Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Last Sunday in September

Fall foliage in Stokes Forest
OH ...what a BEAUTIFUL Sunday!  As soon as I walked into the kitchen this  morning, I was taken with the already bright fall colored leaves on the trees across the street.  I think the autumn leaves in this area are going to be spectacular this year.  Boy is it baking time with all the plentiful apples around.  I'm making an apple crisp today.  I like this one because it has the oat crust on the bottom and on top.  And our older granddaughter stayed overnight last night and is here right now.  We talked into the wee hours of the morning.  I LOVE that I get girl talk time with her.  :)  And I love that I get her for the whole day today too.  :)

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Interesting Stress Management :)



Ha ha! I've always liked bubble wrap.  It's hard to resit pressing, twisting, and or stepping on it.  My favorite though ... rolling over it with an office chair.  :)

Friday, September 27, 2013

No TOUCHING...ANYTHING!!



This house is baby proofed.  I am also very careful to always check everywhere just before the little ones come over to make sure nothing has been left out.  Last night, just before bed after washing up in the bathroom I put nail polish remover and two cold medicine bottles at the top of the bathroom closet.  I am careful about these things with a capital "C" and yet as I've written previously ...I had a few occasions (ahem) ...to call POISON CONTROL.  Yeah ...I began wondering if I should continue giving out my zip code.  I didn't, anticipate their chewing on the toilet bowl brush, eating eyeliner pencils, sucking on my high heel that had been all over the ER/hospital the night before, munching on a house plant and a few other surprises.

So ...this morning I was at the sink washing some vegetables for our pot roast crock pot dinner when I heard little 32 month old M call out, "Mum mum!  Keaning?"

"What?"

"Keaning?"

"I don't understand ..what?"

And then I looked more carefully to see he was putting his finger on the nozzle of the cleaning bottle that was in the carrier I use to conveniently carry cleaning supplies from room to room.  Oh NO! NOT POISON CONTROL again.  Someone ...Left the cleaning caddy on top of their big toy basket and then a folded blanket had been tossed on top of it.  Suffice it to know I would never place a clean blanket over a cleaning caddy filled with products and used cleaning rags.

Drying my hands and hollering out to him in the next room, "Wait M ...DON'T touch that!  Did you touch that?!"  

"Y-e-e-e-s."

"Come right over here please!"

And he did.

"Did it spray on you?"

"Y-e-e-e-s."

Where?  (I didn't see anything on him)  It was a bottle of Murphy's oil that I haven't used in ages and just leave it in there.  He pointed to his eye.

So ...I began sniffing his fingers, face and eye.  (So primal.  Btw - he is now AGAIN coming down with another cold and has a runny nose and there I was ...right up to him ...breathing right near his face to see if I smell the product.  I didn't.  Also ..while he did rub his eye a bit, it wasn't red or irritated.  So I just took a very wet paper towel and wiped his eye and the another one and squeezed some water over it.  (He's been fine.)  But then he was in this inquisitive touching mode ...quickly going from one thing to the other in the kitchen ...asking, "What's this, what's this?", and so on.  He went on the other side of the counter ...asking, "What's this?", as he plunged his fingers onto the RAW pot roast.

"M! STAY there! Don't TOUCH anything else!  Don't touch yourself ...don't touch ANYTHING!"  He froze in position and I wanted him to because I didn't want him to touch his face or potentially contaminate anything else ...because of the raw meat exposure.  (I admit, I am fanatical about safety precautions regarding raw meat and poultry, etc., but evidently never anticipated a young child being able or even wanting to reach it.)  So, I washed his hand with a warm soapy cloth and dried it and then in frustration ...admonishing him ...I blurted out, "M ...I don't want you touching ANYTHING!  No touching this meat!  NO touching anything else!  You CAN touch your knees, your hair and your TOYS!  But NO touching ANYTHING else!  CAPISH?!

"Abish."

We hugged and he ran off to play.  (Gosh ...I love that sweet ...precious little guy soooo MUCH!:)

I never said I was being rational.  :)

Monday, September 23, 2013

Post Surgery Therapy and other Medical Thoughts (An honest post I will probably get blogger's remorse for and delete :)

arrows, morals, street signs

Yesterday I wrote how Mr SeaSpray caught me dancing to Shakira music - Loca.  Today ...I am paying the price for that.  My knees are punishing me for putting them through that.  I was also busy all day (weight bearing for a small amount of time turns excruciating under normal circumstances), and so it was not the smoothest move on my part.  Ha ha ..it was not smooth dancing for sure as I certainly can't do that for long or the way I really would on the dance floor ...and probably should not, but sometimes A SeaSpray's just gotta do what a SeaSpray's gotta do.  :)  And the music was so motivational ..that it really kept me going ...to one more thing ...and one more thing, etc.  And I am not looking forward to going over to Home Depot after we eat in a bit ...but we will have the kids tomorrow and I R-E-A-L-L-Y want to pick out some low, slow growing shrubs for in front of our house and today is the best day this week to do that.  Plus ...I am on a QUEST for transparent amber 7 watt bulbs for the fall candles I put in the windows.  I can't find them in any stores and I DO hope they still make them.

Anyway ...I got this idea for knee rehab.  I have no idea what to expect ...but I think they should do a little Shakira therapy with me because I will ALWAYS want to get up and move to her music.  Ha!  Although ...maybe that would be better for hip rehab vs for knees.  :)
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I removed a post I had put up fairly recently, about my going to the cardio office to consult.  I had mentioned one of the concerns was that he sent my PCP a letter clearing me but that in that he said I had an a-septal aneurysm that he never told me about and I wanted to be sure it was safe.  Well it turns out it was an atrial aneurysm and he said, "It's nothing."  I asked again and he again reassured me and so I mentioned my grandfather had died in his sleep that they did know about and he said that was something different.  So ...while I pretty much thought that would be the case ...I am thrilled to know for sure.  I shouldn't have waited over a year to ask.

And I also mentioned a small part of my not being happy how he responded to something with me and maybe sometime I will tell the whole story.  I decided to tell him how I felt and what I felt he was thinking/doing and why.  he told me, "You assume much.", but I know I was on target with that and I don't regret clearing the air.  It actually feels better than keeping it in.  I was gracious though regarding several things about that.  And when He mentioned something he said he prescribed, I said, "But you didn't.  I read you had written that in the record.  I have no doubt you thought about it.  But you did not prescribe it."  So I must've seemed like this annoying, uppity patient ..but I just wanted to start with a clean slate.  If I were going back as a regular, I am sure it would be smoothed out in time... or maybe already is.  Thankfully ...I don't believe I will be a cardio patient ...thus not a regular.  He seemed nice after that.  We parted amicably.   I am supposed to still get a nuclear stress test, but I just canceled it.  I will do it.

And the reason I cancelled it today is because I am in the process of seeing other doctors first and then based on what they say ...I will decide when to do it.

A-N-D the reason for that is that he suggested I should NOT do the knee replacement surgery until I lose more weight because I will have a TOUGH time after surgery.  (Emphasis his)  he said if you are at the point that you use your arms to get up, then you WILL have a TOUGH time afterward.

The surgery is currently set for November 5th.  I lost 4 lbs since last week.  But he had 50lbs written on a script and even though I hate admitting it ...could stand to lose more.  I lost 70 something pounds since 05, but admittedly since hurricane Sandy hit last year, I began to gain weight ..maybe 20 at most ...lost most and then yo-yo'd and am finally all the way back down now to pre-Sandy.  But I have been stuck in this range for a few years now and never got past it.  I'm not making excuses.  I know everything I do wrong.  The worst is staying up late and then eating before going to bed.  My joke is that if I just go to bed by midnight ...I'd lose weight.  That is actually true.

And now it has only been since last fall that the knee pain has gone up exponentially ...to the point that orthovisk knee injections do not work as well as they did.  And so I have to take a pain med (that I monitor very closely), to do physical activity and pain always comes through - it just takes the edge off.  The Home Depot floor I will be on tonight actually will hurt me more than dancing to Shakira.  This is because I can still sit down intermittently when at home.  Stores have hard floors and no place to sit.  last week, my granddaughter Wren asked, "Mum mum? Why do you walk like a penguin?"  Out of the mouths of babes.  that was at the end of the day watching them when I am up on my feet most of the day with them and so I guess I am so swollen or whatever happens ..I am stiff and not much flexibility.  So EMBARRASSING and FRUSTRATING!  And I am w-a-a-a-a-y-y-y to young for this!

Even today when at the salon, I heard a local add for an outdoor wine tasting event, etc., that would be nice to go to.  And in the fall there are so many fun things to go to ...but I really can't walk that far or if I do I don't want to be seen walking so compromised and I know THAT is being ridiculously vain...but is just how I feel.  And I guess I feel this way because I feel like I did this to myself because I let myself gain so much weight over time.  I also wonder if it is because anytime I have fallen it has mostly been square on my hands and knees.  Even when I totaled a car at 17, my knees hit the dash.  They must be real strong tho because I was always alright.  And even in my 20s ...I fell hard on them.  I'm not at all a klutz, btw ...it just happened.  Did you know that for every pound overweight it is FOUR pounds of EXTRA PRESSURE on your knees.  EGADS!

A friend asked me why in the world I have not asked for a disabled parking sticker.  I wanted to say, because I'd rather CRAWL first then give in to it, but I just said I didn't know it was that easy to get one.  Btw ...I do wonder why some people park in those spots when they leap out of their vehicles and bound into the stores like a gazelle?  I guess ..I admit I wish I would use it and resent that someone who doesn't need it would use it.  But mostly ...it really is not fair to the people that DO need those spaces.  I was mortified when a guy in Target asked me if I wanted one of those scooters.  "NO thank you!"  Although ...secretly I did.  Again - NOT giving in to it.  Now if I didn't need it ...it would be fun to just tool around the store in one.  :)

To give an example of the level of pain I feel when I have overdone it ...which is just from doing normal everyday things ...weight bearing for any length of time.  We have one step down from the kitchen into the family room.  Sometimes I am so sore that I stand trying to figure out which knee to go down with because either one will send a knife up my knee and then when I decide ...I brace myself against the wall and just plunge down.  I know it is only one step ...but it feels like a "GOFORIT!", kind of plunge.

Since I am discussing this and now more sensitive to the needs of people with sore orthopedic conditions, why don't all doctor offices and medical facilities have higher toilets?  That is something very nice they could do for their patients.  I saw something interesting in the new orthopedic satellite office I was in.  they have a HIGH, comfortable waiting room chair.  I asked about them.  They are for the hip surgery patients.  What a fabulous idea.  Well there are different things I've noticed over time that would be helpful to physically challenged people in which improvements could be made.  I guess it's only because now I am walking the walk ...that now ...I understand.

Well, I didn't mean to digress this much.

My point is that I obviously am holding back ...I am not living a quality of life.  it was since last fall that I began to get more significantly compromised with walking and standing and so I have been doing less physically ...which I also feel had been weakening me and perhaps also facilitating weight gain ..or hindering loss anyway.  To a point.

BUT ...the TWO things I could do to help myself ...I so an guilty of not doing.  SWIM at the Y and also use their equipment to exercise in the water.  I know what to do.  I HATE having to shower there before going in water and then showering to go home.  But I should just look at it as a job.  Because when you work ...you always just do what you have to do.  i DO LOVE the water and am as happy as a clam in the water.  AND ...I also FEEL so much better!  The 2nd thing I could do is lose weight.  So ...I am a part of the problem too.

And for those of you who know about my abject fear in doing the reconstructive uro surgery ...you KNOW how hard this must've been for me to get to the point of requesting the knee surgery because I still have the same high risk factors.  the only positive is I won't be recouping a week in the hospital post-op with an abdominal incision and all the things that would've come with that surgery ...including my last stent while I healed.  But total knee replacements are significant surgeries.  But as you can see ...I have come to the point that I just have to get past this.

And so the plan is surgery November 5th - left knee and then 3 months later ...the right knee.  And then DONE!!!!

But when the cardiologist suggested I wait and lose weight, etc., I came home last Tuesday feeling so defeated, frustrated and like I hit another wall and just feeling trapped in a box I will never get out of.  I couldn't see the forest for the trees that night.

But it is amazing how perspectives change when the sun comes up and I have not been that down since.

I am currently in the process of setting up appointments to run his opinion past the operating dos, regular orthodoc, pcp, physical therapist, urodoc (although I'm pretty sure he will tell me it's not his area.  I'll ask him because he knows my concerns from when I was looking at the uro surgery), and I will ask a couple of overweight knee replacement patients to see how they fared.

In the mean time ...I am finally just trying to lose the weight.  I am still trying to get all medical appts in as if it all has to be done by the end of October.  Gyne, derm, pcp physical, sleep study (next week), uro, dentist ( DO LOVE the new one and raved about him to all the women in the salon today - giving his name, etc.), and I am still going to try to do all Christmas shopping  ..or most anyway by the end of this month.

I honest to God do NOT know what to do at this point!  I wish God himself would just drop a BIG sign out of the sky with directions for what to do.  ohhhh ...WHY can't he just DO that???

But if everyone agrees fifty pounds is good enough ...and assuming I really will do it ...I DO think I could do it by January.  Of course I am having to go through the baking holidays.  But ...i will say it is as if someone put dynamite under me and I really am trying now.  I guess that is because ...I know I just cannot go on like this.  I want my LIFE ...BACK!

And the thing is ...if I am not going to lose weight then I might just as well keep the date.  But if I am doing it then it might be worth putting it off until then but no later.  But the later I put it off  ...the later I get going in my LIFE that I want to ACTIVELY pursue!  I am telling you ...there will be NO flies on me after these rehabs.  I will be off and running in front of the cloud of dust behind.

And I feel so strongly and desperate about his because this was the first summer I had a hard time going up the pool deck steps ...or up in the attic.  It is the first year of my life that I have felt weaker and wondering ...OMG is THIS what aging is????

And the kicker ...and I don't mean anything bad by it ...I have felt JEALOUS of elderly people that are active and walk without problems and can do more than I can.  I'm not even close to elderly yet!!!  Well ...my definition of it.  I am 58.

Oh and I know what freaked me out a few months ago.  When I read about a study that says "Sitting is the new Smoking" that sitting is THAT bad for our bodies.

So ...I will be meeting with the operating doc next Thursday.  Also getting set up for a sleep study that day.

I rescheduled some other things and have to still schedule some more.

Oh and another thing for getting this done and I am very serious.

Right now we still have our GOOD and affordable private insurance.  Who knows what will happen in 2014???  I am very upset about this!  And I am so upset for all the people currently having to drop their now expensive private insurances and others thinking they will lose it too.  But that will be another post sometime.

So ...you can see that I have a lot on my plate to get done right now and a big decision to make.

I'm curious though.  I know people may not want to comment ...but what would you do if this was your decision to make based on the information that I gave you.  I know some people don't want to risk being blamed for giving me their opinion ...but believe me ...my family would tell you they get frustrated with me because I ask there opinions ..they give them to me and then I don't listen and do something different.  But ...I do listen ...I consider it all and the I guess I end up liking my idea better.  Also ...you can comment anonymously in this blog and so ...please if anyone has an idea, opinion, insight, experience regarding the things I have said in here ...please know that I welcome your comments.

And now this SeaSpray has to get going.

Ha!  I may end up with EXTREME blogger's remorse over this post and powerless to delete.  Too much personal info.  Just needed to vent and I am hoping someone ...somewhere ...can provide insight, suggestions, experienced info guidance ...something ...please.

PS - I don't recall if I mentioned this in this novella post ...I did not write about the hardships with knee pain to whine.  I am just stating the facts of some of what it is like to have to deal with this issue, explaining what has finally driven me to request surgery (a HUGE deal for me to cave in and do) and I guess even this post is helping me work through it all.  And it is part of the journey I am in at this point of my life.  I've come through a lot since 2006 and now I just need to get over this hurdle and I will be free.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Caught!

Well ...I am living proof that one doesn't die from mortal embarrassment.

GEE-E-E-E-EEEEEE!

CAUGHT!



Music just under blasting (feels like it goes all through my body when that loud), hair tossing around, hips - body gyrating ...while dusting to Shakira's Live from Paris concert (Youtube) ...specifically to her song, "Loca."

I turned... and there Mr SeaSpray was ...standing there - in the doorway ...with a big grin on his face.  And not only was I totally into to"Loca" at that point with hair tossing around and hips - body gyrating ...but I also was shaking the rag ...in the air ...to the beat too.  OMG!  

He probably thought *I* was loca!  

Suffice it to know that I wanted to ...DIE! DIE! DIE! (That part is in her video and yes I did that too  and I am s-o-o-o-o glad he didn't see that!) But like I said in the beginning ...one doesn't "DIE!" during mortal embarrassment.  They just think and hope they will ... in the moment.  :)

Face flushed, I stopped faster than a lizard's tongue on a fly.  (I don't know where that came from - just go with it.)  Lightening fast!  With machine gun rapidity, I said, "Ilikehermusic!"And as if I had been dusting all along, I just began dusting the top of the book case.  Still grinning ...he mercifully ... walked into the next room. 

But I was (still am- hours later now), listening to Shakira's music and I simply cannot stay still ...not even now while typing this post.  I LOVE it!  Well, he always sees me moving around to it when I have it on.  But ...he just never saw me go full force like that and with a dust rag in my hand.  Still somewhat embarrassed, I am chuckling at this now. 

Anyway ...I never paid attention to her until I saw her on the Voice last spring and have since really come to like her and enjoy her music.  I'd even go to a concert if she were around here.  And I really like the Live from Paris concert.  Too bad they took out "Hips Don't Lie", and some others.  Maybe I will buy the DVD.

I'm like Kimberly G., on The Five - after every commercial break, she is usually dancing in her seat to the music playing in the intro to the next segment.  It's just hard for me to stay still when good music is on.  I bet everyone must dance by themselves ...sometime ...around the house or someplace ...when no one else is around.  It's fun.  :)

And this could've been worse.  Our son could've walked in with friends.

Ha ha!  I think if that happened ...we'd all want to DIE!  DIE!  DIE!  :)

And for now ...until seven ...LOCA! ...LOCA! ...LOCA!

Oh ..to be clear ...and just in case you don't know it ...I'm no Shakira! ;)

Just saying.  :)

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

GOOD Dentist - BAD Dentist



Ever feel like your dentist was doing in construction in your mouth?  :)

  I woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed  Monday morning ...and get this ...EAGER to go to my new DENTIST to have a second tooth worked on for a crown ...a molar.

As I reread the previous sentence ...I wonder who just put that up there, because given my past abject FEAR of going to the dentist - always ...I think it's truly an oxymoronic statement coming from me.  But what a fabulous, uneventful appointment.  All I will say about it for now is that even with just the temporary, he just put in ...he eradicated a problem I kept asking my other dentist about - for years.  And all the former dentist would say is, "I don't see anything."  And when I pushed the last time he said I should see a periodontist first.  This new dentist (TWICE) told me he thought I do not need a periodontist.  Thankfully I stalled on that (when former dentist suggested it), because I take care of my teeth and it just did not seem right and I did not want to go down an unnecessary path. And the idea of additional below the gum probing - yikes.  However, it seriously felt like a cavity or something needing repair.  And for as happy as I am with this new dentist and the tremendous respect and gratitude I have for him ...already ...I feel the polar opposite toward my former dentist.  I wanted to go BURSTING into his office on my way home this morning ..SMILING WIDE at the reception desk ...exclaiming "SEE!  SEE what these teeth SHOULD look like!  And now I also don't have this other problem I complained about for years ...SEE!"  And then just back out smiling ...showing off the quality dental work.  But ...I decided to go home instead.

Update:  It's Tuesday evening now and I am still not having that issue with the tooth I complained about for years.  I am so happy it is better and honestly ...I am now BAFFLED that a dentist could ignore and let something go that he could've fixed.

 Don't dentists have a code of ethics to abide by?  I'm baffled I tell you ...and more.

Thankfully ...I have a good dentist now.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

OMG! Spiders, Snakes and Bats - Not a Halloween post

I must've been shaking with fear when I took this of this spider over the weekend.  These spiders are big and really do scare me and I will do anything if anyone else will remove them for me and I don't care what they do ...just take it A-W-A-Y!  Doesn't that look way scarier than a snake?  And I am no fan of snakes - believe me.


So ...I just walked into the kitchen to see the garbage pail in the middle of the floor ...lights on in the kitchen...lights on in family room and 2 camping lanterns out with my husband holding one with the light turned on .... walking warily around the family room. 

"What's wrong?"

No answer.

"Mr SeaSpray ...WHAT'S WRONG?!"

"Oh I saw a SNAKE in the house." 

"SNAKE?"

"Yeah it slithered right past me on the tile and I thought it crawled under the cabinet ...only it didn't come back out when I poked at it."

"Well maybe it crawled somewhere ELSE when left to get the broom and the lamps."

"I don't know.  Those %$*&&^% guys left the sliding doors open yesterday!" 

 He was referring to the carpet installers.  There is a pond very close to our property ...not too far from those doors.

"How big is it?"

"Not that big."

"Well how big?"

"Under a foot maybe."

Well I HOPE it doesn't have babies like what happened to my friend with the SEVEN snakes in her Jacuzzi!  Mr SeaSpray was most definitely non plussed with that comment.


Mr SeaSpray continues, "You know ...I thought I saw a snake slither into the mint the other day." (Right near the house)

"NOOOO ..I didn't KNOW that - you didn't TELL me that."   I fully expect snakes to be around here at times but expecting and knowing are two different things.  I'm always getting herbs for something or weeding and watering.

"Maybe it crawled into the cabinet." 

And then I added ...or maybe into the kid's toy basket, the coat closet or under any number of things in this house.  We HAVE to find it.  Maybe the cat could EAT it?  A SeaSpray can dream...  but DO cats go after snakes?  They bring everything else home to the doorstep.


Anyway ...I had just washed to go to bed and really wanted to go to bed, but the idea of a snake loose in the house put a damper on that.  Instead, I decided to put the solid baby gate up between rooms.  I know ...like a snake couldn't slither over it.  I had to do something.  So ...I either corralled it out by him in the family room or in the rest of the house with me.

"Well ...I am going to bed anyway."  Then I remembered, Oh NO!  We can't close the bedroom doors now!"  (see previous post about that)


But ...I decided to blog a bit more and he has been watching TV with the lights on.  He never watches TV with the lights on,  I on the other hand am blogging in the dark.  Hmmm.  Years ago ...while outside ...sitting in the back yard under a full moon ...alone ...I heard a snake slither right past my feet.  Goodbye full moon - HELLO safe house!

And now ...snake or no snake ...I need to close these baby blues.  Maybe it is better if we can't close the doors.  For all I know the snake slithered into one of the rooms.

Ugh ...I hope I can sleep.  The idea of anything slithering on or near me in the dark ...YIKES!!!  It's bad enough that this time of year I worry about those stupid big muscular hairy spiders that get  inside. They freak me out. 

In the daylight, I could hold a snake easier than a spider.  But in the dark ...a snake is definitely creepier.

And a bat would be even worse.  I'm not afraid of the bat but of the rabies if a carrier.  The whole rabies series thing - not fun.

Sweet Dreams time now....

Update almost 48 hours later:  Have not found snake.  I'm pretty calm about it although I did say to Mr SeaSpray that when it gets cold, I hope it doesn't come heat seeking near us.  And I do forget, but then feel a tad concerned when the room is dark and my feet are on the floor.  I haven't even thought about it in the wee hours of the morning when I am making the whizzie winkles run.  Too tired I guess.  Besides ...it must've found a way back out - right?  It has to eat. ?

What the heck is a SNAKE thinking when it slithers into a house for Pete's sake?!  I mean it's not a natural habitat or anything snake friendly ...except for warmth ...maybe.  ?

Oh and the carpet guys came back and shaved the doors and actually ...they close better than they ever did.  I didn't tell them about the snake.  But ...it had to have come in through the sliding door they left open.  And it had to be more than an hour that it was open like that.

back to the snake ...what was it thinking?  "I'm just slithering along ..dotsie dotsie doe ...what?  Heh!  What's this...  a new territory to inhabit?"   or "Oooooh ...I like their new rug ...blue like a lake ...I must slither upon it." ??

And to think for all those hours ...since MORNING ...that critter was probably hanging out under the couches.   {{{SHUDDER!}}}

He/she (please be a HE) still could be.  Could even crawl up into it.  OMG!  Do they make nests?

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

We Can't Close Our ...


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 Deep Cosmos

I love the new rug we had installed in the family room yesterday   So pretty (sapphire blue with a subtle two tone deep blue - much prettier than a navy.  It's called Deep Cosmos.  Our previous rug had been sapphire and eventually faded to navy, thanks to the sun shining in through the 6 foot sliding glass doors.  This new one is rich in color.  I do think of sapphires when I look at it.  :)  And the padding is so thick too.  I am a very happy SeaSpray every time I look at this rug.

And so is our dog, Faith.  I noticed last night that she was opting to sprawl out on the new rug instead of the sofa.  (That works for me. :) Even Mr SeaSpray commented that he thinks she thinks the rug is her new bed. I thought our previous carpet had good padding, but I feel like I need hiking boots to step onto this rug now.  ;)

And we also had the same rug put down in the hallway.  I love it there too.

The installers were very nice and I would recommend them ...unless ...you are fussy about closing your bedroom doors.

Yes ..great carpet ...but we can't close our bedroom doors. 

  And I mean hardly close said doors.  I thought maybe I just had to force it, but quickly gave up that idea as I was pretty sure the door hinges would break off.

They didn't put that carpet edger down or whatever that is called ...stating that it looks nicer with out.  I agreed because I liked the contrast of the rug against the hardwood floors in the bedrooms, but it never occurred to me to see if the doors closed after the carpet was installed.

It apparently didn't occur to the installers either.

So ... I called the store and the owner said we could shave the doors.  But ...I don't want to shave the doors because if we ever decided to go back to hardwood there, then the doors would be too short.

So one of the guys will be back by the end of the week. *sigh*

I'll just say, that you don't realize how much you like your bedroom door closed ...until ...you can't close your bedroom door.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Dreamy World

OMGOSH-IAMSOVERYTIRED!!!  So tired I feel like I am in a dreamy state.  That ultimate good sleep feeling you get like you could have the most p-e-r-f-e-c-t sleep ...if you could JUST sleep.

I didn't sleep well last night because I was excited about getting our new rug this morning.  LOVE it!  :)  And ..I just kept doing one more thing and one more thing last night and so went to bed late ..didn't sleep and up with the birds this morning and after they left ...I was inspired to do even more.  I had planned on taking a little nap before my PCP appointment ...but surprise ..surprise the little ones came over in the late morning.  I thought about canceling Dr appointment because I was concerned abut falling asleep at the wheel.  I know people that fell asleep when they were driving, cracked up their cars, and they didn't feel tired.  But sleep deprivation is cumulative and can occur even though you feel alright.  But I decided that canceling 2 hours out would not be appreciated. 

Anyway - I did get the flu shot.  I was going to resist this year ...again ..but I didn't recall the reasons a radio show host gave for why he refuses to ever get a flu shot.  And I figured that since I will be an inpatient for the knee surgery in November ...I might as well just get it.

Oh no ...I just realized ...I forgot to tell him I am at the tale end of a cold.  I am feeling good and I know I didn't appear as though I had been ill.  So ...it should be alright ...right?  Anyway - too tired to write more right now.  I did write more but then I have to write more to explain and so I'll just stop here for now.

Fortunately, I started dinner this morning and it is just about done now.  And as soon as the children leave ..this SeaSpray is going in for the dreamiest ...perfect sleep.  I may even sleep until morning.  I did toy with going to Costco - but then I thought about the driving when tired thing and so ..another day.  Besides ...they say you shouldn't shop when you are tired because you are more vulnerable to making bad choices.

 I am soooo fantasizing about sleeping right now. 

Oh ...one thing ...my doctor asked me if I wanted to be the doctor now.  Ha ha!  He said it with humor because I was disagreeing with the cause of something.  I still think I am right. (I know my body) We will see.  :)



Good Morning Everyone! :)



Good Morning!

Have a great week - filled with blessings.  :)

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Procrastinating

bermuda triangle map
  I'm listening to beautiful piano music in my Spotify account.  So ...uplifting! I also feel myself procrastinating.  Okay ...THAT started with my first post.

SO!  I will not be back in here to blog (ohhh how I WANT to though), until AFTER my projects are complete.  But ...I'm going in!

A-l-t-h-o-u-g-h-h-h ..if it is too long ..you had better send some one to come looking for this SeaSpray because... I could've broken my buddy system rule if  impatience takes over and the rope anchoring me to the first floor could have broken and then ...I could be MIA up in our Bermuda Triangle attic.

Just saying ... just in case.  ;)

It's That Time Again ...



And I'm having Keurig Hazelnut Cream.  Only my second one today and it is going to taste sooooo very good.  A definite pick me up.  I'm in the middle of a major cleaning out project.  Also, I hope to have a big yard sale in October.  I know we could make at least a few hundred dollars or so ...depending on how willing I am to let go of things.  But I am being more hardcore than I usually am. 

A couple of things I am having a hard time with is old vinyl albums that were my uncle's and are in mint condition.  I have a huge box of them and have been stored in a cool dry closet and I haven't played even one time since I got them in summer 2004.  What do I do with them?  Also ...I have so many cassettes!  A ridiculous amount, really.  I guess I should just pull absolute favorites. ??  or a donut maker my mom gave that I n-e-v-e-r use - but my mom gave it as a present.  or an unopened ice cream maker she gave ...or ..well so many things.  The problem is we've accumulated so much and have inherited things and will be inheriting things.

I keep finding ways to store and make room ...but we're NOT using them and wouldn't it be better to give to someone who would use them?  Or just get rid of them if I am feeling stressed with too much clutter.  I am surprised the attic floor doesn't bow downward - seriously.  Don't know what to do with it ..put it in the attic!

 Now you can see why we never go up into our Bermuda Triangle attic without using the buddy system - someone else knowing about it and being tied to a rope that is anchored down here in the house.  Otherwise we'd be MIA with everything else up there.

Anyway ...a yard sale would be fun.  I only did it one other time ...early October, 1979 (such a warm, beautiful weekend) ...and then we hardly owned anything. It was actually a lot of fun!  I admit ...I do like making a sale.  Always a good feeling. :)

Oh and BOOKS!  I LOVE books.  I have too many.  Some I will never part with.  I have some good books - old - first editions that were passed down. Poets and other books.  So many books from past to present. A set of the classics given to my grandfather from my mother. Get rid of some?  Why not just throw out babies and pets too?  ;)  I have a thing for books - I admit that.  I did try to weed them out during the summer and decided to get rid of 5 books.  I can do better, especially with paperbacks.  Not today though.

And now I had better get back to the tasks at hand ...with coffee in hand.  :)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

That Moment ...

Yellow Box Jello Flip Flops Size 8.5 
I love the bling.  :)
  ...when you realize ...that last week ... you wore 2 different bling sandals.  Both pairs black with rhinestones.  One sandal has bling in a v and the other sandal has bling in a v that turns into an x at the top of the main bling.  The latter ones are newer.  They are what I thought I put on. And when I was in the dental chair, I noticed that the right bling strip was beginning to lift up and I was disappointed.  Then I forgot all about it ...until organizing my closet today.  OOOPS!  The OLDER sandal bling was beginning to lift off.  The NEWER ones are fine.  So ...yes ...I had two different  sandals on my feet.  Oh but I wanted to do that ...right?  Subconsciously?  Yeah that's it ...I CHOSE to be different.  ;)

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Not Giving In!



Zinnias are just so pretty ...with such vibrant colors.  My camera does not do them justice.

I am trying so hard to stay HEALTHY!!!

Over the weekend I felt like I was getting a UTI, but those symptoms went away and now a stupid upper respiratory infection is trying to get me.  Mr SeaSpray was hit hard with it ..and germaphobe me has been wiping everything down, giving him his own tissues and bag to put them in and taking whatever precautions I can.  He even slept separately from me.  But that is because I can't give up a/c in the bedroom yet.  Plus I actually thought no respectable virus would dare want to inhabit the bedroom.  Then again it was so hot and humid and windows were closed in the house when I came home from a party Sunday evening.  When I walked in the house I was sure it had become an incubation center in which this virus now thrived.   Not to be daunted ....I still maintained my usual SeaSpray precautions.

That being said ....


All day I have been taking Manuka honey because of it's antibacterial properties and other things, Herbal Aloe Force juice, Acai juice and Green synergy drink.  But the last thing I did was make a HUGE container (32oz) of Green Synergy drink, with a splash of Herbal Aloe Force and some Acai juice and mixed it all up - my reasoning being that it would be akin to the SUPER WOMAN of drinks and no dastardly infection would dare mess with her.  ;)  But evidently my "splash" of Herbal Aloe Force (sour) was a bit more than a splash. Talk about pucker power - YIKES!  *I* needed to be Super Woman to drink it ...but I drank it all down anyway so as not to waste it.  Tough one though.  I've also been quoting healing scriptures and saying I am fighting this.  Got Vitamin D outside and kept myself busy.  And I am going outside right now to water the front Gardens.  I did the back gardens earlier and I've noticed that fall really does seem to be coming extra early this year.

I really wanted to go in the pool and I may tomorrow if the sun is on it.  I am just not sure if one is fighting an infection ...should they go in water that is lower than their body temperature?  Would that weaken  the autoimmune system since something is already trying to compromise it?  And I know this is no big deal ...but darn if it isn't annoying!  I wanted to do some before the kids go back to school activities and now I m staying away because they all don't need to be sick too.
So ...I'll know soon enough if these efforts to thwart the cold make any difference.  I have the sore throat and sniffles are sort of ....seemingly kept at bay and so I hope it will just never quite land on me long enough to take up residence.  A SeaSpray can believe.  :)