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Doggie 911

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

I was sitting at my daughter's computer this morning on Spark People. Her puppy came in and out of the room with her new Christmas bone. I wasn't paying that much attention to her. Big mistake! She had gotten into my suitcase and got hold of my thyroid medicine that I had just gotten refilled on the 20th. I found the lid and the chewed bottle, but no pills. So, I got to wake up my daughter and son-in-law.

First plan of attack was call the vet. The poor puppy had to be given hydrogen peroxide to make her throw up. We didn't see any pills in what she had thrown up, but don't know if they dissolved or not. Good things about it, though, is first that it is a medicine prescribed for dogs and second it wan't one of my stronger medicines.

Then to call the health care company. I was told that although I have a refill on the prescription, I have to get another prescription from the doctor called in and will have to pay the full price.

I am on hold with the doctor's office right now. (A pet peeve of mine with the office is the hold time - no pun intended!) So, instead of going bargain shopping with my daughter, it looks like I will be spending my money on the needed prescription.

Note to self: remember that puppies are quicker and craftier than two-year-olds - which I had really known but temporarily forgotten about. My daughter's already jokingly told me that she's changed her mind about letting me puppy-sit. I really feel badly that the puppy had to go through that and that my daughter had to be woken up early.

  
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SLIMLILA 12/29/2011 1:37AM

    Oh no! Not what you needed on your wonderful visit with your dd.. Glad everything turned out ok, but I'm sure no one needed that stress... I wondered what would happen if you lost a bottle of pills, guess now I know... I don't have any medical coverage since my job ended and we had to go get a couple of refills the other nite. I checked around and found a store that gives you a $15 gift card for each new script..
so that's where I got it and put in on my store credit card so I will get frequent user points too, but will still have to pay the $118 soon..

I got out the WW books last nite and am going to try it, cuz the way I am going, is up, up, up not the other way.... so far today, I made homemade turkey and bean soup and had 2 big bowls of it... Then I used up bananas and made a banana loaf (for everyone else, not me) and used up the last of the Pillsbury choc. chip cookie dough (same thing) and they are already gone...

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LILRED75 12/27/2011 10:35AM

  Stuff happens, but at least puppy is alright.

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Christmas Surprise

Sunday, December 25, 2011

I got a Christmas surprise this year. My daughter that lives in Alabama bought me a plane ticket for me to spend the week with her. So, I got up very early this morning to catch a plane and am now with her. It was a VERY wonderful surprise. So, you may not hear from me much this week as I will be taking full advantage of the time I have with her. I wish for you all to have a wonderful holiday season.

  
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SLIMLILA 12/26/2011 11:07PM

    How Awesome is that! ENJOY!!! WooHoo! emoticon

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CHARLIE-B 12/26/2011 6:43PM

    That was so sweet of your daughter. It almost made me cry. I'm very happy for you and I know you and her will have a wonderful time together. Merry Christmas!

Hugs,
Charlie

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GLASSART43 12/26/2011 2:25PM

    Terrific Patty! Enjoy the visit and make memories.
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BERGBA7 12/26/2011 1:22PM

    Wonderful! Have a great week and a happy new year!
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FITMARY 12/26/2011 4:58AM

    That's wonderful! Enjoy every minute!!!
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PASTORJO 12/25/2011 7:17PM

    Patty - how wonderful! What a surprise...I hope you have a wonderful week with your daughter.

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LUVS2BIKE101 12/25/2011 7:04PM

    How wonderful for both you and your daughter! Merry Christmas!
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TOPAZROSE 12/25/2011 6:51PM

    That is so sweet of her. I hope you have a lovely visit and enjoy your week away with your daughter.

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NPA4LOSS 12/25/2011 6:39PM

    That is so emoticon! We will be here when you return so have a great time!

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Creativity

Saturday, December 24, 2011

The quote today on the home page caught my attention. "Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." - Scott Adams. I wasn't sure who he was so I googled him. He's the creator of the comic strip "Dilbert".

This got me to thinking. I used to be more creative. I enjoyed making things and trying new things. I have gotten out of the habit of doing things that I once enjoyed. They helped me relax and regroup. For my own mental health, I need to start being creative again. One more New Year's Resolution added to my list.

  
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SLIMLILA 12/25/2011 1:26AM

    GReat Quote....Merry Christmas emoticon

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MASHARIVER 12/24/2011 10:55AM

    Thats a really good quote. Creativity is very important for wellness.

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NPA4LOSS 12/24/2011 10:40AM

    How wonderful that you discovered that quote and how it relates to your own life. Mistakes often help us make the really good stuff. emoticon

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NANCYBOAT 12/24/2011 9:40AM

    I *love* that quote!!!

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FITMARY 12/24/2011 9:11AM

    I know the feeling! Reading a book by Julia Cameron has really been a help to me. It's called The Artist''s Way and it offers good cheer and a way to return you to your creativity without big bucks. Maybe it would help you too? You can probably find it in the library. All the best for the new year!

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Therapeutic Day

Friday, December 23, 2011

I didn't have the motivation to do much of anything yesterday. So I spent a quiet day visiting with my ex-mother-in-law, talking to my girls and my mom, starting my Avon order and going through some paperwork.

I got a hanging jewelry organizer from my baby for Christmas. She had it shipped directly from the store and the company wouldn't wrap it. So, I got out my container that I kept my jewelry in, went through my jewelry, and put the jewelry I wanted to keep in the organizer. It is going to be so much easier to find what I have! It was very therapeutic for me to do this.

This little organization project verified to me that I need to really get off my duff and organize the rest of the condo. It will give me purpose for a week or however long it takes me. I will feel like my life is less cluttered, more organized, and hopefully a little more peaceful as I won't be hunting for stuff that I don't remember where I put it.

Getting rid of things that I really don't need to be hanging onto will do a few things for me. I won't have a bunch of junk laying around. It will be easier to find things. I think it will make me feel like I'm getting a fresh start for the new year. I think this will help my overall spirits - at least I'm hoping it will help a little. Here's to organizing!

  
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KKP4673 12/24/2011 1:37AM

    Good job on getting rid of things you don't need!!! Make room for more that way!!

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SLIMLILA 12/23/2011 11:58PM

    Will you come up to Alberta and help me clear out my storage locker and stop wasting that money every month? Glad you got your present in time for Christmas and were able to use it for calming yourself and feeling better about things..

I'm in a weird mood myself. it's so hard to cook meals here with everyone being so fussy. I was going to make Chinese for supper and g.d told me before I even started that she doesn't like that and won't eat it. I know dd doesn't like onions and mushrooms and no one would help me peel carrots and my thumb was hurting so I felt sorry for myself.. I gave up and came down and laid down for a little pity cry. And made the decision that I was going to cook what I liked cuz I have spent too much time trying to make everyone happy and it's just not working... So, I made the pork with onions and mushrooms and I made the stir fry with bean sprouts so I enjoyed my supper and the kids had pizza. But, my gym friend called me and I got to chat with her after supper and was invited over for a glass of wine tomorrow, sounds like just what the dr. ordered...

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NPA4LOSS 12/23/2011 8:05PM

    I am so glad that you are finding some things that are helping relive the stress. Enjoy your Christmas and make time for some ME time.

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FITMARY 12/23/2011 10:12AM

    We just recycled 4 boxes of old magazines and books. Wow, what a nice difference! Gonna keep going on this purging exercise. It is helping us and I bet it will help you too. So nice to be lighter!!!
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Down Spirits

Thursday, December 22, 2011

I hate to admit it, but I've been in a depressed mood lately. People have noticed and commented on it. When I think about why I am this way, I come up with a few reasons. One is my job situation. I've been applying to jobs for at least an hour every day. I've gotten a few interviews, but no job offers. I'm basically a laid back person and don't come across as high-energy. This could very well be hurting me. The lack of money coming in steadily also weighs heavily on me.

Another thing that really bothers me right now is the fact that this will be the first Christmas spent without my girls with me. I miss them so much anyway, and the holiday just seems to make it worse.

So, since I don't like the situation, I have to take hold of it and change it. I'm going to start by reminding myself that companies realistically don't hire during the holidays. I'm going to spend time practicing my job skills and job interviewing techniques. I will still continue to apply for jobs.

I will skype with my daughters more. I will write them good, old fashioned letters. I will make plans to do new things and tell my girls about them. These plans will include getting back in touch with old friends and spending time with family.

I will clean out and organize my house. I will see how creatively I can re-decorate using what I have and maybe finding a few thrift store bargains. Often times, just doing this gets me energized again.

I will call my therapist and get an earlier appointment. I will tell her what's going on and get some concrete suggestions from her on how to help myself.

I will journal every day, reporting to myself on what I've done to improve myself and writing down my feelings. I will set some goals for myself by the end of next week and keep track on my progress in achieving them.

I really hope that my plans help me snap out of this.

  
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NPA4LOSS 12/23/2011 4:38AM

    Sounds like some great ideas. Take time to enjoy the next few days and the Holiday season. the New Year will soon be here. emoticon

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SLIMLILA 12/23/2011 1:49AM

    I sure hope all these great plans help. I keep meaing to call my dd in Wpg., but forget till it's to late at nite. I did the thrift store shop tonite and they were calling specials every hour, so I hit 3 different specials.. I found a cool ball with button/picture to push and Mya isn't crawling yet, but she moves around by her hands on the bare floor, so she can push it and then have to try to chase it to catch it.. I also got her some sleeps, she is so tall, she's already in the 18 mth size. I know I'm short, (5'2") but she's at least a head taller than my knees..

Enjoy talking with your dd's by Skype. My sis used to call me from Doha using it. SHe invited us all up for Chrismas dinner, but it would be very expensive in dd's truck to fit us all, and of course, it's like a 3-4 hr. drive, so it would certainly be a long, long day. DD suggested me and dh just drive up for a couple days, so will think on that. At least she's in the province, so I won't be leaving my home area, so it won't affect my unemployment.

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BEAUTIFULANIME 12/22/2011 5:34PM

    I really like your attitude towards your situation. I know you can make your goals. Remember to smile each day because you deserve happiness.
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C11ELF16 12/22/2011 4:40PM

    Great plan ! You are doing great just by taking the time to STOP and recongnize that you need to TAKE action to change things for yourself. Keep up the good work ! Take care of yourself ! emoticon

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TOPAZROSE 12/22/2011 10:04AM

    Your plans sound great. Put them into action and see how you are after a few weeks. I'm sure it will energise you and you will feel and act differently.
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MRE1956 12/22/2011 9:56AM

    BTDT more times than I care to think about (job-wise, anyhow.....all my family are close by), and believe you me, this can really s**k the life out of a soul.....

The fact that you have plans at all is truly a good thing - so many who are struggling at this time of year do so partially due to the fact that there is no "plan of attack", as it were (IMHO)......

Skype can be your friend! I just tried it out a few weeks ago (the audio portion, not the video - even though I do have a built-in webcam, it wasn't really needed for the contact I made at that time)......I'm sure you'll find it useful.

Hang in there!

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