Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Visiting my Sister
I decided about a week ago to get off my duff and go to Alabama and visit my sister. I came here on Wednesday of last week and have been here ever since. I had decided to go home tomorrow, but I think I have changed my mind. I might stay a few more days.

It's been a long time since I have seen her and it's nice just to hang out with her. And besides, she's a good cook. She already made me some beef tips, crawfish & shrimp stew, two sour cream pound cakes YUMMMMMM, a breakfast caserole, cinimon rolls, and chicken and dumplins. I can't stay around here too long, she would have to cut a whole in the side of her house for me to get out of.

She is still in quite a bit of pain from the accident, but she is walking well and getting around good, just her back gives her fits. But she had rods in her back holding her spine together, so what can she expect but to have pain. She just got the pins out of her foot 2 weeks ago. It had started giving her lots of problems, so they took the pins out and it is feeling better now. The doctor told her she will probably never go back to work. She is totally disabled from the wreck and she is upset about that, but I told her there are other things she can do. She had a brand new grandbaby 9 or 10 days old, so she will be busy with her for a long time to come.

We went to Mobile yesterday to meet my uncle and pick up my grandmother's rocker from when she was a child, so it's at least 85 years old. It is so fine. I love antiques. He also gave me the clock that use to sit on her mantle. It has a little girl on a swing in it, that serves at the pendulum. I loved that clock as a child and it is so neat that I now own it. The chair will go to my brother for his granddaughter. I think that is what Mom wanted done with it.

We are going out to eat tonight at a place nearby. I have never been to it, but it sounds like a nice place to go. Susan (my sister) is in the kitchen baking another pound cake. We are waiting for the Sears guy to come fix their lawn mower. Of course they will be here between 8am and 5pm. You have to wait all day for those jerks and they probably won't come here till the end of the day.

Oh well, we can wait. We want to go through a bunch of tubs of stuff we got out of my grandmother's house, but we will just have to do it another day. I think I will go take a nap.

Have a good day folks!
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Just a flick o' the wrist!
For about a year and a half now, maybe 2 years, I have been having trouble with my right wrist. Since my body is riddled with arthritis, I figured it was in my wrist too and just wore a brace and took Advil when it bothered me a lot. would think that would help right? Not.......

Before Mom died, she kept telling me I needed to go get it checked out and like the obedient but obstinate daughter I am/was, I kept putting it off. I got the obstinate part from her anyway.

Well, I finally made the appointment to see my orthopedist. Now I made this appointment about 6 weeks ago, figuring Mom would be at home well by now, or at least recovering nicely. We all know that part didn’t happen. I almost canceled the appointment, but I kept hearing her telling me “Cindy, go get it checked like I told you.” Yes, Ma’am.

So I digress. On Monday the 12th, I was outside working around the pool, getting it ready for the summer, cleaning filters, putting in chemicals, etc. I needed to clean the skimmer so I took it out of the pool and started around the house to get to the water hose. (in the South we call those ‘Hose pipes’) There is a concrete patio area where the ‘hose pipe’ is located.

So here I go, tromping around without giving it a second thought when suddenly I am falling toward the concrete face first! YIKES! Now when you get a hefty woman falling toward the ground, there is no stopping her. Just get out of the way and let it happen! So the ants scattered, the cat squealed and ran and down I went. I landed on my right knee (that hurt like hell, since my knees are not real, they are titanium), both hands, which bruised the inside of the left hand and twisted the right one backwards, that was the one that was supposed to be in a brace, but wasn’t at the time. (I needed that hand you know to clean the pool.)

Anyway, the whole while I am headed toward the ground, all 2 seconds of that while, I am thinking I am going to bust my face and it’s not going to be nice. Well, between the wrists and the knee, it broke my fall just enough that I stopped just as my chin TOUCHED the concrete. Yes touched. I couldn’t believe it. I felt like a Mac truck had just run over me, but I didn’t bust my face, my knee was just bruised and my left hand was skinned a little and bruised. WHEW!

I had to lay there a minute or 3 before I could decide that I was ok, and could probably get up if I tried hard enough. Meanwhile the ants came back and let me know very loudly that I was lying on their bed! Uh oh! Yes folks, I got up from there in record time…2 seconds falling, 1 second getting up, and not one ant bite! Ha!

So anyway, by now my right wrist was hurting pretty badly and I thought maybe I had really hurt it now, so I was glad I had the appointment with the doctor today. So back to the doctor visit.

Dr. B (what a cutie) had my wrist x-rayed in 3 different positions. When he came in and started looking at them, he started scratching his chin……always a bad sign when the doc scratches his chin. I said “is it broken?” “No” he says, “but you have a cyst in a place I have never before seen one. It’s IN the bone in the wrist. Not next to the bone, IN the bone.” No wonder the sucker hurts. It's in one of the left most Carpels as shown in this photo.

So then he tells me I have to have an MRI to make sure it’s a cyst and not something else. I say “like what, not something else.” He says “Like cancer.” Now that is scary right? I didn’t know what to say after that. But either way, I am looking at surgery on my right hand/wrist very soon, he said.

So bottom line, I am waiting now for them to call me with the appointment for the MRI, and it’s 4:00 am and I can’t sleep. That isn’t unusual since Mom passed away though. I am not sleeping these days anyway.

In addition to all that, he gave me cortisone shots in both my hips. They have been hurting like the dickens too lately, so much it hurts to walk, and so he x-rayed them too and said it looks like I have bursitis in the hips, thus the shots. That could also be why it’s 4:00 am and I am still awake.

I will keep you all posted on the wrist progress. When I have surgery I will have to type one handed for a while, so these posts won’t be as long. That should be good because I know this was a long one.

Goodnight. I am going to try to go to sleep now that it’s almost time to get up.
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Today was a good day....
Hey there....

I had a pretty good day today. Some very special friends invited me to lunch and we had a great time. Lots of laughing, joking around, and funny stories. Thank you to Anna, Renee, Gerry, and Vernon. No one I know can be around Vernon and not have the constant giggles. He is very entertaining in a perverted sort of way. But that is what makes Vernon Vernon.

Anyway, it was great to get out of the house and spend some time with friends and forget, if for just a while, my sadness. Thanks again for great friends.

I also went to visit some of my old co-workers from where I retired and stayed there for about 2 hours. I enjoyed that too. But it reminds me of why I am enjoying my retirement. LOL Nothing changes in the old work place I assure you.

My husband and I met when he got off from work and we went to look at HD LCD screen tv's. We know what we want, we just can't find the right price. I shopped online for them tonight and now we can go back to the store with our price arguements in hand. They said they would meet or beat any competitor's price. So we will see.

I am looking forward to being able to rearrange my living room. With the entertainment center we have now, there is only one way to arrange furniture. After 17 years, I am wanting something different. I want to open it up. With the new TV, we will be able to do that, because we are going to install it above our fireplace.

When I get it all done, I will post some pictures.

You all have a great day. I have.
Monday, March 05, 2007
They say time heals.....I wonder
Hello everyone,

It's been two weeks today since my Mom passed away and there is such a hole in my life, I just don't know how it will ever be filled.

I don't want to cry all the time and post " I'm feeling down again" type posts, but this is worse thing I have ever had to live through. I always knew this day would come, but it's something you just never are quite prepared for. I still can't bear the thought of going through her things. My brothers have said for me to just leave it alone until I think I can handle it and I appreciate their understanding and patience.

For instance, I was going to wash the clothes in her hamper in her bathroom the other day and I pulled the clothes, which was just a few of her shirts, out of the hamper and I smelled her presence. Her clothes still carry her scent. All I could do was cry and put the clothes back in the hamper. I just can't wash away her sent yet.

I go in my Mom's bedroom and just sit in there sometimes and listen. It may sound strange, but I can here conversations we had in there. I used to go sit in there when she was alive and we would just sit and talk. Now I go in there and relisten to our talks.

As I said earlier, there is a big hole in my life, my home, my heart. I am so blessed to have had a Mom that I had such a good relationship with and that I felt so close to. I am also blessed to have all the friends that have shown me such love and support through this most difficult time of such great loss.

Thank you all for that love and support. I wouldn't be able to handle this without you all in my life.