DO WE HAVE AN EXPIRATION DATE?

Is it ever too late? Well, sure, when you stop breathing, when your heart stops or when you are Wiley Coyote and the Road Runner just dropped an anvil on your head. In the meantime, you’re alive. As far I know, I’m still alive; the question is do you and I have an expiration date?

I do have to confess there are days when parts of my body feel like they have passed their expiration date. I don’t feel curdled, like past date milk, but I do look curdled. This whole aging thing can be so depressing. I have a birthday rolling around and it has set me to wondering. I don’t squeak when I walk but I do click and pop a bit at times. I haven’t found any stamps on my body anywhere that state my expiration date is up, unless it’s hidden in a wrinkle somewhere. As a nurse I find it intriguing in a macabre sort of way that newborns enter the world with wrinkles, especially premature one and we leave the world with wrinkles. Newborns are self-focused and needy because they have to be for survival.  As infants we need diapers, and you know the rest if you know any elderly seniors, or actually anyone with that problem.  Life is a full-circle, indeed, but that doesn’t mean, because we live with daily pain that we have to start circling the drain.

I hate having a picture taken, up close, signs of aging and all. I do realize that sounds silly and shallow but there you have it; my confession. My family is used to looking at my decay. I guess I’ve been fooling myself. Now don’t give me that old line about, “You look great.” I don’t. “At least you’ve got your health.” I don’t. “But you have a family who love you.” Most of the time, I should say, that’s true. I remember my Mom used to say she felt young inside as she aged, except when she looked in the mirror. She lived to be 93. Which fairy tale was that with the “mirror, mirror on the wall?” Where are those magic mirrors when you need one? As I recall that involved a wicked witch and that’s the last thing I want to become.

Last week, I saw, up close and personal, the toll this past year has taken on my face, body and my health. I don’t want to be crass or embarrass anyone but the reality of living with one breast is with me constantly. Since I have had so much pain and tightness in my chest since surgery last year I have been “double bagging” it, or wearing two layers of clothing. I am discreet but with the latest physical therapy of the past three months I am almost back to full function except for the missing part. I thought I was at a point when I could actually go back to wearing a bra. I haven’t been able to see a professional fitter because the closest one is two hours away and my back and sitter have not allowed. I also didn’t feel ready yet due to the discomfort. The radiation therapy also caused me to have scoliosis which I am dealing with. A total car wreck would possibly explain it the best. Meanwhile, back to my story; I bought some padded bras and wore one the other day. It felt great but was still not quite right. I asked my daughter when they came over for pizza how she thought it looked, privately, of course. She said, “Well, Mom, the left one is smaller. I thought you bought an insert.”

I replied, “Well, I did but it’s too large. I guess I could buy one for the breast I have remaining but then it could be off balance. Then I have visions of ending up looking like Madonna in concert as I try to balance them out in front of me.”

We had a good laugh over that because I still think life is filled with humor. I must travel into Portland to get properly fitted. I must.

It’s all falling down. It’s one thing when your boobies descend as if reaching for the ground, but it is more heart wrenching when the prednisone induced jowls of your face fall to your shoulders. I lost thirty pounds in the last two years but apparently, fate is cruel and I lost it in all the wrong places. Please excuse me if I offend but I am here to announce, my ass is gone. Now, tell me, how can something that has disappeared still hurt this much? Life, you are so cruel.

When Jim got home from work I was still quite depressed, which was helped along by the usual pain everywhere. I told him, “Why didn’t you tell me I was getting so ugly? I can’t decide if I look more like Charlie McCarthy (the puppet of years gone by) or an apple doll (all wizened and dry). I used to be pretty, now I’m just sort of squidgy around the edges.”

After looking at me, as if for the first time, my dear husband, sitting on a kitchen stool prominently overweight, balding yet cute, stated, “Well, I don’t know,” while rubbing his protruding tummy, “I guess us glamorous people will just have to put up with you.”

I guess I have to officially announce that my expiration date is up. However, since I’m not a carton of milk, a medication or a carton of sour yogurt, I think I’ll just keep plodding along with what I have left. Mirrors will be covered, there will be no more pictures and I will continue to think I’m attractive as soon as I get over this current trauma. I’m also going to continuing going to physical therapy for another month so I can be all that I can be. That’s important to me to be able to live the fullest life possible.

I know the truth. We all age and should be glad if we’re still breathing. I know it’s never too late for second chances, new lives and all that. I also, truly know my heart and mind are still young. It will just take me awhile to get used to my shell falling apart. Remember that old camp song, “Do your ears hang low, can you wag them to and fro? Can you tie them in a knot, can you tie them in a bow?” Well, choose a part of your body, like sagging boobies and sing out, loudly. We’re never too old to laugh at ourselves, right?

I will also continue to flaunt my license plate holder that states, “SCREW THE GOLDEN YEARS.” Don’t look at me. I didn’t say it. The license plate holder did.

196 thoughts on “DO WE HAVE AN EXPIRATION DATE?

  1. Jen
    They probably know this already .a young puppy is not like a established dog that you have had.
    I know how you feel…maybe wait until the situation occurs and deal with it then..with a talk line already for it……meanwhile say things to chip into the conversation that infer that you are over that bl..dy hill Jen 😄
    You can do it it will work out for you…..forget it for now
    Been to Drs for DH bp Got another pill to add
    Ok back later Chris

  2. JENNIE POO, IF THEY ARE YOUR TRUE FRIENDS THEY WILL UNDERSTAND. JUST TELL THEM THE TRUTH. YOU JUST CAN NOT TAKE CARE OF TWO DOGS. ONE IF MORE THAN ENOUGH FOR YOU AND DH NOW.
    LOVE YOU SWEETHEART.
    XXX

  3. Hey Jennie…I concur with Chris and Tonie. Good friends will already know this. Don’t worry about something that may never happen. But you can start saying things like Sacha will be our last dog because it’s getting more difficult to walk him. Plant those thoughts in their minds now. Okay??
    JOJO xoxo

  4. Onr step at a time…Thanks, Sue. I understand very well how you must feel. I’m afraid no one can understand how we have to alter our lives because of pain and disease except for those of us who live it. I’ve said similar comments to my DH but as a rule 90% of the time I try to hide from him how bad I’m feeling because he has to go to work and put up with whining and complaining there like your Jim. Hope your gut improvement is continuing in the right direction. Another day in the furnace, but i must go grocery shopping now while it’s not too hot. Ugghh!!
    Have a great day one and all !
    Jo XX

    • Jo, how true. In an ideal world we would all share understanding but so much of life has to be lived and experienced to be truly understood and I, like all of us, wouldn’t wish this pain on anyone, especially those I love. We’re stuck with the privacy of the pain world and can get some small comfort in finding inner peace while in the turmoil and sharing with others like ourselves. I think that’s why I started the blog many years ago. I saw such a need for this kind of sharing when I was seeking it online. It was there but was like gold to find; both rare and scarce.
      Yes, I think the gut is gradually getting there. Hope you’ve been able to get out in the oven and home already. Stay safe. Love you, Sue

  5. HELLO….SOMETHING STRANGE GOING ON HERE…..STUFF IS NOT WHERE IT SHOULD BE, OLDER POSTS COMING ON AFTER THE NEWER ONES….HOWEVER…..I GOT TO SEE ALL THE COMMENTS ON THE DOGGY SITUATION…..AND THE GOOD NEWS IS, I PUT THE DIFFICULTIES TO THEM, AND THEY SAID THEY HAD ALREADY THOUGHT THAT TWO WEEKS AT CHRISTMAS WOULD BE PUSHING IT SOME…………WHEW!! SO THEY ARE GOING TO BOARD IT AT THE PLACE WHERE THEY HAVE GOT IT FROM………………..HAD TO COMPROMISE AND SAY WE WOULD HAVE IT IN AN EMERGENCY…ILLNESS OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT………SO SORTED.
    AND WE ARE STILL FRIENDS……………………………………………………………….LOVE TO ALL……………….JENNIE XXXX

  6. Jen
    Yea I find the posts are all,over the placeMine would come and go…perhaps it’s a euro thing
    Well done and all sorted with your friends
    Good about your Tim sue
    Hope you didn’t get toooo hot Jo
    Anyone heard about Donna
    I went to Dr infection all gone..just feel a bit bruised
    Was gonna go to shed tomorrow ..but my dad went and got a piece of chicken for carer to cook and he’s only to have mushy food and she wasn’t told.so he’s got a bit stuck in his throat and all gurgley wont let us call a Dr So we are waiting for a little while as he said it will clear soon. So I don’t know at all.i went to see him and he looked like he was struggling. He’s got the other agency coming to see him tomorrow as well…he mite just have put himself in hosp,again tho
    Sh.t! There was no need for it all
    Back later
    Chris

    • Chris, that does sound serious. Choking sounds like a viable reason to get him to the hospital. In a case like that it will either get better or worse, depending on the glob of food that is stuck. I would think it would frighten him and he’d want to go. So sorry for the stress and worry but he has to be watched right now. Hope it clears but if he puts anything else down there it could get worse. Let us know, okay?
      My tum is coming along but rocky. Take care…I’m sorry. Sue

      • Well sue he and carer said it cleared and he’s gone out for coffee in the lounge. I’ve asked
        Him…. Not to have the steak that he’s bought for tomorrow
        His carer told me he only thinks of himself now .he shouts at her and swears.she has trouble lifting him in bed with her back.she says he needs a hoist he won’t have one.see what tomorrow brings with the another agency
        We still mite go if all ok.i thought all would work out with a carer”…..
        DH bp is still up and he has been given a additional one to take..but to take it in a weeks time to see if the bp will still come down and he gets used to the meds
        Past experience tells me another story !
        Chris

    • HI CHRIS…………YES I AM GLAD THINGS GOT SORTED WITH OUR FRIENDS, SHE ESPECIALLY IS VERY DEAR TO ME, AND I WOULD HATE ANYTHING TO GET IN THE WAY OF THAT…..HOWEVER, WE WILL HAVE TO HAVE SOME GROUND RULES FROM THE START, WHEN THE WEATHER IS WET, I AM NOT HAVING TWO DOGS RUNNING IN WITH WET PAWS ALL OVER MY CARPETS…..THEY ARE NOT SO FUSSY AND THEY RENT, I AM HOUSE PROUD, AND SACHA IS NOT ALLOWED IN THE HOUSE WITHOUT HIS PAWS WIPED……HOPE THAT WILL BE RESPECTED, AS WE DO THE SAME WHEN VISITING THEM.
      OH I AM SO GLAD YOUR INFECTION HAS GONE AT LAST.
      I HOPE YOUR DAD IS OK, IF HE HAS TO GO BACK TO THE HOSPITAL, AT LEAST THEN YOU CAN GO TO THE SHED KNOWING HE IS SAFE…….KEEP US POSTED….LOVE YOU…JEN X

      • Jen
        It’s so difficult with friends and different house values if others are involved .i can see why you are tense ,it’s makes for uncomfortable feelings…if she knows you she will recognise how to deal with her dog and I expect she will being as you mentioned about not looking after her dog if she goes away
        When is she getting it? I reckon you will love it and she will look after it ok at you house
        Maybe she will,leave it at home.
        I do understand tho as I would feel the same
        Back later at shed
        Chris

    • Chris, Relieved to hear this particular crisis cleared. Hope he doesn’t eat that steak. Sorry he’s being so obnoxious and neither she nor you have to take that. You’re really in charge…he just doesn’t know it. He, I’m afraid, isn’t behaving in a rational way and it isn’t good. If he insists on eating what he wants he will end up in the hospital again…you’re right in thinking that. I’m sorry if he is embarrassing you but remember most experienced caregivers have faced obnoxious behavior previously. That doesn’t mean they have to take it, however. They might complain and then the agency will call you, I’m sure. I’m sorry for all of you that you have this to deal with.
      Let’s hope DH’s B/P will do a turn about with the new meds. You can always hope, right? Hang in there sweet friend. Glad you got a break and are feeling better and the bladder infection is clearing up. Love you much, Sue

      • Yea sue
        Will go tomorrow to shed for a few days the weather looks good over the weekend
        Gonna put it all on hold and read and listen to some music and look at the sunsets
        Fancy something really twangy to listen to
        How’s your tiles outside …looking good?
        Chris

  7. Sue, and I’m so glad you started your blog. When I found you almost 5 years ago now, I too couldn’t find many good pain blog sites. I found you on Everyday Health that I had subscribed to through emails. I’ve met some very good friends through your blog. That must give you a wonderful feeling knowing how many people you have brought together over the years!
    Hope you’re having a restful night.

    Chris..I like the sound of your plans..reading and watching sunsets. Sounds peaceful!
    Good night to all.
    Love, Jo

    • Jo, thanks so much for your kind remarks. Actually, I rarely think about the network that’s grown out of my blog but I guess it’s the case now that you mention it. I used it initially to vent and to share what I had learned and it kind of grew from there. I was thrown when everydayhealth.com told me I had to post my own under their logo because I didn’t know how to do that. I, frankly, was surprised because I had the most popular blog on their site. I not only could not post my own due to my old brain for tech stuff but no one would be weeding out the kooks. Yes, the internet can be a scary place at times. Thanks to dear Natalie for helping me out. She used to be my editor at everydayhealth and she came to my rescue. You know, she and I have never met each other. She lives in OK. Now that I’m thinking about it, the thing has been kind of a miracle for me.
      You know, sometimes I know ahead of time what I want to talk about and other weeks, well, I just see what the good Lord puts into my mind and ask for guidance. I’ve written and published lots of other things, like a newspaper column in CA for years and poems, etc. but this is by far the most satisfying. All of you have become so dear to me over the years. Folks come and go on my FB page but basically it grows by a couple of people each week. Just this week I have two new “friends” who have been diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome and are from different parts of the country. I think the medical sites are often boring and on here we just chat. Thanks again and hope you’re doing as well as possible tonight. Love you, Sue

      • Hi Sue, yes, you have a really unique blog. I’ve been on the medical ones, too, and they are boring. I am so glad you got to start up this blog with your former editor. Maybe one day you will get to meet Natalie in person. We are all happy she came to your rescue. She knew you had a gift for writing.
        I am also hesitant to install Windows 10. I like what I am using now, and don’t want to feel pressured to download 10 even though it’s free. I’m leaving well enough alone for now.
        We have a monsoon storm going on right now with lots of lightening, so I am going to log off my computer. Have a busy week ahead full of tests, a brain MRI, EEG, EMG,…well, that’s enough. I am dreading the MRI and laying still on the hard narrow table in the noisy dark tunnel for an hour. I have them blindfold me in case I open my eyes and then feel claustrophobic.
        So glad you finally received your birth certificate!! Hope the gut is somewhat better too Have a good night. Love, JO

  8. Chris, decompressing for the weekend at the shed sounds wonderful. It will be so good for both of you. I hope my remarks about your Dad don’t hurt you. I have seen this situation with the elderly so many times and my concerns are for you dear friend. Take care of DH and watch that BP go down, hopefully as the sea air calms here. Love and happy traveling. Sue

  9. Well at shed
    Done nothing today except went to get a stock pot so I can make a larger amount of soup.i bought a cauliflower so gonna make cauliflower and cheese soup tomorrow
    Got all my stuff about me iPad ,.phone, book ,TV remote. And hot choc
    My dad had the other agency around and he liked them so they have to arrange it with the NHS and start soon….my dad will pay nothing then,so he says she was ok,so we’ll have to see how they go.hope they are good
    They are about £800 a week that’s about $1250 a week
    Very autumn like here .suits me at moment .back Tuesday DH has a mole to be looked at at the hosp.
    Chris

    • Chris, sounds wonderful. Love the idea of your soup. Jim would never go near anything with cauliflower. He’s very picky. I adore cauliflower but it doesn’t always love me…eat it anyway. I love all vegies except overcooked broccoli. Been eating a lot of Campbell’s cream of asparagus soup lately with cream cheese and crackers, etc. Your surroundings sound so peaceful and I have high hopes for you to get some leisure..you’re both overdue for it. As far as your Dad…I guess you’ll see, huh? Did you find out if they’ll need a TV?
      When is DH getting his mole checked? Is that next week? Have a wonderfultime and keep us in the loop. Love you, Sue

      • Mole check Tuesday afternoon
        I forgot to ask about TV.i assume they will do tho.i will ask when it’s all more firmer
        I’ve never made this soup before had it in a restaurant tho.ilove all veg too. Except marrow.do you call them that over there,…cannot see the point in them,so watery
        I do hope you are a little better today
        I’ve got ibs from the meds..on an anti spasmodic oh yes and activia yogurts
        Doing nowt tomorrow except the soup and a little chatter to people I see walking by with their dogs. They mostly wave when they see me about and I love a natter.There is a lady who lives here all the time. ,divorced and works at a small beach holiday park. She hasto leave here becos of the site rules for a month every year so she goes away to Spain over Christmas . It seems a nice easy life style…she always sets the elec meter for me if it trips in a storm…and some people travel four hrs to get here.
        well been asleep for an hour and just woke up and it’s only just ten at night?
        Chris

  10. Chris, yes indeed that lifestyle sounds interesting but maybe a bit lonely. A month in Spain? Not sure I could handle the food but the views sound wonderful. I guess the grass is always greener, huh? You already sound better and I get the feeling you’re relaxing about your Dad, too and learning to ride the waves that you know will come.
    Glad you got some sleep, bet you needed it. Hope DH is calm and relaxed and fiddling with his camera.
    I just went to the store for a few things and the traffic was so frustrating. It took forever, bumper to bumper. Guess everyone in Portland is fleeing the heat. Lots of campers, ice chests, etc. I don’t handle all that frustration as well when I don’t feel well…like most folks. Still having trouble with chronic constipation to the point of discomfort and waiting to feel better. Have to force myself to do the stretches, etc. and they’re coming slowly. Lovely cool weather out today with a wonderful breeze blowing so I don’t have to water. Tomorrow my day with the grands coming over. Always look forward to it. THey’re so dear about understanding if I don’t feel like doing much and we enjoy talking, writing stories and drawing together as well as movies. Our stories are so funny. We each write one line and pass it around and then the next one writes. My GD is hung up on all the potty words at nine and her brother and I tease her about it. Good times, making memories. Have a huge box of gifts for GS who is having a birthday soon and will tape it shut before they come and leave it downstairs and let them guess…
    Please enjoy and take good care of you…No, I don’t know what marrow is as a vegetable. The only marrow I know is the inside of bone. You’d better educate me. Love, Sue

  11. Sue
    Well a marrow here is like a huge overgrown cucumber like a watermelon,that they cook..it’s prob called a marrow squash over the pond
    It’s a squelchy mess when cooked
    Yea it is lonely I think for her especially when there is never many people here really
    we went to the town today to get this stock pot and came straight back it is more busy than we like in the holidays and when your not too good it makes you feel worse
    You’re grands are a lovely age to enjoy.they sound good kids ..we used to do that one line thingy and laugh and laugh
    Wish the constipation could be sorted out for you…..does massaging it help at all
    Chris

    • Chris, well, the marrow squash sounds like a good thing to not know about. Never heard of any squash that would fit into that category. The only one I can think of that sounds even remotely like it would be what we call zucchini squash. It’s really good, especially when browned in a pan with a bit of olive oil and topped with parmesan. Doubt if it’s the same thing as the marrow.
      Grands aren’t coming today. GD has a sore throat and fever and Beth doesn’t want me exposed. Disappointed but will use the day to rest. Finally got my birth certificate in the mail and will get license sorted out soon. Now have to replace car registration and other paper that one keeps in the car. Someone took them out of our car when one of us accidentally left it unlocked recently. Some people…probably looking for money, or something else valuable.
      Never tried massage for constipation. I’m usually too sore and uncomfortable and use faithful old heating pad. Hope life is still easier for you. You deserve it. Love, Sue

      • Wahoo a birth certificate at last ?
        But rotten lot taking that info from your car. The last thing you needed with all that is required at the moment
        I wonder if it is the squash you said…as here they boil it to death or stuff and bake it..don’t like that either..haven’t tried it your way..maybe that’ll be better
        I love using a heating thing when my tum is sore even in hot weather
        dissapointing about no grands today,but Beth is good to keep you protected
        I’m sitting outside trying not to mind the flying ants that have appeared
        Very warm today
        dH bp very high this morning had to ring Dr.and he said to start the new meds and not wait for two weeks as the other Dr said.so he’s taken the extra one tonite
        Had the cauliflower soup for lunch with cheese in it
        Tonite we had a cold curried noodle salad…well I didn’t DH did.capsicums onion mushroom sultanas and pumpkin seeds with egg noodles. It was easy peasy to do..I had piece of cheese and a yogurt
        Well gonna start a new book
        I don’t like that as I get kind of attached to the old one…..queer aren’t I?
        Chris

  12. Oh DH just downloaded windows 10 ok the other day..but he says so many things are missing and it’s awkward ……blimmin computers
    Chris

    • Chris dear, concerning to hear about DH’s B/P. Let’s pray the newest drug works. So frustrating and such a complicated problem, I know. Jim’s meds seem to do okay if he ever takes his B/P. Nurses are the worst. Your food all sounds so good. I’m still sticking with the boring stuff. Just had a panned browned toast with hole in the middle for an egg. Okay but not very exciting. Cool morning turning into nice day. Supposed to be hot again tomorrow. Sounds like you get the tourists business like we do. They’re working on the roads this time of year and take the old road pieces and drive the new gravel, etc. right by our house. Noisy.
      Latest news here in the area is about the GOONIES house. Do you remember the old film by that name. Well, it was filmed here and still has fans from all over the world. They’re being so rude and destructive the current owners have put up no trespassing signs and covered the whole house with tarps. So sad for them but the fans come from all over and get miffed if they can’t see the house. The whole thing is nuts.
      They say, as far as your book remarks, that’s the sign of a good book when you don’t want it to end. Enjoy. Love, Sue

      • I remember the goonies thing last year.wasn’t it an anniversary then.
        What’s panned toast ..does it mean fried bread with the egg.sounds good to me
        Well gonna try and get some sleep…how long will they be doing the work passing your place?
        Chris

      • I saw that on our news here about the GOONIES house.. Those poor owners had to put up those tarps to cover their windows so the nosey tourists can’t look in. How crazy!! I do remember the movie….i think it was out in the
        ’80s,

  13. Good morning all:
    Being right lazy this morning. Been up, but keep coming back to bed with my coffee. But now I need to get up and get moving. Nikki’s boyfriend and I are building a ramp up to my back porch today. Underpenning is almost finished, and work is progressing rapidly with the help of my daughter and family. God is good. He provides our needs.
    Just been busy, can’t really say all but ya’all know, right ?
    Love you all and will be back soon.
    Tonie

    • Tonie, So good to get a brief update from you. It’s great you’re getting so much accomplished with the help of family. You must be feeling so good about that. Has Nikki been down to see her brother yet? That will quite a houseful when they all get together. Lots of laughter, food and catching up. Hope you’re okay. I know you’re exhausted and still working and need to use the weekends for projects. Do take care..Love, Sue

  14. HELLO….DON’T KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON HERE……ONLY POSTS I AM GETTING ARE ON THE 17TH……ALL ELSE IS GONE, TRIED OLDER POSTS, NOTHING…..I KNOW I AM HAVING PROBLEMS WITH WINDOWS 10, COULD BE THAT…..BLOOMING ANNOYING……………..WELL DOC BACK ON MONDAY, OSTEO THE FOLLOWING MONDAY……SO HOT YOU COULD FRY AN EGG ON THE PAVEMENT HERE……………..CAN’T COMMENT ON ANYTHING AS NOTHING TO SEE, AND I DON’T KNOW IF ANYONE WILL BE ABLE TO SEE THIS……IF YOU CAN, HAPPY WEEKEND TO ALL……………….HOPE THIS PROBLEM RESOLVES ITSELF PRETTY SOON, BEEN GOING ON FOR A FEW DAYS………………………..LOVE TO ALL………………JENNIE XXXXX

    • Jennie, indeed we see it. I wondered if the problem was still going on. I don’t think Chris has the same problems you do because I’ve been chatting with her on her every day, sometimes twice. Sorry it’s so hot for you. Glad doc is returning if you still are having the face, jaw and neck pain. Be good to yourself dear girl, Love, Sue

  15. Jen me as well
    I’m on my iPad so no windows 10
    But it’s happening to me…I find the newer posts are earlier on.i click on the names at the bottom and they go to that post
    Hot here too
    Tonie
    All going well .but hey rest too. So no feeling guilty about going back to bed with a nice cup of coffee
    Lyn hope it’s not any hotter with you than it was last week
    Jo
    Yep I’ve done all I said I was going to do.thats basically nowt and just reading and looking at the views
    Have you got a house to move to in mind?
    Sue
    Any better again.little steps maybe??

    Sitting out in a cool shade just had a meal..not much, on a diet..!
    Chris

    • Chris, what do you mean you’re having trouble getting on here. Do you mean things are jumbled about? I don’t know what’s going on but I’ve been communicating with you every day. Things fine for us here. Sounds like you are having a wonderful, restful time. So pleased. Love, Sue

      • No trouble getting onto blog.but when I get on ,the posts jump about. And the latest ones go back in time and the oldest ones are where the new ones should be
        But having said that this time it’s all in order and as it should be so maybe it’s sorted now
        I used to just click on the entry names at the bottom to find the posts ,that way I went straight to them
        So hot and muggy here like jens I suppose,but her being more south in would be warmer I think with Jen
        Should be cooler today with thunder it says
        Yea doing nothing..in fact forcing us to stay still…usually we are out and about.but too hot for that.but that’s good as I’m not tempted by teashops! Day Three of diet tomorrow
        I’m not really dieting.as you say not the right time .but just cutting down a little
        My dad rang me six times yesterday. He was complaining about the carer.i think it’s really becos I said she was good! Also he’s stopped some meds himself and the carer rang to tell me that and also he had hidden some Senna tabs in his chair and he had the runs all morning
        I wonder what tomorrow will bring…..
        Chris

    • Chris, happy you got to relax and have a nice easy day for a change. Your soup sounds delicious!!
      As far as the house, I did find a house I like, but it won’t be available probably by the time we get our house up for sale and sold. It is tricky business selling your house. You have to hope and pray that when your house sells, another house you like is available. It is all timing and luck. At the rate I am going, my house won’t be on the market until November.
      Jo

  16. Chris, well, there’s a whole lot of misbehaving going on. I guess I’m not surprised but disappointed for you. Is it easier to deal with from a distance? Still wants to be in control, doesn’t he? That poor dear man. I know you want to throttle him but if you can step back and see where he is in his life, he’s just the spoiled little guy kicking his legs out in the middle of the street.
    Sorry it’s too hot to do much but as you say, it’s forcing rest upon ye both, yea! Got to get dinner going. Later, Love…glad the blog is sorting out for you and hopefully for Jennie, too. Sue

  17. Well that’s odd it’s gone back to that funny date order again
    The 23rd posts back to before the 16 and 17th August
    Yes somehow it’s easier to deal with from a distance . But he has stopped the memory tabs..as he says they make his urine smell.i said he must call the Dr asit mite be an infection but he won’t . So I’ll have to keep on that one
    How are you sue you didn’t say
    Oh yes and what’s panned toast
    Chris

    • HI CHRIS…….WOW! AN UP TO DATE POST….ITS THE ONLY ONE I CAN SEE…………I CAN’T MAKE OUT WHAT IS GOING ON, NEVER HAPPENED LIKE THIS BEFORE…….I AM SURE IT MUST BE AT MY END.
      I SEE YOU ARE STILL HAVING PROBLEMS WITH DAD’S MEDS, IF THERE IS AN INFECTION GOING ON WITH HIS URINE, THAT WILL MAKE HIM SO MISERABLE…….FLAMING NORAH……JUST IN THE MIDDLE OF WRITING TO YOU, IT ALL WENT OFF, AND I BRIEFLY SAW A FEW POSTS WHICH LOOKED LIKE NEW ONES. NOW ITS GONE AGAIN, NOT TIME TO READ THEM…..FIRST YOU SEE IT, THEN YOU DON’T…………HOW ARE YOU FEELING MY FRIEND…..YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE I CAN ASK…..SO MAIL ME IF YOU GET TIME.
      WE HAD A HELL OF A STORM HERE LAST NIGHT, SACHA SLEPT ON MY BED FOR SOME OF IT, HE WAS SCARED STIFF, DON’T NORMALLY ALLOW THAT, BUT I CAN’T BEAR TO SEE ANY ANIMAL AFRAID.
      GOOD JOB I DON’T OWN A SNAKE….LOL.
      I WOULD THINK PANNED TOAST IS WHAT WE REFER TO AS EGGY BREAD ?????
      WELL IF EVERY ONE ELSE CAN READ THIS……HAPPY SUNDAY, AND GOD BLESS…….LOVE JENNIE XXXXXXXX

      • Dear Jennie, I see your posts just fine. I also see those posts from the 16th and 17th at the bottom. My dog, Lady is terrified of storms too. Houston seems to have them almost everyday for the last couple of weeks. Temp in the high 90s and humidity in the 80% range. I spend most of my time indoors. Take care Yorkshire girl. Love, Janet

      • Jennie, I am sorry the storm frightened poor Sacha. Do you have a Thundershirt? They are wonderful, kind of like a hug for the pet. I have to agree, if I had a pet snake, and I wouldn’t have…it would sleep alone.
        I sent you a PM on FB in case you don’t see this. I am so sorry you are having trouble. Yes, I saw two out of place like Janet did but otherwise both you and Chris are turning up.
        Indeed, I’ll explain to both you and Chris that panned toast is probably called eggy bread. Remember my Mom was brought up by her English grandparents. I probably eat a lot of English foods and don’t even know it. I take a piece of bread, cut a hole the size of a cookie in the middle, butter both pieces of bread and pop it into a hot skillet. Then I crack an egg and pop it in the middle. I like to put bell peppers around the edges, then turn it over when yolk is set and turn off the heat.
        I hope your problems with us are relieved when the new blog is posted. Do take care and I hope the storm and heat are both passed by now. Love, Sue

    • Chris
      It was doing the same to me. Posts not in order. But today they are on good. Hope you have luck with your Dad. Like Sue says he is just a spoiled little boy right now. He wants as much attention from you as he can get. Ms Alice does this with her daughter so much. She can’t leave the room even with me there that she wants to know wher she is and what she is doing. She is afraid of being left alone for some reason. Take care
      Tonie

  18. Hi
    Well came home
    We had to come tomorrow anyway for DH appt. on Tuesday it was raining and will be for a few days so we came home when dry to carry stuff to and from car
    Gone much colder here
    Hope all not too fad
    Chris.

  19. Hi, Chris, it is actually very nice out right now. 🙂 This evening was so lovely, we sat out back and read and DH threw ball with the dog a bit.
    I was away for a few days – a workshop – but back late last night. Good to be home. I can’t believe summer is “over” and DH is back to school tomorrow (teacher in-service day). My workshop days are catching up to me. Good catching up with things here. Yes, I’m seeing a few comments out of order as well. Hopefully, all will be fixed going forward. Time to give the cats a snack and get ready for bed.

  20. I spoke too soon:
    The posts from the 16th are at the bottom where the new ones should be. I keep seeing the one where Chris is telling me how naughty I am for naming the bike Sam !
    Anyhow !! Trying to catch up with you all. My life is such a jumble right now. Reading up but my mind has not been the right way to post with you all by the end of the day. I should have gone to work out this am, but my body says NO !! So I must go to Lowes and get the materials to put up the shed (finally). Got the ramp up for the back porch, and the small shed cleaned out and organized. The outside is getting done if the inside is not 🙂 All in good time right ?? The kids are so happy here in the country. The neighbors tell me how good it is to hear them running and playing at night. I got them some glo sticks and the other night they were all running in the yard and all you could see were the glowing parts. Like a yard full of aliens !
    Sue I pray you are feeling better. Jo good luck on selling and moving. Such a chore, don’t I know it !! Jennie, how are you ? All the rest who are reading and not posting, you are in my prayers daily !! Oh did I tell you Red fell and cut his leg bad ? I was scared, not here and my daughter (the drama queen) had me believeing he had cut an artery ! He cut his leg right above the hoof and it is like our shin, all blood vessels and little muscle. It is deep but healing well. Then the hen got a bad nick in her head from the over zealous lover. Had to purple med her head as well. And then Ceasar got in a fight with the kids dog, his ear is notched now, so a bonifide fighter. Had to give him a shot of penicillin as well. Glad I bought that gross of syringes !! So far no kids going down !!
    Love to you all
    Tonie

    • Tonie, I always answer posts based on the list of who wrote last. On my computer that list is on the left of the screen. They are not always in order because many use the reply line. I hate it when this goofy stuff happens but as I said in another entry, Jennie is totally left out and her problems are different than those three out of order blog entries.
      I did comment to you on Red and hope his foot is healing. Sounds like poor Nikki panicked a bit. How wonderful for the kids that they are having so much fun. Sounds like are in love with the country. Is your eldest GD back with all of you?
      It’s so good to hear you are accomplishing so many of your goals. Don’t worry about the inside. You have all winter to do what you want to do in there.
      I worry about you getting enough rest. Is Nikki going to be moving close by? Will the kids be able to stay in their new school? So many things going on with you. I know it’s wonderful but also exhausting. Hang in and enjoy while you can, okay? Love you, Sue

  21. HERE TOO, POSTS NOT IN ORDER. SO SEEMS LIKE IT’S HAPPENING ALL AROUND.
    LOVE TO ALL XXX
    PRAYERS FOR YOU JO, THIS WEEK SEEMS TO BE AN EXTREMELY HARD ONE FOR YOU.
    CHRIS, HOPE THINGS SETTLE DOWN WITH YOU DA.

    • SUZANNE…MY POSTS APPEAR THE SAME NOT IN ORDER. THANKS…A LOT OF TESTS THIS WEEK. I’LL GET THROUGH THEM ALL ONE DAY AT A TIME. THINKING OF YOU AND HOPE YOU ARE DOING BETTER…LOVE,.JO

      • Jo, Special thoughts and prayers for the week. Glad you’ll cover your eyes during close quartered ones. So tedious. Hang in there, because we’ll be with you in spirit. Love, Sue

  22. Okay all, as far as I can see, three comments are “out of place”. Jennie’s problems are different. She can’t read anyone’s comments according to what she has told me on FB. Hopefully when new blog up all will be okay but these are two different problems. Sue

  23. Jo
    Best wishes for all those coming tests
    I know they are not nice
    Be thinking of you
    Yea moving house and getting one you want when you sell your own , that’s what puts me off
    Tonie
    Goodness…you are going to have so much done by winter you are going to be so snuggled in there
    The kids must be having such a time it all sounds iddilic ..if that’s how you spell it…childhood should be such
    Hope Red is improving
    Jen
    How’s it going ?
    Chris

    • Thanks, Chris! No, none of the tests we have to have are any fun, not my idea of fun anyway:) I will be happy to get this week behind me. Hope things are settling down a bit with your Dad so your mind can be more free.
      Jo x

  24. Hi all, just a brief update. I had a choking spell yesterday and was having throat trouble this AM from that little episode with a piece of cantaloupe. Talked to my daughter who is a swallowing expert and she tells me those fruity and wet foods are the ones to worry about, like that melon, watermelon, soup, etc. As you know I had my esophagus burned by the radiation therapy and it will always be. It was enough of a problem due to the dryness of Sjogren’s syndrome so now this. Please say a small prayer for me.
    The washing machine we just spent $500 on is not working. AARRGGHH! Is it me Lord??? Waiting to hear from the repairman. He’s never seen anything like it. My computer is overheating but just on Facebook. Is that weird? The computer guy says he’s never heard of such a thing. You see…it is me.
    Have an appt this afternoon for an evaluation to get into the cardiac rehab center where I can use all of their workout equipment whenever I want for $30 a mo. Sounds good and will force me to exercise. Hope it goes well. Love to all…Sue, weathered but still intact.

    • Sue
      My goodness yes prayers said as I was reading it and after..who would have thought fluidy stuff..but come to think of it I too have choked on a drink..it seems to just either go down the wrong way or something .like the muscles don’t swallow properly
      The dryness of sjogrens is enough without the rest you have
      I don’t know what to say about the washer and computer ,I too can’t believe it all
      Well I hope the evaluation went ok and the repairer for machine can come up with something
      What a day for you. Prayers that it improves
      Chris

      • Chris, Thanks so much. My DD said that things that let off fluid are the worst, you know how you chew melons and they let off their juices so you’re chewing, swallowing both substances. I talked to the computer repair guy and he told me where to blow out the machine. He thinks it might just be dirty. Hope he’s right. Washer guy hasn’t come yet and I have to leave for the hospital in awhile. Same load keeps shutting off and I keep pushing the button. Wouldn’t you know it’s a heavy load of towels. Some days just go like this…
        Are you home now? How’s your DH and your Dad? New blog is now up. Thanks to dear Natalie. Hope you like the poem this week. Love ya, Sue

    • Oh no. Saying prayers for you, Sue. I hope your appointment to get into the cardiac rehab center goes well. I think its such a great idea to be able to go and use it on your own terms and schedule. As far as your new washing machine, with all the trouble you have had, I think they should replace it with another one. That seems only fair. very weird about your computer acting up only on FB!!! Hope you can get it straightened out. Hope tomorrow is better.
      Love, Jo

      • Jo, sorry if I gave the impression it was a new machine. The money we’ve spent on it is to have a new barrel placed in it among other things. I would have just bought a new one, but this one is only three years old and it’s part of a stackable with the dryer on top and fits nicely into a corner of the kitchen nicely. Oh what to do??? I have the repairman coming out and he’s great and said he will call General Electric…again today. We bought it from him and have bought much from them in the past so they want to keep us as customers.
        Yes, the appt. at the cardiac rehab went well. Think it will be better than PT. I learned about all I could at PT after three months and feel it’s time to just work mainly on stamina now.
        Hope your packing is slow but steady but remember it’s not as important as you. Love, Sue

  25. SUE, SAME IS HAPPENING HERE WITH MY FB AND MY DAUGHTERS ALSO.
    SENDING PRAYERS THAT YOU GET INTO THE CARDIAC REHAB CENTER.
    LOVE TO ALL ON THE BLOG.
    XXX GOD BLESS.

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