Saturday, March 31, 2012
Friday, March 30, 2012
It's time for Freda's 56
So hop over and see Freda here
p. 56 "Since Morelli wasn't around, I didn't have to be brave, so I bitched and complained and limped all the way to my apartment. "
Someone in my book club recommended this series with Stephanie Plum by Janet Evanovich. It's an old book, the series is up to book 18 now. Miss Stephanie Plum needs a job and gets hired by uncle Vinnie to pick up a few people who are out of jail on bond but don't appear in court. She's a bounty hunter who is after the man whom she had reason to detest during grade school. The book is funny and also had me on the edge of my chair at times. The characters in this story and very entertaining. It was an easy read and I enjoyed it. I am now 1/2 way through the next book in the series. I don't think I've ever read anything by this author before.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
While I was there a woman (a little older than me) brought her father in, he has the start of Alzheimer's and recently moved into assisted living (where he is not happy). Ambrose was one of the founders of our local St Vincent de Paul store. His daughter thought it might do him good to see some old friends. I only know him from seeing him at the store and just saying "HI", etc. I saw his sister at the grocery store the other day and we had a nice visit and she told me about the situation. They are quite a bit older but just some nice, friendly people whom I use to see often. Anyway I knew the story and heard some of the conversation......... While Ambrose was visiting I walked over to his daughter and said I am afraid we will be facing something similar with my mother one day. I asked if she had siblings to help and such. She was very open with me and made a couple of tears fall down my cheek. She was valiantly trying to hold back tears too. Before I left her I gave her a hug and it was well received. I have NEVER hugged a stranger like that before. I think I am more aware of Alzheimer's since I read Still Alice.
When I got outside I saw a limo in the parking lot! That's not something one sees often. I think someone had it for their personal use because it had a handicap license plate. That reminds me that our senior center is taking a thrifting bus trip and I need to check into it and pencil it in on my calender.
Yesterday I used my gift certificates to get my first pedicure......nice...... I like the turquoise nail polish. When I got home I found a bag on my door with info about New Orleans (for my upcoming trip this fall). On the table I found a box from Deb @ garagesalegal full of lots of goodies: notepad & pen; the cutest purse size butterfly tissues; a bag of stamps, buttons & doodads for cards; some candy :-); a pretty little Avon bottle; beautiful tulip hankie; Mary Engelbreit book of spring crafts; some really pretty clothes pins that would be perfect for holding notes. Thanks Deb! It was fun to check out all my new treasures.
Well...........I guess I really have to do the dishes, fold some laundry, and a whole lot of other household chores. Thanks for visiting me!
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
So what do you think about diets? Do you 'go on a diet?' What kind of diet? Have you tried any fad diets? Did you gain the weight back?
Monday, March 26, 2012
At almost 7, grandson J is beginning to say that there's nothing to do here, he wants to play with someone: we don't have any video games; hubby doesn't spend more than 1/2 hour of his time with J when he's here; I'm a woman and as a boy J wants to do 'boy things'; we aren't 'fun' people, etc. I sometimes feel that I have to compete against his other grandparents, who have teens at home, have lots of friends over, have bonfires, etc. It's starting to hurt because for the first 5 years of his life he was here a LOT and he cried when he had to be at his other grandparents (not that I want that) and I really love that kid. Maybe, once again, I feel like I am being abandoned? Maybe that's why I feel so strongly about being able to take care of oneself.............who else will?
Saturday, March 24, 2012
I never thought:
* that on the 2nd day of spring I'd be walking around outside barefoot in WI
* that on that same day I'd be sitting on my deck in jeans and a t-shirt reading and looking at (almost) green grass while birds provide the background music
* that be at the mall to eat and not even step one foot into a single store
* that I'd say I think I've been going out to eat too much
* that my small hometown in central WI would experience an earthquake and make the national news
It doesn't matter what my plans are for my days off, it usually never happens, I am finally adjusting to that. The past month has been busy with social engagements with friends (and I still need to make a coffee date with one gal). Don't get me wrong....I LOVE lunching with friends! ....it's just surprising to me. Hubby doesn't like to go out and if he does it's the same ol' place so with my friends I get to eat Chinese, Mexican, seafood, etc. And he doesn't talk either so I get to eat good food and enjoy good conversation :-) Yesterday I had brunch with friends, dropped of some things at a consignment shop and picked up some cash, and then stopped at a couple of thrift stores. After I got home I cleaned out some kids games to take to another consignment shop and then I went through my earrings (b/c I couldn't find the pair I wanted) and found a bunch that went into my donation bag. That's not exactly what I had planned for the day but I feel like I got something done. I'm the type of person that feels like I have to accomplish something every day...is that bad? I'm a 'piler' so am forever putting stuff away....why can't I do it right away??? What should I do today? Scrubbing the kitchen floor (as planned) is out b/c it is rainy. There's plenty.........I'll find something.
Have a great weekend!!!
Friday, March 23, 2012
Choose a book, any book, post one or 2 sentences from page 56 and link up to Freda's blog.
p. 56 "The confusion, the shock, the denial, the crushing weight of the emotion that came with the realization of the terrible truth."
I just finished reading THE ALIBI MAN by Tami Hoag for book club. I have not read any of her previous books and I will probably read more. As usual we met at a restaurant and had good company, lots of conversation, and even mentioned the book. A couple of gals thought it was a little too gory in parts, I just skim over any parts that don't trip my trigger. Who killed the young, beautiful, ambitious, social climbing young woman? It's not whom you might think. The rich horse ranch owners and players all have alibis. I love mysteries, can you tell?
Thursday, March 22, 2012
My home town clintonville-wisconsin has made national news...........and it doesn't appear to be a good thing. You may have heard about the mysterious booming noise heard mostly at night. No one seems to know what is causing it. There are various theories and some people are even leaving. My mother lives there but hasn't heard any noises, she slept through it. My sister and son live nearby but have not been affected. The past 2 nights have been quieter so maybe it's moving? almost over? weird, very weird.
Clintonville use to be famous for the FWD firetrucks and the Truckers high school football team...now they have a new claim to fame...... The consensus is that the cause may never be known.
Just thought I'd pass this on, if I find out the cause I will let you know.
Monday, March 19, 2012
It's Monday and I have my usual errands to run. I dropped a few things off at the consignment store and picked up a little over $1 (sad, I know). Fortunately, for the store owner, I found a scarf that I liked. The green is lime and brighter than it looks here. I like purple and lime or olive together.
***I keep my computer passwords written down in an address book. They are easy to find when written alphabetically. I don't have the same password for everything, change passwords sometimes, and can not remember them all (especially ones I don't use very often). The address book I use was free from work.
***I have an old 9" X 4" address book that I use for my to do lists.....(if I don't write it down I am likely to forget something). It's lined and has spaces for NAME, ADDRESS, & TELEPHONE.....kinda out of date but perfect for lists.
***I also keep an old, purse size, weekly calender in the backseat of the car for my grand kids to write on....one never knows when they will want to scribble down a note or play tic tac toe. Another free item from the workplace.
Does anyone have any other suggestions? I hate to waste/throw things away.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Next we stopped at the Senior Center and paid our down payments for the trip to New Orleans. Woo hoo! I've always wanted to go there, in fact before hurricane Katrina I wanted hubby to take me there....but he didn't want to go. So this is my opportunity.
Our cupboards are nearly bare so I went to the grocery store where I had a nice visit with a good friend, that was the best part of my shopping trip. I do not like grocery shopping, do you?
The grocery store I was at is about 2 blocks from the beach so I decided to drive by. On the spur of the moment I parked the car and went for a short walk to look for some smooth stones (for an art project I have in mind). This is the first, and most likely, the ONLY time I will be able to walk on the beach in March while wearing a sweatshirt and actually being warm. I live in WI and it is still winter here....but yesterday the record high was broken about 50 miles inland of here. The sand was clean, the water clear, and I crunched washed up shells as I walked near the water's edge. It was fantastic! If I had had my chair and book along I would have sat down and read for awhile, it was that nice. While I was waking I found this piece of driftwood and noticed it looks just like a boot...right? I'll find a place for it in one of my (small) flower gardens.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Monday, March 12, 2012
It is now his favorite game and grandpa was at work so we played it Saturday afternoon and again on Sunday. Woe is me! He plays games a lot better than previously when he'd quit at the slightest thing that was not in his favor. I played (somewhat) happily because: 1) it helps him with math (counting the die and money), 2) he reads the cards, 3) he is learning strategy, 4) board games teach sportsman ship, 5) he had no one else to play with and was better than plugging him into TV all weekend.
Friday, March 9, 2012
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
It's that simple.
p. 56 "And as the garage door clunks down behind me, the man in the ski mask yanks open my door."
Thursday, March 8, 2012
More good news! I took my computer in on Tuesday and Josh found a boot sector virus. He cleaned it up, removed Ad-Aware (not as good as it once was), and added a new, better, free anti-virus program. My laptop is up and running!!! Yay for me!
Monday, March 5, 2012
On Sunday afternoon, after grandson J went home and after a lot of fiddling around, I got it up and running again. Earlier I had been asked if I could babysit and I am so proud that I was able to say 'no'. I had plans and contrary to what some people think, I DO have a life. Sunday night I watched DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, one of my vices. I don't want it to end........that is really the only program I love.
This morning I decided to run Ad-Aware on the laptop and get it cleaned up. I have used that program previously and was reminded to use it again (as I was searching for a fix for the BSOD). I let it run while I ran errands: picked up a few small items at the thrift store and I finally remembered to stop at the jewelry store. While I was waiting (it sure was busy for a Monday morning) I found these original earrings by Viva Beads. http://www.vivabeads.com/viva/
They are handmade clay beads. The green is more of a lime green, which I wear often. They'll go with a lot of things...........and were 30% off. yay!!!! I had 3 reasons to stop at the jewelry store: the main reason being I needed to have a gold band (mom's wedding ring) cut off.....
It was about time, don't ya think? No, it did not hurt....the cutting off or the tight fit. I also needed batteries put into a watch and to have my wedding ring cleaned and checked. The store were I use to go and where it was purchased has closed, so I am happy to have found a reputable place in town.
When I got back home my computer was still scanning....and when it finished I rebooted like it said to do............but...............now I can not get online. I 'googled' the error message and tried the fixes but I am sick and tired of fooling around so, hopefully, tomorrow I can take it in and have someone look at it. Right now all I can do it play solitaire on it................that's kinda an expensive (and big) deck of cards I'd say. The only plus of it not working is that I am not online as much because my desktop is in the basement and my laptop sits on my kitchen table and I check it a million (almost) times a day. Alright, that decision has been made.....on to bigger and better things.....Geez....I forgot to stop at the library and grocery store....so off I go after lunch. I picked up my book for book club, picked up my sparkly, clean wedding ring, and bought some groceries. And that is where I am right now. I think I'll make hubby a semi-decent supper and fold laundry. sounds like fun, eh?
And that was MY wasted Monday..............hope yours was better!
Saturday, March 3, 2012
.....from 'plain Jane' to 'all gussied up' and ready to be made into a book.
I used some stencils and sprayed on inks in a random way. After I used the stencil I flipped it over and laid it on a different side of the paper (not wasting any ink that way-I can not take credit for that- I saw it on YouTube).
And that is as far as I got this week, I hope to post a couple of finished pages and the front. I am not sure how I am binding it. Wish me luck! and creativity too!!!
Friday, March 2, 2012
The story starts with the husband and his 10 year old daughter in the hospital room where the wife is in a coma. She's a young and very energetic woman who was hurt in a boat racing accident. The father learns to deal with his 2 daughters (one of whom he has not been close to) and the young man friend of the older daughter after they took her off of life support systems. He also finds out that his wife was having an affair and he tries to figure out how to handle that situation. They are Hawaiian and at this time he's trying to determine whom to sell some land to. It's a lot for him to think about. I like it and am glad I read it.
re: STILL ALICE
After our book club meeting I saw a facebook post about a book dealing with Alzheimer's that anyone interested in that disease might want to read:
Though Dr. Mary T. Newport has provided professional care to newborns since 1983, she's led a double life since 2000 when she became a caregiver at home. That's when her beloved husband, Steve, first showed signs of Alzheimer's disease. After his deterioration accelerated in 2004, Dr. Newport began avidly researching ways to keep him functional for as long as possible. Since she understands medical terminology and scientific methods, she was thrilled to find new research showing that medium- chain fatty acids, which act like an alternative fuel in the insulin-deficient Alzheimer's brain, can sometimes reverse or at least stabilize the disease. When she gave Steve about 2 tablespoons of coconut oil (a source of these fats) at breakfast before a memory test that he had previously failed, Steve miraculously passed the test. Since then, Steve continues to maintain improvement while taking daily doses of coconut oil and MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil with meals.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
The Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden is now open at the Springfield Museums in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where Theodor Seuss Geisel was born and which appears to have inspired much of his work.
Sculptor Lark Grey Dimond-Cates, who is also Geisel's step-daughter, created the endearing bronze sculptures of Dr. Seuss and his most beloved characters for the Springfield Library & Museums Association, located in the heart of this city which is on the Connecticut River in Western Massachusetts.
I have a few Dr Seuss books in my collection for the grands. I first started buying them (at garage sales and thrift stores) for my autistic niece. But now I will keep them for the grand kids. Now that I am older and (I hope) wiser I realize the value in the silly, rhyming, books that do have a deeper meaning. I can't say that I have a favorite, but do you?
Wednesday was Grandparents day at the school 2 of my grandsons attend. I was lucky enough to be able to get the day off so I could attend. I haven't been able to get to very many of those special days.
Grandson S (2nd grade) reads GREEN EGGS AND HAM while his brother (1st grade) listens intently. Today I figured out why there was a plethora of Dr Seuss books on the table in his classroom.