APRIL! 4-30-2020 I had an intense time, yesterday. Mom (91 yrs.) went into the hospital. She couldn't walk, or even put her legs into bed. Her new room mate, (a God send) called 911. Turns out Mom was dehydrated. Drinking only about 4 cups of tea, a day. (I live 5 hours away & they wouldn't let me into the hospital) Mom's room mate is NOT a care giver, just a wonderful friend. She couldn't lift Mom's legs into bed. She has a bad back. When she moved in with Mom, in late January, Mom was doing good.I talked with Mom, late afternoon after she got home. We talked & cried & laughed. She promised to drink more water. I was hoping to visit Mom for Mother's Day. But with everything being closed AND DH & his business still going & Lucy needing me here, I'm not going. I did many errands, 'out there'. I only go out about 1 time a week. This episode with Mom, helped all of us, realize we need to make a new plan, for her, just in case. So we are.
Today I hacked more of the Cat's claw. About 3 feet. It is SO pretty, sorry it has to go. But the neighbors house has become a fire trap. Just not worth it. Also, it is killing bushes. BUMMER. Just to let you know, our property is quite small. Not even a 1/4 acre. It has a 1,500 Square foot house & A HUGE pool. Not really much room for a plant like this. I'm sure it would be beautiful on VERY large acres of land. But not in the city. The landscapers put it in, when the pool went in, 2005. I knew it was climbing over the wall & asked the gardener to keep it trimmed. But, it is what it is ,right? I AM getting ALLOT of exercise, & it is helping me let go of frustrations. A GREAT work out. I feel SO accomplished when I finally finish for the day. ALL in early morning. 102 degrees yesterday. I start after LUCY's walk. So I'm back to work, thx for reading! IF I can help you in anyway, just ask! Anyone want some Cat's claw????? LOL!
(during, still many feet to go)
(our pool, LUCY pup & wall, today. Back right corner, top of photo)
5-1-2020 Happy May 1st! Lets dance around the May pole!
Mom doing MUCH better!
5-2-2020 It's Saturday & I am off to our garden, to play. The jasmine needs some love & fertilizer! I'll get to it after walking with LUCY. I'm taking it a little slower today, yesterday was fun but VERY intense out in the world! Have a great weekend everyone!
(our wall of Star Jasmine, back yard)
(our front door with jasmine growing up trellis, YES! The sent is FABULOUS!)
5-4-2020 May the FOURTH be with you! I hope it makes you happy & healthy!!!! My favorite radio DJ, Lynn Warfel, Classical station, had a good joke. She played Darth Vader's music, then said yeah, he's a bad guy, but at least he wears a mask! FUNNY!
Yesterday's garden adventure was taking care of my bird, Lucky's final resting place. Under the gardenia bush. I cleaned & fed & trimmed & made everything as lovely as possible. I also planted the Easter Lilly, we bought in honor of DH mom. Her favorite. They bloomed for several weeks, now they will bloom next year, too!
I spent about 3 hours on this little spot. GREAT exercise! Getting out before the heat, it was 95 yesterday! ALMOST time to get into the pool. Still about 68 degrees. I went in but just for a VERY quick dip. Today we are back to work & maybe a few errands, if I can handle be in 'public'. Can't wait till we can go out with out masks & gloves! But that is how everyone feels! I AM keeping my sunnyside up!
(after, still working on it)
(Yoda's voice, Frank Oz, is a childhood friend of our family)
YES! MOM doing GREAT! THX!
5-5-2020 Happy Cinco de Mayo!
Today's gardening adventure took 3 hours. I started early, after I walked, Lucy.
We have 'bottle' 5 trees
that shade my car. They have been loosing leaves. It is Spring, what's up? Found out after weeding, feeding, trimming, raking etc. That their drip system is clogged. I DO have a soak er hose. So I'll be hand watering for a little while, till I replace drip line. It's been 95-100 degrees. AND 30 MPH winds. They really don't like the heat. But they seem happy, now! Have fun,
just keep our sunny sides up! Right?
Waterfall & spa & part of pool. I cleaned the waterfall, before pool guy cleaned pool. AFTER yesterdays HUGE leak in palm tree area. Gardner fixed, now! Yeah!
5-7-2020 Today I learned how to use panorama on my phone. Here is our paradise back yard! I've been working Many hours on it, as well as the front & sides. Can't wait to swim! It will go up to 100 today, almost time!
About Mother's Day: I was suppose to go see my Mom, today for a few days. But we are still locked down & so is she. At 91, I don't want to chance it, anyway! I visited her, last Nov. for her birthday! Here's a photo from then! She lives 5 hours away from us.
Mother's Day 2018
5-8-2020 Happy B'Day to my forever friend! We met in 1968. Still talk almost daily!!!!
Down 2# since last Friday!!! Lot's of exercising with gardening & eating better!!!!
Today's adventure in keeping up with exercise: (5 hours total) Walk Lucy,
; Pull out more Cat's Claw, about 4 feet. YIKES! That stuff is strong! IF it wasn't taking over the neighbors house, too, I would just let it grow!
I've done about 6 feet, so far! Might try leaving what I clipped today & hope it fades away, yeah, good luck with that!
; then my FIRST swim of the year!!!!!!
All this before noon! The heat is up to 95 degrees. We moved 'date' night to tomorrow. Will grill chicken sausage & zucchini coated in olive oil & parm cheese & swim &&&&. So happy to be inside, now, working & catching up with YOU! Hope you are doing GREAT! Too!
(todays before, green house in back round is neighbors!)
Hi! 5-11-2020 I love Mondays, helps me refocus on our thriving little business! As far as veggies go, Cucumbers are the best! I had a HUGE 1 on side with my VERY Green drink, today for breakfast! Beets are 1 of my favorites, too! Top of the list for veggies is RAINBOW carrots, YUMMY! I would rather have them, than chocolate! No kidding! Fruits: Strawberries, Apricots, Mango, Tangerine, Avocado, Bananas, & FRESH dates!
( my friend's son made this bouquet for Mother's Day for her, yummy!)
5-13-2020 I am re-learning valuable lessons about myself & how I can't be everything to everyone. That's ok. That is not my mission on earth. My 'dharma' is to bring JOY!
I do that quite allot. Can't wait to get back to performing my marionettes, live! What 'gifts' do you share with the world to make it a fabulous place? Just being you, right?
(This is JANii, Mom made her & gave he to me for Christmas, 2018)
(audience member after show, she's DARLING, right?)
5-14-2020 HAPPY-CATHE thank you for this message today! It IS as lovely as you are! I spent 3 hours cleaning up our garden & FINALLY planting the daffodils! I've been trying since September! Hope they come up next spring!
May the light of a thousand Stars shine upon you.
May the Love of a thousand Angles now surround you.
May the trails of today be far behind you.
(Thank YOU, MILLER-S for this incite, today! Really helps me! You are so special to me!)
5-15-2020 Today is Endangered Species Day:
About going on trips: The only bathrooms we have open are in grocery stores. With a 45 minute wait to get in, I have to REALLY choose where I am when I go out! Have fun everyone. I spent several hours in our garden. Can't really see it, but here's new photos of the added yard art! Also walked LUCY & swam, woo hoo, lucky me! Happy weekend!
Front yard, planted daffodils yesterday, yard art, today
5-18-2020 Getting my hair cut today, in the salon! YEAH! It's been months. I spent the weekend mostly out doors. Saturday hiking
& Sunday swimming
in our pool, gardening too, yeah!
Did you all know Chris Downing is doing a ZOOM, June 20, 8 am pacific time. I read about it on SP Indygirl, team. Should be fun! I just need to learn how to do it. My computer doesn't have a camera. My phone will, though! Have a great week everyone!
Coming by to give a little
My Fairy God Daughter surprised me with a card & embroidery, her first. She is 9. To say I was thrilled, is an understatement! Even though she is our niece, She is like a daughter to me. I've never had children. It says:
"Dear Fairy God Mother, I hope your day is going splendidly. Whatever day this is. (it arrived a little late for Mother's Day) Happy Fairy God Mother's Day! Tada! I created a special day for you!
(Inside the card says, You are amazing in so many extraordinary ways.) This message came in just the perfect time. I was a little down, as some of you know. The gift was FMG on the embroidery. I will save it forever! NOW that makes me HAPPY!
(her Easter photo 2020)
(Yesterday's hair cut, YES! We both wore masks while he worked on me!)
5-20-2020 Since laughter IS the best medicine, let's laugh together! I'm laughing with you, my SP friend!
Hi! Everyone! 5-22-2020 I'm having a great Friday, so far! Walked LUCY pup
; worked for DH a little
; AND cleaned house for about 2 hours
We had 'date night' last night, so will have BBQ on Monday, weather permitting! The wind is HIGH, 22 MPH with a warning in effect, more later. 93 degrees. I was hoping to swim later, but the winds are really blowing tree limbs & etc. Have to be careful. Tomorrow I hike in the Nature Preserve, with mask of course! Have a fabulous weekend, everyone when it arrives!
(THX SP Jetta for photo)
5-24-2020 THX for your support!, Everyone! 5,815 cases in our County, 329 deaths. yesterday, before they opened us up. Since we are a tourist destination, CA has started driving here, for this holiday. YES! We are keeping in our own protected BUBBLE. The anxiety I had yesterday lifted somewhat, after I got home. Yeah! The g. store was not as protected as I like. I WAS! I did walk in the Nature Preserve, but too many people, so I left early. I DID see a friend of mine, made me SO very happy. Haven't seen him since January! We were both protected, hard to recognize him. We had a fun talk & enjoyed the nature! He's not sure the indoor, preserve will ever open. That's where I perform. I might just HAVE to go on the internet for my tiny performances. I'll see, not ready for that yet. Today & tomorrow, we are home, swimming, BBQ & walking sweet Lucy & cleaning, enjoying each other! Be happy & safe, everyone! YOUR support is helping me SO very much!
(THX to a SP friend!)
5-25-2020 Today I bless
everyone who contributes to my life, our lives & keeping our world a better place because they are/were in it!
& I are spending the day together, Grilling chicken; zucchini; having corn & baked beans. Peach pie for desert. Walking Lucy & swimming, I AM truly blessed AND I know it. THX for YOUR continued support, here in SP land! You are wonderful!
Let's make it a fabulous day of health & sharing love!
5-26-2020 I've walked LUCY,
swam & did some chores. NOW back to the computer & work. It will be 100 today & 107 degrees, YIKES! tomorrow! Up VERY early to walk Lucy, these mornings. Sunrise! It was only 65 2 weeks ago. Climate change for sure! Yesterday was fabulous, spending time with DH & LUCY. It was a 10 day, on a scale of 1-10! My gardenias bloomed, first time since last summer. 3 weeks early!
(Fairy Granddaughter, Abby, sent from her mom yesterday!)
5-29-2020, today it will be cooler! Down to 106.
Humidity 8%. Night down to 80. I'm trying VERY hard to adapt quickly! IF this is an early summer, does that mean we will have an early autumn, too? I don't like a/c or fans.... but I do right now! Made veggie chicken soup for Lucy, & us too, of course.
I made a HUGE batch, so I could freeze some for her. I don't know why I love this stuff so much. I live on it! Mostly varied veggies in broth. I also made 'veggie' packs. They are my grab & go when I go on errands or?
After I walked Lucy
, in the 85 degrees heat, brought her home, cooled her off & went for a swim.
Water temp is 85. I like it 75, but I'm not going to miss out on our pool. We work VERY hard all year, to keep it nice. I feel so blessed to have it! Also, ALL year long, whenever I look out at it, it feels like a vacation spot.
Going for a hike in nature preserve, tomorrow, VERY early! Hope you all have a GREAT weekend! Be happy, stay safe & have a great time!
(photos of special palm trees, near our spa. First blooming since they were planted 2005! SO pretty, right?
June 1, 2020 I am 'seeing' peace for you & all of us, really!
Let's not over eat, or loose sight of our goals because of the fear. 'They' just put a curfew on my friends area, Santa Monica CA to 1 pm! Boarding up the entire town of Brentwood. Another friend, in Fargo, ND, said everyone banded together against the rabble-rousers & they left! A VERY peaceful gathering. Peace to all!
This past weekend, we swam & watched the Dragon launch.
Such a positive gathering of the world's people!
Here is a photo, from one of my SP friends. Stay safe & help each other & I will do the same!