Happy Sunday

Happy Sunday!

So what’s everybody up to this weekend?

Around here, the weather can’t seem to make up its mind…two days ago, it was snowing, & now it’s supposed to be nice again for a while.  I’ve basically got three different pairs of pajamas going all at the same time: a shortie set, a long sleeve/long pants set, & a warm-&-wooly fleece set.  To be scampered out of or into as the temperature demands. :brr

This week, I AM HAPPY that I got a good report from the surgeon at my 6-week post-op check-up.  Wasn’t expecting the full internal exam, since at the 2-week visit, he just looked at the incision & poked around a bit outside :turkey , but he said I “look much better than last time” & everything seems to be in the right place.  Whew.  Good to know; I was worried some of my internal organs had gotten mad & moved to a different zip code.

When I complained about how tender & sore my abdomen still is (as opposed to the incision, which I expected to take forever to heal, but barely realize it there anymore), he explained that even though the cut on the outside is only about four inchest wide, inside they’re three times that length, going alllllllll the way across.  Well, EEP!  I’m not sure I need to know that! :turkey   It does explain a few things, though.  He told me they’re going to take a lot longer to start feeling better, that the sutures he used can take three-to-six months to dissolve.  So he told me to keep up with the pain meds, as needed.

When I complained about how fuzzy my brain is & how distracted/forgetful I’ve been, he laughed at me.  Laughed!  Obviously he’s never suffered a case of post-surgical, anesthetic- & pain killer-induced CRS (Can’t Remember Shit). :houhoh He promised that, too, would pass.  His nurse agreed, but we shall see.  He also reminded me that this was major surgery & it’s quite stressful on the body, so just to take it easy & not to so much worry about getting back to “normal” right away.  Oh, sure; that sounds good in theory.  I just do not remember passing so many Brain Farts after any of my other surgeries or procedures, so this is new.  I just pray it isn’t permanent or I am in big trouble! :cat

I AM HAPPY that after my follow-up appointment, I found a bunch of brand new cat scratchers at Ollie’s for half the price of Wal-Mart.  Well, it was two-for-the-same-cost-as-Wal-Mart, so I figure that works out to being half-price. :skate   The Kittehs were so happy when I brought them home, too…some of the old ones were looking pretty raggedy.

I AM HAPPY that I also picked up a new Canon printer on clearance for only $29.  My other one had been working just fine, then one day something happened with the rollers & it decided it didn’t want to accept paper anymore.  I think it would have still printed, if only the paper would have gone through, but you know how these things go.  Companies use all plastic & make them like crap these days, which drives me bonkers.  The other thing that drives me bonkers…?  That they practically give you a printer (I mean, $29 for a 3-in-1—really?!), but then charge an arm & a let for half an ounce of ink.  Uh-huh.  Do they think we’re stupid?  It’s like having someone give you a brand new car…then tell you afterward that it’s going to cost you a million dollars every time you fill up the gas tank.

BUT…I really like this printer.  Even after comparing it to others & checking out the price of ink cartridges ahead of time, I still decided to go for it & it ended up working great.  Sure, it takes about five minutes to warm up, even if you just printed something…& it sounds like a load of coal rolling down a shute…but I like it! :reindeer2

And finally, I AM HAPPY that we’ve finally got new emoticons to play with  :gobble    :booby   AND… that the website & blog headers have been updated for the holidays.  Check them out, if you haven’t already: HeidiBetts.com & HeidiBetts.com/WIPSandChains  Notice the wreaths & the Santa hats & the winter landscape & the fluffy sweater?

Too cute—I love them! :icecube

So what great & wonderful things are going on in your life this week?  Be sure to share what you’re grateful for & happy about so we can cheer with you! :tsspp

Now to announce the winner of our first Free Book Friday holiday read, A Stockingful of Joy…

:gift Leah!!! :gift

Congratulations, Leah! :cheers Please contact me with your full name (if necessary) & mailing information, & I’ll get your book out to you as soon as I can!


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  1. Mary Kirkland says:

    Sounds like things are healing up for you. The doctors always tell you to give it time because they never know who is going to heal quickly and who isn’t. It takes as long as it takes as my mom used to say. The fact that you can string two sentences together and they make sense..is a big plus…LOL Pain pills are notorious for making the brain stop working. Whenever I have pain medicine I feel like wearing a sign that says, “I cannot brain today, I has the dumb.” LOL

    I am happy that this past week I entered so many blog giveaways and won a few books. I cannot wait until they get here. yippee!

    I am happy that the winds we had the other day didn’t blow that old dry pine tree over onto the roof of my apartment. We had 50mph winds and that big a$$ tree right in front of my window looked like it was going to land in my living room.

    I am really happy that the other day when I accidentally kicked the bookcase while getting into bed…I didn’t break a toe…lol My book cases seem to have taken over my bedroom and I barley have enough room to walk let alone flip my feet up onto my bed…good grief.

    • Heidi says:

      I *love* that! LOL Definitely going to use it on my more Space Cadety days. :houhoh

      I’m w/ you on the books/bookcases taking over the house. I actually have mine in boxes, but it’s the same toe-stubbing concept. LOL And now you’ve got more on the way! :cat

  2. Laura J. says:

    I’m with Mary. Everyone is different and as you start getting off the pain meds, things are going to clear up. Enjoy the brain farts while you can!! It’s always good to have something to blame my “moments” on.

    I’m happy that my Christmas present is here and my husband didn’t make me wait until Christmas to play with it. Like he really had much of a choice. Well he did, sorta….give me my present now or be subjected to bodily harm. I think he made a good choice.

    I’m happy I passed my Docent test!!!! 16 weeks of classes and now they are setting me free to teach the masses! Can’t wait to help people understand we need to protect this planet and everything on it! (Yeah, even the yucky hissing cock roaches, the millipede and the Argentine Horned Frog. Gross, but still important to their ecosystems)

    I’m happy my oldest will be home soon. Dead week at school meaning no more no material can be taught and then finals!!

    I’m not looking forward though to having to talk to B’girl when she gets home from a friends house later today. Looks like we are going to be saying goodbye to one of our rat babies. It hasn’t happened yet, but I’m already pretty upset about it myself.

    • Heidi says:

      I am so excited about your job at the zoo. I want to see lots of pics with you & B-girl with all kinds of great animals, okay? And make sure they’re treating them right! :pumpkin

      I haz a sad about your rat baby, tho. What’s wrong? I know they sometimes don’t live very long, but hate to hear when they’re sick. Is it something you can take it to the vet for? :reindeer

      • Laura J. says:

        She’s just getting old. She’s still with us today and she’s done this before…thought it was the end and then…psych! She’s okay. I know it’s coming. It’s tough because she is our cuddle-er/mamma type rattie.

  3. Cindy Rushford says:

    Well Heidi I am happy for you that you got a good report and that you are healing well. I am happy that I have good books to read and distract me from the sadness that I have had all week . I am glad to have my wonderful Kenobi’s ashes back home . (I miss him so much) . I am glad to have wonderful friends like you to distract my mind from my loss. I am thankful to have a wonderful life’s partner to share the loss with me . He is a wonderful, sensitive , caring and loving man. I am thankful to still have one little dog and our kitty still with me. peace and love and Merry Christmas to you my friend. Thank you for being here . Keep healing .I will keep praying for that and for you to be well and strong again and for your mind to clear from the fuzzies of medications. Hugs Heidi. :candycane :cat :tree

    • Heidi says:

      Cindy~ My heart still goes out to you. I know what you’re going thru & how long it takes just to be able to get thru a day w/o breaking down. Books have saved my grief-stricken life multiple times in the past, & I’m glad to hear they’re helping you now.

      And don’t feel badly about mourning as long as you need to. Don’t feel weird about continuing to talk to Kenobi & let him know how much you miss him. For me, I always try to think that they’re still with me. They aren’t *here* where I can see them & touch them, but they’re just beyond that veil between worlds & can still hear me, still know how much I love them. It doesn’t stop, it just changes a little. :reindeer

      • Cindy Rushford says:

        Bless you Heidi and I do still talk to him and tell him I love him and still say come on Old fella time for bed or good morning sweetie Mom loves u but time to get up. I know anyone listening to me would think I am nuts but like you I believe they are here just in a different relmn that I will see them soon .
        Thanks for your comforting words . I KNOW you understand. Hugs.

        • Mary Kirkland says:

          So sorry to hear about your loss. That’s one of the hardest things to go though.

          • Cindy Rushford says:

            thank you Mary I do appreciate that. I will heal just takes time and my heart is sore. It is one of the things we have to have to go with the wonders and the love our pets have for us…………the sorrows.
            Merry Christmas to you and yours.
            sincerely ,
            Cindy :hohoho :cat

  4. Cathy Ward says:

    Glad you are getting better. Abdominal surgery does take a good while to get over completely.

    This week I’m thankful for my big sister. Just found out I need rotator cuff surgery. She’s offered to let me and the 85 lb. dog move in with her after surgery until I can drive again. Plus, she’s a retired nurse so I know I’ll get good care.


    • Heidi says:

      Thanks, Cathy! I do think it was a bit more traumatizing than I expected. In the beginning, sure—I expected to feel like I’d been hit by a snow plow. LOL But the lingering stuff came as a bit of a surprise. :cat

      Ouch on your own upcoming surgery. I’ve heard rotator cuff injuries HURT—ow, ow, ow. Will be thinking about you & hoping *you* recover quickly! Let us know when all of that is taking place, okay? :candycane

  5. Leah says:


    Leah :candycane

  6. Cindy Rushford says:

    :candycane :candycane Congrats to Leah I am happy for you. Enjoy the book 🙂 Merry Christmas . :cat :cat

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