Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 Day 198
Chopping Wood 145 minutes 1743 calories burned
Raking Lawn 20 minutes 160 calories burned
Heavy Cleaning 11 minutes 99 calories burned Swept leaves out of basement entrance
Moving: carrying boxes 9 minutes 126 calories burned Carried wood in and stacked it
Total Exercise Minutes: 185
Today I worked on splitting wood by myself. I carried out the sledge hammer, an axe, an old axe head, a wedge and the wood maul. I took the splitter out and put it on the big log we use for it. I placed the wheelbarrow near by to throw the split logs into it. I did one full wheelbarrow.
Most of the logs are too big for me to lift off of the ground. I did the smaller ones I could get to, in the stacked wood.
I raked up debris off of a part of the yard and brought it in to be burned and swept leaves out of the basement entrance and put them in the wood stove.
I carried in the wood I had cut and stacked it on a pallet in the workshop.
I haven't been writing because I don't have anything to write about.
I went to see my Mom yesterday at the nursing home. Her bed was bare, no sheets or blanket on it, and there were soiled clothes in a bag in front of her armoire and one bag on the inside of the armoire. I gathered her dirty laundry and gave the bags to the staff to take care of. I doubt that I could have driven home with them in my van.
While I was there Mom needed to use the bathroom. She had soiled herself and I had her on the toilet and pressed the call button. Mom was complaining about her back hurting and that the seat was cutting into her rear end, she sat there so long. I heard that someone walked off the job.
I was there from 10 AM until 2 PM. I had a Care Plan meeting at 10:15 AM, but they were late, so I don't know how long the bed was stripped. I told someone I wanted it made before I left to go home. They asked if my Mom wanted to lie down. I said, "That is not the point, I have been here since 10 AM."
I straightened everything in the drawers of her hutch, armoire and chest of drawers. I sat with her while she had lunch and I got her to eat by telling her if she cleaned her plate, I would eat the slice of apple pie they gave her. I knew I wouldn't have to worry, but she did eat half of a hamburger with Swiss cheese and mustard, some French fries and ketchup, cole slaw and coffee. There have been times when I don't think she ate a 1/2 cup of all the food served to her.
This part is for caregivers or anyone that has to wash soiled clothing. I bought an OxiClean® Max Force® Gel Stick when I went shopping and it works great. Mom is in adult diapers, but sometimes when they are changing them, her clothing becomes soiled. They take her slacks off of her and put on clean , but I often get her clothing home and need to pre-treat stains. I recommend this stuff. It was $3.99. I had been using Oxi-clean laundry stain remover spray and a toothbrush. It was so time-consuming.
I am going to get into my pajamas and get ready for bed. This old woman is beat.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Estimated cost: $1,100
We will be able to pay for it and he will get his truck back tonight, be the Lord Willing.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
I stayed awake and tended the wood stove. Hubby had turned on the electric baseboard in our bedroom, but the rest of the house was 64 degrees. I woke him up at 7:30 AM and he went downstairs to listen to the outside unit while I turned it on at the thermostat. It was making a whining noise so he hollered to shut it off.
We called the company that installed the heat pump in 2009. A man called me back within five minutes and told me to turn the thermostat to emergency heat and that it would not run the outside unit but it would keep us warm. Gee! Had I known that, I could have gone to bed and slept. He said he would be here by 9 AM.
We are to have a temperature of 18 degrees tonight with very windy conditions. He came and looked at the thermostat. He switched it to heat and went outside to look at the unit. No noise and I thought it had made a liar out of me. Then it began to make the noise.
WELL GUESS WHAT?
It turns out there is a defrost mode on the outside unit and that was what I was hearing. I just happened to put Princess outside when it was running and heard it for the first time since the heat pump was installed in 2009. He asked if that was what I had heard and I told him it was and that I made my husband get up this morning and listen while I switched the thermostat on to "Heat."
He said, "Well, this is going to be an easy fix." Then he told us about the defrost mode and he said, "See there is even steam coming off the top of it as it defrosts the ice on the outside." I said, "Well, it's a good thing I didn't see that last night because I would have called the Fire Department!"
I said, " I bet you get into your truck and say to yourself, 'Stupid woman!'"
So it cost us $40 for a service call which is cheap. We got it for that price because we wanted a yearly service contract and my husband had talked to his secretary about one in 2009, but we were never signed up for it. The first year would have been free and then $40 a year instead of $120 for a service call.
We both learned about our Lennox heat pump today. My husband told him that he didn't know those things either. We didn't receive any manuals when it was put in. So now we know, and knowing is half the battle. (That's one of my husband's expressions.)
I really think the service man got a kick out of it. I will be warm tonight, be the Lord Willing!
Friday, February 10, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012 Day 196 of Chris Downie's 1,000 days
Elliptical Trainer 20 minutes 361 calories burned
This is the most minutes I have ever done without stopping on my elliptical. Heart rate was 168 when I was done.
My husband just called, his truck broke down in a parking lot in Rockville, Maryland. He will have to have it towed. Thankfully, it happened on pay day and we have AAA to tow it. Also it happened on Friday and he will not need transportation until Monday. Bad weather is headed our way with temperatures below freezing. I pray my husband won't get sick as he deals with getting the truck fixed and back here to the house. I am hoping it is nothing major, but it has been making a clunking noise and it feels like the brakes are on when the cruise control is used. I'm asking for prayer. We just renewed AAA last week. God is good that the truck lasted until these things were in place-pay day, Triple A paid, today being Friday. Counting our blessings.
Oh and one more major one, he is off the roads and won't be hit by other vehicles.
Our son is supposed to pick him up and bring him home, but he didn't know if they will let him off work to go and get my husband. I don't know when they will be home.
They got home a little after 7 PM. Snow was on the ground. Nobody will be working on the truck until at least Monday. He will have to run my van until the truck is fixed. I am sure since it is close to Washington, D. C., the repairs will be expensive.
I made beef stew for supper. I thought the guys would be cold and hungry. Our son heated some canned soup in the microwave and he was off to spend time with his girlfriend.
When I went to the basement tonight to exercise, Princess wanted to go outside. I had started the dishwasher and heard a grinding noise and thought it was the dishwasher. It was the heat pump. I turned it off and the unit outside thumped after I had it turned off. We have electric baseboard heat and the wood stove. My son looked up the tracking number for the wood splitter, it should be here Wednesday, be the Lord Willing.
I cleaned the wood stove today and have a fire laid and ready to be lit in it. Tomorrow it is not supposed to reach freezing. I told my husband the truck was making noises and he said it was the muffler. I wanted him to take it to a local mechanic that we trust and use my van to go to work. I also told him to do the wood when he had days off and the weather was warmer. I am not going to complain to him, he has to do things his way. God sometimes touches your wallet to teach you not to procrastinate and to do preventive maintenance. He was told when they put in the heat pump in 2009 to clean it every year of leaves and any debris that might get under the cover. He never did it at our old house and he hasn't here either. I am afraid of electricity and so is he, but if we aren't going to do the maintenance, we should save and pay someone else to do it.
I have long underwear and microfleece pjs and four blankets but I can't do that man's thinking for him.
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