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MOMENTS OF PEACE PART 19!

Hey there!  Happy Friday!

Welcome to all my new followers.  All of you on my Blog journey rock my world.  Thank you so much for being here with me.  Today’s a bit harder for me after a pretty good week because I’m feeling “blech” and my Cleo Kitty isn’t feeling well at all today.  Poor little girl.

I can’t stand feeling “blech”.  At least my body hasn’t totally crashed like it did almost 3 weeks ago but at the same time, I have to rest and yet I’m a bit restless.  Such a weird place to be.  I had quite an active week so I know why I’m feeling this way.  It’s hard not to get too resentful that I’m feeling crappy today because I had more of an active week.  I mean, really?  Why can’t I just be active and then be tired and that’s it?  Nope.  My MS and lupus make me pay more attention to me and my choices and so that’s just the deal.  All shenanigans I had planned for today have to wait and well, so do I, I guess in some ways…

It’s Cleo Kitty feeling yucky that is always hard for me.  At least now we know it’s not cancer so that’s great but it’s probably some sort of immune related IBD of some sort and the hardest part at this point is to get her to eat again.  It hasn’t been a full 24 hours of her not eating but it is getting close.  I try not to freak out but of course I get sad.  She seems happy or at least positive, she’s up on the bed instead of underneath it hiding and isolated and she lets me pet her.  So all of these things are encouraging.  So I have a few other idea up my sleeve that I’ll be implementing soon to see if she’ll eat.  I hope they work.  She puked this morning and hasn’t puked since so that’s a big positive too.  But I’ll admit it’s hard.  She’s my daughter.  She’s my baby girl.  I want her to always feel good…even if that’s not realistic…

So I think in order to combat the “sads” I’m getting, I want to post some Moments of Peace I’ve had in the past few months.  Remember when I used to do those every week?  I gotta try to do those more regularly again because I really like doing them.  The last time I did a Moments of Peace post was in September 2012 I think.  Soooo, without further ado, I’ll post some Moments of Peace I’ve had in this new year of 2013:

 

Happy New Year 2013! Corey and I made it! Aren’t we cute? Apparently we are because we got a lot of compliments with this picture. I guess my forehead attached to his cheek is cute.

Happy New Year’s Day! Thank you to the first day of 2013 for giving me such a wonderful view from my balcony that morning! Such a gift!

 

My view on one of my walks in West Los Angeles, CA. It was a glorious sunset of glowing golden oranges and yellows…

 

I LOVE THESE WHITE PUFFY CLOUDS! White puffies are my favorite! There were white puffies the entire day when I took this picture. And look at that BLUE sky! Love it!

 

There are still some fall leaves in Los Angeles, CA. Go figure. While the leaves are dying, there are tons of new pine cones everywhere all at the same time. So interesting to really see it all happen this season. These fall leaves really caught my eye and made me nostalgic for my old home in New Hampshire…

 

The sky is always putting on a show. I watched the clouds and the sun set for about a half hour one evening and the show was mesmerizing as I watched the shadows and pinks dance around the clouds. The clouds were also making all kinds of shapes. It was a wonderful experience!

 

Soooo happy to see these new blooms on my new Christmas cactus! Soooo pretty.

 

Aren’t these flowers just luscious! Saw these in an arrangement and was so taken by them!

 

And these are even more luscious flowers within the same arrangement! I wanted to take the arrangement home with me but I think the people in the restaurant would’ve noticed…

 

This week I was able to take a day trip away from West Los Angeles, CA and drive about 45 minutes to Rancho Palos Verdes, CA where a friend of mine lives. It was an absolutely beautiful day and we had a great time! Here’s the Lighthouse at Palos Verdes, CA.

 

I think the sun and the ocean speak for themselves in this wonderful view in Palos Verdes, CA but to actually catch a pelican in view and in the picture was really great. My Granny loved pelicans and I’d like to think that she was saying “Hi” to me! Hi Granny!

 

My friend Kendra and I were absolutely belly laughing with hilarity and had completely lost it by the time we finally got this picture of the two of us! We just couldn’t get it to work no matter what! It was so much fun! I think you can see the laughter here in the picture which is why I love it so much. And by the way, she mentioned she thought it looked like there was a candle coming out of her head and well, now I can’t get that out of my mind. Hopefully she’ll read this and laugh again from it all. I’m giggling now just thinking about it.

 

Hey that’s me at the Lighthouse in Palos Verdes, CA! I’m picky about pictures of myself and I think this one isn’t so bad. Soooo, OK. I’ll post it.

 

On the drive home I was able to take some amazing sunset pictures along the way. I think this one speaks for itself. Breathtaking…

 

So I changed position of the camera, centered on the sun and zoomed in. This is what I got. Just breathtaking…

 

So from that same position as the previous picture, I zoomed in more and the result is well…it’s WOW…there are no words to describe…

 

And that’s how I’d like to end my post for the day.  I hope you all enjoyed my Moments of Peace.  Posting them helped up my mood a bit and feel more positive.  So happy to be able to share them all with you.

Have a wonderful and pleasant weekend all and thank you again for being you!

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Dreaming of a Non-Boiling Fall Season…

It’s fr*&^%$#@! 95 degrees in West Los Angeles (over 100 degrees in the Valley) today (October 1st) and I find myself daydreaming about the Fall Season in New England where I spent my first 22 years…

Sure it’s actually quite typical for October to be really crazy hot in Southern California. Hence, the idea of fire season. This is usually the month when the fires can get really bad out here. The vegetation HAS HAD ENOUGH. And so have the people. It’s a wonder the people don’t melt and boil as well. The best part about the temperature is that the sun goes down earlier and it USUALLY (I feel like I’m jinxing us all in LA) cools off pretty well at night. USUALLY.

But the biggest tease these days is the Internet and the access to all these social sites where those in cooler climates are praising the Fall Season and how “lovely” it all is. I find myself drooling all over the wonderful pictures of the colorful foliage and wanting to jump in the pictures to get just a taste of it. I wish I had appreciated it more when I was there for 22 years. Funny how that works…

So while I sit here in my apartment with the AC at full blast so that my MS doesn’t go completely crazy on me (been feeling the heat quite a bit today even with the AC) and the blinds closed so I can live in a cool dark cave so that my lupus doesn’t go wacky on me (joints are hurting), I thought I’d come up with this list and fantasize away. We were back in New Hampshire/Massachusetts a year ago at this time and it was wonderful. I really thoroughly enjoyed myself and was feeling quite bouncy. I even found myself frolicking in the colorful forest. I was completely invigorated!

So here’s my Fall Daydream Drool List:
*colorful leaves
*dark red leaves
*lighter red leaves
*yellow leaves–almost golden
*orange leaves
*orangey/red leaves
*half-colored leaves still changing
*even the green leaves that have yet to change
*the breeze through the leaves
*watching the leaves fall from the trees
*the crisp cooler temperatures
*breathing in the fresh cool air
*wearing snuggly clothes
*cooler chilly temperatures but it’s not too cold and freezing
*hot cocoa
*hot coffee–pumpkin flavored coffee and other fall yummy flavors
*hot tea
*hot apple cider
*the steam rising from the hot cups of yumminess
*pumpkins of all shapes and sizes–not melting like they would out here on my balcony right now
*gourds of all shapes and sizes
*decorative corn
*special jams and jellies
*mums
*maple syrup
*maple candy
*maple donuts
*picking apples
*cider donuts
*pumpkin french toast
*pumpkin pancakes
*pumpkin baked yumminess
*cinnamon everything
*the way the sun light shines through the trees and the colorful fall foliage
*scenic drives to see the fall foliage
*lots of hills to drive through
*exploring the countryside looking at the fall foliage
*my eyes watering from looking at the deep vibrant colors
*country stores
*caramel apples
*caramel yumminess in general
*scarecrows
*Halloween decorations
*Halloween festivities
*FROLICKING through the fall foliage wherever I am
*sometimes even when it’s raining in the fall
*the bright clear days and the blue blue sky
*the sunsets–although we do get some pretty good fall sunsets here in LA too
*hayrides
*yummy fall smelling candles–yeah sure I can get them here but there’s something about burning them when it’s not HOT
*NOT having to turn the AC on
*sweaters
*scarves
*sitting and watching the leaves blow in the wind
*lakes surrounded by beautiful fall foliage
*a big field surrounded by beautiful fall foliage
*baking baking baking
*the festive feeling in the air
*the wood stove smell
*all of the wonderful FAIRS!
*eating too much yumminess at the Fairs
*bread bowl soups
*seeing my breath as I breathe outside
*the fall colors in general

And I could go on and on. I know I’m missing A LOT of stuff. Do you want to add anything? Please feel free to do so. I’d love to see what you have to share. And if you have any fall pictures you want to share, please please please post them here! I’d love to see them. I can’t get enough!

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Picking Up the Pieces

Oh my goodness. What a weekend it was! I am so relieved to get through it.

On Saturday, it was 104 degrees here in West Los Angeles, CA! Crazy ridiculousness! Thank goodness the AC was working. However, it was still hot in the apartment if you ask my MS and lupus. OH yes it was. Yet, at the same time, somehow I got out with Corey to run some errands. I needed to get away from the building. Like in a car get away. I hadn’t been in a car to go anywhere in over a week and my little visits to the sun deck and my walks around the block just weren’t cutting it. Nope. So for sanity’s sake I got out and it was good to do so even though my body was yelling at me.

On Sunday, it was a bit cooler but still too darn hot. And it was an awful day because our Cleo Kitty (who’s been doing quite well since her cancer diagnosis in December 2011) was very very sick and we really weren’t sure what was going on. We think it was a bad reaction to medication but we’re really not sure. It was one of the hardest days I’ve had in a really long time. And the GREAT news today (Monday) is that she’s doing much better and almost seems like herself again. She didn’t eat for 24 hours. Very scary…when she did finally eat a little bit it was so exciting!

Meanwhile, I’ve still been fighting this small intestine bacterial infection. So while it was so hot and then Cleo was sick, my stomach was churning at times. The good news is that the infection seems to be getting better and I’m functioning more in my life. Today I stopped taking 1 of the 2 antibiotics I was on to treat it so hopefully that helps a bit to clear my head. I tend to feel a bit woozy on them.

So needless to say, we’re trying to settle back into a norm here. Thankfully it isn’t AS HOT here and Cleo’s recovering. I feel so blessed and grateful that we are given the gift of more time with our little girl. She is truly very special and definitely a fighter.

And as much as I feel like I SHOULD BE hitting the ground running, there will be no such thing today. I have a few more things that need to be done, one errand to do which will help me get out and otherwise it’s resting with Cleo.

Gotta give myself room to pick up the pieces and recover in all areas. Most of it can wait.

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