Wednesday, March 14, 2018

New specs

Another visit to the eye doctor!  Woo hoo, I lead an exciting life!  After the laser zapping to remove the "wrinkle" from behind the implanted lens, I now have more of an astigmatism.  My vision is poor...20/ I need new lenses for my new glasses!  

I went to the optical store to see if I was within the 3 month free replacement time frame and NO, I was not!  (Figures, doesn't it!?)  However, the sweet woman manager fixed it so that there would be no charge.  GREAT news!

Rick went with me to the doctor appointment and we had planned to go to Denny's for brunch after the 10:00 appointment.  Ten o'clock is early for us to get up and out anymore, and today we didn't wake up until 8:30, so we had to hurry.  Rick's stomach got upset while we were at the doctor and didn't feel like getting brunch.  Oh well, that's ok.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Weekend ramblings on Monday!

The weekend has come and gone.  I cooked over the weekend...both Saturday and Sunday!  I know that doesn't sound like a lot, but I don't cook much anymore now that the kids are gone.  We eat out most evenings and that's ok, but it's good to be in the kitchen now and again.

I was cleaning out the pantry.  I've been wanting to clean the pantry for quite some time, but it seemed like an daunting task.  Rick made a pineapple upside down cake a few days ago and the brown sugar was rock hard.  I decided that I needed some new canisters, to keep that from happening.  I found some airtight containers at TJ Maxx and bought them, washed them, dried them and then decided they were not what I wanted.  Ok, I packed them back up and returned them.  After a lot of thought, I knew that Tupperware was what I needed.  I pulled out the canisters and tossed a bunch of stuff on the top shelf of the pantry.  I got online and looked at Tupperware items and decided what I wanted/needed and then got hold of a semi-local salesperson.

I am now signed up for an online (Facebook) Tupperware party.  I was a Tupperware Lady salesperson and manager back in the 70's, so I'm pretty familiar with the product.  

Since the top shelf cleanup went so well, on to the 2nd shelf.  (Slow and shelf at a time.)  Well, the second shelf went so well that I finished the entire pantry!  SO proud of myself!   I am going to measure my shelves in the pantry and hopefully cover them in contact paper.  Right now they are just unfinished particle board.

I hang a bunch of things on the pantry door and it was messy looking.  I took a shoe organizer and fashioned THIS!  Photo on the left is the top of the door and am planning on putting all of our travel drink containers.  The right photo is on the bottom of the door and holds our flashlight and 3 different rolling pins.

Today I had another appointment at the chiropractor.  My foot is getting better and my back (after today's visit) feels fabulous.  Hopefully I will continue to heal and regain the feeling in my whole foot.  (Yesterday I bashed my pinkie toe on the bad foot and thought I broke it.  Hurt all day yesterday -- in spite of the foot being numb on that side -- but today it is not sore, thank goodness.)

I have at least one more appointment with the chiropractor.  I am praying that this gets all healed and I'm able to play pickle ball again soon.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018


Not tons going on around here, but seems like I've got my fingers in this and that!

I'm doing this little quilt (for my dining room table) and have been working on getting it ready to be a hand sewing project.  This is the layout (although this photo isn't the complete layout, there is another round of white and then of red).  I was in a red/white charm swap many years ago.  I put the charms away and didn't know what to do with them.  I've been wondering about not making many quilts anymore...seems like everyone in my family has at least 2 quilts from me, and just how many do our family members need?!  I've made many quilts over the years and have given them to friends, loved ones, babies and some on commission, too.

Rick and I are going to go on a road trip before too long and our driving styles are vastly different.  In order to keep from gasping, sighing, clearing my throat and other annoying things when he's not driving like I think he should, if I have something to occupy my mind (like a hand-sewing project) we both have a better time!

On Sunday night, we were on our way to dinner and the sunset was beautiful.  I snapped this photo as Rick was driving.

Yesterday, I did FaceTime with Jennifer and the kids.  We had a silly time.  I miss them terribly (Todd, too).  I get mixed feelings...I am so happy to be able to chat, see and have fun with them via the computer, yet I get so sad that we are so far apart.  I have to hang up quickly to keep from showing my tears.  Bittersweet moments of life.

I just got off the phone with Kelly.  She's so busy!  It's wonderful to have time to talk to her, but would be even better if I could pop in on her now and again and help her with things.  I'm so fortunate to have wonderful family.                                                                                                Today I am running some errands.  I have been struggling with leg cramps every night and got up early this morning because I was tired of getting up, walking around and trying to get back to sleep several times through the night.  So far I've made 35 stuffed bones for Sophie and am ready to head out to pick up some things from several stores that we (I) need.  My list is ready, I'm dressed (even with shoes) and once I get my hair fixed and some lipstick on, I'm out the door.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Wrinkles...even in my eye!!

Late yesterday afternoon, I had an appointment with the ophthalmologist.  After having my cataract surgeries late last year I was having difficulty with my sight in the right eye.  The doctor said that I was in the small percentage that develops a "wrinkle/crinkle" behind the lens.  Woo hoo!  Lucky me!

He was going to laser it, but then one has to comply with the Medicare guidelines.  I had to wait an appropriate amount of time, my vision had to be compromised by a certain amount and I had to be crabbing about it.  Well, I met all the criteria!!  I have been complaining about the sight in my right eye for a long time!  Not to the doctor, however; but to Rick.  Poor Rick!

After going through the entire song and dance of my examination, the doctor did have time in his schedule to laser my eye.  27 "zaps" with the laser and my vision is MUCH better!

Evidently my left eye is going to get "wrinkled" behind the lens, too.  The doc can see it beginning, so at some point, that will have to have laser surgery, too.  Getting old isn't for the faint of heart!!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Sleep????? Not really.

Ahhhh, sweet sleep!  All the red lines are AWAKE times!  And the reason for each of those red lines is leg cramps.  What an absolutely awful night's sleep (or LACK of sleep, if you will).

My legs hurt so much today because of all the cramping done through the night and I need to be careful to not stretch, or the cramps are still coming today.

I am still going to the chiropractor for this sciatic nerve issue.  Someone told me that being manipulated can release toxins into  your system, so I'm kind of wondering if that can be cause of the severity of cramps.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

My hand cream

I have a blog friend who makes her own hand cream.  Judy Laquidara's blog is called Patchwork Times.  She writes a fantastic blog and I love reading it daily.

She put her "recipe" for homemade hand cream on her blog and I made it over a year ago.  I absolutely love this cream.

Judy's recipe uses baby lotion, but I really don't like the scent of baby lotion, so I use a cocoa butter scented lotion.

Here's the recipe I used:

16 oz. cocoa butter scented hand lotion
2 jars (4 oz. each) vitamin E cream
1 jar (8 oz.) cocoa scented Vaseline

I put this into my Kitchen Aide mixer and mix the heck out of it.  This makes a lot of hand cream.  I fill the vitamin e cream jars and have a few other jars that I fill, too.  First time I made it, I wasn't prepared for how much it made and I didn't have enough jars, so I put a bunch into a pretty candy jar and have it on my nightstand.  I love using it this way, just dip my fingers in and get a little and put it on my hands (and feet) when I go to bed.

(Side note:  First time I made this, the Vaseline didn't incorporate well, so this time I put the Vaseline into my mixer bowl and put that into a dish pan filled with really hot water.  I melt the Vaseline and then mix everything together.)

Someone gave Judy a hard time because she called this her "homemade hand cream".  They said she couldn't call it homemade because she bought things and mixed them together!!!  Hahaha!  I make homemade stuff all the time from things I buy at the store!!  People get all bent out of shape over nothing sometimes!!

Saturday, February 17, 2018


I've heard of sciatica.  I even had a little bout with it years ago...a pain then went down into the back of my thigh, but it went away in a relatively short period of time.

Last Saturday, February 10, we were at CLE.  We had just gone through US Customs and had been on our feet (after a 3.5 hour flight) for about 90 minutes.  We were waiting for our luggage when my left foot went "to sleep".  I shook my foot around and it felt a bit better, but within a few steps that feeling came back.  It stayed.

Over the weekend an awful thought went through my head.  I thought I probably had a stroke.  (My mind tends to go to the worst-case scenario.)  I was unpacking, putting things away and was dealing with a numb foot all the while.

Monday came and I thought..."I won't play pickleball today, probably not a good idea."  I took some Advil and plowed through things.  Then I thought, "I WILL play pickleball, perhaps the exercise will be good for me...maybe this is just a pinched nerve from the flight home from Mexico".  I went and played for about an hour and I was limping so badly that others were noticing I was having a problem.  I got ice and iced my back and my foot.

Tuesday morning I called the chiropractor that Rick has gone to in the past.  (I do not like chiropractors, so I asked Rick to go with me and stay with me.)  Well, I learned that I was suffering from sciatica and to my surprise, I learned that the sciatic nerve ends in your foot.

I have had 2 treatments and go back again on Monday.  The sole of my foot is still numb, but I have feeling in my toes now.  It's not a quick recovery or adjustment, but I am getting better.

The doctor has given me these instructions:  no sitting in my recliner with the leg rest up; put a pillow behind me and sit up straight; in bed, try to lay on my back with a pillow beneath my knees and if I need to lie on my side, put a pillow between my knees; don't cross my legs at the knees.

I'm looking forward to recovering completely from this.  It's a real PITA and PITF!