Saturday, December 30, 2023

We Need A Christmas Do-over!!

 Of all the cotton-picking things to have happen! We all were sick for Christmas. There's something going around that could have stayed away from here for all I cared. 

Stuffy head, runny nose, coughing, feeling like crap! We did go to Shirley's for Christmas day (they were sick, too, so I guess we didn't infect each other). Then, Michael and I spent the next 5 days lying around, staring at these four walls, not feeling well enough to do a blasted thing. And, let me tell you, if you aren't used to have anyone around, being sick just makes it that much worse. 


We finally felt well enough yesterday to go out for some lunch. I think if we hadn't, we might have just strangled each other. haha. Even the dog was going nuts. 

I told Michael that it really is Dec 15th and that we'd get to celebrate Christmas in a few days. It was one of the most ****** Christmas ever. We'd like a do-over.

Now, we have to make sure we all stay well....

A big event is coming up.... more on that later!! 

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Just Checking In

ust checking in with everyone! It's one busy time of the year, that's for sure. The next week or so is gonna be so hectic but it's family and fun and what more could I ask for.

Had a check-up this week with my surgeon (breast cancer) and everything seems to be going fine. He'd talked about radiation from the get-go and so now he is setting up an appt. for me to see the radiologist. I don't look forward to having treatment but it certainly would be great insurance against further scares. 

My son (my only son) is on his way from Alabama. Remember I visited him back the end of summer. Well, he's going to be here during the holidays and through my birthday which is on Jan 6th. More on that later!!!! 

I watched the finals of 'The Voice' and I never pick the winner. I was rooting for Jackie who can sing anything or for the 16 year old Ruby Lee.  But, Ruby got second so she'll do okay, besides Reba McEntire loves her. 

Well, I guess I will scoot and act like I am doing something productive. ha ha

Just over 4 days now til Christmas. Y'all have a great one... 

Sunday, December 17, 2023

The Christmas Party at the Commons

 My, my... what a party we had Friday night. 

70+ residents from the Commons gathered  crammed into our community room. It was decorated beautifully, I might add thanks to 3 or 4 of the residents. We pretty much have lost our staff's interest in helping us out with anything but that's another story. 

I've never seen so much food. People pitched in and bought and cooked and the woman in charge (Jean) got servers to come in and serve our buffet style dinner. We had turkey, ham and chicken (both fried and baked), sweet potatoes and white potatoes, gravy, cornbread dressing, green beans, lima beans, mac and cheese, deviled eggs, a fruit platter and enough desserts to feed an army. Oh, and of course, cranberry sauce. Can't leave that out... what's turkey and dressing without cranberry sauce.

We had door prizes. Santa can to visit along with Mrs. Claus and an elf or two. 

All that was lacking was the singing of some carols. But, it was great. 

 I hope you have a ton of fun at your holiday gatherings. 

Friday, December 15, 2023

Elf on the Shelf allert!!

 Remember, way back when, the movie 'King Kong' and that giant monster on top of the Empire State Building?  

Well, I guess my elf knows that movie pretty well. But, he chose the Eiffel Tower instead of the Empire State Building to climb to the top.

Silly Elf!

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

My Grandson

 Last night I did something I haven't done before. Oh, I stream movies and programs all the time but to get to see my grandson's High School Holiday Choral performance via streaming was new to me. He's in New York and I am down here in Virginia and I 'sort of' got to attend his program. 

The event was held in the chapel at Brunswick Upper School in Greenwich, Ct. 

The entire program was done in Latin. It was very dignified, respectful, calming. The audience sang some Christmas carols, too, so my daughter said she hummed along! My granddaughter-in-law-to-be followed the music they were given and was singing that Latin like she knew what she was doing.  

Grandson is 16 now, growing up so fast. I was on speaker phone the other day with my daughter when she picked him up at school. He wanted to drive home. (He's taking a zoom classes for driving... what will they think of next!) so I am listening to the two of them on their way home. It was hilarious! His mama in the front seat... 'slow down', 'turn right here', 'brake. that guys braking ahead of you' and so on. I remembered teaching her how to drive.

But, I taught her on the back roads of Alabama and he's learning in that heavy traffic in New York. Have mercy, Lord.. My daughter gonna need it. 

Monday, December 11, 2023

Believing In Santa

I was just thinking about Christmas, about how it has changed over the years, how commercial it has gotten. It certainly has evolved (maybe not in such a good way) from my childhood.

I am a Depression kid. We had nothing. My Dad had died, we (my mom, sister and me) lived with my grandparents. And, yet, I had the most memorable Christmases ever! 

My aunt had no children, her children were her school students, so she had a tendency to 'take over' life like she took over her classroom. And, it's because of her I had the best memories of that time of my life.

She had a Santa Claus suit for her class room party so one of my uncles would dress in it on Christmas morning, all in secret. Aunt Lena would gather us all in my grandparents living room, all the aunts and uncles and any kids there (mostly just me and my sister). She'd say, 'let's sing Jingle Bells' and she'd start us off with 'Dashing through the snow...." By the time we got to the chorus she'd put her hand up and say,'Shhhh. I hear something'. and sure enough there'd be someone stomping up the steps, across the porch and the front door would swing open. 

                                      It was Santa!!!

He'd pass out a few presents from the bag he held. We didn't get much, maybe a coloring book, paper dolls, a dress or pair of pajamas but it was like magic to us kids.

This went on for a few years. I must have been six or seven by this time but I still BELIEVED. My uncle couldn't be with us that Christmas morning and I never noticed that my Mother had disappeared from the room. But, Santa came in that door just like always. 'He' was busy handing out presents when I noticed something strange. 

"Santa has on my Mama's shoes", I yelled. And, that was the beginning of the end of my BELIEVING

But, oh, what memories. 

Saturday, December 9, 2023

I Rule The Roost

                        What y'all doing this Saturday morning? 

Me, not much. I did get some Christmas gifts (money) mailed to my kiddos far away. That made me feel so much more on top of things. 

I am not sending out cards this year! I mean, come on.... I've done it for 70 years. Time for me to put that baby to rest! If people haven't figured out yet that I hope they have a wonderful holiday season then sending a card isn't gonna convince them. 😁 At least I am telling myself that! 

I guess I am getting rebellious in my old age. I certainly wasn't in my youth. I was a good little girl! You'll have to take my word on that... Most people who were around when I was little just aren't with us anymore. 

But, rather than being rebellious, I think I am just putting priorities where they should be. Too often we do 'what's expected' of us. Now, I don't give a hoot. I do what I can, what my energy allows and what I darn well want to. 

                                    So there!! 

Y'all have a good one. By that I mean I want you to have a very special day. And, take my advice... do what you darn well want to! Love you all. 

Thursday, December 7, 2023

Out and About

 I hadn't seen my Shirley in several days and I believe that she and I both got 'down' about it. So, we gals took off and just puttered around. Had lunch at Pizza Hut (their individual pan pizzas with salad are soooo good). 

I had a fav farmers market that had moved farther away from me so we found it. So disappointed. It just wasn't the same. I understand a restaurant has moved into their old building. I won't be going back to Farmer Franks anymore. Sad. 

The Commons is humming with activity... the committee heading the joint Birthday/Christmas Party has been hard at work decorating and planning. Our party is on the 15th and I just know we are gonna have a blast. 

This morning (on the coldest day we have had so far) I decided to head to the bank and get some Christmas money out. And, of course, I was going to stop at Hardees for me a sausage biscuit and some sweet tea. Well, coming back from the bank, I got to thinking about something and missed my turn to go to Hardees and then home. So, I just called Shirley and asked her if she wanted breakfast. Drove up to her house 35 miles away, we went to Hardees near her then back to her house where I got to see her decorated tree and then I came home. 

That might not sound like a BIG DEAL to you younger set. But, I don't drive much anymore... and I hate being out in the cold. So, for me to get out in that chilly air and then drive up to Shirley's. Yes, that was a BIG DEAL. You'll understand when you get more years on you!! (grin) and you won't understand til you get there! 

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Love my Blogger Friends

My goodness, did I feel the love coming through the airwaves (or however blog gets here) from all of you after my Sunday post!!!!! 

I love you right back. And, doubly so. Thank you for always being there, listening to my rants, my sillyness, my concerns. You are the best! 

Sunday, December 3, 2023

Sunday Musings

                                  Sundays always seem to be the hardest for me... 

So, I will work on what I am, what I've been to others, and what I can still do to better this world. 

Friday, December 1, 2023

A Blast From The Past.


Imagine our surprise to see this old telephone booth sitting on the sidewalk just outside the Salty Cod restaurant in Athens, Alabama.

Do you remember those days? Before cellphones. When you'd better have a dime in your pocket so you could call home or somebody else. 

I wonder what we did without cellphones. But, then again, they have changed our lives forever and not always for the good. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Goodbye Autumn

Autumn is about over.

Temps are going down to 19 degrees tonight.

Time to snuggle up in my comfy throw and read a good book. 


Sunday, November 26, 2023

Thanksgiving Feast


Thanksgiving is over. Not that I had anything much to do to prepare for it. Time for the younger gals to take over, don't you think? 

Our Virginia family got together on the Eastern Shore on Saturday. I am just amazed, always, at such great cooks that abound in this family. I ate way too much. And, I have leftovers in my fridge for dinner tonight! Lucky gal that I am!

With the granddaughter that hosted the affair suffering from alphagal (I think I spelt that correctly) she can not be in the house where products from hoofed animals are being cooked nor can she eat them. So, she baked the turkey. We had to have the classic green-bean casserole and she did that as well. But, she made her own 'cream of mushroom soup' not using any cream. (That comes from a hoofed animal). I'll tell you about alphagal in another post. 

The pictures will tell the tale. And, we watched football. I mean, with Shirley rooting for Auburn and I am an Alabama fan... we could not miss the Iron Bowl. (if you aren't into college football, you won't understand).

There was a roaring fire going in the fireplace which I sat close to to soak up all that warmth and the feel a fire gives you. The host's sister and her daughter dropped by bringing a 6 week old little bunch of love. I just had to hold him! And, he smiled and cooed at me... at 6 weeks. I was thrilled. Still have the magic touch I guess. hehe.

I even snuck in a few minutes of reading by the fire before the 'crowd' arrived. I am reading 'Along Came A Spider' the first in a series of James Patterson's books with Alex Cross as the main character. The resident dogs lay quietly nearby.

After dinner was over my great-grandson entertained us all with his piano playing. He is naturally gifted and has not had any piano lessons but can rattle off a Beathoven as well as the Charlie Brown theme with the best of them. 

It was quite a day. Night fell and we headed home which is an hour and a half from there to my apartment. I was bushed when I got home. I bet I was in bed (curled up with my book) before Shirley and John had driven out of the city limits. 

                       Hope all of you have had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

A Time to be Thankful

 May each of you (in the U. S.) have a very special day of Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

The Commons Thanksgiving

 This is Thanksgiving week here in the U. S. Lots of family get-togethers, lots of travel, too much good eating. A time to be thankful for all we have. 

Last Friday night a large number of us residents here at the Commons had our Thanksgiving dinner. Such good food. The staff furnished the turkey and gravy. The residents filled in with pot luck dishes. 

I seem to be the 'resident photographer'. At least that's the position I seem to have fallen into. Not that I mind!! Love taking pictures. Just wish I was better at it. 

The tables were all set with pretty centerpieces. 

Residents busy setting out desserts. 

as you can see we had plenty of variety.

People in the buffet line. 

We were all so thankful to have each other! 

Friday, November 17, 2023

A Trip To The Farmer's Market

 Shirley and I are riding along after coming through that road construction I told you about in last post. She sees a sign Farmer's Market and wants to go but I am thinking about the farmer markets we have around my place and they are only open on Sat. So, I say 'no, it won't be open'.

Good thing she overrode me. (She always was a head-strong girl). We found it and had the best time. They are open year round, 7 days a week.

Join me as Shirley and I stroll around enjoying everything! 

Yes, I bought apples. Tried two new kind - lemonade and ambrosia. 

I got me some turnips. Love them but seldom cook them. 

I got some squash, also some green beans. 

I bought two of the biggest, tastiest tomatoes. How I missed taking a picture of them I'll never know.

The candy was tempting but I passed that up. Aren't you proud of me!!

Pickled eggs? I've never eaten any. I should have bought one jar just to say I had tried them.

Wouldn't you love to have a Farmer's Market near you just like this one?

Thursday, November 16, 2023

She'll be Coming 'Round The Mountain... When She Comes

 Shirley decided we needed to take a more scenic route across the mountains... Hwy 58 from the western part of Virginia to my apartment.

                    Let me tell you... it was an adventure!

We should have had the first clue when we slowed to a crawl behind this...........

We came to a stop and we waited and we waited and then we waited some more. 
Finally they let us continue. We soon saw what the hold-up was!

They are tearing down the mountain. Making the road a four-lane I reckon. 
This went on for miles and miles, one mountain after another being chewed up and leveled out.

So, if you are planning a trip on Hwy 58 through the mountains of Virginia....
I suggest you take another route.

We did have fun, though.