One down side of being so riddled with arthritis is that I cannot bend very well any more. Now that I have had both of my knees replaced (and they have both healed:), I can at long last lift one foot to the opposite knee each way ... so I can again put on my own socks. Grin. I cannot take very good care of my feet however ... not that I've ever been very diligent with them. I tend to go barefoot a lot (despite my orthopedist's warnings - hard to take the country out of the girl, you know:) ... and I have hyperkeratinitis (I'm not sure that's the correct spelling) - my skin makes excessive callous tissue.
One of my recent personal treats is a more-or-less monthly pedicure. This month I added a manicure (quite unusual for me), as well (I _use_ my hands a lot and tend to keep my nails short). Today I hit the grooming trifecta with a haircut/style, manicure and pedicure. Oh, and facial waxing for complete tidiness. I actually got up at a 'regular' time of 9 a.m. to accomplish this almost-miracle, too. :) Truthfully, it makes me feel better about myself and right now I need all the 'bettering' I can get. Smile.
At one point, as my lady Irina was working on my soles, the salon manager came in and asked if I owned a PT Cruiser. Yes? It is really windy outside, we need to move your car so the tree branches don't land on it. After assuring me that, yes, she could drive a stick shift (though hadn't in a decade or more:), off she went with my car keys.
When I got finished with primping and care, I went outside to leave and found out why she was so panicy. In the space where my car _had_ been parked was a humongous tree branch, covering the entire parking space. Good thing that didn't land on my car! I would certainly have been late for my next appointment ... if not shopping for a new car entirely. _Big_ branch.Today was lovely, on the whole - mid80's, sunny - but very breezy. Apparently a thunderstorm blew past as I was indoors, along with some pretty strong winds. I pity the backyard neighbors (hidden behind a tall wooden slat privacy fence) - those branches were falling right onto several power lines. Don't see how they could have avoided losing their electricity.
My second (well, technically, third) appointment of the day was to visit my cardiologist's office for an echocardiogram (ultrasound of my heart). That is always fascinating (I think my heart beating sounds like my grandmother's old washing machine running) .... and came out fine/normal. My cardiologist likes to have this done every year or two just to watch for changes. That left-bundle-branch-blockage thing-y makes her nervous, I guess. :)
By the time I got home, I was tired _and_ hungry so I spent the afternoon reading and eating lunch and lounging. I still need to finish bank-book chores - I did enter all my receipts and expenditures for the past two months and I downloaded my two monthly statements since the last balance ... but did not get to the balancing. Sigh. Tomorrow is another day, right?
PS I talked to my niece Stephanie for a while this evening. She had just gotten back home (Cincinnati) from visiting my brothers on the farm and wanted to let me know how it went. Apparently they are coping ok in my absence though she did say my brother Jeff seemed really easily tired. I also got a fun FaceTime call from my daughter and grandson - love 'talking' to Baby O. :) He was demonstrating 'Voom!' for me with his toy train (apparently anything with wheels is a 'voom').