Obla-dee, obla-dah, life goes on, brah . . .


Yes, I am still here, just dealing with a lot of Real Life Stuff, health-wise, money-wise, etc.  I did escape (complete with my big clunky purple cast) for a few days to our beautiful Gulf Coast, the so-called “Redneck Riviera” 😉 to spend time with my two sisters and sort of celebrate all our birthdays together.

Never mind they are in three separate months–September, August and January–celebrate when and where you can, that’s our motto.


It was the first time we had been together in–what, over a year? Haven’t been to the beach in close to two years. Way too long. Sara was her usual gracious self and prepared wonderful food–the Omaha Steaks filet mignon was to die for–while Tony took us out for a couple of memorable meals of Gulf Coast seafood and southern sides. Deb had to cut up my food for me, but I managed not to make too much of a mess. 😉 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA My sisters Deb and Sara on the balcony of Sara’s Orange Beach condo.  I never fail to marvel at the sunrises and sunsets when I am down there.  Below, Sara sporting the Alabama monogrammed cuff and scarf I gave her as part of her birthday and wearing a shirt from Deb in anticipation of Crimson Tide Game Day; the palms in front of the Phoenix VIII silhouetted against the sky and Sara and her “little” sister, who now towers over her.  And there’s the adorable Hannah, my sister’s sweet, sweet little dog.    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA   OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA   OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA   51cbf09a_o Little things mean a lot, and there are so many things we simply take for granted. I didn’t realize how long it have been since I had enjoyed a refreshing glass of juice until we had the orange-pineapple kind for breakfast on a couple of mornings. My gosh, but that juice was good! I really savored it. That’s one of things that has fallen off our grocery list of late. Too many medical co-pays, too little money, just can’t make it stretch far enough. Some of you know how it goes.

As far as my health issues, the cast is off and the forearm has definitely improved by resting the tendon through forced immobility, just as Chavan hoped. Hooray! However, the wrist is still problematic and I am not dismissing scoping surgery of the wrist in the future. (Come to think of it, my entire body is problematic. I feel like that old fixer-upper in the neighborhood: I’m full of character and a certain charm, but I definitely needs lot of work.  Caveat emptor.)

We worked last weekend covering a homecoming dance for PRP and an attack of sciatica nearly did me in. But I survived, as always. I just pay for it over the next several days. C’est la vie. Keeping fingers crossed that everything goes well with tomorrow morning’s assignment for the newspaper.  I need the bucks, whenever and however I can make them–within reason, of course. And due to the cast, I am seriously behind on some of my projects.  On those all-too-frequent days when I feel overly stressed and bummed out in general, I close my eyes and remember this: OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA And this. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA And also this. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA   P9195505   OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The sugary white sands of Orange Beach, Ala., and the ever-changing blues and greens (not to mention pinks and oranges) of sky and sea. All photos, save the one of Sara and me taken by Deb, are my own. 


I’ve got a soft, beautiful cat on my lap, and new books to read and escape into,  thanks to Sara’s generous gift of an Amazon card; the birthday cash from Deb helped buy groceries and gas. I have a darling husband who can always make me laugh even when I am low, and two sisters who love and support me in various ways.  I’m not where I want to be, exactly, in life, but I am trying to make the best of where I am with what I have.   31186d5f9b8d386572e9c22701f29d64 I think this guy would approve (he tends to make me feel better, too, BTW.  Edit by Fernanda Matias).  6a735308b1b03cd89f2f588348135454

About fedoralady

I'm an LA native--Lower Alabama, that is. My husband of more than 30 years and I live here on a portion of my family's former farm with two gorgeous calicos and a handsome GSD mix. My background is art education, and over the years I've been a teacher, department store photographer, sales associate and a journalist. My husband, his business partner and I have Pecan Ridge Productions, a video production company, for which I shoot & edit video and stills and manage marketing. I also still write part-time for the local paper. I love movies, music, art, photography and books, and my tastes in all of them are eclectic.

9 responses »

  1. I am so glad you had time with your sisters at Orange Beach. It looks beautiful! I am sending all best wishes for respite from the pain and a nice pot of gold at the end of your personal rainbow. Besos y abrazos to you and yours ❤

  2. I love the pic of RA, ‘leaning in’ as he does…attentive, engaged and generous. As are you, with your posts. ” I’m not where I want to be, exactly, in life, but I am trying to make the best of where I am with what I have. ” — I can totally relate to this….I know what you mean and it is the best advice and good to be reminded of that. Glad you had a nice time and glad you have such nice sisters (I have one of those too!).

    • Yes, he is always so kind and thoughtful and fully engaged with his audience and fans, bless him. I guess we all are just doing the best we can in life, right? I really understand more than ever the need to take things “one day at a time.” It’s certainly no good borrowing trouble. Yes, thank heavens for good siblings! I have been blessed.

  3. Hope you will soon be on the mend. I, too love the gulf coast. So very beautiful. Glad you had time with family. Sometimes, it’s the only thing that makes everything right. Am praying for you.

  4. Glad to hear from you again, Angie, and glad that you had such a pleasant and satisfying time with your sisters at the beach. What gorgeous pictures of sun, clouds, water, and sand. The gulf beach that I am most familiar with is near St. Petersburg, FL, where my parents are buried and my older son makes his home.

    “trying to make the best of where I am with what I have.” I doubt that many people are truly happy with where they are in life, and the reasons are so different. I just read a book called THE DEFINING MOMENT, about FDR and the beginning of his presidency. Here was a man who seemed to have everything, then at thirty-nine was taken down by polio and made a paraplegic. Yet he found the courage to run for governor, then president during the worst of the depression, and continued in office to lead this country to win WW II. Most of the time in serious physical pain, leading a public life while hiding the fact that he couldn not walk at all. He continued to be who he was, and he astonished the country with his hope, optimsm, and productivity.

    Isn’t it great that Malala won the Nobel Peace Prize?

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