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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Snow, bleh

I'm guessing I won't get my hair cut today.  It snowed during the night and there's about an inch to an inch and a half on the ground.  People are advised to stay off the roads.  Yesterday it was near 60 outside.  Go figure.  At least I got more firewood to the house and went down to the pond to make sure the pipe cage was cleared.  Of course, there's no school.  Poor kids will have to go more into the summer..waaa.  It really has been strange weather, though.  We're supposed to get more snow today or tonight.  I knew there was a reason I like to get away this time of year  The month of February is not a good one for me.  I love my daughter who was born in this month, but the month itself sucks.  I suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).  This means that depression sets in with winter weather.  I did have some sunshine yesterday, thank goodness.  I've thought of getting a sun lamp, but that just isn't the same.  Maybe a condo in the Caribbean?  I'd have to take my daughter 'cause she goes through the same thing.  Anyone know of an inexpensive place in St. Thomas?

Friday, February 20, 2015

It's Cold!

I live in Georgia.  It isn't supposed to get this cold.  Monday, in the middle of the night, the power went out due to trees on power lines.  Ice storm.  We've had them before.  I was without power for 16 hours.  Some are still without.  The temperature in the house plummeted but I was able to keep it bearable with a fire in the fireplace and one in the wood stove in the basement.  Also a lot of clothing and quilts over the lap.  It's still bitterly cold for this part of the country.  Into the single digits night before last and into the low double digits last night.  My heat pump had to really struggle once the power came back on and finally reached temperature yesterday afternoon.  I broke down and bought a heater to put in one room simply because it was not getting warmed up to my liking.  I live in a log house and can feel the cold coming in from between some of the logs.  It's also the room that has my computer in it and the computer doesn't like the cold.  I've been avoiding going out if possible.  I don't like the cold, can you tell?  Today I have an appointment about 45 minutes away so I'll be warming up my van well before I leave.  Luckily the skies look clear and even though it was in the low twenties this morning I should be warm enough in the van.  I'll look like the Michelin man with all the layers of clothing I'll have on but I'll be warm!
My hope is that those folks who have it worse than I will be safe and with power and warmth soon.  I keep telling myself that I am so lucky not to be living in New England right now.   Have I told you lately that I hate winter?

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Retreat

Just got back from a 5 day quilt retreat.  It was a good time with friends and there was a lot of laughter as well as some swearing when things didn't turn out right.  I had a time of it with what I was working on.  A while back I bought a complete block of the month set at a yard sale.  All the patterns and fabric were included for the entire year.  I did all the cutting before the retreat so I wouldn't spend time doing that while there.  I was hoping to get all 28 blocks done (some months had two blocks, some had three).  Unfortunately for me  some of the cutting directions were incorrect and some parts missing altogether.  Needless to say the frustration level was high and if it weren't for the friend sitting across from me I probably would have chucked the whole thing in the trash.  As it is, with her help, I was able to get 7 1/2 months worth of squares done.  One month is going to have to wait until I see her again since she is going to show me how to cut and put together a particular block (one that had totally wrong cutting instructions and not enough fabric to correct them).  I'll be searching for the right fabric to replace the one that was sooooo wrong.  I wish I could get in touch with the woman who designed the pattern but I can't find her name anywhere and the pattern came out in 2000.  I will get all the squares done and the quilt put together, just not immediately.  And when it is done I will throw the pattern in the fire.  I don't think I'll be buying old entire block of the month patterns again.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

They Lied!

This may get a little gross, folks.  Just warning you.  Yesterday morning I had an upper GI with air series done. No need to go into why.  The process isn't painful.  You are given some white stuff to drink along with some fizzy stuff (that's the air part) and pictures are taken with a fluoroscope and x-rays.  You drink more white stuff (Barium), more pictures are taken as the substance wends its way through the esophagus, down to the stomach and into the small bowel.  The whole process takes about 2 hours if you are lucky.  If your system decides not to cooperate it could take up to 5.  I was lucky and it took only 2.  On the way out of the hospital I was advised to drink plenty of water for the next 2 days as the Barium has a tendency to stop up your system.  THEY LIED!!
I got home and fixed myself some brunch since I hadn't had anything from midnight the night before.  As I took my first bite the flood gates opened and I had to sprint to the bathroom.  Laundry was going to have to be done.  Okay...thought all was well and went back to consuming brunch.  Uh, oh.....more laundry would have to be done.  Here comes the gross part....it was like peeing out my butt.  I sat on the throne for about 2 1/2 hours, maybe more, I lost track of time.  Looked through numerous catalogs, played some games on my phone, spoke with my daughter, wondered how I was going to get through the day and how much laundry I would have to do.
Things finally started to slow down but I still wondered whether I could move around or would I have to spend the rest of the day just sitting there with my legs going numb.  Then I happened to remember that my daughter had left some nappies here.  Hmmmm. They are very absorbent...much better that maxi pads.  Sooooo, even though they are for a 2-3 year old I managed to wedge one into my undies and then spent the whole day in my recliner knitting and sleeping.  Luckily no accidents for what was left of the day.  Just to be on the safe side I slept with one.  My gut has had much to say over the last 24 hours.  It's still talking as I type.  Guess I won't go anywhere today either. 
So you are warned just in case you have to have an upper GI series with air.  If they tell you to drink plenty of water, etc. for the next two days don't believe them and be prepared.
Uh, oh.......

Friday, January 9, 2015

Brrr

It's really cold outside again this morning.  Went down into the teens again last night.  So glad I covered the outside faucets.  There's a skim of ice on the pond again but it will probably melt as the day goes on.  It's supposed to get above freezing.  I don't plan on going down there until it warms up a bit.  It's supposed to rain again soon so I'll wait until that goes by.  When I do go down I'll look like the Michelin man I'll have so many clothes on under the waders! 
Daughter is coming up this morning.  Little dude has an appointment for a physical.  Daughter switched him to her doctor up here since she is not happy with the group of pediatricians down where she lives.  Sprout will still be going there maybe.  Daughter needs to see Dr. also.  She sounds terrible and probably feels the same.  Being sick and being a single mom with two kids is difficult.  Been there, done that.  Somehow we get through it.....because we have to.
I'm going to "play" with my friends this afternoon so I won't be home long when daughter gets here.  Hopefully all the germs will have died by the time I get back.
Y'all have a blessed day and remember:  When things get tough, hold your ground.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

It is freaking cold here!  It went down into the low teens or below last night.  It was all of 20 degrees when I got up around 8 this morning.  Cleo usually wants out first thing but when I opened the door she changed her mind.....quickly.  So glad I found my LLBean flannel lined jeans so I can bundle up.  My heat pump is madly pumping away and I can just picture the meter spinning at great speeds and the electric bill climbing into the stratosphere.  I have to go to run errands so it's leg warmers, turtle neck, sweatshirt, flannel shirt, long johns today.  It's supposed to get up to a whopping 34 today and down to 18 tonight.  I can see ice forming on the pond which, by the way, I will avoid dealing with as long as possible while it's this cold.  Perhaps there's a silver lining to it being this cold, though.  Fewer people out and about so I might be able to get my errands done quickly.
Y'all stay warm today and remember:  cold is a four-letter word.  Hmmm, but then again so is warm.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Many of the people I have followed in the past no longer post here.  I miss them.  I know I don't post often mainly 'cause I don't have much to say.  I could write out all my complaints about life but who wants to read that?  My life really isn't all that interesting.  I suppose I could chronicle my adventures with my pond.  I still have to go down to clear the pipe periodically and right now the water is pretty darn cold.  Putting an extra pair of socks on under the waders helps keep my feet warmer and double rubber gloving helps with the hands, but still.
I plan on having a bigger garden this year and could let people know how that's coming along.  I could write about my trip to Mexico but it wasn't very exciting.  Fun, but not exciting.  The best part was playing with a sea lion.  And there were lots of soldiers and police everywhere. 
So, I guess I'll try to write some interesting stuff.  I'll keep hoping to see some of the people who used to post.  Y'all have an interesting day and remember:  believe nothing of what you hear and only half of what you see.