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So kind of you to stop by....I do enjoy the company.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The eclipse

I happen to live where the eclipse will be total.  We expect a hoard of people in the area.  In fact, all the hotels, motels, and campgrounds are booked solid.  I plan to stay home and off the road 'cause sure as shootin' some idiot will be driving and look at it and cause a crash.  And speaking of idiots, a friend of mine overheard someone whine..."why couldn't it come on the weekend?"  And this person votes?
My daughter has a dental appointment so is bringing the kids up so they can see it.  She has access to the good glasses to view with.  I plan on recording it on the tv.  That way I can enjoy it as many times as I please even though seeing it for real will be cool.  There is a possibility of cloud cover here but the effect will still be there with the sky going dark.
It will be interesting to see if the animals react to it.  My two cats will probably think it's time for bed and will want their treats.  Surprise!
Anyone out there going to do anything special?

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Travel

I love to travel.  There are some countries I won't go to, which I won't mention, just because I wouldn't feel safe.  There is a map on the wall in front of me which has pins stuck in it showing where I've been during this life of mine.  As I look at it I realize that there is much of this country that  I haven't seen, particularly the middle. I just may have to remedy that. Of course, it would be nice to have a travel companion.  I selfishly often wish my daughter did not have children.  We travel well together and I love her company.  That being said, the children are pretty good when on the road.  Nowadays they have portable video players and cell phones to keep them occupied.  Perhaps we could do a trip north stopping at Williamsburg and other historical sites.  My goal would be to end up in Maine at the same time as the lobster festival in Rockland.  We would, of course, have to stop in Bangor and visit the Duck of Justice, perhaps meet T.C.  I doubt I will live long enough to do all the traveling I want to do.  My bucket list has only one item.  That is to go back to Australia and once again visit Uluru (Ayers Rock).  Maybe throw in Coober-Peety (sp?) and see what it's like in that town underground.
Of course, if wishes were horses beggars would ride and if frogs had wings they wouldn't bump their asses when they jumped.  I shall be content to squeeze in what I can while I'm still upright.
Anyone out there have a special place you want to visit?
Y'all have a delightful day.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Friends

There's a group of us that get together on Fridays at a local gallery.  Some are willing to run the front desk some not.  We tell people coming in that we are "playing" in the back room and they are welcome to come back, especially if they have any questions.  Otherwise we leave them to themselves to walk around and browse.  Meanwhile we are in the back room doing whatever.  Some do pottery, some paint, some sew or knit.  I mainly knit but will sometimes make jewelry or do hand sewing.
Last Friday Sue decided that, since her husband was going to be out of town this week, it was time for a dinner get together at her house. So last night we got together and had a lovely time.  We each brought something.  That way Sue didn't have to provide the whole meal.
I have a difficult time making myself go to social functions.  More than once I've come up with an excuse as to why I can't go.  Lately, though, I have been making myself get out of the house because I realize that when someone invites me it means they would like me to be be there, they aren't just being polite.  Also, the older I get I realize that socializing is a good thing.  It used to be that I believed people invited me out of pity because I live by myself.  Or that I didn't get invited because I'm single and they're married.   Either way, I usually stayed home.
I believe our group is special.  If one of us needs help it is there.  It's beginning to restore my faith in friendship because I know these friends are true.

Monday, July 17, 2017

We Are in Trouble

My brother send the following link to me.  It may not work as it may have been pulled but if it hasn't you are in for a shock.  This girl has just graduated from Harvard?

http://eheadlines.com/wp-content.uploads/2017/06/StraightOuttaHarvard.mp4

I fear for our future.

Friday, July 14, 2017

The pond

Yesterday my friend D came over early and we went down to the pond with some Pond Master and a super soaker to try to get the weed killer on the lily pads that have taken over.  I wouldn't mind so much if they would flower but they don't. Only a small area of the water is visible.  I'm pretty sure the carp I put in there a while back are gone, either by suffocation or blue heron.  The reason for the super soaker is that it will spray 30 feet whereas a normal sprayer only goes about 10 feet.
I have not been down to the pond in quite some time.  The last time I went down there (about 2 years ago) alone, I broke my leg.  That's another story.  Needless to say the vegetation has taken over and needs to be dealt with. My friend D doesn't want me to go down there by myself and, actually, neither do I.  Anyway, she had the day off yesterday so she came over early and down we went.  The super soaker worked like a charm and it was actually somewhat fun to let the lily pads have it.  Hopefully the solution soaked into the pads and started to work.  We did have a brief shower in the afternoon so we'll see if that affected the stuff.
As for the dam, I'm going to try to get the guy who mows for me to go down and take care of cleaning that up.  A number of sweet gums have sprung up and they need to be gone along with the rest of the weeds, which are knee high.  It isn't surprising that things are a mess since it's been neglected all this time.  The overflow pipe is still clear enough for water to go into it even though there is growth around it.  That kind of acts like a filter I guess.  If all else fails I'll make up some non-toxic weed killer and go down when it's a clear day and let the weeds have it.  Would really rather not have to though.
"Owning" property (I really feel that I don't own it, but rather am caretaker) can be hard work.  I'd rather that than rent.  At least I can pass it down to family.
If any of you out there in the blue nowhere have any suggestions as to how to get rid of the lily pads please give me the information.  Thanks!
Y'all have a loverly day and remember:  today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Weeding

Going outside to weed before it gets too hot  Tried yesterday and only lasted about 45 minutes.  It's getting hot early in the day here.  And muggy.  Then there's the rain in the afternoon and evening.  I think the weeds are going to win...sigh.
Y'all have a good day.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Memorial

Off to another memorial this morning.  My long-time friend Alex. He was a Vietnam vet and is getting  a proper send off at the lake where he lived.  He had a hard time of it when he got back from the war and fought drugs and alcohol for a long time before he got clean.  Liver cancer finally took him.  The really sad part is that he died alone at home.  His long time off and on girlfriend had tried to call him but no answer so she called the local police for a welfare check.  They had to break into the house where they found him.  She was on her way from Texas to talk to him about what he wanted done.  I wish he had called me.  I'd have been there in a heartbeat.
This is the second memorial I will have been to in a week.  The first was a woman who was killed doing what she loved to do....working as a corner marshal at Road Atlanta.  She went to help a downed motorcycle rider and tripped.  The rider who hit her couldn't avoid it.  It was the first time a worker has been killed at the track and hopefully the last.
I will mourn their passing but know that they are in a better place with no pain.  Blessed be.