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Well Maintained

On one of my first dates with my husband Vince, he thought he was complimenting me when he told me that I was “sure well-maintained for my age,” (barely 43 at the time).  Today at age 61, I am still well-maintained, but Vince has since learned that he gets better results by telling me I look beautiful.  He’s a smart man.


I saw one of my favorite maintainers on Monday in Brentwood, CA.  Dr. Peter K. Moy is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon.

Dr. Moy at 6:45 a.m one year ago after my exam.

Dr. Moy at 6:45 a.m one year ago after my exam.  This close up of him is large because I cut out the horrible picture of me at 6:45 in the morning with no make-up and 6:45 a.m. hair!  

Dr. Peter K. Moy gets a gold star in my book!  If you never need to see him, good for you.  That means your face turned out well on its own.  If you do have facial issues, then he is your man.  Unfortunately, he doesn’t fix things like wrinkles and spots on your face, Dr. Stephens takes care of some of those things.  Dr. Moy digs a little deeper and gets down to the bone problems.  You might want to close your eyes, now.  You might be eating dinner.  I won’t tell you details of the operation, but I did include one toothy picture!   I got a clean bill of health, too – WELL MAINTAINED, Marsha 🙂

STOP READING HERE if you are squeamish!




Involved teeth.  Close your eyes if you're squeamish.

Involved teeth. Close your eyes if you’re squeamish, but there’s no blood! 

I have a special page about the operation that corrected my alveolar cleft, if you are interested for some reason:  you’re a medical type person, or happen to need an oral & maxillofacial surgeon, or you are just curious about me.  🙂

P.S. I don’t usually get this up close and personal with folks, but as a former dental assistant I think it’s interesting.  Granted, it would be better if it wasn’t me, but it is.  I kept the picture small for those of you who are not into teeth!  I cropped it, too so you wouldn’t have to look at my whole mouth – That really would be TMI.   I did brush my teeth, but remember I am 61, and I haven’t whitened my teeth.

If you have personal questions that you don’t want to share with others, feel free to email me at  🙂


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    • Sounds can be deceiving, my dear Leanne. You can’t see my tummy and all my wrinkles from there – if I’m careful! Here’s my philosophy. I come from a long-lived family, so If I don’t take care of myself, I’ll probably still live, but won’t have the freedom to do much. That doesn’t appeal to me! 🙂 M.


  1. Well, Marsha, I’ve looked at your pictures, I’ve looked at your special page, and I simply don’t see that you had any noticeable problems. Was there a crooked toot because of the loose front tooth? You are lovely, and I’m glad whatever you had done makes you feel better and will save your tooth/teeth. I’m not unsympathetic. I had crooked teeth and “fangs.” I was in my twenties before I had braces, and it was not pleasant. I would be in so much pain at the orthodontist, while the little kids around me always said theirs didn’t hurt. I have a love/hate relationship with dentistry. 😉


    • hahaha I don’t really hate any dentist, mostly because I worked in the business when I was young. Thank you for the sweet compliments. I have had good doctors right from the start. We are so fortunate now to have braces available for adults. My mother had a cross bite, which affected her back teeth, but had straight teeth in front. Nobody worried about it. As an old person her teeth kept falling out because they didn’t meet. Teeth have to meet or occlude, or else the bone resorbs, and then the teeth become lose and eventually fall out. So even when teeth look straight, it is so important to get the bite right. Teeth are very important for the rest of our health, especially the heart. Oh my, you’ve done it again – getting me started on my soapbox! 🙂 How do you do that Maddie??


      • Teeth are important to the heart?!! They took out all four of my wisdom teeth and four teeth near the front, so I had eight teeth removed to get the braces in there. I’ve cracked two teeth within the last five years, and the dentist had to pull both, so I am truly missing two I should have right now. Is my heart worried? Why? And braces for adults! I needed those thirty years ago!! 🙂


        • You have enough teeth, Maddie. 🙂 The real problem comes when teeth become infected. The infection is not good for the heart. My mother had a very poor heart, and every time she had any dental work done, she had to have an antibiotic for two weeks before her appointment. I am not a dentist, so I can’t write a report on all the ramifications of dental health on the heart. 🙂


          • Ahhh, I understand. I have actually heard of people dying from infected teeth. It is nothing to mess with. You are a dear to put up with all of my comments tonight. 🙂


          • You are a dear to make them. I just ordered 4 of your books from Amazon. Once I get through May I’ll have time to write some more reviews 🙂


          • If you want to read them in order, they are – Sunshine Hunter, Big Apple Hunter, Sin City Hunter, Big Easy Hunter, and Windy City Hunter. They are only chronological with respect to Susan’s relationship with Mick. Otherwise, they stand alone just fine. Thanks again, Marsha.


  2. Don’t you just love men! “well maintained” – LOL fantastic! I love the pictures of you and Vince – what beautiful couple you are 😀


    • awwww thanks Dianne. We’re not bad for old foggies, I guess! We both feel blessed to have good health, and pretty good genes – especially on his side! 🙂 His parents both lived well into their 80s and my mom was 80. My dad, not so lucky, died at 63. I’d like to avoid his footsteps! 🙂


    • Always!!!! Like that bit of Photoshopping??? I was quite proud of myself, and it only took a minute or two to place and blur tool me in there. Paula taught me that little trick! ☺ I thought V needed a little something to think about rather than empty box! 😳


  3. The “well maintained” expression must have originated about cars! Not women! Good for you on your surgery and clean bill of health. You and your husband are both very attractive!


    • Blushes and smiles all around, Lisa. Thank you very much! We can hardly walk down the street without people wanting our autographs! Oh wait, that was in some other (person’s) life! I’m actually pretty happy with well-maintained at this point in life! 🙂


  4. It is amazing what doctors can do these days. Lucky you have such a great doctor, who mskes you happy and smile lovely. You a beautiful lady and Vince better says that to you often!


    • hahahaha I tell him you said that Ute! 🙂 Manny’s been saying that to him for years! Of course, Manny gives ME some manly advice, too. 🙂





Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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