May 30, 2021

The Blink of an Eye

Sometimes I open up this blog of mine to see if anyone has updated it!  Sadly, no one has!   😄


I started this blog, as all bloggers do, with what I thought were reasonable expectations, meaning, I'd update it once or twice a month, with incomparably beautiful photos and brilliant words, as we travel along in life and geographically, even more so, when I felt inspired.  That's reasonable, right?!  

Considering I left off in the summer of 2019 I cannot blame it all on the woes of 2020, though I certainly did lack for inspiration last year!  It was quite a ride.


Since my last post, we've added another grandson, Amos!  He's wonderful!  (I just got off of a Facetime call with him and his round little face was covered in orange from his mac & cheese dinner!)  We got to go to the incredible Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta as part of the Airstream rally and the photos from that event are so much fun!  We finally made it into beautiful SW Colorado to explore, we rode a train through the mountains and we did some epic boondocking in Nevada, Utah & Arizona!  We had fun camping with family and met up with a few friends, new & old!  We celebrated Christmases, loads of birthdays & anniversaries, and spent a lot of time with our kids, grandkids, brothers & sisters and with Mike's dad, Marion!  We've traveled to the beautiful Oregon Coast a multitude of times, including one trip, traveling with my brother, from north to south!  And we've enjoyed some down time in our little home in Idaho as well!  We stayed relatively healthy (knock on wood) and we've gotten our vaccines to help keep us that way!  (So many exclamation marks!!!!)


And, just like that, in the blink of an eye, here we are...nearly mid-year 2021!  We are still here, still wandering around and I'll catch this blog up, eventually.  I hope you and your loved ones and safe, healthy and happy!

Our family is full of joy, especially when our toes are in the sand!


September 8, 2019

August 2019

 Hmmm....August was kind of a quiet month!

We spent a lot of time enjoying our sticks 'n bricks home, with plenty of down time for me.  Naps have become a daily necessity.  I did enjoy having a big kitchen again, so I cooked and baked to my heart's content.  I don't think I knew how much I had missed that!  And we spent lots of time with our Idaho grandkids...they are growing up so fast!  Mike picked up some work with his old employer, to keep him busy while I was nesting!

I love these drawings!  

He's such a sweetie!

Anyone else love the pudge of baby toes!
We made another trip to Park City for my birthday weekend!  I really do love mountain towns...in the summer!  We wandered downtown, took the chairlifts up and down the mountains, watched the All Star team of ski jumpers at the Olympic Park, listened to a couple of concerts in the parks, ate and ate and enjoyed the sunshine!  Turning 56 wasn't bad at all!

They have a great system of chairlifts that allow you to lift-hop up and down the slopes!

Enjoying the sunshine in this cool mountain town!
 (Also enjoyed walking without a cane!)
A selfie to remember 56.
Speaking of growing older...these sweet girls started school!  It's crazy, honestly it doesn't seem like that long ago that our own girls were starting Kindergarten and Second grade!  It's said so often that I think sometimes it has lost it's meaning, but THEY GROW UP SO FAST!  Cherish every single moment!



Yep, it was a quiet month...which was just what I needed!  

August 4, 2019

July 2019, Park City, Settling in Pocatello

We began our month enjoying the end of our long weekend in Park City.  After all the stress of moving in, though considerably less stressful thanks to friends and family, we needed to play!

When in Park City, the Mountain Coaster is a fun ride!



I was sad to see my brother leave...his help getting our house set up was incredible.  Simply his willingness to fly out here was worth it's weight in gold to me...he & I have seen our share of life's difficulties and heartache, it was nice to have a little bit of fun together too!  Moving is fun, right?! 

You can tell we are related!

We made a run out to our storage lot one last time...and, if you know me, I personify Gracie Lou, as if she had feelings...that's not weird, right?!  Anyway, I snapped this picture as we arrived at the lot to finish cleaning her out...and as we were leaving, it started to rain...!


I'm not crying, you're crying!

A treasure box of heart rocks from my daughter's best friend, Jordan, and his whole family!
I'm not crying!

Infusion Day!  Okay, NOW I'm crying!
The infusion went really well, with only a mild allergic reaction (a tic in my throat), which eased up when they slowed the rate down.  They say that Ocrevus will only slow the progression of lesions, not treat the symptoms of MS, but I was feeling a little bit stronger, a little more balanced...still struggling with fatigue, weight gain and trying to stay cool.

We met up at a local restaurant with this
sweet couple we'd met on the road in Pismo Beach.

Every year, Mike takes a backpacking trip, always someplace different, with his brother and their friends.  This year's trip was in the Wind River Range in Western Wyoming.  I always look forward to his photos.

Mike's brother, Shawn




We got the chance to keep our grandkids for a weekend, while Mom & Dad celebrated their 9th Wedding Anniversary!  It was a great weekend for hanging out with these three hooligans!  We started out with strawberry crepes at the Farmers Market then spent (seemingly) a day and a half at the pool in our backyard!

Farmers Market!
















They're fun!

Hope you had fun too, guys!

Daisies are my favorite.

We spent the last weekend of the month in Payette, Idaho, with Mark, Kelly, Wanda, and Marion.  We bought pink flowers to honor and in remembrance of Mike's mom, Venita, who had died one year ago that day, and, as a testament to the heavens above, the whole sky turned pink right before our eyes!  It was incredible!




Meanwhile, in California...this Lego genius built a Blue Angel
and when he found out (thank goodness for Facetime!)
that great-grandpa was in the Air Force, he built a Thunderbird!

Judah learned to scoot at the park with his new buddy!

Love this gang!

They clean up good! Our California family...with one more on the way!

July 7, 2019

June 2019, Oregon, Moving Day & First Infusion

We had signed a lease on a place we had not yet seen (our daughter had done a walk through) which was set to begin in a few weeks, which meant we had to get all of our stuff out of storage, move in enough furniture and kitchen necessities so we could live there and I had to get ready for my first infusion....so what was there to do, but to go to the beach and try to relax!

On the way to the Oregon Coast we stopped in Boise to watch our son-in-law
compete in a body building competition!  It's an awful photo, but isn't this amazing,
what a body can do with work and dedication!

Our rock.

Sunset over the Cape

Magic.

Once you figure out where to find these little guys you start to see them everywhere! 
Well, not exactly everywhere, it's still a challenge, but they're my favorite find!




And when you get tired of that view, you climb the cape and look for whales...




Or fly the drone!



Honestly, I didn't know if I could hike the dune...but I did!

Happy me at the top of the dunes at Cape Kiwanda!
This is my favorite place...
and our stay there was perfect...it allowed us to breathe.

We made it back to Pocatello with friends and family in tow!  My best friend for over three decades, Cindy, took some time off of work to come help us move in!  And, my brother flew out to Portland from Pennsylvania so that he could help too.  I still get emotional thinking about them doing so much for me.

Ashley bought us a welcome mat...and treats and a yummy meal was waiting for us too!

And, just like that, we were moved in!!!!  Seriously, it was a wild ride.  The movers met Mike and Dave (my brother) at our storage place while Cindy and I did grocery shopping and then met them back at the house to direct traffic.  Then, over the course of just a few days they worked their tails off; cleaning, unpacking, hanging pictures, moving furniture, cleaning some more...they were relentless in their pursuit of making sure I felt at home when I came home from my first infusion.  They were amazing and I can't even begin to tell you how grateful I am.

We're home!  This piece was my mom and dad's...it felt like home as soon as this hoosier was in the house.

And yet another grandchild tries out our antique high chair!
He had a birthday the other day, he was officially ONE!

So, my doctor had fought the insurance company's denial and WON!  And I was to have the best MS meds available, to date, as an IV infusion every six months, which, if I am feeling well, was going to be great for our travel schedule!

Infuston Day!

The infusion went pretty well...I tolerated it and it didn't make me sick or anything!  This was a 1/2 dose...the next 1/2 would be in two weeks...they like to ease it into your body the first time.

Thankfully, after a couple of days of feeling crappy, I was doing pretty well, so we took a weekend trip to Park City, Utah!

Another great mountain town!  Seriously, I love mountain towns, in the SUMMER!

Pretty sure you can't say you visited Park City
if you don't have a picture in front of this historic barn!
McPolin barn and homestead

Sandwiched between the men I love!

We may have had a few drinks in this cool bar.

He's the best.  He makes me laugh, which I needed...and makes my heart happy.

There is a doctor on YouTube that I've been watching...he's a well-respected neurologist who specializes in MS.  He has this idea of measuring your own daily energy with spoons!  Meaning, you wake up in the morning and you have x number of spoons for the day...if the average, healthy person has 8, what is your number?  Then you shower and have breakfast and make your coffee...how many spoons do you have left? (Sometimes, for me and other MSers, a shower can easily use a spoon or two! Between the hot water and the standing...it's true!)  You get in your car and go to work...did that take a spoon?  You get the idea!

So, when I saw this table of engraved spoons...!!!  I wanted to snatch them all up!

How many spoons do you have?

Us, at the Park Silly Sunday market!
A whirlwind of a month, between moving into a sticks and bricks rental and having my first infusion...whew!  Feeling pretty lucky though, to have this guy by my side...and my friends and family...I couldn't ask for more.

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