We have people coming today, people coming tomorrow and two repeats (one is 3rd time around) coming during the week. David's still finishing, as you look at the pictures you can see there are a lot of odds and ends but for the most part, it's almost all done. I thought I would take pictures of the entire house so you can see how it's going. I've been working all weekend, both days I ended up in Clarksburg so I've been busy. It wasn't too bad, I went to AC Moores but couldn't justify any more yarn and I got to Big Lots too early this morning so that was a wash. But I have books on order from Knitpicks and I got a knitting magazine this afternoon (The Yarnhater asked me if I could POSSIBLY come home just one day without yarn, a magazine, etc. I just looked at him blankly - he should try making sense once in awhile) so my world is in balance for now.This afternoon I sat down and got all my stuff ready for tomorrow and then set up all my patients as it's going to be a great deal of running. Vincent made it to the vet's yesterday, he recieved mucho injections which David reported he did not enjoy, the vet thinks he has allergies so he got a steriod shot along with feline leukemia vaccine and rabies and I think some other stuff since he was there. I heard from Adam, he's doing very well and I think likes being on a carrier more than he'll admit. He's met some people and has gone to a BBQ with friends so I think he's very glad he's rejoined. We spoke with Jackson last night, I think he's stayed in NC too long and I think he thinks that too, but his plane ticket has been bought and we did tell him so, so that is that. Pearl and I went swimming this afternoon between rain showers and so forth, the weather is getting quite tiresome and I think it plans on staying that way for awhile.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
I took the pool pictures on Sunday, the last day we ever expect to see the sun. The rain has been unrelenting - I've gone through all my Shock just trying to keep up with the rain water in the pool - and given there was a frog in it this morning, I don't think I'm winning. They're predicting rain for the entire week, I might need to get the Magic 8 Ball out. I guess we'll see how the septic system holds up, there's another big sigh for you. It was just a small repair but getting someone up here to dig the trench has been a forced march. So after several months the guy comes up with the trench digger and a bull dozer to move the gravel - around the same time the RE was coming with potential buyers, sigh sigh sigh. Nothing says Buy Me like heavy machinery in the yard. Digging. But David has finished up quite a bit this week and the house looks really good - even the RE was impressed. I'm still working on that baby blanket, I'm almost done with the third row of houses and then it's a row of trees, the edges and I'm done. I am a little less stressed out, but my job is fixing that - the driving has been miserable lately since I'm still the sole employee with dual licenses so I get to be the only one that has to cover both states. I was told the other nurse will be getting his PA license but I've been listening to that story for the past 3 years and have yet to see it happen. But you can ignore the whining - you know how it is when you decide you need to leave. And I am so on the fence about it still, but I know this is the best plan. If I work per-diem I can go look at other areas, working full time it's impossible. If I was working in a facility it might be different but when you drive for a living, the idea of driving a few hundred miles on the weekend and then coming back and getting in the car first thing Monday morning is overwhelming to say the least.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Well, the listing come out yesterday - and David got his first call. We hadn't thought through what we are going to do when the house is shown. No one likes the owners around when they're looking at the house, I do remember when we were looking and you always feel so self concious when the people are there. The owners are trying to gauge if you like it and if you don't there is an air of disappointment following you out the door. It was a competing agency showing the house yesterday so they came at 4:30 to do a walkthrough so Pearl did get to Hostess a little, but we took the Hostess for a ride when the potential came to look at the house. The RE is showing the house again today at noon and he also said the appointment from last night would like to schedule another walkthrough. It's so hard to gauge in this market what the house will do, although our proximity to town will help with selling it. I spoke to Susan at work about the master plan, I have no intentions of sneaking about or waiting until the last minute, for the most part Interim has been very good to me and there's very few jobs that there aren't some issues cropping up here and there. If the house hasn't sold by August I plan to work per-diem until I figure out what I want to do - if it looks like we'll be here for the long haul I'll look for something around here. I am squabbling with David a little bit these days, I'm very stressed as I'm not a good with change and at the moment there is very little in my life that is not standing on the edge of the proverbial cliff waiting to jump into the great unknown.
Today's Forecast: Scattered clouds with thunderstorms later in the day
Magic 8 Ball - Yes Definately
What It Did - poured starting around 10 am some thunderstorms, cleared up around 3
Thursday, June 12, 2008
I think I might have to stop with the solar cover on the pool for a bit as the temp is now 86 - you should not get out hotter than you went in. David has been finishing cleaning up the yard, roofing the house, the bits of flotsom here and there around the yard - all the loose ends. When I went to work I was a bit startled to see the "for sale" sign at the bottom of the driveway, I mean I know we're selling it but seeing the sign there gave me a bit of a turn. I hadn't even considered that it would interfer with my weekends and stuff like that. I've been mulling over my Master Plan, such as it is - how I'm going to do this. My initial plan is to put in my resignation at the end of June with a 4 week end date which takes me to July 31st - that way I can go to Grandpa's 90th. When I come back I'll COBRA out my benefits and work per-diem, that way we can go look places without my having to worry about getting days off. If it doesn't look like the house will sell, then I'll start looking for a new job in Sept if it looks like we'll be here for awhile. My patients have been off the wall lately - one was arguing with me and since he was not winning started bellowing at his aide BRING ME MY PAIN PILLS. It was all I could do not to bellow after him BRING ME SOME TOO!! Honestly. You know, it's not that I don't love my job, I still do, it's just that the turn over where I'm currently working is so high that I'm getting tired of being the Last Man Standing all the time. I'm tired of orientating the New Nursesonly to see them leave a couple months later, of doing a lot of the hard visits because I'm the only one left that knows how to do them, it jsut gets discouraging after awhile.
Channel 12 Weather - Sunny in the high 80's
Magic 8 Ball - Most Likely
What it did - sunny in the 80's!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Sleep is a rare thing these days, between work, stress and more stress. I seem to sleep every other night, I think I get that sleep just from sheer exhaustion. The other cause is by Strangers In The Night - his name is DJ, he drinks and he seems to have accidently put David's cell phone on speed dial. We got another call from him (honestly, doesn't he work??) around 1:30 am just to let us know he was around. Whoo hoo. I very politely told him he had a wrong number, but everytime I said that he would pause and then say "but this is DJ man". I am sure he'll be pondering it all week in his alcohol induced haze. He also likes to text David to see wat's up dawg. Then the previous night we were awakened by an air freshener that David had bought but hadn't realized it had a free night light that chose to come alive around 3 am - I thought I had fallen asleep on a landing strip. The whole room lit up like Las Vegas, it was quite a night light. And earlier in the evening we noticed the central air wasn't working so well - we checked and it was 80 degrees with it running on high. So David called a friend of his that told him to check the line and see if there was ice on it. It seems if it's very humid that can happen and it blocks the air - he checked, there was, so we had to turn off the air last night to let the ice melt which of course is only a little more conducive to sleeping that DJ. I know all of this will settle down but it's just too much at once.
Channel 12 Weather - Very Sunny, mid 80's
Magic 8 Ball - Yes
what it did - it was very sunny
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
I had to run home yesterday so we could meet with the RE around 4pm. So no lunch and I just raced from house to house yesterday - this on pretty much no sleep from the night before due to a phone call from someone who was very sorry the next day for making the phone call in the first place. But as anyone knows, if you get a phone call at night despite the fact it's not that serious it will keep you up and then you spend the next day wondering why you wasted your time worrying about it into the night. Anyhoo, I got home and then had to sit through a couple of hours of papersigning and going over what we have - and what we don't plus a slow tour of the entire house. We'll be cleaning this weekend, with Jackson's graduation and us working all the time not much gets done around here except the pool and the lawn most days. I got a letter from Adam the other day and he is doing much better than he thought he would be and he sounds happy to be on the carrier after all.
Channel 12 Weather for today - sunny with a 60% chance of thunderstorms
Magic 8 Ball - Without a Doubt
what happened: overcast,sun came out with a sunshower
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Well, the RE is definately coming next week and they seem pretty excited about our house going on the market. They even seem to think they can get more than we thought we could which makes me pretty excited. However, given the housing market these days anything could happen which puts me between a rock and a hard place employment wise. However (don't you love that word "however" -is so very useful, especially if you're me and you are forever hitting a fork in the road...), David has pointed out it's a good time to work towards what I really want to do and we can maybe work - slightly more important - work towards where we want to be. We're currently having Pre-Seller's Remorse as we both love our house but realize we would love it more if we had Staff or at least a couple of Underlings hanging about. As it is we spend most of our free time (and more of it since our Free Help is currently hiding out in NY) trying to maintain the huge swimming pool, the 6 acres of yard and the house while working full time. David's said he loves sitting out under the shade trees reading the paper but the joy of that is mitigated by the fact he will be mowing the lawn the next day. My job is getting stinkier but I wonder if it's because I've decided it's the Worst Job In The Universe and I'm looking for an excuse to sling my resignation in the boss's office as I ride off into the sunset. When you reach that point in your job even the little things that just sort of annoyed you become Major Catastrophes and you find yourself fussing and fuming over something, that if you stepped back, took a deep breath and looked at it calmly, wouldn't have been such a big deal the month before. And I hate feeling like that, snapping over silly little things, anwering my phone with a sigh even before I know what the person wants. It's hard to break past that and I don't want my attitude to affect the other people I work with (did you ever notice that when one person quits the others follow like ducks?) - I don't think my job changed, I think I did.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
This morning David asked me if I heard that - I said heard what, he said the grass growing..... it finally stopped raining although according to Channel 12 News we are experiencing thunderstorms - sigh. They need to come out of the basement. Which brings me to the subject - My Magic 8 Ball. I was using it to predict the weather this morning (I told David it's pretty much the same as watching the Crack Weather Team except I probably had a better chance of being right) and I am thinking doing a little experiment starting Monday - if you have a Magic 8 Ball feel free to play along - I'm going to write down the 7 day forecast and then will use the 8 Ball daily to see if that's what they're doing down at the studio. I'm thinking they are because this morning when I asked the Magic 8 Ball if it was going to stop raining it said "Reply hazy, try again later" - sort of the 50% chance of rain namby pamby you get off the news. Anyhoo, since David didn't pay any attention to the dire weather reports he came home early and spent the afternoon mowing the Jungle. The temps shot up to the 90's and I got to swim in my pool for the first time this season! Miss Pants also went swimming, she just kind of bounces in when she gets hot and bounces right back out to chase birds since she all cooled off. Yes, she is a little spoiled, thank you for asking.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Sunday, June 1, 2008