Friday, January 20, 2017

(small) Rant

I am SO very sick of seeing that there are so many people out of work and it is all Obama's fault.  Unemployment rate in Oregon is 4.7% as of Dec 2016!!!  The Federal unemployment rate normally followed pretty close to the state.  People!!!!
I worked for the Oregon State Employment Dept for over 30 years and the WHOLE time I do not remember there EVER being a rating so low, even during the Clinton era, Maybe down around 5.4% for short periods of time. And normally much, much higher, with extensions and people getting UI for over a year!!! Some even longer. Special schooling programs ran for 2 yrs or more.   EB, (extended benefits) FSB (1 and 2) (federal benefits) OB, (Oregon benefits) extensions went on and on, over and over, to keep the economy moving any way they could. This during the 70's-2000, the Republican reigns...  so for me 4.7% looks downright cheery....
 AND just try to get a call thru to the Employment Dept in this day and age, they have cut services to such a degree that NO ONE can get thru to talk to a person. Customer service is down the drain.  My son had an issue last year and was on hold for over 6 hours and finally gave up. IF you can get thru first thing in the morning, like the 1st hour of opening you can leave a call back # and they will get to you in the next day or so. So stay chained to your phone! But after that magic window, you can't even leave a #. The days of talking to a real person are far and few.   They do not have a local office to go in to either, everything is run by phone. But I will give them credit, once you got hold of a person, they did take care of the problem...
That is it, just sayin' and the UI rate was much higher when Obama took over... (I retired in 2002 so am not up on the rates for sure since then, but remember them to be higher and had just gone into an extension when I left (think it took 6.7%, to trigger) as I was so disappointed that I had to live thru another one, because it required so MUCH more paperwork and work to apply for and get going and I thought I would dodge it all, ha) Just another case of not believing everything that is written or take as gospel.. (especially when coming from a certain camp)
Take Care and God Bless

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Ankle Update

Yep! This is my ankle... not a fun couple of days, just let me say.  BUT it is getting much, much better, have cut back on the meds, that Oxycodene works well people...
Upset that this will be what it looks like now forever, but what is, is, right? The pain was pretty unimaginable right at first, but it does get better, daily. if I sit with the leg up and still, it is ok, but dangle it down like to hop to bathroom with crutches and boy howdy, it just screams...
I am slow, I have to think things through on how to do something, can't just go barreling into something without knowing how to do something,  That is the way it was with the shower
Not to get the leg and cast wet at all, they want it 'bagged' twice and not in water.  well there was just no way to do that.  But last night I thought of a way.  Put the shower chair in backward, with the backrest next to the faucets. Sit on the edge of the bathtub, which is same height of the chair, then transfer self, dangle the left leg out of the shower and cover with the shower liner.  works really well, except for that 1st little spurt of cold shower, I can live with that, in order to get a shower and wash my hair!!! Did not even get water on the floor.  I was hasty tho, to... did not want to linger and give fate a chance.  There is only so much real estate to wash over in any case.... the hair was the most important...  Feel SO much better and human.  Brian washed sheets, so after bed was remade, with the TONS of pillows in place, I am the Princess once more  hahahaha
Yesterday morning we had excitement, I fainted on the way back to bed from bathroom, I even sat there for awhile too, on toilet after done as was feeling sort of funny, by the time I got Brian's name out, I was down, now my butt hurts too :).. Have never done that before, it was pretty weird, clammy/sweaty, black swirlies and down I went.  Did not hit my head tho or foot, thank heavens.  Brian insisted I call the Doc and they called back today, good thing I was not still on the floor huh??? Said I just had surgery, duh, needed to move slow and stay hydrated.  Really? they were most helpful.  the hospital did call me yesterday tho, to ask how I was and do a check-up, that was nice.... But the delay with surgery and waiting for a call back after falling down, am less than thrilled with dealing with this office....  Everything seems to be going according to plan tho, no swelling, that I can see, keeping it dry and have enough meds to last. Brian is attentive to my every call, was right there when I fell and was duly freaked by the whole thing
Luci has been my constant companion, was very worried after I fell too, cried and carried on, did not think she would ever calm down. But she has taken every opportunity to 'potty' in the house if Brian is not right there. 
Brian has also had to shovel snow, by himself!!!! Takes 2 hours to do the driveway and sidewalk after a dump! Last time was only 1 1/2 hours.  Have been thankful he has been off work due to weather, to be here, don't know what I would have done, well would have just languished here in my bed. Probably starve to death!! He leaves me a big jug of water, so I can fill my glass when I need to, so I don't have to call for that... Just call when Luci jumps down, or need some food thrown at me :)
This too will pass
Take Care and God Bless All.. Stay warm and safe!!!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Snow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Note they do not venture out very far at all and if it is covered in snow it is worth pooping there, even if it is the sidewalk...


These pics are taken really fast, not well edited either, but wanted to get something onto the blog before my BIG surgery tomorrow.  The snow has been unrelenting and pretty continual. when Brian came in tonight he said it was trying to rain, which means freezing rain. There is no where to pile the snow.  It is a good thing I am no longer shoveling, it gets so high I can no longer lift it up and over the berm made on prior days.  And that is pretty much where it has gotten to... He has been a couple times to the store and runs out of cigs :) so has to go out to get more so has to keep things shoveled, priority, right?

Finally saw doc last Thursday and scheduled the surgery for tomorrow, have to be there at 7a. Yes I am keeping it iced up but still is horrible bruised and hurts like a bugger. am hoping that it won't hurt after surgery, right?? Well, anyway eventually that is what I am hoping for. But there is nothing to do but to have the, there is no alternative, I saw the x ray and the bone is apart down there, not together like it is supposed to be, so, there you go. I just have such feelings of dread about it tho.....
My brother and sister in law are driving in to be with me... thru the horrid weather, but they are both truck drivers, log and long haul, so they certainly know how to get about in the bad weather, and I am just not going to worry about them, they will be fine!
So here is m, signing off for awhile, and hope you are well, safe and warm
Take Care and God Bless

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

No Pics

We have more than a foot of snow and I have gotten out of doing that shoveling!!! Looks pretty, but so, so cold and inconvenient!!! Having difficult time getting around, nothing from doc yet, foot is black with bruising. Can't stand just sitting doing nothing and the house is falling to crap around me...

Monday, January 2, 2017

Broken!!

Yes, well......
Friday I broke my left ankle (lateral malleolus of left fibula) and sprained, I think is all, something behind the knee.  I was really a spectacular fall... right next to my car. Had gone to Fred Meyer and got all done, cart back to the storage area and just taking the last steps to get in the car.  LOTS of great people came to help  get me up. Since it is the left foot and I have an automatic, was able to get myself home.  then thought maybe it was not too bad and all would be well,  Not so much.. Went to Your Care Urgent care place right near me on Saturday, Brian took me to that, as I could not move about at all and he went in to get a wheel chair. Very nice people in there too, but boy was it cold in there!!! And now am waiting for a call from the orthopedic surgeon.  Sent me home with a boot and crutches. That boot cost more than I would spend on shoes!!!! Keep elevated and on ice.  Have some pain pills, but the pain has really tapered off, and extra strength Tylenol seems to work well every now and again. Brian, I believe is already getting weary of me yelling at him to get one thing or another. Trying to stay hydrated, as I tend to not do that when in bed all the time... BUT that means I need to get up and hop into the bathroom more often, oh dear.....So started the year off with an adventure... and what I wanted to do was start out by going back to the gym, so I called and cancelled that, won't be in there for awhile I would think.... am NOT looking forward to another surgery and recovery..... hope it does not send me round the bend or up the tree, wherever....
AND we got more snow!!! and it is supposed to be sub zero weather for a couple days or so coming up, lovely.... I never was able to get out and clean up the back yard the last couple days, so cold, the poop freezes to the ground, can't chunk it up!!!
 Have a friend trying to get me a bath chair, so I can get into the shower.  Everything is so much harder to do or get to, when one of your appendages is not working properly.
Take Care all and God Bless... stay safe out there, tread carefully....

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Post...... everything

Just going along, day to day... still eating xmas cookies, fixed lamb loin chops for xmas day that were really, really good.... haven't been anywhere cept to Madras on xmas eve with family.
Took tree and all xmas stuff put away Tuesday.  have cleaned house and dumped things that did not need.  Cleaned refrigerator out today, boy that is an eye-opener!!! What I keep thinking I might eat it?? Really??? So now there is lots of room in there AND it smells all fresh and clean, so bright, it hurts the eyes.
have to rearrange and clean out drawers and closet.... it just seems so overpowering and the decisions to made too hard... better to think about it for awhile....
Got some new card product and want to try making some new/different cards. Also got some ideas from pinterest for gift cards.... always need those. need some on hand.
Am in a reading slump and can't seem to get interested in anything....
My car needs brakes and new tires...........................
ah geez, this is depressing..... bye for now
Take Care and God Bless

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Tree Birds


Over the years I have gotten lots of birds for the Xmas Tree. The last about 6 years Hallmark has a series, this hummingbird is one..


As is this chickadee




These are just little sparkly ones, LOVE the sparkly ones....

 This Dove has a long tail, you can't see...


 Above is a cotton ball from Louisiana I got at one of the plantation stores...

to the left is Brian at about 5 or six years old.. all dressed up for ring bearer duties at his Uncles wedding!!!  Why on the Xmas tree? I have a couple of peoples pictures there, Mom and niece from 2008 and great niece Xmas ornament she made last year in her day care, hospice snowflakes for Dad and nephew... makes for remembering... just special things, my favorite things....
and sparkle....

Take Care and God Bless