Monday, June 27, 2016

Occasional flashes of smartness

I got an e-mail late last night from a second cousin (our mothers were first cousins), saying she was in the area and wanted to  know if we could meet today.  We thought we hadn't seen each other since we were children (maybe 65 years ago), and hadn't even had e-mail contact for about 10 or so years. My day was literally planned from dawn to dusk, so I asked if we couldn't make it another day. She responded, maybe Wednesday, but we'd talk.

By this morning, I realized I was being stupid.  Meeting up with a long-lost cousin was more important than playing bridge, so I started trying to get in touch with her to see if we could indeed meet this afternoon.  I didn't get in touch with her until 11:30.  But she said, yes, we could do it.  I asked about timing, thinking we'd go for 1 or 2.  Then she texted, it'd take them about 2 1/2 hours to get here, so how about 4.  What?  Where were they?  And who are "they"? Turns out this is Lydia and her son Christopher, and they're coming from Spring Hill, TN - which is south of Nashville!  They actually want to drive over here to have coffee with me, and then drive back this evening.  Well, Son of a Gun!

Knowing this, I suggested we meet at the Cracker Barrel east of Chattanooga on I-24, and said for them to contact me at some point to let me know an ETA. When I hadn't heard from her by about 3:45, I texted.  They were tied up in heavy traffic, and headed into a hard rainstorm, now ETA was about 5.  I headed out to get there at 5.  They finally got there about 5:30.  We went in to eat.

We stayed there talking for a couple of hours - getting to know each other and about our families.  We realized we had met one time as adults - at my Aunt Sally's burial in the family cemetery in East Texas (that's another funny story).  But we also agreed that we wouldn't let it be so long before meeting the next time.

She lives in Kansas, but will be back in Tennessee for her grandson's graduation from Mississippi State in December.  We're going to try to get together then - maybe somewhere in between the next time - maybe even at Margaret's.

I'm glad I can show occasional flashes of smartness.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Heat, humidity!
Thunder, but no rain. So dry!
And lots of fun bridge.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Sunday Stealing

1. Would you post a picture of you for us? Nope

2. Would you date an 18-year-old at the age you are now? Good heavens, no!

3. Do you prefer to work with women or men? Why? I haven't had a job in 30 years, but I had no problem working with anybody.

4. Do you have any opposite sex friends? Yes

5. Can you commit to one person? Does a 60-year-long marriage count?

6. If you’re married or in a relationship have you ever een tempted to cheat? No, I wasn't.

7. Do you think your life will change dramatically before 2018? I hope not.  2015 was quite enough, thank you.

8. If the person you are interested in says they like someone else, what would try to sway them? Not an issue here, but if the person were interested in someone else, I'd tell him to go be that that other person.

9. Are you good at hiding your feelings? Pretty good - at least most of the time.

11. When was the last time you cried? A couple of weeks ago.

12. Have you ever fallen for someone you didn’t expect to? Obviously these questions were meant for someone a lot younger than I, and in a very different life situation.

13. What is something you have to do tomorrow? The laundry.

14. Name something you dislike about the day you’re having. Just the heat - the official temperature was 98* at 6:30 p.m.

15. Have you ever wanted more from one of your best friends of the opposite sex? See the answer to #12

16. Have you ever wanted someone you couldn’t have?  Again, #12.

17. Who was the last person you talked to before you went to bed last night? Virginia on our way to our apartments after bridge.

18. Do you have someone of the opposite sex you can tell everything to? Unfortunately, no.

19. When was the last time that you were jealous in a romance situation? Probably about 65 years ago. LOL

20. If you had to delete one year of your life completely, which would it be? Definitely 2015.

21. Did you have a good day yesterday? What did you do? Yesterday was a good day - exhausting, but good.

22. If a person you had wished you could have a relationship with for a long time and you suddenly found yourself together alone, what would you be doing right now? There isn't anybody who fills that bill.

23. Do you replay things that have happened in your head? Sometimes, I guess.

24. Don’t tell me lies, is the last person you texted attractive? Yes, she is.

25. Is your life anything like it was two years ago? Is it a good or bad thing? It's definitely different.  And "It is what it is!"

Friday, June 24, 2016


I can't remember, other than traveling, when I've had such a long, full day.  At the risk of boring you, here's the timetable:

6:30 - leave for the Y ( locked my apartment keys in the apt.)
7-8:15 - in the pool
8:45-10 - coffee with the swim buddies
10-12:30 - movie - Went with Renna and Joyce to see The Free State of Jones.  This is based on a true story from the Civil War - one I'd never heard before.  Stars Matthew McConaughey, and is quite well done. I left just before the end of the movie in order to get to
1:00-4:00 - duplicate bridge.  My partner (Jane) and I came about 4th out of 12 couples - so not too bad.  Fun, in any case.
4:30 - home, where I had to call to get someone to come let me in the building and into my apartment.  Sighhhhh.
5:30 - to the dining room for supper.
6:30-9:30 - played bridge in Betty F's apartment, along with Virginia and Elizabeth.  These gals are much older than I, and such fun!  I've got them snowed, though - they think I'm a fabulous bridge player and argue over whose turn it is to play with me.  Of course, I'm afraid I'll get found out before too long.
9:30 - home to collapse and get the morning paper read and computer stuff done.

All in all, a really great day.  And we're going to play bridge again Sunday afternoon.  8^)

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Thursday Three

  1. Bridge after supper tonight; duplicate tomorrow afternoon; bridge here tomorrow night.
  2. Morning matinee with swimmers tomorrow (The Free State of Jones).
  3. Gary sent a thumb drive with some of his old photos.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016


I had one of THOSE nights last night - woke up about 3:30 a.m., and never got back to sleep.  I finally gave up and got up about 4:30.   Yuck.  I went on to swimming, and then to Vicki's class.  That was only me, so after a short time, we adjourned to an early lunch.  I ate half of a "bagel and lox" (yum) at Einstein's Bagels, and then we headed for our respective homes.  I got about a half-hour nap when the phone woke me up.  I hope I sleep well tonight.  We had another hot day today.  My outdoor thermometer said 104, but it's up against the building in the direct sun, so I'm sure that's not right.  But it probably is 90+.  There were several reporting locales in the area that did have highs of 100. Blech!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

I love obituaries!

Anne sent me the clipping of this obituary from the Houston paper.  I don't know this lady, but she sounds like a winner.  Of course, the writer had me at the opening paragraph. 

Elene Meyer Davis was born in Yoakum, Texas on the 7th of October 1924, and died on the 7th of June 2016, of complications due to congestive heart failure and the 2016 Presidential campaign.

And then there was this description of her: 

An honorable, irascible, impeccable, elegant, intellectual, knowledgeable, highly principled and accomplished matriarch, Elene will be missed by her children and grandchildren.
Please take the time to read the entire obituary of this lovely lady.  You'll be glad you did - and be sorry, as I am, that you didn't know her.

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