Golf Swing vs Rotator Cuff

So, just what is a rotator cuff and how do you tear it? My online dictionary says  it is a “capsule with fused tendons that supports the arm at the shoulder joint and is often subject to athletic injury.”

The good news is I can be considered an athlete! I always wanted to be an athlete, but that means you have to have some sort of ability-which I do not have. I have learned to swing a club and I golf twice a week so I guess that makes me a retired golfing pro!

The bad news is that I partially tore my left rotator cuff. The diagnosis from an MRI came with lots of other long words I can’t pronounce. All I know is that I can’t really move the arm much. Sleeping is a bear and I’m sidelined from swinging a club.

The good news is we are going to try physical therapy first before surgery. I have a great physical therapist that I have had before for hip bursitis, so I have a lot of confidence in him. Things are going REALLY slow right now.

The bad news is I am missing out on all of the great spring golfing weather. I hate the hot summers, so spring is my favorite time to golf! I’ll let you know when I can swing a club again…

 

Hidden Shots

Being the stellar golfer that I am, I had one of those days on the golf course where I spent more time searching for my ball than hitting off the green. So sad!

Because of my extreme hitting accuracy (haha), I am often looking for wayward balls. One solution is to use pink or florescent pink balls. Easy to spot, right? Not necessarily! For example, you see this little jewel nestled under a patch of weeds? From the other side it is completely hidden. It took forever to find.

Or, take this little beauty. Embedded in the natural habitat is one cute little pink ball. Can you imagine if I used a white or yellow ball? Never would have found it.

But the best of all was having a ball get buried in the tall ornamental grass that lined the creek bed. I really could not find the ball until we started digging down into each tuft of grass. Yes, I took a drop. Since I play with such a great friend, no penalty was incurred.

The day ended in the sand, but at least I could spot the ball!

Moral of this story: Golfing is not about skill, but about the fun you have in the quiet outdoors with friends. Lots of laughs, memorable stories, and the occasional great shot. Love this sport!

Golf cover vs. Marmot Masher

Back in early December I wrote about my encounter with the coots. You may recall that I hit one of those ugly birds with my new hybrid club.  Ever since it has been called the “Coot Slayer.”

I had been wanting a driver to add to my meager collection of clubs. So for Christmas Dan got me a used club for a whopping  $59.00. He was skeptical I could use such a long club, so why spend a lot of money?  Smart thinking on his part!

The first day I took my club to the course I was playing in a foursome. Those poor people did not know the laughs they were in for. My friend had her bag well off to the side and was waiting for me to tee off. She had taken the squirrel cover off her driver and set it on top of the club. Oh, I hit the ball alright! I hit the squirrel in the head and knocked it off the club. I killed it! So my friends decided the driver needed a name. It is now known as the “Marmot Masher.”

Truth be told I am really quite good with this club now that I’ve learned to swing it correctly-well better than before. Golfing with me is an experience you will never forget. I provide great dinner table stories sure to entertain!

PEO ~ Philanthropic Educational Organization

Retirement has given me more time to make new friends and find ways to give back to the community. I was asked to join a wonderful organization called P.E.O. Since joining I’ve made several wonderful friends. The whole point of the group is to raise money to support women’s education. Here’s the official description:

“P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization for women. Founded in 1869 as a small friendship society, P.E.O. quickly grew into a diverse, widespread sisterhood with one mission: promote educational and personal growth opportunities for women.”

“Today, P.E.O. is a source of friendship and support for over a quarter million chapter members throughout the United States and Canada. Our sisterhood proudly offers educational opportunities with six philanthropies, ownership of a women’s college, and five programs that provide educational assistance.” (www.PEOcaliforniastate.org)

In February our chapter met and made Valentine cards for sisters who are older or ill and can’t make meetings. It is a nice way to keep in touch with them and a fun time of crafting for us. I don’t know many of the gals we made cards for, but it gave me the chance to make greeting cards. And I am all over that! I brought lots of craft paper, stamps, ribbons, and “stuff”  to the meeting. Two other gals brought stamps too, so we had a plethora of materials to get our creative ideas flowing!

I feel very blessed to have met these women and look forward to many activities together. Any of you belong to P.E.O?

PEO Mardi Gras Bunco

Fundraising for our PEO Chapter! It’s springtime and we are ready to party-Bunco style. Our theme was Mardi Gras and there were beads flowing, dice rolling, shouts of “bunco”, and raffle tickets sold for

opportunity baskets. All  of this fun went to support women who need a loan or scholarship to start their education or continue it.

Bunco is a dice game where absolutely no skill is involved. You roll three dice at the same time and hope a predesignated number come up. If you are lucky enough to roll three of a kind you win a bunco or baby bunco. Of course, there are other rules, but it’s a fairly simple game. And because it is so simple, there is lots of laughing and shouting going on as players roll the dice .

For refreshments we had yummy cake pops decorated in Mardi Gras colors. Yes, I made them for the cause. Someone else made a King Cake and a decadent bread pudding with hot rum sauce!

In order to raise money for our philanthropy, we designed baskets full of all sorts

Ready to play a three minute round.

of goodies. Each basket had a value of approximately $50. Tickets were drawn and 10 lucky winners went home with baskets. We made a great little profit and proceeds were sent to support scholarships.

Card Making 101

Sending cards seems like a lost art these days. We send texts, tweets, and emails wishing our friends Happy Birthday or Get Well wishes. Call me old fashioned, but I like getting cards in the mail! I like sending them too.

Making cards is a relaxing and creative outlet in of itself; but designing something unique for a friend or family member is very satisfying. Over the years I’ve collected printed papers, ink pads, stamps, little embellishments, ribbons etc. Today I have half a closet filled with little drawers of things to create my special cards. I am always needing to clean out and simplify my stash of materials, but it seems to be growing at an alarming rate..

I do love using my Big Shot embossing machine. This simple machine makes some truly beautiful cards by raising paper designs that I use on the cards. It also allows me to use little metal die cuts to create amazing detailed figures. This little bear is sending birthday wishes to a dear friend who happens to like bears. He is nestled within several layers of paper to give added dimension.

 

 

The Get Well cards at the right were made on a dotted Swiss embossed background (by Sizzix), and then I used a die cut and stamp to create the ice cream design (by Fawn Lawn). I colored the stamped pieces using Copic markers which blend very nicely. I also layered the actual card with several colors of paper, which adds depth to the final product. Add a little ribbon and there you have it!

I really love making holiday cards, too. I hope to show you some in the future. I just need to take time to take the photographs and then I can tell you step by step how you can create beautiful art.

Being retired gives me a lot more time to make cards. Frankly, I don’t know how I ever had time to work!