BOOTSTRAPS  AND  GUMPTION

Bootstraps and GumptionI was told when just a child

While feeling down and low,

It would be better in the mornin’

‘Cause Mom was in the know.

 

The biggest problem of my life

Was usually algebra or math,

Never did conquer that discipline

As a scholar I avoided that path.

 

Problems grew as I did

As many of you can attest

Life gets far more complicated

When with adulthood we are blessed.

 

Life’s complications mount,

Relationships, college, marriage

Yet health we take for granted;

Shouldn’t it run like a baby’s carriage?

 

For me the path grew rocky

As my body fell apart

While the rest of life kept time;

Marriage, blessings of the heart.

 

Children and career ate time

As I continued to plug along

Thinking, “I’m too young to fall apart,”

Yet I knew, something was wrong.

 

Abdominal pains and headaches

Every day and night;

Cranky and frustrated, days grew long

Attempts to sleep became a fright.

 

Soon joint pains moved in,

Every movement became a challenge

Life took on the pallor of pain

And I felt as old as Stonehenge.

 

Many doctors I did see,

And they saw me, however

Answers were varied and confusing.

I feared this misery was forever.

 

Many doctors, many moons later

The career it had to go,

I watched life spiral down into a hole

And I became just Jane Doe.

 

Everything that made me special

Every talent I had fed,

All seemed to wither in my sight

Would I be better dead?

 

Then one day the lightbulb lit

And God gave me a jolt.

I had a spurt of gumption

Somewhat like a lightning bolt.

 

If this was all I had

If this was what would be

Then I had to find the courage

Because I had no guarantee.

 

Someone must have answers

I had to keep on searching

Loss of will was not an option,

Thus my hopeful mind kept lurching.

 

Some answers were revealed

Nothing happened in a hurry,

But even tiny measures helped

Because they staved off worry.

 

Finding doctors who cared

Kept me from a padded cell,

Yet my body and the pain

Still kept me in “jail.”

 

Many years and doctors later

Answers were revealed

The news not always good

But my fate was never sealed.

 

Somewhere deep within

My heart, my gut I knew,

Much was up to me,

I had to have a clue.

 

This was and still is

A battle for my life,

For all I hold most dear

In spite of pain and strife.

 

I may not have bootstraps to pull

But gumption I’ve aplenty,

And love enough to fight for life

I must be my own sentry.

 

I can’t expect answers

Without my participation,

Solutions without some fear,

Yet always I have anticipation.

 

You see it measures hope

And hope keeps me alive,

As well as faith and love

For self and others, I’ll survive.

 

It may not always be pleasant

Sometimes it’s drear and grim,

Yet each new day brings with it

Possibilities to sink or swim.

 

I will not give up

Until one day I must,

But for now I strive

And allow myself to trust.

 

I trust myself, my doctors,

My skills and my heart

But mostly I trust in God

And tearfully refuse to fall apart.

 

I’ve learned to feed the gumption

So that spurt can grow,

Through staying aware of life

With examples it does show.

 

The tiny womb like buds

Upon a camellia bush,

The yellow heart of a violet

Give that spurt a push.

 

All around me are examples

Glaring in their way

If I have eyes to see them

And the promise of each day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

119 thoughts on “BOOTSTRAPS  AND  GUMPTION

  1. Yea Sue you do certainly have that gumption.and those possibilities you choose are yours and just right for you.i know you had a rocky road early on..but you did darned beat it too!
    Let’s hope this bug shifts its ar….e quick
    Well I went to specialists saw 3 in one clinic.. Chest X-ray clear but got to have a scan now..Also have got rhinitis..I said my nose was bleeding..he had a look.so got steroid drops ,antibiotic cream and a nasal moisture spray…also have to take twice dose of nexium as a cough with a hernia you need double dose.
    It goes on and on…bit of a double edge to it as nexium plays up the ibs and makes me soooo dry,my eyes so sore even with drops and makes the cough worse with the dry throat
    Well of to shed to meet blinds man tomorrow..I’m pleased to get it done as when they draw open they come adrift…and also the weather is closing in later in week
    Ok gonna watch some tv and hot drink and bed……sleep??
    Chris

    • Chris, I loved the picture Natalie chose to go with my poem. Just love it. I’m so glad you got a few answers. Chris, do you think you could take the Nexium in divided doses it would help to lessen the dryness. I understand about that quite well. Do you use a humidifier? They aren’t expensive and easy to run with filtered water.
      Have a good trip tomorrow. If you can’t get an allergy type drop for your eyes, do you use the one for allergies over the counter? They usually say plus after the title. Do be good to yourself. Hope the meds help the cough. I know, it’s good for one thing and bad for another. I feel the same way about starting a new oral chemo drug. Don’t look forward to it but shouldn’t be negative, huh? Love you, hope you’re resting. Sue

    • Kathy, hope you enjoyed it. Sometimes I throw in poems I write just for a change of pace and some fun with meaning. Does that make sense? Hope you’re doing okay. Fondly, Sue

  2. Yea the pic shows defiance and resilience
    Yes I use a humidifier and I put sterile sealed drops in my eyes (viscotears) throughout the day.dont think the nexium will help my cough somehow..maybe take it every other day I won’t get so dry
    Yes it’s a big decision with the chemo drugs
    Oh to have a easy life
    Chris

    • Chris, yes, I wonder what an easy life would be like? You might try that or just go back to one a day on the pills. Go to sleep!!!Love you..Sue

  3. Sue, this says it all! Well done! And the picture is perfect. Thanks, Natalie!

    Chris, SB is still doing well. I have no idea what kind of bug he had, but it sure was in and out fast!

    We are on the over outer periphery of the blizzard. I’m not sure what we will end up with here. Forecasts vary, anything from coating to 2″ to 6-10″. Obviously they are all using different models. I don’t think snow has started yet here for the evening. Looks like it is just south of us right now, so we might start seeing it soon. Poor DH had to go out to teach at the local college tonight. My rehearsal was canceled. That NEVER happens! So, I’m in and relaxed. Just making myself some tomato soup and grilled cheese. 🙂 Take care, all! I’m sure many of us will be watching how weather hits our northern coast..

    • Lyn, your perfect storm meal. Glad to hear Juno is only stopping by for a visit and not moving in. Closing the roads in New England sounds pretty serious. Hope folks use common sense and also plan ahead. It seems there is always someone stranded on the highways and byways. Glad your rehearsal was cancelled. Wish we could send you some of our weather. Our gorgeous two story crimson camellia bush put out its first bloom today so I know spring will eventually arrive. Stay warm and safe dear girl. Love, Sue

  4. Yeppers. I love the feel of pulling on my boots using the bootstraps. 🙂 I wear cowboy boots often and to me they are so comfortable. Great poem Sue. The years flew by didn’t they ? But the bad things came on sudden as well. But…this too shall pass. Eventually.
    I think the pic is one of Annie Oakley. What a woman she was. Have you ever read her story ? I always loved reading about the western women, how they survived and were so strong. I dare say there are not many women today who could do what they did. It got cold here this afternoon, blew a little snow and that was all. Supposed to warm up again on Wed.
    Take care everyone.
    Love
    Tonie

    • Tonie, Annie Oakley was my first guess, also because of the stance and the gun. Yes, I’ve seen some documentaries about her and read a bit. Glad you didn’t get more snow and are being missed by Juno. Yes, they were very tough, those pioneer women. Tough because that was how they survived. We don’t have to do half of what they did and we still feel overwhelmed; of course, we live longer.
      I used to wear boots but haven’t had a comfortable pair in a long time. Used to love wearing them with skirts.My feet are too sensitive for them now. Yes, dear, the time has passed quickly, even the bad times.
      We’re having such a mild winter out here I found a flea on George today so he and Jake are getting bathes tonight. Camellia blooming, my goodness. Hope you had a good day. Love, Sue

  5. HELLO FOLKS…….WELL MY SON’S VISIT IS NEARLY OVER…..WE HAVE SPOKEN AT LENGTH, BUT HE IS VERY TROUBLED WITH THIS JOB OF HIS…..OFTEN WORKING FOURTEEN HOURS A DAY, HARDLY SEEING CLAIRE….I HAVE PERSUADED HIM TO GIVE IT 6 MONTHS, THEN IF HE IS STILL UNDER SUCH PRESSURE, GET THE HELL OUT, NO JOB IS WORTH THAT KIND OF UNHAPPINESS…..HAD A LOVELY MEAL AT MY FRIENDS RESTAURANT TODAY, NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO TAKING HIM BACK FOR HIS EARLY MORNING FLIGHT TOMORROW, BUT ITS BEEN GREAT TO SEE HIM, AND TALK THINGS OVER.

    SUE…..I SO ENJOYED YOUR POEM, AND LIKE EVERYONE ELSE I THOUGHT THE PICTURE WAS QUITE BEAUTIFUL AND NOSTALGIC, SO THANK YOU FOR THAT, I DON’T KNOW HOW YOU DO IT, I REALLY DON’T……LOVE YOU XX

    TONIE…WHEN IN FEBRUARY TO YOU GO, AND HOW LONG WILL YOU BE AWAY……ARE YOU MOTORING THERE? YOU MUST BE GETTING SO EXCITED BY NOW, YOU DESERVE A BREAK, AND WHAT BETTER THAN TO SEE YOUR YOUNG UNS’.
    LOVE YOU XX

    CHRIS…..I THINK SUE HAS THE BEST ADVICE ABOUT THE NEXIUM, BUT YOU NOW YOUR OWN BODY, SO I GUESS IT WILL BE TRIAL AND ERROR FOR A BIT….XXXXX

    LYN….HOPE YOUR WEATHER IS NOT TOO SEVERE, PLEASE KEEP YOU AND YOUR FAMILY SAFE….THINKING OF YOU…LOVE JENNIE XXXX

    • Jennie, So pleased you had a good visit with Tim. Sounds like you helped him work out a plan for his future at work. If he is that unhappy and can survive at something where he is happy, then why not? Life is more than work. That’s a mantra I’m always driving to drive home to my DH. I know you’ve fed Tim well and pray for traveling safeties for all of you in the AM. Hope you haven’t over done but know you probably have like each of us would. Love you dear girl, Sue

      • HI SUE …..YES TO A CERTAIN EXTENT I OVERDID…..AS YOU DO…..ONLY JUST MADE IT TO THE AIRPORT IN TIME, JUST AS THE PLANE GOT IN, AND FOR ONE HORRIFIC MOMENT WE THOUGHT IT WAS GOING OUT….NOT THE END OF THE WORLD NO, BUT WHEN YOU CONSIDER THERE IS BUT ONE FLIGHT PER DAY!!!!!!!
        WE WENT OUT FOR A MEAL YESTERDAY, FOUR COURSES FREE WINE AND CIDER AND COFFEE, 38 EUROS THE LOT FOR THREE PEOPLE, AND IT WAS HEAVEN ON A PLATE.
        WE HAD A GOOD CHAT, AND TIM IS GOING TO STAY PUT AT THE JOB FOR SIX MONTHS TILL HE COMES UP FOR REVUE, AND SEE WHAT HE WILL DECIDE THEN…I HOPE HE QUITS, HE LOOKED WRECKED.
        I HOPE YOU ARE STILL DOING WELL WITH YOUR HEALTH SUE AND STILL TAKING THOSE BABY STEPS TO MORE FREEDOM FOR YOU WITHIN AND OUTSIDE YOUR HOME……..TAKE CARE MY DEAR FRIEND, LOVE YOU BIG…..JENNIE XX

    • Jennie, good visit, good advice. But too short, isn’t it? Hope you are blessed with good travel weather for Tim’s return. Yes, we lucked out and only got a dusting of that storm you all are hearing about. That’s fine with me. All are well here.

      • LYN…..YES PET, A GOOD VISIT, BUT AS ALWAYS, HE TOOK A LITTLE BIT OF MY HEART BACK WITH HIM TO THE UK, I LOVE MY DIL TO PIECES, BUT IT WAS GREAT TO HAVE THE BOY TO MYSELF AND ENJOY SPOILING HIM AND BEING A MUM AGAIN….YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. I AM GLAD YOU MISSED THE STORM, SO DID WE, NOT SO BAD AS YOU WERE PREDICTED, BUT NO SIGN OFTHE FREEZING FOG THEY SPOKE OF……..GLAD ALL IS WELL…LOVE jENNIE XX

    • Jennie, so glad your visit went well. It is so good to have them all to ourselves sometimes. I am leaving on Feb 9th and coming back on the 14th. Flying. If I wait til I am well enough to drive it, she will be moved out here 🙂
      Yes, I am looking forward to it. Still have to make arrangements for the dogs. I have found a pet sitter, but he will charge me $30 a day !:( Plus I have to find their shot records which I JUST packed away !! I don’t know, I will see if first I can talk my sister into splitting the days with my brother. I would rather they stay at home.
      Love
      Tonie

  6. Mornin’ All !
    Well I am having a TMJ ATTACK ! My jaws and entire face have hurt for days now. ANd I am clenching my teeth so bad. I am getting me another mouth guard today when I go out. I have a very sore tooth from the pressure I am putting on them. Not good.
    Cold here again today. We had terrible winds last night.(Do ya’all feel worse when there is a high wind ?) But it is supposed to warm up some today. Hope you are all surviving the winter well.
    Sue, I found a flea on Ceasar the bath before last as well. I am using just Dawn detergent to wash them in (lavender scented) It keeps the fleas gone better than anything I have tried.
    Well everyone have a wonderful day !
    Love
    Tonie

  7. Hi, all 🙂 Tonie, Sue, I can’t imagine a flea living here right now. It is rather cold. Wind chill this morning when Sadie and I took a short walk was 8*F. Brrrr. Tonight I’m cold and I hurt. 😦 I innocently moved a small bookcase that I’ve moved before with no problem and all day my lumbar has been screaming. I sure am paying for that one. But good reason to be moving it. I had to make room for a displaced desk (don’t like the desk in there, but had to put it somewhere – I didn’t move it!) We are getting new – well to us, they are actually 100 year old antiques – dining room table, chairs, and buffet. We have an extended family member who recently started a business buying antique furniture and painting and distressing the pieces. They are all quite lovely. I saw the buffet on her fb page and thought it would look nice in our dining room. I’ve been wanting to replace our table and chairs in there since we moved in, but haven’t quite found what I want in our price range. Hadn’t thought of a buffet, but here was this piece and it caught my eye. Turns out it has matching table and chairs and a china cabinet. No room for the china, but splurged on the rest. We’re getting all pieces for less than dining sets I was finding online. The buffet is finished and was moved in here today. The body is painted a creamy offwhite and the top is left as it was, which was stained in two tones – dark outside border, med inside. The table and chairs she was going to sell separately and already started painting them a taupe/gray-ish color. I told her to go ahead as I like the idea of mixing the colors. We have a black corner cupboard in there with refreshing green walls. It’s going to look super! The table and chairs should be done by Friday. Now I just need to figure out what to do with the oak roll top desk and 1 piece oak dining set we’ve had for years. Dining set is country in style and not fitting the current décor. I was just going to hold onto them in case one of the kids would like them when they move into their own place, but our basement is getting filled. Maybe I should just sell?? Must figure it out. Already storing some furniture for future move outs down there. 😉 No one will be moving anytime soon.

    Jennie, yes, I do know how nice it is to be mum with the kiddos. 🙂 Glad you had that time with yours.

    Think I’ll head upstairs and change into pajamas for the night. I need some cuddly comfort. Take care, everyone!

    • Oh Lyn, I LOVE antiques. Would rather have them than new. My friend has a houseful of them. Such history in them and they are better made. Enjoy it.
      Tonie

    • Lyn, Oh my. Your new/old dining set sounds so lovely and unique. I can see why you are so excited about it. Antique furniture has so much history written into it with it’s dove tailing and fine wood. You know how much I love old things because of my old home. We have a few lovely pieces but it’s a small house and I can identify with how your basement fills, as ours does also. I also like mixing colors and woods, and find it very interesting to live with.
      Sorry to hear you have tweaked your lumbar spine. Boy do I understand. Still limping about with mine after fracturing it twice last year. I am embarrassed and chagrined that it doesn’t seem to be progressing as fast as I had hoped. I am responding like the tortoise in the race and can only hope I win. Do take care dear friend. You want it to heal correctly. Good old heating pad will be your best friend along with muscle relaxants. Do be good and let others help you. Love, Sue

    • YES LYN, I LAUGHED ALSO WHEN I READ “A FLEA”, WELL IT IS -21 AND WITH WINDCHILL IT IS -27 HERE THIS SATURDAY MORNING. BRRRR.
      LOVE YOU , HOPE YOU HAVE A GOOD DAY.
      XXX

  8. Wow lyn it’s all gonna look great
    Been off line and no phones and Internet today..had to get a man in to fix it……it was gonna be an easy day…Huh.! Trying to find the faults in the wires was a mess. It just all went as I was just starting to read my book.
    So it was all go to find a man to do it after we couldn’t fix it ourselves.apparently the wire was out in the wall it had been lose apparently then something made it come out.there was a loud sudden wind that seemed to shake the house maybe it was that

    Also all the stuff for my nose irritated it so I stopped it but my nose is dryer and sorer they were the steroid drops and antibiotic cream

    I thought I’d have an easy day for today ..try again…NOT…..my dad rang and he now wants another phone.trying to get one like he had before so he doesn’t have to learn,so it’s all search and to the stores
    I’m getting so fed up of SH.t every day! I have already brought him a wired in phone that he wanted and a line to his bedroom as the other cordless one had gone and he wanted a wired in one…I thought he would get fed up of it.also he wants another scooter!!!HELP!
    DH just told me that there was a small earthquake this morning about the time the phone went off..I bet that’s what dislodged the wires and what I heard as a strong wind or like something that went thru the house.it was only a small one
    So here I am awake it gives snow today but only a dusting
    Hope to have my hair cut and blow dryed today and a coffee out.thatll relieve the stress….don’t expect pestilence today!!
    Nose is so sore with being dry…I spray this saline stuff and the humidifyer on as well
    Well gonna try and get back to sleep
    Hows BRENDA…JANET..SUZANNE?
    Chris

  9. Morning all:
    Well my TMJ is worse than I have ever had it. PLUS I have a front tooth that is “quicky” and now my jawline under and around it is all swollen. I have a call into the dentist and meantime I put myself on Antibiotics. I believe it is where I have been gritting my teeth. I got me a mouth guard yesterday and wore it last night. My jaw feels a bit better this am, now if the tooth would behave. Always something.
    I buy soup bones for the boys, and I gave them each one this morning. It will keep them busy all day 🙂
    Hope everyone is doing well this am.
    Love to all
    Tonie

    • Tonie, I am saddened to hear you’re having such a bad time with TMJ. How very miserable you sound. I hope you got to see a doctor or dentist today or will very soon. It seems in the last couple of months you have been through so much. It’s a pity fairness never enters into it, this whole doling out of misery.
      I hope you work out things with the dogs getting babysat while you are gone. It’s such a short trip, surely…
      I know how much you are looking forward to it after such a long time.
      Sorry I didn’t get to you yesterday. I haven’t felt well lately and took a couple of days away from the computer. Please remember I love and pray for you. Sue

      • Sue:
        I got an apt with a primary care for next Friday. It is getting a bit better. It is so weird that this TMJ starts off with my gums getting very sore. Then my ear and the joint in my jaw. I sent a msg to my RA Dr, but they told it was not related to RA and would have to be answered by the primary care. Ii am spoiled to my old Dr in Az. He just treated all of it.
        I hope you are feeling better. I skipped out on water aerobics today but most get going and go check on Fran’s house and get the mail. Probably will have enough to send them a box of it. I
        It is very windy and cold here today, so must wrap this jaw up tight !! You take care and get better.
        Love you too !!
        Tonie

  10. OH GOOD MORNING TO ALL. IT’S BEEN A WHILE I HAVEN’T BEEN ON THE BLOG SO IT WAS NICE READING ALL YOU HAVE WRITTEN. SUE YOUR POEM WAS BEAUTIFUL AND SO TRUE, YOU ALWAYS SEEM TO TOUCH MY HEART. NATALIE THANKS FOR THE PICTURE, WAS PERFECT.

    JENNIE SO HAPPY YOU HAD TIME ALONE WITH YOUR SON. ALWAYS FUN SPOILING THEM AND HAVING GOOD HEART TO HEART TALKS.

    LYN, WOW THAT DINNING ROOM SET SOUNDS LOVELY. GOOD FOR YOU! ALSO HAPPY THAT STORM MISSED YOU.

    TONIE SWEET PEA, HAPPY YOU WILL BE GOING TO SEE THE CHILDREN. HOW FUN IS THAT?? HOPE YOUR SISTER AND BROTHER CAN TAKE CARE OF THE DOGS. IT WOULD BE SO MUCH EASIER ON THEM.

    OH CHRIS SWEETHEART, REST, REST REST. HOPE THIS ENDS SOON. ENJOY THE SHED.

    WELL I’VE BEEN UP TO MY EYEBALLS WITH PAPER WORK, HAD TO RETIRE FROM MY JOB CAUSE IT WAS 3 YEARS I WAS ON DISABILITY. THEN THE INSURANCE COMPANY THAT WAS PAYING MY DISABILITY WERE REALLY THE ONES THAT PUSHED ME TO RETIRE. NOW TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT MY PENSION WILL BE FROM SCHOOL. I HAVE BEEN CALLING AND THEY CAN NOT ANSWER ME YET. KEEP TELLING ME TO CALL BACK IN A WEEK. THEN I HAVE MORE PAPERS TO FILL OUT FOR THE QUEBEC GOV. DISABILITY PENSION. STILL HAVE LOTS TO DO. I AM NOW ON THE QUEBEC HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN INSTEAD OF MY SCHOOL PERSONAL PLAN. (VERY DIFFERENT) PILLS COSTING A WHOLE LOT MORE…. NOT GOOD.
    STILL TAKING CARE OF AUNTY AND THAT IS TAKING LOTS OF MY ENERGY. BRINGING HER ON MONDAY FOR A MEETING FROM 1:15 – 3:45. PHEW JUST WRITING THAT DOWN MAKES ME FEEL SORE. THEN ANOTHER ONE THE FOLLOWING WEEK ON TUESDAY FEB 10TH.FROM 1:15 – 2:45, NOT SO LONG. THE SOCIAL WORKER I DEAL WITH FOR AUNTY SAID LATER IN THE SPRING WE WILL HAVE HER GET A CAT SCAN. SHE IS NOT RIGHT IN HER HEAD SOMETIMES. TAKES A WHOLE LOT OF PATIENCE.
    WELL THAT IS ENOUGH FOR NOW, WILL GET BACK TO ALL OF YOU AT SOME POINT.
    JANET HOW ARE YOU DOING ? HOPE ALL WAS GREAT FOR YOU AT CHRISTMAS TIME AND YOU ARE GETTING USE TO YOUR PLACE NOW.
    SUE THANKS AGAIN FOR THAT BEAUTIFUL POEM.
    LOVE TO ALL OF YOU AND GOD BLESS.
    XXX

    • Suzanne, it was good to finally hear from you but you know you are ever in our thoughts dear girl. I am sorry you are being worn out by your dear aunt. Life..huh? So unfair at times but perhaps it all evens out in the end. You didn’t say much about how you are doing, yet you sound very tired. I am sorry to hear about all the trials you are having with your insurance changes. It can be such a pain, can’t it? Do try to check in with us or we worry. Try to rest or find some help with your dear aunt. We understand. Love, Sue

    • Suzanne:
      Good to hear from you. I think it is wonderful you are looking after your Aunt. I know it takes a lot out of you as well. How old is she now ? I know you told us, but I forgot. Doncha hate all that paperwork ? I just called and got my RX’s set up for mailorder. So now my meds will cost me nothing !! Except for the Flexiril but I don’t take it very often so that will be okay. That is good on the RX side, but the medical costs me a lot more. Once I reach 65 it won’t cost anything but that is another 7 years off !
      You take care of yourself and rest. I know how tiring all that can be. Good to see you online again.
      Take care
      Love
      Tonie

      • TONIE AUNTY WILL BE 89 APRIL 22 THIS YEAR. AT THAT AGE WE CAN’T JUST TURN OUR BACKS ON THEM BUT IN MY CONDITION IT IS JUST HARD TO KEEP UP WITH ALL HER APPTS. ( GEORGE HAS TO DRIVE ALL THE TIME) AND MINE.
        SO HAPPY TO HEAR YOUR PILLS ARE PAID FOR. MINE ARE COSTING ME A FORTUNE. I CAN SEE WHY SOME PEOPLE JUST STOP TAKING THEM CAUSE OF LACK OF MONEY.
        LOVE YOU SWEET PEA. TAKE GOOD CARE.
        XXX

  11. HELLO….EYES BAD SO JUST QUICK REPLIES.
    TONIE….THANKS FOR THE INFO, HOPE YOUR JAW/EAR PAIN GOES BEFORE YOU TRAVEL AND YOU CAN WORK OUT A GOOD SOLUTION FOR THE WEENIES.

    SUZANNE…..HOPE YOU CAN GET ALL YOUR PAPERWORK SORTED OUT, SOUNDS LIKE A RIGHT OLD JOB ON YOUR HANDS THERE. ALL THAT AND TAKING CARE OF AUNTY, I DON’T KNOW HOW YOU DO IT SWEETPEA……THINKING OF YOU AND SAY A PRAYER FOR YOU EACH DAY…..AND EVERYONE ELSE.

    LYN …..YOUR BASEMENT IS BEGINNING TO SOUND A LOT LIKE MINE……WE TOO HAVE BEGUN THE LONG PROCESS OF RIDDING OURSELVES OF STUFF, BUT AS I ONCE SAID MY DH IS A CLUTTERER, AND NOTHING HE KEEPS IS WORTH SELLING, WHICH IS WHY IT WAS DOWN THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE. WE ARE HAVING TEMPERATURES IN THE ZERO’S NOW, SO I WOULD KILL FOR YOUR 8C, STILL COLD THOUGH.

    MY LOVE TO ALL THOSE I MIGHT HAVE MISSED OUT, HOPE YOU ARE ALL OKAY……SUE, KEEP WELL YOU ARE MAKING SUCH PROGRESS….XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXJENNIE

    • Jennie, I am so sorry your eyes are acting out again. I know your visit went well with Tim and pray you have been resting up. It was worth it, I know, whatever the cost. It sounds as if you ate quite well, oh my the French cuisine. How fortunate you are to live there if for no other reason but the fine food. Thankfully it sounds like you are having a milder winter than last. Take care of those eyes, much love, Sue

      • HI SUE….WELL THE FRENCH CUISINE IS OK, BUT TO BE HONEST WITH THE EXCEPTION OF WERE WE TOOK TIM ON TUESDAY, I CAN’T SAY ITS ALL THAT SPECIAL, I ALWAYS THINK IF YOU EAT OUT AND YOU KNOW YOU KNOW YOU CAN COOK IT BETTER YOURSELF, THEN WHAT IS THE POINT?
        WE HAD MORE SNOW YESTERDAY, IT DIDN’T SETTLE, BUT IT WAS DAMN COLD, NEED IT TO BE OKAY FOR DH’S CARDIO TEST IN THE MORNING. MY TURN AT THE EYE CLINIC IN ANOTHER THREE WEEKS.
        EVERYTHING OKAY WITH YOU MY FRIEND???………….MUCH LOVE ..JENNIE XX

    • JENNIE POO, I’M TRYING AS HARD AS I CAN TO GET IT DONE BUT SOMETHING ALWAYS SEEMS TO COME UP.
      THANK YOU ALL FOR THE PRAYERS, I NEED THEM RIGHT NOW.
      LOVE TO ALL
      XXX

  12. Sue, what a wonderful poem, but I keep thinking you wrote it about me! I am being referred to a neurosurgeon, but when that consultation will be I don’t know. I wrote a long post but it is gone into that big black hole of vanished posts so I will try again another day. Take care everyone. Love … PM Brenda

    • PM Brenda, I think many of the things I write apply to each of us because we have so much in common in our health travails…unfortunately. Hope you get that neuro opinion very soon dear girl. I know what a despicable time you’ve been going through with your neck and back. Why, oh why? Will we ever know this side of heaven? Love you, Sue

    • PM BRENDA….DON’T YOU JUST HATE IT WHEN THAT HAPPENS, ESPECIALLY IF ITS A LONG ONE….NEVER MIND LOVE, I HOPE YOU MANAGE TO POST AGAIN WHEN YOU ARE UP TO IT……TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF…..LOVE JENNIE XX

  13. Hi
    Been busy sorting out another phone for my dad ,but a cordless one this time. Got it charging here and will take it over and explain all . He got fedup of the wired ones recently bought. Only thing is I can’t go in and DH had trouble bending with the Menieres so it’s all awkward
    Also he’s looking at getting another scooter!!…
    Lyn
    Yea I like mixing furniture ,it always looks then like you’ve aquired it as life goes along and it just fits
    Tonie
    You rest up in order to make that trip
    Suzanne
    Don’t take too long coming back. You sound busy and stuff on your mind. I hope the ins sorts out quick for you
    Sue
    Hope things pick up over the next few days and you feel better
    All the new stuff from hosp for my nose made it worse all exept the nasal water spray
    Steroid drops and antibiotic ointment made it all sting and mt mouth too
    Busy day tomorrow ,gonna get to sleep,huh, try
    Chris

    • Chris, hope you’re getting some sleep and read this in your morning. I am sorry to hear none of the new measures helped. What kind of nasal spray? If it’s saline, I’m surprised it doesn’t hurt but hope that is the case. How’s the cough?
      Kind of you to get Dad settled into a new phone. Hope it doesn’t confuse him too much. Both you and DH try so hard with him. OH NO, not another scooter. Let’s all cross our fingers and hope for the best. Humor aside, it is kind of scary but I know he’s very determined.
      You’re an inspiration to me the way you deal with so much and keep going. That’s my mantra these days, one foot in front of another. Rest well dear girl, Love ya, Sue

  14. Tonie, do you think it is an infection that is festering from your dental work? Just a thought that you may be better off seeing your dentist.Prayers and hugs, Sue

    • Sue:
      Been taking some anitbiotics. I am in to see the dentist today. We will see. Thanks for the prayers, it HAS helped out a lot ! My TMJ is going down. NEVER had it this bad. Mayhap the Dr I am seeing on Friday will have some solution for me.
      Love ya
      Tonie

  15. WELL SUE I DIDN’T SAY MUCH ABOUT MYSELF CAUSE I HAD ALREADY WRITTEN SO MUCH. I’M TIRED ALL THE TIME THESE DAYS AND I CAN TELL THE WEATHER BETTER THAN THE WEATHER PEOPLE. I HAVE GOOD AND REALLY BAD DAYS AS ALL OF YOU. AUNTY IS WEARING ME OUT, BUT……. LOVE! WE NEED TO TAKE CARE OF OUR ELDERS. I WOULD LOVE TO S[END A WEEK ALONE JUST TO TAKE CARE OFME , BUT THAT IS JUST A VISION IN MY HEAD. LIFE GOES ON WITH CHILDREN, GRANDS AND DIFFERENT PROBLEMS I HAVE BEEN HAVING WITH A DAUGHTER IN LAW. NOT SURE HOW TO HANDLE IT YET. MAYBE I NEED ADVICE FROM ALL OF YOU BUT THAT WILL HAVE TO BE FOR ANOTHER DAY AS I’M FADING.
    LOVE YOU SUE AND ALL ON THE BLOG. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

    • Suzanne, true integrity reveals itself when someone can help others when they have their own problems, like you do. Of course, we all are getting to be the elderly sooner than later and it should be a reminder of the pay back we owe those we love. Sorry to hear the usual, very normal conflict is upsetting the apple cart with a DIL. It happens. Hope it isn’t serious. As far as your meds, is there any med insurance you can purchase that would save you in the long run? So much available down here right now but still confusing. Take care and know you are always in our prayers. Love you, Sue

      • Suzanne:
        Hold on to the dream ! ANd sneak in a little time for you there somewhere, an hour or so when you can just let it all go. As for the DIL trouble, prayers for you dear. I have been there and done that. It is a tiptoe situation most times.
        Love ya
        Tonie

      • THANK YOU TONIE AND SUE. IT REALLY IS A TIPTOE SITUATION. I CAN’T STAND TIPTOEING!!! NOT SURE IF

        TALKING WITH MY SON WOULD HELP ANY? THEY TOOK THE CHILDREN OUT OF MY DD’S DAYCARE CAUSE DIL

        WAS FED UP WITH THE TIME OFF MY DD WOULD TAKE, THEN THEY DIDN’T COME FOR CHRISTMAS SUPPER

        BECAUSE MADAME DID NOT FEEL LOVED. THEY DID COME IN THE A.M. FOR BREAKFAST AT OUR HOUSE SO THE

        CHILDREN COULD GET THEIR PRESENTS. MY GRANDSON HAS BEEN WITH MY DD SINCE HE WAS 6 MONTHS OLD.

        AND NOW SHE HASN’T SEEN HIM IN 4 MONTHS. SHE STILL HAS THEIR CHRISTMAS PRESENTS. NEEDLESS TO SAY

        DD AND HER TWO CHILDREN AND HUSBAND ARE VERY SAD ABOUT ALL OF THIS. IT’S MY DIL THAT WOULDN’T LET

        MY SON GO OVER WITH THE CHILDREN.

        THAT IS WHAT HE TOLD HIS SISTER. I THINK IT IS NOT FAIR TO MY GRANDSON AND THEIR WILL BE

        REPERCUSSIONS LATER IN HIS LIFE. CHILDREN ALWAYS THINK THEY ARE TO BLAME.

        ANY THOUGHTS FOR ME TO TRY AND HELP THE SITUATION. MY DIL UNFORTUNATELY IS A SELFISH PERSON WHO ONLY THINKS OF HERSELF FIRST AND THEN THE CHILDREN AFTER AND THEN MY SON. MY SON DOES MOST THINGS IN THE HOUSE AND ALSO COOKS AND TAKES CARE OF THE CHILDREN ON WEEKENDS WHEN THEY ARE BOTH OFF . HE HAD TO GO FOR A TEST (HEART) THEY TOLD HIM IT WAS ANXIETY. I COULD HAVE TOLD HIM THAT. HE IS UNDER SO MUCH STRESS AT HOME AND AT WORK.

        LOVE YOU ALL AND ANY THOUGHTS ON THIS WOULD HELP ME DEAL. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH.

  16. Hello to Terry and Kathy – welcome, if we’ve not heard from you before (forgive me, I’m a bit foggy brained today), hello all “old timers”.
    Tonie, I hope you are getting that new pain in order.
    Sue, so sorry you were down and out for a few days. 😦
    Chris, my goodness. Always something going for you, isn’t there? I hope all goes well with your dad, his phone and a new scooter?? Oh, boy.
    I had a rheumy appt. this morning and I was a sore, swollen, foggy mess. Mostly when I see him I’m not that bad. He was not pleased and put me on a short run of anti-inflammatories to try to break the cycle. Also had a bunch of blood drawn again. Of course, I remembered after I left that I was probably due for back xrays… 😦 I’ll have to call in and see. Thankfully, I’m feeling a bit better now and not swollen as badly. I did see our new dining furniture this afternoon – we had to make a call as to whether to leave the table top as is, or paint it. It will be finished and delivered tomorrow. Now to start saving for flooring!

    • Lyn dear, saw the new/old furniture on FB. Lovely styling, especially on the buffet. I can see why you like it so much. Charming, warm.
      Sorry you are having enough trouble to go on anti-inflam. Are you saying you are taking an NSAID or prednisone? Hope it passes for you. Back films would be a good idea right now with this flare. Hope it’s improving a bit with rest these few days. DON’T be moving any of that new furniture, okay? Thinking of you. I’m just having a bad time with IBS. Hasn’t really been right since I was on the Tamoxifen. Haven’t started the new one. Don’t feel like taking on more possible trouble right now…can you blame me? The cramping has made me depressed with it’s day and night onslaught. I think I’ve just been worn down by the last eight months…worse of my life.
      Hang in there dear friend. Love you a bunch, Sue

      • Ah, yes, I’m sorry, Sue. Yes, just anti-inflammatory for me. 🙂 And I feel much better today. But I will keep taking it to be on the safe side.
        Believe it or not, the furniture pieces are all part of a matching set, just painted different colors. She had already started painting the table and chairs a different color, thinking she’d be selling them separately. We decided we kind of like things to look not so match-matchy so we had her keep the colors rather than painting over the gray with the cream. There was also a china cupboard which was very pretty, but we weren’t sure we’d have room for it. She’s just started painting it yet a different color so we definitely won’t be picking that up now. We have enough colors in there and I’m not sure we really need all the pieces. I like what we have. Will just have to pick up a couple of things for the corners as we see them. 😉
        DH and I went to the movies tonight and I thought of you. Nice theater, but I know you couldn’t sit that long. I had trouble standing up at the end – knees didn’t want to unbend, haha!

  17. Suzanne
    I know what you feel when you say just some time to yourself. You seem to loose part of yourself in all the doing for others.you start out wanting to do it, and still do ,but your own life seems to wither away .
    You know what….when you then take time for yourself , you feel guilty…but no one else feels like that when they take your time do they?! Time bandits I call them…I think we have to unlearn some ways to keep ourselves sane …how to do it? I’m still finding out….like you im in the position of can’t stop as there is no one else.
    Just keep talking to us we all understand. its a good place to vent all….like a dear diary with real people that are concerned and know each other well
    Sue
    Constant IBS its so difficult ,do you take tablets for it ,or like me do they cause other problems. I do wish something would ease for you.
    I’m not sure what is making my nose sorer.it could be the saline spray.i find sitting infront of the humidifyer untill my nose drips is best!
    Lyn
    Yea don’t move any furniture..but it will all look lovely when finished..it will be something to have your celebrations on high days
    Tonie
    I can feel some more freedom in yourself,even with all your pain.look after yourself so you can enjoy it.
    You too do so much for others…

    Well I’m awake ,it’s now 5.45 am and cold and frozen and snow outside.just a frozen dusting,but more predicted. I like this time to myself tho ,no one can interrupt it ! As usually as soon as I do for myself the phone rings. DH can never answer it as he is deaf ..so it goes on and on. but it’s so quiet now. I’m Gonna make myself some toast ,tea and read a book…bliss
    Chris

    • THANK YOU CHRIS, YOU ARE ALWAYS AN INSPIRATION TO ME. IT’S ALWAYS NICE TO KNOW YOU ARE NOT ALONE IN ALL OF THIS. THANK GOD I HAVE ALL OF YOU ON THE BLOG. MY FRIENDS EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE NEVER MET YOU ALL KEEP ME GOING. I’M SO GRATEFUL FOR THIS BLOG SUE.
      GOD BLESS YOU ALL. HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A LOW PAIN DAY.
      LOVE YOU
      XXX

      • Suzanne, thanks for saying that about being grateful for this blog. I find it a wonderful outlet for my own issues and have met so many wonderful friends who share my way of life. That has been a blessing to me. Much love as you hang in there. Sue

    • Chris, I learned years ago that saline spray hurt my membranes in the nose too much to bother with. What a time you’ve had with your Sjogren’s in recent months. Do what works and that’s the best advice I have. We’ve talked over so many things and yet, if they don’t work for each of us as individuals, what good are they? As far as my IBS I do take hyoscyamine but it does dry out my eyes and throat so try to avoid it. My best bet is a bland diet as we’ve shared. Potato soup, boiled pasta with a dash of butter and parmesan, etc. Sometimes just a plain piece of French bread with some butter is filling. I do eat oatmeal in the AM. I’m getting really tired of it but the instant is so easy. Lots of tea and that’s about it. I should do a blog on IBS again. It’s been awhile.
      I feel your frustration with all your caregiving. I know, you love those two men in your life and then the rift with your DD and GS added to it. Sometimes you must feel like the only grown up in your world. I wish there was some way to lighten your load. That why I’m so glad you get away to the shed. The coast can be so life giving. I get a lift these days just making it out to the front porch where I can see the river. I’m glad your Dad has that helpful neighbor, even if she did freeze Xmas dinner…oh my. Hang in there my dear because things change. I greatly love and admire how you take care of your Dad and know he can make it difficult for you with all your health issues. Seek that time alone and know I think of you often. Love you dear lady, Sue

  18. Lyn, Encouraged to hear you felt like a movie…oh those knees, huh? Glad you’re a bit better…bits at a time for us. I really like the look of your dining room and once you get the wood floor it will all pop. We have fake wood downstairs and it’s so easy to keep and always is so cheery. I have an eclectic group of antiques in many types of wood and of course, quilts hanging everywhere. I decorate, like you, for what I like and that’s what gives me joy. I don’t decorate for others. Jim, he only cares if I’m getting a big piece of furniture. I have the dining room table my parents bought for themselves years ago and it’s red maple. The cane bottom chairs gave out so I got new ones. Our coffee table is a carved chest Jim’s aunt brought from Asia years ago, I have four pieces that are over one hundred years old, also. Among them a halltree, a commode and a lovely old walnut dresser. Hey, your home is your castle, right? I always feel joy when I walk in the front door except when George or Jake has left us a message. Take care dear girl..
    You know I was thinking about the Kathryn we used to hear from for years and she hasn’t written lately and is no longer on my FB list. I pray nothing has happened to her but have a feeling. Remember she lived in the south and had relapsing poly. like me? Later as we tackle each day..Sue

    • I do remember Kathryn and do think of her. You’re right, it is not a good sign having lost all communication. That makes me sad.
      Yes, my DH pretty much gives me free reign in décor, but I do run things by him for his opinion. He really likes the dining room now. I’m really thinking about flooring again since we have Sadie. Much as I’d really like hard wood or cork, I need to investigate wear and tear with pet play and running… There are so many options anymore. I love the idea of cork in kitchen and studio area for comfort while cooking and sound absorption while teaching. We are currently looking into getting the carpet removed from our stairs. It needs to be replaced and I am SOOooooo tired of vacuuming stairs. It would be so much easier to sweep them off. It won’t be inexpensive, but we hope to get at least some return on taxes to help offset. There’s always so much to do when you own a house, isn’t there?

      • HI LYN, MY HOUSE WAS A ONE ROOM SCHOOL HOUSE AND WAS BUILT IN 1873 OR 1875 CAN’T REMEMBER EXACTLY, WOULD HAVE TO LOOK IT UP. THEY PUT DOWN THE WOOD FLOOR THAT WE STILL HAVE TODAY. WE DID SAND IT DOWN ONCE AND RE-VARNISHED IT AND IT IS STILL LOVELY TO ME. WE HAVE ALWAYS HAD DOGS IN THE HOUSE BUT THEY DIDN’T DAMAGE THE FLOOR. I DON’T THINK THEY MAKE WOOD FLOORS LIKE THEY USE TO CAUSE MY DD PUT DOWN A WOOD FLOOR WHEN THEY BUILT THEIR HOUSE ( ABT 10 YEARS AGO) AND THEY HAVE A CHOCOLATE LAB AND THEIR FLOOR IS ALL SCRATCHED AND WOULD HAVE TO BE RE-DONE. CORK, NOW THAT SOUNDS INTERESTING AND I’VE NEVER HEARD OF CORK FLOORING, BUT SURE DOES SOUND LIKE IT WOULD BE COMFORTABLE AND QUIET. I WILL HAVE TO CHECK THAT OUT. SO MUCH FUN TO BE DECORATING AND RE-DOING OUR HOMES. ENJOY IT ALL!
        HAPPY SUNDAY TO YOU MY FRIEND.
        GOD BLESS.
        XXX
        OH JUST TO LET YOU KNOW, WE HAVE ADDED AND UPSTAIRS TO THIS HOUSE CAUSE CEILING WAS 14FT HIGH AND THEN WE ADDED A BASEMENT AND ALSO AND ENTRANCE AND DEN. SO IT LOOKS NOTHING LIKE IT USE TO. NOW WE HAVE WAY TO MANY ROOMS FOR DH AND ME. SOMEHOW WE MANGE TO USE THEM ALL. 🙂 WE ALSO HAVE QUITE A FEW ANTIQUES FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE FAMILY. I JUST LOVE THEM ALL.

      • Lyn, the merits of cork flooring sound positive. I haven’t seen any so will have to look it up. I can attest to what Suzanne said about real wood floors. We had spent a fortune putting in maple floors in our new home in CA and our Saint Bernard had it scratched terribly within a few months with just normal wear and tear. That’s why we went with the laminated wood. It doesn’t scratch at all. It’s interesting you want your carpet off your stairs because we carpeted ours because the bare wood that was in here when we moved in made me nervous and unsafe going up and down. I feel safer on carpet. I know it is a pain to vacuum…Guess we all go through different phases in our lives and needs. How fun for you to be planning and doing. Love, Sue

      • Lyn, I love the Pergo (and other brand) options with the faux wood floors. So easy to install and easy upkeep. Mine held up really well from Rottie feet to Dachie feet. No real damage over about 10 years I had them in my house. I have always decorated my home for ME. I used to go to friends homes and they had a “theme”. When they asked me what mine was I always told the eclectic. I have old and new mixed together. I love it. You should get you a Roomba as well to vacuum the floors or just a Scooba, it does BOTH. Vacuums and washes. Excellant for the wood floors.
        Take care
        Tonie

  19. Sue
    A blog on ibs would be great…..I Would love that
    You mentioned hyoscyamine,I know that really dries out all the organs have you tried spasmonal,that seems to be much better for me,altho as you say we are all different.the Nexium im taking for reflux is really bad for eyes throat etc.as well and I’m only taking it for a few days then have to stop Atthe moment I’ve got a thing going for spaghetti and cheese and jacket potato with butter…wierd
    It must be so boring keeping to the same stuff..but safe in a way. I do hope it clears up soon for you
    It must be lovely to open your door and see that great river . What a view to have…I think to have a view from where you live is something that frees us from everyday life. For me anyway..we didn’t have one till we got our shed
    Well gonna get some housework done ..that keeps next week free for whatever unfolds!!
    Hope everyone good..how DH get on Jen at his appt
    Chris

    • Chris, it seems we share many of the same challenges. No, I have never heard of spasmonal but has tried many others. I find diet is the best thing, unfortunately.
      I should look at our river more often. I have been too much of a recluse these last few months and am anxious for spring to come and hope it brings me some newness. Good girl, doing housework. I should try a bit of that myself. I always feel better when I do something productive, no matter how small. Do take care dear lady, Sue

    • You, too, Suzanne, and thanks for your home/flooring input. I was just researching a bit and am also interested in bamboo in some areas, like the dining room. A long time off, so time to look around. Yes, we will be enjoying the Super Bowl today. I’ll probably read while I watch. We’ll have meatball sandwiches for dinner and DH wanted some queso/cheesy salsa to nibble on. Keeping it simple. Enjoy your evening! Oh, I can also watch snow, too, if the forecast is accurate. We’ve seen a few flurries fly by already today.

      • YES LYN, I SAW BAMBOO FLOORING BUT DIDN’T ASK ABOUT IT. I WOULD LOVE TO CHANGE THE FLOORING IN THE DEN, ONLY PROBLEM IS WE REALLY DONT NEED TOO. MAYBE IF THERE IS A SALE??? WHO KNOWS. IT’S THE LAMINATED FLOORING WE HAVE THERE, SO WE COULD LIFT IT AND PUT IT UPSTAIRS IN ONE OF THE BEDROOMS. DH IS SO HANDY THAT WAY. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE PICS OF YOUR DINING RM SET. SOUNDS BEAUTIFUL.
        GUESS WE WOULD HAVE TO BECOME FRIENDS ON FACEBOOK. SINCE I DON’T KNOW YOUR LAST NAME I’M UNDER SUZANNE LARSEN.
        ENJOY THE DAY AND I PRAY IT’S A LOW PAIN DAY.
        CHRIS HOPE ALL IS WELL WITH YOU.
        JENNIE POO, HOW ARE THE EYES DOING? AND DH?
        OH TONIE, HOPE YOUR MOUTH IS FEELING BETTER. DID YOU FIND THE MOUTH WASH?
        SUE LOVE, HOPE THIS IS A GOOD DAY FOR YOU. ENJOY THAT VIEW! YOU SEEMS TO BE SLOWLY IMPROVING. KEEP IT UP , BABY STEPS ARE VERY GOOD.
        LOVE YOU ALL AND PRAYING FOR ALL.
        XXX

  20. Good morning to all:
    It is very windy here today with some rain and sunshine mixed. So far we have had a very mild winter with only a little snow. Which is the way I like it. I have to go to the dentist today and do some errands on the way 🙂 Pick up chicken feed, etc. I have to wash these nasty dogs today as well. And change their sweaters. They are snuggled together on the bed snoozing. It must be nice to have their life :). Well one more week and I will be leaving for Az. Can’t wait to see my babies and the great grand !!
    Chris, I am praying you feel better soon. As well as Sue. My blog friends I pray for you daily !!
    I hope you all have a wonderful day
    Love
    Tonie

    • Tonie, Glad your winter has been mild and hope it stays that way. SOunds like you found the missing dog sweater. I know, the dogs do get a real treat of a life, don’t they? AZ coming up so soon. I know you are jazzed.
      As for me, each day seems to be better unless I overdo it on the exercises. Slow and easy wins the race, right? Have to see several doctors and dentist but not driving yet so will wait another couple of weeks. Otherwise we’re doing okay. Rain, rain and more rain. It helps to wash off the back porch where Jakie has taken to peeing. Poor old dog. Later, let us know what the dentist thinks. Get well, okay? Love, Sue

  21. Hi everyone, we had pouring down rain this morning and now the sun is shining! Our temperatures have been in the 50’s in the daytime and not too cold at night but that is going to end shortly. Ok again today but turning quite cold tonight. Back in the 20’s again. At least we don’t have to deal with ice and snow. I have been dealing with some issues and I went to see my primary care doctor last Tuesday. We went over all my medicines and discussed what the pharmacy doctor and I had talked about. Over half of my medications cause sleepiness or being dizzy. That is why I was feeling so tired and sleepy all the time. I am no longer taking the citalapram or the amitriptyline. I am back on the Lexapro that I use to take years ago but switched to citalapram because it was cheaper. Now Lexapro is generic and I only have to take 20 mg instead of 40 mg and less sedated. Lower cost. Some of my medicines I am taking at different times.I’m not taking the Flexiril for the muscles but one that starts with a B.. The doctor said to break or cut it in half so it wouldn’t make me too sleepy. I haven’t had to use it yet. The Sevella really helps with the Fibromyalgia. So I am getting used to all my switches in meds and so far it isn’t too bad. The pharmacy doctor had me try taking a mixture of B vitamins. I was starting to feel better then I got the jitters so bad had to stop taking them. The niacin in the B vitamins was causing the jitters.. Since I stopped taking them I haven’t had a problem. I also saw my oncologist this week. My tumor marker numbers have gone back up again. I will have more blood work in 6 weeks to see what it is again. If they are still up, he will probably send me for a PET scan or a bone scan. That doesn’t make me happy at all. So now you see why I wrote this to all at one time so I didn’t have to write it to each one of you individually. I have been reading all the posts and I do love and think about you all the time. I will write more but right now I want to send this and try not to lose it. I don’t know why Chris and I have such a time losing posts. Anyway, I love all of you. God Bless you all!!

    • Donna, so pleased you got some of your meds straightened out so you aren’t as drowsy. Can’t sleep through life, huh? It’s short enough. I am sorry to hear your tumor markers are up. Has this happened before and have they gone back down? Good to hear how you are doing. Thanks again for the update. Hope life improves now. Love, Sue

      • Sue, yes I have Had the problem before with the tumor marker going up or down. Especially if I am sick. I think I might be having a UTI OR BLADDER INFECTION now. I have a few symptoms. So please be praying for me. Thanks Donna.

      • DONNA CERTAINLY SOUNDS YOU HAVE BEEN HAVING A HARD TIME LATELY. HOPE NOW THAT THE MEDS HAVE BEEN CHANGED YOU WILL FEEL BETTER. SENDING HEALING PRAYERS YOUR WAY MY FRIEND.
        GOD BLESS. LOVE
        XXX

  22. To all of you, my friends and regular readers: I’ve been thinking of reprinting some of my best blogs from everydayhealth.com from the 8 years I wrote for them. Would you be offended or mind if I do that? Some of them are very good…even if I do toot my own horn and I’d like all the newer readers to see them. I spent a lot of my life and time on them and hate to see them just sitting there. Whatta you think? Sue

    • Sue, I think it would be great to share some of your past blogs. The IBS is one I would like to read. It seems like other people are ok with your sharing past blogs. I hope you will go for it! Donna

    • Makes sense to me, Sue. Newer readers would benefit from the chance to read them, and those of us who have been around the block, so to speak, would benefit from a re-read. 😉

      • Lyn, Hope things are going smoothly in the bad weather. We’re having wind and rain. Gusts of 60mph hit the house yesterday and a few last night. Hate that. Thanks for your words regarding running older blogs. The only problem is I enjoy writing new ones and publishing only twice a month is not much right now so we’ll see how it goes. Stay warm and be good to yourself. Love that beautiful new dining room. Hope it’s giving you much pleasure. Love, Sue

  23. Evening all :
    Update on the dentist appt. My tooth was getting ready to abcess, hence the soreness and pain. So we started a root canal today, I go back in March to finish it up. THEN I have to get scaling done. Do any of you have that problem ? My tarter builds up so fast and hardens. And I HATE it. But better than loosing them. So…after the warm start this morning, the temps dropped over 10 degrees, then the rain turned to spitting snow and the WIND was horribly cold ! I was glad to get home to my warm couch ! Hope you all have a wonderful evening.
    Love to all
    Tonie

    • Tonie, I’m sorry to hear this. Root canal, huh? You should get a RX for fluoride toothpaste. I’ve been using one at night that you leave on. It’s worth a try. Love ya, Sue

    • Tonie, we have some oral rinse we’ve been using for Jakie for years. He has a tartar problem and has lost several teeth and has terrible genetic history of losing teeth. Too bad they don’t sell the rinse for people. Sue

      • Hey, I use Horse Penicillin why not Doggie mouth wash 🙂 My old dentist said it was something about the PH of my saliva that caused my tarter to be so bad. Ceasar has a tarter problem.. What is the name of the rinse ? I have to scrape his teeth all the time, Brutus not at all.

  24. Janet and Tonie, I just don’t want to bore anyone with retreaded blogs but I have so many and would like to share them. Thanks for the feedback. Love, Sue

    • You could never be boring. Think of the many times you have been told that we would love it if you put together a book of your old posts. I don;t get on often but know you are in my thoughts and prayers everyday. I owe you so much and hope and pray you are getting better each day. Gentle hugs, Janet

      • I agree with Janet, not boring. I love re-reading books I like, and re-watch movies all the time. Why not revisit Blogs I like ?

      • Janet, the perfect comeback. You are so kind. I wish I had the health and the computer knowledge to submit a manuscript. It’s a shame because I’ve written enough to fill several books. Hope you’re feeling more at home in your new quarters. Love, Sue

  25. That would be great sue..look forward it
    You remember I said get house work done to get ready for what the week throws at me….well DH reversed into a empty parked van…only had our new car for about 4 wks!…it took all day sorting it out.ins..police informed and hire car arranged
    The other car was ok but our was hit at wrong spot and needs a new rear boot lid…cost £1300 .
    I’m awake ready for today…I need a suit of armour!!
    Chris
    Donna
    Yes prayers for you as you wait now
    Tonie
    No wonder you were sore!

    • Chris, oh no. So much money to say nothing of the pity of the new vehicle and all the stress that is priceless. I’m so sorry. The only good I can think of is that at least you have a clean house. Well, you’re in the right country for armour. Hope it isn’t necessary. Man, life just keeps kicking us along, huh? Do take care. Love you Sue

    • OH CHRIS, YOU PUT ON THAT SUIT OF ARMOUR AND GO ON YOUR WAY. THIS TOO SHALL PASS.MAN OH MAN HOPE ALL OF THIS STOPS AND YOU CAN HAVE A LITTLE PEACE IN YOUR LIFE. TAKE GOOD CARE SWEETHEART.
      GOD BLESS. LOVE YOU BIG.
      XXX

  26. Suzanne
    Well what a mess!
    I don’t know if you can do anything .your DIL might take it and make matters worse for her own ends.

    Your son must know the situation and is putting up with it ..do you see him on his own to ask him about his stress generally without mentioning the rest of the family and children..that would keep opinions out of it
    I suppose a meal just with DIL and son and kids at yours is too late in the day… But you’ve done that with the breakfast….!.could they go out for an evening on their own…would you be well enough to offer to look after the g.kids would that make her feel wanted do you think? It sounds as you says tippy toe! Has she always been the same! before they had the kids? Has she got family?
    Your son must be wondering what is the best to do all the time
    I don’t suppose all this is making you feel too great either
    She sounds jealous. Is she do you think?
    Snowing here..not as with you tho I bet!
    Love Chrisx

    • Suzanne, I agree with Chris. There is very little you can do without jeopardizing your relationship with your son and grandkids. Sometimes you just have to stay out of it and let it work itself out. Perhaps your son will finally have to tell her how it is. Love, Sue P.S. Just always let your kids know you love them and will not judge what they do…they will do what they will do. period.

    • YOU ARE TOTALLY RIGHT CHRIS, MY SON KNOWS THE SITUATION AND IS PUTTING UP WITH IT.
      EVEN THOUGH THEY LIVE ABOUT 10 MINS AWAY WE DON’T SEE THEM OFTEN. BOTH WORK AND ON WEEKENDS THEY GO SKIING (THAT IS NEW THIS YEAR).
      I THINK YOU AND SUE ARE RIGHT. I DO NOT WANT TO JEOPARDIZE MY RELATIONSHIP WITH MY SON AND GRANDS SO GUESS IT WILL HAVE TO WORK ITSELF OUT. IT DOES CAUSE ME LOTS OF STRESS SO HENCE I FEEL MORE PAIN. HARD TO WATCH MY DD IN SO MUCH PAIN, AND MY SON WITH SO MUCH ANXIETY BUT GUESS I WILL JUST HAVE TO SUCK IT UP. I’M NOT SURE THE MARRIAGE WILL WORK OUT, THAT IS JUST MY FEELING. THANK YOU CHRIS AND SUE. YOU HAVE HELPED ME ENORMOUSLY. SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO TALK IT OUT WITH GREAT FRIENDS. LOVE YOU BOTH.
      GOD BLESS YOU FOR ALL YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND LIVING SKILLS.
      XXX

      • Suzanne, I think Chris would agree with me that any wisdom we have learned is based on hard won experience. Sometimes saying nothing is so much harder than speaking up in these family situations. Our kids and grandkids have to learn to find their own way…they will, anyway. They don’t want our wisdom or experience because it’s not something that can always be passed on. Of course we can guide sometimes but they will usually go their own way just as we did. Pray for the situation and it will bring you some peace; although you may have to do it every hour some days. Hang in their dear lady, Sue

      • THANK YOU SUE AND CHRIS. I BELIEVE I WILL BE PRAYING QUITE A BIT. OF COURSE YOU ARE BOTH RIGHT, WE MADE OUR OWN WAY AND THEY WILL HAVE TO MAKE THEIR OWN. IT IS JUST SO HARD TO WATCH THIS CAUSE I’VE NEVER LIVED THROUGH ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE. IT’S JUST WRONG. I WILL BITE MY TONGUE. (THAT HURT) LOL.
        LOVE YOU AND HAPPY TO HAVE YOU ALL HERE.
        GOD BLESS
        XXX

  27. Morning all:
    Suzanne, love the history on your home !! I bet it is beautiful. There is an old schoolhouse like that just sitting there rotting away around the corner from where I live. I GRIEVE over old things like that unloved and uncared for 🙂 Prayers for the situation. I think with the others, you should try to stay out of it. Hard to do , I know.

    Well, I lost another hen last night :(. I heard squawking around 12 and took off to the rescue with my gun and flashlight, but nothing to be seen except the dead hen. I took her outside the henhouse cause they were so distraught. I had the thought that whatever had been in the process maybe would just take her and leave them alone. THis morning her head had been removed and the rest left alone. I really think it is a weasel. They rip off the head and drink the blood. I need to get my nephew out to set traps around back. Hopefully we will catch the culprit !! SUpposed to be high of 53 today and tomorrow ….high of 28 !! This is what my mother used to call ” Pneumonia weather” .
    I pray you all have a good day. I have lazed away half the day already. I must go outside and do something. Take care
    Love
    Tonie

    • Tonie, Boy, you farm girls really do deal with certain things we city girls don’t deal with. No wonder weasel is such a derisive word. Yuk. I know how excited you must be getting now just thinking and planning for your trip to AZ to see the kids. I’m so pleased and excited for you. Wow, that’s quite a swing in temps for you.
      As far as the great plaque remover stuff we give our older dog it is Maxi-guard oral cleansing gel. I’m not sure about humans because dogs have such thick saliva it might protect them but then again, what the heck. Just don’t want you to hurt yourself but know it does work great for the dog. You can see the plaque disappearing within a few days. Later gal, love you, Sue

      • I ordered some for Ceasar 🙂 He has terrible plaque, so if it keeps me from having to scrape his teeth, I am all for it.

    • Sorry about your hen, Tonie. As you would expect, we’re having the same temperature swings you are. Today was decent – upper 30’s, it was 37 at 2:30 anyway – but tomorrow temps are to plummet. Oh joy. Take care of those teeth! Yours and Caesar’s. 🙂

    • THANKS TONIE. OH I WOULD BE GRIEVING FOR THAT OLD SCHOOL HOUSE ALSO. YES I WILL JUST LET IT GO, AND YES IT WILL BE DIFFICULT BUT…..
      OH SORRY TO HEAR YOU LOST ANOTHER HEN. WEASELS, YIKES THEY SOUND DANGEROUS AND TO RIP OFF THE HEAD TO DRINK THE BLOOD AND NOT EAT THE HEN SEEMS LIKE THEY WASTE ALSO. NORMALLY ANIMALS EAT WHATEVER THEY KILL.
      NOW YOU TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF, YOU WILL SOON BE LEAVING FOR AZ. WILL YOU BE CLOSE TO JO?
      GOD BLESS YOU MY SWEET PEA!
      LOVE YOU BIG.
      XXX

    • Tonie, so sorry to hear of another hen being killed. What a horrible way to be killed. I have never heard of that before. What if anything can you do to stop the hen house raids? I guess not much or you would have already done it. Did you find somewhere for your boys to stay while you are in Arizona? You might have already said and I just missed it.
      I am also sorry about your tooth. Hopefully It won’t give you any trouble while you are away. I am so excited for you to get to go on this trip. We are suppose to get very cold weather tonight. In the teens. My DH just checkd the well house to make sure the light bulb was still on. We use well water so we have to take care to try to keep it from freezing. You would be surprised how a light bulb burning will keep it from freezing. I will be praying for your animals that they are all safe. Hope Baby is doing okay. I am so glad you are doing a good job getting her healthy and the fact you wanted a horse. My cousin helps rescue dogs but 2 weeks ago she rescued a horse, Queenie is her name. She put out a need on Facebook and you wouldn’t believe the help and donations that showed up. She had a pasture for her but needed help moving her and getting her to the vet and back. Everyone pulled through. She is in a pasture with some llamas. She is always afraid they will spit at her when she goes to feed Queenie. She’s said so far they haven’t but they do run at her. The horse is doing great and comes right to her when she feeds her.She, my cousin, is so excited that Queenie has responded to her so well.It is so exciting to see these animals to respond so well and eat good and gain Wright’s In such a short time they already know where their love comes from. Ok, I have been on here too long. I really did want to share with you about Queenie. Be Blessed Tonie. To all of my wonderful friends on this Blog, I pray for each and every need. God already knows what each of them are and He will take care of them. All we have to do is trust Him. I am sending LOVE and HUGS to all of you. I pray that God meets everyone’s needs. LOVE, Donna

      • It looks like my Kindle Fire changed one of my words again. In my post above it says Wright in a spot and it should be weight. Sorry about that. Donna P. S. I hope everyone has a great weekend.

      • Thanks Donna:
        Baby is doing great. I heard her running up and down the pasture tonight. 🙂 She poops way too much, but the vet says she may always be that way from starving. Tell your cousin good luck with her Queenie. They really bond with love and care.
        Love
        Tonie

    • Hi Chris, well is ok. Did not freeze. It is a very rare thing for it to freeze. If it does it is up close to the spigot. The lines are pretty deep. No ,we couldn’t get water if it freezes. It would thaw up pretty quickly with a little help and patience. If anything freezes it is usually the pipes coming in the house. That is also pretty rare.
      Hope you are ok and feeling better. You have a good weekend too. LOVE and hugs. Donna

  28. Well:
    Ya’all say a “safe travel” prayer for me tomorrow. I will probably not be on here til next week. Prayers for you all each day though, on here or not. Take care and have a safe week. I am sure FB will be loaded down with pics of my visit.
    Love to you all
    Tonie

  29. Have a safe and wonderful trip. I know you are excited to see everyone especially the new great grandbaby. Enjoy and have so much fun!! We will all be looking for the awesome pictures we know you will have to share. You have been through so much Tonie, you deserve this trip. I pray your”boys” will be calm and at peace until you return. LOVE and Hugs! Donna

  30. Good morning Peeps;
    Sue, I think it is a great idea to share your old blogs! So many new readers will not have read them before and it would be great to reread them! I am so happy you are gradually feeling better!

    Tonie, So sorry about your hen. I think you should be in AZ by now with that beautiful AZ sun shining down on you … I am jealous!!! Enjoy your family and the warmth and have a safe trip!

    Suzanne and Lyn, we built our house seven years ago and oak floors finished on site were standard with our builder and the Poms haven’t left a mark. Our son had a beautiful home with walnut floors and a Golden Retriever and they had to have them refinished before they could sell their house, so a lot depends on the breed of dog and the type of floor. We have laminate flooring at the cottage and the same Golden doesn’t mark them, but there is quite a difference in the durability of the different laminates on the market.
    Suzanne, I went to school in an old rural two room school house so I can visualize your home …at least before the additions and it sounds lovely filled with antiques. I was in one of the very last classes before they moved into a large regional, modern, school building….of course the students in the towns and cites already attended similar school building at that time … does this make me old?
    Lyn, I love your new dining room furniture and I’m sure there will be many delicious meals with friends and family enjoyed there.

    Chris, I think of my own dad while reading your stories of your father at this stage of his life. I think men find it harder than woman to cope by themselves when their spouse is the first one to cross over to the next life. Women are use to caring for the home and cooking and usually have more hobbies such as knitting to keep themselves busy and men have often relied on their wife for many things which they now find hard to do for themselves, especially the older generations. I know it is a difficult time for you. My DH is also beginning to assist his parents who are finding life difficult, but they are both still with us.

    Jennie, hope you are well and Janet and Donna … praying for you as well as all my blog friends!

    My visitors from the US are arriving this week with three Poms, one a puppy. I am still waiting to hear from a neurosurgeon and I have an appointment with my rheumy this week and an appointment with my FD to discuss my MRI next week. The neck pain has become less severe at times (but I still have periods it is quite severe) but I am now also experiencing very severe pain which seems to be originating in my left hip (replacement) and down into my groin ….. so severe I am finding walking difficult! I am staying quiet hoping this will resolve … SOON! If you have followed Teddi’s love affair and marriage with Bella Pomeranian on Facebook, I hope to go with Deedee, her human mother, to the Love Lock Bridge in Downtown Ottawa this week where we will lock their engraved red lock on the Love Lock Bridge. Their is a picture of their Love Lock on Facebook with their wedding album. There will be tears of course for as you know, little Bella left for the Rainbow Bridge one month after she flew to Canada from LA for their wedding and honeymoon at our cottage. Watch for pictures posted later this week and Teddi says have a “lookie”. They know that unfortunately I am having difficulties but the plane tickets were bought a long time ago and this weekend is “Winterlude” our winter carnival. Deedee has never experienced a Canadian winter before and it is to be cold on the weekend, but she has packed a down filled coat as well as sweaters for Baby Bella! This year is not been off to a good start but hopefully things will improve!
    Love and Hugs … PM Brenda

    • POMM….THANK YOU FOR THINKING OF ME…BEEN A ROUGH FEW WEEKS……JUST HANGING ON FOR THE EYE DOC….FINDING USING THE COMPUTER A BIT TAXING MOST TIMES. I HOPE TOO THAT THINGS IMPROVE FOR YOU …LOVE JENNIE XX

      • Jen, I am so sorry to know you are suffering so much with your eyes. Love you very much and hoping for answers quite soon. Sue

    • Pommum, please have a wonderful yet albeit probably painful, walk down memory lane. Do be careful and good to yourself dear girl. Love, Sue

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