January Daily Photos – Two

Well……Mother Nature, we hear you loud and clear!!! Please say the predictions of 12-15″ of snowfall on Monday are exaggerated and a result of your very funny sense of humor!!! You know I still can’t operate a snowblower after my hand surgery……you gotta give me a break, here! Please?

Think she understands???? hahaha

Let’s just get on with the January Daily Photos on this single digit temperature day!

GET IN THE PHOTO

I’m in there……somewhere!!!

PLAY

MAKES ME SMILE!

LUNCH

I AM HERE

HAPPY

REFLECTION

HECK, YES!!!

I’m heading back to the couch, my book, and a warm blanket!!!

January Daily Photos – One

Hello, January…….Mother Nature wanted to be sure we were aware that it is winter, so she dumped a bit of snow on us! Not a ton, but enough to make it cold and blustery for much of the day. Two years ago this week I was in Hawaii……today, I saw my doctor to assess my progress one week post surgery and I’m trying my darnedest to keep warm. Oh well……I’m in my nice warm house, now and settled in the the evening.

Here is my first set of January Daily Photos:

HOW I’M STARTING 2022

THIS IS ME

(according to a snapchat filter…..I wish it really was me……hehehe)

BREAKFAST

SOMETHING BLUE

(don’t believe the message on the mask? those “blue” eyes are proof)

THIS YEAR I’LL….

(choose to dance…..)

STARTS WITH G

(gloves)

WORD TO LIVE BY

โ€œUbuntuโ€

African Philosophy of Ubuntu (oo-BUUN-too):

I am because we are!

No man is an island by himself.

That’s all, folks……for now, anyway!!!

Hello, 2022 – Goodbye Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Good Morning and Happy New Year! It is a foggy morning here in Western New York. Great way to describe my situation on this first day of the new year – 2022!

You’ll see this photo again when I post my first set of Daily Photos for January 2022…..it is today’s photo!

I had surgery on Thursday – the 30th – on my right hand for carpal tunnel syndrome and trigger thumb. I opted for sedation because I am not interested in being awake for any procedure that involves cutting into me regardless of how much they numb the incision site! So, I pretty much slept off the “fog” in my head the day of and day after the surgery.

The surgery went well……they gave me the happy juice and I barely remember being wheeled out of the prep room…..and suddenly, I was waking up in recovery. My had was heavily bandaged, but there was zero pain. Later that evening, I started to ache a little as the numbing agent wore off and the next day I felt really badly bruised. But, the pain was FAR less than I expected (easily managed with Tylenol) and it was a far cry from the pain I had due to the carpal tunnel and trigger thumb conditions. Today, I still need the Tylenol, but it is getting better……the strange tingling and shocking sensations due to the nerves being cut is weird, though. I had minimal swelling – mostly just the lower palm where the incisions are, but again, not as bad as I expected. Ice packs have helped.

The best part??? I’ve had two nights where I was not jolted awake with searing, burning, numbness and extreme pain in my right hand and arm!!! And…..I can bend my thumb – not totally, yet, because of the slight swelling, but it was totally locked before the surgery and very painful. Good bye carpal tunnel and trigger thumb!!! I can’t say as I will miss you……good riddance, in fact!!!

Today……I was able to take the big, bulky bandage off and just cover the incisions with bandaids and I can get it wet, now. When the bandage came off, there is slight bruising and slight swelling, but over all it looks really good!!! So……life will slowly get back to normal as I heal and improve. I’m pretty much a newly appointed left-hander for a while and it is quite awkward, but a small price to pay for the relief from the problems those two conditions caused me!

So…..on with 2022……so far, it’s off to a GREAT (albeit foggy) start for me!!!

December Daily Photo Challenge – 4

This is the last day of 2021 and the last set of photos for the month and the year! WOW……this year has flown by.

2021 was the sixth year I did a daily photo challenge. The first couple of years, I just challenged myself to go out every day and take a photo of something that caught my eye. Then, I discovered the PAD List that I have been using for a few years, now. A few years I added in a Lenten List and an Advent List in addition to my PAD List…..it’s been fun…..sometimes challenging……sometimes frustrating…..but always fun and creative!!! And, tomorrow, I start year # 7!!!

Here are the final photos for 2022:

SANTA

MAKES ME FEEL MERRY

PARTY FOOD

And my brother in his party shirt

A MOMENT

FREE CHOICE

I DID THIS TODAY

Saw “West Side Story” at the theater with friends

MY FAVE BIT OF 2021

The first of many selfies with this little angel who joined our family in April

A BOOK

SOMETHING COLORFUL

The wall in the surgery prep room before my carpal tunnel and trigger thumb surgery

ONE WORD FOR 2022

So…..on we go to a new year…..a new beginning…..and a reason to “believe” life will just keep getting better!!!

Here is the January 2022 Daily Photo Challenge Topic List……and the start of my seventh year of daily photo challenges!!!

December Daily Photo Challenge – 3

Well, here we are — four days till Christmas! Do me a favor……don’t ask if I’m ready……hehehe Let’s just say, I’ll be ready when I need to be! ๐Ÿ™‚

So, on with the next set of Daily Photos:

TREAT

SOMETHING GREEN

SMALL

PEACE

SPARKLE

I MADE THIS

A GIFT

CANDY CANE

That’s it……need to get off here and go wrap some Christmas gifts!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Catch ya next time!

Jazzy Holiday Pops

I had an amazing time, today! I went on a bus day-trip with the Busy Buddies group to Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo, NY to hear the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. The performance was John Morris Russell’s Jazzy Holiday Pops with conductor John Morris Russell. There were also performances by Erica Gabriel – soprano, George Brown – tenor, the Darlene Ceglia’s Dance Project, and trio “Normal Street Entrance” to enhance the experience against the beautiful music of the Buffalo Philharmonic.

First – this is my very first time ever at Kleinhans Music Hall and I have to say I was impressed! What a beautiful venue! I don’t believe there is a “bad seat” in the house. The acoustics are amazing. They serve complimentary donuts and coffee in the lobby with ample seating for everyone to relax while waiting for “showtime”. And…..it was especially impressive how they handled bus groups – which I was a part of: they asked everyone who was in a bus group to remain seated after the show and they called each group when their bus was in queue outside the entrance – no standing around in the cold waiting for your bus or walking out into a large parking lot to get to it. Nice!!!

They also, like most venues right now, require full vaccination for entry – no vax, no entry – and they also require masks to be worn at all times while inside the building. We got off the bus at the entrance and they very quickly and efficiently looked at our vaccination records and photo ID and we went on inside. The sad thing was that we had to show a photo ID that they matched to the name on the vaccination record…..apparently, there is a problem with those who don’t want to be vaccinated using either a friend’s vaccination record or a phony one to get into places that require vaccinations. Come on — if you don’t want to be vaccinated, that’s up to you, but accept the consequences of that decision — there are going to be places you won’t be able to go to without the vaccination — fact of life at this point. Anyway…..I liked that and was happy to show my vaccination record!

The music was incredible…..I always enjoy hearing a philharmonic orchestra – especially with a pops performance. The soloists and dancers made it so much more entertaining, as well.

Here are some photos:

The first few are of the orchestra warming up as the audience was finding their seats.

Erica Gabriel – soprano – stunning!!!

Darlene Ceglia’s Dance Project – dance group – so talented!!!

George Brown – tenor – fabulous!!!

More from the dance group

John Morris Russell – conductor — what a showman!!! During the instrumental part of one of Ms. Gabriel’s songs, he danced with her…..what a treat!

“Normal Street Entrance” – trio – very nice, indeed!!! They did a medley of Irish Christmas songs!!!

Amy Licata – violin, Brett Shurtiffe – double bass, Matt Sperber – guitar

The dance group dancing to “Sleigh Ride”

Ms. Gabriel and Mr. Brown jazzing it up!

Guess who got to sing with the Buffalo Philharmonic???

Yep — ME!!! I sang a medley of classic Christmas Carols!!!

OK……so, it was the audience sing-a-long part of the show……

but, I DID sing…..and the BPO was playing the music!!! hahaha

After the show, we went to Panes Restaurant in North Tonawanda for lunch…..it was really good!!! I had the roast beef and baked potato dinner…..the other choice was chicken parm…..and I think there was a third choice, but I didn’t see anyone have anything but the other two choices. Everyone enjoyed their meal — the bread was AMAZING……they make their own and sell it there (I bought some to have for my Christmas Eve celebration with family — I popped it in the freezer to keep till I need it). There was also vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup for dessert.

So good……beef was tender and jammed with flavor and the baked potato was perfect!!!

It was an amazing day with friends……I went with the Busy Buddies group I belong to and a friend from my school days sat with me on the bus, at the show, and at lunch. So glad I did this day trip — it was a perfect way to enjoy the holiday season!

December Daily Photo Challenge – 2

OK…..so, as of last night, I now have my tree up and the house as decorated as it’s going to get…to be fair, a few decorations were already up – I just got the tree and the bulk of the “what-nots” out and in place last night. But…..I still have not wrapped a single gift or sorted through them to be sure I’m not missing something! So, I’m a bit closer to being ready for Christmas than I was in the last post, but barely! hehehe

That said…..let’s get on with this group of December Daily Photo pics:

MAIL

I BOUGHT THIS….

SOMETHING SILVER

Bet you can’t look at that photo without thinking of Merle Haggard’s “Silver Wings”…..hehehe

TREE

DECORATION

US

Stockings for “us”…..one for me and one for Megan! ๐Ÿ™‚

That’s all for now…….who’s betting I’ll be completely ready for Christmas by the next group of Daily Photos post (won’t say “next post”, cause I just might get ambitious and write something in between)??? No takers? Yeah…..odds are not in your favor on that one! hehehe

December Daily Photo Challenge – 1

Hello, December…..I’m not quite ready for you, yet! I did get my Christmas cards done and in the mail – as of today – but, I haven’t brought my tree and decorations up from the basement, yet…..and, I think I may be done with almost all my shopping, but nothing is wrapped……oh, boy……I’m a hot mess!

But…..I did get a photo for every daily topic, so far…..and, here they are:

STARTS WITH “T”

STAR

I LOVE THIS….

(a gift from my great nephew and great niece for my tree…..that isn’t up, yet)

THIS IS JOY!

(prepping the homemade communion bread for the Lord’s Supper at church)

LIGHTS

SOMETHING RED

THE WEATHER OUTSIDE…..

See ya next time…..maybe I’ll be able to report that I’m all ready for Christmas by then…….yeah, I have my doubts, too, but it’s good to set goals, right?

November Daily Photo Challenge # 4

Goodbye November……..not gonna elaborate…….just gonna get on with the fourth set of November Daily Photos and move on to December! ๐Ÿ™‚

ON MY FEET

MY FAVE COLOR

On that particular day, my fave color was Pizza! What? Pizza is TOO a color!!! Besides, these photos are supposed to be my interpretation of the daily topic and this is how I interpret it that day!!!

MATCHING

NATURAL

DARK

LIGHT

(I missed “Pastel” in between “Light” and “Bright”…….ooppss!!!)

BRIGHT

GOLD

And, so ends our month of “colors”!

Here’s December’s Daily Photo Challenge Topic List:

November Daily Photo Challenge # 3

Hello from yet another cold and rainy Sunday…….I sound like a broken record, huh? Well, it is November, folks……so, let’s just move along so I can offer you the next set of November Daily Photos with a colorful theme!

FLORAL

ONE COLOR

TWO COLORS

PATTERN

BLACK AND WHITE

RAINBOW

ON MY HEAD

So…..are you ready for Thanksgiving? If your turkey isn’t already thawing, you’d better get it out of that freezer NOW!!! I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving full of family, love, and lots of delicious food to share with those you care the most about! And, if that isn’t in the cards for you this year, I wish you peace and happiness with whatever the holiday weekend brings your way.