We have 3 kids. Oldest son is living in Texarkana at the moment. Daughter lives in the hill country around San Antonio, and youngest son just moved to Rockwall - which is about 30 minutes from us.
Well, this week was our youngest son's 49th birthday. So since our daughter was coming in to visit with a friend for the weekend, we went out to eat Friday night at a Mexican restaurant, then back to the house for cheesecake and coffee.
Then Saturday night daughter's friend came back to our house for pizza and wine and spent the night. It was fun reminiscing about things that went on in the past (girls have been best friends since elementary school), and catching up on what was going on for them now (both have daughters now in college - one at A&M and one at Colorado State).
|daughter (with hat) and friend by stables|
|granddaughter almost 21 years ago|
|daughter and granddaughter now|
On another note: I've really had the baking bug lately. Tried 2 more new recipes: I've never made oatmeal raisin cookies - mostly because I'm not too fond of raisins. But LaMadeleine makes really good and really large oatmeal raisin cookies. So I decided I would try making my own and use half the amount of raisins and add chocolate chips and pecans! They turned out pretty good.
And then DH and I have been watching "Martha Bakes" in the evening when nothing else good is on TV. And something she made got me interested in trying her lemon drizzle on my teacakes instead of the usual almond flavoring. I used the lemon juice and zest in both the cookie and the drizzle and they also turned out well - and is a nice change. Here's a pic of them:
They are similar to sugar cookies, but not as sweet. Great with a cup of tea or coffee.
And lastly, I've made a doctor's appointment this week to check on some strange symptoms that have cropped up lately. They are probably just more of those aged-related mysteries we have to endure as time goes by.
But lately (maybe the last 2 months or so) I've been getting some tingling (mild pins and needles?) sensations down my neck, sometimes down my back or legs, and recently on my head. They come and go... and I notice them more at night when I'm lying still. This as well as being a bit light-headed in the morning when I wake makes me wonder what's going on.
I am low on B-12, so that could be a reason... or a pinched nerve? When I google these symptoms they come up with a host of possible problems... none of which I care to think about. So I thought I'd have it checked out. The only thing that makes me hesitate is that doctors always want to send you for a ton of tests... and I just dislike the thought of all that... or put you on medications 'to try'... (and I don't do well with meds). At the moment, I'm 77 and only take Tylenol and Vitamin D3. I'm supposed to be taking Macuhealth for my eyes - and do (but not daily as I should).
Anyway, if any of you have or have had these symptoms, I'd appreciate knowing what they could have been and if anything you did helped. Again... it might just be another mysterious age-related thing.
As always, thanks for listening to me rattle on. I will mention before I close this that I'm also watching (off and on) Queen Elizabeth's funeral. It is definitely the end of an era... and one that will be difficult to live up to. She was the epitome of grace and honor... and that doesn't mean that I agree with everything she did... but I respected her and the way she handled her obligations as Queen.
My dad and his family came to the States from London and I guess this made us pay attention to what was going on there throughout our lives. But from what I've been hearing and watching on TV, Queen Elizabeth life and rule has made an impact on almost every country in the world. She will be missed.
Take care. Have a wonderful week and know that I really do appreciate you being there and sharing this bit of life with me.
(oh, and thanks to all of you who have checked out my new book. I do hope you enjoy it!)