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Friday - July 9th, 2021 - Good Morning!

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Good Morning -

It's raining outside! Again! Wish some of this rain would make its way to the areas of the country experiencing drought conditions!! There're flood warnings for nearby low-lying areas. We halfway up a small mountain (or large hill???), so no worries about flooding for us. However, our rock & dirt driveway is getting washed out. Again. In the meanwhile, the grass grows. The flowers in Amy's gardens look nice. (I'm trying to be positive about all of the rain we're getting.) Taking the puppy out to do her business, and trying to keep her right hind leg with its splint dry (!), is quite the challenge. We have all kinds of wraps that we put around her leg to keep it dry. She's not a happy puppy every time we put those things on.

Later this morning, I'm supposed to get a phone call from our health system's HR to go over the benefits that I would receive for the "full-time" Shift Director position. I put "full-time" in quotation marks because I actually get paid for 32 hours per week verses that 36+ hours (not counting overtime) per week that I get as a (union) ICU Staff Nurse.  Apparently, the benefits package is a little better than what the the unionized staff nurses get, which I find interesting. I don't know about the "hourly" rate, though. Supposedly, the hourly rate might (will?) increase to compensate the $$$ lost from having a 32-hour work week. Honestly?? I'm not too concerned making a little less money per week. However, I have a fairly large debt load that I'm working to pay down. Less $$$ per week will make paying down the debt challenging.

Finally. . . I recently received notice that one of my Uncles (my father's youngest brother) is in Hospice, and is not doing well. He's a Type 1 Diabetic and has been battling this disease all of his life. This battle include two below-the-knee amputations. He's a good man, and his family are loving and caring folk. Sadly, I haven't visited them in nearly 20 years. We keep contact with each other via Facebook, which is nice. It seems that he's comfortable. However, I know that my Aunt's heart is aching to see her husband (finally) succumb to his life-long struggles with his health.  I don't know if I can make it to his funeral. (It pains me to even type that last sentence!!) Between work issues and puppy issues, our life is semi-chaotic right now. I don't know. . . 

I just finished drinking First Coffee. Gonna get me Second Coffee, and spend some time with my loving wife before she goes to work today.

Peace. . . 

Ted

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Ted sorry to hear about your uncle.  Glad the switch to shift director is going quickly, hopefully they'll compensate you adequately for it

NJ22 hope you're feeling better

Hi Amo and Dianah

Tweety glad work wasn't too bad

Work was fairly bad in the morning, could have been bad in the afternoon too but somehow caught a break.  More work came my way yesterday, and it looks like I'll have to put in some time on the weekend the next 3 weekends so I can get it done in time.  And have to talk to the boss, a coworker is away the last week this month, she was off today and the added workload was very bad.  Boss is away for a few days, so I'll bring this up when she returns

Rest of the day was OK.  Went to the grocery store and library after work, found time to exercise and do some embroidery.  Slept better last night

Today should be easier at work, will try and work ahead so as to minimize the amount of calls I make this weekend.  Getting together with J tonght at our usual place

Am continuing to try and simplify my life and to see what I'm spending time and attention on.  Is interesting to take a look at things you've been doing automatically without thinking of them

Weather will agian be in the 70s today, and in the 70s for the next few days with a chance of rain

 

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Good morning!

Ted, sorry to hear about your uncle.  

Joe, hope the workload is manageable.  

Have a boatload of laundry to do and do some cooking and cleaning.  Ordinary day.  

Hope everyone has a great day.

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Morning-

We're getting the remnants of Elsa today, with heavy rain and wind.  Lately our weather has been extremely hot or cool and rainy.  I wouldn't mind some middle of the road temps.  Work has been extremely busy.  We are playing catch up with all the patients who had horrible allergies this spring, but are just getting in to see us now.  It's job security.  

The drama continues with the tenants (now former tenants) at my mother's house.  They caused all kinds of trouble before they vacated, and left the apartment a filthy mess.  It looks like we will have to take them to court to recover costs for cleaning, disposal of stuff they left there, and some repairs.  My sister and her DH were planning on moving into their apartment, but it needs work done before it's habitable.  It's not what we want to do, but unfortunately, it's necessary.  At this point, I'm starting to favor selling the house but I can't do that to my sister.  

Anyhoo, Ted, I'm glad Sedona is doing well.  Sorry to hear about your uncle.  I hope he is comfortable and his transition is peaceful.

Joe-I hope you and J have a nice time tonight, and next week is better at work.

Tweety-I'm glad you escaped damage from the storm.  Nothing wrong with an ordinary day.

Hi to everyone else.  Hope your Friday is a good one.

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Hi. Work is work. Supervisor, manager, other TB nurses all out the office today, so it's quiet, but I like it. People are actually answering the phone, so I am able to retrieve the lab results I need for current and future clients. We are getting lots of calls asking for TB skin tests for students, but we haven't done those in years. Somehow, we are on someone's list as a testing site, but nope. I feel a little bad because people without insurance are getting charged like $100, but that is our lovely health care system.

Our blueberries are ripening so I will get those picked tonight and distribute to eldest ds and grandson. And will encourage the neighbors to take what they want. Also, the snap peas are starting to produce, nom, nom. The tomatoes should start to ripen soon. They really liked the blast of heat from last week. The death toll from the heat is something like 80 for the state, but they are still compiling numbers. But it remains cool, in the 70s for now. I ran last night when it was 80, and I was pretty sweaty after 3 miles. The dizziness did abate, but I brought my cuff today in case I feel dizzy again. 

Ted, I am sorry about the sad news about your uncle. I hope he is at peace. 

Joe, I agree that re-examining some of the automatic actions we take can be informative. I find that my mindfulness phone has really helped with that. Have a good dinner with J. 

BCg, well at least the awful renters are out. Hopefully the clean up and renovation can create a nice home for your sis. 

Tweety, ah yes, the never-ending laundry. I still haven't done my post vacation washing. Dh sort of commandeered the washer, but I will start tonight. 

Hi Stars and Amo! And any one else, and most emphatically Hello to Herring! 

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j22, we did it AGAIN!

Huh! I could've sworn I posted yesterday, but nope, I didn't. There isn't anything other than the same-old-same-old going on. We're still in the 90+ degree range and humid weather....some thunder-storms are predicted for the afternoons/evening, but we've not had any rain for several days, even though a lot of clouds have suggested it MIGHT rain.

Ted, sounds like the job-change thing is going well; hope you find out the hourly rate goes up considerably. So, is the Shift Director position NOT unionized? Too bad about the rain and Sedona's cast, it must be a challenge! And sorry about your uncle's decline, but isn't knowing he's under the auspices of Hospice a comfort? Do your Aunt and Uncle live very far away from you? I know when my Mom passed I could not go up to Maine to be with my sister; that was tough.

Joe, Simplifying one's life probably does take a lot of concentration, I would imagine. Now I'm wondering what I could do to bring about that same kind of change in my life. Right now it doesn't look too promising, though. Aside from winning a sweepstakes so the financial aspect would ease off, and allow us to get other help more often for taking care of Nannie, I'm stumped as to how to go about it. Don't have any wealthy relatives, or even "willing-to-help-out" relatives, so here we stay. And life goes on.

Tweety, "Enjoy" you BOATLOAD of domestic activity. I still haven't done the sweeping or vacuuming that I was intending to do. Maybe today I will, mostly because there is nothing else to do! But at least MY room is remaining neat and I can still see the floor.

BCg, We didn't even get the edge of Elsa coming through here, which I find odd, because about 20 miles down the road they had a lot of rain and high winds and flooding! Sorry you are having to deal with the former tenants and their mess. When hubby and I bought out his exes half of their house, the ex quit cleaning ---- specifically the kitchen floor, which I believe went at LEAST a month or 6 weeks without any attention paid to it. I know we had to wash the floor at least 3 times to get the disgusting stickiness off of it! "Some people's children" , eh?

Hubby went out to get Nannie's lunch ... she LOVES Subway's sandwiches, and at least we can add a lot of healthy things to them so she isn't just eating bread and meat.

Hubby's funk is weighing pretty heavily on him. Mine isn't any better, but I do find relief in prayer and trusting in God. Yesterday I went out on the front porch and he was phoning someone ... then I heard him greet the person,( it was the former preacher of Nannie's church) and then he said, "I know about The Anti-Christ, but what can you tell me about how we know if it is an entity, or what it is." (HUH!!!) Basically the pastor said that the Anti-Christ is already here, but "has not been assigned to a person yet" (?) Not sure I've ever heard about it 'being assigned'....Anyway, I guess hubby is wrestling with his burdens and needed some qualifications about the future? I dunno. It's hard enough dealing with my own stuff. We both try to be easy on each other, though, so at least there's that shoring us up. WE say, "This too shall pass" but wonder ....WHEN? But there's also the old saw about, "Be careful what you wish for". Also we realize how blessed we are, really, what with a nice house in a nice neighborhood, and a good car. (and a bunch of Etceteras.)

Guess I'll just go get the broom and start sweeping.

May stop by later~

 

 

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I just discovered a dark chocolate bar that I forgot was in my desk and I am so excited! Yeah, that is how exciting my life is. The clock is moving sooooo sloooooow, this afternoon, I am going to savor this chocolate for as long as I can. 

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The excitement in my day, well, early evening, actually, was when I was sitting outside on the back patio. I was leaning forward, with my elbows resting on my knees. As I opened my mouth at the beginning of a big yawn, up from below my chin flies this lightning-bug and it flashed right in my face. Fortunately I did NOT inhale it, as its sudden appearance startled me into closing my mouth.

w00t!

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Did anyone else used to squish off firefly's fluorsecent tails and make some jewelry' as a kid??? It would have some kind of 'smell', not really bad, just 'chemical'. And we would collect them and put them in some glass jar ... never were any dead ones in the morning though. Always wondered about that, hmmm.

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