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Good Morning!

Joe, hope that things continue to go smoothly at work.   Sounds like you're getting the hang of things very quick with your experience behind you to help.

Ted, hope you got to stay off work.   I got put on call the other Sunday but we go off call at 3pm and I didn't get called.  It had been July 2018 the last time I was put on call.  Turns out I wasn't supposed to be put on call as the nurse the night shift put in charge had never done charge.  But she was sweet about it as there was only five patients and it being a Sunday wasn't much going on or to do.  So I was glad to get off.  But I do have to save my time for vacations as well.  

Nel, horray for Good Poop!!! I imagine vet bills for horses are expensive.  They certainly are for dogs.

Herring, glad your stubborn husband agrees to getting the treatments.

I did sleep okay last night, but waking up at 0430 instead of with my alarm.  

I thought I might have seen a flying termite, twice.  This time of year they are swarming to start new colonies.  When there's those, there's usually more.  Got an inspection for Friday.  I'm so frustrated that it's always something.  Starting with my big dental bills, air conditioner breaking, water heater breaking, washer breaking, refrigerator breaking, car needing a major repair (so I get a new-to-me-used one), and now this.   It's really frustrating and I need a break for a while.  I'm a single working person wanting to travel and retire.  Ain't nobody time for dat

Off to work to forget about my problems and immerse myself in other people's drama.  Sounds good to me. 

 

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Tweety hope that you don't have termites

Another decent day at work.  People I call seem more willing to engage than at my last job.  And somehow things seems less tense and seem to flow more easily.  Perhaps it's my experience from my previous job or the new environment or both.  One coworker who used to work with me years ago said it almost seems too easy.  I'm not sure about that, it's still takes quite a bit of effort to insure the documentation is good, but i know what she means

Have been working on getting the MI license, have to call them to clarify which documents they need and if they want me to upload them or have them sent from the nursing board and the nursing school.  

Have not had time to practice stitching, too many other things going on right now.  Hope to find time later in the week or during the weekend

Meeting J tonight at one of our usual places.  I'll work a bit later than usual since I don't have as far to drive now

Going to be a rainy day.  Surprised that we haven't yet had any 90s yet

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Good Morning!

Well. . . I did NOT get Called In, yesterday. YES!! It was like having an extra day off from work (except that I couldn't go anywhere in case they did call me in). It also extended my vacation by one day (except that I couldn't go anywhere). It was being "On Call" with "No pay", though. I didn't have any $$$$ in my Earned Time bank, after taking that 1 week vacation last week. It just means a (much) lower paycheck next week. (Ouch!) I actually don't return to work until Friday night. Then, I'm working the usual week-end. I might need to open up the "How to Be a Nurse" manual when I go to work Friday! L O L! 😜

Today?!? It's Mow the Lawn Day. Again. The grass isn't as high now. So, mowing should not be as painful. (And, to be clear, mowing is PAINFUL, especially for my arthritic hands.) (Whine!) Later today, I'll continue on with editing the dance recital videos. Again, it's a slow process. But, the end results looks and sounds nice.

Nothing much else going on. . . . 

Tweety - Owning a home is EXPENSIVE! We spent about $400 to have our central air-conditioner fixed. We're going to be spending around $2600 to have our driveway repaired and paved. (It's a dirt driveway which has eroded from several years of snow and rain.) We also need to get our back porch repaired, too. It never seems to end. (Whine!) But there's always "Going to Work" which, well, helps pay for it all! Hope work is kind to you today, and that the work-drama is kept to a minimum.

Joe - It's nice to read that your new job seems to be going smoothly. Hopefully those smooth days will greatly outnumber the rough days. Enjoy your dinner with J! 🙂

Well. . . Just finished First Coffee. Gonna get me Second Coffee and eat (a healthy) breakfast. The grass. It grows. It'll be mowed in a couple of hours when the morning dew dries up. In the meanwhile, I hope all who travel here have a pleasant day!

Cheers! 🙂

Ted

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Just finished the omelet, and will give Wally his allergy medicine before taking him to the pet groomer.

Will drink coffee when I return home.

Have a great day!

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Good morning!

Not a lot planned for today.

I figured out that husband needs a few minutes of small talk, even when wheezing, before consenting to a treatment. Then afterward he coughs up the loosened mucus and says, "I feel a lot better." He is watching his favorite morning show, "Let's Make a Deal".

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Whew, it's going to be even hotter today, 88 is predicted and the humidity is enough to make it feel sticky. I am almost glad to be back to work after 6 days off. Almost, but not quite. I don't get called off. 

I feel you Tweety about money woes: about the same time I cut my hours in half, I started racking up medical bills: seeing a retinal specialist, cardiologist, tests, and a procedure coming up. And dd is struggling with rent, so I lent her money, and I promised eldest ds we would go to his bicycle fundraiser in Calif, so there was a plane ticket to purchase. Oh, and I forgot about the new furnace we got in the winter. Looks like retirement, and travel will have to wait. 

I woke up with my eyes all dry and itchy, probably from having the fan blowing and skipping vacuuming yesterday. I need to clean all the window and door screens too, because I suspect they are coated in pollen. Maybe this weekend. For now, Imma gonna finish off second cuppa and get to work. 

j22

 

 

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Weather is perfect here, with sunshine, low humidity, and temps in the mid 70s.  The rain will be back tomorrow.  I do prefer it a bit warmer, and I'm sure I'll get it as the summer goes on, and will be complaining when it's 95 with 100% humidity.

I am with you all on the homeowner blues.  My house was paid off, then I got divorced in 2015 and chose to buy my ex out of his half of the house.  That year the furnace died, I had to do some major electrical upgrades, I had significant water damage from all the snow, and had to get a new roof.  The water damage was covered by insurance, but not the roof.  I'm sure my ex was chuckling about all this, as he didn't have to pay a dime.  Now I live in fear of my septic system failing.  I've always maintained it religiously, but it's almost 30 years old.  I'm hoping to get out of the house before it dies.

Tweety-I hope the termite shave not done any damage.

Joe-I'm glad things are going well at work.  Sounds like a better atmosphere than your previous job.

Ted-My condolences on the lawn mowing.  Maybe you should just pave Paradise and put up a parking lot.

Nel-How was Wally's day of beauty?

Herring-I'm glad your DH is taking his treatments.

J22-Hope the itchy eyes get better.  Maybe your pollen counts will go down soon.

Hope all have a great day!

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Wally looks beautiful, BC!!!!

The pet groomers three young children love him, and apparently me too, as they all insisted on hugging me good-bye.

Wally is such a good boy!

His equine brothers are spoiled rotten.

Oh, no, Tweety!!!! Termites???

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Tweety, Yep, when it rains, it pours. I empathize completely with the "if it ain't one thing, it's another" that you are experiencing! 😕 I will heave a long, weary sigh in your behalf.

If we had stayed at our old house instead of moving to Nannie's,  in addition to a higher mortgage payment, we would have had tons of repairs and 'refreshings' ... of the porch, the deck, the dog-pee stained carpeting in living room and hall, plus every room needed painting ; the ceiling had never been repaired after son-in-law put on a new roof that leaked for MONTHS before he repaired it, and he never did come back to fix the ceiling, all of which he'd already rec'd payment for, the skunk. The water heater was 26 years old; the kitchen and bathroom shared the same wall and  I think there was black mold...don't know how much because I never dared to look, but we suspect it was considerable due to leaks from broken bathtub tiles, and under the kitchen sink where the floor of it was sunk down at least 10 inches.  😖

In the 28 years we lived there, we wore that house plum OUT! We really, really needed OUT OF THERE!  😮

Of course, now we are HERE, the "costs" are different, as you all know from my squawking. But, not having to pay a mortgage, and being able to retire (so to speak) is a good trade-off in spite of everything.

SIGH! We were always hoping to be saved by a sweepstakes or lotto win, but nothing doing, in spite of my persistence in entering everything that did not cost me or cost only a stamp to enter.  😢  sniff-sniff

 Oy! about the termites. Nannie's tinnitus sometimes makes her thinks she is hearing termites decimating the wall behind her recliner. Fortunately the bug guy came, as it was time for her yearly recheck, and he said "NO termites", in addition to the 'normal' spraying of whatever stuff it is that they use. We keep the service receipt nearby so when she gets in the "I hear chewing sounds..." mode, we can prove to her that her house has a clean bill of health.

All is quiet here. Nannie said she did not feel good (unspecified) and did not want to go get her hair done. She slept all morning, and when she woke up at 2 PM, I gave her lunch. Hubby went for a haircut and to pic up a med refill. The dogs are napping like cats.

Weather says it may rain today, but at least it isn't HOT! (yet.) We haven't had any 90's, but we did get up to 89 one day, and according to Nannie's figuring of her age, she has said she was 90 since the day she turned 89... 89 is the same as 90. So, as one of my dearly-loved former patients used to say..."Same thing, only different."

Joe, Glad the new job is going more smoothly than the previous one!

Ted, hope your mowing doesn't aggravate your hands and wrists as much this time. That'll teach you to skip a mowing and go off on the last bit of time off and away! Live and Learn! 😉 

Nel, nothing better than a cleanly washed and fluffed, allergy-medicated Wally! What does he get for allergies? Our former vet said 1/4th of a Zyrtec tab will do it for Pippy. Does Wally like going to the groomer or just tolerate it? I am happier with the groomer we take the dogs to now; the last two places we took them....meh and grrr!  I wasn't satisfied, and the dogs did not like them, either. The one we went to up in the mountains groomed them for 10 years. If we said "...We're going to Maxine's!", they got happy and excited. I'm sure they did not enjoy everything about grooming, however, they pranced around afterwards like they KNEW they were lookin' good!

herring, I had to smile about the "few minutes of small talk" before your hubby would take the breathing treatment. That line reminded me of a movie (don't know which one) where the guy nervously went to visit a woman of certain repute, and when she immediately started taking her clothes off, he said something like, "Uhhh, can't we just talk a few minutes before we get started?" A little coddling was needed. ☺️

j22,  Pollen seems to get into places that you never think need cleaning. I never would have thought of cleaning the screens, but it sure makes sense!

BCg, "Praying" that your septic system holds up until after you move ... uh, move away from that house, that is. 🙃

I guess that's it for now! 

 

 

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Wally LOVES going to Bertie's, Stars.

He gets half a tab of Apoquel, twice daily. I think it is used a lot with dogs. It really helps with his itching.

I have to dissolve it in water, and inject into his mouth with syringe. Wally LOVES to spit out those half tabs!!!

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Nel, I mash the 1/4 tab on Pip's plate with the side of a butter knife and add her food on that, stir it around a little; as soon as I put the plate down she has already practically inhaled 1/3rd of it.... I used to put it in a blop of butter, which she also liked a LOT. But she is tubby and doesn't need butter; hubby is always sneaking her snacks unapproved by me, but whaddya gonna do? I can't be standing there, arms akimbo, patting my foot about his giving treats to his "baby girl". He already knows how I feel about it, I promise. Periodically I announce: "NO bread, NO spicy stuff! NO potato chips! No cookies! NO chocolate! NO too-salty stuff!" ...and so on.

Hubby goes to the woman who does Nannie's hair, she is actually a barber, not a beautician or hairdresser. She asked hubby why Nannie couldn't make her appt this week. He told her that he and Nannie "had a little dust-up the other day and she's still mad at me." She asked something else and hubby said that he works his fingers to the bone inside the house, cooking and cleaning, and also has done all the mowing, planting, edging and blowing the walkway and driveway clear, taking care of Nannie's car, etc, etc. Then Nannie goes on her walk around the yard periphery; everything she sees (looks for) she comes up with something "WE" have to do. Hubby said "There ain't no 'we' about it, unless she's got a frog in her pocket."  (it's one of those strange Southernisms) 

He said to her (the barber) "I love my momma, but she is the most bitter, vindictive and hateful woman I've ever known." ( !!!!! )

To which the barber replied, "Oh, yes, I've seen that side of her; you should've heard the things she said about you wife when you first moved down here." 

HEH!! You can tell Nannie and my step-dgt are of the same bloodline! They just don't 'get it' ... people are who they are; you can accept it or tie yourself in knots over it. That is what I am getting better at, the last week or so. 

Hubby said, "I married her because she was pretty, had a great body and hair, and she's intelligent, funny and loyal. And I've gotten smarter every year since we've been together." 😍 He also said there was no way he could be here and do what he does without me having his back.

A brief funny: Nannie wanted to know, while we were watching the ball game, "Why is that man holding up a fan?" ----What man? (thinking it was a person in the stands) ---- "The one that is squatting ." ---- That's the catcher!

Well, tonight's game is going well so far...it's the top of the third, we are ahead 4-2. Anything can happen, though, so, watch I must!

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BCg, Jinxed! The septic system here needs to have a visit from the Honey Pot!

 I mentioned the month we moved in, that since there were now 3 people and 2 dogs using more water, etc., that we ought to get the septic system cleaned out. Ever since, I've been NOT flushing any TP, because I KNEW it was just a matter of time....

I am, after all, a Plumber's Daughter! When I was a kid, if someone said they were a P.K., I'd say I was, too!...But the only preaching he did was regarding things NOT to put in any sink, tub, or toilet! [or else!]

Now with so much rain, and the poop-tank sated, some dubious looking water is backing up into Nannie's tub, we have just discovered. She never uses the shower or tub and keeps the glass doors shut and draped with decorative towels, so who knew? Hubby suggested an air freshener for her bathroom, but then after he peeked into the tub and said, "Time to call the plumber!"

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