Thursday, July 10, 2008
My boss called and yelled at me because I made a mistake. He wants everything now and perfect. He is retiring at the end of August. I will celebrate his leaving, but not at his party! I will have my own party. I really try to do a good job and it is unfortunate that so many employees only give negative feedback.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
I wish that I could say that I'm making steady progress on losing the extra 2 pounds I've gained. I have done well for the last two days staying within my calories and working around the house should burn a few calories, too. But, instead, I'm making steady progress on my home renovation.
I hope to have the work around the house complete by the end of next week so that I can get into my usual routine and go to the gym. Here is what I've done to our upstairs bath:
* removed the textured ceiling
* spackled, sanded, and painted the ceiling
* applied masking tape to all molding in the bathroom
* removed the huge mirror above the counter
* removed the wallpaper under the mirror
* spackled and sanded the wall under the mirror
Next, I will paint (at least 2 coats because I am painting beige over navy blue) and remove all the masking tape. Then, my husband and I will remove the toilet and put down the new vinyl tile floor that we bought and I will paint behind the toilet. There is wallpaper behind there, too. I am delighted with the progress that I am making!
I also hung a wall hanging in our bedroom that my husband bought months ago. I thought that our older bedspread matched it better than the current one, so I changed the bedding. I almost hung a shelf in our bedroom and then I realized that the cross stitch D. Morgan picture that I am doing now would look great with that shelf and a matching D. Morgan plate on the shelf, so the shelf will have to wait until the picture is complete.
Tonight, I should get a good workout mowing our yard. Our stepping stones in the back yard are starting to disappear, so that is a good indication that it needs mowing!
Sunday, July 06, 2008
After a week of scrapbooking, I was tired of it, so I pulled out a counted cross stitch kit from 20 years ago and I am finishing it. It is a D. Morgan "Blue Heaven" picture. Since we are fixing up our house, I am going to cross stitch pictures to hang in the dining room. I have found a lot of gorgeous Christmas pictures, tree skirts, and ornaments too. This is a great hobby because you can pick it up for a few minutes any time, it isn't messy, and it takes too long to complete a project for it to be expensive! I can burn through scrapbooking supplies quickly.
I saw my older son last night at my mother-in-law's weekly dinner. I didn't get a chance to talk to him for long because we had to leave to take my mother home (1.5 hour round trip). One of the family members noticed something on my older son's arm and asked about it and he had gotten a huge tattoo over his right shoulder. It is a lion with a rose in it's mouth. The lion and rose are from the Policeman's Memorial. That is why my son didn't show on Wednesday for dinner - he was getting the tattoo. That's also why he didn't answer my text or call - he was getting the tattoo. I asked him if that was why he didn't show up for dinner or answer me and he said yes. He didn't apologize. I didn't care if he got a tattoo, but I really don't understand why he had to get it done the night of our dinner.
My younger son has been texting me this morning because he is sick. He has a sore throat and his ears hurt. He went to a clinic near his apartment and found out that he has tonsillitis. He has antibiotics, so he should feel better soon. He was so happy to find out that he would be ok that he decided to go to the pool. That was a fast recovery!
Tomorrow, I will work on the bathroom! My mother goes to the doctor to find out whether or not she will need to have surgery on her arm. If she has to schedule surgery, I will have to finish the bathroom quickly and set up a bed in my son's room for her. We'll see. I enjoyed spending time with my mother last night. She enjoyed seeing my husband's family and my older son. We are the only family that she has, but at least we are a 45 minute drive from her. We could be farther...
We are on Season 4 now of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on DVD!
Friday, July 04, 2008
Happy 4th! My husband and I have spent yesterday and today watching DVDs (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and enjoying our hobbies. My husband works on genealogy and I have been making greeting cards. I made several really cute ones for my sister-in-law's father. He crushed his hip a week ago and has now been moved to a rehabilitation facility. His mind is more clear now, so I am really hopeful that he will recover. My mother had an MRI and will find out on Monday whether or not surgery will be required to heal her torn rotator cuff.
If my mother has to have surgery, I am going to have to scramble to get a room ready for her and the bathroom upstairs finished. My younger son moved out and left his room a mess. My mother couldn't sleep in the bed in the room because it is a bunk bed and she would bump her head on the upper bunk. My mother has poor balance and seems older than her age (69). The bathroom needs a new toilet and I want to get the room painted and a new floor down before the toilet is installed. I'm going to start working on the bathroom on Monday morning.
I have gotten over being upset about my son not showing up for our cookout on Wednesday. The things that made me so upset were that 1) we planned the evening because both my sons said that they could be there 2) when I sent text messages to both sons 30 minutes before we were to eat, my older son didn't answer my text message or subsequent call. I had to find out that they weren't coming after I called his girlfriend because he didn't answer. 3) my younger son FORGOT about our plans and only came because I reminded him and he was hungry. My husband says that our older son didn't answer my text or phone call because he thought I would be upset about his missing the cookout. I think that I would have been much less disappointed if I had known that he wasn't coming earlier instead of expecting him to show up and learning at the last minute that he wasn't coming.
One of the reason that I had been planning these meals around my sons' schedules is that my mother wants to see them. She lives 45 minutes away and she can't drive right now, so we have to plan ahead. My father died in February and my mother has no other immediate family. Tomorrow, we are going to mow my mother's yard and we plan to bring her back with us for dinner at my mother-in-law's house. My sons may be there. Who knows? After dinner, we will drive my mother home.
In the last year, my father-in-law and father died. My dog died. My two sons moved out. I hate my new life, but I am trying to get used to it and count my blessings. I know that I shouldn't feel sorry for myself because I have a LOT of wonderful blessings. I will concentrate on them...
Thursday, July 03, 2008
SICK PEOPLE UPDATE: My mother (who has a torn rotator cuff) had an MRI and will have to wait until Monday to get the results. My sister-in-law's father (who broke his hip) is in a rehabilitation facility and is less confused now.
Since my sons moved out, we've been trying to cook a meal once each week for our sons and moms at a time convenient for our sons. It really hasn't been working well at all because our sons work odd hours. So, last weekend, both sons told me that they could get together on Wednesday, July 2.
I picked up my mother since she hurt her arm and can't drive (1.5 hour round trip).
I hadn't heard from my sons in a few days, so at 5:30pm, I sent each of them a text message that dinner would be ready at 6:00pm. My younger son had forgotten about our plans, but he got into his car and came. My older son didn't answer the text. So, I tried calling him and he didn't answer. I called his girlfriend and she said that they weren't coming and that my son was supposed to have let us know. From what my younger son told me and what I already knew, I am guessing that my older son wanted to come, but his girlfriend had other plans for him. My husband thinks that he didn't answer my call or text because he thought that I would be mad. I am mad!
I sacrificed a lot to give my sons a wonderful childhood. I did without a lot of things. My husband and I have debt from buying them cars and putting them through school. Sometimes, I almost wish that we had never had children.
We had a nice dinner with our moms and my younger son. We ate outside on the deck and gave everyone food to take home. We had hamburgers, hot dogs, tater tots, lemon meringue pie, and apple pie. Everything was delicious! My husband and I made the 1.5 hour trip to take my mother home.
I've decided to give up on the family dinners. It is a constant disappointment to go to so much trouble when our sons obviously don't care. I had hoped that my mother (who doesn't live nearby) would get to see my sons. I tried to plan around my sons' schedules and make everything convenient for them. But, it just isn't working out. I will make my own plans and not try to plan around my sons any more.
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