Friday, January 31, 2014

Ohhh the Irony - Laughing at Myself! :)



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So ...in a lighter and much shorter post than my previous one - this just happened.  Can I blame it on 2 days of caffeine deprivation?  I was reading through a list of slang terms used by nurses in Funny Nurses FB site.  GeeEEE! I can't believe I actually considered the following:

5. lantern test
Definition: To shine a pen light in a patient’s mouth and see their eyes light up (i.e. they have no brain).
Usage: She thought Smucker’s could be used as contraceptive jelly. I think she’d fail the lantern test.

Me -"Huh? I never noticed that. I'm getting the flashlight."  Then I read the jelly comment.  Then I went back to the top ..to reread what I must've misread, while simultaneously imagining some hollow space in which light could shoot up through some orifice I'm unaware of.  After all ...I didn't know I had a ureter until I was 50, never mind TWO ureters.   I didn't know I...Never mind.  And I never knew that eye drops can drip into my throat, until they did  ...which still seems weird to me BTW ...because I never taste my tears if I cry.  Because if tears fill the rim of your eyes just as eye drops do ...then how come we don't taste tears from within?  Then still struggling with this ...still ready to run for the flashlight ..I then thought, "Well ..maybe if brainless."  And then I saw that I had skipped "(i.e. they have no brain)."

And this thought process of mine occurred even though I have seen the doctors do this exam countless times in my 20 yrs working at the hospital and also with my own kids.  Not to mention that I never saw my own eyes light up when it was done to me.  Obviously ..I'd see the light too.

Ha - this would give new meaning to bright eyes.  :)

The irony of this doesn't escape me here.

And I'm a brunette. :)


I really can attribute this to caffeine deprivation ...right?  :)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A SeaSpray's Heart Regarding Surgical Date Change, Appointments, Recalcitrance and Appointment Follow Through

2014 Wall Calendar, Keepers Of the Light

My knee replacement surgery was rescheduled to March 3rd.  I'm relieved.  And I didn't change it.  The doctor wasn't going to be able to do it that day.  But the scheduler suggested the day before, the 10th.  I had to also clear the date with our sons since they will be at the hospital too that day.

But ...still ...that wasn't doable for me.

Why not you ask?

Well ...here's the thing ...I was already getting a bit squirrelly about it.  One for a silly reason ..that I'm not sure I should admit to.  And I really don't believe.  Okay ..I will - tell you about that.  But first the second reason being that I just did not FEEL it in my spirit and I also had things I wanted to do first.  The most important being to schedule a couple of other appointments that believe me I have stalled on doing ...like Stalled with a capital "S" kind of stalling and ...by 2 years and 2 months.  The other appointment - I just want a second opinion on something that had been ruled out in the past ..but since I am having surgery (yes- I really am), I just want to be cleared 100% in this area.  Okay ...maybe only GOD himself can give 100% clearance for surgery ...but I want to go into it with the most informed information available.  As a matter of fact ...I WOULD rather do the knee surgery ...just yank my knee out and put in the bionic one and let me work through the pain to walking normally again versus having this test.  I probably should've expressed my concern to the doctor when it first came up ...or at least 2 yrs later when I went back to see him to schedule said test.  Actually he suggested it in 2009 ...so technically I've put this off for 4 years and 8 months.  And I confess I became concerned because of a friend's experience with the test ...but also ...just the idea of it is unnerving.  And then in reading a little about it on line ...I get confused when reading articles that state such tests can cause problems that aren't there because they can lead to more invasive testing that isn't necessary but could cause problems. Of course if it comes back with a good report ...which I really DO expect (I k-n-o-w - I am a walking contradiction.  Blame the Gemini twins in me ;), and I really don't believe in astrology either, btw.)  If you are a medical person reading this, you may already know what test I am avoiding.  I will get into it in another post.  Suffice it to know that said test is scheduled for February 10th at 1pm.  I did have it scheduled for the 3rd, but it turns out Mr SeaSpray in a relatively new job, has to fill in for another employee that week.  Of course give me an inch ...

And my second appointment involves another direction that I really don't want to go in but for my own peace of mind with this second opinion I have that set for the 14th.  I am optimistic about this new specialist I will meet.  I confess ...I had a difficult time choosing between two of them in this specialty.  And even though I know online reviews can be flawed ..I still read them.  One of my docs recommended this one.  But also in the same hospital is another one who is WORLD renowned and also works out of a prestigious NY hospital.  I didn't think to ask my doctor about the latter one.  I suppose I could ask my new dentist who probably knows both of them, but I am keeping this appt on the 14th.  It feels good knowing my operating ortho doc replaced both of of my dentist's hips and he had such good things to say about him.  I guess word of mouth ruled in my deciding to just go to the the recommended specialist. 


I have to tell you that my recalcitrance regarding the reconstructive uro surgery and now knee surgery and certain tests is not indicative of the person I've been for most of my life.  God as my witness ...I have always been the person who believes in biting the bullet and doing what you have to do.  Furthermore ...medically speaking ...I know ...that I know...that I know ...that it is important to do these things early, so that if anything is wrong (God forbid), it is caught when physicians can treat their patients more effectively...even saving the patient's life because of early intervention.   It's just common sense really.

And obviously ...I really don't believe my avoiding these tests is life threatening or I would have done them.  But ...beginning with the uro issues in 2006 ..now resolved ...except for some follow-up testing ...I really did have serious concern about being a high risk surgical patient and is exactly why I resisted.  I knew that there is inherent risk in all surgeries ... but I really internalized these concerns because of my issues.  I also became fearful instead of relying on my faith which would've kept me focused in a positive way.  But I also did not have that green light in my spirit.  I do not regret my urological choices and here I am  ...a uro patient who ended up NOT needing the reconstructive surgery.  But then I became the patient avoiding knee replacements.  Again ...I know there are risks and I have some of the same concerns ...but I am more optimistic about this and don't feel as consumed with fear ...or fatalistic about the surgeries.  And while knee replacements aren't a day at the beach ...post op after the uro would've been a real biatch.  But that wasn't what scared me.  It truly was about the risks if post-op went south and other concerns.

I guess I am also more at ease ..not at ease ...but more at ease because I know of so many people that had successful knee replacements.  I didn't know anyone that went through the reconstructive uro surgery.  Never mind with the same risk factors.  The operating ortho doc was so matter of fact like it was as natural as breathing and no big deal and that after 3 months of rehab with the first replacement I would go back into the OR and have the second one done and be done with it.  He did say that I'm not a good candidate for bilateral knee replacements, but I didn't want to go that route anyway.  And I absolutely ...100% am determined I will work/walk through the pain and do whatever I have to to get to walking normally again.  I DO have that in me.  I was the same way with both c-sections post-op.

Anyway ...I am glad for the extra time because I am going to get both of these appointments out of the way, am believing for good reports and then I will be so .so..so RELIEVED to be past them.  I will squeeze a mammo appointment (pun intended:) in asap - hopefully before them ..just to get that out of the way too.  I had the gyne appt in November.  Oh and I have to write the post about that experience.  Aside from where the assistant and I busted out loud laughing for all to hear.  :)  And get a dental checkup out of the way as well.

I also have to go to the recommended knee replacement class, get the PAT done and also my yearly physical.  And all of these things will culminate in my PCP giving clearance for the knee surgery.  I guess the buck stops with him. Included in my surgical packet is the orthopedic office request for surgical clearance from my PCP and so I have to have all test results forwarded to him.  The only thing I'm not doing ...I guess is a uro test ...which ironically was a huge concern for me because of what my ortho doc up here told me. He said, "If you get an infection post-op ...then I would automatically put you on 2 years of prophylactic antibiotics and if the infection got in the knee then the knee would have to come out."  I definitely wanted to do the retro-cysto dye test prior to surgery after hearing that ...to insure my ureter was wide open.  But I had good results with the renal scan last summer ..and this March 17th will be the THREE YEAR anniversary of when the last ureteral stent was removed and I have not had any relapses ...Thank you God ...and urodoc!  :)  Is there a part of this dot every "I" and cross every "T" SeaSpray that still wants to do the test because it's ultimate proof?  Admittedly ...yes.   But logically ...it seems it is not necessary.  This is because with past relapses in which the ureter totally constricted ...I never went past 18 months without a relapse.  So ...now ..on March 17th ...I will have gone TWICE that amount of time without a relapse.  YAY!!!!  :)

Ha ha!  Well this was quite the circuitous route to get to the rest of the reasons I am glad surgery has been rescheduled for March 3rd.  It gives me more time to work out in the pool at the Y.  And more time to keep losing weight.  One doctor scared me in the fall ...stating that I should lose more weight or I'll have a "rough" time in rehab.  He is the only one that said that and it wasn't the operating ortho doc.   I came home feeling like giving up that day, but the next day I began losing weight. It is why I cancelled the November 5th surgery date. But then I did yo-yo ...although I have to say I did pretty well maintaining (for the most part), despite the holidays. I know I have to be mindful to eat as healthy as possible and not fall into the temptation of skimping, but focus on quality nutrition and no crash dieting. I still want to lose more weight, but build stamina for the OR and post-op and rehab.  Admittedly this frigid weather  has not been motivational for swimming at the Y, but I know I have to go beyond my physical feelings and focus on the warm swimming area and warm water - hopefully warm.  Sometimes it can be cooler.

 So this is my mission over the next 5 1/2 weeks.

And then finally ...I have this incredible NESTING instinct.  I want everything in my life that needs to be done ..to be done and out of the way.  Cleaning, organizing, paperwork ...even  ...the dreaded ...T-A-X-E-S.  Anyone who has followed my blog knows how much I l-o-a-t-h-e doing the taxes and always procrastinate until a few days before the April deadline.  I want them DONE!  BEFORE surgery.  And pictures ...I want to organize pictures and put some in frames.  I have so many to go through!   And clothes and so many things.  It's like I'm seeing with new eyes.  I just see all these loose ends I want to tie up.  And then I will feel better about  the surgery and I won't have to worry about them when I come home and will only need to focus on doing what I have to do in rehab.

Oh and speaking of rehab ..the operating ortho doc said if PT clears me that I will not be going into a rehab facility, but straight home after a 3 day stay at the hospital.  I had serious reservations about that.  Also a friend of mine ...a nurse had her hip done and came right home.  She said knowing what she knows now ...she would've "fought like a cat" to go into a rehab and not straight home.  My understanding is that knees are more difficult to recuperate from. I also will be alone at home since everyone works. Mr SeaSpray could probably take the first week off, but we'd miss the salary. But the ortho doc said that people only spend 2 hrs a day rehabbing, but have a higher risk of infection there vs going home.  So ...while I am apprehensive about going straight home ...I sure as heck don't want an increased risk of an acquired infection.

And I contacted a new physical therapy office because they are a lot closer to our home.  But I feel guilty abut not going to the PT guy who helped me with both meniscal repairs, etc., and I've known him since 1996.  I also know he is good. And I have a good rapport with him.  Although I spoke with this new guy on the phone a few years back about something else and we talked for about 15 minutes beyond the reason I called him and also had a good rapport. And I know someone who raved about him and HER son is also a physical therapist.   However a nurse I know said the latter guy is nice, but she feels he only has one modality whereas the guy I have always gone to does so much more with the patients.  I will decide this week.  Okay ...I am leaning toward staying with the one I have the history with ...but gee this new PT guy's facility is so much closer to home. 

And now that this post is so darned long that I will discuss my "rationale" for surgical dates based on numbers for another post.  :)

I have to say even though this post is so long, it's been cathartic to write and my plans are more concrete in my not enough time in the day brain now. 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Tit For Tat Morning Surprise?

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So ...at breakfast Thursday morning we were all sitting at the table about to enjoy a platter filled with scrambled eggs, maple sausage and raisin cinnamon toast.   And fresh apple cider.  Well not so fresh that we pressed the apples ourselves ...but local cider fresh from the store.  :)  We ...meaning the 2 little ones, son and myself.  We had just said a prayer of blessing over our filled plates and were all set to eat. But ..then ...like a bat ...CAT out of hell or somewhere ...said CAT came RACING into the kitchen and at lightening speed ...flew up onto the table and his right rear foot  ..with toes spread ... landed right ...smack in the middle of little Myles' eggs ...at which point I yelled, "SNEAKERS!", as he simultaneously in ONE giant leap flew back off the table ...kicked the eggs off the plate, flying low ...ears spread sideways ...to another part of the house.  Stunned we all looked at each other but no one laughed and I guess that is because I had a mini tirade about the cat ...not bad but I was annoyed after making that nice breakfast.  They were perfect eggs too.  That doesn't always happen.  After 38 years of marriage, I've found the secret to perfect bacon too.  But ...I digress.

  Now ...I think it's funny.  :)

I wonder about him sometimes.  He KNOWS he is NOT allowed on the table.  And he certainly is NOT allowed on the table with all of us sitting at the table and especially if their is food on it.  He K-N-O-W-S. 

So ...did he plot this?  I know he knew what he was doing.  He did this a few years ago when he came out of nowhere when I had just come into the room and was standing by the Christmas tree.  He watched me from the far corner and then flew out right in front of me, stopped to bat and break some low hanging Christmas balls that shattered everywhere and then shot himself like a rocket to the other end of the house.  Basically ..he was watching me, waited for just the right moment ...raced out to break balls which scared me and I screamed and then he races away.  All under 5 seconds!  That was the worst one because of all the broken glass balls under the tree that I had to clean up.  And he really scared me! He had been hiding under the chair in the far corner of the room ..just waiting to launch his stealth attack.

He also has been known to knock all my paperwork off the table as he launches himself across so fast and is back off the other end. And then always disappearing to another room.  The worst was tax receipts and papers all pushed off after I had neat piles to go through and I was fit to be tied that night because I hate doing it in the first place.

I really think he goes off laughing to himself somewhere. And how does that work with cats anyway?  Do they snicker ..or do they have an internal gut busting laughter?  Or are they too cool ...too smug for laughter and just grin ...like the Cheshire cat?  How would we know with their Botox expressionless faces for all emotions?  Or maybe once out of sight they totally loose it and laugh out loud while rolling around on the floor.  Maybe they really do ROFL?

Anyway ...fortunately I made a lot of food.  And the dog was happy get Myles cat-stepped-on eggs.

You know ... it could be cat payback.  Getting even with me for all the times I've spooked him when he walks by.  If you move fast when he doesn't expect it he will flip up in the air.  HILARIOUS!   Ha ha - the tit for tat - cat vs Pat game.  :)

Sunday, January 26, 2014

If Only ... (Funny/moving/interesting videos :)



Funny!  :)

He's such a class act.

If only ...

I can't say anymore ...

or I won't stop.

Seriously.

And...



Also includes  a clip from the Netflix documentary released 1/24/17.

Official Netflix trailer below:



Oh ...I DO want to see this.

Monday, January 20, 2014

The Good Samaritan :)


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Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. — Hebrews 13:2

A nice thing happened down their in December.  I was the last customer to leave Costco that night.  No one that I could see was out in the parking lot.  But then this car pulled up right next to me as I began loading my car with the groceries.  A pan put his window down and said that he would stay there with me until I was done and got in my car.  That was so sweet.  At first I thought that Costco had security, but they don't.  He was being a good Samaritan.

And I do have a habit of shopping at night ..after dinner.  I do shop during the day ...but often times I don't want to stop what I am doing during the day ..get it done and then just shop at night.  That is pretty much backwards from what most people I know do.  I think it began after we had our first son.  Mr SeaSpray could babysit while I went out and definitely when I began working 3-11s.  But ...I don't need to maintain that schedule now.  Old habits die hard tho.

Years ago, my friend Iris practically scolded me saying, "PATTY! You shouldn't shop alone at night!  It's not safe!"  I go to malls and everywhere.  Not Newark tho.  ;)  I will admit ..that sometimes ...I do think I should reverse it and just go in the morning or at least come home before rush hour.

And I will admit that when I began hearing all about this knockout bashing of innocent people being discussed on the news - I thought ...how do we know?  How do we know it's safe to shop anywhere ...anytime ...let alone alone at night?

So ...I was grateful for this man ...even tho I hadn't been the least bit concerned prior to his staying with me.  After I put the cart back (better knee night), I thanked him as I opened my car door.  As he was pulling away and rounding the back of my car, with a big smile he said, "I was a cop for twenty years and you can't be too careful these days."  I thanked him again and got into my car.

On the way home ...I couldn't help but wonder...was I in any kind of danger?  Did God inspire that man to go over to me?  Was it just a coincidence  ...a random kind act by a good man?  Could he have been an angel?  I believe God when he says to be kind to strangers because we could be entertaining angels without knowing it.  What a fascinating idea to ponder.  And comforting.



Thursday, January 16, 2014

Just Pondering ...



I am experiencing this HUGE nesting instinct ...HUGE ...and I can't do enough around here.  I have all these ideas for things I want to do ..here and out of house ...but especially here.  I feel like there isn't enough time and I have so much to do and time is just breezing by at an accelerated rate!!

I don't know what the creator of the poster intended, but I am interpreting it as God helping me ...supporting me.  And to chill.  And to focus on what is most important as I look ahead. I CAN do it!  Keep my eyes on the goal and know I'm not alone and will be so happy when I get to where I really want to be.  Okay where I really, really want to be if I wasn't resisting on some level ...many levels.

And then did you ever want to do something ...think you SHOULD do something ...but no one else thinks you should and so you go with the status quo ...but you have this feeling ...this gnawing feeling you SHOULD go with your instinct and yet you too also agree about it to a point because there is a logic to it and you WANT to do the expected ..probably right thing but ...you get that internal whisper in your spirit?  Which do you listen to ...the internal whisper in your spirit or the logic?  But then what am I saying here?  I guess I have to try to locate the source of the whisper ..the root of it. And pray ...really pray about it ..more than just fleetingly.

Wait ...duh!  Nesting?  It's just how I felt prior to what seemed to be impending reconstructive uro surgery.  I felt like I wasn't ready and that I had things to get in order. Plus ...this time around ...I don't know what to expect as far as rehabbing with knew knee.  I'm trying to create perfect world.  Perfectly organized house.  Perfectly organized paperwork ...even pictures if I get to them.  Perfectly organized with tests ...or I guess just get them done to be sure clear for surgery and hoping for perfect results.

And I suppose my directing my energies this way is one way of taking the edge off.  I need to go to the Y and swim.  It's been so cold that I've been avoiding it ..which is silly because it is heated inside ..and I LOVE to swim ...and it would be so good to do anytime ...but especially prior to surgery.

And it's not like I've never been to the OR ..although not since 2011 - March 17, 2011 ..although that was only a procedure.  But I have had 2 C-sections and 2 meniscal repairs. I wasn't as concerned about risks back then.  I spent so much energy on avoiding the reconstructive uro surgery  ...concerned about the concerns ...that I'm not so innocent about the OR anymore.  I'm thinking of that OR post I wrote years ago ...that moment when you say good bye to your family and you have to surrender yourself in the OR.  Can I be dramatic or what?  :)

Anyway ...life has been stressful lately and even this past Christmas season had it's challenges.  This too shall pass.  I am so ready for new beginnings on so many fronts.

And going through with this surgery is a major step in the right direction.

Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do.

And I have to remember Philippians 4:13 - "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

And ...I am also grateful for the many blessings in my life.  Thankfully ...life is also good in many ways.  And I'm not complaining ...just pondering a bit.


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Not the Only time - Just Most Stressful

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It all happened so fast.  Of course that's how accidents go. I had just pulled into the parking lot mindful of the appointment I was heading out to shortly after picking up some things in the LifeLine office at the VNA. So I decided I would just leave my pocketbook in the car since I was going to be carrying another bag with folders and units to bring to the clients that day. I was just gonna breeze in and breeze out again ...off on my merry way. (I really was merry - unless I thought I was driving too close to Newark ...which would only happen if I erroneously went to far down in the busy areas, i.e. ...got lost wandering in the wrong direction.)

Anyway …this particular morning I locked my keys in the car because I also had an established habit of placing my keys in my pocketbook before I lock and get out of the car. Already focused on where I was going next, I tossed my purse, with said car keys and the SPARE on the passenger seat. And the SECOND I slammed the door ...I realized what-I-did.
One of my coworkers graciously offered to call her triple A for me, but first I wanted to try to call the Traveling Locksmith. He said he just happened to be traveling through town right then and was only a couple of minutes away. When he got there he said it has never happened that he was so close to the person that called. He was actually driving right up the road we were located on and in our direction.  No coincidences - I think of it as a God Wink.  He they (God and the Traveling Locksmith - maybe he was an angel.  It could happen. :), saved the day. Of course by the time I paid him ...I practically worked for free that day ...but I often said it was a job I'd pay to do.
Then I did it again ...not long after.  One rainy night ...after I left a clothing store, I realized what I  had done. "Hello ...Mr Traveling Locksmith?"  That time ...I had to wait almost an hour. So much for the clothes I bought on sale. But ...on the upside ...I was able to get help.


Then ...there was the time when Mr SeaSpray and I were dating. I worked down below …an hour away sans and didn't realize I locked my keys in the car until I got out of the office at 5pm.  Future Mr SeaSpray … H-E-L-P! So he rescued this damsel in distress ... left a local town ...drove up to my house in in another town to get my other keys and then drove all the way down to me.  :)

Monday, January 13, 2014

So ...it would NOT have been a good thing if... (revised)




... I had gone to bed the other night ...with NINE thumbtacks in my breast pocket.  YIKES!  or OUCH! ...OUCH! ...OUCH! ...OUCH! ...OUCH! ...OUCH! ...OUCH! ...OUCH! ...OUCH!  And can you just imagine if I had a big double D implant filled with air and then went flying around the room as it deflated?  Just saying ...  ;)

PS - Hopefully it wouldn't have taken me NINE pricks with a tack before I got up to get them out of my pocket.  Just saying ...again.  :)

Monday, January 6, 2014

Kitchen Surprise :)

Nothing like deciding to add a finishing touch to the homemade dip you made by sprinkling a bit of paprika ...but unknown to said maker of the dip ...the inside cap that allows one to sprinkle ...was stuck on the inside of the outer cap ...and so said maker of the dip dumped almost entire bottle of said paprika on said homemade dip.   Not to be daunted ...said maker of the dip scraped the extra paprika off and mixed in the rest.  So ...company arriving shortly will probably not notice the pink hue to the dip in the low lights.  Besides ...how much does a "bit" of paprika flavor anyway?  Never mind there is half the amount in the bowl.  Fortunately ..there are plenty of appetizers.  :)

Sunday, January 5, 2014



Here is a picture of the lentil with ham soup I made.  If I had it, I would've added some spinach for a bit of green and additional vitamins.  I love spinach in soup or other greens.  This hearty soup, along with some hot crusty bread is just perfect for the frigid weather we've been having.  :)  I'm still using my Longaberger Christmas - Nature's Garland dishes.  Someone suggested I could use them all winter since I keep trees with white lights in windows, etc., and snowmen up - winter decorations, but I usually put the dishes away when the Christmas tree comes down.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

A Partially Girly ..and Other Stuff Post

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And this is me ...as my FB Bitstrip character I've created. I tried to make her as close as possible.  :)

Photo: Check out my new Avatar!

You can create comic strips too, although I haven't done that as yet.  Some people have interacted in comic strips in fb - funny.  :)

Right now, I'm as happy as a clam ...in her shell ...relaxing in her favorite sea bed.  :)

This is because I am about to take a JAFRA Spa shower ...using my favorite products.  Talk about aroma therapy!  :)  And the products are just wonderful on my skin and hair.  Yes - I sell the products and have been a consultant for over 24 years now ...although for a good part of that time I was operating at hobby status until recently ..which is part of why I have been so busy the last couple of months ...although I am not in full swing yet.  That is because I have other things going on as well.  Anyway ..this isn't a sales pitch since I am not open with all personal information in this blog.  I won't be selling anything from here.  Although ...I will say that if any of my readers who do have my personal info are interested in the JAFRA skin care products ...you can email me privately and i will email my website address to you.  (JAFRA is a quality skin care and cosmetic company that was established in 1956 and is now both a national and internationally based company.) I have set up a Paypal account and there are other ways to pay and I will promptly ship all products to you.  I hope at some point JAFRA will allow people to order directly to the company and products will ship directly from the company as other companies are doing.  But it may be that they prefer for their consultants to have more personal contact with their clients.  Although, I still think that is possible.  And I can tell you that I have used these products for 24 years because they are of such an excellent quality and every time I use them ...I can almost hear my face give a heartfelt and enthusiastic "T-H-A-N-K- Y-O-U!", and see it eagerly drink up the cleansers and creams that I use.  Honest!  :)  Heck ...that week I was an inpatient the first time back in 06 ...for a week ...I heard my facial skin say "W-H-A-T? Help!  What are you doing to me?!), when I used their all in one body wash. Then when I got home and used JAFRA again ...I distinctly heard ..not almost ..distinctly ..."A-H-H-H-H ...THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!! All is well again."   ;)  Well ...OKAY ...ALMOST HEARD IT.  honest!  I LOVE their products and what they do for me!  Obviously or I wouldn't be using them for 24 years and giving as gifts. 

Anyway ...after my amazing spa shower ...I am going to use my favorite body products that cause me to feel all soft and they have such pretty scents, get into warm, plush, extremely soft cozy jammies and wait ...it gets better ...I am going to BLOG to my heart's content - all night tonight.  (The guys are watching football play offs :)  And while blogging ...I'm going to enjoy some Pumpkin Spice coffee ...shhh ...but don't tell my urologist.  :)  (That's another post ) It's my favorite coffee and I just HAVE to use it up.

Okay ...enough with the girly posting.

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So ...I plan on writing, and visiting my fellow bloggers (I've MISSED following your blogs.), and catching up on long neglected emails.  This might sound boring to some ...but not to a person who is a writer at heart.  It's the first time in so long that I don't feel rushed, pressured, obligated, and scattered ..and really just have some down time. And some of that is my own doing and some not.

This may sound weird ...but for the first time since fall of 2012 ...I feel like the SeaSpray that used to blog here.  And I feel like I am back in my blogging home again.  :)
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I actually have a lot to get accomplished between now and February 11th, which is the date of my first total knee replacement ..my left knee.  AND ...there will be NO backing out or changing dates.  Admittedly ...that underlying instinct I have to BOLT is still there.  (Only because of potential surgical risks.  I am expect pain and fighting through it.  I DO  have determination - I will want to prove that and get past it.  I CAN and WILL do that!)  But I will NOT back outI WILL FOLLOW THROUGH with said surgical plans.  Of course ...some of you could probably start a pool ...will she or won't she?  ;)  Pssst!  I WILL! (Although ...I DO wonder what happens in the OR or to OR surgeries if patients, staff and doctor have to travel in a blizzard?)  So ...if any of you remember how much I resisted the reconstructive uro surgery ...going through with this is still a huge deal for me.  I'll discuss that more this month.  I actually have a lot of medical posts ..from a patient's perspective that I want to write.  I have tests and other appointments I have to focus on doing.  One I literally have to bite the bullet and MAKE myself do and maybe I am being silly ...but I will write about that too.  And one decision I made ...I should feel great about ...but am having second thoughts ...but I kind of locked myself in now and won't have the opportunity to see that doc again and I won't call cause I don't want to have to go thru staff ...cause it just  ..or I just don't want to have to explain through a second or third party.  And while I want to say a lot about it ...I'm also not feeling free to yet.  Most people would be WOOHOO! YAY! THANK YOU! And in one way ...I think I should too.  BUT ...I have  ..hmmm ...I...well ...I'll just say I am pondering some things.  But when I do agree ...feel peace ...100% certain ...everyone will know what I think.  :)
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So ...it was 8 degrees below zero here last night.  Steam rolled across our floor every time we opened the back slider to let our dog out.  And ...our furnace DID NOT stop running.  Nor did the lines gel up.  That tells me that just as we thought ... the reason we incurred the 340.00 plumbing and heating bill is indeed because the oil delivery guy did NOT put the HOT product in with the oil and IS why the lines gelled up.  As previously stated - it was right on the order slip!  I tried to get some kind of extra credit because of his mistake but a manager said everyone's lines gelled up because of the cold.  I wonder if that is because he forgot to put it in their tanks too?  He said the guy has only been working solo for 2 weeks and he will talk to him.  Well ...I am as understanding as the next person but that doesn't help me feel any better about that repair bill.  So instead of our oil delivery from this company costing us 3.57 a gallon ...it cost us 5.83 a gallon!   I am going to call then again on Monday.  This just isn't right!  We did get oil and so I don't expect the entire bill to be compensated for ...but they sure as heck should do more then crediting me the 10.00 I paid to have the product put in the tank to prevent exactly what did happen ...the lines gelling up and us incurring an expensive repair bill.  And it could've been worse.  Am I wrong to expect they should make some kind of effort to make good on THEIR mistake?  Is this the kind of customer service reputation they want?  So ...I will call them again on Monday. 
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Well ...I've been writing this on and off and want to have some homemade soup I made last night.  It was sooo good and just perfect for this cold weather.  Lentil with ham soup.  Maybe I'll take a picture and put up later ...after my spa shower.  :)

I've said it before ...it warms my heart when I know men are watching football.  I just love the sound too.  Or any sport that they enjoy. :)  Although later both sons and a friend are going out to the the late showing of the  newest Lord of the Rings movie. ( I still want to see Gravity.) I'm so happy that our sons are friends and get along so well.  That very much warms this SeaSpray's heart.  :)


Friday, January 3, 2014

On the Coldest..Snowiest Night

So ...we had an oil delivery today (now yesterday).  As always - when placing the order, I specifically requested the HOT additive be added since we have an outside oil tank.  This prevents the oil from gelling. Our heat has shut off four times now and with the windchill factor ...it is 14 below zero.  In reading the receipt ...I can see he did not charge for the product ..even though it is clearly indicated via computer and my check was for 10.00 more.  Our family room has electric heat, but I don't want our pipes to freeze in the rest of the house or they could burst - God forbid.  What incompetence and on the coldest night of the season!  Mr SeaSpray has had to reset it 4 times and use a blow dryer on the pipes in the furnace room.  Sleepless night tonight.  Praying to make it through until we can get the additive in the tank.  Governor Christie called a state of emergency because of the snow storm.  I hope Mr SeaSpray can get out to buy the additive and that it hasn't been sold out because of the weather.

08:15 - Call in for emergency service call to repair furnace that locked down a couple of hours ago.
11:20 - Grateful for extremely prompt emergency repair service from local plumbing & heating company.  Outcome: Zero 10.00 additive to tank when oil delivered =  365.40 - 25.00 coupon = 340.40 repair bill.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Bass Ackwards! :)

One day at work just ...before Thanksgiving ...I told my coworkers that I was going to kirk a tookey.

Obviously ...I meant to say cook a turkey.

Today ...my friend's daughter told a doctor (her boss)  ...that he should go in the break room and try some kettle cock porn.

LOL!!!  (cause I didn't say it! :)

Obviously she meant to say kettle pop corn.

Oh ...if I ever did that ...I'd feel my face instantly flush to the color of mortal embarrassment!

Yes ...my face would instantly heat up to a nice pink-red  ...further compounding the already embarrassing moment ...at which point I'd then disintegrate into stammering my way to an attempted correction ..hopefully not making it worse.  But ...of course ..I would.

 OR ...I'd just flush to a hot ...pink-red face ...avoid all eye contact and back BOLT out of the room!

OR ...act like I didn't say anything wrong and then hopefully they would think they heard it wrong.

 I know I'm not s-m-o-o-t-h enough to do the latter though.

O-O-O-R ...if they laughed ..that would help and I'd laugh too ..after I apologized ...and then exit with a pink-red face.  :)
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