Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Filling the Hours

It's a new day and I made a choice to be happy, relax and just enjoy my time off of work during all this mess.  I got the check from my retirement fund and went early this morning to deposit it in my account.  I came home and paid the bills currently due and took a sigh of relief.  

The only problem I'm having at the moment,  is trying to keep myself busy.  I decided to finish up these place mats I started on a few months ago.  I was browsing Pinterest and saw a similar set from Anthropologie for a crazy amount of money!   I loved them so much that I decided to make my own.




They're not exactly like the ones from Anthropologie, but they are canvas  like theirs and have decorative stitching in similar colors.  I made mine reversible,  with a white canvas on the other side.  The tan canvas is actually a drop cloth from Amazon.  For $12 you get a lot of material.

I started working on my Christmas cards about a week ago,  with the idea that I would be recovering from shoulder surgery and not be able to do them later.  I love making cards with my Silhouette Cameo.  Here's a prototype of the easel type cards I'm making.  I saw a very similar one on Pinterest and loved the style of it.  




Tomorrow I'm going to get up early and head to Costco.  It's a mad-house on the weekends, so I'm grateful to have a day during the week that I can go.  Can't beat their prices on whole bean coffee, paper towels and toilet paper.  

I hope you are having a wonderful day!

Deb

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

And the Washing Machine Too!

I just don't know where this road is leading me and what the take away will be in the end.  One thing is for sure and that is I'm learning to be highly flexible and good at adjusting my sails. 


As I feared, I will not be having my surgery tomorrow.   The Anesthesiologist says that they can't do the surgery with just a  nerve block and no general, because it could adversely affect my lungs and cause me to stop breathing. 

That's the bad news.  I can't have my shoulder fixed until I get this blocked artery fixed first.  The good news is that I will only have to wait a month after that to get my shoulder surgery.  Not the 6 months that the Cardiologists had originally said.  I don't know why she said that.  I don't know why doctors say a lot of things they say.  They have the unique ability to put you on an emotional roller coaster.  I'm sure that they don't do it on purpose, but they are somehow oblivious to what you...the patient...is going through.




So....I wait.  My angioplasty will be scheduled for a week from tomorrow, says the Cardiologist, but if I've learned anything from this....that could change a dozen times before we settle on a date and time.

I'm really going to have to be creative with my finances if I'm going to get through this.  I took some money from my retirement plan and I'm supposed to have some money coming to me for my lost wages...but...I will have to get creative to get through to the other side of this.

And...finally....in the middle of all of this.....my washing machine died.  The other day it was horribly loud during the spin cycle and I suppose somewhere in the back of my mind, I knew it was nearing the end.  I have repaired this machine a few times and I could repair this as well, but the parts are kinda spendy and the repair is pretty involved.  Besides, it's almost 10 years old.

Not to fear though.  My Mister (because at my age, I hate the word "boyfriend") ordered a new Samsung washer for me and I'll have it by Saturday.  Of course, I will pay him back when I get through this, but he's been such a blessing in times of trouble.


One thing I know for sure is that I have GOT to get out of this house before I go nuts.  I have cabin fever so bad.  I think I'll jump in the car and head up to Ft. Collins this weekend for a little diversion.

~Deb

Monday, October 16, 2017

Feeling Hopeful


I still don't know 100% if my surgery is going to happen on Wednesday, but I am much more hopeful than I was yesterday.

The Cardiologist called this afternoon and said that she, the ortho doc and the anesthesiologist are putting their heads together to come up with a plan of action to get this surgery done. It sounded much better than what she had said last Friday.  I've been praying about this for several days and I am feeling hopeful and less burdened mentally.  

The electricity was out for most of the afternoon and when that happens,  you really get a feel for how attached you are to your TV and computers.  I felt lost.  Isn't that terrible?  Haha  I didn't know what to do with myself for a bit.  So, I wandered around the house tidying up and "detailing" my surroundings.  Adjusting pictures and knick-knacks.  Putting away the clothes I managed to get washed and dried before the power went out and moving some things around.  I felt good after that.  

I have a chair in my family room that I put in front of the sliding glass door during the winter.  During the spring and summer, it sits with the back facing the fireplace.  Just moving that one chair makes the room feel new and fresh again.  I find that when I get bored with my surroundings, I just move things around and it's like having a whole new room.




I bought myself a very nice Samsung gas stove a few months ago and was so grateful to have it today, because I could still get my dinner cooked by lighting it with a match,  since the electronic ignition relies on electricity.  I really love cooking on a gas stove as opposed to electric.  I get more even cooking and things don't tend to boil over like they do on an electric stove.  I adore that stove!

Hopefully I'll have good news to post about tomorrow!

~Deb