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Pete trips again!
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   Posted 8/27/2010 6:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Fams & Friends!!!
Oh how much I have missed all of Y'all!!! I am finally home for good I hope after what has been a real nightmare! I want to thank everyone who has supported me through out these passed 5 weeks of hell! For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, my wife and I have a house that we bought 25 years ago where we raised our two boys and lived untill about a year ago when I retired from my job due to too many health reasons to list!
I had a depressed friend living there who I thought I was helping out after his wife died and he sold his house. The deal was he was going to help fix the place up and keep it clean in exchange for rent, the only thing he paid for was the utilities and a small amount for misculanius upkeep. Well he never raised a finger to do anything there, his excuse was he was too sick although many trips to the dr. and hospital turned up nothing except high blood pressure and depression. I understand what depression feels like so I let him stay there feeling sorry for him.
He came to visit us a little over a month ago and my wife told him that we had someone who was interested in renting our house. The market is so bad in S. Fla. there is no way we can sell it evan if we tried w/ all the forclosed & repo'ed houses there. This house was our nest egg that we struggled for 20 years barely paying off the morgage but never missed a payment!! I'm so mad at what's happened to our country but I better shut up about it now> GRRRRRRR!!!!
So anyway my freind got all depressed and said we were throwing him out in the street evan though we told him he could stay but would have to help more w/ rent since he hasn't kept his part of the deal! He moved out the following week leaving almost everything he owned in my house including dirty dishes in the sink!! He said that all of his "stuff" would more than pay for his living there for a year!
This left me with a house full of 25 years of living and raising our boys plus all of "Jack's stuff" that had to be out of the house in 4 weeks. This may seem like plenty of time but we now live 250 miles from the house in a much smaller house with no place to put all this stuff and not much help in moving it!
Being w/o a job for over a year now and being shot down for SSD twice has taken it's toll on our $$ sittuation and the cost of me driving back and forth 12 times in the last 4 weeks has cost us plenty but still much less than a moving company would have cost us.
Now I'm back home and our renter moves in tomorrow! We had painters do the whole house and then carpets put in the bedrooms while I was still scrambling to get everything out of there! We also paid cleaners a ton of $$$$ to make the place spotless today  for her tomorrow!  I got back home last night w/ my last load, our horse trailer full to the roof and my pickup bursting at the seams w/ stuff! Today I looked in our tiny house that already looks like a episode of "Horders" and my two sheds, one that I put up in a day between trips that are already full to the max and thought> What the hell do I do now???? We can't really aford to get a storage unit! Yikes!!!
So thats my matterial whining session, now for my health! I'm pretty bad off right now. I just can't believe I did what I did in the last month!!! My neck is so stiff I can't move my head w/o lightnig bolts going down my spine and my lower back hurts so much I'm walking all hunched over!!! Hips, knees, shoulders, feet and my stupid torn ankle tendon, oh there's just too much to talk about! It takes me about 10 minutes in the morning just to get loose enough to walk at all! The pain meds are doing squat!!
I know some of you thing "Wow this guy is a real winner! What a stupid! Why would he do all this stuff to himself then come here and cry about his poopy little pains to us??? confused   I know Y'all are right but some of my friends here don't like it when I speak badly about myself so I'm trying really hard not too!!!!
Geese there is sooooo much more going on but I'm just too flat out beat up and tired to tell Y'all any more today! I am truely sorry about the whining and I know I have brought all this nasty pain on myself but sometimes a man has to do what he has to do evan knowing about the conciquences! Oh I wish I could spell as good as a 4th grader!!!
I'll try to write more and reply to more posts now that I'm home but am still gona be awfull busy trying to figure out what to do w/ all this "stuff"!!! I'm hoping to sell a lot but right now I'm hurting and totally overwelmed!!
I love all Y'all and hope everyone isn't suffering too bad!! I'm so glad to be back home for good and have my life back!!!
Your missing Buddy>
"Big Daddy is finally home!"

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Date Joined Nov 2009
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   Posted 8/27/2010 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome back Pete! It's good to see you here again! I'm so sorry about all this mess you're going through and I hope it sorts out soon for you! It'll be nice to see your posts again!
Fibromyalgia Dx November 20, 2009

Pain issues: Pain in neck and upper/lower back, chest/ribcage pain, Degenerative joint disease in both knees, migraine headaches.

Got the Mirena IUD that completely took care of my pelvic pain and painful menstrual cramping.

Meds: Oxycontin 40 mg every 12 hours, Lortab 10/500 every 4 hours PRN for breakthrough pain.

Tammy <3

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   Posted 8/27/2010 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Pete,

Welcome back! You were most definitely missed! I'm glad to here that you finally got everything out of your house. Hopefully now you won't have to drive down there for a long long time!

Rest up, you more than deserve it. I'd say "go fishing," but then again, you might want to hold off for a few days & give your body some time to recover, because despite how much you love it, I know it is painful for you as well.

Take your time unpacking!

big hugs,

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   Posted 8/27/2010 8:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow Pete,
was wondering about you...I almost started a post for you...
Rest up and hopefully you'll be feeling better soon...Have a garage sale for all that
stuff...Go fishing for a day sounds like you need to.....\
healing hugz
* Asthma, Allergies, Osteoarthritis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenative Disc (Lower Lumbar S1-L3 and Cervical C5,C6, C8 and T1), Fibromyalgia, Gerd,
Enlarged Pituitary Gland, Sjogren's, Ocular Migraines, mild carpel tunnel, ect.... "Would be nice if we could use the edit button in real life"...


Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 8/27/2010 11:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Pete...I just crawled into bed and too tired to post a good reply to you....but I will for sure tomorrow!

Good to see you back!


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   Posted 8/28/2010 7:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Dear Pete,

I am sooo sorry you are hurting so badly!!! I am happy that all of this is about over for you though! Chartreux is right you need to go fishing! Anyway, don't you ever worry about whining to us.....we love you and that is what family is for.....well this family anyway! Besides even when you are beat up and whining, you have a way of making us smile! Get some rest and take care of you!

Spinal Stenosis L3/L4, L4/L5 & L5/S1 with Nerve Impingement, Fibromyalgia, TMJ, GERD, Severe Depression, VERY Large Cyst Right Ovary causing mild twisting, Small Cysts Left Ovary & 3 Large Cysts Uterus and Possible RA

Medications - MS-Contin, Cymbalta, Famotidine and currently Prednisone

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 8/28/2010 11:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Big Daddy! I know full well how you feel!.....your a mover and a shaker...who likes to get things done, and be responsible in life.

When I sold my business, I went through much of the same thing you just did....and I was awfully sick. It was all I could do just to crawl into bed at night.

Pete, your going to have to stop for a breath when you get a chance....or you're not going to be able to take one after a while.

All of us here want you to relax, take a deep calming breath.....maybe jot down your to do list...prioritize it.....and set a schedule your body can live with.

I had a good friend, who always told me to work hard first then play later!.....sounds like you need to play now for a bit.....and go fishing, like some here have suggested.

I guarantee you, if I had the time off from work...I would have flown down there to help out. Your a good man.....don't let your mind tell you otherwise. I'm glad to see that you are posting here,
as you have a lot of support on this forum. You tickle our funny bones with your colorful post......so you do have a purpose in life!

You are correct, in that our country is a mess right now,....but we all are in the same boat together. This didn't happen over night....and I think the country partied first, and now their going to have to work.
Only problem is, they partied way too long...and the work is over whelming.

Do what you can, and then ask to good Lord to carry the load that you cant. Life will never be easy...as some falsely believe. Plan for the ruff and tough times as best you can....and keep putting one foot in front of the other.
There is only one thing in life that helps getting through these times,....and that is good sincere friends that you can count on to lend a good ear.

Take care!


solar powered
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   Posted 8/28/2010 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Pete I don't think you should be so hard on yourself. You just want to live your life, work or play, on your own terms despite the pain. There is no crime in that! Actually I think it is very brave because you know what it will probably cost you and you do it anyway. I would bet that if the truth were told that many of us on here wished we could be a bit more like you. OK you've done the work part now it is time to play or at least relax. Be well, Lisa
If I can laugh at it, I can live with it.

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   Posted 8/28/2010 3:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Petey,
I am so glad you are back here with us. Like many here, I too have missed you and your stories. You are a good man, that is easy to see and a hard worker. I know it had to be done and your were the man to do it. I applaud you for your strength and your character. I am proud to call you my friend. I hope you will have some time to rest a bit before you start figuring out what to do with all that stuff. One big garage sale may get rid of items you don't want.
And when all is said and done, it's going to be fishing time for you my friend.
Never think that you are whining here.. We all  understand and we are here to listen to you and support, never to judge you. We love you as you are. My prayers are with you big guy!!!
May you have some peace in your life very soon!!
One day at a time!!


Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 8/28/2010 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   


  Dear Pete,

     Holy cow!! I can't believe you cleared out the entire house AND got it ready for a new tenant in a month! WHOA!    shocked   I am so relieved to hear from you. I am glad the never ending nightmare is over! I think I am going to make a little "jack" doll and buy a life-time supply of sewing needles...   devil  

     Don't worry too much about all the stuff you brought to the house. Work on yourself and recovering for a bit. Maybe after a few weeks you could look into a local flea market. You know on Saturday / Sunday take out "bedroom stuff" to sell. Wait 2 weeks, then go at the market again with "kitchen stuff".

     I know you have been impossibly busy.. but did you ever get a chance to meet the new PM? Or get the images that you needed? David keeps asking me if you saw him/her and if they helped you?

     I get so chatty and fully of questions. I am sorry. Its just been a really long time since we last heard from you. I hope you are relaxing with your feet up.

*warm hugg*

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And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood

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   Posted 8/28/2010 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   

I have to get offline now, but I will write more tomorrow.



Pete trips again!
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   Posted 8/29/2010 6:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Holy Catfish! I'm just overwelmed at all your kind posts> You make me cry knowing I have so many good friends here. I don't have any friends here at my new digs except for Al who is an older gentelman and cancer surviver I fish with once every blue moon. I SO WISH WE ALL LIVED CLOSER AS IT'S HARD TO FIND REAL FRIENDS!
I am trying to take it easy except that we packed away some old xrays of my wifes. She finally weht to the dr. last week after way too long and they saw something on the new xrays and want the old ones to compare with. I tore into the truck and trailer yesterday looking for them but wasn't able to find them. We had them last week at the old house and packed them somewhere but there is just so much stuff! She is going for a cat scan Tuesday and we need to find them by then!
I'm so scared as she has been coughing (yes like me she smokes) and has had ongoing problems which she refused to see a dr. for so long> unlike me. I just couldn't handle it if something were to happen to her, she is my world!!!!! She didn't tell me about this untill I got back on Thursday night and not all of it till yesterday!! I GUESS SHE DIDN'T WANT ME STRESSING WHILE i WAS FINNISHING THE MOVE AND ALL THE PREP JOBS WHICH HAD TO BE DONE AT THE HOUSE. Sorry it's dark in here and I keep hitting the ding-dang cap lock key!
Thanks again for all the nice posts! I'll try to write back to each of you later if I can! Such understanding and caring words> Geese I'm tearting up again!
about the fishing, I'm hurting so bad right now I doubt I'd enjoy it much right now although I day dream about it constantly! Maybe next week if things go well.
Dani, I have an apt. w/ the new pain doc soon, I have to check my apt. card but I think next week.
Love Y'all!!!!!!!! Big Giant Big Guy hugs!!!!
When I was young & stupid I broke almost every bone in my body and I'm paying a heavy price now but I'm still here and so glad to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men, both are in the Navy. I'm so proud! My biggest health problem>> I'm a certified Luny~Tune!!

Retired Mom
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   Posted 8/29/2010 8:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Pete,
I'm glad to see you are back and that you have begun the process of clearing away all of the old things.  I know you still have a long way to go with unpacking and decisions to make on what to do with the stuff.  Of course you should remember that if you didn't need it for the last year, you problably don't need it now...so don't bring it in to your house if you don't need it.
When I moved in here, I moved into a home with 40 years worth of accumulated junk and I move a household more in.  We are still clearing out things (although we did most of it over the first year).  I also had the added problem of a neglected structure, overgrown plants, and family who wanted the place and "the good things" in it, but never wanted to take any of "their" things out.  I even had the closets left full of junk. 
Thank goodness that was before my injury and I could help more, but if I had to do it now I think I would just give up.  Now I just supervise...lol.
Anyway, I'm glad to see you are back with us.  I have to go now because my hands are too numb to type any more.
All my best!
Retired Mom

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   Posted 8/29/2010 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   

I'm so behind in posting... but just read your updates here. I can't believe the month you've had, my friend. I know you have all that stuff at your house now, but I'm glad to hear you have the other house finished up. And I'm glad you are back to posting on here :)

Re: your beautiful wife - I can tell you are worried... I'm glad to hear she's going in for a cat scan. Please keep pushing her to figure out what's going on... and please keep us updated. In the meantime, I'll keep praying all is ok.

I hope you are resting and taking care of yourself today... :) Talk to you soon...

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   Posted 8/29/2010 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Pete, Take good care of your wife and keep us posted on that...finger's crossed on the MRI.
Hopefully you'll get a break and things will get better for you...If she has COPD then that is
treatable...Prayers and hugz for you both...and keep us posted...
(((((((((((((((((((((((((((Pete and Pete's Wifey)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
soft hugz
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Enlarged Pituitary Gland, Sjogren's, Ocular Migraines, mild carpel tunnel, ect.... "Would be nice if we could use the edit button in real life"...


Pete trips again!
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   Posted 8/30/2010 8:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh Boy!!! This post is for Tammy<>Skeye<>Paula<>Tina<>Beckey<>Retired Mom<>Chart<>Lisa<>Suz<>Dani<>Flower and my Buddy mikey> S.E.!!!!!!!!!
Yuze Gize are the BEST!!!! Thank You!!! Thank You!!! Tghank You!!! hope I didn't forget anyone!!
I stopped in to visit a couple other posts this a.m. eating my oatmeal and drinking my FLA.>O.J. so I don't have too much time to write before hitting the coal mines again!
We got so much done over the weekend! My comp. was blocked by boxes all day yesterday so I couldn't get in to post> Sorry! Lisa sorted out and put away so much junk after I would bring in the boxes! I also made room in my little fishing room and stacked stuff to the ceiling as to get more room in the living area! Guess I wont be building any rods or tying any flys for a while!
The truck was almost empty untill I took my "garage stuff out of the back of the horse trailer as to open it up to get the last of the furniture out. Since both my sheds are full right now, before moving anymore into the cracks, I'm going to wait till I finish getting all the house stuff done before cleaning and sorting the shed/garage stuff out!! I just hate throwing out stuff I know I'll need for fixing and building here on the farm! Packrat> maybe, OK I am, but also broke and would just hate to throw out something I will have to pay for next week!! Cheap> maybe, OK I am but anyone who is broke would be a fool not to be right?? It may look like an episode of "Hoarders" but I'm not that bad!!!
I mowed the top lawn yesterday afternoon as I just couldn't stand it being knee high any longer! I think I'll try to do my Mom's yard later today evan though my John Deere needs an oil change and I don't have an oil filter!!! Too bad they don't sell them at Wallyworld! Then there's what we call the lower 40!! The pasture where the horses live. It ain't 40 acres, more like 3+ but it also needs mowing before the weeds get too high and go to seed! Also around the barn has eroded badly from all the daily downpores which I need to fix badly! Both my drags are broken so I'll have to fix one first before trying to drag any dirt! It needs fixing badly so a horse doesn't step in a gully and break a leg!
My garden, remember my garden? It's a mess! It breaks my heart after all the work I put into it! It's been eatin up by fungus & bugs while I was away! I'll have to burn the whole thing to get rid of it! The good thing is there's a fall growing season here! If I get the time, Sept. is planting time! I've learned so much from my first garden, maybe I'll have more luck w/ the next one???
So, sorry to be listing all the jobs I need to do! It's my mind going 1,000,000,000 miles an hour and times a wastin so I better just jump in! I don't know how long I'll last today cause my back was really bad last night! It felt like I was getting shots in my spine, anyone know what that feels like?? It woke me up several times during the short sleeping night, felt like a serial killer was in bed w/ me stabing me in the back! Ha! No sence comp-laning though right? It may get worse but it may get better, just like my neck, hip and all the rest of the decrepid parts on me> Ya just never know!!!
So> Love All Yall and All of Yuze!! The Joisey~Texas lingo!!
Big sore hugz to All!

Post Edited (Pete trips again!) : 8/30/2010 7:58:16 AM (GMT-6)

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