Win Is When … and Has is Had

I just re-read my immediately previous essay ... found mistakes ... and the title to this essay should correct two of the mistakes!!!

I was going to title this essay “2000 feet.”   I just finished my walking for the day … my 2000 feet!!!   But, I thought the above title was “cuter.”   The “2000 feet” expression was explained at the end of the (same) previous essay.   To be redundant:   2000 feet is the amount of walking I am now trying to do daily.   BTW, it took me 26.07 minutes to do the walking today … not really … when I just reached to turn the app back on, it turned on itself and added a few more seconds to my time.   Using 26.07, my average pace was 51.25 miles / hour.   I used 77 calories!!! 

 (Question:   Is miles / hour a “reasonable” unit for my walking?   I first typed in feet / sec and then thought about that.   51.25 feet per second would have my walking quite fast!!!)

I spent this past Saturday and Sunday in my bed.   I have a bad head-cold and am so uncomfortable.   But, that is OK when football is on … college football on Saturday and professional on Sunday … with an extra college game on Friday … and an extra pro game this evening.   I love it!!!   I am especially following the SEC games for College.   I really do like Alabama … and I have no idea what is motivating LSU … they were running 2nd in a college poll on today’s television!!!   Of course, we are following the Denver Broncos (past Thursday night on TV).   The game last Thursday was embarrassing!!!  I am trying to follow the Saints … this past game was nationally shown … so, we were able to see it.   I love little Bridgewater … I followed him in Minnesota.   I also like the Cowboys since their quarterback is from Southern Mississippi!!!   The Packers play tonight … and they are also one of my favorites.    Pete loved football … and I started watching it with him … about 50 years of watching footballl leaves some memories!!!    I think I said this before … “Sunday afternoon, Pete did popcorn … and we usually ordered in pizza!!!”

Got a lovely phone call from a past student this Saturday evening.  It was Homecoming at Southeastern Louisiana University.   David … the caller … suggested quite strongly that I visit Southeastern next year for homecoming.   There are several people I would love to see again.

It is a most beautiful afternoon.   Denver sun … with snow predicted in the mountains this coming Wednesday and Thursday.   I am beginning to understand Denver weather.  There is that difference in weather between the weather in the mountains and the weather at 5000 feet.   If the weather is coming from the West, it has to get over the mountains before it affects us.   So — we are late in getting a change in the weather … or we get no change … if the mountains stop the winds … which bring the change in weather.   I really think I will become a weather-person in my next life… NOT saying the weather on television … but using mathematics to figure out those curves that changes in  the weather follow!!!

It is time for dinner … never want to lose someone cooking for me!!!  I have a couple doctor appointments this week.   Jim is taking me.  Would anyone out there want to visit Denver and join me in seeing the Monet exhibit?   I will see the exhibit a couple times during November … so I can let you know if  I think it is good.  The exhibit is only shown in Denver in the States.   I think it has to be a good experience!!!

Think about it.

Love y’all.

 

 

 

 

 

I Almost Said, “No. Thank You.”

My life is really more like “Groundhog Day” than like the old movie that had John Belosi and others as part of a College Fraternity!!!   I just do not have a lot of unplanned events in my life!   But, I had one last night (Wednesday, October 2nd)thanks to an absolutely lovely woman … and if I had not been so tired I would have written aboout it last night!!!

After that introduction, the actual event may not live up to the introduction... but, it certainly does to me.

I spent all of yesterday … Wednesday, October 2nd, … until 3:30 PM … doing basically nothing.   Not really … Craig stopped in mid-morning … and we discussed his classes … and students.   My birthday is coming up so we made plans for Lunch Out on the 14th (October) … Craig’s birthday is the 28th of this month … and we settled on his birthday present.   I also made plans to do Dinner Out with Kay on this coming Monday.   Kay is Jim’s Mother … a fabulous woman in her own right.   Jim is basically a driver for residents of this complex … he is a retired member of the Denver Sheriff’s Department … so a very comfortable man to be with … and, really, very good looking!!!  At 3:00 I went down to the Concierge Desk … to meet Jim … he was taking me to my nail appointment.  Of course … when I thought … I knew that 3:00 was too soon for a 3:45 appointment … checked my text notes … and, of course, Jim had said 3:30.

Jim shows up about 5 minutes late … of course, being me, I texted him to see if he had forgotten me … “He was on his way.”  And, was running a little late because the passenger before me was about 10 minutes late at the Doctors …  and the passenger was “Jimmy.”   I forget Jimmy’s last name.  Jimmy is at the Independent Living part of this complex … Jimmy spent a good part of his life in the fashion industry in New York City.   Before beautiful clothes were shared through photographs, the fashion industry used artists to capture the models and clothes.   And, Jimmy was one of the best … all the fashion houses at that time wanted Jimmy … just some months ago our Denver Art Museum had a showing of some of Jimmy’s drawings … at least three rooms full … the drawings of the 70’s — 80’s … I recognized the styles … and loved the exhibit.  (That was win I first met Jimmy.)  Anyway, I soon did not worry about being late for my nails … and had a wonderful conversation with Jimmy.

Did my nail appointment in good time … Hana always runs around three hours on my nails … and Jim (the driver … not Jimmy!!!) had a passenger to take downtown around 6:15  … so Hana said she would take me home … I live just about 10 minutes from the Nail Shop … so “wonderful” … Jim did not have to worry about timing.  As Hana gets close to finishing my nails, she asked me, “Do you like Viet Nam food?”   Of course I do.   Hana asks, “Do you (me) want to join her for dinner?   It is close by.”  This is where my first reaction was, “No.  Thank you.  I have naan and hummus in my room.”   Plenty for me!!!  And, then, I thought of Lori and Brenna … traveling all over the world .. and I am thinking of  saying . “NO” to a lovely invitation to a Viet Nam restaurant.   Seriously???  So, I said, “I would love to go with you (Hana) to a Viet Nam restaurant for dinner.”

We went to “Belmar Asia” … just around the corner.   Many of the staff knew Hana.   We sat down, and Hana described the foods on the menu.   She suggested each of us order a “Rice and Noodle Bowl.”   I ordered a Thai Tea for me … Hana ordered a strawberry-flavored drink for herself!!!   The first item that appeared on our table — is a bowl of what looks like soup.   As I lift the bowl to take a first sip, Hana quickly tells me that the bowl contains fish sauce … and various other flavors … making it very tasteful!!!   It is to season our Rice and Noodle bowl if we want.   Hana is a lovely host and guide … and I loved the entire dinner.   I had enough food left to take home for my dinner the next day!!!   And, the Rice and Noodle bowl was as good the second day as the first!!!   

That experience has totally influenced me these last two days.  I had my hair cut … not that much … and colored yesterday.   Very much assured that Lauren … a new girl … would do what I needed … and she did!!!   I has Physical Therapy this morning … and followed that by my walking … 2000 feet today.   I had been doing my 1600 feet enough to increase my total walking steps by another 400 feet!!!  So I am at 2000 feet for a few days … until I get comfortable with that much walking!!!   And, in between writing on this essay, I went to our “happy hour.”   I had a lovely glass of wine. homemade pretzels, sausages … and an opportunity to talk to several other residents.   It was nice.   I am close to finishing this essay … and I might even fix me another glass of wine!!!

Want to mention just a couple things.   I have been avoiding any negative happenings because I do not want any audience I have to worry.   But a couple things have occured that I think I maybe should communicate to my readers.   On my right eye … the vision has decreased since the day after the cataract was removed.  We shall watch it.   On the tip of my nose… yes, the tip of my nose ..., there is a cm x 2 cm size growth — under the skin … from which we shall take a scraping this coming Friday.   We shall see … I will let you know.

It is a beautiful day in Denver.   My right knee is unhappy … maybe I have another item to worry about!!!  Everybody … take care of yourselves.

Love y’all.

 

  

 

My Life Is Not That Interesting!!!

I don’t know why I thought my life would continue to motivate  a BLOG.   I do want to keep sharing my life through this BLOG … it keeps me in touch with family and friends.  For example, I just this week received a note from a Southeastern student … who had become a dear friend in Hammond … but whom I lost with my moving.   She found my BLOG … we are back in touch.   We always did “Olive Gardens” when we were both in Hammond.  Shantae, “If you are reading this, I miss your company!!!.  I miss our conversations!!!”

Just fixed myself that wonderful cup of coffee … it really is !!!.

Our Beautiful Brenna … granddaughter … is coming to visit me/Craig/Denver … the beginning of November.   I am so thrilled.   She has a friend in Golden, Colorado, with whom she will stay.   Remember, Golden, Colorado, is probably my favorite city around here.   The town is a lovely older section of a city in the Hills/Mountains, that has been kept interesting for visitors … shops, restaurants … all really to my taste!!!   Also, home to Colorado School of Mines … and COORS BEER.   Golden is where the shop “The Blue Moose” is located.  I can usually count on their having sweatshirts, t-shirts … and socks … for family and friends … especially socks for our Beautiful Brenna!!!   We will have to plan a shopping trip in Golden when Brenna is here!!!

Next week, I will try to put myself back together.   I am doing the regular run of M.D. appointments … AND … getting my nails and hair done.   My nails will be the usual … I have a precious girl who always does my nails so well … since I basically do nothing, my nails stay looking nice for a good time.   My hair is going to get a little heavier blonde lighlights … and several inches cut off the back … I want to keep it in a knot on top of my head …. but it needs to have some cut off…about three years ago was the last time Noland cut it … in Hammond !

How about a paragragh on hair and nails to show you the highlights of my life!!!

Lori is finishing her walk in Northern France … the French part of the El Camino.   She has a marvelous BLOG relating this walk … she does indicate that her time in France … outside of Paris … has caused her to think more fondly of the French people.   Craig is five weeks into his teaching at Red Rocks Community College (Denver).   He should have a BLOG on coming from the Business World into Community College teaching.   He would not have the time to write it … he is certainly seeing how teaching can take over your whole life!!!   As I have indicated before, our discussions of teaching  mathematics have added an extra special element to my life … that I never would have thought I would have!!!

I played bridge this morning with the Independent Living (IL) people.   I really do enjoy them.   I even participated in an Assisted Living (AL) “Penny Auction” the other day.   Our Activity Leader pulled together several items that could be of interest to AL people.  Each AL person was given 10 pennies … to use to bid on the items.   One of my absolute favorite IL people, Ann, was the auctioneer … honestly, professionally trained in another life!!   She was great … and the whole activity was darling.   I have a set of lovely note cards … on the cards:  “Teach, love, inspire”,  and a couple fruit-shapped wooden “dust catchers.”    Precious!!!

No… it is not a mentally challenging life … but it is open to what you want it to be!!!  If you want mentally challenging, make it be  … thank goodness if you can.   If not, watch football … Saturday afternoon College Football!!!

Love y’all.

 

 

 

 

 

Between A Diary And a Letter Home???

Seriously … that is what I think this essay will read like.   I love the idea of writing an essay for my BLOG … I mentally edit my actions and thoughts throughout a day … and my conclusion is that they are not that thought-provoking!!!   Another conclusion … I do enjoy writing … so I will just keep writing without too much “censorship!”

I have been very fortunate with medical activities.   My hip is still wonderful … and it has provoked me to  begin a daily exercise routine … walking!   Remember, I have to get to a mile walking in this coming year.   I have worked myself up to (???) 1200 feet per day.   If we had a calculator, we could compute that I would need to do about 4.4 of my 1200 days to equal my mile walking!!!   Not bad.  At times, I think the “arithmetic” might have been almost as bad as the mile walk could be!!!

Next Thursday, the 19th, is my appointment with my eye doctor to make sure all is OK.  Exactly two weeks ago today, I had the cataract removed from my right eye.   I need my five pair of “Amazon” readers since we set the result of the cataract removal to be that I would see well at a distance!  I am still not use to not seeing “close-up.”

I do want to write more about life in an assisted-living complex … I see so many things in day-to-day activities that remind me that I am so pleased that I was able to be with Pete during his time here.   Of course, I do have my mental faculties — and, almost, all of my physical faculties … and would not be here except for taking advantage of their providing assistance as I recover from my surgeries.   But … others here surely notice the residents who are alone.   We usually have two staff members for a floor of 32 residents … and this is a top place.   There is also at least one staff member per floor who administers medicine.  Each floor has a nurse assigned to it.  There are also others providing various supports.  I could provide a quick glimpse of a day for many residents:  get up, get dressed, go to breakfast. back from breakfast, wait for lunch, go to lunch, back from lunch, nap, go to dinner, get ready for bed, go to bed, …  .   Many of the residents need help with activities such as getting dressed, going to meals, etc … that is why they are here!!!  Of course, there are activities throughout the day … card playing, exercises, walks, scenic drives, out to restaurants … but the resident has to come here with an appreciation of these activities in their background … or mentally alert enough to learn a new activity … which usually means that you are mentally competent.   Pete was not able to learn or understand any activity … but he and I could react to each other in our apartment.  I could understand if he needed or wanted something.  It is difficult to have needs and wants that you cannot express.

At this time, it appears to me that the fortunate older adults are the ones who can afford to be in an assisted-living complex such as this one.   Should each of us plan to be in an assisted-living complex???  As I write about what I see when residents are alone … I digress and immediately think of all the other older adults who may not have the support of such a community as this one … what do they do???   So many people would be thrilled with life in an assisted living complex.   Clean … three meals a day … plenty food.

I’ll let this essay rest for the evening and see if it makes any sense tomorrow.   Rockies … Colorado baseball … are leading 2 to 1 so I will go watch the end of the game.

Returning … 10:00 AM Thursday, August 12th … I have put my clean clothes in my drawers and closet.   Around here the staff … not the same ones who take care of residents … does laundry once a week for each resident … folded and returned next day … I have spent free time these last couple days just doing nothing … so clothes needed attention this morning.   The lady who does housekeeping was also here this morning … so nice.   She comes once a week … obviously Thursdays.

I have nothing planned for today.   It is strange not to have anything to do … it is OK … I just fixed myself another cup of coffee … really good.   K-cup with good cream.   Craig got us the Kuerig before Pete and I even moved in … and it has been just perfect.   Have to get dressed myself … during the time I was letting my hip heal, I had the staff shower and dress me.  So perfect …the ease of my getting the care I needed is why I have had these medical procedures now … I can come “home” and have the care I need.

Oh … the Rockies won … 2 to 1!!!   The Rockies are not good this season so 2 to 1 is a real victory!!  Our football Broncoes may not be any better … they lost one “real” game and have a second “real” game this Sunday.   You know … people ask you “What is your favorite place?”   For me it is Sunday afternoon watching football with Pete … and he fixes popcorn… at least I do have the football.   Don’t interpret that as a “whine” — I am OK.

Have to write notes to the grandchildren … have a little something to send each.   Lori is walking in northern France … Craig is getting ready to teach his two classes this afternoon!!!   Yes … I am OK!!! 

Love y’all

Do You Just Want Me To Write About Life Here???

I wrote this title at least a month ago … and I still do not really have a captivating topic.   I had my left-hip replacement surgery June 12th — a good 8 weeks ago.   Met with my hip-doctor yesterday for the 8th week check-up.   I am doing so well — absolutely no pain.   I am mainly walking with my walker … I am just not that well balanced … I did do my walk this afternoon with my cane … certainly not steady!!!   Both Lori and Craig are setting goals for me!!!   Craig’s are re-learning to climb at least one-two steps … and practicing walking every day.    He is an excellent motivator!!!

Lori’s goals came from a conversation we had yesterday …  she and Mike are doing the “Burning Man Festival” in Reno these next two weeks … she indicated she and a friend were then going to Paris to do a walk along  the El Camino … about two weeks ” walk” beginning on the French side.   So the conversation then humorously goes to my joining her on such next year!!!   Well then … to reduce the challenge … maybe I could set a goal of walking three to ten miles next year !!!   Well then … maybe one … one mile did not sound so bad to me … so maybe “ I can walk one mile next year.” … I hear myself saying that — and I set that as a goal!!! 

I love those … our … children!!!

You might remember that “Little Mary” is Pete’s great-niece.   She is the grand.daughter of Pete’s brother, Art.   -Maybe a generation younger than our children.   Mary and her family … husband, Bryan, and children, Gregory, Anna, and Catherine (Cat!!!)… have come to Colorado for a couple years now ,,, to enjoy Colorado … and to visit Pete and me …  and to visit just me now.    Talk about gifts … Mary and the family visiting me!!!    I am so pleased and so proud … that they would visit me … I am serious … we were tied together because of Pete … now it is friendship and love that holds us together… I am so blessed.  I know I could be sounding a little sloppy … but I had to indicate just how fortunate I feel.

Mary and the children keep me acclimated to current “trends” — children trends.   I found out that Anna loves her Colorado sweatshirt (Christmas???) … she wears it to bed, dress, everything she does!!!   So, obviously sweatshirts for each of the children.   Now … it also happens to be Anna’s birthday around the time here.   So … “Mary. what does she want?”  “Oh. of course, LOL Surprise gifts.!!! ”  As Mary explained, “These are little dolls that turn blue when they put them in cold water.!!!”   Of course..   Well, I have to say Craig and I hit a home run.   (Rockies” vocabulary.)   Anna loved the suitcase with many items for the dolls — and for Anna.    All three children played with the various items in that gift for most of the evening.

All of us … did dinner at one of our favorite Tex.Mex restaurants around here.   The next morning Mary and Bryan … and children … brought breakfast here to the apartment … breakfast from McDonalds … it has been at least 3 years since I had McDonalds!!!   Pete loved McDonalds’ breakfasts … and most always “snuck” out, wherever we were, to get McDonalds breakfasts before anyone else was up!!!   Good memories … good conversation with Bryan and Mary … and hugs from everyone as they headed back to Omaha.   What a lovely time.   (Anna wearing her sweatshirt.!!!)

My hip is great!!!   I have had the cataract removed from my left eye!   It has been a week today … I can see the television — and people — without glasses or contacts.   Yesterday I wrote the first part of this current essay … when the doctor told me my vision would go from about 3 feet to faraway — he was correct!!!   I cannot see close-up!!!   I knew that — but it did not register until I was on the computer!!!   So — I have just ordered several “readers” from Amazon … and several “chains” to keep the readers around my neck!!!   We could comment on how old I will be appearing!!!   Next week … Wednesday … my right eye gets the same treatment!!!   I have been so fortunate in choices of doctors.  My hip doctor also does knees … we shall see if I have my knees done.

Today is Craig’s first day as a post-secondary teacher — instructor at Red Rocks Community College.   He just wanted to see if he would like it.   He basically retired from Actuarial work this past January.   Obviously he knows the mathematics … algebra and statistics … but he has had to get acquainted with the Colorado community college support — technology — system.    I am really impressed with the system …  including practically everything online that you could think of that might possibly help a student  … homework and hw grading, video of almost every lesson,  oh … textbook,  all grades within 5 days of an exam,  duplicate problems … except for numbers … so students can practice, and , I am sure, more.  I am really impressed.   Those of you who know me, you have to realize how great it is just to talk with Craig about his mathematical experiences.  If I went back to teaching, I would have to teach graduate/abstract courses … that would not be on an online system!!!

This should be interesting.

Love y’all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What do I do?

What do I do tonight???   The baseball Colorado Rockies’ game with/at Washington (DC) has been postponed because of weather … the Rockies’ games are my first choice for evening television.   So … I optioned to return to my BLOG to share this most uninteresting time of my day!!!  I can see on the patio below my window a beautiful friend … Katherine with a “K” — name spelled same as mine … sitting with her husband … second … just enjoying the evening.   “Katherine with a “K” is 99 years old.  She is just lovely … her husband is 70-something … I think.

What to I do these next few years?   My hip has healed so well … my eye surgery is this August.  I am staying in the apartment Pete and I shared until that is all over.   Am I going to do a left knee replacement?   I don’t know  as long as I might do some surgery, I will stay here … so I can have their staff help me.   But … what if I get in reasonably good shape?   I know I have been through this argument/discussion before … I am closer to it now.  Tomorrow afternoon Craig and I are going to a relatively new Assisted Living place ... just to see it.   The only other place I really know is the one Pete and I stayed in  before this one … and that is certainly not a good comparison.   Four of our bridge players from here have moved to the one we are going to see.

Do I want another assisted living???   I know Craig and I both realize the merits of being “home” if I need medical help!!!  But … I really feel now … right now … that I am morphing into someone who needs assisted living.   The population here is probably 90 % in need of help … right now that is bothering me.   I would love a good dinner conversation … There is sometimes a good conversation about the “food”  but I really do not remember any other topic that gave me a few comments that followed each other!!!  So … do I choose an independent living arrangement … basically a condo where some minimal services are included.   I think I could handle an independent living arrangement associated with this complex … because I already know people there.    I do not want to shop for my food … nor fix my food!!!   I like so much the idea of getting to know even better the people who live in the independent part of this complex.   But … no medical services are provided in the independent part of this complex.   What do I do? 

I am in the same apartment Pete and I were in … what was really his room is really not used.   I like the two bedrooms and my “huge” living room.  I do not want to move.  Would I take a two bedroom apartment somewhere else???   Would I take a one bedroom apartment?   With a big living room???   Craig and I will look at an Assisted Living / Independent complex tomorrow … it is good to get ideas!

Love y’all.

July 14, 1961; July 20, 1969; June 12, 2019

July 14, 1961:  Pete and I were married in the Loyola Catholic Church on the Loyola Campus … right next to Tulane’s campus.   4:30 in the afternoon.   That makes today our 58th anniversary.

July 20, 1969:   The Landing on the Moon … Pete and I, and Lori and Craig, were in our cabin near Dannebrog, Nebraska … on a lake that was an irrigation lake for area  Nebraska farmers.   Pete and a local contractor built a really nice cabin … screened in front porch, kitchen, bedroom, bath and a ” large” living room on the first floor … and a loft area bedroom for Lori and Craig.  It was July 20, 1969 … the children were asleep. and Pete and I were laying tile in the living room … and watching the moon landing on our little black and white TV.   I seem to remember the landing was during the early part of the night … maybe 10 – 12 PM.   We clearly saw the landing and heard the words of Neil Armstrong (I think).   And,  I kicked over the can of glue we were using for the floor  … I do not remember Pete being as perturbed as I was with the mess …  I don’t remember if we finished the tiling that night … but soon did and continued to spend a summer or two in Nebraska … on an irrigation lake that was needed by the farmers every summer!!!

June 12, 2019:   Left hip replacement surgery … it is now 5 weeks and 6 days since my hip replacement surgery … and the hip is wonderful.  It really does not hurt when I walk or anything,   Nurses have even commented positively on the perfect scar.   That does not mean these almost 6 weeks have been without pain.  My plan was to come home immediately after surgery … but I went to a “re-hab” place because our P.A. said I was not ready to basically know what I needed … and she was right.   I do not ever remember such pain as when I put my weight on the “new” hip.    I have been told that I was probably not a good patient during those days right after my surgery and also in re-hab.  Some 5-7 days in re-hab , and I had to somehow walk … and I did … and it HURT!!!   Two weeks in rehab. and Craig and I were both ready for me to go home.   I went home on a Thursday afternoon … Friday and Saturday passed nicely with my getting use to my walker being my companion.   Sunday morning, I am watching television, and walk about three steps to get a different pair of glasses… without my walker — and promptly fall backwards … catching myself with my right hand!!!   I call for help … get back to my chair — and the staff calls for someone to x-ray my right hand.   It is not broken … but it hurts!!!   I am just now feeling a little less pain in my right hand!!!   Up till almost now, I could not figure out if my hand hurt or if it was my new hip … HORRIBLE!!!  As I said before, the hip is really alright … but the right hand still hurts.   My recovery is really just now looking toward what I would consider an improvement.   Craig comes daily to walk with me … my exercise.   This past Monday, Craig and i did lunch out … and did a marvelous coffee yesterday.   I have my walker with me always.   Did my first post-op with my Doctor this past Tuesday … and hip looks just great.  Strict orders … “walker for at least a month more” … I have already learned my lesson … and “do not touch my toes for another month!”

I think I have made it … will probably think twice about any knee replacements!!!

Love y’allam watching Hurricane Barry.