I don't do too many posts about our cat Squeak..wait, Jack would say: "She's YOUR cat"! Yes, I'm the one who found her on a rainy, cold November night begging for food at our church. I'm not a huge cat fan, but I hated seeing her looking so bad and I thought, since we lived in the country, that a good "mouser" would be a good thing. So I brought her home and took her to the vet to get checked out and also get fixed..you know, took her Saturday night privileges away. The funny thing about that was the fact that after she was put to sleep and shaved...they discovered she had already been "fixed"...oops. Oh well, she came home and turned out to be a good mouser and a good chipmunk destroyer. She was never a very friendly cat. She liked to be petted only if it was her idea and then she would bite you after she'd had enough. The Grandkiddos learned to stay away and admire her from afar! Well, this Winter she has been doing a lot of this:
Monday, January 27, 2014
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Did you ever have a day where you just knew it was going to be "one of those kind" of days? I went to a motivational speaker last year who said we should always wake up in the morning and say out loud: "Today is going to be the BEST day ever!" Well, I didn't say that and it wasn't. Nothing super crazy happened and frankly I'm not sure why I was not in the best mood. Perhaps because I was going to get to work a little early today and be ready to take my CPR test at 7am sharp. I thought I had it all planned out. I had my breakfast and lunch made the night before and I was ready! But I couldn't find my phone and with the weather being beastly....another reason to have a bad day I guess...I didn't want to drive anywhere without it. Here's how it went down: Jack: "I 'll call your number and we'll listen for the phone to ring"....He dials the number....Jack: "Can you hear that buzzing?" Me: "No". Jack dials again. Jack: "Can you hear that buzzing?" Me: "NO!"...Jack dials again. Me: " I hear the buzzing!" He dials again and finally I find it..under my side of the bed. I told Jack I had no clue how it got there. Of course he helped me figure it out...I took it there...duh. Ok, so now I'm leaving for work late. Now I'm also mad. I'm also hating Winter. It's dango cold out here! Super freeze is back with some snow thrown in just to make sure our hate is complete. I park the car and make the trek...the long trek...limping all the way with my bad knee. I did take my test and passed it so I should be a happy camper. No, not me..I had multiple things happen that just made me grumpy. I'm on call tonight and of course I had plans to go to a class at the Church tonight to learn "chair yoga"..or "choga" as I lovingly called it! That was before 2 emergency cases kept me at work until 7pm. So I guess that's my excuses and I'm sticking with them! I never did see this:
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Many of you who follow my blog know I'm involved in the "Pink Scarf Project". We collected hundreds of pink scarves to hand out to cancer patients going through chemo and radiation. We had the privilege of doing this in our hospital in October of last year. October is breast cancer awareness month. The newspaper ran an article about it and featured the first patient who received one. She was very gracious in granting an interview and really enjoyed the scarf and was so thankful to the people who took the time to make them. Yesterday I found out that she passed away. That's the reality of dealing with cancer. Not every story has a happy ending. I know our scarves won't eradicate the disease. They don't bring miracles. I wish they could. But my wish is those scarves will bring a moment of hope. A moment that says somebody cares and knows that you are in the fight of your life and we're in your corner. A moment that might bring a smile. There are many times that we do beat the monster called cancer. Many times there is a happy ending. I'm wishing that for my good buddy Donna. So far so good for her! One day in our hospital lobby I happened to see an older gentleman walking out holding one of our scarves. It looked like he was holding it for his wife. It made me smile to see it and I hope it brought them some happiness. I thought I knew about cancer...I've seen it in my work life. I know what it looks like on the liver...on the breast...on the colon. I've felt the tumors, I've help implant the ports that deliver the chemo. However, until I saw the reality of it on the faces of people I love, I realized I didn't know "squat" about it. I didn't know what going through chemo was like..or how radiation makes you feel. How expensive the drugs are to treat it and keep it at bay. How the other members of the family have to deal with watching somebody they love go through it. I've learned a lot about it these past few years. That's what made me decide to help with the project. We still have lots of scarves that will be sent to other places for patients. I won't know the final outcome of all who receive one. I'll just hope and pray someday we won't need to hand them out...and the reality of the Pink Scarf is a cure.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Every year about this time I eagerly await the arrival of my blog book. Today it came! I always blog about my blog books. Probably because it's January and there's not much to blog about anyway! I take all my blog posts starting January 1st and ending with December 31st and put them into book form. I used "Blog2Print.com" but the company "sharebook" puts them together. There's different sites that will help you do this. Usually it's pretty easy to navigate but for some reason I had a hard time getting the posts in the right order. I had to email the company 3 times to have them fix the problems. I wasn't a happy camper. I let them know. I never heard back from them about my displeasure. However, I did get the book so I guess I'm happy now...but I'm not sure I'll use this company next year. Anyway, here's the finished product.
A whole year of my life all neat and tidy and oh so interesting...Ok, neat and tidy anyway! I was noticing that I had the exact same amount of posts in 2013 that I had in 2012. I wonder if I posted about the same things each year....hmmm, I guess I'll have to check. Yep, many posts were similar. Oh well, it's good to see some things never change! But my book made me smile and then I remembered something else that made me smile....this little guy:
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Yep, a walk in the dark...not the park. Around 5pm the snow started falling and temps were rising. Around 10pm Jack said, "Hey, it's really coming down out there"..my solution? "Want to take a walk?" So we bundled up, grabbed the dog and the camera..not necessarily in that order, and headed out. It was light out because of the reflection of the white snow. The snow was falling in big juicy flakes.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
A no pic post...an usual occurrence at the Pines! Frankly, how to you photograph cold? I can tell you it's super freezing here. Yesterday the wind chills made it about 30 below zero. This morning it was 13 below...getting warmer? I'm looking forward to tomorrow's temps...it's actually going to be 20de! Flip flops here we come! (just kidding) I give super hero awards to all police, fire, city workers, and anyone who has to work outdoors. I give hero awards to our surgical department workers. Those who made it to work on time..those who had to fight with the airlines to get home from a Christmas vacation...those who have a long drive to get to Ashland...and a special award to hubbies who drive and drop off their wives at the door so
me they don't have to walk the 1/4mi from the parking lot to the hospital and freeze to death! Jack closed down early yesterday and today after many cancellations because of the weather. Our surgical patients, however, made it in. With a few exceptions. Any cancellations we had were due to issues other than the weather. Hopefully all will be better as the week goes on. I had to post about these temps because I use this blog as a journal. It hasn't been this cold in 100 years. I'm thinking I probably won't be here in another 100yrs so maybe who ever gets this blog book in the will is going to love reading about the "BIG FREEZE" of 2014. The usual good-byes in this weather are as follows: Stay safe, stay warm..I've heard it and read it many times since most of my blog buddies live where it's cold..or they live south and are having a very unusual cold spell. Then there's Australia where they are having a crazy heat wave....Mother Nature, you are such a kidder! Stay safe, stay warm everyone....
Saturday, January 4, 2014
The country is being hit by some pretty frigid temps. Blogs from out east are talking about the cold and snow. Down south they are going to get colder than usual. In Chicago my family is hunkering down, waiting out the worst. (Except for my brother Phil who is probably laughing at us all as he sips a cool, fruity drink in Fort Myers, Florida!) Here in Ohio, we're taking it day by day. A winter storm hit on Thursday but we only got about 6in. of the white stuff. The sun was out yesterday and today and that always makes me smile. It was suppose to be warmer today..around 30, but the wind still made you wrap your scarf a bit tighter!
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Ok, a new year with all it's possibilities. All it's good, bad, and ugly. I'm ready to begin again..are you? Do you have your vision for this new year all splayed out on paper? Is it in your head what you want to accomplish? Do you even bother with all that? Do you just let the year plan it's self and you follow along? Well, what ever you do, I sure hope it's a good year for you. I was expecting to wake up today to snow, snow, snow...it was no, no, no, snow. But it's coming...just in time for my commute in the morning. What I do know is no matter what the weather, all our patients will make it in...they always do! We're suppose to get about 7-10in. and more during the rest of the week. That's OK. It's winter and that's how we roll around here. I'm trying my new attitude about things..like not complaining about the weather! So far so good. Of course I'm sitting in a warm room all comfy cozy. We'll see how I do tomorrow. Today all the rest of my decorations made it back into storage. The house looks a bit bare..that's OK too. I like the clean look of it! We had some traditional foods today and we also broke with our usual traditions. Pork and sauerkraut have been the menu since I moved to Ohio back in 1877..wait, I mean 1977. Today we went with steak, twice baked potatoes..