Monday, November 7

What's Been Happening

Well, it was a hot summer and it cost us a fortune, but at least we had central air. I'm not sure what we'd have done if we'd still been in the other house. We didn't get the gardens done fully, but at least we planted a few things. My morning glories were lush with leaves, but not one blossom. We were sorely disappointed.

Brandon is working part time. This year once the garden centre closed, they hired him for inside. He is working at that and is hoping for a promotion next year. He will still be doing the garden centre through the summer and that is his forte. 

Jordan finished his Victory Lap year at school and has found a job in the meat department of another grocery store. He starts his training this week. 

Hubby was in the hospital in August. They did an angiogram and he has another artery that is partially blocked. Not good news, but so far, so good. He's been really tired and for a while, so was I. However, the Dr. cut my meds down and some I'm no longer taking. I feel so much better. I hate meds. I'm either allergic to them or they have severe side effects. Glad that's be fixed.

Take care. Just wanted to touch base. Tomorrow is the US Election, which we Canadians always watch closely because it affects our country and our currency.  

Sunday, May 22

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Time is flying by and it will soon be moving day. Not looking forward to it. Our move date is June 7th. We get the keys on June 1st or maybe late next week. We're not looking forward to it.

We have boxes stacked to the ceiling and still a long way to go. This is a small house to being with and now, with all the boxes, it's getting even smaller. Dakota (dog) doesn't know where to go. Wherever he lands, he's in someone's way. When we are downstairs, he prefers to be outside. When we're upstairs, he stays downstairs. He still does lay beside the bed at night. Poor dog, that is his only peaceful time.

The movers are paid for 3 hours in advance. This is the minimum they will book. If it only takes 2 hours, it's the same cost. They are very reasonable though. We also bought a brand new box spring and mattress from the same place and they will put it on the truck before they come to move us. No delivery charge that way and it was a great deal for an orthopedic. 

We took a bit of a rest today and didn't do too much. We are exhausted from packing boxes day in and day out, but it's coming along, slow but steady. 

Thursday, May 12

A Surprise Move

On the 4th of May, our landlord's real estate agent stopped by to tell us that the house would be going up for sale. When we moved here, the landlord promised us he wouldn't sell it out from under us. So much for promises. 

We've lived here for 3.5 years, never been late with the rent and kept all of the promises we made. So, I told him then and there that we would be moving asap. The next day we saw a house that was perfect for us and it was for rent. The landlord there showed it to us. It had a dining room, living room, kitchen, laundry room, pantry and mud room all on the same level. No more stairs, which is perfect for me with my severe knee and leg pain. 

The landlord phoned 2 days later and told us that he and his wife had talked it over and they were going to rent to us. So later that day, we went and signed the lease. It's in a quiet area near a park and it has both a nice front and back yard. 

The last few days, we've felt our age. Packing and getting ready to move is not easy when you both have heart, back and arthritis problems. Feeling my age like never before. 

Friday, April 29

Dr. Says Easy Peasy

I have been having a LOT of trouble with my osteoarthritis. The Dr, recommended a shot of cortisone to my knee. It worked great for hubby in his hip. I told her I would think about it.

I was in so much severe pain over the next 2 weeks that I decided to give it a try, even though I have reactions to almost every medication I try to take. The shot was easy enough. Didn't hurt at all and for 4 hours, I was pain free.

As the freezing wore off, my leg began to swell and it became incredibly painful. I have a very high pain threshold and usually pain doesn't bother me too much, but that night I didn't sleep at all. I would doze off and as soon as I moved my leg, I would be wide awake and trying to get some relief. The pain radiated from my ankle to my hip. By the next day, my hips were both swollen and my back was also painful.

I am now avoiding most everything she suggests because this is 3 reactions I've had in 2 month. The reactions have certainly taken their toll and I've been exhausted.

I wish spring would give us a little warmer weather. Still cold and windy today. Hopefully tomorrow will be nice.

Will update when I find out anything about my tests. Still have a couple more and no results back from the ones I've had.

Talk to everyone soon. Hope all is well with each of you.

Sunday, April 24

A Bit of News

I have a bit of news. I had the ultrasound on my heart and everything is looking good in that area. Thank goodness. No more signs of stroke, though I do have the odd off day. Many people are praying and that is good. 

Brandon started his summer job today and really enjoyed it. He worked the afternoon shift for only 4 hours, but got most of the tables set up for the plants. He will work again on Wednesday, morning shift, which will be 9 to 1 pm. That is his favourite shift. The supervisors who gave him such a hassle last year are both gone and the manager is really glad to have him back. He's working with the same young man who he's worked with the last two years. Tuesday we have to go and get our taxes done. We barely got in under the deadline, which is April 30th. We'll both be glad when they are done.

Hubby and I are planning a HUGE yard sale, so we have been working on that. Not exactly sure what weekend that will happen, but have to be prepared. We are also going to take some stuff to the community yard sale at my daughter's for June 4th. Hopefully we will be able to see our floors after that and the little shed will be empty, except for the things we are keeping. That will be only our most precious keepsakes and some furniture. 

Our purple hyacinth bloomed beautifully even though it was on the cool side and we had a little snow. I love them. We didn't get much fragrance this year because of the cold weather, but enjoyed them anyway. 

Our tulips are beginning to bud and I see there is one red one out. Our Oriental poppies are growing. We have two red ones and a white one. Will try to get pictures when they bloom. I love them. 

We will be busy working on polishing up the yard sale goods and sorting boxes that haven't been unpacked since we moved from our house five years ago. Guess if we haven't needed it this far we don't need it at all, so lots of things to sell. I'm sure I will come across a few things to keep. Haven't found the large family Bible yet, but will come across it. This house is packed to the roof and so is the storage unit. Hope we can get rid of it all. 

Talk soon. Take care, everyone

Monday, April 4


Well, after we got the new computer, I couldn't remember my password. I finally remembered it.

Things have been rough here. The beginning of March, the Dr. gave me a different statin and it reacted badly on me. I ended up in horrific arthritis and muscle pain, which was the side effects she neglected to tell me about. For three weeks I was in horrific pain. Then it started to ease and last Wednesday night, I had a mini stroke. I'm wondering if it was also from the effects of the statin.

Not much other news except it took me two days and three service men to get the hot water tank fixed. The car has to have a safety, I broke a tooth and have to see a dentist, which is not a favourite thing of mine. Tomorrow a doppler test on my neck and a CAT Scan.

Hope that does it for a while. My friend has been going through the same kind of hassle. Must be the stars or the moon.

Now that I have my password, I will be posting more frequently. Brandon is going back to the garden centre to work this summer. We will see how that goes. More news soon.