Monthly Archives: September 2010


Bless Eddie Conrad! part 5

At dinner that first night in Vienna, there is an optional wine tasting at Heurigen Wolff.    Heurigens are wine taverns that serve their food family-style.  They usually have lively music, such as an accordion band playing traditional Viennese songs, a rustic décor, … Continue reading


Bless Eddie Conrad! part 4

Another decision to make:  Do we take the tour of the Weltenburg Monastery, the oldest monastery in Bavaria or relax on board all morning?  The Abbey brewery MAY be the oldest monastery brewery in the world, although the Weihenstephan Abbey disputes … Continue reading


Bless Eddie Conrad! part 3

Next is Bamberg, Germany, a lecture on the Main-Danube Canal and a walking tour of Old Town.  This should be an interesting visit, with lots of different accents and languages.  There are over 4100 US Army members and their dependents … Continue reading


Bless Eddie Conrad! part 2

Once we get to Rudesheim, we have a choice of a gondola ride to Niederwald Denkmal, a monument high above the Rhine Valley with wonderful views of the surrounding vineyards, or a visit to Siegfried’s Musikkabinett, a fun museum of antique self-playing … Continue reading


Bless Eddie Conrad! part 1

You know how much Nonnie loved the River Barge?  She took quite a few trips every year and was devastated when times got bad and Eddie Conrad had to close it down.  I only went on one trip with her … Continue reading

A Necessary Monthly Sinful Pleasure

Ok, Ok!  Wednesday, I went to the massage therapist, Linda, here in the Meadows Building in little Argyle, TX, and had a massage.  

All my muscles ached but I didn’t realize how much until Linda got ahold of them.  My shoulders, my neck, my back, all were very tight and ached.  Sometimes you don’t realize how much you clench your hands during the day or how tight they get just in daily activities.  And let’s don’t even mention feet!  If you like to get a pedicure, you will absolutely LOVE a massage.  If you sit at a desk every day and you don’t have an ergonomically designed chair, you may have low back pain.  Sometimes, especially when you first stand up and start walking, you’ll get a sharp pain in your lower back, and you know you’ve been sitting too long and have gotten stiff. 

Stress affects all of your muscles, not just your shoulders.  If you live with stress, as I did, your body stays tight and it suffers.  I have lived with steady stress for over 15 years, with my job, with traveling, and with normal family issues.  None of the three areas were major but when combined, the stress was fairly constant.  I never realized what it was doing to my body, until my body finally gave in last April 29th.

Ed and I had gone out to eat dinner at one of our favorite places in Denton.  We discussed, among many other things, my job, our son and daughter-in-law, and my mom’s deteriorating mental health.  We had been home only about 30 minutes when I got violently ill.  I lost all control of my bodily functions, couldn’t walk, and was barely coherent.  Ed called the ambulance and I ended up in the hospital for 6 days.  It started out as food poisoning but they soon determined that my potassium level was so low that I needed not only fluids in my system, I needed a heart monitor, so I was moved to a special floor.   I also had ulcerative colitis, ulcers in the intestine.  Yes, I was one sick little puppy!

I don’t remember much about the next few days.  I slept a great deal and even when I was awake, I really couldn’t focus on anything.  People stopped by to see me and called but I don’t remember much of what was said.  All 6 of those days, I couldn’t stand extraneous noises, so the television stayed off most of the time.  For anyone who knows me, they know I’m a news junkie and I usually keep the TV on, so that I can keep up with current events and weather, even when I was working.  This was a major change for me!  I craved silence.

Soon after, Nonnie was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and today I am a landlord.  I am still working on finding ways to effectively deal with stress.  One of those ways is with massage.  I had always thought getting a massage was a luxury but now I know it is a necessity for stress management.  It’s not as easy as it sounds like it would be either.  You have a job and that job is to R E L A X while the therapist kneads your muscles.  I have to constantly work on relaxing my muscles so she can work out the knots with her fingers.  Yes, this is work but the end result is worth it. 

How many of us, in today’s world, do not have stress?  Consider massage therapy and go at least once a month.  I’ve been told the true benefits come from getting a massage on a regular schedule.  You have to train your muscles to relax and, like everything else, it becomes easier with practice, I guess.  I’ll find out and let you know.

A Monthly Sinful Pleasure

Sigh.  I feel so much better today.  I found something that relieves muscle aches, gets rid of headaches, gives you a sense of peace, and makes you smile a bunch!!!  There is a spring in your step that you didn’t have yesterday.  You are relaxed and can handle problems much easier.  The problems may still be there but you are better prepared to handle them.  Got it figured out yet?

No, it is not alcohol.  It is not sex.  It is not religious in nature.  It’s not a cigar and port, nor is it an hour practicing the piano or singing.  It’s not a manicure or pedicure, nor a trip to the hairdresser.  It is definitely not shopping!  If you know me, you know that would NOT be top of my list for a restful hour of my time.   Before I tell you what it is, let me say that I have  done this a few times, usually when I am so stressed out, my shoulders are up next to my head, they are so tight, and this is when I am relaxed … until I do this.  And if you ever want to ask me a favor, catch me right after this activity.  I feel so good that everything sounds good! 

If you have never done this, you honestly do not know what you are missing.  Most of the men I know are somewhat squeamish about doing it but once introduced, they are great devotees.  I definitely love clothes but in this case, you can take off as many or as few of your clothes as you feel comfortable with.  Today I didn’t, but usually I just rip everything off.  No, I am not an exhibitionist.  I am fully covered the entire time.  Nonnie used to have a monthly appointment that she never missed, unless some catastrophe occurred.  In fact, Nonnie is the one who introduced me to this sinful pleasure and, as of today, I now have a monthly appointment which I too do not intend to miss.

You know, I don’t think I’m going to tell you.  I think this would be a wonderful Christmas present this year, for all the stressed people I know, so I think I will keep this to myself for now.  Besides, I really dislike crowds and I don’t want everyone to show up.  I’ll sleep on it tonight and maybe I’ll share tomorrow.  Maybe not.  Maybe not until Christmas.  We’ll see.