Taking Time Out From Arthritis

stickywicket Member Posts: 27,686
edited 18. Jan 2024, 16:57 in Living with arthritis

I decided the other day that, after approximately, 23,000 days of arthritis, I should qualify for a day off. So, what to do with it? Well, Priority No. 1 is clearly flying to California to see my son and grandson. But that can’t be done there and back in a day so I might as well do the job properly and take couple of weeks off. So here are my two weeks’ essentials:

1.  Fly to California (with Mr SW, of course. First Class? Why not? We’re in Fantasy Land.)

2.  Watch grandson get several home runs and catch, throw and tag lots of the opposition out at short stop. Maybe take part in a....what? Lads v Grandma:s? That'd be fun. For one of us, anyway.

3.  Go with family to The Angels (major league baseball) stadium to watch the Angels win (and not have to ask anyone to guard the loo door because I can’t lock it.)

4.  Go for walks on the trails with family. And dog. Not have to worry about methotrexate sun rash, Return to son's wonderful BBQ'd salmon. And margaritas.

5.  See Venice Beach again. Have meal including proper hash browns, there looking at golden sands, blue sea and sky, green palms and Santa Monica hills, and breathing in scent of bundles of sage.

6.  Eat lots of Trader Joe’s wonderful salads especially those with artichoke hearts, heart of palm and raspberry vinaigrette.. And also Trader Joe's irresistable Cinnamon Grahams.

7.  Stop off, on way home, to see dear old friend who due to both of us having arthritis, I haven’t seen in nearly ten years. Have pub lunch and laugh incessantly as we reminisce.

8.  Stop off again, a bit further north, to see old Yorkshire friends, hopefully at Headingley where England (with the usual full complement of Yorkshire players) will stuff the Aussies.

9.  Take in Evensong at York Minster or Edinburgh cathedral. Programme to include Bruckner’s Locus Iste.

10. Celebrate return with day out walking local hills and Thai meal with ‘Scottish’ son and family.

Good plan. I might start tonight as I get into bed and close my eyes😉

If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving definitely isn't for you.
Steven Wright


  • Denis68
    Denis68 Member Posts: 53

    Hey @stickywicket thanks for posting this it's a great tonic.

    It's good to be reminded that we can sometimes take a mental step back from the issues of life and re-energise in a fantasy world for a brief spell

  • Trish9556
    Trish9556 Member Posts: 450

    Hey @stickywicket

    That all sounds absolutely perfect - I have refused to book a holiday this year until my hips are fixed (hopefully) and refuse to hobble around on my crutches or walking stick (given a shiny new one today but it's not as pretty as my last one lol). I have however been perusing city breaks and short breaks away, I should be able to manage those, but can't decide where I want to go. Always good to visit family - my sister lives in Cumbria and the last time we took a bus up it took 14 hours. Never again (mind you that was back in 1973 and only cost £13 return). Will have to try to talk the chauffer into driving up there seeing as how I let him buy a new car. My bestie lives in Glasgow and is itching for me to visit her and would be lovely to drop in on friends in north Yorkhire - a proper round trip.

    I'm currently in fantasy land with my headphone on listening to an audible book where an FBI agent walks out of a secret passage and into the early 19th century where she seems to be stuck. I'd love to have a time machine and go back and do all the things I could do before the OA ripped me to bits.

    Yours sounds like a brilliant road trip and I hope you manage to get it done - meanwhile I'll continue with my timeslip novels

    Love n hugs

    Trish xx

  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,686

    @Trish9556 , FBI? Early 19th century? Is that cowboy territory? Actually, I believe the Wild West was quite a short period and probably later. But enjoy your fantasy whenever and wherever.

    @Denis68 , thank you, I had a great time. Obviously, I was the star of the baseball game, smacking homers over the wire and pitching like Shohai Ohtani Mark 2. Today, back to more mundane tasks but it was fun while it....kind of.....lasted😄

    If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving definitely isn't for you.
    Steven Wright
  • Trish9556
    Trish9556 Member Posts: 450

    Hi @stickywicket

    She was in England at the time she walked back to 1815. I think she would've preferred the wild west as she's found the restrictions and formality of Georgian England for a woman trying to solve murders very hard! A really good read though and good for escaping the realities of life with Arthritis. Currently binge reading the series lol

    Love n hugs