Sunday, January 14, 2018


After being mostly at home tending to my flu stricken family, yesterday I got myself out to run a few errands.

Bed, Bath and Beyond.  WITH coupons!  (I ask neighbors for theirs, taken them out of magazines, etc)  I splurged and got myself an extra set of bed linens.  The set was already marked down plus I had two $10 off coupons and three 20% off coupons!  SCORE!

Jesse loves lighting candles in the evening to calm the boys before bedtime ... and freshen the air of sweaty little boy aroma and dog breath.  Some scents were being sold at half price .... plus coupons!  So a typical $22 Yankee Candle was under $9.  It feels good!
Next stop the grocery store, Safeway, because I had more coupons.  At the bottom of each receipt it tells you what percentage you saved ... 25% is my goal.  Yesterday?  50%.

I think many retailers are just trying to get some business after the holiday spending.  Next purchase?  A new big screen TV to replace the 15 year old one in the living room.

To celebrate a day of savings (and give the Chief Cook and Bottlewasher a meal off ... he had boys outside hiking for hours during our 58 degree day!), we brought in Round Table pizza (with a 20% off coupon!)

My kind of Saturday!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


Last night I took my daughter, Kate, to Urgent Care.

After checking all of her vitals, the Dr. took a swab and proclaimed she had the flu ... as well as pneumonia ... and potentially a cracked rib from coughing.  She prescribed tamiflu, antibiotic, inhaler, cough suppressant and ibuprofin for fever reducer.  

Her blood pressure was dangerously LOW as she was not drinking enough.  Just sleeping.  Today we go to have an xray to see about her ribs although nothing much can be done about that. It will also provide a better look at her lungs for the pneumonia.

Unfortunately, I'm glad she was diagnosed with the flu ... it will be easier to get them all in for a flu shot next year.  Now that she feels this bad, she is upset that her kids had to feel this way.  She feels like she is going to die.

Many symptoms to the flu (and not everyone has every one!):

Fever above 100 F (38 C), though not everyone with the flu has a fever
Watery eyes
Sore throat
A runny or stuffy nose
Muscle aches
Stomach pain 

Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea (most common in children)

From what I've read, that's exactly what the flu feels like.  Like you would rather die than feel like that.

Monday, January 8, 2018


Sometimes it's nice to view the world via someone else's perspective.  

Once, during the last three weeks of sickness, I asked Deacon (almost 4) how he was feeling.  He said "very good, Grandma ... then lifted his shirt and said Look, my heart is still beeping".

Just to get them out of the house, we went to a drive through Starbucks and then on to get the car cleaned "Oh yay!  We are going to the car shower!"

I felt the tooth fairy fly by my head last night.

I don't like the name Braeden.  I want to be named Jim.

Today was tough as it is Braeden's first day back at school in over three weeks.  He's 90% better but totally out of the swing of school.  I decided to drive him to school this week so he gets an extra hour of sleep.  After breakfast and getting ready, he burst into tears ... I'm nervous to go back to school, Gramma.  No one is going to remember me.  I can't play football because I haven't used my muscles.  I'm going to miss by brover.  (this same brover who last night he said he wished had never been born!).

Let's hope he makes it through the day!

Monday, January 1, 2018


I owe a few blogs but both boys are in the midst of a very wicked flu.

It started a few days before Christmas when Braeden caught a serious cold.  So sick but his spirits were okay so they went to Christmas Eve on Jesse's side of the family.  Christmas morning younger brother Deacon woke up with the same snotty, coughing cold.  In fact, we almost had to wake them up to open presents.

Somewhere along the line, Braeden became extremely lethargic for two days.  Wouldn't even sit up.  He received two GI Joe guys for Christmas and Dad found some companions on Craigslist about an hours drive from here.  The morning we were to drive down to get them, Braeden started crying that he was too sick to go.  Gramma went and when I brought them home (FOUR guys and lots of clothes and ammo), he couldn't even sit up to look at them.

A few days later, Deacon fell asleep while playing on the living room floor.  They both continue to drink enough and some days they eat well, some days not too much.  And now they actual stomach aches and barfing and of course fevers of 102.

This morning Braeden came knocking ... crying, carrying his barf bucket and asked if he could be in my bed.

And here we are.  Watching Chicken Little (which is nothing like the one we used to read).

More later ...

Saturday, December 23, 2017


My teeth are straightening and my bite is changing.  I'm about halfway through my Invisalign process.

These simple, clear teeth guards are amazing!  The dentist (and the manufacturer and the inventors) suggest keeping them on for 22 hours out of each day.  Well ... this is impossible for me!  You can only drink water while they are in and I have an old lady schedule.

I sip coffee for almost two hours in the morning while I read the online newspaper, email, favorite blogs and Facebook.  In the evening, I have my red wine slowly over another two hours.  The dentist said I "can" drink coffee and red wine with them in my mouth but boy do they get discolored and I am too embarrassed to wear them in front of people.  I tried it with just one set.

So instead of getting new sets to use every two weeks, I wear mine for three weeks.  So the end game is a little further down the road than originally planned.  So far, I think they are really worth it for me!  I'm just in awe of this technology and how well it is working for me.  Sure, there's a bit of time and care involved.  I invested in a special cleaner to scrub mine with just to get that dog-attracting odor off after having spent the night in my mouth.  (Toothpaste just wasn't doing it!)  I brush my teeth more frequently and I decided to have my teeth professionally cleaned every three months rather than every six.

Those Stanford college students perfected an awesome idea!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

HURRY UP! And wait ....

A friend of mine here at the condos recently retired (Oct).  Now she is doing small consulting jobs and had to buy her first computer.  Thankfully, she got an Apple so I can help her if she needs it.

Unfortunately, hers is using the most up-to-date operating system as well as the latest software.  When I would look at her screen everything was just a bit different than mine.  So I finally bit the bullet and updated mine.  I skipped the last three operating system because it's irritating to have to learn new things just to do something you already knew how to do.

First of all ... it took almost an HOUR to load and install High Sierra.  I did got a lot of Christmas wrapping done.  Then I had to delete my Pages and Numbers software and install the newest versions (no charge any more for updates!)

For the past two afternoons we have met in our little library where she had great practical questions ... and I figured out HOW to do the things she wanted.  Then we work on the 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle that actually has 5 million pieces, each the size of a dime, and half of the perimeter pieces are missing.  Well ... that's OUR story.  We really have two 1,000 piece puzzles going.  It's great to chat and puzzle and put the mind in park for a while.

I went to my photo library to do Wordless Wednesday ... but IT has to update as well!  So far, nothing has changed in Blogger!