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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Mostly Pictures

Not so happy today.  Went to the allergist yesterday.  He did not think it was a food, contact or weather allergy but didn't know what it was.  Could not run a test specific to my insulin but suggested changing to see if that made a difference.  Well thanks.  Come back in a week, but I'll be on vacation so see my PA.

Bottom line he put me on two Allegra in the mornings and two Zyrtec at night. If this doesn't help he will keep uping the number until it got to two and six, respectively.

He said the Zyrtec might make me very sleepy -  Nope.  But the two Allegra sent me back to the 60s.  I had to go to bed.  Here is the rash starting back again - about palm size.  The other leg has similar.


Here's the Grand Girl playing dress up.


No post would be complete without the "reading circle." 



Well the 60s are calling again.  Boy that Allegra goes straight to my head.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Bit of this and that

This morning I made the worst pot of coffee that I have ever had. Hahaha.  For a person focused on finding a good way of doing a thing and sticking with it, I had to try really hard to mess this up.

I know why it turned out so bad.  I bought a different flavor of coffee - Country Roast instead of Black Silk - because it was on sale and it just doesn't taste as good.  Maybe not as strong?  Certainly the name implies that.



Then I ran out of my favorite liquid creamer and used the powder I keep for such occasions.  Just doesn't taste as good as my regular - although it is much cheaper and has less sugar.  Yes, less sugar definitely made a difference.

Finally, when setting up my coffee pot the night before I put too much water in the holder so I added a little more coffee to make it balanced or so I thought. Hum.  Not so much.

So here I sit in a stage of disbelief.  I love my morning coffee.  I say a little thank you each morning for it and everything else.  I feel like a deer in the headlights. I don't know which way to turn, what to do.  My day has started way off kilter.

I'll definitely be making a trip to the store to get my real coffee and creamer today.

I did some ice dying last night and this morning.  I found a monogrammed towel at the thrift store that I dyed for my daughter using the red and yellow colors in her wild shower curtain.  I had similar colors on a dyed shirt I wore recently and she really like it.  I think she will enjoy this.

I also bought some pillow cases to dye for the Grand Son.  I think he will like them.  He likes seeing me in my ice dyes.  He's just not sure if he wants to be seen in one!  I gave him one that was nice with quiet colors for him to try.  If he asks for more, you know I'll be glad to get to work.

I really enjoyed getting back to work on ice dyes after taking the itchy week off last week.  I'm glad I had the first signs of the rash way before I started with the dyes but I know that there is always a chance that it could be a problem.

The weather is miserable here and August and September are always worse before it get better.

Poor Buddy loves to be outdoors but it has been so darn hot that I've kept the AC on day and night and the doors shut tight.  Day before yesterday the thermometer on the Credit Union read  104.  That, my friends, is hot.

So yesterday morning (noon my time) and today I opened the door a little and left it open for him like I usually do in the nice weather.

I wasn't able to leave the door open for more than an hour or so but it did give him a chance to return to his old habit of lying just so he can keep one eye on the happenings inside the house, as well as one eye on the birds and squirrels in his domain.


I think we are both ready for things to get back to normal.

Yay.  Allergist Wednesday.


Friday, July 8, 2016

A day in the life of a Dog

I'll start off with a picture of Buddy.  He ran errands with me today - only because he ran out the gate and it was easier to put him in the car than return him to the backyard.  The errands consisted of driving grandkids different places and did not include him being locked in the car in the 104 degree heat.  However, he did get really hot and went and got in bed when we got home.  This is "his" blanket because he likes to be covered when he sleeps.



On to the rest of my day.  I read a blog by a woman named Andrea Dekker.  Some of you may read it as well.  Some of the things she does reminds me of myself in the past.  My daughter says she found her childhood fairly easy because I had standard rules and routines so that you weren’t surprised by what you had to do or when you were grounded for breaking the rule!  My son.... not so much.  Rules and routines were not his thing.  

This particular post gives a pretty good description of Andrea’s routines.  My life situation is not the same as hers but the need for ease is the same.   I think that I will add a few of her ideas to make my fairly easy life even easier.  In particular, I think the way she handles food would be good for me.  I don't mind eating the same type of meal often.  It will take some list making and rethinking on my part but I think it will pay off in the end.  Take a read when you have time if routines and simplifying your life interests you.

Short report on the rash.  The Cortisone pills seem to be helping.  The rash is still popping up but not really itching, or certainly not like it was.  I’m very grateful.  The blood sugar is up but I am just staying on top of it with larger doses of insulin.  My mother told me a long time ago when she had pneumonia that prescriptions were a problem for diabetics as they age and the medicine they need for one problem upsets the other problem - diabetes.  This is my first interaction with that.  So far so good.  If anything really wacky happens, don’t worry I am definitely an ER girl.  No chances taken here. Although I promise to gripe the whole time.



Thursday, July 7, 2016

My 10 minute Dr. Visit

Well yesterday was the Dermatologist day.  I was in and out in 10 minutes.  He thought it was Hives which is what I came up with when researching skin ailments on the internet. 

He suggested I go back to the insulin I was taking before the Endocrinologist changed my prescription last November.  The first itching on my head started in December, the best I remember. 

Changing back is not possible because that was before she decided I was Type I instead of Type II.  It is possible to change the two insulins I am taking now but it will be a big deal to find what works again. 

So I am scheduled for the Allergist next week.  Hopefully he can test specifically to see if either of the insulins are the problem. 

The Dermatologist also gave me a prescription pack of some sort of Cortisone to take in descending amounts for a week.  He said the Cortisone will make my blood sugar go sky high so be prepared for that.  Great balls of fire.  Also have to take Claritin and Allegra, one in the morning and the other at night for two months. 

The Benadryl I have been taking works on outside problems but I needed an anti- histamine (Claritin and Allegra) for inside problems.  Same goes for the cortisone cream the doctor originally prescribed.  It won’t work from the outside.  Just a FYI in case any of you get a similar problem. 

I can’t take all these pills without my reflux acting up so I’m adding Nexium to this mish mash of pills I’m taking. 

I started the cortisone pack this morning so we’ll see if it works.  Right now I have a itchy patch on the front of both thighs that is wider than my hand from finger tip to wrist. 

I guess the good news is that I don’t have Shingles.  Now if I only I’m not allergic to my dog or my insulin, I’ll get through this thing.  Speaking of Shingles, Medicare does not want to pay the $350 my doctor is charging.  I'm going to work on that after all this is over.  

Here’s a picture of the two musketeers having breakfast and watching Curious George. 



Note the blue ice dyed pillow case to the left and the yellow ice dyed t-shirts in the upper right.  I love this stuff.  However, I am taking a break this week and doing as little in the heat as possible since that makes me itch more.  

Another pic of the Grandson and the folks from the Walking Dead.  Grandson and Daughter went to the big Comicon they had here.  Daughter went to see Sigorny Weaver talk about the Alien movies while Grandson went to the Walking Dead.  She didn't pay for a picture. 


He is chubbing up so I guess we'll have another growing spurt soon.  He is so proud of the hair on his face.  I try not to say anything because that is a sure way NOT to get a teenager to do what you want. Maybe when school starts.



Monday, July 4, 2016

Celebrating the 4th of July

Today is the 4th and I’m sitting here alone in my chair.  (Alone means without the Grand Girl and Buddy the Dog trying to sit here with me.) 

I had a wonderful day yesterday at my sister’s house.  My daughter, grandson and I drove over to eat lunch and spend the day with my sister, her husband, two sons and daughter.  It was just enough people for a crowd but not to many to make me anxious and pull me into my shell. 

The food was wonderful and the company perfect.  My sister pulled out a box of pictures she found, probably brought home after we cleaned out my mother’s house.  They were a mish-mash of people, places and times.  Great fun.

We reminisced about the days when my sister used to iron my hair.  I’m guessing around ’68 when I was a senior in high school.  There were pictures of my sister around the time of her first marriage.  She kept saying “Look at me.  Why did I think I was fat.”  And true, she wasn’t overweight but like so many females in our society, we think we are. 

Here is a great one of me in Junior High, I think.  I always thought I was so unattractive then but the picture is so cute. 



We talked about my Grand Girl and what we’ve been doing this summer.  My daughter was saying how happy the Grand seemed to be.  We talked about the schedule the Grand and I run on and laughed about how I carve out quiet time several times a day. 

Talking about it made me realize how I feel, I’m not sure what the word is, maybe  fulfilled.  You know how I’ve toyed with going back to work.  I’ve searched and searched to find a hobby – thank goodness I’ve found ice dyeing because I’ve really been enjoying it - to fill some of my time. 

So it seems that caring for the Grand Girl, saving the parents money and helping her with her reading and writing have been just what I needed to give my days the significance I needed.  Ok maybe a little bit too much but we won’t quibble. 

I feel very happy in this place and time in my life. 



Thursday, June 30, 2016

I hate to go to the Doctor

I really do hate to go to see the Doctor.  First, I hate waiting.  Second, I hate them asking me when did this or that happen.  I can no longer remember if something happened last week or 6 months ago unless there was some corresponding event at the same time.

I've had this, let's call it rash, on my head.  I thought it had been several months, no a year and it is infected now.  Darn.  Not only that but I'm have a rash on my body that comes and goes and right now it is on my hip/bottom.  Ok.  Enough. So I made the appointment and after telling myself all the reasons I didn't need to go, I went.

Took the Grand Girl with me.  We packed up a book and her travelling craft kit and off we went.


When the Doctor came in she was reading to me and the Doctor made a big deal about how important reading was and what a good girl she was.  She felt pretty pleased and told her all about the books she had been reading.  

In the meantime I am fidgeting.  I don't know what this itching on my rear end is and I don't want it to be shingles.   I did get the shingles shot but only after I was afraid I might have it.  

The doctor doesn't know what it is.  I have to go to the dermatologist.  I should have gone straight there in the first place but I just wanted to put a bandaid on it and call it well.  

So I called the Doctor she referred me to but she no longer takes Medicare so they referred me to an associate of hers.  Fine.  Just get me in so I can quit scratching my behind before I infect it too.  

July 6.  A week from today?  Why are dermatologists so booked up?  He only takes Medicare so it's not a bunch of teenagers in there.  My goodness.  Are we all falling apart.  

Well I guess I'll make it another week since I have no choice.  I'll let you know what happens.  

Here are the three of us in the recliner reading a book last night. 



More later. 


Saturday, June 25, 2016

Bead Project and Quick Update

Another good week behind me.  Our art project this week was a drawing with Buttons.



We purchased a package of bigish sized buttons in shades of pink for the project.  She surprised me by adding her tiny seed beads also.  We had seed beads all over the kitchen.  It was a nightmare but I kept a smile on my face.  It was only a matter of sweeping and is that too much to ask for a memorable day with the Grand Girl.

She also finished her 10th book this week so we will go to the library and get the next stamp on her list and prize.  I hope the prize is another certificate to the Mexican restaurant.  That was a great prize and gives me a good reason to go out to eat. 

I've continued with my ice dying but slowed down a bit because I was waiting for my new colors to come in.  I started out dying white shirts, sheets and pillowcases I already owned but now have to search at the thrift stores to find more white cotton items.  

I bought a table cloth and some lace curtains, which were not cotton, and not all that cheap, but I really wanted to see what the effect would look like on them. I've gotten to the "let's try this stage."  If you only pay a dollar or two, you don't mind if it doesn't turn out so well.  

Here is one that I tried that didn't work out very well.  I've had only a few fails. I think I got my folds confused and dyed from the side instead of from the front.  I will probably dye this one again and try to get the pattern more evenly spread out.    



It is a great little shirt though.  It says WOOF using dogs.  From the American Humane Society, I believe.  I'll figure out something to redeem it.




Too bad I don't have a college bound grandchild that wants to decorate her room in tie dye.  I could really go to town. 

The Grandson turned 17 today.  He was my little darling long before the grand girls were even a consideration.  I spent even more time with him as he was growing up than I do the girls because he lived in town then.  Those were the best years and I'm so glad I got to have them.  

More later ...  



Friday, June 17, 2016

If this isn't the cutest phot



See Buddy in the left hand front corner.  Those two are so goofy.

Today is Friday and Dad has already picked the Grand Girl up to go home.  I haven't been this excited about weekends since I was a teenager.  I can't decided whether I want to run the streets or if I'd rather stay home ALONE in my house. Haha.

As some of you have mentioned the annoying habits of our precious grand children, I'll share mine.

For some time now she has had the habit of saying "What the" (no curse word or any word following).  You know what saying this brings to my mind and I was really surprised Mom and Dad did not put a stop to that.  (Let me just qualify that by saying, I don't know that they haven't tried but I know that they haven't succeeded.)

You'll never believe where she learned it.... on a cartoon.  I heard it myself several times.  Another reason we are watching movies and being more selective about what we watch.  I didn't realize I had to monitor cartoons.  Anyway, that little saying was definitely the first one to go.

We've got  that one under control now.  I can't remember the last time I heard her say it but bad habits will sometimes resurface so I'm on the "listen" for it.

Now I'm working on "What do you mean?"  Immediately when I say something she says "What do you mean?" when there is no reason to question my meaning. I think a little part of it may be she does not hear me on occasion and at other times it just comes out without her thinking.  (bad habit #2)

So now we are working on correcting that.  When she says "What do you mean?" I ask her to repeat what I have said.  If she truly didn't hear or understand then I repeat what I said and we discuss it.  If she did hear me and can repeat my sentence, I ask her to explain to me what I meant.

She really hates the whole process of repeating what I said and explaining what I meant.  She begs not to have to go through the routine.  It just comes out, she says.  I know I tell her and that is why we are working on not saying it because your brain has to register what will happen if you say it.

She is starting to realize as soon as the comment comes out of her mouth and covers her mouth.  I almost feel bad but since she says it anytime someone speaks to her, I think it needs to be eliminated.

After we get that one fixed (as much as possible) we are going to work on "what are you doing" or "why are you doing that."  (Heaven help me.)

Buddy thinks it is the best summer of his life.  I'm doing much better than I thought although there are those times I'm tired and have to stop and reply with patience and kindness.

Kisses and Hugs are flowing, art adorns every wall, dress-up happens daily and the turtle is surviving the heat and being held too much by the Grand Girl.

More later.



Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Grand Girl and her best "Buddy"



Buddy loves that little girl as much as I do.  He follows her everywhere and how the two of them can sleep on the love seat like this I'll never know.  I've got another mattress under my bed for sleepovers but she has always preferred the couch over my bed or the extra mattress.

Our schedule is working itself out pretty well.  At night we watch a movie after we read a book and she has had her bath.  I try to limit the TV, not for a good parental reason, but because I can't stand most of what they now call cartoons.  I do let her watch a little when it is too hot to go outside.

The weather is a killer.  95 at least today.  So hot the air conditioner can't even cool the car when we are running errands.  I have run both window units inside for short periods during the day this week.  I usually only run one.  My electricity bill is going to be enormous.

I'm still working on my ice dyeing.  I've listed several shirts for sale on ebay. The good thing is that I started by using white shirts in my size so any that don't sell will be worn by me.  I love them.  I am having so much fun.

The Grandson is starting is first job at Kroger next week.  He went in for orientation on Tuesday and will get his schedule on Friday.  I really didn't want him to go to work yet but he needed something to offset the summer boredom ... and pay for the insurance for the car his Dad is getting him.  OMG.  Hopefully he will be too tired to want to run the roads.  (insert you saying: Yeah, right.)

Not much else to tell.  It is midnight and I'm just getting the clothes out of the dryer.  Wish I had a clothes line.  They'd dry in about 5 minutes in this heat.

More later.




Tuesday, June 14, 2016

My new Summer Schedule

Hey Bloggeroos.  One tired Nana here.

My new summer schedule includes Grand Girl #1 being here Monday through Friday.  Dad drops her off on his way to work Monday and I take her to his office to ride home with him Friday afternoon.

We weren't sure how this would work as far as Grand Girl getting home sick but she is doing fine so far.  She is used to staying here a couple of days in a row so I guess it doesn't seem too long to her.

Two reasons for this schedule.  One, of course, is money.  She was not attending daycare after school this past school year so the extra money for her to go this summer was a big pain in the pocket book so I agreed to try it out with the reservation that I may not be able to do it all summer.

Second was that she needed extra time reading and building up her word and spelling lists. She does pretty good although I have no idea where she should be so we signed up for the reading program at the library. One book a day ought to put her at ease for whatever comes next year.


This week she arrived with a turtle in a box that someone had given her family. So we made a turtle habitat.  


I've been busy ice dyeing and have created some really lovely patterns.  This is a good hobby for me.  






I guess I still have a foot in the 60s I guess, only this is much softer and more feminine than tie dye.

So I may be blogging a little less frequently this summer or .....

I may be sharing the pain more often.