Wednesday, November 30, 2016

My Many Travels in 2016

Where did 2016 go to? Tomorrow is December 1st and I feel like the year just rushed on by. I started this blog and haven't had much time to write any posts!

It's been a very busy year for me as far as travel goes. I drove from Florida to the northeast  3 times in August, September and October. It was a bit rough for me with my physical issues; i.e. fibromyalgia and my knees and back but there was a need to do these trips.

I spent 2 weeks vacationing with my granddaughters in Connecticut. Then went on to Long Island to see the man's sister and brother-in-law. We made a pit stop in NYC to get up close to the new Freedom Tower.

Summer in Mystic, CT

The new Freedom Tower. 9/11 commemorated in NYC. 

We were home for just a couple of weeks when I got the call that my brother in Pennsylvania fell off his 2nd floor balcony and broke his neck. He was airlifted to Philadelphia and operated on the very next day. After 10 hours of surgery, the doctors said he would make a full recovery. They were in awe that he was not paralyzed. I got in my car and drove up to Philadelphia by myself and stayed for a week when he was sent home. I wanted to help out in any way that I could even if just being there to help him adjust pillows, get food/drink, just anything. He made such remarkable strides that first week that I was able to leave and return home. Six weeks later he made a full recovery!!

Philadelphia. The City of Brotherly Love

After driving home from there and seriously feeling the fatigue, I was just getting back to a normal routine when my neighbor asked me if I wanted to join her on a road trip to Connecticut. That would mean that I could see my girls and my son again. That's a huge bonus for me so I threw my suitcase together again and we hit the road two days later. It was a great trip and I'm glad I did it. I was able to surprise my granddaughter's by hiding on them when they opened up the door. The shock and smiles on their faces was worth every ache and pain I felt.  The weather turned really cold up there and we even had snow in October so my when I say I ached...believe me I was hurting. The treat though was getting to see the change of autumn colors which I haven't seen in quite a few years, so that was so much appreciated. After 10 days away we returned home.

New England at it's best in autumn

Connecticut is truly a beautiful state.

View from on top of a mountain in CT. Gorgeous foliage.

I've been experiencing some new and quite bothersome nerve pain in my lower back, hips and thighs so I have to see the neurologist about that but overall, I'm so grateful I was able to do all this traveling. I'm paying the piper now but oh well!!

Thanksgiving has just passed and we hosted the man's daughter and boyfriend. It was so enjoyable but the prep work I did with all the food left me having to take Vicodin before 10 a.m. I don't know if I could do all that work again. We'll see but this much to be thankful for!

Two days after a big turkey dinner, we were working for two days at his art show. I just sat there and chatted up the customers and he has a huge following so lots of introductions were made. I seriously was exhausted and completely lost a day on Monday as I was in a fog all that day. All in all it was worth it when he was awarded Best Painting for his body of work on display. So proud of him.

Busy Booth for the Art Show

His talent and hard work paid off!

So there it is. My last few months in a nutshell. Are you tired yet?

Have you done any traveling this year?

Until next time, remember...


Monday, November 21, 2016

Why? Oh Why?

As I sit here writing this post, the cold weather is making my arthritis hurt and my fingers are so stiff. Having Fibromyalgia, RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) and Raynauds Syndrome is not good when it's cold out.

I had three blankets on me last night. Well, most of the night, after having to wrestle them back onto my side of the bed. My feet were so cold and my hips were aching so I kept flipping from side to side. I can't sleep on my back because of my arthritic neck. So, needless to say, I'm cold. And it's only November.

But why am I writing this post?  To complain about my aches and pains? No. To complain about sleeping with a blanket hog? No.

I'm writing this post to complain because it's FREAKIN' COLD IN FLORIDA and the other day I was laying out on the STINKIN' BEACH!

Is it cold where you are? Where are you?

Until next time, remember...