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Geez, no meaty post since January!

Life has been crazy busy. I've become addicted to making graphics for message board signatures and such and life online has been a bit limited. I signed up for Facebook thinking I could keep up a bit there and it is harder to keep track of than LJ.

I've become the major internet slacker since being online involves time I'm not at work (with majorly cut hours due to the economy) and time offline has been wrapped in (finally) getting the other house pinted (no, not done yet), buying rugs, drapes, etc. This house isn't sorted and packed. My mum's house got packed, but needs to be dug out and sorted and then repacked or there will be no room for us. :-/

I had packed near everything moveable about a year ago when carpeting was ripped up and the floors cleaned and it never went back because the rooms need painted. Why do it over and over, right? With the youngest graduating in June and thus us moving then it suddenly went from "you have plenty of time" to "oh shit!!" LOL Damn.

So, the dining room is painted. The living room is almost done along with the entryway. The yoga/exercise room, just needs the trim and ceiling. Kitchen, family room, master and bath need done and the rest can wait until we move. I smell paint in my sleep! When I am over there, this house falls to shit, too. I thought it would be easier painting before we got there and in some ways it is, but other ways it is harder because you have to plan to go and get in the car, and wait for coats to dry, and with my older son living there - well, he lives like a typical 23 y/o who doesn't "have time to clean". Ugh!

My daughter told me sternly a couple of months ago that I must make myself ignore the mess or the house will never be ready. She was correct because every time I went over I would "clean first" and by the time I finished I was left with little time to actually do anything.

Some paint in place needs to be scraped and joint compound applied (wallboard) and DH said he can't do it. My son does beautiful work, but has little time (see above) so I tried my hand it on a wall. I did a very nice job. Pity. DH gave high praise which sounds all well and good, but I know the truth - that high praise means it is my job for the rest of my life! Gah!! lol

My one cat, Charity, had to be put down on Feb 13th. She became acutely ill with hyperthyroidism a couple of weeks prior and vet visits and vet hospital stays were all for naught. I thought she was rallying a week before (Penda and Doug tried to gently inform me she was not and I heard them, but my heart was breaking so I kept hope alive). She was rallying just long enough to say good-bye. So sad. I cried and was depressed for almost 2 weeks. I still feel the pang of missing her. My other cat, Ringo, spent the first month looking for her and being angry at me. I suppose since I was the one who took her away and she didn't come was the reason for that. He has only just started to act more himself the last 2 weeks.

I can't say when I'll update again because the busy is not going away for awhile, so ...sorry.

Comments

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droops
Mar. 24th, 2009 02:11 pm (UTC)
I was just looking at your posting history yesterday and wondering where you were. Glad to see you back. Now I'll go read the post. :)
pjvj
Mar. 24th, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC)
:-) I'd say glad to be back (which I am), but I can't say it will be more frequent until all this crap is done. Unless of course I learn to budget my time better. ;-)
aylwyn27
Mar. 24th, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about Charity. :(

I was just wondering the other day how you were doing. Obviously busy as hell. Hopefully things will get less hectic once you get the house painted and move. :)
pjvj
Mar. 24th, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you. It is my hope, too, that once we are actually there I can parcel my time a bit better because I do miss my folks at LJ. :-(

I tried a couple of months ago taking my laptop over there and just "checking in on breaks", but apparently I am like a 2 y/o in front of a bowl of candy and I once I start I never quit and got little done over there. lol
victrola58
Mar. 24th, 2009 02:15 pm (UTC)
You are the second person on my flist to come back after a hiatus. I do so miss you and have been thinking about you a lot lately. I am sorry to hear about your cat... I understand about the hyperthyroidism because mine went from hypo to hyper and it was fast..... I still miss my Nike. Fortunately for the other animals it seems as if their memory is not as long term as ours. They get back to the day to day stuff fairly quick..

House painting and yuck.... It will get done when it is supposed to get done. Painting and such is a pain but when it is done you sit back and go ahhhhh. I wish you that ahhh moment.

There is a country song out there now that goes "Sounds like life to me, it aint no fantasy It just a common case of everyday reality". To me it sounds as if you have been busy living your life which is as it should be.

***HUGS***
pjvj
Mar. 24th, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
{{{{{Vicky}}}}}}} I've been thinking about you, too. :-)

LOL at the song. Damn everyday reality! But yeah - life has been busy. I need to be more strict with my time so I can fit more in.
matrinka69
Mar. 24th, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
Cleaning up before you start work sounds like a definite Mom thing.

Getting busy with life is how it should be. I really wish I weren't on here right now, but it is rainy-soggy out and I can't get any work done outside today, so I'm sitting here, drinking coffee and deciding what to do with my day since I won't be cutting whips and weaving wattle walls today.
pjvj
Mar. 24th, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
Well, enjoy as much as you can the break the rain is giving you. Since I've been on here and I didn't get to finish cleaning *this* house on Sunday, I'm staying here today to finish that. Plus my grandson is here after school and dinner must be earlier than than usual so he can go with a full belly to hockey practice which starts again today (deck hockey). The youngest wants me to run him to drop off another job application after he gets home from school, soooo .... that sounds like enough excuses for today to stay here. ;-)

I hope your rain is gone tomorrow!
matrinka69
Mar. 24th, 2009 02:52 pm (UTC)
I'm not going to get much of a break. Just shift focus from outdoors to indoors work. I need to clean the bathroom and my bedroom today, finish up the laundry and also get everyone else to pitch in and tidy up the living room/dining room and possibly run the vacuum.

If I am working outdoors, I get nothing done indoors, and vice versa.

The rain is supposed to hang around for a few days, according to the forecast, so I have plenty of time to get the housework indoors caught up.
pjvj
Mar. 24th, 2009 04:08 pm (UTC)

In that case - "Here's to getting inside work done!" That is why I am finishing up here today. Then I am free for a few days to tackle more at the other house. I'm sure it will be worth it in the end, but right now I want to take a vacation until somebody else does everything and moves us. ha!
musiquephan
Mar. 24th, 2009 03:23 pm (UTC)
You didn't even tell ME about Charity.

::grumps lovingly at you::

HUGS YOU MUCHLY!!! Bless her little kitty yeart. Are you going to get Ringo another cat?
pjvj
Mar. 24th, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC)
I felt badly not telling you, but I barely mentioned it to anyone. Not friends, not workmates except I had to tell my boss because I called off the day I put her down. She went from her last hurrah the day before to suffering horribly the next morning and I called the vet - who was not a bit surprised as I'd just had her in for a checkup the day before. I wasn't seeing you at all outside of CUUPs stuff and I would have just broken down and been useless for class or meetings and then we were at the play, but with others. I wanted to tell you, but not on the phone or via email, such as my heart was pierced. I am sorry. Next time I will call and take the "hug over the air".

I don't know that I can get another cat any time soon. Charity was *my* cat. Followed me everywhere, talked to me incessantly, sat in my chair. Just the thought right now of another is hurting too much. I'm thinking another cat will find me when the time is right, or I will get a rescue yorkie, an older one when we move.
estaratshirai
Mar. 24th, 2009 04:59 pm (UTC)
Good to see you post - I miss you when you're not here.

Sorry about the kitty. :(
pjvj
Mar. 25th, 2009 12:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks about my kitty. She was a sweet one, a rescue. At least she had 3 good last years.

I miss you, too, and am so far behind on your posts I'll have to take a whole day to catch up. Yikes.
thtrelady
Mar. 24th, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
I'm so very sorry to hear about Charity. And I'm glad to hear that you are around and just busy.
pjvj
Mar. 25th, 2009 12:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Yes, busy which makes me exhausted, which makes me want only to flop into bed. I keep thinking my stamina will build with the continued busy - nothing so far! lol
pendamuse
Mar. 25th, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)
I am terribly sorry about Charity. She tried to be sociable when we visited, and I'm gad we got to see her.

It's okay to be busy because you have so much going on.

We have missed you here and on LJ, and Doug still says he's not getting a FaceSpace page because he can just leech off of mine.
pjvj
Mar. 25th, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
Charity did try to be sociable which is funny. Two days later was her last hurrah where she ate on her own and perked up when burds chirped I had renewed hope. 2 days after that she couldn't even get up to walk. She tried so hard, but lost the battle, and I couldn't let her suffer any longer.

This type of busy is annoying as hell. I'll be happy for June to be here and moved even though it will so weird to be living over there and I've discovered, so lonely also without Kevin. Being more of my other roles than I will be of "Mom" is just odd all around.

Tell Doug to suck it up and get his own!! Not that I have room to talk since mine lies dormant, but tell him anyway. :P~
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