Has It Really Been Three Weeks?

I knew it had been a while since I wrote a post, but I didn’t realize it has been three weeks! My life seems to be going in fast forward in some areas and slow motion in others. Is it just me or do weekends seem to fly by twice as fast as weekends?

I had a very enjoyable 4th of July with my family. On the 3rd my kids and I went to the park to watch a fireworks display. It was nothing short of amazing! On the 4th my daughter and I went to watch the city’s annual parade. Since she is moving soon, she wanted to make sure she didn’t miss it. After the parade we rested in the afternoon. I BBQ’d ribs, corn and burgers for our dinner. Once it got dark, we shot off the fireworks I had bought. I also went out and shot my handguns. I figure it is the only day of the year I can get away with it. I think the 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays.

I went back to work on the 8th of the month. The first week was a little difficult sitting for so long, but I think my body decided it was finally time to heal. It has been hard getting up for work, but I love being back in the office. I missed my co-workers so much. My first week back it was time for my yearly evaluation. Luckily it went well and I am back in the groove of things. I think my dogs are having a hard time adjusting to me being back at work. They are so excited when I finally come home. I have to go check on my mom everyday after work to make sure she is taking her medications and doing ok. This causes me to get home later, but I would have it no other way. She took care of me when I was young and now it is my turn to take care of her now that she is getting old.

July 12th was our first camping trip. I cannot describe how amazing it was. Having my own camper made it so much fun. My daughter and the dogs came with me and we had a great time. The dogs were leery of the camper at first, but they soon made themselves at home. We went to the European market on Saturday and bought tons of food. We ended up with a dozen cookies, 6 cupcakes, 6 pretzels, cheese popcorn, blackberry jam, dog treats, Italian ice and of course lemonade. I can’t wait to go again next month. We kept the weekend restful and just enjoyed being outdoors at the campground. The weather was perfect not too hot and not too cold. The camper has almost all of the amenities of home. I think we loved the toilet and the air conditioning the best. I have already bought a huge tower fan for the camper for next time. I am still learning what I need as I go but it is sure a fun adventure.

This weekend is a very special time of year for us. (And not just because my birthday is next week! LOL) Friday the 26th starts our annual Pierogi Fest. The city closes down main street and has a big party. On Friday there is a super crazy and funny parade at 7pm. There are over 70 food vendors at this event. FYI Taste of Chicago has only half as many. There will also be over 30 arts and craft vendors. There are so many foods I am looking forward to like steak sandwiches, potato pancakes, bacon wrapped cheddar hot dogs, elephant ears, alligator, lemonade shakeups and of course pierogi. It is a time when people come back to town and you get to see so many long-lost friends. This might be my kids last year for the festival since they are moving. I want to make sure they have a great time and eat like pigs.

Well this is an update of what is going on with me. I will try not to wait so long to post again. My kids are moving out for good on August 9th. We have so much packing to do. I will try to write again and let everyone know how the festival went. I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. Mine is OK only it would be better if I had some one to share it with. Maybe someday….

Finally…I had a great day!

I thought it was time to share some good news in my life for a change. I have to tell you about my Thursday. The day started out for me with an appointment to my foot doctor. This went very well. I was able to get my stitches out. It hurt like hell, but I am so glad to be able to get my foot wet and wear my own shoes! I was also told I could drive short distances. Considering I have been confined to the house for the last three weeks, this news was a blessing. I will never take my mobility for granted ever again.

After the doctor, I went to work. I have only been going in once a week per doctor’s orders. It was nice to get out and be around people. I was able to clear up all the problems that were waiting for me. It felt good to clean up my paperwork. The doctor said I can go back to work in two weeks. It looks like I will be at work for eight days before my next surgery. I am so grateful to my company for supporting me in working from home.

I also made an exciting purchase yesterday. I am now the proud owner of a 2000 Palomino Mustang pop up camper. My sister-in-law heard about it through a friend. She knew I was looking for a camper with a very limited budget. When she heard it was for sale for only $500 she thought of me right away. My sister-in-law is the one who got me started in camping. She knows her trailers so much better than I do. Especially with my recent foot surgery, I asked my sister-in-law to take a look at it for me and give me her opinion. She went to look at it yesterday and called me to say it is worth way more than the $500 they are asking. The only problem was that they wanted her to take it right now. I told her to bring it to my mom’s garage where I will be keeping it and I would give her the money. My mom has a two and a half car garage and the camper pretty much fills it up. It is 14 feet long! Listen to all the camper has to offer! It is air-conditioned, sleeps 8 with a king size bed, queen size bed and two couches that make into beds. It has a refrigerator, three burner inside/outside stove-top, sink, two dinettes one of them U-shaped, a large outside storage box, plenty of counter and cabinet space. It also has a cabinet that stores a portable toilet! I cannot tell you how anxious we are for our first camping date in July. I have to get a tow package installed on my Lexus but that is a small price to pay.  We are so looking forward to camping at the Indiana Dunes with the two dogs. It will truly be a family affair.

I am writing this from a hotel room in Vincennes, Indiana. I cam to town to watch my beautiful daughter graduate college. The four and a half hour drive was well worth it to see the look of pure love on my daughter’s face when I got to town.  She knows I hate car rides more than anything and with my foot problems it was a real fun experience. NOT! It doesn’t seem like it has been three years since I brought my daughter down here for the first time. She has worked extremely hard and will be getting dual Associate degrees in Culinary Arts/Restaurant Management. I know she wishes her dad was here to see this.  I have told her he is watching from heaven. I will be in the crowd proudly watching my now grown daughter complete another phase of her life. This has been a great couple of days. I think it is about time that I have things go right for me. Hopefully this is a sign of good things to come….

 

 

 

 

Thank God It’s Friday

This has been a week of ups and downs. Yesterday with all the rain in Chicago my basement flooded. This was made worse by the fact that I could do nothing about it because of my recent foot surgery. All of my kids wedding and shower gifts are in the basement. Luckily the majority of them are on shelves . It is hard to express the feeling of helplessness one feels when you know your possessions may be destroyed but there is nothing you can do. It is times like this that I really hate being alone.

My week was not all bad though. Today I went to the foot doctor and he said my foot is doing well. He is leaving the stitches in for another week as a precaution. I should be able to get back to work by May 15th or so. I went in to work on Wednesday thanks to the kindness of one of my co-workers. It was so nice to get out of the house.

My kids came home tonight which makes me very happy. I not only get to see them and spend time with them, for a few days I will not be alone. My daughter helped me vacuum most of the water out of the basement. I think we will have to go buy a dehumidifier to really dry it out good and prevent mold. In only eight days my daughter will be graduating college. I was looking forward to having her home at least for the summer. As luck would have it, she might have a job at Vincennes. This is a good thing except for the fact that they want her to work the summer. She has to come home to take care of me for my next surgery. After I am released she will probably be leaving. I realize she is 21 and married and needs to start her own life. It is hard to know that her leaving for good will mean once again I will be alone.

I know many people look forward to the weekend for many different reasons.  I am looking forward to this one because I get to spend it with my kids. We have a lot of stuff to do to plan for me to be alone for two weeks at home. My fridge is bare, so we will definitely be going grocery shopping. Laundry also needs to be done and the house cleaned. I will be doing some work over the weekend also.

I know I have much to be thankful for in life. I sometimes start feeling sorry for myself and I have to realize there is always someone who has it worse than me. I am grateful for my relatively good health, terrific family and of course the weekend.

I Got To Leave The House…….

I know there are many people out there who dread going to work everyday. Fortunately I am not one of them. I absolutely love my job and the people I work with. Knowing I am appreciated and cared about by both my bosses and fellow workers makes a big difference.

As most of you know, I had foot surgery last week. I now have to work at home for the next 10 weeks or so. This is working out well considering I get almost all my work emailed to me anyway. Many people would consider working at home a dream come true. I am not going to lie, I do love it. There is one very important thing that I really miss, my co-workers and interacting with people.  I live alone with my two dogs. Now don’t get me wrong the dogs are great company but they are no match for human interaction. My blog has helped me connect with people and has been a godsend. I look forward to the daily posts and talking with fellow bloggers. The true human contact and interaction is what I miss.

Well yesterday two of my co-workers went out of their way and came and picked me up for work. I cannot tell you how good it felt to get out of the house! It made it especially nice that my co-workers were genuinely happy to see me! 🙂 Just sitting at my desk in the middle of a big room full of accounting people made me feel so much better. I can’t describe how much it means to know that my company is 100% behind me in my recovery. We decided I will go into work once a week. This way we can trade paperwork and I can get out of the house! I brought a ton of paperwork home to match up and go through but that is OK because I got out of the house.

Tomorrow my sister-in-law is picking me up to go to the movies in town. I am so looking forward to seeing the movie “The Call”. My daughter is actually envious that I am going. I will never take mobility for granted since this is the fourth foot surgery for me. You really learn who your true friends are when you need help. I am grateful to all my family and friends for their prayers and well wishes.  I am actually looking forward to Wednesday when I will get to go back into work. Am I crazy?  Maybe, but hey at least I get to get out of the house!

Working From Home…

Today my boss called me and told me I will be allowed to work from home until I can be released from my surgeries. (One of which I haven’t even had yet) Many of you might think big deal.  Well it is a big deal for me.  I need to keep bringing home a paycheck and since I will not be able to drive for the near future working at home seems the only answer.

I get all my work sent to me by email. I try to make sure I am up and ready to work when everyone is coming into the office. My daughter fixed my printer while she was home this weekend. It has made working from home so much easier. Today was very busy for me as there was a large amount of steel sent out for testing and some of it needed rushing. I think I put in my normal eight hours today if not more. I did not finish my work today until 8pm. I don’t mind because I was at home and in my pajamas doing what I love.

I feel I am blessed to have a good job working for a great company.  My company understands my predicament and is willing to work with me as long as I am willing to work. I know many companies probably accommodate sick or hurt workers, but I am sure glad mine is doing it for me.  I love my job and working from home will only make me love it more.

When One Week Turns Into Six…

I have stated in previous posts that I had foot surgery this week. I thought I was going to be off work for a week. Well I just went to the first follow-up appointment and it turns out I will be off for not one but six weeks.

The doctor said although it looks like the growth removed is not cancer, I still need to give it adequate time to heal properly. He told me today that I am not allowed to drive for about six weeks. The fact that the growth was on the bottom of my driving foot plays a big part in this. My doctor would rather go the cautious route and be sure I am properly healed before getting back to my normal life.

Now I just have to explain to my boss that I will be off much longer than anticipated. I am hoping that my ability to work from home will be in my favor. This longer recovery period will mean that my two surgeries will overlap. I think this will be a good thing because when I do come back I will be back for good. I hope my bosses see it this way also. So much in life is unpredictable I have learned one has to go with the flow. You can only plan so much but in the end it is God that determines what will ultimately happen.

 

When You Love Your Work..

Cargill

Cargill (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are many people who do not enjoy going to work each day….luckily I am not one of them. I have a job that I love in the best company in the world. I work at the largest privately owned corporation in the world, Cargill Inc.  Cargill covers many industries across the globe. My job falls under the metals division. My company takes steel coils and cuts them to customer specified lengths.

My job title is quality accountant. Any high strength steel leaving one of the three facilities I control has to be certified that it meets the standards for which it is sold.  When a bridge falls or machinery fails, I am the person they would come looking for to sue. My name is on every certification and I take great pride in my work. My job can be very tedious and stressful. I have challenging deadlines to meet and accuracy is always a must. I am the only person who does my particular job. There needs to be one person who controls the testing results.

I have loved numbers and working with them for as long as I can remember. Daily I analyze data from the testing facilities to determine if the results fall within the required limits. I then enter the testing data on all tags being shipped out. Finally I certify the steel and enable it to be shipped to customers. While many people I work with consider my job boring, I love the fact that I am dealing with numbers all day. Doing something that I love makes my day go by so much faster.

I also love the fact that the people I work with are more like family than co-workers. There are eight woman in my department and we all get along beautifully. We share our personal lives with each other and have been known to spend time outside of work with each other. When my husband died two years ago, my entire department was at the funeral services from start to finish. We have gone to each others weddings and other family gatherings. Now I know many people work in offices where they are friends with their co-workers. What makes us special is the way we come together when any one of us is in need of help. When any of us is overwhelmed with work, we know there is always someone who can help lighten the load.

As many of you know, I had surgery this week. I will be off work for a week but I will be working at home. My company gives me the flexibility to work at home when needed. I am also going to be having another surgery next month and will be working at home for 6 weeks or more afterward. I love the fact that I am able to do my job and keep up with my work even from home.  What could be better than doing what you love from the privacy of your own home and getting paid for it at the same time?