I did get up around 9:00 a.m. this morning and did my blood and so on. We didn't turn the heat down very far last night, considering all the woes of the frozen pipes. Hahaha. But it was cold enough to need to be turned back up. So I did that and went right back to bed! And didn't get up again for hours. But remember, we didn't go to bed until around 5:00 a.m.
For the record, I DID go outside at one point today and took off the cover so I could test the outdoor spigot and be sure it was still working just fine. I can't believe what a great sound it was to hear water hitting the inside of the plastic bucket! Hahaha.
I put out more seed for the critters and pulled the ice off the top of the water dishes and refilled them.
While outside I chatted with a young mother who had her big dog and two children out for a walk. She was nervous, because drivers seemed to be moving too fast -- and were losing control! They'd suddenly be going sideways, and she worried that they could jump the curb! I don't blame her for that. The sidewalk in front of our house wasn't shoveled -- no kidding! It wasn't like I was going to risk falling to clean it off. The tiny girl was in one of those snowsuits little kids wear and looked like a pink puffy cookie or something! Hahaha. The older girl was also bundled up -- they both looked darling. Poor Mom! She had to take that dog for a walk, and couldn't leave the kids home alone while doing it. I really felt for her, while chatting with her. (I did convince her to head back home, at least...)
I also chatted with Barbara and John while outside. They were out walking somewhere. It seemed like the choice people were making today, in order to avoid driving.
Trying to think WHAT else I actually did today, aside from watching TV and playing with my iPad...
I phoned sister Sue to check with her. Her son Larry fixed her front door, which has been messed up for some time now. That's a good deal! He came over with Mady, Levi and Abby (wife Tammy stayed home). Wayne (now deceased) had tried to fix the door a couple of times, but failed. It's really a pain when your door won't close properly!
And I spoke very briefly to friend and neighbor June -- she was leaving to go to the doctor. Husband Jim had already been out in the morning for an appointment, so I guess they weren't too worried about driving. But I was praying hard for them, even so! It was just a nasty day to be outside, that's for sure. (I didn't hear back from her, so I have no clue how that appointment went...)
I finally forced myself to color my hair. Gosh, it's a pain doing it.
I never realized in the past how LUCKY I was to be coloring my hair before it changed so much. I'm pretty sure the changes aren't just about aging. Actually, I think it's more about medical/health conditions -- plus the damn medications I have to take! I just remember how different my skin and hair were after I went on diabetes medication for the first time. My skin was crepe-y and awful and my hair was falling out by the handful. Thankfully those things have improved a TON. But there's something that goes on with the actual texture of my hair!
Anyway, it's odd how hard it is to wash the coloring out of my hair now. That never used to be true. Maybe it's partly due to how hair color has changed (it has) in recent years. But I just rinse and rinse and rinse -- and then I actually have to shampoo to get it all out! Weird. If you don't color your hair, trust me that you can't leave the extra color on the hair.
But when I got done today, it was nice how silky the texture felt! I just kept running my hands through my hair. (smile) I was trying hard to focus on a root application -- which is more difficult than it sounds. I wanted to avoid the length of the hair, because otherwise it gets too dark on top. It looks pretty decent, I guess. Hair color just doesn't absorb like it used to. And I keep blaming it on my white hair -- but now I think it's more about meds.
Medicines DO go into the hair shaft, after all! I'd forgotten that. Anyway, I'm not sure WHY, but it makes me feel better to think that my issues with coloring my hair are about the medicines and supplements I take. I know I've always been pretty decent at putting hair color on my hair, but it's been far more difficult in the past five to ten years...
One of my New Year's Resolutions for this year is to try and keep the kitchen more cleaned up and picked up. I just like the entire house much more when things are nicer (who doesn't?). It's harder to do than I would think, actually. We're often tired out, so it's an easy thing to be lazy about putting things away and picking up and cleaning up. We'll see how I do with this goal!
I want to get back to getting rid of things around here and organizing more. I've been pleased with how that's gone the last couple of years, so I want to continue in 2016. It's so easy to feel buried with stuff. Hahaha. Yeah, yeah, I'm not a real hoarder. But I still feel I'm a boarderline hoarder. My tendency is to KEEP things -- even if I haven't used them in years. Even if I don't know how I'm going to use them. Often for sentimental reasons!
For example: If I go somewhere and have a good time, I might want some souvenir of that event. And it could be something like the plastic sword or paper umbrella that's in a drink! That's just an example, but I seriously keep a ton of things like that...
And if something is tied to someone I love, it's much harder. Especially if that person has died. This is one of the reasons I love Christmas and all the decorations so much! Tons of them are very, very sentimental for me. They're old, but not valuable, per se. I just love them because they've been around since Mom and Dad got married, or belonged to Grandma Elsie, or we've had them since we were kids.
Speaking of, I have all these things Marilyn made as a little girl. Mom was great about keeping these things. I need to take photos and share, because they're GOOD! (smile) Mom would be delighted that I didn't just turn around and toss them out.
Well, we're back to WORK tomorrow. Vacation is over. And I have a new person to train. Heck, I have a new person starting who doesn't have a user Profile yet -- and once it's created, I need to set it up on her computer! Lots of work.
The weather is still a HUGE MESS here. It moderated some today, but it hasn't cleared away. And it's due to re-freeze tonight! Plus we're supposed to get more freezing rain tonight. But we already know Portland Public Schools are opening two hours late tomorrow (meaning we're due to work by 10:00). I'm pretty concerned about what it will be like getting there. (sigh)
Marilyn isn't worried. But I was outside many, many times last night -- and I know how crappy it was trying to walk on the ice. I hope driving isn't that bad. Plus we do have to walk on it once we get to the office...
I don't think I mentioned that Donn took a fall in China and broke his wrist! (He was riding a bike at the time.) Denise told me. She had to take in the equipment he got ready for me -- another task I have waiting for me at work! I need to set up those computers.
I hope Donn's doing okay. I should text him and see what's what. I mean, Jeff got pretty messed up when he broke his wrist...
Oh! And I did read out loud a little today. Love doing that. Not that much, but a little.
I guess it's bedtime soon, anyway. Good night all!