Nora and Mike have just embarked...

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Nora and Mike have just embarked...
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Tue, 08-05-2014 - 4:41pm

on their search for their 'perfect' house in Midland.  They were leaving today and will spend a few days there.  Here's hoping they are successful!  What is everyone else up to this week? 

I am in the process of cleaning and reorganizing my art room.  It's a daunting task...or at least some of it.  I managed to clear out some books from my bookcase that I don't want to keep, and have otherwise dusted the shelves and rearranged those that are on the shelves.  I cleaned off the table I work on to do my art projects.  It's really a large enough sized drafting table.  I can't remember the last time I cleaned it and well, it sure needed it!  So that's done.  And then I tackled a set of plastic drawers that are located near my art table.  Got those cleaned out.  Tossed out stuff from it or relocated some of the drawers' contents.  However, now I am faced with the room's closet which has some shelves on the side on the inside of it, and well, otherwise, a whole lot of stuff..3 canvases, papers galore, old drawings and paintings on paper and oh, probably a lot more stuff...even things I've kept from university days!  I have to remove the easel from the closet and then systematically remove all that's in the closet and well, figure out what to do... keep and decide what is the best place to keep things or toss out. 

I also have a desk in that room and a folding table that holds a lot of stuff...drawings, and also next to that is a small filing cabinet.  All surfaces have 'stuff' on them...mostly paper art work and well, that and the closet are the hardest parts because I have to figure out what to store where properly.  I am really good at just laying things down on surfaces, thinking maybe that I'll get to putting it away some time later (or well, maybe not even thinking that far!).  I'm feeling a little overwhelmed at the moment.  I will have to resume working in that room sometime soon, but not sure about doing that today. 

But later today Ray and I are going to dinner at a very nice Italian restaurant.  Ray got some sort of special offer online (not sure how that came about in his email inbox) but he took advantage of it where we get to have a 4 course dinner with 'wine pairings' for a very reasonable price.  We may as well call it our wedding anniversary dinner.  We never did do anything for it last September, as far as I recall! 

On Wednesday Susanne may be coming into Calgary for shopping purposes.  But I'm not sure yet if she will.  She is going to call me in a little while to let me know what she's decided on - coming or not.  I help her out by doing the driving around the city as I'm most familiar with it and the traffic doesn't faze me like it does her! 

Thursday I get my hair highlighted and then on Friday I get a cortisone shot in each knee.  By Saturday we drive 7-1/2 hours to our friends' cottage in Saskatchewan for a birthday party!  It's a long drive but it's for a 70th birthday.  Then it's back home again on Sunday.  Monday is our second DS' birthday and if we can manage it, we hope to celebrate it on Sunday when we get home, invite him and his siblings over....hopefully we'll manage to arrive home at a decent hour so I can figure out what to cook and to buy a birthday cake! 

So that's what's on the agenda this week. 

What is everyone else up to?

Shirley

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Tue, 08-05-2014 - 5:39pm

I'm down in the city babysitting this week. I will head home after Noah's final baseball game on game & take both kids with me. I was a little worried about Noah as he has been spoiled by having 1:1 attention the last 3 wks from his other grandparents & then with his personal counsellor at camp. He has been excellent today & has spent most of the day playing by himself. We are going to the first of DDs baseball games tonight. I will bring the kids home when they have had enough.   She joined her new company leage in an attempt to help her peers see her looks don't define who she is. She is shy but people assume she is stuck up because of her looks & quietness. She is anything but.  She loves ball so this hasnt been any hardship & she is making work friends which is nice. All this networking is a pain but so required today.

I need to send my aunt flowers for her 90th birthday. Her daughters decided they didn't feel like having a party so planned just an immediate family restaurant lunch next Sun. I gather they aren't thrilled as my Mom invited herself & my uncle & his wife are flying in froom Oklahoma. My other aunt is having chemo treatments so she can't come but her daughet is planning on going. I would love to go but my Mom has told them I'm not available & is having her 2nd cousin drive 5 hrs to pick her up then another 2 1/2 hrs to the restaurant. I would love to go but it would upset my aunt to know my Mom lied & if I go then the 2nd cousin won't be welcome. So in the interest of being kind, I will stay away.  My Mom is such a bitch.   

I'm also going to spend time looking for new companies around our community that the volunteer committee I'm on can approach for donations to our town's Xmas holiday celebration.  I need to make a list if these companies so that I can distribute the names to the team. 

DS2 may be home this weekend to pick up things from the house for his new home. I dropped by to see it yesterday & the house is about 10 mins from where we used to live & almost the exact same house in style. He seems happy & so I hope sharing a house with another couple will work out for them. 

Im also checking out condos within a 10 hr drive for Oct.  DS2 said they would like to go away for a few days with us. Also, looking at island all inclusives for Dec as DD wants to have us go away with them for a week. 

Well time to get out of my sweats & put something on before we leave for the game. Hope everyone has a good week.

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Wed, 08-06-2014 - 9:14am

Well, we're back from Michigan (Sunday night) where dh spent most of the week working on his brother's house up there - I told him if that's our annual vacation, count me out! He can go up for small weekends on his own if that's all he wants to do!  We did get to eat out a few times, had some great food, got to 2 breweries (new microbrewery called Arclight in Watervliet, and New Holland in Holland), went up a big dune in Holland, rode ducks and dune buggies in Saugatuck... And to top it off we found a kitten stuck in BIL's lilac on Thursday, so after a vet visit up there (no chip) she took the long ride back with us - she's black and white, precocious, and adorable - anyone know anyone in the market for a15 week old kitten!?

We had our floors done while gone, but since we got back late-ish Sunday, and were tired Monday, and then dh worked late getting home at 7:30 last night, haven't really put anything back. I had some border above a chair rail in the diningroom that I took off (dated) - now we have to touch up that area before we put the monstrous/heavy china cabinet back in there.  So that's probably on tonight's agenda.  Then we'll do chores and do more house reassembly over the weekend...I'm tired..and this kitten is sure pestering the other 3 cats...

Sue

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Wed, 08-06-2014 - 8:41pm

Bree & I spent today with Rae & Layla (now offically nickmaned Grumpling).  I am a little concerned that Rae is suffering with post-partum depression.  She says she has no energy, or truth be told, ambition, to keep up the house, but with 3 cats, one a long-hair, she now has hairballs bigger than me in the corners.   She refuses to let me help because she feels she "ought to" be able to do it herself.

Between not getting the job close to home, being continually stressed over the wedding, and tired with her inconsolable baby, she's continually on the edge of weeping. 

We went to lunch, and to the park.  Rae didn't eat much, worried that Layla would start in the restaurant.  She was good for a while, but then I guess she got bored or sweaty, because no amount of feeding, changing, or carrying would calm her down.  She started in the park, and then cried all the way home.  45 minutes straight.  Rae was supposed to go to an exercise class, but I couldn't stay--I had to get Bree home to her mom-- and Rae said the childcare in the gym wouldn't keep the baby if she cried for more than 10 minutes.  So she had to cancel.  And she got weepy over that. 

I'll give it a couple more days, then try to talk her into seeing a Pdoc.  IF she can.  She switched over to Anthony's ins, because he added dependent coverage when Layla was born, and then adding Rae was cheaper than what she was paying for her own.  But they are giving her fits about covering her Concerta, asking for letters of medical necessity, and subjecting it to utilization review.  I shudder to think what they would need for a psych consult. 

Also took Sis-IL to the doc again this week, and went to the funeral for a friend's 29yo son, who died suddenly, of an aneurysm. 

We are supposed to go to the Wisconsin State Fair this Saturday, which we have done without fail for at LEAST 35 years, but neither of the kids and their families can go with, and I don't know if Ed is feeling it for us alone.  So, that's been my fun so far. 

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Wed, 08-06-2014 - 8:58pm

Sabr, I suppose a doctor would check with a blood test many aspects but I wonder if Rae has hypothyroid - only mention this because I came down with this after my last baby - was unbelievably tired and at first passed it off as just post partum tiredness but it didn't get better so I finally saw a doctor and he checked my blood for hypothyroid and that's what it was.  

Shirley

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Thu, 08-07-2014 - 9:25am
Oh Sabr, I feel so sorry for Rae. We called our 2nd child Grumpy Bear. He rarely slept & cried constantly. I could fall asleep any place, any time because I rarely got more than 30 mins of sleep at a time for a grand total of 3 hrs a day. DH couldn't figure out why our house wasn't spotless & his dinner wasn't on the table when he got home every night. His Mom did it with 5 kids and of course he didn't remember anything before the age of 10 when his youngest sibling was 5 and the oldest 15. Grrrr for me, it was just plain exhaustion & she is lucky to have you for help. Postpartum is serious. Here you don't need a specialist for treatment. A gp can handle unless it's extremely serious. Sandy had it after Noah & her GP gave her meds after doing blood work then checked in with her biweekly. I don't know much about your medical system except that it can be difficult to get support at times according to a few US medical investigations I did. Dee