Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Moving along...

I guess I'm moving along, but at a snail's pace.  I've gotten a lot accomplished, but still have lots more to do.  I hadn't paid a bill in almost 44 years.  Jim was an accountant and it just made more sense for him to do it.  I've had to set up my own system and so far it's working out OK.  I still have some big decisions to make, but I'm taking my time and not rushing into anything.  I did join a Griefshare group at a local church which has been helpful.  We're all in the same boat (so to speak) which really helps.

Reid had the Adcetris infusion and although it's not nearly as difficult as the chemo he's had in the past... it's not exactly a walk in the park either.  He's had waves of nausea, but at times he's felt OK too.  He's been able to eat which is a big change from the regular chemo.  I don't imagine he'll be loosing any weight this time.  The fatigue is a problem, but has improved a little this week.  Last week when we went to the store I had to drop him off at the door and pick him up again when we were done.  He just didn't have much energy at all.  This week that has improved a little too.  Next Tuesday he'll have the second infusion.

Keith came last Thursday and stayed until Sunday.  We had a really nice visit.  Thursday was his birthday and we all went out for dinner at an Italian restaurant.  That was his choice and it seemed appropriate for someone born in Italy 43 years ago.  How time flies.  I found it a little sad without Jim though.

We had a little rain while Keith was here and a branch broke off and got caught up in the pecan tree.
It was a bit of a problem since it was hanging above the mailbox and I was afraid it would fall down and hurt someone.  It had broken off pretty high up in the tree and fallen quite far before it got stuck.  I don't know if you can see in this picture where it kind of peeled off, but I guess the weight of the pecans had something to do with it.
Keith went out and got to work.  That thing was stuck real good.
He couldn't just yank it out, so he ended up having to saw some off before it would come down.
We lugged the biggest piece to the backyard and broke up the rest so the trash men would take it away.  If we ever need to get out the chain saw we'll cut up the piece we put in the backyard.  For now it can just stay there.  The cats enjoy using it as a scratching post anyway.

As Gilda Radner used to say, "It's always something."

I'm so glad the primary election in Texas is over.  We have something called the "Do Not Call List" in Texas, but the politicians wrote the law and excluded themselves.  I can't even begin to tell you how many robo calls we received. I lost count, but I would guess at least 30+ in the two weeks leading up to election day.  I haven't been sleeping well and one afternoon I decided to lay down for a little while and there were three calls during the hour and a half that I attempted to sleep.  I even got a robo call from the former mayor, the current mayor, the Governor...all on behalf of the candidates they were supporting.  Some didn't even respect Memorial Day.  I believe I got three calls that day.  I think the law should be amended and we should be allowed to opt out of political calls too.  Does anyone listen to recorded messages anyway?  People put themselves on the "Do Not Call List" so they don't get disturbed.  If they want my vote they need to show me that they respect the intent of the Texas "Do Not Call List" law.  I don't want robo calls from anyone.  I've even E-mailed both county political parties in past years asking them to stop, but I've never received a reply.  This year I E-mailed the mayor and asked that the calls stop, but I received no reply from him either.  It's just an attitude that says to me, "We're better than everyone else and can do as we darn well please."  This isn't a Republican or Democratic thing.  They all do it!  I think it shows a lack of respect for the voters. 

This is the only place I've ever lived where the politicians have a sign contest.  This was taken outside city hall.  Do they think the candidate with the most signs wins?  Maybe it's the candidate with the biggest sign?
I know in past years I've seen city workers taking them down the next day.  Personally, I think there should be a limit to how many signs each candidate can put up on city property and then they should have to take them down after the election.  Maybe limit the size too.  Do they do this where you live?  What about the annoying robo calls?

This is one of my pet peeves.  Thanks for letting me vent!


  1. First...I agree...I think candidates should be limited on signage and ads! It's good to hear that you are rebounding...:)JP

  2. Gosh big changes for you and having to pay all the bills - little things we take for granted.

    How many treatments does Reid have to go through in all?

    I'm glad you got help on that branch.

    And I agree the phone calls drive me nuts too.

    And all those signs there - that is just absurd.

    Love and hugs,

  3. Oh dear, I've been away too long. I'm so sorry for your loss.

    I agree with you completely about the phone calls and the campaign signs. They are often left to fade in the sun by the side of the road here.

  4. I signed up for the Do Not Call list, and that's a big joke...... I've lost count of the calls I've received and I quickly hang up ...... I've been surprised they even call my cell phone.

    It's so ridiculous..... who's going to change their mind on who they're going to vote from a sign or phone call. GRRRR!

    Keeping you and Reid in my prayers...

  5. I put the ones that came on my cell under a contact called Do Not Answer and variations of ssuch. It sickens me the number of calls plus some were for Houston elections that we are not even able to vote for! Sheesh!

  6. I think you are doing well and are right to take your time over those big decisions. Love from Sicily. x

  7. Rant on girl! I tell you I could rant about the phone calls too! Not so much from elections but my husband's family's bill collectors! Drives me NUTS! I've been putting up with it for 16 years since we moved back to WV. I always tell them I don't know them but they keep calling. I tell them I'm on the do not call list and it does nothing. I got caller id but I'm a dummy and still answer the calls. I threatened to change our number and get it unpublished and all but good grief I already pay over $10 a month over their debt I shouldn't have to spend more on it to get rid of their calls. I did get real mad 2 weeks ago and I looked up my ex-sister in laws work phone number and told them to call her! First time I've done that and it felt GOOD! lol

    That is a lot of signs! lol

    Keep us posted on Reid and I hope that things settle down more for you.



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