Thursday, June 22, 2017

Rain

It's been a lovely day of rain.
All day.
Two inches of soft, gentle rain since midnight.
And more to come.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Knee update

I saw the orthopedist today, and we're still in the watchful waiting stage.  The new x-rays show about a 0.5 cm. gap (to my untrained eye), between the two pieces of the patella - wider than on the first x-ray.  But he said that unless it moved and/or got caught in the prosthesis or in some ligament, we'd just continue to watch it.  If the piece does that, it'll cause the knee to lock and maybe give way.  And then he might have to go in to remove the fragment - hopefully arthroscopically.  But maybe that won't happen at all.  He also gave me a steroid injection in the right knee.  Yea!  And I can quit using the walker, going to a cane, and quit using the brace.  So, all-in-all, not a bad report.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Vegetating

After laundry and breakfast early this morning, all I've done today is go up for lunch.  Tonight was the night where I didn't like either one of the entrees, so I just got into comfortable clothes and ate one of my frozen Chinese meals - plus watching an NCIS "Dad Marathon" most of the afternoon.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Sunday Stealing







1. Are you single? Widowed - I guess that counts as single, but I don't feel that way.

2. Are your parents still married? They're long dead, of course, but were married.

3. Are you in love? I love, but am not romantically "in love".

4. Do you believe in love at first sight? Maybe I'd say "attraction at first sight".  Real love has to grow.

5. Who ended your last relationship? Death.

6. Have you ever been hurt by a break up? No

7. Have you ever broken someone’s heart? I don't think so, but if I did, they're long over it.

8. Have you ever had a secret admirer? Not that I know of.

9. Prefer love or lust? Definitely love.

10. Prefer a few best friends or many regular friends? A perfect situation is having both.

11. Wild night out or romantic night in? Romantic night in.

12. Back in the day: Been caught sneaking out? No

13. Ever wanted something/someone so badly it hurt? No

 14. Who are/is your best friend(s)? They know who they are.

15. Ever wanted to disappear? Of course.

16. First attraction: Smile or eyes? Smile.

17. Prefer intelligence or attraction? Intelligence

18. Last phone call you received? Probably one of the robo calls that I didn't answer.

19. Last thing you drank? I just had a ginger ale float for my dessert.

20. Before your current one, when was your last relationship? I think it was Dick A., but that was 62 years ago.

21. Do you and your family get along? Definitely - I don't know what I'd do without them.

22. Would you say you have a "screwed up life"? Definitely not.

23. Have you ever gotten kicked out somewhere? If yes, do tell. No.

24. Do you trust all your friends? They wouldn't be my friends if I didn't trust them.

25. Who knows the most about you? My daughters, I guess.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Quiet week

I had terrible cards this afternoon at duplicate (19 points total in the first four hands!).  But when I checked the web site later for scores, I got some good news.  We came in SECOND! (6 tables) And got 0.25 Master Point.

Other than that, it's been a really quiet week around here.  I did get back to the pool for at least part of the swim classes, so I get points for that. Nothing else exciting to write about.  I guess that's probably a good thing.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Monday, Monday

Strange weather yesterday, as usual.  The high was around 90 here, but Tna in upstate NY was at 103!!  No rain  was predicted yesterday, but last night while I was at duplicate, we had a really hard rain - about an hour's worth - with the sun shining most of the time.  Of course, I had left my car windows cracked, so the seats got really wet. And I got home with a wet butt. I opened the windows all day so it could dry out.

We did poorly at bridge last night - cards, bidding, AND play, I'm sorry to say.  I got killed in a no-trump bid - with the perfect lead (for them), I was down 5!  Oh, well.....

My a/c leaked sometime Sunday, so the maintenance guys were here yesterday getting things fixed and dried out.  They have to come back today to check, and hopefully put my furniture back in place.  Other than that, things have been pretty quiet.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Sunday Stealing: The High School Questions
 
1. Did you date someone from your school? Yes
2. Did you marry someone from your high school? No
3. Did you car pool to school?  No.  I usually rode with a friend.
4. What kind of car did you have? I didn't have a car.  My family had a Chevvy.
5. What kind of car do you have now? Nissan Altima
6. Its Friday night...where are you now? At home.
7. It is Friday night...where were you then? I have no idea.
8. What kind of job did you have in high school? I worked for a hospital lab, filing and transcribing old autopsy recordings.
9. What kind of job do you do now? Retired.
10. Were you a party animal? Definitely not.
11. Were you considered a flirt? Nope.
12. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir? No.
13. Were you a nerd? That term didn't exist then, but I probably was.
14. Did you get suspended from school? Never.
15. Can you sing the fight song? No.  I don't think we had one.
16. Who was/were your favorite teacher? Mrs. Porter, Mrs. Earl
17. Where did you sit during lunch? I don't remember - in the cafeteria.
18. What was your school's full name? Mirabeau B. Lamar High School
19. Where did you party the most? I didn't "party".
20. What was your school mascot? The Redskins (and it hasn't been changed since then)
21. Would you do it again? Do what?
22. Did you have fun at Prom? I didn't go.  I was going to go with an old boyfriend, but ultimately, we decided not to go.
23. Do you still talk to the person you went to Prom with? See above.  I did talk to him occasionally for a number of years, but he's dead now.
24. Are you planning on going to your next reunion? No
25. Do you still talk to people from school? I'm close to one friend, and talk to another on rare occasions.  I no longer live in that city/state.
26. What are/were your school's colors? Red and blue.


Friday, June 09, 2017

Week's End

I went to coffee this morning, got my haircut, and changed out the case for my new Samsung tablet.  I'll have to get lots of help with it from Sue and Kate when we're at the beach (1-7 July).  I've not done much since I got home.  I didn't go to the dining room for lunch.  I got a tiny nap, and sat outside on the deck for a couple of hours.  The temp was about 80, with a small breeze.  I knitted and listened to chamber music. It was a lovely afternoon. 

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Borrowed from Poola


Here's 34 questions for grownups... 

1. What bill do you hate paying the most?  I have very bills left to pay, so I really don't mind them.

2. Where was the last place you had a romantic dinner?  It's been so long ago, I don't remember.

3. What do you really want to be doing right now?  Not right this minute, but almost always I rather be playing bridge.  Or spending time with family.

4. How many colleges did you attend?  On a degree path, only two - 35 years apart.  I did take a couple of courses at the local community college.

5. Why did you choose the shirt that you have on right now? For the color.

6. What are your thoughts on gas prices right now?  Our area is currently among the lowest in the country. The prices fluctuate so much, there's no rhyme or reason to them.

7. First thought when the alarm went off this morning? I rarely set an alarm any more, but even when it is, I usually wake up before it goes off.  Usually, I just think it's time to get up and head for the bathroom.

8. Last thought before going to sleep last night?  Getting into a position where my knees didn't hurt.

9. Do you miss being a child? No.

10. What errand/chore do you despise the most? Going to the grocery store and any kind of housework.  Fortunately I don't do much of either any more.  And our local Walmart has on-line ordering and pick-up service.

11. Get up early or sleep in? I've always been an early riser.

12. Have you found real love yet?  I did.

13. Favorite lunch meat? Almost any of them is okay.

14. What do you get every time you go into Walmart? I don't get anything "every time" I go.

15. Beach or Lake? Beach, but I love being around any water.

16. Do you think marriage is an outdated ritual? No, especially when children are involved.

17. What famous person would you like to have dinner with? Rachel Maddox

18. Have you ever crashed your vehicle? The only bad wreck I've had, someone ran into me while I was stopped at a traffic light.

19. Ever had to use a fire extinguisher for its intended purpose? No

20. Strangest place you have ever brushed your teeth in? I'm not an outdoors person, so no place like that.  But I've brushed my teeth on a boat in Antarctica.

21. Somewhere in California you have never been and would like to go? Maybe Death Valley or Manzanar.

22. At this point in your life would you rather start a new career or a new job? Neither, I'm happy in retirement.

23. How old are you? 81

24. Do you have a go-to person?  My daughters.

25. Are you where you want to be in life? To paraphrase, I am where I am.  And still breathing, reasonably mobile, and mentally alert and interested.

26. Growing up, what were your favorite cartoons?  Tom & Jerry is the only one I can think of.

27. What about you do you think has changed? My mobility.

28. Looking back at high school were they the best years of your life? No.  They were okay, but I liked my life better as I got older.

29. Are there times you still feel like a kid? Not really.

30. Did you have a pager? No

31. Where was the hang out spot when you were a teenager?  In college, we hung out in the Student Lounge in the Library Building.

32. Were you the type of kid you would want your children to hang out with? I guess - I was pretty straight and ordinary and nerdy.

33. Was there a teacher or authority figure that stood out to you? I remember a couple of high school and college teachers, but none that I considered real mentors.  As I got older, I wanted to be more like my mother and my Aunt Betsy.

34. Do you tell stories that start with “When I was your age?" Not too much.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Busy day, doing stuff.

Today wasn't as long as I had feared it would be, but there were as many components to it.

I've missed seeing my Swimming Buddies, so I made a point of getting to coffee this morning.  It wasn't for long, though, because the second event was my mani/pedi.  It's amazing that something so necessary (the pedicure part, in any case, since I cannot tend to my own feet any more) should feel so good.  My nail gal is really very good.

From there, I spent money.  I went to Best Buy and got a new Samsung tablet. I had seen Sue's and liked it a lot.  My phone is also a Samsung, so they are very similar.  And now I have to get stuff set up on it - and learn how to use it.  Next it was on to the post office to mail the quarterly tax payment.  (This is an expensive month.)

Now it's decision time.  It was just after noon.  I couldn't decided where to go for lunch, or even whether or not I wanted lunch.  And my next appointment wasn't until 3.  I hate decisions!  I ultimately decided to do something new, and went to J. Gumbo for lunch. It's a franchise that came in here several years ago, but we'd never tried.  I don't know how they're staying open - there was a group of 3 men when I went in, and I was the only one in the place when I left.  But I had maybe the best bowl of gumbo I've had in years, with a huge piece of garlic bread to go with it.  Super choice!  If you have a J. Gumbo in your area, give it a try.

I went on to my 3 p.m. doctor's appointment, and got there at 1:15, prepared to just sit in the waiting room and read for a while.  Amazingly, she saw me within minutes, and it was just a short checkup to see how my meds were working.  I got home by 2:30.

It was a long, but very productive day.  And at least I got out of the house and did stuff for a while.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Critter update

The last couple of days, I've about given up the bird feeders.  There are now about four squirrels and 1-2 chipmunks raiding the feeders.  I put the feeders out in the morning, and by 9, I'm having to go out every few minutes to run them off.  The last couple of days, I've just brought the feeders back inside.  I figure the baby birds are old enough to fend for themselves during the summertime.  And I hope the squirrels will be gone to greener pastures by fall.

Midday, one of the squirrels came right up to the door and looked inside.  I guess he wanted me to know he was outside waiting for his lunch.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Sunday Stealing





1. How old do you look? Probably about 81.

2. Where do you live? Independent living at The Terrace.

3. Are you waiting for something? Next big event is beach week.

4. What’s one pet peeve of yours that is not common? I'm a grammar snob.

5. Do you want/have kids? I have four wonderful daughters.

6. Have you ever thought about converting your religion? From none to what?

7. Last shocking news you heard? The results of the 2016 election.

8. What was the last thing you drank? Coffee, water.

9. Who do you most look like in your family? I have my mother's hands, and I look like my daughters.

10. If you could have something right now, anything, what would it be? Better knees.

11. Where does most of your family live? In the Southeastern U.S.

12. Where did you grow up? St. Louis and Houston.

13. Where do you want to go on vacation? Next, to the beach.

14. Have you ever had a panic attack? Yes - once.

15. What can’t you wait for? I can always wait, but I'm ready for beach time.

16. When’s the last time you told someone you loved him or her and meant it? I mean it every time I say it.

17. Have your parents ever smoked pot? My parents?  I doubt it very much.

18. Want someone back in your life? I'd surely love to have John back.

19. What do you order at the bar? Tonic water with lime.

20. When was the last time you cried really, really hard? When John died.

21. What are your nicknames? Mom, Grandma

22. What is your favorite thing to eat with peanut butter? I never eat peanut butter.

23. Where were you on July 4th, 2008? I have no idea - maybe at the beach.

24. If you could go foward in time, how far forward would you go? Tomorrow.

25. If you could go back in time, how far back would you go? About 2-3 years ago.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

I can't resist these!

Puns for Educated Minds
 
1. The fattest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.

2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian. 

3. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.

4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class, because it was a weapon of math disruption.

5. No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

6. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.

7. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart

8. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.

9. A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it.

10. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

11. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

12. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other: 'You stay here; I'll go on a head.'

13. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.

14. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: 'Keep off the Grass.'

15. The midget fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.

16. The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.

17. A backward poet writes inverse.

18. In a democracy it's your vote that counts. In feudalism it's your count that votes.

19. When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.

20. If you jumped off the bridge in Paris , you'd be in Seine .

21. A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess looks at him and says, 'I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger.'

22. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. One turns to the other and says 'Dam!' 

23. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it too.

24. Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says, 'I've lost my electron.' The other says 'Are you sure?' The first replies, 'Yes, I'm positive.
 
25. Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root canal? His goal: transcend dental medication
26. There was the person who sent ten puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

An American Problem

Copied from the newsletter of the League of Women Voters of Chattanooga (TN)

PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION
AN AMERICAN PROBLEM


- April Goebeler
 

Many people believed that the presidential election of 2016 signified that the “good ol’ boys” had won, and their view of women prevailed. It felt personal, like a slap in the face. This view, however, is not honest.

An honest look at the political environment of the United States reveals that inequality between the sexes is prevalent and cannot be solved by one election. The 2016 election was only a slap in the face to those who failed to notice how grossly underrepresented women are in all levels of government. The “good ol’ boy” view of women in politics is discrete but overt. Only about 19% of all members of Congress are women. There are 21 women in the Senate; 16 Democrats and 5 Republicans. There are 83 females in the House of Representatives and about a quarter of them are Republican.

Although Republicans are less represented than Democrats, proportional representation in government is not a partisan problem; it is an American problem.

During the Women’s March coverage, a news anchor made the comment that women in America are better off than women in Saudi Arabia or Pakistan. This got me thinking, is this statement true? According to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the answer is no.

The United States ranks 98th in proportional representation, putting it behind middle eastern countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. I don’t believe the news anchor was trying to mislead his audience. I think Americans honestly do not realize the problem.

Locally, there are nine seats on Chattanooga’s City Council. Only two seats are held by women, Dr. Carol Berz, District 6 and Demetres Coonrod, District 9.

In Hamilton County, there are nine County Commissioners. Only one is a woman, Sabrina Turner-Smedely. Except for a few women on the School Board, almost every elected office in Hamilton County is held by a man. The statistics are dismal.

Why do we have this problem? This is partially due to American historical culture. Women did not have the right to serve on a jury until 1973, keep working while pregnant until 1987, refuse sex with their husbands until 1993, or pay the same for health care until 2010.

The problem also lies within ourselves. Women are everyday activists. At work, we fight for equal pay and break glass ceilings. At home, we disproportionately care for children, home, and elders. These issues are important, but we can’t afford to ignore the issue of proportional representation any longer. Women make up 51% of the American population; we should represent 51% of government.

Recently a friend asked me whether I would run for office. Immediately I said, “No, I don’t like public speaking.” Let’s push these excuses aside and make proportional representation in government the next big success story in Women’s Liberation.


- April Goebeler


This article was first printed in the May 2017 quarterly newsletter of the Mayor's Council for Women, "Leadership Matters"

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Ten Things Tuesday

1. All in all, it was a great Memorial Day weekend.  I hope yours was, too.
2. Margaret picked me up Saturday to go back to her place.
3. Sunday was full.  Lunch with Jean and friends at the Gerst House in Nashville.  Visiting with Don and Flo Jean at their place in the afternoon.
4. The birthday party for Beth was a big success and lots of fun.  There were almost 50 people there - family and friends to help.  It was very informal, inside and out, good food and conversation. Margaret and I got back to her house about 10:30.
5. Margaret brought me home Monday morning.  She spent a while here, moving hanging stuff around, adding new stuff (Boston ferns, geraniums, hibiscus plants).  I hope I can keep everything alive, and that we don't have a scorching hot, dry summer like we did last year.
6. I slept until about 7:30 this morning - it was lovely.
7. Missy called this morning, and I met Renna and her for coffee.  So great to spend even a few minutes with an old friend.
8. On my way home, I decided to drive by our house.  I was surprised to see that it was for sale.  I wonder why the folks decided to move after only being there for a little over a year.
9. Missed duplicate last night, but played bridge here tonight.
10. Nothing much going on the rest of the week.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Finally!

Saw my eye doctor.
No new problems and the old
Ones seem to be stable.

Finally!!!


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Well, S**t!

Remember last Saturday, when my knee gave this loud pop when I got off the bus for the train ride last Saturday.  I've been wearing a brace and using my cane since then, taking lots of acetaminophen.  I finally saw the orthopedist this morning and had new x-rays.

Well, the knee replacement is fine - but my kneecap is cracked.  And, he says the "good" knee is really unstable now.  He wants me to continue wearing the knee brace, and use the walker (instead of the cane) until he sees me in 3 weeks.  He might inject the knee then.

Oh joy, complete!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wildlife report

My bluebirds have returned, and I've started putting mealy worms out again.  The birds are voracious, and empty the small feeder twice a day.  Many of the families of various birds have fledged, and the babies are out and fumbling around.  The bluebirds have three babies - almost as big as the parents.  They come and sit around the feeder, waiting for a parent to pick up a morsel and put it in those gaping mouths - first one baby, then another.  A family of finches are hitting the other feeders.  One parent will be out with three babies following them from one perch to another, screeching to be fed.  It's quite a show.

And then there are the squirrels.  They obviously have babies, too.  I have seen three (or maybe four) at one time.  One will get up on the deck railing, and check to see if I'm watching.  If I holler at him, he'll jump to the tree, go to the ground, and then come up the outside edge of the deck and peek over to see if I'm watching.  I'll start to get up, and he'll run off again.  Then he gets on the steps and peeks up over the floor of the deck.  When I get up, he'll run off again, but not very far.  If I get the hose, and spray, they'll take off running up the sidewalk, out of sight.  Until the next time.  Once this evening, I actually got one or two of them with the hose - and they didn't come back.  Until tomorrow.  At least they're making me get some exercise.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Some things work, some things not so much

I had several things I wanted to do before lunch today. Not 100% accomplished.  First I had planned to take the last of John's ashes to Ignis Glass - a local glass blowing craftsman - to get them incorporated into some glass balls.  I knew where the shop is located downtown, so I had no problem finding the place.  But there was no parking anywhere nearby.  I drove around the block a couple of times, but nothing opened up.  I guess I'll try another time.  That one didn't work.

My mission was accomplished at the post office.  Next to Walmart. It was sprinkling rain by then, but when I pulled up into a handicapped space, there was a riding cart parked right next to the space.  How lucky is that?  Not too much - I picked up all but one of my items in the personal items section, then the cart's battery died.  So off I go back to the entrance, hoping there is another cart there.  Success!  The rest of the WM trip was without incident, and I even found most of what was on my list.  Back to the car, loading the stuff in, and headed home.

By the time I got home, my knee was really hurting.  I took just the refrigerator items in, planning to pick up the rest later.  By the time I got to my door, the knee brace had slithered down round my ankle (so attractive).  Oh, well....

Lunch; pick up most of the other stuff from the car.  In the meantime, I've found out that my friend, Joyce, has had a brain bleed and is in the MICU for continued treatment and observation. And, since my knee still hurts, and is clicking each time I take a step, I called the doc and have an appointment to see him on Thursday.  And you now know more about my life than you even wanted to know.
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But this all is pretty trivial when they're killing children in Manchester with shrapnel bombs.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Monday musings

My knee is still pretty sore, but better.  I've been wearing my knee brace, and that has definitely helped.  I talked to the physical therapist here, and she said I might have popped some scar tissue loose and that would hurt for a few days.  She recommended ice, so I'm doing that, too.
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My friend, Joyce, had a car accident this morning.  She has a possible head injury and has been transported to the big hospital downtown.  She's had some TIAs in the past, and I wonder if something like that had played a part.  We're all very worried about her.
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Wildlife report:  Some bluebirds are back today, after having not been seen for a week.  They're flying like maybe they're new fledglings.  The squirrels are making me crazy.  There are two of them now - and I think they are this year's babies.  They challenge me - get up on the railing, and look to see if I'm watching.  I can shout at them, and they jump to the nearest tree, but then keep watch.  If I get up and get the hose, they run far away, but then are back in a few minutes. Eventually they'll head off, only to return several hours later.
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I knocked my favorite coffee cup in the sink and broke a chunk out of the lip.  I have another one of Jean's to use, but  I know she won't make me another one like it.  8`^(
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Duplicate tonight - in the low middle, as usual.  I did play one hand - bid 3, made 7.  It was only a middle board, but I had such fun playing it.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sunday Stealing

Sunday Stealing: The Q & A Questions

1. where is your significant other? Sadly, no longer with me.
2. your favorite thing?
Time with family and friends.
3. your dream last night?
I frequently dream, but almost never remember them.
4. your goal?
To continue with reasonable health for a few more years.
5. your hobby?
Knitting, computer puzzles.
6. where do you want to be in 6 years?
Alive and mentally alert.
7. where were you last night?
Right here at home.
8. what you're not?
Physically active.
9. one of your wish list items?
See #6.
10. your pet?
None, and don't want one.
11. missing someone?
John, of course.

12. your car? 2006 Nissan Altima
13. something you're not wearing?
Winter clothes.
14. love someone?
My family.

15. when is the last time you laughed? Yesterday.
16. last time you cried?
Last Monday when I watched the previous week's NCIS (amazing they can still make me cry, after all this time).
17. favorite pasttime?
Knitting, computer puzzles.
18. are you a hater or a lover?
Lover.  Hating wastes too much time and energy.
19. any vices? 
Sloth, eating.

20. favorite questions blog other than Sunday Stealing? None.



















My friend, Jamie, posted this on FB under the picture of us Saturday when we put some of John's ashes under the tulip poplar tree at the Sculpture Fields, near the "red pointy sculpture".  It was such a great memorial to John, I wanted to share it here.

“Yeah, the red, pointy sculpture close to the REALLY tall Tulip Poplar. The one with rough bark but strong branches that reach out and shelter everybody; and houses birds that will poop on you if you say something stupid while standing under it."







Canoe Branch



In about 1972, John and I bought a piece of land at Canoe Branch Landing in Castalian Springs, TN.  It was on a creek that ran into the Cumberland River at an area called Seven Mile Bluff.  We designed and built a small cabin (about 12 x 20').  When I say built, I mean that literally.  We had professionals pour the footings for the concrete block piers and we had the septic tank professionally installed.  Other than that, we did it all.  I don't remember how long it took - probably a year or more.  We used raw oak boards.  Did you know fresh-cut oak lumber smells like sour milk?  Or that when it dries, it gets so hard that you have to drill holes in it to get nails in it?  We didn't know these things, but we certainly learned.



The first floor was one big room, with a kitchen and bathroom at one end.  We found hanging globe light fixtures that had come out of an old school in Sumner County.  The upstairs was reached by pull-down attic stairs.  We had two rooms upstairs - just for sleeping.  The ceiling was sloped - 8' on the creek side, 4' on the road side - so no beds, just mattresses.



John was a supervisor at duPont at the time and was not happy with his job.  He got a lot of therapy from all the hammering and manual labor.  He said every nail had somebody's name on it.  But the work got done, with our working only on weekends.



We just used the cabin on weekends, but even planted a large garden a couple of years.  The girls learned to drive John's old straight-shift 1959 Chevrolet around the circle at the end of the road. In 1979, the rehearsal dinner for Margaret and Bobby's wedding was there.



In about 1982 or so, Pink had moved to Hendersonville, the girls were gone, and we had started traveling some.  And our weekends at the cabin all but stopped.  It was a traumatic decision, but we decided to sell.  As I remember, a young Metro Nashville policeman bought it.  We never went back, and subsequently moved to Chattanooga in 1986.



I recent read an article about Indian Mounds in Castalian Springs, and it brought back memories about the cabin.  I skyped with Jean today and she told me that she had gone to find the cabin a few days ago.  She found it without difficulty and talked to another property owner -a man who is the son of the man we bought the property from. He told her that it's owned by a retired policeman, so it must be the same family.  She says it's obviously well loved and well taken care of. She'll take me up there the next time I go to Hendersonville.



And I've had a lovely evening wallowing in nostalgia.















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.



From <http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Elene+Meyer-Davis&lc=2220&pid=180277948&mid=6963730>











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.



From <http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Elene+Meyer-Davis&lc=2220&pid=180277948&mid=6963730>

























The Ironman comes in various "strengths" of contests (re length, etc.).  It's pretty much a triathlon - swimming, cycling, and running.  There are going to be four different Ironman contests here this year - the organizers love Chattanooga.  And it's quite a challenge - with our mountains for difficulty in the cycling and running - and a flowing river for the swimming.  It turns out I know one of the major competitors in one of the older divisions.  I just found out my friend Vicki's son, who is in his mid40s (I think), is not only competing, but has been picked to be on the US team in a Switzerland competition later this year.



The train ride was fine this morning.  Not very long - just a few miles, and not particularly scenic - mostly through a wooded area, but an old historic track with bridges and a tunnel.  We were home in time for a late lunch.  It was a good outing.  Except something popped in my new knee as I was getting off our bus, and it has been really sore since then.  I don't think anything is really wrong with it, but I'll probably stay in for the rest of the day and baby it.
















Saturday, May 20, 2017

Clarification and excursion


The Ironman comes in various "strengths" of contests (re length, etc.).  It's pretty much a triathlon - swimming, cycling, and running.  There are going to be four different Ironman contests here this year - the organizers love Chattanooga.  And it's quite a challenge - with our mountains for difficulty in the cycling and running - and a flowing river for the swimming.  It turns out I know one of the major competitors in one of the older divisions.  I just found out my friend Vicki's son, who is in his mid40s (I think), is not only competing, but has been picked to be on the US team in a Switzerland competition later this year. Go Allen! 

The train ride this morning was nice.  Not very long - just a few miles, and not particularly scenic - mostly through a wooded area, but on an old historic track with bridges and a tunnel.  And the outing itself was fun. We were home in time for a late lunch.  A good time was had by all.  Except something popped in my new knee as I was getting off our bus, and it has been really sore since then.  I don't think anything is really wrong with it, but I decided to stay home the rest of the day, take pain meds, and baby it.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Duplicate, etc.

Just swimming, coffee, and duplicate today.  I never do well at duplicate with the Friday partner - and we didn't have any of the good hands, either.  Oh, well - no points, but at least we finished in the middle.

I'm going on one of the Terrace trips tomorrow morning - a local train ride.  (After all this is the home of the Chattanooga Choo Choo!)  John and I had done this when we first moved here and the grands were little - about 25 years ago, so it'll be fun to do again.  Locally, there's an Iron Man competition (whatever THAT is) here this weekend, and totally screw up downtown traffic.  We're supposed to have nice hot weather tomorrow, but rain all day Sunday.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Thursday Three

1. Even though I had a wonderful mani/pedi yesterday, the day was mostly blah.  All my artificial parts were sore and creaky.
2. Somewhat better today.  I managed to go to Silver Sneakers and to play some bridge this evening.
3. Totally wasted the rest of the day.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sunday Stealing (on Tuesday)





1. What is your occupation right now? How long have you been there? Retired - since about 1986.

2. Favorite rock band. Ever. I'm not a rock fan.

3. What are you listening to right now? TV

4. Last person you spoke to on the phone. What was it about? Nancy at the front desk, telling me that I had a package to pick up.

5. How old are you today? Or make up a question. This one bites. I was 81 in March.

6. What is your favorite sport to watch on TV? I'm not a sports fan.

7. What is your favorite drink? Water and coffee.

8. Have you ever dyed your hair? Twice.  Years ago, I decided I wanted to be a redhead.  I kept it for a couple of weeks, but dyed it back to natural - because I was always surprised when I looked in the mirror.  Last summer at the beach, I got Jean to put a temporary purple color on my hair.  And I may do it again this year.

9. Favorite food? Anything but liver, coconut, peanut butter, or hazelnut.

10. What is the last movie you watched? The last movie I saw in a theater was a special showing of The King and I last year.

11. Favorite day of the year? Tomorrow.

12. How do you vent anger? I rarely get that angry.  When I used to do so, I would usually throw something.  But then it was over and done with.

13. What was your favorite toy as a child? Nothing particular.  I liked to play jacks, and cut out paper dolls and make clothes for them.

14. Living arrangements? (Of course your pets count. Geez!) Just me - in an independent living apartment in a retirement complex.

15. What was the last thing that you cried about? Last week's episode of NCIS, which I recorded and watched this afternoon.

16. Who is the friend you have had the longest? Betty Lou (from elementary school, but I communicate with her only infrequently); Anne (from 10th grade), Beth (from 1962), and Flo Jean (from 1967) - all of whom I'm in touch with and see fairly often.

17. What did you do last night? Played duplicate, then slept like a rock.

18. What are you most afraid of? Not really "afraid of", but hate the idea of getting dementia.

19. In how many areas of your country have you lived? What's your favorite? I was born in St. Louis; moved to Houston in 1944; to Nashville/Hendersonville in 1962; to Chattanooga in 1986. I'm happy in Tennessee, but would be okay anywhere.

20. What is your favorite flower? (Ugh. Quite the note to go out on. But hell, we steal the questions. I guess you get what you pay for.) Something that somebody else grows.