Krissie: Turtlenecks from now on

It’s not just my neck and Wittle Wattle, it’s the top part of my chest. My God, the old-age fairy jumped me when I wasn’t looking.
Maybe it was the angle I was sitting. Turtlenecks from now on.

Anyway, we’ve come up with a plan. Speaking of Dark Days, Casa de Rental is just too damned dark, and that’s been part of the problem. We didn’t even connect it but last night Jenny had an epiphany. It’s been too dark even to crochet, and it’s bad enough she doesn’t have the dogs. She needs to crochet — it’s part of her creative process, part of the way she relaxes. It’s a zen-like thing. So step one is to move lighting around here, go to the cottage and find lighting to bring over, and if necessary, buy some new cheap lights.

Second problem, no tv. All the tv’s here are small and analog. Lani talked Jenny out of buying a tv at Walmart, since she has a couple at home, and I do realize my job is to control help avoid impulse shopping, but man, she needs a decent tv. Basically all we’ve got here is HGTV. Yes, we get spoiled with tv and digital but in fact Jenny gave up cable and satellite and went to streaming and has been completely happy with it. And I’m the wrong person to tell people not to buy electronics — I find them necessary.

And she’s been in a lot of pain, and she needs to check out the bed and see what in the world it’s made up. A cheap memory foam mattress topper might make all the difference.

So we have a plan to make this place habitable. Don’t curse the dark, light even one candle (a little too apt in Jenny’s case). But we’ll get this thing working. And maybe Mona will come to stay (she’s the most independent — the others are more pack animals and less house-trained).

As for me, I’ve been waffling between Richie coming down on Friday and us going home on Sunday, or Richie coming down on Tuesday or Wednesday and going to my cousin’s for Thanksgiving. The problem with that is the hideous traffic and I’ve been away too long.

I’ll figure that out. In the meantime, we’re got a plan for the day (after I do my words) and we’ll get this show on the road, as my parents used to say.

27 thoughts on “Krissie: Turtlenecks from now on

  1. I have a ridiculously huge television, purchased mostly for my son when I got a really really really nice work bonus, but I still wind up watching television via Netflix on my iPad or laptop instead. I can plug in headphones and hear everything more clearly, and having the screen two feet away instead of across the room is easier on my eyes. It’s not sociable, but it’s cozier. And since you must already have computers there, it might be cheaper, too.

    • Yeah, that would work if the internet was strong enough to stream here. If I sit in the kitchen, I can usually get through an hour with only a couple of pauses to reload. Movies or hour-long TV? Forget it. And since my brand new Mac refuses to read DVDs or USB, and I haven’t found an Apple store in NJ yet to fix it (it’s on the list) I can’t use disks, either.
      This thing that was supposed to make my life easier has turned into a clusterfuck. Worse comes to worse, I go back to Ohio at the end of the month and regroup.

  2. If you already have TVs in Ohio, is there any way to get one to where you are? (Ship it? Find someone who is going in that direction? Make Lani come visit again–and bring Mona too?)

    Barring that, despite how tight money is, sanity is important too (so they tell me; I wouldn’t know). The stores are already starting to have pre-Black Friday sales. Go buy a cheap one. And a couple more lamps.

    Light really does make a huge difference.

    Of course, the regrouping is an idea, too. If Crusie ever wants a tarot reading for a little guidance, I’m a professional 🙂

    Hang in there, both of you. Sending hugs and FGBVs and vibes for a TV to fall into your lap (not literally, because that would hurt).

    And Krissie, you look grand. And be glad you *can* wear turtlenecks 🙂 I haven’t been able to wear one since the hot flashes started 10 years ago…

    • German Chocolate Betty says:

      …I am also on hiatus from turtlenecks for the time being due to hot flashes. But for my wittle wattle I have adopted the European wearing of scarves around my neck — point in front, ends wrapped around and again dangling down in front (sort of Jesse James with flair). Only works with non-slippery triangular or square scarves…

      I can pull the front part up right under my chin. When I get socked with a flash, I loosen the part wrapped around my neck; when the flash is over, I pull the ends and tighten it up over my wattle. Whether it’s wrapped tightly or loosely it looks good. This means I can sit in meetings and cool down or warm up without others catching on to the coming and going of the hot flashes… (smile)

  3. julianna says:

    I’m glad you guys have a plan. When you say you’ve been away too long, what exactly do you mean? Is it actually causing problems for you to be gone, or do you just feel obligated to be home? Because if it’s just guilt, then don’t even consider that when deciding when to leave. My totally unsolicited opinion is that going to your cousin’s sounds like a good idea. First, it saves you the stress of preparing the Thanksgiving meal. Second, this will be your first Thanksgiving without your mother — a change of scenery might help.

    On a completely different note: if the clothes you brought with you are baggy, why don’t you find someplace to donate them there in New Jersey? Then you’d have a little more room in the car to bring stuff home, and a little less stuff-to-donate when you get home. And every little bit helps.

  4. Office Wench Cherry says:

    When Tall Boy and I were in house limbo last year – I was living in house one and he was in house two – I sent the gawd-awful heavy TV from the living room with the movers because it was gawd-awful heavy and they’re movers. Until I was stuck without one I never realized was a good distractor tv was. I could watch Netflix stuff on my MacBook but it wasn’t the same. I wound up going to the local discount store and buying a little cheapy tv for a hundred bucks. I brought the DVD player and a satellite receiver from house two and hooked them up. And then my mom started inviting me out to their place for supper and to watch at least two episodes of In Plain Sight. It was a change from the popcorn I had been having for supper.

  5. Moving limbo sucks big time. What happened with kicking contractor butt? Are they working on her house so she can get in there soon? Because that will help.

    I bought a 22″ LCD HD tv at Best Buy for $200 a couple of years ago. It’s probably cheaper now. So maybe you could get by with something like that for awhile? It’s an expense, but not a huge one. Not a huge screen either, but it’s better than spending hundreds of dollars.

    A light box might help with the lack of light in the house. They come in different sizes and you can use some of them all day. Mine definitely perks me up in the mornings when it’s dark and cloudy outside.

    Krissie, don’t worry about the age fairy having jumped you. I think you look fine. But I understand the impulse. I look at the age-related changes on myself and want to hide them somehow. But we have to look at them differently. They are signs that we have gotten older and aren’t dead yet, so it’s a win. We are wise women. And if you really hate the look of your throat and chest, invest in scarves. They are stylish and fun and much more interesting than turtlenecks. 🙂

  6. Scarves and turtlenecks (or cowl-necks with a short necklace) are great ways to change things up without major clothing investments. Plus you can be dramatic and flip the scarf over your shoulder, pivot-turn and la…

    Moving is a pain in the ass, but the dust will settle. This is the shakeout-cruise part of the move, the move itself ain’t done yet. Patience, grasshopper.

  7. big warm fuzzies to one and all. I haven’t moved in ten years and the thought of doing so makes me skeevie. Yep, I’ll be living in this apartment the rest of my life (snort). Here’s to today. Tomorrow will be what it is. Fork yesterday, it’s long gone.

  8. We bought lamps and lightbulbs, Lani’s already shipped the tv and dvd player, we had a lovely lunch, and I thought I’d lost about a thousand words and then found that I hadn’t.
    So things are looking up.

    • Lynda says:

      Sounds like you’re making good progress. Great! I’m glad you got more lights. Light Is Good. The house we lived in for more than twenty-five years was poorly designed, window-wise, and always dark. I think the thing that sold me on my present home almost as soon as I first walked into it was the sunshine pouring in through all the windows.

      I don’t worry much about my own wattle, but what I keep noticing is that I now have Old Lady Hands–emerging dark spots, wrinkles across the back, fingers bent with arthritis. Sometimes I look at my hands and think they must belong to somebody else. But apart from the occasional joint pain–I had to give up knitting, which I miss a lot–they still work well enough for daily use, so I guess I should be grateful.

      • JenniferNennifer says:

        Glad to hear things are looking up. Light certainly does work wonders.

        Lynda – my mother took alfalfa for her arthritis. Doesn’t apparently work for everyone and she had to take a lot of it, but it allowed her to keep knitting, so I have to mention it.

  9. Micki says:

    (-: I am amazed at the take-charge pace going on here. It would take me three months to decide I needed the TV after all (-:. Glad you guys are on the job, and getting things done.

    I’m starting to get the old-lady hands. I’m OK in the summer, but there comes a day in October for the past couple of years when BOOM, my hands get all crepey, and they are that way until spring comes. Lotion helps a little, but I’m not good at doing that regularly.

    Of course, I don’t go around judging people because of their hand condition . . . but I feel disturbed when it’s my own.

  10. Eileen A-W says:

    I like the scarves suggestion but then turtlenecks choke me. Don’t know why that is. Krissie, you are being too hard on yourself. You are looking great!!! I had lunch with my close friends, all who are retired teachers except me (still teaching), and we talk about all the wonderful experience we have had over the years. Between the 5 of us there are over 150 years of teaching experience. Talk about feeling old. I haven’t moved in 25 years despite the house being too small for raising 4 kids and now having 3 adult children living with us. I don;t think I could handle the idea of packing all that my hubby has hoarded over the years. We all deal with our challenges in different ways, ways we can handle them without being overwhelmed. Hugs to you & Jenny.

  11. Barbara Cameron says:

    Krissie, you are often taking those photos with poor lighting and sometimes you’re looking down. Don’t judge yourself by them. I notice eyes on people and especially, their smiles. So stop worrying about any alleged wattle!

  12. Kelly S. says:

    I agree with Eileen A-W. turtlenecks choke me. Can’t stand wearing them.

    I don’t suppose reading books with the new lighting is an option instead of tv?

  13. I’ve never been able to wear turtlenecks. They make me feel like I’m suffocating.
    With the previous update comments it sounds like things are working out and headed in the right direction.
    Was going to offer poor babies but now nothing but good times ahead seems more appropriate.

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