I'm back from my trip from North Dakota and am glad to be in warm, sunny Arizona again. However, I miss my daughter and her husband. They are fun to be around and I love doing things for them. While there, I made three sets of drapes for their very large windows, one of them being 11 feet high. No problem. Just straight stitching all the way. She loved the results and will send me pics eventually as I forgot to take some of the drapes.
The second day I was there, my daughter treated me to an hour and a half acupuncture session. I'd always had an aversion to needles being stuck in me but decided to try it once. The first fifteen minutes or so, the doctor talked with me about my concerns and what bothered me most. First and foremost, I told him I had just quit smoking. The second was I have arthritis in the first three vertebrae of my neck and my neck always hurts. It was a very relaxed atmosphere and I really don't remember all the places he stuck needles except on the side of my left foot, the top of my left shin bone, my left knee (I think), and around my right ear. I think also on the side of my right hand. He would press on a certain spot and ask if that hurt, I said yes, and that's where the needle went. It didn't hurt when he stuck the needle in but it hurt when he pressed. The only needle that hurt was one spot on my right ear. I said 'ouch' and he said that's the not smoking spot. I said I really wanted to quit. He very softly said….you did, remember?
Then he put a warm damp cloth scented with lavendar over my face and left me there for about half an hour with all the needles in. It was really an amazing experience, surprisingly. Sort of what I expected but never thought I'd like it. I bought a little bottle of lavender oil and a box of herbel quit smoking tea. The tea has green tea in it with other things. It tasted very much like the green tea I had in Vietnam. I've never found anything with the same pungent taste in the states. Now I have a supplier.:D
All during the week, we went out to eat at various places. One was Olive Garden, which is all over the U.S. but I discovered they have a new soup: cream of chicken and spinach with gnocchi. Delicious! Another memorable meal was from Moe's. Not your average Mexican food. We ordered take home and my son in law went to get it. I ordered two tacos. They were so huge and stuffed I could only eat one. My son in law took my second one to work for his lunch the next day.
Then a few days later, actually, the day I left, my daughter treated me to a manicure and pedicure. It was supposed to be just a pedicure because I'd never had one before but then asked for a manicure too and said I'd pay for that. My daughter ended up paying for both. She was thanking me for making her drapes. It was quite a treat. Have never in my life had anyone massage my calves, feet, toes, ankles and achilles tendon. Totally heavenly feeling. When you think about your feet and how they have to carry you throughout life, they should be treated with kindness. I now have a lovely burgundy color on my toenails and fingernails. I can't afford this stuff on a regular basis. But I sure wouldn't mind a pedicure and an acupunture session every now and again.