Friday, and another weekend arrives...

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Friday, and another weekend arrives...
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Fri, 02-21-2014 - 4:52pm

What has everyone been up to this week?  Or what plans for the weekend?  I have been going to my exercise class (thoujgh we had Monday off as it was a civic holiday).  I'm embarrassed to admit that I've not been doing a whole lot else with my time.  Ray and I attended his train club's AGM on Saturday past.  He was elected Vice-President.  Before this he was acting secretary though he did a lot of the treasurer's job as the treasurer wasn't able to complete his term.  Unfortunately Ray came down with some sort of intestinal flu bug on Saturday - he managed to fake it pretty well through the meeting on Saturday though he thought it wasn't anything serious on Saturday morning - assuming it was a little intestinal upset that would pass.  Well, it didn't!  He was sick for the next 5 days!  He returned to work only yesterday, Thursday. 

For the past few weeks we've been working slowly on the project of changing/redcoraating this den/computer room where I sit and type these posts.  It's been a slow process, though a few weeks ago we settled on choosing an Ikea desk and matching bookcase for the room.  Though we hadn't purchased it right then.  The old desk here (a hand-me down we acquired many years ago and not a lovely piece of furniture) was finally taken away last Friday.  My son has a neighbour friend in the business of taking second hand items for resale or whatever...not sure what she does with stuff.  Anyway we gladly handed the old desk over to her.  Patrick and the neighbour's truck driver for the truck came to pick it up on Friday.  The arrangements to pick up the desk were made just the night before so that had us scrambling to empty our the drawers to the desk of 16 years of stuff!  16 years of now useless stuff!  Hundreds of those computer disks, computer cables and well, connection wires or whatever (I have no idea what for or from!), printer paper for a printer we don't even use now, and also many dozens of pens and pencils.  And lastly a drawer of notes (mostly mine, I do admit) that were seemingly important enough to keep whenever, but which now were all garbage! 

We took down two shelves attached to the wall above the desk.  And Ray had already removed from this room an old Ikea shelving unit (not for books but larger than that which held a printer and other things) and he brought it up to his 'office' (formerly one son's former bedroom).  He also took an antique Telex machine that was in this room.  I hated those two items which I considered mostly dust collectors which I never liked having to dust!  So they are his problems now!  (I don't mess with his stuff in his room).  We may replace an old metal filing cabinet in this room with one that matches the desk and a bookshelf we plan to buy.  And I need to go and find the right shade of orange-red for one wall ( a feature wall) and a more neutral beige-grey for the other walls.  We will even change the carpet in this room which like the rest of our carpeting in the house is not suitable for a rolling office chair.  Even if we put a plastic office pad under the chair, the carpet under was too plush and the weight of the chair (and person in it!) just made the plastic pad crack.  So we'll get a flatter type of carpet, we figure.  Anyway 16 years after moving in to this house I am happy to know this room will be changed to look a lot nicer than we've had it all that time. 

And that's about what's new with me here.  And what's new or what's happening with everyone else here?

Shirley

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Fri, 02-21-2014 - 7:37pm

Nothing so ambitious as redecorating here. This weekend will be a "same old stuff" kind of weekend. Enrique will go off somewhere to run ~25 miles on Saturday, and by the time he gets home, showers, and eats its getting late. Then he just wants to veg out which usually turns into a nap, not surprising as of course he is tired after all of that running and exposure to the elements. So scratch Saturday from "couple time". I always have puttering indoors and out to keep me busy...and probably a trip to Costco...Saturday is very crowded there but I didn't make it today.

This morning I got in a good workout on the bike. I had promised to pick up my SIL at the airport, her flight was delayed by almost 1.5 hours which set my schedule for the day back. We had agreed that she would treat me to lunch as a thank you for the taxi service, and we went to a place in the next neighborhood over. By the time she left I decided it was too late (traffic-wise) for Costco today.

Monday morning I have an 8am appt with the opthomologist. I think its time to get a new Rx for glasses. A few years ago I got glasses with progressive lenses but never got used to them. The "reader" part had my eyes looking down to the point of being uncomfortable. I use OTC readers for reading/computer/close work, I'm still okay with mid-distance, but the longer distances are becoming more of a problem such as trying to read road signs. So I think I will discuss getting an Rx for "driving" glasses and just deal with using 2 pairs of glasses instead of trying to have one pair that does everything. If anybody here uses progressives and has advice for me I'm open to hearing it---quickly before Monday!

Sunday night is the season finale of Downton Abbey, I do know that the episode is supposed to take place the following summer so I guess Edith's "problem" will be resolved but I wonder if they will leave us with some other issues unresolved. There will be a season 5 (which starts in Sept in the UK) and already I can't wait! 

We've been eating lots of green stuff out of my garden this week: kale, lettuce for salads, escarole (cooked, in a pasta & white bean dish), the last of the (orange) cauliflowers, and tonight I'm making lasagne using fresh Swiss chard in place of the usual frozen chopped spinach. The kale is the most prolific but sugar snap peas are doing well too. Its time to start planning the summer garden, it won't be long before it will be warm enough to plant tomato starts. On that note I'd better go out to harvest.

Hope everybody has a good weekend and enjoys the milder weather while it lasts!

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Fri, 02-21-2014 - 7:49pm

Not a lot happening here either. Kathy & her partner left here on Sunday-we're at the age & in the area where we look carefully at the weather & make travelling decisions accordingly. And Sunday seemed to be the best day for them to go back. It did help to have their company on those 2 "Firsts"-first Valentine's Day & first birthday without Adam. (I knew that anyway-but they are early to bed people-8:30. And when I came in on the 15th, after taking the dogs out-they are not terribly early to bed animals-I came in crying & both Mike & I were upset. Our distractions were asleep-we were on our own & we missed him)

The rest of the week has gone along quietly. I'm almost finished knitting that sweater I started for myself, I did finish the 9 robes I was doing for my hairdresser's salon-& will begin one for Kathy for her upcoming knee replacement surgery in April. The painting is done-now we need to have the hardwood floors sanded & re-finished & more "stuff" needs to be converted to "junk" status. Kathy took back boxes & boxes of books.

For a couple days, we've been enjoying above freezing temps-alas-it's just a teaser. The Polar Vortex will be back with a dose of reality by mid-week. Luckily our basement is high & dry. But the snowbanks have gone done significantly (I'm sure the aforementioned Polar Vortex will help take care of THAT!)-& I will probably go out tomorrow to scoop up more of the "Brown-snow-problem". Gotta love having dogs!

My grandson is in a hockey tournament in Italy...& Karen, his mother, is going as one of the mother/chaperones. I offered to go as team mascot-dressed in a Blue-Jay costume even, if I could go for free. I swear I could hear his eyes rolling on the phone (he's almost 12-lovely age!LOL)as he tried to explain that not everyone in the world knew the Blue Jays-besides they are baseball, not hockey. They go in April-so we get consolation prize-we get to go help our SIL with the 2 at home for a few days & that is just fine with us! What an opportunity! I told him I'd send him money for souvenirs if he promised to send us a postcard. We knew he was a good player-but to be in an international tournament-WOW.

So that's it for us-waiting for Winter to end so we can list the house & the rest of our life to begin.

Nora

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Sat, 02-22-2014 - 12:02am

Still mourning Moose--he passed on Monday.  I was just getting a little better, and then the vet sent us a small bouquet with a rose "in Memory", and I started crying again.  Bree said "Where Moose?" once, and then got so upset when I began crying that she hasn't said it since.  This has been so draining, both emotionally and financially, that I just can't seem to find my get-up-&-go.

Complicating things, Bree & I both are still having episodes of the runs.  It seems like this bug NEVER goes away.  Lolo is on & off pukey,  but that could be her pregnancy, too.  Rae has managed to not get infected, even tho we all were together last Sunday.  She has 6 weeks left of work, and is counting down the days

Speaking of Rae, her baby shower is Sunday.  Gifts have been arriving here from out-of-town friends who can't make the shower in person, however, they are not wrapped, so that is my job tomorrow.  Today, I sent a bunch of her baby pics to her SIL.  SIL is making a slideshow of Rae & Anthony's baby pics,  & ones of Rae & Anthony since she got PG, that will run on a laptop on the head table.  I think that's going to be cute.  The restaurant gave us a half hour to set everything up, before the guests begin arriving, so Rae's SIL, MIL, *my* SIL, my sister, Lolo & I are doing all that.

We had ONE warm day this week, and it poured rain.  Good job getting rid of the snow on the sidewalks and driveways.  Made me hope I could wear SHOES to the shower, instead of boots, but now it is cold again.  By Sunday, it will be in the teens, and snow is possible.  Woopee.

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Sat, 02-22-2014 - 7:43am
So sorry about Moose. It's always so hard....
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Sat, 02-22-2014 - 7:45am

Nice quiet weekend planned here - we're contemplating getting a dog (haven't had one for over 5 years) and dh's friend is bringing Patches over for a 2nd visit today; this one extended and without him staying while she's here - kinda excited about that! If it works out, he'll bring her crate and we'll have her overnight as well.

Otherwise went to dinner with one of dh's best friends (the guy who introduced us) and his wife last night at a local pasta place, and tomorrow we'll go to dh's one sister's for dinner, including ds (who has gone vegan 'with a little cheese'; SIL is vegetarian so I'm sure he'll be fine). 

Just super nervous at work about the project given to me last Sept that is finally getting some traction with the new owners to say, 'why are we considering wasting time and money on this?' (hard for us to present so that they don't think we're just not interested, but it's old technology and makes no sense to invest in) - hopefully a resolution will be made in the next few weeks.

DS called me yesterday - he gets to go to a ceramics conference next month in Milwaukee with 5 other classmates and is SO excited.  I told him I know it's not Japan but how great! Glad something special came up that he gets to be a part of!

Sue

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Sat, 02-22-2014 - 8:45am

Still in a slow time at work I am averaging a ittle over 6 hours a day, DH on the other hand has been swamped both at work and in the evening working from home. 

His plans for the weekend are to catch up with some chores, mainly outside.  Nothing much on my schedule, my normal grocery shopping trip this morning.  I have $20 in Kohls cash to spend so will probably do that also today. I had planned on getting back into running last year but DD1 cancer journey  kind of posponed that, but have been doing it this year.  An up to a three mile run and will do that later today. 

We finally got to see Lone Survivor which DH has been wanting to see on Wed.  Tomorrow we are going to see The Mounument Men which I have been wanting to see.   I have a friend at work who very much has the same taste in movies that I do.  We often recommend movies to each other. She saw it on Thurs and give her recommendation so I am pretty sure that I will like it. 

When our dog  Red passed the hospital sent us a rose. it  was a very plesant surprise.  It touched us all.  But they were absolutly wonderful in how they handled  it all. 

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Sat, 02-22-2014 - 10:01am

How fun for you Sue, to be test driving a furbaby!  I've had at least as many adoptions as I've had puppies--anywhere from 1 to 10 years old!  As long as your personalities mix, you should be fine.  Good thing she's crate trained.  The only one I could never crate train, was the 10yo, a German Shorthair.  He would go nuts, and hurt himself.  But he was a good boy, and never had a problem till the end, when his bladder control began to fail.  And he was 16 then!!

What kind is she?

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Sat, 02-22-2014 - 10:07am
'Nester, because we've always had multiple dogs, and because a fair number were older when we got them, we've also weathered a fair number of deaths. We LOVE our vet and his associate. They are by far the best we've even known. It makes SUCH a difference, when they care as much as you do.
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Sat, 02-22-2014 - 11:32am

I've been very busy all week. Elc - about progressives - I've been wearing glasses since 3 yrs. old.  My current prescription is progressive + sunglasses.  i.e. the top part is to see far away (driving); the bottom part is to read and the glasses get dark in sunlight.  It didn't pay for me to get seperate sunglasses or reading glasses since mine have to be prescription.  I'm nearsighted.  As for my busy week (schools were closed for winter recess so dh was off all week).  We filed our income taxes - complicated because of my unemployment status + starting a new business.  It was relatively easy with TurboTax - just time consuming gathering all the paperwork involved and making sure I was following IRS rules and getting everything I was owed.  My husband and I are shaking our heads that we're getting $10,000. in refunds but then that's how much I spent starting my real estate business, so it works out.  Next year will be just as complicated since dh will retire this June.

Besides doing income taxes, I also had laundry, food shopping, working on my real estate, attending Coldwell Banker workshops and training, errands, etc.  The workshops were 3 days (all day) and worse part was I fell on the ice on Thurs. in front of some luxury car dealearship.  Agents have to park away from the building & walk to Coldwell Banker meaning the walk was full of ice.  Ironically, the office is surrounded by luxury car dealers who have plenty of profits to shovel their sidewalk.  Their attitude seems to be if you're shopping for a Mercedes or Bentley, you drive up to the dealership & heaven forbid you walk on ice.  Today, we're going out to celebrate dh's birthday + a belated Valentine's Day.  We're bringing his father with us since at 93 yrs. there's no guarantee how long he will live, so David wants to spend as much time as possible with his Dad.  

Kathy

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Sat, 02-22-2014 - 12:30pm

She's a rescue mix who spent 2 years in Oklahoma in a shelter.  He took her to the vet today and the vet says she's stressed so no visit this weekend - she met our 2 cats a little over a week ago, and the timid cat even came to see her. The social one head butted her and she licked his face. So we thought this could work. But now I'm worried about the stress - I do know dh's friend is very taken with her so I wonder if he's sure he wants to let her go...  I'll try to attach her pic.

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