Friday, August 21, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
However in reference to a previous post of mine, I want to let you know that I have acquired a new bird feeder and another hummingbird feeder. Those of you who've read my post on getting old and feeding birds will get a chuckle out of this. Those who haven't should probably read the old post so you can be in on the chuckle.
Had lunch with my friend Denise yesterday, and she mentioned working out. Interesting concept. The term sounded vaguely familiar. Ah yes, that's why I have a Wii, Wii Fit, some interesting equipment that is great to hang clothes on and to stack my boxes of craft materials (that I'll probably get to some day), and about 25 workout and walking DVD's.
I occasionally think it would be a good idea to walk to my egg-lady's house when I buy my eggs from her. It's about a mile & 1/2 away, up and down a couple of steep hills, would be a good workout. And then I move on to other great thoughts and ideas.
Which reminds me... I have some sewing to do - a couple of pillows for Jake and tote bags requested.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
I daily give my heartfelt thanks to Steve & Amy, and to God for bringing this miracle into my life.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Did I mention before that I have one lonely hummingbird feasting at my feeder? Well at least it's one more than I had a couple of weeks ago. Maybe I left the hummingbird chow out in the sun too long and the rest of the gang got a little lupey and are nursing a birdie-hangover!
But then it could also have something to do with Mr. Blink on bird patrol. He's 20 years old, but still enjoys catching and eating birds. You can't fight Mother Nature.
Monday, July 13, 2009
My grandmother grew these bushes when they built this house in the 1930's. I've always thought they were hydrangeas, but have also been told they're snowballs. They bushes and the flowers are beautiful, and obviously very hardy having thrived here for about 80 years!
So let me know what you think...
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
However, I recently made a personal observation; is it a sign that I'm becoming one of "those" old people when the first item on my shopping list is bird seed??? I've never really been much of a bird-person until recently. Now I find myself with three bird feeders along with a 4th bird feeder just for hummingbirds! Oh, and I have two bird baths and a solar powered fountain.
Where has this sudden interest in wild birds come from? Have I undergone some hormonal metamorphasis that changed my brain patterns? Now mind you I haven't gone so far as feeding squirrels (I still think of them as rodents with fluffy tails), and hope I don't get to the point of naming them (like my much beloved grandmother did)!
I've enjoyed watching hummingbirds in the past, and actually went so far as to plant specific flowers in my garden to attract them. But have never actually installed feeders in my yard for them. And as noted in a previous blog... having much less success with the feeder than with the flowers!
Another concern I have that I'm aging is that I tend to forget things. (big surprise there, right?) I was walking out to get my mail yesterday, and remembered ordering 2 banana trees for my garden, but concluded that I'd never received them. Then during my sleeplessness last night I suddenly remembered that I did receive them, but left them in my handy garden wagon, which I absent-mindedly left parked out in my garden!
Geez... or should I say "geezer"?!
Monday, June 29, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
This is our SMNO group. So what is SMNO you ask? We all had kids in the same class in high school, and when the kids were seniors we decided that we'd start having dinner together to stay in touch. Hence Senior Moms Night Out (SMNO).
This is Lori (she also blogs at Altered Glass). Her son is Aaron. And, her husband Allen was in my class in high school!
This is Chris, and her son is Shawn. Chris lives just a bit down the road from me. She has to be one of the most organized people I know. She has 4 kids all within just a few years of each other in age, and yet she was always the one to remind me where I needed to be for baseball games!
This is Diane, and her daughter Steph was a gal-pal of our sons in high school. Diane is very creative and a great gardener.
I'm lucky to have this group of friends in my life. All three of these great ladies have wonderful husbands and have been married forever. Of which of course I'm envious. I'm the single mom... relationship-challenged... still (kinda) looking for a Mr. Right.
Friday, June 19, 2009
It must have been the summer of 1973 or 1974 or 1975... can't really remember. My friends were home from college and we were having an impromptu get together. As the day progressed we decided to splurge on a large Harris Pizza. At that time Harris Pizza was the gold standard of pizza in the Quad Cities (and in my opinion it still is.) So we dug deep into the pockets of our frayed, patched and embroidered blue jeans to scrounge up just enough money for the pizza and a case of soda. I was the only one that actually owned a car, and a fine car it was; a shiny blue 1972 Ford Maverick. My friend, Marybeth, called it The Carp since I guess it did look just a little like a fish. So naturally I had to go to make the pizza/soda pickup.
My best friend Nicki, and my dog (a rather large Old English Sheepdog, named Butch) loaded into The Carp and headed off to pick up the pizza. We got to Harris ok; went in to make our pickup (both pizza and soda), and prepared to return to the party. As we loaded back into the car we noticed the young guys at the pizza place were all waving and smiling at us. We giggled coyly and waved back at them... hey, we were pretty cute back then. About a block down the street I asked Nicki where she put the pizza. She said "I got the soda" and I said "I got the dog", and at that moment we both looked at each other, and I noticed something floating off the tail of The Carp, like a slow motion sequence. We had found the pizza, and the reason those cute boys at the pizza place were smiling and waving at us.
The gods were smiling on us though because although the precious pizza landed squarely in the middle of the busy intersection of 30th Street and 14th Avenue in Rock Island, all the cars were being very careful to drive around the pizza. OK... so we decided to make a quick detour down the alley so we could stop back at the intersection and retrieve our prize. As we pulled through the alley we found ourselves in a race with 2 little boys that also spied our treasure. Game on.
We reached the intersection at the same time, only to witness a car drive right through the middle of the pizza... squish... how rude! But hey it was a large, so there was still plenty left to retrieve. I stopped the car, and Nicki prepared to launch after the pizza but the boys were just too fast for us. They took off with our pizza, and us in hot pursuit.
But alas, our pursuit was fruitless and they got away from us. So we had to return to the party pizza-less, but with what we thought was a pretty funny story.
So I guess rather than producing a moral for the story, a question for the ages was raised again... which is more important to college-age boys; cute girls with long hair and short cutoffs, or a large Harris pizza? You decide...
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
My dear little Jake. I picked up some snickerdoodles while shopping at the local farmer's market (along with lots of other goodies.) I stopped over to visit Jake and deliver the cookies, since that's what good grandmas do... and I'll take any little excuse to visit Jake & Steve & Amy.
It was a beautiful afternoon so everyone was outside enjoying the day. And of course I was enjoying my visit.
Of course Jake dug into a snickerdoodle with his usual gusto, and actually dozed off while he was eating it. Gee I wish I could sleep like he does!
Monday, June 15, 2009
I was in New York City for a conference. I noticed an uncomfortable pain in my hip as I was walking but didn't pay much attention to it until it got to the point of almost making me cry to take a step. So I started loading up on the Tylenol, Advil... whatever pain reliever I could get my hands on (legally of course). Nothing worked, and the pain got so bad I literally couldn't walk. The decision was made that I should go to the E.R. So the hotel loaned me a wheelchair, but of course wouldn't push me to the door (apparently there were some 'liability' issues), so one of my friends pushed me to the door and helped me get into a waiting cab.
The cab took me to NYU Medical Center ER, but of course dropped me off at the wrong door. I shuffled myself inside to be told that I was in the wrong place; I was at NYU Medical Center, but not the ER. The ER was down the block further. And naturally they couldn't help me get there (liability issues again apparently). So obviously in a considerable amount of pain, I shuffled myself back outside and headed to the ER. As I made my way along, a young lady came over to me and smiled; I thought "gee there are nice people in NYC, she's going to offer to help me". But she said "that's a great purse, where'd you get it?"
Well I do like a great purse, so I paused in my shuffle and told her that I thought I got it in Chicago but couldn't really remember because I was in so much pain because of my back, and that I was trying to get to the ER. So she said "ok" and walked away.
I finally got to the ER and after the appropriately lengthy wait to see a doctor, he finally appeared to examine me. He asked me some questions, poked around a little, and told me that I'd need an MRI. But since I'd be going home in a day or so, to just wait until I got home and have my regular doctor do it. I guess I was ok with that. But told him I wasn't sure how I'd get home, not being able to walk and all. He generously gave me 2 pain pills to get me home. And a prescription to get filled if I wanted more.
Now mind you, I was a visitor in a very large city, and virtually couldn't walk. I understand (now) that he didn't know me, and could have thought I was a druggie just looking to score some pain meds. And I understand (now) that there are hospital policies and all. But all I could understand at that time was a body full of excrutiating pain, having expanded from my hip down my legs and was out of control. I had no clue where I could get the prescription filled, and had no desire to shuffle my way from the hotel to a pharmacy (no matter how close it may have been to the hotel). So anyway they packed me back into a cab, and sent me back to the hotel.
I shuffled back to my room, and took one of the golden pain pills immediately, saving the 2nd precious pill to hopefully get me through the airports the next day.
A very kind-hearted friend wheeled me through the airports, and another friend met me at the airport to drive me home. Getting home never felt so good!
My doctor and physical therapist took great care of me and got me back on my feet (upright, no shuffling). Diagnosis: cracked vertebrae and exposed nerve, but no surgery (thank goodness).
I know this probably sounds crude, but now I understand why God created drugs! And why they can sometimes be our friends. And of course the importance of always carrying a great purse!!!
Sunday, June 14, 2009
I'm honored, and thank my family, friends, pets, plants, trees, along with my director and producer, and my fans... wrong speech? oops.
Thanks, Lori. I hope my future blogs live up to the "fabulosity" expectation.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
This weekend I received a last minute invitation to a friend's son's college graduation party at a local pub. I was showered, so I was at least clean, but didn't have time to curl my hair, so just pulled it back in a braid/ponytail. Nor did I fuss with my clothes, since this pub is very casual, and I honestly didn't expect to see more than 1 or 2 people that I knew. And of course the worst offense... minimal makeup. But I figured, what the heck, I'll only be there long enough for a brief "congrats" to the grad and family, an ice tea, and then back home.
OK... so now you see where I'm headed with this...
I saw friends there that I hadn't seen in years! The stars were aligned such that one of my best friends from grade/high school was in town from Texas, and my college roommate (who happened to be the grad's aunt - which I had completely forgotten) was in town as well. The three of us were the best of friends in high school and college years.
I also saw a couple of mom's that I hung around with when my son was in school. Along with a bunch of other people.
And I looked like I just came in off the farm... straight from the fields... parked my tractor outside the bar. Well I don't actually have a farm or a tractor...
Well we had a good time and took pictures anyway. So here's to surprise reunions with good friends!
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Been organizing my supplies in preparation to start working on a beveled glass candle holder design I've been thinking about. When/if I finish the project I'll post a picture to share. I'm excited to use my new soldering gun. Love those gadgets and tools. I should eventually build a little workshop somewhere in my house, but for now my dining room table is the hub of the creative action here. My friend Lori has a great workshop in her basement! (My workshop-envy is showing.)
I've also been developing some ideas for jewelry development. (Another outlet I dabble in occasionally.) That's what I do - I dabble. (Fun word - dabble.) And making jewelry gives me more opportunity to play with tools.
I can't believe that it's Memorial Day weekend and I still have planting to do in my garden. Mostly vegetables left to plant. My flowers are looking fantastic so far. And I tried some new plants this year; cranberries, coffee trees, and a daisy tree. I'm giving one last attempt to grow lavender. This is the 4th year for me and lavender, and if it doesn't work out this time it'll be my last year. The garden shop lady told me to mulch the heck out of it this fall, so that's what I'll be doing. Any tips on growing lavender would be welcome.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Here's what I've read recently:
- Maya Angelou's series of her self-biographies,
- Alexander McCall Smith's "No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" series
- Jodi Picoult - Several of her books
- Lisa See's "Red Princess" books
- Ursula K. LeGuin - "Earthsea" series, as well as several others
- Sharon Kay Penman's medieval mysteries
- Sharan Newman's "Catherine LeVendeur Mystery" series
- The Secret Life of Bees
- Marley & me
- many, many historical fictions
- many historical biographies
Reading focuses my brain, gives me an opportunity to escape the 'real world', as well as an opportunity to learn.
I love to learn and to teach. The classroom environment is the perfect place to discuss and debate, to be open to new ideas and to express your own ideas.
Gee... just listen to me waxing philosophically!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
As an Aquarius and child of the 60's I'm still trying to heal the world. I'd really like to take a 'volunteer vacation' but have overwhelmed myself with information (this is SO typical of me),
that it renders me at a point of no decision at all. They all sound so worthy to me, but I have to admit my own limitations (call me a baby if you want to, I prefer to call it "realistic"). I can't see myself living in a tent in the rain forest... not crazy about sharing my sleeping bag with other living creatures. I like to teach, and think I'm pretty good at it, so would lean more toward something to do with teaching. I'd really like to visit and teach in Africa. The children there seem so hungry for education, and it's an area of the world that will really have a global impact in our future.
Monday, May 18, 2009
My interests are eclectic (I like that word, it's a nice one), scattered and unfocused. Please, no psychological interpretation; my son is in that field and has already given me the full analysis. Actually, I've taken credit many times for being the reason he chose to study and practice psychology. And if he ever writes a book or publishes a thesis, I expect to be the case study he references.
At this time my attention is focused on getting my flowers and veggies planted, decluttering my house (which bugs the devil out of a person very special to me), sewing (I'm making a "Bob the Builder" pillow for my precious grandson), preparing my beveled glass pieces so I can start making the candle holders I'm interested in... well, ok see how I mis-use the word "focused"?
And of course I read every night too. Sometimes I have 2-3 books going at one time.
Pictures that I post will be those that represent factors of my life; things that impact my life, my day and my moments.
I hope that I can provide stories about my adventures that will entertain you, thoughts and opinions that interest you, and reflections that touch you.