Every evening I write down ten things that defined my day. I try to capture the good and the bad, things that I am grateful for, things that I am looking forward to, and what I do that day just for me, I really just write the little details that made that day different from others. I enjoy it and it works for me. Here’s some things pulled from various days over the past week:

  1. It’s weird how the mind works: I was writing in my journal that I can’t believe my daughter is graduating- which made me think about the 90210 episode Donna Martin graduates- which made me think about what ever happened to Donna and Kelly’s mothers- which led me to google them both (of course as I had no idea who the actresses were I googled Donna Martins mother and Kelly Taylors mother) – to which I found out that Ann Gilespie who played Jackie Taylor retired from acting and became an Episcopal priest- how does that happen? But good for her for reinventing herself…
  2. I went shopping with my daughter last week- we were in the large dressing room- there were at least seven Mom’s including myself who had pulled the pretty grey stools out of the dressing stalls and were sitting and waiting on our progeny. It was a weird and wonderful moment
  3. We had a very busy weekend- at some point I heard the fridge making an odd sound but I kind of blew it off. When I finally investigated the issue, our fridge had already died. Sometime between using milk on Monday morning and 630pm the compressor apparently blew. For a variety of reasons I was not happy
  4. Buying a fridge at 730 pm monday a half hour before the store closed was not pleasant- especially when I realized that they no longer carry the size fridge that I need, and I was not in a position to special order six months anything- there were also issues regarding certificates of insurance and general bs
  5. I am grateful for my two neighbors who allowed us to store the things that could be salvaged and even more grateful that they are both away this week so we can get what we need out of the fridge when we need it
  6. Things continue to be challenging with our parents- I’ve been taking a lot of deep breaths
  7. My Doctor was worried about one of the results on my routine blood panel so we retested. The retest showed the original thing is OK, but we found something new to scratch our heads about- if you look hard enough you will find something
  8. My writing group went especially good this week- I think my friends and I are getting a real handle on stuff
  9. I really enjoyed the new movie Air- about Nike signing Michael Jordan
  10. I had a lot of trouble focusing this week- hoping next week is better

Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching. Satchel Paige

39 thoughts on “Ten Things: 4/15/23

    1. Well, my husband hates the fridge because I had to get a Lilliputian fridge, though I feel very European… right now there are two things doctor wants to retest because he said anyone can have an off number on a given day and it doesn’t mean anything, but thank you!! And…I am going to DC on Tuesday to see her present her thesis, which is due Thursday and I finally get to read it because she wants a check for glaring errors…

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  1. I like what you write down in your journals. I started keeping a journal on my phone of solely daily events about six months ago. I write down things that happened that particular day. Mine was begun so that I can remember what I did on any given day. But recently I began creating physical theme journals. I just finished my first one. It’s really pretty and I’m using it to record favorite quotes and verses. My next ones will be for gratitude, beneficial things I’ve learned, etc. I’m finding it quite fulfilling. They’re like little works of art.
    I am expecting our fridge to go any day now. Thanks for telling me about your experience. We should probably start looking at new ones just in case. I’m glad your neighbor helped you out.
    Regarding your daughter—congratulations!! Time flies, doesn’t it?
    I needed to take my mom to two doctor appointments this week. Juggling my appointments and hers will be interesting. Aging myself while trying to look after an aging parent is challenging and can certainly require deep breathing.
    I agree that something will inevitably be found if it’s looked for. 🙄 Hoping your test results will read normal next time around. 🙂

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    1. The journal sounds awesome!! The fridge situation is hard….they seem to be making really large fridges and then smaller ones….when I eventually redo my kitchen I will have to take this into account. Good luck with the parent thing…it’s so hard to be practical and realistic and keep emotions in check….thinking of you!!

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  2. Another tumultuous week in the LA home. I was just saying on another blog that I don’t understand why things (usually hard/negative/sad/disturbing things seem to come in huge waves that sit in place. Why can’t life temper itself a bit, small pieces every so often, instead of dumping all at once?

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  3. What a week! I feel for you on the refrigerator front. We moved in the middle of lockdowns, and refrigerators were few and far between. We rejoiced to find one that fit and we liked. On top of that, they would deliver it into place and hook up the water connections. What more could two people in their seventies want? The next morning the carpeted room behind the kitchen was flooded. It was quite a mess getting someone to take responsibility so we could get it handled before mold started to grow. The very nice young man who installed it had not tightened the connection properly. 🙃 You have quite a wait; it’s one of those “you don’t know what you’ve got until its gone” scenarios. Blessings to your neighbors for sharing their refrigerator space! I am praying for you as you work with your parents and in-laws; you (and they) are in a tough situation. I agree that if you look hard enough for a medical problem, you’ll find one. Same with everything in life! I hope yours turns out again to be nothing. Kudos for persevering with your writing group to the point of feeling success. Have a good weekend.

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  4. My fridge died recently too. In Spain, you have to wait for everything so it was three days without a fridge. Fortunately, my neighbour was away and said I could use hers. Thank heaven for good neighbours. I did not need the expense of a new fridge but what can you do?

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  5. Oh my, what a challenging week LA. I imagine the emotions around your daughter’s thesis and graduation are quite elevated right now. Give yourself permission to rest, relax (any way you like), and maybe a little pampering for LA. When a child graduates, I think the whole family deserves to be congratulated! Bravo. Hugs, C

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  6. It must be fridge dying season. My mother-in-law’s did too and it is not that old. We are storing her food in our fridges. Hopefully something happens with that soon. You still try on clothes at the store? We just pick things up and bring them home to try on.

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  7. What a week…your post spanned a spectrum of life ‘stuff’. Take care…here’s hoping next week is less choppy for you, in every possible way.
    And… graduations are the best. Enjoy every moment. 🥰

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  8. Good luck finding a refrigerator, but I do recommend the Whirlpool for a variety of reasons.
    Shopping with your daughter sounded like a thrill and an event. I’ll bet your husband was equally thrilled. (Tongue firmly planted in cheek.)
    You and your doctor have some tests to do and I hope everything turns out well for you.
    Your daughter is now a woman and probably has been for some time. But she’ll always need her mom, and I think she lucked out with you.
    Also from Satchel Paige. Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.
    Have a great week.

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    1. I had size limitations, wanted stainless, and needed asap delivery. I got a fridgedere, (spelling) but it’s small. However. It’s currently plugged in and keeping things cold, so I’m ok with that!!


  9. What an exciting time for you and your daughter.
    I remember that episode of 90210 and the repeated chant, DONNA MARTIN GRADUATES.
    Our refrigerator is getting old. I’m not going to tell it what happened to yours.
    When my husband was out of town on business, he saw Air and said he enjoyed it.
    I always dread getting blood work done because something is always discovered. 😶

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