Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Morning Ramblings 'bout Nothin'

I am totally bored and I have no email to read. I'm used to waking up to at least 50 or so, but noooooooooo not this morning. Only a few. Boring! And since I have absolutely nothing of interest or importance to blog about, I figured I'd just chew your ears off talking about nothing in particular. Doesn't that sound like fun?

Latest news here is that our most recent realtor contract is up, and after another blasted 6 months on the market, our home in the Tampa area STILL has not sold. It's been on the market for nearly 22 months and has gotten lots of good feedback, but not one offer in all this time. Wrong price? Wrong realtor? Just wrong? Argh! The aggravation of it all!

I've found a realtor online who sounds very aggressive and has given me some great information, but of course Jimmy has someone else in mind. I've passed on the information from "my guy" and will now leave it up to him to make the final decision. Again. Meanwhile, for the past 22 months we've lived on one salary, paying two mortgages, two electric bills, two water bills, lawn maintenance on the Tampa house, blah blah blah. Someone stick a fork in my because I'm WELL done. Here's the MLS number if you're curious. T2305227. Yeah, I'm not too interested myself anymore.

What else can I ramble on about? Let's see, I still haven't gotten the results of the latest sleep study, and am awaiting them anxiously, and I do mean anxiously. It seems that each day that goes by I get a little more exhausted and a lot more weak and unable to concentrate or think clearly. Driving the girls back and forth to their various activities has been pure hell on me but I'm trying to motor through it. I just keep telling myself I'll get my CPAP soon and start feeling better.

Poor Jill. The other day she had her dogs (5 of them then) outside playing when she heard her little ones barking. She didn't think much of it because hey, they're dogs. They bark. But after a while she called them in and no Liloh. Jill went searching and found Liloh, dead, in the back yard with big bite marks through her abdomen. For years now they've had problems with the wackos next door and their big Rottweilers who constantly get out and jump Jill's fence. Just last year the same dog killed her brand new poodle puppy, Hershey, and Animal Control basically did nothing.

Jill immediately called the police who of course couldn't do anything, and a call to Animal Control was a dead end because they don't work on Sunday. So she called again yesterday. Apparently there's only one AC officer who is able to handle this situation in her city and he happens to be out sick. I tell you what, if Jill doesn't get some kind of justice she's going to call the media in. How can they allow this dog to kill two innocent puppies within a year? I love dogs and all animals, but this one needs to be taken away from the family and put down. As do all their dogs. They keep them outside in all kinds of weather, oftentimes with no food or water, and just basically neglect them. And what if it had been one of Jill's children that the Rottweiler decided to attack instead of a dog? OMG, I can't even think of it.

Jill is just shattered. We all are. RIP little Liloh. Aunt Justiney loves you always!

Ah, but that's not all Jill is dealing with. If you've been with me since the beginning, then you know that Gianna has a rare condition called Cornelia de Lange Syndrome ( and with that her health is always in the balance for one reason or another. But this latest has every doctor so far stumped. She's been running a fairly low fever (between 100-101) for the past month with no let-up. The child is so exhausted from it, and whatever is running through her body that she's only awake for about four hours out of each day. All she wants to do is sleep. Her pediatrician has run the gamut of tests on her, from cat scratch fever, to cancer, to lupus to lymes disease. Everything comes back negative except for showing signs that there is some kind of virus running through her. The next step is an infectious disease doctor, who just yesterday told her they can't be seen until the end of November. Excuse me????? The child has had a fever for a month, has a rare syndrome, and this isn't considered a priority? Jill's pediatrician, who happens to be wonderful, is taking over and trying to get her an appointment within the next week, but none of us are holding our breath.

Okay, have I chewed your ears off long enough? Are you still awake? Eyeballs getting dry and itchy? Okay, I'll shut up now. I'll leave you with this. Jimmy has lost 9.2 pounds. In one week. In. One. Week! Somebody just shoot me now, because the latest? Cheese is evil! Grrrrrrrrrrr.

27 "Sister" Lovin' Friends Said:

  • Naz

    Does your sister rent or own? She has some dangerous neighbors living there.
    As far as weight loss, the first week is always the biggest, afterwards it slows right down to normal weight loss.

  • Picket

    Morning girl...Oh how horrible about Jill's little dog!!! Like you said ...what if it had been one of the children that the dog had attacked! Oh my word!!! I am sorry to hear about Gianna and her fever....there is alot of virus going around lately and I pray they get to the root of the problem soon so that baby can be herself again..congrats on your hubby's weight lost...but give up cheese????? I'll have to think on that one! lol lol have a great day girl! Hope you get to feeling better soon.

  • santamaker

    Hey Tiney,
    Sorry all the news was so sad, especially that Jimmy lost 9 lbs!..J/K...
    I am so sorry to hear about your niece's condition. Poor baby girl. What a struggle and stress that sounds like. Hope they figure it out soon.
    Well, as for your study...WHAT THE HELL ARE THEY WAITIN' FOR ?????? They can read those results right away, can't they?!? Come on, they scare you to death, then tell you to wait a month?!? You must be very frustrated. On the otherhand, if they had seen an emergency situation while tested, I'm sure they would have made a move right away. I would call them every freakin' day until they got tired of my phone calls !!! and lastly, the right person will come along and snatch that house right up. Have you planted a St. Joseph in the yard?
    Be good,

  • Anonymous

    I sure hope you hear something soon so you can get some much needed rest. That little girl is so pretty, hope they can find the problem soon. I don't know about you, but CHEESE is meat IMHO. Of course, that is not hubby's opinion.


  • Lisa

    Over 9 pounds in one week? Forshizzle??? Jerk. Cheese is NOT evil. I can cut out regular soda and switch to diet. I can cut out chocolate to just 1 teeny tiny 1/2-inch square (halloween candy) per day. But cheese? Not gonna do it. Cheese is GOOD. 9 pounds?? Serious??

    I hope the AC takes that Rott away. Why do people want to own dogs like that anyway?

    I hope Gianna pediatrician gets her in to the ID center ASAP.

  • squawmama

    Wow... a coiple of very sad stories.. my heart is breaking over both of them.. I too love animals... It could very well be a child next time. And the little girl.. she is so precious.. I can't believe that wouldn't be a priority.. please keep me posted about her. Ok HEY.. I sent you an email.. ok matybe it was junk mail but I did... ;-D

    Love & Hugs

  • nikkicrumpet

    Dang're even stronger than I thought! What a ton of burdens you're carrying at the moment. I don't know how you keep your sense of humor but you do. So sorry about little Liloh and sweet Gianna. Poor Jill must be beside herself! And doesn't it just make you sick how men can lose weight sooooo easy...then they wonder what our problem is! GRRRR is right. Hang in there...things are so hard for you right now. I'll keep you in my prayers and I hope they finally find a solution for your sleeping issues. FAST!

  • niartist

    WOW!! Way to go Jimmy, and I'm so sorry to hear about Jill's pup. I'm anxiously awaiting the results from your sleep study too, and I hope that the CPAP comes soon, and helps!

  • Raxx - A day in the life

    Hope your house sells soon, I would love to see you get your new home and decorate! Keep the faith, things will turn around, As you know we are on a one salary household too, my job search is going sloooowly.

    Poor Jill huh? A sick child is challenging, thank God she has you to talk to and for support.

    As for the dog incident, her neighbors are ridiculous! That should be a police matter, not passed of the AC!

  • Anonymous


    How can anyone get bored with you ramblings???? Seems like you are going through it girly! I hope posting on your blog helps you relieve some of your stress.


  • Mary De Bastos

    for having nothing to blog about, you sure have ALOT on your mind!
    If I was moving to Florida, I'd buy your house.
    I am anxious to hear about your sleep apnea, it being the worst and all, I wonder what they will come up with to help you.
    Much love!
    Love your blog Justine, it really gives me a kick and something to take my mind off things. Thanks!

  • onlymehere

    Oh no, not cheese! I didn't like cheese until I started working with Larry at Burger King (that's how I met him). Now I put cheese on almost everything! I love cheese. Maybe this explains why I can't lose weight! LOL!! I try to take it easy on it but cheese is a comfort food for me! Sorry about the rest of your trials. I'm going to go look at your house. I didn't realize that you had one you were trying to sell.

  • onlymehere

    You had a pool! The house is really nice. It must just be the market in your area. I like the paint and it looks to be fairly large. We want to move in three years but I don't look forward to selling. We'll see what the market's like then.

  • French

    I am so sorry about all the crap you are dealing with....I feel so bad about everything;( Hugs to you and hoping things get better, prayers for your niece and Jill too! French;)

  • Buffie

    Ok, I think a group prayer is called for in these instances...everyone reading the long list of troubles you're having PLEASE pray hard that they are resolved and soon! We love ya girlie, hang in there! Buffie : )

  • niartist

    I'm sad.

  • niartist

    email me please, I don't have your e-mail.

  • Anonymous

    Oh poor Jill, you know how I ma about dogs and especially dogs that bite other dogs - I'd swear but know how you hate bad language.

    Lots of hugs to you all - you sure need them.

  • squawmama

    BTW... cheese is like KING in this house... but then again I have the hips to prove it... Hope your feeling good soon... I know how Ralph suffered before he got his.. not easy and STAY AWAKE driving... Love Ya


  • Rachelle

    Sorry about your sister's dog. How awful ~ hopefully she will get some kind of justice. I found your blog through a Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Google Alert. I am sorry to hear Gianna is not feeling well. I have a 4 year old son who has CdLS and I would love to meet and/or hear more about Jill and Gianna. Does she have a blog too? Stop by and visit us if you get a chance. Thanks!

  • Susan (Moonlight and Magnolias on RMS)

    Ditto Santa...gee, thought they would have told you something by now. Sorry there's been so much bad news lately...time for some good news, right?! Hope you hear something soon! Susan

  • Bridget

    I have something on my blog for you!

  • Elizabeth

    Yeah, I heard cheese was evil, especially from the nutritionist when they discovered I have diabetes. Too bad! I had cheese w/ both breakfast and dinner today.

  • Life on Bonnie Lane

    Well damn, things are sure not so good! That is horrible that a specialist can't see your niece until November! Totally ridiculous! I'm glad the doctor is on it and trying to get her in sooner. Poor baby!

    Also so awful about Jill's dog. I would be furious too! If I were here, I would be writing to the newspaper. Yes, a dog who attacks like that does need to be put down. I am an animal lover too, but once they taste blood, it will happen again.

    I have a house sitting in another town too. I think I will just put it up for auction. It's paid for though, but I still have to pay an electric bill on it and pay to have the lawn mowed.

    As for Jimmy and his 9 pound weight loss...well if you lose too quickly, it generally finds its way back on.

    And I hope you get the sleep study results back soon. Man, they have kept you waiting too long already!


  • SchmeckyGirl

    Cheese is evil!?!?!?!?!? Oh nooooooooooooo! So!!! Blog the diet! I need to know what to eat and what to cut out! I want to lose ten pounds and be a size 2 again. It's my mission.

    Yes, our poor little Gianna. I can't wait to hear back about her this weekend. I hope they have an answer. And your sleep study too.

    And that dog! Argh! I watch Animal Precinct sometimes and I think they move a lot quicker on tv!

    I hope you sell that thorn in your side soon. I know it will greatly change your circumstances. Wish I could buy it from you.

  • Heidi @ GGIP

    Both my Mom and Dad have CPAP's. They take a while to get used to, but my mom says she feels better in the morning after she uses it all night.

    I'm sorry about the frustration of your house not selling. I can't even imagine.

    I'm here via Rachelle of the Riedmieller Family blog. She mentioned that your family member has CdLS. My baby also has CdLS. Looking forward to visiting again!

  • Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden

    Hey girl! Just trying to quicky catch up with everyone!
    I'm so sorry about Jill's lil' pooch. How infuriating. Can't even be safe in your own back yard.

    I'm sorry to hear that Poopy Pants is feeling poorly too.

    I hope you get your CPAP ASAP.

    The block party looked like a fun time. It's waRshers honey, not washers, LOL!!!

    I want to kill Jimmy for losing over 9 pounds in a week. It's just not fair. Guys get to each twice as much food as us and STILL lose quicker.

    You are so onery girl, you better watch out~ someday Jill might come after YOU will a can of Aqua Net!

    And I'm glad that your days of pooping in the back yard are over. You just crack me up. Thanks for lifting my spirits!