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16 January 2012 @ 10:09 pm
This is in the category of being "burdened by blessinge." Compared to the difficulties we had last year in health issues and house damage, this is a matter that is not a major problem and we are deciding between two nice things. Both of us are now doing well physically, just very tired. As many of you know, Abba and I have been living in a a rented apartment this past month while our home is being repaired from the ice dams of last year. One thing that is driving me slightly batty is deciding which kind of counters to order for the cabinets that had to be replaced. The laminate(WilsonArt is the company, but it is like Formica) would be paid for by the insurance company because it is like that which was damaged. However, a friend who is a realtor and who will sell our house when we put it on the market tells me that granite counters make the house much more marketable and desirable.

If you were to buy a home would granite counters be something you'd want? Would they be enough to make you choose one house over another, or to overlook some other problem. If you have granite counters, are you happy with them? Is the care of granite more burdensome than that of laminate. The laminate is available with a factory-installed beveled edge that shows no seam lines. If you have experience with granite are there any tips to give me. What colors did you find most practical or pleasant. The kitchen has only one window. The floor is off white faux tile and the cabinets are a light butterscotch color. The tile backsplash is light and is called "Barely Beige." The paint on the opposite walls is light ivory.

Basically we are hoping to sell and all is chosen with that in mind. Lots of thanks for all replies.
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04 June 2010 @ 10:17 am
I feel like I'm now finally back from my long hiatus with a major MS attack. I'm recovering slowly but hopefullly surely and have tremendous gratitude to G-d for every mental and physical quality that returns. Patiencee and help in many ways from family and friends have sustained me when the going got rough. I am enjoying each moment of each day, and just must rest enough. I have enjoyed tremendously the family therapy, grandchild therapy and beach therapy, to say nothing of the feline therapy available in Maryland. It is so easy to get caught up in daily "should do's", but I hope to be able to retain the wisdom that I gained from being at the low point of cognitive and physical functioning. Vulnerability breeds gratitude in those fortunate enough to have faith in G-d's judgments.

I have not been able to keep up with Friends' lives on LJ since late last year, but am enjoying reading previous postings. Thank you all for the good wishes and prayers on my behalf.

It is a beutiful day in the neighborhood, to quote Mr. Rogers, and I wish you all happiness and love. The spring rains broughaat a riot of plants blooming around our yard, and I look forward to enjoying their presence.
 
 
Sorry for not attaching this to the previous post. My hand slipped.

Thank you, each and every one of you, for supporting Team Savta. Every contribution, no matter how small or large will help me and all the rest of us with MS. Blessings to all.

You can make a donation at the following website:

http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Walk/DCWWalkEvents?pg=team&fr_id=12250&team_id=199746

and click on a name of one of the team members.

At the end of the last post was a draft that I'd written last fall and had forgotten about. It was written from the heart with great gratitude. It expressed the unique perspective that having a progressive and sometimes fatal disease has given me. The fact that I can sit here and write this so many years after being first diagnosed with MS is due to G-d's great goodness, my wonderful family's patience and unfailing help, excellent doctors and therapists and the National MS Society (NMSS). The NMSS independently funds research to bring us closer to a cure and to help improve the health and lives of those with MS. The drug that I inject every day, Copaxone, is a "disease modifying drug", and it really does change the course of the disease. I have taken it for 10 years, and I can still walk, see, and enjoy life and being "Savta", the Hebrew word for grandmother.

G-d willing, I will walk with Aaron next year. But this also is for the best.

Peace to all.
 
 
08 April 2010 @ 04:10 pm
I have to make this as brief as possible, as I can only sit for a short time before my legs get numb. Last year my daughter Becky (aks Beckyfeld) and grandson Aaron participated in the MS walk to raise money to find a cure for MS. As many of you know I have had MS for many years. Becky and Aaron never knew a time when I didn't have MS. Today I am most frustrated by the aspect of the uncertainty it puts on every aspect of my life. I have worked all year to try to keep up my strength to walk with Aaron this year in the MS Walk in Maryland. Every time I had an attack, I'd get out as soon as I could to get my endurance up from not so much to aiming for 5 miles. I even participated in a 5K walk for a local charity last fall as "training" for this one.

Well, since then I've had 2 attacks, and though I had started training again after the first, I came was hit by this current one just last Thursday. There was no getting away from it. I couldn't go to Maryland.

But I can sit here in the Walk MS T-shirt Becky gave me from the 1995 walk, and on Sunday wear last year's T-shirt, and say how proud I am of Team Savta, who will participate without me. Aaron said to me last year in response to my concern that I might not be able to walk 5 miles, "It's not about the walking, Savta, it's about the sponsors".










I just had to post a good morning message. It's now 7:25 and I got out of bed at 6:45 to see *snow*. Not too much to make it hard going, but just enough mixed in with a light rain to be pretty and to fall outside my window. Yesterday I went for the first long walk in over a month, and picked up some beautiful fall leaves and pressed them between two sheets of waxed paper. I had to do this before going to bed last night, as they were drying out quickly. It is just a concrete series of happenings to remind me to truly enjoy each of the wonders of nature that Hashem has blessed us with. The fact that I was able to walk yesterday, to see the leaves, to bend down and pick them up, to hold them all the way home, to put them down, to rest and then daven and then make dinner. To have a wonderful family and friends to share my leaves with in notes, and to be able to do the complex physical, mental, and emotional tasks involved in these simple acts - from one who has had times when I couldn't do these things- makes me truly grateful to Hashem for the abilities I have and also, especially, for the family and friends with whom I can share my happiness. I hope you all have a wonderful day.
 
 
16 October 2009 @ 07:25 am
I just had to post a good morning message. It's now 7:25 and I got out of bed at 6:45 to see *snow*. Not too much to make it hard going, but just enough mixed in with a light rain to be pretty and to fall outside my window. Yesterday I went for the first long walk in over a month, and picked up some beautiful fall leaves and pressed them between two sheets of waxed paper. I had to do this before going to bed last night, as they were drying out quickly. It is just a concrete series of happenings to remind me to truly enjoy each of the wonders of nature that Hashem has blessed us with. The fact that I was able to walk yesterday, to see the leaves, to bend down and pick them up, to hold them all the way home, to put them down, to rest and then daven and then make dinner. To have a wonderful family and friends to share my leaves with in notes, and to be able to do the complex physical, mental, and emotional tasks involved in these simple acts - from one who has had times when I couldn't do these things- makes me truly grateful to Hashem for the abilities I have and also, especially, for the family and friends with whom I can share my happiness. I hope you all have a wonderful day.
 
 
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Happy happy anniversary to one of the most genteel and gentle couples I know. May the years go by with pleasure and my your love grow every day. Your wedding was beautiful, and the picture reminded me of that lovely day. Mazal tov from Abba and me.

Please imagine your most beautiful scene and have that as our image to you. Elka Tova's flowers were beautiful, but I don't know how to get something nice like that to you both.

Love and brachot for health, happiness, and long life, surrounded by your wonderful children.

lcNlc
 
 
01 July 2009 @ 09:24 pm
Abba and I hope you had a wonderful day. May each day of the coming year bring you sunshine in your life. G-d bless you and your family. Love and hugs,

lcNlc
 
 
29 December 2008 @ 03:22 am
This rambles because it is 3:41 AM and I am usually asleep long ago. I couldn't sleep, and had been listening to Thomas M DeFrank's "Write it when I'm Gone" about Gerald Ford. Remarkable Off the Record conversations with him that he collected over many years, and only published a couple of years ago. It represents 32 years of interviews. Ford was an honest, upright man, and worthy of following in his footsteps, I think, particularly regarding his ability to put world events in perspective. He lived into his 90's and swam laps twice a day. A wonderful example.

Usually I do not post after 9 PM but tonight was different. The story started on thursday, when Lucretia borgia and gideon and sam and jacob came and I played a very very happy savta. Sabba was holding down the fort and making sure everything went well, but left the latke cooking with the kids and the snow fort modifications to Lucretia and me, and our opponents the males, alpha and others. It was lots of fun, and I thought it ironic that my medication styrofoam coolers in which Caremark ships my injections that are worth over 1000 dollars a month were used as molds for snow to make crenallations for the fort. Jen was terribly outnumbered, and the boys were delighted to shower me with snow. I had poor and and pitching strength - would have been great for the Celtics or the Bruins, but the Bruins are too violent. Anyway, I enjoyed so much the kids drawing dragons, playing with toys, etc, and the fact that they and their mom are great at leaving the house in relative neatness. But it took 2 days to recover. G-d knew what he was doing when he gave the children to the young. I had wonderful memories whenever I came to something I'd neglected to put away, and have a major new set of decorations on my fridge.

Fortunately, shabbat dinner was already prepared, except for an easy crock pot cholent which used a cut of meat called a Kalke, which my friend Dora Katzeff, a"s, told me about, and for which I used a spice called "Baharat", which I knew nothing about except that it is Israeli and is sold in the Butcherie.( Nomi will say that sentence has to be taken out andd shor or shortened) The cholent had three kinds of beans, a large can of tomato sauce, and nothing else except water and the spice - about a tablespoon or two. It was really nice. Well, after reading Gerald Ford's story, and learning how he wound down his activity to match his energy level, it gave me good advice. By resting on Shabbat, and taking "menuchah" seriously, and going with what my body wanted me to do, I was able to lie in bed and read this great CD and rest. G-d bless, my hands were not numb, no matter what position I lay in, and though it is late, and I have to get up for a 9AM PT appointment, I'm really happy.

Abba and I spent some time today with out Chavurah, and then had a great time going to Nomi and Michael's new place to see it and help them out a very little bit. I even got to see Jick and Richie for a cameo appearance. I'd spoken to Becky earlier today from New Hampshire, and Aaron last night. We look forward to seeing them later in the week. G-d is in His Heaven and all is right with the world. Some days are just to savor and place in your memory to take out to look at when you need a lift or a sweet thougt.

May the pleasures of the season come to you all, and may you have peace and light in your life. Abba is asleep, so I'd better close now before he wakes up. I'll read some Torah, as it always puts me in a calm mood to fall asleep. Love to all.
 
 
25 December 2008 @ 08:33 am
I just woke and finished morning prayers. Abba is asleep and I've decided that I'll log in as frequently as I can each morning, just to say "hi" to my friends. Ir's windy and relatively warm by the standards of the fluttering of our neighbor's American flag on his flagpole and by the rhododendron leaves that are flat and not turned in on themsleves, as if scrunching down to retain heat. The squirrel who is fat and happy and the only squirrel who is a regular on our porch is enjoying the crackers I threw out the night before last. We are occasionally plagued by grain moths, and when I see seeds suspended from a package from a delicate thread, I say, "Oh, well, they're back again." We appeal to their strong instincts for preservation of the species and use sex attractant lures that we get in our local Ace hardware store. Meanwhile, we discard all the crackers, cereals, etc. they have infested and thus our squirrel and many birds enjoy the silver lining in our cloud.

But since we know this can happen, we do not keep a large stash of the things the moths and their larvae like in the cabinets, but in our freezer. We also keep two or three traps in the cabinet. They are non toxic and just attract this one type of lowlife. But not there are 6 birds onthe table eating all the grain from the feeders that the swuirrel shook out. My friend, Nomi Waldman, gove me a good perspective on the "pests" eating what they may. You see, they can't go into the grocery store to buy more strawberries, etc. so you have to plant enough for you and the animals or buy enough seeds, etc for the desired and the undesirables, who also have a right to live. Now Mr. Blue Jay put in an appearance. The cardinals, Mr. and Mrs., and the goldfinches are the aristocracy of the feeders, in that those cause remarks to others to see them.

I'm looking forward to lucrecia borgia and Gideon, Sam and Jacab coming sometime this morning. All chores will wait while I indulge my basic self that likes to have fun and play and enjoy the moment. I look forward to hearing from Gnomi some time this morning, and will now go up to shower and dress.

I hope all of you are doing well. Gnomi will send me lcNlc-friendly instructions on how to do the "read more" thing so those of you who are not interested in Backyard Birdie Theater, as Gnomi dubbed it, can skip over this.

Basically, I am so thankful to G-d that I could sleep last night and weke up this morning and had all systems working as well as can be expected given "age and stage", a phrase from a friend with 5 children, that I look forward to the day with happiness. I hope you all have a good day today, and can find reasons to smile, someone to talk to that you care for, and especially good health to enjoy.
 
 
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29 April 2008 @ 11:02 am
Hi, all. I'm back after a lengthy hiatus.Hooray.
After breaking my wrist, having surgery therefrom and the surgery flaring up my MS, having the cast taken off, going to Maryland with Abbamoose to help out beckyfeld and osewalrus and our precious grandson,then returning to Massaachusetts to recover our energy, preparing for Pesach and now beginning to deconstruct therefrom, I have enough time and energy to log on. Gnomi will say this sentence has to be taken out for alterations.

But hooray, I'm starting to feel good. Both Abba and I love to be with family, and have much enjoyed that part of the past few months. We are so happy that beckyfeld and osewalrus and precious grandson were able to get back into their hectic but happy lives, and that we had a wonderful visit with gnomi and mabfan for the Shabbat and the first two days of Pesach. We got almost all of the food pre-prepared, and were able to have a first seder with a total of 10 including us. A company called A Perfect Taste had a "traditional seder for 10" menu, which we ordered, and we were quite happy with it. Other things we bought from gordon and alperin. Abba performed the role of "schleperello", and between my wonderful housecleaner and dear friends who shopped for us, we did fine. gnomi and mabfan did their customary helping with serving and setting up, and even our friends who were guests pitched in. Thus, I did not suffer from too much fatigue and can truly say that I loved Pesach. The seder and the company was buoying to my spirits, and not having company for the second seder let me relax a bit more and let abba wear his alligator hat longer. Lucretia borgia and sethg_prime and their three musketeers graced our sunshiny backyard and brought it to life during chol ha moed, with the boys digging holes and finding worms. meanwhile lucretia borgia repaired our eruv. I smile every time i look at it and at the fluorescent orange streamers hanging from it so noone bumps into it.
look forward to catching up with all of you and getting back into the swing of things. I'll still have to rest every day as I recover from the ms flare up, but will use lj as a part of the rest time, G-d willing. We're off to Maryland next week for grandparents day at precious grandson's school, and will look forward to spending the week, including mother's day, with beckyfeld, osewalrus,precious grandson and all the wonderful folks in silver spring. See you later. Now I'm off to make an appointment for PT to help something called "thoracic outlet syndrome", which is apparently causing the numbness in my hand and is a complication from the broken wrist. It sounds like something I'd need an electrician for. Then it's off to bed to rest with abbamoose, who describes his state of energy as washed out. He had to get up at 4:30 am to drive me to my neurologist in boston, who'd added me onto her schedule at 8am. With G-d's help we made it in time, and I was glad to have him there. I am doing local driving, and am looking very forward to doing some of the driving on the trip to Maryland next week, if possible. lots of love and good wishes to all.
 
 
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