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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Wednesday freebie & car buying

And today we have zip 17 of Yesterday:

Yesterday we took care of some errands and went by Farmer's Market hoping to buy some corn. The ears were a little small and they were charging $6.50 for a dozen! Not happening. Husband surprised me by stopping in at a Toyota dealer so I could see if the Highlander I want will fit him so he'd have use if his truck breaks down. I saw one in ooh la la rouge I liked and gave it a test drive. Smooth! We made an offer but manager came back with $4,000 more than we wanted to pay and he and husband didn't get along. Today hubby has been negotiating with other dealers and we are set to go to Elizabeth City to see one that is just a bit over price we wanted to pay. I was headed out the door to pick up some stuff from grocery store when the manager from yesterday called and we talked. He has now made an offer about $500 less than Elizabeth City so waiting for husband to come home from taking grand-daughter to doctor appointment. I could have a new car by tonight!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Another Monday and another freebie of Yesterday

Monday again. Dad is feeling better - no shortness of breath, no dizzy spells but still having trouble with bad sinus drainage and fatigue. He's had the echo cardiogram and tech said he didn't see anything of concern. Hasn't seen cardiologist and won't until 9/22 but did see family doctor. She spoke with cardiologist about hospital visit and both say they think Dad was misdiagnosed at the hospital and both told him not to worry. Cardiologist promised to explain to Dad what has been going on when he sees him on 22nd. I'm going along to make sure all is understood. Meanwhile I will take him to hematologist Thursday about the report of low blood platelets. I've done a little research on the ascities problem (buildup of fluid in abdominal cavity). Congestive heart failure is indicated with ascities - which I already knew since I have a friend with congestive heart failure. But it is also a sign of certain liver disorders and Dad has had liver enzyme concerns before. I know he's 87 and wearing down but I don't see how any doctor could fail to be concerned that he had picked up so much fluid - 20 lbs? Seriously, of course all that weight on your chest would effect y our breathing and heart. I'll be asking lots of questions.

So today, let's get back to Yesterday with zip 15:
There are 2 more zips ready to go and more elements in a folder so I might stretch this out to 20 zips. At the end I will give you a composite preview.

Still fighting a summer cold. I've been coughing so much my chest hurts and I'm tired out. Slept off and on today whenever it let up. Have part of my Halloween tea menu set and now deciding on the sweet course. Lots of housework that needs doing - but it is never done, is it?

Thank you for kind words and prayers!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

I'm sorry

My father usually visits on Sundays and called saying he wasn't feeling well. I went over to check him out and found him very swollen (about 20 pounds over his usual weight!) and having shortness of breath. At one point, when he was trying to get his pants on so I could take him over to the ER, he got very quiet and, worried that he was taking so long dressing, I went to look in on him. He was lying on the bed looking rather gray and said he got dizzy while dressing. At the ER he was diagnosed with acute systolic congestive heart failure and started on a diuretic to get the fluid build up down. He wasn't admitted because his cardiologist isn't at that hospital and he was scheduled to see the cardiologist next day for an echocardiogram. We spent nearly 6 hours in the ER and two beds over was a paranoid schizophrenic who also had bipolar disorder and hadn't taken his meds for some time. He was threatening the staff such that hospital security and the local police were called in. Quite an evening. Monday I took Dad in for his test, made sure he ate some lunch and then we went home to rest. Meanwhile, my husband had picked up our 6 year old grand-daughter for a scheduled visit. She launched herself at me for a hug when I came in. Thereafter it was play time with Larkin. Tuesday was shop for a backpack for Larkin (I'd already gotten her other school supplies), more playtime, then dinner out with my Aunt and her boyfriend.

I'm sorry I didn't get anything posted but I am exhausted. Will take a few days off from posting and definitely see you again next Monday.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Being Trifling and a freebie zip of Yesterday

Most of yesterday was filled with a Red Hat Society meeting at Smokey Bones restaurant. Enjoyed the company and the barbeque. Afterwards Mary, Joyce and I went to check out a place that carries hair accessories and the thrift shop next doors. I bought my Larkin some cute ponytail holders and, for me, a sparkly red shawl for Red Hat events. Today I'm being "trifling" as the older generation says. I just can't get going. Maybe because I got some disturbing news about my Dad yesterday evening. He has atypical atrial flutter - or to put it another way, his heart rhythm is off. I have to take him to the heart specialist on Monday for an echocardiogram and depending on what is found, the doctor might have to shock Dad's heart to reset the rhythm. He's 87 and has been looking really tired lately and has had several dizzy spells. The dizziness was in the morning and family doc thought it was low blood sugar and has re-adjusted his insulin but this last visit she took an EKG and decided to send him to his heart specialist. He told me he has had this problem before - about 4 years ago - but it went away without any treatment. Here is hoping the same thing will happen again.

But now for your freebie:

Friday, August 19, 2016

Ready for zip 13 of Yesterday freebie?

On the subject of kits with overall previews and Download_a_Day freebies, let me say that I totally understand that an overall preview is preferable. When I designed for stores, I always made overall previews. Sometimes, when it was a large kit and it was too difficult to include all, I would make additional preview - one of papers, another or more for elements. We all want to be able to see what in our files as easily as possible. The biggest reason I don't do overall previews now is that I create to a them or color scheme a little at a time as I can.

I can only share my solution to such download-a-day freebies. What I do, using Yesterday as an example, is when I open the first download I rename the folder that (in this case) says Yesterday_1 to just "ws_Yesterday. " I go into that folder and usually made 2 new folders - "elements" and "papers." Then I take what came in zip one and divide it accordingly. Zip 2 comes along and I download it into "ws_Yesterday," open it, rename the new "folder" preview to "folder_2" and separate the items into the elements and papers folder. I keep the latest info folder because credits may have changed and I might need to know; the old info folder gets deleted. at this point your "ws_Yesterday" folder will contain the most recent info folder, 2 previews, and "elements" and "papers" folders. With each new zip, I proceed as above. If I'm in a big hurry when I download, I'll simply add the zip_2 to the folder and move on. Might end up with several unzipped days before I organize. Or I might simply unzip the other folders within the the "ws_Yesterday" folder without doing any separation of elements and papers. Depends on my mood but because I am sometimes looking for just a certain paper or elements, I prefer to separate them. If you are really ambitious, once the DAD finishes, you could make yourself a composite preview and ditch the individual ones.

And now that I've rattled on, here is today's zip:

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Wednesday already? And zip 12 of Yesterday freebie

Getting ready to go out to lunch. Today we are going to Jason's Deli at Virginia Beach. I'll just do the half sandwich (hot pastrami) with a cup of soup (broccoli cheese) combo. Then once we are home, I'll get to work on the pension papers that arrived. Got to get those in. Other than that today's agenda includes laundry and finishing up some calling cards (business cards) for my Red Hat group. Exciting huh?

Finished another book the other day, Lisa Unger's Ink and Bone
It will keep you guessing. Also Iris Johansen's Pandora's Daughter, a paranormal thriller.

Today's zip: