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  1. The spurt of energy/lucidity due to seeing DH has left MIL now. DH and P are still dealing with getting P into a running, reliable vehicle. Battery switch didn't work so he went to Walmart and bought the appropriate size. Came in to EAT and get warm. Miserable frigid weather tho not snowing. He'll get it installed today. He's feeling the affects of sorrow and constant LOUD noise. We're a pretty quiet household ....except for one loud dog hearing coyotes, occasionally. With MIL quite deaf now, TV is BLARING CONSTANTLY. ....we don't even have a TV. Even tho he's freezing, he went outside to talk to me. He didn't eat on time and with his pills, he neeeeds to. I sent some good protein bars we use with him....because of this. He ate one before they finally had a meal. But he wasn't feeling well until the end of our conversation. Then feeling better. He's ready to come home. Easier for him to deal with my folks than his...of course. It sounds like she's ready for nursing home care with 24 hr staff. Hopefully there will be a spot open for her soon, for P's sake. One person cannot be STAFF...if they aren't getting sleep. I'm quite tired. Had to stretch a lot before I could get out of bed. It's been heavy manual labor with the snow complication. We don't have a solo operation here. Trying to do the least reasonably possible...to conserve energy. Doing fine, but in emergency mode. MtRider
  2. Yes, bummer about the furnace, WE2. But of COURSE you're prepared with alternative heating to keep more damage from occurring!!! Homesteader......didn't you say you two were "retired"....cuz you seem to do doing a LOT of work for retired folks. Hope the tearing out things and putting them back will clear up your health issues tho. LOL ....DH returned to the Great North for these few days....and we DEFINITELY will NOT be retiring there. Maui ....forced to join kids in Maui! {But affordability will make us sorry for that too! Whew, expensive there!} Well Day 3 has been MUCH MUCH EASIER! It did snow today between 9AM and 1PM...but only got about an inch. Some wind but nothing near that blizzard. Told my mom I'd be out about doing chores for an hour but morning feeding when it's been zero during the night takes longer. Like JUMPING on the black rubber water bucket for the ducks....frozen solid. Those things are nearly indestructible and I got the ice out. Left ducks inside today but let the goat out. She hung out in the hay shed, eating, til I closed the tarp/gate. She hangs out with the horses and comes up to her house later. So I was on the road walking dog and called my folks from a "phone booth" out there. "Hi...still fine but give me another 20 min....yes, it's still snowing." I was inside soon after. After getting out of alllll the clothes, boots, emergency gear in pockets, etc...I rested. I'd had oatmeal for breakfast and later made a BIG cast iron pot of beef stew. I had a roast of beef in the crock pot...turned out tender! Used part of that for the stew. Cleared frozen veggies from freezer ...into the pot! Even a big ole turnip and greens. Dumped in some leftover couscous. All the potatoes left [ I hide in bedroom closet cuz it's dark...but still were sprouting] ....got chopped and put in. Mixed veggie bag. Turned out very good. Will eat off that for a couple days and still have some left for DH on Sat nite. AND my freezer is more cleared out. DH plans to come on the ticket as is....unless something changes. He has to be here by Tues nite cuz of my doc appt on Wed. Anyway, after my cooking spree.....[also stuck a fish fillet and cauliflower in oven for lunch and ate raw carrots with that]. ....I RESTED for the afternoon. Went down to feed with plenty of time to get back up just as it's getting dark. Cuz it's COLD again tonite. Talked to the MN crew. No new catastrophes. DH does NOT like the humidity and frigid cold up there. But he's mostly inside with his mom. Changing batteries for his sister tomorrow will be painfully cold. He REALLY doesn't like working on cars....ESPECIALLY in the cold! I am SOOOO thankful that my shoulder is not doing too bad. It is not painful unless I reach to quickly...then I kinda screech. But sometimes it's at constant screech-level pain. It's not doing that so hey....this is great considering the amount of use it's had shoveling/sweeping/hauling water jugs/ etc. My pathways are going to be a problem if we don't get our usual January Thaw tho. I didn't shovel/sweep them clear as I normally do. 'Course... today's additional inch would have been more aggravating if I had. MtRider
  3. Heard from them today. Having a good visit. Got P home last nite, finally. DH is going to help her switch batteries from her not-running car to the van that has a weak battery. Besides everything else last nite, the AAA guy had to jump start her van after pouring in a gallon of gas. Then they jumped it again this morning. BUT Minn. is having terribly cold weather....well below zero...plus WINDCHILL! And it's not a dry cold like CO. DH doesn't like their weather at all....tho he left in a blizzard here. He grew up there but we're not used to that now. His mom is sleeping off and on today. DH thinks all the excitement of his visit tired her out. But...a good thing. P got to go and shop, etc today while he had "mom duty". She really can't be left to herself....forgets she can't walk w/o walker. Cannot understand which pills she's taken and which to take now. REALLY can't do that! He's enjoying the visit and knows it was the very best plan to come right now. MtRider ....today was easier for me!
  4. Whoa...now we're talkin'! I can't rely too heavily on my data plan. We go over and have to purchase bonus points currently. I still get phone functions and Internet functions mixed up. No cell functions from here. Sheeeesh, Jeepers. Lookit all those holder thingabobs! I have a bed desk device with accordion [and infinitely adjustable] legs. It would work for a reader/tablet/etc. It's how I read on the laptop without it squishing my stomach. But I have an adjustable hospital bed so it's in chaise lounge position when I read. I think my head is spinning. So many options or combination of options. Storage on thumb drive sorts of devices.....I might be able to get my 10,000 books ....AND some other stuff. I have my entire laptop [ EXCEPT KINDLE BOOKS ] backed up on thumb drive....thankfully since it's still acting oddly here an there. I'm processing all this..... I will always have to have a laptop due to typing so much. Thumb typing or whatever just won't do. [tho I've marveled at how fast some can do that.] MtRider
  5. Wow....that's quite a haul. Glad it has not been frosted! Nice bribe for your doc to care for you reallllly well! MtRider .... ...I think I'll move to GA and be your neighbor!
  6. If she will share her recipe, I'd love to have it. My mom gets neuropathy pains in her feet and it can keep her up for a couple nites in a row. She's recently gotten fairly good results with a product called Blue Emu. It doesn't work every single time tho. Yes...it IS blue! MtRider
  7. Today I was able to use my R shoulder after loosening it up ...and Nuprin. So I did EVERYTHING. --Put in load of dark clothes, went to feed horses, ducks...let goat out to eat with horses. Walked dog. --THEN Koa and I went to the village. Less than 5 miles but I usually don't drive it. Stopped at our mailboxes on the road about a mile or so up. Then went to Post Office - sent a business letter for DH - had to buy an manila envelope and address it cuz we didn't have any at home. Checked our postal box there...he uses mostly for bills and such. Then across the street where a tall guy loaded up 3 hay bales on the roof rack of car. {thankyouverrymuch} Then up the road to library. Up the elevator, introduced myself as DH's wife ...returning his videos. They know him there cuz he checks out movies all the time. DH always walks the dog in open areas near there so OF COURSE we must do that today! Silly dog gets all excited! Don't know where I was walking but good thing I had the ski pole as walking support. Cuz there were multiple foot-size holes in that area ....missed getting a leg into two only cuz I began poking ahead of me with the pole. OK, dog satisfied. We voyaged home. THEN I have to untie the ropes and yank the bales off the roof....onto plastic sled and haul to hay shed. [WHY did we not build that shed next to the driveway?????] But with snow, it was pretty easy...except 2 out of 3 rolled off sled before quite arriving at their destination. I was getting so tired that I wasn't as agile with the sledding. Had to yank to get them into place in barn. No stacking ....only 5 total in there. Three more than I had this morning. THEN I noticed the horse water tank was quite low and we have more storm weather forecast for tonite/tomorrow. So I pulled the lower end of hose over and stuck in thru the twisted wires....pointing down into the tank......because I need to be able to see from up at the house, if it's running thru the hose. I drive up to house and drop the upper end of the hoses down to ground. We keep that end elevated up to the porch so it's in the sun and not buried in snow. I'd already walked the whole length last nite after snow quit.....pulling hose up out of 3 foot drifts in some places. So it had been laying on top, in the sun all morning. All hooked up and turned on, yet I didn't see water pouring into tank. I use binoculars but by then my hands had the exertion tremors so bad, I had to go up on porch where I could lean my hands against the post. Nope...no water. So I began walking down and making sure all areas of hose were still sitting in sunshine. Adjusted hose here and there. Walked half way back up and opened a juncture of two hoses....yay, I've got water running that far. Finally it began to squirt/sputter at the end and then it was pouring into the tank. As I waited for it to fill, I checked in with my mom from one of the clearest 'phone booths' locations. We had a chat while I watched the tank fill. It needs to be emptied, scrubbed and filled....but that will not happen THIS day. Had to walk back UP the whole hill again and shut off the water. Then begin to ensure the water drains the whole way. Take upper end of hose up stairs to dangle from porch railing. It drains on the steep hill but I drove down to walk the level part on the lower end. Lift and place it carefully on TOP of the snow when it's drained. [course we have snow in the forecast for tonite/tomorrow..] THEN I went up to house....put away this and that. Brought dog and me and stuff from town up. Heated leftover spaghetti in oven and lay on bed to REST. Got CHILLED and turned on heating pad. Got rest from 2pm to 5pm. THEN kinda raced around to put on the heavier coveralls. Was getting dark {....and therefore COLD} fast. Poured warm water for ducks. Had already laid more straw and more feed. Gave horses a generous amount of hay for this likely COLD nite....again. Last nite it was ZERO. Walked dog in dusky-dark on road with headlamp. Then got up to house to get things set up in basement for tomorrow's AM feeding. Grab dog's teeth cleaning treat AND the dark load of clothes from the dryer. I'd switched them over during one of the passes thru the basement. Dog assisted me and the heavy laundry basket up the stairs. Got her treat, as expected. Reported hat I was back INSIDE to my folks. SINCE I did so much yesterday and today....so many projects completed....I SHOULD be able to just do normal things, altho I never do morning chores. That's a heavy extra. But the BIG projects are done-for-now. Except that 1-3" of snow predicted tomorrow. Well, we'll see. MtRider ....Day 2 has ended.
  8. PS.......P just called me. She's coming home from BINGO and her car runs out of gas 5 blocks from her apt. [Her 30 yr old son is in BIG trouble.] But she didn't have DH's cell # in her phone....so she could call DH to read her off her AAA number [which she also didn't have with her] so they can rescue her. DH can't go rescue her cuz one of them must stay with their mom...even if she's gone to bed already. Can you see why DH doesn't visit family often. MtRider ....and she says she didn't even win at BINGO!
  9. I'll tell the story of my day over in Whatcha doing? This is DH's story-so-far.... DH arrived in Mpls airport at midnight. Went to Salt Lake UT first... He called as he headed for the rental car. He had a 50 min drive to his sister P's house. Except there were several things INCORRECT about that data. 1) He also had 45 min drive to get out of the Metro area and then a 50 min drive.... 2) His sister lives in an appartment...neglected to include an appt number when she gave us her address...SO.... At 3 AM, DH is knocking on the door of a HOUSE...with the same exact address P gave us, but it's "XYZ street"....instead of "XYZ street WEST". Small town insanity. Either the folks were not home; did not wake up; or were too afraid to ANSWER THEIR DOOR! He finally calls P on his cell and she tells him about the appartment thing....so he scoots quickly to rental car and LEAVES before someone does answer the door! Then P can't figure out where he is {about 2 blocks away, actually} but she had to dress and drive to McD's [which both of them could find] to meet him and lead him back. She doesn't know street names....just where she lives and drives. Uh....helpful, P. Really helpful at 3AM. So he finally got to sleep for a short time on an air mattress in the living room. His mom was DELIGHTED to see him when she woke up. They've had a good day. His mom goes to sleep frequently in a recliner with her feet up...in the middle of a sentence type frequently. Forgets what they already talked about. Breathing labored. But she had a great day. DH told P she could take a break and do something she'd enjoy since she's been full-time care for weeks now. She decided to go play BINGO. I know how it is to be locked in for weeks. So DH is where he should be and I'm surviving here. It would help if the snow would go away until he comes home. Keep praying. Afterall, he did NOT get arrested at 3AM for disturbing someone's peace and sleep. Keep praying, please! MtRider Thanks.
  10. Um....the folks at the blood donation center got a little too enthusiastic? MtRider
  11. Cowgirl....that's some new information. Esp. about the folding cover that can prop it up. That's currently how I read on laptop. Different sizes....but I can adjust the print size to see comfortably...right? I've handled other people's iPads and they are quite heavy. But...so is a laptop. I've got enough ebooks to fill more than 32 GB {?} (I THINK....very rough guess.....AND I keep forgetting which is GB or MB or ?????) Does an iPad have that kind of capacity? But then, if I got an iPad....that takes pictures too, right? That would be tempting to fill up space with pics. I USED to take lots of pics. But they all go away after you change devices so I gave up. {yeah, store in the CLOUD} All of our emergency family issues have come in front of this issue in priority right now. But....I will have to do something. Old laptop limping along but is acting like an unpredictable old person! MtRider
  12. Praying your prosthetic will fit well and set you free again! MtRider
  13. I remember when you posted a pic of you and your cousin, Jeepers. And yes, I did see to it that he has 'funeral clothes' ...glad that doesn't have to be a suit. Just nice pants, nice shirt, nice sweater if he needs that. [ won't tell what HE thot he could wear as shirt....] Guys! TheCG.....wellllll, that's a good question. Due to long-term disability, I have usually had that set up. But my close friends N/W are so overwhelmed right now. W came to plow us out of DRIFTS of snow today before the guy came to pick DH up for airport. I think I only have my folks to call before I go feed and after. If they didn't hear from me, they could call N/W or they could just ask for a 'wellness check'. They can't come check themselves. It's harder to have them as backup....I think I'll have my mom write down the time I go out. Cuz she got DH's flight departure time mixed up X3 I have no cell service but there are locations thru out the barn yard and even on the road where I walk dog, where the cordless house phone picks up signal. I call those locations: phone booths. I just realized that term is not going to be known to youngers....except if they watch OLD Superman movies. LOL I also have the car which is more reliable starting in cold weather than my older truck. Yeah, I think we've got the risks minimized.... I'll tell you, starting with a BLIZZARD today scared me ...but God and I had a talk and I'm ok again. We're sunny now and driveway plowed. MtRider ....but I used up a week's worth of energy already.
  14. Hiya, Chainsaw Mary!! We feel like we know you too, from hearing about the adventures of reclaiming that piece of property. Love the pics and drool over the garden. How did it fare with the recent COLD? MtRider
  15. "... but he might want to take funeral clothes. " Yeah, I'm hoping he has room for black pants and a shirt. But he's not checking any bags, just carry-on and personal bag. He's a minimalist tho.....unlike me. That's one of the reasons he would change the departure date...if she's going to pass quickly. This is happening so fast...it seems. One is never ready but I think DH is kinda still in shock. A nearby neice is trying not to go into early labor but she's probably going to give birth in the next few days. Just more drama... but he'll get to see a new Great niece or nephew. A passing and a birth at the same time. Life moving to the next generations. I'm so very tired.....but we did get DH tickets on the Bereavement Fare this morning. Took several calls to get all the data. Ticketing folks both offered condolences, which is their 'script' for Bereavement Fares but it's nice. That fare takes some $ off the price but the value is in no penalty for changing the dates. I've used that several times when I've gone to help ...when DD1 got plowed over on her moped. And when my brother's fiance died of cancer....he had her daughter to care for along with all the funeral arrangements and his work sites and....appreciated the help. By now, that 10 yr old girl has been our niece for nearly 20 yrs. We just kept her even tho my brother didn't get a chance to marry her mom! So DH has a ride to airport tomorrow.....and despite all the SNOW that's going on, the actual airport area is probably not going to catch much of this. Might be a bit tricky up on this mountain tho. The church deacon [mountain rancher] who's driving DH has a 4-wheel drive, of course. God has been reminding me of all sorts of ways that HE takes care of those in need. Quite specifically ....so I'll be ok. For the first time since the last 2 snows....my shoulder isn't 'frozen' and I can reach up without squealing. More snow scheduled for later in week but if DH comes back on Sat...the weekend will be sunny...with melting snow. MtRider ....I think we've thot of everything.
  16. Yeah, I've heard that too, Miki. We do get some fine, gritty stuff from the pellet stove. Not a lot as you do with a real wood stove. We use it on the driveway if there will be sun....even just being dark color makes an increase in solar melting. But these areas are water every day and ices again every nite. A CO thing....never seen it's like elsewhere. Due to vast temperature ranges within every 24 hr period. 50* during the day sends a lot of water into low spots. Then sun goes down and temps go down in the teens. So when I 'sand' the ice towards evening, and the next afternoon there is AGAIN a puddle of water....the sand has all gone to the bottom. So you have to 'sand' daily. At least the hay bits float. Messes up the VERY smooooth slick ice. If I time it right, I can mess up the ice just with my boots, if it's not fully frozen. Just so it's not freezing in a perfectly slick surface. ....then do it again the next evening. No ZAMBONI needed here!!! I did switch to my boots with the best soles. But sheer ice is a 'nother critter entirely. AND it keeeeeps snowing on top so a lot of ice is now hiding. Tonite I slipped x3 and 'took a knee' on one of them. As long as I don't do a backwards pancake maneuver..... We used ice trax for a while but with these severe hillsides, they kept peeling off the boots when we'd slide sideways. Tried several different types. Wrapped them with more straps and cords. Ice crampons might work We haven't had a melt-thaw-snow-repeat winter for a while. I'm not enjoying the reruns. Jeepers....I cannot believe your mean snowplow guy. Obviously on purpose Last winter for that nonsense! MtRider .....it's snowing....no, it stopped......no, now it's snowing again
  17. We're flapping about trying to remember EVERYthing we need for DH to leave and me to stay. I don't drive very far....not even to my folks' village. Here I was making progress on decluttering until all this SNOW kept falling. Now.... Hope we have enough hay. Hope we think of everything.... Well truly, tho I can no longer attend my church, they are still there if I need them. I have always done the Prayer Request Notification Emails. For more than a decade, that's been mine and I can still do that. So I put us on it tonite. We'll be ok. MtRider
  18. Be safe all of you in the cold zones. We're about to get hit with yet another system.....snow by Tues. I'm quite tired of January already. MtRider .....shoveling dirt onto ice and even using hay to disrupt icy surface.
  19. Thank you all!!!!! I just read our weather report for this week.....and it's not good. MORE snow and we're all ice and snow-pack still from the last one....two. The melting has been flooding some of our main pathways. I've been shoveling what dirt/grit I can get loose to cover the ice. I've resorted to spreading old hay....just to get a better gripping surface! But if it snows...all that lies underneath. Just thinking of dealing with snow...on Tuesday when we're planning for him to be flying and renting car...driving 2 hrs to get to SIL's house. And my shoulders [esp Right] keep going into fiery spams...locking so I can't move it up. There are things in our lives that requires two hands in air....like shutting window coverings. So your words of encouragement and prayer have me taking a deep breath and calming again. God is here and beyond reasonable expectation, I will be able to do this.....or HE will send help. Someone from my church is driving DH down to the airport ...and later pick him up. That's settled. My folks had him stop by and gave him money to make sure he has enough. We do but they want to help. And who knows....DH might stay a bit longer if she's about to pass.... Stay tuned...this was one situation we were not expecting right now. Pray that my folks stay healthy and stable toooooo! MtRider ...thanks so much for your support !
  20. DH's sister called tonite to say their mom is "in hospice". She's still living with SIL but they have hospice assistance now. So DH is calling to find plane flights/car rental for this week. He wants to see her before she passes and then won't go to the funeral cuz it is too much cost and .... .....then there is the issue of leaving me with all the animals and weather.......and my folks ....alone out here. DH is "last man standing" so to speak, for many things in our lives and my parent's. My dad is still driving around their village but no further. I can drive a few miles to our tiny village...if I'm doing ok. But it would take an EVAC to get me to drive further. And....it's winter. We have a gutter drainage pipe that is chock full of ice and backing up everything....sending melting ice down in front of the access door to garage/basement space. Just figured that out today. But .....we'll all deal with this. He MUST go...and go now, quickly. Likely leave on Tues. I'll call my church to ask someone to drive him over to the city to airport. He'll work Sun/Mon and doesn't work again till next week. And we'll need the money after paying for this trip. It came up suddenly....cuz his mom acts like nothing is wrong. She will be THRILLED to see him again so this is absolutely going to happen. Pray for all of us, please. MtRider
  21. That's sad. You know what she'll be going thru, WE2. That understanding will really help. MtRider
  22. Twenties, Ambergris? Whoa! Are you allowed to light smudge pots.....or the cheapo equivalent: burning tires? Yeah, tires stink but they burn a long time. How deep into Florida's groves is that supposed to go? We've got Doppler blue [snow] marks scattered allll over CO. Not right over our piece of real estate at the moment. MtRider .....
  23. Milk or Dark chocolate? Certainly IS a tragedy in any case. Says it's transported at 120*....I suppose you wouldn't want it to harden inside the tanker. Never thot of chocolate being transported in liquid form tho....More like bars. Like they transport gold...... MtRider ...you get the wierd news award for this week, Annarchy!
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