Thursday, February 28, 2008
Just as Jerry was leaving Vanessa showed up with baby Luana and we had a nice visit and printed out the invitations for the baby shower, they turned out SO cute.
I went to Costco, my favorite place to go, and actually held it down to what I REALLY need... well I tried to anyway.
Charlie called after I got into bed to give me the update on the House, it sounds better everyday, so I asked him if he could send out one of his electricians to see what we need to do about this plug, he said he would send somebody out tomorrow, I love sometimes how stuff just seems to work itself out one way or another.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
I've been boxing up my DVDs to send to my brother in Georgia and I think I only need about two more boxes. It is so hard to find boxes anymore. Remember when you used to be able to go behind any store or business and pick them up by the dumpster? Now because of a liability businesses do not want anybody to take their boxes, they would rather cut them up.
Vanessa came by today with baby Luana, she is so cute. We are trying to coordinate a baby shower and I think we finally got it all figured out. While she was here we made some invitations and decided to have it here on March 8th. That's only about two weeks away. She decided that she would like to have an afternoon buffet so Costco here we come, Costa is a great place to get stuff for sandwiches, chips, pickles and olives and of course snacks and desserts.
I have a bunch of bananas that I got at Costco and they're getting brown so I found a really good recipe for Macadamia Nut Banana Bread, doesn't that sound delicous?
After my morning appointment cancellation my mom and I went to the mall and ordered our new appliances and got something to eat. Of course we left all of the information at home so instead of driving home in getting it we tried to remember what we had picked out and when we got home and compared it we did a really good job.
Monday, February 25, 2008
I feel a little bit better today but my arms are still sore. Maybe it's because I have been laying on my side and trying to work the computer I'm using a set of whole different muscles or it could just be the cold weather.
The open house yesterday were really well for my mom, I think she got about five or six offers but finally accepted one last night. The buyers are a couple and the wife has MS so they will be able to enjoy the access like amenities, since it's not legal ADA we cannot call the house accessible but as long as it works for them that is awesome. Yesterday as they were showing our house my mom and I went out to dinner at Holders Country inn, pretty much our favorite place to eat these days.
Madonna just called and she's not feeling good so it looks like I'm stuck in bed today. I really do need to get my car washed and get gas and pack up some of my DVDs to send to my brother so it's a perfect opportunity.
Charlie and Terrie came by last night and told me that the cabinets are all in and the granite will be in by Sunday, Sunday I get to go back and see everything again. Tomorrow I go to purchase my appliances and look at some ceiling fans and lights. Itis really all coming together.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Yesterday Brodie's trainer let her go in the dog run with four other dogs and everything went great. All she did was walk around and sniffed everything but the dogs behind. It is nice to know that she can visit with other dogs but she still cannot be around cats and that is pretty much why I hired the dog trainer. I guess I assumed that since he said he would help me he would help me but he kept asking me to produce a cat, if I or anybody else I knew had a cat it definitely wouldn't be around too much because MY DOG HATES CATS, make sense?
I was cleaning out my house to take some stuff to a friend who lives in a disabled complex and has a lot of people there that would love to have my extra "stuff" but pretty much everything got cleaned out before I could get it to him. When my caregivers found out that I was getting rid of everything they took it. Which probably is better because the open houses this weekend and I really don't have anywhere to store the stuff until I can get it to the complex. Today I'm going to clean out the little refrigerator and freezer and Madonna, my morning caregiver, is going to take that. My house looks good but I'm a little sad, it's always hard to get rid of stuff when you're a pack rat but I'm learning.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Today I finally get to go check out my house. I'm so excited that I cannot sleep. It is going to be a lot different than the last time I saw it and I know it's going to blow me away. The tiling is done in my bathroom's and the cupboards are in my moms place and the rest will just all be a nice surprise.
Terrie, Charlie's wife, is going to go. She is making me a quilt. She asked me what theme I wanted and I told her lighthouses. I have a quilt that she made me and it is gorgeous, she does such a great job. I have always loved lighthouses and since I'm moving to Santa Cruz it is perfect. My bathroom here has everything lighthouses. She said that she just made one with lighthouses for my aunt so hopefully I will be able to see that today also.
Wow, the house in Santa Cruz looks AWESOME. I expected it to look smaller since they put up the sheetrock and painted but it actually looks bigger. I LOVE the title that Charlie picked out and they have the cabinets in and it looks unbelievable, there is definitely going to be a lot of room in the closet's and a lot of storage for my supplies. I am more excited than ever after seeing it today and I can't believe that soon I will be living there. The neighbors came over to say hello and Brodie got to meet their dog, Yoda. I think they're going to be able to be really good friends. We got there about 9:30 am and by the time we were finished looking at the house we went over and woke up my aunt and my uncle. They are going to go work on their property on Elm Street and then my aunt is coming over here to spend the night and take my mom for her cataract operation in the morning, I know my mom will be so glad to be able to see it again.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Last night and the night before I hung out in my old chat room and had a really good time, I always do but I keep forgetting about it. I actually met a girl that lives in the Santa Cruz area, she's very funny and very active. I just know that when I moved to Santa Cruz I'm going to be very busy and extremely happy. I'm going on Monday to check out the progress, my aunt says that the title in the bathroom is being laid and the cupboards are in in my mom's place.
Today I'm going to go to Macy's and finally after all these years be fitted for the right size and type of bra that is right for me. I seen a couple of shows where they keep saying how important it is to be fitted by a professional so that the girls don't always end up in my lap.
I started out at Victoria's Secret's to see if they could help me find the right bra but there wasn't anybody around to help, usually when you go there there's at least two or three people following you a round. I decided to go down to Macy's to see if I would have better luck but on the way I saw Fredericks of Hollywood, I have seen it before but I heard that it was trashier stuff than Victoria's Secret's so I never went inside. I heard wrong because they have really very nice stuff and as soon as I walked in a lady walked up to see if I needed anything moved and I saw the measuring tape around her neck so I asked her for help and she gladly obliged. She measured me and told me what size bra I needed and picked out a couple for me to try. I saw one that I really liked and she told me that it was a water bra so I just had to try it. I saw an episode of Will and Grace where Grace tried one and it sprung a leak while she was at an art exhibit so how could I resist trying it?
After I left Fredericks of Hollywood I thought I heard someone calling my name so I turned a round to look and it was a guy that I worked with at Xicor. His name is Barry. He handed me the telephone and said that somebody wanted to say hello and I recognize the voice immediately as John Dutra. John Dutra and I were really good friends when I worked at Xicor. I used to sit in his office and talk to him and we used to go out and have lunch. When I moved here he came to my house warming and I told him that I was getting ready to move again and he said he would come to my house warming in Santa Cruz. I couldn't hear him very well because I was on Barry's flip cell phone and I kept dropping it so I told him that I would e-mail him. I talked to Barry for a while and had to go so I told him that I would e-mail him also. It is so cool to get together with people that I used to work with and reminisce, remembering the people back then puts a big smile on my face. We talked about how great it would be to have a little Xicor reunion. I'm starting to get in touch with more and more people and I forget how much fun they all were. I was thinking about it last night and I think before I move I'm going to get a hold of as many people from Xicor as I can, with the help of friends that I kept in touch with, and have a barbecue here, it will be so great to see everybody.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
When I was living in the Independent living Center, before I got my settlement or even knew that I was going to get one, I would look through the paper and roll around and look at the houses for sale and dream of owning my own place. There was never an amount discussed and after all that time I really didn't think that I would get anything. It was fun hanging out with Jim, he was my attorney that specialize in tires and airplanes, and I really learned a lot. I never thought any of my dreams would come true.
Today was a nice relaxing day. I cruised Brodie around and Rich, the dog trainer, came and walked Brodie around trying to find a cat. I told him that Brodie pulled a muscle in my arm the day before trying to get after a cat. Of course he did see one sitting in the driveway across the street but Brodie did nothing, it always happens that way.
My Aunt called and said that she just went across the street and they had just finished tiling one of the bathrooms and she said that it looks incredible, I cannot wait to go see it on Monday.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
It sure did feel good to FINALLY get outside and it was a beautiful day. Both Brodie and I were thrilled about getting out and running around the park for a while, we did it twice. When nobody is around I have a certain lease that I'd put on Brodie so I can have her jump in my lap and I can grab it and slip it around the top part of my arm and take it off when I get home so she's not hope to meet all the time. I guess I knew in the back of my mind that this was not a good idea and one day I was going to be sorry, today was the day. As we were walking around the park Brodie saw a cat and took out after it and just about four me out of my chair, I knew right away that my arm was going to be sore. I think it just pulled a muscle in my arm and I will be good as new in a couple of days. It figures that as soon as I get out of the bed and able to go outside I hurt something, it hurts to even get dressed/undressed but I can handle it. I have definitely been through worse.
I went shopping at Costco, on an empty stomach again, and wanted everything that I saw. I don't know if it was because I was hungry or because I was so glad to get out and do something. I'm just so glad that I finally got my fruit and stuff for my salads.
Monday, February 11, 2008
I've been talking to his many people as I can and trying to figure out a bed/mattress that would be good for me. I have always had a problem with pressure sores mainly because I'm always on my butt. Obviously in my chair I am but a bed I am also and as I am getting older I cannot lay on my side anymore, for some reason my body start sweating and it continues all night long. That cannot be a good sign. They don't get beyond stage one and I do heal quickly but they are constant.
Rich and Vanessa came by this morning and brought baby Luana she is so tiny and adorable and smells good, I got to hold her. I cannot believe how great Vanessa looks, you would never know she just had a baby two weeks ago. Of course Rich was a proud father, he just loves babies.
I called Rehab Specialist AGAIN this morning and still haven't heard anything. I hear so many good things about them and yet I'm having a really bad experience. I hope that my chair is done in time for Aiesha to pick it up before she leaves to go home at 5 p.m... I can't believe that they just called and said that my chair is ready, oh happy day. Tomorrow I get to go to Costco and take this poor dog to the dog park.
Friday, February 8, 2008
I wrote an e-mail to the guy who helped me pick out a new chair, from the same company, and told them that I was having problems and that this is EXACTLY why I quit using the company I previously used and I hope this is not going to be a continuous problem.
My Aunt Kathy came over today and told me the cutest story about the new baby. They have a dog, a Mastiff, named Tater and apparently the dog is very tuned in to when the baby poops. Every time the baby poops the dog runs over and sniffs the baby and then runs over to Rich and sits down in front of him and stares at him until he goes over and changes the baby, how cute is that? I think Tater is only two or three months old, I believe they got him for Christmas.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
They were supposed to fix my chair at 9:30 a.m. this morning and I was hoping that by the time Aiesha got here it would be done so she could go and pick it up for me so I could get out and do something tomorrow, that did not happen. I called them about 1:30 p.m. and left a message but I never heard anything back, I'm really not surprised but I was still hoping. I will give them a call again in the morning and hopefully it will be ready for my mom or Madonna to pick up.
My mom got an offer on her house and they did all the paperwork today, all they need to do is wait and see if the funding is going to be there, one house down and went to go.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
I need to go Friday and purchase the kitchen appliances for my new place and it will be SO nice to get out of this bed and out into the world once again.
The realtor called my mom this morning and wanted to show her house again. After they looked at my mom's house they came by to look at mine, the realtor knocked on the door to see if it was okay and I told him to come on in. It was a gentleman and his parents, his parents live in Lake Tahoe and he wants them here so he can take care of them and not have to worry. I kept looking at the guy because he looked so familiar and then it dawned on me, it was Jim of Jim and Brenda. They come by every two or three months to play cribbage with our cribbage group, it just kind of threw me a little bit because I wasn't expecting to see him and I couldn't think of where I knew him from. It made me realize that I'm ready for another cribbage night. His parents are the sweetest couple and I really think that they would love it here.
Rich, the dog trainer, came buy today to work with Brodie on the treadmill, yes my yuppie puppy has a treadmill. I need to get her to stay on that longer without somebody standing there watching her and she did pretty good today. We're going to work on it for a couple more weeks and life will be perfect once again.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
I called my doctor's office this morning and left a message that I was without my chair and could they please return the fax to Rehab Specialist so I wouldn't be without my chair too much longer and Aline called me back this afternoon and said that she had already sent it, she is such a neat lady and truly caring. I called rehab Specialist and she said that she did have the fax and she was getting ready to call me and tell me that they could pick up my chair on Friday. Without thinking I thanked her and then hung up without asking if I brought my chair in tomorrow morning would it be fixed faster so I will call her back tomorrow and ask, I don't know if I could stand 3 X more days without my chair without going insane... I'm sure those 2 cups of coffee that I had, with caffeine, are not helping.
Pat, the realtor for both my mom and I came by this morning and said that we both got an offer on our house. Pat showed my mom's house this morning at 10 a.m. and she said the lady loved everything about it and wants to make an offer before anybody else does. About a month ago a couple came by to look at my place and I happened to be sitting on the porch so they asked if they could come in and look. Their daughters husband has the beginning stages of MS and although he's doing really good now sooner or later he will need the ramp and the lift. The daughter came by and looked at it and when she told her husband about it he didn't want to hear it, he was not ready to accept the fact that he was going to need them. Apparently she talked him into it and they made me an offer. It looks like by the time we sell our places the new place is going to be done, perfect timing.
Charlie called me this afternoon and said that they are getting ready to title next week so we can go order the appliances on Friday, if I have my chair back...cross your fingers.
Monday, February 4, 2008
The last time I broke down I called Rehab Specialist and they were trying to track down my doctor to get a prescription to fix my chair when I called him back and told them that my mom fixed it and I would not need to bring it in. I had to call them back and apologize and tell them that I needed to get it fixed after all. If they're unable to get a hold of Dr. Shem I will call over there tomorrow and see what I can do, I hope this isn't going to take very long.
It looks like tomorrow is another day of staying in bed and watching movies, it's amazing how much I take my chair for granted when it is working, I am definitely going to keep this one as a backup.
Sunday, February 3, 2008
I have been stranded in this bed since Thursday so I cannot wait to get out tomorrow and do something. Unfortunately I have a dentist appointment but after that I'm going to take Brodie to the dog park so we can both run around.
Today was a nice relaxing day. On Sundays my mom and I like to order pizza and watch a movie on pay-per-view, today we watched Underdog, it was a very very good movie.
Friday, February 1, 2008
Angie came by tonight with some paint samples for the outside of my new house in Santa Cruz. At first I was looking at kind of a sage color but my neighbor right across the street had the exact color that I wanted so I'm going to go with gray.
A friend of Lynn's, the OT at Valley Medical who helped me pick out Mike's new chair, introduced me to a lady that wanted to check out Multimedia Max. she can buy today for a couple of hours and we had a really nice visit, why is it that I am meeting all these really nice people when I'm getting ready to move?
I'm sitting here watching celebrity rehab with Dr. Drew and it is so heartbreaking. I keep asking myself why am I watching it but I can't seem to turn the channel. For some reason I started watching celebrity gossip channels like TMZ, Inside Edition, Entertainment Tonight. I get mad at other people who dwell on celebrities pain troubles that they go through but I myself watch it, what is up with that?