Saturday, June 16, 2012
Saturday, June 16, 2012
I haven't wanted to post anything. We have had a rough time financially since our daughter's wedding and coming home from Wyoming.
We are trying to refinance our house and get some money for gutters and windows and to pay off my husband's truck.
I took a cue from my daughter and have been using my dry-erase board to help my memory and to remind myself of things we need to fix on the house or take care of.
There were marks on the passenger side of hubby's truck like someone tried to break into it while we were away. We took off the winter pool cover when we came home, and there are two big holes in the pool liner. We don't know if someone may have sliced it.
We needed to get the air-conditioning fixed on his truck and my van. His truck air-conditioning started to work again last Sunday when we were coming home from church. That saved us money toward fixing the air-conditioning on my van.
We paid the interest on our 2010 amended tax return for federal and state income taxes.
Hubby heard from the Congressman's office about the status of his VA checks; the money is ours that we have been saving in case of a pay back to the government. He will have the amount of his checks cut this fall.
On the dry-erase board I have listed:
Decide what to do with the pool
Spouting (gutters for the rain)
Windows-10 windows on the main floor and 4 in the basement
Take our animals to the vet
Eyeglasses for me and my husband
I have been keeping busy with chores and setting up appointments. We will have our air-conditioning/ heat pump gone over next week under the service contract and there is a gathering in the city I am in of a genealogy group coming up soon. My sister does that as her hobby and this year I will go to it since it will be local. I am also setting up appointments to get in wood for the winter.
I have been logging my household chores, not every little detail, but to have a sense of accomplishment. Sometimes I have to be my own cheerleader.
June 8, 2012 Vacuumed Master bedroom
June 8, 2012 Vacuumed Master bathroom
June 8, 2012 Changed batteries in thermostat for heat pump
June 9, 2012 Vacuumed kitchen
June 9, 2012 Mopped kitchen
June 9, 2012 Living room vacuumed-no furniture moved
June 9, 2012 Hallway vacuumed
June 9, 2102 Computer room vacuumed-no furniture moved
June 10, 2012 Washed my van-husband and son did the washing
June 10, 2012 Washed husband's pickup truck
June 10, 2012 Washed son's vehicle
June 11, 2012 Washed buckets from humidifier and from washing vehicles
June 11, 2012 Did laundry, folded clothes, marked Mom's name into her clothing
June 12, 2012 Vacuumed the carpeting in the basement
June 12, 2012 Vacuumed the work shop
June 12, 2012 Dusted the TV and TV cabinet, but not on the inside or on the sides
June 12, 2012 Feather dusted the Master bedroom
June 12, 2012 Feather dusted bar, green club chair, black side-table where the markers are
June 12, 2012 Wiped off tops of the washer and dryer
June 12, 2012 Cleaned kitchen sinks
June 12, 2012 Cleaned vanity and toilet in Master bathroom
June 12, 2012 Made the bed in the Master bedroom
June 12, 2012 Rearranged Rodger's clothes in walk-in closet in Master bedroom
June 12, 2012 Hung up all hanging clothes in the closets
June 12, 2012 House appraiser came with his son at 1 PM
June 12, 2012 Vacuumed the two wood boxes in the work shop
June 13, 2012 Made an appointment to have the air conditioning/heat pump cleaned and checked
June 13, 2012 Took stuff to Jackson Hewitt, mailed off checks for interest to state and federal for 2010 amended return
June 13, 2012 Put two baskets of folded clothes away
June 13, 2012 Clipped coupons and filed them
June 14, 2012 Entered Coke codes
June 14, 2012 Folded a load of laundry
June 14, 2012 Put three baskets of folded laundry away and marked Mom's clothing
June 14, 2o12 Made kabob recipe from Dash magazine. Delicious!
June 14, 2012 Took trash to the trash can outside and paper trash to the stove, replaced trash bags
June 15, 2012 Feather dusted all of the basement, but not the work shop
I got a certificate for the botched perm so I can get a free hair cut.
Our son and his girlfriend broke up and that has been rough on all of us. So there you have an insight into my daily life. As we get something taken care of, it gets erased off the dry-erase board that hangs on the refrigerator door. I also have written on it to Use: onions, garlic and ginger so that they don't spoil.
Exercise has been my housework, but that is not enough and my weight went up again from stress eating. My husband wants to quit his job when he is old enough to draw Social Security and he likes to eat when he is home. I keep telling him, he needs to act as though that is what he is living on to try it and see how we fare before he does it.
The older I get, the more I realize that I can only work on me even though I have to live by the results of actions taken by others.
Saturday, June 02, 2012
I will take a little time to update everyone on what I have been doing.
I needed to get my hair done for the trip. I went to Hair Cuttery and asked for a body perm. I was there for 3 hours and I could have done my hair better by myself. I felt I looked like Grandma on The Adams Family after the perm. I was also soaked. I lifted up my blouse and asked my stylist if I was wet. She said, "No." When I went to my van, I knew that I was. When I got home and looked in the mirror, I looked like I had peed myself.
I still needed to go to the drug store and pick up a prescription so I would have enough for the trip. I didn't go that night.
My son's girlfriend took me shopping for a dress. We found one at Ross for less than $22!!! I was amazed! I got my shoes at KMart and had almost enough Shop Your Way Rewards to pay for them. I also found a pair of flats, but they weren't on sale. My son's girlfriend, Kathryn (we call her Kaitlyn or Kate) bought them for me for Mother's Day. I also got new underwear.
We left for Wyoming on May 19th. My husband, son, and Kate took turns driving. The rest is a blur.
We were to pick up the in-laws in Kansas and drive them to the wedding. The mother of the groom just about drove us all nuts. We stayed at the groom's house in Kansas, I don't know if they will sell it or rent it out. We went to the groom's mother's sister's house for dinner and other than the meat being cooked, we had to cook the sides, set the table, do the clean up and dishes afterwards. When we went to pick up the groom's parents the following morning, they hadn't packed and our start-out time from Kansas was delayed by two hours. The woman is a hoarder and her husband is in ill health. She barely had a pathway for him to get from room to room and she packed 4 suitcases, two winter coats, gloves and ear muffs and other things to take along. We didn't get to a motel until way after midnight and she was complaining. Kate told her if they had been ready on time, we would have checked in earlier.
When we got to Nebraska and were in a convenience store, she asked me if I could spot her some money. She said she forgot to pack cash!!! Her husband had a Conoco credit card and once while he was getting it out, we noticed he had a Mastercard too. My husband told me to be quiet, that he didn't want to cause any trouble before the wedding. Had I been driving, I would have hauled them back to Kansas and set them out in front of their house. We paid for them to sleep in our motel room.
Every time we were talking about directions, she would grab the road atlas and try to take over. No matter what the subject was, she tried to top it with an experience she had. We quickly learned all about their education and degrees and that they thought of us as inferior.
When we got to Wyoming where my daughter was staying at a friend's house, this woman complained about cat hair. The friend of my daughter lost her job the week before the wedding and put up the groom's parents, my daughter, her fiancÚ, and two other women that were in the wedding party. She cooked supper for everyone and had cereal there for everyone for breakfast. This woman (the groom's mother) made everyone angry with her remarks and freeloading.
We stopped at Mt. Rushmore on the way and Kate left a national park pass in our son's car. We rented a Dodge Grand Caravan in Kansas to seat everyone comfortably, but the groom's mother surrounded her seat with stuff so that whenever we stopped all of it had to be moved for the people in the back to get out. Then when we all got back in, she put it back in the aisle way between the seats.
My daughter and her fiancÚ paid to have everyone's hair done and I got a cut that worked for the wedding. Crabby complained to the stylist and upset my daughter. The day of the wedding Kate did my hair and hers and she complained to Kate.
The wedding was held at the Powder Horn in Wyoming downstairs. The groom and some of his friends were in their military uniforms. My daughter looked beautiful in her wedding gown of white with navy blue on the train and bodice.
They wrote their own vows to each other. They had karaoke after the wedding and hors d'oeuvres and an open bar. The groom cut the wedding cake with a saber that was part of his uniform. I had the couple doing the karaoke to sing, "Unchained Melody" and danced with my husband. I sang, The Lion Sleeps Tonight for my grandcats, Baldric, Ozzy and Mickey. My husband and daughter sang, "Momma Tried" and my son and I sang, "Jackson."
The groom sang, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" to the bride about 30 minutes into the karaoke and it was hilarious! They hired a trolley to transport any of the guests to any place they wanted to go in Sheridan. Mother-in-law came up and asked my husband if he could drive her family to a quiet restaurant where they could talk. I got her purse and his handicapped sign out of our van and handed it to her and said we had other plans. I felt like they would have stuck us with the food bill for the restaurant. We went to our motel room and pulled everything out of the van and repacked it for the trip home.
The next morning, we were to meet for breakfast at 7 AM. That was pushed up to 8 AM, but nobody called to tell us. We went to the house of the father of the woman that was putting everyone one up at her 5 bedroom house. He lives near the Powder Horn Golf Course and has a beautiful home.
After breakfast, it was decided that all should watch the bride and groom open their gifts. This was part of our time to be on the road. When we finally left, we were called back. The father of the groom had peed himself and we had not noticed it and that would have been in our rental van and the probably very noticeable urine smell after traveling for awhile.
Again we left once Crabby got him taken care of and drove straight through to Kansas with a stop for supper at a Denny's. We didn't get there until 4:30 in the morning and the groom's father couldn't find the house keys. We carried all of the stuff up onto their front porch and proceeded to the groom's house and returned the van to the rental agency later that morning. We packed our son's car and headed back to Maryland. We arrived about 8 PM Tuesday night.
We hired a woman that is in college and her mother to come to our house and take care of our pets and we settled up with them and I began doing laundry. I still have my dress to wash and a load of whites then I am done. We packed half of what we would need and did laundry in Wyoming.
My husband went to see the heart doctor and he thought he was going to be scheduled for a stress test. The heart doctor said he didn't think that would be necessary. He also went to see a Congressman about having his VA disability cut and refinanced our house so that we can get new windows and spouting and pay off his pick-up truck. We had our mortgage down from $104,000 in 2008 to $86,00o and now it will be $106,000. I have been very depressed.
Crabby sent an e-mail asking me what we spent on gasoline, then she will deduct what they spent to see how much of the rental bill they will pay. I defriended her on my Facebook page. The woman is a kook.
We went to Yellowstone Park while there. We didn't take the in-laws. We went by way of the Chief Joseph Highway and didn't get there in time to see many things in the park. There was 3--4' of snow in some places. We didn't get to see Old Faithful. We did see whitetail deer, mule deer, antelope, bison, a male and female moose, a wolf, a black bear, a male and female elk and mountain goats. Two crossed the road behind our car and one went up to a guardrail post and scratched its rear end on the post. It was like he was putting on a show for us. We also saw a skunk, deer, a ring-necked pheasant and a zebra, but not in Yellowstone. I had a buffalo burger and the meat is very good. It is tender meat.
We came home by way of Burgess Pass and it was snowing and very, very foggy. There were hairpin turns and deer and I prayed a lot for our safety.
I have lost a check register for one of our savings accounts and I just can't seem to get going with anything. I cry out in my sleep and did so in Kansas, in the car, and at home. I don't feel like I can handle a lot right now and that is why it has taken me so long to respond to all of my Spark friends.
My sister told me that Mom has been going into deep sleeps and that she didn't think Mom woke up when they took her for a shower. She said Mom leaned her head into my sister's hand and slept like that for 20 minutes. My sister sent her grandson to get and aide to put Mom into her bed.
I went to see her before we left for Wyoming and noticed that she doesn't remember the names of many thing and calls things "tickets." She was looking at her fingernails and called them "tickets."
Monday, April 30, 2012
Monday, April 30, 2012
My husband had chest pains from the time he awoke 8 AM until after 8 PM yesterday. He finally told us he wanted our son to drive him to the hospital emergency room.
His EKG was fine and all of his readings on the heart monitor were fine. He was kept overnight so they could check his cardiac enzymes.
He told the doctor he had manually lifted a container full of liquid on Thursday that may have weighed over 200 pounds. Our son used to work with my husband and said it may have weighed closer to 500 pounds. We think he had muscular pain and not heart problems. I will know more today.
He was admitted, but it is counted as out-patient by the hospital to our insurance and we will be charged differently than if he had been listed as admitted.
Every day we're shufflin'
Friday, April 20, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012 Day 218
Chopping Wood 52 minutes 621 calories burned
Heavy Cleaning 5 minutes 45 calories burned
Moving: carrying boxes 6 minutes 84 calories burned
Total Exercise Minutes: 73
Hubby turned in the rental vehicle this evening and got his pickup truck back. We will have to wait on the insurance company of the driver that hit him to settle up on the claim.
We cut wood this evening because the temperatures are supposed to drop here from highs in the 70s, to highs in the 50s and rain is expected for the next 10 days.
We drained the water off of the winter cover and the next day the ground collapsed into a sink hole. The grass never tore apart and there are no cracks in the soil but we have about a 3' in diameter hole in back of the pool.
Hubby said the damage to his truck was $4,786.55.
I was sick yesterday with stomach pain.
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