Don't Say, DO!

How many times have you said to a friend "We've got to hang out"  or "We've got to catch up" maybe "Let's get together". Too many times, right? I know I've been guilty of it. The desire is there, the friendship is definitely there, but we don't take it a step further and make it a priority. Something always comes up and you think "Oh, next week will work" or "Hey, I'll catch ya next month" maybe "We'll get together soon". And nothing happens.

Then it's a month, 6 months, a year. Time. It flies. It flies at the speed of light. We all have busy jobs, busy lives, the best of intentions but sometimes our friends take backseat to our day-to-day lives. 

Recently some close friends lost a very special friend at a much too early age. His absence has left and will leave gaps in the fabric of the lives of his loved ones, both friends and family. Gone in an instant. It seems impossible. Incomprehensible. And you're left with the memories, the stories, the pictures.

Life is short. Let's please not take it and each other for granted. I just Tweeted to a friend that we needed to get together soon. Then I thought about that friend. Her darling baby boy. Her equally darling husband. As soon as I post this, Tweet this, Facebook this, I'm contacting her. I'm setting a Date. A Time. I miss my friend. I love my friend. I want to see her this week. And I'll do everything in my power to make that work.

Going forward, I'll be acting like it's my last day on Earth. Cause you never know when it might turn out to be true. So I want to be prepared.

My new motto " Life is short. Love more. Live more. Hug more. Kiss more. Facebook more. Twitter more. Connect more xo ♥ "



Recovery Thru Internetting

My surgery was a success thanks to my surgeon and my buddies who have supported me and will continue to support me! 

JA got up at the buttcrack of dawn (that would be 4:30a) to drive 35 miles to pick me up and drive me 2 miles to the hospital...on her day off. WHO DOES THAT?? Jill does!

Kirk came to get me post-surgery. He sat and listened to my surgeon & the post-op RN give him updates on what I'd need to do, drove me around to fill prescriptions, to Safeway to get frozen peas and ginger-ale, helped carry all my stuff downstairs all the while being so kind and helpful...given his day started at 4 and he'd already worked half a day before coming to get me.

Woke up from surgery with a huge GERD attack and a migraine. They stayed with me pretty much all day, thru two long naps, a 2 hr convo with my brother in CA in the wee hours of this morning, and finally left me late this morning. Whee!! My knee has felt fine & I haven't even cracked open the bottle of Vicodin.

Today was supposed to be a rest day. I'm not really one for "resting" at least not first thing in the morning. Given that I couldn't take a shower (which is the logical thing that inspires me to get out of bed every morning) I just stayed in bed. And internetted. Then internetted some more. Listened to the wind, talked to a couple of friends on the phone, IM'd with Kirk, then internetted even more.

Found some new blogs that might interest you!

They are :

Never Niche - courtesy of the lovely Clare that I met a long time ago and recently re-met in Boulder. Clare is a breath of fresh air, updates her blog almost daily, is financially wise and frugal and all-in-all is simply wonderful!

Don't remember where I stumbled across Lachlan's Blog but I'm glad I did! He's just started blogging and I hope he keeps it up!

Found the blog Good Men Project yesterday thru this story about Aaron Govea and his wife and how Aaron stood up for his wife Confronting Life . I also think if there is an award for "Husband of the Year' it should go to Aaron. Cause that's the kind of guy a great husband should emulate.

Spent my time "resting" and thinking about other things I can do that don't involve walking/standing yet will be productive. Have a couple of 'hmm, this might work' projects that I'll make a list of tonite.

Tomorrow it's off to my surgeon's office for a post-op visit (where maybe the bandages will come off and I can shower again??) and then off to Occupational Health Dr. to talk about Rehab 101- how much, what kind, and when does it start?

I'm not driving this week which makes getting around a bit problematic. In case any of you just happen to be in my area and happen to be completely bored and would like to hang out and happen to want to taxi me to and fro, hit me up with your availability. I HATE asking for help but guess what, I'm getting good at it :-)

To recap...

*Surgery = Great

*Friends = Beyond Awesome

*Internet = Great for "resting" and finding new blogs to read

It's the little things, yes?



It's The Little Things...

I am all about the little things in life. The things that no one else would really notice or care about or get all worked up about. To me, little things can make all the difference in the world.

Take my new garage door opener system. It's a Chamberlain Liftmaster. It's AWESOME. Super quiet. Super smooth. You barely hear it. Has a remote keypad entry, special sensors, bells and whistles. It's the BEST garage door opener I've ever had. And it makes me smile and get all warm and gushy inside each time I use it.

Still talking about the garage. Today I spring cleaned the garage floor. Couldn't wait to get the Winter accumulation of dirt and muck and gross stuff off the floor. Used Oxyclean (a last minute inspiration) and can I tell you how sparkly clean my garage floor is right now?? And it smells great. Even better.

Granted, I wouldn't advise heart surgery or even eating off the garage's not quite THAT clean.  But it is waaay better than it was. And for anyone that knows me and my anal-retentive-cleany-ways, you have to have some idea of just how happy a place Kathyland is tonite.

The Biggest Splurge

Talking with a friend today on the biggest splurge we'd made in our lives. When I told her what mine was, she choked.

Let me preface by saying that I'm all about quality. Quality sleep. Quality life. Just quality whenever possible.

So one day after moving into my new house in FL, I stumbled across the following sheets at ABC.

They were 50% off...a mega huge steal. Flat sheet, fitted sheet, two cases and a white sham set me back $625. I've slept on this pair of sheets every night since I bought them. Worth every single penny.

That was in 2003 and it's time to buy new sheets. Google the brand and what do you know? I find a set on Ebay. $18 a sheet.

I almost passed out.

Once again, internet to the rescue!

The One Time I Don't Take Pictures

Which was a good idea, cause I really don't want you guys to see how crappy my weedy backyard..and front and side yard...looked.

Found a great lawncare company...small business owned which is near and dear to my heart...and they did a FANTASTIC job. Excellent. Disposed of all the waste on their own, attention to detail was fantastic (other than running late which was due to a communication breakdown) and overall I couldn't have asked for a better service.

$ well spent, they got a new client and I am no longer stressed out on the appearance of my outside area. It really IS a load off my shoulders.

Once again, it's the little things in life that mean a lot.