1) February 2018, missed nearly a month of work due to severe bronchitis (my friends at work called me the harbor seal because I was barking like a seal most of the time that I actually worked).
2) May 2018 to July 2018, on light duty with trigger finger and the claim was denied by SAIF due to trigger finger being a common complication of diabetes.
3) August 2018, slipped on a wet kitchen floor at home and my right foot slid under the dishwasher. Ripped open my big toe and missed close to a week of work because I could barely stand on that toe.
4) October 2018, injured my back at work by picking up a bus tub that had been filled way too full. Also discovered that in addition to the back injury I have a mild case of scoliosis and bone spurs in my back thanks to arthritis. Have been on light duty AGAIN since October 16, 2018.
5) November 14 2018, surgery on my right hand for the trigger finger. Missed 12 days of work between surgery and healing (and because I had next to no PTO--Paid Time Off--my last two paychecks have been half of what they normally are). BROKE IS ME.
6) November 26, 2018 my mother passed away. I am feeling like an orphan since my dad passed away in December 2007, and I am an only child.
LIKE I SAID, ALL IN ALL, 2018 SUCKED AND I HOPE 2019 IS BETTER!!
There were some good things that happened in 2018, I did buy a car in August 2018, the foot healed well, the surgery was uneventful, and there's yet ANOTHER book in the works as I found a book I'd been writing a few years ago while cleaning house.
YEARLY UPDATE 9/30/2018
Have been too busy working full-time at Market of Choice for the last year (actually 15 months and counting) to update anything.
Some health problems as well, trigger finger (was on light duty for two months with this and possibly will have surgery in the next month or 6 weeks because the steroid shots are not working on a long term basis), tendonitis, arthritis, bronchitis (missed a month of work with the lovely bronchitis), bad reaction to my cholesterol medicine.
On the bright side I've brought my A1C down from 8.7 to 6.8, and am learning to deal with my low blood sugar episodes.
Am looking for a new job because the one I have now is extremely physically demanding and would be great for someone in their 20's (being that I am pushing 60, it's not so great for me).
I bought a [new to me] car on August 20, 2018 (that same day I slipped on my kitchen floor, did the splits, and ripped open my big toe on my right foot. It has healed well and I am much more careful about what's on the floor and where I am stepping).
My car is a candy-apple red 2009 Pontiac G5, and I am enjoying the freedom of not having to take buses or cabs back and forth to work.
There is another book in the works as I found the murder mystery I was writing 20 years ago and am planning on finishing it by the end of this year.
WATCH THIS SPACE FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS ON ALL FRONTS!!
Slight Derailment of the Great News Train (September 27, 2017)
Short and not so sweet:
Surgery not covered by insurance (more details here: Blogspot or the direct link which can be found here "Go Fund Me.
In addition, I am locked into paying $1000.00 per month to 1) keep current on space rent (I live in an upscale manufactured home park) and 2) catch up on $3500.00 plus of back space rent (if the park manager mentions EVICTION one more time, I'll probably tell him to go for it!!).
My bank account is currently 200 plus in the hole, thanks to the IRS, Amazon Prime, and my smartphone bill. I guess it's time to find a second job, get the bloody book published, and start making/selling the beaded jewelry I've been threatening to make/sell for several years.
Good--NO, GREAT--News All Around (July 27, 2017)
Left Safeway on July 1, 2017, started my new job as a kitchen clerk at Market of Choice on July 2, 2017. $12.00 per hour, 40 hours per week, same schedule every week so far, and same days off every week so far. I LOVE MY JOB. It is very physically demanding and there is always something to do. My co-workers are great and my paychecks are HUGE!!
This is now a 2 cat household (Percy and Tammy) because Mick had a tumor in his forehead/nose area (he crossed The Rainbow Bridge on April 26, 2017).
It's also now a ONE HUMAN HOUSEHOLD. The roommate from hell (version number two, the guy who stole $300.00 was version number one!!) moved out on May 1, 2017 and I chose to not NOW OR EVER replace her with another roommate.
That's all I have to say about that, so if you want more in-depth info, check out my posts here Facebook or read the book I am writing about roommates (tentative title Roommate Land and hopefully to be published in mid-2018)!!
I've also starting walking again and am addicted to my Fit Bit as well as the Charity Miles Walk For a Cause app on my smartphone. I willingly take the stairs now (actually, most of the time I don't even THINK about the elevator, I just hit the stairs!!).
I gave up soda (diet or otherwise) on July 2, 2017 for a really silly reason: I couldn't find the soda aisle at Market of Choice (I have since found said aisle but I feel so much better now that I stick to water or tea that soda doesn't even appeal to me.)
I gave up ice cream on July 12, 2017 for a really good reason: I have diabetes (Type 2) and my A1C had shot up to over 9 from 7.3 (I'd been eating two pints of Open Nature ice cream in a sitting!!)
Extra, Extra, Read All About It (March 16, 2017)
Been at Safeway 15 months TODAY (1 year, 3 months). Current roommate will be leaving May 1st although she doesn't know that yet.
Another update (September 27, 2016)--been working at Safeway for nearly 9 1/2 months. I just applied for the Head Bookkeeper position there. I have had an impossible roommate for not quite 6 months (she moved in April 1, 2016). She has one cat so we are back to being a 4-cat household.
Another update (March 6, 2016), for those of you that care. Spike the cat disappeared, maybe he didn't like being one of four cats (so I now have 3 cats) I have been working at Safeway as a cashier for almost 3 months now, and I really like my job. Currently there are no roommates, the last decent one moved out in September 2015.
Since then I've had one roommate who possibly stole almost $300.00 (if he didn't steal it then his friends did, and this is one case where I paint with a broad brush--if I can't trust your friends, then I can't trust you!!) and another roommate who lasted (I KID YOU NOT) six whole days. In those six days, she managed to let Mick out twice as well as stealing toilet paper, Febreze, and towels.
I'd love to have no roommate at all but normally I only get about 25 hours a week at work which isn't enough to pay space rent (or it would take 3 paychecks out of 4 to pay it)
. Well it's way past time to update this! In November 2013, a friend paid all of my back space rent (plus December's space rent). She also paid for a cord of wood as I heat the house with a combination of wood and electric heat. I prefer the wood heat, because it will warm the house much more efficiently than the electric furnace does. Later in November, one of the community health workers at my medical clinic (Mosaic Medical) gave my name and number to a woman who was looking for a place to live (he knew I was looking for a roommate). The new roommate moved in almost immediately and has been sharing the house with me since November 2013 (it's now June 2015, so she's been there a year and 7 months).
There has also been another addition to the family, a male tortoiseshell cat named Spike, which means there are now 3 cats. As of July 2015, I have adopted a 4th cat (yes, I said FOUR cats). The fourth cat is a long-haired female. Yes, I have lost my mind!
I worked for IBEX Global for 3 months last year (August through November) so we were able to afford a cord of wood as well as having the electric furnace maintenance done. There are a few problems with the house that I haven't been able to get fixed yet, but all in all the trajectory has been upwards since November 2013.
I am not employed at this time, but I have a line on a job as a bus driver as well as possibly getting rehired by IBEX Global. In addition, next week (Wednesday in fact) I am going to be reactivating with my temp employment agency.