I try to post at the end of each day, but depending on the night sometimes I’m just too tired and it has to wait until morning. That was the case last night. Yesterday was my brother Aaron’s birthday, and I couldn’t miss the opportunity to wish him a happy birthday through the blog. Happy Birthday Aaron!
I grew up in the southern tier of Rochester, NY in the small town of Wayland. I moved away for school and work for a number of years, but have spent most of my life in the area. When I was younger, there is no other place I would have wanted to be; I loved the area and its seasons. Winter meant snowboarding, sledding, and snow forts. The best days were when the forecasters were calling for a severe storm the following day. Me and my brothers would stay up at night watching the storm roll in hoping it would be enough to cancel school. If it did, we would be flying out the door first thing in the morning to explore the snow or ice that the storm left behind. Some of my favorite days.
As I’ve gotten older, I still love this area three seasons out of the year, but it has gotten more difficult to appreciate winter. Winter in Pultneyville means a lot of snow, wind, and cold, but the most difficult aspect is the short gray days. However, when you are in town for a short time, as we are now, the scenery is amazing.
Yesterday morning I had a follow up exam with my surgical team: Doctors Mitten, Michalko, and O’Keefe. My appointments are from from the normal routine of going to the doctors office; I always look forward to visiting Daniel, Tara, Kathi, the docs, and of course my Mom. From this visit I got silvadene to help with some radiation burns that I’m still nursing, and a compression stocking to help with swelling and lymphedema in my right leg. Dr. O’Keefe was very encouraged with the condition of my leg and suggested that I may have a little more use with it than the two months previously predicted; very encouraging.
Afterward I caught up with Muhammad and Shayna for lunch. Two things that everyone from the Rochester area is acquainted with are Wegmans and the garbage plate. Muhammad is fan of the garbage plate so we went to Steve T’s. This place always reminds me of the Soup Nazi on Seinfeld, you have to know what you want and how to order it correctly. Most commonly, and my favorite, the cheeseburger plate. It’s ordered as, “cheeseburger plate, mac salad, home fries, with everything.” Muhammad orders the less common grilled cheese plate. Shayna on the other hand prefers a plain grilled cheese sandwich.
Our great neighbor Valerie stopped by in the afternoon and surprised us with some of her incredible baked goods. Our neighbors are very important to us and since we moved to Pultneyville, we’ve enjoyed getting to know Valerie and her family.
We are only home for a few days and wanted to be sure to get together with all of our friends that came down to Orlando to spend some time with us on the road. The best way was to have a small party at our place. Everyone, Dan, Brendon, John, Bob, Emily & Dan, and their families were able to make it out on very short notice except Ken who was unfortunately out of town; we missed you K-Hawk, but told several stories on your behalf. You guys are the best; we had a great night!