Archive for the 'That’s My Life' Category


Life Challenge Quiz

Monday, March 19th, 2007

I got this from Greta. Here are my answers. Let’s see your answers!

1. Are you close to achieving your goals?
In about three months RT and I will move into our new home. That’s our most immediate physical goal. Basically we’re living the American dream. The only goal I can’t quite seem to reach is weight loss.

2. List something you could improve on this week.
Exercising and eating moderately. I WILL do both!

3. Is the glass half-full or half-empty?
It’s half-full – I’m an optimist.

4. Are you current on paps, mammograms, dentists & check-ups?
Yes on all counts.

5. If you take medication, are you overdue for some maintenance?
Yes – I’m current on all my medications, too.

6. What is the last really nice thing you did for yourself?
I slept late this morning. Actually I went back to bed after I let the dog out, and THEN I slept late. When I woke up I drove myself, my morning coffee and the dog over to the building site (2 1/2 miles away) and walked for awhile through the woods while sipping my coffee. It (both the walk and the coffee) was wonderful!

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Sunday Seven – Edition #7 – Family Heritage Week

Saturday, March 17th, 2007

 A weekly meme for giving thanks and/or noting important events in our lives

Sunday Seven – March 17th & 18th

Heritage Edition

Since this weekend starts off with St. Patrick’s Day, my SUNDAY SEVEN lists seven parts of my heritage for which I am thankful.

(1) I have a little Irish in my background, and I’m thankful for that – along with the German and Scottish and who-knows-what-else. 

(2) My family has always had an appreciation for music.  I’m not musically talented.  However, there are others in my family with phenomenal musical abilities.

(3) My family has always valued education.  Out of my seven siblings, we all went beyond high school.  Most of us have a Masters degree in our chosen field.

(4) My family has always stressed integrity over “success.” The true measure of a person is WHO they are inside – not their position in society.

(5) My family has always place God first.  My father was a Methodist minister, and my mother is a minister now.  The church is an integral part of our lives.

(6) My family values fun.  When we get together there is always a lot of talking and laughing.  We have a good time together.

(7) Family is a priority.  Every single day I thank God for my family – my husband, my children and their spouses, my grandgirls, my mother, my siblings and their families.  When we all get together we number well above 50 – and it’s wonderful.

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Guess I carried the “What did you have for breakfast” quiz too far . . .

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

A couple weeks ago I wrote about a discussion with a group of children about what they ate for breakfast and how that led to a mini research project on the breakfast habits of my students.  Perhaps I carried it too far, though.

This afternoon I was reading with a group of three fifth graders.  One girl stopped mid-sentence while reading aloud and declared, “You haven’t asked us what we had for breakfast in two days!” 

“That’s right,” agreed another girl.

“Okay,” I said, “What did you have for breakfast?  All three immediately and eagerly described their breakfasts.

What have I started?

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Fever Blisters – I HATE them – and Valtrex

Monday, March 12th, 2007

Ever since I was in high school I’ve gotten fever blisters once or twice a year.  I hate them.  The first few days they HURT, and then after that they just look awful.  Since they’re usually right in the corner of my mouth, they crack and bleed easily whenever I open my mouth.  They’re just gross.

About 15 years ago, I mentioned them to my doctor, and I asked if there was anything that would help make them not so bad.  She said that she could prescribe Valtrex since fever blisters are a type of herpes.  Valtrex is an anti-viral medication that is typically prescribed for genital herpes.  I think fever blisters are type I herpes simplex virus and the genital herpes is type II.   I think that’s correct.  I could look it up to verify that, but I won’t.   

Apparently the medication doesn’t care WHERE the virus shows up – it treats it anyway.  It sure worked for me.  It doesn’t eliminate fever blisters, but it keeps them from getting too awful and cuts short the duration.  Valtrex is like a wonder drug.  Ever since I first tried it, anytime I’ve felt that tingling that signals the beginning of a fever blister, I start taking it.

A couple weeks ago, I saw someone else with a fever blister, and I realized that I couldn’t even remember the last time I had one.  It had been at least two or three years.  There must be a mind-body connection for something like that because after thinking about the fact that it had been years since I had one, suddenly last Monday, one started developing – and a couple days after that a second one started!  I’ve never had two at the same time!  I found my old bottle of Valtrex and noticed that the prescription was filled in 2002.  I guess it had been that long since my last fever blister.  I called the doctor to ask her to call in a new prescription – which she did.  My double fever blister is about gone now – definitely on the wane.

So that’s the purpose of this post?  A type of PSA.  I would never have known you could take Valtrex for a fever blister if I hadn’t just happened to have that conversation with my doctor years ago.  If you get them, you might want to look into it.

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From SWEET STUFF

Saturday, March 10th, 2007

I  like  my   dog  

love

 sweet  stuff.

Some animal dared to desecrate our new home! Windows are going in right now

Saturday, March 10th, 2007

Sometime during last night, some animal came into our new house – something that is actually likely since there were no windows and doors in place yet – no drywall yet.  So it’s wide open.  The animal peed against one of the posts in the great room! Yuck yuck yuck!

As I type this, the windows are being installed. We still don’t have a front or back door or a garage door.  But at least by the end of today, the windows will be in.  I’ll take some photos to post later.  The windows are beautiful.

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Mia will be a “Burn Unit” Nurse

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

Mia is my beautiful daughter-in-law.  She and Scalawag have been married for almost four years.   They were married on a beach on Maui – lovely wedding.  She’s a terrific person.

In May she will graduate from nursing school.  She has worked very hard and has made top grades.  Over the past few weeks, she received THREE wonderful job offers at very different medical facilities.  Today she decided to accept the offer from a top university hospital to work in their burn unit.  She will be a fantastic nurse.  She considered all three offers, but she knew that the burn unit was where she most wanted to work.  I’m so happy for her.  She has worked so hard to get her degree, and now her hard work is paying off.

She and Scalawag are out of town right now.  She called to tell me the news of their decision.  When they get back, we’ll have a family party to celebrate.  That’s a pretty darn good deal to have such a wonderful job offer – two months before graduation. 

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Sushi and the family

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

Last night – on the spur of the moment – RT and I ended up going to a sushi place for dinner with our son (affectionately known here at TMS as Scalawag) and his wife, Mia.  What a fun time!  I had my old stand-by, a Joe Roll, and RT had a Rainbow Roll – and we got a Philadelphia Roll.  Scalawag and Mia had some other kinds that we tried, too.

We laughed and talked for ages.  It’s just such a wonderful feeling to have such a good time with family.  It was a great evening.

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Banana Bread Heaven

Sunday, March 4th, 2007

Yesterday I wrote that I planned to make banana bread (recipe included) today.  I did, and I am now firmly entrenched in banana bread heaven.  The house smells WONDERFUL, and the banana bread tastes even better than it smells.   Warm banana bread, a glass of cold milk - Life doesn’t get any better.   AHHHHHHHHHHH!

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Poor Stinkeroo! She has to take care of EVERYBODY!

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

You may recall a couple weeks ago when I wrote about having strep.  I missed only one day of work, but I felt awful for several days.  I probably spread strep around at school before I knew I had it.

Well, this past Sunday morning, RT woke up and told me that he thought he might have strep because his throat was so sore.  Not wanting to spread it around at church if he did have it, we skipped church and went to a Minute Clinic to get a strep test.  Yep, he had it.  He said he thought he’d probably had it for at least a week because he had felt so tired and run down – but no sore throat until the weekend.

Stinkeroo (our daughter) called last night.  “Mom, did you or Dad have a fever when you had strep throat?”

“No, neither of us ran a fever.”

“I think Sweet Stuff might have strep.  She doesn’t have a fever, but she says her throat is hurting.”

So this morning, I checked email.  Stinkeroo was true to form.  Even though it was night, she wanted to know for sure.  At 10:30 last night Stinkeroo emailed me to tell me that she had taken Sweet Stuff to the Minute Clinic, and she did have strep.

So, in the last week, my precious Stinkeroo has been to the doctor with Sunshine who was diagnosed with croup.  I wrote about staying home with her last Thursday.  Then to the hospital with S when he had minor surgery.  Monday she had to take their dog, Bogey, to the veterinarian to get staples for a bad cut he got while jumping over some equipment for an irrigation system they’re putting in their yard, and now she had to take Sweet Stuff to the doctor for strep throat.

Here’s part of her email which I thought was funny:

I was telling S, I don’t think any of us had been to a doctor in a while and in the past week, I have been to the Dr with Sunshine for the Croup, S for a Hernia Surgery, Bogey to staple his leg, and now Sweet Stuff with Strep.   I guess I need to take vitamins to make sure I don’t catch anything, so I can take care of everyone.   I just really hope we don’t pass around Strep in the family.  The lady there thought it was funny Sweet Stuff caught strep from grandparents instead of the other way around.

Yep, PawPaw and Grandma Carol – the strep throat carriers.  Sadly, it’s true.

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