Still Waiting For Rain

September 18, 2017

The weather man says it will rain this afternoon; not looking all that promising at the moment.  More smoke and we can smell it even though it is more to the southeast.  Those firefighters have been working on so many fires and having trouble  getting the upper hand because it is so dry. Our lawn fellow came on Tuesday – we have hay rather than grass, he cut the dandelion flowers when was here.  Also found out we have a bee’s nest in the Fotinia stump – it’s in the back but I know something has to be done about it.

Still coughing and junk in my throat along with sinus headaches.  Eddie has the same junk in his treat and runny, stuffy nose – enough all ready!  RA has been kicking in as well. We had some better weather and could see across the Sound and the mountains, the highest peaks still have bits of snow on them.  I saw somewhere we may be in for another La Nina winter.  Does the weather community really know what’s actually happening?  All that sophisticated equipment and they get it wrong.

A friend just moved to a new house in Jacksonville, Florida and ended up driving to her farm in Iowa to wait out the hurricane.  She was really worried about not only her house, but also her restaurant near the beach.  Her neighbor let her know her house was fine, mostly blown down trees and branches.  Also, her restaurant didn’t flood, so she is very grateful to dodge a bullet with both of them.  Unfortunately a lot of people weren’t that fortunate.  Mother Nature doesn’t kid around when She decides to blow Her top.

Friday I went to a quilt show my good friend was in – she was the featured quilter.  I wandered all around Robin Hood’s barn before I found it – my new iPhone doesn’t have a map.  Bummer.  But I found it and I was so amazed at the talented people who entered their quilts.  Robbi had a corner and had 30 quilts displayed – plus it was her birthday as well.  I had no idea she is a few months younger than I am, I thought she was in her early 60’s.  Always learning something new.  I wandered around and then decided to have something to eat.  I sat with a woman and had a nice chat with her.  Then I went back to say goodbye to Robbi and come home – I didn’t know when I would be back and Eddie had a couple of things to do.

When I went out I could really smell the smoke, the closer I got to Kent, the stronger it was and smokey.  Yesterday Eddie and went out to do things and it was worse.  So we did our stuff and came home, leaving the doors closed.  Right now there are clouds and it looks like rain, but nothing so far.

Next Day

We had rain but as my Mom would say “Not enough to put in your eye”.  It is on the surface so digging down it would be bone dry.  Even so, it does remember how to rain and that is very promising.  What we need is a gentle rain that will slowly soak down and soften the soil, otherwise it is so dry a hard rain would just run off. We’ll see what happens as the days go on – not much else we can do.

The temperatures are much cooler and sweaters are very welcome.  It is going to warm up at the end of the week to 74.  I slept really well last night, so the rain must have done something.  I have been noticing the leaves beginning to turn the past week or two, I do enjoy the fall colors.

Today it is sun and clouds, a bit chilly but not sure there will be any more rain.  So I decided I need to put this post to bed, my life isn’t all that interesting at the moment.  My contract for my show is over at the end of October – one prospective sponsor won’t be able to do it, they are re-organizing their shop and changing their name, so maybe later.  Not too sure about the other prospects, I have to be patient and that is not easy.

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Labor Day Weekend

September 7, 2017

This is often considered to be the end of summer weekend.  For us it is very warm and with more fires all around us, very hazy, smokey and hot.  Sinuses are not happy but not a lot we can do.  Meanwhile, my two sisters are having Seattle summer weather.

My younger one in Nashville had rain from Harvey but no flooding; my older sister on the Jersey shore is also having comfortable weather and some rain.

Nashville

Ocean Grove, N.J.

We are having spectacular sunsets and sunrises because of the air quality.  Some people think people in Seattle are wimps because it seems we are  never satisfied – not enough rain, too much rain, etc.  I would not trade places with anyone, this is definitely my place.  People with all kinds of chronic illness are having difficulty with the weather and conditions, it is tough on the body physically, especially with a compromised immune system.  What I also know is that so far my survival rate from difficult times is 100% and I will make it through this as well.  Patience has been something I have had to learn – I will admit to times when it is stretched to it’s limits.

I was looking back at the beginning posts I wrote back in 2009 – I had forgotten a lot of it and it was a good reminder to me.  It also gave me a subject for my radio show this week – I wouldn’t be surprised to find quite a few more.  My contract with the radio station is up at the end of October, I have been working on finding sponsors to continue the show for another year.  I have three possibilities that I hope will come together.  We now have a metaphysical shop in Burien and they are an oasis for me.  I was there last week and one of the owners was saying that by tomorrow when Mercury goes back home and several other planets and eclipses occur, things will come together.  It is a matter of patience.  My problem is that I want it all settled and “in the bag” right now before my deadline.  I will see what unfolds in the next few days and weeks with as much patience I can muster.

THURSDAY

Tuesday morning I left for my show and it looked very odd outside – almost a green tinge similar to the eclipse.  When I came up the hill, the sun was a red disc – very odd.  I had never seen it that way before.  The fires are getting worse and growing – it has been so difficult for the firefighters to access the slopes and put out the fires.  For several days the smoke has made the sun red, there was talk the moon is also red – hard to see it.  I have sinus headaches and once again I am coughing with a dry, scratchy throat.  I hate to think what it is like for people with major respiratory problems.  I’m having a hard enough time with my body.  My rheumatologist’s office called yesterday because they were concerned my sed rate went up after finally going down.  I told Jennifer my body has been very uncomfortable since the fires started and the smoke hasn’t helped my sinuses.  She said a lot of patients are having trouble as well.  I am hoping when they do blood work again at the end of October, I will have lower labs again.

Now when I look at Texas and Florida, this is no big deal – it just feels that way at times.  I can’t imagine losing everything or the threat about to arrive as it comes toward Florida.  I was in one hurricane in Connecticut – spent the time curled up in a fetal position on the sofa.  Eddie was out of town and driving back – I wasn’t sure he would make it.   I didn’t want to be in the hurricane alone, but if I had to, I could do it.  To take my mind off it, I taped windows – wow, I had no idea how many we had!  Just as things began to rock and roll, Eddie got home.  I was so glad to see him.

I also saw my first Nor’easter there, we were in East Haven on the shore.  I sat and watched from my dining room window.  The Sound came up to the fence on the other side of the street – one of those days when I was glad we didn’t have beach front.  Things were flooded out on both ends of the street, but we were okay.  Afterwards it was a little tricky in places, never quite knew what would be flooded and what wouldn’t.  There have been other kinds of weather I’ve been through, I can certainly relate a small bit of how it is.

I know this too shall pass, I just like it to get on its way a little faster and bring some rain the clear and clean the air and help put out the fires.  The pictures I’ve seen are horrendous.

Ye God’s And Little Fishes!

August 25, 2017

I had no idea I haven’t  written a post since the middle of May.  To be honest, I would have whinged about things and I promised I wouldn’t do that here.  It meant I didn’t have  to write about it but life has been interesting nonetheless.  We had a record  number of days without rain here – 52.  One of the things I enjoy about Seattle is the rain in the summer when everything has that fresh, washed clean feel.  We are still waiting for a proper rain, a slight drizzle that records as .02 inches isn’t what I can rain.

One thing that we have had is hot weather in the 90’s – yes, that’s hot for us and I know the southeast was in triple digits.  To make it more uncomfortable, there were fires up in British Columbia and we were getting a lot of smoke from it – we could smell it burning.  There were days when we couldn’t see past the front yard – the mountains have only recently reappeared.  Sometimes we could barely see Vashon, sometimes a whisper of Blake.  The heat, smoke and haze were difficult for everyone, sneezing, stuffy, runny nose and I have been getting sinus headaches – the kind when it feels as of someone is sitting on my head.  My chiropractor has helped me with them, plus Advil.  It reminded me so much of living in L.A. – hot smoggy, hazy and headachy.  Up here it also felt stuffy – believe me, I am dry and parched and ready for rain.

Of course, there are those who say people in Seattle are never satisfied – too much rain, not enough rain, too much cloudy weather, etc.  What really amazed me was the evening I looked out at the sunset and saw the reddest sun I have ever seen.  I took pictures but it really didn’t register very well, so I have some from KOMO News that are something else.

This one is mine.  you wouldn’t know the sun was so red.

 

 

Some of the pictures are sunset, some are sunrise – I had no idea how beautiful it could be while being uncomfortable.  The last one looks as if it was Photoshopped, but it is real.

During the hydro races at the beginning of August on Sunday. people didn’t think the Blue Angels would fly, but they did.  I had a doc appointment at the Polyclinic one of the days they were practicing and saw one whiz by – usually they are long gone when I hear them.

I am doing my show and having a good time, unless I find sponsors, it will be over at the end of October.  I am not happy about it and finding advertisers isn’t easy because I don’t have the numbers that they want.  I have learned a lot this year and feel as if I am getting into the groove, so it is hard to think of not doing it any more.  I have two possible and now that I have the  necessary paperwork, I will go talk to them next week.

Not a big post this time, but I wanted to share some of the photos of the last few weeks since it is something different for us.  We were home for the eclipse and what I noticed is the room got dark but there was sunlight – it had an odd look to it during the eclipse. We didn’t have glasses and I knew there would be pictures on the news of it, so I don’t feel I really missed out.  If it had been a total eclipse, it would have been very dark.

I want to be more  regular with my posts again, I realize how much I miss doing it and it helps me to make sense of things at times.

Gobsmacked!

May 14, 2017

Wednesday was our 48th wedding anniversary!  It still seems unreal after all this time.  Not sure why I didn’t think I would be married this long to the same man – my parents were married almost 60 years.  Eddie’s parents were married about the same number of years, so we come from great examples.  It doesn’t seem that long, it is as if our marriage is broken into chapters.  The earlier the chapter, the more it feels I read it in a book or someone told me about it.  Yet I have photos of those years and as I look back at myself, I see myself differently.  More kindly than I felt at the time.

We decided to try a new Chinese restaurant in Southcenter.  They have Dim Sum and Eddie was delighted with the page of greens.  We tried a few things and had enough to bring home.  I kinda wish I had ordered the dumplings, maybe next time.  It was different and except for the noise, we enjoyed it.  We have become sticks-in-mud lately, more homebodies that going and doing all the time.

I find myself looking in the mirror but all I see is someone’s grandmother hiding my own face.  Where did she come from?  Will she ever go away? I don’t feel old, more about 30 or so, ready to start my life now that I have finally grown up.  I’m glad I have copies of my journal for the years I wrote it – maybe time to go back and read it again.  I remember several people saying what an interesting life I had – if you just read the journal.  There was a whole lot I didn’t put in, too depressing.

Would yu believe we had 2 days in the low 70’s with sun and warmth.  It went back to rain again by Friday and we won’t really see sun until mid-week or later.  Even so, the flowers are blooming, the lilacs are out, the Rhodos, azaleas – all kinds of blossoms.  We have what looks like white and pink snow on the ground because the flowering fruit trees are losing petals as the leaves come out.  We have little nubs on the branches of the fig tree – not many leaves yet.  I haven’t been out to check the fruit trees, though we have lots of blossoms on the blueberries.  A little more sun and warmth will help tremendously.

The downstairs bathroom is done.  Eddie is waiting until tomorrow to use it because he wants to be sure the shower door has curd.  He could use it now if he wants.  Now it needs to be furnished – we have some brown towels and I gave him my bathmats.  Then we found Soft Scrub, toilet brush, squeegee and glass cleaner – the door is transparent glass.  We need to check for new towels and mats, plus waste basket.

I have my car back – we picked it up on Monday afternoon.  I’m so glad to have it back, that stupid Kia Optima has the emergency brake right where I need room to get my foot out so I can leave the car.  Otherwise it’s fine but I much prefer my own car.  It feels so good, so familiar – I know where things are in it – none of this trying to figure out what happened to something in a strange car.

I had a wonderful show on Tuesday with Jamie and Diane Osborne – they were a delight to interview.  This week I have a good friend Diane Kolb as my guest.  She is the Executive Director of Children’s Country Home for medically fragile children.  All my shows are in the archives at 1150kknw.com – just look for my show in the list.

We sold our lot in Ocean Shores, Monday we need to have our signatures notarized and send back the title papers.  We haven’t really made a profit on it, but now we don’t have property taxes, club dues that keep going up and sewer fees.  The whole point of buying it was to have a piece of Washington State while we weren’t living here.  Now it really isn’t necessary, it has become an expense we don’t need at this point in our lives.  We hope to be getting the check soon, it goes into our house fund .

It has been interesting  having Eddie home most of them.  He keeps forgetting I didn’t retire, he gives me that hurt “How dare you leave me” look.  Then he wants to know when I will be home.  He has been working contacts and seeing what is possible – it takes time and he wants it settled right now.  Sometimes being a scenic route is better than a point A to B by the shortest route.  He likes to be doing, accomplishing things and making a difference; I doubt he will ever be happy sitting and watching tv.  The difference this time is he didn’t have something to go into as he left the previous job.  There are a couple of good possibilities, but it takes patience and that’s hard for him.

You could call this a weekly round-up of my life.  I have a project or two in the works, not quite ready to talk about them yet.  I haven’t taken much in the way of pictures of the flowers.  However, my sisters Ellen and Candy have been sending lovely photos.  I think they are both a bit warmer than here.

Ups and Downs

May 7, 2017

It definitely helps to roll with the punches some weeks.  This was one of them.  Monday we spent the day here together, I was working on a new order for shirts, another one for lapel pins, plus I do a donation of pens for Children’s Country Home every year and show prep for Tuesday’s show.  And of course, I helped Eddie with some of his things.  We don’t know what the weather will do – if I said rain, it would be the most accurate.

Tuesday I went to do my show and then came home – Eddie was here working on his emails and his Kaplanian Report.  Also, we see Brad when he needs to do some work before his sub contractor comes.  Wednesday he was here with the plumber – now there is a toilet that works and a sink with a small leak.  Still waiting for the shower door – they found a crack at the bottom and had to do it over.  We hope it will be here this week.

Wednesday was Breakfast Club and Eddie had an appointment with a friend to tour his company.  After Breakfast Club I went to see Dr. Cheryl and whenever to Jerry’s Rock and Gem for some healing stones for a special friend.  Joan had been on my show a few weeks earlier and I asked her advice for my friend.  She suggested several stones, plus a red suede drawstring bag for them.  When I came home, Eddie was here – he was back by 10:30 or 11.  He also talked to his friend about knowing anyone is looking to hire.  We sent him Eddie’s resume.

It has been the oddest thing, I have been needing cat naps to stay awake – no idea what that is about because I sleep well at night.  I had a cat nap before I saw Cheryl, then I fall asleep in my chair, waiting for the doc, waiting to pick up the car, etc.  Sometimes it is a liedown on the bed.  Yesterday was the first time in a while I didn’t feel the need to nap.

Thursday Eddie spent all day at Joint Base Lewis McChord for the Defense Symposium.  I planned to spend the day by myself, but then texted my friend to see if she had a few minutes because I had a special gift for her.  She invited me to lunch at Salty’s in Redondo Beach and it was lovely.  We had some sun which was a delight.  We had a lovely time and she was pleased with the stones I gave her.  I don’t know how WooWoo or Hocus Pocus she is, but I explained about them and said I wanted her to be around a long time.

Thursday was one of those usual days when we had at least four seasons in one day.  In the morning was fog and when I went to have lunch, the sun had come out.  It was a lovely afternoon, but I could see dark clouds from the south.  I arrived home just before the rain started – very heavy rain, thunder and lightning, hail in some places and high winds.  Unfortunately Eddie got stuck in it as he was driving home – rain so hard he couldn’t see.  I was uneasy about him in all that weather – what a welcome sight when he came in the door.

We had more rain, lightning and thunder overnight – some lost electricity but we were fine.  Friday morning we went to pick up my car at 10 – Eddie hates the  Toyota.  It was so good to see my car back together again, I had missed driving it.  We had a lunch date with Danielle, she used to be with Andy but had received a better off with someone else.  She had talked to Eddie on the phone to tell him what is happening and she was interested in having him do procedures manual and later some training.  She has not quite divested from Andy and needs to set things up with the new group, so it will be a bit before she is ready for Eddie to help her.  He will be able to do things at home rather than going up to Arlington where she lives.

She has had quite a year or more, new husband, new baby, new house and still making money with and for her clients.  She is about 32 and I really enjoyed being with her – Eddie wanted us to meet.

We left Nordstrom in south center and Eddie noticed the check engine light was on, a little flashing light where it shows what gear you are in and also the anti-skid light was lit.  Not a comfortable feeling.  So we called Pat’s,  they said to come back and they would put it on the computer.  Well, we spent quite a while there and it turned out a sensor needed changing.  We are back in a rental – only had my car 4 hours.  This time it’s a Kia Optima, a nicer car and more convenient.  They can get the part and will install it on Monday.

Friday was such an uncomfortable day, I was so stiff, sore and unbendable – I felt trapped in a cage.  I had been doing pretty well, so I wasn’t sure what was happening.  I have had many days lately when I have felt heavy, awkward and clumsy.  It is depressing, that’s for sure.

Hope this doesn’t too much of a downer – I prefer to be positive.

 

A Bit of This, A Bit of That

April 30, 2017

This could be called a catch up post, pictures of things from the last 2 or 4 months.  It feels as if most of what I have written lately is not so positive stuff, but there have been a  lot of bright spots as well.  There has been a lot of talk about the number of days of rain opposed to the few days of sun – those sunny days were delightful and very much appreciated it.  The sun pops out quite often, it seems the clouds have more strength at this point than the sunny.  The weatherman says a sunny, 70 degree day on Wednesday – we will see what arrives.

Brad has been here working on the bathroom downstairs and it is probably in the last quarter of finishing.  The sticky part is the shower door – will it be late?  Eddie wants it all done before he uses it.  He is excited to see it come together and see the big changes Brad has made.  He feels spoiled using the bathroom upstairs, I think he will revel in his new one.

We have had some spanners in the works getting my car fixed – first they kept saying they had to establish responsibility – my insurance company has no problem.  Then they weren’t going to cover all of the rental car and finally they wanted to put “gypsy” parts to repair it.  When Pat’s group took the car apart, there was twice as much damage inside than they first thought.  We are hoping they will be finished this week.  The Toyota Corolla is okay but I prefer my Subaru Imprezza.

My poor car

We just replaced the front bumper because some daft pillock put a hole in it.

Bent the grill and later found more damage.

The front bumper was in the street and a very nice lady brought it over to the gas station.

Would you believe this is all that happened to her car?

As for me, I am fine after the accident.  I have been going to my chiropractor to help me integrate it and release the tight stiffness.  It has been quite a while since I saw her last, feels so good to have adjustments from her.

I am feeling much more comfortable with my radio show, I think I have a focus for it now.  Instead of just saying there is a gift in every difficult situation for one to uncover, I need to give some ideas and ways to the finding.  I am still working on that, it is simmering on the back burner until I have a clearer picture.  Also, I talked to the station manager Erik about sponsors and what I can offer them.  This feels as if it is the hard part – if I had money to fund it myself, I wouldn’t have to look for sponsors to stay on the sir after October.

I just went outside to enjoy the sun while it is here.  I looked at the garden and took some pictures – amazing how the flowers come up and I didn’t do anything.  How cool is that!

The dark purple lilac is beginning to bloom along side the Scillas.

Blueberry blossoms – may have a good crop this year.

The dogwood has more blossoms this year, always spectacular.

Scillas all over the beds by the porch.

We had a couple of snowfalls  this winter, enjoyed the beauty but happy not to have several more.  I took pictures from the bathroom window and also on the porch.

Looking south to Allen’s house

The front yard from the porch

From the bathroom window

From the window toward the fruit trees in the back.

Pink dogwood with a snowy mantle

I need to open up the kitchen remodel site and add the bathroom pictures.  I think there is a link on this blog to get there.  I want them to be in chronological order, though it means the last ones will be first.

A bit of catch up about things.  Yesterday I went to a memorial service for the Celebration of Life for a friend I met through Charlotte.  There were a group of ladies who got together for birthday lunches and Charlotte invited me to join them.  I met Joyce and got to know her over several years – a real lady and very special.  I am not big on going to church and I didn’t really want to go.  I went to be there for Charlotte and support her – her friends are slowly disappearing and losing Joyce is a real blow to her.  They were like sisters, shared an apartment together and did all kinds of things together.  There were some happy moments – when she found several of the youth group came back, looking at the pictures and talking to people she knows at the church.

Time to close, I’m working on re energizing and building stamina to be able to do the things I want to do.

Not A Very Comfortable Week

April 16, 2017

Thank You Candy!!!  It’s not been comfortable this week, every time I see this character, he makes me smile.

I have no idea what happened, but Monday and Tuesday were miserably uncomfortable days.  I was stiff, sore and nothing really helped to lessen it.  Monday I went to see Dr. Cheryl to see if she could help with things.  I was feeling so beat, I went home for a nap.  I did feel better afterwards.  I did my show on Tuesday, but came home right after for another nap.   Wednesday was better, so I went to Breakfast Club.  I enjoyed it as usual – the pouring rain all day wasn’t a deterrent – simply Seattle weather.  I stopped at a couple of places to talk to people being on my show.  When I finished, I came home to meet Eddie so we could go do something together.

As I came to Ambaum on 128th, the light was red.  I waited for the green light and was crossing the first lane when a car came right in front of me.  I tried to stop, but I hit her and I saw her make a very graceful 180 turn, stopping right in front of a truck going the opposite way.  I was in the middle of the street and decided to park in the gas station.  It shook me up, I noticed stiffness in my neck and across my shoulders.  I was shaking and trying to gather my wits.  I called 911, called my insurance agent and finally called Eddie.  He came over – missed lunch with the guys at the archives – and  saw my car.  Not a happy camper!  It took me a bit to finally get out and look at the damage.  The front bumper is gone – the one we just fixed from the hole.

Actually, the bumper came off as I drove out of the intersection.  I called Pat’s to have them tow the car – they will fix it.  The woman admitted she ran the red light and apologized – she also told the sheriff’s officer when he arrived.  There was a woman who heard it and then the other car came right up to the front of her truck.  She was gathering information and  making shut everyone was all right.  It seemed as if there were people talking to me and people on the phone – I definitely needed my wits then.  Also Eddie answered some questions and also talk to the other woman.  She was upset and it scared her 3 year old son.

I wasn’t mad or scared, just shaken up and upset my car needs to be fixed.  things were friendly all around – the sheriff officer was amazed.  He had just come from an accident where both people were angry and ready to come to blows.  If I get angry and ream the lady’s tush – what have I accomplished?   Eddie isn’t as mad as I expected, he was more worried about me than the car.  The tow truck came, the papers were all filled out and we were able to leave.  We went to Pat’s and they arranged for a rental car, plus did a estimate for the damage and repair.  I have a Toyota Corolla and it isn’t too bad.  Much better than the Chrysler 200.  I drove it home and went for a nap – it wasn’t difficult to fall asleep.  He did the errands he planned to do and then came home.  Not quite how we planned to spend the day.

Thursday I spent the day at home resting.  Eddie spent the day up north at the Women in Aviation Conference.  He was quite impressed with the women there, learned things as well.  Another day with people who love aviation.

Friday, Saturday and today have been quiet.  Eddie went to the Museum of Flight this morning, hardly anyone there.  No doubt having Easter dinner with family.

Not One of My Better Weeks

April 9, 2017

It has been a challenging time lately.  I have been coughing like crazy – sometimes so hard it feels as if I have rows and rows of burning needles in my chest.  I also lost my voice – not that it kept me from talking.  I had to ask Benny to rebroadcast a show for me – no voice and 28 minutes of coughing is not my idea of entertaining radio.   Because I have been having such a bad time, I saw Doc Pierce Tuesday morning.  He gave me antibiotic for 7 days, plus I had forgotten he had given me something for the cough a while ago.  Last night was the first night’s sleep I have had in a long time.  I didn’t cough much, but it took me a bit to go to sleep.

Eddie has a cough, not like mine, but he has stuffy, runny nose with sneezing – he thinks it’s allergy.  I’m wondering if my is sinus because I get what feels like a sinus headache at times.  Both of us would love to be finished with all of it.  I wonder if we are getting more sensitive to things inside and outside.

After I went to the doc Tuesday morning, I went to see the eye doc in the afternoon.  Not my favorite to have all this in one day.  However, I am doing well and the macular degeneration is not any worse.  I seem to have spent the day taking cat naps because I was having trouble keeping my eyes open.  I went to Breakfast club the next morning, came straight home to bed and slept and cough until about noon.  This stuff is for the birds.  I did feel better in the afternoon; I’d rather sleep at night.

Brad has been here for a week or so doing the bathroom remodel downstairs.  He did demolition to prepare it for the repiping on Thursday.  They turned the water off so Greg the plumber could replace as much pipe as possible.  That meant Eddie and I needed to find things to do somewhere else.  We went to Panera for breakfast, picked up the laundry and wandered around the new Ikea.  I was amazed at how much I walked before needing a sit-down.  It’s huge, with floors, but the food available to buy is very sparse from what it was.  Their restaurant is much bigger – we didn’t check the menu.  We took stuff home and then went down the hill.  We spent quite a while wandering around in Barnes & Noble, then grocery shopped and finally decided to come home around 3:30 or 4.

The water was still off and it was close to 6 when Greg was done.  There is a lot of sediment and grit from the peeling pipes, plus the pipes coming in from the street need to be replaced.  I was glad to have the water back.  Greg said to call him the next day of there were any problems – he was working Burien that day.  In the night, I heard water running – the toilet was completely closing.  So there was drip, drip, drip along with a spraying sound.  I looked in the tank and found a new kind of set up.  No ball, though the handle still has a change to flush and the left has the regulating to open and close the valve.  However, where the ball used to be is a canister type device – love to know how it works.   I called Greg the next day to let him know – he came out and found there was sediment in the works.  So he flushed it out and thought he fixed it, but then on his next test, it started running.  More sediment; I am glad to say, so far it is working perfectly.

Friday was quite a day rain with really high winds. some places lost power, trees fell on houses and cars.  I’m so glad Mom and Dad opted to do underground wiring a long time ago.  So far we have not lost power.  I suspect when all that weather goes over the mountains and east, it will intensify.  Everyone has been having wild weather.  It was up to 60 on Thursday, now it is in the 40’s.  I keep thinking Spring weather will finally emerge.  Meanwhile, the flowers,  trees and bushes are blooming like crazy.  We may not have the weather, but we have lovely blooms and beautiful colors.  I miss the mountains, they have all been shrouded in clouds most of the time.

Today is the 50th anniversary of the 737 at the Museum of Flight.  It is not Eddie’s week to go, but he wanted to check it out.  I don’t think it is raining, which I’m sure the organizers are pleased.

As soon as I download pictures of the bathroom remodel, I will give you a link.

A New Normal

April 2, 2017

Last week was the first week of retirement for Eddie – except he wasn’t sitting on his tush watching tv.  He has been calling people, having lunch or making plans for lunch and also, he has an appointment Monday with Steve to talk about Eddie doing some research.  We have no idea how it will unfold, just watching what happens as it comes.

It was a medical week for me – again.

I saw my dermatologist Monday to find out if I had to make a visit to the MOHS surgeon or not.  At the time she thought I would, but I opted for her to freeze it, then if she needed to do a biopsy, we would talk about MOHS.  I am so glad to find out I don’t have to, everything is fine.  Next fall or winter she wants to do a face peel to get rid of the tiny bits that will turn into cancer.  I can hardly wait.

I had a call from the cardiologist’s office about my scoring.  Of course, no one will tell me anything one way or the other, I have to come in for an appointment.  If there was a serious problem, I’m sure they wouldn’t wait 2 weeks or more for the appointment.  More things to cross off my list.

I found out Medicare doesn’t cover orthotics, so that is out-of-pocket.  I have an appointment in May, not sure if I will keep it or not.  I did make an appointment with the clinical psychologist on Wednesday afternoon – Medicare doesn’t cover it, but she does half price for Medicare patients.  I’ll see how it goes and work from there.

I finally have an appointment with Dr. Cheryl, my chiropractor, tomorrow.  I haven’t seen her for ages and I am feeling rather stiff not very flexible.  I always enjoy going to see her, she is so gentle and her fingers know exactly where it hurts.  Something else on my To Do list.  I have to see the eye doctor Tuesday for my yearly check up.  he gave me a new prescription for glasses last year, so it will be a while before I need to do that again.  Sometimes I think there is more preventative maintenance every year I am older.

Last week was also the beginning of the downstairs bathroom remodel.  Brad has been doing demolition – the shower is gone as well as the toilet.  Eddie has moved to the upstairs bath with me – taking a shower up here is so much more luxurious that downstairs.  Thursday morning they went to choose tile, floor, fixtures, faucet, sink with cabinet, etc.  Ed is choosing because it is his bath.  The plumber was here on Friday – we still have galvanized pipes that have little bit flaking off inside, all that goes through the rest of the house.  Better to do as much as we can now rather than later when some of the bath would have to be torn up again.  I have some pictures as it has happened, so I will put them on the house remodel blog.

My networking breakfast group had to move because the owner of the building sold it.  So the catering business also had to close.  We are meeting at a restaurant that is next to a hotel – they gave us a good deal.  Also, this week is the change of officers for the next 6 months.  I volunteered to be a Member At Large – don’t really have to do anything except show up at a board meeting.

We still have rain and chilly weather – oh my, is that the sun?  Wonder how long it will last?  The trees and flowers are blooming like crazy – temperature doesn’t see to phase them.  Flowering fruit trees, forsythia, camellias and rhodos in some places.  Lately the moles have been quiet – maybe they are resting for the next assault on the lawn.  Eddie has noticed dandelions blooming – Spring is definitely official now.

I have been doing my radio for 5 months – the first set of 3 months was such a learning experience.  Now I feel I have more of a handle on it and what it is about.  I also have to talk to Erik about sponsors so I can stay on the air.  I have asked people to be guests and it has worked out quite well so far.  Most of the shows are just me with topics about Loving Yourself and the components that seem to comprise it – like a jig saw puzzle but without a picture on the box.  I’m working on how they all fit together – unless there is a different, better way to approach it.

Both Eddie and I are stiff runny, stuffy with sneezing.  I have quite a cough the past week, I need to check with Doc Pierce to know when it is just a cough or bronchitis.  Eddie and I keep each other awake at times – night-time seems to be the most uncomfortable time.  I have been drinking a lot of hot lemon or lime water – seems to help but it also means trips to the throne.

I have had to resort to 2 finger hunt and peck – so far it has worked pretty well, not many mistakes.  My little finger keeps changing sensations – right now it feels as if the nerve is just covered by skin and any  time I touch it, I can it feel it.  Then, at times it suddenly feels cold on something – not necessarily metal, porcelain, etc.  I’m hopeful it means the feeling is coming back.

I need to upload pictures from my camera so I can post snow pictures and also the remodel photos.

 

Our World Has Shifted Again

March 26, 2017

I don’t have pictures to add, so I will use Ellen’s  from last year.

It’s been quite a while since I did a post – 3 months to be exact!  I have had trouble writing because my little finger on my left hand has put in extra letters and I have to keep going back to fix it.  I have finally decided on the 2 finger hunt and peck system to eliminate as much as I can.  I’ll do spell check and if there are other errors, I’d say you will be able to figure them out without any problem.

We’ve had 2 snow storms, one on the 1st of the year, the other last month.  I definitely don’t go out in snow – I did my show from home rather than risk finding myself in a ditch.  I would have been fine, it was smarter to do it from home.  I had one I had to have a rebroadcast because I lost my voice – not helpful in radio.  I feel I am getting the hang of the show after 5 months, though what seemed clear a bit ago, isn’t quite so clear.  Definitely a learning experience.

Eddie has retired for the 4th or 5th time.  Two weeks ago was Eddie’s last day with Andy – finance is not his thing and spending time at the aviation conference really brought that home to him.  He had such a great time that week – like a kid in a candy store.  He met all kinds of people and his Kaplanian Report was a hit.  He is following up on contacts, talking to people and looking to creating a new venture in commercial aviation.  We don’t know how it will show up or how it will look yet.  Eddie has decided that at this age he doesn’t have to do something he doesn’t want to do.

That also means he is home a lot more – a big adjustment for both of us.  I let him know I haven’t retired, I have my own life and business.  There also my medical life,.  Tomorrow is a cardiac scoring the cardiologist wanted me to do – on me.  I am going to see my dermatologist on Friday to check if I have to do minor MOHS surgery or not.  I opt for not.   I need new orthotics, I have a list to the right since I broke my hip and I am noticing it more as time goes on.  Maybe they will even help me clip my toenails, I am having trouble reaching as well as strength to clip.  Both of us are dealing with runny, stuffy nose and sneezing – is it sinus or allergy?  No one seems to know.  Doc Pierce would rather save the antibiotics for heavy-duty situations – that’s fine with me.  I prefer to go do the things I want to do and not spend so much time on medical.

My personal injury case is finally settled – it’s only been a year and a half.  I got money earlier and then the second one just came recently.  I called Brad to find out when he can start on the downstairs bathroom – he came by this week with ideas and a budget.  He needs to schedule the plumber and electrician, so I’m not sure when he will start.  Since there will be a new shower stall, he wants to dig up the old one and see what is underneath before the plumber comes.  So he will do that first – Eddie can still the sink and toilet but will shower up here.  Since he will probably be home, he can make the decisions for his bathroom.

We had Mr. Rooter out because the hot water went wonky.  He had to replace the elements, my bad for not draining the water heater every year.  It’s so lovely to have it working properly again.  The joys of home ownership.  I also have a new toilet seat – the other one was loose and I have a bit more bulk now, so the mix didn’t work out very well.  No more loose toilet seat.

We have had more rain in the last 3 months than all of last year.  Not sure why – it still feels like fall and winter even though the flowers are blooming.  The crocuses were out last month – it was chilly – and they bloomed their hearts out.  Then the mini daffodils are blooming and a pink Hyacinth came up from out of nowhere.  Now the grape hyacinths are showing their pretty, purple faces.  The Scillas have greenery all over the place, soon they will have lovely lavender blossoms.  The forsythia on the bank finally bloomed, they are usually the first.

The moles have been busy off and on – Eddie is sure if he leaves them alone, they don’t produce so many mounds.  Let’s face it, they haven’t helped the lawn except to maybe aerate the soil.

As you can see, not a lot of excitement or big news lately.  However, I hope to get back into the groove of writing posts again – I miss it and it helps me process things.

 

Candy sent this lovely butterfly – great finish for the post.

Thank You both for the lovely photos you send me, I love to seeing them.

 


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