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Guess we are having a spring thaw. Temp. was 61F, 16.1C today and a little thunderstorm rumbled through
the valley today. It even knocked out power just southeast of me. Weatherman is saying a pretty big snow
storm is possible next week though.
My daughter and I stopped at the pharmacy on the way home. Our pharmacies are also sundry stores in which you can purchase everything from laundry detergent, to cosmetics, to limited groceries in addition to over the counter drugs and prescription drugs. We were wandering to the end of an aisle when a woman and girl passed in front of us as the end of the aisle. My daughter and I ran into each other as we halted and bounced. My daughter blurted, “Hi!” to the other girl. The other girl said, “Oh…Hi!”
After they woman and girl passed out of sight my daughter and I looked at each other and had an attack of the giggles. I leaned into my daughter and said, “It was Luna!” My daughter said, “I know!” We giggled some more and then went on with out shopping.
We ended up running into them again. At that pointed we still had huge smiles on our faces so I said, “We think we recognize you. Where do you go to school?” It turns out she does go to my daughter’s school in the next year so it was okay we both “recognized” her since my daughter is a student and I am a substitute teacher. She is also in the choir and will attend the same competition next week and will be traveling to the big competition in St. Louis in April.
When we asked her name it turned out to be Rena, not terribly far from Luna. She had the soft, high, small voice.
Cute, Lady Hawke. ;)
My supervisor is a total south-end-of-a-northbound-horse. The 6:00 news said that the Governor declared tomorow a late opening day (10:00). So since I heard it, I sent a text to the group. He texted back that we would be opening at normal time, since there was nothing on the “official” notification websites. So I sent him a link to the Governor’s office website, with the press release information. He still did not change his position. About 10 minutes later he got an email from our Director of Personnel telling him about the 10:00 opening and he passed that information on to the group. Like he thought I was lying or something. Thoroughly PO’d at him. ;)
GRAYMAYNE, my best male friend from university and I were discussing that whatever language they are speaking at the slope style events means nothing to us. I thought it only fair to tell you it is equally meaningless at twenty years younger and on the other side of the pond.
DEANIE, I thought your were free of work until Monday. How did they decide to drag you back in tomorrow at all?
Lady Hawke I am greatly comforted by that news, lol. To be fair, the young people doing the commentary did run through a translation, but with so many tricks to describe it is difficult to commit them to memory. Apparently the BBC received 300 complaints from viewers about the so-called commentators because customarily they should not make overly partisan remarks on air, but their enthusiasm got the better of them. The BBC apologised and there has been some improvement but they are still lacking in judgement.
We are in for more heavy rain today, plus high winds and snow in some northern areas. Many people are without electricity due to storm damage but I haven’t seen the latest reports.
Off to watch the news.
Just a small rant. I was watching Good Day America about all the ice and snow up the East Coast and they were talking about the kids in Nyc having to go to school in the harsh weather. He made a comparison to two weeks ago in Atlanta and stated the Mayor of NYC was taking the heat just like the Govenor of Atlanta. When did Atlanta become a state? I do hope some teaches this person something about the difference between states and cities. It bothers me to know how they can get a job with out the basic knowlege that they should have.
Mr. Deanie That sounds about right saying the governor of Atlanta. Lol They have been showing the traffic jam in Atlanta from the last snow storm a lot on the news. They have shown it so much that I actually remember the place. I have drove thru Atlanta several times. Once I was pulling a trailer. That was scary since the DS was asleep so was no help with the road signs so I could get in the right lanes in advance. Don’t forget Nascar will be on Speed……no Fox 1 Channel today.
We are going to have another snow storm today starting around noon. Suppose to get 5 to 6 inches again. This should be bad since we will have so much slush that has frozen underneath the new snow. While carring in my groceries yesterday, I had to make a new path each time because my foot would sink down into the slush. I think my latch on the front gate is broken because of the pressure of the ice on the gate. It still keeps the gate close but I have to close the latch myself. It does not do it automatically now.
I must be getting back to my old self. I use to play practical jokes. Remember all the avatars I used when we were playing games etc. That seems to be forever ago. I don’t know how I kept track of all of them. Lol
Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!
Jennifer texted me to see if I needed to go to the store tomorrow. I told her I had already gone yesterday since it is suppose to snow again today. It is nice she thought about me but I really don’t like her driving on these unplowed roads here. When we first moved here 30 some years ago, the roads were always plowed. This was with only 6 people living in our area. Today they never plow my street in front of the house even though most lots have someone living there. Sometimes they do on the next road I have to take to get to the main highway. Funny thing our association dues just keep going up each year while the benefits are declining. It is not even a closed community now. Our gatehouse is now the police’s headquarters. Just as well since our community police did nothing to prevent both my houses getting broken into and trashed. I am glad I no longer have to worry about the house next door since I no longer own it. I still use the driveway to turn around before I park next to the fense. Maybe my car tracks will keep someone from breaking into the empty house.
In honor of Valentin’s day I am rereading the headmistress book Cupid’s Mistake. It has been so long since I read it that I have forgotten it. As I am reading, I remember the characters but not the complete story line so it is like reading it for the first time. I also ate one of the candies from the Whitman Sampler that I purchased. It was pretty good since I don’t usually eat anything sweet. I did eat it after I took my meds in case it would be too sweet for me. Now I am going to have to eat something else so that it does not raise my blood sugar.
I don’t know how long it has been snowing but my truck windows are completely covered. I can actually see it snowing from where I am sitting so that does not spell good news. I usually can’t see it snowing unless I open my door.
It started raining just as I left the school where I worked today. It isn’t as cold as it has been the last couple of weeks, only 50 F (10 C) but with the cold, heavy rain it is miserable. I became damp through since I didn’t have my umbrella with me inside the school. Then, I went to the grocery and although I took the umbrella in with me it wasn’t much use when I pushed the cart out.
Tonight my DS is taking us to dinner in a nicer sort of restaurant than we would normally visit. We’ve never been there but he has been told it is very good. We have reservations at 7:30 PM. I hope I warm up and feel more festive by the time it is time to head out to dinner. Right now I would rather stay put, turn on the fire and keep cozy.
I would love to go to a restaurant that has some of the same sort of selections GRAYMAYNE shares with us. I know there are some things on this menu which would probably seem exotic there. Here is the dinner menu. It has some salads and burgers in addition to proper entrees. I assume there is dessert but it must be different every day so not something they can list on a menu.
I think I am going to have a cup of French Onion Soup and the Shrimp and Grits.
Some of the students were taking Valentine’s Day quite seriously. There were girls walking around with gift bags, flowers and stuffed animals, extremely large stuffed animals. My daughter said the same thing was going on at her school. Gone were the sweet, innocent days of multipacks of small cheap Valentines to give out to everyone. This year it was very much about boys presenting girls with cards, flowers, candy and stuffed animals.
My DS is fulfilling his annual gig, playing his romantic songs on his ukulele in our friend’s inn on St. Valentine’s Night. I have passed the time by doing some laundry followed by my first look at the DVD The Time Traveller’s Wife. I thought it would be suitably romantic.
Today has been wet and windy again, more intense in the south of England than here. UK has its first gold medal of the Winter Olympics, a 25yr old woman in the women’s skeleton.
Please sing with me.
MM is going on vacation, MM is going on vacation!!
without her mother in law.
Thank you to all for your spells and prayers.
We are leaving the first week of March!!
It was my Valentine gift.
We are heading to Florida, our favorite state, due to its warmth in the winter.
My MIL will be staying with my sister in law (her daughter) who just bought a house. She has a first floor bedroom for her. Sigh!. Maybe one day she might want to move in. :)
Today I’m going to have breakfast at my daughter’s house. It should be nice. I have a long weekend off.
There is one little hurdle I need to pass. On Monday I need to go and get that stress test I missed last week due to the snow storm. I have been feeling a little weak and my cardiologist wants to check my heart. That is my only worry. I hope my heart is okay. If it isn’t I won’t be able to go on the vacation and I will be very sad.
MM, I’m so glad you have the chance at a trip with your DS and not your MIL. I will pray your heart is okay and not just so you can go on your trip. I will also send out lots of magic wishes that your MIL likes your SIL’s house better than yours and your SIL is willing to let her move over.
How do you still have a long weekend? We’ve only missed two days of school and we’ve lost our long weekend. I’ve already accepted a job for Monday at my daughter’s school.
My father had a bad night. After dinner he did not move away from the table and my mother realized he was too weak to move. So, she pushed him back to the bedroom but he was too weak to move from the chair to the bed. She called me for us to come help move him. We headed that way but she called to tell me he had passed out in the chair with his eyes wide open. She was in tears and had tied him into the chair. We had to struggle through traffic and I had to call hospice to head that way. When we were still fighting our way through traffic the hospice nurse called to say she was on her way. When we arrived daddy was almost unresponsive but I did get him to grunt and murmur when I called his name. My DS and I got him out of the chair and into bed and that process roused him. I called the nurse to tell her he was awake and she had just parked in front of their place. She came in and took his vital signs which were all back to normal by then. He has done this before through the years but this was the longest he has ever been “out”. Once he wakes up his vitals are okay. They have only ever been able to speculate what happens to him since there is never any evidence once he wakes up. She was the head nurse and said this was probably exactly what it has been going on all along but it will probably happen more often and last longer. There is some idea that since it only happens immediately after a meal is that his stomach is redirecting his blood flow to his stomach for digestion and it all leaves his head and he passes out.
We were assured he was okay by the nurse and were able to go on to our dinner. They did not have their regular menu last night. We all ended up with prime rib served with mashed potatoes and green beans. The prime rib was the size of half the platter on which the meal was served and about an inch thick. It was enormous. We had already had a mixed green salad and spinach artichoke dip served in a round loaf of bread. I brought 2/3 of my prime rib home as well as almost all of my mashed potatoes and green beans. We still ended our meal with chocolate covered strawberries and chocolate cobber.
We stopped back in and checked on my parents on the way home. My father was resting quietly but had been opening his eyes to check to see if my mother was still sitting with him.
Today we are waiting for the washer repair person to arrive.
Lady Hawke What a scary event! It was just as well that it had happened before so that you were all familiar with this particular situation. I am wondering whether a change to meal sizes or timings might be worth considering; I know that after having lunch out I am ready to snooze the moment I settle into my chair back home.
MM Three cheers for your coming holiday as a twosome, full marks to your DS:) Best of luck on your stress test on Monday.
I hope all our east coast members are safe and sound, I gather that they have had a lot of snow. It is just possible that some of that could cross the pond and dump on the UK:(
I have been watching Nascar practise most of the day. I did make a cheeze ball/dip for later today. I was making it from memory so was glad I had taken my rings off. Since this is like making biscuits and you have to mix everything together with your hands. I tried using a spoon once but it did not work.
MM So glad you can really take a vacation with just your DS. Maybe other things will work out too. That is one of the reason I moved back home and live by myself. As much as I love my daughter, I did not want to get in their way. I know how having just one person living with you can make a difference to your home life. I could have moved in with Jennifer when she got her house but I did not for the same reason. Her daughters moved in with her and their boyfriends. I could not handle the boyfriends. Lol When I am no longer able to live alone, I will move back with Beth and my apartment there.
Lady Hawke That is so scary. Good thing it has happened before so you know he can come out of it. I am with Graymayne in thinking maybe a change in meal sizes or smaller meals at different times of the day may help.
Gosh, what a busy few days! I had a phone call from my parents yesterday morning, asking if they could come and visit. I had sort of being expecting it, knowing they were having a few days break fairly close by. Fortunately, I had kept the day free, AND they gave me half an hour’s notice, which, you may remember, if half an hour more than they usually give, lol!
The weather was horrendous yesterday. The parents almost didn’t come, thinking it would be wiser to get home before the worst of it came in. They only stayed a couple of hours, but that was about 15 minutes too long……..the wind hit, and it took them 7 hours to travel what normally would take 2 at most.
My DS came home with a single red rose for me, which was lovely.
Today I took daughter and a friend ice skating. It was good fun, but I prefer it when it is just me and daughter. We always giggle a LOT and have a really fun time together. The girls took themselves off, and had fun, and I was left all alone, skating round and round and round and round……..still, it was as it should be. She’s growing up. I took them for pizza afterwards, and my lovely DS acted as our taxi.
Lady Hawke, it almost sounds like a drop in blood sugar levels?? It must be reassuring for you all that the hospice response was so quick. I am glad you still managed to have your meal. Was the restaurant as good as you hoped, or did the limited menu make it hard to judge?
MM, yay for your wonderful DS! And my best wishes for your check up. I so hope all is ok for you both to go and have some time together.
This has happened to my father anywhere from Noon to evening meals. I used to happen when we would go out on errands on Wednesday when the time we ate varied widely. I’m not sure about the amount of food as I know he is not eating as much as he normally has in the past. It doesn’t happen often. The last time it happened was the week before we went to LeakyCon in Orlando. He ended up in the hospital and they put in the heart monitor to see if they could tell what was happening. That is something I know my mother didn’t even think of doing, electronically marking the incident on his monitor. It doesn’t really matter now anyway. An incident like this that happens only once every couple of years or so isn’t what is killing him.
I did some shopping for my parents today and dropped the purchases off. My father was back in bed, not looking well at all. I fear he is fading very quickly. I can’t imagine how he could have been walking the halls of the rehab center less than two months ago and is now almost bedridden. Even three weeks ago he was still walking when the therapists came to visit.
The food at the restaurant was excellent. The salad dressings were homemade. They brought a homemade seasoned olive oil dipping sauce for the French bread brought to the table. The quality of the food was excellent but if I had to do it over again I would not order the prime rib. That much red meat is simply a waste for me. I felt as if I had been served a roast. I should have order the mahi mahi with strawberry salsa or the chicken cordon bleu.
I would like to try the place again on another occasion when they are presenting their regular menu. As it is my daughter is going to reap the benefit of my inability to consume vast portions of beef.
ASTI, I hope you were able to keep in contact with your parents while they were on their lengthy return trip. Otherwise, I know you were frantic about their safety.
LasyHawke – we have added 4 days at the end of the school year. If this keeps up we will be in school in July. It doesn’t affect me too much because I work year round. I’m not sure how they might pay themselves back. I’m thinking they will take back any comp time you have accumulated. :(
I was thinking, how do you know what the contributing factor is that causes an event when something doesn’t happen more than once every nine months to three years? If my father was passing out two or three times a week maybe we could see a correlation but when he passed out at Olive Garden two and a half years ago he had just eaten salad and some sort of pasta and it was about 4:30 in the afternoon. Last night he had eaten nothing like pasta or a salad and it happened about 6:30 in the evening. He has passed out at Jason’s Deli after eating gumbo and a Reuben sandwich at about 2 PM. I just don’t know. It doesn’t happen often so it is possible it will never happen again in his life or it could begin to happen every week.
My washer is repaired and I am doing laundry again. The problem is to remember to go move things from the washer to the dryer when I am doing other things. The upside of going to the laundromat is that I stayed focused and I could wash four or five washers at once and dry everything in another four or five dryers. At home I have to remember to change things out.
MM, I am not looking forward to the summer with no pay. I will be glad to have some time without work but I will not like the no pay. I think they do have some work for us in the summer, auditing school libraries, etc. I’ll have to take advantage of some of that. It is good my daughter is old enough to stay at home alone and by then her grandparents should be across the street.
This evening we celebrated St. Valentine’sDay + 1, by cooking a Dine at Home for £20 selection of three courses plus a bottle wine from M&S, thus constructively using a voucher from an insurance company, the existence of which I had totally forgotten. We had Thai Fish cakes which we served up with unusual salad leaves, followed by Beef Wellington, mashed potatoes and a mixed vegetable selection of broccoli, carrot, courgette and French beans. At the last minute I decided to make a beef gravy in case the Wellington didn’t have any interior juices, and it was a good thought. We could have eaten the dessert of Pannacotta and Raspberries but I decided that, at nine thirty, it would be a course too far, so we will have those tomorrow.
Must have an eary night.
Last night, after my DS returned from his successful evening entertaining romantic diners I suddenly decided to stay up and watch Meet Joe Black, an old film starring a young and gorgeous Brad Pitt. I had seen it on TV before but not the entire film and only had a vague memory of it. I didn’t realise that this was a three hour film! I didn’t get to bed until after 3.0am. However, I was thoroughly absorbed by this film because I also revere Anthony Hopkins, and the supporting cast were excellent. It rounded off a fastasy-filled evening’s viewing.
LadyHawke – Does your dad have a pacemaker or defibrillator in his heart?
He sounds like he might need that. :(
No, he does not have a pacemaker or a defibrillator. There has never been any evidence his heart does anything that requires them. Since he is on hospice I don’t think they would even do those for him anymore. He is strictly on a “keep him comfortable and let nature take its course” policy. I really don’t think he would survive the process.
GRAYMAYNE, I made roasted veggies to go with our beef tonight. They included cubed acorn squash, carrots, red onions, garlic, mushrooms, yellow squash, courgettes, rutabagas and Brussel sprouts. We have a LOT left over to be used for tomorrow night and later in the week.
I looked up the deal you had for your Valentine’s dinner. I noted purchases of 30 pounds or more had free shipping to the US and Australia. That seems more than reasonable. Did you order your meal and have it shipped or were you able to pick it up? I saw you have a M&S in your big town so I assume you went to pick it up.
Lady Hawke We saw the advert for the Valentine meals on TV and never thought to check it out online. My DS went to our nearest store four miles away, which is mainly a food outlet and made his selection from the items on the shelves but the choice was limited to two menus There are larger stores 10, 14 and 20 miles away, the 10 mile away would offer under-cover parking and a lift so that would be the favourite. I feel the urge to investigate further.
BigG Has been camping this weeked so that would have included Friday presumably, complete with high winds! I didn’t even particularly enjoy camping in our motor caravan back in the early seventies before the petrol became too expensive.
At least your Dad is home. Hospice will take care of him. My Dad and my sister had that at home too. :(
The reason I asked that is that …When I got my pacemaker that is what I was doing. I was fainting. My heart would stop briefly. I was out maybe a few seconds but the process of waking up to normal was longer. I would hear a loud buzzing in my head. I could hear people but I couldn’t focus. Then when I did focus people sounded really far away. It took me a while to hear normal.
That was in the ICU.
My parnets had a bad night. Mother called early before we left for church. My daughter and I gathered up some laundry to do and went to Walmart to purchase packing suppies. We showed up at my parents apartment about 9:30 AM to do laundry and pack. Daddy was coming in for breakfast. He ate and passed out. My daughter and I had to hold him in the chair and push him to the bedroom. When we started to try to lift him into bed he woke enough to help us. He wanted to get up for lunch but my mother said, “No.” If he passed out again and didn’t wake up enough to help we would never get him into bed.
So, we are here doing laundry and packing and keeping an eye on things.
My father’s heart monitor has never recorded an incident. It is baffling.
We had a quiet day today. DS and son were off playing golf. Daughter is coming down with a cold. I thought she was more tired than the occasion demanded after the ice skating, but put it down to excitement. She was still well enough to read though! I am reading a pretty good book that I bought almost by accident. The cover look very much like a book on my wish list, so I picked it up out of curiosity. The blurb sounded interesting enough for me to buy it for half price…….and I am glad I did. It is called The Engagements, by J. Courtney Sullivan.
I found a shoulder of lamb on special offer, so I cooked that today. It made a lovely change from the eternal chickens! Whilst I am delighted that I can make one poor hen feed us for at least three days, it is getting a little tedious to continually try and find new ways of using it up. The left over lamb is going to be turned into a biryani tomorrow, a new recipe.
Lady Hawke, my love to all of you. xx
Graymayne, CAMPING! In THAT weather?!!! He must be bonkers!