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The Queen’s Birthday

April 21, 2013

This week Charlotte, Joyce, Lois and I had lunch on Thursday.  We have been doing birthdays, but the group is now down to 4.  Plus Joyce has a birthday on Dec. 31, Charlotte has hers at the end of January and mine is mid January.  So I suggested that I could do a Queen’s Birthday.  The Queen wasn’t born in June, but they celebrate her birthday at that time because the weather is better.  Imagine Trooping the Colour in the poring rain or snow!    So instead of having two birthday in january, we are able to spread them out – we can just go out to lunch just because also.

I went up with Eddie that morning – yes, up at 4:00 in the morning – still dark as a pocket – and we drove up to Lynnwood for a bagel and coffee at Panera.  Then I used Eddie’s computer to check my email – then he needed it.  So I took my book up to the balcony to read for a while.  The Stratodeck was closed because they were putting up the canopy for summer – they didn’t want visitors going up there in case somebody tripped or hurt themselves.  I have been reading a book that really hooked me, so I wanted to finish it to see who were the bad guys.  Not quite the ending I expected – I like it that way.

I left and went to see the  metaphysical bookstore I had visited quite a while ago – a dangerous place because I saw things I wanted to buy.  I did buy something – a Spirit Cat.



There is a card that goes with it to explain.  I tried scanning it but the post won’t allow it – not sure why.  It says on the card:


The Cat Spirit brings intuition, autonomy and gives access to the supernatural.  Cats can see in the dark and are very magnetic and sensual.  Your Spirit Cat Cats can see in the dark and are very magnetic and sensual.  Cats can see in the dark and are very magnetic and sensual.  Your Spirit Cat can help you develop your intuition, remain confident in moments of darkness                                                                and overcome challenges with agility.

I will admit I am not sure how all this works or what I need to do, if anything.  I am glad I bought  the cat, it was the last one and it was one of those moments when I knew I would kick myself if I didn’t.  I also bought a small leather pouch to keep it from getting scratched – I don’t know if Dolomite scratches or not.  Wonder if I need to give it a name and decide what sex.

After that I went over to Pacific Fabrics to drool over fabric – I found some I really liked but don’t have a project for it.  I just want it.  I didn’t buy any but it was hard to walk away without any of it.  I also checked out some patterns, but didn’t buy – I haven’t done any quilting in a long time.  I am beginning to miss it.  By then it was time to go meet the group for lunch – I was also hungry so I was ready.

They chose a pizza place called Sparta’s, not my favorite but I was glad to see them.  I had a sudden yen for lasagna, it’s been a long time since the last one.  I was able to get the one on the senior menu, the smallest and by George I finished it.  But I felt so stuffed, it will be a long while before I feel like have it again.

They brought me gifts and they were great.  Charlotte gave me the Queen’s Touring Kit.



It’s a small box with some great copy on it.  The front says Whilst Parading About the Kingdom.   It has three pieces inside:

Body Mist to Exude an Air of Authority with a Spritz of Royal Rose

Royal Decree Tablet – Rule the Roost with 32 Crystal White Pages.  That means I get to write my own decrees, not have to follow someone else’s.  Cool!  On the back  it says:

Uncommonly Convenient Crystal White Paper

For your Highness to

1  Bequeath Servants with Royal Commands

2   Leave Behind Praise for Excellence in Servitude

Soap to Reign Supreme whilst Squeaky Clean.

But Charlotte wasn’t quite finished.  She had a great card as well.   There is a picture of a tiara and underneath it:

If you think of birthdays as diamonds, you have quite a tiara.  In side is the kicker.

Under Happy Birthday Your Majesty, she wrote “Of course I have one more diamond in my tiara than you do!”   That’s because I always kid her she is a year older than I am – she got me good this time!

We had such a good time I was sorry I had to leave.  I had to leave about 2:30 to go back to the Future of Flight to pick up Eddie.  There was more traffic than I expected so I was 2 or 3 minutes late.  He said he had hoped I would come by 2:45 because there was so much going in the office it was driving him crazy.  I know my first thought was to feel guilty and say I’m sorry – but I caught myself and decided I wouldn’t.  So we went to the car, wouldn’t you know it began to rain.

I had a fun day I am glad I went up early so I could do a couple of things for myself.  I was really tired when we came home and I slept 12 hours that night.  Fortunately I didn’t have to be anywhere early in the morning and it was a delicious sleep.

Truly Back Home Now!!!

May 27, 2012

All three of us came back to the house last Saturday because the bathroom was mostly finished.  The shower doors weren’t due to be installed until Monday, so it was a spit bath or nothing.  The whole bathroom looks amazing – when I asked Brad the contractor how he felt about it, I expected him to be pleased.  What a surprise when he said he was thrilled with the way it  looked.  Now that was unexpected and gratifying.  Now that the doors are on the grab bar inside the shower has been installed, what a pleasure to have a shower without climbing over the tub.  It was well worth the three weeks it took to transform it.  The stall is only about 4″ to step over, I was preparing for 5″ with my OT in rehab.

I will say it has been an adjustment to be back here, sometimes it didn’t feel real in the beginning, but I am doing a lot better now. I think it has been the hardest on Mom, she is still adjusting to it and believing it is real She is getting more and more confused and no doubt those three weeks in the adult family home really confused her.  So we are taking it slowly for her, not doing any other changes like new towels, etc. until she has adjusted.  It has made us realize it is time to find a care facility for her – what kind I have no idea.  I suspect this is going to be quite a learning experience for me, thank goodness I have some people to help me.  What an eye opener to see what happens when one doesn’t have long term care insurance – now I really understand why it is os important.  Eddie just qualified for it and also got a discount, so I know he is taken care of in case he needs some help.  I don’t qualify because of RA, so I need to figure something else for me – possibly a money market and laddering CDs.  Right now I need to focus on Mom.

I have been doing out patient therapy for 3 weeks – the first two weeks I was still at the hotel, last week I was here and my friends really came through for me by giving me rides there.  I chose to go back to Stafford health Care because I know the therapists and they know me – I didn’t want to break in a new set by going somewhere else.  They weren’t kidding when they said out patient therapy was more aggressive and there will be pain – what an understatement!  But I know I need it because the right leg muscles are weaker and I need to strengthen them so I can stop walking like Walter Brennan.  I have had mostly thigh and groin pain, though the hip has had its share of discomfort.  This week has been more uncomfortable sleeping, I can turn on my side and sleep on the healed hip.

Thursday was a red letter day because I saw my surgeon.  I wanted to drive again and was hoping he would give me the okay.  Eddie came with me because he wanted to talk to the doc because he is also an Armenian.  The doc took an x-ray and told me he is very pleased – the hip has healed perfectly and the plate and screw has stayed exactly in place.  Couldn’t think of better news unless it was when said I could drive when I felt able.  Whoopee!  I was anxious to try but also a bit apprehensive to experiment – finally I tried on Friday around the neighborhood and it felt fine – almost as if I had just driven the day before.  So I am now on four heels again, but not the wheely walker!  I am using a cane and the doc was happy about that.  He told me not to be in a hurry to  stop using the cane and I agree – it let’s people know not to bump into me.

A low point for me was on Wednesday – we went to Barnes & Noble for coffee before going to the doc.  I went to use the restroom but the handicap stall was being used. I was concerned about one of the regular stalls but went ahead and used one.  Well, I couldn’t get up!  I tried whatever I could but it didn’t work.  Finally the woman using the handicap stall was on her way out and I asked if she would help me.  She was so sweet, she pulled me back onto my feet and I thanked her profusely.  I told her how much I appreciated her help and she said we all need help at one time or another.  She had twin girls who didn’t look more than a few months old, so I suspect she has had a lot of experience with help.  Looks like I am changing my old childhood programming slowly but surely.

It has been an interesting week – this coming week will be my first mobile week in 3 months.  I am going to finally have a haircut – I know Michelle with be horrified at the hacking I have doe to it, but needs must.  I am also going to have a massage again, boy have I missed those.  I have three days of outpatient therapy as well – pretty well fills up my dance card for the week.  I think my ambitions out strip my energy – I will have to work up my stamina.  It feels so good to be mobile again, it is hard being dependent on others for rides.  I have also found through this journey what good friends I have in my Breakfast Club and other friends.


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