Wake Up Call

So many of us who have raised families and learned to save for that rainy day still do it, even in our senior years.  We always think well if it means so much to us, then our children would probably love to have it, too.  And so we save it in our extra luggage (the ones with no wheels), purses that have gone out of style, trinkets from trips, leis from Hawaii, t-shirts from each vacation destination, cards for birthdays, mother’s day, hand written notes from our children, grandchildren, etc.  And then one day- an accident or an illness occurs and within a matter of weeks, we see our dear friend with a fused neck from a fall that will prevent her from ever driving again and afraid to come back to her home placed in an Assisted Living facility until after the holidays.  Soon after she will be moving to her daughter’s residence in Ga.

This past weekend all of her belongings were in the driveway that we share for a moving sale.  As the steady stream of cars came and folks of all ages purchased a bed, mattresses, plants, frames, televisions, entertainment center,  I painfully witnessed my dear friend and neighbors personal residence being emptied “just like that”.  I know it has to be (but it sure hurts) and goodness knows,  it could be me tomorrow!

But what is the answer?  Do we keep abreast of  what we have and not save anything?  Is it the “Rainy Day” now?  My heart is heavy and my eyes keep tearing up.  It is going to be rough not having my Rita next door anymore.

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Feels Like Fall

Florida is cold!  Can you believe we are all bundled up at 52 degrees and waiting for Monday when it should warm up?  I guess we are fickle when it comes to temperatures as we cannot make up our minds.  But, the sun is shining!

Thanksgiving turned out very pleasant and our leg of lamb dinner was delicious.  My stuffed mushrooms were superb and my new daughter-in-law loved the taste as well as my brownies. By the way, Chanipa  is very sweet and seems to be madly in love with Joe.  She didn’t have any translation for her pretty name.

I am thankful for all of my blessings this year and it was so nice to be chatting with all of my family call after call.

How was your holiday?  Did you have turkey, ham or pasta.  I am always curious about your favorites.

Till next time, enjoy be happy, smile!

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One Month and Counting

Everywhere I look and shop the stores are decorated and stacking their racks and shelves with toys, goodies.  This time next month, we will be celebrating Christmas Day and feasting on another holiday meal.

It  has been by far a wonderful yet challenging year for most of us . But, tomorrow as we are with our friends, family and loved ones,  we will take time to be thankful for all of our blessings.

And so to all of you I wish a very Happy Thanksgiving day.

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New Family Member

This Thanksgiving Day I will be celebrating with my son Joe and his bride Chanipa.    We decided we would forgo the traditional Turkey and have a leg of lamb dinner with mashed garlic potatoes and sides of vegetables.  Joe loves apple pie and being Chanipa is from Thailand,  we thought she might like to sample brownies also.

I am thinking it must be so exciting and also a bit overwhelming, to view first hand how different we live with all of our modern conveniences.  Joe remarked only today, that Chanipa loved the microwave and found it fascinating along with the washer, dryer and dishwasher.

I am looking forward to meeting her for the first time and hearing about her country, heritage and family.   My ultimate prayer is for them to have a long happy life together.  My youngest son Darrin and Maria are now engaged and so this time next year I will be blessed with three daughter-in-laws.  How lucky can one woman be?  I definitely have lots to be thankful for this holiday season.

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Mixed Emotions

The infamous Michelle in my life is leaving the “gym” atmosphere and moving up to a life long dream to have her own studio and personally train people on the Reformer (Pilate’s with Straps.)  It will be on per person fee for an hour or half hour.  Unfortunately, my older body parts will prohibit me from stretching any more than I am already.  Besides,  it might just do more harm than good.

Although we will always have our friendship, it will be difficult to find another person with her drive and experience.  She has helped me create a better and healthier body and mind that can not only focus and balance,  but also allow me to look and feel years younger.

And so,  I must try to find other avenues to keep this going  and pray there is a carbon copy of Michelle to keep Ms Millie moving.

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