Doing My ABC's

It got very cold in Oklahoma last night. And wouldn't you know my heat would go out. The pupsters and I covered ourselves with mountains of blankets and chattered our way through the night. 

I called the front office this morning, but there is only one maintenance man and he was working someplace else. So I donned my flannel granny gown (I couldn't get pajamas over my boot) and we huddled on the bed. 

Finally he comes with a space heater and says they are demanding he be at a meeting someplace else in town. So he plugs it in and starts looking at the heater (which is supposed to be new) to see if he needs to go buy parts. 

In the meantime, Abi has decided she will not come in. Now that's unusual with her. Usually it's Charlie who is sniffing out something and cannot hear over the primal instincts in his dog head. 

I stood with my scooter at the patio door calling her, trying to lure her in with treats. (Which are actually Composure pills that look like treats that are supposed to calm her, but don't.)

Finally I call my next door neighbor Charlie, and he comes over and goes out to get the shivering Abi hiding at the back of the patio where I can't see her, who is obviously not happy that the maintenance man is in the house. And probably not happy that the place is cold as well. Join the club.

I thank him, and explain that I went out there at 10 p.m. last night on my scooter (yes, I was very careful easing over the cement step to the patio) and tried my best to get the garden hose off the spigot, to no avail. It was frozen. 

I tell Charlie that I told management, but they said I'd have to put in a work order. He sighs and goes over to Volare, who is on a step ladder in front of the heater in the hall, and tells him what I've just told him about the spigot. 

Volare, thank goodness, manages to fix the heater before he must go to this meeting that is so important, and for which he keeps getting calls on his cell phone to go to. 

A man of little words, he gets off the step ladder and goes outside to find that he himself can't get the hose off the spigot. I'd just had Kay water my poor now dead-looking plants the day before. 

He comes back in and heads to the door muttering "has to be taken care of now", and shaking his head at the futility of someone thinking that such a thing could be put off with this arctic cold front upon us. 

So now the heat is blasting and I'm thawing out and the dogs are happily back up on the bed with me snuggling like bugs in a rug. (Is that really an old phrase that I picked up long ago? Have you heard someone say "snug as a bug in a rug?" Or did I grab that out of the air?)

Doctor's Visit: I saw the doctor on Monday and he is pleased with the incisions five days out, and says to come back next Monday. 

He said he took out all of the hardware (do you think they use screwdrivers or drills? I don't think I want to know) and cleaned up where he could, because I have a lot of arthritis where this injury occurred.

You see, they opened up the old scar on the outside of my right ankle/leg, and put a scope into the other side. (The spot where they stuck the scope in has begun to itch by the way, and I try to rub it through the boot.)

He said I must be careful and try to take care of myself if I want to get where I can walk hopefully without the boot. Show due diligence?

(In other words, does he mean somehow turn my internal motor down to slow, when it's been turned to high from day one?) 

Kay has already explained to me that after surgery he pulled her aside and told her this as well, and she replied that I'm not exactly one to listen. Hey, I live alone. Who else is there to do things?

I have begun to take off the boot (which I was told to sleep in as well as wear during the day) and put ice on it.

(Take a good look at my pretty patio flowers, for they are pretty no more. They are brown and hanging limp as a wet rag.)

I have begun the ABC exercises I've been told to do, same as after the first surgery. Which means you write your ABC's in the air with your foot. 

I have never quite grasped if they mean trying to write my ABC's with my whole foot, or with my toes? What do you think, as my foot is of one piece?

Well, when my toes are fully warmed up, I will be at them again. Then applying ice. Which right now, after a night of fifty degrees and dropping in here, doesn't sound all that appealing. 

Meanwhile I am looking out the window and it looks gray and bleak. Heaven help those who have to be out there today. 

I'm staying cuddled up with the pupsters, and being thankful for the heat that is working and making this cozy little house/apartment cozy again.


  1. I'm so glad you got the heat back on my friend! Stay warm and snuggle up! And take it easy! Hugs, Diane

  2. I have heard that bug in a rug saying my whole life, have no clue what it derived from though..........

  3. Glad your heat is fixed! Stay warm. It's in the 60's today in New Jersey. This weather is crazy!

  4. I hope you're as snug as a bug in a rug today Brenda. I've heard that little saying all my life.. Sure hope you'll be that snug for the remainder of the cold weather..
    You must listen to your doctor and do what he tells you to do.. You don't want to have gone through surgery for nothing.. Now this is "Mama Charlotte" talking. I'm glad you have a good neighbor to call on..
    I've been cleaning and putting away Fall and Halloween decorations.. I wish some elves or fairies would come in the night and decorate for me for Christmas.. I'm not going to do as much this year as I have in the past..
    It's nice that you have your two little furry buddies to keep you company.. Bless their little hearts..
    Thinking about you and Judy too. Bless her heart also.

  5. I think they mean to do your ABC's with your whole foot. That is so that you can get your ankle moving. Do what the doctor says. Believe me. You will be much happier in the long run. I am like you and try to do everything myself, but it isn't always a good plan. So glad your heat is fixed. Stay warm. xo Laura

  6. So glad you got the heating back on and have the pups to snuggle up with! The expression 'snug as a bug in a rug' is a real is one I have always known as my family used it when tucking up us children and I still say it too sometimes. I hope your ankle gets better soon....the exercises should keep it mobile as it heals. Take care, Brenda, and keep cosy.
    Helen xox

  7. Yes, "snug as a bug in a rug" is an old saying. Happy to hear you have heat. And I'm pretty sure you should be doing your ABC's with your whole foot! But DO slow down. Even living alone it is possible. You just do things s..l..o..w..l..y. But first you need to slow down your thinking. Your thoughts come first with your body acting upon your thoughts. Slow your thoughts and your body will follow. Try it! It works! Have a nice "slow-down" week!

  8. Do your ABS's with the whole foot and in cursive. It is hard to slow down being single. Meaning no other BODY lives with you except the four legged kind. (very hard not to have help sometimes, but I would not trade it) Stay snug as a bug in a rug...even if the heater is not on.

  9. Stay warm! I also have heard " snug as a bug in a rug" all my life. I always wonder where those sayings come from!

  10. Aren't you glad that you can just call a maintenance guy to come fix your heat? You couldn't do that with your house! Glad that it's all fixed. I've been in that situation before waiting for the heat to get fixed and it's NOT fun! Glad to hear that your ankle is healing well too. Hopefully, you will be back to normal soon.

  11. You always make me laugh when you write about your antidotes. I don't think you should be going out on the patio in that scooter! And yes, move the whole foot as everybody has said. He did a lot of work in there, so glad you found this doctor! Sounds to me like you ave a pretty great maintenance man and neighbor! And I was just thinking, the best thing about this whole heater not working calamity is you didn't have to pay for repairs!

  12. Brenda, I am so glad the heat is back on and you are warm. It is so hard living alone and yes, there are some things you just have to try to do yourself. I know you will try to careful and get help when you can. Hugs to you and the pupsters!


  13. slowwwwwwwwwwwwwww down Miss. I want you healthy and walking around and back to a normal//well ya know// life so you can drive and do what you want to.
    yes move the whole foot lol.. I'm visualizing you twirling your footie in the air while abby and charlie look t each other with that " what the hell" look on their face.. lol lol

  14. It's cold here too and guess what ~ something is wrong with our furnace too. I had space heaters on all day. David is trying to find what's wrong. We have two systems and one seems to be working now but the other one is not. I am pretty sure it's time for a new furnace. Can't imagine what that will cost since we have two systems. Oh well, it's always something isn't it. Glad to hear you are healing well. Don't do anything silly!
    Oh and did you feel the earthquake?

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  15. Hi Brenda! I am so so happy you and your babies have some heat again...they are so tiny I bet they really got cold...snug as a bug in a rug I have heard all my life...cute little saying I think...please take care and be careful so your ankle can mend 100% this time!! xoxo Carol

  16. Brenda, I am so sorry to hear about your heat (or lack thereof)--that's miserable! I'm glad that it got fixed and you and the pupsters can hopefully have a good night tonight.

    I had the opposite problem at school today--the temp in my room was in the 80s with the heat OFF! The heat just kept pouring out of the vents. I wasn't about to complain though, because some rooms had no heat and the temperature outside was far below zero with the wind chill. We just cracked open the windows until we found a happy medium. It's supposedly fixed now...we'll see.

    Keep warm and get healthy!

  17. Hummmm...I'm thinking it's the abc's with your foot, maybe bending at the ankle? Can you do that yet?

    Snug as a bug? Girl, that's a saying that's older than dirt!

  18. I'm glad to hear that you are healing, now Brenda, please don't overdo it...listen to your Dr.s please!!!

    Yes I know, who else is going to do it, but jeesh.

    Brrrr of course the heat went out just as the Artic Front came's quite cold here, goodbye summer flowers.

    -10C today and tomorrow -12 I have no idea what that is in F anymore...but it's beautifully cold when I go for my morning walk, just please don't snow yet. LOL.

    Heal fast, and I certainly hope this one works out for you.


  19. Good grief, no heat just when it turns cold, don't know how you stood it! And the poor pups! Hope your ankle heals quickly and I'd vote for the alphabet with your whole foot, but hey I'm just guessing. BTW we've said snug as a bug in a rug all my 60+ years in Virginia.


  20. What a mess to not have heat. I don't think you have an oven either, do you? I used to turn my oven on with door open when I lost heat. Did you know you can make kind of a mini-heater with a candle inside two tin cans? You put a large candle inside a small can and set it inside a bigger tin can (think big old coffee tin and small one). I keep that set up in my car in the winter and gave a winter kit to my kids. It will keep you from freezing to death if your car gets stuck off the road...and is not enough to cause noxious fumes inside a car. I suppose in a house you could set up two or three of them and keep a small area warmish.

    Glad your healing is coming along nicely. Do what they say- you want to be free to move with as much agility as you can. xo Diana

  21. Glad it's working again. Snug as a bug in a rug...heard it many a time though I wonder where these old sayings originated from. One that is quite old and always puzzled me was 'neat as a pin'.

  22. As I totally hate the cold I so feel for you having to put up with no heating...and also glad it is now fixed. I rather like the idea of the winter kit NanaDiana mentions here. It might be a good idea to look into survival tips via google as although they used during extreme conditions there might be ideas there you can use and have ready if this happens again....but I hope it doesn't of course.
    The origin of idioms and expressions is fascinating. My Gran used to say that to me when she tucked me in at night "snug as a bug in a rug" or "she would say sleep tight mind the bugs don't bite" I don't know the origin but it is probably from way back when bed bugs were rife and everyone had to sleep with them...yuck!!!
    Take care now

    Amanda x

  23. I hate the winter months. Truly I do. Our furnace gave out a few years ago in January. The day before a blizzard. The furnace guys came out the 22 miles in the blizzard to look at the furnace and told that yes it didn't work, wouldn't work ever again, that they could replace it but it would take a couple of days. Back 22 miles to town they went, and we went back under the covers. The next day they came back. They had found us a furnace! They looked around and then drove about 75 miles one way to get it for us. They didn't want us to have to wait in the cold. Great guys! They drove not only to us the 44 round trip miles, but then 150 round trip to get us a a blizzard. We got about 10 inches of snow.
    I am supposed to do the ABC's also. With my whole foot. It is to strengthen the ankle.

  24. I know what you mean about being told to slow down. My Mom, who I take care of, always tells me to take time to sit down and rest a little. But, every time I sit down, someone (human or animal) needs something done for them. You need to heal, but with living alone, you have to do more for yourself than if someone else was there. Glad that the heater got fixed. I remember the first cold snap in the blue house, your heater there did the same thing.

  25. That's terrible about the heat...the first big cold front of the year. I'm glad you are warm now. When I see hubby and Abby leave for work in this cold, I feel so spoiled.

    I wish you had someone to help you. Then again sometimes I have my own pity party and feel like the people I've always "taken care of" are failing me. One handed dinner and clean up again last night. I only do it because I'm bored, Brenda...seriously. BORED! But having someone next to me helping would be so nice. You would think they were digging ditches all day by the way they collapse at 6.

    Sorry. I guess need to redirect my anger. I haven't been dressed or out in 3 days now. At 25 degrees who needs it?

    Jane x

  26. Having no heat is worse than no water. We do have water now. Did you drive to the doctors. Please stay in if you can while it is so cold.
    I had to do the abc's while my foot was in water. Are you sure you do them with your foot up in the air. I would think that would hurt your back. Yes whole foot.
    Poor doggy. Scared of that strange man.
    Two showings this week so far. I had to put jackets on the dogs while we were kicked out of the house. I would seriously that if someone wanted to move they would want to before the cold and holidays. GEEZ.

  27. Brenda I was right where you are this time last year. With a boot on doing ABC's, trying to stay warm and keep my mind occupied while my body healed. It will heal but you have to give it time, lots of time. I last one week sleeping with the darn thing on then I started taking it off at night but make sure you surround your foot with pillows so if you bump in the night it will not be affected. Also work your thighs every day to prevent atrophy and circulate the blood. I used to do lifts and stretch each leg up and out. It helps. I am glad you have friends to help and maintance men to get things done.
    Thinking of you and wishing you healthy healing without pain. This to shall pass and in the meantime "snug as a bug in a rug". Love that saying. Go forth and heal, follow doctor's orders and eat healthy for strong bones. Lots of calcium to.
    Thank Goodness for maintance men. That is what I love about renting. All you do is make a phone call.

  28. The healing of your ankle sounds so promising! xoxo


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