Exercise or Just Relaxing

I ordered this off of Amazon to do floor exercises. It will also be a twin bed cover on our downstairs twin bed. We had to throw away the top mattress because cats peed on it. I was determined to get the smell out but hubby won to throw it away. I give in a lot post stroke time. lol So it is killing two birds with one stone, two functions so it saved us money. 🙂

It’s comfy. It does lay out flat and still comfy.

I want to get my arms and wrists flexible. It’s like being 90 years old when getting up. Really sucks. Nothing like going from 40s to 90s in warp speed.

I want to get into learning yoga. I feel it is a super soft yoga mat too. 🙂

One thing my butt has changed to being boney from being fat and cushy.

It definitely has been big changes in my life, I don’t wish it on anyone. Hopefully people will learn to take care of themselves from my experience. I’m lucky I have a wonderful hubby and great kids helping. My daughter and I have grown closer thru this.

picture purfect

She had to pose to send to her mom. lol

She loves to take pictures. Going to miss having her here every day but glad her mom will have her. I need my body back to handle her. lol I wish I could drive and take her places, like the park. We were at the store, and she was being nice and holding my hand, but would walk into me. lol Really doesn’t work well holding my right hand, stroke hand, getting better but my balance is still off. I wonder if this is how it is when we are kids learning to walk. lol

I miss driving, almost 2 years since I drove. Miss my independence. It is nice my hubby and kids help me but I was very independent before. I hope someday again. I do adjust but gets me sad.

Some Are Blooming

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Zinnias are blooming, and by mistake. lol

We put some in pots to get them to bloom. 🙂 Slowly

I forget, but one planter tipped over and that’s how we got the zinnias growing in the rocks. No other has bloomed, some the green leaves are there but no blooms.

We replanted the zinnias in separate pots, and they are slowly blooming on the back deck.

I think next year, cleaning up the rocks and plant there.

Granddaughter

We have been watching the granddaughter since mid-August because mommy is doing the army thing. It’s been fun but also tiring. I’ll miss her but be glad to get back to being grandparents and seeing her on an occasional weekend. I will really like seeing the daughter again and being able to text her. She is my bestest friend as her daughter likes to say. lol

I see why grandparents are not parents, couldn’t keep up with youngsters. I should have taken better care of myself. Listen young people so you will have better older years. 🙂

We made many fort blankets. Loved doing those as a kid.

She doesn’t eat well, so it was a challenge every day. She got fed interesting meals. Can’t wait till she is older. Her mom was a picky eater but a better eater and now she loves vegetables that I don’t. That makes me happy.

She does have quite the imagination and loves to sing her own lyrics.

We did the best we could to teach her to pick up. She has the bad habit of leaving a mess and I will be glad to have the house back to normal. Only picking up after hubby. lol

We didn’t do anything special since hubby works and I’m still recovering from my stroke. Still tired from that. Maybe next summer, I hope, but not four weeks straight. 🙂

outside fun
such a big helper
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you’ll want these books on your reading list, too! — Inside My World

Hey, lovelies! I know, I know, it’s such a big list, however, you may know by now, that some of the books on this list, will at some point, have their own article. Historical-fiction, that is based on a true-story, as I typically read based on a true-story, inspired by true events, about 98% of […]

you’ll want these books on your reading list, too! — Inside My World

Chapt. 5 Character

“Brad, since you can’t seem to remember” He growled.

“Nice to have a name with the face. Sorry I don’t remember you. I was a teenager with many dramas going on back then.” pg. 22

(google image, thinking dramas, don’t remember stuff)

‘I wish I had my phone to call my best friend, Dorie, she was there. She is at college now. She was disappointed when I didn’t follow her to college. It was always the plan to go together since we were in Jr. High. I am just so glad we stay in touch. ‘ pg. 22

(google image, girlfriends)

“It was July 1999. I came to help my father’s longtime friend, Carl Wilson, on his farm. You came out one day with a friend, young blonde, your age, about your height.” pg. 23

“I am the young age of thirty-five. I am not old and I know you are twenty-five.” pg. 23

“I had blonde hair back then from being outdoors all the time. I am now an accountant so no more outdoors more like hello cubicle. And thanks to contacts, I no longer wear glasses.” pg. 23

“OH. Wow. I um…do remember you. I am now genuinely embarrassed.” I turned away from him. Oh crap. He was my rebound from Damian. I began to pace.’ pg. 24

“You don’t have to be embarrassed. Crap happens. It was only two weeks’ time, not a lifetime like your old lover boy.” pg. 24

‘I am pretty sure he was a rebound from Damien and I feel even more ashamed. I should have given myself time to heal. Damien was the love of my life gone sour after two years of dating. It seemed like a lifetime to a teenage girl. We dated from eleventh grade through my graduation, and then caught him with another girl. He broke my heart, and it still hasn’t healed in ten years.’ pg. 24

(google image, love of a teenage girl)

“The job was done. I had to head back to my hometown to help my dad on his farm. I was going to come back the following summer, but I decided to enroll in college. I picked a career in accounting, worked for a big firm for the last five years. Carl called and mentioned he needed some more help, and I thought why not. I quit my boring job and headed on down here. I have been here about a month. I am going to open my accounting business and then help Carl in the evenings and weekends. He is getting to where he can’t do all the work and has no other family to help.” pg. 25

(google image, accountant)

‘I walked over to one wall and grabbed some blankets. No pillows, but we can use a blanket for a pillow, plenty of those. Brad found a couple kerosene lamps, and thankfully some matches next to them. Everything was on the shelves and there were no batteries or flashlights. The supplies seem to be from decades ago and more the old camping way.’ pg. 26

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‘Boy, I miss my Pepsi.’ pg. 27

Character brief


Mystery man- Brad, 35yr

main lady, Annie, 25yr

farm owner, Carl, older

best friend, Dorie, 25yr

ex-boyfriend, Damien, 26yr

year now- 2009, met in 1999

Chapt. 4 Tunnel, getting to know you

“I love knowledge. Knowledge is good. Caves happen to be rather interesting to me. I wouldn’t have the courage to explore an unknown cave but one that has already is great. My goal is to explore a cave in each state. Bucket list you know.” I replied irritably crossing my arms over my chest. pg. 16

“I’m not real sure. I only began exploring it recently. I bought the cottage a month ago. I discovered the entrance when I tried to move the box and found it was bolted down. I removed the bolts and was surprised when the box came up without the bottom. I then had to pry the bottom part up, it was stuck by heavier bolts. I was shocked to see the tunnel and the first room. I decided to keep the box there until I could find out information on it. After all, someone went through a lot of trouble to hide that passageway. Who would have thought a box was hiding a secret place?” He chuckled, pg. 17

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“My grandpa once said there were tunnels built under part of the town but thought they had been caved in.” “He will be surprised when I tell him they do exist.” I said pg. 18

“I have two older brothers that loved to treat me like one of them. They were always picking on me. I sometimes wondered if they forgot I was a girl. Most of my girlfriends lived out on farms until we were in Jr. High, so I had to play with the boys in the neighborhood. My grandmother was always complaining saying it didn’t look proper for me to hang with the boys, but there wasn’t anyone else. I would even save up my allowance to go buy Hot Wheels cars.” pg. 19

“Oh, my, look at that. I have never seen a more beautiful sight.” Mystery man exclaimed.

I peeked around him to see what he was looking at. Wow just like in the photography books. pg. 20

Chapt. 3 Memory, Adventure

‘I worked for a local farmer in the summer of 1999, you came out to the farm with a girl, she had blonde hair and blue eyes. Can’t remember her name but I didn’t forget you. We hung out on the farm and then went to a party that night.’ pg. 11

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‘This man should make my blood boil with rage not set it in fire with lust. What the heck is wrong with me? He snatched me.’ pg. 12

‘I don’t know if leaving would be too wise. See, when I found you, a man had been chasing you and when I went out earlier, he was out there only with several others. I am not the guilty one. I put you in the storage closet in case he happened to come to the door asking questions. You were hidden in there if he would happen to come to the door.’ pg. 12

‘A loud bang came from outside that made us both jump.’

‘He ran over, grabbed my arm and led me back to the storage room. He shut the door behind us. Motioned for me to be quiet. He locked the door gently and put his arm on mine as if to tell me to stay still.’ pg. 12

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‘I could feel a sneeze coming. Crap. Doing everything I could to hold it in. I sneeze my funny half sneeze. Mystery man covered my face up in case there was another one coming. I normally do sneeze more than once, luckily this time I did not. Did he remember that from years ago? Why can’t I remember?’ pg. 13

‘He motioned for me to crawl into the box. I shook my head no, not in that smelly thing. He motioned again with a rather angry look and whispered get in. I peered over the side of it and saw the bottom had been opened and there was a ladder leading down below. Just like out of an adventure novel! I smiled. Did my best to not think of the smell.’ pg. 13

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‘It was airy and pitch black. It smelled musty and I could hear running water. My feet touched ground. After he was down, he took my hand, and he led us closer to the water sound.’ pg. 14

‘Mystery man lit a candle and placed it on a wooden table against the wall. He started opening tubs searching for something. He found a flashlight and shone it in my eyes. Bright light.’ pg. 14

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‘I shook my head in agreement and began to follow him down the cold, dark cave like tunnel. Just where it leads and what the story is behind this, I can’t wait to find out. My heart won’t stop racing from the unknown and Mr. Blue eyes.’ pg. 15

pg 11 through 15.

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Chapt. 2 Stranger?

“I slammed the lid back down. Covered my nose and did my best to not be sick. A lovely symptom to add to my splitting headache, true hangover without the fun beforehand. After the smell faded, I began crawling again. Felt a slight breeze on my face, maybe I am close to the doorway. Bumped into something in front of me. Decided to stand up feeling all the way up. Moved my hand to the right, a doorknob.” pg. 7

(google images)

“He was tall, blue eyes, and dark brown hair. The most amazing eyes, I might add. The bluest of blue. Reminded me of the clearest ocean waters. I couldn’t stop staring at them.” pg. 7

“I cannot figure out why he is acting as though I am not a prisoner.” pg. 8

(google images) My mind picturing a small cottage.

amethyst
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“While enjoying the meal, I scanned the small cottage. There were a lot of photos of nature and no portrait ones. One photo had the most brilliant purple stone on a beach setting. It was dazzling.” pg. 8

“You really do not remember me.” he spoke irritated. pg. 10

pages 6 through 10