Monday, January 31, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
I know my medical insurance has been reinstated, but I haven't been billed yet. I need to see the doctor to have my lungs assessed. UGH.
Friday, January 28, 2011
I'd been wondering what made these striped footprints in the snow, so I took a walk outside to find out. Deer.. little ones with little hooves. I think they drag their feet.
The back porch is nothing but lines or stripes, and when the sun shines, even more shadows appear in stripes.
Our porch flooring is stripes of every kind.
I've saved the best for last.. I am a patriot. Our guest room is in the process of being a reflection of our American heritage.
In my office, there are bookshelves with stripes of books on the shelves.
Please join us on Rebecca's blog for Foto Friday- the more the merrier!
Thursday, January 27, 2011
2: to or into that place : thither
3: at that point or stage
4: in that matter, respect, or relation
5—used interjectionally to express satisfaction, approval, encouragement or sympathy, or defiance
See there defined for English-language learners »
THEIR is an adjective- and possessive
1: of or relating to them or themselves especially as possessors, agents, or objects of an action
2: his or her : his, her, its —used with an indefinite third person singular antecedent
Gotta get some coffee...
Monday, January 24, 2011
Tomorrow he is to get his 2nd round of Synvisc in his knees and then see his endocrinologist about his diabetes.
We shall see how he does tomorrow.
I'm doing just a bit better, thankfully. It's bad when one of us is ill, but the thought of both of us down at the same time is frightening.
Hopefully I'll have the energy to clean up around here tomorrow. I can't believe I haven't done a thing since last Wednesday. One thing at a time..
I had to run out yesterday because we were totally out of cat food, and Thomas was getting a bit frantic... can't blame him much.
Tomorrow I hope I can put in some dinners so we can get back on our portion control diet. We were doing so well with that and somehow got sidetracked.
Gentle snow is falling..
But that's not what this post is about today. It's about how people write to be understood. For me, I feel like a fingernail is being scratched across a blackboard when I read and try to comprehend what others are writing.. so I gotta complain. Brace yourself, I'm approaching my soapbox.
Let's talk about the words YOUR and the contraction YOU'RE. I can bearly stand the way these 2 words are interchanged..
"YOUR" is possessive~ it's YOUR book, YOUR post, YOUR dinner. Got it?
Now , YOU'RE is the contraction of 2 words, YOU and ARE. It means just that "you are".
~You're beautiful, You're on the wrong side, You're the leader.
It makes no sense whatsoever to confuse these two terms~ You are book, you are dinner, you are post. Eh? Or Your beautiful (what?) , Your on the wrong side (?) (your what is on the wrong side?) , Your the leader (who?) So let's get this straight.. Your is always possessive.. You're is always a subject and verb (you, are).. think before you write.
Okay, I know I posted on this before, but it looks like it's getting under my skin again, so I'm gonna put this out one more time.
Two is a number- it tells me how many numerically.
(Two cents, two boys, two cars, etc)
Too is an adjective and also can mean 'also'.
(I want to go 'too') If you wrote this with the connecting 'to', you would have to tell me where you want to go. (I want to go to....where?) It's a preposition.
I assume most folks get the 'two' right, but if one could just get the 'too' right, the other 'to' would be the correct option.
(too many, too much, too full, too red)
I feel better.
I spotted another word today that grated my ears- boarded. The person was trying to say that a property bordered another one, but instead, told me it boarded the property. Can you see how confusing this could be? It took me about 4 full reads through the article to grasp what they were trying to communicate. UGH.
This seems to have been a fairly good month, though quite cold. We tried to get gas for house heating and cooking, but the company says we have to be at 20% before they will come to move the huge tank and refill them. So I watch the tank gauge daily- it's between 35-30% yet. The one tank is leaning heavily on our deck. It had been leaning on the vinyl siding of our house, but we had them come and pull it away only for it to move another direction. Ugh. I don't know what these tanks weigh, but they put them in with a crane, so I imagine this is not going to be a simple task.
January brought us our Christmas gift from the Vulhops- a visit to the theatre and Mary Poppins. That was SOOOOOOOOO fun!
Annabelle became 4, Daniel became 10, Amy had a birthday :)
and Charlie's birthday is the end of the month- 28th.
I caught my first cold in many years, and true to form, the biggest wimp around. What a whiner! I need to get over this and get on with life.
Yesterday we ran totally out of cat food for Thomas. It took me till mid afternoon to get myself moving enough to go for a bag of Meow Mix.. his favorite. After that, I just couldn't seem to get anything else in order. It's the cold I tell ya.. I've lost 4#.
Not a big deal, but for the week, I guess it is. Drinking tea, gingerale, coffee, water.. juices.. not really hungry.
Looking forward to getting back to the pool at the YMCA.. tired of paying for my membership and not using it.
Unfortunately, it looks like Wendell is coming down with my cold. :( Not happy about that, as he NORMALLY coughs hard with his COPD. He does have home oxygen and I suspect when this thing gets full blown, he'll be sleeping more and that means with the CPAP on and the O2 bled in the line as well.
Today he's chilling and wanting the furnace turned up.
I think it's time for breakfast.. not a heavy one today.. toast and eggs and fruit.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Dad had a history of 'rheumatism' , or at least that's what he said, and was likely so, as he had a mitral commisurotomy when he was in his 50s. He got through that without remembering the bad times, and when he got to that point where he felt better, he told others it was a 'piece of cake'.. I don't think so.
My dad was an inventor. His last thing he worked on was a car battery run chain saw sharpener. I really must get the info again on the item he worked on for the automobile ignition that he missed the boat for his patent by a matter of days. It revolutionized the ignition of cars.
My dad was brilliant. Sorry I didn't inherit that part of his brain, though I do see certain things in his life that I reflect- like being a chocoholic.. oh yeah. Addicted for life.
(note to self: need to buy a LOT of Hershey bars before price goes to $30/bar)
Both of my parents loved to play games. They both did crossword puzzles and had a book to help them with difficult words. yeah... they did the really hard ones in the newspaper and could actually finish them.
I like word games a lot- I have several books to prevent alzheimers from setting in any time soon. I make myself do these puzzles, or I go to the computer and do 'search and find' puzzles because it makes me use my brain.
I remember that we were the only kids in the neighborhood who actually owned a horse and rode all over the place. ( to self: I'm also the only kid in the neighborhood to get thrown off a horse into a locust tree.. ouch!)
Fun summers.. my dad knew how to have fun! Stilts.. now, let's see a show of hands here: how many of you have ever had your father make you a pair of stilts, and actually walk with them?
I never mastered those stilts, but my dad could walk with them..
One day he made us a ring toss game with a piece of plywood and nails. He put scores under each nail and gave us a handfull of canning jar rubber ring seals to toss. We all got in on that game and it lasted forever.!
And while I'm thinking about this, I also remember a golf game he made for us.. He took old tuna cans, dug a hole to situate them level with the ground.. then whittled a "ball" from a branch from a tree. Now, this wasn't a round ball, it had points on either side.. Then he made us clubs out of tree branches and we were off. Lots of exercise running after our 'ball' all over the field.
I could probably go on and on and on.. Maybe Jane or Bill or someone else might want to post what they remember about dad?
He was the only person I knew that was actually struck by lightning and survived, though burned.
If he were living today, I'd say.. "Happy birthday, Dad.. we had some great years"
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Thomas had the last of his food today, and I can't go out shopping the way I am right now. He'll manage on table scraps and milk.
Bills finally got written up and out to the box, but I'm not sure whether I beat the mailman or not. It just hasn't been a wonderful day all around today.. and I'm feeling 'thick headed' so that it would be just as well if I went and took a little (or big) nap.
Hope everyone else is having a better time..
Friday, January 21, 2011
It looks like we got about 5" snow, not much more than that. But it's really cold out there. 12*F right now, and the wind is blowing .. causing a wind chill of -1*F . I'm staying inside where it's warm, but had to check on Thomas who, I believe, hasn't been out of his box all day either. He was hungry. Getting low on Meow Mix.. will have to go out tomorrow for supplies for him at least. Wendell and I can manage over the weekend without groceries.
I need to get the bills paid tonite. We got paid on Wednesday, but I've been so sick I just can't get to it. UGH.
No word yet from the insurance company or the hospital rep.
On to other things...
Where is spring? !
Thursday, January 20, 2011
No whining tonight. I thought my throat was better, but it's started getting sore again. Blahhhhhh.
It is a lovely day.. lots happening here. Wendell saw the doctor and he again suggested that he have the gastric banding surgery. He's willing, but it can't be done locally.. so we wait.
In the mean time, I discovered that my insurance company had billed me erroneously, and I may get my insurance back retroactively. YAY! That would be such a blessing. No matter what happens, God is still in charge and reigns supreme in my life. He's cared for me this far, I have no doubt for my future.
So I am waiting to hear from either the hospital or the insurance company for word on the verdict.
We are having another snow storm today. We went from "in excess of 6" , to 3-6", and now 2-5". We already have an inch on the car.. so we shall see in the morning.
On to the rest of my evening..
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Our seats were the very back of the theater.. We could see perfectly and hear well too. This was so much fun~ can't wait to do it again!
Before the theater, we went to dinner~ another nice touch. Traffic was horrific from dinner to the theater. We actually missed the first scene of Act 1. But it was just fine. We loved the whole thing.
It was after I took the picture of the curtains that said "Mary Poppins" that one of the ushers tapped me on the shoulder and said 'No, pictures, please'.. so I tucked my camera in my purse at that point. Hope I don't get sued for putting my pictures here on my blog.
Monday, January 17, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Today I'm aware of someone , maybe more than one, praying that I will have no barriers to attend worship today. It's a most wonderful feeling of knowing that someone loves me that much. I had posted my frustrations about last Sabbath to this blog. I wonder if someone read it and has taken action to prevent it from happening once again.
Here I am... 6:30am.. not sure which church we will attend today, but planning to be there no matter.
Just as a reassurance note~ I pray for my children and grandchildren by name every day. I remember my mother doing that for me, and I miss it.