A Friday Wrap Up


 This is a little hideaway my husband and I used to go to sit and read or listen to the rushing creek. It came up in my memories on my one-drive cloud. After the devastating fires we had in 2018, it no longer is as lush with trees and vegetation as it once had been. But it is coming back and the last 2 years of healthy rains, sure help. This is Brandy Creek in the Whiskeytown Recreation area near us. 


I hope this Friday finds you all well - I'm tired. I have been burning a candle from both ends- OUCH! I don't like to be busy busy. This week I have had places to go, and people to see and I am done. I'd much rather stay at home. 

This morning, I was hurting - we had some valley fog on Thursday that was so cold and thick it seemed that the cold crept into my bones and took residence.  I couldn't shake the cold or the arthritis that flared in my left knee and my right hip. I don't get that usually. It's better now but yesterday I was hobbling around like a 70 year old...wait, I will be 70 in 3 weeks. 

My therapist and I have been talking about the aging process. She pulls no punches and I appreciate that. None of this, 

70 is the new 40 or 50.

Great if you feel that way, but I'm keeping it real. I surely don't! I'm actually okay with aging and about eventually dying. I just don't want it to hurt! 

Just have to keep trusting God and keeping my eyes on the ultimate prize. 




This is Clear Creek Gorge. We used to pan for gold there - we haven't done that in a few years. Pack a picnic lunch and just enjoy. A good time to pan for gold is in the spring and after heavy rains. 

This area is a beautiful spot to watch the salmon spawn. 




A few years ago, we drove up to Oregon's Crater Lake with our dog, Laydee to a dog-friendly B&B.  The weather was not so good. It ended up snowing and there was fog so thick we could not see the lake. It was one big bank of heavy fog. I've seen Crater Lake but my husband hadn't ever seen it and at this date, still hasn't. 

The gal who owned the place also raised sled dogs and raced in the Iditarod every year. To the side of the property, she had many sled dogs - in their kennels and every day she would take them out to run them. At this particular time, we had the whole B&B to ourselves. She lived in her house down the road. It was nice and we were able to get out and about with Laydee and do some hiking, before the weather changed. I have since heard, that after the pandemic she closed down. 



Today, I needed to go grocery shopping. I took my husband with me. I'd rather leave him at home. He is like a child - he walks slowly looks at everything and talks to everyone!  I have a list and I mean business and want to just get in and out.  I have to watch him - he tends to add things to the cart - mostly junk and then I get surprised when we are loading up the groceries. I took a chance and also let him tag along with me to Costco and then to the meat market. 

I bought some chicken wings at the market for Sunday. At Costco, he wanted these frozen Beef Wellington Bites from Chef Gordon Ramsey. $15.99 - How could I refuse? I didn't know he had a line of food. Instead of having those for appetizers, I will have them for dinner one night this week. Then in my mind, it wasn't that expensive. I can spread them out for 3 dinners. Add a salad and another side and it's dinner. 

I thought these were good prices for quality meat at the butchers. I do not like the low quality I am finding at the supermarket. It's pretty crappy the last few times I have bought a roast - meat and gristle. I've decided it was better to spend a little more on good local meat than to buy from the supermarket. 

Tonight we are having pizza but I'm giving my husband a break so we bought a make-and-bake pizza for tonight. 

I'll wrap this up - I didn't know this post would be so lengthy. I will leave you with something to ponder that my husband said to me this morning,

If I am standing still, why does my nose keep running?


God Bless

Debby

34 comments:

  1. Hi Debby, I can totally relate to what you are saying about aging. I am 68 and I am feeling my age in my body. Not my brain, and that is good. I hit 65 the summer of Covid and was sad I could not go to Disneyland. But I was in good healthy. Not to bad at 66 either. But 67 was hard and so is 68. I agree with you on death. We know where we are going and that is our hope. But the actual death process bothers me. I guess because I saw how both my parents died. I try not to dwell on it. I know I have to live life the best I can. You made me laugh when you talked about your husband. Mine will put things in the basket too. My husband and I saw Crater Lake back in 1978. I was so close this summer, but my friends wanted to drive to the coast instead of the lake. Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. I watched my father-in-law die in Dec 2020 and it really bothered me. I had never seen someone die. Ever since then I just want to die in my sleep. It was awful. I still can’t go to the Veterans home to volunteer. One day…

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  2. I like your new look here!
    What a beautiful place, I'm glad it's coming back after the fires.
    My husband is not good to take shopping for the opposite reason. He's in and out with no chance to look at anything!
    PS - somehow I missed your twin post. Love all the twins in your family.

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  3. I am with you...I am okay with aging...Thrilled I even made it to this point...And I made my peace with dying a long time ago when diagnosed with cancer...I have been cancer free for 17 years but it always comes back...at some time...Being a nurse, I am well aware of that...I feel better now than I have in the last 15 years though. After losing 55 pounds and having a knee replacement. I can move better and I am free of a lot of chronic pain that I had for many years...I enjoyed your post....I love to stay home!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    Hugs,
    Deb
    Debbie-dabble Blog

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    1. That is fantastic that you’ve been cancer free for so long! Praise God for that!

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  4. We have tried Gordon Ramsay's frozen meals. The fish & chips and the pot pie. Your photos are beautiful. I especially like the scene in the last one of the house way in the background framed by pine trees. I hope you can slow down now for the rest of the weekend.

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    1. I’ve not seen Gordon Ramsey’s stuff in the stores here - this was the first.

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  5. 70 may be the new 50, but then the old 50 often did not make it to 70.

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    1. Ha, you’re right. Well so far so good for me… I’m on my way to hit the big 7-0 unless I get hit by a car before that. 🙄

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  6. Oh my, I laughed out loud about taking your husband shopping with you! When mine goes with me, he is always in a rush. Literally. He'll holler at me about taking too long. I prefer to leave him home too, ha ha! He too puts unhealthy options in the cart. Thanks for the laugh.

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    1. I realized my mistake by letting him push the cart.

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  7. Good photos. It's shame about the fires but it'll all look better in a few years. Same thing happened in our nearby Okefenokee Swamp (Waycross, Georgia). It grew back. The critters came back. God's creation is so resilient.
    I'm 67, in fairly athletic condition, still quite mobile, but this cold weather is starting to wear on me too. Makes me ache especially when it's cold and damp. I'm having to keep the house warmer than I used to. Guess this is common. I pray your aches are temporary and you're feeling better soon.
    We buy most of our meats from a local farmer. He makes sure to only feed the cows locally grown grain or whatever. No weird, nefarious chemicals in his meat. They also sell the yummiest cheese. Haven't had any that good since we were buying from some mail order company (can't remember their name).
    I hope your weekend is great.
    Blessings. xx

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    1. It really is best to buy locally when you can. It might a be a little more expensive but the taste is so much better.

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  8. I fear nursing home death and what comes before. I said to hubby 3 days ago, if I go to the ER or if i am out and in a wreck and they call you to the hospital and ask you to sign a paper to put a ventilator in my mouth, you better say NO... about the standing still and nose running, I am walking the dog and it is cold enough that my eyes are pouring water and nose is running like a faucet . only when I am walking. figure that out. ha ha
    sorry about the visit from Arthur. He gets on my nerves a lot these days, and I can tell you that cheer up, it will only get worse. I am a few months from 80, and from 70 to now, whoa boy... the one thing i can say, is keep moving. the only reason i am still able to walk my sweet dog is I did not stop walking

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    1. I have a good friend in a care facility and haven’t been able to get in to visit because every time I try they are being quarantined for something - the flu, Covid, RSV…I do get depressed after I visit her. I would go crazy in a place like that and I know she’s not happy there. It’s sad.

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  9. Loved the funny comment from your hubby at the end. That's a good one. I loved the pictures of the creek and woods, etc., and am glad to know it is coming back after the fires. Fire actually is good for the woods in the long run, but we hate to see it happen. They do a lot of prescribed burns down here in the forests to keep them healthy and it helps prevent forest fires. I am a few years older than you, and I must say my 70's have been a bit harder on my body than I expected. Arthritis is a big factor and this damp cold weather does affect me too. I have an electric heated throw blanket that I wrap around my back, neck and shoulders when I am hurting, and it helps SO much! I go to sleep like that quite often. As far as death and dying goes, I don't fear death itself, but of course I'd rather not have to suffer. But that is up to God. He sees my beginning and my end, and then He will welcome me into heaven where I will never hurt again! I am looking forward to heaven, but kind of wish the Lord would just rapture us all up at once so we don't have to go through all of that...But it's all about His timing, not mine. So there...we live the best we can and be thankful for every day He gives us, which is a gift. I enjoyed your post, as always. Have a blessed and wonderful weekend.

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    1. The heated throw sounds nice! Today I’m good - I’m not hurting at all. Took a long walk in the sun. Walking always helps but the other day I was so stiff. I read about what to expect in my 70’s and the article said arthritis will get worse. Duh! I didn’t think it would get better. Like my therapist says, the body is decaying and is on a downward trajectory. All we have is our Hope and Eternal life with Jesus. Sounds good to me!

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  10. Your Hubby's question cracked me up.. it actually sounds like something my hubby Dave would say. We call them "Daddy jokes",
    Well I'm 10 years ahead of you age wise and have a gimpy knee and sometimes hip too..not fun but one has to keep moving or its useless.
    On the subject of shopping..it does take much longer when we shop together but since our financial difficulties we have had to reign in our spending and without any credit cards things get a little bleak sometimes but then again we don't have those bills hanging over our heads. It is scary when we have an emergency though..how to pay for it?
    I just looked at your side bar and say that Pacifica was your hometown. Blew my mind. Dave and I lived there in Park Pacifica for 41 years before moving here to Rocklin, CA 17 years ago.
    Finally someone who knows that area..
    Sue

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    1. Oh my goodness - what a small world. I left Pacifica shortly after I graduated high school at Terra Nova. I know Park Pacifica well. I remember when those homes were built. I grew up just off Linda Mar Blvd and Oddstead before St Peter’s Church.

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  11. Funny, I'm like your husband when we go shopping. :). He'd rather go without me. :)

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    1. That is funny. Most of the time I go without him.

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  12. That looks like a great place to sit and enjoy the water! I ear you about aging. I just turned 67 and in spite of my trying to exercise every day I feel it! I just hope to keep moving for as long as I can!

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    1. We have to keep moving no matter how slow we are.

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  13. I have enough trouble lighting a candle let alone burning it at both ends, for me 61 is 61 not a new anything just an aging body trying to cope. I have never liked taking Tim shopping with me as I don't like being questioned about what I am buying.

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    1. You’re right about the aging body trying to cope.

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  14. These are some beautiful places to spend time at. They look so peaceful. I have never heard of Oregon's Crater Lake. It looks very nice.....and snowy! The pizza sounds Yummy. I remember the take and bake pizzas that we used to get. They were delicious, and didn't cost that much. I really liked your words on aging and keeping it real. Sorry you've been tired this week and so busy. Me too. My small heaters went out, and I had to call a technician to fix them. Hard to get workers in the mountains when we need them. It's been pretty cold for a couple days. Thankfully, the heater in the main part of the house is still running.

    Have a good weekend, Debby.

    ~Sheri

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    1. Oh no, about the heaters. I see the snow on all the mountains - my husband wanted to take the dog to the snow today. I told him, “are you kidding? It’s a nice sunny mild day. I want to be in the sun not the snow.”

      So we took a nice long walk instead.

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  15. What lovely places to spend sitting and pausing in the moment.

    Yep, I get up in the morning and hobble around for a bit feeling every year and every silly thing I put my body through when younger.

    God bless.

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    1. Well they say growing old isn’t for sissies!

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  16. Beautiful spots to be at. I just found out I have arthritis in my one ankle....joys of getting old.

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  17. Jim and I used to spend a summer weekend in Redding every year. Usually on Sunday we spent the day at the Brandy Creek day beach at the lake before heading home. Last time there was the summer after the fires.
    My youngest nephew was very interested in gold mining as a child. He had to do an oral report for school, I believe 2nd or 3rd grade so he did his report on gold mining. I read his report after he had given it and his last line was "You can try gold mining but you will not be as good at it as me" He spent some summers up at Lake Almanor with my folks, he and my dad found a spot by a small creek where they actually found some small bits of gold.
    Crater lake is really something to see. Last time I was there it was June and it was cold and kind of foggy as well. There was still a lot of snow on the ground in areas.
    I sat with my dad along with other family members when he took his last breath and I was so glad I did. His was a peaceful passing.
    When I read your blog and I can relate to what you talk about I seem to want to share my stuff as well. I hope you don't mind.

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    1. I don’t mind at all, Leslie. When my boys were little we would camp up at Lake Almanor. Wonderful memories.
      I mentioned panning for gold and the next day my son called to borrow our gold pan. Yes you can still find some gold, using the old panning method/ placer mining. Not enough to get rich. It’s still a thrill to find.

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  18. Hi, I enjoyed your photos and sharing the beautiful areas.
    It is sad how many places have closed since the Lockdowns. I have always found people who have sled dogs are amazing and to participate in the Iditarod.. that is just super duper amazing!!!

    Happy New Week,
    Carla

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