Monday, October 24, 2016

New blog

My new blog address is:

Saturday, October 22, 2016

New Blog

This past week I was diagnosed with early stage Parkinson's, so since I get a lot of comfort from putting things into writing -- and since maybe there are people out there interested in the whole atrial fibrillation/SVT/Pacemaker/Parkinson's story -- I am going to start a new blog.  I will post the blog's address as soon as I get it set up -- hopefully in a few days.

I think everyone knows that my house sold and I hope the new owner is getting as much enjoyment out of it as Marshall and I did.

When I went to see the neurologist this week, I went to the University of Colorado Neurology Department.  It is the same hospital where Marshall was treated so it felt like home.  I took some of his ashes with me and I scattered some ashes at the hospital and then drove over to the hotel where we always stayed and scattered some ashes there.  Now the only place left to scatter the rest of the ashes is West Virginia on his parents' graves and heaven knows when I'll be able to do that.

I went on YouTube today and watched a long video of Linda Ronstadt and her journey with Parkinson's.  Kind of depressing but it verifies that Parkinson's is a very slow moving disease.  At my age, it is highly likely that if the diagnosis of Parkinson's is confirmed, I will probably still die of something else before the Parkinson's would take over.

I have an appointment in January with another neurologist to get a second opinion.  He was highly recommended so he should be worth the wait.

I got a new doggie.  Her name is Mia.  She is giving me a lot of smiles.  Doesn't she have a silly face? And I am forced to go outside several times a day and walk.  That's always a good thing.
A new grief support group started near me so I went to the first meeting last Monday.  It was great so I hope enough people come that they can continue it.  Next meeting is November 14.  I feel like I am progressing, but the grief still floors me sometimes.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Diana Ross and Me

I imagine no one will be looking at this, but I said I would post the picture of Diana Ross and me -- and I really like the picture -- so here it is!

Friday, September 9, 2016

All is well

Evidently I allowed my frustration with everything that's going on in my life to cloud my ability to understand basic conversations, but everything is right on track with the sale of my house.  All is well.

I am going to miss that house and the beauty surrounding that house so much, but it is way past time for me to move on and try to get back into a world without Marshall.

I have said before that I was going to end the blog because the whole purpose of the blog was to keep everyone up to date about Marshall's life and death and now that he's been gone for over a year there's just nothing left to say.

So this is truly the end of the blog.  I have appreciated so much all of the support I've gotten from everyone.  THANK YOU!!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Another Day

Made it through another day.  No word from the real estate agent so I am trying very hard to be patient.  I am hoping that "no news is good news."

Mia is coming along nicely.  We are quickly becoming very very attached to each other.  She is adapting nicely but still getting used to these surroundings.  We came upon another dog this afternoon and Mia got kind of aggressive.  I think it's because (1) she was on a leash; and (2) she was protecting me.  That should all fall into place.

And on other news, Tricia has been diagnosed with Grave's Disease.  She is still getting tests done and is working with her doctors to treat this as medication-free as possible.   And today is her birthday!  What a birthday...

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Trip to Westcliffe

The trip down to Westcliffe went well. Mia traveled well, no problems. But I don't think she liked having to get used to yet another house. She was kind of nervous.

We scattered Coco's ashes in the same spot where Marlee's ashes were scattered.

Then we had a quiet evening. I went through the house and made sure I had everything I wanted to take and I vacuumed and did a small amount of cleaning. I left a bottle of champagne in the refrigerator for the buyer.

We headed back to Thornton this morning and got home around 1:00. Mia was beside herself to get back home. She ran in the house and literally attacked both cats with kisses And it looked like they felt the same way. It was so cute.

Late this afternoon I got a call from my real estate agent with the news that the sale of my house may have fallen through. Looks like the Buyer wants to back out. I won't discuss the details in this blog but it is very upsetting. However, I should find out for sure tomorrow so I'm trying to stay positive until I know for sure.

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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Things to do in Thornton

A few weeks ago I got a booklet from the City of Thornton filled with things to do in Thornton for the rest of the year.

Last night I went through the book and found a whole bunch of things that I think I might enjoy trying (beginners' yoga, line dancing, guitar lessons, movies, one-on-one strength training, horseback riding, crafts, festivals, volunteer work, and on and on).  I made my list and today I went out to locate all of the places where these things are taking place (or, in the case of horseback riding, etc., where the group meets) and today I drove around to locate all those places.

A lot of things happen (or start) at the Thornton Senior Center (I don't want to be old enough to go to a senior center, but it is what it is).  Then there's the Art & Culture Center and the Carpenter Recreational Center and the Thornton Community Center.  All of these places except the Community Center were closed today because of the holiday weekend, but at least I now know where they all are.  I actually had the courage to go into the Community Center and ask some questions.  Doing things by myself is a big deal these days.  Found out that the Community Center mostly caters to children so I was able to mark it off my list.

This coming week I'll be in Westcliffe on Tuesday/Wednesday to spend one last night at my house.  Both the buyer and I had to sign an extension agreement so things are a little tentative right now. And I bought the buyer a bottle of champagne to put in the fridge.

When I get back I'll start getting signed up for some of the activities I mentioned.

Mia's potty training is progressing.  Slowly.  According to the trainer, I am going to have to start putting her in her crate and both she and I are going to HATE that.  So it will be to her benefit to figure this out quickly.