Thursday, January 3, 2019

LONG FORGOTTEN


When my daughters were little girls I sent them to knitting classes so they could learn to knit. They did it for about a year, then lost interest. It saddened me. But I understood their reluctance to continue and let any feelings I harbored about it, GO. Four decades have passed since that time and I thought knitting was a hobby now behind my daughters. So imagine my delight, when my youngest daughter, (who is now in her middle forties) gave me a gorgeous hat for Christmas. It was my favorite color too. What made it extra special was the fact she knitted it especially for me. Here I thought she forgot how to knit. But was pleasantly surprised to find out she had recently picked up the hobby again. She travels a lot so it helps fill in the gaps. Do you have a hobby you left behind and rediscovered?



Friday, December 21, 2018

WONDERMENT AT CHRISTMAS



Christmas Trees are mesmerizing. Decorated or not. Of all sizes, colors  and shapes. Their pretty lights glisten and glow in the darkness and daylight. When I was a little girl my parents gave me a miniature tabletop top tree I would put on a nightstand next to my bed. It had sweet red lights and a yellow star that kept me company before I fell asleep each night during the holiday season. That tiny tree still holds it’s magic for me even though the battery compartment stopped working long ago and the tree no longer lights up. Nowadays I keep Christmas close to my heart year round by keeping my tree up in the family room. It has white lights.  I used to like white lights on my tree but as I’ve gotten older I find more comfort and joy in the old fashioned multi-colored lights. This year I bought a narrow 5 ft, tree  for my living room. It replaces an old silver tree I had there in previous years. The new tree is flocked with snow and  pine cones. It sits on top of a game table and fits perfectly in my window for viewing outside. I can’t tell you the joy I feel when I see it each day. It reminds me of the wonderment I felt as a child all those years ago.





Monday, September 10, 2018

MY FAVORITE SEASON



Summer still has a few more weeks to go on the calendar. But autumn has arrived full throttle. It is my favorite time of year. Temperatures went down into the 60’s yesterday. Everywhere you go you see pumpkins and Halloween stuff. I even got my first taste of pumpkin pie for the season ahead of schedule. Yum. Yum.









Tuesday, July 10, 2018

PRACTICAL JOKE WHEN YOU HAVE TO TINKLE



When you have to go to the bathroom, you have to go. I’m not big on holding it. Just makes things worse. It’s especially bad if you’re out and about with no bathroom easily in sight. But imagine the relief you feel finding one just in the nick of time. This happened to me the other day. I managed to get to the Walmart bathroom in time... only to be greeted by a smart alec little boy... sliding out from under one of the stalls. He apparently had gone inside each stall and locked the doors, sliding out under them so that nobody could get in. I ruined his plans to do them all when I walked in the women’s room. He quickly scurried out the exit... giving me the evil eye, laughing with no parent in sight... apparently worried about what an adult would do about the situation he created. My only concern wasn't what he had done, but that I wouldn’t be able to hold it any longer.  Fortunately he hadn’t gotten to the handicap stall yet, so I was finally able to relieve my bladder. And not a minute too soon. But I was upset about the kid trying to play a practical joke on store customers. It wasn’t funny to this senior citizen. Where was his mother? And what was he doing in the ladies room. Have you ever been a victim of such a thing.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

EXERCISING A WEAK ARM



Years ago… I was told my arm had a ‘dead zone’ in it. It makes my arm weak in that particular spot and I have trouble lifting things with it. Even picking up the covers at night to pull up over my body is difficult. I’m in terrible pain. It has gotten progressively worse over time. So my doctor recently sent me to physical therapy to see if we could build up the strength in my arm and increase my mobility.  I go twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. My physical therapist and her assistant have given me a half a dozen exercises to complete each time. And those exercises are harder to do than they appear. I am hoping with time my arm will improve. Just a little is better than not at all. Have you ever needed physical therapy and did it ultimately help?



Monday, March 26, 2018

REPURPOSING A MONASTERY OF SORTS



In our travels... we came across a lovely old monastery in the middle of nowhere. It had been converted into a living facility for senior citizens, both male and female. It was breathtaking from a distance, as well as, up close and personal. Repurposing the building was a great idea. Don’t you agree?

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Monday, March 12, 2018

A STREET MURAL






Street art is endearing to be sure. Take this mural for instance. My husband and I stumbled across it when eating out. It appears on the back of a building in Royal Oak, Michigan. Who would imagine Marilyn Monroe and the Three Stooges together? But there they are. I can’t tell if the person on the motorcycle is Marlon Brando or James Dean? What do you think? Have you seen any murals where you live? CLICK on PHOTOS to ENLARGE them.