Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Birthday Month

November is my Birthday Month and I have been plenty spoiled.   My husband has sent me fresh flowers every Friday.  The florist who delivers them laughs when she calls to ask whether I am home, and suggests we really should start meeting for coffee since we are getting to know each other so well.   Jack can't drive as a result of his stroke, and so it takes some effort for him to come up with ideas for me, especially since I want for nothing, so this has been an especially sweet gesture.  All of the flowers were beautiful, but the lilies lasted the longest and had a wonderful scent.



We are back from the family wedding at Walt Disney World, and what a wedding it was!  The young families loved it and visited all the parks.   Jack and I spent time with family, his siblings and nieces and grand nieces.  The weather was unseasonably cold, not much warmer than here in Michigan, although it returned to the 80's right after we flew home.

I saw my surgeon when we gt back.   He was duly impressed with my increased range of motion, but I still don't have much strength in my injured arm and he doesn't expect that I will unless we fix the torn muscle.  He recommended that I proceed with the surgery.   Oddly, I felt so good the day I saw him, that the news took me by surprise, although obviously it shouldn't have.  I told him I needed to think about it.    By the time I got home, I was in pain again and realized that I had been foolish, so I called his office.   I was told then that he won't be back in the office for a week and they will have to ask him then about scheduling it.  So the news is that it looks like I will have surgery -- he can't tell how much until he inserts a scope -- but the no-news is that I still don't know when.  I expect a call today or tomorrow to set that up.   My arm doesn't work like it should and my activity is definitely limited, but I don't feel bad enough to want the pain and 6 month recovery that the surgery will entail.   So this is not the result I hoped for, and I'll need to work on keeping my positive attitude, always a struggle since I am such a baby.

The papers for the sale of my Saginaw house will be signed tomorrow, the day before Thanksgiving, which is surely something to be thankful for.   I did a final walk though today, really a sweet little house.   I hope the new owners will be as happy there as I was.

Our five inches of snow have finally melted and we are back to the more normal temperatures in the 30's.  There are still a few frozen lumps in the yard of our new  house where the plows pushed the snow.  The leaves are still falling, and I haven't been able to hire anyone to do our yard clean up -- everyone is fully booked -- so Jack is working on it a little at a time.   I am not able to be much help with my shoulder injury, although it would be a huge job even for the two of us.   More snow and cold is predicted, of course, and if we aren't able to get the thick carpet of leaves up,  our spring clean-up might be a huge chore.  We knew when we bought it that this is a crazy house for us at our ages, too big and too much yard maintenance, but so far we love it.  I just need to schedule outside help earlier next year!

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Busy Busy Busy

So much has gone on in the last couple of weeks -- at least it's been a lot for these two old fogies!  I have physical therapy twice a week and then do exercises at home several times a day, so that alone eats up a lot of time during the day.  Jack is still working on his 'old' house and I need to transport him back and forth, and I pick up my grandkids, 25 miles there and back, a couple times a week.  All good stuff, but time consuming.

I cannot say that I am seeing improvement with the physical therapy, but I am hoping that I am doing better than it seems.   The main aggravation is that it is still painful, and no one can tell me whether that will ever go away without surgery.   The pain is not severe, but it is constant and can be disheartening after all these months.   I have a lot of questions for the surgeon when I see him in a couple of weeks.

We have been busy, both with our constant 'moving  matters,' and with a few unexpected fun events.   It is rare for us to be out socializing, so this past weekend was a nice change of pace.   First, we attended a Halloween party -- the first I've been to . . . ever?   Jack dressed up as Jack Frost (which is to say, I painted snowflakes on his face), but carried a concealed (plastic) knife because he was a 'killing frost.'    I wore a t-shirt with the word "LIFE" on it and handed out lemons from a basket, and painted a sun and grass and a rainbow on my face.  These were my first efforts at face painting and not spectacular.   No one (except me) found my costume amusing, but Jack was mistaken for Jack the Ripper and given the award for Scariest Costume, a little 3-D skeleton printed by the host.  The other guests were more of a drinking crowd than we are, and kind of loud; we enjoy having a drink but our goal is not to forget how we got there.   Still, everyone was very nice and we had a good time.


The next night, kind of on a whim because we saw a poster, we went to a Diwali celebration.   We didn't know anyone, and people did not seem eager to mingle, so we didn't learn much about the symbolism of the dances and prayer service aside from what I found on wikipedia about this festival of light.   But the people were dressed in beautiful traditional clothing, and we enjoyed the food very much.  We hope to try again next year with a friend of Jack's who normally attends but could not be there this year.

And today we attended a Youth Orchestra concert to listen to, among others, my granddaughter (first chair in the Violin II section, 2nd girl in photo) and my grandson (3rd chair cello, smiling at me).   I loved every minute.  Besides my Grands, I have been watching several other kids in the orchestra develop since they were in first grade, so it is a delight to see them now.


It is unseasonably cold here lately, and I have only seen deer three times, which is not surprising since our usually-jumpable creek is high and not fully frozen yet.   We are getting snow even though the leaves haven't fully fallen yet.   I'm hoping for another warm snap, otherwise it's going to be a mess in the Spring!

This is my birthday month and Jack has been spoiling me with roses and sweets and fruit deliveries from Harry and David.   Being spoiled is not to be under rated.

My Saginaw house was listed and I had a full price offer on it before it was even open for public viewing.   The house passed inspection and now we are waiting for word of the bank appraisal.    If it goes through, we should close on November 29.   If not, we will start the process all over again.  I am ready to be done with it, so fingers crossed.  Besides, there is a LOT of work here on the home front.

The only other news is that I preformed a wedding this weekend, a very nice couple who have been together for 18 years.   The long-time couples, who have already weathered some storms,  are always surprised by how meaningful their ceremony becomes, so they are generally a delight to work with.  This wedding was no exception.  I must say, though, it is the only wedding I've done where I got a standing ovation for my dinner blessing.   What a fun crowd.  :)