Wednesday, February 28, 2018


I am still battling this flu bug, but am seeing a bit of improvement. I am well enough that I can sew once more and am finishing up a lap quilt for the Depot gift shop. It’s been on the back burner for nearly a month now, so it feels good to be able to get it finished and out the door. It’s already sold (a friend was visiting and saw me making it and said she wanted it for her grandchild), so I’ve felt bad that I’ve been too sick to finish it and get it delivered.



I did decorative stitching around each of the colored blocks in the backing, then stitched in the ditch with a straight stitch from the front of the quilt, stitching in between the rows of fabric. The fabric was actually just a border print that I had in the cupboard for close to a year. It was part of the fabric given to me to use by the Depot gift shop manager. I had no clue what to do with it but as I said in a previous post, fellow quilters suggested I do a row quilt, so that’s what I did. It’s actually turned out very nice and will make a great gift for my friend’s grandchild. I want to make a pillowcase to match the quilt, and I think I have just enough of the border fabric for the band on the pillowcase.

I’m looking forward to getting in to see the dr. and get an antibiotic so I can get beyond this bug. And too, I want to get Robert’s kidney checked out.

Do take care and be safe, be well, and be happy. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

UPDATE: Robert’s health deteriorated quickly from the time of my last posting. On Monday, he began running a low-grade fever in the evenings, and with the fever came incoherency and disorientation. Two evenings of temperatures of 101-102 plus and I was beginning to have some real concerns as to whether I should call 911 and get him taken into the emergency room of the local hospital. Finally, yesterday morning, I bit the bullet and after taking his temperature at 7:30 a.m. and finding it at 99+ deg., I called 911. A friend told me exactly what to say when I called, and I have to say how very grateful I am for her input. It worked just as she said it should, and I’m glad I made the call. They rehydrated him, did a chest x-ray, and ran tests on his kidney function (which came back abnormal). They also did a nasal swab to find out if what was going on was actually the flu. It was, and is — Type B Flu. When they sent him home, they instructed me to watch his fever and if it climbed to past 102.5 I was to call 911 and get him back into the hospital post haste. They would then move to plan B, which would be a scan of his brain and a spinal tap to look for other infections going on in his body.

I’m thinking that his abnormal kidney function has to be affecting his mental state. That, and the elevated temperature can’t be doing him any good.

We went to a new health insurance plan this January, and I wound up picking a doctor who was completely new to me. I knew no one with experience with him so was taking a chance, signing up in the blind, so to speak. I called last Friday to get an appt. and was told they had a walk-in clinic. Wonderful, I say, and decided to go in and have them take a look at my chest/breathing/cough. Long story short, I was put into an exam room almost as soon as I arrived and three hours later, the dr. came in under the mistaken impression that I was only there for medication refills. When I told him I’d been sick for four days, he said they had run out of flu vaccine and it wouldn’t do me much good at this point anyway because it had to be given in the first 48 hours of illness. He never looked down my throat, listened to my lungs or questioned that I might possibly be wrong about my self-diagnosis. I am prone to bronchitis and respiratory infections, and although what I had been suffering from may have begun as the flu, it had migrated to the known, ‘bronchitis’ in all its misery.

After the sad show of care at the new dr’s office, I called our insurance company and changed primary physicians — again. The change won’t be effective until March 1st, so we’re technically dead in the water until then. I’m tempted to go to one of those You-pay urgent care centers, however, just to get a prescription for an antibiotic. Since we do have health care insurance, I don’t know how this would work. The first is another week away, so I might just as well bite that bullet one more time and wait it out.

Neither of us has had the flu shot in recent recollection, as we didn’t really believe it helped all that much. We tended to stay out of crowds when flu viruses were being passed around. Better to practice prevention in the full sense of the word, stay away from those who are ill, wash your hands frequently, and try to steer clear of crowds. True to form, this year’s flu vaccine doesn’t touch the virus that’s being passed around, and so even if we had been vaccinated, we’d most likely be in the same place we are now. Though Robert has announced that this Fall, when they start promoting the flu vaccine, he is adamant that he will get vaccinated this time around. I’m still on the fence, but we shall see.

I have to admit that I must be getting just a tad better, as when I look at the quilt that’s sitting at my machine with the needle stuck through, waiting for me to start quilting again, I actually get a twinge of eagerness to be well once more so I can begin creating again. A few days ago I was so sick that I wanted to toss everything I owned in my art room as I didn’t think I’d ever regain my health to the point where I would want to create again. I’ve been THAT sick! :/

Time to close this up and say be safe, be well (PLEASE) and please be happy. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them. If you don’t believe in the flu vaccine, at least take care and wash your hands frequently–sanitize the surfaces you touch–if you’re at the grocer’s, use those wipes they have on the stand just inside the door, and wipe down the handle of your grocery cart. Well, you know the drill — I don’t know how I messed up and acquired the virus… hoping Robert gets better very soon. I’m worried about him more than I am about me.

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Wednesday evening, February 14, 2018

Not much to add except I’m at the end of day 2 of flu-like symptoms. Thought it was a major fibromyalgia flare at first, but then I began sneezing and coughing from nasal drainage down the back of my throat. Chills, aches and pain. Extra-strength Acetaminophen helps with the pain, but when it wears off, the pain is right back, strong as ever.

Looked online for flu symptoms and I have enough of the ones listed that I’m sure that’s what’s going on. I read that the immune response to viruses is what causes the pain. Did not know that, but it seems logical. It’s your body trying to kill off those bad cells that don’t belong in your body. Makes me wonder what triggers my immune system to attack my body when I don’t have the flu, like in osteoarthritis or fibromyalgia. Hope some scientist figures it out one day so we can end these painful auto-immune diseases.

Be safe — wash your hands — disinfect the surfaces in your car — come to find out, the flu virus can live for 1-2 days before dying. Gads… trying to remember where I was 3-4 days ago.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

It was really cold yesterday — almost too cold to work out on the railroad. Robert did go out yesterday afternoon to water the plants, but beyond that, he did his usual Tuesday stint at the Depot and then came home. I don’t think it got beyond 40 degrees all day.

We did manage to get almost all of the plants placed on Sunday.






















































About 50% of the plants are ground covers, and we’re hoping they take quickly. We have quite a variety, which will make it for a more interesting garden.

Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Enjoy your day and have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

It takes an unbelievable amount of greenery to make a garden layout LOOK like a garden with a train running through it. On top of the plants we purchased last week, we’ve added several more yesterday and today. It also take ROCKS! We stopped on our way home from Bakersfield and picked up a few really attractive rocks. We couldn’t get to the one that we really wanted — it was white like marble and shaped like an iceberg! Awesome looking rock. But it was wedged underneath these two gigantic slabs of rock, so we settled for what we could pick up and carry.


































I found the one that looks like it has an indentation in it — almost like a hollow that would enable it to be used as a grinding stone. Once these are all washed and cleaned up, they’ll be situated in the layout with like-colored rocks/boulders. It all adds to the realism of the scenes when you have rocks and plants blended together alongside the tracks.

Robert got his new controller on Thursday, but it’s different from the one he already had, so we called and left a message for the people we ordered the controller from, to see if they had one like what he already has. If so, we’ll exchange the new one for one of the older models. I’m personally doubtful that they’ll have one of the older models, but it never hurts to check. We also ordered another 20 rail pieces plus about 100 tie strips and 40 rail clamps. That really should take us to the Gold Spike finish line on the Sunset Pacific Ry.

Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them. Enjoy your life as you live it. It doesn’t cost anything and it makes such a difference in the way you feel.

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Fitted sheets are a pain to fold, and when the elastic gives out, they’re a pain to put on beds. I’ve known the elastic was shot on the twin bed sheets for some time, but would much rather sew new stuff than repair old stuff so replacing the elastic continued to sit on the back burner of my mind. I didn’t want to replace the sheets, because even though they weDSCN2047re old, they were still in quite good shape — except for the elastic. Comes the time when I am ready to put the sheets back on their respective beds after having family stay this past weekend and there was that elastic issue staring me in the face. I resolved to do something about it before I remade those beds. I was surprised at how cheap it was for 1 1/2 yards of 1/2″ elastic and felt duly guilty for having put off such a simple task for so long. Now I have one sheet done and the other one is laying here waiting for me to get it finished. It takes about an hour and a half to two hours for the complete removal and replacement of the elastic, but it will finally be done! One thing off that crowded back burner!

Robert has been celebrating his 75th birthday today, starting with his free Grand Slam breakfast at Denny’s. Right now, he’s downstairs profiling the DG that he added after laying the last bit of track. We’re expecting delivery of his new AirWire controller and battery for one of his locomotives, and I’ve placed calls to several of our suppliers, ordering more rail, track ties and rail joiners. I hope this is the last of it, but you never know until you’ve placed the last piece in, whether you’ve ordered enough or not. He says he’ll need another couple yards of DG, and I expect he’ll get that either tomorrow or Saturday. Meanwhile, the railroad is looking really good and the cars are rolling like silk, with no wiggles or derailments.






Be safe, be well, and please know that you are loved. Life can be very painful at times, but each new day is different and with it is the opportunity for healing and solace. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them.

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Friday, February 2, 2018

It’s been a great train day today. We had rolling stock moving on the Sunset Pacific Ry. and we had a work train go by with some new equipment in tow.













On a more serious note, a friend is in the final moments of her life, and it truly saddens me as I’ve watched her illness follow the same painful path that my sister Sudie’s life took. So very hard to watch others suffer and be powerless to do anything about it. I think of all the money raised to find cures and the years go by and still, we have no cure. I wonder at times if a cure hasn’t already been found for some of these diseases and yet there’s so much money to be had from treating the disease that the cure is never released. Could people be that diabolically evil to withhold something that would prevent loss of life and the untold pain and suffering that people go through? Is it all about the money, afterall?

Be at peace. Know that you are loved. Be safe, be well, and please be happy. I’ve played Lynard Skinner’s “Simple Man” song off and on today. Such prophetic words…

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