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Sunday, November 22, 2015

A blur

Sometimes it seems that life flies by in a blurred movement barely detectable to the eye.  I was going through the dashboard here before I came to write this blog and I see several old old friends I knew in MNS Live Spaces blog times.  Paul, if you knew Technogran,  she passed.  Gerry said so in his own blog.  It was a title  of his blog, so I saw that but I am not "invited" to read his blog.Hence there are no details I can glean.

  Boy am I ever doing better now.  I took a 4 mile walk in early October when I had a backache.  I will never do that again as walking on uneven surfaces with my back already aching resulted in sciatica for me.  That nerve pain is as bad as childbirth pain.  But with childbirth pain something good comes.  This...nothing but more pain and man, it was on the pain scale as a 10, same as childbirth pain.

I'm finally coming up out of it and I was about in despair that I would always be in agony. I'm about 70% better now.  I can walk and do my house work.  That's an accomplishment!

I am fully recovered  finally from the open heart surgery.  Nope, no bypasses.  My arteries looked good ---while they were in there, they looked.

First really cold cold night last night.  Will be in the higher 20's the next few nights but fairly mild days.  As soon as the sciatica is completely cleared up I will begin my walks and working out again.  Can hardly wait.

We are headed to my son's Mother-in-law's home for Thanksgiving day.  We did that last year too.  Now I have a grandson to enjoy seeing there as well.  One of my sons is coming up from Charlotte to be with us, staying with me, and the other one will be coming from where he lives only a half hour away, to join us all over at Mary's house.  I appreciate the invitation. I don't know yet what I will be asked to bring.  I think I will text her in a minute.

Guess that does me for now.  XXooXX

Saw this in a consignment ship...

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Sun, Fall Leaves and What can be Better?

The rose in the header and its visitors are in my front yard.

Oh what two beautiful days have passed to be enjoyed after practically a week (what else?) of rain and drizzle and gray skies.  It's been wonderful.  So nice not to have every light in the house turned on against the gloom.  I am surrounded by tall tall trees so it takes some strong sun to light the inside well.

It was a degree of 80 today and I had the heat on for one round this morning and the air on for one round late this afternoon.  It's that time of year again.  Roller coaster temperatures.

Didn't get to go over the mountains for Halloween as the sciatica flared up badly, but it is fading now so I hope to go before the snows flies in the mountains.

Anyone else having a problem with a disappearing cursor here on Blogger?  I sure am.  You never know where it is until you start typing.  Not sure how to "cure" that.

I bought me a few pounds of grapes today  Um Um good.  Won't be long and they will be soft and rubbery as the markets try to sell off the no longer fresh and ready -for- the -trash grapes.  I got some of the better ones today.

With the house as hot as it is (it is close to 80 in here) the thick fleece blanket on the bed and the closely woven thread count sheets are gonna roast me alive tonight, assuming I'm silly enough to pull them over me.

Oh!  A dear colleague texted me yesterday mid morning and said how 'about if I come over bringing lunch'!?  I said absolutely.  He's been asking me to have lunch 4 weeks now.  I was finally able to accept and had to cancel due to therapy times.  So lunch came to me and oh what a great lunch it was.  Wendy's chili.  I love that stuff. We got caught up on work talk and planning.  I was supposed to have been to the meeting at The Redneck Room today at 1100, but I had enough time to only go to the grocery so I missed my guys and all the shouting and fun we have.

Hope the week stays fine!  xxoo


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Wish it Would Stop Raining!

If it would stop raining every day all day I could go out and do better at getting some pictures of the Fall colors.  But I don't want the camera wet.  It's a DSLR. This is off my deck into my woods and one standing next to my driveway looking at the woods and deck and the privacy fence on my deck...out there in the rain but partially in shelter under the carport.

What do you all have?

Looking off my deck 10/28 & into my woods

Off my deck into my woods

My deck to the right & downward sloping backyard

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Happy Days Are Here Again

My sciatica or whatever in the world it was is about gone.  I was able to go to the store 2 times today after therapy where I swear she tried to annihilate me.  (Via hard hard hard gouging massage).  I had electro stim therapy too and the ultra sound therapy as well at the point on my, um, well, sit-down area up at the top  where the sciatic nerve is, and also on the IT band at  the side of my knee that was also just as painful as my back.  Not being able to walk to the end of your own house's hallway and not being able stand for more than a few seconds was excruciating.

My DIL won't see this so I will share with you all that I ordered some flowers for my precious daughter-in-law.  They will be there tomorrow.  Too much to expect them to be there this afternoon.

She has gone without being asked with me to every appointment at the cardiology office and at every surgical appointment to be that extra pair of ears you need many times..  She went with the rest of the family the hospital  during my surgery and texted friends from there after surgery so they would know I was still kicking.   She helped this week when my sciatica was so excruciating by showing up and going to the store for me and hauling my pet to the Vet and she is 30 minutes away by car.  She brought food on several occasions and she is always a listening ear when I am in need. She is a precious girl and I feel fortunate that she and my son chose one another over all others and became a tightly bonded unit.  And now with their baby as well...oh, bliss.  I hope not to be as needful any longer.  This is the first time in my life I have been down and out physically that I needed help.  I hope it will be the last. Friends and family are gold and gemstones in my life.  That includes my Blogger and Twitter friends.  Very much includes them.

All the prayer and work on my behalf lifted me up to heights I had not known before.  Thank you, each of you who are reading this as well.  I am here for you too when or if you need me.

Fishies were I was walking before the sciatica

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

16 Years Old Today!

That's what I was.  Sixteen years old all day long from the time I went to work out  this morning till this minute.  I have not laughed that hard and so many times, just as hard each time, as I laughed today.  Most of them  were moments that "you'd have to be there" to appreciate...maybe.  But it started with a dear friend having come over for lunch and beyond.

I made sandwiches, she brought a dessert she made and after having lunch, off we went to the store because the blender, a cheapie I had bought months ago was not going to really work for what I wanted it for.  So...enter part one of my, hers and my adventures today.

 We took off to the store and saw the 'no cruising' sign posted where we parked  This was one of those "you'd have to be there" ones, but I expressed sadness and disappointed feelings as I  told my friend I had every intention of asking her if she wanted to cruise the parking lot with me because I sure had it in mind!  (not)  We were already laughing hard when we got out of the car and all the way to and through the doors.

We calmed and went for her to get a skein of wool and for us to choose a more appropriate device with which to make my would-be smoothies rather than what I had.

There was more tear making laughter as we were walking through the aisles and one ridiculous situation or scrap of conversation  after another would strike our funny bones and we'd stand there laughing hard with tears flowing from our eyes the way me and my girl friends did as teens and young moms, one with the other laughing our silly heads off. One more regret voiced by me as we went back to the vehicle that we couldn't cruise the parking lot with loud laughter from the two of us--- and we came back here to the house.

Then we washed out the container for the smoother maker and I poured in some milk, some blueberries, a few sweeteners, and 2/3's cup of ice cubes.  I followed directions and pressed  down on the container to start it the way you're supposed to.  Nothing happened.  I said "Nothing happened" so my friend commenced trying.  Nothing happened.  We put our backs into it by turns, and still nothing happened until simultaneously we saw at the same time that it wasn't plugged in.  I swear, we were BENT over laughing and I had to get the tissue box for us to wipe our eyes and blow our noses.  My belly hurts and this IS the best day I have had in a LONG time.

Smoothie turned out well.  I will be PLUGGING the smoothies maker in and trying more each day.

What a great day! I sure could have used it.  It's great when you have someone that you march in lock step with on opinions usually, and that you can share all manner of thoughts without concerns.

Still smiling!


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Coming Up (I hope)

I have asked my middle son when I might come to see him over the mountains and through the woods.  If I wait too much past October the snow has a disconcerting habit of coming down in the mountains starting in November through till early April, as I strive to get home in one piece.

I've not been free to travel since I was there on Mother's Day this year.  Physically I could  have done better while there, but I did all right.  This time I will do fine.

I put a picture I took from son's vehicle as we rocketed along back into Charlotte.  We were only a couple of miles away.  I forgot what we were doing but I suspect it may have been a consignment store that I love.

It's raining.  What else is new?  Will all the week and started Monday evening.  Again, what else is new?

I'll get my britches on that I will wear out instead of these ripped up jeans and head on out to get more bananas.  I dislike them pretty much but I have been eating them since April.  They sure are good for me though I don't care for them AND they sure beat some of the things I could be eating.

Worked out for real yesterday!  I admit to a tiny bit of soreness in the sternum area.  I was so happy to be back there again.  They don't have the adductor/abductor machine any more and I am just so disappointed about that.  It worked.  Not sure what to do to target those muscle groups in particular.

Hey...I sure wish we could all, not just a few but all of us have a meet up.  That would be awesome.



Friday, September 25, 2015

Terrific Friday

Today is a special day for which I am grateful.  My birthday.  I am a squillion years old now.  Or as I persist in saying "39 again". (And again and again and again and... etc.)  So, I just got the first of five phone calls from a classroom over the mountains in Charlotte NC.  My son who teaches 7th grade asks the kids if they want to sing happy birthday to Mama S. (me)  If they all agree and it has to be all, my son will fire up his cell phone and the kids will sing Happy Birthday to me.  This occurs five times each birthday.  It's a thrill and I love it. They all agreed  to do so for the 0840 class. I have four more coming if they all want to, in the next classes throughout the day.  I've seldom had a better reason to remain home in the day, don't you think?

Well, Donkey, who is a friend of Katie was operated on yesterday and he is feeling oh! so much better.  Whew.  What drama we had until he came out of surgery what with his broken back and all.  His innards were spilling out too and Dr. Mom had a time of it getting him set to rights again.  BUT all is well and he re-joined us last night but on the floor.  I guess he wasn't up to be carried into the bed by his thirteen pound mistress.  His stitches are uneven but sturdy.  He'll be good for many more carries into the bedroom.

I feel great, and  I took a good brisk walk yesterday.  Not the first one I have done recently, but the most brisk.  It was gorgeous out and I loved every minute.  My Fitbit was pleasantly surprised as well.

Hope all is well where you are today!  Would it help if I insist on that?  ❤