Thursday, March 27, 2008

Friends Day

I have designated today as Friends Day! I'm sure some greeting card company has another day in mind, but today is my Friends Day. After getting up this morning, I realized that there was a message on my phone. Upon checking it, I discovered that it was a friend of mine from the Historical Society calling to check on how I was feeling. She's a sweet older woman, who instantly became a friend of mine at the society in spite of my outspoken nature. With that in mind, I instantly returned her call. How sweet of her to think of me! This is the second or third time she's called me since I've been sick.

Then I got to thinking. My friend Barbara is having knee surgury today, and another ONLINE friend of mine has been sick. I had told my online friend that I'd be calling her today, so after another cup of coffee I called her. I'm so happy I did because she just sounded so stuffed up and not really good. Of course, she had many excuses for not going to the dr. today. One of them being knitting squares!! lol I didn't push it, but made her promise that if she starts hacking up green or yellow she will see a doctor right away! Someone has to learn from my experience this month! If I had done what I told her to do I probably would have felt better last week! But no! I was just fighting the flu or a cold or something! Never mind that my temp went to 103 and I was shaking with cold so bad that I couldn't move! Or the fact that I kept coughing so hard that I almost passed out and saw green or yellow everytime I cleared the crap out of my throat! (sorry if that's too graphic, but it was nasty!!) But I was FINE! I just needed more medicine, rest, fluids and a good back rub! How stupid can one person get? Answer: Pretty darn stupid!!

After chatting with my friend for what must have been at least 2 hrs, I decided to call a new online friend who I've been dying to talk to in person. We've been reading each others blogs and sending emails, but it was time to meet in person! She very kindly sent me her phone number so I programed it into my phone and dialed! I had emailed her that I would probably call her today, but had no idea if she'd read it or not. She was very happy to recieve my call, and as I expected, we had a lot of ideas and other things in common. Isn't it nice when you find someone like that? I think so. We chatted like old friends for over 2 hours, and then my dh started making noises like he wanted some attention. She totally understood, so I hung up to give him what he craved. Attention from me!!

Even though I felt tired, I couldn't stand the bathroom floor another minute, so I decided to play housekeeper and clean it. Now I can sit and not fret!! lol I didn't clean the tub, but I can close the curtain so I can't see that! The floor is another matter all together!

So what happens when I sit down with my yogurt and water? My dd calles! Again with the phone! She was all upset because someone had hacked into her pay pal account and ran up bills of over $800!! She notified pay pal right away and they've flagged her account, but there's nothing more she can do until the stuff goes through. Then she can get her money back. She's notified her bank, but they can't do anything right now either! Poor kid works two jobs to keep her head above water and then someone does this to her! That stinks big time!!

I just get off the phone with her, and it rings again! My ear is burning by now and I'm wondering if I really want to pick up the phone. Then I'm wondering if there is something I can put between my ear and the phone to stop the burning and bring feeling back into my hand and arm which are hurting even though I've kept switching hands! I couldn't resist, so I answered the phone, which was a call from my stepson who is in Ill. on a job. He lives with his family in Georgia! He told me that it was snowing there and that he will be going home tomorrow. I assured him that his wife would be happy. He informed me that she had a bunch of jobs ready for him to tackle when he got back! LOL Serves him right for being away so much, not that he can avoid it because it's his job; but you know what I mean, right? He didn't keep me on the phone as long as he usually does because he said he was on a lunch break. Thank goodness, because I couldn't have taken much more!

As I'm fixing dinner, the PHONE RINGS AGAIN!! This time it's my friend Deb who is on her way to Home Depot and wanted company for the ride! Hopefully this will be my last call for the night!!

When I went on Ravelry to check things, I found a note to my inbox from yet another new friend that I have made online. She seems so nice. Well, she informed me that she had some sock yarn that she had bought and would like to share with me!! Imagine my surprise! I hardly know this nice person and she's offering me yarn!! That's like gold to me! I told her that if she was very sure that she wanted to share I would accept her wonderful offer! So I sent her my address.

Aren't friends great? I don't know what I would do without all of my wonderful friends, both the ones in person and my online ones. My friends who live near me, called and checked on me the whole time I was sick. My online friends left messages wherever they could telling me that they hoped I felt better. What a wonderful medicine! Friendship!

That's why I'm calling today Friends Day! I love my friends and I hope that I'm as good a friend to them as they are to me! God Bless You All!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Interesting Easter

I hope all of you had a wonderful Easter. Mine turned out very interesting!

On Friday, Becca came and took me to my weigh in for Weight Watchers. I hadn't gone last week because I was sick. I was sure that I had probably gained, but I was wrong! I went down 2.8 pounds!! Yipee!! I've gone from 248 in Jan 07 to 191 now!! Someday I'll reach my goal! But I digress. After the WI my wonderful daughter took me to Applebee's for lunch. We were celebrating her b'day (March 4th) and my loss! We had a wonderful time. Then we were going to WalMart then to her place to the gym. When we got to WalMart and started walking, I started losing my breath. I had thought that I was better, but apparently I was wrong! Becca decided that the gym idea was out, so we went to her apartment and she showed me the new clothes she had purchased for her new job at Sears. Then we took the long way home because it was such a beautiful day. I thought for sure that I'd sleep well that night, but once again I was wrong.

On Saturday, I got up late after finally falling asleep early that morning. I kind of went around in a fog all day. Another sleepless night. Easter Sunday, Denise and Tim showed up around noon and went to Taco Bell for food. I had a London broil marinating for dinner. Denise had decided on Satuday that she was going to make hard boiled eggs to decorate on Sunday. When she put them on to boil at home, she had fallen asleep. When she woke up, the eggs were boiled and some had lost their shells while others had cracked! LOL So she brought them over and decided to make deviled eggs instead. She's such a riot! Becca and J got here around 4:30 for dinner. We had been watching a movie, and I had just started peeling potatoes! After dinner we all watched Michael Clayton with George Clooney. It was very good, but as I was watching I realized that it was becoming hard for me to breath. This was not good! I managed to make it to the end of the movie, then asked Becca to take me to the emergency room. I had no inhaler or any meds to help me, so I had to go there.

Driving up in the car, we had the ac blasting so that I could get air. When I got to the hospital, my breathing was better. I got taken to the back within a half hour! Then a guy named Chris came to give me a breathing treatment. Becca commented that I was smoking a pipe, to which I replyed that it was a bong and my drug of choice which was legal!! lol We were both laughing, and so was the nurse who told me to stop and start using the machine. I think the lack of oxagen to my brain was affecting me. When the treatment was over, I sat and sat and sat. Finally my drug dealer Chris came back with another treatment! When I was done with that one, they took me back to a room where a nurse came in and introduced herself. She said the dr would be there shortly. Then my dealer returned with another treatment. (that's 3 in case you've lost count). I just finished it and the dr came in to see me. He was a very pleasant Asian man, Dr. Millana. He said he wanted x-rays and blood work done before deciding treatment. Back came my dealer with yet another inhaler cocktail for me. This one had a little something extra added to it. While taking this treatment, the nurse came in and proceeded to put a small iv needle into the top of my right hand. She said that she was going to take blood and give me some meds. Becca left the room while she was doing this because needles make her faint and we figured one patient at a time was better than two! Finally the x-ray came to see me and took one picture and was gone. My butt was getting sore from sitting on this bed. I wanted to get moving, but then the dr came in and said that pnemonia had showed up in my right lung. He wanted me to have an iv of antibiotics! Back came Norma, the nurse, with a bag to hook up to the needle in my hand. She said it would take about an hour for it all to get done. So Becca decided to take J home so that he could get some sleep. Then she could pick up her truck. She had driven Denise's car to the hospital, and they had left J's car at the house. So they had to drive back, drop of Denise's car, pick up his car, go back to their apartment and then she would get her truck and come back to the hospital. Did I confuse anyone on that one? lol While she was dropping off her sisters car, she got me a diet soda and left a note for her dad who she assumed was asleep. Before she got back, Norma brought me a soda because the meds were giving me a bad taste in my mouth. Then Becca showed up with my Chocolate Cherry Diet Dr. Pepper! So of course I drank that too! Now I really had a problem because I had to go to tinkle really really badly! I had all I could do to sit there for another half hour while the iv finished! Dr. Millana came back and told me that I had pnemonia still in my right lung, but my blood work was good so he would let me go home!! Thank God!! He gave me a prescription for antibiotics and an inhaler and told me to get a recheck with my dr. When the nurse came back to take out the iv, she had Becca sign the paper work because I told her it was tinkle time. She said that I had suffered long enough and told me where the bathroom was! LOL All in all, the stay there wasn't so bad. I did have a tv to keep me company and pass the time. I can't really tell you what was on because I was so tired.

Becca stopped by her place and changed into her pj's and packed a bag to bring to the house. She was spending the night! Then she took me to get an iced coffee and home we came. When I went in to go to bed, my dh was awake, much to my surprise. He had been so worried that he made himself sick. Becca stayed all day Monday and even made dinner. She's such a sweetie! Denise texted me during the day and then stopped by on her way to her second job! Told me to call her if I needed ANYTHING! She's a sweetie too!

Today I'm feeling so much better that I went to my Tuesday craft club where I was greeted with Welcome back, how are you feeling? by everyone! How nice!

So at least now I know why I was so tired all the time and why my asthma kept acting up. I told Becca that they wouldn't keep me at the hospital because I was only sick in one lung, not both! She called me a dork and laughed, but I was serious!!

Since I had scared myself, I thought about my new friend Aunt Kathy, and decided that I needed to call her to make sure that she was ok. I don't want anyone to be sick like me! She promised to call the dr if she isn't feeling better by Wed, and I'm planning on making sure she does!

Enjoy the rest of your day! I'm going to take a nap now! LOL

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Flu Bug

Apparently, according to my oldest daughter, I have been wageing a battle with the flu bug. I was losing for awhile, but I think I finally have him on the run! It's been a lot of coughing, choking, fever, no appitite, but I think I'm making progress. Today I managed to take a shower and not have to sit for 10 minutes to catch my breath after it! I even sort of have an appitite. Not much of one, but a little one. And the best sign that I'm feeling better------this blog and my picking up a crochet hook!!

I'm so sore. I feel like I've been working out with the Biggest Losers!! Wouldn't mind that if I lost the pounds like they do, but I'm not sure that's the case. I've been taking steriods for my asthma, and they don't like you to lose weight. Fat is a steriods friend!! I'll be lucky if I haven't gained weight rather than lost it!!

Oh well, at least I'm feeling better. That's the most important part. My house is not clean by any stretch of the imagination, but I really don't care! My friends will understand, and anyone else just isn't welcome here.

If you're fighting this bug, I hope you're winning too! Feel better!

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Fingerless mitts pictures

I told you about my bout with the Fingerless Glove Bug. This is what the result was:

Cosy Knitted Hand Wrist/Warmers 2 Cosy Knitted Hand Wrist/Warmers

LittleTwistWristwarmers Little Twist Wrist warmers 2

fingerless openwork mitts 1

fingerless openwork mitts 2

fingerless mitt 2

fingerless mitt

I have another pair of crocheted ones that I just realized I don't have a picture of to post! Darn! Have you caught the bug?

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Fingerless Glove Bug

Lately I've been taken over by the "Fingerless Glove Bug". It's a very sneaky little thing. It lures you in with an easy pattern that you make up in no time at all, then leaves you hungry for more! I'm addicted for sure, and I don't think that there's a cure. I made my first pair by getting a pattern from a friend in my craft club. I couldn't believe how fast they made up, so I had to make a second pair. Then at the Fingerless Glove Group on Raverly, I discovered a slew of patterns, even some in crochet. So naturally being a crocheter, I had to make a pair or two in crochet. Next I joined the Secret Spring Swap! I decided to try another knit pattern which turned out very nice. It's the twisted rib pattern. I made them in a light blue, but not for the exchange. For the exchange I went out and bought some nice alpaca yarn in a persimmon color. The pattern I picked out turned out to be hard for me to follow with my limited knitting knowledge, so I've found another pattern to do. Sure hope the person who receives them likes them and the color. Believe it or not, I also have a pair of the Opera Gloves on needles for my youngest daughter! I wonder if there's a cure for this bug?

My Birthday

Your Birthdate: June 27
You are a spiritual soul - a person who tries to find meaning in everything. You spend a good amount of time meditating, trying to figure out life. Helping others is also important to you. You enjoy social activities with that goal. You are very generous and giving. Yet you expect very little in return. Your strength: Getting along with anyone and everyone Your weakness: Needing a good amount of downtime to recharge Your power color: Cobalt blue Your power symbol: Dove
You Are Strawberry Cake
Fresh, sassy, and romantic. You're a total flirt, who never would turn down a sugary treat. Occasionally you're a bit moody - but you usually stay sweet!