Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Is 2020 over yet?

Nope 2020 is still here for a few more days. I've noticed this year when I have ventured into a store, restaurant, or doctors office.... People are actually saying have a Merry Christmas and I love it. No more stumbling over words and happy holidays. It's Merry Christmas.  Thank you world. Well at least in Bryan/College Station. I know there's all kinds of celebrations out there for the season and if you tell me you celebrate Hanukkah or whatever then I will gladly wish you Happy Hanukkah or whatever. I don't mind the Happy Holidays but I just like hearing Merry Christmas for me. 

On December 13th David hollered at me to come outside and bring my camera. Well at that moment my shot a pain up and down my leg so I didn't make it out.  He comes in and tells me I missed a great photo opportunity. I had sat down in the closest chair.  But luckily enough my neighbor across the road Jamie Brown did take pictures. Check out her pictures that turned out great.

Between the fog and colors. Wow. 
Thanks Jamie for letting me share your awesome pictures. Several folks in the area caught some great shots. My picture taking has been limited with my messed up knee so I'm depending on others.

Went to Bryan to take Lilley for a spa day with Sophie and Bri. They smelled all clean and was brushed out.  Our pretty girls.


Last but not least Sophie.
Thanks for the great service and photos Top Paw Pet Spa.
On Tuesday I had a follow up visit with my family doctor and then a nail appointment.  Just a little boost toward a Merry Christmas. Party nails.
Next day I get a text with " zoom in on the hand".  What my niece turns 21 one day and then she's engaged. How exciting!
On the 18th I had to go back into Bryan for an MRI finally for my knee. I get there and while waiting the clerk comes out to tell me that the Abbott Tech for my pacemaker ran into an issue and won't be there until 3pm. It's now 11 am. Awesome but no way was I gonna wait for them to reschedule. It took over a month to get this appointment so I said I would run (well not really run) some errands and come back at 3pm. Having a pacemaker so early in this game means I have to have a special tech to adjust my pacemaker. In my case they didn't turn it off but speeded it up to 85 beats a minute.  Which wasn't so bad since I was laying down and breathing deep slow breaths.  While I was in the MRI the tech spoke with my Heart Rhythm doctor about some issues I was having getting used to my new heart rate of 60 BPM. So after the MRI he set my pacemaker down to 50 BPM for now. I'll be re-evaluated at my next appointment in late January. 
The MRI results were being sent over to the doctor that moment which was almost 4:30pm.
When I pull in the driveway I notice our Aggie snowman wreath was on the front door. And when I walked into the house I saw my Charlie Brown Tree that David put up. I haven't been the jolliest of people lately so he thought he cheer me up.  It definitely made me smile. And I might have shed a couple of tears. Too sweet.
He even wrapped a couple presents.   
That weekend we agreed to watch our fur grand dogs. Never a dull moment when they are around.  Pamela went to Cypress to celebrate her best friend Marlaina's birthday with Marlaina's husband Josh. Fun Fun...

The next night Pamela met up with her cousin Kevin and his fiance Alyssa for dinner and go see their new house. Sounds awesome. So happy for these two.

Then on Monday Pamela met up with a high school friend Rochelle who was in from California for Christmas with her family.
Pamela had a full weekend. 

Oh regarding my Knee... The ortho called on Monday the 2st to tell me I basically had tons of arthritis and a torn meniscus. A knee replacement would be my next step but not now but I have to wait until mid January for a surgeon consult. Really?! I've been like this since November 3rd. 

So I got on the phone and called our orthopaedic surgeon we used in Spring. They had an appointment the next day. I was able to get copies of my x-rays and MRI on CD to take with me.    I drove to my appointment the next day. This doctor said I will need a replacement but not now it's too soon after my pacemaker implant and he'd like to try an injection of gel that will cushion my knee and hopefully provide relief.  Until the shot he gave me some pain pills.  He got insurance approval and Wednesday the 30th I'll get said injection. Wish me luck.  

Christmas arrived very quietly. Usually I'm up prepping the house and food for all David's family to come up but since I'm having a hard time standing for long plus the Covid stuff we decided that everyone should celebrate on their own.  Plus it's David's birthday. He had to put up with just me. I posted these pictures with these words on FB. 
"You've come a long way Baby. You arrived on December 25, 1955. You were a big brother, (I want to find the picture of him and his siblings when they were much younger but didn't find it )


you got married,



and you became a Dad.

You were a member of a gang. AKA Taco Bell Gang. LOL

You told me numerous times you'd never make it to 65. Guess what you made it!

You never dreamed of buying acreage, building a red house,

drive a (pinK) tractor, have 16 cows, and

an ornery but charming donkey. 

But here you are HAPPY 65th BIRTHDAY DAVID. I LOVE YOU

Not long after the FB post he checked on me and gave me a pain pill that the ortho in Spring issued and left me to sleep but instead I got on snapchat and sent him this. He was out in the barn when he got it.

We celebrated Christmas with Pamela on Saturday. She had to work Christmas Eve and Day. Not many pictures taken but here's a couple. I wouldn't take a pain pill because I wanted to drink the homemade wine and sangria that our friends John and Kelli Kennedy made. It was soooo good.
  Brianna decided her furless Grampy needed some loves. 

Santa was very good to me, Pamela and David. I don't think any of us can complain. LOL  We didn't have a traditional dinner this year. Instead we had Lasagna, Texas Toast and a salad.  I did sit at the table and made a recipe for easy tarts from Hilary Duff shared on Home and Family. Pamela put them in the oven.  They came out real tasty. I'll try to remember to take pictures of the next batch. 

Hope everyone else had a Merry Christmas and Has a Happy New Year! I know everyone is hoping 2021 is better than 2020.

Until next blog....May this holiday season be filled with laughter, joy, peace , toilet paper and masks.


Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Are we having fun?

     I'm on this FB page called  Texas Birds and Butterflies and a lady name Mary Lloyd Richards posted these  awesome pictures of the Eastern Bluebirds in her yard in Kurten Texas.  It's not far from the Rock'n K actually. Now I have 3-5 flying around here sometimes but I've never seen this many at one place and time.  
She had 20 at one time at her birdbath.  She caught 14 of them in the picture. I asked her permission if I could share the pictures on my blog and she said yes. Aren't they beautiful. Thank you Mary for letting me share.   
On the 5th of December I met up with my book nerd friends of 23 years and 11 months. LOL. That's a long time. We share the love of reading. This meeting was about our latest book "Dear Edward" by Ann Napolitano. This is a picture of club founder, Jan. She shared her home for this meeting. It was big enough we could social distance except for our group pictures. Love these girls and our books we read. Well 99% of the books. LOL.  This book was one of the 99%.  It took a while to understand the reason for the title. Finally it became clear. I won't share any more than that so I won't spoil it in case any of you readers want to read it. Being in this group we read books that we may never have read if someone in the group hadn't picked it.Our next book is "The Pale Faced Lie" by David Crow. I got it on audible and I will start listening as soon as I finish a book called "The Dry Grass of August" by Anna Jean Mayhew. It's not a book I would have picked up to read but I started listening to it as a recommendation from a blog I follow called Jo's Country Junction.   I'm really liking the book. It wasn't at all what I expected. 
Not much happening around here lately. I've been having issues with my right knee since November 3rd. Got a steroid shot and no relief. Finally this Friday (12/18) I get to have an MRI to see what's going on. I hope they can figure out what's wrong and can get me fixed up.  It's hard getting around. It only hurts when I walk. Image that. I'm using one crutch to try to get around and it does help some.  The maddening part is I didn't fall or anything. I'm ready to feel good with no more issues in 2021 please, I'd be thrilled for it to fixed before the end of 2020. 
I Love how my sister in law celebrated her 60th birthday recently.  
This is great. One year her friends hung up a whole lot of bra's in her trees. I think it was for her 40th or 50th and the sign read something like "We're here to support you"  Love it. Now that was a sight to see. But this is pretty good. 
This is Glenda and her man, Thomas. They make a cute couple. She's like Pamela and I, she celebrates for days. Yeah it's the only way to go.
I'm working on 2 quilts to finish off my year. These 2 make 8 quilts this year. Not bad for me who used to just buy the fabric and never sew. LOL. I'll show case them all off in a latter blog. 
Hope everyone is safe and warm. That's it for now...
Until next blog post...Never let yesterday use up too much of today.-  ~ Will Rogers