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Monday, July 09, 2012

I went to the 'back' dr this morning. He confirmed that my back probably isn't causing my leg pain, although it is possible. (How's that for covering your bases?) After poking, prodding and squeezing my leg, he gave me a couple of samples of a lidocain patch for pain. I haven't used them yet.

This afternoon I had another formal PT session (as opposed to the daily ones I do at home). I realize it may be temporary, but this is the best my leg has felt in seven months! I'm praising the Lord for this (even if temporary) relief. So, the bottom line is that it looks like PT will help with the leg pain, if not eliminate it altogether.

Moving on: we had horrendous heat last week, as did much of the country. Saturday we tied a record of 101 degrees. I really don't know what the heat index was, but DH and I stayed in the house. We're grateful that we didn't lose electricity as did some of the country.

We had our PA kids and grands over for a July 4th cookout/eat in supper. Later we all went down to the banks of the Susquehanna River at Harrisburg and watched a wonderful fireworks display.

I've been knitting and crocheting some, but mostly reading the last book in a series. It's over 800 pages long. I'm going to be sorry to see the end of the series as it has been entertaining. It's the "Children of the Earth" series by Jean Auel and is set somewhere in Europe (I think) towards the end of the Ice Age. Outside of the people worshiping "Mother Earth" I've been enjoying the series.

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LIVINGFREE19 7/13/2012 5:13PM

    The weather has been in the upper 80's lately, but this weekend, i heard it is going to be up in the upper 90's again!
I'm not happy about this.
Have a great weekend!

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CALIPIDGIOUS 7/10/2012 9:33AM

    I also read many of those books but it took her so long to come out with one of them that I lost track of the series. Glad you are enjoying and that your knee is feeling at least somewhat better! emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 7/9/2012 7:41PM

    I remember reading Clan of the Cave Bear by Auel in 1983. She was an author who'd been a stay at home mom and wrote on her kitchen table, if I remember right. How marvelous that she is till publishing.

Best wishes for total healing. Glad you got some relief. Hang in there. -Marsha

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2WHEELEDSHARON 7/9/2012 7:29PM

    Yay for PT! Finally some relief! Here's hoping it does eventually eliminate the pain. Good for you for doing it at home too, I admire your dedication. I know you'll say somethng about how its because the pain is bad, so you have to do it, but I think its because you're especially strong and awesome.
Yikes, I hope the heat eases up. It makes me glad I moved to a milder climate. Come visit anytime you need a break;-)
I've wondered about that series but I don't know if I have the attention span for that much at once. I've been working on 200 pages for months. You'd think with my commute, I'd be cracking a new book every 2 days but I get distracted by my fancy phone and all the new music I come up with reasons to reward myself with.
Hope the rest of your week is nice. emoticon

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My Colorado trip last week

Monday, June 25, 2012

Last Monday (the 18th) I left the house at 4:30 a.m. for the near-2 hr drive to the airport. It didn’t take too long to get through the baggage check-in and security section, and I was finally on my way. Two of my sisters and I met up in Denver, Colorado for several days of ‘girl time.’ We had a good time of it.

Tuesday, we went to Boulder, CO and toured the Celestial Seasonings Tea factory (fun) then went to a chocolate factory. That was a bit of a disappointment – they don’t have tours, but we did get to sample some good chocolate (is there any other kind?). Then we called it a day….remember, this was to be a relaxing, fun time.

On Wednesday, we drove into Golden, CO where we parked the car and walked along the river. Golden has a plethora of metal statues around town, and we enjoyed all the ones we saw. They also have a real nice walk area along the river, so it was a pleasant time. After our walk along the river, we went to (and toured) a quilt museum – some of the quilts are 150 or so years old. Beautiful, beautiful place.

We had lunch at a “grill” in a building that had originally housed the first territorial capital. My DH and I had eaten there before, so I knew it was good. We weren’t disappointed.

Thursday found us driving into the mountains, and taking the long, TWISTY, WINDING road up Mt. Evans (elevation 14,270 ft). And there were NO guard rails along the side. “Exciting” is one word for it. Haha. But the view from the top was worth it. There were mountain goats roaming the area, and some came very close to us. The Mama goat was quite protective of her baby, though, and these ARE wild animals, so we wisely didn’t try to get any closer than the goats came to us.

We came down the mountain and had lunch at a fabulous Italian restaurant my older sister knew about. YUM!

Supper Thursday night was in our room, and consisted of fresh fruit for the most part.

Friday morning was another EARLY morning and off to the airport. I had time there to eat a leisurely breakfast before going through the security check.

My flight took off on time, and we headed to Providence, Rhoad Island. I was to stay on the plane before flying back to Baltimore/Washington airport; but there was a dreadful line of storms up and down the Eastern coast. We finally took off 5 hours late, and had a bumpy, but safe ride to BWI. DH and I pulled into the garage at home at 12:45 a.m. (yawn)

As I said, I had a real good time, and was thankful we were on the ground (in the terminal) during the terrible storm. Thank you for your prayers and good wishes for a safe trip.

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LIVINGFREE19 6/27/2012 11:14AM

    Wow! That sounds like you had an awesome trip!!

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FLEMIDG 6/26/2012 12:32AM

    Sounds like you had a good time. Glad you arrived home safely. Have a great week.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 6/25/2012 4:39PM

    Yay! It sounds like a fantastic trip! I'm glad to hear you held back from too much activity or partying or anything strenuous;)
I hope you get to have an easy time coming back to your home life.

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Baseball (tournament) Father's Day weekend

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Don't catch a baseball with your jaw. I've posted a picture taken yesterday, after having caught the ball Monday evening. The bruises go down to my collar bone. emoticon

This weekend, DH and I watched our 12 yr old grandson's traveling tournament team beat four other teams. They're seeded #1 out of the 9 teams in the tournament. Due to scheduling conflicts, we aren't there right now watching the championship game. emoticon But our DD will let us know how the game turns out. We had a blast.

I'll be with my sisters this next week, so won't find out the results of my back MRI until I return. It may be a pinched nerve causing leg problems. We'll see.

God's blessings on you.

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CONTENTCHRIS 6/18/2012 2:26PM

    Hope your leg feels better and the mri is not bad. Josh for Lil Homer again! Go Josh!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 6/17/2012 9:54PM

    Yay for Josh! How exciting!
Have the most wonderful, carefree time with your sisters! emoticon emoticon

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Baseball and testing

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Still having internet access problems.....

"Equipment disputes are not protestale" Booooo!

Monday evening was the championship game for the 12 yr olds. Josh’s team was the visitors, so they batted first. In fact, Josh batted first, and hit a home run! Yea! True to ritual/habit, the ball was given to Josh, but his Dad (one of the coaches) gave it to me to hold during the game because at the bottom of the first inning, the Dodgers (Josh’s team) took the field and started throwing balls to warm up. I caught one of them with my jaw and collar bone. Nothing broken, no loosened teeth, but plenty of pain. My DH got ‘ice’ packs from the concession stand, and I held them to my jaw throughout the 6 innings of the game. : )

My face hurts, and is swollen a bit, but I’m dealing with it with Vicodin and ice packs. After I was hit, the boy who missed catching the ball stood on the field side of the fence and looked upset, so I managed to tell him I was ok. I didn’t want him to feel bad. I should have been looking.

It was an exciting game, which the Dodgers won! Whoopee!! The best vindication for the way the game went last Saturday. Made my jaw feel better, too. Haha

After the game, I gave the home run ball to Josh saying, “I missed the home run you hit the other day, but I saw this one.” He replied, “That’s why I hit this one for you.” What a grandson!

Am going to the ortho dr today to get results of last week's MRI of leg. Hoping for a miracle. I truly am being tested, with God's 'ok' - and am trying to be found faithful in His sight. Did I mention that I recently lost a car key that cost a small fortune to replace? And discovered this morning that instead of giving me a 90 days supply of meds, my pharmacy only gave me 30 but charged for 90? After my dr visit, I'll be dropping by the pharmacy and am hoping I can get the remaining 60 pills. sigh. Did I mention? I'm being tested. But praise the Lord, His strength is made evident in my weakness. God is in control, and I'd rather be where I am (in His will) than anywhere else.

I'll participate on SP later today if I can again get interet access.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 6/14/2012 11:45AM

    Congrats to Josh, what a sweetheart!
I'm so sorry you got hit with the ball and you're having the other challenges too, Nancy. I hope and pray you get some relief very soon. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CONTENTCHRIS 6/13/2012 12:08PM

    So happy your GS team won ! Good for you all!

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    I sure hope the pharmacy gives you the right amount! Yes, those things are frustrating! I'm glad you are focusing on your blessings, too, namely those awesome grandkids! emoticon

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Little League game on 6/9/12

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Ok, this morning's championship little league game is over and I'm still steaming. First, some background:

The 12 yr olds play 6 innings. There were only 4 teams in that age group, so they played each other a lot during the season. The play-offs were double elimination - you had to lose twice to be out. Josh's team had won their play-off games prior to today.

Josh's team (the Dodgers) was the home team, and today they played the Pirates, who had lost an earlier game.

In the bottom of the 5th inning, one of the Pirates' coaches claimed one of our bats was illegal. There were two outs and we had a man on base. The ump declared our batter out which took us to the 6th inning. He did not give our coaches a chance to prove that the bat (which had been used all season, even against the Pirates) was legal; but that didn't stop our coach from looking online at the rules. He stopped the game and showed the ump and the other coach that the bat IS legal. The ump said the game was going to continue. We WILL file a protest.

Yes, the Pirates won today. But when push comes to shove, that's the only game the Dodgers lost, so there should have to be another game.

Grandma is angry at the other coach. I shouldn't say more.

On a brighter note, the weather was beautiful - almost hot at that early hour (game started at 9:00 a.m.)

Time for me to move on to something more pleasant. emoticon

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    I completely agree with you. There needs to be another game. That was totally ridiculous! emoticon

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FROSTY99 6/9/2012 9:24PM

    Ah, the drama of little league. I don't know why parents have to spoil the game for kids. There is no fun in it anymore-anything to win. Sorry about this for your grandson.

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CONTENTCHRIS 6/9/2012 5:51PM

    I am sorry the ref sided with the other team on the bat. I hope your able to out do them next game and win it all in the end ! emoticon

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2WHEELEDSHARON 6/9/2012 11:35AM

    That downright sucks, Nancy. I hope the protest proves the point.
I hope your something more pleasant comes through for you too!

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