Friday, September 30, 2022

It's All About Fall and Family

 The family has returned to their homes (Oregon and Alabama).

The apartment is eerily quiet. There's a doggie treat lying on my dining room floor (left there by Sadie)

I had such a wonderful time .......


And, there is always a BUT isn't there?

I have a sore throat, coughing, just miserable. It's allergy time and in all my having fun I forgot about that. So. I sat outside in the ragweed/peanut dust infested air and now I am paying for it.

But.. it too will go back to where ever it came from. And, I will have the memories of a terrific visit with my family always. 

And Family 

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Celebration Time

 My My .... how time flies.

And, how thankful I am that I have time. 

It was 20 years ago today that I had the last of the chemo for my colon cancer. Talk about being thankful we found it early enough so that I have had these 20 years to enjoy. Thanking God for all His good blessings. 

Home from the hospital after surgery and a big hug from my granddaughter. 

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Family Visits

 Long awaited visit....

My family from Oregon is here for a few days. Saw my daughter three years ago but it had been 11 years since I saw my granddaughter and 13 years since I'd seen my great-grandson, Cane. So much kept us apart, distance, work, money, illness,  you know the drill. 

So let me introduce this part of my family:

my son, Michael (from Alabama) and my eldest child, Marie (from Oregon)

My granddaughter, Yvonne and her husband, Jack. They own a successful food truck business in Bend, Oregon. and they are the parents of ....

Cane, who is petting Sadie, Michael's dog. 

We had a great visit yesterday and a scrumptous meal at Decoys Seafood

Today they are doing Williamsburg

and giving this 'old' lady a break. That's according to them. I did not own up to being OLD. hehe. 
But, I did sleep 12 hours last night.
Something tired me out! 

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

The County Fair

           In the Fall, the County Fair comes to town. 

With it comes, games and rides, cotton candy and funnel cakes. 

There are entries of canned goods, cakes, pies, quilts, paintings and drawings sitting in sweltering tents 

                          and a lot more!

Women wander into the tents checking to see if their canned beans or apple cake or their granddaughter's painting has a blue ribbon. 

In another tent is the livestock - hogs rooting around in the scattered hay, calves wondering where their mommies are, chicken in cages. It smells like Grandpa's farm yard and sawdust and fun.  Grandpa finds that his sow has won first place.

I haven't been to a fair in several years. The last one I went to I rode in the Monster Truck and I rode the ferris wheel and bumper cars. 

This year it was my daughter and granddaughter carrying on the tradition. 

My Daughter's Pecan Coffee Cake won a blue ribbon.

Granddaughter won blue ribbons with her Jalepeno Pepper Jelly and Fig Preserves

Instead of riding a Monster Truck, my daughter Shirley, rode a camel.

I'd have like to have ridden a camel!
Maybe next time.

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Nature's Picture Show

                  The weather has been cooler lately!                                                        Boy, am I loving it. 

I often eat my supper out on the balcony and sometimes I get surprised. 

I see deer come out to grab some food and a bit of water before night falls. 

I see water birds of all kinds. Just the other day I saw an egret sitting almost hidden in the tall weed. 

I think I enjoy my food so much more when I have nature's picture show in front of me. 

Here's hoping your Sunday has been grand and that the coming week will be ever more grand.


Friday, September 16, 2022

Me From A To Z

 Here is a page from my 'scrapbook journal' that I made telling all about me using the alphabet. I made it 4 years ago.

You ought to make one for yourself. It's fun. If you do, please post so we can see your efforts!

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Barn Play

Did you ever play in a barn when you were young?

I did! I'd crawl up the ladder to the loft there the hay was stored. There was a musty smell with the straw all strown about. It was my hide-away.

It's a wonder I didn't burn the barn down, though!

There was a weed that grew in the fields around the barn. It had small whitish leaves on it and my playmate and I decided we'd take some of those leaves, some pieces of paper and a box of matches up to the loft one day. 

We tore that paper into rectangles, placed some of those leaves on one side, rolled it up and struck a match to it. We thought we were so grown-up! We were smoking!

As you might guess the 'cigarettes' didn't last long... and neither did our adventure of smoking. 

But, can you imagine what could have happened if we had started a fire! I probably couldn't sit down to this very day for the paddling I'd have gotten. 

       None of the above barns were part of my childhood. 

Monday, September 12, 2022

Yellow Flowers and Clouds Floating By

                                   Sundays are hard for me. 

Not sure why since one day isn't much different than another one anymore but there is just something sad in me on Sundays. Church alone, eating lunch out alone, sitting around the apartment alone. My family is always so busy on Sundays with their own brood and there are no activities here at Centerbrooke on the weekends.

I sat out on my balcony late yesterday afternoon enjoying the cool breeze, the yellow flowers blooming here and there around the pond, clouds floating lazily by. 

                    But, hey, it's Monday and a new day now. 

Today I get back to tackling this durn new computer. It's kicking my butt. 

My Family Tree Maker program wasn't recognized by Windows 11 so I downloaded a new version of FTM and when it was installed it is a gosh awful mess. 

                I'm getting too old for all this aggreviation! 


However, I thank God for life, for being healthy, for just getting up every morning. I don't mean to complain for I have so much. But, sometimes, a gal's just gotta get it outta her system! Thanks for listening. 

Saturday, September 10, 2022

My Week

 My Week That Was....

How I am feeling...Super! Glad to be alive. Excited. You name it.... 

What I'm reading... I just finished 'Time was Soft There'. This book sort of disturbed me in places but overall, oh my. I could picture the lifestyle of being in Paris without a visa, living in a bookshop (Shakespeare and Company) with all these fascinating characters. It was a fun read for me because I love Paris so much. 

I am looking forward to... a visit from my family from Oregon. They'll be here Sept 24th. So, time is drawing closer and the excitement builds. 2 weeks...

What annoys me...I can't help it and I know I should. But, there is one resident here who is so smothering I just run from her and I don't think I am nice around her. I don't like being 'smothered'.

Something new this week... I took a line dancing class this week. I was the oldest one there but I wasn't left out for sure. It was fun but boy, I got winded. I'll probably leave that for the younger crowd. (sorry there's not a picture to share but my daughter took a video and I can't figure out how to share it)

                                                 Tootle Loo,                                                           Latane

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth dies at 96

What an extraordinary life she lived. She was always full of grace, kindness and loyalty. 
She was the epitome of what being royal stands for. 
She never wavered, never gave in or gave up.
She will be missed.

May she rest in peace. 


Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Where to Have Lunch?

It's a lovely day in my neighborhood!

How about where you are?

I think it's always a lovely day if I am breathing, healthy and happy

and today is one of those days.

Nothing much going on around here. It rained last night, I had a meeting of the welcoming committee this morning, and now I am ready for lunch.

Gee, let's see... where will I go to eat?

I have so many choices right here within two blocks of my apartment.

Ruby Tuesday? Maybe

Jimmy Johns. No

Santa Fe (Mexican). Not today

Masons' Grill. Maybe

and then there are the fast-food places. Burger King, Wendy's, Bojangles, Taco Bell.

So many choices.

But, I feel blessed to have so many to choose from without having to drive far. 

Where would you like to have lunch today?

Come on... I'll wait on you. 


Monday, September 5, 2022

Labor Day Celebration

I'm not sure why this is a holiday.
Who celebrates having to work? huh?
But, for whatever reason

'cause tomorrow you are gonna have to go back to work!


Sunday, September 4, 2022


I ran across this meme and thought it was so prophetic. 
Having trouble with prayer continues to be a trial for me.
Oh, I thank Him, ask things of Him
I don't know how to just unburden myself. 

And, then there's Mediation. 
I was one cautious dude even thinking about Mediation. 
But, I found out that it did not have to be like it's protrayed so many times.
You know....
Sitting on the floor for hours, legs cross, humming some sort of mantra.

I found that Mediation in a simple form can soothe a ruffled emotion, an anger raging inside, a need to feel peace in the midst of life's trials (and Lord, there are so many)

I sit in my Mother's old rocker, close my eyes, listen to some very quiet 'meditation' music and just let myself be swallowed up by just being, feeling, not worrying, not thinking but letting God put a peace in my heart. 


Friday, September 2, 2022

I Want to Be Her When I Grow Up!

 I discovered Iris Apfel some years back and loved her gutsy way of life. I think I want to be like her when I grow up. Her birthday was on August 29th and I meant to post this then and didn't. I don't know if she is still living or not but knowing Iris... I'd put money on her still being around. (she was born in 1921)

I saw this (gee, I don't know what you call them, memes, graphics, what!) and wanted to share it with you. And, I edited (to make them shorter) her 10 rules for living a great life. 

She always wears these Huge glasses and extra large gaudy accessories. But, the woman was famous in the textile world and had a contract with the White House that spanned over nine presidents! 

1. Don’t obsess over your age

“I never think about my age. It’s just a number.

 “Gettin’ old ain’t for sissies,” Apfel admits. But so what? “You start falling apart, but you just have to buck up and paste yourself together. You may not like getting older, but what’s the alternative? You’re here. Embrace it. I say put your experience to work, to give something back to other people.” 

2. Pick a partner who celebrates your successes

“Everyone he ever touched knows he was truly a Gentle Man,” Apfel writes of Carl, who died in 2015 at the age of 100. “His humor and generosity were legendary. We did almost everything together. He pushed me into the limelight and then basked in my success. He got much more of a kick from the accolades I received than I did.” 

3. When something excites you, go for it

“I never expected people to know my name or recognize my face. I never expected to be called a fashion icon. I never expected museums to exhibit my clothing and accessories. I never expected to be a cover girl or the face of a cosmetics company in my nineties....” Apfel writes. “I never expected anything. I just feel things in my gut and I do them. If something sounds exciting and interesting I do it. Most people would rather just go with the flow; it’s much easier. But it’s not very interesting.”

4. “To stay young, you have to think young”

If you want to stay young, you have to think young. Having a sense of wonder, a sense of humor, and a sense of curiosity — these are my tonic,” she says. “They keep you young, childlike, open to new people and things, ready for another adventure. 

5. Care about your own opinion above anyone else’s

“If you have to be all things to all people, you end up being ‘nothin’ to nobody.′ The way I dress may be ‘different’ or ‘eccentric’ to some who feel the need to label, but that’s of no concern to me. I don’t dress to be stared at; I dress for myself. When you don’t dress like everyone else, you don’t have to think like everyone else.” 

6. But don’t isolate yourself, either

'if you don’t try to be part of things, forget it. That’s when your originality is going to work against you. Fit in first and then step out. There is a difference between being perceived of as original and being accepted, even loved for it, and being perceived as different and resented for it. You can have your cake and eat it, too.” 

7. Money doesn’t buy success

“If you’re happy, have found love, are surrounded by good people, doing what you like and giving back to others, that’s success. 

8. Style is not about spending money

“It’s not what you wear but how you wear it.

“I’m just as happy to wear bangles that cost me three dollars as I am to wear valuable pieces — and I like to mix high and low, putting things together to wear as the spirit moves me. When you try to hard to have style, you look uncomfortable, If you’re uptight, you won’t be able to carry off even a seemingly perfect outfit. If that’s happening, I say abandon the whole thing. It’s better to be happy than well dressed.”

9. Start new endeavors with one small step

“You only fail if you do not try,” says Apfel. 

“I never thought that I couldn’t do something because I was a woman.  Sometimes you just have to take action, even if it is a small step. In my ninety-some years of walking planet Earth, I have applied this philosophy to living — and dressing — and it has never steered me wrong.”

10. Don’t pretend you are younger than you are

“There’s nothing wrong with wrinkles. When you’re older, trying to look years younger is foolish, and you’re not fooling anyone. When you’re seventy-five and you get a face-lift, nobody is going to think you are thirty,” she says. 

(edited from

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Trying to Help Out

 Every month we residents here at Centerbrooke get a newsletter and calendar. I thought that some of us able-bodied old gals could save the staff some bother so I volunteered myself. 

Tuesday I folded 130 newsletters and inserted them into hang bags. Wednesday I was ready to help deposit them on front door handles but just as we were about to start, the emergency phone went off. 

I never knew what happened when that cord was pulled in your apartment and I sure as heck was not gonna pull it to find out. But, when you do, it rings to alert the staff. Sarah took off to the person that was in distress so I came on back to my apartment to wait it out.

When I went back down Sarah, our life enrichment coordinator, had already delivered the first floor and was on her way with the 3rd and 4th floor to do. So, I grabbed up floor #2 bag full of newsletter and did that. It was a bit more exercise than I had thought but soooo good for me. 

My kids are always telling me to get more exercise so I called them up and bragged a bit on myself. 


My African Violet was not blooming. I had it sitting on a side table by my recliner so I moved it to the window and it is saying 'thank you' in more ways than one! Blooming up a storm now. I always like it when I figure things out but lordy, sometimes it takes me forever!