Monday, August 18, 2014

Vacations

I am currently in Bar Harbor Maine.  I am enjoying the scenery, the lobster and the beautiful weather. my son is Iceland, enjoying the scenery, beautiful weather, glaciers, volcanoes and hot spas. who has the better deal here?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Back At It?

About two and half months ago I had my left knee replaced.  I had my right knee replaced about three years ago.  I thought I remembered how long it took for therapy and getting back to "normal" was, but apparently not.  Although, this time around during and after prescribed physical therapy I took to the pool once a day and got stronger a lot faster than I thought I would.

So, last week, I started playing Pickleball again.  I am still not running -- kind of hobbling along best I can.  My partners have been good to me and compensated for my weaknesses.  But, one day I was playing and in an effort to "guard my knee" I took a tumble on the court.  It wasn't the first time I or others have fallen on the court.  We play on a basketball court and sometimes depending on the shoes you wear, your feet can get "stuck" on the floor -- so your body moves but your feet don't, and consequently, down you go.  Well, that is what happened to me and this was the result

 
a nice bruise to the right thigh. But I didn't hurt my knee!
 
Tomorrow I am playing golf for the first time since my knee surgery -- let's hope nothing else happens.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Back from Illinois

We returned from Illinois where we celebrated my brother's life with his wife, my other brother and my brother's children and grandchildren.  It was nice to be with family.  My sister-in-law is doing well, but I know she is exhausted from everything.  Now that my brother is in a better place, we hope Fran will finally get to do some things she has not been able to do for the past few years.

My friends Pody and Rick also came to visit us while we were in Peoria. They are the best friends.......I have many people that I consider "best friends" in the sense they are always there when you need them and even when you don't think you need them, they are there. 

I had my knee replaced a little over two months ago.  I'm not sure if I posted that or not, but I'm glad to say that I am doing much better.  Thanks, in large part to swimming every day and my physical therapy.  This week, I went back to Pickleball -- even though my running is still not what it should be, I was able to play and that makes me happy.  Getting to see my little Pickleball family was good and it lifted my spirits.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Rest In Peace
 
William Eugene Stagg
 
1942-2014

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

My brother Bill

As many of you know that have been following me for awhile my oldest brother, Bill has been in ill health for several years.  He has been on borrowed time. But the end is near for him -- the past week has seen a heart attack and two strokes among other things. He left the hospital today to go home to be with loved ones for his final few days.  We have known this day was coming -- but quite truthfully I thought this "time" had come many times before. Now that it is finally here we know that he will be in a better place shortly and in no pain. He is surrounded by his family.

Bill is 13 years older than me so I didn't real know him as a brother. When I was in kindergarten he was in college. I vaguely remember going to some basketball and football games he played in high school. I also remember some times when he baby sat for me and my other brother (who is only two years older than me). After my brother graduated from college he lived away from home, then married. So, I really never spent a lot of time with him until we were both adults. When I was out on my own, we only lived a few miles apart and worked in office buildings across the street from each other. For about a year, every morning we would meet at 5am and play nine holes of golf together. It still gave us time to go to our respective houses and change and get ready for work.  It is kind of strange that that is what I remember the most. I can't remember who won the golf games, but I would be surprised if I won any of them since he played golf on his college team. I am just grateful he shared that time with me.

He has requested no funeral, no memorial service and doesn't even want an obituary in the paper. That is they way he wants it so that is the way it will be. He will leave his wife of 45 years, three children, eight grandchildren and his first great grandchild is due in another month
Since Bill was so much older than Tom and I he was much different than we were. He was partly raised by my grandparents who lived next door to us. We always joked that he came from a different gene pool than we did.  There are a lot of funny stories to share, but those will be saved for another time. He will be missed.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Longest Day

Welcome Summer!  It is really hot here in the south already so I hope it is not an indication of what we have to look forward to all summer long.  Last year, about this time I was lamenting about running in the Peachtree Road Race (largest 10K in the country). This year -- I'm not running or walking -- just watching.  My son and daughter-in-law are going to be running again and I am just going to watch them go by! I do have an excuse this year, a few weeks ago I had my left knee replaced.  Three years ago I had my right one replaced and it was time for the left one to follow the same surgery.  I forgot a lot about what it was like, but my physical therapy is kicking into high gear and it is kicking me in the butt!  I don't remember it hurting like that before but it probably did.  Anyway, in a couple of months I will be good as new (well maybe not quite true) but will be much better off than I was a month or so ago. 

Today is "The Longest Day" as it is the summer solstice. However, you may have also seen a little publicity about Alzheimer's Longest Day.  Today, many groups and organizations are helping to raise money for Alzheimer's by doing an activity all day.  For instance, there is a group here in Athens that is playing bridge all day and raising money.  Others are running, sailing, playing scrabble, walking, playing basketball, etc. to help raise awareness and much needed funds for research.  Thanks to all of those that are participating this year.  I hope next year, I can organize some of my friends and we can play Pickleball all day long!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Parenting

I am sure I have heard every parent say at one time or another "it's not easy being a parent". when do we ever stop taking responsibility for our children? I know that we can't be responsible for everything they do and certainly when they are adults it is hard to bear that burden.  But lately, I have been feeling bad about some things my son has or has not done, and while he is an adult, I feel bad as a parent, because I didn't raise him that way.  I didn't teach him some of his behavior but it had to come from his upbringing right? My son is not a bad person by any stretch of the imagination, and I am very proud of what he has made of himself, but I am disappointed in some of the ways he has dealt with some things and I feel responsible because I didn't do a good enough job in teaching him. I am sure that some of these things are trivial to others, and the way young people do things these days are totally different than the way we would have done something at that age, but it makes me stop and think about parenting and how little things really can make a difference.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Chicken Soup


Many of you have purchased this book and I appreciate it!  All royalties for this book are going to the Alzheimer's Association.  Since its release on April 22nd, the book rose to number 16 on Amazon's book list.  In fact, Amazon ran out of books and the book has been sent for a second printing already.  I have heard from many of you about some of the stories in the book.  I haven't made it all the way through the book yet, but I was surprised at how much I learned from the book.  One lady emailed me that she bought 10 copies of it.  It can also be found at Barnes and Noble, and someone also told me they downloaded it as an e-book, but I haven't checked that out for myself yet.  I was honored to be one of the many people to be able to share their story in this book.  Thanks to all those that put it together.  If you like the book, please let me know.  I would love to hear from you.  Check with your local Alzheimer's Associations, too, as some may have book signings or readings where you can get your copy.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

It's been awhile

I know I haven't posted in awhile.  Thoughts not in the right place to get down on paper.

This weekend our son and daughter-in-law paid us a visit. It was so nice to have them here -- I'm always a little sad when they leave. I know that sounds pathetic, but I miss them even though they only live about 75 miles away. They are busy. They work a lot and they have their own lives so we hate to intrude into their time.  But I do miss them nonetheless.

I have been going to physical therapy for some back problems.  Yesterday, when I was there I wasn't having a particular day and I found myself having a problem following directions.  It was kind of like when I have a problem making change -- my brain knows what to do, I just can't physically do it.  So, when the therapist asked me to lie and my back and put my feet flat on the table so my knees were upright I couldn't do it.  I knew what he was telling me to do, I just couldn't do it.  Now the therapist doesn't know of my condition, so he just kind of moved my legs for me.  A couple of other times he asked me to do something and I couldn't figure out what he was telling me to do.  I should have something, but I didn't.  I am sure he thinks I am an idiot because I couldn't do simple tasks.  My husband told me I should have said something -- next trip I will.  I just hate bringing it up if I don't have to -- but perhaps this is one of those "have to" situations. I just feel so stupid.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Washington DC

I just returned from Washington DC from the Alzheimer's Advocacy Forum. It was a great conference, almost 1,000 people there.......all dressed in purple. I will post some photos soon. But, this year, the conference got to me. really got to me.....it was way too much for me. By the time we got to the airport to come home I literally didn't know if I was coming or going. had a meltdown at the airport and on the plane. glad Ralph was with me, because I am not sure what I would have done if he hadn't been there.  It was a long week -- too overwhelming.  More soon.