Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas, Urgent Care, and Eight Hour Work Days


Christmas was good.  Angel and I went to Steve and Kyle’s to open presents and for breakfast (actually it was more like brunch).  Everyone liked what they got,  Ted got the Invis-i-shield (or whatever it is called) for my I Pad  and I got him some shirts and sweaters,  We don’t go all out with Christmas presents, although Santa does visit and leaves something.   The dog dances in circles and sings “Dancing Around The Christmas Tree”  It’s funny the way Angel just gives it strange looks.


The bottle of Merlot is a wine that Steve had made and put his own label on it. 

                   Below is Angel showing off her new sweater.

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Angel and I went home and I was able to make a few calls to family and friends,  I changed clothes and went back for dinner.  Ted cooked again, a prime rib roast with mashed potatoes and gravy,  very good, other side dishes too, all was good as usual. Later we had desert and coffee.  All in all it was an enjoyable Christmas Day for everyone.



Sunday morning Ted took me out to Mimi’s for breakfast.  One the way to church we made a detour to Urgent Care.  Friday night I had trouble with my contacts.  Only part of one came out, and evidently I must have scratched my cornea.  It started bothering me on Christmas Day and just got worse.  By the morning there was a lot of pain and any bright light made it worse, so off to Urgent Care we went.  It ended up as an eye infection between the cornea and the iris, so now I have to use eye drops and can’t wear any contacts until my eye is healed.  I have an appointment with an ophthalmologist tomorrow after work.  At least it has begun to feel better.


This week at work it’s a bit better because I am working an 8 hour shift for just this week and will go back to 4 / 10’s next week.  Today just flew by, hopefully the rest of the week will too.


Enough rambling for now.   I hope that all of you had a wonderful Christmas / Holiday. and that the New Year will bring you all that you wish for.

Thanks for visiting

Susan and Angel           

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas to All


I want to wish all out there in blogland a very Merry Christmas and hope that you all have a safe and Blessed New Year.  I hope that I will be out there on the road this coming year, experiencing this great land of ours and visiting friends and family where ever they may be. 

Where has this year gone?  Here it is Christmas Already.  It is still just Angel and me, although Ted will be here for the weekend.  He will  finish work  in San Francisco and be here in a couple of hours.  Hopefully he will have good traffic on his way here. 



Earlier today I went to the eye doctors to pick up my new computer glasses.  I paid only $20.00 for them.  Fortunately the rest was covered by my insurance.


The only other thing that I did today was to do some last minute grocery shopping.  I make my own trail mix including what I want instead of the stuff that I don't care for.  I usually keep some in my purse as a snack rather than stopping for fast food.  I consists of seeds, mixed nuts, different dried fruits and some really dark semi sweet chocolate chips.  I also take some to work.  there's enough of a variety that I can mix and match the different flavors, (just a couple of pieces goes a long way).  This time I cut back on the dried fruit ( high in sugar) and added more seeds ( less calories).


This evening we will be going to a candlelight service at Church. There are two services, seven and ten.  I will be singing in the choir at the one at ten.  We may go out for dinner between services.  Tomorrow we will go over to Steve and Kyle's for Christmas and exchange gifts there.




Ted made it safely home and had enough time to help me get access to the web camera before we left for church. 

This year at the 7:00 (family service) we had a “Birthday Party”.  All the children were given a “Treasure” chest. As Pastor related the Christmas Story, each child was given an item to put in their chest as a reminder of each part of the story, a feather for the angel Gabriel, a block of wood for Joseph, straw for the manger, wool for the shepherds and bit of myrrh oil for the three wise men.  It was a nice change from the traditional acting out of the story by the children.

We did go out between services for dinner and had a wonderful meal.  We all ordered some thing different and shared.  It would have been better if we could have spent more time, but Pastor Steve and I had to be back to church.  I also had to pick up Samantha and Gilbert. My favorite is the traditional Liturgical Communion Candlelight Service with all the carols.   Even after I am in an RV I will continue to celebrate the birth of our Lord with family and friends either here or where ever they are.

I got home before midnight, so Angel and I made it to bed so that Santa could make his delivery.  We haven’t opened presents yet, they are all packed up and ready to take to Steve and Kyle’s where we will have breakfast and open them.   I will close for now and post this.   I’m getting hungry,  Bye for now.  MERRY CHRISTMAS  to all.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

I'm Ready and a Recap


Christmas is almost here and I'm ready.  The decorating is done (what little bit there is), the laundry and most of the shopping is caught up, and now it's just waiting for Ted to get back.  Hopefully I won't float away by the time Santa makes his way to Sacramento.  It is raining here (about around one inch an hour).  The rivers are flowing fast and are up two or three feet.  With all this rain they have released water from the dams and have closed some of the hiking/biking trails near the Sacramento River as well as some roads because of flooding.  They are predicting several FEET of snow in the Sierras.  The rain will continue at least through Christmas.  Great for  skiers!

Yes,  we still put up stockings, there is one more for him to fill this year.  Angel is going to like what she will get (I had to tell him for her).   I already have gotten her a stocking but forgot to get Ted's stocking out of storage, so in between the raindrops I will have to find it before Friday. 

Recap on last week, just the normal busy first part of the week, then on Thursday we had our end of the year lunch.  This year it was catered by Chili's, quesadillas, fajitas, fixings for fajitas (beef and chicken) chicken salad and two kinds of cookies.  It was all good, but I took most of mind home and finally finished it yesterday.  Later that evening it was our last practice for choir for Christmas Eve.  Friday night I again met with most everyone from last Friday to support our Pastor Steve (the Lounge Singer).  He played from 7-10 pm. 

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That's Karen in the foreground                and                  Barbara and Bill,

check out last weeks post for the pictures of the rest of us.  A few left early, but five of us closed it down at 10 pm.  That's really late for me, I'm usually in bed by 7:30 or 8:00 pm.  We all enjoy listening to Steve.  He sang popular songs and love songs interspersed with Christmas songs.  Since we were on the patio, the vendors at the other end of the building and others waiting to be seated in or coming out of the Old Spaghetti Factory were able to enjoy his sing too.  Saturday was mostly staying home with a short trip to return a rolling tote to Sam's Club.  Today Sunday, I went to church.  Since the choir was also sing today, I picked up Samantha and Gilbert (her seeing eye dog).  She just amazes me that she memorizes all of our songs.  Later this afternoon, I will be going to a surprise birthday party for another friend from church, Carol.  It is her 50th.  It's a big thing for her because she is a Breast cancer patient.  Please keep her in your prayers.


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They call me the tree lady at work, so far over 60 trees plus the ones I've made for others.

That's it for this week.  Next week is another short three day work week. YEA!  I'll be off on the 23rd, 24th, 25th and the 26th.  I hope that you all have a wonderful holiday, celebrating the birth of Lord with your friends and families.  Stay safe, dry and warm.

The best to you all from Susan and Angel.  Thanks for visiting.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Singing, Doctor's Visit, Nails, Wine and a Plan


Here it is Saturday night.  Last week went buy fast. another three work days.  I took Monday off, and by Thursday I was ready to be off work again just to have time to do the things that I want to do. 

Thursday was another choir rehearsal, this time for the  Christmas Eve service.  (I almost forgot and went to bed.)  Fortunately Samantha called to remind me, so I went to pick up her and her dog, Gilbert.  I wasn't feeling well but went anyway. (nothing serious, I just ate too much earlier)  It usually gets better in a couple of hours.

Friday morning I had a doctor's appointment to check out my shoulder.  I have issues with my rotator cuff and arthritis too in that shoulder.  The only way to correct it is to do a replacement,  I knew that before, but when I retire I want to be physically able to do whatever it is that I will need to do.  I wanted check out the latest status just in case I would need the surgery while I am still working.  The good news is that the doctor doesn't see surgery in the near future at all.  I am still able to do most everything that I will need to do with enough movement and strength.  He gave me a couple of elastic bands for exercising the shoulder. 


   On the way home I stopped to get my nails done and added the decal and stripes later.

Later I met with some friends from church to go to the Nimbus Winery to listen to Pastor Steve on the keyboard.  Surprise!  He got the date wrong, it's next Friday.  That's alright though, we stayed anyway and had a good time visiting.

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Charlie, Marion, Helen, Barbara and Ellen                     Stacey joined us later

We were out on the patio.  It is a nice place.  It is a wine bar and they serve only drinks and appetizers, but not a full menu, although there is a sign inviting you to get take out from any of the restaurants and come there to enjoy a glass of wine.  Most of us will try to go next Friday when Steve will be playing.

                             Angel's dressed and ready to go shopping.


Today I slept in and then Angel and I took a ride and did a bit of shopping.  I found a large silk Poinsettia to add to the top of the Christmas tree and some plastic snowflakes for work.


When I got home, I finally emptied out the closet in my bedroom.  I decided that anything that I will put in an RV, will go in my bedroom.  I will determine how much of my business equipment I will be able to take with me,  When Mellissa and the kids move in, I will want the printers and computer in my bedroom,  I will have everything out where I can sort it all out and start purging.   At least it sounds like a plan.     Now to see if the plan will work.                            

Time to go to bed, so thanks for visiting

Susan and Angel

Monday, December 6, 2010

Concert with Friends


After church yesterday, I went over to Target to spend the gift card that I got from work last Thursday.  The only thing that I usually get there is box of mini protein bars.  I also found another commuter cup.  This one is stainless steel and made by Aladdin.  So far I like it.  I came home to let Angel out of her crate.  After letting her outside to do what she needed to do, she came in and of course was happy to see me.  I had something for lunch and sat in my recliner to watch a bit of TV.  I actually got a nap.  I would be going to a concert later.

I met with a few others at church to carpool to a Christmas Charity Concert. 


                      Left to Right;  Trudy, Marian, Angel and Barbara.

The Valley Choral Society performed "Joyful Sounds of Christmas".  There were selections form Handel's Messiah and various Christmas Carols. 


We all enjoyed the performance, even Angel stayed awake for the whole program and the ride home.  It was after ten o'clock when I got home.  I let my Angel out and then it was off to bed.

This morning I took the day off from work.  It had stopped raining, and I got out in the yard to do a bit of fall cleanup.  The Morning Glory ( in an earlier Post) has been effected by the freezing temps, so I trimmed all the dead leaves and vines off the fence and trellis.  The trash can is full so the rest will have to wait.   The rest of the day we spent  going to the bank, gave my van a drink and did a bit of shopping.


That's it for today.  Good Night to all.

Thanks for visiting

Susan and Angel 

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Another Day in the Neighborhood


I never did get out of the jammies yesterday. Just caught up on what's going on  in blogland.  I made some banana and oatmeal muffins for a potluck today, but burned them.   I decided to just go to bed instead of doing something else.

This morning I slept in and when I finally got up I decided to get ready and go to Costco to get something to take to the potluck.  Linda (the art teacher I've mentioned before) had a Christmas Potluck and Ornament Exchange at her home for all her students.

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                                                  Lots of great food

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                                               Ornament Exchange

Everyone had a great time, enjoyed each other's company and as usual we all ate too much.


When I got home I let Angel out then watched a Christmas movie and took a nap.

That was it for today.

Thanks for visiting

Susan and Angel

Friday, December 3, 2010

Christmas Decorating and World Class


Today's post is to just catch everyone who's interested up on what we've been doing.  It was an uneventful weekend, so it was a good time to bring out the Christmas decorations.  Last year when I put everything away, I packed on container with the decorations that I will take with me once I am RVing.  If it doesn't fit it doesn't make the cut.  That is all that I am putting up this year.  The rest stays in the shed for my daughter if she wants them.

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I pack up everything in the boxes on the right and then pack them in the big container. The ornaments over the windows are the ones for my son when he's ready to take them.  The tree has fiber optics and only red and gold poinsettias,

It was a typical work week up until Wednesday.  There was more time in between calls because they had to keep the staffing up.  The company had luncheons to celebrate our customer service World Class Status.  We were all given gift cards in addition to award certificates.  Out of all of our customer service reps, over 90% are certified as World Class.  There were three seating's, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to accommodate everyone.  I went to the one yesterday.  It was a Brunch Buffet and the food was decent.  There were a couple of egg dishes, several choices of meats, vegetables,bagels and coffeecakes.


           I don't eat much since surgery, but what I had was good.


                    These two tables are the people on my team.

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   We even had entertainment.    We actually do have some fun occasionally.

It was nice to have an hour or so off the phones.  It can get really hectic and intense sometimes, but that's part of the job.

Today, I'm doing laundry and decided to change my header.  Sunset over Rancho Cordova ,CA, is the picture that I took out of my car window on my way home from work a couple of days ago.  It was too pretty to pass up.  The rest of the day will bring what it brings.

Take care and enjoy the weekend.

Thanks for visiting

Susan and Angel