Sep 30, 2020
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Sep 28, 2020
Happy Monday, Dearies!
The weather made an abrupt change overnight from sunny and 80 to 54 and rainy and I am giddy with delight. Time to break out the Woman Within sherpa sweatshirts and fuzzy socks!
I did nothing all weekend except cook and eat and eat and cook it seems. On Saturday I made stuffed bell peppers with leftover chili and Spanish rice, and yesterday was mini Thanksgiving, with turkey breast, mashed, stuffing, green bean casserole, gravy, and cranberries.
(My JB was beside himself with happiness, so score one for me in the good spinster companion department!)
Buzzy and I are here in the d-chair doing our thing, and I am hoping that they might tell me more about this whole "do it yourself" business so I can stop fretting over it. The advantages would be wonderful and they tell me that I will feel a million times better with no crashes or hangovers, but getting those needles in is going to be a real challenge.
(Oh well, I figure if I was able to deal with Stewey's little stinky toes of death I can handle anything.)
No stitchy progress to report, I'm afraid. By the time I got the kitchen cleaned up and my Sunday night mani/pedi done I was bushed!
(Toes match...I promise.)
That's it for me today. My week has started and I'm hurtling into it like a herd of turtles. How about you?
Sep 25, 2020
Sep 24, 2020
Sep 23, 2020
Dearies, are you as bored with me as I am?
I swear it was just yesterday that I was riding the Crazy Train through Adventureville, and there were fun and various things to report. I'm sure that life with Stewey was the cause of that, and his presence and supervision were the only reason why I might have been the least bit interesting.
Now it's just sleep, slurp, schlep, and suck it up, I'm afraid.
I went from being Mo-ther Dearest to the guy that makes the donuts in one fell swoop.
That's not to say that I am unhappy or complaining in any way...I promise you. My life is perfectly wonderful and truly blessed, but there is a little part of me that just wishes I felt better so that I could enjoy it more, you know?
On days like this I have to remind myself that this is just a temporary chapter and not the entire book, and that a new kidney will mean a new life and I will be able to get back to running around at mach ten with my hair on fire.
The weight battle continues, but my gain between treatments was very slight today, so that means a loss of body weight. A normal gain in between dialysis treatments for me is about three kilos...or six plus pounds. Today, though, I only gained one kilo...or two point two pounds.
Still no idea why I am having such bad bouts of nausea and cold sweats, but the doc is making her rounds today, and after she blabs about my pants for ten minutes, I'll see if I can get her focused on other things. She's lovely, and I respect her position, but sometimes I feel like I have to grab her by the lapels and say "Swarupa! Sit up in the buggy here with me, Girlfriend! You went to medical school! Fix me!"
My view is of the fountain today, soI am going to enjoy every minute of it. The tree just outside our window has shaggy bark...my favorite...and the light coming through the leaves is just so pretty this morning that I'm going to kick back and enjoy it.
I do hope your very own Wednesday is going swimmingly and that you'll come tell me all about it!
Sep 22, 2020
The syrup is a game changer, and I find myself looking forward to a drop or two in my afternoon cold brew. Delicious!
OK...back to bed for a bit.
Happy Tuesday! Do something fun and come tell me all about it!
Sep 21, 2020
The weekend has concluded with all of its shenanagins, and Buzzy and I are back to work keeping me alive and kicking. For as much as I dread coming here, there is something comforting in the routine of it, and I remind myself daily to be grateful that dialysis was invented oh so long ago to keep us going. It may not be going as fast or well as we would like, but going at all certainly beats the alternative.
That's not to say that it's all sunshine and unicorns dipped in glitter all the time. This weight issue has me grumbling and miserable and desperate to lose 20 pounds before the end of October. The liquid diet was, unfortunately, an epic fail (some chemical in it didn't like me very much, and the feeling was more than mutual, I assure you), and no matter what I do the numbers just won't budge.
I'm off to a new good start today, though, and determined to get some exercise in the beautiful sunshine when I get home this afternoon. Even if it's just up and down the stairs a few times...I need to move my heiney.
No stitching progress to report. I poked Eliana a few times, but kept getting distracted by this or that. She is coming along nicely, though, so never fear...she'll be complete and sparkling like a Vegas show girl in no time.
So that about does it for me today. Thank you for the birthday wishes for little Bosco. I'm told that he had a good day with lots of snoozy naps in his new fancy blanket that just happens to have his name on it (thank you, amazons!).
Happy Monday to one and all! I hope the week ahead will be filled with blessings and giggles! Come tell me all about it!
Sep 20, 2020
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Sep 15, 2020
Sep 13, 2020
Holey Schmoley, Dearies...I. Am. So. Sore!
But, the end results are so very worth it for this OCD addled spinster. I just don't do visual noise very well, and that sooty door was absolutely driving me nuts, especially since I can see it from the Happy Chair!
Today is a zero activity rest day, but as I type this I do have towels sploshing in the washing contraption. I am trying to clean them with vinegar and baking soda to see if that will whiten them. I'm just at my wit's end with the dingy already!
So help me, I am making steak fajitas for dinner tonight! Everything is marinated and veggies are all cut and ready to go, so it really shouldn't be too much of a bother. I was going to make them yesterday, but...see above.
Eliana and I have a playdate today and I am going to continue enjoying her. Yesterday's frenzy resulted in a very happy surprise: I have a pair of Ginghers that match her perfectly, but I couldn't find them to save my life! I was mourning their loss these last few weeks, when viola! Right there they were in a long-forgotten project! So now my bliss is complete!I hope your very own Sunday is restful, peaceful, happy, healthy, and wonderful. Come tell me all about it!
Sep 12, 2020
And the door after a good soaking with Scrubbing Bubbles and a scrub with several Mr Clean magic eraser sponges:
It worked! I will give it a second pass next weekend, but first I have to be able to lift my arms again.
I started at 11:15 this morning in the cube room studio office dumping ground walk in closet space that the apartment company calls a den. Here's the before...please excuse the hot mess:
And here's the after at 5:30pm. Yikes! I seriously underestimated the amount of time and work it would take to get things back in order.
I added two more cube shelves and organized JB's catalogues and samples for him:
Here are the bins of excess that will go down to the garage until I can muster the strength for a good sort and purge:
I'm bushed! The plan was originally for a steak fajita dinner tonight, but I decided to order in instead as a treat for all of my hard work. I am showered and in clean pajamas and ready to just rest and relax tonight!
I hope that you had a good Saturday, Dearies! I pray that you are safe and well!
Sep 10, 2020
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Sep 6, 2020
And just like that...it clicked into Fall.
Hello, Dearies, and welcome to another blissful Sunday here in Hoosierville. I managed to snuggle into the big girl sleigh bed until noon today. It was cool and cloudy this morning and I just didn't feel like moving...so I didn't!
I made some good progress on Elliana last night while watching Mad Men and drooling over that handsome dasterdly Don Draper. Only four more episodes left until I finish the series, so I have to start thinking about the next? Sopranos? West Wing? Tudors?
I know, I know. I've seen each at least a dozen times, but until I get my ability to stitch and watch TeeVee sorted better (which will involve paying attention more and a less complicated stitchy project), I want something familiar that I can just listen to.
When JB is here, we watch the sports 24/7, and I've come to be very fond of the Philadelphia 76ers, the Phillies, and the Flyers. Who knew I could be a baseball fan?! Now that the footbal is starting again though, I suppose that I better brush up on the Eagles in addition to my Irish.
I did receive an email from a very concerned stitchy sister that JB and I had broken up, because of my alone time shenanagins. No, Dearie...JB is in NJ visiting with his mom. He likes to get back there about every six weeks or so to check in on her, but the pandemic kinda threw that out of whack and he was overdue for a visit. This alone time (for me, anyway) is critical to my sanity, since my propensity for hermit spinstering is strong and keeps the voices in my head nice and quiet.
So onward we go. My only agenda for today is laundry, which is sploshing as we speak, and a few minites getting organized for the week ahead. I am hitting it hard in the diet department with a protein shake fast for five days (yes...medically approved), so I need to get them in the fridge and all of the temptations hidden away.
I will be fasting Monday thru Friday and then we'll take a look at the after treatment weight to determine if I need another week, or if I can return to smoothies and salads. The goal here is to hit the 112 for IU first, then maintain 110 for a few weeks, and then finally, to get below 100 by year's end.
My off weight on Friday was 115.
Menopause, Crohn's, stress, and a possible face infection requiring antibiotics are all the culprits, but no matter the cause...the transplant doc will be calling in a few weeks and will not be happy if I am not back on track.
Enough of that. I hope that you are enjoying yourself today and that if you have tomorrow off you will be safe and happy and find a way to do something that makes your heart sing! Come tell me all about it!
Sep 5, 2020
Oh, Dearies...what an absolutely gorgeous few days we've had here in Hoosierville! Breezy and cooler, low humidty, and the most gorgeous blue/puffy cloud skies! I never thought of myself as one affected by weather, but I feel better today than I have in months!
Japanese food for dinner last night: California roll (sorry, can't do anything raw), edamame, gyoza, and spring rolls. All were from a new restaurant that I've never been to, and all were positively delicious! My JB does not care for that type of food, nor does he like Chinese food, so Spinstercation is my chance to indulge.
Three chores on the agenda today and then methinks it will be a pool day if it's not too crowded. I have had it all to myself the last week or so, but I would imagine it will be crowded with the holiday weekend.
I do hope you are off to a good start on your very own wonderful weekend. Do something fun and come tell me all about it!