Checking things off the list

Originally posted May 19. Trying again today with a change on the title/


~ this was to be my Mothers Day post. So belated Happy Wonderful Mothers Day Wishes to each of you. How about we make Mothers Day last a week this year 😆 I really did think about many of you and wondered how your day was going. I hoped that you all had a wonderful special day full of love and some special moments.

√ Colin keeps doing his exercises with Ciela’s help. His physical issues have eased somewhat with the visits to the Summerland chiropractor. Thus far I still have neck issues.

~ last week I thought that I was ahead of this game of life and on track to post more often and to read your posts daily not just once a week. Once again life intervened. I wonder if by getting older that all my faculties begin to slow down. The mind is willing but time is passing much too quickly and I can’t keep up. Part of the problem is that at 8:30PM it is still light outside unlike the Isla that is dark by 6PM.  There is a special reason that this week is over the top crazy busy and you shall find out in the next few days.

A week ago we had to endure chilly temps before Mother Nature decided to send us some heat, the girls cuddled up in front of the heater behind my desk every morning.

They are definitely twins. No matter how often we see them together we still always have a smile on our faces.

√ Check that I am back to kinesiology and into a great routine with daily exercises. I was so happy to see that I had not lost much over the past 2 months that I had stopped. Don’t know if you knew that, but my constant coughing just about did me in and I have been so tired. It feels wonderful to be on track again.

And then the heat came out.The snow pack melt is increasing the level of the lake, but that did not last more than a few days and the beach reappeared with the hot weather. I guess that the water is evaporating. Ciela was down the stairs and climbing all over the rocks.

Colin was supervising. She had no interest in going into the cold lake. Thank goodness!

√ My face is almost healed but I still have many brown spots. But as I get older who cares? I will continue my leg vein treatment twice per year as that is important to my health.

~ We had a few days of lovely hot weather, perfect temperatures with blue skies and then the smoke started to come in. Four days straight now. We could barely see across the lake.Yesterday children in school were kept inside due to the smoke. No recess. I read an interesting article yesterday about how on March 23rd La Nina said adios and now El Nino is in charge of the weather patterns. Yes more heat in certain areas but over the top heat 😥 Life as we know it is changing much quicker that we expected and we are now fully involved in all these new and record breaking events .Click here to read the article. It really is worth five minutes of your time.

√ The Honey Locust needed to be trimmed and Colin was unable to get up on a ladder to do it this spring. Thank goodness he agreed to hire someone.

I called every tree trimmer in the book. Only one returned my call and he happened to be driving home from Vernon passing our place and said he would stop in to check out the situation. He nor us had the very tall ladder needed but Kolin ( almost Colin ) said that its always best to climb the tree itself. Colin had the tools that Kolin needed to do the job.

He certainly got the job done. Timing was important as this tree needs to be trimmed in the spring before it begins to leaf out. I was a bit shocked about the price as it was $100.00 more then expected. However he did it when it needed to be done and it would be two weeks before he could get back to us. Later one other tree guy returned my call and his charge was the same price. Win for us √

The tree certainly got a trim! Kolin even bundled the branches into small clumps with twine that the park took away a few days later.

√ Colin got the garden all ready for planting. We shopped for flowers and veggie plants last May10th ( the date of my last post ). √ The next day we planted the flowers in the yard and Colin planted the tomatoes in the yard and in the garden. √ Together we planted our seeds May 12 & 13th.  √√ Colin told me this morning that every single seed appears to be coming up.

√ I think it was just before last weekend that we ( Colin ) started to pull things out for the patio, etc.

√ The pots are ready for our flowers to grow. The girls have not started to pull out my plants yet. Since they have been planted we endured high temps ( which I love ) and then so much smoke from the forest fires that we could not see across the lake and last night a huge thunder storm with lots of lightening. We have almost no smoke today.

√ So back to me and my health. We have made the long drive to Summerland to see the chiropractor three times thus far. Colin is improving but my neck is not. Somedays I can move it and others I can’t. We did get to visit the odd leash dog park each again which was fun but the girls are spoiled and want waves and warm water to play in. But my neck remains an issue as does my coughing.

√√ Finally got my chest xray done and my long awaited knee xray. As expected my chest is clear but my right knee is showing worsening osteoarthritis. No she will not send to an orthopaedic surgeon but is instead sending me to a sports medicine doctor 😮 I have no idea how long the wait will be. But I insisted on getting a requisition for the blood work for Vally Fever. I did that last Friday and am still awaiting the results.

√ A true sign of spring. However we have not seen them for several days. I did see my first family of ducks this morning.

√ Yet another sign of spring. We have had a robin in our large tree for a few weeks now but I don’t see a nest.

√ Definitely a sign that summer is on its way.

I see how much I have accomplished in the last nine days 🙄 No wonder I haven’t had time to read a book 🙄

Submitted for the blog by Colin.

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4 thoughts on “Checking things off the list

  1. Roberta Warren says:

    Hello from Oregon. I have followed your blogs for several years and always enjoy your sharing of your life and travels and especially your beautiful doxies. So sorry about the coughing. Do you take Lisinopril? It gave me a very bad sore throat cough for months! until I read up on side effects. I stopped taking it and told my clueless doctor who prescribed something different – I believe this is for high blood pressure. It took a few weeks but my throat is fine now. Best wishes to you. Roberta

    1. Dee Tillotson says:

      Roberta, I take Lisinopril for high blood pressure; never had any side effects from using it. Contessa’s constant cough seems unusual because her test said she had clear lungs. That is why I’m so glad she is being tested for Valley Fever, something she probably has not dealt with before.

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  3. Shirley Whitelaw says:

    I did get this email originally, not from this blog.

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