It's been a while since I blogged and I'm happy today is a good day to do it! It is a beautiful day here so I won't spend too much time inside today.
The past few weeks have been all about the babies👶💖 We have created a good system so that I can help Kristen twice a week. On Tuesday she comes to our house with them and we turn our living room into a daycare! My dear friends Sylvia and Debbie come over and help too! We have two swings that we found on NextDoor and boy do they come in handy. I love holding the babies but it's also nice to have a safe place for them. Yesterday my buddy Elaine came over too and that was really nice. She also gave us a playpen that we can use when the babies get older. Thank you Lanie 💕
The following day I normally go over to Kristens house and help her with them there. That's two full days of baby time and I LOVE IT! Don't get me wrong, I am exhausted at the end of these days and I look forward to a good nights sleep too, but I definitely wouldn't change it. I just wish she lived closer but that's not going to happen, so I won't dwell on it.
My bestie Monica came to town just to help out with the babies too! Ryan was out of town so the three of us were in charge. It was SO wonderful to have her all week and she's an amazing chef and filled our plates with yummy food. I was sad to see her go but she has lots of friends and I know we will see her again when it works for her schedule. We've been friend's since the kids were 5 years old!
Today I'm going to the chiropractor -- holding them and walking up and down the stairs definitely affects my back and my right knee. But it's worth it and I'm not going to stop our routine! They are so darn cute and even when they're crying and fussy I'm ok with it!
The rest of my time has been spent raising money for our Alzheimer's Walk! So far we've raised over $26,000💰 I've been auctioning off some of the scarfs I've knitted and that really helped us this year. Our walk is just a month away and I'm looking forward to walking with all of our friends and family. Afterwards we will host lunch at a local pizza place. We've been doing this since 2016 when I got my diagnosis and started walking and raising money to find a cure!
I was able to spend some time with my oldest grandson Ryan too. We went to lunch and to a movie and it had been a while since I'd seen him so it was special. He's getting so tall! He also recently won a big tournament in Florida too.
Another fun thing Bob and I did was go to a concert with our besties - Tim, Elaine, Monika and Louis! I was a little nervous because I thought it might be too loud for me. We were at Shoreline and Keith Urban was playing. I love him and I love his music so I decided to tough it out. The good news is that the music was perfect! I didn't need the earplugs and I knew a lot of his songs so I was in heaven. I'm so thankful I said yes to this wonderful event! We spent the night with them too and enjoyed a lovely time in their patio before we went home. Thank you Tim & Elaine for your hospitality😘
I got to see my brother Bobby and Carol too this month. They were on their way home from a visit with family and stopped at our house. I was hoping they would stay for dinner but that didn't work out. I sure do wish they lived closer. We need to figure out how to spend more time together.
I had some lunch dates too - Jane come over to watch tennis with me and that was really fun. We've known each other for many years - back in the High School days. Our friend Karen met up with Bob and I too for a wonderful meal in Walnut Creek. She also helped me with one of the paint by number kits that I was working on. My neurologist suggested that I mix things up and not do the same thing every day so I stopped painting. Karen took over and she just finished it! Thank you KYZ! I can't wait to frame it. I'm hoping someone will make a nice big donation and help us raise some more money for our ALZ walk Oct 29th!
So that's what's been happening with me! I still struggle with headaches, exhaustion and ringing in my ears. Thats been going on for a long time so I try not to let it bother me. I still need to rest/nap and thankfully I can do that while listening to my audible books or meditation music. I just finished a great book if you like non fiction - Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. GREAT story about rock and roll and the music industry. I also listened to Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McALllister but I didn't like it that much. Spilled Milk by K.L. Randis was good but sad/uncomfortable at times. At the moment I'm reading Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt. Give it a try! It's pretty interesting!
Rusty is still my constant companion, and I can't imagine life without him. He really is a dog in disguise😇 I sure hope he outlives me because I will not do well when he goes to heaven....
I hope you're all doing well. Sending love and hugs and blessings your way💜💜