Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Another Birthday.....

has come and gone. As a young child, I was unable to imagine myself as an old woman. The idea was foreign to me, and I thought I would die early - for some odd reason.  When we were told in 5th grade to write an essay about how old we would be at the dawn of the 21st century  - I could barely imagine being 60 - let alone 77, as I am now. 

I am presently the age at which my adoptive mother died.  My birth mother lived to her mid-eighties, so I suppose it is possible that I will at least match her, or possibly survive her.  I hope so - as long as my health holds out. I do not want to be old and infirm (any more so than I already am.)

Birthdays are times for reflection (or should be.) Am I happy with the person I have become? Could I do more? Have I always conducted myself in a manner that would make my parents proud?  The answer is no to all three, but I could at least remedy the first two.  I am sorry to realize that I have not been as helpful as I might have, or done as much volunteer work as I wish I had. I hope I can change that in the coming two-three years.  

I always wanted to hold and rock babies in the newborn ward at a local hospital.   At the time I might have done that, I had a thriving business doing wedding and party flowers. It would have been impossible for me to sign up for a dedicated time each week, unfortunately.  Now that I have time time for it - I am too old. That's too bad, as I have not had a baby grandchild for almost 18 years - and I really miss being around babies.  

I need to find a volunteer position that will allow me to sit for most of it, since standing for long periods is not possible.  Any recommendations?  

Lastly,  Do you reflect on your life as the birthdays pass each year?  Have you been happy with your past, present and future?

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

A Dental Appointment from Hell

Jim had a 2 pm appointment today on the other side of Cary, about 10 miles away. It is an area with which we are not familiar, so daughter 2 took time out of her very busy work day to be our chauffeur. Jim was not certain that I'd be able to find it - even with GPS barking out the directions.  

I think he was right, since when we reached the office park, even daughter could not find his office. The buildings were partly obscured by trees and shrubs, and the signage was too small to be deciphered easily. Adding insult to injury,  the numbers on the buildings were not consecutive. It made us wonder how many cocktails the developer had had when he sat down to number them on the blueprints - before building them.  We had to call the office and get step by step instructions in order to find it. 

Of course, we mentioned it to the office staff, who all said we were not the first people to complain. 

As I said, the appointment was for 2 pm.  We did not see the oral surgeon until 3:17. He had new x-rays taken, and then we talked with his delightful employee, who was half Korean. We did not mention "Rocket Man" to her; wisely, I think. We talked of cats and small apartments. 

As the doc examined  Jim, the one tooth extraction we thought was coming turned into 3 teeth being pulled (at some point in the future).  YIKES!   When you are older, and teeth break easily at the slightest provocation, it boggles the mind to find out that three more have to be extracted.  Of course, one of those is already broken, and really needs to come out. I question why the other two must be removed too.

Getting older is not for the faint of heart!!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Burning the candle at both ends!!

Well, I "did" say I was busy.....LOL

ON Saturday night we went to Fleming's with friends, to celebrate both ladys birthdays. I over ate and drank so much water that I nearly floated out of there. Drank a margarita too. That night I had to get up three times to go to the bathroom, but I blamed it on all the water I drank. 

Sunday, most of my family came to celebrate my younger daughter's birthday, which is this coming Wednesday. I was going to cook a meal, but they all wanted me to order pizza and make a salad, so as not to be in the kitchen all day long. At the end of the day, I was very, very happy that they had talked me into that. I even bought a cake - a red-velvet cake - instead of baking one.  I sort of like that idea and I may do that at every celebration. Even though I had not done much, I was exhausted at the end of the day.

Monday, the local book club was having their annual pot-luck luncheon. I signed up to bring pork tenderloin and I also made a cherry sauce (my favorite). I only got up once during the night, but I didn't feel very rested. I ate breakfast and immediately started making the pork.  I went to the luncheon and stayed for the book-club discussion, but I had to work hard not to fall asleep.  

Back at home by 2pm, I fell asleep in my recliner and woke by 3 to watch my soap.  I went to the bathroom and I could no longer ignore the cloudiness in my urine. My daughter drove me to the local urgent care and it was obvious I needed meds, for a UTI,  so now I am on antibiotics again.  Darn!  I hope this is the last in a very long time.  

But burning the candle is not over!  Tomorrow I play Scrabble in the afternoon and go to dinner with former neighbors in the evening. The Yard House is our first destination and we go to Level 7 afterward, for drinks. My daughter was upset that I get to go there before she has!   LOL

Wednesday, I will have lunch with two friends, but they have not let me know where yet. I'll fill you in afterward.

Friday, October 13, 2017

And Another Busy Week

Today I have a doctor's appointment - just a check up.  I hope she doesn't find anything wrong, but I'm fairly sure she won't.

Tomorrow afternoon, I will go to the free movie here in our neighborhood  -  The Hero - and then in the evening, we are going to dinner at Fleming's, with friends. It is an early birthday dinner for me.  Looking forward to filet and lobster!!

On Sunday, our whole family will convene here at home for a birthday dinner for my younger daughter. More food and hospitality.

Monday, I have the local book club annual luncheon, for which I am making pork tenderloin and cherry sauce.

Tuesday, our old neighborhood women are going out to dinner and after-dinner drinks.

Wednesday, I am going to lunch with 2 friends.

Seems as though that gym time and pool time I have been promising myself will have to come soon, or else I'll need at least 4 pairs of new pants.  Thursday will find me working out!!