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Little old lady living in her eighth decade (age 78) still kicking her heels up and enjoying many interests. Oops - I need to get out to the garden! - - - - - - - - - - *
Sure hope my garden days become a reality again.
This was a little different than any Christmas tree in the past. It was 2012 and certainly was less effort and time to decorate than with my favorite tree decorations with the many ornaments that bring memories from throughout my life.
Nonetheless, it was very festive!
And, some Vintage Gibson Poinsettia Delk The Halls Christmas Dinnerware.
I feel optimistic that next year I will be able to decorate and enjoy the holiday comfort of my little home. Wishing all of you a wonderful holiday season where ever and however you may celebrate.
Well, I am still at it. Reading millions of words in preparation for making major financial decisions which will affect my life. More accurately stated - putting in place all legal documents that potentially will provide the best retirement in all aspects of my remaining life. What a job?
But, I think I am making good progress. However, about the time I think one category/project is completed I receive a document that raises a question that I have to follow-up on.
Unfortunately, I have discontinued work on my "Last Will and Testament" because I was not happy with the way my options were presenting. So, I have paid $945.00 for "fee of services" at $250.00 per hour and I have closed the file for now. Very perplexing and stressful. Fortunately though, all the new documents are in draft form and I will be able to utilize all of it as my forward direction is determined.
Additionally, I am working on my home mortgage with the intent to utilize every available asset to the best of my advantage. Fortunately, in this day and age there are numerous scenarios that are advantageous for me to evaluate thoroughly with a focus on my particular circumstances. This process has been very time consuming. And, I am very optimistic. AS well as, very grateful for the financial assets that I have worked so diligently to accrue - - - - - - - and maintain . I am meeting with a Notary Public on Saturday to have necessary documents notarized for future procedures.
Living in a world of high technology presents a situation of always having to be alert to changes caused by inadvertent activity by oneself of others who navigate through the mechanisms of the many commonplace Electronic Devices of today. These "little surprises" have become commonplace in our day to day lives. Just look at the huge amount of Forums on the Internet that are available for sorting out problems associated with "Our Devices" ! Yes, I have been visited by the "How Did That Happen Mystery Creature". I recall a simpler time ! ! !
Super good news this afternoon. The MRI has been authorized and scheduled for next Tuesday.
Let's end on a lovely Holiday Flashback of 2010. I was very surprised with a beautiful Christmas Bouquet from a Dear Friend from New York. It was totally unexpected and totally enjoyed .
As is often said by mothers of a certain age, "How did this happen so fast"? It can't be so. but it is ! He really is 57 ! ! ! If you follow my blog you realize that my memories of this time of new life has been very bittersweet. Even though it was a challenging time of unknowns we carried on as best as we could.
His due date was December 5 but he wasn't born until December 20. Having a Birthday five days before Christmas is not a desire of any child I have known. So, it was not unusual for us to party and celebrate his Birthday in the middle of the summer. I recall one year when we had a big party with a Pinata in a decorated garage where there was plenty of room to swing the stick to strike the suspended Pinata and gather the falling candy.
Another party that was popular at the time was to have a Birthday Party in an Ice Cream Parlor. I recall arranging the party following his father's departure from the family!
I would so enjoy being able to be with my son today, on his Birthday. However, "I don't think it is in the cards" this year nor do I think it will happen in the future.
For many years we also celebrated his Birthday with a Christmas Cookie Party. I would usually bake at least 20 different types of cookies. All the ol' favorites like Spritz, Thumbprint, Pfeffernusse, Sugar Cutout Frosted Cookies, Russian Tea Cakes, Snickerdoodles, Peanut Butter Blossoms, Chocolate Fudge, Molasses Crinkles, Old Fashioned Oatmeal, Ginger Bread Men and Swedish Rosettes. All those cookies presented a beautiful display of holiday colors. And, of course everyone of them looked especially celebratory if we chose to add a Birthday Candle!
It would be so nice if I had a color photo of the display to share.
From the moment I got out of bed this morning I have been in more pain than usual. I believe it is from all the maneuvers during the physical exam yesterday at the doctors appointment. I do not seem to be able to determine a consistent pattern of what causes the greatest pain aggravation. Would you believe that when I saw the doctor yesterday, I had very minimal pain. Go figure?
That's it for today. Be safe and take special care.
My little love bug, Lily went to see Santa when she was four years old. Her eyes are big because the room was filled with all sizes of dogs and there was even a miniature horse. I miss Lily so much but it is great having the memories of lots of fun and lots of love she always gave.
My goings out and about is very little this Holiday season primarily because of my continuous back and leg pain. I saw the doctor today and he ordered the MRI as I requested. But questioned if the insurance will authorize the test prior to me receiving Physical Therapy first. I have never been refused any diagnostics in the past. So, let's hope that I can get the MRI before the end of the year prior to my new insurance plan starting. The new plan may have different requirements for authorization.
Additionally, at my request, the doctor prescribed an anti-inflammatory medication. The prescribed strength is higher than what I can get "over the counter". I was on the medication for many years in the past and it was effective. They warn about taking it for a long time because of the possibility of kidney and liver damage. I have been lucky because my lab reports have always been within normal limits. Be assured I will be sure to follow the lab work carefully. The doctor was very thorough in examining me in regards to the extent of my pain. My next doctor appointment is in a month.
I can hardly tell you how much , at a time like this, I value my medical background as a Nurse. And, also my experience (out of necessity) in having to fight negotiate my own battles. I may really need both of those strengths in the near future in order to receive the appropriate medical care.
I hope all of you are enjoying Holiday Festivities.
Thank goodness I have a Doctors appointment tomorrow afternoon. He has been out of his office for two weeks! I want to request an MRI because "things in my back" are definitely changing and not in a good way. Since I can not take pain medication I feel we certainly need to know the current pathology of my back before selecting a treatment plan.
Presently, I have more stress than usual because I am still working on issues of important decisions that affect my life, mostly financial. I do not think changing supplemental medical insurance plans should be so difficult and confusing. Even though I am using the same carrier the process has been long and detailed with thorough inquiry of each answer on the application. I am thankful I have not had any major medical issues in the last two years. Previous medical conditions seem to be a huge issue! I expect to receive all the policy documents today. That's one more item I can mark off my "to do list".
I am so tired of reading "fine print" in preparation of making current decisions which are necessary. Also there is added difficulty with making all these decisions on my own without input from a trusted person. These are just a couple areas I am working on. For the most part everything is going well but these are very important decisions and it causes me a lot of stress and my pain level is getting near to unbearable .
Let's go in another direction. My doctor has suggested that I have a glass of red wine in the evening for medical reasons not psychological. Well, I have never been much of a drinker and don't enjoy sitting alone with "my wine". This subject took me in another direction. It's just a little Flashback.
This is an interesting piece of furniture in my home that I have enjoyed using in the past.
No longer is it stocked. But, I think this type of bottles and glassware are very pretty.
I enjoy the uniqueness and beauty of this piece of furniture and have never seen another one like it. About seven years ago I bought it from Ebay. At that time I was able to find several pieces that were very affordable even with shipping expenses.
Oh, I must show you this unusual plant stand. It has beautiful hand carving from a tree log. The detail is remarkable. The skirt is separate from the base. What Craftsmanship! I believe it is one of a kind.
It certainly has been a fun conversation piece. The delivery man said that it sure got a lot of attention at the warehouse! And look at the detail on the shoes. I truly love WHIMSY.
For a little pre-Christmas entertainment, How about a video of a herd of reindeer (in slow motion) heading off to the fields for some morning grass !
Be sure to turn up the volume and view in fullscreen. And, look at their feet. No hooves ? It looks like there are toes that spread out when they touch the ground. Oh my gosh, look at the size of those antlers. I understand that both male as well as female have antlers.
Now, that is a lot of reindeer ! Hope you enjoyed.
I love love love all the fabulous fall colors at the front of my property . The Yellow Chrysanthemums are blooming and the Maroon Chrysanthemums that are spaced between the Yellow are coming soon . We are expecting a warmer week into the nineties that will help them to bloom .
Some twenty years ago, Oleander plants were planted around my property on the outside of my fence. In the past few weeks I have been able to clean up all the weeds and stuff at the base as well as prune the very large shrubs . Last Spring the weeds were so high that I had to "weed whack" . I hope this coming year I can control them better . I am very happy with how it looks now.
The Autumn Joy Sedum color is changing into its fall shade of a deeper pink . So pretty!
Finally, the luscious looking tomatoes are turning RED . I look forward to making a Tomato Tart or something interesting . I bet I am going to enjoy the delightful home garden tomato flavor !
Most of us enjoy a surprise and I have another little garden surprise . At the time that I purchased the tomato plants, I also tossed in my cart one zucchini plant . All of these were little 4 inch potted plants . With no planning , I just popped the zucchini into my strawberry barrel that was doing very little in the growing department .
I think the wine barrel looks so nice with the strawberry plant expanding over the edges . And, that little zucchini plant is no longer little!
Look ! ! ! A zucchini !
And, another one on the way !
Hopefully, there will be enough to add as a side dish to a Pot Roast dinner I am planning for the near future . The fall weather says to me that it is time to do some yummy cooking.
Sadly , a little neighborhood nursery that always stocked top quality nursery stock has lost their lease and will be closing . The nursery sits on a site of large acreage that will be going up for sale . As a result they have a 25% off sale on every thing . I stopped in and bought four Lavender plants that I am planting between some daylilies along a pathway .
It is taking me a long time to dig the holes to plant them because there is so much rock to do battle with . You can see how dense the rock is in these photos . I also have to buy some planter mix to give them support to hopefully continue to grow into healthy plants.
I think the contrast of foliage color will look good .
The White Clematis continues to bloom profusely on the fence behind the White Garden.
And, and, and, believe it or not, I baked some yummy blueberry muffins. The cooler weather is coaxing me into the kitchen.
I hope your week is going well and you are starting to enjoy the definite change of season.
Today was my 78th Birthday. It was just a usual day-no celebration. Life is what it is.
Let me rephrase that. I'm working as hard as my body will physically allow me to ! And, thankfully, it really is starting to show. The weeds have been what seems endless this year with all the rain this past winter. And, they keep growing. Some of them are three feet tall and still growing. The weather has been lovely for working outdoors. As usual, there always is a certain amount of outdoor maintenance around the house that needs attention. There are a few things that I can no longer do. And, that is quite frustrating for me.
This section of my garden has filled in nicely. And, I love it. The fig tree is starting to leaf out.
I have herbs planted throughout the garden and the Sage is blooming with a nice purple flowers.
Wow ! The roses are putting forth a wonderful showing for the first bloom. However, the aphids and black spot are presenting a challenge more so this year than in the past.
This beauty is Oklahoma Hybrid Tea Rose and the blossoms are huge this year.
Oh, a favorite of mine is the next rose because it is always healthy and it is a beautiful continuous bloomer. It is called Popcorn Drift Rose. It provides a nice backdrop for my Angel in the White Garden.
This is Elle, another delightful hybrid with a gentle soothing color of soft pink.
Old roses are such a favorite. This rose was in the garden when I moved here 23 years ago. It is rather surprising to me since there was very little planted here. It faithfully produces huge apricot colored flowers. I do not have any idea what the name is. But, that is fine with me. We don't need to know a name to admire beauty.
Everything is coming along nicely. However, my ground cover which I started years ago with a few seeds has suffered with the continuous drought that we had for years. Because of my back injury and disability I knew I would not be able to push a lawn mower, so I decided on a ground cover.
It is called Prunella Vulgaris and is a vigorous self seeder. Some people call it a weed !! I am sure you know the definition of "a weed" !
I have big plans to recreate the ground cover with adding some top soil and broadcasting seed that I was able to order online.
This photo will give you an idea of how the ground cover looked a few years ago.
Look - how vigorous it can grow ! Even through the chair seat ! Now, that looks healthy. Don't ya think?
Let me leave you with a fun photo from google images. Oh, how I miss my furbaby, Lily. There is such a big hole in my heart!
Wishing All of You a Wonderful Weekend and a Happy Mother's Day if that is part of your life. Not all of us are the Cleaver's, the archetypal suburban parents of the baby bloomer 1950's. Sometimes life feels like a "big trade off". But, most of us have many things to be very thankful for. It just may be different than "your neighbors". Perhaps, it is a good day to do something special for someone who is a little short on feeling special. I would call that a win - win.