Sunday, April 28, 2024

Checking In

 Not much happening here.  Still attending the center, but cut it down to 3 times per week rather than every day.  We're all feeling the stress.  Us oldtimers there.  Those of us who attended the old center and remember what it used to be.  With the weather warming up I figure I'll spend my days off at the park.  I'll pack a lunch and bring my Kindle and relax on a bench.  No noise, no stress.  Just peace of mind.

Owl's Head Park, by the way, once was in the family.  It was owned my my 10th great grandfather, Teunis Van Pelt, was the first European to own the land.  He sold part of his land in 1680.  I always get a case of the shivers when I go there knowing that a long time ago my ancesters lived on and worked on this land.   I feel as if they are still there. 

At any rate, the land is gorgeous.  

Well, my daughter has let it be known that I am now out of her life.  My one granddaughter, too.  They both unfriended me and my son on Facebook.  It has broken my heart, but I am taking it one day at a time.  I don't understand where all this animosity towards us came from.  I can only think it has something to do with this idiot Elvis impersonator that she married.  I saw how controlling he was at their wedding.  She is a grown woman though, 52 years old, and can make up her own mind.  

Before marrying him, we were all so close.  We celebrated birthdays and holidays together.  We spoke or texted each other all the time.  My son surprised her for her birthday with tickets to a  New Kids on the Block concert and then took her backstage to meet Donnie.  Heck, he officiated their wedding. Married them.  And then everything changed.  She stopped talking to us, stopped with birthdays, holidays.  All communication ended.  I'd try.  She would respond and ask how I was, but as soon as I mentioned that I wished we had more contact, she shied away.  

Yes, it breaks my heart.  I'm 77 years old and don't know how many years I have left.  It makes me wonder if I will ever see my daughter again.  

Enough of crying the blues, though.  We have to go on.  And I have my son and hubby who are always there for me.  I have friends, good friends, who care about me and are always there for me.  I am respected at the center.  I am blessed and grateful.  All I can hope is that one day she will change her mind.  Until then, I continue living my life.

Have a wonderful day.

Sunday, April 21, 2024

A Little Bit of My Life

 Gosh, I realize it's been a few days.  Actually a few weeks.  Haven't really been able to type much.  My shoulder has been bothering me, and I try to keep it still as much as I can.  Getting old is no joke.  Don't let anyone tell you it is.

I've been busy with the center as well.  A couple of parties:

April birthdays

Spring Fling.  My friend Beatrice, with the cane, deserved a prize.
Winners.  Sorry but I feel the shortest one shouldn't have one.  All she had was some Christmas fringe hanging down.

The Mayor came to the center for a town hall last week.

New class.  Leather tooling.

Jewelry class still going strong.

Good news.  Hubby put on 2 pounds.  That's a biggie for him.

Talk to you soon.

Saturday, April 6, 2024

It's Saturday and I Really Don't Want to Go Out

 Yesterday's earthquake is the talk of the town.  4.8 about 60 miles away in New Jersey.  I was just signing into the center when the rumbling started. At first we thought it was the boiler about to blow up, but then we realized it was an earthquake. And then a few aftershocks throughout the night.

Well, here I was all set to close down my coloring class and I ended up having a fairly nice crowd yesterday.  Turns out that not everyone wants to exercise.  So I guess I will keep it going awhile longer.  

Made some pickled beets yesterday.  Had the urge.  Was thinking of pickling some eggs.  Should have, but next time.  I'm the only one that eats this so it will last me awhile.

Also made some buttered chicken.  Was supposed to be chicken chunks, but legs were so reasonable.  It's about the only reasonable meat out there. 

Had both with a salad.  I try to eat a salad every day.    

I'm off to do a bit of grocery shopping in awhile.  Just need the regular staples this week. I really don't want to go.  Felt like calling in my order, but decided I'll keep that $5 they charge to shop for me.  It's okay in nasty weathe, but there is no need for call in today.  It might be chilly, but it's clear.  And probably I can get away without cooking.  Have enough food in the freezer.  A restful weekend ahead.

Have a wonderful day.

Friday, April 5, 2024

Friday Roundup

 The weather has been pretty bad this week.  Lots of rain and wind from Sunday evening on.  Wednesday was the worst with wind gusts up to 60 mph.  You best believe I stayed in that day.  

I also stayed home on Tuesday.  Had some tummy issues.  I started a new vitamin combo recommended by my doctor.  It's for the kidneys.  Well, after 3 days taking it I got terribly nauseous.  Looked up the side effects of the vitamins and tummy issues were one of them so I stopped.  Will start again this weekend taking a half pill at a time.  They say these side effects only occur when you first start taking them. 

Started a new class this week.  Leather tooling.  It's kind of fun.  I started making this for hubby.  

It's supposed to be his initials.  C J.  Still have several steps before the finished product.

Thinking of dropping my adult coloring class.  Number of members are dwindling down.  They have put several classes during the same time period and Tai Chi for Arthritis does a lot better than coloring.  Plus, I would like to take it myself.  Will see how many come tomorrow before I make my final decision.

Anybody going to see the eclipse?

Have a wonderful weekend.

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Trying to Stay Healthy as we Grow Older

I have to admit, I am lazy when it comes to cutting up any kind of salad.  If I buy the ingredients at least half get tossed out so I am one of those who likes to buy them ready made for me.

I usually buy one of these each week.  It gives me about 3 nice sized servings.   It is filled with lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, red cabbage, brocolli, cauliflower, croutons,  and tri-colored peppers.  It's really packed with stuff.  I don't usually use their dressing.  I prefer a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  When I finish with this salad, I usually go to the little place across the street from the center for one of their salads.  Must show you a picture of that one.  Not bad for $6.99.

Another of my favorites.  Honeydew, cantalope, mango, kiwi, Strawberry, pineapple, green grapes, red grapes, blueberries.  I eat a little each day, and this one also lasts me 3 days of nice size helpings. A healthy salad for only $7.99.

So while one of us is trying to gain weight (me), the other is trying to gain weight.  Hubby has lost a lot of weight in the past few months.  At least 30 pounds.  Doctors have run all kinds of tests, but can find no reason for it.  They've tested for thyroid, done an MRI  and bloodwork to check for cancer, but they can find no reason that he is wasting away like this.

Had him drinking Boost for weight gain, but, unfortunately one of his lung inhalers has caused diabetes.  So Boost is out.  He tried Glucerna as per doctor's advice and couldn't tolerate it.  Messed up his tummy.  So now where do we go from here?  He can't eat or drink the foods that will help put on weight.  Such a dilemma.  Anyone have any suggestions?  It's breaking my heart seeing him like this.  And I'm frightened.  It's so hard watching someone you love fade away.