Saturday, March 4, 2017

And then, we come to February...

February came in rather normally. I went to my church's prayer and worship night on the 1st. That was, as usual, awesome.

 A story came out this month about a man who owned a home in the city I was born in. He's a few years younger than my parents and had the saddest story. The poor man has dementia and his wife and son abandoned him in England with no ID, nothing! The BBC even did a documentary on him. It's a very sad story-and it kind of hit home. Granted, I would never abandon my elderly parents in a foreign country, but I understand the struggle. You ask for help though instead of dumping someone in a foreign country!  This country needs to find a better way to work with the elderly. It's too expensive to find decent care for the elderly here-to even put them in a home. That is terrible.

 And then, a police officer was shot and killed in the same city. (It was a lousy month for the city...) It was the first officer death for that department in 40 years, so it was big news. A former neighbor who now lives back East said she saw it on the news back there. I went to the memorial that evening at the police station after having dinner with my parents. I just wanted to see it.

 My insurance company once again opened the liability claim again in the fire. I swear this thing doesn't go away... My next door neighbor's insurance company wants my insurance company to pay for the cleaning that my neighbor did of the contents in her garage after the fire. And, to top it off, she wants to redo everything again! And my insurance company once again found me not liable. I don't think it will go away any time soon though.

 I had a procedure done in the middle of the month. A cyst was literally underneath my right nipple and caused a gross bubble. This is all related to my pituitary adenoma, which has caused my ducts to be open in one breast. You're more prone to these cysts when you have this.  The surgeon did a good job. I can hardly tell there was an incision. I was a little stoned for a few days after on pain pills, but all is well now.

And then, this thing finally showed up for my patio.... I accidentally cracked it after changing the light bulb. Since I live in a condo, I knew the patio was the association's responsibility, but I said I would pay for the globe since it was a small amount. That is, if I could find a place that sold these '70s things! Home Depot had globes, but not the threaded kind that I needed. And on and on.... I could finally find one. I was so happy when my patio didn't look ghetto fabulous anymore!

 Robyn, her husband and little guy came to California for a visit also this month! They stayed near Disneyland where I saw them one evening. We all shared a dessert, which was great. My pseudo nephew is super cute!

Mom also celebrated her 79th birthday. We went to Cedar Creek Inn, which is always fabulous.

 We had a lot of rain again this month. I know Southern California needs it, but MAN! We even had another flash flood warning, but it wasn't as bad as last month.

 I also got my hair done. It was sadly, sadly needed. I always like the outcome.

 And the month sadly ended with my cousin Leslie being put on hospice. She was only diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last month, so it was sad to see things come to an end so fast. The good thing is that her kids all reunited and are with her now. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

2017.... The beginning-January

 The new year began with an event my city held to usher in the new year. A long-time friend invited me to go along with his friends. They had a great fireworks show at midnight. I hadn't been to it for almost 20 years prior to my friend Dan inviting me. It was fun!

 I got some bad news about my cousin Leslie in early January. She has pancreatic cancer-Stage 4. Her father died a year ago, so a lot of us are in shock about it. It has spread to her liver and adrenal glands, so the Lord is in control of this one...

 I had to take my mom to the doctor one day. It's the fun part of having elderly parents... She's fine though. In fact, the doctor was amazed how healthy she was. I may have to take her for a colonoscopy, but I'll see.

 We also had a ton of rain this month. My complex was practically flooded one day with the rain up to my ankles. I never thought I'd have to invest in galoshes. Guess I was wrong! We also had flash flooding another day. My patio started to flood, which is never fun. I seriously thought I'd be getting sandbags during the flood, which didn't thrill me at all. Fortunately, the rain stopped with the flooding barely getting high. I had to push the water out once the rain stopped.

 We also have a new president! I really liked his inaugural address. I watched it that morning online and found the whole ceremony just beautiful and enjoyed the tradition of it.

 My friend Chad and I went to the beach one day and had dinner at an Italian restaurant he liked. It was good and was kind of a cool place.

Chianti bottles were on the ceiling...

 I also decided to go to a talk the mayor of my town had, which was interesting. It was held in the city's museum auditorium. It's a beautiful old building, and as you can tell, I liked the architecture-and the interesting mural in the back. :)

I can't turn this picture the correct way. Pretty border though! :) 

 I also had more "fun" with my insurance company over the damn fire from over a year ago. The attorneys from my neighbor's insurance company began calling me at home during the evening. I got upset with my insurance agent at that point and told her to get on it and to please get them off my back. My neighbor also wants me to get my garage professionally cleaned. My agent is working on that with the association too... It seems like this will never be done...

 February memories to come!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

December recap

 I've done a year of these monthly updates. I think this is a great idea to keep up with blogging. I'll certainly continue this in the new year.

 Its been an interesting year. Two people I know passed away. I technically went to both funerals since someone did Facebook live at one of them. My mom ended up in the hospital twice. And on and on.

 Bare with me this month, as not all the photos I took could be downloaded off my phone. I got a few though!

 The month began with getting some great health news. The lesions in my spleen have actually shrunk since a CT-scan from 6 years ago! No bone marrow biopsy is needed! Yippeeee! In fact, the hematologist/oncologist isn't sure it's even Lymphoma! I was told the major symptoms of this terrible disease and was told to let my primary doctor know if I have them so that she can refer me over again. Otherwise, I don't need to see this specialist again!

 I literally spent a day recovering after Mom was released from the hospital since I spent many hours awake over the few days she was there. MANY. Mom is doing fine.

 My insurance company also closed out the claim against me and found me not liable for last year's garage fire. I knew that. BUT, the Southern California rains began, which meant the smoke in the walls began to come up again and stink. My neighbor now wants to redo all her cleaning in her garage. We'll see what happens here. Sigh....

 I sold 40 of my handmade Christmas gift tags! I'm happy to say that all that are left are my not-so-nice ones, which I can possibly use. They may get tossed, but I'll figure that out. I was just happy to sell almost all of them!

 I saw the usual Christmas lights this month also. There are some neat ones in the area I live in. The city I live in has a cute area that decorates their trees in something called Sparkle Balls. It's really fun to see. Also, historic Old Towne Orange has a fun neighborhood called Pine Street where all the neighbors do a fantastic job decorating their houses this time of year. I also saw the Eagle Hills neighborhood by me, which is super fun, but can get crowded this time of year.

 A former neighbor/friend's mom also died this month. Another neighbor/friend and I went to the funeral together. We knew we needed to.

My friend/neighbor wanted a picture after her mom's funeral. I normally wouldn't take selfies at a funeral. 

 I also got a chance to see my friend Debra, who had the major heart attack in October. It was super sad. She's in a transitional care facility and is still on a ventilator. She's getting frustrated because no one can understand her and actually tried to yank the ventilator out. (Her brother told me they're apparently going to try to wean her from the vent shortly.) They restrained her, which made it even more sad and made her unable to write, which would have probably made her less frustrated.

 My association also held their annual Christmas party. It was nice to get together with the neighbors and had a more peaceful ending than last year's, where someone was drunk and yelled at someone else. Fun stuff here....

Christmas came and went. I started the day going to church with my mom. It was a nice day.

The dog got me a gift. Lol

And I had plumbing problems again, which in turn started a project around here. Fun stuff!

 Twelve months of updates. The year is out!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

November recap

The month began with FINALLY getting my lab results back. All the test results were negative, so my primary doctor referred me to a hematologist. I saw him the day after my thigh biopsy, so that was one heck of a week. The hematologist said worst case scenario is that I have a low grade case of Lymphoma. (I have lesions in my spleen. :( ) Most likely though it's benign hemangiomas sitting in there. A bone marrow biopsy might be coming up. Blech...

 The thigh biopsy was weird. I nearly hit the ceiling when I felt the needle moving inside my thigh. I was quite grateful for my friend Chris and her fiancee dropping me off and picking me up after the procedure was done. The good news is that the biopsy showed I have... (drumroll) ... a benign hemangioma in my thigh. One doctor done with! Woohoo!

 It also began on a sour note too as I got a letter from my neighbor's insurance company's attorneys demanding money from me from the garage fire last year. My insurance is now involved. Ick...

 One of my cousins also had a boy. Nathan is cute!

 My friend Debra (who had the heart attack last month) ended up having open heart surgery only on one valve. The surgeon could only open it 50 percent. The other two valves are totally clogged. Prayer seems to be the only thing to work for her at this point.

 An ex's aunt passed away this month also. She and I became Facebook friends a few years ago, which I'm glad of. I really liked her when I dated her nephew. She passed away just before Veteran's Day. Her daughter friended me on Facebook now too and has been sharing old photos with me. I thought it was neat that someone did Facebook Live at her funeral. It was a way for me to see it without going, as I'm sure my ex would have thought I was nuts to show up. His cousin invited me though.

 And then, we had an election! It was hotter than hell here that day. And we in California now have to pay for our grocery bags....

 Thanksgiving came and went. As usual, the family got together that weekend at our usual spot, El Cholo's. My cousins brought their kids over to see my parents, which I thought was cool. I had the best salad! I was going to make my usual corn bread stuffing for the day, but I forgot chicken broth at the store, so we had corn bread-and ham! :)

 And my garbage disposal had to have problems. Ick. The plumber had to come out, which is always NOT fun. Of course, I had to have drama getting a plumber out here... There was a mistake with the first company coming out. I would have been more forgiving if the customer service would have been better... I ended up writing a bad review about them on Yelp.

 I got my hair cut.

 And my mom ended up in the hospital again-the second time in 6 months with the same problem... And, she was fine... That brought about some resolutions that I need to make about my future. 

 And so, that was my month....

Monday, October 31, 2016

October recap

My birthday month began rather medically when I got the results back from the CT-scan. My spleen looked irregular and it also caught part of a mass in my right thigh. So, I had to get yet another MRI-this time of my leg. I'm happy to say that the mass in my thigh looks benign, but the surgeon still wants it biopsied. That will happen November 9th. I also had about a zillion blood tests done to rule out Lymphoma. I had 12-yes, TWELVE vials of blood taken. Some of the tests aren't back yet,either! The good news is that the surgeon and my primary doctor are highly doubting it's Lymphoma. I pray!

 The general surgeon referred me to a cancer surgeon to discuss surgery of the lump on my back and to also discuss the thigh mass. He said to leave the lump on my back alone, as it's simply a cluster of blood vessels and is quite benign. I have to see him a week after my biopsy though to go over the results. If all is well with that, he'll send me on my way.

 My diagnostic mammogram (OUCH!!) ended up showing nothing terribly wrong. I have cysts. Talk about a vice grip! That second mammogram is murder! I figure it's better to have a moment of pain though than to have breast cancer. I still have to have a minor procedure done on my right breast for something called mammary duct ectasia. I won't go into detail about it. Let's just say something looks a little interesting... I guess women who are peri-menopausal get this. Lovely...

 My nephew also turned 18. My sister doesn't have kids, so "nephew" is my friend Chris's son.Chris had a barbecue for him at the park across the street from where I live. It was nice to see everyone and talk to the adults for a little while.

I may like mayonnaise a little too much... 

 I also tried a new hairdresser! I was a little pissed at my previous one when she got upset with me over something that I considered weird to get upset over. I tried a guy I found on Instagram. He did a nice job.

 A very sad thing happened in the late part of the month when my friend Debra ended up in the hospital on a ventilator. She had two heart attacks in a month's time and went into respiratory failure the second time. She also ended up being put on dialysis.... It made me sad to go visit her one last time, as it's expected that she won't live through this.

 On the positive side though, I've now lost 20 pounds!

 I also celebrated a birthday! It was a pretty mild one, as I just went to dinner with my parents and that was it. I tried to go to the beach for a bit, but it was on a Saturday and PACKED. I literally had no time to find parking, sit for a bit and look at the ocean and drive home before our dinner reservations. Dinner was at The Cat and the Custard Cup, which is always fabulous.

On to November! I pray that I get some definitive answers! 

Sunday, October 2, 2016

September recap

September began with cooler temperatures. Not for long though! The humidity had to set in!

 This was the medical test month! I had an MRI done of a mass on my back that prompted a cancer scare 6 years ago. I'm happy to say that it's still not cancer. :) I'm going to talk to a vascular surgeon about removing the mass but haven't made up my mind entirely yet. It's apparently not an urgent matter according to the general surgeon who ordered the MRI.

 The MRI did unfortunately find an issue with my spleen that I had to get a CT-scan for. I'll find out the results this coming week.

The contrast I had to drink before the test

 I also had my mammogram done this month. I have to get a diagnostic mammogram done in about a week along with an ultrasound on the other breast. I'm not worried about it as I'm good about getting my yearly mammogram done, so I know that if anything is found, it's minor.

 My volunteering changed at church.I'm now helping out in the kids ministry and also helping with social media.

 Family came to visit during the last week of the month. We did our usual dinner trip to El Cholo's. It was good to see everyone.

I had fajitas :) 

Cutie pie Emma

My cousin and her daughter


 I also may finally be able to quit my job, as I just had a job interview that went well. I'll know the results this week.

 I wish I could say that September was chock full o' fun, but that wasn't the case. Onto October though!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

August recap

  August had some memorable moments. Let's just put it that way...

 The month began with a drunk college student on my doorstep really super early one morning. I guess it should be expected since I live two miles from our local university, but it seriously jolted me out of my sleep when I saw someone out there super early in the morning. I requested to see the video from her knocking on my door simply out of curiosity since my complex has one of their video cameras pointed almost at my front door. The association member who showed it to me even said how obvious it was to her that the person was simply drunk and lost. I agreed.

 The fun continued, though! I was awakened a few nights later around 1 am by a neighbor and the police. (!) My neighbor works nights and walked her dog around our complex after coming home from work. She noticed a man text messaging literally right by my gate and called the police because she was concerned. I'm very grateful for her, but as the police said, that could have been a number of things-and the man was gone by the time the police arrived.

 These two situations made me grateful to have nice neighbors and also that one of my complex's security cameras shine almost at my front door. Friends have told me to sleep with my porch light on, which I've been doing since those two episodes.

 I decided to not do online dating anymore and got my profile off of two free sites. I had a creepy experience on one of them (August was quite the month!), which prompted this decision. Let's just leave it at that...  However, my last online date (with a non-creepy man) was very nice. We went to The Cannery in Newport Beach. He seemed nice, but honestly, I felt he was moving way too fast. I decided after that to not do online dating anymore. If God blesses me with a husband, we'll meet the old fashioned way-face to face!

 I also had a biopsy of my thyroid goiter, which came back benign. I also had to see a surgeon about a medical issue from 6 years ago. I have to get an MRI of that area this weekend. Great... That week is going to be fun, as I have my mammogram and the MRI.

 The job search continues. I continue to get interviews. The hard thing is scheduling them between work and not making it obvious that I'm searching for a new job.

 Women's ministry at church had their monthly event. We had ice cream sundaes then. I wish I would have taken a picture of the setup for the sundaes, as it was cute. Women's Conference is coming up, which I know will be nice. I also got drafted to volunteer in a different area at church.

 My friend Chris's grandmother died this month. I've known Chris since high school, so I saw the grandma before she passed away. She sadly had a brain bleed as my dad did, but she went to a different hospital. The quality of care was amazingly different-sad to say. I helped Chris move the next week, as she and her kids were living with her grandmother and the house is being sold.

 I also had my hair done. Woot! :) It looks like my only photo for the month. :)

 So it looks like that was my month. Here's to a non-eventful September!