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Showing posts with label travel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label travel. Show all posts

Monday, December 01, 2014

Home Sweet Home



I am so happy and grateful to be home in my warm and cozy little house with my doggie, Lily.


Returned last evening following three hours driving mostly in rain and sometimes very heavy rain which made it difficult to read the freeway signs. Lily was a very good little traveler even though she requires medication three times a day. She is such a little sweetheart! Well, I guess I have told you that before, right!


I returned home extremely exhausted physically and emotionally. This morning my low back is very painful when I walk. But, everything will be better day by day.

I am thankful that my friend is settling in at the Retirement Village.


This was December 1, 2014 when the Retirement Village had a Monday Night Football Dinner and Raffle. Also, the Calaveras Community Band Played Christmas Music. For as ill as he is he still looks wonderful to me!

He is getting regular nutritious meals along with entertainment and socialization. He is still having difficulty sleeping. On Thursday, he will have his next medical appointment with his GP. And, on the following Tuesday, he will have the follow-up with the Hematologist. I am certainly hoping that the reports are better than what it appears at the present time.

I must never forget the importance of Gratitude.

I truly hope all of you had a Wonderful Thanksgiving.

Mary

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Walking Beside Me

My Friend has passed and is no longer in pain and will be reunited with her loved ones who have gone before her. I received the phone call shortly after posting to my blog yesterday. Her family was around her and her final days were peaceful and she was kept comfortable. Words elude me but my emotions are vast.


Sylvia lived a full 79 years of life filled with huge challenges. But, my greatest memory of her is that we "Always had FUN"! Even though we had different viewpoints on many aspects of life we "Just Got Each Other". There was never a time we couldn't share "our secrets" with each other. That kind of a friend does not come around very often.

My most recent vivid memory of our life experiences together was two years ago (2012) after her cancer diagnosis when I took her to the hospital (45 minute drive) for a routine diagnostic test that required light sedation. We needed to be at the hospital early and would not be able to leave until 5 to 6 PM. It was in the month of January during a year that this area experienced an unexpected heavy snow season. Anyway, after we arrived at the hospital and my friend was taken to the back by the nurse and I enjoyed "people watching" and reading a book.

I think it was about 2 PM when snow started to fall and I watched the parking lot and my car from the waiting room window. Soft fluffy white snow flakes were drifting down and the color of the cars and surrounding area was quickly turning white and whiter and whiter! For me, a little snow is fun. But, this was starting to look very daunting to me! Many of the patients were being discharged as their procedures were completed. The snow continued to fall without any interludes from the time of the first falling snow flake.

Now then, I am a California girl with absolutely NO experience driving in the snow. What to do?  Well, do what you have to do, the little voice in my head was saying. Through the years I have learned how to be quite independent out of necessity but this was a FIRST ONE FOR ME.

Walking through several inches of snow with only fair weather shoes I eventually got to my car. Using a scraper that was in my trunk I managed to scrape and scrape snow off of the car and get into the door and slowly, very slowly drive to the hospital discharge door and pick up my friend.

By now, the parking lot was clearing out and a lot of the hospital support staff had been advised to go home. The snow was continuing to get deeper and deeper and I had a horrible time getting out of the parking lot. There were no tire tracks to try to follow. Slip and slide was the name of the game!

We eventually make it to the highway but it took a long time with traffic jams and cars sliding all around. A couple cars made complete circles when their cars started to slide. The traffic signals were of no help! Oh, and I did not have snow tires or chains and most vehicles did not. I crept slowly along the highway like a snake watching as many cars were sliding into the embankments or onto the side of the road. NO SNOW PLOWS!

All seemed to be going along quite well even though my body was getting tenser and tenser. But my friend was able to snack on some banana nut bread that I baked the day before and brought for her because she had not had anything to eat all day because of the medical testing.

By now we were successfully driving slowly along on the two lane road and praying for strength. All of a sudden the road was quite icy and the truck in front of me slid into the snow berm and the truck behind me also. And, then me. After "trying to gather my wits" I made several attemps to get my car back on the road to no avail. By now, it would have been nice to have a restroom nearby to visit!

My friend and I continually talked positively to each other throughout the hours we were trying to get home.

And, tomorrow I will be able to finish this story about ME AND MY FRIEND!

Tell someone special you love them!

Mary


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Travel Plans Changed Because Of Weather

This week was going to be a week filled with lots of activities and travel. It has been snowing and/or raining so many days that we have not been able to travel as planned. We were going to leave on Monday to drive to Fresno to visit my Granddaughter at college and celebrate her 19th Birthday.  Then we were going to Yosemite National Park to celebrate the 83rd Birthday of MSM.


Yosesmite has closed for the first time in fourteen years because of the snow and power outage. It is such a disappointment. I have been to Yosemite only one time in the past and that was for only a one day visit. We are hoping to go the second week in April.

Yesterday we did get a chance to go out for a nice lunch to celebrate MSM's Birthday. We went to a favorite restaurant called Talulah's. We had a great lunch and they served MSM a special desert with a Birthday candle. He is doing so very well at his age. He was out shoveling snow just a couple days ago. I kid you not, I think he seems younger than he did a year ago. Maybe, "love is the best medicine"!

Today, I invited a friend of ours to have lunch with us. I prepared some Ruben Sandwiches with the leftover corned beef . I have a Wolfgang Puck Panini maker that I bought a few years back when they first came into popularity. The sandwiches were great. It was a lovely way to spend a rainy day.





It's been a Good Day. I hope you are having Good Days no matter what the weather is in your town.



Saturday, November 13, 2010

The Two Of Us

Yes, you heard me correctly. It is true. The time has come that I wanted to share this happiness on my blog so that I can once again share about some of the activities that we enjoy together.

When I last blogged (September 10) about my relationship I really had no idea that it could be salvaged. But, My Special Man was terribly unhappy without me in his life and he has totally turned his life around and he is taking all the necessary steps to keep it that way. For the past six weeks I have been enjoying  a "new relationship". We are doing extremely well and we are having a lot of fun enjoying life together.  Everything has been going very smoothly and without conflict. And, his adult children are thrilled - and so am I.  At our age,  life really only gives us one day at a time. And, living like that really works for me.

With the recent medical events in my life it has been wonderful having a strong man by my side providing support and comfort. He will be taking me (two hours drive) to Sacramento Sutter Medical Center Hospital for my next medical appointment with the Orthopedic Shoulder Specialist.


Tomorrow, we are driving south (three hours drive) to visit my Granddaughter at her college. I am truly excited about seeing her and visiting with her and seeing her college. She is a freshman and she is doing very well given some very difficult family circumstances. She is getting excellent grades and has two jobs, one at a grocery store and one at a restaurant. She is so happy to be in college!  I am looking forward to introducing her to MSM.

                                           
I hope you have a Wonderful Weekend.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

I Love Planning Road Trips

It won't be long before we will be jumping in the vehicle and heading north for five days of vacation. Road travel will be very comfortable for my back (I have a bad one!) and nice for us both because we will be driving a SRX Crossover! It is not a car, not a SUV, but a crossover which offers the best of both worlds. It is made by Cadillac and it is the 2006 model. I had NO idea what a Crossover was before meeting MSM.

We plan to stay in Ashland, OR the first night. After kicking around the area we will head up to Roseburg and then east for about 38 miles on Highway 138 along the North Umpqua River to the area called Steamboat. I visited the  Steamboat Inn in 1989 when I took a road trip alone with my little Yorkshire Terrier Puppy , Pixie and  my Tabby Kitten, Puff to visit my oldest brother in Portland. I do not recall exactly how I heard about Steamboat Inn but I do know that I bought this great history/cookbook in the store at the Inn.




I loved the Inn and the surrounding area with the river and gardens. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I would be returning to Steamboat and spending a night in one of their cabins and also attending their Fisherman's Dinner where the guests gather around a long sugar pine table which was hewn from large logs in the 1930's.

The North Umpqua River has been fished by fly anglers for more than half a century. Perhaps, the most famous fisherman to fish these waters  is Zane Grey, who started fishing for salmon and steel head trout in the late 1920's.  Many fishing camps were set up along the banks of the river. The whole area is rich with history about fly fishing.

This visit will be of special interest to my MSM because he has enjoyed active membership in the local Fly Fisher's Club for years. He had never heard of Steamboat Inn but some of his fishing buddies have.

I have always been an adventurous person wanting to know what is around the next bend and over the next hill. So, in the past, I often found myself in some interesting locations when taking a little road trip to the California Coast wineries or wherever I could go for a few days.

Following our visit to Steamboat, we will drive to the Oregon coast and travel north stopping when the mood hits us. No special plans have been made about how far or where to find lodging.  It will be simply spontaneous travel for a couple days until we return home via Redding where we will visit the Sundial Bridge Turtle Bay Exploration park.  From what little I know about the bridge and surrounding area it is a sight not to be missed.


We expect this little trip to be VERY enjoyable since we have resolved many issues that rose their ugly heads during our trip to Germany. Our relationship and love for one another is stronger than ever! And, we feel so blessed to have one another in our lives. 

I hope you have a day filled with LOVE.


Sunday, August 15, 2010

Sad News From Germany

In June when we went on vacation to Germany, there were two people that showed us the sights of Berlin. They were so gracious in every way.  Prior to our visit, we met them through email exchange related to her interest and search regarding genealogy.

I mentioned them in a previous  post prior to our departure in June. http://everydaydelight09.blogspot.com/2010/05/lovely-thoughtful-people.html.  These photos are of the four of us on the Berlin Underground on our way to Alexandra Platz.
















We had such a wonderful experience with them. She had two full days planned out for us to see many different places. He was with us the first half day. And, then he wrote a lovely note which she hand carried to us the second morning. He stated that he was sorry that he could not accompany us because of health issues.  

These two people were exceptional in so many ways. They were truly intellectuals. They were from East Berlin and had lived under the Russian regime.  She had a doctorate in Physics and he had a doctorate in Literature. She had worked in the government plus the University.

A couple days ago we received word via email from her that her husband had taken his own life and died on August 9. He was eighty-one and just could not carry on with his disabling health issues. She is about ten years younger and will miss him dearly.  Needless to say, we are shocked and very saddened with the loss of him.

"There are many people who come and go in our lives.  A few touch us in ways that change us just by knowing them." These two individuals certainly fall into that category. We will miss him and remember them always. 

Wishing you a Pleasant Day.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

A Very Important Day

Yesterday, was very important because I accompanied, at his request,  My Special Man (yes, he has regained his special title) to his routine cardiology appointment.


You see, seven years ago, he had two heart valves, the mitral and tricuspid,  repaired because of symptoms of congenital heart valve defects. His appointment went well and I learned more about his current status in regards to his heart. From what I understand, the surgery was performed as an emergency surgery and basically saved his life because of the expeditiousness of the doctors.

Since our trip to Germany, he has independently initiated some major life style changes that certainly can aid in his longevity. The doctor was extremely pleased.  His managed  heart health along with his five year cancer survivor status continues to amaze me. In no way does he act or look like a man of his age. When we first met, I thought he was a least 10 years younger.

Does this look like an eighty-two year old man with a heart condition? This photo was taken in June of this year after we came  down on a tram from Zugspitze, the highest point in Germany. The summit is at an elevation of 10,000 feet and is a border crossing between Austria and Germany.


On the way up - - - taken from the tram.



We enjoyed some Apple Strudel at the summit restaurant, Deutschlands Biergarten. It was delicious!


Since my photos of our Germany trip are limited due to very difficult circumstances,  I will try to incorporate little snippets of Germany here and there in my blog.

Wishing you a Healthy Day.



Saturday, July 17, 2010

Through The Woods And To The Beach

This past Tuesday, we packed an overnight bag and the dogs hopped into the car and off we went to the beach.


Our halfway stop gave the dogs a chance to go for a  walk and then hang-out as we enjoyed some Sonic Burgers which we had never eaten in the past. It is like an old fashioned drive-in hamburger stop with a car hop on roller blades if you want to order from your car. You can eat in your car or at picnic tables. And, of course, you can eat indoors.  We were able to tie the dogs next to our picnic table. The food was good and it was fun for all.

 


Santa Cruz Mountain Highway



Santa Cruz Beach with Boardwalk and Amusement Park in the background.



We walked to the end of the wharf to check out a favorite restaurant of mine,  from many years past,  that serves the very best Clam Chowder. The wind was really blowing and it was quite cold! And, does he look happy? He tells me he is!
  

We decided to start collecting some ornaments to decorate our Christmas tree this coming Christmas, so it will be personalized as our tree.  Well, it was just eight days ago when we were in the grocery store line waiting to check out when I turned to look at the man in my life and he said to me "I am as happy as a clam". I didn't give it much thought other than the fact that I really liked what he said,  until I was in a shop in Santa Cruz looking for an ornament. And, much to my surprise, hanging on the ornament rack in front of my face was this darling ornament. I could hardly believe it. I bought it and returned to my man who was waiting outside with our dogs. I don't think I was in the store more than five minutes and we had our ornament.

In the evening we had dinner reservations for 7:30 PM at the Crow's Nest on The Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor. We had a window seat and the view of the lighthouse and many types of  boats was spectacular. 



We enjoyed steamed clams and I ordered the Hawaiian Opaka Paka with macadamia nuts in a soy ginger sauce. I topped it off with blueberry key lime pie. I had a happy tummy!




It looks like we liked the steamed clams.


The next day we enjoyed the sights of Capitola and had coffee and Cinnamon Crumb Cake at Mr Toots Coffee House.


This is some of the fun that was going on at the beach.


And, then there was this "eye catcher" of a vehicle in the parking lot.


 
We had a wonderful time.

We are continuing with our counseling and day by day our love for one another is being renewed - and getting stronger!

Have a great day and hug the ones you love!


Friday, July 16, 2010

Maybe, It Is Time

To Pop In And Say Hello. I just can't seem to stay away from my blog and all of your blogs for very long. I am doing quite well and enjoying some time away on mini trips to places here and there with the man in my life.

Last weeek, we drove "up the hill" on Highway 4 to Lake Alpine in Stanislaus National Forest. It is a small, scenic reservoir located in a timbered setting at an elevation of 7350 feet. It covers 180 acres at a depth of 40 feet.

And then we continued on for eight more miles to  Mosquito Lake which is at an elevation of 7,882 feet.  We enjoyed the beauty of the lakes and marveled at seeing snow on the ground at this time of year.


The thunderhead clouds were beautiful and everywhere, but we did not get the thunder storms. And, that suited us just fine.


 
The lake was higher than I have ever seen it. With the late in the season rains and snow, the lakes are filled with water this year.


Yes, that is some of the snow still on the ground at an elevation of 7350 feet.  


We stopped for a restful picnic near the edge of Lake Alpine. Unfortuneately, the mosquitos were very very pesky and swarming around us and it felt like they were biting us.  But, much to our amazment neither one of us had any mosquito bites (not a single one) when we got home. 



This photo shows quite a lot of snow on the rocks around Mosquito Lake. 


It was a very good day.

Wishing you a Fabulous Day.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Comfort Of Flowers

Look at what was left at my gate for me at this difficult time by a blogging friend who has moved to this area! Thank you friend for your generous heart. Your kindness brought tears to my eyes. 

And, look how nice it looks with a piece of art I created following my visit to England ten years ago. The "tear" in the art was for the saddness of leaving such a wonderful country and the wonderful people that I came to know during the three months that I lived there. Click to enlarge photos, if you wish.

My current tears of saddness will be replaced with smiles as I countinue on with a very grateful heart for the blessings in my life. 

Friends are blessings!


Wishing you a Fabulous Day filled with smiles.

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Some Additional Special Photos

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Mother's Day 2012

Mother's Day 2012

Happy Family (2014)

Happy Family (2014)
Grandma Pride

Valentine's Day 2013

Valentine's Day 2013

High School (1957) Friends Of Mine On The Left Live In New York and We Met In Canada In 2013

High School (1957) Friends Of Mine On The Left Live In New York and We Met In Canada In 2013

Bud Mietz

Bud Mietz
1928 - 2014