Tuesday, April 23, 2024



Lately I've been dropping rocks again. 
(Painted rocks.) 
Just leaving bits of colour in random places like restaurants and gas stations. 
I'm getting rid of old inventory, (rocks that I don't love), and rocks I haven't the enthusiasm to finish. I've lightened the weight of my condo by 10 pounds I reckon. Downsizing/decluttering is a way-of-life if you're a condo-dweller. 

After scrolling through Pinterest I've been inspired to try something not mandela-like, (which is so 2020), and challenge myself to make an effort at fully embracing 2024. Teensy bit excited to get started. Which is a lovely feeling as not much has sparked excitement in me since last fall. (Marriages ending, cancer diagnosis's, work issues, wonky hip ... ugh. It's been a tough slog.) 

But, painted rocks for the win? Again? Haha. 


Had the first of three marathon dental appointments this morning. 

Dr. Lee comes to get me from the waiting room. He directs me to the business side of the office, with slight pressure on my elbow. 

"In here?" I guess.
"Oh. Yeah. How'd you know?" he asked.
"This has been my chair since I was 16. Pretty sure my bum has worn a groove in it."
"Fair enough. Any aches or pains I should know about?"
"Yeah, my hip is not working like it should."
"Ahhh. Sorry. I only work from the neck up."

He apologized a few minutes later, "Sorry, sweetheart, I'm going to give you some freezing..."

Him, frustrated 10 seconds later: "Let's sit you up for this. That tongue of yours is extra strong..."
"Oh," I said, "Is this the part where we talk about my tongue? It's size and strength?"
Him: "Yes."
Me: "Oh good. I've missed these conversations."

It takes three people to work on my lower left molar: One to press his pointy, spinning, buzzy, sharp tool onto the tooth that needs attention. Another one to spray water into, then suction the water out of, my mouth. And a third person (assumingly less skilled) to use the retractor to hold my tongue out of the way. 

At one point I was tempted to ask everyone to stop for a sec so I could take an ussie. 
(Ussie = a selfie + extra people)
(I think I learned this from Ted Lasso)

Does anyone else find 2-hour long dental appointments exhausting? Well, the dentist and his assistants probably do, but as a patient? Do you just feel like you need a nap afterwards? I mean, all I've done is lie there with my mouth open, breathe through my nose, think happy thoughts/pray for everyone in my life who needs me to pray for them, fight the urge to yawn or cough and remind myself to unclench all the clenched parts. How is that tiring? 

As he helps me up off the reclining leather chair I've been lazing on, he asks, "So what are your plans for the rest of the day?" 
Me: "Picking up some somasas for lunch with a friend. Then a pedicure. And then over to see a lawyer about updating my will. How about you? What've you got planned after this?"
Him: "Oh, you know. I'll probably stick around here and ...
Me: "...freeze, drill, poke and peer into open mouths all afternoon?"
Him: "Yeah."

My dentist, by the way, is about 80, maybe 100 years old. He's retired. But he comes in on Tuesdays and Fridays to make sure his favorite people have pretty smiles. 


So yeah, I've updated my will. And my Power of Attorney. And that other thing to do with medical wishes. It wasn't on my Master List of  101 Things to do in the next 1001 days, but it should've been. 

Let's insert it in the #83 spot. Because, come on. Let's be real. That Elvis thing in Vegas is not likely going to happen til 2028. 

Also not on the list was this whole "Have a Hallmark Movie Filmed in Your Bedroom" experience. I should've left a few spots empty so I could slide fun To-Do's like this in. Let's squeeze it into the 24th spot. With a hip that is violently protesting any movement, going on walks is just a lovely memory, so let's use that as an excuse as to why I gained the 5 pounds I planned on losing. 


Books I've read: 

(To be completely honest, I'm finishing up Atomic Habits and just starting When the Body Says No.)

So here's my list. And my progress thus far:

1Paint 50 rocks 10 done so far
2Paint 50 watercolour cards Made 20 Valentine's Cards
3Empty last 3 moving boxes
4See dentist about crowns FIRST of THREE appointments done
5Buy three more trees for deck
6Get eyes checked Done. Prescription glasses (progressives!) purchased. I am officially old.
7Learn how to make ham and pea soup with Kim
8Learn how to make goulash soup with Val
9Blog: Klassen family trek from UK to CAN
10Plan 2 craft nights this Winter Did a painting afternoon with Donna. Another one with Kim. That counts. 
11Plan 3 craft nights in the Spring Two DONE. (Painted with KimNav. Painted with Donna P.) 
12Plan 3 craft nights in the summer
13Download wall Pilates or indoor walking app (See rant above re: hip)
14Buy a headboard/frame for my bed DONE. Thanks, Donna E.
15Buy a rug for my living room
16Plan a trip with kids for 2025
17If I haven’t used outdoor gas fireplace in the next year; sell it
18Sign up for three free months of Apple TV DONE
19Discontinue Shaw cable DONE
20Get curtains hemmed DONE
21Physio? For hip. Deal with it Turns out it's arthritis; might need to be replaced. :(
22Keep blood sugar at 6.5 through 2024 So far so good. 
23Keep cholesterol at 2.5 through 2024 Ooops. 
24Lose 5 pounds Gained 5 in January
25Lose another 5 pounds Gained another 5 in February
26Lose a different 5 pounds Annnnd, gained 5 in March
27Read 25 novels this year Read 10 so far
28Read 6 Business/Management/Self-help books in 2024 Part way through 2 ...
29Buy 100 more ducks. Print messages on bottom. Hide/place DONE 
30Eat a green thing everyday Broccoli. Peas. CucumberSo far, so good. 
31Window blinds to be cleaned at condo Three windows done. Two to go.
32Buy new screens for lake house
33Blog highlights of Italy 2023
34Blog highlights of Portugal 2023
35Blog first 6 posts re: 60+ Wisdom
36Get Britbox subscription
37Read through the Bible in one year Plodding along
38Go to six local/BC scenic spots I’ve never been
39Learn to make Veggie Beef (barley) soup with Wendy
40Buy a new bra if goal of losing 15 pounds is met Pffft. 
41Meet with a counsellor as many times as it takes Five sessions isn't enough. Apparently.
42Splurge on feet; monthly pedicures/foot massages Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr 
43Research hot beverages. Find one I enjoy for social situations I really don't like hot drinks. Not going to do this one. 
44Make borscht with Clint
45Make buttazup with Julie
46Learn iPhone 15 Pro photography tips from Terry
47Give Yoga a try
48Get moles removed
49Write an article (?)
50Reorganize hall closet at condo
51Reorganize spare bedroom closet. Get rid of stuff I haven’t used/touched since I moved in
52Repot indoor plants DONE
53Buy a case of Coppertone 8 Just checked Amazon. They don't carry anything less than SPF 30.
54Celebrate being cancer-free on Aug 1 (Five years since diagnosis.) 
55Finalize project with Sandra
56Learn how to bake a pie with Shelly
57Make a batch of stew with Maxine
58Join Andrea on a sunrise photoshoot Did one on my own. From my deck. Breathtaking. Then I went back to bed. 
59Write letters to Compassion kids; two letters for each child
60Become acquainted with the businesses in my village Visited the other coffee shop and the optometrist. And the little grocer who sells chocolate bars, milk and butter.
61Get together with Vern. MB or BC
62Visit 5 new-to-me parks
63Join Northview
64Plan a reading weekend for winter 2024 Done
65Plan a crafting weekend for fall 2024
66Clean out storage locker DONE
67Hang 2 more pics in condo
68Wear earrings Remembering to do this once a week ...

69Attend Hymn Sing 4 times in 2024 Feb, March, April
70Use up Audibles points then cancel subscription DONE
71Listen to one book per month Sigh. Haven't listened to anything so far...
72Replace filter in closet. Ask M to help. Again. Clean closet first DONE
73Transfer from Telus to Koodo DONE. Saving $55 per month
7420,000 steps per week Feb NOPE
7520,000 steps per week March NOPE
7625,000 steps per week April Another big pile of NOPE
7725,000 steps per week May
7830,000 steps per week June
7930,000 steps per week July
8030,000 steps per week August
81Sign up for iCloud DONE 
82Learn how to do something with hair besides putting it in a pony tail
83Get married in Vegas with an Elvis impersonator providing the background music wearing a light green linen dress and tan coloured flip flops
84Attend a concert of a new-to-me band Tix purchased
85Get Mitzi detailed and replace windshield. 
86Download new game on phone Pikmin Bloom
87BayDays. Apparently these need to be a part of my life MEH. Checked out BayDay today. Didn't buy nothing. 
88Drive a scooter through the hills of Tuscany at sunset 
89Go to another Formula One Grand Prix
90Visit relatives in Germany
91Do a cooking day with Heather
92Make up next year’s To Do list while slathered in Coppertone on a pool deck in Hawaii
93Go back to posting Three Things I’m Thankful For at least 3 times a week Argh. THIS should be easy...
94Discover something healthy to become addicted to Not sure if it's healthy: Sunumono Salad
95Stick my toes into a body of water that is not the Pacific Ocean or Cultus Lake
96Write to the Altoids people and thank them for the new strawberry flavor DONE
97Start using an electronic/phone calendar I've started ...
98Finish sending Christmas 2023 cards DONE
99Get excited about something new. Not pickleball. Or beets. Maybe birdwatching? Or piano bar sing a longs?

Get rid of Delta Ceramcoat paints that are ugly colours DONE

Three things I'm thankful for: 

1. Pretty toes, soft feet, massaged soles. I love pedicures. 

2. Appliances. Having the washing machine, dryer, and dishwasher all running at the same time, is just the loveliest background soundtrack to my life. 

3. Sitting at a picnic table on Friday night at the local Food Truck Extravaganza, listening to the Dueling Piano Guys with Sandra and Sue, who exclaims, "It like we're living in a real Hallmark Movie! Here we are, at a community event on a warm Spring evening, under pretty trees, singing Sweet Caroline, eating yummy food, watching our neighbours walk by!"

4. Thankful for this son who had a birthday this week. Remembering his early days when we were first getting to know each other. Being a mom. What a wild ride. So much love. 

Thanks for reading. 
Be nice in traffic, don't litter, feel your boobs. xo

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