Thursday, August 25, 2011
I have shared stories about Tasha & Mama Kitty so most of you are familiar with both of them but I've got a good one to tell this time around..One taht made me laugh at how smart and sneaky Tasha is and how her smart sneaky little self nearly turned into a total disaster..
I can't remember if I mentioned that I let her out into the Summer Room/Dinning Canopy when I'm out there but I do she thinks it is so much fun to be out of the camper with Mommy. I open the door to the camper and tell her to get in the summer room right now and she goes.
About 3 weeks ago she discovered the zipper on the screen and started playing with it... Being the smart little kitty that she is she figured out that if she put her claw in it she could lift and it would UNZIP...
The first few times she just looked at me with that sneaky look she has ..that one you can see in the picture up above...Then one night she decided to see what I would do if she crawled out threw the unzipped part..now mind you I am watching this whole thing take place so I let her sneak out the whole and I watched her..she jsut sat there... so I unzipped it further and said get in her young lady real gruff and she scampered back in looking up at me with these oh so innocent eyes.. yea right!
She repeated the process several times never leaving the spot just outside the screen. Then of course she started to venture further... say 5 feet.. that went on for a week or so then she got brave and walked all the way around the Summer room and back int eh whole and was just grinning from ear to ear..so I decided she was getting way to brave...and I put bricks obver the Zipper...Ha she says and she just scooted the brick away a little at a time tills he could get to the Zipper and up it went...So I decided I needed to play the mommy role and every time she would sneak out I would pick her up and put her back in the camper...No more time with Mommy.. That worked until last Saturday night...
I was sewing Rice bags watching a movie so I brought Tasha and Mama out in the summer room with me...
So I created this little sofa for me to sit on in the sun room to sew out of a blow up water raft tucked inside two sleeping bags and covered with a sheet.. Tasha, Mama and Puddles were laying on it with me while I sewed and watched a movie... I was loving family time with the critters...
Just to express how sneaky Tasha is she gets up walks to the water bowl gets a drink then starts moving around everything like the cooler, fridge, cat cages etc looking and watching me as she did it... I think she is just roaming around so I stop watching her..and go back to my stitching... She knew my mind was elsewhere because she managed to get the zipper up and put out a meow/cry to Mama who by now had also gotten up and was roaming and out that whole they both went...
Immediately I went into panic since Mama Kitty has not been outside since her pelvic was broken by my neighbor and we had to make her an indoor kitty so I yelled Tasha you both get back in here right now...
Big mistake as far as Mama was concerned i scared her to death raising my voice and off into the wood she ran while darling Tasha comes struttin right back int he whole...
So I get my flashlight and go out to try to find Mama...I can hear her panic in her cry but I can't find her only the direction she is.. but each time I would get close she would run in a different direction. This all started around 9:30... Well an hour passed and I still haven't caught her... and a big storm moves in and it just pours rain, thunders and lightening.. Mama is in total panic now and starts running from the barn to the camper to the wood to barn to the camper and so on.. Finally the rain stopped and she is under the camper.. but she will not come to me.. Finally I went in the camper and got the big pink comb that I used to tame her ..she loves that comb and being combed.. I crawled under the camper, shined the flashlight on the come and started cooing and coaxing her to come get brushed... she finally rubbed her head on the comb like she does, I grabbed her and had her safe in my arms.. Now mind you during all this time I am bawling my eyes out and in total panic that I would never catch her...I was so happy and so releived I just bawled my eyes out.. I took her back in the camper and dryed her off as Little Miss Tasha is rubbing against my legs and begging for me to forgive her..acting all innocent..She knew she had done something wrong when I wouldn't talk to her.
The next morning she didn't even try to come out the camper door like she normally does... Smart Kitty that she is...!!
Now for my favorite funny of the week.. Remember I mentioned I was sewing Rice Bags while sitting on my BLOW-UP RAFT covered in sleeping bags... Well I don't know about the rest of you but when I sew sitting on the sofa or chair I stick my needle in the cushion so as not to lose it...
Now don't bust a gut laughing at me... but I was sewing away ended a bag and stuck my needled in my make shift Raft Sofa but immediately yanked it back remembering it was only air under there covered in a thin layer of rubber and a couple of sleeping bags... No pop and it seemed it wasn't losing air so I think I am ok didn't poke a hole in it...well about an hour later I thought geeze my bottom hurts sitting here... and it hit me like a ton of bricks...OOPS.. guess I did poke a hole on my sofa..hehe... and she was darn near deflated... So much for sewing and Air Raft Sofa's..
Update on the Thyroid/Graves disease... I have been on the meds now for 25 days... Wow .. I can see so much of difference in how I am feeling. EVerything I read says it takes a full 6 weeks for all of the stored hormones to get out of the body and for the meds to take affect and work they way they are supposed to.
I am a little over halfway threw the six weeks but I can already see a difference.
I'm still extremely tired physically and mentally I'm still depressed but if I were to draw a scale from 1 to 10. 1 being where I was feeling near complete and total exhaustion, mentally drained, dehydrated, sad and unable to think clearly and 10 being like my old self.
I am feeling like I am at 5 physically, 6 mentally, 5 emotionally and 5 thinking clearly 8 for dehydration.
The thing that is weird is that about every third day I feel like I am back to 2 on all points and just drag, I get really sweaty and hot, I'm so tired and so sad. I am told that is normal but I can't say I like that but then again I will take 2 days in a row feeling half normal any day to no days feeling normal. Slowly I am getting back to normal.. or at least comething like normal..who knows if I will really ever have the energy I had before or feel the way I did a few years ago.. I have so many things in the way of that but feeling better is such a blessing..I think that I will be able to go back on my Arthritis meds this week which will be an even bigger blessing as I have not been able to take it and the old bones are feeling the loss for sure...especally my hands and my back... I had forgotten how bad it really was until I no longer had the meds in my system...
I want to Thank all of you who were so kind to keep me in your prayers.. That kindness plays a huge role in lifting ones emotional state just knowing you have others out there praying for you and thinking of you!!
You guys are the greatest!!
I did get all my Rice Bags finsihed and will be delivering them all tomorrow...
Time for this peep to call it a day so until we meet again I will be thinking of you and wish you Sunshine, cool breezes and happy moments!!
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
After cleaning I headed off the Rock to my little house in Port Clinton to meet up with the Plumber who fixed my water pipe problems last week. When he left he gave me his # and said call me if you need help around the house so I called him and ask if he would help me trim Trees & he said sure. He arrived here around 5 & we went straight to work. He cut off tree timbs while I trimmed off the access braches to burn and stacked the larger pieces. Then while he was up on the roof he cleaned out my guters taht were growing small Maple Trees and a few other plants..LOL...maybe I should have thrown in a few Herd seeds in the spring and I could have harvested them as we cleaned the gutter!! Then we washed off the siding on the Garage and the house it was amess from all the gutter gunk.....What a total mess we made but in the end we got the majority of the work done...the view is so much nicer and makes a much nicer presentation of the property. I still have tree limbs to cut up and stack today & weeds to trim but I feel so releived that the job was accomplished...... I can't stop smiling... !!
All I can say is hats off to the Erich the plumber who just happens to be handy at jsut about everything.
The second best part was he only charged me $25 bucks for 4 hours of work.. What a great guy...
After he left I did a quick run to Wall-Mart to pick up a few things and especially some sewing machine needles since I broke mine while I was on the Island & you can't buy sewing machine needles on the Rock..
You ask what in the world would I have my sewing machine on the Island for ..well I got two orders for Rice Bags last week so figured that would be a good project to work on in the evenings so took all my supplies and sewing machine with me...and then broke my needle after sewing only half my bags. it worked out ok I filled the bags that were finished and stitched them closed...
I was in such a happy mood knowing all that work was behind me I set up my machine, popped a CD with 20 movies on it and went to town sewing the rest of the bags I had cut out. I was shocked when I finished I had 80 small bags sewn and 20 large bags sewn and it was 4 in the morning...Yep my creative hours at work... then when I went to bed I had a hard time falling asleep laying there thinking about all the good things that were accomplished and what I wanted to accomplish today...last time I loked at the clock it was 5:10..uggggg... It made for a late start today but it also made for my huge SMILE today!!
Yes it was a good day yesterday a very near perfect day!! Now I think I will go make today just a perfect and get the rest of the chore list finished.. I think I will end this day with a long hot soak in the tub to pamper these old worn and tired bones of mine...I might even run the hot water tank cold and really pamper self.
So with that thought I think it's time to go play the roll of landscaper and tree trimmer for the day..sooner I get done the sooner I can soak in that hot tub...
Untill we meet again may your Day be filled with a Smile to match Mine!!
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Isn't that Basket full of Fur Baby just the cutest... I walked out the door at home in Delaware last week and here the Kitten was snoozing away.. so I just had to sneak a shot to share with all of you...
While I was home I finally took a minute to go check out my herbs and Morning Glory's.. They hae all grown so nicely and I will hae herbs galore to use this winter in all my gatherings... Next week I will start to pick them and hang them to dry.. I should get a second cutting by the end of October..
then I looked around at my Morning Glory's and they hae taken over the front of the Red Neck shed.. they even wound around the door and I couldn't get it open...LOL.. Had to do a little snipping!!
We had some horrible storms last weekend & I got a call from my neighbor at my House in Port clinton telling me that a lot of tree limbs were down in the back yard.. Giggling I think cool now I don't hae to crawl up a ladder and try to cut the dead branches out of my shedding tree... I know its a mess been there done that but I wouldmuch rather clean up the mess then tree climb.. especially with the weird dizzy spells I'e been having with this thyroid thingy... the guy who worked on my Plumbing left me his # and said if I needed any help around the house to give him a call ..and he would get on the roof and trim the tree...so i called him last night and he is supposed to stop by tonight and help with anything that is left to cut... Yeah!! Get that job taken care of.. I need to clean all my gutters too... Maybe I can con him into doing that too.. hate paying for things like that but better safe then sorry I'm thinking...Plus I don't think he will charge me much to help out...
Speaking of the Thyroid situation.. I hae been on the meds now for two full weeks and wow what a total difference. I'm not back to my old self by any means but I feel 75% better already. heck I might een be able to go dancing this weekend... Hehe!
I'm having less sweating, but still have the dizzy's a bit.. I'm spending less and less time on the throne.. thank god.. My heart has stopped racing all the time.. releif...I don't seem to be as depressed and feeling down 24/7..Yeah!! The only thing that has not really changed a whole lot is the being so tired and feeling exhausted... it is better but by no means gone.. Sunday I cleaned 4 houses and I was so exhausted I came home and fell alsleep at 8:30 till 11:30 woke up for an hour and went back to bed till 9:30 the Monday morning... All that Sleep made me feel horrible..but I just couldn't stay awake.. Only time I ever sleep that much is after a surgery or being really sick with the flue or sinus infection... so that is really weird to me and dries me crazy..That has to go.. I can not function when I'm so sleepy...
The real bummer was I wanted to sew rice bags. I got an order for 20 small Rice bags and 20 large bags.. I got the 20 small ones finished saturday night and was planning on doing the large ones sunday night... NOPE didn't happen... guess I'll work on those tonight..LOL..
But over all I can see a huge difference in my overall well being...We shall see that the next few weeks brings.
Hummm I guess If i am to complete my to do list I should get moving... I can enjoy this perfect day at the house this evening cleaning up tree mess and cleaning gutters...
So with that said may your day be filled with Sunshine and Happy moments!!
Hugs to all
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
I had a pleasant surprise this past weekend...One of my former kids Vicki and her Husband Kenny came to the island to visit... We had the nicest time. They rode bikes around the Island all day while I worked. Around 6:00 we went up town to have dinner at the Casino so Kenny could see all the go-fast boats and hear the engines roar. After dinner we had a big storm so we came back to my camp site and watched a movie together and visited. they spent the night camped out in the summer room listing to the rain patter above them....It was a perfect time together and really nice to see them..
Monday morning I received a call from my Doctor with an update on the second Blood test he had me get after receiving the results of the first one that varified the Thyroid Disease. Remember he told me that he was concerned that my other Auto Immune Diseases might affect/ play a role in my Thyroid disease.
Seems he was right and the second Blood Test Varified what we both suspected...
It came back positive for Graves Disease.
I wasn't surprised after reading tons of information about the thyroid and the diseases and complications it can cause in our over all health. Its rather strage but in a weird way I was releived as much as I was upset.
I now understand more about why I was having so much trouble with my eyes last winter and why the Eye Doctor wanted me to have the Thyroid Test done last winter. He suspected Graves Disease then.
Sadly my former doctor who ran blood work last winter and seen the results of the blood work which showed High Thyroid then but she ignored it telling me my thyroid was normal. She is no longer in practice at the clinic I go to THANK GOD. That was the second serious diagnosis she ignored with me and heaven knows how many other patients she misdiagnosed. They tell me she resigned. At any rate she is gone but it doesn't take away my anger at her note treating me months ago for my Thyroid disease. If she had I would never have found myself so sick the past months.
The good news is now I know what is wrong with me and I know it can be treated. My Dr said yesterday that the meds will also help my eye problems as well as lower my Blood pressure, possibly lower the Cholesterol, get rid of the tired exhausted feelings, ease the sweating and heat issues, releive the pressure behind my eyes and basically make me feel like my old self.. I can't wait... this has been the pitts. I feel better already.. but I'm sure that's more so because I've been able to avoid the throne and I'm not so dehydrated... so if the meds will make it even better I really have something to look forward to... being my old self soon!!
I managed to get all my houses cleaned so far.. I have two more today and then I get to take a couple of days off and head home for some R&R..hehehe.. well R&R from cleaning houses anyway..there are plenty of chores at home waiting for me... Seems it never ends the work that needs tended to...
Speaking of work it is 10 after 10 and time for me to make tracks to my first house of the day... God willing the renters were tidy and it won't be to messy...
The picture today was taken in Fla. by a friend of mine several years ago. He sent it to me and said check this out it reminds me of the Wreaths you create from shells and grapevines. It is actually coral and shells all molded together from the Sea and it washed up on the shore and he seen t while walking on the beach. Pretty cool!!
Until we meet again may your day be filled with happy moments and special memories!!
Thursday, August 4, 2011
He just looked at me and started to get tears in his eyes.. as he told me that Jen was killed and Tina was badly injured and Tina's Dog Chicklet was also killed in a boat crash Tuesday night after they left Put-N-Bay. They had gone to the Bay to celebrate there Birthdays.
There are no word to describe the thoughts and feelings you have when someone tells you that one of your friends has been killed...I just cried .... Jen was a really good Friend of mine and she will be missed greatly..
When you live on a small island like Kelley's you get to know everyone and the grief from a loss like this is shared by everyone. There will be many tears and tuff moments as boaters arrive through out the week and learn of the loss of a good friend..
It is going to be doubly hard when Tina returns to the Island... Her Little Dog Chicklet was a 3 pound long haired Chawawa(sp) that she carried in her purse everywhere she went..so She was as much a part of Tina and the island as Jen was..there is a big 11 x 14 picture of Chicklet in the Casino with No pets Allowed printed on the bottom of it.. so you can see that she was as much a part of our lives as Jen and will be missed as well. It 's going to be a very hard weekend..
My heart aches for Jen's Family and for Tina and the loss of her two best friends..
Please say a little prayer for my friends family and For Tina's quick recovery and loss of her precious Fur Baby...Chicklet.
See story below:
Island residents mourn loss of woman killed in boat crash
By ADAM MAWSON
Morning Journal Writer
KELLEYS ISLAND (AP) — Hearts are heavy among the residents of a small island community after one of their own was killed in a boating accident..
Jennifer Ulisse, of Kelleys Island, was a passenger Aug. 2 on a 27-foot boat captained by Donald Dunn, of Put-in-Bay. Tina Callari, of Lakewood, was also a passenger. The Ohio Division of Watercraft is still investigating what caused the boat to crash into break wall at Ballast Island Marina around 10:35 p.m.
The Coast Guard went to the break wall where they found the three crash victims. Dunn and Callari were found first and Ulisse was found nearby, according to a Coast Guardt. She was unconscious and later died of her injuries.
Dunn and Callari suffered head and body injuries. They were taken to Magruder Hospital in Port Clinton, then flown to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo. Dunn is listed in serious condition while Callari’s condition was unavailable, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
None of the victims were wearing life jackets at the time of the crash.
Gary Finger, who runs The Village Pump on Kelleys Island with his wife, Jackie, said Ulisse was well known and well liked among the island’s residents.
“She’s going to be sorely missed by everyone,” he said.
Finger said Ulisse had been a regular to Kelleys Island while growing up. She lived in a Cleveland-area suburb, but was a frequent visitor along with her parents. She eventually moved to the island and worked for the Fingers at The Village Pump. She moved to Florida for a short time, then returned.
Ulisse most recently worked as a manager at Kelleys Landing, formerly Kelleys Cove. Finger said she and Callari recently had birthdays and he believes they were celebrating.
On Ulisse’s Facebook page she wrote on Monday afternoon, “If anyone is not working Tuesday night, we are heading over to the bay for Tina’s bday!”
“Our hearts go out to her family,” said Finger, adding residents are also hoping for the best for Dunn and Callari, who are also regular faces on Kelleys Island. “It’s just a terrible tragedy.“
Bill Staiger, the Northern Region Manager for the Division of Watercraft, said the boat suffered “fairly substantial damage” in the crash but the exact cause or possible contributing factors have yet to be determined.
He added weather could be a likely culprit as there were thunderstorms and rain in the area at the time of the crash.
“Weather, wind and waves are always a factor,” Staiger said. “If they were in a thunderstorms the waves could have increased very quickly. The wavers were plus or minus 3 feet when the Coast Guard arrived, but I don’t know what it was 15 minutes before that. One of the things our investigators will be looking at is the weather at that time.“
Alcohol or drugs have not been ruled out, but Staiger said there is no evidence they played a role.
“There were tests that were taken when the people were brought to the hospital, but at this point we don’t have any evidence alcohol or drugs were involved,” he said.
I have recently had some good news and some bad news... for the past few months I've not been feeling well at all.. You've heard me complain of the heat something I really never had a problem with..I could sit in the sun for hours on the boat and be perfectly fine but over the past year or so the heat has bothered me o the point of hiding from it. I even mentioned how badly I felt in one of my post from being dehydrated from the heat.
In another post I told everyone about my Sjogren's disease and how it has affected my eyes.
Over the past year I've had other things that have seemed odd like feeling really anxious, restless, even depressed, Which of course with the Ohio weather this year who wouldn't feel that way..hehe..
Then I started having rapid heart beat for no reason then it would go away, weird..I thought what is that..maybe the heat ...
Then my Blood pressure went from low to high.. never had High Blood pressure, Then my Cholesterol sky rocketed. My Sjrogren's got worse
Then on May 31 my favorite past time became hanging out in the bathroom sitting on the throne. Nice way of saying it..LOL.. Which I atributed to the change of diet eating on the Island daily, the heat and all the water I was drinking..It continued to get worse to the point that I was hanging out on the throne up to 10 times a day which was of course adding to the dehydration...By July 31 I was so exhausted and so sick I left the island and went to see the Doctor..I just couldn't work anymore...
I have a new Dr. my old one resigned..I really like the new Dr. he actually knows about Sjrogren's disease and what it can do to the body so we were off to a good start..
He took one look at me and said young lady don't know what's going on but you don't look so good...Tell me what's going on....so I gave him my symoptoms and explained the last two months. He checked me over and then proceeded to tell me that he felt that I might have one of three things or maybe all three.. One being a bacterial or fungus infection in my intestines. Fungus infection could be caused from Thrush that I get due to the Sjrogren's that might have spread to the intestines.. Great I'm thinking...
Or as he said from everything you have told me and your last Blood test you could have Thyroid Disease I see your Thyroid was high last blood test. Did Dr. Q put you on any medication for that. maybe we need to adjust it. I just looked at him in shock...Dr. Q had told me 3 months ago that my thyroid was fine..
Dr. K was shocked as well and siad really... Ok well now I think I know wher we need to take this.
He ordered Blood work, stool sample & I had it done July 31st.
Monday the nurse called me to say No Bacterial Infection and no Fungus infection...so that was ruled out and I was glad to get that news. I ask did they get the blood work back on the Thyroid & she said no not yet.
Tuesday morning I actually received a call from Dr. K personally. He said I have good news and bad news.
The good news is I can now tell you what is wrong and why you are so sick...and we can fix the problems.
The bad news is you have Hyperthyroidism which is High Thyroid hormones released into your body which is really dangerous if not taken care of .
He said your Thyroid test #'s were twice as high as your last blood test done 3 months ago,which explained why you were getting worse by the day.
Now for any of you who do not know what the symptoms of High Thyroid are let me share them with you.
- Anxiousness, irritability, nervousness, depression
- Thinning hair
- Diarrhea or an increase in bowel movements
- Irregular heartbeat
- High blood pressure
- Frequent sweating and feeling hot
- Muscle pain or weakness
- Visual disturbances
- Skin problems
- Elevated heart rate, atrial fibrillation
- Increased Cholesterol count
Now he says.. for you there are some added complications because you have Sjrogren's. He had another Blood test run and said we would discuss it when I returned for my next vist..so I guess I will know more about any complications there might be.. he also said he wanted to rule out Graves disease which is caused from the Thyroid.
I am now on meds and he has told me that it will probably be for life bu if I am lucky, really lucky the meds may actually turn things around and I might not have to take them for life but not to count on it.. Lucky me we all know my luck... but I shallpray about this and maybe I will find some good luck...Hehe..
It takes up to 6 weeks for the meds to fully kick in and start controling how much thyroid hormone is released.
I can say that my visits to the throne have gone down Thank God...I have read 4 books in the past 2 months hanging out on the throne....hehehe...they were good books!! I even started a new one.. Oh no, I might have to make pretend visits tot he Throne so I can finish it...its pretty good too...
I do feel a little bit better..now that I have rested for 4 days.. We shall see what this weekend of work does to me...
I'm glad I finally know what is wrong and I am grateful to be on meds..especially after the Dr telling me that working and sweating like I was & being so dehydrated could have easily led to a heart attack condisering the Thyroid problems.. As he put it you are Lucky you didn't have a heart attack Tonya!!
If you think you have any of those symptoms go get a blood test Thyroid disease is not good at all and it puts your life at gret risk.
Now as much a I hate to say this I much get packed up and head to the Island I have a hous to clean today and then my weekend starts..11 houses from now to Monday..uggg...
Have a wonderful day my friends!!
Until we meet again may the sun shine on your face and may your day be filled with wram memories!!
PS..I may not be commenting but my slow lap top won't let me but I have been reading everyone's post and commenting where it will let me.. Your not forgotten and thank you all for all your wonderful comments..