Sunday, 13 January 2019

Sunday Post / It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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Good Morning, Everyone!


I was hoping 2019 would be better than 2018, so far it hasn't been that great. On December 31st, I decided to start working out again, which has involved 6 days of lifting weights. I've been doing these workouts at night, but I've been wanting to move them to the mornings, so I can add a 30-minute cardio routine afterwards. However, within a few days of exercising, "insomnia" sneaked into my life. I thought the cause might have been from my extra cup of coffee in the afternoons, so I eliminated it. Well, it didn't help a bit, so I've switched to decaffeinated coffee. That didn't work either! I still have insomnia throughout the night! I believe it has something to do with my workouts being at night, which is increasing my cortisol levels (a.k.a. - the stress hormone). Today is "legs day," so I'm going to do my workout as soon as I finish this post.

My grandmother was moved to the "skilled nursing" at the local nursing home. She can be there up to 69 days. Then we have to make a decision whether or not to put in here in the nursing home permanently or let her go back home. Last night, she fell while trying to get to the bathroom while using her walker. She seemed to be fine after the fall. However, she fell again this morning while trying to reach for a brush. Instead of pushing the call button for help, which she has been told to do, she thought she could do it herself. She broke her right hip again!! She's been sent to Liberty Hospital, where she's going to have to have surgery today or tomorrow. 

My parents and me are the only ones that really takes care of my grandmother. My aunt, who is only six years older than me, her husband, and her brother (who I've disowned years ago) only visited my grandmother once in the hospital after she had hip surgery the first time last month. They didn't even send her a Christmas card! My other aunt lives three to four hours south of here and she has visited my grandmother a few times. However, my cousins who live in the next county made no attempt to visit.

The weather is really bad here with nearly 10 inches of snow on the ground. Here's a little unknown fact about - I don't drive!! Unless, I hitch a ride with somebody else to the city, I'm not going to the hospital. My parents are headed to the hospital as I'm writing this. They'll text me when the know something. My mom hates driving in bad weather (especially on the highway) and my dad can't ask for any more days off from work. Either my aunt and uncle has to step up and help out or my grandmother will have to be by herself in the hospital this week.

I'm hoping the doctors runs tests to see if my grandmother has Alzheimers. I know she has dementia that's getting worse. It was recommended that we take her to a neurologist once she was on back on her feet. However, she's never going to be her old herself. At the rate she's going, she'll end up in a wheelchair. Also, she's very stubborn. She doesn't listen to the physical therapists. They try to teach her the proper way of grabbing for things while using her walker, but she believes they are wrong. She does things her way and ends up back in the hospital. 

Worrying about my grandmother is probably another cause of my insomnia.

What Am I Currently Reading?

My original intention was to read Fire & Blood by George R.R. Martin last week, but that didn't happen. I didn't have very much free time to read; though I should have gotten up and read the book at night instead of tossing and turning when I couldn't sleep. I was sent a copy of Ashes in the Snow by Ruta Sepetys and I read 108 pages yesterday. I'm determined to finish reading it today! Then I'm going to read Who I Am with You by Robin Lee Hatcher, as my review for it is due on the 17th! After I get done with those two books, then I'll put my full attention on Fire & Blood, which I really do want to read!

Last Week's Reviews

Hell Fest
(Midnight Horror Review)

The Sinner
(Winter Reads)

In the Mail

Like I had already mentioned, I had received Ashes in the Snow by Ruta Sepetys a few days ago and I'm already on page 109. I have every intention of finishing it today! I also received the Hell Fest Blu-ray, which is a slasher horror flick. You can find my review for the movie above under "Last Week's Reviews."


Monday, Jan. 14th - My grandmother had hip surgery today. She's doing alright, but due to the pain killers she's a little loopy and has no idea she just had surgery.

I finished reading Ashes in the Snow! I should have my review posted for it sometime this week. I have my bookmark placed inside Who I Am with You. I'll read it tomorrow; though if my insomnia continues, I might read it in the wee hours of the morning.


  1. Oh Billy, I am so sorry about your grandmother. Yep, exercise at night keeps me up half the night. Try afternoons or mornings. I am not a morning person and prefer to just sip my coffee and move slowly. If I can get my workout in before 4pm I do ok. I sure hope 2019 improves for you.

  2. I am sorry to hear about your grandmother! All my best wishes for a successful surgery and recovery. It's very hard when dementia or Alzheimer's complicate physical therapy and things of that nature, and family issues as well- I sympathize having gone through some of that when my mom was very sick a couple years ago. She spent time in a nursing home too while she rehabbed. I wish all the best for your situation.

    And stay safe with the weather!

    I hope you like Fire and Blood when you get to it. I finished it recently and while it reads differently from A Song of Ice and Fire, I did enjoy it.

  3. I have insomnia, too. For me, it’s because I just gave up caffeine. I’m hoping that my sleep schedule fixes itself when the withdrawals stop. I hope your grandma is okay. She sounds a lot like my grandma: stubborn and refusing to listen to anyone. Have a good week.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  4. Insomnia sucks, that's a plain fact! I saw a study somewhere recently . . . can't remember where now . . . that showed people who exercise in the morning sleep better than those who exercise later in the day.

    I hope your grandmother's situation improves.

  5. I'm sorry to hear all that about your grandmother. It's always tough in situations like that. I hope things get better and that your insomnia passes quickly too!


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