Friday, March 16, 2012

Being Irish..but not feeling like I am

Yes...all of my work through researching my heritage.... reveals that I am very much Irish/Scottish on my Dad's side.  We have McMillon's, from my Grandpa's side going back to the 1700's here in the states.   McCord's, and Griffith's on my Grandmother's side going back to the 1600's.  I have found the connections Ireland and Scotland through census records in the late 1700's..  Most of my relatives settled in Tennessee, South Carolina, Arkansas, and Southeast Missouri.  Having heard only southern accents from my is hard for me to feel Irish. 

I did not have the luck of the Irish though... to have won the HGTV Dream Home...even though I entered everyday...twice.  It is a beautiful home in Utah.   I have been watching that channel a lot this past week as I recover from knee surgery.  I was starting to get around  a little better and actually did a little housework the other day.  Yesterday and today I felt I had a setback.. because my knee hurt a lot and I felt like I needed to go back to using the cane again just to move it at all.  So I called my Dr's nurse and told her about it.  She said she thinks I just over did it and that I should  take it easy over the weekend.  I get my stitches out on Tuesday.  I also got to voice my opinion to the surgery center about my intense pain after the surgery.  They said that I should have called the exchange if I was in that much pain.   I realize now that my grievance about the aftercare has nothing to do with them.  They run an out-patient service.  And for the biggest majority of people...this arthroscopic surgery is easily managed at home, with little recovery time.  It just did not work out that way for me.  I guess I was just ill prepared for the worse.  I will know better next time...if there is a next time.  Hope not.  After I get my stitches out, I do want to tell my Dr. that I was not expecting that kind of pain really because his nurse told  my daughter that I would have very little recovery time.  Just limping for a couple of days.  So funny..that when I called her today and told her I was still having trouble...she said..." has only been a couple of weeks hasn't it.  You are just rushing it too much. " (It has been one week)  Different tune...but she probably talks to so many people she doesn't remember what she tells them.  He is one very busy Dr. with 2 locations and lots of patients.

I have started a new knitting project from this magazine that I bought a while back.

  It is this lace shawl and I am using a sequin yarn from Hobby Lobby.  I really like the yarn but I am promising myself the next time I knit something I am going to go to the yarn store and buy a really nice yarn.  This pattern may be a challenge for me but I am determined to stick with it, just because I really enjoy wearing scarfs and shawls now.  Although with our 80 degree temps...I doubt I will be wearing them outdoors.
That is about all of the chitter chatter I will report today.  Have a fun St. Patrick's Day tomorrow.  I will be sitting around with my feet up...knitting or reading.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Natural Talent

I caught an interview with Dionne Warwick last night and seeing her brought back memories for me from 1964.  She was the first female singer I absolutely adored.  I loved all of her songs and had them all memorized.  I used to dream of being able to sing like her.  I have noticed that a lot of the singers that I really like, have a unique and natural born talent.  They have the ability to hit a lot of different notes.  I really don't know very much about music at all...only what I personally like.  Awhile back I was chatting with a friend.. (who had a daughter attending Berklee College of Music)...and she made a comment about how much better Barbra Streisand would have sounded if she had had voice lessons.  Really????  I could not disagree more.  I think there are some men and women who have a God given talent with their singing voice and if they had to have it "Trained"  it would take so much away from it.  I think people that need voice lessons are ones who want to be able to sing better...given they do not have the natural talent that others do have.  I really enjoy Adele's singing voice and given her recent surgery... I heard that she had to take voice lessons to avoid notes that could harm her...if that makes sense.  If it turns out she is unable to sing with the same quality she had before the surgery...I would be happy with the 2 albums she was able to make.  Hopefully her real soulful voice will able to shine through in time.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


The remote control has been my friend while I have been recouping.  There are... who knows how many channels.. to watch and NOTHING that I want to watch.  I was starting to watch the shopping channel just long enough to contemplate getting up to get a charge card to buy something.  Thank God I was strong enough to push the remote to another channel.  The life of The Jetsons.....I wonder if that will ever be a reality.  Flying cars...push button everything.  Sounds good to me.  I went to see my Dr. yesterday thinking he was going to take my stitches out...but all he did was look at my knee.  Stitches come out in a week.  I was all ready to tell him what I thought of the pain meds that did not work and all the pain I had for 2 days and nights...but I was sick to my stomach and feeling dizzy while I was in there waiting for him to come in the room.  I decided to delay the conversation because I didn't think passing out and throwing up went well with giving someone a piece of my mind.  Hopefully...I will be able to blog about something a lot more creative and fun soon....I know these downers blogs are no fun...

Clifford 1994 to 2009

Clifford   1994 to 2009
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