Thursday, May 31, 2012

And One More Thing

So, I whined a lot yesterday about being sick and about all the things that never happen to me are happening to me, well guess what?  One more thing has happened!!!!!!!  I have pretty much officially lost my voice.  As in I didn't work today, because I really can barely talk, even worse than the last few days.  Now, with enough effort, I can get audible sentences at all times, but in no way would I be having a shouting contest with anyone.  So, I just want to know if I have been humbled enough by all this that I can soon start to feel better again.

And I keep reading about this virtuous woman.  I'm doing this study from GoodMorningGirls blog and it has really helped the Proverbs 31 woman to not be so lofty and out of reach.  I don't know if it's all accurate in the details, but the lady who wrote the e-book to go with it takes the verses and brings them down to our times.  "Bringeth her food from afar,"  equals scrupulous and frugal shopping where you are looking for healthy, cheap, and quality products, not just running to the corner store for the last minute ingredient or TV dinner.  I can do that.  I can coupon, sort of, and I can shop Aldi's and sales and all that kind of stuff.  Maybe I can be something of a figment of imagination on the the Proverbs 31 woman.  Something I keep trying for.  Sitting on the couch isn't helping too much though.

I was feeling a little too sorry for myself this afternoon.  I thought I was getting better, but could feel the little aches coming again.  Then my sister called to say she was going to go straight to my parents instead of stopping in to see me and that really disappointed me.  So, I gave in to my little aches, checked to see that I was AGAIN running a low-grade fever, popped some pills, and came back to languish away on the couch in a big old pity party.

Does anyone know anything about buying stock in ibuprofen?  I should be doing that for all the pills I have popped in the last few days.  And yes, all you healthy people out there who frown on ibuprofen, when the going gets bad, the tough take ibuprofen.  And yes, I know that didn't make a lick of sense.  I decided the only people I would wish this horrible flu on were the people who made comments like: "Surely, it can't be that bad."  "Wouldn't you feel better if you got up and did something?"  I really can't say thank-you enough to D for the good care he has taken of me, even getting up in the middle of night to bring me pills and milk and a yogurt I couldn't eat.  He's the best.

And now, I will let you go and try to get busy on the project on my agenda and try not to bore you anymore with my tales of woe.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Not working out so well

This third decade things isn't working out so well for me.  I told my co-worker today that I think I will have to skip the 30's and go straight to the 40's.  She thought maybe old age would be easier to handle than sickness?  I don't know, but being sick has sure not blossomed into anything wonderful.

I don't get sick and I certainly don't get the "flu", and I don't run fevers either.  All of these high-falutin' statements have crumbled around my feet in the last 5 days.  I have been sick, I have run fevers up to 101.5, and I think I got the icky nasty "flu".  Sick enough, that the flu shot is sounding very tempting for next year and I am one that laughs at that shot.  But since Saturday afternoon, all that has gotten done around this joint was the dishes one time (and then not even put away yet).  And now, I did manage to get a load of laundry in the washer and dryer and need to dredge up the courage to get off the couch and go put another load in.

I really am starting to feel better.  The achiness is pretty much gone now, so I am on the mend, but this is just so unusual for me.

It's frustrating to me really.  I had determined to be a better housekeeper starting this week.  I was going to keep the counter tops cleared off and the living room cleaned up and the bathroom tidied and for sure the bed made.  Has any of those things happened?  Nope!!!  But, the one advantage is, when you don't feel good, not much gets messed up either.  So in all honesty, it doesn't look too terrible around here either.

So that's really all I have to say: be thankful for good health.  It really is quite priceless and I am grateful today that I can sit here in relative comfort without feeling like my joints are being shaken apart and rattled around.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Odds n Ends Snippets n Snappets

It's a slow day in the life of the little country clinic.  Everybody must be working frantically to get all their hay in before possible rain.  It's funny, really, how we always have a reason for a slow day.  Either it's too nice to go to the doctor, or it's too rainy or whatever.  Always a reason.  :):) A slow day every now and then is nice though, really.  Nobody wants to answer the phone either, it seems, because my inbox is full of people who don't answer their phones..

I hope nobody minds my small rants on here about life and how you should behave at the doctor's office.  Unfortunately, I don't go through the list each time I go on here to see what has been ranted about previously, so if I repeat myself, just bear with me and chalk up to early-onset dementia.

Speaking of dementia, I bet you were all expecting a big rant to come up.  Well, it would have, but right now I can't think what I wanted to rant about anymore.  Sad, isn't it?  I really need to do better at remembering these things.

Also speaking of dementia, I probably am at risk for it now, because in a little under 2 hours, I will be entering the 3rd decade of my life.  This is somewhat sobering to me, because I feel like I accomplished so little in the last decade.  Yes, I did:
- Go to school and graduate as a RN
- Have worked for almost 5 years as a RN
- Have helped deliver over 60 babies
- Gotten married to a wonderful man and attempted to keep house and garden for him
- Traveled to Grenada, Belize, and Morocco
- Done a bit of in-state traveling
- Done a few sewing projects
- Started an (as of yet unsuccessful) Etsy store
- Had some wonderful times with my lovely friends

But it feels so insignificant in a way.  Like I should be doing more and there are so many more things I want to do in my lifetime.  What am I doing for God?  Am I making a difference for Him in any way?  Am I growing in my walk with God?  Am I a more confident and structured and stable individual than I was 10 years ago?  So many questions, and while I am starting to feel a little older.  I am pulling out more and more gray hairs.  (I only pull out those that stand straight up and obviously yell, "Look, I'm gray", and only if I can do it quick before D catches me at it. I guess pulling out hair equates with picking at pimples in his book.)  I want to make better use of my time, and if I really mean that then I should stop spending so much time on the Internet.  Lately I have become somewhat addicted to collecting as many swagbucks as I possibly can.  My next big purchase I want to make with them is either a camera or a computer, I think.  If you don't use swagbucks already sign up through me.  It's a simple way of searching web and winning bucks to buy gift cards with.

We just got a printer.  After being without one for over a year, we finally can print again.  I am so thrilled, because for this stingy miser, it's quite a nice printer.  It's wireless, (a requirement because our computer has zoned out on working USB ports, the reason we didn't have a printer anymore.), it's connected to the internet, has it's own email address, and has some handy dandy little apps for scheduled printing.  But, possibly I am quite behind the times and you all have much fancier and more skilled printers than this, but hey, I get excited about the little things in life.

Why don't we make New Year's resolutions on birthdays instead of the new year?  I want to resolve to do a bit better at keeping the house picked up.  I did real good for about a week or two following Fly Lady's suggestions to spend 2 minutes a day cleaning up the clutter site and also cleaning your bathroom every morning before you leave it.  But then that phase passed and I am left with the bittersweet memory of how nice it was to always have a nice clean bathroom and to have the catch all cupboard cleared off on a regular basis.  So I am now resolving to get back into this routine once again.

For the first time in a while, I am delighted to be on the food committee.  We have an all-day weeding at our church's strawberry patch and I am happy about the time I will be able to take off to get lunch ready and then to clean up afterwards.  I am somewhat looking forward to the weeding itself, but I know that I am very out of shape and will be very tired long before I should be.  Plus, I know the female gender may be somewhat sparsely represented there as well and that isn't as much fun then either. But hey, who am I to complain.  I always want exercise.  I did tell D that we need to go to Subway afterwards.  We have 2 free 6" subs coming our way anyway, and I am quite sure I will probably barely be moving, much less feel like making supper.

Tonight, we are going to our favoritest restaurant and I am excited.  An evening out and not being on call to boot.  Nice.

Well, I better move on to something more profitable, such as surfing the web.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Of Projects Finished


From this: just plain and dirty tannish pots


To This: Supposed to look old-fashioned, expensive, granite pots.  I am quite happy with how they turned out and now they are filled with geraniums, petunias, and allysum.  I guess I was going to post a picture of the filled pots, but I don't have one and they aren't very nice yet, so we will have to wait and see.  


I finally finished it.  It's name?  "Kiss me Kate"  I like it quite a lot.  It is all scrap material, with no rhyme or reason.  Now, I want to go sew some more.  



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