Feeling . . .

We are feeling a little overwhelmed emotionally.  Sometimes life throws lemons at us and it feels impossible to make lemonade.

Barb’s mom started having medical issues in January requiring surgery, rehabilitation facility, hospital again, rehabilitation facility, and hospice diagnosis in early March.

John’s uncle passed away in early March the same week Mom was put on hospice with a funeral on March 23.

Our brother-in-law (John’s sister’s husband) committed suicide on April 2.  We are still feeling shock, anger, and guilt at not noticing anything out of the ordinary.  Services are next weekend.

Discussing and putting all of this in writing made us realize we’ve had a lot happen in a short amount of time.   We know things will get better, not on our timeline, but on His.

 

Decluttering Update March 2019

I can’t believe another month has passed!  We’ve been taking little trips and really need to write about those.  This has got to be the best part of a decluttered home!

Cleaning hardly takes any time.  Laundry is now put away when it comes out of the dryer.  (I am guilty of leaving it in the dryer longer than I should!)  This almost seems like it should be a separate post!

On the decluttering front, we removed 28 items in March.  Our 2019 total is now 392 items!!

Some of the stuff removed:  holey shorts, holey tshirt, DVD player, receipts, loofah, calgon (really, when was the last time I took a bath?), empty lotion, candy found under the bed, empty box found under the bed, empty docking station box (from John’s work, why under our bed??),  book (yes, I know I already took a picture of it but it came back!  Why do people return things when you say they don’t have to??), tea strainer, weird spork.

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Some Weeks Should Never Be!

This was one of those weeks which should never be experienced by any homeowner!  To those of you who recently mentioned you love being a renter – I agree with you when stuff like this happens!

Our hot water heater decided to spring a leak Monday afternoon.  John had to take 2 days off for estimates and replacement.  He received estimates for both a traditional water heater and a tankless version.  Needless to say, traditional water heater got installed on Wednesday.

Thursday evening, we heard a weird noise – almost a gurgling sound.  When we went into the master bathroom, the toilet bowl had very little water and there was a weird coating on the floor of the shower.  Yep, the sewer line was backed up.  A call to Roto-Rooter was made – $500 minimum charge to come immediately or $250 to come in the morning.  John took Friday off!  It seems the main sewer line has a crack and roots entered and blocked the flow of YUCKY stuff from our house.  Roots are now gone but a decision needs to be made about the cracked pipe.  Maybe next month??

$2500 later we have hot water AND our sewer line is cleaned out.  Gotta love home ownership!!

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Mojave Narrows Regional Park

We spent last weekend at Mojave Narrows Regional Park camping with friends.  This is a hidden wetland/small lakes gem in the middle of the desert.

We would recommend this county park during the fall and spring.  The temperature varied from a low of 25 to a high of 42 during our visit in mid-February.  There was a storm passing over and we received some rain and plenty of wind (about 20-30 mph).  A couple of days after we visited, they received a couple of inches of snow.

There were a fair amount of birds in/near the lake:  pelicans, canadian geese, turkey vultures, and ducks.  We did not see any mammals or reptiles.  Many fisherman were catching fish – not sure what type – with crows hanging out near the fishermen.

They have a decent play area for kids.  The water feature is only available during the summer months.

Many of the sites during the winter have no grass.  It seemed like our site (#14) was in a low area with rain runoff pooling in the area.  We didn’t have any issues on the paved part of the site.  Picture taken showing our site and a view south showing location of restroom/shower building.

Location:  Victorville, San Bernardino County, California  It is about 7 miles (about 15 minutes)  from the I-15 and Bear Valley Road exit.

RV sites:  there are about 40 RV sites with full hookups.  There are a 8 “dry” RV sites as well as about 30 tent sites.

Wifi/cell reception:  wifi is not provided.  Our ATT phone had 3 bars and LTE the entire visit.

Negative:  The train tracks are close by.  In our site, I only felt the rumble of the trains once all weekend.  They blow their whistle several miles away and some might hear them.  In the RV at night with windows/vents closed, the trains did NOT wake us up.

Cost: $40 per night.

Bug Update

Well, we survived the weekend.  John was miserable until Sunday afternoon – 4 days of misery – but seems to be over the fever part.  He still has a cough that doesn’t seem to be getting better yet.  I vaguely remember that it will last weeks, mentioned it to him and he was NOT HAPPY to hear it.  On Monday he went to the doctor and they prescribed another cough medicine.  They took a chest x-ray because of the way it sounded.  We haven’t heard anything yet (Wednesday afternoon) so I’m assuming he is ok.

I came down with a fever, achy hips (why my hips?  they don’t lie) and a killer headache Saturday about lunch.  It was like having a migraine with body pain.  My head hasn’t hurt like that for MANY years.  Had to get up Sunday night to watch the 1/2 season premier of THE WALKING DEAD – does that sound a little obsessed with a show??  I could barely make it through the episode!  Went back to bed and finally got up again Monday night to write sub plans.  I am so glad we had Monday off as a holiday!  I stayed home Tuesday with no fever but exhausted.

Now to survive this week so we can enjoy a three day weekend!  The flu kicked our butts but we won!!

“The Bug” Hit Our House

Is it a cold or the flu?  Who knows and who cares when it makes you feel yucky.  Based on the chart below, it seems like it’s the flu.

John woke up this morning with a cough, headache, and fever.  After going to school to prepare sub plans, he is home resting.

A phone appointment with a doctor means Barb gets the honor of driving to the pharmacy to get him cough medicine and antibiotics.  Not sure he really needs the antibiotics but they prescribed them based on his symptoms – even Dr. Kiddo questioned them (but she isn’t his doctor!)

Sure hope he is the only one who gets this “bug” – Murphy’s Law says I’ll get it since this is a 3-day weekend for us.  Hope all of you are staying away from this!

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