Monday, January 28, 2019

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The Young, The Aging, and The Medical Procedures

It's not Monday, it's Tuesday, but so what? I know, I know, it's called the Monday Motivator but I'm of the belief that motivation can come on any of the days of the week, in fact, I think it should come on ALL the days of the week! LOL! I'm finding my rhythm writing again and I'm liking it, although I may not be succeeding all the way in meeting deadlines, I am succeeding in that I am writing again. Like so many who make resolutions for the new year, I too set goals and I am less stringent with how things have to be and allowing things to be how they are. I'm writing something every day and I started writing this on Monday, and picked back up on Tuesday and here I am finishing and sending/posting on Wednesday.

While I was writing yesterday two things happened to derail my best efforts. I got the opportunity to have an almost free spa treatment last minute and so I took it. While I was at the spa, I ran into a girlfriend who asked me to have lunch with her so I said yes. I made it back home to sit down to finish penning this post only to learn that Dave was on his way home from the ski resort he was at with Mason and he had injured his knee. Oh no! I went to get the crutches and the rest of the day was consumed taking Dave to the ER, leaving him to wait while I went to pick Mason up from the school as he stayed at the resort and rode the bus home. I took him home, fed the dogs and went back to the ER to finish out the hours long wait/visit with Dave in the ER. With Dave so close to retiring, it's important that every little thing be documented as it pertains to his physical being, not because it means so much now, but because it could be important later. The ER docs did an X-ray, ruled our broken bones, gave him a referral to our orthopedic doctor and some pain meds and finally we were on our way home. We had a late dinner and it was time to get ready for bed. It's worth noting that the ride down the hill with the ski patrol isn't what it used to be!

Now I'm preparing for an early morning procedure that has me fasting and drinking a horrible concoction that will have me staying in and close to ladies room through the night. Yes, we are of the age that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so prevention is what we are aiming for. After I get through tomorrow's procedure, I will be looking forward to knee surgery on 2/14. Yes, knee surgery #10 but let's note that it's #1 on my right knee. I injured it on Thanksgiving day doing of all things, running upstairs. I missed a step and though I did not slip and fall, my toes were on the step and in an effort not to fall, I gripped and hyper-extended my leg injuring my knee. It popped and it hurt instantly so I knew what I had just done. Hopefully Dave is not in line for this path and his knee injury is just a strain, I'm saying a little prayer.

I have to chuckle as I read back through this, I am seriously getting old! I can't keep up with my blog and as I read it back it is all about medical exams and what injuries Dave has and what procedures we have coming up. LOL! Whatever, it is what it is and if I am documenting my life, I suppose it should be all of it, the young, the aging, and the medical procedures.

I hope your new year is off to a great start and all your resolutions and goals are well on their way to coming to fruition.

Monday, January 14, 2019

This, Too Shall Pass

Just when you think things are rolling right along, BAM! You get a curveball. Things had been going relatively smoothly and I anticipate they will smooth out again, they always do, but for right now, they suck! LOL!

Dave is preparing to retire which is great, but the interim, the unknown is creating some stress. Dave is not sure how much he will be getting paid between his retirement and VA disability, and he also doesn't know when it will start coming. In the meantime, I have a great listing that once we get an offer, I get to start helping the sellers find their new place to buy, but the market has been SO S-L-O-W and it's not moving at all! So while I don't have a paycheck coming in any foreseeable future, I've had a major toothache requiring a sudden visit to the dentist (this on top of an implant that I needed to get financing for), and today my 4Runner broke down. Yep, curveballs all around! I did just get a little paycheck for a condo I sold, but now I don't know if I will be paying to get my car fixed, or paying my regular monthly bills. Now before this goes on too long, we have been in a position to pay our regular bills, fix a car when need be, and even take a little trip now and then. But then shit starts rolling downhill and it keeps costing this, and then it costs that, and then we have none left.

So it's a new year and we have lots of life changes on the horizon, but in the meantime, we are juggling and figuring out what we can put where that we have the biggest bang with the least negative impact. Ultimately, I can't help but look at a bright side, and that is that we are all healthy and as my granny used to say, "This, too shall pass."

Monday, January 7, 2019

Happy New Year!

I don't know if we've all been told that as we age, the hands of time seem to speed up. I know I've heard it many times in my life and I'm here to testify, yep, it's true! As 2018 was winding down it was occurring to me that our family was not as busy in terms of line items on the calendar but we also weren't sitting home twiddling our thumbs either. There was plenty going on to keep us running from the time the alarm clock sounded until the 10 o'clock news was wrapping up and Dave was sound asleep in bed next to me. I also noticed that so many of my friends on social media were bidding good riddance to 2018, using visuals like 2018 on a garbage bag and the like. Did I miss something? I know that I generally live my life wearing rose colored glasses but I didn't think 2018 was such a horrible year. It seems to me that we have some good and bad in every year, and 2018 certainly has its ups and downs. We lost some dear friends, Ty and Angela were two of my close friends who we said goodbye to way too soon, and we had a few financial hits that we weren't all the way prepared for but to me, those are just normal life events. We also had lots of fun, my business was thriving, we spent many days on the lake, Mason made some movies, we went to the premiere of his first film, he did a number of cooking demos and competitions, and I won the grand prize at the 25th Anniversary of the Mandarin Festival recipe competition. We traveled to North Carolina and Tennessee and Dave did all of his paperwork in preparation to retire after 33 years of service to the United States military. I'm sure I'm leaving lots of things out, maybe on both sides of the coin, but I just don't think that 2018 needs to be remembered as the year we toss out like a big bag of garbage. Yet again, it's all about perspective, isn't it?

So here we are in 2019 and it feels like a fresh start. The Christmas tree is down, the new year confetti has been swept up and though there is still some clean up to do, I am ready to make things happen. Menopause has not been easy but I am pushing through it. I didn't make a single weight loss or fitness goal for the new year but I am staying the course with good food and the gym. I hope that doesn't sound contradictory, I just need to not make it the focus right now as it feels like something I just can't succeed at for the moment. I am taking my focus off Mason and turning the lens on me for this year. I want to make more videos and share my message on my channels. I want to start growing my platform in different directions so when Dave and I move when Mason graduates I am not having to start all over trying to "figure it out" in a new place with new people. I want to work in casting and movies with Sally, and I want to tell my own stories, too. Dave and I want to write our story for Mason and if we can craft that into a story that is interesting enough that others will enjoy then that is even better. I am a storyteller, I love to write and paint pictures with my words. I also love to make movies so I want to do that on my Youtube channel as well. I will start with motivational videos and then maybe mini-movies. We'll see where it goes, but this is my year to start, to not be afraid, and to do more, be more, and give more! What about you, what do you want for 2019? Can I help? Let me know and if I can make it happen, I will. Happy New Year!