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Mondays with Melitas – December 21, 2015

blog 12-21a blog 12-21bNEW YEAR DAWNING                                         DECEMBER 21, 2015

 

Skip Christmas!

 

I need to start thinking about the future. This present tense is lousy. There should be no bandages on the left leg nor on the right elbow in another couple of weeks. It will be a new year dawning, so it is time for me to think about some resolutions. It’s silly that I haven’t cut the umbilical cord which is hooked up to the Wound Center at Eisenhower Medical Center. They are sick and tired of me around there, and I have certainly had them up to my ying-yang — and all the nurses coming to the house every few days to dress the wounds. Those nurses probably are sick and tired of seeing me in my “night” attire — even if they come late afternoon, I wait to dress in “day” attire after they go on their way to some other hapless individual.

Before I leave this year, I’ve just got to tell you about circumstances in general around here. This Coachella Valley has many hiking trails for people to get lost, or even get dead. Visitors to the valley are usually the ones who end up needing to be rescued — they don’t take enough water, or maybe they get stuck overnight on the mountain with not enough clothing for warmth, or they lose their way. So the Riverside Country rescue people are called with the helicopter, with the fire engine, the “bus” (ambulance) and so forth. This exercise costs the county taxpayers probably $150,000 minimum (my guess.) I have thought about this for a number of years, and feel like it’s time to put up some signs. There is a stretch of beach along the coast north of San Francisco where there are terrible rip tides and the sign on that beach: “Swim at your own risk. There are no life guards to save you.”

I don’t know why I wandered off my soap box, except I was thinking more about one certain hiking trail over by Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage — they named it “The Bump and Grind.” The authorities have posted signs — put up gates, etc to close this trail off. The hikers bother the Big Horn sheep who live up there, but do you think that stops the hiker? No, it doesn’t.

I have a similar situation right here on Dandelion Drive. I have my own “Bump and Grind” trail right here in this house. For the New Year there will be signs posted at critical areas on the trail.

 

“Meli — watch your step, do not dare take the path to the right here, or left as the case may be. You do so at your own risk. Those handsome 9-1-1 hunks will not take a call to this address, nor will the ambulance, nor fire engine drivers (who aren’t bad to look at either.) EMC will not take you in. Medicare is crabbing about the costs.”

 

I had a few thoughts tumbling around my brain, and somehow one idea kept coming up. This is BRAIN TO MELITAS: “Stop reading those murder mystery thrillers. You are definitely wasting your time. I order you to ask Amazon to send you two Kindle books: “Boost Your Brain” by Majid Fotuhi, MD, PhD: and “How to Improve your Memory”

(Boost your Brain Power and improve your memory for Life!) by Joel Kirkhoff. Then study them!”

Now there you have it. You know what I will be doing until New Years — reading and studying those two books, head buried in my two Kindles, trying to get the brain jump-started so it will be able to find some new, old tales to spin for my Dear Friends out there, and whom I dearly love.

Happy Holidays to one and all.

 

 

MELITAS FORSTER                                       Mondays with Melitas

 

15 Comments to “Mondays with Melitas – December 21, 2015”

  1. Merry Christmas Melotas and Alba

    I’m writing you from not-so-sunny Texas…we’ve had a nice week here visiting my 2 sisters and my 94 year old father! Every time I see him I tell him about you Melitas, and how you are writing this blog. He tips his hat to you!

    So glad to see you writing again – especially since it’s Christmas week! Have a great holiday – don’t eat too much!

    Besos
    Jamie

  2. You and the Warden have a great Christmas and New Year celebration. I know you know how to do that. I fly off to Canada for 2 weeks with those 2 dumb bros tomorrow morning – hoping for a white Christmas. Will have a great time. Will be at a hockey game on NY Eve and then I’m the designated driver home.
    To Hawaii (Maui) for a week in January. I’ll be down to meet you 2 somewhere for lunch after that and you’ll be bandage-free!!!

  3. Think “Bump and Grind” is a dance…ha ha. Stop dancing around the house. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and Alba. Get rid of the bandages forever!

  4. Dear Melitas,
    Once again, you are an inspiration to us!!
    I’m heading to Amazon right now to order those books
    That is, of course, if I remember to do so!!
    God bless you always, Kathryn

  5. HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR .
    I LOVE READING ALL YOUR STORIES . TAKE CARE AND STAY WELL . EASY
    ON THE HOLLIDAY ” SPIRITS” . LOVE AND HUGS TO YOU AND THE WARDEN .

  6. Merry Christmas to you and Alba, and to all, good night. Love, Georgie

  7. Hope you and Alba have a great Christmas & New Year. Soon you will heal and get rid of those bandages.

    Kathy

  8. Hi Meltis,
    My skin is so thin now I would never make it to your age. I really understand about the bumps bruises etc. God Bless you and Alba. I wonder how bumper car guards would work?
    Merry Christmas

  9. Dear Mena,

    Your brain doesn’t need a jump start, my dear; but it’s great that you keep wanting to learn more.

    I hope that you and Alba have a great Christmas. I will be able to see my middle son, Kris and my youngest, Eric and his wife, Megan. My newest grandchild will be here too; but we won’t meet until June.

    I love you and Alba,
    Maxine

  10. Dear Mena,

    Your brain doesn’t need a jump start, my dear; but it’s great that you keep wanting to learn more.

    I hope that you and Alba have a great Christmas. I will be able to see my middle son, Kris and my youngest, Eric and his wife, Megan. My newest grandchild will be here too; but we won’t meet until June.

    I love you and Alba,
    Maxine

  11. Melitas,

    I was good to talk to you and Alba yesterday. Sorry that we won’t see you this Sunday.

    Love

    John

  12. I WILL BE NICE TO YOU TODAY BECAUSE, SANTA IS COMING!!!!!!

    I KEEP PRAYING THAT I’M ON SANTAS’ GOOD LIST. I TRIED AS HARD AS I COULD TO BE GOOD,
    DON’T TELL HIM ANY BAD STUFF ABOUT ME. BECAUSE I’LL HAVE TO TELL HIM HOW BAD YOU ARE!!!!!!

    HAVE A WONDERFULL CHRISTMAS AND EVEN THE WARDEN SURED GET A GOOD LIST PRESENT!!!!!!

    LOVE YA,
    JOAN

  13. Melitas, you are an inspiration to us all. Your spirit helps to keep mine alive. God Bless you and Alba as we continue to pray for an easier world to live in. MERRY CHRISTMAS. When your friends toast a “Bottoms Up”…try to keep yours planted!
    Love ya,
    DeeDee

  14. Merry Christmas and wishing you much happiness in 2016, Melitas and Alba!
    Lots of love from Freeda & Gary.

  15. Dear Great Aunt and Aztec Princess,

    Laura and I hope your Christmas was Merry and wish you much merriment in the coming New Year. I have new and interesting happenings on the job front so once that is settled – hopefully mid-January – we’ll get out to the desert.
    We love & miss you.

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