Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Snapshots of My Summer...

This is a brief recap of my summer so far...

We went from a beautiful, unseasonably cool summer to Holy Cow it's Hot!!! We've been hitting the 100's. Too warm for this gal! I'm dreaming of cool ocean breezes and looking forward to early autumn when the temps drop. I have also been daydreaming about Christmas, thanks to Hallmark Channel and their Christmas in July movies.

I've gotten out of the house a few times, visiting with my sister, some cousins and friends. My tendency is to live a bit like a hermit most of the time, so having multiple outings is a big deal for me. It was a lot of fun! I need to push myself to get out a little more often.

The repairs on Old Blue, my husband's 52 Chevy, are moving right along. After a long and exhaustive search, a replacement door was found. Installing it involved he and a friend sanding, priming, torquing the door frame back into alignment, and ordering new glass for the window. She is well on her way to being ready for a new paint job, but until that can be done, at least Blue is drivable again. At this time, still no compensation from the uninsured driver who wounded her, but what goes around...

On the health front, I'd received very positive news from my last MRI scans. No significant progression of my MS. I'm so thankful. I recently had an outpatient surgery on two arthritic fingers, that went well. Still healing from it, but I can type again! Hurrah!

I'm currently reading Whitethorn Woods, by Maeve Binchy, and enjoying it a lot. She had a gift for creating memorable, believable characters. I've also been catching up on some British TV Series and Netflix Originals. I noticed this morning that Season Two of Anne of Green Gables has been added to Netflix, so I'll be starting it soon. I do recommend you read the books first, of course.

My new Morning Joe mug!
Yes, it's sitting on our Anniversary gift, a book we both want to read.
Another passion of mine is following the news, and Morning Joe is one of my favorite news programs. I like the different people they bring on and enjoy hearing them discuss current events. There's also some laughter to diffuse some of the more serious topics. Yesterday my oldest son handed me a package. Surprise! He had bought me the Morning Joe coffee mug! I love it! This morning, while I watched my recording of the program, I sipped coffee from my special mug. It's the little things that brighten my days the most. Small gestures of love and kindness.

With that, I'll say farewell for now. Love and Blessings, my friends!

© 11JUL2018 ajjahner

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Books and Other Stuff...

This spring has been a busy one for me. A few bumps in the road like my husband's 52 Chevy getting hit by an uninsured driver, and it's in sad shape. It needs a replacement door on the driver's side, but they are hard to find these days, so the hunt is on.

I've been doing a lot more reading. My current book is Blindsided: Lifting a Life Above Illness: A Reluctant Memoir by Richard M. Cohen, about his journey with Multiple Sclerosis. It's interesting to learn how someone else, with symptoms much like mine, dealt with all the changes in his life. My next selection will be something lighter like Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchy or A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny.

Maeve Binchy is an old favorite. After her death, I purposely set her final book, A Week in Winter, aside to enjoy at a later time. I knew there wouldn't be another, so I saved it for a special treat. I finished it in 2016. I used to get her books from the Public Library, read everything they had, and thought that was it. Imagine my delight to discover a couple of her books I hadn't read before!

Louise Penny is a new discovery. A couple friends had mentioned how much they enjoyed her books, so I read the first book in the Inspector Gamache series, Still Life, and I really enjoyed it. A nice cozy mystery. I'm looking forward to the second book in the series.

Other than reading, I've been working on small projects, researching ancestors, spending time with family. and the usual day to day things. The cooler weather has been so nice, but as we plunge into summer the temps are predicted to get hot! I'll be the gal sitting inside with the AC cranked up. Heat's not good for me. Perhaps a getaway to a lake or the ocean will be in the plans!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Time Together and Alone...

What a lovely weekend it's been! Family time and a bit of solitude. I watched Case Histories, a British crime drama starring Jason Isaacs. I started reading When Death Draws Near by Carrie Stuart Parks, a good read so far. Four boxes were filled for donation which Paul dropped off for me at the Idaho Youth Ranch. And at the moment, I'm waiting for the clothes in the dryer to finish so I can put the next load in. Why I waited until late Sunday evening, I can't explain. It just been one of those days, full, fun, and also relaxing.

I was reminded how much I love spending time with my family. There is nothing so precious as being with people you love, who also love you. The value of time alone is not lost on me either. In every love relationship, whether it's romantic or family, you need to find time to nurture yourself. In doing so, you have more to offer the people you love. With that in mind, I wrote the following poem.

just me, not you
someplace of my own
a hideaway, a nook
an island of self imposed
to rest
reflect and reimagine
to rediscover
then emerge, myself again
with you

© 29Apr2018 ajjahner