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Tuesday:) Taking Ladders Into My Own Hands

18 Jul

“Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a new way to stand.”

~Oprah Winfrey

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No, that wasn’t a typo… I want to talk about taking ladders into your own hands. Women often rely on men to take care of tough tasks or heavy lifting. I was married for 39 years to a man who traveled all the time, and when he wasn’t traveling, he was gone golfing, or fishing or… well, into some other things or people that I won’t get into. As a result, I became pretty self-reliant when it came to tedious tasks and emergencies around the house. It was good training for my new independent life.

A few days ago, I was on the phone with my sister when I heard that old familiar chirping sound of the smoke alarm warning low battery. She was concerned about me and suggested I find a neighbor or friend to climb the ladder for me. I wasn’t sure which of the many alarms was chirping, and if it was one of those really high obscure hard to get to devices, I assured her that I’d ask for help. She said, “I don’t want you climbing up on a ladder. You could fall.” I told her that if it was one of the high hard to get to batteries, I’d drive over to my local fire station and recruit a cute fireman for help.

I went upstairs and listened for the source of the intermittent chirp. It was on the ceiling above my work table where I paint. I got a new 9 volt battery, checked the charge on my tongue, (learned that trick) grabbed the ladder out of the walk-in attic, and put my cell phone in my pocket…just in case I fell. I was determined to change it myself. It wasn’t easy because I had to climb up to the third step to see the opening of the detector, and it was really hard to open. I went up and down the ladder several times, getting a flashlight, then a screwdriver to open the hard plastic, and then a couple of times to rest my arms. And let’s not forget trying to balance and take a selfie at the same time.

After much frustration, I was able to open, replace the battery, and close it up. Then, I kept my fingers crossed when I pushed the reset check button. It squealed and said, “Warning, warning…” I have a talking device. But, I got ‘er done. I was very proud of myself.

It wasn’t the first nor be the last time that “I will take ladders into my own hands.”

Tuesday:) Tough Girls Can Take It

16 Nov

“Everything is within your power,and your power is within you.” 

― Janice Trachtman, Catching What Life Throws at You

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This morning started out like every other morning. I got my weary bottom out of bed at 7 a.m., after staying up pretty late painting my annual ornaments. (Miles to go before I rest.) I took little Bella for a walk around the pond before running off to the Y for my 8:30 Zumba class. I love Zumba. When I got home, I grabbed Bella’s blanket and leash, then walked her back home to Mr. Mike. I doggie sit when he’s busy or out of town.

My daily walks and Zumba classes are very important to me. But, here’s the thing. I have osteoperosis and arthritis, with a bad right knee to boot. But, I get up every day, rain or shine, and get out there and walk. Why? Because it’s good for me. I may limp along the first couple blocks, but then the knee loosens up, and it gets easier. The doctor says that exercise is the best thing, so I walk.

Well, the last few weeks, the knee pain has gotten worse, so I made an appointment for another knee injection. The big ol’ needle is kinda scary, but I’m a tough girl. That, and I just look the other way during the actual procedure. Dr. Bridwell is a great doctor. He asked if it hurt last time, and I said, ” Oh yah, but I’m tough and have a pretty good pain threshold.” 

That’s when I looked away, but managed to take a picture. As I winced and let out a slight whimper, I said, “I’m so blogging about this today.” Dr. Bridwell smiled and said, “I hope you have nice things to say after this.” I assured him that I had nothing but wonderful things to say about him and OSM Orthopedics.


Life isn’t easy. I sure find that out the hard way. But, I don’t give up, I don’t give in, because I’m one tough old broad. 


Time to relax with a cup of tea. And when the going gets tough, the tough…take a nap.


Friday Friends and Flaws

8 Mar

“Here’s all you have to know about men and women: women are crazy, men are stupid. And the main reason women are crazy is that men are stupid.”
― George Carlin
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My dear friend Kay sent me the email below. It pretty much sums up how I feel about all my wonderful friends, real sisters and best friends who are like sisters. These women are amazing. Don’t forget your worth and thank you for reminding me of my own. You know who you are. “LOVE YOU!”
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One Flaw In Women

Women have strengths that amaze men…

They bear hardships and they carry burdens,

But they hold happiness, love and joy.

They smile when they want to scream.

They sing when they want to cry.

They cry when they are happy

And laugh when they are nervous.

They fight for what they believe in…

They stand up to injustice.

They don’t take “no” for an answer

When they believe there is a better solution.

They go without so their family can have.

They go to the

Doctor with a frightened friend.

They love unconditionally.

They cry when their children excel

And cheer when their friends get awards.

They are happy when they hear about

A birth or a wedding.

Their hearts break when a friend dies.

They grieve at the loss of a family member,

Yet they are strong when they

Think there is no strength left.

They know that a hug and a kiss

Can heal a broken heart.

Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors.

They’ll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you

To show how much they care about you.

The heart of a woman is what

Makes the world keep turning.

They bring joy, hope and love.

They have compassion and ideas.

They give moral support to their

Family and friends.

Women have vital things to say

And everything to give..

HOWEVER, IF THERE IS

ONE FLAW IN WOMEN,

IT IS THAT THEY FORGET THEIR WORTH.

Please pass this along to all your women friends and relatives to remind them just how amazing they are…

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