Another year gone…

Today is my birthday. Another year has passed. Usually I don’t pay any attention to my birthdays. It’s just another day. This time, it’s the big 60! Somehow it has more weight to it than usual.

In doing a quick review, here’s what I see. I’ve been married 39+ years to the same man. I’ve been doing the same work since 1980 and at the same shop since 1992. I have arthritis in my hands and wrists and my neck & shoulders ache most days. My knees need work, which causes walking to be iffy on most days. And you know those commercials on t.v. where the woman doesn’t go anywhere without knowing where the bathrooms are? Well, that’s me now. But I can verify that “Enablex” is truly a wonder drug!

Let’s see…we have 2 children, and our 5 grandchildren live out-of-state, so we don’t see them very often. Our daughter got “temporarily” laid off from her job. That was 11 months ago and she has yet to be called back to work.

My car is 20 years old but it has been a great car. It is still going strong and hanging in there.

We went through a bankruptcy almost 10 years ago, so our house is NOT paid for and won’t be anytime soon! It taught us to buy with money instead of credit, though. That was a good lesson to learn. All of our needs are met and some of our wants are managed from time to time.

I got a $1 an hour raise this past year, I enjoy my job, and get along great with my boss! Not everyone can say that. I have people who love me, and people who pray for me. God has blessed us. We are healthy and happy!

I talked to a friend last night. I heard her husband was under the weather and was concerned. It seems they spent some of thanksgiving at the emergency room. He has a stomach tumor. The prognosis is very good. They will reduce the size of the tumor with drugs and then plan to operate. It’s just hard to cope with, and to get past the “C” word! That really knocks your socks off!

I’ve decided the next time my hands or wrists or knees hurt, or I want to whine about how difficult it is to cope in the bathroom struggling with compression hose, I will say an extra prayer for my friend instead! It will help both of us!

Here’s to another year!

About estherlou

My husband and I married in 1970. I am the mother of 2 and grandmother to 5. I share my health stories and my experiences with Thrive. I am reading and writing blogs, watching tv, making jewelry and rosaries, selling in my Etsy store and playing solitaire. I am home bound and add in my physical therapy exercises to my daily routine. I will blog about my progress or anything that catches my attention at that moment. See you around and thanks for stopping by!
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