I’ve just spent the last seven days immersed in Christmas decorations! It took me exactly one week to put them all up, and exactly one week to pack them away. What a relief it is to be finished!
Of course, it still looks a bit like Christmas in our house because the ‘year round’ tree is now decorated with snowmen and icicles. That ‘year round’ tree is about the only thing around here that resembles winter, though!
the ‘year round’ tree (and some of my snowman collection)
Whenever I look outside, it’s hard to believe it’s actually mid-January. Our lawn is green, and needs mowing. New leaves are on the Sycamore tree, while one Japanese Magnolia tree is covered in blooms, and two of our Azaleas are covered with blossoms! What’s up with that? Our temperatures have been up and down, but not cold enough to kill the grass, yet.
I haven’t mentioned my face in a while, but it’s continuing to heal. The surgical sites [from skin cancer] don’t look as good as I’d like, but they are getting better, as time passes. I’m faithfully applying Mederma twice daily, as directed by the surgeon, in hopes this will help reduce the scaring. Time will tell.
Ed and I are trying to get back to our low fat, low sugar, low cholesterol diets, now that Christmas is over. It’s so hard! I have to confess, we gave in, last night, and finally tried the new pizza place in town (Marcos Pizza), which has already been open for over two months. I felt a tad guilty for eating the pizza, but it was sinfully delicious. Today, it’s back to salads and baked chicken!
I’ve been trying to get back into my walking routine, and that’s hard, too. Ed and I only managed to walk twice last week. It had been well over a month since we’ve walked for exercise. Since then, Ed’s apparently gotten in better shape, while I’ve gotten worse! I could hardly keep up with him, yesterday. Only a month ago, it was just the opposite. Clearly, I have my work cut out for me!
My back has continued to improve since my surgery, in September. Some days are better than others, but, on really good days, I hardly have any pain at all. I still can’t sit on our couch (or any couch, for that matter) for very long, without discomfort, and I always use a lumbar support pillow in my favorite chair, but I can live with that. The best thing of all is being able to walk again, without pain! The surgery was worth every penny it cost.
Ed and are trying to plan a trip to Florida to visit with my brother and his wife. We haven’t been to their house in about three years. In fact, we haven’t been anywhere, overnight, in about three years! We have so many animals to see about, it’s easier to just stay home. However, soon, we are planning to leave our animals in the care of our daughter, so we can take an over night road trip. We learned, when Ed had his heart attack, our pets can survive in the care of others.
That’s about all of the news I have today. So far, 2016 has been delightfully quiet, and uneventful for us. I hope the trend continues…at least for a while longer.
Update: I wrote this post last night. This morning, we woke up to 31 degree temperatures and heavy frost! Could this be the beginning of winter for us? My frozen azalea blossoms think it is!