Sunday - January 14th, 2018 - Good Morning!

  1. Good Morning!

    It's 5:02 AM (EST) in this part of the world. All is quiet around here. Amy is sleeping. Mayson (our canine-family-member), so far, is still sleeping. It's a nice time to "surf the net".

    Yesterday, we spent the day (mostly) indoors putting away Christmas stuff, cleaning the downstairs and cooking a delicious dinner. (Amy did the cooking. I did the dishes. LOL!) The only time I went outdoors was to put the Christmas tree in our "Christmas Tree Burial Lot" located on the far side of our property, way up in the woods. LOL! It was COLD and SNOWY when I trekked the tree up in the woods. It seems like it is always cold and snowy when I do this each year. LOL! It was nice to have our home back to "normal" and clean.

    Today? Well, there's the usual church choir rehearsal(s) and church this morning. I plan on sleeping this afternoon, when I get home from church, so that I can function at work tonight. Hope tonight will be "Q", but I'm ready to take on whatever comes our way in our teeny-tiny ICU. (Last I heard from one of my co-workers is that we have 2 patients in our teeny-tiny ICU.) I'm off from work Monday & Tuesday nights, which is nice.

    Amy has been in communication with her family. They've all seemed to have grown closer to each other during the past couple of weeks (months). Believe it or not, the issue with the cremation of her Mom is FINALLY settled. Her step-father finally signed the necessary documents and those documents were emailed to the cremation company. Amy continues to work on settling her Mom's affairs, but is able to do it from her own office (upstairs in her/our own home) at her leisure. Overall, she's been resting when she needs to rest. I've been encouraging Amy to take this week off from work. (She works on a Per Diem basis and simply doesn't have to sign herself up to work extra hours.) She may or may not do this.

    I'm ready to go back to work. Looking forward to it, actually.

    Nothing much else going on. Hope all have a pleasant day today.

    Ted
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  3. by   Lil Nel
    Good morning Ted.

    Glad that Amy is getting the rest that she needs. And I hope that work goes well for you tonight.

    It is 4 degrees here this morning. It was sunny and bright yesterday, and the glare coming off the snow was really something. Poor Big Boy couldn't see his food tub when I brought him in. Truthfully, I could barely see it. Both of our pairs of eyes needed to adjust, but I found his tub and placed it in front of him (I didn't want him to panic).

    The mid-weight I took off of him on Friday was frozen solid. I took it home to thaw out. It was like carrying a surf board to the car. It was so hard, I could have used it as a weapon. It is now nearly dried out. Thank goodness I have lots of clothing for him!

    Not much planned today. I will purchase shavings today.

    Tomorrow is day one of general orientation!!!! YAY!!!

    While I really enjoy not working, money is getting tight.

    Have a great day and safe travels to all.
  4. by   Joe NightingMale
    Ted I hope Amy can take some more time off

    Morning Nell

    Was a productive day for me yesterday. Did cooking, the rest of the grocery shopping, exercised, did cleaning, and even got some birthday cards and a gift card for the birthday party for my niece and nephew next weekend. Visited with dad too

    Took it easier in the evening, relaxed and watched Godless on Netflix. Tried to watch the Svengoolie movie, Godzilla Raids Again, but it was just so bad I couldn't watch it. Did a little creative work on my costume, adding some more elastic to the jaw so it is a bit tigher and I can hold things in it. Right now it's a little too loose

    J is doing better though last night the sciatica got worse. He does well during the day and overnight but late evening he tends to have more pain especially if he's been up more and hasn't used ice as much. No results from the MRI yet, once it arrives he can get his pain specialist referral

    Going to meet J for brunch today at one of our usual places

    Also going to try out a new church this morning. Have to say I'm pretty nervous about it, though it's not like I haven't done this multiple times before. Just out of practice I guess. I haven't been with a church for a while and I need to expand my social circles beyond J and the furries. If this church isn't a good fit there is another church in the area that also looks promising
  5. by   BCgradnurse
    Good morning!

    It's cold, of course-45 degrees colder than it was yesterday at this time. But the house is warm and I'm listening to the pitter-patter of little feet. Niko is tearing around the house chasing imaginary mice, birds, and other monsters. He will likely flop over on his back and fall into a deep sleep very shortly. He's 8 months old now and it's like having an an energetic 3 year old child, albeit one with 4 legs and a tail. Barney is sleeping and passing gas. It's his major talent. Jolie is upstairs avoiding the fray. She is back to eating again. She did have an upset stomach last week but a few days of chicken and rice with a dose of kitty Kaopectate put her to rights. I, on the other hand, am still feeling tired and have the stuffy/runny nose combination I hate. I hate taking cold type meds as they make me feel funny, but I might try some Sudafed to dry things up. It doesn't feel like a sinus infection, so I don't need antibiotics even though this has been going on for over a week now.

    I'm meeting my sister for brunch today. I plan on having shakshuka, which is a middle eastern dish consisting of eggs baked in a spicy tomato sauce. The restaurant we're going to adds feta cheese on top. It's low carb friendly and might help clear out my stuffiness! I have an Iranian friend who makes the best shakshuka I've ever had. Happily, we're invited to brunch at his house in a few weeks.

    Ted-glad Amy's step-father signed the documents and that issue is settled. I hope tonight is "Q". Nel-it sounds like Big Boy has a better wardrobe than I do! I'm glad you're starting back at work tomorrow. It's nice to have time off, but not when the bills have to get paid.

    Hi Joe-sorry J is still so uncomfortable. I hope he gets the results tomorrow.

    Hope all have a good Sunday!
  6. by   Lil Nel
    Enjoy brunch Joe and BC.

    I wish I could join you for brunch when you go to your Iranian friend's house, BC.

    I forgot to say that Dianah is obviously having the time of her life this weekend! I bet those fingers are sore!

    Joe, you said that J got a handicapped parking placard the other day. Is that for the sciatica, or something else? Does he have back trouble in general?
  7. by   Lil Nel
    Tweety, I saw this article in the NY Times and read through it and thought you might enjoy it, too!

    It certainly looks lovely, and isn't a place most would consider for vacation.


    36 Hours in Kigali, Rwanda - The New York Times
  8. by   Tweety
    Good morning.

    I'm at work. Dog woke me up for me to feed him and I realized I'd overslept by 45 minutes as I forgot to set my alarm. Skipped a lot of my morning routine, made a protein smoothie, showered, fed the dogs and came to work on time. Census is low and having a pretty decent day. One patient on CIWA with a sitter is causing a fit, but otherwise o.k. Well staffed for a change. Tomorrow they are moving but didn't ask me to come in to help, and I'm not volunteering. I think she has enough help. I think those of us working the weekend are off the hook for the move.

    Joe, hope you like the new church, or find one that fits. I always hate going to new situations like that by myself.

    Nel, looks like an interesting place to travel. With all the rampant homophobia in Africa, they have been off my list which is too bad. One of these days I do hope to go.

    BC, feel better. I love shakshuka and have made vegan versions with tofu or chickpeas instead of eggs. Eggs would be better.

    Ted, hope you have a "Q" night at work and that Amy's doing o.k.
  9. by   nursej22
    Good Morning,
    It is looking to be a beautiful day here, the sky is clear and the temps are forecast to be up to 50! I hope to get out in the yard to clean up and search for sprouting bulbs. I also need to carry in the ceramic tile. I won't be able to finish the paint the way I wanted to because the texture is done yet. So here I sit, sipping coffee, with a snoring dog next to me.

    Joe, do you ever watch Mystery Science Theatre ? It reminds me of Svengoolie but with more of a space theme. And I think it's on Netflix.

    BC, I think spicy food is great for a cold, I hope it clears up soon.

    Nel, that is quite an image of you and your "surfboard ". Such a good horse mama!

    Ted, do get some rest today and fingers crossed for Q tonight.

    Tweety, can't blame ya for not volunteering!

    See ya,

    j22
  10. by   herring_RN
    Glad Ted and Amy are doing OK.

    I hope the church is a good experience, Joe.

    Nel: Rowanda seems like a nice place to visit now. I wouldn't take my husband so far. I can enjoy vicariosly. We have savings, but may need them and like having money in case.

    Tweety: I wonder if you are staffed better because you spoke up? That used to happen to us. We would be over staffed after a horrendous shift.

    nursej22: enjoy the nice day!

    BCgradnurse: because of your post I plan to find and try in a restaurant or find a recipe for shakshuka.
  11. by   BCgradnurse
    Quote from herring_RN
    Glad Ted and Amy are doing OK.

    I hope the church is a good experience, Joe.

    Nel: Rowanda seems like a nice place to visit now. I wouldn't take my husband so far. I can enjoy vicariosly. We have savings, but may need them and like having money in case.

    Tweety: I wonder if you are staffed better because you spoke up? That used to happen to us. We would be over staffed after a horrendous shift.

    nursej22: enjoy the nice day!

    BCgradnurse: because of your post I plan to find and try in a restaurant or find a recipe for shakshuka.
    Herring, the shakshuka was soooo good. I've seen lots of recipes for it and it doesn't seem difficult to make.

    I would love to go to different parts of Africa. It would take several trips to see all the areas I'm interested in, so I'll be thrilled if I can even go once.
  12. by   herring_RN
    Quote from BCgradnurse
    Herring, the shakshuka was soooo good. I've seen lots of recipes for it and it doesn't seem difficult to make.

    I would love to go to different parts of Africa. It would take several trips to see all the areas I'm interested in, so I'll be thrilled if I can even go once.
    I can try it anytime. I have all the ingredients already!
    https://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/shakshuka/
  13. by   Lil Nel
    I travelled to Africa once, BC.

    Back in 1981, I travelled to South Africa. It was my first overseas trip, and came during apartheid. I visited with a pen-pal I had been writing to since the age of 12.

    She lived in Durban, so we visited Durban, Jo-burg and Pretoria. I remember landing at the airport in Durban and seeing armed soldiers outside on the tarmac. I was terrified to get off the plane. A South African, who had been sitting next to me since JFK in NYC, but who had immigrated to Canada, talked me down.

    He said: You haven't travelled all this way to stay on the plane!

    It was eye-opening trip. White South Africans did their best to convince me that there was nothing wrong with their system. It was a very weird feeling to be White there. Very weird. And I was very young, but NOT naïve.

    I spent a month there.
  14. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    Evenin' Y'all-

    I still have to read yesterday's and today's posts, but I'm saving them for tomorrow. I am under self-imposed "house arrest" until Wednesday morning. My vehicle is sorely in need of an oil change and I can't pay for it until Wednesday morning., so I will give myself some nice respite care!

    Right now I am going to watch Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison in "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir", followed by Gene Tierney and Henry Fonda in a 1942 'slapstick'
    called "Rings On Her Fingers"...I'm not sure if I've seen it before or not.

    Welp, gotta dash, the Sea Captain is about to make his first appearance!

    TA!

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