Monday, July 1, 2013

New Month, New Outlook, New Challenges and Successes!

My computer is broken!
I cannot retrieve my pictures yet, but The Writer will be here for dinner tonight and I think I will be able to bribe him to see what his brilliant mind thinks.


Mr. Tennis, get it?

I will put up some old pictures, as I write, that are stored for some reason in Mr. T's computer. They are totally random and I can see I need to get back to my fighting weight!

July brings a lot of hope in our family!  The Maven seems to have rid her body of those awful steroids and she is back to what I call "The Chatty Cathy Maven".

 Conversation is flowing, laughter is bubbling and energy is at hand again.

We will resume our "let's get back to regular life" training again. Today we start that with.....
driving!  The Maven hasn't driven since March, so today she will drive around our little neighborhood to see how it feels.  And no, I will not be wearing a helmet - I have every confidence she will do just fine.

This past weekend Mr. T, The Maven and I headed down to Orange County to check out some rentals for our move at the end of August.  We have one great contender that we have put an app in for, but rentals are flying "off the shelves" here and I'm not sure if two fiftysomethings can outfox the wily 20 and 30somethings that we seem to be competing with.  So, until it's a done deal, I will not show any pictures. Mainly because I don't have any.  If we are granted a lease, I will have plenty of pictures.  In the meantime, we will continue our hunt.

The area we have just fallen in love with is Orange, California.  Home of my good blogging friend, Sue, at Country Road Antiques, in Old Orange, Ca. Please click and take a look at all the goodies she has in her store!     It is a very nice community with a sweet "old towne" area where Sue's store is.  The town center is surrounded by beautiful bungalows and craftsman style homes.  I was mad at myself for not bringing my camera because I really want you to see these homes.  You can bet I will bring it on our next jaunt down there. And no, the rental is not one of those, but that will be my dream home, I think, if the California powers that be let us settle in that area and have successful business ventures there.

Coming along for the rental tours, long car ride and lunch was a good test of The Maven's stamina yesterday and she did so great.  It was like old times to be able to have a day of adventure and fun.

Also on our list of conquests is going to a mall.  Crowded, noisy places have been a particular challenge for The Maven, even before the surgery with the vertigo she was experiencing.  So it will be back to the mall for us!  And a movie at some point this week.  We tried one a couple of weeks ago and it was not a good experience for her - and we are known for our love of going to the movies!

We also plan to do a lot of walking, which we have kept up since surgery, but we will expand out of the neighborhood and go on some fun hikes.  We took one on Friday at a nearby park and The Maven did really well, even with the small hills.  One of our goals since living here has been to hike to the Hollywood sign and we've decided to make that a long-term goal to try in the fall when the weather cools down and we have built up our stamina.

So glad it is here. New month full of promise.
Have a wonderful week my good friends and family!


Olive said...

The Maven sounds almost one hundred precent which is a blessing. House hunting can be fun and I have every confidence you can outfox anybody.

Anonymous said...

I am so happy and thankful to read of the Maven's improvements. I enjoyed the photos very much. I wish you much success in finding a rental.

Razmataz said...

So glad things are moving forward for you all. The Maven is a champ! May July bring her much healing, progress and triumphs.

Edilma Weissmueller said...

I was waiting to hear how The Maven did after her visit to the counselor and it sounds good.
I sounds like apt. hunting is on. Big job but can be interesting.
Enjoyed the photos,

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Glad to hear that The Maven is returning to her old self...I hate how meds make you a totally different personality! (can't be good)
Sounds like you've been busy, getting ready for the move,taking care of you family and balancing it all out with some fun too.


Robin Larkspur said...

Great, good news! What a relief for everyone that the steroids have left the building and the Maven can get back to full function. Sounds like she is doing well and will be flying about California with a passion soon. Good for her!!!
Now, listen, you don't fool me. You have convinced your family that Orange is the perfect place, only because you want to go to the country store on a more regular basis. I have got your number!!! LOL!! sounds great, though, and can't wait to see pix and sending lots of positive energy your way that you can get the house there!!! Hugs!!

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

She's improving, and that is so good to hear. Keep it up sweetie..hoping that the vertigo is receeding, and your life is going back to normal again.



Mr. Connor said...

Keep going forward ! Once in a while WE all need to be picked up and need a little help. Keep moving and if you need something / anything ~ just ask ! Looking good !

Claudia said...

So glad to hear The Maven is doing so much better! Great news!

I love Orange. And Country Road Antiques. If we lived in Orange County, that's where I would like to live.


Angela said...

I'm so glad to hear that the Maven is getting better! That is fantastic news! I'm not sure what kind of movie you guys are wanting to see but the new Despicable Me is coming out this week. We are going to wait until next week to see it so it won't be so crowded and loud with kids. You might want to take that into consideration when you pick a movie to see. Hope you get your computer fixed!

Chatty Crone said...

So there is no recession there girl if those rents going so fast. I love orange County too - been there a few times myself. I am glad Maven is getting better. sandie

rottrover said...

Here's to a better month!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Sounds like July will be an awesome month for you and your family. So glad that The Maven is doing better. It has been a long journey. My aunt lived in Orange and it's a great town. Hoping you get the lease. I too am in love with bungalows and craftsman homes. We saw a few craftman style new homes in Vegas!
Have a wonderful 4th of July. Debby

Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

Here's to a wonderful July for all of you!
It's great to hear that the Maven is feeling much better, and good luck with the new challenges.
I'll be interested to hear what movie you saw.
BTW, I just finished two short books, that made me think of the Maven, somehow I thought she might enjoy them.
They are by Alice Hoffman, Green Angel, and Green Witch. I just read them on the Kindle this weekend, Alice Hoffman is a favourite writer of mine. These do seem for younger readers, maybe teens, but I loved them.
Made me think possibly they might be similar to Hunger Games, (which I haven't read).
Wishing the Maven continued success in getting better, and everyone at TBM, a lovely week.