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    • CommentAuthormyrtle*
    • CommentTimeDec 25th 2017 edited
     
    Elizabeth*, We had that snow, too. I think you are about 2 hours west of me. I took a nap this afternoon, and then set off to my neighbor's house for supper. Our driveways are next to each other, with a 20-foot patch of grass between them. My driveway had been plowed but there was a residual layer of ice and it was too slippery to walk on. Her driveway was dry, since it had been shoveled by hand So I drove my car next door and made a lot of jokes - "I'd better get on the road, I've got a long drive ahead of me," etc.
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    Ha-ha, glad you found a safe way to get next door. I don't mind snow, but ice is my enemy. I wear my cleats when I'm out with the dog. A product made in Maine called "Stabil Icers Maxx." They strap onto my boots--I swear by them for being able to navigate the ice and snow and go up and down hills and slopes.
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      CommentAuthorCharlotte
    • CommentTimeDec 26th 2017 edited
     
    We have a pip! The process of hatching has started for Egg #1. Over the next 24-48 hours we should see an eaglet emerge! (Photo by Heather Maxwell)

    Watch Live: www.SWFLEagleCam.com

    Update - 2nd egg now has a pip. Wonders of nature to lay eggs 4 days apart and now are hatching at the same time.
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    Yes, I am watching them, too, Charlotte. So exciting. Or should I say eggs--citing.
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      CommentAuthorCharlotte
    • CommentTimeDec 26th 2017
     
    WE have a baby!!! Yahoo. Would not be surprised for the next one by morning.

    PIPS! Egg1 Visible at 8:33am 12-26-17. (partial sighting at 8:01am) Egg2 visible at 3:21pm 12-26-17. E10 hatched at 8:54pm. M to the nest see E10 at 10:32p incubated. H returns at 10:47p incubating,
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      CommentAuthorCharlotte
    • CommentTimeDec 27th 2017
     
    Welcome to 2018. My 9 year old grandson refuses to talk to me. Last week when I was talking to him he told me about him going out for football next year. I told him I was happy for him but wished he would consider staying with soccer and waiting a couple more years because of the impact football at a young age has shown to the body, especially to the brain. Of course this made him mad. Today when I was talking to his dad he refused to talk to me cause he is angry at me. What a spoiled little boy he is. His mom teaches him to speak his mind but when someone does it back he can't deal with it. I told my son I really didn't care if he talked to me. I am still hurting from the cruel things he said about his grandpa. That is why I have no desire to even go visit them.

    Hb is back at day care today - thank goodness. He was so restless the last few days with nothing to do. With the snow and cold he would not go outside. I did get him to clean the snow off the patio area once - and then he only did where we walk through to the grass! Oh well. Doing laundry today and noticed another loss - he is evidently having trouble making it to the bathroom on time and/or is not wiping his butt well even though he goes through a lot of toilet paper. He is putting a lot of water in the toilet bowl after going - guess he thinks it should have water like in a regular toilet. I am having to empty it every 5 days now because of that. Thinking about it - with all the TP he is putting in there a lot of water is good! Thankfully the slide was not frozen this morning when I went to pull it!!!! Yahoo!!
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    Oh well, at least we have the second eaglet hatched now--and we can watch our little bird family for the next couple of months or whatever. Hang in there, Charlotte. You have a lot to deal with, but you always deal with it well. Your husband and your relatives are lucky to have you.
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      CommentAuthorCharlotte
    • CommentTimeDec 27th 2017
     
    Aren't those little eaglets cute as can be?

    Well, definitely will go with pulling the tooth. The car delayed starting today. When it has done that before the 12V battery had died. When I looked at the charge in the 12 hybrid batteries it was down half. Last time this happened it was the main battery and it had drained the hybrids to run the radio and that stupid Progressive plug in I was doing (forgot to unplug it when I got home). Once I started driving it 'filled up' showing fully charged but I noticed as I drove when going slow it went down. I am afraid that means one or more of the hybrid batteries is bad. When we bought it Toyota told us if one went bad you had to replace them all. In 2013 when I was working in Fernley, NV we met at guy at Wendy's who had a Prius. He loves them, buys them, fixes them up and gives to family members. He told me you only have to replace the cells that are bad. That was good news. Tomorrow is suppose to be freezing rain so it will have to wait until next week to get checked. Otherwise could be looking at $2300 - 5,000 to replace. No way on a car valued at $2,000.
    • CommentAuthorNicky
    • CommentTimeDec 27th 2017
     
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    • CommentTimeDec 27th 2017
     
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    • CommentAuthorWolf
    • CommentTimeDec 27th 2017
     
    kudos Nicky
    • CommentAuthorRodstar43
    • CommentTimeDec 28th 2017 edited
     
    My DW is getting less social. After eating just wants to go back to our ALF cave. Forgot Christmas as we left our son's house. Kept tkinking it was ours becase he had one of her paintings. At home, where did this "stuff" come from..over and over.
    Next year if next year, I am going to ship this Holliday. errrrrrrrr.
    • CommentAuthorpaulc
    • CommentTimeDec 28th 2017
     
    For auto adise I recommend Car Talk Community https://community.cartalk.com. There are people there who are happy to give advice and are knowledgeable. If they need more information about your issue they will let you know. And it is good to have multiple opinions. I don't visit there very often but have gotten some good advice. It is common for people to ask if their repair shop is ripping them off. Sometimes people find out that the shop is reasonable, other times people are told that they are being ripped off.
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      CommentAuthorCharlotte
    • CommentTimeDec 28th 2017
     
    We have so many spammers hitting our site and no one to remove them. I had this 'fear' hit me that if Joan is no longer active with the site due to her medical and emotional problems and she no longer has someone else moderating for her, how much longer will we have this site to meet in? Are the bills for the website being paid - maybe she has an account set up for auto pay. Just thoughts going through my mind as the new year approaches.
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      CommentAuthormary75*
    • CommentTimeDec 28th 2017
     
    Some of us have each other's email addresses, and we can keep in touch that way, at least for the time being. Or we can join the site named by bluedaze* a few posts ago.
    I sure don't want you to lose that tooth. Is it possible that the dentist would let you make small regular payments? There has to be a way.
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      CommentAuthorCharlotte
    • CommentTimeDec 28th 2017
     
    I have too many other more important bills coming up. Loosing a tooth is not as important. I have to replace at least one a/c this spring or my options are: run the current ones and rot the roof out or no a/c at all which won't work where we live. Unknown on what is going on with the car. Today it started fine. Who knows! I need to find out what is going on with my knees. That means medical cost even with Medicare. I just can't validate a big dental bill at this time - or any time for that matter. Yes, I can finance it but I don't want to. Might have to finance the pulling of the tooth but that should not be as big. I still need to get hb in to have that rotten piece of tooth removed and he needs a cleaning of what few teeth he has left.

    Paul - I checked that sight and not much there on hybrids. I know the fuel sensor needs replaced - running on borrowed time. I wish it did not cost so much for the diagnostic test. I love the car. The only expense other than oil and other fluid changes has been replacing the right real bearings that were worn more than normal we figure from towing it.
    • CommentAuthormyrtle*
    • CommentTimeDec 28th 2017
     
    I went to a holiday office lunch today. For many reasons (including the 12° F temperature), I had to force myself to leave the house. But in the end it it was good to be with other people.

    Got home to find that a package had arrived from California. A friend had knitted a pouch shaped like a fish filled with catnip. Lucy went nuts (I have never given her drugs before) and has now crashed on the pillow next to mine on the bed. I'm going to crash too, but without the benefit of drugs.
    • CommentAuthorJan K
    • CommentTimeDec 30th 2017
     
    You know how they say that caregivers should take care of themselves? (Not so easy to do, is it?) Well, yesterday I did something just for me. I got up with a whole list of errands to run, but I felt terrible and it was--well, not freezing cold, because we haven't gotten UP to freezing since Christmas eve here--very, very cold outside. While sitting down at breakfast, I just wanted to put my head down on the table. Finally, it occurred to me that if I felt that bad, getting behind the wheel of a car was probably not a good idea. I left my half-eaten breakfast on the table and went back to bed. And did I feel guilty? A little, but when I got up later, I felt like I had made a very wise decision. Some days, no matter how many things "have" to be done, the caregiver has to take a sick day. Just about every other person who works has sick days, so why not us? And I don't mean taking a day off because we had surgery. I mean just being able to say that I've done all I can do right now. The store is closed until further notice. I'll let you know when I'm open for business again.

    We did some of the errands today. When we left at noon, it was snowing and the wind chill was three below zero. We both looked like those little kids who go out to play in the snow and have so many clothes on that they can't move their arms. But we stayed warm. At 7:00 tonight the wind chill was 14 below zero. I think I'm going to quit checking the temperature and go back to bed.
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      CommentAuthormary75*
    • CommentTimeDec 31st 2017
     
    Wishing everyone a blessed New Year.
    My roller-bar mouse, which is kind to my hands and shoulders, stopped working, and I’m waiting for a replacement, supposedly coming next week. In the meantime, I’m using an old keyboard and mouse. They work, but most grudgingly.
    • CommentAuthorbhv*
    • CommentTimeDec 31st 2017
     
    Mary, turn that puppy over and remove the screws. Take off the bottom plate. Dont worry when the roller ball rolls around your desk, just capture it. Clean everything you can see. I spray a little fantastic on a paper towel. Rub the roller ball smooth. You will probably see a buildup of slightly greasy dust where the roller ball sits. Clean that off. Plop the roller ball back in its spot and redo the screws. You may just be back in business. I have to do that about once every two years with mine.
    • CommentAuthorbhv*
    • CommentTimeDec 31st 2017
     
    I did the same thing Jan K. I took a little more than a day off. Yep. Closed for business.except for emergency calls.
    Woke up this morning feeling a bit better and decided to try making some New Year's Eve treats. Amazingly hb didn't follow me into the kitchen and I got to cook in peace without someone watching me and getting in my way every three or four seconds. It was pleasant.

    I found myself watching him eating lunch. Some weird behaviors there, but nothing dangerous. I guess the Aricept was helping somewhat. He is more confused and less able to communicate. But I don't think I want to restart it. I
    wonder what is going on in his brain.

    I found myself wondering how I got here. I can't remember what it felt like when we were in love. I see it in some of our pictures. I remember when he was flying and based in Hawaii. He'd be gone for three weeks. He'd call and we'd run out of things to talk about, but didn't want to hang up. Sat there listening to each other breathe on the phone for a bit before we decided better say good night. Where are those two people? I can remember that happening, but can't remember the feeling.
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    That's funny you said that, bhv. (Not funny "ha ha", but funny because I was thinking about the same thing earlier this morning.) Was thinking back this morning to those happy, golden times before the first signs of "slipping" started to show up, and the long, slow decline began. Was it worth it, in the long run? He gave me some of the happiest years of my life, but they were all too short. If I had known what I was getting in to, would I have taken it on? Would I have married him? Was it worth it? For me it was. I wouldn't trade those happy years and those wonderful memories for anything. I had one very so-so to miserable marriage. On a scale of 1 to 10 for happiness I'd give it about a 2. When I look back on my life over all--and I hope I'm not done yet for awhile--I'm 68--I think my second marriage was a blessing and a gift. Alzheimers or not, I don't think I could have ever given up those first good years. On a scale of 1 to 10 for happiness, I'd give it more than 10 if I could. It gives me a feeling of accomplishment...can't think of the right word...of great satisfaction...that I was able to have that marriage and to be half of something that was so successful. A very nice feeling, having come out of that first crummy marriage. Both my marriages lasted 20 years, so I'm not some fly-by-night. I can stick things out. But I like knowing that I am capable of good, successful long-term relationships...based on true love, not just endurance.
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      CommentAuthormary75*
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2018
     
    bhv, thanks for your help. Here is an update on the problem. I took your suggestion and took the back off the roller bar-mouse, but dirt wasn’t the problem. However, when I put everything back together again, it worked. (Substitute “I” with “my son, who is visiting” to be more accurate. I just sat and watched.)
    • CommentAuthorbhv*
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2018
     
    Yeah
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      CommentAuthorCharlotte
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2018
     
    I gave up on them years ago. I love my wireless mouse. The roller on your type would always get 'shiny' and would not roll. Would have to clean it with alcohol for it to work for a while. the only problem with the wireless is having to replace the battery a couple times a year.
    • CommentAuthorNicky
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2018
     
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    • CommentAuthormyrtle*
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2018
     
    I came back to this thread because of the discussion about the risk of brain injury for children who play football. l saw on the news tonight that the State of Illinois is considering passing a law prohibiting organized football games for children under the age of 12.
    • CommentAuthorlindyloo*
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2018
     
    Good for them if they carry it off.