Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Looking back .... 2013!

It has been a wonderful & crazy year. Had lots of family visits: Joe & Denise in June & December along with Jane & Rich in October. Kathi joined me in July for a mini-family trip to Mohonk, New York: My brother Bill with my sister-in-law, Donna; Jeannette & Tom and cousins, Mike & Sandy. We had 5 days of spa pampering, food, buggy rides, etc. compliments of my brother. Jane & Rich came in for a couple weeks in the second week of October. As I was hosting my Red Hats group that month, Rich provided a delicious lunch for us & three months later, the ladies are still talking about it. Then, the three of us took off for the Food & Wine fest in New York and on to Hudson, N.Y. for a couple of days. Jane has written all about that trip in her blog. Late last year, I was having "balance issues" so my doctor sent me to Physical Therapy for core strengthening and although it helped somewhat, it didn't resolve it completely. I realize it is a mental issue. I am afraid of falling so whenever I have to walk on a slick surface, I freeze. In November of this year, I hired a Personal Trainer. I searched the internet. Came across a site called "Thumbtack." I put my age down as 65+ & the site insisted I put down my real age. I almost died & was sure no one would want to train an 82 year old woman. Interesting enough, six trainers popped up. I eliminated three for various reasons; too far, too pricey & interviewed the others. There was one who lived fairly close by & I was tempted so told him, I would get back to him after my last interview. And, of course, the last one was the ticket. He showed me immediately how to stand & I was impressed. He also came with a Masters in Exercise Physiology & call me a snob but I liked that as well. I see him twice a week, he put me on a diet & I've lost 4 lbs. & feel GREAT. My walking is better, my mentality is changing & I am getting stronger. Other than that, it's Christmas day! I had Bill's family here last night for the Santa Claus visit. We pigged out (I had 1 piece)of pizza & cookies (I had two), opened presents, played Dominoes & then, everyone went home. Must tell you that Bill mentioned at (work) attending to a patient with walking issues & he told the family to hire a personal trainer like his mom did. :) Happy New Year!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

A Surprise at Lunch

Yesterday, I had lunch with a friend that I’ve known for years. We always talked about a lunch date and never got around to it. We finally made a date. She & I served on the same committees in town. I was once Secretary to the Whitman- Stafford committee and she was in it too. Years ago, we both served as Girl Scout leaders. Anyway, we had planned to go to a restaurant called Mirko’s Taste of Europe. I had been there before and was impressed by the food and the service. Unfortunately, it was closed so we ended up at Olive Garden. Three men in their late 40s came in, looked around the room like they were looking for someone, looked right at us then sat at the next table. To my surprise, it was Joe Flacco, quarter-back for the Baltimore Ravens (incognito). He is from Audubon, N.J. and the town had a parade for him. I respected his privacy by not speaking to him but it was still a thrill to see him. And, he did eat healthy with salmon and lots of veggies. :)

Monday, January 21, 2013

When I was young - Part 2

As I attended elementary school in the 40s, there wasn't much in the way of communcation except by lines to you techies. And, some people didn't even have them. Bergers had the first one on the street & their's was a party-line where two or more families shared the same phone. Once in a great while, Mr. Berger would come over & tell mom/dad that they had a call. We finally got one & it was a two-party line. You could tell by the sound of the ring if it was yours or someone else. Eventually, we got a private line. At school, we would make arrangements to visit each other or make plans for the weekend. We walked everywhere even to Clementon Park in the summer. There was a trolley line that came right through town but we didn't have any money so we walked...sometimes on the railroad tracks. There was always 6-8 of us both boys & girls. It was about three miles to the park. In winter, we ice-skated in the cow pasture. There were always holes that were never deep so didn't matter if the ice broke. My friend, Mary lived in Stratford across the cow pasture that separated the towns so we cut across that rather than walk all around. If the cows were present, that's what we had to do. The farmer's last name was Rexon. He owned all the land that is now Kennedy Hospital on Laurel Road. During the summer, we used to go to the farm & pick potatoes. He paid us ten cents a basket. If I made forty cents, I was in heaven. Jeannette & I had a terrible time learning math. In those days, you learned by rote so the math problems were always a bummer. Mom would always help us & she had just a Ninth grade education. My basic skills were okay but give me a problem & I would freak out. As I mentioned earlier, being in school during the 40s was also during WW11. We had air raid drills & had to sit under our desks. At home, we had rationing with rationing books so could only buy things at certain times. We didn't have a car so gas wasn't a problem. A lot of families had "Victory Gardens" & we had one also. Dad had gotten laid off from his job so worked for the WPA for awhile & then got hired at Sun Shipyard in Delaware to make ships for the war. At the shipyard, he worked as a welder. On his off time, he made steel bracelets for the three of us.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Saturday, January 19, 2013

When I was Young...

Kathi asked me today to discuss more about our youth. So here goes! Growing up, I was the middle child wimp. Adeline was bossy (the oldest) & adventurous. I was too scared to do some of the things she thought about doing. But, was a good follower. Jeannette was too young so it fell on me to help carry out her plans. We had "funerals" & buried my stuff (figures) & when I cried, she called me a baby. As our bedroom was on the second floor, she would take her pillow & blanket & sleep on the slanted roof (weather permitting). I just sat by the window & wrung my hands, sure that she would fall/roll off. It wasn't all bad, though. Sometimes, we actually had fun. As she got older & had friends, she left me behind. In the meantime, I was making my own friends. As I mentioned before, the street was full of kids of every age. In the summertime, we did all the usual kid stuff: games such as marbles, step ball, wire ball, hide-n- seek, jump rope, to name a few. The boys had a tree house in the cow pasture out back & with my friend Helen, would climb it if the boys weren't around. The cow's name was Daisy & we often tried to ride her but she would roll her eyes & move away. Bergers owned the cow & also a couple horses & Mr. Berger would give us rides once in a while. In the evening when he milked Daisy, he would squirt us with her teat. I remember that mom would buy milk from him every once in a while. On Saturday, we went to the matinee at the movies which was about four blocks away. It only cost a dime. But for that, you had the previews, a cartoon, serial (usually The Lone Ranger) & the main feature. Before, the main feature started, there was an intermission. Then the owner would hold a talent show with the audience or some other form of entertainment. Helen & I were in love with the usher. His name was Mario Martamona, a black-haired Italian hunk. Isn't that wild that I still remember his name? Dad was the manager of a local baseball team. The games were held right down the street. I handed out soda to the team. (I also had a crush on one of the team members). One day, a donkey-game was held. Whoever was "up", had to hit the ball, jump on the donkey & hope he would lope around the bases that never happened. But, was hilarious to watch! Time to stop for now.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Bucket list vs Resolutions

With 2013 on top of us, I am thinking of that annual chore of making resolutions. I don't know why I bother as I soon forget all about them. With a Bucket list, I can be more focused as it's things I want to do. The top of the list is to get healthier. I think I'm being pro-active by going to physical therapy three times a week. I feel stronger or maybe just confident that I can now move along without falling or losing my balance. I hope to make another trip out West. I haven't been there for a couple of years. Barbara & I are looking at Montana & thereabouts. Of course, we'll swing by Jackson either way. I want to go canoeing again. I already have the invitation so just need to focus on my agility, etc. I hope to also visit Jane & Rich & just maybe, hike into the mountains with them. So much depends on me. I can't do anything about my lack of breath but by golly, I'm going to give it a whirl. San Antonio & Tucson are calling. Will be doing some Road Scholar trips. Nothing definite yet. And, Maggie wants me to go sky-diving with her but that's definitely NOT on my list!

Sunday, December 23, 2012