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Re: 150 Steps for September '09

PostPosted: Sat Sep 05, 2009 11:13 am
by Unity
Hi all, Sally, thanks for joining in again. I was wondering about you and your daughter. Does she have a social worker or are you connected to other services that can give you some information or offer her an extra class? You sound as though there will be a lot of creative activity in the coming months at your house. Christmas ornaments. I went mad in January to March this year, making lots of decorations. Now I just need to finish them off, add hanging threads etc. Every time I get the box out I feel a bit sick! I think it's because I really overdid it and now I've lost interest. PLG - it would be really nice to see photos of your knitted things - if you ever get a chance to post some. Mannix - my goodness that's a lot of money for dental work, what ideas did you have for increasing income - do you mean something for you to do? Hope you enjoyed the farm - and all that manure shovelling LOL

Re: 150 Steps for September '09

PostPosted: Sun Sep 06, 2009 8:03 pm
by sallypz
No, my daughter doesn't have a social worker...I would not know how to connect with one...through the school?? The art class is offered through the school...youngrembrandts.com. The web site lists the positive effects of drawing on a child's brain. The idea for nutritional supplements DHA, I got from taking care of my older daughter's baby...DHA is now in formula because of it's good effects on brain growth. Tanya has never had the benefit of anything like that during babyhood, and hopefully its not too late in her development for DHA to have good effects. It's worth a try. I expect that if she needs special help at school the teacher will let me know...I've already discussed my concerns with her. There are physicians that specialize in diagnosing FAS in downtown Chicago..I may eventually take her there..I found their WEB sites..but most of the American medical facilities diagnose only & I've found nothing on American sites about how to teach children with FAS...I did find some good info on a Canadian site. She is in Public school, the public schools have to address learning disabilities (unlike Private schools where the children are expected to keep up with their 'standards'/pace regardless of learning problems...tha's where the Private schools fail....they appeal only to those students that can keep up a high educational pace..so the teachers focus only on the upper 10-15% of the classes). I don't plan on getting too crazy with doing my own Christmas ornaments...in my packed away stuff I found some I started years ago and wil finish some of the off..also thought the girls would have fun making a few things.....last year had very little money to buy ornaments and my daughter & I went through her toy box and many of the small, unwanted toys became Christmas ornaments. Decorated them with bows and bits of lace & hung them on the tree. It turned out well. I also want to learn to play some Christmas carols on the piano...would like to memorize some...maybe make a tape recording of my efforts too...just for fun. Yes, I'd love to see pictures of that bay sweater too. sallypz (MoxieMe)

Re: 150 Steps for September '09

PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 5:32 pm
by Mannix
Hi, everyone, Hope those in the U.S. had a good Labor Day. I can't believe it's the end of Labor Day already! Haven't done too much on goals, but hadn't planned to this weekend. Although my husband and I just got home from seeing the movie "Julie and Julia." It inspired me to get back to blogging. I need a good topic. I enjoyed the activities involved with my previous blog - solving a little history mystery. I'd like to do something similar, but maybe enlarge the topic so I can keep the blog going. Hmmm.... Went to the horse farm last Friday and was a little put off by the staff. They have two new foals there, and they and their mothers were out in a pasture. So after the first round of shovelling manure, I took my camera out and took some pictures of the mothers and babies. (I've taken a number of pictures of various horses over the years.) When I came back into the barn, someone had taped a sign to the calendar stating that any pictures taken on the horse farm grounds would become sole property of the horse farm. Underneath in big letters, "THIS MEANS YOU!" And, of course, the staff had seen I'd taken pictures, so they said I could download them for personal use only, or they would take my camera memory card! Well, I wasn't planning on giving them the card, since it's the only one that fits my camera and I have other pictures on it. I asked about the reasons for this new policy and, of course, they don't have anything to do with me. But I've been going out there for many years, and the situation made me feel like a criminal. I told them I'd bring copies of the pictures for their files when I came next time. But after I left, I thought I shouldn't have to do that. I was going to post the pictures on my Facebook page, but I won't do that now. The staff said they'd consulted a lawyer about this new policy, but it seems kind of strange. How are they going to enforce this at their open-house events when hundreds of people are there? Unity, on the dental money, I was thinking of taking on some more students. But first I might see how much more money we need to pay off the debt. Maybe we can do it by just cutting back on spending. We'll also have to finance follow-up tooth restoration procedures for my husband and a routine cleaning for me. Sally, good luck with your daughter. Does she get bored/frustrated with the extra review sessions? PLG, yes, post a picture of yourself with the baby so we can see what you all look like! :) Guess that's all for now. "Back to work" tomorrow, although I don't feel like I've had any time off. -- Mannix

Re: 150 Steps for September '09

PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2009 1:38 am
by An8el
Mannix, do whatever you want with your pictures. Just be sure you specify the date when they were taken. Policies cannot be retroactively applied. So because these pictures were taken before whoever declared these policies in effect, these pictures you took before that were legally yours, not theirs. They still are, because you can say the pictures were taken whenever you want to do that. (Bur remember whatever you post on Facebook belongs to Facebook.) If they had threatened or demanded my memory card, I'd have called the cops...calling their bluff right there. Which is what photographers will do who know better at the public function they are about to hold. Just because someone says a lawyer said they could put up a sign doesn't make it legal or right. I have this feeling that things about about to get real ugly between people. People have held out as long as they can, and now they can't any longer Those who hoped the economy was going to get better while they could still tread water are sinking fast. I was in limbo-land because I couldn't sublet my apt. in Hawaii. Finally I did! I'm so happy. Now I can go! I'm leaving next week. Jeez, that was down to the bone. I'm so glad I'm not a home-owner. Another thing that was holding me up seriously was getting my webpages updated. When my ISP updated it's server pages, they changed the name of their server without telling me. Or something. Couldn't figure out what was going on so my administrator switched me onto this other server and it worked fine. So that works now. It means I can start this year's phone book project out now. That's a relief! So I've already got the new master list done. Now I need some paper to print it out on and I can start calling when I get to CA to put everything in motion. So now I'm just dealing with getting my stuff packed, running around without a car to get money in the mail so I can buy a plane ticket online and doing other details. I've even started a time line so I can remember to do everything once I get too busy. I love Barbara Sher's suggestion of a "flow-chart." Well, time to hit the hay for my beauty sleep...

Re: 150 Steps for September '09

PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2009 9:18 am
by paralegalgirl
Hi everyone: I'd have to get the pictures scanned in at Kinko's.

Re: 150 Steps for September '09

PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:01 pm
by Mannix
Just got a call from the dentist - my husband needs another root canal asap!

Re: 150 Steps for September '09

PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:44 pm
by Unity
Mannix wrote:Just got a call from the dentist - my husband needs another root canal asap!
That will be 20 extra students for you then Mannix! :D

Re: 150 Steps for September '09

PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 1:25 pm
by paralegalgirl
Mannix: Sorry to hear about the root canal.

Re: 150 Steps for September '09

PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 5:35 pm
by An8el
paraLea: Wow - only $950 for a crown! In HI that would be $3000. With those differences, it would be worth it to take a trip to where you are. Watch out for the "I want...but I don't want" routine. That's the old PLG! Mannix, not sure what it means to need a "emergency root canal." It's my understanding that once you need a root canal, it's not an emergency anymore, (unless there is damage at the top of an upper tooth and there's an infection that is about to go into the brain. In that case, lots of pain so the need would be obvious.) Strangely enough, a friend of mine swore that taking Vitamin "D3" cured the need for a root canal. A dentist established the need that there was something seriously wrong with the medical assumptions about how much Vitamin D was needed that spear-headed the 2008 research on it. Still, many doctors don't have a clue about the effects of optimum Vitamin D for people, which is now 50 to 60...because they were told "too much" Vitamin D3 was toxic at minuscule levels. (Toxic levels START now at 10,000 IU a day!) I had a "mystery" tooth pain, dentists swore there was "nothing wrong." I had been taking 5,000 IU a DAY of Vitamin D to put my levels at 46 (out of the new levels of 50-60...ah, forgot the nomenclature but the number is right) when I upped that to 8,000 a day, the tooth pain lessened, and I'm hoping it will stop entirely as I continue. Had some serious tooth pain stop before when I started using a dental water squirter. One diagnosis of the need for a root canal was wrong because the tooth pain turned out to be connected to a seasonal allergy that shares the irritation of that nerve. Called in some favors to get money into the bank to buy my airline tickets - found a sale. So at least my return to Hawaii is assured. Backed up a bunch of files on my computer - wow, no wonder people keep putting such a thing off! But it feels good to have it done. I still need to do more backup because I want to clear all of my thumb USB drives before I go. It's going to be "cold turkey" disconnecting myself from how much I've been plugged into various forums, etc. I'm actually going to miss it. Am thinking of going without a computer "cold turkey." :P Perhaps it will motivate me to get a new-ish one quicker. Am now collecting a list of what I want to bring back with me. Tend to get scattered when it gets close to the time to leave and forget to get stuff I told myself that I wanted. (There are quite a few items that are really expensive here in HI besides dental care.) Am up in the air about whether to take this little ancient laptop back to CA with me that's barely working. But if I do get another computer, I guess I'll want to transfer some of the programs, etc. to it and that is the old computer I'll want to leave to use when I'm on the mainland so I won't have to schlep the new one back and forth...so I'll probably take the old thing. The other thing I'm up in the air about is keeping the land line.

Re: 150 Steps for September '09

PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:10 pm
by Mannix
Hi again, everybody, Well, the root canal has to wait until at least Wednesday because my husband is neck-deep in meeting a deadline for work. He says he is not in pain, but both our regular dentist and the root-canal dentist say his x-ray shows there is a cavity under a filling and it needs to be addressed. Unfortunately, this is coming at a time when our yearly dental coverage has been maxed out, so the cost of this new canal, about $1500, must be added to the cost of the one he just got plus follow-up procedures. :? Even though it means going into debt, I feel more comfortable with hubby getting the treatments now rather than putting them off. The way luck seems to run with his health, postponing would likely result in more root canals ... or a brain infection? So this weekend I'll crunch some numbers and see how many more students I need to take on. (Unity ... :wink: ) An8el, thanks for the info on vitamin D and the photo issues with the horse farm. My goodness, I have so many pictures of the place, I would not expect they'd want me to "surrender" them. (I'm not going to even bring that up.) The problem with the last visit was the sign was posted while I was taking the pictures, even though I hadn't seen it. I still haven't downloaded the pictures from my camera. If I go out tomorrow, I just won't mention it and gamble that they've moved on to other issues over the week. By the way, do you think that scattered feeling before your trip is resistance? Before I take a trip, I suddenly start looking for reasons not to go, even if it's somewhere I really want to go. PLG, I think I need to go back and re-read your earlier postings about the Fred Astaire lessons. Are your current instructors affiliated with Fred Astaire or are you working with a new studio? Hope you had fun in Madison ... if you decided to go. Oops ... it's past midnight! Time for me to go to bed. Have a good evening, all, -- Mannix

Re: 150 Steps for September '09

PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2009 1:37 pm
by paralegalgirl
Thank you An8el for the words of encouragement. Maybe there is a shortage of dentists in Hawaii.

Re: 150 Steps for September '09

PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2009 8:16 pm
by sallypz
Sorry to hear about the root canal...but you're right to get it taken care of as promptly as you can. I have heard of infections form a tooth going to the brain. Yikes! The Cost!! Hope you find enough students to pay for the dental work. Give your hubby a little extra TLC while he's going through it too, dental work can be painful and make you feel miserable. PLG--good luck with the dancing. A very expensive hobby...but tons of fun. Moving is difficult. Are you able to have things shipped stateside? or do you have to leave most of your things in Hawaii? I'd think, logistically, getting everything across the ocean would be hard to plan. No such thing as rent a u-haul and stick everything in a truck and drive to your new destination!! Hope the move is everything you dream it to be and more. Had a happy past few days--my older daughter came up with a business idea for herself--I've been helping her plan her little business--choose a name---she's already got flyers designed---a friend that wants to be a partner (who will work in a different geographical area)--leads (many) on customers. She's amazing--when she decides on a project she's immediately organized and set off in the right direction---she doesn't waste any time worrying about it, or being afraid of things--she just dives in and starts swimming...wish I was more like her!!! I've been helping Tanya with school related work every night--spelling, arithmetic & reading---and sometimes she's a lesson in resistance---poor kid--she realizes she's a slow learner which makes things worse, I keep encouraging and encouraging--but I can see at times she feels like giving up. I'm beginning to believe that mother's that drink during pregnancy should be put in jail because of all the defects and future problems they inflict on the unborn babies--drinking alcohol during pregnancy is a form of child abuse. My other September steps are going slow (my own resistance??!!). But little by little. One good thing---I've felt more relaxed than I've felt in years lately---some of the load of chronic stress related to post-hurricane/stressful demanding job that I experienced in Florida is leaving me (PTSD??)---and that's a good thing. I've been able to enjoy some of the things that feel 'normal'. sallypz (MoxieMe)

Re: 150 Steps for September '09

PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2009 6:41 am
by Mannix
Hi, everyone, Performed on an anniversary party gig last night. One of the other performers - the one who books a lot of music work for me - has been pushing for me to join her working on cruise ships this winter. It would mean being away from home and living on a ship (ships) for three to six months! I said "no," I don't want to be away from home that long but she still brings it up. So she was talking about it with the other musicians on the job yesterday and they both thought it sounded a like a great opportunity. One of them wanted to know why I didn't do it. Of course, none of them are married, to my knowledge. This situation makes me wonder under what circumstances I might agree to be away from home from three to six months. And also, what does performing music really mean to me? Am I missing something because these other musicians think it would be great work? Anyway, my gut says "no," so I'll stick with that for now, right or wrong. Root canal news - my husband said something about scheduling an appointment himself, but I'm not sure he'll really do it. The best days for me to help him will be Wednesday or Thursday. (He has to be sedated before the procedure so I have to drive him there and back home.) Maybe I'd better take care of that this morning. On the financial front, I was catching up on some mail and found a big check - escrow reimbursement from our recent home refinancing! That will come in handy! Blog news - haven't found a new topic yet, but put together a "story budget": Possible ideas I could investigate and, if there's something there, start the blog. Or maybe I'll find a topic while doing that research. Sally - so sorry your daughter is feeling discouraged. Does she understand her slowness is due to the fetal alcohol syndrome? Maybe it would help her to know that it's not her fault. You sound like a very patient mom. Keep up the good work. And, I wish I was more like your older daughter, too! PLG - which kind of dancing do you like the best? I wonder if there's a style you like enough to stick with it, even if less competent students join the class or the instructor isn't what you'd expected? I've rambled on enough. Hope everyone has a great day, -- Mannix

Re: 150 Steps for September '09

PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2009 8:35 am
by paralegalgirl
Hi everyone: Mannix: there's money to be made by musicians and performers providing leisure entertainment to middle-aged people and elderly people.

Re: 150 Steps for September '09

PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2009 2:26 am
by An8el
Glad to see I'm not the only person posting this month. Thanks Steppers! Got all the clothes and towels washed and dried except the ones I'm wearing...Most of the books are packed, the art materials are consolidated. I just need to bag up the clothes on hangers & start heading up to the attic space to deliver everything that got packed today. I've decided to put the food I think will last for the next three months into the corner of the closet, because it will stay cooler there. Just have to finish off the last part of the computer backup where I save all my bookmarks, etc. and make another copy of the CDrw backup - one to take with and one to leave here. Guess while I'm at it I should make a music CD too. It would be nice to cross-reference my address book before I leave so I don't end up without someone's phone/address that I put in one and not in the other. Think I'm the only person who has two hard copies of my phone numbers. Nothing like losing all the contacts when your cellphone goes dead. :roll: I'm beginning to realize what a big job I've put together for myself. Hope what I'm doing on a wing and a prayer works, it's going to be craaazy, I'm sure. I'll have to fasten my eyes on the prize. Suddenly I have a class full of AT students! So that will be really fun part of the trip. Someone who is a friend of a friend has volunteered to be my slave because he has nothing else to do and wants to get to know me. Wow, how many of us women get to have that advantage? I decided to go cold turkey on not taking the laptop. Then I decided I would, then not. I'll probably change my mind at least three more times = [one daisy petal, two daisy petal...] and we'll see what I end up doing. I've got a pile of junk to take with me that I think I'll need, (one whole carry on - whee!) but then realized I'll have to bring the same junk back. Well, except for the presents. If I get a new laptop, I can leave the old one as a spare in CA because it's battery is already toasted. Then I won't have to schlep a laptop. Well, I'll probably fall in love with the "new" one and bring it anyway. If I have the old one then I can work on the phone book when I'm not at the library... But I can always do that at my friend's house in Novato... Jeez, I really don't know what to do about whether to bring the ancient thing or not. I'm beginning to feel like you PLG...indecision infected me, gasp! I need a government inoculation, quick!