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Almost Christmas and the end of 2018

Well it’s time to play catch up as I normally do.  I wish I could write weekly but nothing really big happens in my life to write a blog.  Anyways, here’s a quick update….

First, one of my two banana plants died 😦  Very sad about that but the other is thriving as well in the house.  I have a plant light on him and it stays on pretty much the whole day and sometimes nights.  I did subscribe to a plant of a month thing and so far I have a Boston fern and a Golden Croton.  My jade plant died on me as well but my Kalenkoe (I think that’s the spelling) is thriving well.  I am surprised most of the sun plants are doing as well during this sunless and drab winter.  Of course my Norfolk Island Pine is doing fantastic!  He is looking forward to getting the lights off of him.  He thinks it makes him too girly!  He’s cute!  I cannot believe he’s two years old!  Plant feeding will start next month for all!  I think that’s all the plant news I have.  Oh and my Magnolia tree…. yeah she’s rockin’ it!  It’s cold outside and she still has some green leaves!  I see a few buds on her as well.  I know I will probably get some plant food for her but the experts say give a new plant a year to establish so she will be fed late summer so probably next Spring (2020) I will have flowers!  Yay!  Ok…. I think that is it!

I am still in the process of teaching myself Italian.  I have been doing free online teachings.  I am going to dive into reading and next month I want to join a group of all levels to start comprehension.  I tried those online sites where you can reach out to others but most use it as a dating site.  Even in my description I wrote not interested in dating, just talking and learning Italian.  It’s a slow process but I’m ok with that.  I know more than I think.  I use Memrise and when the speed memory comes up, I can nail them out.  I just lack the self confidence.  It’s kind of like when I was learning ASL and going to the functions.  If you make an effort, they (the foreign language person) will be thrilled!  Just difficult to find Italians to practice.  Plus I don’t drive so that kills it there.  I know there is Skype and other resources but I’m skeptical on people (especially after all those ‘learning language’ sites).  I’m not where I would like to be but I’ll get there.

The dogs and birds are still with us.  Jacob is 9 and Zeke is 6. I can see the gray in their faces but they still have their active moments.  I’m feeding Jake pumpkin for his digestive issues.  He wasn’t having good BMs so the vet suggested regular pumpkin.  I didn’t think he would go for it but he does like it.  I do that every other day.  The birds, Sammy (I think about 7 years old) and Cino (about 1) are still around.  I did have a female but she got out.  The boys are not as active since she has been gone.  I think after the holidays are done, I may get another female.  It’s nice to see them fly around the room and interacting.  But man are they loud!

I have been off of prednisone for almost a year (March 2018, last used) and have been getting infusions of Benlysta.  Somehow I got a hole in my left eardrum.  It did get infected, saw the ENT, cleared that up.  I really don’t want to do any patch up work especially since the infection is gone and I haven’t had any problem with it.  I do see the specialist in February and she will make a recommendation about surgery.  I told my rheummy about it and she told me if it isn’t bothering you, it really isn’t worth it.  But she told me to see what the specialist has to say. But no skin rash anywhere for a year and hoping it continues!

Here’s to hoping 2019 is better for my friends.  Janice and Kelli both lost their fathers this year.  It’s a blow to any girl at any age.  Dads are supposed to be immortal.

I think I caught up!  Next time will be in 2019!  WOW!  Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!