Thursday, February 15, 2018

Three on Thursday

1.  Cloudy and drizzly again.  When will the sun shine again?  But it got up to 70* today!
2. Today was laundry day - isn't that exciting?!
3. Surgery has been scheduled for Wednesday to do something about my toes - hopefully a permanent fix.  Kate is coming to baby sit with me.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Sunday Stealing

In honor of the Olympics starting, here are some winter-related questions stolen from Bogglesworld
1. Do you prefer winter or summer? Why? Actually I prefer spring or fall, but if I have to choose, I'll take winter.  I can always get warm with more clothes, but dealing with the heat is harder (such a "first world" problem).
2. What are your favorite winter activities?
Knitting, bridge, reading, computer, TV - something indoors - pretty much the same as any other time of the year.
3. Can you tell me about a time you went skiing or skating?
4. Have you ever made a snow angel?
5. Is your house cold?
Nope, keep it set on about 68F.
6. Do you have a fireplace in your house?
Not now.  The house had one, but it had been years since John had built a fire in it.
7. What do you usually do to keep warm in the winter?
Stay inside and wear sweats.
8. Have you ever gone hiking in the snow?
Of course not!
9. Tell me about a snowball fight you had.
I grew up in Houston, TX - nothing like that there.
10. Have you ever looked at a snowflake carefully?
Only in pictures.
11. Do you have a sled? Have you been sledding?
12. What do you usually do after a big snowfall?
A "big snowfall" around here is 2".  We wait until it melts and then go on about our business.
13. What’s the best thing about winter?
No bugs, no pollen, no sweaty heat.
14. What’s the worst thing about winter?
Ice, snow, no flowers or plants on my deck.
15. Have you ever been in a blizzard?
Once - the "Blizzard of '93", when we had 23" of snow and it took a week to get even remotely near normal.
16. Can you describe ice for me?
Good to put in your glass.

17. Have you ever slipped on ice and hurt yourself? I've slipped on a snow patch, but just landed on my backside and only hurt my dignity (of which I have very little).
18.Have you ever had to shovel snow?
Certainly not.
19. Will you be watching the Olympics?
20. If yes, what are your favorite events?
I like curling, speed skating, figure skating, downhill skiing, bobsled.

Friday, February 09, 2018

Five for Friday

1. Today was lovely - for any day - but especially for February.  The high was 68F, and I had my sliding glass door open all afternoon.
2. It's supposed to rain hard all weekend.
3. I finished knitting the current baby sweater.  Now to put it together.
4. I played hooky from swimming today.  I can't let this become another bad habit.  Back on Monday.
5. The broadcast of the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Olympics is tonight.

Friday, February 02, 2018


Amazing! Came in
FIRST at duplicate today!
Wonders never cease!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Super blue blood moon

I probably won't see the lunar eclipse in the morning (I should be in the pool at the Y at the time it's visible here).  But tonight, the "Super Blue Blood Moon" is shining brightly on me through my sliding glass doors.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Life is good!

It's been an unusual and busy week.  Tina arrived Tuesday evening.  It was so great to see her - it'd been two years since she moved from Chattanooga.  She stayed with me, and just left this morning. Before she left, she had put a lot of stuff in a storage unit, and other than visiting friends, emptying the unit was her primary goal.  There was a lot more than she had remembered, and things that she wanted to keep.  So then the problem was figuring out how to get it to her home.  After much investigation, she found that UPS has a deal where they will put stuff on a pallet to deliver to a destination - and for a reasonable price.  She got her boxes delivered to UPS for delivery to her home - so a successful solution to the problem.

In the meantime, we/she visited with friends, ate great meals at some favorite places, and even got her to the Sculpture Fields to see John's tree.  The icing on the cake was yesterday when Sue and Margaret came for the day.  I love any chance to see the girls, but it was great that they got to visit with Tina, too.  And we had some great carry-out barbecue for dinner.

All are safely back in their homes.  Life is good!

Monday, January 22, 2018

"First World Problem"

It's been a crazy day for me - unlike my usual do-nothing days.  I went to swimming and coffee.  Then to the doctor for my 6-month check.  I got the second pneumonia shot, concern about my blood pressure (may have to increase the strength of my Rx), and appointment for July.  Then about 45 minutes with my financial counselor.  I'm working on getting that last investment John had that we thought had been tended to.  We got it mostly done, and there are some papers and signatures I need to gather to send in with the filled-out forms.  Then the phone trails started.

First I called the company with the investment.  One of the documents says it has to be generated within 90 days prior to filing with them.  I have a copy of the document, but it is dated in 2015, so...  I played the "little old lady card", saying I was 82 (well, almost) and it would be extremely difficult for me to have to go to the courthouse to get a new document.  The nice gal who was helping me put me on hold and called the courthouse and got me a local number to call.  OK, did that.  But that didn't work either.  The file is closed, so they can't issue me a new document - call the lawyer who handled the probate.  So I called the lawyer's office and, of course, had to leave a message.  So I'm currently waiting for that return call.  Sighhhhhh!

And then I got another thing in the mail addressed to John that says "he" still owns one share of stock, and I need to send the original certificate in.  Well, of course, we haven't had anything like that for years.  And the fee to get the share transferred to my name is almost as much as the share itself is worth.  So I need to call them to see what to do about that.

I know this is all a "first world" problem, and I shouldn't complain.  But I do hate being wrapped up in all this red tape.  The moral to this story is put any and all financial things into joint accounts or "pay on death to" status.

Don't leave your heir(s) with all this stuff to deal with.