Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Every now and then I wish I could take a bath.  It would be luxurious to find a big tub just to soak in.  I have thought about renting a motel room just so I could use the tub!

Do you like a good soak every now and then?  I'd make it as steamy hot as I could tolerate it and scent the water.  No bubbles for me!  I would light some candles, maybe have a glass of wine.  

Some folks like to read in the tub...but not me.  I just want to soak and enjoy the warmth and do nothing.  Perhaps some soft music or the recording of nature, you know, birds chirping, crickets and frogs.  Yeah, that would work for me

How about you?

Saturday, March 14, 2015

daylight savings time

Have you adjusted yet?  The first couple of days I slept until almost 0800!  The last three days I've gotten up around 0700 so I guess my body is adjusting.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Friday the 13th

Are you superstitious?  The older I get the less superstitious I become.  I think our parents drill the weird stuff into us to scare us and as we age we realize that circumstances are not what they seem.

Any way this is the second Friday the 13th we've had this year and thus far life is good...

We're having beautiful weather even though we have random rain showers.  As I looked out the window today the sun was shining and a fine, misty rain was falling.  I kept watching for the rainbow and it finally made it's appearance.  Shortly thereafter we had a brief shower and it was over.

Jim reminded me today that Monday will be a milestone for him....six months since his bypasses...I'm pleased to tell you that he's doing well with his recovery.  To look at him you'd never notice anything was wrong.  I think he still has some muscles and tendons healing where the incision was made and he's using weights every other day and working on this.

Since he received the cortisone shot in his shoulder that problematic bursitis is gone.  Now we're working on getting his feet (especially one) in better shape.  All those years of going barefoot are over...Plantar Fasiitis and he has some work to do to be in less pain.

At the end of this month I have an appointment at the VA.  Who knows what problems they'll find!  This getting older is the pits!

Other than that, All is right in our world!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Yesterday I redeemed my Christmas gift from Jim.  He gave me an afternoon at the spa that included an hour long massage, a facial, a pedicure and a manicure.

How decadent to just lay on the heated table and enjoy a massage!  I can't remember the last time this happened.  I know in our past life I enjoyed a couple massages.  Heidi slathered oil on all my limbs and back and while she kneaded, pulled and stretched I just laid there and enjoyed.  There was meditation music softly playing in the background and the lights were dim.  Very relaxing

Next up was the facial...I've had one that I can recall and this was nothing like that.  I remained on the massage table while one after another something or other was slathered onto my face, then wiped off.  I was told I had very good skin with no blemishes.  I think Barbara was trying to plump up all my wrinkles (didn't happen).  There was a pineapple smelling  enzyme peel which tingled, followed by a warm towel to wipe it off.  At one point she applied one of those face 'masks' that covers your chin, upper lip and jaw.  Periodically she put covers over my eyelids and misted my face all the while a mister was running over head.  Like I said I think she was plumping me up.  It all felt good and I guess I look better....who cares!  It felt wonderful being pampered.

Next up was the pedicure at which point Sonsearae joined me and it was fun chatting and having our feet rubbed and scrubbed.  For those who have been, it's better than the Progresso Ladies....but cost more too!

Sonsearae chose a dark, electric blue while I chose a shade of pinkish, red...kinda like a deep reddish grapefruit.  The pedicure was just a regular nail job

But the manicure was a gel and with a lot of luck will last a couple weeks.  I've already nicked one nail chopping veggies.  Same color as my toenails.

After this wonderful afternoon of being waited upon it was back to the real world.  Sonsearae and I headed to Publix and then over to Target.  All the while I was forced to wear FLIP FLOPS!  I hate those shoes as I can't stand anything between my toes.  But in my defense it's been a long time since I've gotten a manicure and neglected to bring sandals.  Should also have brought a comb or brush.  I don't carry one and my hair was a bit spiky although everyone said it looked OK.

Back home we had mini egg rolls (just popped in the oven) and a Thai Crunch Salad that Sonsearae made, for dinner.  It was a first time for us with the salad and it's good.  The dressing is made with peanut butter which I was skeptical of but it's very tasty and we'll have it again as Jim and I both liked it. The recipe can be found in the Happy Herbivore Light and Lean cookbook.

Today is my youngest sisters birthday!  I hope her day is as special as she is.  Happy Birthday Suzanne, you'll always be Suzie to me :-)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

This Past Week

Has gone by quickly!  Besides the normal chores of everyday life we've spent time with Sonsearae and Chris.

Jim has been taking advantage of the nice weather and pressure washing the rig.  Something that hasn't been done since last summer in Vermont.  For obvious reasons he couldn't handle the weight of hauling the washer around.  Or climbing on the roof.

Sonsearae has Thursday and Friday's off and the three of us usually go shopping.  Last Thursday we went to West Palm Beach.  I needed to enroll in the VA facility so we made the trip of about 50 miles.  In order to be seen or make an appointment at the VA you have to enroll at each facility.  It's not difficult but explaining our lifestyle is!  No matter, I have an appointment at the end of this month.  I just wanted to get some lab work done and have my hip checked.  This getting older is for the birds!

After that stop we headed to Pirate's Well for a spot of lunch.  Interesting place and the food was pretty good.  Typical bar foods and draft beer.  Then it was time for shopping!

Little did we know, but the day before a new Whole Foods Market opened and poor Jim was left to entertain himself while we ladies strolled every aisle of the store.  Our daughter likes to grocery shop as much as her mother and we spent quality time looking at new products, old products and buying items we 'needed'!

Rain had been predicted but it avoided us until later that night.  A front came through and we had some rain Friday  and cooler temperatures that made us all just stay inside.....But it got worse that night and Saturday when Jim and I went to Barnes and Nobles and the Treasure Coast Mall we saw evidence of the flooding.  According to the paper some areas got as much as 11 inches in 6 hours.  Just like being back in New Orleans!

Saturday afternoon Martin Correctional Institution had a family day for the staff.  They had a chili cook off (5 pots of yummy smelling chili), some arts and crafts for the children,corn hole for a donation and for a price you could pick the officer and pie him or her with a whipped cream pie!  That was a favorite among the adults and our son in law Chris (warden) had himself a facial!

I'm not sure about all the details, but they raised some money for a cause and the staff got to have fun and interact outside of the work place.  I understand this may be a monthly thing and should prove to be fun for all those who participate.

We didn't stay for the duration because it was supposed to go on all afternoon and well into the night so all shifts could join in.  Judging by the photos on Facebook it was a success!

Today Jim and I went into Stuart to pick up our CSA box of veggies.  Lettuce, cauliflower, strawberries, broccoli, onions, sugar snap peas and spinach.  We share this with Sonsearae.  Once we picked up the goodies at the Green Market we walked the boardwalk over to the marina and back.  It's a lovely walk and we get to be on the St Lucie River and see a lot of neat boats!  Our route is about a mile and a half (with a stop halfway) and by the time we arrived back at the truck I was ready to get out of the heat.

We stopped and had lunch at Mayas Mexican Restaurant.  Our first time there and it was good

Back home Jim napped and I checked my eyelids for leaks.  We need to stop having beer with our lunch!

All is right in our world!