Thursday, November 24, 2022

A Thanksgiving Personal Crisis.


 

This Post starts out one kinda way when everything was Fine... and ends with it NOT being... and a huge personal crisis on Thanksgiving that blindsided us during the Holidays. The Daughter has the whole of Thanksgiving Week off Work and so does Princess T from School, so I can Sleep in, but dont'cha know I can't manage to... dammit!   My internal Clock goes off too early and then I can't manage to go back to Sleep even tho' I don't need to get up early.  The Man never Sleeps in, he's an early riser whether he needs to be or not.  But now, with a house full, he ends up waking me up being intentionally noisy by staying in our Room and being restless 'til I'm up.  *Le Sigh*   Before he could wander into the Main parts of the house, but then he'd now be waking Kids up doing that.




The Daughter got all ready for Work before she realized she didn't even have to go in.  Which meant she got me up to take her, then we both were all dressed up with nowhere to go at 6:00 a.m.!  *LOL*   The Man is pouting now that he's not got anywhere to tag along to.  *Ha ha ha*  He doesn't know or care where he's going, he's ready to be on his way.   Too Cold outside to take him Canning, he is missing doing that as often as we were when it was Warm enough to go early to do it.  He got to Yesterday when Juan Carlos and Princess T asked to be taken to the Duck Park to feed the Migratory and Domestic flocks there.   He collected Aluminum while we all fed the Birds.




There were more Wild Birds than Domestic ones that day and they gobbled up the Wild Bird Seed we provided.  Usually people feed them crap that isn't Healthy for them, but that silly Humans think Wild Birds eat in the Wild... you know, like White Bread and French Fries.  *Eye Roll*   We feed Wild Birds on our Property too, I keep a Dove/Quail Block out all of the time and then supplemental Wild Bird Seed Mix.   Princess T and Juan Carlos put up my Christmas Tree for me, they'd spent part of the day putting up the taller one that then they had to take down since it wouldn't light up.  I spent the Day decorating the second one they put up.  I added some Fairy Lights, a strand of 100 since there were some of the Pre-Lit Lights that weren't working anymore in some small sections on that Tree too.  *Le Sigh*




But, it's a nice Tree and I wasn't ready to Donate it too, like we did the 9 Foot one that the Lights had gone out on and we had to take down to put this one up.   The Donated Tree looked more Realistic, but would have been more problematic to try to replace the Lights on.   It was discouraging that both Trees had lighting problems, the Pre-Lit Trees only really last a few Years before the Lights malfunction.   Taking Lights off a Pre-Lit Tree is next to impossible, you just have to overlay new Lights as best you can if you want to get more use out of the Tree after it's original Lights malfunction.   It's not like just a single Bulb goes out, an entire Section's Strand goes out.   More had gone out on the taller Tree, only one Section would even light up anymore.




When we went to trade in our Aluminum Cans at the Recycle Center, the Owner had Scored Six Metal Vintage Milk Crates and agreed to Sell them to me for a mere Five Bucks each.   Which just happened to be the exact amount of my Aluminum payout, so it was an even Trade/Exchange, making he and I both Happy and Laughing at the ironic Negotiation.  He gives me Thirty Bucks, I hand it right back to him.   He gets Aluminum, I get a half Dozen Vintage Milk Crates.   Now, if you're Wondering why this Trade made me super Happy, Vintage Metal Milk Crates go for between $35-$60 or more each now in the Industry.   I Keep all of mine for Decorating and Utilitarian Purposes, but, that's what I could get for them Resale.  The Scrappers Pay Five Cents a Pound for them.  So, both he and I Profit and they don't get Scrapped.  Win-Win.




So, here's our Tree after I installed 100 new Fairy Lights to the very Top and a small portion of the Middle.   It wasn't yet Decorated in this pix, but it did fit nicely in the area we usually put the Tree, I didn't have to reorganize much of the Room, just move some of The Son's possessions.   This Room has most of his Worldly Possessions in it in Suitcases, Tubs and Piles.    I wanted to keep it Simple and just Colorful this Year, so I broke out the Mardi Gras Style Shatterproof Ornaments.  The Daughter helped me with some of the Decorating, but she and I were Butterfingers and kept dropping Ornaments, so it's a good thing we had decided on the Non-Breakables and not the Antique Ornaments. *Whew*




And here it is, mostly Decorated, I did spend some time after this filling in some blank spots on the backside.   This is the most visible side and the most accessible side, so I concentrated on this side.   The Ornaments for this Theme haven't seen a rotation in several Years, but it is a Fun and Quick Theme to Decorate a Tree with when you don't have or want to spend a lot of time fussing with it to put it all up and take it all down.  And this Year I wanted to keep things Simplified and save Time.   I just didn't have it in me to do a lot of Work and spend a lot of Time on Decorating for the Holidays. 




 I'd been called in to Work Thanksgiving Eve to Work the Night Shift.  We're dealing with a serious personal crisis right now that happened the Evening before Thanksgiving just after I got Home from Work.  The Daughter and The Son were in a bad car accident.  So of coarse Thanksgiving is mostly about Dealing with that crisis now.  I was ill prepared to receive such alarming News and that always takes me back to the fateful day that The Man was in his catastrophic accident and Life forever changed from his injuries and the circumstances of what caused it.  It's not something you want to relive twice, that's for sure.  This accident seems like it is as complex as all that and the details elude me at this time... I've got hurt Loved Ones, a totaled Vehicle and more Questions than Answers... like The Man's terrible accident, it happened just Blocks from Home and was that Call you never want to get...




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Not a 'Happy' Thanksgiving at all after all... Dawn... The Bohemian 

14 comments:

  1. I'm so sorry Dawn. I hope they're okay. Sending hugs and love.

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    1. There are injuries with my Loved Ones, the other Vehicle had been abandoned in the middle of a very busy dimly lit Road with it's Lights off, no idea why, so I have more Questions than Answers? The Occupants lied to the Police according to The Daughter, who understands and speaks Spanish fluently, so knew what the other Car's Occupants were saying to the Police response team. I'm concerned about the Daughter, they had Fire and Rescue check her out, but Today her Head and Chest hurt a lot and we might end up in the ER, which she's resisting out of fear. With her fragile Mental Health you have to take things easy with preparing her for anything. This all brings me back to a very bad Memory of when The Man had his catastrophic accident... sometimes bad car accident injuries are latent, especially internal bleeds and such. You never want to get one of those Calls in a Lifetime, let alone Two.

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  2. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your Dawn!!!!! These picture just might make me decorate earlier then usual! And your tree is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Very festive, I must say.

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    1. Thanks Maddie, it did turn out gorg didn't it? It was a simplistic theme, I just want to streamline the Holidays this year and keep it all small and festive. We had a very nice Thanksgiving in spite of the personal crisis that happened the Night before, the whole Dinner went well, the Grandsons came over and took over cooking since The Son and The Daughter are recovering from their car accident injuries and The Man needed the assistance in the Kitchen. The Niece came over and we were fortunate that other Guests refrained, due to things becoming so complicated and in such a personally anxious way, so it was just Family and no Guests we had to Host.

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    2. I'm so relieved to read the kidos are on the mend. It's never a good call to get and puts on in a panic till you know the details. I didn't want to comment earlier, in fear it might be fresh yet. I relieved to see your comment.

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    3. lt was so anxiety ridden until I knew their injuries were not severe, since neither of them has Medical Insurance, they were reluctant to go to a Hospital and refused the Fire And Rescue to take them, tho' they let them check them out at the Scene. I had the usual mixture of fear and anger, anger being fear in disguise really, since, Adults develop their own habits and well, you know Mads, you Young People don't always heed the Sage advice given by your Elders for your own safety and well being all of the time. But, that said, I try not to get so Old that I forget what it was like to be Young. You just become more cautious with the Wisdom that comes from Age.

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  3. I'm sorry to hear of the accident and I hope everyone will be okay.

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    1. Thank you my Friend, well, nobody needed to go to the Hospital or ER so that was a relief, I couldn't imagine spending all of Thanksgiving in a Waiting Room after a serious accident. They're resting at Home, we notified our Insurance and I'm sure they will do the Investigation necessary, we have a good Company and the other Vehicle had Insurance and will have to explain why they abandoned a vehicle in the middle of a busy Road at Night with no Hazard Lights... which were working, becoz they turned them on AFTER the accident and their story wasn't lining up with Truthfulness, according to The Daughter, so it will be interesting. There are those instances where con artists cause accidents intentionally to sue people, so we will have that Investigated to ensure that isn't what happened... you just never know, lots of folks nowadays running scams and such to exploit situations they often create.

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  4. Sending prayers for everyone-whether they were in the accident or not.

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    1. Thank You Kathy, those of us not in the accident are still impacted by it. We Salvaged Thanksgiving Dinner, it went well and now everyone is Home recovering from the Accident and eating too much.

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  5. So sorry to hear about the accident, but glad no one was seriously injured. Yes, I can relate as we had one of those middle of the night calls years ago concerning our youngest son. There were serious injuries, but after hospital stays everyone eventually mended. Still, the horror of that call remains in my memory. Take care, my friend. It may not have been a Happy Thanksgiving, but it probably was a thankful one.

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    1. Definitely Thankful, considering the damage to the Vehicles, they could have been hurt much worse, the Airbags did the job they were designed to do. Getting even One of those Calls in a Lifetime is enuf, never mind Two... it really was a Trigger to me that I didn't realize until it happened again.

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  6. How awful for everyone. It is good to know they are ok. On a lighter note, your tree is lovely. I consider it highly decorated!

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    1. Highly Decorated... ha ha ha... yep, that it is! *Winks* Believe it or not I've done a Minimalist Tree before too and liked it, but this Year I felt I wanted to go Colorful and use Simplistic unbreakable Ornaments that are easy to put up and take down since it takes no time at all. Yes, everyone is going to be Okay, I was Triggered so badly tho', since it brought back so many dark memories of when The Man had his catastrophic accident years ago. If either of the Adult Kiddos had been hurt worse, I don't think I could have handled that.

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