Sunday, June 27, 2010

Stuff happens

Yep the title for this one pretty much says it all.  This has been one of the worst weeks of my life so far.

I believe that I told you that I was diagnosed with diabetes.  That is going well so far, my blood sugar has come down and is pretty much staying where it is supposed to be or at least within acceptable areas.  I have an appointment with a nutritionist on the 13th, then I will finally find out what I can and can't eat, how much and how often.  I can't imagine what my blood sugar was before I lost the amount of weight that I have lost.

Wednesday I went to the Dr. thinking I had a really bad cold and it turned out to be pneumonia.  Made it really miserable at work, but thank goodness I work with a great lady and she picked up the slack for me.  I am feeling better, still get a little winded if I do too much, but I can handle that.

Work is going good.  At first it was so slow that the time just dragged.  Each day it has steadily gotten a little bit busier.  Friday was a very steady day as far as customers go.  The time went by so much faster.  We have started a Taco Tuesday and Fajita Friday.  To get it out that we have these items, we put a fajita up in the warmer, it barely left my hand and it was gone.  We ended up putting 4 more in.  If that is what it takes to sell the darn things, then so be it.

The people that I work for are great.  They are actively involved in the running of the store and are easy to talk to and ask questions of.  Lately they seem to have more questions for me than I do for them.  That's okay,  as long as I can answer the question, I'm doing good.

I think that is all to get you caught up, have a great week.  Talk to you on Saturday.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Laundry day, maybe

Sitting here trying to decide if I want to do laundry.  Not much of it, 1 load of clothes and 1 load of bedding.  I will have to get it done as I need my shirt for work.

I have already had breakfast (5:30 AM) and taken my pills, so I am doing good that way.  Breakfast is a hard meal for me as I don't really enjoy eating in the morning.  But I was told that I need to, so I will.

Yesterday I received 2 phone calls from the store.  The first one was about an invoice and check and the second was about some syrup for the icee machine.  At least I could answer both questions.  Kind of looking forward to going to work in the morning, and kind of not.  Never did like Mondays, even when I wasn't working.  People can be so crabby on Monday morning.  Don't take it out on me, I am already at work!

I don't know how I did this 5 days a week before.  I am having a hard time trying to come up with something the second day.  This is going to be a short one.

Have a great week!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

How life changes

I will now be doing this on the weekends instead of during the week.  It is just to crazy to try and keep up with everything on a daily basis.

It's been a crazy two weeks.  Started working again.  That's great.  Hard to get used to being on my feet for that long, makes my back ache like the dickens.  Makes me feel good that I am no longer unemployed.  Last Saturday we went to Farmington for Brandon's birthday.  Had good food, good talk, good time.

Thursday I had to go in for an ultrasound on my abdomen.  Nothing wrong there.  The radiologist didn't find anything that wasn't supposed to be there.  So, that was good news.  After my initial blood work a week ago, I have been diagnosed with diabetes.  No big surprise there, it ran on both sides of my family.  Now I just have to get used to taking a pill (yep, 1 pill per day) and doing the testing.  Shouldn't be too terribly difficult to get used to.  The hardest part is going to be eating breakfast to take the pill with.  I am also suppose to have classes with a nutritionist in order to find out how often and what to eat and how much.  Does this sound like a diet?  I don't eat a lot of junk to begin with so shouldn't be very hard.  I did eat some toast this morning, and have already done my first testing.  Darn finger pricks any way.  I do have the meter that I can test on my arm or different areas of my hand.  Now just have to get in the habit of doing so.

We had some interesting weather Thursday evening.  Watch a funnel cloud out our bedroom window.  Watched it come down, watched it go back up, watched it go to the north towards Howard Lake.  I normally get really nervous about this kind of stuff, but I was so tired that day I just didn't care if it hit the house or not, as long as I got to go to sleep.  Brandon was worried about us though.  Nice to know that he cares that much.  Called to let him know that we were both ok.

I am so glad that Winstock is over and done with for another year.  Just kind of sat here and giggled about it, what with all the rain and everything.  I think I posted that in an earlier post.

Other than all that, nothing much going on.  Oh yeah, before I forget, Wednesday when I got home from work, Arlen had done the dishes and cleaned the kitchen, then he went out and mowed.  Was such a nice surprise.  Hope it keeps up.

Talk to you tomorrow.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Here I am

I know that this past week I have kind of been slacking off.  Been very busy.  Funeral last week, work this week, exhausted all the time.  Sometimes just the thought of writing anything makes my head hurt before I even begin.

Tonight is another sleepless night.  Woke up around 1 AM and can't seem to get back to sleep.  I think it is because of all the things that I know I have to get done tomorrow.  I am so far behind in cleaning and laundry that I can't see the end of it.  I will get it done, I just have to keep telling myself, I can do it, I can do it, maybe I can get someone else to do it.

Winstock was this weekend.  What a miserable time that was.  Thursday night we had 5" of rain and it hasn't really stopped yet.   Going to be a giant mess out there.  I don't know how those people are going to get out without getting stuck.  Their problem.  I can't wait until they are all gone.  Can't go south on the main highway unless you want to sit and wait for idiots.

The store opened on Thursday.  Thursday was very boring, Friday was a little bit better, I don't know how Saturday was, never went past there.  I'm hoping they were busy.  I think that once it hits the newspaper that it is once again open it will help bring in business.  Right now we are pretty much just going on word of mouth.

Went to Farmington yesterday for Brandon's birthday.  Long drive, good food, good time, not as long of drive home.  We decided to be adventurous and try a different way home.  We cut out going through a couple towns, missed a couple of detours and ended up right where we needed to be.  Now if we could just remember the roads we were on.  Have to get a detailed map and write it down.  Got home and ended up on the heating pad for a while, then took a nap, which could explain not being able to sleep right now.  Going to try the heating pad again.

Went to the Dr. on Friday.  I have to go and have an ultrasound on my gall bladder, a bone density test and lucky me, a colonoscopy!  First I have to call the insurance company to see if they cover these things.  I am not paying for it out of pocket.  Also found out that I am at the end stage of a case of shingles.  Miserable was I, itching, sensitive skin and just plain hurting.  I also got a tetanus/whooping cough shot and had blood drawn.  Getting old sucks.

Guess that will do it for now.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

almost ready

The store is almost ready to open.  What little things are left can be finished after the doors open tomorrow.
My feet, legs and back are taking the brunt of it right now, so not used to being in an upright position for that long anymore.  Hopefully it gets better, if not, hopefully will get good drugs to help.  Will have to hide them from Arlen.

I am writing in a really weird format today.  Brain can't seem to get into gear and stay there, slips right back into neutral.

Had all kinds of people stopping in today.  All the vehicles outside, everyone thought the store was open.  That should be a good sign for tomorrow.  Thought at first that the credit card machines weren't going to work, they finally started, yay!  That's all we need, nobody writes checks or carries cash anymore.

Will let you know how it goes when I get home tomorrow.  Have a great evening.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Darling Daughter

To my Darling Daughter,

I realize that you are going through some difficult times lately.  You are feeling alone and misunderstood.  You prefer not to express any thoughts or emotions about your situation.  You are not alone, and you are not the only person to feel this way.

Many of us have felt the same.  It may not seem like it, but we do understand and empathize with you.  There is nothing more difficult than to want to feel good and take care of your present family and your future family members.

When you are feeling like crying, watch your daughter and laugh.  When you feel like staying in bed all day and avoiding those who love you, get up, hug your husband and daughter, heck even the dog, he loves you too.  When you feel like you just can't hold it in any longer, scream, yell, cry, hit something.

If you get to the point where you think that nothing will ever be the same again, remember, it won't and there isn't anything you can do to change it.  Even with the morning sickness count your blessings.  You are a wonderful daughter, wife, mother and mother to be.  You are one of the strongest young women that I know and I will never be able to express how loved and proud we are of you. 

You are patient when patience is called for, strict when you see your child doing wrong, tolerant of all the new things she is learning,  Your daughter will be the bright spot in your life when the new baby comes along.  She will smile and giggle at all the funny noises and expressions the baby will make, she will love you unconditionally and she will be your biggest helper when you need it.

Anytime you feel like you need a hug or a pat on the shoulder or to just be told that you are doing a good job, look to your heart and you will find all of these waiting for you to pluck them out and use them.  They will be given freely from your father, mother, husband, daughter, brother, sister-in-law and all of the wonderful supportive friends that you have.  Never doubt this for a minute.  When you need someone to talk to, vent at, or complain about any and everything, call us, we will never let you down.

Love, Mom

Sorry for the delay

I first want to apologize for taking so long to get back to this.  We have had a very hectic 2 weeks.

The first week Arlen was going through withdrawal from his pain patches.  Not fun.  Absolutely no fun to be around him and watch what he was going through.  Why do people choose to do drugs?  If they only knew what they would have to go through in order to kick the habit, maybe they would think twice.  But we made it and he is doing 100% better.

Last week Tuesday, Arlen's dad passed away out in Sioux Falls.  Wasn't totally unexpected, but still hard to deal with.  He went to the hospital with pnuemonia and just never fully recovered.  We went down for the viewing on Thursday night with the funeral on Friday morning.  Brought the little miss back with us and went to a graduation on Sat.  I am so glad that the weekend is over.

The worst part of the whole passing and funeral is the following.  Arlen's younger brother, Daune, decided Thursday that he wasn't feeling well enough to attend the viewing.  Friday morning at 4:30 his mother had to call the ambulance to come and get him.  Evidently he was throwing up blood, he is still in the hospital.  He is supposed to have a bleeding ulcee, an infection in his stomach and colon.  Needless to say he missed his own father's funeral.  He will never be able to get that back.  During the funeral and after, his mom was so worried about him,  I told her that she first needed to take care of herself or she wouldn't be any good to anyone.  After the funeral we went out to the farm.  We thought she was going to go to the hospital to see him, but surprise, she didn't.  Good for her.  She seems to be adjusting very well to the whole situation.  There is a lot more involved but it just ticks me off to no end every time I think about him.

I went in for my first day of work this morning.  Was suppose to have register training on the new registers.  Nothing got started really until after lunch.  Isn't that the way it usually goes?  Got home around 4:15.  Tomorrow I go back for more training and to help get all of the stuff on the shelves opened up and ready for the first day to be open, which should be Thursday.

I can't wait to get used to being on my feet again.  My legs were so sore when I got home, I honestly thought about chopping them off.  The good thing (I Think) I guess I will be manager out there.  So on top of getting paid, Cindy asked if it would be ok with me if they gave me cash bonuses every so often.  What do you say to that?  No I don't want no stinking cash bonus, get real.  I will take case any day of the week, and I do mean any day of the week!  At least the owners are going to be working a lot of the hours themselves, so they will be able to answer most questions any one should have.

They did a really nice job when they remodeled the store.  Looks so much nicer than before.

Will keep you informed as to how it is going.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The party's over

The long weekend is over, for most of you who had plans, that is also over.  All in all it was a fairly decent enough weekend.

Arlen's dad isn't doing so great.  Looks like he won't be coming home at all.  He could have been home for over a week if Duane would have gotten his lazy ass in gear.  Nothing can be done about it now.  They have taken Allen off of everything except the pain meds.  Trying to keep him as comfortable as possible.  I just hope that Jan, Gary, Arlen and especially Duane realize how lucky they have been.  They have had extra time to talk and be with their father.  Not everyone is that fortunate.  Some of us find out with a phone call that everything is already over.  Not chance to talk anymore, not a chance to say goodbye and no chance of making an effort to heal certain parts of the relationship.  I wish I could have been given those chances.

I am very disappointed in Arlen's mom.  They rushed out there yesterday and instead of staying she decided that she had better go home with Duane to make sure that he was all right.  WHAT!  If it were you, would you not have stayed.  Cripes they've been married for 61 years.  It's not like they are within driving distance.  Sioux Falls is over 2 hours aways from where they live.  If Duane is that fragile (?) maybe he should be committed somewhere and get the help he needs.  He evidently is not getting it at home.

On a happier note.  Saturday I was up at Miranda's for Lily's birthday party.  That girl is quite a character.    Really had no idea that everyone was there for her, but was so excited to know that it was her party and her birthday cake, Elmo of course.  When I got ready to leave she decided that she would bring her beach ball and go with.  I think she thought I was just going outside and she wanted to go out and play, but hey, I'll take it anytime I can.

Brandon's birthday is coming up on the 14th.  His party is the 12th.  When I asked him what he wanted he told me "Prince of Persia" stuff.  Guess what, I have no idea what he'll be getting.  He's going to be 9, so he is at that age, too old for some toys, too young for others.  What is a grandma to do?  I'll get it figured out, eventually.  After all, I have 2 weeks.

Since I finally got this done, I can now concentrate on other things.  I have a pork roast going real slow.  Don't know if I want roast, potatoes and gravy or pulled bbq pork for sandwiches with fried potatoes and beans.  Both sound good.  Wish me luck with the choice.