As I mentioned, I went back home to Wisconsin in September to help Mom after her knee replacement surgery. This was the second knee, so hopefully I’m done making caretaker visits for a while. This time around, it seemed more stressful for me. This is becoming old hat for Mom, but there was a new wrinkle this time – her Greyhound, Stella, had a bad leg. And when I say “bad leg” it’s the she’s-holding-it-up-in-the-air-refusing-to-use-it-even-to-balance-herself-when-she-pees variety of a bad leg. The first time I had to pick the 65 pound dog up off the kitchen floor because she slipped and couldn’t get back up, I got more intimately involved in her health care. No way am I going to just let this be when Mom is currently in no shape to pick her shoes up off the floor, let alone a tall, gangly, retired racing dog. (My bad knees weren’t happy about doing it, but she for sure couldn’t have.) There was a Vet visit while I was there and then I encouraged a follow-up visit with an Orthopedic Vet. (We’ve since found out that Stella has bone cancer.)
The above pic is Stella in healthier days, hogging the bed.
And naturally, while all of this was going on, Hurricane Florence was brewing in the Atlantic, scheduled to make landfall halfway through my visit. I was safe, but my husband and my fur babies were still in South Carolina and I was stressed and distracted (and short-tempered) because I felt guilty about not being there to help my husband prepare for the storm and evacuate if it had come to that. Fortunately, Charleston was spared, but it was hit or miss for the better part of a week.
I spent a fair amount of time comforting myself with food:
The above gem is a Ponza Rotta from Jimmy’s Grotto. They are a-mazing! How can you not love pizza toppings inside a deep fried crust?!?! Mom’s hand there almost doesn’t do it justice…it might be as long as her hand, but it’s puffed up full of deliciously greasy toppings. I have a list of places I need to eat and things I need to get while I’m in Wisconsin because I can’t get them in South Carolina. The Ponza is one of them. I also must get cheese curds (real, good, “squeeky cheese” curds), a kringle, Taco John’s, and Culver’s frozen custard (preferrably Bonfire Smores). Culvers will soon be opening a location near me, so soon I can feed that craving whenever I want.
So, yeah, I fed my stressed out self really well….
On the plus side, my aunt, cousin and I were able to go visit with my aunt’s cousin (my second cousin?) where we learned more about our family tree. There was a lot of information I already knew, but there was some very interesting new information as well.
Apparently, you can have a DNA test done by National Geographic. Their website states:
Discover the complete story of your ancestors’ journey from 200,000 years ago to today with National Geographic’s Genographic Project and our Ancestry DNA kit, Geno 2.0.
National Geographic’s Genographic Project uses DNA analysis and cutting-edge technology to answer fundamental questions about where we originated and how our ancestors came to populate the Earth.
To the best of what I understand (I’ll admit, I haven’t dug too far into it since I’ve been back home, although I plan to) this DNA test will show you where your DNA line comes from and they lead you through the earliest progression of your ancestors’ migration. They will also tell you names of famous people in history that you share DNA with. This is the most interesting part, because we share DNA with, among others, Abraham Lincoln, Queen Victoria, Ben Franklin, Napoleon, King Richard III and Jesse James (this thrills me to no end, because I’ve always had a fascination with gangsters).
Book Edits, Round One ~ Done
And, as promised, I got the edits back from my friend so I can get back to work on the next draft of my book.
Of course, I haven’t started yet.
But I have another work event coming up next week and I expect I’ll have some downtime to start digging in.
My Old Person Knees
My physical therapy and chiropractic care for my knees continues. The treatment goes till the first week of December, so there is a light at the end of the tunnel, but I go three times a week, so it commands a decent amount of my time. Slowly but surely, I am noticing my knees are feeling a little better, which is encouraging.
Fall TV Time!
And, of course, Fall TV is back from summer hiatus. The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, Modern Family….oh, how I’ve missed you all! And I picked up a few new shows, like The Cool Kids and God Friended Me.
And now Hurricane Michael is churning in the Gulf….