Monday, December 15, 2014

~ Monday Musings ~

I haven't been around to visit as I'd like, nor have I posted. It's been a busy time plus my back has been such a problem.  I go for injections in the morning, however, that's just a temporary fix. Not sure what is next but I plan to see a Neurosurgeon after the first of the year. Surgery is a last resort as far as I'm concerned and my spine Dr said it would be hard for me. I do know that I can't continue with this pain and the limitations. There's so much I want to do but have to schedule special events with other activities and take pain meds. Not fun!

In the mean time, I've barely decorated for Christmas. I did put up a small tree and it looks pretty good!  :)   I'll post photos of it later...I still have to decide on a skirt for it. It's been so difficult to get into the holidays since Abby's been gone. She absolutely loved Christmas!  I know she would be very disappointed if I had not put up a tree. :) I chose a small white one this year and used gold and silver decorations. I have to say that I really love a green tree with white lights though...just seems more like Christmas!

I've really enjoyed celebrating my birthday!  I choose to celebrate from Thanksgiving to New Year's! This photo is from a brunch that my daughter and my "adopted" daughter gave at Patrizio's in Dallas on Saturday, the 6th. There are more photos to come ~ great friends, wonderful food and so much fun!

Bellini Birthday Cheers!  :)  They do serve the most incredible Bellini's ~ love them!

Last Thursday, my daughter treated me to an evening at the Fair Park Musicals in Dallas. We saw "A Christmas Story" and it was fantastic!  She and I arrived early and had a glass of champagne while we waited for friends to arrive. We all had dinner and it was delicious!  It was such a special evening and I'm so grateful we were able to do it.

I feel so blessed to be able to do these things and they are such treasured memories.

In the midst of my fun, a special friend passed away on the 4th. He was my "first love" and his birthday was Dec.3rd, same as my mother's. Unfortunately, his family was taken by surprise by a sudden illness and then losing him.  Another friend was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and had a double mastectomy last Friday. A dear friend that I used to work with lost her Dad last week. He was 97 and lived a full life. He had had some health issues recently but was doing better. He was in a retirement/assisted living facility, came down for lunch and just passed away while sitting there. Best way to go, IMHO!

Even though Christmas is not the same without Abby and my back has been driving me crazy, there are so many blessings overall. We have to be grateful every day, for everything!

I need to get to bed, not only because I'm tired but also because I have to fast now. :)


  1. Oh how cute, you both are!!!

    I am so sorry about the continuing back issues. And hope you will get relief soon.

    Not having had any personal experience with the following, I hesitate to say it. But... Have you ever considered acupuncture? With a very highly spoken of acupuncturist of course.

    Just a thought, from things I have heard.

    Gentle hugs,

  2. Pat, you look great! Sounds like a wonderful time. Keep resting that troublesome back of yours. Hugs, T.

  3. I love the pictures of you and your daughter, Pat! What beautiful women you are! No, Christmas is not the same without your dear Abby, but like you said, you have many blessings.
    I hope your back will improve and that you can be in less pain. I know from having my son here, how debilitating chronic pain can be, as he explains it to me.
    Hugs and blessings are sent your way.

  4. Hi Pat, I am so sorry about your losses, along with the back pain. After watching my husband suffer the way that he did before surgery, I have nothing but sympathy for you (I honestly was afraid that I had scared you into never looking at the computer again after my last e mail, lol). My dad has had the injections, so I know that is not fun, either. Keep me posted, and I hope you get some relief and can enjoy the holidays.

  5. So much sadness all around us and yet so much to be thankful for! Sending you HUGS and PRAYERS for you to feel better!

  6. Love the pics! I'm glad you've been enjoying your birthday month! :) I hope they can do something else for your pain without having to resort to surgery. I've been busy with jury duty lately, so I haven't had as much time to visit blogs either, but I did want to let you know that I got all your sweet comments, but for some reason, you're showing up as a "no-reply" blogger with no email address, so I responded to your comments in my comment section. I just didn't want you to think I didn't respond. :) Sending hugs and prayers that your pain will subside and the doctors will find a solution soon. :)

  7. I had an injection in my back in November. It helped but now I'm almost back to where I was before the injection. I had to fast but I didn't get put to sleep I GOT to watch! Hope yours is better now.

  8. I forgot to say I read about the man you spoke of in the Dallas paper. I'm nearby just wanted to say I am a Texas too.


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