My “road warriors” are home. They arrived Sunday afternoon. Les had to hang around until Monday to get some things done at Coldiron, after that he headed for Tribune, Kansas. Long day still ahead of him, another six hours of driving before he could call it done. They were gone for a month this time.
Having Joe’s weight in the bed was comforting, until 4 a.m. when I suddenly woke up and wondered what I had done. There was someone in bed next to me. There were a few moments of panic until I fully woke up and knew that it was Joe there. When he has been away for a long period of time he always tells me “Tell your boyfriend he has to leave, I’m coming home!” This is the first time I’ve been startled awake with a feeling of shame and dread. What’s up with THAT!
We’ve been married for over 20 years and he still gives me the shivers and makes my heart go pitty pat. He screws with my schedule big time too, which frustrates me to no end, but I’ve become used to it now and just try to go with the flow.
My paperwork…..well it has come to a dead stand still for a while. So has any crafting. Everything has come to an abrupt stop.
Monday morning was spent running around town going to the Coldiron offices and getting business taken care of there, the afternoon was shot in discussions of taking a run from Dardanelle, Arkansas to Wichita, Kansas. I have things to do here but one last short run would give us cash for his Thanksgiving cooking. Money not earmarked for December payments.
Tuesday, the trucks were not quite ready so we would not be leaving until Wednesday. I spent Monday evening cutting papers for Christmas gift tags and videoing the cutting process. Making some of the gift tags as well. Tuesday was spent finishing the gift tags and processing the video of cutting directions and displaying the gift tags. While both of the videos were uploading I spent time getting my other blog updated with these new items.
During the night on Tuesday I did something to my right arm. Could barely move it come Wednesday morning. We got to Dardanelle and loaded. My arm was throbbing by the time we finished. Driving the truck was a challenge. Shifting gears was painful, pushing in the air brake knobs sent my upper arm into spasms that made me sick to my stomach. Came home and left Thursday morning for Wichita to deliver. By the time we got home my arm was screaming. I’ve pulled something in my shoulder and I don’t know how or when I did it. Time to bust out the drugs. I have some really old pain medication from a dentist when I had a tooth pulled in 2007. Of the 12 originally prescribed I still had 10 left.
Friday morning dawned and my arm felt so much better. At least the pulsing and stabbing pain had subsided and I could move my arm better. The day was spent away from home running errands, getting the work pickup in the shop for some minor repairs and an oil change. We had to go to an Apple Store, which is at a huge mall in downtown Oklahoma City, for an updated software for my photos and video.
So close to Thanksgiving and our refrigerator has finally decided to give up the ghost. That is an expense we were not planning for. A few hours at appliance dealers looking at refrigerators and trying to determine which one we would buy to replace our ailing one.
A couple weeks ago I signed up for an online class at our local Community College. It is “Creating Web Pages”. A six week course with lessons on Wednesday and Friday. Well, with all of this weeks adventures and pains I’ve gotten behind and now need to catch up. Back to being a dog chasing its tail. Going round and round and accomplishing nothing.
Next week there will be no crafting or paper work getting done. Shopping for Thanksgiving groceries so Joe can do his fantastic job of making a luscious feast, cleaning the house and making it “presentable” for the neighbors we invite to share being blessed by their friendship all year long.
I’ll squeeze in some time to get my Web Pages class assignments turned in. Now I need to get to the Post Office and mail Lynn’s tote bag to the UK and Nancy’s tote bag to Canada. I had them all ready to be mailed last week but found I did not have their addresses. Dolt! That will be remedied this time. I will make sure they are in my phone before I leave the house to mail their packages.
I’ve been keeping track of my friend’s blogs and reading about all the illnesses they have been experiencing. Their households have been turned upside down due to the flu virus that has affected all in their family, even extended family that don’t live in the same house. Weather changes, migraine headaches, hospital admissions, and the flu have way laid my dear friends. Their households have been disrupted completely. I’m whining about Joe disrupting my schedule and not being able to do my work. Time for a reality check and be thankful we are both having good health while we spend time together until Joe returns to the highways and I’m left to my own devices once again.
Priorities change, being with and loving family and friends is more important than getting data entry done for my paperwork. That will commence once again and I’ll be back on my crazy schedule after the first of December for a few weeks before I have to shut it all down once more for the Christmas festivities.
This year I have received many blessings that I am thankful for. Women that have become my friends and made me laugh out loud, neighbors that have watched over our home while we have been gone and kept the lawn mowed, a “Day Job” that allows me to take the time off and explore another part of my world, children that are absolutely awesome adults, the freedom of having a vehicle to run errands while I’m home and we can leave the work pickup for just that – work – and I have been able to spend time with my long lost sister and get reacquainted with her. I have been immensely blessed this year and have much to celebrate this Thanksgiving.
Now it is time to get after my Friday class and do the lesson. Finished the Wednesday class yesterday (Friday) and today (Saturday) it is time to get caught up on at least one thing.
Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you.