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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 there.


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


New sweater

Lucky's loving the new turtleneck

Saturday, November 15, 2014


Thanksgiving is almost here

Thanksgiving is coming and this year-I'm hosting:

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.  Almost.


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!

Story starts on page 3:

Saturday, November 08, 2014


Even taller  

Building castles  

Building castles

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