November, Holidays are in the air!! Everywhere I go it seems there are turkeys, and Christmas all around me. Certainly glad the weather has cooled off. Hot tub weather has started once again. And it really is the best thing for achy joints!

Not much else going on here. Squash in the oven, leaves on the ground, and the smell of cinnamon in my coffee. Life is good!!

Hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of the holiday season.

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Merry Samhain to all. Have a wonderful Halloween night.

Back home from my travels, all unpacked and settled back into the normal grind. Had a fantastic time with my kids, went to all my old haunts and spent a lot of time with friends. Wish we just lived closer so I could go more often. The weather was wonderful and the drive there and back totally uneventful.

My allergies are getting better, no more vertigo, I started taking Sudafed and it really helped. I have gone to a different ENT doctor, and I just had a hearing test done, no need to go back for a year. He also said that he didn’t think I needed surgery. YAY My hearing test showed I was having difficulty with high pitches, but all in all doing fine. No inner ear pressure and they did a vertigo test on me and I passed it with flying colors. I am signed up for a scratch test to see what local flowers and trees I am allergic to. So I may have to take allergy pills for the see-able future to keep on top of the allergies, but alls good.

Not a lot going on. Enjoying the fall weather and colors. Santa Rosa was in full fall color. Ours is just starting. Our niece (Peters niece) will be here next weekend so looking forward to some company. And in Feb my best friend from New York will be arriving with a bunch of her family, so I will get to spend some time with her to.

Life is good. We are happy as happy can be.

I will try to get back on here before another month goes by.

I hoped you all danced under the blood moon, or hunters moon as some say. I got a few twirls in.

Happy fall everyone, have a wonderful Halloween

It is so hard to believe that it is the end of September already. We had a very wet mabon day. Seemed perfect for the first day of fall. I have not seem any changing of color yet, but by the end of next month it should be starting. The monsoon just gave us one last storm. They even had a tornado in Wilcox, about 60 miles to the east on interstate 10. Thank goodness it didn’t kill anyone, just a lot of destruction. I must say that when they put out an alarm to stay in the middle of your home away fron windows and that hail will likely damage your car if left out, along with high winds, its a little intimidating. We had rain, lots of it, but no real wind at our house. I am so surprised at what a pack these monsoon cells that cross over us can carry. Thunder was deafening. The internet kept going out, so I gave up and turned out all the lights and enjoyed mother natures lightening show for a couple hours and went to bed. Not sure I like these powerful storm cells or not. I am thankful that we didn’t buy our house on the eastside at he bottom of the mountains. They always seem to get hit the hardest . Our hot weather is gone and we are in the mid 80’s and already dropped to the ‘s at night. Hope everyone else is enjoying the change of season.

Good news on the sinus front. Went to see a ENT doctor, no polyps, no tumors, ears are clear, but sinus are all swollen. I also have a deviated septum, like the rest of the millions of people. So he put me on Flonase and continue the allergy pill daily along with the antihistimane spray for weeks and I go back for another CT scan and hearing test. YAY I Feel way better knowing this. I am hoping that I can get my sinus happy again before going back, I do not want sinus surgery!!!

Heading to Californian on Saturday to spend the week with my kids. Can’t wait. Haven’t seen my daughter since last August. I really am in need of hugs from them both. Wish my husband was going with me, but he really doesn’t do well sitting around, and in someone else home. SO he and Chika will stay here and watch over the house. He will certainly be happier for it.

Nothing much else to say. Keep on smiling and enjoy fall.

Well another beautiful day in paradise

Weather has started to cool down some, monsoon season coming to an end in a couple weeks, we really didn’t have much of a season, rained very little. But winters coming, who knows, maybe we will get snow again. What succulents I have left from the summer months are breathing easier. All the plants my son brought me when he visited, are down to about half. Sum of my most favorite, hen and chicks, just kinda rot away in the heat. NO matter if you water, spritz or what. Its impossible to have them inside, we have so many gnats ! I am part of a succulent group her in Tucson and they have been posting succulents that seem to hold up to the heat. So I bought one of them and am going to give it a try. Otherwise back to the weather, its been only in the 90’s all week. So nice to be able to sit on the deck and feel a cool breeze in the morning. We were even able to get in the hot tub, we actually had to turn the heat up on it. YAY Pretty hard to get in a hot tub when the temperature outside is the same as the water.

Life is better, health wise. I haven’t had a vertigo spell in several days. I am really sure its all to do with my inner ear and allergies, I am going to see a ENT in a week, my CT scan came back with Chronic Sinusitis, how odd., LOL I have had bad sinuses for my entire life. I do believe that living in the dry desert isn’t for me. So I will get some advice on how to care for my sinuses in the desert and go from there. Peter and I laugh, we moved to the desert for his lung issues and he feels so much better and I am the one getting sick now. I told him must mean we need a shack by the sea so I have a respite to go to. LOL I have been reading up on desert allergies and Tucson has 4 allergy seasons. Summer, winter fall and spring!! LOL There is something blooming during each season. I can’t believe all the cactus and bushes that bloom in the middle of the summer heat.. So looks like I will be living on allergy pills and sinus rinses for awhile. So life gets complicated and then you fiqure it all out. LOL

I am on count down to head west to the cool weather and my kids. Notice I put the cool weather in front of seeing my kids. LOL Can’t wait to be in some foggy weather. I am thinking about driving home the coast route. Will take a couple extra days, but I really need to be on the ocean for awhile. I really miss it, and I can only hope its foggy the entire time. LOL

Weight is staying the same, still down 30#s from my first weight loss go around. I have been holding steady, I have bee watching my calorie intake and eating a much healthier but I have a feeling that when your fighting off an illness nothing works against weight loss more than that. Its not that I even want to eat when I can’t breath, its I am an emotional eater, so I don’t have to be hungry, I just have to want comfort.. I do make a lot of broth soups with veg and Chinese dumplings. SO that is my saving grace. I stay away from pastas and potatoes., my favorite comfort food. LOL

Well I am off to check the laundry and put the dirty dishes in the machine. Have a wonderful day and Welcome to September…

Welcome to Fall

I have been absent for over a month. Life got complicated. I had another really bad episode of vertigo again, went back to the doctor and he thinks its just related to allergies. The pressure in my head felt strange. Something I have never felt before, kind of scared me. SO I went back on an antibiotic and am taking an allergy pill everyday, 180mg of antihistamine daily to try to stay ahead of the allergies. Not sure what I am allergic to in this area, but it is reeking havoc on me!! My doctor thought maybe I might have a or many polyps in my sinus so I am have a CT scan on Monday. I am not a fan of spinning rooms. Feel way better now, but the room still spins every night when I lay down in bed. I spent most of the last 2-3 weeks doing nothing. Literally !! Otherwise life is good.

I have had everyone who lives on the east coast on my mind with the hurricane. My sister lives just north of Raleigh and the didn’t really see any significant wind or rainfall. I wish everyone well, and my heart goes out to the Bahama’s. Pretty sad.

I would like to say that the weather has cooled off some, but it hasn’t We did have a good monsoon last Sunday. The lightening was spectacular! It was right above out house, I sat with the drapes open and watched mother nature show her stuff till midnight. Rained like crazy for about 4 hours. But other than that its just hot, and sunny.

I am planning to visit my kids in California the first week of October. Looking forward to that. Be gone for a week. Looking forward to going back and seeing the ole stomping grounds. My daughter is taking a couple days off so that will be fun. My good friend from New York will also be visiting. So I get to see her too.

Not much else going on. Just enjoying life with my sweetheart.

Has it really been a month already!!

I am pretty sure that your all tired of my main line, “Where does time go” But really!!! Where does it go. It really seems like it was just the beginning of summer a week ago and here we are coming to the end already! Well can’t get here fast enough for me. I can’t complain about the heat, I do live in the effin Sonoran desert after all, LOL And it is sooooo much better than Yuma. We have the beautiful monsoon thunder heads every afternoon, whether they bring violent rain and wind or just float by making the air so heavy you can’t breath, its a nice change. At least its not just, heat, heat and more heat. LOL

Well since I have last been on here, we have gotten ridden of our pool. It was becoming evident that there really was no way, less building a house around it, to keep it clean and out of the suns view. Seems no matter how many times you cleaned it the next morning it was full of leaves, dead bugs and sand, let alone the doves pooping in as they all huddled around trying to get a drink. We ran the pump 2x a day for 2 hours at a time, it would look great, then after an hour it was already getting dirty. Then lets talk about how fast algae can grow in the hot sun, pretty quick in the desert. I hate chemicals, but I resorted to using them all, the previous owner just used chlorine to keep the water at ph balance, that works but to keep the algae at bay you have to use a different chemical, nothing to keep the carnages of dead bugs out besides vacuuming it daily. I feel I am getting started on a roll, so I will stop and say how nice it is not to have a pool!! I can go to the gym if I need to swim. It would of been great if we had a private building to house it. Now I know why you have pool boys! You ask how come we didn’t hire some one? Well in Tucson unless you have an inground pool no one will come help, talk or barely acknowledge you!! LOL Not part of high society I guess. LOL really it all boils down to $$ Not worth it for the companies to waste there time on above the ground pools. !! Greedy bastards. LOL

On to a new topic, I am sitting here waiting for a lady come to do a home check from the Arizona Border Collie Rescue. We are thinking about getting another BC so Chika can have some companionship. She really needs a friend to play with. So fingers crossed that all goes well. I also put in to volunteer for the organization and do home checks for them as well. Something to do. We shall see. Update, the visit went great and she gave us some idea on how to help Chika become more confident when meeting new people. So that was great. We passed with flying colors. So now we wait for the next call from the lady who sets you up with a dog.

Hope everyone was able to see the beautiful full black moon the other night. It was sure bright here. Even got in some dancing under the light.

Life is good. allergies under control, thank heavens. Hubby is doing well, been busy in the morning laying bricks where the pool was, LOL its about 20 done a day, pretty warm out there, and the air is heavy. But like he says its coming along.

So I will try to be back before a month passes. Hope everyone is enjoying the end of the summer. School actually started here already.