Day 1 – After They Left

May 25, 2015

When Eddie came home, we were able to really check out how it all looked.  They had put the first coat on Monday and primed everything, so it was time for another coat.  The furniture changed locations every time I looked at what they were doing.

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The green door doesn’t quite fit the color scheme

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The room really was looking great with the new paint.

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This was the corner they left their stuff overnight – better than the porch

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It was amazing how they papered and taped the floor to prevent spills

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They fixed it so we could watch tv that evening

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Day 1 – Living Room Update

May 24, 2015

Monday was the day the painters were to start the living room.  I have been playing with my iPhone to figure out how to download the pictures I took – not exactly the easiest to figure ou.  However, technology will not get the best of me.  I also used Eddie’s camera as well – now that is much easier to download.  I am waiting for all the photos to download.

I went to see my chiropractor Monday morning, then made a stop at Home Depot for my doodad – I forgot it on Friday.  Then Ronny and his two guys came shortly after I came home.  I asked if a beard was mandatory to work with him – the other two guys also had beards.

The first thing they needed to do was hand wash the walls – a lot of cobwebs, dirty and also holes to fill as well as a crack or two.  I spent most of the rest of the day back in the office or the bedroom.  The difficulty with the floor plan here is that I have to go through the living room to do anything.  When I went out to the kitchen, I was amazed to see all the draped plastic on the furniture and lights, plus they had taped the floor with brown paper.

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This is what I saw when I came out for lunch.  By the end of the day, they had put one coat on the walls after priming and  put the few pieces of furniture we had back where they were.  They found they could keep moving things around without much trouble.

This post has taken me a long time to finish – downloading the pictures, then trying to find them in iPhoto, getting them to download into the blog – enough to set my teeth on edge.  let’s hope the next ones will work better.

What I Have Always Wanted

May 17, 2015

So many changes lately – more echoing now because we have almost emptied the bookshelves  before the painters come tomorrow.  Still a few places to remove things to make it easier for them.  I filled 5 boxes with our books and then Eddie slid them into the bedroom for me. We want to make it easy for the painters so they don’t have to spend a lot of time moving things around.

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It was rainy when Brad came so he really likes having the covered porch to put his equipment

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Thursday Brad came over and built a new mantel with crown molding.  (As soon as the camera is charged, I can put in pictures of it and the shelves.)  We had discussed at the beginning of the week and then he sent a drawing of his design.  I send the measurements to him and that way he would be able to see the proportions of it.  I wanted simple and elegant, but not plain, as well as in proportion to the room.  Eddie really liked the design as well, so Brad came Thursday morning to build it.

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This was the beginning when we came home.  Brad made the fluted pieces because he couldn’t find any ready made.

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This is the top of the mantel

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This is how it looked – did we want to extend the fluted piece up to the top or not?

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A different angle of the top

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Brad started working on the bottom molding which gave it an extra boost – he doesn’t like his picture taken.

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With the flutes extended

It was great to have him working at the house again, he is fun and a really hard worker.  We had to go out for an appointment, so it seemed logical to go out for breakfast.  Brad came a bit before 8 and unloaded his equipment – then we had a conference to reaffirm the design.  We left and  had breakfast at Panera, do a couple of errands and then went over to meet Vickie to review our insurance.

We spent quite a while with her, mostly because we enjoy her company.  Turns out we are in good shape with our coverage – she has been keeping an eye on things about the house a long with everything else.  She is also helping me plan the Celebration of Life for Mom.  We stopped at the German deli on the way home for ham for sandwiches for lunch.

Brad had done quite a lot when we came back – it was almost finished.  He had made a fluted piece for the legs of the mantel and we had the option to have it extend to the top.  We decided we like it extending, so he nailed it in place.  I want to put a doodad in the middle, just to give it a bit of panache.  Eddie doesn’t like the idea, he prefers it plain.  I said he had the fluted extension and I will have my doodad.

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I was going to buy it on Friday but forgot, so I will pick it up tomorrow.  I need to find out the best way to attach it.

The week definitely ended better than it started.  I went to see Dr. Cheryl on Monday and she helped with my neck, back and right shoulder – packing and lifting boxes over the last few days  probably didn’t help.   I found myself very droopy draggy on Tuesday – I kept waiting for the heavy rain to come.  Maybe that was why – there are times I can really tell it is about to rain.  So I didn’t accomplish a whole lot that day.  When I woke up on Wednesday, I was okay but then started to really stiffen up and I really hurt.  I went to Breakfast Club for breakfast and then met Carol for lunch.

I am so glad we had lunch that day, I really needed it.  I feel I was whingeing a lot, she just listened.  She is a good friend and has been there for me and I for her.  I was so tired and uncomfortable that I had a nap when I came home.  Eddie was going to be late, so it worked out pretty well.  I had taken some Advil when I came home, so that and the nap helped me feel better.  I was still tired, so going to bed early was no hardship.  I slept well and was much better Thursday.

There is a real echo now in the living room – guess why?

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Lee 1, Technology 2

May 10, 2015

I finally was able to  make the one printer work at last.  Last Sunday afternoon I was clicking around and found a set of things to work with to help figure out what I needed to do.  Essentially, they all  had to have the cartridge problem resolved before I could use any of them.  I found a place to check the ink supply and was astounded to find it showed the color empty.  I just bought the cartridges a short while ago, so they shouldn’t be empty.  So I decided to take it to Office Depot to see if they could tell if it was full or not.  The guy was really great – he gave me a free swap and I only had to pay for the other cartridge.  They didn’t have single ones, just a double one with black and color.  So I went for it.

Then I changed the color and found it printed – except the black was barely showing up.  I aligned the cartridges, cleaned the heads and I don’t know what all to get it to work.  I printed out some things where the color worked fine.  I figured I had only won half the battle.  Friday I decided to print out some crosswords and I was so surprised and delighted to see the all black pages looked just right.  Maybe the black had to work its way through before printing properly.  A victory for me.

I didn’t make it to Apple for Pages session, so I don’t know if Ellen received her birthday card on Friday or not.  Plus there is the other printer to solve the scanning problem.  I forgot to mention the phone – no more buzz and static, but now my voice mail doesn’t work and tells people to put in the code.  I don’t have a code.  If I am home and the phone rings, I can answer it with no problem, but no one can leave a message.  I’m wondering if I need to unplug it and put it with the other phone and see if that works.  Looks as if Technology has 3 – I only have 1.

This week we moved more books out of the shelves – picture books to Providence Elderplace, some novels for the Infusion Center and the rest to Goodwill.  We need to empty the shelves for the painters.  They are coming on the 18th.  We had the man for the floors come to give us an estimate and what was possible to clean the hardwood floor.  Seems the floor Dad put in has a very thin layer and it is a little wavy – it would take only 1 sanding and even then, it wouldn’t look much different.  He said he would do it in 2 days but we would have to move out of the house for 3 days because the smell is overpowering.  We would also have to move all the furniture out – that plus the cost and the three hotel nights along with eating out was a bit off-putting.  The logistics also difficult, so we decided not to do it.

I asked Brad if he would build a new mantel for us with crown molding – that is a lot less and something I have always wanted.  I sent him a couple of designs that hit me – I don’t want it too complicated that it overpowers the room and the fireplace.  I also don’t want it so plain either.  He is doing some research to see what molding is available and what will work for the space.  Oh dear, I need to email measurements for him.  It should be ready to paint when Ron comes.

Friday was a great day, we had clear sunshine, 69 and I felt so good.  We had 78 to 80 yesterday, a little hazy. It’s a bit cloudy but due to be 73 – then guess what is coming through?

Today is not only Mother’s Day, it is our 46th wedding anniversary.  We decided not to go to dinner today, instead we went on Thursday a bit early.  It was quite lovely and not a lot of people.  We have a wonderful dinner – brought half of mine home for lunch the next day.  It was fun to have a leisurely dinner and enjoy our anniversary together.  Both of us find it hard to believe it is 46 years, it doesn’t feel that long.  It has been a while since it has been just the two of us in our own home.  When our living room is painted and our furniture is in place, it will truly be our home.

This has been a mixed up Spring so far and now Ellen is sending Spring pictures from Ocean Grove.  They have had a lot of weather this year and who knows what Ana will do as she blows up the coast.  I’m so glad she sent some cherry blossoms.

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It feels as if I am experiencing Spring flowers for a second time.  Thank you so much Ellen.

I can’t think of a better way to close this post.

LEE 0, Technology 3

May 3, 2015

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I have said I would not let technology defeat me.  Right now technology has the upper hand, but I am not willing to admit defeat just yet.

Today is my sister Ellen’s birthday – Happy Birthday Ellen.   I made a card on my iPhoto to send to her in time for her birthday – it will arrive on the 8th instead.  I had everything ready, but when I went to buy it and have is sent, the stupid program kept telling me I had to fix the address.  I have no idea what it needs,  just a red circle with a white minus sign.  Drove me nuts, so I decided to  use Eddie’s computer because he hasn’t upgraded to Yosemite yet.  I had no problem with his computer – I wish I had thought of it sooner, then the card would likely be delivered closer to her birthday.  Yes, it was a work around, but I am determined to understand what the fix is and how to get it working properly.

There are times when I inadvertently hit a button or do something and everything starts working.  Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened with the two printers.  The Photosmart printer has been interesting – I deleted it from my computer thinking I would re-install it.  That didn’t work.  I tried all kinds of things, no luck.  I ended up wondering if an update would help and by George, it is back on my computer.  I was over the moon because I really like this printer and how well it works.  I made it my default printer and it was working very well.  Then one day it didn’t – it said the printer cartridges were missing or not detected.  I have been playing with it ever since, taking the cartridges out and putting them back in, pushing them in more to make contact – I am at a loss because I just put new cartridges in.  Looks like another trip to the HP troubleshooting page.

The All-In-One printer won’t scan any more – why, I have no idea.  I don’t fax with it because it is attached to the phone line that is only local and so far I haven’t gotten it to work with our long distance phone.  It also has a bad habit of printing things 2 or 3 times or not printing for several hours.  Eddie set up a printing job last night and it finally printed it this morning.  This confuses the heck out of me.  I miss being able to scan things, especially pictures as I unearth them from Mom and Dad’s things.  However, it still prints and I can copy with it, so it is not a complete bust.

This last week has been droopy – or is it just lethargic.  I have had time to work on cleaning out and organizing – no interest or energy.  Friday was especially so – I spent the day watching old movies on TCM.  Maybe it was one of those down days that I have had – whatever it was, I did not like it.  Maybe it was just fatigue, yet I had trouble having a liedown or a nap.

We had the hardwood floor man come on Wednesday afternoon to tell us what we can do to the living room floor.  Not a lot interns of sanding because it is very thin on the top layer.  He can sand it and then put a finish on it – but it involves living somewhere else for three days and opening up the house to remove the smell.  Plus, he said it would not look much different – we have dark and light spots and it will still be that way.  I will see what kind of floor cleaner I can find for the gummy spots under the table and the water spots.

We talked about logistics as well as the added expenses and decided not to do it.  Instead I am going to see if Brad has time to come and build a crown molding mantel and surround for us.  Well, for me.  I have always wanted one and it is a lot less than doing the floors.

We need to empty the book shelves for the painters, so it is good way to recycle books and start with just our own books.  We found 2 or 3 train books that Eddie took Friday to one of his volunteers,  He was delighted with them.  I found a couple about ships, so I will email Kitty and see if they are interested.  There is no telling what we will unearth.

I have been looking at rugs for the living room – I think an 8′ x 10′ will do it.  I want it to go under the chairs and sofa to tie them all together.  Also some runners for the living room on the high traffic area and some in the hall.  This is what I found:

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I wasn’t sure I had much in the way of pictures for this post.  Everything in the house is pretty much the same and I haven’t done much except for the two bottom shelves Eddie and did in anticipation of doing the floor.  He promises that when he comes back from the Museum of Flight this afternoon, we will tackle the book shelves.

This One is For Candy

April 19, 2015

Candy had her birthday in November – sometimes it is on Thanksgiving.  I sent her a box for her gift, but I thought she would enjoy something extra.  Pardon me, Candy, if you are uncomfortable about a couple.

I have been cleaning out and found some photos from different places, years and people.  I know she will like these two because it shows our Dad when he was very young.

Robert Galloway Paull - 1915 - 16-2Dad was about a year or so old – this is in 1915 or 1916

Robert Galloway Paull - 1915 - 16-1It’s the beginning of his long golden curls.

Candy- 1956-2This is Candy at 2 years old.

Candy- 1956-5Candy at 4 riding a pony – no idea where

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This is the backyard of the house in California

Ellen, Elizabeth & Candy- 1954This is in front of the back porch of the house in Seattle in 1955 – Grandfather Paull was visiting but I don’t know if Grandmother came too.

Update

I was going to scan some more photos for Candy but now suddenly my scanner won’t work.  Technology has gotten the upper hand this time.  My other printer suddenly decided it wasn’t connecting to the cartridges – so that is out of commission.  However, I hope these will be  good for now.  Also, there are old family photos on their way to Candy and somewhere in the depths of the upper cabinets are more photos.  These are for you Candy, enjoy.


It’s Now A Bigger Echo

April 12, 2015

I know I have been MIA for a while, I have been clearing, cleaning, sorting, packing and  disposing my parents’ things at long last.  I have been focusing my attention and energy on it, not much left for other things.  Last week was quite busy and tiring, but now we have a lot of empty space in three rooms.  I have been sorting in preparation of the young meant who came Tuesday to pack up things for Candy, the rest is going to a good home – someone from my Breakfast Group.  Thursday Lisa came for the grandfather clock, she is really excited to have it.  The grandmother clock is going to Melody when ever she is able to come for it.

When I had 2 different estate sale people come, I found myself quite emotional about it.  they both suggested I leave and have someone else do it.  Well, there was only me, but I found I didn’t have the emotion when they left.  The two brothers who came were enjoyable and friendly, fun to work with and it worked out well for all of us.  After they left, I found the cable wasn’t working, so I spent an hour and a half with Direct TV to figure out what was wrong.  We finally determined the cable was routed through the VCR, however, the VCR went with everything else.  So with Jen’s help, I plugged things in, unplugged a couple of things and finally had a picture.

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Our own wing chairs

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What you see when you come through the kitchen.

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Nowhere to sit in front of the bookcase.

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The sofa table works fine for the tv.

Unfortunately it was a bit snowy.  We kept trying things to clear it up – I had it once but didn’t know how I did it.  It still thinks it is going through the VCR and I was finally able to understand what button I pushed for a clear picture.  We have an old tv, there isn’t anywhere to plug in the cable.  Now it is working but in the lower left hand corner it shows VCR.  I can live with that.

The brothers brought up 2 of our wing chairs and our sofa table for the tv.  One did say he was wondering what we were going to sit on.  I also asked them to bring up one of the book shelves to put in the office.  They put almost everything in – there were a few things of Candy’s that didn’t fit in the truck.  Steve came by on Thursday and took them.

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Looks a bit odd to see all the book shelves

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Still bits and pieces to find homes for.

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Blue chairs i gone – used to be green.

We have empty space in the living room and now our new dining table is in place.  We have empty space in Mom’s room and also in the office.  I’ve had a sore shoulder a lot of the time, but on the whole I have done very well.  I am amazed and delighted I have been able to do as much as I have and Eddie has done so much too.  We have also filled the recycle wheelie bin until there is no room – thank goodness Tuesday is recycle pick up.  When it is empty, we have so much more to fill it again.

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Our new dining table.  Eddie working on his Report – it has been a really bugger this month.

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Mom’s room  is cleared on one side – won’t dare show the other part yet.

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The two desks in the office are gone.  I am going to build a desk for myself, then Eddie can have his back.

I will say, I am tired and sometimes I think I am too tired to sleep.  I have had some trouble sleeping and my lower back and legs have been uncomfortable – so far no flare-up.   No doubt it is all the bending and lifting that has done it.  Now I need to sort out the hooking things for the lady in Nova Scotia.  I have the room now.

I am hoping to have the living room painted and the floors cleaned and polish – not sure how much will actually happen.  I want it to be our home when we have Mom’s Celebration of Life.

I will take some pictures and put them in this post to show what we have done so far.

I Hear An Echo Here

March 22, 2015

After a long down, it is feels so good to have  some interest and energy for a change.  This last week has been  unusual, but a lot has been accomplished.  We can see a difference as well.   I have been able to start things moving to clear some things out of the house.  Brigh came by Thursday afternoon to take furniture on consignment – we’ll see how it works.  He as a friend who is interested in some things as well, so that should help empty things out a bit.  As a matter of fact, we now have a big empty space in the living room so we can have our new dining set delivered – it will seem odd to have 2 tables and chairs but that won’t last too long.

We have been finding homes for things – I feel as if I am adopting out kittens.  Eddie is definitely happy to see the empty space.  He dropped off several bags of books to open up some space as well.   There is still a long way to go, but there is definitely progress.  I am finding I have no problem saying goodbye to things, I am not emotionally attached to them as much.  Maybe because I know the things have homes to go to and will be appreciated.  If we had an estate sale, we would lose money on it for all the effort and work it would take.

After 2 or 3 days of being tired physically, I was mentally tired on Friday.  I went in for my One to One to work on my podcasts.  We at least have it showing up on its but not playing – I was there with Rhys for 2 hours and at the moment we are at a standstill.  I need to finish putting the podcasts on the blog so they can at least be heard there – until I can find a platform to store the mp3s, it won’t be on iTunes for a while.  If you check out findingthegifts.wordpress.com you can hear the ones I have  finished.  They are not in order, so they skip around on dates.  I plan to have them in order, 1st show to last.  I also need to do a little work on the site itself, not all that pleased with the theme for it.

Wednesday I went to Breakfast Club and then met Char for an outing at U Village.  We have been talking about it, I am the one who couldn’t get her act together.  Then I didn’t sleep well the night before, so I was draggy and not the best company.  Char and I are such good and long time friends that we are glad to spend time together no matter what is happening.  We both understand each other and our situations – sometimes it me, sometimes it’s her and sometimes both of us.  Usually we are both doing well and it works out really well.  Char is so good for me and I am so glad we had our outing.

I decided it was time to set a date for Mom’s Celebration of Life open house – it is going to be on June 14th from 1 – 4 p.m.  It’s a Sunday and I hope we will be able to paint in time for it.  There will be a cake from Robbie and mostly finger foods to make it easier for people.  I am hoping for a sunny day so we can use the yard and the back porch.  Other than that, I haven’t planned anything else.  I will invite the neighbors, the domino ladies,  my Breakfast Group who knew Mom  – not sure who else is left.

The oddest thing is happening, I have hot flashes again.  Why is a mystery.  I can deal with them during the day, but the ones at night make it hard for me to sleep well.  Last night I woke up several times with them, not conducive to a good night’s rest.  I’m 68 for Heaven’s sake – will this happen every few years?  Give me a break!

I’m not the only feeling a little screwy – the plants and flowers seem to be confused.  The early bloomers are later and the later ones flowered early.  The camellias are fully in bloom and dropping flowers all over.  Jorge and his crew came on Friday and did the yard – next thing you know, the camellias dropped more on the lawn.  The blueberries are beginning to bloom and so it the red pear tree – the other pear and the apple tree are just showing buds.   It is beautiful to see all the flowers blooming – we have had rain and wind, so I hope we don’t lose blossoms that will produce fruit.

As long I work on keeping calm, relaxed and at peace with things feel so mixed up, I will be fine.  This may be the new normal, whatever normal is – just roll with the punches and be flexible.

Path of Love

March 16, 2015

My sister Ellen sent me a series of photos she took while there was snow on the ground in Ocean Grove.  It is a story of showing love and I found it so touching.  I wanted to share it with you.

This path was made by a man with a snow blower so that his lady could walk without slipping on the snow and ice. He said that, yes, a bit of sand and a few pebbles went through the blower; it seemed not to bother him at all.

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And there he is, with his lady, on part of the snow blower path (it went all up and down the boardwalk, out the pier and onto the sand). And not even Valentine’s Day.

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Art in Ocean Grove

This is a lovely gesture of love, it wasn’t something he bought her, it was an act of love to her.  Loving gifts come from that part deep inside that asks “What can I do today to make you happy?”  My Dad always said the biggest secret of marriage is to make the other person happy.  My husband brings me flowers for no reason, cooks for me, does the laundry and so many other things.  I am the computer person and arrange for repairs and designer along with so many other things.  We have always said “Thank You” to each other for doing the laundry, cooking, creating his newsletter – all the big and small things.

Thank You Ellen for sharing this with me so I can share it with others.

Ups And Downs

March 15, 2015

This grief business is unpredictable, I am not always sure if it is grief, sinus, RA or a myriad of emotions and stress.  Definitely keeps me guessing.  Last week at this time I was drag my tush tired, I could barely stay awake last Saturday as we did our usual Saturday rounds.  I slept a lot in the car and I think I had a nap at home.  I can’t seem to remember what I did earlier in the day or a week ago.  Must be absolutely earthshaking.

Last Sunday I wrote about having Spring and sunny weather – today it is raining.  I wrote my blog post and then went and had a nap because I also developed a miserable headache.  The nap helped some but it was still bugging me on Monday.  I went to see Dr. Cheryl, my chiropractor, and mentioned it, so she worked on my sinuses with her activator.  It helped some but I ended up having an afternoon nap.  Tuesday I had to myself, but I just dragged myself around.  I had things I planned to do but had no interest or energy for them.  Not the kind of state I like.

Wednesday I went to Breakfast Club and did the 15 minute.  I was due April 1, but I had a call from Cheryl on Tuesday – she was losing her voice and asked if I would fill in for her.  I had my presentation planned, just didn’t have logo cookies.  So I found some Biscotti that would do in a pinch.  I will say, I was not all that prepared, so I read a lot of it and stumbled through some bits of it.  However, they seem to enjoy it and I was glad.

Right afterwards I went for a mammogram, then in the afternoon the plumber was coming to check out the kitchen sink and the new toilet.  In our new bathroom, I had notice the water level in the bowl was slowly going down, almost to the bottom.  Also, for some odd reason, the toilet seat began to turn pink.  If it was lavender, I wouldn’t mind, but I hate pink.  He had no explanation for it.  He has seen them turn yellow from the sun, but never pink.  He found the water problem, the little tube wasn’t connected.  As for the seat, we had him replace it – now I have a pristine white toilet seat.

In the kitchen we had great water pressure for the cold water, but for the hot side, barely a trickle and not very hot.  A simple fix, the corrosion from the galvanized water pipes had clogged it up.  Once he cleared it out, we had pressure and hot water.  The only permanent fix if to replace the pipes.  That will cost a fortune.  So we may have to have Greg come back every once in a while to unclog the screen for us.  What bliss to have hot water and also a full toilet bowl.  Doesn’t seem a big things unless you have to live with it.

Wednesday was a better day, I felt I had some energy and had accomplished things.  Thursday we worked on the computers in the morning and then Eddie was my chauffeur and porter in the afternoon.  I had an Apple One to One appointment to work on my podcasts.  I have them on Google Drive and then I am putting them on a WordPress blog.  Rhys and I worked on submitting it to iTunes, don’t think it made it through for some reason.  However, I need to put all 16 shows on the blog and then we can work on iTunes submissions to get it right.

I had a good day Friday – at the moment it is a complete blank.  I know I was busy and accomplished things, just don’t remember what it was.  I’m sure it will come back to me after I am finished with the post.  Saturday I had a book fellow come over to check out our books.  He bought some and now I need to send the rest to either Goodwill or the library.  I have been putting away the ones I want to keep.

Kathy came a week or so ago and helped me clean out and organize Mom’s room.  It really does help to have it organized.  Now I need to check with the Post Office about box sizes to Nova Scotia so we can sort and organized the hooking stuff.  I have no idea where the cutters are or her hooking frame, I’m hoping I will come across them eventually.  Well, boxes first.

Eddie found homes for the clocks.  One of the women at Future of Flight wants one and Lisa from PNAA wants to the other – we are waiting to find out when they plan to come and pick them up.  Good to know they are going to good homes.

We also finished Eddie’s The Kaplanian Report and he sent it out to his list.  This morning I put it on his blog and published it.  He has had a lot of people asked to be put on his list to receive it and they think it is really great.  One of these days we have to figure out how to make a little money from it.

It is about time I started working on cleaning up the office, so much stuff and I need to let go of it.  It will help when it is organized, then I know what to keep and what not to keep.  No pictures this time, just my ramblings.


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