The internet is wonky at best, this may get lost.
I’ve had miss 10 home sick up to today & now miss 16 is complaining of intestinal discomfort, there was a report on the news at 11 last night about a flu bug fitting 10’s description of her symptoms so at least we know it’s not something she ate somewhere.
The Christmas tree smells awsome, every once in awhile I catch a whiff of the scent of it from the next room & it makes me smile.
I am worried beyond belief due to my mother calling last night to tell me that my grandmother’s kidneys are shutting down & her heart is getting weak (She’s had a pacemaker for about 17 years already bad hearts & high blood pressure run in my family on my mother’s side I’m afraid) She’s been in & out of hospitals & rehab centers & nursing homes for months since she broke her hip, most recently she re-broke her hip at the nursing home & when she went back to the hospital they replaced her hip, now she’s taken what my mother says is a fairly drastic turn. My mother wanted me to know that it would not be long, they think maybe before Christmas. She’s got a living will in regards to drastic measures to prolong her life & she, like my mother & myself don’t want any thing extreme to be done to keep her alive.
I can understand that but it still is hard, I’ve always been very close to my grandmother, more so in many ways than with my mother. Miss 16 especially is too. up until she was in the nursing home (where she didn’t have a phone for quite awhile) we were in touch at least every other week. Now I have to think that the last conversation I had with her (where she was coherent) may be the last conversation I ever have with her.
16’s very upset & being dramatic & already in a funk (it’s premenstrual) she called me weeping from school during lunch (mostly she was raging about the crappy food! This is her grade’s ‘standards of learning’ test week – they couldn’t have picked a better acronym this: SOL, as in shit outta luck! & she got a perfect score on her English yesterday, this is an off day & she has her History sol tommorow, the stress is killing her- & us who have to deal with her)
The plumber was awsome, he was late but it only took 2 & 1/2 hours to fix all the things which were wrong. We had no water pressure, the tub ran constantly, the toilet was leaking through the floor into the basement on a farily large support beam, he noticed while checking things out that my hot water heater pipes were plastic when they should be copper & replaced those too, all my pipes between the holding tank & the main were small & narrow so he replaced them to increase the water pressure & also found that something in the holding tank was wrong which was a lot of the pressure problem. I kept telling him I had only $500 budgeted to spend on plumbing & when he presented me with his bill it was only for $337! Needless to say I was thrilled & still am, Miss 16 being impossible to please (& even harder to deal with) says it’s not that good, that the shower’s water pressure is not as good as the ones in Mass, But I’m satisfied that it doesn’t take 2 hours to do a load of laundry because the washer is filling up with a trickle of water & I can wash dishes in about 10 minutes due to a normal flow of water from the sink faucet. (I haven’t taken a shower yet but I have to tonight since I go back to work tommorow. I’ll let you know)
All I have to do for Christmas now is finish making gifts & wrap everything, make cookies & candies for giving & hope I don’t have to drop everything to go to Mass for a funeral.
I’m still trying to get over my annoyance at miss 16 for taking her menstrual moods out on all of us, she’s home now, slamming cupboards, binging on cereal & complaning that Chicken Divan for dinner sucks. She’s also wearing my shirt which I am pretty pissed about. It’s my Censorship:off Free speech: on shirt & when she came in to my room to get it I thought she was there to steal socks & didn’t say anything.
My annoyance at one is rapidly changing to annoyance at all. Miss 16 has pissed off miss 10 & got me involved because miss 10 is supposed to be in the dining room at the table doing her homework & instead is on the couch doing it in front of the tv. not acceptable as far as I’m concerned.
Since this is rapidly deteriorating into a bitch session about kids who don’t know how to shut up & I have to go out & get gas for my car & kerosene for my heat & then make some dinner I will finish this up, posting may be spotty in the near future due to general life stuff.