Eastern Utah
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Monday, May 9, 2022

Beautiful Days!

I am really enjoying the days lately - warm enough, but not hot and dry yet.  I haven't yet had to use heat or a/c to be comfortable in my house, so I'm grateful for that.

I need to get a new camera so I can take some photos of the house:  I have the right side of the house, 1 story only (the rest of the house is 2-story).  My garage is in front, and behind that is a long room, being kitchen, dining area, and living area in one, with full bath and bedroom at the rear of the house.  I have a very nice patio in back, and my son Steve and his wife (Meg) bought me a beautiful patio furniture set.  The weather is still cool enough that I don't sit outside for any length of time, but that time will definitely come soon!  The back yard is very large which is nice for the dogs, and as nearly all California houses, has complete wooden fencing all around which provides great privacy.  I try to walk Rocky around the neighborhood once a day, although my health is really worsening and some days I just don't feel like walking.

The "kitchen area " isn't much to speak of.  Everything is lined up against one wall:  fridge, sink and a fairly small countertop, cabinets - my table & chairs plus more cabinets in the "middle", and then the living area at the other end of the room.  There is a hallway with the bathroom off to one side, and then the bedroom at the back of the house and the double doors to the patio.   The kitchen has a microwave/convection oven; I have no clue what a convection oven is or how to use it, so I don't!  I really would have preferred a more standard kitchen with at least a small stove/oven, but it is what it is.   I did buy myself a hot plate so I can heat something up in a pan or skillet if I so desire although I just really don't care anymore!  When I look back on the days when my children were young, and I took great pride in cooking delicious, nutritious meals from scratch - and then see how I'm reduced to heating up frozen meals in the microwave, I realize how low I can go!

The garage provides me a great place to store some things, such as my treadmill which is set up if I ever feel like walking on it; when my son Mike was here he bought floor to ceiling metal shelving and packed lesser used items on it.  I'm grateful that he organized that area so well.   The garage is in front and has a window from which I can see the street.  I am planning to fix it up so it can be more useful to me than simply storage.  I'd like to get some comfortable seating in there - maybe a small sofa or a couple of chairs.  

All in all I like the space I have, although I'd like to have more contact with people than I do - although that is probably my fault as I don't have the desire any more to get out and make new friends.  I've had to say goodbye to so many friends in my lifetime, and I'm tired of doing it.  Many people that I've cherished are no longer around, and I don't have the drive to make new friends.   I will be blogging a lot less as I just don't do anything to write about.  But I will still enjoy reading the blogs of others.



  1. Nice to hear from you. Sounds as if spring has helped and you are more comfortable/settled in. Pictures would be great when you get that new camera. It sounds really nice. You've got some great kids. Hope you had a nice Mother's day.

  2. I hope you realize how fortunate you are to have kids care for you like they do. To build you a place to live to live out your years is truly amazing. Good job kids! If only all us could say the same.

  3. You definitely sound better and the help your children provide you clearly shows that you were a wonderful mother to them and they want to help you now when you need it. So glad you have a nice place and that you can get out for walks when you want to.

  4. You might get a full size toaster oven & place it on a baker's rack or cart in the kitchen. Or maybe even see if an apartment sized stove/oven can be installed in the garage

  5. You sounded pretty better in this post.

  6. Your little place sounds ideal really, cept i would like a hot plate too, cans of soup to heat and what not. After reading about you losing so many, i took inventory and yes, that is true.. had a stamp club and played dominoes and had dinners, and most of those people are just no longer here. makes me feel really sad and old.. i have been able to start walking again, got a cortisone shot in the groin for hip replacement... i had been feeling really bad not being able to walk or move any at all, but now, wow, what the difference, just have to get to the right doctor, i found. Take care and God Bless
    And i DO look forward to hearing from you no matter, it's the little joys, right?

  7. Don't be afraid to try new things. I have a microwave/convection oven and love it. The best thing is you set the time and temperature, and it beeps when it is the right temperature. Put the food in and wait for the next beep. And here's the best part, it shuts off the heat, so you don't have to jump up and and take the food out of the oven, you can wait 5 minutes, and it isn't over cooked or burned. Try it. Phil