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81 Years ago today.
Friday, July 21, 2017      13 comments

My mom was born. In a small town in Kansas. She grew up in Kansas and went to college there, where she met my dad. From what I know, she had a fairly normal childhood. Her father was a teacher, her mom, a homemaker. They weren't well off, ... Read more
Mini Vacay in San Diego and open water swim (NOT in SD)
Wednesday, July 19, 2017      7 comments

We got back late last night after 5 days in San Diego. We flew down for Ken's family reunion, which was in Mission Viejo. Ken's brothers both live in SD so one of them had the idea that we fly down there and drive up to Mission Viejo together. G... Read more
Tuesday, July 11, 2017      10 comments

I've said before, I'm constantly inspired by folks here on Spark - especially Spark friends. The other day, Fredie (AKA MARINGAL) wrote a blog that included the phrases "Listen and follow. Follow and Listen." Actually, it might have been more t... Read more
What doesn't serve me
Friday, July 07, 2017      10 comments

In the mix with my mom's death and burial in Kansas has been a fluctuating array of emotions. My mom was ill for a long time, first acquiring a frontal-temporal lobe dementia that was ultimately determined to be a form of autoimmune dementia. Be... Read more
What's left of a life
Thursday, July 06, 2017      14 comments

I'm sitting in the midst of a mess again - memories of 4 years ago when my dad died and I had so much to do and to take care of. Then, I had been living at his house for over 5 weeks while he was in the hospital - trying to take care of bills an... Read more
Saturday, July 01, 2017      20 comments

My mom died on June 16. That's the same day my dad died in 2013. I had been visiting her the first week of June and the day I was supposed to leave, she had a stroke. She stabilized throughout the day, and I left the next. She had be... Read more
Wednesday, June 14, 2017      9 comments

That's the only E word I can think of today. Eventually we all die. My mom has been in hospice since April and I went to visit her last week. It was a decent visit; it's always hard but she was pretty stable. The hospice nurse was even thi... Read more
D is for Drama
Sunday, June 04, 2017      4 comments

I'm not a big fan of drama. I tried to avoid it at work, though sometimes found myself drawn into it a bit. Now that I'm retired, I have even less tolerance for it. I had to put up with all sorts of things for over 26 years and now that my time ... Read more
Picking myself up
Friday, June 02, 2017      5 comments

The kind and supportive world of Spark has helped me again. Thank you for your comments and support in response to my last blog. I really appreciate this being a safe place to let it out! The past two days I've been busy with the library ... Read more
In a Funk
Wednesday, May 31, 2017      10 comments

I'm not sure what all is going all - well, there is a lot going on - and I've been in a funk. I don't know where the time goes each day. I've been getting exercise pretty consistently but am struggling with food. Nothing new. Just a lot of... Read more
My Own Spa Day
Friday, May 19, 2017      5 comments

One of my goals this week was to get an extra swim in as part of my exercise for the week so I got to the pool yesterday late morning. It was BEAUTIFUL out yesterday -- warming up again here in Sacramento with a bit of a breeze. ... Read more
Depression, Diets and Drama - Letter D, Part I
Wednesday, May 17, 2017      7 comments

Who knew so many words come to mine for the letter D? I could easily think of a few more, but I'll stop there. Depression. I'm someone who has suffered from depression as well as anxiety. I've mentioned it a couple of times and am leaving a... Read more
Interrupting the alphabet series - Mother's Day Weekend
Sunday, May 14, 2017      10 comments

Happy mother's day to all of the moms - of humans, cats, dogs, and other fur kids. I'm not a big fan of Mother's Day as I've mentioned, because like many things, there is a lot of emphasis on something that I'm not a part of and because it feels... Read more
Wednesday, May 10, 2017      12 comments

As much as I try to avoid it, I compare myself to others. Someone is always thinner, prettier, smarter, has better skin. Better teeth. A better runn... Read more
B is for Baby Blanket
Thursday, May 04, 2017      9 comments

My sisters and I all had baby blankets when we were little. I'm not sure how we acquired them; if my parents bought them or they were a gift from friends or family. We each had a different color. Mine was a kind of blue-green. They were wi... Read more

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