Sunday, April 12, 2015

A Shower gone Awry

I went into the bathroom yesterday; and turned the shower on. Water flew everywhere - to the ceiling and the walls and the glass doors. I turned it off as quickly as possible, but not before inundating my robe and hair. 

I looked up at the big shower head and it was hanging by a "thread" from the pipe. Apparently, the cleaning woman who was here on Friday (her first time) messed it up and failed to tell me it might be a problem. If she spoke English, I would call her and complain. 

So I went into another bathroom to get my shower. I called my daughter, who is my landlady, and asked if my son-in-law could take a look at it. Either that or I would call a plumber and also have him install the new kitchen faucet, which I have had for months. 

They came over this morning and he fixed the shower head; putting new tape on the joint, so it should be fine for a good while. Isn't it nice to have a relative who can do things for you?  I am really grateful to Ed for the help! But the faucet remains.....and I am getting anxious for the new one, which is much easier to work than the old one. I guess I'll have to call a plumber after all. 

Friday, April 03, 2015

Cardiac Rehab #30

Today's output:

25 minutes on the Nu-Step machine.

30 bicep curls

30 lateral arm raises

15 wall push-ups

10 reps on the seated row machine

Boy am I tired - but also proud of myself. When I started rehab in January, I could barely eke out 5 minutes on any machine. A problem remains, though.  I was expected to lose 10-12 pounds during the 36 visits to rehab. As of today, I have gained 3. Yikes.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Do You Play Games?

on the computer, that is. I do. I play scrabble, lexulous, wordscraper and now I'm also back to Words with Friends. I have always loved word games and crosswords and could play for hours if I had a willing competitor. 

Back in the early years of my marriage, after I quit work to have my first child, I had a neighbor who also love to play Scrabble. I think I have written about her before. We played every day from 10 am to noon. That lasted until we moved to Raleigh in 1969. I have never found anyone here who likes to play as I do. So when I joined facebook and found I could play on the computer, my life changed. 

But there is a problem. Some of my opponents start a game and then make me wait days before they play their move. I don't understand it. Oh, I know if you are out of town, or have company, or are sick - that it might be difficult to play. But when someone goes for days or even weeks without making a play and giving no explanation, it bothers me. I love opening a game and finding that it is my turn to play. When I open it and see nothing - I deflate like an old balloon. Truly I do. 

Would you like to play any of the games above? Let me know.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Quotes from Books

From "Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant" by Anne Tyler:

"Cody, listen. I was special too, once, to someone. I could just reach out and lay a fingertip on his arm while he was talking and he would instantly fall silent and get all confused. I had hopes; I was courted; I had the most beautiful wedding. I had three lovely pregnancies where  every morning I woke up knowing something perfect would happen in nine months, eight months, it seemed I was full of light; it was light and plans that filled me. And then when you children were little, why, I was the center of your worlds! I was everything to you! It was Mother this and Mother that and Where's Mother? Where's she gone to? And the moment you came in from school, 'Mother? Are you home?' It's not fair, Cody. It's really not fair; now I'm old and I walk along unnoticed, just like anyone else. It strikes me as unjust, Cody. But don't tell the others I said so. "

"Pearl drifts through the other bedrooms, checking the other windows. In the smallest bedroom, a nursery, a little old lady in a hat approaches. It's Pearl, in the speckled mirror above a bureau. She leans closer and traces the lines around her eyes.  Her age does not surprise her. She's grown used to it by now. You're old for so much longer than you're young, she thinks. Really, it hardly seems fair."

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Aw, Baby, I'm Soooooooo Tired!

I have never forgotten this line, quoted by a wife during an appearance on Oprah. Her husband was always too tired to make love, and he said the line above - "Oh, Baby, I'm Sooooo tired"  in answer to her advances. 

I could use that line every day now - and not in response to anything specific. All last year, prior to my heart surgery, I was exhausted all the time. I truly thought that once I had the surgery, that would go away. But I've had no such luck. I am somewhat better than I was last year, but not as good as I'd like. 

This morning I took my car in for inspection. I had to get up earlier than usual. Afterward, I ran some errands and then met two old friends for lunch. After lunch, I went to three stores, where I attempted to minimize my walking and the time spent in each. By the time I finished shopping, I could barely hobble back to the car I was so tired. 

There are lots of things I need to do; clean the garage, my taxes, organizing papers and photos, cleaning closets and kitchen cabinets. I cannot forsee a time in the near future when these might be accomplished. It is disheartening, to say the least. My cardiologist gave me a good report last week - he said I am progressing well. I just wish that progression included more energy. I have to take a nap every day, especially after cardiac rehab, and on other days if I have to go shopping. 
It seems that all I do is bitch nowadays when I write a post. I do have quite a bit to be grateful for: my car passed inspection, I had a good lunch with two old blog friends and my family visited me this past weekend. I hope that my energy level increases soon. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Nothing Works Anymore

I have bought a few things lately that all had to be returned due to non-function or mis-function. First were two "watches" worn on the wrist that were supposed to give you your heart-rate when a button was pushed. Neither of them worked well on me, and I was told it was because I have an irregular heartbeat. I think the makers of the watches ought to put a disclaimer on the package, saying that they may not work if your heart is not regular. 

I finally bought a new alarm clock and the alarm function does not work. I have set the clock and set the alarm, and on the face of the digital screen you can see that it is set for daylight savings time in the eastern US, and that the alarm is set for 7:10 am - but for two mornings in a row - it has not rung at all. I have set my phone alarm too, and I am thankful that it works, otherwise I might be late to rehab. 

I am returning that clock today, but I am fearful of replacing it, for fear that one won't work either. Seems all I do is return stuff. I hate doing it and it seems to me that before the 2000's, I seldom had to return anything. Do you find that to be true as well? 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

My Daddy

Today would have been his 111th birthday. He has been gone for 20 years, and seldom a day goes by that I don't think of him and wish he were still here. A previous post, of a portrait I made of him.