Tuesday, January 31, 2006

I get by with help from on line friend

I want to give thanks to Monica from http://journals.aol.com/chseroo/LivingLifeandLovinit for helping me learn to add graphics throughout my journal. Now that I know how to do this my sign in the corner is going to be so true. In the past 3 months I have met some wonderful on line journalists and I just love reading their journals. I am going to start tracking my weight loss on my journal. As soon as I learn to put in those counters with the weight loss I will be set. I will be playing around alot with graphics so if you get my alerts I may just be doing tests so please be patient. Thanks. I love comments

Sorry if you get this again. I was taking off the blue boxes around my graphics.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Rainy Day Weekends

It has been a very rainy and dreary weekend. The temperature has been great. We have been in the upper 40s to lower 50s. Winter has been so mild this year. I know we have about 2 months to go but I can deal with it knowing that spring will be here soon. I can't stop thinking about our garden.

I made a nice big pot of chili yesterday. It is all still left because hubby only eats once a day and when he came home from lunch the chili wasn't done so he made himself some tacos. Today before I left to drive an hour to get my daughter at a birthday sleepover that lasted all weekend I made him 2 hamburgers with green peppers and lipton onion soup mix. He loves when I make those hamburgers.

I am trying to wake my daughter up. Every time she goes for a sleepover, she is so sleep deprived. She has been sleeping for 2 hours now and I know she will have a hard time going to sleep tonight if I don't get her up soon. I tried at 3 but she said a few more minutes. I think I will make her take a shower so she can wake up.

Well, I better wake her. Everyone have a great week.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006


I don't think I put this in my journal yet but if I did I don't mind repeating it. It was my mother's pray card. I keep it on my desk to keep me on track as to what is important.

Just for today I will try to live through this day only, and not tackle all my problems at once. I can do something for twelve hours that would appall me if I felt that I had to keep it up for a lifetime.

Just for today I will be happy. This assumes to be true what Abraham Lincoln said, that "Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be." 

Just for today I will adjust myself to what is, and not try to adjust everything to my own desires. I will take my "luck" as it comes, and fit myself to it.  

Just for today I will try to strengthen my mind. I will study. I will learn something useful. I will not be a mental loafer. I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration. 

Just for today I will exercise my soul in three ways: I will do somebody a good turn, and not get found out; if anybody knows of it, it will not count. I will do at least two things I don't want to do - just for exercise. I will not show anyone that my feelings are hurt, they may be hurt, but today I will not show it. 

Just for today I will be agreeable. I will look as well as I can, dress becomingly; keep my voice low; be courteous, criticize not one bit. I won't find fault with anything, nor try to improve or regulate anybody but myself.  

Just for today I will have a program. I may not follow it exactly, but I will have it. I will save myself from two pests: hurry and indecision. 

Just for today I will have a quiet half hour all by myself, and relax. During this half hour, sometime, I will try to get a better perspective of my life. 

Just for today I will be unafraid. Especially I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful, and to believe that as I give to the world, so the world will give to me.                                                        

                                         Prayer For Today      

Lord make me an instrument of Thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury; pardon; where there is doubt; faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness; light, and where there is sadness, joy.    

O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.    

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Finally, Hot Water

Well, it has been 7 days since we had hot water. Hubby had to go out and buy a new one and install it himself. It took him most of the day because he has never done it before. He did a great job. I am so proud of him. He is becoming a Mr. Fix It since we bought this house.

I just took my first hot shower in 7 days. I was taking cold showers. That is not fun, especially in the winter. Burrrrrrrrr My husband was boiling water and putting it into the tub for my daughter and himself. I lived in a apartment with my parents that only had a bathtub. I refuse to take a bath. I love showers now. I have a jacuzzi but have only used it about 5 times since we moved in. My daughter uses it more than anyone. I don't even think my husband has been in it yet. My daughter is going to take one now while I am typing about it.

I asked my hubby if he wanted me to make him some dinner right now because he hasn't ate all day and he said no that he was going to put some fish sticks in the deep fryer. Earlier I reheated the turkey breast and made some broccoli cheddar rice so that when my daughter came home from school she could eat. She said she wasn't hungry and that she wanted to go play with her friend and have dinner at her house. I said Ok. I also had 3 chicken breasts in my crockpot so I can have chicken breast salads the rest of the week. For dinner for myself I made blackened salmon on a bed of brown rice and spinach. It was so good.

I am off to watch tennis. I am addicted to it. Have a great evening. Sweet dreams. I also need to learn how to put the graphics in through out my journal. I love how it turns out in other peoples journals. Very creative.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Last Appointment

Today was my 6 week check-up appointment. I am so happy it is my last. I don't have to go see her until August. Yes. Happy, Happy Happy!!!!! She told me I still might get tired at times but to increase my activity. She told me to get 1200 miligrams (I think) of calcium. I don't drink much milk but I do love cheese. I told her I will probably take a vitamin supplement. She had that would be fine. I also don't have to go on any hormones since I feel the same as I did before I had surgery except no pain. It feels wonderful to be pain free after about a year and a half. I have been taking my neighbors dog for a walk and did a little too much the other day and the doctor just told me when my body starts talking to me to take it easy. I know I will follow her advice because I don't have any more pain pills and I didn't ask her for any because I know I can just take a few Tylenol and I will feel ok.

My body is telling me to take a nap. LOL I have been having major insomnia and I would like to get in a nap before my daughter comes home from school and I have to start dinner. I think it will be an easy dinner tonight. Maybe chicken, or fish sticks and noodles. Sounds good to me. TTFN

Thursday, January 19, 2006

I am so happy. My sister is coming to visit me on my birthday. She lives in Tennesse and we haven't seen each other in about 18 months. I try to go and stay with her for 2 weeks in the summer time but since buying this house it has been hard coming up with the money. I can't wait till she sees my new house. I know she is going to love it.  She will be here in about 34 days. I know I will be counting. My husband is taking off so we can pick her up from the airport since I won't have my license. I might let my daughter miss school so we can go to our favorite pizza place in the city. My sister just loves the pizza here.

I really didn't do too much today since my daughter was off of school. She was having problems with her stomach last night and when she woke up it was still bothering her. She has not missed all that much school this year. I think only 3 days. I know tomorrow I will make up for what I didn't do today.

Have a great Friday everyone.  

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

go, go, go

I have been on a major roll lately. The last few days I have been cleaning, running errands, made a pie today and anything else I can think of doing around the house. I got on my hands and knees for the first time in a long time to wash the 2 bathroom floors upstairs. I didn't do the downstairs bathroom because it is pretty clean. I am on the sixth week of recovery and I am having no pain whatsoever. I have to go see my doctor on Monday. That will be my last appointment for a very long time. I hope.

I think tomorrow I will run to the post office and then the bank. I also need to run to the library to get a book for my daughter. She has a major project on anything regarding the 1920's. She is thinking of doing the fashions from the 20's. I think that is a good idea. She loves fashion. They have to read the book, do a book report and than do a project on it. My daughter is thinking about doing a big cardboard cut out of a woman and then dressing it up in a flapper outfit. I think that will be great.

Well, my daughter just got home from Girl Scouts and I want to talk to her about a few things. Sweet dreams everyone.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Not much to say today. My Chicago Bears lost.

It was a pretty slow day. Washed a few windows and we mostly sat around and watched TV and ate. My husband fixed the stove and the other washer. I asked him to bring in the other washer because the one I have now I have to put the fabric softener in after 20 minutes of washing. I always have to set the timer because I always forget to add it. He never did bring it in. I guess it might be to heavy for him because him and his friend took it to the garage together.

I am off to lay down with my daughter and talk. Have a wonderful and blessed Monday. Happy Martin Luther King Day.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

I am already going over in my head and on paper everything I want to put in the garden this year. It will be our second year of gardening. Our first garden turned out great. The only problem we had was way to many vegetables. I had jalapenos coming out of you know where. LOL I had a great herb garden too. This year I want to do mint, and more cilantro. I am also going to learn how to can pickles. We had so many cucumbers and some went to waste. I did give alot to the neighbors. We made so much salsa and so did the neighbors that we learned different recipes from each other. Almost all of my neighbors are single men but they are all so wonderful. I couldn't have found nicer neighbors if I tried. We are thinking of maybe trying to do potatoes because one of my husbands co-workers used to farm and he said if we got a big barrel we can grow the potatoes in there. I guess I am getting to excited to early. It might be because the weather has been pretty nice this time of year. Yesterday it did rain and then we had snow but it did not stick. I am counting down the days until spring.

The last few days I have been really cleaning. Today I want to finish up washing the inside of the windows. I also need to dust the upstairs bedrooms. Since my daughter has a 3 day weekend we are thinking about doing something. I know her father wants her to help him fix the stove and our other washer. Of course we also have to find time to watch the Bears beat the Panthers tomorrow. We are thinking about getting 2 kittens. We have been thinking about getting a dog but are still up in the air about it. We have been talking about it for months. We went about 6 months ago to look for a small dog in 2 shelters but all they had were big dogs and my husband doesn't want one that is big.

Well it is time for me to take a shower and get my butt in gear. Have a wonderful Saturday.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Suspension of my License

It has been a really trying day. I went to court today. I was the first to see the judge. The states attorney was there. The judge asked why I was there since we paid the fine and I told him because they want to suspend my license for 90 days. I told him my husband asked for 90 day court supervision. The judge said you do not get court supervision with the ticket I received. He asked if I wanted to change my plea to not guilty and I told him no. So he called the next person's name. When I walked out of the court room my emotions took over. I started to cry. The baliff came over and another lady and handed me some kleenex. I really liked the baliff because we talked for about 30 minutes before the judge came in. She asked me what happened since she wasn't in the court room at the time and I told her. She asked me to wait in the hallway and that she would get the state's attorney to come and explain it to me. I waited and waited and then decided to go to the bathroom. When I came out I was just going to leave but he was waiting for me. He explained by saying that you are not a bad person but with the ticket I received they had to suspend my license for 90 days. I told him thank you and cried all the way home. I haven't cried like that in a long time. I guess I should be happy that I can drive my car until Feb. 18th.

Well it has been an emotional day and I think I will get my pajamas on and read some journals and see if maybe I could put a smile on my face.

Sunday, January 8, 2006

Your Inner Blood Type

I read this in someones journal and I thought I would to the quiz.

***Your Inner Blood Type is AB!***

Your personality is hard to define - you're very unconventional.
And even if your personality could be defined, it would be completely different next week!
Outgoing and shy, sensitive and thoughtless, you tend to have a very split personality.
This makes you unpredictable. You can be a total angel - and a total devil.

You are most compatible with: everyone!

Famous Type AB's: Jackie Chan and Marilyn Monroe

What's Your Inner Blood Type?

Today was a very productive day. I was the first one up so I made some coffee and watched the news. The last 4 days I haven't had a taste for coffee. I have been making myself some strawberries and cream oatmeal and a glass of orange juice. This is really strange for me because I love my coffee. I would have 2 or 3 cups in the morning. I guess my taste buds have changed since surgery. I haven't even had the caffeine withdrawal headache that I would get when I would stop drinking coffee. I did it one time and the headache was so bad I went back to drinking it.

When hubby got up we sat outside ( yes it was only 35 degrees but I was wrapped in a blanket) and he drank his coffee and we talked about everything we were going to do today.  Of course my husband started outside while I was still in the shower. He was doing everything outside and then coming inside to get on the ladder to take down my village I put up on the china cabinet. I packed everything in tupperware tins and some boxes. My daughter was a big help today. She took all the lights off the tree and took the tree down and boxed it up. She also put all the window clings back and believe you me that is a big jobs since I have a tons of them. She did her homework after that and her girlfriend came to the door to go roller blading. She was gone all day until I picked her up at 6pm. Instead of cooking, since my oven is still broke we ordered pizza and cheese sticks. I know, I know not very healthy. As my resolution is already broke and I am going to say, I will start tomorrow.   LOL

The Girl Scout cookies came today so I had to go through them and package up all the orders. My brother is coming on Tuesday to pick up his and his girlfriends order. I am delivering my 2 sister in laws their cookies on Tuesday at her work since she lives with her.

My husband is off of work tomorrow so I think we are going to run to Menards, Home Depot and probably Loews to see what kind of deal we can get on a hot water heater. I had to take another cold shower this morning. It is working now and my daughter is in the shower and she will probably use up all the hot water and it will be back to cold. I hate washing dishes in cold water. They don't feel sanitized to me. I even put them in the dishwasher the otherday and the water was cold. They seemed to turn out ok.

I am off to read some journals and watch a little bit of TV before I start getting ready for bed. Everyone have a great week.

Saturday, January 7, 2006

Taking down Christmas decorations

This is going to be a short entry because I have so much to do today. I already washed my winter coat and my daughters. They were really dirty. I am slowing going to start taking down the Christmas decorations. I have been taking down the lights but just put them on the dining room table. My husbands only days off are Sunday and Monday so hopefully he will take down the outside decorations and also the tree. I am going to ask him to do the floors also because things are starting to grow on them. LOL

On another note I went to court yesterday and I filed a motion. I had to pay $23.00 just for that. I go to see the judge on Wednesday at 1 pm. I am praying that everything goes well.

Everyone have a great weekend. I may post another entry later on tonight.

Wednesday, January 4, 2006

Today was one of my worst pain days since coming home from the hospital. I guess I over did it yesterday with driving 2 hours and then doing grocery shopping and coming home to do laundry. I was suppose to go to court but since my neighbor didn't call me I figured I would sleep in. I did not get dressed all day. I did make my husband some lunch. I made him steak, mashed potatoes and corn. I never know when he is coming home for lunch so I had the steak in the slow cooker and it was done by noon but he didn't come home until 2:30. It was really, really tender by then.

I am still suffering from major insomnia. The last week I haven't been able to get to sleep until about 3am. I get up every morning to take my daughter to school but today I asked my husband to do it. I love mornings but lately it has been a struggle. I talked it over with my doctor but she said it might be because everything that is happening to my body since surgery. I just took 2 Tylenol PMs. I hope I can get some sleep tonight. I am either going to court tomorrow or going to Sam's Club. I know I should probably take it easy since I had such a hard day today but we will see tomorrow.

I am off to read a few journals and hopefully fall fast asleep. Have a great Thrusday.

Tuesday, January 3, 2006

Today was my 3 week checkup with my doctor. She says I am doing just great. I asked her if I could vacuum yet and she said no. She said all I should be doing is driving and some walking. The good news is I lost 7 lbs since surgery. That is a good thing since I need to start losing weight. Every day I am feeling more stronger but I do know I still have to take it easy.

Our Christmas party with my husband's family was great. Everyone was there.  Two of his nieces are pregnant so next Christmas there will be 2 little ones. I can't wait. I just love babies.

Tomorrow I am going to go to the court house and try to put a motion in so they don't suspend my license for 4 months. When my husband went for me since I was in the hospital they told him to pay the fine and he said he asked for court supervision for 90 days. Well, I get home from the hospital and a few days later I get 2 letters in the mail stating they were suspending my license and so I called up and she said that we paid the fine but husband did not ask for court supervision. I would really hate to lose my license for 4 months because I do all the driving around to get groceries, post office, etc, etc. I hope I get an answer tomorrow but some people tell me that I might have to wait a month before I find out. I hope not because I have to surrender my license by Feb. 18th.

Well, everyone have a nice evening, I am off to make all the beds since I stripped them this morning.