Craziest winter we have ever had.
We got 8" of snow here and yet my sister, who lives 20 miles north, only got 1". My cousin who lives 15 miles west, got 2". We must have been in one of those "snow" bands. Sunny yesterday and today, but when I went out to get the mail, I noticed the heavy snow had broken off two, fairly large Lilac bush branches.
At least we don't have Nor'Easters. High tidal water and flooding can be as devastating as fire. Both of them tear down houses. I wouldn't care for those strong winds battering at me for a long time either.
I went down to visit Pearl, as it was her 82nd birthday. She kept trying to tell me she is 83, but I finally convinced her that she was born on March 1, 1936. "Then what year did I get married?"
"1955. You and Merle eloped to Angola, Indiana."
The conversation continued like that for awhile. She asking me how old her kids were and was I sure she was born in 1936.
She has been diagnosed with early Stage II diabetes, as if we all didn't know that was coming on. She only had to take a pill, not injections. Then she said something that sort of stunned me.
"You know...this is my won fault."
"The reason I can't walk. When my legs started paining, I quit walking. Every one told me I had to keep walking, but I just sat down and quit. The more I sat, the worse the pain got. They were all right. The less I walked, the less I could and now look at me."
I didn't give her the "I told you so", what good would that do? They had a ramp built from their back door down to their driveway. It's 2 years old. Pearl has never used it. She's afraid of it. So afraid, that if she does go out to get in the car, she still has to have Merle and her daughter take her down the 3 front steps--which is far more hazardous than the ramp.
I haven't seen Dar in a coon's age. Almost a month. I have no idea what is going on over there and should probably walk on over for a visit. She is still in PT, as I see her leave twice a week, before 9:00. She's was always a walking fanatic, but I never see her out walking either.
Which reminds me--I never see myself out walking either. I count my weekly trips to Walmart, walking the length of the store as my exercise, but---another resolution to walk every day, once spring arrives.
This genealogy I am trying to finish up--the one for my friend, is tough. They don't have e-mail, so every time I have a question I have to call or write.
I called twice--apparently her husband didn't recognize my name--although he does know who I am, and hung up the phone. So, I called back and when he answered, I quickly said, "May I speak to Liz."
I had two questions. The call lasted an hour! Every time I asked about a certain ancestor, that brought on a dissertation about their lives or their cousin's life, or maybe that Indian lady he had a child with.
"Was it that grandpa Richard, or the other one? Judy needs to know."
Liz is one of our School Gal Pals that comes to our luncheons, and usually dominates the conversation. She hasn't attended the last two, which has been kind of nice as we can all talk to each other.
She's mad at us now because we canceled our December lunch because of a big snow storm...one of the girls called Liz and told her and that we would not have another luncheon until January.
Well, wouldn't you know it, Liz went the next week and couldn't find us. Then she went the first Thursday in January--we meet on the second Thursday, and once again couldn't find us, SO..she thinks we are meeting in private and won't tell her where. Last week I sent her a note, with genealogy questions, but also the place we are meeting, next Thursday, directions, a map and a photo of what the place looks like. One of the other girls is going to call her the day before for another reminder.
It's hard to see one friend's going downhill. I don't mean forgetful, not being able to come up with a certain word--that is happening to all of us, but I mean really----sliding down that slippery slope faster than I can keep up.
Now I feel the road falling away under my feet, at times too. New shows are coming on TV and if I don't write down the day/time/channel I will forget to watch. When I have to go into town, I write down my "map"--bank, post office, grocery store, Michael's. Not only do I do that so I won't forget, but I figure out where I have to go, the easiest route and no left turns. LOL
I am filling up my March calendar. Hair cut on Monday. Lunch on Thursday.
Blood draw and doctor's appointment the next week. Yes and other places I need to stop on the days I go. I can't be wasting gas or my time. LOL