Saturday, June 16, 2018


Hello everyone!  I know I have been missing lately.  I am finding it very hard to blog.  I have thought about just stopping, but I'm not quite willing to give it up yet.  I try to read your posts even if I don't respond to them.  But busy days and not feeling well have cut into even that.  Having a computer that works when it feels like it and doesn't at other times doesn't help either.

But having said all of that, I thought I would try to give you a taste of what all has been going on.

I have been having quite a week trying to eat SOMETHING but finding it hard to eat anything!  Lots of yogurt, applesauce, mashed potatoes, etc. have been in my diet.  When I weighed myself today I found I had lost 3 pounds.  That's good!  At least there was one good outcome of it.

On Tuesday I taught Bible Study.  With difficulty, I might add.  But such a great group of ladies I teach.  They helped out with the praying and reading of scripture, etc. so much.

I had to hurry home after study because I had a doctor's appointment right after the meeting.  They wanted to do a blood pressure check to see what was going on with my new medicine.  I could have told them that it went down as soon as that tooth was out.  I think a lot of the high blood pressure was due to stress.  And I was right, it was down quite a bit.  My doctor is very happy with that.

Wednesday I took it easy.  I didn't even go to Bible Study that night.  It is the first time I have missed in a long time, but I just slept instead.  I was waiting for a phone call that never came.  In fact it is now three days later and I still have not gotten that call.  Guess who's going to be on the phone Monday morning.  I hate when people promise to call and they don't.

Thursday I took Joe to the V.A. Hospital for his doctor's appointment.  The traffic was terrible.  It took so long to get there.  I had to drop him off at the front door and then go find parking so he could get to his appointment on time.  I did have a chance to read a couple of chapters in my book while I was waiting for him to come out of the office.  That was good.  On the way home we stopped at Shoprite and I got some vegetable soup for lunch.  It was so good!  Expensive, but good.  I have been craving veggies and it is one thing I have had trouble eating.  These were all soft and delicious.

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Yesterday I went to my church's Crafters meeting in the morning.  There were five of us there, all working away on our various projects.  I am almost finished with Joe's temperature blanket.  I have finished February and have just March, April and part of May to do.  I think I will have it finished by the end of July just in time for the HOT weather.  Oh well, it will be good for the fall and winter months.  I will show you the blanket very soon.  (Still can't find EITHER camera.  Using Joe's and my tablet for the time being.)

I had to hurry home again because I had my one week follow up appointment with the dentist.  I had ordered a cab for 12:00 noon.  I got home 11:45 and just had time to run to the bathroom before the cab pulled up.

This cab driver was the worst ever!  I honestly thought we were going to get in an accident.  He switched lanes and cut people off and all other kinds of things.  We were almost there when I whispered to Joe that I was carsick.  He told me to hold on there were only four more blocks.

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As bad as that car ride was, is how good the appointment went.  Everything is great in my mouth.  I now have no restrictions.  I can eat anything, use a straw, brush my teeth, etc.  And I don't have to go back.  Yay!

Our friend Carole came down to pick us up and take us home.  While we were waiting for her, we went across the street to Starbucks.  Neither Joe nor I had eaten anything since a very early breakfast.  Joe got a lime and lemongrass iced tea and cherry bear claw.  I got a S. Pellegrino and chocolate chunk brownie.  It cost me $13!  But like I said to Joe, when do we ever get downtown and when do we go to Starbucks?  It was a celebration for the good report I got from the dentist.

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It took Carole 40 minutes to get to us and it took us 45 minutes to get home.  It is usually a 15-20 minute ride.  The traffic was TERRIBLE!  We were standing on the corner leaning against the building waiting for Carole and when she showed up we ran across the street on the red light to get into her car.  I told Joe we should just act like everyone else in the city.  Just about everyone does that.  No, really they do.  It's life in the big city.  It felt so good to be downtown again.  I miss being well enough to go there and spend time there.  You guys already know I love the city.

Today was the Men's Breakfast at church.  Only a few men showed up.  What a shame because they had a great speaker.  I was there for the beginning to take pictures for our Facebook page.  I'll show you that soon too.  I don't have them downloaded yet.

I wasn't feeling well, so when I came home I laid down and went to sleep.  I have slept almost all day.  I guess I needed it.

So now it is time for me to go make dinner.  We are having poached salmon and mashed potatoes tonight.  Even though I was told I can eat anything, my jaw still is tender so I am taking it easy for another week.

And tomorrow starts another week.  The last week of Spring since Summer starts next Thursday.  Can you believe it?

Hope you all have a great evening and a blessed Lord's Day.


Sunday, June 10, 2018


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Just a quick update to let you know I am OK.  It cost us $30 to take a cab down to the office, but it was well worth it because parking is impossible around there.  We got there really early and it was a good thing because they had quoted me one price on the phone and it came up a different price when I got there.  I had to have the first price voided and the new price put in and that took awhile.

I was nervous, but not as frightened as I was the first time.  There were two nurses and the anesthesiologist there.  Everyone was very nice.  They took my Blood Pressure which was still up but nowhere near what it was the last time.  The doctor asked me a lot of questions and then gave me the IV and I was out like a light.  For about 20 minutes.

It took me 45 minutes in recovery.  Joe was able to be with me.  He said the blood pressure was back to normal -- just very slightly high.  I was all numbed up so I didn't feel any pain.  The dentist said it was textbook perfect -- the tooth just slipped out.  He gave me some Tramadol for the pain.

Dorothea picked us up and brought us home.  I went to sleep for awhile.  When I woke up the numbing agent was wearing off so I took a Tramadol and went back to sleep.

But... there really is no great pain.  There is an ache and a twinge now and then.  I have been controlling that with Tylenol.  The swelling is just about gone and there is no bruising.

God is so good to take such good care of me.  I go back on Friday to have the stitch taken out.  I am following exactly the directions given to me.  It is hard to eat but I am getting a little down.  The ice cream is helping a lot.

Thank you for all your good wishes and prayers.  They mean a lot to me.  I treasure all of you.


Friday, June 8, 2018


Happy Friday!  I hope you are all having a great day.  I am at the dentist having my tooth extracted.  At least I hope so.  I just want this all over with.  I have opted for general anesthesia since I am so terrified of having it pulled.

So since I know I am not up to posting, I asked you for your questions.  Here's what I got.

Kathie asked if I had always lived in a big city.  Yes, Kathie, I have.  I was born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia.  I am truly a product of the city and I can't imagine living anywhere else.  I enjoy going to Lancaster County and living in the country for a few days, but I don't know if I could handle not having stores within walking distance where you don't need to get into your car.  And my doctor's office is just three blocks away.  The pharmacy is five blocks away.  And there are tons of convenience stores around, the closest a block and a half -- across the street from a Chinese restaurant that we use quite a bit.

I do wish there were more land around my house.  I live in a row house where we are all squished together.  I grew up in a twin house.  Some places they are called a duplex but a duplex to us is a house with two apartments.  Funny how words mean different things in different parts of the country.  The home I grew up in had a huge yard.  I miss having all that room, but I certainly don't miss doing all the yard work.

As for Philadelphia being a historic city, that is the joy of living here.  Growing up here I tend to take a lot of it for granted.  The summer before I began first grade my grandmother took my sister and I downtown to see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.  At that time the Liberty Bell was housed in the hallway of Independence Hall and you could touch it.  So I was able to run my little hand inside of the crack and see it up close.  These days because of the crazy man who tried to destroy it, the bell is in its own housing a block from the hall and is surrounded by cords and guards to prevent anyone from getting near to it.  What a shame that you can't touch it anymore.

I've also been to most of the museums in Philly and even worked in one for 8 years -- the Academy of Natural Sciences.  My first job was working for an insurance company in Olde City and on my lunch breaks I would go to the free historic sites and hang out.  Maybe all of this is what made me become a history major in college!
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Verdi asked what is my favorite place that I have visited.  I think that would have to be San Francisco.  I was so scared taking my first airplane flight and it was across the country, but it was such a beautiful place to visit that it was worth it.  I loved walking all over the place.  I loved riding the cable car.  I loved Fisherman's Wharf, Ghiradelli Square and Chinatown.  I stayed in a hotel where the view out of my window was the Transamerica Pyramid.  I loved walking the streets of center city and even going into stores and buying clothes.  I had to because I brought winter clothes with me and they were having a heat wave!

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But saying all of that, my two week tour of the south one summer is a close second.  My then boyfriend and I took a tour traveling from Philadelphia to Maryland to Richmond, Virginia, to Charleston, South Carolina to Savannah, Georgia and ended up in St. Augustine, Florida.  Wow!  Each place was better than the one before.  And on the way back we visited Columbia, Georgia and Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  The south is beautiful.  The only problem was I couldn't understand the people waiting on me in the restaurants and they couldn't understand my Philly accent.  My boyfriend had to interpret for me!

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Charleston, South Carolina

I also love New England.  Connecticut is my favorite New England state.  Well, let's face it, Verdi, I like just about everywhere I've traveled.

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Thanks for your questions.  I will probably take the weekend off but I'll be back next week with another post.