Sunday, August 1, 2021


I have to admit that I am tired. Frustrated. Just too much going on right now. Obviously everything that is going on with my brother and trying to work on having a service for him in Milwaukee is exhausting. I didn't even sleep last night. 

I am paying some of the services that needed to be done through the funeral home and at his apartment. We can't touch the money in his estate at this time. His will also has to go through probate. It will all get worked out but being so far away from Milwaukee and trying to coordinate things with my sister in Florida are definitely challenging. 

The theater people from Milwaukee, where he was a director, are anxious to have a service for him. We also need to set up something for taking his ashes out into Lake Michigan. Then you have the Delta Variant out there which is kind of scary. 

We originally wanted to drive but that alone is six days there and back. Yet I am not crazy about flying. I did however find, after wearing a mask in the hospital for over six hours,  that I might be able to do that on a plane. Of course some anxiety pills would help too! 

Had my third knee gel injection on Wednesday and saw my cardiologist on Thursday. Both in the same area but couldn't coordinate them for the same day. My cardiologist put me at ease with all of the questions I had for him. He said my arteries were perfect. No other testing to be done. Also talked about the long term affects of the medications I'm on. Nothing to be concerned about. 

I was very concerned about the A-Fib attack I had a few days after the angiogram. He made me feel comfortable about that too. I hadn't had one in 4 years. The older I get the more I might have but they are nothing to run to the hospital with and with my Xarelto I don't need to worry about blood clots forming. He did prescribe a pill that I can take if I have another one and it should settle the heart quickly. 

So I'm driving home from the cardiologist and a warning light comes on in my car. I pulled over on a side street and looked in the manual. Since I was just about a mile from the dealer I decided to stop in there and see what we could do. Honestly I haven't been in for service since 2019 but also wasn't driving my car much. 

If I would have continued to drive I could have hurt the engine. It was a leak in a pipe for the coolant. Actually there was about $3,000 in work that could be done which I would have liked to do because the car is going on 13 years old in September. However, I only have 50,000 miles on the car so some things just don't need to be done. Anyway what we decided to have done was $1,700. 

Today, Sunday, as I type this we have a man in our garage putting in a new hot water heater. We have been in the house for almost 15 years and had a repair about 6 years ago. So $2,500 is going out the door today with this service. 

Hopefully things will start to settle down. Didn't get to see James this weekend and I'm trying to push myself to do some house work and step away from the Hallmark movies on TV that I recorded. 

Regardless of everything....


betty said...

So true that there is always something to be thankful for. Well, if things come in three, you should be "covered" with helping to pay for some funeral costs as well as now the car and water heater. I read on some other person's blog there was an appliance shortage, so I'm thankful that didn't include your water heater. That is very low miles for your car. I would have done the same with putting the money in for whatever repairs felt necessary.

I'm not sure about air travel these days with the Delta variant. I read on someone's Facebook page I follow that they just came back from Alaska and came back with Covid. Their 83 year old father caught it too and he had been vaccinated back in January. I think I would run it by your doctor. It is nice though that Raymond's theater friends want to honor him with a memorial service.

Good report from your cardiologist! Hoping the knee injection is effective!!

Let's hope this new week is a more peaceful one and that you can get some sleep!


Ann said...

You sure have a lot on your plate right now. That would be so frustrating trying to take care of things for your brother from so far away.

Chatty Crone said...

Oh Debby I have been spending money on repairs right and left too - it is discouraging. What is encouraging is your arteries are great - not everyone can say that.

Anne in the kitchen said...

You have a lot goingO n so be kind to yourself and give yourself some grace, even if it means indulging in a few Hallmark movies!

CheerfulMonk said...

I would go with the Hallmark movies to recover from all that is going on.

Little Penpen said...

Oh goodness!! We bought a new refrigerator last week after our other one died. It took 5 days to get it delivered. Minor annoyance in the big scheme of things, but annoying all the same. I hope your new week makes up for last week!!

Cathy said...

Oh Debby! I am so sorry that all this is happening. But it sounds like good news on your heart and I'm glad you were able to get your car fixed and replace the hot water heater. We just replaced ours about 2 weeks ago.

Life is so hard sometimes, but you are right, there is always something to be thankful for. Hope you get to see James soon!

MadSnapper said...

your beginning quote and endig quote says it all... always something and always something to be thankful for. it is called LIFE. yours has been a mad life for the past few months,hope it calms down soon.

Carla from The River said...

Hi Debby,
It is so true, there are days when it never stops, one thing after another. You are right, we need to stop and look for the good things, they are out there, it is just hard to see sometimes.
Love, Carla

Mevely317 said...

My goodness, it sounds like your days are a bit like the Olympic athletes that run, jumping the hurdles. (Can't think what it's called.)
Love your attitude. You keep on jumping and we'll keep holding you up in our prayers.

Debi said...

You have a lot going on, will keep you in my prayers as you go through this. We went through the same thing when my MIL passed. We weren't as far away but trying to coordinate with everyone's schedules was very frustrating. I agree that there is always something to be thankful for... sometimes we have to look hard to find it, but it's always there. ((hugs))

photowannabe said...

Wow, there always seems to be something to put a monkey wrench into our plans.
I'm so sorry about your brother and pray for peace as you try to coordinate things with your sis too. Its so difficult being far away.
Lots of money flying out of your checkbook...I think you've "paid your dues"...enough already!!
Praying things will be looking up for you and so glad your dr. consultations showed things are ok.

R's Rue said...

Sending hugs.

Secret Agent Woman said...

Gilda nailed it, didn't she. I've often thought the definition of life is that it's just one damned thing after the other! But good gets mixed in there, too, and the wave of difficulty usually subsides. Sending good thoughts your way!

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