Sunday, November 19, 2006


Wasting away precious time.

Here it is, another day and here I sit wasting the days away. When you get to be my age, you hate wasting time accomplishing nothing. Well, not quite nothing as I am able to keep running the washer and dryer to keep clean clothes to wear. Not doing anything to get them dirty though. Just the old saying that parents raise us with-- always wearing clean clothes. I can`t wash my dishes, so have started using the dish washer. When it gets full enough, I have my daughter come over to push it near the sink. It is one that has to be hooked up to the kitchen faucet. Can`t complain since it was given to me by my youngest daughter.

When my daughter next door came over to bring Sassy in to feed her this morning , Sassy was gone. Seems she broke her heavy hook on her heavy chain sometime during the night. If you could see how large and strongly made that heavy hook was, you would surely wonder how any dog could be that strong. My Dad and younger bro used to tow cars with the same heavy chain and hook size that I now have. I often wondered how she could run that fast and not end up breaking her neck with the heavy chain, but it doesn`t slow her down any. She is one mighty strong dog. She is about 10 1/2 yrs old now. Her face hair it getting grayish looking, but she still takes off fast when chasing a squirrel or cat that tries to cross my property. In case you don`t know, she is a beautiful black and white Border Collie.

My daughter kept calling her, but she didn`t show up. So I went outside and started whistling for her and she came running up the road. Of course she wanted to play, so she kept teasing us-- she would run almost to one of us, then take off running fast right past us. She did this for at least 15 minutes before I just went and sat on the porch steps. When she started around the daughters house next door, saw me and stopped to see if I would go after her, my daughter had time to grab her collar. She came inside to lay down and rest for about an hour before wanting to go back outside. Now I am holding my breath as the only hook I had to use isn`t as heavy or strong as the old one was. I hope she doesn`t break it before someone can get a new hook for me. With my right arm still tied up in a sling, I can`t just hop in my car and go after one. Thats one of the few problems of having a standard instead of an automatic shift operated car. Maybe one of these days I will give in and buy myself a new automatic, but those older cars were made with heavier metal. I always felt safer in case of an accident, as the older cars don`t crumple up in a crash like most of the newer ones seem to do. Something to think about though.

Guess I`ll stop now as my left hand is starting to complain from all the typing using it. I sure will be happy when I can get back using my right hand and arm again. So much easier and faster using two hands for typing. This one finger left hand typing takes much longer, plus it causes it to swell up at the top base between the thumb and wrist area whenever I use my left hand. From an old injury years back. Have had both hands operated on over the years from ruptured tendons in the palms, plus small finger on left hand is frozen at little over a 45 degree right angle from another injury. My advice to everyone is never use a steak knife to separate two frozen pieces of meat, as thats how I damaged the finger. As for the tendons, my surgeon once told me to go back home, work with some more tools and come back and see him in another year. He said he only does that kind of op on mechanics and carpenters. Well, that Dr died before the other hand needed tendons repaired and the next Dr wasn`t half as good a surgeon. My dad also had the same op, but his Dr wasn`t so good as it left him with one finger that never moved again . They didn`t have theraphy in my Fathers day like they do today. So we are a little better off.

hello dot. well i am sorry to hear about your hand. it does not take much to get in an accident and hurt your body and then you have to pay fopr your one mistake for years. as far as your washing machine goes, it is good you have one to use. i suppose is some one had a washing machine and the water would not come on for some reason they would go to the laundromat. they would not even think of filling up a pale and dump the water in to the washer or using a long exterior hose to fill up the washer. most people would never think to hang clothes on a line like we use to do. they probably would not even think it is possible.
well we went to church tonight and when i got home i made some home made chicken soup and it sure did hit the spot. well have a happy holiday and i will talk with you soon.
I really hope that you get better soon!
I hope sassy will behave until your fingers are normal.

Get well soon,dot.
Get well sooon and Happy Thanksgiving.
Thanks Mr haney. I remember the old wash tubs and the large oval shaped copper colored high basins with handles on each end. I used two large wash tubs to wash and scrub with a wash board, other to rince clothes in. All 3 belonged to my Mother. Still have my outside clothes line going from my back porch across my empty lot to a telephone pole 60 feet from my porch. My washer once stopped emptying and wouldn`t spin. This was a Sat and Hubby was taking me to buy a new washer on Monday. So, Sunday, I decided to check out the old machine. I took the washer apart, cleaned it, put it back together and tightened up everything and here it is about 6 or 7 years later, and so far still wotking. I`m keeping my fingers crossed that it keeps working. Those were the harder good old days.
Thanks Deni. Am able to move the arm a little more today. Start theraphy next Tues to get back more range of movement. I do get impatient from sitting around so much.
Jac, Sassy broke loose and the new hook a daughter picked up at the wood place is easier for me to open, so as long as Sassy stands still in the doorway I am able to hook and unhook her. Of course she is doing a lot of pouting as I can`t play with her yet.
I called her and tonight she decided not to come inside. Worries me as it is going below freezing tonight. Need to have someone put the hay into her coupe for me soon.
hi hillgrandMom. Thanks for the good wishes and thanks for stopping by. Hope things are going well for you.
Happy Thanksgiving, Dot!
I just finished catching up.
It seems you have been having quite the go of it yourself.
Just take a small rest and everything will be back to the way it was.
We would make quitew the team.
I have a gimpy lrft hand and you the right. We could each take a side of the keyboard LOL
Get well soon Dot.

Happy Thanksgiving @-;--
Walker, do you also play the piano? If so we could play a mean organ recital-- you with your right hand and me with my left. LOL. But then, with the bent little finger on my left hand, I do have trouble reaching out to hit some of the farther keys-- but could just play the chords left handed. HaaHaa.

All kidding aside, I do hope your hand heals ok. I burnt my right hand years ago when my gas stove blew up. Took lots of theraphy to get it back working after it finally healed. I was lucky enough to push my daughter out of the way of harm, so it wasn`t all bad. Good luck with your hand.
Know your Thanksgiving was last month.Hope it was a great one for you. I remember you did a lot of cooking for it.
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