Thursday, December 20, 2007

Getting better

         Today we went to the store and saw our favorite bell ringer ringing and singing away.  You can't help but laugh and feel good seeing her and she always gets my money.

        Both of us slept like logs last night.  I feel more rested then I have in weeks.

         Rick went to the doctors today.   They are going on the assumption the high BP is due to his mother so will have in come in every couple of weeks for a BP check to see if it stays high.  The doc doesn't realize that for this family the stress is far from over but thats OK.

        Rick and I are going to start back at the gym next week.  Exercise makes everything better, once you get over the soreness from starting to exercise again, LOL.

       Rick and BIL are going to see the lawyer tomorrow.   BIL is finally starting to get the hint that he had better find a new place to squat.

       We have gotten so many cards and beautiful well wishes from everyone.   Each is appreciated.  Once again I can't say thanks enough.

         I go back to work tomorrow and I finished and passed another test I needed today.   I guess I am competent to work another year.

       We have fallen into a bad habit.  I have only cooked one meal since my MIL died.  I was just so exhausted. I couldn't think of anything to cook or get the energy to actually do.  Time to just sit there and let someone else do the cooking.   Fortunately for us I won 2000 on this game.  It is a nickel machine that you can use the tickets for drinks and meals.  We have gotten 4 meals out of those tickets.  I rarely play the machine so I think my MIL had a hand in it.  Thanks Mom.

       I put out a couple of Christmas items.  No tree but a few items.   I really do love Christmas.  Tonight Rick and I are going to drive around and look at the lights.  We do it every year.

         Next week I start going through my MIL's things.  Dread.  Time to get the clothes packed up.  I am selling something of the very old clothes in my shop along with some of the antiques and nicer items.  We are donating most of the clothes to the battered womens shelter.  And our shredder is going to be going to town.  She has some very old greeting cards from the 1800's and early 1900's I will probably sell.  Most will sell in auction.  We are starting to get past the numb stage to the planning and acceptance stage.  The sooner we get all this done, the sooner BIL is gone.  Motivation.

     Have a great weekend all.



inquestoftruth said...

Hey Julie!  Sounds as if you and Rick are handling things pretty well.  You sound upbeat, and that is truly good to hear.    I think looking at Christmas lights will be a very soothing balm for you.  I hope the next week goes peacefully by, as well.

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kirkbyj05 said...

Dear Julie

I am so pleased to hear that you and Rick are doing things out and about together.  You've had good night's sleep into the bargain last!
I don't envy you beginning the exercise regime either.  The pain is the bit that always puts me off beginning.  You are so brave!  The only exercise I get these days is tapping my fingers across my keyboard.  Lol!
Sensible idea...getting everything moving so that BIL moves on. What a day for celebration that will be!
My card to you is on its way...I didn't want it to arrive before Christmas.  You are both holding up so well.  Thank goodness you have each other for support.
Congrats on getting through your tests.  What an awful time to have gone through them.  You are one 'Super Nurse' ! One of the best!
Jeanie xxx

lanurseprn said...

Hi Julie,
I hope Rick's BP goes down as time goes on. My BP was sky high during my mom's illness. Then, it got better.
Good luck going through her stuff. That's hard. Like you, I had an entire housefull of stuff to go through. You will be amazed at the stuff you will find! You know what was the hardest was the clothes. They smelled like her. Just warning ya.
Hope you have a peaceful Xmas and that everything goes smoothly.

cacklinrosie101 said...

I always give my bell ringer money.  They are always out in the snow and poor weather.  What a year this has been.  I know you will be so realieved when some of these things are over and done with.  I pray that you get to enjoy the holiday.  Chris

carolelainedodd said...

Glad to hear you both got some rest.  That will be hard to go through MIL's belongings.
Hope you have a good Christmas.  Did you make the sausage???