Dear Tom, I miss you!

I heard from Ishbel the other day. She’s been on my mind, although I know she’s all right. She was married to you, after all, so I know just how tough she is!

But I know your family misses you. I miss you.

Here’s all the news that’s fit to print~

I’m still pretty much a mess. But there are worse things than broken things. As you well know. I did take Jake to the beach last week. The surf was so high we couldn’t do much beach combing.

20160225_104251

Also a woman wearing a pashmina tried to hit Jake with a ball thrower. Seriously. She was at the far end wearing her blue pashmina (I hate pashmina’s because they are so pretentious) and white slacks. She was using her ball thrower to dig a hole in the sand with her golden retriever who was, as this is an off-leash beach, off-leash.

Jake bounded up to them, all happy, his entire body wiggling like a puppy and a look on his face that said, “Hey, wassup? What y’all doing over here?”

Her dog just looked at Jake, but the woman started swinging that ball thrower at him. So I yelled, “Hey, lady, knock it off! Don’t you dare hit my dog!” I called Jake back to me. He came right away, with a look that said, “Is she crazy or what?”

She’s lucky he didn’t bite her or grab her ball thrower and run off with it.

So I yelled to her, “If you’re going to have your dog off leash you can’t be swinging your ball thrower at other dogs when they approach.”

Two other dog walkers witnessed the incident and turned around, walked the other way, as did Jake and I. This is only a spit of a beach on the best day. The surf was so high there wasn’t much walking to be had. Unfortunate. But a beach is still a beach!

Fortunately for Jake, we discovered a new park in Napa. It’s off the beaten path. There are no cars, and he can be off leash. He made a new friend, one whose owner did not swing his fishing pole at Jake.

My Vionics – shoes to help plantar fasciitis. I think they are super cute although since it seems I have a stress fracture of my left heel as opposed to plantar fasciitis they really aren’t helping a bit. Gotta see a man today about a cast…

20160211_173803

Oh… And you’ll be both pleased and disconcerted to note that my youngest (in the center) went skydiving for her birthday. She is now certified. Whatever that means. I’m trying not to look. Seriously. Can’t look.

IMG_3137

Her instructor is Israeli which makes me feel better. Nevertheless…

Okay. I’m done. Gotta go swimming before I get a cast. Oh I so don’t want another cast…

XOXO! Love you, Tom! Julia

 

 

 

Advertisements

18 thoughts on “Dear Tom, I miss you!

    1. juliabarrett Post author

      She wants me to go for my birthday, Sandra! Ack! Thank god it’s out of the question this year!

      Like

      Reply
  1. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

    The daughter wants to do that. She’s 24. Not my problem. I was too chicken to do things like that when I had an intact spine, and it’s out of the question now. I’d be thrilled to be able to walk around the block and ski down the bunny hill.

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply
    1. juliabarrett Post author

      My youngest has wanted to skydive since she was a little kid. Now she’s an adult. Her decision. I feel for you, Alicia. Hang in there.

      Liked by 1 person

      Reply
    1. juliabarrett Post author

      Probably will, Anny. But a cast will cut into my swimming which is keeping me in shape for the upcoming knee surgery! Good god! This is a little ridiculous. πŸ™‚

      Like

      Reply
  2. Diana Stevan (@DianaStevan)

    So sorry you have to get another cast. Yuk! Hope it’ll be the last and you’ll put all that behind you.

    Our youngest tried skydiving once, to deal with her fears. She never did it again though. It’s something I would’ve loved to have tried but didn’t have the courage.

    And poor Jake and you on the beach. Some people!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply
    1. juliabarrett Post author

      Hi Diana. Yes, I hope the last for a long while. I think the hardest part of skydiving would be getting out the door. After that I’d just faint and so on and so on…

      Like

      Reply
  3. Roberta

    Why can’t people be kind? I don’t understand people for the most part any more. Bah Hum Bug on her and her dog.

    Off the beaten path parks are better anyway.

    So sorry to hear you are having problems/pain with your foot/heel.

    When it rains it pours. Hope the rainy cloud passes soon and may it hover above the unfriendly lady on the beach.

    Stay dry. Don’t sky dive. Swim yes…yes. YES!!!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply
    1. juliabarrett Post author

      I agree, Roberta. People tend to overreact when they see a German shepherd, even if he’s bouncing around like a puppy! Yes, indeed, it does pour. Seems like everyone I know is in a similar boat at the moment. You stay well too!

      Like

      Reply
  4. Greta van der Rol

    Sorry about the cast. And idiots who think GSDs are scary. Silly bitch.

    I went skydiving when I left the ex. None of this tandem rubbish, all on my own, so I guess I got certified. Never done it since. Just… life moved on.

    Look after yourself m’dear.

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply
    1. juliabarrett Post author

      Thanks, Greta. I’d have to go tandem. Besides, I think that’s how it works here anyway. No solo diving without a course of instruction!

      Like

      Reply
  5. Marylin Warner

    Sorry about another cast, Julia. But on the bright side, maybe the lady in the blue pashmina has been feeling guilty and will offer to take Jake for a run along the shore… πŸ˜‰
    Our Scout gets “fixed” tomorrow, and then in six weeks when she’s 7 1/2 months, she’ll be able to go to the 10 acre Bear Creek off leash dog park. We used to take Maggie there, and the dog “parents” looked out for each other’s dogs instead of taking swings at them.

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply
    1. juliabarrett Post author

      Good for Scout! She’ll have a wonderful time making new friends. But in the meantime, ouch! Give her my sympathy. I got a blue cast!!!

      Like

      Reply
  6. T. W. Dittmer

    Congrats to your daughter! Not for getting older, (that just happens πŸ˜› ), but for jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. I wanted to go airborne in the Army, but by the time I finished basic and AIT, I’d had enough of being screamed at.

    Good that you’re taking good care of Jake. Take care of yourself too. The world needs people like you.

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply
    1. juliabarrett Post author

      Oh Tim, no matter how hard I try to envision it, I cannot see myself stepping out of a, as you say, perfectly good airplane! Thank you for the kind words.

      Liked by 1 person

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s