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Day 26: Fresh Christmas Trees

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Last night my niece and my other sister (not the one with the bad shoulder) and I all went to the town we grew up in. We drove my niece by our old house and went to Eagle Rock Reservation, which overlooks NYC. The view is incredible. After 9/11 they made a really nice, an d very moving memorial there.

We visited one of our childhood friends who grew up about a block away from us. I've known her since I was 6! Her daughter just returned from a college semester in Italy, so it was good to see her, too. My friend had a fresh Christmas tree in her apartment. It was so lush and her ornaments were gorgeous. It smelled so good! Friends, family, Christmas cookies, and the scent of pine. I finally feel like it's Christmastime.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/22/2014 8:03AM

    I'm glad you had such a good time. That fresh pine smell is really something!

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ALEXTHEHUN 12/21/2014 11:12AM

    It can be so fun to revel in happy memories of childhood pleasures. I almost feel a bit of that Christmas spirit you described so vividly.

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Day 25: Recovery

Saturday, December 20, 2014

For all you youngsters reading this, please show a little appreciation for your body and how quickly it can heal.

For us older folks, we reach a point somewhere between our 30's and 50's where we just don't bounce back as faster. Maybe it takes us a little longer to get off the floor, or to respond to something. When it comes to surgery, it definitely takes longer to recover.

I didn't have the heart to tell my sister that it would take her a minimum of 3-6 months to recover. I thought that she would have had that conversation with her doctor as part of the pre-op discussion, but apparently she didn't. Now she's in a sling for at least 6 weeks and can't lift more than a cup of coffee for at least 3 months.

And that's if everything goes well.

So let's all take a moment and appreciate our bodies today. Even us older models can usually heal. It just takes a little longer!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/20/2014 9:02AM

    Not using muscles takes a long to recover. I had to not use my arm much due to my cancer surgery almost a year ago (Feb. 13). I've been rebuilding the strength in that arm gradually. I think "slow and steady" is a great motto for things like what your sister is dealing with.

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ALEXTHEHUN 12/20/2014 8:55AM

    So true. Slow persistence is what's called for as we age. It's good that she has you to help her.

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ELRIDDICK 12/20/2014 8:55AM

  Thanks for sharing

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JIMA64 12/20/2014 8:53AM

    Been there with my wife and a shoulder replacement helping her with extra home rehab.

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Day 25: Caretaking

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Yesterday my sister was operated for her shoulder. It seems to run in the family! Anyway, it was a very long day but fortunately she wasn't in any pain yesterday. Those nerve blockers are great. By this morning it had worn off, so I fed her breakfast and lots of pain meds and sent her back to bed.

I had time yesterday to lay on her couch, which overlooks a heavily forested greenbelt. We don't have trees like this in Texas. Even with the leaves off of them they were beautiful and swayed in the wind. The winter sky was a little overcast and every now and then the sun peeked through. It was really nice to just chill out and watch the forest. I love to get out in nature and hike, but I can't leave my sister alone for long periods of time. Maybe by this weekend I can get out there, though (if it's not freezing!)

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ALEXTHEHUN 12/19/2014 9:34AM

    I hope your sister is doing okay.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/18/2014 4:42PM

    That's nice you are able to help her out. I hope her recovery is smooth. Did she have the same kind of surgery that you had?

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 12/18/2014 8:53AM

    emoticon I hope your sister is feeling better soon!

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Day 24: Historic Cognac

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Last night my sister and I opened a bottle of cognac. It was a very special bottle. Our father, who died in 1977, purchased it in France, possibly during our parent's honeymoon. It was 40 years old then, so this bottle was probably 100 years old.

It was the smoothest cognac I've ever had. It was a real treat to drink it with my sister as we reminisced about our family. Good times!

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LSDALOIA 12/18/2014 8:32AM

    Thank you all for your comments! I agree Kneemaker: sibling love definitely beats rivalry. I've never understood how siblings can get so mad at each other that they don't speak. Crazy!

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KNEEMAKER 12/17/2014 10:12PM

  Memories made and will be savored just as smooth as the cognac with time. Sibling love sure beats rivalries. Thanks for sharing. Have a Happy Holiday season and a wondrous New Year.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/17/2014 8:43AM


I bet your dad would be very happy that you chose to enjoy it.

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ILOVEROSES 12/17/2014 8:03AM

    What a great way to remember your father. emoticon

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SWEETNEEY 12/17/2014 7:57AM

    My sister likes single malt scotch. I like a sweet libation - port is my favourite.

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GARDENCHRIS 12/17/2014 7:44AM

    very nice

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Day 23: Bagels

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Today I'm taking a break from life in Texas and flying to NJ to help my sister out. She's having some minor surgery and I want to be there to drive her around and look after her.

She goes to a great bar class and hopefully I'll get there in time to make it with her tonight.

It's right next to a bagel place.....

I'm going to bring some home for the hub and neighbors, and may have one while I'm up there. Really looking forward to some down time for reflection and blogging.

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ILOVEROSES 12/17/2014 8:05AM

    I hope your sister will be fine after the op and enjoy those bagels. emoticon

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