Exploration · Family · Kids · New opportunities · Travel-vacation!

A Busy Summer–So Far!

Whew! These have been some very busy weeks! I have not been able to sit and blog about all of the goings-on. It seems that one thing led to another which led to another! And believe me, I am not complaining. While I do enjoy my quiet time, I love getting out and about!

It all began with our vacation to Gulf Shores, Alabama. Well, let me tell you, everyone was happy restrictions were lifted because it seemed like they were all with us in Gulf Shores! I was smart to reserve my family a cottage at a resort back in February. We chatted with a couple who told me they waited too long and were sleeping in bunk beds! That made me laugh. But they were still happy to be there. While my husband Rick initially balked at going (he’s from west Texas, so not a big fan of sand!) he caves when it comes to our grandkids. And aside from his losing his personal phone in a very busy grocery store, and leaving just as Tropical Storm Claudette was making landfall, I would count this trip as a success!

There was a weekend trip to New Braunfels to take in a concert with newcomer Kensie Coppin and “old timer” Deana Carter at the Freiheit Store. It was awesome! No Covid fear here!

Next I had to take my convertible for maintenance to the nearby town of Grapevine and decided to make it a little tour.

Strange how my pictures always include beer/drinks and food! Haha!

After a week break Allison and the kids came to visit Gigi and Papa. Those kids are a couple of fish! I told Rick for no other reason than them did we put in the pool. Good thing we’re in pretty good shape because they wore us out! Who’s up for a chicken fight?!

Busy bees like I said! And I am still rehabbing my new knee daily. Being active is the key for sure! More in a week. We are headed to Ruidoso NM for some R & R in the mountains. Until next time!

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So Good To Be Out Again

With the recovery of my knee and the unmasking of most of America, it feels so good to get out! Except for all of this rain where I am, but I need to be grateful. I’ll be begging for some in a couple of months! Thank goodness this pandemic is on its last leg (fingers crossed!). We have all been caged too long. I know some introverts that didn’t mind the shut down one bit, but I can tell you this girl isn’t one of them! Ha! And it’s truly feast or famine. There was nowhere to go or nothin’ to do, and suddenly my calendar is full, which is awesome! As you have realized, this blog is ALL about junkets, oh and my little pearls of wisdom. Haha!

A few weeks ago I ventured to Houston for my niece’s baby shower. It was a little challenging so soon after my knee surgery. But after nine weeks I can also say that I am well on the mend and have been keeping up with my physical therapy on my own! It was good to make the drive and to see family. My niece’s husband even made us homemade pizza in his new pizza oven!

Next Rick asked if I was up to an overnight trip for work to Tulsa. Since I’m on a roll I figured why not? We went to a chocolate factory, saw some interesting sculptures, and I even got to practice my sorry golf swings for our upcoming beach trip!

Finally was a trip to Canyon Lake for my granddaughter’s 6th birthday. So fun! There was a break in the rain so my son-in-law rented a slide and the kids really enjoyed it. Kendall was happy that her Gigi and Papa could make it down, since we missed her brother’s birthday in April (*sad face*). Papa went home early (“some of us have to work,” he loves to remind me!) so I got to stay a few extra days and then took the train home. Highly recommend! And I forgot to mention that she lost TWO teeth that day (baby ones) but the tooth fairy was quite generous!

So I’ve been at home almost a week and we leave Friday for a week at the beach! I told you I love to travel! I’ve been planning this trip since February. It’s a good thing because now everyone is ready to travel as well and reservations are getting hard to come by. We are excited to head to Gulf Shores Alabama–we’ve never been! I will get better at taking pictures and will have a fun-filled trip to tell you about when we return!

I’ll continue promoting my Young Living oils (I think they are the best!), but I’m also going to add my “jewels” to each blog. Today’s comes from the latest audiobook I’m listening to: The Light in Hidden Places by Sharon Cameron. If you like historical fiction I highly recommend this one! This particular quote made me stop and think. I hope it does the same for you. “We’re always living days we can never get back. So we make new ones. That’s all.” Until next time, friends!

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Exercise · motivation · Self

Get Back into the Swing of Things

I’m baaaack! I didn’t mean to be away so long, but then again, I really didn’t know what to expect! I had knee replacement surgery eight weeks ago. I know that many people have been through this and each one has a different perspective. But I think we will all agree that the entire process is HARD! Being a normally active person has put a crimp in my lifestyle but I am determined to get back to where I was–without the pain! If anyone out there is wondering, it IS worth it!

I think along with the physical therapy that is ESSENTIAL (and long term; don’t let anyone tell you that you don’t need to keep working it!) there is the overall fatigue and sheer UNCOMFORTABLENESS. I think that is what bothers me most, especially when I sleep (or try to). Rick has been great giving me control of the recliner, which really helped. Actually he was a great nurse all the way around! And even though my brother, who is a year older, had his done a few months prior and had a lot of good suggestions, you think your situation is different and are not keen to follow advice. For example, I have been all about working out but not taking time to rest. Anyone else out there like that? I found that not icing my knee just prolonged the ache. Gotta do it all!

But here I am moving forward. Being in a car for any length of time a few weeks ago was arduous. I went to my niece’s baby shower this past weekend in Houston and drove myself! And there are quite a few trips in my future, so it’s really imperative to keep stretching the body. I have since gone back to my local YMCA and used the machines on opposite days from my physical therapy appointments. And I participated in my first yoga class in ages just last week. It was awkward, but I did it! Ha ha!

Thank you for all of the well wishes and for still looking for my blog. I’m getting more focused and organized. And who doesn’t need that, even going into the summer? Life is good!