Thank you Betsy for the birthday wishes. I've always been honest about my age and what I really look like. I got a call from Denise and my sister and a friend I used to work with in Northern VA and lots of e-mails. We met our son and his GF for a nice birthday dinner yesterday evening. Thanks to all of you for your sweet wishes and insightful comments. Hoping all of you have a safe and enjoyable memorial day weekend with friends and family.
Today was warm and DH had an appointment for a minor ailment in the afternoon, so we had lunch before and then while I waited for him, I spent the time at a high end consignment store in the same shopping center south of town. TDF Stella McCartney, Prada, Lilith, Armani apparel, shoes, handbags .. all the good stuff. I had an interesting conversation with Leslie, who had worked for a high end apparel line in NYC before marrying into an Asheville family, and moving here. It's so much fun talking to someone with good taste who understands fabrics, quality and construction details. I wore this cotton Tosca Dress I made in January with a black jersey camisole underneath. She loved it and it was perfect for the day. I'm still wearing it this evening.
|The Ballerina hybrid musk roses are blooming|
I've learned that you have to take control of your own health and future because nobody else will. Our attitude, faith and hope is most important in dealing with whatever we are struggling with. I will get through this. If any of you get the Good Housekeeping Magazine, there's an interview with Michael J. Fox in the June issue. He talks about his family and dealing with Parkinson's. That interview was so inspirational to me and really hit home. When such things happen your priorities change or alter. Some people already have their priorities straight but others ..... Stuff is just stuff, it's people who matter and how we behave and support one another. This statement he made (top of page 2) really hit home:
MJF: One of the great things about Parkinson's, in a superficial way, is it relieved me of vanity. I don't worry about what I look like, because it's literally out of my hands. But on a deeper level, it gives you a real humility, because you have to deal every day with the fact that you compromise, to a certain extent...so then you explore what that compromise is and "How am I compromised?" And for everything I can't do, I find that there's another ability that's been developed or another avenue that I've gone down.