What's on your 'To Do' List May 1219?

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by hugs4evry1, May 12, 2008.

  1. hugs4evry1

    hugs4evry1 New Member

    Good Morning all....

    I just woke up from a nap at 4:00pm, didn't see a list yet so I thought I'd get the thread started for the week.

    I hope we hear from all who've been absent lately....you know how we all wonder and worry about you.

    I'm doing a bit better, not sure if it's because I've learned how to protect my leg (getting in and out of bed etc) or if it's just from having Katy here to help me out. Whatever it is, I'm happy to not be in so much pain anymore.

    Hugs all,

  2. EllenComstock

    EllenComstock New Member

    Hi, Girls:

    Well, the movers are work are in my building today, but I'm not hearing a lot of activity in the back of the building, which is where I am. I have put notes on my desk, computer, etc. for them to (hopefully) leave them here until after the 15th, which is my last day.

    Harry worked on his resume and I updated it this morning at work. He called a friend of his over the weekend about where he works. It sounds like a good place to work. Maybe things will work out for us again. His friend found out today that there is another job opening and called Harry. Harry called his friend's supervisor and they need somone right away. Harry has another friend with a fax machine. So the supervisor is faxing an application this afternoon and Harry will fax his resume and the application back. So now we will keep our fingers crossed.

    To-do list:

    - update Harry's resume (done)
    - FMS dr. appt.
    - finish vacuuming livingroom
    - pick up prescription

    That's all I can think of.

    Nancy: I'm glad your leg is better!

  3. greygodess

    greygodess New Member

    Not a lot of things going on this week.

    Walk most days
    church meeting
    blood work to retest thyroid level
    grandaughter's soccer game
    work on afghan
    hopefully do some housework.
    catch up on last couple of month's of magazines
  4. sorekitty

    sorekitty New Member

    Good Morning!

    I survived the weekend but I am in pain and my house looks like a train wreck! Luckily my nanny will come today and help clean up the party mess. We had 10 kids come for my son's 6th b-day party. We had a jumpy, pinata, lunch, cake and shear chaos (lol). Right after party we had son's t-ball game which would not have been so bad but they had the end of the year party a week early. This was due the one of the boys moving cross country. So we had an hour long party after that! My son wanted to be anywhere but with our group so I had to chase him down. Mother's Day I did get a nice card and a tile with son's handprint, and some bubble bath. But then we had brunch over at my sister's house for our mom. I think I mentioned that her husband just passed away and I didn't want her to be alone. After we came home I rested a little and then we met MIL for dinner out. My son doesn't do resturants very well and chinese well forget it! We brought his own meal with us (lol). I wanted Mexican but the resturants were crazy busy and the asian resturants seem to be less crowded. I was exhausted by then. But I sorta felt I needed to do these things. MIL husband had a terrible stroke and has been in a nursing home for over a year now. He is in real bad shape. My MIL has a torn tendon in her ankle and is in a brace. She will have to have surgery. So I just didn't feel I had a choice. KWIM?

    So today I don't HAVE to do anything. But I will

    ~make a few phone calls
    ~pick up son from kindergarten
    ~write out questions for pediatrician appt tomorrow
    ~epsom salt bath

    Nancy-I am so sorry about your leg. I am glad you are feeling much better pain wise.

    Ellen-Congrats on your new job. That sounds like perfect amount of hours for you.

    Greygodess-Nice to meet you. Enjoy your week of not too much to do.

    Isn't Lenore having her knee surgery this week? Hope she is well.

    Molly aka sorekitty
  5. alaska3355

    alaska3355 New Member

    Missing in Action here.....I was out of town the past two days, and before that I was crazy busy. I went with two students to a music competition and accompanied them, and one of them won! So that was exciting for her and for me too!

    So I'm glad to be back and catching up on everyone's lives.

    Our daughter is due any day now in Alaska......we will go up for about 9 days in June, so I'm praying all goes well with the upcoming delivery and our trip.

    Nancy- I hope your leg continues to get better while hubby is away. Is Katy still relishing her role as caretaker?

    Molly- It's nice of you to help your sister when she's down. How awful to lose her husband. I'm guessing he wasn't very old either.

    Linda- I'm sure you are emotionally and physically exhausted from the weekend's move, but try to check in with us and let us know how you're doing. How is your son's chronic fatigue? It must have been a tough move for both of you.

    Ellen- you will be off soon! I hope the resume helps your hubby get a job and that you will enjoy your time off.

    To Do:
    Teach piano students
    Do some errands around town

    Have a good day!
    [This Message was Edited on 05/13/2008]
  6. EllenComstock

    EllenComstock New Member

    Hi, Girls:

    Harry faxed the application and resume for the trucking job and all we can do now is wait and hope that he gets the job. A regular job with set hours would be wonderful for us. No more of this sitting by the phone hoping that the company calls with work for the day. Harry is getting excited talking about the job. He really needs to get back to work. He is getting so bored just sitting around the house and I think it would be good for his spirit to start working again (not to mention our checking account!) He told me that other day that he feels like he's let me down by not working steady, but I told him it's not his fault the way the economy has been.

    My last day of work is Thursday, although I have an extra project that just came my way, so I may also work Friday, which is okay (a little larger paycheck). I am looking forward to the time off, but it will be even nicer if my husband has a job. So we shall see.

    Molly: Sounds like your house was pretty lively with the birthday party. Good thing you will have help with the clean-up. You are a good sister to look after your sister who has lost her husband. He must not have been too old when he passed away.

    Nancy: Is your leg still doing pretty well? How is Katy feeling? I hope her husband isn't being a jerk right now. That's the last thing you need.

    Terri: Will this be your first grandchild? You've probably said before, but I have a terrible memory.

    To-do list:

    -get groceries
    -pool therapy class
    -leftovers for dinner
    -put away yesterday's dishes (done)
    -call dentist to schedule Jim and my teeth cleaning(done)
    -print more of Harry's resumes (done)

  7. LenoreR

    LenoreR New Member

    Hey everyone!!!!

    I am so sorry I haven't been around. Things went downhill with all three kids at once (and Bob's daughter too) so I think I turned into Supermom Firefighter. No; actually, I was hiding with Linda on the Island to get away from all this stuff! <grin> I leave for the hospital in about an hour, but I HAD to get this in. I've glanced the thread last week and I know I worried some of you-- for that I am very sorry. The kids are off to Dad's until next Monday so I can recuperate in peace (actually, Lila is coming tonight to "help out").

    Nancy, the last episode I read was that you had that horrible injury and a husband leaving town. I see that Katy is with you. I hope that's good and she's helpful and not bad that her husband is being jerky. I'm glad you got some relief and hope the injury works itself out with time.

    Molly, I completely "get" your crazy weekend. My son couldn't "do restaurants" until he was about 11, and still has to bring something with him like a DS and he's 16! These kids just have such sensory issues...... I hope you get a chance to relax this week.

    Ellen, big move, new job, new hours, Harry possibly in a new job-- where HAVE I been? I hope, hope, hope that you don't overdue the office move. When do you start the new one? Now or next semester? I saw you had an FMS dr appt. Let us know how it goes.

    Linda, have you been tippling at the ice wine again in the mornings and too giddy to check in? I'll bet your excited for your daughter's visit. Have a wonderful time with her!

    Grey, I must have missed your coming on board, pun intended. Welcome, welcome! I hope the bloodwork for your thyroid level comes back normal. Enjoy your grandson's soccer game! Let us know how he did in the game.

    Has Anne Theresa checked in lately? The other Molly? Anyone I missed?

    Thank you all SO MUCH for your good wishes. Last year around this time things got really stressful at home. People would ask me when I would relax and I said "when I'm under anesthesia", since I had back to back surgeries last June and July. Unfortunately, that's where I find myself again. Nancy, I'm hearing loud and clear from a few weeks ago when you said I wasn't listening to my body. I've been like a drill sargent since you said that making the kids and Bob step up to their responsibilitites. What you said never left my head and I HAVE implemented putting me first sometimes, so I thank you and owe you big time for that. I will groggily check in this week-- no kids and friends coming over three times a day to check on me and bring food. I'm one very lucky lady to have physical friends who care and my friends here who care. You all mean a lot to me.

    To Do:
    Knee surgery

    Wow, ever see my list so short?!? lol

    Hugs to everyone,
  8. LenoreR

    LenoreR New Member

    Hi ladies,

    I made it through the surgery well. I'm starting to have pain now, but wanted to let you all know that I am home.

  9. hugs4evry1

    hugs4evry1 New Member

    First of all, I love the weeks when everyone checks in as I treasure everyone on this thread. You ladies keep me sane!!!!

    Grey, great to hear from you again. I too love to crochet, but it gets too hot in the summer time to work on afghans for me. I usually do most of mine in the winter time.

    Molly, I'm glad you survived a house full of kids and I'm glad you'll have some help with the clean up.

    Terri, you must be so excited about the new family member. If you get a chance, please post when the baby's born so we know things are ok.

    Ellen, I hope things go well with Harry's resume and that things are beginning to look up for you two.

    Will we hear from you when you're off work?

    Lenore.....I'm so happy we got to hear from you and that your surgery went well. Any chance your ex could keep the kids a week longer to help give you some more recovery time?

    I'm glad my advice was taken with the spirit it was intended. When I was a kid, my Mom did everything for us too and in her generation, I guess it was thought to be her place in life.

    I've never been as good as my Mother, so I raised my kids differently. When I found out they were trading lunches when Katy was in kindergarten, I made them make their own each night. That way they learned about food and responsibility.

    When they were 10, they each had a night to cook every week. Menu planned, I supervised and they began to understand what it's like to guess what everyone is hungry for....then the complaints stopped.

    They also started doing their own laundry at 10 too. Although I quit putting it away years before that. I was too picky to see their messed up drawers so I let them do it.

    Families shouldn't be about one person doing everything. I think it helps them learn about true teamwork if they all pitch in to help. When things get rough, and they will...everyone should work together to set things right. It's a great life lesson and will help them through many tough times in the years ahead.

    Sorry, got on my soapbox again...Lenore, please keep us updated if you can, I know I love to hear from you!

    Anne Theresa, you're at the top of my worry list right now...did you decide to stay at the coffee house with your book and cappuccino?

    Hugs all,

  10. alaska3355

    alaska3355 New Member

    To Ellen:
    I have one granddaughter who is 4 and this will be her new baby sister. I've already begun buying girl clothes and my daughter and SIL are excited to have another girl. I really love my SIL- he is the best we could have had in every way.

    Anne Theresa- Hope you are OK....let us know how you are doing.

    Lenore- knee surgery does not sound fun. And you're home- is there anyone to help?

    Linda- I'm thinking about you and hope you are recovering from the move.

    Nancy- Granddaughter #2 is due May 20th, but I'll definitely keep you posted. How's the leg? When does hubby get back?

    Gotta run, so I can't post a to-do list today!
  11. EllenComstock

    EllenComstock New Member

    Hi, Girls:

    We are still waiting to hear about Harry's job prospect. Of course we know we can't expect to hear back right away. There are two other people applying for the job and they also said they would be contacting Harry's present and past employers. So that takes time.

    Today I FINALLY go in for my root canal. After waiting all these months I will finally get this tooth taken care of. I'm not looking forward to it, but it will be nice not having this tooth aching anymore and to be able to eat and drink normally again. I've been struggling with this tooth since last fall. This dentist told me that having a root canal isn't any worse than having a filling done. People tell me differently, so we'll see.

    I am going to pick up Jim this afternoon and spend a little time with him. He said he doesn't mind waiting in the dentist's office. I have a couple of errands to run afterward.

    Lenore: I'm so glad you got your knee surgery over with. Now you just need time to heal. I think you said your ex is having the kids for a week? At least that will give you some time to yourself. Come on here as often as you feel up to it.

    Sorry I'm not responding to everyone, but I should get back to work. And, yes, I will keep in touch with everyone over the summer.

  12. AnneTheresa

    AnneTheresa Member

    Hello friends,

    Sorry I missed checking in earlier, I've been feeling unwell and not on-line. I see the doctor tomorrow (follow-up re x-rays & breathing test) and I expect to feel better after seeing him, having my questions answered and getting some new medication to help me breathe.

    Lenore - I'm glad you're through your surgery and I hope your recovery is complete & soon. It's nice you have friends to check in on you, make sure you get your meals etc. I hope you get lots of rest and that the pain is minimal.

    Molly, I'm glad your son's party was a success. I know how strenuous such things can be when you have FMS but he'll have these happy memories for the rest of his life. My sons are in their 30's, yet they happily recall their childhood birthday parties and other fun events.

    Nancy, I appreciate your notion of family as a team and I agree with your ideas. I tried to raise my sons to be self-sufficient and thus far, they've been getting along well in the world. This reminds me, I have an update about Steve (who injured his eye last summer; a metal stake went through the eye) so I hope it's okay to segue into that from here:)

    Steve's eye (injured in August) is still not healed, though it looks great from the outside. Steve's vision is fine but he's only gets about 8 hours before it goes into double vision and then he has to wear his eye-patch. He gets headaches every day.

    The specialist advised against surgery due to the complexity & risk involved and so instead Steve's going to have a prism 'glued' to his eye. This will change the way light enters his eye, taking some of the pressure off, in the hopes it will heal. It's a long-term treatment with no guarantees but Steve is still so grateful that he didn't lose the eye, he's not complaining.

    Terri, you must be very excited about a new grand-baby on the way. I hope all goes well.

    Grey-Goddess, it's good to 'see' you. It sounds like you have some interesting things on your to-do list this week. Attending your grand-daughter's soccer game sounds like a particularly enjoyable event. Have fun!

    Ellen, I hope Harry gets the job. That would be wonderful, particularly now, as you're going off for the summer. I'm sure you'll be glad to have your root canal behind you - I had two of them and didn't find the procedure to be too unpleasant. I suppose it depends on the dentist. I'm glad you're going to see Jim for a bit and I hope it's a nice visit.

    To-Do List

    My house is in a state of upheaval due to the washroom renovation, ongoing. All I've been doing is keeping things picked up and from time-to-time vacumming saw-dust.

    I made a crockpot full of soup yesterday and so I'll heat some of that for dinner. Then, after dinner, sweetie and I are going for a walk, perhaps we'll see a movie.

    God bless,
    Anne Theresa

  13. hugs4evry1

    hugs4evry1 New Member

    Good morning all...

    Ellen, I hope Harry gets the job too, it would be so helpful for both of you.

    How's Jim doing? Is he back on his meds yet?

    Anne Theresa, so good to hear back from you... I hope your doc appt goes well today and you get something to help relieve your symptoms.

    Thank you for the update on your son. I remember his injury well and hope that things continue to get better for him. Sorry to hear he's still suffering from the effects of this injury.

    Terri, I'm so glad you like your SIL, I can only imagine how that would feel, lol!

    I'm sending Katy home tonight to spend some time with her husband. He has to leave for business on Saturday so he'll be gone for a week, and I know how much she wants to spend a bit of time with him.

    I've got a list of things for her to do today to help me make it until hubby gets home on Sunday morning and I should be ok.

    The good thing about this is that she's finally well enough to be on her own for a week without him. And she's back in the habit of writing again after getting encouragement from me, so that will keep her busy too.

    So I'll do up another week of pills for her today while she does my laundry and gets some meals ready for me to eat the rest of this week.

    I honestly think I'll be ok for a few days on my own and I'll be on my own next week while hubby works anyway. I just have to use my crutches when I can and try not to over do things.

    Sorry, didn't sleep much last night so I'm pretty tired today.

    Hugs all,

  14. alaska3355

    alaska3355 New Member

    Ellen- Happy last day of work! I hope you will stay in touch over the summer. When do you return to work?

    Nancy- yes, we are blessed to have a great SIL. I hope and pray things will be different for your daughter and her hubby.....and that you are slowly on the mend. Be careful while you are by yourself.

    Linda- I hope things go well for your son in his new place. You asked about my son- he is doing well with his new job. He works a late shift....from 6 p.m. until 2:30 a.m.- but he is sleeping well when he gets home. I make sure the twins don't practice their instruments until he's up for the day, so he can get some sleep. His recovery from CFS truly has been an answer to prayer.

    Anne Theresa - I hope the doctor can help you with your breathing problems. It sounds like you're finally getting some warmer weather.

    Lenore- take good care while you're recovering! Write when you can- we enjoy your updates!

    To Do:
    The boys are having standardized tests today, so I get a break from homeschooling! Think I'll make some strawberry jam. I love freezer jam, made with Ball pectin. They have a low sugar recipe that my cousin calls "dangerous jam." It's dangerous because it's so good!


  15. AnneTheresa

    AnneTheresa Member

    Hello all. I feel pretty good today after a few days under-the-weather and, as usual, I'm left in awe of this illness and how I can go from (relatively) good to bad and back so frequently and seemingly without cause.

    I used to keep a detailed journal to track pain and many variables (food, meds, sleep, stress, weather, activity, mood, etc.) to see if I could find some patterns or incidents of cause & effect.

    Beyond the obvious factors of sleep & stress levels, the tracking didn't help me connect the dots or answer any of my questions as to how and why I'm so up and down. The best I can do is go with the flow, roll with the punches, take it one day at a time. All those wonderful old clich├ęs make a lot of sense to me these days.

    Nancy, I hope you do okay with Katy away this eve. and I hope Katy has a nice time with her husband before he leaves on his business trip. I bet it does your heart good to see Katy doing so well(God bless her, she lives with the ups & downs like many of us).

    I'm glad to hear Katy's writing again - creative writing or keeping a journal can go a long way to enrich a life. Take care of yourself while on your own and rest.

    Linda, I'm glad your thyroid meds are working better and I hope they continue to do so. It's a tricky business isn't it? Myself, I alternate daily between two doses of synthroid and, though it can be confusing for me to keep track of the pills, it seems to do the trick.

    I hope you come to enjoy your empty nest. I have mixed feelings about my own - on the one hand, I love my solitude, peace & quiet; on the other hand, I miss the daily hustle and bustle of family life and the ongoing conversations.

    The best part about having my sons grown is the opportunity to know and relate to them as adults. It's a whole new phase of motherhood that I've come to cherish.

    Dangerous Strawberry Jam - that sounds lovely, Terri. You always seem to have such interesting domestic projects on the go.

    Sweetie and I made peach freezer jam one year and it was beyond delicious. I'd like to make it again, perhaps this year. The best thing about home cooking, baking, freezing & canning is the ability to control the ingredients.

    I hope you enjoy your day off from schooling and that your sons do well on their tests.

    To-Do List

    sweep hardwood floor, damp mop
    put dishes away, clean counters & sink
    empty wastebaskets
    water plants
    doctor's appointment
    walk with sweetie (if the rain stops)

    God bless,
    Anne Theresa
  16. EllenComstock

    EllenComstock New Member

    Hi, Girls:

    It's almost time for me to leave work, so this will be short. Tomorrow is my last day, so I will be on here tomorrow, too. I will be on here over the summer.

    My root canal yesterday was a breeze! The dentist said there would be no pain and he meant it! He really numbed the area really well. The whole side of my face was numb when he got done. The whole procedure took about 45 minutes. I have to not eat on that side for about five days to give it time to heal.

    I had thought I was done spending money on that tooth, though. He said I now have to go back to my regular dentist and have a crown put on, which I wasn't happy to hear. At least I do have dental insurance, which will cover have of it.

    Now if Harry will just get that job! We still haven't heard anything yet, but hopefully we will soon.

    To-do list:

    -pool therapy class
    -vacuum laundry room
    -clean laundry tub

    Well, it's time to leave work. Take care everyone.

    Lenore and Nancy: hope you are doing okay.

  17. ksp56

    ksp56 Member

    Hi Everyone!

    I see that many have been feeling bad, or have had surgery, pulled muscle in thighs, etc. Hopefully, recoveries, and healing will find it's way to you all soon!

    We had a very nice vacation. The weather was great. We had SUN, for more than one day! I'd forgotten this naturally occurs in many areas! LOL Jim and I really enjoyed being alone. It's different when you are away from all stress. I know you all can appreciate that.

    Came home with energy, got the house dusted and floors done, finished laundry yesterday. Today, I didn't get out of bed until almost 1 p.m.! Weather here, has been changing every day, and this hurts my body the most, if there is dampness/humidity. I'm doing nothing today. I feel as if I'm starting to flare, some. Trying to head it off.

    I missed all of you! Please take care be, it health problems, recoveries, employment for our family ones,and recovery from surgery. You are all in my thoughts and in my heart...


  18. hugs4evry1

    hugs4evry1 New Member

    Good Morning all,

    Kim, it's wonderful to hear from you again!!!

    Terri and Anne Theresa, the jam sounds wonderful, I always learn new things reading this thread.

    My daughter worked her butt off yesterday getting things ready for me to be alone for a few days. She really was a joy to have around the house these past 10 days and I know that she can really feel good about how much she helped out.

    Since her husband isn't complimentary at all, this was new for her to be so appreciated.

    A friend from my husband's work brought my mail over to me and I got my Bernina sewing machine that I won on E-bay last week. I'm trying to figure out a way I can cut fabric without getting down on the floor so I can still sew a bit.

    Also got my new sheets in and Katy changed them for me so I even have fresh sheets. They took so long to come in the mail that I thought I didn't order them, and just got done ordering new one's 2 days ago, oops!

    She did my laundry so I have fresh jammies to wear this week and even put my meals in single serving containers for me. I usually end up eating standing up in the kitchen when I'm on my own so I can still use the crutches, otherwise it's too much back and forth carrying things.

    Sorry to go on so long when I don't even have a 'to do' list at all.

    Lenore, you doing ok hon?

    Hugs all,

  19. EllenComstock

    EllenComstock New Member

    Hi, Girls:

    Today is my last day of work before my summer break! I have been working all morning on little things that need to be done before I leave. I have about 45 minutes left. Just a couple of things I need to do.

    Harry drive me in to work today. We are going out for lunch to celebrate my last day of work and his new job! Everything is turning out in our favor at last!

    I will be going over to the library a couple of times a week to check in with all of you while I am off.

    To-do list:

    -lunch with husband
    -stop in at the Hope Center and check in on Jim
    -stop at the bank
    -wash bedding
    -pay bills

    To-do list for the weekend:

    -clean corner cupboard in the livingroom
    -wash gloves, scarves, and hats and put away for the
    -clean coat closet

    Have a good weekend, everyone! Talk to you next week!

  20. LenoreR

    LenoreR New Member

    Hi everyone!

    Ellen, did you just sneak in that Harry got the job? I had to go back through the week to see how it came about. I'm so happy for you that financially things are starting to turn around! And you're seeing Jim, which must ease your heart a bit. With being off for the summer, perhaps you will have more time to yourself, like getting that crown and such. I'm glad the root canal went well. I've had four, yes four of them and three were over crowns, which ruined the natural look of them. Count your blessings that yours was done before a crown was put on.

    Nancy, when are you going to make ME jammie pants?!? I love the ones I saw in your profile a while back with coffee cups on them. I can't even sew on a button (no lie) but my friend Abby is very good with a sewing machine. If I have enough money left over from paying for sleepaway camp for Noah and Lila, home repairs (screen door, doggie door, window washed, fountain fixed, etc), and Josh's football, I'm thinking about buying one so when Abby comes to visit, she can make jammie pants for me too (she always ends up repairing buttons when she comes). How's that thigh feeling? Is surgery in your future? It was so nice of Katy to help you out so much and make dinners for you while your hubby is still away. I've been overwhelmed with food brought by from friends-- I think there's a week's worth here and more coming today! I hope you enjoy your "alone time", and I also hope you have a backup plan like a friend to come by if you tank. I liked your analogy of a family as a team. I had originally intended on all the kids going to their other parent for this week, then Lila said she really wanted to be with me Tuesday night to "help". I realized that at almost 14, she needed to have a voice instead of my dictating where she would be. She did stay Tuesday, then Bob's daughter Leslie asked if she could stay too. So the girls were here and we had a picnic dinner in my bedroom. My ex brought the boys over for a few minutes too so they could see that I had come through the surgery *fine*. They also wanted to stay, so I explained that I was just about to go to sleep and would still be sleeping when they left for school and then they didn't feel left out. Nancy, I am learning so much from you I feel like you are Lucy in the Peanuts comic strip and I need to send you that quarter! :)

    Terri, I didn't realize you were such a "happy homemaker", making strawbeery jam. My mom did that most of my life. I didn't get the "make the jam" gene from her-- I've tried and failed twice. It's kinda funny because I'm known amongst family and friends as a gourmet cook, and have taken classes all over the country, including the Culinary Institute of America. I can make mouth watering complicated dishes, but I can't make rice a roni! Go figure. I can't make jam either; I'm such a ditz. It must be so exciting waiting for your newest addition. I'll send up a prayer tonight that the last weeks go well for her and that she and baby have an easy childbirth. Keep us posted!!!

    Kim, you're back!! I'm so glad that the vacation went well for you. I sounds like you were able to pace yourself well and have some real quality time with just Jim. I'm so glad it turned out to be such a great trip for you. I hear you on the weather changes--they affect me pretty badly too. We're having unusually warm weather for May. Today they are predicting 100 degrees where I live, and five days from now about 80 degrees. The extreme heat gets to me, as does fast outdoor temperatures. Do your best to head off the flare sweetie by taking it easy and perhaps staying indoors with your house temperature at a warmth/cool that works best for you. Since I'm stuck indoors for the most part with this knee, that's what I've been doing. Just a suggestion, and I hope it helps you out.

    Anne Theresa, golly I'm so sorry about Steve's eye. I also have never heard of such a surgery, but with the advances in medicine it sounds like the best option for him. How did your doctor visit go? Any new or better relief? Keep us updated.

    Linda, I just KNEW you would joke about my to do list from Tuesday. I kinda wrote it just for your benefit! ;-) I must have missed something somewhere because your post sounds to me like you just moved to a new house. Am I right? I saw you are pacing instead of pushing-- me too and good for you!

    OK, enough about you guys! lol I have gotten through the week with "better living through chemistry" to keep the pain at bay. I actually learned how to give myself an injection, something I never dreamed I could do. I've had someone over every morning, lunchtime and afternoon to check in on me. Bob spent the whole day yesterday working from here (SUCH a Jewish grandmother!). I was sleeping at lunchtime, so he had a lovely lunch with my friend Debbie, who also brought dinner for us. I slowly moved my medication from every four hours to every five hours and I'm shooting for six hours today (pun intended). It's hurting quite a bit right now and it's been a little under five hours. Yesterday my throat hurt like hell, and my temp went up to 101.2. I called the doctor who said to take Motrin and if I still had a fever in the morning, I'd have to be seen. This morning my temp was 99.6 so I don't think there's an infection brewing. I tried to sneak a peak of the incision and was able to see a bit of it--all those ugly black stiches made me look no further!!! So, to sum it all up, I'm really doing fine and have had lots of help, for which I am grateful. Bob's hovering makes me crazy, but he's been great at keeping it to a minimum so I'm grateful for him too. Last week we had a long discussion about my DDs, him wanting to take over and treat me like I am in diapers, and my need for some control over my illness. The discussion led to a "dos and don'ts" list on a yellow pad of what he could and could not do, and we haven't had a single squabble about that since. The timing was unintentional but perfect because this week he has just been a great big hugable teddy bear. Nancy, you wise woman you, I am continuing to take your advice about taking it slow and working out conflicts, and I am much happier for it. Hmm, another quarter to you?

    OK, time for my to do:
    clean up my desk
    go through mail
    plan son's baseball party for two weeks from now
    redo my spice cabinet (everyone in there and putting stuff away wrong from Passover has me nuts)

    See Linda, not so bad! I'm thinking that these things don't require my full brain function and are doable when I'm not sleeping.

    Thanks to ALL of you for checking in on me. I'm so glad I had the opportunity and cognitive function to write today (at least I thought I did so if I messed up somewhere, blame the Demerol--ha ha)and I loved reading all about what you guys are up to this week. Have a great weekend everyone--I'm planning to read in my new swing in my cleaned up, colorful garden when it's not too hot-- and pray that we all have a restful, low pain/fatigue weekend!!!