Monday, August 23, 2010

Conclusions and celebrations

And so it goes...........I am quite relieved that summer is closing down. This oppressive heat and humidity certainly took it's toll on my health. Phew. I am still trying to get back to my 'normal' as far as mobility is concerned. I am certainly out of the crisis but have a ways to go. Evey step is a blessing. I mean that.

I am happy to report that the final paper work for my separation from employment was re-done and it is now accurate. AND, it is official, I was awarded the Social Security Disability, retroactive from November 2009. Hallelujah! So it is official, I am retired and disabled. Oh my goodness. Sobering and humbling for sure. As they say and I have written, "be careful what you wish for" :-)

Our birthdays and anniversary is almost here - August 29th is our day to celebrate. Well, every day is a celebration but August 29th is very special. Skipp and I were born on the same day and chose that day to get married, as well. :-) I wont be around much until after next Wednesday. Skipp has some much needed time off from work and we are going to bask in the relaxed schedule. Savor every moment of our life and love.

Meanwhile, I am doing my physical therapy and still about the same. My Mom is adjusting to her dialysis schedule as best she can. She is such an inspiration. One day at a time we are both okay. Amen. I so appreciate all of your love and prayers and continued support. And for all we have come through let's celebrate.


Bonnie said...

Hey Gail - Happy Birthday and Happpy Anniversary next week! Glad you are feeling a bit better with the cooler temps and that you are getting what you need in terms of social security payments. Have a wonderful week together!

Bernie said...

So glad your disability paper work is settled, that would give you some relief.
Also happy to hear you and your mom are doing okay, so important to support each other and now I want to wish you and Skipp a Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary (bet he never forgets his anniversary) I hope you have a wonderful few days together just to enjoy life and appreciate all your many blessings. Be well my friend...:-) Hugs

Cinner said...

Oh I am so glad you are able to spend time with Skipp. happy anniversary and birthdays on the 29th, our anniversary is the 28th, Glad to hear things are okay, I know how hard it is for you. big hugs and lotsa love.

PENolan said...

Whew! It's been a tricky one, no doubt.

I'm off to Syracuse this morning to take Velvet back to school. He can't wait to see his brothers at Hookah House. I get to clean the bathroom in his first apartment.


take care of yourself,

Gail said...


Travel safely - SO good to see you. We will talk soon.


thabnks for the well wishes for our special day. and for ALL your love and support and friendship, no mater what!!


thank you too for all your well wishes and love and friendship. ANd yes, we plan on simply enjoying our world and time together. :-)


thank you for the well wishes and sharing in our special day. We looiok forward to our time together SO much. :-)

Love to yoiu all
peace and hope.....

Shen said...

Savor every moment... absolutely! I wanted to let you know that I put up an award for you on my blog.


Gail said...

thanks SO much - I will go over to your place. :-)

Love Gail
peace and hope.....

Whitemist said...

I am glad the first part of your journey is at an end, with a positive note. Now for the rest of the story!

Wonderingsoul said...

So glad that your social security stuff as been reviewed and settled Gail.
Hope that you have had / are having some really good quality time with Skipp and that you are both feeling better for it.

With love x

Gail said...


I am SO happy to see you here for SO many reasons. :-) And I truly apprecaite your well wishes for me and Skipp. Stay close.

Love toyou
peace and hope.....


A positive note indeed! :-) And yes - now for the next chapter. One can only imagine!!

Love you man
peace and hope.....

Wanda..... said...

I had made note of this happy event last year and was going to surprise you with a greeting, :( but I still can say HAPPY BIRTH AND ANNIVERSARY DAY TO YOU BOTH.

My parents wed on my dad's birthday and the anniversary of her passing is on the day after.

Glad to hear your good news and of you feeling better and your mom doing well.

Lola said...

I'm a bit late but...


Gail said...


thanks SO much for your well wishes and for 'remembering'. think it is way cool that you made a note of this date from last year. And ya, my Mom is adjusting and I am managing. :-) SHe is very brave. I have a ways to go one step at a time.

Love to you my friend
peace and hope.....

Gail said...


SO nice to see you. I thought you were taking a break from blogging so I feel quite honored that you came by and wished us "Happy Day" :-) thanks Lola,

Love to you'
peace and hope.....

TheChicGeek said...

How fun, Gail :)
Happy Birthday, Sweet Girl!
That's neat you and hubby have the same cool is that! Plus, plus, plus getting married on that day too! Wow, all elements of good and lovely and beautiful were in alignment on that day, for sure :)

Love and Hugs,
Enjoy your time and each and every step is a blessing...we all need to remember that!

Happy Birthday, Girrrrrrrrrrrl!!!!

Gail said...

HI THERE CHIC GEEK-My favorite California girl.

thank you bunches for the wonderful wishes for our day of celebration this Sunday. I love that you are here.

Love Gail
peace and hope.....

Diana said...

Happy Birthday to you both. Happy Anniversary to you both. Happy New Beginning to you both. You deserve this time together and I hope it it is all that you dream it to be. Love and "Cheers" to you and Skipp!
Love Di ♥

Gail said...


thanks so much for 'Cheering" for us!! "YAY"!!!

love you
peace and hope.....

Lisa said...

Hey Gail!

First things First:

I am so glad I came by today!

Happy Birthday to you and Skipp!!! :) Happy Anniversary to you and your Honey :) !!! How wonderful!!!!

So glad your life seems to be settling down, you were finally able to settle on your paper work, your mom seems to be doing better and the cool weather is coming so YOU will soon feel better.

I am so sorry to be a stranger...I haven't had much time for visiting or posting or even downloading pictures. My life has been full taking care of the injured, wounded and sick.... Kathryn fell down the stairs about two weeks ago late on a Thursday night fracturing the growth plate in her ankle. The very next morning my Stephen was working at the Vineyards down the street and sliced his finger down the middle with a hedge clipper...uggg... One dog cut her tail so badly we thought we would lose it...We have NO CLUE as to how this happened...That same week the other dog had a seizure that would have knocked your socks off...Both cars have died...Thank God I married man that I call McMark...after Macgyver...He can fix anything :) and to top of this month of fun...We have had strep throat running threw the family and Mark ((my husband)) had to go out of town for a week.

Today everyone is doing quite well. My son's finger looks great, Kathryn is walking on her cast, Natasha has no memory of the seizure and Daisy's tail is healing nicely. Mark is home from Pittsburgh and is working on the cars. I think we should have one up and running today; He is that good :)

All in All....I say Shuuuuu! I am so glad we made it through in one piece. :) :) :)

I will have to come back to catch up on things later McMark is calling for some help :)

Much Love to you! and Happy, Happy Birthday to you both and Anniversary.

Andy said...

Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary to you both!

Gail said...

HI ANDY--SO good to see you here and I SO appreciate your well wishes. :-)

Love you
peace and hope

Gail said...


SO nice ot see you and I truly appreciate all the cheers for us!! :-) And it seems like you have your hands full. phew. ANd that some of oyur injured are coming along. WOw. I am doing oay, I have a ways to go for sure. My Mom is adjusitng to the dialysis and the schedule.
Love to you
peace and hope.....

Wanda..... said...

Hope you had a nice day today, Gail! It being your Birthday!
♥ Wanda

Gail said...


we had a lovely day. took a drive all along the water (Long Island Sound), and then had a late lunch at a great spot right on the water. It was beautiful and delicious. So good to see you.

Love Gail
peace and hope.....