Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Dreams are so weird!
Last night I dreamed that I was laying in bed and Tom was next to me sleeping and a train was going along right next to our house. I could see it out the window and I started thinking 'if this train derails, it would fall right into our house because it's so close already'. Right then, the train broke in half and the cars in the back started piling up in our bedroom. It was awful!

I think this comes from the feeling that I am being derailed at every turn with the house repairs, work, insurance company, contractors, etc. Everywhere I turn there is some sort of road block that I have to deal with. I hate all of this.....why can't things be easy? I am tired.....sick and tired.

I have left numerous messages for my adjuster to call me. He hasn't. I have sent emails, no response. Now I think I will ask for his boss. Maybe that will get results.

Monday, June 26, 2006
Thanks for all your support!
Thank you all for the support with my problem with my JERK neighbor. He and his family was gone all weekend (apparently to the races), so it was nice and quiet all weekend! How wonderful!

Tom mowed grass most of the weekend, trimmed trees and such as that. He stayed in the yard most of the time. It was soooooooo hot!!! 102 degrees Saturday and it was about the same Sunday. We had no rain again. Our plants and trees need rain so badly, but we just seem to keep getting bypassed.

As of today, I have 32 working days left before retirement. It amazes me how little time I have left to have to work. Tom keeps saying he wants me to continue working, but of course, I am not. I just look at him like he has two heads when he says that kind of stuff.

I have THINGS TO DO when I retire! I won't have time to go to work! The Nerve!
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Last night I went to bed a little earlier (9:30) than usual because I was just plain worn out tired. At 12:30 this morning, my asinine neighbor was outside running his race car engine. If anyone has ever heard one of these things, you KNOW how loud it is. It rumbled so loudly it woke me up out of a wonderfully dead sleep. I was immediately pissed!

My neighbor has been one of the worse neighbors I have ever had. He is selfish, self-centered, arrogant, and doesn't give a DAMN about laws, feelings of others, or others' need for sleep. HE IS A JERK!

This morning when his car woke me up, I got up and called his house. His daughter answered and was wide awake! I asked her if it was her Daddy out there with his race car and she said yes ma'am. I asked her to give me his cell phone number so I could call him. She did, I did and no answer. Well, how can you hear your cell phone ringing if you have a race car that you are revving up over and over again. This is not the first time I have been kept awake by this car engine.

I then called back and his wife answered. By this time, I was SUPER MAD! I told her that I was trying to sleep because I have to get up early to be at work for 7:00 am. and to tell him to shut that DAMN thing off or I am calling the police. He shut it off withing about 5 minutes. Then it took me another 30 minutes to calm down enough to go back to sleep.

When I left for work this morning, everything was so quiet at his place, I was tempted to drive up his drive way, which passes his bedroom windows, and just sit there and blow my horn over and over again. If I couldn't get arrested for trespassing, that is exactly what I would have done. It really pissed me off that NOW he was sleeping and I had to be on MY way to work. What a JERK!

Ever since he moved in about 12 years ago, he has caused nothing but trouble for me and Tom. His dogs run loose, crap in my yard and on my porch, knock over my trash, have puppies under my shed and have fleas for days! I asked him to move his mother dog (a beautiful Dalmation) and her puppies out from under my shed back in 1996, so he went and got them, dug a giant hole with his track hoe in his back yard, tossed all the puppies in the hole (with their mother), shot and killed every one of them (including the mother) and burried them there. I was so upset then, I didn't know what to do. That was so cruel! We have a leash law in this state and he is supposed to have his dogs fenced in or tied up, not stick them in a hole and shoot them.

Since then, he has gotten a new dog everytime one of his dies, or he kills them, or they run in the highway and get killed, or whatever. He now has a mastiff, that I told him to keep away from my house because this huge dog (as gentle as he is) has almost knocked me down on more than one occasion. I told him that if that happens, I will sue him. So now he keeps the mastiff locked up (or he killed him, I haven't seen or heard him in a while) but lets his dachshund (who has worms and barks at me in my own yard) run loose and he is the one that shits on my porch. I HATE MY NEIGHBOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, June 16, 2006
Yeah! for Aaron!!!!
Aaron is finally off the ventillator. He is still in intensive care, but seems to be getting a little better every day. He even sat in a chair yesterday for a little while. All the prayers he has received are so appreciated because they are obviously working. He is slowly healing.

We just found out yesterday, that there is another person (don't know male or female) in another hospital nearby with the exact same symptoms. That person is on a ventillator right now too. And that person had been in the same river that Aaron had been in. Now we are thinking that there could by some major polutant in that river that caused this. If you live in Louisiana/Mississippi area, DON'T GO IN THE PEARL RIVER right now.

Maybe now that there is someone else affected by whatever this is, the CDC will start taking samples of that water and figure out what's going on. I just don't want other people to have to get so sick before someone closes access to that River. Aaron is young and strong....if someone else isn't, then they probably wouldn't make it through this devastating illness.

The contractor came to my house yesterday and looked at all that needs to be done and it looks as though the wheels are beginning to turn every so slowly. He did give us some money saving ideas and I was very grateful about that because I was thinking that we may end up going way over what the insurance has allowed. But with the ideas he came up with, we can do more and save money too! YAHOO! I will be glad when this is all over with.

My friend 'B' is coming over this weekend because she LOVES to paint. NOT ME! Anyway, she said she would paint the two back bedrooms for me because there is some sh*tty wallpaper in those rooms that has to go. We are going to just paint over it. She is bringing samples for this weekend and will paint a few splotches here and there, so I can decide which paint color I want.
Sounds like fun to me.

Monday, June 12, 2006
Another new Monday!

We had a nice weekend. My housekeeper came Saturday and took good care of cleaning my house which was so badly needed. Then I took a very long nap.

We went to some friend's house Saturday night (we were invited to come get some boiled crabs) and picked up a BUNCH of boiled crabs, corn, potatoes, and shrimp. Ashley and his girlfriend had dropped by and they stayed and ate with us. Those were the best boiled crabs I have ever had. They were huge and so full. YUMMY! I want some more of those things. Man were they good. Ok ok I will stop going on and on about how good they were, but I can't help it....THEY WERE GOOD!

I spent a couple of hours in the pool yesterday. I had to vacuum it and I have to tell the story of what happened LAST weekend so you will get the gist of what I was up against yesterday.

My friend was over last weekend and we were floating, and sitting around the pool all afternoon. I had brought out salsa dip and scoops and we munched on that for a while. The salsa and scoops were on the table and the umbrella was through the table into the weighted umbrella holder underneath. A little breeze came up and dumped EVERYTHING into the pool; table, umbrella, 3 cell phones, salsa and scoops. WHAT a mess! We got everything we could see out of the pool, including the wilted scoops. I knew I was not able to get all of the salsa pieces out of the pool, but had no idea just how much of it was IN the pool to start with. I thought we had eaten most of it. NOT!!!!

While vacuuming yesterday, suddenly my vacumm stopped working. I went to check the filter and there were chunks of onions and bellpepper and soggy scoops clogging the filter. Man! there were a LOT of onions in that Salsa. Finally finished cleaning that out and finished vacuuming. Now my pool is back in order, but the umbrella is broken in half. It was brand new too. My luck again. Oh well,at least I have a sparklingly clear pool again.

Update on Aaron. Tom and I went to see him yesterday. He is still on the ventilator, but they are beginning to wean (sp?) him off. He seems to be getting a little better, even though he is definitely not out of the woods yet. Please keep saying those prayers for this young man.

I guess that's about all for now. You guys have a great day.

Thursday, June 08, 2006
Grateful Thursday????
Today I am trying to think of things for which to be grateful. Before I tell you my gratefuls, I will tell you a member of my extended family needs lots of prayers. It's my daughter's brother-n-law. His name is Aaron.

Aaron is 24 years old and a newly wed with a new baby on the way. Last week on Memorial Day, the entire family went to their camp in Mississippi. They had not been there since the hurricane last year and there was a LOT of debris that needed cleaning. Each one of them had their own area to clean up and were all working together to get that done.

Aaron had the porch to clean up and there was apparently a lot of mouse droppings, etc. on that porch. He cleaned and swept the area. By Wednesday he started feeling badly and had to leave work early. Thursday he was worse and by Friday went to the doctor. The doc said he had a urinary track infection and put him on antibiotics. By Saturday he was feeling much worse and at about midnight that night he asked his wife to bring him to the hospital. They went to the tiny local hospital (a very rural area) and the hospital admitted him. His breathing was compromised and his organs were inlarged, like the liver, spleen, gall bladder, etc. All of his blood counts were in the abnormal range.

On Sunday night, his breathing had gotten more labored and he was transferred by ambulance to a bigger hospital in a nearby city. He was progressively getting worse. His kidneys were not functioning properly, breathing continually worsened. By Monday morning he had to be put on a ventilator. He has continued to hold on since being put on the ventilator, but now the ventilator is breathing for him 100% whereas earlier in the week he was still taking breaths on his own. His kidneys are still not functioning well and still all of his other organs are affected. His is in congestive heart failure also.

The doctors are thinking he has something called Hantavirus which you get from mice, ticks, etc. I had never heard of it before. This is one very sick young man who has a lot of life yet to live. Please everyone who reads this, please say a prayer for Aaron, that he may heal and be here when his baby is born and be able to be a father to that child. He wants that so very much.

1) that there are so many people out there praying for Aaron.
2) that I only have 64 days left before retirement.
3) I am grateful for all those who love me in spite of me.
4) My pool is up and running and it's not going to rain this weekend.
5) my three little dogs that give me kisses and hugs every day when I get home from work.
Monday, June 05, 2006
Turning brown!
I think I am going to live afterall. My burned skin is somewhat turning brown. The purple parts are still pretty purple and those are the parts that will peel in big sheets. I need Daisy's family down here to peel me. She cringes at that thought. But it feels good to me.

It's Monday and I am back at work. I have 67 days left till retirement and I am chomping at the bit. I am so ready to get out of here.

After pulling my hair out for several weeks, I finally talked to a contractor this morning and I think he will be doing the work on my house. What a relief. He said as soon as I get the appraisal back from the Mr. Appraisal and Mr. Insurance, he can start work on my house. He is also a member at the company where I picked out my flooring and carpet so that won't be a problem for me or for him. Looks like the wheels are starting to turn around here again. Maybe my house will be in order before I retire afterall.

My Mom will be moving in with us around the end of the year or the beginning of next year so I need to have all this stuff done and completed before she starts moving her stuff in her end of the house. She will have her own wing, so she (as she says) can hide if she wants to. I am looking forward to having Mom with us. It will give me some company when Tom is at work and he does work a LOT. Mom and I can work on crafts and stuff together, watch movies, of course watch the soaps, etc. We have never had that kind of time to spend together. I hope it all works out for us and especially for Mom. I want so much for her to be comfortable living with us and still be able to keep some of her independence.
Sunday, June 04, 2006
Mean ol' Sun!

Yes, summertime is definitely here and the sun is very mean! My best buddy came over yesterday and we were out at/in the pool for about 5 hours. I am burned. I know better than that, but time flew by so fast, by the time I FELT the sun on my body, it was tooooooooo late.

Today I look like this sunburned gecko. Isn't he cute? I can tell you this, if he feels like I do, he is one miserable gecko. I don't usually let myself do this and I could kick my own butt for doing it this time. More skin damage anyone? Yes, me me me me! Am I an idiot or what?

Today I can't even step outside in the heat, much less get in the sun. As soon as I go outside (had to go get the dogs inside) I feel the burning sensation. People should wear sunscreen you know. I didn't. Smart, right?

Now I will go off an suffer in silence. Have a nice day.
Thursday, June 01, 2006
Summer time is here!!!!

I am ready for the summer now. I have my pool set up and filled with water and am treating it with the start-up chemicals. I am so ready to just flop down on my Molly Brown float and relax! Now, this, of course, is not MY picture on the float, but of one of those beauties they show in the ads to make you want to purchase one. I am 'just a tad' more round than the woman in this pic. But who cares. I enjoy my pool and that's what counts.

So anyone who wants to join me in a nice relaxing float for a while, come on over to my house. I am usually by myself in the pool. Tom doesn't fool with it much, so I just enjoy it all by myself and that's ok too! I turn on the radio, jump on the raft, watch the white fluffy clouds overhead and the birds flying so high I can hardly see them. I wonder if they have oxygen up there.......I guess so or they wouldn't be up there in the first place, eh? That cloud looks like a duck.......and that one looks like an elephant.....oh no, his trunk is disappearing and now it is taking the shape of a dog with floppy ears. Aaahhhhhh, so relaxing!

Well it's getting closer and closer to retirement. I can hardly stand it. 71 more days. 45 working days. That part stresses me, because I have so much to do at work before my 45 working days is up. I guess I shouldn't even worry about it because, at this point, I am not supposed to even care....but I do.

My house is still in chaos. Nothing has been done yet to get this show moving. Neither I, nor the insurance company has been able to get in touch with the contractor that is supposed to be making the repairs to my home. Sooooooooo, Mr. Insurance sent an appraiser to my house on Monday (Memorial Day) to try to come up with a cost of repair. Mr. Appraiser was very nice and will hopefully give us a good price so we can start hiring Mr. Somebodies to FIX OUR HOUSE! Living on concrete floors is getting to be the pits. I have already picked out my new floor tiles and carpet, so I am just waiting for someone to say "GO!". Mr. Insurance is getting antsy too. It's costing them more money every day this goes on. Maybe he will say "go!" soon. I sure hope so. At this point, all I can do is, as my brother says, "wait for somebody to call my name". Boy! Is he right about THAT!

Well folks, I need to get to work, so I will see you guys again soon. Have a great day!