THE ASSOLOGIST RIDES AGAIN

assologist rides again

 

I know, I know…it doesn’t sound terribly polite coming from a little old lady but darn it, I get tired of polite and often find it therapeutic to just speak my mind. You know those shooting shows where some guys blasts a poor unsuspecting watermelon into the next world? I think I’m afraid I will become like one of those melons or a pressure cooker and explode all over everyone if I don’t just “get it out.” My dear husband thinks I get plenty out of my system but he doesn’t always know how much I keep in. Alas, that is a subject for another blog.

 

Don’t you find that one problem compounds upon another, and another? This past week we had to go into Portland, Oregon to see the oncologist for some very interesting new injections I am receiving in my derriere, on both cheeks I need to add, thus there is no hiding from the after effects. It’s a two hour trip into Portland from our home here in Astoria, OR and I have had sacroiliitis for many years now. I also have very severe osteoporosis and have one crushed vertebra and another that has been fractured; neither of which make for a happy spine. None of those conditions are conducive to sitting. We’ve had vans, SUV’s, luxury cars and have pretty much tried every seat on the car lot. By the way, the most recent time I rode in an ambulance, it was the worst ride of my life and would have to be unconscious to ever do it again. What are those people thinking? Well, on with my tail, or rather tale of whoa, or woe.

 

I suspect I’m one of the few women who go to an auto dealership like Goldilocks, rear end in tow, trying out seats. One is too soft, one is too stiff, and another is too hard to get in and out of. You know the drill if you have any kind of trouble “back there.” The car I currently own has warming seats, a rather invasive, flirty fanny massager I think I’ll Floyd and lumber cushions that inflate. I also throw in my trusty “tush cush” which is made of gelfoam. I always think I’m ready to go if not rarin’, because I have no choice. In order to defeat the metastatic cancer I have to haul around all of my other problems; and they are numerous.

 

Being a firm believer in attempting to meet treatment head on, so to speak, the torment of the trip, the doctor’s waiting room and the chairs in both the waiting area and the exam rooms can be a torturous experience. I always want to climb up onto the exam table, lie down and put a bouquet of flowers on my chest and wait for some unsuspecting medical assistant or nurse to find me; lying there waiting for service or a reprieve. I actually did have to do it once, sans flowers because I didn’t have any with me. However, I want you to know I’m a courageous person and usually sit there, seeking comfort wherever possible and wait for that dreaded question, “And how would you rate your pain level today?”

 

Does it show? Is there a flashing neon light on my gluteus maximus? I’m there for cancer treatment. I am, I must say in full disclosure, fortunate to have an oncologist who is looking at the whole picture; and it isn’t a pretty one. So many problems in one little, old shrinking lady should be against the law but alas and alack, it apparently is not.

 

When I was first told about the treatment I would be receiving which would mean a cancer treating drug, maximum dose of injection into each hip, I had to ask the doctor what we would do, meaning me alone of course, would do when I ran out of butt. The doctor asked, “Is that spelled with one ‘t’ or two?” I or maybe it was my daughter said, “Two.”

 

Since I’m a woman who walks, lists to one side, never runs and is always posting about her tush, rear or hiney on public internet, I have few secrets. And let us never forget my favorite name for my back end, po, po. Please let me tell you this is a problem of geography…my own. I am losing my rear section at an alarming rate and just don’t have room for too many more darts back there. Fortunately, I will now be receiving the injections on a monthly basis, instead of every two weeks, thus alleviating a bit of my whining, I hope. It won’t take much searching to find something else to whine about, I feel certain of that.

 

I’m sure most of you would agree with me that it would be heaven sent if we could be doled out just one physical and emotional problem at a time. What’s with all this piling on a person? It isn’t fair but then again, I had to come to the realization years ago life wasn’t, isn’t and never will be fair. I think being an RN helped me to see that although my own life was never a cake walk, whatever that means. I use it because I’m hungry as I am writing this and it does sound like fun, doesn’t it? Cake walk. I’ll leave you with that as we all drudge through life carrying whatever problems we have accumulated and try to keep not only our senses about us but also and perhaps, most importantly, our sense of humor.

159 thoughts on “THE ASSOLOGIST RIDES AGAIN

  1. Prayers coming, Jennie! Have no fear, Jennie and Sue, I’ve been taking in plenty of protein. Even supplementing with some of DD’s shakes to be sure. Hoping to get a short walk in today. SB is planning on running, so if I don’t or pup doesn’t get a long enough walk, he’ll take her again. Today is DH’s birthday and he wants to go to a smorgasbord for dinner. I’d best get some form of exercise before that! They’re not really my thing, but he loves it, so Happy Birthday to him!

    • Lyn, Hope you and DH had a good, if not great night out for his birthday. You’re a sweet wife to go where he likes to go. I hope your body co-operated for the evening.
      Still having rain and wind here in the NW. Terrible flooding a few miles north of here in WA state. Too much water can be an ugly thing. Hope you’ll start feeling a bit better, even gradually if must. Love ya, Sue

  2. Jen
    Just read you post
    How is niki..do you know
    How awful..what on earth is it
    Can you ring the hosp. At all
    Praying for her and you
    Love Chris

  3. HELLO….WELL WOULD YOU BELIEVE THAT THE HOSPITAL SENT MY DAUGHTER HOME IN COMPLETE DISTRESS, TO BE FAIR THEY DID A MASS OF TESTS, TOLD HER TO GO HOME AND WAIT TO BE NOTIFIED BY HER FAMILY DOCTOR. SHE IS IN GREAT DISTRESS DUE TO EXHAUSTION AND LACK OF SLEEP, SHE IS JUST SITTING ON THE TOILET, SHE SAYS THERE IS NO POINT IN GETTING OFF.
    THE DOCTOR CAN’T SEE HER UNTIL TUESDAY, WHAT SHE IS SUPPOSED TO DO IN THE MEANTIME IS ANYONE’S GUESS.
    THERE ARE IT SEEMS TWO OPTIONS, THE FIRST ONE IS A URODYNAMIC STUDY TO SEE IF THE BLADDER HOLDS URINE AND EMPTIES PROPERLY, AND THE SECOND IS A HORMONE TRIGGER WHERE THE BODY SENDS THE WRONG SIGNALS AND A TRIGGER NEEDS TO BE FLICKED WITH PILLS TO REVERSE IT…..PROBLEM WITH THE SECOND OPTION IS IT CAN TAKE YEARS TO REVERSE, SO I DON’T KNOW WHICH OPTION SHE WILL CHOOSE….MEANWHILE HOW IS SHE SUPPOSED TO COPE FOR THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS………….???????????? SORRY TO DUMP THIS ON HERE…….JENNIE X

    • Bl.ldy hell Jen.
      What sort of options are they
      my DD had the first one done..she was ok with it and said it wasn’t too bad.she had that sling thing put in after
      Haven’t heard of the second one
      May be the Dr will sort it out and help,her

    • Oh Jennie, Just read this entry. Tell her for now to wear a pad and try to take something to relax herself and her bladder. Can she get in to see a urologist? Is that possible. This is absolutely ridiculous medical care. She could also go back to the ER and demand to be seen, couldn’t she? I’m shocked they haven’t already scoped her bladder to look for problems. Why not? I’ve never heard of the hormone cure and have no idea what that’s all about. Oh dear. She must be so uncomfortable. Did they tell her to drink or to limit fluids? So many questions. So few answers. Sue

      • HI SUE…SHE DOESN’T NEED A PAD AS SHE IS NOT LEAKING, AND CAN STOP AND START MID FLOW, ITS JUST THE REGULARITY OF IT THAT IS EXHAUSTING HER. I HAVE TOLD HER THAT WHEN SHE SEES HER DOC ON TUES TO ASK TO SEE A UROLOGIST, AND THEY WILL SURELY SCOPE HER BLADDER THEN. SHE NEVER SAID IF SHE HAS TO RESTRICT FLUIDS, I MUST ASK HER THAT. SHE SAID SHE HAS GOOD PELVIC FLOOR MUSCLES, SO WHAT IS GOING ON I DON’T KNOW…………….WILL LET YOU KNOW WHEN SHE HAS BEEN SEEN. THANKS SUE FOR ALL YOUR HELPFUL COMMENTS AND INTEREST…….I LOVE YOU……JEN X

  4. Hi
    Oh dear wished I hadn’t gone to this lecture…so boring never been so bored
    And it’s windy out .walked along the coast a few yards to get to it and nearly got blown away
    I had to laugh as they changed subjects for the week it was all about how different history has treated death.it was all funeral slides ,how they were made etc. we had to keep straight face. So if you wanna know about it from 1400 I’m your person! And he had a voice to match it all too…..it was all I wanted to see tonite! Couldn’t walk out..just waiting for him to finish
    So got back and treated myself to a hot chocolate
    Tonie
    Not many more sleeps till his return to you
    Sue
    Sorry about jake..it must be so hard for him and you both too
    Jen
    have emailed you.having trouble with them they ain’t going .get trapped in the outbox? Wifi is like sh.t
    Well gonna try and cheer myself up
    Chris

    • Chris, well, so much for that lecture…sounds deadly boring. Pun. How depressing is that? Well, look at it this way. Now you know how to bury, mummify or know where to go to get the info if you ever need it. Hope you feel better soon. Love, Sue

    • Chris:
      One more day and a wake up !! I am excited !
      Sorry about the lecture, I am afraid I would have been rude and walked out ! As I was laughing !

  5. Sue
    But your right with pun intended. He was a Dr. Of the subject too. Knew too blimmin much if you ask me.!
    In bed now..and tonites the night I get to go sleep.
    Hopefully no nightmares…esp after this evening
    Love Chris

  6. Oh, Jennie, how awful for her! I can’t imagine. And how stressful for you. All you want to do is help and are feeling helpless, I’m sure.

    Sue, weather here today was rather nasty, too. Rain is yet to come, but it was damp and in the 40s when I took pup out for a bit of a walk. Later it did warm up a tad more, but was still damp and unpleasant. Been using heating pad on my back off and on all day. Dinner out was nice enough. I had plenty of protein. 😉 Veggies, too. DH enjoyed himself, which was most important. SB was able to go along. Poor DD had to work.

    Chris, oh my. Not my kind of lecture, either. I’m sure you couldn’t get out of there soon enough. You earned that hot chocolate!

    Time for more heat!

    • Lyn, Dinner sounds good but sounds also like you were not all that comfy. I have attempted enjoyment at many family dinners just not wanting to spoil it for everyone else. Glad SB could go, too. It’s good the heat is helping. What would we do without our electric heating pads? Be heating rocks and bricks I guess, wrapped in towels. Hope this pain begins to subside. Did you decide to take the muscle relaxants? Do be good to you because we love you. Sue

    • HI LYN….YES INDEED, THE STRESS I FEEL WITH NIKKI IS AWFUL, BUT FOR HER A THOUSAND TIMES WORSE, BUT WE WILL GET TO THE BOTTOM OF IT EVENTUALLY.
      NASTY WEATHER FOR MOST OF US NOW MY FRIEND, ARE YOUR BONES ACHING LIKE MINE? ROTTEN ISN’T IT? HOPE THE HEATING PAD HELPS YOU LOVE…………………ALL THE BEST….JENNIE X

      • Hi Jennie, I have been reading about Nikki and her bladder problems. I have a horrible time with my bladder so I can relate to her very much. They ran a lot of tests on me and found that I have stress incontinence. At the same time my bladder needs to empty, I feel the urge to go and it starts emptying. I am not able to hold it because my tube isn’t strong enough to stop it. I know her situation is different but I was going to suggest doing what I do. I wear a depend,disposable panty, and add a Poise overnight pad with it. That way if she should have a leakage before she gets to the commode, at least she won’t wet her clothes. That would be better than sitting on the commode all time until they find out why she is having to go all the time. My urologist put me on some pills to try and keep me from having to go so much but unfortunately, it dried up everything. I got a horrible sore throat and could not even swallow mashed potatoes. Had to stop taking any of those pills. The Depend idea was just a thought for her for now. I hope her doctor can figure this out. Going to the bathroom all the time is horrible and in my situation not being able to hold it is also bad. I will be praying. Donna

  7. Good evening peeps !
    Jennie, dear heart, prayers for your Nikki. So much going on. Lyn, we are getting the hard rains now. They have flood watches out for our area. I am on a hill so all is good. Just hope the high winds haven’t uncovered all the hay. Chris, posted to you up above. I am watching Code Black. a really good realistic show on CBS about ER work. If you nurses haven’t watched it you should. Tonight at 10 for Sue, on now for me.
    Well, one more day and my Frenchman will be on his way here. We have lots of family things to do and poor guy, I guess he will learn Southern quickly !!
    Well a good night to all
    Love
    Tonie

    • Tonie, DOWN GIRL! Won’t be long now until your special friend returns. You make me giggle with happiness for you and little is giving me pleasure right now. I also hope the hay is okay and not spoiled. Sounds much like our weather right now, you know? We’re also on a hill or we’d be getting out the old canoe. Well, dear girl, pretty yourself up, do your nails, wash your hair, etc. you’ve got a hot date on the way. Much love, Sue

      • Well, my “special friend” is here. We have stayed up late again talking. So nice, like he had never left. He found his way back and in the dark. I was impressed ! Tomorrow I am sleeping in, I don’t care what the dogs say. If I can get to sleep that is. Still wound up tight.
        I did my nails , and toenails, and shaved my legs 🙂
        The hay is okay. They tarps did get blown off, but It will dry out with all the wind from today.
        I am going to try to sleep now.
        Love you, hope you are feeling better.
        Tonie

    • TONIE…..WON’T BE LONG NOW WILL IT, WHAT A THANKSGIVING YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE, SO EXCITED FOR YOU…..NIKKI WILL BE OK ONCE SHE IS SORTED OUT, HOPE ITS SOON THOUGH…..TAKE CARE LOVE……JENNIE XX

  8. Donna
    I have exactly the same stress incontinance along with another one they thru in!
    Tried me on different meds and they do dry you up .especially with my sjogrens .but they helped a bit,but I had to stop
    Had it for years so am used to it.when it starts to flow there’s no stopping it wherever you are .and like you have to wear stuff
    Hope you enjoy yourself away
    Tonie
    Thinking of you
    Sue
    Hope all well for you at moment
    Jen
    Hope weather not too bad for you this weekend.we got gales and rain followed by -2c
    I was thinking when I started with this stress int. it was worse than now.so maybe that is Niki,s problem
    It does ease somehow with your brain.and not seem as bad as at first? That’s what they told me and that seems to have happened. Except when I get an infection and then it’s like it for a while again till I get used to it …anyway hope she has an easier time this weekend
    My joints are bad and my bac and my hands..ugh
    Head not too good
    All good fun
    Chris

    • GOT THE SAME CHRIS…..HATE IT WHEN THE HANDS PLAY UP, SO RESTRICTIVE….ANYWAY, GOT THE FIRST FIRE OF THE YEAR ALL LAID AND READY FOR THE COLD SNAP….HOPE THAT’S ALL IT IS, BUT I GUESS WE HAVE TO EXPECT IT NOW AT THE START OF WINTER. WAITING TO SEE HOW NIKKI IS, SHE SEEMS TO HAVE HAD A REPRIEVE FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS, SO IF SHE CAN MAKE IT TILL HER APPOINTMENT, IT WILL BE GOOD…………..SHE AS HER DAILY JOURNAL READY TO TAKE WITH HER.
      MAY HAVE SNOW BY THE END OF THE DAY…….

      HOPE EVERYONE IS OK……MUCH LOVE….JENNIE X

  9. Yea lyn..but it’s gone now it was just a covering but looked so pretty.first snow always a good feeling.but not the danger of it tho when it continues.
    Be good for Xmas tho..
    How are you are you feeling any better ?
    Tonie
    Thinking about how it’s all going for you.im getting excited with you..
    Jo
    how are you
    Jen
    Gonna be cold tonite . Be cosy by your fire
    We went to a hotel today and while DD taking pics I sat by an open fire it was so nice and no smoke at all
    Could stay there all day
    I’ve lost a bit of weight again lost 18 ibs now…I’ll stop in a few weeks time
    Ok gotta get sorted back home in the morning.stop at out tearooms on the way back
    Chris

  10. Dearest Friends, Need to check in. Snow for Chris and Jennie, a bit of sunshine for us. Lyn, any snow yet? Tonie, lots of wind now. Everybody has weather it seems…oh I know, we always have weather but you know what I mean. Doesn’t the world seem like a smaller place with each of us reporting in? I know it’s a troubled old world right now and we must all keep our chins up and believe in the goodness of life when surrounded by so much violence. We each have enough to worry about.
    Feeling a bit rotten today. Methotrexate day and just had teeth cleaned and found I have a broken tooth. Have to try to do a crown, if not will have a root canal. I hate those things, don’t you? I can’t have the tooth pulled because it’s contraindicated with one of my meds; socket might not heal properly. Quite often I feel like one of those old silent film melodramas. No, I’m not old enough to remember them but have read about them. I think of each and all of you daily and pray you are doing as well as can be.
    Jennie, I hope you hear good news regarding your DD very soon. Tonie, know you’re having a wonderful visit with your special friend. Chris, I see you’re getting out and about and congrats on the weight loss. That’s so hard and you are doing it. That’s a fine thing indeed. Hope DH is okay. Lyn, knowing you you are preparing for one if not four concerts. Hope you’re feeling better dear girl and able to stay warm as much as possible. Have to get Sadie used to a treadmill for winter, huh? Hope Donna is having a safe trip to see her daughter. Janet, you staying out of trouble? Laura, haven’t heard from you on here in awhile. You okay? Saw on FB you’re having a bad time with your biologics. Hope you get a decent doctor soon. All others, thank you for being you.
    Jim took little Georgie to the vets today and he’s gained and now weighs nine pounds. He should weigh seven or eight. He doesn’t get walked so we must cut down on his canned food, give him more chopped green beans because we know he loves them and try to throw the ball a bit more for him. He’s beginning to look like a little piglet when he lies down. Jake is sleeping most of the time but we’re dreading the day. I think we both hope he just slips away in his sleep. I bought him a heated bed last week so he is very comfy. I recommend them highly..washable cover, safe, etc. Well dears, need to think of a topic for next week’s blog. Love to all, Sue

    • I’m hanging in there Sue, my primary care physician is trying to fill the void got keep my treatment stable. I don’t want to surrender but boy it’s hard to keep fighting to just maintain the treatment I’ve had for 4+ years that finally had been working. I see a cardiologist on 12/1 due to rhythm issues. My liver is irritated as well so…… anyway I’m trying to be compliant with treatment even if the providers aren’t being supportive. I was wandering around the internet and came upon an article on autoimmune issues and cardiac complications. It was by you way back in 2007 while you were still on “Everyday Health”. I’ve started back with acupuncture treatment to help with pain control and maybe I will manage despite the collapse of my medical care. Sue I can so empathize about Jake. I had to let the last shelties go this year so it’s only Nessie, Remi and myself now. It is strange and oddly quiet despite the snoring those two do. It is never easy regardless of how many times you’ve been through it. We have a lot of snow right now (over 6″ of wet heavy snow) and Remi has had a ball playing in it. Nessie had a few good rolls in it as well. I stayed in and relaxed. Take care everyone.

      • Laura, so sorry to hear about all the problems getting your infusion. Is it the fault of the insurance or the doctor? I don’t mean to sound negative but I don’t think the acupuncture will fill it’s place. I hope you don’t give up and keep fighting this injustice. What a mess for you.
        Yes, I got your message on my answering machine the other day about you finding one of my old articles. Oh yes, they’re all still out there floating around from everydayhealth.com. Are they going to put you on meds and is it an arrthymia? Looks like a cardiac med might straighten it out for you. I’ve been on one for years and my sisters who all have had autoimmune disease were also each on one. Don’t worry about it now. You have enough on your plate.
        I read about the shelties a while back and know that must have been so hard but sounded like you thought it was the best way to go. You’re right, it’s always so hard. I can just imagine Remi playing in the snow. She is so beautiful and funny. How is her training coming along? Is she driving Nessie crazy?
        Don’t give in and please keep fighting this thing. I know it’s a pain in the tuckus. Fondly, Sue

      • The issues here are with a toss up of the rheumatologist practices collapsing likely in part due to low reimbursement so the private practices are selling out to hospital owned practices then the doctors move to where they get the best pay and benefits. Unfortunately there is no warning to the patients that they don’t have a provider and that they’ve been assigned to a hospital usually the opposite of the one they prefer. It’s a big mess. As far as the acupuncture, I’m only using it as an adjunct of pain control so I can decrease what my liver needs to process. I’ve been successful with traditional Chinese methods, less so with Korean/French methods. I’ve had treatment off and on for over 20 years. I’ve had veterinarian acupuncture for pain in dogs too. You can’t make a dog understand that the stranger putting needles in them will make them feel better eliminating the placebo effect but I carried my German Shepherd in for a treatment and he walked out . We had a snow yesterday, 9-12 inches, dogs loved it and my dad did my old bobsled run to the VA I worked at to volunteer for a fun night for the hospitalized vets. He still is out doing what he can for others. Sue, Chris, Lynlee, Pommom, Jennie, and all I’ll keep you in my prayers as always. BSL

  11. Sue
    Good to hear you I hope you pick up soon from that med. Dentists ugh.and for you a double blow with what you say. A filling is crumbling of mine and it can’t be filled again so ..oh I hate to think of it

    Opened our roof windows,well not opened them just pulled the shutters up last night and you could see the stars out all above you.first time we’ve done it as in the summer it’s too bright in the morning.. It was so pretty
    Cold tonite
    I wish for what you hope for for jake…
    Well gonna switch off now and watch those stars
    Chris

    • Chris, looking at the stars while in bed? How fun is that. Dentists, I know. I hate the shots and swore I would never have another root canal..had one years ago that went badly but here I am. Maybe if I think very positively we can get away with the crown alone. So much is always happening, I often feel like my life is leading me instead of me leading my life. I’ll have to watch that. Rest well sweet friend. Love, Sue

  12. HELLO…….GOSH ITS COLD HERE, NOT HAD SNOW LIKE CHRIS, BUT LOOKS LIKE IT IS ON THE WAY….DEEP JOY.
    SUE……I FEEL FOR YOU WITH THE TOOTH, I DON’T KNOW HOW TO GET ROUND THE PROBLEM, BUT I AM SURE BETWEEN THE DENTIST AND YOUR ONCOLOGIST, THEY WILL COME UP WITH A SOLUTION……PRAYER FOR THAT.
    TONIE….AS WE HAVE NOT HEARD FROM YOU, I GUESS WE CAN ALL PRESUME YOU ARE HAVING THE BEST TIME.
    BOBSLED….I HOPE YOU WIN YOUR FIGHT TO KEEP YOUR TREATMENT STABLE, I WISH YOU DIDN’T HAVE TO FIGHT FOR IT
    IN THE FIRST PLACE.
    CHRIS…YOU ARE DOING WELL WITH YOUR WEIGHT LOSS……COSY FIRE SOUNDS NICE, THINK WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BITE THE BULLET AND LIGHT ORS TONIGHT….ITS COLD ENOUGH TO SNOW…..OFF TO MAKE SOME SOUP AND WATCH AN OLD MOVIE, WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU DO ON A COLD AFTERNOON.
    HAPPY SUNDAY EACH AND ALL…………………………………………………………JENNIE X
    PS. MY DAUGHTER HAS HAD THREE DECENT NIGHTS ON THE TROT, BUT NOW SHE IS CONSTIPATED, SENT HER SOME GOOD YOGA EXERCISES TO DO, SHE WON’T TAKE OVER THE COUNTER LAXATIVES…….HERE WE GO AGAIN, JUST HOPING THE PEEING WILL STAY PUT TILL TUESDAY.

    • Jennie, My goodness I get cold just hearing you speak of the impending snow. Yes, it does sound like you are going to have to light that fireplace. Soup, old movies are two of my favorite things. I’ve been in the mood for some split pea and ham soup. Have you ever tried the yellow dried peas? They are so flavorful.Jim prefers the little white beans in his soup but boy, are they tooters. I guess we’ll have to bring out the Beano if we’re going to stand each other.
      Nikki needs to remind herself that many natural laxatives are available. Metamucil is a plant fiber and mixed with cherry juice or white grape, or both it is very effective. There is nothing more natural than scads of fresh fruit or the old stand by prunes and prune juice. We have some wonderful Sunsweet brand prunes now that are like candy because they are so soft and sweet as they are individually wrapped. She should be able to solve her bowel problem if she will. Glad the other problem has subsided somewhat. I know you’ll keep an eye on her, Mama. That’s what we do. Love, Sue

  13. Jen
    Yea light that fire

    We are home now.it is colder here than coast.-3c apparently last nite here
    Lots to do tomorrow inr test for hubby.got to take all 2 double beds from shed to laundry..can’t be doing with them there or home…do a letter for my dad. ( that’s always trouble!)get Xmas cards,put posters up for a Xmas fair in places.and the library,and shopping for the week.
    And I know I’ve forgotten summat! But want to get it done as tomorrow is ok next day is windy

    Sue yep I know that feeling ,life leading me. Hope your weekend is fine and good
    Laura
    Good to hear you but sorry about what’s happening to you
    Tonie
    I imagine you are busy and having a good time
    Chris

    • CHRIS……A LOT TO DO FOR YOU, I REMEMBER SO WELL THE END OF THE SEASON WHEN WE HAD OUR STATIC, ALL THE EXTRA WASHING ETC. NO SNOW YET, BUT IT WOULDN’T SURPRISE ME IF WE WOKE UP TO SOME TOMORROW. DONE THE XMAS CARDS, POSTED THE PRESENTS, PUT A FOR SALE SIGN OUTSIDE THE HOUSE…..DIDN’T WANT TO BUT GOT TO SELL IT AS SOON AS. WHY DOES A LETTER FOR DAD MEAN TROUBLE, ITS NOT TO SANTA IS IT….NEW SCOOTER, SEASON TICKETS TO THE FOOTIE, A CRUISE?? ONLY KIDDING, I KNOW HOW MUCH YOU DREAD THAT. GOING TO TAKE A HOT BATH NOW, HAD TO HAVE ALL THE WINDOWS UPSTAIRS OPEN, GOT A CONDENSATION PROBLEM…HAPPY DAYS…..LOVE JEN X

    • Chris, my but you do sound a bit overwhelmed. Hope the letter and whatever involved goes well with your Dad. It does seem as if things have been going a bit better lately in that quarter. So much Christmas prep. I probably won’t do cards this year. Too much going on. I have already done some Christmas shopping online which is the only way I do it anymore. So convenient. I shipped my son and his family a cute Christmas decoration for their yard yesterday. Hope they like it. I love the way Amazon or some other company does the shipping and so many of them do it for free now. My daughter is cooking Thanksgiving on Thursday but I will make a few things to help. I miss having everyone over, getting out the Royal Albert china, etc. but just not up to it this year. Will have to be careful chewing. Oh Lord,, it is always something, huh?
      Enjoy your errands and the season and please stay warm dear lady. Sue

  14. Sue and Jen
    Well my dad is chairman of a ex soldiers ww1 society and with their Xmas meal coming up he wants a small speech for someone to read from him.i did it last year.the reason why it’s a pain is becos he keeps wanting to change it.Fifth time you think you got it right …nope he’s thought of summat else?and it’s so difficult to understand him anyway..so it takes up time ,more than it should .
    Things still appear good with the carer…..she gets on well with ThE neighbour I said about ….so I’m just judging it all still….but all seems ok as yet.
    They are saying -6c now for tonite ..be some good photos in the morning for the charity CAlander THATS SOMTHING ELSE TO FIT IN!
    Maybe take up two days to do it all
    Jen
    Why you got condensation. ….something I don’t know about??

    That split pea soup sounds good .
    Ok folks gonna read my book
    Chris

    • Chris, Now I see. Sounds like a bit of a nightmare writing a speech for someone who keeps changing it and is difficult to understand. Maybe you should wait until the very last minute so he can’t change it? Brrr. Cold indeed. Stay warm and safe. Love, Sue

      Jennie, I was wondering the same thing about the condensation. Can’t you put in a small exhaust fan? We used to have that problem in a bathroom and had to vent it out. Later, Sue

  15. Well only thing is sue ,we go away again first week in dec and the meal is shortly after that or during it.this week is it really ,it’s so awkward with all the names to be mentioned and thanked And it takes time to go and see him with it.but I will be strict this time .its becoming a problem before I start! As my dad keeps saying he can’t think so do it later.then he’s watching sport on TV ,loud, and I can’t hear him and he can’t hear me! All good fun….
    At least out garden wasn’t ravaged with the storms one less job to do
    So many threats of terrorism at the moment ..makes you feel nowhere is safe to go shopping,even hospitals!
    DD has to go to London each week
    So worrying
    Chris

    • Chris, I know. It is a time of fear and trepidation for all of us over here as well. Our President is trying to begin immigration by letting 10,000 Syrian displaced persons into this country totally without any way to check them out and the argument is, if there is just one terrorist in a thousand, is it safe? I am as compassionate an individual as you could find anywhere but if there’s a chance that my family or my countrymen can be in harms way well, let’s find all those folks a safe place in their own part of the world. It’s not about goodness, it’s about safety. That is something we each share in the free world.
      I understand about your Dad and hope you’re able to turn off the TV and get tough with him. I know how difficult that is when it’s your own Dad but my dear, you only have so much to give. If you don’t recognize your limits he sure won’t. You’re a good, kind, patient daughter but you’re not nuts. That’s one of the things I love about you. Later, Sue

  16. Mmm thankyou for the comments .dont know if I’m that good..patient ..Dh would say ..no way!
    Yep I agree with you on the immigrant crisis …no borders in Europe just crazy at this time.
    Chris

  17. Hello my Peeps !:
    Yeah , been busy. But knew I better take some time to catch up with ya’all tonight. My sweet Frenchie made it in on Friday night. We of course, sat up talking late. Then yesterday it was colder here as well Jenny/Chris. Cold wind. But we worked with the horses and mended fences. Then went to my daughters house for sweet Nathan’s bday party. 19. It is unbelievable. My Frenchman is hooked on Nathan now. He says there is something about him. He used to work at a school where there were autistic children.
    THen out to dinner. Today we went to church and then talked, rested and watched music videos on youtube. Showing each other music we like.
    It was really cold here today and tonight supposed to get down even colder. My body is telling me about it as well. TOmorrow I have to go to the pain clinic for the injection on the facet joints. Hopefully I get some relief from it cause they are really causein me grief. Gonna do some shopping while we are in town. He wants to go to Black Friday shopping. I have never been out on black Friday, but I told him I would go.
    Hope you all have a good night. Stay warm and hope no snow for anyone.
    Love
    Tonie
    I pray you all have a good night. I will talk to you soon.

    • Tonie, I pray you are resting after the trip to get the injections and also hope they will help over the coming days. I’m so tickled to hear your happiness with your new friend. We all need a little or big love in our life. Sounds like the two of you have been getting to know each other with all of your family and friends. Church, music, shopping and working side by side with the horses. Nice to have him help out with the chores, like the fences as well. Are things going better now with Baby your #1 horse? Hope the weather held for you today also. Have fun and almost forgot. How wonderful that he has a history with autistic children. I know how much Nathan means to you. So many little things seem to be falling into place for you both. Love ya, Sue

  18. HELLO…..BAD IBS AND A MIGRAINE TODAY…SO GOT TO BE BRIEF AS THE SCREEN IS HURTING MY EYES.

    SUE….THAT’S A GOOD IDEA ABOUT THE FAN, AND I AGREE WITH WHAT YOU HAVE SAID REGARDING THE TERRORISTS, WE HAVE A RIGHT TO BE FREE IN OUT OWN COUNTRY. HOW IS IT GOING WITH YOUR HOUSE GUESTS IN THE LOFT/ATTIC, KEEP MEANING TO ASK YOU, AND ALSO I HOPE JAKE IS OK AS FAR AS ABLE.

    CHRIS…GOOD LUCK WITH THE SPEECH, AND I THINK ALSO ITS A GOOD IDEA TO LEAVE IT TILL AS LATE AS YOU CAN, YOU COULD BE MAKING SOME NOTES TILL THEN, THEN COLLATE IT LATER ON..

    TONIE….SOUNDS LIKE YOU ARE GIVING YOUR GUY PLENTY TO DO, THAT IS WONDERFUL THAT HE HAS CLICKED WITH YOUR NATHAN, WHAT A BLESSING,GOOD WITH THE KIDS, THE HORSES, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY YOU…..HAVE FUN.

    HOPE EVERYONE IS SAFE…………………LOVE JENNIE X

    • Jennie, Sorry I didn’t get to you before your bedtime. Jim and I had shopping for groceries and other things going on today. He took the day off and it was so nice.
      No more rats that we’ve seen or caught. We got that one big monster and still have traps set and the guy coming out once a week to check them. I sure don’t want to takes any little buggers out of the traps.
      I’m so sorry to hear you’re having our old mutual friend visit…irritable bowel syndrome. What a rotten business it is. Headache, too? I don’t usually get a headache with mine…thank God. Do be careful what you eat dear girl, get out that old heating pad and be sure to go, go, go.
      Getting ready for the Thanksgiving holiday around here. We’re taking mashed potatoes because Jim peels them so well; chocolate pecan pie and homemade cranberry sauce. I ordered an arrangement of posies for the middle of the table at Beth’s today so we will be festive. Now I have to tell my body to hold up. Later and please be kind to yourself and that gut. Much love, Sue

  19. Hi
    So good that your new man fits into it all tonie ..as if he’s been there for some time. How lucky is that?!
    It must feel great
    Jen
    Blimmin cold here all day.
    Went and did all things I said but not DH blood test he wasn’t to good after it all,so we’ll go tomorrow
    Not surprised ibs and head ..they go together. Especially after worry with Niki
    Hope all goes well tomorrow for her
    Well going to have a bath
    Chris

    • Chris dear, hope you’re staying warm enough in your chilly weather. Getting down there here also along with a new rainstorm that is bringing snow to down about 1000 ft. Hope we don’t get any of it although I know little George would love it. Starting to get excited around here for the holidays. Hope we each feel up to enjoying. Love, Sue

  20. Laura, you are in a spot. I know medicine is changing so much and many doctors leaving their practices to retire or to join staff at hospitals, what a mess. Knowing you I would imagine you have a plan to get back on your infusions. Sure hope so. Also hope the acupuncture helps you. It didn’t do anything for me but I have a friend that got great relief from carpal tunnel syndrome with it. I know this snow isn’t making life any easier for you. Do be careful and let us know when you are able to get a new doc and get this mess straightened out. Hope the liver enzymes get straightened out soon, also. Fondly, Sue

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