Monday, February 27, 2023

Well hey there!

 Happy Monday everyone!

Hope everyone is doing well... & having a good 2nd month of the year. Can you believe we're heading into March? I know people say that - but SERIOUSLY! I just took my Christmas tree down 2 weeks ago.... which some of you know, that's early for me! (Truth!)

So, let's do a little recap update... what's been going on.

Vertigo... still there - but nothing like it has been. I'll have moments where it hits me & WHOOOOOAAAAA - you spin me round round baby round round. Its such a bothersome feeling. Like, the world shouldnt be moving all around you.  It IS better though. Its not an EVERY DAY thing now... just some times. 

I'm finding the weather effects it... sinus issues... if I lay flat in bed - or on my stomach, which is really odd. 

Shoulder pain... yep, totally still there.  Again, weather really effects it - & if I do a lot of motion. Like, I try to work out, get those joints/muscles moving. My body screams at me when I do! "I'M NOT READY!"... I hear you arm.

I'm still not able to get my arm up to put on a bra - not even close. But I CAN put it in my back pocket of my jeans - that's HUGE. & as high as I can get it behind my back... sigh....

I'm also trying to now get it to where I can put my arm on my hip.  Its still a struggle - but I can almost pick my arm up & place it there... progress, I'll take it where I can get it.

Weather... anyone else in the weirdest February weather spell ever? We've been in the high 70's one day & then in the 30's the next. While most of the country is in a winter blow out & the other half is sweating it out. What in the world?  We get both, in one week. 

Everything is blooming out now, our daffodils, my tulips are coming up... & I know that I know, we're going to get another snow storm.  It doesnt get this "springy" this early here.

Mom... I feel like its been awhile since I blogged - (I swear I'm trying my best to get back in the routine) - but last time, I feel like it was when mom had just gotten out of rehab with her cracked spine & she was having a rough go.  She's still in pain - bless her - she'll always have pain with that spine of hers - but she's doing OK.  She had another procedure where they did an out patient surgery where they did like a nerve block.  Didnt help one bit. ... she may need to do it again. Possibly 3 times. She's willing to do something to ease the pain.  

Hubby ... he's been on a roll of having another acid-reflux attack. He has Barrett's esophagus & he'll get some horrible things that go with this. Burning so bad, it goes to the upper back, even hurts the back of his neck. Can't eat - hurts to drink.  Just misery.  We're trying to pump him with all the antiacids to help.  I think it hurts him the most that he cant drink coffee right now.  I feel that.

This weekend... we had a very nice weekend. Of course, me - a lot of reading. I've even started getting my outside reading in with these warmer temps.  I just finished my 17th book of the year! Can you believe it? ... Honestly, reading is probably the biggest reason I've not blogged lately.  

I'll come home & walk/work out - then make dinner & clean the house & then, when I would normally blog, I just want to read.  With this crazy, insane, scary news that comes on every night, I just want to tuck away from the world & fall into a story of my choosing.  Hence, all the books so far this year.

Am I running away from life & the world? You betcha!

But I do miss the memory keeping my blog holds for me... Maybe March will be my turn around month!

Anyhoo.... we had some auto repairs done this weekend - & being out early on Saturday, we did a Panera breakfast date - our favorite!

Dont get me started on this car repair nightmare.  Poor Ricky spent near $800.00 for the repair - only to get in the car & see it caused ANOTHER issue that they wouldnt fix - unless we wanted to spend $2000.00. My Lord.  Its so frustrating when you have to depend on businesses & people to be honest & helpful... & they're not.

Ricky was talking about reporting it & we've watched way too much criminal documentaries & murder shows because I'm like, this guy has our address.  You report him & he's coming to our house & retaliation. Am I the only one who thinks people are just crazy enough any more to do something like that?

... what else did we do this weekend?....

Snuck in a Target trip, which I was excited to use a gift card & picked up another book.

& Hubby went into Home Depot for his next project.

The dogs have DEMOLISHED our back yard.  Like, its a mud-fest back there.  Ricky is trying to fence off areas to grow grass in places  in rotation.  We'll see if this works.  Project accepted.

I finished watching The Traitors on Peacock... & I have feelings on this. Anyone else watch this? I need to discuss. While I enjoy a good reality competition show... I actually struggled a bit with this when there are sweet, honest, good people who are getting hurt in trusting others.  I dont know...Maybe I just need to stick to my books.

I wont give any spoilers on who wins... but seriously ... I need to discuss!

I also watched the movie this weekend, Can you Keep a Secret? thats on Netflix...only to realize, I have the book & read it yearsss ago. After watching, I pulled the book out & thumbed through & saw that some of the wording in the movie was EXACT to the book. I like that - thank you Netflix.

I just love this actress too - Alexandra Daddario - she's also the person in Mayfair Witches if anyone is watching that too.  

Delivery.... & what were some of the deliveries I got this weekend! ... missing a few weeks of blogging, I need to do a BIG post of some deliveries I've gotten... but this one, I'm super excited about.

I got some 20 oz glasses with glass straws... I've been on a kick watching all the ways to make lattes & different coffee drinks. Putting it in these glasses, its just so visually satisfying to see the drinks mix.  I love the bamboo top too.. & that glass straw! I'll post some pics of the drinks I'm making later....because I'm back to blogging, right? LOL

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I also got a new phone case in the mail...I love having a wallet sort of cover for my phone so I can just grab it & go & have my license & a credit card in case I'm in need of something to buy.  Well, the same one I've always bought & rebought - it stretches out & it just flips open to easily - & the credit card slots stretch out - so tried this for the first time... LOVING IT.

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I like it has more slots for cards... & it has a wristlet strap on it. Perfect for what I need.

... so... nothing else comes to mind...

Any questions about anything I've not updated on lately?

Anything in your life I need to know - catch me up!!!!

Thursday, February 02, 2023

January 2023 - All the Good Things


Instead of doing a weekly Gratitude post... & instead of doing a One Sentence a day post... I'm combining them. I actually saw someone do this post awhile back  & thought it was a great idea - if its you, let me know!   & thank you for the idea.

& dont forget, Jen still hosts weekly at her blog- so feel free to join her every Thursday!

So let's kick off the first month of the year with this...

January Gratitude

1.  Seeing my aunts when visiting my mom.

2. Day off work.  There's something about getting off New Years to recover after a year's end & start a new year... its just wonderful!

3. Enjoying 60 degree temps in January - especially after a frigid cold spell that froze my windows - INSIDE!

4. Birthday gift card from work... I love my work gives out gift cards for your birthday - to Target at that. COME ON TARGET!

5. Coffee... some days, it just hits the spot better than others.

6. Winner winner! ... I won the Color Street monthly contest from a friend's FB group. I got the cutest little bag & a set of nails. So fun!

7. Finally got my new curtains up to go with our new couch. .... it feels like a lot of blue. I may look for a different color curtain - but for now... I'll stick with it. I still have to get new lamp shades & new art for the walls. But I'm in no rush - I want to get what I want - not rush it.

8. Lazy mornings tucked in bed on a weekend. The best!

9. Beauty & the Beast stickers.... my sweet friend Miranda had sent me a belated birthday card with the cutest stickers in them. Made my whole day after a rough work day.

10. Online portals for doctor's appointments... I love where you can do so much regarding your health & your visits online. Makes it so much easier.

11. Ricky found me some pots & pans for a great deal. I've been needing some new ones - I have actually been using some of the same ones I've had since we got married & what we got for a wedding gift. No joke. 27 years old... so I dont care if these last - they're better than what I have.

12. Safe driving in storm.... it was awful driving into work. Thunder - LIGHTNING. I was so glad when I pulled into the parking garage!

13. Working from home... especially on a day where it snows!

14.I did it... I did a TREAT YO SELF moment & got myself some Corkcicle mugs. They have a new Princess line out & I had to get these Beauty & the Beast mug &tumbler.  Because if you're going to splurge - REALLY splurge.  Isn't it just beautiful! Worth the splurge.

15. Just a day of nothing but reading.

16. Dogs didnt get cats! ... our neighbors have some cute little kitties that like to come over & relax on our front porch. One actually gets in our rocking chair & rocks herself to sleep (too cute)... but I opened the front door one day & they took off ... & my dogs were on the chase. Ozzie was good at listening to me & stopping when called. Ernie & Harvey - no cares. Chased one cat away, the other up a tree. I was just glad they got away. I cant imagine my boys would know what to do if they caught them - but I'm glad I didnt find out!

17. Ricky picked up groceries... I do the click list thing even still. Hate getting in the grocery. & it worked out great coming home one day when Ricky was stopping to get himself some root beers & I asked him to get the groceries for me. It worked out well - I was able to jet home & get Zoe out.

18. Cupcakes at work to celebrate a birthday.

19. Saved house shoes!!!! .... my beautiful pink house shoes I got for Christmas. I came home from work & looked out the window & found one in the yard! & it had just started raining. I ran so hard - SCREAMING like someone stabbed me. Luckily, my shoe wasn't damaged too bad. 5 minutes later - DOWNPOUR. If it got ruined, I would have been heart broken. So glad I found them when I did.

20. Move went well. Moving from 10 to 28, it went faster than I expected.  Now, to get used to my new home.

21. Homemade Vegetarian meatballs. I got a food chopper for Christmas solely to make a recipe from a YouTuber Vegan cooking channel. I used it to make some meatballs for dinner & they were great!

22. Snow on a weekend. I love it when I dont have to worry about driving when it snows.

23. Enjoyed reading with a view at work.

24. Survived a LONG work day. Some days... it just takes everything to get through them.

25. Safe Trip.  My mom needed to go to the store to pick up some medicine after work. I was thinking if I should go before dinner or after. I made the call to do it before & SO GLAD!!! When we were coming home, it was sleeting & snowing. I'm so glad we got home when we did. I couldnt imagine going out after dinner when it was a slushy slippery mess.

26. New Monitor at work. When we did the move, one of my monitors didnt enjoy the move & went all dull & gray. It was so bothersome. Luckily, our IT coworker was right on it & gave me a new one to change it out - Perfect!

27. My new little notebook I got from Plum Paper.

28. Walk in the park on a sunny, warmer day! ... giving me the taste of a spring day!

29. Perfect Tea! ... I saw on Instagram a man who talked about how someone told him how to make the perfect tea.  I've been doing his method & its really working for me now.  He said you brew the water, put in your tea bag & steep it for 6 minutes.  That's the key.  6 minutes.  I put a little sugar in it & some milk after 6 minutes & YUM. I dont know what's special about that amount of time, but I set my Alexa to 6 minutes now every time.

30. Found my phone! ... we have to go up 4 floors to use a microwave so I went up to warm up my breakfast, traveled down to my 28th floor... & was sitting & noticed that my phone was missing. Scared me to DEATH! I dont think I ever got up 4 floors so fast in my life. There it was - sitting on the counter still. WHEW!

31. Hair Day!!! Bye gray!!!

Tell me something good about your week - even better, about your January!!!!

I'm going to post these the first Thursday of every month if you want to join along!

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