For those of you interested Only in TRAVEL, I (Jack) wrote the blog between March 2010 and October 2010 during our travels west. We saw the most beautiful places and had the best time in our big truck and little trailer. See Blog Archive below.

Mar 3, 2013

Oh, My Achin' Back...

I was so happy to get through physical therapy on Wednesday doing so well. BUT! My back decided to object around 5 a.m. on Thursday morning and is just now letting me start to move a bit. Wow, that was unexpected, but that I could even do anything in the pool was unexpected. I have been in a world of hurt. Thank goodness I don't go back until the 6th. I wouldn't be able to drive to get there. I'm back on pain meds every four hours and even that is not keeping it fully under control, but it's a little better this morning. Except that I think this is probably to be expected, I'd be awfully depressed. Trying to keep a positive outlook.

Susan and Ron took off for Puerto Rico for a little R&R, hopping over to St. John's after two days. 

John came down to visit on Thursday. He's always such good company even if I'm lying on the couch. We just ordered a pizza delivered. He's so easy. Michael is in Los Angles this morning. He'll be meeting my niece, Linda, for breakfast. Then he flies back to somewhere in the midwest for business and home late Tuesday night. Amazing to think how mobile the world is, today. Susan thinks nothing of hopping a plane to go shopping in NY on a weekend or to Florida for a couple of days for a bit of sun in the winter.

I'm proud of all my granddaughters, but Keely, Michael's eldest, gets the spotlight this post. She got a job at Wendy's, and she is thrilled. I remember how happy I was to get my first job as a kid. It isn't as easy for kids, today. Adults are taking jobs that ordinarily would have been left for kids. Michael took her to get her prom dress a few weeks ago. She tried it on for us to see. Can you imagine when her hair is done and some dangly earrings to finish the look? I want to get her her shoes to go with it--some bling to match the bling on the dress. Excuse me while I brag a bit. :)

Clowning Around
Jack is funny. Now, when ever I put him and the little guy out in the yard, he sits and waits for Bogey. He won't come in until Bogey decides to stop goofing off, and it's cold out! I'll bet it was in the teens as Jack sat, patiently, and waited during the night. He used to do the same with Lizzie, but he was in love with her. I think this means he's starting not only to tolerate Bogey, he's starting to like him.

Jack chooses the other couch to sleep after visiting me for a while. Bogey is cold; he doesn't have a lot of hair, like Jack.  He moves down into the spot (thank you for getting off my head, Bogey) Jack warmed up for him; I wrap him up in a blanket and he's in heaven.

Now, posting doesn't seem right without a picture of my boy Jack, even if it is a repeat.


  1. OH dear. I hope your physical therapist will have an idea what about those exercises has put you in a world of hurt. How long is this pain supposed to go on? I thought that's what surgery was to cure. You have an amazing attitude about it all.

    I sure hope Jack won't be sad when Bogey goes home. You may have to take in an older dog in need of a great home to keep Jack company.

    That prom dress is stunning and your granddaughter looks fabulous in it. What a beauty she is. No one will be able to pay attention to ordering at Wendys. :-)

  2. It took many months for Jim to recover from his back surgery and it wasn't anything like yours. So you are doing right in realizing that there will be pain for awhile. And you sure do have the right attitude. You and Jack are both amazing. I know what you mean about no more dogs. I see mine getting older and my heart breaks already. So much heartache. I definitely think the girls are more beautiful today then back in our day. But Keely is at the front of the line in looks and from that last picture of her - personality. What a combination.

  3. Sorry the pain is so intense again. But yes it is expected. And you do have a good outlook.
    You grand daughter is so very pretty and the color of her dress is great. They say it is an energy color. I hopw she has a wonderful time.
    I don't think Jack will miss Bogey to much. He is so sweet.

    1. Hey, Jo! Thanks for stopping by. I couldn't believe that she bought it in a store that specializes in prom dresses called Cinderella's Closet. They certainly didn't have boutique stores for teens when I was young. I love the color, as well. Keely has a great time where ever she goes.

      Jack won't miss Bogey, but I'm glad sharing his space is not bothering him. He's such a gentle soul. Rich used to say he was a "kind dog" and smile, but he was right even when Jack was very young you could feel that about him. Rich and I were very lucky to have had Lizzie and Jack in our lives.

  4. So sorry to hear you are in co much pain. Sure hope the therapy starts helping.

    As others have said, your granddaughter is just stunning - and her dress is beautiful. Aren't granddaughters just the most enchanting people in the whole world...and grandsons too!!

    I hear ya on no more dogs. Losing Rusty was so very hard and now to think that Poppy is nearing that time as well - can't do it again. Besides, I couldn't keep up with another dog. Loved the pictures of Bogey all snuggled in his blankey.

  5. Checking in to see how things are going with therapy and the pain. And you were robbed of these retirement years together. I am so grateful every day that I still have Jim to enjoy this life with me. Last year I wasn't so sure he was going to be around so we have definitely learned to enjoy every day to the fullest. I also try to remember that fact when I get frustrated with him. It took me many years to find him - I was 37 when I finally got married and I can't imagine being married to anyone else. (No one else could put up with me.) Our neighbors, two rigs down, got a Siberian Husky PUPPY!! They are out of their minds. But they are both bike riders and take the pup for a ten mile run every day, sometimes twice a day to tire her out. I would never have a puppy again. Not even a little one.

  6. I'm so happy for you and Jim, too, Sandie. You seem to be such a happy couple. I know you had a scare last year--I was scared for you. Rich and I were in our teens when we married, and I think there were many who thought the odds of our making it were nil. I couldn't imagine having been married to anyone else, , either so we're both lucky in that respect. Rich used to kid when I'd ask him if he'd do it, again, and he'd said, "Yes, but there would have to be more than a blood test." We'd always laugh. He also used to remind my Dad what a big favor he did him. He was a character. It's nice to know that you don't think of me as being jealous--just looks like you have so much fun, and Rich and I would have loved to have met all the different couples.

    I can't imagine having another puppy in my life, either. If your neighbors run a husky ten miles every day, they just may be up to the task! I can't even imagine being able to do that. Thanks for writing, Sandie. Therapy went well, today, but I hurt like the devil when I got up. Rain was coming, so I think that's what it is. I'll be okay, tomorrow, but Wednesday will be a LuLu. Then I start all over on Thursday! Oy Vey.


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