Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Parties and Weddings and Sleep - Oh My!

This has been my view as I drive down the street towards my home.  It just makes me smile every time.  I'm hoping this fall I can add bulbs to flesh this out.  All that brown in the grass is where it was destroyed by the chemicals put on the road for snow removal.  This is right where the plows end up pushing it when we get as much snow as we had this past winter.  Poor Mr. Helen has been out there poking at the ground and laying seed in his annual battle to claim the yard back.


Thumb Update: My right thumb feels almost completely normal since the cortisone shot. Just the occasional pain if I move it wrong but that's so few and far between, I have been able to wean myself off all anti-inflammatory meds (except when I need to take something for my aching back and SI joint which isn't even every day).  The improvement is noticeable even with exercise. For example, it actually hurt my hand to do pushups or mountain climbers or planks or anything that put pressure there and I'm doing those things and not even thinking about it.  All that pain and aggravation is gone. So yay for that!  Shelley, you had asked me what they would do if I had the surgery on my left thumb and I don't honestly know.  The doctor described it as cleaning everything up and resetting the the bone to the correct angle to the joint.  He also said a lot of people just don't have enough disability or pain to justify 6 weeks in a cast - or by the time they do, they're 80 years old and don't want to be bothered.  I think I'm in that first group right now.  I honestly don't have any intention of having the surgery any time soon!


Mr. Helen's surprise 60th birthday party was a smashing success!  I have no idea how we managed it but no one told him and he was truly shocked.  As is always the case with these things, the "right" people came so it was just a great time.  We all ate well, and danced liked fools.  Everyone over 35 spent Sunday hobbling around recovering from high heeled shoes and moving our bodies in ways they don't normally move lol! The theme was "60 is the new sexy" and I used bunches of 60's to decorate.  Little Helen and her fiance, and Mr. Helen's sister came to help me decorate - it was nerve wracking as I had to lie all week about that day.  So worth it in the end though! I took a few shots of our decorating efforts while the room was empty.

Little Helen's fiance put this wall piece together and we used it for photos

Look closely and you'll see we have "60's" dangling all over the ceiling

Once the party started, the room filled up and the fun began - it really was a wonderful celebration!

Some of the nieces and nephews in attendance
The cake was half chocolate with oreo filling and half vanilla with raspberry cream filling.

The little ones always want to help blow out the candles - then lick the frosting off them of course!

Little Helen and Poppy (Mr. Helen's dad).  He's 87 so you can see that family has good genetics.

Mr. Helen and all his living siblings

Party over here, party over there

Party, party everywhere!


Suddenly things are falling into place with Little Helen's wedding.  Location is set, JP is set, they're working on the music and photography this week and they've got their Best Man and Maid of Honor in place.  The wedding itself will be short, sweet and low key so those are the only people in their wedding party. Now, it seems we are going to fit in a shower of some sort, even though it will only be a couple weeks before the wedding.  I think it will be a brunch or a tea maybe.  That makes me happy.  Even though she's no muss-no fuss I want her to have some of the usual things that surround a wedding.

She and I went out on Mother's Day and she had a round of trying on dresses. At this point she was looking at samples that she could buy right off the rack and have altered - the best option since the wedding is about 10 weeks away. She really is a no muss-no fuss type of woman - she had dresses on and off so fast the helpers couldn't keep up with getting them back on hangers, so I pitched in with that.  Normally I wouldn't be so excited about putting out so much money, but paying for her dress, was one of the top money spending moments of my life.

Speaking of Mother's Day, I got these beautiful flowers from Little Helen and fiance.


I didn't realize how much stress I've been feeling over the Surprise Party and the wedding, until I looked at my sleep chart on Monday.  Suddenly I'm sleeping!  All this confirms everything my doc says about de-stressing my life but I'm not sure how to do that permanently.  Anyway, here's a chart showing the difference.  The left photo is my sleep on Sunday night May 3rd and the right is May 10th.  As you can imagine, I felt like a million bucks on Monday. 

I sure do hope this sleep thing lasts - so far so good, at least this week!