Friday, January 10, 2020

Christmas and beyond

Well, Christmas has come and gone and it was simply wonderful. All the children were home. #1 and Yellow Rose and flew in on Christmas Eve.  They came to church for the 9.  LLB arrived on Monday, so I got to spend some time with just her. She played her trumpet - beautifully, I might add - and I attempted to sing (in tune) in the choir. Mr was the usher - yep... we all had a job to do. We took our requisite family photos on the altar and then we went home.  We’ve never opened stockings on Christmas Eve before, because the service has always ended too late - as in midnight - but this May be a really nice new tradition.  We had mulled wine, snacks, and stockings. I’d do that again!
The next day Yellow Rose experienced a “real” Ladybug Crossing Christmas complete with presents, food, drink, and a new game! I guess Santa thought we were really good this year! We all got some really nice things. LLB got her sword and case (which we hung in her condo and seems to still be on the wall). #1 and Yellow Rose got many of their requested Amazon list items and a trusty check because there’s only so much room in a suitcase! Mr and I received a lot of really awesome things including an instapot from Auntie - which I used for the first time yesterday - and it was pretty awesome!
New Years Eve took the younger set to the city to celebrate. They went to a masquerade party and based on the stories, they had a fantastic time! They met up with old friends, made new friends, and danced all night long. We had a New Years Day brunch instead of our regular Christmas Party and the younger set made it to the party on time and in one piece.  My breakfast casserole was a hit with them, as they all devoured it. (I think it was a good cure for the proverbial hangover.) I’m glad I made 2! We had a house full of friends who brought lots of great food and conversation. It’s a nice way to start the year!
Now it’s January 10th and time marches on. I’m in the process of putting Christmas away. It always seems to take so much longer to pack it all up! I’ll get there...
This weekend it’s supposed to be warm and sunny - if you need us, we will be splitting wood. Because - wood stove!

Monday, October 14, 2019

Pain in my... lower back

So I’ve had back pain for at least 10 years. It finally got bad enough that I gave in and went to the doctor and he sent me to PT. I think I may have finally turned the corner. I’ve taken no meds since Friday and I’ve had not too much pain. Today I had PT and came home and did my 3 10 minute walks at speed. I didn’t have any pain while I was walking. This is huge!
I keep doing my pushups. Those hurt, but the pain will dissipate if I hold the final one long enough... I’m making progress!!
Tomorrow is another day full of exercises... and walking... and chores.
Life is good.

Sunday, October 13, 2019


It’s Sunday morning  - early.
The air is crisp and the leaves are starting to turn.
We returned from Canada yesterday after my mother in law’s funeral. She was 93. She lived a long life. She was an amazing lady who loved her family, loved ice cream, and definitely loved to laugh.
She will be missed.
Now it’s back to regularly scheduled programming - PT, general running, and more - until Friday when I head to Florida with my dearest childhood friend for some well deserved fun in the sun. I guess I’d better check my sun screen supply!
This morning, I’ll be at church... singing - ok attempting to sing - and reading the “prayers of the people”. Afterwards, I hope to be sitting, listening to Mr’s sports on TV, and crocheting. No promises, there, of course, but I can hope, right?!

Friday, August 02, 2019

August? Already?

Wow! July blew by in a blink!
Not only are we searching for a new Rector for our church, but we hired a new organist/music director. She seems lovely and motivated, but change is hard.  There are a big bunch of unknowns. She seems to want to do a lot of things, and at the same time,  appears to have forgotten that the group is small. I’d like her to eventually take over, but I’m not sure the group is ready for that. Only time will tell.
I’ve been really busy getting ready for the handbell year for both churches. We’ve got a lot of events scheduled and I can only hope those who can benefit most from the workshops decide to go. Sometimes I think I’m the only one who wants to do these events... if I could get them to go, I know they’d have a great time!
We had a couple of trees come down in the front yard. Today we started the cleanup process. We are doing a burn pile for the first time ever. We just have way too much tree shrapnel not to.  We have a decent sized pile started and will add to in on a cooler day. My foot did ok. It is tired. It’s getting hot out, so we are done for now.
Happy Friday, all!

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

A month out...

Well, it’s been a month since the surgery and I’m back into my tennies - both the same size, I might add! (I wish I could say that about my pants...) I’m allowed to walk on the treadmill again, but only 15 minutes at a shot. I’ll take it!
I can swim. I can shower. I can jump up and down.
I cannot walk in bare feet. I’ll manage.
I have to stretch my toes... it’s weird, but whatever. It beats going to PT.
So, I’m almost back...

Saturday, June 29, 2019

A week out...

It’s been just over a week since my bunion surgery, and I’m doing ok. I was doing great until the top of my foot got bruised - I’m just a delicate flower... The surgery site is great! The rest of the top of my foot is a giant bruise. It only hurts when I stand up or put my foot on the floor... so... I need to sit until my next appointment on Tuesday - we all know I don’t sit well.
So far, I’ve made a dragonfly blanket, finished another, made a pair of mittens, made a baby hat, baby booties, and a baby blanket, and worked on a shawl. At least I can say I’ve been productive. I’m going to finish two shawls that I’ve started and hopefully get another few pair of mittens done during my recovery.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Bunion time!

In the morning, I’m off to have the bunion on my left foot taken care of. I’m not thrilled about going under the knife, but I am looking forward to being able to walk without pain - after the first few days, anyway!
I’ll be in a boot for about a month. At least it’s my left foot which means I can still drive. The doc says I can do almost everything, but it won’t be at the speed I’m used to moving. It also means I’ll be wearing more dresses...
This weekend I’ll be sitting with my foot up.
I don’t sit well... but, I’ve got a few projects to work on to keep me busy.
So, I’ll manage!