Archive | October 2018

Bob’s Sick

Bob has kicked off his annual rite of getting really, really sick in the fall a little early–usually he doesn’t start getting ill until Thanksgiving, but this year it hit at Halloween.  He had a severe coughing fit this morning to where he couldn’t even stand up.  He called in sick to work so I know he felt bad.  He can barely talk without coughing, so we are leaving each other alone for the most part.  We will see how he does later on today–I think I will run out and get him some Nyquil to try to control the cough.

Class went well today and everyone was agreeable to working together in groups.  I made sure each group had al least one person who was known to me for reading the material and had them each read a scene out of the play we were studying, The Importance of Being Earnest. We talked about Wilde and his life then I had them read aloud in parts the important sections of the play.  So that went well.

I am sleepy but not as bad as usual. I think I will be able to stay up and take care of Bob.  I need to do some more laundry but am not sure I will have a lot of time–I am finishing drying a load and have a wet load in the washer so I will need to do something with that load soon  Not sure I feel up to sorting out the load that is drying.  We will see.

Emotionally I’m still even keeled even with Bob sick  Usually that sends me into a tailspin of anxiety, but I’m handling it pretty well right now.  I hope he doesn’t get worse or he will have to go to the doctor and get steroids for his lungs.  He hates that because it makes him have the munchies.

Hope everyone has a good Halloween and get lots of candy to enjoy over the start of the holiday season  Happy Wednesday!


So Today Has Been Good

It’s been a good day even with me going to the dentist to begin it.  They said they didn’t see any work that needed to be done extra so set up for me to come back for a cleaning in a few months.  So that was a good start.  Then I went shopping for Christmas presents at Barnes and Noble and came up with some ideas for myself, so that was good as well.

Then I went to lunch with MJ and we had a good visit.  We talked books and politics and other topics of interest.  We always have fun when we get together.  I enjoy visiting with my friends.  I’m still trying to get up with Marlo to visit and we should work out something soon before the holidays.

I am just feeling so much better than I used to.  I feel up and not so sleepy and more positive and not so inclined to look at the day negatively.  I dont’ know if it’s a function of the good weather we’ve been having lately or of the new medication I’ve been on but my mood is generally good and I am not preoccupied or worried or obsessed with anything.  I really feel good about that.  I’ve spent so long living with fear of what was just around the corner.  I don’t feel that any more. It feels good not to.

Here’s  hoping that everyone reading is feeling good, too.  Thanks for stopping by and hopefully we will all find peace in the coming holiday rush.  Happy Tuesday!



Busy Weekend

Bob finally got his new vehicle–it looks exactly like his old one until you get inside it and see the updated electronics.  It even still has a CD player in it, so that will be nice on trips.  We will see how things turn out for my oldest and my middle one moving this holiday season and put the 4Runner to good use.

Mississippi State won their game this week against Texas A&M so that was a lot of fun to watch Saturday night.  We cheered and yelled at the TV the whole time.  So we enjoyed watching that.

My mom and dad came down to visit.  That was all right.  We went out to lunch with them and I went shopping with my mom for some Christmas happies.  Then we came back and my dad went to sleep on the couch and we and Mom talked for a while.  So it went well as far as it could.

We packed shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child in Sunday School on Sunday–each couple brought a toy, hygiene item, or school supplies to go in the boxes to send overseas.  So that was a lot of fun.  We had wanted to do it as kind of a party/social but the scheduling didn’t work out.  So we just did it together and had a brief Sunday School lesson after it.

SO today class went well.  We talked about the Brownings, Elizabeth and Robert.  Read “My Last Duchess” and again had to go line-by-line explaining it to them when the whole story was told in a bibliography footnote at the bottom of the page.  I said, “Read your notes at the bottom so you will know the story next time. ”  BUt it’s a good poem to read and work your poetry muscles out on.  So I enjoyed it, whether they did or not.

Hope everyone is having a good start to their week.  Have a good MOnday!

PS:  Just discovered that I have hit 5,031 total visitors and 15,012 hits over the life of the blog.  Four years of blogging and reaching that many people with my message of hope and resilience.  I hope that everyone who reads comes away with hope for themselves and their lives.  Thanks to all my loyal readers!



Not Much to Say

TOday has been a slow day so I don’t have a lot to talk about.  I am waiting to hear from my professor about my latest iteration of my play and will work on it next week hopefully finishing it and getting it revised and nailed down for the final version.  So we will see how that goes.  Hard to believe we’re so close to the end of the semester already.

I must have slept wrong on my neck–it hurts badly to turn my head either way.  I may try some meds to ease the pain down a little.  I have laundry that needs doing but I will get to it when I can.

My younget has a Halloween party to go to tomorrow night  Hopefully she will have fun–it’s her Sunday School class doing it, which surprised me a bit,  But I think a little girl just wants to have everyone over–it’s not sponsored by the church I don’t think.  THey are also planning a Chirstmas party so that should be fun as well.  We ‘re hosting our class’s party n December so that should be fun.

I put together a jazz/oldies mix for our home stereo.  Louis Prima, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, and the soundtrack to Ocean’s 11. I’ll have to turn it off when Bob gets home–he does not share my affinity for music of that period.  Which is fine.

It’s just all be-bopping along well for right now.  A good feeling to have  Hope everyone has a good weekend.



Evened Out

I really seem to be in a good place right now with my bipolar.  I’m not obsessing, I’m not depressed, I’m not manic, I’m not mixed, I’m not freaking out about anything.  I am coping pretty well with the house, schoolwork, teaching, and writing. I am having an impact with everything I am doing, and I feel good about it.   I wil need to go to the grocery store tomorrow to stock up for the weekend, but I think it will go well–I have a good idea what I’m going to buy and fix for everyone.  THe laundry is  pretty caught up, and Bob seems satisfied with everything that is going on.

I have really worked hard to get this kind of stability in my life.  I feel proud of myself for continuing to work on my issues even when they seemed unresolvable.  I know that the ultimate healing is in depending on GOd for my health, but I am doing everything I’m supposed to be doing to help myself–taking meds, going to the doctor, and seeing my counselor.  Things may change between now and the end of the year, but right now I feel like I am in a good place.

Here’s hoping that we all can find stability and hope during the upcoming holiday season.  Thanks be to God for all of his help and abundant mercy,



Good Morning!

I feel pretty good this morning.  I am here for office hours and have had a good day so far.  We had a good class this morning with various and sundry students participating.  Of course, we talked about Byron who is always interesting if salacious.  Gets their attention.

Had a kid send me an email that he overslept.  I love it when they are honest about why they miss.  It happens.  I told him to get the notes from someone in class so he can catch up.  He’s one of my better students so that was odd for him to miss two days.  But he was honest and said it would not happen Friday.  So maybe he will buy a new alarm clock.

Dinner was successful last night so that was a good feeling.  We eat at church tonight so that will be good as well.  So difficult lately to coordinate everything.  I was such a confused person in the grocery store–I forgot some things but did get most of it so that was good as well.

My youngest found out that she did well on a big math test–her teacher told her she was “super smart” and only missed two questions on what I believe was a long, long test.  So she has seemingly overcome much of her difficulty in school and is succeeding.  She is even reading when given free time in her classes so that is a good thing as well.

Hope everyone is making it well through the week.  Happy Wednesday!


Car Verdict

Bob had the 4-Runner towed to a shop he trusted and they said the car was totaled.  I knew that, but he had some lunatic optimism in his head that it might could be fixed.  So he is officially looking again this Saturday.

Busy day–I went to the dermatologist and the grocery store.  Hopefully everything will work out for dinner tonight.  I am already worn out and it’s barely noon here  I have laundry still to do so that will be good to get taken care of . 

(The computer at the last second ate most of my post and I am not up to typing it over  Everyone have a good week!)