Saturday, December 10, 2016

Quite the Lookin' Sight!

Hahahahaha...I just caught sight of myself in the full length bedroom mirror.  O my, what a sorry sight to see!

After my shower this morning I didn't bother to dry my hair, just towelled it off as well as I could and combed it back off my forehead and behind my ears.  No point applying more heat to damage it when obviously I will not be leaving the suite for a couple of days, right?  For an "outfit", since my Mark's Comfy Robe is in the dryer at the moment, I am wearing my Tanzanian red and mustard coloured housedress with longer sleeves over top of a Canadian made, sleeveless, grey and white summer ankle length knit polyester sundress because layers are a good idea in this draughty place of residence.  On my feet I am wearing white Japanese tabi socks and lime green tatami flip flops.

Aiiiii yiiiii....I look like a homeless person who has no idea which country she recently immigrated from....hahahahaha.  Thank goodness no one is coming over today! Thank goodness my husband is at work.  By the time he stopped pointing a finger at me and laughing hysterically he would be lying flat on his back from exhaustion!  hahaha  

WOW....nothing like dressing on the outside in such a way as to perfectly depict how I am feeling inside with this viral infection. hahaha  Same mishmash of ugly confusion and unease inside and out!!  hahahaha

So Much For My Happy Clappy Musical Weekend "Retreat"!

So, that's life.....

My many hours away from home this weekend, rehearsing, singing, being in and at concerts....all over before I even got started!  Drat!!

Last Monday evening I developed a dry asthmatic cough that stayed with me all week.  By the time I was finished singing the hymns at yesterday's funeral I was not only dry coughing, I was wet coughing and wheezing.  My asthma has not been this bad in about 15 years...not since we left the smokers haven that was our last rental accommodation in Calgary, post Japan foray.

I was coughing so much during the night last night that, for the 3rd night in a row I barely slept.  So now of course, as this morning has progressed, some opportunistic virus seems to be taking over where the asthma is leaving off.  My symptoms have changed considerably over the last 2 hours and speak of a total recurrence of the cold I had previously, the cold my husband has just reached the end of in terms of symptoms other than ongoing exhaustion. How I hope and pray we are not going to pass this virus back and forth between us like a ping pong ball all winter!!

I don't feel particularly sorry for myself.  Winter, asthma, colds etc. go together well and this year it is finally my turn after escaping the worst of both the bad winters and the accompanying illnesses for several years in a row.

Certainly though I am very disappointed.  I am going to go to the doctor on Monday if these symptoms are not under control and lessening.  I know that to try to go out in the -36C windchill this morning to stand around in a line up at a walk in clinic for as long as 2 hours is not a great idea.  From past experience I know my symptoms are going to have to be substantially worse than they are now before a doctor I don't usually deal with will give me anything to clear up the symptoms caused by the virus.  As the asthmatic symptoms are giving way to the next viral attack I will watch my progress closely.  My husband will be home on Monday so that we can go together to the clinic and I will be relieved of having to be the person outside alone in the bitter cold, scraping the car windshield and sitting on a cold car seat until the heat begins to percolate for my 5 block drive to the clinic.  Yes, walking that distance does make more sense than driving, even in this weather and it isn't like I don't have the winter wear for it, but it isn't a good plan for my lungs.  It is exhausting enough walking even that short distance in this cold when I am healthy, without adding to the tired feelings by wandering about right now in the frosty air.

I am praying a LOT though that I will be able to sing in our community choir concert next weekend...not that I am all that important to the group, but we are low in our number of altos and every one of us needs to be there to carry our part.  Plus, I just darned well enjoy it!!

Here's to some fairly quick healing!  Off to get some more hot cranberry and lemon between doing a few loads of laundry.  That much work I can certainly handle....I think...hahaha.

Blecch!!!  Okay, maybe not so much with the laundry. I do feel wretched.....sigh...

Friday, December 9, 2016

Somebody Sent Me This Today....Somebody a Lot Younger Than Me....Sigh.....

Since more and more Seniors are texting and tweeting, there appears to be a need for a STC (Senior Texting Code):

ATD: At The Doctor's
BFF: Best Friend Farted
BTW: Bring The Wheelchair
BYOT: Bring Your Own Teeth
CBM: Covered By Medicare
CUATSC: See You At The Senior Center.
DWI: Driving While Incontinent
FWB: Friend With Beta Blockers
FWIW: Forgot Where I Was.
FYI: Found Your Insulin.
GGPBL: Gotta Go, Pacemaker Battery Low!
GHA: Got Heartburn Again.
HGBM: Had Good Bowel Movement.
IMHO: Is My Hearing-Aid On?
LMDO: Laughing My Dentures Out
LOL: Living On Lipitor
LWO: Lawrence Welk's On.
OMMR: On My Massage Recliner
OMSG: Oh My! Sorry, Gas.
ROFL... CGU: Rolling On The Floor Laughing... And Can't Get Up.
SGGP: Sorry, Gotta Go Poop.
TTYL: Talk To You Louder.
WAITT: Who Am I Talking To?
WTFA: Wet The Furniture Again
WTP: Where's The Prunes?
WWNO: Walker Wheels Needed

And So....My Mother......

....has pretty much returned to life as she knows it.  She arrived home from hospital on Tuesday, 3 days ago, exhausted, still in pain from the acid reflux, discouraged, name it.  The hospital staff told her that if it had actually been a heart attack she had come in with, the level of pain alone told them she likely would not have survived it. 

So, until the discovery that it was not her heart, we certainly did have good reason to be terrified for her.

I didn't call her on Wednesday, at her request that she and Dad would need a day to just sleep and relax.  I waited until yesterday.  I called in the morning but she wasn't home. Dad said she had gone grocery shopping with a friend.  I called in the afternoon and she answered but said it wasn't a good time to talk because she had company, so could I call her back in a couple of hours?  I called back in a couple of hours.  Dad answered and said she had gone downstairs to the dining room for Happy Hour.  She finally called me herself after dinner last night.  We had a brief chat to ascertain that she is doing just fine.  She filled all her stomach medications at the pharmacy yesterday and had the chart up on the wall that tells her what to take when.  She briefed me on alternate possiblities for meds if the current regime does not work. She was cheery, thrilled to be alive and back at home with her husband and friends.  Then she suddenly had to go.  A tv special she had been looking forward to seeing was coming on.

Hohoho...Merry Christmas Mom!  Very, very happy you have your life back and I do hope there will be time for you to do the relaxing your doctor says you need to do. hahahahaha  I am thrilled for you!!  Welcome home!

Good To Know Where the Money is Going.....I Guess.....

I have always enjoyed receiving my government sales tax rebate in January.  Almost every year I have used that quarterly bonus to give to other people who are suffering from post Christmas financial let down, or to charities that require as much cash flow after Christmas as they do during the Christmas season.

Unfortunately I am likely going to have to retain my 2017 January rebate for my own purpose: paying the electric bill!  We are not eligible for equalization payments where the costs are spread evenly over the 12 month period.  For 2 out of every 3 months our bill is an estimate. So once every 3 months, when there is an actual reading of how much power we have used, we get a bill that is usually a shock.  It can be the wonderful shock of a very low bill, or even of a credit amount, or it can be the shock of a giant amount of money owing for past power used.  I remember the stunned feeling I had last January when I received an actual bill and paid over 3 times the amount we had paid in each of the 2 months previously.  

I suspect I will get a worse shock this coming January.  Last winter was so mild we had our car plugged into the outside power outlet a total of 6 the entire winter....6 days.  This year it has all ready been plugged in for 5 days and as I scan the longer term weather forecast there is no let up in sight for cold temperatures over the next several weeks.  That whopper of a January bill will set the tone for the subsequent 2 estimated months, so they will be high as well.  

Blah!  Blecch!  Pooey!

I can see why charities are hurting these days as the Canadian economy takes a bad hit.  There are times when people cannot keep up their level of giving.  It is reality and a sad one.

I kind of chuckle at my husband's annual "cost of living" increase that arrives each January on his month end wage cheque.  Oh how wonderful it would be if the cost of living really did only go up by the $12-$35 a month he receives over the year before.  Not that I am complaining...any higher dollar amount is good.  

There has been a sharp drop over the past 5 months in our disposable income.  The cost of utilities and groceries is going up far faster than we can keep up with.  I cannot imagine how people who earn even less than my husband does can keep going.  I know I am feeling badly about the rise in winter utility costs for ourselves, but truly we are in a blessed state in comparison to so many other people barely getting by at the best of times.

So, while I grumble and gripe over the winter power bills I am also very grateful that we have the wherewithal to pay them each month!!  They still tend to be less than the winter power bills we paid in Alberta 15 years ago!  

I am just hoping that somehow I will still be able to utilize my next tax rebate for some higher purpose than paying off my own power bills.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

It's Approved! Yay!

Our son just phoned to say his US visa has been approved! We are delighted for him. He worked so long and so hard to get it. Now he is awaiting a list of the protocols he has to follow to complete his journey south. He is relieved he has a four month stint teaching at SFU starting in January so that he doesn't feel pressured to head south before he has a proper plan in place. Thank you God for this encouragement in his life!

Warmth From Mark's On A Freezing Evening!

I find quite a few clothing items at Mark's now that I have lost sufficient weight to fit into their ladieswear.  Blouses, comfy shoes, dress jeans in all colours, turtlenecks...I have quite a number of their items in my closet!

My favourite purchase of all time from their store is an ankle length, fuzzy, white with blue snowflakes, hand warmer pocket in front, hood included, relaxing around the house, pullover robe.  O dear Lord, it is the warmest, most comfy thing I have ever worn on these chilly winter nights.  I suppose it could be worn to bed, but it is so incredibly warm I would swelter in it if I was wearing it under a quilt.  

I don't remember the last time I owned something this practical, comfortable, warm and darned near perfect for winter night relaxing. I got it for half price as well, for some reason I didn't understand at the time, but why ask questions when the answer is working in my favour, right?  Of course right!

So, if you live in the bitterly cold prairies right now and are on the lookout for something cozy and snuggly to keep warm in at home, head over to Mark's and see if you can find one of these little wonders!