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Monday, March 21, 2016


OMG, I think it’s here. The sun is shining, even if the wind is strong. Isn’t there something about March winds? The air smells different. Fresher, cleaner. Hubs and I had our first sundae of the season at Captain Sundae’s last week, so it must be Spring!
I feel so much more energized when it’s sunny. I even went for a walk yesterday. It was short, but it felt good. I’m going to try to go every day. Gotta toughen up for vacation. LOL

I’ve been going to physical therapy for my back for four weeks now, and it’s really helping. Plus, I’ve been learning a lot about the reason I’m in pain—besides the arthritis in my spine. You know the commercial that says you have to keep moving to help arthritis, but arthritis makes it hurt to move. A vicious cycle. When you don’t move (because it hurts to move), muscles tighten up.

The therapist has been working my hip muscles, which were really tight. And he’s given me exercises to do at home. Just a couple. He said they’ve found out if they give patients a whole list of home exercises, patients won’t do them. Too overwhelming. So true. At any rate, I’m getting outside and walking, keeping the hip muscles loose. A rolling walker really helps, too. Just like a shopping cart gets me through Walmart, Meijer’s, and Costco.

Now that the snow is gone, it’s so great to see green grass and the tips of daffodils poking through the ground. Birds are back. A mourning dove sat on our deck rail and serenaded us. The mallards are back in the pond. Can’t wait to see the babies. Hubs is all set to feed them again. Unfortunately, the geese have found their way back, too. I keep meaning to borrow my daughter’s dog to chase away the geese before they leave “deposits” all over the backyard.

Despite the sun, it’s still chilly here in West Michigan. At least the gray skies of winter are gone. I hope.

The Case of the Fabulous Fiancé starts in winter and goes into just the beginning of spring. The next book, The Case of the Meddling Mama, will take place in spring. There’s one thing you’ll see on the cover. Tulips. Can’t have spring in West Michigan without tulips.

So here’s to Spring, a time of rebirth.


  1. Glad that physical therapy is working Diane. Spring is a much beloved season.

  2. Hi, Diane,

    Happy Spring~ I LOVE when the sun shines brightly and there's still a bit of a nip in the air. I certainly can be warmer, but as long as the gray is gone.

    I can so relate to your Arthritis problem... I was bedridden with it for over a year and by that point the muscles in my legs atrophied so badly, it took me over ten years to stretch them back out again. I make sure I MOVE EVERY DAY. Walking is a great exercise. It's low impact and really does make you feel better.

    I hope you feel better soon! Take care....

    1. Thanks, Michael. Love that the gray skies are gone--at least for today again. :) I'll be out again today to walk. If you don't use it, you lose it. I've lost too much already.

  3. You know, it was 70 here Monday, 60 yesterday, and today I awoke to a blizzard. Hello, spring!

    I do recall getting far too many exercises from physical therapy. I did them at the time, but as soon as I was let go, they slowly faded away. Too many to remember means having to have the papers they give you so you don't forget!

    1. We had rain today and possibly snow tomorrow. Ah, yes. Spring in Michigan.

  4. Still dull and gloomy over this way, but thanks for spreading the spring time cheer. I hope your back feels better as the sun shines. Have a great weekend.

    1. Thanks, Nicola. It's back to dull & gloomy here, too. That little teaser wasn't enough.


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