Hi All, I've spent the last hour and a half untangling Husband's computer woes. He was trying to send an email to let our friends know we'd been hacked and had to get new emails, and the computer kept throwing up an "undeliverable" message. So he got frustrated and gave up. I had to work hard not to laugh when I opened my email and saw his had been sent to me EIGHT TIMES, oy. So I had to compose an appology email for everyone in has address book and send it out. I am sure everyone is scratching their heads and (hopefully) laughing right now!
I worked this morning. I'm happy to say that after next Monday, my "problem client" will no longer be a client, at least for the forseeable future. She is going away for a month and has decided not to have me come while she's gone. When she comes back in October, Husband will be a week past his surgery, so I suspect my work will be curtailed anyway. Now I can put my Friday client onto Tuesdays and I'll have three days off every week. YAY!!
There is so much to do before Husband's surgery, though, that I need the time off to get it all done. I learned a few things from my being laid up last year, and my list is a mile long. One of the top items on it is renting a potty seat. Another is giving the place a super cleaning so it won't matter as much if I can't keep up with it later. (I will be the full-time caregiver/cook/chauffeur). Also stocking up on groceries as I can and compiling a list of easy-to-make, healthy meals. And arranging transportation to and from the hospital! I am mostly blind in my right eye thanks to the Lyme, and my left eye is a blur, so highway driving is out, at least for the forseeable future. I don't need to get both of us killed while we're trying to get him fixed up.
Right now I'm going to work on my web site. I took it off-line and am redoing it from scratch. It wasn't headed where I wanted it to go, and I was tired of fighting with it. The new one will be much better. View Thread
Hi Mimi! I haven't been on for quite a while. As usual, there's a lot going on. I picked up Lyme disease in mid June and have basically been sick ever since. The doc did all kinds of fancy blood tests two weeks ago (I have yet to hear the results on most of it!) to screen for underlying autoimmune issues. For whatever reason, my own system isn't making any antibodies to fight the Lyme, so I'm just finishing up round two of the antibiotics. I'm hoping this time is the charm.
Husband is unemployed---the company had no run for him. He is also going in for a total knee replacement on September 24th. He had his xrays done today and he's down to bone on bone in his knee. The bones are also starting to erode, which explains why he can barely walk now. Fortunately, when his boss heard he was getting his knee done, he put Husband out on medical leave. This means that Husband will not only keep his benefits and get paid, but he will also have sick time. He has accrued 106 days.
This was a huge weight off me, because I've been the sole breadwinner since Husband lost his job back in August. I suspect that's one reason why I'm not getting better, because I've had no time to really rest and heal. I am gearing up to be the full time caregiver when Husband has his surgery, and I'm shuddering at the prospect. I'm glad he's getting fixed up, of course, but he makes a lousy patient. If he's not moaning and giving me puppy dog eyes, he's crabby and impatient. I have a busy time ahead!
I am constantly tired---that never stops. The Lyme settled in my eyes this time, and my vision is totally screwed up. My right eye, which was already bad, is 80 percent blind now, and my left eye is a blur. My sight should come back, but I don't know when it will or how much I'll get. I don't want to get new glasses yet until everything settles down.
So that's my world at the moment. Now I need to go and make dinner! View Thread
Hi Mimi! It's been brutally hot and humid here---we've had two weeks of 90-plus degree temperatures with oppressive humidity, and only a one-day break. My energy has been mostly low to non existent. Sleeping is next to impossible when the bedroom never goes below 80 degrees!
Today is the worst day---it's 96 with a heat index of 105. There is no cool place anywhere, inside or out. I didn't even bother putting a shirt on this morning. I broke down and had Husband shave my neck and part of the back of my head because I've had heat rash there all week and I couldn't get in for a haircut. I look ridiculous, but at least I'm not scratching myself bloody today. I feel like my neck can breathe.
The big news, though, is Husband's job. His last official day of work is August 16th, and then he is done. He will not be going back in the fall. I am glad because we won't have to deal with the early morning alarm any more, plus he'll be a lot happier. I am nervous because that means no more benefits or income. But I'm taking it a day at a time and doing some long-range planning. I know one way or another we'll come out okay.
It's been a struggle to get anything done in this heat. I've been using the "poor man's AC" (a bucket of ice water to soak my feet in!) to stay cool. It really does work, plus it keeps the swelling down in my ankle. It was so bad this past week that I couldn't even get my shoe on.
Hope everyone's well here...I've been coming on to read, but I haven't had the energy to type! I can't wait until this heat breaks. Hugs to all of you. View Thread
I know I'm guilty of not posting lately, and I'm sorry. Life has its usual challenges, plus I'm currently dealing with Lyme disease and an injured knee. Not a lot of energy to go around these days! I'm working three hours a day, which is more than I should be doing but it's keeping us afloat; and I have zero energy when I get home. I will probably feel perkier once I'm off the Doxycycline! That stuff can really do a number on you.
You will always be my FMily, whether I'm posting or not. I think of you all the time. View Thread
It could be any number of things...are there any pieces of the plants left, or are they pulled out of the holes and taken away? If the latter, I would look to critters of the two-legged variety. Not many animals eat the roots and the tops. View Thread
Good Morning, Mimi! It's raining this morning so I'm not running out the door to do someone's garden. It's a nice change! No matter how hard I try to pace lately I end up doing more than I want to. That hasn't stopped yet.
My client who was away for a month is coming home this weekend. I was supposed to go to her place six times while she was gone to get caught up[ on her gardens, and I've been rained out for four of them, counting this morning. This means I have only one more visit to get the property looking nice. I can do that---I have to give most of the gardens a once-over---but it won't be the "pristine" look she wanted. There has been way too much rain and I can't manage more than a couple of hours per visit.
So much has been happening, both good and not so good. The financial stress has taken its toll on Husband; and he isn't doing much of anything outside of work. He comes home, flops in front of the TV, and waits for me to feed him. he doesn't even care what I give him as long as he can eat it. I have been doing the shopping, cooking, laundry, and cleaning again, although the place looks a bit shabby at the moment. It's hard to keep up with it all.
This week has been especially crazy. Along with my usual weeding etc., I've been getting our church garden ready for our big bridal event this weekend. I was there Sunday and Monday---Monday I planted more than 100 annuals to spruce it up. There is much more that needs to be done. I've also been at the church meetings three nights this week so far to get all the gowns, models, etc. ready for the weekend. This event is going to be huge, and the entire church is involved in pulling it together. Did I mention it's going to be in the 90s on "event day"? And I have to dress up?
On the home front it's the usual financial stresses. The landlord is due back this week, and I'm not looking forward to that. We also had water in our place again after all the heavy rain (we got over four inches!) and we're still cleaning that up; plus we've had squirrels in the loft twice. We also have another one stuck in the wall. That happens at least once a year, and I hate listening to them die.
There has been good things too...Last week, Husband's MD stopped one of his diabetes meds and cut his other one in half, because his blood sugar levels are NORMAL. He never really believed me when I said we could manage it with diet; but after almost five years of slow, steady progress, it has finally happened. We are both thrilled. Now he eats healthy without complaining about it. I am very glad to see that.
Then, two days ago, we had a miracle. Husband's son came over with a hearing aid that had come from a friend's estate. We have known for months that Husband needed nearing aids badly; but the cost was way beyond what we could afford. Now he has one! He got it cleaned yesterday and it fits; and he's like a kid with a new toy. He's been deaf for so long that his brain has to relearn what sounds are and what direction they are coming from. He keeps asking me "What's that noise?"
It's awesome to see...Of course this means I have to relearn how to talk in a normal voice instead of shouting. For the ten years we've been together I've always had to bellow to be heard. Now I have to tone it down. Wonder if I'll remember how?
So that's my world...I hope everyone here is doing well. I don't get on as much as I'd like to these days, but I think of you all the time. View Thread
Good Morning Mimi and Everyone! I've been pretty busy...Between working and doing all the household stuff (laundry, shopping, cooking, cleaning) I don't have a lot of time. I am only working two hours in the mornings; but sometimes I spend the rest of the day trying to catch up. Not sure how that happens, lol.
This morning I'm feeling atrociously tired...Yesterday was much busier than I'd planned and I didn't get to sit down and rest until after dinner. I worked 2 1/2 hours in the morning, went home for lunch, and planned on an easy afternoon; but it didn't work out that way. The rest of the day made my morning seem like a cakewalk.
I had to take my van for an emissions test...Then I stopped at the medical place and made a Dr. appointment for Husband and went to the mechanic's to give him something towards our bill. After that I ran home to get my grocery card (which I'd forgotten), went back out and did some shopping and other errands, came home, put the groceries away, and went back to the grocery store AGAIN to pick up the bread crumbs I'd forgotten to buy. After that I fixed dinner. I was so tired by then I could barely drag myself to bed! Did I mention I was also dealing with the "visitor", which had showed up unexpectedly that morning? It was some day.
This morning I simply don't want to move. I have no energy at all, and I'm dealing with cramps and a headache. My ankle is so stiff I can barely walk, and I'll need to put a Lidoderm patch on it to get through the morning's weeding. I am tempted to skip because the client is away until June 2nd; but she wants her gardens looking pristine by the time she gets back and they are nowhere near that. So I'll be dragging myself out the door pretty soon. I'm hoping I can sneak in a nap this afternoon! View Thread
Good Morning, Mimi! Haven't been here in a while---things have been crazy as usual. I finally have time to sit down this morning because I have no jobs to go to and no van to get to them. It feels nice for once to not have to run out the door to work---as much as I'm happy to be back, I'm having a hard time adjusting. But I'll get there.
My van has been in and out of the shop...it's been there since Tuesday. There is so much wrong with it, plus it's currently unregistered. If I didn't need the wheels I would say forget about it and just let it go; but I can't climb into, much less drive, Husband's monster van. It's like driving a house around.
So we are fixing my van just enough so it passes emissions and I can re-register it. The rest of the problems (alternator, shocks, struts and axle) won't be touched, because they would cost way more to fix than the van is currently worth. I will just drive the van until one of those things goes; then I'll kiss it goodbye. The engine is still in great shape despite having 252K on it; it's everything else that's falling apart.
After 17 days of beautiful weather, the rain has finally rolled in. Now it will rain for the next five days. I'm delighted to see the rain because we need it so badly--we're four inches below normal for the year so far. When I pull weeds the dust is incredible, and my nose and lungs are full of it. I'll be glad to see that change.
On the home front, things have been a challenge, as usual. I've been working more than I should, trying to keep the hole from getting any deeper; but the money is going out faster than I can bring it in. Husband's pay cuts have really hit hard, and we are starting to talk seriously about leaving CT before the year is over. We simply can't survive here, much less save our money to get a better place. There isn't anything to save once we get the basic bills paid, and groceries have become a luxury item. My work pays for a little food, but that too runs out faster than I can get it in. It's like trying to fill a hole while someone else is digging it out.
But I try to stay positive. It's not always easy, but one of us has to be, and Husband has simply given up. He doesn't even care what I feed him now as long as I'm cooking. He just goes to work, comes home, settles in front of the TV, and eats whatever I put in front of him. On the plus side, he's losing weight because I'm feeding him healthy food. So it's not all bad. But I wouldn't mind something better for both of us.
I finished the flowerbed in front of our deck. I'd started the project last year before I got hurt. Now it's done and the flowers are in, and the place looks halfway decent. I moved all our houseplants onto the deck too, so it looks like we live in a tropical paradise. The past couple of days I've been sitting out there almost nonstop, soaking up the sunshine and warmer temperatures and breathing the fresh air. I'm beyond-words delighted that spring is finally here.
Today I'm crocheting---our church is having a roast beef dinner Saturday night and I'm making a blanket for the raffle. The blanket is only half done; so I'm glad for the rain. I'll be able to finish it now because i won't be running off to jobs.
So that's my world as of late---hope everyone here is doing well! View Thread