Tuesday, August 18, 2015

All good things...

Why is it that all good things must come to an end??

I've just awoken after a long, long, long sleep.  In the wee hours of the morning, I ferried Becky to the airport, came back home, crawled into bed, and wept myself to sleep.  This was the bestest visit ever and I am sad that it is over.

According to my FitBit, on average, I walked just over 1,500 steps more each day when Becky was here, as opposed to when I am alone.  So, even though I thought I was letting her do lots and lots and lots of things for me, I was still working hard to do things for her.  I wanted this to be a true vacation for Becky.  So, needless to say, I am quite tired.

But my dishes are done.
My house is straight.
The beds are all ready for the large amount of visitors coming in December.
My puppy dog has his own weighted blanket.
And he has a collection of resting pads for every location he might be awaiting me.
All the beds are made (including the new sheets on the beds in the solarium).
I learned to fold a fitted sheet (and have a video tutorial for when I forget).
My laundry is done.
My errands are done.
My groceries are put away.
And my refrigerator is full of milk.

All "good things" added to my pile by Becky!

It really is amazing just how much sewing Becky whipped through in such a short period of time.  Here is Amos' weighted blanket being created.

Becky also finished the edges of a flannel blanket I had cut to help keep me warm in the winter when sitting on the back porch awaiting Amos to tend to his business.

Here is my Fluffernutter underneath his weighted blanket.  Isn't he just adorable!

Here are the beds in the solarium made up with the new bedding, a simple sage coverlet and the botanical sheets that were on clearance.

Amos was grateful when I put one of his now beloved resting pads up on his most favorite of all the beds in the house (at least the ones he can get on since he is forbidden the one with the white coverlet...dirty puppy dog paws and all).  He didn't want to leave the room when I finished taking the photo.  How my Fluffernutter loves being in the solarium!

I had received an Amazon Fire TV Stick, but never installed it because that would have been just another learning curve to frustrate me.  Becky did so for me, and she taught me how to use the remote.  Most importantly, she set up the PIN on it so that when my young guests come in December, there will be no accidental purchasing of paid content on my Amazon account.

I was rather thankful to learn that the Integrative Medicine specialist' office could return the curcumin to the manufacturer and get me a refund.  Of course, that meant driving over to the hospital on the other side of the city and dropping off the bottle.  And, well, the refund will not be a credit on my card but a check that will come ... eventually.

Anyway, much of yesterday was spent tending to errands.  One of those errands was to get new unmentionables for me and to see if I could find a step-stool to more safely reach the upper shelves in my cabinets.  Not only did Becky remember that I needed one, but she found a perfect, light-weight, easily closable, fairly economical option for me!

We also got the weighted pellets for Amos' blanket. And, much to my delight, we went to COSTCO (she has a membership) and had the cheese pizza there.  Oh!  My!  How I missed that deliciousness!  Sublime tastiness!

Isn't Becky beautiful???  [Notice that I rather carefully and deliberately obscured just how many slices of the pizza I got when framing this photograph!]

At COSTCO, Becky let me look at televisions so that I could have an idea of my options when my picture finally goes out.  I would like to get another Samsung.  We also found some extremely economical wool socks for my blue feet, some fruit, and pillows!  Sleeping is so hard and I have been in need of pillows for ever so long.  I spotted some that looked like they would work and they do!  On my side, the pillows are utterly comfortable.  They are the tiniest bit high when I am lying on my back, but they should smoooosh down some eventually. I was so pleased to find them, especially since they were only $18.99 for two of them.  I have some old, old, old pillows on the beds in my spare bedroom.  It would be nice, later, to get more pillows.

We fetched a prescription, the afore-mentioned milk, and lots and lots and lots of Ginger Ale, which I found on sale.  Have I mentioned lately how much I love the Target Cartwheel app???  I saved over $25 yesterday.

I was felled somewhat whilst we were out.  Things pressing on my vagus nerve and needing to tend to my own major business.  So, I wilted somewhat, moaned a bit, and wished for the sun to go supernova.  Becky was such a trooper and helped me get through the illness of plummeting blood pressure.  She actually did that quite a bit during her visit, which helped me to feel less like a useless waste of space on the planet who is good-for-nothing and more like just a friend who is ill.

Once we were back home (and Becky had carried in and put away all the purchases) the rest of the day flew by.  I tried not to be maudlin about her impending departure.  We ate queso and watched bad sci-fi movies and played a few more games.  It was a long day and a tiring day and a sad day (for me), but it was a good day, the last of a really, really, really good visit.

I think I forgot to mention that we had the lentils and sausage a second time.  The sausage was even more tender and delicious having been "stewed" longer whilst in the freezer.  Mmmmmm!  I made naan for us, but did not cook it all the way.  Poor Becky!  What a suffering saint she is in gobbling down my sometimes poorly executed cooking with great alacrity and generosity of spirit!!

Yes, I am in my pink nightgown.
Yes, I wore it to drop Becky off at the airport.
Yes, I plan on being a bump on a log for days on end now.

When I finally dragged myself out of bed late this afternoon, Amos went immediately to the doorway of where Becky stayed and whimpered.  I joined him.  Silly Myrtle, you need to do a better job of remembering the time together rather than dwelling on the departure!

I consoled myself by finishing off the last of the queso.
Amos helped me.
We are both beneath our weighted blankets now....

...wishing that all good things didn't have to come to an end.

1 comment:

gbkulp said...

You can also see my Phillies attire! We won't mention how they are doing in the standings. It's too painful.