Good: Daughter One came to visit today and stayed four hours!! That is an unheard of luxury for us and greatly appreciated. She usually has from one to four children accompanying her, but they were in school and she didn't have to work today - which doesn't happen often. We missed the children, but we will see them at the end of the month, when the oldest turns 19. I still remember the night of his birth as if it were last week, so it is a mystery to us how he got to be 19 so soon.
More good: Son and His Family are coming tomorrow for a visit, as are Daughter Two and her dog, Molly. Son-in-law is on an annual golfing trip, during which he may nearly freeze to death, if reports are true. It will be 19* overnight where he is - certainly not golf weather.
Bad: A visit to the foot doc today found me to have a heel spur and Achilles tendonitis. I banged my heel and ankle on a metal plate on November while Christmas decorating, and the discomfort has not gone away, despite time spent with the foot elevated. I now own a pricey boot to sleep in; clearly the most expensive foot-wear I've ever shelled out money for. And the fact that it keeps my tendon from stretching is not a plus, in my book. However, the doc assured me it would help in the long run, so I must do it. I also have another pricey piece of clothing; a sock that cushions my heel when I must wear shoes that aren't backless. I am praying for good weather to come and stay, so that I can wear sandals and Crocs, and give my heel a rest.
The Ugly: The aforementioned weather. We are running from 10 to 20* below normal this week and on Sunday, we will have temps in the 30's and a cold rain all day. Really? Mother Nature, it is nearly the end of March and Raleigh and its environs are usually up into the 60's and 70's by now. I know those of you in the Northern realms will not sympathize with me about the weather, since you have been inundated with snow more times than usual this winter. But you are used to it and we are not. I have an attic and a garage that need cleaning out. So pretty please, Spring, pay us a visit before it is time for Summer!