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September Already? I Love the Fall Season.

September Already? I Love the Fall Season.

Hope this post finds all of you having a great Labor Day weekend.  Al and I are staying in, not doing anything special.  Vancouver is having some great cool weather this week, which I love.  Fall is my favorite time of the year.

LeRoy, Rachel and the kids made a surprise visit at the end of August.  It was a quick but fun visit.  This is the first time we’ve met our grandson, Jake.  Emily is now almost 5 years old and getting so “grown up”.  What a joy it was having special time with her.  She takes after me, very talkative and loves people.  Jake, who is 11 months now, reminds me so much of my LeRoy when he was little.  He’s very easy-going, loves to eat, and is so cuddly.  He loves to give a lot of kisses.  They both have birthdays in October, Jakes is October 2nd, and Emilys is October 7th (same as my brother Bob.  Mine is October 5th (going to be the big 60 this year).  It looks like we are racking up October birthdays!


I’ve been keeping busy for the last month updating our restaurants to Smart Points.  I have 153 restaurants completed.  You can find all my DWLZ updates at:

Getting back on track on my Journey to a healthy weight has not been easy, to say the least.  But… who said it was going to be easy.  I’m not giving up; it is never an option.  I need to take little steps back to my healthy lifestyle, one step at a time.  It’s so easy to get discouraged on this Journey.

My leg injury is healing slowly.  It still hurts a bit to step completely on my foot and my ankle aches at night but it’s all part of the healing process, I’m told.  I’m off Workmans Comp and not working at Fred Meyer anymore.  I’m moving on with my life.  It’s hard to believe I worked for Fred Meyer from October 14, 2014 to July 2016 and for the last year I cut my finger in the deli, broke my left leg in the deli, and finally broke my right leg in the cooler in the seafood department.  The latest was a horrible accident, leaving my right ankle broke, ripping all my tissue up my leg to another break on my upper fibia.  I guess going to work was a bad idea.  🙁

Al has been busy writing a book, his passion for a very long time.  He has written a book of Five Short Stories, which is now on Amazon.  If you are interested, you can find it on Amazon at:*Version*=1&*entries*=0  Feedback is always welcome.

Fall is upon us, along with pumpkin lattes & pies, and all the wonderful aromas of the Fall season.  I’m loving the cooler temps and not running my A/C.  Al and I hope to get to the zoo sometime soon.  It’s been way too long.

Hopefully, it won’t be so long between my posts.  The months seem to be passing by way too quickly.  Have an awesome day!


Walking Again ~ I Want It Now

Walking Again ~ I Want It Now

Good evening my friends.

My surgery on February 10th to get my screws removed from my ankle went well.  I was told I could walk with my walker and in my boot.  When I first tried to step down on the foot I was surprised it hurt so very much and that I couldn’t even come close to stepping completely on the foot.  Discouragement set in.  Now, almost 2 weeks later, I have seen a lot of progress.  I’m walking faster with my walker but still not stepping completely down on my foot.  I tried to take a step with my cane and it was a no-go for now.  🙁  I have an appointment on February 23rd to get my stitches out.  I will then get a referral for PT.  Hopefully Workman’s Comp will give me enough sessions to start walking on my own again.

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Friday ~ January 22, 2016

Friday ~ January 22, 2016

It’s 2:26 am and I’m wide awake.  That’s the way it’s been for a couple weeks now.  My days and nights are mixed up.  The bummer is that as Al is going to bed, I’m getting up.

I guess I better get my sleep schedule back on track since I now have to report to work on Sunday, Jan 24th, 7-4 pm, in my wheelchair.  Yes, I’ll be sitting at the front door, at a table (read “desk duty”) greeting the customers and handing out samples.  Don’t get me wrong, I love people and I’m good at this job, but I just am not happy about doing it in my wheelchair.  I only have 20 more days till I get the screws out of my ankle and can step on my right leg.  Why they couldn’t give me the last 20 days (of three months) at home where I’m comfortable in the wheelchair, I don’t know.  Workmans Comp – gotta love them.

I’ve been keeping busy at home getting restaurants ready for the Smart Points update.  Al then uses his magic with our restaurant database to convert the files.  It’s a big project that will take time.  We have 33 restaurants updated to Smart Points as of Jan 21st.  You can find them on the DWLZ Restaurant TOC page at:   Look for the asterick next to the restaurant name.  For a quick look at the restaurants updated to Smart Points you can keep an eye on my DWLZ Updates page at:   For those of you who have been wondering, I will be keeping the Points and Points+ values, along with the Smart Points, when available.  So you will see 3 points listed.

I missed my dinner out with the girls last night.  Yesterday I was feeling horrible and slept most of the day hoping to feel better by 4 pm.  It didn’t happen so I had to cancel.  I was bummed.  Hopefully we can have another.

Well, that seems to be my life in a nutshell.  I’m so looking forward to going to the beach at the end of February.

Have a great day everyone.


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