Sunday, December 29, 2013

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

 Monday was a pretty good day. I got a really nice massage, I think Susan stayed here about a half hour longer, and boy did it feel great. My neck and shoulders have been really sore and so she did a lot of deep tissue massage and I just didn't want to get up and go out in the cold after that, I was really sore. I stayed in bed and slept on and off and finished my last minute shopping for Christmas, actually Teresa did my last minute shopping for me.

Monday was a pretty good day, the goodness it went by fast. I'm getting a little anxious from staying in bed but I know would be way worse if I got up and out… It's just too cold. Omar came over and fixed the decorations in my front yard, half of the front yard didm't light up. He said the breaker popped off and wouldn't stay on so he plugged everything in the front porch, hopefully that doesn't pop breaker, and he will fix it when he can go to the store and get stuff to fix it with. He also hung up some pictures in my bathroom in the mirror that I bought, I never really wanted to mirror in my bathroom but it just looks lost without it and I found one with abalone shells on it and who could pass up that?. It looks really good now. I bought a cabinet a week or two ago and I think I'm finally done with my bathroom, I love the way it looks. I got to rest the rest of the afternoon and watch trading places, that's kind of Christmas movie? I love Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis and Eddie Murphy.

Wednesday was Christmas and what a beautiful day. Unfortunately I didn't get up again and I'm getting a little restless, I can't wait to get up and out of here tomorrow morning.  Robby got and handed me most of my presents so I could open them, he is such a helpful guy. My aunt made these two awesome casseroles, I am so sorry that I didn't get a picture of them. One was big and sausage and the other was raisin French toast… They were both amazing. Teresa and I did some personal care and it took a lot longer than we anticipated so I didn't get to take my nice long hot bath so I'll do that in the morning. My uncle and aunt, Tom Kelly and Dolores, Rich, Lexi, Seth, Luana and Melia came over for an awesome turkey dinner with stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, roasted brussels sprouts, cranberries and pumpkin pie. I really need to make a New Year's resolution to quit eating so much food but it's so good I can't help myself. Everybody was so tired we didn't even get to play cribbage.

Thursday was such a great day. I got up and my aunt, Tom and Kelly, D, Luana and Melia and I decided to go over to the bageleryto get a bagel and a beverage. I got a bagel with half egg salad and half cream cheese and hot chocolate, we haven't done that for really long time. We decided to cruise down to the end of Westcliff Drive and check out the monarch butterflies, I had heard that there were just millions and millions of them. We got down there just as it got warm enough for them to all start releasing from the branches and it was beautiful, the little girls loved it. We checked out the little museum and then came on home, I had an interview at 2 PM. Of course I got home and she was late so we checked the email and she didn't realize I lived in Santa Cruz and I was too far for her so she canceled the interview. Robby and I cruised down to cost plus and met Teresa there to see what kind of after Christmas sale they had. I wasn't feeling very good, either from sitting directly in the sun at the bagel place or like I was coming down with something… I'm hoping it was from overexposure to sun. Rosa came by and put me to bed and gave me some NyQuil and I slept the rest of the evening.

Friday was a pretty good day, a little colder than it has been. I still wasn't feeling very good so I met Teresa down at Walgreens to get some stuff for colds, it's very expensive to be sick. We got everything that I should need so I'm ready. I cruised Robby around through the lagoon, down to the end of the wharf and back and I was exhausted and cold so I decided to head home. Luckily Adela and her sister were just finishing up claiming so I just went into my room and turn the heater way up. Rosa came to put me to bed and I was feeling a little bit better but I took some NyQuil anyway and it knocked me out but only unfortunately for about an hour.

Saturday I felt miserable, I thought it was going to go without getting sick. Teresa came over and doing some personal care and gave me a nice long hot bath, I really needed that. Omar came by and put up my sea glass chandelier in the sun tube in the hallway, it looks amazing. I don't know how she stayed so long because I was really cranky and I would just left me alone, Teresa has so much patience she is going to be an awesome nurse. My brother Stanley and his family came from Modesto to spend Saturday night. We decided to order pizza, I haven't had pizza for a long time and it tasted so good. It gave me a choice for one of them so I ordered sausage and pineapple, my very favorite. My uncle and aunt and Tom's mom D came over and we played cribbage, I don't remember who was my partner or if I won or lost because I was so miserable. Luckily I had some awesome syrup left over from last year, that stuff cures everything.

Sunday I decided to get up and go to the walk-in clinic, I rolled in, because I heard Dr. Owens was working. My mom had an appointment on Friday and Dr. Owens said if I couldn't make it in that she would come to my house on Sunday night, do I have the best doctor in the world or what?? I'm glad that I went in because she gave me some antibiotics, some nose spray and some more of that awesome cough syrup. She said I had a sinus infection and a tonsil infection, that makes me nervous because I still have tonsils… Obviously. I know that you are the more painful it is to have them taken out, why can't it be something somewhere where I won't be able to feel it? I came back and we had a really nice dinner with family, ham, asparagus, macaroni and cheese, Jell-O salad and rolls. Rosa came and took me to bed and again we played cribbage, I love playing cribbage. Janet was my partner and I think we won two a three dollars. The weather was awesome today.

Monday, December 23, 2013

The weather is getting warmer again…

Monday was such a great day, the weather was just gorgeous. I got my morning massage and I was up and out of here by 1 PM. Robby and I took a cruise through the lagoon and down Westcliff Drive. The weather was really warm so I thought if I cruise down a little further it would get cooler, it's usually cooler by the ocean. I found myself at the end at natural Bridges Beach and went down to natural Bridges Park to go check out the monarch butterflies. They had assigned there that said they prefer no dogs at all because even service dogs frighten the nature so he decided to turn around and come back. As I was coming back I noticed that my chair was extremely low on batteries, used to be able to cruise all the way down there and back with no problem but today I was holding my breath. I thought about stopping and asking somebody to come and pick me up but then I chose to see how far I could get, I made it all the way home. Tom and Kelly came over to visit for a while and then rose and came to put me to bed. We did some personal care and I got a nice long hot bath and put some muscle relaxing gel on the back of my shoulder, Rosa gave me a massage in my chair and said I still have a bunch of knots around my muscles. This is getting ridiculous.

Tuesday was a pretty good day. I had two appointments in the first one was at 10:15 AM so I didn't have time to run Robby, I always feel bad when I can give him a little run. The first one was to pick up my sleep disorder kit so hopefully we can find out why I don't sleep, it didn't look very comfortable so now I just have to pick a day to do it. After that we had some time to kill before my next appointment so we went to the mall, it wasn't as crowded as I thought it would be. We went to Ross and got some sheets to make draw sheets out of, mine are all ripping and pretty old. We went to Carl's Jr. and got some lunch, probably not the best choice but it was so good. My second appointment was a chiropractor, we can't really do anything after the chiropractor because we have to take my brace off and I am crooked in the chair. Teresa put me to bed and I just relaxed and watched TV for the rest of the evening.

Wednesday was just really cold. I got up and went with Kelly and Karen to Costco, I thought it was going to be really crowded but it was really nice. I made the mistake of eating before I went there so I didn't buy as much and I wasn't hungry enough to get a hot dog. I came back and rested for a bit and Kelly and I decided to go down to the farmers market, we got about a block and it was so cold and misty we decided to forget it and come home. And now with Tom and Kelly for a while and then Rosa came to put me to bed. The usual gang came over and we played cribbage, Lee was my partner and we didn't do very good.

Thursday was a rotten day, I ended up staying in bed. I have been craving fast food and food that is not very good for me and it all caught up to me. We did some personal care and I got to take a nice long hot bath so I feel better now, it was cold and really windy outside anyway. They took a little nap and my uncle showed up with some pizza from Costco, I never had Costco pizza before and I thought it was pretty good. I know I shouldn't of had any and I hope I'm not going to be sorry tomorrow. My aunt and uncle came over and my mom came down and we played cribbage, my mom was my partner at first but then my aunt was too tired and went home so he played with just three people, I won four dollars. As we were putting everything away Tom and Kelly showed up with Tom's mom Dolores, I met her on the trip we took from here to Florida. It was so nice to see her and she is just so cute.

Friday was a pretty good day, nice and warm if you stayed in the sun. I got up and took Robby over to pet smart to get his biweekly bath. While I was in there I saw this one girl brushing out a beautiful black cocker spaniel, she was being really rough and the dog was of course pulling away and very uncomfortable. She was not very gentle and I heard her say "stop that, your owners don't brush you out" I wanted to look at  at and say "really??" Needless to say I won't be taking Robby back. I have only taken Robby there are a couple of times but I just don't get a good vibe. I found a mobile groomer on yelp that got good reviews and does the whole doggie spa thing with massage and all plus they come here someone to give that a try. I came back and Teresa waxed my face and then put me to bed. My uncle came over and brought Teresa and I plate with pork chops, mashed potatoes and sauerkraut, it was so good. My uncle and aunt, Jim and Jan and my mom and I played cribbage… My uncle with my partner until he got tired and then it was Kelly and I lost three dollars. Jim and Jan came to spend the night and help for the Christmas party tomorrow.

Saturday was such a nice day. I wanted to get up in time to take Robby for a short cruise but the time just seemed to get away from us and before renewing people were arriving for our Christmas party. We got up and had our gift exchange, that is always so much fun. I ended up with the beautiful tile painted by a local artist of an ocean scene. We had ham, scalloped potatoes, corn bread with honey butter, a couple different kinds of salads and for dessert Ursula made an eggnog cake soaked in rum and Lee made lemon bars, everything was so good I ate way too much even though I promised myself I wouldn't. With my cribbage for a couple of hours and I think I won about four dollars, Jim was my partner. It was so much fun I'm going to make sure we do it at least every year and hopefully a couple of times during the year. Rosen agreed to come in late, for me in the clock is late, and put me to bed and I slept really good.

Sunday I decided to just stay in bed and relax. Saturday was a long day and I was just exhausted and didn't sleep well. Rosa came over in the evening and we did some personal care, I took a nice long hot bath and went back to bed.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The cold weather is definitely here…

Monday was really good day. It's Monday so you know that means massage day, I really needed it after all this cold weather. Not only because it's cold but because I think I'm starting to get hot flashes and I'm just overheated or time, My body is hot so I turn the air conditioner on and open the windows and then my arms get sore from the cold… It's a losing battle. I got up and took Robby for a cruise down Westcliff Drive. It wasn't as cold as I thought it was going to be, it has been like in the lower 50s today was 60. After I got back my mom and Kelly came down and we were talking about having a Christmas party, I wanted to have one but I couldn't get anybody excited about it. We usually play cribbage and have a gift exchange and it's a lot of fun. Rosa came and put me to bed.

Tuesday was a really nice day. I got up and took Robby to his appointment at Westside Animal Hospital. Robbie has been throwing up and has had diarrhea since Saturday, I think he got out into the front yard and the cat poops. I thought he was getting better and I almost canceled the appointment I'm glad I didn't, he even seemed better at the appointment and the doctor didn't prescribe anything except Prilosec and told me that he is better but if he has anymore diarrhea or throws up or coughs to bring him back in. For some reason I thought it was 11 AM when I left but when I got down to the hospital I noticed it was only 10:30 AM, I was an hour early. Luckily it was really beautiful outside so Robby and I just hung out and practice some commands in the parking lot. He still acting a little lethargic and he did have diarrhea so Teresa took a sample and I'm going to bring it in tomorrow morning. I thought maybe some fresh air would do him good so we went for cruise down to the wash, we had to turn around and come back because they were doing work and blocking the path. We cruised over to the boardwalk and it was vacant so luckily I had my Google glass and I took a bunch of pictures. I cruised back home and Teresa came and picked me up and we went to the chiropractor appointment. We came home and did some personal care and I got to take a nice long hot bath. we decided to have our Christmas party, cribbage and gift exchange here this year again so I ordered a larger ham and message to couple of people to see if they could come. We always have a lot of fun at the Christmas parties.

Wednesday was another great day. The vet check over yesterday and said that he was fine but last night he had another bout with diarrhea so we took a sample over to the vet, I hope he's okay, he acts okay but I still worry about him. I got up and took Bobby for a cruise down Westcliff Drive, to the end of the wharf and back and down to the boardwalk and back. I came home and hung out for a while and then Rosa came and brought me a whopper and fries and put me to bed. The usual game came over and we played cribbage, Claudia was my partner and I want a Dollar. My aunt had to leave after the first game so Kelly filled in, I had not seen Kelly for a while so it was nice.

Thursday was such a great day. A friend that I haven't seen for two years and her long time boyfriend came over to visit my mom and I. Cissy and Dick used to work with my dad repairing appliances at not only Montgomery wards but Sears, longtime friends. They came to my 50th birthday party and it was so great to see them. Cissy paints rocks, I'm redoing my front yard with river Rocks and I have been looking for some painted rocks to place around. Since he Hurt her knee a couple of weeks ago and had an operation and decided since she had so much time on her hands to start painting rocks so she picked up a book and started painting them, she is a natural and they are adorable. It was so great to catch up with them and I hope to see them again soon. Tom, Kelly and I decided to take the dogs for a walk through the lagoon, it was just beautiful and we talked about how it's only two blocks away and we don't go there very often together. We stopped and got tacos on the way… What a perfect day.

Friday was another great day.I got up and got dressed and Tom, Kelly and I decided to go down to the Roadhouse Restaurant for breakfast. I had eggs, bacon and greens on focaccia bread with home fries… I swear they have the best food there. We decided to drive down Highway 12 Pescadero and cruised around a little bit and went into the country store there to get some artichoke/garlic bread, garlic/herb bread, a scone and a macaroon  We ate the macaroon on the way back and it was awesome . We came back in my door was hanging by the bottom hinge, apparently the screws that were holding them into the frame were less than a inch long. Of course stuff like this always happens on Friday towards the end of the day. I hung out with Tom and Kelly for a while and then Teresa came to put me to bed. I had some more of the fish stew that Teresa made, it just keeps getting better every day. She also made some garlic butter and made me garlic toast with the artichokes/garlic bread. We did some personal care and of course a nice long hot bath.

Saturday was a great day also. I got up and took Robby for cruise down Westcliff Drive to the lighthouse Museum, it was so unbelievably beautiful and not as crowded as I thought it would be. I was cruising back down to the wharf and Kelly texted me and said she saw the G string jogging guy riding his bike, he is starting to be a frequent viewer around Santa Cruz. I met them at the arcade, they were making souvenir coin Christmas ornaments out of the souvenir coin machine… There looked really cool. We were talking about taking the puppies over to pet smart to get their picture taken with Santa, today was the only day, when I looked behind me and there was a little Santa photo room so we decided to wait for Santa to come back from his break, I hope you didn't go all the way back to the North Pole but that's how long it took. Robby didn't seem to like Santa very well and Robby likes EVERYBODY so we didn't get a picture of him actually close to Santa but close enough. We got a hot dog and some garlic fries and then I came on home while Tom and Kelly cruise around for a while. I rested for a bit and then Rosa came to put me to bed. My left arm has been really sore the last couple of days and I couldn't figure out why, I thought this was something new I was going to have to live with. Rosa touched a place on my shoulder and the back and it just sent me through the roof and my left arm started hurting so she gave me a little massage and said I was a mess with all the little knots in my back. After the massage she put me to bed and got one of those microwave beanbag things and put it behind my shoulder, it felt really good, in fact it felt so good I was asleep by the time she left and I slept all the way through till 5 PM.

Sunday was such a nice relaxing day. Teresa came in but we were both tired so she went Home so we could both get some more sleep. I fell back asleep and didn't wake up until about 3 PM, it was a nice deep sleep. My mom came down and got me some coffee and then I went back to sleep again. Tom, Kelly and Seth came over to watch how the Grinch stole Christmas and Rudolph the red nose reindeer. I fell asleep little while watching both but not much. Kelly heated me up some lamb roast, carrots Kale and I just watched to go and rested the rest of the evening. Our friend Cissy, the one that paints rocks, did one one that looks like Robby and one that looks like Bailey, they are so adorable.