Time marches on…

I can’t believe it’s been about 6 months since I last wrote a post!  I’d been debating keeping this blog going or letting it go.  I post on FaceBook but decided that was insufficient.  On FB I don’t put my “news” or much personal stuff.  And I like to blog, and I LOVE looking back on my previous posts.  So, I think I’m back.

So much has happened since January!  I did the road-trip-thing and went to see my California daughter.  Had a great time.  Also I stopped in to see my Texas daughter on the way to and from California daughter.

My little family has increased by 2.  A rescue flame point Siamese mix, Mr. Shiro, and a 6 month old seal point kitten, Meiwaku.

Georgia daughter is now Colorado daughter.

Louisiana parents are now Texas parents.  And I’m living most of the time in Texas with my folks.

I’ve put my house on the market and when it sells I’ll be moving to Texas in the same town as my parents and one of my sisters live.  Hope it sells quickly!

I’ve started exercising.  Tai Chi twice a week, yoga between 3 and 5 times a week.  Hope to get back to water aerobics and weight training.  This is what happens when you join a gym!  LOL

So, it’s good to be back.  Goodnight my friends.  Sleep well and stay safe.

2014 in review and plans for 2015!

Wow – can you believe that the first month of 2015 is almost half over?  I’ve neglected this blog for far too long, often being tempted to forego posting totally in favor of FB.  But, while I enjoy FB it certainly isn’t the same as putting pen (fingers to the keyboard) to paper (monitor) and seeing what transpires.

If I could sum up 2014 in one word it would have to be “TRAVEL” – and yes, all in caps.

  • I was able to go to California 3 times to see my daughter and her family.
  • I saw my daughter in San Antonio about 8 times.
  • I went to Georgia and saw my eldest daughter & family.
  • I went to Hilton Head, SC with my eldest and her family.
  • I took my Mom to see the Dalai Lama in Atlanta where I met up with my eldest daughter & her hubby.
  • Another trip to GA and my daughter and I went to see OneRepublic.
  • I went to Indonesia via Hong Kong.

Now, no matter how you look at it, that is a LOT of travel!  2015 won’t hold as much travel, but in October my California daughter & family will meet me in Kauai for nearly 2 weeks of fun in the sun!  We’ve rented a house on the northern shore, just steps from the ocean.  I cannot wait.

My folks had a lot of health issues in 2014, which reminded me that the decision I made to move here was the correct one!  2015 and they are both doing well.

Christmas saw my eldest and youngest visit.  It was nice, really nice.  We did miss the middle daughter greatly tho.

My fibermyalgia worsened and then I was finally able to get some relief with new meds.  And joy-oh-joy — I have osteoathritus in my hips and thumb joints.  What is all of this teaching me?  I have to MOVE more!!  Tonight my Mom and I start water aerobics.

Speaking of exercise – 2015 will be the year.  My lazy bum is back on the treadmill (mainly thanks to iFit which is having a Jan challenge of walking (or running) a mile a day each day in Jan with pre-programed routes).  While I am missing some days, I do enjoy the days I do the walks.  Yoga has entered my life again (more than just thinking about it, LOL) and on Wed my oldest daughter and I do a practice together thanks to Skype.  Next month I want to add weights back into my routine as well.

I stopped the soap business (although I still make soap for myself) and started making quilts again.  I even purchased a long-arm!  My middle daughter in So Cal and I will be doing FaceTime sewing dates.  I’ve also become a volunteer seamstress for NICU Helping Hands, a non-profit out of Dallas.  We take donated wedding gowns and turn them into burial gowns for premie babies that don’t survive.  It is certainly a bitter-sweet task but one where I hope the garments I make can, to some small degree, help a grieving family.

I picked up a second consulting job.  Between the two I’m pretty busy!

2014 saw us have to put our Siamese cat to sleep.  She was 18 and went into total kidney failure.  That was hard.  My youngest daughter and her boyfriend came home to be with her (and me) at the last.  Then then thoughtfully invited me into their home so I wouldn’t have to be alone that first week.  What a comfort they were during that time.  2015 will see a new Siamese kitten entering our lives.  Hopefully in April.

In mid-March I’ll be heading out to So Cal to visit my daughter & family there and watch the grandkids while their Mom goes to a conference for Breast Feeding.  Hopefully I’ll be able to pick up the new kitten (breeder is in San Diego) and bring her back with me when I return home.

So, that’s 2014 summed up and 2015 planned out.

I am so grateful that I have such a life and that my family and friends are with me always!

Count Down to Bali!

So, on Sunday I leave for an incredible adventure to Bali.  I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am about this trip!  And as an added bonus I was able to visit my daughter in San Antonio and now I’m with my daughter in southern CA.  Talk about lucky!

I flew in to San Diego and my daughter took me to the ocean (isn’t that wonderful?)!  So while I enjoyed the ocean:

And everyone else blew bubbles!

What fun we had!  And now we are in El Centro, CA which isn’t nearly as pleasant.  At noon the temp is 98 on its way to our high of 105, humidity is 46%.

Music

So, a couple of weeks ago I went to visit my eldest daughter in Georgia.  And then, leaving son-in-law and grandson home, we went to a OneRepulic concert.  I am delighted to say that they sound just as good (perhaps even better?) live than their recordings.  But wow!  Has concert etiquette changed since the last time time I attended a concert (which was apparently in the Dark Ages of the 90s when this same daughter and I went to see Pink Floyd).  Why, oh why, would you go to a concert only to arrive drunk?  Why is smoking OK – and even if it is OK why is it acceptable to flick your cigarette butt off into the crowd?  And what is with standing through the entire thing?  I think that will probably be the last live concert I attend.

Anyway, the music was great.

There and back (again)

Wow – what a difference 2.5 weeks makes!  I just returned from another trip to San Diego and San Antonio.  I had a blast and it is so wonderful to see my daughters and grandkids.  When I left the tendrils of winter still had its hold on everything.  Yes, we’d had some daffodils and a few of the trees had their flowers, but basically it was a stark landscape.

I’ve returned to lush green and all the trees in full leaf!  My back yard is amazing and I am so enjoying the green, green, green.  Especially after the desert of El Centro!  (Sorry Steph)

The cats are delighted to be home, running around and exploring and becoming reacquainted with their favorite spots.  The plants are back on the porch and I can sit out there and enjoy my morning cup of coffee.  I am resting and enjoying being back in my own spaces.  It is surprising just how much travel takes out of me!

Today the house is open (windows) and fresh air is all around me.  I’m catching up on laundry and finishing unpacking.  Life is good!