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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Made it

Well, I made it!  Got up the stairs and had my bath and washed my hair.  It wasn't easy but I was determined.  I've done this before, you see.  About ten years ago.  Same leg, almost the same spot.  Just not the same way.  Anyway, it felt good to be clean.  Also was able to get clean clothes.  So now all I can do is get more used to using crutches and then, perhaps, I'll be able to start driving....sometime next week.  You know, "they" always give you advice in the ER or whatever about being careful at "our age" watching our steps, being careful on stairs, gravel, etc.  Well, I am careful even though I am in pretty darn good shape for my age.  But sometimes the unforeseen can happen.  Many friends have called offering their help if I need it.  It's nice to know there are still folks out there who will take the time to help if needed.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I've been sleeping....a lot.  It isn't the medication 'cause I'm not taking any of the pain med, just Tylenol if I need it.  I need to get my butt in gear and get a bath and wash my hair!  I'm just so tired I feel like my get up and go got up and went.  Guess that comes with injuring yourself at my age.  Today, however, I'm determined is the day.  Wish me luck.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Laid up

As of this past Monday I've been laid up with a partial break in my left tibia.  It happened when I walked down to the pond to check on things.  I was wearing my boots which have no traction and when I stepped on the top step (wet, slick railroad tie) my left foot went out from under me and down I went.  I heard something go as I fell.  Somehow (must have been adrenaline) I managed to make my way back to the house and up the stairs where I got my purse and then called 911.  I made it back down the stairs and waited for the ambulance.  The x-rays at the local hospital didn't show a break.  My daughter made an appointment for me with my orthopedist for the next day.  His x-rays didn't show a break either so an MRI was ordered.  Sure enough, it showed an occluded break.  The fun part was getting into the Dr.'s office.  Imagine, if you will, my daughter trying to hold me up while I tried to hop on one foot to get into the building (she couldn't find a wheelchair).  A thank you goes out to the lady who tried to support me on the other side.  Luckily one of the two medical staff who were going to lunch went back into the building and got a wheelchair.   So....I've been scooting around the house in my desk chair (just like I did the last time I broke my leg....same one).  Neighbors, friends and daughter are making sure I'm taken care of.  Happily my daughter found my crutches so those get to be used starting today.  Had to cancel a class I was going to take at the Folk School  :(  but will hopefully be able to take it next year.
Something must be going on with the alignment of the planets.  My sister's oldest granddaughter broke the same leg in the same place on the same day as I did.  Another person I know was accidentally shot by his friend when his friend was buying a gun.  Totally accidental but what idiot hands a potential buyer a loaded gun without telling him? Happily the shot was through and through which is fortunate since the bullet was a .45 hollow point.  The victim will be without some small bowel but will otherwise be fine.
Another friend is going through major depression and severe anxiety.  The list goes on.
Enough already!
So....today I'm going to try to take a bath and wash my hair.  I've done it before I can do it again.  After that I'll take a nap.
What's going on in your life/

Friday, May 1, 2015

New vehicle

I want to buy a new vehicle.  A pickup truck.  Why?  With all the yard work I do my van is inadequate for hauling mulch, soil, etc.  And my van is getting old(er).  Even though I take care of it when needed it has almost 250,000 miles on it.  A truck will be extremely handy also in the winter when I need 4-wheel drive.  I had a truck before and used it well.  Now it sits in my daughter's driveway.  It's being used by her roommates.  It has over 250,000 miles on it and still runs.  It's a Chevy and that's what I'm going to buy after I get all the things taken care of that need it here at the house.  House comes first.  It may mean that I can't put as much down on the truck as I'd like but I can always make it up by paying the truck off early.

Monday, April 27, 2015

A mouse in the house

My cat Cleo managed to sneak a mouse into the house last night.  She brings in lizards, too.  All so her little sister PB has something to play with.  PB isn't allowed outside since she only has the use of three of her legs.  At any rate, there was this poor little field mouse dashing hither, thither and yon with PB chasing it.  It finally ended up in the pantry, which the cats can't get into.  Although I opened the doors I couldn't see it for all the stuff stuffed on the floor.
If the mouse moved around during the night I didn't hear it. 'Course my hearing aids were out so....  But this morning I awoke to PB making a racket in my bathroom.  She was desperately trying to get behind the door which I keep open via a water filled jug and old iron.  I knew there was something behind there so got my handy-dandy flashlight (just in case I had to smash something).  And there it was....a tiny field mouse....trembling and almost paralyzed with fear.  So much so that I was able to reach down and take it in my hand.  I think PB thought I was going to give it to her.  No such luck, cat.  Instead I went downstairs, opened the front door, went out on the porch and let the mouse do a high dive into the grass below.  Not to worry.  When Cleo wanted out I went out to check and there was no sign of mouse.
This is not the first time Cleo has managed to sneak a mouse into the house.  I try to check every time I let her in but sometimes, well..........
Needless to say I had a talk with Cleo.  She pretty much just sat there and stared at me.  Her expression was such that I knew she was thinking I'm an idiot to believe she won't get another one past me.
Such is life in the country.  Wouldn't change it for the world.  Y'all have an interesting day.

Friday, April 24, 2015

The trip

The trip to FL was short but sweet.  I stayed with my brother and his wife.  They are great hosts and I shortened my stay by a day because I didn't want to wear out my welcome.  The visit with them was great.  Unfortunately D was not feeling up to par.  Apparently her ulcer is trying to come back so her appetite wasn't very good.  We had dinner with a nice couple who are golfing friends.  Neither D nor I could eat the ribs unfortunately.  They were quite fatty and neither of us were up for that.  I managed to do away with at least one, sticking to as much of the meaty part as possible.  I think one of the meds I'm on is making me not want to eat.  Will talk to Nurse Practitioner when I see her next week.  I also think I'm developing an allergy to the medicine I was put on post endoscopy.  I don't like that I am on so many meds.  Think I will talk to family doctor about that.  If I can go off at least one I'll be happy. 
The old friend I went to see in FL is doing better than I expected.  Although his short term memory is slipping he is well aware of it and trying to take steps to alleviate the problem.  His health issues are such that he needs to go hither, thither and yon for appointments.  He can no longer drive but is lucky enough to have transportation in the form of his wife (they've been separated for 40+ years, never divorced, but that's another story) who lives not far away.  He doesn't want to go into a home but realizes that he may have no choice.  He would much rather have someone come to his home.  If he has to go into a home he'll do so kicking and screaming.  We had some good times, he and I, and I will sorely miss him when he passes through the veil.

Saturday, April 4, 2015


Yesterday was sunny and warm.  Last night there was a brief thunderstorm with great lightning.  April is "possible" tornado month here in GA.  The weather is pretty unpredictable.  We don't get tornados often but, when we do, they can be quite devastating.  I'm just glad it's April and spring is in the air. There are daffodils blooming and the hyacinths have already shown their color. The dogwoods are beginning to bud out and the grass is beginning to green up.
 I haven't started any seeds yet since I've seen it snow in April and last year we had a hard freeze late in the season that totally killed the fig tree.  Patience is not my strong point but, much as I'd like to get things going, I'll wait 'til the end of the month.
Y'all have a pretty day.