Sunday, November 23, 2014
Re-vamping the Best of Thanksgiving
Of all the holidays in the year, Thanksgiving is my favorite-especially the leftovers!
Friday, November 21, 2014
Another Year Has Flown By
Another Year Older
Surprisingly enough, I think this birthday (#57) is actually
an improvement over last year. Not a
lot, but I at least now have almost full motion in my previously frozen right
shoulder/arm. Plus, despite the intense
pain in my spine-the same physical therapists are working on trying to improve
my back as well.
On the actual day, I woke up at the ungodly hour of 6:25 (I
swear it was made worse by the 48 degrees of gale outside) and hobbled to
PT. Because it was my “special day”, I
was treated to one 20 minutes of exercise, 15 minutes on moist heat and then
about 25 minutes of them working to help ease the pain in my spine.
Some call it “therapeutic” massage-I call it pain. But, it will be worth it when I feel better
without the use of an epidural. I’m
figuring if they’re half as successful with this as they were the shoulder I’m
going to be very happy.
Until then, if any of you watch “Dancing With the Stars” and
saw Alfonso Rubiero crying from the pain in his back after he was through
dancing-you have seen the way I go through life.
It’s not pretty.
After that, Adam and Jackson took me to brunch. Poor Jackson didn’t have the best of mornings
either. Adam took him to the doctor’s
for a checkup-where he remembered getting shots and his ears washed out. Adam said he cried non-stop for the entire
hour. It culminated with another ear
washing and another booster shot.
Normally he blows kisses to everyone and waves
good-bye. He did NOT do that to anyone
By the time we got to breakfast he was back to his happy
self and ate an entire plate of chocolate chip pancakes and threw kisses to
everyone in the restaurant.
It’s a matter of timing.
Once home I found that almost my entire Face Book list
wished me happy birthday, I had voice mail from family members and my youngest
nephew phoned me!
Our daughter had called the night before because she had to
be at work early. She also wished me a
cute Happy Birthday/short joke on Face Book.
It appears since osteoporosis and age have set in Sarah is now a full
half foot taller than I am.
The rest of my week was filled with doctor’s appointments of
various kinds-seems that the medical profession feels you need to been seen
just to check that you’re not falling down the rabbit hole of life as you get
closer and closer to 60.
Besides getting older, we’ve officially been in Arizona for
2 years now. Time flies, no?
One last thought:
Happy Thanksgiving to you all-may it be blessed with health, happiness
and just the right amount of family dysfunction.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Someone loves her boy
Nothing says love like a nap in a little boys backpack
Monday, November 17, 2014
Lucky's loving the new turtleneck
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Thanksgiving is almost here
Friday, November 14, 2014
Traveling And Bad Backs Don't Mix
Travel is Over-rated
Don’t get me wrong-I love my family in
CA. Love having time with my daughter
and grandsons BUT driving for over 6 hours with my various health issues is
simply NOT a fun experience.
We took off early-only Lucky had
eaten. Sarah and I did drive-through a
Starbucks and get some coffee for the first part of the drive. Our plan was to get to Palm Springs and have
brunch before finishing up the journey into Orange County.
Of course with two women, two little boys
and a Chihuahua we had to make a couple of “pit stops”. Considering the coffee-only stopping twice
was pretty good. The fighting in the
back seat was NOT. I also didn’t enjoy
the constant stepping on my seat belt.
“I’m not grandma, it’s your
imagination.” Do you have any idea how
many times we said, “Stop being a sass mouth”??
Lucky was an angel. Really.
As we got closer to Palm Springs, I
googled “Dog-friendly restaurants”. We
decided on “Cheeky’s”. It was
perfect. Weather was 80 degrees, patio
was covered, and food was all organic and homemade. They even brought Lucky a bowl of water.
Then came the Schnauzer. Sigh.
Lucky was not pleased. All 5-1/2
pounds of her went from adorable to scrappy in a matter of seconds.
Fortunately, we had just finished
eating. We paid the bill and left. Didn’t even make another trip to the
bathroom. We decided it would be more
prudent to use the facilities at the Morongo Reservation gas station while
filling the tank.
Once at my sister’s, we started our family-filled
weekend. Mostly-my part was visiting
with my parents and sister, brother-in-law and nephew. I was able to see a close friend and
colleague on Saturday afternoon, but otherwise it was pretty much: eat, walk the dog, eat, walk the dog (you’re
seeing the pattern by now).
As you probably noticed, the boys spent
time with their cousin Jonathon and Uncle Dave learning the finer points of
building tall buildings with blocks.
Before we knew it, we were back in the car
and on the way home. My back and neck
killing me, boys fighting and Lucky being an angel again.
It’s always wonderful to see family but
even more wonderful to get home. I
missed Steve, I missed Pepper and I missed seeing our son, daughter-in-law and
Jackson. We all had a quick dinner at
Denny’s (hey, kids eat free on Tuesdays) and then home.
Aahhh. Now off to physical therapy.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Holiday Tips for Keeping our Fur Babies Safe
Check out my blog on how to keep our furry babies safe this holiday season:
Tom Pontac-Running Toward Life
This month's profile show's you, you can change at any age!
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