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Thursday, January 22, 2015


I Already Did This

I Already Did This!


I had a good laugh and a scare at my own expense this week.  It’s a good thing, I needed a good laugh. Not so happy about the scare.

The past couple of weeks I’ve been really doing a lot of interviews but hadn’t had the time to write them up!  Or at least I thought I didn’t…

We’ve had the boys over for several nights and then there were the countless physical therapy sessions along with the doctors’ appointments that made my time feel as if it were totally non-existent.  Plus, well-my pain level has been rather high thanks to the very cold (thankfully brief) winter weather. 

My neck and lower back were on fire for a few days there-so much so that the manual therapy and extra reps of kinetic exercises did NOT help.  I decided to give in and take a muscle relaxer and some anti-inflammatory to cut myself a break.  About 40 minutes after I swallowed those 2 rather tiny pills, I realized that I was just sitting on my extra pillows with my heated rice-filled sock on my back and staring out into space in front of my computer. 

 Despite the pain, I felt I had to get some actual work accomplished.

When I caught on to the fact that I was not working but in a daze-I gave up and went to bed and tried to sleep it off.  I didn’t really sleep.  But I didn’t go back to work either.

Then a few days later, after another doctor’s appointment, a walk with Lucky and a round of PT exercises I sat down at my desk and knocked out one of the profiles, wrote a couple of e-mails to the press offices for the blog I needed to write on Earth Day and then decided to keep on going and write up another profile.

I opened up the file, the one with what I thought was just the name and questions I had written-guess what I found????

Believe it or not-the story was written!  Not only was it written-it was really WELL written.  Whoa!  I couldn’t remember writing a single word of it.  That is scary enough on its own to realize, but to discover I can do my job in a muscle relaxant coma was even scarier!

After thinking it over, I decided to keep up the hope that maybe, just maybe-I wrote up another one during the time I found myself staring into space.


No, no such luck the second time around-I opened up that file and it really was just the name of my interviewee and the questions.  Darn.

Sunday, January 18, 2015


Ennui and Cooking

I'm in a stage of complete ennui lately.

Friday, January 16, 2015


Happy Birthday to Lucky

Lucky’s Birthday


It’s hard to believe but a few days ago was Lucky’s second birthday.  Oh I know when Adam and Sam found her that freezing morning in that wash she was somewhere between 8 months and a year old, but for us her birth happened on that January 11th.


We don’t remember what life was like “BL” (BEFORE LUCKY, DUH) but we’re very happy to know what it’s like with her.  Even Pepper loves his little sister.  It did take 5 long weeks of hissing and barking while scaling baby gates, but he loves her all the same.


When we first took her in we tried ever so hard NOT to fall in love-after all the first week we tried our best to see if there was a family out there missing her and crying.  Thank goodness the 3 general pet rescues and the 2 Chihuahua rescues came up empty because by the end of day 3 we adored her-accidents and all.


Yes we loved her, babied her, spoiled her and practically had a catered party for her every time she “went” in the yard-but we felt that she deserved all of that and more.  It became very obvious to us that whoever had her first did NOT feel the need to show her love.  Tiny, scared and in need of gentle hugs Lucky made us realize that small packages really do contain the most precious of gifts.


Two years later, Pepper and she share the left side of my body (and the bed) and blankets while sleeping.  He taps on her and nips her ears when that 7 a.m. alarm is about to go off and the morning “bath” is still a habit.


But now instead of giving up-Lucky “tells” Pepper that he’s late! 


While our little love bug can’t possibly walk as long as her predecessors (our first Lucky who was a shepherd mix and of course Sunshine, a Goldie/lab mix) she makes me well aware that once the sun hits the back door it’s time to get her weather appropriate outerwear and leash and start off on our mile long tour of the neighborhood.


Another change is that when we first adopted her she had no idea what a doggy treat was or what to do with it.  In truth, she thought it was something that meant she was naughty.  She’d cower, shake and roll over-tears coming out of her eyes.  It was heart-breaking.


Today, her stomach must tell her when it’s 6:30 because she can be sound asleep on my lap and suddenly pops up and runs for the cupboard.


As I said when we shared her arrival with everyone here-we were going to adopt a pup but while sometimes you search for the right one-sometimes the right one comes to you.

Sunday, January 11, 2015


Cold Weather Comfort

We've been dealing with a LOT of huge temperature swings here in AZ, but the one on New Year's Eve had me pulling out the soup pot:

Saturday, January 10, 2015


I love my sister  

Good morning!

Friday, January 09, 2015



Do you know someone with Parkinson's Disease-or have it yourself?  Then you'll want to read Alan Massing's story on pages 3/4 in this month's issue of The Senior Reporter:

Thursday, January 08, 2015


Customer Serve-less

Customer Serveless


Being a person who hates shopping-I’m a bit cynical and fed up when the few times I expect customer service I don’t actually receive any.


I’m definitely not just talking about retail establishments either.


Someone that my parents had taught the value of treating people right replied to a recent Face book comment I had made about being a touch angry with how a car (actually 3) dealership had behaved with, “Well, as you know I went to the school of Larry and Julia starting when I was in high school and I still live and work by those principles today.”  He was sorry about what I had experienced.


By the way, he’s older than I am-so you can see those lessons were learned over 40 years ago.

What really gets me is that the social media person for one of those agencies wrote on my review on a certain site that, “We strive to make people happy.  Maybe you could call _____ and discus this further?”


Why?  I did try to get someone to help me several times-no one called me back.  That’s why I took to a review site.  Just so you know-16 other people before me also wrote about their own less than stellar experiences at this place.


Then one of the agencies didn’t seem to care whether they made a sale or not, in fact they seemed to be trying harder NOT to sell anything! 


That same place was also putting in a replacement CD unit in my car.  It was a faulty unit and under warranty.  My service person said he’d call me in 3-5 days so I could get the new box.  Two weeks later I called him.  Took him 2 days to call me back telling me that “it just came in”.


When I brought the car in-I had our older grandsons with me and told the person who checked me in, “The faster you do this the better we’ll all be.”  I also asked that while it was back there would they please check the tire pressure.


It was supposed to take an hour.  One hour and 40 minutes later the boys and I decided to check on things (we were in the worst children’s playroom EVER), Aidan looked to the right and said, “Grandma, there’s your car right there.”


Not the service person or his assistant seemed to think that it was their job to either phone me on that new-fangled contraption called a cell phone OR come and get me.


When I asked why, the cashier snidely told me, “How would I know, ask your service person.”


Then I asked if they had checked the tires.  Again, I got the same snide response and a very sarcastic eye roll to accompany it.


I’m so not going back to this agency.  It will be worth the extra driving just so I don’t have to deal with their lack of respect.


The worst part is that they are smug in their belief that they are fine.  Yes, we fell through the cracks, but if you really “strive” to make your customer happy-you don’t ask them to call you, you ask if it would be okay to discuss this and where to call. 


It’s a really good thing I save buying things until I’m really desperate for something new.  I don’t know how anyone enjoys this “retail therapy” thing, I’d rather find out what a root canal would be like.


On the flip side, Steve did find a dealership that did treat him with respect.  Not only did they make a sale but they now have our service business.  It wound up being a “win-win” for both sides.  Just as any successful business will tell you it should be, if they want to be in the community for the long haul.

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