Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas and a Thirty Inch SnowStorm

By Christmas Eve I was really under the weather. I had off work that day but I just laid around most of the day. Also we discovered that our leaking faucet was now not only leaking along the top and spilling onto countertops but the hot water was leaking below. We called a neighbor over who had been a plumbing apprentice so we thought he could show Rob what to do. We had the new faucet it was just getting it installed. Pic of new faucet on left. He was not able to do it saying we needed a special tool but he did try to rem

ove something making the water leak below much worse. We had to cut the water off. We went to bed early then woke up wondering I would be making Christmas dinner. My mother had my sister there making a turkey but I was not up to going there. My mother's house is way up on a hill and on my best days climbing all those stairs wears me out. So I put the ham in the oven and hoped for the best. Called my sister and her friend was coming there for dinner and I knew he did a lot of his and her home repairs so I asked if he or my Dad might have the tool. She said they would eat and be here around 2 and yes, Dad had that tool in the basement. We waited and waited and when they were not here by 5 I called another neighbor who was a plumber before he became physically disabled. I explained we didn't want him to do anything but lend the tool. A short time later he and his wife showed up with the tool and Rob began the process. It went rather well all things considering. Once he was in the thick of it my sister and David showed up (of course.) The faucet is wonderful with a sprayer that pulls out OR you can just push something in and it's like a shower in your sink. It was a good choice for us. By the time our neighbors left, hours later I was exhausted. My sister then left and I felt sure it was midnight but it was only eight p.m.! We had only had some ham for dinner (no sides).We had a slice of cake and went to bed shortly.

My Christmas was different but honestly it was one of my better ones. Rob surprised me with a Kitchen Aid Artisan and since I love to bake I was thrilled. Had wanted one for years but couldn't commit to a color! He chose my favorite and it looks great.
The day after Christmas we got hammered without about thirty inches of snow. Both of our companies closed so that was good we had an extra day off. Our biggest problem was making a place for Duffy to go to the bathroom. Rob created a zig zag of sorts. The next day our roads were really bad and so was my cough. I decided not to attempt work which was all back roads. A family member with a 4X4 took me to the lung doctors. They tested me on a machine and told me that I was wheezing again which is usually a bad sign. I have bronchitis and they want to make sure it doesn't become a pneumonia. He gave me the pneumonia antibiotics and an inhaler and sent me on my way. If the wheezing doesn't stop I am to call him and he will give me steroids too. It is already somewhat better.
I took off this morning to go to the dentist using vacation time but I was not up to it and it's a long trip there on roads which still need more plowing. I am going to work half a day (1:30-5:30) today and a full day tomorrow. Then my Friday, Saturday and Sunday off. Yes! Time to use that mixer. Since it's green my friend, Simone has dubbed it the McMixer lol.Green is such a relaxing color but I am surprised at how many people do not like it. Several of my friends love orange which is not a color I like. To each his own.
Well, I want to wish all of you a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!
In 2009 I had pneumonia three times and had two lengthy hospitalizations. In 2010 I had it one time and a two week hospitalization. My goal for 2011 is NO pneumonia and NO hospitalizations. I am making progress each year. :)
Have a wonderful weekend.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Friday Update

Today my former boss came in to see a few people and get her mind off her troubles. Her hand is bandaged. She was telling me she left the housefire with only the clothes on her back. Someone had given her jeans, a blouse and a winter coat so she had something to wear. It was good to be able to give her a big hug. Afterwards I left a bit early and went to Target. I was able to pick up a few items on sale for her: a bathrobe, pair of pjs, shawl type scarf (she had them in all colors) and a giftcard for some makeup. We are having a pot luck celebration on Monday and giving our secret santa gifts then so it will be nice to have a gift for her. Some of those participating in the Secret Santa asked for gift cards to give her. I requested an ITunes card knowing she was given an IPhone by the company which was lost, along with her laptop, in the fire. She can at least download music into her phone.

This Christmas has been better for me than last year's. My biggest problem though is parking and walking into stores. Unless I can park VERY close I am unable to shop there. I try to go into stores which have carts I can lean on. This helps so much with my walking. It also makes it so much better when I don't have to carry items. This includes my heavy pocketbook. Although I keep trying to lighten it, there are so many things I feel I must have with me (a diabetic tester, strips and lancets, various medicines, an inhaler, a wallet, a two inch thick packet of cards with doctor information etc., hand santizer and individually packaged wipes.) These are things I just don't feel comfortable leaving at home. I have tried putting all the information possible into my new phone, including doctor appts on the phone calendar. This is helpful but I just can't seem to do without the other items.

I have not had my teeth cleaned since June of 2009. The reason is that during that cleaning I became sick with the heart valve infection which it took about 8 months to discover. I am nervous about doing it, but I must. I have had my teeth polished at the dentist but I am talking about the gum cleaning. I will be on antibiotics for it, stronger than I previously took. My appointment is Dec. 29. I know I have to do it sometime and I have procrastinated enough. Time to just do it.

It has been bitter cold here, 21 during the day and it was 0 at night. They are talking about a Noreaster Sunday. We shall see. Have a good weekend. I only have a few minor things left to get. It's almost here.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Sad News

Today we got some sad news at work. My former boss who was such a sweetheart had a fire in her apt. over the weekend. She lost her beloved cat and I understand she got injured trying to save the cat. She has nothing but the clothes she walked out the door in. It's so heartbreaking because she was one of the few people I ever worked with who reached into her own wallet when she knew someone needed lunch. She offered to give me her personal vacation time to use as sick days if I needed them. Our company sent her out a new laptop and cell phone today so we can be in touch with her. My heart really goes out to her, especially this time of year.

It is bitter cold in New Jersey. Twenty one degrees right now and going down to 0 tonight. Whew! Thank God I have my Smokey as a foot warmer. lol

We are going to be taking up a collection for our old boss. It's hard this time of year to find extra but we will all manage. This Christmas has been about giving to others for me and I have enjoyed it so much more than other Christmas seasons. Have tons to do but wanted to make a quite post. Say a little prayer for my friend as her heart aches for her fur baby.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Life Goes On

My life has felt so hectic. Thanksgiving I made a 20 pound turkey. My father's hospice nurse didn't show until hours later so my mother and sister decided just to eat there with their small bird. It was just Rob and I. Later I took them some of our turkey too. It was great to have four days off work but honestly I had so much to do that they flew by. I was able to get some car work taken care of, wrap some Christmas gifts and get the cards written and sent. I also have slowly used the Cpap but only once for the entire night.

Many changes at work. For two years I had the same boss. I just got my FOURTH boss in less than a year yesterday. It's so hard to get used to each one and then they get promoted and move on. I am glad for them but it's hard on us. I will be moving back to my old team (along with half of my current team) and these people are just so thoughtful and loving I am excited for the change.

I am fighting depression this season. I lost my grandmother before Christmas last year but I was so ill I just wasn't really dealing with it and grieving. This year it has hit me like a ton of bricks. I cry daily, sometimes several times throughout the day thinking of her. I know this will pass but it's difficult now.
My aunt said she feels the same way but that we have to think that she is where she wants to be and her suffering has ended. There are things worse than physical suffering.

Well, time to get some bills paid. Hope you are all in full swing for the holiday season. Happy Hanukkah to those celebrating.