Olympics Or ??

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Tue, 02-11-2014 - 10:49am

Everyone seems to be absent from the board-my excuse (alibi? reason?)is well documented-how often can I claim to hate all things Winter? Which, by the way, I still do. But the rest of you-are you watching the Olympics-if so, which events hold your interest the most?

I have to admit-I am not watching much this year. I will probably watch the women's hockey game-assuming we get to the finals. And the men's final too-but I am finding the whole Olympics hard this time around. Last time-2010-not only were they in Vancouver, Canada-but Adam & I were enjoying them together. And I was totally unaware that it was his last time to enjoy them with me.

Several people have said that this year will be the most difficult-this is the year of "firsts". And I hope they are right-this month is the first Valentine's Day-& while picking out cards for our grandchildren, my eyes kept going to the ones that said "To our Son, with Love". I got the ones I needed, but it was not easy. In fact, Mike had to help me find the last couple-he'd gone off to find something else & came back to find me in a sad fog.

But back to the Olympics-what are you most interested in? I know Elspeth enjoys the bike races in the Summer Olympics-but what about Winter? Or is there anything to equal that? I used to love the figure skating-but the talk of scandal in the marking kind of turns my stomach, as well as the reason I just gave.

Nora

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Tue, 02-11-2014 - 12:24pm

I guess I'd say individual ice skaters (vs. ice dancing, etc.) - I haven't been watching much at all (but never really have in the past either) - the little 15 year old girl from Russia was amazing the other day in her free program (I didn't see the short one) - I'm so glad she got gold. 

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Tue, 02-11-2014 - 12:29pm

I was just going to post my catch-up, and adding here is probably better than headlining.  No, no Olympics here.  My Mom used to love watching the winter games, but I never caught the bug, and after she passed, it was done for me. 

Our last few weeks have been a rollercoaster.  I had begun potty training Bree, which involved MANY trips to the potty per day.  In addition, she realized that she could use the potty chair as a step stool, and whenever my back was turned she'd lug it over to a counter or to the doors to work on the deadbolts.  So I had to put the potty out of reach, or lock the bathroom door till the moment we were going to use it, which kind of renderd the whole thing pointless.  Then, the day after her parents took her to see Disney on Ice, along with the unwashed masses,  she laid down for a nap, woke up screaming, and vomited ALL over my bed.  Repeatedly.  Then all over me, and then Ed.  And then the runs began.  She would simply stand stock still, and you'd hear a fire hose.  I did so much laundry that week, it wasn't EVEN funny.  Then Lolo caught it, then me.  And it hangs on forever.  This is Bree's 3rd week, and she's STILL having occasional runs, altho we've finally got her eating again.  

Then, on SuperBowl Sunday, which also happened to be BOTH Lolo & Will's birthdays, my blind Boston, Moose, stopped eating and drinking.  By Monday morning, all he did was lay there--wouldn't even walk out to pee.  Ed was already at work, & while I was waiting for the vet to open, the gut virus hit me.  Thank God I'd told the kids to keep Bree home because I couldn't corral her AND carry the dog to the vet.  So for 4 days (during ANOTHER huge snowstorm w/ below freezing temps) we took him to the vet in the morning, & brought him home at night, while they gave him IV's, antibiotics, every test imaginable, and finally did exploratory surgery.  Friday, they said they STILL didn't know exactly what was wrong, but they couldn't do anything more, we cried and cried, and made plans to put him to sleep.

Saturday morning, he got up, walked, and drank water--his first independent drink in almost a week.  We couldn't pull the plug. As I write, he is sleeping on the floor next to me.  He eats CRUMBS, a bit at a time, if I hand feed him.  But he will drink, and has been able to walk outside and back under his own steam.  We know we are only prolonging the inevitable, but as long as he is not in any pain, and is able to still do some of his normal activities, we will wait.  Vets best guess is throat cancer, because we all can feel the mass.  Needle bxs were negative, but they could have put the needle right NEXT to the abnormal cells.  It's probably constricting the esophagus, because the vet had a hard time intubating him for the surgery.  But all these flat faced dogs have a hard time with that ANYWAY, so even that was not conclusive.  I was crying for days, but have finally accepted things. 

Then Sunday past, while Lolo was here helping me make favors and decorations for Rae's baby shower, she told Ed & I that she was PREGNANT!!!  Since her last delivery was so horrible, she had said she NEVER wanted to go thru a pregnancy again.  Well, there must have been leak in the raincoat around New Years Eve.  And she will not abort, so here we are.  They are BOTH getting everything snipped after the baby comes.  And THAT day, happens to be 5 days before Rae & Anthony's "formal" wedding in October--the one that had already been planning when they found out they were going to parents.  Lolo & Will decided to tell no one except Ed and I, untill Rae's baby shower is over. 

And getting back to Rae...  The shower plans are almost done.  Of the 70 guests invited, 12 are from our side.  Rae's SIL & MIL to be are paying 2/3s of the bill, and so it has mostly been THEIR wishes for the shower "theme", etc.  Altho Rae knew we were planning a shower, the particulars were supposed to be a surprise.  However, when her SILTB told her she must wear pink that day, she called me in a meltdown, because she had wanted an "adult" shower--not one with booties and paci's hanging everywhere.   I basically told her to grow up, and be happy people were GIVING her a big party with lots of things for the BABY. 

Then there is this: she and Anthony are getting married on Valentine's Day, by a judge.  They wanted to be married before the baby comes, but do NOT want anyone there with them, since they are wanting the October wedding to be their "real" one.  (The one which has a guest list now approaching 200, 25 of which are "ours".)  EXCEPT, the Catholic Church will NOT marry them outside of the actual church, and also will not marry couples with a child until the child is a year and a day old.  So they have arranged for the "ceremony" to take place in one of the formal gardens of the Arborteum, and are having their friends, who are "internet" ministers, officiate at THAT wedding.  And to put the cherry on top, Anthony wants to be married by a priest, so they might have a THIRD wedding.  Ed now thinks the whole thing is a joke, and I have a friggin migraine.

Spring cannot come fast enough.

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Tue, 02-11-2014 - 1:35pm

OMG-Sabr-Ed is wrong, it isn't a Joke, it is a Soap Opera. Better your life than mine. I feel dizzy from just reading all of that!

Are you going to keep all 3 grandchildren or will Bree go to Nursery school or daycare or ??

Forget the trip to warmth at either Elspeth's or Emptynester's-I think we all need to meet at your place to give you a hand & bring bagsful of sanity from all ends of the continent to give you for the year or so-if we each bring you 2 bags of sanity, & you open one bag a month-that should carry you over until every one is married & all grandbabies are born?

Sending hugs your way-& good wishes for poor Moose. We had to have our poor Pound-puppy, Lady, put down last Winter due to very fast spreading mouth cancer. When she couldn't even drink-it was time. And I admit, dealing with Adam's imminent demise made the decision more urgent.

Nora

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Tue, 02-11-2014 - 8:40pm

I'm around, just busy. Although after reading Sabr's tale I'm not that busy, and glad of it! I've watched a little bit of the Olympics but somehow I'm just not into it this year. 

I've been dealing with health insurance issues. I don't want to start a debate about the Affordable Care Act or systems of health care, so I will just say that I was given a variety of misinformation from my health insurance company and I need to make some big decisions regarding a new plan before Feb 15 so I have been spending a lot of time on the phone (mostly on hold) trying to get enough facts to make an informed choice.

We're in for some nice warm weather. We got a decent rainfall last Thursday, it was much needed here in drought-land. The house-call vet is coming to see Coco on Thursday, she does charge more than the vet clinic but hopefully it will be worth it for the cat to be more relaxed in her familiar surroundings. Our anniversary is next Monday, we're talking about going somewhere for an overnight to celebrate. And dd--my "baby"--turns 28 on Tuesday, how did THAT happen?!

Other than that, just keeping occupied with the usual stuff. Hope everybody is managing to keep warm and not slip and slide everywhere.

Sabr, I will second Nora's question: are you even considering watching 3 grandchildren? What if they're all like Bree? Just put on the straightjacket now!

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Wed, 02-12-2014 - 10:43am

Congrats on the new grandchild, Sabr. And sorry to hear about your dog.

I am not watching the Olympics as much as I did last time. But I am following it; doesn't matter what sport.  I am a fan of all the sports. But I  have been watching only  replays of performances because I am too busy during the day (still painting, slow since I am doing it.)

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Wed, 02-12-2014 - 6:20pm

I am hoping to be able to watch all three, altho having the next ones be 6 months apart will be a challenge for sure.   We are planning for Bree to be in preK 3 days a week after her 3rd birthday, which will help.  But even the logistics of transport is enough to give me a headache.  I'll need 3 carseats!  The classes are 9am-3pm, and the kids get here at 6:30am, so that means I'll have to take all of them when I take her there.  Double stroller for sure!

And if they are all like Bree, I will be in the asylum, and won't care anymore!

BTW Elc, my baby just turned 30.  I can't believe *I'M* that old!!!

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Thu, 02-13-2014 - 6:06pm

Nora, im thinking of you as you go through this first year. I know your grief will never go away but I hope that with time, the pain will not be as raw.  I'm not watching much of the Olympics mainly because I never think it put the tv on & Ian isn't interested. We were out for our valentine's dinner yesterday & so I watched some of the female snowboarding. My Mom is an avid watcher. She is staying up all night to watch everything.  

Sabr, congrats on your coming grandchild. Sounds like it might be arriving in Sept or Oct. I think you are amazing to be considering taking all 3 grandkids when they are so young.  I'm so sorry about your pup, it's hard to say goodbye.  

I haven't been around much as there is lots happening with us but it's more depressing than cheerful so I will skip an update. The constant cold weather & snow is depressing enough. I know we have no choice but to grin & bare it but some days I just want to hide away for the day & forget about all this white stuff.  

Happy Valentine's Day to all, Dee

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Thu, 02-13-2014 - 8:51pm

Dee, from the things you've said in the past, I'm betting your problems are centered around either your dd or your Mom.  But my money is on your dd.  All I can say, is that from what you've told us, your dd is a smart, capable woman, and push come to shove, she will do what's best for herself AND her children.  It's just those hard choices getting to that point.  I hope you are able to wait out the bad stuff, knowing the "spring" will come soon enough.   P&PT's.

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Fri, 02-14-2014 - 10:33am

Thanks, Sabr. it's my Mom & my grandson's health which are causing me a lot of pain and a string of bad luck. i have buckets & bowls all over my kitchen & sun porch due to ice build up which is causing water to backup under our shingles. Insurance will fix once snow is gone. There is so much snow & ice build up on our country roads that I slid into the ditch last Mon. But the car & I were fine once we were towed. Then my DD's insurance co was brought out & new co insisted on her having her electrical certified as she has copper & aluminium wiring. This was done & thousands of dollars must be spent getting the house up to code within 30 days or electrical co will shut off her power. I guess all these stressful events have affected my health as the doctor just diagnosed me with shingles this morning. It's on the left side of my face affecting from above my eye to my throat & from my ear to my nose. its extremely painful but I'm sure the drugs will help.  Life will be better in a few wks, I'm trying to be positive.  Dee

sabrtooth wrote:
<p>Dee, from the things you've said in the past, I'm betting your problems are centered around either your dd or your Mom.  But my money is on your dd.  All I can say, is that from what you've told us, your dd is a smart, capable woman, and push come to shove, she will do what's best for herself AND her children.  It's just those hard choices getting to that point.  I hope you are able to wait out the bad stuff, knowing the "spring" will come soon enough.   P&amp;PT's.</p>

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Fri, 02-14-2014 - 11:57am
Yikes - hope things take a major turn for the better soon, all the way around!

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