September 27, 2016

What a Week!

It is not unusual for me to spend hours at a time reading online information regarding any type of arthritis or autoimmune disease.  This has been going on for years, trying to understand the disease and gain any type of knowledge that would enhance my standard/comfort of living.  Take note, I have never reacted nor posted on any of these sites, even when I thought it was an extraordinary post or rubbish.  Well, last week I responded to a post, it was evident, the writer was seriously struggling with side effects of a medication she was taking.  I was on an arthritis page, not the same kind of arthritis I live with, but I am treated with the same medication.  I shared with her: “I experienced the same side effects, was told by my doctor to give the medication more time and he would address the side effects, it didn’t happen overnight, but he was right”.  That’s all I wrote, people were posting, agreeing with my post and then I found the message from the administrator, “This group is only intended for individuals with ********* arthritis (it begins with a “p”), unfollow if you do not have the disease.”  First,  I don’t have rheumatoid arthritis, I treat for rheumatoid arthritis.  I don’t need to be told twice to leave a group, my post was deleted, and  I was dismissed by the administrator.  I laughed and then was sad that he would dismiss any well intended post.  I thought about it and it further inspired me to make my blog inclusive, comfortable, and spectacular for all to view and read!

ON A LIGHTER NOTE, MY WEEK IN PICTURES!

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September 6, 2016

Labor Day Lament!


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 Even though the first day of Fall is not until September 22nd, Labor Day officially marks the end of summer for me!  Today, I start my school year, and every weekend or day off from today, will be dedicated to preparing the house for winter, and anticipating the upcoming holidays.  It is mind-boggling to know that Thanksgiving is 11 weekends away and Christmas is 15 weekends away.  So in celebration of a beautiful, fun, and recuperative summer, I will share some of my summer highlights in pictures with you!

June 17th was the day I had a hip replacement.  My first outing was a doctor’s visit to MGH!


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It wasn’t long after this visit that Jeff and I visited our favorite clam shack, & began our 4th of July celebrations, officially starting a great vacation!

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It was a great time at Diane & John’s on the 4th!

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As time went by I healed, I walked the neighborhood meeting neighbors,

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and admiring the unique lawn ornaments, flowers, & grasses!                    

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But the highlight of my summer vacation was the company I had!  It was great having Auntie Millie, Uncle Joe, and cousins Joanie & Paul visit!  FUN!!!!

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It was wonderful to meet my beautiful great-niece, Isabelle, born in June, hang with Whitaker my very handsome great-nephew, & my Carla, whom I adore! 

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Monotonous chores are easily accomplished when you add a visit with the horses, a bouquet of flowers, and picking up produce at 4 Town Farm.

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Summer coming to a close, I will definitely miss staying up to all hours of the night reading and just looking at the sky and being mesmerized by the full moons every 27 days or so!

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August 17, 2016

GOOD THINGS ABOUND! “THE KINDNESS PROJECT”

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July 12, 2016

Packing for a Quick Getaway!

Once I made the decision to spend the Memorial Day weekend in Boston, I was overwhelmed with excitement.  This would be the first time I had traveled alone since my RA diagnosis, and had only visited family once or twice in the last three years.  RA really cramped my style but I was ready to check into the    Fairmont Copley Plaza  and spend time with my best friend Irene, something I hadn’t done in years.  I only live a 64 mile train ride from Boston, but the unpredictable affects of RA made me nervous to make this trip alone,  but I didn’t back down!

So in anticipation of my trip, I downloaded a packing checklist from TravelSmith, that dazed and confused me!  By arbitrarily checking off small boxes and having a limited place on the sheet to write, frustrated me because I couldn’t figure out how this was helpful.  So I started over and swore I would not pack as I used to, by emotion and if something was pretty and I really liked it, I took it.  I didn’t say I wore it, but I took it!

I resorted to what I thought would best suit my circumstances, I would absolutely not take anything I was not going to wear and my suitcase would not be overpacked and difficult to maneuver.   The Delsey Helium 21″ Spinner Suitcase was taken down from the attic.  I picked up a ChicoBag Travel Zip Quartat Whole Foods that had everything I needed except deodorant and toothbrush.  It contained repairing Moroccan argan stem cell + argan oil shampoo  and conditioner, tangerine citrus African Black Soap, juice BeautyNutrient Moisturizer, Mineral Blushing Crystal nail polish, and Tom’s of Maine toothpaste.Memorial Weekend - 4  With this done I went home, picked out the chinos, jeans, a few polo shirts, seasoned loafers, and pajama bottoms/t-shirt and undies.  It seemed as if it wasn’t enough, so I added a cashmere sweater around my neck on the way up that would double for a top on the 2nd night at dinner.  It was easy to pack because our plans were to include casual walks, meals, & meet ups with friends at our favorite coffee shop.

When I first arrived in Boston, we met at LA Burdick, around the corner from the hotel.  We took a little while to catch up and then headed to the Boston Commons to visit the 33,000 American Flags & stop by the Public Gardens to watch the Swan boats.

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The weekend for me was terrific!  Nothing outrageous or unexpected happened, just an enjoyable two days with friends in my hometown.  With that being said, this brief rendezvous boasted my confidence that I can/will travel more often without any negative experiences because of RA!

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May 21, 2016

Lunch in Newport!

1 (12)Another rainy and dreary spring day in the northeast!  I’m getting used to them and rather enjoy going out on a Saturday morning for a late breakfast or an early lunch.  Today, in the rain we headed off to Oceancliff Hotel in Newport, RI, it is beautiful there, even in the overcast skies and rain!

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We were seated in the Safari Room with beautiful views of Jamestown, RI.  Lunch was quite the treat!

My asparagus puree with cheddar and pancetta was just what the weather ordered,

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and Jeff enjoyed his kale and quinoa salad.

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 For the entries I had a grilled chicken “Waldorf” salad

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and Jeff ordered the Newport’s Po’boy!  I have to admit my salad was delicious but I thoroughly enjoyed some bites from Jeff’s fried clam Po’boy  on a brioche roll.

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Both meals tasted even better than they looked, and they looked very appetizing!

We finished off our meal with delicious deserts that we shared!

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It was a great ending to a wonderful lunch with extraordinary views at every angle!

Loving these rainy days!

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