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

Monday, November 24, 2014

Getting ready

I'm getting ready to go on a trip.  A quilting cruise.  It's at an odd time of year which means I've got a lot of holiday prep to do before I leave as well as packing.  We celebrate Yule (the winter solstice) here which means I have to have everything done by 12/20.  I get home from the trip on the 15th.  Sooooo.  My gift shopping is done but now there's furniture moving, house cleaning, tree decorating, wrapping, making meringues  and........ whew!  Luckily I do have this whole week.  I am looking forward to this trip, though.  It's 12 days and it's where it's warm.  And sunny, I hope.  I need to get away where there's no phone, no newspaper, no TV (not that there's much on it anyway) no drama.  My cabin mate has never done a cruise before so I'm hoping to show her how much fun it can be.
Now it's off to get a couple of table top trees.   Y'all have a Merry Chrismahanukwanzakah.
But before that.....Happy Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

I haven't written in a while.  I haven't had anything to say.  Don't really have much to say this morning except I'll be glad when these bloody elections are over.  The ads make me want to vomit.  I don't think any of the candidates will do as they promise.  I'm glad I got rid of my land line.  At least I didn't have to put up with all those annoying calls.  When are TPTB going to realize that the government needs to be run like a business?  You and I can't spend money we don't have why should it?  WE live on a budget, so should TPTB. 
I'm glad to see our Marine was released.  He should never have spent any time in jail in Mexico.  His spending that much time only shows what little respect the man in the White House has for American citizens. Yes, I know, we never get the whole story. 
As for what's going on in Ferguson?  Enough is enough.  And the mom giving a speech to the UN?  Really?  The future does not look bright.  I think I just may start storing dry goods (like hell it's hoarding!).
Okay, enough rant for today. Y'all have a good day and remember:  Believe nothing of what you hear and only half of what you see.

Monday, October 27, 2014

She's gone.

I dreamed of her last night.  We were sitting on the lanai watching the sun come up and the mist rise down in the valley.  No conversation was necessary. We were just enjoying each other's company, sipping our coffee, reading our books.  Miss Priss, her cat, was meandering through the grass instead of insisting on getting up in her lap.
I am going to miss her.  She was my refuge.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Pond

Periodically I have to go down to my pond to clear the cage around the overflow pipe.  This means putting on waders and actually getting into the pond.  There is a slight current because of water coming into it from a couple of small streams.  These push dead leaves and dead lily pads onto the cage along with silt and twigs.  Once the cage is covered the water level rises, which can be a disaster that I'll have to pay for.  Yesterday I went down and, although the situation wasn't bad, started to clear the cage.  This involves grabbing gunk and throwing it onto the dam.  Ordinarily this does not present any kind of problem.  Unfortunately one of the handfuls of gunk with twigs, leaves, etc. landed on a yellow jacket nest that wasn't there a few days ago.  Needless to say the bees were not happy with this and swarmed around the area.  Luckily I was in the water and away from them so I never got stung.  Now, however, I have to figure out where the entrance to their underground nest is so I can go down at dusk and deal with them.  Oh, the joys of owning property.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

A Rant

Okay boys and girls......here goes.  We're sending money to countries that want to annihilate us.  We need to quit sending it and start working on things here at home...like trying to balance the budget or maybe even ...GASP!!... helping those who are poverty stricken here instead of over there somewhere.  We need to bring our men and women soldiers home.  We cannot be the world's peace keepers.  The countries we're in have been fighting and killing each other for centuries.  They aren't about to stop because we're there.  We need to protect our own borders against unlawful entries. We need to send back all the unregistered "aliens" to their own countries.  It's too bad they can't make as much money but neither can our citizens if unlawfuls take the jobs.  The UN needs to move to France or some other place.  Especially since it would love to rule the world.  We need to close our borders to everyone.  We need to stop trying to inflict our mores and religion onto nations that are different than us.  ISIS want to annihilate us just because we think we have better rules (maybe we do but...) and also because we are a Christian nation.  I have to ask, though, why not the Vatican?   Why not the Catholics in Europe and Anglicans in England?  Where did the crusades originate from and what was it's purpose?  To annihilate the Muslims.  We are not better than everyone else.  We have corrupt politicians who get paid more than our military and who look out for no one but themselves.  We needlessly buy oil from countries that would like to see us go under even though we have enough raw material to make it unnecessary.  Those of us who were born in the late 30's and 40's had the best of times.  We are now headed in a downward spiral and I worry for the children brought into this world today.  Would that our representatives actually listened to us.
I'd say more but the thoughts are travelling at light speed in my head and I can't get them down fast enough.  All of this is only my opinion which, as of this moment, I still have the right to express.  I can't help but wonder how long that will last.  If you don't agree with me that's fine.  If you want to leave a comment please, at least, be polite.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

I'm back from my visit with my friend in TN.  When my daughter and I went up she was in rough shape.  What a change!  When I went this time she was no longer looking like she wouldn't last a month.  Her color was back, she was up and around, even though she had a nasal cannula for oxygen (the tubing for which is EXTRA long so she can get almost everywhere in the house).  The reason for the change, her husband was no longer in the house.  You see, her husband no longer has any memory.  He can't remember, literally, from one minute to the next.  My friend was getting totally worn out trying to keep tabs on what he was up to every minute.  He would try to sneak out to the garage and get in the car and leave.  His daughter would have to go after him and take the keys away that he somehow found.  Luckily they were able to find a good assisted living place for him and he is very happy there.  He has moments (literally) of lucidity but not too often.  Anyway, with the stress gone, my friend has rallied....at least for a while.  My visit was, therefore, a restful one as usual.  We enjoyed one another's company, didn't make any plans to do anything, watched a couple of movies I took with me (The Lone Ranger is a hoot).  We sat out on the lanai and watched the birds while enjoying breakfast.  It was peaceful.  I plan to go back in October with the hope that she is as strong then as she is now.  She is one amazing woman.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I'll be traveling to TN tomorrow to see my friend who doesn't have much time left.  By going I hope to give her daughter some respite.  It's going to be a sad trip but I believe it's important.  I don't know why she has held on this long.  This pending death has been a long, painful journey for her.  She who wanted to outlive her husband because he needed looking after.  Because he is now in a home she no longer has to worry about him, just herself.  Her daughter is there to care for her and her sister lives just down the hill. I don't know if I could hang in there as long as she has or undergone all the treatments she did.  No matter....I will just be there to let her know I love her as my sister.