F Simple and Serene Living: 2017 09 10
Thursday, April 13, 2017

IS IT APRIL YET?

How did two weeks slip by without me posting once? 

I have been exceedingly busy. 


When my older sister packed one suitcase in February and flew to Arizona with my younger sister, she planned to come back and go through her things to get ready for a permanent move. 

When the day arrived for the two sisters to fly back here, they decided not to come. So guess who has been left with the task of sorting and selling 40 years worth of accumulated stuff?


If you guessed me you would be right. If you think that I have stooge stamped across my forehead, you may also be right. 

However, I am not doing it for free. My sister is giving me her SUV which is 12 years newer than my 18 year old car (although it has more mileage than my car), and the proceeds from selling her items are going to my younger daughter to help with her medical expenses etc. 


At this point I am not sure that any amount of money was worth it, but my two daughters came up for three days this past weekend to help with the living estate sale. I know I couldn't have gotten through it without them. They also left with a mini van loaded down with furniture. 
 
I would love to say that I am finished, but there is still so much to do. 


I will probably still be hard to find for the next couple of weeks, but please bear with me and keep me in your prayers. This 66 year old body is really tired out, but it has to be finished up, and I will be back. 

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

HELLO SPRING....SHOWERS

Spring is definitely here in Kentucky, 


and when spring comes so do showers. I usually think of April as having the showers, but we have definitely been a month ahead this year. 

Don't you just love this sweet spring tote? I won it in a giveaway from one of my favorite bloggers, Kris at Junk Chic Cottage


I know that most of you know Kris, but if you don't you will want to read her blog. She is on a little break right now, but go on over and read her old posts. 

The warm weather and all of the rain we are having is greening up our landscape and bringing back the color in the flowers and the trees.

The azaleas, here in Kentucky, are beautiful this year.


I was really worried about the weeping cherry trees after the hard freeze we had recently, but they have blossomed and are gorgeous.


I love this view at the Lexington Cemetery. It is one of the most beautiful cemeteries I have ever been in and is where most of my family is buried.

I always like to spend a little time talking to my dad when I go. He was so smart and when I am going through difficult times I miss his wisdom. 

Has spring arrived where you are. I see that some of you still have quite a bit of snow. I hope spring showers wash it away soon.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

IS THE GRASS REALLY GREENER?

The other day while visiting some of my favorite blogs, I read a post by Rue of An Old-Fashioned World that really struck a chord with me. 

Rue was talking about the importance of just being herself. 


The reason it really struck a chord is because I have been feeling a bit down. For the last year I have been very erratic about posting on my blog. To be honest I wasn't sure whether or not I wanted to carry on with it. 

It's not that I don't like blogging, and I certainly love the friends I have made, but I have just felt that my life is off track. When your life is off track it is hard to find your focus. 


I have been wondering if the grass is really greener on the other side. 

Here's the thing. I love the apartment I moved into almost a year ago. (yes, it has really been that long) I was so happy to finally have a place of my own, and I am still loving coming home, shutting the door, and knowing that it is mine. 

 
However, I miss my family. My daughters and grandchildren live in Atlanta. It is a long drive, I feel like it is a burden for me to stay with them, and my car is 18 years old. 

There is also the fact that my older sister upped and moved to Arizona a month ago, without warning, to live with my younger sister. They left me with the sole responsibility of my mother. 

So here is the thing. I feel like it is time for me to focus on what I want. On just being me. On writing what I want. On doing what I want. On living where I want. 


Everyone else is doing those things. My mom loves living here and says she will never leave. I however, really don't want to stay. I have a very difficult time getting through the winters. 

Do I know exactly what I want? No, but I want to spend some time deciding. I am 66 years old and economically challenged so that limits my choices. However, I have put my name on a waiting list for an apartment in Atlanta. It will be 18 months to two years before I can get in so that will give me time to prepare. 


I am also researching places in Arizona in case I decide I want to move there. 

Is the grass really greener on the other side? I don't know. What I do know is that life is getting shorter and I want to spend it how and with whom I want. 
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P.S. I promised to share my healthy eating plan and I will do that next week
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

TAKING BETTER CARE OF YOURSELF

Is it just me, or does it seem like there is just more self care required each year that we get older?

I can remember breezing through years without visits to the doctor. Now I have to go every six months to my primary care physician. Then there are visits to the dermatologist, the orthopedic doctor, the gynecologist.....


And of course we can't forget the dentist. Aging brings on a host of new dental woes. 

I remember my dad saying that getting old is not for sissies. Boy was he right, but I also know that over the winter I have let up on my self care. 



This morning I sat myself down and said enough with the excuses. 

It is beyond time to lose those unwanted pounds I accumulated over the last few months. 


It is time to get out and get moving again and start back on my healthy eating program. 

Putting it in writing seems to make it all the more real to me, and so I am going to write out my plan. 


I know that I want to be around for many years to come to watch my sweet grandchildren grow. It is definitely an incentive to start taking better care of myself again. 

How about you? Do you feel that now that spring is actually here you need to make changes and start taking better care of yourself?

I would love to hear what you are going to do. Maybe I can incorporate some of your ideas into my own plan?

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

WHERE DID SPRING GO?

Spring was in full bloom when I arrived in Atlanta last week.

The colors were magnificent.


I had almost forgotten how wonderful the azaleas are in the deep south.


They were everywhere.


The other spring flowers were blooming too. Not sure what these are, but they made the perfect blanket cascading down some stone steps. 


The trees were also blooming and  were reaching for a gorgeous blue spring sky.


It was perfect until winter came roaring back bringing rain and much colder temperatures. 

Now I am back home wondering where it went. However, at least we are not suffering the brutal snowstorm that has hit so many of you.

Next week spring will officially begin, and I for one can't wait.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

OFF TO SEE THE....

No, I am not going to see the wizard, but I am going to see my daughters and grandchildren.


The car is loaded up and tomorrow (Tuesday) I will be heading down to Atlanta. I am driving my sister's SUV and it is filled to the brim. I am taking a large chest of drawers that belonged to my Great Aunt to give to Cary. 


My sister has been its caregiver for awhile, but as she has, for all intents and purposes moved to Arizona, it's time for it to move on as well. 


There are also a few other odds and ends, but the chest of drawers took up most of the space. There is just enough room left for me and a small suitcase. 


What more do I need. My grandchildren don't care what I am wearing. As long as there is lots of hugging and playing that's all the four of us care about. 


Hope you have a wonderful week. 
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

FAT TUESDAY AND THUNDERSTORMS

No, I am not attending Fat Tuesday celebrations. My fat Tuesday has an entirely different meaning. 



My fat Tuesday has to do with the fact that I stepped on the scales this morning. Eeeek!!

Apparently I thought that sitting around for two months and eating whatever I wanted would be okay. 

So I am only showing my feet, and there will be a drastic change in my eating and exercising if I want to get into any of my summer clothes.


The lamps are all lit in my apartment today. About 5:30 this morning I was rudely awoken by something that sounded like a bomb going off. It shook my whole building.

We were having a doozy of a thunderstorm and thunderstorms are forecast for the rest of the day. 

Good day for me to stay home and catch up on some things I need to do. 

I recently opened my Etsy shop back up and I need to get some new listings up and running. Don't you love this creamer and sugar that I found at an estate sale. My favorite pattern.


This is my little plant hospital. It is where I am putting the new plants I have propagated and my basil plant that I have nursed over the winter. 

This window is in my bedroom so it is one of the first things I see in the morning. As plants always make me happy (unless they are dying) it makes a great start to my day. 

What do you do on rainy days? Do you just go about your normal routine or do you have a rainy day plan?

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

YELLOW IS THE COLOR OF....

Yellow is the color of my true love's hair.... or in the case here, it is the color of spring. 


We have definitely jumped into spring early here. With record high temperatures this past week everything is starting to bloom. 

The forsythia is escaping its confines.


Even the dandelions are poking up their little heads.


But my favorite sign of spring is the yellow daffodils. I know when I see them that we are starting to put winter behind us.


Yesterday as I was out driving around I couldn't believe how much things had changed over a couple of days. Leaves are popping out on trees and bushes, and there are pink and white blossoms everywhere. 

I had hoped to get out and take some more photos today, but an evil wind blew in last night and today is forty degrees colder than yesterday. I think those photos will have to wait.

Thank you for all of your kind words about my mom. She is gradually getting better. I can tell because she is grumpy. I had to give her a talking to this morning about the importance of taking a shower and getting herself going. I think it will make her feel better.

Have a wonderful Saturday.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

DON'T GO TO THE DOCTOR DURING FLU SEASON

This past Wednesday my mom went to her doctor for a regular checkup, and unfortunately the office was full of flu sufferers.

Mom of course had gotten a flu shot in October so she wasn't worried about catching it.


By Friday night she was starting to feel sick and by Sunday morning she was really sick and running a fever.

Mom is 92 so I told her to call for an ambulance to take her to the hospital.


After blood tests and x-rays the ER doctor said it was bronchitis and he was going to start her on an antibiotic. That was when I mentioned the possibility of flu. He said he didn't thing so, but he would run the test anyway. 

Good thing he did, because it came back positive for influenza. Prescriptions were changed to Tamiflu and nausea medicine and we were sent home after being told that the flu shot was only 54% effective this year. 


As I left through the waiting room I noticed that it had filled up with coughing very sick people.

I am praying that I am one of the 54%. I have had enough sickness this winter. 


So we are hoping that the Tamiflu helps and mom doesn't get any sicker. In the meantime, my advice is stay away from doctor's offices until flu season is over.

I added some photos of flowers from last year in anticipation of spring and summer. Flowers always cheer me up. It is unseasonably warm here and our daffodils are getting ready to bloom. Can't wait.


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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

CONTENTMENT AND CHANGES

Yesterday I was reading Claudia's post at Mockingbird Hill Cottage about a Danish decorating term called Hygge. It boils down to finding a sense of comfort, coziness, and contentment in your home. 


Not a problem for me. That has always been my goal in decorating any space that I call home. 

When I walk in my home and close the door on the chaotic world we live in I want to feel that I am releasing my breath. That I feel love and safety in my surroundings. That it simply is home. 


I have found that in my small apartment. 

That being said, I have realized that I will not be in this apartment forever. Changes are happening. My older sister is moving out to Arizona to live with my younger sister. She will be gone in a few short months. It will be a good thing for her because she isn't able to adequately take care of herself any longer. It will be good for my younger sister because it will give her some needed help with finances. 


My mom is 92 and will not be here forever. She has said she just likes being with her friends. 

As for me, I have finally decided that I need to stand up for what I want, and that is to be closer to my daughters and grandchildren. I am tired of living in limbo. My grandchildren are growing up and I am missing it and I am missing them. 


I am going to Georgia in a few weeks and I am going to look at another retirement apartment. Their waiting list is two years, so it won't be a quick move, but at least I will feel like I am moving towards a goal that I really want. 

Life is too short and I believe we need to live it as we want. We all deserve happiness. 
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