Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Great Tuesday and Wednesday!

Ken left at 7:45 on Tuesday morning to go to the storage place where we have Wilbur to talk to them about keeping his space over the winter.  It is hard to find a good, safe place to store Wilbur when we are around and we are thrilled with the location we currently have.  We decided to pay for the months we are gone and the owner said if anyone wanted to use the space during that time she would credit our account - how nice!

Then Ken went to Evergreen Diner to enjoy a wonderful breakfast with his siblings.  They spent about 2 hours together just catching up on what is happening with everyone's families.  They do not get together very often, so it is always a special time when they have the opportunity!

As soon as Ken got back home, I left for the Hempfield Rec Center to play pickleball from 11 to 1:45.  I met Cindy and John there and it was so much fun.  There were about 16 players and 2 courts, so we took turns playing, switching partners after every game.  I hadn't played for close to 2 months, so it took a little time to get back into the "swing"!

On the way home I stopped at Root's Country Market (only open on Tuesdays) for some fruit and veggies, getting back around 3.  Ken had worked at his desk and took a very long walk.  It wasn't a great day with cooler temperatures and very no sunshine!

We played a whole game of Hand and Foot (Ken won again!) and after dinner, Ken left for Celebrate Recovery.  I planned to work on some sea glass pictures, but I was rather lazy and sat on the sofa watching The Voice and playing Pop Words.  Just didn't feel like being creative!

Today, Wednesday, was another cool, damp day with very little sunshine.  I took Ken to MCC for his volunteer job did a "bunch" of errands ending up at Jamie's at 11 for a haircut!  Wow, she did a great job and I had such a good time chatting with her!  I picked up Ken at noon and then back to Jamie's for Ken's haircut!

We left there and did a few more errands before arriving back home at 3:30.  We dressed warmly and off we went for a walk around town.  Then Ken did some reading while I recorded our expenses, worked on this blog, and watched The Voice.  So many talented singers!  How can you pick a winner?

Monday, November 13, 2017

Monday - A Low Key Day!

After watching the World News, making a cooked breakfast, and reading the paper, Ken decided to spend time in the kitchen making us salads for tonight and tomorrow.  I did some organizing in my craft space.

At 10, I left to go shopping in Lancaster after 1st stopping to visit with Ginny, one of the lady's in our apartment building.  I spent time at Michael's and AC Moore purchasing frames for my sea glass pictures and enjoyed looking around Burlington, Home Goods, and Old Navy.  I had a nice chat with my sister while traveling!

Ken spent the morning working at his desk and then took a 10,000 step walk around town.  It was a damp, cloudy day with temperatures in the 40's.  We spent time going over our schedules for the next week and a half before we leave for Florida.  We both answered e-mails and text messages and then I made a couple sea glass pictures.

After dinner, we played 3 rounds of Hand and Foot and Ken was so far ahead that I declared him the winner!  Then it was time to watch The Voice while working on the blog and downloading photos.

It was a relaxing day!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

A Great Family Weekend!

Saturday morning was a relaxing one around the apartment.  We wanted to take a walk, but it was 17 degrees and didn't warm up very quickly.  So, we stayed inside!

After lunch, we left to go to a Memorial Service for Ken's Uncle Wilbur who had died about 2 weeks ago.  We went early to visit with his children before the service because we were going to pick-up up Bria and Cali around 3 and have them overnight so staying for the service was not an option!

What a fun time with Bria and Cali.  After visiting just a short time with Jamie and Dane (they were going to the Hospital Gala for dinner and the evening) and waiting to see Jamie in her beautiful, fancy dress (she looked amazing!), Bria, Cali, Ken and I went bowling.  Ken and I hadn't bowled for years and I wasn't sure how my back would handle it, but it went well and we had a blast.  The girls thought they might want "bumpers" in the gutters, but decided against it.  We were so proud of how they handled the whole experience because they could have gotten a bit frustrated.  Instead, they just laughed a lot and kept trying to do their best!

Bria stayed focused and did well!

Cali had a great time and has such a
wild curve ball just when it gets to the
end of the lane!

What form!!!!!

After bowling, we went to our favorite pizza shop in Lititz, Roma, for dinner and then to Wendy's for dessert - a Frosty!  Back to the apartment to play 2 games of Skip-Bo with Bria and I winning the 1st one and Ken and Cali and 2nd.  They do so well at that game.  

We were all in bed by 9:30 after a wonderful evening with 2 special ladies!

Sunday morning I got up before the rest of the "crew" and got ready for Church.  The girls only made an appearance at 7:30.  I made them pancakes for breakfast and we got everything cleaned up before leaving for church at 8:30.  We met Jamie and Dane there and told them what a delightful time we had with their girls!

After church, Ken and I went back home to cook breakfast and left by 11:45 to drive to Bob and Lanie's for Samantha's soccer game.  It was cool, but not windy and the sun was shining!  Jamie's family joined in the fun too!  Sam's team didn't win, but they played well together!

Samantha stayed focused on the game!

We all went back to Lanie and Bob's for the afternoon and the 4 gals had a great time being together.  The adults watched some of the Steelers game and visited.  Jamie's family left a little before dinner, but Ken and I stayed to enjoy Lanie's homemade chili that was delicious.  Samantha entertained us with a short dance "recital" before leaving at 5:45.  Ken and I stopped at Polly's for a short time and then we went to a Christmas Program at a church here in Lititz by Servant Stage.  We had been to 2 of their shows this summer and found them extremely entertaining and the shows so well done.  They are free to the "underresourced" and held in places where disabled folks can easily attend.  It is a group of Christian singers where the audience only pays by donation.  What a mission!  We really enjoyed the "Old Time Radio Christmas Show"!

It certainly was a fun weekend and so special when you can spend so much time with family!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Thursday and Friday - Cold Days in Lancaster County!

Thursday morning, Ken left by 7:30 to have breakfast with his friend Gary.  I decided it was a good morning to bake some of those delicious oat bran muffins with the recipe my good friend Noela had given me.  Ken and I both enjoy them and now even my mother is hooked on them!  By the time I had eaten breakfast and cleaned up the kitchen, Ken was back home after running some addition errands!

Ken did some reading and I worked at my desk on some craft projects.  After lunch, we drove to Masonic Village to play Pinochle with mom and dad.  It was a fun afternoon, but the men won 3 of the 5 games.  Not sure what is going on!!!!!

We left there at 4:30 and came back home for a quick dinner and then at 6:00 we were on our way to the Quentin area to visit with Alton and Jane Good, members of our Life Group.  Alton had a stroke about 2 months ago and both he and Jane have been on a bit of a "roller coaster ride"!  He is home and goes to 3 hours of therapy 3 times per week.  He has made lots of headway and they are both optimistic about his outcome.  He is a fighter and working very hard to keep improving.  It was so good to see them and we had a very nice time chatting.  It is only recently that he was ready to have visitors, so we were so happy to spend time with them.

We were back home around 8 (we didn't want to overstay our time with Alton) and I watched the 300th episode of Grey's Anatomy.  Then we watched some of the football game before heading to bed around 10:15.

Today, Friday, Ken was up very early and did a lot of reading.  I had a rather restless night and was out of bed in time to watch the world news!  I had to be at the surgical center at 12:30 for my procedure at 1:30, and since I couldn't eat of drink I did some craft projects to occupy my time.  It is so hard to keep my anxieties under control even though I know the procedure is painless and the outcome should be just fine according to Dr. Del Terzo!  But somehow, it is hard to just relax!

Ken worked at his desk and then checked out a storage area in Manheim for possible storage of Wilbur for next year.  He found out they are no longer storing motorhomes!

We left at 12:00 for the Physicians Surgical Center for my 1:30 procedure.  My nurse for pre-op was a daughter of the dentist I used to work for BK (before kids) and Ken and I had stayed at their house to baby-sit while their parents went on a 10 day vacation.  It was nice to reminisce while waiting.  Unfortunately Dr. Del Terzo was behind schedule and I didn't "walk" into the OR until 2:45 - waiting is the hard part!  All went extremely well and by 3:45 I left the recovery room.  Ken had fasted with me today (what a guy!), so they gave him some cookies and ginger ale too!  We were out of there by 4:15 and on our way to the Knight and Day Diner for a meal and home by 5:45.  I talked to my friend, Polly, and she was going to e-mail a message to the Curvettes with an update from today's procedure.  Thanks, Polly!

My report was excellent.  Dr. Del Terzo talked to me and he is not sending the tiny spot to cytology.  He said there is absolutely no need for a biopsy - all is well.  He also suggested that if I have any more little spots he suggests that we remove them while he does the cystoscopy.  Having the surgery is so involved for the tiny spots he is removing.  I had planned to ask him if that was a possibility, so I am thrilled with his suggestion!  I will see him for a cysto next November.  We watched the news and I talked with Noela (they are doing well in the southwest), sent some e-mails and messages on my phone, and  played some games on the I-Pad.  Then Ken beat me at another game of Hand and Foot. By 8:45 we were in bed to read.  Anesthesia does make me tired and last night was a bit of a restless night, so I was ready to call it a day!

Just an FYI - it is WINTER here in Lanc. County today.  It was in the 30's with 25 mph winds, making it feel like it was in the teens!  What is that about?  Supposed to get to 17 degrees overnight.  No wonder we got to Florida.  This gal is not a fan (to put it mildly) of this weather!  I need warm and plenty of sunshine!

I am Celebrating Life and feeling so Blessed!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Tuesday and Wednesday - Getting Cold in PA!

Tuesday morning Ken had breakfast with one of his friends from CR.  I spent that time keeping busy around the house and getting ready for the day.

At 10:15 we left to deliver food to folks here in Lititz for Meal on Wheels.  Ken and I enjoy doing that and the people are so appreciative!  It takes about 1 hour to deliver the meals and from there we went to Polly's to take here to lunch for her Birthday.  We decided to stay rather local because of the predicted rain starting early afternoon and it was rather chilly.  

We debated where to go and at Polly's suggestion we went to Stoner's Grill in Lancaster.  Ken and I had talked about trying it, but we didn't know anyone who had gone there.  It turned out to be a terrific choice.  The atmosphere is great and the food was positively delicious.  Ken and I had soup and shared the pulled pork quesidillea and everything was amazing.  We had a lot of fun sharing and spending time with Polly!

We were back home by 2:30 and Ken did some reading while I worked at my desk on my sea glass pictures.  We were feeling "stuffed" from lunch so we had a very light dinner and by 6:30 we were at church for a special evening at Celebrate Recovery!  

A biker "dude" by the name of Jeff Stultz was there to share his testimony of his journey to finding Christ!  He is the National Director of Broken Chains, the motorcycle affiliate of Celebrate Recovery!  His incredible message of a changed life was amazing.  He says God has turned his mess into a message for Christ.  I also got to meet most of the gentlemen that Ken did his Step Study with.  

This is Jeff's daily mode of transportation!

We were back home by 9:30 and went right to bed.

Today, Wednesday, was a very cool day with temperatures only in 40's.  Quite a change!  Looks like we are in for some cold weather!

Ken was up by 5:30 and when I arose, I made him a flax pancake for breakfast.  He left at 8 to go to MCC for his volunteer job.  I did a load of wash, cleaned up, and then spent most of the morning making sea glass pictures.  It was a fun time for me.

We ate lunch when Ken returned and then he read while I did some additional crafts at my desk.  Around 3 we decided to go for a walk.  It was chilly, but we were dressed appropriately.  For some reason, my leg and hip gave me some trouble, so it was not a very comfortable walk for me, but okay!

At 4:15 we drove to Jamie's house to spend time with Bria and Cali while Dane and Jamie went to parent/teacher conferences!  Cali enjoyed reading to us 

The "teacher" was reading to us
and showing us the pictures!

and then I spent time with Bria coloring in those adult coloring books.  It gave us time to just chat while we were creative!

Dane had a meeting and was not home for dinner.  Jamie invited Ken and I to have dinner with her and the girls.  After a delicious meal and a time of sharing, we helped her with the dishes and clean-up and were home by 8.  I chatted with Lanie and we watched the Country Music Awards while I worked on this blog.

It was bedtime around 10!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Sunday and Monday - Fun Days!

Ken and I were up a bit early due to the time change and got ready to go to church.  We left at 8:30 and enjoyed the service, visiting with our Life Group and spending time with our daughter and her family!  We had a fun time with Bria and Cali.

Ken and I left there at 10:45 and went to Old Hickory Grill for breakfast.  We had to wait about 15 minutes as they were so full.  No wonder - they offer such a huge menu for breakfast and their food is so good.

From there we went to Costco to pick-up a large birthday cake for mother and their delicious pumpkin pie to serve at my ladies card club tomorrow at our house.  On the way to Masonic Homes we got drinks for Ken and I and my parents arriving there around 1:00.  

In the elevator on the way to the lounge on mom's floor, there was a resident who came aboard and when he saw the cake he pulled out his harmonica and played Happy Birthday.  So I asked him if he would please come to the lounge in about 1/2 an hour and play for my mother and he agreed!

Cindy and John had arrived before us and when we went to the lounge, the gentleman was waiting for us to play his harmonica.  So we all sang while he played and then asked him to please play another song.  So he did a great job playing Swanee River.  What a treat!

The 6 of us spent the afternoon playing 2 games of Up the River and it was even - the men and women each won one!  We had a very good time and took a break between games to enjoy cake and ice cream, inviting anyone that was nearby to have a piece of cake.  It was a special day for all of us as our Mother turned 88 today!  What a milestone!

I hope I look this good at 88!

Mother and Daughters!

Ken and I were home by 5:30 and I decided to do a local of wash.  I also made a few pair of earrings.  Ken read and we watched the news and 60 Minutes.  It was a wonderful day!

This morning, Monday, I met the Curvette gals at Old Hickory Grille  (again!) for breakfast and to celebrate Polly and Deb's birthdays.  There were 7 of us and we had a fun time.  We laughed so hard at the crazy birthday cards that we had brought for the birthday gals.  I was back home by 8:45 and Ken had done a wonderful job of doing some clean-up and organizing for my ladies card club that started at 11:30.

Marty arrived early (she forgot to change her LR clock) and it was so nice for Ken and I to have time to visit with her.  Years ago she and her family were our neighbors even though we lived about 1/2 mile apart out in the countryside.  By 11:30 all 7 ladies had arrived, including my sister, Cindy, who was a sub for one of the regulars!  We always have a fun time sharing and playing pinochle!

The ladies asked to see my seaglass pictures and by the time they left I had sold 13 - wow!  I was so grateful!  Ken arrived back home when the ladies were leaving - he timed that just right.  He had spent time with our daughter, Jamie, and had lunch with Kevin!

During card club, I had gotten a call from the Surgical Center to schedule my surgery and they can do it already this Friday in the afternoon - hallelujah!  So, I headed right to the lab after they all left to get my blood work and EKG so they would have the results in time for my surgery!  My good husband had done most of the clean-up till I returned.

I reorganized my finished sea glass pictures, played one game on the I-Pad and then we had dinner and cleaned up.  We played 2 rounds of Hand and Foot (Ken is winning) and then I watched The Voice and Ken did some reading.  There are some really talented singers on that show!  I also filled out a loooooong medical questionnaire for my medical records at the hospital.  It must have taken at least a 1/2 hour!  In bed by 10!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Just A Nice Day!

Ken was up a little before me, but he was reading while I got ready for the day!  We had a light breakfast and by 8:30 I was on my way to Hobby Lobby in the Lebanon area.  I wanted to get a few items for my craft business that I can only purchase there.  I had a good time taking my time and just looking around.

I left there at 10:45 and drove to Hershey to the large craft show they were having at the High School.  I had hoped to participate in that show, but after walking around I can understand while I wasn't selected to participate - there were so many jewelry stands!  I guess I need to advertise my sea glass pictures much more than my jewelry.  There were a couple vendors with some pictures made from sea glass and pebbles, but most of them were larger than the ones I make.  That will probably be my future a lot more than the jewelry!

My sister was a vendor with her magnetic pins that are used to hold scarves in place when worn.  I think she had a very good day and the bonus was that our mother went with her for the day.  That is good for Mom and for Cindy!  I enjoyed being there and seeing what other people are making plus being able to visit with Cindy and my mother.

I was back home by 1:15 and Ken had a busy morning.  He took a long walk, worked at his desk and then cleaned that area, read, showered and got ready to go the funeral for his uncle.  I did some prep work for some dips I am making for the ladies card club that will be here on Monday.  We left at 1:45 to go to Manheim for Ken's uncle, Wilbur's funeral.  When we got to the Church there were no cars or people there.  So, Ken looked up his obituary and discovered yes, it was on Saturday, but next Saturday, not today!  Really?????  So, he decided he had better treat me to some ice cream at the local Twin Kiss.  What a guy!!!

We were back home by 2:45 and discovered the Penn State game was stopped for a thunderstorm and would be broadcast later when the storm ended.  So, I made my 2 dips for card club, cut-up fruit, and then set-up in the LR to make jewelry while watching football.  This was another disappointing game for Penn State and their fans!  

Ken grilled salmon and pork for dinner and I made broccoli in the oven for the 1st time and it was delicious.  Even Ken liked it and he is not a huge broccoli fan!  We cleaned up and then played numerous rounds of Hand and Foot.  Ken won the 1st game by a huge margin and then we decided to play another 4 rounds.  Ken won by less than 100 points and in Hand and Foot it is amazing to be that close after 4 rounds!

I worked on the this blog and we were in bed early considering the time change!  Looking forward to going to Masonic Homes tomorrow afternoon to celebrate my mother's 88th birthday - what a milestone.  Cindy and John will be there too and we are picking up a cake at Costco for the occasion so she can share it with the folks on her floor!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Very Early Rise!

Ken and I were up by 5:15 and on our way to the Physicians Surgical Center in Lancaster by 6.  I had to be there by 6:30 for my 7 AM cystoscopy!  It had been 1 year since my last one and somehow that year passes way too quickly!

As usual, Dr. Del Terzo was in a great mood and because I was his 1st patient of the day, he was happy to spend a lot of time chatting with us.  I really appreciate his demeanor and that he actually knows both of us very well.  (One of us better than the other!)  The procedure went well and painless as usual and he was very reassuring that the spot he found that needs to be removed is absolutely nothing to worry about.  Matter of fact, he said I could wait to have it removed when we return from Florida in March and knowing how cautious he is, I found that very reassuring!  But, we opted to have surgery before Thanksgiving if they have room in their schedule, which he is sure they do!  I am not thrilled about it, but after "digesting" the info, I realize how very blessed I am.

We were out of there by 7:30 and stopped at Knight and Day restaurant for breakfast.  Back home till 10:15 when we left to go to the New Balance Outlet for Ken to get 3 pair of sneakers (buy 2 get one free!) and then to Costco for a few items (under $50.00, imagine that!) and then a hot dog lunch!

Back home by 12:30 and Ken worked at his desk while I scoured the bathroom and did some e-mails.  I also talked to my mother and sister regarding this morning's procedure.  At 2:15 we went for a walk around town.  It was a mostly cloudy day but in the low 70's, a great time to walk!  The leaves are so beautiful!

We spent some time in the kitchen getting salads for dinner and cutting up fruits and veggies.  Ken did some reading and I worked on the blog.   Ken did more reading and we watched the news while eating dinner.

We played 2 rounds of Hand and Foot which finished the game we had started earlier this week.  I was victorious!  We spent some time just chatting and "discussing life" and by 9:45 we were heading to bed.  It has been a long day!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Another Day with My Mother and Dad!

Ken did some reading before I got up at 6:45.  We had breakfast by 8:30,  Ken left for a walk, and I drove to Masonic Village to pick up my mother for her 10:00 appointment at the Women's Breast Health Center in Lancaster.  She had an abnormality and her Dr. wanted further testing.  Fortunately, she got the results right away and all is well!  She was so relieved!

We left there around 11:15 and made one stop on the way to Ken and my apartment in Lititz.  We have lived there 3 1/2 years and this was her 1st time visiting.  She was concerned that she may have trouble with the steps leading up to the apartment, but she did great!  I had made white chicken chili for lunch and Ken had the table set and the soup ready when we arrived.  We took her on the short tour of the apartment before eating and she was very complimentary of our home.

This is our view from the deck of our apartment.  Hard to
imagine that we live within 2 blocks of the downtown area.
Some of the buildings look like the wild west and the pond
is a salt water pool!
The 3 of us left at 12:45 for Masonic Village for an afternoon of card playing.  It was a gorgeous day with lots of sunshine and temperatures in the low 70's (can it be November??)!  Dad was outside on his wheelchair when we arrived and was enjoying his time in the great outdoors!

We played Pinochle from 2 to 4:30 and the men won 2 of the 3 games.  It was a fun time and mom was feeling so good after getting her good results today!

We were back home by 5:15, changed, and went for a walk around town.  It was a beautiful time to walk and so warm.

The trees around town are so beautiful!

We watched the news while eating dinner and then Ken did some reading while I recorded our expenses and worked on this blog.  I also watched Grey's Anatomy which I used to watch for years when it first started but then didn't see for a year or so.  I am enjoying following it again!

I was in bed by 9:30 because I have to be at the Surgical Center in Lancaster tomorrow morning at 6:30 AM for my routine cystoscopy.  Hopefully they won't find anything and I will not have to return for another year.  That would be great!  I will get the results of the test right away which is a blessing, but also gives me a little anxiety when I get there.

Tuesday and Wednesday in Our Home Area!

Tuesday was a cooler day but a sunny one!  Ken left early to have breakfast with Gary while I got ready for the day and finished packing up craft supplies to take to Masonic Village for a day of crafting with my mother.

Ken returned at 9:15 and then we left for Masonic.  We stopped at Subway to get lunch for Mom and I and Ken got us drinks at Turkey Hill.   I had plenty of supplies to take up to my mother's room, plus the food, so Ken graciously went with me.  We had gotten there at 10 and Mom and I quickly set-up our work space for making greeting cards and we kept busy all day.  It is amazing how long it can take to get an idea for a card, find the right combination of paper, the matching colors in ink and markers, and then actually putting them together!  We kept so busy we actually forgot (or didn't take the time!) to eat dinner.

Ken had a busy day meeting with a friend, working at his desk, and then going to CR in the evening where he got a certificate for the completion of his Step Study Class!  The 5 men he took the class with were all there to get their certificates too and then they each got to speak about why they took the class and how it helped them.  I am so proud of Ken for all the hard work he did for those 6 months!

He left CR at 9 and drove to Masonic Homes to pick me up after a full day with my mother.  We had such a good time together.  My sister called while I was there and we always joke with each other about being mom's favorite daughter.  After we hung up she texted me and said I was trying to bribe mom by spending the day with her so I could steal the title from her of "Favorite Daughter".  I texted her back that I didn't have to steal it because I already "owned" it!  I am so blessed to have such a special sister and the loving relationship we have.  

We were home by 10:15 and wanted to watch the World Series.  We did stay up till about 11:15 and then we were too tired to watch the end, so off to bed we went!

Today, Wednesday, was a seasonal day with plenty of sunshine and milder temperatures.  I helped Ken with his breakfast and then I showered while he ate and read the paper.  He left at 8 for his work at MCC.

I decided to spend some time in the kitchen making salads for tonight and tomorrow and then cleaning up around the house.  I had all the craft supplies to put away that I had taken to Mom's and there were plenty of them!  I also planned my menu for when I have ladies card club here on Monday and made a grocery list.  Somehow I kept busy until Ken returned around 12:45.

After eating lunch, I left for Dollar Tree and Wal-Mart, only returning around 4.  Ken spent that time working at his desk.  I made a pot of white chicken chili and then starting cleaning the apartment.

Ken grilled salmon and steak for dinner, we played 2 rounds of Hand and Foot, and then we watched the World Series!  It is exciting, but we had to go to bed before it was over, just to tired to see who won the title!

I did talk to Joyce who is in Florida and to Jane Good whose husband Alton had a stroke about 8 weeks ago.  Both are members of our Life Group.  Right now members of our Life Group are having some health concerns so there are a lot of ongoing prayers this week.