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One of Those Days

Have you ever just had one of those days?  Today has been that day for me.

It started off so well!  I had a massage first thing this morning and that really helped my entire demeanor.  As some of you know, I REALLY look forward to my massage and am so relaxed when I get home.  I guess that’s why the rest of the day seemed so much more frustrating than it usually would have.

One of my tenants griped at my maintenance man at the Meadows Building because, instead of doing what he asked, Ken told him to talk to me about it.  Ok, there are indeed sticker burrs in spots in the parking lot but I had already asked the landscapers to spray them.  Ken is my maintenance man, not my gardener, at the Meadows Building.  It’s not his job to spray and dig up stickers!  I was ready for bear by the time I got down to the Meadows Building.

Yes, I addressed the problem with the tenant.  I also said not to make any changes to the Meadows Building without running it by me first, such as painting and putting up signs, which was done earlier this summer.  Man, did I get ticked! 

I had seen my next door neighbor’s new pavement, right next door to the Meadows Building, and recently they striped it to make for more organized parking.  I can understand that but it wasn’t until today, when a long pickup truck was parked in-between the two buildings, that it became apparent how much room those parking spots were actually taking away from the Meadows Building parking. 

At one time, I hoped to pave my parking lot also but it was way out of my budget so I’ll have to wait a few years.  When they paved next door, they paved to the middle of the space between the buildings but they only own a few feet next to their building so they paved some of my lot.  Ok, no big deal.  I appreciate it.  Thank you.

I have been told that those parking spaces can be used for the Meadows Building also but there is no “Public Parking” sign on those spaces and, since they are now paved and mine are not, it looks like there is a distinct line of demarcation between the two buildings.  The customers for my building don’t seem to be parking there.  Am I being too picky here???

I have mulled and mulled for the past week about the $2k bill I got from my landscapers and, after today, I have decided that I just can’t afford this guy any more.  He takes care of the sprinkler systems at the Meadows Building and my mom’s house and plants seasonal flowers at both places.  But $2,000 worth???  I just can’t afford that, not in this fiscal environment.  After how today went, I was on a roll so I called and fired him.  I don’t know who I’ll get to take it over but I will negotiate a much better deal AND I will make sure that the new landscapers clear all expenses with me before I get billed!

Sitting here tonight and stewing, it finally dawned on me what was wrong.  I don’t like it when people do something and don’t give me fair warning when it concerns something that I own.  Tell me what you are going to do before you do it and I will probably be fine with it but give me the opportunity to do something better or different or more effective or just something MY way.  If you want to pave or paint or stripe or make 35 trips, tell me about it and ask my opinion.  Don’t just assume that I will be grateful!

One thing that I AM grateful for is having Ed’s health back.  I feel like he has been MIA for over a year and I am grateful to his doctors, his nurses, and the technology for helping us.  Yes, there are things he can’t do for a while but that will pass.  We are taking our barge trip for my mom and will sit on the river barge on the Danube with some of her friends and drink a toast to her, we will tell stories about her, and we will celebrate her life.  I know that she will be there also, enjoying everything but the scotch.  I’m glad that Ed will be there because he can enjoy that scotch for her.  I’m also grateful that Ed will be there so he can now enjoy all the walking tours with me and we can be totally exhausted after a fun day … together.


A Whirlwind Week!

This week has been a whirlwind of activity! 

Ed had difficulty getting a contact out of his left eye early this week and irritated the eye.  We went to Dallas to his optometrist on Wednesday.  Somehow he scratched his cornea so now he has antibiotic eye drops. 

Yesterday, Ed had an appointment with Dr. Naceem to discuss the results of the stress test last week.  The doctor recommended a pacemaker.  We could’ve tried a surgery to get rid of the atrial fibrillation however, if it didn’t work, we would be back to having a pacemaker.  Later, Dr. Naceem said that he didn’t think Ed had a-fib at all; Ed’s heart just worked that way.  On a brighter note, Dr. Naceem said that Ed had the body of a 65 year old.  I guess all that weight-lifting has paid off!

Knowing that we are soon to go on vacation, Dr. Naceem wanted to get the surgery over with quickly so that he would have lots of time to monitor Ed before we left and he felt it would be much better for Ed to go on vacation with a pacemaker.  The surgery occurred around noon today.  Is that quick enough for you, Doc???

I left Ed about 6:30 tonight and he was feeling great.  He ate a late lunch today and was eating dinner when I left.  His heart rate is now strong and steady.  What a great sound to hear!  He is still on bed rest until tomorrow so we don’t know yet if he has more energy or if he will get out of breath when he walks but the doctor assures us that he will feel so much better and will do fine with all the walking on our trip.  Woo-hoo!!!

I will bring Ed home tomorrow.  He can’t life anything heavy for a month.  In fact, he can’t even lift his left arm over shoulder height for a month.  And they don’t want him to drive for a month.  Not that he couldn’t drive, of course.  He could drive just fine but if he jerked the wheel to avoid a collision or something, he could tear loose the wires they screwed into his heart and that would mean surgery to fix them. 

What that means I that I will be doing all the driving for the next 2 weeks, I will be lifting all of the luggage on our trip, and he will have to call me to lift groceries and laundry the next 2 weeks.  Geez, thanks, Doc!!!  Man, will I be glad when we get back from vacation and his month of limitations is over!!!

$400 Million?

Ok, that’s it.  I’m upset.  Who decided that we could afford $400 million on Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” program?  She was lamenting that poor families often have to take 3 city buses or pay some expensive taxi to go to another community to buy healthy foods; that often, all they have available locally is a mini-market or a corner gas station to get food for their kids.  Hockey puck!!!  The majority of people live closer to a supermarket than I do!!!

She said that low-income families should have “fresh food retailers right in their communities, places that sell healthy food at reasonable prices so that they can feed their families in the way that they see fit.”  Really???  Who’s gonna run those places?  Is she going to force those mini-markets to sell fruit and vegetables?  Is she going to force a discount superstore in every community across the nation?

And if those retailers don’t agree with the concept, are they really going to keep fresh food in their establishments, after they take the government money?    What if the fresh food is not bought?  How much food will be wasted, rotting on the shelves, because people prefer buying peanut butter and jelly because they last longer in the pantry?  Fresh food is too expensive to waste these days.

And give me a break!  She has a program to stop serving French fries and soda in school cafeteria’s because she doesn’t trust the parents to make sure their kids are eating healthy.  So, does she trust the parents making decisions “in the way that they see fit” or not?

I’m sorry, but when the government is $14 trillion in debt and they are trying to find ways to cut spending, couldn’t that $400 million be used toward helping to pay our government’s current debts rather than starting yet another program that our free market system should be handling?

Whoever made this decision in this economy should be fired!  Grrrrr.


It’s been a while …

I know it’s been a while since I posted a blog so I thought I’d better post a short note to let everyone know what’s going on.

Ed is doing great!  He has way more energy and continues to feel better each day.  He’s actually been going outside to water plants, which he hasn’t done in months and months.  And his car is using more gas nowadays than it has in a long time.  Yes, he feels very comfortable driving again.  Woo-hoo!  If he doesn’t get out of Argyle once a day, he gets a mini-case of cabin fever.  I, on the other hand, would be satisfied with putzing around Argyle, if I get out of the house at all!

For me, however, I have had terrible allergies this year.  I’m still trying to find an allergy medication that actually works!  A few weeks ago, all that drainage turned into bronchitis.  I’ve been taking my medications but they were done on Thursday and Friday last week.  This weekend, (grrrrr) I started getting the symptoms back again.  Of course, it would happen on the weekend when the doctor’s office is closed.  Yes, I’ve already called the doctor and I go in to see him on Wednesday morning.

I’ve been trying to stay away from people the past two weeks.  I don’t think I was contagious this past week but I sure didn’t want to take any chances.  I’ll be back in circulation soon though, I hope.  Until then, y’all take care and stay as cool as you can.  We sure seem to have gotten August heat early this year, don’t ya think???


Still here … and then not

1:00 pm: Yes, we’re still in the hospital waiting to see the doctor.  Thankfully, I brought Ed his iPad so he could read email (my previous posts, of course!) and his normal web sites.  Add the TV, time for lunch, … Continue reading


People Stories 2

Ed was his usual funny self and totally had the nurses wrapped around his finger.  “He was a good boy,” they told me after surgery.  Of course, at the time, he was lying in the bed, red-faced, eyes closed, shaking … Continue reading


People Stories 1

Now that surgery is over and I have time and energy to sit and reflect on all of the people we have met today, I wanted to relate some of the funny and/or interesting people stories. This morning, when Nurse … Continue reading