Almost back to 100% healthy, still a little cough. Back to walking 6 mi a day.
I've been busy researching online home health care services for my parents, has taken so much time, we don't know any body who has used a service where my parents live. So pretty much starting from scratch. I have 2 agencies coming to my parents house for an assessment on Wed. I learned a lot of new terms regarding senior health care. My mom needs some help now taking care of my dad. We're starting with someone coming 4 hours per week and increase hours as needed.
Joan, Jordan and his brother have grown to be great young men despite not having a mom in their lives. You really are getting into the pottery! Yes, this is the sickest I've been in many, many years.
I am living my new sleep # bed! I get in bed set my tv to go off and set my bed to go flat at the same time- so nice- I can fall asleep any time and not worry about lowering the bed or turning the tv off. I am finding that I like the bed softer than I thought I would.
I haven’t done the pics yet. Will try soon.
My nails have been so terrible this winter- dry, peeling. I have some new cream for them called Hard as Hoofs. You are supposed to use it three times a day - hoping it works!
Joan - the clay classes must be fun- always satisfying to see something that you have made.
Sue- best wishes for your home health search. I worked in home health for about 10 years. Always loved it. Sorry to hear your dad is requiring so much care.
Holly- how is the shawl coming! I’m a little over half way on DH’s socks
Sue, that’s too bad about your parents—my ww BF’s husband is approaching that point as well and I am trying to get her to cross that bridge before it gets so much worse. Her DH is beginning to have bouts of total dementia and then a bit later he seems fine—doctors told her it will continue to get worse. She is so stuck at home with no help!
JoAnne, I keep my bed set at 65 and DH used to be at 35–then he started having back issues and upped his to 55 and feels so much better—so good to have options.
I’ll check out that link, Sue.
Holly, I hope you’re surviving with all your work and school, too. When do you go to Israel.
I’m obsessed with the clay projects—spent almost five hours painting my fat cat tray today and tonight—but it’s painted and it looks really good. Anxious to fire it.
Sue the recipe I made up for my soup has no cream in it so is really healthful and low calorie—I think 130 calories for a cup. I cook a who celery root (steam it) and add it to the pot and after it cooked with the roasted onion and parsnips and pears, I add veg broth and immersion blender it—the celery root gives it the creamy affect without all the fat and calories. Season with thyme and white black pepper—and I served it with small chunks of roasted pear and the roasted hazelnuts. We had a cup with dinner tonight again! Love it. I bet that recipe tastes pretty similar though.
So good to hear from everyone==Sue, I’m glad you are on the mend—wow, not good to catch something that hard to get rid of!
Holly will you be able to keep up your class work on line from Israel—again,, what date do you go?
JoAnne—how cold did you get?
I spend a couple hours at the studio after gym and lunch today and made a baby crow—a very hungry one—to go with my parent crow—OMG, they are so darn cute—I drew and planned him out and wasn’t sure my plan for his beak would work but I think it turned out perfect. So, so fun! I put six things on the shelf for firing so I’ll have glazing to do soon, hopefully!
On Thursday we had -7 degrees with the wind chill factor. So cold! Yesterday was better, and today in the 30s, but by Tues it could go as high as 60!!! Crazy weather.
Wed I got caught in a snow squall, I was at my parents meeting with 3 different home health care agencies, and had to rush out when snow started (I hate driving in snow and my car is rear wheel drive). Wow visibility was awful, everyone drove slowly on the highway.
Jojo, glad the new bed is working out so well for you, sounds very technical. My nails are weak too. Let me know if that cream works. I got the gel manicure for my last cruise, and because it was a long cruise, got another gel on the ship - big mistake, I think the gel weakens my nails.
Joan, I usually don't put any milk or cream in my pureed soups either. Do you pay the clay studio by the hour?
Holly, 2 weeks will go by fast. This next cruise is 36 days, shorter than the last one and I already know it will fly by.
We've been getting all our travel documents together. Had to get an online visa for India. I'll start the low carb diet next Sunday. Have to get my hair trimmed and another keratin treatment, good timing because they are having a sale on keratins the next month.
Tonight we have ex-partner and his wife (they live a few blocks away) coming over for wine and cheese, they are bringing their 1 yr old boy. Very casual.
Sue, if I sign up for 8 classes, one a week, it is $140 with 3 hrs a week free studio time. I joined as a member tho so I pay $120 for a whole year of unlimited use of the studio—then I can sign up for class if I want to for the same price for 8 weeks but i can attend any or all the classes offered that week rather than just one. I am going to miss my last class cause of going to NYC on Thursday for the weekend. However, I am not going to take any classes for a few weeks in order to give myself time to just go down and make things using the skills I’ve learned so far—I want to experiment with some projects that I am thinking of for myself . If I don’t take an 8 week session I can drop in on any class I want to for 35 bucks—so I will find out what they are teaching that week and only do one if it’s something I really want to learn new. Today and tomorrow they have a visiting artist doing a two day workshop—those are extra fees but I felt this one was above my skill level.
Iwent down and made a cute little baby crow yesterday to go with my bigger crow—he has his big beak wide open with his head tilted straight back begging to be fed. He is really cute. I designed him on paper first and was so happy that my idea worked well.
Good idea, Holly—I hope your trip is wonderful! I have two different friends who recently went to Israel. They loved their trip.
I walked to Peet’s and met DD halfway this morning—came back and made yummy avocado toast and soft boiled egg. I have discovered white cheddar cheese and some of it on the avo toast is so tasty with the egg! No plans today—wishing I’d brought one of my animals home to paint!
I am reading all the way to NYC and back—have not started our book and club is thursday of next week—at my house! Have a great time, Holly—glad you got out of the class. Be safe!
I got all but my horse painted and ready for bisque firing when I get back—went to studio yesterday at 9 until 12:30 and finished my punker mouse and painted him last night after dinner. I plan to just glaze the horse and drop some white drops on his rump to make him look sort of Appaloosa. I’m all caught up except for these funky champagne flute things we made in the last class—will just slap some kind of glaze on them—I will use them as bud bases since we don’t drink.
Rained here off and on the past three days but is sunny this morning.
I have yoga and weights this morning and should have walked—maybe I’ll go early and walk in back of the gym—they have a baseball park there I can walk around. So far it’s not windy.
Hope you got things arranged for your parents, Sue. What day do you leave?
Joan, are you in NYC now? Weather pretty good here in the east coast this weekend. Did your DH go with you?
I did my usual volunteering Tues. Wednesday, we met a young woman who the agency matched us up with to come once a week to help my mom. She has experience with taking care of her grandmom who also has Parkinson's. Hopefully this will work out. It is going to take awhile for my parents to get used to this.
Last night we took my 2nd nephew and his girlfriend out for Indian dinner. It is always so much fun with them. I can't believe how mature he is. They are a good couple, have been together for 3-4 years now, since juniors in college.
We fly to Hong Kong on the 26th, cruise starts on the Mar 2. Need to get so much done by then.
Home from NYC since Monday night—uneventful flight home thank goodness. Surrounded by employees of Mens’ Wearhouse on way to Vegas for their annual convention—nothing but talk of fitting suits on exceptionally strange shapes, etc. So funny.
NYC was so much fun and so very cold—Sat. Morning it was 12º chill factor but we were out and about all day everyday—I was so layered—wore two coats every day! DD from here had a good sampling of NYC—did Top of the Rock, 9/11 memorial and museum, Westfield Mall, WA Square, Bryant Park, NYC Public Library, Chelsea, SOHO, MoMA, Time Square, Area around Broadway/Amsterdam and 72nd (west of Central Park), shopped a little, two broadway plays and dinners out—took Kassie’s friends to dinner one night—was so fun—11 of us all together—they are such nice young adults!
Yesterday I picked up all my clay items that are bisque fired and delivered my painted items to the bisque firing shelf. Last night glazed all the bisque items. Will deliver them today and then get new glasses checked—apparently they got the script wrong for my right eye as it is my best eye and totally blurry at distance —ugh. It’s a long drive to their present office.
Looks as tho you will be traveling really soon, Sue—anxious to hear of your ports.
I have book club here tomorrow night—made my parsnip pear soup this morning to serve and will make the pear cake tomorrow afternoon. I am going to have a very simple salad with that—the person who was supposed to help now cannot come! Our book was so good—-Everything Brave is Forrgiven by Chris Cleave—he wrote Little Bee—he writes so very well.
I caught a cold and was sneezing and blowing my nose constantly in NYC—still have some symptoms but it appears to be all just a head cold—no coughing—but now both DD’s have it as well. Figured they would catch it—I must have been exposed to it here before going.
Very cloudy today with possible snow flurries predicted.