Back from AZ and Spring Break: Happy and Sad Events


Well, it has been a very emotion-filled week for me, lots of highs and lows . . . what life always brings . . . reminding me of simply ‘being ALIVE’!  Visiting my mother and father in their golden years was very special; time is precious and flies so quickly by. . . every moment is precious. My father’s health is very up and down, with his body being very fragile. . . the mind just as sharp as a pin, but the body just going with age.

Then something happened: I asked my parents to heat up their hot tub so I could just sit in it and enjoy the beautiful Arizona weather and sunshine. Then my mother decided to get in and join me. The next day my father decided to take the plunge and join both my mother and me. My dad started to put his aching bones next to the water jets for an aquatic massage. . . the results of this simple act were, well, simply amazing!

My father was able to sleep through the night without pain; he was able to walk without pain the next morning; and he was even able to do 2 1/2 minutes on his glider-exerciser!  My parents said that they hadn’t been in that hot tub for THREE YEARS! And in one 15 minute period, my father felt renewed! What a joy to find treatment for one’s aches and pains, literally in their own backyard!

My parents, Italo (Bud) and Retha (Santi) Corieri
at Pane e’ Vino Ristorante, Scottsdale, AZ

During my visit I was able to sit and quilt with my mother (often frustrated with the quilting directions provided in the instructions!). And we were able to dine at 3 incredible Italian eateries in the Valley of the Sun.
Although my trip felt short, I knew that I needed to get back home early to my sweetie, W.D., and to just get back into the state of mind for teaching next week again.

The next morning after my return flight, Saturday morning, my wonderful 24 year old Thoroughbred fell extremely ill with colic, and at his age, it was not curable. We put him (Ace) to sleep last night and buried him today.

IT WAS ONE OF THE LOWEST POINTS lately in my life. I grieved and could not pull myself out of it. I’m still hurting, and I know that I will for some time. I just can’t even talk or write about it, it hurts that bad.

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  1. says

    Dear Reeni,

    I cannot thank you enough for the kindness you have sent to me in your words. I am simply a mess right now and need to do what I can to get on with life. Life includes loss and sorrow and I just need to remember Ace as one of my greatest blessings.

    Love, Roz

  2. says


    Rmember one thing…God has promised that all the things we enjoy in this life…we will enjoy in Heaven. And we will enjoy all this with a greater intensity!

    You will see Ace again…do you think God would deprive you of that joy?

    Our God is an awesome God. He will bless you with this happiness again.

    In the meantime, Ace is alive in your memory and no one can take that away from you.

    Grieve if you must. It is good for the soul. Then TRUST in God and turn to Him…He will embrace you with His merciful arms.

    I am so sorry you are going through this. I also had horses. They are beautiful creations of God’s goodness.

    Time heals all wounds.

    Peace in Christ,

  3. says

    Dear Kathy, I needed to hear (read) you words of wisdom so badly. My husband and I are so overwhelmed with the kindness and concern given to me so unselfishly from you and the others who read my little blog of a blog. I pray that the Lord rewards you with many blessings in return to you for your sweet words. . . and that you have a joy-filled day. My days are getting better thanks to friends like you. Time . . .

    Love, Roz

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