Saturday, August 19, 2017

Sunday Stealing

Here's something different for this week.  

1. What is a normal thing that took you an embarrassingly long time to learn? To get along with my sister.
2. In what ways are you old-fashioned?
I'm a grammar snob.
3. What is the best sandwich you've ever eaten? Where did you get it? What made it so delicious?
I love a really good Reuben.
4. What are you currently not bragging about that you should totally brag about?
I can't think of any hidden talents.
5. What food have you never tasted and are most interested in trying?
I'd like to try Korean food sometime.
6. What history facts were you surprised to learn because it was never covered in school?
The civilizations that existed in the Americas before 1492.
7. What is something that you waited entirely too long to start or stop doing? What made you say "Why did I wait so long?"
Painting.  Unfortunately I don't do it any more.
8. What socially expected thing do you hate doing the most?
Making small talk with strangers. 

What thing about polite society really grinds your gears?
9. What is something about your city that I should know if I'm going to visit? What is the hidden "must see" that you always tell friends and visitors to not miss.
The Sculpture Fields; the Hunter Museum of American Art.
10. What do you miss most about childhood?
Easy movement without pain.
11. What "fact" did you learn in school that is not true or no longer true?
That there were no civilizations in the Americas prior to 1492.
12. What's your favorite piece of useless trivia?
Raccoons are terrible thieves.
13. What's your best go to homemade "lazy" meal?
Something somebody else cooks.
14. What's the title of this current chapter in your life?
Chapter 3 - Creakiness.
15. What is a habit or practice that you learned from your childhood that you didn't realize was "weird" until you were an adult?
Always carrying knitting with me.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Sunday Stealing (on Thursday - from 8-5-17)

Freckles and other oddities

Do You Have Freckles? Nope
Do You Sleep With Your Closet Doors Open Or Closed?
My closet door never gets closed.
Can You Whistle?
Yes, but not the two-fingered loud kind.
Did You Wake Up Cranky today?
No.  I'm a morning person, and can't remember ever waking up cranky.
Zodiac Sign.
What Is Your Eye Color?
Take A Vitamin Daily?
Not a multivitamin specifically, but several prescriptions and supplements.
Do You Sing In The Shower?
What Did You Have For Lunch?
Today was soup and sandwich day - I had clam chowder and a Reuben, plus some carrot sticks and strawberries.
Do You Watch The Olympics?
I watch some sports in both the Winter and Summer games.
Do You Prefer To Swim In A Pool Or The Ocean?
I don't really care, just enjoy being in the water.  I haven't been in the ocean for several years - I'm not steady enough to get there.
Bottled Water Or Tap Water?
Tap water.  In general, I think it's ridiculous to pay for bottled water.

Do You work Better With Or Without Music? It doesn't matter.
Can You Curl Your Tongue?
Is There Anything Pink Within 10 Feet Of You?
I'm surrounded by all things Flamingo - so yes!
Have You Ever Caught A Butterfly?
Not that I remember.
Are You Easily Influenced By Other People?
Not really - it depends on how much respect I have for "another person".
Do You Have Strange Dreams?
I don't usually remember my dreams.
Do You Like Going On Airplanes?
It's not very pleasant any more, but it's still the best way to cover long distances in a limited period of time.
Name One Movie That Made You Cry.
Oh, there are SO many!
Peanuts Or Sunflower Seeds?
If I Handed You A Concert Ticket Right Now, Who Would You Want The Performer To Be?
A nice chamber ensemble would be nice.
Are You A Picky Eater?
Unfortunately, no.
Are You A Heavy Sleeper?
Pretty much so.
Do You Fear Thunder / Lightning?
No. I love an occasional good thunderstorm.
Do You Like Your Music Loud?
Not really.
Would You Rather Carve Pumpkins Or Wrap Presents?
Wrap presents.
What’s The Next Movie You Want To See In Theaters?
I haven't seen a movie in a theater in about a year - don't even know what's available now.
Been On The Computer For 5 Hours Straight?
Of course.
Do You Like Meeting New People?
Yes, but not in large groups.
What Are Three Things You Did Today?
Went to Silver Sneakers, went to meals, knitted.
What Do You Wear To Bed?
Do You Wear Jeans Or Sweats More?
Probably a toss-up, but I'd rather wear sweats.
Name Something That Relaxes You.
I'm pretty much relaxed most of the time.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

After Charlottesville

I have two things I want to share - one old and one new.

From South Pacific (1958) - You've got to be carefully taught.

Today's blog "Margaret and Helen"

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


I thought I had all the car stuff almost settled, and now it turns out that almost nothing is.  The guy who was going to buy my car is really looking for a small truck.  He thinks one of the other maintenance guys is interested, though.  On the "new car" front, that may have fallen through, too.  I talked to the guy this morning.  He decided to talk the sale over with some of the other family members, and some of them have expressed an interest in the car.  He may get back to me in a day or two, if none of them really want the car.  Sighhhhhh!  But I've talked to Margaret and Jesse, and he's sure he can fix my car.  So it's beginning to look like I might be keeping the good ol' Altima.

AND, just to keep things interesting, the ceiling in my living room started flaking off last night, with pieces hitting the floor.  Maintenance came quickly this morning.  Turns out it's the popcorn-y paint that hadn't been properly primed and was flaking off in big pieces.  He scraped a bunch of it off, and has put on a first coat of something.   I guess nothing ever goes smoothly, does it. Not even the painted ceiling.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Home again!

We got back to my place about 12:30 am ET Sunday morning - after getting up about 4 am Alaska time (a 4-hour time difference - one hour earlier than Pacific time).  The trip home went fairly smoothly, except there was no wheelchair pusher at the gate in Atlanta.  There were chairs, though, so Margaret loaded me up with the carry-ons and pushed me herself.  Our checked bags arrived safely and the Chattanooga shuttle was at the stop when we got there, and surprisingly, no traffic tie-ups on the way home.  We even stopped for burgers just before getting to my place, so we had something to eat when we got here.

The trip was great.  We saw wonderful glaciers (Mendenhall, Marjorie, Sawyer glaciers up close, plus many others not so close).  We had stops at Skagway (rode the train), Haines, and Petersburg, cruised Glacier Bay and Tracy Arm. We saw lots of eagles, otters, sea lions, seals, a pod of orcas, several humpback whales.  And ate seafood at nearly every lunch and dinner.  The staff, crew, and other 91 passengers were helpful and delightful.  I can definitely recommend the American Cruise Line and this itinerary.

We didn't sign up for another trip though.  We'll talk with the other girls and see what we can work out.  It was great being with Sue and Randy for the first few days exploring Juneau.  I wanted to see how I would do traveling this time.  I'm not nearly as "low maintenance" as I used to be, and I wound up working Margaret a lot harder than I would like.  We'll see what works next.

The very next event will be the total solar eclipse.  I could watch it as "partial" from my deck.  But Margaret is going to come get me and drive us about 30 miles from here out on some country road. We'll be right in the "totality" band, and get the whole experience. Definitely a once-in-a-lifetime thing!

Monday, July 31, 2017


Going from hot South
To cooler Alaska in
The morning. Hooray!

Saturday, July 29, 2017


"It's a lovely day today..."  Sounds like a song lyric. 

But today has been lovely - one of the best we've had in several weeks.  The high was about 85, with low humidity - much more pleasant than the high 90s and high humidity we've had for the last couple of weeks.  And the forecast is for several more days like this.

And then we head for Alaska, where the predictions for Juneau show highs in the upper 60s and showers.  But we'll love it!

I looked at a replacement car this afternoon.  It's a definite possibility.  Jesse's going to come over on Monday and look at my car and this one.  I don't know whether we'll get any finalized before we leave or not.  Stay tuned.

Friday, July 28, 2017


It's been great today.
Lots of lovely rain came down.
Slowly and gently.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Funnies from Ginny (thanks)

Apolitical Aphorisms
"If God wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates."
                                                                        ~Jay Leno~
"The problem with political jokes is, they get elected."
                                                                       ~Henry Cate, VII~
"We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office."
"Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river."
                                                                       ~Nikita Khrushchev~
"When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. I'm beginning to believe it."
                                                                       ~Clarence Darrow~
"Why pay money to have your family tree figured out - run for office and your opponents will do it for you."
                                                                      ~Author unknown~
"Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel."
                                                                      ~John Quinton~
"Politics are the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other."
                                                                     ~Oscar Ameringer~
"I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them."
                                                                     ~Adlai Stevenson~
"A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country."
                                                                      ~ Tex Guinan~
"I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians."
                                                                     ~Charles de Gaulle~
"Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks."
                                                                     ~Doug Larson~
"There ought to be one day -- just one -- when there is open season on politicians."
                                                                     ~Will Rogers

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Day 2

Just got back from getting the estimate...
Can you spell T*O*T*A*L*E*D?  

Their estimate was @$5,700, value is about $3,400.  Not a surprise for a 12 year old car. 

My insurance doesn't cover a rental.  I could get one for the rest of this week @33/day, which I'd pay up front and hope to reimburse from the other guy's insurance. But a rental would be sitting in the parking lot most of the time anyway, so I'm not going to do that.

The estimate guy (Aaron) tells me that State Farm will come to me to check things out and officially "total" it.  Then they take it away.  Aaron says the car is safe to drive, but would be very dangerous if I should get rear-ended again.  There is structural damage to the rear end, and the lights on the left rear don't work.

So I'll plan to stay home this week, and then, of course, we'll be gone for two weeks.  I've cleaned it out, and will ask the maintenance guy here to take the license plate off for me.

Decision time.  I don't think I want to buy another car, but I don't think I'm ready to quit driving yet.  Maybe this is the opportune time to think about leasing for a year or two.  (Fortune works in mysterious ways.)  And then there are other options arising.  The maintenance guy here is interested in buying the car, if the insurance company totals it.  He says he can fix it for his use.  Hmmmm.  And then a woman here want to sell her 2015 Nissan.  She's going to get the specifics from her son so I can check that out.  Hmmmmm.

I hope the insurance company calls me tomorrow.

Monday, July 24, 2017

I'm okay, but...

I always hated getting calls that started like that.

I got rear-ended on the way home from bridge tonight about 10:15.  I really am okay, and the car is drivable.  I was stopping at a light (second car) and the guy behind me didn't.  He said he sneezed.  The police were called. The insurance company was called.  All information was exchanged.  The police were satisfied that he was totally at fault, and sent me on my way.  I got home about 11, and spent time on the phone with State Farm.    There is denting to the bumper and a hole torn in the bumper.  The trunk is bent and the left blinker light doesn't work.  And I'll probably be sore and achy in the morning.  I guess I'll take it to the repair shop in the morning and see what happens next.  Maybe they can get it done while we're gone.


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunday Stealing

Sunday Stealing
Around the House

Bedroom: what’s your sleep schedule? No set schedule, except on swim class days.  Then I get up at 6 a.m. I'm usually asleep between 11 and 11:30, and wake between 6:30 and 7.
Kitchen: favorite comfort food? I usually finish my day with ice cream.  And I love home-made soups
Washroom: showers or baths? bubbles? bath bombs? Always showers.  I can't remember the last time I sat down in a tub.
Closet: sum up your style in a few words. Informal and comfortable.
Parlor: favorite party or board game? The only game I enjoy is bridge.  Sometimes at the beach, we play Scrabble or Mexican Train or dominoes or Rummi-Kub.
Living room: what do you like to do with your family? Go to the beach and hang out.  Or just hang out anywhere.
Dining room: favorite special occasion food? My favorite food has always been "somebody else cooked it".
Garden: favorite tree? flower? I'm no gardner, but I love all trees and flowers.
Attic: what’s one thing you have a sentimental attachment to and you will never throw away? We pitched out so many things when I moved.  I can't think of any one particular thing.
Library: favorite book genre? Police procedurals, crime stores, nonfiction.
Office: if you could have any job in the world, what would it be? The one I have now - being retired.
Guest room: have you been to a sleepover? if so, when was your first? do you like them? The first would have been a zillion years ago.  My family has started having weekend "sleepovers" and they're fun.
Foyer: do you like small gatherings, large parties, or one-on-one meetings? Generally small gatherings and one-on-one meetings.
Pantry: favorite meal to make? I used to make lasagna and split pea soup in large quantities to freeze.  And I liked doing all the stuff for Thanksgiving dinner.  But even more, I like not cooking any more.
Laundry: favorite and least favorite chore? Laundry is something to do - not to like.  Of that particular thing, I least like folding and putting things away.
Garage: favorite mode of transportation? favorite car? I like river travel.  Trains can be fun.  Cars are for transportation - I don't get attached to them.  I do like my current car, a Nissan Altima.  It's very user friendly.
Panic room: what was the most nerve-wracking experience you’ve had? Dealing with the time of John's death, unexpected and out of the country.  I was so lucky to have had loving family with me to help.
Powder room: do you wear makeup? if so, what one item can’t you live without? what’s your favorite look? I don't have a "look".  I use a little pressed powder, blush, and lipstick.  And I can go without any of them.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

In good shape?

I read somewhere a list of things for older people to do to keep their brains healthy longer.  These are the ones I remember...

Work puzzles (crosswords, etc.) - Check
Spend time on the computer - Check
Play games (computer, card, etc.) - Check
Do some sort of hand work (knitting, painting, crocheting, embroidery, etc. - Check
Get an hour's exercise several days a week - Check
Socialize - Check
Play sports - Well, can't win them all

Guess I'm in pretty good shape (for the shape I'm in) - at least for the time being.

Monday, July 17, 2017


Duplicate tonight.
Did not seem like a good night.
But we came in first!!!!!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sunday Stealing:  Firsts

First Job: probably baby-sitting
First Real Job:
doing filing preparing for opening a new hospital; then transcribing dictation of old autopsy reports (my father was a pathologist).
First Favorite Politician:
John F. Kennedy
First Car:
I learned to drive a 1951 Chevrolet
First Record/CD:
I have no idea.
First Sport Played:
Whatever I had to take in school.  I learned to swim early, but never participated in organized sports.
First Concert:
(and only) Jimmy Buffett
First Foreign Country Visited:
I may have gone into Mexico with my family as small child, but my first "real" trip out of the country was to Venezuela.
First Favorite TV Show:
I don't really remember, maybe M*A*S*H.
First Favorite Actor:
Alan Ladd
First Favorite Actress:
June Allyson
First Girlfriend/Boyfriend:
Jimmy B (in junior high school)
First Encounter with a Famous Person:
I shook hands with LBJ when he was campaigning in Nashville in 1964.
First Brush With Death:
Car wreck in about 1967 or so, probably not really life-threatening.
First House/Condo Owned:
106 Trucord Dr., bought in 1963.
First Film Seen:
I have no idea.  I loved movies as a child, and went to the neighborhood theater often. I remember them being $0.09 for children during WWII.
First Favorite Recording Artist:
I didn't buy many records.
First Favorite Radio Station:
Probably WPLN in Nashville (an NPR station)
First Book I Remember Reading:
I read the Bobbsey Twins and Nancy Drew books.
First Meme You Answered on Your Blog:
Sunday Stealing

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


For a week that started out really slow, things picked up.    I played duplicate Monday night, and out of 21 hands I think I opened twice.  And most of the time was unable to respond if my partner bid.  But we must have done something right, because we wound up with a fraction of a MP. 

This morning, after Silver Sneakers, I actually went to Walmart.  And you KNOW how much I hate actually going to the store.  LOL 

When we got back last Saturday, I found that the a/c in my apartment had been leaking again.  The carpet in my living room and bedroom was sopping wet.  I immediately called to report it - knowing that nothing would be done on Saturday night.  Nothing happened on Sunday, though I called again.  I told the desk again on Monday morning - no action.  At noon today (Tuesday), I again told the desk about it, and was planning to go to the Head Honcho if nothing happened by midafternoon.  As it happened, the maintenance guy was at my door as soon as I got back from lunch.  He worked on it all afternoon.  I had been told this was a very old unit, so I mentioned that It might be time to replace it.  They're going to try to get it fixed one more time.  The guy left at 3 and said he'd be back first thing in the morning to check it, and move my furniture back into place. 

By the time I went up to supper, although it was set on 65, the actual temperature in the apartment was in the mid80s (with the outside temp about 91).  I hoped for a final cool-down, and went on up to supper and bridge.  When I got home, it was stifling in here.  I called the desk, and asked for another place to sleep, or at least a box fan.  I got a window open and left my hall door open for some cross ventilation. A couple of the CNAs came down to check and agreed that it was miserable in here.  They checked the thermostat and, DAMN!, it was set to "HEAT"!  And was happily chugging along.  Of course, I never thought to check that. 

So now, the unit is again happily chugging along, but at least it's cooling this time, and I hope will be freezing in here by the time I get up in the morning.  Sigh……

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Sunday Stealing

1. Where were you three hours ago?
Sitting here, watching a small fox just off my deck.
2. Make a confession.
I can't think of anything specific - but there must be many.
3. Bad habits?
Too much sitting and TV and eating.
4. Favorite color?

I wear a lot of turquoise, purple, and blue.
5. Can you drive?

Well, of course.
6. 3 pet peeves.
Bad grammar; prejudice; rudeness
7. Last "person" you hugged.

Margaret when she brought me home last night.
8. Something you miss.

A working government, willing to compromise to accomplish things.
9. What song is stuck in your head at the moment?

10. Favorite quote.

It is what it is.

11. Favorite band.
I don't have one.
12. Something you're excited for.

Getting ready for the trip to Alaska.
13. Favorite movie.

There are several - maybe "Singing in the Rain"
14. What type of phone do you have?
Samsung Galaxy 6
15. Favorite animal.
I guess if I had a pet, I'd want a cat.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Home, after a good week.

Margaret got me home about 5 ET today.  Unlike the trip to the beach last Saturday, this drive was more "normal" - only one bad slow-down just south of Birmingham.  And only a few light showers along the way.  We had a good week, with lovely weather - how could it be anything else.  We were at the BEACH.  Even though there were rain showers around, we only got some lightning/thunder/rain for a little while yesterday afternoon.  But, as always, it's good to get home.  All our group has checked in from their respective homes, too.

Unfortunately, sometime during the week, the a/c in my apartment started leaking again, and the carpet is wet.  I hope they'll get to it tomorrow (even though maintenance is minimal on weekends).

Sunday, July 02, 2017

From the beach

We got here safely, but the traffic was the worst we've ever seen.  It took us 10 hours to make the usually 8-hour trip, including 3 detours, with slow-ups on each of the detours.  And that was pretty much true of the folks who came from SC and from TX, too.  But the beach is still lovely and the weather is great.  I put a photo on FB, if anyone can look there.  With the winter storms and during the tropic storm a couple of weeks ago, the beach in front of the house is about 100 feet less than it has been in previous years.  Friends and family are all good, and more to come over the next couple of days.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Let's go to the beach!

Margaret is here, the car is mostly loaded - except for refrigerated stuff.  We should get away okay in the morning. I did get in my bridge game this afternoon.  There were some very strange hands, but we didn't do too badly - won 0.31 MP.

Hold the fort while we're on the road.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Definitely NOT exciting!

I haven't written much, because I haven't been doing much.  Mostly playing on the computer, knitting, and watching NCIS reruns.  (I can only watch so much of the current news.) Pretty dull!

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Great American Eclipse

I got my copy of [i]The Tennessee Conservationist[/i] magazine today.  It's mostly about the state parks and natural areas of TN.  There's an article about the upcoming eclipse in this issue.  Do y'all know about it?  The eclipse will be 21 August, and will literally cross the US from around Portland, OR, to the Georgia coast.  Chattanooga will be in the "area of totality" about 2:30 that afternoon.  I'm excited that we'll be able to experience that.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Sunday Stealing: The Greenish Questions

1. What is your current obsession? Don't have one.
2. What’s your go-to coffee place? I go for coffee three days a week with the swimmers to Panera Bread.
3. Who was the last person that you hugged? I don't remember - maybe Margaret.
4. Do you nap a lot? Not a lot, but it's not unusual.
5. Tonight, what’s for dinner? Sausage and kraut was my choice.  Next week, it's be Gulf shrimp and fish.
6. What was the last thing that you bought? A book of knitting patterns.
7. What is your favorite weather? Sunny, breezy, in the low to mid 70s.
8. Tell us something about one blogger who you think will play this week? I've met Beverly in person once.  We have a lot in common.
9. If you were given a free house that was fully furnished, where in the world would you like it to be? On water somewhere and not too far from family.

10. Name three things that you could not live without. Food, water, oxygen - the obvious things.
11. What would you like in your hands right now? I'm ready for some shrimp and sand.
12. What’s one of your guilty pleasures? I'm too old to feel guilty about any of my pleasures.
13. What would you change or eliminate about yourself? Less eating, more exercise.
14. As a child, what type of career did you want? I don't remember thinking about any sort of career as a child.
15. What are you missing right now? I always miss John - other than that, I can't think of anything.
16. What are you currently reading? Keeping Watch by Laurie R. King.
17. What do you fear the most? Losing my mental faculties.
18. What’s the best movie that you’ve seen recently? I haven't seen a movie in ages.
19. What’s your favorite book from the past year? I read so slowly now.  The last one before the current one was Folly by Laurie R. King.  It was good.
20. Is there a comfort food from your childhood that you still enjoy? Ice cream.

Thursday, June 22, 2017


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


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.