Sunday, December 14, 2014

I am here

I know it has been awhile since I have written.  I just haven't been able to put my words down.  I think about what I am going to write and then I just can't get the words to go from my head to the page.  Lots of things have been going on -- not bad things -- but just a lot for me to keep track of.  Not doing the "multi-task" things so well anymore so everything just seems to pile up in my brain and I can't sort through anything.

Since I last wrote we have been to my son's in Atlanta for Thanksgiving. We shared the day with my great niece who goes to Emory in Atlanta, my daughter-in-laws parents and her sister.  It was a great day....quiet and Jen and Alan did the cooking so it was an easy day for me.

Last weekend we spent time in Memphis with my nephew Jonathan and my sister-in-law Fran.  Jonathan ran his first marathon there.  I was so proud of him.  He ran in the St. Jude marathon.  Many years ago my great nephew had leukemia and was treated by St. Jude.  When Jonathan was looking for a marathon he chose the St. Jude charity as they had helped our family so much.  Jonathan came down from Champaign Illinois and brought his mom -- Fran. I was so glad she could come as she has been pretty much housebound the past six years caring for my oldest brother who passed away this summer.  We rented a house while in Memphis and spent some time catching up and enjoying Jonathan's accomplishments. But it was a tiring weekend and it took me all week to rest up after the long drive to Memphis. 

Now that Christmas is almost upon us, I am trying my best to stay with my routine but it is hard.  I feel like I am a "day late and dollar short" with all the things I want to do, but feel overwhelmed.  I've asked my family for no presents this year, as I really don't need anything and I just want time with my family.  That is more precious to me and the best gift of all.


Monday, November 17, 2014

November has been a busy month with it being Alzheimer's Awareness month.  Thanks to all the groups that have had me come to speak to their members.  There has been lots of good conversations and questions coming from these groups. 

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I'm grateful I can still share my story. And, I appreciate all that will listen.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Walk To End Alzheimer's


This morning was our annual Walk To End Alzheimer's.  Thanks to all my family and friends that came out to walk.  Our team raised over $17,000 toward the cause!  Thanks so much!  Pictured above is me with my son Alan and UGA Women's Basketball Coach Andy Landers.  Coach Landers was gracious for walking with us and allowing the UGA Women's Basketball team to help with the Walk.  So proud to be a Lady Bulldog Fan!  Thanks to everyone who donated to the Walk -- I really appreciate your support!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Still Alice -- the Movie

I couldn't help but post this review from Variety about my friend Lisa Genova's film adaptation of Still Alice.  It got rave reviews at the Toronto Film Festival and it will be in contention for Oscar season.  So proud of Lisa and for everyone involved with the film.
Still Alice movie review from Variety

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Alzheimer's Awareness events

I have had two speaking engagements in the last couple of weeks -- thanks to my new friends in Madison Georgia and the First Presbyterian group here in Athens.  I so appreciate you asking me to speak to your groups and meeting all of you.  Thanks for wanting to learn more about Alzheimer's and helping to spread the word about this dreaded disease.
 
A dear friend of mine, Kathy Davis, is holding an Alzheimer's fundraising awareness event at her church on Saturday October 11th. It will be held at Moon's Grove Baptist Church, 1985 Moon's Grove Church Road in Colbert Georgia from 11am to 1 p.m. The event will feature jewelry sales (all proceeds go to the Walk to End Alzheimer's), gel nail manicures, raffles and lots of fun for everyone.  Information about Alzheimer's will be available. Also, my friend Kathy will be walking with us this year in the Walk To End Alzheimer's....see below.  She is asking everyone that comes to the event to bring a framed photo in honor or in memory of someone they know that has (had) Alzheimer's.  Kathy wants to then take a photo of all the photos gathered at the event and carry this photo with her in the walk.  She also wants families to sign a t-shirt she will wear on the day of the walk to remember and honor all of her friends and their families that are dealing with Alzheimer's.  It sounds like a great event and I would encourage all of those living out near Colbert to take a few minutes and go by Moon's Grove Baptist Church on Saturday October 11th and say hello to Kathy and do your part to End Alzheimer's. 1985 Moon's Grove Church Road - Colbert, GA 30628  -  706-7
 
This year's Athens Walk To End Alzheimer's is Saturday October 25th. Thanks to all who have contributed to make our team-- Team Athens the top team for Athens so far. If you still want to donate to the cause you may do so here -- any amount is appreciated!
 

Monday, September 22, 2014

It's been awhile

I've had so many things going on, so many thoughts in my head, I couldn't get them down on paper.  So many things I have wanted to write about, but getting them out of the brain and through my fingers to the keyboard has been impossible the last few weeks.  I keep making notes of things I want to write about but then when it comes time to sit down and process all the information -- the "processing" fails.  Some days it is like that.....hard to express what you want to say......hard to even say the things you want to say.

I panic when I can't get the thoughts organized in my brain enough to share them.  I think "this is the beginning of the end", "I'll never be able to have a rational thought in my brain". But, eventually, the thoughts become clearer and sharper.......for now.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The heat

has returned.  As you can see by this photo -- we have a friendly deer that comes to get the water out of the watermelon rind we put outside. This is right outside our back door.


Monday, August 18, 2014

Vacations

I am currently in Bar Harbor Maine.  I am enjoying the scenery, the lobster and the beautiful weather. my son is Iceland, enjoying the scenery, beautiful weather, glaciers, volcanoes and hot spas. who has the better deal here?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Back At It?

About two and half months ago I had my left knee replaced.  I had my right knee replaced about three years ago.  I thought I remembered how long it took for therapy and getting back to "normal" was, but apparently not.  Although, this time around during and after prescribed physical therapy I took to the pool once a day and got stronger a lot faster than I thought I would.

So, last week, I started playing Pickleball again.  I am still not running -- kind of hobbling along best I can.  My partners have been good to me and compensated for my weaknesses.  But, one day I was playing and in an effort to "guard my knee" I took a tumble on the court.  It wasn't the first time I or others have fallen on the court.  We play on a basketball court and sometimes depending on the shoes you wear, your feet can get "stuck" on the floor -- so your body moves but your feet don't, and consequently, down you go.  Well, that is what happened to me and this was the result

 
a nice bruise to the right thigh. But I didn't hurt my knee!
 
Tomorrow I am playing golf for the first time since my knee surgery -- let's hope nothing else happens.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Back from Illinois

We returned from Illinois where we celebrated my brother's life with his wife, my other brother and my brother's children and grandchildren.  It was nice to be with family.  My sister-in-law is doing well, but I know she is exhausted from everything.  Now that my brother is in a better place, we hope Fran will finally get to do some things she has not been able to do for the past few years.

My friends Pody and Rick also came to visit us while we were in Peoria. They are the best friends.......I have many people that I consider "best friends" in the sense they are always there when you need them and even when you don't think you need them, they are there. 

I had my knee replaced a little over two months ago.  I'm not sure if I posted that or not, but I'm glad to say that I am doing much better.  Thanks, in large part to swimming every day and my physical therapy.  This week, I went back to Pickleball -- even though my running is still not what it should be, I was able to play and that makes me happy.  Getting to see my little Pickleball family was good and it lifted my spirits.