Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Can we please agree to limit the use of.......

a few words that are being overused lately?

Sometimes I think if  hear the words awesome and amazing again, I'll scream. That is the reason I sometimes mute the sound if I am watching HGTV. When the clients are shown their newly re-done homes, they shout "Oh, my God (or goodness), this is "awesome" and or "amazing". It doesn't seem to matter which program it is; they all do it. Geez, people, there are other adjectives available to a person who reads and occasionally checks the dictionary or thesaurus. 

It happens on award shows too; especially on the red carpet?  "Who are you wearing?"  "Oh, you look amazing!"  "Those shoes are amazing!"  Your dress is "awesome!"  On and on, ad nauseum.

How about fabulous, wonderful, gorgeous, terrific, beautiful, exquisite.......and the like?  Or awe-inspiring, which preceded the new, shorter word "awesome."

Don't mind me - I was in a nasty mood when I thought of this post.  But my spirits were lifted two days ago. I got a message in email saying that I had a package delivery coming on Monday. I couldn't recall buying anything, so I thought I had ordered something and forgotten it. "I can't be that bad, can I?" I said to myself, not wanting Jim to overhear.  

My granddaughter came over after lunch and when the package arrived, she got it off the porch for me. From the size and shape of the box, I thought it might be a dress. I proceeded to open it and got the shock of my life - it was a laptop computer!!  My granddaughter looked very knowing, so I asked her if she was aware of this delivery. She admitted she was - her mom had ord. ered it for me and she was here to help me get it set up.  YAY!  Considering all the trouble I had been having with my old laptop, I am supremely happy with this new one.  It is an early birthday present!  Thanks to both my daughters for all the blessings they give me, just by virtue of being in the world. My son is a blessing too, of course. We are going to his home for a meal this Sunday, and looking forward to it! I am a lucky woman!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Too much to write about!

I just posted on Facebook that I could not access Blogger from my husband's computer. I was wrong. It used to be my computer, and I guess the links are still good - thank Heavens!!

On Monday night, we went out to dinner with some good old friends who live in Beaufort, SC now, but had to evacuate in advance of the storm. They came to Raleigh to stay with family, which was our good luck - as we had not seem them in over a year.  Time spent with old friends is so rewarding!! Too bad it cannot be more often, Sam and Sally!!

On Tuesday, a group of women from my old neighborhood went to volunteer our labors for a group called "Wake Smiles".
They provide inexpensive dental care for indigent people. We stuffed goody bags with info sheets and things such as gauze, and dental goodies. Unfortunately, we had signed up for 2 hours of work and they only had enough for 1 hour 10 minutes. Maybe it was that we were so efficient - yes - that's it!!  After we finished, the head of Wake Smiles gave us a tour of their dental clinic, most of which was furnished by donations -
as is the dental work. Dentists from around the area give them time every month - which I think is wonderful.  

After that, we went out to lunch at 18 Seaboard, a restaurant downtown near the old train station.  I had cornmeal-breaded catfish, which was served on a triangle of cornbread, over sauteed spinach and corn, swimming in some kind of sauce, a good one!!  

Politics is about to be the death of me. I am very opinionated and I cannot resist responding to the posts on Facebook, although I'd be better off if I left them alone.
Last week, I posted something, and a guy friend of ours posted a negative response to my post. About six of my women friends took him to task for posting something on MY face book page that was in direct opposition to my views.  One response,  in particular, made me very happy.  But by the time I searched for it again, to read to Jim, it had been deleted because the guy deleted his comment.  OH, well.  That should teach me a lesson, right?  Luckily we only have a few weeks to go and it will all be over.  NO, no it won't!!  Just like four years ago, the people who wanted the other party to win (but lost) will make life a living hell for all of us, once again, with all their dire predictions of terrible things to come. I wish there could be a moratorium on Facebook, that once the election is over, there are to be no more political posts.  Fat chance!  I guess that starts with me, though, huh?

Moppet continues to bedevil both of us, although she IS a bit better than before.  She is just a slow study, maybe. At least I hope so, because if things don't change soon, her days are numbered here. I hope I can find her a good home, if it comes to that.  

Jim went to a new dentist today for cleaning - here in this area - and he was in the chair two hours. Of course, that meant I was in the waiting room for 2 hours.  At least I had a cup of tea while I was waiting.  Neither of us does well sitting on one position for hours on end.  We get stiff as a board.  I finally asked about him at the front desk, and they assured me he'd be out soon.

An alien potato?  I found this in my pantry, along with 3 others that were more normal looking. This one is intent on making babies and sprouts!

One - and only one good thing about bad storms is that all your friends call or text or email to see how you fared during it. I am happy to report that we had no problem at all. The trouble here in NC is all to the east and south of us.  Those poor people down east may never recover, and it is always the ones who can least afford it who get hit the hardest.  I pray we don't have any more bad storms this fall.  I don't want a lot of snow this winter either, but if the almanac is to be believed, we will.  Not looking forward to that!  

Thanks to everyone who defended me on Facebook; to those who inquired about our status during the storm and to those who continue to amuse me or show me love!!  I hope I can return the favors.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Long Time No See.....

We have been too busy to have time to write here. Out to dinner with friends, club events in the neighborhood, family stuff, doctor visits, haircuts and pedicures.....all keep us busy.

Monday, I went to a new audiologist to have my hearing tested - to see how far it has degraded lately. It has not changed drastically, but there is a lessening  (consistent with aging). I also had ear wax buildup, and that has to be removed before the reports can be completed and they can determine what type of hearing aid I need.

My cardiologist requested I have a CBC, so I did that Tuesday.  The internist added a lipid panel and some other tests, that I had not had since my heart surgery. I am SO PLEASED to be able to say that were all within the normal ranges!! Even my triglycerides, which were high two years ago - are now normal.  I have no idea why, since I have not changed any eating habits....LOL.  The nurse cleaned out my right ear and got a chunk of wax the size of a pencil eraser. But more remains. It's always something.  

I also need to find out how much my insurance will pay toward to hearing aids.  The audiologist's office was supposed to call BCBS and let me know what they said, but I have yet to hear from them. I hope that's not a bad sign. 

We had some dear old friends over for dinner on Sunday. It is always nice to see them and never lasts long enough.  I baked two apple pies and sent one home with them. I made beef burgundy (again), fresh green beans and hot rolls. It was delicious (if I do say so myself.) I forgot to take photos of the table setting or the food, but I did get one of the flowers.

Two of my grandchildren visited on Grandparent's Day, but I doubt they even knew that's what it was.  We are always happy to see them, whatever the motivation...LOL  They were hoping to find some leftover pie, but it was not to be. 

One of my grandsons just received an honor. He applied to go on a research trip to Ethiopia  for Middle Stone Age research. In the acceptance letter, the professor from The U. of Texas at Austin (Anthropology) said they had a very strong field of applicants, and he should be proud of his acceptance to this highly competitive program.  I am sure he is proud, but no more so than his grandparents and the rest of the family. We pray he will have a successful experience and return home safely.  Love you, Jordan.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

A Free Gift!

I belong to a website/app called Nextdoor. It covers my neighborhood and 25 nearby areas. People offer items for sale, ask for referrals, mention lost dogs, etc. 

I check it multiple times a day on my phone; and today I noticed an offer of a free pet bed, carrier, harness and leash - also catnip. I sent a message saying I'd like it, and the woman gave me her address. My daughter and I drove there, and the bed and other items were at the foot of her front steps.

I was amazed at how clean and nice the things were - they probably cost a pretty penny when new - and she gave them away free!  
This is the bed, and as you can see, Moppet is quite comfortable in it. I sprinkled some cat-nip around the bedding, and she settled right in. I love that it is a neutral dark color. 

I have been searching for a cat carrier for quite a while, and I haven't been able to find one I thought I'd like and that  Moppet would be comfortable riding in. This one is a nice black canvas, with strong zippers and side panels that can be lowered if the cat would prefer not to see out.

I must admit that Moppet has not been in the bed at all, except when this pic was taken; still, I hold out hope that she will decide she can sleep in it.  

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Murder Mystery Night at the "Spa"

My former neighborhood women attended a "spa night" hosted by one of the group in her home. It was a murder mystery, in which all of us participated.

We were all given information sheets; about the evening, our characters and the info we were supposed to impart to others. Some of the info is only supposed to be told if you are asked a direct question. We each wore a bathrobe (over clothing.)

It was fun and interesting, and of course, we had good food, as usual. 

Here is the full group. 

The "spa" set up for service.

Our repast - all excellent!!

If your group is looking for something to do - I suggest a mystery evening. Find one here  and enjoy!!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

It's Insufferable

I refer to the heat, of course. Every day is oppressive; making grocery shopping and errands like booking a one-way ticket to hell. The humidity is terrible also, adding insult to injury.  When will it end?

My garage is still a mess. Back in the early spring, it was too cool for me to stand out there and try to sort through all the crap, and I was heard to say that when it got warm enough, I'd do it.  Then I broke my collarbone - making nearly everything impossible for a while. Then it got too hot to work in the garage.

I am waiting for a cool-down so I can get busy out there. My collarbone still isn't healed, but I can do most things without pain - so the doc said "have at it." 

If you are my friend on Facebook, you already know I am without house cleaners again. I wish I knew why they don't want to work for me. It's depressing. If I were able to do more than a cursory job, I'd do my own. But arthritis, a bad hip and back and the above-mentioned collarbone have made it nearly impossible for me and I have to be able to rely on others. Unfortunately, the "others" have not been reliable for a few years. I will be calling a new business soon, and I am hoping I can find some people who will be a good fit.  

Life in the new house is good  (when it is clean....LOL)  I continue to play Scrabble with a group of women every Tuesday, and I am trying to get back into a routine of working out twice a week, at least. The indoor pool here is always warm enough for me; which is more than I can say for our last health club, and the hot tub is great. The facilities are very clean. They show movies every Sat. at 2pm and an opera (on DVD) every Sunday at 1pm. The lunch group meets every two months and since I am still involved with my old neighborhood women and the book club, life is busy and mostly fulfilling.  

My children and grandchildren keep in touch as much as they are able, which is lovely.  

What more could I ask?   

Sunday, July 24, 2016

An Interesting Coincidence on Facebook

I belong to a Facebook site called  "All of Us West Virginians"  (which is self-explanatory.)  Tonight I noticed a post by a woman about her husband's grandmother, who lives in the area in which my great-grandparents lived when I was a child.  The woman's last name is familiar to me, since my mom used to tell me anecdotes about that family. I don't remember anything but their name, though. 

I commented that maybe this lady knew my great grandparents, and told their names. She wrote back that the lady remembers a man by that name who lived "across the river" - and yes - it was my great-grandfather. She also remembered one of his sons, who she named. He was my great uncle. 

Isn't it nice to know that someone other than me and those in my family remember some of our ancestors. She also said that her grandmama had the same last name as our family, so she could be related too.

I think Facebook is great!!