Sunday, March 18, 2018

Thankful Sunday--March 18,2018

My great grandparents. While I'm not sure if they had Irish heritage,
 I can tell you that they produced several red-headed grandchildren. 
I am thankful for my Irish ancestors.

Yesterday was St. Patrick's Day which reminded us of all things Irish whether you celebrated it as a religious holiday or just a fun day to wear green. My red hair suggests Irish ancestors and my DNA results says that is correct with a 48% match for Irish. The DNA results also found a new grandfather for me (with bright red hair) and a new set of cousins I never new I had. And my great grandmother who was born in Ireland, turned out not to be in my gene pool after all. But that's another story.

What I am grateful for are my Irish ancestors and all the others who took a chance on an unknown land and came to America to find a better life for themselves and their children and their children's children. I have benefited greatly from their sacrifices and the long voyage they took across the ocean to settle here. And for that, I am thankful.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Live and Learn

I was thinking about the title of my blog the other day and thought that I should be sharing more things I'm learning. I have done that sometimes in a serious way like when I have learned life lessons from my parents and in a not so serious way as when I studied the size of potato chips in relationship to the size bag they were in. But I thought I'd make my discoveries a regular feature here in a more purposeful way. Maybe you'll find something that's new to you, also.

Which brings me to todays' subjects.

The shape of incisions:
As you may remember, I mentioned here that Ward had surgery on the inside of his wrist recently. There was an interesting discovery when he got his splint off and got a view of his incision. It was a zig-zag. Before the surgery, the doctor came in with a Sharpie and initialed Ward's arm and made what I thought was just a squiggly line where he said he was going to cut. I thought he was kind of sloppy and just showing the general area where he would cut. Well, as it turned out the incision was right along the Sharpie marks. Supposedly when they make the cut that way, they don't have to pull the skin as much which results in easier access and less scarring. This was a totally new concept for me even though it has been around for a while.  (No pictures for this one because not everyone likes looking at recent incisions.)

Have you seen an incision like this?

Pi Day:
Yesterday was 3-14, Pi Day. Bless made a comment on her blog, My Two Cents,  that she didn't grow up celebrating Pi Day because they wrote their dates differently with the day first and the month second. That got me thinking that I certainly didn't grow up hearing about Pi Day either and it seemed to be a fairly recent thing. Once again, a little Googling confirmed what I thought.

It was created by physicist, Larry Shaw, in 1988, on a staff retreat for the Exploratorium (science and art museum in San Francisco.) It took off and each year involved a little more fun. They had a parade started at 1:59 (Pi_3.14159...) eating pizza pies and dessert pies, etc. It was declared a national holiday in 2009 and is celebrated around the world.

However yesterday, since we're trying to eat a little better, we didn't have any kind of pie. Not a chicken pot pie, not a pizza pie, nor an apple pie. It think this needs corrected certainly before next pie day.

Did you celebrate Pi Day with a pie?

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

First thought, Second thought

Well, I have definitely gotten out of the habit of posting regularly here. When I think about writing something, I can't think about much to say. My days just don't seem interesting enough to write about them. Pretty routine would pretty much describe them. Do the dishes, go to work, get an allergy shot, clean the litter box, pet the cats, etc.

Also, I try to remain mostly positive here. If nothing else, it helps me have a more positive outlook on things. Not always my first nature even without the time change. Here's a few examples of how I work at reframing things.

First thought: Ward is annoying me with the way he eats his cereal.
Second thought: Ward and I were lucky that we got to eat breakfast together this morning.

First thought: I am tired of the pain from my trigeminal neuralgia flare up.
Second thought: I'm lucky that medicine helps with it and I have to be patient while I build up doses to a therapeutic level.

First thought: I'm annoyed that the cats have been peeing outside of the litter box recently.
Second thought: We're lucky to have our elderly cats still with us and as comes with age, they don't always use the litter box.

First thought: I am worried about some stumbling blocks in my kid's life. What if it never works out?
Second thought: I'm glad that my kids are taking action to change some things in their life for the better.

First thought: I am worried about my friend and the rapidly growing growth she has.
Second thought: Don't borrow trouble until she has been to the doctor and gotten more information.

First thought: Another cold, windy day. When is spring going to be here?
Second thought: The snow didn't amount to much last night and we're going to have a sunny day.

First thought: It's time to go to work and I'm not done with this post.
Second thought: Posting something is a good start and it doesn't have to be perfect. How lucky I am to have a job with good benefits.

So there it is. Have a good day even if you don't feel like it. That's what I'm going to try to do.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

This and that for February

February has flown by. I'm not sure what I've been doing, but I must have been busy for me to reach the end of the month so quickly. Here are a few things that I remember.

--I took a trip to visit my mother with my sister. During the visit we got a chance to spend some time with friends who raise goats. When not during their climbing and jumping hijinks, goats like to be petted just like any other animal. 
My goat friend sticking her nose through the fence looking for some petting.

--Ward and I spent an afternoon exploring the neighborhood. It turns out that Ward's ancestors had a large farm not far from our house. There are even roads named after them. His grandmother did some research years ago that found out that much of her mother's family was born close to here, but Ward did not remember anything about it. It was fun to discover a family connection to our new area. I may have to stop calling it new soon. We've been here over a year.
It was pretty fun to find these intersecting road signs because Ward's Great Grandmother Gillis married Mr. Perry, his great grandfather. 

There are still several large farms in the area.

--And speaking of Ward, he had surgery on his wrist this week and is going to be on light duty for a while.
Ward decided that his light duty should involve working a puzzle. 

--As you know, we got new windows last week. Now we have to do some painting and cleaning around them, but they look much better already.
A picture of one our old windows that seems to give a new meaning to "picture window". 

--Overall the weather is definitely warming and the yard is responding to this. Birds are singing and leaves are emerging. We're not out of the woods yet as far as snow and cold weather go, but it's been nice to have some warmer days sprinkled in here and there.
A few forsythia are starting to bud. They will probably freeze, but I give them credit for trying.

The crocus I planted last fall are coming up. Yea!

I guess if you fill in the rest of the month with all the regular things like work, grocery shopping, and taxes (how could I forget tax prep?) maybe that's enough to fill February. Tomorrow we get a fresh new month to fill up. It's great how that keeps happening. :)

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Thankful Sunday--February 28,2018

I am thankful for 
new windows.

We knew when we moved into this house that it needed new windows. Especially the big bow window in the living room with its rotten wood and difficult windows to open and close. And as an extra aggravation, that window let in the intense afternoon sun from a southern exposure causing fading floors and a room too hot to be in sometimes.

But that all changed this week with the installation of new windows. We are looking forward to a cooler room (it was too hot sometimes even when there were freezing temperatures outside), minimal color fading, and no rotten wood. So for these beautiful new windows, I am thankful.