Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Love in its Purest Form

 My new life brings me new and greater rewards each day, but none can be greater than the bond that Teddy and I are building.  Here he is yesterday morning st the bus stop rocks.  Just after I took this photo, he got up and said, I should sit on that rock. It was pretty round on the top and as I sat down, I began to lean toward the left to balance myself. Immediately, Teddy came around and sat next to me and said "If you fall, Nana, you can fall on me and I will save you.  Amazing little loving moments like these are filling my days with such wonderful purpose and love.
 Of course, we have numerous typical 5 year old tired-after-a-long-day-at-school moments, too, and last night was one of those. He had no intention of doing anything he was asked, and was beginning to :go bad" pretty fast, so as I saw the pink glow in the early evening sky, I suggested we go hunt for the sunset. Off we went down the street toward the canal, the glow becoming more pinky-orange, the closer we got to the water. He was still a little testy, but game to find the sun before it slipped below the horizon.
AHA!  A successful hunt, and we were rewarded with this beautiful view.  The "mood" was still lurking, and it was announced that he now had developed a very bad knee, affected limp and all, and Nana would have to carry him home! NOT about to happen!!  We slowly made our way back, both of us limping. Strangely, as we approached home, his knee became miraculously cured. Wish it were that easy for me.....I'll have to wait for the knee replacement in February. 
Anyway, we did cure some of the grouch and he slept soundly through the night.

My days are so very full right now, and I just love being retired. Already, I have been in my new home a month and love it so far. My days are pretty full with various appointments. My list of "must-do's has grown a lot shorter.  So many things had been put off and now, I have so many chores behind me. My eyes have been examined and I have two lovely new pairs of glasses....bifocal clear and sunglasses!!  I'm lined up for a colonoscopy next week, and also about to have a nasty bleeding tumor removed from my foot two weeks from today.
I've also caught up with and visited many friends from years ago when I lived in this area. 

My campaign to get strong and more fit is going along well, too. I began aqua aerobics last week and love it, and I am wearing my FitBit daily to record my steps, aerobic exercise, and many other health related improvements.  It is making a world of difference and giving me great encouragement.

LM and I have found that we are appreciating each other a lot more, and our weekends at his place with Ms G are much more relaxed as I am less stressed.  

Tonight, I began to pull out my sewing and quilting supplies and am slowly working toward a return to creativity.....feels so good.

In the meantime, I have also visited the beautiful local senior center and signed up to volunteer a few hours a week, as well as take exercise classes on the days I do not go to the pool program.  Tomorrow, I will meet with the director to discuss where my skills would best fit at the center....that will help improve my community base and make new friends.

Many of you who have been reading Ms Graysea for a lot of years, know, I was very, very obsessed and worried about what would happen to me when I could no longer work. I literally spent years of sleepless nights, and endless hours debating with others about my options. It was AWFUL, and here I am with this dream of a new life which allows me to be a third parent/helper and use the skills I wish I had when my children were young, and to be rewarded with more love and better health than ever.
It took jumping over a huge mountain of fear, but bad knee and all, I made the leap and landed in the softest most beautiful place.

Love and peace to all!!
and.....because it is almost Wacky Wednesday, I leave you with yet more Ms G porn.....she is staring at her beloved LM, of course, and she sends special thanks to her Aunt Nan, who visited from Saratoga Springs last weekend and brought her some soft toys that she has been having such fun carrying around and luring us to play fetch. It would seem Ms G spends most of her life on her back, but she is one very active girl. She is forever running around chirping, chasing toys, jumping up and down off furniture, and she is especially busy waking LM with loud yelling every morning at about 5!



Judy said...

This post brings tears of happiness for you. I wish I had a little boy to walk to the bus stop with. How sweet and tender he is to you. Ms. GraySea is a real tramp, but the looks of her poses. Blessings Marcia. So happy for you.

Retired English Teacher said...

I've been thinking of you and wondering how things were going for you. It sounds like you have jumped right into your new life. It makes me happy to see you surrounded by such love and support.

Balisha said...

It seems that "curing the grouch" is easier when Nana is there.
Don't you love going to the pool? We joined an aquatic center last year and go 3 times a week. It helps Joe's knee and my arthritis. I can really tell when we miss a time.
So glad that things are working out so beautifully for you.
What a picture of complete relaxation in that cat pose.

Cape Cod Kitty said...

Thank you Sally, Judy and Balisha Your encouragement helps so much....So nice to hear you enjoy the water aerobics, too, Balisha. Many years ago I taught it, and did a class everyday for sbout 10 years so I know the benefits of the pool well..

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

So happy for you
and love your new header
it looks like my woods :)

Sharon said...

I kept the picture of the sunset up on the monitor the first day I read this post ~ that was a brilliant idea to hunt for the sunset. You and Teddy are a lucky pair. I think of Ms Graysea when I hear about the antics of my daughter's cat, Izabelle, who puts on shows and pats my daughter's nose in the early morning hours.

I'm just so glad you landed where you did ~