Weekend Round Up

Warmer today, going to be even warmer tomorrow.  This is supposed to be the week from hell temperature wise.  Even though it was warmer, at one point it felt nicer outside than it did inside.

I tried to take it easy today.  Pains are kind of getting up there.  Now I get to experience something new.  I’ve had it before, mostly happened when I was living in the South though and only during my cycle.  Yesterday was pretty much the first time that it happened that wasn’t associated with my cycle.  My feet and ankles swelled up some, there was a bit of tingling, and my ankles were light red and a little warm.  They were better by morning, but I’ve felt it trying to come on all afternoon. So I’ve been trying to either elevate my feet or walk around a bit more often.

So I spent the day trying to catch up on some art retreat classes. I also have to, want to go through the Women Unleashed sessions before they expire.  I have missed out on so much without my computer.  My tablet is only capable of so much and my Olde Faithful laptop can’t handle videos.

I want to maybe start to paint the sketch I did from one of the classes earlier, but I really don’t know how much longer I can sit here.  Between my hips, back, neck, and my new fun experience I don’t think it will be for long at all.

I’m behind right now on Camp NaNo.  Not very much, but still.  Behind is behind for me and I don’t like playing catch up.  Add that to my list of goals for the week.

Last of the rooms is almost put back together. Waiting for the rug to finish drying and weighing out where we want things to go.  Then, after that it’s just the little things. Books on shelves, nick-nacks, that sort of thing.  Once that is all complete, pain levels and weather not withstanding I hope to give my room a good going over with the vacuum. Even with doors closed, it’s amazing just how much dry wall dust gets around.

If you’re in the hot zones, do try to stay cool and hydrated.  I know I will be trying to.

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Quote Of The Day

I have been mulling things around trying to think of things to blog about.  I have a thought trying to formula and put to words, but I am not there yet.

The temps are creeping up to the triple digits this week.  Yesterday wasn’t too bad, but it was hotter today and will be getting hotter through the week.  Trying to adjust to being heat sensitive is a new thing.  I’m not quite sure how to deal with it. I never used to be like this.  Even last summer I wasn’t this sensitive.  I can only wonder what the cold will be like.

Pain levels are increasing. I’m trying to push through it until everything is finished up, like furniture moved and such.  I don’t know how successful I will be at pushing the limits because I really am feeling it.  I have to, I just can’t sit by not with Momma T having hurt her back a couple weeks back.  She probably shouldn’t even be doing what she is doing either.  But …. again… we have to.

There’s a lot to do around here now that the house is fixed up.  We have a room that needs repainted, there’s a story there. Did I already tell ya’ll?  Before I go and repeat myself, I’ll be sure to check. Just not right now lol.  We have a room that needs to be moved back into.  Still getting the kitchen sorted, the counters end up acting as catch all for stuff to be sorted.  The Momma T’s sewing room needs to be put back to order so she can get to sewing on her mounting project list.  Maybe it’s not a lot of stuff, just a bunch of tedious little things.

So about that quote.  It came across one of my feeds a few days ago, I don’t remember which one I saw it on.  But, it’s by Hannah Gadsby from “Nanette” that is currently available on Netflix.  It really struck me and has been on my mind since.  I hope to watch the show soon.  I found this image on Google.

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How powerful is that??

It’s HOT!

I guess I don’t tolerate the heat very well anymore.  Even when I was in Florida, I think I handled it better than this.  Honestly, it’s awful.  Satan’s ass crack hot today and only going to get hotter.  Momma T got a nifty thermometer gadget for her birthday and at one point it said the outside temp was 114.  114! In fucking Idaho!  I called the gadget a liar!

But in all seriousness, I just  can’t handle the heat.  Seems like anything past 85 these days and I feel like I am melting.  Past 90 and I feel like a puddle.  We have all the fans running just about also the water cooler.  Did I mention we don’t have A/C?  I think back to when I was a kid and wonder how I survived the heat.  I sear it didn’t even phase me back then.

We’ve been trying to “move” back into the house.  Tough to do when it’s so hot.  There’s no relief in sight for at least the next two weeks either. So we’ll just have to  take it easy and do what we can.  To make matters worse, neither Mom or I can do a whole lot anyway.  Me with my pains and she hurt her back a couple weeks ago.  We make a fine pair.

I’m whining. I’m sorry.  I get like that when it’s this hot. Think cool thoughts!

Finally Done

Work is finally done!  Now to clean!  There is dry wall dust every where!  We thought we were supposed to have a cleaning crew and steam cleaner come do the carpets.  It’s on the break down sheet. But, it seems doubtful this company that was supposed to do the work will see it done.  All they get is the money, they don’t do any of the actual work.  It’s such bull shit.  If we had only known!  But what’s done is done. We have a roof and a ceiling.  We can start living again.

It’ll be nice to have my computer back.  Much as I love my old faithful here, it’s really slow.  I can’t use it for much more than writing, especially after August when Firefox will no longer support this version of Windows.  That part sucks, even though it is slow I have liked being on it again.

Hoping to sleep a little later tomorrow.  If not later, at least more restful.  Having to get up is one thing, but when your afraid you’ll over sleep and wake up to workers in the house….not so restful.

Supposed to be a hot one tomorrow. Today’s high was only said to be around 77, not sure what it was but tomorrow they are saying 95 or 97 depending on who you believe. Whatever it will be, it will definitely be a hot one!  I’m not a fan of hot.  Is it Fall yet?

Camp NaNo Time & An Update

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Round two of Camp NaNoWriMo is here.  Starting today!  I can’t believe it is already the first day of July!!  Half a year gone, where did the time go??? Six months and I feel like I got not much to show for it.

For this round, I am thinking of trying to write a take two on my April project.  That one didn’t go quite as I planned, even though I won.  I want to be writing a memoir of sorts, but with a fiction element.  One to protect those who I might include and two to give myself some leeway if I can’t remember all the details of something.  I’m only setting my word count to 15,000 because I’m still only on my ancient laptop.

Okay, it’s not ancient. It’s only almost 13 years old 😀 Still runs on Win98. The Firefox update I just did said it would be the last for this OS.  I don’t think I can put Windows 7 on here, nor could I afford to if I found a copy.  So after August, I should only use this for my writing software and not accessing the web.

In other news, the roof is on and shingled. The ceiling has be hung and mudded. The wiring has be addressed. Now we are waiting for them to texture and paint.  We were told we should be done by Wednesday. But I have a feeling that the guy didn’t realize that that’s the 4th.  So my guess is going to be Friday, almost 3 months to the day since it happened.  We will all be glad when it’s finally finished.

Tomorrow they will be here at the too early o’clock. This doesn’t sit well with my body. Not that I sleep late anyway, but it’s a different sleep when you know you have to wake up or else.  It seems to make me sleep super tense and I wake up a lot in between.  I won’t even go into pain flares and new pains.

But it’s almost over.  Then maybe once we can all relax, I can maybe sleep a hair better. Not that I sleep great anyway, but better than this has been.  Just a few more days, finish line is in sight.

 

weekend roundup

Summer has officially arrived!  The other day I felt like the Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz, I was melting lol.  Yesterday was quite nice being only 81 and a cool breeze.  Perfect day for the birthday BBQ to celebrate 3 birthdays.

Today is going to be warmer. 88, I think.  Still a breeze, but you can already tell it’s going to be a warm one.

I get to check a box on my bucket list!  I got to see baby Magpies up close.  I have photos!!!  I can’t wait to share them.  It will be a bit yet before I can though.

That’s the worst part of being without my actual computer.  I can’t share my pictures here on the blog.  I can’t even upload them to the computer!  My laptop is too old for my canon.

Now I’ve discovered that the outer surface of the lens on my tablet camera has some flaws and scratches.  It’s making the lower 1/4 of my photos look blurred.  On the one hand it’s a cool unexpected effect. On the other hand, it can really mess up a good photo.  This is what I use to take and post to instagram. So it kind sucks in some cases. But I will have to make do, I can’t just buy a new one and I can’t fix it.  H/T photography problems.

Going to be at least two more weeks minimum before I can get back to my computer.  So sharing any pictures will be on hold until July.  Can’t wait to surprise myself with some shots I might of scored.

Still Not Finished

The good news is that only 1 truss was broken.  The bad news is the trusses order were the wrong fucking size!  How do you screw it up after measuring twice on two separate occasions is beyond me. AND…no one ever actually got in the attic to even check shit out!!

The company we went with to do the work…doesn’t actually even do the work!  They sub it all out.  FFS!  Thankfully, we have a seemingly great contractor working on things.  He and his team made the truss work even though it was cut and built wrong.  He said this company that did that is notorious for it.  Now we are waiting on an electrician for the wires to be moved above the truss.  Half the roof is shingled.  The other half should be done on Friday.  There is dry wall up covering as much as possible until the wiring is addressed. Then it should be on to mudding, texturing, painting, etc.

All in all, we could be looking at another two weeks before all is said and done.  The company doing the actual work has a slew of other jobs they are doing as well so we are being worked into the schedule.

They are calling for rain, thunder, and wind this evening.  Possible hail.  All we can do is hope nothing goes crazy and that the wind doesn’t decide to blow away anything.

I am still technically offline.  But I managed to get my ancient laptop working enough to access the blogs and email. I think this thing is still running off XP!!!!!!!!!  But all I had to do was update my browser and I can actually view stuff and of course hop on the blog.  This makes me a bit happy.

So that’s where we are at for now.  Just gotta keep hoping for fair weather.

At Last!

ROOF UPDATE:

The trusses have finally arrived!
Work begins first thing in the morning.
Hopefully we have a repaired house by next week!

 

Hoping for calm and dry weather while the work is being done.
Rain means no roof work.  So rain, rain stay away for the next few days
until the roof is all purty again.

Seven Years

I meant to write yesterday. I truly did. I wrote on my original blog. But I never got around to writing here.  Probably should have started here first!

Yesterday, marked seven years that I left my narcissist. I can breathe without being afraid. Without walking on eggshells. Without waiting for the “other shoe to drop”.

I never said it out loud.  I never wanted to think on it.  But somewhere in the back of my mind, I wondered how long before it turned violent.  To the day I left, he never laid a hand on me.  It was all verbal, emotional, psychological. But somewhere, nagging, in the deep recesses I wondered.

Then I overheard a conversation by someone familiar with my situation.  I heard them say, that they fully believed it was only a matter of time before it would turn physical if I hadn’t left when I did.  I stopped in my tracks.  It was out there. I never said a word about it. But it was out there, I wasn’t crazy.

Yet for all the shit he did and said.  All the mind games.  I’m labeled as the toxic one.  I’m the bad one.  It takes victim blaming to a whole new level for me.

I’m still learning how to move forward.  How to live and breathe without feeling like I am crazy.  I’m still trying to figure out who I am and not who I was told I am. I don’t think that journey will ever end.

Recovery is still recovery, no matter what the situation.  So one day at a time.  Sometimes it has to be one minute at a time, and that’s okay.  I will get there.

 

House Update:
The engineer was out to remeasure/confirm measurements on the trusses.  Something about ordering extra ones because of unseen/unknown damage to others.  They won’t know for sure just how many until they tear it apart.  He said they should be ready in a few days.  That was Wednesday.
He was going to notify the contractor, then depending on their work schedule he was sure we have work started in a few days as well. As soon as the trusses are ready, they can begin.
We thought we would have heard from the contractor.  But alas, still nothing.  Fingers crossed that this coming week, is the week.  Life has been on hold since this mess began. Yesterday was two months since the tree fell.  We are all ready for life to resume.

Unscheduled Hiatus and Update

Sorry that I disappeared unexpectedly for a couple of weeks!  I was abruptly put on hiatus by the damage from the tree.  We are STILL waiting on repairs with no solid ETA on when it will happen!!

About two weeks ago, we had some additional rain which has caused leaking in several of the weak spots in the ceiling.  And since all we have is tarp over the hole outside and a length of plastic over the hole inside, we’ve been having loads of fun stuff happen.

About three weeks ago now, there was another major wind event with hail, 60+ mph wind, rain, thunder that wouldn’t quit. In the wind event, it ripped the tarps up, but not off. This caused all the rain collected on said tarps to come down the hole in the roof and the plastic inside couldn’t hold it so it gave way. Thus make another lovely mess in the kitchen.

After that, we had more rains about a week later.  All the additional rains and “flash flood” through the hole has now been causing cracks in the ceiling, sagging of the ceiling in a few places, as well as leaking in new spots.

Where the new leaks are, is quite close to my computer desk.  So we went into emergency shut down and move them to safety mode.  We were under the assumption that work would be starting a couple days after that.  But we were either misled or we misunderstood, I’m going with the latter.

I’m temporarily set up in another  room.  But we are hoping that work will begin soon, especially since it looks like we will have a much drier two weeks ahead.  FINGERS CROSSED!

In the mean time, I thought I would  try firing up my ancient laptop.  It’s almost 13 years old!!!! Still works, slow as molasses though. Runs Windows 98 still!!!  Most I can get it to do is check email and run my writing software.  I was all excited to maybe do so writing, but as per normal all I could do was stare at the blinking cursor.  I think it’s more that I don’t want to get involved with a project only to have to shut down and/or relocate.

I’m supposed to be doing JuNoWriMo right now.  It’s like NaNoWriMo, except it’s held in June  by an unrelated site.  Next month is Camp again, I’ve set a goal for that at 15,000 for now.

Trying to work off my tablet is driving me bonkers, so I’m grateful for the reprieve to use my PC for a bit.

So that’s what is happening.  Hoping work starts soon. Hoping that while we wait the weather stays dry and calm. And hoping that the ceiling doesn’t come crashing down before hand.

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