Sunday, May 27, 2012

Pinched Nerve

I have a pinched nerve in my neck and right shoulder.  I get sharp pains in my shoulder and when they aren't sharp, just a dull ache.  It is particularly bad when I sit at my computer or drive.  It has been going on almost a week.  I've had to drive to Michigan and back with it.  While in Michigan I had to sit in uncomfortable chairs for an educational conference.  Now that I'm home, I'm avoiding both driving and my computer.  So, I apologize dear readers, that I've been ignoring you.

In a nutshell:

We are pretty much done with school.  Juliettes has wrapped up.  Violet's other Cadette group has a field trip this week and their end of year potluck/badge ceremony.  I've spent the holiday weekend trying to clean the house.  Since computering hurts, I've been catching up on my pile of magazines.

The neck is getting better I think.  Our health insurance stinks, so if at all possible I'd like to avoid the doctor.  I just don't have the disposable income to dispose on a doctor who will tell me to rest it, ice it, do mild exercise and give me a prescription for drugs (which I probably can't afford) that will put me to sleep.  I'm doing the exercise, rest and ice on my own.  Right now, I'm sticking to that regime and not plopping down over $100 for an office visit.  He'll have to find another way to make his Mercedes payment this month.

(Not that I have anger issues or anything - which are probably contributing factors to the stabbing pain.)

Mr. Incredible has some different ideas for moving my computer changing my seating arrangement, we are hopeful that will help.

In the meantime, I just wanted to let you all know where I was (I'm here) and why I'm not posting (it is painful).  Hope you all had a great holiday weekend!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Tough week

I am ending the week feeling like I didn't get anything done, and those things I did get done I didn't do very well.  Sigh.  I try to do too much.  But I just don't know what I can stop doing.  I could give up my few measly hobbies I have left or stop spending a few minutes reading at night, but gosh I don't want to.  I have given up most household cleaning.  I think it is time for the rest of it to take a back seat.

So beware if you come over, you'll have to step over things, the carpet won't be mopped (or the floor vacuumed - that was an unintentional mistype, but I liked it and left it), you might want to swish a Lysol cleaning cloth around in the bathroom before using it, and I'd suggest bringing your own coffee mug...otherwise you'll probably have to wash one in order to join me in a cup of joe.

We'll finish school in a couple of weeks, although it seems no where near right now, then I'll have more time.  But tonight, I feel overwhelmed.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Thrift store finds

Violet and I went to the thrift store today, with my parents.  Actually we went twice.  We went once, went out to lunch, and they decided they wanted to go back and look for chairs to go with the table they had already purchased.  We went back, they found chairs.  All of the items are in the back waiting for Dad to pick them up tomorrow in the truck.

But I didn't intend to blog about their purchases, I want to talk about ours!  I found a bunch of yarn.  Since I'm working on a patchwork blanket, it is perfect.  I am making a bunch of squares and will sew them together when I'm done.  Violet found a Webkinz with the code still intact and a Disney picture holder.  I got a measuring cup (I never seem to have enough and the measurement numbers are fading from some of mine - I have to get out the reading glasses to see them!).  I also found a sweater, a hand towel and a book about making puppets.  Violet picked out some rubber stamps, actually a huge bag of them.  Now we need an ink pad. 

And she found a one-yard piece of fleece, red with white stars.  She's going to make herself a no sew blanket with it.  Quick question for my sewing blog readers, can I stick it in the washing machine to freshen it up before she uses it?  I don't want to lose that wonderful new fleece softness.  But we also don't know where it was stored and what crawled all over it before it was donated.  Thoughts?  It looks clean and smells fine.  We have a wonderfully clean and nice thrift store.  But still, ya know?

We hadn't been to the thrift store in a while.  It was definitely a good outing.

Saturday, May 5, 2012


This post is for me.  It is so I can remember dates later on down the road.  You wouldn't believe the number of times I come back to my blog to try to find out when something occurred.  Well, if you do it too, then I'm sure you can imagine.

This week, Violet's hamster, Squeaky died.  It was on May 1st, sometime in the early morning hours.  Squeaky was about 3 years old.  Quite elderly for a hamster.  He'd been very active right up until the end.  Then that evening, he dragged himself along the bottom of his house (we never call them "cages" here) and curled up.  He couldn't move very well and couldn't open his eyes.  He fell asleep and didn't wake up.  Isn't that all we can all hope for?

Today, Violet and Mr. I stopped at the pet store next to their comic book store.  They went to the comic book store for Free Comic Book Day.  The pet store had 2 male teddy bear hamsters, brothers.  They'd lived together all their lives.  They seemed to get along and the woman from the pet store said that litter mates generally make good house mates.  So they bought both.  Did I mention they were on sale?  Yep, $2.99 each.  Their sisters in another cage were $9.99 each.  According to the pet store lady, more people want female hamsters than males.  I don't know, Freddy and Humphrey are pretty darned cute in my eyes.

Squeaky's house had been cleaned and the "For Rent" sign hung outside the door.  Freddy and Humphrey took one look at it and moved right in.  (Okay, first they were purchased, then they drove home in a cardboard box - note for Mental, Mr. Incredible drove them home in his Jeep, the hamsters rode home in Violet's lap in a cardboard box, they didn't actually drive the box down the road, I know you were wondering.) 

After exploring the house, they decided that yes they would live there (like they had a choice).  They crawled into a tube and fell asleep nose to nose.

We've never had more than one hamster at a time.  I've always heard rodents don't get along in multiples.  But so far Freddy and Humphrey seem to like being roommates.  Freddy is named for the main character in the book I, Freddy and its sequels by Dietlof Reiche.  Humphrey is named for the main character in the book The World According to Humphrey and its sequels by Betty G. Birney.

While we are saddened by the loss of Squeaky, we are comforted knowing he went peacefully after a long, happy life.  And Freddy and Humphrey are already bringing us joy and entertainment as they try to figure out their new house.  But I think they may need a room addition sometime soon.  That house may get a little crowded.