Thursday, June 30, 2011

I'm a little teapot .. or not.

These came in the mail today.  They make me happy.  Very happy, giddy – almost.


I’m a collector.  I admit it.


What is it that makes people collect .. stuff?  What draws someone to a particular thing?  I guarantee you there are plenty of people who don’t understand my love for vintage glassware or figurines.

And just what makes someone cross that threshold from collecting – into hoarding?

Things that make you go hmm-m-m ..


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Apparently, there is always hope.

My son kind of lives in the back of the house while I live in the front.  He can come to the front of the house and spend time with me anytime he likes, but he is always incredibly involved in .. er.. something or other back there.

In the past people may have heard me say - no one will know if I die because God knows Andy will never notice if I don't come out of my room.  It's not that he'll think I'm sleeping, or that I have a day off work .. he just won't think about it.

On Monday I stayed home from work and spent most of the day in bed.  Thought I was working on birthing another kidney stone but it ended up okay.  Since there was pain involved I was only sleeping some of the time and at some point I heard Andy coming toward my room.  I opened my eyes and said "Hi Honey, what's up?" 

This is where it gets really strange.  He said he noticed my car, that I hadn't gone to work, and he was just checking ...
Do you hear the angels singing???  AH-H-H-H-H-H-H ......


My sleep might be a little more peaceful from now on.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Monday, June 20, 2011

TMI - what do YOU care?!?

I'm not sick.  Just uncomfortable.  There's a clicking in my left ear, kind of like it's trying to unplug in small measured beats.  Except it doesn't seem plugged up.  So . . . something knocking to get out?  Like my little pea brain?

There is the headache that's been there since last night, a stiff neck and some really nasty, heinously disappointing stuff going on since SURPRISE I'm not in menopause after all.  Hell, one can dream, can't one?  But - I had a wonderfully UNeventful  5 month streak goin' on.  That luck I was all about on Thursday?  Gone.

The pap was normal, so was the mammogram, yay.  Important stuff but my head hurts.  

Just wanted to say hi.  HI.

Are you feelin' it?  Okay, sinus meds it is.  And maybe a diaper.  I didn't say that, did I?  No, you imagined it, don't worry.


Maxine Monday

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Talk about dumb luck!

Speaking to a friend at work the other day, about living check to check, getting into a crunch waiting for the next paycheck.  She suggested I sell some of my company stock and I was like - can't - it's rolled into my 401K - can't touch that.  

She proceeded to explain that I was an idiot, and told me which website to go to - to see how much stock I had.  See, we had a employee stock purchase plan and I knew I contributed to it.  Had no clue how much, it was set up years ago.  At some point (most likely only in my head) the stock was rolled into our 401K's or something and I went - what. ever.  

Guess I should pay attention.  But it this case, my inattention to details was a very good thing.

For years I have been accumulating stock - completely separate from my 401K, and didn't realize it.  And when I went into that website I was all .. this isn't freaking possible!  Until another friend said .. you know .. you can buy a house now.  



Well I'll be damned!  Guess I can!

But I'm not going to.  Instead of cashing out I upped the amount I'm contributing and will sit on it for a bit until I figure out how much longer I have (no, I don't know for sure) on my lease at this house that I HATE ... and I have a chance to accumulate a bit more money.  

Don't get me wrong, I cannot just buy a house.  But it is enough money to put a down payment on a townhouse, which is what I want.  And not having the down payment is what has stopped me from doing it.  


Then tonight I finally decided to sit down and address all the medical bills that have been coming in since my mom passed away.  Yes it HAS been a while.  So I was sitting on the floor stuffing envelopes with copies of death certificates (wince) and I picked up another bill that I hadn't opened.  It was the one I was afraid of - from the nursing home.  The rest of Mom's bills are like a hundred bucks or less for the most part.  But the nursing home cost $12,000.00 a month.  I did not want to look in that envelope and see they were looking for a month's worth of care she might have owed.

But no.  I was SO confused.  It looked like a bill.  All the itemized stuff was there - oxygen, wheelchair, stuff and stuff and stuff ... pay $7000.00 ... but in the due date field .. it said 'refund'.


I don't get to keep it or anything, matter of fact it is already on it's way to where someone more responsible than me can put it where it needs to go.

But here is the question:



Tuesday, June 14, 2011

It all comes down to personal responsibility.

There was a buzzing and a ruckus and I knew .. there was a bug in the house.  A June bug, big ugly beetle thing.  Ick.  Jake jumped over the back of the couch - "go get 'em Jake!"  I always have hope.  

She looked like she might be out to get it!

And then there was Norah - watching from a small distance.  Um .. never got any closer than that.

And now?  The cats are looking at me!  ME?!??

Shouldn't they earn their keep by at least keeping the bug count down?  



Monday, June 13, 2011

Thursday, June 9, 2011

It's hard to look surprised ..

... when your forehead doesn't move!

Instead, (sorry Brooke) you just look CRAZY!


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Here's lookin' at you Kid.


I was going to post a .. well .. an actual post tonight.  But I got side tracked so here is Riley.  He loves you.


Monday, June 6, 2011

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Mahala is good people.

There are a ton of causes out there, and people have reasons for why they decide to give their name and hard-earned dollars to a particular one.  Mahala is bringing attention to RAINN - The Rape, Abuse, and Incest, National Network.  There isn't much you have to say to explain that, it is what it is.  It exists in our society, it's sad, and for many people it's very personal.

If you have a few minutes pop over to see what Mahala has to say, and maybe donate a few bucks or join the team.  Like I commented on her blog - it's a lot better than anything I've been spending my money on lately and it might just do some good.  And if money is just too tight right now - spreading the word is great too.