Friday, January 18, 2019

Flashback Friday: Pampered Chef and Monster Trucks!

Jan 1999:
The snow stayed with us for a while, and while we were still at the in-law's house, I managed to call T, who admitted he nearly called me the previous day.  When I revealed I was only thirty minutes away, we tentatively made plans for later in the month.

The monster truck show came to Indy, and it happened to fall the same day as a Pampered Chef party.  I decided to take my daughter, while D and K went to Indy.  I was secretly thrilled; our plans would overlap.  I called T, and he said he could come up to see me.

At the PC show, I discovered I loved the Chicken-Broccoli braid, and scheduled a party to host myself.  S and I drove home, and she promptly went across the street to play.  I set out some snacks, and prepared for my friend to show up.  Two hours later, I called his cell; he'd gotten delayed, and wouldn't be there for another 90 minutes.

I called across the street and asked if S could stay longer; she said sure.

T finally arrived, and could only stay a few minutes.  I was irritated by the miscommunication; he was snappy, but had an enjoyable visit, however short.  S arrived home and went to her room; I said goodbye to T, then proceeded to enjoy the rest of the wine.  An acquaintance happened to call, someone I really didn't want to talk to, but the wine opened up my tongue, and I told her in no uncertain terms, what she needed to do with her abusive ass of a spouse.  I think she was either stunned, or I'd told her (finally) what she didn't want to hear, for she never called me again!  I did hear, through a mutual friend, that she did eventually get out of the relationship, but since she was three states away, I couldn't simply go help her get away.  She never spoke to me again, and our mutual friend eventually cut off contact also, since her new relationship was worse than the first, and we were both tired of hearing her whine about her circumstances, rather than to change them.

Next Month:  Valentine's Day

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Present Day:
Our new roof is here!  Materials arrived on Tuesday, and we're waiting for the weather to settle down so the crew can get it installed.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Flashback Friday: Lesson Learned!

Jan 1989:
I was beginning to get discouraged about my relationship with DB.  For one thing, he began calling me when he and his buddies would be drinking, and I got tired of hearing the 'F' word coming out of his mouth every other word.  I also grew tired of his growing 'clinginess', so I made the decision to break up with him.

I did it in person, then admittedly went to his mom and told her, and we both broke down in tears.  I picked up everything I'd left at their house, and drove back to campus.

I also learned a valuable lesson the following week:  Men can smell desperation, and attention will find you when you're not looking for it.

Case In Point:  Two days after breaking it off, I went to a bar in the daytime, with my roomie, who was there to meet someone from one of her classes.  I sat at the bar drinking water, and two guys tried to buy me drinks.  I was neither interested in having a drink that early in the afternoon, nor was I thinking about a possible new relationship, so I said 'no thank you.'  Three nights later, however, my roomie and I dressed up and went to a local nightclub for quarter beer night.  Not one single guy asked me to dance or offered to buy me a drink.  I was floored....but then realized I probably looked 'too obvious'.

At any rate, DB continued to call me and 'whine' about our breakup, and since I was tired of it, and the fact no one seemed to be interested in me, I took him back

Big Mistake.

I think it was also about this time I rekindled my friendship with JF, which ultimately led to disaster.

Next Month:  Valentine's Day Failure Due To My Big Mouth

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Present Day:
We will have a new roof hopefully next week!  Halleluia!!!!  Now, we just have to pay for it.  Oh winning lottery ticket, where are you?

I'm also going to Evansville tomorrow, to attend a grant application workshop, weather permitting. We're supposed to get anywhere from 3-7 inches of snow; here's hoping it tracks to the north and misses us?!?!?!?!?!?

At any rate, we're down to one gallon of milk and one loaf of bread, so heading out early to the store (pre-posting this Thursday night).

Friday, January 4, 2019

Flashback Friday: Consequences From Blizzard '78

Jan 1979:
Two things happened when we returned from Christmas Break:
1)  I discovered that since I was now 13, I had to compete in a different age bracket.  I was waaaay out of my league!
2)  Snow Day Packets were handed out, since we missed so much school due to the Blizzard of '78.

I didn't mind the assignments for English, Choir, or even Home Ec, since I could knock out a journal entry in no time; I would make lunch for my sister and I, since Mom worked for the Lafayette School Corp, and they *never* got snowed out.  (They did last year, since Mom couldn't get out of the driveway!)  Music was also easy, since we just had to watch a TV program and write down the name of who wrote the theme music (remember those?).  PE was okay, since it involved doing some sort of exercise, and shoveling snow counted.  But Science and Social Studies?  Ugh.  I don't even remember what the assignment was; I think for SS I had to watch the news or read the newspaper, and write a short essay.  Ugh.  Who cared?  I was 13!

I was taking PE the 2nd semester, and I hated it.  I didn't have any friends in that class, so when we were told to choose a locker partner, the only two girls left were myself and Darlene Bradshaw, who was in a wheelchair.  Little did I know D and I would go on to become best buddies!  So I had a locker to myself, since D didn't have to dress for PE.  I hated our first unit, basketball.  I didn't like sports at the time, and could have really cared less about how to play it.

I was still the focus of some ridicule, since I was still going with SH. 

Next  Month:  Being 'Ankled' for V-Day!

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Present Day:
Holidays are winding down; getting ready to de-decorate the house this weekend.  I received some shocking news last Sat; karaoke has been limited to every other week, so unless I'm allowed to drive to Olney the other two weekends, I won't be going as fast through my list as previous years.  Plus, there's a rumor going around the owners haven't paid the taxes, and they might have to close the place.  The reason I've not seen a few of the Alternative Regulars there?  Apparently someone has expressed displeasure of their patronage.  Who in their right minds chases away paying customers?  Not wanting to bake a special cake is one thing.  But getting a drink?  Singing a song?  Well, okay....ONE person changing a song to suit their lifestyle....yeah, it gets old fast.  I would just go to the bathroom or take out my hearing aids, just like I do when other 'tired' songs are sung, or my ears can't take any more torture.

Update On Mom:
She's doing well in the rehab facility, spending 20 mins a day on the stationary bike and walking longer lengths every day!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Here's To 2019! #HappyNewYear

Welcome to a brand new year!  How did I do on last year's goals?
-Write #5 of The Chosen  Not even close.  DID write a time-travel and start 2 more stories in this series!
-Promote Whispers Anthology Yes!
-Limit my craft fairs and set up only at:  Doesn't look as though I 'limited' very much, ha ha!
     -Author's Fair in April (sold 4!), in addition to a local event (cancelled), Dale Library (0)
     -May:  1st Friday (sold 8!) AND Opening weekend of Farmer's Market (sold 6!)
     -June:  1st Friday (sold 2?), PrideFest (sold 4!), Celebration On Main ( 4) and Corning Irish Festival (5)
     -July:  1st Friday Went to InConJunction instead, with publisher (8)  Also did Lafayette Mosey (9) and Gallery Walk (6)
     -Aug:  Watermelon Festival (2) and GenCon (IF we get approved) Nope.  Did the Mosey (2)
     -Sept:  1st Friday (rain out) maybe Paletine's event nope; ISUCon (8), Eminence Harvest Festival (4), and the Evansville Fairgrounds event.(9)
     -Oct:  Imaginarium (1), plus Collections Carnival Craft Fair (7)
     -Nov:  Indy Christmas Show (16), maybe the Christmas Stroll No; opted for Rivet Craft Show (15!)  This year, I was exhausted and skipped it.
     -Dec:  WCC Craft Fair (8) and Art Walk (4)
Gah....did I really do 23 events this year?  No WONDER sales were good!  (See below)
-Finish Heart Song Not even close
-Set up a few local signings at our coffee shop/brewery Nope
-Get our Green House torn down (not yet), and the Brown House emptied (getting closer!).  I've decided to move my office into the Brown House (provided the spouse approves!).
-Continue participation in the MFRW Blog Challenge 2018.  Kenzie had a good time, so maybe I'll do it this year??  Or switch off every week?  Month?? Moved it to the Wordpress site, so I didn't have to keep logging in and out!
-Lose 5 lbs each month.  If I succeed, I'll be down to 200 lbs by this time next year.  Starting weight:  232 Went the wrong way....240.  I blame the many weeks with the parents!

How About Those December Goals?
Do well at Washington Christian Center Holiday Vendor Fair  Sold 8:)
Do well at 1st Friday Art Walk  Sold 4, bringing my monthly total to 12, and the yearly one to....145!  WOW!
Lose 5 lbs (starting 241) Managed to lose ONE pound!  Even after the holidays!
Bake cookies
     12/3:  4.5 Doz Choc. Chip. 3 doz Winter Chip, 4.5 M&M
     12/4:  3.5 Doz Oatmeal Raisin, 3 doz Maple Chip
Bake cookies at Mom's Nope; plans changed.
Send packages to Japan and Canada 12/20:  Got some put together!
Get my mother up and walking each day I'm there Nope; plans changed
Celebrate K's 27th birthday (check!  Fixed him a large T-bone steak!) and my 53rd (check!  Dad took me to Red Lobster, and watched the Survivor finale LIVE!)
Finish buying Christmas Gifts Daughter took care of this, though there is still one more gift to be bought!
Write Holiday letter (Check!) and send out Christmas Cards Had Mom's ready to send out on the 24th!
Get closer, if not finish, Hair Affair Added a few hundred words...
Mail packages to Harlie and JDC Not yet
Have a wonderful Christmas (Check!) and New Year's Eve (check!)

New Year, New Goals:
-Write RiKar's Redemption (The Chosen #5)
-Finish/add words to Heart Song
-Finish/submit Time Travel Trilogy
-Finish Paranormal Preacher
-Write new Bad Decisions story
-Mail Christmas cards and packages
-Hand-sell 150 Books (last year's record 145)
-Pull titles from KU and learn D2D, plus maybe Audible?
-Buy Inventory and vertical banner
-Pay cover artist for CR
-Promote Catered Romance and have successful launch
-Set up at:
   -April:  Kentuckiana Book Fair, Dale Library; attend writer's conference in Nashville, In
   -May:  Art Walk, Farmer's Market
   -June:  Art Walk, Celebration On Main, Corning Irish Festival, PrideFest
   -July:  InConJunction or Art Walk, Mosey Down Main, Gallery Walk
   -Aug:  Watermelon Fest, Royal Readers at Mall of America (17th) Pd!, ISUCon or Palestine
   -Sept:  ISUCon, Eminence Harvest Fest, Art Walk, Cil-Con,Vanderburgh FG, Saints and Sinners Indy Author Fair (Pd last year??)
   -Oct:  Imaginarium, Carnivals Crafters Fair
   -Nov:  ICGAHS ($100 deposit pd), Rivet, Art Walk,
   -Dec:  WCC, Art Walk
-Put new roof on the house
-Enjoy 35th Class Reunion
-Finish cleaning out Green House and get it torn down
-Finish clearing out Brown House front room and start rearranging.  Also, turn on electricity.
-Participation In MFRW Blog Challenge Check:)
-Lose 5 pounds per month (Starting weight:  240)
-Get Mom back on her feet and finish decluttering house
-Set up signing at local coffee shop/brewery/library??
-Watch SE 7 of GOT, plus keep up with shows online
-Reading Goal:  200 books, including all of the GOT titles.
-Karaoke Goal:  Thurs:  Get through the W titles.  
                                 Sat:  Get through the R titles

January Reading Schedule
Print:
Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good-Jan Karon Good!
Yours To Love-Cathy Jackson DNF
A Dance With Dragons-GRRM
The Biggest Lie In Christianity-Matthew Kelly Rather a 'duh' moment...common sense.
Crazy Rich Asians-Kevin Kwan DRR!  LOVED this, and want to see the movie plus read the other two in this awesome series!
The Best Advice I Ever Heard (Chix SFTS)-Various authors, even Susan Walker! Excellent!  DRR!  Some the stories moved me to tears; Hit By Lightening and Type Casting.
The Last Disciple (play)-Tracy Rosa Good!
Dr. Poo (comic book:  Spoof of Dr. Who)-John Graham
First Comes Love-Emily Giffin Not my favorite of her books, but still good.  Loved the dynamics between the sisters!
Small Great Things-Jodi Picoult  This was a hard book to read, since it forced me to confront the hidden racism in myself.  In Ruth's POV, I realized I have a subtle issue.  In Turk's POV, some of the things expressed were really tough to read, since I disagree with the majority of what he stands for, yet realize some of those same sentiments in my spouse and older kids.  I saw a lot of myself in Kennedy, and one of her final chapters was a huge eye-opener.  RR, but only for the very brave.

E-books:
Sealed With A Kiss-Mysti Parker Loved this!  DRR!
Her Snow White Christmas-Cara Marsi Fun read!  Thinking I want to read the other two now:)
The Party Plan-Melanie Jayne DNF I think reading two books with 'Avery' as the heroine threw me off.
The Plunge-Edward Schneider  DNF  Not sure where I got this, but it was too confusing with all the inner dialogue, plus how the heroine 'speaks' to her microchip AI??
Skater's Waltz-Peggy Jaegger  RR!  I figured out who the villain was, but not the other one!  Very good story!
Sabrina's Vampire-AK Michaels Interesting story; not sure what prompted me to buy it, unless it was a free download.  Started skimming around Ch. 4.
The Apothacary's Assistant-Sandra Sookoo DNF
Hockey Holidays-Jean Joachim, VL Locey, et al
      -A Second Shot (Shannon Stacey) Okay; skimmed most of it
      -Christmas Crosscheck (Jaymee Jacobs) Good story!  Wasn't happy about the 'surprise' at the end
      -Wolfe Brothers Christmas (Jami Davenport) Very good!
      -The Playboy (Stephanie Julian) Good:)
      -Dmitri's Christmas Angel (Kat Mizera) Skimmed...
      -A Star-Crossed Christmas (V.L. Locey)
      -Red-Hot Trouble (Lily Harlem)
      -Dallas Christmas (RJ Scott)
      -Icing Isn't Only For Cookies (Melody Heck-Gatto)
      -The Final Slapshot (Jean Joachim)
      -Christmas Interference (Lisa B Kamps)
      -Holding On Tight (Susan Scott Shelley)
      -His Christmas Cinderella (Kate Willoughby)
      -All I Want (Stephanie Kay)
      -Lucky Holiday (Jennifer Lazaris) 
      -Her Best Worst Boyfriend (Melanie Ting)
      -The Devoted Father and the Introvert (Mary Smith)
      -How We Fell In Love (Toni Aleo)
Santa's Surprise-Jean Joachim
Jesse's List- Mysti Parker
Unpredictable Heart-JJ
Mike and Heather-JJ


Karaoke List:
Thurs:
Wishin and Hopin-Dusty Springfield Nailed it:)
Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You-Glenn Mederios Ugh....too low!
Wishing Well-Terance Trent Darby WAAY too low!
Witch Doctor-David Seville Wasn't too awful, but still....probably only time I'll do this one!
Now and Forever-Air Supply Did well!  Was very surprised he had it!
Witchcraft-Frank Sinatra Bleh....was all over the place, key/pitch-wise.
Close My Eyes Forever-Ozzy Osborn/Lita Ford We did fairly well:)
Witchy Woman-Eagles Did well:)
Nowhere To Go-Melissa Etheridge Nailed it, even though it left out the 2nd verse
Breakaway-Kelly Clarkson Voice was a little scratchy, but otherwise good:)
Call Me When You're Sober-Evanescence Crowd pleaser!

With a little luck-Wings
On The Turning Away-Pink Floyd
With Arms Wide Open-Creed
Calling All Angels-Train

Sat:
Discovered Bottom's Up is only hosting karaoke every other week from now on, unless otherwise notified....my entire table of friends is NOT happy!
Rhinestone Cowboy-Glenn Campbell Not too bad, even though I kept switching octaves...
Rhythm of the Night-Debarge Again, not too bad...
Ride Like the Wind-Christopher Cross Did well!  Probably best of the night!
Right Down The Line-Gerry Rafferty  Made it through, even though it was slightly low.

Right Here, Right Now-Jesus Jones
Right Here Waiting-Richard Marxx
Right Time of the Night-Jennifer Warnes
Rikki Don't Lose that Number-Steely Dan





Monday, December 31, 2018

End-of-the-Year Recap

2018 was a strange year.

Jan:  
While having our family Christmas with my parents, Dad revealed he had an aneurism in behind both knees, but only one needed surgery, and asked if I would be willing to come help out for a week or two.  Of course I said yes.

Teen ended up having three root canals and three crowns on his teeth, since he hadn't been brushing.  Life lesson...

Temps were chilly and snowy, so didn't go to karaoke a great deal.

Feb:
Eagles beat Patriots in Super Bowl 52!!  Brady and my daughter both stunned speechless.  I went to Mom's, only to to discover Dad's surgery is scheduled March 14th.  I drive truck home, so he doesn't have to drive back and forth.  Began playing Words With Friends....hate it!  Enjoyed the South Korean Winter Olympic Games!

March:
Took Dad to the hospital; picked him up the next day and drove him home.  Left later that day and drove first to BWW to watch one game of March Madness, then to Mel B's house, to spend the night.  Watched the 2nd game on the laptop, then she and I drove to Nashville, TN and spent the day with the SCP authors.  Was mildly irritated on the drive home, since Siri took us a different way, and MB continued to follow her even when we could see I-64!  WTH???  Spent the night with her, then got up early, bought a St. Paddy's Day T-shirt at the Washington Walmart, and drove to Indy for the Wanderlust Book Signing.  Dad was cleared to drive the following week, but discovered he was on a 10lb lifting restriction.

Also had a very uncomfortable meal at Outback for Teen's birthday....we really screwed up the seating arrangement!  S and I were also able to see the 3rd movie based on 'That Book'.  Went to PurdueCon and hung out with fellow author Brian K. Morris, plus discovered he was planning to attend Imaginarium:)

April:
Villanova won March Madness!  I went home after Easter, and we joked....Christ died....APRIL FOOL!, since Easter was on April 1st!  The temps were good, so we opened up the brown house and finished scraping up the carpet in the front bedroom, then unloaded our storage unit into it.  Goodbye storage and hello an additional $80 in the budget:)  Enjoyed the Kentucky Book Signing and was thrilled to be invited back the the Dale Library!  Sold 4 at KY and 1 at Dale, but the library had bought a copy of Crossroads.

May:
I sold an unprecedented 8 books at the 1st Art Walk, and was asked to watch the gallery while the owners were on vacation in June.  I was thrilled!  Then turned around and sold 6 at the Farmer's Market:)  Tried having a yard sale, but only made $2.  Will Power won the Indy 500!

June:
We celebrated Miss Alex's 6th birthday in Nashville, In, and eating at Cracker Barrel in Bloomington.  My mom fell June 1st, and was unable to walk; due to my commitment of watching the gallery, I was unable to go up until the last week in June.  Sold 4 at the Art Walk; 4 at PrideFest, and 5 at Corning Irish Festival:)  BC Brown was in Louisville for a Women's Conference, so I was able to hitch a ride with her family and spend a day with her:)

July:
My publisher paid to have a table at InConJunction, so I got a free pass and only had to pay for my lodging!  Ended up selling 8!  Mom's condition continued to stump her doctors.  I set up at the Mosey and sold 9 books, which thrilled me to no end, so I decided to try the Gallery Walk, and sold 6 at that event:)  Went to the 4-H fair with BFF Angela.  MDQ became a mommy on July 14th, and Phoenix 'Master P' apparently had a stroke, and was in the NICU for a week.  I was able to hold his tiny feet, and a week later, when he was home, finally held him.

Aug:
Drove Mom down to Vincennes for the Watermelon Festival, but it was so hot, Dad didn't bring her down.  I had a discouraging time, only selling 2 books, and at the last minute.  Mom's cardiologist got her signed up for PT, as well a set up an MRI for her, to see if we could get some answers.  The Petersburg event was a bust, and I only sold 2 at the Mosey.

Sept:
Set up at ISUCon, and sold 8 during the 3 day event!  Took Teen with me on final day, and he enjoyed himself, even joining the Magic The Gathering club at school.  Sold 9 at the Vanderburgh Fairgrounds event and 4 at Eminence:)  We also got a shock:  Fr. Dave was accused of being 'inappropriate' with a woman 'decades' ago, and was placed on administrative leave.

Oct:
Took the Teen with me to the Imaginarium Convention, but he chose to spend the majority of his time in the hotel pool, rather than the game room.  Only sold 1 book, but my cover artist received a HUGE compliment from a professional photographer!  Sold 7 at the Collections Carnival Craft fair, AND finally launched Whispers into the world.....even though the books didn't arrive until after the launch party.  Went as Little Red Riding Hood for the Karaoke Halloween party.

Nov:
Had my ankle evaluated, and I have a bone spur that grew UP instead of OUT, and is pressing on my Achilles' tendon.  In an air brace for the next 6 weeks.  Did well at the Indy Christmas Toy and Hobby show, selling another 16 books, and receiving my cover for next year's Catered Romance release.  Sold 5 at the Art Walk, and then an unprecedented 15 at the Rivet Craft Fair!  Had a relaxing Thanksgiving at home.  BFF KC lost her father, so I rented a car and drove up with EYS for the funeral.

Dec:
Mom ended up being hospitalized for severe pain in her left leg; turned out her coumidin level was out of whack, and was sent to the Cumberland Rehab center on the 14th.  I spent a week with her, then came home.  We're not sure how long she'll be there; it could be January, or March.  Sold 8 at the Washington Christian Craft Fair, then another 4 at the Art Walk.  My total for the year?  145, as opposed to last year's 77!  Spent my birthday with Mom and Dad, with Dad taking me to Red Lobster, then relaxing in front of the TV watching the Survivor finale.

So what will 2019 have in store for us?  Who knows?  It depends on my mother's motivation to work her muscles, if she ever hopes to walk again.  It's rough, seeing one's parent in a wheelchair, but Mom's always had a positive outlook, which is good.  I just hope my dad's health continues to be good.  Also, Mrs. Sato turns 100 years old in April, so I'm hoping we're invited to her party.

Books Read:  67 
           Print:  42
        E-book:  26
            DNF:  3

Karaoke Songs:  88
               Thurs:  34
                    Sat:  71

Weight:  Went the wrong way.  Began at 232; ended 240.

Here's hoping 2019 will be even better!

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 28, 2018

Flashback Friday: Shiny New Toy!

Dec 2008:
We got a new computer!  Unfortunately, it the OS was VISTA, which no one liked.  But, it weighed less than the old monitor, and worked enough that I could write, chat, and receive/send email....sort of.

I couldn't comment on the blogs, or even google anything, unless I went to the library or used my daughter's laptop (XP).  This caused friction at times, when I wanted to work, but was unable to leave the house or use the daughter's 'toy'.

For K's birthday, he received contacts, plus we went to Outback Steakhouse.  Then-toddler refused to sit on Santa's lap.

For my birthday, friends/neighbors, my BFF EY, and ourselves went to Cheeseburger In Paradise (now a defunct Fuddruckers), and enjoyed dinner.

We enjoyed Christmas Day at home, then went to Grandma's and Aunt Linda's later that week.

I also achieved my goal of blogging every day!  366 posts (leap year)!

Next Month:  My 1st Contract and New Pet In The House!

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Present Day: 
Mom had a very good Christmas at the rehab center, even going to PT that day!  Our Christmas was quiet, with everyone sleeping in until 9am.  We celebrated with K and his g/f J on Christmas Eve, then played Cards Against Humanity until midnight.

Christmas Day, Sara made homemade chicken and noodles; I made ham and cheese sliders and deviled eggs.  We'd also bought a veggie tray, a fruit tray, and a shrimp ring.  Later, we played the new Trivial Pursuit, 2000's edition, and with some coaching, 6 y/o Alex won!  S was 2nd, followed by me, W, then D.

Wishing you a safe and happy New Year's!

Friday, December 21, 2018

Flashback Friday: Relaxing Christmas

Dec 1998:
I think this was the year it snowed, and we decided to stay home on Christmas morning.  The kids were happy to simply stay home and relax, at least for a few days.  Two days later, however, we received a phone call that my in-laws had been in a car accident, so we gathered everyone up and went down.  My FIL was severely injured, so my SIL and I took turns taking care of the kids and fielding phone calls while my hubby and MIL were at the hospital. 

For New Year's, we ended up watching the ball drop on TV and rejoicing that my FIL was recovering nicely, and would soon be released from the hospital:)

Next Month:  Pampered Chef and Monster Trucks!

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Present Day:
My mom has now been in the rehab center for an entire week.  She's been doing OT and PT during the morning, and one mystery was cleared up today.

Mon:  Mom had a good day, even though she blew up at Dad when he tried to leave early.  He stayed with her while I went to Office Max to fax documents for our new roof financing.

Tues:  Another good day.  Mom and I sorted the Christmas jewelry presents, so I knew whom was getting what.  Dinner was Ham and Beans, so residents were grumpy.  Mom and I ordered Arni's pizza, which Dad brought.

Wed:  Mom slept wrong, and her neck was in pain all day.  Dad took me to Red Lobster for my birthday dinner.

Thurs:  Mom was slightly better, though we noticed her slurry speech, plus I clarified whether or not I was to help her to and from the bathroom/chair/wheelchair/bed.  (No, I'm not supposed to, a chore I was happy to relinquish, since I nearly dropped her on Wed.  In fact, the aid dropped her in the afternoon.)

Today:  When Dad and I arrived, Mom was snoozing in PT, and we became slightly alarmed when she didn't wake up right away.  Plus, her speech was slurry.  HOWEVER.....after drinking some water, coffee at lunch, and sipping a diet coke afterward, she did better.  I don't think she's getting enough fluids in her body.

I'll be heading home on Sunday, to spend Christmas with my family.  There's been some confusion over how long Mom will be at Cumberland Point.  Somebody said SS will pay for 90 days, but the hospital or Medicare claims she only has 20 days.  Dad's going to check on this.  No word on if I'm needed after the holidays.

Have a safe and Merry Christmas!