Wednesday, November 27, 2013

I GIVE UP! I'M GIVING IN!

Starting now...now....this moment. Seriously. I give up. I'm giving in. It's the day before Thanksgiving, and like you, I have a million things to do in order to welcome a houseful of guests tomorrow.

I know the drill. After all, I've done this for the past 30 years and I've always enjoyed it. But, over the last few years, I've enjoyed it less. My brain is tired. Having been diagnosed with MS in 2000, I find the constant movement, the heightened noise, the overall increased stimulii getting to me.

All six of my adult children (none married - that's another post) are coming, starting at 10:30 am. I can't wait to see them. I'm sure it will be a wonderful day. At least, I know it could be all that I hope for. But, there's one thing I'm doing this year that I believe will assure that it is my best Thanksgiving ever............I mean EVER.

I'm giving in!

I'm letting my husband do everything. And, I mean everything. He's been asking, almost begging to take over. Since the beginning of November, he has tried to talk me into just sitting back and letting him handle the Holiday. Why have I resisted? What the hell is wrong with me?

Sure, he will do things differently. He's going to turn the huge 25 lb. turkey w/ my traditional sage/walnut dressing (he yawns when we talk about it) into his own turkey rouladen with an entirely new dressing recipe rolled into the turkey breast, tied with string and baked. He's going to make a shrimp appetizer, stuffed mushrooms, and a few other items.

He really is a great cook. Always has been. Me? Not so much. Just average. He says I "cook" but, not in the kitchen. He's hysterical. Who is he talking about?

So, the kitchen is officially his for Thanksgiving. Go ahead baby, impress me. Impress us all. I'm giving up. And, it's about time.

Now what do I do?

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Messages Along the Way......

Most mornings, I take a walk at the bird sanctuary acroos the street from where we live. They have a beautiful trail that weaves through many different types of tall grasses with intermittant blooms of flowers (depending on the season). The path goes for about 2 or 3 miles and along the way there are several small benches. Normally, I don't take any breaks during my walk, as my intention is to work up a good sweat and call it my exercise for the day. But today, my cell phone started ringing and I saw that my daughter was trying to Skype me. Since she is living in Spain this year (teaching English) and I look forward to her calls, I answered. Rather then walk and talk, I sat down on one of the benches along the way. As I was talking to my daughter, my eye caught site of a shiny object on the corner of the  bench. On the bench sat this shiny, white, flat rock and, written in pink marker was the following: "You already know."
 Further down the trail, I found another rock. This one says, "it's time for a new story."

What an amazing idea. Who is this person that actually thought this up and took the time to strategically place these rocks with messages along the trail? I wish I knew.  Because, I would like to thank this anonymous person. You brought me joy. You made my day.



Monday, September 9, 2013

The Last Gasp of Summer?

It was over 90 degrees today.........sunny and muggy. We spent a couple hours floating in the pool w/ cigars........only wanting to appreciate the here and now. Soon enough the leaves will begin to fall and it will be time to close our pool for the winter.

Rosie is getting ready to leave for Spain on Sunday. She will be teaching there in Malaga (Southern Spain) until next June. I really can't spend too much time thinking about her leaving because the tears start............eventhough I am happy for her and know she will be in a good place. It just seems like such a long time. I hope that we can visit her after the Holidays but, everything rests on us being able to save enough money for the trip.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Monday, August 19, 2013

I Shoulda Been a Nun! (Work in Process)

Less anxiety in life has a direct effect on your blood pressure. Lower blood pressure will have a major effect on your heart, lungs, and brain. This all adds to the fact that Nuns will see many more years then t

Sunday, August 11, 2013

What I Hoped For...........What I Got.

Jeff and I looked forward all week to watching the Perseus Meteor Shower. At 11:00 p.m., we took our pillows and blankets out on the driveway. We each poured ourselves a glass of whiskey and stretched out on the driveway and looked skyward. While in our wildest imagination we could close our eyes and see "what we hoped for", we ended up seeing five or six flashes of light........just like a shooting star which ended up being "what we got". Still, it was a wonderfully mystical experience and as we laid there we wondered where it all began and marvelled at our insignificant place in this Universe.

What we hoped for............what we got.