Nan Mustard's Recovery

This blog is a record of Erin (Nan) Mustard's recovery.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Another day passes

Dear Family and Friends,

9:10 this evening. I've been sitting with Nan watching a Murder She Wrote episode set in Moscow. It was fun to watch. Nan has experienced some pretty stiff pains today including now as she is taking her pills. We use Dilautid often, have a good supply and are giving reasonable doses IV. She and Marilyn have had a decent day with nan having some pretty good naps which help her relax and feel better. Dear sweet Marilyn has been sorting all our papers for the past 2 years plus some of this year and has them compiled by month, topic and in files. She is amazing and said she learned this when she used to work in the governors office, Jerry Brown. She has done an incredible job and helped a lot with getting us ready for our tax prep. There is no way I can ever really thank her or repay her for what she has done. She shrugs it off like its nothing but its just amazing to me. I handed her boxes, files and stacks and she hands me back perfect organization!!
We got two checks in the mail today and then Judy, the most wonderful loan person in the world brought a check and put it in the mail box this evening. So slowly I am starting to pay on the various bills. Complicating things a bit is the fact that in September I have to pay for one of the MLS boards we all use for the entire year. It comes to nearly a $1,000, last month it was E&O insurance for nearly a $1,000. Those extras really hit hard. Checks in the mail sure makes it easier to walk back into the house and face the girls with some optimism and hope. I picked up the IRS letters at the post office today and they are demanding immediate payment of $4,500 for the 2005 year. We had paid in advance for the entire year but someone in the IRS in their superior wisdom took one of the payments and applied it to a different year so we came up short. We are wanting to file an updated return for 2005 but are missing some of the data we need. We are getting close and with Marilyn's help we are much much nearer to being able to file now.
Tomorrow morning I am driving to Santa Rosa to do an appraisal on a little house. The little house will take almost no time to measure and photograph and the comps are all located nearby so the hard part is the 2 hour drive each way to make it happen. I am planning to see Dolly Vogel who lives in Napa on one of the directions, she is a constant source of faith and strength to us both. How we love to see or hear from Dolly, she is one of the special people who know what they are talking about and trust God's leading day by day.
Today I inspected a 5 lot subdivision and will prepare an appraisal on each parcel for my clients. Then I stopped to do something I have not done on my own for a very long time, since I had had no breakfast I went to Mimi's Cafe and had a light egg whites only omelet with tomato slices, wheat toast and orange juice. It was one of the best meals I have ever had. I felt indulgent but did it anyway. It cost $11 bucks and carried me the rest of the day up to my burrito from taco bel in Tracy this evening. I've made two trips to Tracy today for assignments and was really glad to be home at about 8 pm. Nan enjoys ice water all the time right now so I stopped and got a 21 lb bag of ice, we will not run out soon. Its huge.
This evening I inspected a property and learned about a sad happening, the family had lost a 3 month old child to sids, and it happened at day care. Their faith in God eventually brought them through but they are still suffering and coping 2 years later. They look forward to their move to Houston where the home will be new to them and they will be surrounded by family. Life is not a bowl of cherries, more like a few cherries, a few pits and a lot of rocks too. I know Nan and I have learned a great deal about life over the past few years as we have battled GIST together, we are now in our 11th year and each year has grown more challenging until now when every day is precious and valuable but so very challenging to Nan. Sharon called this evening and Nan got to talk to her, she loves to talk to Sharon. Often Nan does not hear the phone as she is sleeping due to pain meds or Adavan.
I am including a few photos of our precious little joy Timothy from the visit Jason and Timothy made on Monday. It was wonderful to see them both and to witness God's blessings through this little person.
So good night my friends, I've got some deadlines financially that at this point I doubt I can meet but we will see. We are thankful for 3 checks today.
love to each and every one of you,

tim and nan and marilyn (bless her)


  • At 8:37 AM, Anonymous Bob & Carrol. said…

    Hi Mustards,

    Little Tim is growing so fast! Good News from the "Mail Box" front may there be more of the same today.

    We are having Lunch at Our Senior Center today, We feel very blessed to have this great source to draw from here in Our City of Lodi. We even catch up on Church News there as Many other Members also addend. some folks eat Lunch there every day Monday/Friday and find it a great social outlet as well as pretty good Food too.

    Here is hoping that You have a Safe, Pain Free & Productive Day and enjoy the beautiful fall weather that We are being blessed with.

    I finally got both of Our "Full Bathrooms" converted over to Shower Curtians & Liners instead of those cumberson Glass Doors that are always needing to be cleaned and seem to never open wide enough. Turned out to be a bit more of a Progect than I had expected, Removing old Silicone Sealer, Screws,Tracks and then Filling Holes in Tile & Sheet Rock. It does open the rooms up and really looks nice Plus Carrol is Happier and that makes Me feel that all of the effort was well worth it. Fortunately the third Bathroom does not have a bath so it can stay just like it is! I guess its called a "1/2 Bath" when You talk Real Estate Terms. I had no idea that there were so many choices of Hardware, Hooks,Curtians & Liners for Shower Stalls. We used the "Hotel Curved" type of rod and it really improves the space that You have to shower in.

    I also had do do some Fence & Gate repairs. We had this House built in "94" and moved in on Our Anniversary August26th 94,things like Fences & Trees are starting to need some attention. Next on the docket is to find a Tree Trimmer. We have five full grown trees now and they are getting up to where they need to be thinned and topped some too. Out of My Reach for sure.

    Have a good day,

    Love & Prayers,

    Bob & Carrol.

  • At 7:53 PM, Anonymous roger and carol said…

    It's nearly time for another blog, but I must get my 2 cents in. I'm so glad Nan got her Timothy "fix". It's always special to have grand kids around.

    Roger, Linda and Andrew had a great day at Dollywood with almost no waiting for the rides. It was a kid's dream come true ~ all the rides he could cram into a day. Can you believe 9 times on the "Tennessee Tornado"? (roller coaster)

    Today Bill and Doreen Gray came for the big choir week end. He will be the featured speaker this time. Tomorrow we move the furniture out of the living room and set up the chairs. I hope everyone fits. Rain is in the forecast. It will be cozy anyway.

    Tomorrow I take Dad and Barbara to the airport to go to LA for a family reunion with my sister, Betty. Sunday they go to Portland to my other sister's house then on to the Maranatha convention for the week end and back home on the following Sunday. At 92 every time I put them on a plane I think for sure that will be the last BIG trip they will take alone ~ WRONG! I did order wheel chairs this time though. They would never find their connecting flights. Last time they flew they couldn't find their luggage. They were in the wrong terminal. Oh well ~ at least my sisters will be at the other end to meet them. I think he's still trying to prove he is young and active!

    I'm really tired, so must get off to bed.

    Continued love and prayers ~ Carol


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