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Once again out to late with [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother, plus Theo, and another friend who I can't remember her livejournal name and she doesn't post any more anyway.

Actually the day started with therapy, which went well. Then I came home and napped since I was up so late last night.

And then I went over to [personal profile] mashfanficchick's and we went shopping and then to dinner.

The FWiB called, just for a bit.

That's all.

Gratitude List:

1. Friends.

2. The FWiB.

3. Therapy.

4. Bed soon.

5. Shopping for food.

6. Good dinner.
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Went out after work with [personal profile] mashfanficchick to a lecture at Brooklyn Brainery on Bog People. It was fascinating. Then we ate at Uno which was having a deal on burgers.

Work was busy. I taught the computer class today, introduction to the internet. It went OK.

The FWiB called on my way home and we had a nice talk.

The Kid called, luckily after the lecture. Carmina has fleas somehow. It's autumn, not summer, and she's an indoor cat anyway, so how? But she does.

And that's all the news.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Friends.

3. Interesting lecture.

4. Lovely weather, not too hot, not too cool.

5. The Kid.

6. Bed now!
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I have to work at 9 tomorrow, yuck, so I need to be in bed soon.

Work went very well, I got a good audience for my program, so that worked out well. I was really quite afraid it would flop.

After work the FWiB called, and we had a nice talk, and then I went out to Carvel with [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother. We didn't get dinner though so I am nuking something right now.

After Carvel we went to Target, and spent rather more time and money than we should have in the Halloween section.

I had texted The kid and asked her to call and she said she would, but of course she waited til late, I missed it and had to call her back. But we had a very nice conversation.

Roadkill told [personal profile] mashfanficchick to tell me he's waiting to hear about the cats, so this still might happen.

Gratitude List:

1. The Kid.

2. The FWiB.

3. Carvel trips.

4. Got an audience today.

5. Dinner.
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The only thing that was unusual was that somehow I ended up doing the class for the AHRC group that come in on Tuesdays. I had nothing prepared so we just did a mouse exercise site, and that kept them entertained. At the end I printed a certificate for each of them and that made them happy. Everyone loves a certificate.

I did the laptop program with the teens, which was not a success, only two kids. But better than none.

I got a text from [personal profile] mashfanficchick, asking me if I wanted anyhting from Stew Leonards, I said rice pudding and hazelnut coffee k-cups.

The phone was back on at the FWiB's nursing home so he was able to call me. We had a nice talk on the way to my meeting.

My meeting was small but good. I chaired, the topic was commitment.

Last night when I was deleting e-mails I found one from Betsy I had missed when it came in. She expects me to knock together some steps for the back door of the cottage. I replied and said that wasn't happening, there was no way I could do it. The contractor never called me back with a revised estimate, and I think we should just go ahead with what we have. I am totally fed up with this, and annoyed at Betsy.

Nothing from Roadkill about the cats. I don't think this is going to happen. *sigh*

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. My meetings and the people there.

3. Coffee in the morning.

4. Oldest Brother.

5. [personal profile] mashfanficchick

6. More seasonal weather.

OK day

Oct. 16th, 2017 10:13 pm
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Nothing special about it. Work was normal, I did the gaming program with the teens. It was only moderately successful.

The FWiB could not call because the phone system in the nursing home was down. Hopefully they'll get it working tomorrow. We exchanged many e-mails instead.

A friend, Rae, the one I was visiting when the ex-husband moved out, lost her much loved parrot today. I am saddened by this, first because she is grieving, second because I will miss her posts about him, and third because it triggers my grief for Bjorn. I still miss him so much.

Roadkill did not have time last night to get me the info about the cats.

Nothing much else to say.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. E-mail.

3. Sybil.

4. Friends.

5. Quiet day.

6. Warm bed waiting for me.
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Roadkill is supposed to text me when he knows something. So I am waiting.

Anyway, woke up early this morning and continued helping [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother with cleaning her place. We got it looking pretty darn good if I do say so myself. Then her father and his handyman came by and the handyman finished the work he had to do.

After they left, we went out to eat at a wonderful place called Witches Brew. It was delicious, I had a grilled cheese sandwich made with mozzarella, and a wonderful garden salad. Then for dessert I had a cinnamon bun with espresso chip ice cream. Yum.

After that we went to Bed Bath and Beyond and I got a rubber jar opener thing that I hope with get my living room light fixture unscrewed so I can finally put a new light bulb in it. I also got something small for The Kid for Christmas.

Then we went to Stop and Shop where I got a thing that you plug into an outlet to make itsix outlets instead of two.

The FWiB called while we were there and we talked for awhile.

After that we picked up my stuff at [personal profile] mashfanficchick's apartment, including a vacuum cleaner she's given me, and they brought me home, where I lay down to read and rest til time to feed Sybil.

I am sooooo tired.

Gratitude List:

1. Friends.

2. Got work successfully done.

3. The FWiB.

4. Potential cats.

5. Yummy meal.

6. Bed soon!
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I am spending the night at [personal profile] mashfanficchick's place, because I was with them all day and will be tomorrow too, so it just made sense.

We ate breakfast at Denny's , then went out to Long Island for her mother to get an oil change on the car. Then we came back here and did a lot of work in her apartment.

The FWiB called and we talked but only briefly because I was with them.

And we went out for dessert at Martha's Country Kitchen before they took me to my place to pack for the night.

Exciting news! Roadkill called and asked me if I was interested in two cats that need homes. A coworker died suddenly and only six of her eight cats have been rehomed. I asked him to get me details on the cats, and told him I was absolutely interested. They are litter mates. It depends on their age and health if I go for it, but I have my fingers crossed.

Gratitude LIst:

1. Friends.

2. National Dessert Day.

3. Getting stuff done for [personal profile] mashfanficchick

4. Maybe getting new cats.

5. The FWiB.

6. Oldest Brother's phone worked OK tonight.
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With only an hour and a half left to go in the day, so I will cautiously say nothing too awful happened.

Work was OK, nothing special. We had a brief staff meeting, nothing of note. I was concerned that I got no e-mail from the FWiB except one early in the day, despite having e-mailed him, but at the end of the day I got one from him saying he hadn't gotten any e-mail all day from anyone. Then it started going through again.

I called the contractor about the cottage estimate, and not doing the back steps, but got his voicemail. Left a message. And I called Spectrum about my bill and got that more-or-less straightened out.

Went to dinner at Boston Market as usual, the FWiB called while I was there, and we talked until people started showing up at my meeting.

The meeting was very good, larger than usual. Topics were detachment, and Easy Does It.

Came home and got a fright when I couldn't get through to Oldest Brother (I call him every night, I just usually don't bother mentioning it in my journal) for a good 15 minutes. Turns out his hone never rang and the voice mails and text message I sent him didn't show up for at least half an hour. The phone finally rang for him and we talked but I was getting worried!

And while we were talking my internet connection started getting shaky. It seems OK now though

Gratitude List:

1. Oldest Brother OK.

2. Spectrum bill fixed.

3. My meetings and the people there.

4. The FWiB.

5. My internet is OK.

6. Didn't get rained on.
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Tired all day.

Work was OK, nothing special. Came home talking to the FWiB, had a nice conversation. He sent me e-mails while we were talking.

Got an email from Betsy. She wants me to call the contractor and find out how much the back steps are ging to cost and cancel them if they are over $800. Embarrassing and unpleasant, but I will do it. However I think she is wrong about being able to get prefab steps at Home Depot to use instead. I looked up Home Depot and searched for them and couldn't find any.

I also have to call tomorrow to Spectrum because they seem to have f-ed up my bill.

So I am in something of a dudgeon. Looking forward to getting to bed and reading a bit. Charging my Nook now.

Gratitude List:

1. Betsy wasn't as unpleasant as she is quite capable of being.

2. The FWiB.

3. The cottage.

4. Sybil.

5. My Nook.

6. Bed soon.
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Oldest Brother came in the morning and took us down to the vet to bring him. I should have the ashes back in about two weeks.

Then we went to Dunkin' Donuts and had coffee. And then he drove me to work.

The day went OK, I did the teen lounge, but didn't get to many kids.

After work I arranged with [personal profile] mashfanficchick for us to meet for dinner at Uno, not the one we usually go to but in Bayside. And I talked to the FWiB, a very good conversation. After dinner we went to Carvel of course.

Oldest Brother hung out here for awhile but now he's going home.

No further word from anyone in the family about the cottage estimate. I have a bad feeling about this.

It's starting to sink in that Bjorn's gone and I miss him terribly.

Gratitude List:

1. Oldest Brother

2. The FWiB.

3. [personal profile] mashfanficchick

4. Carvel.

5. Minimal rain today.

6. The sympathy of the people at my vet's.

Grumble

Oct. 10th, 2017 10:51 pm
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Got an e-mail from Denise saying she thinks the estimate for the cottage is too high, sent to me, The Kid, and Betsy, and Aunt Helen. Then Betsy replies she thinks it's too high too. So why didn't she say something before? Did Aunt Helen not tell anyone about the estimate before this? I'm puzzled and annoyed.

Anyway. Aside from that. Was very late to work today, had the old problem of having trouble getting up. But once I got in everything was OK. Did the laptop program with the teens and it went very well. Called the vet and told them about Bjorn. The doctor called back later to offer his condolences, which I thought was nice. I made arrangements to bring his body in tomorrow. Oldest Brother is meeting me here and taking me.

The FWiB called and we talked on the way to my meeting. He;s still not feeling great, but better.

My meeting was fine. Was on gratitude, which is something I try to always keep in mind.

And that's all.

Gratitude List:

1. My meetings and the people there.

2. The FWiB.

3. Oldest Brother.

4. The cottage, despite problems.

5. Nice weather.

6. Roses.
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Again spent the day with [profile] mashfanfichick, her mother, and Mandy. Mandy left with her brother in the most overpacked VW bug I've ever seen, but she got most of her stuff in.

We had lunch at Qdoba, and called in Thai for dinner.

The FWiB called, and we talked a brief time. He's feeling better than he was yesterday, which is a relief.

[personal profile] mashfanficchick and I spent time ordering stuff from Oriental Trading for Halloween.

Gratitude List:

1. Friends.

2. Long weekend.

3. The FWiB feeling better.

4. Halloween soon.

5. Air conditioning... in October!

6. Pad Thai for dinner.
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As I posted from my phone last night, I spent the night with [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother and Mandy, and slept over.

Today I slept late, then we all went to Panera Bread for lunch or brunch or something, and then did some stuff around [personal profile] mashfanficchick's apartment. Then we did some shopping, including for supplies for Halloween. We're doing it together as usual, but this year rather than giving out candy it's all going to be non-candy stuff, glow bracelets, mardi gras beads, stuff like that.

Went back to her apartment and ordered sushi, because nothing says "Halloween shopping started" like raw fish on rice.

And then her mother drove me back here.

The FWiB called but just to touch base because he did not feel well. The chemo is catching up with him.

I think about Bjorn a lot. I miss him.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. [personal profile] mashfanficchick

3. And her mother.

4. Other friends.

5. Sushi.

6> bed soon.
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Bjorn was dead this morning. I expected it. He seemed peaceful. I'm doing ok.


Out with [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother. Spending the night with them.

Work was ok, the FWiB called and we talked. The Kid called this morning too.
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I think he's too far gone for the syringe now. He's alive but only just, I think he may be gone by tomorrow morning. Still don't think he's in any pain and I don't regret not having him put to sleep. Let him go peacefully at home.

Anyway, the day started with therapy. I cried all th way through it, talking about Bjorn.

Came home and lay in bed reading and napping with Bjorn beside me. Finished the seconf Godstalker omnibus, the one I had downloaded. Downloaded the next book, there's eight in all plus short stories.

Got up in time for my meeting, had dinner at Boston Market as usual.

The FWiB called, he's doing oK.

No one could make it to the meeting except me and a newcomer so I did the best I could. She didn't go to the second meeting so I left at 8:15 and came home.

Gratitude List:

1. Bjorn not in pain.

2. The FWiB.

3. Therapy.

4. Good weather.

5. Good dinner.

6. Peaceful day with Bjorn.
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Though it can't be much longer.

Work was OK, we were short staffed to begin with, and the boss had a dental appointment and one staff member went home sick, so we had to stretch to work it but we did.

The FWiB called, again didn't talk for as long as usual because if his chemo. He still doesn't know his status, he has one more session of chemo next month and then they do blood tests and a bone marrow biopsy and see. I hate lymphoma. It took Bjorn from me and it might take my FWiB.

I emailed Cousin Steve and said I couldn't make Vermont this weekend because I couldn't get anyone to work for me Saturday and I couldn't leave my dying cat alone. He sent a very nice reply.

That's all.

Gratitude List:

1. Family.

2. Got through work.

3. Therapy tomorrow.

4. Good books.

5. The FWiB.

6. Didn't get rained on.
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And that's the best I can say. Still doesn't seem to be in any pain or discomfort.

Work was OK, nothing special. Did the Teen Lounge, went OK.

Talked to the FWiB after work, nice talk, he had chemmo today so we didn't talk long.

Went out with [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother for Carvel.

Force-fed Bjorn, and fed Sybil and Christy.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Friends.

3. Carvel.

4. Good books.

5. Bjorn is still alive.

6. Work was OK.
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I know this can't go on for long, but I'm not ready to give up yet. He is still alert and doesn't seem to be in pain so I don't think it's time to let him go yet.

Work was busy. I did the laptop program with the teens. Worked out pretty well.

Then after work rather than going straight to my meeting I went home first and gave Bjorn his prednisone pill. [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her momther picked me up and took me to my meeting.

The FWiB called. Tomorrow he has chemo again, and consults with his doctor on how his condition is going. I pray he's doing alright.

After my meeting I came home and fed the cats. I gave Bjorn several syringes worth of regular cat food.

And that's all.

Gratitude List:

1. Bjorn for as long as I have him.

2. My meetings and the people there.

3. My friends.

4. Work went OK.

5. Beautiful fall weather.

6. Eting dinner now!
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But very weak.He can't walk very well. And he didn't eat tonight despite having eaten in the hospital. But he seems somewhat better than he did before I took him in which give me hope that the steroids my bring him around a bit more. I'll try him on eating tomorrow morning again.

Aside from Bjorn there wasn't much about the day to report. I did the gaming program with the teens.

After work the FWiB called and we talked until I met up with [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother who drove me to pick up Bjorn. Then we dropped him off at home and went out to Buffalo Wild Wings.

When we got back I tried to feed him but he still wouldn't eat. I'm going to try again in the morning because he was eating in the hospital so he may just not be hungry now.

The Kid just called and we had a nice talk, mostly about Bjorn but other things too.

Interesting thing: Last night, or actually this morning, I woke up to use the bathroom and couldn't get back to sleep. Checked facebook and found out about the shooting in Las Vegas. Tried to get back to sleep and got an e-mail from the FWiB, also suffering from insomnia. We conversed via e-mail a bit. So that was nice.

Gratitude List:

1. The Kid.

2. Bjorn home.

3. The FWiB.

4. My friends.

5. Good day at work.

6. Work was quiet.
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When the vet called this morning I asked questions and I ultimately decided that because of his age it was pointless and unfair to put Bjorn through the aggressive diagnostics and chemotherapy. So they started him on prednisone and he's responded, he ate for them. He's staying tonight in the hospital again so they can monitor him, and tomorrow I bring him home and begin dosing him with oral pred. Then we see how long it keeps him comfortable, weeks or months at best.

I spent the day sleeping late, waiting for the vet to call, and then going over to [personal profile] mashfanficchick's place to help her out. We had lunch at Five guys and for dinner we called in for sushi. Cause nothing says "getting the apartment straight" like raw fish on rice.

The FWiB called, later than usual because he was out with one of his friends who came to visit him and they went out for dinner.

I texted The Kid about Bjorn and my decision and asked her to call if she had any questions, but she didn't so I guess she thinks I made the right decision.

Gratitude List:

1. Bjorn is feeling better and eating.

2. Friends, online and real life.

3. The FWiB.

4. Sushi.

5. The vets.

6. Working late tomorrow.