Saturday, November 11, 2017

LUCK BE A LADY TONIGHT


What were the odds? I’m not much of a gambler. But last year our LUCK was much better. Neither my hubby or I  expected he’d still be employed at 78. But he was... until they canned him, a month ago... from a part-time job... he had held for the past four and a half years. We never should have taken it for granted, but we did. Living on Social Security alone doesn’t afford him and I too many luxuries from this point on.. but I make it a point to buy a lottery ticket every now and then, just in case the universe deems it my lucky day. Usually I buy the paper tickets to play for a chance to win the Power Ball jackpot. But I seldom if ever win so much as a dollar, despite putting out $10. Not a good investment I know. About a year ago something pretty remarkable happened in my world, though. Something that will keep me spending a little bit on the lottery. Back then I bought a scratch off lottery ticket instead of the other kind. And amazingly I won $750. Lightning doesn’t strike twice, does it? It was quite a surprise. Collecting my prize wasn’t as straight forward as I was originally led to believe. I had to drive an hour away, to a bank designated by the state and fill out all kinds of paperwork, as though I had won a much BIGGER jackpot. Not to slight the win but I also did have to pay taxes, plus processing fees out of my winnings.. All in all it was still a nice chunk of change and I was thrilled to have won. We probably should have saved the money for a rainy day. We could use it now.  But instead it went to buy a couple of smart tv’s. One for the living room and one for the family room. So we’ve enjoyed a years worth of entertainment courtesy of the lottery. Have you ever won a prize?  What would you do with your winnings? 



Thursday, November 2, 2017

TEN HOURS OF AUTUMN COLORS


Both of my parents are in failing health. Particularly my father who had a stroke and can hardly walk. And my mom is suffering from sciatica and a bad back. (And so are my husband and I. All part of aging, I presume.) But we decided a visit was in order despite the distance and the pain. So we vowed to hobble along, to be together. And we took a ten hour ride through the mountains of Pennsylvania and West Virginia to visit home.  The trip was a labor of love. Fall foliage was in full swing. And the colors were magnificent. Seeing them is enough to lift anybody’s spirits. So we were invigorated by the time we got there. I always like going through the tunnel in the mountains too. The tough part is always leaving and saying goodbye again. I wish we lived closer, but unfortunately we don’t. Do you have someone you love, that lives at a distance? And does it break your heart, too.... that you can't visit them as much as you'd like?






Sunday, October 22, 2017

LIFE SIZE


I like seeing artwork in public forms. So imagine my delight seeing this life size 'person' cutout sculpture gracing the sidewalk we were visiting. Depending which way you peered out of it determined the view you saw. I prefered seeing the stationary bricks of the building, as opposed to seeing the traffic. Have you ever seen anything like this in your travels?



Monday, October 16, 2017

DO YOU RESERVE JUDGEMENT?


I’ve always heard one way you can judge a place is by visiting their bathroom. Especially restaurants. Usually I don’t have to go when I get there... so that impression is often saved for later. And sometimes it’s way off base. I know a couple places with the crummiest bathrooms, ever... but the best food. So go figure. Do you judge a book by it’s cover? Or give a place the benefit of the doubt? Cleanliness is one thing. Decor and size is something different. 


Saturday, October 7, 2017

A PAIR OF FASHIONISTAS


AS is typical... my pair of cats usually just sit somewhere and sleep, looking angelic. That is when they aren’t busy causing trouble… like chewing cable or headphone wires, or trying to steal pens and glasses off whatever table is nearby. Sometimes one finds humor in the most unexpected places. Imagine seeing the kitties making a fashion statement. The pictures tell the story.  


One kitty cuddled inside a discarded shirt of mine. And another one nestled inside a suitcase carry on bag. Obviously they are bored with their fur coats. Never a dull moment in my house with these two felines.  Do your pets ever do something too cute for words? 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

PIE DAY


About a month ago… I sauntered into a local restaurant we frequent… and low and behold, something good was on the menu. PUMPKIN PIE. I love pumpkin pie. So I had my first piece of the season.  Have you? 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

A SHOPPING EXPERIENCE

(cutting boards)

There is nothing like a  good festival  to keep you occupied on an autumn afternoon. GREAT food, music and of course vendors selling their wares. I love looking at all the homemade crafts. Don’t you? I can’t walk as much as I used to…  so my viewing time is limited.  Here are a few things I saw along the way at this particular festival. 

GOURDS
BIRD FEEDERS
PLATES
GLIDER
ROCKER
SKELETON

Some of the items look pretty but with seemingly no purpose other than to decorate an empty corner of your house or yard. Do you like going to festivals this time of year... as opposed to spring? You can spend a lot of money quickly, shopping at such venues. I kept my wallet in my pocket at this one and just enjoyed the sights, sounds and smells, instead. Do you splurge or are you frugal while attending this unique kind of shopping experience?