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Heigh-ho, Heigh-ho It's Off to Work I Go"

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Another blog and another reference to a song, so much for my creativity. I have not blogged in almost 2 months. I wish that I could attribute my absence to writer's block, but I'm not a writer. By the way, I was wondering why the words to the "Snow White" song were spelled "heigh " instead of "hi". I looked in my trusty old Merriam- Webster's and lo and behold: "heigh-ho is an interjection (takes me back to English grammar and parts of speech) which started to be used in the year 1553 typically to express boredom, weariness, sadness or sometimes as a cry of encouragement." Oh my goodness, I had no idea that those 7 dwarfs were experiencing these emotions and actually they sing "it's home from work we go". I always thought they were going "off to work". I had better take a "Snow White" review course.

Is there any point to my blog? Oh yes there is. You see, I have been out on disability since March 3, 2009. I went back to work for about a week around August 2009 and was placed back on disability. In November of 2008, I was attacked by a patient and my right shoulder was virtually destroyed along with my right knee. It's a long story ! Three surgeries later, I was still off work due to complications. Oh yes life can be so complicated at times.

My physicians recommended permanent disability. Yikes, I knew that there was no way that I could afford to pay a health premium of $700 plus a month and I sure didn't want to go through the hassle of disability rigmarole. I was in such a quandary. I have always worked and usually 2 jobs. I raised 3 kids as a single parent. Oh NO, I thought. This can't be happening...

And then suddenly on September 21st around 4:30PM, I received a phone call and was told to report to work at 7:00 AM the next morning. It made no sense, I had not been released to return to work. Oh well, I figured it was par for the course and I decided to just show up and see what happened. Well, I have been working every day since with the exception of 2 days this past week when I managed to contract a nasty bout of stomach flu and an upper respiratory infection. It has been a comedy of errors. I have been shuffled from place to place. I could write a book just about this whole debacle. What a journey !!

I haven't been "Sparking" nearly as much, some days just spinning the wheel has been my limit. I feel so badly that I have not had time nor energy to stay in touch with my dear Spark friends. I have missed having contact with them. I want to be there for them, to laugh with them, to cry with them and to offer support and encouragement. They have been there for me. They tolerate my wacky sense of humor and they are loyal.

So to each of my fellow "Sparkers", I say "Heigh-ho" and just as my trusty old "Webster" states, I mean that as an expression of sadness, weariness, and as a cry of encouragement. But in my case, it is definitely not an expression of boredom. I am sad that I do not have as much time to spend with you. I am a bit weary from working after so many months of being off - I must admit that I am deconditioned. Yet, this is a cry of encouragement. I WILL SURVIVE ! And I am looking forward to finding the time to get back in touch with each of you and to send you goodies and to just make our "Spark" journey together.

I think of you daily and I wish you all of the best. Thank you for your understanding and patience. Thanks for being who you are. We "Sparkers" are a very fortunate bunch. SPARK PEOPLE RULE !!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IRISH_AGUIRRE 10/11/2010 12:04AM

  Wow! I wondered what was up, but just figured you were busy with life in general. Never did I suspect all this! I hope it all goes well for you. You are always in my thoughts, sending you lots of positive energy & prayers if wished. Hugs, Becky

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HONORINGGOD 10/10/2010 6:32PM

    praise GOD

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ANNESYLVIA 10/10/2010 5:09PM

    Well, I am glad you are able to work again. Although I feel for you, it must be hard getting back to the rat race after such a long recovery.

I too hope to read more of your blogs. And always remember we are in this together!
Drop by any time you like spark buddy.

Anne Sylvia

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JAMER123 10/10/2010 3:39PM

    Thank you for sending this link to me I fully understand the time factors involved. You have done a wonderful job of writing AND getting back into the work force. I know many people that would not have the get up and go you have shown. Good for you my friend!!! Glad to see you back!!

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    Hope you're feeling ok now that you're back to work. Take care of yourself.

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MRSMLBJ 10/10/2010 1:54PM

    Heigh ho is right. Hang in there. Hope things get better for you.

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LADYIRISH317 10/10/2010 10:56AM

    I have SO missed you, you "bloody great female!" I'm here for you whenever, whatever. Take care of yourself!

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BEVY11951 10/10/2010 9:21AM

    So happy to read your blog and learn the dynamics of that happy song! "Home from work"? I had no idea what those little guys were singing about all these years!
I was thrilled to know that my good friend is still managing to put in a little Spark time here and there. This must be difficult after spending so many months recuperating at home with so many more hours of free time. I give you all the credit in the world and thank you for blogging about this new course your life is taking.
Isn't it so refreshing to know that there is a place you can go to communicate with so many supportive people at any time of the day? All you need to do is write your thoughts down and it is amazing how many people will come forward to be there for you.
All, I can say is that I am relieved to know that a special person like yourself is making an effort to reconnect with all of us!
My very best wishes regarding your return to work and for your continued health and happiness. Stay in touch my friend!
And I wish you a "HI HO" instead of a "HEIGH HO"!

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DONEGIRL 10/10/2010 7:14AM

    Hi! Welcome back. I look forward to hearing more updates and fun blogs. The very best of luck with work- it's hard I know but we will be thinking of you.

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USFBULL 10/10/2010 1:55AM

    emoticon emoticon And now I know. Good update and answers a bunch of questions. Heigh Ho to you to. emoticon

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ABC's of ME

Sunday, August 15, 2010

BEVY11951 posted her version of this after finding it on someone else's Spark Page. She stated that she thought this would be a fun way to get to know more about each other and I did enjoy reading hers. In her blog, she suggested that we keep this going. Just use "copy and paste".

Please write your version and then send a request to 5 of your Spark Friends, including yourself, to do the same. If you are unable to complete this request within 24 hours, you will forever receive only 2 points on the "Spark Wheel of Fortune".

Okay, that 2nd paragraph is just my warped sense of humor at 2:43A.M. Of course, it's warped no matter what time of day it is. I just thought that my request to keep it going was sounding a bit like one of those "chain letter e-mails" that you probably love as much as I do. Enough already - "Here's Janie"...

A = Age: 61
B = Bed size: Queen
C = Chore you hate: Cleaning out my file cabinets
D = Dogs name: Katie Noonan (Yorkshire Terrier)
E = Essential start of your day item: Taking Katie outside.
F = Favorite color: Green ( I know that you are reeling from that shocking disclosure)
G = Gold or Silver: Silver if we're talking jewelry, silver if we're talking hair color
H = Height: 5'6" (actually I borrowed Bev's height on this one) I'm barely 5 feet tall.
I = Instruments you play: Learning bodhran, ukelele, harmonica, & mandolin
J = Job title: "Jane of All Trades, Master of None" (honestly Registered Nurse & L.M.F.T.)
K = Kid(s): 2 daughters - Aged 34 & 31 and 1 son aged 27
L = Living arrangements: Now that the kids are on their own, it's just "Katie Noonan" and me
M = Mom's name is: Catherine Margaret Noonan McIntosh (a.k.a. Peg or Peggy) deceased
N = Nickname(s): Mac, Sinead, "Sparkle Plenty", Janie, "Nurse Jane", "Therapist Jane"
O = Overnight hospital stay other than birth: a few too many prior to becoming a nurse, now I beg to go home
P = Pet Peeve: never ending voice menus when you call a company, etc. Press 1 to speak with a live person, Press 2 to speak with a dead person, Press 3 etc. etc.
Q= Quote from a movie: "A lot of people enjoy being dead. But they're not dead, really. They're just backing away from life. Reach out. Take a chance. Get hurt, even! Play as well as you can. Go team! GO! Give me a "L"! Give me an "I"! Give me a "V"! Give me a "E"! LIVE!... Otherwise, you got nothing to talk about in the locker room." Ruth Gordon in "Harold and Maude"
R = Right or left handed: Right
S = Siblings: 2 brothers (1deceased), 1 sister (deceased)
T = Time you wake up: I don't sleep at all 2-3 x's/week, if I do sleep usually wake up at 6:30AM
U = First word that comes to mind for "U": Undertaker (well they do say that the Irish have a preoccupation with death)
V = Vegetable you dislike: don't think that I've met one that I haven't liked
W = Ways you run late: I'm usually early or on time
X = Xrays: Too many to remember
Y = Yummy food you make: Strawberry Pretzel Salad (according to my kids who fight over it)
Z = Zoo favorite: Elephants (I've been thinking that I resemble there largess) but the monkeys are full of "boogie" and I love that

That's mine and it would be a fun way to get to know each other so keep it flowing.....

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BEVY11951 8/28/2010 9:02AM

    Just read your ABC's and you really cheer me - I absolutely love your humor. Want to hear something funny? I just found out recently that my heritage (on my father's side) is half Irish and half French Canadian. His grandfather came over to England from Dublin when he was a young man. I grew up thinking I was only English because that is where my grandparents originated, but my 89 year old dad just told me that was not the case. I only learned about this because my daughter Becky, recently moved to "Southie", the Irish section of Boston. My dad thought he'd tell of our Dublin origins at this time. What a hoot! It's not a lot, but I have some roots in this get culture. So "Erin Go Bragh" my friend!


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WESTIEGAL1 8/25/2010 5:46PM

    This is great! I may borrow if for use with my women's group-we can all stand to learn a little bit more about each other.

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    Fun! I love the Harold and Maude quote. I need to see that movie again.

Hope you're getting some more sleep soon, I know how hard it is.

Thanks for stopping by my blogs. Nice to hear from you again!

Take care Jane!

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IRISH_AGUIRRE 8/15/2010 6:15PM

  Nice to learn more about you! I did this months ago, but I think I will "update" it.

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Monday, August 09, 2010

To misquote Carole King, "I felt the earth move under my feet". Yes, you are right, I do live in southern California, land of many earthquakes. But it wasn't an earthquake !! And it wasn't the usual floor shaking underneath yours truly the beached whale. IT WAS THE SCALE !!!! It moved. Could it be a mistake? Oh please God, no not a mistake. I actually think that I may have lost 2.8 pounds.

Now, I am usually a fairly positive thinker; however, I am a bit of a "doubting Thomas". Well make that a "doubting Jane". It's just that the scale has not budged in a long time. I almost had a cardiac arrest from the shock of it all. I just about ended up in the "wake bed" for my trip to eternity.(see my Spark Page photo of the wake bed)

WOW, I hope that those numbers on the scale this morning weren't an apparition!

I wish you all a great week with changing scales...

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DONEGIRL 9/14/2010 10:50AM

    Well done -hope it continues its downwards trajectory!

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IRISH_AGUIRRE 8/12/2010 1:45AM

  Fantastic! Congratulations! I wondered what that shaking was! (I, too, live in s. CA.)

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BEVY11951 8/11/2010 12:35PM

    Jane, Be a positive puppy, that's not an apparition, it's REAL! Congrats and keep up the good work! I'm routing for you! Bev

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Sunday, August 08, 2010

Clancy Brothers
Wild Rover (no Nay Never) lyrics

I've been a wild rover for many a year
And I spent all me money on whiskey and beer,
But now I'm returning with gold in great store
And I never will play the wild rover no more.
And it's no, nay, never,
No nay never no more,
Will I play the wild rover
No never no more.

Now as you see this, you are probably wondering, "and her point is??" Well. let me explain. I am a huge fan of music, it's magical. It inspires me, makes me laugh, picks me up when I'm down and, can energize me. I'm sure that I drive those around me crazy with my incessant parodies; however, the grandkids love them. Yes, I know that they are too young to know any better.

Well, I wanted to blog today, and is often my case, I couldn't think of anything to say that someone would want to read. BTW, just because you are reading this, I am not assuming that you want to read it. So this song above went through my head and I was "changing up" the words right away and ended up with "Jane's Version".

I've been a beached whale for many a year
I've spent all my money on fattening cheer.
But now I'm returning with "Spark" in great store,
And I never will play the beached whale no more.
And it's NO,NAY,NEVER,
NO, NAY, NEVER no more,
Will I play the beached whale,

For those of you that are just dying to know the tune, here's the link to my beloved Clancy Brothers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdl-yB0MapI

Just be happy that I only put you through 1 verse and the chorus. So, I leave you on this fine Sunday with a bit of insight into how I cope with life and a renewed commitment to getting in shape. I wish all of you a grand and glorious new week...
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LADYIRISH317 8/10/2010 10:35AM

    I've always loved The Wild Rover! Thanks so much for a clever new take on it.

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TWOTIMESS 8/9/2010 3:54AM

Now it's stuck in my head... Everytime I hear this tune I want to head out to the local, LOL!

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USFBULL 8/8/2010 6:27PM

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MARYMAC45 8/8/2010 6:04PM

    Love the song, loved the Clancy Bros. & Tommy Meacam. I saw them in concert in New Jersey about 20 years ago. Your version was very cute. Thanks for posting.

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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

So, I have really been trying to stay on track and I think that I have made some progress. I am eating more regularly than I have in many years, much less meal skipping. I have been exercising as much as I can at the present time. I even bought a new pair of walking shoes. I am drinking 8 glasses of water daily. I'm tracking my food. The bottom line is "my scale won't budge". Oh let me clarify, it does fluctuate about 1/2 of a pound up and down. So I revise my diagnosis, the scale is not stuck-apparently I am stuck. I must admit that I continue to have totally sleepless nights; however, not as many as before. Last night I did not have one second of sleep. I don't ever nap. so you would think that I would sleep. Oh the joys of Restless Leg Syndrome and a C-PAP machine!!

On a different note (no pun intended), I am in the process of buying a mandolin from a guy in British Columbia. I should receive it by the end of next week. I had started to take mandolin lessons as part of my own contrived physical therapy program to alleviate my severe tremor that developed after shoulder surgeries. Then I wanted a "stand alone" instrument so I switched to guitar. Well that guitar seemed "gigantor" and I downscaled to ukelele. The uke is fun; however, my instructor said that he thought that I would be able to return to the mandolin now if I still wanted to play my Irish tunes. I found what looks to be an awesome mandolin in the classified section of the "Mandolin Café". I will continue with the ukelele, bodhran, harmonica, and add the mandolin. After all, why play 1 instrument well when you can play 4 instruments poorly? Hence, my self imposed moniker is totally accurate, "Jane of All Trades-Master of None"!!

I hope that all of you that read this purposeless diatribe are doing well and I am sure that those of you who do not read it will do even better... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Hi Jane, the scale will move eventually, don't fret. Enjoy all of your instruments! Yes, Harry and I had a great time in Maine, but we didn't go to LL Bean. Just got busy with other things. Have a great Sunday! Jeneen

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ANNESYLVIA 8/4/2010 7:48AM

    Oh Jane! There are few blogs I read that talk of pain and yet put a smile on my face! I believe you must have a good sense of humor. I feel I do too but I can't seem to get it in" writing"! (no pun intended). For me, humor keeps my forever linger depression & anxiety at bay! Yep no med (@ 43 yr old) just laughter and GOD's grace!

Well back to the point...I am so glad that the mandolin was approved for you to play again! And the icing on the cake...it will help with your injuries! Irish music huh? I only know some sad and depressing ones. Well unless I recall James Cagney musicals...however I am not sure that is Irish music or just American ballads. I wish I could play any instrument. Alas never had the opportunity! I do think about the piano...I watch and listen to Alicia Keys and more closer to my "days" Billy Joel and long to play!

Oh I found my "feet" portrait of my hubby and me! I will soon scan and download. I let you know when I get it done.

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MUSTLOSE100 8/3/2010 11:22PM

    emoticon I feel the same way too!

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KATYBUG48 8/3/2010 11:20PM

  So is mine. Yuck

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