Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Winds, Lightbulbs, And Awareness

Yesterday, everyone along the East coast were prepared to be hit by Hurricane Sandy, especially areas of New Jersey and New York, which ended up being a couple of the worst hit places. Phriends from around the country started asking me how I was making out as early as yesterday morning, when nothing was happening. To be honest, I was expecting some big winds and nasty weather, but it wasn't going to be anything like those living right near the coast. We did have lots of rain here, and the winds were high, but we've had gustier winds than what was whipping up last night. The pictures from the storm have been jaw-dropping, and some of them just sad. Flooding in so many areas, tons of cars damaged, and buildings. Millions of people are without power. There have been some deaths, as well. There are a few phriends I haven't heard from since last night, so I'm praying they are safe and ok!!

Last night, I was frustrated with my indoor antenna because the reception wasn't too great. I kept moving everything around, and then googled some tips on how to make reception better. Of course, many articles were saying an outdoor antenna was a better option. So, as I sat there trying to watch The Voice, I had a "lightbulb moment." In my living room, there are two cables located on two different walls. The one cable I had used when I had actual cable, and then changed to the Dish. The other cable has just been sitting there. It occurred to me that I must have an antenna on the roof!!

Umm, HELLO??????  I've only lived here, what, almost 14 YEARS???? LOL

Sooooo, after The Voice was over, I shut everything off. I unhooked the indoor antenna, and hooked up the mystery cable. I turned the tv back on, and let it scan for channels. VOILA! I had 21!! I truly did have an antenna on the roof!!

I will be returning the indoor antenna as soon as I can, and just tell them what a dork I am that I didn't realize I had one outside the house. lol

And in final news, PH Awareness month is two days away!! November 1st, I will start using Facebook and my blog as an awareness tool to promote awareness of this crappy disease! I hope to also write regular posts in between, so sometimes I might have a couple posts in one day. I will also be putting my display board up at two hospitals, so I guess I actually need to MAKE it!! I have much of the supplies I want to use, so it shouldn't be too hard! I'll be posting pictures of it as soon as I'm done! I'm excited to be spreading the word about PH in so many different ways!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Halloween Pics!

This post is to mainly see if the Blogger app can actually post more than one picture, which I see can! Thank you to the person who suggested using it!!

This post also is to show off the lovely artwork created by myself and my niece and nephew on Saturday night when I babysat! They are 7 and 5 years old respectively, and pretty artistic! I was told by both of them that my picture would warrant me having my own art studio. Gotta love kids and their wild imaginations! LOL

Can you guess which one is mine?? :)

What A Crock!

Several years ago, I used some points from a survey site I joined to get my first ever crock pot. It was a large crock pot, and my first meal from it was lasagna. I didn't know you could make lasagna in the crock pot!! Anyway, I used it several more times, but the size of it kept me from using it more often. I mean, I'm only one person trying to eat a ton of leftovers, and not everything freezes well!

So a couple years ago, Mandy's crock pot bit the bullet. Since it was near my birthday, I offered to give her mine if she'd buy me a 4qt crock pot. She agreed! The smaller size has been perfect for me!

This is the time of year when I love using the crock pot the most. Soups are the best, but so are stews. And although I usually despise dealing with bones and skin on a chicken (which is why I only buy boneless skinless chicken breasts), a whole chicken in there comes out SO GOOD!! See how cute it looks in there?? It literally falls apart when done, so it's pretty easy to deal with.And then I can make homemade chicken broth!

So, if anyone out there is considering a crock pot, I'd highly recommend it!! There are tons of recipes out there. It's simple to just throw ingredients together and get a delicious dinner by the evening!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

I'm Free!!

When I moved into my apartment back in 1999 (whoa, still can't believe it's been that long ago!), I signed up with the local cable company for tv service. There really wasn't many other options at that time. Years later, I decided to try one of the satellite dish companies. I know some people think satellite is not as reliable, and you lose the signal with a drop of rain. But honestly, in all the time I had it, I think I lost the signal a handful of times. So I thought it was fine for me!

Last month, I decided to join this century and upgrade my big old hunk of tv to a flat screen. I really like it, but I wasn't getting the full effect since I wasn't paying for HD programming. I wasn't even sure if I wanted to. But I was also thinking long and hard about ditching satellite altogether and using an antenna to get the local stations, which is what I watch the most anyway!

That is precisely what I did today. I bought an antenna at Target, paying a little more than I wanted to, but oh well! I set it up after dinner, and scanned for channels. I got 8 at first, but when I saw that it hadn't picked up NBC, I tried again. I can't live without NBC! The 2nd time I got 10 channels, including 2 NBCs. Ok, better than none!!! So the next step? Cancelling my satellite service!

I admit to being nervous about this step. Why? It wasn't about the argument I was expecting from the representative on the other end. It was more of letting go of paid programming that I've been used to all my life!! lol But really, why keep paying for channels I watch all the time that I can get for free by antenna?? Makes no sense to me, or my wallet!

So I made the call, and got all ready to defend my choice. But I didn't have to really. The lady I spoke with was almost like fine, whatever! Within 10 minutes, I was satellite free! One bill down the drain! And within the next couple months or so, I hope to be able to save enough for an internet streaming box for another way to watch tv and movies. All I have to do is pay for the box and I'm good to go! And if I can figure out how to hook my laptop to the tv, maybe I can watch things that way, too!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Today was a pretty busy day for me, and I'm exhausted!  I'm waiting for my wonderful heated mattress pad to warm up so I can go to bed rather shortly!! This is what my day consisted of:

1. Going to pulmonary rehab, after picking up my mom since she also had an appointment at the same time at the hospital.

2. Dropping my mom back off at her house about an hour later.

3. Rushing through a very quick lunch and a 2 minute clothing change at my house all within 15 minutes.

4. Driving 45 minutes to get to an ear doctor appointment, stopping for a tall decaf caramel macchiato at Starbucks on the way (yum yum!!).

5. Waiting 35 minutes in the tiny little room to see the doctor when I WAS ON TIME TO SEE HIM. Grrr, that always irritates me!

6. Going to A.C. Moore to buy everything in the store buy a trifold display, which I happened to get half off with a coupon!!

7. Browsing Old Navy in search of something to use my $25 gift card on, and walking out with nothing.

8. Driving back to Niagara Falls to run some more errands, including dropping off a package at UPS, and loading up on canned food for Mittens (I'm trying to get him off dry food, it's going to take a loooooooong time).

9. Walking around Walmart buying everything in the store buying the things I had on my list, and the things I did not.

10. Popping into Big Lots in hopes of finding a TV antenna, and instead walking out of there with boxes of Christmas ornaments for my new tree!!

11. Getting home way past my dinner time (and Mittens'), unpacking everything, making a quick dinner and crashing on the couch for the rest of the night!!

While I'm mostly glad that I am able to go out and about by myself for very long periods of time like I was today, the tiredness from it can sometimes get to me. I am exhausted, but not as much as I thought I'd be. Hmmm, that doesn't make sense, does it?? I guess maybe I am too tired to think and make reasonable sentences!!  Well anyway, the thought of a nice, comfy warm bed waiting for me to snuggle into is very appealing!!! So that is where I'm headed right about now!!

Friday, October 12, 2012


My last post from a couple days ago was in regards to a blog giveaway by Sunshine! She was giving away an adorable owl she created with her own two hands and some beautiful yarn. Well, today she announced the winner, and I totally froze when I read that it was yours truly!! I can't believe it! I'm really excited!!

You can see the announcement by going HERE!!

And I encourage you to be a follower of her blog, because she always has wonderful posts, and really beautiful pictures of the area where she lives!!

Thank you, Sunshine!! I'll definitely take a picture of my lovely new owl whenever she gets here! Yes, I have decided the owl is a she!!  hehe!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Giveaway Participation!

I've been reading a blog by a lovely lady named Sunshine for quite some time now! She loves to do little prize giveaways every once in awhile! I did win a great cookbook from her some time ago, and a sweet handmade panda bear (totally adorable), and I'll be honest, I'm a little selfish right now with the fact that I'd love to win what's up for grabs in her current blog giveaway!! LOL! I'll give you a little hint about why...her prize would go nicely with a new mug I received for my birthday last month that I totally adore and use quite often!! Here it is!

Isn't it a hoot??? LOL!!

So, any WHOOOOOOOO (I couldn't resist!!), Sunshine is giving away a cute handmade Amigurumi Owl! If you'd like to see it, please go here! You can also enter to win if you'd like! Don't just hang out at that post, read her entire blog if you can! She's a pretty upbeat person who likes to talk about life on the Cayman Islands, which totally makes me jealous sometimes!! 

Monday, October 08, 2012

Planning For Awareness

Next month is Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness month. In the last few years, I've been using my blog and Facebook to write about PH and everything that comes with it. From the diagnosis, to the types, to the tests involved to get that diagnosis, to the medications now available, you name it, I've shared it all! I plan to do the same again this year, but I'm also trying my best to do something outside the world of the internet. That is why I'm so very excited to share the news that I will be putting up two displays (so far!) at the two local hospitals in the Niagara Falls area!!  Thursday afternoon I had emailed the woman who schedules my PH support group meetings at St. Mary's, asking if she knew who I would ask about setting up a display in their lobby. The next morning I received an email from another person in the hospital, and I eventually talked to him in the phone about a time frame for a display. He is giving me almost two weeks! From November 9-21, I'll have some information available for people! YES!! So, while I was thinking about it, I asked a friend who works at Memorial Hospital if she knew who I could speak with there about a display. She gave me a name, I gave him a call, and this morning I got a call back from a woman who is letting me set up for three days! Hey, three is better than none!!! I can even sit at the table for whatever time I want to answer questions if I'd like! I'm just really happy to be able to share some information with people about PH!! So now I need to make a trifold display, and order some brochures to leave at the tables!! Lots to do before next month!

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Ooooh , Technology

A week ago, I walked out of Walmart with a brand new cellphone. I had been able to upgrade my phone, and knew which one I wanted, but I had been pricing the phone at various stores and websites before settling with the brick-and-mortar Walmart. The Samsung Galaxy SIII is now mine, and I'm still trying to get used to it! It's been a little different than my Droid Incredible. Some things are easier (like turning off the mobile data with one touch), and some things are driving me nuts (the keyboard is annoying!!). But really, I have been enjoying the upgrade!

My favorite part of the phone is the camera. I can take a picture of something in front of me, and then take a picture of myself by touching a button. The camera lens turns around inside to face me instead of me having to turn the phone around. How cool is that??? I take waaaay too many profile pics of myself for Facebook, and delete so many of them before I settle on one I like, because I can't see what I look like while trying to take the picture. Now I can with the backward lens! Whoo hoo!

With the new phone, I decided to see what Instagram was all about, since it's the latest craze. It's pretty neat! I've mostly taken pictures of Mittens so far. Easy subject! Here's one I love!

I'm typing this post on my phone, so I'm not exactly sure where the picture will show up when I post it. I also can't add more than one picture! Does anyone use an app for blogging that's better than Blogaway?? Anyway, hopefully I can learn to do even more with this phone. It's really neat to think how much a phone can become more than just an object to talk on! :-)

Friday, October 05, 2012

Meeting Time

I've spent the past week trying to get ready for my PH support group meeting tomorrow afternoon. I wish the weather around here would allow us to have meetings every month, or even every other month. I used to have them in May/October. May didn't always work so well because May is a busy month for people! Graduations, weddings, Mother's Day, you name it. The turnout for those meetings were often low, and we aren't a very large group to begin with. So this past year, I tried April/July/October. April was great! July I had to cancel. So tomorrow's meeting will be the last one for this year, and there will be a total of 13 of us. Not bad, really. But considering that the speaker is traveling all the way from the West Coast, and returning the same day tomorrow, I really wish we had more people coming!! I really hope he doesn't mind coming all this way like that!! I'm incredibly thankful that he is, however! He is going to talk about the PH Association, and what it does for people living with PH. I thought it was such an important topic, because I've been a member of the PHA for 9 years, and it's an incredibly vital part of trying to make people around the country, and even the world, more aware of PH! So, I'm hoping it's a great meeting regardless of the size of the group!