Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Why do leftovers from Thanksgiving taste so good days afterwards; is it the time, for a blending of flavors, is it the crustiness of the stuffing, maybe it's the smells. When reheated the good thoughts came wafting back, into my head and I have that Thankgivingy feeling all over again. It is my favorite holiday because there are no expectations, no gifts, no fighting, just food, family and friends. So the smells bring it all back and the flavors, they just solidify the feelings. Wonderful.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Dailure: everyone gone

As lovely as it was to everyone home in the nest, it's nice to be all quiet again and back in the routine of what life is right now.

Friday, November 26, 2010


Today it being Black Friday sent the entire family running, straight for the beach. Oh what gifts we had: empty, beautiful sandy beach, where we walked and dipped, and enjoyed ourselves. It was so nice that next year we're planning the same on Black Friday. Oh and the leftovers were extraordinary.


Watching Jordi play tennis yesterday, Thursday,November 25,2010. It has been six weeks since his surgery. Not bad for a guy who's missing several inner organs!

I actually have two dailures. Elisabeth is home from school and I love having her back in the family fold. She is fun and funny and a great addition to our dinner table.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

weeklure-Thanksgiving prep

I love the days before Thanksgiving; the planning of the meal, the beginnings of sweet smells, in the kitchen, the coming home of children, from college, the excitement, that fills the house. The entire week I tried to cook one dish, every day, and I loved the pace, slow and meticulous. So today is the big day and I've got almost all of it prepared. And yesterday Elisabet came home and we sat down to the dinner table, together, as one family and it was all delicious.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Dailure: Daughter home

What a delight to have my little chick back in the nest ... if only for a few days!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Dailrag -- head congestion

It hangs in there. It bugs ya. It doesn't go away even with hot tea or a shower/bath. Kind of an unwanted tenant these days. Allergies? Maybe.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Dailure-Good Healthcare

Finding a good doctor has made me feel better than I have in MONTHS. And hearing the words: "You will get through this" and "The worst is behind you" from that same doctor restored my faith, a little bit, in medicine. We spent 2 hours with the doctor yesterday. Hello!!!!!!!!!!!!!!????????????? Did everyone hear that two hours with the same doctor? He asked questions, gave us information, tried to piece together Jordi's history, etc... Anyway, we both left the office feeling relieved that his body was in the hands of a good doctor.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Dailure: chocolate chips in pumpkin muffins

Add 'em to pumpkin bread (or muffins) and suddenly they're festive. They just add that little bit o' melty joy to life. Gotta love them.

Dailure-New Clothes

There's something about putting on brand spanking new clothes that lifts one's spirits. A friend of mine, who has impeccable taste, moved to Colorado. Before she left she told me to "go through my closet and take what you want". Oh my this woman has impeccable taste so it was like going to Loehmann's, only better, because we didn't have to pay! Sophie came with me because her daughter, who also has impeccable taste, left a lot of clothing behind. It was so much fun I'm tempted to open a shop and call it, "My Neighbor's Closet". And her closet, is the size of my bedroom, so it was like being at Loehmanns.

I've also just bought several new outfits for my hubby because he lost a bit of weight when he had surgery. So it's fun to see him kind of light up, when he puts on a brand new shirt and pants.

Monday, November 15, 2010


Freedom oh freedom -- working for myself meant at 9 a.m. when I was tired, I could have a nap ... and with my pup right there by my side.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Dailure- Barca!

Watching the Barcelona soccer game with friends. More importantly Jordi stayed seated the entire time. This is huge progress.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Dailure-Walk in Dog Park

It's one of those days when the sun is shining, 65 degrees, and there's a crispness to the air. Just made me want to walk to the dog park, with the dog and throw a stick for an hour. Nobody in the park and a stillness and solitude that I actually enjoyed. The dog enjoyed it too.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Peanut butter milkshake to celebrate the offing of Daniel's braces

Today was a good day; Daniel got his braces off, we celebrated, with peanut butter and chocolate shakes and Jordi is feeling better. I must say sometimes a good milk shake makes everything a-okay.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Dailure-Fine Art of Healthcare

We had our third and final (for this year) Fine Art of Healthcare workshop and I must say that the students who attended all three seemed to really feel the experience was valuable. The docents and I agreed that there was a noticeable difference between the first and third workshop; the students were much more engaged, they had processed the three VTS questions, which made a big difference in their facilitation skills and thus made a difference in how the discussion went. The comments were longer, more detailed and students seemed to really listen to one another and even build upon each others ideas. I'd say that is huge considering they'd only participated a maximum of three sessions. Just think what they could do in 8-10 sessions!


I'm telling you hospitals are enough to bring anyone down! My son, who visited his father, yesterday, in the hospital said, "I could never be a doctor because hospitals smell so bad". I had to explain that doctors/nurses probably get "used to it", although I'm not sure how. It's too bad because one would think that being sick is a downer, in and of itself, but to be in a smelly, moldy, dilapidated hospital....the worst.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Dailrag-Jordi's exhaustion

So hard to see someone you love going through such discomfort and the worst, may be, the exhaustion! He has no energy to do anything: read (he loves to read), watch tv, work on the computer even LISTENING TO MUSIC tires him. I know this recovery will take time and I'm trying to help him to help himself, be patient, but it's not always possible. It's frustrating.


It's been a long time but today I went swimming and it felt great. Just being underwater, breathing, listening to my breath, and focusing on the feel of the water on my skin and the solitude made me feel good. I've also been doing a little yoga/meditation underwater, very therapeutic.


Wow, I got seven (7) hours of uninterrupted sleep last night! I feel like a different woman. Now I'm ready to face the world and the Lowe Art Museum docent guild and our last Fine Art of Health Care workshop for 2010.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


My dailrag for the day was calling home, Jordi, and he not picking up the phone. After several attempts at both cell and home phones I rushed home, from work, only to find him lounging in the sack. Jeeze, pick up da phone would ya?!


For breakfast I had a bagel with Jamon Serrano (kind of like Prociutto) and cheddar cheese. So bad but sooooooooo good.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Today's delight: being able to share a bad dream (I think I lost all memory) on my daily walk in the park. Ah.

Today's drag: having that kind of dream -- every detail: thinking I should call the neurologist but realizing i was dialing the eye doctor -- stressful!!!!!!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Dailure-Raisin Bran and Chobani Greek Yogurt

Raisin Bran by itself is a bit like eating cardboard but put with Chobani Greek Yogurt and add a banana and YUM!