull and can make for dissatisfaction...but we must remember the alternative which is not to be alive and visiting the doctor.
I hope that the upcoming weekend is extra special and you can find yourself involved in some activity that brings you much pleasure. Some times we have to go looking for things to lift our spirits. I can get lost working with a houseplant, reading something, preparing a special goodie in the kitchen or any number of things. I hope that you will find something to pleasurable that will also serve to take your mind off of feeling as badly as you sometimes do. I have one friend who says when she is at her worst, she uses the time to scrapbook and that takes her to another world where she can forget about pain and sickness for a while.
Last week my son in law's Mother passed away so he and my daughter drove to NY state for the funeral. I went and stayed with my Grandchildren, ages 17 and 16. They don't really need a sitter, just company under the circumstances.
My Granddaughter drove me home Monday when she came to town.
I had to get my blood checked. It was 12 last week, and 11.2 this week. I will get an iron infusion at the Oncology office when it gets to 10 or 9 depending on how I feel.
Unfortunately I am back to feeling poorly again. I am not cooking tomorrow. We are going out to eat! First time -ever!
I have cooked the last fifteen years. So I do not have to worry about cleaning or cooking. I might make a pie.
My youngest Granddaughter will be here for the weekend so she can help make the pies. I can't make just one. haha!
Right now being anemic, resting, sleeping, makes me feel the best. Next to that, the Texans NFL team are playing tomorrow, so I will watch the game. I sure hope they win. I've just started watching them when my daughter and I watched them in the hospital together. This is the best season they've had in a while...like ever, I think!
I hope you have a great Thanksgiving, Ruby, and all of the DG family!
So sorry to hear about the family loss and that your blood levels are low and leaving you feeling weak. I haven't had the best month or so health wise either Jeanne, though I know things could have been a lot worse, because I have definitely had my fill of bad times. I hope that easing back on your duties and obligations will benefit your health. I know that when I became ill so many years ago I had to basically do a total life style change in order to feel better. I just found that my former healthy self was lost to me and I needed to come to terms with the new me and do what I could in order to prevent more and more illness and pain. If that meant saying no to things that had not been a problem for me in the past, I needed to say no. I fought ill health for many years and never really got anywhere, only sicker. When I began listening to the signals my body was sending me in terms of over doing...and began saying no, I cannot...I then began feeling better and ultimately was better for the folks around me and I could do more for them than I could have had I continued to push and not listen to body signals tellin me to rest, sleep, eat more nutritiously, take a pain pill or whatever.
My best advixce for folks who are suddenly or not so suddenly faced with health issues is that we need to begin listening to what our bodies are telling us. We only further harm ourselves by trying to continue the activity level of a healthy person. I know that my absenteeism and non-participation in things over the years may have upset some who don't know what it is like to struggle daily, but I do know for a fact that I am the only one ultimately respsonsible for my health and know this many years later when I need a break from activity. At times I wish I were able to do more, but I do know that I am so much better off if I allow my body to tell me how much I can do rather than listening to my mind which often times wants to do more than my body will allow.
Please go easy on yourself Jeanne...I believe that you are doing quite a good job in doing the important things in your life...and need to learn as I did that not every thing we find ourselves doing is really worth the energy in the end. Pick and choose your activities and always put your health as top priority. I learned this lesson the very hard way and was reminded that when I am only functioning on a very low and ill level, I am not in fact all that good for those I love and want to do for. The best thing I can offer my loved ones is to take care of my needs first and foremost and then I will be able to be available to them when I am needed.
Very wise words Ruby, Josh is struggling with balancing the life he had two years ago with the life he has now. The new limitations both physically and financially. I have been talking to him about not letting it change who he is, when I noticed he was getting a short temper and having a lower frustration level. He is learning to balance, his great personality and attitude will help him level out in time. There is a house that he and Courtney would love to buy closer to the river and with more privacy than the house he now has. He made the comment that if he was still building bridges he would have already bought it.
Gosh Holly, I am not up to date on what is occurring with Josh. Is he ill, or did he lose his job and has financial worries as his greatest trial to deal with? I must have missed something. That is the thing...a person who is given lemons must learn to make lemonade. I am of the belief that it is fortunate that we cannot see in the future because if many of us knew the trails and tribulations we would face in this life, many of us would probably choose not to go ahead in to them. When they ease upon you, you some how develop the coping skills to accept and move ahead, maybe on a different path than we thought, but very often a path better than we would have chosen ourselves.
Whatever the issues he is dealing with, I wish him much success in over coming them. I never knew the grit I was made of until put to the test. I too watch the struggles of both of my sons and really wish there was more that I could do to relieve some of their cares. I hate that they may have to struggle as much as I did when growing up, but that is what makes us the people we become, so the struggles are necessary for our growth.
Thanks for sharing with us. Again, I hope that things will go well with whatever Josh and Courtney are facing.
Ruby, I really haven't talked about Josh's injury. About 2 yrs ago he was shopping in a Big Box Store that we all use. He was bent over when a store employee with a pallet jack full of heavy boxes came around the corner and dumped them on him. At first we thought it was a whiplash type injury that rest and time would heal. After many tests and Dr's it was determined that he has damage to the nerves in the neck that run up to the head. It is an injury that will not heal. He has quite a bit of pain from it and is not to do heavy labor. They have him on a 50# lifting limit, which means that he could no longer build bridges. It was a very high paying job and he was being groomed to be a supervisor. He is still doing as much as he can, his attitude is that he will be in pain no matter what he does so he might as well just try to live his life as normally as he can. He is finding his footing, his great attitude is keeping him going while he explores his options medically and looks for a new employment path.
Jeanne - I will say a prayer that things turn around for you soon!!! Gosh, I know the frustration of baffling the medical field. I know that for myself I had to do a lot of research on my own to gain any knowledge I could about the very rare condition I was afflicted with. It is so rare that the pronunciation of it is still in debate. I pronounced it wrong for years due to the diagnosing doctor pronouncing it wrong. I belong to on line support groups where I have gathered my most knowledge. The support groups also serve as a way to keep my spirits up when the going get tough. I encourage you Jeanne to research your condition and see if there are on line message boards regarding it. Same with Josh, Holly. Talking with others who have experienced the same sorts of things and hearing any success stories or new treatment options or whatever has to help the patient. If I were totally at the mercy of the medical community for my care, I would be in a very bad spot. Without hearing of how others are managing their lives day to day, I would still be a confused and very depressed individual without a lot of hope for a better tomorrow. It also helps knowing that I am not suffering alone but that there are others out there dealing with the same sort of issues. I can't say enough for how different support groups have affected my life over the years. I have benefitted greatly from them and wouldn't trade my experiences for any thing.
Holly, thanks for sharing Josh's ails. I am so sorry that he too has something such as this to deal with at such a young age. Who knows...if a person has faith in a better tomorrow and can keep their chin up, there may come a day that he can look back and realize that this accident was one of the best things that ever happened to him in terms of his future. I know that sounds weird, but some years ago I reached a point with my suffering that I realized that it had made me in to a much better person than I would have been than if I hadn't suffered. I didn't like the person I was when I was younger very much. The person I have become is one that I am satisfied with. For me it took suffering and humility to make me a better person, so I have been willing to pay the price.
It sounds as though Josh is doing quite well in keeping on, keeping on. The very best to him. I hope that things will be resolved for him soon. Tell him to hang in there...there is hope for pain relief and possibly even a higher paying career for him in the future. I am very close and intimate with chronic pain issues and am a big advocater of getting pain relief. I have had to show my behind quite a few times in the past to have my pain needs treated. If he needs any hints in dealing with doctors, tell him I have some. Best of luck to him.
That is a good idea Ruby. I had done some research when I was out at my daughter's, and I did not write down the site so will have to see if I can find it again. It was very uplifting to find out how many people have gastrointestinal bleeding and no iron in their bone marrow! And how many do not know why!
My blood is down to 9.2. I see the hematologist on Wed. They will apply to Medicare for approval for the iron infusions. If it drops below 8 I will have to go back in the hospital...or get blood transfused as an outpatient. At the rate it is dropping that could be next week.
Jeanne, Must be so very frustrating.
So now that we are moving back inside with less outside work and the Holidays just a few weeks away are you all like me starting to clean and organize your homes? I am pleased to say the the utility/mudroom and laundry room are staying pretty much organized. Ric built the corner closet this summer. It hides the water tanks and utility box as well as added shelving. Right now I am searching for a gift that Ric had bought for Josh. He had told me to find a box for it and now I can't find the gift. I know where it should be but I haven't found it yet. In the process of searching I am cleaning out closets as I go. LOL
Oh, I so need to do all of that! but it probably won't get done anytime soon. I plan to rest and take it slow...As usual!
The work Ric did sounds really nice! I hope you find Josh's gift. I have put things in a place and then couldn't find them! That is frustrating!
Well, I had my first iron infusion this morning. I took Benadryl before I went so I had no reaction except itching immediately, but it did make me feel achey this evening. I sure hope it stabilizes my hemoglobin! We will know on Monday when I get my blood checked.
My hemoglobin was up from 9.2 to 9.3. Yes, that is only .10 of a point, but that means I didn't lose any this week! Soooo that is great. I will have my blood checked again on Fri when I go get my iron rather than having to make two separate trips!
I did not go do my cardiology testing as I was not feeling well last night and early this morning. I will reschedule after the first of the year.
I spent this evening covering plants as I never did get them into the makeshift GH this year. It is supposed to be 31 Tues am and 32 Wed, 38 Thurs. But then it is supposed to warm back up again.
Hi girls...I have been super busy and this is the first time in over a week that I have had a chance to do any reading on Daves. So glad that you have good news Jeanne. Let's hope the iron infusions do the trick and that you soon can boast of much increased energy levels. I know for myself that fatigue has been a very hard one for me. I battled it for years and about two years ago my doctor prescribed an amphetimine (sp?) for me and I have done excellent with it. Praise The Lord!!!
Oh Holly, you sound much like me in terms of losing things. We both do that here a lot it seems. It seems as if it is almost a daily thing of something or the other missing. Thankfully we usually find whatever we are looking for even though I still haven't found the china cabinets keys that I have been missing since June. Oh gosh, so you are doing the holidays, working and organizing closets? Wow...what kind of pills do you take? hahaha I decided toward the end of the summer that I was finished temporarily with household organization and such and would get back to it after the holidays.
I have made one stride this year which is helping. I decided to only do the very minimal in terms of decorating. I put up a small tree, less than twenty inches and it is a fiber optic thing so doesn't even require any ornaments on it. John put up the Mickey Mouse JOY inflattable in the yard yesterday and that is it as far as I am concerned. I have been talking for years about cutting back and doing less during the holidays...so this is progress on my part. I have still spent way too much money but that may come later in terms of cutting back. Anyway...as of today I am officially in the spirit and feel pretty good about things. I am sure as I go about wrapping gifts and whatever the better I will feel. Getting things done gives me a sense of accomplishment. I mailed off two boxes of gifts this morning and that has eased my mind a bit.
Well, as always...good to hear from both of you. Hope that things continue to go well for each of you. Will be back when I have more time to read and chat. Take extra special care both of you.
Wow Ruby, you have really done welll this season...There is nothing wrong with "cutting back"! It is my theme also!
I too am doing the minimal! My tree is still up from last year! It looks good, except the Angel needs straightening up.
She has stood up there all year, so she deserves to be leaning a little...haha!
I have finished my second iron infusion. It really tires me out. Seems like it would energize me, but it does just opposite! It takes about three days for the side effects to wear off. Hopefully it will start showing up on the CBC.
My hemoglobin is holding at 9.1, so maybe it will start going back up soon. At least I haven't lost any blood in about
two weeks...almost three weeks! Praise the Lord!!!!! They will check it again on Thurs when I get my Iron again.
Great news Jeanne on the increased iron levels. Oh gosh...no way did you hijack this thread. I don't have time currently to add another thread to my list, so here is where I will have to get news from you. Please continue updating. Heck, for a couple of weeks now I haven't had time to read the regular threads I try to keep up with, so am hoping that the next little while I can do some catching up.
It has been a zoo around here for some weeks. We have basically been sitting death watch for my mother in law who died yesterday a bit after 1 PM. We had been expecting it for some weeks, though it is still hard when it finally happens. I have to mention that I was very fortunate to have both a great father and mother in law, both who are now gone. I lost my own parents some years back, about six for my dad and eight for my mom.
Even though I cut back quite a lot with Christmas hoopla, it has still been a lot of extra things to do. Thankfully, I have been able to enjoy the season so far and the extra chores I have done, have been enjoyable. That is definitely an improvement for me too because I tend to often feel put upon...when the only person putting upon me, is me.
Anyway...please continue to update here Jeanne. I would miss your chats if you left. I hope that you have a very enjoyable Christmas. Take good care and let's hope for more good reports for you health wise.
Merry Christmas everyone.
Jeanne, what good news, I agree with Ruby, these threads do tend to roam a bit and the discussions do evolve.
Ruby, So sorry to hear of your MIL passing. It is always so hard to lose a loved one even when it is expected. Please let John know that he is in our thoughts and prayers.
So sorry to hear about your MIL passing. I lost my aunt on the 18th and her funeral was the 21st. ,so I understand. It's never easy to lose a loved one and even harder at Christmas when it is filled with so many family memories.
I had my blood tested yesterday...it was 10.0 which is holding...basicly...down .2 tenths of one pt. It was my last scheduled Iron Infusion. I am not as beat today, so maybe my body is finally adjusting to the iron. I go back in TWO WEEKS to have it checked and to see the Dr. She will decide then if we need to continue with the iron infusions or if this will hold for awhile...we have to keep praying!
Thanks so very much for your prayers! They are WORKING! PTL...Praise The Lord! Again, Thanks!
Hi Everyone! Hope everyone is doing well. Have you recooperated from the Holidays? I think I could use a couple more weeks at least, but I am getting there! I feel a little stronger today!
I have another PRAISE REPORT!
My hemoglobin is up to 11.0 from 10 due to the iron infusions. I am so HAPPYY! I don't have to go back for two weeks!
I think the bleeding has stopped, as far as I can tell.
I am trying to eat fresh meat, veg that have iron, taking iron tablets, and praying that my hemoglobin will go up to 12 where it needs to be!
I know "Normal" is alot to ask for, and for it to stay there, but I also believe in M I R A C L E S!!!!!!
I have not gone back on my blood thinners as I figure the "THICK" blood can't get out of that little hole wherever it is, but since I need blood to the brain I guess I will have to go back on them eventually.
Greetings Everyone !! I'm probably the one who has been absent the longest from here, partly due to a crazy school schedule, started working again at the end of October, although it seems to be only part-time for now and having internet issues on my old desktop computer. Prior to starting to work again in the security guard arena, I had registered as a "Pet Sitter" on a site called "Sittercity.com" to offer my services as a pet sitter. I was contacted by someone in August and I set up a "meet & greet" with both the husband, wife and of course the dogs. They have 2 English Pointers that are spoiled to the max! Of course, when I watch them, I don't help matters either. I spoil them as if they were my own dogs. I've been watching them since September 2012. They travel quite a bit & want someone they can trust with their dogs & their house. I stay at their house at night when I watch the dogs. I found that website advertised on the sidebar of my Facebook page.
To lovetopaint ~ aka Debbie ~ thanks for your suggestion about offering my services. The pet-sitting job is only a sporadic thing, but I figured why not try that to bring in some money. I started doing that before I started to work as a security guard. Although the security guard company might not be the best one to work for, as they seem to have some management issues, at least she does work with me regarding my school schedule and the dog-sitting job hours. I'm sill continuing to look for work in a clerical job, which is my background, while I'm doing these other two jobs. I'll check Craigslist to see if I can find something like what you mentioned.
I'm still continuing to tackle my "clutter" when I get the chance. Since I just finished another dog-sitting job [same couple], they had gone on an international scuba diving trip off the coast of "Maldives" ~ somewhere on the other side of the world near the Asian side of the world. When I watch the dogs, I come home to check on my cats, feed them & change their litter boxes, which means I'm usually at my place no more than a few hours at best. Unfortunately, that meant my cleaning got put on the back burner too. Wednesday, the 16th, I spent the day cleaning my hallway bathroom again & finally adhering the shower surround back to the wall where it belonged. I had this bathroom totally redone back in June 2010 and they had used this adhesive called "Liquid Nails" to adhere to the existing wall paneling. Fast forward to the current year, I was using painters tape to make it stick to the wall, since the adhesive they used wasn't working anymore. I've been wanting to fix this "eyesore" for months now & Wednesday was the day! I've got it held in place with a 'wood' beam [kinda like a tension rod] to make sure the contact is strong. I'll do the same thing with the bottom area on Thursday before I go anywhere. The whole bathroom got the cleaning. Now all I need to do is get the bathroom shower curtain I found online last year.
In regards to some of the stuff that was my Dad's ~ I have several 'totes' of tools and other things that were taken from his "workshop" when my sister & I were cleaning & salvaging things from the workshop. I've managed to go thru 4 small totes that had lots of "mis-match" hand tools in them. Mostly, wrenches, screwdrivers and even some saw blades. I saved a couple of the wrench sets and donated everything else to my local Goodwill store. I've gone thru 2 more boxes from his place and now have a bit more of a walkway in the living room. I've also donated some tools that he had given me year ago when I had a house that had grass. With a mobile home, all I have is gravel. Been trying to do some general clean-up with the stuff that came out of my original storage shed, so I can see exactly what I want to keep and get rid of. The cold temps that we've been having keeps me from doing more with the outside mess, so I've been taking care of the inside "mess." Hahaha!!!
Still have the 'leaky' faucet problem to take care of, but now at least I have the right tool to take the part off that I need to get replaced. Please keep the prayers coming for my work situation and I'll keep y'all posted in my progress. Still have the camera clubs that I belong to, but have slowed down quite a bit with the photo field trips. Some are too expensive to participate in. I'll mention this before I sign off for the moment ~ if anyone of you have Facebook, let me know what name you use & what your profile pic is and I'll send you a "friend invite." I already have "Ruby" as a friend on there. Okay with that said, time to get off the computer & hit the shower. Going over to my daughter's house on Thursday to help her fiance clean their house b/4 my daughter & grandkids come back from their Florida vacation.
Sounds like both of you are doing much better. Such good news. I have picked up some Temp work also. I signed up with a Temp agency to do short term work. They have me set up with several jobs that only last for a week or even a weekend. It is working out very well for right now. I pulled something in my back a few days ago, getting better but not quite able to do much yet. I got upstairs several times in the last month. Cleaned up my plant room where I will be doing some seed starting and also did a little organizing in the other empty room where I have been dumping anything I didn't want down stairs. I have been slowly cleaning out old paper files and keeping the areas that were cleaned and organized in pretty good condition. We still haven't started on the Grandchildren's bedroom. I was hoping to get started on it as soon as Christmas was over but it hasn't started yet. We are putting a new floor in the room and since we need to move everything out of the room to do that it is the perfect time to clean out
Jeanne - such great news!! God is good and I'm still keeping you in my prayers. He always sees us through, sometimes not like we think, but He does so in His way. Those numbers sound good and I am sure it will continue. May you be Blessed - always and in all ways!
Fleur - You are quite welcome and I hope it pans out for you. I know my friend found several jobs on Craig's List, and although it was a now and then thing or one day a week, word spread by the employers about her to their neighbors, friends and family and she got several more jobs. Sometimes it is cleaning a house, or sitting with someone to give a family member a chance to leave the home and sometimes she drives an elderly person to a doctor's appointment or even helps them get groceries. As I said before, she works everyday at something, somewhere, it's just not a "full time job at one place". Oh and besides CL, another site she used and got lucky with was Care.com
Honestly if I were not the main caregiver to so many in my family I would be looking for something like that myself. My health won't allow me to hold a "real" job and be expected to be there everyday for so many hours, but an occasional thing would be nice. The extra money would be nice too. LOL I just can't because I have so many depending on me here that it is a full time job and then some. Ugh! But hey, the Lord provides and though we are far from rich, we have enough, and that's all that matters. We are blessed and thankful for that. Keep us posted on how you are doing and what adventures you're going to find!
Another thing Fleur - camera clubs. I LOVE photography myself. I've never belonged to a camera club and I don't facebook. However, I have found a camera club consisting of me myself and I. Seriously, like I said I never know when I have a chance to do anything with taking care of many, but if I get an afternoon, I grab the camera and take off. Sometimes, I make up challenges for myself - what can I find in my backyard? what can be found at the park? Take the close-up lens and go bug/creature hunting. My "challenge" depends on what time I have and how far I can go. If I only have a little while, then my adventure is my back yard trying to find a new perspective of things. You'd be surprised what you can find. Occasionally if I take someone to the doctor and I don't have to stay there with them, I have that 20-30 minutes to "explore". Just look at things with a photographers eye, not the "normal sight."
For example - picture #1 is simply the headlight of a car in the parking lot. It would make a great "modern art piece". The little pond next to the medical center had some visitors. #2 - some Canadian geese. #3 a duck. #4 is in my side yard, one of the raccoons was enjoying some bran muffins. So you just never know what you'll find when or where, just always be ready. You don't need a club to get some fun shots.
@ lovetopaint ~ great shots! I know what you mean by the comment "me, myself & I" when it comes to taking photos. One of my other Facebook buddies started a "12-12-12 Photo Party" event on Facebook and sent out 'invites' to the people on her list to see if anyone wanted to participate. Of course, knowing that was a perfect opportunity to do some more photo work [normally I don't need a reason!]. I already knew where I was going to go & what I was going to take. I also love taking photos of animals, so on that particular day, I went down to this place near me called the "Live Oak Canyon Christmas Tree Farm" and only shot pics of the animals and birds. Maybe a few goats, but couldn't get inside their enclosure. Towards the end of the day, I waited until the lights came on that formed the shape of a Christmas tree [all green lights] and got some pretty cool shots of that. The sky was a bit gray as it had been raining off & on. I also got some interesting shots of the huge sunflowers too. I shoot with a Canon 60D, 18-270mm Tamron lens with a 1.4x extender attached. I shoot in RAW + Jpeg using a 8GB memory card. I bought the extender part early in 2012 before a photo trip to the San Diego Wild Animal Safari Park.
Attached are 2 images that I took of birds when I went to the Christmas Tree Farm. These images have already been edited initially from the RAW image & then fine-tuned in my Elements 11 program. After showing them at my PAN's recent image "critique", I find that there is just a bit more editing that needs to be done on each one. The image of the white bird is an "exotic" pigeon, but not sure of the exact name. The yellow bird pic is a "Golden Pheasant of China." Hope you like them! Too bad you don't do Facebook, that's where I post my images to. I also have some on Flickr, but not too many. Chat at ya later!
I love your shots too. Another thing in common is our love of wildlife!
Sad to say but with so many family health isssues I seldom get time to myself for photgraphy or painting any more. The pics I attached before were all taken in and around a medical facility while waiting on someone to come out, except for the raccoon. He was out my back door. I never know what I'll see out there. I had a colony of feral cats that I trapped, had neutered and released. I found homes for the kittens. The most must have found homes in the area, though we lost one to traffic. We got the last two tamed enough to come inside after our last house cat died. Since then, there are 2 more feral cats that have shown up that we feed, but they live under the neighbors shed. In my backyard, I've had fox, deer, opossum, skunk, snakes and raccoons out the you know what. I even have the mama raccoons in the spring sitting on the back steps waiting for the cat chow. If they get impatient they peek in the window. Thank heavens they haven't found the doorbell! They follow us like puppy dogs to the bowl, but patiently wait until we rinse the water bowl, fill it and fix the food bowl then we tell them it's okay. I swear I always think of this song out there -
We do differ in equipment. I started with Nikon years ago like 1981 (?) with a Nikon FE. I then got an auto focus Nikon N90 and now I have a DSLR - Nikon D70s. I have quite a few lenses and all all Nikkor except my really big one for long range shots and super zoom. It's a Sigma, because the Nikkor was way more than I could do. With so many things happening in the last several years, finances are limited, so I don't have Adobe anything. I try to do the best I can as I take the shot. I only have the most basic of photo programs on the computer that only does, contrast, brightness, saturation and of course cropping. My camera automaticllay records in both jpeg and RAW too. But without something like elements, I am left to making the best of what I capture at the time I do so. Someday...
I sure have been looking at that new Nikon D5200 too (because I know I'll never afford the D3x LOL)Honestly, I would probably buy the Elements, Creative Suite, Adobe "something" first though. My camera is capable of doing quite a lot, and with the software I could only improve it. My thing is, even if I had the money, I don't have the time. Not now anyway, but I do love to dream and like I said... someday...
Oh and speaking of pictures of Christmas trees. I got my D70s on 12/22 in 04 I think? My birthday is 12/23 so for my birthday my "DH" - (in quotes because he is my significant other) took me to Longwood Gardens for the day, dinner and evening. They always do everything for Christmas from the huge conservatory to the outside gardens. UPS delivered the camera at about 9 that night (because it was so close to Christmas they keep deliveries going). I had no time to really practice anything and learn any of the new buttons. I did get the battery charged and things packed to go the next morning. We had a blast all day. I was shooting with only my 35mm knowledge not even knowing what some of the other stuff was. LOL
Here are a few shots from that day.
#1 Inside the huge Conservatory. They flooded the lower section with water, which made a reflecting pool. The decorated tree in the end, inside the inset, is probably 25-30 feet tall.
#2 Inside the Conservatory in another wing. Hand held at 1/125 to get the water flow. (no tripods allowed)
#3 Another wing inside that was decorated. There are also orchid rooms, roses wing, tropical wing and just about everything you can imagine. But these were the main wings of it.
#4 Outside every tree is decorated and it makes a magical walk through the grounds (it's a huge place) with many paths to hike.
#5 One of my favorites. The tree is at least 50 feet tall and outside of course, but I was lucky enough to catch Venus in the image too - sort of like the Star of Bethlehem. I might try to sell this one. I don't know, I might get lucky.
I guess this is really not on subject and I apologize to the OP.
@ lovetopaint ~ All I can say about your photos is this: Great! I won't get off topic either with photo talk, so I'll send you a private message on here.
I've had a couple of things that I've done recently around the house that fall into the "clean & clutter" talk here. For the past few months, my hallway bathroom shower wall [attached with shower head] has been coming loose from the other paneling under it. When I had my bathroom remodeled in 2010, I had a garden tub installed that came with a shower "surround" for the walls. The guys that installed it used the "Liquid Nails" adhesive paste [used with caulking gun] and some of that 'double-sided' tape [not the kind used for scrap booking]. After awhile, I guess that stuff starts losing its adhesiveness & my wall started to "sag."
Until I could get the right kind of product to use to make it stick again, now don't y'all laugh, but I stuck painters tape to keep it in place for awhile. I finally went to my local Ace Hardware store and talked to one of the staff there about my "fix it" problem. Take note people, it was a lady that I talked to about my "fix it" problem. She suggested a product made by Loctite called "Power Grab" which is an adhesive that comes out thick like toothpaste but is supposed to dry clear. I had a long piece of wood that I used to help hold the wall tight to allow the adhesive to set. Kinda set it up against each wall as tension rod without the tension. Haha!! Got to make do with what I got! I put that Power Grab goop in the 3 places it needed and now my shower walls are back to looking like they should.
I finally got the wooden shelf over the kitchen sink area.cleaned off again. Tackling the kitchen again is back on my list. I do one counter at a time as time permits. Such tedious work isn't it? LOL!! Aww, a woman's work is never done is it my friends?
@ Texasgal77 ~ glad you liked all the images you've seen on here. I think there is a photography forum on here, but not sure if it's a "free" one or not. Some of the forums require paid membership to post on.
Chat at y'all later. Take care & have a great weekend! :)
Fleur, so glad your bathroom project got done! Sounds like you did great!!!!!!
If you can join it is well worth it! I have been a member for a few years now, and it is so worth it! Better than any magazine I have found as far as info, and everyone is soooo nice!
I have finally started on the house...everything in this house needs washed. Cleaning is a must. I am still weak so have to do a little at a time...and rest, repeat!
I saw a really beautiful little bird with her even smaller baby birds sitting on my pllumeria tree a couple of days ago. I'm not sure what kind of a bird it is...maybe just a young songbird. I hope they come back.
I wish I had my camera nearby but even so, it probably would not have been clear because it does not zoom very far. I may have to invest in a new camera eventually.
HollyAnn - No I have never been to a plant swap and have only been on DG since September. Salem County, NJ is just over the Delaware Memorial Bridge. From my house I can be in NJ in about 20 mins. (of course I can also be in Maryland in 5 and in Pennsylvania in 100. LOL I look forward to more info ABOUT it. Though I don't have plants to swap, I guess they sell them too? If nothing else, if I can make it, it would be an opportuntity to meet some of the gals on here and just have a fun day! I could use one of those. Oh I see you are in Dover, PA. I read there is an outlet store for Domestications there. Is that true? Have you ever been? If so, how are their prices and is the place big enough to consider a drive to?
Fleur - Thank you for the compliment. I think yours are great too! Wish we were closer than 3000 miles and we could make our own camera club Yeah you are right, there is a photo forum but it's in the paid for section. Living on DH's disability and tryng to take care of so many - well no money is spent on things unneeded, so I must stick with the free ones. Luckily this forum and the trash to treasure are free - both topics are great for me. I need to have this one for encouragement to keep up the de-cluttering and I love the ideas on the other one. I have read much of the mosaic forum too. I really want to try that, one of these days. But first I must clear out stuff here and find time. I never received any private message. I checked my Dmail, is there another way I may have missed?
Glad you got your bathroom project done! A woman's work is never done but we do figure out how to do it!
Hi Jeanne - hoping all is still well with the blood count - prayers your way! Glad you enjoyed the pictures.
Lovetopaint, There will be tons of free plants at the swap. We all take cutting, start seeds and dig up extras that we have too many of. Newbies are very welcome and it doesn't matter if you have many plants to bring. It isn't so much of a one for one swap as a giant free for all. There are a few plants for sale if someone finds a really good deal on a plant they will ask if anyone would like them to pick them up or sometimes we have a co-op buy and bring the plants to the swap but mostly all the plants are free. The Mid Atlantic group is pretty active. In Feb we are having a Seed Swap, May will be the Plant Swap. There has been talk of getting together for a visit to an Aquatic Garden and the National Arboretum sometime this summer and there is usually a smaller Fall Plant swap.
I don't know if there is a Domestications in our area.
I'm so sorry to hear the hemoglobin numbers have dropped again. That has to be so frustrating with them not being able to find the place where you are bleeding! Perhaps the answers will come in Houston. I hear Baylor is top notch. When are you going? I will still be keeping you in my prayers, but especially at that time.
You're welcome dear girl. I think that is our purpose in life to help each other and do all we can for one another. I am not close enough to do more, but to me, prayer is important. I have seen it's effects too often to think otherwise.
Greetings all...I will first apologize for being so utterly busy for some months now that my participation at Dave's has gone lacking. I haven't checked in for some weeks now but thought I would drop in for a minute. Good to see that you folks are all busy and involved in things. I appreciate the fact that each of you feel you can share other details about your lives other than cleaning and de-cluttering. Jeanne, so sorry about the health issues still. Seems to be an up and down thing. I guess my only advice is to hang in there lady. We will continue to pray along with you that they soon figure out what is going on and get things straigtened out for you. I am very intimate with chronic illness and it can really put a blue cast on a day and a whole life I suppose. I too have been having more than usual health issues this past year and I am officially tired of it!!! Need to make some sort of changes in order to begin feeling better.
Good going on everything Fleur. I always love to hear about everyone's projects. You have shared some really cool ideas with us here and I appreciate it. Hope that both jobs are keeping you busy right. Holly...my love...thank you so much for dropping in and giving updates on your household progress. You live in my dream home gal. You and Ric have really put a lot of blood, sweat and tears in to turning your place in to such a lovely and comforting place. Good luck with your jobs too.
Debbie...I always enjoy reading your posts. Despite having so many responsibilities and folks you care for, it seems that you are also involved in things to lift your spirit and renew and refresh yourself. That is the name of the game girl.
For the past ten days I have worked my hiney off getting donations together for a group who will arrive tomorrow to pick them up. For some months I have been receiving mail outs saying that a Veterans Association will be in our neighborhood collecting household items on certain dates. I am not sure how I got on their mailing list but each month I have set the mailer aside meaning to contact them to tell them to plan a pick up. About ten days or so they called me on the phone and asked if I had anything for a pick up. Gosh, that really put me in to gear and I have really been going hard at it. I now have about eight or ten boxes and a few large trash bags full of things for their pick up tomorrow. Yippie!!!! My closets and cabinets thank me.
In the past few months I have grown weary of the paint on our walls. Having new carpeting installed must have somehow changed the way the blue walls show and I am not happy with it. They now seem to be a bit dark to me. I have been spending a lot of time on the computer, mainly at Pinterest looking at decorating ideas and have decided on a light, light green color throughout the house. Haven't yet totally decided on kitchen cabinet colors or bathroom vanity colors...but that will come. Anyway, I am really excited about the painting which will probably take place in a few months. I feel I need to do another major overhaul in terms of de-cluttering before I can begin with the painting.
I will try to do better with staying involved here. It is always nice to have others to throw out ideas to and get ideas from. You ladies all mean a lot to me and I am grateful for each word you write and share. For now, everyone take extra good care and if involved with household chores, good luck with it all. Until we speak again...take care all.
Wow Ruby, with all you did to get the carpet down, and now donations, and paintng...gal, you are on a ROLL! Good for you! I wish I had that much energy! Right now I am doing good to stand up. I am really weak. I picked up a bacterial infection , so am on antibiotics. I have a ferrocious (sp?) cough, plus being anemic.
I did get my hemoglobin results back today up from 9.9 to 10.0, so no loss in the last week. I still don't have a date to go to Baylor. I did go online today to at least get directions. It's been 10 yrs since I've been there.
Glad everyone is doing well. Thanks for your prayers!
Jeanne...I too have to pace myself. There are days and more days that I don't do much at all. One thing I learned many years ago about being ill is that we need to let our bodies and their signals be our guides as to how much activity we can fit in to a day. I was telling some one earlier today that I finally figured out that I can't go wrong if I allow my body to direct my activity level. For so many years I fought against ill health and continued on as before which always meant that I was run down and hurting some place on another. When I finally figured out that I needed to respect what my body was saying and act accordingly is when I was able to begin to feel much better. Our bodies will send signals and tell us what they need, we just need to become more fine tuned to the messages it is sending. If it says it is tired, we need to rest it. Same for sleep and meals and pain issues. Go to sleep if need be, eat if feeling hungry and treat pain messages. I know that I have been better off by letting my body tell me about how to plan my day.
I am proud of the work I have done over the past few weeks. Lots of stuff moving out of here. A friend who moved recently came by yesterday and took away three large bags of bed clothes that I no longer want but were still in good shape. I was glad to get rid of them and he was glad to get them. Works on all accounts.
I find it very interesting each time I decide to de-clutter that I learn so many things about myself. In the past I have been a person who has spent a lot of money on buying craft supplies in hopes of doing so many little great ideas I have. Usually I end up donating these same supplies to some group or person who can and will use them. I guess I am getting better about not purchasing things any longer, though last night I did have need to open a couple of the bins with supplies and see that I still have more supplies than I will ever use.
I also realized this week that I have a thing about bed covers too and have kept way more than I will ever use. Heck, some of the sheet sets I sent away yesterday don't even fit the current beds we have.
Holly, always great to hear from you. I am sure that you and Ric are involved in some cool project this winter. I am so in awe of the work at your homestead. I gush when thinking of your place and the efforts you have put in to making it such the great and welcoming home it is. I wish I were able to be of more help around here, but I do what I can and am a good supervisor...hahaha...
Anyway ladies...as always...thanks for writing and be well all.
Ruby, I am sure he appeciated all that he received! I have been on both ends...receiving and lately the giving. I really appreciated the people that came and took Mom's furniture and things we did not want.
I agree with you on listening to our bodies. I have to as well. I am still weak but my cough is almost gone. I get my blood checked on Thurs. Still on antibiotics!
It is going to be colder this week...mornings 40 deg. F. or less afternoons in the mid 60's. It will probably stay that way for a few days then hopefully warm back up again. I stay in when it is chilly or cold.
Sad to say we haven't gotten much done so far this winter. We have the new flooring for the back bedroom (the one the Grands use) but Ric and I have been so sick this winter that we aren't getting much done. I am hoping that by next week I will be strong enough to start tackling it. I have been sick for 3 weeks now diagnosed with Bronchitis and the beginning of Pneumonia. So many of you have serious illnesses I hate to complain but so far I have had the flu, food poisoning, and now this not to mention a pulled muscle in my back and a leg injury. So far I have had about 7 weeks of illness or injury. Really can't I just get a break. LOL
Ruby you are so right. I too have many problems. I was in 2 major car accidents. Neither were my fault .One was a drunk that crossed into my lane and hit me head on and the other was a tractor-trailer that ran a red light, broadsiding my car at my door. Thankfully, I have an interest in cars and I owned vehicles that had a full perimeter frame, not one of the unibody tin can types, or I would have been dead. I have 2 herniated discs in my neck and 3 in my lower back. I've had surgery in both knees and I still only have one ligament holding the right one together. I have arthritis in hands, shoulders, the entire spine from my head to my tailbone, hips, knees and feet. (mostly everywhere). I am in constant pain.
I told you before about my entire family's problems that I must deal with daily and I am the one they depend on to drive them all everywhere for everything. I do a lot more than that for them all, too. Yesterday for example...I was in too much pain to sleep night before last. I gave up, got out of bed and went to the recliner which sometimes helps. I did get 4 hours sleep total. I started the day taking DH to physical therapy, went to the bank and grocery store, got home and ate a sandwich, then took Dad to an appointment and later to a store because he needed some new pants. I got home at 9:30. I WISH I could take a day off. I just don't get the choice, even if my body is screaming at me to do so. I just say a lot of prayers and keep going. It has taken it's toll and the stress has caused a heart arrythmia I now deal with too, but it's still ticking. Some of us can't rest. My advice...lots of prayer and take one day at a time.Heck sometimes it is one moment at a time.
Keep love in your heart and your burdens are bearable. May you all have a happy Valentine's Day.
Oh, Holly and Debbie, I will be praying for both of you! I totally understand as I too share many of the problems you both have. It is not easy.
Debbie, when Mom was alive my DS and I took care of her...Dr's, shopping, everything even tho I had fibro, arthritis, and many times was in a full flare...then hospital stays, and even hospice at home... I went when I didn't think I could go one more step!
When my sister was in the hospital last May in ICU she was literaly hour to hour. Fortunately she pulled thru after five weeks in the hospital! The only way I made it was by all of your prayers! Without all of you praying I would have collapsed at any given moment!
I am so thankful for all of you and your prayers, and will be praying for all of you as well!
I am not as weak as I was and my cough is almost gone. My blood today was 10.3 so it is holding for now. There is bleeding again or it could be the iron tablets making it "melena".
NOTE: I go to Baylor GI DR Tues 8 am for consultation, paperwork, probably labs. The procedure may be in one to two weeks after that. He is the only Dr. that does it, so it is totally on his schedule!
I will be praying for all of you! God is good, and HE will meet your needs!!!!! HE is our Provider, Healer, and HE will take care of us! Praise The Lord!
Happy Valentines Day
Edited to put in date for Baylor appt Tues. 2/19/13.
Thank you Jeanne! You are in my prayers as well. It was good to hear your blood tests came back a little higher again.
It sounds like you and I have a lot in common as caregivers. I had to quit my job in 1997 to care for my Mom until she died in 2002. I have my only sibling who is paralyzed from the neck down since 1988, his wife who just had her 3rd neck fusion, their daughter who had a malignant brain tumor at age 3 and now is learning diasbled due to the chemo and radiation, my Dad, now 84 and in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's with diabetes and now DH was injured at work and has had to have 2 major surgeries. I am the only one driving them all to doctor's appointments and everything right now. My SIL will be driving again soon though, which will lighten the load a lot. All of this came on after my car accident and I'm not in the best shape - but I guess for now I am the best of the bunch. LOL
You are right in the main thing too - it is by God's grace we get through it all.
May he continue to watch over you and bring you rest and good health.
Oh Debbie, I feel for you! Bless Your Heart! God will reward you greatly for all you do and have done!
I will continue to pray for you! You do so very much selflessly...You think of others and sacrifice to help them, and it will not go unnoticed. God sees all that you do!
My son drives me just about everywhere! I try and thank him every time and tell him how much I appreciate all that he does for me. He's a good cook, too!
Greetings everyone! I finally have tackled the "clutter" in 2 of my kitchen cabinets and have the picture to prove it! :) It's the cabinet where most of the spices, seasonings & vitamins are kept. I won't stay on here too long, since I've got school in the morning from 8am-12noon. After that, I'll be doing a security gig from 5pm-1am. I refer to my security job as being a "babysitter." After all, the client just wants a warm body to watch their stuff.
I did have some kid say to me the other day ~ "Hi Police Officer" ~ my uniform shirt is the same color that the Deputy Sheriff's in my area wear. I just chuckled to myself. Anyway, will have more info to post on another day regarding more of my "declutter" progress when I have time. Hope y'all like the picture. It's a bit brighter on the yellow side due to the flash from the camera.
That looks really good. Isn't it nice when you have a nice neat orderly closet. I love the areas that I have cleaned and organized. So nice to know where I can find things.
My living room is looking like a storage area right now. Cedar chest, shelving unit, totes & toys. I had moved a few things from the bedroom we are referbing and yesterday while I was gone Ric moved about 3/4s of what left in there out to the living room. The bed, dresser & night stand are about all that is left in there, other than the clothes in the closet.
Jeanne - Thank you and I'm keeping you in my prayers too. Let us know how things go.
Fleur - Great job! I've found (for me anyway) that by tackling small areas like this, it's easier to get it done than trying to do all the cabinets at once. I usually don't have a lot of time to do anything I need to do, like de-clutter, much less anything I want to do, but this is how I get it done. It's a slow process but it keeps going in the right direction. If I get one cabinet or only one shelf done, that's good enough and then I tackle the next shelf or cabinet. Like life, we have to have easy goals, some medium goals and long terms goals. Otherwise, seeing the long term goals only, it becomes daunting, overwhelming and paralyzing, which accomplishes nothing. You go girl!
Holly - Take this "living room turned storage bin" as an excellent opportunity! While the bedroom is practically empty, go through the clothes in the closets and purge. Pull everything out and put it on the bed. Only return what you wear. Make a bag(s) to donate and take them to your car to drop off next time you're out. Before you put the clothes back in, clean the closet top to bottom. Move and clean under the bed and dresser. Go through the dresser drawers, purge and clean, maybe make some sachets from lavender blooms or even essential oils. Clean the night stand and under it too. Overhead light fixture? Take that down and wash it. Do whatever refurbishing your doing and then only put things back into the bedroom after they have been gone through, purged and cleaned. When your finished - not only a refurbished bedroom but one that is thoroughly cleaned inside and out and ORGANIZED!!! You'll be ahead of the game and moving to the next room.
That is exactly what we plan to do. It definitely won't all go back in. The bedroom is mostly used for our Grands. We have toys in there for them and that is where they sleep when they come to visit. It is also the area where Ric keeps his things. The clothes in that closet are his and the dresser in that room is his. He also has quite a bit of fishing gear a in there that should be moved to another room. We are painting the ceiling, and part of the walls, replacing or repairing the ceiling fan and pulling up the carpet and putting down new flooring. Both closets will be completely emptied. I am trying to decide what to do with the cedar chest. I don't want it back in that room and truly don't have a need for it. Maybe one of the kids could use it.
Thanks to everyone for the nice comments about my "newly" organized kitchen cabinet. It's so nice to open the door and see things nicely arranged for a change.
@ lovetopaint ~ I'm in total agreement with you about tackling small areas at a time to see progress being accomplished. I've done that with a huge bag of sewing material & notions that had been sitting on my sectional couch for much too long. A few days ago I got one of my larger clear totes and then went through the entire bag. Some of the batting had to be tossed, but mostly everything else was salvaged. There were several bunches of lace which I rolled up & put into ziplock sandwich bags.
Sorry I can't stay on here too long this time. I just noticed the time on my computer and need to get the coffee ready for tomorrow morning and get ready for bed. Back to work tomorrow at the recycling place where I do my security job at. When I signed up with this company, I specified that I wanted "full-time" hours and she's only been keeping me on "part-time" hours -- I don't know what part of "full-time" hours she doesn't understand. Maybe I'll get more hours this coming week. :)
Chat with y'all later! Everyone have a great week and a productive one! :)
Hi there folks - Sorry about being missing for a while. Can't remember all that I last wrote, but must have been encouraging Jeanne to do the best she can in taking care of herself.
Holly Sweetie - Dont aplogize that you aren't chronically ill...as you know being out of it for seven weeks really throws a wrench in to life plans...imagine it going on for years at a time. Anyway...glad that you and Ric are both doing better and are gearing up to tackle the grands room. As with all your other projects to your home, I know it will turn out loverly...
I am hoping to have the inside of our house painted before too very long and that once again means packing up a lot of items. I am thinking along the same lines as Debbie pointed out...take this opportunity to do some more decluttering. I have actually been at the decluttering for some weeks now, though have run in to a place where until some changes are made, there isn't a whole lot more I can do. My hubby has worked himself in to a corner in our storage shed which is holding the bins I need to go through in order to get rid of some items. He has stacked the ones I have been through and want to keep on top and in front of ones that I still need to go through...so, until I can find a warm enough day to go out there myself and check contents of boxes, there isn't much to be brought in for me to work on. The attic at this point is pretty much empty of items as we decided to no longer use it for storage and try to have everything fit in the shed. The items cannot go back to the attic yet anyway because he has promised to re-insulate soon. We will see...he isn't really in to the idea, but in terms of trying to cut costs and researching the topic, every article begins with having proper home insulation. We had a contractor come in recently and we found out that our attic has only one third of the thickness of insulation than is called for.
Anyway...I appreciate the continued dialog on this thread. It is always good to hear from everyone. Debbie, you certainly have your hands full, but you are using the same coping skill that I developed and has been the greatest salvation to my sometimes overwhelming life...prayer and faith for a better tomorrow. I don't know exactly where I might be today had I not had faith in a better tomorrow arriving at some point. Thankfully I can say that I am in my better tomorrow. I know that I still have things in this life that will try to defeat me, but I will do as I have done and with God's help will remain as strong as I can.
You ladies take good care and I will try not to be gone too long next time. Jeanne...the very best of luck to you. Prayers for a healing coming your way.
So good to hear from everyone, esp Ruby...we really did MISS YOU!
Debbie that is TOO FUNNY! LOL!
My blood tested in at 9.4. That is down from 10.0 last week. There is more "bleeding" today...more than in a while...so next week it may be down even more. I may have to get more blood before March 13 when I go to Baylor.
Stress test went well so I should have clearance from the Cardiologist. Will call and find out tomorrow.
Hope everyone has a great weekend and keep up the good work! Y'all are really doing good!
Oh Jeanne, how frustrating this must all be. I guess I will tell you kind of like a mentor to me some years ago told me when I was talking about all of my medical frustrations. She said if she were me, she would be camped out in front of the doctor's office until they could tell me what the heck is going on. It sounds to me like you need some answers and you are not getting them, or either you haven't really shared what the doctor's are telling you with ...or they don't know what they are doing. I am not sure which it might be, or if it is any of them. By me not being medically trained and haven't really spent any time around folks going through what you are going through currently, I am just not making sense of all of this. That they have let you go for this long without yet getting to the bottom of it makes no sense to me.
I will tell you the sort of patient I was...not very patient at all...I have said in the past that I had to develop a brain that functioned on the level with some of the most brilliant brains in the USA who decided to go in to medicine, in order for them not to allow me to die on their watch, or one of their medical errors kills me. Did thos of you reading know that medical error is the number four killer in our nation? People dieing of drug interactions, allergies, neglect, wrong treatments, so on and so forth. I was not the type to go in week after week to get yet more bad news...I wanted to know what the doctors I was working with were going to do for me. I figured that I had to become more knowledgeable about my disease than any of the doctors were, just to keep up with them. My current doctors says that his Behcets education has come from talking to me. I have a very rare disease that drug companies are not going to waste research dollars on because not enough people would buy the drug. That leaves me and others with this rare disease pretty much on our own. Those of us who have survived for many years with a disease that would kill someone weaker and more meek are not afraid to possibly anger some doctors. I have not always been the picture of niceness when showing up for doctors appointments. I think you deserve more of an answer than you are currently getting.
Please forgive me for sounding as though I am on the war path. It enrages me that you haven't had your medical needs taken care of yet. If any of your doctors were in your shoes, I can bet that they wouldn't take kindly to being told that we can't find anything. My answer to them would be ...well, keep looking. It is not right when a person's life is basically destroyed by pain and misery. I should know...I lived it for many years. I was lucky in that finally, when I evidently made enough life style changes on my own, my body stopped the destruction of itself that it had been on for many years before then. My wish for you Jeanne is to soon find out what is creating the blood loss in order for it to be treated and thus become but a memory for you.
Again, you guys forgive me for the rant. It is something very close to my heart and I survived the system, so am grateful for that. Tell those doctors that they don't want me coming to Texas and visiting them with you...I carry a big stick...not...just kidding, but I would like to see you begin asserting yourself a bit more and this seemed non concern of so many not be tolerated. Tell them that you want answers, and you want them sooner rather than later.
I will close this by saying that I will say a prayer that your situation turn itself around very, very soon. God Bless.
Ruby I understand your concerns! My sister and daughter feel much the same way!
There are a couple of issues we are dealing with. The gastro Dr. thinks the culprit is a ruptured vein that is up under a fold. The equipment they have basically rolls over the top of the fold, so they cannot see it.
The second issue is it only bleeds intermittantly, so if it is not bleeding when they are in there, they are not going to find it.
The procedure the Dr. at Baylor does is a little different. It is a balloon endoscope. It has a balloon on the end that will expand the area, hopefully allowing them to find it. This Dr. feels pretty confident he can find it. He said because it does not bleed all of the time, it makes it hard to find.
Actually this is a very common problem. My cardiologist said that I was the second one in his office that day with the same problem.
We both needed clearance for anestiology for procedures to find gastro bleeding.
Plus I did research on the internet, and it is actually a common problem in the US. There is 22 feet of the small bowel, and some of it is not accessible. It is very frustratrating. I have a double whammy, as I do not have any iron in my bone marrow (They did a bone marrow test.) Iron is needed to make blood. I do take supplements.
Hopefully the Dr. will find it March 13th, correct it, and all of this will be behind us. I do appreciate your concerns, tho.
Jeanne, My FIL had a similar problem with his lung. He had a hole in the lung and after the 1st surgery they realized that there was another hole. It was under a fold in the lung and very hard to find.
Thanks Holly! I will be so glad when this is over. The loss of blood makes me so weak. I just want to be able to get a few things done! I am so weak, I just don't have much "fight" left in me. Fortunately my daughter helps out with that!
She takes up my battles for me!
Oh good, I hesitated before sending this off last evening. If a person gets me started on medical issues, I could go on all day long. Thank you for further explaining what is making this so difficult to find and work with. Sounds as though the trip to Baylor will be what finally gets you turned around, and I know that you will be happy for that. One of the very most frustrating things I have dealt with when speaking of illness, is the horrible fatigue that often comes along with being run down. I finally ended up on antidepressants many years ago due to my mind and body not being able to be in sync. I so wanted to do so many things that my body was unable to do...that makes for a lot of frustration. It has now been many years and I have learned to deal with the cards I have been dealt, so my mood for the most part is usually an up one. Gratitude for being able to still do as much as I do goes a long way in counteracting the loss of not doing some of what I was able to do before.
Yesterday I noted a long list of "to do's" for the weekend and now that half of one day is gone, I believe I may make a change of plans. I may have either hubby or son go to attic here shortly and send down some of the very few things still up there. I want to go through them and see what can go away when donation truck comes this next Thursday. Every thing needs to come out of the attic because hopefully before too very long, hubby will be laying insulation up there. I haven't been able to go up there for years, so am not exactly sure what all is left. I know that there were loads of Christmas items bins that came down recently...all were full of after holiday sales items that I had meant to use as gifts this year, but somehow they were over looked when things were coming down before Christmas. At least I will have lots of things for next year already.
Waving hello to Holly - always great to see you gal. Jeanne, we will look forward to you soon being back to feeling much better and having a lot more strength. In the meantime...hang in there...the sun will come out tomorrow.
I'm glad to hear you got your appointment at Baylor. I understand they are great there and the balloon endoscope sounds like it will do the trick. I wonder why they all aren't made that way since it is so common?
I have to say Ruby is right on "being your own doctor" to some degree. When my brother broke his neck, when his 3 year old daughter was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor of a type of cancer never seen in the brain, when my mother was having similar issues to yours. when I had my two car accidents, when DH was injured at work and is disabled ...I didn't stop researching. I have more than once corrected a doctor or shown where there could be another option. One time at a specialist hospital in a conference room with 5 doctors we were told that Tim's spinal cord was severed and that what he had was all he'd ever have. (Basically - "deal with it"). I waited until they were done and told them they were comparing apples to oranges and then I proceeded to show them they were wrong. His spinal cord is not severed. It's severely crushed, but not severed. What I accomplished to some might seem like nothing but it was a milestone. They did an MRI they had NOT done yet and found I was right, he had surgery at Jefferson in Philly to clear out some bone fragments and decompress it a little. He's still a quadriplegic, but his wheel chair he had was controlled by blowing/sucking/puffing in a straw, now his wheelchair is controlled with a joystick that holds his hand and he uses his biceps. He still can't feed himself, but the feeling improved from the neck up to now he has feeling to about the nipple line up.
Another thing my family does, is we never leave anyone alone in the hospital if they are very ill or unable to do for themselves. If they are cogniznat and able that's different, otherwise someone is there 24/7. We have stopped several errors from happening by being there and being vigilant.
As I said before - keeping you in my prayers and will be doing so even more on the 13th.
Thanks Ruby and Debbie! I agree...I had to be there for my Mom around the clock. I slept there as we were quite aways from home, and I really didn't have a relief. Then with my sister, Joanne as she could not talk. She had a stroke and was having 17 seizures an hour all night. I stayed with her all night...from 4 pm all night til 11 am, then went home, slept, and went back.by four pm again. Her boyfriend stayed with her while I was gone.
We had to get a second opionion in from a different neurologist for Joanne. He put her on an antiseizure medicine and they stopped. He is still her doctor now. Someone definately needs to speak up for them when they cannot talk for themselves! It was tough, but we could not leave her by herself.
My daughter was there with me during any procedures. My son will be the one with me at Baylor.
I get my blood checked Wednesday. We will see what the hemoglobin is then. I have been very weak, so I have just been sleeping mostly. I got a few things done this afternoon.
Debbie, I am keeping you and your family in my prayers! Bless your heart, you really have your hands full.
Oh yeah, you sure do have a lot on your plate Debbie. Bless your heart. My goodness. I do understand all that you are saying about knowing as much as possible about our conditions or our loved ones conditions. I too have almost been in danger due to medical error and it is scary. I had the same experience when my brother was hospitalized with a broken neck some years ago. While visiting him at dinner hour one day realized that they were sending his food tray to him but without help he couldn't eat it. He was at the time attached to the wall with a large metal contraption to keep his neck from moving and he was laying on his back. I realized that if he were going to be able to eat anything, I or someone else needed to be there at meal time to make sure he was fed.
Later today I plan to start packing up some of the contents of my china cabinets in order for them to be able to be moved when we start painting the inside of the house in the next couple months. I am hoping that this go round I will find things that I am willing to donate or sell. I do not need all the glassware that I have. Much of it was passed down from my parent's who were glass collectors. I have been holding on to much of it due to sentimental value, but am realizing that I am beginning to value space more than much of the decor and items I have. I am sure that even by getting rid of some of it, I will still have more than most folks keep on hand.
I have spent much time in the past few months reading about hoarding and amassing lots of clutter and things. I believe I am at a point of letting go of some things that I haven't been able to get rid of before now. I have been working fairly hard for over a month now going through closets and cabinets and getting rid of things that I don't use or plan to use. The glassware items are a biggie though and might be harder than some of the other things that were easy to let go. We will see when I get in to it. I do know that I have stored away much more than I will ever use again and have hopes of after the de-clutter work is done is to use the same hours in the day to possibly recoup some of the money I have spent on some of the more valuable things. First things first. I plan to either sell on line through ebay or something along those lines or run Craigs List ads later on.
Two years ago when doing another major de-clutter I was able to sell many things and actually ended up about a thousand dollars to the good. A good portion of that money was from broken or damaged jewelry that I sold to a pawn broker. Speaking of that...just last Sunday a girl friend of mine who is getting in to selling costume jewelry came by and asked to see any of my old things. That day she left here very happy with a good haul of nice things she hopes to sell in her booth in an antiques mall and I came out fifty dollars to the good. This was all leftovers from things I have accumulated over the years and much of the jewelry I don't even remember where it came from. Anyway...we never know what we have lieing around that others might want.
Hope that everyone has a good week coming up. We are possibly going to have the first real snow storm of the year tomorrow evening. I have heard snow estimates of six to eighteen inches. Thankfully I don't have to go or be anywhere later in the week. My only appointment is tomorrow morning early before anything is supposed to start.
Oh Ruby, I spent the day going from one Thrift Shop to the next... Buying odd plates and candle votive. As you are packing up I am out there gathering. Yes a new craft for me to make. I am sure you have seen the pictures of the Garden Art Flowers made from odd plates on Pinterest.
Hi Holly - I was on Pinterest earlier and thought of you when checking on garden art. Some of the pictures are really cute and will look good in our gardens. Heck, two days now of planning to work on cabinets, and not getting to them either day. There is always tomorrow I suppose. I will soon be with you on the thrift store visits, because right off top of my head I can't think of anything that I currently have that I am willing to use as garden art. Nothing coming from the china cabinets anyway...don't know what I might find in the shed though, because once upon a time I bought loads of things at thrift stores, and glassware was one my favorite things to buy. Will be interesting to see what I have out there if the weather ever gets nice enough for me to spend some time going through contents of shed.
If a person takes a close look at some of my houseplant pots they will see bits of china plates and damaged knick knack sort of things sitting in many of them. Most have been there for years. I am not the type who can easily throw away something that is pretty, even if it is damaged and so that is where many things ended up. Will try to take photos at some point and share these with you.
I hear that you all lucked out with the snow storm...we were not so lucky and now have sixteen inches of the white stuff to deal with for the next few days. I am not sure if any of our neighbors got out today or not. I haven't heard any cars on the road and haven't spoken with any one. I suspect they are much like we were and listened to weather reports and didn't have any where to go or anything we needed to get.
Anyway...hope you found some cute plates and things to make some garden art. Please share pics if you have the time after working on them. I know that whatever you end up doing, it will be a great touch to your already wonderful yarden.
I did find some interesting pieces. I picked up a few pieces of colored glass but most are clear glass. I was looking at glass paint, not too sure how well it will hold up outside all summer but I think I will give it a try. I am also looking at the decorated bowling balls. Our HGHA has a picnic every summer and we do some type of project. The project this year will be bowling balls.
Jeanne - how did your blood test go yesterday? Keeping you in my prayers girlfriend! I know you are anxious for the 13th too. I just know they're going to find the problem and fix it!
Ruby - wow another thing we have in common. My brother broke his neck too and is paralyzed from the shoulders down. I hope your brother was able to recover. We knew Tim was unable to feed himself so we already did that, but if one of us had not been there 24/7, he would be dead from another reason. He was unable to breathe for himself and was on a ventilator. They were weaning him off the machine a little at a time and he was breathing through the trach where the ventilator attached. When he got tired they reconnected the ventilator and was slowly increasing his own breathing time as he could. One night the ventilator stopped. Alarms went off and it wasn't pumping air to him. Three nurses came running in trying to see what was wrong with the machine while my brother was suffocating! I went to him and popped the cap off the trach so he could breathe! That should have been their first concern and if he were unable to breathe on his own at all then they should have used the resuscitation bag on the trach. So yep - you gotta watch them like a hawk when the patient is unable or not cognizant to care for them self.
Holly - . You can use acrylic craft paint. It doesn't have to be glass paint, unless you want the semi-transparent look of glass paint. If you are looking for color, go with the acrylic craft paint. Wash the already clean glassware with alcohol first so the paint will stick and let it dry completely. Paint as desired in a solid color or by marbling. Go to my post to Ruby under "4 Obstacles" and read what I already typed about that if you are interested. Then seal it well for outside use with a sealer. They sell that right next to the craft paint. Make sure you get one that says for outdoor use. It won't stay forever, but it will be there a long time, done this way.
Ruby again - there is a pretty good market for costume jewelry. You can go to eBay, go to the jewelry and on the left, click the box for "completed listings" then you'll see what stuff is actually selling for. If it appears in green, it sold for that price. If it is red it didn't sell and that was the listing price. My girlfriend got all her Avon jewelry out and sold it on there - every piece. I have a lot of that as well as Sarah Coventry that I never wear and when I get to it that will be something I will list on eBay. Apparently no matter how tight the economy is, some women still spend for jewelry. Great ...they can buy ours!
Thank you so much for the info on the acrylic paint. We were talking wondering if you could use it and how it would hold up. I am going to frost a few plates with the sandblaster and was wondering what they might look like painted on the back with the front frosted. This is a new project for me and I am not very familiar with what paints will hold up outside. I have done a little reading on the glass paint and they talked about baking it on to make it more weather resistant.
Obviously baked on will last longer but if done with alcohol the acrylic craft paint sticks better. I would also apply multiple coats of sealer. You can use a heavy clear urethane like you would for wood also. One important rule to always remember.
YOU CAN PUT OIL BASED PAINT ON TOP OF ACRYLIC PAINT BUT YOU CANNOT PUT ACRYLIC ON TOP OF OIL.
So pay attention to that whenever you paint anything, even a painting on canvas.
Now another suggestion is this - you can go to AC Moore or similar craft store and buy patio paint. This too is acrylic but is also a sealer...and surprise, it's made for painting outdoor patios. LOL You'll likely only find white. That's fine, and all you need. Buy it and then regular craft paint in colors. Get darker than you want and mix it with the white patio paint to make the color you're looking for. (Hint: be sure to mix enough for the project because it'll never match if you try to make more later) I would still seal it with a clear sealer too, even though the patio paint is a paint and sealer. I have seen some awesome painted on "rugs" on patios that never need cleaned or have mildew. LOL Another great idea I've yet to tackle but I have used patio paint as a sealer on the outside of terracotta pots so the dampness from the soil inside won't affect anything painted on the pot due to terracotta being pourous.
I like the sandblasted/frosted glass look idea! I am sure they will be great. Now I am curious to try to find the garden art flower thingies you're talking about. Be sure to include photos as you get them done. I will be anxious to see how they look!
My blood was holding...actually up from 9.4 to 9.6! That in itself is a miracle. I have been so weak and achey, but maybe it is the chilly weather in the nights and early morning that is making me hurt. I've been trying to stay warmer in the nights!
I am so thankful we did not get snow this year! So sorry to hear of your 16 inches Ruby!
Yall have been so busy, I can't wait to see your pictures. We did get out after the blood test Wed. We went to Maas Nursery in Kema-Seabrook. They have a BEAUTIFUL nursery! So many beautiful plants and water fountains.
I bought a ceramic Tucan on a swing for the garden. I hope he doesn't get broken in this wind.
Thanks for checking in Jeanne. Holding its own is good. So sorry that this whole ordeal is taking so much out of you. I know that whenever I am having physical issues, it is very hard to keep a positive attitude about the state of the world...or my little world anyway. I suppose one little quote has pulled me through many bad times in the past...believing that "this too shall pass" is something to hold on to. As you recover, you will be amazed with the more energy you will have and the more positive attitude that will come along with it. Just know that we are rooting and pulling for you to get well soon.
Holly, you are concerned about some of the same things I have been researching this week...painting glass. I have some really unusually shaped bottles that I was to paint with something. My current idea is to make my own essential oil diffuser using a bottle and bamboo reeds to sit in the oil in the bottle. I wanted a bit of color to the clear bottles and still haven't decided which form of paint I will eventually use. Kind of thinking that I might take the easy way out and use canned spray paint.
Debbie, if you really want to get side tracked and find a place that will bring you much enjoyment, check out the website Pinterest. That is a site where I am getting so many great ideas for decorating my place. Just about every subject under the sun is available there and folks pin their ideas and pictures and you can re-pin them and save for your own use. I am asking Holly please and Debbie and whoever else who might go there to please use the option to follow me...Ruby Seale Watts...I keep getting a message that I don't have enough followers to do some of the actions I want to, so I am asking for folks to follow my posts in order for me to be able to move to the next level. I will admit to having some difficulty learning to navigate around Pinterest, but the more trips I made, the better I got at figuring things out.
I originally went there looking for garden ideas of which there are plenty...I then began looking at some reall wonderful decorating ideas and have spent the last month or so just loving the site.
Anyway...hope that everyone is having a decent enough weekend. Happy whatever you do...
I sure will Ruby, I was talking to Aspenhill yesterday and she mentioned glass mushrooms much like the glass flowers. Then today there was a vendor at our Gardenwise Program that had a few of them. They sure were cute and a few of them were fanciful and perfect for Fairy Gardens.
Love it, love it. You mentioned your Greenhouse group was going to do bowling ball decorations. Good luck on finding bowling balls. I wanted to do that a few years ago and couldn't find any used bowling balls. I have several of the reflection balls sitting in my garden shed that have never been put out for decoration. We had a couple out at one point and one got knocked over and broken and that kind of ruined it for me wanting to put the others out. Maybe I will go through my garden shed and find all the garden decor things I purchased years back but have never put out. I have loads of them. I am good at buying things, but lack on the follow through often.
I look very forward to seeing some of your designs Holly. Have a great week this week.
Thanks Holly! I did the search and found them. They are so cute! I like the ones with the votive cups the best. I guess glass mushrooms are a bud vase with a bowl on it upside down? I haven't seen them, but that's how I would do it - oh and paint, of course. LOL
Honestly I could care less about my yard here, but when we move I think this would be something I would love to do and add to the yard along with some bowling balls I want to do in mosaic. I have too many craft projects here as it is. I am not going to get involved in more. Plus if I make them I will want to keep them and then they have to be moved too. I want to move as little as possible. I am busy with family's health issues, I have my own problems and so when I get some time that I feel like it I am trying to get rid of crap I already have. UGH!
Jeanne - awesome!! Not only did it hold but it got better! God is so good! Only 3 more days to go before your appointment! I know it will be great for you...I just know.
Ruby - you go girl. It's hard to tell how many garden goodies you got in that "magic shed" - get them out and enjoy them!
There are several posts on the mosaic forum about bowling balls, many with instructions or at least what they did included. I saw several that were the flat (on one side) glass rounds you find at the dollar store and if I recall they said it takes 7 bags per ball. I think, for me anyway, that is where I will start. The glass ones are the most elegant, but for someone who has never laid tile or any mosaic work at all, I think that is a way to start.
Actually, I might start with a smaller project, that's flat not round, just to learn what I am doing. I have an end table that matches nothing,the top is scarred and UGLY. I think when I get through the de-cluttering process of the rooms we live in daily, I might tackle that. I want to repaint it and I migtht tile the top or do a mosaic or something just to learn the materials. Then proceed to a round object, but with the easier stones before moving to glass. The stones make an elegant ball if you use the right color stones and grout. I've seen some on the forum that would be so much nicer if grouted in another color, in my opinion. But we all like differnt things so it might be that person's favorite. LOL
Anyway - go check out the several posts on the mosaic forum and read them. WARNING!!! When you do, you'll want to go find a ball and get started right then!
Everything went well today. The Dr. did find one vein and fix it, but, he does not think that is the only or main problem.
I have a large Hiatal Hernia and in it are ulcers. They have to heal. If they do not, I may need to have surgery on the Hiatal Hernia. We will still keep an eye on the hemoglobin.
Today before the procedure it was definately bleeding. They did not check the hemoglobin there, so I may have it checked asap, as even prior to the procedure I was very weak. My "butterfly" over my nose was in full flight.
The Dr. said he would call my Dr here in town and discuss everything with him. The Baylor Dr. Tattooed where he stopped so that he / others could tell where he had seen. Depending on whether or not the bleeding stops, he may do a Colonoskopy.
I feel hopefull, as ulcers can heal...they have to on their own...However, it is their location that makes it difficult for them to heal because of the accumulation of acid there.
I do not have a followup appt at this time with the Baylor Dr. I think it's a wait and see situation.
Jeanne - You mention the butterfly, do you have Lupus or please explain what you are talking about. I have read that Lupus patients often have a butterfly red patch on their faces and that is the tip for the doctors to diagnose Lupus. Oh my gosh...ulcers...they didn't mention the use of antibiotics to heal them? I thought the latest research says that most ulcers are due to a germ that some antibiotic clears up usually...no hints or meds to help the healing? Sorry, for so many questions, but I need to follow along and know better what all you are dealing with...anyway...so sorry you didn't get more answers than you did. Please continue to update as you hear things...
As far as bowling balls go...there is also a forum here at Dave's for trash to treasure and you might find some chats on the decorative bowling balls there. Up in the search box on your main Dave's page, type in bowling ball art and see what comes up. That ought to give you some ideas...if you don't find it at Dave's...check out Pinterest website or some other crafts site...ought to be easy to find some ideas...I have seen them covered in pennies and they were very eye catching.
Holly...I called all the bowling alleys in my area a couple of years ago and no one admitted to having any extras. Anyway...please do me a favor if not too much trouble...and if the two extra balls haven't been spoken for before then...please bring them to the plant swap for me...I will gladly reimburse for your time and efforts...I would love to have a couple to work on. How do you plan to cover yours? I love it...hearing the ideas that folks have.
Well gals, here is hoping that everyone has had a decent enough week. With us, so far, so good. Actually, a couple of really good things have happened. My hubby who began delivering pizzas a year or so ago to help bring in some extra money had a phone call the other day saying he had been selected Employee of the Year at his store...we had a good laugh about that...but it is still an honor. There will be a banquet in April for all the Employees of the Year from surrounding stores, so that is cool. Also my husband has taken up another new hobby. He is metal detecting and this week has unearthed several coins and some other interesting things during his outings. Yesterday he found an 1806 half cent Eruopean coin and that was truly very exciting for him. That is old money ya'll!!! He looked on ebay where there are loads of the same coin, so it is not necessarily valuable, but cool all the same.
Anyway...everyone take good care and enjoy this warmer weather.
Yahoo Jeanne ...doing the "happy dance" for you...okay not really that would hurt, but I am doing it in my mind. They say it's the thought that counts anyway! I told you I just knew they'd find it and fix it. It may not be all but I think it will be a big part, at least for the blood loss. That in turn should get you stronger to be able to address the other issues.
I have a Hiatal Hernia too, but it does not have ulcers. I have been taking Nexium for years and it has really helped. The insurance company will want you on a generic or OTC brand but my doctor said they are not the same and wrote them a letter specifying I get the Nexium. The other thing that helped was weight loss. I lost about 75 pounds and was doing well, until another round of doing this and that non-stop for everybnody and I got back into the habit of eating something fast - not good for weight loss. I have gained a lot of what I lost back. Ugh! So I am back on that track best I can, and hopefully will do better as the weather warms. I don't know where you are on that issue and you don't have to say, but you might consider addressing it - IF it is an issue for you as you gain strength. I certainly think you need to gain that first!
Ruby is correct that not too many years ago they found ulcers can be cured with antibiotics. So yeah, work on that and then the Hiatal Hernia should improve. It wont have the ulcerations, nor the bleeding making it worse. Still, just knowing what the problems are has to help settle your mind. Getting the "bleeder" fixed is a biggie! I am so happy for you - praise the Lord!!
Ruby - I went to Pinterest and I can easily see how you could be lost there for days. I searched for Ruby Seale Watts as you said, and it found no one. I then searched just Ruby Watts and it came back with 5-6 but I don't know which one is you. So please let me know what to do and I will.
I am so glad you are going to be at the Mid-Atlantic meeting!!!! Holly sent me a D-mail about it and said it was going to be sometime in May in Salem County, NJ. I am really looking forward to trying to get a day out for ME!! and meet as many of you gals as I can. I look forward to hearing more details as to when, and where exactly it is. I hope I can manage to get there - barring any emergencies, I should.
Oh and Ruby, I have to say I busted out laughing about your DH's hobby. Not at him - but by what you've said before about I sound like your long lost twin. The reason it was so funny was just last week, my DH said "when I get to feeling better and can walk more I was thinking about getting a metal detector...what do you think?" I told him it always looked like fun to me but I'm not turning into the idiots like they have on the History channel - "American Diggers". (I hope their antics are put on for the show, if not, they are a few fries short of a Happy Meal.) He laughed and said no way he just thought it might be a new hobby he could do. Then I read your post - it that weird or what? It's hard to tell what could be found in our yard and around here. I actually live on the battlefield where the first battle of the Revolutionary War took place. Years ago, when times were hard and I was much younger, I cut fallen trees hauled them home, chopped and split firewood and sold it. I was in this area back them and there was a huge oak that had fallen, so I was cutting it. Miraculously, right where one cut, there was a ball (bullet) imbedded deep in the tree. It would have been about the right time according to the tree rings to have been from the Revolutionary War. I cut a slab off and it's still in Dad's shop. I think it would be great to make a table out of it - it's just talking Dad out of it, he claimed it. LOL
I've been busy with others all week and I have housework to catch up on - so I gotta get off here.
Ruby - I have Lupus symptoms, but it doesn't show up on a blood test. It makes me feel like crap, but hopefully not bad enough to damage any organs! That is a good thing! The Dr. didn't give me any new prescriptions.
Debbie - I take Omeprazol and sucralfate tabs. I had quit taking them because the Dr's said I did not have "stomach ulcers". I read they block iron absorbtion. But now I guess I will have to start taking them again.
Had my hemoglobin checked this morning. it is down from 9.6 to 8.3, so we are going to start iron infusions in the morning again. Hopefully with the vein being cauterized, the bleeding will stop and the iron will build my blood back up. It just takes so long. The iron infusions makes me feel sick with flu like symptoms.
It will take time to gain my strenth back. If it goes below 8 we may have to do blood again.
The weather is gorgeous today so I am going out into my garden for awhile. Jasmine, camelias, lavender azaleas, white azaleas are all in bloom and smell so good.
I am going to sit on my swing and take it all in.
Thank you for your continued prayers. I think half of the battle has been won! Praise the Lord!
No problem Holly... I will try the bowling alleys again and see if I can get at least one from them or more hopefully. Also, please post your finished projects...would love to see what you do.
Jeanne, I was going to mention Omeprazole...I take that too and it has made a major difference in my acid reflux issues. Yeah, the doctor told me to get it over the counter and it was priced ridiculously and she prescribed it for me and it costs me very little now. So glad that you are enjoying your garden and its wonder. I was out for a bit yesterday and saw some of our Crocus popping up. That is always a great treat...today I look upon a couple of inches of snow...yesterday windows and doors wide open, today snow...go figure.
Debbie, I sent a dmail with proper Pinterest info on it. You ladies all take extra good care.
Hi Everyone! Thank you so much for your prayers! The Dr thinks it was an infection that has been making me soooo sick so he gave me some pretty heavy antibiotics. They did give me a boost but then gave me diahrea. He wants me to start taking them again...so I will, along with some Probiotics.
Hi Ruby, and Hello Jeanne, and everyone else here, sorry for barging in, but, happened to check in here, and low and behold, Found a dear sweet friend, Ruby, it's been a while, I just started back up on DG, Florida gardening so far, not anywhere else at the time, but couldn't sleep, so I decided to check some other sites out! I'm so glad to see(?) you, lol, at least in my mind, you 2 lady's are all talking bowling balls, so I had to add my 2 cents, I got mine off of craigs list, and I did mosaic art on them, as is my hobby, including the garden since we moved to a full size home, our forever home!!!! :) Sorry, I'll stick to the thread, as I was saying, I found 5 balls on Craigs list, I just said I was looking to use old balls for art, some people thought I wanted them to actually bowl with them, I made it clear that I would pay $5.00 for each one, and ended up with 5! Give it a try!!! Here are 4 of the 5! I have 1 to finish! I also added a birdbath I just finished, it was done with mosaic glass also, I put it in my raised bed garden! I need to go to trash to treasure and post the birdbath, as that was what it was!
In the mean time, I'll chat more with you lady's, and gentleman, later, just dropped in and saw Ruby, couldn't just sneak out without saying hello!!
To Everyone, Have a Great Easter, and a Blessed Day! I look forward to seeing you all here or somewhere on DG!
Hi all - just wanted to pop in and say Happy Easter!
Jeanne - I'm so glad they found another answer! Yes many anitbiotics can cause that "bathroom trot" but if it cures the problem or part of it, it's sooo worth it! Oh and just a tip, if you're going a lot and the bottom is sore, get some Witch Hazel to cleanse with. It's cooling and won't burn (it's also good to have around the house for other stuff too). Probiotics will help but so will yogurt that has probiotics in it. (not all do). Because the antibiotics is working to kill off unwanted "bugs" it's also killing the normal "bugs" in your digestive track and you have to replinish them with the probiotics. Still keeping you in my prayers girlfriend...
This week when I wasn't busy taking care of someone or taking somebody some place, I've been working (when I could - I can only do so much at a time) on the yard clean up. I live on a busy corner and idiots throw trash out of their car windows all the time. I picked up 2 grocery bags stuffed full of trash! Then I started raking limbs, pine cones, gum balls and inevitably some leaves and such that I didn't get mowed. The back yard is done, one side yard is done. The front yard is half done and all I raked up is there in the other half yet to rake and be carried to the woods beside my property. I don't actually carry it. I can't. I have a cheap tarp that I spread on the ground, rake the stuff onto the tarp then drag it into the woods. I get one end and lift it as I am walking under it which flips it over, dumping the stuff. Next day I have free and it is decent weather, (and I have recuperated from what I have done so far) I will try to do that. This year's limbs are many and big. There are the normal winter and spring storms that bring them down, but we also had Hurricane Sandy. I had been raking the small limbs up around the maple tree making a "fake mulch" for a couple years, but it's in the front yard and no longer looks like mulch. You can tell even from the road it was a limb pile. Ugh! Now with the limbs from the hurricane too, it has to be done. Once that is all cleaned and the rest of the front yard done, I will have to get the side yard near the woods and then I want to do something under that tree.
I'm thinking about something made from concrete like big "mushrooms" or even "flowers". I'm not sure. Holly posted a thread of a glass plate flower she made on the trash to treasure forum that's gorgeous and even showed how she mounted it! So -- now I'm thinking about that too. If not under the tree, I really want to make some of them for somewhere. However, this stuff needs cleared out before I start mowing and the temps are moving toward 60 this weekend. Work has to come first, dang it!
Accu-bones say I did enough for a while ( I was able to get in about 3 hours yesterday before the back was screaming!! Yay!) and they also say a storm is coming, so I won't get back to it for a while. I thought I might have today off to rest from yesterday's work being Easter sunday and all, but I got a call last night from my brother asking me to take him to a home improvement store. So as soon as I finish my coffee and the pain pills kick in, I'm "on the road again". I'm hoping I won't be too long and can get home to my buddy the heating pad. Sorry didn't mean to go off on a "woe is me" tangent. I was actually proud of what I did get done the last few days and wanted to share. Yeah there is a lot more to do but I made a big hole in it!
I'll hush now and get off here. I need to get going soon. Happy Easter all! Praise for all our blessings!
Yes indeed, we are all truly blessed. Even though there is lots of reason for complaint, there is more reason for gratitude. Golly gee ya'll, I am alive today and not hurting...that is saying a lot when so much of my life has involved hurting. Jeanne, let's all hope the antibiotics do the trick...I know that there is something about my body that responds well whenever I use a sulfa antibiotic. I am not sure if there is something in it that my body is lacking in or what...but I usually feel so much better any time I have reason to use it.
Jami!!!!! Girlfriend!!!!!!!! Hey folks, this is a lovely lady I met here some years back who has become a true friend to me. Yes, we have been out of touch for a while, but I am thrilled that you stopped in to say hello. As always...your tile work is gorgeous. I have a couple of flower pots that Jami made and gifted me with some years back...she does excellent work by the way. Jeanne, I particularly liked the lady bug bowling balls too...Oh yeah, run an ad or Craig's List to see if I can get some of the balls...thanks Jami.
Holly and Debbie...always good to hear from you ladies too.
I got some exciting news yesterday from a girl friend...she called to say that she was able to rent a space in an Antiques Mall nearby and we two will be splitting the cost of the booth and both displaying our wares there. I spent some months this past winter going through things and sitting aside some of the vintage items I want to sell, so now I just need to work on getting them there some time this week. I am really excited about it. It means there is a possibility of maybe recouping some of the money I have spent on things over the years. I have always wanted to do this, and here is my opportunity...actually I was involved in another store similar to this about ten years ago before I moved here and gave up my space there. Haven't been in to it for a while but am really excited about getting back in to it. You all please wish me luck.
Hope that you all are having a blessed Easter Day.
Hi there Jeanne - I hope that everyone had a good Easter day. I have to brag on the meal I prepared...which could only be described as scrumptous...baked a ham, made scalloped potatoes and succotash. Had small potato dinner rolls for the ham and everything was yummy for sure.
Supposed to meet at the antiques store later today to figure out spacing and how much can be put in the space without it looking too very junky. I have researched selling a bit the past couple of days and have some ideas for setting the space up. One thing that all the other sellers point out is that good lighting is essential. I hope that some small lamps will be able to be used in the display which may catch shoppers attention to our area.
Excited here folks...here is hoping that everyone has a great week coming up.
Jeanne - you are so right I want to work on some BB's so bad...I hope to get a chance to do something for under that tree I'm cleaning stuff from and don't think I haven't got BB's high on my list. LOL
Ruby - dear girl!! I am so pleased with your luck in the antiques mall with a friend. AWESOME!!!! I'm like you with that hating to let go of things worth a lot of money. Don't get me wrong, I, like you, donate a lot too, but when it is expensive things I'd like to recoup some money now and then. I just grew up poor and it's hard not to think that way. LOL Poor folk were probably the first "green" people - we always recycle everything and then when it is something that cost a lot of money we try to sell it and get part of it back. Once that mindset is ingrained I don't think it'll ever change. Again - I understand.
It actually sounds like an answered prayer to me. For some time now you have been getting rid of this, donating that but wishing you had a way to sell the other stuff. Well there it is. God was listening!!! I can understand your excitement and I'm excited for you. Please take some pictures to share with us of your booth and how it's going!!
Alrighty Debbie - some pics for you. I went over to the mall space this morning and took a few items. For now we only have this one shelf, but found out today there may be a possibility of getting one twice this size because someone else is moving out...That would be great. I think of the very many storage bins I have that are full of items I don't want to just let go for nothing, so like you said, The Lord heard what was on my heart...he is good like that.
A couple of the pictures may be upside down or side ways, hopefully your computer can rotate it so you can see what you are looking at withough straining your neck. We have loads more things to go in the space, so this is just how it looks with only making one trip there.
Hope that everyone is having a good day. A really pretty one here for sure. Oh yeah, the elephant is what I will be asking for as a Mother's Day gift in the last picture...made of alpaca hair...adorable!!!
WoooHoooo Ruby! You go girlfriend!! Thanks for sharing the pics.
I'd say you better be getting those bins gone through and more stuff ready quick, because what you have displayed should certainly attract some buyers! And, if you get more space added to your shop, you want to fill it quick and start making more money.
Oh and this reminds me, I want to share a little trick with everyone that I learned and it really works. It's been so long ago I can't say who told me, or where I may have read it, but if you wash your clear glass in an ammonia/water mixture (or just use some ammonia in a spray bottle) it sparkles in the sun like a diamond. If you use it at your yard sales, you'll see women head straight for the glassware. LOL It does make a big difference. Anyway, your display looks great Ruby, it was just something I happened to remember and wanted to share with everyone. Hey, if it catches someone's attention because it sparkles even more - why not?
Jeanne I went to the link you posted before but it took me to the main page of forums and I still can't find the prayer forum. It might have taken me to the main page because I'm not a paying member, and the prayer one is a "member's only" one? I don't know, but I hope all is going well and the Baylor doctors keep finding the problems and fixing them. I keep you in my prayers anyway. Oh and yes - I have got to get me some BB's and do them. I have been in the middle of a LOT of things this last month and they are just now starting to let up. It took me almost a week to get my yard cleared of downed limbs and gumballs from the gum trees, but it looks so nice. It's about 3/4 acre with trees on 3 sides and many in the yard too. Some are 50-75 feet tall, so lots of limbs were down, especially after Hurricane Sandy last fall. This week we went from being in the 50's to in the 80's and trees litterally went from tiny buds to fully bloomed in 2 days. It won't be long before I have to cut the grass and now at least the yard is clean enough to run the mower. Dad had minor surgery last week, my brother had major surgery yesterday and Dad has another minor procedure on 4/23. Plus, taxes, paperwork to an attorney and some other important stuff like that and I've about gone nuts. Thankfully I got all that done before Tim's surgery yesterday. Feeling tired, sore and now achey from the coming storm but I also feel good knowing so much got done and things will ease up now.
Oh well - gotta go do the supper dishes and then I might sit a while on the comfy couch. You girls have a good night! I wish you all the best! Good health to you both and Ruby I hope you sell out and have to go get more from that shed full of bins. LOL
Hi gals...sorry about not visiting before now...I am much like Debbie and head over heels with things to do and not enough time or energy to do them all. I am still very excited about the shop opportunity, and my house looks like a shop itself currently with to sell items sitting around on many surfaces. Lots of work to selling folks. A lot of research needs to go in to the items you want to sell.
Oh my gosh Debbie...I have hardly touched any of my storage bins...the items I have taken to the shop thus far are things that are sitting around inside the house but are not necessarily things that I desire to use as decor. This home has been an upside down mess for a year or more while doing first of all the carpet installation which required packing up china cabinets and book cases and then unpacking and now there are plans to have the inside painted which requires packing things again. I suppose God knew what was on my heart without me verbally expressing a need for a place to see if I could market some of my things and opened this opportunity. A few months back when looking at all my decor items, and knowing that I would be once again packing them up and unpacking again in order to do work on the house, I finally decided that most of the things had become more trouble than they are worth.
I am finally reaching a point where I don't want as much sitting around. I want a much simpler style of decorating, and easier to keep looking nice without spending a lot of time dusting and cleaning things. It is all a process to be done in steps and takes time. I wish it was all done yesterday, but know it is up to me to keep at eating that elephant, one bite at a time.
Anyway...thanks for the input from everyone...Jeanne dear, I will try to make it to the prayer forum, but can't promise...I am way, way, way behind on my regular threads on here and feel very out of touch. Need to just set aside a couple of hours to devote to catching up at Dave's...but don't know when and if that will happen any time soon.
You ladies have a good weekend coming up. Thanks for all input.
Me too, The garden is calling. Still have all the stuff stacked in the living room, too nice to work on the bedroom but we will need to get it finished. We had some rain today so Ric was in there for awhile.
Hi Everyone...Debbie sorry you couldn't get there. I will post the new report here for you.
Update, My hemoglobin level is down to 7.7. We did an iron IV on Wednesday, so will recheck it again next Wed.
It is our hospital's policy not to transfuse unless it is below 7.
My Dr. does not want to do another transfusion unless it is absolutely necessary because I have already had soooo many, 11 units, that your body can build up antibodies to it and reject the blood, and then you're in badddddddd shape. It can kill a person, so I am told.
Wed. am will be the deciding factor. Mon I will be calling my Baylor Dr. to report the 7.7. He said if it dropped again he would want to do a colonoskopy to see if we could find another vein that is bleeding. I don't know if he would want to do that until my Hemoglobin is up more. So next week will be a turning point again.
Hiatal Hernia surgery may be a topic on the table as well. (My hernia does cause considerable pain...serious pain at times. I am not sure that it is the cause of the blood loss, so again need to talk to the Dr. at Baylor.)
I am trying to get a few things done in case I have to go back in the hospital again.
Dear Jeanne -
You just can't seem to catch a break. At least the doctors know where to start looking this time for the blood loss culprit. I am so sorry that you are having to deal with all of this. Sometimes the waiting and not knowing are worse on our nerves than the actual procedures. Yes indeed, prayers being said for an eventual full recovery so this time in your life will be but a memory. As always, keep us updated as you know things.
Thanks for commenting Holly...yeah, the gardens are calling our names...so far I haven't done much maintenance wise at all...a few evenings I have cleaned a few of the smaller beds but the larger ones still need attention. Blooms coming up every where and that surely brings a smile to my face...happy gardening ya'll.
As usual it seems Ruby and I run in the same time zones (busy vs. time here) LOL
Good to see you all. Ruby you keep on selling ...it doesn't matter where it comes from. It's actually smarter to be getting rid of what's in the house first, but hey if the selling goes great or you get that additional space at the shop, you'll have an opportunity to move more out and eventually you'll be digging in the bins too.
Oh Jeanne dear girl - I'm so sorry to hear the hemoglobin has dropped again. I do hope they find the problem. It could likely be within a fold of the intestinal wall and just unseen. Did they do the one where you swallow a camera in a pill that takes pictures all the way through yet? If not you might ask about that. The Hiatal Hernia might be the problem too, especially with the severe pain at times. That could be the times it is bleeding. I don't know. I would pursue that surgery too if the doctor thinks it could be a cause. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. If I were closer to you, I would come help you out with things you need done. I wish you the best and please keep us informed what you find out tomorrow and Wednesday.
Jeanne - will be keeping you in my prayers, please let us know what you find out tomorrow.
Fleur - Glad you enjoyed the pic. I thought it was funny too. I can't remember where I found it, but I kept a copy i my files. I haven't heard from you in a while either - hope all is well on your end.
Great news Jeanne...keep it up. I always love hearing good news.
Thanks Debbie for the cute little pick me up...gotta run and get started on daily chores...half the day is gone and I really haven't even begun the day yet. I am completely on a different schedule than in previous years when by this time of day, I was usually all pooped out and used up. Now days, I am just getting wound up about this time and am still working on things during the night time hours. Haven't quite decided which I prefer...probably something middle of the road but have yet to find a happy medium. Trying not to feel too guilty about being a slug for so much of each day.
Anyway...glad to see the good news from you Jeanne. Hoping that everyone is doing well and that life is treating you well also.
Really great news Jeanne...always good to hear good things here. I visited my doctor on Friday after not having to see him for some months. I have recently started a low dose of Prednisone and so far it is doing what I hoped for. I had five different occasions last year to be on a short course weaning program with Prednisone. I asked the doctor to prescribe a very lose Prednisone to keep it in my system and see if it would possibly work to alleviate larger problems occurring. It seems to have worked to do this. No acute conditions since starting it...knock on wood.
As far as health goes I have recently begun something that I used to do regularly but haven't done in a few years until now. I started getting massages again about a month ago. I feel they are really beneficial to all aspects of both my mental and physical health. A massage is doing something specifically for me and allowing the time I am on the table to be just for me without outside demands intruding upon me. I believe I will benefit in many ways from doing this.
Anyway...again good to hear good news Jeanne and I hope that things are going well with all other readers. Enjoy this beautiful if you are having it.