December 31, 2012

31 Dec

Finally, a rather tumultous year has ended.  It really wasn’t that bad, but definitely we had to be flexible with our plans.  It was very rewarding to help out with many of our family members and I’m happy to report that everyone is doing pretty darn good at this point.  We heard that Justin may not have to reconstruction surgery for now and he can actually begin to get up and walk around.  Niece Juli enjoyed her 2 weeks home in Arkanas.  We were so thrilled to see her and see how well she was feeling.  Now we need to keep the prayers going that she gets good results on her upcoming tests. Mom is also continuing to get stronger and feeling more independent each day.  It was wonderful to see her at home and resuming her everyday activities.


Received sad news yesterday that Princess passed away yesterday.  For those of you who may not know.  She wandered into Doug and Juli’s yard in Florida a few months ago.  She was an extremely homely little dog but was so ecstatic when you would reach down to rub her tummy, which was a little difficult because of the size of her teets.  She had all sorts of weird issues, but one couldn’t help but love her.  At least she passed away while living in a loving home and not off in the wilderness by herself.

snow 2      snow 3

We woke up to several inches of snow this morning in Naco, AZ.  It was crazy.  When we drove here from Kansas, we had the whole back of the truck packed with suitcases, golf clubs, etc.  The back of the truck ended up being full of snow, so everything had to go in the back seat, which also took away my comfy sleeping area.  Denny piled everything in the truck and we left around 8:30.  After breakfast at the golf course, the 2nd photo is of the putting green at the course, we headed toward Sierra Vista which is about 26 miles west.  They only had about 1 inch and the roads were clear. While in Sierra, I had 2 cortisone shots in my heels.  I so hope they begin feeling better in a day or 2.  She told me to stretch, stretch, stretch several times a day.  She also told me there is a fairly successful surgery that releases the tendon that causes this heel pain. We will see how I feel by the time we get back to Arizona in late February.  At least I feel like there is still some hope for a permanent solution for this awful pain with my feet. After the shot, we drove into Phoenix where we are now settled in at Mary’s house. We will pick her up tomorrow at the airport.  She has such a terrific place and it was in the upper 50’s here.  Our friend Tom, who lives in Silver City, NM, always blames the awful weather on Denny and I.  It is a little strange on how many snowstorms we drive through when we come here for the winter.

This is our 15 th wedding anniversary.  We celebrated tonight with dinner at the Black Angus. The BEST prime rib we have ever had anywhere.  Actually melted in your mouth.  What an incredibly exciting marriage we have had.  We have had our share of not such great times, but the good times certainly outweight the bad.  We’ve pretty much done all of our dream trips on bicycles, motorcycles and dirtbikes.  The one trip we still hope to do maybe next year is to get on the Inland Passage ferry and get on and off with our bicycles. Hopefully that will happen summer of 2014.  Denny has introduced me to so many adventures that I never would have done.  When he met me, I had quite a few fears, and over the years I’m pretty much fearless except for snowmobilling.  Also, when we first met, he wanted to take me to Hawaii but I said that I couldn’t fly over water that long, it would be too scary.  Now I don’t even think twice about it and we will be going there next Sunday.

We have been blessed to have many friends in many places.  Happy New Year to all of you and hope to spend time with all of you sometime throughout the year. The other real blessing that happened to me this year is that I have no neck pain. Zilch  I noticed in September that it wasn’t bothering me and even after playing golf on Saturday, whic is a real test,  I had no pain.  That is the first time in 9 years..  Praise the Lord.

Thanks for joining me on the blog.  Love to all of you.  Jbird



One Response to “December 31, 2012”

  1. Kathy 01/01/2013 at 9:14 am #

    Happy 15th anniversary! And, here’s to a great 2013 for you both. May your heel pain soon join the former neck pain and say “sayonara”!!

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