PICKIE98   277,556
SparkPoints
100,000 or more SparkPoints
 
 
PICKIE98's Recent Blog Entries

Blessed weather

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

It could always be worse: we only have e50mph winds, rain, sleet and snow. If it holds steady outside, I can keep things semi-dry indoors. I pushed my elbow joint pipe on the lavatory drainpipe for a bandaid fix until Saturday, only wash our hands and brush our teeth in that sink anyway.
DD and I went to parental unit after work and put energy saving light bulbs in some fixtures, checked the temp of the interior, picked up some toiletries to bring to mother later in the week.

Kind of funny, kind of sad: my dad was a self-made millionaire,, but if you saw him on the street, you would want to offer him a hot meal and a set of new clothes. He would give anybody his clothes if they asked too.
I am used to how cheap he was, as I am almost that "thrifty" myself. DD and i started going through their home and checking out what we needed to replace. My dad could recycle buffalo poop if he thought it would save him a nickel.. I AM DEAD SERIOUS. Some of the lamps we attempted to put bulbs in, had been jury-rigged to turn on only if the wall switch was turned, the bulbs were 40 watt(these are ceiling lights!) and we could barely see the fixture to replace the bulb. dad saved old paint cans and put nails in them,, after this many years, I pry open a paint can thinking I will see dried paint,, 1,000 rusty nails gummed to the bottom of a can!

I know it reads funny, but I feel sad that dad s=did these things to save a penny, wasted nails that were new when they were put in the can.. He never bought a new vehicle, never bought a new lawn mower or part!! Even his clothes came form the free clothing store, donated. My mom worked there and they took some things home for him to wear.. i feel sad that dad never used the money to have fun, to enjoy himself with others, as mom did not want to do anything with him, just drink and gamble..\
When I get to heaven, I know the $$ will be a moot point, but I am only happy for him now, because I know that he is living his reward forever.
Does anybody else have a story like that? Am I being too sensitive or childish? I loved my dad with all my being, but feel bad because I used to tell him to spend some of that money, travel(he loved to, but mom did not) buy a poor person something they needed.. all fell on deaf ears....

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/1/2012 2:10AM

    My dad was a little bit the same way but mostly out of necessity as he was raising five kids on his own. He was AWESOME but did not waste a penny. He never jerry-rigged anything but he did the repairs himself. He always had a good car, usually bought new, because he had to get to work without any issues and always were able to travel from Ohio to Pennsylvania to visit my grandparents. (I remember two cars in fourteen years.) We visited with his parents at least once every month or two...more often in the summer but still a couple of time during the winter months.
I still miss my dad every day but know that he is enjoying his reward now!!!
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

Comment edited on: 11/1/2012 2:12:44 AM

Report Inappropriate Comment
NORASPAT 10/31/2012 4:31PM

    Sorry your Dad was not a very happy person. We were dirt poor but we were happy. I guess it is obvious money is not necessarily a happiness maker. Your mother must have had a difficult time. HUGS- BIG HUGS Linda -- Pat in Maine.
emoticon FOOD for thought emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
FLEMIDG 10/31/2012 12:02AM

    Sorry to hear your dad didn't get to enjoy things the way he should have. Maybe he enjoyed doing things that way.

Report Inappropriate Comment
TIMOTHYNOHE 10/30/2012 11:29PM

    Did your dad grow up in the 1930s? Sounds like some people I knew who had been severely affected by the Great Depression.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ALDEBARANIAN 10/30/2012 10:58PM

    You could put a bucket under that sink drain, but then you'd have to remember not to empty it into the sink! LOL
I'm on the other side of the jet stream. We have rain/wind/thunder tonight, but warm temps.
Bless you and DD for looking after mom.

Report Inappropriate Comment
WILLOW49 10/30/2012 7:20PM

    My dad was the same way...but from necessity. Your dad is indeed living his reward now!

Report Inappropriate Comment
PATRICIAAK 10/30/2012 5:06PM

    Sounds like the Great Depression mindset never left him.

Report Inappropriate Comment
DEBBIEANNE1124 10/30/2012 4:24PM

    I'm sorry friend but I can't beat that story.

Mine was a DEAD BEAT dad.

Report Inappropriate Comment


terlits, kin, glamour

Monday, October 29, 2012

Okay, so it stopped raining here today, I had my care conference with staff for my mother.. my workplace called me early this morning to see if I could come in and work for four hours from 9-1,,told them I had this conference, so turned down work.. an hour later, staff called to change time of conference to 12:30 instead of 11am.. Linda's Law

realized one of my toilets needs re-seating and perhaps new guts, other one won't fill up properly,, then we got grey water all over one bathroom and into the basement through floor joists!! I discovered that it was the elbow joint underneath sink fell OFF, all the water has been just pouring all over into vanity, floor tiles and joists!!!
Got through to handyguy Joe,, he will be here Saturday to repair it all and install new hardware in bathtub.

I feel so glamorous swabbing icky grey water and who knows what else from my vanity and tiles. Like I said, another boring day.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/31/2012 3:03PM

    So sorry you are haivng such problems but so glad that you are a strong lady and can get the appropriate people to help you get the job done. I see that Linda's Law is still working.
Hope your week has gotten better.
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

Report Inappropriate Comment
TIMOTHYNOHE 10/29/2012 10:31PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NORASPAT 10/29/2012 9:38PM

    Water outside water inside and waiting till Saturday, what a situation.

If it's not one thing it's another.

Sorry the Linda's Rule is so contrary.

Let's hope it is better from NOW ON!!!!!

HUGS, take care ((((HUGS))) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ALDEBARANIAN 10/29/2012 8:35PM

    YeeGads! Sheesh. It shouldn'ta, oughtn'ta happend to ya. Sounds like you're handling it all great. Strong lady. Good on ya. Here's hoping it all gets straightened right out.
emoticon emoticon emoticon

Sounds like it's "Pamper Linda" time a little bit.

Report Inappropriate Comment
PATRICIAAK 10/29/2012 8:21PM

    Oh well, life goes on. Sorry it isn't more positive.

Report Inappropriate Comment
DEBBIEANNE1124 10/29/2012 6:14PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


water,water, all in the wrong places

Sunday, October 28, 2012

NO rain here, Praise Jesus, but we have two toilets to repair, one does not fill with water, teh other needs to be re-seated, still drawing water from basement in dehumidifier. Going to call my handyman Joe this morning to see if he can come over tomorrow after my care conference or when he gets out of work.
When people complain about having a boring day, I could scream!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/31/2012 2:35PM

    I need your handyman Joe to come to my house and help Ken replace a toilet. We have the old two bolt toilets and changing them requires changing the sewage piples in the house. Not an undertaking Ken is able to do right now. (sigh)
We have had our share and many others of the rain. I am ready for it to end.
You are way to busy to have any boring days.
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

Report Inappropriate Comment
MOSTMOM1 10/28/2012 11:28PM

    How on earth can anyone in this world have a boring day? Don't you just wonder?
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
DEBBIEANNE1124 10/28/2012 11:08AM

    We had a ceiling leak during the night over my BED. My bed is full of water. Ugh! Take care Lin.

Report Inappropriate Comment
NORASPAT 10/28/2012 10:18AM

    I had to log in several time to reach you LINDA!
YOU, must be very SPECIAl, just joking though you are very special to me.
We spent Thousands on a problem with the downstairs toilet. Sanitary district said there was a bad gasket in the foundation.
We took down fences and trees. They disturbed the blue clay and found NO PROBLEMS. We had to buy fill since blue clay does not go back. We had to buy loam -honestly thousands.
That started the basement drains to well up and flooded the basement. We decided to put in a sump pump. As soon as the new plumber looked in the basement he said what is the pipe going out of the Ceiling. We had no clue! It was the toilet vent pipe, across the entire basement from the toilet and it was sagging. We never knew what it was. He climbed on the roof and there was nothing keeping it up there. He pulled it up higher so no water could accumulate and he secured it for less than $100.
We use him all the time now for any plumbing problem, he is a keeper i hope yours is too. I hope it is done asap for you. HUGS Pat in Maine.
emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ALDEBARANIAN 10/28/2012 8:43AM

    rain shouldn't start here til tomorrow.
So excited about having a boring day. :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
PATRICIAAK 10/28/2012 8:11AM

    We've got the rain!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JSTETSER 10/28/2012 6:05AM

    Every once in a while, boring is kind of fun!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RIDLEYRIDER 10/28/2012 5:42AM

  Plumbing problems here too...grr....let's hope we both get them resolved quickly!

Report Inappropriate Comment


oops!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

I blogged last night about it being sad that my mother told me to go home at dark. I just re-read that sentence and it reads like she wanted me to leave. What I MEANT was it is sad that an old lady knows that her much younger daughter turns into a pumpkin at dark!! Now, that is sad...LOL!


We got a phone cal this morning that mother needed to go to the hospital because her legs were read, blistered and swollen. Long story short: I just got home from spending my whole day with her, picking her up at facility, in and out of the bathroom in w/c twice, emergency treatment, then off to pharmacy for Rx's for her cellulitis, then back to facility , drop her off,,

, I was so incensed that her toes were black and proper procedures were not followed, that I demanded to emoticon see director of company,, talked to her, am going to a care conference Monday(my other day off) and left.. I also had to leave there, go to store and pick up some gauze to cover the huge blisters on her legs so they can apply her TEDS over it, to bring swelling down.

I had to suggest that, along with her activities. Director was surprised that I had medical background,, way before she was out of college...

I am not a perfectionist, BUT I demand that I do the best of my ability at my job, I expect the same from everybody else..
Three of mothers toes were black, she is a diabetic,, so director was kind of scared I was going to freak out on her,, I did freak out when I saw them at E.R care!!

I finally got her financial stuff taken care of, now this starts up.
This is a test, this is ONLY a test.. you will be returned to your regular broadcast station momentarily...

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/31/2012 10:58AM

    So sorry that this is happening to your mom. Praying that everything works out and that she is on the road to a complete recovery. I know that my DH had cellulitis and it was a while before healing was complete due to his being diabetic also.
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

Report Inappropriate Comment
RISINGBLUESTAR 10/28/2012 2:31AM

    I am so sorry to hear about this situation. emoticon emoticon
People deserve to be treated much better than that and take care of properly. There is no excuse for this to happen and they should be ashamed. It's shameful that people like that can work with patients, especially the elderly!

I hope your mom feels better soon and I hope you don't encounter this very poor care ever again!

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
FLEMIDG 10/28/2012 12:35AM

    I am so sorry to hear of the problems with your mother's care. I do hope you are able to get this taken care of quickly. God bless you both.

Report Inappropriate Comment
DEBBIEANNE1124 10/27/2012 11:03PM

    For the kind of money the facility is paid they better do a darn good job.

Sounds scary what your moms going through.

Maybe there is a senior pool your mom can go to for exercise? or physical therapy?
Hang in there Lin

Report Inappropriate Comment
PATRICIAAK 10/27/2012 4:31PM

    Good grief! That's awful. Stay firm at the case conferance.

Report Inappropriate Comment
GERIKRAGH 10/27/2012 4:03PM

    You have a right to vent. I would too! Good thing you have the background. Good luck. Give your mom an extra hug!

Report Inappropriate Comment
STITCH4EVER 10/27/2012 3:17PM

    I JUST SAW MY MIL THIS MORNING AND HAD SOME OF THE SAME ISSUES YOU DID. HER CLOTHES WERE DIRTY EVEN THOUGH WE PAY THEM TO DO HER LAUNDRY. THERE WERE NO SHEETS ON HER BED AND SHE COULDN'T REMEMBER THE LAST TIME THERE WERE! HER FEET WERE VERY SWOLLEN AND SHE WAS JUST GETTING OUT OF BED WHEN I GOT THERE. SHE HAS TED HOSE TOO AND THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE PUT ON BEFORE SHE GETS UP TO KEEP THE SWELLING DOWN. BUT THE STAFF CLAIMS THAT SHE GETS UP RIGHT AS THEY ARE PASSING MEDS SO THEY DON'T HAVE TIME. SO SHOULD SHE LAY IN THE BED AND PEE THERE WHILE WAITING FOR THEM TO SHOW UP? IT'S VERY FRUSTRATING. FORTUNATELY, SHE DOESN'T REALIZE SHE IS NOT BEING WELL CARED FOR. AND THIS IS A GOOD FACILITY! YOU SHOULD SEE SOME OF THE OTHERS. I SURE HOPE SOMEONE SHOOTS ME FIRST!
ERIN

Report Inappropriate Comment
NORASPAT 10/27/2012 3:04PM

    LINDA, How come they did not take care of this earlier. Is there no medical staff at this place, they had to be aware she is diabetic. That is truly a bad situation.
Your mother is so fortunate to have you to second guess them.

We have paid in to Long term care and this year it goes up 33 percent and next year too. We bought it for our older days but have never used it and now they do this. It is incredible how they never mentioned this would happen. It was just a big come on and a waste of money since by next year the premiums will be out of our budget. Live and learn.
I do hope Mom is now getting better care at the facility, cellulitis is so hard to treat especially in a diabetic. Take care, I hope you will have some input in to the Care Conference, I feel most certain you will. HUGS Pat in Maine. So sorry that has happened to your Mom. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


Day off,,

Friday, October 26, 2012

Last night was nice with mother unit. The director went over surveys from last spring, informed us that they now have Wireless to bring in our laptops.. I met some nice people, brought some pictures home of mom and her roommate.
It was nice to be able to participate due to the fact that the dinner started at five,instead of seven or eight like usual.. this will tell you how exciting my life is: My 86 year old mother looked out the window at six thirty and told me I should start heading home(six miles) because the sun was going down, it was dark outside! That is just sad... I left immediately..

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/31/2012 10:52AM

    So glad that you were able to spend some time with your mom.
Blessiings and hugs,
Helen

Report Inappropriate Comment
ALDEBARANIAN 10/27/2012 7:22AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
DEBBIEANNE1124 10/26/2012 8:23PM

    LOL It sounds like Roberts 85 year old mother the kids bring her over hear for dinner and everyone sits down at the table and before anyone takes a bite it's "I'm ready to go! Let's go. NOW!"

Report Inappropriate Comment
PATRICIAAK 10/26/2012 5:16PM

    At least you were able to spend some time with your Mom.

Report Inappropriate Comment


First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240 241 242 243 244 245 246 247 248 249 250 251 252 253 254 255 256 257 258 259 260 261 262 263 264 265 266 267 268 269 270 Last Page