Wednesday, November 07, 2012
As some of you know, my elderly mother fell in early October. She broke her shoulder in 4 places, her hip in 3 places and split her femur lengthwise.
She had an awesome surgeon who put Mom back together again in such a manner that he avoided cutting muscles, saved her rotator cuff and managed not to have to replace any joints. She will have full range of motion in her shoulder and her hip.
She was in the hospital for some time, then she went to rehab. In Rehab, Mom learned how to dress herself, how to walk with a 4 legged cane as well as other tasks those of us with everything working well take for granted.
Now she's here with my family. Our daughter gave her room to her grandmother with such a generous spirit it made me quite proud. She even packed up a lot of her things to make room for Mom's things and helped me rearrange furniture so that my mother could get around in there.
Our son checks on my mother every night (cuz I'm worn out by 8 or 9...LOL) to see if she needs an ice pack or anything else.
I'm so proud of my kids and their generosities - things that seem so small mean so much. Especially to my mom.
It's really weird to be in the position of helping my mother bathe and dress and stuff like that. I don't have to DO a lot - lay out the clothing, put the bench in the shower and get towels, etc. But for now, I need to be present to make sure she doesn't fall again and/or catch her if she does...
My sister has taken this opportunity to have Mom's house worked on to make it more accommodating when Mom goes home.
It's not easy. But so far, things are working out OK.
Mom has gotten quite a few really hilarious Get Well cards.
The inside says "Don't worry, you have 8-1/2 lives left!"
Have a great day
Saturday, November 03, 2012
Take time to think- It is the source of all power.
Take time to read- It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to play- It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to be quiet- It is the opportunity to seek God.
Take time to be aware- It is the opportunity to help others.
Take time to love and be loved- It is God's greatest gift.
Take time to laugh- It is the music of the soul.
Take time to be friendly- It is the road to happiness.
Take time to dream- It is what the future is made of.
Take time to pray- It is the greatest power on earth.
Take time to give- It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work- It is the price of success.
There is a time for everything. . . .
Monday, September 17, 2012
I love avocado. Always have... likely always will... My favorite way to eat them is with a spoon and a little sea salt... LOL
During the summer, I lucked out and got a gonga deal on organic 'cados. One of the little darlings got buried under something else in the fridge and wasn't discovered until it was seriously in bad shape. Not stinky, but yeah, not edible.
So I made soap with it. Yeah... you read that right.
Hadn't even considered making an Avocado Soap until that point, so I carefully saved the flesh from the avocado, wrapped it up and put it in the freezer. Sometimes it takes me several days to fully calculate my soap recipes as I really do fully consider the total complement of fatty acids from each fat or oil added, how much of a superfat percentage to incorporate into the formula, etc.
By taking the time to be careful in formulating, I find that my soaps don't often need 'trial runs'. That's not saying there haven't been a few trial runs that my friends and family have had the fun of participating in! LOL
At any rate, the formula for this one is truly delish. My husband even likes it and he was the guy turning his nose up at my homemade soap in the beginning... LOL
All of these are Avocado Soaps - I just played around with earth-based colors in the darker bar while the lighter bars have no colors added. One of these will be the prize in the Great Soap Giveaway drawing to be held on October 1, 2012.
Tallow, Palm oil (sustainable), Olive Oil, Spring Water, Organic Aloe Vera, Goat Milk, Organic Avocado Oil, Organic Avocado Fruit, Mango Butter, Shea Butter, Emu Oil, Coconut Milk, Lanolin, Jojoba Oil, Castor Oil, NaOH, Lavender Essential Oil, Kelp, Organic Spirulina, Comfrey Leaves, Lemongrass Essential Oil, Sage Essential Oil.
Monday, September 17, 2012
What an awesome day.
We had a much smaller group show up than the RSVPs reflected. I guess folks were scared of a little rain.. :) LOL In all fairness, I DO get it, being a desert rat myself... water evokes a strong reaction - some go dance in the rain, others hide from it. So if you were out dancing in the rain and completely FORGOT (LOL), it's OK. We had a good time and YOU MISSED IT!
First, I apologize for the lack of photos... Have become so accustomed to my son hauling the camera around (or grabbing a cell phone) and taking photos of everything that I've just gotten out of the habit... Remembered to take pics somewhere in the middle of this and only got a few...
Maggeriffic graciously and enthusiastically led a warmup (workout) and then she led the walk. We walked around Reid Park, well, MOST of Reid Park and clocked 2 miles. I wore flip flops (duh! FORGOT to grab decent shoes & that cost me a nickel-sized blister), but had a good time walking with everyone, especially my walking partner for the day, FITNESSBULLY.
We ate REALLY WELL! JEWELMAKER1 brought a quinoa salad that was AWESOME! recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
PAYJAW brought a fruit salad that was super delicious!
We had an assortment of yummies - corn chips, kale chips, a veggie tray, dips. It was a very nice day.
Maggeriffic, PAYJAW and RETIREDAT60.
PAYJAW, JEWELMAKER1, THANDI8, LADYROSE
THANK YOU for making the SPARKTucson RALLY !!!
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
On May 20, 2012, there was an annular eclipse of the sun.
My cousin is one of my most favorite people in the world. He's a computer engineer who has done work on a few artificial hearts that keep people alive, but his passion is photography. He's got a fantastic eye and he makes a little money with his photography, too.
We've been best friends since we were tiny. There's a great meeting of the minds between us and we let each other 'BE' - its always been that way and I feel lucky every time we get the chance to do something together with our families.
My 13yo son is a budding astro-photographer. He's gotten some pretty spectacular shots with the 2nd hand equipment he's managed to obtain.
We started planning for this 18 months in advance. We decided a great place to get some dramatic shots would be at Ship Rock in NM. As you can see, it's only a few minutes off the center 'track' for the eclipse.
My mom called us the Squint Squad, but I'm not really sure what that title is in reference to. She laughed when I said that.
At any rate, the trip to Ship Rock went well - my kids got to see the painted desert among other things. I really had a hard time NOT stopping and scraping up some of the oxide-rich soil. We got a lot of photos, however, and I made a list of the oxides that created each color and that was a lesson for my kids after we returned.
We enjoyed Table Mesa
We thought it would be nifty to get a shot of all the kids with their solar glasses on.
Back to the eclipse. As previously stated, we weren't right on the line (as indicated on the map) where the 'ring of fire' would be perfectly centered. However, we were close enough to get really good shots.
Here's one of the pics my son took through his telescope
Here's a composite my cousin took
Just after the sun set over the rock
After we returned to Tucson, there were two more events! An eclipse of the moon
And Venus transiting the sun.
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