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Thursday, March 23, 2017


  • What's a mother to do?  This is the start of today's blog entry.  I admit that it's been four days since I wrote last, but the sour grapes part is just discovering that my oldest and youngest sons and their family/pets are in Gatlinburg Falls, TN staying over in picturesque cottages.  Ok, not only were we not invited ... no one even TELLS us that something cool is going on.  Makes me feel pretty snarky.  :(  Going to have to get over this, but it's like shouldn't we do something mean to them first.  Pretty sure something like not talking.  DRAT!  We already hearted both of them - or their posts.  Probably not a good idea to take it back, but at least they know us enough to know it would only take a pat on the head and a "now mom...."  and then it would be over.  Pretty much because we'd want to know if they were having fun.  Hmm, that's an idea ... maybe we should call someone ... maybe we'll call Maury's dog Lady, because she talks more to us than anyone else ... go figure!  *sigh*
  • Ok, beside that?  I guess everything is all right.  Dogs look good, don't they.  I'd say relaxed like they should on a vacation.  
  • There I feel better ... nothing like public humiliation of self and others.  BUT, in a fun way.  I really am glad the boys love each other enough to share a relaxing trip together.  Just wish we were more a part of it.  Guess we're not young people though and it's going to really be about them sharing space with each other.  Living together again which is kind of cool.  Without a Mom around, I feel like they would FEEL like more the adults that they are, then someone's kid.  They are all coming over here the day before Easter, so we ARE getting in our time.  *sigh* I hope then we can just get to the mom thoughts where they worry about the kids and hope not only are they all fine of mood, but everything is safe as well.  Well, the kitty IS kinda cute ... thanks to my cousin John for that ;)  Yay!  At least our friend Vickie is attentive - she gave me a hug!
  • OK< OK< MOVING ON!  Up until this, we HAVE BEEN having a good morning.  We woke up about 3 hours ago and have been busy just being us in the morning.  This is a paragraph from our entry in Linda's longpouring note (minus personal - I know doesn't make sense, right?  How Ironic! 
We seemed busy between all the stuff we're doing on the computer and journals and getting in to see Dr. Marvin. He's always a good visit, but really take a bite out of the day. Yesterday we talked to Juliana for about 45 minutes, and Dr. Marvin for an hour, so we're getting double perks, BUT the time with Dr. Marvin - 40 minutes went into talking of diet, and fitness, and all the nightmares in-between. We started at 297 and we were down to 290, and we changed our goal from 140 hehe to 280. Seems more reasonable. 

It would be nice if that could happen by this time next month - especially right before Dr. Dorman's appointment on the 26th of April (Labs 21st). I'd like to think he got a good deal out of his recommendations for therapy. I feel like I have a lot more extra support. Poor Rich ... he just got up about 10 minutes ago ... made coffee, then the dog told him he had to go out. He was like COMEONNNNN you do it. We said we JUST took him out ... then we thought, hmm, unless he has to go poop. So we took him out ... sure enough! YAY! Always helps when you can be as smart as the dog. As for pore Rich? Ok, probably back to meditating. He meditates with his first cup of coffee - we can't talk to him, so that's not fun ... you know just the casual groping when he walks by hehehe.
  • Back again.  I guess we have BOTH of those people Rich and Linda checked off our list.  In other places ... we've been working on our "projects."  We did some more videos on bullet journals, but mostly was the discovery of bullet journals on Pinterest.  WOW!  It's fantastic, and they even have tabs for various parts of putting together bullet journals.  This is a phase we're going through over the last several days.  Basically, they are something that added more structure and hence WILD structure to our moleskin journal.  I just love it!  Hmm, it seems we're all about pictures this morning aren't we?  Hehe - OH and we discovered mushi tape ... can't hardly wait for that to get here tomorrow :)  Here's the first "fun" stuff pages :)

  • We are back again ... I think we were just over at Rich's "place" complaining about something.  It wasn't about the way he cooks eggs in the morning - we're ALL in favor of that!  I think we told you about showing him stuff with our processes in the morning and that he just doesn't grasp what we do online with our time during the day.  BUT, we gave him a break while eating to settle down our thoughts.  Don't remember what we were talking about ... shoot another argument ... think someone just got a "fuck you!"  That was our expression of love to Rich.  He said did you see what I got you over here.  I knew exactly what was over there.  I DO take the dog out and feed him OVER there! He got new rugs - and one of them is BIG again for under the sink, and then he told me they were too much for the washer, and that broke into the whole fight we'd gotten into before about the rugs, because I just don't understand getting something in the kitchen that can't be cleaned.  And then he said he'd take it out every spring and hose it down.  We were like might as well burn- it after going a year IN a KITCHEN without being cleaned.  I just can't tolerate the thought of dirty in the kitchen.  We have enough problems with floors and motivation so that we don't want to be moving around dirty rugs.  It's just a battle.  But now we're at the place again where we have to put aside our thoughts.  Hmm, maybe someone didn't take our medicine?  Shoot ... maybe that's why we're so hostile.  Better BRB
  • @1:30 pm WE're BACK!  Pswhoo!  It's been a while.  I'm not sure of all that got done when we left.  It seems a LONG time ago.  By now Rich has been gone for a couple of hours, and Mark came and left - about 10:15 - 11 am, and then we ate lunch and watched news, and then there was a lot of filling out of our tracker and doing things to keep caught up with EN, and just now we had to check b/s because we were feeling off - we were 133 b/s - pswhoo - that's low for us and about the time we're feelign dizzy/fuzzy, so we had some celery/peanut butter.  About 2:30 pm, Amie got here and we had a great appointment.  Rich came in toward the end.  We read some materials from Amie, scanned them, and did some reading of post-it note usage, until Linda contacted us.  We had written her a pm long note, so spent most of her time talking about her things.  She had over her two grandchildren, because their mother was sick.  Rich had dinner on time.  We ate salad with Thai chicken which was very good, but we were looking very forward to yogurt, but had had one earlier making us come in with the second at 84.  This included the 3 pickles at 5 g.  BLAH!  They were pantry pickles.  After dinner, we finished news, and then budged computer/TV time.  We gave Rich 2 hours to watch whatever he wanted, and agreed then to watch Chicago Fire at 8 pm and Major Crimes at 9 pm.  Maybe by then we can massage Rich at the same time in bed.  Feeling like it tonight.  Hopefully, we can stay up, but there wasn't much of a nap today.  We had to look up the second show because we couldn't remember the name:
  • I hadn't realized there were so many.  Seems then the only show still being shown is Major Crimes.  I guess there is something to be said there.  There's also Chicago PD and NY Blue Bloods.  A LOT more likely, but those are the only three we know.  Ok, enough moving on ;)
  • We wrote another note in our FB today ... we responded to three people who were giving us sympathy and 14 people noted a response above.  So we wrote:  This to our children:
  • Ann Ludford Garvey This is what we feel like today ... we're pretty much over it ... just wasn't the best Mom day Maurice Garvey Cari Beth Garvey Joe GarveyAna Varella. No one is getting good Mom wishes today :( Maybe tomorrow. Be careful out there!

  • I guess by the end of the day after thinking of this all day, we were like - ok barely being your mother here.  Just felt like we deserved more.  They are probably all laughing over it.  AND, pointing out how we don't need to be in everything.  Ok, our thoughts get worse after that, so we're trying not to have them, so I guess now we'll say, we're just moving on again for now.

  • Tomorrow or Friday, or even over the weekend, we'll be able to work on Rich's web site with the Adobe program.  We remembered we'd written it on their Muse and when we started the program tonight, it took us right to Rich's web site "parts."  Each part is its own page.  

  • This is the part where we talked about OUR stuff to Linda.  We were pretty descriptive here and didn't want to repeat ... hope the copy is ok...
Anyway ... back to the special care team hehe. Mark was here about 10:15 am and then we had lunch and went back to the computer and Amie is now rescheduling all her appointments to about 2:30 pm. Seems to fit her schedule better, and we didn't mind. They are both coming on Mondays & Tuesdays. That gives me Friday for laundry - or to set-up a missed appointment. It should work AND if we could get to Dr. Marvin's more regularly - that would work too. 

Seeing Juliana was a special treat. We haven't told her anything about the quilt, but then haven't gotten it on the schedule either. Maybe we should look toward Sunday? Not sure. It would have to wait that long because we have paperwork/taxes back on the schedule for Saturday. The weeks are filling up fast! 

I don't know if you saw the note on FB. We had found that Joe's and Maury's had all gone down to TN for a group vacation. We were flustered this morning, and have been trying to grasp it throughout the day - in spells. Just feel really left out. Hmm... That's about it there. 

Rich was in and out today - he seemed to have a busy day. He met both Mark and Amie today - well he'd met Amie Friday, but this time he came in while she was here. The visits were real good. Mark is more businesslike, but does a little chatting. Mostly though it was about what we were doing. It started with some band exercises, then there were various bed exercises (guest room), and then there was some deep massaging, and then some standing exercises, and then we walked - though just for 2 minutes. It was a LOT at the time. Most of the reps were in 12's - and always 12 on each side BLAH! He wants to go outside, but we're still balking at it for fear of not being able to sit down. He saw that problem in us right away, but we're not helping him through it. 

Amie is a lot more talkative. Probably both in their early 40's. Mark's from England and has 3 golden retrievers, and Aime is also married, but has 3 daughters 20, 13, & 6. BIG spread in ages. She's been bringing me papers, and we've been reading/talking to her about them. And, they both were able to read the MRI stuff and interpret it in there own way ... it helped Mark plan what he was doing, and Amie was much better at transcribing what everything meant and what was happening. 

I made an appointment for the next pain specialist (back pain/MRI) April 10th, regular Dr. Dorman appointment April 26th, and a Vet appointment for good measure on Friday. Pretty much there though just grooming. Hmm, message to doctor - called an reminded them they owe me a call hmpf! Anyway ... everything is scheduled in and we're pretty sure were doing what we're supposed to. 

That's a lot of our day, but in-between everything there are hidden factors happening. Hehe. We are being in love with our Evernote and GTD again. We also have a couple of journals. One is a method from Simplify Days we started at the beginning of the month which helps us focus on our week, and then the second part helps us capture data ... just regular stuff, and then the second part of that includes adding tasks and projects, calendar items and references. I LOVE IT! It's good for scribbling things down w/pen and paper, and then we take a picture and send it to Evernote. Evernote can transcribe my scribbles so we can do searches with it. The second journal is a moleskin which I know your familiar with. But, then there is a NEW method we just learned about called "Bullet Journal." It's a really quick, but can be very BEAUTIFUL way of using a moleskin type journal ... think - items on task list featured in 2-3 words and a "bullet" point. BUT we've been looking at it a LOT from Pinterest today and otherwise some youtube videos. We're starting to draw pictures like we had wanted to before, but with help from the people over on Pinterest. Today, we drew our first "tracker." Tracker's catch data coming in on a regular basis. Mine is REALLY terrible lines and writing, but we actually were drawing our first pictures. And, that's help fueling the excitement for more parts to be contributing. Really cool. Well, think we've inundated you enough by now. We'll send you a picture of our first tracker hehe
  • Ok, I think we're going to bed about now - or at least to watch TV with Rich.  We used the last three hours straightening up our Evernote accounts.  We'd gotten behind with all that was being added over the last three days.  A good part was the bullet journal, post-its and then the nutritional information coming in and being read.  We wanted to start with a clean slate tomorrow - especially leaving early for Dr. Marvin's.  We got also not only notes in the right folder with the right numbers, but we also got things added in the regular table of contents, and then the MASTER contents for the month.  That's a really fun one ... Here is the link - night!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Keeping up with the day

03-17-17 02 TOAM

  • @10:33 am  Good morning.  This is me ... we want to put something in that I'm not proud of, but it certainly has to do with me and we want it down for the record.  I already wrote about it in Rich's daily note and we wrote a note to Dr. Marvin to be discussed on Tuesday.  It is about our nightmare and having a urinary accident this morning.  I'm ashamed of it, but I have to record it as real.  We'll talk about it later.

Friday March 17, 2017 @ 9:04 am ... Did a terrible thing in that we wet ourselves on the couch this morning and as we ran to the bathroom and then the shower, Rich helped us clean up the mess and then he got everything together and started the washing machine.  We are feeling terrible about it, but as usual Rich was calm and collected and he came right away when we called out for help.  We spent a long time in the shower with very hot water, but he came in after a while and helped us move on.  The nightmare/dream that we were having that I can recall started before, but when we picked it up ... we were in a laundry - bike shop with someone young that we'd dreamed about before - but that's more sketchy, but he had to move on from living with his mother and he had taken a job at this laundromat and was living there, and on the side he was renting out these really cool bikes that you just pushed by stretching and didn't have to peddle.  He gave us one to take out ... eventually we met up with another person - don't know who, (we figured our main friend was Rich - just younger) but we were challenged by him and was going fast through the dark - only his bike had a light, I think we ended near a footbridge right by the shop where our friend was working.  When we got in we asked desperately for a bathroom and next door - attached was a big factory type building with big halls and doors down the side.  A couple of nuns, though standing separate appeared (hmm, there was a dream before about pizza and having to go to the bathroom too and that dream involved my father, sexual abuse and a crowd), but in this dream one of the nuns came over suspiciously of us and stated there were no bathrooms for females, then we got desperate thinking we were going to have to run home - so we bypassed our friend and started running.  But, then we got to a space where the path went straight down in a 90 drop like a waterfall.  We looked around and our friend was coming with one of the bikes, but he went over the cliff with the bike and crashed - not sure how bad on the other side and we didn't know what to do.  we looked down though and the ground was full of cactus flat out and not growing up ... and we didn't know what to do we couldn't move (Rich thought the cactus represented his daughter coming from NM today).  We already figured Rich was the friend.  So what we did was climb (about the height of our bed) and sit down next to the road and then we started going to the bathroom, but we were actually starting to go to the bathroom sitting on our couch.  When we realized within a few moments that we were getting wet, we were able to run to the bathroom, but it was too late ... in that we'd already wet the couch.  We were really groggy through the whole thing and even into the shower.  Had a hard time wanting to come out - felt miserable, but we were having problem as a younger part - and not over thinking except how bad it was. We felt very apologetic. Again Rich helped us out and was telling us he was going to start making our breakfast and that everything was ok.  He said, he would leave as soon as we said we were ok.  We had gotten up about 4 am and stayed at the computer until we were too tired at 5:30 am.  Rich got up probably at his normal 6-6:15 am.  We had had some sliced peaches and a can of caffeine free pop - (when we were up the first time) we usually have water or diet coke, but we'd been out.   We'll send this note out to Dr. Marvin so we can talk about it next week.  I'm sure that it had something to do with our conversation - before the parts we can't remember were being controlled by someone - a father who was hurting sexually his daughter on a regular basis, but brought us in and did it standing up with her on the right and us on the left.  First thought was of the two Casie's.  Not sure though ... going to try shutting down these memories.  Will pass this note on to Dr. Marvin.  It was about 7:45 am when we woke up ... Rich later said it was his fault for not waking us at our regular time at 7 am, but we told him is was our fault and then we just started to cry ... felt depressed.

  • @10:37 am ... we're back again ... We're not rereading the above paragraph again.  We want to put it out of our mind and deal with it in a bit.  Hmm, maybe a little bit now.  We need to change the load of laundry.  Better get that started its after 10 am and this is the day Jillian will be here, but not until about 10 pm tonight.  There we are dealing with it ... just got the other dirty clothes and am running the washer and the dryer now.  Including the load of accident things, we'll have five loads of clothes today.  @10:45 am --- we are putting the exact time because we want to better figure out how long the loads take to dry.  We're doing fairly light loads today because I want to push things through a little quicker and lighter ... I think the dryer won't take so long then, but we'll test it with different weighed loads.
  • @10:47 am So - for the most part, we've had the last 1 1/2 hours to adjust to things while at the computer.  The above are the reminders for this morning - that are left.  Quite a few things moved or were completed. Well not a REAL lot, but some ;)
  • We just went over the company is coming cleaning.  We took a few things off the list.  Rich isn't going to get through all that cleaning of the sunroom for his fishing stuff.  Maybe he will work on it while his daughter is here - between conversations or before she gets up on Saturday.  AND, we are not going to get to that paperwork.  I know it is now the last month before taxes though so I really have to get going.  I don't know what we'll do if I owe money for taking things out for the kitchen.  I believe that taxes for it were already taken out, but we're not sure.  If I get to the floors it will be MUCH later, but they might not get done.  Priority is the laundry, and we have to between laundry loads, make Jillian's bed and do the dog dishes.  Well if nothing else, sweep the floor ... just it takes time AND the nurse will be here between 3-4, so that means clear space between 2 & 5.  She seems too young and unconcerned to appreciate the dilemma a fat old person is in.  We did get the spelling of her name when we asked - Amie.  Just confirms she is young.   
  • 11:43 pm Hmm, seem to have lost an hour.  I know that at some point, Rich came in and we had a long discussion on numbers.  He said ours was way too high, so between him, us and the computer - we redid the numbers and came in at about 2600 yesterday instead of 3600.  It's still high, but not breaking the bank.  We were getting a little out of sorts - being way overwhelmed - we'd forgotten to take our 11 am medicine and we hadn't eaten for a while.  We skipped the snack this morning since we had the peach slices in the wee hours.  Plus we weren't feeling too good about the last 9:04 entry.  :(  BUT, we're going to be moving on.  We had a can of soup AND ONLY one peanut butter bread - on 35 calorie bread.  
  • 12:11 pm ... ok, this didn't take very long, but we had a morning delight - It was unexpected and PERFECT ... there that really straightens out my day ... *beaming brightly*
  • Ok, better be moving on.  The dryer has buzzed, but Rich just sat down to eat lunch.  We'll wait for after that.  There is a lot of news popping up basically - Sean Spicer had to apologize to the Brits for blaming them for Trumps tweeting about Obama ... there was more, but it all just adds up to filler.  I think now he's due for another crisis so he can avoid something else.  Most of this is to get past our needs to discuss Russia interfering in the White House ... that is not getting anywhere.
  • Now they are talking about the guy breaking into the grounds of the White House ... He was there 15 minutes before they caught him.  I'm pretty sure if Russian navy seal type people wanted to get in and blow up our white house and those in it, they could.  Ok, we don't like Trump, but we're REALLY sure we don't want them to blow up Trump.  I guess the alarms were tripped, but they couldn't catch him.
  • What are we going to talk about next ... maybe we could do Jillian's bed, but maybe we could get Rich's help.  We're really having problem with the movement stuff.  I know right in line with what we should be working on.  Having trouble now because our fingers are cold and it's being hard to type.  It's about 40 degrees with light fog - not really THAT cold.  Hmm, 35 where Linda lives.  That's substantial.  I think it's supposed to get up to 49 today with maybe a shower this morning.  If there was one, we missed it.  Eh happens.
  • I think we're trying to get a grip on our mind.  Not sure what we want to think about next.  Rich said his daughter actually is getting in at 8:50 pm so he's thinking closer to 10:30 pm getting home.  I think it will take longer because she has to get her bags and that takes another 20 minutes.  I suppose I deserve this bit of panic as far as Jillian coming.  Rich said we just need to do around the entrance where Dakota and Everyone comes in.  So, we're going to sweep after laundry today, hmm, maybe before ... still have to do the kitty litter and garbage, but don't think there is very much.  I think we can just mop around Dakota's area.  Maybe then we can just leave the mop in the area - IF it doesn't take the buff off the floors.  Won't know until we try.  Hmm, Angela Merkel is in town - think the first time she's visiting Trump ... I don't know how the world is going to put up with us.  She's always been pretty calm.  Hopefully she's smart enough to float on top of the messes Trump puts our country in.  Last thing we need is a hostel environment.
  • I don't think we're getting very far with the blog entry.  I think we're going to go over some of the other things we were working on.  We need to get our mind back and right now ... it's a big frazzled which shouldn't happen so quick especially after our gifts from Rich.  *sigh*
  • @1:44 pm Caught this from Barbara - Simplify Days about Pinterest This page speaks to simplifying your life with less and has a LOT of great ideas.
  • @3:06 pm ... seems like we've slipped off the side - we started this search the other day, and now we're back at it, but we're pretty well convinced that we want this particular cutter
  • @3:42 pm - We're back.  We haven't seen Amie yet, but she should be here soon.  We only have two more loads of laundry to do and Rich helped us with the guest bed.  I still don't know where my shams are for the two big square pillows.  I don't remember where I put the covers after washing them ... just know that for a while they were in the kitchen.  AHA!!  Just found them.  They were in the kitchen cabinet where the table clothes and mats were.  Should have thought to look there before. It made sense logistically.  Now I Have to figure whether we'll put them on the bed or leave the pillows in the closet where Rich hid them for me.  I think they are a bear to get in their covers and we're thinking we'd rather have them on the bed in case she feels like hugging a missing husband or puppies.  We'll try at least.  We've got some time left.  
  • @3:55 pm ... started to get a little nervous ... thinking this person isn't taking her job seriously.  I've got bad vibes, so we'll ask for another if we feel she isn't adequate or doesn't care, or is unable to communicate at an easy level of co-lateral conversations.  I don't like it when people can't keep a schedule, and she hasn't called to explain why not.  I know, I know ... she has 4 minutes :(  Let's move on ... Having people show up this week has taken a toll on us getting things done.  Part of it is that we're trying to do stuff toward Jillian coming too, but we're trying to follow EN and we're just escaping by.  I have to keep going back to the Reminder section to see what hasn't been worked on yet.  We did some organizing in that we put some of the next action items in the brain (Mind map) ... that felt efficient, but not extremely important.  I don't want to be really using both systems to do the work of one.  I would like to think more of it as our system to watch over the 50,000 Life category on GTD.  I think we're actually almost ready to do more reading as far as the organization goes, but that takes some real concentration.  We might skim next over the area of filling and look into working through some project overviews for the 38 Project notes.  There is a lot of information, but we could do a quick skim in that we'll look for the information and without really studying it - check to see if we can fill in any of the boxes.  Anything would help ... that all is under goals for integrating - which means putting together mind map with 1.2.3 & 4 of the EN.  We haven't really looked at 3., but maybe we'll give that a second now.  Most used in 3 in completed. It's mostly a file for things that have already happened, but we don't want to throw away in case we need to resource it later.  
  • 4:08 pm hmm, she just called ... but she DID call ... she is just leaving Yorkville, so she'll be 20-30 minutes late.  We said ok, but we will probably give a comment about it.  I need her to know that we are serious about appointment times, without being insensitive.  I could guess that by the end of the day - things could be getting behind, but that means she's going to be tired and impatient to end the day when she gets here.  We're looking for her now between 4:30-5 pm.  *sigh
  • Rich has left the house now.  I think he has to get a few things at the grocery store including some medicine for me - I will be out at 11 am tomorrow - this is the one we have to get in the paper prescription.  He also wanted to stop and get me a chicken salad sandwich - my favorite for when he's out.  He's probably going to eat with Bob tonight when they exchange some fishy stuff.  And, then he will go for his daughter ... a LONG time ago, we'd figured they'd be back by about 10:30 pm.  By then (after dinner) we will finish the laundry and get it put away, and then clean the dog dish, and then clean up the floor in just the kitchen, and mop the area by the front door.  I know it would be easier, if we just did stuff, but it's not coming that easy.  
  • So what is next?  We did let Dakota out and we took the papers off the table and cleaned that - and put the shams in Jillian's room.  We are moving some steps along.  We are already after 2,100 steps ... that might be a record for me at this time of the day.  I should have to work everyday to get in the time.  Hmm, Missy is being fussy, but I know she has fresh water.  I don't want to put any more in because I'd like to clean the dishes.  I don't want to do it before the nurse gets here, because it is a production.  I have to dig for the Brillo pads.  I don't do it often enough and Dakota can really mess it up.  Maybe that's why Missy is complaining?  I think Rich has to go about 6 pm.  So that will give me some time after dinner to do stuff in my own order and time.  It's hard to feel at home with Rich here sometimes.  I think some parts do it better than other.  Obviously the one in the bedroom this morning didn't mind him hehe.  Just we rarely leave computer ... don't like bumping into him.  It makes us really crabby.  It's not Rich's fault.  He's like it's my house too!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Ok, it sounds like physical therapy and nursing will be a regular part of our schedule

03-15-17 03 TOAM Entry for Blog

Wednesday 3-15-17 @ 9:23 pm

  • WOW!  That Really cuts to the chase.  If I read these slower, it will really tell the casual viewer where we're at PLUS I believe those are live links so it would take the reader to the location of the document listed.  Before we get any further into that, we better take our shower.
  • 10:43 am ok, we're back again ... we're within 15 minutes - so we have time to sit for a few moments.  The house is good enough though we didn't get to the sewing room.  AND, Rich put the door bell back on by the driveway door so we should be covered no matter which side she tries to enter.  I hope things go ok.  I saw that Linda wrote back.  One of her best friends BIL died last night in a surprise heart attack so they are going through things there, and Linda has her grandson Griffin at the house because he is sick.  He's been taken for medical care, and they gave him some medicine, but he's still running a low-grade fever.  That's all on the news from that end.  Linda seems to be holding up.  I think she has like 4 days in a row of babysitting, which I think is wonderful for her to do, but would be very difficult.  It's a lot of break in the schedule.  She hasn't complained though.
  • 10:17 pm time for a picture??  See above :)
  • We just stopped at Facebook to see what was happening over there.  AND, we found Cathy had posted a few pictures including this one of her and Thom.  Ok, Mama misses her son AND DIL.  That's all we're going to say there ... need to move on ... whimpering.
  • Ok, that will distract a person.  Somehow we got an introduction screen to a feature of Evernote that we weren't aware of.  It has a "Presentation" feature.  Oh my that was fun ... we scrolled through some directions - like everything else Evernote does ... very minimalistic.  It had a nice feature for highlighting, and another feature to switch screens and light and dark mode to change from black to white backgrounds and such.  I could see myself using it to show Rich or my health care people something.  Hey forgot about them ... We originally came back to the computer because Rich's show got real shoot them up and load - and after the GOOD guy chopped a hand from a bad guy it was no fun.  This should be on the same page with Cathy *frowning face* But, anyway, we had enough of that and came over to the computer with the ear phones and the piano guys.  It's very good stuff and slightly loud and ambitious for this time of night.  Since we've started Rich's show finished, so he' in the sitting room with his audio book from the library.  I felt like WOW!  Late night!  We did take a nap when Rich went to the store for my medicine and a few things for his mom.
  • But, we better cover a few things before Rich comes in and says time to go to bed.  GRUMP!  Mostly we wanted to say that the visit with the home health care people went pretty good.  After Rich got home and shared about his day, then he went to mine knowing we had stuff that was happening.  SOOO, we already told most the story, hmm... I think we took general notes, let me get them.

@ 11 am - We saw Ann the nurse.  She was prompt and very helpful.  She was straightforward, didn't do much with the dog, or our side stories.  Eh.  She's busy.  She asked a lot of good questions and a good amount of information was transferred both ways.  In the end she has given us for 8-9 weeks nursing services for diabetes education 2 times a week.  She stated that another nurse will call and that she just registered people.

@1:30 pm - Mark the PT Person. He got to the house an hour early and didn't call ahead; it was convenient for his schedule.  We asked him next time to call, but we don't think that information stuck.  He did ask for a half hour window before and after the appointment, which was fine.  He was very likable and business orientated.  He was friendly and authoritative to the dog.  He has three golden retrievers  :)  We talked, and then he had me show him how we got up on the bed, and THEN he tricked us into doing a few exercises.  He said the real work will start next week.  He is due to return Monday, 3-20-17 @ 2 pm.  He wants to come out before the MRI which is scheduled at 5 pm.  

  • That's the regular part of what happened.  There were more feelings and thoughts that went with it, but this is the bare minimum.  I enjoyed having them here, but it was some work getting mentally and physically ready for them.  Mostly, I might go to my grave being a pajama person.  It's harder for me to shower, dress and keep everything picked up AND dusted.  Some of my rooms didn't get picked up ... Mark didn't see the back part of the house, but Ann was back in my sewing room because of the medicine.  I will try to pick it up the next time and get the beds made in the guest room - have to do that soon.  Rich said his daughter will be coming in very late on Friday night.  I think he picks her up like 8:20 pm or something at Midway I believe so he's still got an hour and a half to get home.  *sigh*  I MIGHT be in bed, OR it might be another late night playdate!  Hehe.  But, back to the Home Health Care (HHC) people they worked out fine and gave me a chance to gab and gab about myself ... ok, they were tighter than too much, but I do like giving my best impression.  Just don't like the part where there are so many things wrong with me, but one will work with diabetes and well-health and the other will work with our arthritis and well-health.  I'm not sure I liked the part of Mark suggesting that we could even go outside to walk instead of use the treadmill.  We explained our desire not to get out there and hurt so much not to want to go out there even with the walker.  I guess we didn't have to say, we don't leave the house much except a few places like Dr. Marvin and the quilting.  *sigh*
  • Ok, that's about it of that for the time being.  Like we said, we got a nap between them being here and we had a nap after Rich left.