Oh no! A ‘Bout with Gout!

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Good morning, the good news of the day is that it is Friday. The weekend is upon us, not that I will get a lot of extra time this weekend to do my things, which is why I worked so hard this past weekend to get the house cleaned and extra laundry done.

So in the last few days, Mom has had gout. I know she eats a lot of bread and burgers and meat. Of course we had hamburgers on the 4th and white cake and I sent leftovers, so go figure. It seems any good you try to do is offset by something else. Bottom line is she can hardly walk. But she has told me she was making it.

Yesterday I got home first, for once, and took care of dog and cat- walking the dog and feeding both of them. I had begun to feel sick at my stomach. Just a sour stomach. And so after refreshing the hallway yesterday where Dexter had been, I sat in the recliner and leaned it back. Much to my surprise, as I was leaning back, Dexter took a leap and jumped up there with me.

We leaned back and I told him I didn’t feel good. And he licked my hand. I thanked him for being such a good dog. And then closed my eyes for rest and tried to settle my stomach.

Abruptly my phone / watch rang. Mom was on the other end and said “I need help”. I asked what was wrong. She said she could not walk at all and she needed to try some tart cherry juice and for me to buy some vitamin C. I told her to let me get up and get the dog off my lap and get my phone b/c I was sick at my stomach. She thought I was on my way home from work. I was trying to get my phone so I could hear/talk better, but in the midst of that Dexter had brought in a stick from outside and had pieces of it in his mouth and I had to stop talking to deal with that. Anyway I never was able to get my phone out. I don’t know why life always tries to happen in the same moment. lol. But I told her I would go get the tart cherry juice and vitamins and would get her dinner. I thought she said she wanted grilled cheese and I said “well Momma fast food places don’t make grilled cheese”. But she had said grilled chicken. lol. That is why talking on the watch is no ideal but it’s what I had at the time.

Anyway, I waited til George got home as he was close and that way I didn’t have to pin the dog back into the hallway after he’d been there all day. He told me where the pure tart cherry juice was in Kroger and Publix as sometimes one or the other will not have it. Not cheap. But when it is your meds, it’s pretty cheap as that goes. I went to Slim Chickens and got us both a chicken sandwich meal with fries. I didn’t need the fries but honestly was wanting something salty.

I got to Mom’s and followed her orders to feed Fancy. And got her some tart cherry in a cup and gave it to her along with the Vitamin C. As I headed for our meals Mom was already asking for her dinner. I had to remind her that I could only work so fast. (She loves to give orders, as if she didn’t know I had brought her food and thought I forgot to give it to her!). I asked her to please be patient as I can only do so much so fast and it might not be in the exact order she wants it in. (Rolling eyes here.).

So we ate and talked and then I put all the dirty dishes from the last day or so in the sink. Threw away trash sitting on the counters, made sure Fancy had water and I took her trash out to the garage to the big trash can and set up a new bag.

I offered to bring breakfast and take Fancy out this morning before work if it was needed, but she said she would make it. I’ll check on her this morning once I feel she has woken up.

Tomorrow is Fancy’s trim, and we were supposed to have our pedi’s. I’ll take Fancy and go the bank for Mom (unless she has to be with me), and I will go and get my pedi done. Then I’ll take Fancy back to her and probably take her something to eat from a drive thru as I’ll have Fancy. Then I may need to do some grocery shopping. I doubt she will go to church on Sunday since she is having trouble walking. George and I are considering if we will go to church Sunday or if one of us will go. Or if we will not go. I’ve been doing my Revelation study in the car every day coming home from work. And I pray on the way to work every day and we talk. To me, the Lord’s church is His body of believer’s. It’s not a specific church since his death. You can worship with other believers, but you can also worship Him anywhere. When He died on the cross, the type of “church” changed, the veil was lifted for us to have direct access to God through Jesus and the Spirit. We no longer need a high priest and a sacrifice located in a building to ascend our praise and requests for us. If we believe, we are already the church. That is what I believe the Bible has taught. Yes it is good to worship with others and we do that often. But God’s church is not only in that church building!

Hopefully this is just a temporary thing. I saw her foot and it looked inflamed and it looks just like George’s does when he has it. So hopefully the tart cherry will do it, but George said it’s not an immediate fix. It has to build up in your system so it might be a few days. My guess is that she is not getting enough Vitamin C (fresh fruits) in her diet. Our bodies become inflamed and unbalanced if we don’t have a balanced diet with greens, fruits, proper grains, and a good intake of water for purification. And if you put bad stuff on top of it (refined flour and sugar and unnatural or artificial ingredients) that just creates the perfect storm.

So bottom line, as I’ve been praying, the Lord has told me to take a deep breath, and take one day at a time. He’s promised me He will lead me through whatever it is that needs to be done if I just trust Him. So I’m not freaking out that she cannot walk. But if it continues (I think it’s just temporary) we’ll have to take some extreme measures. She really needs to get over this and start exercising more, but then I’m not sure her heart can take it. She has an Echocardiogram next week. Hope she can walk by then and if not we’ll have to reschedule it. She can walk to get from one place to the other but it’s painful. Tylenol doesn’t touch it.

So, it’s quarter end and well nothing is balancing. I got to a point and couldn’t do anything with it from there. There’s been a lot of changes that impacted a lot of things and so…..we are all a bit scared. My boss is having to look at it to see where things are going wrong. I’m trying to learn how to spot these things, but it’s a learning process. Everything (returns) are delayed until this is figured out because I don’t want to settle the returns wrong and then have to go redo them. So this is why I left on time yesterday instead of staying over.

It’s always something in this life. We have to enjoy the peacefulness of a good day when nothing goes wrong because they are so few and far between now.

And with that, I am going for another cup of coffee. It’s Friday. Hopefully it will be a good day. Please pray for Mom that she won’t be so miserable. And for us because we can’t be there 24/7 to make every move for her that she needs.

Dexter says “hello”. He is making noises like a human – imagine a kid being bored to death and waiting on something – those kind of noises. He’s waiting for me to get up from this chair, quit typing, get ready and give him his morning treats. I used to tease Roger that he was glad when we left so he could get his treats!

Over and out til later! Hope you all have a good weekend.

Hello Weekend, Hello Fresh Notes, My Exercise Program, Alexa Pranks, Fish Oil, and Pet Search Notes

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Yay! It’s Friday and we are setting upon a 3 day weekend. I thought the picture above reminded me of relax time. I usually don’t hang out in bed with tea and reading but I do have coffee in my office and journaling or reading chair. Sometimes I read at night before bed if there is time to do so without getting too far off my schedule. If I read too late I cannot get up on time in the a.m.

Well, usually there is not much to share when I’ve been working for 5 days and not a lot of down time. But I’ll share what I know.

Hello Fresh, Flautas with crema and pica de Gallo. Beans with extra flauta mixture and Corn were added.

Hello Fresh. I really have enjoyed the meals. I think George has too – other than the not having many seconds and he is closely wanting to monitor the costs as compared to if we fixed it ourselves. My guess is if I like it he will find fault with it. He often will take the opposite stance, I have found. So it is to be expected. I want to continue doing it though and we can stop it the weeks that he wants to cook other things since we can suspend it. Therefore an immediate compromise can be made should he not want to do it every week. He is inserting hints of “we’ll see it how it goes” now that I have raved over it.

Sometimes I think men don’t like for women to make decisions. He is used to being in the kitchen so I get it. And it puts insult to him and infringes on his grounds so to speak if I have glorified Hello Fresh and raved about it. He is a good cook too but it’s nice to have some different flavors and different types of dishes. I cooked 2 of the 3 Hello Fresh meals this week. Just because I ordered it doesn’t mean that I want to do ALL the cooking of the Hello Fresh. But I think that may be what he has in mind. As he mentioned “Aren’t you going to cook your Hello Fresh?” as if it were just my thing. And yes I involved him in the ordering of it.

He cooked Hello Fresh last night instead of me as I was working on video editing, so he then made the comment of we will see how the cost goes. Maybe it is just a cost thing, and nothing more, but I figure if I like it he’ll take the opposite stance. Kinda how things have gone much of the last 30 years. If I say blue, he will say purple, just to be different, and claim stake to his own opinion. lol. At least it’s predictable, lol.

Good news is, I don’t mind sharing the cooking though but if I do I’ll not be able to watch as many shows on TV so there is a catch with all things. But yeah, I’m still loving the Hello Fresh and I plan to keep it. Also if I cook more, I can see a complete rearrange of the kitchen as it’s not set up the way I would want it exactly. I would also be getting rid of some dishes. I also don’t enjoy cooking on the becomingly very defunct stove and increasingly outdated kitchen counter tops. The more I am in it, the more I want the upgrades from 70’s and 80’s to today’s time. :-O One things leads to another and tit for tat, lol. So Hello Fresh could actually ignite a lot more than just good appetites, lol.

Hello Fresh panco chicken with diced potatoes and roasted green beans.

These meals have been excellent! And full of flavor. I loved the roasted green beans. Anyway for now it stays. I will stick my heels in the ground over it. I can be stubborn too. I learned from the best. 😉 and have lived with the next best. lol

Health.

So I ordered the Fish Oil to add to the supplements. I did some research first. George takes Salmon oil. But I read where the Fish Oil can be more effective as it can be better traced as to where it comes from and to use a reputable brand. I don’t eat enough fish so I think this may help some. I don’t plan to take but 1 pill a day instead of the two it recommends. I figure a boost will do me good anyway. I still eat tuna once a week. Now that we are not near Logan’s, I don’t get salmon very often. lol

My Exercise Videos

I promised I’d share about my exercise videos. Here is the channel I’m using:

YouTube Improved Health. <—–Link here to her You Tube channel

And here is an embed below of one that I recently did this week.

I’m doing the lower impact ones this week that are 10 to 15 minutes and I’ll increase as my stamina increases. But I can tell an improvement in my mobility in just a few days. She also has “seated” exercising for seniors if you need that. I don’t need that yet, but if I don’t do something now, I’ll be in that situation. A body in motion stays in motion. I heard that from a TV ad lol but I believe it to be true. A sedentary life will continue to be sedentary.

Alexa.

I wanted to share that I set up Alexa to tell you to get some water when you cough, as a routine. I also told her to play nature and birds singing when she hears the shower, lol. I think George finds it annoying. He is not fond of Alexa. As expected, they do not get along very well. Go figure. Perhaps if she were an Alex, they could bond? lol. I figure I’ll stop the routines or change them at some point. I really just wanted to surprise him. I think I did. This is my version of playing a prank I guess. Alexa and I will have to team up with her routines and see what else we can do, lol. There are suggested routines in her app. If you have an Alexa, check it out. They have made it easier to figure out.

Pet Search.

We are expanding our pet search. The online adoption services are proving to be too impersonal “out of sight – out of mind”, we are number or a statistic. Whether I’m right or wrong, bottom line says it all – as good of pet parents as we have been the last 20 years, we’ve only been told no so far and have not even a meeting of a pet to show for our many hours of searches and inquiries. We work, we don’t have a fence, and who knows what else is wrong with us, lol. So we are going out there “knocking on doors” of the shelters and adoption days at Pet Stores and see what that brings. We are still wanting to rescue instead of buy. But we’ll see where this expanded search leads. It seems that most of the shelters feed into the Pet Finder. I don’t fault the app or program but just find that it is not working well for us and breaks my heart when I fall in love with one and then be told “no b/c I work” or “don’t have a fence”. We’ve been at this for several weeks now and not much to show for our labor of love. Maybe I’m just impatient but most of the world operates in a “now” time frame and so do we. Our hearts have been broken twice now.

But I am touched at those who have reached out to share a shelter, or pet up for adoption. We want a lap dog, a little dog, and one not too far away.

Well, my time is 15 minutes past what it should be, so I will have to stop here. I suppose I’ll be back on Sunday. I want to get the video uploaded tomorrow if I can. It likely will not make the 7 a.m. deadline lol but I will try. I have mani/pedi tonight and it takes so long to upload to YouTube. So if not I’ll likely just post sometime tomorrow or wait til 7 a.m. next week and schedule it. Whenever it is live on line, I’ll post it here.

So what you doing this weekend?

Graduation Ceremony, Getting Energy Back from Medical Procedure, and Upcoming Goals

Well, here she is, Columbia Christian Academy. I graduated from here, formerly CMA, Columbia Military Academy. I went to the school the first year it opened as a Christian school. It was a truly wonderful experience, for the most part. I loved the fact that it was small and there were few of us. I only had 14 in my graduating class.

So we were back on campus and to see my niece graduate. Mom was determined to go and I wasn’t sure we’d be invited, but we were. I am thankful and grateful to my sister for sending us an invitation. Not only did she send the invitation, she saved us seats, gave us directions, and even told us where to let Mom out that would be easy for her to walk. My heart is full. She followed up by text and thanked us for coming. We were all so glad to see Kadon and Ella again. I wish we had been able to see them all these past few years as they have grown. Kadon, quite literally has grown up! I guess it’s the first time my Mom and Kerrie have spoken in years. So it warms my heart. At least it is a start. With Mom being increasingly immobile as each day passes, and the situation at hand, I’m not sure how much time there will be for words to be had between them in the future. It will remain to be seen the efforts that are made or not, but at least Mom had some closure today to see her grandkids again.

The day was probably more than Mom was up for, but she was determined to be there. It was 85 degrees in the sun, during most of the ceremony. But it was within the 10 to 11:15 a.m. time frame, so it could have been worse if it was in the afternoon. There were slight breezes and sometimes a cloud would come over. It was doable for me but there was a couple of times I wondered myself if we needed to get up and stand under a tree. If Mom had written the ceremony it would have been indoors, no one speaking, and rush of names with no credentials or future college and career mentions, but sprinting up and getting diploma and rushing back to seat. It was really more than she could bare but she suffered through it and reminded us of it several times how shocked she was about how long it took with the “long winded speakers” and the “hot sun ceremony” as we headed home. I knew that would happen. I knew all along what she was in for. But I thought she knew what graduations were like. I reminded her these kids have all worked hard for their moment to shine, let them have it. Perhaps Mom is right, they might need a grandparent version of a graduation though, lol. Bottom line. She went, she wanted to go, and while she was put out about the outdoor ceremony and its length, she was overjoyed to see her grandkids. And it really was a beautiful day. I think you can see it in the pictures. I think the Vitamin D soak up did me some good.

Her hat fell off when one of the professors leaned in for a hug. lol. Look how tall Kadon is. It was a joy to see them. I’ve missed them so much. My heart hurts that we have not been able to see them much through the years.

Mom is happy. I think everyone was. Afterwards, Mom had arranged for Barbara, her friend, to meet us for lunch in Columbia at Applebee’s. We had a nice lunch and then headed toward home. I noticed how pretty West 7th street was with its lamp posts and straight shot to the court house.

George and I stopped at Animal Control in Nashville as they were having an adoption weekend. Probably the worst time to go as any small dogs would have gone first. And true, there were only big dogs left, some of them very scary and we were told not to put our fingers in the cages. There was one dog that was sweet and wagged tail but he was a puppy and already big. He’s not what we need. I can’t have a dog that will drag me down the street. I want a lap dog. Twenty five lbs or under – preferably less than 20 and one that I can pick up if needed.

Then we took Mom to the grocery, gathered a few of our own groceries and took the chance on a hot day that it would be ok until we could get her and the groceries dropped off and get home and get our own put up, but I just didn’t want to have to go back to the store. It’s hard to get my groceries and Mom’s at the same time. She needs help, but we kinda tag team it. George was with me. The smaller the store the better. I’m hoping to go to the store less as I do this Hello Fresh thing. I’m ordering from Target, Amazon, and Hello Fresh and then will hopefully in the future only have to stop for fresh ingredients. The Farmer’s Market will be opening soon.

Fur Baby hunt.

Received an email back about Monkey saying that she wasn’t adopted by another family and they would check our references and schedule a home visit with us. That was Saturday morning. Her adoption has been taken down off the website. I don’t know if it was because of me or if someone else adopted. Usually they say “pending”. This is the one that gets sick in the car and has nervous peeing. But I’m in love with that face that needs love in return. God is in control so I’m not sure what will happen.

There was this one, that I loved because of her permanent smile. Her name is Mimi and I’ve not heard back from this one. I hope she is not older than we are looking for. But look at that face!

Even if I can’t have either of these I will be ok. But I will be forever grateful to Monkey as she started me looking. So we have a bond no one can take away even though she has never met me, nor me her. Somehow our spirits still connected so I will hold on to that. I will be strong until the Lord provides.

On the Mend and Taking an Extra Day to Rest

I’ve been a little slow to come back from the colonoscopy. I think I know why. I didn’t get to take my supplements last week so I’m probably low on D and B complex. Also it takes a while for your stomach to rebound from the trauma.

My exercise was to start this morning and guess what! It did. I chose a 10 minute low impact though for this week. It includes stretching, light cardio, and balance. I started to do it twice but decided 10 minutes was probably good for today. It was kinda hard to get up and do it. But I did it. So tomorrow will be easier. And as the week goes on, I will pick longer versions – at least 20 minutes for a while. Putting it first, everything else will just shake out where it will.

Sunday, I took the day off. Bouncing into Saturday’s full and busy day was a little more than my body was up for, but I pushed through. I needed yesterday to be a down day. I still had laundry to finish and light housekeeping, but mainly had a restful low energy day getting ready for the work week, ironing, refilling vitamin case, changing my sheets, cleaning kitchen. I worked on video a lot, editing where we fixed beef bourguignon. That will be coming out soon.

I’ve decided to schedule my videos for Saturday mornings at 7:00 a.m. While it may not be EVERY week, it’ll at least be a regularly scheduled upload time when there is one. So whenever I’m through with one, I’ll schedule it for the upcoming Saturday, regardless! I made good progress and hopefully can finish for upload this Saturday, but I’m not pushing myself. I DO feel this is a good decision though and not sure why I didn’t think of it before. Maybe eventually I can get to where I get a little caught up in the videos.

I enjoyed working the puzzle during moments when my mind was just not up to par to be creative. I really didn’t want to think about anything Thurs and Fri and even Saturday. Yesterday my mind was gearing up a bit and better. Every day it’s better the further I get away from the meds for the colonoscopy prep and get more of my supplements and nutrients back in my body. The day did my soul, body, and mind some good.

What will this week bring?

Hmmm…well for starters, the work week will go off with a bang. I have to take Mom to get her eye injection this morning. So off to Lebanon, then to Hendersonville, back to Lebanon to drop her off and then off to Antioch to work and then back home to Mount Juliet. After being off Thursday and Friday, and late coming in today, I will probably have to work late to get what I need done to be organized for payroll. Then I’m supposed to cook tonight because George is working in the yard. And Hello Fresh is to arrive today but not sure if it will be here in time. Delivery says by 8 pm. Heck, that might even be when I get started, lol.

  • Cancelling Comcast cable
  • Working on the Bucket List for Summer
  • Finishing up a Couple of Bucket List Items for Spring
  • Order some things from LTD
  • Work on Video
  • Sign in to old blog website and email so I don’t lose it
  • Plan Aunt Martha and Uncle Ken visit (Mom grocery run, what restaurants, have a meal here?)
  • Research on fish oil/salmon oil as I’ll start to take it
  • Read “The Best of” for Mount Juliet
  • Work on the puzzle. :-).
  • Read some 🙂
  • Blog some 🙂
  • Schedule my Drivers Lic update for the REAL ID
  • Get my Birth Certificate (George has locked away but need it for the REAL ID)
  • Continue to find a dog and check for updates
  • Make GYN appt for check up
  • Car wash
  • Jewelry Project (getting rid of unwanted items, polishing silver earrings that have tarnished, and organizing it, and ordering a couple of pieces – we are talking costume jewelry here – that I have a need for).

That is probably enough for this week. lol. It won’t get all done but maybe a little bit of everything will get touched in some way. I’ll be back mid week at some point with updates.

What all you got going on this week? I love to hear your “to do” lists too.