Saturday, April 30, 2016

Sunday Stealing


A to Z Meme 

Stolen from: i take surveys 



A) What does the last text you sent say? And to whom? To Kate, about going to Andy's wedding in October

B) What does the last text you received say? And from whom? From Verizon, with my current bill.

C) What time do you wake up most mornings? Depends on the day of the week.  On M/W/F at 6 a.m. Usually about 7 or so on other days.

D) Are you afraid of walking alone at night? Depends on where I am - and it's not likely to happen in any case (but not because I'm afraid)

E) What do you do to relax at the end of a stressful day? Get into soft clothes

F) Where did your last kiss take place and with whom? Kissed Jean when she left last week.

G) Do/did you get into trouble a lot at school? No, I was Miss Goody Two-Shoes.

H) Do you enjoy your job? If unemployed, are you content being so? I always enjoyed my job, but I'm happier being retired

I) Do you often pick up on double entendres and innuendos? Sometimes very quickly, sometimes I'm just oblivious

J) Have you ever been offered drugs but declined? I was offered a joint once, but declined.

K) Have you ever met someone who has completely altered your way of thinking?  Yes, I was about 16 at the time.

L) Have you ever been offered drugs and accepted? See #J.

M) Tell us something weird that turns you on. What???

N) When did someone last admit romantic or sexual feelings for you? Was the feeling mutual?  It was a long time ago, and yes.

O) What is something you have given a lot of thought to lately? Travel plans

P) When did you last swallow your beliefs to avoid an argument or confrontation? Just because I avoid an argument doesn't mean I "swallow my beliefs" - just don't want to argue.

Q) Do you usually initiate hugs? I do frequently.

R) Are you a very affectionate person? I think so.

S) Can you roll your own cigarettes? I quit smoking about 35+ years ago, and never did roll my own.

T) What are you looking forward to? This week's trip.

U) Do you have any tattoos. Do you want any/more? No and no.

V) Are you mentally strong? I guess so.

W) Are you physically strong? Not any more

X) Do you think you’re a good person? I think so

Y) Name one thing you wish you could change about your life right now. I'd wish for John back, but otherwise I'm content to rock along as is.

Z) What do you usually eat for breakfast?  Depends on the day of the week.  Yogurt, oatmeal, toast, eggs.  I love breakfasts.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Your National Parks


I have spent this past week watching Ken Burns' magnificent series on our National Parks.  It is certainly fitting to replay this series during the 100th Anniversary year of the Park Service.  If you've not seen any of it, borrow the DVD from your library, buy it, watch it on  On Demand - however you can.



I have been moved to tears every night.  We were fortunate to have been able to travel to many, if not most, of these wonderful places.  And there are so many wonderful memories flooding back.  The programs are full of great photography.  And I'm watching and thinking, "I stood in that place." "I've taken that picture."


Our National Parks truly are unique and special parts of our national personality.  Please go see your Parks - they are YOURS.  And you need to know them.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

This and that


I went to the jewelry-making class this afternoon.  The Terrace supplies the materials, and a gal comes in to help with the stringing, etc.  It's the first time I've tried this.  I'm not really a jewelry wearer, other than earrings, but thought it would be fun.  I made a necklace in purples today, and I'm sure it'll wind up with a friend or daughter before long.  Maybe turquoise next time.  LOL
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You know how I do love to read obituaries.  Someone, somewhere (sorry, can't remember where), posted a link to this one.  Click here to read this great tribute from children to an obviously much-loved mother.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Nice day

Nothing too exciting, except....

Don't cheer, but I did use some watercolors at a class Vicki is teaching.  Nothing earthshaking, but it might be a start.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Ten Things Tuesday




  1. I went to a little bit of Silver Sneakers this morning.
  2. I left to go to the rheumatologist's office to get a cortisone shot in my left knee.
  3. The orthopedist had taken x-rays several months ago and there is no cartilage left in my knees - just bone-on-bone.
  4. The PA at the rheumatologist agreed - said he even had trouble getting the needle into the right place.  I guess that's as good as a second opinion.
  5. He also told me that it's best to get elective surgery done in the fall and winter - that he'd seen that patients got better results.
  6. And he told me that getting about three weeks of "pre-hab" before the surgery would be very beneficial.
  7. Now I'll think more seriously about knee replacement - maybe after Andy and Erica's wedding.
  8. I met Carol for lunch - soup and sandwich at Panera Bread.
  9. We saw the 3D version of The Jungle Book.  Fun movie.
  10. Then back home to get my feet up for the evening and hope the shot takes effect quickly.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Not the usual

Jean and her friend came over for a while.  I took them to eat at a local burger joint (yum), and then we went to the Sculpture Fields to check on John's tree.  It's still doing well.  Jean had gotten some bulbs, and planted them around the base of the tree.  Of course, they may not survive and/or the arborists at the park may not want them there, but it made us feel good - and that's what counts.  It's been a gorgeous day, and the gals enjoyed walking around the park and looking at the sculpture - while I waited in the car.  Jean got us some wonderful ice cream at Brusters.  She also brought some plant hangars and a lovely copper wind catcher for the deck.  Needless to say, I had just some of the wonderful salad Margaret brought yesterday for my supper tonight.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

A nice Sunday


Have you seen the movie Woman in Gold?  It's a 2015 movie about the painting by Gustav Klimt, which was stolen by the Nazis at the beginning of World War II.  Helen Mirren plays the woman whose aunt had been the model for the painting and from whose family the painting had been taken.  This is the story of her trying to recover the painting from Austria.  It's a fascinating story and quite well acted.  Of course, with Helen Mirren, how could it be otherwise!

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Margaret came over this afternoon.  She had planted some impatiens in boxes to sit on the deck railing, and brought some other hanging baskets and hangers.  The deck is looking really nice.  And we found a hose to use for watering them. Now if I can just keep them alive through the summer.  A dinner at La Altena was a nice end to the afternoon.  I'm looking forward to Jean and her friend coming tomorrow.