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This picture is from last year I’ve already talked to you about. I just love this one. I really enjoy all these pictures because Russell was feeling stronger after chemo and radiation was over. We couldn’t rewrite the ending but we did enjoy that day. With him is Katy, our oldest grandchild. She decorated their faces with “war paint” for the walk and the fight against this disease.
The CAG weekend was very productive. Steven is coming up with ideas for advertising and increasing revenue for our award-winning journal. The more eyes looking at a project means more ideas and he has several.
I ventured out to Costco again. Every time I go I say Never Again. The baskets are huge and tall. However I had $15 in coupons for paper goods and detergent so I couldn’t resist. I’m not a coupon fanatic but I do use the ones that seem helpful. I bought so many paper towels it will probably last for years.
I know this will surprise many of you but I miss cooking. Not being a fan of left overs I try to choose recipes I can modify. I did chicken and rice casserole the other night. Pretty good. My rice cooker makes enough rice for a small country so I am going to see how Uncle Ben’s small packages work.
During this last week I had a wonderful golden waffle for dinner. Not a big cooking task but very good. Eating is still an activity I need to plan. I eat better out in the world. I went to lunch with Phyllis and Annie at Plum in Costa Mesa. I had salmon and it was very good. Fresh fish can always tempt me.
My birthday was Thursday. I celebrated for two or three days in reality but I think that’s acceptable. Marge and Mike took me to Mongolian Bar-B-Que. You choose your protein, and pile the bowl high with vegetables. Then you add seasoning according to a formula spelled out by the staff at the vegetable bar. I had sesame seeds, garlic oil, a little wine on top of onions, bean sprouts, pineapple, celery, and green peppers.
All this is cooked on a device that resembles an inverted wok. You then have wontons, little bread pockets and fried shrimp waiting at your table. Very good food, I had pork and beef, Mike added lamb and turkey and Marge had Turkey and pork. Good food and especially good company.
I went to my first meeting of the bereavement group at the hospital near by. This group was suggested by Scott Klar, former student and now a cherished adult friend. The group was all I wanted it to be. Small amount of people, warm and caring, and so understanding. They meet every other week and that works for me.
I am keeping busy with Foundation work, CAG work, and reading a lot. I am thirsty for the spiritual words that come in Max Lucado’s works. I benefit from many different types of writing. I finished Edward Grinnan’s autobiography and that was helpful. Dorothy Taguchi gave me a small book of quotes from the Bible with liberal use of the words of Jesus. Margaret gave me a small calendar of quotes about friendship with all the quotes attributed to famous authors or quotes from scriptures.
I continue to go to the gym. Balance exercises are a challenge. I fear falling and I am thinking I need to use my cane more often just for balance. I have it from rehab for my feet. Dr. Peng says it also keeps people away from you a little in a crowd so you have less chance of being bumped and losing footing.
I hate to use it. It makes me look old!! But then……I am getting there. I turned 74 this week and I will take good care of myself. Its critical if I am to honor my dear husband. It was a privilege to take care of him and an honor to live now for both of us.
The Parker’s took me out for dinner last night. Macaroni Grill is a favorite. Deep fried balls of macaroni and cheese. Spicy red peppers stuffed with goat cheese and then my favorite, spaghetti with GOO. Garlic and olive oil and mushrooms and asparagus.
Best of all was being with my family. How blessed I am to have such support, such wonderful memories and hope for the future. Don’t get me wrong….I have my tsunami of tears days but I always surface from those days stronger.
Kary and Don and the kids are always right here for me. I count on them a lot. Mary, Andre’, Zack and I talk nearly every day. Amanda is texts and calls away….very close.
Thanks to you, my good friends for continued support and love.