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Sobering Day

January 25th, 2014 at 05:26 pm

Well, it's been a sobering day. My knee has taken a back seat -- my brother-in-law is in the hospital and may have to do some long-term rehab (physical, not drug-related), and a friend has learned that radiation is not shrinking her brain tumor.

This morning, while at the grocery, an ambulance came and took away an elderly man on a stretcher.

Reminders all round that pain and suffering are all around, and a little knee pain isn't much to complain about.

I managed to do two loads of laundry this morning, and then bought my groceries. $3 for the laundry, and $52 for the groceries.

Yesterday I spent $30 on gas and $3 for a chicken sandwich on the way home. (It was a long drive -- Fridays are always the worst.)

I took a duffle bag with wheels to the grocery to sub as a utility cart. It was okay -- better than trying to carry the bags -- but it was heavy and not so easy to wheel up the steps. However, I bought 21 items, twice as many as usual, and I think it will work pretty well for smaller loads.

One of the things I bought at the grocery was a long-handled scrub brush to clean the bathtub, since I can't get on my knees to scrub it. I'm really learning how to adapt!

We are supposed to have another deep freeze, perhaps even worse than the one before, on Monday and Tuesday. I am already planning to work from home. I hope my boss will agree.

This has been a rugged winter -- I can't remember anything like this since the 70's. I am just very thankful I don't have to do any shoveling, and I know I will be really appreciative when spring arrives!

5 Responses to “Sobering Day”

  1. laura (momcents) Says:


    Yes, there are those times when it is very sobering to see the suffering around us. A reminder that we should appreciate the easier times all the more.

    We are planning on no school Monday (to be announced tomorrow) and not sure on Tuesday.

    Stay warm and hope the knee feels better.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    It really has been an awful winter...too cold for too long! I'm sure my kids will not have school Monday, but it has not been called yet.

    The more rest you have at home the better your knee will be.

  3. snafu Says:

    Im a Saver [Julie] has recently reported a mild heat attack & stroke, we never know what challenge is next. I hope you can work at home giving your knee healing time and saving you driving in horrid conditions. Hauling laundry can't be easy. Holidays in February?

  4. PauletteGoddard Says:

    Do you have some ground ginger and mustard powder to put into a hot bath? I was able to walk normally and relatively without pain during hospitalization after a muscle-kissing spice bath. Were you in MA during the 1970s blizzard?

  5. CB in the City Says:

    Wish I could take a bath, but my tub is too narrow! Really just works as a shower.

    I was in northern Indiana in 1978 and 1979, when we had terrible winters. I remember them well because those are the years when my sons were born!

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