Essential Oils · Exploration · Family · Self · Travel-trip

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!


No More Waiting Part II–Feeling Confident

Okay! I’m committed! The decision to have the knee replacement surgery was not made lightly. After about 18 months of cortisone shots I went to my doctor and said, “I’m done.” He said, “okay, let’s get it scheduled.” So here I go!

Last week I told you about some of the preliminaries. On Friday I did the rest: Covid test, EKG, and blood work. I was really dreading the q-tip-up-the-nose treatment, but she did a throat swab for the Covid test. Quite a relief! Did I luck out or what?

I have talked to SOOO many people who have said that this was the best decision they’d ever made and the proverbial, “why didn’t I do it sooner?” I haven’t had one person say it wasn’t worth it. If you follow my blog you know that I am an ever optimistic person so I’m not scared or worried. I had a discussion with my new neighbor and we were talking about how some people worry so much that they actually talk the problem into existence! Do you know people like that? My husband Rick is a bit more of a realist (as he likes to say), and tends to see the bad before the good. Not me–I like to keep these rose colored glasses on and believe that everything will be just fine.

Isn’t this like any other thing in your life that you are afraid to do? I know that everyone has something in their life that they have approached with trepidation. There are any number of activities that you weren’t sure of doing and then you did it and were glad you took the plunge.

I know the first few days are going to be difficult, as well as the overall long term rehabilitation. Good thing I have a great partner to take care of me! And my sweet neighbors are going to be standing by in case Rick has to go to work. I’d appreciate any prayers you want to send my way! Talk next week!

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