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Thursday, December 31, 2009

I was going to post something this morning about how great it was to see the snow on the ground and how disappointing it was that it was then raining, washing the snow away......but....the computer decided for whatever reason that it didn't want me to post. In fact it didn't want me to stay on the internet. So I had to sign off and resign myself to waiting until this afternoon to try again because, since it is Thursday, it was my day to be at the gallery and I had to get a shower, etc., etc.
It's been a gray day with off and on showers. And fog. Good thing I'm not going anywhere tonight. Full moon, wet roads that could become icy, people drinking....not a good combo. Soooo I'll curl up here at home and probably be in bed well before the new year gets here. But I'll be warm and dry and content. Perhaps watch a movie.
To those of you who are going partying, please have a designated (sober) driver and be safe.
May the new year bring you happiness, health and wishes granted. Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

I didn't sleep well last night. My back was giving me fits for whatever reason and I just couldn't get comfortable. Of course I woke up in the MIDDLE of the night and tossed and turned and somehow found a position comfortable enough to let me go to sleep after being awake for over an hour and a half. Thank goodness for my chair back massager. The best investment I ever made. I can sit here at my computer and choose upper, lower, or full back and get a nice massage while typing away. It's on full back right now. I may never leave this chair again.

This year is coming to a close. It seems to have flown by. It is said that the older you get the faster time goes by. I didn't believe it until it started doing just that (except when you are in the waiting room of the doctor's office). Perhaps it's a good thing with the world situation what it is. The faster time goes the faster those who have perpetrated this mess may be gone. I'll be glad when the present regime is gone. Maybe then we can get back to sanity.

I've begun to read Atlas Shrugged for the third or fourth time. If you have read it you'll know what I mean when I say we're headed in that direction. If you haven't read it you should. Just know that when it was written there were no computers, or cell phones, etc.

I wonder....do the people understand just where the bailout and incentive monies are coming from?

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Hooray!....my eyes are in great shape and I'm told I shouldn't have to worry about cataracts for another 5 or 10 years (I have the very beginnings of them on both eyes). So I get to go another year without worry. My vision is still 20/20 and, although I have some astigmatism in my right eye, its minor. Not bad for a broad my age (which I'm not telling).
Because my eyes were dilated I didn't get much done yesterday afternoon except some knitting. Nothing which would make me re-focus quickly. Something that is difficult to do when your eyes are chemically dilated by the eye doctor. One time they were dilated so bad I had to go home from work because I couldn't focus. I ended up with the curtains drawn and slept for over 12 hours. Needless to say I became cautious about having that done again, but the Dr. I go to uses a different chemical that doesn't have such an effect.
I did get some of the holiday stuff put back in boxes and plan to finish it up today. Then it's on to getting the stuff off the back porch and back in place while sifting through it to see if there's anything that I no longer want or need (yarn excepted...one can never have too much yarn....or fabric). I'm in the mood to get rid of that which I no longer want or need or haven't used in a gazillion years. I have too much stuff! I need to organize! Maybe then I'll be able to find things when I look for them. It's going to take a good while to accomplish because just thinking about it is daunting. One area at a time, girl. That's what I have to tell myself.....one area at a time. And isn't amazing what you come across that you don't remember you had?
I'm off to...........

Monday, December 28, 2009

Another gorgeous day. If it were warmer I'd be outside working in the yard. If it gets warmer I just may do that. I'll have to keep an eye on the time 'cause I have an appointment to get my eyes examined early this afternoon. Don't know what's going on but whenever I do close work (sewing, knitting, computer stuff) for a bit, my left eye seems to want to give me a second edge on everything. Kinda throws my vision off. Could be I need stronger lenses. We'll see. I'm at that age, ya know?
Have begun dismantling holiday decorations. Doing a little bit at a time since it means trips up and down the stairs to the basement. Yeah, I know, it's good exercise. And I really don't mind it. I'll be glad to be finished, though.
Would appreciate it very much if our government would start looking out for us, instead of themselves. I really think there ought to be term limits for senators and reps just like there is for president and governors. Do you think they might listen to what their constituents think and want more closely? Hmmmmm, guess not. Maybe if they had to have the same health insurance and social security as us "ordinary" citizens they might rethink some things. As it is I know they have forgotten that serving in the government is an honor not a career. When their terms are finished they should have to go back home and work, just like the rest of us. And pay taxes, just like the rest of us. Wish they could see past their pockets. and while they're at it, get rid of the PACs and vote for the Fair Tax (which would, if they learned more about it, bring in more money).
'nuf said for today.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

It's beginning to look like a beautiful day. A bit chilly, though. A good day to get some of the holiday trappings put away and order restored. I began to restore order a little bit in the basement the other day. It's a challenge. Somehow things just began to pile up here and there. Before you know it it's a great big mess and you can't find anything. Then there's the back porch where I put everything I needed to get out of the way for the holiday in order to decorate my mantel and clean out the library so my grandson could have a place to sleep. If I can get some order restored today it just might give me the incentive to keep going and who knows where that would lead? Good grief....an orderly house! What a concept. But I don't think it's going to happen. Too much gets in the way. And I have projects to finish.
Last night I did my online check-in for the cruise in February (which I am very much looking forward to). A simple process. Can't wait to get out of here for a while. Am hoping the next month goes by quickly. I'm looking forward to warmth and lots of sunshine.
And now it's off to tackle disorder.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

'Tis the day after Christmas, and the main headline on the homepage was not nice. Once again, lack of proper security almost got a plane blown up. The heck with being PC, go ahead and profile, damn it. Personally I think we should close our borders for a while and not let anyone new in. And let's round up the illegals and send them packing while we're at it. Put the lazy jerks who are on welfare but in good physical condition to work doing the jobs the illegals are now doing.
I wonder what life in Belize or Costa Rica or some such (maybe my own island) would be like? But this is my country so I'm staying. And I'm not learning Spanish. Those who come here can learn American (which, by the way, I think should be declared our official language but the pc's in DC don't have the guts to make it so).
Guess you can tell I'm angry. Enough so that I really should stop now before I say something I'll really regret. Big brother, you know.
Have a thoughtful day.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate this day. May your day be filled with love and peace......and good food.........and family.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

It's Christmas eve and there are many children out there excited beyond belief because Santa is coming to leave them gifts. Parents are harried and wish it was all over. It will be all too quickly and then it's on to the next year. There'll be a mess to clean up, paper everywhere, toys too numerous to count spread out, and a certain small let down feeling now that it's all over. I'm going to have a quiet day by myself, doing what I want to do. I'll call family to wish them a Merry Christmas and thank them for their gifts.
May your Christmas be everything you hoped for and then some. I wish everyone joy and inner peace.
Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Another day, another dollar (I wish). Actually I have to spend money today. Getting the van serviced. It has over 160,000 miles on it and still runs like new. Gotta love it. Too bad GM doesn't make it any more. It's such a versatile vehicle. It tows like a champ and when I take out the rear seat, throw down an air mattress, it's great for camping. Don't know what I'll do when it finally gives out. My truck has over 200,000 miles on it (same brand as the van) so if I take good care of the van I should be able to keep it for quite a bit longer (especially if I don't put 30k+ miles a year on it). Why is it that every time I find something I really like, it doesn't get made any more? This doesn't apply to just vehicles, oh no. Shampoo, clothing, bath stuff, etc. Guess maybe it's because I don't shop for stuff like that often enough.
Gotta go...much to do before going to the dealer. (Car dealer, that is.)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

It was a tiring day, but a wonderful one with family and a nice bonfire. Even had fire department personnel here for a while to make sure nothing but the pile burned. Actually it's still burning (a little). I plan to go out a little later to make sure it keeps going. There's still lots left to burn. About half the pile, actually. Daughter, Someone, the Evil Genius and I had a small ceremony before lighting the fire. It was stubborn and took a lot of work to get going. Everything was so packed and it had rained and rained. The pile has been there for a year so one would think that it would burn in no time, but no air getting to the flames was part of the problem.
Son came with his family and it was great to see the children. Grandson has grown a great deal. You'd never know he was so small when he was born (1lb. 11oz). He'll be 2 in February. He had a good time playing with a wooden train that I had bought for the Evil Genius to play with while he's here (he still plays with it and he'll be 7 in Jan.) The girls have grown also, of course, and are quite smart (they are home schooled).
Son lamented that all the goldfish in his pond were now gone thanks to a blue heron. Apparently they were getting quite large. He's going to work on coming up with some type of barrier to put over the pond in the winter so birds can't get to the new fish he'll be putting in. The only reason the heron was successful apparently is because it has been cold and the dogs have been in the house instead of outside as usual.
Back to yesterday.....we all had a good time playing with the fire and keeping it going. There were a lot of snacks to be had and dinner was shepherds pie and pineapple upside down cake. The Evil Genius chose not to partake of either so he ate his mom's homemade bread (which was wonderful). Daughter took some leftovers home. I could not finish off all that was left, there was so much. I did freeze some of the pie for another time.
I look forward to seeing the pictures that daughter and Someone took. And there is some video of the fire to look forward to.
All in all a great day but I confess to being quite tired when everyone had gone. I slept well though.
Have a good day.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

The cleaning is done (except for one bathroom) as is the laundry. I was able to hunt up an appropriate tablecloth for our holiday table. Yay Big Lots. Today is cooking day. Shepherd's pie and pineapple upsidedown cake. That way I don't have to spend the day tomorrow in the kitchen but can enjoy the family instead. And the bonfire (I'm praying the weather cooperates). We may just have to make the bonfire another tradition. I like that idea. And it won't be hard to build a burn pile, what with all the trimming and thinning that needs to be done (another reason to stay home more next year).
I'll be happy to have my children and grandchildren here. Maybe daughter or her Someone can sneak a picture of the children. What I'd really like to do is get everyone together for a family photo. Don't think it will happen though since daughter-in-law doesn't want pictures taken of the children. Don't ask my why 'cause I haven't a clue. I'm going to try to have it happen even so.
I probably won't be posting tomorrow. The next day, we'll see as daughter and hers may still be here. In the meantime....Happy Solstice y'all.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Another cleaning day and the last of the laundry to do. Then I can breathe, briefly, before family arrives. The Winter Solstice is almost upon us and I am anxious for the return of the sun. I am definitely NOT a winter person. Once it gets dark I don't want to leave the house. I want to stay where it is warm and there is light. Must be my ancestors coming through.
No rain today, I hope. The sky is mostly clear and there is quite a breeze blowing....drying things out perhaps. We did get a goodly amount of rain yesterday. I still have standing water in the driveway.
Last night I finished my first shawl. Hooray! Now on to the second one. I don't plan on finishing the second one in time, I have too many other things to accomplish by the end of January, but if I do I'll be able to give them to those I intend them for on the cruise. Otherwise they will have to wait until the end of August (Alaska here I come).

Friday, December 18, 2009

It's a good day for cleaning. The sky is grey (gray), it's been raining and the house needs cleaning! I'll start upstairs and work my way down. Should only take me a couple of days to get it where I'm satisfied. I have laundry to do as well.
Humdrum life, you say? Yup and, for the most part, I like it that way. Family is arriving day after tomorrow so it will be lively around here for a couple of days at least. And if...I mean when...we have the bonfire I'll see if daughter can take some pictures to post.
In the meantime y'all have a pleasant one.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Today is gallery day and we are celebrating two birthdays. I made gluten free toll house cookies (yummy, if I do say so myself) instead of a cake since two of our members are celiacs and I'd hate for them not to be able to enjoy goodies. Especially since one of the birthday girls is gluten intolerant (celiac). We love to celebrate each others' birthdays. It happens almost every month. It's fun.
After that is off to knit group where we will be having some Christmas cheer and, since Jan is being generous with discounts, shopping for yarn, or needles, or whatever......maybe. I swear I have enough knitting needles to never have to quit knitting even if I have them all occupied at a time (which is impossible, of course). I have just about every size and length. Even double pointed ones.
So it's going to be a fun day. That's good, because tomorrow is serious cleaning day.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

I have a love/hate relationship with my computer. For the second day in a row it has decided it doesn't like what I'm trying to email so it has shut down without warning. Email lost. These were some that I was trying to forward. Even checking to see if they were in the recently deleted file....nope....lost.....gone forever. Sigh. Remember when there were no computers? One actually took pen to paper to write a friend or loved one. I still prefer to get a letter in the mail rather that an email or ecard. Every once in a while I'll send a friend a card to let her know I'm thinking of her. Much better than an ecard and what a pleasure to get something in the mail other than junk and bills!
I do most of my computer stuff in the morning while eating breakfast and enjoying my coffee. There's too much to do during the day to use the time in the ether world. Some days I don't get on the computer at all. I wonder what would happen if all the satellites suddenly quit working? I remember one day at Sears when I tried to make a purchase and they couldn't run it because their electronic registers were down and they didn't have a hand operated register. Hopefully it never happens, but it could, and then where would the commercial world be. I'd be willing to bet that none of them have given thought to manual backup. And all that information lost!
I am grateful to be able to look up all kinds of stuff that I might not otherwise have access to if it weren't for the internet. And being able to order stuff online is totally awesome.
So I guess we'd better take advantage of the technology while we can.
Have a fantabulous day.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Today is our guild luncheon so I needs make haste in order to get the Waldorf salad made and myself cleaned up. Afterwards it's on to decorating the tree. I have a wonderful Charlie Brown tree. Had to do a little surgery on it as it didn't want to go into the stand. It isn't a large tree. I think it's just the right size. Maybe daughter can get a picture of it and post it at a later date.
I hope to do it proud.
Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Today is the day we (daughter and I) get our trees. I'm going to look for a small Charlie Brown tree. One that stands sadly alone, thinking it will never get picked. (Yes, I know that trees don't really think....at least I don't think they do). Daughter may let grandson pick out their tree, which could be interesting. Charlie Brown trees are a challange at times to decorate. But that's half the fun. It's been a few years since I've had a live tree. I saw no reason to have one if it was going to be only me here. The family is coming here this year, which is a wonderful change. Even my son and his family who haven't been here in years. Gods willing the weather will be right for the bonfire and I still have a yule log from the last tree to put on either the bonfire or the fire in the fireplace. My neighbor and I have been joking about marshmallows and party time. Hey, if the neighbors want to come enjoy the bonfire they are welcome to do so. I do have to contact the fire chief and see if they can come a little later in the morning so my grandson has time to open gifts and the adults can at least have coffee. We can wait to open gifts.
I read some interesting things on a blog I follow and so I posed this question in his comment section: Do you know the origin of the saying: "Sleep tight and don't let the bedbugs bite."? I do. I'll try to remember to check and see if anyone answers the question, tomorrow.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

It's raining.....again. I'd rather have snow thank you. A white Solstice would be awesome! Much to do again today. I actually did get some decorating done yesterday and the lights on the porch are now on! More cooking today and more wrapping and cleaning and.....
Tried to hook up the router I bought. Hmmmph.....simple instructions, but could I follow them? No. Arrrrrgh. Guess I'll have to wait until someone who is computer intelligent happens by. My daughter thinks the router doesn't have to be hooked up to the computer. Guess what the instructions say.......yup. See the router is for computers OTHER than the one who is hooked up to the internet. That's my guess anyway. Hmmmm....a lot of guesses this morning. Guess I'll get a move on.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

What is it with some people? Why do they think it's okay to throw their trash out of the car window? Do they throw trash out into their yards? (Well, some do, but they aren't who I'm talking about here.) I see all kinds of detritus by the side of the road every time I venture out. I've seen empty six packs, used "disposable" diapers, McDonald's bags with everything paper in them, beer cans, soda cans, you name it I think I've seen it. My grandparents never littered. My parents never littered. I don't litter and I (hopefully) taught my kids not to litter. It seems that ever since "disposable" items came into being our roadsides became dumps. Just how much effort does it take to take your trash home and dispose of it there? Keep a trash bag (or small wastebasket) in your vehicle and when it's full take it in the house and dispose of it!
It is truly sad to see all that garbage in amongst the wildflowers in the center median in the spring and summer. It's especially disheartening to see chopped up trash after the mowers have gone through on the sides of the road.
Okay, if you have eaten an apple and want to get rid of the core, that will be disposed of by Mother Nature's creatures. They cannot, however, eat used "disposable" diapers! Or cans! Or bottles! You get my drift.
Refrain, for once at least, from disposing of your trash out the window and let's see if we can clean up our roadsides.
Thank you and good day.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Another day in blogopolis. I got home late and got up fairly early 'cause there is sooooo much to do today. Must get packages wrapped and in the mail. Must get meringues made and cards addressed. Pay bills (yuck), which seem never ending.
The sky looks iffy.....it could rain or snow. Right now it's cold enough to snow... wish it would. Oh yes, must finish getting lights up. Glad I have a whole weekend to get things done. No place I need to go except the UPS store. So much to do and so little time!
By the way....to those of you who do read my posts, whether by accident or on purpose, what I say is strictly me and my opinion. I don't know if you like it or not 'cause no one ever leaves a comment (sniff, sniff). I know people have been here. I have ways to tell heh, heh. So let me know you've been here so I can come visit you.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Uh oh...it seems I have stepped on some toes. I was informed that someone read my blog on a particular community and didn't like my description of the residents, etc. therein. Should I apologize for stating my opinion? I think not. We do, after all, still live in a free country.....I hope. I do apologize to the lady who headed up the event there. It was NOT her fault. She was only responsible for setting up the event. And a darn good job she did, too. So, to those of you at corporate Del Webb.....get over it. And don't blame anyone in particular for MY opinion, except me.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Well, we didn't get run over by hordes of shoppers whilst getting our last minute (sort of) kid-free shopping done yesterday. Thought we were going to buy out the evil empire (we did have a shopping cart full, but not of gifts!). Today is cinnamon meringue day as well as unloading the van and writing and addressing cards to send out. Must get some wrapping done. And packages ready to mail to out of town family. And start decorating the house for when folks come here for solstice. Lots to do and feel a time crunch coming on. Guess I'd better get a move on.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Hooray for me! Another batch of meringues done yesterday morning. While waiting for them to bake, some knitting was accomplished. Then it was off to the gallery to return the display items used on Saturday, as well as putting what I didn't sell on display there. My daughter and her best friend were being creative when I met them there. And there was a nice reception by Donna Voll and her mom to celebrate their exhibit in the Heritage Room.
Today is Dr. day, one for the back, the other for the feet. And I need to order my usual Christmas flowers to be sent. Then it's back home to start the BIG clean. Ordinarily I don't bother since it's usually only me here. I'm having family here this year so I need to get rid of all my clutter and at least dust and vacuum. Daughter is coming up to help since I helped her clean the Evil Genius' room.
Today is Pearl Harbor day, the day I got married and almost the same date I got divorced. My thanks to all those who fought. Your service is much appreciated and I don't think you hear it often enough. THANK YOU.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Had to get up before breakfast yesterday morning and go to the "Winterfest" at a place called The Village at Deaton's Creek. This is a community for folks aged 55 and older. Never in my life have I seen so many people try sooooo hard to let you know how much they love it there. I think something is put in the water once they move in. I didn't sell much....a couple of scarves and a card or two (I forget) of my daughter's hand made Christmas cards. The rest of the gang with me in the model home fared better, for which I am glad. Anyway, the folks who live in this place sport picture ID's. Can you imagine having to wear a picture ID in the community where you live? Yeeeesh. Talk about big brother. I mean....do they really think someone is going to jump a ditch or fence just to get in? You have to stop at the guard gate if you don't live there and your name has to be on the LIST to get in. The houses are on top of one another. Example....even though we were in a model home, eventually it will be sold to someone to live in. The office is to the right of the front door as you come in. There is a window facing the house next door in this office and this window gives one a perfect view of that home's bathroom!
Most of the traffic coming through was of people looking at the homes for possible future purchase. Don't know about you but I couldn't live in a place like that. And I'm always leary when someone can't say enough good about the place they live.
At any rate, it was a long day and I was looking forward to a good night's sleep when I got home. Was also hoping it would snow..... oh well, maybe another time.

Friday, December 4, 2009

I have a runny nose. Yuck! Must buy more Kleenex and place boxes thereof strategically around the house. Wish the weather would make up its mind so my sinuses would. It might be cold enough to snow which wouldn't hurt my feelings. Will make meringues today, come hell or high water. Must gather together everything for Winterfest tomorrow. OMG I have to get up sooooo early tomorrow morning. It's going to be a very long day as I won't be getting home until somewhat late. I plan to sleep in on Sunday.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

The sky is clearing somewhat and it is nippy out there. Had to go out and shoot at 2 tree rats (squirrels) that were on my porch so that's how I know it's nippy. Don't know what those critters find interesting out there. I just know I don't like 'em around the house. Maybe they found a spot to hide nuts. Too bad I'm such a bad shot. But then, BB guns are not always that accurate. I do sting one now and then.
Going to the gallery today. Have errands to run first and time is fleeing. So much to do and so little time. Will be glad when next week comes with little on the calendar.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

My daughter tells me that although I only have one follower (her) that doesn't mean I only have one visitor to my blog. You'd never know it since there is seldom, if ever, any comments made to what I write. 'course that might be because my life appears a bore.
For instance.....today, it's raining. I need to start making peppermint and cinnamon meringues. A rainy day is not the best time due to humidity and all. But I need to get started on them so I will make a batch or two today anyway and store them in an airtight container.
I have a shawl I'm trying to finish knitting asap so I can start on another. Thank the gods these are not for Yule or Christmas or I'd really be in a panic. They don't need to be done and blocked until the end of January. But wait....now I have to come up with a beginning block for a round robin our bee is doing for an auction. There are five of us and I got to be first, oh boy. So now I have to think of that as well as trying to come up with a block for the challenge for the cruise in February. And a friend is coming down for a week in January so I can "teach" her how to make jewelry. Yikes! Just thinking about all that has to be done is beginning to make my head spin. Aaaannnnddd...since there is so much to do...I'm gone for today.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

It's cold this morning. Only 30 degrees when I got up a little after 8:00. I knew it was cold before I even came downstairs. The frost was heavy on the grass and roof. And the heat pump tried it's best to keep up. Even though I have the thermostat set at 68 it still has a hard time. And this is the new one! If I ever build another house I'm getting dual heat. I'll see just how efficient the new heat pump is when I get my electric bill next month. I can't count this month 'cause it was just installed and hasn't been up and running for a full month. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this one will keep the bill a little lower. At least the basement will now be warm and I will be able to work down there comfortably.
Am going to a friend's house today for lunch and socializing with other members of our art bee group. Should be fun and it will be nice to see everyone.
Ex son-in-law is supposed to come pick up my truck so he can get the gigantic chairs out of daughter's living room. If he doesn't do it today, it better be by the end of next week or I'll help daughter put them out by the trash to be picked up. I'm tired of his excuses and hope he quits his shennanigans when it comes to having his son stay with him. Just because he doesn't feel 100% doesn't mean he can shirk his responsibility. When daughter is sick she still has to care for her son, cook, do laundry, etc. Why does he think he doesn't have to have son visit, just because his sinuses are acting up? He miraculously recovered enough to go out on a job yesterday. Enough of the venting. I'm off to have fun with friends.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Nope, no post yesterday. I had other things to do and, amazingly, actually accomplished most of them. I made a pair of earrings, cut batik squares for the guild exchange, put up lights outside, and completed a full section of pattern on the shawl I'm knitting. Yeah, I know, knitting, how boring. Not when you are knitting lace. The pattern is 16 rows and takes some time to do. I need to get this one done 'cause I'm going to knit another one of the same pattern and need to get both done by the end of January. I figure if I can get one section done a day, maybe two, I'll be able to finish on time. Not that I don't have other stuff that needs doing; oh, no, just thoroughly cleaning and decorating the house for Yule since I have family coming this year (in the past few years the small artificial tree on the ledge in front of the fireplace sufficed). Along with that I need to make more earrings since they seem to be selling almost as fast as I can make them (yay!). Then there's the purchasing and wrapping of gifts....some of which have to be mailed to out of town family. Geez, I'm getting tired, just thinking about it.
So off I go, once more into the breach!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

It's the day after "Black Friday" and I have survived. Maybe that's because I didn't go anywhere except the local Ace Hardware for some lithium grease (no comments, please) for the garage, Walgreen's so daughter could get some pictures printed, and last, but not least, Publix for grocery shopping. I don't do "Black Friday" because I don't care to get pushed, trampled, or spoken to rudely by some fat assed bitch who just has to have whatever I might have been reaching for. I never did understand how people (mostly women) can get up at 4:00 in the morning just to get an extra 20% off some item she believes she or someone she is shopping for just has to have.
No, I had a nice quiet day with daughter and grandson. Did get a couple of pairs of earrings made. Need to make more for the upcoming Winterfest which is next Saturday. I seem to have a shrinking inventory at the gallery....which is good, mind you....just that I'm trying to keep up and can't seem to. Oh well, I'll just have to keep making them, won't I?
Hopefully those who did brave the malls yesterday came out of it unscathed. I wish them well...better them than me.

Friday, November 27, 2009

I'm full of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, mashed turnips and carrots (yes they are mashed together) and sauteed green beans. Oh, and I can't forget the homemade bread. My daughter is such a GOOD cook. Apple pie and key lime pie followed a little later. As I said, I'm full.....still and it's the day after! However, we'll be having eggs, bacon, and mashed potato cakes for brunch today. Daughter has never made mashed potato cakes so I am going to show her. Can't let the potatoes go to waste now, can we?
It's been a lovely time. Laid back, relaxed, and quiet (except for the occasional noisy sound effects from the evil genius). K and I had fun making some crafty stuff (Georgia "pine cones") which I hope she is successful in selling on ETSY. If T picks up the evil genius this afternoon (he said he'd take him for the weekend) K and I will be cleaning the evil genius' room. I only hope the dust dinosaurs and mess faeries don't overcome us.
And now it's on to make potato cakes!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

It's Thanksgiving and I'm here at my daughter's to enjoy her company as well as that of my grandson, the evil genius. I am so very thankful for them. There will be good food and a friend is coming with her son to partake also. We'll watch the parade which is being tivo'd so we can fast forward through all the claptrap that isn't the actual parade. It's getting so there is more comment than parade. What a shame! It's a beautiful sunny day. So much better than the gray, drizzly days we've been having. The boys can play outside and get rid of some of the unending energy they seem to have.
Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

My neck hurts. I don't know if I slept in a bad position or if it's from sitting in the dentist chair getting worked on. I do know that when my mouth was numb it was difficult to swallow so I may have inadvertently pulled a muscle. That would be weird, pulling a muscle while trying to swallow. I can feel it though when I swallow now. If it continues I'm going to call the dentist and see what he thinks. He'll probably poo poo it. It's difficult to drive like this, especially when I have to look both ways at a stop. Where are the pain killers when you need them?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

My ex son-in-law tried to put me in the middle of something last night and I didn't let him. He is beginning to get on my last nerve and I may just have to let him know that he isn't fooling me with his holier than thou foolishness. He should also know that he will not succeed in getting me to think my daughter thinks talking on the phone with Someone is more important than her son's health insurance. It is T's responsibility and he left it to the last minute, then expected K to jump when he wanted her to. Tried to get me to call her to tell her about it. I wouldn't. I'm OVER IT.

Monday, October 19, 2009

I just received an email today letting me know that an acquaintance of mine has had a stroke. She is much younger than I. Fortunately her husband was with her and recognized the signs. He drove her to the hospital that was only 5 miles away. She's in ICU....slurred speech and her left arm not moving. Hopefully she will recover fully and can go on her one vacation a year to the tropics.
It makes me wonder if living alone is a good idea. I wish I had the money to build that other house so daughter and grandson could move up here. Someday. I'm lucky that I don't get sick often. This latest bug has really gotten me and I'm going to try to see my doctor today to see if there is anything that can be done about this cough. Last night was tiring and I want to be able to sleep lying down, not sitting up. Good thing I don't have much of a social life.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I'm fighting a cold....not the usual kind...nope, this one headed straight for the chest. So I won't get my hair trimmed today. My hair dresser's wife is preggers and I don't want to give her my germs. Hopefully it will be mostly gone by Friday when I have to have some nasty dental work done. Apparently I have some bone loss in my upper and lower jaw bones due to tartar build up under the gum line. Sooooo I get to have it all scraped off and hopefully the bone will grow back. Looks like I'll be chewing on the opposite side for a while. Oh boy.
I hate having a cold. It interferes with all kinds of stuff I want to do.
The sun is shining this morning and there is a fog floating up off the ground. I can see the fairy webs in the grass. Somehow they disappear before I can get out there with a camera. Hmmmm.
Have much to do so I'd better get to it.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

I read my ex son-in-law's post this morning. What a pile of..... If he misses them so much why doesn't he call his son? Why doesn't he call and ask if my daughter will bring him to visit? He says he can't feel one of his legs due to a pinched nerve or some such yet he's going down to the airport with his friend to pick up his friend's brother. Instead of moving temporarily upstairs he makes his mother (in whose house he now lives) go up and down stairs. And she is definitely no spring chicken. He whines about his situation but does nothing about it. His best friend lost his job, too, but has be pro-active and found work....he started his own business. I no longer have any respect for T and don't care if he knows it. He needs to stop feeling sorry for himself and get on with life. I wonder what Marissa thinks of all this?

Thursday, October 1, 2009

I'll be gone for a week beginning Sunday. Lots to do before that. Probably won't be writing anything while I'm gone although I will have the computer with me. I hate coming home to a gazillion e-mails. Daughter and grandson may invade this place so I need to do at least some surface cleaning. Not today, though. Going to the gallery for at least half the day, then doctor's appointment. Apparently he needs to talk to me about the bone density test I had. Osteopenia (sounds almost lewd).....it's not osteoporosis....yet. I'm now taking calcium and vitamin D to prevent further loss hopefully and, if I'd get up off my ass and exercise, I could prevent it that way, too. Oh well, I'll do my walking every day after lunch while I'm away. One mile a day. Maybe I'll lose a couple of pounds. I want to.
It's another beautiful day and I'm going to enjoy it to the fullest.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Sitting here, drinking orange juice, reading good posts. I'd ask my daughter to send me five words, but I'm not good at word smithing so I'll skip that I think. It looks to be a glorious day. Actually any day I'm still here is glorious. Think I'll try to actually get something done. I've spent the last two days trying to play catch up from being away for a week. Another HVAC person is coming over to give an estimate on a new system. One that will actually keep me cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
It was wonderfully cool last night. Great for sleeping. Only 48 when I got up. Wow, talk about a change in the weather! Don't know how long it will last, though. It does seem as though Autumn has come a bit early for this area. I don't mind. The weeds will die sooner and I can clear some places out without having to pull them. Maybe I can find the 4 underground bee nests, if M (he does my mowing for me) can't find them tomorrow. They are not nice bees and must go. I wondered why he didn't weed eat in a particular area. I left him a note in case he mowed while I was gone and he wrote me one back explaining why. Yellowjackets! I don't blame him. And although he wrote I could dock some of his pay, I told him, no way. I do wish he had told me sooner when the weeds weren't so high. I could have gotten rid of them more easily. Oh well. I'll get 'em.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

I'm home from a week of working the Petit Le Mans and am quite tired. It was beautiful all week until yesterday....the big day....when the heavens opened up and the deluge came. Needless to say it put a damper on things (pun intended). Those of us in the tower did not envy the workers out on the turns. Even though they wear rain gear, it's still miserable standing out there. (Been there, done that.) I'm sure the drivers weren't too happy either, especially those in open cockpit cars. Can you say "I'm sitting in a foot of water going 100+ miles an hour?" :)
It was a first....the race was called before the finish. There were arguments about whether or not the race had gone half way and could be called official. Well....it was either 1000 miles or 10 hours and when the red flag came out there were only 11 minutes left to the half way mark. The clock did not stop running, however, sooooo, according the the rules, when the clock hit the half way mark, the race was official. Needless to say some drivers weren't very happy with that. It was a difficult decision for the race director, but on the safety side, the right one when he called for the checker (in my humble opinion).
Being in the tower, I learned a lot and heard a lot. Most of it will stay with me. What goes on in the tower stays in the tower. If I were to blab about everything, rest assured I would not be invited back.
Going to take a nap now. See if I can catch up on some sleep.

Monday, September 21, 2009

It is raining...still...and it's going to rain some more. I'm feeling quite soggy. Went down to the pond yesterday and, as I expected, the overflow pipe was blocked. Had sooooo much fun getting the muck and water lilies away from the milk crate covering the pipe. Must go down again today before going to my daughter's to make sure it's still open. I'll not be wearing the waders, though. I found out that I have to bend over with my face almost touching the water in order to get to the muck, etc. so it's useless really to wear the waders and rain jacket. I'll wear old clothes and shoes and not care if I get soaked. Just hope I don't get cold, although the water isn't too bad right now. Wish me luck.

Friday, September 18, 2009

After a day at the gallery a bunch of us gals got together at the Bad Fairy's house to play poker. A first gathering of that nature for this gang of women. Yes, we played poker.....our way (and no, it wasn't strip poker....what a waste that would have been). We also went out on the porch to play with a bubble making machine, danced and sang. Some drank, some didn't. I came home sober. D and I successfully unclogged the BF's sink which decided to clog up for not perceptable reason. N joined in the effort and I have some interesting pictures of D and N which I will only show privately. S got some really good shots of everyone enjoying the evening and I hope to see those soon. She's going to use some for paintings. Wow! A good time was had by all and we plan to do it again.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

It's raining again. I wonder if the humminbird will take another bath.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

I just got back from the dentist. Good news and not so bad. I have no cavities but have to go back so he can go in and do some scraping next to the bone in a couple of spots. Seems the tartar buildup crept up under the gum and has begun to affect the bone. Yeeesh. Gettin' older sucks.
It's raining. I was leaving a message for my ex son-in-law when I happened to glance out the window. There was a hummingbird sitting on the very end of a branch of the dogwood tree taking a shower, making sure all his feathers and whatever got washed. He was delightful to watch and made me smile. That's one smile, at least, for the day. I'm sure there will be more.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Getting a bone density scan today. Should be interesting as I've never had it done before. Kinda messes up my day seein' as how it's at 1:30 and that just kills the afternoon. I'm trying to get some towels embroidered to sell and it takes a minimum of 2 - 2 1/2 hours to do one. This morning is shot thanks to my intestines getting in a snit over something I ate last night. Geez....I hate getting older. So many things to go south (including skin sag) on ya.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Spent two days with daughter. It was great. Yesterday we went, along with sister-out-law J to the Yellow Daisy Festival at Stone Mountain. Lots of vendors....and I mean LOTS of vendors. It was HUGE. We meandered around and found K's best friend K, who was selling her glass along with another lady. We stopped and chatted while daughter took pictures of FAB amongst the glass. Then we meandered some more. Had lunch....meandered some more. Nothing really catching the eye and saying "take me home". Did purchase some great finger nail files. They last forever if you don't step on them or drop them on a hard surface. Sometimes they just seem to disappear into the great unknown. At any rate, we decided to get a funnel cake to split then call it a day even though we hadn't seen the whole thing. Walking back to the van I was glad (and so was my left achilles tendon) that we had decided to call it a day. I slept well last night thanks to all the walking. (I wonder if I lost any weight?)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

It's a gray (grey) day. A great day to stay in bed, snuggle under the covers and snooze. The leaves are beginning to turn on some of the trees. It is cool outside. We are being teased by Fall. No staying in bed today, snuggling under the covers. It's off to the gallery then to daughter's house for a couple of days. We have THINGS to do. Fall will come in its own time. I welcome the cooler weather, knowing that it won't stay long. It never does. But, who knows, maybe this time it will....ha ha.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Why is it I start with a clear month on the calendar only to have it fill in quickly with this appointment or that, leaving me little to no time to get any yard work done. I NEED to do yard work. My weed patches have weeds! And I really must leave a note for the kid who mows the yard that it's okay to weed whack around the bird feeders. In fact, I must insist he do so. I told him he should a while ago but I guess he forgot. Hmm, maybe I should forget his check? Nah! He does a good job otherwise. His dad helps so they get it done quickly. I'll leave a note with his check. And it's off to a meeting this morning. This afternoon, if it isn't raining, I am going outside to work in the yard, so there!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Spent yesterday writing, writing, writing. Nothing interesting, of course. Just stuff for the landowners association which has to go out by the 10th. So, I guess I'll see if there is any place open today where I can get copies (I seriously doubt it). Also today I have to write again. This time it's thank you notes to people who have joined or renewed their membership to GHCA. I've been lax on that and need to catch up. I am such a slacker! I always seem to leave stuff like that to the last minute just like I did in college. But then it was the only time I got a good grade. 'course I'm not getting graded for this but I don't want to let people down...so it's off to write.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

It's a sort of catch up day. Catch up on sleep, for one. And I need to get a move on writing the amended restrictions and covenants for the community so I can send them out with the letter about the annual meeting. I am not in the mood to do so but it must be done. A shower first.

Friday, September 4, 2009

I've been helping a friend get ready for a really big convention in Atlanta. It's Dragon Con and many thousands attend. She sells clothing which she makes herself (and this year with a little help from friends) and some she doesn't make herself. After all, one can only do so much. Wednesday I went down to her house and her mom and I priced all day, getting the stuff that was at the house done. Then we loaded PJ's van. You really can get two pounds of shit in a one pound bag, although it took some interesting words and ingenuity. Yesterday was load in day and boy, were we busy. I did a LOT of pricing and considered myself lucky that I didn't stab myself with the pricing gun. I'm tired today, everything catching up, I guess. So I'm going to take a nap after eating a sandwich. And that's all I have to say today.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Sew educational

I've been at a friend's house helping her get ready for a big upcoming convention by cutting and sewing. I've never used a serger before so that was a learning experience. I learned that I don't like the cutter. It is mean and hurtful, cutting off pieces I don't want cut. My friend, who is very understanding (and VERY patient) let me turn the cutter off. I also found out that even if two legs don't match exactly when serged, they seem to match very well after they are hemmed. What's with that? Apparently it doesn't really matter since the elastic gathering will hide many a flaw anyway.
Before I left last night I think we had cut enough fabric for about 15 cloaks. I'm glad I was there since panne (pronounced pa nay) is quite slippery so four hands are better than two. My friend will be doing a lot of sewing this week. I may go back this weekend to help some more. Was going back at a different time but, after looking at my calendar, realized I couldn't.
And there's nothing like leaving parts of your sewing machine at home. I learned that I can sew without the bobbin cover. How 'bout that? I'll have it with me when I next go down.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Off to help a friend

Won't be writing for a few days. I'm off to help a friend sew. Yes, I said sew. She makes and sells clothing at various gatherings and such and a big one is coming up. Her mom is unable to help her right now because she is not well, so I am stepping in, in hopes that my simple skills are of assistance. I told my friend to give me the simple stuff to do.
Heard news that K's best friend's stepdad has cancer. This is a real bummer. He's been a tremendous help to the singing group and I hope all goes well with his treatment. Also, his wife, B, depends on him a lot as she is somewhat disabled physically. I will keep him in my thoughts and send healing wishes his way.
That's all for now, folks.
Oh, yeah.....Kyddryn...if you read this will you please put that picture on facebook for me if you haven't already done so?

Friday, August 21, 2009

Mother's Light Show

Last night after dropping my daughter off at her home, I drove through a beautiful light show put on by Mother Nature. The lightning was all around me and it was raining so hard I couldn't hear the thunder. At home there was a moment's hiatus enabling me to dash into the house. Since it was quite late I went straight to bed, to enjoy more light show and rolls of thunder that seemed endless. It didn't last long enough.
Unfortunately, something in what I ate did NOT agree with me so, at 3 a.m. I got rid of it. I think it was the ketchup (catsup) I put on the cheeseburger. I know it must have been sitting out all day. Isn't it supposed to be refrigerated after being opened? And why didn't I think of that before putting it on the cheeseburger. Oh well, it all gone now.
Off to get the back taken care of then it's sewing time as well as gathering stuff I no longer want to take to the gallery to see if anyone else wants it.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Successful delivery

Yesterday, despite the rain, I delivered the industrial machine to my friend. Actually it didn't rain until we got the thing in the house. Talk about timing! PJ's brother-in-law, M, was there to help lug it in and set it up. And it works! Talk about speed! Putting the belt back on was a puzzle to M who thought part of the housing had to be removed, etc. but after some thought I suggested we tilt the sewing machine back. Guess what....it worked! duh.
Coming home was interesting as I kept having to close windows in my truck (no AC) when I'd go through a shower or downpour. At least when I got closer to home it got cooler and I was following the rain, so I had both windows open for AC until I was about a mile from home, then I had to close them again. Nope I'm not getting the AC fixed. It would cost too much and the truck is only used around the homestead usually.
And that's all folks.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


P.S. It didn't rain yesterday so I was able to pick up the industrial machine. The sewing machine sits on the passenger seat of my truck, seat belt on, while the table is in the back covered with a huge tarp and bungied down.
I have a friend who is working in Afghanistan. I won't hear from him for a few days he tells me because things are really heating up because of elections. The base he's on is getting shelled so he is spending time in the nearest bunker. I pray he stays safe and will come back in September when he has leave. I've sent him some books and some of his favorite crackers so he can at least read and snack while in the bunker (if there is light). From what he tells me I believe he is going to look for a different job when his contract is up. I don't blame him.

Monday, August 17, 2009

It looks like rain. It can't rain....I'm supposed to pick up a monstrous sewing machine for a friend today so it....can't....rain. Industrial machines are heavy and unwieldy. I have to get it into my truck with a little help from some neighbors. I'll be taking it to PJ's on Wednesday IF I can pick it up today. If it does rain maybe it'll go away before this afternoon. I hope.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

I'm going to help a friend cut fabric so she can make some money to hopefully help pay her mortgage so she can stay in her house.

Friday, August 14, 2009

I was supposed to help a friend today but it's been postponed 'til tomorrow 'cause she has to take her mom to the doctor. I hope mom is okay. These ladies have been friends for a long time and I hate to see either of them down. Unfortunately, also, unless help comes along, they may lose the house they have lived in for quite a number of years. They had to refinance and got suckered in to paying 12% interest which is killing them. That mortgage payment is equal to mine and I have 25 acres along with the house to their possible 1 1/2 - 2 acres. And my house is smaller! If only I had extra bucks......

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Awoke to the gentle sound of rain on the roof. It was so soothing I didn't want to get up so I lay there a while, letting myself wake slowly. I have goals for today so finally got myself out of bed to start the day. I can still hear the rain and hope it goes on all day....that soft soaking rain that we need so badly.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Nope, not today.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

A friend sent me an email telling me about how Mars is going to be the closest it's ever been to earth August 27th. One won't need a powerful telescope to see it as it will be about the size of a full moon. Don't remember the time but as soon as it gets dark I'm going outside to check it out if the night sky is clear. I've forwarded the email to people with children/grandchildren in hopes that they will share with them this phenomenon. And hope they'll pass it on to others who have children/grandchildren.

Friday, August 7, 2009

No comment.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

I truly don't know why I keep this up. Since its inception only my daughter has read it. It does, however, let me vent or put down thoughts. I read other posts and find my writing sadly lacking in just about everything. In other words, I don't wax poetical, etc. Just mundane, that's me. And today's mundania has to do with the power company coming out to let me know how badly my house leaks air. I understand that I need a new, upgraded AC unit. The only reason I'm doing this is because the company does it for free and I don't have to spring for the AC unit all at once, but it's added to my power bill a little at a time every month which I can handle. I think I may get in touch with the power company that serves my daughter's house to see if they do the same thing. If so, perhaps we can get her power bill down some. Of course, it would help if her paying roommate wouldn't leave his TV on all day and night as well as his light and computer. He pays her just about enough to cover the power bill. In some ways I wish he would find another place to live so she could use the room for something else, but then again he does pay some rent (not enough to my mind, but he is unemployed at the moment). And he is another presence in the house who can, in an emergency, watch the evil genius for a short time.
Hope to see you today, daughter mine, and we can discuss the power thing. I know you have that class tonight and I'll be thinking about you.....

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

My daughter is soooo clever. Check out her blog Shade and Sweetwater if you don't believe me. She's the one who told me how to retrieve pictures on my phone and was able to download a ring tone for me. It's all too much for me. I'm proud of her.....(now if she'd only get published....)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

All the lovely, poetic posts I read make me feel like such a mundane hack. Words do not come easily to me. Perhaps my sentiments are shown in some of the jewelry I have made and hope to make in the future. But first there is a quilt that must be finished this month (my deadline) before I can go explore all the possibilities open in the metal I have have coming. I look forward to re-arranging my work spaces in the basement. Out with all the stuff I haven't touched in over a year! I have a wonderful work bench that will be perfect for pounding and shaping metal. My brain is full of ideas that want out. Alas, they will have to wait until I get the quilt done. That being said I guess I should get started on that project, eh?

Monday, August 3, 2009

Went shopping today with daughter. Not the usual mother/daughter shopping for clothes, shoes, etc. Nope, we shopped for art supplies and equipment (mostly equipment for me). And boy did we buy supplies! Throw in a great lunch at Red Lobster (snow crab legs, yum) and you have a perfect day. And now for a glass of wine.....

Sunday, August 2, 2009

It's raining....a perfect day to go play at the gallery, thereby avoiding that which must be done at home...like laundry. Played yesterday also to make up for the day in the week that I missed and am playing again today because I will be late this week. The power company is finally coming to do that home check thing that lets you know just how much your house leaks air. They're going to fall down laughing at my log house 'cause it leaks air like a sieve. The upside is that they will tell me what I need to do to up the efficiency of my AC unit....which means replacing it.....and the upside to that is that the payments for said replacement are spaced out on my power bill and I get to choose the contractor for the installation of said new and better unit. I just happen to have a neighbor who is one of their contractors and is a very conscientious HVAC installer. Soooo....even if he is not the lowest bid I'm choosing him (I know where he lives, heh, heh). Perhaps if it is not raining tomorrow I can play outside.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I don't have much time before class. However, I thought I would vent my frustration over something before I headed over there. Some people, who shall remain nameless, have hooked me on Farm Town at Facebook. For whatever reason, it won't work at the moment so I can't participate. I don't usually get frustrated over something like that since I don't usually play games such as that. BUT...I have friends that I stay connected to through that game, dang it. I have just enough time to dive back in there and see what error message I get and if there is something I can do. Otherwise my friends will just have to do without my help for a while. Boo hoo.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Can't take much time this morning as class starts soon. I was exhausted last night from trying to come up with design ideas. Out first project was a pair of earrings (copper and silver) where we used a rivet and a lash. These we were supposed to get done before lunch (I just finished in time) so we could wear them to lunch. I even learned how to make ear wires....yay! After lunch came the mental challenge. Come up with a design for a bracelet using a 6x1 inch piece of copper cut into five pieces. I'll be working on this this morning as I only finished two of the pieces yesterday afternoon. However mentally challenging it is I'm learning a lot about rivets and eyelets and lashings, oh my. 'bye

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Nothing today...I'm getting ready to head out of town for a jewelry class.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Cleaning day....whenever I go away for even a few days at a time I like to come back to a fairly clean house soooo.....luckily it only entails doing some uncluttering (it's always nice to be able to see at least half the kitchen/dining table), sweeping, and generally cleaning a tub or two. My real cleaning takes place when it is a lot cooler and I can have all the windows open. I don't like housekeeping so I try to keep it to a minimum without having the house look like a pigpen. And since Im the one who lives here, that suits me fine. And one of these days I'll tackle the basement....again. I really need to figure out what I'm going to continue doing down there. Right now it looks like someone's attempt to do everything. I may just have to give up on the stained glass as I haven't touched it in almost a year and the equipment and supplies are taking up space. But then again, I have this really gorgeous piece of red glass I want to do something with eventually....sigh.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Somehow I did it again! Lost the post I just wrote. Arrrrrgggghhh!!! Bloody computer...all I did was rest my hands.
Okay...it's Friday...two days 'til class at William Holland. Lots to do....go to friend's house to see and hopefully take pictures of two totems her husband has carved. Maybe my daughter can walk me through how to get them on here so I can share. Then on to shopping for "ephemera" for the class (if you don't know what it means...find a dictionary). Then on to the evil empire (Walmart) to get some photos printed for the class. Don't know what we're going to do with them but I'm sure it'll be awesome! Tomorrow is knitting class and clean house day. When I go away I like to come back to a somewhat (at least) clean house. Besides, daughter may come up for some down time and may bring a friend.
Gotta get a move on....see ya!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

No blog today....gallery day. Read someone else's.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Thoughts on self-image

Question....when you get up in the morning what image of yourself do you have in your mind's eye? Is it how you actually look or is it how you look in your mind's eye? I think this question is more pertinent to older people than young people. For me, I see myself as I looked 25 years ago and when I see myself in the mirror, it's still a shock. Where did that chicken neck come from? Eeeeek....is that really me? And what about those circles and small bags under my eyes....the age spots that seem to pop up overnight? The lost waist and expanded hip area. That can't be me! But it is. It seems my brain wants me to think I'm still in my 40's. It's how I think and mostly feel. Sometimes, though, the body lets me know it ain't so. But I have to wonder why the brain does this. I know in my heart that I'm not young any more. In my mind's eye, however, I am still thin, still wear a size 10 (not for the last 15 years, damn it) and can go out and work in the yard all day then dance all night (not in reality!!!).
I look in the mirror as little as possible so I can keep the illusion.
What about you?

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Yes, I'm ranting.

I have a follower....granted it's my daughter, but that's okay. Sometimes I can put things in writing that I can't say. And right now, what I write is that I'd like to slap my son-in-law (soon to be ex, thank you Goddess) up side the head. He is soooooo passive-aggressive. I have watched his behavior over the years and he is, unfortunately, never going to change. Empty promises, lies, convenient forgetfulness...etc. I hope he does not do as his father did and make unkept promises to his son as well as not staying close in his life. He has told me all these plans he has of things he's going to do but I don't think he will do them. Two things he has told me he is going to do that I am waiting to see happen....the first is that he is going to bring RA up to go fishing again....the second is that he is going to get the tent and bring RA up to camp in the yard. I'll believe it when it really happens. And I wish to H--- he'd get the damn Jimmy fixed! It's one excuse after another. I've recommended he contact friends from the track who have a lot of experience working on cars, but nooooooo. Arrrggggh!!!! Can you tell I'm frustrated?!
Hopefully the day of or, at the very latest, the day after the divorce is final he is OUT of the house.
Whew! enough ranting for now. If only he would GROW UP.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Carp.....I just erased the post I wrote for today.
Okay, let's see.....oh yeah...day before yesterday my grandson tried to put a crack in a neighbor's driveway by falling on his head while getting out of the bed of a stationary pickup truck. Luckily he survived and nothing was found awry when K took him to the ER. And it was his first semi-unsupervised outdoor adventure. She is still keeping an eye on him, just in case. Just goes to show how hard headed kids are in more ways than one.
Finally got some pictures of my son's kids via my phone (my daughter-in-law has a phobia about taking pictures of the kids). Now all I have to do is figure out how to retrieve them. I'll ask K if she can since she seems to be the guru of new fangled phones.
Also went to Hobby Lobby and spent too much, of course. Can't say much for the bead section, though. Looks like I'll have to go to the gem show on Sunday (oh darn) to see if I can find some of the stuff I need to start making earrings and such for Christmas. Speaking of earrings, I found a really cheap, simple frame that I'm going to make into a display for earrings. It's a design I'm "borrowing" from a friend.
It's off to shower, get dressed, kill weeds and generally venture out into the world to try to get some things done.....even if wrong. Tonight I'll take on the county commission.....well, maybe not take on, but certainly let them know an opinion or two.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Yesterday was all about errands.....going hither, thither and yon to get things done. On my way to Burton gallery, though, I stopped at Edith's Daylillies and visited with Edith for a while. She hasn't been to guild due to illness, so I wanted to see how she was. We sat and chatted for a while and I got a brochure of all the lillies' names and colors that she has. Unfortunately I never made it there while they were all in bloom. It must have been a beautiful sight. There were some still in bloom and their colors were awesome. I have an idea of the ones I want to buy from her.....which I will plant close to the house so the deer don't get the blossoms. Have to wait 'til I have some extra money, though, as one of the ones I want is $50.
Today it's off to my son's to visit and have an early dinner. His birthday was the 16th and it's hard to believe he has reached the ripe old age of 40! Which just reminds me of my age, dang it! I never thought I would get this far....must be the clean (HAH!!!!) living.
It's going to be another hot one. We has a very brief shower yesterday afternoon. A nice gentle rain would be good. I was too tired to go to the dance. Was in bed and asleep (I think) before the sun set last night. I have too much to do and too little time in which to do it. Tomorrow I have to go down to RA and pick up quilting stuff from my friend N who is working there this weekend. That means I get to get up early, yipeee....since I have to pick up my guest pass before 11 a.m. Drat...another day I don't get to sleep in. Of course, that means I might get home early enough to actually get something done on a quilt I need to get done.
Enough prattling on about things you probably aren't interested in....(my life is not that interesting, is it?) I'll be back hopefully with more interesting stuff (have I used that word often enough?). 'til then, happy trails....

Friday, July 17, 2009

While I'm still not sure how to use all the features of this here bloggin' site, my daughter K has been a tremendous help in getting me further along. So thank you, K. I really 'preciate your help.
Had a good time at the gallery yesterday. Did get some earrings and a pendant done. Starting to make stuff for Christmas already, but now is the time to get it done so it's ready. The snowflake earrings appear to be quite popular so I'm making as many as I can. Have to order some ear wires though as I am running out of the good ones. Also met some nice people who are also jewelry makers. They are from Florida, but plan to spend the 4 hottest months of the year here in GA. We had a nice talk and they got the info on joining GHCA. If you are interested in seeing stuff about GHCA you can look 'em up on the internet. The site(s) aren't quite finished yet, but you'll get the general idea. Also go to artstour.org ('specially if you live in GA) and you'll get a lot of information on artists, etc.
Think I'll go get my gun permit today. I let it lapse...don't know why....just lazy I guess. It's a handy thing to have.....makes me more legal...heh, heh.
It's gonna be a hot one, but I plan on staying inside as much as possible since I have lots of things to catch up on, especially laundry since I've been away so much in the last month. ....Later

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Off and ummmm running?

Woo hoo....I 'm off to Tennessee in a couple of hours. I sure hope it's cooler there than here. I do, however, have things to do before I go. I watered the plants last night, packed, got my books to read, cleaned my toothbrush holder, etc. Oh yeah, made sugar water for the hummers but will fill the feeders this morning so they don't go without while I'm gone.
It's a lovely sunny day....a good one for taking photos, I'm guessing, in the Smokies. The mountain laurel should be in bloom or maybe it's the rhododendron...I can't remember. Anyway, I'm taking my camera in hopes of getting some nice photos. The last time I went (in March) it was rainy and so foggy you couldn't see 5 feet in front of you. I almost got carsick. Had to stop at Newfound Gap to gain my equilibrium back. Try driving while only being able to see right in front of you and nothing on the sides and see what happens. Looking forward to seeing the river rushing and the lush greenery. Then I get to go through Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, oh joy, oh rapture. It's summertime and the vacationers are a-plenty....so is traffic. I'll just put in a good CD, lean back and chill as I crawl along with the traffic.
Wish I had my daughter's way with words. I could make reading this (as if anyone reads it) more interesting. My brain doesn't work that way, unfortunately. Never could write descriptives. Guess my talents lie elsewhere.
It's off to get things done before I go. ta

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

As you have may have read, my daughter K has finally gotten through the mounds of paperwork and has filed the papers for her divorce. It has been a long time coming and I'm sure she will be relieved when all is said and done. I'm impressed that the courts now understand that not everyone can afford an attorney, nor need one if both parties can agree to terms. The paperwork is daunting, but a lot cheaper than hiring someone to do it. I should know, I used to do it. When she called me after filling everything out, telling me it would be anywhere from 31 to 45 days until court I told her she was lucky she didn't live in Louisiana where, I believe, one has to wait a year.
What's interesting is that her husband T connected with an ex-girlfriend very quickly (almost immediately) after being told K wanted the divorce. I can't help but think he'd been in touch with M quite some time beforehand. And he now spends quite a bit of time at her place, including spending the night (on the couch....uh huh). Fine with me....maybe he'll move out sooner and move in with her, thereby sparing K his "oh woe is me" isms. What's also interesting is that he is doing things with M and her son that he never did with K and his own son. He has his excuses, always the excuses the are convenient for him, but I've stopped believing anything he says. I've asked him two favors and we'll see if he executes them.
Okay enough of the venting. I'm going to be getting ready to go to TN to visit friends for the 4th. Their house is situated 3/4 of the way up a ridge and you can see for miles from the lanai. In the morning we have our coffee out there and watch all the birds, as well as the mist rising off the river a few miles away. The view is AWESOME! Very relaxing!
So, off to get the house straightened up before I go. Much to do.....ta for now.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Wow, I didn't realize it had been so long since I posted anything. But then, not much happens in my life that is super exciting. I did go on a cruise (quilting) with a friend in February. We went through the Panama Canal....a trip I would do again if given the opportunity. My sister-in-law passed away in May. I'm going to miss her a lot. I wish I could have said good bye to her while she was alive, but understand she did not want anyone to see her in the condition she was in. I hope my brother does not feel guilty if he feels a great sense of relief. It had to be just as much hell for him to watch her go through her ordeal. Same goes for the adult children.
My daughter is getting divorced. I'm amazed she lasted as long as she did. She beat me by a couple of years. I only lasted 7. Too many empty or broken promises and too many lies. She tried to make it work for 5 years. My son-in-law just doesn't get it still. When asked I tried to tell him part of what went wrong. He doesn't LISTEN! Interestingly enough he hooked up with a couple of ex-girlfriends quite quickly after he was told a divorce was wanted and he has been spending a goodly amount of time with one of them in particular. I have to wonder how long before the news of the divorce he had been in touch with them. It is good, however, that he has someone to talk to....hopefully he takes responsibility and doesn't try to put it all on my daughter.
I am, believe it or not, going to try to write more often. It can be cathartic. Right now, however, I need to get a move on and do something, even if it's wrong. Go to the gallery, perhaps. It's too hot outside to get anything done at this time of day (believe it or not). Maybe I'll get up earlier tomorrow morning and get something done.