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I had every intention of posting photos and dialog about my Memorial Day weekend trip to Chicago and then...real life just didn't give me time. I will get to the Chicago weekend, what a GREAT city. But first, a brief catch up on life. My Mom has been really got sick again. I am glad to say, she is doing much better now, but about 30 days ago, well...I wasn't so sure she was going to be around much longer. The truth of the matter, she's getting up there and her heart is struggling to keep up. She has Afib and Kidney disease. Treatment of both of these issues is a very delicate balancing act. When she gets run down, she just can't get her strength back, and gets exhausted. And well, she's about as stubborn as they come! I think this last time scared her. I also think she will continue to do what ever she wants to do, against the advice of her children. We have made some life adjustments, to decrease her required things to do. Hopefully she will be able to do the things she wants to do. As of now, she is still in a nursing home for rehab. That time is coming to an end soon. I am hoping we don't end up in this same situation again.
I don't think this post will be what you might expect. You may not recall, but when I flew the beginning of February there was a couple with 3 large "service dogs" on my flight. The dogs were very well behaved, the humans, not so much. Well, I'm beginning to think there is a pattern here. On my flight home yesterday a gate agent boarded the plane and asked the women next to me about the dog she was traveling with. In my opinion he was not rude at all. She was very defensive and called the airlines customer service immediately. She didn't even hand the man her documents. Just called and started complaining about how he was treating her. Honestly, the dog was a bulldog and should probably not have been on the plane as that breed is indeed on the list of banned breeds. The dog had no service vest, or obvious tags. It bit at it's owner twice when she shoved it down off her lap while she slept and the dog was discontent. Even climbing on the center arm rest. I emailed the airline because she told whomever she reached on the phone that the gate agent was rude. He was not. People always take time to complain, never to compliment. I am all about people who truly need service dogs, but the Doctors who are committing Medical Malpractice so spoiled self centered people can take pets along for free are getting out of control. I actually know people who have done this! 100% do not need the dog, but hey now it flies for free and they don't have to pay for a kennel. I for one would like to go back to the days of pets being cargo. I love my dog, but he does not need to be on a plane, at the grocery store or on vacation with me. I am sorry for the gentleman that this women was so rude to. He was doing his job. I actually did give the woman the same lecture. I told her to put herself in his place, the paperwork did not appear to be in order. It was his job to ask, and he did. Just because she called earlier, doesn't mean it will be okay. Have your documents ready and be prepared to show them as a traveler in society today that is how it is. Don't think because you got your dog on the plane you are above being asked for proof. Airline staff actually have our lives in their hands with MUCH bigger issues. Leave the pets at home folks. Learn to handle life on it's own, unless you truly need a service dog. Then I am 100% in your corner. Service dogs are a right, not a privilege get it straight. Service dogs behave in a very specific manner. They don't bite, climb and walk around discontent. They stay with their owner and care for them. They are highly trained aides for many people with a wide variety of real needs. Fake news, Fake ailments, Fake people...sad, sad, sad.
I love when spring finally arrives. Life gets full and busy again. I like it that way. Keeps me from being bored and focusing on the what ifs and maybe's of life. Last weekend I went on a 4 mile hike with a new group of people. I think I've discovered one of the things I need is new friends. My best friend lives hundreds of miles away, my next closet friend an hour away. So I need to find folks, even if they are more like acquaintances, to hang out with. I'm not looking to give up on the people I know that are near by, I just need to find people who fit my life better. And so that quest has begun. Slow and steady evolution of me!
This year has been such a major improvement at work. It's been a pleasure instead of constant stress. Today was a bit of a side step. I guess I should state that on the 25th I send out a plethora of reports for all of the companies I am responsible for. One of the companies is having a rough month. I have been discussing it with the Manager there for over a week. Sent him preliminary reports to review a week ago. Today, after I prepped the VP that there would be issues with the reports, he called the manager. Suddenly he decides to review the prelim...he now thinks there is an issue with a particular line item. So you had 7 days to look at this? And you wait until 2 hours before I have to have it out? This same manager sent me an email at 4:50pm last Friday and said hey I need these three contracts tomorrow can you get them typed up? He has been fairly warned, be proactive. Only a few rough hours, not day after day...keep it in perspective.
It's time to travel the world again, headed some place new this weekend. Camera in hand! As we all enjoy the benefits that so many have fought and died for this weekend let's keep that in mind. Our privileges have come from a lot of dedication and sacrifice for many years, by many people, those enlisted and the families that support them. Thank you!
I don't really have a specific thing on my mind at the moment, I actually have a lot of them, all in little snippets ... Wow, it's only Tuesday? Finally, I may have found a way to defeat the Squirrels. Yep, that was a dramatic few hours. Darn, no trivia tonight. Yeah, it would have been fun to hang out, maybe next time.
Not sure why I am feeling like it should be at least Thursday already, but I am. Maybe having done my normal Thursday long drive on Monday has mixed my week up, or maybe because I have worked late two night in a row. But, at the moment, it's how I feel. Yeah, I need a break. There is one coming soon: 9 days, 10 hours and 41 Minutes but who's counting?
I have birdfeeders in my yard. The birds sure do eat a lot! But I truly enjoy watching them come and go. Having birdfeeders also brings squirrels. I don't really mind them, they too are fun to watch. But they steal my bird food! I had tried feeding the squirrels, too: a few cups of peanuts every day. Unfortunately, they wanted more. I think I figured out a way to stop the squirrels from climbing the birdfeeders. I put Crisco on the pole. It has worked so far. I did google it before I tried it. FUNNY!!! videos out there to watch. https://youtu.be/VtGtYoqBiNs
I got a phone call late this afternoon from my sister, Mom was at the hospital. It wasn't surprising. When I talked to mom and my sister on Sunday, Mom seemed confused. She is 82, but she has had all of her faculties together until then. She was not feeling well and had a really bad headache. Considering the medications she is on, her other health issues...it wasn't a big leap to think not so happy thoughts...stroke, aneurysm...other things I don't know much about. Being the non-medical person in the family I usually defer to my sister about health issues. They did the tests: Vitals and CT scan all seemed normal. Turned out it was what I thought it could be on Sunday but never mentioned to anyone: UTI. Glad it's nothing too serious. Meds are started and she will be just fine. Phew, major sigh of relief.
While waiting for the lab results, I live hundreds of miles away from my family, I went over to the restaurant where I work, figured it was game night, I could kill some time, distract my brain and have some dinner. I had invited a friend to come out for game night before the medical concerns with my Mom had come up. Well, much to my surprise...no more trivia games. Bummer. My friend couldn't make it anyway, but yeah it would have been fun to hang out. Especially tonight, I needed to de-compress. That really was a rough couple of hours.
Here's to tomorrow being a lot lighter of a day!
It was a pretty damp, dreary weekend here in the Northeast but I was able to find a few good hours to dig a new garden. A month ago I had purchased 30 Lily bulbs knowing they needed a place to be planted. I delayed the project waiting for the Aprils showers to warm up to May Sunshine. I dug out a 10 foot by 2 foot patch, peeled up the grass and planted the lily bulbs then enclosed it in a gardening fence, hoping to keep the wild animals out or at least deterred. I threw on some top soil, too. Here's hoping I have a lovely flower garden to share photos of sometime in the near future.
Today my thigh muscles and glutes are telling me a did some real work! Not a bad thing at all, I still did my 2 mile walk as well. I have been trying to get that in 5 days a week. Started out a mile, now I've expanded it but kept the time the same, going a little farther and a bit faster when I get comfortable.
Spring is so much about clean slates, starting fresh and new beginnings to me. I'm ready to embrace the future and see where it takes me.
Life it happens to us all. It's easy to forget that. It's not easy today. I have a friend, she actually graduated high school with my daughter. But we are connected in many ways. We actually met through a work affiliation. We were sitting there and connected the dots...we lived in the same town, she graduated in my daughter's class, and oh...she and I share the same birth date. We aren't best friends, but in that work environment she is my friend. The end of last year she was diagnosed with leukemia. Ugh!!! How is that possible. She's strong, she's young...she's in for the fight of her life. She was doing well...today I hear...not so good...it's back to the hospital for a much more aggressive treatment, like the first one wasn't tough enough? My heart aches for her, and her parents. I can't even begin to think what it would be like.
Later today I'm scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed and I see multiple posts to another friend, "heard you and the family were in an accident"? Ugh? No response, looked on his wife's page...no posts hmm? Okay, text the same mutual friend that told me earlier today about my young friend going back to the hospital...Yes, it's true. My friends wife and children were indeed in a car accident. There are some broken bones. A lot of bumps and bruises...but they will all be okay. I am some what relieved. Auto accidents have indeed touched my life very closely, having lost 3 close relatives to the hands of others poor driving. I've reached out...hoping to prepare a meal and drop it off when they are ready for it. I got an update from my friend late tonight, a bit more serious than originally thought. There is indeed some permanent damage to his wife's leg. The simple moral of this story DON'T TEXT AND DRIVE!! The person who hit his family, wasn't even looking when they crossed the middle line and smashed in to them.
Just one of those days that make my heart sad. I wish everyday could be full of sunshine and rainbows, but sometimes...they just aren't.
Well, not your typical anniversary...like years married or in a job...no this week bears the anniversary of my near death experience. No, I don't have stories of the afterlife or bright lights, I guess I wasn't that near death. But if you were me...it was. It came down to a simply decision really, one that even now, 4 years later I give 100% of the credit to my sweet departed dog, he's been gone now 2 years, the anniversary of his passing is also coming up soon. Anyway, I was sick, having recently flown, not hard to believe. An adult with 102 fever even on medication...yeah that's sick. I had been to my primary doctor twice in 24 hours. They assured me, I would feel better soon and to just take the antibiotics they had given me. (There's a lot more story to this but I'm trying to not focus on how inept they were.) So that night I was laying on my bed, my throat feeling worse, with hardly any voice and barely able to swallow water, and I came to a cross roads: either take the medication and go to sleep or go to the hospital. It wasn't an easy thing to decide. Having grown up with a nurse as a mom, well you just didn't over-react to medical things. But my dog, he made me aware this was no joke. He didn't leave my side that day or evening. He followed me every time I left a room. When I was laying on my bed trying to make that decision he was right there next to me. He wouldn't eat, or go out side. He was worried about me. I decided to go to the hospital. And probably not a moment to soon. Within an hour of walking in to the ER I was intubated and put into a medically induced coma. I woke up 3.5 days later. Epiglottitis: an infection of the epiglottis. 1 in 100,000 Adults are stricken with this a year. They never could tell me why it happened, but they did assure me it is highly unlikely it would ever happen again. My take away from this, 4 years later, it did take awhile to get to this point...live every day to the fullest, as much as you can. you never know what day will be your last. Live, Love, Laugh and Enjoy every day!
It's Easter. Not really a big holiday in my family, I remember when I was little having family get togethers with Easter Egg hunts and a picnic like atmosphere when the weather was suitable. What it usually ended up was a family dinner. I don't have a lot of family around so, today, the weather was glorious. I opted for time in the fresh air and sunshine. It was quite an amazing day really, just what I needed I think: an ocean breeze and some sunshine.
It's not the clear blue seas of the Caribbean, which from what I have heard the last 2 days, the skies and seas have been a bit rough if you are interested in seeing a very smart pilot make the right decision to do a go around check out the link below.
Today flights were diverted to other Islands until the skies cleared. Rough few days, but I can bet you whomever is on the island, is still having a grand time.
I hope however you spent your day, observing the Easter holiday with family and friends, or finding your happy place for today, I truly wish you a wonderful and marvelous day, and week ahead.
I got the itch to change a little home décor. As seems to be my style...one project lead to another. I updated the living room curtains to be drapes. Doesn't seem like a big deal, but just that little change made a big impact. I realized that the drape hardware was more of a nickel finish than the brass that I used to have so, I also updated a standing lamp fixture and a light switch plate, I have to say I am really pleased with the results. The dining room curtains were not as nice as the old LR ones, so I moved them to the Dining Room and added a nice valance. Wow what a difference! And now I am searching for people to pass the leftovers to. I'm a firm believer of passing things on to some one who can use what you no longer need. Take good care of things and they will last for a long time.
I see the buds starting to open on the trees, crocuses, tulips and hyacinths are pushing up through the ground and blooming...Spring has Sprung! I love this time of year, it's full of new beginnings for nature and people. I have a touch of spring around the house, some tulips in vases. Last weekend the windows were all open and the fresh air was flowing through. And today, the first roll of thunder for the year. There is something about the beauty and power of nature that just brings a smile to my face. I guess that's been a constant theme since I started writing these little tidbits. It's been a very busy and productive winter, I'm looking forward to the change that comes with a new season. Busy takes a different turn...more towards the outdoors.