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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Are You A Worry-wart?

                                                         Are you a worry-wart?

Some folks are just born that way, others let it become a way of life. They just don't seem to be happy unless they are worrying about something.

                                                       Live is too short for that!

Worrying seldom solves problems. It causes us to lose sleep, have stress, saps our energy. For What?

                                          Each day is a day you'll never have again.

                                                         Make the most of it. 

If you are worried about something and you have a solution.... FIX IT... and then move on. 

If you don't know how to fix it, give it to the Man upstairs. 


I was thankfully married to a man who was always happy, calm, he never seemed to worry... and he was the most content person I've ever known. He was always jovial, laughing, whistling. He was a joy to be around. He just loved LIFE.

                                    I think there's a lesson to be learned by him. 



Friday, July 23, 2021

What Next!!

 I've been seeing a lot of a man lately. Think maybe if this keeps up we should get married!!

                                                              Okay, I'm kidding. 

                 Seems I can't stay out of the dentist office lately. Yesterday was a real 'trip'.

My dentist determined that one of my teeth needed a root canal. So, daughter Shirley picked me up and we drove over to the endondoist. 

They took me back, did this ct type scan (I'd never had that done on teeth before) and lo and behold.

                                                        Dr. C. said they couldn't do a root canal. 

                                                                 I am going to lose that tooth.                                       


You see, my regular dentist pulled a tooth about 3 weeks ago and now I have to have another one pulled. Dang, if they keep this up, I am not going to be able to chew! 

Dr. C. had quite a number of ex-rays made and so help me, they found an abcess on a back tooth. So, it will have a root canal coming up after I get that other one pulled. 

                                        Are you all keeping up with me? Got it straight? 

                                        I don't, so maybe you can help me out there!! 😏

          Hey, if the dentist and I get married maybe I can get my dental work FREE. 

 


                                                                                     

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

"Old Lives Matter"

 It's been sneaking up on me, little by little and I finally recognized what it was. 

I have gotten to the age that I need (no, I require) that things are uncomplicated so that I can handle them. 

Seems that I can't multi-task or get myself out of pickles or figure out nine different ways to do something at one time. 

                                                    It just ain't gonna happen!! 

I guess that's alright. I am not in a hurry to go anywhere. I don't have meals to cook for a bunch of people, I drive only when I know the traffic is light, I take my time and keep it simple.


                                        Of course, there are times I can't do that!

You know... like when you have to call a company and they give you a dozen steps to follow... push this number, now chose that one, please hold (and you hold for half an hour and they come back on and tell you to push more buttons)  and pretty soon you are so flustered you just want to scream. Least, that's me. 

I don't like flying anymore. Sure it's easier than driving but they've complicated things, put in kiosks to check in... make you take your stuff off and put it in a basket. (Hey, guy, anybody gonna steal that why you folks are patting me down?), and the long lines, the crowded seating. How about making it more simple for us oldsters. 

I don't know about you but I am convinced that this world is run by a bunch of teenagers (the kind that could work a laptop at age 2) and they have no clue that there is anyone out there older than 30. 

                                                                                      I say, 

                                          "OLD LIVES MATTER!"



Friday, July 16, 2021

Salad for Supper

 I found this recipe somewhere... I don't ever keep up with where I get stuff, do you?

So, I called Instacart to order the ingredients. They always deliver right away so I had the ingredients I needed. When suppertime came, I got busy in the kitchen and here's what I made.


Yummy looking, right?
Well, it was. 

The recipe made salad for 6. It's just me I have to fix for so I do the best I can figuring out how much of what to put in any dish. I never was good at math so you can imagine.

I made a couple changes. 
I did not use the nectarine as I felt that would make the salad too big.
I substituted the persian cucumber with a mini cucumber.
And, I sprinkled some chopped walnuts over the top.
Now, that was some good eating.

Here's the recipe if you want to try it!

Let me know how it turns out.... if you decide to make it. 

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Baby Goats Come To Visit

 I went down for our 'coffee get-together' this morning. We are still are not back in our 'community' room as they can not get workers to help complete the renovations. People just are sitting back enjoying those unemployment checks and stimulus checks and won't work. Businesses are hurting badly. The contractors in charge of our renovations can't find anyone that is willing to pick up a hammer, a saw, a glue gun, or electrical wire. It's hot out in the entry-breezeway and it certainly would be nice to be inside with some air-conditioning going. 

Anyway, to get back to what I started to tell you. We meet every Tuesday morning for coffee and goodies. 


We were chatting and munching on all sorts of sweets when a woman comes into our breezeway and she is carrying
two little pygmy baby goats!! 



We had a time with those adorable little things. They were scared to begin with, first time to be away from their mother but soon they were enjoying the attention as much as we were enjoying giving it. 


I hope we get more surprises during coffee. A kitten would be nice, a puppy maybe but I'm not into
snakes or lizards or any cold-blooded anything! 


Sunday, July 11, 2021

"Where Have All The Manners Gone"


 I surprised myself!

That just wasn't me but however I let something really bug me yesterday. 

Was it because 

1. I have less patience for negative thoughts and feelings as I get older?

2. Am I so used to being alone (during this pandemic) that I feel less comfortable around a lot of people?

3. That people in general are much more rude in this day and age?

4. Or have I just become that grouchy old lady I was so afraid of becoming?

What happened was (and this has happened before just recently) that a group of us met in the courtyard to hear a concert. And, I couldn't enjoy the music because of all the talking going on around me. 

The woman sitting next to me asked me, 'What did he say?" and I answered "I have no idea. I couldn't hear him for all the talking going on".

Well, the two women standing just 3-4 feet from me and who was talking overheard me and one turned around and said, 'You should have told us to shut up."

And, by golly, that's what I did!! I told her to shut up.

It just erked me to no end that people are so rude as to talk with a concert is going on. I know, I should have just gotten up and left which I did at another concert when two women were sitting next to me carrying on a conversation. Where have manners gone? 

Okay, got that off my chest! 😁



Wednesday, July 7, 2021

UFOs, Tooth Extractions and Storms... oh MY!!!

 I don't know where to begin. So much going on....

My 4th of July was quiet until it got dark. Then the fireworks started in Downtown Suffolk. I can see from my balcony the really tall ones popping over the tree tops. But, something else caught my eye!

There was this light... was it a plane? No, too slow for a plane and I'd never seen the flashing light pattern this one displayed. All of a sudden it came to a complete halt... and just sat there suspended in the air for about a minute and a half. What the ... well, you know! 

All of a sudden it started a downward fall and I am thinking.. if that's a plane it's gonna crash. It was way up in the sky, just this tiny light. Then, it took off in another direction, stopped again.. 

I was so convinced that it was a UFO... 

But, a call to my daughter quickly shot that theory down. She says it was a drone. Well, ok. But, I still think it was a UFO... it's more exciting that way.

On last Friday I had a tooth extraction.

Now, that's more excitement than I bargained for!!

But, it's healing nicely, still hurts but I'll be good as new soon. 


I got an itch this morning I just had to scratch.

No, not that kind of itch. I decided to clean and organize my closet. 

You won't believe how great it looks now. Lucky for me, my daughter Shirley came by and boy, did I put her to work!

She reached places I could not, like that top shelf in my closet. She pinned up pants legs for me to hem. She arranged some dried heather in a vase for me and 're-did' another vase I had in my living room. She brought us lunch. 

By this time I had collected a huge pile of 'give aways' and by the time she dragged all that out of my apartment door I was pooped. 

So grateful always for love and help from my kiddos.

Tomorrow we are supposed to get the effects of this latest storm... what's it's name!! It's going right up the east coast and that's where I am so more rain, wind and watch out for tornadoes. 




Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Another Wonderful Visit

Last week was filled with family, once again. Just too good to be true... but it was.

I had not seen my daughter, Susan (she's the 'baby' of the family and lives in New York) and Grandson Tighe for 18 months. 



The two of them drove down to the Virginia Eastern Shore (1 1/2 hours shorter trip for her) to Granddaughter Brittanys house and a bunch of us spent some quality time together.

Tighe and Brittany's son, Dylan are cousins and big buddies although they live so far apart. And, there's 3 years difference in their ages. 



Tighe is a 'city' guy, used to playing soccer, tennis, golf. The Eastern Shore where Dylan lives is 'another ballgame altogether'. 


The guys (ages 10 and 13) went canoeing, boating, shot air guns and real rifles, drove all over the place in the golf cart, played chess and video games, chopped down bamboo with a machete, even fed some chickens that a friend had. Totally not city stuff. Tighe had a blast! 






And, I got to enjoy Susan. What a week that was!! She left Saturday. I miss her already. 




Friday, June 18, 2021

A Most Welcomed Surprise

                                                  Well,  I had a surprise!!

My son called to say he was coming up to see us. He really wanted to visit the Eastern Shore Virginia because at some point he will move here. When the time is right....

So we had a lovely visit with Brittany and husband. They live on the Eastern Shore and acted as tour guides for Michael, which turned out really well. He saw several areas that he felt 'at home' in. 

We all ate at the Shanty Seafood restaurant in Cape Charles. Remind me to never order the scallop platter for lunch again!!! There were 8 of those suckers, big as hen's eggs just about. I thought I was gonna explode. Yes,  I know... I didn't have to clean my plate! Just saying, I shouldn't have. 


While we were eating, this HUGE yacht pulled into the pier at the restaurant. I mean HUGE... over 130 ft. long. Michael was laughing and saying 'Well, they have finally delivered the new yacht I ordered.' He wishes. ha ha. He has a 27' sailboat back in Alabama. And, he loves it but a guy can dream, now, can't he? 



At Brittany's I sat on their screened-in porch and finished a book that I had been reading. The breeze was just heavenly. The scent of gardenia wafted in on the air. 

Dylan (my great-grandson) right away challenged his great-uncle Michael to a couple games of Chess. And, beat the socks off of him both times. 

The next morning Dylan wanted me to play Chess. You gotta be kidding! I can't figure that game out and I am too old to learn. So, we settled on checkers. I'll be, he beat me twice. That little stinker. 



So, it's been a busy week. Michael left this morning. And, on Tuesday my Susan and her youngest,  Tighe, will arrive from New York for a short stay. I have not seen them since a year ago last Oct. I mean, that's way too long!! Can't wait for them to get here. 

Hope your week is going well. 

Sunday, June 13, 2021

More Bad Luck

                                                     Well, what a week!

You remember that I had a tooth that had been looked at and pronounced a 'goner'. 

Then I went to have my teeth cleaned and 'so help me Hannah', they found another cavity underneath one of my crowns. If these cavities don't cease popping up, I am gonna be toothless. That would not be pretty.

I decided to be deadened to have my tooth pulled. You know I was swinging back and forth between that and being put to sleep. The deciding factor was this... I do not do well with medicine. Any kind. I am very sensitive to it and have had trouble in the past with being very slow waking up from being knocked out. 

The last time, I guess the staff thought I needed to be up and out of their way and I was still out, didn't know where I was etc, etc. My daughter said that I kept sliding off the recliner chair thingy they had me in and she'd have to pull me back up. Finally, they came in and told her I was awake enough to leave. It took two people to get me in her car and two to get me to my apartment. I mean I don't do well.

And, I kept thinking about that and it was just weighing on my mind... so I decided I'd just have my jaw deadened. 

Anyway, that's 'the week that was' around here. 



Saturday, June 5, 2021

Night Intruder

 I always read about an hour before falling asleep each night.

Last night I settled into bed, got interested in my book, which by the way, is "Divine Justice" by David Baldacci.

And, then I heard it!

Heavy breathing......

This rhythmic breathing in, soft snore out sort of thing.

I live alone. 

I got up and walked into the living room. I didn't hear it there. 👀

Back to the bedroom. Same sound. So I eased around trying to pinpoint where it was coming from.

Now, this is silly. I have never been afraid in my apartment. Third floor up, not much chance of prowlers but I actually slid the shower curtain back to see if somehow someone had gotten in my apartment, crawled into my shower and fell asleep. I told you that was silly. 

I tiptoed around the end of the bed. It got louder. Finally when I put my ear up to my window did I discover what/who was snoring in my bedroom.

It was a doggone tree frog sitting in that 3 story tall crepe myrtle just outside my window. 

I wanted to strangle him!!!




Wednesday, June 2, 2021

How to Pull A Tooth?

I got in to see my dentist. He said that bothersome tooth had to come out. I told him that he sure was messing up my ability to chew on that side. 

But, it will have to come out. 

I am thinking..... do I have him pull it with just my jaw deadened? 

Or do I get put to sleep and just wake up with it gone? 

I've had it done both ways. 

How do you gals get your teeth pulled? 

I hope you don't have to but just in case you do... deadening or sleep

Help me out here. 


Sunday, May 30, 2021

Memorial Day

                                                      Of all the nasty things to happen! 

I have a toothache and it's over a long weekend so I am popping tylenol and hoping I can keep it under control until I can call the dentist on Tuesday! 

It's Memorial Day Weekend and a time for us to remember those who lost their lives so that we can be free. So many wars, so many losses. I've lost count of how many wars that have happened in my lifetime. Far too many, I can tell you that. 






I posted chapter two of "Summertime In Magnolia" this morning, in case you are reading this sequel to Springtime In Magnolia. 


Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Disrespectful Attendees

 I was so looking forward to a concert held here in the courtyard yesterday afternoon. We had Billy Mitchell singing the oldies and it was really good. 

True we were all sitting around tables in the courtyard so it was a very informal affair. But, it was a concert and I got so disgusted at all the talking going on during the songs. To begin with I had two ladies talking non-stop on my right. After awhile a friend joined another friend on my left and they didn't stop talking. It was so distracting and so disrespectful to the performer. 

If we'd been in a concert hall, everybody would have been quiet... Guess the out-of-doors cut their tongues loose. 

I finally got up and left. My find my patience wears thin more quickly that it once did. Just don't have enough time left in my life to put up with crap. 

I guess I've griped enough. Got that off my chest!! 😅



Saturday, May 22, 2021

Mountains In The Morning

I don't know why but it takes me days, and I mean DAYS, to get over a trip. 

Couldn't be my age!! 😁

It's been a slow go... I got home Thursday afternoon late. It took two days before I even touched the suitcase to unpack it. But, finally I got up the energy to get my hair cut today! Boy, did it need it!!!!


I took this picture on the way home. Posted it on facebook with the caption 'Mountains In the Morning' and commented that I thought it should be a country song.

                                         Well, guess what! it is.

                     

I do love the mountains. There's something so majestic about them. With the swipe of His hand, God placed them there for us to enjoy. 

Friday, May 21, 2021

Announcement - Sequel to "Springtime In Magnolia"

 


I have an announcement to make. 

I once wrote a novel, "Springtime In Magnolia"

Publication date for that novel was 2014.

People who had read my novel started asking me when the sequel was coming out.

                               Writing a book is no easy task. Publishing takes time and effort. 
 
Marketing it yourself is a nightmare. 

I had several chapters already written but I didn't want to go through all that bother to get it ready for sale.

And, then I came up with a plan.

Beginning Sunday May 23rd the sequel will be posted (for free) on blogspot.com

Each Sunday a new chapter will be posted HERE


So, if you have read "Springtime In Magnolia" and enjoyed it

The next book "Summertime in Magnolia" will be available to begin reading Sunday! Hope you enjoy it. 

If you would like to read the first novel it is available on Amazon. 

Birds of a Feather Stick Together

 I'm home again after being at my son's for three weeks. Being in my own bed was so comforting and also unsettling at the same time. I got used to the surroundings at my son's, this seemed a bit odd to me. As I lay in bed, the door was in the wrong place, my bed faced west not east, and in the dead of night... where is the bathroom. I soon adjusted!! 

I enjoyed sitting on my son's patio watching the birds and listening to a lone mockingbird who kept the music going non-stop. Here are some pictures from that peaceful time.

A robin on the roof.

Mr. Mockingbird

A Chipping Sparrow that has a pigment disorder (thus the white feathers)

A Pretty Cardinal

Another Cardinal


The Mocking Bird that kept me entertained.

A Woodpecker loved the suet blocks

Ya'll have a nice day, now. 


Sunday, May 16, 2021

Lunch at the Rattlesnake Saloon!

 I do love a good adventure! 

My son, Michael, invited me to have lunch with him at the Rattlesnake Saloon. It was an hour and a half drive from his house and we were starved by the time we got there.



At the entrance you hop into the back of a big, white pickup truck. The side benches hold about 10 people. I chose to ride 'up front'... thought it best for these old bones! 


We headed down this narrow dirt road (and I do mean DOWN), trees surrounding us and at the bottom of that hill was a huge bluff. An oudoor cafe and saloon sat underneath that bluff. (actually the saloon is inside that little wooden building)



Their menu features sandwiches (burgers, hotdogs etc) and the ones we ordered were very good. The Key Lime Pie was amazing! Beside the good food, it's the atmosphere that pulls you in...



Michael and I sat at the table under the edge of that bluff, the cool air relaxing us, nature embracing us. He got a burger so thick that he had trouble getting it in his mouth to chomp off a bite. My chicken salad was very good and was on a hogie bun (Extra mayo available, if you need it and I did, since I absolutely LOVE mayo.)



I don't know when I have had such an usual, delightful lunch. I wouldn't have missed it for the world. 

Oh, the saloon is miles out in the boonies... You'd think no one would show up or even find it. Nope. That place was hopping, the taxi truck making that trip up and down the hill constantly bringing hungry folks down to eat... and they have a lodge top-side with walking and horse trails, chuckwagon races, horse races etc.

It's been featured on several tv shows, has served folks from all 50 states and 30 countries. It's nothing to have anywhere from 1,500-2,000 people there on a Saturday. There is live music on the weekends. It's the place to be. 

                              And, I was there!