bennington, vt.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

cut some more

It was time for a trim.
Jack doesn't like to be hot.

honest, this was just last week!
He will lay, roll, and dig happily in the snow.

Crocuses' are out
Time for a haircut.
my 11 year old Puppy

Pepper . . . trimming doesn't help

'tis Spring! 

this has been our gratuitous puppy post.

top of the house

. . . into a home.

New Floors
or painted,
or sanded & refinished
first floor bathroom
New toilet, sink, vanity, and grab/towel bars.
accessability for Dad
built new bookcases
living room
Lots of paint
on many, many walls
and Exhaustion.

a week or so--

Been Busy . . .

Neice's Swim meet . . .

Father's Bone Scan
(at least two cracked ribs)

Plenty of snow, just in time to go for his blood work.
Mom's Cardiology appt.
Help Brother and Sis de-constuct,
move pieces,
and reconstuct large furniture.
Pharmaceutical Reps
Dad to his Endocrine appt.
Did I mention, two dental appts for myself,
calling my dental insurance,
although they accept the office . . .
they don't accept the Dentist IN the office?? 

Oh yeah, I Work too!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

see you safe

Pepper, just last week,
 now back to your previously scheduled snow.

Busy day, yesterday, but a lot was accomplished.

1.  Benefits were indeed reinstated and are retroactive.
     a.  Oh yeah, we meant to take that all out of this week's pay check, but I miss filed the paperwork, oh yeah, and it will be less then originally calculated.  Ok, as long as it goes all the way back to January 23.

2.  BC/BS  is going to cover my medical testing last month.
     a.  They refused, originally, because I had no coverage at the time.  They were very nice, and without a quibble.

3.  CPAP Equipment Co., 3 months and still waiting for ANYTHING.
     a.  The New England branch did the transfer paperwork wrong, have you called them?
          1)  I contacted you in my approved local equipment co., which should make it easier since you are the same national company.
          2)  They faxed you the incorrect paperwork THAT day.
          3)  I mailed you the prescription from the M.D. that day.
          4)  Have you called New England to let them know the paperwork was wrong?
          5)  It's been 3 months and I have received and heard nothing from you.
          6)  When I called in Dec. I told you I'd had no new equipment for almost a year.  (delays in getting a doctor on my part, tweens everything else in my life!)
     b.  I'll call you back.  Have you received any equipment.  No, No, No . . .  sigh.
     c.  Called back, supposedly fixed.  We'll see.

4.  Chipped away some more on a required 2 HOUR online compliance inserviceMy parents will verify the boredom, dullness, and snooze factor in this, and of course they can't watch TV while I'm complying.

5.  Saved an unleashed dog that thought, for some reason, it was a good idea to attack my dogs as we went for our walk. 
    a.  Jack went into protect Mommy mode.  Kill!
    b.  Pepper, (temporarily), went into her "I hate DOGS" mode.
    c.  and Yes, I stuck my hand in there and grabbed the Offender's back by the fur as I called off my two.
        1)  this was made easier by the fact that my two had effectively hog tied the attacker with their "zip line" leads.
   d.  returned the Offender to its apologetic owner as I continued to untangle its legs and my two calmly/quietly/politely sat there.
        2)  No bites on my two or me, and one VERY contrite Offender, although it did go for a last growl . . . once inside its own home.  

Yes, much was accomplished.    

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Friday, Dad had been sounding progressively more hoarse and to have a productive, ("juicy"), cough.

Friday night Dad did not turn enough to grasp the kitchen chair before he sat and missed it.  He's been complaining about his side ever since.  (Bruising finally came up Monday.)

Monday he decided it was time to go to the Doctor, but was not willing to give up his Mexican Restaurant Day to go.  (Yes, we could have gone the next day . . . like we did last week, because of the snow.) 

Tuesday the Doctor confirmed a lung infection, possible rib crack, (x-rays were difficult to read), and that I had actually lifted 250 lbs off the floor, (not the 240lbs I thought).

So, antibiotic, continue with guaifenesin, and booked for a Bone Scan . . . should be fun.
thinking good thoughts of MY backyard

very good

Valentine's Day plant

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

cut a slice

Friday, February 25, 2011
Today, exactly one year after Dad's stroke,
I took Mom for a needle biopsy.

We both distinctly remember my asking:
how many stitches or steri-strips will she have?
They cut and placed a (never mentioned) titanium clip
to mark the otherwise too tiny spot.
She was quite annoyed with them.
(the fact they wouldn't let me come down with her,

 and then kept asking her questions
then were not able to understand her answers.
I was annoyed,
because they then asked me the questions
in the Waiting Room . . .
next to other people.