Saturday, October 12, 2019

One of those Axe-murderers is at it again....

Of course, I am referring to people on the internet - as named by my children. I am not supposed to give any information (especially personal) to anyone on the web, for any reason. 

Well, when someone offers to make something for you - they need your address so they can send it - don't they?  I got another chastisement today, after showing them a pic of the wonderful blanket that Star Foster made for me, after I complimented her on the one she made for her cute granddaughter! Somehow, they think I will give my address to a "bad actor" and get killed or robbed for my lack of wisdom.

I have given my address to about 5 different people from the web, over the years, and no one has done away with me or robbed me yet. I do have some discernment about those to whom I am giving it.  Only people with whom I have had years of contact! And for that, I have had lovely holiday cards, nice letters, cornbread mix, origami trees, felted acorns, and house-slippers. Some of them have had meals in my home and I in theirs.

Star has been a blog-friend and now Facebook friend, as well as a dedicated Scrabbler and Words with Friends player. I have seen many pics of her lovely family and grandchildren and I feel certain I can say there is not an axe-murderer among them! Here is the wonderful blanket.....I have been enamored of all things Egyptian for over 60 years. This symbol is The Eye of Horus, and I could not be more pleased!


Thank you, Star, for what must have been a labor of love. I am forever in your debt!


Sunday, October 06, 2019

Money, money, money monnnnnnnnnney!!

I went to a club meeting at our clubhouse last week and I did something I don't usually do: I bought 50-50 tickets. 

It is some kind of game, and I don't know exactly how it works, but you buy 5 tickets for $3 and if you have a winning number - you get money back! 

I bought 10 tickets for $6 and when my number came up, I was given an envelope containing $33!  I seldom win anything and this was a nice surprise. 

Of course, the money was burning a hole in my pocket, so the next day I went to TJ Maxx.
There are times when I get the urge to go there, and when the urge is strong, I often find something really great. The urge was fairly strong that day.....and instead of limiting myself to a purchase equal to my winnings, I spent triple that amount. Shame on me. (But I am not returning the purse, the shoes or the blouse!)

Friday, October 04, 2019

Day 75 - but there are bright spots!!

Jim has been in either the hospital or a rehab for 75 days today. It's really inconceivable when I think about it, but there are bright spots if we look hard enough....Here, he is standing, with the aid of a machine and a therapist. We hope he will soon be able to do this on his own. But even this shows progress!


Last weekend, Jim, our son and I went out to the back patio area of the rehab. It is a lovely patch of flowering shrubs and trees, surrounded by a wrought-iron fence. Beyond the enclosure, are fields of grasses (and a highway that can be heard, but not seen.) It is a lovely, quiet area in which to sit (in shade or sun) and get fresh air.  

When we went back into the rehab, we were met by two dogs; one was a beautiful brown and white retriever of some sort (German/Austrian - I couldn't hear his owner). The other was a small terrier of the wire-haired type. Both dogs were very friendly and calm, and we all enjoyed petting them. That was a definite bright spot to the day.

Yesterday, I had no engagements until dinnertime, so I went to the rehab about noon and read to Jim from a book given to him by a friend. I am enjoying the story, even though it is about a subject I would usually have little interest in  -  international spying, intrigue and oceanography. The author goes into details of the ships in the story, and Jim likes that, although it is Greek to me. 

Last night I attended a fashion show at our clubhouse, sponsored by a Christopher and Banks clothing store. The group that put the show on also sold 50/50 tickets. You buy 5 tickets for $3. I bought 10 tickets. Lo and behold, at the end of the show, when they settled up - I won $33, for a net gain of $27!!  I was so happy! (It doesn't take much, folks, especially under current circumstances!!)

We must all keep looking for the bright side!!

Saturday, September 21, 2019

A Bright Spot in My Life...

Yesterday I got an email from DPAC (Durham Performing Arts Center) that there was a lottery I could enter, to win the right to buy "cheap" tickets to see Harry Connick, Jr. in his new show. 

I seldom win anything, but I thought "what the heck? I may as well try."  So I entered and almost immediately, another email arrived.  My entry had been received and I was told to check my email frequently, as I would have 1 hour to pay for the tickets, if I had been chosen. 

So guess what?  In another 2 hours, I got a message saying I had won the right to buy the tickets.....so I whipped out my credit card and in a matter of minutes....the deed was done. My only problem was to find out if my daughter could take me to it and luckily, she said yes. It is in an area that I am not familiar with, so I wouldn't want to drive there at night. 

The concert was fabulous. It is the world premiere of a pre-Broadway show, and I for one was happy that he started it in Durham.  It is a tribute to Cole Porter; whose music is classic, universally known and appreciated, and Harry is the very person to do it justice!

Accompanied by an orchestra of about 25 guys, Harry announced that 5-6 of them were from his band, with whom he has been touring for over 30 years, and the rest of the guys were from in an around the triangle area. Lucky ducks.....to be in that group!

There was a special guest....a trombone soloist named Lucien Barbarin.....who was just as fabulous on trombone as Harry is on the piano.

One segment I enjoyed was when Harry showed us how he scores a piece of music. A large movie screen behind the orchestra showed graphics of music staves and his annotations, and Harry narrated how he decides what instruments will play in each measure. It momentarily brought back my years of piano lessons - of which I have fond memories. 

I am extremely grateful to have been able to see this wonderful show (especially for less money that the usual cost of seats in this venue.) Considering how our lives have changed in the last few months, I can really use some stress relief. This filled that bill very well.  


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

I Have Some Lovely Friends....

who have been worrying about me while Jim is in the hospital.  They think I might not be taking good care of myself.

Today, one picked me up and took me to The Cheesecake Factory, where we met another friend, and we all had lunch. I've been craving protein, so I had what they call a "slim - alicious burger (I think). It was good!  But the salad served with it had a vinegar dressing that I couldn't eat - too sour for me!!  

My two friends ate omelets.....and it's odd that I didn't, since I really prefer to eat breakfast foods most of the time, if I have that choice.

After lunch, one presented me with a lovely scarf (a copy of one she had bought for herself) and I can't wait to wear it....it is so pretty!

We went to Homegoods afterward, but for the first time ever, I didn't find anything I wanted to buy. They have a lot of cute items for  Halloween and Thanksgiving, but I don't really need anything like that. I have way too much stuff now. 

I thank God for all my wonderful friends; who have called, emailed and texted me throughout this ordeal. I am trying to take good care of myself, since I will have to have a  big reserve of energy and patience when Jim is released to come home. 

He is working hard in rehab (where he was taken last Friday) and we are hopeful that he will be able to walk soon, and come home. 

Thursday, September 05, 2019

Day 42....tomorrow

Jim, my husband, has been in Duke University hospital for 42 days. He finally received the okay to be transferred to acute rehab and will be moved tomorrow by ambulance, if nothing happens overnight to prevent it. 

He will have to work very hard to get to a point where he can walk again, and we are hoping against hope that he will be motivated to do just that! Please pray and/or keep him in your thoughts. We both need support. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Jim is still in the hospital.....This is day 34.

and hoping to be released to a rehab center by the end of the week. This time, God willing, it will be to an in-hospital rehab, such as UNC. It is much closer to our home and we hope it will be just what he needs to get walking again, and if he has a problem, he is where he needs to be to get the correct care.  

Let this be a lesson to those of you who are too sedentary for your own good:  

when you sit in a chair all day and don't get your body moving (get your heart-rate up), you do damage to every organ and system in your body.  It may take a while for the damage to show up - but it will. Your GI tract doesn't work as well as it ought to, your muscles contract and your joints freeze somewhat.  I know there are other signs and symptoms of body dis-use, but I don't know all of them. 

The old saying "If you don't use it - you lose it" is true!