Sunday, July 3, 2016

M'Week That Was



Happy Independence Day weekend, friends!

Since my days have been (comfortably) Predictable for a few years now, I thought I'd share a few blips from my week that was.
OK?  Okay!


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"Hon, I'm seeing red."
This, from DH a couple of weeks ago ... his overly casual tone belying the words.   
Struggling to comprehend, I made him promise to call his doctor the next morning.

... Which resulted in our sitting, waiting to see a retinal specialist early Monday morning.   Thankfully(!), his diagnosis wasn't nearly as dastardly as the results of my clandestine Google searches. Nevertheless, Tom will require surgery later this month.  Dr. Reddy says the procedure's totally routine, but will "definitely" result in a cataract.  
Deep breaths.  One thing at a time, right?


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When the alarm sounded at 3 o'clock the next morning I was already awake ... trying to quell my nerves and saying a prayer I wouldn't die later that morning up on South Mountain.

You see, the Big Corporation for which I work is keen on community outreach ... giving back.   
Me, not so much when it involves working out of doors in June.

Donning my best pair of parachute pants ala-Goodwill, I traded these ...

for these

... grabbed a shop towel, swallowed a couple of baby aspirin and headed out the door.   
4:45AM.  My phone announced it was presently 97-degrees and 37% humidity.

6:00AM.  A dozen or so of us gathered under a swollen sky to get our marching orders.   
"Watch your footsteps ... the snakes are out."  The first time Ranger Romo spoke, my boss and I traded uneasy glances.  When she mentioned rattlers for a third time, everyone began studying the ground.  The thought of a coronary incident didn't seem so far-fetched. :)   Then and there, I decided to stick close to my AGM, a former firefighter/paramedic.

Fortunately, there was a nice steady breeze up at the top.  Maybe my eyebrows wouldn't melt off, after all. 

UNfortunately, spotting all the food wrappers, cigarette butts and broken glass, I concluded (some) folks are Thoughtless Pigs.
  
Isn't this a pretty view of the city?
Except my grabber looks like a white cane!


By the time my second bucket was near full, a little voice in my head advised me to grab a water bottle and sit a spell. Except, scrabbling for purchase up the incline I came too close to a low-lying jumping cholla.  (OK, I blindly plowed through it.)  
Yep it was kind of embarrassing having to sit still while two park rangers used needle-nose pliers to extract the needles from my pants legs and shoes.   

No harm, no foul!  In retrospect, I discovered a new-found camaraderie with a couple fellows ... who even had the grace to chuckle at my rendition of "The Bear Went Over The Mountain."

At least we didn't have to wear orange jumpsuits ...

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Wednesday involved more community outreach ... this time, I volunteered to help deep-clean the kitchen facilities at our adopted charity.  (Can you say, air-conditioned!)
The majority of our team represented the housekeeping department -- and wow, what an example they set!  

Not being familiar with industrial kitchens, I was a bit in awe ... happy to take their direction and tackle the baked on greasy oven racks.  

You know, for the second time in as many days, what I fretted over never materialized.  (Yay.)  Though I don't understand Spanish, several of the ladies and men and I were able to communicate and best of all, laugh:   Twice, the cleaning solution ate through the thumbs of my rubber gloves, my t-shirt's a goner ... but it was a good day. 

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I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the neatest part of the week  -- having an opportunity to enjoy lunch at Cheesecake Factory yesterday with blog-friend Betty and her funny, congenial hubby.  (Bloggers are the best!)

White chocolate, caramel, macadamia nut ...  
a consolation prize from me to me for having survived South Mountain!




Say, thanks for reading along all this way!  
Personally, this old lady's looking forward to a more predictable week behind her desk.  :)
  
Whatever's on your agenda, I hope your holiday is safe and especially yummy!  
Let's chat soon!




    





31 comments:

  1. It is always fun to meet up with a blogging friend and Cheesecake Factory is a wonderful place to gather! Your company does a good thing and kudos to you for venturing out into the wild for a clean-up day. Whew!

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    1. Thanks, Terri! I'd never done anything like that before, and to tell the truth, at day's end it sort of felt good.

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  2. What a week. Prayers for Tom for healing and I felt so hot reading about South Mountain! But oh, to enjoy dessert at the Cheesecake Factory with Betty would be divine! Glad you mentioned the "Icing on the cake" end of the week. Happy Fourth!

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    1. Hi Mary! Thankfully, we were off the mountain and back to work before the heat grew too much. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring a change of clothes ... oh, what an first impression to make on my boss' new boss and HIS new boss! C'est la vie!

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  3. Ninety-seven degrees before five AM??? Yowza. It's been bloody hot here during the day, but we at least get some respite overnight and in the early morning hours.

    That was some cleaner to eat through your rubber gloves. Reminds me of something I used to scrub years ago: Janitor in a Drum, it was called. Did a great job cleaning, but it also ate away a big ol' pesky wart that had been on my thumb. Never came back, either. :)

    Have a super Fourth!

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    1. Wow ... it ate the wart?!
      Actually, the gloves they gave us were those thin things you see on dispensers in doctors' offices. I was trying to keep pace with the 'pros' and underestimated my own oomph. :)

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  4. Sorry to hear about Tom's eye problems. On the bright side, cataract surgery is usually extremely successful. I've know several people who had it. I wish Tom all the best.

    I had surgery on both my eyes for torn retinas. And, after being warned NOT to drive for several days after the surgery - I drove home by myself about an hour after I had surgery!!! To say that it was a harrowing adventure would be a gross understatement. I'll never know how I did it.

    But I digress.

    Getting up at 4:00 a.m. to go on a trash expedition in the desert???
    You're a more courageous soldier than I am, Gunga Din. I heartily applaud you.

    Let me put it this way:
    the only way I would EVER get up and go out in the desert at 4:00 a.m. is if I were being awarded a 100 million dollar lottery win - - or if Jesus was there to heal all of my ailments.

    And even then I'd have to think twice.

    Have a wonderful 4th!

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    1. BTW - I might get up at 4:00 a.m. to eat cheesecake....

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    2. Funny fellow! No applause, please; I'm not sure I've an altruistic bone in my body ... this was an expectation. At least, I'm a morning person at heart. Mostly, I didn't want to be labelled as "that" old lady who can't keep up.

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    3. Cheesecake is about the only 'sweet' I go for ... but I'm happy to share. :)
      Happy Independence Day to you and the kitties!

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  5. Oh how much fun. One of these days I am going to join you and Betty for lunch! Or dinner! Or a bottle of wine!! Just you wait and see. I am glad you didn't find a snake but that run-in with the cactus could have been just as disastrous. Good for you and your community service week. I'll be saying prayers for Tom's upcoming surgery!! Happy 4th of July!

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    1. Thank you for the prayers, my friend!

      The rangers tell me there's been only one reported snakebite; some idiot was trying to coax a rattler out from under his car with a stick.

      Smiling: Be careful what you say ... I'm going to hold you to that promise of a meet-'n-sip!

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    2. And I can't think of anything I would like better. Time will tell!

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  6. you were right. The cheesecake was worth the sacrifice made in that desert expedition in the heat and humidity. Thank goodness no snakes appeared. Both my husband and I have cataracts. I feel for yours because of it. HAPPY 4th of JULY.

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    1. 'Love it when my temptation is corroborated! :)

      DH's upcoming surgery involves the doctor cutting away scar tissue that's pulling up on his retina ... the cataract is, unfortunately, a result. Guess we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.

      Happy Fourth to the both of you, as well!

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  7. Oh my gosh and you never mentioned your morning you had when we had lunch yesterday! Quite a trooper you were for what you endured in that effort! Nor did you mention Tom's issues with his eyes!

    We had SOOO much fun and can't wait to do it again and the DIL said she would LOVE to be your personal shopper should you decide to visit My Sister's Closet :)

    And that gathering that sort of got a little bigger than we thought it would be, it was so DIVINE. We opened doors where doors needed to be opened and we loved on those that needed a bit of loving. My absolute favorite part was all of us holding hands praying together before we ate, all were willing to come and pray. I'll just trust God is working in so many peoples' hearts :)

    betty

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    1. No, we were having too much fun chatting, hearing about your adventures! :)

      I LOVE what you said about opening doors where doors needed to be opened and loving on those who needed it. Your spirit is so infectious; I need to hang around y'all more! :)))

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  8. wow, that was some week.. glad you survived the almost snakes and the for real cholla... i loved the whole tale and congrats on all that volunteer clean up.. so true about people being pigs... divine dessert was just the topper for your week.

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    1. Happy Fourth of July, Sandra!
      I don't consider myself phobic ... but I'm unsure there's an adequate word to define my fear of snakes. The rangers claimed they're more afraid of us. Hmmmm...

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  9. I'd be looking forward to a more predictable week too. Any job that includes rattlesnakes would not be my cup of tea.

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    1. Yes, Ma ... I've a new-found appreciation for my office environment! Sometimes I forget, this IS the desert and those critters were here long before us.

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  10. I really enjoyed this one. The cleanup really does sound like fun, and YEP we do have some pigs in the great country. I cannot believe how thoughtless many are.

    Oh Shucks, Having some time with /Betty and her hubby. GREAT! YOu two are also two I would love to meet.
    Good on you and the Spanish. I truly enjoy trying to communicate.
    Have a great fourth!

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    1. Were your ears burning? :) Betty and I were saying how we'd love to meet you and Sherry some day!

      In all seriousness, Tuesday morning I kept thinking of y'all on the A.T.; and what a whuss I was being. Admittedly, my sedentary lifestyle has resulted in (my) being way out of shape; but you guys are a real inspiration.

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  11. You have been so busy. How wonderful to do the outreach programs! Sorry about the plant needles your encountered. Glad that Tom's eye wasn't as bad as your anticipated. Keeping him in my prayers for his upcoming surgery. Glad you got to meet up with Betty. I'm going to dinner tomorrow night at Cheesecake Factory!

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    1. Thank you, Debby! Friends' prayers have certainly been comforting in the past; what a wonderful gift to receive ... and pay forward.

      Forget Disney; I think Cheesecake Factory is really the happiest place on earth!

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  12. You are a brave heart! That heat would have done me in! I stay close to Hannah's little 14 foot pool. Ah....coolness. The hubby tells me he can not find his swimming trunks. I clean his dresser drawers out and find not one or two but three pairs of brand new trunks! LOL! I am getting my house in order as Hannah and her co worker Aspen are hosting a jewelry party Friday evening. I am hoping I can convince Noelle and Rebekah to come be live models for me. I am not much for following a script! I feel phoney and probably will not become the millioniare others dream of lol! But I go with the audience so it makes my heart happy. I will be praying for Tom and his surgery. When I found Fred, the floater in my left eye February 2014 I thought I would just die. Then his twin brother Frank showed up August 2015! HAHA! I value my eyesight as my maternal grandmother went blind from detached retinas when I was a wee 8 years old! Technology is different today. So I pray my eyes hold up. I always love meeting blog friends. Lucky you! Cheesecake too! Yum! Have you ever seen the movie Fools Rush In? I adore that movie, but in it the hubby goes camping in the Las Vegas desert with her brothers, uh-oh! He is looking at the beautiful desert blooms and hears a rattle. As the five brothers start lining up to shoot the snake he gets scared and falls backward into the cactus! Ouch! It is a cute movie. Your encounter made me think of that. I am glad you are ok! I knew some church ladies from Trinidad, CO. who kept shotguns at their backdoor and spades and shovels on the outside. WHen I chuckled why do you need those three items, they said, "rattlesnakes" honey! Ah-ha! Now I know. Love visiting you my friend. Take care xo

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  13. Love, love meeting my blog buddies. Wish we all lived closer. Keeping Tom in my prayers. "Routine" surgery isn't so routine when it's done on us or someone we love.

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  14. I drives me crazy to go to a beautiful place and find that people have defiled it.
    R

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  15. I love the images! And congratulations on surviving South Mountain :)

    Also, White chocolate, caramel, macadamia nut?? YES PLEASE!

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  16. I am totally impressed with your charitable work - rattle snakes - you brave. I am so happy to be in touch again with you ladies - it's been too long. Happy summer.

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