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Marilee J. Layman

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04:05 pm: Left Too Long
I woke up this morning feeling like the left side of my face was too long. This is not uncommon with stroke patients -- the face isn't actually changed, there's no new deficits, there's just the feeling that something is wrong. In my case, a long face on the partially-paralyzed side means I let myself get too tired yesterday. I started working on my list of ideas from the other night. The overall ideas I've had for a while, but the really good ideas were ways to cut them down into small managable, sometimes temporary, functions that I can do myself.

One of the things I want to do is to continue to clear stuff out from the kitchen that I haven't used in years. I can't get anything down from the top shelves of the cupboards myself and I plan to call the cleaning boss and see about paying the cleaning lady a bit extra to empty those shelves and wipe the dust off. There's a batch of small discrete things I can do to help prepare for that and yesterday I went through two lower shelves of herbs, spices, oils, vinegars, etc. I used to be a great cook and I brought a lot of stuff with me 15.7 years ago that I haven't used at all. A lot of the liquids were solid! I'm keeping one of the lazy susans and it's not quite filled with things and that opens up a bottom shelf to put the few glass casseroles I use at a good height for me to lift to & from. Some of the spices were so old they were in glass bottles, so I worked with bags in the recliner to empty those out and then put them in recycling.

So since I got too tired, I'm not doing the third heavy-lifting-with-shoes-on thing today, which was setting up the porch fountain for the summer. I've done the other two -- moved books along the top of bookcases above my head, and replaced the flapper in my toilet (to confirm that it's actually the inlet valve that needs replacing and I can't do that these days and will have to call a plumber). I've moved the fountain to tomorrow, but Sundays have big papers and I don't usually get anything extra done those days.

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Date:May 12th, 2007 11:07 pm (UTC)
Hey, why the long face?

Seriously, hope you're doing better. I've had an active couple of days. I hope to find time to post soon, but just now I'm zipping through the FL.
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Date:May 12th, 2007 11:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I hurt more today, too, but it's okay. I brought the impeller in from the storeroom so I can check it out tonight in the sink prior to moving the concrete fountain top around. They make good resin fountains now and every now and then I think about getting one, but it's hard to give up a perfectly good fountain just because it's old and heavy. It has some metal inclusions that are rusting, so I'll probably have to replace it eventually anyway.

I always enjoy your weekend excursions with Sarah -- I can imagine just how they happen.
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