Sunday, April 15, 2018

EXERCISING A WEAK ARM



Years ago… I was told my arm had a ‘dead zone’ in it. It makes my arm weak in that particular spot and I have trouble lifting things with it. Even picking up the covers at night to pull up over my body is difficult. I’m in terrible pain. It has gotten progressively worse over time. So my doctor recently sent me to physical therapy to see if we could build up the strength in my arm and increase my mobility.  I go twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. My physical therapist and her assistant have given me a half a dozen exercises to complete each time. And those exercises are harder to do than they appear. I am hoping with time my arm will improve. Just a little is better than not at all. Have you ever needed physical therapy and did it ultimately help?



Monday, March 26, 2018

REPURPOSING A MONASTERY OF SORTS



In our travels... we came across a lovely old monastery in the middle of nowhere. It had been converted into a living facility for senior citizens, both male and female. It was breathtaking from a distance, as well as, up close and personal. Repurposing the building was a great idea. Don’t you agree?

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Monday, March 12, 2018

A STREET MURAL






Street art is endearing to be sure. Take this mural for instance. My husband and I stumbled across it when eating out. It appears on the back of a building in Royal Oak, Michigan. Who would imagine Marilyn Monroe and the Three Stooges together? But there they are. I can’t tell if the person on the motorcycle is Marlon Brando or James Dean? What do you think? Have you seen any murals where you live? CLICK on PHOTOS to ENLARGE them. 

Monday, February 26, 2018

BUGGED


Boys will be boys. My grandson is no exception. He likes to play with bugs. He keeps them as pets. He finds them, then builds habitats for them. I hope he grows up and becomes an entomologist. Right now he wants to be a solider or a cop. But his love of bugs is something that can’t be denied. Do you have a love of something you turned into a career or know someone who did?





Monday, February 12, 2018

PILLOW TALK


Our mattress is over 20 years old. GASP! We definitely need a new one. It’s just a question of saving enough money. In the meantime we try to make ourselves comfortable in bed with the right pillows. Until rather recently we would get them at Walmart. For $15 we would get the extra firm generic pillows. It took two of them stacked up to suit our needs.  But even then they weren’t doing the job. So we began searching for an alternative. And we found a couple at the mattress store that were perfect. They fit our heads like a glove. The only problem was the price. We were willing to pay thirty bucks, but no more.   One of these perfect pillows was marked $200 and the other was $80. Way out of our league. But they gave us an idea, of what could work for us, if money were no object. Both of these pillows resembled sandbags and they were heavy and are made with memory foam. So we set our sights for these kind of pillows but more affordable. Nothing to be found locally. But we did see them online at QVC.com and Amazon. They were pillows by Lori Greiner one of the sharks from the CNBC show Shark Tank. She’s an inventor too. She invented a better pillow. We were intrigued. The price was right and the risk minimal. At QVC you have 30 days to try an item with a money back guarantee. A better deal than Amazon. The cost was $25 a piece. Or two for $50. So we figured we had nothing to lose and ordered them.  Best nights sleep ever. We absolutely love them. What kind of pillows do you like? 


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

DESSERT ANYONE?


We like pie. It's the perfect dessert. BUT I’m diabetic and can’t eat much of it during a sitting. So making a whole pie doesn't make any sense. However we’ve discovered a quick and easy way to get a small dose of that sweetness. One of our hometown fast food places sells homemade pie by the slice. At least 12 different kinds. So we opt for a small slice from there to satisfy our cravings. In February they feature CHERRY pie. A president inspired thing. And in March they highlight their chocolate flavors. I like the VERY BERRY pie that they specialize in baking. It’s my favorite.  My husband usually gets the STRAWBERRY-RHUBARB. But he also has a fondness for the APPLE BROWN BETTY. Yet.. he does something I never heard of with the apple pie. When we get home... before he eats it… he melts a piece of cheddar cheese on top. He says the cheese offsets the sweetness and gives the dessert a savory flavor. I have to admit it is pretty good... IF you can get past a strong desire for a scoop of vanilla ice cream, instead. Do any of you do this? Melt cheese on your apple pie. I've been told in some circles it’s a time honored tradition. 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

FREAK ACCIDENT


When we go shopping… my husband will often drop me off by the curb, before parking… so I can get a head start. It usually works out nicely.  But the other day it didn’t. I realized there was a problem the minute my foot hit the asphalt.  Something went crunch and I looked down to see a broken glass bottle. I carefully pushed it away with my foot. But the minute I took another step I felt something pierce the inside of my boot. A piece of the glass had wedged itself into the sole and was hurting me from the inside out. I got back inside the car to remove my boot. I didn’t know what I was going to do. We were a couple miles from home and this was more than an inconvenience. Fortunately for me… my husband happened to have a pair of channel locks in the car. They are like pliers only adjustable. Turns out there was just enough of the glass shard sticking out the bottom of my boot… and it was thick enough… for him to get a firm grip on it,  to pull it out,  without it breaking off. I held my breath praying it wouldn’t snap off and it didn’t. Problem solved. Have you ever had a freak accident happen to you?