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(Like so many pieces of laundry, morning thoughts.)
December 18-30, 2019
Living with Parkinson’s
Phyllis & Sam Turner ©2019

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APDA: American Parkinson Disease Association
CH: Cynthia Holmes, Ph.D. Neurology
CIP: Creation in Progress. Writing is my vacation!
DBS: Deep Brain Stimulation (much improved since Michael J. Fox!)
DMT: Dawn M. Turner. My author-cousin.
HS: Harvey Stanbrough Pro-writer and mentor (
MJFF: Michael J. Fox Foundation
NAMASTE: The Spirit within me honors the Spirit within you.
PD: Parkinson’s Disease
PDSG: Parkinson’s Support Group(s)
PMDA: Parkinson’s & Movement Disorder Alliance
PSP: Progressive Supranuclear Palsy.(associated with PD)
PJ: Phyllis – my wife: SWOMBO (She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed) A contributor and #1 editor.
PT: Personal trainer Tresha, including daily in-home exercise assignments for PD.
TCF: The Compassionate Friends (For parents who have experienced the death of a child or sibling.)
YISKA: Navajo for Darkness has passed.

12:18.19:0630: Sick with a cold. Taking echinacea and honey and hot tea. We got all our Christmas shopping done, though.

PJ went to her Red Hat meeting today while I worked on our Christmas letter.

12.19.19: 0730: I seldom sleep this late.

12.20.19:0510: Feeling much better. Meeting granddaughter, Rachael, at Joe’s worksite. 0800: We are at Ida’s, where we’re giving Rachael a surprise haircut that is part of her Christmas gift.

Check the site below her picture for the haircut process.

Rachael helped me with a speed-up lesson in cell phone use.

12.21.19: 0500: Big Day, today: Joe is treating us to the latest STAR WARS production! 1230: We ate lunch at Texas Roadhouse.

PJ, Sam, Bekah


Joe & Jessa

Great movie! This was Episode 9 of the three trilogies – the final (so far.) Thinking of the importance of writing novels in series, Star Wars certainly hit the jackpot. We watched an interview with Mark Hamill (2018) that told the history of the movie series. YouTube has a plethora of information.

Thanks to the many responses we have received from Maytag Moments. We appreciate your comments. Look for changes in 2020.

12.22.19: The Children’s Ensemble first performance at St. Francis in the Foothills.

12.23.19: 0900: Facilitating class. I ended up taking PJ to Jerry Bob’s for a late (1400) lunch. I realized that evening that we forgot to get walnuts for her salad, and I needed more stationery for our New Year’s letter. Office Depot said they had a few boxes left if we got there by 0800 on the 24th. We bought the last two packs!

12.24.19: 0803: We drove home in the rain. PJ reminded me to turn off the automatic watering system. (Good thing, as I would have forgotten.) We had time to watch Christmas at Belmont University of music in Nashville on PBS. Excellent.

MERRY Christmas!

0530:We Opened our door to find a Christmas package hanging there from our new neighbor, Megan. How thoughtful. All homemade goodies with plenty of chocolate for Phyllis. Many thanks.



Below: Our son’s family.

Rachael, Joe, Bekah, Ethan, and Joe’s wife, Jessa.

Ethan, with his tuba, all decked out for Christmas.

Chris, Sabrina, Zack, Julie

12.26.19: Working on our end of the year Maytag. We are urging our friends to keep contacting us via email. We sent 40 Christmas Cards by snail mail, which isn’t much, but we would like to switch to electronic as much as possible. I shot 21 arrows in thirty minutes. First time in two weeks. Good to get back at it.

2.27.19: 0730: Awoke to rain and 50º. The breeze makes it seem colder. Four goldfinches visited our vertical feeder this morning. We also had a Cooper’s Hawk stop by for a quick snack. He had breakfast on the fly. (Ha!)
I spent the morning setting up “Alexa” for PJ and me. Now, we will be able to talk from one office to the other without yelling.

Below: I picked these from our garden this morning.

My friend Harvey is writing and finishing a novel. PJ and I are reading and finishing four books. I have finished A PROMISE KEPT by Dawn M. Turner. *****! I’m now reading DAISY JONES & THE SIX by Taylor Jenkins Reid. PJ is reading AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE by Tayari Jones. When she finishes, she’ll read THE WATER DANCER by Ta-Nehisi Coates.These last two are from Oprah’s Book Club. We got them from granddaughter Bekah with a promise to send them to her when we finish. This is a good time to read: what with the rain and Christmas rush over.
12.28.19: Left: An 85lb. bronze sculpture I did of fellow teacher Nancy around 1965 when we taught at Drachman Elementary School. She always gets lit over the holidays. (Heh-Heh!)

Rare snow on the Catalina Mts. Taken from the top of St. Joseph’s Hospital garage. This should bring back fond memories for Corinna.

12.29.19: 28º A thin crust of ice is on the birdbath. We’re getting closer to the end of this year (and this Maytag issue). This year has been joyous! We’ve had so many positive responses to our Maytag Moments. We thank all of you. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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