Sunday, February 26, 2017

This and That...That and This

Good morning from the rancho!!

It was a long, long week...even though it was only four working days. LOL  I'm settling into my new job. All that really means is that I've moved my stuff into an office about 20 feet away and changed my title on my email.  I'm still doing the same work...ordering all the food for next quarter.  To give you an idea of how much food we order, we are given $3.80 a DAY to feed our group of 4000...at 91 days, that's $1.4 million! Sometimes I feel like I'm running my own little city.  LOL I always get a bit nervous right before I hit the "save" button on the computer when I finish the purchase orders.

I'm back on the treadmill, but only 15-20 minutes a day.  My hips are still bothering me, but with the arthritis, I expected that.  At least I'm doing something.  I think that as I get back into my walking program, I will get more comfortable.

Here's the update on my cross stitch.  Not much, but I've got the alphabet almost done.  I have to get this finished soon if I want to take it to the stitching retreat in April.  Must stitch, must stitch, must stitch.  LOL


I'm moving along on the scarf.  All the color is done, so now it's just finishing with the black tweed.


The first phalaenopis has bloomed.  I think I've found the secret...just ignore them.  LOL


We had a nice lunch last Sunday and topped it off with dessert from the Brown Butter Cookie Company. This is a bakery in Cayucos...very tasty.  And, I love their sign!  You can pretty much change the word "cookie" to anything...chocolate, ice cream, pie...definitely my kind of sign. LOL


Okay, peeps, I have to get this show on the road.  We only got a little sprinkle of rain last night, so I need to do some outside work today, as well as the usual chores, chores, chores.  LOL

Have a wonderful Sunday, be kind to one another.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Rain, Rain, and More Rain...And an Afternoon Off

Good morning from soggy California!   This is a quick "what I've got going on" post.  LOL

The rain keeps coming and coming and coming.  We had four inches in two days with another storm moving in tonight.  We are fortunate here in Central California.  A few areas have flooded, some road closures, and a 12 hour black-out on Friday.  Nothing too scary.  I was more concerned about the lack of electricity than anything else.  My dad's bed has a special mattress that fills with air to keep away bedsores.  We are lucky that we have a generator for emergencies.  No lights, but we kept Dad's bed going.  

I've been working on a new scarf.  It will be a gift for a friend of my husband.  After I took the picture, I realized that it looks like a Brach's Neapolitan candy.  It's not really as crooked as it looks. I took a picture of my cross stitch, but somehow got a horrible shadow and am too embarrassed to post it.  LOL


My little fishies have been very busy.  After looking closely, it appears that I have more on the way. Lots of chubby moms in there.


My poor neglected orchids have once again rewarded me with blooms.  I've had this orchid for at least three years, first time that it's re-bloomed.  LOL        


I'm trying to root some geraniums from the patio.  I don't see any roots, but it's been a week and they are still alive.


I'm busy, busy at work.  I'm still doing two jobs, but hopefully we can get someone hired in the next month. I talked to my boss last week and asked if I can keep my hours the same.  It is hard to get going at 4 am, but it gets me home before 3:30 pm, so I can take care of Dad.  She agreed, as long as the department doesn't suffer.  My cohort doesn't mind covering for me, so it will work.  LOL

Dad is exactly the same.  Sigh.  I am trying to stay upbeat, but some days make me so tired.  My sister called out of the blue yesterday and asked if we wanted the afternoon off.  Hmmmm...YES. Since hubby promised me a special date to celebrate my promotion, we've planned a drive and an early dinner.  It will be a nice break.  The rain isn't supposed to hit until later this evening, so it should be a nice afternoon.

I am off to get beautiful!  Not really, but I should get out of my jammies and brush my hair.  LOL Have an amazing Sunday.  Be kind to one another.


Saturday, February 11, 2017

One Inch, Two Inch, Three Inch, MORE!!

Happy Saturday from the soggy rancho.

Our days here are like some crazy Dr. Seuss poem...one inch, two inch, three inch, four, five inch, six inch, and here's some MORE!  Don't get me wrong, I am so thankful for the rain.  My trees are happy, the birds are happy, and the weeds are really, really happy.  LOL  I'm afraid to weed.  Every time I pull up a big weed, I get a big lump of soil.  At this rate, I will have to bring in dirt and backfill the entire acre.  LOL We are over 17 inches of rain for this season.  Considering that we have only been getting 6-10 inches for the last 5 years, we are doing well.

There are some areas of California that are over-watered, to the point that their reservoirs are starting to break down.  Here, we are still only between 40-85% full for the two large lakes close to my town. That really shows how bad the drought has been.  Considering that most of that water is drinking water for our county, no complaining.

I finished my baby quilt...before the baby got here!  Yay!!


I ended up using both skeins of my contrast yarns, but it really added to the look.  I got a big thank you from Mom and Dad.  SMILE.

Soooo....drum roll, please...I am now a Food Manager II...and scared.  LOL  I have basically done the job for the past several years as my boss was dealing with his wife's passing and his own medical issues. BUT, there is a big difference in "doing" the job and being "responsible" for the job.  LOL  I am still working out of my old office.  Too much work to finish and my staff want to have my office painted.   Personally, I don't care what color it is, but they want me to have a brand new office to celebrate my new job.  Very sweet...I am so fortunate to work with this group of people in my department.

Dad is still hanging in there.  I was a little concerned this past week.  Seemed to be coughing and groaning a bit more than usual, but last night and this morning has not been too bad.  Is it the weather?  I just don't know.  Sigh.

My coffee cup is empty and I am off to start my morning.  I can hear the laundry baskets calling my name...LOL

Have a wonderful weekend, be kind to one another.


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Life at the Speed of Light...Or...Zoom-Zoom

Good morning and happy Saturday peeps and peepettes!

I completely misplaced about a week and a half.  I remember doing yard work, cleaning house, going to the chiropractor, and then things get really fuzzy!! I opened my eyes on a Monday, went to bed that night, the next day was Friday.  Zoom-zoom...LOL

Completed my first two weeks of hip and spine adjustments.  My bones and muscles are feeling pretty good.  No pain, so I think this may work.  LOL  I feel a little like I'm in training for a beauty pageant....stand up straight, no slouching, tuck in that chin, keep your stomach sucked in, shoulders back and square...Someone asked if I was losing weight...nope, just moving it around and I've got better posture. LOL

Finished my roses just in time for the next rain.  Of course, had a little accident.  While minding my own business, a rose bush reached out and grabbed my jeans, and I took a little tumble.  I was worried that I had hurt my hips again, but all was fine!  My neck was a little tight, but no damage. Either I'm getting better at falling, or I'm getting tougher when I do fall.  LOL

I participated in my promotional interview on January 26th.  Still no news one way or the other.  The other assistant food manager (she did not interview) went up to see if a choice had been made.  She was told that the form had been submitted for hiring, but was incorrect, so needed to be redone.  I won't ask since I do not want to be accused of trying to promote myself.  Sigh...  The waiting is making me tired.

I've been working on the baby blanket, but really need to get this finished!!  My goal was the last day of January, but that was part of the week that I lost.  Supposedly, three skeins of yarn would be enough. Hmmm...nope.  So, I picked up a contrasting color for a few double crochet rows and a shell to finish it off. I HAVE TO GET THIS DONE!!



Here is a picture taken last week while we were waiting for the next storm to move in...I love the way that the silver clouds look against the blue sky.  SMILE


I checked my rain gauge.  Another three inches.  It's still coming down perfectly...one or two inches a day, soaking in, no flooding.  My husband and a neighbor worked on the road yesterday.  It is a dirt/base road and was starting to get a lot of pot holes.  They put in EIGHT truck loads of base and got it spread before the worst of the rain.  It is supposed to be dry today, so if they do a couple of passes with the tractors, it will be really nice.  We have a road fund and managed to collect quite a bit of money this year, so were able to buy the extra road base.  This should hold us for a couple of years.

On the Dad front...my uncle and cousin came to see my dad last weekend.  It was hard for my uncle. He looks at Dad, his baby brother, and you can see that his heart is breaking.  Dad is not able to communicate, but I know that he recognized both of their voices.  He had his eyes open all the time that they were here and was awake for another hour after they left.  My uncle hasn't been to visit for about a year, it is just too hard for him.  But, I am so glad he came, even if it is the final time.  I talked to my uncle last night and told him that I know that Dad is in there and that he knew them.  It seemed to soothe him a bit.  We are almost at the four year mark for Hospice. Wow...never thought that this journey would be so long and twisting. Some days are hard, some are harder, but we will do what needs to be done until the end.  Sigh.

Off to start my day.  I am having coffee with a dear friend this morning.  It has been quite a while, so we have a lot to catch up with. 

Have a wonderful weekend, be kind to one another.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Maybe It Happened When I Jumped Out of The Tree...

Happy Saturday from the rancho.

Wet week here in central California.  We are getting the rain we need at a slow and steady rate.  Love it!

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was having some problems with my sciatic nerve. Several people told me that a chiropractor might be able to help.

Soooooo....went to a chiropractor to see how my bones were doing.  First thing she did was have me stand and lift each of my knees...hmmm, why isn't the left side of my pelvis moving?  Don't know. She had me do some stretching, she didn't think that it was a ruptured disc.  So far, so good.  Off to x-rays.

Good news...no ruptured disc.  Bad news, missing a disc.  It appears that the last vertebra (L5) of my spine has fused to the top of my tailbone.  Good news, I can stretch the ligaments to create a straighter spine.  Bad news, this is gonna take a few months. LOL

Good news, no nerve damage, they look great.  Bad news, I have arthritis in both hips, with a calcification the size of a lemon on one side.  Sigh.  I have less than the usual 45 degree angle at every curve in my spine.  It will take three appointments a week for two weeks to try and get the movement back and the curves into the normal range.  But, I am a good candidate for chiropractic care.  We'll see.  I have so many things I still want to do, I don't want my body to break down now.

She was extremely careful to explain each and every x-ray and the treatment she would like to provide. After my adjustment, she called me at home at 8:30 pm to check that I was okay.  She said that if I was in more pain than usual, please call and she would come into the office and do a quick adjustment this weekend.  Wow.  So far, I'm very impressed with her bedside manner.  LOL

I asked how I could have missed a ruptured disc.  She said that based on the amount of fusion, this could have happened when I was very young, or is cumulative from 40 years of working in food service on cement floors.  She asked if I had been in an accident or taken a fall in my childhood.

Well, let's see...maybe it happened when I jumped out of tree when I was about 6 years old.  Of course, I had a pillow case in hand, and of course, it was going to open like a parachute and of course, I would float to the ground.  It was a long 15 feet to the ground and NO, the pillow case did not open. LOL  Blame it on my youth and too many cartoons...

Or, it could have been when my cousins and I turned a 10 feet water tank on it's side and used it like a log to roll back and forth across the field.  I think I lasted about 5 minutes before I fell off.  I hit the ground hard enough to knock the air out of me.  LOL

Either way, she and the MD she consulted with, are more worried about the arthritis.  I'm good with that.

On to some pictures.  DH and I went to an outlet mall to pick up some stuff for him (not a yarn shop within 15 miles, LOL)  And, what did I find?  Another cow for the cow parade!  Here she is, the Moo-Monarch Cow... Our area is a known stopping place for Monarch butterflies on their annual migration. Isn't she pretty?



I'm still working on the companion piece for my little bird.


Feels good to be doing some cross stitch.

I'm off like a herd of turtles.  Lots to do before my nap.  LOL  Have a wonderful weekend and be kind to one another.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Sigh...

Good morning and a-little-sad Monday.  Sigh.

Dropped Baby Boy at the airport last night.  Miss him already.  Sigh.

His visits always go fast.  We try to pack as much into the day as we can, but sometimes, we just sit and talk.  I think I miss that the most.

So, our blow-out family day was Saturday.  Took a trip over to the beach.  My son loves the diversity of our state.  He likes Iowa, but misses our hills and trees.  And the ocean?  Of course...

It was an absolutely beautiful day.  Not a cloud in the sky.  This is the boardwalk in Cambria, California. The sky was so blue!

                         

                                                  

Due to the storms, lots of driftwood.


The all-important family portrait...


My son is so patient when I am on a photo hunt...


Driving around, found another cow from the cow parade.  Love the colors in this one.  It is named Moo-n Drops and Moo-Maids.  LOL



And a picture head-on...isn't this color luscious?


No real knitting or stitching while Baby Boy was here.  Once I finished the scarf that was going home with him, set everything aside to spend time with him.

I know that I will be feeling up in a few days.  I go back to work tomorrow, that will keep my mind occupied.  LOL

A wonderful week to all, be kind to one another.



Wednesday, January 11, 2017

And Still The Rain Keeps Coming...

Happy Wet Wednesday to all the peeps!

We are on on third storm and still hanging in there.  Between Saturday afternoon and this morning, 
6 1/3 inches of rain.   I was really surprised when I checked the rain gauge on Monday morning.  It looked like there was no water...at all!  But as I leaned over, and looked under the fence, I realized that there was no water line because the gauge was filled at 5 inches!!  SURPRISE!  Northern California has taken the brunt of the storms, lots of flooding and damage.  But, we are still doing okay in our area.  The river that runs through town has barely had any winter water for many years.  Today, it's running strong.  In a way, it is a good thing, washing out all the dead bushes and trees in the river bed, creating a healthier environment.  So far, no flooding.  We are lucky that we have one day of rain, then a break, then another day of rain. The water has been able to soak in before the next storm. Please keep the areas that are flooding in your thoughts.

Staying busy with Baby Boy.  We've went out to lunch, hit a lot of the thrift stores, and are looking into semi-matching tattoos.  WHAT?  I know, I know, I'm 56, what am I thinking? When I got my ears double-pierced, my father went ballistic.  Keep in mind that I was almost 30, had been married for 10 years, and had a child!!  I have considered a tattoo for almost 10 years, but could never settle on an appropriate design.  When I was visiting my son in Iowa, I realized that my life was led by one simple rule, be kind.  And, I taught him this same rule...all people are equal, no matter their color, their age, their religion, their gender.  You treat everyone with respect and kindness.  It makes me proud to know that he lives this each and every day.  Sooooo, he has a pattern picked out (he already has several tattoos) and will add the words BE KIND.  I have chosen to have a small bird placed on my ankle, designed by him, with the same words.  It will be visible in the summer when I wear capris, but not when I am wearing my work clothes. I'm brave, but not that brave!  LOL 

So, now that you've picked yourself up off the floor (LOL), let's get to some pictures.  These are two views of the same vine.  I was surprised to find some of these vines still on the wall.  I love the red and green...so pretty! 




My son brought me one of his handmade ceramic bowls.  I was very excited...then asked for five more! They are the perfect size for dessert bowls.  LOL  It is glazed with dark, dark green on the inside, but a special white glaze on the outside.  Very rough and primitive.  His favorite style.  I love it!


And by coincidence, the friend that I made the scarf for, sent me this special candle holder.  Also handmade, but more refined than my son's style.  Same color glazes, filled with a soy candle.  She is very talented. You can see the outside of my bowl in this picture.


I finished "the" scarf!!  I am sending it home with my son...hopefully his friend likes it!  My son said that if she didn't seem excited enough, he'd keep it for himself.  That's my boy!  LOL


I am off to finish my chores...no rest for the wicked...or weary...depends on how my day has gone. LOL Be kind to one another.