TINCTURE OF TIME

tincture of time

For those of us who suffer chronic illness or pain, there are fewer words spoken which bring more dread to an aching heart than, “Well, it’s just going to take time.”

Oh, that dreaded, ugly phrase has taught me far more patience than I ever sought to have, at least in this lifetime. Unfortunately, most healing of any category, does take time. That doesn’t mean we like it, understand it or even tolerate it, but that it just is. Like a wall of water to a drowning man, it has to be endured, floundered through and endured. I have yet to find any individual who could speed healing and believe me, I have searched. Therefore you and I had better learn to swim.

Of course, that is why we take antibiotics, vitamin supplements and many other forms of medication, in order to speed the healing process but cells have to be laid down, new skin, bone and sinew built and it will not be rushed. The body must do what it does and that is to seek a point of wellness and it will do it in its own time and way.

Even in my advanced years I find myself chafing against this particular scientific fact and often wonder how much patience I have actually achieved. Sometimes I think I have simply grown tired of pulling against the bonds of time that are often binding me to some particular illness, injury or surgery.  It takes so much energy to flail around, sputtering impatient words, gestures and attitudes to say little of what it does to those who have to live with me while I’m experiencing whatever the current mishap may be. It’s ugly. It is non-life giving and it does little good. The only virtue I can see in that entire machination is the fact it does allow you and I to blow off a bit of steam which actually can be a good thing; as long as it isn’t overdone. We just need to bear in mind that steam, although a fine medium for cooking vegetables, is not a good source of growth for living things.

There have been times, quite recently, when I have had to “express” myself to a loving God who I pray will understand that I am not always polite. If He doesn’t understand then certainly, no one will. I often have to rail against life and it’s cruelties to me as I struggle to recover from the most recent catastrophe in my life. My ranting is honest, it’s real and it comes from the heart. I often feel reassurance after such a dialog and go back to working on patience.

I find that I have often wasted a lot of perfectly good energy and time by ranting about a situation that is only healed and cured through time. To let go and give in to the needs time requires is much the wiser way to go. Too often we leave ourselves too much space and time to complain when we would be better served by picking up a tool, a needle, a book or a TV guide; however, we are mere mortals. Time does indeed have different speeds as anyone can contest to who has waited as a child waits for Christmas each year, as a watched pot waits to boil or as an individual running late for work waits for a garment to come out of the dryer. Some humans think it’s all the same, this time continuum, but I am convinced it has different speeds. What do those darn clocks know?

Letting off that steam we spoke of earlier is one way to use the time but often it goes too far and becomes a way of life. I have found when the frown lines begin to show on my face, it is then time to draw it in and settle down. When our impatience spills all over our family or friends like an indigestible meal, it is also time to think of them and not our own set of problems. Self-centeredness is one of the pitfalls of the time/patience theory and must be avoided like a pit full of snakes. Self-pity is one of those slippery slopes that comes much too easily and serves little purpose. All of the problems we are facing take on a more complicated glaze and everything becomes more difficult. Happier days flee by more quickly than miserable ones. How do we find happiness when we’re suffering a particularly bad time?

This whole lesson of patience has been a most difficult problem for me. Oh yea of little patience? That would be me holding up my hand. One of the solutions, at least for me is to look for those angels which appear to us. Angels come in all sizes, forms of life and shapes. Surely they can be ethereal but often they are two and four footed. A tiny, happy dog with a tale whose action can match that of a hummingbird surely brings a smile to all of our lips. A friend relaying a funny tale or mishap which has been survived can be uplifting. Sometimes there is a simple, quiet assurance that you and I are loved by others by an act of kindness shown toward us.

I have certain objects here in my bedroom which bring me joy. There are many which are pictures of loved ones, grandchildren, my daughter as a bride, my son as a groom, an adorable drawing that was a gift. Others are tiny objects given or received for fun and laughs. I realize I am fortunate to live amidst so much that brings significance to my life. The best part of fun and beautiful objects are the memories that accompany each and lead to reliving of experiences of life. I must confess all of the things I love are a bit more dusty than usual, the floor has bits of tissue where our tiny dog, George, has torn up a Kleenex before I could stop him and it’s definitely time to bring out my Roomba and set it lose. I can’t lift it but I can push its “on” button with a toe. Perhaps the rose colored carpet will resemble its original color by the end of the day today. As for the dust, well, perhaps I should look into growing radishes on surfaces but then again…

Martyrdom is a bit like self-pity but also to be avoided. It’s difficult for me to see something that needs doing and not do it. I am definitely the obnoxiously independent type but am forced to behave myself right now. I can’t expect my dear husband to work all day and then do more than he is already doing. He’s been shopping, doing the laundry and doing a bit of cooking.  I have a difficult time asking for help from others and if they hesitate after I’ve asked, well, forget it. I guess I’m proud and am proud of being so. I think pride can often keep an individual going when all else has slowed down.

I have found I must have laughter in my life. Georgie provides a great deal of that as does my husband and his job. Although I must admit those middle of the night phone calls from the jail where Jim is a nurse are not always humorous, but they can be. I have to read of joyous and victorious events. I love to read of others who have triumphed because it gives me hope. It’s simple. It is a reminder to me that I am not alone, I am not forgotten and I surely can, will and should survive this latest crisis. 24 hour news is such a bad idea I often have to limit it. Once you’ve heard of a tragic event, you don’t need to hear about it hourly. None of us need to.

I confess I am particularly fond of making fun of myself in various predicaments and was reminded of this in a favorite old movie the other day. The film is called “Crossing Delancy” and it is delightful. There is a grandmother in it, the grandma of our heroine, whose name is Bubbie. Bubbie has arthritis in her shoulders and knees and often complains by saying, “Oy, such pain, such pain as only my enemies should know.”

I love Bubbie and have to agree with her. “Oy, such pain.”

104 thoughts on “TINCTURE OF TIME

  1. ONCE AGAIN YOU HAVE COME UP WITH THE GOODS SUE, MY DEAR FRIEND………….I LOVE THE COMICAL PARTS WITH GEORGE, YOU TELL IT SO WELL. YES TEARS AND HOLLERING ARE A WASTE OF TIME WHICH COULD BE PUT TO BETTER USE, THOUGH I DO SEE SOMETIMES ITS HARD NOT TO SCREAM AND HOLLER……LIFE OFTEN SEEMS UNFAIR, BUT PUT IT AGAINST FOLKS WHO ARE SUFFERING IN A WORSE WAY THAN US…….IT BECOMES ANOTHER STORY.
    i TRY TO REMEMBER THE EIGHTEEN YEARS I HAVE HAS WITH MY DH, AND COMPARED TO THE LIFE I HAD BEFORE, WHICH GRANTED WAS HEALTHIER, IT WAS MISERABLE….SO I WILL TAKE MY PAIN AND MY BELOVED HUSBAND, AND PUT UP WITH IT.
    YOUR JIM IS A REAL DIAMOND, YOU CAN TELL HIM I SAID SO TOO.
    THINGS ARE PICKING UP BE IT EVER SO SLOW MY FRIEND, BUT YOU WILL GET THERE, WE ALL KNOW THAT…..LOVE TO YOU, AND GOD KEEP YOU SAFE….I THANK YOU FOR I WONDERFUL BLOG……………LOVE YOU….JENNIE XX

    • Jennie, yes, a happy marriage is surely a tincture of it’s own kind. Indeed I would agree about your remarks about my Jim. It’s been so hard on him these few months and especially this last five and a half weeks with me being able to do basically nothing. He and Beth have kept things reasonably clean around here which is so hard for him with working long hours, I know. I have greatly enjoyed all of your recent pictures on FB and am so pleased you feel well enough to take in such wonderful sites. Sounds like your garden took quite a beating in that recent storm and am thankful it is at the end of the blooming season at least. Has your DH started dismantling the roof flower boxes yet? Sounds like such an enormous job. I know he’s careful but you still worry, I know.
      As for me, this slow inching toward feeling better has driven me quite to the edge but then I must remind myself, in tears, that I have no choice but to give in to the tincture of time. I did walk around upstairs more today, still walking a bit crooked but standing up straighter. I can only be on my feet for a few mins. without shooting pains. Progress, even slow progress is still that, right? Much love to you, so far away. Do take care of yourself. Sue

  2. Another enjoyable read, Sue, and truth in the telling. Good old time. It does heal many things, but it’s not necessarily easy to wait it out, is it?

    • Lyn dear, I am a most impatient person and this being down flat for so long these weeks has been a terrible test of that lack of patience. One can only take so much TV without feeling like the brain will surely explode.
      I read Chris’s remarks about your back and then yours and am so sorry to hear you’re having trouble. Do be good and take the necessary time and heat to cure it. You have my complete empathy. Hope SB, DD and DH are doing well and you feel well enough to make a pumpkin muffin or two or find some way to celebrate the coming holiday. Love to you and prayers for recovery, Sue

  3. Sue
    Yea a wonderful blog..done at a not so wonderful time!
    Yep I wish time would just get on with it ..it does hang about!
    I’ve read that happiness is living in the present….well how does that work out for us lot …pain free people must have A parallel life going on somewhere !
    So Sue another blog that’s time passing ..another one for us

    Well we went to a place called Norwich today to get DH some stuff for camera so he can fit it to telescope to take pics of stars and things. Had lunch out I was naughty and had a bacon sandwich hubby good and tuna salad
    Got to vacate shed as DD and partner coming up for a few days. But not till Friday
    You be good sue and do what you know you should
    Chris

  4. Well it’s 4am here ,as usual I can’t sleep.at the moment got colic with the IBS
    I’ve been thinkin……to live in this present to be happy,I think your mind and body have to be the one whole
    Well with us maybe with our bodies..our minds aren’t where they are as with fit people
    We have to be somewhere different otherwise we’d be constantly with ourselves and our pain…does it make sense???
    Anyway that’s my theory! So to live in the present ain’t our goal,we have to be different somehow….it’s that somehow that’s tricky,
    Well gonna try and get back to sleep
    Chris

    • Oh Chris dear, another sleepless night. I understand so fully how difficult it can be to live in the present but we have small choice, right? To take ourselves to another location physically or mentally, can certainly make the time pass and also bring healing. I’m sure the shed and perhaps reading both do that for you.
      I pray you find things at home in fairly good order. I know how rough it’s been of late with your Dad and all of that menthol makes it so hard on you with your Sjogren’s Syndrome. How sad that he can’t understand the situation but I fear at his age he isn’t going to. I know you do so much for him and have peace within yourself and often have to watch him suffer and can’t help. It’s okay to do your best as you remain loyal to your own body, mind and DH. I pray his B/P is staying down. Bet the trips and the new photography equipment all help. Imagine, taking pics of the stars. How wonderful. Reminds me of an astronomy class I took long ago in college taught by an old sea captain. Someone had donated an observatory to the college which was fabulous.
      Hope your DD and her friend enjoy the shed and hope you get some rest back at home. Your sandwich? I love bacon sandwiches and find baking the bacon keeps it so tender for the teeth and it seems to have a better flavor. Here, of course we add avocado and tomatoes. Take care of you as you find ways to escape each day, in the moment. Love you, Sue

    • Yes, Chris, isn’t it annoying? I can confess here that my whole back went into spasm later last evening and I was in tears. Ended up taking a muscle relaxant and going to bed where I slept, thankfully, but woke often to carefully change position. A bit better today, still taking the meds and taking it easy while also moving it a bit so it doesn’t freeze. Enjoy your remaining time at the shed.

      • Thanks, Jennie. 🙂 Yes, better, but still careful. I know how quickly it can be undone. Also taking my muscle relaxant. Made me rather loopy this morning, but the longer I’m on it I’m sure that will pass. I’ve got to get out to the grocery store tomorrow, though!

  5. Oh my “PATIENCE”. My mother’s fav (well.. one of her fav’s)was the scripture which says “In your patience possess ye your soul”. My answer was , well I didn’t have a soul if that was the case, which would put her into a spasm. Well, I know I do have a soul, but still not much patience.
    I do feel for you so much Sue, as we are quite alike in that manner, let’s do it and do it NOW. I had the appt with the Pain Clinic Dr today. Very personable and likeable Egyptian man. Who, gave me injections in my rt hip today and set me up for the back in Dec. QUITE a different injection than the ones I have had and BIT more painful. But it did help. But , I digress. He asked me if I had mood changes. I should have asked if he remembered the Exorcist ? YES I have mood swings cause I HURT all the time. Dod I want to harm myself ? NO but I could sure harm someone else sometimes. I laughed, they looked at me. He snickered and the nurse was still looking, I told her I was kidding, but if they call me to come in sooner I will be afraid of lockdown 🙂
    COLD ! It is getting cold here. NONONONO, they are saying the SNOW word for Sat. UGH !! Time to go visit the kids in Az !!
    Love to you all
    Chris and Lyn, pray you are feeling better.
    Tonie

    • Tonie, hope the injection helps. Why are they waiting until Dec. for the back? Those questions about depression are very common with pain docs. They want to find out if you’re suicidal..is all…Fun, huh? As we all know, some folks get that way. Snow, already? OH NO. Hope it isn’t so. Are you ready? House all ready? Hope so and pray it stays away for awhile. Love, Sue

      • Sue, I am NEVER ready for snow 🙂 Yeah, as ready as I could ever be. The first opening he had was the day after Thanksgiving. Not happening. Roanoke would be a madhouse. So I opted for the next opening which is like the 2nd of Dec. It is helping by they way, my hip feels better. I am still praying I get some money at the end of this month ! I have fuel to buy. among other things.

  6. HELLO,
    LYN……HOPE YOU HAD A BETTER DAY, AND AS SUE SAYS…..BE CAREFUL LIFTING THE GROCERIES OR ANYTHING ELSE, SOUNDS LIKE YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO……..XX
    SUE……..HOPE THERE IS AN IMPROVEMENT WITH YOUR PAIN, JUST THE FACT THAT YOU ARE WRITING ON HERE AGAIN IS AN ENCOURAGEMENT IN ITSELF……LOVE YOU XXX
    TONIE…..ARE YOU FEELING SOME EASE AFTER YOUR INJECTION? I AM SURE YOU WILL KNOW MORE IN A FEW DAYS WHEN ITS KICKED IN….XX
    CHRIS…….STILL GOT GOOD WEATHER? DID YOU SEE THE POPPIES ON THE NEWS? PEOPLE BEING ASKED NOT TO GO VISIT TILL HALF-TERM IS OVER, TOO MANY AND POSING SECURITY RISKS……CLAIRE AND HER SISTER PUT SOME THERE ON BEHALF OF THE DEAF SOCIETY SHE SIGNS FOR…..YOU OK?……XX

    WELL I MANAGED TO GET TO THE COAST WIT MY DH AND SACHA…..HE GOT A RUN ON THE BEACH (THE DOG), WE HAD A LOVELY MEAL, THEN THE HEAVENS OPENED AND IT RAINED FOR THE REST OF THE TIME…..CLOTHES DAMPENED BUT NOT OUR SPIRITS, THOROUGHLY ENJOYED ALL OF IT, MANAGED TO TAKE A FEW PHOTOS, AND A COFFEE ON THE WAY HOME, WHAT MORE COULD A GIRL WANT? SORE TUSH BUT I DON’T CARE…….LOVE YOU ALL, HAVE A GOOD THURSDAY…..OH YES, MUST REMEMBER TO GET THE SWEETIES IN FOR THE HALLOWEEN MONSTERS TOMORROW, THE FRENCH KIDS HAVE ONLY JUST CAUGHT ON……GUESS WHO THEY TARGET??? YUP, US BRITS.

    • Jennie, glad you enjoyed the beach yesterday and had a great time! I saw pics on FB. 🙂 Oh, yikes, Trick or Treat here tonight. I may just go dark to try to keep Sadie’s barking to a minimum. Although, DD did get her a cute bumblebee costume last night… I guess I could pick up some candy today at the store.

      Oh, I do feel much better today, but know that could go south in a flash so I will proceed with caution. 😉

  7. Tonie
    That’s so good that injection. Is helping
    Yea prayers for your money to come through soon
    You want a placard to say these are the jokes folks!
    I’m away tomorow for the w.end DD is having the shed for a couple of days .ive stocked up for her ( as you do ) only I’m trying to stop myself nibbling at it!

    Sue you be good!
    Chris

    • Chris, glad you are still enjoying your shed ! I miss your pics !! I was telling my brother and sister about you and Jennie and all the pics you send. Take care and enjoy.
      Love
      Tonie

  8. Hello, everyone. Yes, I’m behaving, but not being totally sedentary. That would not be a good idea. I managed a short walk with the pooch yesterday morning, SB took her on a hike in the afternoon, which resulted in me giving her a shower/bath yesterday evening during the first hour of Trick or Treating – a blessing in disguise as she didn’t notice the activity outside. I made it to the grocery for some needed items, which SB unloaded from the car for me. All’s good. Yes, today is Halloween, but last night was trick or treating in our area. No plans for tonight. Tomorrow I have a baby shower to attend. That was fun shopping! DD and I went together and we really should have a chaperone to watch us and the budget. We did go overboard. After the last Visa bill I’m wondering if I should return a couple of items… It’s just so hard with so many cute and helpful items out there! Guess I’ll lay them all out today and see if I need to make a return trip.
    Happy Halloween, all!

    • Lyn:
      Just an FYI, I make crocheted baby blankets and quilts, If the need ever arises again. And you want, let me know. Keep you out of trouble

  9. TRICK OR TREATERS ON THE BALL HERE IN FRANCE…..THEY ROCKED UP AT 2-30PM. THINK SOMEONE OUGHT TO TELL THEM ITS AN EVENING THING….BLESS!! GOOD JOB I REMEMBERED TO GET SOME GOODIES IN…..HAVE A NICE HALLOWEEN EVERYONE…….LOVE….JENNIE XX

  10. Morning all:
    Woke up to SNOW here in the Blue Ridge/Appalachians. YUK !! Not much , but supposed to continue thru the day. Not ready for this ! Put the boys sweaters on them so their little bellies don’t freeze. They love running around in it. I will have to go out and feed the chickens soon,
    Went to swim yesterday, great workout. Then home and made muffins for my breakfast (pumpkin, banana, walnut, oats). Then Carol and I went out on her farm to gather “bittersweet”. It is a vine with beautiful orange berries that you can make into a wreath for fall. They must be outside cause the berries stain very bad. SO it goes on the gate or fence. Long walk and in a drizzle. The dogs were having a blast running around getting muddy. Ceasar was whining cause he was getting wet and cold, he ran ahead to lead us back to the car. It was an immediate bath for them. I love going back in the fields on her farm. Beautiful old Victorian home with a Log Cabin in the middle of it. Built in the 1700’s and the house added around it in the 1800’s. Old barn just acres of open hills and trees.
    So much history in these mountains. All around us. Across the road from her house is an old Mill where they used to grind their millet. The home has a spring house where you used to store all your butter milk and eggs. Those were common place at most homes here.
    Well chatter chatter. Love to all
    Tonie
    PS, gonna be a lazy day here at the Dalton abode

    • Tonie, I thought of you when I saw the weather today down your way. It sounds like you had a great day yesterday and hopefully you could just stay in during the snow and watch it falling. I love to do that. I can’t wait to see Sadie in her first snow! I think she’s going to love it! DD and I went to my niece’s baby shower this afternoon. It was a lovely time and we enjoyed time with family. This little baby is already being spoiled with lots of love – and presents! They are having a little girl, and I can’t wait to meet her! She will be well loved for sure. Now I should be getting some vacuuming done, but SB works nights this weekend, so he’s catching a nap before work. Don’t want to wake him. Guess it’ll keep until sometime tomorrow – when he’s not sleeping. Glad his stint of night shift is over after that. I feel bad, though, he has to work Sunday into Monday, then has class Monday at noon. Poor kid. Meanwhile, my back continues to improve. 😀

      • Lyn, boy is that little baby girl going to meet a cloud of love. Such fun in new life, huh? SB will survive those nightshifts depending on whether or not he’s a night person. Jim usually preferred that ship when we lived in CA and worked it for 20 years. That having to go to class after being up all night, well, now that’s rough duty.
        Pleased your back is better since you handled it so wisely. Keep singing dear girl…Love you, Sue

    • Tonie, It’s good to hear you so chatty. Is that the effect of snow? I’ll bet the pups had a ball. Lots of work for Mama though. Carol’s wonder old house is amazing indeed. I can just imagine all the treasures it holds and the history is awe inspiring. Hope you’re snuggled warm as a bug in a rug with that awful cold. The country around you sounds marvelous and I know it’s beautiful.
      Hope your surgery in the shoulder is much better and hope your body isn’t responding too much to the cold. Chicken better grow a few more feathers…right? Love to Judy and good to get such a long descriptive greeting from you. Now must rest. Love you a lot, Sue

      • Sue:
        Indeed Carol’s house has many treasures, a few of which I plan to nab when and if I ever get a large enough home 🙂 I stayed in and rested watching movies all day Sat. Very tired today for some reason, I need to get me some coffee and go and swim in a bit. I can feel a cold coming on. UGH !! I will have a LONG shift with Ms Alice tomorrow. Her daughter is working the election and won’t be home until late. so 10 hour day for me. Needless to say I will be WHOOPED I know.
        Good to see you on here as well, Pray you are feeling better. THe dogs are not up to the time change and instead of 7:30 they get me up at 6 😦 Oh well. Must go make coffee.
        Love ya
        Tonie

  11. Tonie
    The way you describe where you are sounds idilic .and I will send some photos next time I go anywhere..got some fixing of the shed to be done next few weeks.that will require some sorting out after .then the site closes for a month.so mite get a day in somewhere there
    Lyn
    Good you are improving…..how’s SB s back! Did he get to see the other dr?

    Well I fell down over a vacuum cleaner on the decking at shed, broke my new glassas.and hurt various places! I was trying to empty it out and just tripped on it
    Hurt my tum where it’s sore anyway and got a swollen eye
    Thankfully no worse.but it was a shock .its funny everything goes in slow motion as you fall
    So I am a bit mad as workmen are doing stuff to the shed and it’ll require some tiding up and could have done without this….still it is as it is?!

    Jen
    Glad you had such a good time at coast..you get another in before winter sets in
    Well as usual it’s nearly 2am and here I am awake…I took some cocodamol last nite and they usually make me sleep ……alas..
    So try again Chris

    • Chris, I am so sorry to hear about your fall. I’m sure sore spots and bruises will be turning up for days. It seems to always happen after a fall. Sorry about the glasses but mostly worried that you now have a new burden. Prayers and hugs from afar and I’m so sorry. Do take care. Sounds like it came at a bad time for you with much going on. Hope DH is okay and that you can get the chores done in time.
      I’m very slowly improving. Sat in the living room downstairs today for about twenty mins. and visited with Jim and it was lovely to be down there. Pain still bad but less. Can’t believe how weak I am from being so forced lazy. Much love, Sue

      • CHris:
        Out here in the “sticks” as we phrase it, it is indeed a slow country life. No stores in close proximity, nor any other industry besides farming. Horses everywhere ! You know i love that !
        So sorry about your fall. I always feel so dumb when I do that and always think “I hope someone saw that cause it had to be funny”. Glad you are not hurt worse, although replaceing the glasses can be pricey.
        Look forward to the pics
        Love
        Tonie

  12. HELLO EACH……TONIE, I LOVE YOUR DESCRIPTIONS OF WHERE YOU GET TO, CAN’T BELIEVE YOU HAVE SNOW ALREADY, SOUNDS LIKE THE DOGS ARE ENJOYING IT AT LEAST, LIKE THE IDEA OF THE WREATH, BET THAT LOOKS PRETTY.

    LYN…I FEEL SO SORRY FOR SB TO HAVE TO WORK NIGHTS, STILL ITS DONE FOR NOW, DOES HE HAVE TO DO THAT ON A REGULAR BASIS? GLAD YOU HAD A GOOD TIME WITH YOUR FAMILY.

    CHRIS…..HOW ARE THE BRUISES? POOR YOU, WHAT A THING TO HAPPEN…..TEMPERATURES GOING DOWN HERE NOW, HOW ABOUT FOR YOU? THE KIDS GOT BACK FROM GERMANY YESTERDAY, THEY HAD A GREAT TIME, THEY WERE TREATED SO WELL BY THE GERMANS, AND ALL WAS SO CLEAN AND TIDY EVERYWHERE……..HAVE A RESTFUL WEEKEND, AND TALK SOON.

    SUE….HOPE YOU ARE OK, THINK OF YOU OFTEN AND HOPE YOU ARE DOING OK…….LOVE YOU…..JENNIE XXXXXXX

    • Hi, Jennie! No, SB doesn’t usually work night audit. He worked a similar shift at times when he worked in the movie theater – working until 3 or so, then having to get up for school! We were upset, and that’s when he was really having migraines. That schedule didn’t help them! Hopefully he won’t have to work it much in this job. I think they are short a night person. I know SB was after DD’s boyfriend to apply for a night audit job at his hotel. DD’s boyfriend currently works that shift at another hotel that is a good 45 mins from here. Working where SB does would be so much closer for him. Hopefully it will all work out.

      Chris, I think you asked about SB’s back. He’s not been able to make any more appts. yet. He likes when I can rub it for him, but I can’t really do much for long with my arthritis. Frustrating. I know what to do and where to help him, just can’t.

      • Hi Lyn……..got that clear now, and I hope he gets the position he is after, especially if night shifts contributed to his migraines, he can do without that…………….prayers for his success…………..love Jennie x

      • Jennie, SB started working as a house person at a local hotel after the movie job. He’s been at the hotel 1 1/2 or 2 years now, although he now works at the front desk and was recently promoted to front desk manager. I’m assuming he had to cover night audit this weekend because they are down a person in that position. Things you need to do when you’re the manager…

    • Jennie so pleased you got out before the cold set in. Yes, I’m a wee bit better each day but still very cautious and a bit off balance because can’t stand up totally straight yet. Well, sounds like winter is here. We’ve had more rain this weekend. Jim shopped today, after going to jail to check out the felons. Some idiot keeps pretending to fall to get out of there. They prefer the hospital to jail. He’s holding up well, Jim, that is, but this down time for me has been hard for him. The grands had a great holiday as princess from Frozen and a Star Wars trooper. Went to an even in town called a Monster Bash and tell me they had a good time. Beth brought them by to see us first. Our trick or treaters gather at the Coast Guard base housing. It’s safe and all the families decorate or they do it downtown. With the darkness and hills both are better options around here. Hope you’re as well as can be dear friend. Love, Sue

      • Hi Sue…..how nice to hear from you, glad you are keeping upright, even for short periods, I know it must be very painful for you, so easy does it. Your Jim has been a real brick, but then you know that…..what a bind that he has to deal with all that stuff at work, but I guess its the nature of the job. Sounds like the Grands had fun for Halloween, how nice tha you gotto see them togged up.
        Yes it was great to see the coast again, pity it pizzled down most of the day, but we were not put off, and may try and go again before the Winter takes its usual toll.
        The Indian Summer is well and truly over here, as I am sitting here in my study, the rain is coming down in sheets, just got back from the clinic, where we had our flu shots, we were there at 7-45am, so no time to unravel my bones first.
        Well that’s all my news for now my friend, I will be hoping for small steps of progress from you, which will surely happen with all the collective prayers that head your way…………….Love you big…….Jennie xx

  13. Jen
    Well Germany is sooo clean I remember that from when I lived there.i lived with a German family and went back there when married and they were so exited to see us all
    Yea at shed now. Raining hailing ypu name it,.we got it !
    Theyve got to clear the lounge out to do the floorboards next week and it gives rain…..bummer!

    Lyn you must be so proud of him to do all he does with what has to put up with.

    Well gonna get ready to watch Downton

    Chris

    • HI CHRIS…….Good luck with all the work at the shed, hope the workmen take their blooming shoes off before they start,,,,some hopes huh? Don’t let them stress you out, not worth it. I didn’t realize you once lived in Germany, an experience seeing how other folks live eh? Ok love catch you later….love Jen x

      • Jen/Chris:
        I lived in Germany for a year also. Army post. We lived off post in an apt in Babenhausen, in between Darmstadt and Aushafenburg. Great memories, most of them.

  14. Sue
    So good to hear you …and you went downstairs….well what an improvement. I know you will be weak but you will pick up as you do a little more. It must have cheered you to see the grands dressed
    Well John up with me as well and has made a cup,of tea.its 4.30 am…and eating a mars bar!

    Tonie
    Those muffins sound good..can you give the recipe ?
    Well gonna try and get back to sleep
    Chris

  15. Yep Jen
    I’ve lived in Germany .,penang in Malaya and Australia ( on the edge of the desert and a city there)
    I love seeing how different people live ,their shops and different ways of cooking
    Ok gonna start the day
    Chris

  16. Chris:
    Not really a recipe, I just throw stuff together. I had 3 bananas I needed to use, so in they went. Along with:
    2 eggs
    1 cup of Pumpkin
    1/2 cup of honey
    1/2 cup of English walnuts
    1/2 cup of Stevia (or sugar)
    1 tsp vanilla
    1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
    1 1/2 cup whole oats

    Beat together the eggs, pumpkin, sugar, honey and vanilla until smooth. Then add the flour and lastly the oats. Spoon in to muffin tins and bake at 375′ until brown. baking time depends on the size of tin you use. I have small ones so bakes about 12 minutes

  17. GOod morning all:
    I am moving so slow this am !! I really need to go and swim in a bit. Having coffee with a couple of little muffins I made Fri.
    It is vacation time for the hunters here. Hunting season is open and the hills are ringing with gunshots as they bag turkey and/or deer (blackpowder for the deer) I hope someone gets the mob that ate my garden !! 🙂 Judy got broadsided by a deer on Friday night. Common place around these wooded areas. Really messed up her friends van she was driving. She said it was a big doe who looked like a beef ! The White Tail deer around here get really big. I remember in Arizona up North in the Kaibab Forest, they stocked it with White Tail and hunters loved to get drawn for that area.
    Well, I hope and pray you all have a wonderful day !! Love
    Tonie

  18. Hello all !
    The sun is shining and the cold is not so cold, so turning out to be a good morning. Hope all of you Americans go out and vote today , if you haven’t already.
    My son is sacked out on the couch. He had to come up and get his dad from the hospital. He is facing 12 months of chemo, he says if it makes him sick he will stop. The Dr gave him a year TOPS, even if he has the chemo. So prayers for my young’uns please. They are going to need it.
    I had a pretty productive day yesterday. Got the kitchen squared away, refrigerator cleaned and worked out. Pretty much does it. After the long day with Ms Alice today, I am sure I will be tired. But at least I can take a nap with her 🙂 Take care all and have a wonderfully blessed day !
    Love
    Tonie

    • PRAYERS FOR THE YOUNG’UNS COMING UP TONIE….I FEEL DESPERATELY SORRY FOR THEM, NO MATTER THAT YOU AND YOUR EX ARE NOT TOGETHER, IT STILL AFFECTS YOU AS A FAMILY WHEN SICKNESS STRIKES, THE KIDS WILL BE LOOKING TO YOU FOR COMFORT….WHICH I KNOW YOU WILL HAVE FOR THEM AT THE READY……..LOVE TO YOU ALL………….JENNIE XX

    • Tonie, Yep, you’ll be tired tonight but think of all that cash. I’m surprised but pleased that your ex was able to come home. Yes it will be hard on the kids emotionally and the doing of so much, especially your son. Prayers for certain.
      You sound better today. Good. I guess the weather helped contribute to that. A productive day helps too, doesn’t it? I feel so unproductive I can testify to that right now. Did a bit yesterday and every little bit helps. Later dear girl, Love, Sue

      • SUE…I TAKE MY HAT OFF TO YOU IN YOUR EFFORTS TO GET MOVING AGAIN, BUT I ALSO WORRY THAT THE BABY STEPS WE ARE ALL SAYING FOR YOU TO TAKE, MAY TURN INTO BIGGER ONES AND MAYBE YOU ARE NOT READY? I DO THINK THAT I AM SOMEWHAT OF A HYPOCRITE, AS IT WOULD BE EXACTLY WHAT I WOULD BE DOING, I HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO CRAWL TO THE BATHROOM ON MY HANDS AND KNEES, JUST SO I COULD LOB BLEACH DOWN THE LOO…….I REST MY CASE……..LOVE YOU DARLING, KEEP GOING, BUT GENTLY……JENNIE XX

    • Tonie dear, bet you’re exhausted today after yesterday with Ms. Alice and hope you can get some kick back time. Has your weather warmed at all? Poor chickens facing the reality of this cold world. Good they have you to look after them.
      As far as your ex chemo side effects are managed so much better these days than even a few years ago. Hope he has a top notch oncologist and will be a fairly good patient. This is in a way a rite of passage for both of your kids as sad as it is. Impending death can be such a wake up call for those who love the patient. It seems folks either learn or grow bitter. Hopefully your two will cherish life in a new way and learn from this and from his life.
      Been thinking of you so much lately with the cold onset and snow. November here with a boom. Take care, stay warm and know you’re loved. Sue

  19. Tonie
    Thanks for the recipe .i will try it minus the nuts ( diver) when I got a few days in a row at home
    It sounds really nice.i mite put in some maple syrup too!
    Hope you had a good rest .
    It’s a sad time ..prayers for all your family

    Well I got home but lots of apps and stuff,then back to shed to sort out there ..floorboards being screwed and carpet had to be lifted and all stuff put away. And furniture moved then the decking is being sorted …ugh! But had to be done under the guarantee now.so best done but a mess to see to.
    Ok Got to wait for tumble dryer..guess what ..we got home and DH spilt red wine on the 2 lounge chairs so had to wash the covers and tumble them ..they are washable … ,,so that was a testing time!!.!
    Chris

    • CHRIS……..WAS IT RED WINE…..IF IT WAS WELCOME TO MY WORLD…THINK I EXPLAINED THAT IF MY DH GETS HIS HANDS ON BEETROOT OR RED JAM, IT LOOKS LIKE A BATTLE HAS BEEN FOUGHT IN MY KITCHEN, AND TAKES A LOT OF ELBOW GREASE TO PUT THINGS TO RIGHTS….BETTER OFF DOING THINGS MYSELF.
      I HOPE YOU ARE NOT WEARING YOURSELF TO A FRAZZLE WITH ALL THAT WORK.
      TAKE CARE LOVE…….TALK SOON…JENNIE XX

    • Chris, Oh dear…red wine. I hope it came out in the wash and thankful the covers are washable. Don’t you sometimes wish we could just hold up one of those crossing walk signs that say STOP and force life to let us catch up but no, the stuff just keeps on coming. It seems like some of the little things get me down sometimes like dirty corners, a stack of catalogs that arrive in the mail which I cannot lift, etc.
      How’s your Dad doing? My word but you have had so much going on besides keeping an eye on him. Keep moving sweet lady…I know, what’s the choice, right? Much love, Sue

  20. Hello lovelies- greetings from Texas. Bet you thought I’d dropped off the face of the planet! Such a “timely” post Sue! Fighting my own battles with impatience lately.
    Rehab for shoulder injury at work (Sept 30th) going a little better. Rotator cuff and biceps tendonitis. Little one tried to “fly” again and hurt my shoulder catching her…
    Unfortunately I have bigger “owies” to deal with. My car was rear ended on the way to choir practice a couple weeks ago (Oct 22) Trip to ER for cervical and thoracic strains, and car totaled. Missed 3 days of work and am still in a lot if pain. Made my trip to the pumpkin patch on the 24th with Isabel interesting. I was quite loopy on pain meds and muscle relaxers (Christian and Lily drove so I could take pain meds- only way I was gonna be able make the trip.) But Isabel had a blast. Tossing hay in the air, giggling, and jumping in piles of it, petting all the farm animals, riding the tractor, and going on her first hayride!
    Then she came to the Halloween party at my school (she goes to a Spanish preschool now) and helped me pass out the lollipop “spiders” I made for the kids. We had a piñata and she was whacking away at it with the best of them! She was dressed up in her little Halloween kitty cat tutu and leggings (from TiTi Annie of course!) and had her hair in ponytails with little barrettes that were shaped like kitty ears. So cute!!! I love that baby girl.
    Do say a prayer for me if you think to. The pain in my back has localized to mostly one place about the level of T12-L1 and I’m afraid it may have re-herniated one of the discs I had surgery on two years ago. I’m seeing my neurologist on Nov 10 and will request an MRI to evaluate it. Meanwhile all the hassles with the auto insurance over the car and the injury are frustrating and a little crazy-making. Tincture of time, indeed. I’m not real strong on patience right now.
    Must try to get some sleep. Took pain meds but they’re not doing much yet.
    Love to all,
    Princess Crabby (and Ouchy) Pants

    • Ooo, Ouchy Pants indeed! Prayers, my friend. Ugh. Lots of back ouchies in our group lately. It’s 9:15 am here and I’ve been sitting with my coffee and heating pad for some time myself. Trying to get a bit more comfortable as I know Sadie pup will be begging for a walk soon. Yes, folks, that weird thing I did to my lower left cleared, it’s just my usual arthritic areas at play now. Tempted to take a muscle relaxer. My new tabs do make me a bit loopy but perhaps if I used them more often they would not. If I take one this morning it will probably be cleared before my first student comes, but I’ll likely be tired. Already tired. 😦 Well, Annie Ouchy Pants, take care around those little ones! Poor dears don’t know what you’re feeling and that they can’t fly from your grasp.

      • Lyn dear, sorry about the current pain issues with your arthritis. Sounds like Sadie has you all well trained as is usually the case, isn’t it? You’re the only judge as to how much the muscle relaxant works and how long it will last. I say, take them if you can get a bit of relief. Awful how the RA fatigue seems to pile on board with the pain…kind of a “twofor”. Do be good to yourself and stay warm. I just ordered a new heating pad from Amazon. Wore mine out and can’t imagine living without one especially right now trying to get this cracked vertebra to mend. Take it easy. I know you do push yourself as many of us do. Much love, Sue

    • Oh Annie, I am so sorry to hear your latest misadventures. You must wonder often why life can’t pick on somebody else for a change…but then again, I know you wouldn’t wish many of your troubles on anyone else. I pray that area on your back hasn’t reherniated and far as your accident, oh that’s awful. The only good I see is that you’ll get a new car. Be tough with those insurers because they do hate to part with money. Prayers and hugs dear and be thinking of you on the 10th. Much love, Sue

      • The Misadventrues of Annie !!
        Annie dear, prayers indeed for your back. Take care and BEHAVE. you are worse than me !! I sometimes think accidents are the Lord’s way of giving us a better vehicle. Take care dear
        Tonie

  21. ANNIE LOVE, HOW NICE TO HEAR FROM YOU, BUT OH DEAR YOU ARE IN A BIT OF A PICKLE ARE YOU NOT? I WILL BE SAYING PRAYERS FOR YOU FOR THE 10TH DEAR GIRL, OPE THE NEURO CAN FIX OUR PROBLEM. IS THE CAR A MESS THEN? OU SOUND TO HAVE ENJOYED THE FARM DESPITE YOUR PAIN, I AM GLAD ABOUT THAT.
    PLEASE LET US KNOW HOW THINGS DEVELOP, YOU MUST BE IN A LOT OF PAIN……LOVE YOU SWEETS….JENNIE XX

  22. Jennie, I know. Sometimes we don’t even know we’ve done too much until we do it but that’s the way it goes lately, slippery slope sliding forward and back. Loved your bleach story. Love you, Sue

    • HI SUE……..HOW ARE THINGS? ITS VERY COLD HERE NOW, I CAN’T BELIEVE HOW NEAR TO NOEL IT IS, I WAS SUNBATHING A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO…….I HAD MY TREATMENT TODAY, GOT THE LAST ONE IN TWO WEEKS, I WILL BE SAD TO GO REALLY, IT SOUNDS ODD TO SAY, BUT I HAVE ENJOYED GOING TO MY WHACKY THERAPIST, AND I WILL MISS THE CHAT……THERE HAS BEEN SOME IMPROVEMENT, AND HE HAS TOLD ME TO COME BACK IF THERE ARE SERIOUS PROBLEMS……………
      HOW ARE THE BABY STEPS COMING ALONG? GENTLEY DOES IT SWEETHEART, LOTS OF PRAYERS ALWAYS ONGOING…..LOVE YOU….JENNIE XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

      • Jennie, your whacky therapist has really helped and I hate to see you stop, also…his sense of humor aside. Indeed, no sun here for bathing unless you want a shower with it. Odd how the sun can shine here while it’s raining. Pretty, though. Indeed Christmas bells are jingling in my ears, faint but there. Trying to do online shopping a bit to get started. I appreciate your prayers so much and know all I need is time and stubbornness. Don’t worry about me overdoing it because my back informs me immediately and doesn’t even let me stand up straight when I’ve pushed it. UGH!! Do be good to yourself sweet lady. Love, Sue

  23. Morning all:
    Whew ! Has it been 2 days since I posted ? It was 9 pm before I got home on Tuesday. Wasn’t all that tired that night, but couldn’t sleep and yesterday it hit me ! So rested all yesterday when I got home and feel somewhat better today.
    It has been nice weather this week, but supposed to be cold again tomorrow UGH ! Well guess what !!?? No monies YET ! I called the lawyer and they checked with the SS board and found out that the decision is still being written as of 10/21 😦 She said it takes them a long time to get all the information on their decision on the forms required by the government. My file was like 700 pages long, so …. SO I am still waiting. Another couple of weeks they told me which means no trip to Az in November 😦 !! But I have loaded up all my worries on the Lord’s shoulders as He told us to do and I really feel much better about all of this. He will provide as He always has and meet my needs. I did see a nice RED Chevy truck I got my eye on. It is tailor made for me. 4 wheel drive, club cab, even got a SUNROOF ! I am gonna window shop a bit and stop to see how much they want for it. Just in case you know ??
    Sue so happy you are getting to move some, and Lyn that you are recupping. Janet, thank you for the prayers. and my family . Jennie and Chris as well. Chris, see if you can find some OXYCLEAN in your stores, it is an oxygenated cleaner and works GREAT on stains like that. Hope you like the muffins. I throw some chocolate chips in from time to time as well . Your cupboard is your limit !
    Okay please have a lovely day all. I am up early so had plenty of time to write you. Now for another cup of coffee to go with my muffin !
    Love
    Tonie

    • TONIE……SORRY TO HEAR THE SS ARE DRAGGING THEIR HEELS, BUT I AM SURE IT WILL COME GOOD IN THE END, AND WHO KNOWS, YOU MAY STILL GET THAT TRIP BACK TO AZ. COLD AS CHARITY HERE NOW, THE GARDEN IS LOOKING SCRAGGY, BUT STILL GOT SOME PRODUCE GOING ON.
      HOPE YOU ARE KEEPING WELL MY FRIEND….ENJOY YOUR MUFFINS, THEY SOUND GREAT, I HAVE COPIED THE RECIPE TOO….WILL LET YOU KNOW HOW IT GOES….LOVE YOU…..JENNIE XX

    • Tonie, A red truck huh? Sounds great, kind of like Santa? No reindeer though. I am disappointed to hear your SS is still bogged down. Don’t these people know you need to eat. I know you’re disappointed about the trip, also. I am sorry.
      Well, the weather sort of sucks huh? We’re still just loaded with rain, off and on. Good old soggy Oregon.
      Beth just left and we had a nice visit, trying to plan for the holidays. I can’t help but dread them this year because they’ll be so curtailed and I’m just a big Christmas nut..I admit it. Life has whacked me so hard this year I’m beginning to cry Uncle. Enough already, you know? I know you do. Hang in there dear friend and that money will help when it finally arrives. Much love, Sue

      • Sue:
        I am praying for your recovery daily. I know how you love Christmas. Not sure what is going to happen with me this year. I may have to endure my Ex at my son’s being as he is on his way out. We will see. I have so much to get done, and I need to stop procrastinating and get to it. My kitchen and couch are covered in crafts for the church bazaar, I need to finish things I am making for the kids, and I REALLY need to finalize the program for the Christmas play !!!!!
        I do so love Christmas, I love GIVING. And SHARING and being with the ones I love. I am really wiped out today, but need to go and swim. It so helps my body feel better. Have to go to the grocery store (UGH) So MORE COFFEE, a muffin and off I go.
        Hope you all have a wonderful day. It is a bit overcast here. Sunshine would be nice !
        Love
        Tonie

  24. Ok folks. What a time I’ve had
    Well got up yesterday and went to cup,d in dining room at home I keep biscuits..they had been chewed by mice..so we checked the loft where I usually keep an eye on mice…but with the shed and all I ain’t..well yep there too….so cleanup and sorting done
    Next doors garden backs onto our front..they had a bonfire from hell and a cleanup required on my front
    Then went to drs..it’s not reflux cough ,it’s institial inflammation ,or summat like that,so now got a steroid inhaler…sjogrens I expect
    Then had to go sort out shed after they relayed the floorboards….then they lowered the front of the veranda today….all mess as it was raining….and the wind is 38 mph out there..and that suits me fine how I’m feeling…so It’s rainy and windy and I’m just sitting here watching it ….trying not to cough all the time
    Gotta keep away from strong smells..so dr says. Well that’s awkward as as well I didn’t mention the lock broke on the shed door with key on it…so they had to fix that before veranda done and it was pouring
    Anyway I digress they sprayed all the workings with some smelly oil and here I am trying not to cough
    Well winds blown cover off table..better go and fix
    Chris

    • BLOODY HELL CHRIS……WHAT A DAY, WHAT A MESS, POOR YOU, WISH I COULD HAVE BEEN THERE TO HELP OUT. WELL AT LEAST YOU NOW KNOW WHAT WAS CAUSING THE COUGH AND GETTING IT TREATED.
      ITS BEEN RAINING AND WINDY HERE TOO, WOKE UP THIS MORNING WITH A BAD EYE AGAIN, WATERING, STINGING, HURTING SO BAD DIDN’T KNOW WHERE TO PUT MYSELF TO GET RELIEF…..ANYWAY ITS MUCH BETTER NOW, AND I GOT THE CHIMNEY SWEPT AT LAST, SO A NICE LOG FIRE THIS WEEKEND,
      EXPAT CENTRE TOMORROW, THEN CHURCH SUNDAY, THEN DH TREATING ME TO A BIRTHDAY LUNCH…SO NOT ALL BAD….I HOPE YOU CAN HAVE A GOOD REST THIS WEEKEND ONCE EVERYTHING IS SHIP SHAPE AND BRISTOL FASHION AGAIN LOVE…..BEEN A TOUGH DAY FOR YOU……..LOVE JENNIE XX

      • Jennie dear, oh goodness. How do you sweep out a chimney without getting tiny particles in your eyes? Does it help with the pain to gavage or wash it out with a neutral saline eye wash? It sounds painful. Boy the attacks just keep coming don’t they? So happy Birthday a couple of days early. Hope you feel well for all you have planned. You make me a bit envious of your social life as I vegetate waiting for healing…go have fun for me, too, okay? Enjoy, okay and know you are loved. Sue

    • Chris dear, oh my. As Mom would say, “If that just doesn’t beat all?” I know you must wonder at times what the next hour will bring. Now mice? They’re such destructive little boogers, aren’t they and can get through any space..that’s what drives me crazy when we’ve had problems in the past. Best of luck with that dear lady. I must confess that I’m a but confused about what is going on at the shed. Is it replacement of floors? I got lost. Sounds like a complete mess and a lot of work for you and DH. I’m sorry for that for you.
      I don’t know how your medical system works but it would be helping, don’t you think, do get a second opinion on your cough and nasal problems. They cause you so much daily suffering. Would it help at all to put a very fine film of Vaseline in the nostrils? You don’t want to put much because you don’t want to inhale it into the lungs. Is that also keeping you from your Dad’s where everything is menthol? I’m guessing it is. I hate cough because they wrack the body in so many ways. So much, so much. I pray you find the strength to cope with all of this and are getting the physical and medical help you so need. Much love, Sue

  25. Yea Jen

    Gonna go for coffee tomorow,a little food shopping then nowt.DD gonna go to the rememberence ceremony to be there for my dad and take photos.then I will go on the 11th to take photos when he does his stuff for the war memorial. Let’s hope its good weather.so we go back Monday nite .then when we come back again we have the blinds man fixing a new track….hopefully that’ll be ok
    Well let’s hope the steroid spray fixes it she said it mite not and I’ll be left with it……..
    You have a good w.end
    AND a good time out for your birthday.is it sunday or Monday
    NOT too much spicy food ……drink ???.
    Chris

    • Chris:
      Remember to send me pics of your Dad’s memorials. I do enjoy them. I think it is kinda cool we have Veterans Day here in the States on the 11th as well. My brothers bday is the 10th so I cannot forget it. Be good to you
      TOnie

  26. Sue
    Yea a few of the floor boards were loose and creaking and had to be rescrewd all ok now,but everything had to be moved and cleared away
    I will try the inhalent then if no go I will go back and ask to be referred to the hospital
    Well I usually vist my dad and meet him outside in the lounge area ,but they have been doing something there and that smells of glue,so I don’t know what to do now.he won’t stop using the menthol and he denies using it
    The steroid stuff isn’t working yet and it is making my mouth sorel
    Hope you are a little better today and Christmas not looming so much.i not sure what we will do this year…well I am ..it’s something round my dads with strong smells! Last year food got stuck in his throat and he spent all the time in the bathroom being ill and we all sat and tended and waited….
    In my case Christmas is certainly looming..
    Tonie
    I love hearing what you do for Christmas ,but you have a lot to do,but seem to do it all
    In my case I seem to be seeing the season from outside and it’s not what it used to be
    But we are meeting that friend I once said about who lives at the cathedral grounds ,well they have a Salvation Army band at a carol service every Christmas ,we will meet her there at cathedral. ,and go back to her house for eats and drinks and she always has theatrical and musical folks there ,so it should be good.
    Well it’s nearly 5am
    Oh Jen have you seen the Christmas advert for John Lewis ?
    I was in the store the other day while they were setting up to display for it and the staff had a preview for it so I snuck in .its really good
    Well do I get up and have b.fast and sort my washing out that’s drying and save myself a job later .or what,I dunno!
    Chris

    • Chris dear, not to be negative but you must be utterly pooped. So much trouble with moving and putting back things which always means cleaning, too. I hope you can find a place to visit with your Dad that has some fresh, outside air for you. As far as the sores in your mouth or nose, I swear by L-lysine. A 1000 mg of that every couple of hours can clear up a fever blister or cold sore in about 3 days and I just found out it is also good for osteoporosis. I know we share so many of the same problems and empathize with you so greatly.
      Like the proverbial ant I am making my way around after all these weeks of being down. I still haven’t left the house and it’s left it up to Beth and Jim to shop but they’ve been marvelous. Jim keeps up on the laundry and the bills and I can push the button on my Roomba when I need to. A clean house is the least of my concerns right now as I’m sure you understand.
      As far as Christmas, I remember your Dad’s choking episode. He’s so stubborn but maybe he’ll remember and let you put only pureed food in front of him. Any chance? How is his angel of a neighbor faring? I think of you often sweet girl. Much love, Sue

      • Well sue..my mouth is dry and sore..and throat ..nose ok..its just this sore cough .waiting for this spray to work that i spray into a tube then breath thru mouth.
        My dad well he doesnt like pureed food now ,he likes soft food..so see how we go from there!
        I am pleased you got as far as downstairs to water all your plants..do be careful tho ypu dont slip. But that is certainly progress..im sorry you have been feeling sick and hope that has now passed ?Fancy that injection working so quickly!
        My dads neighbour is still busy doing stuff…i must remember to get her a little something from the coast to take back tomorrow. Going to go to the towns remembrance with my dad tuesday
        ,his shopping and mail to sort,then DH has a small procedure on his ears ,then car serviced,then back……when do i get to clean the house??? It’s amazing how dusty when not there…and see how those mice are doing.
        DH had the flu vac and wasnt too good for a couple of days..but fine now..he will probably have to have a 24hr monitor for bp next week too. All go!
        Well gonna read my book and get to sleep..but i seem to only get 2 hrs and awake..its the irrititible bladder i suppose
        Nice weather here today and gives it tomorrow and we will go back after lunch
        All we have to arrange is a vertical blind track to be fitted and we are done on the inside..oh except for the shower piece ….good job this is all done under the guarantee
        Then a new downpipe on the outside,but we needn’t be here for that
        Good for jim to do the laundry..my DH would get it all wrong . Its good to have a daughter to help too.beth must be busy
        Well going to clean my teeth and bed chris

  27. Hello peeps !
    Well here it is NOON and I am just having coffee. The power has been off since I woke up at 7 ish. I must get me a couple of cans of sterno for the times when the power is off 🙂 It is warmer and sunny out so I must get my togs on and go and clean up the henhouse. Redo their nestings and clean up the poopoo ! 🙂
    Laundry and some floor doings, and then remake the bed (UGH) the worst part of it all. TIres me out so !
    DId get some good news yesterday. Got an appt for my partial in Dec (4th) so will be having ALL my choppers back soon. 🙂 Must post a new pic on FB with my new teeth 🙂 !!
    Pray you all have a great weekend. Jennie, stay away from the booze out celebrating !! Love to all
    Tonie

    • Tonie, I hate that helpless feeling that comes over us when the power is out. Thank the lord you have a heater that works when it’s off. Indeed…winter is here. What happened to fall? We had sun yesterday, I think, then rain overnight and today with sun tomorrow. I did manage to water my front porch plants yesterday, just barely. Feels good to be achieving a few things, as small as they may be. I keep repeating to myself, baby steps, baby steps. I keep grasping onto the small things which encourage me, i.e. I can tell the shot for my osteoporosis I got on the same day as the fracture is working because my nails are growing so strong. I haven’t had good fingernails in years. They’ve been like tissue paper in spite of all the supplements I take. I can only hope and pray my bones are doing the same as well as my teeth.
      Those poor chickens of yours with winter coming they must have dreaded thoughts. Hope egg production is still good for you. I’m so pleased to hear about your progress with your dental problems..that’s great. Steps forward, right? Do be good to yourself and I’ll be praying for you and know the Lord brought that poor emaciated to the right horse whisperers in you and Carol. Love you, Sue

  28. Good morning all :
    A VERY Happy Birthday to Jennie !! God bless you sweetie !
    Another sunshine filled cold day. I will take it over an overcast cold one !
    Well, got all my stuff done yesterday, and then some. I was resting waiting on the laundry to dry, when I got a call from my friend. “can you come over right now ?” Sure, so I went. In her yard was a horse from her neighbors, who was so malnourished, she looked like a horse version of a Holocaust survivor !! I just cried ! She was eating grass, and was so weak would lay down to eat. She even continued to lay there when I sat down in front of her. I fed her a couple of rich horsie treats and she was like a kid with candy. SHe had huge sores under her tail from something, I put salve on them and sat and petted her and talked to her. She comes to her house whenever she gets out , but this time they are not looking for her. If they try to get her back, I am calling the cops. If they will surrender her to me, I won’t. But she is not going back to them. If the cops are called she will be taken AND they will face charges for animal cruelty. I have never seen anything like this in person. It broke my heart. Well, we shall see what happens. I prayed that the Lord will work it out. Ya’all do the same please.
    Love ya
    Tonie

    • Good for you Tonie. Prayers. I will never understand how people do what they do sometimes. Cruelty to animals and children just seem to be evil. I am so glad you are doing something for this poor horse. Love you. Janet

    • Tonie, oh dear. I can only imagine how upset you are over this happening to your favorite of all God’s creatures. I certainly understand your vehemence and doubt if those hideous people will have the nerve to try to get her back. How awful doesn’t even say it. It makes me want to throw-up just envisioning it. Well, the good Lord has certainly brought her to you and Carol for her healing to begin. That’s terrible. I’m glad you all found her on a sunny yet cold day. I’ll be thinking of you and her and let us all know if we can do anything at all. Much love, Sue

      • Sue:
        She is still at Carol’s. 2 days, and no one has even missed her. So that shows they are not feeding her. We will see what happens, even if she can’t come with me, she will get a better home somehow

    • Oh, Tonie, so glad she found you. You stand firm. She deserves so much more from life than she’s gotten. She needs loving hearts.

  29. Tonie
    What a wonderful thing for the horse to have found you.she couildnt have done better.to be looked after
    What a rotten thing to behave like that to an animal..they deserve what comes to them out of it

    Yea I will send some photos if we get any.he couldn’t go to the cathedral for it today but there is the 11th when he goes and there is 2 mins silence thru town.and he does a few words then…let’s hope he can say them and the weather is ok to get there
    Jen hope you had a good meal/ day
    Sue you resting?

    CHRIS

  30. HELLO……A BIT KNACKERED, BEEN A BUSY DAY, SO WILL WRITE MORE TOMORROW, BUT I WANTED TO SAY A BIG THANK YOU FOR ALL THE LOVELY GREETING GIVEN TO ME FOR MY BIRTHDAY…..ITS LOVELY TO HAVE FRIENDS LIKE ALL OF YOU.
    HAD A LOVELY DAY, STARTED WITH CHURCH, THEN A LOVELY MEAL AT MY FRIENDS RESTAURANT, GOT HOME, DH LIT THE FIRE, I TOOK THE POOCH FOR A WALK, IN WHAT WAS LEFT OF A BEAUTIFUL AUTUMNAL DAY, THEN SOME FRIENDS CALLED IN, AND WE ALL HAD TEA TOGETHER…..ALL THAT WAS MISSING, WAS ALL OF YOU….I KEPT OFF THE FALLING DOWN WATER THIS YEAR, BUT REMEMBERED TO RAISE MY CUP OF CAPPUCCINO TO YOU ALL……LOVE YOU ALL…..JENNIE XXXXXXXXXX

    • Dearest Jennie the birthday girl. It’s only 12:30 pm here and I am sorry I didn’t get this posted before you retired for the night. I was nauseous this morning and couldn’t quite do it. I’m so pleased you had such a wonderful, special day because that’s exactly what you deserve dear friend. Love you much, Sue

  31. Hello……….Down to earth with a bang today….plumbing problems (not female) plus the glass in the greenhouse is sliding, so DH has a two day job of putting new wooden batons in to stop it getting worse, if the cold air gets in, we will lose all our plants for next year.
    Washing machine not spinning right…..had to phone round various French businesses to get some help, not easy when there is a language barrier….then the dog yakked all over the shag-pile upstairs, the vacuum has lost its bloody suction….think I’m off……….

    Tonie……oh I feel heartbroken about that horse, you do your best to keep it, you will soon have it in good health again, the poor thing, they are such beautiful intelligent creatures, and deserve better……don’t be upset, it will be okay.

    Chris….I hope things have settled down a bit now for you….I have been concerned about all this stuff going on with your Dad, and how its been affecting your health,,,,are things getting better at all ? How it it go with the remembrance service, did you see on tv a couple of days ago, the arrest of those would be terrorists who threatened the proceedings, but thankfully got rumbled before they could do anything, folks were thinking it would keep our Queen away, because of it….huh! they got that wrong eh??

    Sue…..How is it going? Did you manage to get downstairs again? I hope so, if you take things gently, you will get to be with the family for Christmas, and a bit of normality, watching the kids, and being downstairs for the family gatherings…..I hope you will be able to manage to do a bit more each day….that’s what I am praying for, for you. It sounds like the shot has worked wonders so far….brilliant.

    Lyn….how is everything with you and SB?

    Janet……are you feeling settled now, is it beginning to feel like home??

    Okay….got to go…nowhere like finished with the chores…dog still to be walked, and dinner to sort out…..how different from yesterday, never mind I am so grateful for such a lovely day, and for all your good wishes, it made it an extra special birthday…..love you all to bits, take care……………..Jennie xx

    • Dear Jennie, Oh dear. Someday I must ask the eternal about why our troubles have to bunch up like they do. Is it our vulnerability, I wonder. One thing at a time chickee and you’ll get it done…first awful thing first. I do feel for you.
      I am so impressed and emotional about how you and Chris show such loyalty to all the allied troops and all they’ve done for years. It’s not as widespread in this country, that kind of patriotism. Sure, some of us have it but I think because WW11 didn’t come to our shores we don’t have the same memories the two of you and yours do.
      Yes, dear, I plan to do a load of laundry today…lifting one piece at a time after throwing them in a pillowcase down the stairs. You know what they say…necessity is the mother of invention. I must conquer this thing and not vice versa. Stay warm and take care of each other my dear girl. Oh no..I hate spiders. Got any bug spray? When it comes to spiders I am no respecter of life I’m afraid. I know, I know…Love, Sue

  32. Just finished loading he dishwasher, went to kitchen cupboard for disinfectant, and the biggest spider I have ever seen, came crawling out of there, and is now ensconced under said dishwasher….so now I will be keeping the kitchen light on all night in case it decides the sitting room look cosier…………..eeeek !!!!!.

  33. Hello everyone- wish we could share pictures on here – my niece sent me one that said ” I am currently experiencing life at the rate of several WTF’s per hour!” Sounds like most of you can relate. LoL.
    Had my neuro appt today (had to jump start my car to get there). So she ordered an MRI of my thoracic spine to evaluate the discs where the pain from the wreck seems to have settled. Waiting for insurance approval ( nothing moves fast around here) and we shall see if they have herniated or if it is just muscle / joint pain.
    Had a great weekend camping at he state park on Lake Texhoma. Figured I could get out and have some fun even if I’m hurting. Hurts no worse on a padded air mattress in the great out doors than it does moping around at home! Did a bit of hiking and rock climbing- not as much as I’d have liked but not bad all things considered. Relied heavily in my trusty walking stick!
    Weather was beautiful although a bit chilly- down to upper 30’sF the second night. With my lovely Canadian Trek sleeping bag I was just as cozy as could be! Roaring campfires, good food and great friends are terrific medicine for me (not to mention S’mores!) My mind and spirit definitely needed the break and I’m feeling refreshed and ready to take life by the horns again.

    Hope you all are faring well. Can’t believe how soon the holidays will be here- a mere 30 days until my Christmas concert and I have much memorizing of music to do! Auditioned for a solo “Today a Child is Born on Earth”. Not holding my breath but will be honored and pleasantly surprised if I am chosen for it.
    Have a phone interview shortly for a part time 2nd job with “Tele Doc”. It’s calling in Rx’s and making follow-up calls to patients treated by telephone medical service. All done from home by computer and phone so no physical effort required. Evening and weekend “on call” kinda thing. Prob the only way I can afford to buy a newer car (mine was a 1999 and paid cash for it). My friend Misty manages the nursing part of it and said it pays well and is super easy.
    Well gotta go. Love to all,
    Princess Crabby Pants

    • Annie, I can’t imagine camping and a sleeping bag in those temps with your current problems.
      I hope you get the second job now especially sense you have to replace your car. What an ordeal car problems can be. Do take care and I hope the doctor’s visit and tests reveal something which will heal for you. Fondly, Sue

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