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“I Adoor you!”

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

I’m at my mother’s in Georgia, and RT sent me an email with a photo of the front door we’re getting for our new house. At the end of his email he wrote, “I adoor you.” It took me a few seconds to get it, but when I did I literally laughed out loud.  No wonder I love the man!

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Happy Birthday, Terry! (Is it okay to mention that it’s your 60th birthday?)

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

Today, March 22nd, is the birthday of my brother, Terry.  Here’s what I posted about Terry last year.

I can’t tease him too much about reaching the grand old age of 60 ’cause I’m only two years behind him.

I’m visiting my mother right now so I can be at Terry’s birthday party Thursday evening.  We’ll have a good time.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TERRY!

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Thursday Thirteen – My 52nd Edition

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

Thirteen Things About My Drive To Georgia Today

(1) I started the trip later than I had planned.  I had hoped to leave in the morning, but I left home around 2:00 p.m.  A little over three hours, and I’d be at my mother’s in Georgia. With the time difference and the later departure, that would put me in Chattanooga around 5:00.  I was worried about hitting rush hour.  As it turned out, traffic was the least of my worries.

(2) I-24 going east – a trip I’ve made hundreds of times.  I honestly was thinking about Thursday Thirteen, and I was jotting down things I saw along the way in order to write my T13 as soon as I got to my mother’s. 

(3) I was going over the bridge on the Tennessee River and Nickajack Lake when traffic almost came to a standstill.  A car had had a tire blowout and was blocking a lane of traffic.  No big deal, though.  Someone had already stopped to help.  A minute or two at a slower speed, and that was behind me.

(4) A few miles later I felt a little skip or bump in my engine.  Uh -oh! Was it a rough spot on the pavement, or was something wrong with the car?  I turned off the radio so I could listen.

(5) There weren’t any other bumping noises or feelings, but I noticed that the power steering had suddenly stopped working.  That wasn’t good.  The engine was still running, though.

(6) Then the battery light on the dashboard flashed on — shining brightly red.  As I studied the dashboard I saw that the needle on the heat indicator had not only gone past “hot” — it was flashing red as far past “hot” as it could go.  There were too many red flashing lights on the dashboard!  And no power steering!  Something was definitely wrong. (Well, duh, Carol!)

(7) Of course I was nowhere near an exit.  The car was still running fine – despite the flashing red lights and lack of power steering.  I slowed down and kept driving for a mile or so and saw a “Rest Area – 1 mile” sign.  Whew!  I’d get off there.

(8) The rest area was closed.  I was afraid I’d damage the engine if I continued driving with an overheated engine.  So I pulled to the side of the road next to the blocked exit to the rest area.  Too bad the rest area was closed.  I had to go to the bathroom, but that would have to wait.

(9) Thank God for cell phones and a 24-hour roadside assistance insurance policy.  One phone call, and everything was arranged.  The wrecker was there in about 30 minutes – which was much quicker than the 60-minute ETA the dispatcher gave me.

(10)  I spent the 30-minute wait calling my husband and children to garner some sympathy – as trucks and cars whizzed past me on the expressway – rocking my car with each passing.  The kids were great and appropriately concerned and sympathetic and proud of how I was handling things.  Of course I had to tell them how efficiently and well I was handling everything for them to tell me how proud they were of me.  My husband was in meetings with his phone turned off.  I would finally talk to him much later in this adventure.

(11) Since my car is a BMW, the tow truck took me to the BMW dealership in Chattanooga where I found that the parts shop closed at 5:00, and most of the mechanics in the service department had left by 5:00.  However, they had someone who could look at it to see what was needed.  Two belts and a water pump were needed.  Apparently not unusual in cars with over 100,000 miles on them – like mine.  No parts and no mechanic meant no repaired car until tomorrow.  I didn’t want to spent the night by myself in a hotel in Chattanooga.  I asked about a rental car.  I didn’t realize that local car rental places often close at 5:00, too.

(12) It took awhile, but they found me a rental car – a 2007 BMW.  Oh yeah! I could live with that.  They’ll repair my car tomorrow, and I’ll pick it up when I go back through Chattanooga on my way home Friday.

(13) I got to my mother’s – safe and sound and only three hours later than I had planned.  All in all, a good ending to a long day.

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Happy 4th Birthday, Sunshine!

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

Today is Sunshine’s 4th birthday!  Wow!  It doesn’t seem possible.  She is such a delightful little girl.  I love being her Grandma Carol. 

Sunshine, I hope your birthday is the best in the world.  You’ve brought four years of SUNSHINE and happiness to a lot of people.  I love you.

Last year’s birthday post for Sunshine

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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  

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 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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