Friday, October 27, 2006

A Unique Experience

Today I got the easiest flu shot ever. I am not big on shots, but both Terry and I get a flu shot every year. Usually we have to stand in a long line and wait forever. However, right now it is too difficult for Terry to walk and then stand for any length of time. So we had a dilemma. How was he going to get his flu shot? I could get mine at my rheumatologist's office when I go for my appointment in a few weeks. But, at that time, Terry will be recovering from his hip replacement, so that is out for him. Shots are being given in several places this year, so there is not the shortage of recent years, but none are easily accessible to him. This was a real worry for him.(He is a natural-born worrier!)

Then, last night when I was on the phone with Alissa, he started gesticulating wildly at the television. Seems they were going to be giving drive-thru flu shots at the Papa John's Cardinal Stadium today and then again Tuesday. He decided he wanted to go today, but since he was sure there would be crowds, we got up early and headed out in a pouring rainstorm to the football stadium. He warned me to go to the bathroom before we left and not to drink much because we may have to wait up to an hour in the line. When we arrived, we found that we were behind just two other cars. We filled out a paper and had our shots in less than five minutes without ever even getting out of the truck. We barely even had to stop. Nurses with ready needles approached us from both sides. What a breeze! It cost $5 apiece more than going to the health department, but it was worth it for the convenience. I imagine we'll do this every year. Life is good!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

After I said..

...I lead a quiet life, things got busy around here. There were lots of little errands early in the week, and yesterday my son Chip and I spent the day in Hopkinsville visiting Drew and Nick (and their parents, of course!). Ever since missing Grandparents' Day at Drew's school, I had wanted to make it up to him. I finally got the opportunity to do so, and Chip and I were able to join him for lunch. We surprised him, and I think he was happy to see us. After lunch, the teacher invited me to read a story to the class. She didn't have to twist my arm. I LOVE reading to kids, and I don't get much chance now that I am retired. Up until now, Drew has not been content to sit and listen to stories. Nick will listen, but he is usually distracted by Drew, at least when he is visiting us. At any rate, the kindergarteners seemed to enjoy the story, and it made my day.

When we left school, we picked Alissa up and headed out to get Nick from the babysitter's house. Unfortunately, she had to wake him up from a nap, and he wasn't ready to wake up. Our surprise backfired with him. He was totally silent for quite a while and not at all impressed that we had come to visit and spend time with just him. But then it was like somebody flipped a switch. He came to life and was very animated and funny. We stayed until after Drew came home, and we had more time to visit with him, too. Then we headed home. By the time I got here, I was quite tired. After a week of going to bed late and and getting up early and filling the days in between with activity, I was ready for a rest, so today I took the day off--slept in and read a book. Sorry, Alissa--I know you can't do that, but I have earned it! Years and years of getting kids up for school and going to work, too, have finally led to my quiet life. Life is good!

Saturday, October 21, 2006

See, I told you..

Okay. I said I wasn't going to write daily on this thing, and I probably still won't, but I am intrigued about how to do this, so here I am again. However, you will find out, I don't have much to say. I haven't figured out how to add pictures or list my favorite blogs like everyone else, so the site is still pretty bland. Maybe one day I will have the time and patience to deal with it, or I will have one of my more tech-savvy kids help me when they have time.

Another subject.. I just talked to my dad in Panama City Beach, and the weather there is lovely and warm. It's lovely here, just not warm. My sister and her entire family are there enjoying the beach and the pool and going out to eat at favorite restaurants every night for a week. Life is definitely good for them right now! Of course, I am envious. There is nowhere I would rather be than the beach or the pool, but this year it isn't to be. I can be envious, and that's okay. However, I am willing to give up this year's vacation to the beach to restore my husband's mobility and quality of life. We can go to the beach next year when he feels better. Of course, the beach isn't his thing, but he'll go anyway, because he knows I love it. Meanwhile, Thanksgiving, when we are usually in PCB, will be spent at home. That's probably a good thing because none of our kids can make it to the beach this year anyway. I may fix a big dinner, depending on how the old guy feels, and have everyone here like we used to before we starting spending the holiday in Florida. That would be good, too. See? Life is good...

Friday, October 20, 2006


Let me explain the title, "Life Is Good." This is one of my two mantras, the other being "I hate winter!" This seems like the more pleasant of the two for a blog title. At any rate, some days it is an affirmation. Others it is a reminder. Today it's an affirmation. My husband completed his pre-surgical testing for a hip replacement. Twelve more days, and he will have a new hip! Hooray--both for him and for me. He is really suffering, and I feel bad for him. I must admit I will be glad when he is more mobile and can do a little (or a lot!) more around the house, too. I'm sure our sons will appreciate it, too.

Well, that's all for today. This blog is still under construction. It will probably take me awhile to figure out how to do all the things the rest of the girls can do, but eventually, I hope I get it!

After several months of reading the interesting posts of my female relatives, I have decided to take the plunge into 21st century communication with a blog of my own. I have procrastinated on this because I don't have all that much to say. My life is pretty quiet, and my kids are grown, so I don't have cute escapades to write about. I'm not too creative a writer, so you won't see essays or poetry. I don't take a lot of photographs, so you will only see the occasional picture, if it pertains to the subject matter of my post. Sounds really interesting, doesn't it? You probably won't see a daily entry, either, because, to repeat myself, my life is QUIET!