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What a week it has been!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

My 84 year old aunt, who lives 20 minutes from me and whom I am very close with wound up in the hospital with pneumonia. Her husband also has pneumonia, although not as serious, and he's 87. One of their daughters moved back home to help out - arriving less than a week before her mom went into the hospital. Now she has come down with a cold and can't go visit her mother, who had over a liter of fluid drained from around her lungs yesterday.

Friday night/Saturday morning I was awakened at 2:53 a.m. by the loud crash of an auto collision right outside my house. I jumped out of bed, called 911 and watched out the front door until the fire truck arrived a few minutes later. I was still about 95% asleep and knew that help had arrived and there was nothing I could do to be useful, so I went back to bed. Of course, my bedroom is in the front of the house and it was a coolish night, so I had the window open. There were police and tow trucks and people talking until about 4:30 am on the street in front of my house, so it took a good while for me to actually fall asleep again.

I had to go to my vet's office before noon on Saturday to pick up medicine for one of my cats, then I went to see my aunt and uncle and cousins at the hospital. I had some very special mini cinnamon buns from Duffey Roll (a Denver specialty) for everyone. I spent hours at the hospital, all through the fluid draining procedure and then found out my aunt hadn't been able to eat for many hours. She was delighted with the treats I'd brought and it was the first thing she ate as soon as she got permission.

By the time I got home last evening I felt totally drained. I tried a little activity to try and get energized without success. Two different elderly neighbors had left phone messages asking about the car accident the night before, but I had to go talk to another neighbor or two to get more information. Then I communicated what I'd discovered to the interested parties.

I promised to pick up a few things at the grocery for one of those households of older folks today, which I still need to do. I'll try to get to kick back before dark tonight. Much to do and time flies by so quickly. Also - got a letter from the place where I had my mammogram done a few weeks ago in yesterday's mail that there was an irregularity that requires a re-check. I'm not worried about it - just hoping I can get that fit in with other medical appointments I have scheduled for August 1st so I don't have to take more time off work.

Work has been crazy busy for several weeks and shows no signs of calming, so that will be another type of challenge. I could use a little calm to show up in my life, but not likely to happen anytime soon. emoticon

At least I'm cruising on the challange. That's something.

  
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TEENY_BIKINI 9/1/2014 3:40PM

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CATIATM 8/2/2014 5:15AM

    That is a lot to handle. How thoughtful of you to think of your aunt's comfort. I'm sure she appreciated the treats you brought her, as well as the thought behind it.

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KAYDEN45 8/1/2014 8:26AM

    Wow you had a lot going on. Take Care of you and hopefully you will be able to get some rest and time to yourself.

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FLORIDASUN 7/17/2014 5:13PM

    Oh my goodness...you DO have so much on your plate right now. I surely hope your aunt gets better soon along with her husband and daughter. Those colds are nothing to mess with now that we've heard so much about MERSA...I think it's MERSA...

It's really really good of you to look out for your neighbors..that would NEVER happen here in FL. Neighbors barely speak to each other. We've lived in our house for 13 years and only nod hello at our neighbors on one side. The newish family that moved in on the other side have only said hi once or twice. Which actually is fine by me because after dealing with people all day long I'm probably not the chatty Cathy type anyhow. Sometimes it's a chore to meet up with our weekly group. I'd rather just chill at home.

Take good care of yourself and make sure you get the rest you need. I'm sending you lots of positive vibes and big big hugs my friend! emoticon

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JUMPINJULIE 7/17/2014 12:57AM

    I hope your Aunt and Uncle and Cousin feel better soon I hope you get to kick back relax.

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SAFARIBABE 7/15/2014 3:10PM

    Hang in there Sugar! Hope your auntie and uncle feel better soon!

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TERI-RIFIC 7/14/2014 7:30AM

    You've been through a lot. emoticon I hope you get a rest.

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CATHYGETSFIT 7/14/2014 1:27AM

    I hope your aunt, her husband and daughter will be better soon! You certainly had quite a week! I hope things calms down for you soon. emoticon

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4EVERNESS 7/14/2014 1:06AM

    Definitely not a weak has been (what a week it has been)! Keep up the good work, but for your sanity, watch out that some of those neighbors aren't beginning a negative, harmful co-dependency. You need your rest and you time too! A worn out person runs down their immunities, and there where would anyone in this saga be? Take care of yourself and Kudos for all that you do!

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JAZZEJR 7/13/2014 11:37PM

    Wow. Hope things settle down and your aunt continues to improve. Reminds me that I'm way overdue for my pneumonia immunization.

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GAILSMAILS 7/13/2014 10:40PM

    Phew! The stars must be aligned in a special way or something! Things have been crazy!!
Hope you can get some rest!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 7/13/2014 10:31PM

    I hope your family members feel better soon!!!!! I am sending calming thoughts your way

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HICKOK-HALEY 7/13/2014 5:31PM

    That is a busy week. I hope everyone feels better soon. emoticon

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I made it to SPARK Level 20!

Monday, June 30, 2014

I had to share, because I can barely believe I accomplished this! It took a lot of time and effort - but I did it! I am VERY PLEASED with myself about this accomplishment !

  
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FLORIDASUN 8/6/2014 1:14PM

    WE are impressed and very proud of you too! What great dedication my friend! emoticon

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JUMPINJULIE 7/17/2014 12:54AM

    Awesome Congrats.

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WILSONWR 7/1/2014 7:48AM

    Again, congratulations. That is definitely something to be proud of!

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LYNCHD05 7/1/2014 1:23AM

    Awesome!!!!!

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4EVERNESS 6/30/2014 11:38PM

    Yay! fantastic....and for onlookers..she did it in record time too... yep... :) Great job. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon now, for a brief moment in history, emoticon

love the background photo, are those bluebonnets or like blue salvia or something?

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Awesome accomplishment, Debi! Keep Going!!!

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Weather issues - AGAIN!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Here I sit, ready to leave to attend a barbecue party for my niece who just graduated from college and maintained a full scholarship throughout! We are all very proud of her, of course, and have been anticipating celebrating her success and getting the family together with friends to do that. Well - ten minutes ago the grey skies opened and it began to rain pretty heavily!

I suspect that all the tables and such that were set up outside are drenched and who knows how long this rain will continue? The house where this is being held doesn't have any covered areas where a grill could be moved or people could sit out the rain. I will need to call and find out what is going on and if there is a contingency plan in case of weather like this. I may just pop in and drop off the gift, but don't want them to feel like they have to feed or entertain me. Oh well - Colorado weather is like this - and a huge rumble of thunder just boomed outside and now it sounds like HAIL is falling! YUCK!! It doesn't sound like big hailstones, but that is not a good sign.

I guess I'll find something else to do while we wait for this to - hopefully - pass. I know lots went into putting this event together for the young lady and it is so sad if Mother Nature ruins it. On to other endeavors! Have a great day.
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JUMPINJULIE 6/23/2014 9:39PM

    Congrats to your niece. I hope the rained passed quickly.

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CATIATM 6/18/2014 3:52PM

    Oh! I'm sorry the weather didn't cooperate and hope it passed quickly! emoticon

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JUSTME29 6/16/2014 10:56AM

    The beautiful thing about weather like that is that it usually passes quickly. It can be stormy and scary, then 30 minutes later it's sunny and beautiful. I hope everything worked out for your niece's party.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 6/15/2014 1:07PM

    I hope there was a back up plan and that the storm passed quickly

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SAFARIBABE 6/15/2014 7:47AM

    Hopefully the party wasn't ruined and they were able to move things indoors! Congratulations to your niece on her graduation! emoticon emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 6/15/2014 12:57AM

    Ugh! Colorado weather at it's finest. I hope that their was a backup plan in case something like this happened. emoticon to your niece! That's quite an accomplishment. Hopefully the plans to celebrate her day wasn't ruined.

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HICKOK-HALEY 6/15/2014 12:51AM

    I hope they can celebrate another day. As long as it is only hail, you will be fine. She sounds like a smart gal. Good for her!! emoticon

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DAIZYSTARLITE 6/14/2014 6:03PM

    So sad, hope it turns out ok... emoticon

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LYNCHD05 6/14/2014 5:51PM

    Hopefully there is a backup plan as the day should be celebrated rIn or shine. What an awesome young lady to have accomplished this herself. Certainly should be very proud. When we lived in Manitoba we had rain like this too and always had to have an alternate plan.
Hope the party is still on!!

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What is it with LONG weekends?

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Yes - you had three days off instead of two. Yes, you got to do some things that were productive or useful or fun or all of the above.

So - why does a long weekend usually feel like it went by even faster than usual weekends? Why does the shorter week after a long weekend usually feel like a longer week than normal?

See what happens when you goof up the time/space continuum?

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JUMPINJULIE 6/11/2014 5:02PM

    I hear you.

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HICKOK-HALEY 6/1/2014 7:19PM

    I remember the days when I worked. You're right lol. My Hubby works week-ends now, so we don't have to deal with short or long weeks. It's just the week-ends for him. At least he works from home!

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CATIATM 6/1/2014 11:50AM

    LOL - Are you demonstrating the theory of relativity? Time spent in pleasure goes by much faster than time spent toiling at chores!

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CATHYGETSFIT 5/28/2014 4:11AM

    LOL Yes, it does seem like they both go by much quicker than when you have just the normal 2 days off. We still want them though. emoticon

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FLORIDASUN 5/27/2014 9:29PM

    I go back tomorrow after a 4 day hiatus and it still feels like I'd love another 4 days! My work is not really work since it's something I enjoy so much...but honestly I'd rather be sitting up in my jewelry studio far from the maddening crowd! emoticon

Actually it's much better now that we got the A/C installed...or it will be til I see the first bill arrive! Our ceilings are 50 ft high and nothing is air tight...yikes...the things we do for comfort! emoticon

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MUSIC2HISEARS 5/27/2014 7:46PM

    LOL...Yes, I know exactly what you mean! And top it off that I leave for a convention on Saturday...so this is going to be an even longer week.

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JAZZEJR 5/27/2014 6:08PM

    But we still want them, don't we! It just feels good--even to me, and I'm off anyway for the summer.

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ADRIENALINE 5/27/2014 1:44PM

    No matter how quickly it goes, holidays from work are heavenly!

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ADARKARA 5/27/2014 1:12PM

    I only had 2 days off. BUT I did have a FABULOUS holiday weekend, and now that I'm back at work my low-grade anxiety is back. Guess the weekend went so well I'm worried something bad will happen? Who knows?!

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And it continues . . . .

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Today is the 5th day in a row with rain, hail and tornado warnings. As far as I've heard no tornadoes touched down in Colorado, but it was intense. I did get out and mow the lawn and clean a bunch of weeds out of an elderly neighbor's garden before the weather turned. I also had to put together my new lawn mower before I could cut the grass and I was outside being busy for 5 hours. I covered the tomato and basil plants before the hail hit - again - and for now I still have the vegetable garden. This is getting annoying. I have pansies to plant and don't want to do that until I think the hail is done for at least a few days. Oh well - Mother nature doesn't do what I want.

  
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JUMPINJULIE 6/11/2014 5:02PM

    I'm glad their were no tornados but I hope it stops raining soon.

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BE_HAPPYPOTAMUS 5/26/2014 3:54PM

    Sorry you are facing these challenges. Lifelong wish to live in Colorado. Knowing you're there makes me smile. Couldn't think of a better place for you to be. emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 5/25/2014 6:30PM

    Sorry about the crazy weather you guys are having. Although it's pretty typical to have crazy weather this time of year. Except that tornadoes aren't that common except out east. I remember planting some veggies near the end of May several times and hoping they wouldn't get pummeled by hail. Hoping the bad weather will end soon for you.

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JAZZEJR 5/25/2014 12:22PM

    Hope the bad weather passes quickly without harm to anyone. YOU put together your lawn mower? You go, Girl!!! I'm impressed. Nothing like getting your exercise outside--be sure to log it into our race to Copenhagen. emoticon

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JUSTME29 5/25/2014 12:05PM

    The weather is definitely unpredictable. We've been lucky here so far, but we don't usually get the big storms until a little later in the summer. Today I'm just hoping the rain they're predicting actually happens.

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FLORIDASUN 5/25/2014 9:38AM

    Blessings to you...this is just crazy and I'm sorry you have to deal with it. We should be out enjoying BEAUTIFUL weather after the winter from hell.

Here's sending prayers for good weather to come and FAST!

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CATIATM 5/25/2014 5:51AM

    Insane! I hope you're ok! emoticon

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 5/25/2014 1:39AM

    I know this is crazy and they say more of the same tomorrow. I had to take pictures of the hail damage we got from the big storm the other day. Colorado Spring weather, got to love it.

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JILLAJ 5/25/2014 12:48AM

    Stay safe! Glad you were able to get outside some. Mother Nature is unpredictable for sure.

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