Saturday, December 31, 2016

last weekly update of the year 2016

Miser Dog, standing guard.
I'll begin with the sad -- but not unexpected -- news that we had to say goodbye to our 12-year-old dog on Wednesday.  It's strange to be in a house where food we accidentally drop on the floor doesn't immediately attract a live vacuum cleaner, but I'm so grateful that Miser Dog  survived as long as he did, got to make it through the holidays so that all the children could see him and pamper him as much (or as little) as they wanted, and that he didn't suffer at the end. 


The rest of the week was much kinder to us, and full of lots of adventures.

N-son helps prepare food
On Sunday morning, N-son and I did something I had been hoping to do for years -- we served meals at our local homeless shelter on a Christmas Day.  This was the first time I'd been back since my bike crash, and I got much love back from the guests there -- many of whom I'd gotten to know from my past normal-day visits.  Plus, I got to see my culinary-arts-trained son in action.

We were lucky to have all our kids in the house that afternoon and evening, and then the next day, my husband took off with N-sonJ-son, and L-daughter for a three-day trip to go shopping in New York City.  (I stayed home and very happily did math, and I think they were all jealous of me!)  
Pecan pie, anyone?

J-son had a three-mom week: visiting his birth mom on Christmas day, me on Christmas evening, and his foster mom after he returned from New York City.

K-daughter is keeping busy with her Reiki work, and her occasional job as wedding coordinator at our church kicked into overdrive at the end of the week, with a wedding that went on for hours and even included a fainting groom!

My husband finished out the year by (surprise) riding to and from Philly.  He did not make 10,000 miles this year -- "only" 9,859 miles.  He has more statistics for anyone who is interested.

On Friday, I got my splint off and started informal rehab on my arm.  Whoop!  My left arm is swollen, tender, and puffy, and has a (hopefully temporary) restricted range of motion -- for good or ill, I can't bite my fingernails!  But it's incredibly nice to be able to type and write again; I'm glad to return to the ranks of the bi-dextrous.

Here's wishing you all the best in the new year!


  1. So sorry to hear about your dog. :(

    Glad to hear about the splint coming off.

    1. Thanks, on both counts. It's odd to keep looking over my shoulder wondering where the dog is, and then remembering. And it's VERY nice being able to type again.

  2. I'm so sorry about Miser Dog. It's so hard to lose them no matter what the circumstances.

    And 9859 miles?!? Holy Moly! Does he commute by bike every day, or does he take long cross country trips? That's a LOT of miles to log on a bike!

    Anyhow, glad to hear that your injuries are healing.

    1. He races bikes, and does an almost-daily training ride of 25-30 miles, plus racing on the weekend, especially during summers. Plus, he's hoping to ride up the western border of Russia next summer, recreating a trek his grandfather did in 1914 (not on a bike, and under MUCH less comfortable circumstances). In other words, yes, he's a nut.