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trugasCA

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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 6:35:26 PM

Life is short and sweet. lt is good for me and hopefully for you. But life is full of a lot of things, ideas, projects, beliefs and other subjects, so write about what you are happy about, enjoy doing, or whatever you wish.
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2014 3:10:23 AM



Life IS Good!

d/g. Did send the card. Thought about it for near a week. He *needs* the words of wisdom.

g/o, an ever so constant radius driveway. Aka an elbow drive.

t/g, Made dbl breaded pork chops. Was nicely different.

The latest update:
Friday was a big day for me. Dug the Dart out of the snow, warmed it up and cleared the windows. Fired up the Arien 28" snowthrower and cleaned up the driveway and walkway.

Went nice and slow to scrape as much snow and ice off the 200' (61 metre) drive and 50' (15 metre)walkway to the house. Used the half barrel of sand mixed w/lots of salt that the town dropped off the week before on one side of the driveway and several times on the way to the house.

Was out 3.5 hours cleaning the cars on snow removal detail, and sanding. Without a doubt the time spent was exhausting. A 3 hour nap was taken. Sleep is still erratic. Longest rest is 3 hours, once and a while 4 hours. Body needs all the sleep that can be had.

Woke up the next day, after several sleep sessions, achy w/a hip that hurt as much as it did the next day after the hip replacement surgery. That surgery was just 3 weeks ago yesterday. Am halfway thru the typical recovery cycle.

It takes 6 weeks just for bone to recover cutting through it, even if one is a healthy teen. Am about halfway through the return to a normal state of bone health. Strength and stamina will follow.

Took the Dart for my first drive on Saturday. Visited Mac's Market in Whitefield. Spent 15 minutes explaining to my meat mgr pal the hip replacement surgery and the events that happened w/the trans bus driver. He was amazed that my composure was contained.

Bought some store made 80% lean hot Italian sausage for $1.98. Always good to have in stock. Made sausage peppers, onions, and mushrooms over the w/e. Also bought cod for $6.99 and had a feast w/evoo lemon added and plenty of veggies.

Monday saw the young female PT phone to say she was to be 40 minutes late. Asked her if Tuesday would work for her as it would for me. Yes, it would for us both.

Jumped into the Dart and drove to the super WalMart on Woodsville NH. Really needed some items and wanted to go for a soothing long drive. Also been having my heart set on preparing homemade teriyaki sauce — no MSG.

Bought a veggie loaded cold cut combo, a foot long for just $4. It is the customer appreciation discount special along w/the meatball sub, $2 for a 6", $4 for a footlong until the end of the year.

Returned an opened Taster's Choice instant coffee 7 oz (198 grams) container. My hip replacement surgery story helped to pull this off.

Had a field day shopping and walking in the store w/o aid. Had a hand basket to stock and buy items my local WM does not stock. Treated myself to a premium red velvet cake slice 6" long and 2" wide. Think it was $1.75 ea. Know it was a slice of heaven.

Was fatigued big time on the drive home, nearly 80 miles r.t. Put the food away and took a long nap. Woke up to find the walking was overdone. It was painful to walk normally up my stairs. Was the next day also.

The PT gal visited early Tuesday morning. Gave me an illustrated list of 7 exercises to strengthen my hip. She added positive vibes telling me so much has been accomplished in just 3 short weeks. My last home PT w/ her.

Took my 5th rest period of the day when she left. Can be awake and an hour later be so drowsy that another sleep session is needed. Know sleep is great for healing. Also know things will be fabulous once the sleepy feeling passes.

Am 3 weeks into the 6 week representative example of recovery. The last home visit of the PT gal was Tuesday morning. She gave me moral support, hearty PT, and excellent enthusiasm during all of her visits.

Know these next three weeks will see great improvement with the pain/soreness leaving forever. Looking forward to walking up and down the road and improving my stamina.

Crossing of my legs and bending at a 90° angle are no no's at the present time. It is nice to recover at the beginning of winter and sure do look forward to returning back to hiking, ever so slowly, when my hip is fully healed.

Spring will be extra special for me. A new year and more importantly, new beginnings.

Civil twilight is 6:43 AM EST. Night is 4:41 PM.

Sunrise: 7:17 AM. Set: 4:07 PM.

Length of day: 8h 50m. Length of visible light: 9h 57m. Tomorrow will be 18s shorter.

Temperature is 31° (0.5°C), the high will be 37° (3°C). There is an 80% chance of rain.

Have a fabulous day!

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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2014 7:41:49 PM

trugas, Sorry, fell asleep early last night and didn't post much.

Hope the trip to the dermatologist went well. Sounds like you've been busy baking again. The pecan pies sound good and a nice idea. Hope the rain lets up soon. :)

goldieolds, You should try to use your side mirrors for backing up at times like that. At least if you go during the winter the s*** adds some illumination to the driveway. :)

The driver Midnight had was driving a small bus so should have been able to back up using the mirrors.
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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2014 11:44:14 AM

Tru, glad you didn't have any damage or serious effects from the storms. Is Camarillo Springs the same area as Camarillo? I asked my 85 y.o. cousin who lives in Santa Monica and has lived in So. Cal. since he was 13, and he didn't know either.

What you said about people rebuilding in the same area reminds me of people who live in flood plains and do the same thing.

My aunt who lived in L.A. said the same thing about liking the rain and enjoying watching it.

Midnight what's a "dog leg" driveway? Keep in mind, if a person has back and/or neck problems that turning to get into the proper position for backing up a car can be difficult. Friends that I visit (DG, when I wave to you;) ) have a long narrow driveway, and when I've had to back out it was very difficult. I couldn't twist all the way around and I didn't go straight. Went onto the grass. That driveway is straight and flat and there was no snow. But it was dark.

Tru, I hope you got your "third eye" taken care of and that it is now healing.
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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2014 9:49:09 AM

Just me posting l guess life is NOT good for everyone right now?

My phone problem is a loud hum during dialing or even if incoming calls. Nothing l have tried gets rid of it. I threw away all my old cord phones and now l have no other way to check the line. or plug. All equipment around this phone has been the same since it was plugged in. The charge lights are lit, so i am told it is not the battery or the phone indicates that. I went online and watched their videos and other than outside lines l have followed all suggestions. They are mostly for dial tones anyway. I should have gotten the service, but it cost $10 a month and now l can't get it for 30 days.
At least l have answering service if anyone calls, l can use my isty bitsy cell phone to call them back. I have been on ATT for over an hour. No help.

May go buy new phone to check it .. Just picked up the phone and can't tell if it is the hum or a dial tone. Too early to call anyone around here.

At least my third eye is going to be taken care of today. I finally pleaded enough with a dermatologist to get an appt today. The spot, sore, infection is much worse and entire thing is red and sore now. The urgent care dr was great but had no expertise in this type of thing. She may have done more harm than good by poking a sqeezing. I will find out later today.

The rain is light at the moment and is expected to become heavier later in the day. Tomorrow will be very heavy again. I saw pictures of our creek during the first and biggest rainfall and then compared to yesterdays rainfall. 3 feet difference at least. The big storm had it almost to the foot bridge going across to the rest of the neighborhood.

I made miniature pecan pies to hand out with the Christmas cards.

[Edited by: trugasCA at 12/16/2014 9:50:13 AM EST]
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2014 7:12:06 AM

Life is Good, and we are getting more rain, after a day or two of none, so hopefully the creek went down enough so won't overflow. Hope no more damage to the poor south either.

We have been lucky, well our trees went down a couple of years back, and the transformer went out last year, but so far this year we haven't been bothered much. Winter hasn't really started yet though.

I don't need to shop, but had Raley's $5 Monday written on today's journal page. I looked it up and it was just to stockpile more Viva towels at the lower price. I have plenty. So l will just stay home. I do have the birthday party here in the complex. No problem there.

The heavy rain pounding on a bucket woke me an hour or two early, so l am sitting here yawning. Hope l can catch a nap before the party. It is at noon.
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2014 7:52:57 PM

Exactly my sentiment dirtgirl. I don't want to mistreat my investment. Others can take those chances, but l was told not to do so or even store the scooter out on the patio, for moisture is very bad for them. Being a rule follower................

Been reading most of the day. Baked the lemon bites, not bars coz l cut them smaller, for the party tomorrow.

The bump on my forehead starts to ache and burn which reminds me to take acetamenophen, and l am taking antibiotic, yet it is getting large again and red also. I will again try to locate a dermatologist tomorrow.

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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2014 7:11:03 PM

trugas, Thanks for reminding me that it was the electronics and not the wheels. I remember you mentioning the electronics before and just forgot. I don't blame you for being careful, that's an expensive item to have to replace especially if you need it every day. :)
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2014 12:03:18 PM

Goldie l saw the pics of Camarillo area where the homes had mud clear to eaves of roof. The hills behind slide down and retaining walls don't stop the mud slides, happens every year down there somewhere. MY last trip l looked at and took pictures where people died in homes that mud came thru, and what impressed me was the wimpy little barriers behind their houses which l know won't hold mud back. At least this year the people had vacated their homes.
Simply do not understand why people buy in those areas as history should show them what happens.It's not as if it is the first time and what a surprise when it happens. But then l live on an earthquake fault. Pretty much anywhere in CA is a fault of one kind or another. So there you go.
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2014 11:01:29 AM

dirtgirl, it is the electronics on the power scooter that rain or any moisture affects.
I did the wash in a light rain, very light and unexpected, but really try to avoid even fog as it permeates the electronics and could stop the function. Even taking a chance when covering with plastic. I do see some people using theirs but they get their scooter free and l paid for mine and don't want to buy another. They cost a whole lot of money.

Pork chop and fried potato for breakfast yesterday. Actually had two breakfasts, as previously ate cream of wheat and it didn't fill me up. So don't know what to eat today.

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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2014 8:12:08 PM

MidnightSun, Even when you're partially laid-up you have an active lifestyle. Perhaps you might want to give a second thought to sending that card... "a wise man quietly holds it back". ;)

trugas, Hopefully you won't have too much problems with all the laundry. That's too bad that the scooter looses traction when it's wet out. I would think that different tires might make a difference when it's wet but then not work well at other times as they may pick up too much dirt or gravel. :/

goldieolds, I seem to remember that all 50 states have had tornados though I guess that the states along the west coast and alaska and hawaii don't see too many mainly because the weather systems are pretty stable out there.
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2014 7:17:43 PM

Midnight oh yeah must have been similar to my trying to use walker in deep sand. LOL.

Goldie l hear so cal has winter floods and slides every winter. Even last winter in the drought they had slides coz of burned out areas.

I am doing just fine. The rain was heavy but we suffered no outages or wind damage or anything in this area.
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2014 7:13:41 PM



Life IS Good!

Left the walker by the side of the driveway as the 4" of snow was too difficult, rough going and time consuming to use. Plan on sending the driver a Christmas card describing my feelings of the incident. Do have a way w/words.
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2014 8:29:36 AM

Tru, glad you haven't had any serious repercussions from the rain and storms. I heard there was some serious damage in SoCal. They talked about pretty bad damage in Camarillo Springs. I know someone who lives in Camarillo. Is that the same place? I'm assuming it is. Also sounds like it was pretty bad in some parts of L.A. IF so, I better call my cousins and see if they're ok. Did I hear right, there was a tornado in L.A.? I didn't think they got them out there. Yikes.
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2014 9:34:50 AM

Midnight you left your walker to go back to the house to call?

Life is going well for me, the storm didn't affect me at all. I did enjoy watching all the heavy rain. Actually had to get out my heavy old rubber boots to walk to mail room, Coz of all the puddles. The old sidewalks are cracked and cause them. I have been more concerned about the rising river nearby. It won't affect me directly, but the people who live near it may even need to be air lifted again. I do have a creek nearby but it seems to be emptying easily now, and does not get fed from northern runoff, like the river does. It runs east/west.

Only way l am affected is by the laundry piling up due to being too wet to ride scooter to laundry room. I could walk it down if it doesn't let up soon, but that gets painful after first trip. Good thing is l have plenty of clothes and towels and sheets, but later on it would be just that much harder on me to wash all the buildup.
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2014 5:23:23 AM



Life IS Good!

Lots happened to share this tome. Thanks for keeping the homefires burning.

Still sleeping 10-12 hours daily, at all crazy times, including the afternoons. Sleep sessions are 5x a day. Fatigue can set in quickly.

Have a home hospice care young nurse/PT that visits now twice a week, down from 3x a week. Monday will be her final visit. She had no problem backing in my driveway on Monday after a w/e of fresh fallen snow.

Will begin with the drama on Tuesday. Phoned for transportation from North Country CAP last week for an appointment on this day. Driver phoned to get directions to my place.

Specifically said to hug the forest side of the driveway. He telephoned 45 minutes early and said he was at the town church and would be heading up the mtn to my property in a second.

Put on a heavy shirt, winter jacket, and used the walker in 4" of snow to get to the driveway. Heard the 10-12 passenger bus backing up on the steady dogleg driveway.

It was slow going w/the walker in the 4" of snow. Place, step, lift, place, step,repeat. When the bus was seen it was off the driveway, now on the snowcovered lawn that has an downward slope.

Immediately the 70 y/o semi retired trans driver tried to save face by saying he got stuck because the driveway was not plowed of the merely 4" of snow.

Told him no, that is not what happened. A women backed in the day before w/o a problem. Told him he backed up 5' ((1.5 meters) off of the driveway and that got him stuck w/the right side of the rig on the sloped down lawn.

Left my walker to the side of the driveway and walked inside. Phoned the Tax Collector and related the event and asked if she would be kind enough to cell phone her hubby, the Road Agent (foreman), of the town's Hwy Dept.

Returned to the trans bus to tell the fellow that the town was arriving to haul him out. Saw freshly pealed orange skins thrown into the snow and a tree.

Told him he ate an orange and littered my property w/ the peals.He said he was feeding the birds. Told him no bird eats orange peals. What kind of upbringing did you have? Pick up the peels, all of it.

Noticed that since my walker was left there a mystical being from the forest mysteriously broke the cross bar of the walker used 3x. It retails for $145.

Knew the only one in ½ mile took out his anger/frustration on my new walker. Did not say one word.

The town 4 wheel drive sander arrived w/a chain to save the day. Knew the fellow well. He also is the Recycle Center attendant. Stepped back a few feet and nodded my head, meaning no to the town worker. The message was rec'd.

Town employee looked under the bus for a few seconds and said there is nothing to hook a chain to — "You'll have to call for a wrecker." Driver asked me if there was a wrecker in town.

"Nope, none in this town." Town employee dropped a 200 pound barrel of sand, no shovel, and drove away. Back into the house for me, leaving the driver to fend for himself, alone, w/great anxiety.

Moral:
One Good Turn Deserves Another — Aesop's Fables. One sows what they reap. "A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back." — Proverbs 29:11.

Phoned the surgeon and explained that the trans bus was stuck in the snow and my appointment needed to be cancelled. As the staples needed to be removed. and appointment was made late Wed afternoon.

Telephoned my neighbor to ask if he was able to drive me to the hospitable. He was. Also phoned the trans Co and explained that the driver left the driveway and made himself stuck.

Said the driver will swear this happened due to me not plowing just 4" (10 cm) of snow, already w/tire tracks from the nurse visit the day before w/o incident.

Told the dispatcher the driver left the driveway, that is why he was stuck. Did not mention the orange peel litter or the mysteriously broken walker that happened sitting out by itself in the driveway. Did not have to.

The following morning my neighbor to the north had to pick up his tractor starter fromaCoin St Johnsbury, VT. Close by was the distributer of the walker. Neighbor took the walker along w/him, stopped at the med supply Co and had them repair the walker, there and then, good as new.

Neighbor stopped back at 3 PM to take me in his pick up to the hospital for my two week follow up and have the 32 staples removed. Found out their were 40 sutures internally to close the muscle and skin.

Can not say the wire staple removal, just like what is used on paper at one's home, was painless. No pain meds were used. Yet the removal surely was far less than getting stung 32x.

A few drops of blood, some alcohol wiped it away, and the event was over. Dr visited me and asked how things were. Said stairs could be taken normally and soon a cartwheel could be done.

We talked extensively about hiking on an incline vs steps of a ladder. He said when my quads could take hours of two steps w/o fatigue, the mtns could be returned. Am not able to take a dbl step at this time.

Plan on building up as a beginner would for their first steady elevation gain. Have snowshoes ready for when the first 2' (.6 metres) or more of snow arrives.

The x-c skis wait for deep snow. My ice skates are ready, when it will be far below freezing each day.

Did stop in Shaw's after my Wed doc appointment to buy some needed goodies.

May clean the new Dart of snow and drive to Littleton to the stores. Will be my first time driving since the hospital trip 2.5 weeks ago on Nov 24.

Civil twilight is 6:40 AM EST. Night is 4:39 PM.

Sunrise: 7:13 AM. Set: 4:06 PM.

Length of day: 8h 53m. Length of visible light:9h 59m. Tomorrow will be 41s shorter.

Temperature is 29° (-2°C), the high will be 39° (4°C).

Have a delightful day!

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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2014 7:47:21 PM

We got a lot of rain, not much wind that was predicted, but l heard 147 mphr up in mountains at Sugar Bowl ski area.
The rain let up by 11 or 12 and just a light rain for the time we were to have gone to lunch, BUT Fearless Leader is under the weather today so it is just as well we cancelled.
It is still raining a bit and now our temperature has dropped. The rain that was coming from Hawaii was warm, now it's cold.
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2014 1:08:41 PM

BTW, I have had orthopedic surgery twice, and I know it takes time for recovery and for the body to get its energy back. All the rest and sleeping gives it a chance to focus all its energy on healing. I pretty much knew that Midnight's original projection of being back to posting the Thursday after the surgery was not realistic, but I did not want to be negative about it. There was a chance that the newer technology might have made it realistic after all.

I trust he'll be back to posting when it is right for him.
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2014 12:41:40 PM

Glad you are getting the much needed rain, and that your son will be moving to your area. That's wonderful!

I hope you'll keep this avatar. I love looking at the Pacific Ocean. It is very special to me. :))

Midnight has said that he is sleeping a lot at all hours of day and night, as part of his recovery from surgery. He was going yesterday (or so?) to get his sutures removed, and my assumption is that he knew that trek would wear him out even more, and that he knew he'd be sleeping until Thursday after that.

We all wish him well!
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2014 9:48:25 AM

Quoting Midnight..."Back around Thursday" ..he also is not posting on his own thread since the 6th.

Are you away? or just under the weather? Hope you are ok.

Meantime, l am experiencing heavy steady rain, but l do not have any other problems. So Life is Good right here ..Right now and we can sure use all this downpour. I am sure there are trouble spots, but they don't seem to have developed as much as they warned they would.
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2014 9:50:52 AM

LOL, I think maybe Midnight was responding to my post about Mystic Pizza in CT and Whole Foods freezer dept. Mystic Pizza movie was tempting and fun to watch. Good acting, too.

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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2014 8:43:38 AM

dirtgirl. Midnight says he'll be back Thursday. How many days does it take to get a pizza.
You people who deal with snow storms are going to laugh, but a 3 inch rain storm is coming thru here Thursday and Everyone wants to cancel our trip 4 blocks to Applebees. This is the birthday celebration.

The heaviest rain is to be over by 11 and we weren't leaving til 12:15. Such wimps.
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2014 8:24:25 PM

trugas, Cetaphil is often used by people with very sensitive skin on their face. It's basically an alternative to soap. A standard size container lasts quite a long time.

I think MidnightSun is trying to tell us he's going out for pizza. lol
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2014 5:45:37 PM

Back Thursday??? Didn't know you were going anywhere. Better enlighten us..
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2014 4:17:34 PM


Life IS Good!

No pain meds are needed. No pain, just soreness in the hip. Lots of decent pizza in CT and New England. Have one frozen one saved for a treat. Boston has superb pizza. Too many to name.

Back around Thursday w/a full update.

 
 


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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2014 9:53:51 AM

OK so uff da is just like "OH MY"?
I can understand driving straight thru to visit or stay with someone, but to go on vacation and never stop to enjoy anything? Just driving all day everyday, to cover ground. Big deal.

I don't know what to call it , infected pore? or some thing filled with liquid, on my forehead had to be attended to and couldn't get any dermatologist for 50 miles around to take me in an emergency situation. Mine was gone, others had January appts, and "walk in" was so late in the day,almost dark and l don't drive after dark. So went to Urgent care and she poked and squeezed and did stuff that may not have been a good idea. But she was trying to get a "core" where none existed. My son had a large liquid filled cyst removed from his scalp once and the specialist he later saw, said all the wrong things were done there. I had fierce headaches for hours after. Burning and headache. I have to go get antibiotic pills today. I am suppose to wash it in something called Cetaphil. Guess l will buy that too. 5 X' s a day.
I asked for a Christmas decorated bandaid but no go on that.
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2014 11:27:58 AM

Uff Da is the Scandinavian equivalent to Oy Vey. If you're familiar with that. ;)

Your husband's driving reminds me of my Dad's. We drove from MN to CA (L.A.) to visit family a lot when I was young. My Dad did all of the driving until my brother was old enough to help a little. My mother wouldn't drive on the highway. The goal was just to get there as soon as possible, not to sight-see. I remember once we stopped to see the Painted Desert, but what I remember about it is that it was such a novelty to stop to see something; I don't remember what it actually looked like.

One other time, after my brother was older and stayed home to work over the summer, a cousin rode with us instead, and we stopped at Bridal Veil Falls. That was fun and the falls were beautiful. I had more fun with my cousin (a girl) than with my brother. LOL. Another fun thing about that trip was my first airplane ride, from LA to SF. My parents left us in LA at our respective aunts while they went up to a convention in SF. My cousin and I flew up to SF to meet them to drive back to MN. It was a propeller P.S.A. plane. We've got 16mm film documenting us getting off the plane. :)

I had to "irrigate the desert" on more than one of those get-there-as-quickly-as-possible trips. ;) We always had a "commissary" in the back seat. A round Scotch thermos cooler packed with ice and sandwiches, pop and treats. Sometimes we stopped at a grocery store to buy the fixings for my mom to make more sandwiches, while sitting in the car.
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2014 10:49:48 AM

OK so what is uff-da? I have heard "ya sure you betcha"..even in movies.
I haven't been to many states and only to Canada. Tour ships to Alaska and Hawaii, and drove to Wy and Montana, TX, ARiz, New MX. NV, Or and Wa. Lived briefly in OK. as a 7 year old or maybe younger. Otherwise l am a nummy as to the states.

Life is Good where l am , so why go elsewhere except to visit? Seriously, l was a wife and mother and very tied down and most of my life we only went on fishing vacations locally. Just the once my husband ventured to Canada. Drove thru it and Montana so fast l couldn't tell you where we were. Spent only one night at Yellowstone.
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2014 9:07:07 PM

trugas, Why didn't she ask her son to look for here. Wait, don't answer that. lol

Winter here is not for most. Well, most of us have a love hate relationship with it but then we were born here and have relatives here and moving someplace where people don't know what "uff-da" means or can't say "ya sure you betcha" is unthinkable. ;)
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2014 12:19:47 PM

Welcome two new to me posters. Fooling are you recently retired? l looked at you profile and you are not new to GB but new to posting on topics.?

Southtown. Welcome Harley lover. Smiles. Looked at your "Hurt" pics and am guessing it was from motorcycle wreck. Glad you are all well now. Xrays said 1951.

My sister in MN is planning to return and has put me to work to locate her a $600 to $700 2 bedroom apt. And l was online a lot yesterday and found a few and they all require a credit check, and she won't pass that. So l am sending her the list. Best one was in Dinuba but she said she didn't want to live there. I couldn't believe it. It was NOT dog friendly. $620 for 2 bedrooms. But she won't board the dog or leave it with friends just long enough to get here and look for herself. I can't locate where she wants to live , allowing dogs and her son to pile in on her again as a "caregiver". He was seldom there and always took her car so she was stranded. But thats what she wants to do again....?? It's that saying in fact of her life...doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. She said "he is doing better and going to classes" He lies to her. He's into a drug lifestyle. That is why he disappears for 3 or 4 days at a time when living with her. She supplies the car and insurance and he's out here and like her other son said "he just brought you back here and dumped you". She jokingly said she could come stay with me, and l told oh no they do not allow anymore than one week per year of visiting ...but l have no bed or even a couch for anyone anymore. So l stopped that right away.
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2014 11:22:31 PM

almost
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2014 11:03:25 PM

trugas, Glad that you are sticking with the insurance that you like and are satisfied with. I guess this means that you are still going to pay the lower rent.

Foolingurself, Welcome to Gb. As for liking life, I think you're fooling yourself. hehehe

goldieolds, Are you enjoying the warmer weather? :)
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2014 3:29:19 PM

I like life!
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2014 2:04:47 PM

Tru, too bad the rain didn't come at a better time for you. Is there anyone you can call to find out if the mail has come yet, so you only have to walk once? In our building there are people who sit downstairs in the lobby waiting for it to come. I was thinking maybe there is someone in your complex who would know when it arrives. Maybe someone who lives closer and can see the truck, or ??

If you're going back to original Medicare will you be eligible for housekeeping help again, and can have them do your laundry, but not anything else if you don't want them too?
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2014 10:40:52 AM

I am torn between loving the new basket and freedom of the scooter to go places around here, and the rain we need so much. I cannot use the scooter in the rain, so l walk to and from the mail room daily and that is getting to be a drag. Especially when l expect something and nothing is in the box, so l don't know if the mailman is just late, or nothing for me and l make a second trip in an hour or so. Just about the time l near home, my hip "goes out" and l have to stop. My hip is not nearly as bad as some people's l know. One lady here has hers way out of joint. Hitches her whole body to one side to walk. SHe is 71 and finally deciding to get the surgery. Maybe. She knows 3 family members who died in surgery and is terribly concerned about the chances.
By the time my hip pain gets that bad, l will either be in a wheelchair in a rest home, or dead. So l don't worry about it.
Meantime Life is Good for me. I was in the process of changing my health care to an HMO, and decided NO. I prefer the Original medicare which allows access to any medicare dr and any hospital etc. I pay $2850 a year for medi-gap insurance, but decided to go back to it and the security of knowing l can go to a dr an take an ambulance anytime without having the expense of it uprooting my budget.
I only used $400 of that money l paid out, but who knows how much l will use it next year, when my budget is very tight. I looked around for a cheaper medi-gap, but the reason it costs me so much is because they are age related. My age group is sicker than those at 65 years of age, so we pay more. That's the way it works. I pay $650 a year for car insurance and never use it..so...
I am glad l can do it and all the things l am able to do. I will continue to do my own housework and call for help only if ill.

Saturday and no plans. I cut my hair off, most of the permanent is cut off. I don;t bother to set it right now. If you look at my avatar, you can see our "wood" floors. I am going to use the steam floor cleaner on them in the next day or so. They don't seem dirty, but l like to Mop every so often anyway.
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2014 2:52:29 AM

Hi all. :)
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2014 7:38:07 PM

Goldie it's a four wheeler, only thing l would have. Yes l drive it in the front door and park it just as in the picture against the wall. Actually l back it in. So it is facing my door. l live in a cottage no steps in front. I couldn't lift my left leg well enough to get up the 5 inch step at the last place. Balance ..really. One of my reasons for moving, tho they were cottages as well, they had that big step, and lifting everything up over that step to get into the house with the walker proved to be too much.

Life is Good. Raining and dark at 4:30. I went up for the mail early l guess, nothing there.

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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2014 9:02:57 AM

Thank y'all for the support. It is much appreciated! You're right, I am feeling better now, but sometimes when I do feel better I wonder if it really isn't just being in denial about aspects of my situation.

Tru, glad for your new basket and that you got it put together. I enjoyed the photo of your scooter. Does it have one or two wheels in the front? And is it safe to drive in the street in the traffic? It looks pretty small, esp. for my long legs. You keep it in the house? How do you get it up the step(s) and through the door? Interesting. Your discussion of the laundry reminds me of how my mom did it here (and now me), except more with blouses than dresses.

Midnight, I hope you're progressing well with the healing. I won't repeat what I wrote in your forum. Interesting to hear about how things went. Glad the food was so good and that you were feeling well enough to enjoy it. But you're doing this without pain meds???? May I ask why? Even I, who does not believe in taking drugs, would not want to be without them after surgery! Although the homeopathic (non-drug) remedy Arnica Montana would help with both the pain and speed up the healing process. Wish I'd known about it back when I had my surgeries.

And you really thought you'd be able to drive your car home? This must be your first real surgical experience. In that respect, you're lucky. :)

Have any of you seen the film Mystic Pizza? It was one of Julia Roberts' first ones, before she was famous. I saw it on t.v. It was based on the real Mystic Pizza in Mystic, CT. I've always wondered if their pizza is really as good as depicted in the movie and what it tastes like. Now they have them frozen, at Whole Foods. They're on sale and I splurged on one. It wasn't all that expensive, more than I usually spend and also larger. But it has a regular wheat crust, which is a splurge of a different type for me. Truth be told, I bought one once before, but I don't remember what it tasted like or what I thought of it.

It is good, but I wouldn't call it a "Slice of Heaven" as they do. However, I would never expect a store-bought frozen pizza to be as good as from the restaurant. The crust is too thick, IMO and I'd like a little more sauce, but the spinach is actually big blobs of spinach that you can actually taste. A lot of pizzas I've had have little teeny pieces of chopped up spinach that are too small to identify taste-wise. There was a good amount of cheese, w/o being so much that you think your arteries could be clogged before you finish eating it. ;)



[Edited by: goldieolds at 12/5/2014 9:10:14 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2014 12:02:38 AM

trugas, Glad you got it set up and it worked out great. What a fantastic deal to help you live a little easier. :)
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2014 11:16:28 AM

Thanks dg it did, and l did...got a load of dresses washed. Along with personal items.
See my new bigger basket on my avatar..the little one in front holds a lot of food, but not laundry. So l washed and partially dried my dresses then draped them over the back basket to bring them home to hang and finish drying...so l don't have to iron at all. Smiles. As you can see the basket is away from the tires so no problem with draping the dresses. I knew l could handle on the floor board all the folded clothes, but the dresses were my concern. I have a great laundry cart which the housekeeper draped the dresses over the handle, but l cannot walk that far and back without some pain. So this is perfect solution. Life is Good.
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2014 1:28:55 AM

trugas, Hope the rain lets up soon so you can try your basket out. :)
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2014 8:14:09 AM

Things are well here and l have been up since 3 am looking at the sales HA HA and paying bills. Nothing really interesting on grocery sales. Don't need anyway. Due to starting the loan payments, l cut my food budget a bit this month only, because of my being well stocked.

Just woke up and thought OH Well, might as well be productive. Checked Credit union to make sure deposit was there and made out my rent check. The only check l write .

I got the basket l ordered and it looks heavier than pics which is great. It is black and ldo not see black on black well, so my attempts to put the supports on failed last evening, so l will try again in daylight. They show 4 screws and sent 3, so l will have to look up another. It is supported by a brace T shape with another cross bar, so l WILL be able to put regular groceries in it. So happy to have it, as l have never had one for the back, just a small one in front. Tho it held quite a bit if shapes were adaptable.

Now l am ready to do laundry as soon as there is a break in the rain. Yesterday would have been perfect. It is fairly heavy at the moment, and shows to rain til Saturday. Can't use the cart in rain. Affects the electronics.

Life is Good and l am enjoying it fully. It's all we have and short, so might as well enjoy it. If we didn't have the bad times, how would we know to appreciate the good? Well IMO.
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Message Posted: Dec 2, 2014 8:42:23 PM

goldieolds, Like trugas stated, you're not negative, just stating what is obvious. Don't worry, it will get better. Everyone has their bad moments and this time of the year is hard for single people. If you're not using the stuff in the storage area, you may want to consider getting rid of it. I'm sure there is sentimental value to some of it but if it's more than you can bear financially, maybe it's time to consider your options. Btw, you've still got us here. :)

trugas, There are times when I hate the computer and then there are times when I love it for all the conveniences like reserving library books. I can't even think of how many times I was having a bad day and got on line with GB and started smiling at something someone posted. It's always good to smile. :)

MidnightSun, Nice of the drivers to shovel your walk for you. Good that you are home and resting up. Glad to hear that the hospital food was good and that you had turkey day covered. It's amazing how much something like that takes all of your energy. Take advantage of the naps and then work hard on the therapy. Post when you're able to. :)
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Message Posted: Dec 2, 2014 3:16:21 PM



Life IS Good!

d/o,More incredibly sore than wicked pain. In a few weeks all will be a noticeable improvement.

g/o Often just talking about one's occurrences must one feel better. See the [http://tinyurl.com/ognw68p]4 qt cookers onsale at WM.[/L] Free store delivery.

Tried to post early yesterday morn w/o success.

The surgeon said last's Monday's hip replacement op went textbook perfect. The Depuy ceramic system, no glue needed, was used. This to build bone on the prosthesis as time goes on.

All the RNs, PA's, and NP's were friendly, caring, and excellent. The expected bland food was superb and plentiful. Each menu selection was enough for two meals.

My fave was a white fish soup of upscale quality. No MSG, no salt, yet most delicious. Spoke daily to the young female dietician of the vast excess of sugar, salt, MSG, and other chemicals in today's processed food world.

Had turkey and a thick, tender, juicy ham, plus all the wonderful fixings for T-Day. Was cleared to leave at 1 PM on Friday. Last meal was a burger, no bun, lettuce and tomato. It was sumptuous.

The hip replacement op is just over $42,000 w/non ICU in this hotel at $533 a night. This includes general nursing, rehabilitation services, physical therapy, and three healthy meals. TV and local calls are free at Weeks Memorial Hospital. In Boston each of these cost far more than any patient should ever have to pay.

Have never slept so much since returning home via the town's ambulance. It is a struggle w/o pain meds and a stiff, sore hip. For every hour awake, an equal hour is needed to sleep. There is never an up for the day time.

Using a walker and crutches around the house. Standing/sitting is quite the chore. Have been told in a few weeks the stiffness/pain will leave. Looking forward to those coming days.

Am forbidden to drive by the surgeon. My 2013 Dart remains in the hospital parking lot. Have no strength to lift my right leg off the gas onto the brake. Still would need my left foot to work the clutch.

An ambulance drove me home locked on the gurney. A buddy of the driver was phoned to bring his plow up the mtn road and clear 12-14" (30-36 cm) of snow in my 200' driveway.

Then he and the driver hand shoveled the walkway to my house. At least 50' long. Was able to use my new walker to make it into the house. The paramedic and the other two escorted me into the house. Thanked them many times. No charge.

Lots of plasma drainage. Have a visiting nurse to change the hip incision bandage 3-4x a week. Blood plasma is the river in which the blood cells travel.

It carries not only the blood cells but also nutrients (sugars, amino acids, fats, salts, minerals, etc.), waste products (CO2, lactic acid, urea, etc.), antibodies, clotting proteins (called clotting factors), chemical messengers such as hormones, and proteins that help maintain the body's fluid balance.

Also have home PT 3x a week. Like that both are young women w/super hearts and a desire for their patients to get well asap. Want my name on the very top of that list.

Phoned my good neighbor to the north, who is a Jehovah's Witness. Asked for a ride to refill my steady heartbeat med. Down to my last three tablets. Also for needed supplies. "Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." — Galatians 6:2

Not strong enough to post daily. Never know when will be awake or sleeping. Will surely post when possible. Recovery could be in 4 weeks. It could be 4-6 weeks until it is possible to return behind the wheel. More info is at WebMd.com.

Thank you for your visits, posts, IM's, wb notes, moral support, and prayers. It is very much appreciated. God Bless!

Civil twilight is 6:39 AM EST. Night is 4:40 PM.

Sunrise: 7:03 AM. Set: 4:07 PM.

Length of day: 9h 03m. Length of visible light: 10h 09m. Tomorrow will be 1m 23s shorter.

The temp is 18° (4°C) w/the high to be 27° (2°C).

Have a wonderful day!

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Message Posted: Dec 2, 2014 12:10:07 PM

Yes l asked, and because l wanted to know, not out of politeness. I feel sorry for your loneliness, and yes aloneness is far different...it is what l enjoy at times. I too was alone on Thanksgiving, but son came next day , so different from your alone Thanksgiving.

I know that pain is a tremendous downer in spirit. Glad to hear you will be able to continue your PT and acupuncture. Also holidays tend to make one sad or sadder, as you are aware. But you will get thru it and already l sensed an improvement by the end of your message. Oh it is easy to sit and tell someone ELSE how great it is or easy, or happy, but l do think you have a good spirit and will pull thru this too. As you said it all came at once and that is overwhelming. Hopefully momentary.

I understand that you, as I do, get a lot of pleasure with the contact with friends on line and the lifeline the computer is to us. Bills tend to get paid, or they fall by the wayside. In my case when that happens l find the item wasn't that necessary in some cases. Not our computers. I use mine a whole lot. For library books, to compare shopping even groceries as the wed sale paper doesn't always get delivered. Bet you really rely on it when snowed in back there.

Qestion and one you might get upset about, but do you really need to keep the storage unit? Are you ever going to use the stuff there?

I do not take your post as negative. I take it as reality. No one is happy or has good news all the time.
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Message Posted: Dec 2, 2014 11:01:56 AM

Hi all. Scrap, welcome back! Good to hear from you.

Tru, I hope your basket comes today. Will it be replacing a smaller one? If so can you sell the old one?

Thanks for the the tips. I"ve looked at Retail Me Not in the past when I was trying to find coupons for some of the food items I was buying, but they never had current ones. Will try again.

Since you asked, Life was not so Good for me last week. I've been alone for Thanksgiving before, sometimes even by choice, but it never got to me like it did this year. I was very depressed, although it was not just Thanksgiving. It felt like a symptom of a larger issue. And it really started when my computer crashed and I started hearing about the possible costs. Among other things, I got an email saying that my storage warehouse was going to go up $15 a month. That seems like a big jump, esp. when my income was already not really enough to cover basic expenses and I expect my association fees to go up, too. Felt really tired of trying to live on almost no money and having to take care of everything by myself. And the situation in my home that I've not been able to keep up with for so long, that it is totally overwhelming now.

And just plain loneliness. Or aloneness. Is that the same? So many of my friends gone away, dead, where ever. But part of it I've brought upon myself and have become much more of a loner than I ever used to be. Chronic pain and physical limitations get tiresome after years and years.

And some other things hanging over my head.

I'm feeling somewhat better now. Something I'd been waiting to hear about came through, so at least I know I can continue with my PT. and acupuncture treatments, among other things. My PT is a miracle worker. She's so good, although she tortures me to do it.(LOL). Last week she went on about how amazed she is at the amount of mobility I"ve regained in my hip. She hadn't thought it possible. My chiropractor had told me the same thing last summer. In addition to how good they are, esp. she, the p.t., I'm sure it is b/c of the acupuncture I've been getting at the same time. It complements and enhances the other treatments. The hip and SI joint pain have also greatly decreased since I started getting the acu on it. If it wasn't for these treatments, I'd probably be facing what Midnight is going through. and maybe I'll have to someday, but the longer I can postpone it, the better!

Sorry to be so negative. But you asked. ;)

I hope y'all are feeling good.
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Message Posted: Dec 2, 2014 9:37:36 AM

Hudson FLA is where basket is shipped from. In looking it up, l found it said being delivered today. YAY! Scared me at first when l saw it was in Windsor, coz l lived there until recently and thought they still had old address...then l remembered seeing a huge new Fed Ex building being built there just before l moved.

The rain is coming down pretty heavily right now. Just in time for the commuters. Hope they all slow down and no more accidents.
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Message Posted: Dec 2, 2014 9:23:38 AM

So l talk a lot about me here, and now l want to know what is making YOUR life good?
Or not?

What do you do and where do you go?

Hi Scrapbasket! So good to hear from you again. Hope your life situation has improved and you have good times.

Oh dirtgirl , you mean the snow? Travelling thru it..and all. I will have to look up where my basket is shipped from. I am so excited to get it.
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Message Posted: Dec 2, 2014 4:12:49 AM

Hello friends ~ just checking in after a long absence.
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2014 9:19:36 PM

trugas, Some places have a hard time shipping around the Thanksgiving holiday so there are usually some delays. Some perishable food places won't even ship around the holiday becuase UPS usually doesn't work on Friday and they don't want their shipments freezing in their trucks. Hopefully the basket will come soon. :)

Hi goldieolds. :)
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2014 10:19:19 AM

I am still waiting for the basket so l can do my laundry. My neighbor borrowed my card to finish her wash, and now l have to wait for the office to open to put more money on the card. I hate this system.

I have to laugh when l see the new inset security they are advertising as secure, on credit cards ...coz our laundry cards have that and have had for years. But worse, l have "lost" money using them. They malfunction after repeated use, and that little square chip gets worn a bit.

Getting around on this site or any site today, is like my trying to walk thru that deep sand with my walker recently. Very slow going. LOL.

Goldie the cartwheel is just an adjunct to Target. If you are looking at Target they offer several ways to save on SOME items on Cartwheel. Amazon doesn't save money IMO, except as l did , by taking their credit card and getting cash off once on one purchase. Otherwise l found it cheaper to deal directly with the store that Amazon is advertising .. So l don't even look at them now that l am waiting for my basket. Three emails and each one stating a later delivery date. Not happy about that. Now it could be the 8th of Dec. While the first email quoted a delivery date of Nov 28 thru the 3rd.
Goldie l also find that "Retail me Not" points one to all the specials going on . You might try them. I have only used them for restaurants, but l notice they have lots of stores shown.

I am really excited about the basket dirtgirl. I will be able to use my cart even more frequently, for more things. Since "losing" free housekeeper, l was concerned about laundry ..especially my dresses. All other housework is getting done easily. Guess all l will be able to do today is dust and change bed sheet. I do not enjoy dusting, but it is a priority for me coz of my breathing problem.
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