Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sandhill Cranes

It was in the teens this morning when Margaret and Jesse picked me up to go on a trip on the Tennessee Aquarium boat, but we were either in the car or the boat, so it wasn't too bad.  It was a lovely sunny morning.  We found the dock and the boat easily.  Getting anywhere over rough ground is always a challenge for me, but it wasn't a long way.  Plus I had a cane and Margaret to hold onto.  Jesse let us out as close as possible, and then went to park the car.  I stayed inside the bost the whole trip, but Margaret and Jesse were able to get out on the observation deck for part of the time.  The sandhill cranes are magnificent animals, and there are hundreds of them stopping over on their migration at the Hiwassee Refuge area.  We also saw a few tundra swans, ospreys, hawks, bald eagles, plus our local great blue herons, gulls, and white pelicans.  Kate was supposed to go with us, but her long, uphill driveway (in NW Kentucky) was iced over and she couldn't get out.  That's why Jesse got to go with us.

This is the end of an era for the Aquarium boat.  It's been a fixture on the Chattanooga waterfront for the last ten years, but this was the last weekend.  The boat has been sold back to its builder and will be moving it to Washington State.  The trips on the Tennessee River will be sorely missed.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Sunday Stealing

Here are some conversation starters, stolen from Conversation Starters

1. What are some small things that make your day better? sunshine, family, knitting, coffee.
2. What shows are you into?
TV shows?  NCIS, This is Us, The Crown, Longmire, Victoria, others
3. What TV channel doesn’t exist but really should?
There are zillions of channels now that I don't watch.  I don't know what else there could be.
4. Who has impressed you most with what they’ve accomplished?
My grandchildren (and their parents, of course).
5. What age do you wish you could permanently be?
I don't know that I'd want to be stuck in one age, but maybe in my late 50s/early 60s.
6. What TV show or movie do you refuse to watch?
Any "reality" show.
7. What is something that is considered a luxury, but you don’t think you could live without?
I could make do without a lot of things, but I'd hate to be without a computer of some sort.
8. What’s your claim to fame?
My great daughters.
9. What’s something you like to do the old-fashioned way?
I'm usually up to try some new things, but sometimes I have to be convinced.
10. What’s your favorite genre of book or movie?
I like mysteries and nonfiction.
11. How often do you people watch?
Every time I get the chance.  Airports are the greatest place.
12. What have you only recently formed an opinion about?
Over the past couple of years, I have learned to love my smart phone.
13. What are you interested in that most people haven’t heard of?
I'm always surprised at how many people don't really know what knitting is.
14. What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home?
I've been on 6 of the 7 continents (missing Africa) - so a long way.
15. What is the most heartwarming thing you’ve ever seen?
I never stop getting choked up when they show the films of coming-home military parents surprising their children.

16. What is the most annoying question that people ask you? How much do you weigh (in the doctor's office)?
17. What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?
Knitting; playing bridge.
18. If you were dictator of a small island nation, what crazy dictator stuff would you do?
Institute free education for everybody, and leave the governing to someone else.
19. What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
Try new things, get out of your comfort zone, and be open to new ideas.

Friday, January 12, 2018

It's all about the weather!

As it is everywhere in the country, I guess, every conversation revolves around the weather.

Today, our temperature dropped from 60*F to 30*F in six hours!

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Sunday Stealing

End of Year Questions

1. What did you do last year that you had not done before?
Not much.
2. Did you keep your New Year's Resolutions/goals for the year and will you make/set more for next year?  What are they? What are your new ones?
I don't make New Year's resolutions.
3. Did anyone you know give birth? Or become pregnant?  Or adopt?
No.  But my granddaughter and grandson-in-law are fostering two young brothers.
4. Did anyone you know die? Or have a serious illness/injury?
Not well - several residents of The Terrace have died in the past few months.
5. What places have you visited?
Kentucky (twice), Alaska.
6. Any new pets? Lost a pet?
No.  Just the birds at the feeders.
7. What would you like to have next year that you lacked this year (doesn't have to be a physical thing i.e. love, job security, peace of mind...)?
  Better health, more activity.
8. What date from last year will remain etched in your memory and why?
21January - Inauguration Day.  For obvious reasons.
9. What was your biggest achievement last year?
10. Did you get sick or injured?
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Lodging for family at get-togethers.
12. Where did most of your disposable income go (money leftover after you pay for food, medical care, basic clothing, transportation and shelter)?
13. What song will always remind you of last year?  Doesn't have to be a song released last year.
Can't think of anything.
14. What do you wish you would have done more of?
Can't think of anything.
15. What do you wish you would have done less of?
Can't think of anything here, either.  Not a bad balance.
16. What was your favorite new TV program? Movie?Album/Songs? Or if you didn't pick up any new ones, what are you still watching/listening to? Any recommendations?
This is Us.
17. What was the best book you read this year?  How many did you read?
The only one I remember by title is Unbelievable by Katy Tur.  I have read more books this year than I have in previous year.
18. What did you do on your birthday and how old were you? Did you feel differently?
I was 81 on my birthday.  Family gathered here to put the last of John's ashes in the Tennessee River from the boathouse where he spent so much time.  And to dedicate the rowing shell the Lookout Rowing Club bought with donations and named in his honor.
19. What political or social issue stirred you the most?
The last election and the occupation of the White House by #45.
20. Who was the most interesting new person you met?
I don't know that I've met anyone new this year.
21. Describe how a relationship changed.
Nothing here, either.
22. Do you think you are still the same person that you were at the beginning of the year?  How so?
Probably so - not much change going on at this time of life.
23. Summarize the year in three words or less. Bonus points for doing it in one word. Explain.
24. How have people around you changed?
Kate has retired.
25. What have you learned throughout the year? (Other than crafts)
I installed a new "box" sent to me by Comcast.  I don't know that changing plugs constitutes learning something new.
26. Did you learn any new crafts or techniques? What was your favorite thing you made?
Just lots more knitting.
27. What changed about your physical appearance? (Hair? Wrinkles? New makeup style? Etc)
My nail tech has been putting more bling on my fingernails.
28. What are your hopes and dreams for the new year?  (Some suggestions-family, travel, work, lifestyle, hobbies, pets, appearance)
Good, stable health; time with family; travel; survival for another year.

Friday, January 05, 2018

Friday Five

1. It was 13*F on my deck this morning.
2. It got up above freezing (barely) for a high today.
3. It's supposed to be in the mid60s by the end of next week.
4. I had to order a new land-line phone.  It came this morning, and I got it hooked up (I think).
5. Maintenance installed a new door handle on my hall door and I got new keys.

My life is SO exciting!

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Nothing but cold!

The low on my deck was 19*F this morning, and the high was 28*F.  It's supposed to be more of the same tomorrow.  It's been good that we haven't had the precipitation.  So far.  Now they're talking about it being warmer Monday morning, but with mixed precipitation.  They're not willing to commit to anything yet.  I've skipped swimming all week - didn't want to get out in below-20*F temps.  So what will happen on Monday?

But at least we're not getting what the Northeast is getting.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year!

May you leave behind all the bad things of 2017, and take the good things with you into 2018.  May 2018 bring you  more good things than bad, and the bad things only irritations.

I wish you all peace, love, and understanding.