|One Of My Healthy Trees|
|Spoiled. Just Spoiled.|
I noticed this spring that Big is getting older too. He has some obvious arthritis in his left front shoulder and cannot walk more than two miles nor cavort for much longer than half an hour. He continues to be the sweetest dog and he loves to play with Tobey, my roommates dog, and they seem to be lifelong companions. They do not like to be separated at all though Big is the dominant one. Tobey is the tiny vocal one but Big always seems to have the last word. He likes much more lately to just lay at my feet or at Veronica's and just be with us. He is still highly respectful of the cat.
Grey and I both turn 39 this month and I for one am grateful for my health. I know I have had continuous and chronic bronchitis this last year from my work place, and my asthma was out of control for awhile,but other than that, I am a mostly healthy person. All of my limbs work and I do not have diabetes, high blood pressure and I can do almost anything I want. I took Grey to prom with me this year. Every year I chaperon the Pathways High School prom with Cathy, Jackie, Mandy and Becky. Cathy, Jackie and Mandy are all teachers there. Becky is like me, a volunteer. It is always a hoot, with girls wearing too short (in my opinion) dresses, boys dressed for the first time in tuxedos and everyone on their best behavior dancing to music that was meant for grinding.
|Our First Prom!|
Yesterday we went for a walk and ended up going about 8.5-9 miles. There is a little fitness park on the route with a kind of adult playground designed to assist people with exercise and doing outdoor stretching, sit ups, push ups and so on. There were also a few straight bars, We took it upon ourselves to play on the equipment and took a couple of photos, congratulating ourselves on being almost 40 and still getting blisters on our hands from playing on the monkey bars.
|Upside Down Smile|
For our honeymoon, we decided to go to New Orleans. I have not spent much time there and none in the last 8 years. Grey has likewise only visited once. We are going to spend time on historical tours, eating at the Cafe DuMonde and drinking coffee. Since his parents and younger sister live in Louisiana, I asked if we couldn't stay a night with them on the way home. I particularly connect with his sister and I hope that spending time with each part of the family will help all of us to become closer. To do that, though, I have to do my part and that involves not just putting my best foot forward but finding a balance between honesty and too much honesty. Grey didn't tell me that he told his family that I have a May birthday too. They surprised me with gifts and cards and hugs. It was, on the whole, a neat time.
In the meantime, I have to finish teaching at my middle school. I will whip the yard and house into shape for all of the festivities and hopefully get to start going to zumba again with Veronica. We will see how my lungs hold out. Oh, and enjoy my life. I'm going to remember to appreciate the people I have and be grateful for the life I have been given. And I'm going to hang out as long as I can.
|Look! No Hands!|