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What are you doing today

Posted: 29 March 2015 - 03:06 PM
Hi LR2014 :)

You have come so far this past year!

So very happy for you.
Yes, Dave's post about space as an item is great motivation for all of us to look around and see if there is any space we can "purchase".

Hi Dave :)

Hi Tatoulia :)

Hi to everyone, even those who haven't posted recently or never have posted here before but read. :D
Posted: 29 March 2015 - 02:59 PM

Sweetheart, where are you?
We all miss you terribly and hope you are well and doing alright.

Posted: 29 March 2015 - 02:56 PM
Roxie (((HUGS)))
Thank you Dear for sharing your very valuable, first hand knowledge with me.
Looks like now he is agreeable to being home with physical therapy sessions on the side and visits from a home health care nurse.
He realizes now that it will take so much more than bed rest and time to be able to even easily get back and forth to the bathroom.

(((HUGS))) :)
Posted: 29 March 2015 - 12:14 PM
I am concerned with have not heard from Diane in awhile. :(

LR, love the unique idea of shopping for space. Way to go! ::clink:::

Tat, and others, when you donate things they may be just the thing someone like me needs at the price Good Will or others set. I had to get some kind of athletic shoe for my upcoming pulmonary rehab program, and got a great pair of Propets 2nd hand and decent price. They look new!

Dave, read with interest you ruminations about looking at your "valuables" as if at an auction or a book store. Makes a lot of sense to me and ought to work for you and others. Way to go!

Tillie, hugs, dear. From my long drawn out saga of hospitals, "skilled nursing centers" and rehab, I can tell you it takes most every patient awhile (if not a long while) to finally "get" that the physical work will get them better but only they can do it and commit to it. One can be QUITE reluctant with a lot of excuses (blush).

Hugs to all
Posted: 29 March 2015 - 10:06 AM
Good morning to Tillie, Tatoulia, Roxie, Diane, bitsy, MW, dave, Karl, and others who might be reading or posting right now whom I have not yet mentioned. Iced tea clink, Roxie.

Tillie, I hope that the electrical issues are indeed resolved. Glad that your lilac is about to bloom.

I have been getting a lot of "inner mileage" out of dave's reminder (on another thread) to think of space as an "item." Maybe I could become an "empty-space collector." I dropped something on the floor this morning and then put it temporarily on top of a previously-clear countertop. A little while thereafter, I decided to remove it from that countertop in order to "buy" some empty space. Perhaps in the next few days I'll take the "shop at home" idea and tweak it: perhaps I'll "shop" for more empty space on the table that is next to me at the moment. Perhaps I will "shop" for more empty space in some other parts of the room as well.

PS I am inwardly celebrating the fact that I've been in this group about a year now. Thanks for everybody's help and encouragement.

Hugs to all.
Posted: 28 March 2015 - 08:39 PM

HI LR2014 :D

Hi Dave :)
You have come a long way (((HUGS)))

Been one of those days here.
Electrical issues raising their ugly head again.
Purchased some new components and installed them.
Hope that is the end of this issue.

Hospital people still trying to normalize his blood values.

Today I had plans to do some laundry and vacuum but those things require electricity. :P

Lilac hedge is almost ready to bloom. :D

Was another clear cloudless hot day here in northern Nevada.
Now time for me to get ready for bed and read the bedtime story.

Tomorrow will be a fresh new day to get back to doing whatever the day requires of me.

Sweet dreams. :)
Posted: 28 March 2015 - 08:29 PM
Sorry-spelling error.
That is hordes (building hoards)!
Posted: 28 March 2015 - 08:27 PM
Bedtime story, page 3

When they reached the field, Sylvie looked among the shocks of corn for the very fattest pumpkin. Way across the field she found such a fine one!

to be continued
Posted: 28 March 2015 - 08:24 PM
Languid wave. Tired here. Weeding books. Mrs Dave took some to the recycle center for me today. I didn't see them alltogether in the trunk, but my guess 2-3 copier paper box equivalent. The recycle center has a little area with bookshelves. She said she left the bags (from the plastic bag collection full of the books to go) in that area. The hoardes were swarming over them as she left, one patron already having his hands about half filled up.

I tried a couple of Brooks Palmer ideas two times when I was stuck-with varying degrees of success. Once when I was stuck and just looking at things, I pretended like I was at my estate sale. I wasn't too impressed and let some things go. Another time I picked up some books I had already handled 2 or 3 times over the last week. I said, If the books and I were in a store today, would I buy them? No. I finally was able to let them go.

Very challenging, giving up old wants and identities.
Posted: 28 March 2015 - 05:12 PM
Readin' posts. Sayin' hi.
Posted: 27 March 2015 - 09:42 PM
I forgot about the "bedtime story"
Pumpkin Moonshine, page 2

The Cornfield was on top of the hill, quite a way from the house, so Sylvie took Wiggy (her dog) for company.

The hill was very steep, it made Sylvie and Wiggy puff like steamengines.

To be continued.
Posted: 27 March 2015 - 09:38 PM
Sounds like a game thing. Get points to get your fan turned off before you die.
Posted: 27 March 2015 - 09:31 PM
Will Nate be able to help you with building the ramp too?
Posted: 27 March 2015 - 01:19 PM
Thank you Dave :)
Posted: 27 March 2015 - 12:33 PM
(Re: brat)
Please remember we all get to have feelings. Please don't mess yourself up with a bunch of negative internalized reactive responses to them.
Posted: 27 March 2015 - 10:36 AM
Hi Roxie :)
Put on a jacket & warm socks and sit out in the sunshine. :D
Posted: 27 March 2015 - 10:35 AM
Thank you Tatoulia :) (((HUGS)))

Good morning everyone.
No electrical problems last night. YEA!!!
He is still hospitalized.
Since he refuses rehab they are making arrangements for a home health nurse to visit and have found him a local primary care physician.

What this means for me...........
I will be taking care of an invalid.
Also since he will no longer be able to do much of anything I will be the one who has to clean up his hoard in the yard.
Then some day clear out the floor to rafters over stuffed garage.
Along with finding full time work to pay the bills around here.

Why do I feel that all this is unfair?
I am an ungrateful brat. ;P

The yard/carport area must be cleared to make it walker/wheelchair/ramp accessible.
No more hazardous narrow goat trails to get into the house.

There will be four of us doing this work.
It will take us a while to get it done.

Have a nice day :)
Posted: 27 March 2015 - 10:18 AM
Funny, but I USED to find cleaning to be therapeutic, back when I had normal energy and ambition, and someone else to look after. If I got stressed, I got to scrubbing. I cleaned pretty much everything on Saturdays. My, the olden days.

Stiff neck, sore hips, cramping hands and feet. What a mess I am. lol

Not much scheduled for today. Might sit out in the sun even though it's still pretty chilly here.

Posted: 26 March 2015 - 07:39 PM
Tillie, my dear. If I knew the right thing to say, I would say it. What a difficult time for you and Mr. Sending you much love.

I bet it is beautiful where you are Tillie. It's raining cats and dogs here. Just getting home at 8:30 from a long day of work, including teaching a class on my lunch break, followed by taking care of brother.

LR you are doing such a good job--I had to smile a little--I've heard about people who find cleaning therapeutic! Seriously, I'm glad that you've found something to help de-stress.

Glad to hear from everyone. I too am missing Diane, and quite a few others, too.

Yesterday I kept my word and vacuumed bedroom and then vacuumed library/den. This AM i made sure all dishes were in dishwasher.

I am making a new bag for goodwill. Found some stuff that last year was a no-go but yesterday was a go. I thank you all for that. It is always a group effort.

If I neglected to mention you by name, it's being tired. Thank you all. Was great to see so many posts. We trudge through these times together.
Posted: 26 March 2015 - 07:24 PM
Thank you
Dave :)
Karl :)
LR2014 :)
Roxie :)

Diane, where are you? :(
Posted: 26 March 2015 - 06:48 PM
There is so much stuff and so many to do's, can't do's and won't do's around you that it is no wonder you are depressed. With some focus I think you do have the wisdom and the strength to get through. It is just very hard and challenging.
Posted: 26 March 2015 - 03:54 PM
I bet it would be difficult to get a fan in your room if you were in a hospital in South Korea -- that culture has a widespread superstition that leaving a fan running will kill you.
Posted: 26 March 2015 - 02:49 PM
Hugs back at ya, Tillie.
Posted: 26 March 2015 - 02:43 PM

Good news is I got the tree wells all rebuilt and the trees watered this morning.

Not so good news is he is still in hospital because they are trying to get his blood and vitals to acceptable ranges.

Last night there was some kind of power/electrical issue here at the house.
Didn't get much sleep trying to find the problem and worrying about any dangers it may present.
Neighbor friend (male) helped me this morning.
Still no idea what happened.
Maybe a ghost or worse. ;)

Beautiful day here in northern Nevada.
Cloudless blue skies, gentle breeze, not too hot or too cold.

WAY TO GO! for all and any accomplishments and especially for posting here about things in your lives.

I am so freakin depressed. (((HUGS)))
Posted: 26 March 2015 - 02:16 PM
Hi to everyone. I've been feeling pretty uptight and stressed out lately, so today I'm taking a thinking break . . . a break from my brain. So far, I've done some general cleaning tasks here: washed, dried, folded, put away a load of laundry; did some cleaning on the bathtub; did a little dusting. In the past, I wouldn't have thought of cleaning and household chores as "breaks." Right now, though, they are serving that purpose. I have also been doing some reading here on the message board. I will probably take a walk later after the winds here die down (has been a very, very windy day).

Good to hear from all of you. Looking forward to reading more!
Posted: 26 March 2015 - 10:12 AM
Hugs all around and for each. I'm reading but don't have much to say, and it hurts to type. grrr

((((Tillie, Dave, Tat, Diane, Karl, YOU))
Posted: 25 March 2015 - 02:02 PM
Sounds lovely Dave. :)
Posted: 25 March 2015 - 01:35 PM
Gratitude for the geese that gave their all to keep you warm all winter.
Posted: 25 March 2015 - 01:17 PM
Re posting. The sky along the streets has a different hue from absorbing the reflection of all the white pear tree blossoms.
Posted: 25 March 2015 - 10:16 AM

Have been having a hard time accessing the website. :(
YEA!!! today looks like it is back to normal! :D

Thank you all for your advice and suggestions. :)
Unfortunately, he is being very resistant about going to a rehab center.
Just wants to come home.
He says the fan noise bothers him and he can't sleep.
He has been complaining that he can't sleep anyway because the hospital is too busy and noisy and people keep waking him up for vitals and blood draws every time he does fall asleep.
He is complaining about everything.
I can tell he is extremely depressed.
Just wants to be home holding Marty (the cat),
says that is what will make him better.

So nice to read all your posts! :)
HI! to everyone. :)

What am I doing today?
I have no idea.
Will do the cat related tasks.
Take a shower.
Hang around here waiting for the phone to ring or an email to pop up.
Will probably fall asleep about noon again.
Even though I have been going to sleep about 8/9pm, waking up about 6/7am, I am still exhausted all day long.

Everybody keep posting.
Even if you have little or nothing to post about.

Look for the small things that bring you pleasure.
Like the birds singing or the Spring flowers blooming or reading posts from our family here on the message board. (((hugs)))

Posted: 25 March 2015 - 09:46 AM
Coffee clink, Roxie! Oh those painful cramps. How awful!

I do know that some of the hospitals have fans but over the years I learned to just travel with one--sometimes the patient just can't wait for the personnel to find "the fan." One thing really sweet that happened once is my brother and I were watching local news and some poor soul had a beef with his landlord about some distressing stuff, and my brother said "if he had you for a sister, he'd have a new apartment AND a fan." That really touched me.

Vacuumed the bedroom. Very pleased that I'm trying to do right by myself and getting some long-forgotten habits reestablished.

Have a great day everyone!
Posted: 25 March 2015 - 09:30 AM
Good morning. Having my first cup of coffee! ::Clink::

Wow, Tat, what you said about the room fan at the hospital...I thought that was advice for folks like me with breathing issues. I know I do much better with a room fan available, especially if I start into a COPD exacerbation. Interesting. I was fortunate in that most hospitals/nursing homes were able to provide me a fan.

Interesting to read all the posts. I still am groggy from waking up, so I won't be mentioning all posters by name. Just know that your posts are important to me!

My hand and feet have been cramping a lot lately, don't know why. I told my brother that when I first get up, it's like I'm trying to walk on Lotus Feet (remember the Chinese tradition of making the woman's feet as small as possible?).

Posted: 25 March 2015 - 08:36 AM
Hi Karl. I'm busily trying to reset my own clock since I've been lazy all winter. I find I'm getting a lot done and I have more focus. I'm going to bed at a reasonable time (for me, that's 11 PM) and I'm working hard to get up at 7 AM at the latest. I'm going for a walk during the day and one again around 5:30/6 PM. I'm not letting myself nap. I've only been doing this for a few days but already I feel better and I'm more focused! Good luck with getting back on track. Sleep is so important.

Today I will vacuum bedroom as part of regular weekly maintenance habits I'm trying to develop. Dusted bedroom furniture on Monday. Need to make some more decisions re is there anything I can part with? I bet there is. The first thing I want to get rid of is my stupid down jacket. I bought it last year and wore it maybe twice. I've had to wear it so much this winter that I'm ready to scream. After I have it laundered, I will donate it with the stupid gloves that go with it. I'm sick of it. But I need to dig deeper and find more "treasures" to de-accession from the collection.
Posted: 25 March 2015 - 12:26 AM
Monday night/Tuesday morning I was up all night. I can't even justify it with having gotten something accomplished -- it was a webcomics binge. (One that I won't bother to continue with.)

I thought I might be able to stay up until at least the early evening, then get some sleep and find myself on an early schedule for a while. But I was drifting off, so I finally gave in and took a 5-hour nap from 2-7pm. I expected to find the Tuesday support meet in progress, but nobody was around.

No idea when I'll be ready for sleep again. I guess I'll just wing it.
Posted: 24 March 2015 - 01:37 PM
Check out the progress here. Better Homes and Gardens photo ready interior and getting up in time to compete with the robins for worms. WTG.
(I have to file the "tossing treasured items" pictures for support for things I need to be doing.)
Posted: 24 March 2015 - 01:11 PM
Hello everyone! Glad to hear you are getting stronger, Roxie! Good to have a small break, Tillie, although I am sure you are filled with worry. I hope Mr isn't too upset being in a hospital. I know you are in the medical field and I don't have any true medical training but I know from taking care if anxious and depressed people, they seem to do a lot better in a hospital room if there is a fan going. I just bring a small fan with me. Something about the air keeps them from feeling claustrophobic and the sound can be soothing, too. Just a suggestion if Mr is feeling anxiety.

I made great progress yesterday and couldn't access the site to post. Funny how often I tried to get this to work--my progress is much more meaningful with my friends.

I am doing well in getting out, not napping and going to bed. Almost was on time for work today. (Contrast with last Friday 1-1/2 hours late). I dusted bedroom and cleaned the other side table. I made tough decision re one bed pillow (tossed) and put another object I loved into goodwill bag. It's time. Time for someone else to love. One of my side tables has merely a lamp and one object on it. It looks so pretty, like a magazine.

Got all of my garbage out last night. I've been sleeping after work all winter then don't have the will to take garbage out. I've been sleeping in so late that I miss the pick up. So extremely pleased.
Posted: 23 March 2015 - 11:01 AM
Tillie, it would be the best thing if he'll go through an in-house rehab program. After all is said and done, rehab has done the most for me so far. I had a month of it while in Transitional Care Unit. I don't think there was hope for me until after I made progress and got stronger in TCU. And now my heart muscles are stronger! Move it or lose it!

I start six weeks of pulmonary rehab within the next couple weeks, which I'm told by all is a great program.

Bitsy, Dave, Tat, Diane, glad to see you all posting and your progress.

Snowed last night. It's pretty when I don't have to shovel it. :)

Posted: 23 March 2015 - 10:09 AM
Hi Tatoulia :)
for accomplishing so much and for your well thought out future plans and life changes. :D
Getting a good nights sleep is so very important for our physical and mental well being.

Hi Dave :)
Cory and his crew know all too well the dangers we face when cleaning out a hoard.
His number one rule is to wear a proper face mask for the job.
Along with wearing the proper clothing and footwear.
Cory wrote a great blog post here about the dangers of hantavirus, something that is always a threat to me when I am out in the garage/carport hoard because of all the deer mice living there.

I took yesterday off, just sat and stared.
Today I will wash dishes and run the vacuum.
All caught up on laundry & the bathroom is still clean.
Housework is very minimal here with Mr. Hoarder in the hospital.
He "may" be released later this week if there are no more set backs or they may send him to a rehab place till he can walk better.

Happy Monday :)
Posted: 23 March 2015 - 08:43 AM
Dave, thank you. I would have never thought of that.
Posted: 22 March 2015 - 11:41 PM
Do exercise care with your cleaning projects for others. You were joking, but being serious on that theme, Brooks Palmer almost died waiting for a lung transplant which he needed because of damaged lungs caused by helping people clean. I suspect that's one reason he focuses more on helping via Skype now.
Posted: 22 March 2015 - 08:55 PM
Hi everyone. Good to hear from you Tillie. I can imagine how nerve-wracked you must be. Wow, you did a lot of work in his room--it really is a thankless job. When I cleaned out the trash-hoarding friend's place, I kept asking myself would I rather die doing something I love or doing something I hate. It seems that frequently people say things like, well, at least she died doing something she loved. And I would giggle to myself, saying that if I don't live through cleaning out someone else's fillth, it sure sounded good to me!

Today I had the first productive day I've had in a long time. The hard winter here kept me inside quite a bit, and I also ate so much and weight has ballooned. I didn't think that brownies baked during a snowstorm (and then served ala mode) would be so physically cruel to me, anyway my lunch plans for today were changed so I ended up having a lot of time to myself and I made good use of it, including going to the Apple store to get my iPhone fixed. I haven't just walked around for the heck of it in so long. And I've been putting off the iPhone fix for a while, so I feel good about all of it, I need to go back to the store on Wednesday. I also spent time with mom, with BF and I did my taxes. Sheets are changed and bedroom is in pretty good shape. I've been napping a lot this winter so have decided today to take steps to reset my clock--I seem to sleep late, then take a nap, then am up til all hours of the night and then the morning rolls around and I've overslept, and it starts all over again. So I didn't nap today and I'm going to try to get into bed by 11 PM.

That's all the news here. Will vacuum and dust bedroom tomorrow and will rethink the necessity of some of my knickknacks. I think some need to go into a witness relocation program....far away from me.
Posted: 22 March 2015 - 11:53 AM
Good morning :)

It is morning, again.
No news is good news and there is no new news to note here.

I need to wash some dishes today.
I do NOT want to.
All I want to do is sit and stare off into space.

The day is cloudy, no sunbeams. Maybe that will change later on, hope so.

Had 8 small red potatoes laying around here. Decided yesterday to make them into potato salad.
Too dry, needs more mayo, an easy fix.

This will be another day hanging out at home with the cats waiting for the phone to ring or emails to pop up.
Better here than at the hospital. At least here I can get some rest and eat more regularly.

OK. Now I need to find the motivation to get dressed and brush my hair.

Hoping to hear from you all and see what you are up to today.

(((hugs))) :D
Posted: 21 March 2015 - 10:14 PM
Bitsy could I convince you to come here and help with my taxes? I am no closer too having them done today as I was any other day. Roxie, good to hear from you! I am now craving a cup of coffee but sadly do not have any decaf here.

Tillie I am pleased to hear of Mr T's continued recovery. Congratulations on working through the slop in his bedroom. Please know I'm sending every ounce of good wishes your way.

Yes, Roxie, I too wonder who took my body and energy and replaced them with....this.

Good night to everyone--I didn't meet my challenge today but I did get a bag of dresses together (one with a hefty price tag still on it*sigh*) and took the bag to my car. Have only done two loads of laundry and didn't change my sheets. I'm blaming the sleeping cat on my bed for this one. But I made myself a delicious dinner and I guess that's something. All dishes in dishwasher and I'll wipe down counters now.
Posted: 21 March 2015 - 02:16 PM
It's good to come here and see that you have posted.
I'm glad your heart and breathing are doing better.
I have real energy problems too! The years piled up when I was occupied with "more important things"

I am so pleased to see you are home again and that Mr. Tillie is doing better. I hope he appreciates the work you did in his room. It must feel good to have the trash and garbage out of there.

Main thing for this afternoon here is to help my son get his taxes done.
Posted: 21 March 2015 - 11:03 AM
Good morning
I am back home again.
Got a lot of sleep last night but am still all worn out.
He is doing ok but will still be in the hospital a while.
Hopefully nothing else will happen to set him back again.

Today I will do my laundry.
Want to do garden stuff but afraid to get all tired and dirty in case I need to rush back to the hospital.

Got a wide center of his bedroom floor area all clear.
Stuff still as he left it all stacked/piled/heaped all around the edges.
But all garbage, dirty dishes and dirty laundry has been taken care of and his bed is all fresh and clean and made up.

Thank you all for the "WTG's" and positive posts and thoughts.
It truly has give me strength and comfort through this trying ordeal. (((HUGS)))

Posted: 21 March 2015 - 09:57 AM
Hello, everyone. Coffee toast!

I won't name each of you but please know I am thinking of YOU every day. I hope we can hear from each soon!

I look in the mirror and wonder where that cute little girl went, and all her energy. :(

I have to fill my pill box today and try to organize some clothes. There isn't much drawer space in my room and the closet is a pain to open. I'll figure it out eventually. I have some plastic storage bins and cardboard boxes.

How are you today?
Posted: 21 March 2015 - 09:55 AM
Good morning everyone! I need to make some firm goals today. Saturdays are generally tough for me due to family obligations. My goals are:

One bag to goodwill
Do taxes (which means I have to find all paperwork)

Regular maintenance change sheets, do laundry, dest bedroom

Anyone else feel like setting goals today? If so I'd love to hear them! I'm going to gather some donations.
Posted: 19 March 2015 - 09:00 PM
Thanks LR. I am consistently happy when I see that you've posted! And congratulations on you one year anniversary.

Tillie--keeping my prayers going in your direction.

Hello to everyone--under stress at work. Just showered and going to go lay down.
Posted: 19 March 2015 - 08:06 PM
Tatoulia, I just now read one of your posts from several days ago. Thanks for the sweet comments. I get lots of encouragement from hearing about your progress. I remember (somewhat fondly, actually) the "suspense" when you were first getting ready to attack TDC. It's so great to be able to go through all the ups and downs and joys and fears and challenges of this process together. Lots of hugs!
Posted: 19 March 2015 - 07:53 PM
Hi, all. Sorry, Tillie, that there's more surgery that has to happen again. Hugs.

Tatoulia, I like that notion about having tasks that we do without thinking about them. Unfortunately, making beds is not that type of habit for me, but I realize I do have my own tasks that I do without thinking about them. I like the idea of adding more such tasks to my list.

Yes, Dave, the clearing out the drawer concept you mentioned could be helpful to me in a number of areas (not just the vehicle). Thanks.

Roxie, so good to hear from you! I'm doing more hot tea than iced tea at the moment, so . . . hot tea clink to your coffee cup!

Hi, Diane, Karl, Bitsy, and others! Looking forward to hearing more updates.

I got a little bit more work done on my vehicle today (emphasis on "little"). At least I did get some work done on it!

Hugs to everyone!
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