Thursday, January 17, 2019

Midweek on Wednesday

Not only midweek, but, mid-month, too!  Can you believe that we have reached the mid-point of this month?  Didn't we celebrate New Year's Day, just the other day?

Last night, when I checked my blood pressure before going to sleep, it was high.  High enough for me to check it three times!  I got lower readings on the second and third checks, but, even they were elevated.  So, I went ahead and took my blood pressure medication.

I have been trying to get to bed earlier, although, last night, "earlier" was 1:00 a.m.  But I fell asleep almost right away.  And I slept till almost 11:00 a.m., this morning, so I had plenty of sleep.

When I checked my blood pressure this morning, it was lower than last night, but still higher than recommended, and my heart rate was high.  So, I decided to take the morning blood pressure medication.  I checked the pressure another hour later, and it had come down, and what was even better (as far as I am concerned), my heart rate had come down, too.

What I am thinking is, my pressure went down, last week, because I was dehydrated; now that I have been drinking lots of water and am more hydrated, the pressure has gone up to a level that is requiring medications to keep it in check!  I am not sure how that makes any sense, but, it is the best I can deduce.  Needless to say, my doctor didn't call back, today, either.  I don't expect her to call now, but, when I do go to see her, next, I will bring up the fact that I called and she didn't return my calls.

The rest of my pressure readings during the day have been good and I haven't taken any additional medication.  I will check again, before going to bed, and take it from there.  It isn't a very satisfactory way of doing things, I fear, but, I don't know what else to do.  I am hoping that the medication dosages will be tweaked when I go back in February for my next check up.  Unless, I feel I need to see the doctor before that, in which case, I will try to get an earlier appointment.

My sugar levels have been good.

I went ahead and had a cup of tea, this morning, with milk and one spoon less sugar than I normally take; I was pleasantly surprised that it was actually palatable!  Not only that, I was OK with the level of sweetness.  I am hoping that, over time, I can reduce the amount of sugar, even more.

There was a very slight drizzle this morning and early afternoon.  But the forecast called for heavy rain this evening and thunder storms, tomorrow.  I decided that this afternoon would be the best time to go grocery shopping.  On the way to the grocery store, I stopped to put gas to the car, as I was down to almost quarter tank.  Gas was $3.05/gallon; I put $30 worth.  This is the first time I put gas to the car, in January.  My monthly budget for gas is now set at $50.

1/16 Groceries
I bought a salad kit, green beans, carrots, bananas, and beef steaks:

Cesar salad kit = $1.79
Green beans @ $1.49/lb = $.66
Carrots @ $.50/lb = $.30
Bananas @ $.59/lb = $.64
2 Beef steak @ $4.77/lb = $3.53 + $3.29
Total = $10.21

1/16 Receipt

Lunch was a bowl of my chicken soup.  For dinner, I had a salad, some of the beef steak, and some orange juice.  I cooked both pieces of beef steak; there is enough for at least three more meals.

It rained on and off in the afternoon, after I came back from grocery shopping.  I called and rescheduled tomorrow's routine followup appointment with the radiation oncologist as I didn't want to be out driving in the thunder storm the weather forecast says we will have tomorrow.  After that, I put away the laundry from yesterday and packed up the Christmas decorations that go into the suitcase in my closet.  The tree is still up. 

Today, I am grateful for:
- The rain slowed down long enough for me to run errands
- Gas prices have come down
- Dancer is continuing to do well
- My sugar levels are under control
- Being able to talk to family members by phone

Wednesday's To Do List:
- Call the doctor's office, again - DECIDED NOT TO
- Reschedule Thursday's medical appointment (severe rain in the forecast) - DONE
- Put away the rest of the Christmas decorations - DID SOME
- Housework: dust the living room, dining room, and family room
- Grocery shop - DONE
- Put gas to the car - DONE

Thursday's To Do List:
- Undecorate the Christmas tree
- Dust the living room, dining room, and family room
- Paperwork

How was your Wednesday?  What are your plans for Thursday? 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Rain on Tuesday, Too

This morning was overcast, but not rainy.  However, around 11:00 a.m., when I went outside to bring the trash cans in, it began to drizzle and it has been raining (a light rain, for the most part), ever since!

I did a couple of loads of laundry, today, including the knitted blankets I had out on the sofas, took down the Christmas items in the living room and dining room, did more dishes, and made a pot of  chicken and vegetables soup:

Chicken and Vegetables Soup
I used a bag of roast chicken bones and bits and pieces from the freezer, added a package of tomatoes and onions from the freezer, some celery from the fridge, and a can of mixed vegetables from the cupboard to make the soup.  I cut up the rest of the head of celery in small pieces and froze it, before it spoiled.   I don't like raw celery, but don't mind it in soups, etc.

Breakfast had been the last banana, before it got overripe; lunch was two bowls of the chicken soup.  Later, in the evening, instead of my usual cup of tea, I had another bowl of the chicken soup and a slice of bread and butter because my sugar level was low.  Dinner was a scrambled egg on multi-grain bread, toasted, and a slice of spicy, dehydrated mango for dessert.

I called my doctor in the morning with a question about my blood pressure medications, and left a message for her; she didn't call me back, so I called again in the evening and left another message.  However, she didn't return my call.  I suppose I will have to call again, tomorrow!  In the meantime, I am checking everything I am supposed to be checking and doing what I can to keep things even.  The blood pressure has been good; not too low but not high enough to take anything.   

I read a bit in the afternoon, but I am unable to finish my second library book before it is due tomorrow.  So, I renewed both books online and will return them both before the next due date.  I am glad I am able to renew library books online.

Cousin P called to check on me in the afternoon and we chatted awhile.  Aunt C called, too, and friend R.  I called my cousin R to see how she was doing as she is a special-ed teacher and the teachers union is on strike!

Today, I am grateful for:
- Rain for the garden and the newly planted peach tree
- Soup from the freezer and cabinets
- Warm sweaters and scarves
- Phone calls from family and friends
- Being able to renew library books online

Tuesday's To Do List:
- Grocery shop (if not raining!)
- Do a load of laundry - DONE
- Put away the Christmas decorations!  (Yes, the tree is still up!) - DID SOME

Wednesday's To Do List:
- Call the doctor's office, again
- Reschedule Thursday's medical appointment (severe rain in the forecast)
- Put away the rest of the Christmas decorations
- Housework: dust the living room, dining room, and family room

Monday, January 14, 2019

Rainy Monday

Woke up to the sound of rain, this morning!  We are definitely having a wet winter, this year!  A blessing, since we need the rain.  Hopefully, the rain will be accompanied by snow in the mountains, as well, because it is the depth of the snow pack (which melts over the summer to provide us with water) that determines if we have drought restrictions this summer or not.

I called the gastroenterologist's office this morning and confirmed my appointment.  They had been the ones to call me, earlier, to say that my insurance had been inactivated and they couldn't get authorization.  The insurance sent me a letter of authorization in the mail, last week, but the doctor's office phone line was busy each time I tried to call.  This morning, however, I was able to get through and confirm the appointment that was scheduled for noon, today.

Then, I called my primary care doctor's office regarding one of my other prescriptions.  I noticed, last night, that I was out of refills and I had forgotten to mention it to her when I went on Friday.  I tried calling the pharmacy to check if they had received a new prescription authorization, but it was closed by then.  Doctor wasn't in today, but the office took a message.  I called the pharmacy, after that, just to double check if they had received the authorization - well, yes, they had received it, but they need to special order the medication.  They will do that, today.  I really don't know why they sit on these things, at times, but, I am partially to blame for not realizing that I was out of refills, earlier.

Dancer greeted me with a meow this morning when I woke up!  Oh, I was so happy!  He even allowed me to pick him up and hug him!  Just for a minute, you understand, because it is really beneath his dignity to be picked up and hugged by Mummy (only Little Bless is allowed to do that with impunity), and he declined the spoon of canned tuna I offered him, but he curled up on the piano stool, next to me, for awhile as I responded to blog comments, etc.

Then, it was time to get ready to go to the doctor's.  Cousin P called as I was about to leave, so I told her I'll call her back, later.   I left home in good time, anticipating a clogged freeway due to the rain, but was pleasantly surprised to find the traffic flowing smoothly until it got closer to downtown.  But, I didn't need to go all the way to downtown for today's appointment, so I was early to the appointment.  Which gave me a little time to sit in the waiting area and read my prayer book. 

I was called in at noon, weighed, blood pressure checked, etc.  My pressure was "good" - low enough not to require this morning's medication, but not so low as to cause concern.  Maybe all my prayers for good health are taking effect?

This was a follow-up appointment with the doctor who performed the colonoscopy in August. He had asked me to stop taking the iron supplements for 1 month prior to this visit as he wanted to check my blood iron levels.  If they are OK, then, that is good news; if they are not OK, then, they might have to do further tests, which involves swallowing something with a camera at the end of it, to check my small intestines!  He described it as being a "pain in the a--" (his words, not mine).  Oh, lovely!  Let's just hope that I have good iron levels!  Sigh.

They did the blood tests before I left the clinic; I am to go back in two weeks' to find out the results. 

It was still raining when I drove home and, this time, the roads were clogged and some of the intersections were flooded! 

I came home and had lunch.  Then, replied to concerned texts from my daughter and cousin N (she and her mother, Aunt C, had both called and left messages at home, as well). 

There was also a text from the pharmacy saying my prescription was ready!  It was the one I had inquired about, this morning.  So, I went to the pharmacy to pick up my prescription. 

But, I didn't go to the grocery store.  I just wanted to come home and not be out driving in the rain.  I might grocery shop, tomorrow afternoon, if it isn't raining too hard (according to the forecast, we are supposed to have rain, all week!)

After I came home, I did the dishes, cleaned out the fridge, cleaned Dancer's litter box, and took the big trash cans to the curb for pick up, tomorrow morning.  By then, the rain had become more of a drizzle.

When I was in the kitchen, putting away dishes, Dancer meowed at me!  I interpreted it to mean that he was asking for tuna!  So, I opened a new can of tuna and gave him a spoonful on his newly washed china plate and...he ate it all!  I gave him a second spoonful, as well, and he ate that, too!  Well, now!  That's more like our Dancer!

Recovering on the Sofa!
Later in the evening, I spoke with Aunt T, who called to check on me, and with cousin P. 

Today, I am grateful for:
- All the rain we are getting
- Safe driving in the rain
- A good visit with the doctor
- The pharmacy had my prescription ready for pick up today, itself
- Good blood pressure readings

Monday's To Do List:
- Call the doctor's office to confirm appointment - DONE
- Call the primary care doctor's office re. prescription refill - DONE
- Call the pharmacy re. prescription refill - DONE
- Go to the appointment - DONE
- Grocery shop for fresh produce
- Clean out the fridge - DONE
- Take the trash cans to the curb - DONE
- Do the dishes - DONE

Tuesday's To Do List:
- Grocery shop (if not raining!)
- Do a load of laundry
- Put away the Christmas decorations!  (Yes, the tree is still up!)
- Do some housework

How was your Monday?  Did you have a good start to your week?  What are your plans for Tuesday?

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Restful Sunday

Today has been a chilly, cloudy, day.  Although I generally try to open the windows and air out the house in the afternoon, today, I kept the windows closed and the heater on, all day!  January and February tend to be our coldest months.

I took it easy, today, and didn't do anything much.  I woke up with a slight headache, but, that wore off later in the day.  My blood pressure and sugar levels were good and under control for the most part; but, towards the end of the day, the blood pressure numbers climbed up a bit above what the doctor recommended they should be, so I took the first medication for it since Friday morning!  I have another doctor's appointment, tomorrow (a different doctor, the gastroenterologist, and I need to call and confirm before I go); most probably they, too, will check my pressure, so it won't be just me checking it with my little monitor.

Aunt C called in the morning and we had a nice chat.  She said she was wearing the socks I had knitted and given her, a couple of years ago, as it was a cold day.  Time to knit more socks, I think!  Neighbor T called, too, for our regular Sunday morning chat. 

Dancer is on the mend, I feel.  He has been eating his regular dry food, but has been giving a wide berth to the soft food!  He meowed at me, once, a rather small, tentative meow, when I was making my lunch, so I offered him some soft food (the dry food is available at any time, now).  He just looked at the first spoonful of "white fish and tuna pate" but didn't go near it!  I put spoon of "salmon pate", as well, on the same plate, and he sniffed at it cautiously, but decided he didn't want any of it!  The garden cats had no problem with it, though!  LOL!

Today, I am grateful for:
- A restful day
- A working heater
- Phone calls from aunt C and neighbor T
- Chatting with my daughter
- Dancer and I are both doing OK

Monday's To Do List:
- Call the doctor's office to confirm appointment
- Go to the appointment/or schedule a new one
- Grocery shop for fresh produce
- Clean out the fridge
- Take the trash cans to the curb
- Do the dishes

How was your Sunday?  What are your plans for tomorrow and the upcoming week?

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Another Visit to the Vet on Saturday

It poured with rain, late last night, or rather, very early this morning.  I went to bed around 12:30 a.m., but didn't fall asleep until about 1:30 a.m.  Then, around 2:30 a.m., I woke to the sound of the rain.  It had ceased around 6:00 a.m. when I woke up, again, to feed Dancer (I went back to sleep, and slept till 10:00 a.m.).  But, it began to rain again, later.  The rain stopped just before noon.

Dancer spent most of the night cuddled next to me.  He purred but didn't meow.  He refused to eat even the tuna, last night and when I gave him fresh water in his bowl, he pawed the bowl and pushed it around, sniffed at the water, but didn't drink it.  He didn't eat the tuna I gave him at 6:00 a.m., either.  But I gave him another spoon of tuna around 10:00 a.m. and he ate a little of that.  The garden cats enjoyed the tuna Dancer had refused to eat!  And Dancer looked longingly at the dry food I gave them.

I checked my blood pressure twice in the morning; once as soon as I woke up, and again, around 11:30 a.m.  The first time, it was low (but not alarmingly so); the next time, it was a little higher, but low enough not to take the medicine (my doctor had said if it was below a certain level, I didn't need to take anything).  My sugar was a little above the higher level at fasting, so I didn't have my usual morning tea.  I checked it again at 11:30 a.m. and it had come down a bit, so I had a scrambled egg and a small glass of orange juice.

Then, a little after noon, I bundled Dancer up in his carrier and took him to the vet's.  Oh, he meowed in protest, all the way!  LOL!  Well, at least now we know that he didn't lose his ability to meow!

Apparently, he has an infection from the tooth extraction!  The vet said that, usually, if several teeth are extracted, then, they routinely administer an antibiotic.  But, with Dancer, since only one tooth was extracted, and since they are being told not to administer antibiotics as routinely due to the prevalence of antibiotics-resistant bacteria, she hadn't given him an antibiotic, automatically.  Well, it turns out that, maybe, she should have!  Because poor Dancer has red, infected gums and some streaks of white, too, which was a sign of infection, she said.  She said I did the right thing in bringing him in for a check up.

She gave him an injection of antibiotics - she said they could give him an oral antibiotic, that it was cheaper, but the injection was faster acting.  I opted for the injection, which cost $85.00.  At least, there were no other charges, such as a fee for the office visit, as it was a follow up visit.  She checked his temperature and it was normal.  She checked his weight and he has lost 1/2 lb. since his last visit, which was last week!  The vet assured me that he should feel better by Monday, but I am to bring him in, again, next Friday, as well.  She also said that it was OK to give him his dry food, as I said he is missing it.

He protested a bit on the way home, too, but not too much.  Then, as soon as I got home, I gave him a little dry food and, oh, he was a happy kitty!  He meowed once when I opened a new bag of food for him, to show his approval!  "Thank you, Mummy!"  "You are quite welcome, Dancer; enjoy!"

"Nom, nom, nom"
I rested a bit, after we came home.  I lay on the sofa in the living room and read one of my library books.  Dancer came by a couple of times for cuddles, although he didn't meow.  But, that's OK; I now know that he's probably feeling some pain and discomfort from the infection.

At 5:30 p.m., I checked my pressure, again - the numbers were good; not too low, but still below what the doctor said it should be when I should take my medicines.  I checked my sugar and it was low;  I debated whether to have my tea, but decided to eat an early dinner, instead.  Dinner was eaten at 6:00 p.m., which is practically unheard of, for me!

Today, I am grateful for:
- I was able to take Dancer to the vet for a check up
- Antibiotics to help him get over the infection
- The rain for the garden
- Phone calls from family and friends
- Being able to monitor my pressure, etc.

Saturday's to do list:
- Take Dancer to see the vet - DONE
- Dishes - Not yet

I haven't done the dishes at the time of writing this post.  I should probably go ahead and do that.

I haven't made a to do list for tomorrow.  There is plenty to do, but I might just take it easy, tomorrow, and see how I feel. 

How was your day?  What are your plans for tomorrow?

Friday, January 11, 2019

The Cat's Meow and Other Happenings

Dancer is not meowing!  He is usually fairly vocal, often answering me with a meow when I talk to him, but he's giving me the "silent treatment".  I think he's displeased with me because I won't give him his regular dry food.  He doesn't beg for it, but will sit by the laundry room door where I keep it, and look at me, silently, reproachfully, balefully.  He normally "talks" to the garden cats - sort of chirps at them - but he watches them silently, now, without a sound.  Yesterday, he refused to eat his canned cat food - even the pate.  He just sniffed at it and walked away!  I left it out for him but he wouldn't eat it, at all.  Finally, I opened a can of regular tuna and he ate some of that!  Today, too, all he ate was a little tuna.  And, he spends most of his time sleeping.  He used to sleep a lot, anyway, but very often, he'd wake up, walk around, meow at me, or sleep in the same room where I am.  Now, he's avoiding me, sleeping under the table or sofa in the other room.  I called the vet's clinic and the vet agrees that this is not normal behavior.  I have an appointment to take him in for a check up, tomorrow (Saturday) at noon.  Oh, he's going to love me!  I wonder if he'll meow during the car ride?

I woke up, yesterday morning, feeling exactly how I felt, just before I fainted in the bathroom, three years ago!  Clammy.  The phrase, "in a cold sweat" comes to mind.  I took the phone with me when I went to the bathroom and afterwards, I checked my blood pressure.  It was very low.  Afterwards, I began to feel better, but, I didn't take my morning blood pressure medication and I didn't visit my aunt as I had wanted to, as I didn't know if I should drive.  I called her and explained the situation to her and we agreed I should visit her when everything was OK.  I rested and checked my pressure a couple of times; each time, it was better, not quite as low as it had been in the morning, but I didn't take any of my medications, except for what I take for the cancer. I didn't bother to call the doctor's office because I already had an appointment scheduled for this afternoon.

I went to bed by 11:30 p.m., last night, and although I woke up once around 2:30 a.m. and went to the bathroom, I went back to bed and slept till 9:00 a.m.  I felt OK when I woke up, the pressure was a little low, but not what it was, yesterday.  I didn't take my pressure medication in the morning, but took it later, before I went to the doctor's because I began to feel one of the side effects of not taking it - my pulse rate increasing.  Everything was fine by the time I got to the doctor's - pressure normal, heart rate good, etc.  I had taken my blood pressure log with me as well as my pressure monitor and the doctor had me check my pressure with it while I was there.  We discussed what might be the causes of low blood pressure (possibly being dehydrated; I haven't been drinking a lot of water, recently), what to do if it happens again, and when I should call the paramedics.  I was told to monitor my pressure before I take my medications, and not to take it if it is low.  I am to continue keeping a log of my readings and bring it to my next appointment, scheduled for February.  It might be that we might need to make some additional adjustments to the dosage, etc. 

I brought up the fact that I had been feeling nauseated and threw up, once, but the doctor thought it might be a 24-hour virus or something I ate. 

Although my appointment was at 2:30 p.m., I didn't leave the clinic until 4:00 p.m.  Then, of course, I got caught to the rush hour traffic!  It was 5:30 p.m. when I got home.  I'm glad I don't have to drive in that traffic every day, anymore. 

Came home and had a cup of tea.  Friend M had come and planted a new peach tree for me - it is supposed to rain this weekend, so a good time to plant.  Hopefully, this little tree will get a good start and survive the summer heat!  We went with a 7 gallon plant, and it cost $45.00, plus another $9+ for a bag of soil amendment.

Dancer still isn't talking to me, but he came for a cuddle:

"I'm still not talking to you, though"

Today, I am grateful for:
- Being able to see the doctor
- Cousin P and friend R calling to check on me
- Dancer permitted a bit of a cuddle
- A new peach tree
- Chatting with my daughter

Saturday's to do list:
- Take Dancer to see the vet
- Dishes

How was your day?  What are your plans for the weekend?

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Winter Roses and Other Happenings on Wednesday

Winter Rose
This rose is for those who, like my friend Bushlady, woke up to snow, this morning.   The rose bushes will be pruned, later this month, but, until then, they continue to bloom.

While I was out in the garden, I took a couple of other photos, too.

Last October, I bought two chrysanthemum plants to keep on the altar during the prayer gathering.  Afterwards, I planted them in the garden.  The purple one died, but the yellow one survived and has a flower (there are a couple of buds forming, too).

The photo of the oranges might be a candidate for the Winter Photo Scavenger Hunt, prompt #17 Orange.  I couldn't resist picking one of the oranges and having it as a snack! 

There was a knock on my door, this morning.  It was someone contracted by the utility company to trim trees that might come in contact and interfere with the power lines!  He and his assistant needed access to the backyard to inspect the utility pole and my pine tree.

Trimming the pine tree that is growing in the backyard has been on my to do list for a long time.  (Don't you love the English language?  In what other language can "trim the tree" mean both decorating a tree with ornaments and cutting it back to prune it?   LOL.)  But, my gardener friend hasn't been able to do it. So, today's visit by the utility company contractors was a blessing!  Especially since they trimmed the pine tree at no cost to me!

They didn't trim as much off the tree as I would have liked, and I might still nag friend M to prune a bit more of the tree, but now I don't have to worry about the power lines being impacted!  I'm glad I was at home to let them have access to the backyard.

They removed all the branches they trimmed, but I broke off a couple of sprigs for this week's "winter arrangement", along with a stem of paperwhites. 

I spoke with the dentist's office, this morning.  Apparently, I still need to call the dental insurance people to request that my account be activated, as the dental office was told that my account has been terminated!  Sigh.  I'm getting a bit tired of all these phone calls, back and forth!  So, one item crossed off the to do list and another item added to it! 

In the afternoon, I went to the grocery store to buy more canned cat food.  I've discovered that Dancer only likes the soft "pate" versions; he doesn't like the "shreds" and "bits" ones, that have pieces!  He also only likes the taste of fish, not chicken, etc.  So, I returned three unopened cans of cat food that had pieces in it and bought several cans of the pate versions, four cans of "salmon pate" and four cans of "white fish and tuna".  I also bought a loaf of bread ($1.29) and some bananas (@$.59/lb = $.78) for me.  Total spent, including cat food, came to $5.08.

January grocery spending to date:
1/4: bananas = $.99
1/9: bread & bananas = $1.29 + $.78 = $2.07
Total = $3.06

After that, I went to the fabric store, as today was the last day of their sale on broadcloth and other items.  I wanted to buy two yards of white broadcloth (regular price $3.99/yard; on sale for $1.99/yard) for a set of pillowcases I want to make.  Their quilt batting was on sale, too, for 60% off, so I bought one queen size polyester quilt batting (regular price $29.99; on sale for $11.99) and one small cotton quilt batting (regular price $9.99; on sale for $3.99).  I bought them both for projects I have in mind.  I wanted to spend about $20, which is my budgeted amount for my personal allowance, as I don't have a budget for craft supplies, as such.  The cost of the items came to $19.96, but, my total came to $21.86, with sales taxes.  I figured it was okay to go over budget by less than $2.00.  Especially since I "saved" $30 by taking advantage of the sale!

Fabric Store Receipt

Later in the evening, I changed the sheets on daughter's bed and did a load of laundry. 

Today, I am grateful for:
- Roses in winter
- Oranges fresh from the tree
- The pine tree being trimmed, free of charge
- Being able to exchange the cans of cat food without any problems
- Being able to buy fabric and quilt batting on sale

Wednesday's To Do List:
- Call the dentist's office - DONE
- Go to the fabric store - DONE
- Grocery store for more cans of food for Dancer - DONE
- Start putting away the holiday decorations
- Wash daughter's bedding/remake her bed - DONE

I accomplished most of the items on my list for today.  Taking down and putting the holiday decorations away will go on tomorrow's list.

Thursday's To Do List:
- Call cousin P to see if she wants to go visit Aunt T with me
- Visit Aunt T
- Take down and put away the holiday decorations

How was your day, today?  What have you planned for Thursday?

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Car Service on Tuesday

Today, I took the car in for a routine service - to have the fluids checked, tires rotated, etc., as the last service had been at the end of July.  My appointment was at 2:00 p.m.  I went prepared to wait until the car was serviced and took one of my library books to read while I waited.  However, about one hour into the wait, the service agent told me that they found that the battery was low and the rear brake pads were low, too.  Since I already had the car there, I said to go ahead and replace the items.  It took them another two hours or so to replace them!  It was almost 5:30 p.m. when the car was ready!  My total cost came to $447.89, after redeeming a $50 coupon they had sent me, in the mail.  January is proving to be a very expensive month!  However, I allocate $100 per month in my budget towards car maintenance, so, it is a budgeted expense.  I was told that my front brakes will need to be replaced in about another 10,000 miles or so.  But, since I don't drive quite as much since I retired, I figure I should be OK for at least the rest of the year! 

I had intended to go to the fabric store after the car service, but, by that time, I was feeling tired and wanted a cup of tea.  So, I came home, instead.  I might go to the fabric store, tomorrow (last day of the sale).

After I came home, I had a cup of tea, opened the windows to air the house, and watched the news.  My daughter called to give me an account of her first day back at work, saying she had a good day.  Later, she texted to say that she did 100 curl ups, which was today's abs workout!  I am supposed to do 50 crunches, but I haven't done them, yet!  Oops!

Today, I am grateful for:
- The car got serviced in good time
- I had funds set aside to pay for the service
- A sunny day
- Library books
- Daughter had a good first day back at work

Tuesday's To Do List:
- Bring the trash cans in - DONE
- Take the car to be serviced - DONE
- Go to the fabric store
- Call the dentist's office
- Start putting away the holiday decorations
- Wash daughter's bedding/remake her bed

I'm afraid I didn't feel like doing anything much before I took the car for a service and afterwards.  So, it wasn't a productive day, exactly.  But, the car service was a big item crossed off my To Do list, so I am glad I was able to get it done.

Wednesday's To Do List:
- Call the dentist's office
- Go to the fabric store
- Grocery store for more cans of food for Dancer
- Start putting away the holiday decorations
- Wash daughter's bedding/remake her bed

How was your day, today?  Did you have a productive day? 

Monday, January 7, 2019

Ending the Holidays

Sunday morning was sunny and bright, after Saturday night's rain.  But, I woke up feeling rather tired.  I've been going to bed earlier, but I keep waking up every hour, or so; as a result, it is not a very restful sleep.

It was my daughter's last full day at home and I asked her if she wanted to do anything, go out to lunch, etc., but she didn't.  So, we just had a relaxed day at home.  We gave Dancer his medicines and his wet food.  He likes the wet food, but, he wants his regular dry food!  He knows I keep the bags in the laundry room, out of his reach, and he keeps pawing at the laundry room door to try to get access to them!

In the afternoon, I did some paperwork and wrote out a check to pay my natural gas bill.  Then, I set up a new budget for 2019, based on my net retirement income, after taxes and other deductions, including savings, are taken.  I made some changes to the categories and amounts and hope it works out well.

Later in the evening, I gave daughter's hair another hot oil treatment and we did the day's abs workout (she did the full 100; I did 50).  Then, she packed her suitcase and cleaned the litter box for me.  It began to rain in the evening, so the garden got a good watering.

We went to bed around 1:30 a.m.; I woke up at 2:00 a.m., feeling queasy and threw up!  I don't think it was anything I ate, however.  But I had felt nauseated on Friday (I thought it was due to being worried about Dancer) and hadn't felt exactly energetic over Saturday and most of Sunday, either. 

I've felt better, today.  In the morning, daughter and I gave Dancer his last dose of pain medication.  We spent a relaxed morning, just enjoying our last morning together.  I picked some oranges from the tree for daughter to take back with her, and gave her the salmon steaks I had cooked and frozen for her, as well as the fish rolls and a packet of cashew curry.  A little after noon, I drove my daughter to the airport, in plenty of time for her to check in to her flight.  She said the TSA agent looked at all the food she was taking and asked, "Mom?"  and daughter said, "Yes".  LOL!

When I was about to drive daughter to the airport and reached for my distance glasses that I wear while driving, one of the lenses fell out of the frame!  So, I wore the old distance glasses that I keep as a spare.  After I dropped daughter off at the airport, I drove to the optician's and had them reset the lens.  They are the new glasses; I've never had a lens come out in any of my old glasses!

After I came home, I washed the quilt I had on my bed.  I had no problem washing it in the new washing machine.  I am afraid I used the dryer to dry it!  Then, I washed all the dishes that were piled up in the sink.  I also cleaned out the fridge, emptied all the waste baskets, etc., and took the big trash can and recycling bin to the curb for pick up, tomorrow morning. 

Daughter called to say she got back to her apartment, safely.  She got back early enough to go to the dollar store to buy some fresh produce for her meals this week and do a load of laundry.  Later, she texted that she did her abs workout for today (100 toe touches - you hold your legs up in the air and do cross body crunches, trying to touch your toes with your elbows!)  I decided to skip today's exercises, using the fact that I hadn't felt well, last night, as my excuse!  Daughter said it was more of a valid reason than an excuse, so I'll go with that! 

The car service people called to remind me of my appointment, scheduled for tomorrow afternoon.  Then, I played around a bit more with my new budget, until I felt happy with how I've set it up.

I will video chat with my daughter a little later; after that, I'll give Dancer a bit more food and try to have an "early" night.

Now that daughter has gone back, the holidays have come to an end.  She starts work, again, tomorrow.  I need to go back to a more regular schedule and figure out what my weekly routines will be.  There's a lot that I want to do around the house and in the garden.  Just have to make a start!

Today, I am grateful for:
- Daughter had a safe flight and subway ride home
- She was home to help give Dancer all his pain medications
- The optician's office fixed the eye glasses at no cost
- I am feeling better
- The rain we received the last couple of days

Monday's accomplishments:
- Took daughter to the airport
- Got my eye glasses fixed
- Confirmed my appointment for the car service
- Did a load of laundry
- Washed the dishes
- Cleaned the fridge
- Took the trash cans out

Tuesday's To Do List:
- Bring the trash cans in
- Take the car to be serviced
- Go to the fabric store
- Call the dentist's office
- Start putting away the holiday decorations
- Wash daughter's bedding/remake her bed

How was your Sunday and Monday? 


Saturday, January 5, 2019

Rainy Saturday

It was a gloomy, overcast day, today.  There was rain in the forecast, but it didn't actually rain until evening.  Then, we had a good shower of rain.

Daughter and I woke up at 8:00 a.m. to give Dancer his pain medication - it is a two person undertaking, with both of us holding him and forcing his mouth open while daughter squirts the medicine into his cheek pouch and Dancer doing his best to avoid it!  Afterwards, we gave him half a can of soft food and he was very happy!

Then, I went to feed the outside cats and that's when I discovered that we had forgotten to hide the bag of hairball formula dry cat food.  Dancer doesn't much care for it, but he had knocked it over sometime in the night, and since it was open, some food had fallen out.  I don't know if he ate any of it or not!  The only reason they said to give him soft food was to allow his gums to heal; I am hoping he didn't eat much of the hard food.  He isn't showing any signs of distress, so I am going to assume everything is OK.  I have since locked away that bag of food, too!

The vet's office called to check up on him, which I thought was nice of them to do.  They said to call them if I had any concerns.  One question they asked was if he had used the litter box as normal.  I know he used it once, late last night, but I haven't heard him use it since.  So, now, I am worried about that!  Hopefully, he'll resume using it, tomorrow, and all will be well.  Otherwise, I might have to take him back to the vet!

My daughter tried to go back to sleep after she gave him the medicine and couldn't; she was not happy about that!  I tried to stay up and couldn't!  LOL!  I fell asleep on the sofa and slept till noon!  I only woke up because I was feeling hungry!  I got up and made some milk rice, which daughter and I both ate for lunch.  Dancer had another quarter of a can of food for lunch.

In the afternoon, I altered the dress and skirt.  The dress, which I changed from a short sleeved dress to a sleeveless dress now fits me better than it did before, so I have reclaimed it!  LOL.  Daughter is content with the skirt, which I re-hemmed for her.

Later in the evening, after dinner (leftovers), I did a load of dishes and handwashed a few items.  I really didn't feel like doing today's exercises, but my daughter coaxed me to doing them; she did 100 crunches, I managed 70.  Tomorrow's set is kneeling on one knee with the other leg stretched out to the side, but the foot pointing to the front, and at the beginner level (which is what I do), you hold your arms out to the side and bend to the side to touch the floor by your bent knee (daughter, doing it at an advanced level, will reach to the side with both arms); 50 on each side!  Wish me luck!

Today, I am grateful for:
- Dancer seems to be recovering well
- The vet's office calling to check on him
- Daughter being home to help with giving him medicine
- The rain we received
- A working dishwasher

Sunday's To Do List:
- Paperwork
- Start taking down and putting away the Christmas decorations

Friday, January 4, 2019

Dancer's Tooth Extraction

Hi, my name is Dancer and I had a tooth extracted, today!  I didn't like it, at all!

First of all, in order to be ready for something called anesthesia, the vet told my mummy not to give me anything to eat or drink after midnight, last night!  So, Mummy gave me some tuna just before midnight, which was very nice and I really enjoyed all that yummy tuna.  But, then, she took away my bowl of dry food and locked up all the bags of dry food, too, so I couldn't scratch at and tear any of the bags to help myself to any of it!  I didn't appreciate that, at all, because I am used to having my bowl of dry food accessible for me to snack on whenever I want it! 

I had to be at the vet's place between 7:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.  Mummy said she and Little Bless would have to wake up early in order to do that and so, they tried to go to bed early.  But, both Mummy and Little Bless were worried about me and neither of them could fall asleep!  Mummy didn't fall asleep until past 3:00 a.m. and, even then, she kept waking up.   Little Bless was up until 4:30 a.m., and slept right through her alarms!  I wish Mummy had slept through her alarms, too, but she woke up at 6:15 a.m.

Usually, when Mummy wakes up, she gives me a treat of some tuna, but today, she didn't do that!  I was so unhappy!  I meowed and meowed at her, but she said, she's sorry, but she couldn't give me tuna this morning!

And then, they put me back in that prison called a carrier and I didn't like it, either!  I knew at once, when they put me in it, that it meant a car ride and I don't like car rides.  Seems to me that every single time we've gone somewhere in the car, it has been to the vet's where I get poked and jabbed and have things done to me that I don't like by people whom I don't know!  I don't like strangers!

So, early in the morning, around 6:50 a.m., Mummy drove us to the vet's!  I meowed all the way, even though Little Bless sat in the back seat with me and petted me and told me that I was a big, brave kitty, that I had nothing to worry about, that I was OK, and I was a good kitty.  Ha!  That's what she said yesterday, too, and look where it got me!

Then, once at the vet's, they left me with a stranger and went away!  No!  I meowed, "Mummy, don't go!  Little Bless stay with me!  Don't let them take Dancer away!"  But, they said they will come back later for me and they went away!  They abandoned me!  At least, that's how I felt.  I was taken to the back room, where they pricked me to take blood and put a drip line into my paw, and put me to sleep.  Then, while I was asleep, they took x-rays of my teeth, pulled out the tooth that had been bothering me a bit, sewed my gum close, cleaned the rest of my teeth, and gave me medicines.

In the meantime, Mummy and Little Bless had gone home and slept a little.

Later, around 11:30 a.m., the vet called Mummy to say that the extraction was done, that all my other teeth were healthy, and I was recovering.  The vet told Mummy to come for me any time after 3:00 p.m.

In the afternoon, Mummy and Little Bless did some errands - they went to the post office they said, to mail a package to Little Bless's friend in a place called Hawaii, and then, they went to the bank, to the pharmacy to pick up Mummy's medicines, and to the grocery store to buy some cans of soft food for me!  They also bought some bananas for themselves, but, that's OK, too.  Then, they looked around a new clothing store, but they didn't buy anything.

After that, they came to the vet's to pick me up!  Oh, I was so happy to see them, even though I was feeling a bit sleepy.  I wasn't happy that they had left me there, but, at least they came back for me!  When you are a cat and your family leaves you with strangers in a strange place, everything is scary and you don't understand why they leave you and if you'll ever see them again!

Mummy paid the bill (it came to $945.10, which she said was a very big amount; she said she could have bought a lot of cans of tuna for that amount!) and they gave her some syringes of pain medicines to give me and a sheet of instructions.  I didn't pay much attention to what they told her, but apparently, she couldn't give me anything to eat until 8:00 p.m. and I was to be given one of the syringes of the nasty pain medicine at the same time, tonight, and every 12 hours after that, until all six syringes were given!  The vet wants to see me in two weeks' time and Mummy made the appointment right then and there because, she said she didn't want to procrastinate!  She said that not procrastinating is one of her New Year's resolutions!  I wish she would procrastinate about something like taking me back for another visit to the vet's, again, so soon!  Little Bless won't be here to help her take me and I am going to meow and meow in the car all the way to the vet's and back, then!

I complained all the way home, too, because I didn't like the fact that they had taken me to the vet's and had left me there, and all the things that had been done to me, etc.  I wanted them to know that I was not a happy kitty!

I felt better, once I came home, and Little Bless removed the pressure bandage that they had put on my paw (where they had put in the tube to give me fluids, etc.)  But I was not happy that I wasn't given anything to eat or drink until 8:00 p.m., and, even then, they gave me only one quarter of the can of soft food!  I am a big, 16 lb. kitty cat, and one quarter of a 5 oz. can of food is not enough!  I pawed my empty bowl and meowed and meowed until Mummy felt sorry for me and told Little Bless to give me another quarter of the can.  I ate all that and still feel hungry.  I have been lying next to my empty bowl and moving it around, all evening, to see if Mummy will give me a little more food!  She said she'll give me a little more, around midnight, if I didn't throw up.  I haven't thrown up and it is now 11:15 p.m., so that's close enough to midnight, isn't it?  I think I need to move this empty dish a little more to let her know that Dancer kitty is a hungry kitty!

Poor Mummy didn't feel too well, this afternoon, she said.  She said she felt nauseated.  I think it was because she was worried about me!  Because she felt much better after she brought me home and saw that I was doing well.  She drank a little lemon-lime soda and took a nap on the sofa, and felt better.

Mummy's gardener friend M came over to do the garden and he told me that he was sorry I had to go to the vet's.  I usually hide when M comes over, but, today, I went to the sliding glass door to show him what a brave kitty I was.   Later, Mummy and M planted some winter vegetable seeds in the garden - Mummy said they were old seeds and didn't know if they would germinate, but, if they do, there will be lettuce, spinach, peas, beets, and radishes!  I like lettuce and spinach, so I hope they grow!

Much later in the evening, Mummy did something called "wiggles" which were a type of side to side crunches!  Little Bless had done 100 of them, but Mummy could do only 80 and I heard her say that even then, some of them weren't done properly, because she couldn't lift her shoulders up enough.  But, I wasn't very interested in what she was doing because I was waiting by my empty food dish.

Little Bless went out in the evening with some of her friends to have boba Thai ice tea.  Mummy's friend R called and chatted with Mummy and Mummy told her all about me getting my tooth extracted.

Mummy said that, today, she's grateful for:
- Vet care for me
- My procedure went off well
- I am recovering nicely
- She was able to pay the vet's bill
- She's feeling better

This was Mummy's Friday To Do List:
- Drop Dancer off at the vet's - DONE
- Buy soft cat food - DONE
- Go to the bank - DONE
- Go to the post office - DONE
- Pick up Dancer - DONE
- Have friend M make a planting bed for winter vegetables - DONE
- Alter the dress and skirt for daughter.

She didn't do any sewing today.  She says she'll do it tomorrow, instead!  Um, excuse me, but isn't that procrastinating?  How come she can procrastinate on that but not on scheduling my next vet appointment?  Isn't that a bit unfair?

Here's Mummy's Saturday To Do List:
- Fuss over Dancer
- Give Dancer LOTS of food to eat
- Alter the dress and skirt
- Give Dancer MORE food to eat

"I'm waiting for more food, Mummy"

Thursday, January 3, 2019

A Visit to the Vet's on Thursday

Both my daughter and I slept in, this morning.  I actually got more than 8 hours of sleep!  Unfortunately, I woke up with a dull headache!  More of a sinus pressure headache than anything else, but it stayed with me until later in the evening.

Today's abs exercises required 100 double leg lifts!  I did 10!  That's all I could manage to do!  LOL! Then, I did 40 crunches and 10 of the arm/upper abs exercises that were done on the 1st day.  My daughter did the 100 double leg lifts, but she had to push herself to complete them.  The double leg lifts are something I'll have to work on!

I called the car dealers, this afternoon, and made an appointment to have my car serviced, next week (Tuesday afternoon).

Then, it was time to take Dancer to the vet's for his check up and a vaccination that was due.

Oh, but he was not a happy kitty, as he hates car rides, strange places, and strangers:

"I don't like it!  It's a scary place!"  

He was weighed (16.3 lbs. - he actually lost half a pound since his last visit), checked over, pronounced to be in general good health, and given his vaccination.  He does have a cavity in one of his teeth, which requires an extraction!  I decided to go ahead and schedule it for tomorrow, while my daughter is still home to help with taking him in and caring for him afterwards.   We have to be at the vet's to drop him off between 7:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.!  Ack!  So early!  He is not allowed any food or water after midnight, tonight, and then, soft food only for two weeks, after which, he'll need another check up!  So, plans for tomorrow include dropping him off, buying several cans of soft cat food, and picking him up in the evening (between 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.).  Poor kitty!

Today's vet visit cost $98 for the office visit and vaccination.  I have an estimation for tomorrow's procedure, too, and it is not exactly inexpensive, either! 

After we came home from the vet's, we had tea.  Then, I changed my bed sheets and did a load of laundry.

Neighbor T called and we had a nice chat.

Today, I am grateful for:
- Dancer is in general good health
- There is treatment available for his tooth
- The vet's office had an opening available for him, tomorrow, while daughter is home to help
- A sunny day
- Sleeping in

Thursday's To Do List:
- Alter the dress and skirt for daughter - STARTED
- Change my bed sheets - DONE
- 1 load of laundry (bed sheets) - DONE
- Take Dancer to the vet's - DONE
- Get packages ready for mailing - DID ONE

Friday's To Do List:
- Drop Dancer off at the vet's
- Buy soft cat food
- Go to the bank
- Go to the post office
- Pick up Dancer
- Have friend M make a planting bed for winter vegetables
- Alter the dress and skirt for daughter.

How was your day?  What are your plans for tomorrow?

Mile Long To Do List - 2019

January is a good time to post a new Mile Long To Do List for the New Year!  Some items on the list have been carried over from last year, even though the urgency to do them is gone.  I am keeping them on the list, as I don't want to forget them!

This is the list for 2019.  I am well aware of the fact that it is not going to be all done in January.  I don't expect it to be done anytime soon!  The important thing, at this time, is to get started on the list.   To that end, I already called and scheduled two appointments (one for Dancer, for this afternoon, and one for the car to be serviced, next week).  I would like to see at least 15 items crossed off the list, by the end of January, however.

Mile Long To Do List:
  • Schedule Dancer's check up - DONE; scheduled for 1/3
  • Primary care doctor's appointment (1/11)
  • Gastroenterologist's appointment (1/14)
  • Radiation oncologist appointment (1/17)
  • Call dentist's office to reschedule appointment
  • Mail packages
  • Dig out spare room/The Dump 
  • Paperwork/File/Shred
  • Pay monthly bills
  • Take down the Christmas decorations and tree
  • Call and schedule a car service - DONE; scheduled for 1/8
  • Attend monthly rosary gathering (1/26)
  • Call to have the outside cats spayed/neutered
  • Make a list of house repairs needed
  • Call for estimates on house repairs (various)
  • Replace toilet flush valve in bathroom #1
  • Check shower hot water flow in bathroom #1
  • Replace ceiling heater unit in bathroom #1
  • Fix under sink cabinet door in bathroom #2
  • Get a plumber to fix drainage in bathtub (bathroom #2)
  • Replace garage door opener system
  • Replace the side garage door
  • Clean out the garage!
  • Clean out the shed
  • Plant a winter garden
  • Polish brassware
  • Polish silverware
  • Buy paint for the front door
  • Paint front door
  • Declutter 
  • Clean chandelier in dining room
  • Clean light fixtures (2) in family room
  • Sew new bedroom curtains
  • Sew quilts
  • Clean vertical blinds - family room sliding glass door
  • Clean sliding glass door, including tracks
  • Buy new sofa slip covers - IKEA 
Anyone else has a mile long list of things she'd like to accomplish?

On the Second Day of the New Year

Today was a productive day!

I had just woken up and fed the cats, this morning, when Aunt C called for a chat.  Later in the morning, I did a load of laundry.  Then, I joined my daughter in doing an abs routine.  She is doing a 30-days abs routine, this month, and yesterday was the first day.  I joined her, then, too.  She did her routine at a higher level, while I did it at the beginner level.  Today's routine was 100 cross body crunches; I managed to do 60.  I am proud of that!

In the afternoon, daughter helped me to go through and declutter my closet!  She did most of the physical work of pulling everything out, asking me if it fitted, if I liked it, if I wanted to keep it, etc., and either putting the item back in the closet or putting into a big trash bag for donating.  I tried on a few items that I was not sure of and she helped me decide whether to keep them or donate.  She took 11 of the items for herself - 2 purses, 1 dress, 3 blouses, 3 skirts, the wig I wore when I had no hair (she will use it for one of her cosplay or Halloween costumes), and 1 knitted hat.  I need to alter the dress and one skirt for her; I'll do that tomorrow.  I had her put back the rest of the items with the hangers turned the other way.  As I wear each item, wash it, and return it to the closet, I will put them back with the hangers turned the regular way.  Some time in July or August, I will check the closet again and see if any hangers are still left, facing the other way.  If so, that will mean that those items were not worn since January, and I will probably donate them.  I didn't count the number of items she put into the bag to donate, yet, but, at last count, there were about 35 empty clothes hangers on the bed to be put away! 

Later in the afternoon, I brought the trash cans in from the curb and put water to the front garden.  I also picked the last pomegranate that was left on the tree and removed the pips to share with my daughter:

Pomegranate Peel
Maybe a candidate photo for the winter photographic scavenger hunt, No. 9 Peel/Peeling?  I have another candidate photo for the same prompt, which was taken earlier today:

Tangerine Peels
Later in the evening, I washed the dishes and made fish rolls for dinner:

Fish Rolls
A bit like sausage rolls, but filled with a fish filling.  I made 32 of the rolls and froze half for my daughter to take back, with her. 

After dinner, I called cousin N to check on her, because her mother had mentioned that cousin had sprained her foot over the weekend.  Cousin had been to the doctor's and has a boot to wear and some anti-inflammatory medication to take for the swelling.  We agreed to postpone our New Year's visit until she is feeling better.

Later, I oiled my daughter's hair and braided it, and she returned the favor. 

I also called the vet's office, today, and made an appointment to take Dancer in for his various vaccinations and a check up:

"Oh, no!  Not the vet's!  I'll hide - they'll never find me here!"
Today, I am grateful for:
- Daughter helping me with decluttering my closet!
- Phone calls with aunt and cousin
- Fresh pomegranates from my tree
- Frozen puff pastry dough
- What I was able to accomplish today.

Thursday's To Do List:
- Alter the dress and skirt for daughter
- Change my bed sheets
- 1 load of laundry (bed sheets)
- Take Dancer to the vet's
- Get packages ready for mailing

How was your day, today?  How often do you go through and declutter your closet?  How do you decide what to keep and what to donate?  What are your plans for tomorrow? 

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

2019 New Year's Resolutions and Balanced Life Goals for January

My 2019 New Year resolutions will be the same as my 2018 resolutions: pursue good health, better time management, being organized, being positive, and living a balanced life.

Resolution 1:  Continue to pursue good health by keeping all medical appointments, taking my prescribed medications, eating a healthy diet (more vegetables, less refined sugar and carbs), drinking enough water and staying hydrated, increasing my activity levels to build up stamina and strength,  and getting more sleep and rest.

Resolution 2:  Better time management by procrastinating less and attending to things right away and getting them done.

Resolution 3:  Be more organized by decluttering, having a place for everything and  making a habit of having everything in its place.

Resolution 4:  Be more positive by focusing on accomplishments.

Resolution 5:  Maintain a balanced life, by paying attention to all the different areas of my life.

I plan to continue to incorporate them into my Monthly Balanced Life Goals to make sure they are worked on throughout the year.  The monthly balanced life goals are how I plan to implement my annual resolutions.

So, here are my Monthly Balanced Life goals for January:  

Spiritual: (10)   The goal is to live a spiritually meaningful life
- Continue with daily prayers and gratitude; focus on being positive
- Take time for meditation - spend 5 minutes meditating at night
- Cultivate non-attachment - focus on letting go of attachment to material possessions - declutter 31 items
- Attend the monthly rosary prayer gathering

House (9):  The goal is a clean, tidy, uncluttered house:
- Take down Christmas decorations and put away
- Focus on deep cleaning and maintaining cleaned areas
- Declutter 31 items
- Continue to sort out the 3rd bedroom, a.k.a. The Dump!
- Make a master list of repairs and renovations that need to be done over the year

Garden (7):
- Maintain (water 2x per week; weed)
- Buy and plant bare root fruit trees - at least 1 peach and maybe another orange
- Plant some winter vegetables
- Paint the front security door - buy paint

Daughter (10):  The goal is to continue to have a close relationship with her
- Enjoy the rest of her visit home for the holidays
- Daily texts, phone calls, and video chatting, etc., once she goes back 

Family & Friends (10):  The goal is to keep in touch with various family members and friends.
- Regular phone calls and emails
- Attend aunt's New Year's Day luncheon - DONE!
- Call and wish Aunt T for her birthday
- Will be seeing several members of the family and friends at this month's prayer gathering 

Community (7):  The goal is to become more involved in my community.
- Continue to participate in the blogging community 
- Mail the hats to the American Heart Association 
- Visit neighbor S
- Weekly phone calls with neighbor T 

Finances (9):  The goal is financial security.
- Continue budgeting and spending mindfully, with purpose 
- Keep track of spending 
- Review budget and adjust as needed

Health & Well Being (6):  The goal is good health.
- Attend the appointments with my various medical doctors
- Continue to work on the following life style changes:
   - better diet - eat more vegetables, less carbs 
   - better hydration - drink 8 x 8oz glasses of water, daily 
   - better sleep habits - get at least 7 hours of sleep/try to go to sleep before 4:00 a.m.! 
   - more exercise - walk 30 minutes 5 days/week

Time Management (8):  The goal is to find a good balance between what I have to do and what I want to do.
- Be mindful of my time and how I spend it 
- Plan my days/balance the "leisure" with "productivity" 
- Implement the schedule my daughter and I came up with
- Procrastinate less!

Leisure/Crafts/Hobbies/Me-Time (8):  The goal is to relax doing something I enjoy doing for the pleasure of it.
-  Mail the red hats I knitted for heart association (first week in January)
- Continue to participate in the winter photo scavenger hunt
- Read the 2 library books I borrowed
- Finish embroidering the 2 T-shirts
- Work on one of my many "works in progress" knitting projects

Anyone else making New Year's Resolutions?  If so, how do you implement your resolutions?

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year 2019

Wishing all my blog friends a very happy New Year!  May 2019 be a year of good health, happiness, and many blessings!

The Merry Christmas and Happy New Year blocks are on the top of my piano:

Holiday Greetings
Dollar store alphabet blocks I bought when my daughter was 3 and just starting to learn her alphabet.  That year's Christmas tree had alphabet block decorations (I hot glued gold cord loops to the top of the blocks and hung them from the tree).

On New Year's Eve, I had friends over to dinner: friend A, her husband and two daughters, who had us over to dinner on both Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Daughter cooked the chicken curry, stir-fried smoked sausages, and made the bread pudding for dessert.  I thawed packages of dhal, cashew curry, and sauteed garbanzo from the freezer, cooked sauteed green beans and a fresh pot of rice, and opened a jar of my homemade tomato chutney.  We enjoyed having company over, although they left at 11:00 p.m., because they wanted to greet the New Year in their own home. 

Daughter and I greeted the New Year with sparkling apple cider and we watched the ball drop at Times Square on TV. 

This morning, I called and wished family and friends for the New Year.  Then, made another bread pudding to take to New Year's lunch at an aunt's house.  I started writing this post while I was waiting for cousin P and her daughter to pick us up as we are riding with them, but they came to pick us up, around 1:00 p.m., before I could finish it.

We were at aunt's home until about 4:30 p.m.  After we came home, we had tea and then, I called friend R and chatted with her for a bit (she hadn't been home when I called her in the morning, so I left a message and she had called while I was out and left me a message).

Now, daughter and I are relaxing and taking it easy.   

Today, I am grateful for:
- Being alive to see 2019 dawn
- Being able to celebrate the New Year with my daughter
- Having friends over to dinner on New Year's Eve
- Being with family and friends over New Year's Day
- Cousin and her daughter giving us a ride to aunt's house and back

How was your New Year's Eve?  How was your New Year's Day?