Friday, February 29, 2008
We have been planning a little redecorating in our bedroom and probably guest bedroom as well. We need to recarpet, paint, do the window treatment and reorganize the closet with one of those closet systems. I despise the painting, especially the ceiling. This is something I did easily when I was young. Jon would go out of town on business and I would surprise him by painting a room when he was gone. Now, I think about it for a year or two before it gets done. We hired the kids to do the last painting job.
There is a logical order to do these things. I started by cleaning out my closet. Amazing the kind of stuff that was hiding on the top shelves in there. I found an old pair of Jon's swim trunks that probably were there a decade. I also tossed a box of certificates of continuing education I needed for licensure with dates from the late 90's. You get the idea. It has been a while since I looked in those boxes. I have an unfinished needlepoint which I started when we lived in Minneapolis. We moved from there in 1983. The needlepoint matched a navy blue floral couch we got rid of eons ago. I also found Andy's graduation gown from 2004. Did you know kids have to buy those now? I kept it thinking it would make an easy costume for a party!! I have calligraphy instruction books and pens up there. That was a hobby of mine from the late 70's that I always mean to pick up again. There is a also shadow box filled with mementos from my early life. It contains a Shalimar perfume bottle--the first gift Jon gave me when we were dating. There are locks of hair from each of the kids first haircuts. My dad's 2 inch tall teddy bear is in there and a decorated Ukranian Easter egg I bought the first Easter we were married. There are two old tin type pictures of ancient relatives whose name I cannot remember. (maybe I should scan those)
As you might guess, I spent a bit of time on memory lane and did not start painting yet.
My rationalization is to wait until spring when I can open the windows to air out the paint smell.
I did the fun part of redecorating. I bought a new comforter set. My kind of project. Do the fun stuff first.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
I risk offending some with this blog. While I have always believed we should respect the wisdom of the elderly, I think one of the candidates needs careful consideration. If elected and re-elected, he would be in his 80's when he finished his terms. True, he has a history or hard work and dedication. True, he has the support of some because of his environmental causes, but I think he should step aside. Ralph, for heavens sake, you are making the rest of us senior citizens look bad.
Ralph Nadar announced today he is running as an Independent candidate. I don't even think the Independent or Green parties are endorsing him. Of course for all those clamoring for "Change" this would indeed be a change candidate. Maybe they will want to take a look at him. See what can happen when the outcry is for change and some can't articulate what "Change" we need?
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
I am sentimental about small town life. The book follows this small town pastor who is a man of prayer, lives his life confident in God's godness and loves his congregation. Nice.
No, I did not have a noctural visit from the tooth fairy. She hasn't visited our house for years, but I did have a daytime encounter that also lined my pockets in another way.
I have been a cantankerous dental patient. I bet my chart is flagged as one who is difficult. It started two or so years ago when my long time dentist lost much of his vision with detached retinas. He sold his practice. I followed to the new dentist but he didn't inspire the same confidence as my former dentist. My former dentist had a sign outside his office that read, "We cater to cowards". My kind of guy. Anyway, after one exam this new guy announced I had a cavity on a back molar that he would put a crown on. Out he marched. No time for questions from me. Having no dental insurance since retirement, I decided to look for a dentist who would consider filling the tooth. (Cheaper, I thought). One of my former co-workers had a daughter in-law who had a newer practice and I got an appointment with her. When I went in I found I was not seeing her but her partner. Okay, I guess. This dentist assured me she could fill it, not just crown it. (Cheaper, right?) She did not like the panoramic set of xrays (current) I had transferred from my former dentist. She wanted a new full mouth set. The bill is mounting. Okay. She then told me she found another cavity. Oh, oh. What to do . I made the appointment for the fillings. When she had me in her grasp and that drill humming she announced, "There is another cavity!" She said that one more time for a total of four cavities to fill and a bill of $900 or about what the original crown would have cost. Oh, my. I get my teeth cleaned every four months (my choice) to combat mild gum disease. Four newly filled cavities in a woman who hasn't had cavities in decades. I take care of my teeth, I floss... Anyway, I refused xrays the next time they were due. They were not happy with me. No xrays. Four months later I refused again but got more pressure to have the xrays. My response, "After two sets of full mouth xrays, you saw two cavities. The dentist found two more. I don't have a lot of faith I need xrays that frequently if you couldn't see those cavities on xray and I have no insurance." The hygenist then sent the dentist in to talk to me. I succumbed. This is not my favorite place to spend time. (See, I think my chart must be marked as difficult patient.) After she looked at the xrays, she told me I had a cavity. She also said I needed another crown replaced that was irritating my gum. When I went to the desk to pay, the receptionist said they could get me in the next day to do the work. I declined and said I would call and reschedule when I knew my schedule. I didn't. They called me the next day saying the Dr. was worried about me. Time for a second opinion. A few months went by and my next four month cleaning appt. was approaching. I made an appt. with my husband's dentist and called to cancel the previous cleaning appt. and request my xrays be sent to the new dentist. The old office called me the next day saying the Dr. was worried about me. Time to have the filling done. Yesterday I went to the new dentist. My xrays had not been transferred but I did have a "work order" from the old dentist showing which tooth needed filling. Bless his heart, the new dentist asked if he could re-xray "at no charge to you" to find the cavity. They did a set of xrays and looked at them. He examined me and then they did another xray of the tooth that supposedly had the cavity. Conclusion: "There is not a cavity in that tooth. No cavities. He also told me I did not need to have that crown replaced." He sure looked like the tooth fairy putting money under my pillow. I paid cash and got a discount. $100 total bill and my faith in dentists restored.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
I blogged previously about finding a picture of Ed in a group photo of lumberjacks in an historical book about pioneers in this area. I thought it was my grandpa Ed but my mom identified him as my grandpa Edmond's brother Edward. Hmmm. Two Eds. Good looking guys. My cousin had written that this Edward died at 24yrs of age. Although this was a large family, I commented it was funny there were two Eds. My cousin wrote back there were three Eds among the siblings if you counted their sister Edwidge. No wonder my grandpa went by his initials E.A.
Everyone's assignment for the day: label your old pictures. A generation or two later your descendants will be grateful.