Love is a constant

The ups and downs of loving people. After National Grouch Day, I’m sure that I’m doing better today than yesterday.

As Scarlett O’Hara says “tomorrow is another day”. Thank Goodness.

True confessions

I’m a bit of a grouch. Ive been known to be grumpy too. A complaint or two have fallen from these lips. It’s true.

When I started this blog in 2013, I was determined to overcome the grouchies by focusing on Gratitude.

That focus has really helped me, even though, sometimes, occasionally, usually around a full moon, and when I’m out of wine…..I can be a little grouchy.

Image credit Sandra Boynton.


I can’t resist a beautiful stairway.

Resting my hand on the balustrade,

Lightly stepping down,

Strongly stepping up,

Looking toward the destination,

Taking a moment to look around.

Grill marks

When my husband called and asked me if I wanted him to pick up Pizza on the way home…..I said “I cut steaks tonight, be home in 15 or you might not get one.” Yes, I personally cut the steaks from the whole tenderloin. The wonky one in the middle is from the lower tip.


I love this pan. Nice grill marks, huh? It makes me smile. 😁

The asparagus went on next. It was fabulous.

I thought I really messed up

The pain snuck up on me one week ago.

It bloomed in my hip, growing bigger and bigger till I just about couldn’t walk.

My left side again. After the Achilles reconstruction, and the frozen shoulder, now my left hip felt like someone was driving a rail-road spike into it. I couldn’t sit, stand, or lie down without severe pain.

There were not enough NSAIDs in the house to make a difference.

I got on my Medical Insurance website, and looked for a Chiropractor.

The funny thing was, I called 4 different offices before I got 1 to actually answer the phone.

They either wanted me to go to their website to book an appointment, or leave a message and they would call me back. Two of them didn’t have an appointment available until the first week of October per their websites, only one called me back…5 days after I left the message. 😑

What happened?

I went to the Chiropractor who answered the phone. The receptionist was adorable. She listened to me, she got me in to see the Doctor within 40 minutes of the call. The Doctor was awesome. He analyzed my posture on a graph, figured out where I was out of alignment. After the initial exam, he adjusted my low back, and recommended a schedule of treatment to get me out of pain. In his opinion, my SI joint was inflamed, and hips were out of alignment, and my piriformis muscles were extra tight. He also set me up with an App that gives me specific strength exercises to do daily to keep my low back from slipping back out of alignment.

I’m happy to say after 3 adjustments, I am almost pain free. Yesterday was the first day in 10 that I didn’t have to take Ibuprofen. I was really happy.

We will reassess next week, and I will probably opt to do monthly maintenance.

He scolded me a bit on my Text Neck, and he’s working on that too.

So here is my Public Service Announcement to spread awareness of Text Neck.

Sit up straight, and think about how you are using your phone. πŸ€“

4 Dozen roses

Roses are an essential gift. They convey gratitude, affection, love, relationship.

I’ve made it a habit to take roses to the office to give to my support staff for the last 3 years.

Today, it was extra fun. We have more people, and some of them I got to meet for the first time.

I got through the front door, and two of my favorite ladies, Betty and Pat were getting the paper deliveries ready. They had the cart loaded up with the Fed Ex and UPS overnight envelopes. I opened up my bag and gave them their choice of the 48 roses. Pat was so happy to get first choice. She left her rose on Betty’s desk for safe care while she made her rounds. Once the first ones were delivered, the calls went out. “Wendy’s here! She’s got ROSES!”

Its a stressful time for my company. We are short staffed. We were down 16 people to keep up with our volume to maintain turn times. We are staffing up. The skill set we need is unique, so I’m grateful that we can find new folks. I met 5 of them today. 3 more start Monday.

I am so blessed to have the people I get to work with. Simple flowers, carried in to offer to the wonderful staff that takes care of my clients is an honor. I look forward to this fun.

Handing them out, offering my friends a choice of color. “Pick the one you like! Do you want pink? Do you want white? What about this pink and peach rose? Or do you like the double pink?” Then, they are so sweet. They ask me. “How are the bees? I roll my eyes and talk about the bee’s needy ways. I have to ask them “Any client requests? How’s your family? Thank you for everything you do. You are amazing. Let me know if anyone gets out of line.”

Roses have their own special magic.

Really, what carries the most powerful magic is in the words “thank you”. The Rose is just what I carry in my hand, so I can come close and enjoy the company.

When people are under pressure, if they know they are appreciated, they find a super human strength. They will go on, if they know they aren’t alone, and that they make a difference.

Value never fades, regardless of the feelings we have.

Have you said “thank you” lately? It’s powerful.

I dare you to lift someone up.

It’s so fun.

It’s Fall in S. Texas?

It is officially Fall on the calendar, but Mother Nature has other ideas. High 90’s with 70% humidity. Oh so much fun.

We can’t let that inhibit our Fall planning, festivities, or cooking.

So at the S.Texas Grocery store, HEB, had all the pumpkins on display. Bumpy pumpkins, smooth pumpkins, white pumpkins, yellow pumpkins. All so fun.

Inspired, and wanting something comforting I made a wild rice and mushroom soup in my instant pot. I am finally figuring that contraption out. I really likes this soup, and my family finished it off quickly.

Then, I had to bake, so scones were in order.

It’s not sweater weather, we are still in shorts and running the AC, and the weatherman says we don’t have anything remotely looking like a cool front on the horizon. Oh well. Until November, we will just have to stay cool, and enjoy the pumpkin displays in the Air Conditioned Grocery Store.