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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Goodbeye 2009, Hello London



















Doing some catch up with a bit of erratic net connections. London has been chilly and rainy but then that made it feel 'right'. A trip to Covent Garden to see The Nutcracker and today a return visit to see The Tales of Beatrix Potter. Yes, we're a bit old for the latter but it was a nice afternoon treat.

Lots of walking as usual on this trip and tonight a walk along the Thames in Pimlico as we're in a flat nearby for a change. South Kensington is wonderful but this area is closer to our coach pickup Monday...that's for the 2nd half of our trip.It's very nice to have a whole flat ..kitchen etal and space enough not to get in each other's hair. Now we must see what's open and available tomorrow.

See you in 2010!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

DTW Dec 27 2009

After really enjoying this for the time I did it, I think this will be the final one. Maybe again in 2011 or maybe I'll try out the 365 challenge. We'll see.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Post Snow

Now come all the exciting things...

Call the Dr and see what the 5 messages that I found on our answering machine are all about. He said my test results were ok so why keep calling after he said Go ahead with the Boston trip?

Hope that dh can connect with someone to come look at the furnace. Glad our gas lines are still ok and that the gas fireplaces are keeping us toasty.

Continue the progress of getting our cars out and call the Mayor to ask if our street will ever be plowed?

But still....enjoy the white stuff which is pretty and pretty rare here.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Dishing The Week 12-20-09

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW there is a sea of white…snow many many inches deep.
I AM HEARING a police car somewhere or possibly a car alarm. Otherwise silence.
I AM WEARING gray fleece and a yellow turtle neck. Comfy comfy.
I AM THINKING that I am happy to be inside today with no need to leave the house.
I AM THANKFUL FOR the very scaled back Christmas we have. It fits our life.
I AM CREATING the final pages of Boston, and the photo prints for the Christmas tags.
I AM GOING to watch the rest of Mad Men today. Can I get it to a mailbox also?
I AM READING "Baghdad without a Map" at night. Funny little stories.
I AM HOPING that whatever is wrong with the furnace thermostat is fixable by the resident engineer. Thank God for the two gas fireplaces.
FROM THE KITCHEN there may be bread in the oven today. We'll see.
ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS is the cd "Wintersong" by Kitka, all Eastern European carols.
A FEW PLANS FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK. Can anything be planned as long as we are snowed in? A haircut would be nice, as well as a pedicure. Otherwise, I'll enjoy the rare snow.


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Tests are Good

So all my blood work and gall bladder ultrasound say there is nothing wrong. Was it F.E.A.R - false evidence appearing real? Whatever, I am glad to have had a pain free night and clearance to go ahead with our plans.














It looks as if life has some sparkle again.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Oh what a time

December means mammogram time for me. Not the ideal time imho but how it works out short of waiting till January to start the bit by bit delay with the insurance people. It has to be at least one year since the prior test, and once I was literally on day 365 and had to reschedule.

Well this year I was told by the call center that I didn't need a referral! Yeah. One bit of bother out of the way. So yesterday, in I go and I am asked for a referral. Turns out the call center didn't know that my doctor requires a referral. Not the insurance company, not the radiologist, but my doctor. I really like her but... so now I have an appnt to see her in ....February, so that Dec mammogram willl now be a Valentine's treat not a Christmas present.

But wait...there's more. I go to bed last night, and wake up at 3am with a sharp pain in my right chest with itching 'inside' my right back. The weird itchy feeling is how I feel when I get bronchitis. I get out of bed, debate about getting dh to take my to the hospital, but I don't think it's my heart. Wrong side. The burning pain is intermittent and after doing some energy work, I get drowsy, the pain is gone, and I go back to bed.

Come morning, I tell dh, who gives me the look I would give him if the tables were turned, and I say yes, I'll call the Dr. Turns out my Dr. is out today, so I see another Dr. who examines me and considers it may be gall bladder pain. hmmmm. No pain all day but tonight I'm not at a dinner with dh, I'm staying home, fasting in the am and having a gall bladder sonogram.

Such a week it's been, and it's only Tuesday!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Dishing The Week 12-06-09

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW I can see the occasional flash of a cardinal. So pretty with the green bamboo and the white snow. Nature's Christmas palette.













I AM HEARING the airplanes fly overhead on their way to and from BWI. That means it's crisp and cold out.

I AM WEARING fleecy clothes. God bless the inventors of fleece!

I AM THINKING that it will be nice to see various extended family today and all together at one time!

I AM READING "Matchless: A Christmas Story" by Gregory Maguire. Excellent


I AM THANKFUL FOR a husband who is always willing to do what is needed.

I AM CREATING a simple meal today. Sometimes it's good to remember I don't have to do it all. That's what good purchased food is for.










I AM HOPING that the weather stays as it is so everyone can make it today. I'm also hoping I can find decent folding chairs at Target!

FROM THE KITCHEN there will be stuffed pork loins enough for a dozen today.

ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS is driving out in the snow as I did yesterday but only if it's for fun.













A FEW PLANS FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK- Mammogram Monday, then try to catch up with a couple more friends, then head off to Boston via Acela. What a treat!

Friday, December 4, 2009

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