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Saturday, October 17, 2020

Sunday Stealing-Peachristy

Welcome to Sunday Stealing. This feature originated and published on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. (Past hosts include: Our first - Judd Corizan, Mr. L, Kwizgiver and Bud) Cheers to all of us thieves!



Stolen from Peachristy

1. What kinds of things do you like to write?
Journals, blogs. I wish I could write my own poetry. My son is a very prolific poetry writer, but I’m the only person who has the patience to “decode” his writing. If I spend the time to really look at what he’s written I can edit it, and it’s beautiful. I always ask my son to review my edits to insure I got it right.

2. What is your favorite genre of movie?
Romantic Comedy. 

3. Your favorite song?
I don’t know that I have a favorite, there are so many I like. Bohemian Rhapsody is one of many favorites. It’s my son’s favorite and I get a kick out of getting him to join me in our version of carpool karaoke.

4. During what situation do your eyes shine the brightest?
Probably seeing my kids happy.

5. Summer or Winter?
Winter. I don’t like the heat.

6. What do you do when you are angry?
Stew. And grumble. Like I am right now.

7, Sleep with lights on or off?
Either. I prefer the lights off to keep the electric bill down, but I have difficulty falling asleep. If I manage to fall asleep with the lights on, I just turn them off when I get up for the bathroom.

8. Are you ok with eating alone in a restaurant?
I am. Of course not now during the pandemic. I don’t think I’ll feel comfortable dining inside at a restaurant for quite some time. When I was single, before kids, I dined out by myself all the time. I moved to Chicago not knowing anyone, so it was either dine out or get carry out, and staying in a 1 bedroom apartment all the time wouldn’t be a good thing.

9. Texting or calling?
Depends on who I’m contacting.

10. What’s your favorite thing about yourself?
My sense of humor.

11. How do you act when you’re scared?
Anxious. Heart beating in my ears.

12. When you look at the sky do you first look at the moon, or the stars?
Whichever I notice first. Where I live it’s quite easy to see the stars at night.

13. Do you approach strangers when you are lost?
No. Just because I recall my first job working at a gas station in the late ‘70’s, early ‘80’s. I inadvertently gave wrong directions and it wouldn’t occur to me until the person had driven off. I never purposely did it. I’d rather rely on my Navi in my Buick, or look it up in my phone. 

14. Tea or Coffee?
Coffee. Folger’s 1850. One of the light roasts. Only the 1850, not regular Folger’s. I started drinking coffee at 22 years old when my Mom passed away suddenly. I didn’t sleep for days and I had quite a bit of coffee that week. I just took up drinking coffee regularly after that. My Mom always said ‘coffee is for grownups’, so I figured since my Mom passed away I needed to be a grownup.

15. With sugar? Milk? Lemon? Anything else?
Black, unless I’m away from home and the coffee is too strong, then 1/2 and 1/2.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Day 201 of Sheltering In

Wednesday. Podiatrist appointment was fairly quick. The doctor had to chit chat for awhile, ask how my daughter is (she also sees him). He caught me off guard when he came in. He reached out to fist bump my hand. Pre-coronavirus visits he always shook hand when he came in to the exam room. I wore Nitrile gloves, so I fist bumped him. I’m kind of paranoid about doctor offices, so I wear the Nitrile gloves just for those visits. Yes, I disposed of them in the trash can just outside the entrance when I left.

We did a little grocery shopping after, then CVS, then home. Such exciting lives we lead!

Big surprise! No moving out appliances tomorrow. My brother-in-law couldn’t get ahold of his buddy to help him. This really chaps my hide that this can’t get done Thursday. He claims the appliances are too heavy to move them alone. If my back and shoulders were well, I’d have had the darn things out of my basement months ago. I keep telling my wife that you let gravity or inertia do the work (is that the right word?). Set a blanket or rug in place on the stairs, then tilt the appliance so it’s lying on the stairs. Then you push. Pushing is much easier than lifting. You can have 2 people pushing from the bottom. This works. I moved twice without any movers. I moved a huge window air conditioner up 3 flights of stairs, by myself using this method, when I lived on the 3rd floor (no elevator) near Wrigley. Can’t tell either one of them how to do this. If those flipping things don’t get out of my basement, I am not calling for a furnace service call. And, I am not using those electric oil filled radiators again. My electric bill for the winter months was over $2,200. It was usually around $190-225/month. That over $2,200 is the total which includes the electric bill for the lights, appliances, etc. I can’t run up a bill like that again. Grrrrrrr! I am so angry right now because these dead appliances can’t be taken out Thursday. So my brother-in-law is coming over to mow the lawn. That means the front lawn, cuz that’s what he always does. I don’t like the way he mows it. The blade has to be lower. With the way he mows it, if it rains after he mows it, it will look like it wasn’t mowed a couple days later.  I talked to my neighbor after he got my generator working, about seeing if the craftsman rider was ok, or if my wife blew the transmission. If it’s ok, I want it put in my Troy Built Pony rider. They are both Briggs & Stratton motors. If it’s not ok then give me the details and I will search the Internet for the best price and see how that compares to the price where he would get it. The Pony is like brand new, but I had the engine seize the last time I used it, when I ran over storm debris that I didn’t see. That was 2007 after the tornado. My neighbor is back to avoiding me. Maybe he just doesn’t like me? I don’t care, I need a rider in working order and I’m not buying another one. We do need a rider, with the front yard, side yard, and backyard it’s quite a bit to mow. My brother-in-law uses a walk behind mower and it takes him over 5 hours to mow the front and side yards. That doesn’t include the backyard. Ok, go ahead, ask me. Why does it take that long? Because he has to keep mowing over the same areas. It’s not like he’s mowing a pattern like a baseball field, he’s just mowing vertical rows.🤷🏻‍♀️

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Day 198, 199, 200 of Sheltering In

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday. Sunday was a typical Sunday. Watch QVC (buy nothing!), record da Bears game and watch it about an hour in so we can fast forward through commercials and the 1/2 time talking heads.

Monday my daughter’s day program (which she had not been attending due to asthma and other underlying conditions), closed again. Rumor has it that 2 or 3 clients have the coronavirus. Friday’s Facebook update stated 2 clients that live in the community (not in a group home) have the coronavirus. So that’s 4 or 5 as of Monday. Coronavirus virus tests for all now. My daughter has her test on Wednesday.

Tuesday my wife reached her brother about coming over with a buddy to remove all the dead appliances from the basement flooding. They’ll be taken to the scrapyard for recycling and I’ll probably get $5 for it all. They really don’t pay much, but since they do recycle them, it’s the best option. They are supposed to be here Thursday with my father in law’s pickup truck. I’m sure it’s too late for the used washer and dryer I found. They were smaller than what I typically buy, but small units are better than none.

My daughter had a televisit with the gynecologist in Chicago. (Thank goodness it was a televisit, because the group home transportation won’t take her that far, so it’s on us to drive her.)  This doctor and the one in J town have been arguing about whether surgery is necessary to remove the cyst on her ovary. J town doctor insists she needs surgery, but he won’t do it. Chicago doctor says surgery is not necessary at the present time because in the over 2 years she has seen this doctor the cyst has remained the same size, 2cm. Chicago doctor doesn’t remove them unless they are over 5cm and she takes into account the patient’s age because the surgery can have complications, that could require a partial or full hysterectomy. Because my daughter is still in her “childbearing years”, the cyst has remained stable, and my daughter has no symptoms, the doctor will continue the hormones and schedule ultrasounds on a regular basis to watch for changes. Woot! Woot! No surgery! No ruminating about being sent to a nursing home to recover (cuz that’s what they do.)

Now that there is no surgery needed, my daughter immediately asked about a home visit. She’s got to get tested for COVID-19 and get a negative test result first, especially since there have been more coronavirus cases. Her brother also has to prep her room for us to replace her full bed with the twin we bought. He continues to procrastinate. I think it’s time to have his sister “encourage” him to get it done, because he is not listening to us. You would think he would have gotten it done already since my daughter hasn’t been on a home visit in 200 days. 

I refuse to do the prep work because I can’t have all the progress I’ve made in PT ruined by aggravating or injuring myself. I did have an orthopedic doctor appointment Tuesday, but they canceled again, saying some emergency, and couldn’t reschedule til near the end of the month. I am out of PT days, so I have to wait until that appointment to start the approval process all over again. Good news though, I got my bill straightened out for PT, and for my PCP bill too. I got sent bills for almost $500 (which I do not owe, they aren’t billing properly), I call, get put on hold, ‘oh, your balance is zero.’ Mmm hmm. I had 3 months of bills showing increasing balances and because I called they all of a sudden fix it. Whateves. I’m just glad the call went smoothly and I got the appropriate outcome.

Off to the podiatrist on Wednesday. It’s been way too long.

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Saturday, October 3, 2020

Sunday Stealing-Funny Questions

Now for Sunday Stealing:
Hi! Your host is host Bev Sykes of the blog "Funny the World". . Welcome to Sunday Stealing. This feature originated and published on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. Cheers to all of us thieves!

Stolen from Funny Questions

1. If You Could Use A Time Machine To Go Back In Time To Fix One Thing Or Go To The Future To See What It Is Like Which Would You Do?

I would go back and get divorced right after my son was born. 

2. If All Of A Sudden There Was A Depression Or There Were No Stores To Buy Food, Clothing, Etc. How Would You Manage?

I’d be a’right. I’d have to start my garden earlier in 2021 and water and feed to have a successful garden. 2020’s garden was terrible. I have about a dozen green tomatoes that will likely go bad and not ripen, leaving me with zero produce from my garden this year.

3. Are You Concerned With What Other People Think About You?

Not so much.

4. How Do You Handle People You Don’t Like? 

If I can’t avoid them, I’d KTWK. (Kill them with kindness.) 

5. What Do You Think Of Garden Gnomes? 

Love them! I have one that I take out at Christmas. He guards the tree and the nativity from our cats. All he really does is slow them down. Lol!

6. You’ve Been Given An Elephant. You Can’t Give It Away Or Sell It. What Would You Do With The Elephant?

I would create a business, obtain liability insurance, buy land and create an appropriate area for the elephant to live and give rides. I would sell elephant rides and use the money to pay for people to take care of the elephant and it’s habitat. Yes, liability insurance. It would absolutely be needed in case anyone was injured riding the elephant.

7. How Would You Design A Spice Rack For The Blind? 

Hire a designer.

8. How Lucky Are You And Why?

I’m one dollah lucky. I play the lottery and win $1. 

9. What’s your biggest kitchen fail? 

Not getting rid of the parquet floors and replacing with something else when I could have diy’d it before my car accident. I really don’t like parquet floors. Mine are also too dark and don’t go well with my light oak cabinets.

10. What’s the most embarrassing thing that happened to you in school?

The face plant I did the first day (and last day) I wore clogs to school. (It was the 70’s. Clogs were the new “in” thing after platform shoes went “out”.)

11. If you could kill off any character from a current television show, who would it be?

I can’t think of any “current” television shows. 

12 . If you could make a rule for a day and everyone had to follow it, what would it be?  

Be kind. For realz! Everyone’s life is affected by the coronavirus. We’re all on edge (even if we would never admit it). Some of us have lost loved ones and people dear to us. There may even be some of us who have not hugged or received a hug in many months. It wouldn’t kill you to smile and wave at the driver of the car that let you merge, or wave back to the driver that waves at you as you walk your dog or do your power walk. 

13. Would you rather be a hobbit or an elf for 24 hours? 


14. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

Move to IL not knowing a single person. I didn’t move for my job at the time, I just wanted to move. I’ve been here 32 years. 

15. Would your rather shoot spaghetti out of your fingers or sneeze meatballs? 

I don’t know what purpose either would serve, but sneezing meatballs sounds painful.

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Day 195, 196, 197 of Sheltering In

Thursday, Friday, Saturday. I missed 2 days of PT this week due to back pain. Friday my wife and I were running around doing errands for her Mom’s friend. I also did a short grocery shopping trip for us, and bought an anniversary gift for my wife. Our 5th wedding anniversary is October 3rd. I created my own card as I usually do. It’s pretty cheesy, but more economical since I already have the materials. Did a really quick run to drop off meds, treats, and a magazine to my daughter. It was raining so we couldn’t visit since visits are only allowed outside, socially distanced and masks worn. 

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Day 194 of Sheltering In

Wednesday. A friend of my wife’s that just bought a house came over because she was in the area. We gave her da Bears sign I had made for her by a guy in J town. She is a big Bears fan. I killed it! She LOVED the sign and couldn’t stop talking about how her boyfriend who is not a Bears fan will just have to chill cuz she’s putting it in a prominent spot in her new home. This is the sign:
Makes me want to get one for myself.

After she left it was time to leave for PT. Before I left, my wife asked if we were going to her dad’s on Saturday to do laundry. Ahh, Saturday is our wedding anniversary. My wife said ‘No it’s not, it’s the 5th. My son backed up and said ‘whoa, no it’s the 3rd’ and was laughing his butt off because she got it wrong. Funny, NOT funny. She kept insisting it was the 5th. On that note, I left for PT. I never answered her about laundry. It is our 5th wedding anniversary, but it’s October 3rd.

I went to PT. N asked me if I saw the debate. K was working on my R shoulder and heard him. She said she watched part. I watched about 10 minutes. Then N went on and on about it. Then a client who is usually there when I’m there chimed in. Fortunately we all had a peaceful conversation. Nuff said about that.

After PT we stopped at Target, then Speedway. I got home and found that my shed was broken into. It didn’t look like anything was stolen, but they did breach the hasp and damaged the cross members. They weren’t in great shape in the first place, but now it looks like I’m going to have to replace the doors. More things I don’t have money for. Not happy. My wife did whatever to reattach the hasp and secure it. I went upstairs with ice packs.

In other news the prescription strength NSAID that our dr prescribed for my daughter’s migraines is causing slurred speech and excessive drowsiness. She won’t be taking it anymore. Dr wants her to have her psychiatrist up her meds. One of the meds is supposed to prevent or lessen Tardive Dyskinesia. She was told the slurred speech was Tardive Dyskinesia. She took 1 pill Monday night and 1 Tuesday morning. Not good. My daughter has had Tardive Dyskinesia in other forms in the past from other medications. She’s had uncontrollable mouth and tongue movements, repetitive hand movements, and one other that I can’t think of. In the past the Tardive Dyskinesia stopped after the medication was stopped. Tardive Dyskinesia can be permanent, even when the medication has been stopped. I’m praying that this side effect stops very soon. 

Supposedly the main office will have a check for me to pick up by the end of the week. I got my daughter a duffle bag to replace the one that got eaten by mice. I saw a bunch at Ross and picked out a $220 large Columbia duffle bag. I didn’t pay that, I paid $24.99+ tax. If you’re looking for duffle bags, backpacks, or athletic/leisure wear, Ross is the place to go. Adidas, Nike, Under Armor, Puma, Columbia and they get new stock in daily.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Day 193 of Sheltering In

Tuesday. I won’t be getting that used washer and dryer because my brother in law who hasn’t been working is suddenly working every day including Sunday, while my father in law’s truck sits in his driveway. No, I can’t afford to rent a van or rental truck. It’s been a year. I am not a happy camper and I’m sick and tired of going to the laundromat or going to my father in law’s and spending a very long day there because their dryer is a much smaller capacity than the washer. The first couple Saturdays we came home with damp clothes because of this.

We went to Best Buy, they would only do 1 phone per appointment so we had to make an appointment for my son’s phone for Friday. Also, my wife’s hotspot did not  transfer to the new phone so we will have that to deal with on Friday too. 

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