Saturday, June 14, 2014

Floribunda back in Operation . . .

I've been 8th Grade Graduation inundated.  Not too many grandmothers or grandfathers have 5 grand kids graduating from 8th grade in the same year!  And, it's not only the graduation ceremonies, but also Honor's Awards ceremonies and parties and . . .

I moved back into my RV on May 31st, about 5+ weeks after my knee surgery.  I can hardly believe how easy this recovery has been.  Other than a little soreness after exercise and some UGH during the flexibility exercises I've been doing 2-3 times a day, recovery has essentially been pain-free!  It's now 7+ weeks and at a recent physical therapy appointment the therapist announced that I've reached the flexibility goals for recovery.  Now, that doesn't mean I don't have more recovery to do.  Oh, no.  It's a major accomplishment because the flexibility component of recovery has some time limits for success.  She said I can still keep up with my exercises; but, I can also start on the road of recovering strength.  I feel sort of like I'm at a good and healthy weight for myself - but there's just so much FLAB from muscle atrophy and disuse syndrome!  Strength can be increased as I go along; there's no time limit (within age and ability limitations!) to get back into at least hiking, biking, walking, swimming, etc. shape.

Earlier this week I battened the hatches in Floribunda and hitched Petunia up behind and headed out of Judy and Bob's ranch / private RV park(!) about 175 north to my son's in Cottonwood; Jeff and Alice are the proud parents of my twin granddaughters, Malia and Samantha - the last two to graduate - yesterday.  Hooray or ???  I now have five grand kids who are all Freshmen i high school; is that a positive or a negative?  We'll see!  Actually,  I'm very proud of all of them - several honor students, great athletes, and good, healthy, friendly, caring and fun kids.

There's been so much going on all at the same time.  Samantha and I continue our respective quests to get right leg health back.  Sadly, Alice's 92- year old mom passed away; of course, it wasn't unexpected, but that's not to say it isn't a trying time for Alice and her siblings.  The Filipino traditions were in full force and boy, there are a lot of people who thought Soledad was a wonderful person.  She will be missed and is still loved dearly.

Bob and Judy were out driving around a few weeks ago and found a 2-acre ranch with "everything we want" to downsize and also get a newer house with a pool.  They made an offer and were accepted almost on the spot!  Then they put their place the I've taken so many photos of, on the market and it sold for fifty thousand dollars over the asking price in about ten days!  So, for me, I'll lose my wonderfully generous RV site in Loomis; however, they've shared that "there's one ready" for me at the new ranch in Granite Bay - only about four miles away - actually closer to town than the present ranch.

I don't have any plans to move onto new territories just yet.  I'm going to spend some quality time with Jeff and family and hope to make some improvements to my RV site on their property.  I'm sure you'll remember that this is HOT country.  Shade is a premium and I've asked my nephew, a licensed electrician, to install a 30-amp outlet for me to be able to get my AC working properly.  The last few days have been cool, only about 92-96F!

I only intended to jot a few thoughts today.  When I get graduation photos ready I'll post them.  Hope everybody is well and enjoying Summer wherever you are!

Tate, Avery, Malia and Samantha using my camera to take their own shots of the famous Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay over the Sacramento River in Redding, CA - about 20 miles north of here.  I opted to stay home and write this post.
The Sundial Bridge was completed and opened in 2004 at a cost of about $23M. It's really gorgeous; be sure to take a very short detour off I-5 when heading north or south on I-5.  It's about one minute from the freeway and beautiful to behold.

24 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your 5 grandkids graduating with high accomplishments. You have every right to be proud.
    And... congratulations on graduating to being able to resume your lifestyle in the RV. You deserve to be able to get back to routine since you obeyed your physiotherapist and did as you were told.

    Someone must be happy that the house sold so fast and for more than expected. I hope they will be happy in the new place.

    My condolences on the passing of Soledad. Eve at her age, it's still never easy loosing someone we love.

    Wow, that bridge is beautiful. I bet a lot of people make a special trip just to see it.
    Take care and have a beautiful weekend.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. Hi Julia:
      Thanks for all your nice comments. Now, I need to get busy catching up on your summer activities. Hope all is well with you and your family in Canada. I'm sad to have to put off visiting for a while yet.

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    1. Hi Kevin:
      Yes, you know that often what's right under the nose is really interesting if one takes the time to check it out. Today four of the granddaughters borrowed my camera and went to visit and do a "photo shoot!"

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  3. Congratulations on your speedy recovery! It must feel wonderful to be FREE again and back in Floribunda!

    I don't remember that bridge at all, it must have been completed after I left that area.

    Isn't it great to have such wonderful grandchildren? You did a good job raising their parents. :)

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    1. Thanks Barbara. It's safe to say that I'm a little concerned about all five of them in high school at the same time. And, OMG, what if more than one of them has a love life crisis - at the same time?!!!
      As for my recovery, I feel great - and very very thankful to be able to look forward to hiking, etc. again. I've even walked around Walmart with NO PAIN!!! - Well, except for the check out sorrow!!!

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  4. Nice to see you back on the road, and back to your blog. I never knew about that bridge, wow, it sure cost a pretty penny to build! Wonder if Marcia's GoGo can make it up and over it???? Sure glad your recovery went great...mom is in the midst of the "big pain" as she takes her first steps...went 6-7 feet today....I think there will be huge progress this coming week. -Dave

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    1. Will be back and forth from here to Sacto area. We can plan another get together when your mom is a little more along her road to recovery. Give her my best and I'll ask for some aid from upstairs, too. Love you and Marcia and our budding friendship.

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  5. Glad to see you back in the blogging mode.
    Roger

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    1. Starting to get some of the paperwork / computer chores done that I didn't have the brain for earlier. Cottonwood is hot and I'm not able to use the AC until my nephew gets a 30-amp outlet in for me to use. Guess I'll be spending lots of afternoon and evening time in and around the pool. Got my water aerobics belt for in pool jogging, etc. Huff Puff!

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  6. Nice to see you're healing well. Looking forward to you getting back in the saddle...
    Congrats to the gradkids, a great achievement.

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    1. Hi Peter:
      Thanks for your comments and it's nice to hear from you, too. It's getting a little boring talking about knee health every day!!! Right now my daughter-in-law is driving the triplet girls down I-5 to meet up with my daughter half way between here and El Dorado Hills for the kid turnover after a weekend of cousin fun and frolic. It'll be nice for me to spend some quality time with just the twins, who I don't get to see quite as often as I see the triplets. Have a great day and Happy Father's Day to all dads.

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  7. Glad to see you're back in business, tho Central Cal could probably use a little Oregon cool right now.

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  8. Nice that the healing is going so well and you are back on the road moving around a bit more. Travel safe and enjoy.

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