Saturday, September 23, 2023

Saturday, September 23, 2023, MN

Fifty-six years ago on this day, Mike and I got engaged. The romantic setting was in his 1958 Chevy, parked in the driveway of the Starr School, when I was living with my Aunt Eleanor, Uncle Frank, and cousins Jackie & Jonnie (guess we needed a bit of privacy).  I was in a glum mood after work, probably thinking about him taking off for active duty with the Navy but I brightened up with his proposal.  Of course, we had to go to Monona to announce it to his parents and to Rita’s house to let her know and then I was able to flash that beautiful diamond to let my friends know the good news. 

Last Sunday I got the dent removed from my car.  I went with the guy who said he could do it for $100 - he came and removed the bumper, took it to his home and got the dent out, then returned and put it back on my car.  It’s not 100% but it looks much better than it did and that is all that I was hoping for.  My poor Toyota is pretty beat up with a few scratches and small dents, pocked paint on the hood, but still no rust and it should keep me on the road for a good while yet.

Before & After

I met with the Stampin Up girls on Monday afternoon and we had a small group but a fun time making three different cards. Diane brought a Pear Pie for dessert and it was so yummy - I don’t believe that I have ever had it before, but for me - any dessert with fruit in it makes my day, much preferred over anything chocolate.

Tuesday was art class with Genevieve and we did some acrylic painting. I don’t feel that I’m very good at it, so will probably put my projects in the donation box, but it was fun to do.

Wednesday was another busy day with helping out with food shelf in the morning, running errands in the afternoon, and going apartment to apartment with Mary, the Vet Tech who comes to do our pet nail trims.  The service she provides is so appreciated and we all look forward to her visits every six weeks.  

Thursday was cleaning day at Ben and Jill’s house and thanks to Deb who takes Joey out for a walk while I’m gone, I can come home and relax, take a little nap, and recover. On those days, I usually get about 12,000 steps, 4.5 miles, and about 10 flights of stairs. I’ve improved my efficiency and am able to limit the number of times that I go up or down stairs. 

I had the strangest thing happen during the night.  I was tossing and turning, not sleeping very well, but I woke up with the strangest sensation - both legs from the knee down were HOT and I mean HOT - and it dissipated after about five minutes.  I don’t have a clue what was going on, but I noted it on the calendar and will see if it was just a freaky occurrence or an indicator of something more serious.  

Jill had to go to a conference Friday afternoon, and school got out early for Camille and Norah, so I went to meet them and hang out for the afternoon.  The Cards for a Cause group was meeting at my building, so I took card with me to do with the girls.  They like doing that project and I think they feel good about doing it. Charlotte helped when she got home and we ended up making  about 40 cards.  Ben took Charlotte to swim practice, so I stuck around until about 7:30.