May 07, 2021

Friday Night Photos

I am overwhelmed with all of the kind and helpful comments on my post about my pain. My mom gave me the number to my dad's rheumatologist (my parents really like her) so I'm going to make an appointment with her to get checked out. My dad has a condition called 'polymyalgia rheumatica', which sounds like what's going on with me, but it's extremely rare in people under age 50. Rheumatoid conditions are scary, so I'm hoping that it's nothing like that. But I really just want to know what's wrong with me!

Anyway, it's been a couple of weeks since I did Friday Night Photos, so there are a few more than usual.

Duck has a routine that is as routine as my own--in the evenings, after picking Eli up from practice, I sit down in my bedroom with my computer to write a blog post. It NEVER FAILS that within two minutes after opening my laptop, Duck runs in and jumps on my lap. He insists on sleeping between my computer and my chest. It's really difficult to type, but it's so cute that I can't bear to move him!

And then if I don't pet him or pay attention to him, he reaches out and touches my face over and over until I pet him. He's lucky he's so adorable!

My brother, Brian, is a pilot for Delta--and he was just promoted to Captain! This is a huge deal for him and super exciting. Becky held a little surprise dinner for him when he returned from a trip (just my parents, Nathan and his girlfriend, and my family). Luke and Riley were SO entertained by the balloons--we all had fun just watching them play! 

If you happen to see my brother on a flight, make sure you tell him you saw his picture on my blog--he'd be thrilled! ;) 

I saw this ad on Facebook Marketplace, and thought it was an interesting selling strategy... list your machine as boring. Then I realized that it's actually called a "boring machine"--a machine for boring holes in wood. Hahaha!

I bought a piece of used Pottery Barn furniture (again) and planned to restore it to use in the bathroom. We'd been using my old dresser, but it was really impractical (lots of shallow drawers). I love the pieces I bought for the living room, so I was excited to find this one on Marketplace. It's going to be a while before I can restore it, but it's totally functional now and works well in that space. The cats were all over it when we brought it in!

This was shortly after I woke up (the time when my hands are swollen and the most painful). I was demonstrating to Jerry how my right wrist is really messed up compared to my left (although both of them hurt). In this photo, I was trying to pull my fingertips back so they were pointing toward the ceiling; you can see how there is pretty much no range of motion in my right wrist. What you see in the photo is how far I was able to bend it.

I don't even remember why I took this photo--probably because the three cats were hanging out together.

I went into my closet and I saw a bin of my clothes dumped over on the floor. I went to pick it up and put it back on the shelf, when I saw the offender. Little Duck!

Eli's in full baseball-mode and we've been going to games 2-3 times a week. Right after I took this photo, Eli hit a two-RBI double! He's been doing great this season--he plays catcher and he's really good.

Just a meme that I found hilarious... (lumber prices are INSANE right now)

I'd removed two glass panels from the doors of the tv console I refinished, and while I was cleaning the garage, I gently set them down next to a desk and they seemed to just explode and crumble into tiny pieces. This took a long time to clean up!

This popped up on my Facebook memories a few days ago and I never noticed it before, but look how awesome the photobomb guy is in the background! Haha

While I was cleaning out the garage, I moved something back from the wall and there was a decent sized spider behind it. I got so used to NOT having spiders around (we had the house sprayed last year and there was not a SINGLE spider on or in our house until just recently). I decided that it's time to get the house (and garage) sprayed again immediately. Tim ("the bug guy" is coming on Wednesday. We are going to power wash the house tomorrow to get it clean before he sprays (well, Jerry is going to power wash while I point out the spots he misses, haha).

Another lumber meme--this is so funny! I spend the longest time trying to find decent boards at Lowes--they are usually warped in some way, so you try to find the least-warped-looking boards of all. It's like looking for a needle in a haystack.

Remember I mentioned how the landscaping weeds are calling out to me to pull? Look at this! A month ago, it was just dirt--nothing else was in there. I thought I'd pulled out all of the tulip bulbs, too, because I wanted to replant those, but I guess I missed a lot of them. Anyway, we had decided to start our landscaping from scratch this spring so we dug out the plants that were there. Now, I want to pull these weeds and spray with weed/grass killer before we plant anything. However, since my hands are so messed up, I asked Eli if he'd like to earn some extra allowance money by doing a really good job pulling all these weeds. I'll post a before and after on Transformation Tuesday soon.

This is a project I was working on--I wanted to build a large work bench that could surround my table saw. Right now, my work bench is the garage floor ;)  I spent quite a bit of time working on this, and kept running into problem after problem. I finally decided that it was more trouble it was worth, so I took the whole thing apart. Now I have lots of scrap wood to use, when I can start building again.

Jerry and I were playing Carcassonne and Duck decided to join us. Here, he was deciding whether he wanted to claim a road or a monastery...

And that's all I've got! It's been a LONG day. Eli had baseball over an hour away and it was a double header. We just got home at 10:00 PM. 


  1. Love all the kitty pictures (of course! 😻) and the lumber memes. We need to fix some termite and dry rot damage on our house and are not looking forward to the sticker shock. HUGE congrats to Brian on his promotion. I'm blown away at how grown-up Luke and Riley look in that picture.

    Hope you're feeling better soon and that you get some good news from the rheumy. I have had some good luck with Occupational Therapy for my hands and wrists in the past. Hope you guys have a wonderful weekend and that the boys dazzle you for Mothers Day. ❤️

  2. I used to work at a Hallmark store in the 90's (my first real job out of high school, and I loved it!), and we always had to change up the front display section. One of the jobs was to move the glass shelves, and one time as I took one down, I set it on the ground ever so gently, and it shattered into a million pieces in .00000034 seconds! I had two handfuls of little square pieces of glass it was so fast! I'm glad they are designed to do that, or else I would've been cut to shreds! Haha!

  3. Happy Mothers Day! Brian looks so nice in his uniform! What an accomplishment! I have a lot of respect for people who do that for a living. Very cute cat pictures.

  4. Duck absolutely cracks me up! Those pics of him in the closet and then at the kitchen table, that is just too adorable!!

  5. AnonymousMay 10, 2021

    You might consider going gluten free for a few weeks to see if you have any improvement with your pain. Gluten is well-known to cause pain in sensitive people. I used to have terrible pain in my hands, and I was worried that I might have rheumatoid arthritis because pain in the hands is often the first symptom. I decided to try a gluten free diet, and I saw a huge improvement in just one week, and within two weeks, my pain was entirely gone. After one month, I started eating gluten again, and within a week, the pain was back, worse than ever. I went back to gluten free and the pain disappeared again and has never returned. I feel so much better that the diet is well worth it to me, and it's not that difficult once you get used to it. Many people with rheumatoid arthritis see big improvements on gluten free diets. It might be worth a try for you.

  6. Love all the photos. It's like a tiny peek into your world. I sure hope you find the issue with your pain. Sounds so uncomfortable. Sending more good vibes.


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