Sunday, January 17, 2016

I'm a Slacker

I started 2016 so well.  I was going to be fairly regular in posting bits and pieces.  I was, honestly.  But then, my arthritic dog who is 11 decided to be fussy about food and I spent more time researching what dog's might find irresistible in hopes that she would find the same things so.  She didn't.  I buy chicken thighs and skin them and boil them and cover everything nutritious with them and she picks the pieces of chicken out and leaves the rest.  Sigh!

Then my husband came down with a cold and you know how men are.  They never get colds, it's near pneumonia and the only way to get through it is to vocalize the agony with moans and groans and wheezes and coughs etc.  So, excellent person that I am, I ran and fetched and appropriately nodded and made sounds that were taken as sympathetic and the end result?  I got the damned cold.  I have to admit it's a doozy.  My biggest problem is that I have taken DayQuil and it's wonderful but I want to have a cocktail and am experiencing terrible angst over this.  Should I?  Shouldn't I?  Oh hell!  I Should!  and Will!

Meanwhile --  yesterday.  He did it again.  Go Pats!!


Monday, January 04, 2016

Get the Facts Mac

I’m reading a book called “The Well Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had” by Susan Wise Bauer.  It’s a great resource for those of us who have been away from formal education for, shall I say, a spell?  At any rate I haven’t gotten very far but I am mulling over the first bits where she states (and I paraphrase), there are three foundation blocks to education:  first get the facts, second analyze them, then third form an opinion.  This morning I realized that she was absolutely correct when she said that the vast majority of us jump to step three immediately and for proof she referred us to any talk show on the air.  She’s on point for sure!!

The topic this morning was the take over of a government facility in Oregon.  Most facts were obtained through the lurid headlines which stated that a heavily armed miltia has stormed the facility and vow to remain under any and all circumstances.  Opinions were formed and voiced and no facts were scrutinized. 

I had to turn off the radio because, I’m afraid that all of the fools calling in with little or no information rang too true to home for me.  I have thousands of opinions, some are backed by solid facts but too many are just opinions and a result of skimming the surface of the various stories thrown out there.  Lesson learned, well, for the moment.  Old habits are hard to break but --- it can be done.


Saturday, December 26, 2015

Merry Christmas to All and to All -- well you know how that one goes

Merry Christmas from my front door to my back door to you.  Hope all was merry and bright and we sure didn't have a white one here.  People were golfing in shorts and no jackets.  We are all hoping for more of the same until April.  




Friday, November 27, 2015

Happy Turkey Day

It's been forever and I wish I could say that life has just been one merry incident after another keeping me from here.  I can't.  I'm just lazy and that's it.  I think about a lot of things but then I'm worn out.  The other thing about me and I'm evidencing it here, I will avoid the obvious needs around me by doing things that are absolutely unnecessary.  Happy Thanksgiving by the way.  We had a small gathering for a change but nevertheless there are pots and pans and gravy on the cabinet knobs, pieces of celery under the couch and crumbs everywhere.  Here I sit, checking out the wreckage and avoiding any efforts to clean it away by sternly saying to myself, "How could you let so much time go by?  Sit right down at that computer and update that blog you have neglected for so long."

Well, here I am. And I must say this to everyone.  Hope your Thanksgiving was a blessing.  Here's a glimpse of ours before the wreckage.  We're all adults here.  How could we do so much damage?


Monday, June 08, 2015

Playing Catch up

Wow, such a long time away.  How to begin to catch up?  Have to start with Easter I guess.  It was so different this year, cold and quiet.  Everyone was either working or sick and so it was just the three of us, me, the hubby and our nephew.  Oddly enough Elf was on, over and over and the nephew and I love it so that kept us quiet.  The hubby loves to cook and although there were only the three of us he had prepared for at least 10 and so the food?  it was plentiful and delicious.

After that we ran into Mother's Day when we and another couple celebrate our Dead Mothers' Day Brunch.  None of us have our mothers and neither of us are mothers so we didn't want to be left out and started the bunch for brunch.  Every other year we pick the place to go and vice versa they.  This year we went to their new home for a sleepover and all went well.  We toasted the Moms and ate like kings and queens and laughed and laughed and it was good.

Memorial Day, how to put this into words.  We work with a group to honor the veterans and it's an amazingly impressive 24 hours.  Donations of goods and/or money are collected to ship care packages for those still in harms way and believe me there are plenty.  Food is donated to be served throughout the day and that's what the hubby and I do.  Slap the burgers in the buns with or without cheese, put the hot dogs in the buns and we do that over and over and trust me when I say this, "I'm done with burgers"  when it's over.  It went well and during the day special honor is paid to veterans who served in each war, police action, whatever you call it now.  The last is reserved for those VietNam Vets who were treated so badly.  Each is called to the podium and they announce their name and where they served and their rank and branch of the service.  As they leave the stage there is a long line of people to shake their hands and thank them for their service.  Most are in tears by the end of that one let me tell you.

The following weekend we had company.  My college roommate arrived so that we could go together to our 50th reunion.  Gasp!  We stayed in a dorm and just had such a good time.  I'll show some pictures of all of this but for now let me leave you with a tribute to the troops.  That's my hubby in the red shirt on stage.  Couldn't be prouder of him.



Thursday, April 23, 2015

Just a Laugh

We had a couple of very lovely days with warm air and sunshine.  Today it's back to 40 degrees, gray and windy.  Brrrr...  As a result, I have nothing but I found this and laughed.  Maybe you will too.


Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Spring Back

We're behind schedule here.  Normally this is what we see on our walks but not yet.    I'll be back when we have the flowers we expect to have.  It's going to snow tomorrow by the way.  HELP!