Wednesday, August 19, 2015

I'm here!

Wednesday, August 19th

Hello, Everyone!

I seem to have adapted an interesting behavior pattern.  I alternately appear to be sleeping for days and then, suddenly, I'm wide awake and connected to my surroundings.  I'm sure it's more interesting for Greg and Tracy to find me alert and "talkative." My weight is stable and my medical reports are excellent.  The anemia I once experienced is gone and my levels are all within acceptable limits.  As Tracy says, "That's what happens when she is fed decent food."  I can't complain about the food now; most of it actually tastes pretty good and is well prepared.  I can't complain about portion size either. Most of the time it's enough for two.

Tracy and Greg continue to feed me every day, either lunch or dinner meals, so they know at least I get one adequate meal a day.

Summer is flying by and soon the trees outside my window will begin to turn. I hope you've had a good summer, got a relaxing vacation.

Love to all of you,

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Family Reunion Time

Thursday, June 25th

Hello, Everyone!!!

This coming Sunday is our annual Family Reunion.  (June 28th).  I always looked forward to this every year.  I got to see all my cousins - June & Jean, Brian, so many others.  I enjoyed getting my family (Frank, Greg & Tracy) ready to go.  Everyone needed to be spit polished and shined up good. New outfits, probably.  Then cook, cook, cook. Always took a big roasted turkey breast and lots of other side dishes.  (She made the best cole slaw on planet Earth. - Among other things - Lots of practice at home and at Frank & Addie's Cafe in downtown Rocky Mount. - Author)

Here's a picture of the last one I attended.

I'm looking fantastic in this picture.  Much, much younger than my years.  That's what comes of hard work and taking good care of yourself.  Eat right, keep that weight off, and exercise.

Left to right: My nephew Davis, niece Donna, niece Beverly, daughter Tracy, niece Cheryl, niece Patricia, nephew Larry, ME - ADDIE, and nephew Dale holding my hand.  What a sweet memory for all of us.

God blessed me with many happy times and many happy years.

Have fun!  I'll be there in spirit.

Much Love,

Thursday, April 16, 2015

I've Been Too Quiet!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Hello, Everybody!

I've kept a pretty low profile recently - been having a few issues with blisters that are apparently connected to my immune system.  One large one on the bottom of my foot kept me in bed for several days, but I'm mobile again (in my wheelchair) and on additional meds to include Prednisone, which sort of kicks me into high gear so I've been a "Chatty Kathy" lately. Yesterday, I surprised Tracy by asking her if she were sad.  Makes everybody wonder where these casual comments come from.

But, as you can see by the photo, I'm doing as well as can be expected.  Friendship Retirement Community continues to send mixed signals, mis-communicate and, in general, just drive Tracy batty. (or battier, if that's a word.) Haha.

I love a good laugh, always did.

Did you remember to file your taxes? I certainly paid my fair share in my day.

Keep dodging the raindrops and enjoy the beauty of Springtime

Love to all,

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Remember When?

Tuesday, March 10th

Hello, All!!!

Enough with winter. Springtime is right around the corner and who doesn't like Spring???

Just wanted to tell you I'm missing you.  Just last week I told Tracy twice "I'm going home." Bless her heart, she said we'd go tomorrow.  There's a lot of sadness in this, folks.

Do you recognize these two people?  That's Frank and I at Greg and Debra's wedding.  So many years ago, and now they're grandparents.

Keep me in your thoughts and prayers.

Love to all,

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Is it Springtime yet?

Saturday, February 28th

Hello, All!

Snow, snow, snow - not much else to say.  Anybody up for a sleigh ride?  I used to love the snow when we would build a bonfire (is that rubber I smell burning?) on the hilltop of the pasture near the highway on 122 between our house and the Roades'.  Friends from all around would come for the fun.  Of course, I don't think any of us had sleds that looked like this.  We rode whatever we could find that would stay on top of the snow.  I don't like the cold weather, but it never got too cold for a good ole sledding night.

I'm pretty much the same as usual, some sleepy days, and some days when I'm alert and "talkative." My appetite continues to be well, and since my "fall" when they dropped me, I'm receiving better than usual care.  Guess nobody wants to talk liability.

Stay bundled up and warm.

Love to all,

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Thursday, January 30th

Hello, All!

I hope your new year is getting off to a good start.  Mine?  Well, not so much.

Friendship Retirement Community staff managed somehow to drop me a few days ago and, apparently, the back of my head made contact with the metal sidebar of my bed, since there was a smear of blood there.  Fortunately, there was no real damage - just a trip to Memorial Hospital in the middle of the night and another "heart attack" experience for Tracy.  X-Rays revealed no damage and I went back to the "comfort" of my own bed shortly thereafter.

Now back to the word apparently: Since I can offer no assistance to the aides as they get me up or lower me back into bed, they use a lift for this undertaking.  How do you drop someone from a lift? Apparently, poor training or lack of attention.  Or both? Oh, well!  Just another day in the life of a resident in this place.

Here's a recent picture. I'm sleeping a lot lately but wide awake for this photo shot. Guess it's the cold weather.

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Love to all,

Friday, January 9, 2015

Happy New Year

Friday, January 9, 2015

Hello, All!  I'm baaaaaaack!

Not the Best Picture in the World, but I'm AWAKE!
After sleeping through my birthday party, and for the  most part of the following two weeks, Tracy became alarmed and started the magic fried chicken liver diet.  It worked.  24 Hours later, I'm awake and talking - even answering Yes and NO questions.

Tracy also asked for a UTI exam, in case that happened to be the problem, but people here at Friendship Retirement Community are slow to respond - if they ever do.

It's hard to predict when I'm going to be alert, but my family is grateful every time they see my eyes open and expression on my face.

Blessings to all!