Waiting for May

I said no when my dentist first recommended Invisalign.

I balked at the money especially as I thought it was a cosmetic procedure.

Plus, I had a dying daughter-in-law on the other side of the country.

This seemed a luxury I could not afford in time, money or attention.

Besides, I have been blessed with great teeth thanks to my mother’s family.

I have never had a problem. My teeth looked fine.

But as we know, aging brings new challenges.

My teeth were beginning to shift little by little to one side. This meant keeping them clean would be difficult as food would become trapped between the eventual overlapping teeth.

At my last checkup my dentist encouraged me to reconsider the procedure. Now, I have to point out that my dentist does not offer Invisalign. It became a stitch in time and what better time to do this than during a pandemic when I would be homebound?

So in October, I had my first set of trays which I needed to wear 22 hours everyday. I had to take them out before each meal and brush my teeth afterwards. I could only drink plain water with the trays in my mouth.

That doesnt’ sound so hard, does it? Piece of cake!

I soon realized that I had to change my ways! With only two hours per day that I could eat, I had to plan when I would take the trays out. I gave up sipping a glass of wine while cooking. After a meal, I rushed to clean my teeth and replace them before I cleaned the kitchen.

I gave up snacking…too much trouble to take them out, eat and then clean my teeth.

So, I became intentional about when I ate. The pandemic helped in that I ate 99% of my meals at home.

May 4 is my final evaluation. If it goes well, I will say goodbye to my 22 hour per day trays and hello to my night time only retainer.

I can hardly wait!

Wish me luck on May 4th!!

~Some notes about Invisalign. I never wore braces as a kid so this experience was new for me. I liked that the trays were almost invisible in my mouth. l liked that I could take them out to eat. There was never any pain, just some pressure at times especially when I switched to a new set. I am amazed at the results.

Ring the bells

“Ring the bells that still can ring,

Forget your perfect offering,

There’s a crack in everything,

That’s how the light gets in.”

Leonard Cohen, Canadian Singer/Songwriter, Poet, Novelist

Continue reading “Ring the bells”

Hello there

Just a quick note to say hello and wish you well.

I have a “to do” list that is a mile long and keeps me running.

Even though I am busy with work, isolated from my friends and, worst of all, my family, I am still grateful. Continue reading “Hello there”

Happy Birthday Son

~Photo by Ben Mack, http://www.oceanfeels.com/pexels.com~

Today is my son’s birthday.

I could tell many stories about him but this is a favorite.

He joined a year-round swim team the summer he was 12. He suffered from asthma and was a wheezy, underweight kid. We thought it would be good for him. It turns out we were right. (Score one for the parents!) By the end of the summer his breathing was so much better and he was less dependent on his inhaler.

Also at the end of summer was his first meet and he was swimming a 500 for his team. This means swimming the length of the 25 yard pool 20 times. It is a marathon especially for a beginner.

His swimming was much better after taking lessons and practicing all summer. Even so, he was no match for kids who  had been in the program since kindergarten.

The 500 started and the other kids literally swam laps around him and the event was over. The official told him he did not have to finish if he didn’t want to.

The other kids were finished but he decided to stay in the pool and finish the job.

The other kids and the parents all waited while this lone swimmer, this little skinny kid, swam back and forth to complete 20 laps. He finished.

He exited the pool to applause and cheers.

He didn’t win any medals that day. but he was a champion.

Georgia on my mind

I am on hold right now to order missing parts for a new bookcase that I ordered online. 

Every few minutes a recording updates me on my place in line, reminds me how much my patience is appreciated, and exhorts me to “remain on the line”. 

What choice do I have?  It’s this or no parts.  

That’s how I feel about the elections today. 

I am on hold waiting for the results.  

 

Christmas Day 2020

 

It is cold and raining in Portland tonight.

The end of a long and sweet day.

I was not sure how the day would be.  I just wanted to get through it.  Continue reading “Christmas Day 2020”

The Long Game

~Photo by Josh Soreson (joshsorenson.com)

When I was a teenager I thought my parents did not know anything of consequence. 

In contrast, I knew everything.  

Ah, what a rude awakening life can be.  Continue reading “The Long Game”

To be at home…

To be at home is to be known.

It is to be loved for who you are.

It is to share a sense of common ground, common interest, pursuits, and values with others who truly care about you.

In community after community I’ve met lonely people who felt homeless even though they had a roof over their heads Continue reading “To be at home…”

Sleeping puppy

I’m going to dictate this post very quietly into my phone.

My sweet 3-month-old puppy, Riley, is asleep on my lap.

It is a wonderful.

Outside the weather is cold and overcast.

Earlier we went for a long walk where she interacted with other dogs and friendly people. I find most people can’t resist a baby or a puppy.

After our walk, I sat down for a minute to relax and catch my breath. She drank some water and came immediately asking to come up in my lap.

I could not resist her sweet little face. So here we sit.

There’s no place I would rather be. Stroking her as she sleeps fills me with peace and love.

Through my window I enjoy seeing the trees with their changing yellow and orange leaves.

A large bluebird lands on the fence with what looks like a nut in his beak. Earlier, squirrels had scampered along that same fence.

I have things to do. People to call and email.

But here I sit at peace with the world.

No sanction for bigotry…

“For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.” ~George Washington, August 17,1790

I came across this while visting the Oregon Jewish Museum & Center for Holocaust Education a few years ago.

It is Washington’s response to an address from the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, Rhode Island upon his visit to the city in 1790.

George Washington served as president of the United States from 1789-1797.