"Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong.
The amount of work is the same." ~Francesca Reigler

Monday, November 24, 2014

Monday Madness

Good morning everyone!

It's Thanksgiving weekend and I have so much to be thankful for. What I'm most thankful for is the life and wisdom I've been given. Mainly the wisdom to know my blessings and appreciate the goodness that surrounds me. 

Today is errand day. I'll hit Costco as soon as it opens. I need to stock up on a few things. In the coming weeks this place will be a madhouse and I won't be able to get within a hundred yards of the place. 

Tomorrow I'm taking a class from one of my quilting idols. I'm not sure what to expect, but I do know that I will have fun. Following the class, the instructor will be lecturing on quilting at another venue. I will be attending that as well. I can't wait!!!!

Last night/this morning I had two dreams that I remember. One was that I was taking a bath in a very fancy bathtub. it not only was deep and had jets, but it also had massage arm thingies. It was really slick. 

The other dream was that we went to war with china. They nuked several places in the US. I died, but came to life on another plane of existence. I was wholly aware of what was going on. It was totally weird. Makes me wonder...

I'm craving bran muffins with strawberry jam this morning. Odd craving. 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday's Story

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Good afternoon!

Yesterday we went to the coast. This was taken at Ft. Worden State Park looking out to the Strait of San Juan de Fuca. It was so peaceful. And best of all, it's is just a quick ferry ride and short drive away!

Nothing like the crashing waves to calm ones nerves down.

This weekend hubby and I made progress on my surgery preparation plan. We got the master bedroom cleaned up and re-organzied. We also made some headway on the living room. I inventoried the freezer and I have a month's worth of meat on hand, so that should put us in a good position if the time comes. Instead of typical fresh veggies we will supplement with some fresh and some frozen. And keep the meals simple.

I felt a bit of pain today and some yesterday. This does not bode well. The doc said that chances are if I'm feeling pain, it's not healing that well. It's still just intermittent and something a tylenol and motrin can handle. That's my cue that I'm doing too much, so I'm at rest right now.

Tomorrow is laundry day.  And on Tuesday I have a class. I can't wait. It's my last class of the year.

That's about it! Just chilling and watching some military shows on Netflix. Everything is A-ok!


Friday, November 21, 2014

Thank You

Thanks to the folks who responded to yesterday's gloom and doom post. I don't get that way often, but when I do it gets out of control. After hubby came home, I started the discussion and we are going to work on an action plan. I am still preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best. I hope my action plan doesn't come to fruition, but I think we're better off if we prepare ahead of time. I have a feeling the doc is going to want to pull the trigger quickly if surgery is needed. So I need to use the next three weeks to prepare.

Sooo. I'm going to spend today writing out a plan (instead of moping, like I did yesterday), and start working slowly on some issues at hand.  I have a friend who needs cash and loves to clean, So I'm going to contact her and arrange something if she's available.

In terms of meals, I plan on doing some healthy make-ahead freezer meals. I found a few websites on pinterest that I gathered recipes from. I'll build a shopping list and go from there.

I've always been one to plan out for every eventuality. It's just my nature. Call it over-thinking, or whatever. It's just part of being Jean.

I need to oraganzie my hand sewing projects, so I can stay busy. I've already downloaded a plethora of books, plus I have a box of book-books to read to read, so I have enough to keep me busy.

On a side note, hubby is back from Disney. Bless him. I laughed when he recounted his search for early morning coffee. The Californian is HUGE. He said he walked a mile to get from his room to the lobby to relax and sip coffee (early morning before 7am). NO lobby coffee. Now mind you this is a $500/night hotel! And it was still too early for the restaurants to open. That makes for a grumpy hubby. Then the breakfast (another mile away) was $35 and he had to deal with dancing bears and other animal characters. Dealing with that crap and no coffee makes hubby a very grumpy man!

I just laughed and laughed.

He enjoyed the conference and was excited about the new ethernet capabilities of the processors/controllers/hardware coming out.  I know that a lot of his clients are relying heavily on ethernet capabilites in their plants.

Things are trucking along, and I'll take it one day at a time. Thanks for being there!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thursday Thoughts

I woke up this morning in a dead panic. Yes, me.

Last night I googled the surgery for the type of foot break I had and read what the post-op guidelines are. I've got some major work ahead the next couple of weeks to prepare for the possibility of surgery. The physician guidelines are one week in a plaster cast. and five to six more weeks of total non-weight bearing activity. Then slow introduction to walking cast and weight bearing, which I would wear for three to four more months. Basically 4-6 months with issues. I'm preparing for the worst and hoping for the best. That's just how I roll.

The house is a wreck as it is right now.  I need to get it cleaned and ready for visitors and recovery. Need to get some meals made and in the freezer, and some "systems" put in place to make things easier for me. But the sticky part is that I need to do this while taking it easy on my feet, so I can avoid surgery.

Shit, shit, shit! (pardon my language)

I'm toying with hiring a friend to do some cleaning for me. Also thinking buying a small freezer for the garage. Debating between a chest or upright. That way I can cut my shopping trips down.  Having stuff on hand will make it easier to keep hubby fed and happy.

I also need to investigate ways of getting around. I googled knee scooters. One of those will be a great help in keeping me sane and active.

So I guess I know what we'll be doing Thanksgiving week.

Hubby is down in Anaheim for a business conference. He texted me to tell me where he was staying yesterday. He's at the Disney Grand Californian Hotel. Said it's a pretty cool looking hotel, but crawling with sugared up hyper kids running amok. He said he had breakfast yesterday with dancing bears. I laughed, knowing that he was in his personal hell. Those of you who know hubby in person will chuckle at that. I'll just say that we are not Disney fans. One of his vendors footed the bill. Not sure when he gets back today.

It'll be good to have him back home.



Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday Funday

Hubby's back home... for a short while.

He rescued me from house-bound doldrums. We went out for breakfast and then we took a boat ride to one of the islands. The sky was clear and blue, and the sum was shining. Still a nip in the air.


Onto the ferry we went. Puget Sound was a bit choppy, but bearable. Actually, I found it relaxing.

We stopped at my favorite quilt shop. (Yes, I bought some fabric.) Then made out way back to the mainland.

See the tail? We're almost there!

Not wanting to call it quits just yet, we headed up to the Boeing plant in Everett (Paine Field). There were not as many jets on the tarmac like the last few weeks. Then I spied a 787 Dreamliner making an approach for a landing!

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Whee! And I got video!!!!! That is one beautiful airplane!

Next week is an easy week. Just one day of meetings. One on Wednesday and book club that evening. That is, if I read the book! LOL!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Throwback Thursday


Here's a pic I posted on Facebook. This is of my parents and baby Iggy, my eldest niece. She's now in her 30s. Seems like a lifetime ago. It is nice to see my parents in a photo together. Kind of bittersweet since both are gone. This was in 1983.

As you can see, I look like both sides. Growing up I favored my mom, but as I am aging I'm looking more like Dad. It's funny how genes work.

Yesterday I got out and went to the Seattle Modern Guild meeting. I'm glad I did. Not only did I enjoy time out with my friends, but I got a new book (to me) in a book swap


... and I won a door prize drawing. How cool is that? I used to watch Nancy on television all the time. She was one of my influencers for taking up sewing.

Tonight is a meeting with my guild committee team. I'm looking forward to seeing them. I finally got a replacment for my position, so the next few meetings are for transitioning the new leader. I told her I'd hang in the background and be available for her in a non-instrusive way.

Hubby comes home on Saturday. Then I think he's going back out of town again. Bummer! He's got three trips planned for this month. I need to schedule some girlfriend time.

Well, gotta scoot. Need to do some baking for my meeting. I promised them cookies. :)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Exile, Day Two


I'm calling this my exile, as the doc told me to take it easy. Now folks who know me know this is difficult. While I am a homebody, I stay busy. And with hubby out east, it's even more difficult. Luckily I have groceries and two rides planned for meetings this week (person with handicap parking priveleges). As much as I hate it, I'm keeping activity at a minimum.

Damn, my stubborness and my foot. But mostly my stubborness. I caused all this, and now I gotta pay the price.

Such is life.

Today will find me in the studio after lunch. I have a piece for a blog hop that I need to work on. It's due to be revealed on Thursday. Yikes! My test stitch out of the design I'll be playing with went without a hitch. It was so darn easy! I'm debating between three projects. Going to play around some more to see where it takes me.

Right now I'm settled down with a cup of vietnamese coffe. It's from an instant mix. The coffee has a mellow, almost smoky flavor to it. It comes with creamer and some sugar already mixed in (Hence the name 3 in 1 Mix, by G7. It's actually nice. I used two packets for my oversize mug and it's not overly sweet (I added more water than it called for). Very balanced. Not bad for instant floofy stuff.

I guess I could get my triple shot grande vanilla latte at Starbucks (my dairy source). Got a free one waiting for me, but that would entail getting dressed. I don't think they want to see me with mussed up hair, leggings and a tee-shirt. Yes, I'm playing beauty queen today. LOL!


I dreamt I bought another home in my old Nashville neighborhood. I miss my old house. This is what it looks like now through Google's street view. The homes I always buy in my dreams either have the layout of my childhood home or this one. I'm glad to see they kept the red door. I put that in. Hubby did a lot fo work on that house. This home had an awesome back yard that overlooked a small man-made lake. I had patio or decking span the entire length of the back with planting interspersed in strategic spots. We got married in this house. In the living room, the lower left windows. Lots of memories.

The sun  is shining! It's chilly but sunny! I like sunshine! Despite my exile, it's a good day.