Friday, December 23, 2016

What was I thinking???

I was thinking that I work with an awesome group of nurses! Nurses that do not get the praise and respect that they so truly deserve! We do not get enough respect from a money driven, (instead of people driven) administration, not enough consideration, empathy or respect from the majority of physicians (esp. ones who can't relate to being with the patients/families that they see for a few minutes each day, yet expect us to deal with the issues for 12 hours a day) and that they often avoid! We do not get combat/hazardous pay for the confused and/or drunk patients hitting, spitting, kicking, screaming obscenities at the person who is trying to "help" them.

We don't get "counseling" for dealing with death and dying on a regular basis or acknowledgement for dealing/grieving with their familie's...or dealing with the frustration and helplessness that surrounds you when your absolute best wasn't good enough.....

And mostly, we do not take the time to compliment/praise each other as we should.

So this Christmas is the best time to show a bit of appreciation to our staff and praise the career that is an honor and privilege to have...

My fellow nurses, I applaud, respect and wish you the best Christmas and happiest 2017 ever...






55 nurses in my unit!


Tuesday, December 13, 2016


Yes, it was my birthday, and I got some AMAZING gifts!

FACETIME in the morning with my eldest for an awesome, while opening the presents she sent!

One of THE BEST being my daughter, Amanda coming home for 14 days! YAH!

Did a little Christmas shopping...At JoAnns...need to make Amanda a new stocking!

Beautiful Flowers galore...

And dinner at TAPS:

My sister Jana and I Finished off the night by "trying" to put a dresser together for our guest room (without any help from hubster------he refused) and although a lot of laughing was done....the 72 parts did not come together as hoped! Will have to attempt again today! Wish me good luck!

That's right....72 pieces....I believe the words at the store when we realized we would be putting it together were (by Amanda)..."I really like puzzles, we can do this....girl Power!"



Saturday, December 10, 2016

2016 Sisters Shopping Day

We really had a blast...just totally camaraderie and FUN!


Gift exchange...delicious breakfast... a makeover (thank you...MAC)
Elf Crossing guard:

Happy Birthday to me was sung!!

Then shopping at Vons....outrunning a scary homeless man...driving while laughing...and getting home with

4% oxygen left in the tank (used almost two portable tanks for the day!). My sister Juli will probably be exhausted tomorrow-she was able to stay out all day, pushed in her wheelchair.

Finally home, changed into our matching Christmas Jammies for a traditional picture:

Really great day....can't wait 'till next year!

Also gifted my nephew and his bride Christmas stocking from material she picked out:




Saturday, December 3, 2016

Nice Things!

My dad and stepmom wrote me a sweet thank you note when they received their Christmas Quilt! They have it displayed on their couch and sent me a photo:


Also got to spend time with my grand nephew, Colton. Here he is with great gramma D:

I have been working like crazy on some Christmas gifts to be revealed later, so this post is short!